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SSA ELECTION • THE QUBE: REVAMPED • HANDS-ON HACKING
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CAMPUS 5 SSA Election: YOUR VOICES MATTER, GO VOTE 6 PASSION FOR FASHION
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6 A VERTICAL SHOOTER
DIGITAL IMAGING EDITOR
7 SSA ELECTION TO BRING CHANGES TO CAMPUS 7 THE QUBE: REVAMPED
Matt ‘Mao’ Adam
8 ARRIVAL OF SPRING CHANGES STUDENT PLANS
MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Jackson Rudquist
9 HANDS-ON HACKING
10 PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE REVIEW 11 STUDENT-ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ANNA HUMPHREY
12 WHAT’S YOUR PIECE
12 THE TASTE OF VICTORY 13 STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT
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14 THE SCOPES
14 CHANCELLOR BOB HOSTS “LITTY PARTY”
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Students for Consent (SFC) is an organization at Stout that supports consent through advocacy and education. This week they hosted a Survivor Art Installation in the upper level of the MSC. Titled “What were you Wearing?”, this installation provided a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive rape myths.
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CAMPUS Who do you think is going to win March Madness? The Virginia Cavaliers beat Texas Tech in the final game of March Madness, winning it all. The game ended with Virginia at 85 and Texas Tech at 77 on April 9, 2019.
“I had them losing in my bracket during the Elite 8 so they might as well win the whole thing now!” -UW-Stout Student “It’s the closest one to us.” -UW-Stout Student
Texas Tech 20%
VIRGINIA Virginia 10%
“I like the color orange.” -UW-Stout Student
Michigan State 60%
The survey lasted for two weeks and was conducted online. It was primarily advertised on Campus Life Today and social media. The results are a product of 10 responses.
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SSA ELECTIONS: YOUR VOICES MATTER, GO VOTE AUDREY TCHAA RILEY DUNHAM/ STOUTONIA
The Stout Student Association (SSA) held its 50th congress election, along with the advisory referendum of fee increases to support renovations for the Sports and Recreation Complex on April 11. Deon Canon is the presidential candidate and current director of communication. University of Wisconsin-Stout students expressed why they feel their votes matter towards the SSA elections and why the campus should care to vote. The SSA is a student government body at UW-Stout. This organization represents Stout and expresses any concerns to the administration, UW-System. They not only represent their fellow students, they also take on other initiatives like the renovation of the Price Commons. They also oversee all student organizations and handle budgeting for these organizations. Canon, a double major in professional communication and emerging media (PCEM) with a concentration in digital humanities and applied social science (APSS) with a concentration in history and politics and a minor in peace studies, is running for SSA president during this election. He is currently holding his position as SSA’s director of communication.
“I am running for SSA president because of my passion for advocating on behalf of students. Before joining SSA and being actively engaged, I always thought that I just needed to get my degrees quickly and leave college as fast as I can. I didn’t think my voice mattered and if I saw something I didn’t like, I thought I was powerless and accepted that fact,” said Canon. After joining SSA, he found the organization to be a tool for students to make their voices heard. “I also don’t want a student to experience what I went through, so I want to devote the rest of my time to taking steps to fix important issues like mental health, diversity, accessibility and empowering the student voice,” said Canon. Canon thinks voting is important because the power of your voice matters. He explains how SSA makes important decisions that all students should have a say in, especially if money is involved. He not only finds importance in the individual voices, but collectively as a campus as well. “You should know how the students that are running will represent your voice through administration, local and state government,” said Canon. A handful of students who voted told us why they feel voting during the SSA
elections is important to them and why it should matter to the campus as well. “On a smaller scale, voting my voice gives me a sense of unity and brings out the value that I align with. Just like voting in the ‘real world’ because it can affect how things happen on campus,” said Vaughn Hess Jr. Another student goes on to say, “I voted because it’s a civic duty of mine that I should vote and the change I want implemented on campus will never happen if I don’t vote. Campus should care because we get to make changes to the university. We choose our own destiny. That’s enough reason for anyone to care,” said Brandon Beaulieu. Max Riley also cares saying, “Voting is important because [the candidates] represent me, and the campus should care because they matter,” said Max Riley. Chia Lor votes because she wants to support the people that support her. “It is important that I support people who are willing to support me and be able to make my vote count towards something greater. Student government is important because students have a lot of power and are able to make a difference in a system that can be prohibiting and limiting,” said Chia Lor. ●
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PASSION FOR FASHION
Lahti poses in one of her own denim creations.
