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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Vol. 90 No. 29
Arts and Sciences faces major issues, provost says Administration to work with department chairs as committee of the whole; general education reform needed, chair says By Carolyn Tiry EDITOR IN CHIEF
The College of Arts and Sciences will need to adapt to some major challenges it will encounter in upcoming months, the UW-Eau Claire provost said. The challenges came into sharp focus during the search for the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during the current semester. That search has since been terminated because of the challenges that came to light. Interim Dean Marty Wood currently
handles the responsibilities of that position. Provost Patricia Kleine, who is also acting as the current “officer-in-charge,” met with the Arts and Sciences department chairs on April 17 to discuss the challenges facing the college and potential options going forward. “I’m looking for the chairs to work collaboratively to figure out the best solution for the challenges the college faces,” Kleine said. Director of the Materials Science Program Marc McEllistrem, who spoke temporarily on behalf of the chairs, said the chairs
are happy to work with the provost, but they feel as though they do not have enough knowledge of the situation. “I don’t think we fully appreciate yet the challenges the college faces,” he said. “We need to better understand the chalKleine lenges if we’re going to work toward solutions. We don’t yet have enough information to
have an informed conversation.” While the challenges are hard to define, Kleine said, the major concerns include the large scale of the college and its current dual purpose — to provide classes for individual majors and also to provide classes that fit general education requirements for every student. The university has been looking to reform the GE curriculum for several years. McEllistrem said he sees general education reform as being essential to the college moving forward. See A&S, page 2A
Construction to progress over summer break
See you later, alligator
Much of campus mall to be restricted By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR
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Junior Ryan Nicholls examines an alligator at the exotic animal exhibit held Monday as part of SpringFest. Other animals at the exhibit included a monkey, an opossum, a tortoise, a hedgehog and a chinchilla.
Honors course to create sustainable habitat in community garden Students, city members will be planting fruits, vegetables, flowers at event By Taylor Kuether CHIEF COPY EDITOR
A few university honors students are about to get green thumbs. Professor Ruth Cronje’s honors course “Civic Agency: Environmental Stewardship” is hosting a rescheduled Planting Fiesta at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Eau Claire Community Gardens
across from Phoenix Park after their initial date was rained out. The students and community members in attendance will be planting flowers, fruits and vegetables donated by private citizens and purchased with a gift from the Eau Claire Garden Club. The event will also include live music and pizza. Once the planting
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Foodlums, a student organization, worked with the Student Office of Sustainability to bring honeybee hives to campus, located behind Phillips Science Hall.
You’ve probably heard the old Wisconsinite joke that the Badger State is known to have four seasons: “almost winter,” “winter,” “still winter” and “construction.” As we start to wrap up “still winter” here at UW-Eau Claire, we’re starting to see the first few signs that “construction” is on its way. The Eau Claire campus is going to go through some major structural changes this summer. Not since the 1960s has there been such a construction boom in this amount of time, said Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities. “It’s not like there haven’t been projects that have occurred all along, but to have this much in this short of time period probably hasn’t occurred in several decades,” Rindo said. “We’re going to be pretty busy.” Major changes over the summer will include:
The Cabin: A sneak peak of the venue in the new Davies Center Scan the QR code to watch the video
Assistant Director for New Student Orientation and Student Transitions Julia Diggins said that incoming freshmen orientation students’ experience will be mostly the same, despite campus being ripped up. See CONSTRUCTION page 2A
is complete, a local Girl Scout troop will take over caring for the garden through watering and weeding, Cronje said. But the Planting Fiesta isn’t just a gardening getaway — the goal is to create a pollinator habitat. Cronje, an associate professor of scientific and technical writing in the English department, and her students researched pollinators (which include bees, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects), as well as the science behind them and the threats to them, in hopes of creating a pollinator habitat to benefit a more sustainable city. Cronje said she picked pollination as the focus of the course this semester because she was already an avid gardener and pollination was something she wanted to learn more about. “Three-quarters of our food and fiber crops require pollinators,” Cronje said. “A lot of our food supply depends upon pollinators, a lot of our agricultural sector economy depends upon pollinators, so this is actually pretty important, it’s a big deal,” she said. See GREEN, page 2A
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• The completion of the new W.R. Davies Center by the end of June; • Beginning the new education building’s construction; • The installation of a steam line system, storm sewer lines and signal lines; • The demolition of the old Davies Center; • Reconstruction of the Haas Fine Arts Center parking lot; • The demolition of Campus School; • The Children’s Center moving to The Priory (formerly St. Bede’s monastery).
The Baseline News editor Emily Gresbrink runs a recap of the craziness that is Major League Baseball right now
University’s construction mayhem The Spectator staff weighs in on the disruptions the summer constructions might cause
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Late night activities CONSTRUCTION commission gets the green light Comedian shows, karaoke night as one of the possible events, committee says By Tuesday Wustrack STAFF WRITER
As a resident assistant in Towers South, Ben van Vooren, a junior at UW-Eau Claire, said he is always on the lookout for fun activities for his residents. But sometimes it’s difficult to find an event on campus that students will enjoy, he said. “A lot of the activities on campus are done by eight or nine at night,” he said. “They don’t go very late.” He noted that most students in the dorms stay awake well past midnight, but there isn’t much do to at that hour. Students should have the opportunity to do something more exciting than sitting in a dorm room, he said, especially if they don’t want to or are not able to experience the bar life off campus. Van Vooren is not the only one who feels this way. Senior and University Activities Commission Programming Director Kristi Basa said she saw a gap in the activities that she and her colleagues organized with UAC. Current projects, such as music at The Cabin and films in Davies Theatre provide entertainment for students, Basa said. However, they are not as social and interactive as she would like. So the UAC created another branch of entertainment called Late Night AcBasa tivities Committee, which will begin next semester. This will provide activities for students who choose to stay on campus but still want to have fun later in the night. Megan Swanson, chair of the committee, hopes to bring a variety of activities for students on campus. Some ideas include night games such as capture the flag, comedian shows, karaoke night and themed dances. “We’re forming the committee to generate lots of ideas, and so right now it’s super flexible,” she said. “We’re really open to any ideas.” Basa said that most of the current activities UAC puts on occur on lower campus, so she wanted to ensure that students living on upper campus got the opportunity to take advantage of activities as well.
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“Obviously there are challenges with not having the same space that we normally have,” Diggins said. “I don’t see major issues mostly because we will be with them when they need to get places.” Diggins also said the orientation assistants are hoping to reference the construction when introducing the campus to new students. “We’re going to use it,” Diggins said. “I don’t think we’re trying to hide anything. Instead we’re saying, ‘Wow, look at this. You’re going to be the first people to use the new Davies Center.’ We’ll get to say, ‘What a cool time to get to come to Eau Claire.’” For part of the summer, Rindo said Garfield Avenue will have a trench across it for the steam line installation, so the road will be closed. However, the hill will remain open
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Garfield Avenue to be partially closed
this summer for pedestrian traffic. Most of the campus mall will be roped off during construction of the new education building for the better part of the next year and a half, Rindo said, but the sidewalk near Schofield Hall — one of the few ways through campus — will be widened to accommodate more foot traffic. The most “in-your-face” project will be the construction of the new education building, which will put much of the construction in the middle of the campus mall. Rindo said it won’t be easy, but it’s necessary. “You can be disrupted a lot at once, or you can be disrupted a little for a long period of time, so we decided we really needed that education building,” he said. “The campus has not been well-served by Brewer Hall
and Campus School for many, many years. That needed to get done.” Rindo said that after the dust has settled on these large projects, Eau Claire won’t stop there. The university’s 20-year Master Plan has construction work on Garfield Avenue along the riverfront, the footbridge and a new residence hall on upper campus next in line. Rindo said we could see these projects come to fruition in the 2013-2015 biennium. Until then, it could be tricky maneuvering around the construction, but Rindo said Eau Claire will be better for it. “It’s inconvenient, it’s going to cause a lot of disruption,” he said, “But in the end, it’s going to be such an improvement for the campus and the way that we live and the way that we learn.”
