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Tracking routes

Geography professor maps Summer Olympic marathon to help runners prepare for London race.

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Facilitating a Movement

1st Place at Nationals

Six UW-Eau Claire students coordinated and planned the ninth Civil Rights Pilgrimage over spring break.

Forced goodwill

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vol. 90 No. 22

Chancellor accepts position at Utah college Information on the transition to a new chancellor has yet to be released By Katie Hoffman and Carolyn Tiry CURRENTS EDITOR & EDITOR IN CHIEF

Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich sent an email to all campus faculty and staff Tuesday from Salt Lake City announcing his new position as the president of Westminster College. Levin-Stankevich will be Westminster’s 17th president, succeeding current president Michael Bassis, who is retiring this summer after a 10-year tenure.

“We are extremely pleased to have attracted a top caliber institutional leader to Westminster College,” Bassis said in a Westminster press release sent out Tuesday. “Brian (Levin-Stankevich) brings strong academic and administrative ex- Levin-Stankevich perience to the position. I’m confident he will build on Westminster’s longstanding record of success.” Westminster is a small, private institution with an undergraduate enrollment of 2,500, compared to UW-Eau Claire’s 10,500. The presidential search committee rec-

Alumnus missing in Pacific Ocean

ommended Levin-Stankevich to the West- set to the university and minster Board of Trustees from a pool of very student-friendly. He more than 60 applicants, according to a added that even when adpress release posted on the college’s web- ministrators care deeply site Tuesday. The release also stated the 31 about a place, sometimes member board voted unanimously to ap- they look to other opporpoint Levin-Stankevich, who has been the tunities that they might want to pursue. chancellor at Eau Claire since 2006. “The chancellor has “I am honored by the Board’s selection to follow on the highly successful been a great leader for us Rynish presidency of Michael Bassis,” Levin- here during the budget Stankevich said in the release. “My wife, cut turmoil we’ve been Debi, and I are truly excited to join the going through,” Rynish said. “I have confiextraordinary faculty, staff and students at dence that a committee will bring in someWestminster College and to become con- one that is very capable of still navigating tributing members of the greater Salt Lake us through these tough times.” City community.” Student Body President Phil Rynish said he thinks the chancellor has been a great as- See CHANCELLOR, page 2A

Sad to see you go

Former biology major involved in fishing boat accident, death unconfirmed By Emily Albrent and Emily Gresbrink COPY EDITOR & NEWS EDITOR

“It’s hard to describe. He’s just gone … I guess I’m just still so saddened about it.” Chris Floyd, a biology professor, spoke of Chris Langel, a 2009 UW-Eau Claire graduate who went missing on March 10 in the middle of the night when his boat, the 70-foot vessel Lady Cecelia, sank into the Pacific Ocean 17 miles off the coast of Washington. “I just took my students on a field trip and I told them, ‘I feel like Chris should be here,’” Floyd said, while looking at Langel Langel’s Facebook page. “I know he graduated in 2009, but I feel like he should be here. It’s like if one of you weren’t here next time.” Langel’s Facebook wall is covered with faculty, friends and family expressing grief over the sudden loss of their student, classmate and friend. Messages carrying sentiments of “too soon,” “we miss you so much” and “you will never be forgotten” repeat over and over again. The disappearance Langel, along with three other crewmen, remain missing after being sent on an excursion to the west coast with the Alaska-based company, Saltwater Inc. According to The Seattle Times, the ship went down so abruptly that there was no time for a distress call to be manually sent. The SOS signal was sent to the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, a device that sits atop the boat’s roof that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. See PACIFIC, page 4A

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Over spring break, 59 trees were cut down to allow the start of the construction of the new education building. The construction is set to begin later this spring and be completed in late fall 2013.

University removed more than 50 trees to make way for education building By Spenser Bickett CHIEF COPY EDITOR

Students returning to campus from spring break have noticed a significant change to lower campus. Over break, 59 trees were cut down to enable construction for the new education building, which is set to begin later in the spring and completed in late fall 2013, according to a university press release. To help guide further campus tree removal, a group of biology and geography students undertook a research project to catalog all the trees on campus. Senior ecology and environmental biology major Kaleigh Spickerman said this involved taking photos and measurements of the trees and marking their location using

GPS and GIS technology. “We’ve so far only done the ones that they’ve cut down. We still have to go back out and do all the ones that they left,” Spickerman said. “Hopefully, in a couple weeks, we’ll have all the field stuff done and then we’ll work on getting it into the computer.” Spickerman said the project helped stoke her interest in plant ecology, as well as serving a more practical purpose. “I’m planning on going to grad school so doing research is good for that,” Spickerman said. “I’m also interested in conservation as an aspect of ecology, so it’s nice to get some practical knowledge.” See TREES, page 2A

Bait bikes program leads to arrest University police catches 25-year-old male for stealing GPS-tracked bike By Katie Hoffman CURRENTS EDITOR

Early Sunday morning, university police were notified by a GPS tracking system that one of their bait bikes was stolen from campus. University police Lt. Jay DobGRAPHIC BY BRIAN MILLER/The Spectator UW-Eau Claire alumnus Chris Langel went missing in the Pa- son said the GPS units hidden cific ocean after the fish boat he was in sank on March 10. The on the bait bikes send alerts to Coast Guard has suspended the searches. officers via text message when

they are moved. “That information was then relayed to the patrol officer in a squad car who got a visual of the suspect riding the bike,” Dobson said. “Upon stopping the subject, the bike was identified as one of our bait bikes, and he was arrested for misdemeanor theft.” The arrest of the 25-year-old

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According to data from University Police, an additional nine bikes were reported stolen on campus from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. Dobson wouldn’t comment on the number of bait bikes currently on campus, but with construction and lack of parking on campus, he said he’s seeing a lot more students using bikes to get around. “When it comes to thefts that we investigate on campus, bikes rank right up there with the most commonly stolen item on campus,” Dobson said. “We were seeing these numbers of bikes being stolen, so we’re just trying to think of ways to try to curb that.” Senior Graeme Lewis said he rides his bike to campus when the weather is nice, but hasn’t lately due to a rusted bike lock. He said he knows of students whose bikes were stolen in the past, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take. “I think it’s good that they caught somebody with this program,” Lewis said. “It proves that it’s working. These things take time, and now that the biking season is beginning, there are more likely thieves to be caught.” The bait bike program is funded with a $3,400 grant through the Wisconsin Office of Justice. The grant money bought the GPS units, along with the service subscription to send the tracking information via text message and informational pamphlets and bright yellow “This Could Be a Bait Bike” stickers. Although just one arrest has come from the program, Dobson said he thinks the program is still effective — especially due to the deterrence factor and public awareness of bike thefts. “Even though we’ve only had one arrest, part of the program is detection and apprehension of bike thieves,” he said. “Hopefully somebody will not want to risk getting caught because they don’t know what’s a bait bike and what’s not.”


