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VOL. 91, NO. 19


Thursday, Feb. 21

A night at the opera UW-Eau Claire’s theatre department opening comedic opera “Die Fledermaus” tonight >> page 10


BREAK A LEG: The set of “Die Fledermaus,” this year’s campus theatre production, is ready for the first performance tonight at Gantner Concert Hall in Haas Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students.







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Chancellor search down to final candidates

Junior swimmer Alex Card qualifies for nationals

Fourth frozen yogurt shop in Eau Claire opened last month

Currents Editor Martha Landry says a $7 million water main repair is worth it

Vagina Monologues returns to campus with a message, aims to raise awareness

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Thursday, Feb. 21

Committee names five chancellor finalists

Two candidates already visited campus; others coming over next few weeks David Heiling NEWS EDITOR

Five candidates have been named by a 21-member search and screen committee chaired by Dr. Rama Yelkur as finalists to become the next chancellor of UW-Eau Claire. The committee recommended the five finalists to UW System President Kevin Reilly, who officially recognized the five individuals as finalists Friday morning. The five finalists include; Pam Benoit; Kathryn CruzUribe; Anne Huot; Kent Neely and James Schmidt (see info box for more information). The finalists will each visit Eau Claire for three days. During their visit they will have an open forum, in which all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Each candidate will present on and discuss their ideas for how to lead Eau Claire moving forward. Neely’s visit took place Monday. He held his open forum in Schofield Auditorium and addressed a crowd of mainly faculty and staff. During his presentation, Neely expressed the importance of a liberal education as a whole, while localizing it to campus. “Another thing we must do,” he said, “is to demonstrate, as public institutions of higher education, that a liberal arts education continues to be viable and necessary … We are not only partners, but drivers in this evolutionary revolution in public higher education.” According to page 16 of the summary of the UW-Eau Claire chancellor position description, the chancellor should demonstrate, “a commitment to upholding the UW System’s longstanding policy of shared governance with faculty, staff and students ...” This is something Neely also addressed to the audience. “I think shared governance means shared creativity and also shared responsibility,” he said. “Sometimes that means that there will be issues that are uncomfortable, but there

will be decisions that need to be reached.” Neely said he is looking for the capstone of his career at Eau Claire and the chancellor position would cap off his work in the higher education system, something he has been involved in since 1976. Huot gave her presentation on the same topic at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Schofield Auditorium. She said if she was elected chancellor she hopes that university objectives can be accomplished together with other members of the university community. “My hope would be that together we would enhance the educational experience of our students, develop the talents of our human capital, we would engage in the Eau Claire community for mutual benefit,” she said. “ … and in so doing, create change that matters, that is positive, and would have lasting impression on the university.” Huot said throughout her presentation that relationships and communication are key parts of success. According to the summa-

ry of the position, candidates should have “the ability to formulate, articulate and implement a compelling vision for UW-Eau Claire’s future that is consistent with and expands on our current strategic vision and values.” Huot said the success of the campus’ ambitious philanthropic goals will be very important for the future of Eau Claire moving forward. “Successful completion of the agenda is going to set the groundwork and foundation for the next student generation …,” Huot said. “These include your recently announced fundraising campaign, stewardship of the gifts that have already been given, further development of a business plan for the priory and importantly, analysis of, and if appropriate, advocacy for, the Confluence Project.” Cruz-Uribe is the next candidate set to visit Eau Claire on Feb. 25 with her open forum time set for 2:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Yelkur, the search and screen committee chair for the chancellor finalists, said af-

ter the candidates’ visits are finished March 6, a different committee will question the candidates further. A final decision will be made at an April Board of Regents meeting at UW-La Crosse. “They will interview all five, in Madison on March 20,” she said. “At the end of the day they will have a recommendation to make. Between the campus visits and the March 20 Madison interviews, the search committee will have feedback from campus and community ... and we will give that feedback to (UW System) President Reilly and the special regents committee.” The last two finalists to visit Eau Claire will be Benoit and Schmidt on March 4 and March 6, respectively. This is part one of a three part series covering the finalists for UW-Eau Claire chancellor. Next week will feature coverage of Kathryn Cruz-Uribe’s open forum. The March 7 issue will feature coverage of Pam Benoit and James C. Schmidt’s campus visits.

The Final Five Dr. Pam Benoit

Dr. Kent Neely

• Executive Vice President and Provost — Ohio University • Open forum: 2:30--4 p.m. Monday, March 4, Schofield Auditorium (campus visit March 3-5)

• Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs — Western Oregon University • Open forum: 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Schofield Auditorium (campus visit Feb. 17-19)

Dr. Anne E. Huot • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs — The College at Brockport, State University of New York • Open forum: 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Schofield Auditorium (campus visit Feb. 19-21)

Dr. James C. Schmidt • Vice President for University Advancement, Executive Director of WSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Winona State University • Open forum: 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, Schofield Auditorium (campus visit March 5-7)

Dr. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs — ­ California State University, Monterey Bay • Open forum: 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Schofield Auditorium (campus visit Feb. 24-26)

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Thursday, Feb. 21

New dean search underway


Arts and Sciences department searching to fill dean position Steve Fruehauf

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Ever since former UW-Eau Claire Arts and Sciences Dean Donald P. Christian left the university in 2009, the college was left without a full-time supervisor. Then after an unsuccessful search last year, it was uncertain when Eau Claire would find someone to fill the position. But with a new school year comes a new effort. The university is now looking for someone to take on permanent dean responsibilities once again. Eau Claire Provost and Vice Chancellor Patricia Kleine said it’s not uncommon for a search to conclude with no one chosen. She said there are numerous things search committees look for when selecting a new dean, especially when considering the size of the Arts and Sciences Department. “You’re trying to find the best fit for the institution,” Kleine said. “Remember, they are going to be leading that whole college. So when you go to look for a dean, it’s hard. In my personal opinion, it’s the most difficult position to fill.” Among other things, the official job description released by the university said the position requires someone with a minimum of three years’ successful administrative experience at least at an associate dean level. The description also said candidates

experience in cultural diversity. College of Business Dean Diane Hoadley is in charge of leading the committee that is searching for qualified candidates. The group is made up of faculty and student representatives respectively. They had their initial meeting Jan. 18. There, they put together a list of objectives for the search and sent out announcements describing the position’s opening. They are set to conduct phone interviews for a good portion of March, starting on the fifth. After that is finished, the committee will then begin another set of interviews. “All of the steps that require faculty input will be done before the end of the semester,” Hoadley said. “So on-campus interviews, that’s where the faculty participates, probably are going to be scheduled in April. I’ve got a tentative to be done with that by the end of the month of April.” Hoadley said before any face-to-face interviews occur, the members on the committee have to do things like review all applications and do numerous reference checks.Only after these things are completed MERKES will candidates be invited

