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VOL. 91, NO. 7

FALL 2012

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SHE-NANS The accused UW-Eau Claire international student claims the altercation was consensual, though he was charged with one count of 2nd degree sexual assault and one count of substantial battery. >> see NEWS page 4


A UW-Eau Claire international student, Alexandre Freitas-Silveira, was charged with second degree sexual assault and substantial battery after an altercation at She-Nannigans dance club (415 Water St.) on Oct. 8.



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Parents and friends reflect on the lives of the two who were killed in last week’s Water Street fire


Blugold wrestling names former team captain, Paul Ames, interim head coach

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THEY <3 VHS The Found Footage Festival returns to their alma mater with another collection of bizarre, hilarious VHS finds

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A look at the horsemanship of UW-Eau Claire’s Equestrian Show Team

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The Cabin began selling beer and wine to those of age on Oct. 12, but the planning process took longer than students and organizers expected. Leinenkugel’s products and various wines will be sold by The Cabin’s workers between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, sales will go from 7 to 9 p.m., according to Lauren Bryant, cabin co-chair for the University and Activities

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Commission. She also said the reason for delay in selling alcoholic beverages was due to the logistics of the space. “I think it just took a BRYANT while to decide what the logistics would be; how they’re going to monitor how many drinks people could purchase from the


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Organizing the sale of beer and wine at The Cabin took longer than anticipated

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bar and wristbands,” Bryant said. Drinks will only be served to those student who have had their IDs checked. They will then be given a wristband to wear while at The Cabin, which will be the indication for bartenders to serve them. Coordinator of Student Activities Nicole Rindone said the reason it took longer than originally planned to distribute beer and wine was that planning needed more time. “All the different venues that people could bring alcohol out to, I don’t think were taken into consideration until we really could see the space,” Rindone said. She said the plans that are currently in place are within a trial period and that the layout and rules they have now ELIZABETH JACKSON / The Spectator could change later if issues were to arise. However, they are TWO ON TAP: Currently, The Cabin happy with the set-up for the is serving Leinenkugel’s “Special time being. Ale” and Berghoff root beer on tap. Usher Corps is an organizaThey also have wine available, but tion within the university. Workof-age customers will need to wear a ers are hired for various reasons, wristband to purchase alcohol. including duties like checking but is now offering appetizers, IDs and providing security, if the including jalapeño poppers and need arises. These student workmac ‘n cheese bites. ers will be on the second floor watching students for various Bryant said the inclusion of discrepancies, such as supplying snacks and an adult drink may, alcohol to those underage or even she hopes, help bring in some oldtrying to take a drink outside of er students for the concerts hostThe Cabin, which Bryant said ed at the Davies Center. is prohibited. “One thing Junior Tara about having alWagner is now cohol being served in her second in The Cabin — semester with maybe we’ll reach Usher Corps out more to upperand is one of the classmen,” Bryant student worksaid. “Because ers assigned to we do get a lot of oversee those underclassmen to purchasing alcome to our shows, cohol. but we find that “My duty is with upperclassto watch over men they can go the second floor to The Mousetrap because it’s hard or The House of for the people Rock for music who are below and they’re able to to watch over drink there. So it everyone,” she kind of gives them said. “And I another option to make sure that be on campus.” under-agers arDespite the en’t drinking, arrangement being and by doing LAUREN BRYANT put in place, Rinthat I make sure Cabin Co-Chair done said there are everyone who is still issues being drinking has a raised throughout wristlet and the the campus, but wristlets change they are simply doing their best colors depending on the day.” to prevent problems with the Blugold Dining is not only student body. making changes with beverages,

“... it just took a while to decide what the logistics would be; how they’re going to monitor how many drinks people could purchase from the bar and wristbands.”

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Students fight for a Hmong history class to be added to the University curriculum STAFF WRITER

Students are making some noise now that a Hmong humanities class has been eliminated, making Hmong language at the 101 and 102 levels the only classes related to Hmong culture at UW-Eau Claire. On Oct. 11, a proposal was submitted in hopes of adding a Hmong history class to the Eau Claire curriculum. Ong Xiong, senior biology major and student representative for the Hmong Student Association, said lots of communicating and processing has been going on between advocates for a Hmong history class. The process has taken a while, but the students wanted to outline exactly what they wanted in the VUE proposal. Students collaborated with Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, an associate professor of history who is writing a Blugold Commitment grant for funding for a visiting scholar to teach Hmong history at Eau Claire for three years. On the fourth year, the scholar will potentially be offered a permanent position. “Currently there isn’t really a professor

in the history department who is capable or familiar enough with the topic to teach it ... we kind of need a new history professor in that area,” Xiong said. Recently, advocates have started attending student senate meetings to show the desire and need for Hmong history, Xiong said. Xiong said it will not be known if the proposal is accepted until about a year from now, as the process is very long and extensive. “Oftentimes Hmong history is just touched on briefly in other classes and the problem with that is that it’s not comprehensive or complex enough to acknowledge ... Hmong history,” Xiong said. Xiong said this is why there is such a strong need for one class on Hmong history. Gerardo Licón, an assistant professor in Latin American studies, said the Hmong population is a big part of the Eau Claire community so curriculum would be beneficial. Anything the university can do to includes Hmong curriculum would be a step in the right direction, he said. Charles Vue, associate director of the office of multicultural affairs and current professor of the Hmong language courses, said this is a time where students are searching for cultural information on the Hmong. “Particularly Hmong students are making their voice heard in their thirst for information on their own background. Most students feel they’re the representatives of Hmong

history and culture when they don’t know it themselves,” Vue said. Vue said times were hard for the Hmong before, but now the difficulty has doubled or tripled what it was. Students are speaking up because they feel they’re being cheated, Vue said. This is what their money goes toward. Vue doesn’t believe the lack of Hmong curriculum is intentional. “Some people just don’t look at the big picture,” he said. Currently, 30 students are enrolled in Vue’s Hmong language course, but the capacity is set at 27. Last year, Hmong history month was celebrated for the first time in Eau Claire’s history, Vue said. There hasn’t been a strong individual pushing for this until now, he said. No matter what happens with the proposal, Xiong said she believes students will keep working to achieve their goals of having Hmong curriculum in Eau Claire. Xiong said students will come back after graduation to see how everything is developing. In the meantime, advocates are motivating underclassmen. Piecing the dominating culture of society with the minority helps people better understand the world as a whole, Xiong said, adding that Hmong history provides an eye for that, and that’s why it needs attention.

Lobbying a greater focus with IGA Changes to bylaws sends commission in new direction Alex Zank


The proposed bylaw changes to the Intergovernmental Affairs commission had several student senators speaking with excitement at Monday’s meeting. “This … is the next big, great thing in student governance statewide,” Tyrel Zich, chief of staff, said about the bill during the meeting. “This is the culmination in … trying to organize a structure by which we can manage this … I’m really excited about this.” Vice President Patrick Martin had similar sentiments about the

content of the bill. “We really are the forefront of this,” Martin said at the meeting. “We are just beginning to rewrite how student governments operate not only in this state, but potentially across the nation.” The bill, passed by voice vote with an amendment proposed by Information Technology Commission Director Ben Streeter that dealt with requirements to involvement of the commission, fundamentally changed what kind of commission IGA will be. The major changes to the bylaws are the addition of an IGA intern and adding a legislative liaison aspect. There are also more minor details in the bill such as adding an 11-member cap and the charge for creating a yearly legislative priority summary.

