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Students bring awareness to mental health and illness By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

On your way to classes lately, you may have seen a number of students with green bandanas attached to their backpacks. You may have wondered what exactly the reason is for this sudden appearance of green bandanas. These green bandanas a part of a new campaign on campus called “The Bandana Project” that promotes a more inclusive and supportive environment for all of those on campus dealing with depression and/or anxiety. Students sign a pledge saying that they promise to be listeners to those who need someone to talk to about their mental health, and then they tie a bandana on their backpack, signifying that they have pledged and are available to talk to anyone struggling with mental health issues. The Bandana Project was actually formed by a biology professor on the UW-River Falls campus, Dr. Betsy Gerbec. She started this campaign after she lost her son to suicide in 2012. In an attempt to show support and to encourage other students that were struggling to seek help, the bandana project was born on

the UW-RF campus. How exactly did this project make its way to the UW-La Crosse campus? Emily Wood, a transfer student from UW-River Falls, witnessed the project in action at the campus, and was encouraged to learn more about what these bandanas on everyone’s backpack were for. “Going through the process of

“Overall, the goal is to make campus an environment where everyone feels safe, accepted and included. Taking care of your mental health is no exception to that. The reality is that most, if not all, students are affected by mental illness in one way or another. By speaking up about an issue that is so heavily stigmatized, it can become less of a taboo topic.” Haley Ingersoll Active Minds member transferring, I thought about all the white bandanas all over UW-RF, and I was so excited to wear my bandana on my backpack

at UW-L, but I realized that it wouldn’t mean anything to the students there. I contacted my HPR instructor to ask for direction to a resource to help bring this project to UWL. I talked with Dr. Gerbec and received her permission to share the project. I was put in contact with Kate Noelke and it all happened from there,” said Wood. “The green bandana is more than a symbol of awareness, it is a sign of support. This is very important to Dr. Gerbec. In signing the pledge, you are not only signaling yourself as willing to listen, you are also saying that you will get help when you need it,” said Wood. Haley Ingersoll, an avid member of the Active Minds organization here on campus, collaborated with Emily, and together, they were able to integrate this project into Active Minds as well. Their collaboration has greatly put this project into action at UW-L, and they hope this project will accomplish many goals in an attempt to reduce the mental health stigma on campus. “Overall, the goal is to make campus an environment where everyone feels safe, accepted and included. Taking care of your mental health is no exception to that. The reality is that most, if not all, students are affected by mental illness in one way or

another. By speaking up about an issue that is so heavily stigmatized, it can become less of a taboo topic,” said Ingersoll. Do you want to get involved with this

“The green bandana is more than a symbol of awareness, it is a sign of support. This is very important to Dr. Gerbec. In signing the pledge, you are not only signaling yourself as willing to listen, you are also saying that you will get help when you need it.” Emily Wood UW-L Student project and help fight to end the stigma surrounding mental illness? On Tues., March 22 from 11-1 and Tues., April 19 from 111, there will be a table set up in the lobby of Cartwright where students can sign the pledge and receive their bandana to attach to their backpacks. You can also find the Active Minds webpage at https://uwlmyorgs.collegiatelink. net/organizations and request to joint the group roster.

Student senate offers student voter advice

By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

It should come to no surprise that the primary elections and caucuses are in full swing. Wisconsin’s primary election is set for April 5. With that in mind, the UW-La Crosse Student Senate has been working on a program to bring awareness to the voter registration process. In this crucial election,

“There is more to the presidential race than just 1 Democrat vs. 1 Republican. If you’re a student in either of those parties, you want to make sure that the candidate that best represents your values gets the nomination for your party.” Jacob Schimmel State Affairs Coordinator it’s important to be informed, and to also Get Out the Vote. Voter turnout has always been low in the United States. It’s important

to exercise your right to vote as a citizen. As Jacob Schimmel from Student Senate advocates, “voting is part of the cornerstone of democracy.” Jacob Schimmel from Student Senate agrees, “the college-age demographic consistently votes at a much lower rate than other age demographics, contrary to what many believe. For Student Association, it’s crucial that we play as much of a role as possible in helping to bring students out to the polls on election day. College students have such a vital perspective and voice in these elections and we want to ensure that those people are heard through their vote.” Student Senate also wants to urge voters to inform themselves prior to the election. Informing yourself of the candidates, informing yourself on where to vote and how to get registered are all things to consider prior to election day. These are among the things that Student Senate would like to help out with through their Get Out the Vote efforts. Schimmel urges students to inform themselves on candidates, not just parties. “There is more to the presidential race than

just 1 Democrat vs. 1 Republican. If you’re a student in either of those parties, you want to make sure that the candidate that best represents your values gets the nomination for your party. That’s what the primaries are all about - selecting your favorite candidate

