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VOL. 92, NO. 10

FALL 2013



AS AUTUMN FADES: Kelsey Hoverson was the winner of The Spectator fall campus photo contest. Hoverson captured the changing leaves on the bank of the Chippewa River. The leaves are almost gone and snow is

on its way. According to meteorologist Shawn DeVinni from the National Weather Service, snow could fall on Eau Claire as early as Monday, Nov. 11.





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The 2013 Ink and Paper sale put on by Volume One featured over 100 local artists’ work


Blugold women’s soccer scores two minutes in; beats UW-Platteville in WIAC tournament

Auditions are approaching to become UW-Eau Claire’s new mascot, Blu

Editor in Chief David Heiling takes a virtual test swipe into the new online dating app, Tinder

UW-Eau Claire senior and EAC trip leader Mark Green takes on new challenges

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UW-Eau Claire history students find the sounds of the past through oral histories Cori Picard STAFF WRITER

Public history professor Erin Devlin’s love of the past prompted her to open up the time capsule that is UW-Eau Claire. Devlin’s oral history project was initiated last year when she arrived on campus as a new professor and she wanted to learn more about the school’s history. “I thought a good way to learn some of that history was to give my students some training in oral history,” Devlin said, “and have them interview alumni to get a sense of their experiences and learn how campus has changed.” Students in her Introduction to Public History class conducted interviews with alumni, and then produced broadcast segments from the recorded interviews. Students had to create seven to 10 minute clips and produce a podcast that would be used by the campus radio station, WUEC. Students were able to work closely with WUEC staff while creating their oral histories. “The thing that’s exciting about it is that students got training from start to finish,” Devlin said. “They did all the interviews, made the transcripts, and used software like Audacity to edit their recordings.”

What’s even more exciting is the opportunity for students to present their oral histories as part of the Chancellor’s Centennial History Series, which will focus on Eau Claire’s history. History professor James Oberly, who is currently forming a comprehensive history of Eau Claire, approached Devlin to see if students would be interested in sharing their projects as part of the lecture celebrating the school’s 100-year anniversary. One of those students interested in presenting is junior public history major, Sean Szydel. “I want to present my project because it’s something that’s treasured, people who enjoy history really find this stuff interesting,” Szydel said. “I was able to bring the past to life and I worked really hard on my podcast. I’m really proud of what I have and I’d like to display that.” Szydel interviewed two alumni, one who graduated in 1948 and one who graduated in 1957. He asked them questions like what was campus life like, what were your favorite classes and who were your favorite professors? Even though it was a hassle sometimes, Szydel said he enjoyed the project and had a great experience.

“To hear these women talk about people who our educational and administrative buildings are named after, to hear their experiences and realize they were totally different from mine, I mean, it was really cool,” he said. Students who wish to present will not know if they are chosen until closer to the lecture date. The lecture featuring the projects is scheduled for March 26, 2014. “I think for a lot of college students, their college experience is so defining for them, it’s hard for them to realize that college hasn’t always been this way,” Devlin said. “The alumni they interviewed had completely different experiences and I think it forced my students to get out of their bubble.” Picard can be reached at

Did you know? Freshmen used to wear beanies during orientation so upper classmen could recognize them as freshmen? Water Street was once not the student watering hole it is today? Students rarely spent time there. Students could smoke in certain buildings on campus?

Data storage in the digital age Regional data center stores information from UW-Eau Claire campus and community Nate Beck COPY EDITOR

Ever wonder where all those class projects go when you’ve saved and filed them away on a school computer? “It looks like Fort Knox,” said Chip Eckardt, the Eau Claire information security officer. “They’ve got flywheel generators and a gas emergency generator that’s bigger than a small house.” The Regional Data Center holds information from partners UW-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Technical College and WiscNet, a 490-member group providing wireless services to schools and public organizations across the state. All three entities contributed to build the $1.5 million project. Eau Claire committed $250,000 in rent to the project, WiscNet pitched in $500,000 and CVTC bears the brunt of the cost at $800,000. The center also holds data from the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 10, or CESA 10, which represents more than 45 school districts in the area, said Thomas Lange, CVTC’s chief information officer.

Lange knew from experience as tech director for Fall Creek and Rice Lake school districts that local schools don’t often have access to proper data storage centers. “They don’t have the ability to have a data center,” Lange said. “Most times their network closets are thrown literally into closets. Buildings weren’t built with data centers in mind, so I knew they may be interested.” Lange said the project allows Eau Claire and school districts to store information in the same place instead of building separate facilities. Adrian Salazar, CESA 10 Information Technology assistant system administrator, said the data center allows schools to share payroll programs instead of buying separate software and storage. "One of the things a school district needs to achieve is a balanced budget," Salazar said. "Schools like it because they don't have to invest in security. They can collaborate and pool their resources." Salazar said in the year since the data center has been open, it has met expectations.

“Its an opportunity for public entities to save taxpayer money,” Lange said. “The only reason why we did this is a lot of these entities can’t afford to backup their data in their current environments.” The center uses an A and B side flywheel generator system to power the operation. Neither side needs the other to work so if one side goes out, the building keeps working. “This is an important part of a data center redundancy,” Lange

said. “We built it as a state-of-theart data center, we generate all of our own power. A flywheel system … turns a 750 pound disk at 72 RPMs. That momentum creates the power.” If the power goes out, flywheel generators keep spinning until a 150 kilowatt generator — up to the same standard as hospital generators — kicks in. To read more about the local area’s data storage, go to Beck can be reached at becknc@

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FORT KNOX: Chippewa Valley Technical College chief information officer Thomas Lange scans his hand to enter the server storage room.

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Thursday, Nov. 7

Sustainability program achieves goal $CORE program audits help, make student housing more energy efficient Brittni Straseske COPY EDITOR

The Student Office of Sustainability has met its quota for a program striving to make student houses more energy efficient. Based on a similar project adapted from the University of Colorado Boulder, UW-Eau Claire’s $CORE program is in its third year. During the past three years, the program has grown, and reached its 100-house goal this year. Last year, the program served about 80 houses, said Ian Wetzel, one of the office committee members. “Just from last year there are a ton of improvements,” Wetzel said. “Things are running more smoothly and more people know about it.” $CORE provides energy audits for off-campus student housing. The auditors give students energy saving tips and replace materials in their houses with ones that are more energy efficient. Each house is given 10 compact fluorescent light bulbs, weather stripping, window film, a low flow shower head and a sink aerator faucet, said Erik Amundson, the director of the $CORE program. “We go over a lot of simple things like turn off your lights, using power strips the right way, using cold water in your laundry and big loads,” Amundson said. “If you can get those really easy lifelong habits down it will go a long way, especially with a lot of people doing it.” Forming those habits can help save students money, Amundson said. According to, low flow shower heads can save up to 60 percent more water than traditional shower heads. Similarly, CFL light bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy and last 10 times more than incandescent light bulbs. Weather stripping to seal

Student Senate brief General access computer labs more device friendly Senate introduced a bill Monday that encourages students to bring their own devices to general access computer labs on campus. If the bill passes, the General Access

air leaks could save up to 20 percent on heating costs, according to the Energy Star energy management program. If habits form now, they will benefit students in the long run, especially when they are older and become homeowners, said Kate Beaton, one of the auditors. It doesn’t just save students money, but also promotes sustainability in a broader view, she said. “It’s really important for everyone to take their part,” Beaton said. “I think reducing our footsteps and energy use, those few things benefit yourself and benefit the environment and the rest of society is really important.”

about student energy habits and knowledge are sent to Xcel Energy. These surveys, Wetzel said, are an essential part of the auditing process because it gets students thinking. “We ask a of questions to people and a lot of times people feel bad because they have the wrong answer and feel bad about their energy use,” Wetzel said. “It’s super cool that people can learn about what they’re doing and their impact and in the end they save money, so everybody wins.”


