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“Little is Huge” speaker Tasha Schuh presents inspiration and purpose By Stephanie Koss Staff Reporter

Imagine being a junior in high school, being extremely involved with extracurricular activities, having an extensive list of hopes and dreams for the future and then in the matter of ten seconds, something happens that completely changes everything. While many people probably cannot relate to this situation, a tragic stage accident on Nov. 11, 1997 while rehearsing for a high school play caused inspirational speaker Tasha Schuh to become a C5 quadriplegic, meaning that each of her four limbs is impaired. Although she can still use her arms and wrists, she cannot feel anything from her chest down, and she has completely lost the use of her fingers. She will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Schuh fell backwards through a trapdoor onstage, crushing her

“Now I cherish the little things in life, for they are what make life truly worth living. They give such meaning to every day I live.” Tasha Schuh skull and severing her spinal cord. Schuh and her husband Doug visited UW-La Crosse on Thursday, Oct. 15 and gave a presentation entitled “Little is Huge,” in Schuh explained her experience living with quadriplegia and how she has remained

positive and full of life despite the life-threatening accident. “I have accomplished more in this wheelchair than I ever thought I could on two feet,” Schuh stated. Although she had an accident during her junior year that caused her to miss a lot of high school, she still graduated on time with the rest of her class and attended college. She graduated from Winona State University with a major in communication studies and a minor in music. She even went back to school and obtained a degree in theology, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. After nearly losing her life, Schuh was extremely depressed and felt like she had no purpose. But her stay at the Ronald McDonald house with many young cancer patients allowed her to see how fully those children lived their lives, and she quickly had a change of heart. “Many of these patients didn’t even know if they would live to see the next day, but here I was thinking I had it the worst,” she said. Schuh quickly realized that she did, in fact, have a purpose. “All I needed was a little change of perspective about my purpose on this earth. Little is huge,” Schuh said. Schuh’s mission is now to speak to anyone she can in order to let everyone know that

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they do have a purpose and that everyone is here for a reason. “Before my accident, I was simply going through the motions of life and making some not so good choices. Now I cherish the little things in life, for they are what make life truly worth living. They give such meaning to every day I live,” she said.

Schuh met her husband Doug on christianmingle.com after a friend convinced her to join. They dated for a year and a half and got married on Aug. 17, 2013. She stated that he is her biggest encourager, and she doesn’t know where she’d be without him.

Diversity and Exclusion? Anti-Black Racism and the Challenges of Diversity Work By Clayton Kemp Associate Reporter

the negativity that surrounds it and where the black community places in things like education and income when compared to

Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, paid a visit to campus this past Wednesday, Oct. 14. Taylor spoke on current diversity work policies and their fight against inequality for the black community not only in Ontario, but wherever he is able to deliver his message on anti-black racism. Current theories of diversity and inclusion, along with current diversity work, is good, said Taylor, but in the presentation, he set out to dissect how African Americans tend to fall through the cracks of current policies in place. In Ontario, multiculturalism policies

Taylor’s work is largely in diversity and inclusion training, in which he touches on issues like inclusive leadership, barrier free recruitment, cultural competency and understanding unconscious biases, to name a few.

“When you look at diversity work now, it’s a one size fits all program, and this does not address the nuances of antiblack racism.” Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor Diversiry and Inclusion Coordinator exist, but there, anti-black racism still results in a small black community placing last in too many categories. Taylor dives into the history of blackness, 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

other races. “When you look at diversity work now, it’s a one size fits all program, and this does not address the nuances of anti-black racism,” said Taylor. “I’m focusing in on this because blacks rank at the bottom.” Using contemporary anti-black racism issues in both Ontario and Wisconsin, along with comparative data, Taylor presented the need for stronger inclusion and diversity programs here in Wisconsin, as well. Taylor’s work is largely in diversity and inclusion training, in which he touches on issues like inclusive leadership, barrier free recruitment, cultural competency and understanding unconscious biases, to name a few. Taylor pushed for a clearly defined diversity strategy in order to see change in the unique racial situation blacks find themselves

in due to white supremacy. A student in attendance at Taylor’s presentation noted, “For people to attack anti-black racism, they have to look right through white supremacy. It’s already here.” A call to action was ultimately what Taylor left with the students and faculty in attendance on Wednesday. For people to talk about, and admit, that anti-black racism exists right here is Taylor’s first step. Institutions then need to realize current diversity strategies support anti-black racism, but they must also have a clearly defined strategy that addresses antiblack racism specifically. Developing stronger accountability methods for these institutions must follow. Only then can policies be created that enforce

