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South Asian Film Festival highlights women’s struggle By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

The first annual South Asian Film Festival, entitled “Who is India’s Daughter?” was held at UW-La Crosse starting on Mon., Feb. 29 and ending on Mon., March 7. A different film was shown every night in 1309 Centennial Hall. The event also featured post-film discussions and lectures by awardwinning filmmaker Sonali Gulati. Among the films shown at the festival were India’s Daughter, The World Before Her, Pink Saris, Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, I

was teaching her HIS 383 course, Women in South Asia. The film accounts the infamous gang rape and murder of a young Dehli woman in 2012. The film not only prompted a lot of discussion in the classroom about the challenges that Indian women face, but also

“We chose films to help explore the challenges women in India face today, how these women overcome these challenges, and who can speak for Indian women. After each screening, a facilitator will lead the post-film discussion, so the audience Each of these films [at the South Asian can ask questions and engage in a Film Festival] showcased some of the conversation with one another.” struggles and challenges that women Dr. Gita Pai in India are facing today and how they UWL History Professor are working to overcome them. Am, Light Fly, Fly High and Salma. Each of these films showcased some of the struggles and challenges that women in India are facing today and how they are working to overcome them. In the Spring of 2015, the BBC released the film, India’s Daughter, while Dr. Gita Pai, a professor in the History Department,

much discussion around the world began following the release of the film. In response to the film, a collaborative effort was formed between Dr. Pai and some of her colleagues. In addition to Dr. Pai, the festival was formed by two other UWL professors: Dr. Mahruq Khan, a professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Dr. Nabamita Dutta, a professor in the

Economics Department. Together they began planning and choosing films that would elicit further audience discussion about the issues facing Indian women today. “We chose films to help explore the challenges women in India face today, how these women overcome these challenges, and who can speak for Indian women. After each screening, a facilitator will lead the post-film discussion, so the audience can ask questions and engage in a conversation with one another,” said Pai. Due to the fact that Dr. Pai is of South Asian descent, the festival holds a special importance for her. “The film festival means a lot to me personally. One, it allows me to honor my mother who was born and raised in India before immigrating to the U.S. Two, it allows me to bring greater awareness about India outside the classroom to the wider community. And three, it allows me to deal with South Asian women’s issues and rights, a topic about which I am very passionate,” said Pai. Pai also strongly believes in the relevance these topics have in regards to the modern society in India. “India remains in many ways a traditional

society, where tradition is a polite term for deep-rooted patriarchy. With economic progress and more women coming out of

“The films we screen show women who try to push back on the sociocultural boundaries which tradition dictates, and who try to assert their own choices rather than let the males in their lives decide for them.” Dr. Gita Pai UW-L History Professor the home to work, this patriarchal mindset is facing an emerging challenge. The films we screen show women who try to push back on the sociocultural boundaries which tradition dictates, and who try to assert their own choices rather than let the males in their lives decide for them,” responded Pai. Pai hopes that this festival has sparked further global and classroom discussions regarding the ever-present issues of which Indian women are constantly facing. Have more questions regarding the film festival? Contact gpai@uwlax.edu for more information.

Eagle Alert System promotes student success By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

There are numerous offices and professionals on-campus to assist students in their success, but nothing quite as collaborative as the Eagle Alert System. This System was implemented in 2013 and has recently resurfaced as an exceptionally helpful tool. The system, coordinated by Mrs. Barbara Martin-Stanley, is implemented every semester. By the fourth week of the semester a reminder is sent out, by the Provost Office, to each professor requesting a list of students that raise some concerns or impressions. Professors then have the option of alerting a student about something celebratory or something that cautions a student about their performance. The professors confidentially form an alert that can be viewed in the student’s WINGS account. Fortunately, any professor can provide information at any point in the semester. Though, the best time to reach in-need students is before midterms: “students need feedback regarding their progress early enough in the semester to be able to correct

problematic behaviors in time to affect academic outcomes” (http://bit.ly/1RqIzQG). The few people able to see these alerts are the professor who wrote the Alert, the student involved, and the academic advisors to assist in any way possible. It’s a tool for professors to catch students early in the semester and offer advice on how to succeed through the remainder of class. It’s also a functional way for professors to congratulate students on their achievements in the class, or celebrate their performance by suggesting a leadership role or a possible tutor role. The notifications have endless potential and are solely used to

system and the purpose of it is to assist students in being able to know early on in the

