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VOL. 91, NO. 3

FALL 2012

Thursday, September 20

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY Four Singing Statesmen officers resigned after a party at the ‘Statesmen’s House’ was busted by police and 54 underage drinking citations were issued. >> NEWS page 4


RED-HANDED: The ‘Statesmen’s House’ (416 W. Grand Ave.) was busted early Sunday morning and Eau Claire city police issued 54 underage drinking citations. The Singing Statesmen’s president, vice president, treasurer and secretary have resigned and a trip to the Green Bay area has been cancelled. Now, the organization faces potential consequences handed down by a Student Senate disciplinary committee.





SEARCH PARTY UW-Eau Claire’s search committee to find a new chancellor has been charged.


Copy Editor Steve Fruehauf takes a tour of the on and off campus facilities where the Blugolds play from Hobbs Ice Arena to Carson Park.

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Chief Copy Editor Alex Zank dissects Obama and Romney’s messages on the fiscal cliff, the Bush tax cuts, and government spending.

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Thursday, September 20

SEARCHING for SERVICE Students and faculty adjust to the changes in cell phone service in new W.R. Davies Center Amelia Kimball STAFF WRITER

Students and faculty are now trying to find “hot spots” for cell phone service in the Davies Center, as the newest building on campus has struggled to provide the best connection for its visitors. However, a smart solution is in the making. Charles Farrell, director of the University Centers, oversees all areas in Davies, including places such as the bookstore, the dining area and printing services. Although he has not received complaints about cell phone service in Davies, Farrell acknowledged the frustration exists. “We know this is an issue,” he said. He also said people have been forgiving on the issue, especially since the building is still in its honeymoon phase. In an effort to achieve energy efficiency in Davies, cell phone service has been hindered. Strips of film in the windows block heat and radiation from overwhelming the building, which is why cell phone service is usually poorest near the windows, Farrell said. The new glass windows are less penetrable than concrete and brick and are built to last. The old

Davies Center had plate glass windows. Now, the building is insulated enough so drastic temperature changes throughout Davies should be gone. Farrell said everything should be more efficient soon, and therefore, more balanced. Freshman Tanna Bell said she experienced problems mostly in the dining area outside the marketplace. “It’s kind of hit or miss … you have to hold your cell phone up like the ‘Lion King’ kind of thing,” she said. Farrell said cell phone service in the old Davies was weak in the center of the building, but fairly reliable near the windows. Those with AT&T may find

their service to be worse than those with Verizon, Farrell said. Farrell himself has observed most times, if he turns slightly in a place where he has no service, he is able to come up with a few bars. “They’re radio waves, so we’re not able to predict them as well as we maybe think … so who knows what’s interfering with what?” Farrell said. He also said cell phones are still a relatively new phenomenon, but he hopes both he and Learning and Technology Services (LTS) will become better acquainted with new technologies. Farrell said he and members of LTS are working towards a solution before the cell phone

“Hopefully, we’ll have a solution in the near future. We’re moving slower, but we’re trying to do this right … not go with the first solution which comes.” CHARLES FARRELL

Director of University Centers

service problem becomes too big of an issue. “Hopefully, we’ll have a solution in the near future. We’re moving slower, but we’re trying to do this right … not go with the first solution which comes.” Farrell said. Meanwhile, Farrell urges people to be patient. “We’re trying to work on the issue … and get long term success,” he said. “(We) don’t want it to be a shot in the dark. We’ll get this figured out in one way or another, and we’ll do our best to get the best possible solution.” Farrell said students are not in this alone; the very people who are working towards a solution are also suffering. “We’ll do our best to figure out how to make it work,” Farrell said. Joel Patrow, a junior physics major said he remembers getting service in the old Davies on the first floor in the windowed area. “That was pretty much the only building I had reception in,” Patrow said. Farrell said he hopes to have a plan worked out as soon as possible. “Again, I just want to reiterate that we know this is an issue. We’re doing our best to figure out how to make it work,” Farrell said.

Student Health Service special commission established Student senators said it provides opportunity to look at best options for students


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CHIEF COPY EDITOR The UW-Eau Claire student senate passed a bill establishing a special commission designed to investigate the current Student Health Service program being provided to — and paid for by — Eau Claire students. The program is one of the largest Student Senate funds, student body vice president Patrick Martin said; in fact, it is almost entirely funded through money granted by the student senate. As a result, Martin thinks this commission will ensure students are getting what they are paying for. “(The established commission) provides a body to listen to student opinion,” Martin said. The commission will be responsible for looking at several things, Martin said, including reviewing data about usage and peak hours, the types of services provided and even reviewing other proposals from outside parties

and what they have to offer. According to a data collection and analysis report created by SHS and given to the student senate, there were 11,690 visits for the 2011-2012 school year. Martin said the students who visit are an almost even split between on-campus and off-campus. The top four reasons for visits last year were contraception management, depression, anxiety and sexually transmitted infection checks. “At this point we have to assess what each point we (Student Health Services) are doing well,” student senator Brianna Burke said. “(The commission) will look at what services are offered now, what students want and what can be given to them at an affordable price.” Martin said overall he is satisfied with what the service has provided so far. “Health Services have done a fantastic job for meeting the student needs,” Martin said.

“ ... (the commission) will look at what services are offered now, what students want and what can be given to them at an affordable price.” BRIANNA BURKE Student Senator

“(The services) provide a basic level of care at a cost reduction.” In voicing her support for the bill during the student senate meeting, Burke said that the SHS has been her main provider in care. “(The services) provide things you don't even think of,” Burke said. “Everybody there is there for one thing … students.” One problem Burke has encountered is the lack of knowledge by the student body of the services made available to them through the program. “The biggest thing is stu-

dents don't know where (the location) is and what they offer,” Burke said, adding that they even go as far as to provide simple surgeries. The center is located on Upper Campus in the Crest Wellness Center building. As the newly established commission gathers more data and feedback, it will shape what direction they take on the future of SHS, Martin said, with the end result hopefully representing the broadest array of voices and a pricing structure that continues to stress affordability.

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Thursday, September 20


Search committee to find a new chancellor charged Eric Christenson EDITOR IN CHIEF

UW System President Kevin Reilly charged a search committee Friday, consisting of faculty members, academic staff, student representatives, as well as members of the Eau Claire community, to find UW-Eau Claire a new chancellor. Rama Yelkur, a Marketing professor and chair of the search committee, said the committee’s ultimate task is choosing five finalists for the position. Those five will then visit the university to interview with a special regents committee. After that, the finalists interview in Madison and the special regents committee will name the chancellor. They then recommend their name to the board of regents and the board of regents approves it. But before all that, Yelkur said the committee has to start from scratch to create a position description. “The environment has changed since 2005 when we created the position description for Brian Levin-Stankevich,” she said. “We also need to look to the future and how UW-Eau Claire can remain to be a competitive premiere public regional institution. “What we want to do is gather input from various perspectives on campus, off campus and the community as well.” The student reps — current Student Body President Corydon Fish and former Student Body President Phil Rynish — are the only two students on the committee and are tasked with representing 10,000 students. “What I’m really looking for is a chancel-

lor that has a lot of experience a.) running administration in general, but b.) in a previous university system that has strong governance, especially with students,” Fish said this summer. “The candidate needs to have experience working with faculty and students, or they’ll be in over their head.” Rynish said he’s eager to serve on the committee, but said the best way for students to get involved is to go to one of three open forums the committee will hold, two of which are on campus and one of which is off campus. For Rynish, an exemplary candidate would also fit in well with the ideals of Eau Claire’s shared governance between University Senate and Student Senate. “Students have a lot of influence on their own money they spend to go here and how it’s spent,” Rynish said. “I want someone that’s going to honor that process a lot.” Students, community members, staff and faculty are all represented on the search committee, which Yelkur said comes with responsibility. “Everybody on the search committee has a responsibility to go back to their constituents and gather input,” she said. “Student reps I hope will keep going back and keep everybody informed as well as gather input when there’s need for input from the campus community.” On March 27, Eau Claire’s former chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced he was accepting a position as President of Westminster College, a private liberal arts college in Utah. Shortly after Levin-Stankevich made his announcement, Reilly released a statement wishing the former chancellor well, saying, “I know well Brian’s unwavering commitment to the high quality liberal arts-based education that UW-Eau Claire provides. His fellow Chancellors and I will miss him.”

