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Aguilera student housing on the rise: an inside look By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

If you’re familiar with the area near the corner of West Ave and Badger Street, then you’ve most likely seen the new workin-progress building behind Kwik Trip. Aguilera – the Spanish word for “eagle nest”, a connection to the UW-L mascot – is the newest off-campus apartment complex in La Crosse, modernized to fit the varying needs of a variety of students and La Crosse residents. Construction for Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions’ newest complex, Aguilera, began in early September of 2015 and is expected to be finished and ready for tenants to move in beginning June 15, 2016. Conveniently located just a short walk from the UW-La Crosse campus, the new complex will feature an onsite coffee shop, fitness center, outdoor courtyard/patio, and off-street parking. There will be 39 parking spots in an enclosed, heated parking garage. There will be an additional 35-onsite parking spaces outside the garage. The complex also has enough room for roughly 70 bikes to be parked. Aguilera also has made a deal with the UW-L campus that will allow them to reserve roughly 100 parking spots in the commuter lots that are exclusive to Aguilera residents. All units will have stackable washer

and dryer units (not coin-operated), and a majority of the units will have balconies expanding off the units that will overlook the outdoor courtyard, rooftop garden, and nearby streets. The balconies also offer breathtaking views of the city, especially ones of Granddad’s Bluff and the surrounding bluffs. In addition to the complex’s featured amenities, there will also be some state-of-theart internal amenities that will set Aguilera apart from other apartment complexes and

“Our business is truly about fostering an environment that is adaptable to all of our tenants’ needs. When planning for Aguilera, we surveyed a variety of our existing tenants and asked them what they would like to see in the new building.” Jeremy Novak Director of Operations Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions caters to the desires of the tenants. Jeremy Novak, Director of Operations for Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, said, “Our business is truly about fostering an environment that is adaptable to all of our tenants’ needs. When planning for Aguilera, we surveyed a variety of our existing tenants

and asked them what they would like to see in the new building.” After reviewing some of this input, it became clear to the development committee that some of the most common complaints students have regarding off-campus student housing were slow WiFi networks and noisy neighbors. To remedy these issues, Aguilera will have the fastest WiFi network in all of La Crosse (exclusive to Aguilera and included in monthly rent), and the infrastructure of the building will be specially engineered to reduce sound transmission from unit to unit. “Although these internal features came at an extra cost to us, we sincerely believe that it is these specific elements that will make Aguilera a more convenient and enjoyable place to live for all tenants,” said Novak. There will be 51 three-bedroom units and 7 two-bedroom units. There is a couple of different layouts for the units, some with higher square-footage and some with less. The units range from $465-$495 monthly, depending on which room layout the tenant chooses and which floor the unit is on. Aguilera also offers some remarkable and essential safety features. The building has dozens of security cameras that will be in operation 24/7 as well as onsite management. “Security cameras will be positioned in front of all elevators and entrances so that we can see exactly who is entering and exiting Aguilera at all times,” said Norma Pfaff, Leasing

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“All of the stairwells are positioned up against glass windows facing the street, so that if anything was to happen inside, people from the exterior would be able to see and report it immediately.” Norma Pfaff Leasing Agent, Aguilera to see and report it immediately.” “At Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, we really pride ourselves in providing highquality customer service to our tenants. We strive to meet the needs of all of our tenants, whatever those may be. I think that is something that is really unique to this area and certainly something that is beneficial to students,” said both Novak and Pfaff. Leasing for 2016-2017 is currently underway! If you have any questions regarding Aguilera, are interested in taking a private, guided tour of the complex, or want to begin your leasing process, contact Jeremy Novak at Jeremy@threesixty.bz or at 608.790.5589.

