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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay,O c t o b e r 17, 2013


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La Crosse stands tall against Monsanto By Brittany Maule Staff Reporter

This past Saturday, Oct. 12, over 400 cities in 57 countries united to speak out against the practices of the giant corporation, Monsanto, and La Crosse joined in the fight. At 12 p.m., around 25 individuals gathered at Bodega Brew Pub in downtown La Crosse to hold signs and participate in the international March Against Monsanto. Among the crowd were a few students from UW-La Crosse, but it also included people of all ages, from mothers with their kids to an older woman holding up signs and educating the public about the impact of Monsanto. Monsanto is a large corporation that deals with genetically engineered seeds and organisms, and herbicides. They currently own around 90 percent of the world’s genetically engineered crops.

At 12 p.m., around 25 individuals gathered at Bodega Brew Pub in downtown La Crosse to hold signs and participate in the international March Against Monsanto.

2013 Eagle battalion

By Paige Kieler Staff Reporter

The U.S. Army has decided to discontinue the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at UW-La Crosse. ROTC will be finished after the current juniors graduate from the program in May 2015. Thirteen ROTC programs are being closed down throughout the country. UW-La Crosse is the only ROTC program closing in Wisconsin, with the next closest being Northern Michigan University. The exact reason for the selection of these schools is not completely certain, but the number of cadets enrolled and the number

Thirteen ROTC programs are being closed down throughout the country. UW-La Crosse is the only ROTC program closing in Wisconsin, with the next closest being Northern Michigan University. of lieutenants commissioned yearly were a couple of the factors considered by the Army, according to Army Times. While the third and fourth year ROTC members are able to finish their program, the first and second year members will have to transfer if they plan on sticking with ROTC.

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“We’ve suggested to all of the [underclassmen] that if they’re going to transfer and continue ROTC, that they do it by next semester so that they can establish themselves in the new program before they’re juniors,” said Kyle Kennedy, senior and fourth year member of ROTC. The juniors will also have a difficult time with this transition. “This is a culminating year for them in terms of their development,” Kennedy said, “But they won’t have anyone to lead because the freshmen and sophomores are either going to drop the program or transfer to another school.” Third year member of ROTC and junior at UW-L Jake Johansen added, “Next year we will have, potentially, thirteen people in the program, and we will all be the same rank. So we wouldn’t really be leading each other because fourth year members usually guide and correct the third year members. I’m not really sure how it’s going to be run yet, so it’s going to be pretty interesting next year.” At UW-L the ROTC enrollment rate has been shrinking over the years due to declining scholarship offers. “In general, they’re not trying to get as many people in the army. We’re not getting into a war anymore and everything is downsizing,” said Johansen. “When the enlisted portion shrinks, you don’t need as many people in the officer program,” Kennedy added. “This has been an ongoing budget problem; they haven’t been giving as many scholarships as they use to.” Although these programs are being closed around the same time as the government shutdown, the Army has been dealing with these limitations for years. Kennedy said, “We can only speculate, but the way it seems is that this been part of the

budget constraints over the past few years for the Army. This does not necessarily have to do with what’s happening right now with Congress being shut down. These decisions were being made before this ever happened.”

Although these programs are being closed aorund the same time as the government shutdown, the Army has been dealing wih these limitations for years. ROTC at UW-L has been available for students on this campus, Viterbo University, Winona State University and St. Mary’s University for more than forty years. Other Wisconsin schools, including but not limited to UW-Madison, UW-Stout and UW-Milwaukee, also have the program and are an option for UW-L underclassmen in the ROTC program to transfer to.

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Ben Zadow, a native of La Crescent, MN, was the organizer of La Crosse’s chapter of the march. “I don’t think people realize what’s going on in the world,” he said. “I thought if someone was going to organize it, it might as well be me.” Zadow said the goal of the march was to gain awareness about Monsanto for those who don’t even know what’s happening to the foods they’re eating. For one UW-L student, Sophomore Brittany Vollmer, this march definitely brought awareness to the public. Vollmer is a member of Students For Sustainability on campus, and “ha[d] never heard of Monsanto before the march, and joining SFS.” Elaine Anderson, a UW-L Freshman, SFS

“I thought if someone was going to organize it, it might as well be me.” Ben Zadow Organizer of La Crosse March Against Monsanto member and recently elected Senator, felt that the awareness about the subject of genetically modified foods (GMOs) and the practices of Monsanto is also very low. “I’m concerned about Monsanto and GMOs, but a lot of my friends that I talk to about it don’t know much about it at all,” said Anderson. Please see MONSANTO page 2


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Nobel Prize winner speaks at UW-L

March against Monsanto

By Jeremy Shur Associate reporter

In order to enhance the experience of its student body while exposing them to the world which sees academic concepts applied, UW-La Crosse has a rich history of attracting prominent persons to campus. The university counts among its ranks of former campus speakers Presidential candidates, acting Congresspersons, leaders of industry, and, for the 14th year in a row, a Nobel Laureate in Physics. At 5 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 12, Dr. David Wineland conducted a lecture focused on the work which saw him awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, entitled “Superposition, Entanglement, and Raising Schrodinger’s Cat,” before an eager audience at Centennial Hall. “I hope to interact with the students and convince them that what I do is fun,” said Dr. Wineland. “I want to inspire young people.” Dr. Wineland’s first major breakthrough as a quantum physicist involved developing a trap in order to be able to capture and study ions, which made possible a more practical analysis Shown above is Dr. Wineland who gave two presentations to UW-L students and of quantum physics theories. His subsequent facutly during his visit. research has lead to advancements in how we detect earthquakes, progressions in navigation I want to be doing my thinking while I carry Institute of Standards and Technology is at technology, the ability to more accurately out experiments, or in front of my computer the forefront of quantum information science measure time and is the basis for the developing in the lab. We are losing time.” and technology,” said Dr. Sudhakaran, the study of quantum computing. The Physics Department at UW-L, chair of the Physics Department. “The consisting of 160 majors, is the biggest in opportunity for students to interact with “We all work so hard studying, but when the UW System, and its ability to attract minds like his are important in helping them prominent physicists gives additional learn and grow.” someone like Dr. Wineland speaks, it such strength to an already nationally recognized With the auditorium filled to capacity, Dr. contexualizes my studies and motivates program. Wineland concisely explained his research “It adds a very serious undertone to our in a manner appropriate for the laymen me to take the program even more studies when someone successful comes and who sat before him. Issues were raised with seirously.” talks about their accomplishments. We all simplified explanations, and innovative work so hard studying, but when someone methodologies were explained abstractly. Zach Koop like Dr. Wineland speaks it contextualizes my Sprinkled throughout the lecture were Sophomore physics major studies and motivates me to take the program personal anecdotes; an intriguing moment even more seriously,” said Zach Koop, a saw a young Wineland fixing a 1936 Ford sophomore majoring in Physics. with keen interest, a precursor to his career “We’re trying to use ions as bits in a quantum Many students were able to listen to and as a problem solver. Towards the end of the computer,” said Dr. Wineland. “[A quantum interact with Dr. Wineland. Two sections lecture, Dr. Wineland shared pictures from computer] can compromise the security of Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran’s General Physics 2012’s Nobel Prize ceremony, sending the of encryption systems, which is why the I course were surprised to find the Nobel audience into a state of profound awe. It government is interested in this research.” Laureate guest lecturing their class mere was clear that the audience recognized and Despite the national security implications hours before he was to present his lecture appreciated the enormity of learning from of the development of a ‘super-computer,’ Dr. in Centennial Hall. Additionally, on Friday, a man whose contributions have and will Wineland’s research has been halted by the Oct. 12, a group of undergraduate students continue shaping humanity for the better. federal government shutdown. Dr. Wineland conducting research with the Physics and his team of researchers are not allowed to Department were able to attend lunch with Dr. Jeremy Shur would like to properly enter their laboratory to carry out experiments, Wineland and Physics faculty, contemplating mention and thank Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran, ideas and honing their methods with the help who graciously accommodated his request to which has negatively impacted their research. interview Dr. Wineland. “The government shutdown has really shut of one of the world’s finest physicists. “Dr. Wineland’s research at the National us down. It is really frustrating. It is inefficient,