In Levin-Stankevich’s own statement, he said that Eau Claire had welcomed his family wholly and that it was bittersweet to leave. “I am excited by the new possibilities and opportunities this appointment presents, there is much that I will certainly miss,” his statement said. “We have worked very hard over the past few years, accomplishing much with even more yet to do.” First on the list of “more yet to do” is find a new chancellor. On April 18, a UW System news release announced the appointment of Eau Claire’s interim chancellor, Gilles Bousquet, which included another quote from Reilly saying, “At a time when people want Wisconsin’s public universities to help boost economic growth, Gilles’ work on system-wide international economic development strategies shows that he understands the UW’s role as an economic engine for the state.” Fish said communication and involvement are some of Bousquet’s strong points. “Not only is he very proactive about getting students and interacting with students … but he’ll be one of the most interactive chancellors we’ve ever had as far as the student body is concerned,” Fish said. According to an Eau Claire press release, Bousquet’s duties started on July 16 and he will serve as interim chancellor until Summer 2013. By then, the 21-person faculty/student search committee will have made their decision. While the committee deliberates, Yelkur said the process should try to be open. “I think that’s the whole idea,” she said. “To be as inclusive as possible in this process, that’s the intention.” Editor’s note: News Editor Chris Reinoos contributed reporting to this article.

Marketplace takes some getting used to Blugold Dining adjusts to expansions in cafeteria, Marketplace options Haley Zblewski CURRENTS EDITOR

Among the many changes that came along with moving to a new student center, UW-Eau Claire has switched from having a cafeteria on both upper and lower campus to only having one on upper campus. Christian Wise, Director of Blugold Dining, said that with changes in the size of the Marketplace and Riverview Cafe, the cafeteria on upper campus, Blugold Dining has needed to hire more employees. “It takes about 15 more workers to run the Marketplace than it used to,” Wise said. “The actual retail space we’re operating in is larger than the old Marketplace in the old Davies.” Overall, Wise said Blugold Dining has retained all of the workers from the previous Davies Center and has hired an additional

15 or 16 full-time workers and 45 to 50 additional students. The way food is presented and cooked in the Marketplace has changed, Wise said, which has impacted Blugold Dining’s budget, though not in a negative way. “It’s a lot more costly because the style of dining now has been more exhibition cooking,” Wise said. “There are people standing out and making the Mongolian grill option, making the pizza from scratch, doing a pasta toss.” With more exhibition cooking, some employees needed to learn new cooking skills, Wise said. “All of the positions (in the Marketplace) are new so all of the positions need to be learned,“ he said. “A few are very similar, but many of the positions are new that have never been done.” Blugold Dining hires 140 full time workers and about 280 students to make sure the students and employees of Eau Claire have meal

options on campus, Wise said. Jaimee Bowlsby has worked at Blugold Dining for 14 years and is one of the workers who moved from the Marketplace in the former Davies Center to the current Marketplace. Bowlsby said the change hasn’t been very difficult. “It’s been good,” she said. “This is a bigger place and I think more people come here now that there isn’t a cafeteria.” Previously, Blugold Dining employees were allowed to have a meal from the former Terrace cafeteria. But now that the Terrace no longer exists, the workers get their meals through the block plan like students, Wise said. “At this particular point they’re allowed block meals in the Marketplace and they’re allowed a meal at Susie’s Place,” he said. Susie’s Simply-to-Go Food Stop allows students and employees to have the main entree from the Riverview Cafe,

the cafeteria on upper campus, and choose from several side options as well. Bowlsby said she thinks the change in meal choices for employees has been fine. “There’s more options here,” she said. “I think the food is better and there’s more variety.” Wise said Susie’s Simply-toGo Food Stop allows students in Katherine Thomas and Putnam Halls and employees to have a hot meal option on lower campus and has eased the transition from having no cafeteria on lower campus. “The loss of the cafeteria, on the face of it, doesn’t seem very impactful,” Wise said. “Because in conjunction with losing the cafeteria on lower campus, we also doubled the size of the cafeteria on upper campus.” Wise said Blugold Dining has encountered about 25 percent more people at the Riverview Cafe than they did at the same time last year.



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Thursday, September 20

FOUR SINGING STATESMEN OFFICERS RESIGN 54 underage drinking citations issued at ‘Statesmen’s House’ party early Sunday morning, trip to Green Bay area cancelled Chris Reinoos NEWS EDITOR

Four Singing Statesmen officers resigned last week in the wake of a weekend party where 54 underage drinking citations were issued. President Tim Mattson, Vice President Phil Reilly, Treasurer Dane Jaskowiak and Secretary Adam Minten all turned in their letters of resignation after Statesmen Director Gary Schwartzhoff requested them during group rehearsals Sept. 10. College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean David Baker said he and Music and Theater Arts Department Chair Vanissa Murphy determined the officers’ resignations would be necessary, and Murphy relayed that decision to Schwartzhoff. “Tim Mattson had to go, Phil Reilly lives at the house, three of the four were there,” Schwartzhoff said. “I just thought they should probably all go.” Minten said the four officers discussed their options Sept. 9 and

decided as a group to resign. All four started their duties as officers this semester after being elected last spring. The party was held at what is known as the ‘Statesmen’s House,’ 416 W. Grand Ave. Mattson, Reilly and Minten were present at the party, while Jaskowiak was not. According to the incident report from the Eau Claire Police Department, police were called to the house early Sunday morning after receiving a noise complaint. They arrived to find several people outside the house and eventually found more than 100 people inside. They cleared the house and issued the 54 citations, as well as a citation to the house residents for furnishing to underagers. The latter was issued

under the name of Joseph Kastner, a member of the Statesmen. The party was held just hours after the group returned from an all-day retreat to Beaver Creek. As part of the trip, Schwartzhoff said the group created a code of conduct, which included such rules as “choose your attitude” and “lead by example.” “The beer was probably already on ice and I’m saying, ‘guys, can’t do this, can’t do this,’” Schwartzhoff said. “They went and did it anyway.” The four men who resigned are still members of the Statesmen. The group is not just a student organization but also an academic course, which Schwartzhoff said makes potential punishment trickier. “If we were a student org, I could shut this thing down. But this is four credits of my teaching load and students need these credits to graduate,” Schwartzhoff said. Murphy announced Sept. 11 that the Statesmen’s fall tour to the Green Bay area had been cancelled. The trip, which was originally

“The beer was probably already on ice and I’m saying, ‘guys, can’t do this, can’t do this.’ They went and did it anyway.” GARY SCHWARTZHOFF

