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Students get naked for sustainability: Annual ‘Green is Sexy’ calendar comes to UW-L
By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter
This past week, the Students for Sustainability (SFS) organization at UW-La Crosse hosted their third-annual fundraiser
“The calendar is a tastefully nude calendar that has a few main objectives. Some of these objectives include supporting local businesses, highlighting environmental issues as well as informing people about the environment!” Shelby Jacobson SFS Outreach Coordinator by selling their “Green is Sexy” calendars. This is the only fundraiser that SFS has for their organization, and all of the proceeds go directly towards funding and promoting projects and events to raise awareness for sustainability and educating students on how to make more sustainable choices in their daily lives. “This idea for this project was developed in 2007 when our group was called Environmental Council, and the students
that year started making the calendar and continued until 2012. There was a year after that without a calendar until two years ago when we discovered the previous project and wanted to bring it back and make it much more popular and send a stronger message,” said Natalie Newcomer, Head Coordinator for SFS. What exactly does the calendar entail? The calendar is a compilation of photographs taken of SFS students (who volunteered to participate of course), one per each month, and each month features a photo of students demonstrating some type of sustainable concept or activity, all while they are completely nude. “Certain ‘parts’ are covered so there is nothing graphic or sexual about the pictures, and it solely focuses on the green ideas and portraying these simple ideas as being sexy, hence the nudity,” said Newcomer. The photos featured in the calendar were taken in a wide variety of locations around the La Crosse area, ranging from the bluffs to the top of the Pearl Street Brewery. SFS Outreach Coordinator Shelby Jacobson also had some interesting things to say about the purpose and objectives of the calendar. “The calendar is a tastefully nude calendar
that has a few main objectives. Some of these objectives include supporting local
“This idea for this project was developed in 2007 when our group was called Environmental Council, and the students that year started making the calendar and continued until 2012” Natalie Newcomer SFS Head Coordinator
businesses, highlighting environmental issues as well as informing people about the environment! The models are nude because it shows the models doing natural
“Although some people dislike the calendar because of the nudity, I personally feel that being in our natural bodies in our natural environment is the most liberating thing I have ever done. ” Shelby Jacobson SFS Outreach Coordinator tasks, in our natural bodies, in our natural environment,” said Jacobson. Many people when asked what they think
about the concept of the calendar, many agree that it is for a wonderful cause; however, many seemed to be apprehensive about whether or not they would participate in an event such as this. Many said they would be uncomfortable posing nude with their peers for a cause such as this. “Although some people dislike the calendar because of the nudity, I personally feel that being in our natural bodies in our natural environment is the most liberating thing I have ever done. I am a self-conscious person, but being able to connect with the earth in that way with likeminded individuals makes you forget about the nudity and focus on the reason we posed for the calendar in the first place,” said Jacobson. The calendars are $12 each, and they were sold at the beginning of finals week, and will continue to be sold throughout the remainder of finals week in both Cartwright and Murphy Library. If you have any questions or comments regarding the fundraiser, contact Natalie Newcomer at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Shelby Jacobson at jacobson.shel@ uwlax.edu. They encourage everyone to like UW-L’s Students for Sustainability Facebook page as well!
Norman Ng presents on-campus magic and mystery By Alex Johnson News Editor
Norman Ng, last name pronounced “ing,” professional magician and performer, visited UW-La Crosse this past Thursday, showing students spectacular tricks with his own brand of magic.
