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President/Vice president

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Corydon Fish/Patrick Martin — 470 (votes)

On-campus senators

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Libby Richter — 189 Samuel Tabbert — 189 Zachary Ahola ­— 188 Sam Milewsky — 177 Anne Wagner — 173 Brianna Burke — 164 Jarrel Montgomery — 151

Stephen Kahlow — 139 Caitlyn Duley — 136 Anthony Navara — 135 Courtney McClone — 132 A.J. Lawton — 129 Brynn Schaal — 127 Christian Paese — 105

Jason Rector — 194 Tyler Will — 174 Katherine Stuckart — 167 Ben Streeter — 166 Tim Duffy — 160 Stephen Fisher — 158 Bryan Larson — 155 Jacob Fishbeck — 147 Patrick O’Leary — 144 Frank Heaton — 140 Liu Ping — 139

Pat Hendricks — 138 Miri Francis — 135 Ellen Sorenson — 133 Kayla Ogren —131 Gregory Nelson — 127 Sarah Tyrrell — 127 Kayla Johnson — 125 Sarah Holm — 123 Zachery Stehlin — 117 Tyrel Zich — 115 Jeremy Vincent — 96

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

Vol. 90 No. 26

Interim chancellor named

Journey to the Amazon


Kana Shimanuki and Katia Moraes sing “Samba Celebration” at Wednesday night’s performance of the Artist Series’ “Viver Brasil: Feet on the Ground” in Zorn Arena.

New initiatives Going around the for female vets world in two hours Opportunities to speak, on-campus therapy available for all veterans

Poetry reading features nearly 40 languages

By Chris Reinoos

The first time someone read a poem in American Sign Language at the International Poetry reading, Audrey Fessler, assistant professor of English and women’s studies, said the change in the room was astounding. “I remember how the room went silent with a kind of visual intensity I have seldom experienced when we shifted from ears to eyes to understand poetry,” she said. American Sign Language is just one of the 36 languages from around the world being showcased in this year’s International Poetry Reading, which will be held at 7 p.m. on April 23 in the Council Fire Room in the Davies Center. Bryton Fredrick, a junior sociology major, is reading in American Sign Language this year, his Fredrick first year involved with the reading. Fredrick said he got involved in the reading “kind of by accident, but kind of on purpose” when Fessler, one of the event’s co-directors, mentioned it in class and volunteered him for ASL.

See VETERANS, page 2A

See POETRY, page 2A

Meal plans expand to ease transition to new Davies Additions include block plans, “to-go” options; upper, lower campus plans differ NEWS EDITOR

Changes to the meal plans will go into effect next year at UW-Eau Claire as the university prepares for the changes in dining options in the new Davies Center. Charles Farrell, director of University Centers, said changes are necessary to accommodate the new Davies Center not having a cafeteria and the food court being taken out of Hilltop Center. “Assuming that not everyone is going to be real thrilled about walking back up the hill for lunch, we’ve tried to provide other options that would fit within what we’re able to offer in the new Davies Center,” Farrell said. Student Body President Phil Rynish said the University Centers Advisory Board has been working to make sure students will be satisfied with their meal plans. “There’s been a lot of research and analysis that’s gone into making up these plans to make sure that they cater to students’ needs,” Rynish said. The all-access meal plan, at $1,495 per semester, will still be available and

still provides unlimited access to the Riverview Cafe in the Hilltop Center, according to the Blugold Dining website. Along with this is a differentiation between students who live on upper campus and students who live in Katherine Thomas and Putnam Halls, Farrell said. Students who live in the residence halls on upper campus are allowed one “to-go” meal per day from the food court in the new Davies Center, while the students living on lower campus can take up to three “to-go” meals each day, one at each meal time, Farrell said.

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The “to-go” meal option offers all the foods available in the main entree at the Riverview Cafe, in the Davies Center, Farrell said. The food court currently in the Hilltop Center will be removed as the food options in the new Davies Center are expanding, Farrell said. “T hat will be eliminated in order to make room for spreading the venues out so B the cafeteria can BY C I grow to support PH the upper campus,” GRA he said. ER

By Haley Zblewski


Jill Doubek, a six-year veteran of the Navy and a non-traditional senior at UW-Eau Claire, said she had a wonderful experience in the military and adjusted back to civilian life rather painlessly. However, she knows other veterans were not so lucky and may need some help to work through issues. “My transition was easy, but I can’t say that for everybody,” Doubek said. “There’s a lot of troubled people.” In a recent press release, the University said it has made a number of changes to its Veteran Services program over the past year to help those veterans that need it, specifically female veterans. The overhaul of the program began when Miranda Cross-Schindler was hired as Doubek military education benefits coordinator last year. Prior to Cross-Schindler being made the full-time head of Veterans Services, the position was done on a part-time basis, which Doubek said limited the scope of the office’s ideas. Cross-Schindler was unavailable for comment. Several initiatives have been implemented aimed at making female veterans more comfortable on campus. A luncheon was recently held for female veterans, dependents and spouses, which Doubek, who aditionally serves as Veterans Services assistant directly under Cross-Schindler, said went extremely well. Women were given a chance to voice any concerns or vent any frustrations with Veterans Services, of which Doubek said the majority were about improving the health care system. Doubek said female veterans face many unique situations when it comes to people’s expectations of them, which makes things like the luncheon important. She said she has noticed a lot of female veterans are uncomfortable divulging their status as a veteran. “The questions that come after that are sometimes not ones that they want to answer,” Doubek said. “It’s questions like, ‘What did you do?’ or things like, ‘You couldn’t have been on a ship.’”




By Haley Zblewski

UW System President Kevin Reilly named UW-Eau Claire’s interim chancellor Wednesday afternoon. Gilles Bousquet, UW-Madison dean of the Division of International Studies, will begin his one-year appointment on July 15. His other credentials include serving as vice-provost for globalization, director of the International Institute, special assistant to the chancellor for international engagement and Pickard-Bascom professor of French. In an email sent Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich wrote that he believes Bousquet will be able to continue the university’s commitment to improving high-impact learning experiences for all students. “Bousquet’s experience in the global arena is held in high regard on the Madison campus and beyond,” he wrote in the email, “and it reinforces our repu- Bousquet tation and performance as a university committed to global and cross-cultural learning.” Levin-Stankevich announced on March 27 that he will be leaving Eau Claire to become the president of Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Levin-Stankevich’s last day as Chancellor is May 1 and Eau Claire Provost Patricia Klein will serve as officer-incharge until Bousquet’s appointment begins. In a UW System news release, Reilly said Bousquet’s academic credentials and leadership experiences are a good fit with Eau Claire’s core liberal arts mission. “At a time when people want Wisconsin’s public universities to help boost economic growth, (Bousquet)’s work on system-wide international economic development strategies shows that he understands the UW’s role as an economic engine for the state,” Reilly said in the news release. In the release, Bousquet said he welcomed the invitation from Reilly to lead Eau Claire through its transition period. “UW-Eau Claire has a reputation as a high-quality institution with a strong commitment to liberal arts and professional education,” Bousquet said. “I look forward to working with, supporting, and learning from the entire campus community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university.” Reilly, the Board of Regents and the Eau Claire campus community will continue work on a national search for the university’s next chancellor, and plan to have a permanent appointment made before summer 2013. — The Spectator staff


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Female vets face special circumstances Along with the luncheon and advisory panels where veterans can inform Eau Claire professors about what to expect from veterans in their classrooms, therapists are available for all veterans to speak with if they desire. A female therapist alternates with a male therapist, which provides female veterans who may be uncomfortable discussing things with a male with a chance to speak to someone who may understand more easily their concerns. Sophomore Nick Bures, a certification assistant with Veterans Services, said the on-campus therapy can be a tremendous help to veterans. “It’s a good tool to have for the university,” Bures said. “Students are very busy and they can’t always get down to the facilities in Tomah or all the way up in Iron Mountain or the Twin Cities. It’s pretty convenient to have it right here.” Freshman Kyra Witcher is currently in the Bures Reserves and plans on joining the Air Force upon graduating from Eau Claire. As the daughter of an Army veteran, she said she understands that some veterans enrolled in college do not have access to the resources available at Eau Claire. “I’ve had a lot of friends in the military who haven’t really had the best experience with Veterans Services,” Witcher said. “From the get-go, they’ve been really helpful, as far as, ‘This is who you talk to’ or, ‘You can go through me.’” Doubek said that improvements can always be made and that Veterans Services will be working to make life on campus as easy as possible for those that have served. “Getting people in there, getting numbers up, getting people to talk, it’s a long ways to go,” Doubek said. “But in the past year, the development has been astronomical and it’s been great.”

