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VOL. 91, NO. 14

FALL 2012

Thursday, Dec. 13



With more than a foot of snow on the ground, The Spectator is all snowed out this week. Check out these snowy stories: How the university deals with so much snow >> NEWS page 4

Excellent tips for last-minute holiday shopping

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Snapshots of campus after the snowstorm >> STUDENT LIFE page 15


NEWS FOLLOWING IT UP Anti-Hmong remarks spark culture discussion




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Freshman wrestler is 12-5 this year with the team’s most wins

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Should baseball really be our national pastime?

Staffer Mike Jacobs took photos after the intense snowstorm

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The affects of Chipotle on students, businesses Tyler Hart

OP / ED EDITOR After weeks of hype and a busy opening weekend, Chipotle Mexican Grill is finally settling into Eau Claire’s south side. The restaurant, located next to Oakwood Mall, has drawn large crowds every afternoon and evening since its opening last week, said Marshal Carver, a junior English major who has been there three times. Carver was fine with the half hour wait when he purchased a burrito last week, and said he prefers Chipotle over other options, like Burrachos Mexican Grill. “I’m biased because I grew up with it,” Carver said. “We didn’t have Burrachos in Minnesota.” With over 1,200 locations worldwide, the popular chain has opened its doors in Eau Claire. Chipotle is considered a “fast casual” dining experience, meaning they make all of their food to order, but they are still quicker than the average cookto-order restaurant. An important aspect of Chipotle’s business plan is their mission statement. They make


WARM UP WITH A BURRITO: Chipotle Mexican Grill opened next to the Oakwood Mall last week bringing with it organic ingredients and plenty of competition for Burrachos Mexican Grill.

sure that their meat is 100 percent naturally raised, and they acquire organic vegetables as often as possible, according to their web site. Shaina Weatherhead, a junior mass communication advertising major, said that is the reason she started eating there in the first place. “I think that’s a great business ploy, and it got me there when I first heard of it,” Weatherhead said. Junior Madison Clinton had similar sentiments. “That’s the reason I got into (Chipotle),” Clinton said. She also said that it can be pricey, but it’s worth the splurge.

But some people aren’t all about the mission statement. Carver said he’s not particularly affected by the all-natural approach, but he loves the food. “I’m full after ten bucks and I’m happy about that,” said Carver, whose favorite item on the menu is a barbacoa burrito with double meat. Chipotle’s main competitor in Eau Claire, Burrachos, has two locations. One is on the south side of town near Chipotle, and the other is on Water Street. Weatherhead thought that Chipotle would draw a lot of business away from the south side Burrachos. “When people think of a bur-

rito, they will be thinking about Chipotle and not Burrachos,” Weatherhead said. As a matter of fact, after its opening, Chipotle actually ran out of meat because demand for the burritos was so high, said Weatherhead. Clinton agreed that it would hurt south side business, but she thinks that the Water Street Burracho’s will be fine. “(Chipotle) will hurt Burracho’s for now, but not in the long run,” Clinton said. “People are all going out there to check it out, but once they realize how far away it is they’ll be going back to Burracho’s.”


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Thursday, December 13

Campus community discusses racism

Meeting addressed racially insensitive signs in Towers Hall The typical definition, people believe, of racHaley Zblewski “If this poster works, if ism doesn’t grasp the idea that it exists to give CURRENTS EDITOR white people power. Shih said it is typically bethe author is able to perlieved, and taught by families, schools and the Towers Hall RAs and residents as well as suade you to agree with those media that racism is a feeling of hate that is other members of the UW-Eau Claire communifrom one person or group to another ty gathered Wednesday night in the Towers Hall points, those authors dictate expressed person or group. Commons room for a discussion about racism DePouw, who is also faculty advisor for the and white privilege. how groups would relate to Hmong Student Association, said another issue The event was in response to the racially inwhere we can see the system of racism in place sensitive signs posted in a women’s bathroom on one another on the floor.” in our society and in the poster from Towers is the Hmong Culture Living Learning Community of Towers Hall North. Christin DePouw, assistant professor of education studies, and David Shih, associate professor of English, spoke about issues of race and racism in a presentation called Race and Racism: A Discussion. Shih, who teaches both English classes and classes about race, told the audience of over 70 people that there needs to be a consensus about what racism is in order to have productive conversation about it. “Racism is system of advantage based on race,” Shih said, “and in our country this system of advantage elevates white people to the top of the hierarchy and has other people of color below white people.”


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Shih said that we can understand the racism of the signs posted in Towers Hall by understanding it is a way to give white people power. One sign said “Problems with this floor: You have meetings for Hmong only. You take ‘Hmong pictures’ at wing events… do you see us whites taking ‘American’ pictures. No!” “If this poster works, if the author is able to persuade you to agree with those points, those authors dictate how groups would relate to one another on the floor,” Shih said. “Hmong wouldn’t be able to meet together in groups.”

in language coding. “If I say ‘urban student’ you know what I’m implying,” she said. “I’m not overtly naming a race, but implies it. How many of you thought of an African American or a Latino person? That’s because we’re all in on the code, we’ve all been socialized on these ideas.” The sign in the Towers bathroom said, “You make your stinky food on our floor… Yuck!” DePouw said comments about who’s American and who’s not; whose food smells good and whose food doesn’t smell good, are all loaded ways of speaking. “We all know who’s being referred to, that these stereotypes are attached to certain groups.”


Empowerment Summit encourages improvements throughout Eau Claire Rita Fay

STAFF WRITER A local organization is attempting to improve the community by empowering and engaging local citizens. Clear Vision is a local organization, created in 2007. The goal of the organization is to increase civic engagement and awareness so that citizens can work together to move the community forward. Clear Vision has a board made up of Eau Claire citizens from various careers and backgrounds. Board member and UW-Eau Claire Professor Donald Mowry said they want their board to be diverse and inclusive. This past fall Clear Vision held an event called the Empowerment Summit which encouraged citizens to come forward with any improvements they thought Eau Claire could benefit from. Board member Ann Schell said every community, including Eau Claire, is in need of some improvement. “These are issues that bubble up from the public,” Schell said. “They are empowered to solve the problems so everyone isn’t going to the government saying ‘solve my problems’.”

Members of the general public were invited to attend the summit. They were encouraged to express what they thought were the problems with the community. There were over 70 issues brought up and those issues were then grouped into similar interests. The groups were self-selected based on interest. Board member and retired school principal, David Morley, said the most important part of this

Some of the problems identified included education, environment, quality of life and sustainability. The groups that were created are now on their own to find solutions to the problems. The groups are just beginning their solution process by working through the Clear Vision process and getting to know one another. Morley is working to improve the education provided for after

year. The Summit for this year is finished. However, people interested in being involved can go to the website, and find an issue they may be interested in. “I’m guessing there will probably be some successes and there will probably be some failures, or some that didn’t go exactly the way we thought they might,” Morley said. “That’s OK too. We can learn through some stumbles and we can learn through some successes.” Clear Vision’s process has already seen some success in the past. Mowry said the recent Confluence Project has a Clear Vision tie to it. The Clear Vision process included a lot of one on one meetings, focus groups, and gathering of community opinions, all of which helped develop the implementation of the Confluence Project. Morley said they are not looking to give any hand-outs with this project. “What we’re trying to do is create situations that would be more like a hand-up,” Morley said. “We’re trying to improve things and we expect people to step forward and work with us. In the long run I think we’ll have great success and people will feel good about that.”