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CHANCELLOR In his letter of application to Westminster, Levin-Stankevich expressed his frustration with the political and public funding climate in Wisconsin. He wrote that it is his belief that private institutions are most able to focus first and foremost on education and their true missions. “Our increasing dependence on tuition and fees would work if we had pricing control and the ability to more easily use institutional aid — but that’s held tightly by the legislature,” he wrote in the letter. “So our version of entrepreneurship is managing to do what is necessary in spite of the regulations.”


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James Boulter is the sustainability fellow through the office of the chancellor, and was involved with the project. He said his job entails helping the university achieve Boulter carbon neutrality, which means no net greenhouse gas emissions. When he first saw the plans for the new buildings on lower campus, Boulter said he realized that many mature, full-grown trees would be lost in the construction process. “I never had a doubt that they were going to get replaced, but

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Chancellor starts in Utah college in June

Marketing professor Chuck Tomkovick said he is happy for Levin-Stankevich, adding that he served the campus “well and nobly.” Tomkovich said that he, as a university employee, is optimistic about the future but can see how the current political climate affected the chancellor’s career decision. “It’s challenging to be in administration in the Wisconsin system right now, and the future is highly uncertain,” Tomkovich said. “It makes me wonder if we won’t see more budget tightening in the future, along with more administrators leaving.” Junior Isaac Risseeuw reacted similarly to Tomkovick. He said he

thinks the political climate in Wisconsin doesn’t favor educators. “I really can’t blame anyone for leaving the university in this climate,” Risseeuw said. “I have other professors that Risseeuw are leaving for jobs in other places.” Although information regarding the transition to a new chancellor has yet to be released, Levin-Stankevich will begin his position as president of Westminster College in June.

Biology and geography students catalogued, measured trees my concern was, right off the bat, was you can’t replace a fully mature tree,” Boulter said. “It’s going to radically alter the way the lower campus looks for the next 20 years.” Boulter also said he then spoke with Student Senate president Phil Rynish, who is a biology major, about a tree inventory project. “He had a project with one of Sean Hartnett’s classes, and he ended up doing a preliminary version of this for a class project,” Boulter said. Rynish said the idea for the project came to both he and Boulter after the two attended a sustainability conference in Pittsburgh. “From that, we got the idea about doing the tree inventory, and then

we went from there,” Rynish said. Bringing together students from multiple academic backgrounds helped bring a lot of knowledge to the project, Rynish said. “Kaleigh’s got the expertise in tree identification, and then Tyler (Debruin) and I kind of did the geography project,” Rynish said. “Kaleigh’s a little bit more of the tree expert, and we fill in the rest.” Sustainability is more than just cutting carbon emissions, Rynish said, it’s also about ecology. “Part of sustainability is preserving what we do have, so it kind of fits into that,” Rynish said. For now, campus will look a little bare in order to make way for the new buildings.

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12 to 1:30 p.m. Majors and Student Services Fair. Davies Center. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jazz Fest Concert — Part I. Memorial High School.

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Bill to increase bridge safety passes The bill is meant to urge the city of Eau Claire to move up NEWS EDITOR the date of construction to be as During their Monday meet- soon as possible for the safety of ing, the Student Senate passed a pedestrians, including students, bill via voice vote in support of Mabrey said. Mabrey said that if the bridge cooperation between UW-Eau is not modified sooner, it could be Claire, the state of Wisconsin and harmful to the safety of individuthe city of Eau Claire regarding the construction of the Summit als who use the bridge. “With the construction of Avenue bridge. The bill states that because the campus, a lot of students will be current level of the bridge railing forced to take it coming to the at 34 inches is below waist-level of university,” she said. The bill also states that the the average adult, it is unsafe for height of the pedestrians to cross. Steph Mabrey, director of the railings on the AvStudent Services Commission of Summit the Student Senate, said a change enue bridge are needs to be made for the safety an even greatof students. er hazard for “The goal is to get the railings those walking higher because they only come up the bridge while to about (waist level) on me, which inebriated. This is not tall enough,” Mabrey said. is a problem be“It’s not a bridge you can safely cause the bridge Mabrey cross with a bike.” links Water Street The water beneath the Summit to areas of student housing and Avenue bridge is shallow, adding an even greater risk of injury or other residences. Mabrey said that the bill is bedeath for pedestrians should they ing passed now so Student Senfall from the bridge, the bill stated. ate can start working on getting The bridge is currently owned the date of construction moved by the state of Wisconsin because up. She said it will be something it is considered a state highway. the senate works on a little at the The state plans to reconstruct it and turn over ownership to the end of this semester, but is somecity of Eau Claire in 2015, accord- thing that will be passed on to next ing to the bill. semester’s senators. By Haley Zblewski

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were shattered, and scratches and cuts were on the At 5:48 p.m., a male stu- lower right panel dent called the University Po- of the car’s body. lice about his vehicle, which The man said had been hit by an unknown he parked his car vehicle in the Oak Ridge at 5 p.m. and returned at 12 parking lot. p.m. the next day, finding the Upon arrival, an officer met damage. He also said he didn’t with the man in the parking lot know anyone who would have and looked at the car. The rear done it. right taillight and brake light The officer gave him

information to get a copy of the accident report, then checked the parking lot to see if any cars were consistent with the damage. No cars were found and the officer cleared the scene.

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Two professors to lead gas price investigation Eau Claire City Council to partner with faculty in attempt to determine why prices remain so high By Anna Soldner COPY EDITOR

After the Wisconsin Department of Justice closed a nine-month investigation into Eau Claire’s high gas prices, unhappy community members believe there’s more to the story. Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members in particular, together with the Eau Claire City Council and student support, are on a mission to find the answer. Assistant professor of economics Laura Middlesworth, along with assistant professor of geography Ryan Weichelt, plans to spend the summer collecting and analyzing in-depth economic and geographical data of the Eau Claire fuel market and comparing it to similar areas. “When you compare gas prices in Eau Claire to other areas, cities and towns in Western Wisconsin, the gas prices in Eau Claire consistently seem to be higher,” Middlesworth said. “The public certainly notices these details and they want some explanation.” While the state’s initial investigation looked into price collusion (or deliberate manipulation of prices) among local gas owners, Weichelt said his committee’s investigation is aimed towards examining

the entire surrounding gas industry in order to better serve the community. “The biggest thing that we’re interested in is that if things are higher — which it seems that they are a little bit higher — is to help people out because gas prices are going up and up and up,” he said. “If we’re finding that it is higher, it’s going to save people a little bit of money.” City Council member David Duax said that for almost three decades, local gas prices in the Chippewa Valley have inexplicably been among the highest and most uniform in the state. “In particular in the Eau Claire market, what has been misunderstood for many, many years, is why Eau Claire is always the high gas price leader in Wisconsin,” Duax said. “The other phenomenon in