Starting as a social media intern and progressing to a tailor, Summer Lahti is following her passion. Lahti works as a tailor for Stitched Up, a tailoring company that was established in 2008 in Brooklyn, New York. “All the tailors are awesome and are skilled in their own area. Stitched Up is located in LA, NYC, and our flagship store is in Menomonie,” said Lahti. Menomonie’s location sells vintage clothing and they specialize
in denim, bridal and men’s suits. Stitched Up is the sister company to 7th Bone Tailoring, and both companies are owned by University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni Erin Hogan-Braker. 7th Bone Tailoring is for celebrities and commercial clients, while Stitched Up is for the everyday person. “Erin is a major mentor in my life and she has taught me a lot about sewing as well as simple life lessons that have allowed her with work with such impressive people. Erin is competitive, but also one of the organized and efficient people I have ever met,” said Lahti. Hogan-Braker graduated from UW-Stout from the apparel program and from there, she moved to New York City and trained with master tailors and pattern makers. Lahti has always been into fashion growing up, and it wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she realized she could make her own clothes if she learned to sew. “I approached my home-education teacher in high school and told her I wanted to know everything about sewing,” said Lahti. She spent her lunch hours with her and even went to her house after school to get lessons. “I had found my passion and I couldn’t stop. She [my teacher] really opened the door to sewing for
me and I will always hold a special place in my heart for her,” Lahti said. Lahti started at Menomonie’s location of Stitched up and 7th Bone Tailoring as a social media intern, and handled emails and social media posts. Now, she works mainly as a tailor and specializes in denim. “I also merchandise our store and make sure we have plenty of vintage. My favorite thing to do at Stitched Up is to take clothes that people wouldn’t normally buy and revamp them into the hottest item in the store,” said Lahti. She is also working on Stitched Up’s website this summer to start up their online store. Lahti is set to graduate in May of 2020, making her a fifth-year senior and she plans on finishing her last year of college at CUNY (City University of New York) Queens in New York through UW-Stout’s National Student Exchange. From there, she is going to finish her professional communications and emerging media degree. While in New York, she plans on staying with Stiched Up at their Brooklyn location. “I hope to stay in New York and continue to keep learning the craft of sewing and ultimately work alongside the 7th Bone team for commercial and celebrity clients,” she said.●
A VERTICAL SHOOTER
Game Design is a popular major here at University of Wisconsin-Stout, but some students like to code regardless of whether or not it’s for a class. Such is the case with Jaden Schneider, a freshman computer science major who’s taking things entirely into his own hands and making a game from scratch. It all started back in early February when Schneider rediscovered some long-lost ideas for a platforming game. “I came across my docs for an old VR game idea I had from I dunno when and thought it would make
a cool PC game. It was literally just a bunch of notes, so I basically started from scratch making this version,” he explained. Schneider’s original concept was to create a vertically-oriented experience in VR with gameplay centered around scaling walls, sneaking past enemies and making your way across treacherous, sky-scraping platforms. Now, he’s introducing weapons into the mix and creating a first-person shooter. He’s achieving this by using a number of different programs: Vi-
Schneider is making a video game from scratch.