“People in this community are civic minded and always willing to become engaged in projects and programs that help their neighbor.” DAVID MORLEY

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process is the civic engagement. “I think Eau Claire is a wonderful community,” Morley said. “People in this community are civic minded and always willing to become engaged in projects and programs that help their neighbor.” The summit included four separate meetings that took place in October and November. After the initial meeting where citizens identified problems, the following meetings focused on narrowing down the problems. Eight problems were identified and eight groups were created.

school programs. Mowry said other groups have invested their time to improve pedestrian safety. Others have formed to make a bike map for the city. “The empowerment summit was what we hoped to do on a fairly regular basis to bring more people into the process, to teach them the skills and then have them identify what they are interested in and then self-select into groups and actually accomplish social actions.” Mowry said. Clear Vision hopes to have an Empowerment Summit every



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Foster Gallery “Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition” Eight UW-Eau Claire Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates will display their work in the exhibition. Exhibited works will include photography, oil paintings, sculpture and water color. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Fri. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. – Sat. – Sun. Haas Fine Arts Center

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Thursday, December 13

Oh, the weather outside is frightful University Grounds Crew deals with Sunday’s snowfall, the first of the year

FIJI’s Dunk-a-thon raises money for American Red Cross trying to get over the $2,000 mark. “Last year it was like $400 (they raised),” Lindner said. “Hopefully we The fourth annual Phi Gamma raised a little higher than that. People Delta — Epsilon Chi (FIJI) Dunkwere just really generous this year, bea-thon took place on from 10 a.m. ing in front of Hibbard.” to 3 p.m. Wednesday on campus. Junior Marin Beaupré said she The traditional fundraiser is for the participated in the event because all American Red Cross. the money is donated to the American To dunk one of the FIJI members Red Cross and to see the men fall into was $1 for one ball and $2 for three. the water. If you were feeling extra generous, the “What is better than watching all men would even let you just hit the the men of FIJI freezing their butts button for $5. off?” Beaupré said. Senior Curtis Matton, a FIJI memWith big snow storm hitting Eau ber said normally the American Red Claire Sunday, the men participatCross is at the ing were in for event handing out a colder splash hot chocolate and than originally encouraging parexpected. ticipants, but they Freshman are still helping Jay Hunt was with Hurricane one of the memSandy relief. bers to be dunked Junior memduring the dunkber Jordan Linda-thon. ner said they “It’s realMARIN BEAUPRÉ didn’t have a lull ly cold at first,” Junior in donations, Hunt said. “But though, because actually the wathe money is still ter is a little bit going to a good cause. This year, the men warmer than the air so it’s better to stay gave away prizes as incentive to donate in the water.” more money and to create more fun. Lindner said he was dunked five “We went to a bunch of businessor six times and most of the men ales and they gave us a gift certificates most wanted to stay in the water beto give out to people,” Lindner said. cause it was so warm. “We had a sponsors banner next to the “We take shifts so people don’t get dunk tank too to show their support.” sick, but also there is lag time,” LindLindner said they got the prizes ner said. “Usually classes get out or and certificates to give incentive for get in at the 15, 30 mark and then at people to donate money for the Amerithe 50 mark, so there is only about 10 can Red Cross. minutes of busyness.” FIJI was uncertain of the total Matton said that this past amount of money raised because it weekend of snow was more than needs to get counted by the Amerthey expected. ican Red Cross but they have high “We were hoping we would get expectations. Matton said before the some snow — not 14 inches,” Matton said, “But some snow to help out with event they had raised $1,400 in the the sympathy effect.” past three years. This year they were

Martha Landry

Zack Katz

STAFF WRITER Last weekend, students wondering when the snow would finally fall got their answer — but some might have received more than they hoped for. After an unusually warm November, there was speculation as to whether or not Eau Claire would be having snow for the holidays. As of Saturday, however, winter decided to show. When the snow starts falling, the spotlight lands on Grounds Manager Randy Palmer and his crew. Palmer said the first major snowfall of the season came more abruptly than they’re used to. “Usually we don’t have this big of a snowfall for our first real go-around,” Palmer said. “Historically we only begin with a couple inches.” Generally, snow plowing is directed by Palmer, but he waits for a ‘go’ from the police department before beginning. “We’re just kind of re-vamping our snow removal policy,” Palmer said. “Once we get a half-inch of snow on the sidewalks, or we feel it’s slippery, we get starting with the program.” The grounds crew generally concentrates their efforts towards campus’ most popular areas — both of which happen to be the most dangerous for walking in the winter. “The hill is definitely our number one hot spot, it makes up for a whole lot of other problems as well,” Palmer said. “But the footbridge is probably a close second for us.”




Because of the amount of precipitation coming from the river, Palmer said a lot of ice accumulates on those areas in the winter. Unfortunately, those also happen to be the most frequented areas on campus, which leads to a number of falls. Freshman Kevin Stock considers the amount of ice on sidewalks around campus a real issue. “I almost fell two times in a row just between classes,” Stock said. “Even after plowing and salting happens there’s still ice and I feel like a lot of people are falling.” Chelsea Bossell, another freshman, also saw a problem with the slick sidewalks and roads on campus. “I haven’t actually fallen yet, but I have a feeling I will,” Bossell said. “Maybe funding should be increased for the snow removal program, just so that there’s a more active watch on the ice.”

Although there is still quite a bit of unavoidable ice on campus, Palmer and his crew are at work at all hours of the day to keep the ice down to a minimum. “Starting Saturday, I had people come in around noon until five or so, and the whole crew was back in at midnight to plow, as well as Monday morning at around 4 (a.m.),” Palmer said. “So really, these guys don’t get much of a weekend with all of this work.” Terry Classen, director of Facilities Management, said the grounds crew’s efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed. “I’m definitely proud of our grounds peoples’ work,” Classen said. “They sacrifice sleep and family to do what they did on a day like Sunday.” As for the rest of the winter, Palmer and his crew will stay hard at work keeping the sidewalks plowed and the ice to a minimum.


REALLY FROSTY: Following Sunday’s snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on Eau Claire, someone built a snowman holding paintbrushes outside of Haas Fine Arts Center.

“What is better than watching all the men of FIJI freezing their butts off?”

MARTHA LANDRY / The Spectator

PRE-DUNK: FIJI members waited patiently to be dunked in cold water in front of Zorn Arena Wednesday. The proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

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Thursday, December 13

December Grads reflect on what’s next “Well, I have an internship set up at Disney World, so I am really excited for that, and the jobs that I have applied to have been responding to me.” Julia Cederbald, Psychology

Emily Albrent


With graduation a little more than a week away, students are starting to see that their future — which once seemed so far away — is now within reach. The job search will begin, meaning planning for a life outside of college. How will these students feel when all they have learned over these college years is now being put to the test in the ‘real word.’

