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Spring elections

Meet a few of the students who are running for a seat in UW-Eau Claire’s student senate.

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The Mavericks de-activated Lamar Odom.

Faithful Journey



UWEC students participate in an interfaith immersion trip in Philadelphia during spring break.


Spoken words

Columnist argues the usage of derogative, homophobic words is not funny, it’s ignorant.




THE SPECTATOR The official student newspaper of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire since 1923

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vol. 90 No. 24

Campus officials exploring changes with SHS Partnership with outside health providers being considered By Frank F. Pellegrino SPORTS EDITOR

University officials are currently exploring options to decide if they will reform the way Student Health Services operate, Dean of Students Brian Carlisle said. Carlisle said one of the options university officials are looking into is forming a partnership with a health care provider from the area. However, he said there is still a wide range options being considered to best meet student’s needs. “Maybe what we have is it, maybe we need to look at ways to enhance what we currently have,”

Carlisle said. “I think a big question is, what do students want?” On one end of the spectrum, Carlisle said, SHS could ultimately end up staying exactly like it is. But he said on the other end, health services could end up Carlisle becoming fully operated by an outside health care provider. Another option would be having Student Health Services currently continue operating as is while having an outside source

provide evening and weekend urgent care, he said. “The first question is, if we want a partnership, is anyone interested in it,” Carlisle said. “And, if you are interested in it, what are some proposals you could give that would be creative ways to work together.” To assess the interest of local health care providers, the university did an RFI, or request for information, he said. The RFIs were received in December and contained proposals from local health care providers about what CAL MCNEIL/The Spectator types of services they may be Medical Assistant Kylee Prestin and Molly Bissen, a freshman student emwilling to provide, Carlisle said. ployee work at the check-in desk at Student Health Services on upper campus on April 10.

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Basketball coach resigns

Going barefoot

Family reasons cited as decision’s main factor By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR

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Freshmen Olivia Behm and Sherry Yang, members of the TOMS Shoes campus organization, do “Ask Me About My Feet” tattoos on the campus mall on April 10 as a part of the fifth annual “One Day Without Shoes” event. The goal was to urge people to go barefoot for the day to help raise awareness about children who live without shoes and the hazards they endure because of it.

The Blugolds men’s basketball coach Kyle Green abruptly resigned last week effective April 16 after just one year at Eau Claire. Green could not be reached for comment, but speaking at a press conference April 5, he mentioned family reasons as the main factor in the decision. "After thoughtful and spiritual reflection, my family and I have decided that it is in our best interest to move back to Iowa and continue our journey in a place we truly consider home," Green said. Green was hired May

18 of last year to replace Te r r y Gibbons, who retired after 16 seasons on the Green Blugolds bench. In his lone season at Eau Claire, Green led the Blugolds to a 15-10 mark, including a 7-9 record and seventh-place finish in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Junior forward Dustin Kalien said Green informed the team of the resignation in a team meeting about an hour before the press confer-

ence. Kalien said the team will have to adjust quickly to a new coach. “I was really looking forward to next season, and this doesn’t really change that,” Kalien said. “I know some of the guys are really disappointed, but we have to move on from here.” At the press conference, Green said it was bittersweet to leave the Eau Claire community which he felt had embraced both he and his family. He also said the program should not suffer much from his departure.

See GREEN, page 5A

Concert to raise ESL program gets accredited LGBT awareness Department will see growth, better recruitment, says senior lecturer Community still faces bullying, discrimination, organizer says By Emily Albrent COPY EDITOR

UW-Eau Claire’s Women’s and LGBTQ resource center will be hosting a Break the Silence concert in honor of the national movement known as the Day of Silence. According to the movement’s website, the Day of Silence will be held nationwide on April 20. The day is a time when people can voluntarily choose not to speak for a whole day in order to help raise awareness for the LGBTQ community. Eau Claire’s LGBTQ program coordinator Chris Jorgenson said the concert will contain speakers and performers such as 5th Element, Audacious, and Dr. Barbara Kernan.

He added that each performing group, or person, will have taped a short video introduction. This introduction explains why they’re performing at the concert and what they will be performing. He says the way that the concert is set up facilitates communication between the audience and those who are onstage. “It is a way to call attention to the silencing of the LGBTQ community and the bullying of the LGBTQ community,” he said.I “t is a way to call attention to the voices that are silenced on a daily basis.” He said the LGBTQ community has undergone a large amount of bullying and misunderstanding. See LGBT, page 2A

By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

The university’s English as a Second Language program gained membership and received accreditation from the American Association of Intensive English Programs, a culmination of a summer and two semesters of work. Catherine Lee, an Intensive English Program coordinator at Eau Claire, said that the accreditation was a validation as well as a relief. “It’s fantastic,” she said. “It’s a testament to the quality of the program, which we knew anyway, but it’s great that an outside body reviewed our materials, reviewed our program and found that to be true.” The process for being accredited certainly doesn’t happen overnight, though. ESL senior lecturer Julie Adler said that there was a lot of planning involved and the process is costly and time-consuming. Adler said former ESL coordi-

nator Beth Ernst laid a lot of the groundwork for the program by submitting an internal study of the program. That submission was reviewed and approved by the AAIEP board of directors. Ernst has since left the University to accept a different teaching position. But Adler said it went a lot more smoothly than it could have. “Through this accreditation process, you send in your first bundle of documents which a huge, huge bind- Adler er and very often there’s followup with subsequent submissions,” she said. “We didn’t have to have any of that. They accepted it the first time around, which is also a huge accomplishment.” Adler said the accreditation is exceptional for the program because it will allow for a lot of growth within the department. They are expecting nearly four times as many students next fall and with that comes some growing pains. But, on the whole,

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the accreditation is a big step for the department. Lee said having this under the department’s belt is a big advantage with recruiting, something she’s heavily involved in. She said students look for accredited programs to seek out ones of higher quality. “It’s something that we can advertise when we’re meeting with different universities and different agencies overseas,” Lee said. “It’s something we include in information and something we announce to students and say, ‘Hey, our program is accredited, so you know you’re getting a good quality program.’” Adler said one of Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich’s initiatives when he first became chancellor was to increase the number of international students at Eau Claire. The goal was set at having 400 international students by 2014. With the accreditation, Adler said, they are extremely close to reaching that goal two years ahead of time.

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Timeframe for a decision still uncertain

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Five health care providers from the area submitted proposals, but Carlisle declined to release their names or get into specifics about what each one offered. Carlisle did, however, mention that SHS was one of the providers that submitted a proposal, which he felt was important. “We wanted to make sure that they were given the opportunity to respond in the way that any other health care provider would,� he said. A timeframe for when a decision will be made is still uncertain at this point, Carlisle said. Originally, the chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs and the budget and finance offices were in-

cluded in discussions, he said. But more recently, the executive officers of student senate have become involved after the RFIs were received. Carlisle said the process really began about two years ago after the university received a recommendation from the Program to Evaluate and Enhance Quality team to look further into student services, among other things. At the time, UW-Eau Claire was spending a far greater portion of its budget than its peers on similar services, according to the report. After reviewing all recommendations from the PEEQ report, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich released a written response in

