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BREAKING THE MOLD: Sophomore nursing major Steve Henderson tests a stethoscope on a dummy Wednesday. Male nursing majors have more than tripled since 1970, according to the United States Census Bureau.
HEALTHY PARTNERSHIP Students working with city on developing yearround farmer’s market
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UW-Eau Claire students partner with city officials in effort to bring all-year farmer’s market to Eau Claire Martha Landry CURRENTS EDITOR
Getting invested and connected to the Eau Claire community isn’t a requirement for graduation, but the city of Eau Claire is teaming up with students from assistant professor David Soll’s Sustainable Cities honors course to help plan three different aspects of the Health Chapter — Eau Claire Comprehensive Plan: Active Living, Food and Nutrition and Land Use. Between 2000-2002 the Eau Claire City-County Health Department estimates that 55 percent of the county’s population was either overweight at 32 percent or obese, at 23 percent. Eau Claire County recently ranked 56th out of 72 counties in the 2012 County Health Rankings for a quality built environment. Ned Noel, associate planner for the city of Eau Claire, said Eau Claire began their sustainability chapter in 2009 and they are now moving on to community health. Noel said the decision to bring students into the project was a way to help students and help the city. “When I was a student, what really impacted me was real world, hands-on situations that we were not only learning in class about ... but actually doing it and working with people in the community,” Noel said. “We try to do that more and more in ways that will be mutually beneficial.” Noel said because of limited budgets and staff, the students have a lot of free range with the direction they want to take the projects. The primary focus for the Food and Nutrition section is producing a yearlong farmers
market in Eau Claire. Currently, there are two summer markets. One market runs June through October at the Oakwood Mall parking lot. The second market is located in Phoenix Park. Once a month, a small-
“When I was a student, what really impacted me was real world, handson situations ... actually doing it and working with people in the community.” NED NOEL
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er market is held indoors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, according to ecdowntownfarmers market.com The idea for a year-round farmers market stems from the idea of supplying the citizens of Eau Claire and the surrounding communities a place where they can purchase local, healthy food as well as providing a meeting place. Three students are working on gathering and supplying information about the potential for a yearlong farmers market — Sophomore Heather Spray, Sophomore Andrew
Bocher and Freshman Allison Fouks. Spray said the main focus of their work on the project is gathering interest from the community and figuring out how to supply the market. “We’re looking a lot at what needs the farmers market can meet within the community,” Spray said. Noel said the market would be incorporated into a future re-development of an area in the north side near Madison Street. Aside from local citizens selling their food, the students and Noel are hoping to include cooking classes, canning instructions, restaurant testing and other crafts into the community. Originally from Madison, Spray said she loves the summer farmers market in Madison and wants to bring the same environment to Eau Claire year round. Right now the plan is just in its theoretical phases. For Noel, the class project does some busy work that the city doesn’t have time for because of budget cuts and no extra hands. For Soll’s class, it gives the students a real experience in planning an event. “Students get a sense of — not to temper their idealism but to get them to see that just having an idea isn’t enough,” Soll said. “That you have to figure out what it takes to make it come to fruition.” This is part one of a planned three-part series on the partnership between UWEau Claire and city officials to improve the health of the city. Future topics include the walkability of sidewalks and roads and local farming.
Pam Benoit and Anne Huot both withdrew from consideration for UWEau Claire’s chancellor position, leaving two candidates remaining. There were initially five finalists, but Kathryn Cruz-Uribe withdrew last month after accepting a job at another institution. Benoit and Huot’s withdrawals leave Kent Neely and James Schmidt as the final two candidates. Neely and Schmidt were interviewed yesterday by UW System President Kevin Reilly and the special regents committee. Reilly will soon recommend one of the two to the UW Board of Regents.
Company donates $500,000 to Confluence Project JAMF Software announced Wednesday they will be donating $500,000 to the city’s plan to construct a new community arts center at the convergence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers by Phoenix Park. The donation will not only swell revenue for the community arts center to over $3.5 million, but will also give JAMF Software the naming rights of the proposed 250-seat black box theater. The JAMF Software commitment to the community arts center is conditional upon the successful acquisition of state, city of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County funding, as well as the approvals needed for the construction of the Confluence Project. JAMF Software is a computer company based out of Minneapolis, Minn. It has very strong ties to Eau Claire, as 35 percent of the company’s 178 employees are graduates of UW-Eau Claire. Zach Halmstad, the co-founder of the company and main leader of the donation, is one of those graduates. He graduated in 2004 after being involved in both the computer science and music programs at the university. He said he is honored to give back to Eau Claire. “The music scene (in Eau Claire) was so great and so nurturing to me,” he said. “We see this as a way to just continue to embrace that culture in our community.” Halmstad is also encouraged by the working relationship between the public and private sectors in this process. He said he hopes constructing a brand new arts facility can draw students away from campus and get out more in the community. “Hopefully we’ll start to see more and more involvement with the community and the university,” he said. “We think the benefits would be phenomenal.” — The Spectator Staff
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Bringing the Blugold Bird to life
Senate approves $9,000 of funding for two Blugold mascot costumes Nate Beck STAFF WORK
UW-Eau Claire students should expect a live Blugold sighting sometime in the near future. Senate voted 24-2 Monday to shell out nearly $9,000 on two Blugold mascot costumes - half of which University Centers will reimburse. The Blugold Bird was drawn up and voted in as the official mascot of the Eau Claire student body last semester, although the university does not officially recognize it. Junior Michaela McCamey plays volleyball at Eau Claire. She said putting a face on the Blugold doesn’t change much. Her teammates on the Blugold Gymnastics team don’t feel any different, she said. “I’m on an athletics team so it’s kind of fun to joke ‘oh we’re a fictional bird,’” McCamey said.
Senator Pat Henricks voted against the bill on Monday. Henricks played Blugold football for Eau Claire. He said the football team favors the original Blugold symbol over the bird. “(The Blugold football team) just doesn’t think we really want the mascot,” Henricks said. Blugold Bird merchandise is sold in the University Bookstore and elsewhere around Eau Claire. Kevin Everard, University Bookstore general merchandise manager, said demand for Blugold Bird gear has kept up with other Eau Claire wares. “We’ve embraced it and continue to sell it, so I guess we’ll see how far it goes with other groups and organizations on campus here,” Everard said. Everard said he was surprised by the number of alumni who embraced the Blugold Bird. The Blugold Bird logo is now on everything from coffee cups to sweatpants.
Bryan Larson, Finance Commission director, said a campus mascot helps generate revenue. Every time someone buys a mascot product from the bookstore, a portion of that sale goes back into Student Senate. “In terms of sales, merchandise in the bookstore, even if it’s just t-shirts, I think LARSON having a mascot will compliment that,” Larson said. The money Senate gets from bookstore sales is expected to cover future mascot expenses. The mascot costumes voted on Monday should last four to five years, Larson said. He said a mascot could help bolster school spirit on campus and scrub out confusion. “One of the things we can
do on this campus to sort of encourage school spirit and increase interest ... is to have a physical embodiment of what we stand for and what a Blugold is,” Larson said. Despite some pushback from senators and students, a mascot has unique advantages, Larson said. “I know it kind of sounds silly when you hear it, but just about any organization can point to a mascot like Tony the Tiger ... PRwise, it will be pretty beneficial,” Larson said. Each costume costs about $4,500. The costume funded by students will be paid for through a special reserve account surplus. Senate has been trying to push a mascot for three and a half years, Student Body Vice President Patrick Martin said during Monday’s Senate meeting. Mascots will be showing up at campus events in the near future.
Immigration laws topic of Davies discussion
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The difficulties in getting reform passed often goes back to the unwillingness of congress to compromise, but there is reason for optimism that could all be changing, Seltun said. This optimism stems from three actions passed in the last few years. The first, Seltun said, is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. She described it as a “watered-down DREAM Act.
