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Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet reflects on his year on campus; looks toward his future

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Farewell to Bousquet

Interim Chancellor looks to future as term at UW-Eau Claire wraps up Martha Landry CURRENTS EDITOR

Forward momentum and change have been themes around UW-Eau Claire during the 20122013 school year, and when Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet started his time on campus he had no plans on slowing down that motion. “The physical transformation of the campus conveyed to me, very quickly, there was momentum on this campus,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘Oh, OK, as an interim chancellor on a campus that has momentum, your role is going to be different than just making sure there is a bridge between the old chancellor and the new chancellor. You have to sense what the momentum is about and you have to keep the momentum going.’” Former student body Vice President Patrick Martin said he and former Student Body President Corydon Fish were unsure of how the year would progress dealing with an interim chancellor, but Bousquet took their ideas and pushed them further. Dean of Students Brian Carlisle said Bousquet met with Student Senate more times in this past year than the previous chancellor did in his entire Eau Claire career. Martin said it was unexpected but the communication was much appreciated and well received. “It opened up a lot of opportunities our Student Senate had never seen before,” Martin said. International communication and collaboration for students, staff and faculty isBousquet’s passion. He stressed the need for Blugolds, and

people in general, to expand their circles into international markets. Carlisle said Bousquet’s passion for international communication has helped Eau Claire move in the right direction of expanding its global capabilities. “I think he is going to continue to strive us forward in making our international connections,” Carlisle said. “Providing us opportunities for our students across the world when we have not been as strong as other institutions.” During the year Bousquet assisted and experienced university an incredible amount of change. His proudest accomplishment of his time in Eau Claire is the formation of an economic development plan and program because it provides students with an opportunity to be successful in a variety of ways post-graduation. “Because we are a liberal arts institution our key resource is (students). We don’t necessarily fill a particular job,” Bousquet said. “What we do is we educate individuals that could fill different jobs but they could also potentially create jobs. To connect what we do as a liberal arts education to economic development.” Carlisle said the university will miss Bousquet and his “refreshing” take as chancellor. Carlisle said Bousquet’s commitment to the students is unlike any he has ever seen and Bousquet’s knack for remembering students names is uncanny. Martin said it was incredible to work with Bousquet and his different take as Chancellor. “A lot of times people lean on the Chancellor as just someone who has business experience or

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knows a lot of folks on the legislature,” Martin said. “Then we got Interim Chancellor Bousquet who came in and had all those connections in Madison and at the same time was willing to sit in backs of classrooms, was willing to go talk to students on the campus mall.” Outside of administrative duties, Bousquet said he will miss the community aspect of the university. The pride Blugolds, current or alumni, carry with them impressed Bousquet. He said the pride and the involvement with the Eau Claire community set the university apart from others. “No matter how high they go, how far they go, there is still this spark in their eye saying ‘Yeah! UW-Eau Claire.’”

For a Q&A with Bousquet, go to spectatornews.com

Finding a career post graduation

Over 80 percent of UW-Eau Claire graduates have jobs in related field one year later, according to survey Nate Beck

STAFF WRITER Senior Steve Janke gave Ruwan a camera and told him to take pictures of things that were important to him. Ruwan was 16 last summer when Janke traveled to Sri Lanka with a UW-Eau Claire sponsored research project analyzing the interreligious climate after the country’s 30 year civil war. Ruwan shot pictures of his friends at first, but soon led Janke to a two bedroom house where all five people in his family shared a single bed. “That hit me really hard,” Janke said. “He’s a kid, he’s going to school, he wants to join the army when he’s done. He was really positive and he still loves life, it just sucks that he doesn’t have the same opportunities that we do.” On Saturday May 18, a new group of Eau Claire students will graduate, with Janke among them. According to a 2010-2011

survey of recent Eau Claire graduates, 94 percent were employed or pursuing further education. Janke will graduate with a major in business administration, minor in global studies and a certificate in international business. An offer to work again in Sri Lanka, as well as another potential job with Wisconsin Public Radio in Milwaukee, are on the table this summer, Janke said. Janke said he blended his skills in music and business while in school. He held a job with WPR this past year, as well as an internship with Universal Music Group before transferring to Eau Claire from a private music school in the twin cities the summer before his sophomore year. Staci Heidtke, associate director at Eau Claire Career Services said students work internships while still in school have the most luck finding a job after graduating. “Many internships lead to full time jobs, it is a process similar to the job search,” Heidtke said. “Last year, 58 percent of

UW-Eau Claire students indicated they did at least one internship before graduating ... this is one way students can be better equipped after earning a bachelors’ degree.” Each year Career Services surveys Eau Claire students who have been out of school for a year. According to the survey, 76.5 percent of past Eau Claire students reported that a degree was required for their current job. And 84.4 percent of grads said their job was related to their career goal. Heidtke said networking with professionals before graduation is also an important step in getting a job right out of college. Job shadowing pros can also be a good way to get a handle on where degrees lead, she said. “Success at graduation can often be attributed to being purposeful — setting a career goal after declaring a major and then taking steps to get experience in the field before graduation,” Heidtke said. Jessica Rupprecht will graduate this spring with a degree

in marketing. She said she was thinking about transferring before she made friends her freshman year living in the dorms. “When I think about Eau Claire I think about those seven girls, they’ve made my experience here,” Rupprecht said. “Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic because it’s all coming to an end. Once I put myself out there I found out it was a really good fit for me.” Rupprecht said an interest in business clicked with the Eau Claire marketing program. She said she enjoys working with people and hopes to find a job close to home in the twin cities this summer. Although Janke said he isn’t sure where he will land, he’s learned a lot from his work in and out of school. “Take opportunities, even if you don’t think you might be qualified or ready for something,” Janke said. “You are allowed to mess up when you are in school. It’s better to do that as a student and not as a professional.”


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Bill could cause housing issues

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Proposed state legislation to affect how much landlords divulge to student residents Haley Zblewski CHIEF COPY EDITOR

A proposed state bill could change the relationship between Wisconsin landlords and the tenants who rent from them. The UW-Eau Claire Student Senate said the bill could be harmful to student renters. At their May 6 meeting, the Student Senate passed a resolution in opposition of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 183 by voice vote. On-campus Senator Jake Wrasse, who introduced the resolution, said the assembly bill doesn’t take student renters into account. “This is not condemning the State Assembly for what they’re trying to do,” he said. “I think one of the strengths of this resolution is it says, ‘hey, here’s what this is going to do to students. And while you may have been thinking about Milwaukee or Madison, perhaps, as you wrote this … this is going to have an effect on everyone in the state.’” The problems Student Senate has with the assembly bill are: • The bill would exempt landlords from civil liability if they provide a reference for students that includes false information. • Landlords would no longer be responsible of reporting known code violations if there hasn’t been written notice of the violation. • The bill would eliminate protections given to renters by municipalities,

and decreases the number of unfair practices the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection can protect renters from. • The bill would hold tenants responsible for any crime committed on the premises, regardless of whether or not they could have prevented it. • The bill would no longer hold landlords responsible to thoroughly report the condition of their property to tenants upon occupancy. • The responsibility of reporting the condition of property would then be on tenants. The resolution states Student Senate is committed to preserving and protecting the rights of student renters. Off-campus Senator Libby Richter said the assembly bill puts the rights and safety of student renters at risk. “I am extremely worried about something like this being passed because of the safety of the students,” she said. “If something was wrong electrically with the house, and the renter was not informed of it and the place burned down, we could lose students that way.” Andrew Schultz, a senior biology major, said he also is opposed to the bill. “I already feel like a lot of the landlords don’t take much care of the student housing in the first place,” he said. “So when you get to a house that’s already not in the greatest shape and then we’re already liable for all of

that, how are we supposed to be able to pay for that?” Landlords are supposed to be responsible for their houses in the first place, Schultz said. “It’s kind of in the definition of the word ‘landlord.’” On-campus Senator Mathew Riedel said he agreed with the resolution, but believed the Student Senate could take an even stronger stand against the bill. He encouraged Student Senators to contact their representatives and let them know they dislike the bill. “A resolution in their mailbox or email, they might look at it for a minute or two,” he said. “But if they have a student who contacts them over the phone or in their office, it’s going to be a lot more memorable.”

Last week The Spectator reported on two bills introduced to the Student Senate. They were both approved by voice vote this week. The Student Senate agreed to continue the health insurance policy for students for the 2013-2014 year. The Student Office of Sustainability will purchase five water bottle refill stations to be placed in McIntyre Library and Phillips hall. Student Senate approved an allocation of $12,500 from the SOS budget for the stations.

Mapping the way to a dream internship

NOTABLE EVENTS HAPPENING BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS

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A highly sought after, competitive internship with National Geographic is a dream for many, and for a recent graduate of UW-Eau Claire, a dream come true. Jon Bowen recently completed a three-month internship with National Geographic and said he was very nervous at the start. “One, I was super intimidated because I was headed to Washington, D.C., which is probably the biggest town I have lived in, and then this is like the cream of the crop for cartography which is exactly what I was chosen to do.” Bowen participated in field seminar trips and research projects while he attended Eau Claire. He said the education he received at this university was a great way to prepare for his internship.