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Fredrick, who will be performing “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, said he is looking forward to the reading. “I’m really excited to hear other languages and to hear the similarities but also the differences the languages have,” Fredrick said. “But I’m also excited to be able to share this certain culture with people of other cultures.” Fessler and associate professor of German Jeff Vahlbusch are co-directors of the event and brought the idea for the International Poetry with them from Washington College (Md.) where they both taught in the early ’90s. “The idea was to get as many people from the college and the community who knew languages other than English to come and read poetry,” Vahlbusch said. Now entering its sixth year at Eau Claire, Vahlbusch said that the reading is meant to be an evening devoted to listening to the sounds of other languages. “If you think about it, it’s really hard to spend time listening to languages you don’t understand,” he said. “We don’t have opportunities to do it. When we do it’s often in passing, and we don’t have a chance to sit and focus and concentrate.” The poems will be read by students, Eau Claire professors — including Fessler and Vahlbusch — and community members in languages from around the world, Fessler said. Italian, Russian, Serbian and Vietnamese are four of those languages. Several languages will be present at the reading for the first time, Fessler said, including Yiddish, Swahili and Efik, a language spoken in Nigeria. Vahlbusch said the large number of languages present at the event allows the audience to experience the diversity and beauty of languages that


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This is another reason why plans are changing, he said. The Blugold ultimate meal plan, at $1,595 per semester, offers students more options on both upper and lower campus. Students will have unlimited access to the Riverview Cafe, $100 in declining dollars and a block of 50 meals to be used in the Davies Center, according to the Blugold Dining website. Farrell said he thinks the Blugold ultimate plan is the one most students will gravitate toward. Also among the changes is an entirely new 150 meal block plan, which costs

Poetry reading enters sixth year

are found in the Chippewa Valley. “We sometimes don’t think of Eau Claire or UW-Eau Claire as very culturally rich and we’re wrong,” he said. He added the reading is an event that shows that proves the diversity issue wrong. “We have incredible amounts of richness and diversity and amazing people on this campus who have so much to teach us and to show us,” Vahlbusch said. “This is one of those places where that can happen if we let it.” Fessler said she wasn’t expecting the International Poetry Reading to gain a large audience, but even in its first time being held at Eau Claire, the event gained attention. “We were hoping that maybe readers and maybe 25 of their friends might show up,” Fessler said. “We held it in the Tamarack Room and before the reading even started, we had to open up the doors into the cafeteria and people were sitting all

the way to the back of the seating area there.” A program booklet is provided at the event which features the poems written in both the language they were spoken in and also translated into English. However, Fessler said many people don’t read the translations right away. “Many people chose simply to bask in the sheer beauty of the language at the time of the reading and wait until later to read the poems,” she said. “I find it remarkable how much one can intuit about the messages of a poem just by the intonations of the readers and the way the poets use sound to convey meaning.” Vahlbusch said that the evening is the chance of a lifetime that many will never get the chance to experience. “It’s a kind of ear-opening experience,” he said. “If we pride ourselves on having open eyes then we ought to open our ears to the world as well.”

Int’l Poetry Reading

More than 36 languages will be represented at the reading on Monday, April 23rd. Here are a select few and their respective readers. Source: Audrey Fessler, asst. professor of English & women’s studies


Am. Sign Language


Bryton Fredrick

Jeff Vahlbusch


Meredith Molnar




50/50 plan increases by $100

$1,520 per semester. With this plan, students have a block of 150 meals from the food court area of the Davies Center and $50 in declining dollars. The meals are set specials, Farrell said. For example, a meal might consist of a slice of pizza, a breadstick and a drink, he said. “You won’t have as much choice (with the block meals) at the food court than you would at the cafeteria, and you won’t get as much food, but you never do,” he said. “The best deal is always to go to the cafeteria.” Farrell said the block plan

is a good plan for students who want to limit the meals they’re eating on campus. Students can also purchase blocks of 20 meals or a 50/50 meal plan to supplement their block plans. The 50/50 plan has been available in the past to students living off campus and in Chancellors Hall and the pricetag is rising from $300 to $400. Rynish said the increase is the only thing he’s concerned about. “It’s going up $100, which is a third of the price of what it was so I think that’s pretty curious,” he said. “I feel like a

33 percent increase is a little outrageous.” Farrell said the 50/50 meal plan cost is going up to keep the costs of individual meals in line with what they are in the block plan. With all the changes, Rynish said he is happy with the way the new meal plans look. “I think the meal plans are going to work out for the better,” Rynish said. “I think that people will be happy with what their options are and will be happy with this new student center regardless of the fact that there’s no cafeteria in it.”

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Campus Calendar Thursday


7 to 9 p.m. Ann Devroy Forum. Schofield Auditorium.

5 to 6 p.m. Joint Student Recital: Flute Studio of Dr. Tim Lane. Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts.

Sunday •

Friday •

8 p.m. Joey Ryan & the Inks. The Cabin. Davies Center 12 to 1:30 p.m. Majors and Student Services Fair. Davies Center.

2 to 4 p.m. Concert: University Symphony Orchestra. Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts.

Monday •

5 to 6 p.m. “The Goonies” Lil’ Sib Costume Contest. Towers Hall Commons.

5 to 6 p.m. Student Recital: James McAdams, clarinet. Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts.


E V E N T S Campus Film Series:

The Goonies

Davies Theatre, Davies Center 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thur. - Sun.

Foster Gallery Exhibit:

55th Annual Juried Student Art Show

Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

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Undercover discovery Sunday, April 15 At 1:40 a.m., an officer and detective in an unmarked police car traveling on Garfield avenue saw two men enter a crosswalk without looking for traffic, causing the driver to brake suddenly. The two men began yelling profanities at the officer and detective and saying they wanted to get in a fight. The officer parked next to the library and waited for the two men to approach. When they passed by, the officer approached them and identified himself as an officer. The two men began apologizing for swearing at the officer and the detective. When asked for identification, one of the subjects presented his ID and the other was hesitant, saying he didn’t have one. He eventually revealed he had an ID, but it was a fake. The men, both of whom were underage, were issued

breathalyzer tests and got readings of .12 and .10; one of them had a bottle of alcohol in his backpack and was asked to dispose it. The officer told them they were required to stop at the footbridge before crossing the road and the aggressive behavior is not tolerated on campus. Before clearing the scene, the officer issued both an underage drinking citation and one a citation for a fake ID card.

