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Facing off for La Crosse’s top spot: Farmer vs. Kabat By Melissa Moss News Editor
After weeks of knocking on doors in frigid temperatures, spreading campaign literature around neighborhoods and talking with the citizens of La Crosse, the final showdown between Mayor candidates Doug Farmer and Tim Kabat took place in UW-La Crosse’s very own Port O’Call on Monday, March 25. Moderated by Dr. Joe Heim, a Political Science Professor, the debate consisted of questions from a panel of local journalists and audience members. With two minutes to answer each question, Farmer and Kabat squared off over questions ranging from neighborhood revitalization and the staffing of local police and fire stations to relevant campus issues such as the tobacco ban and a students voice in government. One campus issue that is making waves at UW-L and was posed to the two candidates was the upcoming referendum to ban all tobacco use on campus. Many in opposition of the ban suggest passing the referendum will cause smokers to move off campus and into nearby neighborhoods, causing problems for those citizens. When asked about whether or not they would support the ban and how they would handle possible conflicts that
come up as a result, Kabat says he “would definitely support the student’s vote” and “work together with the university and work together with those neighbors to come up with some ways to alleviate as much as we can” to address any issues. Farmer agreed with Kabat’s position and had nothing to add. Both candidates noted the large role the three local colleges play in setting the tone of the city. When asked specifically about what they would do to bring the voices of college students into City Hall, though, the candidates had slightly different ideas. Kabat said he would “invite them, ask them to come” and encourage their input. Farmer cited the city council seat elected by the campus and surrounding neighborhoods as a good representation of students desires, and that it provided a “huge improvement” that would only continue to grow the relationship between students and local government. Neighborhood revitalization proved a pivotal point of discussion during the debate. Each candidate has a separate plan highlighting the necessary steps to encourage La Crosse citizens to improve their homes, and in effect, greatly strengthening the posterity of local neighborhoods. Kabat’s plan highlights the rebuilding of some area housing and working on community policing as well as the creation of friendly relationships between officer and citizen, which would essentially foster a safer neighboring
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La Crosse Mayoral candidates Tim Kabat (right) and Doug Farmer (left) face off in a debate in Port O’Call. The debate featured questions from the audience and a panelist of local journalists.
environment. Kabat also supports a program that will create incentive for graduated college students who choose to stay in La Crosse. Two parts of Farmer’s plans were discussed during the debate, with the third to be released later this week. His first point emphasizes the continuation of the housing rehab program, a program Farmer dedicated 22 years to and spoke of with great passion, which provides
A booze free bash By Amy Kempf Staff Reporter
On a Wisconsin college campus, the presence of alcohol is basically unavoidable, especially on the weekends. After a long week of classes, most students want to relax and let loose. That’s what Friday nights were made for, right? What used to be just “cracking open a beer” has now turned into a night of raging, leading into a morning of headaches, left over drunkenness and the occasional all curing omelet from the Whitney Center. While this activity may be fun for some, others can get tired of the rowdy nights, some even uncomfortable by them. UW-Oshkosh has found a way to solve this problem. Students at UW-O assembled a list of about 120 fellow students who wished to abstain from alcohol. These students would receive a text when a party without alcohol was taking place. “Party.0” would include a deejay and variations of drinking games like flippy cup with pizza and water pong. A recent Facebook LAX Confessions post stated, “I’m sick of sitting at home on weekends because everyone else is too busy starting their own drinking problem. This is a great town to party in and I can’t lie and say I don’t have fun when I do go out but sometimes it’d be nice if I could find some other people who were just into being sober and just hanging out.” This post fueled many comments from students who engage in sober activities and don’t like to give in to the pressure of drinking. Members of the Student Life office, who check up on the page frequently to make sure there aren’t any highrisk issues being brought up, noticed the post and the reactions. Jason Bertrand, Wellness Coordinator at UWLa Crosse took the liberty of emailing 13 of the students who commented on the post about an opportunity for change. His email mentioned the UW-O program, which has started within the past year. “I meet with high risk
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drinkers frequently and many mention to me one of the reasons they drink is because there is nothing else to do,” Bertrand stated. A “Party.0” could potentially change this mindset and also reduce risky behavior. The problem is organizations like these don’t grow on their own; someone needs to take a stand and get the ball rolling. “It would be impossible to start up with
“People who feel pressured to go out and drink could have a pretty great alternative to that and meet like minded students who may very well be better friends in the long run.” Jason Bertrand Wellness Coordinator faculty and/or staff, but it is the student body that needs to initiate such an event,” said Bertrand. So how would one set up an alcohol free party? First of all, they would need a location. UW-O students used a frat house, but other off campus houses or even Cartwright Center could be a potential location. Food, music and games would also be needed, which could be obtained from publicizing. The key is in just getting started. As the culture on campus does hold a high tolerance towards alcohol, it’s easy to feel left out if you choose to avoid the pressures of drinking. “Party.0” holds the perfect opportunity to change this culture and have some fun. As Bertrand said, “People who feel pressured to go out and drink could have a pretty great alternative to that and meet like minded students who may very well be better friends in the long run.”
citizens with safe homes and the ability to rebuild and improve any existing structural issues. Farmer highlights a safe place to live as an essential part of improving neighborhoods and the lives of citizens. Farmer also supports creating a 3-1-1 line for the reporting nonviolent crimes that often plague an otherwise safe neighborhood.
Veteran lounge provides transition, connections By Tram Tran Staff Reporter
UW- La Crosse is home to over 250 veterans, the Veterans Club and, as of early last semester, the Veterans Lounge. UW-L alumni Daryl Thomas, senior Reece Rykal, student veteran Danielle Schiro and the Student Veterans Association joined together to start the lounge to accommodate the growing veteran population on campus. The creators continue to make sure changes and activities for the both the club and lounge run smoothly this semester. “The lounge is extremely helpful to all of us because we can talk to each other,” Schiro said. “It is also an area to relax and unwind.” The lounge’s original intention was to have a place where veterans can share experiences, study and relax in a safe environment along with other veterans on campus. Veterans from all branches of the military join their comrades during open hours in the comfort of the lounge. Since its opening, the lounge has been open in room 264 of the Cartwright Center during most of the building’s business hours. “The best part of the lounge is that it is not a highly demanding place,” Schiro said. While all students and staff are welcome into the lounge, the room is also a safe place where veterans can help themselves to available snacks, watch TV and have access to computers while doing their homework. Anyone is allowed to stop by room 264 before, after or between classes. “We would like to see any kind of person there,” Schiro said. “Not just veterans.” Similar to the Veterans Lounge, the SVA, or Veterans Club was first initiated in 2009 with ten veteran members. It aims to help veterans transition into college life and connect with their peers on campus since most veterans join UW-L four years older than most freshmen. Their pressures include adjusting to the student lifestyle, making sure they are getting the correct benefits and facing academic stress. This is where the comfort zone emitted from the Lounge comes into play. Veterans and nonveterans alike feel very Please see VETERANS page 2 at home in the lounge alongside those that
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Social networks: not just procrastination By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter
With 67 percent of all internet users admitting to using at least one social networking site, it’s clear that we live in a day and age where social networking is the norm, not the exception. There are social network sites dedicated to connecting with friends, sharing multimedia, finding new information and sharing your life story in 140 character spurts. “I use Facebook to keep updated with my friends and family, and Twitter to keep updated with the latest celebrity gossip and sports related news topics,” sophomore Stephanie Haugh told The Racquet. However, there’s so much more to social networking beyond the “biggies” Facebook and Twitter. Wouldn’t it be great if every time you tried on a new top you could get fast feedback on it? With the Thumb application, you can upload pictures and ask questions to get feedback from your contacts, Facebook friends or other Thumb users. Ask questions like, “Can I pull off this hair color?” or “Who sells the best batting gloves?” and wait as anyone with access to a smart phone chimes in. Feedback is offered through thumbsups, thumbs-downs and comments and gathered on your “Results” tab where you can easily access the feedback for all your questions.
