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“Reaching Across Cultures” builds cultural awareness By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the College of Business Administration (CBA) sponsored a program entitled “Reaching Across Cultures: A Conversation with International Faculty” in the Cameron Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. The purpose of this event was to promote greater cultural awareness throughout the UW-La Crosse community by allowing some of the international faculty members in the CBA to share their personal stories in a more

“The purpose of the event is to increase cultural awareness through the diversity of the feelings and experiences of our international faculty.” Dr. Laurie Miller Department of Economics relaxed, casual setting outside the classroom. In addition to this, audience members had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions

about their experiences and personal stories. “This event provides some of our faculty with the opportunity to share their experiences of living and working in a culture

“I think it is extremely beneficial for all of us to see things through the eyes of others. This helps to reduce stereotypes that can be very harmful in our interactions with others and works to build a feeling of community and empathy for one another.” Dr. Laurie Miller Department of Economics that is not their own. The purpose of the event is to increase cultural awareness through the diversity of the feelings and experiences of our international faculty,” said Dr. Laurie Miller, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at UW-L. The panel of international faculty that was present at the event represented a large array of diverse cultures, including faculty from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Brazil. The panel consisted of professors from many

different departments within the CBA, specifically, the Departments of Accounting, Economics and Business Management. Through the personal stories shared by panelists, audience members were able to see just a sliver of the lives that these people lead. Although their stories consisted of telling the many differences between their own cultures and the American culture, they also described ways in which their respective cultures are similar to that of the United States, as well. After attending the event, many audience members felt that they had gained some insight into other cultures that they had not known before, and that alone was enough of a benefit for them. Miller further commented on the benefits that this event holds for all students, staff, and the greater La Crosse community. “I think it is extremely beneficial for all of us to see things through the eyes of others. This helps to reduce stereotypes that can be very harmful in our interactions with others and works to build a feeling of community and empathy for one another,” said Miller. Miller also observed that the overall purpose of the event is relatable to all people.

The UW-L campus specifically is one that represents a large number of different cultures and backgrounds, and that number is constantly growing. A fast-growing campus community housing many different walks of life demands that more recognition be given to the large amount of diversity that surrounds the UW-L population on a daily basis. “Our students engage with people from other cultures in their classes and elsewhere on campus and will more than likely do

A fast-growing campus community housing many different walks of life demands that more recognition be given to the large amount of diversity that surrounds the UW-L population on a daily basis. so in their jobs, as well. It is important that they both recognize and respect the diversity around us,” said Miller. Want to know more regarding this event? Contact Miller at lmiller2@uwlax.edu or reach by phone at 608.785.6865.

Anxiety at the end of the alphabet: Generations Y and Z

By Abe Packard Associate Reporter

According to a recent article in Psychology Today, the college students of generations Y & Z are more prone to anxiety than any generation before. This has been a popular subject in recent months as an article on the subject was also run in the Atlantic and discussion in various psychology forums has been ongoing. Unfortunately, while the psychological health of the student is being

Here at UW-La Crosse, it is the commonly held opinion that student stress has been increasing. examined at great length, these studies and hypothetical causes rarely make it to other fields of academia. To further examine the situation on our own campus, four professors from two different science departments that fall under different colleges addressed what rise in stress or anxiety, if any, had been observed.

Here at UW-La Crosse, it is the commonly held opinion that student stress has been increasing. The professors in the biology and archaeology departments all stated that with the most recent generations, they have seen an increase in students feeling like they couldn’t cope as well. Opinion was split, however, on how well such stress represented the reality of the situation. In biology, one professor felt that most of the anxiety was due to a down-turned economy with the resulting slump in jobs, a squeeze that would increase the stress felt in any population as resources dwindle. Another gathered that a rise in helplessness was occurring as students are taking less responsibility and initiative and relying more on the professors to help them along. Stress is rising from real-world problems while perhaps being exacerbated by protected worldviews. This matches closely with events in the archaeology department where a similar increase in anxiety has been observed. This has also been attributed somewhat to the job market, though in this case, it is a perceived

source of stress as job opportunities have been holding steady, but the characteristic “Helicopter Parenting” of the Y-Z generations is also to blame. Not only are the parents responsible, though, as one professor referred to gradeanxiety, saying, “I have kids in school now. If they don’t get an A on something then they can bring it in to the teacher and make it up somehow to an A. That may be part of it.” Indeed, other professors have had the problem with students requesting that “something be done” about a grade or project with great expectation but little or no reason

