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STEP TO THIS: Several members of the Step Afrika! dance team perform Tuesday night in Zorn Arena. The Artists’ Series brought the group to campus as part of its effort to embrace diversity in its campus performances.
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SCHMIDT IS IT
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ARIZONA IS OFF BASE
Chancellor search ends with UW System recommending Jim Schmidt
Men’s hockey team captures first NCAA Div. III championship in school history
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Chosen from initial list of five finalists; if confirmed by full UW System board, Schmidt would take over position full-time in July David Heiling NEWS EDITOR
James Schmidt, Vice President for University Advancement at Winona State University (Minn.) has been recommended by a special regents board to become UW-Eau Claire’s next Chancellor. This special committee of the UW System Board of Regents was headed by UW System President Kevin Reilly and formally made their recommendation March 18. If confirmed by the full Board of Regents on April 5, Schmidt will take over for Brian Levin-Stankevich who left the university last spring to become president of Westminster College (Utah). Gilles Bousquet took over for Levin-Stankevich as interim chancellor. Schmidt holds a doctorate degree in education from the University of Minnesota, a masters degree of business administration from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and a bachelors degree in political science from Winona State.
He said with his extensive education, he will effectively be able to carry out the duties outlined for him in an effective manner for the university. “I have a good cross-section of university background,” he said. “I am currently an advancement vice president. I work on our foundation board which is another interesting skill set I have, you work with people constantly. Shaping the future direction of the foundation, but more importantly — the university. That’s what I see myself bringing to your university.” He visited campus March 5-7, and during his open forum showed energy and enthusiasm for the university, its future, what it can give back to students and the great opportunities that lie in front of him. “What draws me to this community, is your energy,” Schmidt said. “I’m drawn to your students and the sense of community I’ve already witnessed in one day on your campus ... I’m very excited and honored to have been chosen as a finalist to lead such a great
university.” Schmidt beat four other candidates for the position after other candidates Anne Huot, Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Pam Benoit withdrew from consideration earlier in the selection process. According to the press release concerning Schmidt as the recommended candidate for the position, Reilly praised what Schmidt could do for SCHMIDT Eau Claire. “Along with a keen understanding of university priorities, Dr. Schmidt clearly has the skills and desire to help the campus thrive, and that success will create a positive ripple effect across the state,” Reilly said. Assistant Vice President, marketing and communications at Winona State Cristeen Custer has worked under Schmidt for seven years when
he himself hired her on staff at the university. She said Schmidt is a great person, leader and professional and really thinks he can maintain the standard of excellence the university has come to expect. “He knows what he is doing,” Custer said. “He definitely weighs the consequences of his actions, is conscious of money. He’ll reach out to the students, faculty and staff and he is community driven … a great leader.” When it comes to loyalty and putting everything he has into something, Custer also said Schmidt is the right choice. “He’s one of those people who puts 100 percent into everything he does. We have something here at Winona State that says we bleed purple,” Custer said. “I have a good feeling that he’s going to be going hard into bleeding blue and gold down there when he arrives.” If confirmed by the full board, Schmidt will take over the duties of chancellor in July.
Cuban study abroad program in jeopardy Without more submitted applications by April 1, program may be put on hold Courtney Kueppers COPY EDITOR
Tucked in the basement of Schofield is an office that sends UW-Eau Claire students all over the world: the Center for International Education. However, there are some countries that university students don’t have the option to go to. Until recently, Cuba was on that list. Due to past political relationships between the United States and Cuba, the country has been essentially inaccessible to Americans. For this reason Eau Claire has never offered students to indulge in what CIE director Karl Markgraf described as the “rich learning environment from the cultural and language perspective” until now. If student interest is high enough, the univer-
sity will offer its first trip to Cuba during winterim 2014. At this point CIE has not seen an overwhelming amount of interest in this new program, Markgraf said, but they are optimistic that a sufficient amount of applications will be turned in before the April 1 deadline and the trip will go on as planned. Without enough interest, Markgraf is unsure of what will come of the program. “The application deadline is April 1 and right now we do not have enough applications to really give us a lot of confidence that it is going to go forward,” Markgraf said. “But the program has not been officially canceled.” Markgraf’s excitement about this opportunity for students and faculty comes from the rarity of American’s ability to travel to the Caribbean island.
“It’s kind of been a missing piece in the whole array of study abroad programs for any American,” Markgraf said. “American universities, students, faculty are very interested in that rich learning opportunity in Cuba, so we’re excited to begin to offer some study abroad opportunities in Cuba.” Markgraf is not alone in his enthusiasm for the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Senior political science and Latin American studies major Stephannie Regenauer is among Eau Claire students that are interested in Cuba. Regenauer, however, may be one of the few that has already been there. As part of her Latin American studies major, Regenauer is required to study abroad. During a meeting with her advisor she expressed inter-
est in going to Cuba, not thinking it would ever happen due to the lack of a program. However, in January her hopes of indulging in Cuban culture and history became reality when she studied in Havana through UW-Stevens Point’s program. “Everyone was just very nice and outgoing. They were really fun. They would say, ‘Don’t worry, it’s a war between our governments, not us — we love Americans,’” Regenauer said. In the many possible destinations students who study abroad can pick from, Regenauer said there are a few things that make Cuba unique. “I think because it has been so untouched by American influence,” she said. “It’s such a process to get there right now with the travel ban; you have
to apply for a special permit through the treasury department so I know if I wouldn’t have gone with the university I wouldn’t have been able to go on my own.” This exclusiveness is what first intrigued junior Alison Burdick-Evenson to this opportunity. “Cuba has had such a difficult history with the U.S. and we’ve always kind of been told, ‘You’re not allowed to go there.’ So when I first saw the signs to go there I thought this is a once in a lifetime thing, we’ve never been able to do this before,” she said. Burdick-Evenson has since decided not to go on the trip after hearing from others about the lack of interest. Priority deadline to apply for the trip is April 1, but will be extended to May 1 if enrollment is not met by the first deadline.
NEWS EDITORS: David Heiling & Alex Zank
Thursday, March 28
Organizations top Senate agenda
Campus groups must follow new laws; also adding venting sessions
STAFF WRITER The Student Senate introduced a constitution for The Innocent Men, a UW-Eau Claire a cappella group Monday. The Innocent Men will be a recognized as a campus organization if the Senate signs off on the constitution next week. The Innocent Men is a seven-member allmale a cappella group — one of two on campus. All members of The Innocent Men must be members of The Singing Statesmen, another choir on campus. The Innocent Men have been funded through The Singing Statesmen since the group was formed in 1984. Eau Claire senior Ryan Simmons has been a member of The Innocent Men since he was a sophomore and The Singing Statesmen since he was a freshman. Simmons says he and other members of The Innocent Men drew up a constitution to break from The Singing Statesmen and become a separate student organization. “We’re trying to become our own thing, obviously we still want to keep all the ties through The Singing Statesmen but becoming a student org has a lot of benefits,” Simmons said. “We just thought it was time to take the next step.” Perks of becoming a student organization include possible funding through segregated fees, as well as discounts on printing and
advertising. The Innocent Men could take full advantage of these benefits if the constitution is approved next week. IN OTHER SENATE NEWS Student Senate passed changes to the Organizations Commission bylaws by unanimous voice vote Monday. The new laws define The Student Organizations Conduct Committee — a five member group that reports and regulates conflicts within organizations. Prior bylaws mentioned the OCC but did not outline its makeup. Changes to the bylaws also include new rules for organizations in “good standing.” Organizations must regularly update their constitution, websites and contact information.
“ ... Obviously we still want
to keep all the ties through The Singing Statesman but becoming a student org has a lot of benefits.” RYAN SIMMONS
Member of The Innocent Men
Organizations can be deactivated within 14 days instead of the previous 28-day trial period if they don’t meet all requirements each semester. Student Body Vice President Patrick Martin said during Monday’s meeting that he was glad to see bylaw changes being made. “You get so bogged down by the little minute detail that a lot of times those don’t get resolved,” Martin said. “I applaud the honor for recognizing that these are sticking points.” Senator Jason Rector said during Monday’s meeting he plans to introduce a bill next week that could change senate bylaws to allow an opportunity for a public sounding session before votes on contentious laws. The changes would provide an opportunity to request a public venting session before a vote on a bill. Rector said big decisions, like this year’s vote to cut United Council, should be discussed publicly before a vote. “We’ll call a meeting, a time that’s generally accessible for most people ... publicize it any way that we need to, so that the necessary parties concerned have sufficient time to come to it,” Rector said. Senate currently allows open forum sessions before each meeting. Rector said allowing more room for public discussions can help with “easing the process” for the person involved.