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Hate is a (Donald) Trump value By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

I’m not sure about you, but I wasn’t too keen on seeing Donald Trump fall into second place at Iowa’s caucus this past week. That’s a little too close for comfort. Maybe that’s a testimony to why he’s still in this race. Unfortunately, there are many uninformed voters in the United States of America and Trump continues to dominate conversation and entertainment worldwide. He’s nothing more than a selfish businessman with little to know about foreign policy among numerous other skills to purely represent America. He’s downright asinine. Sadly, the presidential campaign has failed to suppress his horrendous opinions, and they continue on through platforms, comments, and interviews. Through his campaign for the 2016 election alone, Trump has demoralized and objectified women (which shouldn’t surprise anyone), failed

to maintain professionalism on all mediums, has discriminated against numerous groups of people, and has also shown mass amounts of racism towards other groups of Americans. If our own president won’t stand up for our citizens, who is going to? Hate shouldn’t be an American value, and Trump blatantly disagrees.

“Hate shouldn’t be an American value, and Trump blatantly disagrees. ” “Making America great again” is a slogan that I can’t wrap my head around. Not to say that America isn’t broken, because there are plenty of things that need reform and revision, but Trump isn’t the ‘fixer-upper’ we need. Attacking numerous civil liberties, stripping away women’s rights and remaining oblivious and ignorant to many environmental and foreign issues don’t seem to be things that our

UW-L Greek Life Presence

By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

Anybody who has seen any movie about college is aware of the common misconception that fraternities and sororities are just organizations that students join in order to party. Depending on the school though, this isn’t always the case. Here at UW-La Crosse, the fraternities and sororities are seen helping out the community and organizing fun events. I talked with some of the presidents of the fraternities and sororities on campus, and ended up learning a lot about Greek Life and hearing about some really cool opportunities that being involved presents. For the Greek Life organizations on campus, giving back to the community is very important. Members help out at events that are put on by their chapter and also volunteer outside of that as well. Members of the UW-L chapter of Alpha Phi logged over 500 hours of community service during just the spring semester of 2015. UW-L’s Delta Sigma Phi fraternity chapter also logged over 1,000 hours over the 2013-2014 school year. Not all chapters have published how many hours they’ve contributed to the community, but if each organization puts in that much time, it would add up to over 6,000 hours of service each year, which is about three yearsworth of one person working full time. Some of the fraternities and sororities donate the majority of their time, services, and money raised to a specific cause. The Alpha Xi Delta sorority, for example, does a lot to support the Autism Speaks cause. As a chapter, they raise about $5,000 a year for the organization through many of the events they put on, which is also a big part of what Greek Life does on campus. One of the great things about being a student at UW-L is the fact that there is always something going on. No matter what day of the week, you can be involved in something fun happening that day. Greek Life contributes to this tremendously by organizing dozens of fun events throughout the year. Throughout the spring semester, we have a bunch of great Greek Life events coming up. Jenna Horton, last term’s president of Alpha Xi Delta, told me about events the sorority plans to host this coming spring, such as Light It Up Blue, a worldwide event where people light up buildings with blue light to spread autism awareness. They also host the AmaXing Challenge: Step It Up 5k, a 5k walk/run around campus, which also helps spread autism awareness, and helps to support Autism Speaks. Greek Life also helps out the community in their own ways. For example, the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity organizes Operation River Watch, which was started in 2006, to help prevent alcohol-related incidents that result in accidental drownings. These kinds of operations are a huge help to the community, and people visiting La Crosse. Any movie about college has taught us that the experience wouldn’t be the same without Greek Life, and this is very true. The fraternities and sororities aren’t affecting college life in the stereotypical way though, but in a more positive way, by helping out the community. If you happen to be interested in learning more about what they do, or potentially joining one, you can check out each fraternity and sorority’s website at: https://www.uwlax.edu/University-Centers/Chapters/