“I’m looking forward to finally being done with school, the job that I will be starting in February and taking some time off to go on a trip to Asia that I’ve planned with a friend.” Jade Schantzen, Finance “I am excited to just be done with school and not have homework, but I think I am going to struggle a little bit just because school has been my identity since I was five.” Rosalynn Shown, Advertising “I think it’s exciting to be taking the next step in our lives and moving into adulthood.”

“I’m really excited to start planning my wedding because I have been holding it off until graduation just because it’s stressful planning a wedding while going to school.” Kortney Holbrook, Broadcast Journalism

“Sitting still for a bit. It will be nice to have some time to figure things out without a lot of deadlines.” Alaina Sullivan, English Literature

“I think I am most excited for a new chapter of life, I had an amazing past three and a half years here at Eau Claire I think I am going to miss it a lot, I am excited for a new start.”


CHIEF COPY EDITOR The debate over the bill in support of a referendum to eliminate student court and giving its responsibilities back to Student Senate’s proved to be the longest and most heated of the semester. The debate ended more than an hour after the bill’s passage by a roll call vote of 24-6. With its passage, there will be not only this but another referendum — also passed at this meeting — set for the spring 2013 Student Senate elections. The debated referendum will allow students to decide whether the university should keep the Student Court, or if it should be eliminated and its powers given back to Senate. There were several motions that were voted on before the bill was voted on as a whole. It included an amendment to the proposed amendment of the bill. This led to Sen. Sam Milewsky describing it as “Amendment Inception” during discussion. The complex nature of the debate led to a standstill at several points while senate execu-

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Why do you have that man’s driver’s license? Saturday, Dec. 1 At around 3:03 a.m., an officer was contacted by a woman working the front desk at one of the residence halls, who received an anonymous complaint that there was a person seen walking around the building and looking into the windows. While driving over to the building, the officer spotted a woman running. She continued to run past the main entrance and toward the parking lot. After driving into the parking lot, the officer saw a man leaning up against a door to the building. When the officer approached with the man, his eyes were glossy and “smelled of intoxicants.” The officer escorted them inside. The woman then said that she was running because her friend, the man leaning up against the building, would be waiting to get inside and she was coming from the other side of campus. The man said that he had been walking around the building. The man showed the officer his driver’s license, but upon doing so revealed to the officer that he was carrying the driver’s license for his friend that lived in Eau Claire. The man said he wasn’t using it to get into bars but admitted to having alcohol. He was underage. The Eau Claire man was given no ticket, but has had prior history with the UW-Eau Claire Police Department.

Benjamin Robertson, Special Education

Jarell Larson, Nursing

Extensive debate ends Student Senate’s fall semester


tives were forced to discuss proper parliamentary procedure before continuing further. Freshman Sen. Jake Wrasse, who was appointed to Senate just the week before, voiced concerns with the bill but ultimately voted in favor of it. “I was most worried that the bill was vague in the way that it would address how, if we got rid of student court, that process would continue,” Wrasse said. Wrasse and other senators were worried about potential conflicts of interest if the judicial powers were reinstated to Student Senate. Upon elimination of the court, the Internal Affairs Commission would then take over the responsibilities of any contentions with the Student Body Constitution and ensuring fair elections were held, according to the bill. The Student Court was created in reaction to a previous election, Information Technology Commission Director Ben Streeter said during the debate, in which online voting was allowed and there was a contentious president/vice president race. “It was a closely elected ticket for president and vice president, and it ended up being very closely lost,” he said. “Some people were saying

that others had cheated.” The Student Court was set in place in case a close election was to happen again. But the court has not really functioned, nor has it heard virtually any cases after its formation, according to Vice President Patrick Martin. This fact is the reason Sen. Christian Paese said he was in favor putting the referendum forward. “I see this more as an efficiency standpoint,” Paese said. “I think any organization … should be efficient. We (senators) are working for our students and we need to make sure that we are able to respond rapidly.” There was a motion to table the bill to allow further discussion, which was voted down by placard vote, 13-16. Those who voted in favor of tabling argued there was not enough known about the court and that there should be more discussion, while those who voted against tabling it were worried that if the referendum was tabled that it would not be addressed in a timely fashion. This Dec. 10 meeting marks the end of Student Senate meetings for the Fall 2012 semester. Things will get picked back up, including voting on the Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition budget, next spring.

Defrost and found Wednesday, Dec. 5 At approximately 8:58 a.m., two officers were traveling on Clairemont Avenue and saw a Ford Taurus in the center lane that had a windshield completely covered with frost and it appeared that there was “no attempt to remove this frost has been attempted.” After crossing the Chippewa River, the driver of the vehicle turned on the windshield wipers and then merged into the far left lane. The driver merged into the left turn lane and hit the curb and failed to yield to the right of way to a vehicle that was traveling westbound. The officers then pulled the man over. When talking to the man, he admitted he could not see well outside the window, he was in a hurry to get to class and did not try to clear the windows. He was given a ticket for operating a motor vehicle with unclean windows.

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SPORTS EDITOR: David Heiling


Thursday, December 13

Men’s hockey splits series

Two points out of first place

After starting off the season 100-1, team drops second game in series for second straight week

Women’s hockey sweeps Marian Ryan Spoehr COPY EDITOR

For the majority of the first semester, the UW-Eau Claire Men's Hockey team stole many of the headlines on campus as they have risen to a no. 3 national rank. However, heading into winter break, they may not be the only hockey team on campus worth talking about around the water cooler in Eau Claire. Over the weekend the women's hockey team swept a two game series against Marian University (Fond Du Lac) to improve 5-5-2 and 5-3-2 in the National Collegiate Hockey Association, giving them a six game unbeaten streak. Marian, a team that hasn't won since Nov. 10, came into the series 3-4-2. “I think the most important thing is when not playing the upper echelon teams, the key is not playing down,” said Mike Collins, Women's Hockey head coach. “(Marian) is not a great team, they are improved, but just playing our game is important and we definitely accomplished that.” With the series sweep, the team now has 12 points in the standings going into the break. That point total is good for a two-way tie for third in conference and just two points behind conference-leading Adrian College (Minn.) and UW-River Falls, who are ranked 10th and sixth respectively in this week's national Div. III poll. Eau Claire was not in the top 10, but did receive a vote in the poll. “As a team we are thrilled to be in the spot we are at in the rankings,” said sophomore guard Sam Knutson. “It proves to us that our hard work really is paying off.” Knutson had her part in the series against Marian. She scored a power play goal with just more than 10 minutes to go in the second period of game 1 on Saturday to break a 1-1 tie, her third consecutive game with a point. Knutson said that in the last few weeks of practice, the team has been working on several things, including getting shots off and getting people to the opposing nets for rebounds. She said that has helped her in improving her presence on the ice. “With the drills (Collins) incorporates into practice, it made me realize how important it is to get to open ice and take advantage of any opportunity I can to get a shot off,” Knutson said. “So I've tried to be more aware of open space and open lanes to the net.” In game one, the Blugolds got off to a one-goal lead off a goal at 9:51 in the first period by Ashley Baugher, a freshman forward, and was assisted by Taylor Bowker, also a freshman forward. That lead soon evaporated when Kristen Skubic, a sophomore forward and defender. After Knutson's goal to make it 2-1, which was assisted by Emily Larson and Nikki Kothenbeutel, Megan Sesing-Gomoll, a senior defender tied it back up with an unassisted goal in the second. In the third, Amanda Kane scored an unassisted goal at 1:35 in the period to take the 3-2 lead, which proved to be the game-winning goal as the Blugolds won 3-2. In game two, Kane picked up right where she left off with a goal at 13:03 in the first period, assisted by seniore defender Katie Ward. This would set the tone for what would be a one-sided game for the most part. The Blugolds would add one more goal in the first when Nikki Kothenbeutel scored after being assisted by Hadley Cookson and Andi Husted. In the third, Emily Larson scored two goals, one assisted by Casey McMullen and one unassisted on an empty net to top off the 4-1 win with less than two minutes to go. Starting in goal in both games was freshman Kim Van Brunt. These were her first two starts of the year, giving up three goals n the entire series. Paige Turner, who had started the previous four games in the Blugolds unbeaten streak, was out due to a concussion. Mara Stormer, the other backup goalie for Eau Claire, was out due to the flu.