2 - 5 p.m. — Chancellor Schmidt’s inauguration, Davies Center 7 p.m. — Quasimofo jazz trio, Acoustic Cafe

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• Beaton said student housing is an ideal place to work on saving energy because student housing is typically lower quality. A trend she said she has noticed in the student houses is losing heat through leaky windows and doors. People are also unlikely to replace materials with more energy efficient ones until it is needed, she said. “I’ve seen a lot of people using the incandescent light bulbs just because they haven’t burned out yet,” Beaton said. “People have a general want to reduce their energy impact, but they’re not going to buy a new light bulb when they have plenty of already working light bulbs.” The $CORE program is funded by Xcel Energy, said Wetzel, so there is no cost to students who want their house audited. Surveys conducted

Lab Steering Committee would be created to evaluate general access labs and make them more capable for students to bring laptops, tablets and smartphones. A bill that passed last spring improved Wi-Fi reception around campus. The new committee will take further steps to improve the efficiency of general access labs by coming up with new models. Gen-

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“If you can get those really easy lifelong habits down it will go a long way.”


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eral access labs would continue to exist, just not in the same way.

Other senate news Student Body President Bryan Larson met with representatives from Eau Claire Transit as they begin the process of evaluating their routes. Larson said Eau Claire Transit will likely be seeking more

student input in the future, as students make up about 30 percent of riders. A few issues Larson raised at the meeting included access to real-time updates and more busses on the campus routes during busier times. The Public Relations Committee plans to send out a survey to the student body to gather feedback on Student Senate.


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Kid Ink to perform at Zorn Arena Brian Collins, also known as Kid Ink, is performing at Zorn Arena Nov. 9. News Editor Steve Fruehauf got hold of him for an interview. Steve Fruehauf: "You originally just produced and created beats for other artists. What made you pick up the mic and start performing?" Brian Collins (Kid Ink): "For fun, and I thought a lot of the producers I looked up to at the time were also doing their own thing for fun and making albums and becoming writers — such as Timbaland and Pharrell and Swizz Beats. These are the people who not only did I look up to (for) making beats, but they were also on hunks of beats that they made and verses sometimes here and there. I could see that they were using all of their creative talents and it inspired me to pick up the pen and just write." SF: "In 2011, you dropped your ‘Daydreamer’ debut album and that even had more buzz. It was just featuring a ton of people. You had Meek Mill, Sean Kingston and Bei Maejor. Can you tell me what it was like working with


Thursday, Nov. 7 those big names?" BC: "It was dope for me because around those times when I was working with those people, they were just getting buzz themselves. Of course above me getting buzz, but they weren't really the biggest artists. They were still underground artists. So when I got to work with those artists, they were just as happy to work with me and just hungry to work. It was like no one was really at the peak of their career and it’s just dope to see all those people I worked with actually grow and become those bigger artists because that’s something I paid attention to.” SF: “In 2012, you absolutely blew up. The debut album started getting a lot of recognition on MTV, Billboard and on the radio. Can you tell me what it was like getting to choose which label you would end up working for? Why RCA?” BC: “At that time, we did the independent album to show and prove to the labels what we could do. I had label offers before from the mixtape thing and I felt like they were good offers if I just wanted to start ... So when we did the independent album and they got to actually show the big fan base and the people who were supporting, it gave me a little more power with the labels. So I had way more people coaching me, way better deals, but it did get to a point where it was overwhelming trying to decide. These are labels I like because these artists are here. Then you have to look at it further on, this is business … when it got down to it, it was like two or three labels to

choose from, all the business was the same, just the creative side on the music end and being able to do what I want and then trust me musically, RCA was number one on that end.” SF: “What was it perform internationally?”



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BC: “It’s dope man. It’s different from doing the U.S. because the U.S. people, they’re a little less excited because I’ll have fans that are there that’ll know all the words and stand and rap all the words. They know it’s bigger chance that they can see you again or catch you in another city or see you on the street compared to when you go overseas. They are so excited that they’ll never see you again in their life that they have just the greatest time ever and wild out ... It’s definitely a more overwhelming response overseas.” SF: “I’m seeing all of these big cities. You touched on it earlier, Los Angeles is right before Eau Claire, Charlotte is right after Eau Claire, how did we get ahold of you?” BC: “I’m always down to come through anywhere right now, I’ll work through my booking agency. It’s just the response of the fans, it’s all about having the people wanting to make it happen. You know, fans hitting up Twitter and social networking, it actually works. It gets the attention of the promoters. That’s how I’ve been going overseas, just having YouTube videos that a bunch of kids see. The promoters get the response. It gets



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Leaving a print on Eau Claire

Affordable local art for sale through the holidays Katie Bast

OP/ED EDITOR There are two sides to every art scene, Volume One owner Nick Meyer said. There are the artists and there are the art appreciators.


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Meyer said Eau Claire is rich with talent on the artists’ side, but it goes unnoticed too frequently. That’s why he started the Ink and Paper sale last year. The 2013 Ink and Paper sale opened Friday with more than 100 local artists and 400 original titles on display and for sale at the Local Store and Volume One Gallery, which Meyer also owns. “We were wondering, ‘What’s the way we can expose the most artists to the most people all at once?’ and that would be doing a sale like this during the holidays,” Meyer said.


ART FOR SALE: The 2013 Ink and Paper sale opened Friday at the Volume One Gallery and Local Store in Eau Claire. Hundreds of pieces were being sold by local artists.

Anything that is ink on paper qualifies, Meyer said. This means the works are affordable, usually between $15 and $50. Prints of photographs, screen prints, wood-cut prints and many other types are available. There are several copies of each work. Last year, Meyer said the Ink and Paper sale sold quite a bit and the gallery only keeps a small portion of money earned. “Thousands of dollars went back to the artists from the community,” Meyer said. The Ink and Paper sale is one of several events Volume One sponsors to support local art. By hosting events such as Chalk Fest in the summer and poetry readings throughout the year, Volume One strives to expose the community to art of all kinds. “People are always really in awe of what these people are producing right in front of them,” Meyer said. “A lot of people might assume a smaller community like Eau Claire wouldn’t have a robust art scene, but when they come to a thing like this and get out of their routines, people are floored at what can be made here locally.” While Meyer said the art gallery scene may seem intimidating, for those with a keen eye for art, gallery openings have an exciting purpose. Erik Johnson, a senior graphic design major at UWEau Claire and a Volume One employee, got an early look at what was for sale and attended the gallery opening to get some hard to find prints by one of his fa-

vorite artists. “I also want to check out a lot of the local artists and prints,” Johnson said. “I’m very interested in print-making. I think Eau Claire’s art scene is really poppin’ right now as far as music and every aspect of art. There are a lot of events that are really bringing artists together.” Meyer said it’s difficult for the community to be exposed to very much art if they aren’t seeking it out, but said events like Ink and Paper try to get people familiar with art as an entertainment option. “A lot of art shows have a really fun energy about them,” Meyer said. “You can show up whenever you want and leave whenever you want. You get a bunch of food and some wine or punch and take a look and go.” As a local artist himself, Johnson said he recognizes the importance of

having support. “I know how hard it is as a starving artist to make money,” Johnson said. “I can connect with them on that level.” Odrok Osirion, an artist involved in the sale, was in line to buy a piece of art by a friend, the same friend who originally informed him of the sale. Osirion thought it was a good opportunity to get his work out there. “Otherwise we’re all just slaves to the daily grind,” Osirion said. “We don’t get to live our lives and imagine and be the beings on this planet we’re supposed to be.” Osirion said his favorite part of being an artist is allowing others to interpret his work. “Being able to convey messages from your brain that you can’t put into words and letting other people expand on those with their own (thoughts),” Osirion said. “A lot of art doesn’t exist until it’s shared and that’s a gorgeous thought.” Bast can be reached at