sual Studio for code writing, Blender for model building and Unity 3D to combine all his assets into a playable, visual format. Almost all First Person Shooter (FPS) games are linear with up-and-down movement being very limited, but Schneider is turning that tradition on its head with his unique idea. With visuals reminiscent of classic Nintendo 64 games and a wide array of guns, the currently unnamed project will be one of the first non-linear FPS’s since LawBreakers in 2017. “This game is about stealth. You’re gonna be climbing and dodging a bunch instead of being on the offensive like traditional FPS’s where you’re doing lots of the shooting yourself. The climbing mechanic and the moving platforms have been the hardest parts to implement so far, especially when you put those two things together! And it’s not like there’s any games I can use for reference when I run into issues; this is pretty unique in its genre.” Due to how early it is in the entire game-making process, Schneider said that he didn’t have a concrete idea yet of when it will be released. He only knows that he’ll be putting it on a handful of popular online game stores, such as Steam or Green Man Gaming, when it does.●
NEWS SSA ELECTION TO BRING MAJOR CHANGES TO CAMPUS
ELIZABETH VIERKANT Student government election season has arrived. The Stout Student Association (SSA) held voting from Apr. 11, 8 a.m. to Apr. 12, 11:59 p.m. last week. The ballots were available online via an email from Justin Sullivan. The ballot included candidates for the 50th Congress of the SSA. The ballot also included a referendum on potential renovations of the Johnson Fieldhouse on campus. This renovation would include segregated fees from students. According to the University of WisconsinStout website, students are currently paying $2.95 per credit in segregated fees. Due to the possible renovation, there are several different plans that could affect this. The first plan, Option A, includes taking the unused pool area to create a gymnasium and improve the locker rooms. This plan adds 6,800 square feet to the complex and will cost $6.85 million. The segregated fees would increase to $5.45 per credit. Option B includes the gymnasium and locker rooms in Option A as well as 20,000 square feet of new fitness space. According to the UW-Stout website, this includes a strength, cardio and fitness studio. This renovation would cost $16.3 million. The segregated fee
would increase to $9.20 per credit. Option C includes the plans from Options A and B as well as another 20,000 square feet for several basketball courts, two studio gyms and a track. This renovation would cost $25.5 million. The segregated fee would increase to $11.29 per credit. Option D states that there will be no renovations and no increased fees. A student majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Bri Dennis, said, “I don’t participate in anything in the Johnson Fieldhouse. It doesn’t affect me.” According to her, she only uses the building for the Career Conference. A sophomore, also majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Amanda Hildenbrand, said, “I’m pretty sure it won’t be done by the time I graduate. My first reaction was that I didn’t like it.” According to her, she does have a membership to the gym, and the renovations would improve the condition of it. “I see the benefits and drawbacks.” Results for the Johnson Fieldhouse renovation will be announced on Apr. 16. For updates, feel free to find this article on Stoutonia’s website.
In regards to the 50th Congress of the SSA, the ballot includes voting on several different positions. Students are able to vote on the following titles: president, vice president, director of organizational affairs, director of financial affairs, director of legislative affairs, director of diversity and inclusivity, director of sustainability, senator of the arts, communication, humanities and social science, senator of education, hospitality, health and human sciences, senator of the college of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and management, senator of student life, senator of student services, senator of fiscal management, senator of sustainable development, senator of civic engagement, senator of technology and senator at-large. Following confirmation voting by the senate, the results of the 50th Congress election will be announced on April 23.● To keep updated on the results of the SSA and Johnson Fieldhouse election, feel free to find this article online at stoutonia.com.
THE QUBE: REVAMPED MACKENZIE PETERSON The Qube, located in the Merle M. Price Commons, is the University of WisconsinStout’s headquarters for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic students and more (LGBTQIA+) students and allies. The Qube had been undergoing construction recently to revamp and expand the space. The new Qube’s official grand opening took place on Apr. 5. Lex Redfern, a freshman majoring in human development and family studies, serves as an events coordinator and assistant to the Qube. Redfern explained that the old Qube was much smaller than the current new and improved Qube; the size increased by 73 percent. The old Qube had two parts. One is the entrance where the LGBTQIA+ program coordinator, Julie Miller had her desk located and a few couches. The second area in the old Qube was a library and study area.