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December 2009 that included a suggestion to investigate the matter further. In his suggestions, LevinStankevich wrote that by Spring 2010 he wanted to form a, “campus-community task force to complete a comprehensive comparative analysis of how best to integrate, structure, fund and deliver student health services and counseling services.� Carlisle said to continue looking into the matter he has asked Student Body President Phil Rynish to form a student senate student health services partnership work group, which he hopes will be in place by next fall. Once the group is intact, he said he foresees open fo-


rums and educational forums being organized on campus to get feedback from the student body. “I would like to see that work group created who will then do detailed investigative questioning and answering about ways in which we need to contemplate or not contemplate moving forward,� Carlisle said. He said it is hard to predict when a final decision will be made, but guessed it would likely be at least a year from now before anything could change, if it does at all. “I would like to see the decision that maximizes opportunity and benefit for students,� he said. “That’s my number one goal.�


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“It really changes the face of our campus,� she said. “We’re getting a lot of diversity and we hope that grows.� But there’s more to the accreditation than just recognition: Lee said that there are certain standards to meet in order to keep the accreditation. For example, class sizes of 12-15 students and all of the faculty having master’s degrees in TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. “We’re growing right now; there will

be some challenges for the future, but we’ll have that accreditation to fall back on,â€? she said. “We need to maintain these standards ‌ if we don’t continue that, we’ll lose our accreditation.â€? Lee said that this is really a win-win situation because not only does it give the department more clout, but it sets incentive for the program to function consistently at a high level. “I definitely think it can’t hurt by any stretch of the imagination.â€?

Concert will feature Fifth Element, Audacious

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“There are very few people who are middle of the road when it comes to the LGBTQ community and their rights,� he said. “I think there is potential for discrimination and bigotry and violence in absolutely any community.� Assistant to the Chancellor of the Affirmative Action Office Teresa O’ Halloran said she has heard a lot of discrimination directed toward LGBTQ community. “It is one of those accepted name callings, such as ‘that’s so gay, and ‘queer,’� she said. “ It’s almost constant. It’s an atmosphere of fear for some folks who are gay on campus.� She said that discrimination

does not always have to be seen or heard to be present. She used the example of when a same sex couple fears going out in public because they do not want to be harassed for their sexual orientation, O’Halloran with their freedom of living the way they choose to being threatened. This problem, among many others, is what Jorgenson wants to help bring attention to with his concert. He wants voices to actually be heard and understood.

“It provides an opportunity for departments across campus, different offices across campus, and all members of the community whether that be faculty, staff or students to come together to be entertained ‌ and to break the silence,â€? Jorgenson said. The Break the Silence concert is at 7 p.m. on April 16 in the Council Fire Room of Davies. It is free to all who wish to attend in hopes to bring a voice to those who have been silenced by a community. “You have to speak up,â€? O’Halloran said. Even if it sounds stupid, just stand up for other people. Being an ally in that way is very important.â€?

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Campus News

Thursday, April 12, 2012 â&#x20AC;˘ 3A

News Editors: Emily Gresbrink & Haley Zblewski


Resolution passes in favor of United Council reform

Senate vice president calls protest, arrest in Washington unprofessional; amendment passes for UC to issue apology

long run, all the strategies try to turn back this tide of continuAfter over an hour and a half ing cuts to higher education,â&#x20AC;? of debate and two proposed Morgan said. Morgan said a more proactive, amendments, the Student Senate effective and passed a resolution recommendlong-term lobing positive reformation of the bying strategy United Council with a placard vote is necessary to of 17-9. see changes. He The resolution was authored also said that by Sen. Tyrel Zich, who said that the people lobsome reform and dialogue of the bying must be United Council is necessary to professional, better represent UW-Eau Claire and have conand the UW System. nections to both Vice President Mark Morgan Morgan parties, somesaid the way United Council is do- thing that United Council doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ing things now is not working, cit- currently have. ing $250 million budget cuts and One of the biggest changes the disappearance of tuition caps recommended by the resolution as proof. is to give Student Representatives â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need a more effec- more oversight over the governtive group to ensure that in the ing board of United Council, By Haley Zblewski NEWS EDITOR

something Sen. April Ross said she was concerned about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a little wary of the idea of using an organization like Student Reps where non-members of United Council can have oversight over the United Council,â&#x20AC;? she said. If Student Representatives had more control there would be representatives of all the UW schools and some have opted out of being a part of United Council. Twenty-one out of 26 are members of United Council, she said. Morgan said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think non-member campuses would be an issue. Morgan said he believed there were more than enough safegaurds on Student Representatives to make sure that nonUnited Council members didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overpower member campuses on

United Council issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, Reps are a far more democratic organization and more broadly representative of the student body across the UW System,â&#x20AC;? he said. Morgan proposed the first amendment of the evening by adding that the two United Council members arrested in a protest at Sallie Mae headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 27 should issue a formal apology, with the recommendation that no disciplinary action should be taken. He said these actions during the protest were unprofessional and harmed lobbying efforts in Washington. United Council Vice President Dylan Jambrek said that United Council wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affected by the arrests and that they were the equiv-


alent of traffic violations arrests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The arrests didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually affect our lobbying efforts,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I spoke cordially and effectively with multiple

legislators.â&#x20AC;? Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amendment was an issue for some senators, who said it seemed like calling out and attacking specific people. It was passed by a placard vote of 14-10. Sen. Steven Van De Laarschot proposed a second amendment to strike from the resolution that it should be sent to the state legislators. The amendment was voted down 17-8.

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5 to 6:30 p.m. Guest Artist: Marc Levine, violin. Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts.


All day. Teeter-TotterA-Thon. Campus Mall. 7:30 p.m. Artists Series: Viver Brasil, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feet on the Ground.â&#x20AC;? Zorn Arena. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Amendment Free Food Festival. Campus Mall.


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Meet Your Student Senate Candidates With elections approaching, candidates aim to convince student body of their Senate qualifications

By Tuesday Wustrack and Carolyn Tiry STAFF WRITER AND EDITOR IN CHIEF

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Corydon Fish Junior Student Body Presidential Candidate

Patrick Martin Senior Vice Presidential Candidate

“If (reaching out to students) means holding listening sessions up in the dorms after students are done eating so they can stop by and talk, then we have to do that. If that means going around to organizations meetings, that’s what has to happen.”

“We’ve had a lot of problems in the past with little tiny details like when you’re updating your information, contacts, and all that stuff. That has really tripped up the student organizations that are doing a lot of really good work. So right off the bat I would like to make that a lot more simple of a process to understand.”

Jacob Fishbeck Junior Off-campus candidate

Caitlyn Duley Freshman On-campus candidate

“I want students to have someone they can trust representing them in student government. I have the experience and the vision to make the university a great place to learn. I want to improve diversity, transparency and technology on campus in a sensible, frugal way.”

“My number one reason for running is because I believe that we need more female voices on our Student Senate. Vote for me, and I promise to do whatever I believe is best for our student body.”

Frank Heaton Senior Off-campus candidate

Kayla Johnson Junior Off-campus candidate

“My background as an organic farmer and in professional marketing has made me an expert at crafting little steps to realize big dreams. I excel at thinking holistically to create workable compromises. I want to help make Eau Claire students more competitive after graduation and our campus more sustainable.”

“I have served on Student Senate in the past and am involved with its Intergovernmental Affairs Commission. I would commit to ensuring representation of student needs and working to help improve the relationships between student organizations and Senate as well as protecting their individual and collective voices.” A.J. Lawton Freshman On-campus candidate

“I am incredibly passionate about our university and the students who study here. I firmly believe in the power of students to have a voice in the affairs of this university, and with your support, I hope to continue to fight so your voice can be heard.”

“I am running for Student Senate to make a positive impact on student life at Eau Claire and to do everything in my power to make sure students are represented properly, as we are the future of Wisconsin.”