“We are just beginning to rewrite how student governments operate not only in this state, but potentially across the nation.” PATRICK MARTIN

Student Body Vice President


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Culturally starved

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The reason these changes are now coming about is a court case cited in the bill named Keye v. Board of Regents (1990) which sets legal precedent that “greatly expands student government’s ability to formally lobby” on the behalf of students, the bill stated. To summarize the court case, student governing bodies in Wisconsin are actually considered a state agency, and therefore have the ability to have liaisons that enjoy exemptions of reporting requirements that other lobbyists have with organizations that are not government agencies. This means student senate can take a more direct approach to discussing student concerns with state officials. This is what got Martin and Zich fired up. Based on this recent discovery made by senate members regarding the senate’s status as a government agency, Martin said that the changes are being made to IGA in order to reflect this discovery. “We are taking our IGA commission … and turning (it) to a self-contained legislative outreach,” Martin said.

The other major aspect seen in the bylaw changes is the establishment of an intern. The intern will attend local government meeting and do research at the state MARTIN government level, IGA Director Jason Rector said. The intern will receive payment equal to half the salary of the IGA director, as stated in Attachment “A.” The legislative summary, also stated in the attachment, is a comprehensive report of “issues and policies at the local, county, and state levels” that affect Eau Claire students and will include the senate’s official position on such issues. “(The summary) gives (officials) a clear and concise list of what we’re in favor of and where we stand on issues,” Rector said. Martin said the changes of IGA were just the start of what he describes as this newfound authority, and he hopes this paves the way for other student governments in the state follow suit.



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* 6 p.m. — Green Bay Packers Marketing Manager Presentation, Hibbard 102

* 8 p.m. — UAC: Native Slang, The Cabin in Davies Center

* 8 p.m. — UAC: Do It Yourself Daisy, The Cabin in Davies Center

* 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — National Day on Writing, McIntyre Library

* 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Flu shot clinic, Council Oak Room in Davies

“Our Town”

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. Riverside Theatre, Haas Fine Arts Center

Illustration 54 Runs through Oct. 25 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center

UAC Films “Children of Men” This film is set in the year 2027 in a world in which humans no longer procreate. One miraculous pregnant woman must be transported to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of mankind. 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Woodland Theater, Davies Center


NEWS EDITORS: Martha Landry & Chris Reinoos

SONS REMEMBERED Cause of last week’s Water Street fire that killed two has not been determined Steve Fruehauf COPY EDITOR

Just two weeks before they died in a fire at their Water Street apartment, Jacob Clarkson and Ross Livermore, friends since the second grade, talked about having their ashes shot into space. “I don’t remember exactly how it got started but, all of the sudden they started talking about what they wanted done with their bodies when they died … They just talked about how they wanted to be shot up into space and float around…” said Livermore’s girlfriend, Ally Thieme. While shooting one’s ashes into space is rather expensive, people close to the two thought something like it would be a fitting tribute. So during Clarkson and Livermore’s respective funerals last weekend, family and friends came together to build a spaceship out of Legos, the building toys which both enjoyed. Anna Field, Clarkson’s girlfriend, said there has been talk of donating the object to UW-Eau Claire’s Phillips Science Hall as a dedication for the former Eau Claire students. On Oct. 8, police and firefighters responded to a fire that broke out on the 600 block of Water Street. All four occupants of the apartment were there when the fire started. Two of the roommates, Garret Isakson and Casey Malan, were able to get out of the apartment with limited injuries. Isakson was unable to be reached for the story while Malan declined to comment. Clarkson and Livermore, both from Stillwater, Minn., did not get out in time and were found unconscious in the apartment. Later that day, Livermore was pronounced dead. Clarkson was immediately moved to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he died the next day. Clarkson, 22, was a senior physics ma-

jor, and his mother Tina said the subject was more than just another class for him. “He had an astronomy teacher and he liked that area in high school. Then when he went to college he just took physics courses and just got more and more involved with it and it just became a passion of his,” Tina Clarkson said. “He seriously thought physics was everything.” Field said that close friends and family would describe him as a reserved, funny guy. She said that Clarkson was rather quiet but once people got to know him,

computers from an early age. He said that during his son’s adolescence they would build computers together. He also said that when it came to fixing gadgets at his apartment in Eau Claire, Ross’ friends knew he was the go-to guy. A cause for the fire has yet to be determined. Scott Burkhart, deputy chief of the Eau Claire Fire Department, said the investigation will most likely be stalled until the beginning of November. “Information and evidence that is collected at a fire scene has to be available to all parties involved,” Burkhart said. “We don’t want to go in there and disturb the evidence without giving them the opportunity to investigate also. In the meantime to give them a good time to respond, we are kind of holding off our investigation …” Realty Manager of Clear Water Real Estate, Matt McHugh said Clear Water’s office didn’t sustain any fire damage from the incident but did sustain water and smoke damage. As a result, they are currently leasing a space at 220 Water St. They plan on rebuilding at their original site but are uncertain about when that process can begin. McHugh said that due to the damages sustained to the office, the entire building may be a total loss. McHugh said Clarkson, Livermore, and Malan had rented from him since June 2011 and McHugh had gotten to know them fairly well. He expressed his sympathy for Clarkson’s and Livermore’s families. “Since these guys lived directly above our office, we got to see and speak with them more frequently and all four of them were great tenants and great guys,” McHugh said. “Jacob and Ross will be sadly missed by us … Our hearts really pour out to these families who have experienced the loss of their sons.”

“Since these guys lived directly above our office, we got to see and speak with them more frequently and all four of them were great tenants and great guys.” MATT McHUGH

Realty Manager, Clear Water Real Estate

they began to see his sense of humor. Tina Clarkson also said that her son was very comfortable at home. She said it was a place for him to hang out, have no expectations, and spend time with his family. “He was totally doted over by his three sisters. At a young age, they would be carrying him around because he was so darn cute,” Tina Clarkson said. “He was pretty much the center of the family.” Livermore, 21, was currently taking a semester off from school. He was a sophomore computer science major. Thieme said that Livermore was heavily involved with music. He was originally a music major before switching to computer science. He was also involved in the Blugold Marching Band and the trombone choirs at the university. “He wasn’t extremely serious unless it came to music. We would just sit around and listen to music ... His favorite composer was (Ludwig Wilhelm) Maurer,” Thieme said. Bruce Livermore, Ross Livermore’s father, said his son was very involved with


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(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Jacob Clarkson, Anna Field, Mikaela Schwartz, Casey Malan, Ally Thieme, and Ross Livermore at Viennese Ball 2012.