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Founding Fathers would have wanted for their future government. I suppose it’s reasonable to focus on a few areas that might be among his most rational thoughts. Some of his more sensible platforms revolve around creating more jobs in America instead of outsourcing them and focusing on economic growth without relying on other nations. This seems to be the only opinion that I can settle with. Job growth has always been a position that candidates concern themselves with, however, every candidate does this. What makes Trump any different? Some of these outrageous platforms consist of cutting Common Core education spending, stating climate change is nothing but a hoax, and directly bombing ISIS. Cutting Common Core education strips away the learning of core studies including mathematics and English language arts. Common Core testing standardizes benchmarks across states which mainly urges staff and students to

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strive for a common benchmark goal. Continuously so, Trump demonstrates his mass oblivion on climate change. Ignorance isn’t an American value that epitomizes presidential image either. Instead of showing ignorance, inaccuracy and idiocrasy on these subjects, it’s time to start placing our polling points elsewhere. For the safety of you and everyone else, I think we’d rather approach bombing ISIS differently. Perhaps this is where a foreign policy brush up would benefit Trump. When I think of a president, I think of someone on my side, my neighbor’s side, and my family’s side—not someone tearing all of us down separately for different reasons such as gender, sexuality, and race. When did hate and fear become valued in the United States? Better yet, where does hate fit into ‘making America great again?’ Donald Trump fails to embody the unique differences that Americans have long sought to stand for. Hate will not be an American value.

The not so slow death of the University

Whether it is the daily public shootings that obliterate human lives or the language used to obliterate the cultural existence of “others,” violence has become part of the everyday. Everyone seems stunned by this new surge of aggression that is reshaping public life. Although a great deal has been written and said about it, what is written and said are mostly descriptions of local events: disconnected commentary on the assassination of nine African-Americans in Charleston, the cancelling of classes at the University of Chicago owing to a bomb threat, or Donald Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric about immigrants and Carly Fiorina’s vicious narratives about Planned Parenthood. No one seems to want to connect these bursts of violence to each other let alone to an underlying social logic. This is not because no one is aware of the relations of these brutal occurrences to larger social questions. Rather the silence is caused by the same rule of violence. Violence produces silence about violence. But one should never forget, as the rise of Third Reich has taught us, silence is itself a form of violence. In his analysis of the inversion of class relations in the United States, What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Thomas Frank argues that connection between class and values are blurred by representing actual and objective social phenomena as the effects of subjective causes. For example, “poverty” which is an effect of unequal economic relations is said to be caused by moral and spiritual deficiencies of the poor. Consequently, attending to cultural values, being pro-life or favoring gun control, supporting gay marriage or advocating racial profiling as a security measure, are seen to be more important in setting social policies than dealing with the economic conditions of daily life that actually produce those values. Violence is assumed to be caused by “evil,” something which is independent from actual social conditions. To explain violence in terms of economic and class conditions of the supporters of Ted Cruz, whom The Daily Beast calls “the Syrian Muslim Hunter,” or the shooters in San Bernardino has in effect become a taboo. In the popular analyses, which are in fact thinly covered ideological commentaries, the mind is always said to be over matter. Universities used to be where these ideological misconceptions of social reality were analyzed and the conditions that produced them were critiqued. The British critic Terry Eagleton recently wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education that the university as a place of critique is effectively dead: “as professors are transformed into managers [and] students are converted into consumers” it means the end of the time “to reflect on the values, goals, and interests of a social order too frenetically bound up in its own short-term practical pursuits to be capable of much self-criticism” (“The Slow Death of the University,” April 6, 2015). The university, by managerial violence, has been transformed into a trade school. This violence has now reached the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which seems to be in the process of a slow death as a place of critique. “Good” teaching, for example, is