Anthony Navara Junior On-campus candidate

Gregory Nelson Senior Off-campus candidate

“I am running for Student Senate because I want students to have their tuition dollars spent in ways that actually benefit them. I would work to limit Blugold Commitment dollars to projects that benefit the majority of students.”

“As a student of public health and biology, environmental ethics is important to me. Serving on the Student Office of Sustainability has enabled me to pursue this endeavor. I intend to bring this conviction into the Senate, keeping sustainability a central issue on campus.”

Libby Richter Freshman On-campus candidate

Brynn Schaal Freshman On-campus candidate

“With the changes on campus, I have heard the ‘boos’ or ‘yays’ from fellow students. Sadly, I have heard more negative remarks recently, and I want to change that. My purpose next year on Student Senate will be to take the student’s interests first and make more positive changes.” Katherine Stuckart Senior Off-campus candidate “My goals as a student senator are to ensure that the students' voices are heard. It is important to me that your student dollars are spent wisely and efficiently. I will work hard to ensure that this university continues its tradition in excellence in every aspect.” Anne Wagner Sophomore On-campus candidate "I have been a dedicated on-campus student leader for the past two years through Hall Council, RHA, Model United Nations and the Social Justice LLC. I am excited for this opportunity to further involve myself in the university!"

“I want to represent the students of UW-Eau Claire. Since I was young, I have always been fascinated with politics and, because of this, I am a member of College Democrats. I enjoy working with other people, hearing others’ viewpoints and learning different ways to solve problems.” Samuel Tabbert Freshman On-campus candidate “I give all of my focus and attention to the safety of students, improving the campus life and practicing fiscal responsibility.”

Tyler Will Sophomore Off-campus candidate “I seek to bridge the gap between students and Student Senate by better informing students on how they are being affected by decisions made. My work as a senator will focus on making sure student funds are being put toward projects and organizations that output exceptional benefits.”

“I’m running to help represent the student athlete population here on campus. As a member of this group, I feel like we need to have a voice in campus affairs. Students should vote for me because I will vote in the best interests of the everyday student.”

“I am running for my third session to continue my work and to ensure that student dollars are spent appropriately. Through my experiences, I have been adequately prepared to serve the student population in the upcoming year.”

Sarah Holm Senior Off-campus candidate

Bryan Larson Sophomore Off-campus candidate

Pat Hendricks Junior Off-campus candidate

Stephen Kahlow Sophomore On-campus candidate “As a current senator, I believe there is a significant void between Student Senate and the student body. I am a strong advocate for increasing student outreach within the organization and engaging on-campus students. If elected, I ensure experience, ambition and consideration for all students in the legislative process.”

Ping Liu Senior Off-campus candidate

Sam Milewsky Freshman Off-campus candidate “My name is Sam Milewsky. I would like to be a student senator. Thank you.”

“I am running for election because I hope I can contribute my share to UWEau Claire before my graduation and guide our campus to explore some new cultural diversity.” Christian Paese Freshman On-campus candidate

Jason Rector Junior Off-campus candidate

"I am running in “I'm running to be YOUR order to ensure that off-campus student senafiscally responsible detor. As a current senator, cisions are made while I have worked to ensure maximizing benefits the responsible allocation to the student body. of students' fees and have I will also work with helped maintain a high qualfellow student senators to maintain the ity of education. I look forward to continuing integrity of Student Senate.” this effort in the future.” Ellen Sorenson Junior Off-campus candidate

Ben Streeter Senior Off-campus candidate

“I am currently the Intern “Blugolds! I was honfor the Student Office ored last year when you of Sustainability. I have elected me to represent worked extensively on off-campus students projects to help reduce here at UW-Eau Claire. environmental impacts on I would like one more campus through projects opportunity to work on your behalf next such as the Foodlums garden. I am runyear, but either way, make sure to get out ning for Student Senate to keep students and vote!” informed and actively involved.” Sarah Tyrrell Sophomore Off-campus candidate “I believe in making the campus as functional as possible. I believe in an open policy for Student Senate, especially when dealing with segregated fees and student representation.”

Jeremy Vincent Off-campus candidate “I seek to provide a voice of experience to next year's Student Senate. As a nontraditional student and a veteran, I am uniquely equipped to tackle difficult decisions. I am not active in any campus political party and will serve to bring together opposing voices and foster compromise.”

Tyrel Zich Junior Off-campus candidate “As an intern with the Student Office of Sustainability, I implemented the $CORE Program, a joint venture with Xcel Energy helping off-campus renters reduce their utility bills by $250 per year. If re-elected, I will continue to improve Senate programs and services that make UW-Eau Claire truly excellent.”

On-campus candidates not pictured: Zachary Ahola, Brianna Burke, Courtney McClone and Jarrel Montgomery. Off-campus candidates not pictured: Tim Duffy, Stephen Fisher, Miri Francis, Patrick O’Leary, Kayla Ogren and Zachary Stehlin.

Sports Sports Editor: Frank F. Pellegrino

Thursday, April 12, 2012 • 5A

Getting into the swing of things

Softball earns two non-conference wins at home, coach still looking for more consistent play from team By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR

The UW-Eau Claire softball team picked up two wins Saturday, defeating St. Scholastica (Minn.) 11-10 and Northland College 10-1 in Ashland to move to 14-8 on the season. Both Eau Claire head coach Leslie Huntington and senior pitcher Ashley Meinen said the wind was strong, which they believed aided St. Scholastica in hitting three home runs off Meinen. Meinen gave up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits in 5.1 innings. “I’m just glad we won the Meinen two games,” Meinen said. “Our whole team kind of had a rough day. We didn’t come out and play our best.” Eau Claire was down 10-7 entering the top of the seventh inning. But as they have done many times this season, the team came back from a late deficit and pulled out a victory.


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“It was truly a blessing to have the opportunity to coach and teach such an outstanding group of young men who I know will continue to have great success moving forward,” Green said. The Blugolds will lose two seniors, guard Nick Bartlett and center James Pfitzinger, from this year’s team. But five players who started double-digit games are expected to return, including Kalien, leading scorer Jordan Petersen and forward Nick Craggs. Bartlett said having to find a new coach just a year after hiring

Back-to-back doubles by seniors Jess Freagon and Nikki Bromelkamp opened the inning, and after a walk and a foul out, Bromelkamp scored on an error by St. Scholastica pitcher Darcy Roach. Freshman Taylor Pierce then came up with another game-winning hit, lacing a two-run single to make the score 11-10, which freshman Laura Raflik made stand up with a perfect bottom of the seventh. “Well, probably several victories so far,” Huntington said with a laugh when asked what Pierce’s addition has meant to the team this year. “She seems to have been the one to really propel us in a few of these big games.” The second game was not nearly as eventful or suspenseful. Sophomore Emma Wishau got the start in the pitcher’s circle and fired five innings of one run ball, evening her record to 5-5 on the year. The Blugolds got a home run and three runs batted in from junior first baseman Sarah Fern, while right fielder Amanda Fischer went 2-3 and drove in a pair. See SOFTBALL, page 6A

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Junior Jenny Hess works on her swing during a batting drill at Tuesday’s practice in McPhee Center. Hess led off both games the team played on Saturday and went 3-9 with three runs and an RBI.