“Dr. Taylor was very clear about not conflating or confusing diversity with racial diversity, or class diversity, because once you become more specific in the language you use, you become more true to the thing that you’re really trying to address.” Richard Breaux UW-L Professor personal accountability for anti-black racism. “Tangible and visible consequences need

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to arise,” said Taylor. “We all need to be proactive.” Richard Breaux, professor of ethnic and racial studies at UW-La Crosse, added, “Dr.

“History is not the past, it’s the life we live everyday,” said Taylor. “For Wisconsin, it is important understand what the root of the problem is in order to take action, act locally and then think globally.” Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

Taylor was very clear about not conflating or confusing diversity with racial diversity, or class diversity, because once you become more specific in the language you use, you become more true to the thing that you’re really trying to address.” “History is not the past, it’s the life we live everyday,” said Taylor. “For Wisconsin, it is important understand what the root of the problem is in order to take action, act locally and then think globally.” Taylor honed in on anti-black racism, which has not wavered, and he articulated this through his knowledge of diversity work and black history.


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Thursday, october 22, 2015

The Drinking Age:

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To lower or not to lower

By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

One of the most controversial topics talked about lately is whether or not the legal drinking age should be lowered or not. While federal law states that the official legal drinking age is 21, there are several reasons why it would be conducive to the safety and the experience of Americans to lower this age to 18. For starters, the legal age of adulthood is 18 in the United States. At 18, new adults can vote, register to enter into the armed forces, and even get married without needing parental permission. An 18-year-old will be tried as an adult in a court of law, and is expected to be completely morally developed by this point in their lives. My question is, if we are expecting an 18-year-old to lay down their life for their country if that were their choice, then why do we deny them being able to have a cold beer at the end of the day? If we are going to assume in a court of law that an 18-year-old is of complete adulthood status, why do we say that they are too immature for a drink or

“Studies have shown that that adolescents are much less likely to binge drink with a lowered legal drinking age.”

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two? There is argument that “a drink or two” is significantly less than what the average teenager would be consuming at any given time. However, studies have shown that adolescents are much less likely to binge drink with a lowered legal drinking age. Part of the reason this works this way is that once you take out the illegality of drinking,

it becomes much less appealing to those who are drinking for the sole purpose that they are not supposed to. This is not news, society knows this is why teenagers do most of the illegal things they do. So then how do we fix te binge drinking and overdosing problem, even if the drinking age is lowered? My answer is this: If we regulate school, club and other institutionalized events with some level of alcohol being taken in, it will be easier to teach adolescences the dangers and problems that come with drinking. Back when the legal drinking age was still 18, school-sanctioned events such as dances and the prom would have kegs of beer, and even a cocktails station. It was not uncommon for high school seniors to have a glass of beer or wine at dinner with their families. While it may not be a good idea to let fledgling adults loose with as much alcohol consumption as they please, the important part of allowing 18-year-olds to drink at official events is regulation. If we can allow these new adults to have a safe, monitored environment in which they can learn how they handle alcohol themselves, we will have less drunk-driving accidents, less binge drinking situations and more young people will be able to understand how much alcohol is too much. This hands-on approach may seem a little unorthodox, but it is a safer way to slowly introduce new adults to the world of alcohol, and ultimately, the responsibilities that come with being able to drink.