The new Qube has many more areas. There is a work and study space out front with tables to work on, a student lounge in the back with couches, a sink, a microwave, a coffee maker, gender neutral bathrooms and a staff desk and desktop. There are also two areas for relaxing. In addition, there is a new storage area that they have for a donations closet. Julie Miller has her own office, secluded from the rest but still attached. Redfern said, “The new Qube is happy, meaning, it is welcoming and warm. We have a fantastic chandelier, amazing drop lights and a fantastic modern look to it. It has a professional yet calm vibe to it. I personally think that the new Qube is amazing.” Elliot Sherman, a freshman majoring in dietetics said, “The new Qube makes it easier for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to come together and create new ways of furthering outreach.”
Frances Bates, a senior majoring in industrial dsign, has lived through the Qube in its old space for four years. She explained how she would go just to hang out, as well as attend events hosted there. “The old space was cramped and passers by were often confused what the space was. This remodel has been quite the improvement. Now, the Qube is located where everyone sees it and has plenty of room for every possible activity they want to host,” said Bates. She went on to say the remodel has also allowed the Qube to be able to offer more services to the campus and community. Bates said, “It is almost as if the Qube finally came out with the old space being closetlike and now the new space is a full-blown resource center. Basically, I am very happy to see that our campus will have such a nice space for the LGBTQIA+ community and general campus alike.”●
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ARRIVAL OF SPRING CHANGES STUDENT PLANS JOSH NEHS Spring has sprung at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Students take part in many different activities in the spring, so some were asked what they are doing with the season’s change. Casey Busch, a senior majoring in business administration, said, “Now that spring is here, which is ironic with this snow, I will be working with a friend of mine that has a start-up business in Minnesota.” Busch will be starting a full-time position in June at the same company. Along with work, Busch said, “[I] will be golfing a lot with my friends and fishing until that begins. I graduate in May and will have some family members come for that.” Myla Johannsen, a business administration major, has started her summer job early over spring break at the Flamingo Motel and Suites in the Wisconsin Dells. “I am also working on my honor’s contract.” Connor Woitte, a senior in the applied
mathematics and computer science program said, “[I’m] trying to find an internship for the summer. I also have final projects coming up that I’ve been procrastinating, but because of that, I don’t have many final tests over finals week.” Matt Gunderson, a senior and psychology major, is the vice president of the PONG (People’s Organization of Network Gaming) student organization and is planning for the swearing-in of the new executive board. “We do a cookout with the and old board members in the spring, so that’s going to be fun. I’ve been dealing with research projects too. One of my classes was cancelled six times because of the polar vortex, so we’re catching up now.” David Berthelsen, a senior in the information communication technologies program said, “For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to wrap as many things up for
graduation and post-graduation. Although with the recent increase in temperature, I’ve been trying to enjoy it by going to car shows, grilling and hanging out with friends.” When speaking about the locations Berthelsen likes to visit when the weather is nice, he said, “The Red Cedar River is lovely this time of year, which is best enjoyed with the Red Cedar Trail and maybe a stop at Lucette’s on the way back.” Berthelsen also spoke about looking for furniture. “There are also some great steals on furniture from other college students that are trying to get rid of stuff to move out, so I’ve been keeping my eyes open,” he said. The transition to spring can bring a variety of changes, as shown by these students. There are upcoming events happening on campus that students can take part in. The full list of campus activities is available on the UW-Stout master calendar found on the university’s website.● JACKSON RUDQUIST/STOUTONIA
Spring has sprung at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
ENTERTAINMENT HANDS-ON HACKING BRYCE PARR
INFORMATION SECURITY PROFESSIONALS/CONTRIBUTED
The last Hack @ Stout was in 2017.