Eau Claire is all of our prices are always identical at every station and have been for a long time.” Weichelt pointed out that the lack of differences in gas prices is odd, and if consumers are made aware of this issue, it might put pressure on companies to drive the prices down and save people — especially commuting students — money. “It doesn’t sound like a lot — five cents — but (with) a ten or thirteen gallon tank, that’s sixty, seventy cents,” Weichelt said. “You start adding up four, five years that students are at Eau Claire and that can add up to a significant amount of money.” The summer investigation is open to Eau Claire students interested in earning service learning credit. Middlesworth said

“You start adding up four, five years that students are at Eau Claire and that can add up to a significant amount of money.” ERIC WEICHELT Assistant professor of geography

that this is an excellent opportunity for students to apply learned concepts outside of the classroom setting. She added that they plan to present their results to the City Council, the local media and possibly at student research day next fall. “This is one of these situations where we felt like students could use the skills and that knowledge that they’re learning in the classroom, and use it to help explain something that’s actually happening,” Middlesworth said. Duax explained that they will be very proactive in their approach and will meet with company owners to discuss the local market issues if necessary. “If we feel there’s some anticompetitive activity there, then we need to report it to the appropriate authorities to investigate,” Duax said. Middlesworth and Weichelt said they lack the authority or resources to actually prosecute anyone for criminal behavior, but will strive for the betterment of both students and the community as a whole. “We’re not going after anyone,” Weichelt said. “We’re just trying to help the students make the connection and also help the city out.”

Geography professor maps Olympic marathon route Map to help competitors prepare for summer race; path takes runners past famous London spots By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

He has worked with several Olympic marathon runners and world record breakers who call him “The Professor of Marathon.” In the past, he has made maps for the New York, Boston and Chicago marathons. Now, he’s taking his talents across the pond to the biggest stage in athletics: the Olympics. Sean Hartnett, a UW-Eau Claire geography professor, was approached by London Marathon officials to profile the marathon course for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Hartnett said he was taken aback by the offer at first.


“I’ve made a lot of profiles,” he said, “but not for the Olympics.” Hartnett said he had produced maps for the London Marathon, a notoriously big race, and that’s what led him to be asked for the Olympics. The goal of Hartnett’s map is to give the competitors a look ahead at the course’s turns and elevation levels, so as to be more prepared when the gun fires. Hartnett noted that runners — Hartnett especially Olym-

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The signal was reached at a Coast Guard station in Warrenton, Ore., at 3:37 a.m. on March 10. After the signal was reached, a Coast Guard helicopter located the spot where the call came from and flew over the area. All that was left was oil and a life raft. The search was suspended on March 11 with the notion that the men were dead. The ship’s disappearance is still undergoing investigation. According to the Saltwater Inc. website, since 1988 the company has been an industry leader in the design and implementation of fishery and marine mammal observer programs. Every year the company hires over 250 marine observers who collect fishery data for many public, private, and foundation clients. As stated in the LeaderTelegram by Saltwater Inc CEO Tim Carroll, “Saltwater has had vessel incidents in the North Pacific before, but we have never lost an observer," he said. "This is extremely rare that this would happen."

pic-caliber runners — like to do their homework for races like this. And they might need to. Turns can be tricky for runners and Hartnett said there are more turns in this course than in any other profile he has produced — a total of over 110. “Much like a car if it goes around a turn, you’ve got to slow down and speed up,” he said. “Most things you like to do in a marathon you like to do efficiently, but slowing and speeding up takes more energy.” Senior Scott Lewis is in Hartnett’s geospatial technologies class and said that Hartnett was very humble about the whole thing. “It’s like a normal day in his classroom and had I not discov-

ered the article in the local town paper (The Leader Telegram), I may have never known he was assisting with the 2012 Olympics,” Lewis said. Olympic marathons tend to take the runners past famous landmarks in each Olympic city, so Hartnett’s map sends competitors by Big Ben, the Tower of London and down near the Thames River, all with a variety of elevations, a main feature of the map. Hartnett’s graphic shows elevation at different kilometer markers, which helps runners determine how to pace their runs to give themselves whatever advantage they can. A lot of geographical thinking goes into preparation, Hartnett

said, but also in post-race analysis. He has made many post-race maps for different marathons that show runners’ times in relation to their location in the race as well, all which feature his own photographs of the runners and data. But all in all, the “Professor of Marathon” said he’s proud to see Eau Claire’s “hyphenated name” on a map that people from all over the world will see. Lewis said that Hartnett’s all too deserving of having his work featured in such a big way. “I for one, am proud to have him as not only one who professes many aspects of geography,” Lewis said, “but shares his work, experiences and knowledge to all of those who ask.”

Coast Guard search suspended March on 11, crew presumed dead

However, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states in a Commercial Fishing Safety article from 2011 that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs with extremely high fatalities. More than half of all of the deaths occurred from a vessel disaster. “I don't think it’s any more dangerous than rush hour in Seattle,” Floyd said, “but it’s definitely rough — you're in a boat off the coast of Oregon and those are some big waves, even the best surfers in the world can't handle those. But yet, I think this thing is not terribly unusual, even for these huge vessels to disappear.” Remembering a star student Langel studied ecology and environmental biology during his time at Eau Claire and left a lasting impact on the biology department, working at the reef fish tanks and performing well in classes, Floyd said. He added that Langel quickly found work and started a career on boats in the Pacific waters,

most likely working his way up to working in the fishing industry. Floyd, who was Langel’s former advisor during college, remembers seeing his final Facebook post and not hearing much until the boat went down — the first post of his disappearance came from Langel’s father. “If you look at what people are writing, people are heartbroken,” Floyd said. “It's just so sad ... obviously when you lose someone, it’s a natural response to be shocked, he was so young.” He stopped to look at pictures of Langel at work, spending time with friends and the dozens of sentiments left behind. He closed the computer window and paused to think. “Chris was amazingly energetic. He just loved living. And when he started applying that personality to classes, that’s where I got to notice him and follow him,” he said. “He's like my own son in some ways, because I watched his progression. We (the biology department) all feel the same way. We're heartbroken.”


Chris Langel (above) studied ecology and biology at UW-Eau Claire and graduated in 2009. Langel‘s former advisor Chris Floyd said Langel was “like my own son in some ways.”