Unlawful Presence Waivers, which makes it possible for spouses of United States citizens to get waivOver 100 students, ers in the U.S. instead of professors and communitheir home country, which ty members packed the can take up to ten years, Ojibwe Room of Davies Seltun said. Center Wednesday to parAnother act allows for ticipate in a discussion the review of certain deon immigration reform portation cases. The goal with immigration lawyer of this is to shift the focus Victoria Seltun. of deportation to criminal Seltun provided aliens. It makes it easier comprehensive informafor those who have close tion on the immigration ties to their neighborhood, laws in our country and family members who its problems. “ It is a topic that is increas- are U.S. citizens and Many of the DREAM Act children problems revolve ingly important to Wisconsin to stay in the country, around the slow Seltun said. process of becomthat I think a lot of young Seltun said ing an American citizen. Seltun said people are not familiar with.” there’s even more reason to be optisome people from Gerardo Lícon mistic that immithe Philippines Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies gration reform could who applied for a be passed in the Green Card in 1989 near future. are just receiving Those who came to the Speaker of the House them now. United States as children John Boehner has passed The immigration laws and meet key criteria may things like Sandy relief haven’t been changed be eligible for work authoand the reauthorization since 1986 and no lonrization, Seltun said. of the Violence Against ger reflect the economic Other rules include Women Act, even though realities of our country, the Stateside Provision many Republicans voted Seltun said.
against them. Seltun said this is good news for immigration reform because it shows republicans are open to passing things they haven’t been open to in the past. Seltun said Senator Marco Rubio is providing facts and data preventing immigration opponents from being as vocal as they have been in the past. Pundits who have been against immigration reform in the past are listening to the facts. Both parties are committed to finding a way to create a path to earned citizenship, Seltun said. Seltun outlined many of President Obama’s plans for immigration reform. Issues like stronger border security, cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers and streamlining legal immigration are top priorities. The discussion was important to students and professors alike. Assistant professor of
Latin American Studies Gerardo Lícon is hopeful the speech was effective in educating students. “It is a topic that is increasingly important to Wisconsin that I think a lot of young people are not familiar with,” Lícon said. “In a national context of U.S immigration reform being a prominent topic, I think discussing this on campus allows UWEC students to be informed when they enter those national debates.” Freshman Chandra Weyrauch is interested in the topic because it’s something she’s seen firsthand when her Spanish professor was nearly deported because her visa expired. “I want to learn more about why it takes so long to let (immigrants) become citizens,” Weyrauch said. “It’s important because it’s an issue that affects all of the nation and there are a lot of illegal immigrants here, so something needs to be done to close the gap.”
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Census Bureau: More men entering nursing Eau Claire male nursing students said they have faced assumptions, stereotypes during their time in the field Emily Albrent OP/ED EDITOR
The amount of registered males working in the nursing field has risen from 2.7 percent in 1970 to 9.6 percent in 2011 according to the US Census Bureau and that is being reflected in the nursing program here at UW-Eau Claire. Junior Lorin Devine said he loves being a nursing major and has been interested in this field for a while. “I have been interested in medical stuff for years, even back when I was a kid in boy scouts,” Devine said. “I was fascinated about the first aid merit badge and lifesaving, and when I was 20 I was a volunteer firefighter.” DEVINE
Devine has heard many stereotypes about being a male nurse such as if a male chooses to be a nurse he is assumed to be homosexual, or if a male wants to be a nurse he is “settling” because he could not get into medical school. “I understand where they are coming from,” Devine said. “So when confronted with them I always try to educate (them).” He said he wants to eventually become an advanced practice nurse or go into anesthesia. He said he likes the holistic approach of nursing where he can be more connected with the patients he’s working with. “That level of advocacy where you can really, if you take it seriously, make a real impact,” Devine said. “Being kind of the front lines, having more time with the patient, you’re the one who often times gets to notice some of these subtle things and can use that information to go to bat for their (patients) needs.”
Junior Patrick Marsh said he is a nursing major because it is the next step in his journey with the military. He wants to be transitioned into an officer and in order to do that, he needs to finish a nursing degree. “(It’s) the front line to patient care,” Marsh said. “I’m going to be going right back to the Navy as soon as I’m done, so I will be the first person to see the patient come into the hospital, be the first person to put my hands on them and that’s pretty awesome.” The stereotypes about males being nurses do not bother him. He said it should not matter what other people think. His friends and family are supportive of him and think it’s cool that he is in the nursing field. Marsh said the reason why he thinks more males are going into the field is because of job security and that it’s a challenging workforce. Assistant nursing professor Norah Airth-Kindree said one of the main reasons why people
have misconceptions over what a nurse is could be partially blamed on the media. “Media plays a huge role … different shows, like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, they just don’t get it right what nursing does,” Airth-Kindree said. “I think people don’t understand what nurses do because the meMARSH dia doesn’t portray us in an accurate role.” She said male nurses bring power to the field and in the end wind-up earning more money over female nurses for doing the exact same job. She said if more male nurses were to work in the field that they could help be an advocate for change in regards to equal pay in the work environment.
Wachs visits campus Representative discussed education concerns, latest state budget in panel hosted by Society of Politics Alex Zank
NEWS EDITOR A recent panel discussion at UWEau Claire that featured Rep. Dana Wachs gave students a chance to ask him about the recently proposed state budget and how it will affect them. The panel that took place March 8 in the Centennial Room of the W.R. Davies Center was put on by the newly re-vitalized Society of Politics in cooperation with the United Council of UW Students. At the very start of the panel, Wachs made clear to an audience of 19 students that education, along with healthcare, are his two biggest concerns in state government and that he had serious concerns about the current state of education in Wisconsin. “Two years ago my son (who attended UW-Madison) … was shocked to find out that one of the faculty members that he was most fond of had to make a decision between Harvard and Madison,” Wachs said. “All of a sudden that person had to decide to go back to Harvard.” Wachs used this example to show that if we want “world-class schools” then the state needs to adequately compensate the professors. Otherwise, he claims they will end up going elsewhere, much like what his son experienced at UW-Madison. There were several topics covered with detailed responses by both Wachs and senior Kayla Johnson, who also sat
on the panel to answer questions with a student perspective. Some of the areas covered were the flexible degree program, transferring credits between schools, tuition caps and directly tying majors to jobs. Flex Degree Program Wachs was asked by panel moderator and president of SOP Evan Langer about new money in the proposed budget going towards a flex option. Wachs said although he was unsure of how it will affect campuses since the program is new, he generally supports flexible degrees. “The most important thing is that people get educations,” Wachs said. “If some people weren't able to have their education when they were in their late teens or early 20s, that's an option for them. I think we have to be flexible.” In a report released in June of 2012 by Governor Scott Walker's office, the flexible degree is described as “a more personalized experience” stating students can start and finish the online courses at convenient times for them. Transferring credits Langer said that in the budget is a requirement that Wisconsin technical colleges have 30 credits that can be transferred between institutions and asked Wachs how it will affect students. Wachs said although he doesn't
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“THE LOWER, THE BETTER”: Dana Wachs sits with UW-Eau Claire senior Kayla Johnson during a March 8 panel while other students listen. Among other things, Wachs voiced his support for a tuition cap and competitive compensation for educators.
know what the direct effects will be right now, he generally supports the concept. “If more people end up with degrees (because of it), that's great,” he said. Johnson added that in her case she took classes at UW-Stout while attending high school, which gave her a jumpstart to earning college credits. “Being able to take those credits and bringing in so many then with me and taking advantage of a program like that,” she said. “I think it's beneficial to not just students that are transferring colleges, but those that are coming in.” Tuition Cap Something missing from the proposed budget that was mentioned at
the panel was a tuition cap. “I think there should be a cap, and I think the lower the better,” Wachs said. The tuition cap was recently removed in the state. Its aim was to prevent tuition from increasing by more than a certain amount. “There's an increasing will it seems in Madison that everything we think we need is linked to a job,” Wachs said. He said this includes what kind of education students are getting at the college level. He said there is a lot of philosophical debate going on in Madison on this topic. “You can't fly the satellites without the theoretical physics,” he said. “But it's not often you see jobs come out of the theoretical physics.” He said that majors like philoso-
phy, history and physics are important components in society and play a role in job creation. Along the same lines, Wachs said that we need to invest in more pure, scientific research at the university level which also creates jobs and grows industries. Langer and vice president of SOP Kristen Cupp said that panels like this offer students a chance to talk directly with their representatives. “I think it's really important for students to have their voices heard,” Cupp said. Langer and Cupp said they plan on having similar panels with other state leaders, such as Rep. Warren Petryk and Senators Terry Moulton and Kathleen Vinehout in the future.