Micheels Hall was a home for student hackers last week. Picking locks, hacking servers and social engineering their way into private groups, University of Wisconsin—Stout students put their technical security skills to the test at the Hack @ Stout competition. This is the second iteration of the event since 2017. It is hosted by the Information Security Professionals (ISP), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Women in Information Technology & Security (WITS). ISP president Reid Sedlak described the event as a competitive and legal environment for teams of up to five students to learn and test information security concepts. According to capture the flag captain Alex Anton, security professionals can’t protect against threats if they don’t have experience with them first hand, so the event virtually simulates real security breach scenarios. The competition is split into a series of capture the flag style challenges for students to complete in varying levels of
difficulty, but the challenges are not limited to technical computer skills. Students must also attempt physical lockpicking as well as social engineering their way into a closed online professional group. “You can lock down the cyber aspect of your servers as well as possible, but if they can steal your computer, it doesn’t make a difference,” Sedlak said. Four teams competed in this year’s Hack @ Stout. Of those four teams, WadePulls, a group of computer networking and information technology students consisting of senior Kyle Lunde, senior Derek Muck, senior Wade Wagner and junior Karl Carey, finished in first. “We just kind of came here for something to do. We thought it might be up our alley, but a lot of us don’t have a lot of experience with this so it was a really good learning opportunity,” Lunde said. Competitors agreed that utilizing information security concepts outside of a lab environment without the guidance of a professor offered a positive hands-on experience. The event also fulfills requirements
for the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense accreditation from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, which UW—Stout earned for the academic years 2017-2022.●
The challenges included website hacking, social engineering and lockpicking.
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NOT LIKE OTHER BARS: A REVIEW OF ‘PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE’ BRODY PIERCE
This last week, during the Midwest Honors Conference, I had the pleasure of going to see a fantastic play put on by the Harvey Hall Theater called “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written by Steve Martin. The setting of the play takes place in the Lapin Agile, located in France during the begin-
the audience to check the cast order. It was unexpected and hilarious at just the right moment. I was able to get a brief interview with the two of the main characters, Albert Einstein, played by Will O’Brien, and Pablo Picasso, played by Derek Johnson. Both said that they were excited for the film and said that the cast was amazing to work with. In the end the play was a smashing success. There was a few small production errors with the microphones, and toward the end the entire front section got smoked out by the fog machine. Other than that, the play was flawless and a pleasure to see.●
The play is set in Paris in 1904.
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The play was written by American entertainer Steve Martin in 1993.
ning of the 20th century. The Lapin Agile is not like other bars or pubs for it houses the geniuses that will change the century to come. After watching the production of this, not only comedic, but also controversial play, I found myself in a state of awe and amazement at how well it was done. The acting was superb in the sense that everyone stayed in character and brought such vivid life to the characters overall. The old gentleman, Gaston, played by Jonah Brandt, and the visionary hostess, Germain, played by Lois Cassell, were two of my favorite characters in the play: Gaston, for his wittiness and vulgar humor of sex and booze and Germain, for her strong personality and pride as a woman. Her role played a vital part in the production. It brought in the subjects of women’s fame and creativity along with the roles of men and women during the century. I absolutely loved the acting of this play. It was funny, energetic, smart and full of surprises. I found it amusing how the play broke the fourth wall more than a couple of times. At one-point Freddy, the bar man played by Ira Hoffman, walked right off the stage to grab one of the pamphlets from
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STUDENT-ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ANNA HUMPHREY BRYCE PARR Iowa native Anna Humphrey is a second year student in the graphic design and interactive media program with a concentration in communication design. Humphrey also minors in Spanish and art history. ● LATIN AMERICAN SEA CREATURE STAMPS. DIGITAL. NOVEMBER 2018
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What sparked your interest in art and design? Ever since I can remember, I’ve been interested in art and loved drawing and painting. When I was younger, my grandmother always created these really beautiful watercolor paintings that I loved. They were all over our house and one hung over my bed, so I would always look at it as I was falling asleep. It was amazing to me that someone could create something so interesting and unique with so little material. When I got older one of my aunts took me to her design firm where I got more involved with the design world and since then that’s what I’ve been doing. I love how art and design can communicate complex ideas and emotions to a global, diverse audience and the challenges and problem solving it takes to take a concept and turn it into something aesthetic and tangible. It is definitely a complex process that takes a lot of passion and a lot of sleepless nights. However, I could never really imagine studying anything other than design.