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Relationships abound in dance production UW-Eau Claire Concert Dance Company to perform “Danceworks 2012: Convergence” By David Heiling STAFF WRITER

Ally Frosch said many pieces of dance choreography made on campus in the past year could be related to relationships. Frosch, a senior psychology major and a member of the upcoming program Danceworks, also explained how the connection can be made from relationships to this year’s Danceworks theme, “Convergence.” “We think about what the general theme of our pieces are,” Frosch said. “This year it is a lot about relationships. Either relationships coming together, or relationships splitting apart, and that really resounds in each piece.” Danceworks is an annual production put on by the members of the Concert Dance Company, and features 11 choreographed pieces, nine of which are student led. The cast includes students and usually one or two professors choreographing. Julie Fox is the director of Danceworks and a professor of dance at UWEau Claire. She said students prepare for Danceworks all year, and the show is the culmination of all their hard work. “The show is big,” Fox said. “It’s the biggest. This is our annual program concert, so in a big sense everything we work for is preparing toward these three days.” Six choreographers return to this year’s

show, along with the addition of three new student participants. Senior Caitlin Rathburn said she thinks the new cast members will bring a dynamic side of the performance that audience members may not have seen in previous years. “I think this year is really special because we have some new choreographers who are evolving and then a lot of old choreographers that are expanding,” Rathburn said. “They’re trying new things and I think that is really exciting, and I think the work this year is extremely developed.” Rathburn co-choreographed a piece called “Disconnected,” which she said has a somewhat comical feel to it. She also produced her own piece named “Morning Circumference,” in which the six females dancers portray a seemingly endless cycle of being a college student. Both Fox and Rathburn encourage the student population as well as the general population to see Danceworks Thursday through Saturday, especially if they’ve never previously been to a dance performance. Fox said dance is comparable to music and thinks people should give Danceworks a chance. “Think about how you respond to music: responding to dance is very similar,” Fox said. “You are responding to motion, and how people connect … it

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers By Frank F. Pellegrino SPORTS EDITOR

Going from “Barney & Friends” in preschool to “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” in kindergarten was quite the improvement for me as a 5-year-old. All of a sudden the emphasis changed from educational songs to kicking ass. Half the kids in school weren’t even allowed to watch it, making the show even more awesome. It didn’t matter that every episode was essentially the same; the change of pace from “Barney” was incredible. Long story short, in every episode the Rangers would run into a new bad guy who couldn’t handle the Rangers and would always wind up becoming the size of a skyscraper. It wasn’t ever a big deal though, because each Ranger had their own animal-shaped-vehicle-thing that could morph into a part of the Ranger’s own gigantic robot called Megazord! After what always seemed to be a slow start, the Rangers would end up destroying the bad guy, thanks to great leadership from the Red Ranger. Joining the Red Ranger in the journey were two other guy rangers — black and blue — and the pink and yellow girl rangers. One of the huge reasons for the show’s success (other than the violence) was the Power Ranger-themed action figures that every cool kid had. You could buy the animalshaped-vehicle-thing for each ranger and literally morph them into your own Megazord. It was like Transformers on steroids. I can still recall the one and only time I saw all of them together in the form of Megazord at a friend’s house. It was something I never thought I’d see, which made it the coolest thing ever. Just take my word for it. The original version of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” aired from 1993-1995 and has existed every year since in some form of a spin-off. There have been 16 total spin-offs, and the current version is called “Power Rangers Samurai.” There have also been two movies, a play, four video games and a card game based off the series. All of this goes to show just how much success the franchise has achieved, but in my opinion, nothing can ever replace the original Mighty Morphin’ version.


can be a parallel relationship to how you make meaning out of music.” Rathburn said anyone who attends the program could make a connection to one, if not many pieces in this year’s production. “There’s a little something for everyone,” Rathburn said. “We want ev-

eryone sitting in that audience to take something different away from it and interpret it in their own way. We invite them to come to any understanding or conclusion of our pieces that they would like.” The show takes place 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Kjer Theatre.


Seniors Ally Frosch and Caitlin Rathburn perform “Intersection” at Concert Dance Company’s 2011 holiday concert. The dance uses movement to express different paths taken in life.

A review By Cal McNeil PHOTO EDITOR

I never imagined I would be so invested in another worldwide addiction to a film franchise based on a book series at 22 years old. I was obsessed with “Harry Potter,” but now I have a new mega-addiction that showed up nearly overnight: “The Hunger Games.” “The Hunger Games” book trilogy is being compared to the Harry Potter and Twilight fame, but this time, the craziness seems to be exploding past these film franchises. The screen adaptation of the first book was released at midnight on March 23 and grossed $214.3 million worldwide ($155

million from North American sales) during the opening weekend, according to Reuters. The film broke numerous records for opening weekend ticket sales, including the highest film sales for a spring release and the third highest opening weekend sales ever in Hollywood next to the final film of the “Harry Potter” series and “The Dark Knight,” according to an article in The New York Times. For those who are not completely engrossed in the first book and film, “The Hunger Games” involves a futuristic society split into 12 districts controlled by the Capitol. Each year, to keep the citizens of the districts from uprising, the Capitol

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Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta in “The Hunger Games,” answers questions for the thousands of fans with Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, on March 9 at the

I realized that even though I make new recipes for this column every week, I haven’t had a nice home-cooked dinner in a long time. As students, we’re so busy with school, work, extra-curriculars and having a social life that it seems that food is low on the list

of priorities. But eating a well-balanced meal at least once a week is important to staying healthy. So here is my first one: chicken-penne florentine bake. I found it on the Kraft Foods website. When I make pasta dishes, I usually start by boiling the noodles so I can multitask and prepare the other ingredients while the pasta cooks. Pour two cups of penne in a pot and cook it on the stove at a mediumhigh temperature. While you’re doing that, cut thawed chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. The recipe calls for one pound, but use the amount you’d like or whatever you already have in the fridge. I only had two chicken breasts, but I

hosts a televised “battle to the death” reality show, starring 24 children from the ages of 12 to 18 — a boy and a girl from each district — in a Capitolcontrolled arena. I was instantly hooked after watching the film’s trailer 20 times and reading the first book in a single night. My interest then morphed into a super obsession after spending 10 hours in the cold outside of Mall of America to get a wristband for a meet and greet with six of the cast members of the first film. I ended up meeting the cast, including the extremely beautiful and my new (imaginary) girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence. My obsession peaked while I was walking into the movie theater last weekend. This film was by far the best adaptation I have seen of a book. I cried during a few dramatic death scenes, and I nearly wet myself from pure shock during the last few heartstopping scenes. Even the tweens sitting near me could not break my death stare from the screen. Film adaptations have been increasingly accurate and true to the books throughout the blockbusters released in the last decade, and this film is no exception. Minus a few minor details that would be too hard to explain within this review, the film was very true to the book, which made me — and I am sure thousands of others — very happy. The first 15 minutes of the film were the worst because of the extreme shake of the camera. It did not bother me as much, but I have talked to numerous people who said they felt nauseous because of it. See GAMES, page 6A

wish I had used more. Three or four might be a better choice. Next, pour sundried tomato vinaigrette dressing into a large skillet. Throw in the chicken bits and sauté for a few minutes. Once those

are cooked through, add one cup of chicken broth and Neufchatel cheese. It’s kind of like cream cheese but tastes milder. See PASTA, page 6A


Currents Currents Editor: Katie Hoffman

All that jazz


Thursday, March 29, 2012 • 6A from page 5A

Eau Claire Jazz Fest features local, national musicians Film a true adaptation of bestselling fiction book By Kortney Holbrook FREELANCER