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Women’s soccer comes out hot to beat UW-Platteville in the WIAC tournament Karl Enghofer

STAFF WRITER/GRAPHIC DESIGNER Prior to Tuesday’s WIAC tournament game, the UW-Eau Claire women’s soccer team had never lost to UW-Platteville in school history — 27 wins, zero losses. When the moon rose over Bollinger Field Tuesday night, the legacy continued — 28-0. Assistant coach Kimamo Wahome said the record doesn’t drive the team, however. “History does not count for anything,” he said. “Because things always look like they did in the past until they don’t.” Regardless of their past matchups, he said the team needed to respect the game just the same and play good aggressive soccer. And that’s what they did. The Blugolds out-shot the Pioneers 23-4 and were six minutes shy of a shutout until one goal finally got past senior goalie Nina Behrenbrinker. The final score was 3-1.

Thursday, Nov. 7 Wahome said the team won a “feisty” victory the previous time the two teams met — Platteville recorded five yellow cards and one red card. During Tuesday’s game, the Pioneers’ feistiness was reduced to just one yellow card in the first half. The Blugolds had a 2-0 lead at halftime, but head coach Sean Yengo said in a tournament game, there is never a big enough lead to feel at ease. “We were pressing to try and get that third goal,” Yengo said. “Sometimes a two-goal lead is the worst lead you can have in soccer, you (start to) sit back a little bit.” He said the team talked at halftime and the objective was to come out like gangbusters and get that third goal to put the game more out of reach. For a team who historically struggles with scoring, it was no struggle Tuesday night. Senior Paige LeGate scored right out of the gate in the second minute off an assist from freshman Colette St. John. Freshman Caroline Henderson scored in the 25th minute on a pass from senior Allie Stone to give the Blugolds their 2-0 halftime lead. Henderson, who switched positions prior to the game to get her more involved offensively, said Stone set her up perfectly. “It was a perfect through ball,” she said. For good measure, Henderson scored again unassisted in the 75th minute to give Eau Claire a 3-0 lead. Considering the circumstances, Yengo said the pressure of a tournament game didn’t get to the team.

Joel being Joel No. 24 has been a staple for the Blugold football team on and off the field for four years Nick Erickson SPORTS EDITOR

Saturday, running back Joel Sweeney, a senior, will lead his Blugolds out from the tunnel and on to the Carson Park field for the final time. But the impact he has made on the program will never see its clock strike midnight. On Sep. 11, 2010, just two games into the Blugolds season and against a national powerhouse St. John’s University (Minn.), a star was born. A young freshman running back who was a heralded recruit out of Tomah High School emerged as the Blugolds starter in the backfield. It was a new face and new number for Blugold fans to look for, but after that night, everybody knew Sweeney wore No. 24. He ran the ball for 90 yards on 25 carries, including the game-winner in overtime from two yards out to give Eau Claire a 23-20 victory. Right there and then, head coach Todd Glaser realized he had landed a prized player. “We ran the same play ten times in a row (to beat St. John’s),” Glaser said. “We knew we had a special kid right then.” That game even caught the soft-spoken, rarely emotional and what Glaser calls always humble Sweeney by surprise. “I couldn’t believe what was happening to me,” Sweeney said of that night four years ago.


Ever since that day, Sweeney became one of the faces of the Blugold football team. His play on the field forced Glaser to give him a boatload of carries for the entirety of his freshman year, a trend that has continued throughout his career as a Blugold, as Sweeney currently sits fourth alltime in school history with 782 rushing attempts. But Glaser said he also knew he could trust his bruiser of a back to be a leader right away because of his attitude on and off the field. “He’s always been a mature kid, and that’s helped him with everything he’s done,” Glaser said. “As a freshman, he was playing with a lot of upperclassmen and they still respected him and looked up to him because of what his work ethic was like.” His teammate for four years and current roommate Nick Hirsch, a senior wide receiver, said Sweeney’s work ethic is contagious to the rest of the team. “You never have to worry about him giving his 100 percent effort,” Hirsch said. “It’s nice to have somebody who not only works extremely hard but makes sure he expects everybody to be working as hard as he is.” As far as what athletic tools he has in him, Glaser said he has all of the athletic tools and football IQ to make him an elite back. “He’s got great vision, and he’s got the speed and the strength to go along with it,” Glaser said “One thing he doesn’t get enough credit for is that he’s got great hands. He can catch the ball, he can block, he’s the

total package.” Sweeney’s accolades and statistics speak for themselves. Along with being fourth in rushing attempts, he enters play Saturday third in school history for rushing yards with 3,726 and fifth in rushing touchdowns with 42. “He’s going to leave here being one of the top backs we’ve ever seen come through,” Glaser said. He has twice been named firstteam All-WIAC, and this offseason, he was named an All-American by But right on cue with his coach’s description, Sweeney credits a lot of his success to those around him. “It’s been a good four years,” Sweeney said. “I’ve had success, coaches and teammates and everybody’s believed in me, and I’m thankful for that.” A big part to Sweeney’s success is his durability. Only once, and happened to be this year on Oct. 26 against UW-River Falls, has he missed a game due to an injury, a pretty remarkable feat for someone who carries the ball up to 40 times a game. Naturally, Sweeney credited others for helping him stay healthy, as he said the trainers have been a huge asset to him throughout his career. But he said taking a week-by-week approach and not getting too far ahead of himself have made him able to stay on the field for long periods of time. “I can take the beating, but I do need that recovery time,” Sweeney said. “You’ve just got to take it one game at a time.” Sweeney is down to his final two games in a Blugold uniform. And four years and two months after the unknown back from Tomah had his coming out party against St. John’s, nothing has changed. He still is willing to carry the load when his team needs him the most, and he is still putting up big

“I feel like the team really just kind of sat back, relaxed and played their best game of the year,” Yengo said. The Blugolds’ defense showed the Pioneers they would have to step it up if they wanted to score on them. The defense didn’t allow the Pioneers a single shot in the first 90 minutes of play. “There’s a saying in soccer that says offense wins you matches, defense wins you championships,” Wahome said. The Blugolds had to win their last three conference games just to qualify for the tournament. They accomplished that and Yengo said now it’s all or nothing. “If you win, you extend your season, if you lose, your season is over,” he said. The fourth-seeded Blugolds will have another chance to extend their season as they take on top-seeded and unbeaten UW-Whitewater at 6 p.m. tonight in Whitewater. A win against the Warhawks would give the Blugolds a ticket to the conference championship Saturday at either UW-Stout or UW-Oshkosh.



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yardage, as he leads the WIAC in both rushing and all-purpose yards. While he won’t be able to impact the program with bone-crushing runs up the middle or speedy sweeps to the outside for touchdowns, his legacy will forever be a part of the program. “It always makes it more impactful when you have a guy be so nice and caring off the field and friendly and makes sure everyone’s a team off the field, and then you can see what he can do on the field,” Hirsch said. “I think the underclassmen have seen that, and now they know what a class act looks like.” “The camaraderie, being with the guys, that’s what I’m going to miss the most,” Sweeney said. “That friendship

and that bond will always be there.” If No. 24 said nothing would make him prouder if we were one day selected into the Blugold Athletic Hall of Fame. “I’ll shed some tears, it will be one of the happiest days of my life,” Sweeney said. So if you go to Carson Park Saturday afternoon to see the Blugolds take on UW-Oshkosh for Sweeney and the rest of the seniors’ final home game, the Terror from Tomah could very well wind up in the endzone once or twice. Just don’t be surprised to see him credit others for it. Erickson can be reached at ericksna@


BREAKING LOOSE AGAIN: Sweeney takes one down the field on his way to the endzone in a September 2012 game against St. John’s University (Minn.). Two years earlier at home against the same team, Sweeney burst onto the collegiate football scene with two scores.