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Problems more than financial, budget officer says
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“GE reform is still in a framework phase right now,” McEllistrem said. “It could be stalled by these issues within the college.” Kleine made similar remarks, saying that reform of the current system, which was put in place in the late 1970s, is “long past due.” “Our learning goals are not mirrored in the current GE program,” she said. During the April 17 meeting, the provost brought up an example of restructuring the college as a possible solution, but noted that it was one of many options. After that, rumors ran amok on campus, raising concerns that the college would be split up. The Academic Policies Committee, a committee of the University Senate, addressed those rumors in a May 1 vote to recommend to University Senate that “any proposal for reorganizing any college follow established policy and pass first through the Academic Policies Committee and then through the University Senate for input and recommendations prior to any action
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The Planting Fiesta isn’t the first stride taken toward improving pollination in the community. Last year, the campus sustainable food organization Foodlums worked with the Student Office of Sustainability to bring honeybee hives to campus, where they have since resided behind Phillips Science Hall. “If we didn’t have bees, we wouldn’t have pollination. If we didn’t have pollination, we wouldn’t have flowers, we wouldn’t have two-thirds of the fruits and vegetables that we consume on a daily basis,” said junior Ellen Sorenson, vice president of Foodlums and the primary caretaker of the bees. “We wouldn’t have the colorful world that we have today.”
taken.” The vote was 7-0 with one abstention. The senate passed it with a voice vote on May 8. Neither McEllistrem nor Kleine think the challenges facing the college and university are only financial. Budget records for the college of arts and sciences for the 2010-2011 fiscal year show that the college ended the year with a negative balance of $205,749. In comparison, the College of Business also had a negative ending balance, but the colleges of Education and Nursing ended the year with positive balances. At the end of the year, the balances are collapsed into the general academic affairs fund. The total positive balance was more than the total negative balance, so the colleges as a unit ended the year with a positive balance. Dave Gessner, assistant chancellor for budget and finance, said that the 2011-2012 fiscal year could end up very differently, however, because of the budget cuts and lapse adjustments. Gessner said the budget system is more complicated than just budget
versus expenditures, which means it can be difficult to understand why a college may come in over budget in one particular year. Because Arts and Sciences is so much larger than the other three colleges — all three budgets combined are still less than the budget of Arts and Sciences — it’s more difficult to pinpoint the source of successes or problems. “We should have a more focused use of funds, which will allow us to link sources to outcome of results,” Gessner said. “We simply can’t afford to be all things to all people. “I don’t think the impetus for possibly restructuring the college is based purely on financial reasons,” he said. The notion of change is a problem for a lot of people, Kleine said. “The termination of the dean search made a lot of people angry, but this is a conversation we have to have. It’s the new reality of working in public higher education.” Freelancer Breann Schossow contributed to this report.
Event’s goal is to create a pollinator habitat
Sorenson said she supports the class’s goal of creating a pollinator habitat. “The pollinator class, by researching native plants and researching its native pollinators,” she said, “They’re being very sustainable in the fact that they want to increase the amount of native pollinators.” Sorenson said it’s more sustainable to have native populations and native species because plants and their pollinators have evolved together. “They have a wonderful relationship together,” Sorenson said. “The plant has a specific pollinator that pollinates that plant, that’s why they give out certain colors.” Aside from contributing to a sustainable community, Cronje said the students are
learning valuable life skills through the course. “We want them to learn how to function effectively in their communities to promote some sort of social change,” Cronje said. Junior Laurelyn Wieseman, a student in the course, said she and her classmates learned about important civic engagement practices such as house meetings, powermapping, and one-to-one conversations with community members. Wieseman also noted another goal of the course: to produce, publish, and distribute technical yet accessible information about pollinator stewardship. “Although our class has been studying pollinators this whole semester, our goal is not to go out
and instruct citizens about pollinators, but rather to empower citizens to go out, get excited, and promote pollinator stewardship themselves,” Wieseman said. Wieseman said the class compiled technical reports on such topics as pesticides, how to create a simple and useful habitat for pollinators in your own backyard, and the overarching importance of biodiversity, as well as integrated pest management, a holistic alternative to pesticide use. “People, especially students, need a reason to get in touch with nature,” Wieseman said. “(This) is just one really fun and rewarding way to engage yourself with the greater Eau Claire community and biotic community.”
Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 3A
News Editors: Emily Gresbrink & Haley Zblewski
Children’s Center raises funds by selling bricks
The runaways Friday, May 4 At 11:09 p.m., an officer spotted a group of people walking into the Hibbard Hall parking lot, where one man was carrying an open can of beer. The officer pulled into the lot to talk to him, but the group noticed the officer and ran away into the bushes near Hibbard. The officer began checking the area for the runaways and noticed a number of people running through the yards of apartments on State Street. While talking to the residents of the apartments, they noticed a group of five to seven individuals in the Hibbard lot. The residents of the apartments said those were the people who were in their yard
Money will be used to help new center with playground By Emily Albrent COPY EDITOR
Brick by brick, the UW-Eau Claire Children’s Center will build a new playground with funds that will be raised through an upcoming event. The Brick by Brick fundraiser will be a chance for the public to support the new Children’s Center and to have a memento that will connect them with the university for years to come, Children’s Center Director Rebecca Wurzer said. “We needed a fundraiser and we thought that this would be a good lasting, permanent (option),” Wurzer said. According to the fundraiser’s website, these bricks can be purchased in two sizes at two different costs. The smaller of the two, the size of a standard brick, will cost $100 and a larger brick will cost $500. The bricks, which can be embossed with names or anything of the buyer’s choosing, will be placed near the front door and the courtyard area of the new center, said Kimera Way, the executive director of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. “It is really well suited to
the current location ... it (will) be a really neat link to what the Children’s Center will be doing,” Way said. The bricks will not only function as a way of fundraising, but according to Wurzer, they can mean much more to the person who has purchased the brick. “It is kind of exciting to have your brick from the first year that we opened,” Wurzer said. It is just kind of a memory thing. I wish years ago that they would have done it to some of these other (university) buildings.” The Children’s Center wants to use the funds raised to build an outdoor play area for their new center, Wurzer said. “We’re doing an emphasis on nature-based curriculum, so we’re not going to have our plastic playground, it is all going to be nature based, so a lot of things have to be made,” Wurzer said. Wurzer said she feels as if the community response to the fundraiser is “fair.” She said she acknowledges that because of the confusion over where the new center would be built, the fundraiser lost momentum. However, now that they know where they will be moving, Wurzer said that
they are slowly starting to bring the fundraiser idea back. “I think now that when people have some facts, it may start up again, it may get more interest,” Way said. “And it might be when people see the bricks as the priory is used ... they might want to have that as a remembrance.” Sophomore Paige Jaworski said she really likes the idea of this kind of fundraiser. “I think that it is a good idea ... I know that they do try different fundraisers every year but I think that this is a more original idea than the usual bake sales,” Jaworski said. She also said that she thought the public would invest in this type of fundraiser. “I know that $100 is a lot for a brick, but I know that a lot of the families like the Children’s Center,” Jaworski said. According to Way, the blocks will be placed sometime this summer, and she hopes that people enjoy what the fundraiser will bring to the new center. “We would love to have everybody come out and see what a spectacular place it will be for our kids and for the students who are working there.”
shortly before. Another officer was speaking to the group of people when the first officer approached them. One individual, a male, was asked why he ran away from the officer. He initially said he didn’t run, but later admitted to running away because he didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get in trouble. The man also said he didn’t know anyone in the group at first, but once again admitted that he did know the others who were running away. The officer issued the man an underage drinking citation and told him he was free to leave.