Getting new coach for second time in two seasons might create uncertain feature for improving team, senior says

one could create uncertainty for a program that seemed to have a bright future. But he said the athletic department, led by athletic director Scott Kilgallon, should be able to find another quality head coach. “I’m very confident, with the administration we have here at Eau Claire, and with the search and screening committee that we’re gonna have, we’re gonna bring in another very solid coach,” Bartlett said. Kilgallon was out of his office early this week and was unavail-

able for comment. But at the press conference April 5, Kilgallon expressed gratitude for Green’s service to Eau Claire. “We want to thank Coach Green and his family for their contributions to the men’s basketball program over the past year,” Kilgallon said. Last year, the coaching search yielded more than 130 applicants from across the nation. Kilgallon said he plans on conducting another thorough search and hopes to have a new head coach in place in the next six weeks.

Bizarre Lamar Odom saga with Mavericks worthy of reality TV

If you picked Lamar Odom’s tenure with the Dallas Mavericks to last longer than his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, you were wrong. On Monday, the Mavericks agreed to part ways with forward Lamar Odom. The team won’t actually release Odom, but rather they’ll leave him inactive for the rest of the season. The reasons for not releasing Odom are financial. The Mavericks could attempt to trade Odom before June 29 and save themselves from buying

out his contract for $2.4 million. But finding a taker for Odom may be hard when every team around the league knows the Mavericks will take that $2.4 million hit to avoid paying Odom his full $8.2 million salary next season. So ends a bizarre and confusing stretch of Odom’s career. It all began when the Lakers agreed to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a package in exchange for point guard Chris Paul. The NBA, which owns the Hornets, nixed the trade, which made for

an awkward return to the team for Odom. Instead of attempting to smooth things over, the Lakers dumped Odom on the Mavericks for just a second-round draft pick. Most analysts hailed the acquisition as a major coup for a Dallas team that was gearing up to defend its championship. But Odom is a player whose unique skills can be hard to blend with a veteran team where roles are largely defined. With the

Lakers, Odom was generally third in the offensive pecking order behind Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and just ahead of Andrew Bynum. He came off the bench frequently but almost always played during fourth quarters. In other words, Odom knew how the Lakers used him, and his teammates knew the best ways for him to contribute. It was a perfect marriage. See ODOM, page 6A


Men’s golf struggles down stretch at St. John’s invite Team finishes in fourth, still remains optimistic after seeing how they compare to top teams in region, coach says By David Heiling STAFF WRITER

The UW-Eau Claire men’s golf team took last place out of four teams at the St. John’s Spring Triangular Friday afternoon in St. Cloud, Minn. The team shot a combined score of 307, 10 strokes behind St. John’s University (Minn.), who won the event. Sophomore Ben Brooks led the Blugolds with an individual

score of 75 to earn seventh p l a c e individually. Brooks said the team struggled on the last few holes. He felt that was the reason they Brooks Greer shot a poor we want to be sucteam score. cessful.” “We were in the The team added mix until the last this event to their few holes,” Brooks schedule for the first said. “No one on the time to see where team really finished they rank among their round very well some of the region’s ... We need to limit elite teams, such as those big numbers No. 9 St. Johns and down the stretch if No. 24 Concor-

dia CollegeMoorhead (Minn.). Coach Mike Greer, leading the team for the first time since taking over in February, said he is still optimistic about the spring season. “It’s still very early in the season,” Greer said. “It is a good measuring stick for us, and we learned what we need to work on going forward through

this spring.” Brooks said he is still confident that the Blugolds can compete with the best teams in the region even if the final outcome on Friday ended up being a bit disappointing. He added that the tournament may have been a good learning experience for the team and that they need to be more focused and mentally tough than they were on Friday. See the rest online at

Outdoor track recap: Wartburg (Iowa) Select MEN


Men take second overall, three Blugolds earn firsts

Women earn third place at meet, senior sprinter dominates field in 200-meters

The no. 17 ranked men’s outdoor track and field team earned a second place finish at the Wartburg (Iowa) Select last weekend. The Blugolds tallied 171 total points at the eight-team meet; just 5.5 points behind host Wartburg College. Eau Claire finished well ahead of indoor conference champion UW-La Crosse, who took third with 134 points. Highlighting the second place finish for the Blugolds were top finishes in three individual events. In the hammer throw senior Tony Sigrist broke a 20-year-old school record on the way to earning first place. His 58.32-meter throw shattered the old record of 57.12 that was set May 30, 1992. Fellow senior Tyler Genovese earned second in the event with a throw of 57.02-meters. The Blugolds dominated the field in the 5,000-meter run, earning four of the top five finishes at the meet. Finishing at the front of the pack was junior Michael Borden with his time of 15:26.62. Sophomore Matt Wenaas was close behind in second at 15:27.47 while junior Aric Runzheimer took third place with his time of 15:38.86. Also earning first place was freshman Thurgood Dennis in the 400-meter event. His time of 48.34 was more than a second ahead of the next best runner. Up next Eau Claire will travel to River Falls for the UW-River Falls Multi on Friday and Saturday.

The women’s outdoor track and field team finished in third place with 132.20 points last weekend at the Wartburg (Iowa) Select. Host Wartburg College finished well ahead of the rest of field with 289.70 points, while UW-La Crosse narrowly edged the no. 4 ranked Blugolds with 135 points. Three athletes led the way for Eau Claire by earning first place finishes with their performances. Senior Jordanne G r e e nu p earned first in the 200-meter dash with her time of 25.19 s e c o n d s. G r e e nu p Greenup d o m i nated the field by finishing 1.03 seconds ahead of her competitors, more time than what separated second place from 13th. Senior Kim Miresse also took first for the Blugolds with her 15.36 time in the 100-meter hurdles. Two women earned top five finishes for Eau Claire in the hammer throw at the meet. Junior Caitlin Brendum finished in the top spot with a throw of 50.10-meters while senior Brittany Frederick took fourth place in the event with her toss of 46.71-meters. Next on schedule for the women is the UW-River Falls Multi that will start on Friday.

—Briefs by The Spectator staff

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Juniors Alex Adkinson and Eric Pronschinske competing in the 800-meter run Friday at Wartburg College (Iowa). Adkinson took seventh, just .02 seconds behind Pronschinske who finished sixth.

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Like father, like daughter ODOM Tennis coach raises Blugold while developing relationship on court By Taylor Kuether CHIEF COPY EDITOR

Sophomore women’s tennis player Katie Gillman has been playing tennis since age eight. For much of that time, her dad has doubled as her coach. “I’ve already been coached by him for five years,” Katie Gillman said, noting he was her tennis coach at Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minn. “You build that bond with your coach, he’s been to every single tennis match I’ve ever had so he knows my game more than anyone else.” Tom Gillman, coach of both the Blugold men’s and women’s tennis teams, has been coaching at Eau Claire since 2001. He said he was encouraging of Katie’s decision to attend the university and play for the women’s tennis team. “It was among her final list of schools, it was a good fit for her academic goals and for her tenniswise,” Tom Gillman said. Tom Gillman said he and Katie get to spend more time together during tennis season even though she’s away at school. They work together at tennis practice and sometimes have dinner afterward. “Just being able to spend time with Katie is the bonus for me,” Tom Gillman said. “And it’s probably helped her transition into college.” Katie Gillman said it has. “I was never homesick my freshman


from page 5A

But the hitting star of the day was Bromelkamp. The catcher went a combined 4-6 in the two games, raising her season batting average to .356. She also drove in six runs on the day, nearly equaling her season total of seven coming into play Saturday. Bromelkamp said she has felt very comfortable at the plate lately. “At the beginning of the

year because I got to see my dad for practice.” She grew up playing tennis with her dad as well as her older sister Lindsey, who also played tennis at the high school and college levels at UW-River Falls. “We do play tennis together as a family, but mom does most of the watching,” Tom Gillman said, noting his wife does not share the same passion for tennis he and his Katie Gillman daughters have. Katie Gillman said her sister was actually the one to teach her a lot about tennis when she was little; her dad didn’t want to teach them until they were older so they wouldn’t get “burned out.” “He wanted us to have fun and play tennis because we wanted to play, not because he was the coach,” she said. Tom Gillman did begin teaching her about Tom Gillman tennis when she was in sixth grade, and she started playing with the high school team as early as seventh grade. When Katie Gillman did get to high school,