He said he worked in the maps division creating a travel destination map for American Prairie Reserve — a conservation effort starting up in Montana with the mission to build the largest wildlife refuge in North America. The hardest part about the internship, he said, was leaving, and the best part was working with the same people who publish maps within the department and within the magazine. He said it was amazing to design something that reaches a large audience. “So many people are familiar with (National Geographic), and not only do I get to put it on my resume, but my work is being seen by plenty of people,” Bowen said. Christina Hupy, associate professor in geography and anthropology at Eau Claire said she had Bowen in four classes. She also went on a geography research-based course that involved a 10-day field seminar

trip to an island off the coast of Honduras with Bowen. “He is a very outgoing and enthusiastic, hardworking person,” Hupy said. “He loves the outdoors and loves to travel and he loves inspiring other people to do those things as well.” Hupy said Bowen is a very dedicated person and takes geography seriously. “He is very passionate about geography, he gets really fired up about it,” Hupy said. “So I think that he has really found something he has a strong passion for that drives him to keep pursuing experiences in geography.” Bowen also received an honorable mention in the 2013 National Geographic Mapping Awards for his work with Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology Paul Kaldjian. Kaldjian and his class created the map as a class project, but he said it was Bowen who really wanted to make the project come together.

“It was as if Jon was addicted to working on the map,” Kaldjian said. “He just wanted to do such a good job.” He said Bowen’s passion for map-making really shows in his work and receiving this internship with National Geographic will help him out immensely in the future with his search for jobs in cartography. He also said Bowen is on the continuous hunt to learn more about creating and making great maps. “As you can imagine there are not many jobs,” Kaldjian said. “But when it comes to cartography, Jon works very hard, he is very dedicated, he is only fixated on doing a good job which is exactly what it needs.” Bowen said he hopes one day to go back and work at National Geographic but right now it is not in the cards. In the future, he said there will be more opportunities and he is planning on seeking those out.

12 - 1 p.m. — UAC Springfest: Rachel Hanson performance, Davies Terrace, Second Floor

FRIDAY, MAY 10 8 p.m. — UAC Cabin: Sam Brenner performance, The Cabin, Davies Center

SATURDAY, MAY 11 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market, Riverfront Terrace, Phoenix Park

SUNDAY, MAY 12 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. — Mother’s Day Brunch at Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave

MONDAY, MAY 13 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Lunch Break Skate, Hobbs Ice Arena

TUESDAY, MAY 14 •

Geography graduate receives opportunity with National Geographic Emily Albrent

THURSDAY, MAY 9

7 p.m. — Artisan Evening (open mic/stage), Pizza Plus

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 •

6 - 9 p.m. — Peter Phippen performance, Shanghai Bistro

Foster Gallery “Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition” Runs from May 9 - May 13 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — Mon. - Fri. 1 - 4:30 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Haas Fine Arts Center

UAC Film: “The Shawshank Redemption” Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Runs from May 10 - May 12 7 p.m. — Fri. - Sat. 2 p.m. — Sat. - Sun. Woodland Theater, Davies Center


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Back by popular demand, we’ve compiled the best UW-Eau Claire police reports over the past couple weeks to create a very special edition of The Spectator police blotter. The blotter, for those who are unaware, is a collection of the strangest police reports and happenings on campus and in the surrounding area. Some historical examples are public intoxication, residence hall vandalism and drunken swordplay. April 28

April 30

The secret password is theft

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A woman was in her room in Towers North around 3:30 a.m. when she saw two people take the playhouse on the hall director’s patio. They ran toward the direction of Chippewa Valley Technical College with it. She called the police and told them it happened so fast, she could not give a description of the suspects or say if they were male or female. The police officer looked around and did not see the suspects, he found the playhouse outside of the Towers South entrance. There was no damage to the playhouse. The officer brought it back and set it outside of the patio gates. The woman said she would notify the hall director in the morning.

May 3 fire

The magically disappearing

An officer driving down Lowes Creek Road, returning from the Priory, saw smoke and fire in the tree line. A man was stopped at the side of the road and flagged the officer down. The man said he called 9-1-1 to report sparking power wires, setting some branches ablaze. The officer reported the fire to the Township fire department and informed the man they were on their way. The officer then stuck around to watch the fire. There was then a small explosion, which put out the fire and smoke.

May 1

An officer was on patrol around the Garfield Avenue area of campus when he spotted three men on BMX bikes near a raised concrete wall on the northwest end of Katherine Thomas Hall. The officer suspected they were doing bike tricks, which is not allowed on university grounds. When the officer approached the group of bike riders, one of them took off. The other two stayed to talk with the officer and one of the men said they were using the raised wall as a jump. The officer explained that BMX tricks and stunt riding is not allowed in the area, and explained the ordinance prohibiting them from doing so. A verbal warning was issued, and before the two men left they told the officer the identity of the third person in their party.

May 4 Pop or soda can? An officer witnessed a man walking by the corner of 2nd Avenue and Water Street who threw an object over a fence which sounded like it hit something. The officer approached the man and asked what he had thrown. The man said it was a pop can. He was walking back from El Patio back to campus. The officer could smell alcohol and asked the man if he was drinking. He said he had been taking shots of rum earlier in the night. The officer gave him a breathalyzer test and the man blew a 0.11. The officer gave the man an underage ticket in the amount of $263.50.

Bike thief courteous enough to leave lock and cable An officer, responding to a complaint about a stolen bike, met a woman who claimed her bike was stolen outside of Hibbard Hall. The woman said her bike was stolen around mid-February. At the scene of the theft was the cable and lock for the bike, undamaged and unlocked. The officer got a description of the bike from the woman: a dark blue Pacific Saber. The officer then suggested she watch other bicycle racks for her bike because it could have possibly just been borrowed.

May 4 April snow showers, May snow vandalism At 1:45 a.m. an officer received a complaint about vandalism to the glass front door of Horan Hall. Someone had thrown a snowball into the door, then immediately fled the area. The suspect was described as an Asian male. He fled towards Towers Hall after the snow throw. The officer walked through the area around Hilltop, along with Towers and Horan Halls, but found nothing suspicious. The officer then talked with the security desk worker at Horan, who was the one that saw the incident happen. He reported a snowball fight had taken place outside of the hall 10 minutes prior to the act of vandalism. The suspect is still at large.

May 5 Round and round At the Wisconsin State Music Association Festival, a bus pulled into the Haas Fine Arts Center lot and the passenger side rear bumper hit the driver’s side rear fender of a vehicle. The bus driver said it occurred while he was turning left. Workers at the festival said the vehicle had been parked there for over two hours and thought the vehicle looked a bit suspicious. They had concerns because of the recent bombing in Boston. The officer checked out the vehicle but found nothing suspicious. He wrote a parking ticket and called for a tow truck. When the tow truck came, a man approached and said he was the owner of the vehicle. He said he had arrived around 11:40 a.m. to help set up the festival, he had unloaded his car and forgot where he had parked it.


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Thursday, May 9

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Legislation to make campus more accessible for all Senate supports plan to clear up the university with new bike and walking routes

Nate Beck

STAFF WRITER UW–Eau Claire Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution Monday supporting a plan to revamp campus bike and pedestrian paths. The Central Campus Bike/Pedestrian Plan will work to divert bike traffic away from the campus mall, establishing bike routes on the outer edges of campus. The plan aims to re-paint roads and paths, installing signs and implementing covered bike racks by the beginning in the fall semester of 2013. Eau Claire Facilities Management Director Terry Classen said parts of the plan hinge on approval from the city. “This next fall I think we’ll see planning for Garfield Avenue redevelopment begin in earnest,” Classen said. “The plan calls for some very practical steps to make us as bike-friendly as possible.” Bigger bike and walk-friendly plans could take off in the next three years. The state of Wisconsin approved a plan to widen the Water Street bridge by 2016 to make room for bike lanes and sidewalks. The plan also hopes to limit parking along Park Avenue and establish a bike route running across the Water Street bridge to Park Avenue. Student Office of Sustainability Director Ellen Sorenson said she is an avid cyclist. She said biking on campus and around town can be a headache. The plan aims to start changing that, she said.

Sorenson said signs and painted paths will help make biking on campus safer. Under this new plan, Bike “sharrows” – symbols marking roads and trails bike-friendly – will be painted around campus. “Hopefully sharrows will ensure bikes get the same rights as vehicles,” Sorenson said. “It will help make people more cautious.” Glen Olson, an Eau Claire student, said campus bike routes could be improved. A bike-only path through campus could cut back on confusion, he said. Olson said high traffic areas like the t-intersection on the campus side of the walking bridge can be hectic when bikers and walkers mix. “I’ve definitely had some close calls with pedestrians … swerving to avoid people walking on the campus side of the

“Hopefully sharrows will ensure bikes get the same rights as vehicles. It will help make people more cautious.” ELLEN SORENSON

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bridge,” Olson said. Another potential aspect of the plan would be the implementation of a walk-only campus mall during certain hours of the day deemed “rush hours” for walkers. Olson said a walk-only campus mall could be inconvenient. People ride bikes through the mall because it’s a pain to park a bike on one end of campus and walk, he said. Classen said Eau Claire has been mulling bike plans for years but none of the past plans were detailed enough to fly. “I think the lack of specifics has prevented us from going any further to make this a bike-friendly campus,” Classen said. “I think the plan … is a very good start to get bikes into the discussion whenever we make any further development on campus.” Classen said the university met with the city of Eau Claire to talk about installing bike racks on the campus edge of Putnam Drive. The Putnam Park Commission, part of Eau Claire City Council, tentatively approved building covered bike racks along Putnam Drive, Classen said. The Central Campus Bike/Pedestrian plan hinges on grants to fund bigger parts of the plan, like a bridge connecting Putnam Drive with the Phillips Hall parking lot. Sorenson said Eau Claire will need to start securing grants this summer and over the next couple years to put in the bridge. The university will have to work with the city to establish a bike-friendly route on the outside of campus.