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Senate will vote to change Organizations Commission Group takes closer look at org committee bylaws update contact information, attend workshops, have a faculty advisor and refresh their constitutions annually. The Senate launched a bill that If an organization doesn’t meet could change the makeup of the Organizations Commission Monday. requirements, they would no longer The Organizations Commission be officially recognized in 28 days oversees campus organizations. under current bylaws; 14 days to reThe Student Organization Conspond and another 14-day probationduct Committee handles and reports ary period where they exist under problems in campus organizations. provisional status. SOCC is not currently defined under This process would be changed so senate bylaws. the provisional status would be asIf the bill passes next week, the signed immediately and they would new-look SOCC would consist of a dithen get two weeks to make any rector, a senator who is a member of the changes, if the bill is passed Monday. Organizations Organizations Commission, that don’t meet a non-memthe rules in two ber senator, weeks would no a non-senate longer have official Organizaorg status. tions CommisEau Claire sion member College Democrats and a student. President Paul The bill Savides said he also outlines is glad senate is what an orgataking time to look nization needs PAUL SAVIDES at organizations to do to be in College Democrats President committee bylaws. “good stand“As the presing” with the ident of an org, commission, I do pay close Interim Orgaattention to some things that nizations Commission Director Jarrel they do and it’s nice to see that Montgomery said. they are reforming some things,” “We’re just elaborating on exSavides said. actly what that (SOCC) is, and then Savides said he would like to see we’re talking about good standing.” more communication between the Montgomery said. “Good standing is Organizations Commission and cama state of being OK by me and the pus organizations. “It would be nice commission.” if they would contact us and ask us Organizations must regularly what things would be helpful for us.”
“As the president of an org, I do pay close attention to some things that they do and it’s nice to see that they are reforming some things.”
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“Invisible War” documentary on campus Sexual assault in the military highlighted to public Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER
The film “The Invisible War” was shown in the Davies Theater March 11 and 12 by the LGBTQ and Women’s Resource Center along with affiliate American Association of University Women. It is a documentary that shines light on rape and sexual harassment in the military. Directed and written by documentarian Kirby Dick, who also made “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” the movie follows the lives of several women and men who had been sexually assaulted during their time serving the country. LGBTQ and Women’s Resource Center Coordinator Chris Jorgenson said he thinks it is important the film be shown on campus because as the subjects of the documentary say themselves, it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s an issue for the entire country. “In regard to sexual assault, it is an area that begs much more scrutiny than it is given,” he said. “It is a huge issue in the military for women and men.” Jorgenson said he thinks it will make people feel CROSS-SCHINDLER strong emotions after viewing the film. “I think they’ll be engaged by it,” he said. “I think they’ll be shocked by it. I think they’ll be angered by it. I think they’ll be frustrated by it and to me that’s the hallmark of a good program; if you leave feeling something that strongly.”
The AAUW, an organization dedi“Prevention, yes, is absolutely half cated to advancing equity for women and the battle,” Cross-Schindler said. “You girls through should be more advocacy, is aware, but you co-hosting the can’t always event with the be in control of resource center your surroundin an effort to ings and who highlight this you’re with. particular issue. You should be In “The Inable to walk visible War,“ from building there are many to building women that without having share their stoyour battle budMIRANDA CROSS-SCHINDLER ries of assault, dy with you.” Military Education Benefits Coordinator as well as a few Although men. The victims Cross-Schintalk about their dler said she experiences. One woman in particular thinks the campaigns put into action had been repeatedly assaulted by higher by the military are ridiculous and ranking officers. Another was fighting would be undoubtedly laughed at, to have an attack-related injury covered she cautioned that just because asby disability pay, which is given to those sault happens, it isn’t something that who are no longer serving. should prevent an interested female The filmmakers share research from enlisting. about military survivors of assault. She cited several examples of Women who have been raped while reviews she found online of people serving are twice as likely to suffer bashing the military and understands from post traumatic stress disorder their line of thinking, but didn’t agree than their male counterparts who with them. served in combat. Bradley Frahm, assistant profesMilitary Education Benefits sor of military science, said he is aware Coordinator Miranda Cross-Schinof campaigns the military has put in dler said she viewed the film Monplace and has participated in briefings day night and had a very strong rethat help prevention of sexual assault action to the things she saw in the while serving. documentary. “I think awareness is good to try “It’s very disheartening,” she said. to increase the preventative mea“It just really made me quite angry to sures,” Frahm said. “Fortunately, it see such a failure of justice happening hasn’t happened to anybody I know. within the military.” It’s something that happens, it’s unShe added that the campaigns the fortunate and we all need to do our military use are very much aimed toward best to prevent it from happening in victim blaming. the first place.”
“It just really made me really quite angry to see such a failure of justice happening within the military.”
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SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 14
Do you believe in miracles? With win over rival St. Norbert, Blugolds punch ticket to Frozen Four in Lake Placid
Haley Zblewski CHIEF COPY EDITOR
Before heading to the NCAA quarterfinals game on March 9, the Blugold men’s hockey team was looking for revenge against St. Norbert College (Wis.), senior forward Kurt Weston said, after losing to the No. 1-ranked Green Knights the week before. By the end of the night, the team not only found redemption as they handed the Green Knights a 3-1 loss, but in doing so, advanced to their first NCAA Frozen Four in school history.
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ... I’m confident that with the way we play Blugold hockey, nobody will be able to keep up with us.” KURT WESTON Senior Forward
Senior defenseman Drew Darwitz said there was a lot of nerves, but also a lot of excitement on the ice. “We knew when we played them in the Peters Cup finals that we didn’t play up to our standards, so for us it was more
a game of redemption,” he said. “We felt like we owed them something after losing that Saturday night.” With three goals, the Blugolds paid the Green Knights what they owed them, while senior goalie Brandon Stephenson only let one of St. Norbert’s 40 shots past him. After senior forward Devin Mantha was off the ice for a tripping penalty, St. Norbert had the power play and was able to score their only goal of the night at 8:23 in the first period, tying the game 1-1. With less than a minute left in the period, sophomore defenseman Chris Heineman put the Blugolds ahead again. Head Coach Matt Loen said with a skilled team including 10 seniors and 10 juniors, the group felt confident, though they knew the Frozen Four was at stake. “It’s tough to beat, especially St. Norbert, you’re not going to beat them five times in a year,” Loen said. “I’d rather take that Peters Cup loss than a quarterfinal NCAA loss. It’s probably good timing in that way that we were fortunate enough to get a second chance. They bought into the 52-week season and it’s paying off.” St. Norbert pulled their goalie from the net in the last minute of the game and the puck got chipped out of the zone. Sophomore forward Ross Andersen grabbed it on the sidewall and passed it to Weston, who put in the final goal. “That’s when we knew we had it locked up,” Darwitz said. “It was probably one of the best feelings our team has had
all season.” For the Blugolds, beating back to back NCAA champion St. Norbert, was quite the feat. Weston said the team went into the game feeling confident because of the way they’d played against them all season. Weston said the game was kind of an upset for St. Norbert, as the team thought they had their home game locked in.
“I guess to me it wasn’t really an upset because we had the upper hand throughout the regular season,” Weston said. Advancing to the Frozen Four for the first time in the program’s history, Darwitz said he is excited to move on to Lake Placid. “There’s a lot of history there obviously, so it’s kind of a surreal moment,” Darwitz said. “It hasn’t really set in yet.”