increasingly defined as that which is numerically quantifiable. At the end of the semester students fill out an electronic survey that reduces the classroom lessons to consumer metrics, teaching them to disconnect what they have learned after fifteen weeks from the purpose of their education. In turn, faculty are inundated with the standardizing language of management-speak—”assessment” and “learning outcomes”—that reduces teaching to the delivery of independently measured, corporate-dictated skills. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is being turned into a training ground for the workforce for corporations and big business. My own teaching, which is a form of critique, has been seen by some as a transgression against the institutional commonsense. I bring to the classroom diverse views on a subject so that students can see different interpretations of issues whether we are reading a poem or a novel, seeing a film, or discussing how to write well-formed sentences and analytical essays. Recently, the photograph of me that, along with those of other faculty, hangs outside our Department’s office so that students can easily recognize their teachers was de-faced by someone who was angry about having to learn to make connections among seemingly unrelated issues through critique, to become thoughtful and go beyond the description of cultural surfaces. I believe to be educated is to become self-reflexive and to understand what it means to live in a “global” world; to examine how language, economics, and culture reflect and shape our sense of identity and difference; and above all to think about what we experience—not to treat our experience as the threshold of reality but examine it in relation to its social conditions.

“The violent scratching out of my mouth from the photo, which is a form of silencing me, is the silencing of the university as a place of critique and open debates. ” The violent scratching out of my mouth from the photo, which is a form of silencing me, is the silencing of the university as a place of critique and open debates. The silencing of the university obliterates the last social space for critique. A society where critique is de-faced is a society in which violence rules and the world is represented as series of sequestered happenings, opinions, and actions. A world of isolated events and ideas is an alienated and alienating world, a world in which people are alienated not only from the world and other people but also from themselves. Social and self-alienation are the ultimate outcome of violence that reduces life to a lonely individuality in which Ben Carson’s rhetoric displaces thoughtfulness. Education, through critique, contributes to building a dis-alienating world. Dr. Rob Wilkie Associate Professor of English University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


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Be my funny little La Crosse Valentine By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

If you want to go somewhere typical for Valentine’s day, La Crosse has many cliche yet cute places to go, from The Pearl, The Riv, Olive Garden or Red Lobster. However, if you’re ready for a new year of fun date ideas and really want to wow your partner, try one of these original suggestions to do something unusual - and it will certainly be less crowded! Cupid (or my date!) Shot Me In the Heart If your date is fun-loving and possibly a bit competitive, take a trip to Shenanigans Entertainment Center & Sport Bar and enter to do some Laser Tagging! You’ll get your exercise in and do a memorable activity together that you’ll both love-and have lots to laugh about.

The Sweetest Date Possible Although Ranison’s is a local shop with homemade candy and ice cream, it is much less known than The Pearl. If you take your

Although [Grandad’s Bluff] is a popular place to go, it is not usually thought of as a Valentine’s day excursion. This original date will take your breath away with it’s beauty. date to 16th Street, they will be impressed with your insider knowledge of La Crosse, and you’ll have a very sweet time. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Being from Wisconsin, this is one date idea that is often overlooked, but it is perfect for this time of year, especially with how

much snow we just received! If your girlfriend or boyfriend loves the outdoors and isn’t a fan of getting too fancy and dressed up, this is the perfect compromise. Making a Dinner at Home Maybe not the best suggestion if you aren’t a good chef, but if you can impress your date with your cooking skills, this is a surefire way to keep their hearts-and stomach-happy. Make a fancy appetizer, main course, and dessert, and you’ll be sure to have a good time. A Great View If you drive up to Granddad’s Bluff, which will be a better view-La Crosse dusted with a sparkly layer of snow, or your date’s face? Although this is a popular place to go, it is not usually thought of as a Valentine’s day excursion. This original date will take your breath away with it’s beauty.

Top college apps to tap By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

With a tap, slip, or slide, now more than ever information, entertainment, and distraction rest in the palms of our hands. Only a simple touch is needed to open Pandora’s Box (or more likely the app to rock out to your favorite tunes). If you can think of something, then there probably is ‘an app for that.’ But some apps are more useful than others. Here are some of the top apps for college students.