Pinterest spinoff Learnist’s tagline reads: Share what you know. You can create a “learnboard” to share all your best tips or gather all the information you’ve discovered on a topic in one convenient
“Social networking is an additional remind of events happening and helps expose me to popular fads and trends via viral videos and links.” Joe Lasley Sanford Hall Director
place. For example, yoga gurus can compile all their tips, tricks and moves onto one learnboard. You can also discover learnboards others have created. Have to do a report on 1800s transportation? There’s a learnboard for that, complete with links that will guide you in further research. There’s even a board dedicated to avoiding sickness in college. As you might expect from a site based off of Pinterest, Learnist shares many Pinterest functions. You can “re-add” the posts you find on a learnboard to your own themed learnboards and then you can share your
posts on all of the major networking sites. Sulia is a self-defined subject-based social networking site. Pick a topic that interests you and Sulia will provide you with a channel featuring the most reliable and relevant sources about your topic. You can follow the Green Bay Packers, the White House or Vintage Fashion to receive instant updates on these subjects and hundreds of others. Each channel includes many posts from many sources that relate to the topic. All posts can be viewed in the channel’s constantly updated live stream or you can check out only the featured posts in their own section. The site is interactive in that users can comment and like posts. You can also choose to mark a source as trustworthy. The most trusted sources are featured on a leaderboard for easy access to the best sources. Both UW-La Crosse students and staff members have already discovered how to put social networking to good use. “Social networking is an additional reminder of events happening and helps expose me to popular fads and trends via viral videos and links,” Sanford Hall Director Joe Lasley explained. When you look beyond the “norms” of social networking, the possibilities of what social networking can do for you are endless.
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have gone through similar experiences and changes. The SVA, like the lounge, is made up of an assembly of non-veterans and military veterans interested in maintaining a relationship with fellow comrades. The club plans to build a veteran’s center and host its meetings and events there and plans on funding the big project through fundraisers, such as selling can koozies. As of late, the center features furniture donated by the community, cable provided by the school and literature on different programs that focuses on programs for assisting veterans. “[The literature help[s] bridge the gap as far as assimulating and transitioning from service life to student lifestyle,” said Veteran Center President Spencer Niebur in an interview with News8000 last November. Although the club and lounge sometimes associate and cooperate with each other, the two operate as separate entities, while access to the club requires paying dues to be a voting member. According to their Facebook page, “there are many events [the SVA] wish to make happen.” Recreational events that the group has participated in include last November’s Tough Mudder competition. Official meetings for the SVA are held in room 326 of the Cartwright Center and those interested in joining should contact President Brian Manske at firstname.lastname@example.org, while questions regarding the UW-L Veteran’s Association should contact Niebur at email@example.com.
Mr. UW-L spotlight By Kate Flynn Staff Reporter
Laux Hall and Coate Hall have carefully chosen their contestants to compete against the others in the UW-La Crosse pageant on April 23. It is clear that Noah Johnson from Laux Hall and Corey Caldwell from Coate Hall have unique personalities that will show through their performance. Noah Johnson from Lux is kind hearted and down to Earth. He takes his position as Mr. Laux with ease and humbleness; he is ready to give his performance everything he has. Corey Caldwell, from Coate Hall, is energetic and positive about being Mr. Laux. He is passionate about his friends and family who inspire him not only in the Mr. UW-L pageant, but in everyday life as well. You’ll get to know them a little more by reading the following interviews, but the best way to know will be by showing up on April 23 in Valhalla at 7:30 for the Mr. UW-L pageant.
Name: Noah Johnson, a.k.a. Mr. Laux
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to watch movies, but also spend as much time as I can outdoors. Who is your favorite Superhero? I love Spiderman. I was Spiderman for three [Halloweens]. If you could have any super power, what would it be? [I would want to have] super strength. I’ll probably use it in the Rose Ceremony during Mr. UW-L. What is your favorite food? I love tacos! Why did you want to attend UW-L? My uncle went here and he loved it. It’s also not super close to home, yet close enough that I can go home to visit when I’d like to. What’s your perfect date scenario? [My perfect date is] just the simple dinner and a movie. How did you become Mr. Laux? I tried to drink an entire gallon of orange juice with pulp to the Macarena, but when I was 3/4 of the way done, I puked. I still won, somehow, though. I don’t take things too seriously, so it wasn’t a big deal. What is something that a lot of people don’t know about you? I’m an open book. If you ask, I’ll give you a straight answer. What is your favorite animal? I have two: [the] wallaby and [the] quokka. A wallaby is a little kangaroo, and a quokka is an Australian animal that is always smiling, which I like, because I’m always smiling. Who inspired you to compete in Mr. UW-L? I was dared by my friends to compete, and I thought it would be a lot of fun. I won now, so I might as well try to become Mr. UW-L. Plus, my parents are coming down to see me compete, and I want to make them proud. Do you get stage fright? No, I don’t get embarrassed easily. I don’t have any experience with anything like this, but I’m not too nervous. What’s your favorite quote? “Move on.” What’s your favorite movie? I love the movie Django [Unchained]. I watched it in theaters three times: once with my parents, and twice with my friends. What is your favorite subject? I don’t really have a favorite, but I don’t mind math. What do you plan on doing with the major you’re studying for at UW-L? I am double majoring in Accounting and Business Management. I have connections with someone who works at an accounting firm, so I’ll probably work there right out of college, but I’d like to become bigger after I get some experience. If money didn’t matter, what would you be? I’ve always dreamed of becoming an astronaut, so I guess that’s what I’d want to be. What is a unique fact about you? I’ve broken every one of my fingers, and I broke my leg on the second day of college. How did you break your leg? I was on a rope swing at MSU (where I went to college last year). What’s one of your favorite traveling destinations? I go on a cruise out of Florida every other year, each place is different, but I like them all. Who has changed your life the most? My parents have made the biggest impact on my life because they taught me to work hard. Were you involved in any sports? Yeah, I was in wrestling, football, track, and competed in freestyle wrestling in the summer where I had the opportunity to travel around the state. How do you spend a typical day? I go to class, hang out with my friends if I can, lift [weights] at the gym, and go to bed. Why should people vote for you to become Mr. UW-L? Everyone told me that I’d be good at it, and at first I wasn’t going to, but they ended up convincing me to. Now I have a lot of support in Laux Hall, and I’m excited to compete because it will be a great experience!
Name: Corey Caldwell a.k.a. Mr. Coate
Who inspires you? In general, my family inspires me. They have always been role models to me, and have taught me how to get through hard obstacles in life. As long as you have a family unit as a whole by your side, you’ll be set. What is something not a lot of people know about you? I’m really open with my friends, so there isn’t just one thing that I can pinpoint that’s a secret. Who is your favorite superhero? Superman is the first one that comes to mind because he’s the model superhero. He’s the main guy I think of when I think superhero. What is your favorite piece of clothing? I love my snowboarding jacket. How would you spend $1 million? I would pay off all my family’s debt, and pay for all of my college education. If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose? I love the Brewers, so meeting Ryan Braun [the left fielder for the Brewers] would be an awesome experience. Can you give us a clue to the talent that you’ll perform for Mr. UW-L? I’m planning on either doing a dance or stand up, I haven’t decided yet. Who has made the biggest impact on your life? My parents because they made all the decisions that I couldn’t when I was younger that got me to where I am now. I wouldn’t be me without them. What makes you a unique contestant of Mr. UW-L? I was voted to be Mr. Coate Hall, and pushed by my friends to do it. A lot of people knew me through my job at the Front Desk, so I will hopefully have a lot of support. What is your favorite kind of weather? I love winter for the first month or two because I snowboard, but I like fall a lot, too. Who will you look for when you’re on stage for Mr. UW-L? I don’t have any particular person, rather familiar faces and my friends in Coate. Was it difficult to become Mr. Coate? It was fun, and I wasn’t nervous at all. I didn’t have to go on stage, but the Q&A caught me a little off guard. What was the last book that you read? I don’t really like reading, but I tried to make myself read Treasure Island and almost succeeded. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? I would be Ironman because he’s the kind of superhero who is a philanthropist. He helps everyone with money, which would be nice in paying for college. Why do you want to become Mr. UW-L? La Crosse is the only school that I applied to because I was that sure of where I wanted to go. So, I want to represent a really great school that I’m proud that I attend. What are three words that describe you? I am outgoing, easygoing and respectable. If you only had six months to live, what would you do? I would drop out of college, say my farewells and travel anywhere and everywhere that I could. What is the most disgusting thing that you’ve ever done? I swallowed a firefly for $1 once. If you had a time machine, where would you go? I would go back to the time when my parents were in college to see what they were like. Do you have any experience in something like the Mr. UW-L pageant? I was Mr. B-Town, a man pageant for my high school in Burlington. I had to wear a suit, a sportswear item and I had a performance part. I was a boogie boarder for the sportswear part and I wore a nightgown for the performance part. It was a really good program that was all in fun. Why do you want to represent UW-L? La Crosse is so fun. I’m never bored because it’s such a fun and entertaining place to be.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Why join the Peace Corps? By Becca Schnabel Staff Reporter
Interested in free travel accompanied by making a world of difference to those less privileged than you? The Peace Corps is an organization dedicated to sending volunteers around the world to participate in a variety of programs including, but not limited to, education, environment, health and youth in development. Midwest Region Peace Corps Recruiter Brett Heimann, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2009 to 2011, reveals the vast impact college students can make by volunteering. Heimann says, “A majority of the more than 8,000 Peace Corps Volunteers currently in service are recent college graduates who go on to complete projects they never thought they could,” traveling to places they never thought they would see.