Do you take influence from any artists or designers in particular? One designer I have always loved is Morag Myerscough. She has designed a lot of interior and exterior signage for buildings and recently designed a permanent exhibition for The Design Museum in London. In all her work she uses bold, bright colors and really unique graphic styles that I admire. She often says that the best part of her designs are the fact that they bring something beautiful and unique to a previously boring environment which is one of the reasons I like her. Her work shows how design can be used to enhance and completely reinvent a space and make people feel like they belong there.
Have you done any internships or projects outside of academia? I recently began working as part of the design team for the UW Stout honors college, where I have been making event posters and designing the freshman orientation material for incoming students. Outside of work and classes, I’m also an executive member for Pepper Magazine on campus and worked this summer with the other board members on a rebranding campaign for the publication. Aside from that I have also created design content for 4 Pepper issues and most recently I designed the cover for the 19th issue that is coming out this semester.
What styles or mediums do you prefer? As far as design goes, I always gravitate more towards an illustrative style. I think illustration adds character to designs and makes them unique. It gives the work a voice that only that specific designer can produce. I’ve always thought it’s interesting how you can create the same object or the same scene in multiple different design styles and each one will still have a completely different connotation and feeling to it. Apart from digital work, one of my favorite mediums to work with is paint. I used to go to art museums all the time with my family and spend hours getting lost in all the paintings there. It’s fascinating to me how you can create practically a completely different world that’s completely 2 dimensional. Working with paint always proves to be an interesting experience because there are endless amounts of ways you can manipulate the material and the application. Painting definitely gives a tactile feeling that can sometimes get lost with digital work.
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SPORTS WHAT’S YOUR PIECE? EVAN THUE
Even though there is snow still on the ground. spring has officially sprung at University of Wisconsin Stout. This means spring sports are in full swing, and after an excellent season last year, the UW-Stout softball team looks to continue that success. But season success begins in the offseason and coach Rebecca Iaccino remarks that it all starts with making and setting goals for the season ahead. “That sets the stage for our off-season training. The coaching staff then begins the process of what we need to do to prepare for our season.” Preparations that can be tough as the coaches aren’t allowed to work with the players during the offseason, it is left to the captains to set the tone of the off season. “Our team captains each year have done
The Blue Devils went 8-0 at home last season and are looking forward to continuing that streak into this season.
a great job of teaching the newcomers what we do, and what being a Stout softball player means. Skill training, weight training, mental training and team bonding are all being run by our captains. Our culture is being built then. It’s this time of year that’s so key,” said Iaccino. Building the culture is tough, but it’s also very important. One such thing that builds team chemistry and culture is not only in the offseason, but it builds in the regular season as well. In the team’s annual trip to Florida that’s exactly what happened. “I had the opportunity to request the type of competition we would face. I wanted to play the best and that’s what we got. To become the best, you have to play the best.” The Blue Devils certainly faced the best on that trip playing against several highly
ranked teams within the top 25 and squaring off against a couple ranked within the top 10. On that trip the Blue Devils put up great game after great game, beating teams like Luther University and Tufts University and putting up great fights against St. Thomas and MIT. “I’m so proud of the fight and the building of a champion mindset from that trip. Each opponent taught us lessons on what we do well and what we can improve on, but what the whole trip taught us is if we have HEART, we can be unstoppable,” said Iaccino. The great trip to Florida was soon halted by some April snow, which caused several games to be postponed and practices being moved indoor, while it’s tough to miss games and not be able practice outside, Iaccino likes to tell her players, “Control the controllable and to try to focus on what they each can bring to the team.” The toughest aspect Iaccino says is not being able to practice outdoors. There is some things you just can’t do when practicing inside, but with the team’s motto this season being “What’s your piece,” the team is working together to make the team the strongest they can be. Everything now until the end up the season is taking things every day as it comes and as Coach Iaccino puts it, “1 pitch,1 at bat, 1 inning,1 game,1 opponent.”●
THE TASTE OF VICTORY ALEX LUTZ
The Blue Devil gymnastics team had a cinderella season by finishing first in the WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) for the first time in over fifty years of University of Wisconsin-Stout having collegiate gymnastics. On March 23, the Lady Devils also finished second at the NCGA National Championship as a team with a school record of 192.275. The girls started the competition on the uneven bars where they went six for six and
Every player wrote #EOE (End on Empty) on their hands before the meet.