Plea to ban on-campus tobacco use resurfaces By Tram Tran Staff Reporter

Members of the Student Senate met again on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to discuss a broad variety of items on the agenda, including the second introduction of the plea to ban tobacco use on campus by the Health and Wellness Center. Last year, the Health and Wellness Center tried to initiate a tobacco-free campus at UW-La Crosse after UW-L’s Wellness Coordinator Jason Bertrand and a group of students attended the American Lung Association’s Spark Tobacco-Free Summit last October at UW-Madison. Last spring semester, four open forums were held for students, faculty and residents of the city of La Crosse to discuss the opportunity for UW-L to become a “Nobacco” campus, a term deemed appropriate by supporters of the movement. As of January 2013, 57 campuses in Wisconsin have deemed themselves tobacco free, including UW campuses like UW- Stout and UW-River Falls. The movement has not, as of late, been put into place on campus, causing mixed emotions at the Student Senate meeting last Wednesday. According to representatives from UW-L’s Health and Wellness Center, the plea has been modified since it was introduced last year, adding $4,000 worth of nicotine replacement therapies, including lozenges and gum, to be dispersed at no cost to students and faculty at the Health and Wellness Center until supplies run dry. If a tobacco-free campus were to take place, the Center wants users to be assured that they are not being forced to quit, but to simply take their intake off- campus; cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, hookahs and chewing tobacco will also not be permitted. The nowstanding ash holders on campus would be moved to the outskirts of campus, where the use of tobacco will be permitted. If neighboring residents around campus see a problem with the matter, for example an abundance of students around their property, they are more than welcome to contact a hotline tied in with the

Nobacco campaign for their problem to be resolved. To go along with the hotline, email addresses and phone numbers will be included in mailers that will be sent out to the public to inform them of the change if it were to occur. If neighboring residents around campus see a problem with a problem with the matter, for example an abundance of students around the premises, they are more than welcome to contact a hotline tied in with the Nobacco campaign for their problem to be resolved.

The plea has been modified since it was introduced last year, adding $4,000 worth of nicotine replacement therapies, including lozenges and gum, to be dispersed at no cost to students and faculty at the Health and Wellness Center until supplies run dry. Senator Brady Long proposed that the addition of a picnic table or something of the sort on the outskirts of UW-L would make it easier for students that recreationally smoke hookah to feel more comfortable, as opposed to smoking on the ground or grass. The representatives from the Center countered the suggestions, saying that if they were to aid in the usage of hookahs, it would go against their beliefs of a Nobacco campus. This will lead to the Center’s thought on possibly having a table donated, though the action is unlikely as they have plans to push students into smoking at the hookah bars located downtown. Another concern addressed about the Nobacco movement was the safety of students smoking at night. Senators were questioning as how students were to smoke safely in the presence of darkness of campus on city streets. To conclude their segment at the meeting, the Center closed with the assertion to the senators that their revised policy is still underway.

From MONSANTO page 1 Both Vollmer and Anderson felt that the march would help bring awareness to the La Crosse area about the effects of GMOs and the implications of Monsanto having a monopoly on the world’s seeds. Not only was it students that participated in the march, but citizens of the area as well. Nurse and Respiratory Therapist Jennifer Navarro attended with her three young daughters to voice her opinions about Monsanto. Navarro has lived in La Crosse for a year and a half and she expressed that she has “never done anything like this before, but this is a cause [she] felt [she] needed to be a part

Many individuals in the cars driving by and those walking on the streets gave cheers, offered words of encouragement and stopped to learn about the cause of the protest. of.” Another concerned citizen was Mike Tumilowicz, an interior designer with the company I.D.ology. Tumilowicz talked with many pedestrians who stopped to learn more about the event, and he felt that it was “nice to know the community is branching out and trying to get aware” and not giving into the “false security” that goes along with eating food these days. In La Crosse, the march wasn’t much of a march, but instead the protestors stood at the corner of 4th and Pearl Streets holding signs saying things like, “Show me what you’re made of, label it!” and “Profit for poison.” Many individuals in the cars driving by and those walking on the streets gave cheers, offered words

Both Vollmer and Anderson felt that the march would help bring awareness to the La Crosse area about the effects of GMOs and the implications of Monsanto having a monopoly on the world’s seeds. of encouragement and stopped to learn about the cause of the protest. For all the protestors involved, this showed that the event was effective in getting people’s attention. “People are actually interested in learning about the effect Monsanto has, and what we are here for. That was really cool to see,” said Vollmer. If interested in learning anymore about the march or Monsanto, find more information at, or visit the Facebook page for Students For Sustainability to see more pictures of the event.