The men will be playing Utica College (N.Y.) on Friday, a team that Loen said the men don’t really know much about. Weston said he is looking forward to playing someone new. “It’s actually nice now, playing somebody that you don’t know a lot about,” he said. “I mean, the teams we play throughout the year we,kind of know inside and out and what they’re going to do, so it’ll
be fun to see how these other teams play.” Loen said the team is focusing on simply preparing themselves for the game. Weston said he was looking forward to playing the game that way. “I don’t see us preparing any way different,” Weston said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it ... I’m confident that with the way we play Blugold hockey, nobody will be able to keep up with us.”
THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Senior forward Andrew McCabe rushes to join teammates sophomore Ross Andersen, senior Kurt Weston, senior Drew Darwitz and junior David Donnellan in celebration after Weston scored the Blugold’s third and final goal. UW-Eau Claire won the game 3-1.
SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 14
Setting their sights higher
Softball team has talent returning, looks to build on successful 2012 season Chris Reinoos EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Before the UW-Eau Claire’s softball season started, first baseman Sarah Fern said head coach Leslie Huntington gave the team laminated cards to remind them of their ultimate goal this season. On one side was a picture of Gelein Field. On the other: the Div. III national championship trophy. Huntington has not minced words about her expectations for this season. “We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about our goal of playing in the national championship this year, especially because it’s going to be at Carson Park,” Huntington said. “That’s kind of the purpose behind everything we’re doing.” Such lofty expectations are certainly in order for a Blugolds team coming off a 33-14 season and a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship, the team’s first since 2006. The team ultimately lost to Carthage College in regionals. Eau Claire did lose four seniors from last year’s team, all of whom were at one point WIAC first-team all-conference performers. Catcher Nikki Bromelkamp, pitcher Ashley Meinen and shortstop Emily Muller were firstteam performers last year, while second baseman Jess Freagon was a 2011 first-team honoree. Huntington said replacing all four will be a challenge, but first mentioned Muller as a particularly difficult loss. “She was really kind of our field general on the infield, really had the infield on the same page all the time defensively,” Huntington said. “What we’ve seen in practice so far is we don’t have anybody yet who is quite at that level.” The job of replacing Muller at shortstop seems to have fallen to
sophomore Taylor Pierce, another 2012 WIAC first-team performer. Pierce, who last year saw time in the outfield and as the designated player, said she hasn’t played shortstop since little league. She said learning base coverages and cutoff assignments has been the most challenging part of the position switch, but she said she plans to work as hard as possible to make the position hers on a permanent basis. As a first baseman, Fern said she is able to observe the entire infield. She said Pierce has performed well, both in practice and in the team’s season-opening doubleheader sweep of St. Benedict (Minn.). “Since those first two games it’s really been very clear to me that she is going to fit that role perfectly,” Fern said. Despite having to replace three regulars from last year’s lineup, the Blugolds’ offense still appears to be dangerous. The team scored 16 combined runs in the victories over St. Benedict on 21 hits, including a home run from Amanda Fischer, yet another 2012 first-team performer. Fischer hit leadoff in those first two games this year and it appears that will be her spot in the lineup to lose. Fischer said she has mostly been a middle of the order hitter during her softball career, but said she feels comfortable making the move to the top. “Being a leadoff hitter hones in that you have to watch every pitch and you need to be really focused, so I like that a lot,” Fischer said. Fischer and Fern, who led last year’s team with nine and eight home runs respectively, should continue to provide the Blugolds with power. Pierce also has some pop in her bat, finishing with 12 extra base hits and a .487 slugging percentage last season.
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LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK: Senior third baseman Emily Haluska eyes a line drive in a game against UW-Oshkosh last season.
The Blugolds also have quite a bit of team speed, as second baseman Jenny Hess (29 stolen bases), Pierce (17) and Fischer (10) all reached double figures in steals last year. Fern said freshman outfielder Abby Hansen could have a big impact with her speed as well. Huntington said the balance throughout the lineup makes it the kind of offense she really likes to have. “We’ve either got kids that can hit it over the fence or we’ve got kids that can drop a bunt and beat it out,” Huntington said. One player who could be a wild card for Eau Claire this season is third baseman Emily Haluska. Two seasons ago, she hit .406 and was named to the WIAC all-conference team, but slipped last season to .242. Huntington praised Haluska’s defensive ability and offensive mechanics and said a good season from Haluska could be a key to the team’s success. In the pitcher’s circle, junior Emma Wishau is the unquestioned leader of the staff after going 15-7 with a 1.70 earned run average in 160.2 innings last season. Meinen’s graduation has opened the door for sophomore Laura Raflik to secure a larger role on the staff. Last year, Raflik appeared in 14 games, making one start, and posted a sparkling 1.21 ERA in 29 innings. Raflik, who said she learned a lot about both the mental and physical aspects of pitching from Wishau and Meinen last year, threw five shutout innings in her first start this year against St. Benedict. She said having a full season under her belt helped her prepare for this season. “Just knowing how Eau Claire teaches their pitches made it a lot easier for me to work on it,” Raflik said. “I knew what was expected of me.” Huntington said junior Emily Ruegemer, who picked up the other victory against St. Benedict, sophomore Nikki Brooks and freshman Lana Zorbetske will also be in the mix for innings this year. Fern said it will be important for the team to not look too far ahead during the season because of the excitement of hosting the championship tournament. She said the team needs to stay focused on the process rather than the outcome to keep them thinking day to day and game to game. The players share Huntington’s confidence and belief in the team. Those laminated cards reflect exactly how far the team thinks it can go. “The way this team is gelling together is just really awesome,” Fischer said. “I expect a lot from this team and I’m really excited.”
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THREE UP, THREE DOWN: Left-handed junior pitcher Emma Wishau winds up before delivering a pitch last spring.
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SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 14
Barrage of broken records Ten Blugolds named to All-American team en route to third place finish at nationals David Heiling NEWS EDITOR
The UW-Eau Claire men’s indoor track and field team accomplished a feat they had previously never achieved in a national tournament, winning two running events on their way to a third-place finish on the biggest of stages. The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference claimed the top-four finishes in the weekend’s tournament, which occurred Saturday in Naperville, Ill. Conference opponent UW-La Crosse finished first, followed by UW-Oshkosh, Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater. Receiving All-American honors means finishing in the top eight of any given competition, which ten Blugolds succeeded in doing over the weekend. Four of those ten All-Americans went to the men’s 4x400 relay team. Eau Claire’s 4x400 group consisting of sophomore Thurgood Dennis, sophomore Cody Prince, sophomore Joe Makeever and junior Jacob Dennis-Oehling won the event with a school record-breaking time of 3:15.69. Prince said confidence played a huge role in securing the Eau Claire men’s first ever indoor running event title. “We weren’t nervous at all, everybody was pretty ready to go,” he said. “Everyone knew we were going to run fast. We were confident, no fear and tried to bring it home.” Prince ran the first leg of the race,
and second leg runner Dennis-Oehling said after the first handoff, the team never looked back. “I told (Prince) if he gets to me in first place, that’s where we’re going to stay,” Dennis-Oehling said. “He did, I opened up the lead and Thurgood closed it out in the last leg.” Makeever filled in for junior Seth Friedrich on short notice after Friedrich broke his ankle about two weeks before nationals. He performed well enough in the relay to bring home the title. Being Makeever’s relay teammate for just a short period of time, Dennis said he “stepped up big time for us” and they “couldn’t have done it without him.” Dennis took home a national championship of his own, winning the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.76, a new Eau Claire school record. The time was .01 seconds off the all-time Div. III national championship record. The women’s 4x400 team also got to compete at the national tournament after breaking the school record that was held since 2007 at the Last Chance Meet March 2. The foursome of freshman Jessie Reineck, sophomore Stephanie Rouse, sophomore Brooke Patterson and senior Erin Schoenfelder were barely left out of All-American honors with their ninth place finish. Schoenfelder also broke her own Eau Claire school record en route to an
All-American fifth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Eau Claire only had one field event competitor place in the top eight of their specific competition and he took home a third place finish. After being hit by a shot put throw March 6 in practice, sophomore Roger Steen overcame injury to post a personal record at nationals with a throw of 17.53 meters and garnered an All-American award in his first trip to the big stage. Being such an underdog, Dennis-Oehling said Steen’s performance got the relay team, and all the other competitors excited and ready to go, seeing a fellow Blugold do so well early on in the meet. “Seeing that, we all got excited for him,” Dennis-Oehling said. “Which in turn made us excited, we got really confident. I was really happy for him, it was great.” Dennis said the team as a whole has become more of a family this year in comparison to his freshman year on the team. “I could have went down to Naperville with the people who went and not even raced,” Dennis said. “That’s how close we are this year. All the guys and girls who went down just had a great time with each other. Winning so much just added the icing on the cake.” The Blugolds will start competition in the outdoor track and field season April 5 in La Crosse.
FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: Sophomore Thurgood Dennis takes off after receiving the handoff from teammate Joe Makeever in the 4x400 relay race.
CURRENTS CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry
Boy with hair and eyes who is sitting ... you rock my world. I just wish we could be together. I know. I’m being specific ... hope no one knows who I’m talking about even though I’m publicly publishing who I’ve been creeping on (I mean admiring) from afar. UW-Eau Claire Secret Admirers is the newest craze to catch fire on campus. The Facebook page was started March 10 and has over a thousand likes already. Taken from their ‘about’ page: “Inspired by UWEC Confessions and UW-Madison Secret Admirers, this page allows anyone on campus to anonymously post their secret crushes! This page is not affiliated with the university at all, and is just meant to be a unique, fun, easy way to bring people together and to possibly stir up some love! :)” Ahhh you have to love these attempts at finding lust with your fellow Blugolds but I can see this action QUICKLY turning into another LikeALittle dirt fest.
Thursday, March 14
Some posts are funny: “Ben is the cutest boy. I want to ask him on a date. rawr” Some are ... intense: “Dear #4, you make my heart soar. With your beautiful red hair, a man like you is rare. A note on your car, a post online, maybe someday, you will be mine. I hope you always know, I love you so. XOXO <3” Some are straight up nice: “Suzy from the caf is just the best!” And some just straight up can’t be published in The Spectator.
WHAT DO BLUGOLDS THINK? “I saw that somebody liked (UWEau Claire Secret Admirers) but I haven’t really looked at it. I’ve been on the confessions one. I think it’s interesting to read to see what people are doing. I don’t know if I believe it all, though.” —Matt Peterson, Freshman
ELIZABETH JACKSON/ The Spectator SINGING A TUNE: Sunday, March 10, senior Elliott Etzkorn accompanies the Symphonic Choir as they belted out the epic
“Carmina Burana” at the 20th Annual Celebration of Choral Music in Gantner Concert Hall at Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert also featured Women’s Chorus, The Singing Statesmen, Women’s Concert Chorale and Concert Choir.
Local band has more to share
The Last Semester anxiously awaiting release of second album Karl Enghofer FREELANCER
Last week, The Spectator Editorial Board discussed UWEC Confessions and other pages popping up. “If you don’t like the page, you don’t have to follow it,” the Editorial Board said. “You can chose to like it and get notifications from the page and no one is forcing you to sign up for anything.” Personally, I am not a fan of these pages because it gives people gratification for posting negative ideas or activities which makes them ‘baller’ or ‘cool’ or ‘whatever.’ When chatting with some Eau Claire students about the social media pages, junior Katie Laudenbach said someone posted something about her and even though they weren’t negative, it still made her a bit uncomfortable.
“I kind of have mixed emotions. Some of them are interesting and others are like really inappropriate and shouldn’t be said. It’s kind of entertaining, I think. I wouldn’t want my name up there, though” —Molly Bicker, Freshman “It’s kind of interesting because a long time ago there was the LikeALittle thing going on and there is a lot of weird stuff that really goes on. Sometimes it’s kind of funny but sometimes people get really upfront about stuff and they say things they normally wouldn’t say about people and that can get kind of scary I think.” —Katie Laudenbach, Junior
“This is it.” That is what Matt Hasenmueller and Kyle Culver were thinking when they heard each other’s musical talents at a summer bonfire. Nearly four years later, Hasenmueller and Culver established the band The Last Semester, with Hasenmueller on lead vocals, and Culver on lead guitar. The duo added guitarist Aaron Kelley and drummer Jamie Berger to complete the band. Today, The Last Semester has performed across the Midwest from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, including over 30 shows in the Eau Claire area, and has even opened for Grammy Award winners Fun. “We decided to be The Last Semester because we never intended on being a band past that summer,” Hasenmueller said. The band has come a long way in three-and-a-half years. They originally recorded with basic hand-held recorders in “Harmatone Studios,” which really was just a clever name for Hasenmueller’s basement. Now, they record with multi-thousand dollar equipment in Minneapolis’ Falcon Studios. Hasenmueller said the band
considers themselves perfectionists and are very “self-deprecating.” The band is constantly tweaking their lyrics and adjusting things they dislike in their songs. After minutes of trying to label their genre of music, they finally agreed upon “lyrically cynical, disguised with happy pop.” With song lyrics such as “Don’t shake your fist at me,” and “The more that we risk, the better the kiss,” the band has a variety of themes in their songs, and they have songs fit for everyone, they said. The Last Semester’s 2009 download-only debut album, “Everyone is Anyone” received around 11,000 downloads. They are anxiously waiting to release their second album, Keep Smiling Kid, which is a five-track EP and has a strong theme, Hasenmueller said. “The main theme is about sticking with what you want to do, and trying to maintain this sense of young adulthood, when life is creeping in so fast,” Hasenmueller said. He said a typical album can cost up to $6,000 to release, and with the cost of gas to Minneapolis, rent and school, the album release is taking longer than expected, but it’s not just the finances that hinder them. The band released an acoustic online-only bonus track on Feb. 17 titled
“Sips of Sin” in order to get their fans excited about their new album. “We’ve put in a lot of time, care and careful planning into making it something that we enjoy as artists and they enjoy as listeners, “ Hasenmueller said. Keri Pietsch, a junior at UW-Eau Claire who had never listened to The Last Semester, said she wanted to download the album after listening to the single for the first time. “Sips of Sin” can be downloaded for free, or as a pay-what-you-can option on their Facebook page through PayPal. Culver said the band appreciates those who do donate a few dollars. The entire album will be ready for download or purchase using the same ideology coming this summer, Hasenmueller said. After almost four years of the struggling musician lifestyle, Hasenmueller said he has had doubts of quitting. “Of course I could go back to school and do the suburbia dream, and I’ve considered it so many times,” he said. But then he and Culver have a “high-five” moment, where they both excitedly agree on an idea, and that reassures his confidence. “I always thought it would be easier to quit,” Hasenmueller said. “But it only gets harder to quit, because you sink your life into it.”
CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry
Thursday, March 14
Name: Eric Martin, Sophomore Where: Quintana Roo, Mexico For What: Martin will be spending
his Spring Break vacation with his family. They have taken the trip to Mexico in the past, but they have never stayed at the Barcelo Tropical Resort before.
After eight long weeks of class and endless amounts of snow, Spring Break has finally arrived. While some UW-Eau Claire students use the time to return home and relax with their families, others are taking the opportunity to fit in a short vacation. Steve Fruehauf, Copy Editor, and Nick Erickson, Staff Writer, caught up with students to find out what exactly they are doing and how
Name: Monica Weltzien, Freshman
Where: Panama City Beach, Fla.
Excitement: “Wake up and the sun’s already shining, like 70 plus. Then we’ll probably go and get some free drinks, all you want all day. It’s a great hang out in the pool bar by the ocean.” How Far: 2,262 miles
many miles they plan to rack up during the one-week getaway.