SPORTS EDITOR: Nick Erickson

Five points from first Men’s cross country places second at WIAC Becky Olson STAFF WRITER

Five points separated the UW-Eau Claire team from winning their first conference title since 1980. Instead, they ended up finishing second with 58 points for the second consecutive year as UW-La Crosse repeated as WIAC conference champions, finishing with 53 points overall. Sophomore Christian Leitner said the results give the team more motivation as they move toward regionals. “It was a pretty intense race. We haven’t been that close to (La Crosse) in a long time,” Leitner said. “To come that close and just miss it, it’s definitely disappointing but at the same time it makes us want to beat them even more in two weeks where it really counts.” Head coach Dan Schwamberger said the team got closer in points to La Crosse as they went through the season. “It was close but I feel like when we faced them at our home meet in early October, they were around 40 points and we were around 100 points, so I’m really pleased with the way we were able to close that gap,” Schwamberger said. Five of the seven Eau Claire runners finished in the top 20. Sophomore Ryan Mugan continued leading the Blugolds by placing fifth and breaking the 25-minute barrier again with a time of 24:47. Senior Matt Scott followed in seventh place with a time of 24:51, and sophomore Nick Petersson ended in 13th place with a time of 25:05. The top two teams that finish at regionals automatically qualify to compete at NCAA nationals. But for the first time ever, there are a limited number of atlarge bids for each region. Leitner said right now is the most important time of the year for the team. “It seems like, at this point, the season’s just begun,” Leitner said. “We’ve only got done with the first part of our season in my eyes.” Olson can be reached at

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2013-14 women’s hockey

Fountain of youth Blugolds rely heavily on freshmen, goaltending in opening series of season Steve Fruehauf & Zack Katz NEWS EDITOR & CHIEF COPY EDITOR

With a number of new faces this season, the UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey team began with a clean slate. With that said, they had their first chance to strut their stuff with a double header against St. Scholastica (Minn.) this past Friday and Saturday. Their first game Friday ended in a 2-2 tie. A rematch the following day ended in a 4-0 loss to the Saints. With just under half of the team made up of freshmen, Eau Claire athletics director Scott Kilgallon said he thinks some additional time will help the young squad. “After watching the ladies Friday and Saturday night, I do know they’ve got a very young team,” Kilgallon said. “They’re certainly going to have to get used to the level of play here on a collegiate level.”

Friday’s tie started with an early Eau Claire goal in the first period by junior Andi Husted 1:17 into gameplay. But St. Scholastica responded quickly with their own goal 11:15 in to even things up at one apiece. The second period was much of the same. Eau Claire scored first with their second goal after 7:26 in by senior Nikki Kothenbeutel. But yet again, the Saints landed one of their own just four minutes later. Even with a third period and overtime to follow, the score stayed the same, ending the bout in a 2-2 tie. Head coach Mike Collins said he agreed age played a role this weekend. “It’s a new team, our first time out,” he said. “We are very young with 10 freshmen and a good number of sophomores. Like I told the girls, I didn’t expect perfection. There would


be things to work on as we go, but I thought the effort was great.” Collins also said he thought goaltending played a large role Friday night. Sophomore goalie Paige Turner had 43 saves in her first game against St. Scholastica this weekend. Collins said this would be pivotal as the season goes on. “Like any coach will tell you in hockey, if you have solid goaltending, you have a chance to win every night,” Collins said. “She’s just a solid goaltender at this level and played very well and she kept us in the game with some big saves.” Along with Turner’s success, freshman forward Sam Knutson said the aspects of the team need to be

present as well for Eau Claire to have a good season. “I don’t necessarily think we’re going to have one person that’s going to lead and do everything,” Knutson said. “I think everyone has a lot to put on the ice to help our team move forward and succeed.” Knutson said once the Blugolds start finding their chemistry, they’ll begin to make a bigger impact in the WIAC conference. They face off against St. Catherine’s on the road Friday before playing them at home Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Amanda Baker Women’s swimming and diving

Competing against Northern Michigan University and Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), Baker won the one-meter dive and took second in the three-meter. She won the one-meter with a score of 264.65, while taking second in the three-meter with 273.15 points. Both marks were NCAA qualifying scores.

Getting to know Baker: Favorite food: Mashed potatoes Hidden talent: Whistles with her tongue

Sophomore ELIZABETH JACKSON / The Spectator

A NEW ERA: Freshman forward Emma Silkey skates past two Saints defenders Saturday afternoon. She is one of several freshman seeing a lot of minutes on the ice.


Guilty pleasure: The television show “Dance Moms” and the Game Show Network


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Could you be Blu?

Mascot committee hold auditions; looking for school spirit Courtney Kueppers STAFF WRITER

Backflips aren’t necessary, but a willingness to display the Blugold spirit is, for those looking to don the new Blu mascot suit. The mascot committee is holding auditions for students interested in being involved in a new chapter of Blugold history. Committee member and Senate Public Relations Commission Director Erica Rasmussen said being a Blugold needs to be more than just the spirit, as it traditionally has been before.

“There’s some controversy with alumni that want to keep it the Blugold spirit, but I think in today’s day in age it is important to be able to point to something and say that’s what I am,” Rasmussen said. Senator Jake Stendahl has been the man behind the oversized mask, playing the part of Blu during homecoming festivities such as the parade and football game. Stendahl started his mascot career in high school when he played the part of a donkey. Student Body Vice President, Jason Rector said Stendahl has been really enthusiastic about the mascot process and Blu has been well received at such events. Demand for the bird is picking up. Rector said the committee opened the application process because they have received requests from different organizations wanting to have Blu at their events. And the different senators who had been stepping up and acting as Blu weren’t always all available.

WHO'S GOT SPIRIT: The mascot committee held auditions for the next student to play Blu the Blugold, pictured above, earlier this week.

Singer Justin Hertz debuts first album Eau Claire native returned to his homeland to perform his first eight track record at The Cabin Nicole Miller with his friends often. A group of long-time musician STAFF WRITER

As a child growing up in the Hertz household, there was no way for Justin Hertz to get around going to piano lessons despite hating them at the time. “Music has been a huge part of my life growing up,” he said. A graduate of Memorial High School and University of Wisconsin – Madison, alumnus Hertz, 25, went on to discover a love for music and record an eight-track debut album. ‘Someday You’ll Feel the Same,’ was released and he played it Saturday at The Cabin. “The album is kind of about the weathering of life,” he said. “Life kind of knocking you down but there’s always that hint of hope and optimism and kind of your will and determination to go on and enjoy the moment that you can here.” Hertz resides in Chaska, Minn. and has a position in the high school athletic department, but returns to his hometown of Eau Claire to play music

Drawing from his life experiences, he said music is the easiest way for him to express himself. “Some people have poetry, some people write books, some people are able to communicate more just by talking,” he said. “But for me I think it’s through my music.” With tracks titles such as “Heaven Waits,” “Angel” and “I will be Your Love,” Hertz describes the genre of his music as “girly pop”. “It’s partly love,” he said about the inspiration for his music. “The joys and heartbreaks in going through that experience.” Another joy in his life is playing sports which he said helps him be a better musician. “Basketball and sports in high school really developed my character and my values in life,” Hertz said. “From working hard to being on a team, playing with other people and building those relationships because they’re important.”

friends, including his brother Brendon Hertz, along with Jon Pickett, Shawn Smets and Joel Jensen, played with him at The Cabin. Pickett said he has known Justin Hertz since probably elementary school and he knows this is Justin Hertz’s time to shine. “This is kind of his big moment, his big dream to put out this album,” Pickett said. Program director of The Eau Claire Music School, Shawn Smets once babysat Justin Hertz and said he was excited to help out with the project. “Since he’s graduated from college and shown all of this musical prowess we’ve stayed connected,” Smets said. “He reached out to me in terms of some recording help and a variety of instrumentation.” English teacher at Memorial High and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Brendon Hertz, his older sibling by three years, said the event drew his family together.