By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

As college students, the majority of us have been exposed to the world of alcohol, whether it has been actually partaking or being in the presence of people who are or have been drinking. Due to how common it is for alcohol to be around people our age, we have become desensitized to it and don’t see it as that big of a deal. This has lead to a commonly accepted belief that lowering the drinking age wouldn’t be that big of a deal because of how easy it is for kids who are underage to get their hands on alcohol. Lowering the drinking age. however, has many negative consequences that people should be aware of before formulating their opinions. One of the biggest negatives of underage drinking is the toll it takes on brain maturation. According to studies done by the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, structural brain changes are occurring from ages 4 to 22. Ingesting large amounts of alcohol during this time period can cause major problems including prevention of the brain fully developing. This prevents youth who drink too much during this time period from reaching their full potential mentally, and can have major impacts on their lives. Many studies suggest that adolescents who drink are more likely to have issues with memory loss as they continue to age. Although the drinking age already resides in this

“Many studies suggest that adolescents who drink are more likely to have issues with memory loss as they continue to age. ”

Another issue with lowering the drinking age would be the effect it would have on college students. Studies show that students who drink regularly do worse in school, and have a lot of trouble balancing their responsibilities. Lowering the drinking age would make it easier for younger students to get into drinking, and start to fall behind in their studies. Lowering the legal drinking age would also make it easier for high schoolers to get alcohol, which could be detrimental to their life goals. Most high schoolers don’t know someone who is over 21 that would be willing to buy them alcohol, so drinking isn’t as prevalent at that point in their life. However, the lower the drinking age gets, the easier it is for high schoolers to get their hands on alcohol. This

“Lowering the drinking age would make it easier for younger students to get into drinking.” can lead to students falling behind in their classes, and at a point at which they are trying to get into schools and are starting to gain many more responsibilities, that’s never good. In conclusion, even though many of us as college students have become desensitized to the negative effects of alcohol given its prevalence in everyday life, lowering the drinking age would have many negative effects on America’s youth. Alcohol causes issues with brain development in adolescents under the age of 22, and can lead to students falling behind in school. So given the choice for our generation to succeed, or for our generation to drink, what would you choose?

zone, it would not be wise to lower it, and make it more socially acceptable for younger people to drink.

Do you trust Hillary? By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

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Whether you’ve heard the good, the bad or the ugly, it’s time to unravel a bit of our Secretary of State’s morality and discuss whether or not she’s honest enough as a candidate for president. We’ve all heard the scandals of Ms. Clinton, but it really comes down to what’s true. Will Clinton prove to uphold her word? Will her claims to maintain Medicare, support small businesses and lower college costs be enough? According to The Washington Times, “Fifty-three percent of U.S. voters say former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not honest and trustworthy”. That’s an astonishing number considering she’s just one of the leading candidates in the race for the democratic party. It may not be a surprise, to

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any, that a candidate may fail to be honest. However, some of the actions and statements that Clinton has originally stood by have later transpired to an entirely different story on not one, but several occasions. Lately, the popular scandal, and not the only one, involving Hillary includes a separate email account and her home computer. She deleted almost 30,000 emails before stating she should have used the standard governmentmandated emailing process. As politician Bernie Sanders put it on Tuesday night’s debate, “The American public is sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”. Many are seeing this as a stab at Hillary to clean up her act. Personally, I’m sick and tired of hearing about scandals when there are far more important issues at hand. Others saw this as a gift from Sanders, showing his respect for Clinton and some of her decisions. Anderson Cooper, CNN’s moderator for the evening, asked Hillary a forth-