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Stealing from the Stripping down and going green Whitney Center How seemingly petty thievery is affecting your food service By Rebecca Schnabel Staff Reporter

To many college students, Food Service from Whitney appears as, all-you-can-eat free food and dishware. A vast number of students feel comfortable taking large quantities of food and dishes from the dinning center, figuring they are not hurting anyone by sneaking out five bananas and a spoon. In reality when five thousand students practice these habits the costs skyrocket, demanding large sums of money the university does not possess, forcing higher costs to student meal plans. After speaking with the UW- La Crosse’s graduate student working with Sydexo, Shaundel Spivey, it is clear Food Service understands the students frustrations and is attempting to find solutions that work for everyone involved. Spivey explained that the real issue with taking food and dishes or silverware from Whitney is the ultimate cost of replacing what is lost. They simply cannot afford to purchase enough food for every student to take a backpack full of bananas or cereal. This becomes even more prevalent when talking about students stealing dishes, because these material goods must be replaced at the end of the year. Spivey stated that the university “was forced to spend an extra $20,000 to replace all of the lost dishware from the 2012-2013 school year.” The only means to obtain this money is to then raise meal plan costs, which is not what anyone desires. Food Service has been working hard to create alternatives so stealing food and dishes will no longer have to be a student’s first and only option. As of last year Sodexo began using the green To Go boxes, which students with a meal plan can use for free. They allow a student to go into Whitney and take any food they fit in the box out with them to be eaten when they choose. This year Food Service is even adding ‘Lunch Bags,’ which

will simply be another form of to go container. These containers not only save money for everyone, but are also extremely ecofriendly and convenient. UW-L has tried very hard over the last few years to become a much more sustainable campus as a whole. Besides the To Go boxes Food Service has also added composting to their services offered at Whitney. The composting in Whitney has been a work in progress, slowly becoming much more convenient for students’ use. Shaundel claims there has been nothing but positive responses to the composting, but at the same time a serious lack of efficiency to the process of actually doing the composting. Shaundel describes the buckets they are using

Spivey explained that the real issue with taking food and dishes or silverware from Whitney is the ultimate cost of replacing what is lost. now as an “after thought” that many students are too lazy to go back and use. So there are plans for a new composting station to be set up in Whitney to allow composting to become a initial step in cleaning up after students are done eating, creating a much better opportunity for students to participate in sustainable living on campus. Food Service is searching for solutions to common students’ complaints, but they cannot fix all the problems unless someone tells them what is wrong first. If you would like to give the University, Food Service, or Sodexo any feed back on its successes or failures feel free to contact Shaundel Spivey at They are looking forward to hearing what students want and need to better their dining experiences on the UW-L campus.

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UW-L students bike naked through Myrick Marsh. This photo is a sneak peek at what one of the months will feature in the 2014 “Green is Sexy” calendar. Danielle Cook Staff Reporter

Getting naked to promote sustainability may seem like a crazy idea. Documenting this event may appear even crazier. But creating a calendar of semi-nude community members, all shedding their clothes to encourage environmental awareness? That’s pushing the envelope, and that is exactly what Students for Sustainability aims to do with their 2014 “Green is Sexy” calendar: grab the attention of UW-La Crosse and the surrounding area in an effort to promote environmentally healthy lifestyle choices. Students for Sustainability is an organization on the UW-L campus that works to get students’ attention about important ecological issues. Formerly called the Environmental Council, this group has made an active impact at UW-L, sponsoring projects such as the Farmers Market every Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wittich Field, and the Green Bike Program, where students can rent a recycled bicycle for just $15. Every year since 2007, Students for Sustainability creates a cheeky, partially-nude calendar with students and community members in different environmental settings. Each month features a unique background, including activities such as students riding bicycles or standing in the Mississippi River. These photographs highlight a tip that relates to the setting, encouraging the viewer to change his or her habits in favor of a more eco-friendly way of life. Simple suggestions like riding a bike instead of using gas to drive somewhere call for action to conserve resources and live in a more “green” manner. The students and community members showcased in the calendar are all volunteers, passionate about

raising awareness for significant environmental concerns. Props and scenery are strategically placed so the pictures are provocative, but not exceedingly sensual. “It’s not a conservative calendar,” Natalie Newcomer, a Students for Sustainability committee member working on the “Green is Sexy” project, explained. “It’s meant to make someone do a double take and think, whoa, this is actually an important issue. [The nudity] isn’t aggressive or sexual; it’s natural, and it’s there to get people’s attention in an interesting, unique way.” Going green, Newcomer noted, is not a difficult or expensive thing to do. Simply using a reusable water bottle instead of multiple plastic ones saves the Earth’s resources and alleviates problems like pollution and resource depletion. Facts and statistics about one’s environmental impact will be included in the calendar to inspire people to consider their own lives and what they can change to reduce their negative impact on the planet. The calendar, expected to sell for $10, will raise money for Students for Sustainability’s variety of projects that go on throughout the school year. In the past, funds have sponsored compost initiatives at the Whitney Center and heating and cooling system changes in the Recreational Eagle Center so that it expends less energy. Getting involved in Students for Sustainability is easy. Meetings for the organization are held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 2212 Centennial Hall, and any UW-L student is welcome to join at any time during the year. To learn more about UW-L Students for Sustainability, like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Any ideas about how to make the UW-L campus a more sustainable place can be sent to The ideas may just bring about an environmentallyfriendly change for all UW-L students.

UW-L family block party on its way By Crystal Oravis Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse’s family weekend block party is coming. The Athletic Department has teamed up with Student Life and First Year Experience to show the local and campus community all that UW-L has to offer. The block party will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, in partner with campus’ family weekend and the football game against UW-Stevens Point. Kickoff is at 1 p.m., and the block party, as well as tailgating, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot. Katherine Burke, the main coordinator of this event said, “The concept for the block party is to create a unique opportunity for university departments and programs to collaborate, enjoy and engage in a funfilled community and campus outreach event, educate fans and families in attendance about UW-L and [its] campus departments and programs and come cheer on Eagles football!” Tent and booth positions have been offered to all campus departments, organizations and sponsors for a chance to advertise, give away samples and educate the community on everything they have to offer. The National Guard will be attending, as well as Stryker,

the cheer team and Classic Rock 100.1. In addition to all of these fun events taking place on campus, UW-L’s Leadership and Involvement Center is also hosting a volunteer day. Anyone interested in volunteering can show up at the stadium

The block party will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, in partner with campus’ family weekend and the football game against UW-Stevens Point. parking lot and meet with the leaders to be dispersed into different volunteering categories. The group is doing a number of volunteering jobs that day such as a clean-up at Onalaska dog park, a Halloween party at Bethany Riverside nursing home, an enchanted forest, kids crafts, a scary Halloween walk, a campus food drive and more. Anyone is welcome, and the more volunteers the better.