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HIGH EXPECTATIONS Women’s gymnastics team have big, but reachable goals Martha Landry NEWS EDITOR

After qualifying for Nationals last season, the UW-Eau Claire Women's Gymnastic team have set their goals a bit higher. Senior Danielle Schulzetenberg, an all-around competitor, said the Blugolds are going to make it to Nationals and compete to win. “Team goal is to make it to Nationals as a team and then don’t just stop,” Schulzetenberg said. “We want to go top four spots at Nationals.” Last season the women qualified for Nationals for the first time since Coach Jean DeLisle could remember. In the 2010-2011 season, the Blugolds hosted Nationals, giving them an automatic bid. Coming off of last season, Schulzetenberg said the women are feeling more excitement than pressure. Eau Claire brought in five new freshman and DeLisle said with these new competitors, they should have a better team than last year. Freshman Kellie Dougherty is in her first year of university gymnastics. She said the energy level and dedication to the team is stronger at Eau Claire than during high school. University gymnastics is fun, Dougherty said, which is important to her as an athlete. “I want to have fun because I’m not a fan of competing very much,” Dougherty said. “I just want to go out there and hit my routines. I don’t have a goal of a set score because I don’t control those.” Even with all of the new talent on the team, the Blugolds are still having

some struggles. The women have lost two athletes, senior RachelAnn Anderson and freshman Leah Robinette. to season-ending injuries already this season. DeLisle isn’t worried about it effecting the team’s success because the women are still very dedicated to the team and are always in the gym encouraging the team to do better. The first meet is on Jan. 5, but the women have recently have started perfecting their routines and working on the small things. “It’s one of those sports where you can’t really take time off because you lose that spatial awareness so easily and that muscle memory is so critical,” DeLisle said. The women’s gymnastics team is reflecting Eau Claire’s university motto: Excellence. Our measure, our motto, our goal. Eau Claire has heard talk that they are the team to beat this season but they aren’t letting themselves get too caught up in the excitement. “I try to keep myself in check and think to literally take it one day, one week at a time,” DeLisle said. “I try to not get caught up in the ‘this could be our season.’” DeLisle said it won’t be until the third or fourth week of competition until they know how the rest of the conference is. “We know we have to prove we are going to be the team to beat,” Schulzetenberg said. “We know that if we don’t put in the practice, we definitely aren’t going to be the team to beat.”

UW-Eau Claire’s men’s hockey team was focused on getting back on track after facing their first loss of the season. They pulled through the weekend with one win and one loss, after a tough battle against UW-River Falls. On Friday’s game at River Falls, the Blugolds won 5-1 against the Falcons even though the first two period were a bit of a battle between the two teams. The Blugolds started off the scoring the first goal of the night in the first period. The Blugolds and Falcons had a relatively even battle through the second period. Eau Claire’s Chris Heineman, a sophomore defenseman scored the second goal of the evening, and River Falls answered about five minutes later. Head coach Matt Loen said it was a good game overall. “We generated a lot of chances on the power play and (the Falcons’) goalie came up big with some big saves, and we just took it to a whole ‘nother level in the third period,” Loen said. But in the third, the Blugolds netted three goals, the first of which was scored by senior forward Andrew McCabe, and the second 24 seconds later by senior forward Isaiah Bennis. Junior forward Brian Nehring swept away the game with the last goal of the night at less than three minutes left on the clock. Senior goalie Brandon Stephenson said River Falls is a better team than their record shows and they kept him on his toes. “It was actually really close in those first and second periods, a lot closer than the score would say,” he said. “As a goalie, it’s great because it keeps you in the game, I felt like we fought really well, and then just took it away in the third.” Stephenson said the team has been working to improve their defense the past couple weeks. “At the beginning of the year, it was definitely not strong, we weren’t doing the small things it takes to win a hockey game,” he said. “As a goalie it’s always great to have guys helping out around the net.” He said the team has been working on developing more of a team defense rather than just placing it all on the defensemen. Saturday night, however, the Blugolds fell 2-1. Loen said he thought the men lost sight of the game. “We were kind of lax,” he said. “I don’t know if we were satisfied with our Friday win and just came out and thought that we could kind of take a night off and still win. I think that’s something we need to discuss in the second half (of the season).” The Falcons scored the first goal of the night in the first period. The Blugolds struggled to find the back of the net until 6:57 in the second period, taking advantage of a power play. The Falcons broke the tie at 7 minutes into the third period, securing their win for the night. Loen said the team is looking forward to taking a couple of weeks off for finals and winter break before heading back out onto the ice for practice on Dec. 27.



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NOT YOUR NORMAL FRESHMAN Wrestler Nathaniel Behnke sets his sights on Nationals after mid-season 8-game winning streak Chris Reinoos NEWS EDITOR

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ON THE MAT: Freshman wrestler Nathaniel Behnke (top) takes down UW-Platteville’s Mason Bohm (bottom) Saturday afternoon in Eau Claire at the McPhee Physical Education Center. Behnke won the match by major decision 12-2.


