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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’S student newspaper since 1923 Thursday, Oct. 24

Vol. 92, NO. 7

FALL 2013

An erupting performance

Volcano Choir finished their U.S. tour leg in Schofield Auditorium with two shows on Saturday and Sunday >> PAGE 11 MARTHA LANDRY / The Spectator

LOCAL LEGEND RETURNS: Justin Vernon, right, performs lead vocals for the band Volcano Choir. The band finished their U.S. tour leg in Schofield Auditorium with two shows on Saturday and Sunday. The band recently released a new album, titled “Repave.”

NEWS Pages 1-5


Eau Claire pledges $5 million to the Confluence Project

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SPORTS Pages 8-10

father and A coach

Dad, daughter duo finishing up final tennis season

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CURRENTS Pages 12-13


Local students still participating in sweet tradition

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OP / ED Pages 14-15

competitive support

Nick Erickson argues the importance of connecting with sports teams

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UW-Eau Claire MMA club shows strengths beyond the mat

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News editor: Steve Fruehauf


Thursday, Oct. 24

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step towards confluence Multi-million dollar pledge hinges on outside cash commitments Nate Beck Copy editor

Eau Claire City Council will pledge $5 million toward the cost of the Confluence Project arts center — a move heralded as the first step to ground breaking. The 8-3 council vote, Tuesday, will help fund the project if a slew of conditions, such as securing money from the state and county, are met first. “This is really the next step to bring it to the governmental bodies,” City Manager Russell Van Gompel said. “I think the developer is looking for the city to say we’re willing to participate in the process. So, the next step is to take it to the state of Wisconsin.” Eau Claire citizens turned out in droves for a public hearing Monday. UW-Eau Claire Student Body President Bryan Larson spoke in support of the Confluence Project during the hearing. “The student body fully supports the Confluence Project and so does our student government,” Larson said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a project that has more unanimous support than does the confluence.” Council also struck down an amendment 7-4 that would have tied the pledge to a yes vote on a city-wide referendum at its

Tuesday meeting. Mike Bollinger organized the Confluence Referendum Committee. The committee will need to gather about 3,500 signatures to get a referendum on the ballot this spring. Bollinger, along with other Eau Claire residents who spoke at Monday’s meeting, said there were too many questions surrounding the project to commit to a pledge. VenuWorks, an Ames, Iowa-based consulting company found the Confluence Project would run in the black by about $100,000 in its first year of operation. But Bollinger said he questions some of the numbers in the VenuWorks report, and many of those questions weren’t answered in meetings with council members. “Professionally I look at models,” Bollinger said. “So I sent a letter to city council and the press outlining my concerns with the (VenuWorks) report. The operation components were troublesome and continue to remain troublesome.” Council voted 10-1, Tuesday, to postpone a referendum decision until its next meeting Nov. 12. City attorney Steven Nick said a referendum won’t derail council’s pledge, but could disrupt parts of the project council hasn’t acted on.

The city’s pledge goes toward the $51 million arts center. The arts center needs $25 million from state funding along with $5 million from Eau Claire county. The rest of the arts center construction costs come from private donations and tax credits. Council hasn’t yet addressed $5.9 million in infrastructure improvements needed to launch the arts center. A second $25 million confluence building — featuring dorms, classrooms and performance spaces — still needs private funding to take off. Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland spoke in favor of council’s pledge during Monday’s meeting. He said an arts center would help the city retain top university talent. Garland, who also teaches English at Eau Claire, said Wisconsin ranks 48th in the nation in per capita support for the arts at 13 cents, while Minnesota ranks first. “While many unanswered questions loom, we are behind a lot of places in this,” Garland said. “The longer we linger, the happier the other arts centers are. I never knew how much competition there is for some of the benefits, both financial and cultural.” Beck can be reached at


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A technology issue occurring among all ages Cyberbulling experts reflect on national issue It’s a tale as old as time but in recent times it has found a new home: bullying. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire criminal justice professor is the co-director of the cyberbullying research center. He is internationally known for covering cyberbullying issues. Patchin’s expertise is in high demand after a recent cyberbulling incident. In early September, twelve-yearold Rebecca Sedwick, of Lakeland, Fla, committed suicide after a series of online bullying attacks by classmates. Patchin said cyberbullying happens in a multitude of places and among all ages, including college students.

“It’s definitely happening on college campuses.” JUSTIN PATCHIN

UW-Eau Claire criminal justice professor

“I mention my research in classes a lot and I have students come up to me and tell me about their experiences,” Patchin said. “It’s definitely happening on college campuses.” While the case against Sedwick’s bullies continues to unfold, Patchin said it raises new questions about how to deal with this tech-age issue. “The big discussion is whether or not it is appropriate to charge teens or preteens with a criminal offense for their behaviors,” Patchin said. Patchin said the criminal justice system is not the place to deal with most cyberbullying cases. “I think it’s something handled within the school and parents working together to stop the bullying,” Patchin said. He said he understands the public’s desire for justice and accountability in this case, but he doesn’t know if pursuing criminal sanctions against a child will result in other children not cyberbullying the way the sheriff in Sedwick’s county has publicly hoped for. Patchin believes criminally punishing other children is unlikely to create a deterrent effect for other children. Instead, Patchin believes if cyberbullying can be dealt with in its most minor states by school officials and parents, then hopefully it won’t escalate to cases like Sedwick’s.

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SPEAKING THEIR MIND: UW-Eau Claire students and local residents gathered on Monday to share opinions about the city potentially pledging money toward the Confluence Project. The meeting lasted over three hours.

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Thursday, Oct. 24

Walk for the disabled Best Buddies Friendship Walk raises over $6,000 for programs Nicole Miller STAFF WRITER

Amanda Nell said she still wonders whether her father would have been the same person after his fatal accident. She said she dealt with the obstacle by turning it into an opportunity to help others. “You have to take that circumstance and create an influence off of it, and you can’t just sit there,” said Nell, a senior kinesiology major and Best Buddies chapter president. “You can’t just let life happen, you have to make a positive difference because that’s the only way.” She got involved with Best Buddies, a campus group connecting UW-Eau Claire students with those who have developmental disabilities.

Saturday, the organization raised about $6,000 at its first Best Buddies Friendship Walk held at Eau Claire. The proceeds go toward funding state programs which provide one-on-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. Andrew Radloss, a junior elementary education and learning disabilities major, said he plans on working with students with disabilities as a teacher post-graduation and attended the event to show his support for the cause. “It was a really rewarding experiencing everybody coming together,” he said. “True friendships can come in many shapes and sizes and people of different backgrounds. This (event) shows me that excellence comes in many ways, not just academics, but sheer emotion and happiness.” Nell said there are over 120 students in-


OUT WITH A BANG: Eau Claire students walk for Best Buddies, a program that pairs students with disabled community members.

volved in the organization and 70 community members that are looking to be best buddies. Friendship Walk Coordinator Sierra Hoover, a junior early childhood special education major, said planning for the event began last year, but she got involved in the organization as a freshman. Hoover said she has grown attached to her buddy Matthew and thinks of him just as another one of her friends. “We built a really awesome friendship over the past three years that is just an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world,” Hoover said. She said they go to movies, go out to eat, grab ice cream and recently visited an apple orchard. “I go to his Special Olympics swim meets and cheer him on and make signs,” Hoover said. Angie Shea, a senior elementary education and special education learning disabilities major and member of Best Buddies, also attended the event to show support for her best buddy Michelle who has cerebral-palsy. Although she wasn’t sure how excited her buddy would be about the event, she said the best part was when Michelle decided to join in and walk. “We started off walking with everybody and we probably made it half a mile,” she said. “As we were walking back Michelle was bubbling with excitement. She was super proud she participated in it.” Nell said she hopes this is the first of many more best buddy walks to come to Eau Claire. “We’re all in the story of life, we’re all here together going through life but we all have our own chapters and we’re all creating our own stories within the book of life based on our abilities and what we can do,” she said. “But the only way we can do that is if we have a positive attitude towards inclusion and acceptance of all people.”