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The sex appeal of environmentalism By Sara Grzetich Associate Reporter

From buying locally to recycling, going green seems to be all the rage these days. People are becoming more aware, changing their lifestyles and reaching out to others – all in the efforts to curtail some of our environmental issues. Living sustainably is something we should all aspire to, and anyone can take slow, simple steps to begin that process. Here at UW-La Crosse, we have a club called Students for Sustainability, otherwise known as SFS. SFS is a club that is focused on environmental issues; basically a green club. In SFS, we learn about actions we can take as individuals, and we also try to make a difference in the UW-L community through making changes and spreading awareness. So far this year, SFS has worked on getting more bikes available for the school, spreading awareness about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and getting naked for a calendar. Yes, you read that right. The Green is Sexy calendar is a calendar that features UW-L students posing mostly nude, with certain objects strategically placed to cover some bits and pieces. Each month in the calendar comes

with some advice on ways you can be more green in your daily life, and the pictures usually feature a ‘punny’ caption. For returning UW-L students, the Green is Sexy calendar isn’t anything new. It’s been an annual thing at UW-L for a number of years now. But for freshman and transfer students, this may be somewhat of a surprise. But whether it’s due to the shock value of seeing your fellow classmates in their birthday suit, or the sex appeal of watching

“The Green is Sexy calendar is a great way to spread awareness about environmental issues.” Rachel Geniesse Member of Students for Sustainability people cook local, organic food wearing nothing but aprons, this calendar seems to sell fairly well. “The Green is Sexy calendar is a great way to spread awareness about environmental issues. It draws more attention than just a normal calendar would,” says Rachel Geniesse, a member of SFS and a model for the Green is Sexy calendar. Resident Assistant Emma Buckley agrees. “I

Life as an RA By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

Everyone who has lived on campus is familiar with the position of a Resident Assistant (RA). An RA is the designated leader in each dorm community and the student role model for residents. Essentially an RA is responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere and assisting students in any way possible. Duty rounds and meetings are some of the expectations of an RA but the biggest task is making connections with residents. First year RA in Laux, Brett Pickarts, explained, “The greatest responsibility is community development. I want to get to know all of my residents outside of just their name and actually find out their interests, so I can plan programs around that.” Program planning is a key part of being a great RA and doing things that residents will find enjoyable. Second year RA in Drake, Katie Sikora, understands this can be a challenge, “This year I have all sophomores in a Living Learning Community. I have to reevaluate my leadership style and program according to their needs instead of what I think they want.” Life as an RA has many benefits. First floor RA in Hutch, Tony Trahan, shared his favorite part of the job, “I like making rounds and being able to get to know everyone better. I just really like talking to new people.” Making new connections is undoubtedly the greatest part of being an RA, as they harnesses their leadership skills to reach out to the dorm community. In contrast, there are also downsides to the RA position. It can be difficult for an RA to report

negative behavior, particularly when they have formed a personal connection with a resident. In addition, being accepted by residents has proven to be challenging. Sikora explained, “Not everyone is going to like you. You can't force people to participate in programs, so you have to be happy with the turn out that you get. You really have to reach out to people in different ways.” While an RA is expected to come up with great program ideas, they also must ensure residents have a memorable dorm experience. Trahan shared his plan, “A common interest in my cube is that we all like the Packers. We're doing a Pack Out through Sodexo. I am going to pick up wings and we all will just hangout in the basement, eat food and watch the game.” Different floor or cube activities are great bonding opportunities. Each RA has also set goals for themselves and their resident community. Pickarts stated, “Some goals of mine are to help people improve and develop their leadership skills. I want my residents to maximize their potential in academic and extracurricular activities.” An RA should be responsible for encouraging students to be active in the school community, but the lifelong friendships are generally made within the dorm. “My long term goal is to build relationships that go beyond just this year with my residents,” said Trahan. Generally, an RA enjoys the aspect of community living, as they work toward conquering their unique challenge in an authoritative position. Luckily, UW-L has great RA leaders who are motivated to serve the needs of their residents and create a safe and fun living space.

Students generally don’t read assigned readings By Caleb Colon-Rivera Staff Reporter

To be honest, at the beginning of the year I do all my readings. I truly do. Quiz me on chapters one through three and I will pass with flying colors. But once the semester goes on, I have to save my cognitive energy on other things such as work, friends and being flawless. As the school year goes on, I spend more time skimming through chapters or just getting snapchats—sorry, I mean snapshots—of it during class when the professor presents. It’s all kind of a drag when they expect us to do so much. First, they want us to attend school and do perfect there. Then, they want us to pay for our own schooling, which takes a ton of money. So, between

think it’s a great idea. It’s fun, and it gets people talking.” The Green is Sexy calendar is a great idea for just that reason: it gets people talking, and it gets a wider variety of people thinking about environmental issues. If the calendar only displayed pictures of landscapes, sure it would probably still be purchased by every tree-hugging, environmentalist student on campus. But a little nudity intrigues a bigger demographic of students to buy and display the calendar. The idea is that hopefully these students take the time to read the tips and the humorous captions. And many of the suggestions are so simple that anyone could incorporate them into their daily lives. Start recycling. If you buy your own groceries, select local products. Take shorter showers. Wash your laundry in cold water. Walk or bike more and drive less. There are so many simple choices that you can make, and yes, they all do make a difference. (Not to mention, when you make a change in your life, usually the people around you are inspired to do the same.) So, when the Green is Sexy calendar comes out in December, buy it. Go ahead and stare at the booties it features, but read the content as well. And remember: making environmentally-friendly choices is not only easy, but it’s also sexy.

Pizza, pizza, eat all about it!