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Campus Calendar R EC UR R ING
E V E N TS Campus Film Series:
“Attack the Block”
Davies Theatre, Davies Center 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thur. - Sun.
Spring it on
Foster Gallery Exhibit:
Senior BFA Exhibition
Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts Center 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Theatre Production:
Kjer Theatre 7:30 p.m. Thur. - Sun.
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7 p.m. UAC Concerts: Every Avenue with opener We Shot the Moon. Council Fire Room. 7:30 p.m. Artists Series: Amelia Piano Trio. Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts.
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Jerrika Mighelle invited her sister, Jerissa, on stage to sing “Clementine” for Spring Fest on Wednesday.
7 to 8 p.m. The Farewell Circuit. The Cabin, Davies Center. 9 to 10 p.m. Communist Daughter. The Cabin, Davies Center.
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Campus History 4A • Thursday, May 10, 2012
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, now finishing up its 96th year, has a rich and storied history full of construction, expansion, protests, campaign visits and much more. We at The Spectator want to share a tiny slice of that history with you.
News Editors: Emily Gresbrink & Haley Zblewski
Eau Claire Normal School opens with a student body of 159 and a faculty of 20
70 years of
Eau Claire Normal School’s first football team in 1918; they played two games and scored zero points
These five people are just a few of the notable speakers in the rich history of the UW-Eau Claire Forum series. They are listed here in alphabetical order.
Feb. 4, 1981 and Feb. 23, 1988
The school’s name changes to Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1927 after it was authorized to offer four years of higher education and grant Bachelor of Education degrees
The Spectator prints its first issue on Oct. 24, 1923
Eau Claire Normal School’s first band in 1922
President William Davies founds the Forum series, considered to be one of the longest running lecture series in the country, in 1942 (see sidebar)
Angelou joined an exclusive group when she gave her second forum speech in 1988. That speech focused on African-American pride and her personal experiences with racism growing up in Stamps, Ark. The poet laureate for Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inauguration, Angelou also recited poetry during her speech and called on those in attendance to seek out black literature.
Noam Chomsky March 14, 1989
The city of Eau Claire gives the 200-acre Putnam Park to the university in 1958, greatly increasing the size of the campus
The school’s name changes to Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire in 1951 after it was authorized to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in liberal arts
Eleanor Roosevelt visits Eau Claire as the speaker for United Nations Day on April 20, 1954
Political dissident and professor Noam Chomsky has never been shy of criticizing the United States government, and his forum speech proved no exception. Chomsky spoke of the government’s ability to control the population through devices such as education. He also heavily criticized the U.S. mass media.
John F. Kennedy visits Eau Claire on the presidential campaign trail in the spring of 1960
The school’s name changes to Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire in 1964 when the Board of Regents gave state colleges university standing
Nov. 11, 1994
About 2,000 people in Eau Claire observe the Vietnam Moratorium in October 1969; John Laird, son of Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, joins the protests, causing national controversy Goodall had studied wild chimpanzees in Tanzania for more than 30 years at the time of her Forum speech. She reflected on her work and commented on the plight of chimps and other animals. Not only did Goodall observe chimps, she worked to protect them from poachers.
Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire becomes UW-Eau Claire after a merger with the UW System in 1971
Martin Luther King Jr. March 29, 1962
TV-10, the university’s closed circuit television station, opens in 1975
Several hundred students gather in recognition of the Kent State massacre; Eau Claire students and faculty boycotted classes for several days
In 1976, the Board of Regents puts an enrollment limitation on UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison and UWStout; Eau Claire’s limit is set at 9,382, which put an end to a decade of growth that saw the university’s population expand by more than 400 percent (the population has grown only 13 percent since then)
In 2002, Eau Claire starts its first ever private fundraising campaign, which took place over the course of five years and raised $54 million
The famed civil rights activist delivered a speech centered around the great strides the U.S. had taken in race relations and equality. King mentioned voting rights and the repeal of “separate but equal” laws as proof of the country’s growth. He also called on community leaders to continue pushing for more expansion of civil rights. He was assassinated in 1968.
The original Council Oak tree is leveled by a wind storm in 1987; it has since been replaced
March 19, 1968
The new W.R. Davies Student Center opens to the public in August 2012. The building caused some controversy about the placement with regard to the Council Oak
Student Senate passes the Blugold Commitment, a controversial differential tuition increase, in spring 2010
Then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama visits Eau Claire on the campaign trail on Feb. 16, 2008 DESIGN BY CAROLYN TIRY/The Spectator
Nixon came to Eau Claire during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968. His main talking points of the evening were the Vietnam War and civil rights issues. The speech drew a crowd of more than 4,000 people to the Eau Claire Fieldhouse. Nixon went on to receive the party’s nomination and won the 1968 presidential election. He won another term with a landslide victory in 1972 but resigned in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. He died in 1994. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Sports Sports Editor: Frank F. Pellegrino
Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 5A
Ranking the top four men’s and women’s athletes that attended college at UW-Eau Claire About the rankings: Throughout the history of our university, there have been countless standout athletes in just about every sport that we have (or had). I was faced with numerous difficult decisions while trying to narrow them down to the top four men’s and women’s athletes that have graced our campus. A variety of factors were considered during the process including how much success their teams had, how many awards they received, how many records they broke and what kind of success they had on a national level. Bonus points were given to multi-sport athletes. — Frank F. Pellegrino, Sports Editor
Alex Hicks Sport: Hockey
Team success: Led the women’s basketball team to three conference championships, a Final Four appearance in 1994 and an Elite Eight appearance in 1995. Notable accomplishments: — School record in career points (1,834) — Single season block record (73) — Kodak All-American, three-time all conference — Conference Player of Year as senior — Won outdoor high jump national title in 1995 — Won indoor high jump national title in 1996 — Five-time All-American in track Tammy Brandt Sports: Soccer, Softball
Career accomplishments: — Three-time all-conference in soccer — Two-time-all conference in softball — All-American third team in soccer — All-region third team in softball — Ranks No. 2 in career points for soccer — Still holds school records in career batting average (.439) and stolen bases (67, in just two years playing)
Career accomplishments: —Three-time first team All-American —Tallied 98 goals and 151 assissts in career —Has NCHA records for career goals, assists and points —Three-time team MVP —Played 15 years professionally, including five in NHL —Totalled 79 career points during his NHL career
Ellen Buchberger (Holterman) Sport: Diving
Mike Ratliff Sport: Basketball
Career accomplishments: — Eight time NAIA All-American (1983-1986) — NAIA National Champion diver in 1986 at 1-meter and 3-meter heights — Set national record score for 1-meter height — Member of four conference championship teams — Member of 1983 NAIA national championship team
Career accomplishments: — Started 108 consecutive games — Led team to 94-14 record —1,820 career points, 1,409 career rebounds — NAIA all-tournament in 1971 as member of national runner-up team — All-district three times — Three time conference MVP — Played in NBA for Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Career accomplishments: — First woman to make men’s varsity golf team — First woman elected to PGA in Midwest in 1983
Team success: Helped Blugolds compile a 109-22 record during his career. Also led team to four straight conference titles and four straight Final Fours.