Director of The Singing Statesmen

scheduled for Nov. 14-16, has been a crucial recruiting tool for the group in the past, according to both Murphy and Schwartzhoff. But Murphy said she was met with no resistance regarding the trip’s SCHWARTZHOFF cancellation. “It was my responsibility and my decision, but it was with the consultation of Dr. Schwartzhoff,” said Murphy, who added it was Schwartzhoff who first brought up the idea of cancelling the trip. Dean of Students Brian Carlisle said that while this type of behavior will not be tolerated, not all members of the group participated and that many will be punished for the behaviors of a few. He also said support for the group will be important moving forward. “We are truly all members of this Blugold family,” Carlisle said. “If we say we are members of the family, then we have to take care of each other through good and bad.” Murphy, who said she is not considering further sanctions at this time, also said some good can come out of the ERIC CHRISTENSON / The Spectator

AFTERMATH: After a party at the “Statesmen’s House” got busted in a major way, The Singing Statesmen await a disciplinary decision from the Student Organizations Conduct Committee.

situation if group members become more thoughtful and aware of consequences of action. “This can have a positive outcome and I think will have a positive outcome,” Murphy said. Mattson said CARLISLE he is disappointed in the actions of the group and in himself as the former president. But he also said the group has stuck together since the incident and people may be making the group out to be worse than they are. “This is kind of being victimized as a Singing Statesmen’s event. I think it should be seen as students living out their lives outside of the university,” he said. Student Organization’s Coordinator Joseph Haferman said a formal complaint was filed with his office on Sept. 13 from the Dean of Students’ office. Haferman then contacted the Statesmen and told them they will need to set up a process meeting within 14 business days, per the procedures laid out in the student organization’s handbook. Chapter 7, Article 2 of the handbook features potential conduct violations, the first of which is, “Violations of state statutes pertaining to the legal drinking age and the provision of alcoholic beverages to minors.” Haferman will serve as advisor to the Student Organization’s Conduct Committee, which was created last semester to hear cases involving student organizations and potentially issue sanctions. Organizations Commission director Frank Heaton was named SOCC director and will work closely with Haferman throughout the process. Heaton said the case is still in its infancy and much still has to be sorted out. “We’re doing our best to make it a smooth path,” Heaton said. “Whenever you start a new system, there’s going to be bumps in the road.” Schwartzhoff said there are plans to appoint other Statesmen to replace the officers, but no one had been appointed yet. He said they may wait until the SOCC process is complete before putting new leadership in place. Schwartzhoff said that the culture of the group needs to be addressed in the aftermath of the incident. He said that he has been battling with the party culture for the 22 years he has been at the university. “A few people led the majority down the same path they’ve been doing for years,” Schwartzhoff said. “It’s not right. It’s not right with the code of conduct, it’s not right with the laws of this state. They can’t be doing this.”

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Thursday, September 20

Campus hill a source of student injuries New gate, operator error leads to increased number of accidents Emily Albrent

CHIEF COPY EDITOR Connecting lower and upper campus, the campus hill acts as a gateway to our homes and our classes. However, the hill is also a dangerous place if you are not cautious, especially while riding a bike. There has recently been an additional gate installed at the bottom of the hill that has been a source of multiple student accidents. “We anticipate that there is going to be a spike (of accidents) in the beginning of the school year because we have a lot of new students both at the university and at the technical college that aren’t aware of it,” UW-Eau Claire police sergeant Christopher

Kirchman said. Kirchman said the extra gate is not necessarily the only reason why some students may be caught off guard. He also said most of the accidents happen almost always by operator error, such as breaks on the bike, or biker speed, rather than a design flaw. “The gates were placed there to slow those bicyclists down, so that those vehicles turning could see them. Since those gates have gone up, we have not had a single bicyclist vs. motor vehicle type accident,” Kirchman said. However, not all of these accidents are happening just on bicycles, Kirchman said. “The accidents we are having are people who are either already breaking the law by riding skateboards or rollerblades in a place they are not supposed to, or bicyclists who are either not paying attention, going too fast, and a lot, not all, who have faulty equipment on their bikes,” Kirchman said.

DOWNHILL BATTLE: UW-Eau Claire’s infamous hill was closed last year to non-university vehicles in an effort to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly, but some people have had bike and skateboard accidents on the hill by riding too fast down the steep slope.


Kirchman said a man came down the hill on roller blades, hit the gate and dislocated his shoulder. In the meantime, bicyclists went down the hill, ran into the gate, knocked it down and crashed. “We are really trying to put as much information out there about this as we can, not just about the hill, but bicycles in general,” Kirchman said. When students are hurt, many times they seek help, and although the professionals at the Student Health Service are not always the first responders, they have heard and dealt with some students regarding accidents on the hill. “We have seen some students, many of them, depends on how bad the accident is, many would have a 911 response … we have had some students that have refused ambulances and then said they would come up here,” said Laura Chellman, nurse and director of Student Health Service. To help prevent future injuries, Chellman suggests making sure that students take a number of safety precautions. “A couple of things, if they still insist on riding their bikes, I think they should have a bike helmet, because of the head injuries that can occur, (and) making sure their bike is in good working order,” Chellman said. If a student happens to see someone get hurt while riding down the hill, Student Health Service physician Joanne Mellema said to take action and help the person who has been injured. “Assess if they are conscious, if they can sit up, if they seem to be unconscious or knocked out certainly they need to get the emergency response,” Mellema said. Mellema said if there is any question, call 911 and make sure they get the help they need.

POLICE BLOTTER Compiled from University Police records Diabetic cited for drinking underage, rushed to hospital Sunday, Sept. 9 At 4:46 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence hall on campus for a potential detox. It was reported to the communications center that the subject was diabetic and may have overdosed on alcohol. The subject was given insulin by their roommate, per request of the subject’s parents. The subject was taken to an area hospital and was issued an underage drinking citation. Yet another breakdown Monday, Sept. 10 Around midnight an officer was dispatched to Towers Hall South for a stalled elevator with people on board. Upon arriving, the officer shut off the power to car number two and proceeded to the second floor, where he was told the elevator was stuck. There he met with the hall adviser and discovered that the elevator car was about 10 inches lower than the floor level. The officer then opened the doors in order to release the two male occupants inside. When asked about their condition, they both stated that they were OK and had no complaints. They reported the elevator car just stopped and that the lights on panel suddenly shut off.

Don’t end up in the Blotter! TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE.


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The men’s and women’s tennis, swimming & diving, and volleyball team all call McPhee Center home. The volleyball court holds approximately 1,000 people, the swimming pool around 250 people and the tennis courts have limited bleacher space and a standing area on site. The building is located at 509 University Drive, diagonal to the Towers dormitories. It first coined its name in 1969 and was renovated in 2007. Eugene McPhee, whom the building is named after, was born, earned a degree and taught in Eau Claire before moving onto UW-Madison to continue teaching. The center also houses the Eau Claire gymnastics and wrestling teams.

Bollinger Field


In 1997, Eau Claire named Bollinger Field after Jim Bollinger, who was a large contributor to its creation and a fellow graduate. He had worked at Eau Claire for 27 years prior to his retirement, which was the same year as the field’s dedication. Bollinger Field is now home to the Eau Claire women’s soccer team, numerous practice fields for the softball team and a rugby pitch. It’s located at 990 West Hamilton Avenue, only a few minutes from campus. If interested in viewing a soccer game, there is limited bleacher space along with standing area on the sidelines.