[The Eagle Alert system is] a tool for professors to catch students early in the semester and offer advice on how to succeed through the remainder of class. It’s also a functional way for professors to congratulate students on their achievements in the class, or celebrate their performance.

semester when [professors] might have issues or concerns with their performance. [It’s] a mechanism for success. . . for the students.” Again, every student has access to this tool through their WINGS account. Simply log in, make sure pop-ups are enabled, head to the Academics header, use the drop down box reading other academic, and scroll to select Eagle Alert System (see image right). If a professor provides any feedback through the system, a student will also receive an email. The tool is quite successful for students unsure of a particular course. Often times,

assist students in their academic success. What Mrs. Martin-Stanley wants students to know is that “It’s a proactive feedback

“It’s a proactive feedback system and the purpose of it is to assist students in being able to know early on in the semester when [professors] might have issues or concerns with their performance. [It’s] a mechanism for success. . . for the students.” Barbara Martin-Stanley UWL Student Services Coordinator

students are stuck in a class because they were too late to swap it out, but still have time to withdraw. The Eagle Alert System provides feedback before the withdraw date of each semester: this presents ample time for students to reach their advisors and their professors on the Alert before deciding whether or not withdrawing from a class is best. After interviewing a few students, many expressed that they weren’t aware of the program and the ability it had to help them succeed. Regardless of the feedback, the

“If students don’t respond to the system, it doesn’t work.” Barbara Martin-Stanley UWL Student Services Coordinator Eagle Alert System is used constructively and privately, to better the student. Its sole purpose is to strictly help students succeed. Unfortunately, this system can only be a tool if students are using the feedback, and professors are providing it. Mrs. MartinStanley urges that, “If students don’t respond to the system, it doesn’t work.”

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Cannabis: Curing cancer or just an illegal leaf? By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

Over the few decades, marijuana has become one of the most controversial substances in the U.S. In most cases, people’s opinions on it are very black and white, with some believing that it has no place in this country, and others believing that it should be just as available as alcohol. There is however a grey area when it comes to cannabis, and that is whether or not it can be used as a medicine. Could this be an option for cancer patients and many others with traumatic health issues? Or is it just a last ditch attempt for the pro-weed movement to get it legalized? While there isn’t a lot of evidence for either side, the history of the substance’s legality and its present day predicament can help us get closer to an answer. If you were to ask most people about the history of medical marijuana, most would only be able to tell you about the last couple decades that it has begun to become legal in certain states in the U.S. However, the use of cannabis to cure certain ailments can be traced back centuries before then. In the oldest Chinese pharmacopeia, a record of medicines used, one can find documentation of dàmá (roughly translated to big hemp). It was used

as an anesthetic by early Chinese surgeons, which resulted in the medical term for anesthesia to become mázui (cannabis intoxication). As our species has developed and furthered ourselves in the fields of science, cannabis has been continually used for medical purposes. Interest in its uses spread to the west in the mid-1800’s, and by 1937 there were over 2000 different medicines that contained cannabis. However, many things would come to change.

“The use of cannabis to cure certain ailments can be traced back centuries. ” According to most sources, the use of marijuana started to become associated with violence, especially in racist stereotyping of Mexican immigrants. Due to this, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed making marijuana illegal at the federal level. After the Civil Rights Movement, the case was reviewed, and the passage of such an act was deemed unconstitutional, and the Act was repealed. Marijuana was still made illegal though by the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s, classifying marijuana as a Schedule I

“Due to the fact that cannabis is still a Schedule II substance and deemed illegal by the Controlled Substances Act, there are still legal roadblocks preventing research in support of its use as a medicine. ” illicit substance, the most restrictive category included in the act. In recent years, it has moved down to state jurisdiction rather than federal. It has also been moved down from Schedule I to Schedule II as of March 10, 2015. In the past few years, the federal laws regarding marijuana have become a lot more relaxed, but there are still legal issues surrounding the substance. While it has been allowed to be used as a cure and pain reliever for patients with very few options left, there is not a lot of evidence that actually shows that it works. Any evidence that can be found is either anecdotal, or based on records from 80+ years ago. In a day and age where there is technology to figure out what effects anything from Cheez-Its to trampoline workouts have on one’s body, we don’t know about the effects of a substance that is being used to attempt to save lives. Due to the fact that cannabis