Notable accomplishments: — NAIA All-American first team (1982) — All-conference in 1980, 1981, 1982 — All-time leading scorer with 2,257 points — NAIA all-tournament first team 1981 — District Player of the Year 1982 — Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982
Arlene Beardsley (Meinholz) attempts a jump shot against UW-Stout.
Arlene Beardsley (Meinholz) Sports: Women’s basketball, Track and field
Tony Carr Sport: Men’s basketball
Tony Carr prepares to dive for a loose ball.
Steve Hollman Sport: Swimming Career accomplishments: — Won 19 gold medals at conference meets — Led team to four straight conference titles (1984-1987) — Team MVP three times — First or second team All-American 21 times
Softball has streak end at conference tournament Team eliminated before championship game after winning 16 straight; still qualifies for at-large bid to NCAA’s with 32-12 record By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR
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Freshman Casey Arnold swings at a pitch in the Blugold’s opening round game of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Friday at Carson Park. Arnold went 0-1 in the team’s 5-2 come-from-behind victory.
The UW-Eau Claire softball team was eliminated from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament Sunday with a 4-3 loss to UWRiver Falls. The Blugolds, the top seed in the double-elimination tournament, also lost to UW-Whitewater 4-1 Saturday, which snapped a 16-game winning streak and gave the team their first home loss of the season. After Sunday, the team suddenly has a two-game losing streak heading into the NCAA Div. III Softball Championship. The loss to River Falls was a sloppy one for the Blugolds, who committed four errors and could not come through
with a clutch base hit. Senior pitcher Ashley Meinen, the tough-luck loser against Whitewater and River Falls, said the team seemed flat in Sunday’s loss. “All around, it was not a very good day for our team,” Meinen said. “We were kind of playing not to lose rather than playing to win, and River Falls came out playing to win.” Meinen threw complete games against both Whitewater and River Falls and yielded only two earned runs combined. But a total of seven Eau Claire errors came back to haunt the team in both losses. Blugolds coach Leslie Huntington said the defensive mistakes were frustrating to watch. “It’s basic fundamental things that we’re not doing,”
Huntington said. “But it is what it is, and when it happens, you’ve got to move on.” Senior shortstop Emily Muller also said the team must shore up its defense quickly. “You have to play your best ball ... and it’s key that we put it all together at the same time,” Muller said. “We’ll be spending a lot of time in practice this week going back to the fundamentals.” The team defeated UWOshkosh and UW-Stout in its first two tournament games before the loss to Whitewater. The Blugolds had just four hits — all singles — and struck out six times against Whitewater freshman pitcher Bekka Houda, who improved to 11-3 with the win. See SOFTBALL, page 6A
Sports Sports Editor: Frank F. Pellegrino
6A • Thursday, May 10, 2012
Track teams battle at elite WIAC meet WOMEN
By Frank F. Pellegrino SPORTS EDITOR
Women take third with 129.5 team points Throughout her career, senior Julia Baranek said the women’s outdoor track and field team always went to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship shooting for a title. However, after being unranked since April 18, Baranek said the team had to adjust their goals heading into the meet last weekend at UW-Whitewater. This year, she said the goal was instead to compile 150 team points at the meet. Not because the team didn’t have talent, but because the WIAC currently boasts four nationally-ranked teams and is the highest-rated conference in the country. “Whether that got us first place, second place, third place, whatever,” Baranek said. “That was more of the goal.” Ultimately, the team wasn’t able to reach that goal and finished with 129.5 points, but they were able to bypass one of the ranked teams and earned a third place finish at the meet. No. 5 UW-La Crosse took the team title with 185 points, while No. 2 UWOshkosh came in second with 176. Eau Claire’s performance also moved the team back into the rankings and they now No. 8 in the country. The Blugolds were helped by 11 top three finishes at the meet, including a conference title from Baranek in the triple jump. Her 12.07-meter jump not only earned her first place at the meet, but also broke the previ- Baranek ous school record of 11.84 meters that was set in 2005. Baranek said she had her eyes on the record since the start of her collegiate career and that it couldn’t have come at a better time. “I knew since I was a freshman that I wanted to eventually jump 12 meters,” she said. “It feels good that all of my hard
Fourth place finish highlighted by freshman’s success
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Senior Jordanne Greenup running at the WIAC Championship last weekend. Greenup was a member of the 4x100 team that set a new school record time of 47.47 seconds.
work paid off at a meet that was pretty important.” Three individuals took second place for the Blugolds at the meet. Senior Brittany Frederick was the lone field competitor who did with her 45.71-meter discuss throw. Also earning runner-up status were junior Steph Sjostrom in the 1,500-meters and senior Kacey Rindy in the 10,000 meters. Up next for the team are last chance meets the next two weekends for competitors who have not yet qualified for nationals. After that, those runners who did qualify will move on to the NCAA Championships starting, which start May 24 in Claremont, Calif.
Orlando Magic saga finally nears conclusion By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR
The Orlando Magic were defeated four games to one in their first round series against the Indiana Pacers. Their 105-87 loss in game five Tuesday night ended their season and
starts the most awkward phase of any relationship. The inevitable break-up. The Magic’s center, Dwight Howard, is a true superstar in every sense of the word. He is virtually unstoppable on offense and wreaks havoc in the paint on defense.
He was the best player on a team that made it to the NBA Finals in 2009. Few players in the league matter more to their team than Howard, which has been evident during the team’s slump with Howard sitting out after back surgery. On the other side of the coin is Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy has been extremely successful in the NBA, with a winning percentage of .641 (371208) in the regular season and .551 (48-39) in the playoffs. In his first four seasons as the head coach in Orlando, the team never won less than 52 games and made the NBA Finals in 2009 as mentioned earlier. Read the full story online at www.SpectatorNews.com
The UW-Eau Claire men’s outdoor track and field team earned a fourth place finish with 112 points at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship last weekend. It was the team’s best result at the meet in 20 years. The last time they surpassed that mark was in 1992, when they took second. Senior Thomas Breitbach said it really just seemed like another steady day for the Blugolds, who came in ranked No. 6 nationally. “It wasn’t a lights out day overall, but it’s the best outdoor conference meet we’ve had for quite some time,” Breitbach said. “It was a good day, but nothing that was earth shattering.” No. 2 UW-La Crosse took first at the meet for the 22nd consecutive year with 163 points. No. 3 UW-Oshkosh was a close second with 160 points, while No. 7 UW-Stout came in third with 135. Sprinter Thurgood Dennis continued his decorated freshman campaign with his performance at the meet. Dennis already earned All-American honors during the indoor season along with conference titles in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash. Last weekend he solidified himself as the best sprinter in the conference with two more titles, this time in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Dennis’ time of 21.26 seconds in the 200-meter also broke the old school record of 21.4 that was set Dennis in 1991. Breitbach said even though Dennis is just a freshman, the Blugolds seem to really rally around his performances. “He just electrifies the team; he’s fun to watch,” Breitbach said. “Knowing you’ve got somebody like that on your team really get’s you excited to go out and compete.” Earning the next best individual
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The Blugolds fell victim to another excellent pitching performance on Sunday, this time against River Falls senior Rose Tusa. Tusa, the 2011 WIAC Pitcher of the Year, struck out 10 and only allowed one earned run to move to 21-6 on the season. Huntington said she was extremely impressed with Tusa’s pitching during the entire tournament. “She was able to hit her spots, control her pitches and make them move,” Huntington said. “My hat is off to her; she’s an outstanding pitcher.” The Blugolds did get some good news Monday after the disappointing weekend. They were awarded an at-large bid
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Junior Patrick Swanson competes in the pole vault last weekend at the conference championship in UW-Whitewater. The men’s team earned a fourth place finish at the meet.
performance for Eau Claire was Breitbach, who took second place in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:35.79. Also earning second at the meet were senior Tony Sigrist in the hammer throw and sophomore Jacob Dennis-Oehling in the 400-meters. Up next for the Blugolds are last chance meets the next two weekends where athletes who have not yet qualified for nationals will get a final opportunity. After earning a runner-up finish at nationals during the indoor season, the Blugolds have high aspirations again when the meet starts May 24 in Claremont, Calif., Breitbach said. “We really think if we peak like we did during the indoor season for the national meet, we can contend pretty successfully for a national title.”