NOTABLE EVENTS HAPPENING BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS
7:30 p.m. — “10 Commandments of Baseball” Presentation, Davies Center
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 7:30 p.m. — Traversing Stages, Room 190, Haas Fine Arts Center
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 7 - 10 p.m. — Beacon James (CD Release Show), Acoustic Café
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 7 p.m.— Ralphie May Comedy, Ramada Convention Center
Honoring civil service between campus and community UW-Eau Claire professor awarded for dedication to service learning Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER
The first annual Sister Joel Read Award, an honor bestowed to a nominee that has shown a commitment to civic engagement, was given to UW-Eau Claire’s Center for Leadership Director and professor of management Scott Lester. The award, distributed during Wisconsin Campus Compact’s tenth year Anniversary Civic Engagement Institute, was given to Lester after he was nominated. A committee within the organization then chose him based on work he has done in connecting service on campus to the community. Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact Jennifer Walsh said that the work Lester has done at Eau Claire by motivating students through his class and publishing work he has done over years was what motivated the committee’s decision. “It’s been really an honor to have him in the first round as
an award recipient and the folks we named the award after, Sister Joel, was very excited about the level of expertise that Dr. Lester and the other candidates had,” she said. “It’s very well deserving.” Outreach Specialist with Continuing Education Claire Couillard, a former student in Lester’s civic engagement class, said he was instrumental in the implementation of the program she co-coordinated called Campus Kitchens Project. “Dr. Lester was definitely very influential in helping us get that program up and running,” she said. “A lot of his input and feedback on the program and helping us work with our partner organization was really helpful, and I think contributed most to where the program is today.” This program, now utilized on campus, is a way to ensure leftover food that would have been thrown away instead goes to local organizations such as Feed My People Food Bank or The Community Table.
“He really does a lot for our campus,” Couillard said. “It’s excellent that he was able to receive the award. I think it’s great that he’s been awarded for that because it really LESTER shows that the community is appreciative of the things he’s done as well.” Lester has been the professor for the civil service class titled Community Leadership for several years, this semester being the seventh class he has taught. “I was looking for providing new experiences for students where they’re out doing hands on stuff,” he said. “And civic engagement, giving back to the community, is something that’s important to me. I thought that was a natural way we could build ties between the university and the community.”
Walsh said that another factor in choosing Lester for the award was the research and publishing that he has done in regard to students and their continuation of volunteering once they have left college. “He did research that looked at the volunteer rates of graduates after they leave the college of business,” she said. “And it’s very interesting because he found that alumni from the campus, from the college of business, volunteer more than twice the national average for their age group.” Lester said he is humbled by the award, and while it is nice to be recognized, he is more of a facilitator to the people that are developing programs and volunteering. “Hopefully not only seeing my passion, but experiencing the passion or the results themselves as they go through it, they realize how important civic engagement is and what a big impact it can have.”
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
MONDAY, APRIL 1 3 p.m. — V1’s April Fools’ Day Pillow Fight, parking lot at the corner of Madison and Forest Streets
TUESDAY, APRIL 2 •
7 - 8 p.m. — Planetarium Presentation, Planetarium, Phillips Science Hall
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 •
7 p.m. — Switch! Showing, Woodland Theatre, Davies Center
NEWS EDITORS: David Heiling & Alex Zank
Thursday, March 28
Student Health Service could face changes SHS takes up one-third of segregated fee budget; outsourcing could be option, has been discussed in the past
David Heiling & Alex Zank NEWS EDITORS
Student Health Services will potentially be going through some major changes in regards to location and funding in the near future. There are a few reasons to be looking at SHS at this point in time. Katie Wilson, the SHS health educator, said because of the university's potential plans for restructuring upper campus, SHS may not be housed in the Crest Wellness Center on upper campus much longer. "There is honestly no room for SHS," Wilson said. "Hilltop is going to be restructured for primarily dining, which means Crest is turning into where recreation will be housed. That means that we don’t necessarily know where SHS will be in a few years down the line.” As it stands currently, students pay $65 each semester in segregated fees to have access to the health services. Wilson said this is necessary for students who seek medical atten-
tion and a small fee, if any, to come into SHS. “With that money (the students) get unlimited office visits, many services at no charge,” she said. “Our mental health visits are no charge, and then there are nominal fees for things like lab work and athletic visits. We’re funded by the student segregated fees so there is no co-pay so I feel like that is valuable.” Wilson also said there are talks for possibly having some of SHS’s services outsourced to other hospitals in the community, due to the possible change in money contributions from student segregated fees. “We already outsource some of our lab work,” she said. “We send some of those out to second parties. We run normal business hours, so something that might happen is for after-hours care we contract somebody in the community and work with them.” Another reason for outsourcing, and with that, privatized funding is because of the possible lowering of the amount of student dollars being spent on the services.
Student Body President Corydon Fish said SHS accounts for 33 percent of the total student segregated fee budget allocation. “We want to see if it’s possible to lower (the amount allocated),” Fish said. “If it’s possible, there are a lot of other things on campus that are hurting.” Fish said SHS asks for double digit increases regularly just to maintain its current services, mostly to cover salary increases and occasional equipment replacements. Student Wellness Advocacy team member Klaira Lerma said there is student involvement wanting SHS to stay status quo, instead of having the services set up somewhere other than on campus. “A lot of students are writing in letters saying they like how Student Health Services the way it is,” Lerma said. Bids have been placed by several hospitals around the city. Even though Eau Claire does not have to accept any offer by anyone, they are fielding offers. Lerma also said if they choose to
collaborate with another business, the process would be debated and looked over extensively. The cost would be a determining factor. “UW Health, Mayo, Sacred Heart, Luther are some potential possibilities,” she said. “They’re going to let us know. We told them what services we need and they’re going to tell us how they can give those services, and at what price.” Dean of Students Brian Carlisle said before he arrived, the university was in a review process of counseling and health services. “The summary of their findings was that health services and counseling services should continue to be operated in house, but when resources, space and finances became available, they should be merged into one unit,” he said. Carlisle said when he came to work at Eau Claire, he and others met with former Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, who thought an element was missing from the review was an assessment of having outside parties provide the health services
on campus. After a Request for Information process which was sent out to private vendors, the issue was taken to the Student Senate. At the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester, Director of SHS Laura Chellman and Carlisle presented a study to the Senate showing for what the services were primarily being used by students. The report stated that there were 11,690 visits to SHS for the 2011-2012 school year. The top four reasons for visits were contraception management, depression, anxiety and sexually transmitted infection checks. The Senate then formed a special committee and held public forums for students to attend and give their opinions on the current state on the campus’ health services. Carlisle said the group currently looking into SHS will have a proposal out by mid- to late-April of what they want out of the service. The process will continue with more student input before anything is finalized.
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Thursday, March 28
Concerns voiced of Student Senate “stacking the deck” Some Senators, students express issues with the way things in current Senate are being handled Alex Zank
NEWS EDITOR There are concerns held by several current and former student senators as well as some students about the way things are being run in the 56th Senate session. The concerns started last fall, but have been building until recent events caused some to publicly vocalize them. The recent resignation of former Student Services Commission Director Brianna Burke roughly marks the beginning of the outing of these concerns. “If you look at the Senate and see how it's constructed right now, it looks specifically oriented,” Burke said, and said it is entirely possible that there is a certain agenda being pursued. This agenda that is troubling Burke was the reason sophomore and former senator Elizabeth Richter resigned from her position in the fall. Richter and others claim this issue is something the student body should be concerned about. Members of the Senate’s executive board, the body which is receiving most of this criticism, claim their “agenda” is not new to anything previous Senates have done. They also point to increases in Senate efficiency and productivity as an improvement to past Senate sessions, also stressing they are always open to concerns by other senators and students alike. Describing the agenda When piecing together all of the components being described by concerned senators and students, there seems to be several distinct parts to the agenda based on similarities in the complaints. Senator Burke and former Senators Frank Heaton and Richter all said there is a more conservative approach to the way things were being done on Senate this session. Not necessarily politically conservative, although partisan affiliation was a concern mentioned by Burke and Richter. They described the Senate more specifically as a conservative fiscal approach to the way student dollars are being spent. Heaton described this as Senate focusing a lot of time on “fiscal responsibility” while ignoring some of the other things the body is meant to do, such as the student services and organizations aspects. Ben Orlikowski, president of the College Freethought Society, said he knows little about the current complaints about Senate. But, he has had some issues with communication between his group and Senate. “It would be nice to have a little more information about where to go for certain things … and what Senate can provide to help organizations,” Orlikowski said. This included the process for requesting money and inBURKE formation on registering for the Blugold Organizations Bash, among others. Richter said she thought there was more attention being put toward things she thought the executive board were interested in funding, while other things people like herself considered important were being ignored. She also expressed concern with treatment she received from some senators after debate on legislation at general Senate meetings. “I got a lot of negative feedback because I was