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1.3 miles Steve Fruehauf COPY EDITOR

Carson Park

The patch of land now known as Carson Park was donated to the city of Eau Claire in 1914 by a descendant of William Carson, a successful lumberjack in the area. The park, now currently owned and operated by the city of Eau Claire, is home to the Eau Claire football and softball team along with various high school sports in the area. The football field can hold around 6,500 fans, while the softball field, Gelein Field, can house approximately 800 to 1,000 people. Both areas are located at 199 Carson Park Drive.

W.L. Zorn Arena

Zorn Arena is home to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Eau Claire. The building was named after Willis L. Zorn, who held numerous positions throughout his employment on campus including director of athletics and head basketball coach. The arena is located at 121 Garfield Avenue just across from Hibbard Hall on lower campus. It can hold approximately 2,400 people.

Hobbs Ice Center

Eau Claire named their new ice center in honor of the Hobbs family in 1974. The family was best known for creating the Hobbs Foundation which raised and donated approximately $5 million to local charities and other projects in the area. The Hobbs Ice Center itself can now hold around 1,100 people after a $6 million renovation done in 2010. It is home to the Eau Claire men’s and women’s hockey teams, along with local high school and youth teams. It is located at 915 Menomonie Street.



Thursday, September 20

A team on the rise David Heiling SPORTS EDITOR

For all of my faithful readers, you will know that once again my brave picks did indeed pan out last week in fantasy football. Dwayne Bowe had 22 points in standard leagues and Cam Newton had 25. Good starts both ways. Okay, yes ... all of Bowe’s points came in garbage time when the Bills got bored with playing defense because they were winning the whole game, but still. Yet once again, “Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe” eluded capturing that first victory in our prestigious “Spectator League.” This time I lost by one point to the big man, Editor in Chief Eric Christenson. The final score was 84-83 and if Darren McFadden would have rushed for 40 yards instead of 22, I would have taken the victory. But he didn’t, and I left Robert

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Griffin III (30 points) and Trent Richardson (26 points) on my bench. Good call Dave, good call. In terms of huge fantasy days around the league, Reggie Bush led the point totals throughout Sunday’s games. Yes, Reggie Bush, the ex-Heisman winning, former USC standout running back Reggie Bush. He ran for 172 yards and two TDs totalling 31 points. He was on Eric’s team. He was on Eric’s bench. Next came RGIII, who was on my bench, and then came C.J. Spiller who racked up 28 points in Fred Jackson’s absence. Spiller easily could have been picked up in some leagues or have been trade bait for an extra flex player at the beginning of the season, it now looks like he is a guaranteed start every week for fantasy after his beaucoup numbers the first two weeks. Some other players that deserve some fantasy mention are both Dante Rosario and Antonio Gates. Rosario had three TDs. First of


all, who is this guy? Drafted in 2007 in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers out of the University of Oregon, Rosario had only five TD receptions in his first five seasons in the league compared to his three on Sunday. So why does Antonio Gates deserve mention here? Because Rosario is not going to magically become the starter in San Diego after this performance. Antonio Gates will be back, and Rosario getting three TD grabs shows that his quarterback, Phillip Rivers, is targeting the tight end position heavily. Another guy who played well was that running back from Houston. Not Arian Foster. Ben Tate had a better fantasy day than that of Foster’s, besting him 21 points to 20. Houston has an explosive offense and watch, this pattern of split carries between the two continue in upcoming weeks. Without further ado, here is Dave’s brave picks for Week 3 of the NFL fantasy football season:

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After a slow start to the season, the Lady Blugold tennis team bounces back with two convincing wins at home Kayla Simon FREELANCER

The women’s tennis team won 8-1 over Wartburg College (Iowa) and 9-0 against St. Norbert College (DePere) Saturday at McPhee Physical Education Center. Senior Taylor Heltne and junior Katie Gillman won both of their No. 1 doubles matches Saturday. The duo went 8-1 against Wartburg College and ended the day with a 8-2 win over St. Norbert College. Heltne said the girls are trying to figure out the “quirks” as a team and working on trying to become “one team.” “We are a lot deeper as a team, everyone is pushing each other and we all get better that way,” Heltne said. Head Coach Tom Gillman said the team in the past has been very young. He said he is proud now that the older girls are really capable of leading the rest of the team this season. “(We) definitely have some things we’re trying to work at, we showed progress this weekend for sure, movement being one of those things,” Gillman said. He also said this tournament was good for the team in more ways than one. “We became more successful as the weekend went on. ITA will be a great opportunity to get sharper and more

matches in,” Gillman said. “The team took a big step last year at this tournament: we have a great chance for individuals to have to advance and gain more confidence.” There were wins on almost every court Saturday for the Blugolds, with senior Gretchen Bachmeier winning both her matches in No. 3 singles. She first beat freshman Katherine Ross from Wartburg 6-0 and later in the day had 6-1 and 6-0 wins over St. Norbert’s senior Maria Slusarek. Katie Gillman, the women’s No. 2 single, also won both her single matches Saturday. She defeated freshman Melissa Davis from Wartburg 6-1, 6-1, later beating junior Ariel Bloniarz from St. Norbert, 6-2, 6-0. The team, including a total of 10 girls, had a tough beginning to their season when they matched up with UW-Whitewater at the end of August. Saturday’s tennis match up may have been against a non-conference foe, but it sets them up well for what they have coming up. It was a great way for them to get ready for one of the biggest tournaments of the season.

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SPORTS EDITOR: David Heiling


Thursday, September 20

Behind the scenes with Eau Claire’s Athletic Director Ryan Spoehr COPY EDITOR

Size, athletic success of UW-Eau Claire is much different than Southern Vermont, says Kilgallon

Earlier this week, The Spectator’s Ryan Spoehr sat down with Scott Kilgallon who is in his ninth year as UW-Eau Claire athletic director. He came from Southern Vermont University where he was their Men’s and Women’s Cross Country coach and athletic director simultaneously. RS: You came from Vermont. Talk about the differences between Vermont and here in Eau Claire. SK: Well, Vermont where I was, when I got there, they were not in the NCAA, so you had to build a program up from scratch. And interestingly enough, it was the smallest school in Division III with about 350 students and now you’ve gone to one of the largest with 11,000 students. You know, both have the same thing. You want to provide your student athletes with a great experience and of course the challenge at Southern Vermont was to get the athletic programs up and running. RS: So during the day when you are working as athletic director, what are some of the things that you do? What makes up your day?

SK: Well, I’d say just in the short time you’ve been here, you heard the phone ring a couple times and people stopping in. One of the things I do is I have an open-door policy. You get a scheduled meeting, but unless it is a personnel issue I always have the door open. Coaches know and students know to come in and talk with me. RS: What are some of the decisions you have to make on a regular basis? SK: Personnel is always (a decision to make). You’ve got about 65 rapports with adjunct (and) full-time coaches. Personnel is always going to have something and that’s not always negative. It’s just sometimes somebody needs a pick-me-up. RS: What do you foresee for the program short-term and long-term? SK: The foundation has really been laid right now. I mean, when you have 12-15 teams making it to nationals that’s pretty good. It’s excellent actually. Typical schools may get one every five years. Sometimes I think people take that for granted.

But, we don’t know which team is going to have that exceptional season this year. I have to say that carefully because you don’t want to put too much pressure on the teams. You know it’s not all weighted on NCAA tournaments. Ideally in this conference, it’s kind of accepted that’s what you’re doing right now. RS: Homecoming is coming up. What makes Homecoming so special on this campus compared to other Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools or even UW-Madison? SK: I think the big thing about Homecoming is that we have most of our student athletes, if they aren’t competing they are actually helping us. Football is the big event. I think probably the best thing is getting all the alumni back here and when they come here (and see) the quality of play on the field and the marching band, which is pretty phenomenal there, everyone has a chance to be really proud of what we do here.