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First you have your social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat and Instagram which are great for staying informed on what is going on with your friends, family, and even favorite celebrities. Be careful a quick five minute peruse to stay informed on these apps can quickly turn into an hour cyber creeping session on that one person from high school that you have not talked in two years. Beyond those three, another great social networking app to have is LinkedIn. Sooner or later our time at college will come to end and we all are going to have to go out face the terrifying reality of be full fledge adults in need of an income to support ourselves.

This app is useful for getting a head start on creating a professional network. You never know who you might know that can help you land that first career job. Another great app have if your banking app on your phone if your bank has one available (odds are it does). This a great tool to help keep on top of your budget. Especially since trips to the bank can be difficult if your bank does not have a branch near campus. If you are at all artsy Pinterest is great app to make you feel like you are being productive while marveling in others creative abilities. In reality you end up lying to your that you to will one day have the cutesiest of homes, cook gourmet meals on the regular, become a master at DIY, be as on point with your style as Audrey Hepburn, and also be expert in travel. On the rare occasions when the stars: time, money, and ambition align to attempt one of the ideas you deem pin worthy the result are never quite as pictured (That’s okay who care if the cupcakes are pretty? It is the taste that really matters. Right?) Want to find love (or well at least a temporary companion)? There is an app for that as well. In the college circle Tinder plays the pivotal role of matchmaker essentially allowing for you to setup your own blind dates. While the results maybe mixed at least you are put yourself out there and even it turns out dastardly you will leave with a great story. Like Videos? The YouTube can supply an endless supply on all sorts of topics. Looking for a quick laugh? Download the Vine app. Want something more substantial to watch? Check out the TedTalk app for stimulating videos a variety of topics for ranging from art, science, and beyond. If any these apps are not up your alley not to worry there is whole galaxy of them out

Skating Into my Soul Ice Skating is a fun way to do an active activity and spend time with someone you love. You can talk, and better yet, you can laugh every time you inevitably fall. A Date for Overachievers If you think Valentine’s Day is overrated, jump to the next popular Holiday and start coloring your milk green and dye your hair. St. Patrick’s Day is a better holiday anyway, right? If you’re single, never fear-any or all of these activities can be done with anyone you love! Call your parents or siblings, ask your single roommates to have a group date, or cuddle up to your dog-Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love and appreciating the people in your life. No matter how you choose to spend it this year, enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

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A sea of troubles By Lauren Berry Staff Reporter

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: The world’s largest collection of marine debris stretching across the Pacific Ocean from California to Japan. Brought together by the ocean’s currents, this massive area contains millions of plastic particles called microplastics that have broken down from plastic cups, toys, and whatever else is tossed into the ocean. Since plastic is not biodegradable, these tiny pieces of plastic will remain there forever. However, plastics only make up 30% of marine debris. The rest of the garbage sinks to the depths of the ocean where it is extremely difficult to retrieve. At such depths, the only life that can access it are the ocean’s creatures. The marine life may eat the debris or become entangled by fishing nets which accumulate below the surface with 705,000 tons of nets being added each year. But what can be done about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and others like it found in all of our oceans? It is no small task since the area of the patch - though impossible to measure - is estimated to be over 270,000 square miles. That’s roughly the size of Texas! Not only is the size of the garbage patch massive, but the microplastics it contains are difficult to collect without catching marine life as well. Scientists and environmentalists alike have puzzled over how to clean the ocean without spending trillions of dollars or harming marine life. Finally, in June 2014 someone came up with a “technically feasible and financially viable” method to clean up

half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just ten years. This person’s name is Boyan Slat and he was 19-years-old at the time. Slat proposed using a network of floating barriers and the currents which accumulated the garbage patch to clean it up. He reasoned, “Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you?” Working with an international team of 100 scientists and engineers, Slat formed an organization called The Ocean Cleanup and was able to raise $2.2 million dollars to begin the pilot phase. Now 21 years old, Slat plans to deploy his first system near Japan by 2017. If it is successful, the oceans and the marine life in them will be cleaner and healthier than they have been in decades. Remember, you are never too young to make a difference.