willing to open my mouth and stand up to some of the veteran senators,” Richter said. The votes on which she received criticism dealt with the United Council of UW Students, she said. After one of these votes on a resolution dealing with UC, Richter said she was told she offended some of the veteran senators. Burke and Heaton drew comparisons between their experience with previous Senate sessions as evidence this ideological sameness was happening currently. “The executive board has been seeking solidarity in the (Senate) body, and I think they misunderstand what that means and the point of the body,” Heaton said. “I think they're seeking for everyone to go along with something, which I don't think should be the case.” The most contentious pieces of legislation were those concerning UC, and Burke pointed out even these votes always resulted in very few dissenters. Heaton said the way consensus was being built outside of the general meetings was not really “consensus” in the way it had been traditionally reached in previous Senate sessions. Both Burke and Heaton said the lack of discussion and debate during Senate meetings was one indicator of this agenda and “consensus-building” happening. Directorship appointments vacancies committee
Burke also expressed concerns with ensuring like-minded people populated the senate. She was worried this was being done through the vacancies committee and the appointment of people with a similar agenda to the executive team. “I think (Student Body President Corydon Fish) is essentially stacking the deck,” Burke said, with similarly minded senators. In the most recent bill concerning UC, in which Senate voted to no longer recognize it as a representative body of this campus, only one newly appointed senator voted against the bill, Burke said. The Spectator filed an open records request to look into the activities of the vacancies and the hiring process, and asked for any email conversation, agendas, minutes or other documents related to the subject. With the exception of one meeting minutes record (which was of a meeting that explicitly dealt with the records request itself), there were no minutes or agendas given from this open records request because none were saved electronically and no paper copies existed. Junior Charlotte Kupsh applied for a vacant spot last fall. She was studying abroad when she applied, but still turned in an application. She said she never received a reply of any sort from any Senate members. “I understand if there's something wrong with my application or maybe if they were hesitant because I was not in the country at the time, but my main concern was just that I never got an email back,” Kupsh said. Recently appointed senator Hillary Young, on the other hand, had a different experience. She applied for a vacant spot in the fall and did not receive an appointment. She reapplied in the spring and was then accepted to fill an open seat. She said she did not see much difference between her first and second application and thought everything was uniform. Instead of filling all of the vacant spots last fall,
two were left open. Young said that she does not know why they were left vacant and why she wasn’t appointed the first time she applied, but is sure there was a good reason for it. Burke said she knows of people that applied for a vacant spot this session, who had served on senate before, who did not get appointed. She said these people leaned towards a liberal ideology. Fish, who chairs the committee, said he could not recall why two spots had remained vacant, but it could be a number of reasons, including a decision by the committee that they weren't impressed enough by any of the other candidates. He did say that the best, most qualified candidates are the ones that are hired and appointed to vacant positions. “We hire the best MARTIN qualified candidates, period,” Fish said. “Regardless of ideological division.” Executive Board response Chief of Staff Tyrel Zich said any concerns expressed to the executive board are taken seriously. “If these concerns were brought up to us, they would be addressed,” he said. Vice President Patrick Martin said they have worked hard to make sure all views have been included. “I think our policy throughout the year has been an open door,” Martin said. “If there had been members of the body that have been concerned over the proposals that we've brought up, we discussed those with those folks … and make sure those views
get included.” Martin said it has been an extremely productive year so far in Student Senate, and that it's the Senate's job to build consensus and represent students. “We try to build consensus outside the meeting, but we can't touch 30 senators when they're in class all day,” Zich said. “It's up to our senators to come to the authors of the bill … and really discuss their concerns with them before the meeting.” In response to “stacking the deck” accusations, Martin said they seek those who are most qualified to serve on Senate. “We seek the best and the brightest and most driven,” he said. “That's the reason we've gotten so much done this year, is because we've assembled a team that doesn't just view this as an extracurricular.” Zich and Martin compared Student Senate to a municipal government where, Zich said, there rarely is much lengthy debate about things because most of the things looked at are not too controversial. Zich said 99 percent of the issues dealt with on Senate are not very contentious issues, and he thinks there is a perception issue of what Student Senate does. What some Senators and students see as an agenda that students should be concerned about, members of the executive board see as merely a more efficient and active Senate serving the student body. The way to resolve such disputes, as always has been the case in democracy, is through expressing either satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a governing body in the next election. Campus elections will occur later this spring, where students can let their opinions be heard through whom they elect to Senate. Staff Writer Nate Beck contributed to the reporting of this story.
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DISSENSION BY THE NUMBERS: Some senators and students claim there is less debate on legislation this session than previous ones. But others claim actual debate and contested votes are not common in senate. On bills with recorded vote outcomes, the number of “contested” bills (the winning vote to be less than or equal to 80 percent), the current session and two more are shown. Percentages represent the portion of contested bills of all bills voted on. Data for 56th session is incomplete since they are still actively voting on legislation until after the spring elections.
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SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 28
Last ones standing Blugolds leave Lake Placid as national champions
BETTER THAN THE REST: Senior forward Isaiah Bennis, junior forward Jared Williams and junior defenseman Robbie Anderegg hoist the championship trophy in the air as they celebrate with their teammates at Herb Brooks Arena. The Blugolds bested Oswego State (N.Y.) in the championship game.
Haley Zblewski CHIEF COPY EDITOR Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. has been host to more than a few historic hockey games. It’s where the 1980 Olympic win for the American hockey team, also known as the “Miracle on Ice,” happened. And on March 16, the UW-Eau Claire men’s hockey team was able to make some of their own history at the arena as well. For the first time in school history, the Blugolds claimed the NCAA Div. III National Championship with a 5-3 win over Oswego State (N.Y.). Senior goalie Brandon Stephenson said the experience was amazing.
“Words can’t really describe how happy we were to bring that trophy back to Eau Claire,” Stephenson said. The night before, the Blugolds defeated Utica College (N.Y.) in the semifinals, after being down 1-0 into the second period. In the final game against Oswego, they fell behind 2-0 halfway through the first period. But that didn’t worry
the Blugolds. The team’s goal was to stay calm and keep playing, Stephenson said. “We realized we were outplaying Oswego even though they had scored their two goals,” he said. “As a team, we felt like we weren’t in trouble at all.” They responded with four goals of their own, keeping Oswego from scor-
“ Blugold hockey ... as stupid as it sounds, for the boys, we were such a close group. Any of us would do anything for each other, and it translated to the ice.” JACK CALLAHAN Sophomore defenseman
ing again until halfway through the third period. Oswego pulled their goalie from the net. Senior Kurt Weston scored the final goal of the night with 59 seconds left on an empty net. Sophomore defenseman Jack Callahan said the championship win almost doesn’t seem real. “It still kind of hasn’t set in yet … everyone’s still just like ‘can you believe it happened?’” Callahan said. “It’s like we’re still waiting to lose a game, but we won the last game we could play all season.” He said the team played as they had all season. “All year, we just never gave up,”
he said. “In both games, we were losing at the start. And we just had this calm confidence within our locker room, especially from our captains. We never got rattled.” What it comes down to is something that the team refers to as Blugold hockey. “Blugold hockey … as stupid as it sounds, for the boys, we were such a close group,” Callahan said. “Any of us would do anything for each other, and it translated to the ice.” Stephenson said Blugold hockey was about the work the Blugolds have put in. “Everything we do, we do it as a team,” he said. “This year, for me at least, (Blugold hockey) represents our seniors that I started out with here and what we basically built in our four years. We went from an OK, mediocre hockey team to a national championship team. I think when you say Blugold hockey, it just makes you think of what we’ve accomplished.” For his coaching accomplishments this season, Head Coach Matt Loen was named the NCAA Div. III Coach of the Year. He said the first-ever national championship was a great achievement for the program and he was excited for his team. For their performance on the ice this season, Callahan, Stephenson and senior forward Jordan Singer were all named 2013 CCM Div. III All-Americans. Callahan said the award was a bit of a shock for him, albeit a happy one. “To be honest, I didn’t even know I was a finalist for it,” he said. “In the banquet, we were sitting there and they were announcing the second team and the third team. And all of a sudden I heard ‘sophomore defenseman from Eau Claire,’ and my ears perked up because I’m the only one.” Stephenson said that getting three All-American awards happened because of a group effort. “Without my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to win the games and do the things that we did,” Stephenson said. “It’s an awesome accomplishment for all three of us, but without our teammates, we wouldn’t have won.” Stephenson is one of ten seniors on the hockey team and this was his last season on the team. He said he felt it ended on a pretty good note, and was surprised that the end didn’t hit him as hard as he thought it would. “I thought it would be a lot harder than it is, but I think that’s because we went out in the best possible way you could, and that’s as a national championship,” he said. “There’s no more games we could continue playing. There’s no saying ‘I wish we could have won,’ because we did. That’s made the transition that much easier. “It’s awesome to go out on top. There’s no better way.”
SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 28
Freshman? Try All-American Blugold wrestler Behnke earns fifth place at Nationals Nick Erickson STAFF WRITER
A strong outing can jump-start any slump. While newly crowned All-American Nathaniel Behnke defined his season by that, the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team, which has placed last in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the past two seasons, is hoping that it too can become quickly competitive after sending two wrestlers to Nationals for the first time since the 2002-2003 season. Behnke placed fifth at 141 pounds to cap off a strong freshman season and become the first Blugold All-American since the 2009-2010 season. Junior Mat Rieckhoff also wrestled in the 184 weight class at the National Meet March 15 and 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before bowing out due to a hamstring injury he suffered in his first round match. After starting out the year struggling with a 4-4 record, Behnke said he changed his mindset and exploded to a 44-13 overall record. “I never thought nationals was in my reach,” he said. “But something switched in my head and my wrestling and I came back and started winning all of these matches.” Behnke had to flip a switch at the national meet, as well. He lost in his first round match and had to pretty much win-out to garner All-American status, which is handed out to the top eight places in each weight class.