“As far as impact on campus, I think each event has a different level of impact. For a show like Norman Ng’s, the impact is usually simply entertainment, exposing those that attend to a not-your-typical-rabbit-inthe-hat magic.” Drea Higgins Campus Activities Board Advisor Starting at only eight years old, Ng has been doing magic performances for just over 24 years. Eventually, the magic maestro made
his national premiere on the second season of Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us.” There, Ng wowed the audience with his original tricks and ingenuity. After debuting on national television, Norman started the Norman Magic Experience College Campus Show. Touring across the entire country, visiting numerous colleges and private venues, Norman is now wrapping up the final leg of his tour. Sponsored and brought to UW-L by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Ng is among a large gallery of performers to help entertain and inform the student body. Drea Higgins, the CAB advisor, spoke about the Ng’s act and the positive atmosphere CAB brings to the UW-L campus. “Each year the CAB Board members look to bring an event at the beginning of the semester that will be high energy and entertain students. This year, the performer that stuck out to them was Norman Ng,” she said. Higgins also feels that the events bring something more to the campus. “As far as impact on campus, I think each
event has a different level of impact. For a show like Norman Ng’s, the impact is usually simply entertainment, exposing those that attend to a not-your-typical-rabbit-in-the-hat magic,” Higgins informed. UW-L senior Bridgette Klinkosh commented on Ng’s atypical magic show,
“Shows like these truly impact UW-L because they are things that aren’t traditionally offered in this area of the state. We don’t have a large city that brings a variety of these types of events, we are that part of the city that does.” Drea Higgins Campus Activities Board Advisor saying, “It’s definitely something worth attending if you’re living on campus and need something to do with your friends. It was really refreshing to see.”
Higgins also mentioned the other types of events CAB puts on for the UW-L community. “Other events, such as our Distinguished Lecture Series, are more wide-reaching and appealing to a variety of audiences because the people we bring are larger-scale names: folks that are trailblazers or that are working to create a change or major impact on the world around them,” she explained. CAB has hosted a variety of lecturers, from Recovering Neo-Nazi Skin-head Frank Meeink, to programs about self-defense for women called Girls Fight Back and the ever popular I <3 Female Orgasm. “Shows like these truly impact UW-L because they are things that aren’t traditionally offered in this area of the state. We don’t have a large city that brings a variety of these types of events, we are that part of the city that does,” said Higgins. Overall, Higgins hopes that the events “work to expose folks to things that get them hopefully thinking, talking and possibly taking action.”
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UWL’s New Student Union: What do you think? By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter
The construction going on in the middle of campus may seem a bit bothersome at times, but it is for a genuinely good cause. The construction team is in the process of building a new student union for campus, and the students at UW-La Crosse have a lot of opinions about the new building being a hub for students to socialize, study, and dine within the next few years. When asked what kind of changes he thinks will be brought to campus by the new building, freshman Matt Knoll answered, “I think the biggest change the new student union will bring to campus is giving the students a new place to meet and socialize. I feel it will help unionize the
student body as a whole by providing a central location for people to hang out at.” Knoll also explained that he has a generally positive outlook on the new student union, and is excited for an extra building created just for
“I feel like it will help unionize the student body as a whole by providing a central location for people to hang out at.” students. However, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the new building as Mr. Knoll. Libby Gamache, a UW-L sophomore, says, “Yes, it will be nice to not have to trek all the way to Cartwright for a student
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center, and it will be good to have a building on this side of campus, but we lost that extra parking lot in the middle of campus.” Gamache says she would use the parking lot to park her car and cut through the middle of campus and will miss the extra open space. UW-L junior Kaylin Robbins says that, “At first I was annoyed by the construction, but it’ll be nice to have more study areas that aren’t in the library. Also, I won’t complain about additional places to eat!”
“At first I was annoyed by the construction, but it’ll be nice to have more study to have more study areas that aren’t in the library. ”
I agree with Robbins; at first, the construction felt unnecessary and excessive. We had to walk by and around all that noise pollution and unaesthetic cacophony every day to what seemed like no avail. But now that the building is finally taking shape, I can see that this new student union will be a fun, safe place for students to gather and express ideas, study and grab a bite to eat. The Student Union will not be finished until 2018, so many of the students enrolled in UW-L right now will not be able to enjoy the new and exciting features the building will have to offer. However, for those students who will be able to experience the delight of the student union, they should be able to have access to a great new building on campus.