Coming into the wrestling season, Nathaniel Behnke kept his individual goals modest. “My first goal was I didn’t want to go under .500, and over the year I just wanted to have fun,” Behnke said. Judging by his recent stretch of victories, he has been taking both goals seriously. Behnke (12-5), a freshman from the small town of Bruce, Wis., recently won eight matches in a row after starting the season 4-4, including five pinfall victories during that stretch. He had his winning streak snapped Tuesday in a loss to UW-La Crosse’s Adam Sheley. Behnke, who said he has been wrestling since he was in kindergarten, said he did not know what to expect coming to UW-Eau Claire and competing at the collegiate level. But he did have some familiar faces around him to make the transition easier. Behnke’s twin brother Ryan, also a freshman wrestler, came to Eau Claire with him. Ryan Behnke is currently sidelined after having knee and shoulder surgery last season, but plans on returning next year and competing alongside his brother, pushing each other in what Ryan called a “friendly rivalry.” Nathaniel Behnke’s longtime coach Jeremy Peery serves as an assistant to Eau Claire Head Coach Jonathan Ames. Peery said he has coached Nathaniel Behnke since Behnke was 14. Peery said he noticed a difference in Nathaniel Behnke at an early age. “He had more of a drive than a lot of kids to succeed,” Peery said. “When other kids would be doing one pushup, he would be doing two or three. When kids would run a half-mile, he would run three quarters of a mile.” That work ethic has driven Behnke throughout his four years of high school and into his first collegiate season. He said he does not feel content with getting victories by decision and is constantly trying for pinfalls. Ryan Behnke, who said Nathaniel

is wrestling as well as he ever has, has noticed his brother being more aggressive on the mat and has a non-stop motor. Nathaniel Behnke said this newfound aggressiveness is part of his wrestling strategy. “I want to hammer these kids, just go out there and get the job done,” Nathaniel Behnke said. “I want to be the aggressor right away.” Junior and team captain Matt Rieckhoff said he was impressed with Nathaniel Behnke during preseason workouts and weight training. Rieckhoff also said Nathaniel Behnke has attempted to improve some part of his wrestling every day, and has brought a high level of enthusiasm to the team and has turned into a leader by example. “He’s also a kid that you can look to during practice and you know he’s going to be working hard.” Rieckhoff said. “That kind of drives others around him to step up their game and be working as hard as they can at all times.” After getting acclimated to the higher intensity and physicality of college wrestling, Nathaniel Behnke said his goals have become a bit loftier. He hopes to be a national qualifier by the end of the year, which will require a great showing at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in mid-February. Ames said Nathaniel Behnke’s potential is almost limitless, considering the success he has had this year as what Ames described as a “pretty green” competitor. “I think the sky’s the limit. He’s got the work ethic. He’s got the team behind him to really push him,” Ames said. “He can keep improving and surprise a lot of people in the conference and the country these next few years.” Peery also said he believes Nathaniel Behnke could eventually become a national contender if he continues to improve. Not bad for someone who just wanted to finish with more wins than losses.

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Blugolds taken down by Warhawks, Yellowjackets Fouls and lack of bench play hinder Eau Claire, still searching for first victory in conference play ball team, they are a very aggressive basketball team. I think they got COPY EDITOR some second-chance opportunities and that’s really what hurt us.” The Blugolds’ bench struggled Problems with offensive proficiency and fouling led to a 79-65 loss for the as well, only contributing four points UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team total in the game. Saturday against UW-Whitewater at Forward Stephen Hodgson Jr. Kachel Gym. With the win, athethscored the two bench points in the ird-ranked Warhawks team claimed first half and fellow forward Derek their seventh straight win. They are Baker scored the other two in the final currently undefeat20 minutes. ed on the season. Whitewater, Eau Claire on the other hand, s t r u g g l e d found success from in the game their non-starters. rebounding the On the night, their ball. In the first bench contributed half, the Waran additional 35 hawks recorded 10 points. But Blugold more boards than starting guard Lewthe Blugolds. They is Mau said the team finished with 44 as a whole should be compared to Eau accountable for the Claire’s 26 on the poor production. night. Of those “I don’t know additional 18 reif it was just the bounds, Whitewabench that strugter was able to put gled,” Mau said. up 31 more points “We struggled more in second-chance MAT SIVERLING as a team on makopportunities. Men’s basketball team head coach ing the extra pass Eau Claire and trying to hit our Head Coach Matt open shots. We realSiverling credited ly struggled shooting from the field.” Whitewater’s aggressiveness as a reaFouling was another issue for Eau son they performed so well. “They obviously outrebounded Claire. Whitewater sunk 29 of their 38 us on the offensive end,” Siverling free throws attempted. said. “They are a very athletic basketThe Blugold starters contribut-

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“They are a very athletic basketball team, they are a very aggressive basketball team. I think they got some second-chance opportunities and that really hurt us.”

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ROUGH WEEK: Eau Claire Freshman forward Ryan Tachick goes up for a lay-up against UW-Superior guard Brian Lindblom in the final minutes of their home game against UW-Superior Wednesday night. The Blugolds lost the game by a count of 75-53.

ed 16 fouls, four more than the Warhawks. Eau Claire’s bench players also added an additional 13 fouls to Whitewater’s two. Eau Claire forward Zac Womeldorf said he thinks the fouls were a result of his team’s dissatisfaction at times. “I think we were just getting a little physical,” Womeldorf said. “We had a lot of turnovers so we were getting a little bit frustrated. That sometimes leads to fouls and we get overaggres-

sive.” Even with the loss, Siverling found some positives from his team’s play. He said the Blugolds’ defensive play was good throughout and he said he was impressed that his team stuck around with a nationally ranked team until the end of the game. Eau Claire’s guard Jordan Petersen led the team with 17 points and four rebounds. Mau and forward Dustin Kalien were close behind

contributing 15 and 11 points respectively. As for Whitewater, bench player KJ Evans led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Starters Cody Odegaard and Eric Bryson finished with 14 and 11 points apiece. The team hosted the Yellowjackets of UW-Superior Wednesday night at Zorn Arena. The Blugolds lost the game 75-53. The loss dropped Eau Claire to 0-4 in conference play, tied for last, and 4-6 on the season.

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FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT Each week, a Spectator staff member gives you a heads-up on a few things you can test out over the weekend, from new movies to restaurants you may not have tried yet.

Don’t stress about holiday shopping. The Spectator’s Elizabeth Jackson and Amelia Kimball have got you covered with tips for shopping for the special people in your life.



Friends are really great to shop for; you can go crazy with quirky little presents. For an artistic friend head over to Etsy and pick up some amazing stickers, small paintings or photographs for reasonable prices. Your friend will love having a oneof-a-kind piece of artwork and you are supporting artists. For your friend(s) who love to drink coffee get them a “Laboratory Beaker Mug” from Think Geek. These look like actual beakers, only for your coffee. If your friend is seldom seen without a coffee cup in their hands, you should think of the “Laboratory Beaker Mug” with the chemical compound for caffeine painted on. -EJ

Grandma and Grandpa are hoping for some good gifts they can sit down and relax with. Every year Grandma knits the entire family some winterwear. This year, head out to Michael’s or Joann Fabrics and purchase some good quality, unusual yarn. Grandma won’t mind having some work to do — in fact, she’ll love it! Instead of getting Grandpa another book on baseball, get him The Medical Book: From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons, 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine or any other visual history/science/etc. book. It’ll keep him interested for weeks. For your grandparents weekly card night, buy them a deck of sturdy plastic cards. They won’t bend or tear, so playing will be super easy.. -EJ



Movie: The Hobbit Release Date: Dec. 14 Peter Jackson and friends return to Middle Earth for another go around, much to the delight of LOTR fan-boys everywhere. Expect this to be a much more light-hearted film than the previous series. It won’t take itself as serious as some will be anticipating. But for those who just want to experience another romp through the forest with hobbits, dwarves and elves, this shouldn’t disappoint.