The demand for energetic, outgoing students who are interested in position grew. “As far as the application process, it’s not going to be anything too strenuous," Rector said. "It’s not going to be do 50 push-ups or give me a backflip right now. More like have you done it before? Can you show us what a mascot should walk like?” Rector said the committee hopes Blu can eventually rise “to Bucky status.” Where the mascot is seen as a photo opportunity for students and something for them to identify with, that sense of identity is something Rasmussen said she sees as important for UW- Eau Claire. “As a student I think it is important because it gives the students something to unify around and be able to have an identity,” Rasmussen said. “Having a physical representation of that is really good for the students it gives them something to point at and say I’m a Blugold.” Rasmussen is not alone. Sophomore Jacob Yaeger said he thinks Blu has an vital role to play at sporting events. “I think it’s important to get the student section riled up to give more reasons for people to come, get involved in sports,” Yaeger said. Yaeger said the ideal candidate to fill the Blu suit would be energetic, happy and tall. Committee members have been working with Athletic Director Scott Kilgallon to see which sporting events Blu could attend. As the committee, which is open to all students, moves forward, Rector said he hopes increased spirit continues after a successful first attempt at homecoming festivities. “No one is trying to define what a Blugold is, but it’s trying to build school spirit,” he said. The process of making Blu a known face of the university has been a slow and gradual process, Rector said, but having people available that are interested in being Blu is the next step. Kueppers can be reached at

“Both my grandmas are here, one is 93-years old and the other one is in her 80’s, so it’s kind of fun,” he said. “It makes it extra special.” By the time Justin Hertz took the stage a large crowd filled the space, making standing room all that

was left. “It’s just a great way to relax and kind of be in the moment and live through the music,” Justin Hertz said. Miller can be reached at

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OPENING DAY: The Cabin played host to Justin Hertz, Saturday, who debuted his first album.

CURRENTS Dancing on the move, in Davies CURRENTS EDITOR: Emily Albrent

Thursday, Nov. 7

Fall Dance Project takes place in a non-traditional space Rachel Streich STAFF WRITER

In a common place where students gather to eat, study or chat with friends, six UW-Eau Claire dancers caused many to look away from their books and computer screens. The dancers traveled on an artistic journey through the Davies Center for this year’s Fall Dance Project. As a site-specific dance work exploring an alternative space, “The Meeting Place” occurred on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 in six different areas inside and outside Davies. This project sought to give meaning to the ways students interact and converse with each other on a daily basis, Julie Fox, assistant professor of dance said. “It’s a play on how we conduct our personal selves in public spaces,” Fox said. As the performance of contemporary dance progressed from the small pit under the first floor grand staircase to larger areas like the Blugold Living Room and the amphitheater outside, the audience observed a development of intimacy and relationship between the performers, Fox said. Each dance vignette, separated by a bell tone, highlighted a different type of moment people share with others they know. The dance in The Dulany Inn showed a moment of connection between a couple, while movement in a recess on third floor portrayed a collaboration and association among a group of

November contest reminder of male cancers; best beard will win Haley Zblewski MULTIMEDIA EDITOR

Every year, October is the month of all things pink: pink ribbons, pink yogurt lids and pink energy drinks. Even NFL teams wear pink. Of course, this is all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But when November comes around, the pink is replaced with beards for No Shave November. UW-Eau Claire’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter is hoping to bring awareness to prostate and other cancers that are common in men with a No Shave November contest, Mr. November. President of UW-Eau Claire’s Colleges Against Cancer, Simone Muller, who ELSING


SPONTANEOUS: Seniors Calvin Franke, left, and Anthony Letourneau performed as part of the Fall dance under the stairs in Davies Center.

people, she said. The dancers seemed to enact concepts of meeting friends, apathetically going through the motions of life and coming together or away from others as common parts of the human experience. The music, played by dance accompanist Terrance Karn, ranged from soft accordion café-style music to loud percussion instrumentation. For this project, student choreographers Calvin Franke and Kelly Aspeslet, along with Fox, created the dance before consulting Karn about how the musical flavor would enhance the movement. Fox said this allowed the dance to inform the music

helped arrange the event, said No Shave November started as more than just an excuse for men to grow out their facial hair. “I went to a leadership conference a few weeks ago and someone had mentioned that No Shave November actually started as a way to raise awareness about male cancers, such as prostate or testicular cancer,” she said. The registration fee for the contest was $5, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Muller said, like all other Colleges Against Cancer events, one of their goals is to educate people about cancer. “We were talking about it as a group and we wanted people to know that there’s a real meaning behind No Shave November,” she said. “It’s not just ‘Hey, let’s grow out the beard for a month.’” Junior athletic training major Matt Elsing said he normally participates in No Shave November. “Since high school, or since I could grow a beard, I started doing it,” he said. “By myself and with my friends.” This year is the first time he’s getting involved in an event to raise money for cancer research. “Well, it’s for a good cause and I kind of


and the music to give the dance “aural life.” In the eight week process of rehearsing the piece, Franke, a senior dance minor, found it particularly challenging to choreograph in the Davies Center. “Creating work for site specific work, specifically, is more of a challenge because you’re informed by the site,” Franke said. “It’s not just creating movement and placing people on an empty stage. You have to work with objects and people and a different landscape than you’re used to.” This unique landscape gave audiences the opportunity to engage with the performers. The dancers dashed past spectators in the third floor hallway and took seats casually next to audience members on the stone benches of the amphitheater. “I thought it was really cool how the audience also became part of the show,” senior Holly Bergman said. Clara Kennedy, a freshman dance minor, said she liked performing in the Davies Center because it created a more personal atmosphere for the dancers and observers. The dancers even addressed the audience in the fifth piece of the show at the amphitheater, waving at the observers on the third floor terrace and inviting them to come down for the last piece. The final section of the project in the amphitheater represented the dancers as a group of people who have varying relationships with others, but come together as a unified community, Fox said. They create something larger than themselves. “The real gem of a project like this,” Fox said, “is that it brings to life, in a performative sense, who we are as people.”

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support all charities that go for cancer,” he said. “My grandpa passed away with cancer when I was younger.” He said he thinks most men are aware that No Shave November is more than just an excuse for growing out their beards, especially as No Shave November is becoming more commercial. Freshman biology education major Troy Wesley is also participating in Mr. November. He said he had planned to grow out his hair for No Shave November when a friend involved with Colleges Against Cancer told him about the contest.

“It is an absolute problem, cancer, and it affects a lot of people and it seems like a noble cause.”