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Obama calls for pressure on oil market manipulation Traders, speculators could be affecting the high price of oil barrels, President says consumers from factors that should not affect the price of a barrel of oil, and WASHINGTON — As that includes doing everyhe continues to get heat for thing we can to ensure that high gas prices, President an irresponsible few aren’t Barack Obama tried to able to hurt consumers by shift the focus to Congress illegally manipulating or on Tuesday when he called rigging the energy maron lawmakers to pass a leg- kets for their own gain,” islation he said would crack Obama said. down on manipulation in Republicans jumped on the oil market. the president’s announceIn brief remarks in ment to accuse the presithe Rose Garden, Obama dent of turning to gimmicks called on Congress to to deflect political pressure. boost funding for regula- Analysts largely attribute tors and increase penalties the rise in the price of oil to for market manipulators. unrest in the Middle East The president suggested and economic growth, not that traders and speculators market manipulation. could be affecting the price Obama acknowledged of oil, something Ameri- Tuesday that “global can consumers can’t afford, trends” determine prices, he said. but argued that increased “We still need to work trading and prices creextra hard to protect ate the need for increased By Kathleen Hennessy


oversight. “Imagine if the NFL quadrupled the number of teams, but didn’t increase the number of refs,” Obama said. “You’d end up having havoc on the field, and it would diminish the game. It wouldn’t be fair. That’s part of what’s going on in a lot of these markets.” Obama’s proposal would increase the current budget for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission by $52 million to pay for “more cops on the beat,” officials said. The president also proposed increasing maximum civil and criminal penalties for manipulative activity in oil futures markets. “Congress should do all of this right away,” Obama said, blasting

congressional Republicans for blocking legislation that would have eliminated subsidies for oil companies. “Here’s a chance to make amends, a chance to actually do something that will protect consumers by increasing oversight of the energy market.” Republicans on the Hill have pushed to cut funding for the CFTC. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed the proposal as a political ploy. “If I were to guess, I’d say today’s proposal by the president probably polls pretty well. But I guarantee you it won’t do a thing to lower the price of gas at the pump,” McConnell said. “It never has in the past. White House officials admit as much. Why it would it now?”

Virtual labs to be expanded Senate denies replacement of microform reader By Haley Zblewski NEWS EDITOR

The Student Senate voted on two Information Technologies Commission proposals at its Monday meeting, denying one and approving the other. A bill for a nearly $20,000 student technology fee allocation to expand the virtual lab license bundle was passed with a voice vote. The virtual labs allow students to log in from any computer and be able to use campus licensed software. This includes software such as SPSS and the Microsoft Office suite. It does not include Adobe software. The university currently has 100 licenses for the software and can serve 100 students at a time. The ITC will purchase an additional 100 with the requested allocation, ITC Director Ben Krall said. Krall said the virtual lab program is especially beneficial for students w h o c o m m u t e to Eau Claire for school. As well as nont r a d i - Krall tional students with children. This is because it can be difficult for them to get to campus to work on projects. Senator April Ross said she supported the allocation because she knows from personal experience that virtual labs benefit students. “When your homework assignments force you to use different programs, and you travel a lot like I do, it’s impossible to get your homework done without an option like this,” she said. Senator Tyrel Zich made a similar point of Ross. Zich said he had purchased SPSS software to put on his personal computer because he had been one of the students who was unaware of the

virtual labs. Senator Melissa Opitz said because it hasn’t been used at full capacity of student usage, it concerned her to use student fees for more licenses. Senator Jacob Fishbeck said that didn’t concern him. “Many students haven’t even heard about it, but I don’t see that as a problem,” Fishbeck said, “I see that as a challenge.

Replacement of microform reader denied A bill to fund a new microform reader and scanner system for the Special Collections and Archives section of the McIntyre Library for the cost of $11,511 was denied after a placard vote of 3-22. The current microform reader and scanner in the Special Collections and archive section of McIntyre would need to be replaced by the end of December, Krall said. As of now, there are a total of four microform readers in McIntyre, and without replacing the one in question, there will be three left, Krall said. Krall said he had reservations about allocating money to this project because the Special Collections and Archives section of the library isn’t open as late as the rest of the building. Students don’t get the chance to use the current one there at hours that are convenient to them. “I’m worried that this is not going to be worth our money and it’s going to end up subsidizing usage for the archives department,” he said. “While it is open for everyone, it’s not exactly convenient for everyone.” Student Body President Phil Rynish said the idea of allocating money to a new microform reader bothered him. “The microform reader isn’t exactly innovative or anything like that, and … the tech fee is supposed to be for somewhat innovative practices,” Rynish said.

Campus News 4A • Thursday, April 19, 2012

News Editors: Emily Gresbrink & Haley Zblewski

A month-long celebration

Hmong Heritage Month strives to teach community culture, history By Emily Gresbrink NEWS EDITOR

Mai Neng Vang, a junior, has kept the memory of her late grandfather in mind throughout the month of April. “He told me that one day, when I get older, my generation and younger may not know,” she said. “He was afraid they will no longer know where they came from and have the knowledge to participate in different culture rituals and ceremonies; I always had that fear of losing my cultural traditions.” After two years of pondering and a few months of planning, Vang and a small committee of students and faculty have put together and hosted Hmong Heri-

tage Month, a celebration of Hmong culture and history throughout the month of April. Eau Claire is the third city in Wisconsin to start holding such activities, Vang said. “Another reason I wanted to do something like this is because there’s a lot of disconnection with Hmong culture and cultural identity,” she said. “There are a lot of people at EC who don’t know who Hmong are. It’s also a chance to promote Hmong culture and let people know why we are in America.” Sophomores Jessica Kennedy and Mandy Kissinger attended Monday night’s event, which taught community members how to cook a Hmong meal.

“We put this together to help foster a better sense of culture.” MAI NENG VANG Junior


Kennedy said it is important for the majority population of Eau Claire to be aware of the Hmong population in the city. “They are diverse and very proud of their culture,” she said, “and to be able to share it with the rest of us and be open about it is cool.” Kissinger also said the Hmong community brings a lot to Eau Claire. “I know Eau Claire and central Wisconsin have a higher Hmong population than other parts of the United States, so to have this culture around and learn from it is exciting,” she said. A city proclamation on April 10 named April 2012 as Hmong Heritage Month in Eau Claire. Since then, a variety of events have taken place across campus, including a day of traditional Hmong dress and a hut on display in Davies earlier in the month. Ongoing events include exhibits in McIntyre Li-

brary and Hibbard, as well as window paintings in Davies Center. “I’ve had a lot of people interested in learning about what’s happening in the rest of the month, and there’s a lot of interest that has even been spread out of the campus,” Vang said. “We even have elementary and middle schools participating.” The rest of the events for the month include a panel discussion at 11 a.m. on April 24 in the Presidents Room of Davies, the “Hmong’s Got Talent” show from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 29 in Schofield Auditorium and a volleyball tournament. Vang said she wasn’t sure if she would be a chair of the event next year but hopes to see it continue. “I want it to become a tradition,” she said. “I want them to recognize it in Eau Claire, and my goal is to eventually have it nationally recognized.”

Scan the QR code to watch a video story on how to cook a Hmong meal

Partnering with the community Campus groups to work with local schools for Youth Service Day By Amelia Kimball FREELANCER

This Friday, UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Beginnings and Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program will celebrate Global Youth Service Day. The groups will work with students from area grade schools, middle schools and high schools and setting up sites around Eau Claire. More than 200 people, including students, volunteers and community members, are currently involved in Youth Service Day, according to a university news release. The purpose of the day is to stimulate the growth of service work Herbenson among the young, the release said.

Learning language could help with religious understanding, professor says By Erica Rasmussen FREELANCER


Bao Lei (left), a visiting scholar, and freshman Xia Xiong fill their plates at the Hmong Luncheon in the Dulany April 18.

University to offer Hebrew course in fall 2012

Donna Lehmkuhl, program director of ECLIPSE, explained that Eau Claire student ECLIPSE members will be working with nonprofit organizations in the community who may need assistance with physical labor. ECLIPSE member Caitlyn Waegener said she will be at the YMCA helping to set up for the Eau Claire Marathon. “Seeing the progress the children go through … working with the families and seeing how appreciative they are to see the growth,” she said. “You can see the difference it makes.” A total of 20 sites around Eau Claire are designated for Global Youth Service Day, according to the news release. Waegener said her experiences have taught her how to communicate with children, interact and make connections. Kristi Herbenson, Blugold Be-

ginnings’ high school coordinator, explained that Blugold Beginnings works with children in grades five through twelve in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and Altoona, with a focus on mi- Lehmkuhl norities, low income families, and first generation students. She said that this Youth Service Day will mark the 10th year for Eau Claire and is a great opportunity to help disadvantaged children imagine themselves coming to college in the future. “The results have been positive … students become engaged in their community and realize the senses of need there,” she said. “ Eyes are opened to the many service learning opportunities available.”