Green tip of the week: Americans throw away 30% of their household food. This is a problem because food not only costs money, but it also costs our planet’s resources. To avoid food waste, create a section of your refrigerator containing food that needs to be used within the next few days.

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your true love: Netflix By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

February 14th is almost here, the celebration of Saint Valentine. Or so it used to be. Now, Valentine’s Day is a means of showing your romantic side and to show others how thoughtful you are. While many couples, husbands, fathers, and school children are preparing their valentines, there are quite a few people who are with one less valentine this year. Do not discourage if this is where you find yourself. Even though many are buying chocolates, ordering flowers, and making reservations, there are just as many wondering what to do on a day where love is all around. Well, the solution can just so happen to be a Netflix binge. So grab some chocolate, maybe some companions and read on for what to watch. Netflix has now become the cornerstone of college life down time activities. With so many options, it is probably close to impossible to finish even half of what is offered. To take some pressure off the idea of choosing something to watch, let us go through some options. In the spirit of love, romantic movies can be just the ticket for Valentine’s Day. Some classic movies starring the old stars of Hollywood are An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant, Roman Holiday, Charade, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all staring poised and polished Audrey Hepburn. Newer romance movies that are great to binge on are the best picture winner Shakespeare in Love and Remember Me. However, on a day where happiness is in abundance most people don’t want to watch romantic dramas. Rom-coms and comedies are a great hit for anybody. 90’s era Clueless, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, and American Pie are all instant classics and great to laugh along to. There are other favorites in this category like Tommy Boy, Talladega Nights,

and Benchwarmers which are amusing but could lack that it factor for everyone. Heading into the opposite direction of Valentine’s Day, action and thrillers are good to get the blood flowing. Great movies like The Punisher, Training Day, and Fatal Attraction could be just the ticket to distract your mind from the mushy

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gushy lovey dovey day (Valentine’s Day is still a pretty cute day). If you happy to be in the mood for different yet thrilling, funny, and action packed movies, there is a nice selection of Quentin Tarantino films like his first Reservoir Dogs, to fan favorites Kill Bill (volume I and II) and Pulp Fiction, and ending with his second newest Django Unchained. Stretch the horizons with international films or documentaries. Alicia Vikander stars in a couple films entitled A Royal Affair and Pure. The new documentary

Making a Murderer has been making a stir among movie watchers. From WWII documentaries to fashion icons, there is a documentary out there for everyone. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, do not get discouraged. There are plenty of things to watch on Netflix to preoccupy your time. Grab some friends, make some food, and watch some movies.

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Justin Nichols Sports Editor sports@theracquet.net

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Strong 2nd half fuels Eagles to conference win

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By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

The Eagles overcame a slow start to earn a 74-67 victory over the visiting Stout Blue Devils on Wednesday at Mitchell Hall improving their overall record to 13-7 and their conference record to 7-2. With the Eagle’s win and Eau Claire’s win over River Falls, La Crosse takes over sole possession of first-place in the WIAC.

La Crosse came out a different team in the second half, as it started the half hitting 8 of their first 9, including 5-6 from 3, to start the half on a 24-5 run.

Devin Yurk, UW-L Junior

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La Crosse took the lead 13-12 on a Jared Staege jumper but the Blue Devils responded with a 6-0 run to make it 18-12. The Eagles went cold from the field and the Blue Devils took advantage taking a 28-20 lead on John Keefe’s 3-pointer. A Kenny Finco layup cut Stout’s lead to 28-22 and also brought some momentum into the half. La Crosse shot 8-31 (25.8%) and was only 1-12 on 3’s for the half. La Crosse came out a different team in the second half, as it started the half hitting 8 of their first 9, including 5-6 from 3, to start the half on a 24-5 run to take a commanding 46-33 lead. Devin Yurk scored 12 of the Eagle’s first 20 points in the half finishing with 20 in the game; he has now been in double figures in 7 of the last 8 games.