Blugolds struggle for runs against reigning pitcher of the year
and a No. 4 seed in the Bloomington Regional of the Div. III tournament. The team’s first game is on Thursday against No. 5 seed Fontbonne University (Mo.), whom the Blugolds defeated 8-2 on April 15. Despite the consecutive losses, Huntington said the team still feels it can make a postseason run. “I don’t think we’ve
really lost a lot of momentum,” Huntington said. “I think that this team has a lot of confidence in what they can do. “Now that it’s time for NCAA play, it’s a brand new season, and all bets are off.” Eau Claire’s first regional game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Thursday at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
Currents Currents Editor: Katie Hoffman
By Cal McNeil PHOTO EDITOR
Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 1B
Pinterest has become a global name that’s captured the attention (and time) of all age groups. My own mother introduced me to the site and seems to spend hours on it every week. You can post anything you love or hate, from shoes or your favorite hairstyle to funny quotes or photos of Ryan Gosling. The site is also a great place to find ideas for craft and easy do-it-yourself projects. I searched through the thousands of DIY fashion projects and came up with a list of five of my favorites that are cheap, easy and sure to give you a more personalized outfit. Check SpectatorNews.com or scan the QR code for links to the tutorials!
Patterned nail designs What you will need:
• Nail polish • Various other materials (tape, glitter etc.) Nail designs are all the rage and Pinterest is filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of different fun options for crazy nail designs. A few include rainbow colors, glitter and leopard print. I even found one that resembled different elements from the Periodic Table, so the options are endless. If you search DIY nails you will spend hours on the site, looking through all of the different options you can go with. Happy polishing!
Hand-dipped dyed skirt What you will need: • • • •
A skirt of your choice (white or neutral) Colored dye Salt Bucket
This project is more advanced, but after reading through the steps, it seemed attainable. To get the light to darker effect, you just need to keep the bottom of the skirt in the dye longer. This specific skirt is very subtle, but there were also great options for white skirts with a dark blue bottom that is more noticeable. If skirts are not your thing, feel free to dye pretty much any other piece of clothing you own like white blazers or shirts. The are so many options for this project and the end result is unique down to the last dip.
Chanel-inspired pearl hairpins What you will need: • • • • •
8mm-12mm faux pearl necklace 20-22 gauge wire Bobby pins Wire cutters Flat nose pliers
For this DIY project, we are going to start off really easy. Aquatic environments inspired Chanel’s designer for the spring 2012 collection and featured a lot of accessories covered with pearls. The models all had hairpins with the famous double C painted on white pearls, which inspired some Pinterest users to make their own. I went through the tutorial step by step, which was fairly simple. The finished product looks very elegant and is an easy, fast and cheap project that’s a great gift for your friends.
Basic pocket tote What you will need:
• Strip of fabric (35 by 14 inch) • Sewing machine • Matching thread
What you will need:
Although this project requires a sewing machine, it is still a fun and easy project that would be a nice gift. The sewing seems to be just basic techniques that would be fairly easy to learn. Using light, washable materials like canvas or upholstery fabric make them easy to clean and light to carry. The bag features inside pockets big enough for cosmetics and/or a phone, which I think is really convenient to have. This project is a great way to create your own accessory and is a versatile bag that can be used for anything from a beach bag to a shopping bag.
• Fluorescent neon spray paint/floral spray • Nude patent leather flats or pumps • Packing tape This project is a great way to take your favorite neutral colored heels or flats and infuse them with a popular trend this season: neon colors. The steps to this project are incredibly simple: You tape the shoe off by the toe, spray paint the toe with your favorite neon color, let it dry and pull the tape off to reveal the cute neon toe. This is a great way to bring in color to any outfit. The color possibilities are endless and the amount of time it takes is minimal, so if you are in need of a bolder shoe option, definitely try this out.
Getting their praise on Gospel Choir to perform end of semester show By Josh Becker FREELANCER
If you’re looking for energetic, soulful and uplifting music to get you through finals week, mark your calendar for the upcoming UWEC Gospel Choir performance. The show, titled “Get Yo’ Praise On,” will feature contemporary gospel music and a full band performance. Junior Darian Parker, president of Gospel Choir, said the show is not your typical “sit in a pew and sing hymns” church service, and people who have never attended a gospel choir show are in
for a surprise. “This is, like, the old lady in the front row’s blue hair’s going to be flying back; we’re really loud,” he said. “It’s very contemporary, upbeat gospel music.” Parker said he is excited for two specific pieces of music during the show, although one of them doesn’t have many lyrics. He said it’s more about the Parker meaning and
feeling audience members get when listening to the song. “This semester we’re doing one spiritual song called ‘There’s a Balm in Gilead,’ and it’s the first of its kind that we’ve done since I’ve joined,” Parker said. “(‘Going to Another Level’) is so bumpin’ … with the full band there, it’s just the definition of ‘Get Yo’ Praise On.’” Dale Taylor, the choir’s faculty adviser, said the contemporary and energetic take on spiritual music makes this show a mustsee event. Music by gospel artists such as Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr, and Israel Houghton will be heard throughout the concert.
“(Attendees) will hear music they won’t hear anywhere else in Eau Claire, I can promise you that,” he said. A common theme throughout the Gospel Choir organization is the members’ dedication to the music, and the heart and soul they put in to performing it, Parker said. Parker said members don’t audition; they just have to express interest in joining the choir. Its mission is “to show God’s love through worship, community service and through accepting everyone, creating a family-like environment where people feel welcome no mat-
ter where they are in their faith walk,” according to the choir’s website. This year’s show will be senior Emily Klink’s last performance as director of Gospel Choir. A member of the choir since her freshman year, Klink said she wants people to come to the concert full of energy and ready to participate. “I want people to just have fun and let loose because that’s when we have our best moments in Gospel Choir.” she said, “when people just feel free to dance and clap and just really put their heart in what we’re singing.”
“Get Yo’ Praise On” 7 p.m. May 12
Lake Street United Methodist Church
Currents Currents Editor: Katie Hoffman
Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 2B
Finding a release
Mega-fan grieves death of Beastie Boy through writing By Chris Reinoos COPY EDITOR
JOHN MENARD JR.
In 1959, business administration major John Menard Jr. started building post-frame buildings in order to pay for his UW-Eau Claire education. Three years later, he had a crew of workers and equipment, and officially founded Menards, Inc. Today, Forbes estimates Menard’s personal net worth to be $4.5 billion. That’s right, billion. The company is a well-known home improvement store based out of Eau Claire, with two stores as well as the headquarters and distribution center. Menards currently operates more than 260 stores with locations throughout the Midwest, according to their website. Forbes ranked Menard the 73rd richest man in the U.S. as of March 2012.