to campus. One student eager to learn who the new dean will be is sophomore criminal justice major Nate Merkes. He said he thinks it’s definitely important for students in their specific majors to know who exactly their leader is. “I think finding someone to fill the position permanently will bring a sense of stability to the university, or at least this given department,” Merkes said. “I’m hoping for someone who is hardworking, has a strong work ethic and cares for their students.” Kleine said the transition from interim dean to permanent dean should be seamless. She said the move will allow for whoever is chosen, if anyone, to really “sink their teeth” into the position and it shouldn’t affect the students negatively at all. She also said she by no means thinks Arts and Sciences Interim Dean David Baker has done a poor job while here. Rather, she said he has done admirable work with keeping things running while the search for a full-time candidate continues. If the timeline goes as planned, Kleine said she plans on having a decision made by July 1. But before she gets to review any candidates, the search committee must first present her with their top recommendations. This should be done by May 5. Only then will Kleine make her final decision.

Culture shock at home



“Devastated.” That’s how UW-Eau Claire senior Britta Cusick describes feeling when she woke up in America after spending a blissful semester abroad. She remembers the contrast between having the best time of her life in France one day, and the next being sick from her first meal back in the States. What Cusick was feeling is called re-entry culture shock, a common reaction from people who return home after spending time abroad. “I was basically devastated to be back,” Cusick said. “You have to completely re-learn your culture and figure out your new identity and who you are now and how that fits into your old life. It’s really an interesting process and I think it’s underestimated in terms of how life-changing it can be.” Luckily, Cusick found a way to use her re-entry culture shock

to her advantage. She got involved with the intercultural communications program and teamed up with Eau Claire alumna Chelsea Jacobson and assisstant professor of communication and journalism Judy Sims to work on a faculty-student research project focusing on study abroad and re-entry culture shock. Cusick found the open-ended responses about re-entry culture shock the most interesting and used them as the basis for her paper. “The most rewarding part (of the research) was reading the open-ended responses because students were very honest in their responses and it’s really illuminating to read about these different experiences,” Cusick said. She presented her research and won the award for top paper Saturday at the Western States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference in Reno, Nev. The professor on the panel provided lots of encouraging,

positive feedback, Cusick said. “I got to represent all the work Dr. Sims and I have done over the past year and a half,” she said. “For how much advice she gave me, how much guidance she gave me, to be able to present the paper and then get an award for it was really fulfilling.” Sims is just as pleased with Cusick’s achievement as she is. “Last year, Britta presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research,” Sims said. “I am absolutely elated Britta’s research was accepted for presentation and recognized with the honor of top paper.” Cusick is not the only Eau Claire student to suffer from re-entry culture shock. Sophomore Jenna Amundson felt prepared for any culture shock she might have encountered while studying abroad in Spain last semester. She doesn’t think many people notice the effect re-entry culture shock has on those who study abroad. “It’s leaving a place you’ve

known your whole life, seeing something new, and then coming back as a new person and feeling like you should be your old self, but you’re not; you have to adapt,” Amundson said. Junior Jordan Herrmann, who also studied in Spain last semester, had a difficult time grasping the concept of adjusting to a familiar place. “It was strange adjusting to home because it didn’t feel like a place I should need to adjust to, but I did,” Herrmann said. Cusick said the girls’ reactions are similar to her experiences, but stresses that re-entry culture shock can manifest as many different symptoms, such as boredom, anger toward your country, or a change in your values. While Cusick is proud of her accomplishments, she says her goal is to help others. Through her research, Cusick has found a productive way to help herself readjust to America, while also discovering ways to help others recover from re-entry culture shock.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - We Challenge “U” Blood Drive, Dakota Ballroom, Davies Center


7:30 p.m. - Vagina Monolouges, Schofield Auditorium


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Children’s Planetarium Show, Phillips Science Hall


2 - 3:30 p.m. - Faculty Recital: Woodwind Chamber, Haas Fine Arts Center

MONDAY, FEB. 25 2:30 p.m. - Chancellor Finalist Visit - Open Forum for Dr. Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, Schofield Auditorium


12 - 1 p.m. - Student Panel “Creating an Inclusive Classroom,” Ho-Chunk room, Davies Center

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Viewing and Saving Digital Photos, Phillips Science Hall

UW-Eau Claire student turns difficult experience into award-winning paper Katie Bast


Foster Gallery “Masterworks from the Hillstrom Museum of Art” Runs from Feb. 21 - Mar. 14 10 a.m. - 4:30- p.m. — Mon. - Fri. 1 - 4:30 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Haas Fine Arts Center

Campus Film Series When Harry Met Sally Harry (Billy Crystal) meets Sally (Meg Ryan). Can men and women ever be ‘just friends?’ Runs through 7 p.m. — Fri. - Sat. 2 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Woodland Theater, Davies Center


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Thursday, Feb. 21

Priory offers students unique living opportunity Current site of UW-Eau Claire Children’s Center will house 22 students next fall; residents to be selected by lottery Nicole Miller STAFF WRITER

Students are being offered a new and different housing option for next fall. The Priory Residence Hall is set on 112 mostly wooded acres of land located about three miles from the central campus. Formerly a Catholic Monastery, it was purchased by the university and is now home to the children’s center and will house 22 students this fall. Dr. Beth Hellwig, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, said the new residence hall will present a unique opportunity to the students. “When we first saw the building I thought right away that there could potentially be a great residential life setting and I think this is going to be a great opportunity for some very lucky students,” she said. The Priory is about a six minute car drive from campus. The nature academy has a shuttle that runs from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. making departures back and forth from Kjer Theatre to the Priory. Quincy Chapman, assistant director of housing and residence life for leadership education, said the ideal student to live at the Priory is going to be one who has some flexibility. “If they have a car they are going to enjoy the experience more than a student who would rely only on other forms of transportation,” Chapman said. “Students will be able to purchase an “R” permit and will be given a

discount rate of $150 a year. The permit will double both at the Priory and on campus.” Students will have three different styles of room options. Sixteen are single rooms with a sink inside. Four are suite-style rooms that have a bathroom connecting the two rooms to-

gether. Two additional rooms have a private bath attached. One of these will be used by the resident assistant. There are 18 total single rooms left on campus at the moment. A housing demand study that was conducted as part of the campus mas-


A NEW HOME: The Priory, 1190 Priory Road, will house 22 UW-Eau Claire students beginning next fall. There will be a lottery to determine which students are chosen to live in the new residence hall.