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We’ve all heard it: Happy New Year. What are you changing in your life? What’s the newest resolution? Among the most common resolutions are losing weight, falling in love, saving more money, enjoying life, staying healthy and spending more time with family. Surprisingly enough, 45% of Americans make their New Year’s resolutions. Undoubtedly, I figured that number would be drastically lower. We should make an effort to be more sympathetic to those fighting to overcome their obstacles. It’s mostly important to realize that New Year’s isn’t the only day to declare a healthier and happier lifestyle. It is one page out of 365. Everyday qualifies as a good day! Why wait? With the most common goals including relationships, spending habits, weight goals and education or self improvement resolutions, why not start making healthy
“It’s mostly important to realize that New Year’s isn’t the only day to declare a healthier and happier lifestyle.” changes today? It’s always a great day to improve on these things. It’s also notable that the other 55% of people wrestle with themselves to triumph over the temptations of sweets, material changes, diets and spending habits. The judgment they face by society deems them failures. Let’s face it, you and I both thought more
people fell through with these resolutions. However, only some will fail to set out and achieve their goals set at the beginning of the year, and they will do it with over half of their fellow Americans. 55% of these people don’t change much about their lifestyle at all because of the New Year’s standards. I don’t blame them with all of the scrutiny. On the other hand, for a few individuals, the midnight strike of the clock is a perfect opportunity to gear up for a change. It is a push in the right direction, peer pressure even. It’s inspiration to be a better you, not necessarily a ‘new you’, perhaps just the best version of you. You will always be you: make your days’ count. Making better choices for your body, your pocket, and in your relationships are always stable and positive options as well. However, this resolution norm hasn’t seemed to take over all of America quite yet. At the end of the day you’re still you, and I’m still me. Even if you lose a couple of pounds, dye your hair or stop spending so much money on unnecessary things, you’ve still got the same ole’ personality. Your appearance and habits may appear to be quite different, but you’re still the same you. This could mean that you’ve become a very improved you, or a very bad version of you, but resolutions are just that- goals that you may or may not choose to achieve. And that is alright because no matter what New Year’s does for you, it’s just one day out of 365 to be a different you.
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Fairytales in real life: UW-L describes their dream first dates By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter
Katie’s Buika’s ideal first date would be coffee before going to see a movie. Afterwards, the two would get ice cream and walk along the beach for conversation and some fun. Harry Ireland says “my ideal date would be a music concert or something of the likes; something where there is plenty of time to converse and chat with the person, but also has something for us to watch and comment on.” Very sweet Harry. Mixing adventure with pleasure, Juilliana Cruz’s best first date would be “going to the bluffs to have a picnic then walk along
the river and eat pearl ice cream to reward ourselves from hiking the bluffs. Then he would text me later that night to set up another date the following weekend.” I think we all like confirmation on how well the date went. Back in Sheboygan, Nate Heili would like to take his date through the Kohler Art Center where they would look and comment on the art and perhaps engage in crafts the center has offered. After, the two would stop maybe at a food truck before walking the pier accompanied by some ice cream. A nice day perhaps bluff hiking then ice cream while ending the day with a movie and cuddling is great first date for Jack Doyle. Nothing beats good TLC. Natalie Wissing says, “I’d probably want to go down to a coffee shop and get tea (or coffee for him if he prefers) and then take a walk down along the river just talking.” There is
Most people would agree that animals are great, but do they fit into the ecosystem that is college? The short answer is: that it depends. While animals are known to do great things for mental health, they are living beings and are therefore able to cause headaches on occasions, such as tipping over the garbage or decide that your favorite pair of shoes would make a great chew toy. But if you will continue to love them anyway, despite these types of nuisances, then check one you have the right attitude for being a pet owner. One of the facts of college is having a
Even having a fish can be complicated when it comes to what you are going to do with your beloved underwater dweller when it comes to things such as spring break. schedule that varies a lot from week to week; things come up from having to try to juggle, school, work, activities, and a social life. This can make it difficult for owning a pet, depending on the particular pet needs. For example a dog needs to be let regularly to take care of its business and get some exercise, while a fish just requires only to be feed daily and have tank cleaned every so often. If you cannot guarantee that you