Walking the streets in downtown Eau Claire on Friday night, one might think they are walking onto New York City’s historic 52nd Street in 1938. The sounds of trumpets, saxophones, drums, piano and bass will be flowing from a variety of venues on South Bartsow Street in Eau Claire this weekend as the 45th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival kicks off. “The idea for 52nd Street grew out of some work the board and planning committee did to focus more closely with the community to have different venues play downtown,” said Patty Horecki, executive director of the Jazz Festival. Horecki said the Jazz Festival is a four day event hosted by Eau Claire Jazz Inc. every spring to promote a cultural experience. The festival is one of the largest and oldest events allowing local, national and international artists to showcase their talent. “I would love for students to come out to enjoy the free events on and off campus,” Horecki said. “We really want to educate, entertain and inspire those who already are loyal listeners and new audience of jazz. We want people to understand that jazz is at the root of almost all the music they listen to today.” Sophomore Josh Huot-Gallus said he is excited to listen to jazz in venues around the city. “You can see combos playing and not just student ones, but also professional ones,” Huot-Gallus said. “That’s great — it’s a lot of live music all night.” The festival will be hosting jazz performances at Memorial High School on Friday and Saturday night. Grammy-winner John Patitucci and internationally known trombonist Andy Martin will be headlining both nights along with UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I. On Friday night the artists


will be joined by the College Honor Band, while on Saturday the High School Honors Bands will play. “I always thought the Jazz Festival was meant only for music majors but I am really excited I can go and see Andy Martin and John Patitucci,” junior Ashley Backer said. Along with the evening performances, there will be clinics, master classes, lectures, visual art exhibits of jazz and a variety of other concerts throughout the weekend. Martin and Patitucci both have clinics on Friday and Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Schofield Hall, and local artists will also be hosting some of the clinics. “A lot of this festival is taken on by students,” Horecki said. “They volunteer, they set up, they tear down, they sell things.” For more information on the festival and to buy tickets, visit

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Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Isabelle Fuhrman, all members of “The Hunger Games” cast, wave to thousands of fans at the Mall of America on March 9.


John Patitucci is one of many musicians performing during the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

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While that cooks, thaw out a package of frozen chopped spinach in the microwave. I put it in for three minutes. Once that is done, drain excess water out and then add that to the chicken and sauce. Drain the pasta and add it to the mix. While the recipe doesn’t call for it, I thought that onion flavor would taste really good, so I just threw in a couple shakes of dried minced onion. You could

add any spice or vegetable as well. Pour half the mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and pour the remaining amount of the pasta mixture on top of that. To finish it off, layer on Parmesan cheese. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. What’s great about pasta recipes is that you can add almost anything to it. Include as much cheese,

spinach and chicken as you want. You could omit any of those ingredients and add in anything else. For example, if you don’t like chicken, you could add beef or shrimp. Not only did this recipe taste great, but it also will give me a few meals for the week. I don’t have to resort to microwave meals or fast food anymore! Wustrack is a senior English major and staff writer of The Spectator.

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There were a few things I think could have been improved besides the nauseainducing first few scenes. First, a more extreme portrayal of the Capitol and its residents betting on who would die in the games — I despised those people so much in the book. Also, more about President Snow, the leader of the Capitol, and Caesar Flickerman, host of the reality show who broadcasts the massacre on television could have been a lot crazier to match the book better. Second, the relationships between the main character Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to compete in the Hunger Games to save her younger sister, and her close friend Gale and her mother would have created a better connection between the characters. Instead, the film only touches on them and periodically shows the two characters, which

really made the dynamic between them fall apart. Other than those suggestions, the film was filled with a great cast that fit the characters in the books very well. When I was at the question and answer session at Mall of America, the cast members all mentioned that they were avid readers of the trilogy. I believe that made them much better actors because they really cared about their characters and made sure to portray them in a way that connected to the book. I am currently trying to find time to go see the film again, and I recommend it to anyone who wants action, romance, a good cry and a great film adaptation that truly respects the work of the author. The film’s trailer says, “The games will change everyone,” and I definitely felt moved after seeing the film.

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Gymnasts take fifth Best finish at Nationals since ’05; sophomore wins title on beam By Frank F. Pellegrino SPORTS EDITOR


Sophomore Michaela McCamey does her balance beam routine at the conference meet on March 3 in McPhee Center. Last Saturday, McCamey placed first in beam at Nationals, becoming just the fourth Blugold to ever take first.

Swimming tallies All-American awards Teams compete at 2012 NCAA Championships, individuals earn honors in five different events By Emily Albrent COPY EDITOR

The men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took home several All-American honors at the 2012 NCAA Div. III meet on Saturday. The women’s team tied for 28th place overall, while the men tied for 32nd. Women Senior Nicole Dorvinen participated in five events at Nationals, two of which were relays. Since it was her last year getting to compete, she said she wanted to make sure she left her mark. “I just went into my final meet of my collegiate year saying, ‘Last one, best one,’ leaving it all in the pool,” Dorvinen said. “I had to go out with a bang.” Dorvinen broke her own school record in the 400 individual relay twice — first in the preliminaries and then again in the finals. She placed fifth overall and earned her way to first team All-American honors. Dorvinen said that her improvement from the conference meet made all the difference to her. “I was pretty happy with my time,” she said. “At conference I wasn’t really pleased with how I swam, so being able to go faster at Nationals I was pretty Dorvinen happy about.” Dorvinen’s next best individual finish came on the final day when she placed 12th in the 1,650- yard freestyle, good enough for All-American honorable mention. Junior Grace Fair also qualified for Nationals in five events, four of which were relays. Fair

was at the meet for the second straight year and said that competition at Nationals is so intense that it was a bit intimidating the first time around. “The second year you are just more confident and excited, less nervous,” she said. Fair had a 16th place finish as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team, earning the swimmers All-American honorable mention. Joining her on the team Fair were seniors Kristen Lickel and Julia Olson and sophomore Kristin Peters. “That is really special to all of us that ... have been on it for several years,” Fair said. “All this season (it was) that same group of four of us, so it was a little emotional,” Fair said. Men Junior Nick Badilla competed in 1-meter and 3-meter dives at Nationals and was one of two men to qualify for the meet. Prior to this year, Badilla had been the only male competing at Nationals for the Blugolds. Badilla said that it was awesome to be able to finally have another male teammate with him this year. “The whole mentality for both of us was ... give everything you got, leave nothing behind, no holding back,” Badilla said. Joining Badilla this year was sophomore Alex Card, who competed in three swimming events. He said he was ready for the challenge and was excited to be at the finals. See the rest online at

The UW-Eau Claire gymnastics team earned fifth place at the 2012 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championship last Friday and Saturday. It was their best finish since 2005 and the Blugolds’ 183.700 points was their highest total of the season. Coach Jean DeLisle said the preparation process was hard for the team at times after having such a long layoff after the March 3 conference meet. Because of that, DeLisle said she was especially pleased that the team didn’t let it affect their performance. “During that three long week stretch … it was hard to keep the motivation really high,” she said. “But we got there, they picked it right back up and didn’t miss a beat.” The individual competition was highlighted by five All-American finishes for the Blugolds, including one national title. Leading the way was sophomore Michaela McCamey with her first place finish on the balance beam. McCamey’s score of 9.650 tied her previous career-high mark in that event. McCamey said that it felt great to stick her routine at the meet that mattered most. “Basically, as the routine went on and I stuck each skill, I think I just smiled throughout the whole routine,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier with how it ended up.” With her first place finish, McCamey became just the fourth Blugold gymnast ever to win a National title, and the first since 2006. Having her name added to the history books is something McCamey said still feels surreal. “It definitely is an honor to be a part of that,