ter plan showed that Eau Claire’s current housing capacity is 108 percent. Students occupy all of the residence halls plus study lounges and converted living spaces. There are also 150 students living in hotels. Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, said the Priory may be a little bit of a solution for overflow in the dorms. But he also said it will not fix the overflow problem. “It is a very idyllic setting that provides students with a unique housing option than is available on campus,” he said. “There are so few private rooms available, the only place we have with considerable private rooms is Chancellors Hall and there's some in Towers Hall as well.” A student will be able to have a private room at a cost that would be equal to the rate of a double room on campus. A lottery will be used and a random drawing of names will determine the order number that a student can register for rooms until all the rooms are signed up for. Freshman broadfield social studies major Susan Kloos attended the first open house on Feb. 18 and signed up to be in the lottery. “It’s nice out here, it’s more like home, I grew up in the country,” she said. “I don’t mind the distance because I have a car.” The next two open houses are scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 7. Interested students can tour the Priory and sign up for the lottery.

Senate sets segregated fee spending for next academic year Student Health Services makes up largest chunk of budget; most programs to receive less funding than this year Student Health Services accounts for the largest chunk of the total budget – 30.6 percent – followed by athletics at 21.9 percent. The five largest Student Senate unanimously budget items make up 69.6 percent of passed the 2013-2014 Organized Activthe Organized Activities budget. ities budget Monday, the first budget in Of the 27 years that didn’t programs fundmatch spending ed through segwith revenue. regated fees, 19 The Orgawill receive less nized Activities funding next year budget doles out than this year. money to campus Senate Generactivities. The al Operations, budget is funded Student Office of through segregatSustainability, ed fees, a charge The Spectator on top of tuition and the Constructhat goes to fund BRYAN LARSON tion Fund will sports teams, muFinance Director receive the same sic programs and amount of money other activities. next year. Each item Student Health Services, Stufunded by segregated fees submits a dent Organizations Fund and Legal request for funding. Athletics was Services were given more money next the only activity that received the full year but were not given their full amount requested — a 4.1 percent requested amount. bump from last year.

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“What I had to do for the first time in five years is match expenditures with our revenue.”

The 2013-2014 budget marks the first year that Organized Activities spending matches segregated fee intake. Over the last few years Senate was able to fund more items by dipping into a surplus in the carryover fund. Six or seven years ago the carryover balance tallied almost $1 million. At the time, Student Senate was afraid the state would scoop up the excess cash, so it decided to spend down the carryover balance, Finance Director Bryan Larson said. Senate spent the extra cash on more campus activities. The total Organized Activities budget has cost more than segregated fees have brought in over the last few years. “What I had to do for the first time in five years, is match expenditures with our revenue,” Larson said. “We’ve been spending more than we take in every year because we had the surplus.” The budget covers almost $4.2 million in student activities. Segregated fees will rise $7 next year. Larson said the fee increase is

good compared with recent segregated fee jumps of almost 20 percent — the 2013-2014 budget was an “unprecedented” fiscal year. In Other Senate News Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution to disavow a letter sent and signed by senators objecting to the Forum Committee’s consideration of Angela Davis as a speaker next year. The Forum Committee received a letter Jan. 31 written on official Student Senate letterhead and signed by a handful of student senators. The letter said Angela Davis should not be invited to speak at a Forum event next year. The resolution said the Jan. 31 letter does not represent Senate’s official position on the Forum Committee’s speaker selections. Davis was affiliated with the Black Panthers and twice ran for Vice President under the Communist party ticket in the 1980s. The letter said an invitation for Davis to speak on cam-

pus would be a violation of viewpoint neutrality. Senior Casey Coughlin filed an open records request to get a copy of the letter. The resolution passed Monday was “acknowledging that the letter was problematic,” she said. The resolution said the Forum Committee followed the proper steps in considering Davis to speak. Some senators who signed the letter admitted they did not know what they were signing. Senator Stephen Kahlow said he signed the letter without fully realizing what the letter meant. He “may have made a mistake in signing the letter,” he said. The resolution said proper steps to object to Davis’ consideration – such as sitting in on Forum Committee meetings and signing up to be on the committee – were not taken. The Forum committee selects candidates to speak on campus. The committee is made up of three faculty members, three community members and six student representatives.

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Thursday, Feb. 21

Twice is nice

AMA advances to International Collegiate Case Competition Nick Erickson STAFF WRITER

For the second consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire will be represented at the American Marketing Association’s International Collegiate Case Competition in New Orleans. Four students, Bryce Dankers, Krista Roble, Ariel Wegner and Karen Dahl have worked the entire school year on the project, and have been rewarded by being selected to take their work to the Crescent City for the threeday event. The project consists of a 40page integrated marketing communication plan for Donate Life of America. The idea of the project is to attempt to lead people to donor registration and advocacy so that Donate Life will get business. Dankers said that the top team’s plan will be implemented. Roughly 60 schools submitted a plan, and the Eau Claire team was one of 10 schools chosen to present its plan. Even though they had a lower budget than other schools, Dankers said that they were able to make up ground through their ability to network. “We’re friends with a wide variety of people,” he said. “We understand what’s going to make people sign up to be organ donors.”

He said because of that, they were able to set up focus groups and talks with different groups of people to gather a lot information that would ultimately lead to donor registration and advocacy, which is their,as well as Donate Life of America’s, ultimate goal with this project. The four of them will be competing against bigger universities. Dankers, however, believes that the size of schools doesn’t really matter. “It’s about the expertise and talent,” he said. “We have a wide background, which means we can bring more to the table.” Dahl, the lone representative of last year’s team that garnered a runner-up finish, thought that being from a smaller school has served as an advantage. “We’re able to work more closely with our advisor and we also plan to present in front of faculty,” she said. “I think the close-knit environment in the business school helps us succeed.” The group is collectively excited to go to the bayou. Roble knows that this opportunity is something that not every college student gets to do and that it will be beneficial to be around professionals. “It’s a really unique opportunity for us,” she said. “We’re presenting for (Donate Life) and the top

guys there, so for us to be able to do that is huge.” Aside from the actual presenting, the conference also has a slew of activities, including guest speakers and demonstrations. Dahl said that last year, one of the top executives from Google was a keynote speaker and that it was really interesting to learn from him. The group credits a lot of its success to being good friends in general and that cohesiveness has helped advance its project to the highest level. “We are really close and that has really helped us,” Dankers said. “It has helped us out a lot because we can be honest with each other but yet we don’t take it out on one another.” No matter what place they get at the competition, they all said that this experience will help them become better at whatever business or communication career awaits them. “This has helped me look at things in different perspectives,” Dankers said. And, as Wegner said, presenting a big plan in front of professionals will only help them in job interviews after graduation. “It’s certainly a good a conversation starter,” Wegner said. “Everyone I have talked to has been really impressed by that.”