is still a Schedule II substance and deemed illegal by the Controlled Substances Act, there are still legal roadblocks preventing research in support of its use as a medicine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is the one of the few organizations that can fully research its effects, but most of that is done in search for answers about abuse of cannabis, not use of it to aid health. Because of this, there isn’t enough evidence for anyone to form an educated opinion on the use of cannabis as medicine. Many people have an unwavering opinion on whether marijuana should be legal or not. As a high school student-athlete, I was very against it, not having been educated on its effects and seeing nothing but negatives involved. After being able to do more research on the subject however, and being able to gain a new perspective, my viewpoint has changed drastically. We as a species are shooting ourselves in the foot if we potentially have a cure for a leading cause of death but aren’t using it. I believe that medical marijuana should be legalized so research can be done, and medication can be legally prescribed and safely distributed to patients. If we have a potential solution for one of our nation’s biggest health issues, let’s use it.

The Academy Awards: Why is UWL so physically active? Social and diversity issues By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar win wasn’t the only surprise at the Academy Awards this past week. It isn’t the only things people are talking about either: between the controversy of Spotlight’s win exploiting the Catholic church, and the confrontational conversation surrounding the lack of diversity among the nominees, the Academy Awards are a night to remember. This year, the Academy Awards served as platforms for the LGBTQ community, for sexual assault survivors, for climate change and for those affected by prejudice and racism in the media industry. Speakers and performers consisted of, but were not limited to: Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock and Alejandro G. Iñárritu all brought light to these topics.

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“The most heated and prominent issue discussed was the lack of diversity among the nominees, specifically black nomines. ” Perhaps, the most heated and prominent issue discussed was the lack of diversity among nominees, specifically black nominees. Actor Chris Rock, frustrated with this used the stage to speak everything on his mind, “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People’s Choice Awards. . . It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. . . Because we had real things to protest at the time, you know? We had real things to protest; you know, we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.” There were many others feeling Rock’s pain. As he discussed, Actor Will Smith has never been a nominee for this award show along with numerous other astounding ethnically diverse actors. In this year, where gay

Davies has a good point. We do By Megan Poczos have some amazing landscapes and Staff Reporter marriage is finally legal, and recreenvironments we get to use to our ational marijuana drug use is on the Generally, college students have a advantage. We can go jogging in brink of being legal, black men and women still cannot be recognized for more difficult time trying to remain Myrick Park, or swimming in Mitchell, active and healthy while at school. or weight lifting at the Rec. There are their achievements? This may have to do with many things: so many possibilities for us to use at UWL, as well as countless “In this year, where gay The amount of pizza the average here student intakes, the fact that the gym/ professionals and experts who are marriage is finally legal, and recreational center is usually not willing and excited to help us students recreational merijuana drug attached to the dorms, along with remain as active as possible. “I think with having the biggest of other reasons. However, it use is on the brink of being lots seems that UW-La Crosse beats this college on our campus be the College legal, black men and women stereotype. It is the consensus here that of Science and Health, we have not cannot be recognized for their most students like to remain active in only the majority of students being one way or another. But why is this the involved in a program that that college achievements? ” offers, but also many professors and case for this particular university? My thinking is that because this staff members who are involved in that Iñárritu, like Rock, felt the frustra- school is so focused on Physical college as well,” Davies stated. “We are tion of the industry, but also was very Therapy programs and Athletic lucky to have so many experienced gracious to be receiving an Oscar for Training careers, many of the students and involved staff members here at the second year in a row. Hinting at find it not only beneficial to their La Crosse who promote good, healthy the inequality our nation still faces to- overall health to exercise, but to their habits.” Because UWL has such a highly day, he stated “’[I’m] very lucky to be education as well. Vice President of Student active campus, plans are being made to here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck.” He Association Molly Davies had this to expand the Rec and erect a new field expressed feeling honored to be the say about the matter. Davies explains, house. These additions will offer even second Mexican-born filmmaker to “I think that the combination of the more opportunities for students to be beautiful outdoor areas we have the active and build healthy lifestyles. win back-to back Oscars in history.” So next time you are contemplating Unfortunately, these issues have opportunity to take advantage of and surfaced time and time again, yet, the main focus of a lot of students whether to exercise or binge watch in order for these prominent people on campus being science/physicality some Netflix, remember that we to get the word out, they had to re- orientated creates a great environment students here at UW-L have so many lease such statements at their own for students to be able to keep up wonderful opportunities to be active. awards show. To me, this conveys a their activity throughout their college Take advantage of them! bigger problem. It is 2016, and there careers.” are people who are ignorant enough to believe that prejudice and racism no longer exist. The issue is not that people fail to listen, it’s that they are ignorant of these issues. It shouldn’t • 1.5 million students go on spring break every year and collectively take actors and actresses to affirm spend over one billion dollars. that these issues are prevalent. • Last year more than 10,000 high school and college students signed up The Academy Awards show, moreto spend their spring breaks building houses with Habitat for Humanity. over, has become a showcase regard• When teens go abroad for spring break, it’s easy to forget that foreign ing devastating issues in America, for laws are extremely serious. 2,600 Americans are arrested on spring numerous groups of people, rather break overseas each year. than a show about praise and perfor• On average, college students consume six drinks per week. On spring mance. Iñárritu said it best, “’what a break, men and women consume at least 10 drinks per day. great opportunity. . .to really liber• The number one U.S. spring break destination is Daytona Beach. ate ourselves from all prejudice. . . • In addition to beach trips, many sport and travel agencies offer deals for and make sure for once and forever college students to spend spring break on a ski or snowboard trip. that the color of the skin become • On average, students will spend $1,100 on Spring Break. as irrelevant as the length of our • In the combine top three domestic Spring Break markets, students from hair.’”Regardless of the issue, this is more than 850 colleges & universitites within all 50 states are reprewhat qualifies as award-worthy: a sented. mentality where everyone can come • Facts retrieved from: http://villanovahrdcorner.squarespace.com/ together and disregard irrelevant difblog/2014/3/3/great-and-terrifying-facts-about-spring-break.html ferences.