Absence policy revised Professors, not Dean of Students office to clear student absences Zack Katz COPY EDITOR

As of April 22, Student Senate debated and passed a motion revising the university’s absence policy which became effective immediately. Dean of Students Brian Carlisle said this revision to the campus attendance policy is simply a modification, and all of the criteria for authorizing an absence including sickness will remain the same. The major change in the procedure is the removal of the Dean of Student’s influence on the authorized absence policy. Meaning, professors will now makes calls on whether or not a student is excused. “Basically all it does is allow the student to work directly with their faculty member instead of having to come through us,” Carlisle said. “The idea was that we wanted to streamline the authorization process for students.” Essentially, Carlisle said the goal of this change is to provide a more active role in the professor’s discretion of their student’s attendance. If the student’s excuse does not fall within the current six categories of acceptable reasons for absence, the decision falls on the shoulders of the professor. Though seemingly logical, not all of the involved parties are satisfied with the renovation. While not opposed to the revisions in the university’s policy, History Professor Emeritus Bob Gough said they will increase the pressure on faculty members to make the tough calls on attendance. “It’s hard to say whether or not this is an improvement … it would seem to make it more of the responsibility of the faculty member,” Gough said. “I don’t immediately see how this is an improvement.”

Gough said the problem stems from the number of variables involved in missing class — there is no defined measure for how sick or incapable of attendance a student should be to miss class. “It’s very difficult for faculty members to decide the legitimacy of a student excuse,” Gough said. “You either wind up excusing everyone and making attendance voluntary or you have to go with a system of five or so absences.” While Gough said the revised policy doesn’t necessarily address the entire issue, he admits the answer isn’t readily available. “I think this new policy doesn’t get at the whole problem of class absence … but we’d need a committee to study the issue for an answer,” Gough said. Currently, Gough is in the process of writing the history of the university. In his study of UW-Eau Claire’s attendance policy Gough said he found student attendance of classes was absolutely mandatory during the 60s. “They’re changing the policy all the time to accommodate students,” Gough said. “It’s an old problem that’s been visited from a number of angles.” Despite the difficulty in addressing the challenge of accommodating students, Frederick Kolb, professor of economics said the change is not an issue granted his trust of student appeals. “I have never in my forty-two years at the university asked for proof when an absence occurs,” Kolb said. “I have many students with complicated issues in their lives … I trust my students, and when possible offer them support.” Although the Dean’s office is moving towards a more hands-off approach to the absence policy, Carlisle said in the future they will continue to check in on students, see how they’re doing and offer resources and support.

ELIZABETH JACKSON / The Spectator

STARLIGHT, STAR BRIGHT: Associate Professor of physics Nathan Miller takes a look at the sun

through a telescope with a special lens that allows an astronomer to look at the sun at Saturday’s Astronomy Day. To learn more about the different aspects of Astronomy Day and the connections it makes for students, visit spectatornews.com


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SPORTS Beginning the road home

SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand

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Blugolds get No. 3 seed after falling to UW-Whitewater in WIAC title game Chris Reinoos EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

After losing the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship to UW-Whitewater May 5, the UW-Eau Claire softball team was not sure if they would even make the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament. Not only were they granted an at-large bid, they earned a No. 3 seed in the regional hosted by No. 1 seed Whitewater. In the first game of the double elimination regional, the Blugolds (26-7) will play the No. 6 seed North Central College (Ill.) Cardinals, a 32-10 team out of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. All season, the team has been driven to make it to the NCAA Championship, which will be played at Eau Claire’s own Carson Park this year. Eau Claire senior first baseman Sarah Fern said the team was nervous going into selection Sunday because of its reduced schedule. “I was thrilled just to be part of the tournament,” Fern said. “Knowing that we had a lot less games than other teams, there was the stipulation that we might not have gotten in.” Several rainouts left the team with concerns about the strength of its resume. The formula largely used to determine the field were kind to the Blugolds, which Head Coach Leslie Huntington said shows how important regular season victories over fellow tournament teams Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh were for the team. The Blugolds found themselves playing the waiting game Sunday evening after losing 7-0 to Whitewater in the WIAC tournament title game. Eau Claire managed only four hits off Warhawks’ ace Bekka Houda, who improved to 15-3 on the year

by keeping the Blugolds off-balance all day. Besides a three-run home run from first-team All-Conference selection sophomore Amanda Fischer in the first inning of a 4-0 victory over UW-Stout in the semifinals, Eau Claire struggled mightily to get anything going offensively. Huntington said the offense failed to make adjustments all weekend, but she still has confidence in the team’s ability to score different ways and play different styles. “We want to make sure that we are attacking,” Huntington said. “I think that adjustment alone mentally should put us in a better position.” With the offense struggling, the Blugolds needed a strong pitching performance from junior Emma Wishau and she responded in Sunday’s game against Stout. Wishau threw a complete game shutout, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out three. Wishau got the ball in the title game against Whitewater, but allowed three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings before being removed in favor of freshman Zana Lorbetske. Huntington said Wishau was the victim of bloop hits and bleeders and threw the ball much better than her final line would indicate. Huntington also said Wishau has adapted a bulldog mentality in recent weeks and that she wants to be in the pitcher’s circle every game. Wishau said she made a conscious decision to change her attitude and approach midseason. “I was playing scared at the beginning of the season and then I just thought, ‘Well I need to be able to become mentally tougher,’” said Wishau, who has gone 4-2 since April 27, with complete game victories over Whitewater, Oshkosh and Stout. This year’s team does not have the 1-2 punch on the pitching staff equal to Wishau and then-senior Ashley Rubenzer from last

season. Huntington said she plans on using Wishau as much as possible in the NCAA Tournament, which will be easier because the team will play only one game per day. Huntington also said sophomore Laura Raflik and Lorbetske will need to step up for the team to have a lengthy tournament run. The coaching staff has recently worked with Raflik on her dropball, which Huntington feels has improved and will make her more effective going forward. Lorbetske’s inconsistencies have left her coach scratching her head and searching for answers. “Unfortunately, she’s still kind of pitching like a freshman,” Huntington said. “One game, she will come out and just be lights out, and then there’s games she comes out and you’re just not sure where she is. It’s time for her to pitch like an upperclassmen now. She’s got a year under her belt almost and if we want to make a deep run we’re going to need to go beyond Emma.” If the Blugolds make it out of their regional, they would return home to Eau Claire and play for the first time this season at Carson Park. Fern, Wishau and Huntington all said the desire to play at home has been in the back, and sometimes in the front, of the team’s mind all season. As a senior, Fern said she is not ready to be done playing “Blugold Ball” just yet. “I’m putting everything I’ve got into this and I’m not going to finish until I see our home field again,” Fern said. “As far as the seniors, we’re not going to give up and we’re going to push our team to extremes if that’s what it comes down to.” The Blugolds’ first regional game against North Central College (Ill.) is set to for 2 p.m. May 9 at van Steenderen Field in Whitewater.

His time to shine With his half-page editorial space for completing The Spectator qualtrics survey, Aaron Grindemann uses his opportunity to tell the readers a little about himself

GRINDEMANN

My name is Aaron Grindemann. Some of you reading this may recognize the name; others, maybe not. I am a freshman currently living in Bridgman Hall. I am a chemistry major and I am also in the pre-med program. I currently work as a student manager in the Marketplace in the Davies Center, and I am also a member of RECing Crew, an on-campus organization that does intramural-type events. My hometown is Boscobel, Wis., which is roughly three hours south of Eau Claire. Why did I choose a college so far away from my small hometown? There are a couple reasons, actually. First off, UW-Eau Claire offered the majors that I was interested in, and secondly, I absolutely loved the campus from the first time I visited. The faculty was kind, and the students were just as courteous as everyone else on campus as well. All in all, I felt like being adventurous, so I decided to step outside of my comfort zone. My first year here has been ABSO-

LUTELY amazing! I am a member of the Blugold Marching Band, and just the things I have done because of BMB are incredible, including traveling to St. Louis (Mo.) and a cruise in Asia over next winter break. I decided to do the Milwaukee Burger Co. Challenge . . . Vini, Vidi, Vici! I have gotten to meet incredible people, including students and faculty, all of which I would consider friends. I have an awesome job working in Davies, and I have so many adventures just by being willing to step outside of my comfort zone. My advice? Be willing to take risks. Even if it ends badly, you know how to avoid the situation in the future. Be flexible. Make time for studying, but also give yourself some time to relax ... you’ll go insane otherwise. Most important of all, just be you. There is no reason to hide your true self, so why bother? Besides, all the time you waste hiding is time you miss out on some interesting opportunities.

Change Some people define a man by his face ... His name ... His past ... But few define a man by his actions ... His character ... His personality ... The man that can define himself not by his name, his face, or his past, but instead can define oneself by his actions, his character, his personality, he has the power to change his destiny. And the man who can change his destiny can change the world. If we all stop judging each other at face value, and learn to accept each other as we are, this world could be a much nicer place ... But it requires the courage of one person ... You.