“‘Fifty-three percent of U.S. voters say that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is not honest and trustworthy. ” right question “’You defended President Obama’s immigration policies, now you say they are too harsh. You supported his trade deal dozens of times … now suddenly last week you are against it. Will you say anything to get elected?’” Hillary, not only on this specific question, dodged Anderson. Often he was forced to ask her further about her political expediency. She finally refuted, “’I think like most people I know, I have a range of views, but they are rooted in my values and experience.’” Justifying her change of views does not make it any more real that Hillary caters to each individual venue she speaks at. Though she acknowledges her change of views, as far as I’m concerned, it’s irresponsible that she neglects to examine the effects that her ‘range of views’ as President may have on 318 million other people. Clinton may be a front runner in much of the nation’s eyes. You can see that her extensive platform may consist of equalizing women’s rights, building a cleaner America, a world-class education, and LGBT equality. Nonetheless, she has ample room for improvement. Clinton’s first step in achieving voter’s trust is: saying one thing, and standing by it, no matter if it was right or wrong. Clinton may also want to consider the fact that each alteration digs a deeper hole, and for me, it may not be one America desires to climb in. Classified

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Thursday, OCTOBER 22, 2015

Lazy cleaning hacks that will change you forever By Emily Hilby Staff Reporter

College students are busy. With classes, work, social lives and families, we don’t have time for much else. Unfortunately, that means letting cleanliness slip through the cracks. But the truth of the matter is that you probably have roommates, which means you really


should clean your apartment or dorm room every once in awhile. When you manage to

crawl out of the covers and finally decide it’s time to spruce up the place, don’t fret. There are some ways to clean that barely feel like cleaning at all. Which is basically the only way to clean, am I right? The first step to lazy cleaning is to walk around your house in “Swiffer Socks” instead of dusting. You know those amazingly cozy socks that your grandma gives you every year for Christmas? Slip on a pair of those babies and walk or slide around your place. Take them off and you’ve officially dusted and swept your floors by simply having feet. Throw them in the laundry and wash with your other clothes (that is if you ever get around to doing the laundry). Next, take some furniture polish and spray it on anything shiny. Doesn’t really sound like cleaning, and the effort truly is minimal. In the end, your fridge, oven, microwave etc. will shine enough for you to see your reflection, and with gleam like that, who could possibly notice the pile of dishes in the sink that has been there for a couple weeks? Speaking of dishes, the most dreaded of all cleaning tasks, there are some ways to make

less of that terrible mess. The worst dishes to do are definitely pans, blenders and other things used when you do some “serious” cooking. Make sure to line all pans you use with tin foil before they go in the oven. After you’re done, just throw away the tin foil and put the pan back in the cupboard. Why scrub

The best way to clean a fridge is to line the shelves with press and seal, the plastic food wrap. When things start to get gross, just peel off the liners and add new ones. Boom, you’re left with a spotless fridge without much effort at all. when you don’t have to? There’s also the dreaded blender. All you’re trying to do is make a smoothie so you can feel healthy for once, and then you’re stuck with an 18-piece contraption that you have to take apart piece by piece to clean. You don’t have enough time for this. The best way to clean a blender is to leave it plugged in when you’re

How-to Halloween Five do-it-yourself costume ideas to make your holiday spooktacular

By Miranda Martin Associate Reporter

Between getting to be whoever you want for one night and seeing all of your friend’s fun costumes, dressing up is the best part of Halloween. But as college students, most of us don’t have extra money to go to Halloween Express and buy a full costume, so we have to get creative with our DIY ideas. Luckily, there are many fun options to pick from. Here is a list of a few ideas to get you started.

Gumball Machine

This is a unique costume idea that looks very cute when finished but requires a bit of time to complete. allwomenstalk.com All you need are items you may already have: a red skirt, black top, colored pom-poms and duct tape. The red skirt works as the bottom of the machine, and the colored pom-poms should be glued to the black shirt to be the gumballs. The last step is to make a duct tape belt around your waist for a realistic effect, and to put a little duct tape in the middle of the skirt and write “25¢” on the tape.


This costume is definitely more “DIY” than others, so you’ll have to be crafty. Wear regular street clothes underneath, then buy lots of tulle (found at any craft store) and bunch it up. Sew the tulle onto the clothes themselves. If you don’t know how to sew, pinning works just as well. You’ll know you’re doing it right when your costume starts to look like one huge poof.

the strips have a fringe effect. Glue these strips evenly onto the dress with the fabric glue, and let dry. At the end, you should look just like a piñata, and you could even bring around candy to hand out.