“I said, ‘it’s a good cause, it sounds fun, so why not,’” Wesley said. “It is an absolute problem, cancer, and it affects a lot of people and it seems like a noble cause.” After Muller and Colleges Against Cancer were inspired at the leadership conference, they had about a week and a half to plan Mr. November. She said they were inspired in part by UW-La Crosse’s Colleges Against Cancer chapter, which hosts a mustache contest in November for prostate cancer. Because this is the first year they are holding the event, Muller said they weren’t expecting too many people would sign up, but is hopeful the contest will be much bigger next year. “I think it’s important that when people associate No Shave November they need to associate it WESLEY with male cancers,” Muller said. “Then hopefully they’ll get to the doctor and raise more awareness about it.” Muller said she’s not sure how Colleges Against Cancer will judge the winner of the contest yet. She said it could be judged in terms of length or bushiness. “I guess we’ll see what the guys have at the end of the month and see what we constitute as best beard.”


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Thursday, Nov. 7

James Ferraro “NYC, HELL 3:00 AM” 7/10


Every week, The Spectator staff will choose a professor and ask them unique questions to help bridge the gap between students and teachers DH: What’s your favorite class

David Heiling

to teach?


David Heiling: When did you know you wanted to get into teaching?

Selika Ducksworth-Lawton: It

was kind of go with the flow. I was working for a defense contractor while I was in grad school. I was teaching a few classes at Ohio State, and I think that’s when I knew I wanted to go into teaching.

DH: If you weren’t a professor, what is another occupation you would be interested in?

SDL: Well I teach (history) 210, Af-

rican American History. I think my history 444 class is my favorite, my civil rights class. The history 477 class is right there behind it, the military course. Both are the periods that I’m expert in, I work on black veterans. In the battle field and in the civil rights movement, so I have a lot of fun teaching those classes.

DH: What would you say is your proudest moment on campus?

SDL: We had a reunion of alumni

weekends or what?

about two years ago and the alumni gave me an advising award because I had helped all them graduate. There were about 45 of them there. To know that I had helped them get out of here and that what I told them is continuing to help them in their lives. Negotiating those spaces are very important to me. I don’t just want my classes to be a GE, I want it to be something that helps them the rest of their lives.

SDL: I actually just came back from

DH: Tell me one of the craziest sto-

SDL: I would probably be a musician.

My husband jokes that I would either be a musician or a lawyer. Law school is something I thought about, but music is probably more interesting to me, I’ll probably try and get a music degree after I retire.

DH: Play a little music on the

Minneapolis; I played at the coffee house. I do some work with the She Rock women’s rock camps. I’m a veteran of those camps. I’m a jazz musician, play the keyboard and the guitar.

DH: Besides music, what’s your favorite activity the classroom?




SDL: I spend time with my children, I

really like spending and enjoying time with my family. And volleyball. I’m infamous for volleyball around here. I’ve been playing volleyball in Eau Claire for 20 years, I know a lot of people through playing volleyball. We’ve lost some, we’ve won some, but I’ve been on the same team for 15 of those years. It’s a good time.

ries you’ve had occur in one of your classrooms.

SDL: One time when I was in one of

my classes, I had an officer come up to me and ask to talk to one of my students after class. The class concluded and I asked the student to come up to the front of class. The student decided to run out of the classroom and the police officer followed. A few seconds later more officers came running through the lab in Hibbard 323 and pursued the student. That’s why I say in my first day classes: if you have warrants out for your arrest, please feel free to not come to class. Heiling can be reached at heilindc@

I know I’ll have a lot to say about James Ferraro’s new album, but I don’t quite know what it is yet. “NYC, HELL 3:00 AM” is deep — Lake Superior deep. But it’s murky, and I think listeners who are looking for a spaced-out sound they can’t put their finger on after a single listen will get what they’re bargaining for on this one. Ferraro, a Bronx musician who’s been around for just under a decade, makes the short list of electronic artists pushing the experimental envelop that

I haven’t brushed off within half a minute’s listen this year. I think of it like those Warhead candies, if you hit me with too much sour, I’m going to spit it out before I get to the sweet part. And I think Ferraro’s got that balance dialed in after over a dozen releases. He makes great use of the white space on his tracks — there’s a lot of artfully placed emptiness between what I consider to be some pretty unique sounding percussion and haunting

computerized dialogue. No, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard brooding vocal samples over drum and bass with deep synth lines, and that probably means this won’t be the most memorable album of the year. For now though, Ferraro’s ambiguity is addicting. If you’re ready to take on the heavy imagery, he’s serving it on a silver platter. That’s a dish Ferraro is serving cold. In a dark room. It’s frightening.

Listen now!

Katz can be reached at katzzt@uwec. edu.


I am writing in response to an editorial in last week’s Spectator regarding our Student Health Service. I appreciate the opportunity to talk to the students about the SHS request for proposal process and the progress that we have made so far. The SHS request for proposal process began a little over a year ago, centered on a conversation about how we can have the best health service on-campus to address the changing needs of all Blugolds. Due to the rising cost of healthcare and the fact that students currently pay $130 per year regardless of how often they use the service, Student Senate decided to explore potential new options. Student Health Service will always be on-campus but may not be located in Crest Wellness Center due to other facility needs. While there were two responses to the request for proposal from third party providers, there was never a conversation about eliminating a clinic on-campus. It is important for students to be able to access SHS in a convenient manner, and an on-campus clinic is a vital part of that equation. Contraceptive services will also always be a part of our on-campus service. The editorial listed Sacred Heart as a potential third party partner and stated that contraceptive services would not be included. While this provider did respond to a request for information, they did not respond to the RFP. Provision of contraceptive services was a requirement listed in the

In response to growing backlash about the derogatory nature of the Washington Redskins’ name and mascot, NFL officials met with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation last week. Ultimately, the Oneida representatives were disappointed at the NFL’s defense of the slur being used as a team nickname. The Redskins will eventually have to change their name. At some point, humanity has to take precedence over the tradtions of football. With a new name, the Redskins can start a new tradition that distances themselves from the cultural ignorance they are currently perpetuating. Even if the team has the intent to honor Native Americans, they’re doing it wrong. Referring to Native Americans as redskins is on par with referring to African Americans with the N-word. It would be one thing if the name were in reference to a specific tribe, but the term is derogatory. There are always economic factors to consider with a change like


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RFP, and all respondents complied. Third party collaboration provides many benefits for students which are worth exploring. The first is a potential for a wider array of services. By tapping in to an entire health network, students will be able to access a continuum of care that stretches from campus to the community. Secondly, collaboration can save students from rapid increases in segregated fees. Lastly, there is a chance that a provider may be able to contribute to the creation of a new SHS facility if space is not found elsewhere. In conclusion, I want to make it clear how important the issue of accessibility is for our students. Contraceptive services, triage appointments and insurance compatibility are all very significant components of our health service on campus. If a third party provider is not able to meet our many needs, our Student Senate will not advocate for its inclusion on campus. If you are interested in being a part of the Student Health and Wellness Committee, which is currently discussing these issues, please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by the Senate Office in Davies 220. My door is always open. — Bryan Larson, student body president Larson can be reached at larsobry@ or 715-836-4048. this. It would likely be very expensive to produce a new line of merchandise with the new name, but it’s very possible that sales of updated merchadise would offset the cost and even boost sales. Aside from that, econmocic concerns should not outweigh cultural ones. In last week’s issue of The Spectator, staff writer Courtney Kueppers described a lack of Native American education in schools today. She made the point that continuing racial stereotypes like this only serves to further obscure Native Americans’ identity. It’s disappointing that the NFL continues to defend the use of term. NFL executives including commissioner Roger Goodell should be the ones stepping up to encourage change and admit they were wrong.