This has also been attributed somewhat to the job market, though in this case, it is a perceived source of stress as job opportunities have been holding steady, but the characteristic “Helicopter Parenting” of the Y-Z generations is also to blame. other than a low grade. It appears that the psychology forums are correct; there is a grand trend that spans

the nation whereby the new generations are receiving heavy damage at the lines passed by their forerunners. Explanations vary,

Indeed, other professors have had the problem with students requesting that “something be done” about a grade or project with great expectation but little or no reason other than a low grade. but the favorites at the moment appear to be a lack of both healthy stressors and individual competition necessary to bolster the mind against stress as the occasional pathogen strengthens the immune system. Like any attack on the system, however, it is treatable. Such treatment comes in the form of inoculation, games of skill and direct competition. For more information see The New College Experience at: https://www.psycholog ytoday.com/ collections/201510/the-newcollegexperience.

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By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

There is a lot of coverage circulating in the news about the University of Missouri protests. As many of you probably know, about 30 African American football players refused to play in any games until the university principle resigned or was fired due to his lack of addressing the blatant racism and hate crimes on campus. These players were firmly supported by coaches and fellow students, and have all clearly made an impact on the American people. However, it is questionable whether or not University of Missouri’s President Tim Wolfe was and is responsible for creating such a hostile school environment that would cause protest on this huge scale. It is difficult to place blame on any one person for violence and mistreatment such as this, but the protest did cause action to be taken. On Monday, Nov. 9, the president stepped down from his position due to overwhelming pressure from the student body and the nation. The school also would have lost $1 million if they had forfeited the following Sunday’s game against Brigham Young University— a loss they would not have been able to afford. The protest may not have needed to go as far as to force the president of the university into resigning, for it is nearly impossible to place blame on one single person for the racist acts committed by many individuals. It can be argued, however, that the president is to blame for allowing such negative proceedings to occur on his own campus. This particular call to action issued from the athletes of the school got the nation’s attention: No more football unless we kick this Wolfe guy out? Now

By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

they had everyone listening. Perhaps it was a bit of an extreme to accuse this one man of being responsible for all of these race crimes, but it certainly did give the student body and everyone who had their back something to fight for. Wolfe became the face of criminal racism on the Missouri campus, whether he was responsible or not, and due to that, he had to go.

“The protestors knew what kind of change they wanted. ” A good protest brings about change where change is needed— and by that definition, the protest by the athletes and students at the University of Missouri was a good protest. I would especially like to compare this protest to the protest that occurred in Ferguson. This protest was peaceful and intelligent. The protestors knew what kind of change they wanted, and they understood that in order to get there, they had to make sure they were heard and understood by other members of the nation. Ferguson, on the other hand, knew that change was needed, but went about it in a very violent and inefficient way. Burning down your own city may get people to notice you, but it is not going to bring about the positive change that you want. In regards to our own campus, we could learn a thing or two from the protests here at UW-La Crosse. If the students want change, it is important that they organize themselves in such a way as to be heard and enact that change while causing as little collateral damage as possible. This is the only way a protest can be deemed truly successful, and is the way to make sure things don’t get destroyed for the sake of change.

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Over the course of the history of the United States, we have depended on our military to gain and maintain our independence, as well as protect us from numerous other threats to ensure our nation’s safety. In order for this to happen, thousands of selfless individuals have dedicated themselves to protect their nation, and have done things for this nation that are impossible to be repaid. In order to honor these people, every year on Nov. 11, we honor members of our nation’s services on the holiday Veterans Day. There is some controversy behind Veterans Day though, due to the name. Many believe that Veterans Day excludes current people in service, and this belief has stirred up some issues in the past few years with the holiday. Veterans day was originally created by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919. He made an address on the anniversary of the day that enemies of the U.S. laid down their arms ending World War I. He did this in order to honor the troops that fought in the war, and celebrate the Armistice that helped to end World War I. After Wilson’s address on Nov. 11, 1919, pushes were made in order to make Armistice Day a national holiday, dedicating a day to the cause of world peace. As it continued to be celebrated over the years, veterans from other wars were being recognized alongside those who helped bring peace during World War I, and the day became better known as Veterans Day, rather than Ar-