ANN DEVROY Ann Devroy received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Eau Claire in 1970 and went on to work at USA Today shortly after it first began. In 1985, she joined the Washington Post newsroom, where she wrote more than 2,200 stories in just seven years. Devroy was praised by co-workers and industry professionals for her work as a political reporter. Devroy died of cancer in 1997 at age 49. President Bill Clinton issued a statement that day, praising her reporting. He wrote, “... no journalist dominated and defined the White House beat with the kind of skill, shrewd analysis and gruff grace” as she did. In her honor, the Washington Post worked with Eau Claire to create a journalism fellowship awarded in her name.
T. Keith Glennan
Since hearing about the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch Friday afternoon after a fight with salivary gland cancer, I’ve been having a hard time coping with the loss. The Beastie Boys are my favorite hip-hop group of all time, and MCA was my favorite member of the trio. I ran through four Facebook statuses in about 20 minutes and shed some tears, but I didn’t know what else to do. My mom recommended I write a column about MCA, thinking it might be cathartic. It sounded like a good idea, but I don’t know if it will work. I hope it does. I didn’t grow up listening to hip-hop: I grew up listening to the Beastie Boys. I’ve since become a fan of many hip-hop artists, but the Beasties introduced me to rap. For that, I’m forever grateful to Adam “AdRock” Horovitz, Mike “Mike D” Diamond and especially MCA. My first full-length Beastie Boys album was 1998’s “Hello Nasty.” Of course, I had heard “Fight For Your Right,” “Brass Monkey” and “Sabotage” before, but “Hello Nasty” was the first time I sat down and listened to one of the group’s albums. I was hooked. I worked backward until I had all the group’s
records. I can’t count how many times I’ve listened to “Licensed To Ill,” “Paul’s Boutique,” “Check Your Head” and “Ill Communication.” When 2004’s “To the 5 Boroughs” was released, I was all caught up and devoured that album as fast as I could. Each time I listen to these records, I catch something new. And each time, I find something MCA does, a line or a delivery, and realize how great he is. I guess I have to say “how great he was” now. That sucks. His rough, gravelly delivery was so different from Ad-Rock’s and Mike D’s that everything he said stood out. But he could be so smooth, too. He was funny, charming, self-deprecating. Yauch was too talented for this to happen. Beyond his incredible ability, MCA used his platform for so many great causes. The group organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, with MCA — a devout Buddhist — as the main member pushing the cause. The money raised from the concerts was donated to Tibet. MCA and the rest of the group also spent much of their careers changing the perception that they were sexist party animals, largely formed after the release of “Licensed To Ill.” “Sure Shot,” a single from “Ill Communication,” featured a Yauch verse that served as the group’s first
step in changing their lyrical themes. “I wanna say a little something that’s long overdue, the disrespect to women has got to be through/To all the mothers and the sisters and wives and friends/I wanna offer my love and respect to the end.” I am thankful the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame while MCA was still alive. Although he didn’t attend the ceremony, I’m sure the induction brought him much happiness. I think this is hitting me so hard because it’s been a painful reminder of what cancer can do. Someone I love is currently fighting cancer, and I’ve been trying not to think of the worst. But MCA’s death slapped me back to the reality that cancer can defeat even the best of us. Adam Yauch’s legacy will live on through his music and the work he did throughout his amazing life. There will be countless kids in the future who discover the Beastie Boys and their dizzying creativity and incredible longevity. These same kids will hear that gravelly voice and hopefully know they’re listening to a true master of the craft of hip-hop. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” just came on my iPod as I finish this column. Now you can have all the sleep you want, MCA. I love you, man. Thanks for everything.
This UW-Eau Claire grad boasts the title of NASA’s first administrator, serving from 1958 through 1961. After graduating from Eau Claire in the early ’20s, Glennan studied electrical engineering at Yale University and later became a studio manager of Paramount Pictures. He also joined the Columbia University Division of War Research, serving as administrator and director of the U.S. Navy’s underwater sound laboratories. During his time, NASA consisted of 8,000 employees, three research labs and an annual budget of $100 million. Chosen by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to lead the space agency, Glennan incorporated satellite programs as well as research efforts to lead to eventual space flight.
In this Sept. 10, 1998 file photograph, the Beastie Boys perform at the MTV Video Music Awards. Adam Yauch, center, died on May 4, according to Rolling Stone magazine. He was 47.
Bon Iver’s frontman might be Eau Claire’s best-known celeb, which is why he’s on this list of famous Blugolds. Graduating with a degree in religious studies and women’s studies in 2004, Vernon began a handful of local indie rock bands, including Mount Vernon and DeYarmond Edison. This year he won two Grammy awards, including Best New Artist. In his thank you speech, he gave a shout out to his hometown and current city of Eau Claire. There were even parties throughout the city and campus celebrating his wins. Vernon has collaborated and produced music for a variety of local and national acts, including Kanye West and Gayngs.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 • 3B
UWEC HOMEPAGE BON IVER HEADLINES EDITION The Axis of Brilliance is a graphic ranking of everything awful and brilliant, but this time only related to the numerous times Bon Iver has been featured on the UW-Eau Claire homepage. The theme of this week’s THE SPECTATOR is celebrating our university’s history and Bon Iver is a pretty big chunk of that history now. And what better way to reflect that than in UWEC headlines? I can’t think of one.
By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR
May 23, 2011 “ALUMNUS VERNON MAKES BILLBOARD COVER, TO PERFORM ON ‘JIMMY FALLON’”: This one’s kind of nice. When Justin Vernon graced the May 28 issue of Billboard magazine, you can BET we had to include it on our homepage.
Dec. 8, 2011 “UW-EAU CLAIRE ANNOUNCES BON IVER CONCERT DETAILS FOR TICKETHOLDERS”: This was exciting, I remember! Finally, we could start making our plans for camping out in the middle of December. It’s like the real cabin in the woods, Bon Iver experience. We’re like Thoreau.
Oct. 25, 2011 “VERNON, CAREY RETURN TO ALMA MATER FOR BON IVER CONCERTS DEC. 12-13”: This one was huge. Never before had so many closet hipsters rose to the surface and posted “BON IVER!!!!!!!!” to their underused Facebook accounts, immediately memorized all the lyrics to “Towers” and cried to themselves.
AND FINALLY, this Fall 2011 excerpt from the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department newsletter which was called “ALUMNUS JUSTIN VERNON, BON IVER, AND THE MEDIA,” something we never thought we’d need until we saw it, I guess.
Feb. 10, 2012 “STUDENTS TO CHEER ON BON IVER DURING ‘TOWERS NIGHT AT THE GRAMMYS’ FEB. 12”: What a great way to start 2012. OUR BAND winning two Grammys? It’s like WE won two Grammys. But we just watched it on TV and felt a huge rush of community after not knowing how to feel about the Beach Boys coming back.
Overcoming girl hate Society should stop teaching women to substitute jealousy for insecurity By ANNA SOLDNER There it was. A seemingly harmless meme, smack dab in the middle of my news feed. Bold, intrusive, impossible to miss. It read: “If women ruled the world, there’d be no wars, just a bunch of jealous countries not talking to each other.” Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it hadn’t been posted by a woman. Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it didn’t have 50 ‘likes.’ Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if there hadn’t been endless comments — from both men and women — enthusiastically agreeing: “Straight up true LOL!!,” “There’d be a lot of gossip too. And SANDWICHES” and “Weerrd.” But fine. Whatever. It’s just Facebook, right? Not exactly. Out of all the blatant, infuriating sexism sprawling the Internet, this is arguably the worst kind. This internalized misogyny is especially crippling because it’s the more insidious kind. It’s the kind of injustice that manages to exist under the guise of humor and harmlessness.