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The Blugolds women’s tennis team huddles up before their weekend match-ups against St. Norbert and Wartburg colleges.

TENNIS from page 8

The ITA Midwest Regional Championships will be held at Michigan State University in October. It is a very tough couple of days with nonstop singles and doubles matches, Heltne said.

With Saturday’s wins, it “leads us in the right direction going into the ITA,” Heltne said. “I’m proud of the team, we didn’t play for a week and a half, it was good to get back out on the court. Everyone looked good out there.”



What’s in your trash?

Housing Office of Sustainability brings awareness to recycling at residence halls


Michelle Enger

Movie: “Hit & Run” This action-comedy, starring Bradley Cooper and Dax Shepard, who also wrote and co-directed the film, looks enjoyable enough. Bradley Cooper’s got a really funny hairstyle, so it’s got that going for it. It’s rated R, so there’s sure to be some hilarious swearing. Shepard and real-life fiancé Kristen Bell play a couple, which is cute I suppose. Sorry if I don’t seem into it you guys. I just wanted The Master to be playing in Eau Claire. It’s not, and this is a terrible, terrible cinematic tragedy. “Hit and Run” is now playing at Oakwood Mall’s Carmike Cinema.

On Tuesday afternoon the front lawn of Sutherland Hall was covered in garbage in an effort to be “greener” on upper campus. Contradictory as it sounds, the Housing Office of Sustainability held an event called the “Trash Sort” to see how well Governors and Sutherland Halls recycle reusable material. “It is part of a pilot project we are doing for sustainability that is targeting the halls,” said Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator. The pilot project will be targeting Governors and Sutherland Halls. This particular event is acting as an experiment because another trash sort will be held in the spring to see if the halls have improved their recycling habits. Hartsel said the main purpose of the event was to heighten student knowledge about recycling. “The main purpose of the trash sort is to bring more awareness to students living in housing about what they are throwing away that they could be recycling, or should be recycling,” Hartsel said. “A lot of times they don’t realize they can recycle things that they are


Music: Ben Folds Five — “The Sound of the Life of the Mind” It’s been more than 13 years since the last full-length Ben Folds Five album, so their reunion is reason enough to celebrate. Folds has been busy over the last decade, putting out solo records and working with the likes of Nick Hornby and William Shatner. But getting the band back together is an exciting development and hopefully the new album lives up to its high expectations.

Food: China Buffet Oh, China Buffet. You are the best. Located super-conveniently next to Gordy’s County Market on Clairemont Avenue, this restaurant is exactly what it sounds like: a Chinese food buffet. The prices are pretty low, especially during lunch hours. The food is really good (so, so much chicken done so many different ways). Plus, there’s this painting on the wall that has a lit-up Great Wall of China. So, the ambiance is perfect as well. Check it out.


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throwing away.” During the event, Hartsel and three custodial workers sorted through 1.5 yard garbage containers from Bridgman, Sutherland, and Governors Halls. They were looking for glass, plastic, cardboard, cans, paper, CFL light bulbs and batteries. The materials that could have been recycled were placed on a scale and weighed. Pat Reed, a custodial helper that helped sort through the trash, said the most common items found were paper and plastic. The results of the sort showed Bridgman Hall with 9.7 lbs. of material that could have been recycled, Governors had 8.5 lbs., and Sutherland had 11.7 lbs. There is a margin of error with the results of the sort. Sutherland Hall has more residents than the other two and the sorters took trash from one bin in each hall. Junior Alayna Spengler helped hand flyers and stickers out to students during the event. She said the trash sort event is a start to improving recycling habits. “There is a limited amount of all the things we are using,” she said. “We are eventually going to run out of it and I’d prefer it be much later than much sooner.”

Hartsel said Governors and Sutherland Halls will be receiving more information throughout the year about recycling and sustainability. Since Bridgman will not be receiving as much information, the hall will be acting as a “control hall” for the experiment. The Housing Office of Sustainability has other events planned over the course of the year. A “Do-It-In-The-

Dark” night will consist of residents from Governors and Sutherland Halls participating in night games on Oct. 2. Sustainability Trash Talks will be held throughout the year with presentations about issues of sustainability. There will also be a craft night, trivia, and photo scavenger hunt. Hartsel hopes the upcoming events, much like the Trash Sort, will create awareness about sustainability

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Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, and Nay Myo Win, a UW-Eau Claire freshman, sort through trash on Tuesday in front of Sutherland Hall.

Opera gives formal gowns another chance UW-Eau Claire alters old dresses into Victorian ball gowns for February performance Martha Landry NEWS EDITOR

When considering Victorian ball gowns, tight corsets, beautiful petticoats and sweeping bell skirts should come to mind. So when Professor Amanda Profaizer started planning out the spring Victorian opera, she knew they couldn’t do anything less than authentic when it came to the costumes. But a tight budget for the opera meant Profaizer had to rethink how to get the dresses. Her idea: create dresses from scratch using donated dresses. “The opera is so big so they have to be beautiful ball dresses,” Profaizer said, “but how do we help tell that story and do it all on a small budget?” She said they are only going to purchase 10 percent

of the show — the other 90 percent is going to come from the theatre stock, donated or bought second-hand. “It’s this exciting project of mod podging everything together,” she said. Profaizer said they are planning on taking all the lace from one dress and the beading from another to really make the gowns from scratch. The opera will hit the stage in February so Profaizer said they haven’t hit the main stride of work quite yet but this winter break they will be. Nontraditional student Jake Lindgren, the assistant designer on the project, said he was immediately interested when approached by Profaizer. Lindgren, a theatre major with an emphasis on costuming, knew this project

would be great for his résumé and education, but also fun. When Lindgren first started asking for dresses, he asked for any wedding dresses, mother of the bride, prom dresses — any fit, any color, any size, any decade. “I kind of neglected to think about the ’70s,” Lindgren said, “and the ’70s were a very different style aesthetically with their formals and oddly enough the majority of the dresses we have been getting from the community.” Because dresses from this era were more casual, they have been difficult to rework, Lindgren said. Many women have a really strong connection to the dresses they donate, Profaizer said, so she wants to community to feel involved and see the process of what their dress is changing into. “I wanted to show

other people outside of our theatre world what we do,” Profaizer said. “I think a lot of people don’t realize what goes into a theatre production or any form of theatrical performance.” One of Profaizer’s favorite parts of the project is the opportunity for students to see the process of creating real costumes from scratch and inspire their creativity. “I really wanted to have this opportunity to show the students how to stretch a dollar,” Profaizer said, “How to change clothing into a period and to do it well.” Profaizer and Lindgren strongly encourage students to consider donating their old prom dresses. Lindgren said the style of prom dresses in the last couple of years have really good fits and would be perfect for assembling the gowns. Donating can also

give dresses another life rather than sitting in closets for years, Profaizer said. They have set November as the end date for accepting gowns and they are hoping to receive a lot more before then. “We need to construct about 30 to 40 gowns and we are estimating to construct one historically accurate piece, we’ll be needing at least four to five dresses to one,” Lindgren said. “We easily need two to three hundred dresses (donated).” The easiest way to donate dresses is to log onto promqueenvictoria.blogspot. com and email Profaizer and Lindgren about the donation. Although the project seems hectic and like a lot of work, Profaizer said she couldn’t be more excited. “It’s going to be a nightmare but it’s going to be so much fun.”