mistice Day. This has caused misconceptions of the holiday, with people believing that the sole purpose of the holiday is to celebrate veterans. It is important to honor veterans, but it is also important to honor those who did not get the chance to become veterans, or who are still in service. Over the past few years, there have been some pushes made in order to change the name of Veterans Day to National Day of Service. These proposals were made in order to make Veterans Day more inclusive. If this were to go through, the National Day of Service would honor Veteran’s, people who died in battle, and current service members that are still sacrificing so much in order to keep our country safe. It would not only honor members of the military, but also first responders of our nation that help maintain peace and safety in the states. Overall, changing the name to National Day of Service would be beneficial in order to avoid misconceptions and give everyone the recognition they more than deserve. It is important for us to be grateful for all of the people who work hard in order to keep our country safe. There are many nations in the world that don’t have militaries or first responders that are looking out for the citizens of their country, and it is something that we as a nation are truly blessed with. Each and every one of us should take time out of our lives, even if it isn’t Veterans Day or National Day of Service, to be grateful to the people of service who help us live safe and peaceful lives.

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According to dosomething.org, “Every year in America, it’s estimated that 2.11 million puppies are sold that originated from puppy mills, while 3 million are killed in shelters because they are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.” Ever wanted a puppy? This is your chance to save one. There are many options to getting a furry friend. Adoption centers, friends, breeders and puppy mills. What is a puppy mill? “A commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on profit with little overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is not a priority.” Though many breeders don’t seem to be up front about their intentions, there are smaller market breeders who run puppy mills. Often times puppy mills focus on maximizing profit, and rarely the health of the animals. The worst abuse often affects the mothering-female breeding dogs. The Humane Society argues, “You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller-you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill […] The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family.” Often times, people are tricked into buying a dog from an owner whose dog may just have had a litter, but really they come from a comparable operation to puppy mills. You can never really be sure to trust these sources. These puppies are frequently malnourished, disease infested, infectious and so much more. Receiving a puppy under such conditions would not only be heartbreaking, but also cause a very

serious array of expensive medical issues to handle in the near future. Adopting, however, is the right thing to do. There are over 3 million puppies dying in shelters because they are not being adopted. Not only is adopting a feel-good act, but it has many great benefits. Financially, adopting is much cheaper. Up to 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred dogs. These dogs often come with a hefty price tag, from puppy mills. If you’re looking for a purebred, why not save money and a life by adopting?

“Up to 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred dogs.” Generally, shelters look into the complete evaluations including vaccinations and microchipping prior to adoption. Most shelters also pay to have puppies spayed or neutered to prevent abuse of reproduction, similar to the maltreatment in puppy mills. Shelters evaluate puppies and consider their health conditions before making animals available for adoption. Most, if not all dogs, have great health when put up for adoption. This meaning that the new owners would have little to no medical expenses to worry about. It’s important to consider, and investigate your options when buying animals. In most states, puppy mills are banned and considered illegal. However, it really is up to the discretion of the buyer to investigate the circumstances that the puppy is in. Adopting not only presents very credible health information, but also can be seen as inexpensive and humbling. You’re not just saving a puppy’s life; they’re also saving yours.

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Not your average biscuit: Easy dough-based meals and snacks By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

Biscuits go with a lot of things. We can eat them with chili, make biscuits and gravy or slather them with butter and jelly; there is no wrong way to eat them. So why not

Say for instance someone wanted to make Nutella rolls, cinnamon rolls, or donuts with jelly in them. It can be done. make biscuits into a meal themselves? For breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks, biscuit dough is made to be versatile. There are many easy and delicious ways to convert biscuit dough into waffles, Nutella rolls and more. Breakfast is said to be the most important

meal of the day. Start it off right with waffles baked with bacon bites. Grab two packages of Pillsbury biscuit dough and some bacon. Fry the bacon up, and, when ready, place a portion of the bits into one flattened out package of dough. Place it into the waffle maker and repeat with the second case, and voila! For another tasty breakfast, cook up some sausage and eggs, then place them in individual biscuits, toss it all in the oven, and wait till golden brown. Other favorites like pizza and burgers can be turned into biscuit style meals, as well. For miniature pizzas, place individual biscuits in the sockets of a cupcake pan. Dab or douse on marinara sauce, cheese and pepperoni. To mix it up, try other toppings, but not too many. Place them in the oven till you’re satisfied. There aren’t many things better than cheese, so why not make cheese bombs? Set

the oven to 400. Grab the biscuits, preferably the ones that come in sets of eight, from the refrigerator, and separate. Place a one-inch cube of cheese in each biscuit. Fold them up and put in the oven for roughly 10 minutes.