Beginning Hebrew, a course created by the Foreign Language and the Philosophy and Religious Studies departments, will be available at UW-Eau Claire for the first time during the fall 2012 semester. The instructor, Jonathan Paradise, said he studied the Hebrew language as a child. By 17, he was fluent in the language and even spent a year abroad in Israel. Before teaching at Eau Claire, Paradise created a Hebrew program at the University of Minnesota, which, at its peak, had about 300 students, he said. The new Hebrew course is unique compared to the other language courses offered throughout the year, Paradise said. It will prepare students to read biblical texts in the original Hebrew and will also enable students to speak, write and comprehend the spoken language of Israel. The course is a hybrid course that includes both face-to-face classroom experience and on-line activities for students. Paradise said he decided to open Beginning Hebrew to Eau Claire after several students expressed interest throughout various classes such as Bible and Jewish studies and a course taught on the Holocaust. Sophomore Alaina Streblow said she thought students interested in those types of courses would be interested in the Hebrew class. “I think learning Hebrew can have many benefits if you’re interested in religious studies or want something nontraditional in the language department,” Streblow said. Because of the strong historical content of the language, Paradise said he thinks the course will take off. “In the upcoming years, students studying linguistics may be required to Paradise take the course,” he said. He said this is because Hebrew is similar to the Semitic language of Arabic. “Semitic languages are languages that belong to a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family including Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic and Ethiopic,” he said. “It’s the oldest Akkadian language written on clay tablets.” Hebrew can be a very beneficial language to learn for a variety of students, Paradise said. The Hebrew language overlaps in many disciplines, including archaeology, religious studies, linguistics, anthropology, international relations, government, literature and the Bible, Paradise said. Beginning Hebrew is also valuable for students who wish to hold a wider array of religious beliefs and opinions, as students will look at the Hebrew Bible for its content and language, Paradise said. “One of the most important books in the world is the Bible, whether you are religious or not,” he said. Paradise said he believes people are more likely to turn to the Bible on a daily or weekly basis in its original language than any classics written in French by Voltaire or German by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He said that if students are wary about starting a new language, consider taking it along with a complimenting elective course such as Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or a course about the Holocaust. The four-credit course is currently available for enrollment.

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A review By Cal McNeil PHOTO EDITOR

When I try to think about a good theme party to host I always end up with a long list of ideas, but tend to fall back on a classic theme that everyone ends up loving: the ’80s. Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson blew up the radio, bad hair and acid-wash jeans were all the rage and classic movies that are still loved today filled the theaters. Alongside famous ’80s films like “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Dirty Dancing” came a film that fueled my adventurous side and made me wish that I was a part of the now-famous group of misfits: “The Goonies.” I am a huge fan of all the adventure films that came out of the ’80s like “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but “The Goonies” has always stuck with me as one of the best films from the decade. The film was released in 1985 and stars Sean Astin, Cory Feldman and Josh Brolin, among other big names at the time. The film involves a group of kids who live in a neighborhood that is in jeopardy of being bulldozed to make way for a new, fancy golf course. Their adventure begins after finding a treasure map in the attic, which leads them on a wild goose chase for riches to help save them from having to move away from their homes and, more importantly, their friends. Every time I watch the film, I want to be a part of their goofy group, escaping tricky booby traps and running from the Fratellis, a group of Italian mobster thieves. It seems to follow every kid’s dream: fight

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bad guys, find hidden treasure and maybe getting an accidental smooch in a dark cavern from your brother’s girlfriend. My mom seemed to have a problem with the film because they talked about drugs and the kids were rambunctious, but my dad was all for it. It was a sort of crazy adventure film for younger audiences with some more adult humor for the amusement of the parents. The mix translated well throughout the years and never ceases to entertain me. The kids in the film work really well together and their personalities cover the entire spectrum, from Andy the head cheerleader, Data the James Bond-esque failed child inventor and — my personal favorite — Chunk, the token chubby and hilarious friend who always seems to bring trouble wherever he goes. The wide range of personalities come together to create an eclectic group of friends. Their crazy times on the treasure hunt bring them closer than they ever expected, which was a nice sentimental undertone surrounded by so much craziness and action. An overall balance of feel-good and action-filled scenes help create this classic ’80s film. Although it’s filled with bad film sets and special effects, “The Goonies” will leave you feeling like a kid again. The plot is fairly predictable, but it kept my attention the entire time, which seems like a hard thing to do for a teen action-fantasy about pirates and ancient treasure. “The Goonies” takes me back to my younger years, free of worries and responsibility. So, if you are looking for a break from the stress of classes, this is the film for you.


Jeff Cohen, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman and Jonathan Ke Quan play a group of best friends who run into trouble while hunting for treasure in “The Goonies.”


Midwest power-pop band to play Schofield Auditorium


Chris Korman, Brandon Paver, Kyle Featherstone, Colin Huntington and Adam Feuring form The Picture Perfect. The band will play at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Schofield Auditorium. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the Service Center.

By Anna Soldner COPY EDITOR

Since forming in June 2011, Eau Claire power-pop band The Picture Perfect has created a name for themselves in the Midwest music scene. Drummer Colin Huntington said the band has played several shows around Wisconsin and Minnesota, including UW-Stout and Station 4 in St. Paul. However, he said they’re eager to return to their roots and play more shows in Eau Claire, including one April 20 in the newly-renovated Schofield Auditorium. “Since we’re from Wisconsin, we want to have a good show in Wisconsin that really brings more to those without having to drive two hours to see us,” Huntington said. “We’d like to have a good fan base and have a hometown band for Eau Claire.” Frontman Kyle Featherstone said all five members will be living in Eau Claire next year in hopes of gaining local recognition. “We’re just really excited to play for the people of the area where we’re supposed to be based out of,” he said. Featherstone, who plays piano, guitar and vocals, said they draw influence from piano-driven bands like Jack’s Mannequin, Something Corporate and The Rocket Summer. “I think our sound is a little more unique,” he said. “I’ve really tried to fuse the piano aspect with the rock-pop feel of other bands.” Longtime friends Featherstone and Huntington created the band last summer. Featherstone said fans were immediately receptive to their music so they decided to take the project more seriously. “We started talking about everything in the second semester of last year and

then recorded everything in the spring,” Featherstone said. “Based on how everything was sounding we decided that this was a little more legitimate than just a hobby or something. So, then in June we played our first show.” Senior Jenny Ritchay said she will be attending the show because The Picture Perfect’s music is relatable and well-performed. “I’ve been to a couple of their shows before and they always do a really, really great job,” Ritchay said. “They really get the audience excited; make sure that everybody’s having a good time.” The Picture Perfect will be joined by Eau Claire band The Last Semester and Minneapolis group Lights Out Dancing. Featherstone said this concert is one that students won’t want to miss. “We’re really excited to play in the area in a really great space,” he said. “The other two bands are unbelievably awesome so the whole night will be really fun so people will come and like it.”