Three Blind Mice


If you want a fun group costume, look no further. Get together with two other friends and dress in all black clothing. Now all you need to add are black sunglasses, a cane and mouse ears for a funny and recognizable

costume idea.


For a quick and easy last minute costume, dress up as an athlete. Any uniform, baseball, football, etc., will work! Just throw on the uniform, and you’re set. If you want to save further on cost, try to buy your props and supplies at madhatterfancydress. cheaper places. Check Goodwill and Dollar Tree before you go traipsing around Valley View Mall. No matter what you choose to dress up as this Halloween, the most important thing is to have fun with it. This holiday only comes once a year and is a great chance to show off your creativity and artistic talents.

done using it, pour some water and soap in and turn it on. The blender will virtually clean itself and in the end all you should have to do is rinse and dry. Hallelujah. Immediately following dishes, the refrigerator is probably the next worst item to clean. There’s this green fuzz growing where you’re pretty sure green fuzz is NOT supposed to grow, there’s someone’s sticky spilt soda that they never cleaned up and there’s a rancid odor emitting from one of the drawers. The best way to clean a fridge is to line the shelves with press and seal, the plastic food wrap. When things start to get gross, just peel off the liners and add new ones. Boom, you’re left with a spotless fridge without much effort at all. So whenever you’re dreading cleaning, just remember some of these tips and hopefully your cleaning excursion won’t be too terrible. If the tasks begin to become too daunting, just abide by the golden cleaning rule, “don’t and say you did.”

Hey UW-L! If you could be a superhero, what would your name be? By Alexandra Ronnestrand Associate Reporter

When thinking about my alter ego Zoress, who has unmatched fighting skills, I wondered what other people’s untold superhero names and powers. Here are ten people who revealed the identity of their inner superhero. “I would be the Distorter because my powers would be time distortion and also flying.” -Christian Sontag

Tyler: “I would be Peanut Butter Man and he would be Jelly Boy. I could shoot peanut butter like in a similar fashion that spider-man would shoot spider web. It can help me when I am fighting crime. Jelly Boy has the ability to shoot jars of jelly at people.” -Forest Mazzei and Tyler Maste “I would be the Banana Bandit because fruit is awesome, and I could climb trees and get free fruit all the time.” -Gretchen Quinn

“I would be the Amazing Amolia and super power would be the ability to make sure everybody is kind to each other so that people are as happy as possible and everyone’s life is amazing.” -Amolia Schumacher “My superhero name would be the Onnihilator because my last name is O’Neal and I wrestle, so I would annihilate people like the Hulk. With my pure strength.” -Sean O’Neal


To start, you’ll need a plain-colored dress, different colored crepe paper streamers and fabric glue. Cut the streamers into even strips, and then cut in the opposite direction so that

By Emily Hilby Associate Reporter

It is that time of year again. Leaves are giving off one last colorful hurrah before falling to the ground, pumpkin spice everything infiltrates stores and fall decorations start popping up with ever-increasing frequency. In the dorms, there is only so much room to decorate before your loveable roommate gets fed up and threatens to take back control of the shared living space. Jack-o-lanterns are also frowned upon in dorms for various valid reasons such as they are fire-hazards and can result in large messes. This limits decorating options, but do not lose hope. There is still plenty to decorate in order to get into this fall season: the door to your room. The door is a prime spot for decorating because it is visible to all that walk by, it leaves

“The Thinking Viking ‘cause I can read minds and I am from Norway, so I could be a Viking.” -Herman Henriksen

Fall decor for your door

your room available for actual living in your dorm room and the door provides a large canvas to work with. In order to get in the Halloween spirit, it is not necessary to break the bank, just a bit of craftiness is needed. One idea is a candy corn banner as seen on Pinterest by The Pin Junky. All that you need for the project is some white