CAMPUS CALENDAR Notable events happening on and off campus

FRIday, OCT. 25

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Student Senate will decide next week whether to sign off on a Student Technology Fee budget that puts more emphasis on mobile device-ready classrooms. “The biggest increase is in innovative programs,” Senate Information Technology Commission Director Christian Paese said. “This will help increase projects we’ve already funded and fund new programs like mobile printing.” Paese introduced a bill outlining budget ranges for next year’s tech fee at a 30-minute Senate meeting, Monday. Tech fees total two percent of tuition and pay for printer ink, staff salaries and other tech-related expenses. Learning and Technology Services Director Craig Mey

said the tech fee budget will help support last semester’s wireless infrastructure improvements. “It’s way better this year,” Mey said. “You can actually get a better connection wirelessly than if you plug in through the wall.” The total tech fee budget is about $1.2 million. ITC moved funds from other line items to add more to the innovative technologies section of the budget — a $90,000 - $100,000 allotment. In previous years, the innovative technologies section has been used to fund Open Eau Claire and disability assistance programs. But this year, innovative technologies will support wired classrooms and last year’s updates. The goal, Mey said, is to encourage students to use mobile devices in classrooms. Some disciplines, like the business program on campus, already require students to have laptops in

classes, Mey said. “In the private sector, there’s many companies that aren’t providing computers for their staff, they’re giving them stipends to bring their own devices,” Mey said. “So students have said, ‘if that’s the environment in the real world, we should be getting that mindset while we’re here.’” Paese said 98 percent of Eau Claire students own laptops and the number of students with smartphones has exploded. LTS found each person living in the dorms had 2.7 devices hooked up to the internet on average, Mey said. Cody Stankowski, a freshman criminal justice major, said he hasn’t had trouble connecting his smartphone or laptop when he’s on campus. But wireless connections in the dorms have been spottier, he said.

“Sometimes I have trouble getting internet with my laptop in the dorms, but I haven’t had trouble connecting on campus,” Stankowski said. “The wireless connection is better now than it was earlier this year.” Stankowski had trouble hooking up his Xbox in his dorm room earlier this semester, but it’s hooked up now and working fine, he said. Mey said The Center for Education In Teaching and Learning, or CEITL, hosted tech training sessions on active classrooms for Eau Claire instructors. But don’t toss out pens and paper just yet. “The individual professors are in control of the classroom,” Mey said. “So it’s up to them as to what students can use.” Beck can be reached at becknc@

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. — Twisted Trail of Terror, Hipps Pub

SATURday, OCT.26 9:30 p.m. ­— Brass Monkey, O’Leary’s Pub 8 p.m. — Drunk Drivers, STNNNG, The House of Rock

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Sunday, OCT. 27 6 - 9 p.m. ­— Moonlight Corn Maze and Pumpkin Bowling, Klinger Farm Market

monday, OCT. 28 5 - 6:30 p.m. — English Festival: Susan de la Vergne, Hibbard Humanities Hall

tuesday, OCT. 29 •

Tech budget supports recent Wi-Fi boost Nate Beck

9 p.m. — DJ Wisco, Whiskey’s Bar and Grill 8 p.m. — YelaWolf and St Paul Slim, UW-Stout Memorial Student Center

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More money will go toward supporting wired classrooms

Thursday, OCT. 24

7:30 - 10 p.m. — Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Zorn Arena

WEDNESday, OCT. 30 •

8 p.m. — Jazz night, The Cabin

Woodland Theatre “The Shining”

7 p.m — Fri. - Sat. 2 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from Oct. 24 - 27

Foster Gallery “Animal Skins, Visual Surfaces” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Mon. - Fri. 1 to 4:30 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Runs from Oct. 3 - 31 Haas Fine Arts Center


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There’s an app for that iPhone application allows students to connect to nightlife Haley Zblewski multimedia editor

A new iPhone application, which caters to UW System students, can help them find fun things to do on weekends and at night, one of the app’s creator said. Luke Jenkins and Jackson Rohde of That’s Winning created the app, called Stream, and have been working on it for about a year, Jenkins said. Stream currently supports UWEau Claire, -Madison, -Stout, -La Crosse and -Milwaukee. Jenkins said the goal was to create an app that allows students to engage with each other and share what they find fun happening in their town. He said he and Rohde started looking at bar specials apps, but it felt like something was missing. “They didn’t really have any input from the students who go out and do stuff,” he said. “We call (Stream) a microblogging forum area where students can upload the events they know about, places they like to go.” Currently, the app has about 120 downloads, Jenkins said, but they haven’t really taken time to market it yet. He said they are instead letting it grow a bit by recruiting friends and friends of friends to help kickstart the content on the app. Jenkins said they have been working with user feedback to develop the app, and the second version of Stream should be available in the App Store in about a week. They plan to continue expanding the app with user feedback. “What we really want to do is tailor the app to what each campus is demanding because we really want to be an app that users really find value in,” Jenkins said. Senior business economics and operations major Justin McDaniel said from his history with apps, they seem pretty pointless, just games on your phone. But he said the Stream app seems different. “When it comes to events, I’m always looking for one spot that has everything I need,” he said. “This sounds like it could be beneficial.” On Stream’s website, there is an option to request the app for different campuses. If there is enough demand from a particular campus, they’ll


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expand the app to connect there, Jenkins said. But for now, Stream reaches the five UW System schools. Jenkins said they decided to start here because he and Rohde know people who go to all five campus, so they can easily keep in touch about local events and spread the word about the app. Jordan Nordrum, a sophomore at Eau Claire, gets a lot of use out of apps on her iPad. “I have all of my books that are online, I can save them onto my iPad on the iBook app,” she said. “That works really nicely.” Nordrum, who lives in Bloomer and commutes to campus, said an app that would connect her to events in the Eau Claire community would be helpful to her. “I’d like to find things to do in my spare time because some days I don’t have to work,” she said. “And instead of going home, I’d like to have something to do instead of sitting in the library all the time.” Jenkins said the main goal of Stream is to connect people who are newer to their college community to the town they live in. He said Rohde transferred from Iowa State to Madison and found it difficult to get involved in a new city right away. “Right when you jump into a whole new setting, there’s kind of that curve period where you’re finding new friends, you’re working into a new network,” Jenkins said. “If we build that type of community on a really simplistic, easy to use platform, that you can download and immediately start seeing stuff that’s going on, we feel that will bring some very good value to a freshman or transfer (student) who’s trying to get into that new network slash new area … ” Jenkins said right now, events include local sporting events, bar trivia nights, local costume contests now that Halloween is coming up, among many others. He said the value of the app will come from the students who use it, and the goal is to have as many people as possible sharing events on Stream to get the best variety of weekend and nightlife events as possible. Zblweski can be reached at zblewsha@

“What we really want to do is tailor the app to what each campus is demanding because we really want to be an app that users find value in.” LUKE JENKINS Stream co-creator