Woman allegedly assaulted at Water Street bar International student arrested, now faces criminal charges Haley Zblewski & Taylor Kuether CURRENTS EDITOR & MANAGING EDITOR

A woman was allegedly was happening until the “very sexually assaulted Saturday, last minute.” The employee Oct. 6 by a 22-year-old UW-Eau chose to remain anonymous for Claire student in a bathroom at this story. She-Nannigans on Water Street. Freitas-Silveira was reached Alexandre Freitas-Silveifor comment but declined. “I’m ra has been charged with one already under investigation,” he count of second degree said, “I don’t need any sexual assault and one more trouble.” count of substantial batFreitas-Silveira tery. Freitas-Silveira is resides in Towers Hall a 22-year-old native of North. Deb Newman, Brazil studying abroad associate director of at Eau Claire. the office of Housing According to the and Residence Life, criminal complaint issaid that while she cansued by the Eau Claire not speak specifically County Clerk of Courts: about one student, in NEWMAN A woman was dancincidents where a law ing at She-Nannigans is broken, the housing when she left the dance floor to judicial board does look into stuuse the restroom. A man with dents who may pose a threat to “spiky black hair” followed her the safety of a residence hall. into the bathroom and locked Incidents that occur off unithe door. versity land are looked at on The man pushed her into both a university level with the the wall, where she hit her head Blugold Code and on a housing and said she didn’t remember office level with the Housing anything between hitting her Judicial Code. head and waking up to two These can be punishable if women standing over her. seen to be a threat to the univerThe two women had tried sity environment. Punishment entering the bathroom, and, ranges from written reprimand feeling resistance, pushed their to expulsion from the university. way in. The women said a man Newman said that students was in the bathroom at the time accused of breaking laws are albut left when they entered. ways given a fair chance. At that point, the victim was “In any case, all students lying on the floor crying with her have a right to due process,” she clothing askew, exposing her said. “Before making any decibody. The man was kicked out sion, (the judicial board) make of She-Nannigans; police found sure they’ve had a chance to talk him shortly after at Dooley’s to the student, to talk to witnessPub. He was taken to the Eau es, before they make a decision Claire Police Department. about what they should do.” The victim was taken to the Once a decision is made police department where she about a punishment, a student was interviewed, then taken to can appeal it for up to 14 days, Sacred Heart Hospital for a Sexaccording to the Blugold Code. ual Assault Nurse Examination. Prior to this incident, FreitDuring questioning, Freitas-Silveira had no criminal reas-Silveira admitted to being cord in the U.S. or in Brazil. As in the bathroom with the woma result of his arrest, Freitas-Silan but said the meeting was veira cannot drink alcohol or enconsensual. ter taverns, had to surrender his A She-Nannigans bouncpassport to the Clerk of Courts er reported the assault to pooffice and must report to the lice shortly after it occurred. county jail three times per week. She-Nannigans management deFreitas-Silveira’s pretrial clined to comment for the story, hearing date is Oct. 24 at 2:30 but one employee of 10 months p.m.; he will return to court Nov. said it was the first sexual assault case that’s occurred at the 1 at 9:30 a.m. for further trial. bar while he’s worked there. If convicted of both felonies, He also said bar patrons and Freitas-Silveira could face up to staff were not aware the assault 26 1/2 years in prison.

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Housing hassles

Grab your friends and get your checkbook ready — it’s housing season in Eau Claire. For anyone who needs a little help on the house hunt, this is part 1 of a 3 part series to assist you in finding the best house for you. Martha Landry NEWS EDITOR

Finding housing in college can be a struggle, but avoiding a few common mistakes can make the process much easier for everyone involved. Freshmen planning on living off campus should have plans in place by October, according to Michelle Mogensen, property manager at University Area Housing. “(University Area Housing) started showing on Monday,” Mogensen said. “So they should have a good idea of what they are looking for, who they want to live with, how much they want to pay for rent going into their first showing.” There are lots of important factors when looking for off-campus housing. Senior Jordan Burnett said neighbors have been her biggest issue, and she encouraged students to look into that before signing a lease. Burnett lives on Fifth and Lake, in what is commonly known as the ‘student ghetto,’ but has non-student neighbors. The police have been called on Burnett and her roommates nine times since they moved in June, she said. Burnett is the only person in her house to receive a ticket. She said the police were called in July and, even though there were only five people in the house, there was a voice violation filed against her. “The cops actually wrote us up for a noise violation and I got a ticket for laughing too loud in our house,” she said. “It was $213.10 for laughing too loud.”

Burnett’s neighbors are a couple who have lived in the house for the past 25 years. Burnett’s landlord has been renting their house for the past ten years, but did not mention any potential problems with the neighbors because the couple had not voiced any complaints in the past. Not all housing situations will be as complicated, though. Sophomore Thom Kishaba has been more than satisfied with his current residence. The best advice he would give to students searching for rentals is to take their time and think long-term. “Don’t settle for something you aren’t sure about and don’t rush into it,” Kishaba. “If you think you can get a better deal, keep looking around for sure.” Kishaba is currently living with his ex-boyfriend and the two have an amicable relationship, but he encouraged students to wait before moving in with significant others. For Kishaba, the most important factor when finding a house is location, a response common across the board. Kishaba previously lived in the downtown area and wanted to be closer to the campus area. “A lot of it is proximity to campus,” he said. “It’s nice to have the ability to walk to school.” Mogensen said those leasing early tend to get the best locations, so timeliness can be important. “I guess there is no easy process to finding an apartment,” Mogensen said.. “Get on top of things as soon as our list comes out — (the properties) are going to be gone in a week so just be organized when going on showings.” Mogensen advised students to stay in one

house or apartment instead of changing locations each year. “I don’t think they realize how much costs and stress is associated with moving every year,” Mogensen said. Freshman Betsy Albers has been struggling with the transition from living in the residence halls to finding off-campus housing. Albers’ group started at 10 people, but has been narrowed down to seven. Albers said they are now considering splitting into two houses. “We have such a huge group that it’s hard to decide how to split up and then also find a big house that we all agree on,” she said. Mogensen said students need to be informed on the houses they are looking at to make sure they aren’t being taken advantage of by landlords or realty companies. She advised students to ask their parents for opinions and do research because being a first time renter can be stressful. Burnett said it can help to introduce yourself to your neighbors, be respectful and talk to your landlord about the neighbors before you sign a lease. “Get to know them, so they get to know your face and name so they can’t label you as just a ‘college student’ next door,” Burnett said. “Be really respectful because it’s kind of a losing situation. Give the neighbors your number because overall I would rather deal with my neighbor nagging me than the police nagging me.” Above all else, Mogensen said trust in a landlord should be on top of students’ wish list.

Professors prioritize their education Research comes second to teaching Rita Fay

STAFF WRITER When professors apply for jobs at UW-Eau Claire, they know that teaching comes first and research comes second. It seems that both professors and students like it this way. Cathy Rex, an assistant English professor, says research and publication is important in the academic and professional field. “At Eau Claire, as at most universities, there is an expectation of publication and research if you’re going to tenure and promotion,” Rex said. With each department the expectations vary, but overall professors are expected to be published if they are going to move up in their career at Eau Claire. Stacy Thompson, an English Professor, says that there is pressure from the Universi-

ty to publish because it’s a reflection of the amount of work a professor is doing. “There’s a fair amount of pressure to be published before you are tenured. So you do feel pressure then, absolutely, because your whole career is going to depend on it to some extent and that’s really nerve-wracking,” Thompson said. The pressure from the university can be diminished if a professor feels their time can be better placed with other commitments. Service commitments, student organization participation and advisor responsibilities all contribute to promotion decisions made by the university. Heather Landrum, a sophomore psychology major, said she was aware her professors did research but didn’t know any specific details. “I haven’t really heard any of my teachers really talk about it. My Psych 101 class is the first class that any of the teachers have said anything about research.” Landrum said.