“They get the audience excited; make sure that everybody’s having a good time.” JENNY RITCHAY Senior

KEEPING UP AND STAYING UP Tips and tricks for staying awake all night at this year’s Relay for Life

By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

It’s a little different than staying up all night cramming for exams. Instead of making flashcards, crunching numbers or writing essays, students at the UW-Eau Claire Relay for Life will spend all night Friday running or walking around the McPhee Center indoor track round the clock to fight cancer. Relay for Life is a yearly fundraising event hosted by the American Cancer Society that helps spread awareness and raise money through pledges, food, games and familyfriendly entertainment. “I think it’s really exciting because it brings together so many different groups of people,” said Jenny Talen, relay kickoff co-chair. “You have people who have had people in their life that have battled cancer or died from cancer, so it’s just cool seeing all the different kinds of people that come to this one night to help fight cancer.” Staying up all night is challenging for some folks, but we here at The Spectator are here to help. Before you start thinking of going to sleep early, heed this list — compiled with the help of some Relay regulars — and discover some tricks for staying up and making the most of your Relay. 1. COME WITH FRIENDS Certainly there are many individuals that do the Relay, but Talen said that having friends there with you makes it easier to stay up and will be more fun. “If you’re an individual doing it, that’s cool too, but if you come with friends, you’re more likely to be

pumped up,” Talen said. Before you make your journey round the track, pack up your pals and bring them along to help each other stay awake. Talen said this is a sure-fire way to have the most fun. 2. STAY INVOLVED There are several activities planned throughout the night designed to keep Relay-ers awake and involved. Participants can expect a scavenger hunt, sodapong tournaments, performances by the Innocent Men, the Blugold Gospel Choir and Audacious, as well as talks from survivors and families of those affected by cancer. Talen said as long as you stay up and involved with the planned activities, you Talen shouldn’t feel the need to sleep. Relay co-president Ashley Moore said that an important part of staying involved is not keeping track of time. “Don’t watch the clock,” Moore said. “Don’t think that it’s three in the morning and you still have four hours left. Just try to spend your time doing more fun things.” 3. MAKE IT PAST 2 A.M. Relay Co-President Chase O’Keefe said typically during the Relay the hardest hump to get over is around 2 a.m. O’Keefe said that a big task for the committee is tackling that time. “The big trick is that we, as a committee, are making sure that we have activities at two, three, four o’clock in the

morning that are getting people up and moving,” he said. “As long as we can get activities at those times, it’s key to keeping people there.” O’Keefe said they have a pie-eating contest and a giant game of Twister all in those time slots to combat people getting tired. The highest energy events are the ones scheduled for those times. He said this has worked in the past. “We keep getting more and more people staying until that last ceremony,” O’Keefe said. 4. KEEP WALKING Talen said one of the easiest ways to fight off Mr. Sandman is just by walking. During the Relay, someone from your team always has to be walking, so if you start to feel your eyes get heavy, get out and start walking until the next event. The sentiment to just keep walking not only will help you stay awake, but it echoes the spirit of the event: perseverance. Talen recognizes it’s not an easy task. “(Staying awake) is the important thing,” she said. “That’s the sacrifice you make because you wouldn’t do that normally, but that’s the whole purpose of the event.” So there you have it. If you feel the sleepies start to come on, just know that the Relay for Life crew has thought of a solution. This list should help you keep those eyes open and make you experience the event in full, for a good cause. Talen is confident you won’t even think about laying your head down. “There’s always stuff going on,” Talen said. “It’s not like it’s going to be quiet.”

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By Michelle Enger FREELANCER

Eau Claire may not be the fashion capital of the world, but tonight, the Towers Hall common room will transform into the fashion capital of campus. In celebration of Earth Week, Housing and Residence Life will host the second annual Just Bag It fashion show tonight. Models dressed in costumes made of recycled and repurposed material will compete for the grand prize of two Smart Strips in every room of the


Olivia Raedeke models her dress made out of recycled newspaper. Raedeke was one of the winners of last year’s sustainable fashion event in Towers Hall Commons.

winning designer’s resident hall. These “If we didn’t recycle strips reduce energy consumption or do anything for the by stopping energy environment, that is a lot from being pulled from electronic deof waste.” vices when they are turned off. “(We want) to TARA YOUNG draw attention of Freshman the students to the sustainability is especially important importance of recycling and repurposing materials,” said to her, because she has witnessed trash Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability being thrown out car windows in the coordinator. “We are trying to create ditches and on the roads. Young said a culture of sustainability in housing.” she lives in an area with lots of nature The Residence Hall Association and does not want to see it disappear for will have a plastic bag display at the future generations. Students attending the event will free event. On average, a person uses 500 bags each year, Hartsel said. RHA receive reusable cloth shopping bags. will show what 500 bags looks like They will also have the opportunity and answer questions about it at the to sign a green pledge. It could be something as little as taking a shorter fashion show. Freshman Tara Young will rep- shower, but any pledge is welcome resent Towers as a designer and and encouraged, according to event model in the fashion show. Young organizers. Freshman Bailey Kramer said she is excited to show her creativity at the show, creating her cos- put forth a lot of effort since Decemtume with items including a broken ber, when she began to ask for donaumbrella, plastic bags, lint sheets, tions for prizes for the event. “It’s something fun you can do with bottle caps and an electrical cord. all the halls,” she said, “and you get Young said she thinks the fashion show will be a great way to show stu- free stuff.” dents they don’t have to throw things away when they’re done using them. “Whether or not people recycled JUST BAG IT or reused things at home, we are a Time: 8 p.m. pretty big community right here on campus,” Young said. “If we didn’t Date: April 19 recycle or do anything for the enviPlace: Towers Hall Commons ronment that is a lot of waste.” Young said the subject of


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Growing up in the ‘90s, Nickelodeon was the end-all-be-all of television. I mean, it had everything: scary stuff (“Are You Afraid Of The Dark”), awesome cartoons (“Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Ahhh! Real Monsters”) and the crazy-awesome “Action League Now!” just to name a few. It also had the sketch comedy show “All That,” which was Nickelodeon’s version of “Saturday Night Live.” The first two breakout stars of the show were Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, and the two were given their own show, the cleverly named “Kenan & Kel,” in 1996. Since the show first aired more than 15 years ago (what!), Kenan Thompson has gone on to star in the “Fat Albert” movie and is currently a cast member of SNL. But Kel Mitchell seemingly fell off the face of the comedy earth. Between the two, Kel was generally the bigger personality and was given the best jokes. He had a knack for facial expressions and had a real manic comic personality. He even had a large supporting role in the underrated superhero comedy “Mystery Men” in 1999.

Both Thompson and Mitchell auditioned for SNL in 2004, but only Thompson got the job. So, what ever happened to Kel Mitchell? Mitchell now works for G4, the video game channel. He also co-wrote and starred in something called “Dance Fu” last year. It was directed by Cedric The Entertainer. It’s apparently a martial arts dance comedy (yeah, one of those). Mitchell plays two characters. One of them is named PrettyEyed Willy. Right on. I’m glad Mitchell is still working. I loved him as a kid and would have been bummed if he wasn’t still doing something in comedy. Good for you, Kel Mitchell. Oh, and I hope he still loves orange soda. I-do-Ido-I do-I do-ooh!