“I knew I was good enough to place,” Behnke said. “I was like ‘I want to stay and I really want to make this next step.’” After losing his first round match, he went on to win four in a row before falling in the third-place semi-final match. In the fifth-place match, he took down the top-seed Joseph Grippi of Springfield College (Ma.) in what his coach thought was one of the best matches he’s wrestled. “He was fortunate enough to catch the guy where he could get back points,” said Jon Ames, Blugold wrestling coach. “From there he just smelt blood in the water and kept attacking and never looked back.” Rieckhoff had to flip a switch as well to overcome a different slump, the injury bug. He battled back problems all year and was forced to forfeit or sit out of a few meets during the season, but it didn’t stop him from his ultimate goal of qualifying for Nationals. “It didn’t inhibit my ability to wrestle, but it was definitely there and it was also mentally draining,” Rieckhoff said of his injury. “But I was able to refocus and re-evaluate my goals and train harder than I ever have.” His hard work paid off, as he placed third at the regional meet to get himself a qualifying spot for the National Meet. During his opening match, he tore a muscle in his hamstring and was forced to sit out the rest of the tournament, forfeiting his second match to finish his season with a 26-15 record. Even though he didn’t finish his matches, he said the
SWEET VICTORY: Freshman Nate Behnke earned the title of All-American after a fifth place finish at Nationals.
experience was eye-opening and will get him ready for next season. “Being down there was huge,” he said. “That was a whole new level.” Both wrestlers thought that their Nationals trip was successful and could also jump-start the team and turn the program around. “I think it’s going to help out our team in the future,” Behnke said. “Hopefully area wrestlers will be like ‘Oh, Eau Claire’s having
success and maybe we should go to their school and wrestle.’” With Behnke and Rieckhoff finishing their seasons at the highest stage in Div. III college wrestling, the Blugolds have a lot of optimism moving into the future. “We’ve had some down years,” Ames said. “But now that we have the ability to send people to nationals and do well on that stage, it’s really going to help us show our potential.”
UW-Eau Claire softball team keeps the ball rolling Blugolds win nine of ten games on spring break trip, head to Iowa this weekend Chris Reinoos EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
The way they are playing, the only thing slowing down the UWEau Claire softball team is the long Wisconsin winter. Playing ten games in the Florida sunshine over spring break, the team went 9-1 and moved their overall season mark to 11-1. The Blugolds notched three shutouts, scored double-digit runs four times and outscored their opponents 76-21 in the ten games. Sophomore outfielder Amanda Fischer said the team’s confidence continues to grow with each victory. “From the very first game we came out just ready to go and pumped up,” Fischer said. “We have such a talented team.” Senior first baseman Sarah Fern had a particularly successful trip, hitting .533 with six extra-base hits and driving in 14 runs. Fern was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Div. III Player of the Week for her performance. The Blugold offense was very bal-
anced on the trip, as the team hit four home runs and stole 28 bases. Head coach Leslie Huntington said the mix of power and speed makes the lineup dangerous. “I really like where we are right now and I like what we’re able to do offensively,” Huntington said. “I think our identity is just having a diverse offense and that’s where I want us to be.” Fischer and seFERN nior second baseman Jenny Hess have provided the vast majority of the team’s steals this year, combining for 30 of the 38 swipes. Hess is a perfect 14-for-14 on the basepaths, while Fischer has been caught just once in 17 attempts. Both Fischer and Hess are on pace to shatter Tammy Brandt’s single-season school record of 34 steals set in 1995. Fischer and Hess hit first
and second, respectively, for many of the spring break games and provided the middle of the order with countless chances to drive in runs. Hess’ .512 on-base percentage is currently second on the team, while Fischer’s is a healthy .435.
“ What’s hardest is keeping the mentality of pushing forward and keeping the game pace that we were able to pick up this past week.” EMMA WISHAU Junior pitcher
Huntington has given the green light to Hess and Fischer to run whenever they see an opportunity. Fischer
said there are other players on the team who can take advantage of the speed game as well. “We have a very quick team this year, so pretty much anybody can steal,” Fischer said. “It’s going to throw our opponents off.” Huntington said she would like to see improvement from her pitching staff, particularly in getting ahead in the count. The Blugold coaching staff uses a metric called “A3P,” which measures the pitcher’s ability to be ahead in the count after three pitches. All five pitchers on the staff saw work in Florida, including freshman Zana Lorbetske. Lorbetske brings swing-and-miss stuff to the team, as evidenced by her 18 strikeouts in 15.1 innings and 8.22 strikeouts per seven innings. Lorbetske has been most successful in a relief role so far this season, a role in which Huntington said Lorbetske thrives. Lorbetske said she does not prefer either starting or relieving. “I think that could definitely be a big possibility,” Lorbetske said of taking on a more permanent role as a late-
game specialist. “That’s what I did all throughout break.” The team will head to Iowa this weekend for four games against some stiff competition, including Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) and St. Scholastica (Minn.). “The competition is going to be phenomenal and we’re really embracing the opportunity to play these four games this weekend,” Huntington said. These trips also serve the purpose of helping the players avoid cabin fever. Weeks of practicing indoors with inches of snow still on the ground have been frustrating for some players, including junior pitcher Emma Wishau. “What’s hardest is keeping the mentality of pushing forward and keeping the game pace that we were able to pick up this past week,” Wishau said. The Blugolds home opener is currently scheduled for April 4 at Gelein Field, but Huntington said it is highly doubtful the field would be in game condition by then.
SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand
Thursday, March 28
Title IX: 40 years later Legislation worked to equalize men’s and women’s sports David Heiling & Brittni Straseske NEWS EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER
The United States has enacted many life-changing laws. The thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the country. The fifteenth amendment gave every man, despite race, the right to vote. In 1920, that right was extended to women by the nineteenth amendment. In 1973, Title IX was passed. The law ensured equality between men and women in federally funded educational programs. At the UW-Eau Claire, this especially applied to the athletic program. Alumni and softball player during the 2012 season, Ashley Rubenzer, said how much the legislation paved the way for women in athletics and for women’s rights in general. She said she loves to see women’s sports have success. “It is really sort of cool to see how effective (Title IX) has been,” Rubenzer said. “The funding being the same and the added sports have proven to be a move in the right direction. It’s cool to see not only the equality, but the successes that women teams have, especially at Eau Claire.” She also said her professors and coaches throughout her athletic career at Eau Claire told her not to take what they had for granted. “They would say, ‘when I was in school, we had awful equipment, played on crappy fields and didn’t have as many games as the guys,’” Rubenzer said. When Mary Mero joined the athletic faculty in 1969, there were six women’s teams, gymnastics, swimming, diving, basketball, volleyball and track and field. That was the first year there were women’s competitions at the university, she said. Without a federal requirement for university funding, the teams had next to no money, Mero said. The athletes bought their own uniforms and drove their own cars or carpooled to competitions, she said. The women’s teams shared everything, Mero said. There was one set of women’s warm-ups that circulated between the six teams. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for the different teams to carpool to out of town competitions together, she said. The athletes rarely stayed anywhere overnight, because there was no money for hotels, many times not arriving back from competitions until 3 or 4 a.m., she said. Even though they were competitors, teams from different schools frequently helped each other, Mero said. She recalls sleeping bags lining the floors of her own house when she hosted
teams from out of town. When the Eau Claire women’s teams traveled, the other schools returned the favor, she said. “That’s just the kind of stuff we did,” Mero said. “We did so much in helping and supporting each other, even those from other schools.” In those early years, Mero, who coached the gymnastics team on top of teaching, said she did gymnastics sports camps. The first one, in 1969, was hosted partly because of changing rules and regulations of the sport, but also to raise money. The money from those camps is what paid for the equipment for the team, she said. It wasn’t until Title IX passed that things started to change for women’s teams. “The women couldn’t even use the athletic training room because it was for men only,” Mero said. “When Title IX came in, that’s what changed the whole process.” The change wasn’t instantaneous, she said. The first budget for women’s sports at the university was $500-700, she said. That amount had to be shared by all six women’s teams.