Sports Editor: Frank F. Pellegrino from page 5A

But in Dallas, Odom found himself trying to find his place on a new roster with virtually no practice time due to the compressed schedule this season. Learning how to play with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter while still looking for his own offense proved too difficult for Odom. Despite some warning flags, no one could have predicted just how poorly Odom performed as a Maverick. He averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, both career lows by a wide margin. He actually got worse as this season has progressed, with his scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage peaking in December and falling each month since. Odom’s lack of productivity is a main reason the Mavericks have struggled to the seventh-best record in the Western Conference. If Odom had played as well as he had throughout his decade-plus career, the Mavericks likely would be at least a few games better. What’s next for Odom? After clearing his head and catching his breath, Odom should have some options if and when the Mavericks waive him. He could be a fit with the San Antonio Spurs, who love veterans and could use a some length and scoring punch off the bench. The Miami Heat seem to have interest in every veteran available. Maybe the Lakers will be interested in a reunion with Odom. Given his long track record of success and the fact that he should be cheaper because of his awful season, Odom probably won’t struggle to find a job. But I’m sure he’s happy to put this season behind him, and I don’t think the Mavericks mind too much either. Now if Odom could just divorce Kardashian, he could really move on and start fresh. Seriously, she’s the worst.

she attained the greatest number of wins in her high school’s girl’s tennis team’s history. “He was really proud, it was a big deal,” she said of her dad’s reaction. “I ended my (high school) career with close to 130 wins.” Now, at the college level, Katie Gillman said she doesn’t think about winning as much. “I just want to perform my best,” she said. Coach Gillman said there’s no change in dynamic between he and Katie, whether he’s coaching her tennis team or they’re hanging out at home. “It’s always been easy with Katie and I. We think a lot alike,” he said. “There’s really no difference the way we related to each other in high school, on the college team, or at home.” While one of the members of the team he coaches is his daughter, Tom Gillman said he doesn’t hold her in a higher regard than any of the other girls. “Certainly everyone on the team is really important to me and I want everyone to do well,” Tom Gillman said. “It doesn’t have any effect at all on how I coach the team, as far as me wanting the team to be successful.” Katie Gillman said she feels similarly about her dad coaching her team. “I love tennis because I love the sport, and it’s just an additional benefit that my dad has so much knowledge about that sport.”


Catcher raises average to .356 after going 4-6 in weekend games, adds six runs batted in season, I kind of watched a lot of strikes go by,” Bromelkamp said. “The last couple of games, I’ve been more aggressive at the plate.” Despite the two victories, Huntington said she wants her team to be more consistent and not rely as much on late-game heroics. Huntington said she was particularly concerned with suspect defensive play, and efforts

like the one against St. Scholastica may not be good enough the rest of the season. “I don’t want them to get into a mindset that being down late in the game isn’t a problem,” Huntington said. One player in particular who could be vital to the team’s performance the rest of the way is junior Emily Haluska. Haluska was a first-team all-conference

selection last season, when she hit .406 in 45 games. But this season, she has struggled to find a rhythm, batting .259 with just one extra base hit. Huntington said the coaching staff has been working with Haluska on waiting back on the ball and increasing her patience at the plate. “It’s definitely important that she starts coming around here pretty quick,” Huntington said.

“We definitely need to get that bat going the way she’s swung it in the past.” Eau Claire returns to conference play with a home doubleheader Thursday against UWStout. The Blugolds have won 11 of the past 12 meetings between the two teams, including taking both games last season. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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Growing season is soon upon us, and though the city of Eau Claire has plenty of green space, many college students, including me, find themselves with a distinct lack of growing space. But if you’re stuck on cultivating that green thumb, there is a way to build a garden without tearing up a lawn: container gardens. Really, you can grow plants in virtually anything that will hold soil and has holes for draining extra water — clay pots, plastic pails, ceramic bowls, baskets lined with garbage bags, even used K-cups — individual coffee serving containers — for seedlings. It’s only bounded by your imagination, and it gives you a chance for some pretty creative recycling. CAROLYN TIRY /The Spectator

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Make sure your pots have enough holes for drainage. A hole ½ inch in diameter usually does the trick, but you should also line the pot with newspaper to prevent soil loss. Allow room for the roots to grow. Using too small of a container will choke the roots and dry out the soil. You can start seeds in small containers, but you’ll need to transplant them to a bigger space after a week or so. Put your containers in a place where they’ll get plenty of sun. Most plants require at least a few hours of sunlight.

Use cheap plastic containers, such as milk jugs or K-cups, long-term. These are fine for starting seedlings, but they can deteriorate after spending too much time in sunlight. Over-water your plants. Most herbs need damp soil, but a lot of plants, such as tomatoes, can be easy to over-water. For those plants, wait until the soil is dry until you water them again. Use just any dirt. While you’ll probably get some results, your plants will turn out much better and much healthier if you use potting soil or, even better, compost.

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Chives are another plant that works well in container gardens. These have been planted in an old metal bin, but you can use a smaller container, such as a plastic ice cream pail or clay pot.

they’ve already made the drainage holes for you. Because the cups are so small, you’ll need to transplant your seeds to a bigger container after about a week.

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clip any “flowers” before the plants go to seed to give it enough room to grow

plant a few weeks before last frost and allow a week to sprout; need full sun

plant mint by itself, as it grows like a weed; long stems can take root, so keep trimmed

need full sun and a deep pot for roots; full leaves are a good sign

good cool-weather crops, as the growing season lasts until October

The days are getting longer and the sun is slowly but surely getting hotter. With five weeks left in the semester, summer is coming, and with it — beach season. Avoid worrying about looking good in your swimsuit — The Spectator’s self-appointed fitness guru is here to help with workouts that can easily fit into your busy schedule. By Spenser Bickett CHIEF COPY EDITOR

Group fitness classes If you’re looking for a social, group-oriented workout, University Recreation and Sport Facilities offer free group exercise classes during the week. With everything from yoga to water aerobics to kickboxing, as well as cycling, there is a class for everyone. Brittany Matti began teaching URSF classes in June 2011. She said group fitness classes offer students the opportunity to socialize as well as relieve stress and experience different types of fitness. Matti said that group fitness can help keep students motivated, as well as learn things to incorporate into their own workouts. “A lot of students have made comments that when it’s led,

they push themselves a little bit harder,” Matti said. For students trying to get ready for beach season, Matti said the variety of classes offered can help them achieve their goals. “You can participate in classes that are cardio based, strength based,” she said. “If you’re trying to work on elongating and stretching, we’ve got yoga. There’s all sorts of classes for any ability.” Each class caters to students of any fitness level, which Matti said is a result of instructors modifying exercises to meet each student’s level. Matti said that her favorite class is indoor cycling, which has the added benefit of producing electricity for the university. “As you cycle, you’re actually creating energy that’s being put back in the university’s power grid,” Matti said. “So it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while also getting a really great workout.” Students who are interested in group fitness classes offered by URSF can find more info at

Cardio workouts One of the most beneficial workouts you can do if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands is a cardio workout. Elevating your heart rate for an extended period of time with this workout strengthens your heart and lungs, burns calories and helps you lose weight, according to ELIZABETH JACKSON/The Spectator This can be anyStudents exercise in McPhee Centhing from fast walking to swimter. Cardio workouts, like running ming laps in a pool. on a treadmill, are beneficial for The American Heart Associaheart health, according to tion recommends a minimum of

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Yoga improves strength and flexibility, while reducing stress through breathing and body stretching techniques, according to Yoga classes are offered Monday nights at 8 p.m. in McPhee 111A.