SPORTS Summer sports on the horizon SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand

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As spring semester draws to an end, water sports begin for UW-Eau Claire students Zack Katz COPY EDITOR

While the majority of UW-Eau Claire students use the Chippewa River as a way to cool off and float during the summer, a small collective of athletes hit the water with a dedication to developing themselves in their chosen sports. Senior political science major Max Docksey has served as captain of UW-Eau Claire’s club wakeboarding team since around the time he started at the university. In his experience with the team, Docksey said while the time frame of practice is different than traditional season sports due to weather, the amount of work put in by him and his riders is as rigorous as any other. Docksey said although a fair amount of their season lands in the fall and national competition picks up in the late spring, successful wakeboarders distinguish themselves through their discipline and input during the summer months. Similar to many club teams at the university,

Docksey said his group functions without coaches, and instead is run by the more experienced riders on the team.

“I think the biggest difference in summer sports is the amount of time it allows you to bond with your teammates.” BRITTANY WEBER Veteran Ski Sprite

Given their lack of university support in comparison to the likes of Blugold athletic teams such as football or track, Docksey said the wakeboarding team is fortunate to have the equipment and means to get out on the water — in his case a boat to pull behind.

The wakeboarding team’s boat belongs to the award-winning Chippewa Valley Ski Sprites water ski team. Luckily for Docksey and his team, the wakeboarders have formed a close enough relationship with the Sprites to share their boat. While budgeting time on the water between the two groups is important, Docksey said the sharing has been a smooth-sailing experience so far. “We’ve done a lot to make sure that boat fits the needs of both sports it accommodates,” Docksey said. “You’ll find that a lot of our guys will go out on rides with the Ski Sprites all summer long ... we’re lucky to have such a solid relationship with them.” On the other side of the spectrum, veteran Ski Sprite Brittany Weber said while time consuming, her sport is worth the commitment it calls for because of her relationship with her team. “I think the biggest difference in summer sports is the amount of time it allows your to bond with your teammates,” Weber said. “We love spending time together and I think that really

helps us grow as a team.” Docksey said he agrees summer sports create a sense of community — he feels they allow him to branch out and form relationships with athletes from different universities, given the spread of competition his sport offers. “Over the summer you’ll find yourself riding with a bunch of people from other teams … a bunch of my friends ride for Madison,” Docksey said. “So I’m always practicing with them over the summer.” Freshman lacrosse player Greg Cameron said as a traditionally seasoned athlete in a club sport, he admires the sacrifices these athletes make in order to practice successfully over the summer. “You have to sort of step back and realize that there’s nothing forcing them to be here during the summer,” Cameron said. “They could be home with their family but a lot of these athletes put forth the time to make their sport happen.” Right now, the river is swelling, and so is the anticipation of these summer athletes as their season begins full swing.

Track team takes third at conference meet Championship poses challenge; runners prepare for national competition Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER

With Thurgood Dennis leading the men’s side, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams placed third in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships on Sunday. The men’s team placed third with 110 points aided by Dennis’ victories in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. UW-La Crosse won the meet with a total of 223 points. Senior Bart Mestelle who took second in the decathlon event, broke his own point record from last spring during the conference meet. Mestelle said although the team has a lot of ability, it wasn’t enough to make up for what should have been a better finish. “It’s not necessarily what I think

our team is capable of,” he said. “However, we’re really kind of going after the nationals a little more than we would conference.” Senior Erin Schoenfelder ran the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles Saturday and said despite her disappointment in placing third in the 400-meter hurdles, she was proud of her 100-meter performance. “I didn’t expect to run that fast,” she said. Schoenfelder and sophomore Jaime Ludwigson from La Crosse ran the same time, 14.34 seconds, but Schoenfelder ended up being awarded first place. Placing third with 120.5 points, the Blugolds fell behind UW-Oshkosh and host La Crosse, who won the tournament with 246.5 points. Sophomore Carly Fehler participated in Friday’s events, but due to

“I don’t think it’s outside our reach to have Brandon (Zarnoth) and I both finish in the top three. I would really like to get back to the All-American status.” BART MESTELLE Senior Decathlete

injury was unable to finish off the competition on Saturday. “We had really bad weather on Friday,” she said. “It was definitely a more strenuous meet. It’s been a nagging thing that was just made worse by the cold on Friday. Decided to play it safe on Saturday; focus on nationals.” FEHLER Fehler added she was pleased with the third place and said given the weather, it was a proud performance. The Outdoor NCAA Div. III Championships will be hosted by La Crosse May 23-25 and is on the minds of the Blugold runners as they finish up their season. Schoenfelder said she was mindful of the national championships as she competed during the conference competition. “I was a little nervous just because I wanted to not only run well for our team, but also run a time that would help qualify me for nationals,” she said. Mestelle said he looks forward to placing high among the best in the country at the end of May. “I don’t think it’s outside of our

reach to have Brandon (Zarnoth) and I both finish in the top three,” Mestelle said. “I would really like to get back to the All-American status.” Schoenfelder was also the recipient of both the WIAC Sportsmanship award, which is handed out to one female and male athlete on each team, and the Judy Kruckman Scholar Athlete honor, which is bestowed upon

only one female athlete in the entire conference. As for seniors Schoenfelder and Mestelle, they said the meet was a bittersweet culmination. “It was hard to have the last conference meet of my last outdoor season, but it was a really great team to go out with,” Mestelle said. “I’m proud of what we accomplished.”


SPORTS EDITOR: Andy Hildebrand

Thursday, May 9

Rain hinders ‘golds UW-Eau Claire men’s golf is forced to cancel one day of competition while attempting to qualify for nationals Nick Erickson STAFF WRITER

After teasing the UW-Eau Claire men’s golf team with beautiful conditions a week earlier, the unusually cold spring weather came back one more time to get them. With the Blugolds on the verge of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, the winter-like weather forced the Bobby Krig Invitational, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.), to cancel the second day of competition on Saturday, leaving out a crucial day of golf. The Blugolds placed third out of 10 teams, but they were unable to beat the two teams ahead of them in the standings, St. John’s (Minn.) and host Gustavus, which left the Blugolds out of the national tournament and brought an end to the season for Head Coach Mike Greer’s squad. Gustavus won the event with 298 strokes. St. John’s took second with 304 strokes and the Blugolds took third with 310 strokes. Although the Blugolds were disappointed not to play a second day, Greer said his team still played well because they understood there was only so much they could do. “What I stress in my guys is just dealing with what we can control,” Greer said. “If we had it our way, we would have played, but it was something that was just out of our control and we left it at that.” The Blugolds still saw three individuals place in the top 15 out of 50 participants. Leading the way for the Blugolds Friday was junior Ben Brooks. Brooks shot a 75 on the day to tie for fifth place. He said he put aside the fact that it was 30 degrees with gusting winds and snow and he credits that to placing so high.

“It was really a mental grin focusing on the task at hand,” Brooks said. “I think the mental edge I had on people might have been a reason that I played pretty well.” The lone senior on the team, Tim McCormick, tied for eighth place with 76 strokes. The Blugolds got a big contribution from freshman Andrew Schmidt, BROOKS who shot a 78 and tied for 15th place. Schmidt said he overcame the weather and putted well to help him place high up in the field. “I had so many layers of clothing on that it was hard to swing, so really my putting compensated,” Schmidt said. Greer said Schmidt has made a strong contribution in both the fall and spring for the Blugolds and he is looking for big things out of him for the remainder of his career. “He’s going to be a guy we look to in the future and he’s just all around a good player,” Greer said. The Blugolds found out Sunday they were not invited to participate in the national tournament. Even though they fell short of their ultimate goal, Greer said it was still a memorable year and a joy to coach the young men on his team. “We just had a really united group of guys and we’re all in it together,” Greer said. “I think that’s the thing we stress most is being one unit and working towards a goal.” With all but one returning next year, the Blugolds enter the offseason with optimism. Greer said he knows his team has what it takes to work hard and take the next step to not only making it to nationals, but placing at it.

“It was really a mental grind focusing on the task at hand. I think the mental edge I had on people might have been the reason that I played pretty well.” BEN BROOKS Junior Golfer

“I’m just looking forward to them working hard this summer and look for this group to come together this upcoming fall and really reach the goals that we maybe fell a little short of this year,” Greer said. Brooks said he can’t wait to get back out on the course in the fall to begin next year’s journey. “There’s a ton of talent on this team,” Brooks said. “The guys hopefully see what it takes now and hopefully they want it as bad as I do so I can have a good senior year and hopefully we can go to nationals.”