There are currently 17 UW-L alumni working overseas in places such as Cambodia, the Eastern Carribean, Ghana, Liberia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukrain and Zambia.
UW-La Crosse is ranked fourth for producing the most Peace Corps volunteers from Wisconsin universities, while Madison is ranked number one. There are currently 17 UW-L alumni working overseas in places such as Cambodia, the Eastern Caribbean, Ghana, Liberia, Macedonia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia. Jessica Mayle from public affairs in Peace Corps Midwest Recruiting Office states, “Since the Peace Corps were created in 1961, more than 241 UW-[L] alumni have served as volunteers.” While more than 5,740 Wisconsin residents have served since 1961, there are currently 212 Wisconsin residents serving as Peace Corps volunteers today. Even Bob Hetzel, UW-L’s vice-chancellor for administration and finance, is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, who strongly supports the program. Hertz proudly recalls his time of service. “I served in the Eastern Caribbean from 1985-86 as a small business advisor for the National Development Foundation. I was assigned to the island of Antigua and also served as a trainer for incoming [Peace Corps] volunteers throughout many of the islands in the West Indies. It was a tremendous experience and I recommend the Peace Corps
“I was assigned to the island of Antigua and also served as a trainer for incoming [Peace Corps] volunteers through many of the islands in the West Indies. It was a tremendous experience...” Robert Hetzel UW-L’s Vice Chancellor for administration and finance
for anyone that has an interest in serving and learning.” The Peace Corps is a non-profit organization which “works sideby-side with host country nationals on sustainable, communitydevelopment projects with tangible results, [while volunteers] live at the same standards as members of their [surrounding] community.” Heimann, a veteran volunteer himself, claims all volunteers participate “in a unique cultural exchange that allows them to dispel myths and educate others about Americans while also being immersed in a new culture and building their own global network.” Not only do participants “gain leadership, language, and cross-cultural skills that help them launch a career after service,” they also have to opportunity to work with locals one on one within specific programs from agriculture to education to health and more. Students can apply to the Peace Corps online at www.peacecorps. gov/apply. The application process is extremely quick, usually taking around 9 to 12 months from the time a person applies to the time they actually leave. The Peace Corps evaluates applicants’ education, work and volunteer experiences, in addition to legal and health clearances, all of which helps determines their suitability for available volunteer positions. For more general information on the Peace Corps check out http://www.peacecorps.gov/meet/offices/ chicago/. Not only is travel free, but the Peace Corps can actually help students with student loans back in the states. Heimann declares, “Unlike many overseas organizations, the Peace Corps does not charge its volunteers, [but actually] pays for travel to and from the United States, provides dental and health care coverage, covers living expenses during service and gives returned volunteers more than $7,000 upon their completion of service.” The deferment or cancellation of some student loans is available through the Peace Corps. Some graduate schools across the country also partner with Peace Corps to offer volunteers credit for service or financial assistance after service, as well as job support upon program completion. To see a full list of Peace Corps service benefits, visit www.peacecorps.gov/benefits.
Not your average breakers By Madeline Marquardt Staff Reporter
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” When reading this quote by St. Augustine, visions of white sandy beaches and a never ending amount of tropical drinks most likely come to mind. However, if Mexico and the Bahamas were out of reach this spring break, UW-La Crosse Outdoor Connection, Habitat for Humanity and The Study Abroad Office offered many different adventure filled trips in and out of the continental United States. This year, Outdoor Connection offered three different options for students to partake in. According to Nathan Barnhart, Assistant Director of Recreational Sports and Outdoor Connection, the three trips were very outdoor orientated. “Two went to the same location [...] Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and Whitewater Rafting on the Chattooga River (they took different routes), the other trip [was] a canoeing trip on the Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park located in Texas.” Whether students were outdoor experts or wilderness challenged, each trip offered a fun and rewarding environment for all. When asked about the specifics of each trip, Barnhart replied with, “Each trip is a bit different. Typically they spend at least one night in a hotel as they drive to the location. Then the rest of their nights are spent sleeping in tents.” He went on to say, “The focus is definitely on the back-county experience: packing all your gear, backpacking or canoeing to your next campsite and doing it all over the next day.” According to Barnhart, the trips are very popular and fill up quickly. “Staff starts to develop trip proposals by Thanksgiving and we evaluate and select the trips by the end of fall semester. Registration is usually open in January. Our trips have filled up the past couple years. This year we expanded to three trips, filled each one and had an extensive waiting list.” Another option for students who wanted to give back this spring break was to go on the Habitat for Humanity trip to Slidell, Louisiana. Habitat for Humanity is an organization that builds and rehabilitates houses for families in need. The housing being built is affordable because the houses are sold with no profit being made by the organization and homeowners receive financial support from individuals and corporations. Although the main purpose of the trip is to build houses, students
and volunteers also had downtime to explore the area and local beaches. Katlyn Saley, a UW-L student and Habitat member who attended this year’s trip, said, “In my opinion the most rewarding part of any Habitat for Humanity trip is knowing we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. This year there was a total of 37 students who joined us on our trip and with all of these working hands we were truly able to make a difference.” If you would like to become involved in the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter, you can check out their website or Facebook page. One final option that will be offered next year is
“Staff starts to develop trip proposals by Thanksgiving and we evaluate and select the trips by the end of fall semester. Registration is usually open in January. Our trips have filled up the past couple of years. This year we expanded to three trips, filled each one and had an extensive waiting list. “ Nathan Barnhart Assistant Director of Recreational Sports and Outdoor Connection
through the Study Abroad office located on campus. Come Spring Break 2014, students will be given the opportunity to travel to the tropical island of Jamaica. If you would like to learn more about this specific program, contact Jason Kouba, the program leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chancellor Joe Gow had nothing but positive things to say about each of the programs. “I think it’s wonderful that UW-L students are using their spring break times to help other people, this is an example that should inspire us all.” Whether you spent your spring break lounging on an exotic beach, in the great outdoors or from the comfort of your couch at home, we can all agree it was a rewarding and well-needed break from the struggles and stress of collegiate life.