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Deck to bring scenic view to Water Plans move ahead for deck, walkway, river area restoration Katie Bast

op / ED editor An idea that has been in the works for five years will bring together historical and environmental aspects of the Water Street area. The Water Street Business Improvement District Board is moving forward with plans to build a deck overlooking the Chippewa River at Fifth Avenue and Menomonie Street. Water Street BID board member and owner of Mona Lisa’s Restaurant Lisa Aspenson said the project has many benefits. “I think it’s a really positive project and I think it’s something that hopefully the city will embrace,” Aspenson said. In March, the project received a $5,000 grant from Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. The next step is to get approval from City Council. Aspenson said she thinks the chances are good. City Council member Kathy Mitchell said she is in favor of the deck because it’s a popular area of

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town that isn’t as connected to the river as it could be. “I personally think it’s a great idea,” Mitchell said. “That particular location on Water Street and the river is kind of at the heart of one of our downtown areas … and there’s not really an opportunity to experience the river. So, this would offer that opportunity.” According to the grant request, the area will be set apart from Water Street by foliage and sculptures. The “pocket park” will bring in culture and history by including artwork and historical information about the old logging days of the area. In addition to the patio, the BID board is also planning on creating a walkway to the river and restoring the gazebo near the river at Water Street and Fourth Avenue, Aspenson said. The deck is expected to cost $50,000, while the project as a whole will likely cost $100,000. The BID board plans to continue fundraising and apply for more grants. The community raised the

Sleep on it


MOCKED UP: A photo illustration demonstrates the aesthetics of the “pocket park,” which will be located at Fifth Avenue and Menomonie Street.

question of the safety of a walkway to the river, but Aspenson said she doesn’t see a problem. She said the river shouldn’t be closed off because of potential safety issues. “People need to respect the water and respect the river and they need to be smart,” Aspenson said. Mitchell said there’s always the possibility that people could drown in the river, and she hopes the city will take the proper precautions with the deck. Aspenson said another part of

Applying class concepts beyond field Eau Claire alumni starts own business, customers are the focus Cori Picard STAFF WRITER

Kyle Sulerud had no idea he would eventually own his own garbage removal business after graduating in 2013. Sulerud, who graduated with two bachelor degrees in public communication and business administration, stumbled into his current position after working with friend Jake Halls in a foreclosure servicing business. “Jake wanted to start his own foreclosure business after working for the banks, and he asked me if I wanted to do it with him,” Sulerud said. “I did, and we started that about a year ago. During the winter months, business slowed down, and that’s kind of how we found

this junk removal idea.” Halls and Sulerud, both 30 years old, began assisting customers in removing unwanted junk from homes and yards in March of this year. About a month ago, they opened a new office in Duluth, Minn. Sulerud, a native of Duluth, spends most of his time there while Halls stays in Eau Claire. “When we started doing junk removal jobs for people at their homes and businesses, we felt much more appreciated,” Halls said. “We enjoyed helping people and decided that’s what we needed to

focus on.” A simple removal service, intended to eliminate furniture, trash, appliances, and old electronics turned into a customer-based business for both. “We make it a goal to go above and beyond for every customer,” Sulerud said. “It’s pretty easy to move garbage out of someone’s house, there are plenty of people who do it, but when a customer calls us they know they’re getting a professional level of service.” That professional attitude Sulerud and Halls

“... when a customer calls us, they know they’re getting a professional level of service.” KYLE SULERD Co-owner of Eau Claire Junk Removal

the project includes working with the Parks and Waterways Department to redevelop the riverbank in that area. The bank on the university side near the library was recently restored, she said. Similarly, the Parks and Waterways Plan will help with replanting and the removal of invasive species. The project is expected to be completed in 2014. Bast can be reached at bastkv@uwec. edu.

strive for in their business has paid off. Sulerud said his customers are very receptive and they’ve had success at their new store in Duluth. One Eau Claire customer was thoroughly impressed with Sulerud’s work, in part because she taught Sulerud l e a d ership skills in her management class at SULERUD Eau Claire. Associate professor of marketing and management Rhetta Standifer did not realize she was contacting Sulerud’s business when she called up Eau Claire Junk Removal to move a few things from her home. “They were fantastic,” Standifer said. “I could see him interact with his employees and how they

interacted with me, and it was just really cool to see a student in the field applying concepts we talked about in class.” Standifer said ideas like effective communication, motivation and creating a positive work environment were discussed in her class with Sulerud, and those concepts directly relate to starting a business. “A lot of the courses we do in the management area lend themselves to entrepreneurial work,” she said. “Kyle was a great student, he participated, he was outgoing, he did very well.” Sulerud and Halls are happy with where their endeavor is going and is optimistic about continued success in Eau Claire and Duluth. “Trying to get rid of junk can be a huge hassle for people,” Halls said. “And we aim to make this process as simple as possible.” Picard can be reached at

Saturday, Oct. 19 — While on patrol at 8 a.m., an officer discovered a vehicle in the Phillips Science Hall parking lot with the windows fogged up as though someone had spent the night there. The officer recognized the vehicle as belonging to a 31-year-old man the police had found sleeping in McIntyre Library the night before. The man was in the driver’s seat, but said he had only been in the vehicle during some parts of the night, checking on his valuables in the car. He was waiting for his mother and her boyfriend to help him move his vehicle and was planning to use the library computers until they arrived. A Moving Performance Saturday, Oct. 19 — University police responded to a call of a man vomiting during Saturday’s Volcano Choir concert in Schofield Auditorium. The man had left the concert because he felt like he was going to be sick, and was trying to find a bathroom but didn’t make it in time. He threw up on a rug and in a trash can and said it was because he had recently gotten sick. A breathalyzer test showed no traces of alcohol and officers allowed him to walk home.

You can’t find the Ministry of Magic that way... Sunday, Oct. 20 — Officers heard a loud crashing sound come from the second floor bathroom of Horan Hall while there responding to a different case. A resident of the hall was in one of the bathroom stall changing his clothes, and had broken the toilet. He said while changing his boxers, his foot got caught in the waistband, and he fell onto the toilet. He knocked the toilet bowl off of the connecting water pipes. The floor’s RA blocked off the stall with signs and tape until a mechanic could fix the broken toilet.







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For the Gillmans, it’s all in the family


Women’s tennis head coach Tom Gillman shares a special bond with his daughter, No. 1 singles player, Katie Gillman Ellis Williams Staff Writer

UW-Eau Claire senior women’s tennis captain Katie Gillman has over 50 career collegiate singles and doubles wins. She has earned multiple all-conference honors and was the WIAC singles player-of-the-year last season. Throughout her career in athletics, her father, head coach of men’s and women’s tennis, Tom Gillman, has been by his daughter’s side. “Through all my highlights in both high school and college, he has been right there with me,” Katie Gillman said. Before arriving at Eau Claire, Katie Gillman played her high school tennis at Red Wing (Minn.) High School. Her career began in the seventh grade, as she was a letterwinner on the girl’s varsity tennis team. She went on to etch her name into the Red Wing girl’s tennis history book as she set the record for most career wins in the school’s history. Like her collegiate career, her father served as her head coach during her high school career as well. Tom Gillman coached high school tennis in Red Wing for 15 years. He was also named the Eau Claire men’s head coach in 2001. When Katie Gillman’s high school career came to an end and it was time for her to choose a university, she didn’t think she wanted to go to Eau Claire. “At first, I didn’t even schedule a tour for Eau Claire,” Katie Gillman said. “I wanted to branch out and do my own thing.” Katie Gillman’s mother, as well as Tom Gillman’s wife, Theresa Gillman, said she wanted her daughter to look at as many different schools as possible and her husband helped introduce Katie Gillman to other WIAC schools. “He was good at giving Katie lots of opportunities,” TOM GILLMAN Theresa Gillman said. “He