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For added deliciousness, melt half a stick of butter and add Italian seasoning and garlic powder to brush over the cheese bombs when they are done. There are many different foods that can be stuffed in the middle of a biscuit. Say for

Hey UW-L! What’s the funniest thing your pet has ever done? By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

It is getting to be the tail end of the semester, where sleep becomes to more elusive than Sasquatch. It lurks behind all of the stress, papers, projects, work, and attempts at having a social life teasing you. Even when you do manage to catch some Z’s, you wake up feeling less than bright eyed and bushy tailed. Well, you are in luck; here is your guide to deep rejuvenating sleep. 1. Try to set aside at least eight hour of sleep a night. This may not always possible with all your responsibilities between work and school, but it can help you to have goal to try to get bed at a decent time rather than get caught up watching Netflix only to find it to be the wee hours of the morning. 2. Unplug from all your electronics an hour before bed. There are scientific reasons behind this but the gist is that the light from the screen mess with your circadian rhythm and tricks your body into think that it is daytime and that you should be up. Yes, this does include putting away your cellphone, don’t worry you can check it the morning for all that you missed. 3. Stop having caffeine in the evening. The point is that caffeine gives you energy which is not what you want when try to sleep. You do not need cut your favorite drink in the evening necessarily, just opt for caffeine-free or decaffeinated version instead. 4. Save your bed for sleeping or relaxing. Avoid doing homework and work in bed because you start to associate you bed with work instead of sleep which makes that much hard to shut of your brain for the night. 5. Make a to-do list. It is a common occurrence for many people, being unable turn off your brain as soon as your bed hits the pillow. It starts off by listing all the things you need to do

“Daisy likes to stay fit by walking on the treadmill.” Quentin Burant

“My cat was laying on our desk and when he stretched he lost his balance and rolled off the desk into my mom’s rock garden. He doesn’t lay close to the edge anymore.” Erin Wick

“One time my dog caught a bee in her mouth and held it in there for like a couple seconds and then spit it out.” Emily Ingram

“My puppy, a lab, gets scared of her farts and growls and her farts wake her up.” Amanda Vanderheid

“Bell will chase Cookie around the kitchen. When Cookie stops, she lays down & Bell will continually bark in her face and Cookie will just take it.” Daniel Traverso

My dog will start sneezing to get our attention for a treat or to go outside. She won’t bark until we look at her or if we ignore her for too long.” Jacob Sparks

Seven changes to make for a better night’s sleep By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

“My dog humped my sister’s head once.” Sammi Fitzsenry

“My dog bit the tail of a turkey we saw on a walk and the turkey started flying away and held my dog in the air for a bit.” Alan Barta

“One Tuesday evening my fish was swimming around it’s tank and made a lot of bubbles.” Mason McMation

“One time my fish literally jumped out of its tank, flopped onto my dresser, and then fell behind my dresser. But don’t worry, he still lived for another year after that!!” Jackie Schuster

Tis the season to watch holiday flix

By Emily Hilby Staff Reporter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the holiday season. A white Wisconsin snow will blanket the ground, holiday cookies will fill our bellies, ugly sweater parties will become a common occurrence and best of all, we will get a blissful break from school to spend with family and friends. During this time off from classes, students will finally get a chance to unwind and relax. What better way to do this than to curl up in a blanket and your fuzzy Christmas socks and enjoy some of the best movies of the holiday season? If you’re snowed in, or just don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas is the way to go. This incredible line-up of holiday movies

instance someone wanted to make Nutella rolls, cinnamon rolls or jelly donuts. It can be done. To make Nutella rolls, preheat the oven to 350°, flour and sugar the bottom of the muffin tin pan and roll out each biscuit. Spread on about 2 tablespoons of Nutella on each one, roll them up and cut into three sections. Place the three pieces into one section of the muffin tin. While they cook for 15 minutes, take 4 oz of cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and stir together to make an icing. For easy cinnamon rolls, roll the biscuits into one large one, spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter, then cinnamon and sugar over the dough. Roll in up, cut into 6 parts and place in the oven for 20 minutes. With endless ideas, create your own with peanut-butter and jelly, apples, or another of a delicious sort. Bon Apatite!

kicks off Tuesday Dec 1 and goes through Christmas Day. Start clearing your schedule and heating your cocoa because this years line up is loaded with all the reindeer and snowflakes you’ll need to get you in the Christmas spirit. It has everything from the holiday classics like A Christmas Carol and Home Alone to modern hits like Elf and Fred Claus. So if you’re planning on staying in by the fire this holiday season, tune in to ABC family for some of the most heart-warming, hilarious and classic shows to grace your television this holiday season. If you’re feeling like braving the snow and decide to make it to a movie theatre, you won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of incredible holiday shows as well as blockbuster films coming out this season. Love the Coopers is released in theatres Nov 13. This flick follows the Coopers as four generations of extended family come together

for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. This holiday comedy features Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keeton, and Alan Arkin and is anticipated to be one of best holiday films released this year.