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Drunken days or studious semesters? By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter
The stereotypical college, kid according to several adults, is defined as a student who enjoys partying and drinking more than their studies. The party scenes at universities such as UW-La Crosse can be hard to avoid since they attract many students. Although the majority of partying and drinking happens on the weekends, Thursday nights are also a popular time for students to declare an early weekend and go out with their friends. Professors and other adults are aware of this behavior and develop their own generalizations of college students, who they assume would rather be out partying than sitting in a lecture hall. These beliefs and perceptions are not necessarily accurate for every college student. While some students do enjoy the party scene, there are those who are more committed to their studies and do not want to be associated with the partying crowd. A female sophomore analyzes the diversity of lifestyles among students at UW-L, “There are hall programs on campus filled with people who stick around during the weekend. They want nothing to with drinking culture and don't want to be identified as a drinker.” These students often organize activities in the basement of dorms on the weekends. Their
intention through initiating these events is to draw in more people, and provide alternatives to partying. Specific groups on campus, such as Residence Life and some sororities refrain from participating in party scenes or situations involving drinking. There are still students on campus who do not
“Going to parties is more of a desire to hangout with people and get away from doing homework’.” Matthew Miceli UW-L Freshman mind being stereotyped as a party go-er. Some students explain that they often go out just to be social, and don't see a problem with this image. The pressure of college can get unbearable at times, and students deserve a break. Freshman, Matthew Miceli says, “Going to parties is more of a desire to hangout with people and get away from doing homework.” The social aspect of going to a party is the reason students do not mind this stereotype. Being surrounded by people is a very important part of college life, and more students are concerned about having a good time with their friends than
Is studying abroad worth the cost? By Liv Mercer Senior Reporter
When I left for college 3 years ago, my mom was adamant to remind me of all of the different “rights of passages” I had to experience while I was at school, studying abroad being one. Unfortunately, due to outside commitments, I will never have the ability to study abroad and thus, I always have a raging jealousy for those people who do. Traveling is the only thing you can buy that will actually make you richer- in value and appreciation for environments and cultures outside one's normalcy. Two out of the three of my roommates spent their winter session in Spain. Upon their return to La Crosse, naturally, I hounded them individually with questions about their trip- what was it like, did you have fun, tell me your favorite part. Studying abroad, however, is a complete whirl-wind of an experience. It’s overwhelming- more positively than negatively. And, unfortunately for bystanders and friends like me, it is hard for an individual to put that kind of experience into words. UW-La Crosse has been blessed with an outstanding study abroad program. It allows individuals majoring and or minoring in a foreign language the opportunity to study abroad for either smaller or larger periods of time. Additionally, individuals not majoring in a foreign language also have an extensive ability to study abroad as well. Being a psychology major, I have seen many different opportunities to study psychology abroad. This past winter, students were given the option to study in India. This summer, individuals are given the opportunity to study
UW-La Crosse has been blessed with an outstanding study abroad program. Ireland. These major based study abroad opportunities involve taking a UW-L course with a UW-L professor simply in a foreign country. Many different majors also offer opportunities similar to that of psychologyfor example, the theater department spent their winter in London. Theater student, Justin Cooke, pursued the opportunity in London. He found it to be “so rewarding” and an “incredible experience.” He cannot wait to return. However, by simply visiting the study abroad portion of UW-L’s website, an individual with interest to study abroad is provided an extensive list of places one can go. If interested in studying abroad, first search the website to see potential destinations. After, I encourage you to visit the study abroad
office located on the first floor in centennial, to talk to representatives. By directly talking to a representative at UW-L, you are better enabling yourself to understand exact factscost, financial aid options, housing details, application process, time of events, etc. Faculty like Jason Kouba are happy to answer your questions and genuinely want to help students further their education in a foreign country. Once the majority of your questions have been answered, begin the application process. This includes filling out the application form, a $50 application fee, official transcripts, an academic recommendation form (two), a personal statement, and if applying for a country that requires a form language, a foreign language form. Though I am unable to study abroad due to
“Think about it; if you strip away everyone and everything you have ever known, all you have left is yourself. Frankly, I do not believe there exists a better form of selfdiscovery..’.” Alina Piotrowski UW-L Junior outstanding commitments, I am exceptionally envious of those with the opportunity to. According to junior, Alina Piotrowski who studied abroad in Brazil last semester and is now a peer mentor for individuals studying abroad, “I must say, cliché or not, studying abroad is a life-changing experience. Everyone knows that college is, essentially, about finding and figuring out who you are, who you want to be, what you want to do, where you want to go, and all that jazz. However, in my case, despite already having begun to head in that direction, studying abroad is the only thing that truly put the process in motion.” Studying abroad has the ability to open an individual up to a brand new culture- language, customs, polices, etc. Like Piotrowski said, it forces an individual to learn self-comfortability- this includes finding one’s self first. Studying abroad has the ability to not only open an individual up to another culture, different from his/her own, but also to his/herself- cliche or not. Piotrowski agrees, “Think about it; if you strip away everyone and everything you have ever known, all you have left is yourself. Frankly, I do not believe there exists a better form of self-discovery than studying abroad (or, at the very least, something similar). Not only does studying abroad open one's eyes to a different culture, but it also opens one's eyes to one's own culture.” She is quick to say studying abroad in Brazil is the direct reason she has found herself and a new appreciation of individual culturesincluding her own.
how they are perceived by adults. These stereotypes are derived from different sources. The media is a main culprit of relaying false information, or representing college as a time to party instead of study. The publicity of party incidents also give college kids this reputation. Freshman, Sam Karl, explains “ We're known for flipping cars and throwing squirrels. I mean we have Oktoberfest.” These major occurrences rapidly spread by word of mouth, and all members of the community become aware of the party scenes in La Crosse. As a whole, I don't believe students at UWLa Crosse should be defined as excessive party goers, or people who value partying and drinking over anything else. Freshman, Melanie Nielsen, states “I think the majority of us put school first.” Since we are all college students, most of us have made financial sacrifices and value our education. Although students may take a break from their studies to enjoy themselves on the weekend, and the occasional Thursday, this partying image is inaccurate at UW-L. Most students take their college commitment seriously and will complete their academic obligations prior to looking for a party to attend.
The UW-L family By Laura Abellera Staff Reporter
In the midst of the recent surge of UW-L pride, students have been eager to share what aspects of their experiences at this university mean the most to them. Coming to Wisconsin from a suburb in Illinois was definitely a change, and one I didn’t expect to bring such enthusiastic pride. Luckily, I was brought up a Packer fan, which was NOT an easy situation in prime Bear territory – I had many verbal battles with classmates during playoff seasons in high school. Finally being among fellow Cheeseheads just felt right; despite not knowing any other students on my first day here, it wasn’t difficult to make new friends with the friendly Midwestern attitude exhibited by many on this campus. The people and friends that I have met during my time at school here have definitely had the most impact on my Eagle Pride and have proven that UW-L is undoubtedly a place with boundless opportunities. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, there are a variety of things you can’t deny loving about this school. Regarding students’ academic life, freshman Sunita Nandihalli explains that the “professors are always more than willing to help you out” by making it “so easy to contact them!” Small classroom sizes and UW-L’s impressive 20:1 student to faculty ratio certainly make this reality more possible than at larger universities. Even aside from the impressive academic opportunities that are offered here, you can’t beat the environment and gorgeous landscape of La Crosse. In addition to the proximity of the Mississippi River, thriving marshes and forests, sophomore Abigail Carstens adds that, “the bluffs too” make UW-L, “hands down [the] most gorgeous UW campus.” And I must agree. It is a truly unique location where you can head to Pettibone Beach in the summer, hike beautiful trails on Grandad’s Bluff in the summer, bike marsh trails in the fall and ski or snowboard at Mt. La Crosse in the winter. The emphasis on products and environmentalism that is present in the La Crosse community is notable as well. One of the best things to do in summer is to head downtown to Cameron Park for the farmer’s market on Friday afternoons. Casually browsing vendors selling delicious and bright local produce, and more importantly freshly baked pies, is definitely the right way to spend a long Friday afternoon. Although all of the opinions that I heard from students were extremely uplifting and relevant to our campus, the most accurate statement came from UW-L graduate, Miranda Panzer. She summed up perfectly how so many students, including myself, feel that La Crosse “has amazing people that make it feel like a family.” The sense of community that UW-L cultivates is unparalleled and makes graduating in May an undeniably bittersweet goodbye from this home away from home.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
RE: I’d rather be an Eagle
By Casey Senczko Senior Reporter
One of the purposes of journalism, or at least an opinion piece, is to provoke discussion; and that’s what I did. Two weeks ago I wrote the article “I’d Rather Be an Eagle.” It was an opinionated response to the Huffington Post’s piece on the nation’s happiest college students. From the moment it was posted, it generated an uproar questioning my intentions, happiness, intelligence, self-esteem and journalistic credibility, among others. Apparently, the controversial quote used in The Huffington Post was apparently from a t-shirt, and not “Ashley, junior, biology student”. However, no one seemed particularly upset that the Post, more established than myself, relied on a fictitious quote from a t-shirt misleading outside perceptions—but they sure took issue with the fact that I failed to research Madison’s online apparel store before responding with malice. Opinions aren’t meant to be agreed upon by everyone. Whether it be your political views, religion, or something as simple as choice of university—that’s journalism and indefinitely, that’s life. There will always be someone who disagrees. While SOME beg to differ, the point of the article – which I stated more than once, was to respond to the arrogance of the quote and express my pride in the decision I made and the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The article was not intended to, nor did it, denigrate or “lambast” the University of Wisconsin – Madison or its entire student body.