This is how I think of it. There are ten slices of a pizza and I eat two at a time, that’s five meals for me for five bucks so it’s really only a buck a meal.” Multiple factors influence the Others are more concerned with the decision on which university to attend. quality. “Polito’s is more expensive Affordability, location, academics and but the quality is better,” said Derek reputation all play a part, as well as Schmidtke, another UW-L student. pizza. Wait, pizza? Yes, indeed. Pizza What about is a very important Toppers? It is right aspect of the average across the street college student’s life. from campus and You want a late-night has delivery, which is snack while studying convenient. They also for your midterm? tend to have discounted Tired of eating at prices for students Whitney? Too lazy, during certain weeks busy or cheap to make of the year. Sometimes yourself dinner? I certain UW-L dorms Devin Minor The Racquet have an answer, and it get 50 percent off their is simple: Pizza. Thin, orders. Topperstix also prove to be thick, stuffed, naturally rising, extra a worthy competitor to other pizza cheesy, small, medium or large… places, as they are quite delicious and and that’s before you even pick the thus draw in customers. But what is toppings. The choices and possible the consensus on the pizza at Toppers? combinations are limitless. Pizza “I think the Topperstix are good but may be the college student’s new best the pizza is not so great, which is friend, if it isn’t already. unfortunate,” said UW-L student Erin There are several different pizza Nolden. Nolden also added, “Toppers places near the UW-La Crosse is more expensive and doesn’t taste as campus that are frequented by college good as Little Caesar’s. If it’s Toppers students. Some of the more popular or Little Caesar’s, Little Caesar’s for ones include Toppers across West sure.” Avenue, Little Caesar’s Not only is there on La Crosse Street a multitude of pizza and Polito’s and Rocky available off-campus, Rococo downtown, but there’s an array of among others. After pizza on-campus as talking to multiple well. This is especially UW-L students, it nice if you have a seems Polito’s is the meal plan. You can get favorite, with Toppers pizza in Whitney, the and Little Caesar’s sub shop, the Galley close behind. Polito’s is and the Cellar. “They located downtown on have good choices at Devin Minor The Racquet Third Street and has a the Cellar,” said Fricke. wide variety of pizzas, It should also be noted that you can including mac and cheese, nacho and buy a frozen pizza at the front desk buffalo chicken. Individual students of any dorm for only a few bucks. have their own preferences, of course. Pizza is extremely prevalent on and Price and quality must be taken into around UW-L’s campus, as it should be consideration, as well as proximity. because pizza is wonderful. Some are more concerned about the So next time you’re hungry for the price than the quality. Liz Fricke, a pizazz that pizza brings, don’t be afraid UW-L sophomore, said, “I’d say Little to explore the pizza delights La Crosse Caesar’s [is better] because it’s cheap. has to offer. By Rachel Eigner Staff Reporter

trying to be perfect at school, trying to be perfect for work and then trying to be perfect for our social lives, something is going to take a dive. Professors and administration must already understand there are a ton of pressure on students these days to do it all. If I wasn’t an Assistant Salon Director working 30 hour weeks, I would have all the time devoted to my studies. There are other students involved in many other things such as ROTC. For example, Brittany Dziki said, “No, if I actually read all of the assigned readings I wouldn't have time to be in class.” There are bigger things that we want to do then to read for our level 100 Anthropology class, such as reading for our Interpersonal Communication class. Or as third year student Katie Fricker tells me, “Nope, because we go over what's in the textbook in lecture and we barely discuss the articles and usually aren't even

tested on them.” It is very true, with my three and a half years of schooling, it’s been a trend where professors tell us to read, but then test us mainly on what they present. Don’t even get me started on our schooling system surrounded on testing rather than learning. Then we have the very rare portion, it seems, of students who do the readings. He must have plenty of time, or he must be a wizard. Sophomore Drew Penkala said, “I usually do, just so I can know the material.” I looked him dead in the eye and asked, “Really though…Really…?” Which he replied with, “Yeah, unless I think it won't help me at all, or it's too long.” There you have it UW-La Crosse, we don’t read our textbooks. We might as well get rid of them. Give us novels instead.


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Sorry, but I’m not interested When in doubt, take your cell phone out? By Emily Schulz Associate Reporter

Going to college may be about finding your passion and studying material that will eventually lead to a fulfilling career, but among the long hours in the library and time spent in lectures we stumble upon something pretty amazing: life-long friendships and, very often, romantic partners. These relationships can blossom just about anywhere, too. I’ve met some of my closest friends in class, at work and even out at night. In fact, I know of several relationships that began as a result of going out to parties or bars. Whether or not universities advertise it, nightlife is a pretty significant part of the college experience. If nothing else, it is where we can let loose and socialize between the papers and exams. For some people, the goal of going out at night is to meet a potential romantic partner. While this can be a very positive and exiting experience, it can also be problematic. Because of the differences in how men and women are socialized, usually men are the ones who initiate conversation, and it is up to women to accept or reject the invitation. Women are taught how to protect themselves against predators their entire lives—we hold our keys between our fingers walking home at night, we cover our drinks at parties and we go everywhere in groups. However, I can’t recall ever being taught how to ward off unwanted attention. This has led women to some pretty awful excuses. Among them lies, “Sorry, I have a boyfriend.” When I asked Kara Klubertanz, a senior at UW-La Crosse, what she does to avoid unwanted attention she said, “I usually

make up some excuse to leave, like going to the bathroom, saying I have a boyfriend or signaling a friend to come save me.” While the “I have a boyfriend” excuse has proven to be pretty effective, I have some issues with it. I’ve seen a quote floating around my Tumblr and Facebook newsfeeds that sums up the problem perfectly: “Male privilege is ‘I have a boyfriend’ being the only thing that can actually stop someone from hitting on you because they respect another male-bodied person more than they respect your rejection or lack of interest.” In other words, women should not have to say anything more than “I’m not interested” to end a conversation. Are we saying that the only thing stopping us from going home with a guy is the fact that we’re already in a relationship? Probably not. When we have to make up fictional boyfriends to protect ourselves, we are, quite literally, experiencing patriarchy at

“I usually make up some excuse to leave, like going to the bathroom, saying I have a boyfirend or signaling a friend to come save me.” Kara Klubertanz UW-L Senior work—our desires being secondary to men’s. “Maybe saying, ‘I have a boyfriend’ is an easier way to let someone down,” argued senior Mackenzie Farina. Although she, personally, does not use the “I have a boyfriend” excuse, she brought up a pretty valid point. Sure, the approach works well and in the end no one gets hurt, but I’d still like to go home at night with the satisfaction of knowing that I stood up for myself and for women everywhere.

By Kelly Myrup Staff Reporter

Imagine this scenario: you are waiting in line at the sub shop here at the UW-La Cross; it’s pretty crowded, but you don’t know any of the people around. What are you most likely doing? I would be willing to bet that almost everyone would be on their cell phone instead of talking to each other. But why are we so afraid to talk to people we don’t know? Why do we hide behind our phones? Well, my mother told me never to talk to strangers. While this was meant as a good thing to protect us as children, I think this might be drilled into our brains just a little too much. When I try to talk to people I don’t know, I always think about that childhood statement. As Alicia Sieboldt, a junior at UW-L, states, “I think it seems creepier today if someone random just comes up and talks to you. It’s sad, but true.” These people may have good intentions of just being friendly, but we have this awkwardness and fear that disrupts the way we think about people we don’t know. We fall back on our safety net – our cell phones – to block us from any potential uncomfortable encounters. Shelby Griffin, a senior at UW-L, sums this up quite nicely, “We have become less comfortable approaching people in public rather than sending a friend request.” Griffin then raised another interesting view on this topic. She explains, “I think people are afraid of rejection of any kind. That leads to our preference for contact over technology, so rejection isn’t face to face.” This is something I think most of us can

relate to. What if we say something and the other person snubs or ignores us? What if we can’t think of a response quickly enough? Goodness, I feel awkward just thinking about it. Our phones, however, never ignore

“I think people are afraid of rejection of any kind. That leads to our preference for contact over to technology.” Shelby Griffin UW-L Senior us. They love us unconditionally: they always respond, they never talk back and they don’t judge. That being said, I am semi-kidding around about the phone obsession. People may be on their phones in social situations for a lot of reasons. They may be checking their e-mail, listening to music, playing a game, texting their friends, etc. Are these people necessarily on their phones to avoid talking to people? Or are they simply just participating in one of those activities because they are bored waiting in line? It really could go both ways. Either way, it is hard to start a conversation with someone whose eyes and hands are glued to their phone. With no one to talk to because everyone else is on their phone, we are more likely to take out our phones – a domino effect that leads to a row of cell phone zombies in the sub shop line.