FAMILY AFFAIR: Tom Gillman took the job as UW-Eau Claire women’s head tennis coach after his daughter Katie (left) told the school he was interested in the job.

let her make the decision herself though.” But after much thought, Katie Gillman decided to enroll at Eau Claire on her own. Weeks before her collegiate tennis career began, the coach who recruited her to play for the Blugolds decided to step down. Katie Gillman saw an opportunity. She said she emailed Eau Claire’s Athletic Director, Scott Kilgallon and informed him that her father was interested in the job. After both Katie Gillman and her father talked about the

Opening against tough competition Women’s swimming and diving team tests themselves early with bout against Division II Minnesota State Courtney Kueppers Staff writer

The Blugold women’s swimming and diving team knew they had their work cut out for them when they hosted Mankato State University (Minn.) last Friday, UW-Eau Claire swimmer Sara Axness said. “We knew it was going to be a close meet so we went into it thinking ‘lets go out there and do what we’ve

been doing in practice,’ ‘do what we know how to do’ and I think we did a really good job of doing that,” Axness said. Overall, the Blugolds came up short to the mavericks 148-95. Despite the final score, the Blugolds had standout individual performances, second-year assistant

situation, Tom Gillman went on to accept the position as head women’s tennis coach. “Finding out I’d coach her again was a pleasant surprise, and the fact that I was going to be able to spend that much more time with her was the kicker for me,” said Tom Gillman, who was set to be content on just watching his daughter for the rest of her playing career, Senior co-captain Mary Frassetto of the 2013 team said balancing the roles of father, daughter, player and coach has prov-

coach Ben Macalalad said. Macalalad said they expected the Mavericks to bring a talented group of swimmers and divers to the pool. Not only are they a Division II school, which guarantees talent year after year, Macalalad said, but they also had another slight advantage over the Blugolds. “Mankato’s season starts about three and a half weeks before ours so they get that much more pool time and that makes a big difference especially at the beginning of the season,” Macalalad said. “It really takes a little bit of time to get back in shape, but we had some really great performances.” Axness was one such athlete. She is a first year Blugold diver. After graduating high school she dove

en to be a task Tom and Katie Gillman have been able to handle. “I think they have done a good job distinguishing the different roles that they have,” Frassetto said. “Katie is great at understanding what her dad sees.” The ability to see eye-to-eye with her faKATIE GILLMAN ther has been a staple of their father-daughter tandem. Tom Gillman said the two see things very similarly. Katie Gillman also echoed that message. “It is nice because he knows exactly what I am thinking,” Katie Gillman said. “We are on the same wavelength.” As Katie Gillman’s fall season is coming to an end, so is her career as a tennis player. She said she is trying to avoid thinking about those final moments, because the year is going by so fast. “It will be a very emotional moment for me once I’m done with tennis,” Katie Gillman said. “It has been such a great experience, and being around all my teammates is always great.” Tom Gillman said he is going miss the time he has been able to spend with his daughter the most. Theresa Gillman said she has so much appreciation for the player that her daughter has become. “Watching her grow as a leader, and a person is something I’ll always remember,” Theresa Gillman said. “That is something Tom does with all his players. He is not just teaching them how to be good tennis players, he is teaching them how to become good people.” Tom, Theresa and Katie Gillman will all be in UW-Madison this weekend, as the WIAC Championship will take place at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Katie will compete in both doubles and singles and she said her goal is to take first in both events. Williams can be reached at

at the University of Minnesota, but when the chaos of working, school and diving at the Big Ten level became too much Axness decided it was time to focus on her academics and took a break from the sport. This past weekend, in the season opener, was her first time competing in almost three years and her first time as a Blugold. Axness earned 249.10 points in the three- meter dive, which put her in first-place. Axness was not the only Blugold to secure a first place finish. Amanda Baker, sophomore, took first in the one- meter dive with a total of 251.50 points. Which earned her a bid for nationals. She will need another in the same dive to qualify for zones- a meet, which will give

her the opportunity to qualify for nationals. Baker said she believes the Blugolds have a lot to offer this season. “I think we have a lot of depth this year,” Baker said. “If one of us has a bad meet there is always someone behind ready to take overI think we’re going to be really good this year.”

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sports editor: Nick Erickson

Thursday, Oct. 24


Cross country squares off against familiar competition Seven men break the 26-minute barrier while top-five women finish within 20 seconds of another at Brooks Invitational Becky Olson STAFF WRITER

The UW-Eau Claire men’s cross country team toed the line and placed well against some out-of-state schools, finishing third out of 37 teams at the Brooks Invitational Saturday morning, hosted by UW-Oshkosh. North Central (Ill.) won the meet with 33 points while Washington University (Mo.) came in second with 64 points. Eau Claire finished with 133 points. Blugold sophomore Ryan Mugan finished eighth out of 566 runners, breaking the 25-minute mark with a time of 24:50. Senior Matt Scott followed in 18th place with a time of 25:05 and sophomores Nick Petersson and Christian Leitner finished right next to each other, coming in 47th and 48th place with times of 25:35 and 25:37, respectively. The Blugold men have remained relatively healthy all season, something Petersson said is an important factor during this part of the season, especially with the changing weather. “I think it’s just smart training,” he said. “Overtraining can lead to injuries so it’s good to have everyone healthy, especially at this point in the season where it’s most important.”

Head coach Dan Schwamberger said it’s the difficult part of the season for the runners having to deal with midterms, practices, sleep and possible illness. “It’s just all those little things that really make the difference whether you’re feeling good in November or not,” Schwamberger said. Women pack it in, finish 10th The top five individual runners came within 20 seconds of each other, leading the Eau Claire women’s cross country team to a 10th place finish at the Brooks Invitational. Calvin (Mich.) won the meet with 71 points while Eau Claire finished with 317 points. Senior Alana Jenkins led the way with a 53rd place finish in a time of 23:03. Senior Nikki Rendler came in 59th with a time of 23:05 and sophomore Lucy Ramquist, who ran in her first race back from injury, finished 62nd with a time of 23:08. Schwamberger said it was the best meet the women’s team has competed in so far. “I thought it was a step in the right direction,” Schwamberger said. “It was definitely our quickest times, but more importantly

Off Point: volleyball team falls in battle of conference leaders

Blugolds drop to 4-2 in the WIAC after Wednesday’s home loss to UW-Stevens Point Wednesday night, two of the top teams women’s volleyball teams in the WIAC squared off for a right to sit atop the conference standings as UWEau Claire faced UW-Stevens Point at the McPhee Physical Education Center. The Blugolds ended up losing the matchup with a final score of 0-3. The first set was a closely contested match. Both sides battled back and forth for control of the set. The lead was never outside of three points for either team. The set was tied down to the wire as the scoreboard read 22-22, but the Pointers went on to score three straight points though as they took game one 22-25. In set two, the Pointers took the early lead and never looked back as they were able to string together a few long scoring runs. The Blugolds failed to ever any runs of their own going and

fell 15-25. Eau Claire jumped out to an early lead to begin the third set, but the Pointers would go on to tie the game up at 15-15. The Pointers took control of the game as they gained a 19-22 lead. Stevens point would never look back as they went on to win, 19-25. The loss moved the Blugolds to a .500 record, as they now sit at 14-14 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. The team will be in action again this Friday as they travel to UWWhitewater for a 7 p.m. game.

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OUT WITH A BANG: Anna Hildebrandt (17) and Maggie Holcombe (4) go up for a block against UW-Stevens Point.