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By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

Little changes that can boost your energy

In college, it seems inevitable to always have a to-do list a mile longer than the energy to complete it. For my roommates and me, sometimes it feels like we have an on-going competition of who is the most tired and busy. Not that we say “I see your two tests, and I raise you three papers” but it feels like this at times. Not that anyone actually wins anything other than possibly a little bit of sympathy. No one really wants to be the winner, but some weeks it is unavoidable. Unfortunately, we cannot be the Energizer Bunny all the time, and eventually we hit a wall that prevents us from keep on drumming along. This wall usually is an empty energy tank. While refueling for us not as simple as changing out the batteries, there are many simple healthy ways to prolong and boost energy levels.

First the best way to make that sure your body has the energy it needs is to take care of it. Whenever possible make time to get a full night sleep, try to eat a well-balanced diet, and exercise regularly. I know this is so mush easier said than done, but do not through in the towel. Even little things such as switching out sugary cereal for some peanut butter toast can make a huge difference in how you feel. While taking care of your physical self is important to keeping up energy levels, so it taking care of yourself mentally. Take a time out. Indulge in a little me-time. This can seem counterproductive when you have so much to do, but me-time is so important to make sure you do not feel like you are running on empty all the time. Taking a bit of time for yourself will also help to be more productive time you are tackling through that to do list since you will be able to focus better. For those times when calling it a day is just not option and you do not want to resort to unhealthy options such as main-lining coffee

Spring cleaning home remedies everyone should know By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

Everybody knows the line “put some windex on it” from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The truth is everyone has special tips and secrets to the best remedies, whether it is for hair, beauty, injuries or hangover cures. With spring around the corner, it’s time to take out the silverware and dust off the furnishings. To help you do so, here are some helpful spring cleaning remedies that houses swear by. Common house cleaning supplies are filled with ingredients people usually already have in their homes except store-bought items are also filled

White vinegar is best for cleaning floors without leaving traces. Mix some vinegar with some water and the perfect cleaner has been made. with chemicals. For all around cleaners, vinegars do the trick. White vinegar is best for cleaning floors without leaving traces. Mix some vinegar with some water and the perfect cleaner has been made. If alcohol is clean enough to clean up cuts, then it is certainly clean enough for your kitchen surfaces. Alcohol is especially useful for tile or chromium like surfaces. However, feel free to use it and even mix it with vinegar and water for an all-natural cleaning supply. Like most homes, cleaning methods along with cleaning remedies are past down from those quaky elders. In particular, remembering those times my mom put baking soda on stains on