“The college-age demographic consistently votes at a much lower rate than other age demographics, contrary to what many believe. For Student Association, it’s crucial that we play as much of a role as possible in helping to bring students out to the polls on election day.” Jacob Schimmel State Affairs Coordinator from your party to represent it.” The April 5 ballot will not only serve as the primary for the Presidential race, but will also contain an option to vote for a new Justice for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It is equally important to follow these candidates prior to

the vote. Registration is the most difficult part for students, but the Student Senate will be available, again to ask any questions. Student Senate will have registration drives which will be the simplest way for students to register on campus. Student Association will be holding these drives from February 29-March 4 in Cartwright, Whitney, the Rec., and near the Clock Tower. Students from Wisconsin need their driver’s license and proof of residency in order to register. Out of state voters will need to give the last four digits of their social security number in addition for registration. With the voting laws constantly changing, Get Out the Vote is pushing students to ask questions. Student Senate is catering to UWL’s students and staff during this time. If you live on campus, voting will take place in the Eagle Recreation center. If you don’t live on campus, it becomes a bit trickier. To find out your voting station, visit myvote.wi.gov and do a simple address search. Voting can be simple, you could simply mark down a candidate. Being an informed voter is much more effective, and what Student Senate is urging you to do.

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Go on an adventure By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

Is it cliché to say that college is the best time of our lives? Let me lead into that it’s the best time to experience new things that we otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to. In particular, it’s the best time to study abroad. Every year, there are study abroad fairs. People filter in and out wondering where they might go. Every year, there are also people that let that information pile up on their desk, and never investigate it further. But what is stopping anyone from going?

“It’s a chance to learn more about yourself, and more about a culture of your choice. ” International education is the best way to learn hands on. Along with all of the added bonuses, it’s a chance to learn more about yourself, and more about a culture of your choice. The classes that are offered through international education are endless, and so are the destinations. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime. When students graduate they are often forced to jump into a career. That is where their busy life begins. There isn’t much room after graduation and the beginning of an established career to travel the world for a couple of weeks- college is the best time to go. In college, fees are paid regardless to get a hands-on education, but study abroad is so much more. When else can someone take an entire four or five month period and travel to Australia, Ireland, or Spain? There are so many benefits to studying abroad. The list goes on. These opportunities allow culture immersion, adventuring to new places, meeting new people, learning new traditions and rituals, learning new languages, and being exposed to numerous different lifestyles. The food, the clothes, the traditions, the land-

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scapes, and sight seeing are all pluses that come along with studying abroad. Now, the expense is always the problem. It’s a downfall. Michelle Obama once argued, “We know that

“Michelle Obama once argued, ‘we know that it’s not enough for us to simply enough for us to encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it.‘” it’s not enough for us to simply encourage more people to study abroad. We also need to make sure that they can actually afford it” (http:// bit.ly/24du0JS). Studying abroad is not normally an excursion that college students can afford, that’s a fact. Though it might not seem like a financially sound decision, it’s an experience that will last an entire lifetime. It will leave a mark on a resume that will differentiate individuals with international experience from those who haven’t studied abroad. As an employee, it will benefit any employer to hire someone with an international outlook. This is especially true with bigger companies who want to expand internationally. Regardless of the job force, it is beneficial to have studied abroad because it brings a diverse attitude to any work atmosphere. Next time there is a study abroad fair, attend. Even if there isn’t a place in mind, look at the options, look at the experiences, and evaluate the opportunities. Studying abroad helps students learn about cultures, learn about themselves, and provides endless opportunities to travel and experience the unknown. There isn’t a better way to understand material than to experience it firsthand at a university of your choice, in a town away from everything you’ve ever known.