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“Night OUT” spotlights inequality Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center offers free film showings Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER

Complimentary concessions are a large incentive to get college students out to see a movie — especially when they aren’t charged for admission either. The Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center is hosting a free event titled “Night OUT: Film Series” at Woodland Theater in Davies Center, showing several films over the semester highlighting societal problems such as homophobic stereotyping and violence, women’s inequity and body dysphoria (a state of unease or general dissatisfaction). Christopher Jorgenson, the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator said he thinks film is a good way of raising awareness and opening minds. “I wanted a film series for two reasons. One, I

had never done one before, so I wanted to diversify my programming, and two, I like using movies as a way to introduce people to ideas or personal experiences that they have not yet been exposed to,” Jorgenson said. The films already have started with “Transamerica,” an independent film focusing on a male-to-female transsexual played by Felicity Huffman. In the film, Huffman’s character discovers that she has a teenage son. She accompanies him across the country, back to Los Angeles, where he hopes to become a porn star, and where she has made an appointment to have her life-changing surgery. “Iron-Jawed Angels” will play at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26. This film stars Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor as suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. The film highlights the struggles women made against a war-time patriarchal government that at first didn’t take their movement seriously. Jorgenson said the films provide more impact than just hearing the facts of the story from a book

or a lecture. “‘Iron-Jawed Angels,’ of course, with suffrage … really chronicles a part of that struggle that people don’t really know about,” Jorgenson said. “When you see it, you think of some of the things that happened to those women, it’s just remarkable.” Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center intern Bryton Fredrick said he is looking forward to exposing new concepts to UW-Eau Claire students. “My hope is that the films will reach a lot of new students, but will also reach current students

who haven’t experienced films on campus before,” Fredrick said. “Hopefully the film series reaches these students in a positive way and makes their eyes open to new and different ideas.” Another of the films, “The Laramie Project,” is a fictionalization of a documentary-style film. A crew of actors and a director travel to Laramie, Wyo., the infamous town where a gay University of Wyoming student was lynched by two men. This film focuses on the reactions by many different people within the town, some homosexuals themselves and others with varying viewpoints on the LGBTQ community. The films will be shown every other week of the month until the end of the semester with the final movie, “Home for the Holidays,” shown Dec. 19. Snacks are offered free of charge at the showings.


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Thursday, September 20

This week: “Brickleberry”

Emily Albrent



DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS: EC Shimmy belly dance instructor Laura Gaber performed a sword dance at Saturday’s International Fall Festival on South Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire.

On Saturday, crowds filled a closed-off South Barstow Street to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Eau Claire’s International Fall Festival. The various vendors and attractions stretched from Lake Street to the Chippewa River. The event is put on every year to let community members experience the cultural diversity of the Eau Claire area. The main event of the day, the Parade of Nations, showcased floats from the different exhibits and ven-

dors that attended the festival, along with dancers and bands. Much of the day’s festivities revolved around the international bazaar, containing goods from many local businesses along with food such as Greek gyros, fry bread and fried pickles. The entertainment on Saturday included belly dancers and bands. The World Stage was set up to showcase various local talents, such as the UWEau Claire Irish Dance group, who also gave lessons. Hidden among the crowd

as living statues were the UW-Eau Claire Players. Inflatable carnival rides were set up for children to enjoy along with a pony ride. Also in the children’s area was a petting zoo that included endangered animals, like an Eland, and some not-so endangered animals, like Shetland Sheep. The International Fall Festival has been held every year since 1985. - The Spectator Staff

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I am always on the lookout for new shows to watch and write about, and this week I got the chance to watch the first episode of “Brickleberry,” the latest in Comedy Central’s lineup, premiering on Sept. 25. The show is, in a nutshell, what will likely be a highly controversial, “Family Guy”-esque comedy that takes place in an outdoorsy setting where forest rangers are facing the threat of a national park being closed. The show features Tom Kenny (best known as the voice of SpongeBob) as Woody, the head ranger, and Daniel Tosh as Malloy, the park’s resident bear. The other rangers at the park are voiced by Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Dave Herman (“Futurama”) and Jerry Minor (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). As I sat down to watch the first episode, I could tell pretty quickly that this was definitely not the show for me. Don’t get me wrong, I laughed at some

horrible things, but the first episode just didn’t make me laugh as much as I had hoped it would. Now, I have only seen the first episode, so maybe my opinion is being voiced too soon, but I just can’t see myself coming back for episode two. In a conference call with university media, two of the stars of the show, Kenny and Minor, answered some questions. Regardless of my thoughts on the show itself, they clearly enjoy their job, and are looking forward to coming seasons. I asked them what they each individually liked about the first episode when they saw it, and I could tell they had a great time acting out their outlandish characters. They are both seriously cool guys. “I was very pleased. You know seeing your character come to life, we do it so far in advance … because animation takes so long to me it’s almost like watching something that I

haven’t seen, so it’s really pleasing, it’s like I didn’t do it,” Minor said. “It’s really bizarre to listen to a voice that I did so long ago.” Kenny has been the voice of many characters. In addition to SpongeBob, he voiced Dog in the show CatDog (remember that one?), so he is no stranger to animation. “I have worked on a lot of animated shows, and every one is different and every one has its own identity and every one has its own creators who are really interesting personalities,” Kenny said. “As a guy who has been doing this for a long time it kind of gives you a little bit of adrenaline to be working on the first show.” So if you have a little time, judge the show for yourself. Tune in to Comedy Central at 10: 30 p.m. on Sept. 25. Albrent is a junior journalism major and Chief Copy Editor of The Spectator.

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OP/ED EDITOR: Tyler Hart

Talk about your creative ideas

Accepting criticisms from peers is an important part of the creative process Elizabeth Jackson PHOTO EDITOR


Thursday, September 20

As a writer, one thing I value the most is the creative process. Brainstorming an idea for a new story ­— be it fiction or news — planning a script, or just sketching out some character ideas are some of my favorite ways to relax. I assume that a lot of other creative people — or for that matter, anyone who has ever had an idea — feel the same as I do about this. But there is one aspect of the creative process that I have a hard time doing: talking to others about my ideas. Talking to people. When has that ever been something scary? The first time I felt shy around others when it came to my writing was in a creative writing class, my sophomore year of high school. My teachers reading my work and talking to me about it? Fine. My peers reading my work and talking to me

about it? Absolutely not. I could feel myself blushing every time we had to share our story ideas with classmates, and I was almost sick when we had to let others read our finished stories. Over the years I’ve gotten better at letting my peers read my nonfiction essays or my news stories and telling me what they think of them, but when it comes to fiction, I won’t even let my own mother read what I’ve written. What a detriment to my creative process that is, and to anyone’s creative process. The toughest part of letting others look at our work is that they’re going to critique it. Critique. What

an awful, scary, dirty word. Someone is going to look at our hard work and rip it to shreds. And they might. We have to remember one thing, though: if they’re a good critic they’ll tell us what we can improve upon (hopefully in the nicest way possible), but they’ll also tell us what we’re doing well. A perk of actually discussing your work with someone is that you get to look at it from a different person’s perspective. That old phrase “two heads are better than one” is somewhat true. You don’t have to subscribe to it when you’re working on your project,

“ I’ve found that if you’re worried about someone seeing your creative work, it’s best to leave them to their own accord to do it.”

but you should subscribe to it when you’re looking for ways to improve your work. Friends, peers, parents, etc. might know a little bit about something you’re incorporating into your work, and thus they can give you a hint about how to improve what you’re working on. Also, don’t fret about someone stealing your work. The chances of that happening are slim. I’ve found if you’re worried about someone seeing your creative work, it’s best to leave them to their own accord to do it. If you stand there while they critique your creative work, you’ll get nervous. If they know you well, they know you’re getting nervous, and they’ll want to treat whatever you’re having them inspect with kid gloves. There’s a chance your reviewer won’t be completely honest with you, and you don’t want that. Take a couple days to let them casually review it, away from you. Next time you find yourself with a creative dilemma, get a second opinion. Take your work to a trusted friend, relax, and let them review your work in peace. You’ll come out of it with a fresh perspective, and hopefully a little more confidence when it comes to having your work critiqued. Jackson is a junior history/journalism double major and Photo Editor for The Spectator.