“ You just have to jump in and swim with the rest of them and that’s what we did. We had a passion.” MARY MERO
Former UW-Eau Claire Coach
After Title IX passed, the university added women’s cross country, golf and softball. UW-Eau Claire also added a physical education major, specifically for women. Before the law, women who wanted to major in physical education had to go to a different university, Mero said. The women on faculty were expected to teach and coach, Mero said. She coached two teams and taught 28 credits each semester. Being a coach was part of the job description, and they weren’t paid extra for it, she said. Despite her busy schedule, Mero found time to serve as the national sports chair for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for gymnastics. She, along with many other women involved, thought the long hours were worth it, even when they faced opposition. “We just said ‘this is what is going to happen.’ We had a reason for the
madness,” Mero said. “You have to jump in and swim with the rest of them and that’s what we did. We had a passion.” Women athletes and women faculty were still fighting for that passion when Jenny Arneson arrived at the university in 1980, Arneson said. She was a runner for the university between 1980 and 1984, and then became the head cross country and track coach until leaving in 1996. “It was an exciting time,” Arneson said. “It was several years after Title IX had come into play, but it was still the beginning years of women’s athletics in terms of the changes taking place.” When her cross country team made it to nationals in Seattle in the ‘80s, there was still not an adequate amount of money in the budget to get them there, she said. They raised their own funds to get there and back by doing bake sales and asking family members for contributions, Arneson said. Also in the early years of the cross country team, the women wore the old men’s uniforms, she said. At that point, the law was requiring universities to fund women’s sports teams, Arneson said. Part was raising awareness and proving women had a spot in the athletic scene. Once that happened, people were more willing to put their support, both financial and moral, behind the teams. “I think part of gaining support is showing that women have the skills and the abilities to compete at a high level,” Arneson said. “The athletes at UW-Eau Claire certainly proved that.” For those at the administration level, the work was going to budget meetings and pushing for more money, she said. They had to “rehearse” their point over and over and had to continually stress women were deserving, Arneson said. “It was meeting with the chancellors and the deans and those who were in positions of decision making and keeping awareness with them,” she said. “When it comes down to decision making for what should be funded and what needs to be cut, the awareness needed to be that women’s athletics and women’s athletes needed a place at the table.” By the time she left the university in 1996, Arneson said the situation had improved “tremendously.” Through the years, the financial support gradually but continually increased through their hard work, she said. “Women student athletes today are in a lot better position and they should be,” Arneson said. “That’s through a lot of efforts of a lot of women raising awareness of the viability of women’s athletics.”
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Dance company Step Afrika! debuts at Zorn Arena BRIDGET COOKE/ The Spectator
FEEL THE RHYTHM: Step Afrika! is a dance tradition which uses the body as an instrument with shouting, clapping and food-stomping.
Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER
The rhythmic pounding of feet and clapping of hands. Beating drums and yells of excitement. All of this could be heard blasting from Zorn Arena Tuesday night. The source of the sound was a professional dance company called Step Afrika!, who brought a dance performance known as stepping to the UWEau Claire campus. Stepping is a relatively new dance art that was introduced by African-American fraternity and sorority students in the early 1900s when African-Americans first began attending colleges. Step Afrika! dance company member Danielle DuBois Glover said the art of stepping was for African-American students to encourage inclusivity. “Young men and women would gather on their main campuses or yards and form circles or lines singing chants, songs and even do some dance steps to show pride for their organizations,” she said. “They did it all in a sense of community.” The Artists Series, which hosts several different groups throughout the year, brought Step Afrika! to campus as a way to embrace their commitment to diversity. The Artists Series Committee, which is formed of students, faculty and community members, decides what would be best to serve the campus throughout the year. Co-coordinator of the Artists Series and student intern Ellie Wheeler
said the idea of a unique dance tradition applied nicely to the program the Artists Series tries to organize annually.
“Young men and women would gather on their main campuses or yards and form circles or lines singing chants, songs and even do some dance steps to show pride for their organizations. ” Danielle Dubois Glover
Step Afrika! dance company member
“Stepping seemed like one of those events that had a culture aspect to it; it had an entertainment value to it,” Wheeler said. “It was just a very well-rounded program to bring to campus that kind of fit everything that the Artists Series stands for.” According to the Step Afrika! website, stepping is a unique dance tradi-
tion in which the body is used as an instrument to create rhythms through a combination of foot-stomping, clapping and speaking/shouting words. It is an evolution of the African-based tradition of using this method to pledge allegiance to a group. It continues to influence many groups throughout the country, whether it is spreading in middle and high schools or even being performed during church or community gatherings. Junior Alycia Crowe was one of the audience volunteers during the event who went on to the stage to learn a few of the basic steps. “It was a little intimidating, but it was really fun,” Crowe said. “They were really nice and really wanted you to get into it.” She added they should “definitely” come back next year. Wheeler, a senior who attended the show, said the feedback they received after the debut of the dance group was very positive. “Responses were really good as people were leaving the doors,” she said. “During the performance you could tell the crowd was getting into it and they were enjoying themselves.” As to the historical teaching throughout the show, Wheeler said it just added more to the experience. “I think it’s good that they also did explain it,” she said. “Rather than just seeing something that was entertaining, it was also something you could take away. It should be that we do enjoy learning ... outside the classroom.”
“Quality before quantity.” It’s an age old expression that high school teachers stress as they dole out essays. It’s something that takes a while to understand, but after a while the concept is grasped. Except by the fashion industry. Quantity seems to matter a lot more when it comes to women’s fashions than men’s fashions. Why? The basis of women’s fashions is all about change — multiple times a year we get differing fashion. Men’s fashions are pretty traditional, with minor details changing with the times. With quick changes in styles for women, quality seems to be lost and women are stuck with thin fabrics, poor quality fibers and bad stitching. In an article about the increased low grade, synthetic fabrics on sustainable fashion website Ecouterre.com, Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, stated, “Cheap fashion is mostly made of polyester and its cousins, fast fashion is environmentally unsustainable on a shocking number of levels. ‘It’s poorly made and designed to fall apart, it’s largely made from non-biodegradable petroleum-based fabrics and lastly, a lot of it can’t be recycled. It’s really not a flattering combination.’” The article stated “fast fashion” can be found at places like H&M or Forever 21. But, guys and gals, there is quality clothing out there, if you know how to look for it. Fabric quality: A good, strong foundation is the best way to make a sturdy house, and the same thing goes for fabrics. The best fabrics shouldn’t
be blends (cotton with rayon, etc.), and should be sewn on the grain. The grain is the way the threads run (both lengthwise and crosswise) on a piece of fabric. When a garment pattern isn’t placed correctly on the grain it can ride up, twist or not hang properly, and that doesn’t look good. Also look for stripes, checks and other prints that line up at the seams. And, unfortunately, the shinier the fabric on something like a suit jacket, the more inferior the fabric. Buttons: A poorly sewn-on button is the bane of my existence. Nothing can ruin a good day like the button on your coat falling off as you walk to class. Buttons shouldn’t be sewn on too tight or they’ll pucker the garment, or too loose because they’ll fall off. When you’re looking at something in a store, flip the garment inside out and look at the back of where the buttons are sewn on. Is there a knot holding it in place? Then it probably won’t be on the shirt for long. You can also lift the button up a little to see if it’s too loose or tight. Stitching and hems: Strong stitching is small and straight. When looking at a piece of clothing in the store, pull the fabric and the seems and see how tight the stitching is. For hemlines, lightweight fabrics used in fancier dresses should have a small zig-zag hem and more expensive pieces like suits and dresses made with heavier fabrics should have an invisible hem stitch that looks like this: ---^---^---. It’s important to remember that just because a piece of clothing is expensive, it doesn’t mean that it has great quality. A quality piece of clothing could be found at a store like Old Navy and a poorly made piece at Macy’s.
ELIZABETH JACKSON / The Spectator
JUST KEEP SEWING: The silver button, left, is sewn on so that only a small gap is left between the fabric and the button, and the thread is reinforced with double stitching. The blue button, right, is sewn on too loosely and is reinforced with just a knot at the back, meaning it will fall of more easily than the silver button.
CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry
Thursday, March 28
Bridesmaids playing at Woodland Theater
Staff Writer, Katie Bast and Currents Editor, Martha Landry take sides on the 2011 chick flick featuring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph Katie Bast
We’re all over that “women aren’t funny” thing, right? Ladies have been proving that argument false time and again for decades, but people seem to keep forgetting. Every once in a while, a movie comes along that reminds people women are just as funny as men. In 2011, it was “Bridesmaids.” Kristen Wiig, who co-wrote the script, plays Annie. When her childhood best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) gets engaged, Annie’s rocky life hits bottom. Her own problems
are brought to the surface as she finds herself in the middle of a ragtag bridal party made up of Lillian’s cousin (Wendi McLendon-Covey), co-worker (Ellie Kemper), future sister-in-law (Melissa McCarthy) and her perfect new best friend, Helen (Rose Byrne). The comedy in the movie doesn’t come from one-liners as much as from situations. Most people point to certain scenes as their favorites: the airplane scene, the trashing-the-bridal-shower scene, the one-upping-speeches scene and who can forget the puking-at-thebridal-shop scene. The trouble here is if you don’t find humor in the situation, you’re stuck watching it play out for a few minutes. So if you have a weak
stomach, you may want to avoid the food poisoning scene. That’s not to say the writing is lacking. Wiig and her co-writer Annie Mumalo draw the humor out of awkward, even gross, situations with the best of them. But they also have a knack for writing complex relationships. At the beginning of the movie, Annie’s relationship with Lillian is really the only functional one in her life. She has a failed business, an unsteady relationship with her mom, invasive roommates and a noncommittal boyfriend. Annie’s journey throughout the film is rare in this type of comedy. As she puts her life back together, she realizes what’s really important to her. Don’t be surprised if the heartto-heart between Wiig and McCarthy brings a tear to your eye. In a movie so focused on female friendships, it’s important that the two lead women have good chemistry. Wiig and Rudolph, who worked together on Saturday Night Live, play off each other effortlessly, from
Martha Landry CURRENTS EDITOR
So, I know that I am hardcore against the grain with my opinion of “Bridesmaids” but I am just so unimpressed with the movie. It has a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and The New York Times said it “goes where no typical chick flick does: the gutter” while still calling it “unexpectedly funny new comedy.” The professionals would know better than me, but I still really dislike this movie. While watching it, I could not get over the so incredible awkwardness of the dialogue. Not in a ‘haha this is awkward...’ but in a ‘seriously, I feel uncomfortable and am blatantly not enjoying this’ way. How the story goes ... Annie (Kristen Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) are best pals and have been since childhood. Annie’s life totally sucks and Lillian’s is going just great. Lil has a new, rich pal, is recently engaged and basically is leading a stellar life. Annie, with her life
“improvising inside jokes at a coffee shop to screaming at each other like sisters. Wiig and Byrne play catty without being too stereotypical. It would be easy for them to fall into the trope of women hating each other for no reason. Each character has her reasons for disliking the other and they’re both able to put their differences aside
“ Every once in a while, a movie comes along that reminds people that women are just as funny as men. In 2011, it was ‘Bridesmaids.’”
