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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay, D e ce m b e r 3r d , 2015

By Clayton Kemp Associate Reporter

“Just talk. I don’t know, I guess I’m just raising my hand to say that it’s real and to tell you to talk about it. Nobody’s saying anything. Just talk,” said a UW-La Crosse student in attendance at the TEDx “Let’s Talk about Anti-Asian Racism—For Once” this past Tuesday. The night opened up with a presentation from Dr. Roi Kawai, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at UW-L. Kawai then proceeded to lead the group into an open forum style discussion.

“Asian-ness is not one-ness. Asianness is a lot of differences. We are not one, and we need to acknowledge the diversity, but the hope is to come together in soldiarity to solve the problem.” Dr. Roi Kawai UW-L Professor

The first attempt at discussion ultimately led

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to silence but after the statement to “just talk” by a courageous student, hands shot up and mouths started moving.

“People, when asked about racism, they tend to focus on white and black most of time. It’s true many don’t pay Asians as much attention.” UW-L Foreign Exchange Student The night was structured in a unique way, in that, Dr. Kawai would talk about the issue from his own perspective, and also present other TEDx presenters on the issue via media before switching back to small and large group discussions. “Asian-ness is not one-ness,” said Kawai, “Asian-ness is a lot of differences. We are not one, and we need to acknowledge the diversity, but the hope is to come together in solidarity to solve the problem.” Kawai made it clear early on that the goal of being present at that presentation was to tackle a couple of key questions:

1. Why are Asian voices so often silenced when we talk about questions and issues of racism? 2. How can Asians, Asian Americans, and allies unite in the struggle for racial justice? “People, when they talk about racism, they tend to focus just on white and black most of time,” said a foreign exchange student in attendance. “It’s true many don’t pay Asians

“I do think there were a lot of fingers pointed. Pointing fingers at white people and calling us names like that is racist against white people and not getting us anywhere. Why are we making groups about racism and not just looking at the problem without fault?” UW-L Student

as much attention. That’s what I liked about it.” The discussion atmosphere of this

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presentation prompted a lot of good conversation and brought some strong

“Just talk. I don’t know, I guess I’m just raising my hand to say that it’s real and to tell you to talk about it. Nobody’s saying anything. Just talk.” UW-L Student opinions to the surface. Another student, also wishing to remain anonymous, stated after the talk, “I do think there were a lot of fingers pointed. Pointing fingers at white people and calling us names like that is racist against white people and not getting us anywhere. Why are we making groups about racism and not just looking at the problem without fault? Some people tonight needed to realize that all white people are not racist and instead tackle this thing together.” The Tedx presentations are unique because they involve other TED talks, listening to speakers, and then discussing their reactions. in the room.

Terrorism in Paris: A Student’s Perspective

By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

On Friday, Nov. 13, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) occurred in Paris, France and Paris’s northern suburb of Saint-Denis. The attacks lasted from Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 14.

The outpouring of support for the victims of the Paris attacks on Friday, Nov. 13 caused many others to shake their heads in frustration due to the lack of support for other national events. There were three suicide bombings outside the Stade de France national stadium in Saint-Denis as well as many mass shootings at four other locations in Paris. The attack had the greatest effect at the Bataclan theatre in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. The attackers took people hostage and also engaged in a shoot-out with the

“I have already felt the effects of walking down the street and being looked at in a disgusting way. It hurts me so much to know that I am being viewed based on the actions of those that aren’t ‘true Muslims’.” Jasmine Néhari French Muslim Resident police until 12:58 A.M. Overall, the attacks left 137 dead, 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

including the seven perpetrators. Over 350 people were injured, 50 of which remain in critical condition. The attacks are considered to be the worst France has experienced since World War

On a more personal note, many Muslim people are beginning to feel the effects of the Paris attacks in France. II and the worst in all of Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004, perpetrated by a local cell of Al Qaeda. The rest of the world has felt the reverberating effects from these attacks in Paris, particularly the United States. Almost immediately following the attacks, people all over the world were changing their Facebook profile pictures and captioning them with the hastag, #PrayForParis. The outpouring of support for the victims of the Paris attacks on Friday, Nov. 13