Tyler Hart

OP/ED EDITOR Have you ever made a major decision to change something in your life and then failed to follow through with it? A comparison of any local gym on January 2 with the same gym in late February is a perfect example of abandoned goals. It’s only human to set high standards for ourselves, but it seems as if all too often these plans fail to reach fruition. I think our constant hunger for change is usually a very positive thing; when people in our society see something they don’t like, they have the freedom and motivation to do something about it. It’s difficult to imagine where we would be right now if nobody ever took the initiative to make a drastic change. However, it’s easy to get ahead of ourselves. In my

opinion, desirable ends are usually the result of realistic means. It’s like running a race: the person who sprints ahead at the starting line without considering the rest of the race will slow down or quit before the finish line. The best runners approach things reasonably and don’t expect instant returns for their efforts. The same goes for making any sort of major decision in life. It’s easy (and fun) to dive right into

something without thinking twice about it, but it’s just as easy to walk away from it soon afterward. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to run headlong into a new project. In fact, sometimes the excitement is all the value a person needs. But for important decisions, moderation is essential. Investing time and thought into a decision makes it more valuable to the person doing the deciding, which will ultimately make him or her more likely to stick with it.

Personally, I’m guilty of getting ahead of myself all too often. I get on room-cleaning kicks where I meticulously organize every single thing I own, but the effort wears me out so much that I abandon any sort of tidy habits the very next day. I once decided to become a master Yu-Gi-Oh champion (I was young, people), but I pursued the hobby too fervently and now all I’m left with is an embarrassingly large card collection. My point is that major

“In my opinion, desirable ends are usually the result of realistic means.”

decisions shouldn’t be pursued with extreme measures. I’m all for doing extreme things, but you won’t meet many skydivers who didn’t spend some down time considering the details of what they were doing. Think back to award shows you’ve watched or acceptance speeches you’ve heard. Successful people often reference the long road to where they ended up. The people who gain quick fame usually lose it just as quickly (remember Rebecca Black?). Putting thought into a decision is like investing money in successful stock; the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. To stumble blindly through anything is a waste of valuable talent. So next time you’re looking for change, consider taking the less exciting route. Chances are you’ll get there eventually. Hart is a junior English major and Op/Ed Editor of The Spectator.

There is a new proposal in the Wisconsin education system that would require every junior in high school to take the ACT, and state education officials are backing the move. The plan calls for a $7 million budget for 2013-2015, which would cover the cost of the test for each junior in Wisconsin. Members of the editorial board feel as if the new proposal is a good move for Wisconsin’s education system and backed the move unanimously. No harm can come from requiring the test as long as there is no charge to the students. One speaker cited their own high school, which required the test, and said it was a great way to get kids on the track to college. The test would be a valuable opportunity for kids who either can’t afford the test (it costs $35$50 depending on which test is taken) or feel as if they aren’t smart enough to go to college. Apathetic students who have never considered further education may see their scores after taking the test and realize that they can, in fact, attend college. It’s a shame that so many kids miss out on further education just because they never get around to taking the ACT. In fact, approximately 61 percent of last year’s seniors had taken the test at some point in high school. If that number becomes 100 percent, it’s almost guaranteed that more kids will attend college once they graduate. Members of the board also agreed that the ACT should replace the required 10th grade standardized tests, which are rarely taken seriously by most students. Using the ACT as a measure of learning would give kids a better reason to try hard while taking the tests, which would therefore result in a more accurate assessment of each school’s teaching effectiveness. It’s important that the test would be during junior year because it can be retaken if necessary before college applications are due. However, the board does not think that the state should cover the costs of any additional attempts at the ACT after the first initial test. $7 million is already a substantial amount of money, and any more than that would probably hinder the likeliness of the proposal’s success. The staff editorial in The Spectator reflects the majority opinion of the editorial board and is written by the Op/Ed editor. Columns, cartoons and letters are the opinion of the author/artist and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Spectator as a whole.


Fiscal cliff should be no. 1 priority for candidates

Campaigns dilute its importance with less pressing issues Alex Zank

CHIEF COPY EDITOR Vice President Joe Biden’s speech was a great opportunity for students at UW-Eau Claire. He brought up plenty of topics that were important to the student body and community members, and it is good that we were able to gain a better understanding of them. But a topic that was for the most part not touched upon — and this is largely a reflection of what both campaigns are doing — is the enormous problem of the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff, for those unfamiliar with the topic (and it should be a concern if you are), is a phrase for double-headed fiscal trouble that will occur at the end of this year. Two different things are set to occur if Congress does not act on them: 1. The Bush tax cuts will expire for everyone, and 2. Across the board spending cuts will take effect, as a result of previous spending cut compromises. The combination of both things happening at once spells disaster for a still-struggling economy. With an incredibly slow recovery (the most recent disappointing jobs report shows


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there is still much work to do before we can breathe more easily), fiscal wisdom screams against raising taxes for anyone as well as cutting government programs. Why is this? When government spending is cut back, it does a lot of different things: programs don’t get as much money, federal workers take a hit, etc. But without going into too much detail, the bottom line is that there is less demand in the aggregate economy as a result. A lack of overall demand is precisely the problem we are still having today; if there is no demand to buy anything, why would companies increase production (and therefore hire more workers)? Also, when taxes are raised, this means people have less disposable income. As I’ve already addressed, there is not much going on as far as consumption as it is. Decreasing everyone’s disposable income would only further complicate the situation. In order to prevent an even slower growth in our economy, we naturally would want to extend these tax cuts and stop the spending cuts from happening. But what do we hear from our candidates on both sides? We are stuck in a trivial debate about who deserves a tax cut.

President Obama and most I don’t care right now if defense Democrats do not think the spending is incredibly bloated. wealthiest Americans really I do care that spending won’t need the additional tax cuts they be cut so drastically right now. have been getting, and therefore That’s just bad fiscal policy they should not be included in all around. the extensions. In fact, that is The solution to our problems the closest I heard Biden get to cannot be found in bickering over talking about the fiscal situation such small details of the larger on Thursday. issue here. I don’t disagree with this. What we need from whichBut Mitt Romney and, more imever candidate is elected in Noportantly, House Republicans, vember is a strong leadership have made it their mission in that transcends the triviality of life to be martyrs for the nation’s it all to somehow get that gridtop earners. locked Congress W e to come to a solucan go on “I honestly don’t care if tion to this inand on all credibly serious day about the richest of us end up fiscal problem. If this specific the tax cuts are issue, but getting a tax cut again; allowed to expire when real- what I do care about is and across the ity’s ugly ensuring tax cuts as a board spending head is cuts do happen, staring you whole happen ... ” do not expect in the face, any serious why would recovery to occur we be foolish enough to argue any time soon. about one tiny part of it? The fiscal cliff should be The solution to our economthe number one issue talked ic woes will not be determined about on the campaign trail, in by whether the rich receive case readers still did not catch more tax cuts or not; it will be that after reading this. The fudetermined through this broadture of our nation’s economy er approach of trying to get that could be filled either with more demand back into the economy. hardships or hopefully a better I honestly don’t care if the recovery. And right now, that richest of us end up getting a is much more important than tax cut again; what I do care arguing about tax breaks for about is ensuring the tax cuts millionaires. as a whole happen, as long as the biggest consumers in the Zank is a senior journalism and economy get their share of tax political science major and Chief breaks ­— the middle class. And Copy Editor of The Spectator.