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they did a really good job of working together and finishing strong.” Ramquist said jumping back into racing right before conference is a little stressful. “I really love to race and to compete, so jumping back into the season at the height of it does come with some stress, but it’s more fun and exciting than anything, and ultimately, I’m just happy to be running and racing,” Ramquist said. Schwamberger said the team is strong heading into the conference meet. “I think there’s a little more confidence,” he said. “Now everyone knows we’re kind of getting into the meets that matter and for the most part we’ve been able to stay healthy and avoid sickness. If we can keep doing that, I think we’ll keep progressing.” The top 12 runners of the men’s team and the top 11 runners get to rest up before the conference meet in River Falls on Nov. 2 while the rest of the teams compete at the Lake Wissota Invite on Friday. The women’s race starts at 4 p.m. and the men’s race starts at 5 p.m. Olson can be reached at



Thursday, Oct. 24


Bruised but not battered Women’s soccer team goes 2-1 in home matches over the week with both wins coming against conference foes Karl Enghofer

Staff writer / graphic designer The UW-Eau Claire women’s soccer team left Bollinger Field with a close win, close loss and blowout victory at three home games in five days. On Saturday, as the Blugolds celebrated the win, the air was filled with color — red and yellow, that is. The win came Saturday against conference competitors UW-Platteville, as senior Allie Stone scored early in the second half. Both teams were scoreless until the 46th minute. After a Pioneer defender deflected a shot with her hand, the referees granted the Blugolds a penalty kick. The coaches huddled to discuss their candidate to take the shot. Meanwhile, before the coaches could decide, Stone grabbed the ball, positioned a spot and let it fire, scoring the only goal of the game. Being a captain, she said she thought it was her duty to the team to step up. “As a leader of the team I took it upon myself,” Stone said. Platteville recorded six penalty cards — five yellow and one red. The red card was given to a Platteville coach, who will be suspended for one game. Yengo said only one or two yellows are common in a game, certainly not five and a red. “There was definitely some very cheap, physical-type play,” Yengo said.

LEADING THE CHARGE: Senior Abby Beinlich leads an offensive attack upfield in Wednesday’s big win.

Lucy Ramquist Women’s cross country

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LINING ONE UP: Sophomore defender Ashley Seymour squares up the ball Wednesday evening.

The Blugolds’ defense held their ground, however, and didn’t allow the Pioneers a goal. The final score was 1-0. Eau Claire welcomed St. Thomas (Minn.) on a cold, rainy Sunday, but the Tommies came away victorious, beating the Blugolds 2-0. The Tommies scored with four seconds remaining in the first half and secured a 2-0 lead in the second half. After Blugold senior goalie Nina Behrenbrinker allowed two goals, coaches made the decision to pull her out of the game, not because of a poor performance, but they want to keep her healthy for the playoff hunt, Yengo said. Because it was late in a non-conference game, Yengo said it was an ideal opportunity to give the backup goalie some live-game practice against a competitive team. Freshman Rachel Griffiths made her first appearance this season and got 17 minutes of action. Although Griffiths received some playing time, it wasn’t enough to record any legitimate stats. Griffiths she said she was honored to get playtime as a freshman, and glad her hard work in practice was finally rewarded. She also said she learns a lot from Behrenbrinker in practice. “Nina is sort of a role model for me,” Griffiths said. Next year Griffiths will be starting goalie, so she said she values Behrenbrinker’s advice. Wednesday night, the Blugold clobbered UW-Superior for a 9-0 victory, the biggest win of the season by far. Sophomore Caroline Henderson notched a hat trick by scoring three goals in the contest. Kara Ryan, Audra Zimmer, Mandy Smith, Tara Dennehy, Ashley O’Connell and Rachelle Belott also scored goals against the Yellowjackets. With the win on Wednesday at home and another one Saturday at UW-River Falls, Yengo said the team will definitely be in the conference tournament as the top six teams get the spots. Enghofer can be reached at enghofka@uwec. edu.

In her first race back since the Alumni Meet on Sept. 7, Ramquist finished third for the Blugolds and 62nd place overall Saturday at the Brooks Invitational, hosted by UW-Oshkosh. She helped lead the Blugolds to a fifth-place finish. An all-conference performer in both cross country and track, Ramquist ran at cross country nationals her freshman year, placing 144th.

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Thursday, Oct. 24


Volcano Choir makes final tour stop in Schofield Concert brings musician alumnus back to UW-Eau Claire


COMING HOME: The indie rock band played two shows on the campus over the weekend. On Nov. 9 the band will begin the European leg of its tour.

Martha Landry Managing editor

Senior Max Docksey has been a Justin Vernon fan since he first heard Vernon play around a campfire as a counselor for Camp Manitou when he was 8 years old. Docksey said he has followed Vernon’s career from Mount Vernon all the way up to Volcano Choir. “I think everything he has ever done is pretty amazing,”




with Volcano Choir band members, Chris Rosenau and Tom Wincek Zack Katz

Chief copy editor Zack Katz: What, if anything would you say has changed since the last album? Are you taking any new approaches stylistically? Chris Rosenau: On the first album no one thought together because that wasn’t the point. There wasn’t writing to a band because the band didn’t exist. Tom Wincek: We found we could get together and approach this new record as a band, which was a total 180 from the way the first record

Docksey said. “I think most of his fans are pretty loyal in that aspect.” Sunday’s Volcano Choir concert in Schofield Auditorium was no exception to his appreciation of Vernon’s work. Docksey, from Eau Claire, said it was special seeing the local legend back on a UW-Eau Claire stage. As the band played, sending waves and nods of recognition to faces in the crowd, the artists could not contain their glee for performing on familiar soil with a hometown appreciation. The band played two gigs, Saturday and Sunday evening,


each selling out the 600 seat auditorium. Event Production Coordinator Jason Anderson said the band was looking for a specific atmosphere when location of the concert was first decided. “Based on just the type of feel the band thought the album would have, they felt that Schofield would be the best for them in the sense that it was small, it was intimate,” Anderson said, “It was the closest club type feel that they had done.” The space filled those requirements. The vibrant greens, reds and blues reflected off the knit mountainous backdrop while still highlighting the six men on the small stage. Vernon, lead vocals, stood center-right with fellow members Thomas Wincek, Daniel Spack, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker and Jon Mueller. The band was promoting their new CD, “Repave,” which was Vernon's first album with Volcano Choir. A set of songs with a “nautical theme,” Vernon said during the show, features top songs like “Byegone,” “Almanac,” “Acetone” and “Comrade.” Some songs feature Vernon’s signature falsetto, while still dipping into some lower octaves. Senior Kate Beaton, a fan of Vernon, attended Saturday’s show. She said the band sounded similar to Bon Iver at points — a similarity she enjoyed. “I mostly purchased the ticket because it had Justin Vernon’s name associated with it,” Beaton said. “I knew it would be good because he is good.” Docksey said Volcano Choir was a great combination of the falsetto associated with Bon Iver, while bringing someone new to the stage as well. “I think everyone can find a song they relate to in (“Repave”),” Docksey said. “There is some quiet stuff for people who are looking for the Bon Iver aspect out of it, but they also do a lot of awesome things with ‘Byegone,’ ‘Comrade’ and ‘Dancepack’ in my opinion.” Anderson said Volcano Choir came to the university in the beginning stages of tour planning because the band wanted to make the stop a priority. Anderson said the university was extremely pleased with the response received from the community. “The shows themselves from band members and production, their quote was literally ‘it was sprinkled with dust of magic,’” Anderson said. “They felt it was the best show they had in their entire tour and a nice way to wrap up the U.S.”

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was performed.

from for this new record?

ZK: How did Volcano Choir come to be?