will be able to make the time, then college is probably not the right time for you to become a pet owner. It is not fair to the animal to be left alone all the time, beyond the basis needs they need regular doses of love and attention. If you are certain you can make room in your schedule, then the next thing to consider is where you live. If you live in the dorms then your option is pretty much fish or fish. Even having a fish can be complicated when it comes to what you are going to do with your beloved underwater dweller when it comes to things such as spring break. If you live off campus, does your landlord allow pets? Many do not and if they do they may charge you a bit extra for rent. Say you are allowed to have a pet, it is important to also consider if the space you are living enough is big enough? Are your housemates open to having pets? If you cannot answer yes to these questions then you probably do not live in an environment suitable for pets. Finally, as loveable as pets are, can you afford it? This is one of the biggest concerns according to my housemate and dog owner, LaRae Tessman. While she loves her dog, she wish she would have put a little more thought in her decision to get one. It is expensive and a big responsibility to be a pet owner. If you can honestly say that you can provide a good stable home for a little buddy then go ahead, otherwise you might have to get your animal love for other ways such as volunteering at the Humane Society or Petco.
first date would have to include good food, probably some Culvers because you can’t go wrong there. Hiking the bluffs would be good too. Throw in some Lee Brice and there you go!” Ethan Larson is looking for something “adventurous, that you can talk to the person to get to know them while, at the same time, having fun/explore the world. Something around the lines of rollerblading at a roller rink, a hike up the bluff, or a day canoe trip.”
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nothing wrong with a nice calm day walking and talking! Samantha Lemke would like to do something cute first “like ice skating in the winter or mini golfing in the summer” and then finish off with appetizers at a restaurant. People can always count on food to make a good date. Hunter Rehm would be “probably going to dinner. I try to let first dates be personal but not long. It’s important to try to keep it shorter to avoid awkwardness.” Sweet and simple is usually a winner. Julianna Weisbrod told us, “I would say my ideal first date would be something outdoors like a walk along a river or in a park. Something interactive is always fun because there’s more chance of laughing and an easy flowing conversation that’s not awkward. Stargazing is amazing at night, and tha’d be a fun chill thing to do after.” According to Marie Mangold, “My ideal
By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter
Valentine’s day is coming up, and that means desserts. Whether you make them for your significant other or your girl’s night; use these fun recipes to impress someone on February 14th, or any day you want something sweet. Staying Simple: If you don’t want to get too complicated, just make a regular cake pop and dip it in sprinkles. The small burst of sugar makes it a bit more yummy-and a whole lot
prettier! Snackin on S’mores: These ones are made like regular chocolate cake pops, but are then dipped in melted marshmallows or marshmallow flavored candy melts for a sweet coating. Before the outer layer completely dries, dip them in graham crackers and stick part of a Hershey’s chocolate bar on top. A fun twist on the traditional s’more! Oreo Cheesecake Pops: Like the s’mores pops, this one starts with a regular chocolate cake pop. In a separate bowl, melt and mix Hershey’s chocolate, cream cheese, and white chocolate wafers. Dip the chocolate cake pops in this mix, and before they dry, make sure to
sprinkle crushed oreos over the top. Fudge Brownie Pops: Different than the normal plain chocolate batter, this cake pop uses fudge brownie mix instead. Melted dark chocolate coats the outside, and can be dipped in anything you want for the outside. Frosting is always a fun addition, and to make it pretty, you could add rainbow candy coated chips (like you would see on cosmic brownies). Ice Cream Cake Pops: Deceiving as this name may be, there is no actual ice cream in this recipe! They just end up looking like an ice cream cone when you’re finished. Start with any flavor cake pop, and dip it in any color candy melt that you prefer. Whatever color candy melt you select will make it look like a certain flavor of ice cream. For example, a green candy met will look like mint ice cream. Put sprinkles on the top, and place the cake pop on an actual mini ice cream cone to complete the look. Peanut Butter Bites: To make these, start with a chocolate cake base-or if you want to get fancy, a peanut butter chocolate cake mix. Then dip in melted peanut butter and put in the fridge. When it hardens, dip in another layer of chocolate. If you’re an expert, you can even drizzle melted peanut butter over the chocolate layer. Key Lime Pops: For the batter, use key lime cake mix. Pillsbury makes this cake mix, as well as key lime frosting to put on the outside. Before you freeze them, sprinkle crushed graham crackers on the top. Special Valentine’s Day Cake Pops: If you are actually making these cake pops for Valentine’s day and want to be festive, try this easy idea. Using any kind of cake pop flavor, dip them in red or pink candy melts to be colorful. Before they dry, sprinkle edible glitter over them.