From the editors We were approached by Posh-Fit regarding an advertising opportunity. After communicating with them, The Racquet staff was offered a free lesson for two editors. Jumping at the chance to get in shape, we took them up on their offer. This is how we found ourselves spending a Tuesday night pole dancing. Yes, you read it right, pole dancing. No, it wasn’t in some sketchy strip club in Sparta. Posh-Fit offers lessons in their new studio, located on 6th street, to provide rigorous exercise and to destigmatize pole dancing. Pole dancing doesn’t usually come to mind as a rigorous exercise regimen, but we can testify otherwise. Come the next morning, we felt the after effects of our workout, especially in the muscles not typically targeted during an average exercise session. We continued to feel these affects for days afterwards, showing us that this unusual work out was nothing to be scoffed at. Upon entering the Posh-Fit pole dancing studio, we were greeted by a calming reception area and an energetic staff. Owner and lead instructor Theresa Ugalde led us out to the studio floor to begin the most empowering workout of our lives. After a brief warm up, it was time to step up to the poles. You wouldn’t expect a pole to be intimidating, but as we took our places, we both looked to the instructor, watched her spin

and realized we were unprepared for the task at hand. Luckily, the instructors at Posh-Fit were prepared for our inexperience. First, Ugalde would demonstrate a move for the class. Then she would explain it step-by-step, detailing hand and foot placements and movements. After the class was left to try it on their own, Ugalde would roam the studio to correct mistakes and give encouragement. As two pole dancing novices, we made a lot of mistakes, but she was there to work with us and supply us with positive feedback. Our

Owner and lead instructor Theresa Ugalde led us out to the studio floor to begin the most empowering workout of our lives.

first successful fireman spin was met with plenty of praise. After learning some basic tricks, we took the poles out of static mode and into spin mode. Because the poles moved with us, we didn’t have to focus on creating our own momentum, allowing us to preform our tricks with more ease.

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Once we thought we had conquered the most difficult part of class, we were faced with a new challenge; it was time to climb the poles. We were unsuccessful with the task, but returning students had more success. A fellow student was able to reach the top of the pole for the first time, which was celebrated by the entire class. After a quick cool down and cleaning the poles, we got the opportunity to talk with Ugalde about her business. We discovered her passion for pole fitness stems from an even deeper passion for dance. Even though she owned her own dance studio in Colorado, Ugalde decided to try out a new form of dance: pole dancing. She informed us that it was “love and first spin.” Now, she finds herself in La Crosse, empowering women through pole fitness. We can personally say that Ugalde achieves this mission with every student she encounters. Talking to our friends around campus about our experience, we were met with many raised eyebrows and awkward chuckles. However, we know pole dancing, no matter how unconventional it sounds, is an excellent form of exercise. It was way more fun than having to head to the REC and kill ourselves on the ellipticals. We can’t wait to head back to Posh-Fit pole dance studio, and we hope to see you there.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Costumes: By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter

Think back to your favorite Halloween costume…I mean your all-time favorite – the one that your friends or family raved about for weeks after. Was it store bought, or something you put together yourself? Senior Austin Werla, a Theater Design major, said that his favorite costume was a Hercules costume that his mom made for him when he was younger. “I wore it for three years in a row, I was obsessed!” he said. Werla expressed that he loves the fact that when you create your own costume, it’s your vision. “It’s more fun, you can manipulate it however you want and there’s a sense of pride!” Freshman Kelsey Vaassen, who one year wore a witch costume that was part store bought and part homemade, agreed saying that do-it-yourself costumes are unique. Additionally, Werla and Vasseen weren’t the only ones on campus who thought that there are many more advantages to creating your own costume verses a store-bought


outfit. “It’s a conversation piece when you create your own costume!” Drake Kessler, a senior studying Physics and Spanish explained. Kessler’s most memorable costume was an alien abduction get-up made by his mother. Exercise Sport and Science junior Spencer Meinholz’s favorite Halloween costume was when he dressed as a crayon. Meinholz, who made the crayon outfit, said being creative not only saved him a lot of money, but that compared to simply throwing on a preassembled costume, there was much more of a personal satisfaction. If you have never created your own Halloween costume, have no fear…it’s easier than you may think! Professor of Costume & Makeup Design Joe Anderson, who’s favorite handmade costumes he’s created included the penguin from Batman and a Rob Roy costume, suggests starting by looking at secondhand stores such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Or, take an even more creative approach, “It’s amazing how many home building items can be turned into

¿Están listos para una celebración? Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Although the dates cover two different months, each is significant to the celebration. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting date because is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. The celebration originally spanned one week until President Reagan expanded the tradition to Oct. 15. Conveniently, the independence days of Mexico and Chile fall into this 30 day slot. The real purpose of this month is to recognize the positive influence that many Latino Americans have had on the United States. Hispanic Americans add rich culture and character to this country through their strong commitment to family, hard work and faith. According to the 2010 census, 50.5 million U.S. citizens (16 percent) identify has Hispanic or Latino. Representing such a large portion of the country, Hispanic

The choice is ultimately up to the individual, but as you can see, older trick-or-treaters are not encouraged. homemade costume in the sunlight— this isn’t normal. If you fight this battle of denying your adulthood, maybe you would like to hear what other UW-La Crosse students have to say. UW-L junior Brittany Hink said, “It depends. I would have to say high school, probably. Unless you have a little kid and have to dress up; but if they go through the work of dressing up, just give them the candy.” Cody Braun, a UW-L junior as well, shared his preferred cutoff age for Trickor-treating, “Sixteen. People have the right to choose, but if you’re over that age, it might be a little inappropriate

what can I make this into?” If you need some more inspiration for ideas, both Werla and Anderson suggested watching YouTube video tutorials on makeup design or searching online to see how others created a certain costume you have in mind. Pahoua Yang, a sophomore studying biology who once made her own mermaid costume, said that she raids her closet for inspiration. “I look for clothes

Americans have influenced and help shape the country. Latino Americans have held numerous positions in the American government including seats in Congress, the Senate, the House, Surgeon General, Attorney General, Treasurer, Supreme Court Justice and others. Latino Americans have also shaped popular culture through their roles in movies, television and sports.