Still…about my opinion and the impassioned reaction from the Badgerland, I was stunned by the lack of humility in the comments that followed the article’s release. Let me spit some truth at you. I wouldn’t be human if the negativity wasn’t hurtful. Responders began to savagely pick the lice out of the monkey back of my article, place their own meaning to it and flung what was excreted in my face. So, to those who sit behind a computer and feel that it is your job to set aside time in your day to personally bully and sand blast me in the gut into a an empty pool of malevolent opinions, I’m still standing. And I’m still writing. Truth is, if you don’t like my writing, don’t read it. To quote the infinitely wise Nicki Minaj, “shout out to my haters, sorry that you couldn't phase me.” A sincere “#shoutout” goes out to all of you who put your archived, mean-spirited opinions out there for everyone to see, especially noting how some reactions actually reflected the quote on the t-shirt. Without the liberty to express opinions and opposition, this wouldn’t be America. And I respect that—because that’s exactly what I did. My opinions are not wrong or stupid or written out of insecurity; and I don’t have the right to tell anyone their retaliated judgments are out of line because it is all derived from the same principle of our democratic luxury. If you still feel the First Amendment has done Madison injustice, time heals all wounds I hear. If this article has lacerated your “bleeding red” heart like a bad break-up, I’m most certain she’ll treat you right, sterilize it with Panama City Beach and stitch it up with March Madness and you’ll be healed in a week’s time, a month tops. That’s a promise
I’ll make. To be honest, if you still remember who I am in a month, props to your memory for leasing 30 days of free space to my gender neutral name cozied next to an article that is so perpetually insignificant to your life, your education and your future career. I did not ask anyone to apologize for their Badger pride. And I did not ask anyone to apologize for their happiness, choice in school or self-worth. With that, I will not apologize. I stand firmly behind my article as do many others. This response is a simple gratitude to everyone who has supported me: my family, my friends, to my editors and co-writers at The Racquet, and to all the persons unknown standing behind me, rinsing my metaphorical mouth guard, rehydrating my journalistic cravings and slapping me on the back to get into the ring and fight again; I’m here, Ticonderoga #2 in hand, back in the ring. And for that, I thank you. Because the thing is, we all “bleed red,” mine just a few shades darker. To compromise myself and my identity as an extension of my writing to appease other people, is not in any way who I am. I do not regret what I wrote; and I will not apologize for my opinions, just as I’m not asking any of you to apologize for the comments filed out of cruel intentions and bitter misunderstandings. It’s a 500 word article written for a small school newspaper that had 200 weekly followers out of 10,000 students, 50 of whom write for the paper. I’m happy at La Crosse. You’re happy at Madison. Glad that’s settled. Move on. I have. I am who I am; Badgers you ain’t gotta love me.
From the editors Over spring break, I went on a trip, like many college students do. Only this trip was a little different than most. I didn’t spend my days in a bikini on a beach sippin’ on some nice tropical drinks, but rather with some of the nicest people I have ever met. Here’s the kicker: most of them were complete strangers. I participated in the Freedom Ride put together by Dr. Bob Krajewski and Admissions/Diversity Recruitment Counselor Barbara Martin-Stanley. It was a trip not as widely-known as some of the other trips through UW-La Crosse (STLF, AppaLAXin’ to Appalachian, REC). For those who are unaware of what the Freedom Ride is, it first took place in 1961 during the Civil Rights movement, when seven African Americans and six Caucasians traveled from Washington D.C. to the “Deep South” to test the ruling that declared segregation on interstate bus and rail stations as unconstitutional. The future rides became violent as protestors set flame to a bus and riots broke out. Eventually in 1963, the Children’s
Marches took place. Teenagers from all over the country participated, knowing that most likely they would be arrested. Although the protesters themselves were nonviolent, police officers used hoses and biting dogs to break up the protests, just as we commonly learn about in the history books. This year is the 50th anniversary of said marches. We
and then tripped and severely cut her leg. Of all the things she could have done after that, she only saw a man who had fallen and reached her hand out to help him up. We also met a man who was the first to integrate his son into an all-white school, which resulted in him getting his doctor’s license taken away, even after he had delivered hundreds of babies
on Sunday. I will admit this: I’m not religious. So naturally, I was worried how to approach this situation. I went in with an open mind and instantly felt so welcomed by everyone in both churches. I felt more welcome in a church I had never been to than the church I was baptized in. Everyone we passed said, “Good morning,” and expressed how happy they were that we were visiting, even before knowing why we were there. At one point in both services, all the students on the trip, including myself, were able to give a medal to those who had marched in the children’s marches. I’m sure I, as well as most likely everyone else on the trip, will never forget this moment. People, who had never received anything for their efforts and bravery, were finally receiving something for all that they had gone through. This trip was something that I can say was truly unforgettable. I can’t say this was a trip where I can point out my favorite part, but I know I will remember the people I met and the places I saw for many, many years to come.
Sometimes when people can’t afford to give you much, they give you a lot. traveled to Nashville, TN; Decatur, AL; and Birmingham, AL to hear from the marchers themselves and visit the historical sites where these events took place. During our trip, we spoke with people who met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been arrested, who had a best friend who passed away in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and others who had many other experiences. We heard a story from one white woman who had someone coming at her with a knife
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and never once turned away his services even to those who couldn’t afford to pay. We were also fortunate enough to be able to spend the night in a church. However, not only did they provide us with a place to stay, but also with dinner and breakfast the next morning. They also provided us with sandwiches for our journey back to La Crosse. Lesson being, sometimes when people can’t afford to give you much, they give you a lot. On the last day of our trip, we attended two sermons at two separate Baptist churches
Social media 101
By Jordan Batchelor Staff Reporter
Wary as I am about the evolution of social and online media as a source for all things written, I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. The sad truth for all of us who still buy books from Barnes-N-Noble, subscribe to daily newspapers, or purchase the occasional magazine, is your steadfastness to the physically printed world is fleeting—fast. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than social sites. The social sphere has proliferated into so much more than just Facebook and Myspace. Now it’s Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram… WordPress, Pintrest, LinkedIn… lions, tigers, bears, oh my! To some—‘some’ meaning old people—this trend is a confusing, senseless hell scape that cannot nosedive from existence fast enough. For myself, being a natural and instinctive contrarian, I do understand some of what those geezers are babbling about. Trends, like a dead fish, sometimes turn belly up quicker than you can skewer a worm with a rusty hook. There must be something to this profile-to-profile online expediency, right? At least there is at UW-L. Social networking has infiltrated the prestigious, nose in the air mega institution of academia. Where once the wrist was cramped from ceaseless handwriting and the
backpack flooded with a month’s work of loose leaf paper, it is now the computer’s battery overheating from endless typing and loose leaf replaced by the neat looking laptop. Instructors like Dr. Darci Thoune from the English department and Heather Walder of archaeology are contributing to the trend. “I first started using blogs six or seven years ago,” said Dr. Thoune. “I like it because it’s not a heavy or onerous project, it allows for more interaction inside and outside of the classroom, as well as encourages my students to pay attention in more layered and complex ways than they would in other forms of writing like journaling.” But on the idea of it actually being a ‘trend’, Dr. Thoune slightly disagrees by saying, “I wouldn’t say it’s a trend yet. The use of social media in class is kind of a complicated thing. It can be difficult to weave into a curriculum, so some professors prefer to stick to traditional methods more than others.” Instructor Heather Walder has perhaps one of the most media intensive classrooms on campus. Interfusing WordPress and Twitter in her classroom, Ms. Walder, too, takes advantage of unique assignment and participation options through the channels of blogging. But not everything is hunky dory. “I’m not sure if I like it or not. My jury is still out on this,” says Ms. Walder. “But what I am trying to do is get students to think about their online media presence and their social persona. I want them to realize what they say
is permanent.” Adam Pugh, senior and student in instructor Walder’s anthropology class, told me, “I believe social media has the potential to be a useful too, but it often falls short of its overall goal. In my experience, a key driver of poor posts is caused by a too many requirements and not enough time for discussion.” Adam is not the only one who feels this way. Junior English major Carly Frerichs has had multiple classes which utilize Tumbler. “I like using class blogs in theory. But in practice, I didn’t see it as very beneficial. Sure, we got to post our nerdy English internet memes, but there wasn’t much conversation in class or on what we posted.” On the other end is Leighanne Emo, junior and Social Media Intern in La Crosse, suggests, “There is so much more out there than people taking ‘selfies’ and tweeting what they ate for lunch. Social media sites offer ways of connecting with others that we can’t always do in the classroom.” What does this mean? Probably that by the time your children and grandchildren are in college, books will be prized artifacts of every museum, libraries will be more useless than your coccyx and the college experience will be strictly online. OK… that’s a little exaggerated, but there’s no doubt that the swelling trend of social media in our classroom is one more confirmation that the ignorantly hopeful, anti–technological, proprint world is a few more bright ideas away from being folklore.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Date night done right By Brianna Bennett Staff Reporter
Valentine’s Day has come and passed, and the cliché array of chocolate covered creations in a heart shaped box along with dinner reservations in your kitchen probably worked for date night during the monotonous winter months, but you know you can do better than a Ramen-noodle feast for two paired with your date’s choice of Netflix documentaries. Nothing is more rejuvenating after months of being cooped up than a fun night out with good company for a reasonable price. As the snow continues to melt, the semester enters the second half, and the signs of spring awaken our senses, it is the perfect time to ask that cutie who lives down the hall out on a date. With all that La Crosse has to offer, there is no reason to not get creative and try out new places. If anyone has walked around the downtown area as of lately, you may have noticed that continuing efforts by community members and specifically Downtown Main
SawTooth Sam’s Saloon and Grill is now providing a delicious menu consisting of $8 build-your-ownburgers with a side of kettle chips, coleslaw and pickle spears. Street, Inc. (a non-profit business group focused on the revitalization of historic downtown La Crosse) have facilitated freshly-painted store fronts, beautiful floral arrangements along sidewalks, and an overall appealing hotspot for your business. So go explore! Here are some reasonably priced ideas for a fun date night in the downtown area to start the spring season off right:
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Plaid and Burgers: SawTooth Sam’s Saloon and Grill, located on 223 Pearl Street, is now providing a delicious menu consisting of $8 build-your-own-burgers with a side of kettle chips, coleslaw and pickle spears. Who doesn’t enjoy a personalized burger with a little plaid and cowboy boots? Make a night of it, and stay for reasonably priced drinks and crowd-pleasing country tunes. Wine Night: We all know Fayze’s, located on 4th street, is the place to go for reasonably priced omelets and mouth-watering
Grab your date on a day when the sun is out, hit up [Coney Island Hot Dogs] and stroll down to the scenic riverfront for a creative-spin on taking the dog for a walk. cinnamon buns. With a recent menu revamp, the dinner options at Fayze’s are gaining popularity throughout the college-crowd. The combination of large portions, a relaxed atmosphere, and fresh bakery treats offered daily make it perfect for date night. Consider taking that special someone out on Thursday night when a glass of wine is only $2 and all wine bottles are half-off. What a deal! Hammerschlagen Time: Stolpa’s Stein House, located on 324 Jay Street, offers 14 different taps and over 40 variations of the brat. Despite La Crosse’s long and cherished German traditions, Stein Haus claims the title of the only German bar in the city. Not only are the food and drinks appropriate for Oktoberfest-like festivities, but games such as Hammerschlagen and Corn-Hole allow for you to show off your skills. A good date only gets better when you can break out the Lederhosen!