Eau Claire has much different expectations involving research than a “research one” university, where research comes first and teaching comes second. April Bleske-Rechek, associate professor of psychology, said that the majority of professors are here because they want to teach, but there are a small amount of professors here that think teaching puts a damper on research. Professors at Eau Claire teach 10-15 credits a semester and have advising duties as well. This leaves them little time for their research and publication efforts. At a research school, professors teach one or two classes and the rest of their time is put into doing research. “(Being at a research school) sounds really great, but at the same time I think most colleagues, like myself, we came here because we like to teach, we like to interact with students,” Rex said. Landrum transferred here from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and says that the

amount of research professors do had no influence on the college she chose to go to. “I didn’t want class sizes that were overwhelming because I guess I learn easiest when I read something but sometimes the little bit of extra one on one focus with the teacher makes the difference,” Landrum said. All three professors said that involving students in their research is one of the reasons they love teaching at Eau Claire. Students provide professors with ideas and research participation. “We put a prize on engaging student’s collaborative research. That’s the thing I enjoy doing so I don’t feel pressured … I would say our department values it and a lot of us do engage students in research and enjoy it and do I because we want to,” Bleske-Rechek said.

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POLICE BLOTTER Compiled from University Police records Last Friday night Friday, Oct. 12

Around midnight, an officer was sent to Towers Hall for a report of harassment. The communications center said that a man was harassing several people in the Hilltop Cafeteria and that he was last seen in Towers Hall. The officer met the complainant in the Towers lobby. She advised that someone had reported to her that a male was bothering people both in Hilltop and outside of Towers. She put the officer into contact with one of the witnesses. Meeting with one of them outside of Sutherland Hall, he notified the officer of the occurrences he saw, including the man bothering a girl in the cafeteria and yelling expletives at her. Later he also saw that same man try to put his arms on the shoulders of a couple walking outside of Towers. After seeing this, he and his friends told the male to stop bothering people. He responded in a way that was indiscernible due to his slurred speech. The witness then reported the incident to the Towers resident adviser on duty. After gathering the information, the officer went over to Towers and found the information for the man that was harassing people on upper campus. Upon getting the information from a student in security, the officer proceeded to his room. When the officer knocked on his door, he found the spoke to the subject about his earlier conduct. The man had bloodshot eyes and emitted the smell of intoxicating beverages. When asked if he had been drinking, he denied it and also said that he had not been harassing anyone that evening. The officer stated that it was important to him that people are honest. The man then acknowledged that he had prepared and drank a few “mixers” before leaving his dorm room. The officer conducted a primary breath test, which had a 0.18 result. The officer then issued a citation for underage drinking and also told the man he could either be given a citation for disorderly conduct due to the harassment or attend a diversion program. The student said that he would like to choose the program. Something’s gotta give Monday, Oct. 15 Around 11:30 p.m., an officer was traveling down the Garfield Avenue hill when she noticed that the gate at the bottom had been broken off and was laying on the ground.The gate appeared to be torn. The officer took photos of the damage and moved the gates to the other side of the rail. She spoke to a group of girls who were walking nearby and they said the gate had been intact when they had walked past it an hour ago. She did not observe anyone else around the gate and there were no tread marks. Finding a replacement gate, she put it at the bottom of the hill until the original could be replaced.

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Jon Ames in as interim wrestling coach Alumnus gets chance to head team after being with squad since 2007


Running away with the victory

UW-Eau Claire grabs a conference victory behind the legs of running back Joel Sweeney Bridget Cooke STAFF WRITER


Russ Peloquin, who had been the head coach for the wrestling team the past two seasons, is on sabbatical for the 2012-13 season. In the position to take over on an interim basis is assistant coach Jon Ames, who was a captain for the team in 2009-10. Scott Kilgallon, director of athletics at the university, announced the decision on Oct. 2. “I think the biggest thing is he has a lot of pride in the program,” Kilgallon said. “I've gotten to see him as both a student athlete and assistant coach. He's very responsible. He has respect of his athletes.” Kilgallon says that Ames has more than just a respect for his athletes, but he has a passion for the entire sport as well. Ames, a native of Viroqua, Wis., started wrestling in third grade he said. In his first year as a wrestler, he qualified for the Wisconsin state tournament. “I just saw all the things you could do with it with the traveling and just the competition itself is something I fell in love with,” Ames said. Ames came to UW-Eau Claire as a transfer student from UW-Platteville in 2007 after his freshman year. Two years later he was a captain on the team. He earned a Scholar Athlete award in his tenure on the team. One year after that, he became an assistant coach for the first time. Even though he is just more than two years removed from an active role on the student athlete side of the team, none of the current members on the team were teammates of his. “That's one aspect that is helping me out here. I view them as I am their coach, not as their colleague or a teammate,” Ames said. While Ames was in his first year as an assistant coach in 2010, Matt Rieckoff was a freshman and new to the team. Now in 2012, he finds himself as a captain on the team under Ames. “It's different having a coach so close to our age, but he brings a lot of intensity to the room,” Rieckoff said. “He definitely knows the sport.” As Ames is just recently out of college, there is only just a few years difference in age between Ames and the athletes on the team. “It's a little different because



BACK IN THE DAY: Newly inducted coach Jon Ames in action during one of his wrestling matches as part of the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team.

he’s still young, but that can be an advantage because he knows where we are coming from and what we need,” Rieckoff said. In the two years as assistant coach, he learned under Peloquin, who was in his first two years as head coach at Eau Claire. “The first year was kind of stepping into it, getting used to it and as that year progressed, getting more and more responsibilities (and) learning more coaching techniques,” Ames said. “Then last year, I was the only returning assistant so I was handed a lot more responsibilities. So it was a great opportunity to learn from Russ the kind of personality and mentality that a head coach has to have.” The experience has proven valuable, Ames said. He also said that if he were to have been a head coach right after his time as a student athlete without the assistant coach experience, he would not be able to manage it as well. “If I were a head coach fresh out of college, I'd be able to run the practice, but running practices is only a fraction of what a head coach actually

does,” he said. “Just the logistics and the behind the scenes stuff would have caught me by surprise if I did not get a taste of it the last two years as an assistant coach.” As Ames has started head coaching for the first time, he said he believes he would like to be a head coach in the future as well. “Now that I'm a head coach, I've really enjoyed the responsibility and just the things that go along with being a coach. So, I can definitely see myself whether it be at college, high school or youth, I can see myself being a (head) coach down the line.” Peloquin is on leave from coaching due to what the college is referring to as “personal reasons” including workload since he has additional responsibilities as an instructor in the Kinesiology program. Ames has a degree in Biology from Eau Claire. He does not know if he will continue on the staff following the 2012-13 season, but if he isn't, he said he will look to other coaching opportunities as well as jobs that would satisfy his major.

The rain did not stop the UW-Eau Claire football team from winning Saturday during their Hall of Fame Game at Carson Park against the UW-La Crosse Eagles. Senior quarterback Austin Neu, who threw for 57 yards against the Eagles’ defense, gave credit to the offensive line and running back Joel Sweeney for the team's victory. “We had great focus and our line got great push,” Neu said. “It was a really, really good effort by the line and Joel did a great job.” Head coach Todd Glaser said a hard week’s practice was the reason for the Blugolds’ success against La Crosse, specifically their amount of intensity on both offense and defense within the game. “I thought … that the upperclassmen did a great job of leading our team last week in practice,” Glaser said. "I thought both sides of the ball played really physical." Covering 37 yards over two minutes during the fourth quarter, Eau Claire used their rushing abilities to stay ahead of the Eagles, running for 293 total yards. Thanks to a touchdown in the second quarter by junior running back Joel Sweeney, the Blugolds reached a 17-0 lead with a little less than six minutes to go in the first half. Rushing for the second highest number of yards in his career, Sweeney accumulated 185 yards and

had three touchdowns throughout the game, scoring in every quarter except the third. Glaser said his team had many aspirations going into the game against La Crosse after struggling against UW-Oshkosh, running being a focus point. “We wanted to run the ball and the offensive line did a great job opening up holes for Joel and he ran hard all day,” Glaser said. La Crosse got on the board with a 21-yard field goal two minutes before halftime, making the score 17-3 going into the second half. However, the Blugolds came back five seconds into the fourth quarter. Eau Claire's defensive lineman Cody Gergen forced a fumble, which was recovered by inside linebacker Sean Graham, giving possession back to the Blugolds. Sweeney scored another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, making it 24-9 Blugolds, which would eventually be the final score. Glaser said that his team did well; finishing in an effective way that led them to victory, something they work toward all week. “We came out strong and wanted to play four quarters all the way through,” he said. “I think that’s probably the biggest goal we had and we were able to accomplish that.” The Blugolds will next face UW-Stevens Point on the road Oct. 20.