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Showing their power Softball coach wins 300th game as team smacks five home runs By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR

For UW-Eau Claire softball coach Leslie Huntington, notching 300 wins has been as much about other people as it has been about her. “It means there were a lot of great people, staff members and great players,” said Huntington, who became just the third coach in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history to win 300 games. “Without their hard work and dedication, 300 wins isn’t possible.” But it will be Huntington’s name in the record books after she picked up her 300th win with an 11-1 victory over Blackburn College (Ill.) Sunday at the Illinois Wesleyan University Tournament. Eau Claire also defeated Fontbonne University (Mo.) on Sunday with an 8-2 score, improving their record to 18-10 on the season. It was a bounce back day for the team after suffering two losses to Wesleyan on Saturday that Huntington described as “pretty heartbreaking.” Eau Claire brought out the power bats against Blackburn, hitting five home runs, including two from senior catcher Nikki Bromelkamp. Bromelkamp, named a WIAC Athlete of the Week last week, had four hits on the day to raise her season average to .415. Huntington credited her team’s power with exceptional patience, especially in the ability to lay off of good rise balls. First baseman Sarah Fern, who connected on her teamleading sixth home run of the season against Blackburn, said the team has been on a roll offensively. “You take a look at our lineup right now, and everybody is crushing the ball,” she said. Sophomore Emma Wishau (7-6) pitched four innings and allowed one run while striking out four to pick up the win against Blackburn. The Blugolds didn’t hit any home runs in game two, but they still put eight runs on the board against Fontbonne. Fern came through with a two-run single in the second inning, and freshman outfielder Taylor Pierce reached base five times, going 4-4 with a walk and two runs batted in. Senior Ashley Meinen got the win by going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs. Her record now stands at 7-3 on the season. See SOFTBALL, page 2B

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Men’s tennis bounces back

Blugolds win two matches in dominating fashion after losing four of five entering weekend By Frank F. Pellegrino SPORTS EDITOR

The men’s tennis team rebounded with two wins by a combined 17-1 score after entering the weekend having lost four out of their last five matches. On Friday, the men took down St. Scholastica (Minn.) 8-1, and then followed up with a 9-0 sweep of Edgewood College on Sunday. The team won all their singles matches in both matches, with the lone loss coming in No. 2 doubles position on Friday. Coach Tom Gillman said he felt the youthful team’s struggles going into the matches were largely due to them playing with too much emotion. He said his young roster is filled with talented players who just need to make sure they don’t doubt their

ability during adversity. “They lose a couple and they don’t have anything to fall back from,” Gillman said. “That was the biggest focus for us this weekend and we were a lot better.” Junior Florent Marco put together a pair of strong performances during the weekend in his No. 3 singles position. On Friday he took down his opponent 6-2, 6-1, then followed it up by sweeping 6-0, 6-0 on Sunday. Marco said the emphasis on keeping his emotions incheck really helped his play. “The whole season I’ve been trying to fight (getting too emotional),” he said. “It’s a big problem because when you get mad, everything gets CAL MCNEIL/The Spectator worse. So I really think I im- Junior Florent Marco reaches for the ball in his No. 3 singles match on Sunday proved as a player.” against Edgewood College in McPhee Center. Marco earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep in the match to help lead the Blugolds to a dominant 9-0 win over Edgewood.

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Men’s volleyball club recap Young team finds continued success, individuals honored for play By Emily Albrent COPY EDITOR

When the UW- Eau Claire men’s club volleyball team’s season began with just three returning players, the experienced players wondered if they could continue their longtime tradition of being a powerful team. With so many fresh faces, juniors Steven Wert and Tommy Moriarty said they were a little apprehensive about how their season was going to go. “We knew it was going to be tough,” Wert

said. “We knew it was “A lot of (the playgoing to take a lot of ers) have never played work to go into this sea- volleyball before, so son, and we were just a lot of that first sehoping for the best.” mester was teaching Starting the season them the skills and with several losses, the getting them up to the team reached a low Eau Claire standard,” point, Wert said. Wert said. Eau Claire has been However, the disapin the top 10 in the na- pointments did not last tion for the past 10 long. The team first years, so with alumni began to gain momenwatching them closely, tum with a convincing Wert said he knew they victory against St. Olaf needed to turn things College (Minn.), and around. then was able to build After some hard off it at the conferwork, Wert said the ence tournament where inexperienced team they earned a second steadily got better as the place finish. weeks went by. See CLUB, page 2B


Players from the men’s volleyball club team huddle up in between plays during a match earlier this year. The men ended the season ranked no. 9 in the country.

Women golfers play top teams in country Women battle bad weather, go where you want.” For the team, this tourfinish in third place nament was the first of at Illinois tournament the spring season. Coach By David Heiling STAFF WRITER

Despite gusty winds and a sub-par short game, the women’s golf team placed third at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling Saturday and Sunday in Normal, Ill. Senior Sara Mattes emphasized the team’s need to sharpen their short game heading into their next tournament. “It’s mostly mental when you’re on the green,” Mattes said. “We lost some valuable strokes down the stretch because our short games are not as good as they could be.” Mattes led the Blugolds and tied for sixth place overall in the tournament, shooting a combined two-day score of 160 strokes. Junior Catherine Wagner was the next strongest performer and tied for 13th place, while senior Emily Swift tied for 16th. Swift said the conditions in Normal were not ideal for golfing and that the weather definitely played a role throughout the tournament. “The wind was pretty brutal,” Swift said. “When you’re hitting a ball that small and there is a crosswind, the shots you shoot don’t always

Meghan Sobotta said there were a few things she’d like to see fixed, but that she was pleased overall with their performance. “The girls played pretty good for their first tournament since last fall,” Sobotta said. “There was some good and some bad that I saw, and there is always room for improvement.” The only two teams that finished ahead of Eau Claire were DePauw University (Ind.) and Centre College (Ky.). In the most recent national rankings, DePauw was ranked third while Centre was ranked fourth. Tournament-host Illinois Wesleyan was also nationally ranked, coming in at No. 10. Even though the team faced some strong competition, Wagner said she wasn’t satisfied with the third place finish. “We played well, but I know we can play better,” Wagner said. “We need to smooth out the rough edges and keep improving as a team. If that happens, this team can go far.” The next tournament the women will compete in is the Wartburg Spring Invitational at Centennial Oaks Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa, April 21 and 22.

Outdoor track and field teams compete at UW-River Falls, UW-Platteville By Katie Hoffman


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Freshman Rylan Page competes in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday at UW-Platteville. Page earned an 11th place finish for the Blugolds, who took fourth place overall as a team.



Men take fourth in Platteville, earn two firsts

Women earn five top eight finishes, take sixth

The Blugold men’s outdoor track and field team competed in two events last weekend — the UW-Platteville Invitational and the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational. Taking the fourth spot out of 11 teams at the UW-Platteville Invite, the Blugolds scored a total 72 points, behind first place UW-La Crosse, who had 138 points. The men’s team won two events at the invite, including freshman Thurgood Dennis’ 100-meter dash time of 10.67 seconds and junior Aaron Easker’s first place finish in the 5,000-meter run in 14:37. Easker said he expected to be near the front of the pack in the race and that he’s happy with the way the season has progressed.

The No. 4 ranked UW-Eau Claire women’s outdoor track and field team competed last weekend at both the UW-Platteville Invite, as well as the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational. Despite recording eight top-five finishes and three runner-up spots, the Blugolds finished in sixth place out of 11 teams at Platteville. Wartburg College (Iowa) won the meet with 156 points, well ahead of Eau Claire’s 69. Senior Kim Miresse took one of the runner-up spots in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.85 seconds. Other second place finishers were junior Erin Schoenfelder in the 400-meter hurdles and Alyssa Sybilrud’s in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11:43.52.