Remember that gym scene in “Mean Girls” when Tina Fey says, “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores! It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores”? What a noble goal! Nowadays, it seems a person is chastised more for defending a degrading joke about women than actually delivering one. How have we, as a generation, gotten to a place where this type of discrimination is validated, encouraged and regarded as funny? Sexist jokes aside, this meme is a manifestation of a much larger problem — girl hate. As Tavi Gevinson, editor in chief and founder of Rookiemag.com put it, “Girl hate is not hating someone who happens to be a girl, it’s hating someone because we’re told that, as girls, we should hate other girls who are as awesome as or more awesome than ourselves.”
Basically, girl hate is a term that refers to the systemic ways society teaches women to interact with each other. Since childhood, many of us have been taught to feel like we are in constant competition with other women. Too often we are taught to immediately be jealous and untrusting of other women (often those we don’t even know) who appear to be smarter, prettier, thinner or more confident than us. We live in a patriarchal society that reduces women to bodies, sexual history, relationship status and stereotypes. When it comes to the media, there is no such thing
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as being complex and multidimensional. We all know the alpha female trope — a pretty, popular girl cannot also be a nice person. Because she’s beautiful or confident, she must be promiscuous or backstabbing or conniving or mean. As a result, when a woman is confident in her own skin, instead of admiring her or perhaps getting to know her, we’ve been taught to spread rumors about her, threaten her or call her a slut or b****. We’ve grown up reading magazines, and watching movies television shows (hello, “The Bachelor”?) that perpetuate the myth that in order to find happi-
ness and fulfillment (whether it be gaining acceptance, a boyfriend, job, etc.) we must tear down other women. She must lose, we must win. But it’s a lose-lose situation. And it has to stop. Remember that gym scene in “Mean Girls” when Tina Fey says, “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores! It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores”? What a noble goal! We absolutely must banish this girl-on-girl hate, and we can begin by acknowledging that we are more than products of a brainwashed society. Jealousy usually stems from insecurity, so if we can learn to develop healthy
self-esteem, maybe we’d be less inclined to tear other women down. Speaking from personal experience, the more openminded and accepting of myself I’ve become, the easier it has become to genuinely like other women. If you find yourself feeling resentful towards another woman because she legitimately wronged you or is a crappy person, that’s a whole different thing. If you find yourself judging another woman or pointing out flaws for no real reason, stop and ask yourself why. It’s probably because she’s got something really great going on. Recognize her good qualities and try bonding with her. Compliment her. Strike up a conversation. Befriend her. No dirty looks. No name-calling. No petty drama. We’ve got to stick together and back each other, ladies. If we can master this, maybe there’d be fewer wars, more respect and a bunch of confident women taking charge and supporting each other. Weerrd. Soldner is a sophomore journalism major and staff writer of The Spectator.
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Editorial 4B • Thursday, May 10, 2012
Media electoral coverage is terrible
Op/Ed Editor: Eric Christenson
‘War on women’ term is misleading Focus on men and family is important, too
By ALEX ZANK
By HALEY ZBLEWSKI
Election just comes down to unnecessary speculation
Those who want to protect Since the Republican primary contraception, let’s not forget for the presidential nomination unexpected pregnancy isn’t the contraceptive and abortion began, women have been on only possible problem to arise. rights should follow an examSexually transmitted infec- ple from Rick Santorum’s GOP the radar. Issues of birth control and tions are another very impor- primary campaign. Yes, you abortion have been highlighted tant factor to consider, especial- read that correctly. Rick Santorum gained a in the race in a way that has ly as it’s something that affects left many liberals and feminists both men and women in a more large number of supportproclaiming the ‘war on wom- obviously similar way. ers throughout his campaign, en’ has been revamped. Calling the issue a ‘war on including women. And after Gov. Scott Walk- women’ leaves men out, and One of the reasons Santoer passed legislation banning that’s not OK. rum gained female supporters health care plans from coverMen make up about half was because he spoke about the ing abortion, for example, it’s a of the U.S. population. While issues of birth control and aborphrase heard even more often there are plenty of men who tion as harming family values. in Wisconsin. are concerned about these isHe treated these issues not But the label of ‘war on sues already, there are some as belonging to women, but bewomen’ does nothing but set who aren’t because they don’t longing to all, as he claimed the back the fight against conser- see it as important to them. traditional family was the backvative legislabone to American tion that takes society and aborAlso, in this overarching picture of away the rights tion and contracepwomen have or women’s rights — of all people, regardless tion harmed the ought to have traditional family. when it comes of gender — having equal opportunity and If the traditional to issues such equal rights, this label further establishes a family went down, as birth control we all went down. divide between men and women. and abortion. And thus, Santorum portrayed the issues Calling it the as affecting all of us. ‘war on women’ If you focus the issue on makes it sound like these issues Also, in this overarching only affect women and should picture of women’s rights — families as well as on women’s only be important to women. of all people, regardless of rights, it opens up the issue to All it does is alienate men and gender — having equal oppor- more people. People who would those who don’t consider them- tunity and equal rights, this la- otherwise ignore issues involvselves feminists from support- bel further establishes a divide ing women’s rights, including issues of equal pay as many ing the cause. between men and women In most sexual activities, Another aspect of the la- families today rely on paychecks especially those that lead to beled ‘war on women’ is not from both men and women. Attaching the somewhat pregnancy, there are two people all women view themselves dramatic phrase ‘war on wominvolved. For heterosexual part- as feminists. en’ is bound to turn some peoners, an unplanned pregnancy Feminists and supporters of ple off. Right now, those who would affect both of them — feminism: As much as I know want to protect women’s rights not just the woman. you hate it, there are plenty of need to show how they are Whether he would be in- women who have a very stereoimportant to all. volved with raising the child type-based view of what femiSo call it a war on sexuor paying child support checks, nism is and feel like it has nothal health. Call it an unprecthe men who are involved in ing to do with them. edented control on famithese situations are also afTalking about this issue as lies, but stop calling it a war fected by an accidental preg- only harming women’s rights, on women. nancy. While their bodies as only being a war on women don’t face changes, their lives can turn some of these women certainly do. off. They’ll look at it as a ‘femi- Zblewski is a senior journalism and And when it comes to the is- nists’ issue and something that political science major and news editor of sue of affordable and available doesn’t concern them. The Spectator.
Wisconsin is in a unique situation. I guess it doesn’t help the state is often considered a swing state anyways, when it comes to presidential races. It is that time of year again, and it is not the only election the state has to worry about. In case anyone was not already aware, we have a sort of historic recall election going on as well. For these aforementioned reasons, being a politically informed Wisconsinite has never been more important. Now as the presidential election heats up (just one more thing to add to the electoral smorgasbord in the state), there will be plenty of news coverage on the race. This leads us to one of the biggest problems this nation has to face. It is not the political instability — happening both in-state and abroad — nor is it the gridlock in Washington. It’s a very serious problem our nation and democracy itself faces is the quality of electoral news coverage. To be blunt, it is terrible. Awful. Appalling. It is important we as citizens ask ourselves, “What is wrong with media coverage of elections and how should it be fixed?” It turns out, to no surprise, the former is much easier to answer. There are two main methods of covering politics: One is an issue-based strategy that focuses on the policy and big issues of the campaign. The bulk of this method is in-depth analysis using experts on the topic and attempts to get the candidates to go beyond political rhetoric. If any person pays close attention to national election news, they would know this isn’t the type with media coverage we are get-
ting. Everything is based in conflict and the horse race strategy: Who is leading? What tactics are they using? Talking heads and political pundits who are seen as “experts” love speculating on campaign strategy. At the same time, minor controversies (such as political ads that go “too far”) detract national discussion from what is actually important. In the end, news consumers are stuck with a load of garbage. I cannot express how frustrating it is to go to the “politics” section of any media outlet and see nothing but horse race, strategy, speculation and more horse race. I could go on for what I’d guess to be infinity about how terrible electoral news coverage is, but more important to this discussion is finding a solution. The answer is truly complex, and would require lots of things to happen. But for now, we as news consumers can start fixing it by not settling for what we have. If somehow everyone stopped eating up this conflict-based coverage and demanded something better, the media would have no choice but to give us better electoral news. Here lies another problem: It seems we don’t want that. As an aggregate audience, we are politically ignorant and do not want to think. For some reason, it hurts to learn new things. This leads to another problem that needs addressing. How do we shift consumer demand from dumbed-down to more intelligent news? Good luck answering that one. Zank is a junior journalism and political science major and staff writer for The Spectator.