Walking the Dog: You have seen it, and you have thought about it. Do not leave La Crosse without experiencing a chili-dog from Coney Island Hot Dogs. Located on 4th street, Coney Island Hot Dogs offers sinfullygood chili dogs complete with the works for pocket change. Grab your date on a day when the sun is out, hit up this gem, and stroll down to the scenic riverfront for a creative-spin on taking the dog for a walk.
Also by Brianna...tips that every server wants you to know. Get the full article online at theracquet.net ... 4. Organization is your best friend. If you are out with a large group, realize your server or bartender is focusing on organization. If you are out for drinks, make it clear after your first drink that you would like to start a tab. Make eye contact with your bartender and speak clearly. Give him or her a chance to become familiar with your face and associate it with your name. If you are out to dine, realize a number system is being applied to your group. Pick a spot, and be in that spot when orders are being taken. If you are going to combine the bills in a certain way, make it clear right away. Going separate is always an option. It’s 2013, computer systems have mastered that function. Howie’s bartender, Bobby Dorn says, “It would helpful if after guests called me over to order, they were then ready to order.” If you are with great company and do not see decisions being made for a while, inform your server/ bartender that your group needs time. When orders are being taken, listen up and do try to make a decision in a respectful amount of time.
How to make it through classes until finals without losing motivation By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter
Sometimes managing all of your various commitments can be a struggle. If you’re not a pro at organization, keeping your life flowing smoothly may seem like a foreign concept. However, there are tricks to developing some balance amongst your busy schedules. Since we’re accustomed to our second semester schedules by now, we’ve roughly found out our routines for just about every day. From jobs and assignments to friends and classes, it is very helpful to write down your schedules. It doesn’t have to be “at 8:37 open Biology book and 10:02 open History.” Your own
Mapping out commitments and free time can give a clear picture of when you can fit in some extra studying or take a breather. personal schedule can be as precise or relaxed as you’d like. If you have never been one to write down what you expect to accomplish in the day, try it out. You may find that having this bit of structure helps to motivate you and in turn accomplish much more that you would’ve otherwise put off. When the mounting stress of finals is upon us, schedules are a spectacular way to puzzle your life together. Mapping out commitments and free time can give a clear picture of when you can fit in some extra studying or take a breather. Whether you use a planner, plain notebook, your phone or your laptop, we all can find a way to create a plan for our busy days. If you know blueprinting your entire day out isn’t for you, perhaps you can create a small to-do list or set reminders on your phone.
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One student was in her science class and was very pleased to be greeted by a very attractive classmate. When the professor instructed them to pair up, she turned to him and – to her delighted surprise – he turned to her. He asked her if she wanted to be partners, but – misunderstanding and thinking that he had asked if she already had a partner – she said no. Thinking she was shooting him down, he quickly found someone else, and this student found herself too embarrassed to talk to him again. A lot of people find wasps frightening. This student is no exception. The class she was in was distracted by one such wasp for their entire lecture, and they were very concerned when it disappeared. This girl was not pleased to discover that it had decided to take up residence in her hair. Last year one student found herself at the crowded event known as the Hubabaloo,
where clubs and other student groups present information about themselves to a bunch of new freshmen. She found herself at the booth for the boys’ soccer team, and – thinking that the ‘La Crosse’ written on their shirts was referencing the sport of lacrosse – she asked a bunch of them why their shirts said ‘La Crosse’. The reactions from the team confused her before she realized her embarrassing mistake.
A few years ago, a student was walking out of Wimberly and somehow managed to get her foot stuck under a door. Unable to free herself, the fire department was called. In the end, the fire department has to remove the entire door in order to free her foot. One student needed to go to the bathroom between classes. She was texting and walking,
Local and college bands at the Root Note
By Emme Harms Staff Reporter
The Root Note is one of downtown La Crosse’s hidden treasures. This smart, unique hangout serves Kickapoo coffee, Rishi Tea and all sustainable or local foods with a side of great music. Located at 115 S. 4th street, the venue is in the heart of downtown; perfect for a coffee stop while shopping! On the menu at the Root Note are various crepes, salads and soups; a perfect lunchtime meal. Serving crepes and coffee by day, the Root Note also provides a lively night life, serving various red and white wines and 16 kinds of beer-to those customers who are of age. Another part of the late night scene is the wonderful live music! The owners of the Root Note work hard to book music and events that the community can appreciate and enjoy. Most weekend and some week nights feature a live local talent, which are always all-age events. All this information and more can be found on the Root Note’s Facebook page or their website, www.therootnote.com. This café has a vibe unlike any other by bringing in local talent and creating a fun atmosphere for all ages. One of the talented locals hosted by the Root Note is UW-L senior, Alden Hedges. He plays every Tuesday night as a part of The Third Relation Jazz Quintet. This band began four years ago and evolved from a trio into a quartet, and now features five gifted musicians. Jon Meier (guitar), Luke Thering (piano), Zak Kaszynski (trumpet) and Brett Hulmer (drums) join Hedges (upright bass) on jazz nights, which feature the band but also allow other musicians to bring their instruments and join in the entertainment. Hedges says that the band’s changing over the years (none of the original members still play with them) is the nature of the
group. It’s all about having fun, gaining experience and learning how to put on a show that people will enjoy. UW-L senior Andy Voelkel joins Hedges on most Thursday open mic nights at the Root Note in a folk duo known as Bon Bon Fire Fire. Hedges plays upright bass, Voelkel plays guitar and banjo and both sing as well. The two became roommates in the summer of 2012 and started playing together with the 11+ instruments they keep at home! Both Hedges and Voelkel are music majors with an emphasis in theory and composition. Hedges says, “I would love to make all of my
This cafe has a vibe unlike any other by bringing in local talent and creating a fun atmosphere for all ages. money from either teaching or performing music, and I am doing that right now.” Both seniors are grateful for their opportunity to perform at the Root Note, although being in a band and school can be very time consuming. Hedges says that it can be difficult to stay focused on earning his degree and having to sacrifice a show once in a while to make sure that happens. Next time you’re downtown, make sure to stop in and check out the unique scene that the Root Note offers. You can also ‘like’ both of the mentioned bands on Facebook for more information and updates on when they are playing. Whether it’s for a cup of coffee or a late night event, the Root Note won’t disappoint!
and looked up to see three boys busy at urinals. By the first month of their college experience, most students find themselves very used to college life – enough so that they no longer pay attention to new and interesting details. This definitely applies to a particular student who had just gotten herself cereal in Whitney and was talking with friends when one pointed out that she was holding the bowl crookedly, and that she had dumped half of her cereal on the floor in the midst of a large crowd and was attracting some interesting looks. One student was already late for class and was biking to it in an effort to get there as soon as he could. The ice was melting, and there was a huge puddle of water and slush by the clock tower. He sped up and was about to shoot through the puddle, when two girls walked towards him. Not wanting to splash them, he slammed on his breaks and slipped on the remaining ice. He was drenched, and went through the entire day having to explain his unusually wet state.