the carpet is something that will carry over to my future home. It turns out, baking soda is also good for kitchen stains. Letting baking soda and some lemon juice sit on a stain for about a half hour can do wonders. Another one of those class acts all purpose (but shouldn’t be) is chlorine bleach. Sometimes people go overboard mixing it with the clothes, mixing it other chemicals that cause bad reactions. But when used properly, bleach can really be helpful. For brightening up walls, a simple combination of water and a little bit of bleach can make for a transformation. Windows seem to be hard to clean right no matter what you use. Using newspaper aids in streak free results. With a newspaper try adding water, some white vinegar, and a touch of cornstarch into a bottle. Shake and spray for gleaming clean windows. For natural smells, essential oils are perfect go-tos. Whether it be for the interior of the old car or even the house, carpet, clothes, essential oils are the oils to beat. Not only are they good on their own or mixing with other essential oils but also mixing with some alcohol and water create an air-freshener suitable to any space. If you want to baby your car more but do not want to take it through the car wash, try mixing water and a little bit of vegetable oil-based liquid soup. Apply to one area and then spray off with just water quickly after application. To avoid any further streaks, dry with a soft cloth of some sort. There is no need to buy products for every which use. Buy the basics that can be used in every situation and for every need.

or Red Bull, here a list of healthy quick fixes to boost your energy.

1. Spend some time in the outdoors.

There have been many studies linking time spent outdoors to a mood boost. 2. Pack a healthy snack such as an apple

While taking care of your physical self is important to keeping up energy levels, so it taking care of yourself mentally. Take a time out. Indulge in a little me-time. which naturally or nuts which have protein which helps keep you full end energized for longer than foods full of sugar and simple carbohydrates.

3. Substitute your sugary coffee for some caffeinated tea. There are many

exceptionally low in calories if you do not add a bunch of sugar to sweeten them and also have other health benefits. 4. Take a quick nap. No more than about an hour though otherwise you will more than likely wake up drowsier than when you started. 5. Take a laughter break. Genuine laughter is one of those things that have the ability to make us feel better, but is often forgotten.

6. Put on so peppy tunes while you work, as long as they will not be too

distracting. It is hard to feel tired when bopping your head along to something upbeat with a catchy chorus. While we cannot keep up our energy levels forever these simple life hacks can help us push through a bit longer get stuff done and give the pink fluffy drum enthusiast a run for its money.

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Easy cheesey ways to feed yourself By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

This is Wisconsin, and if we are passionate about anything, it’s cheese. Gouda, cheddar, provolone, colby jack or swiss-we’ll eat it all. The more cheese, the better, which is why this week we’re giving you lots of recipes to choose from to get even more cheese in your daily diet.

Put it on Everything

First off, everything is better with cheese. You can add any cheese, especially cheddar, to vegetables. Melting it and pouring it over the top of broccoli, cauliflower or a mix of vegetables can add lots of flavor. You could also add shredded cheese to salads, on top of baked potatoes, omelets, or on top of any soup.

You can add any cheese, especially cheddar, to vegetables. Melting it and pouring it over the top of broccoli, cauliflower or a mix of vegetables can add lots of flavor. Switch Up the Cheesiness

Everyone has made grilled cheese and macaroni, but switching up what cheeses go into these recipes can make it extremely different. If you normally use cheddar, try putting provolone into your grilled cheese instead. For macaroni, boiling noodles and then adding many different kinds of shredded cheese on top can make it fancy. Calling it a “five cheese macaroni” will make you look even more impressive!

Tater Tots With Cheese

If you already have made normal tater tots,

making it into an even better dish will be really easy. When you’re ready to place your tots in the oven, just put small cubes of cheese scattered in the dish. They’ll melt as the tater tots bake, and you’ll have expertly made cheesy tots in no time.

Cheese Soup

To make cheese soup, melt butter over the stove in medium heat. Reduce the heat and stir in cheese cubes, then mix in milk and garlic powder. In a small bowl on the side, mix cornstarch and water until they are fully dissolved together. Stir into the soup, and cook until the consistency is thick. If you want to make this recipe a bit healthier, add broccoli or other vegetables.


This is the perfect recipe for any college student, especially one with a quesadilla maker. If you have two tortillas and lots of shredded cheese of any kind, you’re ready to go. Adding different types of cheese to this recipe can also make for lots of fun new types of quesadillas!

Cheese Sauce

To make the perfect cheese sauce, start with melted butter in a saucepan, then add flour until the mixture is smooth. Pour in milk, and stir until it is all combined. Cook for three more minutes once the consistency is desirable, then add cheddar cheese, either in cubed form or shredded, until it is all melted. Once you have the cheese sauce you want, feel free to add it over anything, or dip everything into it! Chips, fries, pasta-anything can go with this classic. No matter how you like your cheese-in foods, on foods, or just plain as a snack-enjoy these recipes and experiment with your own. Remember that as long as you live in Wisconsin, you can add cheese to any recipe and make it twice as delicious.