TW: You know what dude? Justin and I have talk-

CR: We just played a ton of music with each oth-

er and that’s how it all started. Tom meeting Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun in Eau Claire, Justin getting a hold of me after hearing Collection of Colonies of Bees, and us coming up here. That was pretty much it.

ZK: Being that you’re from Wisconsin, and Justin in particular is from Eau Claire, what’s different about playing in this city?

TW: Six out of the last dozen shows we’ve played

have been in places that I’ve lived — here too; I can’t wait, you know? You don’t know these people in the audience but you totally know who they are … It’s like you’re looking out at yourself.

ed about this — honestly we are to the point where we’re not pulling influence from anything. Of course it changes, like hearing Justin sing on this record was great because he was trying a ton of different s*** ... we’ve figured something out.

CR: But it’s informed by tens of thousands of things we’ve picked up on over the years. Theres no ‘oh I was totally listening to this record and…’ you know? ZK: What’s next? CR: Well for one, there’s concentrating on these shows which takes up a lot of mental real estate. We spent so much time on writing "Repave" and the creative process that now we’re just really focused on playing the hell out of it.

CR: It’s great playing in different places like Japan,

But, we actually have a lot of songs after the album that are in various states of done-ness.

ZK: Where would you guys say you pull influence

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like these totally different people get what we’re doing and that’s great. But it’s also great when I know all the people I’m playing for, the place is packed, and I’m out-of-my-mind enjoying it.

STRUM IT OUT: Chris Rosenau, left, joked during Sunday's performance the band might have to perform a third show because the weekend was such a success.

Check out one of Volcano Choir's hit songs, "ByeGone."

CURRENTS More tricks and treats CURRENTS editor: Emily Albrent

Thursday, Oct. 24


Eau Claire families are able to take children to student housing and dorms for additional trick-or-treating

Cori Picard & Rachel Streich staff writers

Children have roamed Eau Claire neighborhoods and wandered down the halls of UW-Eau Claire dorms in search of candy on Halloween year after year. The unique atmosphere of the residence halls continues to draw in trick-or-treaters and their families. Jeff Crowell, a music professor and father of three children, has brought his kids to the residence halls every Halloween for the past four years. He said the dorms are a nice alternative to trick-or-treating at houses in Eau Claire. “It’s warm, it’s inside and it’s like hitting a hundred houses all in one block,” Crowell said. The dorms provide a safe escape from the frigid October air and they give kids a convenient one-stop shop for lots of Halloween candy. Crowell said he also likes how the residence halls start the trickor-treating event early at 5:30 p.m. This is good for young children whose bed times are early, he said. Crowell’s family gets into the Halloween spirit with Halloween-themed decorations in dorms like Oak Ridge Hall, he said. Along with the exciting environment, Oak Ridge Hall Director Linda Pratt said the residence halls give children a unique experience they can’t get elsewhere. “It gives them a glimpse into a world that maybe they’re not familiar with,” Pratt said. “It peaks their interest about this (college) world and that future for them.” The event is fun for students as well. Sophomore Nicole Brandon said she enjoys handing out candy and seeing kids in costumes.

Brandon also said the event gives students “a little taste of home.” For many students living in the dorms, it is their first Halloween away from home. Being able to greet children on Halloween allows them to feel more of a sense of community, Pratt said. The excitement of students giving out candy and complimenting trick-or-treaters on their costumes creates a positive and festive setting for Crowell’s family and others in the community. However, Crowell said his family still ventures out to the neighborhood from time to time, along with many other Eau Claire families. Residents Gary and Mary Clark said they have some concerns


TRICK-OR-TREAT: Children will head out to Eau Claire neighborhoods and dorms in search of treats this Halloween.

about taking their four children trick-or-treating, but they said it wouldn’t stop them from participating this year. Mary is an executive pastor for Valleybrook Church and Gary is a social studies teacher at Altoona High School. Even though the majority of their neighbors are UW-Eau Claire students or student-aged adults, the Clarks plan to take their children, ages 9 to 14, around their Graham Avenue neighborhood to trick-or-treat. The Clarks have been living at their current residence for three years. Before, they lived in a neighborhood with little to no students. The move did not invoke too many concerns. Mary Clark said she estimates two-thirds of their neighborhood is comprised of students. “Our block doesn’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters because we’re right on the edge of the third ward and a lot of students don’t hand out candy on Halloween,” she said. “I don’t blame them, it’s expensive.” One of those students not handing out candy is Kelley Lai, a senior public relations major. “I live in apartments on Water Street so that’s not really a good opportunity for me to hand out candy,” said Lai. Lai said she thinks children would have a better experience trick-or-treating in traditional, family-oriented neighborhoods. “A lot of students probably don’t give out candy and they’ll probably be half drunk by that time,” she said. Although running into houses that don’t participate in the festivities is a bit of a party-crasher, running into houses that participate too much is another worry for the Clarks. Loud parties, along with the profanity that usually comes with them, is another concern for the couple. “If you’re going to hand out candy for the kids, don’t wear an adult costume or a scary costume,” Mary Clark said. “The kids won’t want to come to your door.”

BB: I was sitting in a professor’s office when a dope buy that he had orchestrated had fallen apart. I was sitting there talking to him and the phone rang and he said to the person on the other end, “Really? Aw, that’s too bad, maybe some other time.” Then he hung up and said to me, “excuse me for a minute” and he went to the door and yelled down the hall way, “It’s off.” Then I hear someone from down the hallway say, “Oh s--t” and during the next 15 or so minutes people would show up at his office and he would reach into his desk and give them their money back.


Every week, The Spectator staff will choose a professor and ask them unique questions to help bridge the gap between students and teachers

or alive, who would it be and why?

out him we would not have the country we have today. He could have been a dictator twice, but each time he simply went home instead. When he had the time to seize power he didn’t. He set the tone; I kind of admire him for that.

Bob Barth: George Washington, because with-

EA: What is your craziest college memory?

Emily Albrent currents editor

Emily Albrent: If you could meet anyone dead

I used to have two guys that got stoned for class. They were pretty mellow. They sat in the back and smiled.

EA: If you weren’t an anthropology professor, what would you want to be? BB: I would want to be a welder. It’s something that I have always wanted to try, it always sounded like an interesting job and it’s a skill you can apply anywhere. I don’t know if I could do an office job, I don’t like people telling me what to do. I need to do something where I can be semi-independent, I need to be my own person.


You can work on cars, you can do all kind of stuff, you always need welders.

EA: What is the weirdest thing a student has done in one of your classes?

EA: What was the best job you have ever had in

BB: Early in my career here I had two students

BB: My best job in archeology was doing environmental impact surveys, that’s what I really like to do because you get to go lot’s of different places. It’s interesting, they are all different. You get out in the field, you get to meet people; it’s really nice.

come up to me after class and tried to hand me what was left of a bag of marijuana and what they said was, ‘here, it looks like you could use this.’ I didn’t take it of course. That was kind of interesting. Another crazy moment was the student who came in with his collar turned up and sunglasses on because he didn’t want to be recognized because two guys were looking for him to beat him up.