IN THE RAIN: Quarterback Austin Neu (13) throws one of his 12 passes in the rain at Carson Park Saturday. The Blugolds beat UW-La Crosse 24-9.



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UW-Eau Claire track and field assistant coach Paul Conlin said he does not coach to earn awards or get praise. But he does appreciate people taking notice of his contributions to the team. “It’s always nice to be recognized for your work and your efFormer All-American works with team’s distance throwers forts,” Conlin said. Conlin was this year’s recipient of the Joe Merten CoachChris Reinoos ing Award, created in 2008 and NEWS EDITOR available to part-time assistant, graduate assistant, community or student coaches at the university. The award was presented to Conlin at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday at W.R. Davies Center and comes with a monetary stipend. Head Track and Field coach Chip Schneider, who nominated Conlin for the award, said recognition of Conlin’s work was long overdue. “It’s easy to forget an assistant coach is as important as the head coach,” Schneider said. “A lot of the credit that goes to the team or his group sometimes I end up getting instead of him.” Conlin works specifically with the throwers on the track and field team. In fact, Schneider said he has almost nothing to do with the throwers on the team, making Conlin the de facto head coach of that part of the team. Conlin, entering his 18th season as an assistant at Eau SUBMITTED PHOTO Claire, has an impressive throwSHAKING HANDS: UW-Eau Claire Athletic Director Scott Kilgallon (left) presents track and field assis- ing résumé of his own. He tant coach Paul Conlin (right) with the Joe Merten Coaching Award. was a three-time Division III

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national champion and a five-time All-American during his career at UW-Platteville. Schneider said the throwers have been the most consistent part of the program during Conlin’s tenure. Last year, national champion and All-American Tyler Genovese headed what Conlin called “the best men’s team, as far as a thrower’s group, to ever walk the halls at UW-Eau Claire.” Sophomore Dillon Pariseau said Conlin was very important to his growth as a thrower. Pariseau said Conlin entirely changed the way Pariseau threw, but did so with a calm style that made the transition smooth. “He’s really good at explaining the how’s and why’s of what he’s asking you and making it so you understand it,” Pariseau said. Conlin, who has a full-time job away from the team, said he considers it part of his job to help his athletes grow as people as well. Pariseau said Conlin creates a

close-knit group each year by having the team members get together outside of practice and events and makes sure they work hard in the classroom. Conlin said fostering these kinds of personal relationships is important to him because of his experiences at Platteville. “My coach had a huge influence on my life and still does to this day,” Conlin said. “I only hope that I can contribute to some of these kids’ successes.” Despite the loss of Genevese and other talented throwers, Schneider said Conlin’s charges should continue to find success. “Expect some big things again,” Schneider said. “Every time we think we’re going to lose some guys, he’s going to have another bunch of kids that I think are going to do some amazing things.” Pariseau said the team will start practicing in early November, with the season beginning next January with the Blugold Alumni Open.

“It’s easy to forget an assistant coach is as important as the head coach. A lot of the credit that goes to the team or his group sometimes I end up getting instead of him.” CHIP SCHNEIDER

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Across the universe


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Collin Weyers, a junior philosophy major, traveled to Ghana in spring of 2012 for his study abroad experience. Traveling around Ghana, Weyers would wait at a bus stop where the location would be called out. After havWhen it comes to studying abroad, Colleen Marchwick, a study abroad coordinator, said many students choose locations ing only two scheduled trips with his program and limited time in the classroom, Weyers such as the U.K. or Australia because of their similar ties to European history and a shared language with the United was free to go it on his own. “That was the thrill of it,” he said. States. But there are several other study abroad options that allow students to comfortably immerse While staying there, Weyers discovered Ghana is all about soccer. Some basketball is themselves in a totally different culture. played, but when it comes to sports, Ghana is soccer, soccer, soccer. Amelia Kimball Ghanaians are also very fond of Barack Obama. In fact, they STAFF WRITER have pictures of him on school supplies, Weyers said. They take their politics seriously, putting posters up to show their affiliation. When it comes to Ghanaian food, meat is a luxury, especially red meat. To have a hamburger is high status, but chicken is more common. Most of the food specialties in Ghana are cooked in oil. One of Weyers’ favorite Ghanaian foods was fried plantain, a cross between a banana and a potato.



Joey Marek, a senior operations management major, is traveling to Turkey this winter. Marek is currently in a class to prepare himself for his travels. Marek is currently studying the Turkish language and said it’s interesting because Turkish doesn’t have any connection with English. The language, new culture, and different people are all reasons why people should travel to Turkey, Marek said. The Turkish people are warm and caring, similar to those in the Midwest culture, Marek said. Women dress modestly. They cover their hair, but not with a veil, Marek said. Men dress somewhat similarly to the styles in the United States. All in all, fashion in Turkey is somewhat caught between traditional and modern because Turkey is a part of the European Union. Turkey is also one of the biggest countries in the world for tourism, Marek said. Turkey’s cuisine is Mediterranean. Lots of bread and fruit is eaten, and tea is served at every meal.

South Korea

Tara Young, a junior psychology major, traveled to South Korea in the summer of 2012. Young lived in the dorms with three roommates; two were from China and one was from Korea, so there was a great exposure to other cultures, she said. Despite the heat in South Korea, shorts and tank tops aren’t common. “When it’s sunny, they’d have an umbrella,” Young said. “It’s more natural to be white.” Women in South Korea wear high heels all the time, Young said. Most people live in apartments because the cities are full. Houses are found in the country. When it comes to food, side dishes are a prevalent part of life in South Korea. Several side dishes are served in fancy little dishes. Some side dishes include rice and fermented cabbage with a peppery sauce. Mandu, a dumpling with pork and veggies steamed or fried that can be dipped in soy sauce, was Young’s favorite Korean dish.

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Making a movie into a modern-day show has always been something that I have found interesting. I like how creators can take a two-hour movie and produce it into something bigger with more depth. That’s what originally drew me to the show, “Beauty and the Beast” was which airs at 8 p.m. on Thursdays on The CW. But it is actually a remake of a show that aired on CBS in 1987. Regardless of whether or not the

show came from a movie or is a remake, I think this is one of the best new shows on TV so far this year. Situated mainly in New York, protagonist Catherine “Cat” Chandler (Kristin Kreuk, “Smallville”, “Chuck”) is a no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was younger she witnessed the murder of her mother. Cat would have been next, but a mysterious man saved her from the same fate. Cat knows

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what she saw, which was a combination of a man and creature, but no one believes her. Time has passed but Cat still hasn’t forgotten about that night. Answers start appearing when she takes on a case where she finds fingerprints of a presumed dead man at the scene of the crime. While investigating the case she discovers that the “dead man,” Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan, “Terra Nova”) is actually alive, and the one who saved her that one night so long ago. But there is one more surprise; he’s not completely human. I have to say that I am a huge fan of shows like these. They are just fun and don’t require much thought, which sounds bad, but after a week of classes the last thing I want to do is think. The actors are amazing, especially Kristin Kreuk. I thought that I would hold it against her that she played such a pivotal character in the show Smallville, but she broke out of that mold and was able to play another character.