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Cave into the foods you crave Food you won’t be able to put down By Kaitlyn Daigle Staff Reporter
We all have cravings. Whether that’s for foods that come in the salty or sweet varieties. Sometimes, we have to give in, as it’s not healthy to deprive yourself of these foods altogether because this will more often than not result in you indulging more. So, my personal motto is all things in moderation. I like the whole 80/20 realm of thinking: 80 percent healthy choices, 20 percent indulgences. Just remember, if you end up splurging more than the designated 20 percent, don’t let yourself fall off the wagon completely, as you can surely set yourself back on track after a few days of “clean eating,” which will have you feeling better (physically, mentally, and guilt-free) in no time. However, for those times when you know you who are truly craving the unhealthy, I have come up with a list of go-to recipe makeovers for some of the foods most likely at the top of your treat list.
Sweet: If you like chocolate cake try... Deviously Delicious Chocolate Cake: • 1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix • 1 (15 ounce) Can of Pure Pumpkin
Directions: Simply mix the cake mix and pure pumpkin together in a medium bowl. Bake according to directions on Cake Mix box. Enjoy!
If you like ice cream try... Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Ice Cream:
• 1 frozen peeled ripe banana • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Put banana, unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter, and vanilla extract into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
If you like chocolate chip muffins try... Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffin Cups: • 3 mashed ripe bananas • 1 cup vanilla almond milk • 2 eggs • 1 tablespoon baking powder • 3 cups old fashioned or rolled oats • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Mix together all but chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Line muffin tin with liners. Stir chocolate chips into batter. Divide into 15 muffin cups. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until edges are just beginning to become lightly browned and firm to the touch. Best served warm, while chocolate is still melted.
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Salty: If you like chicken fingers try... Honey Cheerio Chicken:
• 1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips • ¼ cup plain cheerios cereal • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon honey salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Using a blender (or plastic bag and rolling pin method) grind cheerios until a bread crumblike consistency is reached. Add garlic, salt and pepper to crumbs and combine. Place crumbs into a small dish. Put honey into a bowl. Coat raw chicken breasts with honey. Next, dip into the bread crumbs until well coated. Then, place chicken strips onto a baking pan lined with foil and cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn strips over. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and crispy. Enjoy with extra honey or your favorite condiment for dipping if desired!
If you like French fries try... Sweet Potato Steak Fries:
• 1 Sweet potato • 1 tablespoon Olive oil • Salt • 2 tablespoons light sour cream
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into 1/3-inch rounds. Put onto baking sheet and coat with about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 40 minutes, turning after 20 minutes. Serve warm with light sour cream.
If you like Fettuccini Alfredo try... Cheesy Fettuccini Alfredo:
• 1 serving whole-wheat noodles • 1 wedge light Laughing cow cheese • 1 tablespoon light sour cream • 2 teaspoons reduced-fat Parmesan cheese • dash of salt and pepper.
Directions: Cook noodles according to instructions on box. Drain noodles and return to pot. Combine immediately with cheeses and sour cream over low heat. Mix well and heat until cheeses are melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Thursday, march 28, 2013
Track and Field dominates at Nationals By Mandy Rice Staff Reporter
Saturday, March 9, in the Al B. Carius Track at North Central College, UW-La Crosse Men’s Track and Field earned its 16th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor Championship. This is the most championships ever earned in the NCAA division III. The UW-L team finished as a team with 74 points. Wisconsin Men dominated the national competition with 74 points. UW-Oshkosh placed second Saturday with 40 points while UW-Eau Claire was third with 37 and UWWhitewater fourth. Individually, Isaac Vazquez captured his first career indoor title in the triple jump (51-3 1/2) and Aric Hoeschen won his first national crown in the 400-meter dash (48.20). UW-Ls men’s distance relay team including, Jacob Peterson, Cyrus Mason, Jaimie Bottcher, David Stillin also won a national championship.
“I’m definitely blessed to be on such a supportive team with such amazing athletes to train with.” Cyrus Mason Freshman, UW-La Crosse
Nationals was an experience of a lifetime for the UW-L athletes. When asked what it was like to compete at a national competition, freshman Cyrus Mason stated, “Like nothing I’ve ever done. The experience was phenomenal. North Central College has the last few national titles and it was at their track. La Crosse took that place by storm. The mass number of people that came to support was overwhelming. You could tell when one of our guys was running because the place went crazy. I’m definitely blessed to be on such a supportive team with such amazing athletes to train with.”
Junior Jacob Peterson, also a member of the UW-L’s distance relay, began running in middle school with the encouragement of his older brother and has since prospered. Peterson chose to run at UW-L because, “La Crosse is very competitive and known for their success in running. And that is something I have always wanted, to be on a nationally winning team.” Balancing school and sports can be a challenge but Peterson states, “If you want to do it bad enough you can make it work.” Peterson looks forward to the outdoor season just around the corner and more success to come. The UW-L Women’s Track and Field also saw success at nationals. The team placed third at the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor Championships with 27 points. In the 4x400-meter relay UW-L athletes, Jenna Halvorson, Shannon Klein, Rebecca Scheuermann and Claire Elliott captured the national title (3:48.32).
The relay team became the first to earn a national championship in the 4x400 meter relay since 1993 The relay team became the first to earn a national championship in the 4x400-meter since 1993. Jenna Halvorson, a junior who is part of the relay team, began running track in seventh grade and since has gained 3 AllAmerican titles as well in the 4x400 meter relay. In regards to competing at nationals Halvorson states, “Competing at the National Level is very different every time but it’s always at a beautiful facility with screaming fans and a lot of excitement. Nationals is where athletes pull out huge performances and you just have to try to not let the hype get to you while competing.” The outdoor track and field season for UW-L begins Friday, April 5, as they host the Ashton May Heptathlon.
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THE OPEN FORUM Nobacco
Jessica Furer Student
Emily O’Connor Student
We at UW-L pride ourselves on the healthiness of our campus. With a school full of health- science majors and an active REC, the thought of getting rid of smoking on campus seems to increase our healthiness. However, let us consider how being health conscious might affect our campus community. Nicotine can be harmful to the user. However, advocates of Nobacco claim they are not trying to make individuals quit using tobacco products; they are trying to preserve the health of nonusers. But is there a risk for non-users? The risk of second-hand and tertiary smoke from less than 13% of students is non-existent due to being in the open air which is constantly moving. With health a non-issue, safety becomes a huge concern. Although a minority of the student population smokes, allowing Nobacco to pass means 1,331 extra students will regularly be forced off campus in order to light a cigarette or use other nicotine products. This will happen in rain, snow, or at night. No exceptions. With the recent pedestrian fatalities from crossing the streets near campus, sending these students off campus to the poorly lit and busy roads is not safe and would allow for more potential injuries or fatalities. Our students’ safety is a lot to risk to stop 13% of students from using on campus. Do we fear second-hand smoke from less than 13% of students in the open air or do we just dislike walking behind the occasional smoker? We don’t need to risk our students’ safety by targeting a group of people with certain habits in which the majority doesn’t participate. If you care about the safety of all students, despite your thoughts on their individual health choices, vote no for a tobacco-free campus.
Recently, the popular Facebook site UWL Confessions, or LAX Confessions as it is now called, has been a popular conversation topic around campus. This is a place to anonymously share stories, drunken escapades, and personal feelings that are then posted by the creator of the site and put up to a popularity contest. Said “winner” is crowned with the most comments. What people often do not stop to think about is the fact that UWL Confessions is fueled by this contest. Without glorifying remarks and approving likes people would stop posting their feelings and those who comment on them would be spared potential difficulties in the future. Anonymity is a funny thing. It allows students to share stories they usually would not. However, those who comment on these posts cannot hide under the cloak of anonymity. With software today, potential employers can look through social networking profiles and see the posts that you commented on or liked, no matter how far back they are. By publicly interacting with these types of posts, even the few uplifting and positive ones, employers make assumptions about you based on your guilt by association. Though none of the confessions may be explicitly yours, you may be the one who is hurt by them because that is the name the employer sees. Keep in mind what you comment and what others can assume of you if they were to read only that comment. Be aware of the posts you comment on and think before you like posts on social networking sites, such as UWL Confessions. As commenters on UWL Confessions posts, your lack of anonymity can hurt you as you graduate and look for a job, so think before you comment.