totally falling apart, is not cool with Lillian’s new friend and as the wedding plans progress, the chaos gets crazier and crazier. The movie follows the wedding plans—dress fittings, bachelorette party, bridal party — and is just a bunch of shenanigans unfolding before the audience’s eyes, which are all Annie’s fault (durr). What is actually refreshing about this movie is that it is a chick flick that isn’t coated in glitter or paint women in a helpless light. There is real humor and is definitely portrays more real women who are not perfect. Positives of the movie: There is a star-studded cast. — Jon Hamm: In this movie he steps far away from Don Draper as Annie’s casual hookup buddy. He is hilarious and fantastic and dirty and I think I love him. Even though it is a pretty small role and he plays a kind of terrible person ... it is great. He even uses the word dingus at one point. — Rebel Wilson: She is the master of hilariously awkward humor (whereas Kristen Wiig is just weird).
and work together when necessary. Every movie has its scene-stealers and Melissa McCarthy definitely stole “Bridesmaids.” Her work earned her a supporting actress Oscar nod. I’ve been a fan of McCarthy since her “Gilmore Girls” days and I remember being delightfully surprised when I saw she had been cast in this movie. Let’s just say I’ll never look at my dear, sweet Sookie (McCarthy’s “Gilmore Girls” character) the same way again. McCarthy made a name for herself with Bridesmaids and has been a staple of the comedy scene ever since. As a fan of Wiig, Rudolph, and McCarthy, I was very excited for this movie to come out. Even two years later, it’s still one of my favorites. It’s gotten a lot of praise, as well as a lot of criticism, and honestly, there are legitimate critiques of this movie that are fair and true. Writing it off as a gross-out female-version of “The Hangover” is a little harsh. “Bridesmaids” captures the realities of life and friendships, while still managing to make them funny and
Again, she plays a small role as Annie’s roommate, but that is what makes — it perfect. — Melissa McCarthy: She the best character in the entire movie. Hands down. As a fellow bridesmaid, she mixes up the typical girly wedding plans. She has dry humor and killer delivery. Also, I’m jealous of her puppy stealing skills. The movie also takes place (sometimes) in Wisconsin! Go Sconnie! Negatives of the movie: There is the infamous, erm, dress fitting scene. Not to give away the big humor, but it is so gross. So gross! Food poisoning and couture is just not a good mix. Sorry I’m lame and can’t handle some intense toilet humor, but it is actually just gross. Annie is just not an appealing person at all. They totally failed on making her a character that we all feel sorry for once her life turns to crap. Right off the bat her life is totally awful from LITERALLY every aspect but don’t worry. Everything classically pulls itself together into a magical singing, dancing, Disney ending. Just kid-
ding. I wouldn’t ruin the ending like that. Although, I did like all of the different actors and actresses in the movie, there are too many people and story lines. Many of them never are resolved even though pretty major things occur to these people! For the record, the Irish cop definitely takes the cake for best part of the movie. A. He is Irish. With a great accent. B. He isn’t awkward (a much needed break from all the insane, horrid awkwardness.) C. He mountain bikes. D. He hates littering. Done deal. The movie is definitely worth a watch and I’m sure everyone will love it. I just don’t because I’m a fun-sucker and don’t enjoy humor according to my Spectator coworkers. “Bridesmaids” is playing at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Woodland Theater of Davies Center
CURRENTS CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry
Past, present and future of Wisconsin’s climate
Sports Editor Andy Hildebrand talked to students around UW-Eau Claire, asking them their most memorable April Fools’ Day
and my brother tricked me into thinking it was my birthday. They got balloons and everything. At the end of the night, I opened my presents and there was just a bunch of crap in them. I cried.
“ This one time, I taped shut the spigot and told my Pops
to get me a glass of water. It sprayed all over the place and he was really mad. It was hilarious.
— Ryan Hartman, junior
“ For homeroom in high school, every Friday someone
brought treats for the class. Usually it was donuts or something sweet like that, but one Friday fell on April Fools and the person brought in saltines and water for the group. People were absolutely outraged.
— Leah Rolfzen, freshman
Five part series to educate Eau Claire citizens on climate change taking place in April Rita Fay
“ When I was younger, about 5 years old maybe, my mom
— Andrew Buswelo, freshman
Thursday, March 28
Eau Claire county residents gathered at 7:30 p.m. on March 26 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial public library to attend a presentation about climate change in the state of Wisconsin. The presentation titled, “Global Climate Change: A Brief Overview, Climate Science Fundamentals, and Implications for Wisconsin” was presented by bureau director of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources John Sullivan. It is the opening presentation in a five part series happening in April titled, “Climate Change: A Common Sense Exchange.” The event was cosponsored by the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, a UWEau Claire program. The program is meant to inform and educate citizens of Eau Claire about environmental dangers and what can be done to help. Eau Claire chemistry professor James Phillips will be a facilitator for one of the upcoming presentations. He said the upcoming events will be more discussion based and allow community members to come up with solutions for the community. Eau Claire county resident Judy Willink said she has always been aware of the environment and now
that she is retired she has more time to be involved with helping the environment. “I think it’s an issue that affects everybody,” Willink said. “Nobody is immune to what happens to our environment. So I think it’s one of the most basic, most essential issues we need to be involved in.” Sullivan discussed Wisconsin’s past, current and future climate. His data came from research done by the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Changes Impact. Research was done by 14 different work groups with issue and place based research. The research found that Wisconsin’s climate has warmed by 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1950. Most warming is occurring in the winter and spring. Nighttime lows are warming more often than daytime highs. It’s not getting as cold at night. Wisconsin’s precipitation has changed since 1950, as well. Rainfall has increased by 5 to 15 percent. Five of Eau Claire’s 10 wettest days have occurred in the last 30 years. Wisconsin is predicted to warm up to 4 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit by mid 21st century, Sullivan said. Overall, there will be more very hot days and less very cold days. Sullivan said it is important to study climate change because it has an impact on natural resources and animal and plant species. “We’ve been living in a fairly
stable climate for the last eight to 10 thousand years and now we’re asking nature, in a very brief period of time, maybe 50 years, to be able to handle a shift,” Sullivan said. A change in climate causes negative changes in food chains, an increase in invasive plant species and a time decrease in logging season. There is a negative effect for cold water fish such as black trout. The warmer the water is, the more drastic the decrease in fish population. Warm water fish will predominate. Sullivan talked about an issue he thinks affects Wisconsin greatly, the decline in walleye and increase in smallmouth and largemouth bass. A large amount of money is spent on managing the population of walleye, the same is being done for whitetail deer, Sullivan said. Sullivan said one of the things Eau Claire can do is educate the community. “That’s where it starts,” Sullivan said. “You have to get people talking.” He said it is also beneficial to promote sustainable, develop an implementation plan and become a climate ready community. Phillips said one of the most important things Eau Claire residents can do is become involved in local politics, vote in the city council election and make local changes, but it won’t be easy. “There will be both resistance and embracement (sic) of change.”
OPINION / EDITORIAL
OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
Thursday, March 28
Local elections are important, too College students have reasons to be invested in outcome Brittni Straseske STAFF WRITER
When I headed out to the Pentecostal Assembly Church last November to vote, the place was packed. I saw about five people I knew from class, a few more I knew from living in the dorms and countless swarms of the rest of Eau Claire citizens. I completed the necessary address change registration, waited in line, making the stops at each table station and then spent about two minutes actually submitting my ballot. Approximate time for that whole process? About an hour and a half. When I venture out to do the same process next week for the local elections, I doubt it will take me fifteen minutes. I can almost guarantee I will not see anyone I recognize, and if I do, they will probably be fellow political science students. My question is a simple one. Why? Why the big rush to go out and vote for people you will
most likely have minimal, if any contact with? I agree the offices of the United States president, senators and representatives are important ones. However, I seem to be a minority in thinking the local elections, like city council and school board are just as important.