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Every once in a while the holidays can be a little much, so if you’re not feeling a festive

tomorrow, but then a few skips and jump later it turns into worrying about that thing you did three years ago that most likely no one but you still thinks about. To avoid this cycle of craziness make a list of things you need to before you go to bed so you can stop stressing and actually fall asleep. 6. Make time for a wind-down activity. It is easier to fall asleep once you are relaxed. There are any options to choose from such as: nighttime yoga/stretching, journaling, reading (although try to avoid books with cliffhangers because it easy for one chapter to turn into three), listen to music (hint probably not heavy metal), put out everything you are going to need in the morning (so you can sleep in longer), and so on.

Save your bed for sleeping or relaxing. Avoid doing homework and work in bed because you start to associate you bed with work instead of sleep which makes that much hard to shut of your brain for the night. 7. Stop hitting snooze. Hitting snooze in the morning is just oh so tempting in the morning, but you need try and resist. By hitting snooze and going back to sleep it confuses your body as to whether or not you are supposed to be awake or not so it makes you even sleepier when you do get up and start your day. Hopefully these tips help you find the seemingly mythological thing called sleep so you can wake ready for whatever you day has in store, whether that be hunting sasquatch or, more likely, conquering your finales.

film, don’t fret! There are tons of blockbusters coming out soon that aren’t focused on Santa, reindeer or tinsel. This list includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a long awaited thrilling continuation of the Star Wars saga. Sisters, a non-holiday comedy featuring Amy Pohler and Tina Fey will hit theatres Dec 18. These are just a few of the many options available in theatres during our holiday months. Whether you’re staying in or going out, feeling a holiday film or wanting something different, there will be something for your viewing pleasure this holiday season. So grab a blanket and some coca, curl up and appreciate chestnuts roasting on an open fire (or something to that effect) while you enjoy some of your favorite festive flicks.


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Justin Nichols Sports Editor sports@theracquet.net

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Women’s Soccer has record setting season By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

The La Crosse girl’s soccer team made history last week when the Eagles received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. This was another milestone toppled for the Eagles as 2015 was a season full of record-breaking performances from a team that was projected to finish only fourth in the WIAC. This was a team that had a lot of question marks coming into the season as the Eagles had 12 freshmen for the 2015 season. “The upperclassmen did a great job of including the freshmen and making us feel like a part of the team,” said freshmen forward and leading goal scorer Alex Cording. “For the most it was a whole new team.” With the leadership of senior captain Kara Bednarek, the Eagles were able to answer the question marks and put the pieces together for a special season.

“We found a groove and were able to finish a lot of games... but at the same time we knew we had to keep working hard.” Kara Bednarek UW-L Soccer Captain, Senior

After starting the year with a record of (4-3), the Eagles went on a school record 8 game winning streak that was capped off with a road victory over nationally ranked UW-Whitewater. “We found a groove and were able to finish a lot of games,” said senior captain Kara Bednarek.”But at the same time we knew we had to keep working hard.” The victory not only bested the previous record

of 7 straight wins set by the 1994 and 1999 teams, but it also put La Crosse at 5-0 in conference and put them in the driver’s seat for their first conference title since 1996. However their next conference game ended with a 3-2 overtime lost to Stevens Point, which set up a crucial conference showdown Oshkosh who the Eagles were tied with atop the WIAC with a record of (5-1). The game was a physical and heated battle that ended in a 1-1 tie. With the tie against Oshkosh the Eagles were finally able to end the 19 year drought and clinched a share of the WIAC title. They earned the two seed in the conference tournament, where they would face off against the UW-Whitewater Warhawks. However the Eagles would fall in double overtime to the Warhawks and many thought their season would be over. However due to their impressive season, the Eagles received an at-large for the NCAA tournament and are set to face off against Pomona-Pitzer on November 14th. Head coach John Murphy knows they are in for a challenge with Pomona-Pitzer, “They have two or three really good players, they won their conference tournament and play good possession soccer.” The second year coach believes his team is ready, “We have had 3 days of training that I was happy with and if we make good passes and communicate we have a great chance.” Bednarek added, “If we show up and play our game it doesn’t matter who we play on Saturday as long as we play our game.” Note: The Eagles were unable to win their game against Pomona-Pitzer this past Saturday, falling 3-0

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