Lindsey Burger Student
As a non-smoking student at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse when I first heard about the possibility of UW-L voting on whether we would become a tobacco-free campus, I was very interested. No longer would I have to smell cigarette smoke, or see cigarette buds all over the ground. That’s when I realized, this rarely happens. This is why I feel it is unnecessary to pass this policy. Students would have to leave campus and cross a very busy intersection, risking their safety in order to smoke. Therefore, I don’t feel there is a true need for a tobacco free policy for our campus, and it may even do more harm than good. In just this school year alone there have been two deaths caused by students crossing La Crosse Street. If this policy were to pass the amount of people crossing this street would increase dramatically, due to it being the closest area off campus students could use tobacco. Consequently the risk of accidents on this intersection would become even worse. I would prefer to have to step away from a smoker, than have someone be crossing a dangerous street to smoke off campus. Instead of having our campus become tobacco free, the best way to improve this situation would be to adjust the regulations we already have regarding tobacco. Currently a smoker is allowed to smoke on campus as long as they are 25 feet from a building. I have noticed students, and even faculty smoking much closer than this in front of several buildings on campus. If this rule was enforced more often, and changed to fifty feet, our main problem would be fixed. With these ideas in mind, hopefully our campus will be able to come up with a solution that best suits everyone at UW-La Crosse, without having to become to. Mike Stein Student
I am writing in response to the article about the Nobacco smoking ban initiative. It’s leaders claim that the school could save 10.000 dollars in cleanup due to cigarette butts and that second hand smoke is causing the greater community harm. This is a crass exaggeration of the truth. Nobacco is just a showy pseudo cause that will not improve campus life in any practical way. I am not a smoker. I would assume most students at UWL, an exceptionally healthy campus, fall into the same category and at least are familiar with the risks of smoking. During my school day I rarely see more than a handful of smokers on campus, their second hand smoke dispersed so quickly and over such a volume of air that it could hardly be any worse than other emissions. Their littering is not costing us 10.000 dollars. Smoking is an easy topic to rally behind thanks it’s proven unhealthiness. However over inflated issues with relatively little effect on the majority people prompt decisions out of laziness. And when officials go for low hanging fruit like cigarettes, it seems more like vanity do-gooding than an initiative to actually promote health. If they really want to ban something, soda is probably doing us more harm than cigarettes. Nobacco is a waste of time and money better spent on the university’s job: educating and informing, including about cigarettes. The choice remains the individuals.
The Packers Releasing Woodson was the Right Move Matthew T. Bauman Student
The Packers Releasing Woodson was the Right Move For seven seasons Charles Woodson was one of the most recognizable players to don the colors of the Green Bay Packers. From his Defensive MVP season of 2009 to his famous “White House” locker room speech a year later, few players of the last near-decade served the green-and-gold better than he. On February 15th, this famous player—this icon—was cut, released by his employer of seven years. Then on February 21, The Racquet published an article by Staff Reporter Greg Nickel that detailed the news of this release. Nickel suggested that the decision to release Woodson was a “knee-jerk reaction” by GM Ted Thompson and that Packer fans have reason to feel “fretted and heartbroken.” This letter will challenge those opinions and argue that Woodson’s tenure in Green Bay was timely ended. I agree with Nickel that Woodson served as the leader of the Packers defense during his time in Green Bay. But Nickel also stated that Woodson’s only “real slump” was his 2012 season in which he was injured for all but nine games. This claim I must dispute. In 2011 the Packers defense, a defense Woodson led, gave up 6,535 yards, at the time the 2nd most in NFL history. Woodson did record seven interceptions that season, but four of those were from the hands of quarterbacks Cam Newton and Christian Ponder, two quarterbacks who were starting in their 2nd career games when Woodson intercepted their passes. Woodson’s 2011 campaign was not sterling. In his article Nickel stated the Green Bay “won’t be able to replace the type of leadership that [Woodson] brought to the defense.” Let’s look at the 2012 season. During the regular season Woodson started seven games. In each of those games the Packers defense allowed an average of 342.3 total yards and 232 passing yards. The team forced an average of 1.43 turnovers. In the nine games Woodson did not play on Green Bay’s defense these numbers were 332.4, 207.2 and 1.55, respectively. The numbers without Woodson are slightly better and Green Bay was able to win seven of those nine games. They were able to have success without their leader. Many would agree with Nickel that there’s reason to feel “heartbroken” but I cannot agree. The cycle of football continues on. One player’s falling is another’s chance to rise. For Packers fans Woodson now belongs to the ages. Is it not exciting to see which new players will capture our hearts? Nickel was right in saying that the Packers are a “win-right-now” team but I will amend that statement; Packers are a win-right-now-and-always team. Following the 2013 season Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji will be free agents. The same goes for Aaron Rodgers after 2014. The money Green Bay saved releasing Woodson will help to keep these players. The Packers made the right move. We thank Charles Woodson for his service and all the memories, but his departure has come at the right time.
RE: I’d rather be and Eagle Jade Likely UW-Madison Student
RE: I’d rather be and Eagle
As a fellow journalist, I respect your decision to write a piece discussing UW and its ranking on the list; however, the article was an inappropriate and crude way to go about doing so. Gerald Kerska To be frank, it’s nothing short of disrespectful. To pass judgment on the entirety of our student body because one girl was quoted in this article readStudent ing a kitschy excerpt from a tee shirt found at the Sconnie store is unprofessional and assuming. She made a statement that made the majority of our “I’d rather be an Eagle” reads like campus shake our heads. That’s no reason to condemn us all. an overly self-conscious attempt at reCongratulations on your cheap drinks and your cheap rent. Congratulasponding to the Huffington post article. tions, also, on your lower tuition rates. La Crosse is a great city and I do not There are certainly advantages to doubt in the least bit that you and your fellow Eagles are incredibly proud to studying at La Crosse over Madison, we are more closely connected with the call UW-L your home. The Kiplinger rankings are a great feat, and I know people who chose to attend UW-L for its outstanding academics, especially surrounding community and spared the hassles of having 50,000 classmates. in your aforementioned athletic training programs. That’s something to be proud of. Go Eagles! The education we receive is extraordiA friend pointed out though, that had the rankings been reversed, it nary given the price. would be hard to find a UW-Madison student going out of their way to However Senezcko’s contrived belittle La Crosse’s achievements, or a campus newspaper willing to publish conflict with Madison is ridiculous. it. This is why it bothers me that the need was felt to craft an entire article According to the Shanghai report aimed at doing nothing but cutting UW-Madison down. Like UW-L, UWMadison is the 19th best academic Madison students have reasons to celebrate their university—you named a institution in the world; is there really few in your article, albeit in an extremely negative way. We have a winning a comparison to be drawn here? Five minutes on Google would have told her athletics program; campus hosts over 750 student organizations; the ‘inebriated’ Langdon Street you singled out houses men and women in sororithat their average starting salaries are ties and fraternities who are raising money for charity, volunteering with higher, freshman retention rate -higher-, student to faculty ratio -lower-. The children and the disabled and are some of the brightest minds on campus; our professors and students do scientific research that is changing the face of argument that there exists no differmedicine; and the university was recently ranked as one of the best universience in the academic experience of the ties in the world. These are things that would make any student pretty proud two schools is clearly false. Conflating the issue of their student to call it their school. You’re mistaking our pride with arrogance. We are this happy because we bodies arrogant attitude with the live in a blooming city nestled between two lakes. We are this happy because academic quality of the institution we have ample opportunity to become involved, to cheer on our sports teams was a mistake. Most people are sick of and to learn from some of the best minds in the country. Please don’t attempt Sconnie pride and we’ve heard enough to paint us as cocky know-it-alls who only feel that we are this happy because about Mifflin for two lifetimes. Every we go to the state’s flagship and therefore are better than other Wisconsin college kid in Wisconsin is annoyed students. It’s assuming and it’s utterly wrong. with the “Madison attitude” except You were right on one thing. There is no difference between us as stuthe kids from Madison. But isn’t this dents. So stop trying to forge one. another issue entirely? Call this what you will. I wrote this rebuttal as a way to defend my school, I’m proud to attend UW-La Crosse, which I am and will always be insatiably proud of. Much like, I’m assuming, our school offers a tremendous exyou will be with UW-La Crosse. We are all connected in our school system perience for each one of it’s students. in our dedication to campus pride, and there is truly no room for such a However attempts to demonstrate On-campus residents: Rec our Centerand brash, assuming and attacking article. Please attempt some tastefulness next institution’s superiority or equivalence time you choose to dispute something like this, instead of smashing an entire SW of campus: Firstcome Presbyterian Church academically to Madison off as campus of 40,000 students into a fictitious, hateful, cocky group and throwwell... Jealous. SE of campus: Emerson Elementary ing it on the Internet. I hope us Madisonians saved some humble pie for you—you’re in need of N of campus: Myrick Hixon EcoPark a bite yourself. W of campus: Main Public Library On, Wisconsin.
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