Are you having a safe weekend? By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

If you were to go around and ask students on campus what they do during their weekends in La Crosse, you’d hear about bluff hikes, exploring the city, and participating in campus activities mostly. You’d also occasionally hear (if you talk to the most honest of students), that they like to go out drinking. But if you were to walk the streets any given Friday or Saturday night, you would be able to find more people out looking for a party than you would find that admit to it on the weekdays. Although La Crosse isn’t known for being a drinking school, a large proportion of the student body participates in the occasional binge drinking. But is participating in this the smartest idea? People go out on the weekends for many different reasons; some are out for the social aspect, some for the stories the next morning, and some to meet guys/girls. Whatever the reason, most people have a fun time, and while that is important to do while you have the chance, it is even more important to be responsible. If there is one piece of advice that I had to give anyone going out, it would be to make sure to be with a friend or a group of friends. It may seem obvious, but having a group of people there to have your back, and to be there to have their back is extremely important. If you’re out, make sure that you’re having a good time, but also make sure that you’re keeping track of your friends. Unfortunately, rape culture is a big thing, and it’s important to be aware of that while out. Watch friends’ drinks, and watch your own. Just talking to numerous friends, I’ve heard the horrifically true stories of people attempting to drug both girls’ and guys’ drinks. Another important part of going

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“Another important part of going out with friends is making sure you come back with friends, and that your friends come back with you. ” out with friends is making sure you come back with friends, and that your friends come back with you. Especially with the cold, it is important to make sure you know that your friends make it back to their own beds (unless their sharing a bed with someone they know well enough). Just recently, Vice Chancellor Paula Knudson sent out an email informing students about a recent incident where an intoxicated UWL student was found disoriented around the marsh area. Another La Crosse citizen realized what was happening and called the police to come and prevent him from ending up in the cold all night long. Although some students may think it sucks that he was picked up by the police, it is better than what has happened in multiple cases in the past. Each year, 1800 college students die of hypothermia in incidents involving alcohol in the United States. Those are 1800 futures that will never be achieved, and 1800 lives that will never be fully lived. As a fellow college student in my freshman year, I definitely understand of taking all the opportunities that you are presented with (both positive and negative). I believe that as adults, we should be able to do what we choose (within reason), so I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t go out and have an awesome night (whichever night you decide to do your thing). I would like to just give you a friendly reminder to be conscientious of your decisions, and to make sure that you are having a safe, responsible, and fun time.

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Student Response to Justice Scalia’s Death By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

With the 2016 Presidential Election coming up, the political world has been dizzyingly busy with debates, election campaigns, and now the death of a Supreme Court Justice. It is President Obama’s duty to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice, but with the majority of Congress being overtly Republican, the President appointing a Democratic candidate of his choosing. This week I spoke to several UWL students about what they think about the Justice’s death and the new dilemma Obama is faced with.

Sophomore Republican Jenny Woznick had an interesting point of view on how this will affect the conservative party. “I think that hands-down bringing in a new Supreme Court Justice will change the dynamic of how the Supreme Court makes their decisions. While Scalia still held the position, the Democratto-Republican ratio was even; If we now have a Democrat take Scalia’s place, we are losing that balance,” Woznick says. This is true, but what if a Republican takes Scalia’s place? Woznick responds, “I think it will be as close as it can be to how the dynamic was before Scalia died: There will be that balance

restored. However, it is very unlikely that Obama will willingly appoint a conservative Justice.” As for the student representative for the Democratic Party on campus, I spoke with Sophomore B.J. Ladwig on his opinion on the situation. “It really depends on the candidate Obama chooses to appoint. If the candidate is very progressive and liberal, Congress will most likely shoot them down until the Republicans can get into office,” Ladwig stated. Regardless of who will be appointed to Supreme Court Justice, we can bet on a drastic change in politics in the coming year.

“It really depends on the candidate Obama chooses to appoint. If the candidate is very progressive and liberal, Congress will most likely shoot them down until the Republiccans can get into office.” B.J. Ladwig UW-L Sophomore


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Thursday, february 25, 2016

Mustaches, beards, and facial hair in between

By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

Now that is out of the way, hair is a part of the human anatomy that we have the most control of without taking drastic measures. You cannot really change eye color, body type and the shape of your face. Hair, however, can be styled a variety of ways: cut, sheared, trimmed, buzzed, dyed or gelled, the list goes on. Facial hair makes an impression. It is one of the things people notices first about a guy. It gives clues as to age, personality and profession. People make lots generalizations based fuzz growing lower portion of the face, resulting in lots of style options. First, there is the clean shave look which

looks good on most and does not require much the thought into it. If it grows on the lower half of the face, then it goes. Worth noting if you have softer features then this option may make you appear younger than you actually are. If you get bored of this look and your hair grows in evenly than there is always the 5 o’clock shadow look which consists of slight growth that gives a more rugged look. Want to go a bit edgier? Let it grow out a bit more into a stubble. Another option is to growing out the sideburns to give a bit more masculine edge without having to deal with a high maintenance style to keep up. There is also the mustache which while having been around for a while does not

