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pring is here, and though trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and the grass has finally started to look a little less brown, things on campus feel a little less green than usual. With the loss of Coate field and construction now dominating two large areas of campus, this spring has been more about dodging the dump trucks than tiptoeing through the tulips. Centennial Hall looks great, but unless laying out on the roof becomes an option, it’s not much help to students looking for a patch of green space on which to enjoy the beautiful weather. But, while the new building site may not be green in the same sense as a wide open field, it will be green as far as environmentally friendly buildings go. That’s because the new hall is being built to United States Green Building Council (USGBC) standards that will lead to the building’s eventual Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. Both Centennial Hall and the new residence hall project were added to the LEED Registered Project Directory in 2008. Created in 1993 by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the LEED certification program was developed in order to recognize innovation in design and effort in constructing energy efficient and environmentally Tina Howard

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Last week students raised money and food donations during WAFER fundraiser week. WAFER is a non-profit organization committed to fighting hunger by giving food to those in need.

Local bands unite to promote environmental sustainability By Lauren Seidl Senior Writer

The City of La Crosse will be getting in tune with Mother Nature on April 23 when Concordia Ballroom is hosting the Green Rock Fest, a concert featuring three local bands who will be sharing both their music and tips on how to be earth-friendly. Located on 1129 La Crosse Street, Concordia Ballroom isn’t far for UW-La Crosse students who want to attend the show. Admission is free, and the Ballroom will even have free food. Any donations or profits made from beverage sales will be donated to the La Crosse Earth Week Coalition, who is sponsoring the event. UW-L’s own FurLow Riders will be one of the bands performing at Friday’s show. While the entire group is excited to be part of the event, the performance will be especially meaningful to bassist Nazim Arain, who became involved with La Crosse’s Earth Month before he joined the band. “I had been involved in different [environmental] efforts around Chicago,” he said, “and since coming to La Crosse I’ve wanted to get involved in something like this.” One of Arain’s environmental passions is alternative transportation, and people attending Friday’s concert will likely hear some of his ideas. According to Arain, improving public transportation is key to decreasing our impact on the environment. If La Crosse had more bus options, it would be more feasible for students not to have cars. Students would drive less often, and UW-L wouldn’t have a need for so many parking lots, which take up a lot of space on a limited campus. Arain is eager to be a part of Earth Month and have the opportunity to help the environment locally. “It’s a real opportunity for a lot of organizations in town to join together and create a unified front around environmental issues,” he said. Other bands performing include Hyphon, 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

an experimental hip-hop group, and Fayme Rochelle and the Waxwings, who have an acoustic folk sound. The FurLow Riders add bluesy rock to this already diverse group of musicians. With such a variety of music, another goal of the event is to expose people to different artists. “We’re promoting sustainability of the local culture environment as well,” Arain said, “We’re trying to help build and reinforce the fan bases of these local bands.” This is the first time that the La Crosse Earth Week Coalition will be holding Green Rock Fest. The Coalition works to promote ideas on how to be a more sustainable community through Earth Week events. Member Jeremy Gragert said, “The main goal for 2010 is to celebrate the 40th anniversary and set the stage for another 40 years of very active Earth Week celebrations, and perhaps we will continue to do month-long celebrations if this year is successful.” Doors open at 7 p.m. on April 23, with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Green Rock Fest is set to last until midnight, but Arain said they would be willing to play longer if fans wanted to hear more.