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Although controversial, Tinder could thrive in college communities Double-blind principle, proximity to others make dating app effective David Heiling EDITOR IN CHIEF

Swipe left, not interested. Swipe right, good looking enough to talk to. That is the type of mindset we are shallow enough to put ourselves in with the newest dating app. Tinder, available on iOS and GooglePlay is the latest app guaranteeing a social connection, which we’ve all heard so many times before, but does it work? Here’s how it works. You sign up via Facebook (little text at the bottom of the Tinder login screen promises anonymity), and you can set your ideal age range and maximum distance away for potential mates. Tinder then thinks a little bit and soon enough you have hundreds of girls (or guys) to look through and, somewhat degradingly, swipe yes or no to based completely on looks. If you swipe right (or interested) and the person that you swiped right, swipes you right — it’s a match. Once you get matched up with a person, you can chat with them within the app. With the girlfriend’s approval, I decided to take Tinder for a test swipe for one week, to see what, if any, results I would get. I learned a lot about how deplorable it is, and why it will ultimately work. Day one — I set up my Tinder account and swipe right to all girls for about a solid 30 minutes. I set my age preferences from 18-25, and give a maximum radius of ten miles. Not shockingly, I don’t get any matches that night — whether it’s because I’ve put on a few pounds since my prime college days or because my account hasn’t registered yet, I don’t know. Day two — Right, right, right. This is getting pretty boring, but I start to notice myself looking at the girls more than I thought I would. Some girls have pictures with friends, some girls have pictures of themselves super close up, some selfies and some bathing suits. When I realize the risque and chesty photos are


getting to be about 50 percent or more I realize this might not be an app just to go get coffee with a fellow scholarly college student. Day three — My first match, how exciting. After swiping constantly right on my iPhone for what seemed like forever, (mostly during those great guest speakers in class) I get a match. I don’t really know how to flirt anymore. So, when she sends me a virtual winky face, I don’t know what to do but reply, “Hey, what’s up?” It takes about three more messages before she asks my plans for the evening and continue to explain she has a warm bed with a movie in the DVD player. Sorry, Evelyn, maybe someone else will make your night. Day four — I now have three matches and I’ve been invited to get drunk at an apartment building (which I declined), asked what my favorite sex position is and in a surprise occurrence, which basketball team is my favorite. I’m slowly coming to grips with what is going on with Tinder, and then it happens. That awkward moment when one of your close friends swipes you right. I’ll be honest, for the purpose of this little experiment I didn’t necessarily look at the girls or discriminate who I swiped right. I just swiped everybody, and I didn’t realize that I probably knew some of these people. It took a while, but my friend finally chatted me within the app and said, “Don’t you have a girlfriend, Davo?” After not replying for some time, she responds, “It’s totally cool if you do, I won’t tell anybody.” Looks like I won’t be making eye contact with this friend on campus for a while. Day five — I dropped the ball on swipes on this, my last day of Tinder. At 3:42 a.m. I get a message from a Wendy 10 miles away. “Wanna have fun good lookin’?” Needless to say, I’m flattered by all the nice comments and matches but I have definitely realized, this is just not my niche. I deleted the app right then and there and fell peacefully back to sleep. I think if I’m ever seeking a relationship,



I’ll stick to meeting girls in person — whichever way that may be. Why will this work for some? Single college kids seem to have uninhibited ambitions to have a bunch of sex, that’s why. This app is an app for meeting people, but for a majority of its members, their real intent is to hook up. That’s why this app will probably continue to work until someone dies or gets sexually assaulted and a lawsuit comes up. Its double-blind theory is pretty ingenious. The app doesn’t allow people to figure out who likes them, unless they like them back. It can be the two parties’ little secret and no one knows they are even talking. It takes away the outside social implications and just lets college kids be college kids. Would I have used this app when I was a single cat rockin’ the bar scene back when? Maybe. It’s smart, but it’s shallow. You strictly decide if you wanna talk to these people based on the physical looks and physiques of their bodies. No one will tell you they swiped somebody right because they looked smart and respectful. No way. It’s controversial and kinda sketchy, but it will work in the college scene. Tinder will most likely be around for a while. Heiling is a senior journalism major and Editor in Chief of The Spectator. He can be reached at

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Congress should listen to voters Struggle to begin debate on Employment Nondiscrimination Act shows discrepancy Brittni Straseske COPY EDITOR


Each week, Op / Ed Editor Katie Bast will analyze two of the biggest news stories of the week and help you decide which is worth your time and which isn’t

The latest viral blog post was getting attention for its misleading title, initially. “Marriage Isn’t For You” seems like it will discourage people from the institution, but it ends up being somewhat of a love letter. Or what some would consider a love letter. The author, Seth Adam Smith, tells of his experience so far in his short marriage. He said he’s finally taking to heart a message his dad tried to convey to him before his wedding: a marriage is about making the other person happy. At first glance, this seems like a perfectly fine message. Don’t be selfish in a relationship. Other people’s feelings matter, too. But when thinking critically about Smith’s argument, it begins to feel squishy. Is another person’s happiness really more important than your own? Is a marriage such a binding contract that we’re not allowed to be a little selfish here and there? Are we supposed to completely lose ourselves in a relationship to the point where we are someone’s other half, instead of our own person? As with all controversy, a response soon followed Smith’s original post. An article published on took a more logical approach. Yes, a partner should strive to make his or her partner happy. But in a healthy relationship, both people should make each other happy while still remaining individuals. Smith’s message entirely falls apart for me when you really think about the implications of what it means to have two entirely unselfish people in a relationship. You’re essentially trading yourself for another person. Instead of focusing on yourself, you become responsible for someone else’s feelings. Or you could have the other extreme: one person sacrificing his or her individuality for someone who doesn’t return the favor. Wouldn’t it be better to have two self-sufficient people working together to make each other better people?

Amid a slight controversy over Saturday Night Live’s lack of a black female cast member, last week the show took advantage of the fact that Kerry Washington was the host. In the opening sketch, Washington was tasked with playing Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce as the show poked fun at itself. The sketch ended with Al Sharpton appearing and accurately proclaiming that the scene really had taught us nothing. Sharpton is right. The lack of a black female has only been obvious the last few weeks because it was pointed out. Washington successfully played a range of characters, but SNL also didn’t hesitate to put Washington in roles that relied too heavily on racial stereotypes. Diversity is a good thing. But if casting a black woman means she’ll have to play all the stereotypical black woman parts, is that really the kind of advancement we want to be making? Is it really advancement at all? While the opening sketch may not have showed us anything new, the episode as a whole works as a case study for why the SNL cast is neither helped nor hindered by the inclusion of a woman of color. What Washington brought was a great attitude and a sparkling personality. Her talent as an actress and her willingness to try anything is what made her a good host. The fact that she’s a black woman had nothing to do with her success. The last time a black woman was part of the cast was Maya Rudolph in 2007. My guess is Rudolph wasn’t added as some kind of Affirmative Action push. She’s a talented comedian, regardless of her gender or skin color. When SNL finds a new comedian to welcome to the cast and she just happens to be a woman of color, that will be great. For the time being, it doesn’t need to be a priority. We’ve come far enough that we don’t need to insist minorities prove themselves.