“I can’t resist seasonal things at Walmart, honestly!” Libby Eckhoff UW-L Freshman

paper plates, coloring utensils, scissors, glue (not a glue stick) and string. First, take a paper plate and color an orange ring around the rim, then yellow for the center ring. Leave the center circle white since it will be the tip

of the candy corn. Then, divide the plate up into triangles like you would a pizza. Next, cut out the triangles. Finally, attach the candy corn pieces to the string using glue before hanging on the door. The result is a super sweet decoration for not much dough or effort. A classic Halloween decoration which is easy to create is a ghost. Just take either white cloth or paper and cover the outside of the door with it. Then, cut some shapes out of black paper for the eyes and mouth or draw them on with black marker. Now you have adorably haunting door to greet all that go by. Another cheap and easy idea is wrapping the door in crepe paper (A.K.A. rolls of paper streamers) or toilet paper. Add some eyes, and voilà! Your door is now a festive mummy perfect for getting into monsterfilled October.

One idea that may make you and your roommate very popular would be to stick candy on to the door with a sign saying trick or treat. The decorations may not stay put for very long, but giving out food equals instant friends and as any kid will tell you, the best part of Halloween any is the copious amount of candy. Since many of us are still kids at heart, candy is never a bad idea. The reasons for decorating vary. Some love fall. Anything fire colored, pumpkinesque and mysterious. Others want to bring a homey feel by adding little touches to celebrate the change of season. Freshman Libby Eckhoff ’s reason for decorating is, “I can’t resist seasonal things at Walmart, honestly!” And who can resist all the pumpkins, fiery colors and spooky nick-knacks?

Sports & Wellness Thursday, October 22, 2015

Justin Nichols Sports Editor sports@theracquet.net

Make sleep more of a priority!

By Tyler Frickson Staff Reporter

For years now, various public health officials have tried warning us about smartphones, television screens, and the fast pace of modern life in regards to how it can disrupt our natural sleep patterns, helping to fuel a rise in sleep deprivation. In fact, there are estimates that show that Americans now sleep anywhere from two to three hours fewer today than they did before the boom of the industrial revolution.

Currently the prevailing notion in sleep medicine is that humans have evolved to go to bed once the sun sets, and that we are now beginning to stay up much later than we should because of the sudden influx of artificial light, according to Jerome Siegal, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at U.C.L.A. However, there is a new study that is beginning to challenge this notion. After studying several different hunter-gatherer societies, the Hadza and San tribes in Africa, and the Tsimané people in South America, they found that Americans on average are sleeping for about the same amount of time. It is important to note that these tribes have remained relatively the same for thousands of years and operate with no electricity.

However, there is a new study that is beginning tochallenge this notion. After studying several different hunter-gatherer societies... they found that Americans on average are sleeping for about the same amount of time


Jerome Siegal, Professor of Psychiatry

These findings are significant because of how health authorities have recognized poor sleep patterns as becoming rampant across America, and have suggested that a person should get a minimum seven hours of sleep on a consistent basis in order to maintain good health. Other studies also suggest

Dietary Supplements Safe? By Nicole Witt Staff Reporter

A common solution for dietary neglect is pills and supplements. Sometimes it is simply difficult to get every bit of nutrition someone needs for a healthy, full diet. Some things can be very expensive and some can be time consuming. Advertisements are everywhere, from vitamins to dietary supplements. Buyers tend to assume that what they are purchasing is safe and okay to use. But not everyone pays attention and reads into detail what they are actually putting into their bodies. Dietary supplements cause thousands of Americans to be sent to the hospital every year. Most adults take at least one supplement every day or occasionally. These can be found in the form of vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies and many more. They are shelved in pills to powders to drinks and energy bars. Busy lives can defer people from getting what they need. So to make up for it, they seek another way and do not fully educate themselves. There are a variety of reasons people are sent in. A lot of supplements are found in the pill form. This could lead to choking. There are many cases of children taking pills that are for adults. Also, some older adults have choked as well. Common supplements that were a culprit in hospital visits were either for weight loss or energy boosting. People aren’t always able to check in then check out either. A large portion of the population finds themselves in for a lengthier visit to receive more treatment. Doctor Andrew Geller of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