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Down to Earth: Misconceptions about electric cars By James Lanska Guest Reporter

1. Electric cars have low range: Current hybrid gasoline cars have small electric only ranges, but most all-electric vehicles have very long ranges. The Tesla Model S has a range of 285 miles per charge. If you drive at 75 miles per hour, that equates to 3.8 hours of driving. After driving for that long, you probably want to stop, go to the bathroom, and have some food.

2. It is difficult to charge an electric car: Charging an electric car is actually

really simple. You can charge your car in your garage, or literally any place that has an electrical outlet. It is important to note,

however, that a 240V outlet charges much faster than a 110V outlet as is ideal for an electric car. Plugging you car in only takes a couple seconds, and then you have a full charge when you drive your car again.

3. It takes a really long time to charge:

The Tesla Supercharger network consists of 527 supercharger stations that can give your electric car 170 miles of range in the less time than it takes you to use the bathroom and finish your coffee. The network spreads across the world and is constantly growing. They put four new charging stations online today alone. With a 240V outlet installed in your garage, you can reach a complete charge from 10% in less than 5 hours. 4. Electric cars are ugly: The ugly electric cars that you are probably thinking of

are called compliance cars. The government mandates that major automakers make a certain amount of cars that are above certain emissions standards. The automaker sees no incentive in making the cars great, so they spend as little money on them as possible. However, a properly designed and constructed car can look amazing. 5. Electric cars are slow: The Tesla Model S P90D accelerates 0 – 60 in 2.8 seconds destroying the Lamborghini Aventador, almost all Ferraris, almost all Porsches, and pretty much any sports car you throw at it. And remember, the Tesla is a 4-door sedan. There are many more misconceptions about electric cars, but when you first get in an electric car, they all fall away with one hard stomp of the accelerator pedal.

Green tip of the week: Are you more coffee or tea? Whatever your beverage of choice may be, put it in a canteen. You save cups & plastic lids from the landfill and your drink stays hot throughout the morning!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

UWL Gymnastics wins WIAC Championship By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse women’s gymnastics team captured its conference record 23rd WIAC title this past Friday at Mitchell Hall with a team score of 191.800 clinching in a spot in the NGCA Championship. UWL played host to seven other teams that included Winona State, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Whitewater. UW-L was able to edge out Whitewater who finished second with a score of 191.400, while Winona State took third at 188.25. By finishing in the top 3, Whitewater and Winona State will also be participating in the NGCA tournament as well. The Eagles came into the WIAC championship with revenge on its mind, as UW-L took second in this event last year. Whitewater won the title last year along with a victory over UWL earlier in the year and the Warhawks came in as the favorites. With a berth to the national championships on the

line the Eagles came out strong in front of a packed crowd. With a team score of 191.800, the Eagles put up the second highest score in school history. As a team, UWL scored 48.125 on the vault, 48.300 on the uneven parallel bars, 47.075 on the balance beam and 48.300 on the floor exercise. With the score of 48.300 on the uneven parallel bars, it was a season high for the Eagles and the score was also the second highest in school history. Gymnast Samantha Wiekamp led UWL as she once again captured the all-around title with a WIAC record score of 38.625. She is the eighth gymnast in school history to win the all-around title at the conference championship and the first since gymnast Christa Booman in 2013. Wiekamp captured the vault with a score of 9.775, she also tied for 3rd (9.700) on the uneven parallel bars, and seventh 9.625 on the balance beam. UWL got another strong performance

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from sophomore Amy Enright who took home the uneven parallel bars title for the second straight year with a score of 9.750. She is the first gymnast in school history to win back-to-back uneven parallel bars titles. She also finished 10th (9.600) on the floor exercise. Sophomore Leah Spankowski led the way for UWL on the balance beam tying for first with a score of 9.700. She is the first UWL gymnast to win the balance beam since Mackenzie Howard in 2009. Other top finishers for the Eagles include

freshmen Dani Barmore who tied for third (9.700) on the uneven parallel bars with Wiekamp, Barmore also placed fourth for the vault with a score of 9.600. Junior Elsa Spitzmueller finished third (9.750) on the floor exercise while junior Kari Willett tied for fifth (9.725). The Eagles have now won 18 WIAC titles in the last 23 years. UWL will now travel to Brockport, New York where the Eagles will try and defend their national title in the NCGA championships on Friday, March 18.

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