Various Local Bands Green Rock Fest Concordia Ballroom April 23, 7:30 -Midnight FREE

Word of the Week Disport

New student leaders start planning for upcoming year By Rob Jauquet Senior Writer

Wallace, Ruplinger plan to turn Student Association experience into results

With only a few weeks left in the school year, president-elect Karly Wallace is looking toward next year’s big issues and how she and her vice president Missy Ruplinger can start tackle before the end of the year. the year out strong. “I think we will see a possible referendum “I’m really excited to start working on the student advantage card right away,” Wallace on the bus circulator,” Wallace said. Student said. “I would like to try to get a good start Senate has been working on revamping the bus system around UW-L, Western Tech, and on that before this semesthe downtown area ter ends and talk to the for the past few weeks. Chamber of Commerce to Wallace and Ruplinger’s top Students should exsee how they can help with priorities are tackling the Stu- pect a referendum that as well.” early next fall to voice This year, Erik Kahl, their opinions. the current President of dent Advantage card, MediRuplinger is also UW-La Crosse’s Student cal Amnesty, a campus bus looking to expand on Association, and Wallace this year’s Senate by wanted to reinstate the circulator, and a mentorship implementing a BigStudent Advantage Card Little system. This for every student on cam- program for new senators. idea has been used in pus, but other issues had various other organito be taken care of first zations around camand the idea never came to pus to help lessen the fruition. The suggestion came up again during this learning curve for newer members, allowing year’s campaign and both presidential candi- for a larger contribution early in the year. “One thing Missy wants to do is pair [the dates vocalized their desire to complete the senators] up and try to really get that going task by the start of the next school year. Along with initiating plans for the Stu- right away. So next year hopefully we’ll see dent Advantage Card, Wallace hopes to begin more participation from newer members earwork on the Medical Amnesty policy, which lier. Usually it takes about a semester. I’m exwould allow students to help their peers in a cited to see how the Big-Little system works,” medical emergency without fear of punish- Wallace said. The pair hopes to build off of their comment if under the influence of alcohol. She will have to fill all the director posi- bined experience with Student Senate while also bringing new ideas to Student Associations for next year’s Student Association. Even with the truncated time frame, Stu- tion. dent Senate still has a few important issues to

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Campus studs strut brains and brawn A few Mr. UW-L candidates offer their input on the competition










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By Kelli Ponce Campus Editor

Before the competition on April 21, Mr. UW-L candidates provided a little bit of information about themselves. Andrew Kane A sophomore at UW-L, Andrew Kane was chosen to compete for the Mr. UW-L title through National Residence Hall Honorary. “There are six guys in NRHH, and two of them are past winners. I was the only one who was up for it,” said Kane, when asked about his interest in the competition. Kane is an RA in Sanford Hall and an economics major. When asked what makes him stand out from the other candidates, Kane said, “I’m the third tallest. First is the worst, second is the best, third distinguishes himself or herself from everyone else. At least I think that’s how the saying goes.” When Kane isn’t on duty in Sanford, he enjoys hanging out with the guys. Originally from Milwaukee, he decided to apply to UWL. “I’m glad I applied, I love the campus,” said Kane. Kane’s favorite aspects of UW-L are the brownies from Whitney. He said, “I look forward to the brownies every time I eat there. If I win, I might just have some after to celebrate.” Michael Quirk Interested in trying new things and having fun, Michael Quirk found the Mr. UW-L competition would allow him to do just that. A resident of Laux Hall, Quirk was voted to be Mr. Laux by other residents and spectators in attendance at the event. Quirk is involved in intramural flag football, basketball, softball, dodge ball, volleyball and tennis. When he isn’t chasing a ball, or dodging one, he finds time to study biology. “My favorite attribute of UW-L is being able to get involved in so many different activities and meet new people,” said Quirk. “I chose UW-L because it was far enough away from home, yet close enough.” Quirk is originally from Madison. When asked what makes him stand out from the other candidates, Quirk said, “We are all just having fun. I don’t think it’s very competitive.” If Quirk is chosen as Mr. UWL, he plans on celebrating with his girlfriend, Mikaela Mendez-Smith, at Whitney by making a dessert out of cake and ice cream, with some caramel or chocolate syrup on top. He added, “I might even throw some cookie crumbs on it as well…we’ll see though.” Jason Krug A freshman living in White Hall, Krug