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See WOMEN, page 2B

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Freshman Briana Kernen competes in the javelin throw Saturday at the UW-Platteville Invite. Her 24.63-meter throw earned her 14th place for the Blugold women, who finished in sixth at the meet.


from page 1B

Freshmen lead way for Blugolds in game two, team entering critical stretch of season

Freshman Laura Raflik continued her strong pitching, throwing a scoreless inning of relief in each game to move her season earned run average down to 1.07. Raflik has only been scored on in two of her 11 appearances this season. Freshman Amanda Fischer, who hit her third home run of the season against Blackburn and added three hits against Fontbonne, said the team’s performance was encouraging. “I thought we played very well,” she said. “We played two complete games in all aspects, defensively, offensively and pitching.” Huntington echoed Fischer’s sentiments, adding that the resilience her team showed to come back from the tough Wesleyan losses impressed her. “Obviously, offensively we performed very well today,” she said. “I think it was a big step for us.” Huntington, Fern and Fischer all said the team is in a crucial stretch of the season where conference games become even more important. The Blugolds currently sit in second place in the WIAC, two games behind conference leader UW-Whitewater. Fern put it simply when she said, “It’s time to buckle down.” Huntington said she thinks a conference title is well within the team’s grasp if they keep the mindset they’ve had all season. “(The players) know that we can’t look too far ahead, but they also know that we can’t look back,” Huntington said. “We’ve just got to take it one day at a time. If we continue to approach it that way, I like our chances.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Softball played two more games Wednesday night at UW-La Crosse Game 1 score: 5-1 WIN Game 2 score: 3-2 WIN

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TENNIS from page 1B

Men look to make strong impression in weekend matches, coach says

Freshman Michael Roden competed in the No. 6 singles position and was also able to pick up two wins during the weekend, including a 6-0, 6-0 sweep on Sunday. Gillman said overall he was pleased with the play from all of his younger players but was especially pleased with freshman Joey Minear. Minear played No. 5 singles against St. Scholastica and won 6-1, 7-6 (8-6). Then he moved up to the No. 4 spot against Edgewood and earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory. “He’s always been a talented player and brings a lot to the table, but he is young,” Gillman said. “I think he got back to doing some things he does really well.” With the pair of wins, the Blugolds im-


proved to 16-7 overall on the season. This weekend the team will play their final three matches of the regular season against UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater. Unlike the women’s tennis team, the men are an independent Gillman program and do not compete in a conference. Gillman said he considers this weekend’s opponents some of the top independent programs in the section, which makes this weekend


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Club volleyball player wins conference MVP, sixth straight year Eau Claire owns award

Wert and senior Eric Schweiner each received all-conference awards and Moriarty earned the conference MVP award, marking the sixth year in a row that the award has been handed out to an Eau Claire player. Following the new success, the team then traveled to participate in the 2012 NCVF National Championships April 5 through 7 in Kansas City. They entered the competition No. 18 in the nation. The team went 3-0 on the first day of competition, then battled to a 1-1 record on the second day. The performance earned them ninth place overall and ensured the team would finish in the top 10 nationally for an 11th year in a row. Wert and Moriarty were again recognized for their

individual performances, as each earned All-American Honorable Mention. “We came together as a team,” Moriarty said. “Some of the guys that haven’t really been playing stepped up and did really well for us.” As for next season, Wert said that they will only be losing one or two players, which leaves him with a positive outlook on the future of the volleyball team. “I’m hoping we will have a couple of freshmen who will work hard and learn a lot over the summer and really step up and do well for us,” Moriarty said. Wert said he believes if the team keeps working hard, a national championship may not be out of reach for them in the year to come.

crucial for the men. “I do believe if we win two out of three matches from this weekend, our chances are pretty good that we can make it to nationals again,” Gillman said. “We want to put our best foot forward if we can.” Marco said if the team doesn’t put too much pressure on themselves going into the matches, he doesn’t see any reason why winning two of three wouldn’t be possible. “As a team we play badly when we put pressure on ourselves to play perfect,” Marco said. “If we can go in there with the mentality that we have nothing to lose, I think we’ll play a lot better.”

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“I was really pleased with my race and happy that I won,” Easker said. “But I was more excited that … I’m sitting where I want to be to have a good end to the season.” In the River Falls decathlon junior Patrick Swanson took third, leading all Blu-


golds in the event with 5,719 points. Junior Bart Mestelle and freshman Greg Peterson also competed in the decathlon, with 5,530 and 4,841 total points, respectively. Easker said the team has high expectations for the outdoor nationals, as

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Blugold senior Michelle Baranek competed in the heptathlon at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invite and placed fourth in the event with a total of 4,113 points. Overall, the Blugolds placed 12th out of 15 teams that competed at River Falls. Senior Julia Baranek was the Blu-

gold’s top finisher, winning the high jump at a height of 1.65 meters. With outdoor track and field nationals at the end of May, Baranek said she considers mid-April to still be early in the season. She said she felt good about her overall performance. “I was happy because I had per-



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well as the conference tournament. “I’m happy with our team right now, we’re performing well and no major injuries have happened,” he said. “I’m excited to see the future and how we do at nationals. We’re on the right track.”

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formed better in high jump compared to a week ago and a year ago,” Baranek said. “I never set my goals too unrealistic, I try to make them reachable so I’m not overconfident.” The women’s outdoor track and field team will compete this weekend at UW-La Crosse’s Phil Esten Challenge.


Op/Ed Editor: Eric Christenson

Thursday, April 19, 2012 • 3B

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

By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

“Hey gang! My name is Tupac. I died in 1996. This week at Coachella, I returned as a hologram and performed with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Can you believe it? In the same week that they announced Google Glasses? What a crazy world we live in.” —Tupac

Well kids, it’s been nice, but unfortunately, this event marks the end of art. Apparently, the folks behind everything terrible on the Internet at are in talks with Bravo about doing a reality TV series. This is great news for everyone that is banking on the world ending in December!

Newt Gingrich was bitten by a penguin at the Saint Louis Zoo! I kind of feel bad for both of them. Now, Newt has to wear a bandage and the penguin has to get the taste of Newt Gingrich out of its mouth.

BRILLIANT Though its title is relatively unGoogleable, HBO’s “Girls” was really good! You guys should try to watch it. It’s very “real” and “honest” and Brian Williams’ daughter is in it. Brian Williams is a lovely man. His daughter is very pretty. All the things about this show are nice and cool and good.

AWFUL Notorious Cool Guy Ted Nugent said this regarding President Obama: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” WHAT DO YOU MEAN, TED? Are you going to do something weird? Why do you have to be like this? You need a break, you look tired.

During the Mavericks/Jazz game on Monday night, Delonte West got a technical foul for giving Gordon Hayward a wet willy. What do you get for a noogie? 10 to life? SUBMITTED PHOTOS

U.S. fining system is illogical Punishments should reflect the amount a person makes

By FRANK F. PELLEGRINO I was shocked when I recently found out that in several parts of the world it is entirely possible to receive a six figure speeding ticket. To date, the largest fine ever assessed was a $200,000 ‘slap-onthe-wrist’ in Finland, according to an article on AOL Autos. The article reported that the man who received the ticket was doing 50 in a 25 mph zone. An excessive speed — yes — but not beyond what many ill-advised college students have done before. So, how could such a steep punishment for such a petty crime ever be justified? I know I wouldn’t be able to afford paying even one percent of that amount at this stage in my life. On the surface, it certainly seems like an alarming amount. However, a further look into the way these fines are assessed reveals that not only would I not be subject to these extreme amounts, but also that the $200,000

much more severely than the system intends. This disparity in punishments is the problem I have with the current system we have in the U.S. Not only are the wealthy being under-punished, but the poorer people are being over-punished. I am in no way trying to make excuses for those who break the law. Even if I don’t always agree with them, I realize why it is important for members of our society to abide by them. With that said, I would love to see a similar system adapted in the U.S., especially as people continue to suffer in our tough economic climate. Heck, fining rich people large amounts might even help us cut into the massive debt our country is facing. When it comes down to it, having a system in place that significantly benefits those with more money is not only illogical, it’s just plain wrong.

This disparity in punishments is the problem I have with the current system we have in the U.S. Not only are the wealthy being under-punished, but the poorer people are being over-punished. punishment in this case was completely appropriate. For starters, the 27-year-old man who received the fine was the heir to a European meatpacking “empire,” according to the article. In 2002 alone, records showed that the man made $11.5 million. So, instead of getting the standard $500 to $600 fine we are all used to, he received a fine that was proportionate to the amount of money that he made, which was $200,000 in his case. In countries where fines are determined by income — most notably Finland and Denmark — courts use a formula to decide how much an individual should be fined. This means that college-aged

people would never have to worry about paying these extreme amounts (unless they were the heir to a meatpacking empire). In fact, a fine might even be lower than the standards we are used to, depending on their annual income. When I realized how these fines were assessed and that Finland had been using this system since 1921, I immediately began to wonder why this wasn’t more prevalent in our country. To me, it seems like the U.S. system is currently set up with a bias towards people who have more money, and that is a problem. Realistically, if you were a multimillionaire who owned a $400,000

Lamborghini that could go 200 mph, what’s stopping you from driving at excessive speeds? I’m not saying I’d ever try to reach the car’s top speed, but I know I would at least want to drive the fastest speeds I could without losing my license. When you have that kind of money, a ticket in the hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars is hardly a deterrent. And, what about the other end of the spectrum? You know, a single parent with three children who works multiple jobs just to get by. For someone like that, receiving a ‘small’ $40 parking ticket for forgetting to move their car to the other side of the street during the winter might be getting punished

Pellegrino is a senior journalism major and sports editor of The Spectator.