Something else that I found interesting is that the show is not based in a high school. The characters are adults who have jobs and life outside of class. I found this cool because a lot of CW shows are placed in high school situations, which gets harder and harder to relate to. Out of all the shows that I have written about, this is the one that I will 100 percent keep up with. I think that, if done right, the show will have many more seasons. The only thing that is working against the show is the fact that the first episode went so fast. There were so many different events put into one hour that I found it kind of annoying. I hate when supernatural shows like these reveal the truth about the “mystery” character in the first episode. Suspense is the best part of any show and by putting everything out there right away it takes away that excitement. But that doesn’t make me disinterested in the show, it just makes me wonder where things will go from here.

Martha Landry NEWS EDITOR

It all started with a McDonald’s training video and a group of college kids gathered around a TV in Bridgman Hall. UW-Eau Claire Alumni Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are taking their Found Footage Festival on its eighth tour around the country, showing their film of found VHS tapes made into a hilarious show. “These videotape moments, that may be regrettable sometimes, I think are worth seeking out and nobody else is doing that,” Prueher said. “There is no temperature controlled vault holding on to old exercise videos. We are there to step in and made sure that VHS, which is part of our history, isn’t lost in the ages.” The Found Footage Festival began when the guys were working on a documentary, “Dirty Country,” a film about a salesman who turned out to be a raunchy country singer. After spending five years working on the documentary, they decided they needed to raise some money for the film, but needed to do it without spending any money. Found Footage Festival was their solution. “This is something that seemed like an inside joke amongst our friends, that nobody else would find funny,” Prueher said “We are constantly impressed that other people are as entertained as we are.” Even before college, both of the men enjoyed watching old informational, exercise, commercial videos that made them laugh. “When we got to Eau Claire we started finding more and more videos at TV10 and thrift stores around town,” Prueher said. “We just decided to keep looking and keep sharing our collection with people.” Pickett said they love coming back to Eau Claire because Saver’s always has awesome finds. He said in college they were on a first name

basis with the workers because they were always searching for videos. “We occasionally find home movies,” Prueher said, “But most of the stuff is corporate training videos, promotional videos or other random stuff that ended up on VHS.” They mostly get their VHS from thrift sales, Salvation Army and garage sales. Even with the decline in VHS tapes, Pickett said they have more than enough stored to last them awhile. Prueher said because they are on the road so much, they don’t have as much time to look for videos. Anyone in the area who is going to the show should feel free to bring any VHS tapes that they find hilarious, Prueher said. “Basically the way we do it, is we go out and collect videos for most of the year so we are on tour for about eight months of the year,” Prueher said. “Then we get in the mode — the tape watching mode. That is actually the tough part.” Prueher said that most of the time the videos aren’t even entertaining, they are just bad. Pickett said the chance of an amazing find keeps them digging, though. “The thrill of the hunt ... for us to find these videos,” Pickett said. “I think it’s the same high that a gambler gets. When you find a video that you didn’t know existed, like an exercise video by Fabio ... I think that is the part that gets us both excited.” The Found Footage Festival is playing Friday in Eau Claire at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cinema and tickets are $10. Sophomore Garrett Shok saw the Found Footage Festival last year and is hoping to make it again to their show this weekend. Shok said he tells people they have to go because it is “damn funny.” “It was the funniest things that you would hope to find in videos and they found it,” Shok said. “It was very unique. I had never seen something like that before.”

OP/ED EDITOR: Tyler Hart


Thursday, October 18

Keeping religion out

A young fighter for equality

Egypt’s draft of constitution shows need of separating church and state Alex Zank respondents, believe the Bible CHIEF COPY EDITOR

On Oct. 10, a partial draft of Egypt’s constitution was released and those working on the document requested public feedback. Two controversial articles were left out, both of which deal with treating religious and state law as one. Looking at what Egypt’s constitution could become, it is important that we also take this as a lesson we learned a long time ago, or at least should have. Religion should not play any role in crafting law nor should be used as a factor in deciding which candidate to support in any election. Let’s start by looking at the two articles currently left out of the draft of Egypt’s constitution. There is a proposal to outlaw blasphemy and another giving clerics the responsibility to determine whether legislation abides by Sharia law. The restrictive nature these articles possess can clearly be seen. Hopefully these articles stay out of their constitution. One of the ways we as a nation function as a successful democracy is that we keep religion separate from state. No religious doctrine is superior to American law, and this protects us from slipping into a theocracy where those who do not agree with the prevailing opinion have fewer rights, if any at all. For some reason it appears that still not everyone understands the purpose of this “serpentine wall” — thanks to Thomas Jefferson for this phrase — established by the Framers is to protect us from the dangers of religious rule. A 2006 Pew study shows that “a significant minority,” 32 percent of all

should be more important than American law. It doesn’t end there. A 2011 Gallup survey found that 29 percent of respondents would like to see organized religion more influential in this nation. “More influential” is indeed a broad statement, so we cannot assume they meant religion should influence our law, but the fact remains that a sizable amount of people think that religion should have a greater role in the U.S. This should worry people. There seems to be plenty of worry about Islamic extremism working its way into Egyptian law. There’s good reason for concern, too, since it clearly does not promote true freedom for everyone. So how is it any different in this country? What is equally bothersome to me is that there are people out there that vote for politicians based on religious beliefs and values. This, to me, is just as bad as the person decides which candidate they vote for based on who they’d rather have a beer with. Since when does having a certain religious affiliation make someone more capable of crafting fiscal policy? Does being Christian or Jewish mean someone would make a better commander-in-chief? The answer to these questions is an obvious no. As Egypt continues to work on its constitution — eventually deciding what role religion will have in it — the situation should serve as a good example of what we as a nation should avoid. Please, let’s continue to keep religion out of politics. Zank is a senior journalism and political science double major and Chief Copy Editor of The Spectator.

14-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot by the Taliban is a reminder that we should appreciate our freedoms Elizabeth Jackson PHOTO EDITOR

It wasn’t until just last week that I heard the name Malala Yousafzia, and it was in the worst possible light that I came to know her name. Yousafzia, a 14-year-old Pakistani school girl, is an education activist to say the least. At age 11, Yousafzia started writing a blog for BBC about living under Taliban rule, for which she received a national peace prize. The Taliban were driven out of Yousafzia’s home region of Pakistan in 2009. Yousafzia’s school and other girls’ schools were reopened. On Oct. 9, a gunman opened fire on Yousafzia’s school bus, shooting Yousafzia in the head and neck and wounding two other girls. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban issued a statement saying, “If anyone thinks that Malala is targeted because of education, that’s absolutely wrong, and a propaganda of Media. Malala is targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching secularism and so called enlightened moderation.” Yousafzia remains in critical

condition, unconscious and breathing in my mind. We take that for granted, I with a ventilator, as of Saturday. believe, because we live in a country where The spokesman claimed that everyone is supposed to have the same Yousafzia was not targeted because of opportunities. education. No. Yousafzia was targeted However, I believe that even if because of her bravery, her courage of everyone in the United States were conviction, and her 100 percent equal stand for equality, and Yousafzia and “ It takes a lot for along with her right other girls like her to attend school. anyone to defy even were still not able to It takes a lot for better themselves by the most mundane anyone to defy even going to school, or the most mundane doing whatever they order, but Yousafzia orders, but Yousafso chose with their zia defied and stood defied and stood strong lives, then equality strong against death has not prevailed. threats. It’s because against death threats.” Whether or of her, and other girls not Yousafzia like her, that we need survives this to understand the importance of equaliattack, I hope people understand what ty in every aspect of life, be it education, she stood for, and I hope people folhealth care or wages. low her footsteps to promote equaliIt isn’t just in Pakistan or the Unitty and the betterment of themselves ed States that equality is important; it’s and others. important everywhere. Yousafzia wanted Jackson is a junior journalism and to better herself and the lives of others. To history double major and Photo be able to better yourself, whenever you Editor of The Spectator. so chose, is the ultimate form of equality