Plastic bags are a perfect example of what is wrong with our society. These bags are cheap and easy to make, just thin sheets of plastic. The problem with plastic bags is it’s cheaper to throw them away and create new ones than it is to recycle them. When you bring your extra bags back to the grocery store, they are being thrown away. Companies lose money if they try to recycle plastic bags. Have you ever heard of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? The floating plastic garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? That is where your plastic bags will end up. Now paper bags, those can be recycled. They also don’t use any dye to manufacture the bag itself, making it better for the environment in more than one way. Not only is the paper bag better for the environment when shopping but they can be used in lots of different ways. They are great for book covers and if you want to go as a cowboy for Halloween, you can make a killer tassel vest out of a bag. Sounds like a pretty simple choice if you ask me.

I am not choosing plastic because I think it is somehow “better” in a quantifiable way as opposed to paper. I choose plastic because I hate the hypocritical nature of paper bags and those who use them that somehow think they are saving the planet. Before you quit reading, hear me out. According to a study by, each year the world produces more than 300 million tons of paper. And as Americans, we don’t do a good job recycling our share of this paper – over 40 percent of our municipal solid waste is, you guessed it, paper. Forests are being destroyed at an unsustainable rate, and we are using paper bags because we care about the planet. When I’m at Mega Foods and I make that ultimate decision, I go with the convenient choice – I can carry about six plastic bags at a time and I don’t have to worry about the handles ripping off rather than paper. So if you really are an environmentalist, buy canvas and quit kidding yourself with the paper. For the rest of us, go with a quality product, shout “Plastic!” proudly at the cashier.

- Martha Landry

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Carving Their Way Geology majors create hiking guides, map area along Ice Age Trail for student research project Haley Zblewski CURRENTS EDITOR

During week one of their trip to Straight Lake State Park, seniors Ian Freeman and Becca Moore faced humid, 98 degree weather. Their second week of camping at the park was filled with thunderstorms. The ability to deal with potentially harsh weather was a quality Kent Syverson, chair of UW-Eau Claire’s geology department, was looking for when picking students to work with him in a collaborative research project at Straight Lake State Park. “I’ve been camping most of my life and I’ve never had weather like that,” Moore, a hydrogeology major, said. Moore and Freeman, a geology and biology major, began the project in the summer of 2011. Their task while at Straight Lake State Park was to explore the area and create a hiking guide to assist visitors to the park for the DNR. The hiking guide will be published soon, something that Syverson said the DNR will find very useful. “The park is along a new segment of the Ice Age Trail, so there’s no specific information for that area. The DNR could really use that information, but they don’t have the money to hire anyone to put that together,” Syverson said. The trail running through the park was only created the spring before they began mapping the area, Moore said. It’s a new portion of the Ice Age Trail.

The Ice Age Trail is a scenic hiking trail that spans across the state of Wisconsin. The trail follows the edges of the last continental glacier in North America, a time known as the Wisconsin glaciation, Moore said. According to the National Park Service’s website, the Ice Age Trail is still being expanded, and once completed it will span 1,200 miles from Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in northwestern Wisconsin to Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

To see the soon to be published hiking guide created by Freeman, Moore and Syverson, go to Straight Lake State Park features many glacial landmarks created during the most recent glaciation 10,000 to 35,000 years ago, Moore said, making it an especially interesting landscape. However, Moore and Freeman had no experience with glacial geology. “He gave us a list of things we’d need to know for the project and I thought ‘I don’t know how to do any of those,’” Moore said. So the students’ first task was preparing on the UW-Eau Claire campus, surveying topographical maps


Ian Freeman and Becca Moore present their project at Student Research Day held May 1– May 2, 2012. They presented the information they gathered for their hiking guide.

of the park and the Ice Age Trail, Syverson said. Soon after they had a crash-course in glacial geology, Freeman and Moore camped in the park for two one-week periods, hiking the area and looking for easily visible landforms that would be good stopping places for people hiking the trail. Freeman said it was a learning experience he was very glad to have been a part of. “We learned what it takes to do field work, not only the scientific side, but also the practical stuff and you also learn more about the resources inside the park,” he said. In creating the hiking guide, Freeman and Moore were allowed a lot of freedom in what was featured on it, Moore said. “We essentially picked what parts we wanted on the hiking guide that we thought would be best to see the geological features,” she said. Among the features they chose were a sharp-crested esker and a tunnel channel (see info box at bottom). But they were nowhere close to being done. More than a year later, Freeman and Moore are only now starting to wrap up the project. “With the project, they’re supposed to get 30 hours of service learning, but they put in so much more than that,” Syverson said. He guessed that they spent closer to 300 than 30 hours on the project. Freeman and Moore presented their project to the Geological Society of America at their international conference in Minneapolis last year. Syverson also arranged a field trip for the GSA where about 50 to 60 glacial geologists from around the world visited Straight Lake State Park. Moore and Freeman led the trip through the park where they showed off the glacial landmarks to glacial geologists from Iceland, Canada and other parts of the world, including “the best from the U.S.,” Freeman said. Freeman and Moore also put together a video series about the park, which is pending final approval from the DNR and Syverson. Once approved, they will be put up on YouTube so they can be easily viewed by the public. “We’re hoping people can watch the videos before they go to the park or they can watch them on their smart phones,” Freeman said.


Freeman and Moore explored Straight Lake State for two one-week periods to create the first hiking map for the area along with a complementary video series.

The film series includes a short video for each of the stops along the trail and a basic introduction video about the park, Freeman said. “We originally wanted to make the videos with us in the park, but it turns out that nature and Straight Lake Straight Park’s not camera ready,” Freeman said with a laugh.

“There’s tons of bugs and it’s really noisy all the time … it’s hard to get the right sound.” Their solution to this problem was to create a video of camera shots of the park with a voice over by Moore. Freeman said he expects the video series will be online by the end of the year.

Esker (es·ker):

A long narrow ridge or mound of sand, gravel and boulders deposited by a stream flowing on, within, or beneath a stagnant glacier. A sharp-crested esker, like the one found in Straight Lake State Park, simply comes to a sharper point, meaning the feature has especially steep sides. Moore said that on one side of Straight Lake State park esker, there is a lake and on the other side there is a river.

Tunnel channel (tun·nel chan·nel):

A tunnel channel is essentially created by a fast-moving river of icemelt under a glacier. The river carves a valley into the ground. After the glacier has melted, the valley may end up containing lakes. Freeman said that the tunnel channel in Straight Lake State Park starts one-fourth of a mile to half a mile from the norther park boundary and goes two or three miles inside of the park. There are many channel tunnels along the Ice Age Trail and the Ice Age Trail Alliance claims that the Straight River Segment of it is one of the most impressive examples.


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