An alternative route Bus pick up on upper campus a more convenient option Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER

Students at UW-Eau Claire usually have to go to the transit center downtown in order to get a bus ride to another city, but now an arrangement between Jefferson Lines and the university will allow for any campus residents to catch a ride daily right outside of Towers Hall. Freshman Marcus Bogumill lives in Sutherland Hall. He said the opportunity of transport to and from St. Paul and Minneapolis is great for students to utilize. “I think they’re a great idea,” he said. “I think a lot of people will be able to go home more often. Maybe visit some family and friends.”

The non-contractual agreement between Jefferson and Eau Claire is one that allows for the bus lines to stop for pick up and drop off daily, making it easier on students who need transportation that was only before available at a less-convenient location. Barbara Schmidt, Coordinator of the Parking and Transportation department on campus said the arrangement began with Jefferson Lines reaching out to the university, speaking with Dean of Student Affairs Beth Hellwig, who then passed on the responsibility of planning onto herself and another organizer.

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Thursday, Feb. 21

Jekyll and Hyde syndrome Up and down UW-Eau Claire men’s tennis team splits weekend series, still stuck at .500 for the season Michelle Enger CHIEF COPY EDITOR

This weekend’s men’s tennis competition resulted with a hit and miss in a 9-0 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering Friday night and a 8-1 loss against Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday at the Swanson Tennis Center at St. Peter (Minn.). Assistant Coach Chris Kuna said MSOE and Gustavus had two very different levels of ability on the court. He said the Blugolds were in favor to win against MSOE, but the Gusties were another story. “Gustavus is probably the most difficult match we will have all year, they are a very highly ranked team,” Kuna said. He said although the team lost, there were a few highlights during the Saturday competition, especially during the third doubles match. Senior Florent Marco and freshman Kyle Hoffman, who returned after spraining his ankle a few weeks ago, won their doubles HOFFMAN match against the Gusties by a score of 8-5. Marco said Hoffman could barely walk and when he finally came back he played really well.

“He is a freshman and he fought really hard and had a really good attitude and it paid off in the doubles game,” he said of Hoffman.

“ The most important thing is that everyone needs to really believe they can play the positions that they are playing and they can succeed there.” CHRIS KUNA

Assistant Tennis Coach

Head Coach Tom Gillman agreed the doubles match was a big moment, but some situations in singles matches need to be improved. “It is important that we learn from those matches (against tough teams) so that we can approach the tough matches in the best possible way,” Gillman said. Another highlight of the competition against the Gusties was when junior Ryan Vande Linde played nationally-ranked Gustie Amrik Donkena. Donkena won the first set 6-2 and

Linde fought back, winning the second set 6-3. But the match resulted with a Gustie win when Donkena beat Vande Linde in the final set 10-3. Marco said the team is continuing to improve every weekend. Kuna agreed and said one of the biggest things the team needs to do to succeed is be more comfortable with their positions and have confidence. “The most important thing is that everyone needs to really believe they can play the positions that they are playing and they can succeed there,” Kuna said. In addition to MARCO confidence, Gillman said practice this week will consist of working on a few things the team could learn from the Gustavus competition. “If we can be more consistent in the way we move and make good decisions a higher percentage of the time, I think that’s going to help us a lot,” Gillman said. Gillman said he hopes the team can keep improving their skills as the season moves on. He said he wants to see the team progress and become consistent in areas of play they are not as strong. With a record of 3-3, the Blugolds will next compete at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Western Racquet Club in Green Bay against St. Norbert.


RETURNING SERVE: Junior Ryan Vande Linde hits a forehand return. Vande Linde won in three sets on Friday and lost in three sets on Saturday.

Coping with life after Blugold sports UW-Eau Claire senior athletes focus on the future after eligibility is exhausted David Burish STAFF WRITER

Senior tennis captain Taylor Heltne has always had tennis in her life. Since a young age, Heltne has kept a racket in hand and knew college wasn’t going to be any different. “I always knew I was going to play tennis,” Heltne said. She wasn’t recruited to play at UW-Eau Claire. Yet, in her freshman year she beat out returning players and hasn’t left. Now as one of two senior captains for the women’s tennis team, Heltne is beginning her final season with the team. All collegiate athletes come to realize that their time for the team they conditioned for, played for and celebrated for will come to an end.

Men’s basketball senior Jordan Petersen said he’s coming to grips with the end right now. “I’m sad it’s over,” Petersen said. “I’ll miss my teammates but I think it is time to move on.” Petersen, who transferred from Winona State, still said he’ll miss the game and appreciates the leadership role this last year. “(The coaches) wanted me to take on more of a leadership role,” Petersen said. “I’m not always a vocal person but I think I’ve lead by example.” Danielle Kerr, a senior on the women’s hockey team, said that her last season isn’t on her mind. “I don’t think it’s really hit me yet,” Kerr said. “Give it a week after I’m actually done.” Both men’s and women’s hockey

teams still play this week in the NCHA playoffs (both play UW-River Falls) so Kerr’s focus is on the game.

“I’ll miss my teammates but I think it is time to move on.” JORDAN PETERSEN

Senior men’s basketball guard

“I take things more seriously,” Kerr said. “I think that’s attributed to the fact that I don’t have much time left. I think it’s important to take every game seriously because my time is limited.”

Senior men’s hockey player Jordan Singer is also focused on his playoff game this weekend but still feels like he has more to do at Eau Claire. “I feel like I should be coming back to play another season,” Singer said. Singer was recruited to play at Eau Claire after he spent two years playing junior hockey. Singer said his journey was made easier by great leadership before him. “Meeting twenty new guys was challenging but the older guys were welcoming and I got to know them really well which really helped,” Singer said. Kerr also attributes her attending Eau Claire to great leaders. “My tour guide was Margaret Campbell, who was the women’s hockey captain, and she told me how close the team was,” Kerr said. “It remind-

ed me how close my high school team was and I think that’s important to a team’s success.” Heltne has tried to create a close bond within her team as a third year captain. “I don’t really worry about myself, myself comes along with me,” Heltne said. “I want to make sure they, my team, are doing alright.” With the winter season coming to a close, the seniors are looking forward to the future. Singer is looking to graduate with a business management degree to help with his family’s business. He said keeping hockey in his life would be great too. Heltne is graduating with a kinesiology major and has the hope to be a college professor.