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CURRENTS CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry

Thursday, May 9

Sculpture Tour Eau Claire moves to Water Street

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Construction on Barstow Street causes Eau Claire tradition to change locations

Courtney Kueppers COPY EDITOR

A street infamous for student nightlife is currently receiving a cultural upgrade due to downtown construction. South Barstow Street is among the Eau Claire avenues that will be engaged in recon-

struction over the course of the next few months. Aside from the headache this may provide those who travel this lane as a part of their usual route, it leaves the Sculpture Tour Eau Claire without a home. For the past two years, Sculpture Tour Eau Claire has been primarily displayed on South Barstow Street, but as construction begins, the

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RIDE ‘EM COWGIRL: The 2013 sculpture tour has been moved to Water Street from its original home on South Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire.

sculptures will find a new home on Water Street. James Hanke, who serves on the sculpture tour board, said when a new location needed to be identified, Water Street “was a perfect fit.” “Water Street is indicative of an area of the community where people are encouraged to walk from shop to shop,” Hanke said. “It makes for a very nice fit for the sculpture tour.” Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is a 100 percent donation funded, volunteer-driven organization that strives to bring community beautification to Eau Claire. When the project started in 2011, the sculpture tour was a display of 27 original sculptures on the sidewalks of downtown Eau Claire. Today, the sculptures remain in Eau Claire due to donations to the Sculpture Tour Endowment Fund, said Sue Bornick of the Eau Claire Community Foundation. One of the original goals of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire was to foster appreciation for public art. As the sculptures now make their way to the center of the student ghetto, Hanke does not foresee this goal being compromised. “We assume that people are going to recognize this as art and treat it as such,” Hanke said. Hanke, however, acknowledged the sculptures are going to be interacted with. Over the years, he has witnessed a multitude of bar goers as well as children and families climbing up on the sculptures to pose for funny pictures to post on Facebook. Hanke said he’s actually okay with these activities, and will continue to be when it happens on Water Street. “Those types of things are going to happen. The pieces we have selected are reasonably

How living larger is harming the planet Eau Claire no exception to concerns voiced by proponents of living smaller Alex Zank NEW EDITOR

The nation has been living larger than ever before. U.S. Census data show that the average size of a new home in 2010 is 2,392 square feet, compared to just 1,660 square feet in 1973. This worries some, including Graham Hill, founder of the environmental blog TreeHugger, who now is working to show people that we can live smaller and buy less. Hill spoke on campus Wednesday, April 24 in the Dakota Ballroom and showed how living a simpler life is possible. But he’s fighting a national trend that will prove hard to change; a trend that is having a harmful impact on the natural environment. In Eau Claire, according to a 2011 Census estimate, 38.2 percent of households have two cars available, and 21.7 percent have three or more. Compared to U.S. 2011 estimates, about 37.5 percent of households have two cars available and 19.1 percent

have three or more. Professor of geography and Chair of the department Douglas Faulkner recalled when he moved into a new home in the 1960s that was not even 1,800 square feet, and had a single car garage, which he said was standard. “It seemed very large (back then), but by today’s standards would be kind of on the small side,” Faulkner said. “And I just see now, that house when I see it, it’s a small house.” The main environmental impact from this evolving way of living is the increased amount of carbon dioxide being put into the atmosphere, Faulkner said. Burning fossil fuels to create the energy needed during extraction and production of the materials needed for the increased consumption of products, he said, is what is putting more carbon dioxide in the air. Larger homes also mean more energy is used to heat the entire house. “Modern houses are a lot more efficient,” Faulkner said. “They have

a lot more insulation, but they’re also bigger.” Making larger homes also means more materials are being used to construct them. Faulkner said the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at a historic high of 395 parts per million (ppm), when in the past they were only about 300 ppm. Some consequences of the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can already be seen. “The biggest thing is the loss of arctic sea ice,” Faulkner said. “The decline in arctic sea ice has been profound and undeniable.” Extreme weather events are also an effect from the changing climate, as well as more erratic swings of weather behavior. “These erratic swings of our weather … (are) totally consistent with the kind of changes we’d expect when the Earth gets warmer,” Faulkner said. Hill said at the presentation that people, although they have more

sturdy and the sculptures are to be interacted with,” Hanke said. He does however hope the insurance policy the committee has invested the communities’ dollars in will never have to be used. Senior Kayla Ogren does not foresee the move going well, at least not at night. “Bringing it to Water is a good idea for the people who appreciate the culture during the day,” Ogren said. “People are probably going to be climbing on them, something is going to get broken, and the artists may take that personally.” Kyle Butz, who resides on Water Street with a view looking out onto Shenanigans, is no stranger to the surge in noise around bar close. But recently he has heard a lot of comments about the sculptures. Despite occasionally hearing mockery and seeing goofy pictures being taken, Butz still thinks Water Street is a fine home for the sculptures, where he assumes they are often silently appreciated by art lovers. Butz acknowledged the art is not for everyone, but he thinks most Eau Claire residents will appreciate the sculptures. As far as students harming the sculptures when the nightlife is in full swing Butz thinks Water Street has enough cameras and police presence already to deter students from messing with the sculptures. The 31 sculptures of various subjects and materials now add a new feel to the street that is notorious for being lined with students and bars. The committee has no fear that the art is sturdy enough to survive the posing and picture taking that is undoubtedly in the sculptures’ future.

human-caused global climate change, things, are no happier than before she does believe in respecting the enwith a smaller sized way of living. He vironment. She recycles, does not litshowed happiness data in his slideter and prefers to ride show and also spoke her bike. from experience. She said she “I’ve had a large would probably not house (before) and be willing to make a a car and all those lot of the changes Hill complexities,” he was advocating for. said. “I’ve downsized For example, she said and I’m really happy she would never not about it.” own a car. Hill said about 50 “I wouldn’t cut bapercent of our carbon sic comfort to be more emissions are buildsustainable, personaling related. His objecDOUGLAS FAULKNER ly,” she said, although tive is to build a new she said that everyone Geography professor and “model” of the way we should do things like live to make the old department chair recycle. one obsolete. Faulkner said Hill showed phoHill’s suggestions would be a good tographs of his apartment of roughly starting point, but more would have 400 square feet in size, significantly to be done to reverse the effects of smaller than the average apartment climate change. size in New York City. “I don’t know if this is through His living room also acted as his government or just the work of groups bedroom, dining room and an office. at broader scales, but to bring about He had a fold-out bed, a table that a change that people become part of could expand to fit 10 people and pluga social movement,” he said. “It has in burners rather than a full range in to start at an individual level … but I the kitchen. don’t think it will lead to the changes Sophomore Libby Faffler said that need to happen.” that although she’s skeptical about

“Modern houses are a lot more efficient, they have a lot more insulation, but they are also bigger.”


CURRENTS EDITOR: Martha Landry

Thursday, May 9

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races. www.rockfallsraceway.com. — Eau Claire Express Baseball: Amateur baseball league that plays at Carson park. Tickets only $6-9. Season starts the beginning of June and runs through the middle of August. www. eauclaireexpress.com.

Seasonal Attractions — Eau Claire Farmer’s Market: In Phoenix Park. Locally grown produce sold in an open air market. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 12 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Schedule runs from beginning of June through end of October. — Green Oasis Gardens: Chippewa Falls. Garden center. Offers classes. www.greenoasisgardens.com — River Bend Vineyard and Winery: Chippewa Falls. Tastings and Live in the Vineyard Concert Series Sunday. Check riverbendvineyard.com for lineup. — Leinie Lodge Brewery Tours. Free tours starting every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Every half hour starting 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and every half hour from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. GRAPHIC BY TYLER TRONSON / The Spectator

With classes on pause and hopefully summer jobs not taking up all your free time, here are Staff Writer Brittni Straseske’s suggestions for filling up time during an Eau Claire summer.

Festivals & Music — Open Air Festival of the Arts at Phoenix Park: June 8 and 9. Features artwork for sale and on display, music, food and poetry. www.ecoafa.org. ­— Country Fest: June 27 through 30 in Cadott. Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Toby Keith and more. Campsites available, www.countryfest.com. — Northern Wisconsin State Fair: July 10 through 14. Chippewa Falls. Music, vendors, exhibits.

Elizabeth Jackson PHOTO EDITOR

It’s spring! And that means it’s time to start thinking about your summer wardrobe. Instead of just pulling out the regular old jean shorts and t-shirts, the trends for this spring and summer might mean you’re dressing a little fancier. Along with getting the lowdown on the latest fashion trends, UW-Eau Claire students and The Spectator staff take on their favorite and least favorite fashion trends. Junior Hayden Anderson falls in line with bright blue and yellow being hot colors for men this spring and summer. These two colors have been all over the runway for spring 2013. “I’m attracted to the clashing colors. It’s kind of cool,” Anderson said about his favorite fashion trend of all time. He added he isn’t a fan of 1980’s

— Rock Fest: July 18 through 21 in Cadott. Seether, Korn, The Offspring, KISS, Motley Crue, Skillet. Campsites available, www.rock-fest.com. — Country Jam USA: July 18 through 20 Eau Claire. Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, Craig Morgan, Gary Allen. Campsites available, Three day student special tickets available, www.countryjam.com. — Tuesday night blues in Owen Park: Free event run by the Chippewa Valley Blues Society.

Spectator Sports — Ski Sprites Water Show: Award winning ski team. Shows every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Altoona County Beach. Free admission, concessions. www.skisprites.com. — Rock Falls Raceway: Elk Mound. Quarter mile drag racing track open most weekends April through October. Classes of races include sport compact races, bracket races and motorcycle drag

fashion, the over-the-top statements and rebellion that the fashion from that decade stood for. Women should stay on the lookout for fashion that harkens back to the 1920s and 1960s for fashion inspiration. With “The Great Gatsby” hitting theaters soon, drop-waist dresses are sure to be everywhere this summer. Drop-waist dresses can work great as an easy swimsuit cover-up. The 1920’s trend works really well for hot summer parties, but avoid the fringe, which looks great for your Halloween costume, but not so chic when you’re out on the town. If you want to look like a flapper, consider jewel colors like green or blue with subtle beading. The ponytail in its many forms — twisted, side, high, low — has made a comeback (has it ever gone out of style?). Eau Claire senior Kiaya Albers said the ponytail is one of her all-time favorite fashion trends.