Album: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors - Big Boi Release Date: Dec. 11


Sometimes they’re your worst enemies, but most of the time, you don’t know what you’d do without them. To find the perfect, college-budget gift for your siblings, follow these tips. 1) Inclusive gifts – one for all! This doesn’t appeal to everyone, but it’s often a fun and easy idea to get one gift for all of your siblings. If you have several brothers and sisters, this might be the perfect solution. I suggest getting them a boxed set of their favorite video series. You could do the same thing with a television show as well. Another great idea is to get them a game you can all play together. This is sure to bring some holiday fun and cheer to the home. 2) Simply cocoa A great idea for your siblings may also include mugs and cocoa. Pick out mugs for each of your siblings and put a packet of hot cocoa in each. Include a candy cane or a small packet of marshmallows. This can be fun and personal! Get mugs that represent each of your siblings, or find mugs with their name on it. It’ll be easy for them to get a lot of enjoyment out of your gift as they use their mugs for warm drinks throughout the holiday season. 3) Bake it up! If you like to bake or cook, the holiday season is a great time to let your talents shine and make great gifts at the same time. Try out fun new recipes. Make brownies, molasses cookies, fudge, peanut butter chocolate balls, etc. -AK

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Parents When it comes to parents any present you give to them is great. Case in point, the sculpture you made for them in third grade. Now that you’re grown, consider giving them a gift that is grown-up. If mom likes baking (or pretty things) consider getting her some cute and unique measuring spoons like the “Scoops of Flower” measuring spoons from ModCloth. Even if mom isn’t crazy about baking, she’ll still appreciate how it will liven up her kitchen. For dad, consider getting him a fancy meat and cheese tray. Gourmet cheeses and meats are getting easier to find in stores. Or, if you feel like saving some money, make dad some homemade summer sausage (recipes can be found online). This present may not last forever, but dad will still love it. -EJ

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The brilliance of Outkast is obviously well established. Let’s face it though, Andre 3000 was the one getting a lot of the creative credit. Since going their separate ways, Big Boi has shown that there’s more to him than a great beat. This latest album is a great example of just how experimental he’s getting. This album is a little erratic. I really dig “Lines” off the record, but it’s a little out there. The album has plenty of that classic Outkast feel with some of the newest sound out there today.

Out on DVD: Sleepwalk with Me Release Date: Dec. 18 It’s a true-ish story about a struggling stand up comedian who is frustrated with his stalling life. Oh yeah, he’s a chronic sleep walker too. It’s a smart comedy with some seriously great writers (including Ira Glass) pitching in. The cast is talented and well-suited for their roles.


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These games are for those that typically like more fast-paced, violent action in their games. They also like to spend a lot of time online and talk trash to other people over how good their K/D ratio is post-match. If you are certain your little brother is this kind of gamer — a good hint is if he sits in the dark in front of a flashing screen and constantly yells, “lag switch!” followed by several expletives — a shooter is an unmatched choice. Two good choices this year would be either Halo 4 or Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Both have great campaigns, and both have dedicated online communities. If the gamer likes more customized weapons and favors a run-and-gun style, go with Black Ops 2. If they like more of a shooter that’s all about utilizing armor abilities and choice movements, go with Halo 4. A good alternative to these two shooters that does not rely SUBMITTED heavily upon the multiplayer aspect is Borderlands 2. This game focuses on mission-oriented gameplay, and there are tons of different guns to experiment with.

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Everyone has a gamer in the family – for many this may include a sibling or significant other. And what’s not to like about video games? You can shoot aliens, play as your favorite basketball player, or even pick up rare alchemy ingredients from fallen foes. So, what if you do have that special someone hoping for a great new video game as a gift but you simply don’t know what to buy? The answer to this is no easy one. There is a vast array of choices you can make when purchasing a video game. The right choice all depends on your loved one’s preferences, and which genre fits those preferences.

Quality campaign modes are not dead in the gaming community. If your sister loves in-depth stories and intricate gameplay in her video games, then a good action/adventure game will undoubtedly fit her fancy. Assassin’s Creed 3 is the big action/adventure game of this holiday season. This game takes more thought and strategy rather than a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality. Players need to sneak around and plan their attacks a lot more. Another good gift possibility is Dishonored, a truly unique game. But beware: it is very dark and filled with bloody gameplay. Dishonored may not be for everyone, but for those who like gory games (they are honestly the best), then pick this one up.

Sports games are still no easy decision, but there are less layers to pick through when purchasing one for that sports fan gamer. Choosing may be as easy as knowing your girlfriend/boyfriend’s favorite sport: if they love football, then Madden 2013 would be an obvious choice. If they prefer basketball, then NBA 2K13 is the game they probably desire. This is not as simple as it seems. For example, there are many people out there that may not follow soccer too closely, yet are die-hard fans of the FIFA series.

Role playing games have the most detail and are often the most time-intensive games. Gamers who love to escape the world and play as another character they likely customized in an alternative universe are those that play these RPGs. A large sub-genre of the RPG is the MMORPG, or the massively multiplayer online role playing game. This would include, you guessed it, World of Warcraft. Speaking of WoW, the Mists of Pandaria expansion pack recently came out and received a lot of positive feedback after its release. If your gamer has not picked this up yet, it is a must-buy for the holidays. Guild Wars 2 is also a good choice. Released back in August, and if your lucky sibling does not have it yet, Guild Wars 2 could be a “if you like WoW, try this!” type of buy. The game does not even require a monthly subscription. This should provide you with a start to deciding which game best fits your beloved gamer this holiday season. With such variety it may be hard to tell, but there is the perfect game out there.





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UAC FILM: “WALL-E” Stuck in EC over break? Make it fun!

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With snow on the ground and the holiday season finally here, a classically heart-warming film from Disney is just the thing to enjoy during the cold month of December. From the outside, WALL-E appears to be a story about a robot. Slightly boring to watch an animated film about a tiny electronic that wheels his way around a desolate Earth. But from the very beginning, the movie captures the eye. This movie is gorgeous in terms of landscape. Because of the lack of interaction among living things, WALL-E is just continuing his job cleaning up all of the junk humans have left behind. Which means that almost all of the sound, involves no dialogue. A refreshing change

when done right. This little robot ends up having a big adventure, meeting EVE, a pristine and advanced robot sent to Earth by humans hoping to return. The two form a bond and as time progresses, events become more complicated for the tiny electronic organizer and the fate of the future eventually rests in his hands. WALL-E combines the best aspects of narrative. Aesthetically pleasing backgrounds, calming, pretty music, and a cute little character just looking for a companion after having been completely alone for so many years.This film nicely covers topics that adults can easily grasp, but may also be learning points for children. Any audience can appreciate the way in which the writers and illustrators have taken a machine that was built only for cleaning up garbage and given him such a big heart.

So, you are going to be staying in Eau Claire over break? No school, no studying and besides a few hours at your part-time job, you don’t have any responsibilities. How will you spend your time? Contrary to popular belief, there are things to do in Eau Claire that are relatively cheap and fun. Take a look, try it out and judge for yourself.


509 University Dr. Eau Claire The UW-Eau Claire pool is located in the McPhee Physical Education Center. Students and faculty are welcome to enjoy the facility during open pool hours throughout winter break. Bring a group of friends and play a game of water basketball or get your daily exercise in by swimming laps.