“The people who are ‘true Muslims’ that practice the Islamic religion for what it is would never commit these devastating acts.” Jasmine Néhari French Muslim Resident

caused many others to shake their heads in frustration due to the lack of support for other national events. In the same week as the Paris attacks, suicide bombers killed 43 people and wounded over 200 more in the Beirut suburb of Bourj el-Barajneh. Many were outraged that the attacks in Paris received significantly more national attention than the attacks in Lebanon did. Amidst all of the tragedy and horror that

these attacks have brought upon not only for what it is would never commit these France, but the rest of the world in general, devastating acts. It is because of the acts of many issues rose to the surface regarding some truly evil people that I am feeling this national security, allowing Syrian refugees dark cloud of oppression upon me,” said into the United States, and the way in which Néhari. Although Néhari is just one Muslim the world now views people of the Islamic woman living in France who is feeling the religion. On a more personal note, many Muslim effects of these attacks, these feelings ring true people are beginning to feel the effects of the for a majority of the large Muslim population Paris attacks in France. “I have already felt in France. the effects of walking down the street and being looked at in a disgusting way. It hurts me so much to know that I am being PRESENTEd BY: viewed based on the actions of those that aren’t ‘true All proceeds benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign M u s l i m s ’,” said Jasmine Néhari, a M u s l i m woman living SATURdAY, dECEMBER 5 in France SATURdAY, JANUARY 9 who is a close, SATURdAY, FEBRUARY 13 personal All events start at 8am friend of one of the writers Raise pledges for the race for The and receive an embroidered Racquet. winter beanie or fleece blanket! “ T h e PRESENTING SPoNSoR: EVENT SPoNSoRS: GoLd SPoNSoRS: people who are ‘true Muslims’ that practice SILVER SPoNSoRS: THE INSURANCE CENTER • MATHY CoNSTRUCTIoN the Islamic doN’S ToWING & REPAIR • L.B. WHITE CoMPANY BRONZE SpONSORS: RAdiSSON • dAhl AutOmOtivE • mOKA • KwiK tRip • ROAd id religion





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Stop blaming Muslims, start blaming ISIS By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

Addressing the Syrian refugees

If you haven’t turned on the news, or picked up a newspaper lately, you might want to consider it. “France is at war,” declared President Francois Hollande on Monday, November 16th. After the six attacks, France, specifically Paris, was left grieving for those wounded and dead. At least 128 deaths have been reported, and many severely injured. While many are trying to decipher who it is that France declared war with, I’m trying to understand how people can blame an entire group of Islamic followers— or Muslims. There have been accusations that this war will be fought against ISIS, and France proved their power after striking ISIS in Syria. I can agree that these attacks are frightening, heartbreaking and relentlessly terrifying. France is not safe, and many argue that America is a new focus target for ISIS. ISIS has stated, “We swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.” Though the safety of many countries is very

uncertain at this time, it’s important to realize that no individual group of people can be at fault. Many are speculating that Muslims are to blame for these attacks. Apparently, all Muslims are represented by this atrocious, torturous carnage. For those who

“ISIS has stated, “We swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.” haven’t learned what Muslim is quite yet, it’s a follower of the Islamic faith. Muslims, defined in a dictionary, have absolutely no association to any sort of terrorism. We cannot blatantly characterize a mass group by what a great few have chosen to associate with. That is, though some Muslims have been associated with ISIS, not all Muslims can be equated with terrorism. There is mass confusion regarding the link between Syria, Paris and ISIS.

ISIS is an extremist Islamic group with strongholds in Iraq and Syria, also referred to as ISIL. Their goals in Syria are many, but ultimately, focus on eliminating Christianity and martyring thousands of Christian people. Syrians, specifically, are fleeing by the thousands, scared for their lives and almost 4 million are considered refugees. What the media fails to focus on is ISIS executing mass genocide through terror in Syria. In reaction, more than half of the U.S. governors have irrationally denied Syrian refugees. However, factually, it is not within governors’ authority to decide these things, it is up to the Federal U.S. Government. In response, Obama mocked, “We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on an exaggeration of risks. Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States”. The terrorist attacks in Paris are undeniably intimidating and agonizing. ISIS is threatening and daunting. However, it’s time that we stop accusing an entire group

of people for these killings. Those involved with ISIS are Muslim Extremists meaning they vow to do anything to uphold their religion.