Public speaking center helping to build more confident speakers By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

A little known fact, public speaking is the most common anxiety in the world. It’s no wonder that the public speaking center on the UW-La Crosse campus stays busy. “We have been booked a week and a half in advance.” Senior Samantha Mueller said, “Last semester, it got so busy to where we were helping at least two people per half hour.” Muller is now working her third semester at the center. She especially enjoys being able to help people work with their speaking anxiety, something she has always had to work on herself. Public speaking anxiety is not the only

“This semester I am working on a project to better help ESL students in the center.” Alison Shaver, PSC peer consultant thing that the center helps people with. They tend to any communication related area such as brainstorming, organization, outlines, and practicing speeches. Most often, though, the workers at the public speaking center help with outlines. The center was founded by Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan and a student in 2012 who noticed a need for it. The program has seen significant demand and has helped many over its few years. The public speaking center hosted its first public speaking competition during the 2014-2015 academic year and hopefully will be hosting much more in the

future. The competition gave way to many talented speakers, some of whom are now working at the center. Up to eighteen workers are now helping in the center, including lead peer consultant Brandon Foreier. His fifth semester working in the facility, Foreier has encouraged a friendly atmosphere. “He is wonderful, he is so talented, he is so involved with everything communication related,” Muller stated. Brandon is just one of the welcoming and aiding people helping in the center. Junior Alison Shaver, who is studying secondary education biology and broad field science, has now been working in the center for a full semester and on to her second. Shaver loves helping anyone who walks through the doors of the center but also worked on a project to help promote the center. Shaver said, “Last semester I worked on going into education classrooms to persuade more education majors to use the center. This semester I am working on a project to better help ESL students in the center.” It is important to understand the value of public speaking and to know that everyone struggles with it. The public speaking center is always looking for new recruits each semester to continue aiding others in communication. Feel free to contact anyone of the workers or even Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan. Hours run all day long all days of the week with the exception of Saturday. Don’t wait to make your first visit to the center a mandatory one for the class. Go and gain insight and knowledge into becoming a better speaker, communicator, and speech writer. Go to become a better communicator with everyone around you.

seem to be much in favor with early-twenty crowd. This maybe because it is tricky look to get right having to make sure stay from the pencil moustache and looking like a hairy caterpillar. If the mustache seems lonely, there is always the option to add a goatee. Another option would be the circle beard which is refined in its masculinity. However this is not a low maintenance look since it requires regular trimming to keep the shape and length. Of course, there is always to full beard with while at the height of masculinity and is also one of the highest maintenance to look good and like Robin Williams in Jumanji, after getting back from living in the jungle for 20 years. And there is also the ever present

worry of food getting caught. If you grow a long majestic beard then you could enter best beard competitions because they are an actual thing. Don’t believe me? Google it is quite entertaining and awe inspiring. Facial hair half the population has it, me not being part of that population. This means I have no authority on the subject. In fact, me telling guys what to do regarding facial hair is as ridiculous as a guy telling a girls how they should wear make-up (unless you are an guy and a make-up artist then feel free to give advice all you want). I am simply listing some options and passing bits of knowledge. The only real advice I can give on the subject is: ‘you be you.’

UW-L theatre presents a ‘splash’ hit By Kelsey Norton Guest Reporter

La Crosse, Wis.,—The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Singin’ in the Rain, the delightfully entertaining musical with a downpour of unforgettable songs including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, and of course, Singin’ in the Rain. In case you haven’t seen the classic movie, here’s the story: in 1920’s Hollywood, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are hit silent film stars, but things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. When “talking pictures” are introduced and turmoil strikes the movie industry, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. A unique aspect of UW-L’s production is Emmy Award Winner, Ted Louis Levy, who has worked as guest choreographer for the show. Mr. Levy made his Broadway debut in the smash hit Black & Blue. His choreographic collaboration with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines for Jelly’s Last Jam resulted in a Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination and the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award. For sophomore Theatre Performance major, John Divney, working with Levy has been, “life changing…it’ll be many years until we get an experience like this again.” Divney plays leading man, Don Lockwood, and has been taking tap classes since the age of 6. However, despite his years of dance training, he says that “this is the most difficult musical [he’s] been in. Absolutely. Without a doubt”. In the week prior to spring semester beginning, Divney, along with fellow cast mates including Sophomore Avital Maltinski and Junior Maxwell Ward, were in the theatre

for up to ten hours a day dancing under the direction of Levy. Though it may have caused some sore muscles for the students, everyone seemed excited for the challenge of working with a Broadway choreographer. “[Levy] is a tap master. His passion is so great and he’s so involved in each step, each number,” Divney says. “I think we really made an impact on him. He definitely made a huge impact on us.” Singin’ in the Rain will play at 7:30 p.m. February 26-27 and March 3-5 with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on February 28 and March 6 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 22. 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. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior/non UW-L students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.