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Thursday, Feb. 21


Both swim and dive teams finish fourth at WIAC Junior swimmer Card earns chance to compete in Div. III National Championships in Shenandoah, Texas Courtney Kueppers COPY EDITOR

After three days in the pool, the UW-Eau Claire swim and dive team took fourth overall at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on both the men’s and women’s sides. The championships were held Feb. 14-16 at Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer (Wis.). While Head Coach Art Brandt said he was excited about many of his athletes’ performances, one swimmer seemed to stand apart from the rest in terms of last weekend's meet: junior Alex Card. The swimmer was the only Blugold to automatically qualify for nationals and he did much more than that. After day one of the meet when both the men and womCARD en’s teams were in second place, Card carried the team — winning the men’s 200­­-yard individual medley. It was Card’s second consecutive

year winning this title with a time of 1:52.36. “Card was just lights out,” Brandt said. “He’s an interesting guy. You don’t know what he’s going to do, but he just went really fast.” On Feb. 15, day two of the competition, the women’s team dropped to third place and the men’s to fourth. However, Card continued to see success when he won the 100-yard breaststroke title. His time of 56.38 seconds in the final round gave him the win. But earlier that day in the preliminaries, he set a school and conference meet record with a time of 55.78. The time automatically qualified him for the NCAA Div. III championships. Senior diver Nick Badilla accomplished a personal best with a score of 471.90 in the one-meter dive, which left him in the runner-up position. Badilla said even though it was a really tough loss, he was proud of how he dove, both in the preliminaries and finals. However, his personal success was only one of the highlights for Badilla. He also enjoyed doing his part in cheering his heart out for his teammates and supporting Card. “The kid works hard, he is a phe-

nomenal athlete and he’s a wonderful teammate,” Badilla said. “I really have enjoyed being with him the last three years and I've seen him grow into a phenomenal swimmer and I think he’s going to be a force to reckon with.”

“ Card was just lights out. He’s an interesting guy. You don’t know what he’s going to do, but he just went really fast.” ART BRANDT


On the women’s side, senior Grace Fair, junior Kristin Peters, freshman Sidney Fairbrother and sophomore Lisa Reed had the team’s top finish of the day when their 800-yard freestyle relay earned the runner-up spot with a time of 7:48.36. Peters said this race was the highlight of the meet for her but as far as the team goes she said, “Ev-

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eryone just wanted to support the team and do their best and I think a lot of people accomplished that.” The championships wrapped up on Feb. 16, leaving both Blugold teams with a fourth place finish. Highlights of the final day came when Card REED was named the men’s swimmer of the meet and broke yet another school and WIAC record after he swam a time of 2:01.57 in the 200yard breaststroke. Sophomore Lisa Reed also earned a first place title with her time of 17:42.59 in the 1,650yard freestyle. The race was particularly special for Brandt. “My favorite race was Lisa Reed’s mile,” she said. “She was seated third against the two women from Whitewater. Lisa was about eight seconds behind Kincade (Whitewater) and she won the race by four-tenths of a second.” The Blugold divers will venture to Calvin College in Grand Rapids

(Mich.) to compete in Regionals on March 1-2. Card will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas March 20-23. He currently has the fastest times in the country, but that could change once all conference meets around the country wrap up. Brandt said he hopes that by Feb. 25 when all conference times are entered, Card will have a teammate going with him to nationals. In conference meets, athletes can receive either an “A” cut or a “B” cut. An “A” cut means an automatic trip to nationals, like Card earned. A “B” cut, however, means waiting for a possible invitation to participate in the national tournament which depends on the outcomes of conference meets throughout the country. “It would be nice to have another guy to go with him, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen,” Brandt said. “It’s a really convoluted formula and I can’t even begin to explain how the NCAA decides.” Whether other Blugold swim and dive athletes will compete at nationals is yet to be determined, but for now Brandt said he is excited about the weekend the team had and looks forward to Card’s trip to nationals.


Thursday, Feb. 21

‘Die Fledermaus’ not a typical operetta

Students to perform comedic show opening Feb. 21 Brittni Straseske STAFF WRITER

Flirting, disguises and comedy make ‘Die Fledermaus’ not your average opera. ‘Die Fledermaus,’ which translates from German to “The Bat,” takes place at a ball in Vienna in the late 1800s. The basic plot revolves around a revenge joke played on one of the characters as partygoers in the show encounter deceit, mistaken identities and practical jokes. Every year, the theatre department chooses shows that will fit well together for the next season. Director Mitra Sadeghpour said this particular operetta was chosen because it worked well with the other shows of the season, but is one that she has always wanted to direct. “It’s been on my list to do for several years,” she said. “I wanted to do it because I love the music and I think the story is completely charming.” Preparation for the show has been in motion since April of last year, when this piece was chosen, Sadeghpour said. The production team consisting of faculty members collaborated on the specifics of the show over the summer, and auditioned students in the fall, she said. Nicole Korbisch Klink, a senior comprehensive vocal performance major plays the role of Adele, a chambermaid. Klink said student preparations for the show started over winter break. Performers received their music scores and lines and had them mostly memorized by the time they returned for the spring semester, she said. Rehearsals started right away, Klink said, lasting about three hours a day, six days

a week. The last week of preparation was devoted to full dress rehearsals, with Monday marking the first rehearsal in full costume with the full pit orchestra and conductors, Korbisch Klink said. It’s not just theatre and music students involved in making this show happen, Korbisch Klink said. The dresses used for costumes come from the Chippewa Valley community. Old wedding and prom dresses were collected and combined to make 1800s ball gowns, she said. Students from the art department fashioned a chandelier made from straws and paper clips to be used on the set, she said.