On Monday, Senate voted to begin debate on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. The legislation, which failed to pass in 1996, would make it illegal for a workplace to discriminate in hiring and employment on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate needed 60 supporting votes in order to overcome a probable Republican filibuster. As of Sunday, they were still one vote shy of majority support. According to The Washington Post, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) became that 60th vote early on Monday. The issue surrounding this legislation is not one of workplace discrimination. Obviously a person’s work rights should not be infringed upon because of their sexual or gender preferences. The real issue is how hard it was to get supporting votes when the majority of the United States’ population showed support for the bill, or one similar to it. According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for American Progress, there is high support for legislation like this on a national scale. In 2011, their data showed 73 percent of voters support measures protecting the LGBT population from workplace discrimination. Even demographics that are traditionally expected to be unfavorable to gay and transgender people showed

support for the legislation. Catholic support for workplace equality was at 74 percent, and senior citizen support was at 61 percent. So why the lack of support by our elected officials? Supporting votes in Congress should be roughly proportional to the levels of citizen support. If not nationally, then by state. According to The Washington Post, majorities in all 50 states support legislation similar to the ENDA. Support ranges from a low of 63 percent in Mississippi to a high of 81 percent in Massachusetts. Doesn’t that mean, ideally, every single Senator should have voted “aye” on the ENDA? Representatives are voted into office by the public. They have a responsibility to who they serve — us. It is no surprise the Republican party was against the legislation. According to The Washington Post, historically, for a male Republican to have a 50 percent probability of casting a pro-gay vote, his voters need to show at least a 66 percent support level. That means even if more than the basic majority of people support the legislation, the congressman will back it only half the time. The odds are better when it is a female Republican senator, but the party is mostly male. Sen. Heller made the right decision when he cast the 60th vote in favor of the EDNA. Although he is a Republican, and the bill might go against his personal beliefs, more than 70 percent

of the people of Nevada showed support for it, according to The Washington Post. He listened to the people he was representing and voted accordingly. The same cannot be said for Wisconsin’s Republican senator, Ron Johnson. Although Wisconsin support for the bill was at a whopping 74 percent, Johnson still voted against it, according to The New Civil Rights Movement website. Many checks and balances are built into the U.S. government to keep it from becoming tyrannical. One of those checks needs to be the public itself. If our senator is ignoring a 74 percent level of support in order to serve his own beliefs, what else will he blow off? It is a representative’s job to listen to the population they serve and promote that population’s wants and opinions, rather than promoting his or her own. That’s how democracy works. But, on the other hand, it is our job to keep them accountable to us. The ENDA is just one example of representatives not taking their constituents’ views into consideration. When that happens, it is our job to get them out of office by voting for someone else at the next election. Straseske is a senior journalism major and Copy Editor of The Spectator. She can be reached at



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UW-Eau Claire senior feeds high-elevation hunger as Environmental Adventure Center climbing guide Nate Beck COPY EDITOR

Mark Green was resting after a climb at Vertical Endeavors, an indoor rock climbing gym in Minneapolis, when he saw his friend miss a hold high up. Green’s friend had scrambled up the face of a sunken pit, and was upside down on the ceiling when he missed a peg. He shattered his wrist on a guard rail as he fell, though his parter tried to catch him. “Its amazing that’s the only thing that happened to him, it could have been way worse,” Green said. But it took his friend more than two years to regain full motion in his wrist. Green, a UW-Eau Claire senior, knows risks come with steep territory. He’s been working at the Environmental Adventure Center for the last three years, guiding climbing trips and working at the campus rock wall. Eau Claire senior business management major and fellow EAC staff member Sam Worple was “forced” to climb with Green on a staff-only trip to Devil’s Lake this summer. “Mark’s a great guy,” Worple said. “He really knows his stuff when it comes to climbing.” Worple said he’s glad his bosses made him strap into a harness during the trip. Climbing is just one more thing he’ll do on future adventures, he said. Green started climbing his senior year of high school at Vertical Endeavors. It didn’t take him long to trade high school hobbies theater and track

for foothold hunting. Green said he remembers going on family climbing trips in California before moving to the Twin Cities. Green’s father, a former climber himself, lent some of his old climbing gear to get his son started. On a trip to The Peacemaker in Tuscon, Ariz. he had to confront challenges of open nature climbing. Climbers use metal hinges drilled into rock to loop supporting ropes through. The Peacemaker is a seven-pitch ascent, or 1,000 feet top to bottom. It takes two ropes to conquer the 1,000-foot climb — one for the ascent and another on the way down. But Green said they were so excited to get on the mountain they forgot one of the ropes in the car. The pair didn’t realize they were short one rope until they were perched on top of the peak. Green and his friend had no other choice but to repel down the rock, putting all their weight on bolts screwed into the side of the face. “This is just putting our faith into this piece of metal that was drilled into the rock,” Green said. “Hopefully whoever put it there did a good job, because we’d be pretty screwed.” Risk Although gym climbing is usually safer than climbing outdoors, Green said injuries do happen. Green turned over his right hand and laid it palm up on a woodgrain table in the EAC. His fingertips are dotted with purple blood blisters. The pads of his fingers are a road-map of callouses. Green was climbing on an indoor wall a year and a half ago when he heard a pop in his right hand. He’d heard other climbers talk about the sound. It was the annular ligaments, or pulleys, in his fingers snapping. Green said he should have repelled

down the wall and stuck his hand in a bag of ice to keep the injury at bay. But he didn’t. “What you’ll hear is pop, pop, and then your fingers don’t work as well,” he said. “It sucks, and it’s been a long road. I’ve had to start from ground zero.” Green kept pushing up the wall. He said it was one of his best climbs, but it cost him a year and a half of challenging pitches. Green said he had to keep himself away from climbing to allow his hand to heal, although he knew he could have kept climbing hard ascents when he was injured. He just started last summer to ease himself back into the advanced climbs he was comfortable with two years ago. Reward On his trip to Tuscon, Green and his friend paused on top of The Pacemaker. They couldn’t stay long. They needed to touch the ground before the sun touched the horizon. “You get to the top, and it’s just so fleeting,” Green said. “It’s a very short moment compared to the rest of the climb. It really humbles you a lot because when you’re above it all it sort of makes you realize you’re pretty small in the grand scale.” People mistake climbing for a solo sport, Green said. Climbing teaches you how to rely on other people, the people who placed the holds before you, and your partner. “Our moments in life and in the universe are so fleeting.” Green said. “And yet they’re infinite as well, because we perceive them to be so.”

Claire from a California community college after seeing a poster of a Wisconsin forest in one of her classrooms. And after moving to Wisconsin, she’s seen plenty of forest on EAC trips like one she took to Devil’s Lake three weeks ago. While Morrisson said she doesn’t climb as much as she did as a kid, Green and other EAC guides were there to help her find footholds. “Mark was the one who made sure we had all the food and gear packed,” she said. “He really knows Devil’s Lake and could find the runs… he makes sure we all have a good time.” Although Green will graduate in the spring with a degree in hydrogeology, he’s not interested in finding a desk job right out of school. He plans to move out west and put the climbing certifications he’s been crossing off for the past two

years to good use. “I love teaching people how to climb,” Green said. “I want to be a guide because I like pushing people a little bit, I like changing people’s worldview and open their mind.” And most legendary climbers aren’t hydrogeologists. They’re dirtbags. In the climbing community, dropping off the grid, living in a van and pursuing the next big climb means more than checking off a list of technical or high altitude summits, Green said. It’s called dirtbagging, or chasing the next epic moment. “I hold a huge amount of respect for people who are dirtbagging it,” Green said. “And hopefully I’ll be doing that at some point. I’d like to hit the road. It would be a cool way to live.” Beck can be reached at becknc@

Release Rebekah Morrisson, an Eau Claire senior, grew up rock climbing indoors and outdoors in California. “My mom always said I could climb before I could walk,” Morrisson said. She transferred to Eau

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SKY CHASER: Mark Green, a UW-Eau Claire senior hydrogeology major, has been rock climbing since he was a senior in high school.

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