“Stop blaming Muslims for these atrocities; start blaming ISIS. ” Know the facts, not the fabrications. We need to immediately stop blaming all Muslims and Syrians. Obama couldn’t have said it better, “The values that we’re fighting against ISIL for are precisely that we don’t discriminate against people because of their faith. We don’t kill people because they’re different than us. That’s what separates us from them.” This is a wakeup call—stop blaming Muslims for these atrocities; start blaming ISIS.

Don’t you forget Post-Thanksgiving about movie music ranking of classic food “Don’t you, forget about me, don’t don’t don’t don’t, don’t you, forget about me.” After reading this, most people are probably singing the song “Don’t You (Forget about Me)” in their head, and thinking of the movie “The Breakfast Club.” That’s because songs like that have helped enhance movies since the beginning of cinema, and have turned viewing a movie into an emotional experience. Not only do movies make these songs infamous, but sometimes these songs make the movies just as big in today’s society. Let’s take a look at why we can’t forget about such a big part of today’s society.

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“There are two kinds of iconic movie soundtracksthe original movie scores and the songs independent of the movie that move makes gain the rights for. While songs independent of the movie are great, movie scores also make a huge impact on the movies.” There are two kinds of iconic movie soundtracks—the original movie scores and the songs independent of the movie that movie makers gain the rights for. While songs independent of the movie are great, movie scores also make a huge impact on the movies. Imagine trying to watch “Star Wars” or “The Lord of the Rings” without music. The plot lines are still great, but a lot of the experience has been taken away. Whether the songs are something as iconic as the “Rocky” theme or just background music for an intense scene, these scores bring so much more emotion into the movie. Throughout all of cinema, scores have always been a part of the reason that I have always loved film.

Independent songs have also always brought a lot to the table as well though. The aforementioned “Don’t You (Forget about Me)” has always been associated with Judd Nelson (main actor in the movie) walking across the football field throwing up his hand. But there have also been many times where songs weren’t expected to be iconic as they became. For example, in “Rocky III”, directors planned to use “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen for the main fight song, but they were unable to obtain the rights. Because of this, they had to resort to their second option—“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. Nowadays, that wouldn’t seem like such a bad trade, but back then, the directors didn’t know whether it would work out or not. Music didn’t only shape movies in the 1970’s and 80’s, though. Now, a lot of artists are finding success making music for movies. In some recent years, artists like The Weeknd (“50 Shades of Grey”) have had a lot of help achieving their current success by creating music for movie soundtracks, and artists like Eminem (“Southpaw”) have had a lot of additional success making songs for soundtracks. In addition to artists, directors like Sam Mendes, director of the 007 movies, have been working to utilize music to help enhance their movies, and create recognition for songs in their movies such as “Skyfall” by Adele. In retrospect, music has had a huge impact in film over the last 50 years. There have been scores that have forever stayed with us like “Star Wars,” and songs that bring back emotions from watching movies such as “Don’t You (Forget about Me)”. So next time you watch a movie, make sure to not forget about the music, the unsung hero of film.

By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

Thanksgiving is a time for us, as Americans, to celebrate things we are thankful for, spend time with loved ones and commit mass gluttony for the sake of bounty and good health. Here is a definitive ranking of ten of this past Thanksgiving’s classic dishes based on variability, texture and of course, taste. 10. Cranberry Sauce While not the most popular side dish of a Thanksgiving meal, cranberry sauce deserves a spot on the list due to its sweet alternative to the more robust Thanksgiving dishes. It does have a rather bitter taste to it as well as sweet. However, if you eat it straight from the can like my family does, you may have a problem with the slimy texture. 9. Mashed Potatoes It may seem a little harsh to place mashed potatoes at #9 on this list, but know that I am including all kinds of mashed potatoes in this category: Mashed potatoes with their skins baked in, sweet mashed potatoes, mashed potatoes drenched in butter, etc., etc. While these dishes are a common staple to any Thanksgiving meal, they don’t rank very high because they are not necessarily associated with Thanksgiving and are not that special in themselves (sorry, mashed potatoes.) 8. Casserole Some casseroles may seem rather nasty and out of place on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but some are a delicious addition to a classic meal. Placed at #8 on this list due to possibility of variety, casseroles can be an interesting twist to any Thanksgiving meal. 7. Yams Who doesn’t love some sweet yams on Thanksgiving? Warm treats that can bring out the sweet ‘n spicier side of the table, yams are a super yummy addition. However, the texture of yams is rather squishy and grimy, so it may not be for everybody. 6. Cranberry Salad Cranberry salad is a dish made from whipped marshmallows, whipped cream, mashed up cranberries and other fruits. It is definitely more dessert-like in essence, and is one of my personal favorites on Thanksgiving. With a rather smooth and creamy texture, this candied dish is not necessarily a classic, but should definitely be considered as a wonderful Thanksgiving option.