found his motivation to try out for Mr. UW-L because of his escort. Krug said, “What more motivation is needed when there is a nice, cute girl willing to help out?” Krug was chosen to continue toward becoming Mr. UW-L through RHAC, Residence Hall Association Council. Majoring in political science and public administration, Krug believes he represents the ambition and drive of UW-L. He said, “I like to work and play hard, and I care about the people.” When asked about his favorite aspect of UW-L, Krug said, “I’d have to say the squirrels, what is more cute and spastic than a squirrel?” Krug is involved in RHAC and many other committees. When he isn’t attending meetings, he enjoys eating at Pizza Doctors with friends. From Wisconsin Rapids, Krug chose to attend UW-L because of the squirrel to student ratio. If selected to be Mr. UW-L, Krug said, “I would probably smile, talk to a few people and take my escort out for a well deserved, expensive meal. She helped me so much.” Zachary Schaeffer While hanging out with friends, Zachary Schaeffer was encouraged to try out for Mr. UW-L. Not sure what the competition was, Schaeffer asked around and became excited to try out for Mr. White Hall. “I ended up trying out and won,” said Schaeffer. A freshman majoring in chemistry education and chemical engineering, Schaeffer is from Hudson, Wisc. Schaeffer believes he has what it takes to be Mr. UW-L. “I am naturally tan, six feet and eight inches, have rippling muscles and chicks dig me. My favorite pastime is long walks on the beach and sexy sunsets on the bluff. I love to whisper sweet amorous rhymes into my ladies ears as I dance with her under the moonlight. In addition, I find romantic candle light dinners irresistible,” said Schaeffer. Schaeffer is involved in Social Dance Club, is a Wing Representative of White Hall and Percussion Ensemble. He enjoys playing volleyball and eating his favorite food, Multigrain Tostitos Chips. When asked how he will celebrate if chosen, he said, “If I win this competition, a man should only think of one thing in his mind. Time to take out the Slip ‘n Slide!” Neill Scannell In his first year at UW-L, Neill Scannell was surprised that one of his friends signed him up for the Mr. UW-L competition. “I guess it worked out for me,” said Scannell.

Construction projects certified as environmental friendly From LEED, page 1

conscious buildings. When the USGBC was created in 1998, they took over the certification process, updating the qualifications and expanding the LEED standards from one to six. Since increasing the size and scope of the program, over 14,000 building projects in 31 countries have been submitted as LEED projects. Not every project receives an LEED silver certification. In fact, while “silver” projects score higher than the base level “certified” buildings, the scale also provides for “gold” and “platinum” level certifications. The level of recognition depends on the number of points scored on the LEED standards checklist. Areas examined include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and regional priority. On the 100 point scale, anything between 50 and 60 points is eligible for a silver level certification. So what kind of special projects are underway to help Centennial Hall reach silver

status? For one, the building as a whole is designed to be 30 percent more energy efficient then required by the current State of Wisconsin Energy Code. The hall’s C-shape will allow more natural light into the main hallways and common areas. A number of rain gardens are also part of the building plan, recycling storm water runoff. While Centennial Hall will be the centerpiece of the UW-L campus, the project is also a statement to the entire community and state about the importance of sustainable, eco-friendly construction. When it is complete, the hall will be the first LEED certified building on a UW system campus. It is also one of about a dozen projects currently on the registry for the city of La Crosse. While construction has certainly changed the spring landscape around campus, it’s encouraging to note the efforts being taken to ensure the environmental sustainability of UW-L. Through these eco-friendly measures, the remaining open space on campus may remain a little greener, long after the construction dust has settled.