Name: Rylan Page, Sophomore Name: Robby Riley, Sophomore Where: Dublin, Ireland For What: Riley will be going to
Ireland to meet up with her sister who is currently studying abroad in Spain. They will be meeting there over St. Patrick’s Day.
Excitement: “My sister is studying
abroad in Spain so I was going to meet up with her somewhere over Spring Break. We saw that St. Patrick’s Day was over Spring Break so naturally we had to go there.”
How Far: 3,669 miles
Name: Tyler Richardson, Junior Where: Phoenix, Ariz. For What: Richardson will be travel-
ing solo to visit his grandparents. Not only will he be reuniting with family, but he will also be attending Major League Baseball Spring Training games as well as touring a traveling Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Arizona Science Center.
Excitement: “I’m excited to see (my
Where: Eau Claire, Wis. For What: Page will be staying in Eau Claire just to hang out. He will also be able to attend some track and field practices. Excitement: “It’ll be a nice, relaxing time to be out of school and hang out in Eau Claire. I’m most excited to take in the greater area of the city without worries of homework or a job.” How Far: 0 miles
Name: Alex Adkinson, Senior Where: Santa Rosa Island, Fla. For What: Adkinson and some of
his friends will be spending their Spring Break camping beach-side on Santa Rosa Island in Florida.
Excitement:“We’re all super pumped. Basically, we are just going to hang out on the island and enjoy the bench, I don’t know, and enjoy a few refreshing beverages probably.”
For What: Weltzien will head to one of the ultimate Spring Break hotspots, but not for the reason that many college kids go to what has become simply known as PCB. She will be traveling with other members of Cru to help spread their message and promote what they stand for to people on vacation. However, she does plan on having some fun during her free time, as she will bring her lacrosse equipment to play on the beach. Excitement: “We’re going to be doing a lot of beach evangelism, but we’ll have plenty of time to do whatever we want. There’s time to get know people from our campus.” How Far: 1,251.84 miles
How Far: 1,237 miles
grandparents) in Arizona for the first time in like, five or six years. And, I’m really excited to get out of the cold weather.”
How Far: 1,772.16 miles Name: Paige Johnson, Junior Where: New York City For
What: Johnson and her mother will be taking their first trip to New York City for her 21st birthday. Excitement: “I’m really excited.
I’ve always seen New York City in TV shows and all of that. I’m an advertising major, so I’m excited to see where a lot of the creativity and that kind of stuff comes from. I’m also a photographer and designer, so it’s probably the best place to go. I’m really, really excited to go and experience New York City.”
How Far: 1,110 miles
Name: Slade Tranel, Junior Where: Chicago, Ill. For What: Tranel will be traveling
with friends to cheer on his favorite college basketball team, the Wisconsin Badgers, as they play at the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. He also plans to partake in the famous Chicago St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Excitement: “We plan to go to a
few tournament games then hit up a few of the St. Patty’s Day festivities downtown. (It’s) tough to beat that for a weekend. I’m very excited.”
How Far: 318.12 miles
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CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry
Thursday, March 14
Alcohol and drug program informs coaches and athletes
Online this week:
John Underwood emphasizes success in every aspect of life David Burish STAFF WRITER
The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire held three sections of Life of an Athlete, a program focused on improving lifestyles of athletes, on March 12. John Underwood, the founder and director of the American Athletic Institute, was the keynote speaker for this program and emphasized the importance of an entire lifestyle focused on achievement. “We have programs that affect lifestyle, not just pot and alcohol use,” Underwood said. “We do everything: sleep, nutrition, stress, even stuff about how technology has had a negative impact on focused people.” Underwood has an athletic background since before his college years. He ran long-distance collegiately and coached or advised a multitude of athletes ranging from young children to 28 Olympians. Through his experience, he founded the American Athletic Institute in response to athletes that he saw were not reaching their full potential. He said activities like smoking and drinking get in the way of their performance. “I just saw (their performance) sinking, people who have no concern about what they do in their spare time,” Underwood said. The programs on Tuesday were supported by CASE who received a grant from the National
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Collegiate Athletic Association to help improve the university’s alcohol prevention program. CASE Director Peggie O’Halloran said Underwood has a reputation of excellence. He has done a couple of presentations in the Eau Claire community and at the university previously. She said he has a way of presenting his information in a compelling fashion.
“ We do everything: sleep, nutrition, stress, even stuff about how technology has had a negative impact on focused people.” JOHN UNDERWOOD
Founder and Director of American Athletic Institute
“The combination of his expertise is unique,” O’Halloran said. “People have enjoyed it and it’s information. Even with their own expertise on performance, that’s new for everybody.”
While the program had an emphasis on alcohol and drug prevention, Underwood said performance is not based solely on a couple of factors. “You can’t talk about just one negative, dark topic by itself,” Underwood said. “You got to show people what optimal is and hope they head more in that direction.” Underwood said things like sleep habits and focus on technology can severely affect the way people can achieve. He also emphasized the flexibility of his program. He said his expertise is in athletics but still can affect academics and other life goals. Freshman Levi Strahm came to the event for one purpose: improvement. “I saw the advertisements for the event and thought it would be important to go,” Strahm said. “(Underwood) knows what he’s doing so why not take advantage of it.” While Strahm was not aware of CASE’s involvement with the program, he said that only increased his interest. During his program, Underwood said this information is important mostly because of the advancements in technology. “There are no more secrets in training,” Underwood said. “Everybody knows all the tricks and the things you are able to measure are incredible.” The Life of an Athlete program has more information and project materials on its website, lifeofanathlete.us.
Yule Ball in Eau Claire Freelancer Meghan Flynn attened the Yule Ball on Friday, March 8. Held in Sutherland Hall and thrown by the Student Minstry of Magic, students were able to attend a replicated Harry Potter Yule Ball.
The perfect blend Freelancer Amelia Kimball explored various coffee shops around Eau Claire, discussing the environment and atmosphere.
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OPINION / EDITORIAL
OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
Thursday, March 14
Don’t endanger student health care SHS could be at risk of being replaced; not in the best student interest
Taylor Kuether MANAGING EDITOR
Nearly 50 million Americans live without health insurance. I am one of those Americans. I rely on free and low-cost clinics like the university’s own Student Health Service for affordable, accessible health care. I hate to think that such a beneficial service could be endangered. While only in the very preliminary stages, our Student Senate has expressed an interest in “shopping around” for a private company to replace SHS. This could change the accessibility to an on-campus student health facility for students without health insurance, and to me that seems too high a price to pay. While a lot of time, votes, and approvals remain before this proposal could even become a reality, I want to alert you to what we as students could lose and what is at risk here. SHS is funded primarily by student segregated fees, which are fees paid along with each student’s tuition. We the students are paying to keep this service running; so go utilize it! Visits to
SHS are free for students and may only cost a small fee for things such as lab work, medicine or supplies. SHS offers a variety of basic medical services ranging from general medical exams, lab services, minor surgical procedures, health information, anxiety and depression treatment, tobacco cessation assistance, immunizations, allergy shots, sexually transmitted infection testing and men’s and women’s health care specifics. The latter is particularly important, as equally affordable Planned Parenthood clinics are facing closure all over the country – just recently, four centers in Wisconsin were forced to shut down, including the clinic in our neighboring town Chippewa Falls. College women need a place to turn to for affordable contraceptive services, and with Planned Parenthood consistently under fire as of late, where else can we turn but to our own university’s health center? Personally, I know I don’t want to lose that valuable resource. When something is by the public, for the public, it is better geared to serve all members of the public, including individuals
from all income brackets and socioeconomic backgrounds. With the out-of-control budget cuts our nation is forcing itself to implement, these affordable options are seeing their resources and support dwindle almost to nothing. So, what can you do? First, utilize the services we have available to us – clearly the list of services offered at SHS is extensive and you’re already paying for it through paying tuition. Let SHS know you appreciate them and the work they do by filling out a comment card at your next appointment – that information really is used to help them improve. You can also let Student Senate know how you feel — they are meant to be a representative body of WE, THE STUDENTS, after all. Write a letter to senate expressing your support for SHS and concern for losing such an incredible resource. Do what you can to help. Because this could cost me the only health care I have access to, and I know I’m not alone. Kuether is a senior journalism major and Managing Editor of The Spectator
Senior processing fee has its merits, but benefits don’t measure up University needs to make sure that the fee benefits the majority of graduating students
Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER
Going to college costs money. This is an obvious part of attending a university. But problems begin when the price of tuition goes up. Everyone is stretched to their limit by that point and then fees are added that seem unnecessary. The newest in line of these is the senior processing fee. A charge, however minimal it seems at $25, is added to the already high cost of struggling students and is an unfair practice for many graduating seniors. It’s not that the $25 isn’t useful. It pays for costs that accrue from commencement ceremonies, such as the staff’s planning and organization and all of the hard work that goes into the effort of many people to make the students’ graduation day memorable. This topic is mostly an added expense that causes seniors animosity.