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“The crazy thing I did with a cucumber after divorce” “Christopher Walken shows you how to make his recipe for scallops” “Lady Gaga + Prince = The Great Gatsby’?” “Anyone else feel duped by Justin Bieber?” “Miley Cyrus wears a bra as a top on Jay Leno”

Okay, enough. These aren’t dumb tweets from some of your idiot friends. These aren’t even dumb tweets from celebrities or athletes or Real Housewives. These are dumb tweets from a Pulitzer Prize-winning online newspaper and digital media enterprise: The Huffington Post. And they all happened in one day. HuffPo is immense, so its Twitter curators (there are five of them) tweet constantly with a link to every single blog post, every single news story, every single wedding tip, every single inspiring dog story until your feed is entirely inundated with slideshows of “17 outrageous Halloween costumes for pregnant women” and hard-hitting questions like “Can you really clean your home with a balloon?” It’s idiotic, and you’d think such a supposedly reputable news website would try its best to hold itself to a respectable standard, but nope! Clearly, they’re more invested in asking their two million followers, “Did Ke$ha have sex with a ghost?” Sunday, @HuffingtonPost tweeted over 250 times. 250 times! And that’s just from its main news feed. There are 49 sections of the site (which include gems like Huffington Post: Divorce, Huffington Post: Taste and my personal favorite, Huffington Post: GPS For the Soul, which focuses on stress relief and meditation) and each has its own separate Twitter account. And occasionally, they will tweet about the same story two, three, four times, to make sure you don’t miss the fact that “Liam gets tattoo that matches Miley’s. Love it or hate it?” They really, really need your opinion, you guys! Don’t let them down! (Personally, hate it).

“ ... you’d think such a supposedly reputable news website would try its best to hold itself to a respectable standard, but nope! Clearly, they’re more invested in asking their two million followers, ‘Did Ke$ha have sex with a ghost?’” Let me remind you that this publication won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in the category of National Reporting. I hope by now you’re wondering “HOW?” Well, it went to HuffPo’s David Wood, who wrote a ridiculously excellent 10-part series of detailed profiles about wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan called “Beyond the Battlefield.” So don’t worry; they didn’t win it for tweeting “Matthew McConaughey looks way too thin.” That brings up my biggest point. By intermingling gut-wrenching Pulitzer Prize winners with wishing Marie Osmond a happy birthday, it creates one hell of an unmendable disconnect.

Instead of waterlogging their followers’ feeds with “The one item Alexa Chung spent all her money on” or a Real Housewife of NYC’s wine-drinking secrets, HuffPo ought to try their hand at more critical journalism. That way, it’ll cut down the nonsense and really make a difference. When Wood won his Pulitzer, HuffPo editor-in-chief and namesake Ariana Huffington said that she was proud both of Wood’s individual achievement and of HuffPo’s commitment to enterprise reporting, saying, “great journalism is thriving on the Web.” That statement tastes pretty salty to me. Christenson is a senior journalism major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator.



OP/ED EDITOR: Tyler Hart

Thursday, October 18

Piracy in the information age

How we can rationalize the benefits of file sharing for artists and for fans Zack Katz

STAFF WRITER Given our capability to communicate in the age of information, Internet piracy is largely unavoidable. So, why is there such a stigma attached to file sharing? Objectively speaking, sharing information without the consent of authors is stealing. In spite of this, we may be too quick to dismiss piracy without taking time to rationalize its benefits. I do believe there is a mature, sensible approach to file sharing. But the million-dollar question is, when would Internet piracy be acceptable, even beneficial? Ethically, we consider pirating to be taboo. For this reason, I don’t think we’ve spent enough time exploring the benefits of pirating and how it can actually promote artists. First, I think we should stop to consider the fact that the authors of pirated information are not necessarily being hurt by it. File sharing, more often that not, removes barriers for individuals trying to share music, film and, most importantly, ideas. Making a piece of art more accessible also makes it more discussed, experienced and defined. That, for me, would be more beneficial than selling a larger number of copies. I think a common example is the “try it before you buy it” argument. Given the high prices of computer games, albums and movies, I feel we should be entitled to some sense of what we’re purchasing before we commit to it. If we’re interested in a product, we give it a try. If we like it, we buy it. If not, we delete it and move on. Pretend you’ve purchased the rights to a film or an album, but you’re not satisfied with the quality. Would

you consider yourself entitled to a better version of that work? In my opinion, that depends on if you feel you’ve paid a fair price for the quality delivered. Say, for instance, we are unsatisfied with ‘The Avengers’ in normal quality. I would venture to say this entitles us to the Blu-ray edition. Consider how much we pay for satellite television packages and Netflix. Have you ever been frustrated because you don’t use the large majority of the channels you pay for, or can’t find any movies you like on Netflix? Pirating is essentially creating a playlist of exactly what you want, and cutting out all of the unnecessary media you will never use. Economically speaking, piracy is a naturally occurring effect of inflated pricing. If pricing surpasses the demand for products, then people simply won’t pay. The problem for many is, if we can’t beat pirates, do we join them? I think a larger number of people would answer no. Even so, file sharing will always exist, so I can’t help but consider the benefits. At a glance, it seems dishonest to think we could work around the wishes of an author. Respecting the work of an artist is important, but we should also consider that piracy is unavoidable. I do believe there are honest reasons for pirating a work. Personally, if I were to steal a film or piece of music, it would be to promote the work and in turn support its author. For me, supporting artists intellectually seems more valuable than supporting them monetarily.

“ I do believe there is a mature, sensible approach to file sharing.”