Scannell lives in Sanford Hall and the sub shop on some days. He is involved in recreational soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball. Scannell also volunteers for Safety On Our Sidewalks and is a Wing Representative of Sanford. Scannell calls the city of Campbellsport, Wisc. home and chose UW-L because of the highly recognized physical education program. When asked about what he likes most at UW-L, he said, “Joe Gow. He’s the man.” “I’m a loveer, not a fighter. I think that’s what makes me different from the other candidates. Get to know me and you will not be disappointed,” said Scannell. “If I win, dance party in the basement of Sanford!” Allison Filtz Reuter Hall was in need of a candidate to continue on to the Mr. UW-L competition, until Allison Filtz stepped up to the challenge. Thrilled that the competition is willing to break through any barriers, Filtz represents Reuter Hall. “Reuter couldn’t find anyone that wanted to compete, so in a staff meeting I joked around about being Mr. Reuter. Needless to say, here I am as Ms. Reuter,” said Filtz. In her junior year, Filtz is studying nuclear medicine technology. Also, she is an RA in Reuter, a ‘Big Sister’ through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, a private tutor for chemistry and a member of the NMT club. Filtz likes to take advantage of all the beautiful landscape of La Crosse by going for a run through Myrick Trails or spending time at Black River Beach. When deciding which university to attend, Filtz knew UW-L was the place for her. “I think the beautiful scenery, combined with friendly people and a great NMT Program had something to do with it,” said Filtz. Filtz believes that Mr. UW-L should have an outgoing, bubbly and positive personality. “I have all of these,” she said. When asked what makes her stand out from the other candidates, she said, “I am able to give birth.” As the only female ever to participate in the competition, Filtz cannot be chosen but is excited to represent Reuter. Filtz said, “I’m just in it for the fun! If I could win, I think I would go for late night appetizers at Applebee’s with my friends.” Jacob Wardon Following the tradition of the Greek God representing Greek Life, Jacob Wardon decided to run for Mr. UW-L. Currently, Wardon lives in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house. He believes he stands apart from the other candidates because of his creativity, guitar

and singing abilities. Wardon chose UW-L to take advantage of the Physics/Engineering Dual Degree. “The most exciting part of UW-L is all of the extracurricular activities offered,” said Wardon. He is involved in Greek Life, intramurals, track, physics club, Student Rocket Team and Habitat for Humanity. Being so actively involved, Wardon feels he is qualified to compete toward becoming Mr. UW-L. “If I win, I will definitely be having some friends over to grill my favorite food ... steaks. T-bones, rare,” said Wardon. Jason Dunn From Wheaton, Ill., Jason Dunn chose UW-L because of all the outdoor activities available so close to campus. He is majoring in Art and enjoys eating authentic Mexican food. When he isn’t studying, Dunn is biking through the Myrick Trails. Dunn representes Coate Hall in the Mr. UW-L competition. “I was told I could probably win, and I guess, I like being the center of attention,” said Dunn, when asked what interested him in competing. “I will wear the crown out all weekend if I win,” said Dunn. Ryan O’Grady Residents of Hutch Hall voted Ryan O’Grady to represent them in the Mr. UW-L competition. O’Grady is a freshman who is undecided on what to major in but thinking about English with a minor in TESOL and German. He believes that he is qualified to be Mr. UW-L because he makes people laugh, doesn’t take things seriously and likes to have fun. “Not to mention I’m a guy. That definitely helps my candidacy for this ‘man’ pageant,” said O’Grady. When asked how he is different from the other candidates, O’Grady said, “I can speak fluent German thanks to a year-long exchange program in Saxony. I was clinically deaf until I was three years old and went to speech therapy for three years before starting school.” O’Grady loves hanging out with friends from Hutch and playing guitar in the study room when he’s not working in the Office of Records and Registration. “I also like to make my special dish, ‘caramel delight.’ It’s Ramen noodles with melted caramel and Nutella,” he said. To find out who is the 2010 Mr. UW-L, go to THERACQUET.NET.