Outdoor Activities — Beaver Creek Reserve: Fall Creek. Four hundred acre reserve. Home of Hobbs Observatory, butterfly house, obstacle course and nature center. Has $3 trail fee per person and additional charge for equipment rentals. Hours and events for Hobbs Observatory, nature center and butterfly house can be found at www.beavercreekreserve.org. — Bike Trails: The Eau Claire area hosts miles of trails between the Chippewa River State Trail, Big Falls County Park, along the Eau Claire river and more. — Beaches: Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls, Lake Altoona County Park in Altoona and Coon Fork Lake County Park all offer large beaches, picnic tables and grills. — Outdoor Equipment Rental: The Environmental Adventure Center rents canoes, kayaks, fishing equipment and camping gear exclusively to UW-Eau Claire students. Loopy’s in Chippewa Falls rents canoes, kayaks and inner tubes and offers a free shuttle service that takes riders to and from the river.

“(The ponytail) is a versatile trend ... your hair’s out of your face, you can do anything,” Albers said. Hair trends also are reminiscent of the 1920’s and 1960’s fashion trends occurring this year. A deep side part takes on the 1920’s style, while a messy bouffant takes on the 1960’s style. So get out and look for summer fashion that isn’t grungy shorts and t-shirts. The Spectator Staff reviews their favorite and least favorite fashion trends: Least favorite fashion trend: “I know (fur is) supposed to be timeless and fabulous, but it’s just not. And it’s expensive.” Favorite: “Sundresses — those never go out of style.” — Rita Fay, staff writer

Least favorite: “The fact that (there are) denim jackets for men disgusts me. It is the worst possible thing to have ever happened to a retail store.” — Bridget Cooke, staff writer Least favorite: “Jeans with a ridiculous amount of sequins, especially on the back pockets.” —Haley Zblewski, Chief Copy Ed.

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Lovestock carnival still success Despite the weather, Putnam Hall fundraiser for Bolton Refuge House still draws attendees Nick Erickson STAFF WRITER

An unexpected May blizzard made for a change of plans for Putnam Hall’s annual Lovestock event. The carnival-like gathering featuring grill food and pizza, games, silent auctions and loud music gave something of its own, but perhaps a more welcome gift than six inches of snow. All of the money made at the event was sent to the Bolton Refuge House, a safe space for individuals in Eau Claire who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. While the weather pushed the event from the Putnam Hall lawn into Zorn Arena and dropped some attendance numbers, Putnam Hall resident and Lovestock coordinator Kendall Henderis said the event was still a success. “We’re still really excited about the amount we’re going to be able to donate to them,” Henderis said. “Obviously every amount is going to be helpful to them so we’re excited we were able to put this on at all.” One of the big attractions to the event is the live music. The basketball court in Zorn Arena was transformed into a stage for local musicians. Seven different bands displayed their talents at

the event. All seven bands got in on the charity action as well as they took financial cuts and played for free at the event. “(The music is) totally for people to enjoy,” Lovestock co-coordinator Zach Doherty said. “We don’t pay the bands, so props to all of them.” Junior Stephen Kahlow took advantage of the indoor location, as he cited having class right across the street in Hibbard Hall helped him take those few steps to Zorn Arena. This was the first time Kahlow attended Lovestock, and one particular event made his afternoon worthwhile. “I was mostly just watching the RAs getting pied in the face,” Kahlow said. “I’m good friends with a few of the RAs, so that was nice.” While it was literally all fun and games as the event had carnival-themed games set up inside Zorn Arena Friday afternoon, Henderis said a lot of work was put into coordinating the event. She said it took about eight months to prepare, and while they were unpaid, they all got 15 hours worth of service learning time. She said one of the big things they do in preparation is contact local businesses to help them fund the event. “We’ll send out letters requesting a donation, either monetary or raffle prizes,” Henderis said. “We were really excited to get as many

Let the dancing begin “Danceworks” returns with new student dancers Ryan Spaight STAFF WRTIER

On May 2 through 4, tucked away in Kjer Theatre, UW-Eau Claire’s music and theatre arts department presented “Danceworks 2013” — the annual spring platform for the university’s dance minor program. Assistant Professor of Dance Julie Fox directed the show and choreographed two of the dances showcased in the concert. “For me, this concert began about a year ago,” Fox said. “I sent out a call for professional choreographers in the state and located guest artists to perform in the show.” This year’s “Danceworks” features a few changes to how it is usually done. Previously, “Danceworks” featured the emerging choreography of students, but as the dance program continued to grow, the student concert moved to the fall semester. “In the spring, we’re moving towards consonance with dance programs across the nation, and this is now the primary dance concert,” Fox said. “(The students) are learning form, structure and they’re playing with various choreographic structures.” Jolene Mertens is a senior public relations major and dance minor who was a member of the ensemble: a group of students that auditioned for their role in the show. “With our rehearsal process, we’ve

done the dances so many times I don’t even have to think about them,” Mertens said. “When I get on stage, I just go on autopilot and put everything I have into that one moment on stage.” That is not to detract from how much work goes into fine-tuning the dance, however. “Dance is a lot of work,” Fox said. “It’s work in the studio ... there’s collaboration between the choreographer and the performers; it’s work away from the studio ... processing and thinking about the dances.” The performers put in about 10 hours per week in preparation for the show; they also needed to be concurrently enrolled in a dance class on campus — studying their craft. Sunshinnia Pingel is a senior kinesiology major and a dance minor who was also a member of the ensemble. “My favorite (piece) to dance in was ‘The Other Dance,’” Pingel said. “It was fresh, exciting and constantly moving.” Fox choreographed “The Other Dance,” and it was costumed and staged to resemble a grunge club scene.

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NO CLOWNING AROUND: Junior Lauren Speckin takes a dunk for charity as senior Greta Schultz pushes the button to send Speckin into the icy cold water at Lovefest on Friday.

donations as we did.” Raffle prizes included free passes to this summer’s Country Jam as well as free memberships to Anytime Fitness. The proceeds of the event were donated to the Bolton Refuge House earlier this week, and

despite the sudden change in location, Henderis and Kahlow agreed the event was a success in both money raised and fun. Mother Nature altered the plans of a lot of things late last week, but not enough to alter the success and perception of Lovestock.

Searching for redemption

“Shawshank Redemption” to be final UAC Spring 2013 film Steve Fruehauf COPY EDITOR

In my opinion, Stephen King is amongst the most influential authors in the world. So when I heard “Shawshank Redemption,” a film adaptation of his short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” was on campus I had to go see it. Warning: This review has MAJOR spoilers. The 1994 film stars a young Tim Robbins and, of course, the one and only Morgan Freeman as inmates in a high-security prison. These two are my absolute favorites. They bond over the course of several years while incarcerated but the entire time, Andy Dufresne (Robbins) continually pledges his innocence over the murders of his then wife and her secret lover. While in prison, Dufresne is faced with an unfair warden, aggressive guards and violent criminal inmates. Since he was a banker prior to being convicted, he eventually cops a deal where he handles all the warden and the guards’ finances with the promise

that he gets some special privileges in return. In actuality, Dufresne was handling the warden’s bribe money. With thee special circumstances in place, he was confident that he had everyone’s guard down. This is when he planned his escape. One of his special and most important privileges was having a poster in his jail cell. Over the course of the next 20 years, Dufresne continually tries to dig his way out through the wall behind the poster. While digging, he makes sure to keep up his daily routine like nothing happened as to avoid any suspicions. He continues to work in the library, one of his other privileges, and he keeps up discussion with Ellis Redding (Freeman) until the day he finally finishes the digging. Viewers learn of his departure after he is absent at early roll call. The guards search his cell completely and soon find the gaping hole behind the poster. What a clever way to escape! They learn later Dufresne not only escaped successfully, but he also took all of the warden’s money. After the police got wind of the bribe money, they came to arrest the warden but he had already killed himself to avoid persecution. The head prison guard was

also arrested. Dufresne then got a hold of Redding, who was still in jail, and told him he left some of the money he took and put it under a tree. He advised Redding to go there and collect it once he was set free. When he finally did get parole, he did just as Dufresne had said and found the money. They then both meet up in Mexico where they relish their release from jail. I think the plotline of this film alone should get people interested in viewing it. King is so smart with how he interweaves all of the different situations together. If that didn’t cut it for viewers, then the two starring actors should have. Robbins and Freeman are amongst the most famous actors of all time. Any movie they are in should attract people. Robbins in “War of the Worlds” and “Bull Durham” along with Freeman in “Seven” and the “Batman” trilogy were all great performances. I would suggest this movie to anyone looking for a classic. The combination of Stephen King’s writing and the acting performances by the two leading men makes for an unbelievably well prepared and executed film. Pick it up, watch it and relish in the works of several professionals.