20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week or 30 minutes of moderate activity five times a week. If you haven’t been exercising, however, you should work up to these points so you don’t hurt yourself by starting an intense routine before your body is ready. My go-to cardio workout is running, which is one of the lowest-cost cardio workouts. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and a place to run, which can be anywhere outdoors now that it’s starting to get warmer, or on McPhee’s indoor track.

require any equipment other than your own body. You don’t even need weights or dumbbells! Sit-ups are a great way to strengthen your core, providing numerous benefits including increased stability and balance, according to Start by lying with your back on the ground and your feet planted, so your knees are in the air. You can put your hands however you like, but I like to cross them on my chest. Raise your torso up until your arms touch your legs, then lower yourself back down.

Strength exercises As far as strength exercises go, there’s a huge variety to what you can do. You can join a gym, but machines and weights can be intimidating if you’re not used to them. Here’s a simple group of exercises you can do that don’t

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To revamp typically boring meals, I decided to add some healthy ingredients while keeping them cheap and fast, but making them tastier and more nutritious. A lot of people are in a hurry in the morning and skip breakfast or just eat a quick bowl of Cheerio’s or plain oatmeal. But just like Ramen, that can get really old. Try adding some healthier, tastier ingredients to your oatmeal. For example, fruit is a great way to get your morning started. Combine oatmeal and water, as the oatmeal package describes. Then, add dried fruit — I threw in a handful of dried cranberries — and microwave for one minute. Next, toss a handful of chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of brown sugar on top. You could include any breakfast ingredients that you like, such as apples, bananas, almonds, apricots or even chocolate chips for sweetness. Preparing your upgraded oatmeal won’t slow you down, but it will boost your energy to keep you awake during your 8 a.m. class. Read the rest of Tuesday’s column online this week at Wustrack is a senior English major and staff writer of The Spectator.


Adding dried cranberries and walnuts to pre-packaged instant oatmeal is one way to add nutrition and variety to a stereotypical college breakfast.


Each of the five colors represents a story, an experience, a life-changing event. The messages vary in emotions, but are centered around one common theme. The Clothesline Project was started in Massachusetts during the summer of 1990, with a goal to consciously develop a program to educate, break the silence and bear witness to one issue — violence against women. In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, several organizations at UWEau Claire are sponsoring a campus Clothesline Project. Shirts are decorated in honor of both survivors and Vercauteren victims of sexual violence. According to the project’s website, the concept of creating awareness using t-shirts on a clothesline came from the idea that doing laundry was typically considered women’s work. Founders of the Clothesline Project, according to their website, believe participating in the decoration of a t-shirt provides a powerful step toward helping a survivor break the silence surrounding her experience of sexual assault. Abby Vercauteren, the women’s issues program coordination for the Women’s and LGBTQ Resource Center, said she expects about 100 shirts to be decorated. She said she be-

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lieves sexual assault and rape are two of the most important issues facing women today. “It’s important to raise awareness that sexual assault is an issue, and in fact, its a really huge issue,” she said. “It does happen to people we know. Its far different when you see statistics ... versus when you can put that with a face or an actual experience — which would be represented through the shirts.” According to its website, The Clothesline Project is an opportunity for not only victims and survivors of sexual assault, but also their loved ones, to express their feelings about what happened through decorating a shirt. Red shirts represent female survivors, and yellow represent male sur-

vivors of sexual assault. Green shirts honor children who experienced sexual assault and incest, while lavender represents individuals who were harassed or assaulted due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. White t-shirts honor someone who died due to or during an assault. reported that sexual assault is especially prevalent among college-age women. One in six women will be assaulted in their lifetime, according to the website, and that number jumps to one in four on college campuses. The shirts will be on display on the campus mall April 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals wishing to decorate a t-shirt for the Clothesline Project can in Bridgman Hall lobby tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.


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Thursday, April 12, 2012 • 3B

The Axis of Brilliance is a graphic ranking of everything awful and brilliant this week from here to infinity.

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Apparently, you can now buy John Hughes’ former mansion in Chicago for only $5.89 million! What a steal! If it looks anything like the house in “Home Alone,” I AM IN. A couple things I would NOT like included with the deed: Fuller wetting the bed, Buzz’s tarantula, Uncle Frank, the two idiots trying to rob and kill me only to be thwarted by my many clever tricks, etc ...

I’m sure you guys heard that Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion dollars. “A billion dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A trillion cool photos of sunsets.” — Justin Timberlake, probably

I guess “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to have a PG-13 rating for “some sensuality.” I guess that means we can only dream about Michael Caine saying, “F*** this, Batman! I quit!” There’s always dreaming.

AWFUL The Three Stooges were on WWE Raw this week. It was the entertainment equivalent of being poked in the eyes.

BRILLIANT “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening finally (sort of) revealed that Springfield is actually named after Springfield, Ore. To answer your question: No, most of us don’t really care about this information. But OK!

The worst defense since O.J. ‘Shaken baby syndrome’ argument uncalled for

By EMILY GRESBRINK I wasn’t old enough to remember actor O.J. Simpson’s defense lawyer demonstrating a glove “not fitting” on the alleged murderer’s hand, but I can sure tell you that it was the stupidest thing I’d ever watched on YouTube. And just when I thought defense lawyers couldn’t get any more desperate, I was proven wrong. On Monday, USA Today reported the Trayvon Martin murder case was cancelled by the Florida Grand Jury. Besides the cancellation, it’s now unknown if charges will be filed or not — and did you know that the New York Daily reported that during George Zimmerman’s defense’s argument, they brought up Shaken baby syndrome? Yup — Shaken baby syndrome. That defense lawyer compared the alleged “attack” on Martin’s admitted killer, Zimmerman, to SBS. To which I say: What the hell? I’ve heard some pretty stupid stuff fly out of intelligent people’s mouths, but this? This is something else. Records and news outlets have reported that Zimmerman’s defense of a “broken nose” and “being roughed around” cannot be proven. Unless there was a CT scan involved, it can’t be. So literally, they’re saying he was “shaken” by Martin. So, to even start comparing the two is absolutely wrong — there is a big difference between SBS and even just a minor concussion, let alone injuries that haven’t been proven false or true yet. First and foremost, SBS, according to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, is the most widespread form of child abuse out there. Concussions are not given to 28-yearold men supposedly “shaken” by a 17-yearold boy holding nothing a bag of Skittles and some iced tea. Second, SBS is a bigger problem than concussions and should never be used out of context, purely for respect of those who have lost children or relatives to this abusive behavior. Although both are head trauma injuries and both serious, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome says as many as 74 out of every 100,000 U.S. children sustain injuries from SBS annually, and as

Gresbrink is a junior journalism major and news editor of The Spectator.