had the highest team score on the bars out of all the competing teams. They continued their momentum on the balance beam and posted a team score of a 47.675, the highest team score on the beam at the championship. UWStout was led by Mikala Bugge, Sierra Beaver, Chelsea Gray and Britney Wolfe, who all nailed their beam routines. The floor exercise presented some challenges and a couple of missed tumbling passes for the team. “This year was bigger than backflips, and their success really wasn’t about their gymnastics. It was 19 young women and two coaches that work hard, have grit, trust each other, trust their training, and pay attention when called to do big things,” said Coach Beaulieu. Sophomore Cassie Ehmann mentioned that vault is the only team record the Blue Devils had yet to break this season and that was how the event finished. The team was determined and found a new fire going into the last rotation. All six gymnasts from UW-Stout nailed their vault from the lead off
freshman Madison Latzke to the last vaulter of the entire competition Stout’s Shadae Boone. Shadae landed a vault that very few gymnasts in the country are able to compete successfully and set a new individual school record with a 9.825. This was enough for the Blue Devils to break the team vault record of 48.05 and re-break the total team record with a 192.275. Shadae became the second Stout gymnast to become the national champion on the vault. “Shadae is very much the team’s CEO - meaning she is their chief energy officer. She leads the Blue Devil gymnasts by leading dances or team activities, expressing her belief in them and being their vocal leader, so impressive to see out of a sophomore,” said Coach Beaulieu. Sophomore gymnast Jackie Bertrand told the team their goal for the national championship was to “End on Empty,” so all the girls wrote #EOE on their hands during the meet to signify putting their everything into that day and the ladies of the Stout gymnastics team did not disappoint. ●
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STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: ANDREA BERTRAM EVAN THUE
This issue’s student-athlete spotlight is Andrea Bertram, a senior on the University of Wisconsin-Stout Track and Field team. Bertram is a psychology major and is from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. ● ANDREA BERTRAM/CONTRIBUTED
Favorite Food of All Time? My favorite food of all time is KT mac and cheese.
Outside of school and athletics, what are some other things you like to do?
Andrea Bertrum set a personal best in 2017 with a 85-9 in hammer throw.
What is your plan after college? I will be attending graduate school here at UW-Stout after graduation this semester. I will be in the M.S Applied Psychology program.
Why did you choose Stout? I chose Stout because it was a small school. I love the fact that I am able to get to know everyone in my classes and that I am able to get more one-on-one help interactions with professors
I love to travel. This past summer, I spent two months in Europe, immersing myself in their cultures. I am planning on going back again this summer. I also love snowmobiling.
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What are a few interesting facts about yourself? An interesting fact about me is that I have two blind cats. Another is that I graduated as salutatorian from high school.
Who is your favorite pro-athlete and why? My favorite pro-athlete is Aaron Rodgers. He not only helped the Packers win a Super Bowl, but he also does a lot of charity work.
What’s your favorite place on campus? I enjoy hanging out at the MSC because I can hang out with friends and it’s also a good place to do homework. They also have great food.
If you had to pick another sport to play, what would it be and why? I would play soccer. I grew up playing soccer and played up until my senior year of high school. I chose track in college to do something new.