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OPINION / EDITORIAL OP/ED editor: Katie Bast

Thursday, Oct. 24

Profiting from awareness campaigns walks a thin line

NFL reportedly donated only eight percent of pink gear merchandise sales Martha Landry Managing editor

During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NFL’s A Crucial Catch campaign partners with the American Cancer Society to focus on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 years and older. Throughout the month coaches, referees and select players have sported the hot pink to raise awareness. On, pink NFL shirts, hats and jerseys are on sale. Recently, in an article from Business Insider, Darren Rovell of ESPN obtained data from the NFL stating the NFL “takes a 25% royalty from the wholesale price (1/2 retail), donates 90% of royalty to American Cancer Society.” This means for every $100 in pink merchandise sold, $12.50 goes to the NFL. In total, only eight percent of

money spent on pink NFL merchandise actually goes toward cancer research. According to The Guardian, it is unclear exactly how much money the “eight percent” represents, but we can assume that donating a few more dollars wouldn’t push the NFL into bankruptcy. Locally, with the help of surrounding high school volleyball teams, the UW-Eau Claire women’s volleyball team raises money annually for local breast cancer efforts. Head Coach Kim Wudi said the team has raised nearly $75,000 in the past five years they have participated in fundraising. The volleyball team’s annual fundraiser consists of a themed match (which took place on Oct. 4 against UW-Oshkosh) where they accepted donations and sold t-shirts. Wudi stated every dollar raised goes directly to breast cancer efforts, because the team does not have any SUBMITTED

overhead costs. “When we started doing this program, it was really never about fundraising,” Wudi said. “It’s more about breast cancer awareness, and so it’s really alarming that they are profiting from trying to raise awareness of a cancer that is really devastating for a lot of people. I think that is really unfortunate.” The positive awareness generated from wearing pink during Packer games on Sunday cannot be denied. But instead of sporting the pink and simply generating talk, these huge teams (aka corporations) need to donate the money where their mouths are. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Estimations for 2013 indicate about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and nearly 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2013. Breast cancer is the second leading cancer cause of death in women. Thank you NFL for supporting the cause, but let’s drop the commercial gags and fight this disease with everything that we have. The Blugolds are accepting donations through the end of October! Anyone interested in donating or purchasing a t-shirt can contact Wudi at wudikm@ or 715-836-4343. Landry is a senior journalism major and Managing Editor of The Spectator. She can be reached at landrymm@uwec. edu.

More than just a game Putting your heart and soul in a team is a good thing Nick Erickson sports Editor

Saturday night, the city of Boston erupted. As Shane Victorino, an outfielder on the city’s beloved Red Sox, launched a grand slam over the famous Green Monster at the cathedral of baseball in Fenway Park to send the Sox to the World Series, everything was set aside and strangers became friends in Beantown.

On April 15, just six short months ago, the city of Boston erupted, but for an entirely different reason. As we all can unfortunately remember, two bombings at the finish line of the world famous Boston Marathon killed three people (indirectly four), and the city was forced to be on lockdown for a week while the suspected terrorists were running free around the city. It was a tough time for

Bostonians, a very proud group of people, to deal with. The city they love had taken a severe hit. But here’s the great thing about human nature: if we get something taken away, we turn to something else to give us hope. That’s what the city of Boston did with the Red Sox. Coming off a 2012 season where The BoSox lost 93 games, they were predicted for last place in the American League East Division. With the terrorist attack happening just two weeks into their season, the Red Sox adapted a “Boston Strong” approach. Thanks to an inspired effort from surprising players, such as Victorino, the Red Sox are now on baseball’s biggest stage.

That is the beauty of sports. On the outside, yes, it is a game a few adults are playing. And yes, thousands and thousands of fans live or die by the result of these games. But on the inside, being a devoted fan gives us an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, people find themselves under a lot of stress, whether it would be dealing with jobs, families, finances or in Boston’s case, security. Just to survive, people need an escape route and something to inspire them to persevere.

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Community setting wrong example Local government, school punish student for being designated driver Steve Fruehauf News Editor

When I started high school in 2007, my parents sat me down and made me promise them I would never drink and drive. Even though I didn’t indulge at that age, they must have thought it was important enough to stress, and they probably knew there would be some peer pressure to drink in the years ahead. Likewise, my high school equally emphasized the importance of having a designated driver if drinking was ever to occur. Keeping these things in mind, I promised myself if there were ever a time when a friend needed a ride home, I would always be there to pick them up. So when I heard a North Andover High School (Mass.) senior, Erin Cox, was reprimanded for picking up her intoxicated friend, I was confused. How could she get in trouble for trying to give someone a safe ride home? She was summoned to appear in court, stripped of her captain spot on the volleyball team and suspended for five games. In my opinion, Cox was simply doing what she thought was right. If she hadn’t responded to her friend, that person could have driven home and hurt somebody else. Cox was exuding some serious reliability and loyalty by making the effort to get her friend home safely. So why does it seem like she made the wrong choice? If she were drinking prior to picking up her friend, I could completely


understand why she would have to go to court. If that was the case, she wasn’t showing leadership and was representing her school poorly. But she wasn’t drinking. The officer on scene even vouched for her sobriety, although it came with no change. The school then stripped her of her captaincy and suspended her for five games after they heard the police were involved. I find this course of action extremely contradicting. My high school preached the importance of safe drinking and I’m assuming Cox’s school is no different since underage drinking is a national issue. UW-Eau Claire Police Sgt. Chris Kirchman said he was also confused about what Cox would have been cited for if she wasn’t consuming alcohol. He said some schools have purely school-related violations that could have played a factor. “If we come across a designated driver, obviously, if they’ve had nothing to drink they wouldn’t receive any type of alcohol citation if they were underage,” Kirchman said.

To read more about why schools shouldn’t punish designated drivers go to Fruehauf is a junior journalism major and News Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at


OP / ED editor: Katie Bast


Thursday, Oct. 24

The internship: unfair, exploitative and necessary Judicial oversight, financial aid for disadvantaged interns would improve fairness

Alex Zank freelancer

With ongoing national discussion of the legal gray area that is the internship, it’s important to keep in mind that although there are tremendous benefits, these benefits should be legally ensured to outweigh the cost. For example, my political journalism internship is in Washington, D.C. this semester. I’m sure if you ask any professor in the political science or journalism departments, they’ll say a D.C. internship greatly opens up one’s job prospects post-graduation. But along with that internship is the tremendous cost of living in an expensive city without steady pay. Another thing to worry about is how open the internship is to exploitation. A case that gained national attention concerns interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures. They were really interns in name only. The judge ruled the interns deserved pay because they were essentially regular employees, with the only difference being they were working for free. Another recent example is the legal workplace harassment loophole. A federal judge ruled in a sexual harassment lawsuit that an intern working for Phoenix Satellite Television U.S. wasn’t an employee, therefore the case had to be thrown out.

The internship clearly has shortcomings. How can those who cannot afford to embark on such an expensive journey — I debated for months whether I could afford mine — rationalize doing so to receive no immediate pay? Yet someone may argue the return on investment (hopefully) is much greater. It’s not like students aren’t aware of this. Some just cannot swing taking that risk. My goal is not to rail against internships and say the idea should be eliminated entirely. In fact, I think a good internship is a very important experience every student should have. That’s why it’s a graduation requirement for many students. Without internships, many news organizations wouldn’t fill those roles with a paid position. If there weren’t internships, how would young people like me with no previous connections get a foot

“What we need is to reinstate a powerful culture centered around creating opportunity for everybody, not just those who can afford it.”

GAME/ Passion for your favorite sports team is healing Or, if you’re lucky enough to be there in person, you yell together and hug someone you just met. Sports create a community atmosphere like nothing else. And the thing is, top athletes and their greatest moments demand greatness and inspire everyone. Who didn’t shed a tear when Brett Favre threw for over 400 yards and cried in his post-game interview in Oakland the day after his father died in December of 2003? And likewise, the same goes for when Michael Jordan won the NBA championship the same year his father was murdered and cried on the trophy saying “This one’s for Daddy!” Not only did Jordan and Favre show how to overcome a tragedy, but they also showed they are people just like us, and while we may see them as only the Gunslinger or Air Jordan, they have to overcome things like me and you have to do. Sports teach us how to deal with disappointment (see Ryan Braun and his steroid scandal), how to grace success humbly (see the New York Yankees and their 27 World Series championships) and how to persevere through the hardest of times (see, of course, Boston Red Sox 2013).