However, the benefits and drawbacks seem to weigh equally in this regard. One positive aspect of this fee is to help others. The people who work hard to plan, organize and follow through with the ceremonies for graduation deserve to be paid accordingly. Due to the fact that costs everywhere are going up in an economy that continues to struggle, it is only natural that the fees used to maneuver the process of this celebratory day are going to become larger as well. But this fair that the university keeps alluding to, this Senior Countdown fair event that is supposed to be benefiting those graduating after the semester. It doesn’t seem right that seniors be prepared for graduation virtually weeks before they are to set out into the world, already required to have jobs in order to succeed. It seems as though it’s almost too late for everyone graduating. There is a website to be updated and it is
good that the university is making information readily available. This will help prepare for any student questions and keep the amount of traffic out of the offices of those who have more important duties to attend to in the days that approach commencement. The most blinding injustice for graduating seniors is for those not participating in the commencement ceremony. If this fee is to cover the rising costs of the duties for all of those organizing it, then why is it fair to ask those who simply want to get in the allotted amount of credits and leave with a career to pay the same amount that those involved with all of the fanfare? Not to mention those transfer students who arrive at UW-Eau Claire with 90 credits. Under that criteria, they are immediately required to pay the fee even though they have no prior investment in the university and may not even end up graduating from Eau Claire. It doesn’t seem as though this a justifiable
practice, especially from the point of view of one of those students transferring to a new school. The non-refundable payment, though it’s only a one-time requirement, has its upsides and downsides, but currently holds more of a negative balance than a positive one. This is under the restrictions of a three-year trial time and hopefully some of these concerns can be addressed. The time can also serve as a basis of trial and error to see if it truly works and is worth the aggravation of students. If not, one can hope that either students who oppose it or truly intelligent staff within the university student can amend the plan to make it more beneficial to the majority, or even everyone, involved in graduation.
Cooke is a senior journalism major and a Staff Writer for The Spectator.
OPINION / EDITORIAL OP/ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
Thursday, March 14
Lack of gender equality in mainstream media Documentary “Miss Representation” speaks to the lack of progress
Courtney Kueppers COPY EDITOR
When was the last time you questioned where our media comes from, who constructs it and whose viewpoint we are consuming? It is a common occurrence in our culture for the media to be labeled “too liberal” or “too conservative.” Large media corporations are almost always attached to a political bias, but what about a gender bias? According to data compiled by Lorie Slass of Annenberg Public Policy Center Women hold only three percent of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising). Clout titles, according to Slass, include Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chairman, President, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President. Executives with these titles have the highest level of power within an organization.
“ As a selfproclaimed feminist, I like to think that our society has progressed beyond this ...” Since women make up three percent of the most powerful positions within our mainstream media, 97 percent of the media we consume comes from the viewpoint of men. This fact came to my attention just a few weeks ago when I was exposed to “Miss Representation,” a 2011 documentary directed and
edited by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film deals with how women are portrayed in mainstream media and the everlasting focus on beauty and sexuality instead of talent or intellect. The stat about women holding just three percent of clout positions in mainstream media was just one of the many alarming facts brought to my attention by the film. Since viewing the film I cannot get the concepts discussed out of my mind. It is so alarming to me that in a country where 51 percent of the population is female, we get almost all of our media from the viewpoint of men. This isn’t my attempt to trash a man’s viewpoint, it just makes me wonder what I’m not being shown. As I sat and watched women who I admire like Katie Couric and Condoleezza Rice talk in the documentary about how cruel the media has been to them I was forced to wonder have we made any progress at all in the fight for gender equality? If our media is degrading to some of the most respectable women journalists and politicians like Katie or Condoleezza what hope is there for any other girls and women to receive respect in the public eye? Both Katie Couric and Condoleezza Rice have been criticized time and time again for their appearance. Rice once called a “dominatrix” for wearing all black and leather boots, and Couric has often been praised for her “voluptuous legs.” But yet commenting on what tie Brian Williams decides to wear seems ridiculous because it is. For some reason that’s not the case when it comes to women. Women in the media are criticized for what they are wearing and how much they weigh first and foremost. Their talents, views, and beliefs come secondary to appearance if included at all. So what does this mean for me as a journalism and political science major? What does this mean for my generation and the generations to follow? As a self-proclaimed feminist, I like to think that our society has progressed beyond this, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Is a woman’s worth yet measured by her brainpower, achievements, philanthropy, and character the way a man’s is? If so, the media isn’t
participating. The media seem to live in an age where even women like Katie Couric and Condoleezza Rice are only as good as their shoes and hairstyles. For this to ever change it seems overwhelmingly obvious what we need to do. The mainstream media and political offices in America need to be comprised and representative of real Americans: women, men and minorities all working together. Is this too idealistic to assume this can happen? Perhaps, considering the 2010 midterm election was the first time women have not made gains in congress since 1979, accord-
ing to “Miss Representation.” At the rate we are going it will take 500 years for women to achieve parity. However I firmly believe that step-by-step we can continue to change the society we live in. America is so often called the “most powerful nation in the world” and yet we have fewer women in government and media than countries like Cuba, Iraq and China. So in my opinion, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Kueppers is a freshman journalism and political science major and Copy Editor of The Spectator.
OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
Thursday, March 14
This issue of the Spectator comes with a free mustache
Every week Op/Ed Editor Emily Albrent will find stories that are incredibly weird in nature and tell you why they are so awesome. This is the place to come for those stories that will shock and surprise you, and hopefully make you laugh. Fright night
Exorcisms are not just a product of the film industry. A Tennessee man is suing his local church for apparently being mistreated during his very own “exorcism.” Andrew Byrd is demanding a compensation of $200,000 and $3.5 million in punitive damages. According to court documents, Byrd suffered a broken tooth, bruises on his face and back and leg injuries. According to the lawsuit, Byrd’s wife, Rev. Joel Arwood and deacon Charles Shields told Byrd to attend a meeting at the church because he had a demon inside of him that needed to be “cast out.” I am a full believer in all things supernatural and I don’t want to say that this was a fake exorcism, but honestly, I just think these people are out of their minds. I think that Bryd was just a normal dude and other people convinced him otherwise. I fully believe that these people took advantage and assaulted him. Do I think that he deserves all the money he is asking for? No. That’s a ton of money. But nothing can replace your sanity after having the so-called devil kicked out of you.
It’s time to hide your kids and hide your wife. A teacher in Norway (WHO IS CRAZY) decided to bring a vial of her own blood to class and let her students touch it and taste it. TOUCH AND TASTE. Why? Why. Why? We don’t know. She poured her blood out on a plate and let as many as a dozen students interact with the blood sample. The kids asked if they could touch it, and she let them. They then asked how they get her blood off their fingers and she stuck her figure in her mouth. Oh ... come on now. The students were tested for AIDS and Hepatitis B and the results are not available yet. The kindergarten teacher was terminated and thank goodness for that. If I were these kids’ parents I would pull my child out of that school right away. Clearly this teacher is out of her mind and needs help. A lot of help. Also, why were the kids so ready and willing to touch someone’s blood? They should have been taught to never touch another person’s blood no matter what. Just say no, kids.