“It’s been a huge collaborate event across multiple disciplines which has been really cool.” NICOLE KORBISCH KLINK Senior

“It’s been a huge collaborate event across multiple disciplines which has been really cool,” Korbisch said. “It’s been a fun process and it’d be great to share with people.” Sadeghpour said students in particular should come see the show to learn what their fellow students are working on. “I think students should come see the work of their peers because they are not going to believe the professional quality of these singers and actors and musicians,” Sadeghpour said. “A classical singer’s voice is so resonant that you

When Harry Met Sally Ryan Spaight STAFF WRITER


Fair warning: landline phones make a guest appearance in “When Harry Met Sally.” This means that, yes, if a pizza roll hunger-pang had hit Harry (Billy Crystal) or Sally (Meg Ryan) while they were on the phone,


they would have had to make a very real and poignant choice between human interaction and pizza rolls. I was just as terrified by this prospect as you are. Despite the risk of phone-cord-induced-claustrophobia and Sally’s raging case of 80s hair, don’t write the film


TWO WORLDS: On the stage above, crew sets up for dress rehearsal. Down below is where the orchestra will play during the opera.

can feel your skin vibrate as they are singing.” Senior Abigail Doering, who plays Adele on alternating nights, said the experience was a perfect farewell production before graduation. She said she has just focused on each rehearsal as a separate experience to be cherished. The show has also shown her how valuable her education has been. “Just seeing the journey I’ve come through as a student here and realizing all the stuff I really have learned, I want to remember everything,” she said. “This has been my most special moment here.”

off as old and irrelevant. It’s one of those movies that people will be shocked and repulsed if you admit that you haven’t seen it. And as far as I’m aware, relationships between men and women are still relevant — sometimes even considered important. At any rate, Harry and Sally meet under pretty standard circumstances. Both have finished their degrees at the University of Chicago and are moving to New York. Sally plans to attend graduate school for journalism, and Harry will presumably start to work. The pervasive theme of the movie is made explicit by Harry on the way to New York. He believes that a man and a woman are incapable of maintaining a friendship; it will inevitably graduate into a sexual relationship. This idea, though heterosexist and oversimplified, sets the precedent for the spicy dialogue that will persist between Harry and Sally throughout the movie. Sally vehemently disagrees with Harry’s view on friendship between

The production will open at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Gantner Concert Hall in Haas. For students, tickets cost $5 and $10 for faculty and staff.

a man and a woman. Her inability to name even a single man she maintains a platonic relationship with does become problematic, though. Time passes, and as expected, Harry and Sally get over their initial, mutual distaste for one another. They become friends, but their relationship constantly flirts with the line between friends and more than friends. The highlight of the movie is the script, and Billy Crystal gets most of the punch lines. Harry and Sally have an electric chemistry; it feels authentic, which is a testament to the acting ability of both Crystal and Ryan. Like most romantic comedies, the plot is really no challenge to follow, and the only looming question, besides whether men and women can be just friends, is whether Harry and Sally will end up together. The final state of their relationship will effectively answer both questions at once. If I had to place “When Harry Met Sally” on the hierarchy of chick flicks, it would definitely rank somewhere near the top. Based on the romantic storyline alone, it could grapple with

“Dirty Dancing.” However, “When Harry Met Sally” shouldn’t be pigeonholed as a romance film; it has something for everyone. For those that don’t get their cinematographic jollies from sappy romance, this film can still provide enough humor to get you through to the other side. And for those that can appreciate romance in its entirety, this movie could very easily be a tear jerker — especially if you are, like Harry and Sally, single and slightly unhinged. “When Harry Met Sally” is witty and unafraid to be a little smart. It is an amusing, feel-good film that earned a solid four out of five stars, in my book. It probably won’t shock you, so don’t go into it expecting to be wowed, but give it a chance to elicit an emotional reaction.

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With the Academy Awards airing on Sunday, The Spectator staff made thier picks for who should be the winners

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Thursday, Feb. 21

Frozen yogurt takes over Eau Claire Fourth frozen yogurt shop opens; not worried about competing businesses

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On a tight budget? Like fashion that can be a little unconventional? Like to donate? With nine thrift shops just a short bus ride away from campus, unconventional, cheap and feel-good fashion can be yours. The Eau Claire area thrift stores offer opportunities for great fashion, as well as a possibility for discounts and cash. Savers (located at Mall Drive) benefits Easter Seals Wisconsin, and when you donate to the store, you receive an in-store discount. If you’re looking to get more than in-store credit, Plato’s Closet (located at Gateway Drive, across from Target), offers a buyer system. Depending on whether you’re looking for extra cash or just feeling like doing good, picking the right store to donate and shop at is important. Savers usually has the largest selection of vintage clothes, but the quality and amount vary from season to season. With vintage clothes, ladies should look for shirt dresses with unusual prints. Prints are becoming increasingly popular and places like Savers and Goodwill offer cheaper, original options. Depending on the age, quality and brand of an item the prices will vary. If you’re looking for a more consistent place to buy vintage fashion, check out Antique Emporium on Barstow Street. There’s a whole room dedicated to vintage clothes and accessories. Clothing occasionally runs a little more expensive here, but may be worth it if you’re looking for a piece dating further back than 1960. If you’re looking for accessories to spice up your wardrobe, look for vintage scarves and vintage jewelry. Goodwill is your place to check out jewelry. The store matches pieces and sells multiple earing sets, bracelets and necklaces as grab bag sets. Look for large rhinestone brooches to dress up a cardigan for a way to mix up an everyday look. The best place to purchase vintage scarves is Savers. Again, the selection is usually hit or miss, so check out the store as often as possible. Looking for a leather jacket, but don’t have $150 to drop? Check out the coat section of any one of your favorite thrift shops. Prices will obviously vary, but chances are you’ll be able to find a leather jacket under $20. A warning, however: make sure you wash the items you buy. The thrift store probably already washed the items when they were donated, but it’s never a bad idea to make sure everything is clean. Though thrift store clothing is secondhand, that doesn’t mean it’s inferior. Donating your clothing when it’s slightly used, instead of throwing it out, saves resources and allows people who don’t have the money to shop at brand-name stores an opportunity to buy quality clothing.

Rita Fay

STAFF WRITER Location. Location. Location. This motto has been said by real estate agents and business owners for years and for good reason. Eau Claire’s fourth frozen yogurt shop has opened and location is what really sets them apart from each other. Orange Leaf opened Jan. 23 on Mall Drive in Eau Claire . Manager Amy Ochsner said she realizes they were crazy to open up a frozen yogurt restaurant in the middle of the winter, but business has been good. “We picked next to Festival,” Ochsner said. “We liked this corner location. This intersection right here is great. We’re looking for families, high school-age kids, college-age kids, that’s really what we’re gearing towards. That really leaves it open for quite an array of age groups.” With the opening of Orange Leaf, Eau Claire now has four frozen yogurt restaurants: CherryBerry, Raspberry Reign and Frogiyo being the other three. Frogiyo was the first to open in April of last year. Owner Colleen Weber said she decided to open up after doing research in the Twin Cities and seeing the increase and success in frozen yogurt shops. “It looked like it was going to do well in the Midwest,” Weber said. “Seeing that growth in the Twin Cities made me believe that it was going to be a good choice for Eau Claire. We didn’t have those at the time, so it was almost a natural fit.” While Frogiyo and Raspberry Reign are privately owned, Orange Leaf and CherryBerry are franchises. Weber said there are pros and cons to being privately owned and being part of a franchise. Weber said it might be easier for her to make changes and bring in