“My point is, just get out and vote ... because you live in a democracy which allows you to do so. ” I know what you are thinking. “I am a college student. I will live here for four, maybe five years tops and then I’m out of here.” Let me ask you a question. Do you like to go out
to eat? It is the local government that enforces public health surveys and inspections of those restaurants. Do you like taking the bus to campus instead of walking 20 blocks? That is also funded through local government, according to the city’s 2013 budget. In most places, those services, plus services like waste and sewage disposal, water supply and the fire and police departments are controlled by the local government. All of these appear on the city’s 2013 budget. Who controls that budget? The local officeholders. When you look at it that way, it is those people who will affect your day-to-day life, whether you own property or a house, or are just living in Eau Claire temporarily. So suppose you avoid all the restaurants in Eau Claire, start walking everywhere and hoard your garbage. You can’t be affected then right? Wrong. What if the costs for those things change? It could increase local taxes and even though you don’t own any property in the city, your
landlords or future landlords do. That tax increase will be transferred to you in the form of a higher rent. You can find quick information on the views of those running for city council and the school board on the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce website. Just follow the Programs and Services drop tab to the Governmental Affairs page. The Election and Voting section has information on all candidates. You can find your polling place at myvote.wi.gov. My point is, just get out and vote. Even if these reasons haven’t convinced you, just do it simply because you live in a democracy which allows you to do so. Another plus for these local elections? You are sure to have a shorter, less hectic wait than the one you faced in November.
Straseske is a senior journalism major and staff writer for The Spectator.
Don’t forget what got you there Generous donations from influential people can go a long way Nick Erickson STAFF WRITER
People don’t simply stumble upon success. That’s not how the world works. People get to be the way they are because of their work ethics, intelligence and especially past experiences. I think that in today’s society of bright lights and paparazzi, we often see successful people lose sight of the fact that their past experiences had a lot to do with why they are at the level they are at today. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t those that do show their appreciation for the people and places that helped them ascend to success, and it’s those kind of people that I think the world could see more. I was reminded that these people do indeed exist two weeks ago when JAMF Software co-founder Zach
Halmstad and his company donated $500,000 to the Confluence Project to build a music and performing arts hall in downtown Eau Claire. Halmstad grew up in Eau Claire, and after attending North High School, he came to his hometown university to double major in music and computer science. He said he was very involved with the music program at UW-Eau Claire and that the city’s musical life helped shape him and gave him fond memories throughout his life. He co-founded JAMF Software in 2002 and the company has grown immensely since. It has grown from four employees at its start to 178 current employees and now operates in five locations worldwide. According to their website, they are the only company to develop Mac and iOS management software exclusively for the Apple platform.
Needless to say, Halmstad has found success in his software company. But this donation, which he announced in front of a standing-room-only crowd on March 13 at the State Theater, showed me that he knows he had help getting there. While his musical background may not be directly aiding his expanding software company, he said it played a very important role in his time in Eau Claire and that he wanted to give back to the city that helped shape the person he has become. “The music scene in Eau Claire was so great and so nurturing to me, and we see this as a way to continue to embrace that culture in our community,” Halmstad said. He has also helped his alma mater by hiring many Eau Claire graduates, as 35 percent of his employees are former Blugolds, and he has also started an internship program with
the university. “We are very strong believers in the liberal arts education at Eau Claire,” he said. “Our relationship has been phenomenal (with the university).” Sometimes, a quick rise to the top can make people forget the people and places in their past. We often don’t see high-profile and wealthy people put the public first and themselves second. At the very least, we don’t see it garner the same attention as a selfish person or group in the same position. Earlier this year, hockey fans had to wait and watch the National Hockey League delay their season because they couldn’t find a way to split millions of dollars evenly. We see big businesses have the ultimate say in things because they do not want to give up their money that could go directly back to the public.
It’s a shame, really, because as Halmstad showed two weeks ago, a generous donation can ignite pride and excitement. The atmosphere was buzzing around the State Theater, and all I saw coming out of that venue were smiles and glimmers of hope streaking across everyone’s faces. I wish that Halmstad’s act was the kind that would linger on the news for several days and then everybody would know his name and his company’s name. I believe people like him can inspire others to give back to the places that help them become successful. As the upward progress of the Confluence Project now shows, a generous hand can go a long, long way. Erickson is a sophomore journalism major and Staff Writer for The Spectator.
OPINION / EDITORIAL OP/ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
Thursday, March 28
No cheese, please Kraft faces pressure to switch to safer version of Macaroni and Cheese Nicole Miller STAFF WRITER
Nutrition is vital for survival of our people. When I hear about Kraft Macaroni and Cheese putting profits over people’s health it devastates me. It’s a popular meal choice for students who live on their own and cook for themselves. It’s convenient and cheap. In about three minutes it’s ready and tastes good. Most of us as children were served it so it’s a comfort food. Many Americans, however, have stopped serving the tasty, cheesy, and easy to make meal. Pioneer in the war against Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is Lisa Leake, a concerned mother and food blogger who is concerned over the use of Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 to artificially dye the pasta, giving it a bright orange hue.
Flip over a box and under the nutritional label you will see them listed as ingredients. They are in many foods. According to the Federal Drug Association (FDA), they are manmade color additives and are safe for consumption. However, they are derived from petroleum and coal sources according to the FDA. Norway and Austria have both banned them in their countries according to Leake. Personally, I think that a corporation such as Kraft, which according to Leake is the largest US based food company, has so much pull that through lobbying they would use their financial resources to ensure the protection of a minimally harmless ingredient that gave them an advantage over their competition in the consumer market. Who judges just how minimal the damage done through consumption is though. If it is you or someone such as your mother or your child who is
affected then does it make a difference. If enough Americans care about something and speak up, then corporations such as Kraft will be forced to listen. Michael R. Taylor was once the Vice President of the company Monsanto, which has an unprecedented approach to disregarding the dignity of life. Now he is the Deputy Commissioner of the FDA. He didn’t uphold the dignity of life when he was at Monsanto so why should I expect him to as the head of the FDA? The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports on their website that Yellow 5 causes allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions and hyperactivity in some children. It also may contain cancer-causing substances. Yellow 6 causes tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney while also containing traces of several other carcinogens according to the CSPI. According to Cancer.org about 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 with
about 580,350 Americans expected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people per day. Cancer.org also says that one in four deaths in Americans are attributed to cancer with it being the second leading cause of death next to heart disease. Leake wants Americans to know about the safer version of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, which is available in the United Kingdom. Known as Kraft “Cheesey Pasta,” the British version substitutes paprika extract and beta-carotene instead of Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 to create a natural color without health stigmas. In her petition to Kraft she simply asks Kraft to make the safer version of the product available in the US. If you want to sign the petition you can visit change.org. Miller is a senior journalism and history major and Staff Writer for The Spectator.
“Catfish” needs a facelift MTV’s show comes across as brash and uninformed
Ryan Spaight STAFF WRITER
“Catfish: The TV Show,” henceforth referred to as “Catfish,” is a recent, popular MTV television show, and lately I can’t watch it without wanting to incinerate my television in a blazing fit of sheer anger. The basic premise of the show is as follows. Two people have been chatting online, and they love each other, but have not met in real life. One of the two people contacts the producers of the show, saying they need some help in determining whether their online relationship is the real deal or not. From there, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph — the hosts of the show — look into the person in question and determine whether or not they are a “catfish”: a person who creates fake online profiles and pretends to be someone they are not. The show, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Given the digital age in which we live, “Catfish” is enticingly relevant; more and more people are seeking relationships online. In fact, I really like the basis of the show. In execution, though, the show is abysmal and downright offensive. I have watched sev-
eral episodes that could not be more politically incorrect if they tried. At times, it is cringe-worthy. During interviews, the hosts of the show can usually handle asking questions about sexuality pretty well. The worst it gets is the repeated, not-so-subtle implication that one can change their sexuality. The really infuriating questions however, tend to accumulate whenever a transgender person appears on the show, because the hosts have no idea how to approach gender. That certainly doesn’t stop them from showcasing transgender “catfishes,” though it probably should. Instead, the hosts of “Catfish” stroll into the interview and blatantly pronoun swap, clearly unaware that they should be using pronouns based on gender, not sex. In “Kya & Alyx,” a girl (Kya) falls in love with a man she met online (Alyx). All is not well in digital paradise though, because both have been lying to one another. Alyx is actually Dani, and although born female, Dani identifies himself as a transgender man, unbeknownst to Kya. This plot twist plays on the overarching fear held by many transphobic individuals: that trans-
gender people are somehow trying to dupe them with their gender.
This is simply untrue and obviously troubling in a world that is far from free of anti-transgender violence. Even after the “big reveal,” Nev naively continues to call Dani “she” and “her,” and goes so far as to confront Kya about her sexuality because according to Nev, Kya is basically dating another woman. It takes a teaspoon-full of common sense or
a five second Google search to respectfully ask questions about a transgender person. Evidently, that’s expecting too much, and audience reception reflects this lack of respect for transgender individuals. This type of ignorance is not unique to “Catfish,” however. It is probably indicative of where America is at with understanding gender identity. Take to Twitter after a screening of “Catfish,” and you see the same kind of mistakes, such as pronoun issues; the only difference is the frequent use of derogatory terms. It is not a coincidence that the most viewed episode is one of the two episodes with a transgender person. People love to gawk, and MTV encourages it by presenting material that does not educate, but rather makes the popular mistake of perpetuating ignorance. Even as they renew it for a second season, MTV should seriously consider getting one of the brains behind “Catfish” enrolled in a Queer Studies course. Spaight is a junior journalism major and Staff Writer for The Spectator.
OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent
OPINION/EDITORIAL Thursday, March 28
Arizona strikes out on immigration policy Racial profiling is humiliating and hurting our country
Andy Hildebrand SPORTS EDITOR
I like to think that as a society, we’ve come a long way. We’re better than we used to be. We’re more tolerant. We’re better educated. Technology has made society a global community by bringing communication and culture to our fingertips. On most days, I believe all of this to be true. Every once in a while though, I see something or I hear something that forces me to recalibrate. It forces me to take a step back and open my eyes wide with disbelief. I had one of those moments the other day while sitting at my desk, scanning the web and procrastinating another interview. I’m a baseball guy. Because I’m a baseball guy, every year around this time I spend every extra moment I have scouring the web for spring training box scores and injury reports. Teams spend the month of March in one of two warm weather destinations. They’re either prepping in the Grapefruit League in Florida, or the Cactus League in Arizona. On this particular day, a simple search for Cactus League coverage to a feature written by Grantland. com’s Bryan Curtis that was much more than batting averages and bullpens. It was a story about the most American of games, the infamous Sheriff Joe of Maricopa County, Arizona and SB1070. Today, more than 25 percent of baseball players are Latino. That means every spring, when half of the major league clubs descend on the greater Phoenix area, a very large number of Latinos are suddenly transplanted into the area. However, the problem isn’t limited to
baseball players. SB1070 is an anti-illegal immigration act that among other things, allows law enforcement in Arizona to take into custody anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” is an illegal alien. That means Latinos. There’s a historical parallel that I immediately drew from this, but first, let’s examine this a little further.
“ When did this country become so against immigration? We were founded on it.” If a Latino man has a tail light out and is pulled over and doesn’t have his green card or passport on his immediate person, he can legally be jailed and investigated. Not only is that completely ridiculous, but incredibly racist. A big reason this story gets national press is because of the Major League Baseball players who need to double check they have their green card whenever they go down to the corner for a carton of milk. In his article, Curtis made a good point. There aren’t any Canadian players carrying around their paperwork, and it’s because they don’t speak with a Spanish accent. This is an inexcusable attitude. During World War II, the Nazis made the Jews wear special patches on their clothes so they could easily be identified. Arizona policy apparently do not need patches though. They simply think skin color is a pretty accurate indicator of person’s citizenship in this country. The poster child for SB1070 is
Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He’s world famous for his tough stance on law enforcement and strongly supports the “reasonable suspicion” approach. That’s not all though. Arpaio reinstated chain gangs to the prison system. He constructed tent cities for inmates where temperatures in the summer were said to have reached 145 degrees. Inmates shoes were melting because it was so hot. He forces every inmate to wear pink underwear as a tactic of humiliation. And oh yeah, he enlists posses to help deputies enforce immigration law. When did this country become so against immigration? We were founded on it. It’s our identity. It’s one of our most defining and redeeming qualities. Policy like that which is implemented in Arizona is unacceptable and isn’t part of the America that I’m proud to be a part of. It’s embarrassing. I’m humiliated to know that racial profiling like this is going on in the country I call home. If I’m a Latino player in Major League Baseball, I’m boycotting games until policy like this is abolished, or Spring Training is moved from Arizona. It’s been 66 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. In 2013, minorities are still being treated like second class citizens in places around the country. We may consider our society more civilized than it has ever been, but as long as encroachments like these on a person’s rights still exist, there will always be work to do.
Hildebrand is a senior journalism major and Sports Editor of The Spectator
STUDENT LIFE STUDENT LIFE EDITOR: Steve Fruehauf
Thursday, March 28
GRAPHIC BY TYLER TRONSON
Steve Fruehauf COPY EDITOR
The smooth jazz of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, amongst other greats, ruled the music scene of New York’s 52nd street for almost all of the 1940’s. Fans could walk from Jimmy Ryan’s to The Downbeat to The Spotlight and potentially see all of these famous artists perform in the same night. But with any era comes an end. While these artists may be gone, their music still continues to be played even today. This coming April 5-7, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival will be celebrating these musicians with various musical performances, a remake of the famed 52nd street and a film about the rise of the genre. While the festival deals largely with musical appreciation, it’s also an opportunity for aspiring students to grow as musicians. Every year, the festival incorporates numerous college, high school and middle school band performances.
Throughout the three-day event, every group will compete against other schools in the area in hopes of receiving awards and honors. Along with that, there will be numerous clinics in the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Any aspiring musicians or interested community members may attend. The clinics vary from “Latin Instruments and Music,” “Rhythm: Get the Groove,” “Advanced Improvisation” to many more. Director of Jazz Studies at Eau Claire and Artistic Director of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival Robert Baca said the event is one of the oldest and largest jazz festivals in the nation. Along with student performances, Baca said the festival is having a couple special guests as well. “There are performances by jazz artists as well our two main stage artists,” Baca said. “Those this year are Claudio Roditi. He is a Brazilian trumpet player most known for being in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations All-Star Band. The other is an Eau Claire, not Eau Claire, but Eau Claire alum Geoffrey Keezer, who is
JAZZ UP THE PLACE: Trumpet player Claudio Roditi is one of the guest musicians featured at the upcoming Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Roditi will perform with the Eau Claire Ensemble I.
a professional pianist.” Both performers will be playing with the Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I at 7:30 p.m. on the festival’s opening night April 5 at Eau Claire Memorial High School. They will also perform with the ensemble at 7 p.m. on April 6 at the same location. The Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I has received the Down Beat Magazine "Best College Big Band" Award five out of the last eight years. Along with that, they have had two CD recordings nominated for a Grammy Award. They will be putting out a new CD that will be released at the jazz festival. For the CD, they recorded a 52-minute Duke Ellington piece, the longest the artist has created. It was created in 1943 and since then the Eau Claire ensemble is the only other band to record it. “One other thing was last year we were asked to do a CD for Stan Kenton’s one hundredth birthday,” Baca said. “That received national, critical acclaim as well. So those are the two newest things we’re doing.” Along with that, Keezer has prepared an original song he will unveil at the festival. The piece, titled “Old Guys Surrender the Juke Box,” was written in collaboration with Eau Claire alum and New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Perry. It will be narrated by Perry, accompanied by Keezer on the piano, and performed by the Big Band with the Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I during both headliner concerts on April 5 and 6 at Eau Claire Memorial High School. Starting at 5 p.m. April 5, the 52nd street revitalization will begin as well. Anyone interested in taking in the 1940’s New York replica can do so by heading down to Barstow Street. There, six different clubs will take on a vintage look as numerous groups perform historical jazz greats. The Mousetrap, The Ramada Inn/ Jewel of India and Pizza Plus are amongst the few that will be transformed. Music will be played from 10 to 11:30 p.m., but the block will have events going on
until 2 a.m. Then, any moviegoers interested in learning more about the genre can view Director Ken Burns documentary miniseries “Jazz” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 in the Woodland Theater in the Davies Center. The 10-part series covers the growth and development of the art form spanning all around the nation. One Eau Claire student that will be participating in the event’s festivities is junior William Beckfield. He went to high school in Eau Claire and performed in the festival all four years. His band won the competition twice and he specifically won an outstanding soloist award twice for drumming. Beckfield said he stayed involved with the festival because of his love of jazz music especially. He still continues to watch his high school band play every year. “When I was in high school, it was really exciting to be able to perform and go against all of these high school from not just Wisconsin but Minnesota and sometimes Illinois,” Beckfield said. “Then you had all of these national acts like people who we would actually listen to in class and hear about and we’d actually go see them and go to a clinic and learn from them.” In high school, his band would prepare about three months in advance. But even with time in class, Beckfield said it wasn’t enough. He said most of the musicians would practice more out of class. He said it is the same kind of feel now performing at the festival in college. But it is not just students directly involved with music that are involved with the event. Festival Director Alexa Deacon said there are numerous student business interns that are very involved with the publicizing of the festival. She said they begin working on the event approximately a year in advance. Deacon said interns are expected to work at least two hours a day but since it’s so close to the event’s date, it’s more realistic for them to be working around five hours. Among other things, they an-
JAZZ FINGERS: Pianist Geoffrey Keezer will perform an original piece at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.
swer phones, work with directors, work with marketing and public relations, create graphics and help with logistics. Anyone interested in becoming an intern can apply through the website eauclairejazz.com. Deacon said they don’t often turn people down. She said they want to give as many people the opportunity to be involved with the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. “What we look for is that everyone who attends can gain a positive experience and have a little more knowledge on jazz music and become a fan of jazz music,” Deacon said. “That’s what the festival is all about. It’s educational and it’s supposed to be inspirational and supposed to entertain you as well. It’ll be a show that you’ll never forget.”