I can’t even believe it myself,” she said. “I’m just happy to have had the opportunity.” Also earning All-American honors were sophomore Olivia Aschenbrenner and junior Danielle Schulzetenberg in the all-around competition. Aschenbrenner tied for seventh place while Schulzetenberg tied for ninth. DeLisle said having two gymnasts from the same team finish in the top 10 was nothing short of amazing. “First of all, to have two allarounders on a team is getting to be less and less common,” De Lisle said. “So, to have both of our all-arounders finish as All-Americans is fantastic.” Both gymnasts also put together strong performances on the second day in individual events. Schulzetenberg tied for third with her routine on the floor exercise, earning her first team All-American honors. Schulzetenberg said she was pleased with her season-best score of 9.650 in the event she feels has been her strongest all season. “I was really excited when I made finals,” she said. “I just went out the second day and had a lot of fun and gave it all I’ve got just to have no regrets.” Aschenbrenner competed individually in the uneven bars and took eighth place to earn second team All-American status. Coach DeLisle said she was happy to see Aschenbrenner place in the top 10 because she has been so consistent in that event throughout the season. See GYMNASTICS, page 2B

Softball goes 5-5 over break No. 14 ranked Blugolds see ups and downs at tuneup games in Florida By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR

Playing ten games in the span of a week proved to be a trying experience for the UWEau Claire softball team. But with a 5-5 record at the NTC Spring Games in Florida over spring break, the team managed to hold its own against some stiff competition. Coach Leslie Huntington said the Blugolds, ranked 14th in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, learned a lot about where they stand at this early point of the season. “I think we saw the type of potential that this team has,”

Huntington said. “I was just a more Emma Wishau dominating little disappointed at the end of the opposition. In her first three appearances, the week when we kind of let the two of which were starts, Meinfatigue dictate how we played.” The team started the 10-game en allowed only two earned runs stretch hot, allowing only six in 14 innings. Wishau was even runs in its first six games, going better, not allowing an earned 4-2 over that span. Pitching was run over 20 innings in her first a key to the team’s success, with three starts of the Games. senior Ashley Meinen and sopho- See SOFTBALL, page 2B

“I think we saw the type of potential this team has.” LESLIE HUNTINGTON Softball Coach

Women’s tennis wins three straight after loss Team narrowly falls 5-4, follows up with consecutive 7-2 victories to start spring season By Tuesday Wustrack STAFF WRITER

The UW-Eau Claire women’s tennis team began their spring season by winning three of four matches during their Spring Break trip in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The team lost the first match 5-4 against Allegh-

eny College (Penn.) and won the next three, all by a score of 7-2. After going 3-1 in the matches, the Blugolds improved their record to 11-5 overall on the season. Coach Tom Gillman said he expected that the players would do their best and he attributed

their only loss to nerves. “In the first match, I think most of the team were slightly disappointed because the match was right there and we were capable of winning it,” he said. “But after that match, our team ... actually ended up playing quite well.” Leading the way for

Eau Claire were a duo of players who went undefeated throughout their singles matches. Sophomore Katie Gillman won all four No. 3 singles matches, with her last one being the closest at 6-4, 7-6. See the rest online at


Sophomore Lexi Demario reaches to return a shot against UW-La Crosse during an Oct. 15 home match.

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Team graduates just three seniors, will return talented roster, coach says “Her bar routine is exactly what she always does, whether it’s practice or a meet,” DeLisle said. “She’s just a solid kid up there, and it showed.” W i t h two more All-American honors each for the pair of g ymnasts, Schulzetenberg now has a Schulzentenberg career total of six awards while Aschenbrenner has tallied five. Schulzetenberg said she always feels a great sense of pride being recognized as an All-American, and that it’s especially rewarding after all the years she’s put into the sport. “It’s a big accomplish-

ment,” Schulzetenberg said. “A lot of people don’t even get an All-American, so it’s just kind of surreal to think about it.” Moving forward, the Blugolds will graduate only three seniors this off-season and have 17 underclassmen returning, including all of the All-Americans. DeLisle said she gets a little nervous thinking about trying to replicate the success the team has had this season, but that it’s hard to deny how much talent the team has coming back. “We have Danielle who is a six-time All-American, Olivia and now Michaela,” she said. “And we have more than a handful of girls that we haven’t heard tons about, but I think you are going to hear a lot about next year.”

Sports Editor: Frank F. Pellegrino


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Wishau said she likes to pitch in close, low-scoring games because of the excitement and adrenaline rush. She ended the Games with a sparkling 0.95 earned run average in 29.1 innings, but lost two 1-0 games. Fatigue seemed to set in on the fourth day of games, which saw Eau Claire losing 6-5 to Union College (N.Y.) and 9-1 to St. Thomas (Minn.). The team committed a combined seven errors in those two losses, which Huntington said was disappointing because of the emphasis placed on defense in practice. Junior first basemen Sarah Fern, who hit two home runs in an 8-2 victory against Bethel University (Minn.), thought the team could have played a lot better during Fern the week. “Our expectations going in were to be competing with the top play-

Blugolds end 10-game series on high note, face UW-Stevens Point next

ers out there and doing fairly well, and I think we just kind of struggled throughout the week,” Fern said. Huntington said the team needs to learn how to score runs against top-tier pitching. The Blugolds collected just two hits and struck out 14 times while being shut out by Eastern Connecticut State’s Molly Rathbun, a first-team All-American last season. Tufts University’s Allyson Fournier, a freshman who Huntington believes has a chance to be an All-American this year, also shut out the Blugolds while striking out 11 batters. Senior Jess Freagon, a 2011 WIAC all-conference performer, struggled during the games, going 5-30. Another 2011 all-conference player, junior Emily Haluska, started slowly, with just two hits in the first five games, but finished strong for the Blugolds with four hits on the last day of games. But the team was able to rebound somewhat on the last day of the

Games, shutting out Hope College (Mich.) 8-0 and losing to Wellesley 4-3. Freshman Taylor Pierce, who went 6-26 and scored four runs during the Games, said it was nice to end on a higher note. “We definitely came out as a team after being really tired through the week, so it felt good,” Pierce said. Despite her team’s uneven play, Huntington said the games Pierce were an excellent way to prepare for the conference schedule. “It’s really good for the players to play this many games,” Huntington said. “It gives us a real reality check of the things we need to work on.” The Blugolds begin their conference schedule this Saturday with a doubleheader against UW-Stevens Point at Carson Park, with the first game beginning at 2 p.m.


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Op/Ed Editor: Eric Christenson

Thursday, March 29, 2012 • 3B

The Axis of Brilliance is a graphic ranking of everything awful and brilliant this week from here to infinity. And it’s back.