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Last week, an Op/Ed was written about children receiving “fat letters” from their school to bring home to their parents if the school saw the kids as unhealthy, or overweight. This has caused issues within school systems and with the children themselves. According to CNN, children as young as three years old are worried about their weight. They recognize “skinny” as good and “fat” as bad. The health of these children is determined by the Body Mass Index scale, which measures height against weight to determine health. Schools are a place where students learn and grow so having their health be a concern does not seem too out of place. School is a safe haven for some and many children rely on school to receive the majority of their care. Even though it is not a teacher’s direct duty to make sure students are safe and fed, it is something that they have been accustomed to doing, even when it comes to a student’s weight. But for others, the fact that
schools are sending home letters about children’s weight is crossing a line. For some, schools have no say in what a child’s health should look like. Some think that a children’s weight is not any of the schools business and subjects such as that should be left to the child’s family. If the school were to send home a letter they should not send it home with the child, they should mail it to the child’s house. This is because giving a child a “fat letter” right in front of their other classmates can result in bullying. It is also not necessary for the child to know that they are overweight. A child should not have to be subject to seeing this information about themselves. If schools are so concerned over a child’s weight, they should take into consideration what they are feeding the students while they are in their care. Healthy meals should be provided and enough time during recess to get exercise should also be important. The only problem with healthy food is that it costs so much more
than less nutritious food. Many times, schools are given subsidies for unhealthy food, so to a certain point, schools can only do as much as they can with what they have. Something else that is very important to note is that no one should be calling anyone fat or overweight. These terms don’t need to be said directly to anyone, especially children. The BMI scale is also a problem, because it only measures height against weight. It does not take into consideration muscle mass or any other aspect that contributes to a person’s weight. If a school wants to do a health test they should make it more inclusive and more realizable than just looking at a BMI scale. They should test a child’s athletic ability during gym classes and measure health that way. The Spectator editorial board is composed of Spectator staff only and opinions expressed reflect only those of the individual expressing them.
STUDENT LIFE STUDENT LIFE EDITOR: David Heiling
David Heiling NEWS EDITOR
Ask Thurgood Dennis’ lifelong friend, football coach, father and track teammate a little about who he is, and they will all tell you the characteristics that epitomize the national champion. Compassion. Competitiveness. Blinding speed. The sophomore English education major set two UW-Eau Claire track and field school records, also his personal bests, at the Div. III national championships Saturday in Naperville, Ill. Dennis took home a first-place victory in the 60-meter dash, recording a time of 6.76 seconds and also anchored the winning 4x400 relay team, taking the baton across the finish line for his second national title of the day. To receive All-American honors, an individual must place within the top eight of his or her specific event. With Dennis’ two victories Saturday, in just his fourth semester on campus, he received his sixth and seventh All-American awards. Running is not even Dennis’ biggest passion.
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“Gotta be football,” Dennis said. “Football is what I live and breathe, my passion from the very beginning. I was so tiny back then, I never would have thought I’d be playing college football.” Five feet and under 100 pounds as a sophomore in high school, it may appear obvious Dennis was not the number one option for the high school football team, but it was not for a lack of heart. His father, Robert Dennis said he remembers that because of his son’s size he would always be the last pick for neighborhood games, something that has changed dramatically since Thurgood Dennis was little. “He would always be overlooked,” Robert Dennis said. “He was so small, he would be the last one chosen all the time, but he never backed down from a challenge.” Robert Dennis also said he recalls a time where his heart and passion for the game of football was especially evident. He said he was never afraid of other players or getting hit. “He would always give 110 percent effort,” Robert Dennis said. “The coaches would ask for someone to line up across the linebackers for someone to hit … Thurgood would be first
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NATIONAL CHAMPION: Thurgood Dennis competes in the 60-meter dash Saturday in Naperville, Ill. Dennis won the event along with the 4x400 .
in line. They would knock him down, I mean he would get pummeled, but after every hit he would pop up and have a big smile on his face.” The upbeat personality and shining smile after taking a big hit is somewhat resemblant of former Green Bay Packer wide receiver Donald Driver, someone Thurgood Dennis idolizes for his play on the field and for his actions off the field. Driver, a track athlete himself in his younger years, played the underdog throughout his professional football career. He was drafted in the seventh and final round of the NFL Draft, exceeded all expectations coming out of a small college and was seen by Packer fans as an undervalued overachiever. “If I could be like anyone, Donald Driver would be that person,” Thurgood Dennis said. “Not only a great athlete, he’s tough. I love the fact that he was an underdog and gave 100 percent every time out there on the field, and he’s a great guy off the field too. That’s what I really strive for.” Due to an injury to a teammate in the defensive secondary, Thurgood Dennis was somewhat forced into a starting role at cornerback for the Blugolds this past season as a sophomore. Although he did not record an interception, he said he looks forward to being a leader next season. Eau Claire’s head football coach Todd Glaser said he is happy to have him on the football team. “Besides the speed he brings to the team, he’s a true student-athlete,” Glaser said. “He’s a great competitor. He’s a great teammate, and he’s a great leader.” Being a newly-awarded national champion in track and field, Thurgood Dennis doesn’t think he could compete in one sport without competing in the other. He said track and football go so well for him he would not be as successful if he was in only one sport. He said certain parts of track make him excel in football and certain parts of football make him a better runner, a reason why he turned down scholarship offers from Div. I schools Minnesota and Wisconsin, where he could exclusively compete
in track. “Football makes me so mentally tough for track,” Thurgood Dennis said. “Then track makes me so fast for football. I would not be the same athlete in football at all if I wasn’t in track and vice versa. It really just goes full circle.” For all the successes he has seen in sports; coaches, friends and the people closest to him have more to say about the kind of person he is in a social setting, away from the track or on the field. Lifelong friend John Smith said when he heard the news about Thurgood Dennis winning the two national titles, he was ecstatic. Not because of the athletic feat he pulled off, but instead because he knew a genuinely nice and compassionate person got what he deserved. “He’s just honestly a great kid, all around,” Smith said. “He’s not one who is going to be arrogant about winning, or anything for that matter. He’s going to give everyone else the credit, to who got him there, that’s what he’s about.” Smith was in the same class as Thurgood Dennis from kindergarten all the way through high school and said he recalls numerous times he showed sparks of competitiveness growing up, even in elementary school. He said he always knew he could be something, but was really surprised when he showed up to his junior year of high school and saw Thurgood Dennis. “He was always the tiniest kid in our class,” he said. “He was always the kid that hustled the most though because he loved all kinds of sports. Then, all of a sudden he just got really tall. Had to have been like a foot over a summer.” He used his newly acquired height, competitiveness and passion for sports to become the athlete he is today, a dual athlete at the college level. A friend and floor mate of Thurgood Dennis’ in the dorms, freshman business major Adam Lewis said he had no idea Thurgood Dennis was an athlete until other members of seventh floor Towers North informed him that he was.
Lewis also said Thurgood Dennis is one of the most humble, nice, compassionate people he has ever met and outside of sports competition, he is just another one of the guys. “I didn’t even know he ran track or played football,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t talk about it, he doesn’t brag about it. For being number one in the nation for several events, he is so humble and doesn’t look for any attention, which is extremely rare.” Competing in athletics at a Div. III school, professional opportunities beyond college are rare, but Thurgood Dennis said he doesn’t listen to any of that. He said his situation isn’t unlike Driver’s, the idol he looks up to more than any other. Thurgood Dennis will continue to play organized sports with his compassion, his competitive fire and his speed until he physically is unable to perform. “It’s always a dream to play at the highest level,” Thurgood Dennis said. “The NFL, the Olympics, all that would be great. If there is any opportunity to run track, or play football somewhere, anywhere, I’ll be there. I wanna keep playing sports until my body screams at me that I can’t.”