has taken a huge step by researching and studying supplements to try better understanding what thousands of Americans are doing. He found that not everything needed is listed on the labels, and not all people are reading or understand what is listed. “We don’t have information about what’s contained in these products. And often times multiple active ingredients are combined into a single product. In addition, similarly named products can have very different active ingredients. For all those reasons it can be hard for consumers, clinicians and public health agencies to determine which, if any, of the specific active ingredients caused the observed effects.” Despite these things, there are good cases for supplements. Some people are unable to get proper nutrition on their own. They may be physically incapable of properly eating or there is some other sort of hindrance that makes supplements a necessary part of their diet routine. Supplements can aid a person struggling. One should not just depend on their pills or powder to get them through a healthy life though. Before diving into a supplement, be sure to research. There are many certified articles on line. Also a trip to the doctor could be a smart choice. They could run tests and figure out what is best for the patient. Aside from doctors, there is a variety of health care professionals who are aware of what is out there and what may be best. UW-L Dining Services has a registered dietician as well to help students try to find the best ways to get their daily needs in with the food offered around campus.

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that a lack of sleep, when independent from other factors such as physical activity, can be associated with chronic diseases as well as obesity. Danica Polk, a junior at UW-L,

When a person sleeps less than seven hours a night on a regular basis, they open themselves up to problems such as: weight gain and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, depression, and an increased risk of death described her own sleep pattern by saying that, “I try to get about seven hours of sleep whenever I can.” She went on to explain that she does this because with too little sleep she cannot focus during the day, while too much sleep would cause her to have difficulties getting up and ready to face the day. When asked why she chooses to maintain this regular sleeping style, Danica explained how there is always so much to do in the day, and how she cannot afford to slow down. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), insufficient sleep is a problem in America caused by societal factors such as round-the-clock access to technology as well as constant work schedules. They also recommend an adult should get seven to eight hours of sleep per night and that the average American typically sleeps less than the minimum amount. Therefore, when a person sleeps less than seven hours a night on a regular


Danica Polk, UW-L Junior

basis, they open themselves up to problems such as: weight gain and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, depression and an increased risk of death. Because of this, it is recommended a person always tries to monitor their sleep habits and develop a consistent habit for sleep. Taking the extra few hours to sleep could potentially be the difference between good health and habits, and a shorter future.

Volleyball team earns a split on Saturday By Dustin Skolaski Staff Reporter

The UW-La Crosse Eagles volleyball team split its matches Saturday afternoon as they hosted out of state opponents Augustana College and Dickinson State University. UW-L had the pleasure of hosting the whole weekend and looked to end on a high note after Friday’s 2-0 record. The first match for UW-L was against Augustana and the first set went UW-L’s way as the Eagle’s took a 25-21


Jessica Jablonski, UW-L Sophomore was named to the All-Tournament team

victory over the visiting team from Illinois. Augustana however would calm down and find their composure and edge UW-L in the last games by margins of 4,8 and 7 which would clinch the first UW-L loss of the invitational. This UW-L team has been down and fought it’s way back many times this season so it was no surprise to see the team keep their spirits up and take the next match against Dickinson State University 25-22. Dickinson State University, from North Dakota would then take the next match with a narrow 2 point victory over UW-L. UW-L would then take the third in thrilling fashion as the win by 2 rule got the game up to 29-27, the highest scoring UW-L game on the season. Dickinson State University would battle back and take the fourth set and force an overtime game. UW-L has been no strangers to overtime contests so far so it was of no surprise to see UW-L once again emerge victorious in the 15 point set to take the match. Sophomore Jessica Jablonski was the lone UW-L player to be named to the alltournament team rounding out the final game. UW-L would’ve liked to have swept the invitational but can not be upset with a 3-1 showing which leads them to 16-8 on the season. This UW-L team which has surpassed last season’s win total has just a few more matches left before entering the all important WIAC tournament early November. Wednesday, October 28 will be the last time to catch the UW-L team in home action at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.

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