OPINION / EDITORIAL

OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent

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Once a Blugold, always a Blugold University affiliates continually find ways to commemorate those who have died Steve Fruehauf COPY EDITOR

To some people, being a Blugold means continually being a model student. If they go to class, pay attention and get good grades, they are doing their job. Others think it means being a supportive teammate. These people train rigorously, work their tails off and support their fellow Blugolds in whatever sport or organization they belong to. But for me, being a Blugold means that and more. My definition incorporates the importance of caring for all affiliates of the university as well. With that said, I think the UW-Eau Claire students’ ability or way of showing they care about others is something that sets them apart from not only other universities, but other groups of people. We lost one fellow student this past month. That’s one too many and Eau Claire understands that. While death is always unfortunate in any circumstance, there is something positive that can be taken away from it here. For each Blugold we lose, I see at least one thing that commemorates their life while on campus. For example, after people heard about the fellow student who died last month, there were ribbons all over the walking bridge connecting Water Street and campus in remembrance of him. Along with that, I saw several Facebook and Twitter comments

reminiscing about favorite experiences with the student. Another way to honor those who have died is forming a message out of rocks at the bottom of the walking bridge. Last year after a student died in the Chippewa River at the beginning of the fall semester, people wrote out his name in the rocks and left it there for everyone to see.

Along with that, I appreciate how the university’s dean of students always alerts us when someone dies. I think this in itself connects everyone on campus. We are all aware of it and we can all grieve together. It’s important to approach any situation like this as a team. Because of this, I think the university understands the idea of community very well. Last week’s Day of Remembrance ultimately affirmed my thoughts. The interim chancellor and the student body president both spoke about all of the Blugolds the university has lost this past year. Along with that, it was special to hear The Singing Statesmen come and perform for all attendees at the event at Davies Center. This community of staff, faculty and students at Eau Claire should be proud of their continued effort to keep those who have died alive through the university. It’s important to know that every life matters, every life means something and every life is a loss. I can confidently say I’m proud to be a part of this community, this university and this group of caring people here. I’m proud to say “Once a Blugold, always a Blugold.”

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It was a daily reminder to fellow students that the university is short one person. I’ve also seen people put things like flowers or something the person was known for on the walking bridge as well.

Fruehauf is a sophomore English education major and Copy Editor at The Spectator.

Making campus sustainability more than just a promotional factor Davies Center set high standard of sustainability; hopes that education building can match Martha Landry CURRENTS EDITOR

When you walk into the Davies Center, you immediately get the feel of an open and natural space. But the more you get to know the building, the more apparent the amazing additions actually are! More than the terraces to catch some rays or the grand piano in the second floor lounge, the fantastic sustainable measures are my favorite parts of the building. What? You didn’t know about them? I’ll give you a quick run down —Green roof with gardens to collect storm water run off — Floor tiles made from recycled materials — Local or recycle wood and stone work —Local and organic food served by Blugold Dining — LED light fixtures

— Windows that keep heat in or heat out —A ventilation system that reuses air instead of constantly heating or cooling new air —Automatic lighting which dims lights when necessary — Water conserving restroom facilities — Solar panels on the roof — Recycling and composting availability The list can go on and on. The building cost $48.8 million and was paid for by student dollars, according to the university website. With this money, we were able to make some significant upgrades from the old Davies Center and this helped our image as a green university. For the third year in a row, UW-Eau Claire was named among the top green universities by the Princeton Review. According to a university press release, some of the reasons Eau Claire was again named a green university included the Sustainability Fellowship Program, campus Trash Talks, green certified cleaning products, local and organic food and new construction meeting a

rating system comparable to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is a third party verification of green buildings. Now, UW-Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point were also included on this list, so let’s not get too high and mighty. But it still makes me incredibly proud to go to a university that puts sustainability as such a high priority. As (I hope) everyone on campus knows, we are in the process of building a new education building which is set to be in use by spring 2014. After going above and beyond, I hope the university plans on making green features in this new building, just like the Davies Center. I am aware that in real life people don’t allocate an extra million dollars or so just out of the goodness of their heart, just because they want an Eau Claire university building to be a little bit ‘greener.’ In real life it boils down to dollars and cents and “how can we make this cheaper?” The budget for the education building is $44.5 million, according to the university. Not a

cheap little project at all! The big difference between the two buildings lies in the funding: students vs. state. I haven’t seen definite, concrete sustainability additions for the building but in the Program Statement and Pre-Design Study they outline ideas. More use of natural light, reduce waste, look into the possibility of using on-site renewable energy and water-use reducing facilities are all listed as intended sustainability projects. But there are also statements like, “The design team will investigate opportunities for incorporating rapidly renewable materials into the project.” They are very general and vague. Davies set a really high standard for our university. I really hope our university is taking sustainability seriously and not just using it as another addition to their homepage or detail on the walking tours. Landry is a junior journalism major and Currents Editor of The Spectator.


OPINION / EDITORIAL OP/ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent

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Beyond the textbooks A college education provides more than just better job opportunities Alex Zank

NEWS EDITOR It seems like every semester around finals week I get this strange, glowing feeling. I feel like there is nothing else left for me to know; it’s as if everything in the world makes sense and I understand all there is to know. I feel comfortable with the world and myself, and everything seems perfect. But I’m always surprised at the start of the next semester in September or January how wrong I was every December and May when I had this recurring feeling. Upon recent reflection, I realize how important this constant process of learning is to me. Thinking back to the end of high school and how little I knew then compared to now, I’m almost ashamed. I don’t know what I could possibly be doing with myself. I’m not saying I couldn’t function as a productive citizen out of high school, but just looking back at what I had not learned, it feels like I was a different person.

These feelings I think speak to why I am willing to borrow another $4,000 every semester to pay for college. My education means more than just an investment to get a better career. It is an investment in myself, to be a better person in ways I can’t really describe. I apologize for being so abstract, so I will offer some examples. I have spent a lot of time walking home thinking how semi-proportional representation could make our electoral system better. And I love spotting Machiavellian and Mill-esque dialogue in “The Walking Dead.” Shane is quite the Machiavelli disciple, in fact. One more example: I love trying to measure how much utility I get from almost any action I take, like riding my bike to class (I gain many utils from this) and eating spaghetti with actual hamburger in the sauce (my utility gained goes through the roof then). I don’t think my brain would be functioning at this heightened cognitive level if I were not getting an education. So I do not regret for a minute that I am here. Something to keep in mind, though, is that I will eventually have to graduate. But that does

not mean the learning process will stop there. With my solid background in being a critical thinker, developed by my wonderful professors at UW-Eau Claire, I know I will never stop gathering knowledge.

Upon recent reflection, I realize how important this constant process of learning is to me. And I think the utility I gain from being at this university and learning everything I could ever want to leads me to think this is the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, and not just

because I’m going to get a good job with my bachelor’s degree. I love this place so much that when I was recently awarded an opportunity to study politics and journalism next fall in Washington, D.C., my initial reaction was actually one of mild sadness. The fact I had to leave this place for four whole months was the first thought that went through my head. My one request for all of you reading this is to think about what the education you are getting means to you, and to truly cherish the opportunity we have all received at Eau Claire. I hope that you are all getting the same thing out of this time here as I have. This place has transformed me into a person I never thought I could be, and I am forever glad to be a Blugold. Plus, this college education makes watching “The Walking Dead” more fun for sure.

Zank is a senior journalism and political science major and News Editor of The Spectator.

Drinking on the job A recent ordinance in Wisconsin may outlaw drinking on the job for bartenders Rita Fay

STAFF WRITTER The Tavern League of Wisconsin recently had its spring 2013 conference in Eau Claire. Along with a conversation about tougher drunk driving laws, on the docket was a recent Neenah city ordinance outlawing drinking by bartenders while on the job. Neenah, a city near Green Bay, has postponed an ordinance that would require Neenah bartenders to remain sober and not drink alcohol while on duty. According to an article in The Leader-Telegram, the ordinance was postponed because Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson is currently working with tavern owners. I can understand the concept behind this law. If a bartender is drunk, he/she has no control over their cus-

tomers and cannot properly supervise the number of drinks a person has and when they should be cut off. However, I disagree entirely with this law. It should be up to a bar owner or manager to decide whether the bartenders can drink or not. If and when a bartenders’ drinking becomes a problem while on the job, the boss will notice. If they allowed their workers to drink too much they would lose customers, money, and be liable for a number of lawsuits. This is Wisconsin for godsakes. We live on cheese and beer. Throw a rock and it’s probably going to hit a bar. Am I the only one that was brought into a bar under the grandfather law as a kid? I know I’m not alone. For those with boring and sober parents, the grandfather law allows those under 21 to be brought into a bar and drink if they are with a parent. We know how

to handle our liquor. I was at a bar that will remain nameless on Water Street the other day and the bartender was talking about this law and I was eavesdropping. He was saying that if he ever got too drunk to do his job he would be fired right away, not even given a second chance. At many of the bars on Water Street and in Wisconsin, drinking with the bartender is a social interaction. Customers expect their favorite bartender to take a shot with them. I’m sure they have their tips and tricks to stay sober while still pleasing the customer; it’s part of their job. Unfortunately, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunk driving in the nation. While that fact is upsetting and something should be done to decrease that number, blaming bartenders is not

the answer. Blaming a bartender for drunk drivers is equivalent to blaming McDonald’s for making you fat. It’s a personal responsibility; bartenders are not babysitters. An article in the Pioneer Press states that three communities in Wisconsin follow this law — Madison, La Crosse and Jackson. That same article found that enforcement in these areas has been spotty. Violations of the law could result in fines of $90 to $300. The Leader-Telegram article states that the Lake Hallie Golf Course has its own rules that do not allow bartenders to drink on the job. I’m sure most bars, like the golf course, have their set of rules in place that their employees must follow. Co-owner Dino Amundson said they have an official policy in place, but it’s also common sense for the bartenders. I know that I made jokes earlier about how big of a drinking state Wis-

consin is. While I’m proud to come from Wisconsin and love having few beers with my family and friends, our drinking culture is dangerous. We shouldn’t be proud that we are one of the biggest binge drinking states in America. Perhaps I can come off as a bit hypocritical here because I am an of-age, drinking college student, but I don’t plan on keeping up my habits when I get out of college and I probably shouldn’t have started in the first place. The solution to decrease binge drinking and drunk driving doesn’t lie in enforcing stricter laws, it requires a change in our culture.