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SATIRE THE SCOPES CAM “SKA SUPERFAN” PARRUCCI
Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Treat yourself in the next few weeks and buy yourself a pet tortoise. Your greatgrandchildren will certainly be in for a surprise when it comes to get their inheritance!
Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Some people’s once in a lifetime burst of adrenaline lets them lift up cars or hold their breath for an incredibly long time, yours will let you open that jar of pickles. Leo (July 23 - August 22) No matter how hard you try, your Dave and Buster’s tickets will never be legal tender. We admire the effort though. Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Tripping and falling into that trash can the other day seemed like an embarrassing ordeal at first,
Libra (September 23 - October 22) – Your over-preparedness will soon lead you to disaster when you realize wearing 6 pairs of pants make you stand out a little too much. Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Everyone agrees having passion is great. We just wish it wasn’t targeted exclusively towards hating Weezer. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Not everyone can learn to play an instrument, and you’re not one of them. Take it upon yourself to destroy every trumpet you come across.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 20) The stars have spoken, and they’ve decided it’s time for a change. Sign up for an insurance company that covers a thing or two, because they’ve seen a thing or two.
but know that you’re now marked as the new king of raccoons in the local area.
Aries (March 21 - April 19) You’ll find confronting your fears a lot tougher than you initially thought when you realize that punching the ocean with all of your might doesn’t really do much.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) The stars agree that attempting to drink a gallon of milk every day until you can finally complete the “3-gallon-challenge” is a horrible idea. Don’t do that. Aquarius (January 20 - February 19) Sure, being dumped sucks, but consider getting hit in the shin with a scooter AND being dumped. That didn’t happen to you! Pisces (February 20 - March 20) Get some sleep, dude! No jokes here.
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CHANCELLOR BOB MEYER TO HOST “LITTY RETIREMENT PARTY” AT UW-STOUT CAM “SKA SUPERFAN” PARRUCCI ONLINE/CONTRIBUTED
In wake of his official retirement announcement, UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer had mistakenly sent out his “litty retirement party” invitation to the entire student body of UW-Stout instead of his close staff, friends and family.
While many would have immediately resciended the mistake, Meyer decided to run with the idea, and invite all students to his party. In a press meeting, he stated the following. “Think about it dude, it’d be sooooo sick. We’d have people going OFF everywhere man. Maybe I’ll make it a toga party. DUUUUUUDE, a toga party!” Meyer has faced a lot of criticism for this decision, but has stood by his decision. “I get that I have a lot of haters out there, but people gotta come together for this one dude. It’s gonna be like a crazy Project X party. Plus, I’m retiring. What are they going to do, fire me? That’s a good one, bro.” While the party doesn’t have a set date or a real itinerary, Meyer is confident guests will
be able to locate it. “Just follow the music and you’ll find the party. I’ve got the sickest playlist, plus me and boys pooled some money together and got some huge subs. Everyone in Menomonie will be able to hear that bass, dude.” Students across campus are exited for the event as well. “I think it’s gonna be great. I hope it’s a toga party, that’d be off the wall,” one senior mentioned. “I hear once we get our $5 cups at the door, we’re good for the whole night,” another student said, “Chancellor Bob is such a real one for this.” While the party actually happening is up the air, the campus populous is waiting to see if Bob will really go out with the bang he’s promising.●
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CALENDAR STOUT COMICS APR. 15 - APR. 28, 2019
BY RILEY DUNHAM
Wed. April 17 2000’s Themed Bingo MSC Terrace 7 - 9 p.m.
Wed. April 17 Free Public Speaking Showcase Harvey Hall Theatre 7 p.m.
Wed. April 17 SOAD Speaker Series: Lana Bachynski Applied Arts 321 7 p.m.
Thurs. April 18 Last Import w/ All that & Keep For Cheap MSC Terrace 8 - 10 p.m.
Fri. April 19 “The Upside” Free Movie Applied Arts 210 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tues. April 23 Bike Repair Clinic MSC Northwoods Room 5 - 6 p.m.
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