Enjoy water activities in the pool from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday from Jan. 2-18.


915 Menomonie St. Eau Claire For those of you that love the ice, take advantage of the open skate hours at Hobbs Ice Center. The facility will be open for a lunch break skate Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with $2 admission and free skate rentals. General open skate will be available Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults with a $2 skate rental fee.


315 Barstow St. Eau Claire For all you movie buffs out there, Micon Downtown Cinema is the place for you. Formerly known as the Bud-


get Theater, this theater will keep your mind captivated and your wallet happy. Micon Downtown Cinema shows movies just like any theater, but for a price that is reasonable for a college student’s budget. The theater is located in downtown Eau Claire. There is a $3 admission ticket for every movie with $2 admission on Tuesdays.


A hill nearest you Eau Claire Find a hill nearest you and bring back the excitement of your youth when you dodge trees and divots as you sled down a snow-covered hill. Check out for sledding hill suggestions. If none of these options strike your fancy, why not try some of these suggestions from other UW-Eau Claire students that will be in town over break?

Keely Smith, sophomore: “I’m a music buff so I’m going to hang out in the record store on Barstow if I can.” Alex Praschak, senior: “Try out new establishments that (me and my roommates) hear of with good deals.”


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The collegiate readership program is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of by every student

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UW-Eau Claire sets you up with opportunities for the rest of your life — a good career, experience within a field and a cultural experience to take with you in your future. But I don’t think that people really consider all the specific opportunities that attending a UW System school presents. A library full of books (from all 26 campuses), discounts on many stores at the mall and FREE daily newspapers. I know you are thinking of your grandpa lecturing you on how the Internet is spoiling us and how no one is updated on current events anymore. What I am trying to express to you is the money you are wasting by not taking advantage of the Collegiate Readership Program! USA TODAY, The New York Times and The Leader-Telegram are offered daily in every academic building and residence hall on campus. This program is enacted across the country and at most of the system schools. According to Student Senate records, the program costs around $4 per student, each year, to support. That’s less than a Sunday

copy of The New York Times at Starbucks. For the record, The Spectator is on stands for free every Thursday also! Student Senate directed $35,000 this year towards the Readership Program, according to their yearly budget. That is a significant amount of money but I think that it is worth every penny. Even if you read the news online, The Leader-Telegram and The New York Times only allow you a certain amount of reads per month! This program gives you as many copies as you want! The program works because Student Senate only pays for the copies that are picked up from each machine — you know, those big blue bins located in heavy traffic areas of buildings — by using your Blugold card. If you forget your card, ask ANYBODY. Each person has a limitless amount of swipes each day. The copies that aren’t taken each day are sent back with USA TODAY, who is the coordinator of the program. The lost money from

“ You pay $4 for unlimited newspapers. People, appreciate it. Take advantage of it!”

Last week, The Spectator ran an article about the incident in Towers Hall where offensive comments were posted in the bathroom of a primarily Hmong residence wing. Basically, it was a list of problems one resident had with Hmong students at UW-Eau Claire, and it has caused a stir on campus. The editorial board chose to reflect on the situation further after the story was printed. One of the main issues associated with the

writing of the story was that the journalist had a difficult time finding sources who were willing to agree to interviews. Multiple speakers agreed that it is odd that many of the people associated with housing and residence life didn’t want to comment on the situation. Also, the responses the reporter was able to get seemed vague. There was a lot of talk about what needs to be done to remedy and prevent the situation, but no serious

the unsold absorbed by the provider. Literally a win-win situation for students! You pay $4 for unlimited newspapers. People, appreciate it. Take advantage of it! Even if you aren’t big on reading the newspaper, consider picking up USA TODAY purely for the sports section or the entertainment section. I’m not trying to tell you what to do and I’m certainly not trying to force the magical, entertaining yet informing field of journalism down your throats. I’m just trying to explain something that, as a student, you should be paying attention to. I hear students complaining about money on a daily basis. ‘I have to work. Boo hoo.’ ‘I don’t have money for anything.’ ‘My student loans are the worst.’ If you are actually concerned about where your money is going, step 1: Be informed on where it is being spent and step 2: Actually spend the money that is being taken from you. I could get all cheesy (again) and say this directly relates back to attending classes, asking questions, using resources, whatever. Everyone knows it. Everyone talks about it. Landry is a junior journalism major and News Editor of The Spectator.

action was taken. One speaker made the point that, while work is being done with Hmong students to help them feel like an equal part of campus life, not enough is being done on the other end of the spectrum. The majority population on campus needs to be aware that racism does exist, which is the first step in preventing it. Instead of working only with the affected students, the university should be working with everyone. When the affected minority is separated and treated differently than the majority group, they are further alienated.

The only way to prevent a situation like this from happening again is to tackle the problem at its root instead of constantly patching it up. Another speaker went even further on the tangent of equal rights by pointing out one of the lines in the offensive note. It dealt with the Hmong floor being louder than other floors with less enforcement. The speaker used that line to point out that different treatment is unnecessary regardless of who benefits. Every person should have the same rules regardless of race if we’re actually going to be equal.

I wanted to let a little time pass before that I want to protect the “Star Wars” legacy I addressed it. I wanted to let the dust setjust as much as you do. tle. I needed all my immediate overreactions Here’s the thing though: more “Star and preconceived conclusions to pass. If I Wars” movies were inevitable. They’re virhadn’t waited, I probably would have written tual cash machines. They will always kill it some fiery piece chalked full of expletives. It at the box office because people like me will may have been entertaining, but it certainly wait in line for six hours to see it. So don’t wouldn’t have been right. Now that I’ve had get all upset that they’re actually making a few weeks to process everything, I’m finally more movies. It was always going to happen. willing to pass my judgment. There’s no point in dwelling on it. There will be three more “Star Wars” Something that does merit some worry films and Disney is the question will make them. of who will make Star Wars fans, them. When this is a good George Lucas thing. announced that Just like he was selling many others, Lucasfilm to DisI was furious ney, my immediwhen the news ate reaction was first broke. I disgust. I concouldn’t believe jured images of they would risk Mickey Mouse in tarnishing the a Jedi robe and series any furfelt sick to my ther. I wanted it stomach. Howleft alone. Since ever, the more I then, I’ve pulled think about it, a complete 180. the more I think But before I tell they’re right for SUBMITTED PHOTO you why, let me George Lucas recently sold Lucasfilm to Disney, who will be the job. validate myself. These films in charge of the next three films in the “Star Wars” saga. We “Star will be made in Wars” fans are a the middle of an unique bunch. Coming from all walks of life, era in which fantasy movies are hitting their we are many and we are everywhere. I restride. Possibly the greatest example comes ceived the original trilogy right after it was from within Disney itself with its Marvel digitally remastered. I literally wore those branch. The Avengers was immensely suctapes out. My pool cue was suddenly a light cessful last summer and was fairly entertainsaber and the woods behind my house were ing for its purpose. My point is there’s a very transformed into the forest moon of Endor. clear formula that the new “Star Wars” films I was in high school when the latest film will follow. came out. I waited in line for about six hours Whoever writes these films will take a at the movie theater so I could see the movie page out of the Christopher Nolan manual at midnight. Did I need to get there that earon how to write a great fantasy film. They’re ly? I had already bought my ticket, so probgoing to be darker than we expect and the ably not. But I wanted to hang out with the heroes will have flaws that they probably will other nerds. Plus I bought a replica Anakin never conquer. They’re going to focus on deSkywalker lightsaber at Walmart and I veloping deep and intricate characters that took part in a number of saber duels while will inevitably deliver hopeful monologues at we waited. the beginning and end of the movies. As embarrassing as all of that is, I tell It’s a winning formula and it’s in Disyou this because I want you to understand ney’s best interest to not screw it up. When the first of the new three hits theaters, I prea lot of skeptical Star Wars fans will sud“... don’t get upset that they’re dict denly be a lot more excited about the future. Besides, they can’t screw it up much more making more movies. It was than George Lucas did, right? Somehow I always going to happen. don’t see Disney reintroducing Jar Jar Binks.