5. Bread What is any meal without bread? Thanksgiving is no different to any dinner when it comes to bread. It is a traditional side dish that can be served in a variety of ways. It can be buttered, jellied, drizzled in honey, baked with cheese, meats or

“What is any meal without bread?” any other way you can think of. Ranking high on this list due to variability and just plain yumminess. 4. Gravy The gravy served at your Thanksgiving meal must outdo any other gravy you’ve had all year. It must be creamy and rich, but also have that robust meaty taste to it we all love. This one ranks at #4 on this list because of its classic uses and delicious variations. 3. Stuffing At this point, we all should know what stuffing is made out of (the insides of the turkey), but that doesn’t mean that this dish isn’t a scrumptious staple to the Thanksgiving meal. While it may turn some away due to the rather interesting ingredients, the stuffing ranks at #3 on this list because the taste overcomes the way in which it is made. 2. Turkey One may argue that there is no Thanksgiving without the turkey, and that may very well be true. When made correctly, the turkey is the centerpiece

“I wouldn’t have even shown up to Thanksgiving dinner if there wasn’t any pie.” of the meal. It is juicy and moist, while retaining the rich flavor we all look forward to. 1. Pie Personally, I wouldn’t have even shown up to Thanksgiving dinner if there wasn’t any pie. This ranks at #1 on this list because it is one of the few times a year that you can devour as much pie as you want and no one can judge you. There are so many different kinds of pie that can be served at Thanksgiving— pumpkin, apple, peach, pecan, blueberry, cherry, blackberry, strawberry, peanut butter and French silk. If I could eat all the kinds of pie offered at Thanksgiving, I would. I implore you to do the same.


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Thursday, DECEMBER 3, 2015

The Racquet’s declassified Wisconsin winter survival guide By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

If you’ve never lived in Wisconsin during the brutal and unforgiving winter months, there’s a couple items you’re going to need. Stock up and prepare yourself before the weather becomes unbearable and you don’t want to leave your dorm! A Sturdy Pair of Boots In the Wisconsin wintertime, ice is abundant. If you don’t have a nice pair of boots, you’ll soon be slipping and sliding all over. They will also keep your toes toasty warm instead of having slush and water seeping through to your feet. Another good purchase would be a nice winter coat, along with a hat and mittens. A Sense of Humor Whether you buy boots with sticky soles or not, you’ll most likely slip on the ice a time

or two anyway. It happens to everyone, and it’s quite funny when it’s not you. So when you take your turn at falling, just grin and bear it - we have all been there.


Stock Up on Warm Foods When you get home from a long trek in the snow, you’ll want soup, hot chocolate, or your favorite warm meal. Make sure you have enough on hand that your want can become a reality...and maybe if you have a really nice roommate, they’ll have it waiting for you.

UW-L fraternity and friends dance their booties off to benefit sick kids By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

From the moment the SAE Dance Marathon kicked off early in the evening November 20th, there was a sense of community and fun from those who had gathered for Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s second annual event. There was no going back once everyone hit the dance floor in Cartwright Center. The event is all about raising more money for the children’s hospital. For eight hours, “you can’t sit, you can’t sleep and you can’t consume caffeine” Kyla Jones, the vice president of the fraternity states. By the look of the faces of the dance crowd, I did not think there was a chance of that.