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It’s official! Organization turns students into referees By Kelli Ponce Campus Editor

In order to provide UW-La Crosse Rec Sports with the best officials possible, La Crosse Student Official Association is working toward better officiating. In their first year, this organization provides officials with networking opportunities, skill building and consistency through training. SOA president Marques Tyler said, “We’re trying to improve, not only through intramural programs but other competitive programs as well. We have an interest of working with college and high school games.” SOA began in spring of 2009 with only five officials. “It was hard to get it off the ground,” said Tyler. Almost a year later, the organization’s 17 to 18 members encourage others to join, as there is no officiating experience necessary. This organization works closely to

evaluate, schedule and assign officials. Monthly meetings allow members to briefly discuss executive position possibilities. Those interested are encouraged to contact Tyler or join the organization. “Anyone who has a passion for officiating is welcome,” said Tyler. For more information, check out the UW-L MyOrgs page or the new Facebok group that has been created.



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“A true honor” Van Roosenbeek recognized for outstanding effort in the LGBTQ community LGBTQ community started while he was attending school at UW-L. “I started to come out during that time and I was taking part in activities and events to support my process,” Taking an active role in human rights is- he said. This is only the third year that the award, sues isn’t always easy, but UW-La Crosse senior student services coordinator and Pride which was established in the name of UWCenter director Willem Van Roosenbeek has Whitewater professor and LGBTQ rights acproven his ability to promote change within tivist PB Poorman, was given out. The award was established in 2007 after Poorman was the community. Van Roosenbeek recently received the killed by a drunk driver. “I had met PB early in my career at UW-L, Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People, and to receive an award named for her work and dedication is very which is described by the humbling,” said Van UW System as “an annual Roosenbeek. honor given to a UW faculty “This award gives me Always looking for or staff member, or UW stuways to improve the dident, to recognize that indi- strength and courage to versity of the UW comvidual’s contributions within munity, Van Roosenthe UW System on behalf of keep up the hard work and beek is already looking LGBTQ communities.” the fight for equality,” said toward the future. Van Roosenbeek has He said, “I want proven himself worthy Van Roosenbeek. to start a dialogue of this award through his this summer with the achievements throughout campus community the UW-La Crosse commuWillem Van Roosenbeek regarding protocol if nity. Through developing Senior Student Services a transgender student campus programs and onCoordinator and Pride Center would apply to UW-L.” going trainings and panels, Roosenbeek is he’s led the Pride Center to Director alsoVan hoping to offer an receive national recognition LGBTIQQAA scholarby the Consortium of LGship within the next BTQ Educators. He is also a founding member of the campus Hate Re- few years, and he’s working with Counseling sponse Team, and he was a co-developer of and Testing to establish groups specific to a study abroad program that focuses on LG- LGBTIQQAA students. “This award gives me strength and courBTQ identity issues. To Van Roosenbeek, receiving this award age to keep up the hard work and the fight for is “a true honor.” His involvement with the equality,” said Van Roosenbeek. By Lauren Seidl Senior Writer

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Leaning toward eco-friendly transportation By Mary Malahy Senior Editor

Segways seemed to have taken over Badger Street on April 13 and 14, when Segway of Wisconsin gave students the chance to test drive their eco-friendly mode of transportation on campus. Dr. Gail Gillis brought Segway of Wisconsin to campus as a treat for her Production and Operations Management class. “This is just for them to have fun,” Gillis said. “It’s all about the students today.” As the students zipped down the street in front of Wimberly it was evident that Gillis accomplished her goal for the day. According to Jennifer Connors Clark, director of sales and marketing for Segway of Wisconsin, Gillis’s students weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the Segways. She said it was amazing how many students were interested and that the classes filled up within an hour of her arrival. “Segways are a very unique, versatile, green mode of transportation for a single person,” Clark said. Clark explained that they are green because they do not have any emissions and do not require any fossil fuels. The user simply charges the vehicle and then can ride for 24