Down to Earth: playing in a winter wonderland By Lauren Berry Guest Reporter
With the frigid temperatures of winter comes the undeniable desire to hide away in your room curled up in mounds of blankets with the heat turned up to 75 degrees. During this time, you may dream of the Summer when you can casually stroll outside in a t-shirt and cut-offs and feel the warmth of the sun. While you are locked in your room dreaming of the months to come, you are missing a whole winter wonderland of opportunity for outdoor adventure! The bluffs are just as beautiful in the winter as they are in the summer! Try snowshoeing in Mathy Quarry or go on a winter hike to the top of the bluff and catch an early sunset. Just remember your flashlight for the way back down!
Rent a pair of cross-country skis and venture over to Forest Hills Golf Course to glide across their groomed trails. Or for the adrenaline junkies, grab a pair of skis or a snowboard and hit up Mt. La Crosse. Looking for a new winter experience? Try fat biking in the snow! The Outdoor Connection offers fat bike rentals for students at a discounted rate and is also offering an introductory clinic for just $10. Check out the dates below! Any resources you need for winter adventure can be found at the Outdoor Connection located right on campus inside the Rec. Skis, snowshoes, sleds, ice skates… You name it! The Outdoor Connection is also offering a variety of day trips to get you started on a new and exciting form of winter recreation. You can sign up at recsports. uwlax.edu or visit the Outdoor Connection and sign up in person. Here are the trips being offered this winter season:
Snowshoeing on the Bluffs: Sunday, February 14th, 9AM-Noon ($15/person) Sledding & Airboarding: Sunday, February 21st, 1PM-4PM ($5/person) Moonlight Snowshoeing: Monday, February 22nd, 7PM-10PM ($15/person) Introduction to Fat Biking: Four different days, 3PM-5PM ($10/person) Tuesday, February 23rd Wednesday, February 24th Thursday, February 25th Friday, February 26th Ice Skating Excursion: Sunday, February 28th, 7PM-10PM ($5/person)
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Sports & Wellness Eagles take first place in WIAC By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter
The top two teams in the WIAC squared off when the UW-River Falls Falcons took on the La Crosse Eagles at Mitchell Fieldhouse on Wednesday in front of a crowd of over 500. The Eagles came out victorious in this pivotal conference showdown with a score of 66-54. Both teams were coming off a loss and were looking to bounce back on Wednesday night. The Eagles used a fast start that was fueled by their defense to take an early 13-2 lead. The Falcons responded with an 8-0 run that was capped off by a Jon Christenson jumper. The Eagles responded and an Austin Fritz’s 3-point play pushed La Crosse’s lead to 8 to make it 21-13. A Jared Staege threepointer before made it a 32-23 La Crosse lead heading into halftime. La Crosse was able to really stifle the Falcon offense during the first half forcing the Falcon’s to attempt contested jump shots and were able to force 7 first half turnovers. The Eagles also did an excellent job holding River Fall’s leading scorer Jon Christenson who came into the game averaging 20 points per game to only four first half points. As a team the Falcons only shot 32% from the field and were 1-9 from 3-point range, while the Eagles shot 45% from the field.