Yurk led four Eagles in double figures with 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half. After the run the Eagles never relinquished the lead again and took the largest lead of the game at the 12-minute mark at 50-35. Stout could get no closer than 72-65 with 30 seconds left. Yurk led four Eagles in double figures with 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Jared Staege had 13 rebounds to go with his 18 points; it was his fourth double-double of the season. Ben Meinholz chipped in 12 points and Sean Wheeler came in off the bench to score 10. For the game the Eagles shot 44.6% from the field including 68% (17-25) and shot 6-10 from the 3-pt line in the second half. UWL assisted on 17 of its 25 made shots. The Eagles defense came up huge for the second straight game holding Stout to 35.5% from the field and 31.8% from 3. John Keefe led the Blue Devils with 16 points and Isaac Elliot scored 13. The Eagles have now win 10 of their last 12 games and will look to continue their winning ways against the Warhawks of UW-Whitewater on Saturday February 6th. The La Crosse Eagles return home Saturday, February 13th against the UWOshkosh Titans.

Women’s basketball rally falls short By Dustin Skolaski Staff Reporter

The UW-La Crosse Men and women’s swimming and diving teams said goodbye to the Richard L. Pein Natatorium for the final time this season the past Saturday wwith mixed results. The men’s team was barely edged by the visiting Warhawks of UWWhitewater while the women’s team pulled out an 11 point victory in their dual. The match began with the diving portion as the one-meter dive and three-meter dive saw participants from both teams attempting to gracefully enter the water with importance placed on the splash that is made upon entry. The mixed scoring section was pretty much even, give or take a point, for the majority of the dives. Sophomore Kaley Alioto was the lone women Eagle to capture an individual diving title as she took first place in the threemeter dive and also went on to capture third in the one-meter. Junior Bekka Reineke took second in the one-meter dive and was also

joined in the one-meter top finishes by senior Christina Reif. Senior Jordan Anderson also accompanied Alioto atop the winner’s circle by claiming second in the three-meter. The men’s diving team was led by Senior Tanner Folvag; who captured both the onemeter and the three -meter diving titles.

“I’m glad that my wins in both of my events were able to contribute to the overall team win, which was the ultimate goal.” Sara Zemanovic UW-L Women’s Swimming, Senior

Folvag was not alone in capturing success as Kyle Wolmutt took second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter. The action quickly turned from a judged competition to the clock as the swimming

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portion was up next. The women’s 200 freestyle relay team; led by Mikayla Beuch,

Sophomore Kaley Alioto was the lone women Eagle to capture an individual diving title as she took 1st place in the three-meter dive and also went on to capture 3rd in the one-meter. Carrie Schrock, Katelyn DeStarkey and Sara Zemanovic took 1st place with a time of 1:39.65. The members of the team also had individual success Saturday, as Zemanovic would capture the 100 and 200 freestyle. Beuch would go on and take the 50 freestyle title as well. Sophomore Emma Holbrook won the 100 backstroke to round out the individual winners for the UW-L women’s team. Zemanovic was very proud of her performance and felt she ended her career on a high note “I’m glad that my wins in both

of my events were able to help contribute to the overall team win, which was the ultimate goal. It really was the perfect ending to my swimming career at Mitchell Hall!” she said. The UW-L men’s swimming team ended up sweeping both the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle races as Jacob Burchfield, Hunter Burchfield, Charleton Skinner, Ryan Jessen and Jackson Uselman had strong performances. Individually UW-L did see success as Jessen would take the blisteringly fast 50 freestyle, Jacob Burchfield would take the 100 free, while his brother Hunter would take the 100 backstroke. Skinner would take the 100 butterfly while Nicholas Bremer would claim the 200 freestyle. The seniors were honored before the start of the meet and they came through in a big way for UW-L as Burchfield, Skinner, Folvag, Beuch, Zemanovic and Reif made their impact at their final home meet of their UW-L careers.

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2.11.2016  
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