Fay is a senior English major and staff writer at The Spectator.


OP / ED EDITOR: Emily Albrent

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Every week, Op/Ed Editor Emily Albrent will find stories that are incredibly weird in nature and tell you why they are so awesome. This is the place to come for those stories that will shock you, surprise you and hopefully make you laugh. Soda no-no

Fallout freakout

I’m all for the noms, but this is straight up crazy. Poutine flavored soda is now a thing thanks to Jones Soda Co. and it should really just remain a thing of the past. For those of you who don’t know, Poutine is a Canadian dish that is basically French fries and cheese curds slathered in gravy. I mean that sounds delish, but not as a flavor for a soda. Get real, Jones, come on. Apparently it is supposed to have “a nice balance of rich, savory gravy over a starchy potato base, and accented with those fatty, cheesy notes you expect in a plate of poutine.” None of those descriptive words put together makes any sense and it all sounds disgusting. Seriously, “fatty” is not a word I want to describe anything I eat or drink unless I’m in one of those moods where everything bad for me is just the best thing in the world. But never ever will this poutine drink sound good. Thank goodness it is only available in some parts of Canada, including Quebec, Ontario and Vancouver. I am almost shedding a single tear over how ridiculous this is, even for Canada.

Now is seriously the best time to be pumped that you are fro, or go to school in Wisconsin. A family in Neenah, Wis. found a fully stocked fallout shelter in their backyard 50 years after the Cold War. It held enough supplies so that a family could survive for two weeks underground. The contents of this fallout shelter included food, clothing, medical supplies, tools, flashlights and batteries. Everything was well preserved and many were stored in airtight containers. This is so awesome. I would love to randomly find a hidden treasure in my backyard. The fallout shelter is as real of a time capsule as you can imagine. Think about all the history that was hidden away for so long. Just think, you could create your very own museum in your backyard. The family donated all of the belongings to the Neenah Historical Society, which in all honestly is the best thing to do. Artifacts like this are meant to be shown to the public and preserved for many lifetimes to come.

That’s cheesy Cheese and onion chocolate bars are real and I am real tired of people making weird sounding foods that both repulse me and also make me want to rush to the store and pick it up. Sold by an Irish potato chip brand called Tayto, the bar was created in response to a social media campaign led by fans. Huh. This sounds a lot like this whole Lay’s Potato Chip thing that is going around. People are so into making food taste like other kinds of food that it confuses me. I don’t think I really need to eat cheese, onions and chocolate at once. Thanks though. They only made 100,000 and they are already sold out in Ireland, so getting your hands on this weird concoction is next to impossible. The company’s CEO Eamon Eastwood describes the candy as unusual and having a crunchy chocolate texture with the lingering taste of cheese and onion. Eh, I don’t know guys. Would you try them? I’m always down for something new, but talk about onion breath.

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STUDENT LIFE STUDENT LIFE EDITOR: Katie Bast

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UW-Eau Claire student opens up about his life-changing cross-country voyage in his new book “The Now Testament” Katie Bast

STAFF WRITER

Jared Choate ran across the country because he just didn’t have a reason not to. He was out of money, out of a job and out of excuses. He flew to Surf City, N.J. and ran the 3,000 miles to Santa Monica Pier, Calif. What he learned had nothing to do with physical endurance or his abilities. Instead, he was shown the goodness of people. “I had the good luck of meeting the nicest people in America, I’m convinced,” Choate said. Two years after finishing the run, Choate is planning to bike across the country to promote his book “The Now Testament.” He stresses that the book isn’t about running, it’s about the people he met and the lessons he learned on his journey. “It’s about doing it now, not waiting until later,” Choate said. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Choate moved to Los Angeles in March 2010 to study at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

Choate has degrees from Eau Claire in psychology and criminal justice and is currently working on his nursing degree here, but he said his passion is writing. The mentality that UCB fosters is based on saying “yes” to things and not limiting yourself. Choate said his upbringing reflected these same qualities and that’s what eventually convinced him to do the run. With little planning and preparation, Choate started running on Sept. 1, 2010 and embarked on a trip that would teach him more about other people than himself. As he pushed his baby stroller — which he affectionately refers to as Maybelline — stocked with supplies across state after state, Choate said he would sleep in dugouts of baseball fields and parks. He never sought help unless he really needed it. He said he was lucky enough to meet kind strangers who offered a room in their house or even to pay for a hotel room. Choate remembers one week in particular in Harrison, Ark. The weather was making it difficult for Choate to run, so he planned to stay a few days. He said he had trouble locating a warm

ESCORT IN AKRON: Jared Choate recieves a police escort off the highway in Akron, Ohio. Choate said people were often skeptical of the fact that he was pushing a baby stroller along a highway, but ultimately most people were helpful.

place to stay. He tried calling churches and shelters in the area until he was led to a woman named Joyce and her husband who not only paid for Choate to stay in a hotel for a night, but also let him stay with them when the weather kept him in town an extra day. “They were just wonderfully happy people,” Choate said. “It was really cool just to have a family experience, because I’m on the road all day and just talking to myself or to the cows. Just to feel a sense of family was comforting.” During Choate’s stay in Arkansas, he met some friends of Joyce’s who, after knowing him for about two minutes, handed him an envelope containing $100. Choate said he never even got the chance to thank them and hopes the book accomplishes that. In the end, the weather forced Choate to spend about a week in Harrison. He kept himself warm and busy by going to movies and hanging out in restaurants. It was in a Taco Bell near the end of his stay in Harrison that he met Jaccylyn. She was another important figure in Choate’s run. As they struck up a conversation, Jaccylyn invited Choate to join her and her friend to hang out at Wal-Mart, which Choate said is a common activity in Harrison. Over the next couple of days, Jaccylyn paid for Choate’s hotel room, bought him a few meals, and drove him to the next town so he could continue his run. He said the ride he got from Jaccylyn was one of only a few he accepted out of necessity. While he met many people who offered help, Choate noticed that the people offering the most help were often those who didn’t have as much to give. “All day long, cars would drive by and it was not infrequent that cars would stop,” Choate said. “But it was never the SUV with the new grill up front or the spinning rims. It was seldom the people you’d expect. The people who needed help the most were the ones to first offer it without even thinking twice. You learn more from having a little than having a lot.” Just as his run wouldn’t have succeeded without the help of those he met along the way, Choate said his wife and

friends were integral in making sure he Jared Choate said he has spent was safe and on track. During the run, much of his time since the run reflecting he considered his wife Kelly Choate the on the mental aspects of the run, not the headquarters of the operation. physical, and that is what’s in the book. “He needed someone to be his eyes,” He describes the book as more of a Kelly Choate said. “He needed somebody mix tape, referring to the chapters as to push him in the right direction with tracks. Each one is the story of the peoplanning and to be able to know where ple he met along the way and what he he was going to be at the end of the day learned from them. and know where he was going to be waking up. So basically, every morning he called me. We would try to coordinate over the phone while I was on the computer mapping out (the route).” Jared Choate’s best friend, Eau Claire alum Keith McAleer helped with the website and other logistical things. McAleer said he wasn’t surprised Jared decided to take on something like this and only SUBMITTED PHOTOS wished he could have MAYBE IT’S MAYBELLINE: Jared Choate’s trusty side-kick as he helped more. ran across the country was his stroller, Maybelline, which held “It seemed like his supplies. something Jared would do but, (it was difficult) losing control when he started “Hopefully, the book is remembered the run … being far away and not being even more than the run,” Jared Choate able to help him as much as I wanted to,” said. “I have spent a great deal of time McAleer said. trying to pour into the book the heart Jared Choate said he had a hard and soul and love and life and just all the time talking about his experiences after emotions of the run.” the run. His stories felt very personal The book means a lot to Jared Choto him; not many people even knew he ate, but it means just as much to those was writing a book. It wasn’t until a preclosest to him who watched him and sentation in Psychology Senior Lecturer helped him during his run. The determiSharon Westphal’s human development nation it takes to do something like run class that he was inspired to start sharacross the country could inspire many, ing his story. but perhaps the person he inspired the Jared Choate asked Westphal if she most was his wife. would allow him to speak to her classes “He’s walking, living, breathing about what he learned and she agreed. proof that you can just do it if you decide She hadn’t heard Jared Choate’s story that you want to,” Kelly Choate said. “I before his presentation and she was just would love to put myself in an experience as impressed as everyone else. like this...it kind of gives me the chance “He did his presentations on April to do something crazy myself.” 30 and they were amazing,” Westphal said. “My students loved him. He gave “The Now Testament” will be them permission to live in the now and released on July 13 and will be to talk to people. I’m glad for him and I hope he’s very successful.” availble at jaredchoate.com

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