FOURTH TIMES’ THE CHARM: Orange Leaf, the newest frozen yogurt shop to open in Eau Claire, is located on Mall Drive. Manager Amy Oschsner said business has been good despite the competition from three other shops.

new products. Frogiyo is also the only restaurant of the four to charge by the cup rather than by the ounce. They are trying to keep that model because their customers appreciate it, but she said she’s not sure that’s something franchises can do. Senior Katelyn Hendren went to Orange Leaf and said the price difference isn’t something she would consider when choosing a restaurant. “I don’t think I would pay for an entire cup at another restaurant,” Hendren said. “I think I would eat a lot less and pay less if I was paying by the ounce.” Hendren said she went to Orange

Leaf because it was close to her house. She hasn’t been to the other restaurants but would consider going if she was in the area. Eau Claire now has four restaurants to support but both women say they are not competing against each other. “We’re not really trying to compete,” Ochsner said. “I think that we all kind of have our own areas that we’re trying to compete in the Eau Claire area with.” Weber said as a business you are always worried about competition, but there are plenty of customers for everyone.

The trend of frozen yogurt is becoming extremely popular. Ochsner thinks it’s because it’s so trendy and because it’s a healthier option than ice cream. In the end, Weber isn’t afraid of competition because of their location. She views the competition as healthy and think it’s brought a lot of awareness to frozen yogurt. “I don’t think there’s a fear (of competition) because it’s so fun,” Weber said. “It’s a fun treat. It’s a healthy treat. And that’s a trend that the whole nation is going towards. So we’re pretty excited about the upcoming year.”

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Wilder night for bass clef pros Visiting virtuoso joins Eau Claire professors, students for bass heavy concert

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AT YOUR CONVENIENCE: Junior Zak Stehlin works in the convenience store and said students primarily buy drinks, chips and other snacks.


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Thursday, Feb. 21

Water waste too casual More grief given to a 30 minute shower than burst water pipe Martha Landry CURRENTS EDITOR

On an average day I use about 63 gallons of water according to One shower, two times brushing my teeth, washing the dishes twice, doing the laundry once (which I obviously don’t do everyday), but it all builds up. I do try to keep my usage to a minimum, but a few days ago I was watching the news when they were causally discussing a water main that broke on the 300 block of Mount Washington Avenue here in Eau Claire. I couldn’t help but think with situations like that occurring, does it really matter if I leave the faucet on while I brush my teeth? Then on Jan. 2, a water main burst in downtown Duluth and the loss of water is unbelievable. Stated in a CBS news article, it is estimated that three million gallons of water rushed out of the broken pipe in over 90 minutes. What?! That is so much water!! That is 47,619 days of my personal water usage. In a WEAU article about the break in Eau Claire, Jeff Pippenger, who is the city’s utilities administrator, said “The older

pipe that we have in the ground is cast iron pipe. That is less forgiving as far as when the ground starts shifting. The new type of pipe that we’re putting in the ground is ductal iron and that has a little bit more forgiveness and we don’t see that type of pipe break that often.’” Also from the same article, the pipe that burst is from 1946 but there are pipes in Eau Claire dating back to the 1900s. In the next five years, the city plans on dedicating $7 million to updating the infrastructure. I completely understand and agree that the little things do count. Shutting off your faucet while you brush your teeth is a habit that will save water over the long haul and making sure your faucets aren’t dripping may not do anything for your water bill but those drops will add up. As a human you should respect the fact that there are people in this world who would love those drops of water. But, in order to make these little things hold some importance we also need to take a look at these big issues. That is so much money to spend on one project, but I think it is completely worth it. When the frost gets deep enough, it shifts the ground and causes the pipes to break.

The new materials are more ductile, making them more efficient for the situation. The point that I am trying to get across is that people should really be concerned about water and understand the importance of it. According to, one pound of meat uses about 500 gallons of water; producing one egg uses about 400 gallons of water; growing one pound of corn uses about 100 gallons of water. These are all estimates and include raising the animal or plant, but seriously, 2.5 percent of the water on this earth is freshwater. And most of that isn’t even accessible for consumption. I’m not saying no more showering and everyone become activists for water, but just become aware of the current situation and respect our limited supply.

Landry is a junior journalism major and Currents Editor of The Spectator.

The trouble with TOMS

TOMS shoes hurt more than help people and countries in need Rita Fay

STAFF WRITER TOMS shoes have been a fashion staple in the lives of college students for the past few years. TOMS is a charitable organization created by Blake Mycoskie in 2006 that uses the buy one, give one model. For every pair of shoes a person buys, TOMS will give a pair to a child in need. According to their website, TOMS has given away two million pairs of shoes to children in need. The idea for TOMS started sincerely with Mycoskie wanting to help poor children in other countries. Unfortunately, TOMS as a charitable organization does more harm than good and it would be best for people to choose a different charity to support. While there are many children who do not have shoes, the solution is not as simple as TOMS would like you to think. First, some of these children choose to not wear shoes. The second problem is most of these countries have shoes available for purchase at their local marketplaces. Third, according to a podcast on Tinyspark, TOMS sometimes gives their shoes to children that already have

their own pair. First, TOMS implements “shoe drops”, the company travels to a country and hands out free shoes to children in need. This type of charity does something for the people, not with the people. It is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. This leaves little room for sustainable development or self-empowerment. The NYU Development Research Institute points out that TOMS does nothing to help the local economies or create jobs in these areas. These countries have markets in which shoes are being produced locally. TOMS can hurt the people and businesses that are producing these shoes and ruin the economic structure of the country. If TOMS gives away free shoes, local shoemakers have no market to sell to and are forced out of business. The problem is that TOMS focuses too much on the consumer rather than the receiver. TOMS should be asking the people receiving the shoes what they need. TOMS takes the typical top-down approach to aid. TOMS cannot know what the people of those communities need unless they ask them, which TOMS does not do. While the canvas shoes may be ideal for our walks to class in the spring, it is not the best type of shoe for those walking long distances or

for areas in which there is a lot of rainfall. Lastly, TOMS uses the help of local non-governmental organizations to hand out their shoes. According to Tinyspark, some of these NGOs are connected to evangelical organizations that spread the word of God while delivering shoes.