There’s no point in dwelling on it.”

H:ildebrand is a senior journalism major and Staff Writer for The Spectator.


BASEBALL: Still our national pastime? Should baseball remain our icon? Zack Katz


Given the amount of media and other ways we have to stay occupied in 2012, I think it’s becoming harder to claim baseball as the single ‘American pastime’ —especially given it’s only the third most popular sport in our country. Clearly, football is the most popular American sport in the 21st century. Sixty-four percent of Americans spend their Sundays watching football, while a Gallup poll reported that less than half of Americans are actually baseball fans. It’s obvious Americans have become less interested in the sport we once considered our favorite, but I don’t think there’s a clear reason as to why. With the example of football’s following, I don’t know that we can safely say sports in general have become less popular. I’m sure that an argument could be made for gains in popularity because of how accessible they are through the media — but I feel that’s

With the semester coming to an end, it’s time for students to fill out surveys of all their professors. However, I’ve noticed that things are a bit different this year. For most of my classes, I have received a survey request in the form of an email. Basically, they ask me to take 10 to 15 minutes to fill out a Qualtrics survey about my professor. I’m sure most students have received similar emails, but I don’t recall getting them in years past. Although I’m not sure about whether the professors


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causing more apathetic sports fans, not only in baseball. What motivation do I have to sit through an entire baseball game if I can just watch the highlights on ESPN, or even just Google the results? At the rate our interests and media usage are developing, I think we’ll soon be able to consider Call of Duty the American pastime, given that one in eight households in our country own a copy. I think others might attribute the decline in baseball’s popularity to the amount of lockouts that have happened in the MLB — since the 1980s, the league has struggled through six strikes. But the length of it’s season could also be a part of the problem. Baseball seems to have a much lower priority than football, only because baseball teams play 146 more games per year than football teams. We have much less to look forward to in baseball than football – I can’t

have the option to choose between online surveys or handwritten ones, I have a problem with the survey in an optional online format. When every student is required to take a survey in class while the professor waits in his or her office, the sample size is almost as large as it can possibly be and is representative of every student on campus. When the survey is sent via email, the sample size is decreased greatly and is not even close to representative of the entire class.

realistically see the amount of Wisconsin football fans we see crowding around yelling at Packer games as a baseball game. Football might be a better option for a 21st century pastime simply because of how successfully it’s televised. This year’s World Series had the lowest ratings ever, while the Super Bowl continued to be the most watched show in history. If we were to reevaluate our pastime, would it necessarily have to be a physical sport? After all, South Korea’s national sport is Star Craft 2. I would argue no. It just seems as though baseball was named our country’s pastime in a time when there weren’t many other options beyond sports. By these lines of thinking, I think South Korea is a nice example of how we classify entertainment is changing — as a country, people found a cheap, practical way to stay entertained and connected with one another. Regardless of whether or not we consider baseball, football, or even something like a video game our national pastime in the 21st century, I think the activity should be a contemporary reflection of American culture.

BURRACHOS Listen, Chipotle is great. It really is. It’s a fine burrito. The ingredients are of the highest quality. Neat. Here’s the thing though. Chipotle is like that incredibly expensive, high-end fashion thing that your girlfriend absolutely needs for Christmas. Is it trendy? Yeah, of course. Does it work better than any of its less-popular alternatives? Nope, it sure doesn’t. Burrachos is like that old, trusty fashion thing you found in your grandma’s closet. It’s probably from somewhere around the Korean War and all her friends will think it’s really cool. That trendy thing that all her friends get from their yuppie trust fund boyfriends will be out of style in a few months, but your cool old thing will always be in. Here’s what makes it even better. Burrachos isn’t old. Each burrito is prepared on the spot, just like at Chipotle. Burrachos is trusty and loyal. It gets the job done. Don’t get all starry-eyed just because some new burrito joint moseys its way into town. Burrachos has been there for you through the good times and bad. Remember that. Also, they deliver, so there’s that. ­­— Andy Hildebrand

Battle of the Burritos

Katz is a sophomore journalism major and Staff Writer for The Spectator.

I say this because I’m considering the way I’ve approached the surveys. Like every other student at this time of year, I’m incredibly busy. When I see an email for an optional survey that could take a quarter of an hour to complete, I’m inclined to ignore it in favor of a more productive or more fun alternative. Of all the surveys I’ve been sent, I have completed only one. Which brings me to my next point. The one survey I chose to fill out was for my least favorite professor at Eau Claire. I only followed through with it because I want people to know how negative my class experience was. But what about my good professors? Yeah, I like them, but a good professor doesn’t get me nearly as

riled up as a bad one. I’m happy that my professors are good at what they do, but that’s what I pay to expect from them. Essentially, taking the survey process online turns it into a form of critique. When I browse that site, the majority of the reviews are negative. Even my favorite professors of all time have negative reviews (written in completely incorrect grammar, of course). I’d like to go back to the old form of survey with large sample sizes and equal representation. Good professors deserve to be recognized for their work, and bad ones will be identified regardless. Hart is a junior English major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator.


Burrachos just doesn’t measure up when it comes down to Mexican grill. When college students would rather cook than eat food from a restaurant there is clearly a problem. Chipotle has great tasting fresh food that does not disappoint. Just look at the hoards of people standing in line when it opened in Eau Claire. That’s definitely a testament to their quality and their service. This chain not only serves fresh ingredients, but includes organic produce when able. The result is a delicious product.They even highlight their integrity toward the animals raised for their food and support family farms by giving them business. Yes, they’re both Mexican grill style food, but clearly with Chipotle, taste is included. — Bridget Cooke



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Graphic by TYLER TRONSON / The Spectator

After more than a foot of snow, UW-Eau Claire gets pretty beautiful. Here’s how.

PHOTOS by MIKE JACOBS / The Spectator

(CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT) Snow piles up on the footbridge as students trudge toward lower campus, the Little Niagara cuts its way through the snow, the trees on the hill are covered as students make their way to class, students wait to board a warm bus to and from campus near the Hibbard parking lot, a student makes the trip back toward the dorms near the front entrance to the McIntyre Library.




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