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Editor: David Heiling
Sophomore advertising major and hip-hop artist hopes and dreams for the life of a big time artist By David Heiling STAFF WRITER
Inspiration in life can come from virtually anything. For sophomore advertising major Nathan “EJ” Ejuwa, that inspiration came at the hands of an old friend jumping out of his “studio” at 2 a.m. The “studio,” also known as his upstairs closet, is the set-up space for some of Ejuwa’s recording sessions. Late night sessions in the “studio” with some of his closest friends are pretty commonplace. “Go up to my room, close my door to get into the studio right?” Ejuwa said. “There she was jumping out of my closet and scaring me half to death.” The next day Ejuwa cleared his head and took that inspiration from the previous night to make a new track he titled “Encore PM’s.” Ejuwa, whose stage name is Nathan EJ, is a hip-hop artist from Eagan, Minn. He has two mixtapes out with a third on the way this summer. He has also worked on multiple collaboration pieces with different artists from Eau Claire and the surrounding Twin Cities area. Chapin Turner, who goes by the stage name Blinded, has done multiple collaboration pieces with Nathan EJ. The most recent production, “Rigel” came online Wednesday. The music video for the song is set entirely in W.D. McIntyre Library on campus. Turner is somewhat of a mentor to Ejuwa and helps him get his music to the right people, as well as helping him produce and record some of his music. “Turner is a huge part of my team. I can trust him to get my music in the right hands, make sure the people getting my tracks know it’s legit music,” Ejuwa said. “Even get it to people that can potentially get me some money, get me some nice clothes to wear (for the show) or something that I need.” Turner himself has been in the rap business for about 10 years. He said that there is no telling how far Ejuwa can go, and when he sees what Ejuwa can do it reminds him of himself when he started out — only he thinks Ejuwa is much better. “The Midwest is a place of true original hip-hop, and he’s got what it takes to eventually be a star,” Turner said. “It’s all about who you know. You can go only as far as your contacts take you, so I’m trying to help him out.” Ejuwa stresses that he wants to graduate from college and not take his musical skills for granted but that he will take his hip-hop career as far as it takes him. He hasn’t yet declared a minor, but he made it clear he strives for graduation. “Need that degree, no doubt about that. But as far as music, I’m going to
keep b e i n g real ... keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “You know what they say, if you keep true to yourself everything will pay off in the end.” If Ejuwa stays true to himself and ends up making the “big time,” he said
there are some things that he would love to do both professionally and personally. “Ten years down the road, one dream I have is to have a beautiful, beautiful daughter,” Ejuwa said. “Find a girl, settle down and have a beautiful daughter to raise.” In terms of aspirations for his hiphop career, Ejuwa has a certain person picked out that he eventually wants to meet and collaborate with, by means of being successful in the next few years. “I wanna mix a track with Andre 3000, move to southern Cali and have a big ass house,” Ejuwa said. “Have a view that overlooks the ocean and the whole shebang.” The goal may seem steep to some, but Turner said he does not think it’s crazy at all, and he reiterated that the sky is the limit for this young man. “I’ve been in the business in this (Eau Claire) area for a decade, and I know talent when I hear it at the drop of a dime,” Turner said. “I got him off on the right foot, and he’s grown so much. If he keeps expanding like the way he has recently, watch out.” As of right now, Ejuwa is not signed by a label and therefore does not have any albums in the works. But because of his connections with Turner and with Cardinal Entertainment, Ejuwa has performed numerous live shows in Eau Claire as well as some back in the Twin Cities area. Ejuwa said that another part of his “team,” Cardinal Entertainment, “really has it in with the guys over there at the House of Rock” so they have set up Ejuwa with numerous shows in the last two years. Numerous, in this case, meaning a total of six shows, one of which Ejuwa was reimbursed for. That show was held on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. He was paid $70 to put on a show, and the show was especially memorable for Ejuwa for a couple of reasons. “That was my first show with Blinded (Chapin Turner), and that was special,” Ejuwa said. “It was also the first time I got some cash for doing my thing, as well as the first time I was on a public flier along with other artists.” Ejuwa’s ex-girlfriend, junior software engineering major Hannah Cadry, has been to every one of his shows except for one, and she said that the turnout for his shows has been increasing since the beginning. “In the beginning he didn’t really know a ton of people, but then he met Chapin (Turner) and gradually started getting a lot of different ages to his shows,” Cadry said. Being a full-time student, having a job along with having a potential hip-hop career can be stressful, Cadry said, adding that he does a good job trying to balance, but there is definitely one aspect of his life that takes precedence over the others. “He lives for music. He is a very passionate person,” Cadry said. “Very passionate and especially for his music. His music comes before pretty much everything and is always on his mind.” Ejuwa also makes music videos for some of his songs, working on both individual and collaborated tracks, including “Rigel,” the video that was released Wednesday morning. Many of the music videos are filmed and produced here at UW-Eau Claire, a strategy that has gained Ejuwa recognition around campus. Sophomore Tom Delebo, Ejuwa’s freshman roommate and good friend, films the videos while Ejuwa raps on different parts of campus, but he said that Ejuwa himself does most of the editing for the videos.
Nathan “EJ” Ejuwa, a sophomore advertising major and budding rapper prepares for a block party performance in front of his hometown audience in Eagan, Minn. Below, Ejuwa (right) sings a duet with a collaboration partner, Joshua Evans Turner a.k.a. Dem Atlas (left), at an outdoor performance in Minnesota last summer.
“He’s done videos for his own music as well as help out on other people’s work, too,” Delebo said. “He has gotten so much better in every aspect of his music ... from rapping to producing. I’ve been there since the beginning, and he just keeps getting better.” Ejuwa does have published music out on mixtapes. One of his first published works was a collaboration of many upcoming artists that was sold at Warp Tour last year. The song that was featured at Warp Tour was “The Dreamer’s Song.” Both his first mixtape, “Turning Pages,” and most recent mixtape, called “Next Question,” can be found online at Youtube. c o m by searching for “Nathan EJ.” His two new upcoming mixtapes that he plans to release this summer are expected to be titled “Fly By R e p ” a n d “A s cension.” Ejuw a said he is really excit-
ed for this summer so he can start working on his new tapes. “Once summer hits, my goodness watch out,” Ejuwa said, smiling from ear to ear. “Watch out, because I am going to drop so much music people are going to need umbrellas to stop it from hitting them.” It’s obvious from his songs and videos, Ejuwa said, that he loves what he does. A big thing he thinks will help him in the future is getting the word out that he “does real things, makes real music a n d will continue to be real.” “I make real music; check it out,” Ejuwa said. “Most people make music because they can make music. I make music because I want to, and I want to because I love to.”
Scan the QR code to listen to Nathan “EJ” Ejuwa’s music.