As Victorino’s towering fly ball sailed through the Boston night, so did the spirits of the city, whose citizens proved once again to people trying to disrupt life that while you may be able to temporarily hurt it, you cannot stop it. So the next time someone tells you “it’s just a game,” screw them, because as the bounce-back of Boston shows, sports is so much more. Erickson is a senior journalism major and Sports Editor of The Spectator. He can be reached at

in the door? Internships should have a strengthened judicial oversight so abuses cannot take place. An independent judiciary is plenty capable of ensuring an internship is meeting certain standards — is this a learning experience for the intern and mutually beneficial for both parties? Interns should also have the same legal rights and protections as others in the workforce. I’d imagine this problem, through closing loopholes such as the sexual harassment example, will fix itself soon enough. Tackling the problem of the less advantaged students taking prominent internships to help better their futures, however, is a different issue entirely. It’s not one that I see as solvable by legal means. It’s appropriate to raise this ques-

tion at a time when investing in education as a whole seems to be on the back burner of government agendas. In a nation concerned with manufactured issues like the shutdown and debt ceiling, other topics aren’t seeing their fair share of coverage. What we need is to reinstate a powerful culture centered around creating opportunity for everybody, not just those who can afford it. In tandem with more funding to higher education we need to recognize if we want the disadvantaged students, which so many elected officials claim to encourage to continue their education, there needs to be serious subsidized investment behind internships. The UW System could be a leader on this front. If a student secures an opportunity to intern at the place of their dreams and can demonstrate serious

financial need, we should take that extra step to help them. Financially helping students is not a hand out, it’s smart and forward-thinking policy. Education is an investment in the future tax base. Higher skilled workers mean better paying jobs, which mean more consumer spending, investment spending or even higher savings rates. This creates a healthier economy, not to mention more potential tax revenue. Is the internship a golden opportunity for young professionals, or legal slavery? With a two-pronged attack consisting of proper legal oversight and a reinvestment in maximizing educational attainment, an internship should be something everyone should cherish instead of a national uncertainty.

Zank is a former staff member of The Spectator.



Thursday, Oct. 24 GRAPHIC BY KARL ENGHOFER / The Spectator

UW-Eau Claire MMA Club not only teaches members how to be physically strong on the mat, but also mentally strong in the real world Nick Erickson Sports Editor

Team: defined by a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal. On the outside, grappling an opponent into submission may seem as nothing more than an individual trying to prove his or her brute strength and physical dominance to the world. But in the inside, the UW-Eau Claire Mixed Martial Arts Club embodies the very definition of the word team. And it’s common goal stretches far beyond the treacherous mat of hellacious one-on-one competition. The Club When freshman Brie Fuller first dipped her feet into the world of fighting back home in Eagle River, she wanted to learn self-defense. But as she started to learn quickly at her local fight club, she was convinced to try MMA. Immediately, she knew this was something she wanted to continue to do. “I caught on and loved it,” Fuller said. “It’s a great stress reliever and just a lot of fun to do.” She contacted Hunter Promer over the summer, the vice president of the club, to see if Eau Claire’s MMA club would give her a similar sense of satisfaction. As she quickly found out, her college experience would indeed have that type of club where she could gain so many different tools and meet new people. Promer said people join the club, which had its inaugural year in 2008-2009, for all sorts of different reasons. But at the end of the day, he said, everybody should feel the same sense of satisfaction as Fuller gets every time walking off the mat. “It’s pretty much up in the air where members want to take it

themselves,” Promer said. “If they want to do fights, we help them out and train them for fights. If they just want to get a good workout, we do that as well. We just try to make it all work for everybody.” The club also has to be its own business. It has grown in popularity, growing seven members just a year ago to up from 20 to sometimes even 30 people. While the members of this group are unique in the fact that they are willing to put their bodies through a viscous nightmare, they are similar to all student groups in getting started and attracting new members. Promer said they chalk on the sidewalks, use the Blugold Organization Bash, have social gatherings and use social media heavily to make themselves visible. In 2013, they also have a little help from the National Guard, as Sgt. Todd Raymond brings some of his members into the McPhee Physical Education Center to train with the club, who trains two to three times for a demanding two hours in the Blugold wrestling room. Physicality, competition and self defense World Wrestling Entertainment, one of fighting’s first “professional” stage, is all staged. But in MMA, nothing is staged. Promer said almost anything goes in hand-to-hand, combat fighting. “It’s pretty much as real as it gets,” Promer said. “There’s very limited rules that you can’t do, and it’s the real deal, for sure.” In MMA said, Promer said the body is pushed to the brink of exhaustion time in and time out. The MMA club structures its practice around a lot of one-on-one partner workouts with a lot conditioning, including push-ups, sit ups and running. He said MMA causes challenges in both the mind and the body. “You need a good of combination of both strength and endurance,” Promer said. “Mentally, you need the experience to prepare yourself not to freak out when you get tired.” The club offers competition for those who crave it. The club just had a tournament two weekends ago at Hudson in a submissions only tournament, where a winner is decided only when the opponent gives in and taps out because he or she is put into a position so uncomfortable they willingly admit defeat. But the fighting aspects the club teaches apply to much more than making an opponent tapout. According to a study conducted by Dr. Kathleen Young, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma and its aftermaths in Arizona, one in four college women report experiences that meet the definition of being sexually assaulted. Young also concluded 52 percent of sexual/physical assaults on campus occur after midnight for both young men and women, particularly 18-19 year olds. Fuller is well-aware of those statistics, and she said the tactics she’s learned through fighting gives her the utmost of confidence if a dangerous situation were ever to arise. “Some nights, I’ll have ended up walking home by myself,” Fuller said. “I was more confident because if something happened, I could do something about it.”


IN A BATTLE: Freshman Brie Fuller locks her opponent’s arms in a

one-on-one combat drill during a practice held in the McPhee.

One big, happy family

PHYSICALLY DEMANDING: UW-Eau Claire MMA Club president Matt Townley grimaces during a wall-sit while watching others members fight.

For an hour and a half to two hours several times a week, the members of the MMA Club battle and beat one another in an attempt to make a teammate tap out. But even in the midst of an onslaught of pain and exhaustion, the fighters in the group remain fiercely loyal and close with one another. For Promer, a wrestler in high school, he said that only makes them closer, something he said he never experienced in wrestling. “I didn’t notice a big team collaboration where everybody is helping each other out,” Promer said. “It’s more universal here, and everyone is trying to help everybody else out.” Club president Matt Townley said the closeness of the club is what separates the MMA club from the rest. “Everybody is there to get better and help those around them get better,” Townley said. “No one’s trying to be the big dog, and that’s what’s so great about our club. The environment is about as friendly as can be.” Fuller said joining this club has been one of the best decisions of her life. Not only has she gained confidence in herself, but she also found a new path, as she will be enlisting in Sgt. Raymond’s National Guard in December. But most importantly for her, she was able to assimilate herself with a group of like-minded people as soon as she stepped foot on Eau Claire’s campus to enhance her college experience. “Not only has made me embrace being a Blugold and get to know so many different people from so many different years, but it’s just so fun,” Fuller said. “I’m four hours away from home, but I’ve found my family.” Like any other family, the MMA club has its fights (literally), but at the end of the day, its pursuit to fulfill everyone’s individual goal makes them as close-knit as any family you’ll ever see. Erickson can be reached at

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