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

Romney’s latest snafu


Campaign blogger compares Obama to KKK


Last week, official Mitt Romney campaign blogger John Hawkins tweeted, “A white woman voting for Barack Obama is like a black woman voting for the KKK.” Hawkins’ tweet, of course, is only the latest in a long series of snafus the Romney campaign has committed (oh hey Mittens ­— those 47 percent of Americans voting for Obama “no matter what” especially aren’t going to change their mind after you ridicule them for being “entitled to healthcare, to food.” The president’s job is to work for ALL Americans, not just the 53 percent who do pay their income taxes.) I’ve managed to keep my mouth shut for the majority of election season — unusual for me, particularly when concerning women’s issues and/or politics — but after reading that I couldn’t quell my opinions any longer. Hawkins is not only needlessly bringing sex into the electoral process, but race as well. Let’s first get past the fact that his KKK claim is absolutely ludicrous; Hawkins’ analogy isn’t even congruent. By creating the KKK parallel, Hawkins is insinuating that a white woman voting for Barack Obama is masochistic and wishing to inflict pain and prejudice upon herself. (Not to mention his analogy draws a comparison between President

New state report cards are set to be made public Oct. 22, and they’re not for students. The new report cards will give ratings to area public schools in categories like math, reading, attendance, ACT test participation and ACT performance. Scores for each school will be given out on a 100-point scale. Members of the editorial board at The Spectator voted unanimously against the new report cards. One speaker compared the rating system to

Obama and the notoriously contemptuous, hateful, and highly-prejudiced Ku Klux Klan; but that’s an opinion piece for another day). T h i s couldn’t be further from the truth. Women — across all races and ethnicities — voting for Obama are doing so because they know they have the right to control their own bodies, their own sexual and reproductive decisions, and their own lives. This election has become a sea of sound bytes, one of the most popular being the “war on women.” Those issues, of course, are important. I’m incredulous that we’re debating whether or not women have authority over their own bodies. It is not 1950. Or even 1960. We have gotten past this; it’s called the second wave of feminism. I don’t know why it’s suddenly been called back into question, but allow me to clarify: Women are equal and contributing members of society. We have opinions and views on the state of the economy, healthcare and education. We are able and equipped to

the “No Child Left Behind” act, which rewards schools with high test scores and doesn’t benefit schools that are struggling. The report cards will create a snowball effect in the same way NCLB did. Another speaker agreed, saying the schools with lower scores will have less access to resources than the more successful schools. The numerical value assigned to each school won’t take into account things like median income of parents,

engage in dialogue about these issues just like anyone else, but suddenly we can’t, because now we’re busy fighting for rights we’ve already fought for before. With Obama in office, women are more likely to be paid the same wage for the same work as men under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Obama signed into law at the beginning of his term. Women also are not in danger of having their abortion rights stripped from them; while Mitt Romney wants to overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade, Obama will uphold it. And while Romney hopes to limit access to birth control via insurance, “Obamacare” enables more insurance plans to cover birth control, ultimately cracking down on unwanted and teen pregnancies. Race has nothing to do with it; Hawkins’ analogy is callous and meaningless. Sex, unfortunately, does. Because the “war on women” has been made such a crucial part of this campaign, women need to be aware that who they vote for affects whether we can continue to make progress in other areas – the economy, the budget, job creation, education, and so much more – or whether we regress to fighting for control of our bodies. Kuether is a senior journalism major and Managing Editor of The Spectator.

access to resources or previous funding for a particular school. The 100-point scale was a problem for many members of the board. A numerical value for success devalues the importance of things like creativity and social interaction, which is at least as essential as math or reading skills. These things are impossible to break down into a number, so the schools with better test-takers are the ones with higher scores. In the end, it’s an issue of who gets the funding. One speaker questioned the necessity of the report cards in the first place. Schools are already judged on test scores, so

the new report cards just seem like an extra, arbitrary number to be thrown around. It’s like making a new law that already exists in a different form. Members of the board agree that it is good to reward schools for doing well, but we must keep in mind that it is a public school system. Schools in a public system shouldn’t be working against each other in competition for funding. In the end, it comes down to providing education for our future, and getting an acceptable education shouldn’t be an issue for any child in our public school system.


UW-Eau Claire Equestrian Show Team says it’s not only a competitive team but a family; finds showing horses empowering Emily Albrent

CHIEF COPY EDITOR When senior Shandi Siegl first joined the UW-Eau Claire Equestrian Show Team her freshman year, she was looking for a place to belong. Now, she sees the team as more than just an organization. “It’s like we are sisters … it’s like having a second family,” Siegl said. The Equestrian Show Team is a branch off of the original organization, the UWEC Equestrian Club, where they focus on riding, not showing. The Show Team was developed because the organization was finding more and more girls wanted to do more with horses, Siegl said. Any full-time university student can tryout and join, but senior and President of the Show Team Bryanna Hoeper says that she prefers students who have some experience with riding. “We really do take anyone, we do prefer that you know how to ride horse because we are a competitive team,” Hoeper said. “So if you have never ridden a horse before it is quite hard to get into


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the showing aspect while you’re still learning to actually ride a horse.” The organization consists of 15 members — all women — but men are encouraged to join as well. The Show Team focuses on both Western and English types of horseback riding and showing styles. The team practices once a week at River Bluff farm in Elk Mound, Wis. where they ride a different horse each time in order to prepare for their shows, Hoeper said. They ride different horses each time because when they compete, they do not know the horse they are going to ride there either, Hoeper said. For Hoeper, joining SIEGL the Show Team was a way to take a break from school and to de-stress. “I didn’t want to study more, I didn’t want to learn more about academics, I wanted my

horses, I wanted an out with horses. I tried other (organizations) but it wasn’t as fulfilling as the equestrian team was,” Hoeper said. Freshmen Terra Mitzel also chose the Show Team because she wanted something else to devote her time to other than school. “I really like the MITZEL sport of it, I already have so much going on with academics,” Mitzel said. “I have classes everyday so this is kind of something to get away from that.” Since she was young Mitzel knew she wanted horses to be in her life. She would ride and show her neighbors horses until she got a job in seventh grade and bought her very own. Mitzel is not the only member that has grown up with horses. Hoeper’s love and respect for riding and horses stems from an early age as well. “I have grown up with them, I have been riding horse forever. My mom, three days after she had me, put me in a front pack and went riding horses … it is just the love of my family,” Hoeper said. All three girls said they find riding and showing horses empowering, and also have said they have immense admiration for horses. “I respect them so much, they’re 1,200 pounds, they could easily get rid of me,” Mitzel said. “They don’t have to have me on their back, have me controlling them … it is a really cool thing be able to do that and to have such a large animal trust you.” Siegl says that along with it being incredibly empowering, they are also unique and different from any other animal. “They want a leader and if you can be that leader, the things that people can do with horses is just ridiculously awesome,” Siegl said. “I recently bought my first one and you never stop learning. You can never say you know everything

there is to know about horses.” According to Mitzel, the girls have to pay for the competitions and their show outfits out of their own pocket. But if the girls do not have an article of clothing for the show or can not afford something, Mitzel said that the team takes care of each other and makes sure that people have what they need to compete. “For some people, they did have to go buy their stuff because they didn’t already have it,” Mitzel said. “But a lot of the teammates share.” Siegl said because the team does not pay any sort of dues, they hold fundraisers like pumpkin carving at Fanny Hill. She also said they pay for their private lessons they recieve every week by doing nightly chores once a week at the barn they practice at. Mitzel said that not only is working with horses an amazing part of her week, but her teammates are also a big reason why she enjoys the organization. “They really care about how I do, and so I think that moment was my favorite, kind of realizing how much they care about your teammates because you don’t have that in competitions at home. People don’t care how well you do,” Mitzel said. For all three girls, this organization has brought them closer to horses and made being able to continue their own riding and showing a possibility. “Even though they are so big, they are a gentle giant … each one has a different personality and by being in this organization I can see that,” Mitzel said.


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IN THE SADDLE: Pictured are Shandi Siegel, Terra Mitzel, Amanda Cornell, Bryanna Hoeper, Megan Linton, Maddy Michon. Back row, Clare Hazelroth, Brittany Witters, Sam Daul, Alex Eghdam, Katie Lederer, Marguerite Gilbertson, Heidi Klein, Sam Bartnik, and Hannah Forcelle who are members of the UW-Eau Claire Equestrain Show Team. (Right): Alex Eghdam, Brittany Witters, Heidi Klein, Shandi Seigel, and Maddy Michon are wearing traditional show attire.

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