miles before charging it again. According to Clark, this is very cost effective because it only costs 25 cents to fully charge a battery. Segways are convenient for short trips such as going grocery shopping, Clark said. They travel at 12.5 miles per hour and can be driven inside or outside. In Wisconsin it is legal to ride them on sidewalks, so they can be used pretty much anywhere people walk or bike, Clark said. According to Clark, Segways have become popular with airport staff, police officers and security guards. They are particularly nice for police officers, Clark added. She explained that if someone sees a police officer running down the street he or she knows something is wrong and becomes curious. But if someone sees a police officer gliding down the street on a Segway, they simply think it looks cool. “It draws the right kind of attention and keeps away the wrong kind,” Clark said. Segways are also very popular in warehouses or in companies with large campuses, Clark said, because employees are much more efficient if they can travel faster. According to Gillis, the visit from Segway tied into her class because she is teaching about being environmentally friendly in the business world.

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Annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon La Crosse organization puts raises money for AIDS research family first By Katie Tucker City Editor

April 16 was a good day for soaking up some sun and raising some cash at UW-La Crosse. Members of the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority, with the help of Delta Sigma Phi, put on the annual Teeter-Totter-A-Thon in efforts to raise money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). Members stayed on the seesaw for 24 hours, from noon April 16 until noon April 17, to support the cause. A total of $750 was raised through donations, teeter-totter rides, and raffle sales. The event has been long tradition with Gamma Sigma Sigma. This is the sixteenth year the sorority has been fundraising for ARCW. In addition to the teeter totters, other games were available including ladder golf, relay race competitions, a “how fast can you wrap it” competition, and bean bag toss. Tshirts were available for tie-dying. To members, however, the most valuable event was the distribution of information about AIDS

awareness and prevention, including free condoms. “I think it’s awesome that we can put on a fun event and raise money to help people at the same time. All of the profits went to the nonprofit organization,” said Kelly Chase, Gamma Sigma Sigma member. Funds were raised through donations and raffle ticket sales. Raffle tickets cost $1 and offered buyers prizes donated from local businesses including $100 cash, a free night stay at Howard Johnson, free rounds of golf from Fox Hollow, and various other coupons and gift cards to area restaurants. The winners were selected on Monday, April 26. According to the ARCW website, the ARCW Medical Center is Wisconsin's largest provider of HIV health care serving more than 1,500 HIV patients. The organization also provides comprehensive healthcare and services to more than 3,000 residents, and makes more than 150,000 prevention contacts each year with people who are at risk for HIV. If you missed the event, but would still like to contribute to the ARCW, visit their Web site at to make a donation.

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Family and Children’s Center provides much needed services By Kate Susa Senior Editor

There are plenty of “family-friendly” places to visit around La Crosse, but few are as family-oriented as Family and Children’s Center. Providing a variety of services from alternative education to child abuse prevention and family counseling, Family and Children’s Center has been committed to serving families in the La Crosse area since 1881. The mission of the Family and Children’s Center is to provide support and services that help strengthen families and promote individual well-being. Every year thousands of families benefit from the educational services and assistance provide by the Center’s six main locations around Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. In La Crosse, these services include the special Stepping Stones program. Stepping Stones is a safe environment where children are interviewed by professionals about the

possibility of neglect or abuse. Only social workers and police officers can refer cases to Stepping Stones. As April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the educational resources and support programs available to families in the area. We’re fortunate in La Crosse to have one of the foremost, long standing programs in the state. With continued support from the local community, hopefully the Family and Children’s Center can continue to serve the families of La Crosse for years to come. Want to do your part for Child Abuse Prevention Month? Blue ribbons represent Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness. Tie or pin a blue ribbon to your keys, backpack or jacket to show your support. Know somebody who may need support or intervention? Speak up. The Family and Children’s Center is ready and willing to help. Check out their Web site at http://fcc.itechra. net/Services/LaCrosseWIServices/AlternativeEducation.aspx for more information.