him a double-double. York has now been in double figures in 7 of the last 8 games. River Falls was able to cut the lead to 12 with over 3:30 left but that was as close as they would get as La Crosse pushed the lead to 66-49. York led the Eagles with 19 points, Ben Meinholz had 15, and Jared Staege chipped in 14 points, all of which came in the first half. For the game the Eagles shot 41% from the field and 25% from 3 (6-24). River Falls struggled throughout while Jon Christenson led the Falcons with 13 and Grant Erickson had 12. With the victory the Eagles pushed their conference record to (5-2) which put them in a tie for first with River Falls.
York led the Eagles with 19 points, Ben Meinholz had 15, and Jared Staege chipped in 14... for the game the Eagles shot 41% from the field. The Eagles will look to build on this win against UW-Platteville on Saturday, the next Eagles home game will be Wednesday February 3rd, against UW-Stout.
La Crosse was able to really stifle the Falcon offense during the first half forcing the Falcon’s to attempt contesteed jump shots and were able to force 7 first half turnovers. Just like the first half, La Crosse was able to start out fast and a Ben Meinholz 3 made it a 44-29 Eagles lead. Devin York took over in the second half and scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, he was also able to dominate the glass as he grabbed 10 rebounds to give
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Women’s basketball rally falls short By Dustin Skolaski Staff Reporter
The UW-La Crosse women’s basketball team continued their skid in WIAC play as the team fell to the visiting Pioneers of UWPlatteville late Saturday afternoon by a score of 84 to 75. UW-L held the lead at the end of the first quarter after heads up plays and missed shots by UW-P made it 22-17. UW-L’s lead would not last as the 2nd quarter began with a 10-0 run by UW-P. UW-L however would battle to keep the game tight going into the second half of play with a score of 39-37 in favor of UW-P. UW-L would try and battle back in the third period and knot the action up at 41 a piece before a UW-L drought of buckets and a UW-P run would have the score heading into the final frame 57-53. As had been the case for much of the contest, the 4th quarter was about runs and UW-P seemed to pull away from UW-L when they put the foot on the gas to hold a double digit advantage midway through the fourth. UW-L would however get on run and with the momentum of Mitchell Hall behind them, UW-L would find themselves down two with around four minutes remaining. Unfortunately that’s all the closer UW-L would get as UW-P would end up edging UW-L by a score of 84-75. One of the biggest indicators when it comes to a team’s success in basketball is how well the team shot from the floor. UW-L definitely came up short in that regard as the team shot 31.9% as a team and a lowly 18.8% from three. UW-L took advantage of their time at the charity stripe as their 83.9% from the line bested UW-P’s 57.6%. That is a seven point swing that helped UW-L keep the game close. The story of the afternoon however, was the great game by talented Sophomore Elise DeNoyer who posted a double-double with
a career high 25 points and 13 rebounds. DeNoyer’s individual efforts have not gone unnoticed as she was an honorable WIAC mention as a freshman last season for UW-L
Elise DeNoyer, UW-L Sophomore
and looks to be on the same path this season. In the middle of a slump, it can be difficult for athletes to find the drive to continue giving their total effort, for DeNoyer finding that drive isn’t challenging at all. She credits her team’s family-like atmosphere and their drive and desire to win every practice and every game. DeNoyer does not deny it has been difficult saying, “I’m not going to lie it’s been hard at times, but I have been taught to never give up. Everyday is a new day to get better so we will learn from our mistakes and keep looking forward”. DeNoyer has not yet lost heart that this season can end well for UW-L saying that team needs to tighten up its defense and a lot of it’s core issues can be fixed through communication. DeNoyer has been noticing the improvements each game to UW-L’s performance. “We are keeping our heads up and ready to get the next win” she added.
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Do you know of any outstanding student athletes?
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Email email@example.com with the student’s name, year at UWL, and a description of why you think this student athlete should be recognized in our newspaper!