By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

Uh oh, you guys. Jet is breaking up! What songs will beer companies use in their commercials now? Are there actually other songs they can use? A beer commercial without a Jet song is like a horse without a rider: probably okay.

Apparently to stay healthy and energized, January Jones takes vitamins of HER OWN PLACENTA. She explains (to People Magazine): “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.” Weird and gross, January Jones. Weird and gross.

Hope you guys had a chance to try Taco Bell’s new Doritos Locos Tacos over spring break. I did and it was pretty excellent. It’s probably one of those things where we didn’t know why we needed it until we had it. Like Twitter or birthdays.


BRILLIANT If you’re itching for some more info on weird actresses doing super weird and gross things, there’s more! Alicia Silverstone apparently chews food and spits it into her 10-month old baby’s mouth, like a bird. Why does everything always have to be so gross?!

Callista Gingrich was in Eau Claire at the Northwoods Brew Pub on Monday speaking about her husband’s presidential campaign. I didn’t go, did you? Can anyone confirm if she’s not an alien? Anyone? has named our neighbor Minneapolis’ music scene the second best in the country! And our other neighbor, Madison, was eighth! This is very cool! SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kony complex Invisible Children complicates the issue more than it helps

By FRANK F. PELLEGRINO I was a bit alarmed after seeing an editorial in the March 15 issue of The Spectator that contained one of the most naïve statements I have ever read. In a piece titled “A response to critics of the Invisible Children,” senior April D’Water defended the controversial actions taken by the non-profit organization Invisible Children. After expressing her opinion, Ms. D’Water concluded with the following claim: “If we sit back and constantly criticize movements that are calling for change, then we are doing humanity an astronomical disservice.” I could not believe my eyes when I read it. Not to use an extreme example, but wasn’t Hitler calling for change? Even though there is evidence that shows numerous countries knew of his actions (most notably our own), some 6 million Jewish people were killed before he was stopped. What about Joseph Stalin; he was calling for change too, right? Well, he managed to kill somewhere between 3-60 million people while in power (depending on estimates), even though outsiders had an idea of his actions. It certainly seems like it would not have been an astronomical disservice to humanity if someone had criticized their movements from the start, ultimately saving millions of lives in the process. After reading through Ms. D’Water’s hostile editorial and


Taking on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army is a complicated issue to address hastily. The nonprofit organization Invisible Children is complicating this issue further rather than helping it. -FP

somewhat ignorant conclusion, I knew I had to look further into her defense of Invisible Children. Once I gathered enough facts, I found that the majority of her opinion seemed to be based on poorly interpreted information and felt compelled to respond. For those not familiar with Invisible Children, their current campaign is centered on trying to track down Joseph Kony, the evil leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. To start, Ms. D’Water pointed out that Invisible Children spends 80 percent of their budget on programs, and of that, 37 percent of that goes to “projects on the ground.” She argues it is completely justified that 43 percent is spend on “advocacy and awareness” because they are “an integral part of Invisible Children.”

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Unfortunately, the advocacy and awareness she is referring to is mostly making films and promoting them. I understand that getting people aware of the situation in Uganda is important, but I find it hard to justify spending more money on this than actively trying to help the cause. Ms. D’Water then mentions how the awareness campaigns of Invisible Children has resulted in money being invested in the cause, including $40 million from the U.S. government. The problem with this, however, is that Ms. D’Water conveniently ignored one of the largest issues people have with Invisible Children. The group surprisingly supports military intervention, and much of the money they advocate for goes directly to the Ugandan

government’s own military. In general, I think the idea of trying to solve violence with violence is always bad practice. I don’t see how arming Ugandan soldiers to help take down Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army would help in any way. Aren’t they going to have to kill thousands of children in the LRA to have any chance of getting to Kony? But the reason why I find it particularly alarming that they support the Ugandan government’s militia is because evidence shows they aren’t much less evil than LRA. Evidence shows the militia raped underage girls and even started their own prostitution ring, according to a Dec. 2011 report from the Social Science Research Council. The worst part about Invisible

Children helping fuel Uganda’s army is that the LRA has been largely non-existent in Uganda since 2006. Since then, they’ve been almost exclusively active in other areas, which is why it puzzles me that Invisible Children still supports Uganda’s army. It’s sad to say, but I truly feel that the advocacy of Invisible Children may be resulting in even more violence. Encouraging people to blindly follow movements based on the assumption that change is always good can be a dangerous proclamation. Instead, I would urge people to research an organization before they decide to become involved in it, especially one that has controversy surrounding its actions. Now, I don’t want to imply that Ms. D’Water didn’t do any research on Invisible Children prior to writing her piece. And I realize that many people support the actions of the organization. But my disagreement with her stance on Invisible Children is exactly why people should make sure they know enough about anything in our society before they decide to support it. It may sound crazy, but people legitimately supported Hitler’s actions in WWII, and that is exactly why it is so important to not blindly follow any movement calling for change. To me, doing that would be a true disservice to humanity. Pellegrino is a senior journalism major and sports editor of The Spectator.

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Editorial 4B • Thursday, March 29, 2012

Op/Ed Editor: Eric Christenson

Volunteering for the university’s sake Service-learning requirement doesn’t fulfill intended goals By CAROLYN TIRY I made my first micro-loan usPerhaps there could be a class ing Kiva on Friday. And despite not — required for every student — devoted to helping them develop being able to personally witness the good that loan will do, it feels like ... though I’ve fulfilled (the service-learning) requirement two times over, and follow through on these projects. Or that could be a requireit’ll do more good than anything else ment in first-year experience I’ve done for a long time. And that I don’t feel as though I’ve done much good for the community. classes, which would be easier to includes UW-Eau Claire’s serviceimplement and would give stulearning requirement. dents more choices. For those who don’t know, Kiva Plus, it would help is a micro-lending website where you feel as though I’ve done much good for According to the website of the Center to build camaraderie, can lend money in $25 increments the community. for Service-Learning, the “requirement is which seems to be a goal of those to a person in an underdeveloped country. I’ve gotten all of my service-learning intended to provide students with an op- classes anyway. They’re generally trying to start or exthrough classes, and I think that may be portunity to serve their community, apply It just seems to me that with the curpand their own small business, but some knowledge gained in the classroom, en- rent program, having service-learning be are looking for help with housing or where the problem lies. In an honors class I took junior year, I hance their critical thinking skills, and be- part of some classes may be expedient, education, too. The most encouraging thing about Kiva chose a community service project from a come informed, ethical, responsible and but it certainly doesn’t meet the university’s stated goal. is that 99 percent of those loans are even- list compiled by the professor. And in an ad- active citizens.” I’ve heard that there is a plan in the works That’s a pretty lofty — albeit tually paid back. Which means that I have vanced reporting class I’m required to take to overhaul the current service-learning profor my major, I guess I fulfilled the requireexcellent — goal. an excellent chance of having my money And I think one of the best ways to ac- gram and install what amounts to a comrepaid, which I could then loan to another ment by completing projects I would have complish that is to have students choose and pletely new system. person on Kiva, if I so chose. It’s really a done regardless? Sure, we’ll go with that. I don’t know how far along they are or I only know that I got service-learning develop their own service projects, somegreat system. what this new system will entail, but I certainly Which brings me back to the service- through advanced reporting because I hap- thing that they’re passionate about. learning thing. Though Eau Claire requires pened to notice it on my degree audit. I Speaking from experience, it is difficult hope there will be more accountability there. each student to perform 30 hours of ser- could have gone my entire four years at Eau to see the positive outcomes of a service- Because I’m afraid the current program just vice-learning over the course of their time Claire without knowing about the require- learning project when you don’t feel very doesn’t cut it. at the university, and though I’ve fulfilled ment and still have met it. Hardly the point strongly about it or involved in it in the Tiry is a senior journalism major and editor-in-chief of The Spectator. first place. that requirement two times over, I don’t of the program, I think.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Go out and vote on April 3 By CORYDON FISH Election season in Wisconsin is heating up. On April 3, citizens of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to elect candidates for local office and select the presidential candidate they want to represent them. In Eau Claire, there will be elections for the municipal school board, city council president and the presidential primary. As a student, you will spend almost half a decade of your life in the city of Eau Claire, so you have a vested interest in how the city will run. Your vote will help determine how much your tax levy is (which you pay through rent),