“[The Fraternity] is looking to make this a major event on campus like Relay for Life “ Kyle Jones, SAE Vice President

Compared to last year, the event had a significantly higher turnout with just under 200 people. Simon and Taylor, two senior fraternity members noted on the difference from last year’s mere three people to the astounding number of people this year. This rather new tradition at the University of La Crosse is held by hundreds of schools across the US, but only in infancy stages here, most people who had heard of the event were from sororities or other fraternities. Beginning the event, the morel dance was

taught to the crowds and later throughout the night, there were themed music topics like Zumba, swing dance, and throwback. Along with the lively music, there was bag toss, coloring stations, snacks, and even a costume contest. Laughter and dancing were in abundance that turned into sympathy and joy for the seven families who spoke at the event. It was really inspiring to hear the families speak about their child and how the money being raised is going to an amazing cause. The first family of the night to speak had two children born with their intestines and stomach on the outside. Hearing their story along with seeing their adorable children up on stage running around, laughing, and smiling made the event quite spectacular. “[The dance marathon] actually builds up throughout the night, like the intensity of it and what not” Kyle Jones says. From the start, it seemed everything but intense and Kyle said, the intensity did build up. “If everything goes well this year and we hit our marks, we are actually going to petition the school government to have it in the rec center next year” Kyle says. With other small changes such as moving the event to the University’s rec center, bringing in more sponsors, and perhaps ordering Topper’s pizza, “[The] [Fraternity] [is] looking to make this a major event on campus like Relay for Life is.” After attending the event, it would seem hard not to. There are high hopes for this event to build and fund more upon what they have already accomplished. It will be exciting to see what next year brings us.

UW-L theatre presents a classic

The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, a dark, daring play about sexuality, longing, madness, and yes, the famous “Stella” scream. After losing her family’s plantation, a fragile and distraught woman named Blanche finds temporary shelter in the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s hot-headed husband Stanley. However Blanche’s lies and delusions of grandeur lead her to explosive confrontations with Stanley and tension in her sister’s marriage. Tormented by her tragic past, loneliness, and Stanley’s cruelty, Blanche struggles to keep her grasp on reality. Senior Theatre Performance Major, Erin Gassner, has put in hours of research as the production’s dramaturg towards studying the psychological aspects of abuse, sexual assault, and post-traumatic stress disorder found within the script. “It’s a beautiful play, but frightening. The characters were constricted to very rigid gender roles, and if they so much as tiptoed outside of them it was socially unacceptable,” Gassner said. Streetcar examines the repercussions of such gender roles in the 1940s. We watch Stanley use manipulation, violence, and even rape to enforce power, but never do we witness anyone attempt to stop him. This play’s portrayal of the cycle of abuse is why Gassner finds this piece particularly relevant for students at UWL. “Assault unfortunately happens often

on college campuses; there’s a very active nightlife in La Crosse. Someday we may come into contact with these situations. Stella, Stanley, Blanche...they may be a little older than us but we can use them to look ahead towards figuring out how we want to shape our own lives.” A Streetcar Named Desire will play at 7:30 p.m. December 4-5 and December 10-12 with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on December 6 and 13 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 30. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.

If you go— Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts What: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Where: Toland Theatre Hall When: December 4-5 & 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m. Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.

Stock Up on Food in General Sometimes Wisconsin winter actually gets so crazy that the snowplows cannot get through the streets...on these days when you can’t even get to the store, you’ll be thankful for your overstocked food. For general advice on this topic, basically just prepare as you would for a zombie apocalypse. Skis The only way to make winter fun if you hate the snow is to take up a winter hobby. It doesn’t have to be skiing, you could snowboard go tubing or pick up hockey! Even making snow angels or building a snowman could make the gloomy day a bit brighter. Whatever you choose to do, buy the gear and get going! Candles The winter wind gets so strong that you will experience a power outage AT LEAST once this winter, probably more. For times like these, you’ll need some candles to finish

studying notes for your exam the next day until the power comes back on. A Nice Sweater Who says the colder months mean you have to throw away your style? Sweaters and scarves can be a fun way to accent your look while staying warm. Ice Scraper If you have a car here and don’t have a place to park it indoors, you’re going to need to scrape ice and snow off of it daily. Buying a cheap ice scraper will save your fingers from having a close call with frostbite. More than anything, you’ll need to have a positive attitude. La Crosse is a beautiful campus when it is covered in snow, and winter is the perfect time for cuddling. When you look on the bright side, you won’t just be surviving winter, you’ll be thriving in it!

How to hosts the best “Friendsgiving” By Emily Hilby Staff Reporter

As college students when we think of what we are thankful for, plenty of things come to mind: Coffee, naps, puppies, Thanksgiving break, potatoes, and much more. One thing we are super thankful for are our friends. Let’s be real, college wouldn’t be the same without your hilarious lab partner, your sarcastic roommate, your quirky best friend and the rest of the people you love to associate with. Who says the holiday for eating food and being thankful should exclude our friends? “Friendsgiving” is just what it sounds, a thanksgiving feast/party/extravaganza for you and your best friends. The perfect occasion to eat your body weight in potatoes, enjoy the company of your favorites, and not have to be questioned on whether or not you’re going to graduate anytime soon.