Latino Americans have held numerous positions in the American government including seats in Congress, the Senate, the House, Surgeon General, Attorney General, Treasurer, Supreme Court Justice and others. One major U.S. city that holds the celebration in high regards is Washington, D.C. Exhibits and galleries featuring Latino American art and culture are put on display, as well as festivities throughout the month. Activities take place in national museums and even the zoo. Philadelphia also hosts a creative festival full of food, exhibits and culture. The city

How old is too old? I’m really trying not to be the bearer of bad news, but it may be time to retire from trick-or-treating. I totally get the incentive of free candy. Whoever came up with the concept is a genius! That being said, I sincerely hope you capitalized on this opportunity in your youth because college is not the greatest time to spend your Halloween going door-to-door pretending you’re a grade-schooler. We should be grown-up, perhaps buying and handing out candy ourselves. For the few old stragglers who feel entitled to the candy madness, please take a look in the mirror. Do you struggle to let go of your childhood? Can you not bring yourself to buy your own Snickers at the store? Do you have an obsession with costumes and dressing up? If you answered yes to the following, chances are your Halloween costume is ironed, hanging on your closet door with an old pillowcase and flashlight lying neatly below. This is problematic. You shouldn’t wake each morning and admire your glittering

parts of a costume,” Anderson explained, “I go to Menards, walk around and think…

that I don’t want anymore…that way you can design your costume the way you want!” Yang also searches through the sale racks for ideas, recommending Rue 21 as a store to get some great deals. Freshman Courtney Pearsall argued that although you’ll probably remember a handmade costume better, purchasing a prepared costume saves time. But NOW is the perfect time to get started on your costume! Anderson recommends creating costumes with friends, so you’re able to bounce ideas around. Werla said even if you don’t necessarily fit the mold of the character you’d like to be that you should still go for it and make it your own! Although it only happens every four or so years, the Theater Department holds an event in which they sell costumes for Halloween to students. Anderson said it’s been a huge success and an exciting time for many students. The next costume sale should be taking place in the next year or so, so keep reading for more details in the future, and as always, happy shopping!

Spanish Heritage Month is more than just a month in the year

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By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

Which are better, homemade or store-bought?

with all of the kids running around. The age depends on a person’s choice.” The choice is ultimately up to the individual, but as you can see, older trick-or-treaters are not encouraged. If you cannot bring yourself to stay inside on Halloween and hand out sugar-filled snacks to youngsters as you silently weep, maybe you can find a Halloween activity to go to. There are local haunted houses, forests, corn mazes along with dance parties, run/walks, pumpkin painting and costume contests. There is

As you enjoy your Good & Plenty that was relingquished to you hesitantly, maybe the warm feeling in your heart from donating your time will make the terrible taste a little less unbearable. no need to stay indoors, but if the little ones usually stop at your door, think of how you can make their evening brighter with the Laffy Taffy and Kit Kat sugar highs. You could even volunteer to take a niece, nephew, little sister or brother if you have one. Please just make sure you know the child you are escorting around the neighborhood. Sometimes, if you’re a really fun chaperone, they might give you a piece of their least favorite candy! As you enjoy your Good & Plenty that was relinquished to you hesitantly, maybe the warm feeling in your heart from donating your time will make the terrible taste a little less unbearable. Or if you attended a Halloween event instead to show off your costume and enter in a contest, I hope you won first prize! Whatever you do, please refrain from adding another year of trick-ortreating to rebellious accomplishment list. I promise you, it doesn’t look good on a resume. If you don’t need an adult chaperone anymore, your trick-or treating years have expired!

holds a “Fiesta en la Calle” with food vendors, performances and crafts on a downtown street. The Baltimore Ravens, along with the NFL, took initiative in celebrating this month as well by hosting youth events and honoring Hispanic community leaders. Libraries around the country also help by featuring books written by and about Hispanic Americans. Things may be changing more than many people realize. There was a 15.2 million Hispanic American increase from the 2000 to 2010 census. While the total U.S. population grew ten percent, the Latino American population grew 43 percent. Population growth was most concentrated in the South and Midwest. It was reported that in 2011 white births were no longer the majority for the first time ever and instead Hispanic, Asian and African American births accounted for 50.4 percent. But why are these changes important? Many people present controversy over whether the increase in the Hispanic population is a good thing for the country. It is a step out of the “white” and baby-boomer culture and a step into a more diverse, global country. While the debate will continue, it is important to recognize and celebrate the numerous contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to the United States.


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Invigorate your Not everyone can be routine with a trainer superman, but everyone By Patrick Griffith Staff Reporter

Exercise is a great hobby and lifestyle choice to take up in college. It can reduce stress, increases overall health and can be a great social experience. However, how does someone get into exercise? It can be difficult for individuals to find motivation to exercise. It can also be a daunting experience walking into a gym full of people who look like they just got done lifting with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Finding a way to get into shape may seem like an extra class, but with the help of someone who is experienced in motivation and health, working out can be a part of one’s everyday schedule. At UW-La

Personal trainers at UW-L are certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine or the American College of Sports Medicine. Crosse that someone is a personal trainer. Personal trainers are a great asset for anyone that is serious about getting healthy. Personal trainers at UW-L are certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine or the American College of Sports Medicine, which means they know their stuff when it comes to working out. Personal trainers can help individuals achieve fitness goals, such as losing weight, gaining strength or even increasing endurance. These trainers will design specific programs based on the individual’s fitness goals. When beginning to work with personal trainer students must first fill out a questionnaire and have a one-on-one consultation with the trainer to identify fitness goals. Then, based on the specific

goals, the trainer will design a personalized program in order to fulfill the student’s goals. Brooks Braga, a certified personal trainer and student at UW-L, finds that rates for personal training through the school can’t be beat. For a personal trainer to design a program, it only costs $25. Personal trainers

can eat “super foods”

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Brooks Braga UW-L certified personal trainer will also do individual sessions to focus on motivation and correct form. Sessions can range from $35 for one session and a designed program, to $175 for 10 sessions and a designed program, depending on how many sessions a student may want with the personal trainer. Students can pay for these fees through their student bill or campus cash. Personal trainers will also lead small group sessions, 2-3 people, for a reduced rate. Personal trainers at UW-L love to motivate. These individuals have been in, or hope to go into, the world of fitness as a career. Their dedication to their clients is similar to that of drill sergeant. Braga believes that the key to personal training is caring for the client. Braga believes that “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” The personal attention that each of the personal trainers brings to their clients makes each workout feel accomplishing. Having a personal guide may be just the thing one may need when looking to take the next step, or even the first, into the world of fitness.