7 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you live on campus, then you can vote in Davies Center. If you live off campus then you can go to and under the “elections” tab you will be able to look up your polling place. You don’t even have to worry about the voter ID law because it is under temporary injunction by the state court and therefore cannot be enforced for this election — the bottom line is, no special ID is necessary. You can register to vote at the polling place on Election Day and vote immediately afterwards. Exercise your civic duty, become informed and go vote!

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6B • Thursday, March 29, 2012

Editor: Taylor Kuether


Six students serve as coordinators to plan and facilitate ninth Civil Rights Pilgrimage over break By Taylor Kuether CHIEF COPY EDITOR

When Associate Dean of Student Development Jodi Thesing-Ritter put together the very first Civil Rights Pilgrimage in 2008, she knew she wanted it to be student-led. “Anything that impacts students should be developed and implemented by students,” Thesing-Ritter said. She’s been true to her word: the most recent pilgrimage, which took place over spring break, was assembled and led entirely by six students. The trip, a ten-day pilgrimage to the Deep South to follow the civil rights trail and explore the history behind the movement, has grown considerably since its advent in 2008. Back then, the excursion hosted 47

participants. Last week’s trip, the ninth since the program began, required two coach buses to carry all 109 travelers, according to Thesing-Ritter. Those 109 travelers participated in a trip completely crafted by the six coordinators. “We divided (the trip) into the cities we’re each most interested in,” said student coordinator Jackie Lee, a junior. “We have the general itinerary and we’re responsible for making reservations, finding places for people to eat.” In addition to Lee’s list, the student coordinators also plan stops and events for the week, facilitate discussion while on the trip, keep track of the travelers, and conduct research. “We continue to assess the trip and we have added elements over time

Jackie Lee Junior, third pilgrimage Coordinated Little Rock/Memphis How did you get involved? Nick encouraged me to go, and I went last spring and really loved it. It kind of changed something inside of me and I wanted to help other people experience that same thing. What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? I really like stopping at Little Rock Central High School, we talk to a variety of different people and just the building itself is so massive. You’re literally standing on the steps of history.

Paul Williams Senior, third pilgrimage Coordinated New Orleans/ Little Rock/Memphis How did you get involved? I was the male RA for the social justice learning community in Sutherland. One of the planned activities for the year was that we would go on the civil rights pilgrimage so that was the first time I went on it. I think it’s the best thing I did in college. What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? Little Rock, when we go to the school and across the street is the Memorial Center. It’s so saddening and fascinating, that part of our history. Just seeing how not only the Little Rock Nine were treated, but how the people that stood up for them and spoke up for them … It speaks so much about the times and the place.

Virgil Ward Junior, third pilgrimage Coordinated Selma/New Orleans How did you get involved? I went on the trip last spring and saw the impact it had on a lot of people and myself. I wanted to be a part of … the reconstruction of people’s perceptions of the world. What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? I really like the bus tour of New Orleans, the 9th Ward tour. It’s a magnificent city and just to see the effects of Hurricane Katrina … I want to help out.

that have helped to increase multicultural and intercultural competence and knowledge based on our assessments,” Thesing-Ritter said. Altering discussion questions as well as being intentional about the movies picked and the speakers selected has helped reap greater change over the course of the trip, Thesing-Ritter said. “That’s what the research is for,” said student coordinator Mathias Hughey, a senior. “We’re hoping to see statistically significant results so we can start to address the trip in a manner that’s more about the experience and the impact it has on the students who are involved.” Thesing-Ritter described the group of students as a “well-oiled machine.” Student coordinator Elsa Kraus, a senior, agreed.

“As a whole, we definitely function collaboratively,” said Kraus of the group’s planning and research. “It’s a really awesome experience in that it is student-empowered.” The most recent pilgrimage took place March 16 through 25. Follow the trip’s itinerary, see photos, and read about the experiences of the students on the pilgrimage at http://uweccivilrightspilgrimage.blogspot. com/ or by using the QR code below:

Elsa Kraus Senior, fourth pilgrimage Coordinated Atlanta/Birmingham How did you get involved? (A friend and I) both took the class together (Women of the Civil Rights Movement) and went on the pilgrimage together and it was awesome. Talking to Jodi, I was passionate about research with my psych major and my women’s (studies) major and so it fit right in, so she offered me to join her team. What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? (Meeting with) Charles Person (a Freedom Rider) is an addition that we added last winter. He’s definitely amazing. The Freedom Rides were incredibly impactful and significant in making changes in the Civil Rights Movement and propelling it forward. It’s a hard story to come to terms with, but it’s a really nice addition to the trip.

Nick Severson Senior, fifth pilgrimage Coordinated Atlanta/Birmingham/ Montgomery How did you get involved? I actually got involved by going on my first trip as a non-Eau Claire student. A friend of mine was at Eau Claire and I decided it sounded like a great experience and I somehow got to join the class and go on the trip over my winter break (while a student at UW-Green Bay). What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? Going to the service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. I think it shows what our potential is in society, how welcoming they are to us. Just the fact that (the congregation) can all be there and be so welcoming and be so happy … if we translated those worldviews, the world would be such a better place.

Mathias Hughey Senior, third pilgrimage Coordinated Montgomery/Selma How did you get involved? Last spring, Elsa talked me into coming on the trip with her. It didn’t really require much persuasion at all. It sounded like something I’d be interested in doing. I loved it, decided that I wanted to coordinate. What is your favorite stop on your leg of the trip? I love walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I ... think (Selma is) one of the most powerful days of the trip.

The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 23  
The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 23  

Date of publication: March 29, 2012