If they’re your friends they will understand and know that you have no idea how to make a turkey and that if you tried you’d probably burn down your apartment. The key to hosting the best “friendsgiving” party is the food (obviously). Most people get hung up on the turkey. The process of buying, making it, stuffing it etc. can be such a hassle. While admittedly an important element in more adult thanksgiving gatherings, turkey is relatively unnecessary in any “friendsgiving” festivity. If they’re your friends they will understand and know that you have no idea how to make a turkey and that if you tried you’d probably burn down your apartment. Instead focus your baking energy on potatoes. For a proper “friendsgiving” fiesta, nothing short of a starch filled, buttery, cheesy,

cornucopia will cut it. Proper “friendsgivings” offer potatoes of every variety: mashed, baked, au gratin, french fries, cheesy, with/without gravy, even potato chips count! Potato in every form is welcomed and encouraged.

While potatoes should clearly be the main event, other foods are encouraged as well. Welch’s Sparkling grape juice adds a certain air of classiness to the event, crescent rolls count as homemade in college, and pie as per usual is always anticipated and appreciated. If you’re having your guests bring a dish to pass, tell each one individually that they are the one that is bringing potatoes, wait until “Friendsgiving” Day and be delightedly surprised by all the taters coming your way. While potatoes should clearly be the main event, other foods are encouraged as well. Welch’s Sparkling grape juice adds a certain air of classiness to the event, crescent rolls count as homemade in college, and pie as per usual is always anticipated and appreciated. Apple, chocolate, pumpkin, cherry, chocolate - there is no wrong kind of pie to eat at your “friendsgiving.” However you decide to spice up your meal, there really isn’t a way you can go wrong, if there is anything your friends love more than you, it’s food. Hosting a “friendsgiving” is like a fun trial run. You get to eat with your favorite people and if for some reason isn’t all you wanted it to be, you still have actual thanksgiving to make up for it.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

2nd half surge dooms Eagles basketball

By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse fell to 16th ranked Hope College 65-47 at Mitchell Hall on Friday, November 20th. In the first ever meeting between the two schools, it was UW-L who was able to get off to a fast start and able to mount a 22-14 lead. However, Flying Dutchman Dante Hawkins made a three pointer that capped off a 12 to 4 run to tie the game at 26 with 2:33 left in the first half.


Devin Yurk, UW-L Junior had a team leading 13 points for the Eagles

Less than a minute later Hope College took their first lead with Dutchman Ben Gardner’s jumper and tacked on a couple of free throws to take a 32-29 lead into halftime.

The Eagles missed their final 5 shots from the field to close out the first half and overall were unable to record a field goal in the final 6:25 of the first half. UW-L was able to cut the lead to 36-33 on Ben Meinholz jumper with 17:22 left in the game. But once again the Flying Dutchmen answered with a 13 to 2 run that was aided by four UW-L turnovers to push their lead to 49-35 with less than 11 minutes left in the game. UW-L cut the lead to 12 with a pair of Austin Fritz free throws, but that was as close as the Eagles would get, as the Flying Dutchmen were able to dominate the rest of the game and cruise to a 65-47 victory. The Eagles shot just 20% (5-25) and missed all 5 of their three-point attempts from the field in the second half, compared to the Flying Dutchmen who shot 46.2% (12-26) in the second half. For the game, the Eagles shot 28% from the field, including 33.3% from three-point range, and 71.4% (15-21) from the free throw line. UW-L was led by Eagle Devin Yurk who scored a team high 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half, Ben Meinholz had a solid overall game scoring 9 points and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Ryan Kruser scored 8 off the bench for the Eagles. The Flying Dutchmen of Hope College overall shot 40.7% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from three-point range. The Flying Dutchmen were led by Ben Gardner who finished with a team high 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Sam Otto chipped in with 11 points. It was the Flying Dutchmen’s first game of the season as they start the newyear at 1-0, while the loss puts the Eagles at 1-2 to start the season. The team plays Friday night, December 4th against Coe College.

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