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Editorial 4B • Thursday, April 19, 2012

In defense of organic Pesticide pollution hits home By LAURELYN WIESEMAN I recently read Haley Zblewski’s piece harmless, but that these toxic substances in The Spectator from April 5 titled “The are actually good for us. Benefits of Pesticides.” In honor of Earth Pesticides have taken up residence in Week, I would like to offer an alternate per- our waterways, they accumulate in the fish spective. While I acknowledge Zblewski’s and animals we eat, and are passed on to praise of a healthy diet, her praise of pesti- newborns in alarming amounts through cides is rather misplaced. breast milk. As Zblewski states, more is definitely Systematic pesticide use is now linked better when it comes to fruits, vegetables, to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and whole grains — organic or not. For which threatens pollinator species, and by students with tiny budgets, choosing these extension, our food supply. fiber- and nutrient-packed foods is an inThe harmful effect of pesticide reliance vestment in our short and long-term health. hits close to home. It’s also true that “organic” does not In her doctoral thesis, famous biologist always equal “healthy.” Examples include and environmental writer Sandra Steingraorganic chips, cookies, and candy, as well ber demonstrated that birth defects in Minas many organic microwave entrées and nesota are more heavily concentrated in processed foods. farming areas, and even more concentratWith budget constraints, the time is ripe ed among these babies conceived in early (pun intended) to ask ourselves: Is the nu- spring (when pesticide levels are highest). tritional quality of organic produce worth One of the most alarming facts about the premium price? pesticides is that their effects have not been It turns out that there is more evidence longitudinally tested — in other words, our to support pesticide-free produce than knowledge of the long-term effects of Zblewski’s single Time magazine anecdote pesticide use is quite limited. would have us believe. Our heavily subsidized agriculture According to a 2011 study by Criti- system is stacked against small organic cal Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition, over farmers, not just in the United States, 900 produce comparisons showed that but worldwide. organic varieties (particularly vegetables Current trade agreements kick local, and legumes) contained a larger micronu- sustainable food systems to the curb in trient content than their conventionally favor of vast monocultures. Monoculture grown counterparts. farming involves large-scale production Also, many organic produce varieties of single crops; ironically, this method inexhibit higher antioxidant levels than their creases the need for heavy pesticide use non-organic counterparts. and leaves our food supply even more Nutrition aside, Zblewski’s editorial susceptible to large-scale damage. sorely lacks context — it fails to address The answer? Genetically modified, the broad systems of power and influ- pesticide-resistant crops — a method with ence that have come to characterize our even less longitudinal research to back food systems. it up. Industrial agriculture, governmentLuckily, we still have an option: eating corporation partnerships, and massive PR the way our grandparents ate. Organically campaigns are just a few of the forces grown food is certified free of synthetic that, whether we realize it or not, shape pesticides and genetically modified organour opinions about what is “safe” to eat isms — and better for the environment, and drink. to boot. It is important to realize that Monsanto, I’ll stick with organic (when I can Cargill, and other deep-pocketed corpo- afford to). rations’ continued profits depend on us believing exactly what Zblewski writes: Wieseman is a junior economics major and freelancer for that not only is continued pesticide use The Spectator.


STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES’ POTENTIAL OUTSOURCING UW-Eau Claire officials are currently exploring options to decide if they will reform the way Student Health Service operates on campus. One of the options could be partnering with a health care provider from the area, such as Luther Midelfort or Sacred Heart. The editorial board is considering many options to best meet students’ needs and nothing has been decided, but they thought a few considerations would be essential. A lot of campus services are being outsourced to companies. Most recently the Saturday Night Shuttle service was outsourced to Right Way Shuttle. With each of these instances, it’s important that the quality of the service is improved and that is no different with student health care. SHS currently has limited hours running from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They have longer hours on Wednesdays, staying open until 7 p.m. These hours also only

apply while classes are in session. An outsourced service that provides care during the times when SHS isn’t open could be hugely beneficial. The convenience of SHS shouldn’t be underestimated, so it would be useful to have the current system in place, only supplemented with extraneous outsourced health care service. However, the editorial board thought including urgent care in the new system is not necessary as Sacred Heart hospital is near enough to campus where a closer option wouldn’t serve enough to be cost effective. A very important part of the planning should be to expand the current hours, as a lot of accidents and injuries happen after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends. It would be detrimental to lose something that is free or cheap to students just to save a little money. For students without health insurance, this would be tragic. That’s why the outsourcing shouldn’t be

a replacement so much as a supplement. A small Student Senate/Student Health Service partnership work group could be formed to continue looking into the matter. The editorial board suggested any potential group like this should include student input every step of the way. Students are the backbone of the idea behind SHS, so it is imperative that their voices be heard and taken into account in moving forward with any decision-making. If it is a service to them, they should be involved. Transparency will be key in determining the future of health care on campus. Students and everyone that will be using the facility need to know the processes involved with determining the future of SHS. Granted, most of this is speculation. The plan is very much in its preliminary stages. However, it is important to remember these things in moving forward with the plan.

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S tudent L ife

6B • Thursday, April 19, 2012

Editor: Cal McNeil




A night of music, dancing and dining filled the almost unrecognizable Davies Center this past weekend as the 38th Annual Viennese Ball kicked off. The event, presented by University Centers, the Department of Music and Theatre Arts and the Center for International Education, is modeled after the historic New Year’s Eve Kaiser Ball, which is held annually in Vienna. Since its inception, the proceeds of the event have gone toward more than $1 million in scholarships, including the Wilhelm & Ingrid Brauner International Study award, which was given this year to senior Ross Christianson, who will be studying in Austria in the fall. The Viennese Ball has been held in the current Davies since the first V-Ball in 1974, but will move to the new W.R. Davies Center for next year’s event.



“The crowd gives back so much energy and excitement that it is impossible not to enjoy myself.”

-Joe Holtan Statesman and Fifth Element member

Top left: Sophomore Mark Green Jr. of The Innocent Men a cappella group sings his solo during their performance on April 14 on the Song Garden stage in Davies Center . Top right: Community members, faculty and students dance the polka on April 14 in the Golden Lion Festival Room (Council Fire) in Davies Center. Above: The Women’s Concert Chorale open the choral concert during the opening ceremony on April 14 in the Ceremonial Room in Davies Center.



The Viennese Ball is one of the highlights of my years. There is not another night where I am able to dress up in fancy attire, taste delicious food and drink, and spend the night polka-ing until the early hours of the morning. -Beth Ascher Communication and sciences disorders graduate student

Scan the QR code to see more photos from the 38th Annual Viennese Ball.

Left: Senior Koryna Flores, member of the a cappella group Voces, sings during their performance on April 14 on the Song Garden stage in Davies Center. Right: Senior Bill Seipel, a tenor with The Singing Statesmen, hits the final note of his solo during their performance of “Vienna, My City of Dreams” on April 14 in the Ceremonial Room in Davies Center. Bottom: The Singing Statesmen sing during the choral concert in the Ceremonial Room in Davies Center.

The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 26  

Date of publication: April 19, 2012

The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 26  

Date of publication: April 19, 2012