If you go: Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts What: Singin’ in the Rain Where: Toland Theatre, UW-L Center for the Arts located on 16th and Vine streets When: February 26-27 & March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and February 28 & March 6 at 2:00 p.m. Admission: $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students

If you were running for president, what would your tagline be? By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

“Freedom for all” Noah Grant “Naps will make our country great again”

“Don’t have sex. Because you will get pregnant. And you will die.” Kaitlyn Everson

“Sun’s out, guns out” Jacob Gilson

Erik Read

“I’m Irish do you want to get lucky” Ethan Ereidel

“I have no idea” “Never give up, never surrender” Anders Carlson

Kellen Krueger “Retween” Tommy Duval


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Men’s basketball clinches first conference title since 1965

Steven Point’s McGann answered with a 3 of his own to keep it a two-point game. McGann then hit a couple of free throws to tie the game at 51 with just under two minutes remaining. A Yurk 3-point play gave La Crosse a 3 point lead that they would not relinquish as the Eagles forced a turnover with 4.3 seconds left. After a Yurk free throw that made it a 55-53 lead for the Eagles, the Pointers final heave was off the mark giving UWL it’s first conference title since 1965.

By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

La Crosse held on for a 55-53 win on senior night verses the Pointers of Stevens Point at Mitchell Hall this past Saturday Night in front of a crowd of 1634. The win combined with a UW-River Falls loss to Oshkosh, gave the Eagles their first conference title since 1965. The Eagles started a little slow spotting the pointers a quick 6-0 lead. But the Eagles responded with a 15-2 run that was capped off by a Kenny Finco 3 pointer to give UWL a 15-8 lead. La Crosse played smothering defense in the first half that led to easy buckets in transition that fueled a 15-3 run. A Ben Meinholz steal and two handed slam made it a 34-20 game and on the next offensive possession a Ryan Kruser gave UWL it’s

After a Yurk free throw that made it a 55-53 lead for the Eagles, the Pointers final heave was off the mark giving UW-L its first conference title since 1965... The Eagles will host a semifinal game on Friday, February 26th.

La Crosse played smothering defense in the first half that led to easy buckets in transition that fueled a 15-3 run. largest lead of the game at 37-20. A Stevens Point putback beat the buzzer to make it a 37-22 halftime lead for the home team. La Crosse shot 47% (15-32) from the field while holding the Pointers to just 32% (9-28) in the first half. The second half however was a different story as UWL only shot 20.8%(5-24) from

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the field while Stevens Point started nailing the 3 pointers that weren’t falling in the first half. Led by a pair of threes from both Ethan Bublitz and Stephen Pelkofer cut the lead to 7 to make it 47-40 UWL with just over

8 minutes left. Stevens Point hot shooting continued as a pair of Sean McGann free throws capped off a 9-1 run to make it a twopoint game at 48-46. Devin Yurk’s first basket of the game, a 3-pointer, ended the run, but

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The Eagles were forced to rely on others on a night were leading scorers Devin Yurk and Jared Staege were held in check each finished with 7 and 8 points. Freshman Ben Meinholz stepped up with 16 points while also chipping in 6 rebounds as well. Stephen Pelkofer who had a game high of 18 points and Ethan Bublitz contributed 14 for the Pointers who fell to 14-11 and 7-7 in WIAC play. For the game the Eagles shot 35.7% (20-56) and were just 31.6% (6-19) from 3. The Eagles will receive a bye for the WIAC Championship and host a semifinal game on Friday, February 26.

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Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Volunteering is more than just sharing your time and passion, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

Visit WWW.lAXYMCA.orG/Volunteer for MorE inforMaTion!

Volunteer opportunities: • Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes. • Extend a hand to help teens at our teen center build character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals. Help us WitH our upCoMinG speCiAl eVents • Spring 3-on-3 Basketball Classic - May 7, 2016 - 9am-6pm • Got Energy Triathlon - June 19, 2016 - 7am-11:30am • Kids Tri - July 9, 2016 - 7:30am-11:30am

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