The good food revolution By Sarah Swanson Staff Writer

Gardens on rooftops, farms on asphalt, and agriculture in the middle of urban areas: all are made possible because of one man’s dream. Will Allen, the CEO of Growing Power, explained in his lecture Tuesday, April 13, how he has committed his life to the development of urban farming. To meet the high demand for locally grown food, “We need to figure out how to grow more food with less land,” said Allen. Growing Power is a nonprofit organization committed to solving this problem. Allen’s motto is, “It’s all about the soil” because without good soil, nutritious food can’t be grown. Growing Power has developed many innovative ways of composting waste and turning it into usable soil. Their methods range from the simple process of composting food waste to the use of an anaerobic digester. Allen is very animated about vermicompost, or using worms to enrich the soil. He refers to the worms as his employees because of the work they do, and considers them his favorite employees because “these employees never talk back.” Growing Power offers workshops that teach people how to create good soil for farmers to use. Allen emphasized that “the biggest challenge is to be able to grow the soil before we can grow the food.” Growing Power’s mission is rooted in teaching others how to utilize the areas of their community sufficiently. They have an extensive outreach program that works to set up agriculture in sites where the community takes responsibility for producing the soil, planting the crops and harvesting them. By producing the soil, gardens can be put virtu-

ally anywhere, including on abandoned concrete parking lots or on a roof, enabling plants to be grown almost anywhere. Growing Power is located in Milwaukee, and Allen is proud of the fact that “the city of Milwaukee is taking the leadership role for urban agriculture.” Growing Power has been working with Milwaukee Public Schools and was able to implement changes in the types of food being served in the schools. Allen has a passion for the education of youth and includes them in many of his workshops. Allen’s passion is inspiring, and Growing Power represents the future of agriculture. What Allen once considered the “Good Food Movement” he now considers a revolution, because “people are realizing what it takes to be healthy” and they are taking action to accomplish this. “People are scared of the industrial food system,” said Allen, referring to sicknesses that have been caused by contaminated foods. He considers this one of the most influential factors of the revolution. Allen believes that the future of agriculture will be a community effort, with everyone sharing the responsibility for the production of his or her own food. Growing Power leads by example, showing what it means to take responsibility for food production and renewability. “Once something enters our site, it doesn’t leave; everything is reused,” said Allen. They recently installed solar panels and are utilizing the energy produced from the panels to generate 75 percent of their electricity needs. There is also a storm water collection system of Allen’s own design that is used to water all of their plants. From soil to finished product, Growing Power doesn’t produce any waste and even consumes otherwise wasted products in the process, truly living green.

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Chartwells criticism is mostly undeserved

Students upset about various inconveniences of campus dining have never hesitated to voice their opinion. But meeting with the two people crucial to setting those sometimes irksome policies was revealing, and we realized there are practical explanations behind most of the seeming dining injustices. First, a distinction. Chartwells is a different entity than UW-La Crosse, but both do their part in setting campus dining policy. Larry Ringgenberg and University Centers are responsible for setting transfer hours and establishing related rules, which are specified in a contract with Chartwells. Tom Dockham, Chartwells’ director, is in charge of making sure students have quality food and service in conjunction with the requests of Ringgenberg and the university. It’s important to understand Chartwells isn’t behind all that students believe ails campus dining. One common gripe by students is transfer hours. Chartwells is often blamed for inconvenient or limited hours, when in fact there is a good reason for this rule. Ringgenberg explained that transfer hours were decided after speaking with students. He added that the goal is to serve the dining needs of all students, so by designating transfer hours for students with meal plans, it makes other times available for students with block plans or

for faculty and staff eating on campus. “It’s a balancing thing,” Ringgenberg said. Another complaint is related to the limitations of The Galley. This also has a simple explanation. Ringgenberg said that breakfast in The Galley has been very successful, but it would be “too cost prohibitive” to staff the entire Galley all the time. To change this would affect the cost of meal plans. And some students have suggested that 24-hour dining facilities would be appropriate for our busy campus community. However, this raises issues of safety for student workers and the cost associated with staffing a facility around the clock. “It might be nice for some folks, but everyone is going to pay a price for that,” said Dockham. Certainly everyone shouldn’t be asked to pay for a service only a few night owls would really appreciate. Lastly, the lines that frequently irk anxious diners has been a topic of discussion. Dockham also referenced the balancing act between meeting the needs of all students. He offered the example of the sack lunch option at Whitney as an explanation. Students originally were allowed one sack lunch per day, then they wanted to be able to get two, followed then by the desire to pick the actual contents of the bag. To meet student needs, these changes were made. However, letting every student pick his or