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few as 25 percent of them die. Only 19 out of every 100,000 adults die of a concussion. It is ridiculous to compare one 28-yearold man who has not died to 74 injured or dead children. It is offensive and uncalled for. Finally, it is much more difficult for an adult to die of complications from a concussion or head trauma. For babies, who are more vulnerable due to developing tissues and weak bone structures (including the skull), it is much easier. They have no control over their limbs, which can lead to fractures. Adults, however, will generally have more control over their limbs, as well as self-defense against attacks. If that doesn’t convince you enough, look at what happened: 28-year-old Zimmerman admitted to shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin out of “self defense.” There is no way a child that small could “shake” a man of Zimmerman’s statue — I mean really, go look at the pictures. If anything, Martin would have been defending himself against being shaken by Zimmerman. The news that the case wasn’t going to a higher court was sad enough. This child — literally, a child — has gotten the attention he deserves but not from the people he needs it from. Social networks across the Internet have clearly called Zimmerman guilty of intentional murder (and not self-defense), but the court won’t even let a case go higher when it needs to? This comparison raised by the defense is purely an act of inconsiderate, inaccurate and offensive desperate reaching — it is far less intelligent than O.J.’s glove and that’s saying something. I can only hope and wonder if the prosecution plays off this horrible defense hiccup. I can only hope that this is the exposé of the stupidity of even defending this case. I can only hope it brings hate crimes into the spotlight to end them. Because who is the one that has been shaken, lying dead and defenseless?


President Obama read “Where the Wild Things Are” for a bunch of kids during the White House’s Easter egg hunt. He wins the prestigious Cutest President Ever award, awarded by me.

Writer Angela Carter once said, “Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.” Language is a powerful tool. We can express emotions, intelligence and opinions with the words we speak and write. Those words are then interpreted differently by the people who hear them, based on their own personal experiences. I’m tired of walking around campus hearing the word “fag” in a sarcastic tone, followed by laughter. I’m tired of seeing on my Facebook homepage how “gay” something is. Most of all, I’m tired of people ignoring this language, allowing it to continue because they’re afraid of the repercussions from friends. And I know I’m not the only one. So, honestly, what is it going to take for the ignorance to end? A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend in Davies when he pointed out “that flamer” from one of his classes. It caught me off-guard, especially because I don’t consider my friend to be a mean person or intolerant of the gay community. I called him out, asking him to not use that word to describe his classmate, and he quickly responded with “I was just joking,” as if that justified his language. His response made me frustrated, mainly because I did not get the impression that he was making a joke. When I mentioned this, my friend said he was just using the word to describe his classmate, and it wasn’t a big deal because it was just the two of us. I don’t believe he intended to harm that person with his language or cause an argument between us, but that’s exactly what happened. It’s a big deal when words like “fag” and “flamer” are used in casual reference, when they aren’t spoken with intent to harm, because those same words are used on a daily basis to humiliate and dehumanize members of the

LGBTQ community. These words still perpetuate the idea created by our culture that homosexuality is not “normal” and homosexuals don’t deserve equal rights. According to the 2009 National School Climate Survey by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, more than 72 percent of middle and high school students surveyed said they heard homophobic remarks such as “faggot” or “dyke” frequently at school. The survey also reported increased levels of victimization were related to increased levels of depression and anxiety. Not to mention, the suicide rate of LGBTQ students continues to be three to four times higher than that of their straight classmates. Those facts alone go to show that whether or not you’re just joking when using those words, they are still highly related to negative consequences. I don’t think anyone wants to contribute to another person’s feelings of depression or anxiety. I hope not, at least. But for real, if you need to degrade others in order to feel better about your life and your actions, you’re in need of a serious reality check. It’s 2012, and as college students, we are supposed to be educated, ready to become the next leaders of America. I have serious doubts and very real fears for where our country is headed if we continue to treat each other as “others” and “less than” in the ways we communicate, simply based on their sexual preference. Now is the time to stand up and be an ally with the LGBTQ community and to not be afraid of speaking out when you hear negative, homophobic language. Now is the time to end ignorance and start acceptance. Until we can all stand together, supporting each other, we’re holding ourselves back from achieving UW-Eau Claire’s goal of excellence. Hoffman is a senior journalism major and currents editor of The Spectator.

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Editorial 4B • Thursday, April 12, 2012

Op/Ed Editor: Eric Christenson


There’s no doubt that in the land of social media, Facebook reigns king. Worldwide, Facebook has grown to more than 800 million active users compared to only 100 million active Twitter users. But honestly, I’m #NotClearOn why so many people are hesitant to join Twitter. It’s quick, easy, and super fun. So now that Facebook completely sucks with the new Timeline, it’s about time that y’all quit complaining and start tweeting. Read on to discover five reasons why you should embrace Twitter in all its hashtag glory. Reason #1 @WhyTwitterRules

It gets to the point. One might argue, “Tweets have to be 140 characters or fewer whereas Facebook statuses have no text limit!” To whom I ask: Have you ever read a Facebook user’s obnoxious, 200-word rant about slow drivers, a passive aggressive coworker, their snobby Starbucks barista, politics, pop-up ads or perhaps the fickle weather? You’re probably left wanting to spoon your eyeballs right out of their sockets. Complainers are inevitable, but they seem to thrive best on social media sites like Facebook where they have both an audience and a 65,000 character limit. One of the reasons why Twitter has proven so successful is because its updates are light, brief and well within the average user’s eroding attention span. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that sometimes, less is much, much more. Tweets are short, concise and to the point. There’s no mass chain statuses, novella-length complaints, or let-metell-you-every-last-detail-of-my-boring-mundane-life posts. Twitter actually requires you to be a good writer, to cut out all the verbiage and wordy description and say it in as few words as possible. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish my 900-word rant on why Twitter is the best social network ever.

Reason #2 @WhyTwitterRules

You control the content. The other day I logged onto Facebook and read a status written by a girl with whom I graduated high school. It read: “Ate way too much Indian food last night. Spending Easter on the toilet.” Was it awkward, weird and TMI of her to share her bowel movements with 600 Facebook friends? Um, definitely. But the point is not to criticize her post, but rather the nature of the platform. With Facebook, your friend list is like a slightly updated version of your high school yearbook. Sure, it’s a great way to keep in touch with close friends and family, but you end up reading updates about random people you have no relation to anymore. Remember Ross, that guy you met at adventure camp back in 2007? Because you’re still Facebook friends, you somehow know all sorts of information about him, including that he just scored a TOTALLY AWESOME deal on eBay. And your mother’s second cousin Judi from Florida? She just ‘pinned’ a crocheted loofah to her Pinterest page. Riveting. But on Twitter it’s a one-way street — if someone follows you, you’re not automatically obligated to read about his or her life. You choose whomever you want to follow, no creepy strings attached.

Personally, when I want lightning-fast news, Twitter is my go-to source. It’s almost always up-to-speed with news that’s specifically tailored to my interests, whether that be celebrity news (I found out about Steve Jobs’ and Whitney Houston’s deaths on Twitter), business foreclosures, natural disasters or election results. You don’t have to be a prolific user to join in on the fun. Actually, you don’t have to tweet, retweet or reply to anyone at all. Just log on to the Twitter homepage, track the hashtags on almost any local or global topic and read away. (Word to the wise: Stay clear of the daily trending topics, unless you want to lose brain cells.) Reason #4 @WhyTwitterRules

It’s a great networking resource.

Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends, families and colleagues, but sometimes you need to take a break from reality and catch up with the Kardashians (JK!). There’s no better place than Twitter to do this. Perhaps one of Twitter’s biggest draws is its ability to connect CEOs, celebrities, athletes and comedians with mere plebeians. Unlike Facebook, where celebrity’s pages are usually run by PR reps, Twitter accounts are usually run by the person themself. So post links, engage in conversations and network with people and companies who you find interesting or can relate to. Also, as silly as it sounds, Twitter is an excellent opporReason #3 @WhyTwitterRules tunity to build your personal brand, so treat your profile It’s a breaking news source. like a business card and your feed like an ongoing portfolio. You never know if one of your followers will retweet an At this point you may say, “Okay, sure, but why should I opening for your dream job, or even more life-affirming: join Twitter if I don’t have anything to say?” As it turns out, you don’t have to broadcast your own Kim Kardashian might even retweet you. thoughts to be a savvy Twitter user. In fact, lots of people Reason #5 @WhyTwitterRules don’t tweet at all, but rather use it as an alternative RSS feed to get quick and personalized news bits. Farmville doesn’t exist in the Twitterverse. Last May, Twitter leaked the news of Osama bin LadNeed I say more? en’s death 20 minutes before mainstream news outlets did. That set a remarkable precedent for social media’s role in Soldner is a sophomore public relations major and copy editor of The Spectator. the news industry.

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Editor: Haley Zblewski

Students involved in interfaith immersion trip bring lessons back to Eau Claire By Haley Zblewski NEWS EDITOR

Over spring break, 45 students went on an interfaith immersion trip to Philadelphia. The students got the chance to visit the worship places of Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Quakers, Muslims and other religious groups. Professor of religious studies Steve Spina created the trip. He wanted to spread the idea that people from all religions, be they Muslim, Christian, atheist or agnostic, can and should work together to create good rather than let themselves be divided, Spina said.

“That idea of equality for everyone, regardless of where they come from was just really awesome to see.” David Burish Student Coordinator

“There are so many things happening in the name of religion that are not helpful, that are divisive,” he said. “Since 9/11 we are now learning that religion plays an exponential role in culture and in politics, both domestically and internationally.” A challenge for change Race was the issue that divided America in the 20th century, as seen in the Civil Rights Movement. W.E.B. DuBois called this the color line. Spina said he believes that the issue Americans face in the 21st century is that of the faith line. “Right now, the question is ‘Which line will we be on?’” he said. This is where the idea of interfaith cooperation comes in, Spina said. This idea, along with a na-

tion-wide challenge from President Barack Obama, inspired Spina to develop the interfaith immersion trip. The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge calls for college campuses to promote the idea of interfaith cooperation, and create programs where people from all religions can come together and work to improve their community. The president’s challenge says that because students have been at the forefront of big movements such as the Civil Rights Movement, they can help to end conflict between the world’s religions. Spina said he was up to the challenge. “We want to help build this social movement of interfaith leaders and have it become a social norm,” he said. Spina said part of that entails breaking down stereotypes that they already have about other religions. “What we’re hoping to do is teach people to build interfaith as a value, as a norm, and that it’s OK to have ‘advocate for interfaith cooperation’ be your identity,” he said. First-hand experience David Burish got involved in the project as a student coordinator last September. Burish, a senior journalism major and religions studies minor, said he was moved by the trip. “I can do all the research I want and write ten-page papers on all this stuff,” he said. “But actually being able to experience it and see people live it out as part of their lives was extremely moving in the fact that they’re all searching for the same thing.” Burish said one of his favorite experiences on the trip was visiting a Sikh place of worship, called a Gurdwara. The Gurdwara they visited had a 24-hour soup kitchen where anybody could come in and get free food, Burish said. “They do this for anyone,” Burish said, “and just that idea of equality for everyone, regardless of where they come from was just really awesome to see.” Spina said part of the reason why he thought Philadelphia would be a great place for a trip like this was not only because there were so many re-

ligions there, but because of the good things they do for their community. “They get to see how different religions work together to address issues of homelessness, education, poverty,” he said. Breaking barriers The students also visited an inner city neighborhood made up of refugees from Bhutan and Burma to help them prepare gardens for spring. While working in the garden, the group made a line to move things from one side of the street to the other. None of the refugees spoke English at all, Burish said, but they still managed to laugh, have fun and communicate. “We had that camaraderie without them knowing any English and without us knowing any of their language as well,” Burish said. “There was that understanding that we were all doing something together and it’s going to be good for everyone that’s a part of it. We didn’t need words or anything. There was just the common experience that we were sharing.” That is something that Eau Claire can learn from, Burish said. “Most of us here can speak the same language,” he said, “and even if we can’t we can still get things done here in Eau Claire.” Bringing it home Funded by the Blugold Commitment for three years, this is the first year the trip has been offered. Along with an optional course, students also gain service learning hours by going on the trip. Part of the students’ service learning requirement is to develop a social change project for the Eau Claire community. Each student has to come up with a proposal to be implemented next fall. Awareness roundtables about religion and how it affects Eau Claire and a 5k run are ideas that have been proposed so far, Spina said. Yifeng Wu, known as Vince by his friends at Eau Claire, is an international student from China. For his social change project, Wu, along with a few other students, is creating a movie about the group’s experiences. They plan to have it done by the end of this month


Shelby Murry carries a refugee child on her shoulders as she and other UW-Eau Claire students help refugees from Burma and Bhutan plant gardens in their neighborhood.

or early May. Wu, a freshman physics major, said he didn’t know much about other religions before coming to America. “I read the newspaper, I knew about religious conflicts around the world,” he said, “but I didn’t really get it because there’s no such thing in China because most of the people in China is atheist.” Wu said that getting the chance to speak with people from different backgrounds was inspiring. “They all have a different view of life, but if you think about it, none of them are wrong,” Wu said. “You can learn from all of them. So it makes you reconsider your world view or values.” Wu said one of his favorite parts of the immersion trip was going to a Buddhist temple. “They taught us meditation, which is something I try to do every day now,” he said. Making change together Along with the students’ own projects, a new student organization, Better Together Eau Claire, has also developed.

Burish and fellow coordinators Marsha Hermanson, MJ Shaw and T. Ben Fischer have taken up the lead with the organization and 30 people attended the first meeting two weeks ago. Burish said that the main goal of BTEC is to continue the social change and interfaith projects the students are starting. “The thing with Eau Claire is there’s not a lot of emphasis on religion and the university doesn’t really address it as a diverse kind of thing,” he said. “We talk a lot about gender equality, sexual orientation, race. But religion is kind of left out.” Burish said he think this is probably because the separation of church and state makes it difficult for a public university to focus a lot on religion. But it’s still an important conversation that needs to be had, Burish said. “We all come from positions where we have values and beliefs,” he said, “and rather than separating us based on that, we should really work together to make the world a better place through cooperation rather than conflict.”


(Left) UW-Eau Claire students visited a Sikh Gurdwara in Philadelphia as part of their interfaith immersion. From Left to Right: Bronwyn Leask, a Sikh woman, Samantha Kobs, Katilyn Donovan, another Sikh woman, Marsha Hermanson, Michelle Bolwerk, Kate Kwiesielewicz, Alyssa Janke, April D’Water, and Katie Osieczanek. (Right) David Burish, Marsha Hermanson, Professor Steve Spina, MJ Shaw, and T. Ben Fischer coordinated the trip.

The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 25  

Date of publication: April 12, 2012

The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 25  

Date of publication: April 12, 2012