Need tips on how to eat healthier in college? Want to know of some exercises you can do while getting ready for the day? Let us know what you want to see! Email

By Haley Sites Associate Reporter

For students who are not aware of what a super food consists of, the definition is: a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. According to WebMD the top 10 super foods are: 1. Low-fat or fat-free plain yogurts 2. Eggs 3. Nuts 4. Kiwis 5. Quinoa 6. Beans 7. Salmon 8. Broccoli 9. Sweet potatoes 10. Berries Two of the least common items, quinoa and sweet potatoes, pose common questions: “What are they?” “Why are they good for me?” and “How can I get them?” Quinoa is an excellent source of protein, and it is a grain so vegetarians and lactoseintolerant fellows can eat this while reaching the desired levels of protein and calcium for a well-balanced diet. Most people when eating quinoa roast the seeds in a skillet and then eat it with various herbs, spices or fruit or add it into a soup or salad. There are multiple other ways to eat it, but they all involve other ingredients, while the rest of the super foods can be found more easily and eaten with less preparation. Ancient Inca’s used quinoa as their main food source or the “Mother Grain.” Quinoa has been around and eaten since approximately 3000 BC and has nearly as many nutrients as it has years. In every 100 grams there is

399Kcal of energy, 16.5g of protein, 6.3g of fat and 69g of carbs. The energy provided is higher than that of beans and rice. There are also high levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. It seems that this amazing grain has been in hiding. In 1975 acreage of quinoa decreased from 111,000 acres to 32,000 acres, which explains why quinoa isn’t as commonly known as it

Sweet potatoes contain 438 percent of the recommended daily vitamin A intake, while regular potatoes only contain 1 percent. should be. Although quinoa isn’t popular, there are other super foods that are. The U.S. consumes 140 pounds of potatoes a year per person. While both types of potatoes contain high levels of carbs, sweet potatoes contain many nutrients that are required to live an every day life. Sweet potatoes contain 438 percent of the recommended daily vitamin A intake, while regular potatoes only contain 1 percent. Two of the most common ways to eat sweet potatoes are baked or in French fry form. Going around Hutchison Hall at UW-La Crosse, some students here at UW-La Crosse had some things to say about sweet potatoes. Brandon Tilkens said, “Sweet potato fries are the best thing in the world.” Emily Wacker said, “I like eating baked sweet potatoes with butter, and at Texas Road House they put marshmallows in them.” This goes to show that it’s absolutely possible to make “health” foods a delicious addition to your diet.

Make Group X your UW-L fitness destination By Samantha Gager Staff Reporter

From yoga to kickboxing, exercising in a group unleashes a one-of-a-kind motivation that can change someone’s life. Group fitness classes switch up the normal routine of cardio, weights and conditioning alone. Many fitness centers offer group classes, as well as at the Recreational Eagle Center at the active campus of UW-La Crosse. There are so many benefits to working out in a group. A participant doesn’t have to be educated on a workout: the instructor does that. There are also certain times when the classes occur, which makes it less difficult for someone to have to choose when to work out. Group fitness suits everyone. If someone likes to fade into the background and still get a workout, they can do that. It’s also a great way to meet friends. Miranda Kunes, a junior at the UW-L, said, “I never thought I would like group fitness because I am self-conscious, but working out with a group of people makes me forget that I feel that way about myself. We all have the common goal to get fit together and it makes me so excited to work out every week.” Students like Kunes fill the group fitness room at the REC many times throughout the day. Classes are about 50 minutes long, followed

by a five minute stretch at the end. Most classes include both conditioning and cardio. It is a great experience to try for everyone of all ages, genders and fitness levels.

“We all have the common goal to get fit together and it makes me so excited to work out every week.” Miranda Kunes UW-L junior There are a lot of training opportunities, offered by the REC, to become a group fitness instructor for certain classes. Going to the REC and looking at the posters on the walls or calling the front desk is a great way to hear about those trainings. Some classes offered at the REC include kickboxing, zumba, yoga, water aerobics and many others. Students can sign up at the beginning of the semester and go to a class two times a week for the entire semester for only $25. At this point in the year, most classes are full, but students can pay $2 to take a class once or wait until the middle of the semester when the joining fee for a class drops. College is a great time to meet people, why not do it while getting fit?


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

+/- Props to finding out I have $250 on my Tower One account on my ID. Drops to finding out they charged me $3.95 for not using any of it in a 100 day period. + + + Props to those holiday sugar cookies with the pictures on them. Double props if they aren’t baked all the way. Delicious! + + + Props to baby white lions learning to roar. Seriously, YouTube it. - - - Drops to being pretty sure you’re destined to be stuck on level 140 in Candy Crush. - - - Drops to Spotify recommending Justin Bieber to me. + + + Props to Chelsea Fischer for learning how to do a Rubic’s Cube in 2:35 in seven days. +/- Props to “buy one, get one free” coupons from Subway two weeks in a row! Drops to never going to Subway.

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It is recommended that you contact the Dean’s Office from your school or college prior to completing your application to verify that you will satisfy all requirements for your degree.

2. Apply for Graduation (if you haven’t already done so)

To ensure your name appears in the commencement program, your application must be received in the Registar’s Office by Nov. 15.

3. Pick up your Cap | Gown | Hood | Tassel | Sashes | Cords

Sashes for students who have studied abroad can be picked up at the Office of International Education, 1209 Centennial Hall.

Graduate and Undergraduate students must Apply for Graduation immediately after you register for your final semester at UW-La Crosse.

Stop in at the UW-La Crosse Bookstore to pick up your graduation regalia from Oct. 21-Dec. 15, 2013. No order is needed.

4. Order Announcements/Invitations 5. Attend Commencement Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 11 a.m. | La Crosse Center UNDERGRADUATES – Candidates receiving a bachelor’s degree report to North Hall in the La Crosse Center 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. Signs will direct you where to go. GRADUATES – Candidates receiving a master’s degree or doctoral degree report to the Ballroom in the La Crosse Center one hour prior to the ceremony. Signs will direct you where to go.

Graduation information and other pertinent information surrounding the commencement ceremony can be found on our website:


UW-La Crosse Commencement Staff | | 608.785.6511

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