This is a choice TOMS is allowed to make. However, they should make it clear that this is being done. Some people donating to TOMS may not support the teachings of Christianity. In conclusion, TOMS is not addressing the real problem at hand, which is poverty. These

people don’t have shoes because they can’t afford them. What happens a year down the road when the children grow out of the shoes they received? In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, Alanna Shaikh at the blog Aidwatch wrote an article on the best way to help. “Only the people on the ground know what’s actually necessary; those of us in the rest of the world can only guess,” Shaikh wrote. This is true of TOMS as well. To begin solving the problem TOMS should help local business owners start or expand their own companies, provide them with whatever they may need and hire local people to work in that store. TOMS is not maliciously trying to destroy these countries and their economies but they are ignoring the obvious flaws in their system. Research is an important step when donating to any charity. Before you give money to any organization make sure you support what they do and are aware of their process.

Fay is a senior English major and Staff Writer at The Spectator.


Thursday, Feb. 21

Future students at UW-Eau Claire might not need a minor after the Academic Policy Commission voted 5-1 to eliminate the requirement on Feb. 5. Student Senate gave their approval to the commission’s decision the following Monday. They said eliminating minor requirements could help improve four-year graduation rates for Eau Claire students. Removing the need for a minor would allow students to save money on their education. It would allow them to take only the classes they need and to graduate in four years or less. Students are not made out of money and by reducing the number of credits needing to graduate, it would allow them to graduate with less debt. In the chance that a minor won’t be required anymore, that does not mean a student could not choose to have a minor. There’s no reason for the minor to disappear altogether. If a student wants a minor, they still can have one. By not being required to have a minor, students who major in areas such as education would have more time to get into the classes they need to advance to the next stage in their major. Because some of their classes are consis-

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tently full, their graduation rate is pushed back because they have to wait a semester or more to get into the class. By not requiring a minor, students would get the extra time they need to get into these important classes. However, not being required to have a minor would also mean less experience in diverse areas or study, which in the future might help in the job hunt. Having a minor is also a good way to explore your opportunities and to expand your knowledge in what you might want to do when you graduate. Not having a minor also diminishes a student’s education because they are not having the opportunity to branch out into different fields of study. It gives students the chance to be an expert in many different areas and that is what the job market is looking for. The job market is looking for well-rounded students who have taken the time to get a thorough education. It is also concerning to hear the minor might not be required because this is unheard of at other schools. Not many other schools are following suit and this is a concern. Eau Claire would not be

14 keeping form with the other schools in the area and that would make our school seem less professional and less challenging. A way to keep both the major and minor requirements would be to know what you wanted to do when you came into college. The problem is, many students do not know what they want to do right away when they come to college. A way to fix this would be to have the minor be just as important as the major. Sometimes academic advisors do not put as much attention on the minor as they should. Academic advisors put far more attention on declaring a major than they do declaring a minor. This leads to students declaring a minor much later on in college, which could be a cause of the delayed graduation rates. The elimination of the minor requirement has its pros and cons but it is a consensus that, if eliminated, having a minor should still remain optional for those who choose to have one. The staff editorial reflects the views only of the editorial board, not those of The Spectator or the university.

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Submissions to the Juried Student Art Show, open to all UWEC students, are being accepted electronically.


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February 28th - 8:30PM $5 cover Live Music

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Emily Albrent OP/ED EDITOR

Director of “The Vagina Monologues” and recent graduate of UW-Eau Claire Rebecca Hubbard said violence towards women happens and it happens often. According to the Eau Claire Counseling Services, one in four women in college today have been victims of rape and almost 90 percent of those knew their assailant. It is estimated that over 1,800 American women are raped each day. “The Vagina Monologues” is a production put on by the V-Day Campaign and Residence Hall Association to help draw attention to violence against women. Hubbard said 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go towards various organizations. They plan to donate to the National V-Day Campaign and more locally as well. The Bolton Refuge House and the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault on campus are others receiving donations. The creator of “The Vagina Monologues,” Eve Ensler, made it her mission to gather women’s stories. The monologues recall both positive and negative events in the women’s lives,


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including rape. Rape culture is an ongoing problem and Hubbard would one day like to see it end. She said rape is about a need to control a person, and a way for a person to feel better about themselves by putting another person down. “I feel like that emotion within people will never change,” Hubbard said. “But I think that there is a big possibility that we can change the way that emotion is portrayed instead of being used for rape.” For Hubbard, “The Vagina Monologues” has been a way to give back to the community and to keep doing what she has been passionate about for the past four years. “I know quite a few people (that have been sexually assaulted),” Hubbard said. “And especially through this line of work you meet more and more people and you start to talk about it with other people and do a lot more healing with each other and realize that it’s not just your story it’s other people’s too and it’s easier to empathize with each other.” The cast of women Hubbard described as a close-knit family came together as one and in a matter of weeks organized a life-

changing production. Kristine Rivall, a senior and the second director of “The Vagina Monologues,” said this experience has been extremely empowering and has changed her views regarding women’s issues. “You are surrounded by so many women who have had some experiences and it really just makes you feel like you are not alone,” Rivall said. “A lot of women seek it out as a healing opportunity. So I think if you have something that happened to you, you can seek out these people and you kind of heal together.” Hubbard said the show functions as a way for people to become more accepting of their sexuality. “Everyone is a sexual creature,” Hubbard said. “Just being more comfortable with that is, I think, a huge part of the show and it happens for everyone on a different level.” Some may feel a little squeamish about saying or hearing the word vagina, but that shouldn’t make them scared to come to the show, Hubbard said. “One of the biggest things with “The Vagina Monologues” is that people get more comfortable with saying the word ‘vagina,’ because it is in

there so much and you have to,” Hubbard said. “And then you realize that, ‘Oh it’s a term, it doesn’t have to be bad, naughty or all hushed up because it’s just a word to describe your sex organs.’” Rivall said she has had some people she knew who were very uncomfortable with the subject matter at first but then after the show told her they were happy they went. Still, some people are going to be uncomfortable regardless. “I would ask them why, why are you so uncomfortable?” Rivall said. “I can understand if you come from a conservative background, but I think you should be asking the question why are you so uncomfortable with it.”

“The Vagina Monologues”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 in Schofield Auditorium

What “The Vagina Monologues” means to some of those involved

“Being a woman is a wonderful gift and we should be able to embrace that and be respected and appreciated for the gifts that we have to give to the world.”

“I am really glad to be able to do a part that’s for trans women. I just really love that it is a way to talk about things that we normally wouldn’t talk about.”

Junior Diosa Marie Withington

Senior Ariel Jurmain

“Being able to talk about myself and my experiences and to be around people I feel will understand is very empowering.” Senior Abby Hinz

“I think it’s fun stepping out of the extremely tiny box society puts us in and be able to be ourselves in absolutely every way possible.” Sophomore Allora Binder

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