her individualized sack lunch isn’t a quick process. The old proverb that you can’t have your cake and eat it too applies here. We believe that Dockham really does want what is best for students. Chartwells holds dining service committee meetings every two weeks, which Dockham always attends along with 10 to 15 others from campus. Both Dockham and Ringgenberg also requested that students with ideas or opinions contact them with their suggestions. And as they begin to plan contract negotiations for fall 2011, focus groups and student committees are the in works so the ideas of the student body are taken into consideration. In general, there are good reasons for the way things work at this university. Professionals run UW-L, and they try to make decisions that will balance the needs of all students. In other words, don’t stress; they won’t let us go hungry.


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Jeff Steele

Individuals can save the planet, one purchase at a time

Opinions on how humans view the environment have tended to fall loosely into two distinct mindsets. The first, exemptionalism, holds that we [humans] will find a solution to all the world’s problems through our sheer ingenuity and that we are ultimately in control of the planet, perpetually modifying it to fit our needs; hence, we do not need to preserve its present condition because it doesn’t matter. The opposing idea of reality is environmentalism, which sees humanity as a species tightly dependent on the natural world. So which are you? Do you view humans as separate from all other animals because of our supreme intelligence and technological advances or do you regard us as living together in mutual dependence, just another link in a long chain of ecosystems. While many of Earth’s vital resources are about to be exhausted, its atmospheric chemistry is deteriorating, and human populations continue to grown precariously large, I must confess that exemptionalists seem rather selfrighteous and narcissistic. Viewing the world through an exemptionalist philosophy promotes arrogance and, ultimately, leads to an apathetic and unsympathetic society when it comes to protecting the environment if we don’t take responsibility for our actions. There is no debate that solving the problems endangering our global environment will require the help and

resources from our bureaucracy and industry sector. However, the government and industry exist solely because we allow them to. They are here to serve the needs of people and not vice-versa. The products and services that you demand will help preserve rather than corrode the environment and, eventually, will help determine the fate of our planet. Every time you buy something, you are casting a vote. That vote tells the company that this is a product that will make money. Thus, the product survives. So, it’s understandable that when faced against the mounting global environment crisis you feel overwhelmed and powerless. However, if you think one person cannot make a difference, look at history. Rachel Carson, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, and Al Gore (to name a few) have all made significant contributions to the world regarding the environment. If you think protesting is a waste of time, look at every major anti-slavery, anti-war, labor, women’s suffarage, and civil rights movement and revolution in American history. Hell, we wouldn’t even have our freedom without the Boston Tea Party. It’s time for you to jump on the green bandwagon. We live in a democracy. We have the power to change the world. And as anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Hard economic sell By Daniel Card Staff Writer

What is good for the environment, saves energy, reduces our demand for natural resources, and is good for the health of ourselves and other living organisms? If you said, “Recycling plastics,” you are exactly right. Plastics are created by combining petroleum or natural gas with oxygen or chlorine. When plastics are not recycled, fossil fuels are used to create new plastic, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions. According to, less than one percent of all plastic is recycled. When it comes to plastic, there are really only three options: send it to the landfill, incinerate, or recycle it. You can do the math to figure out where the other 99 percent of plastic that’s not recycled goes. In the case of the City of La Crosse, it‘s off to the incinerator or landfill. Refuse, which is collected by Harter’s Quick Clean-Up, is required to be disposed of within the La Crosse Solid Waste System. This includes the

La Crosse continues to evaluate recycling plastic If plastic recycling was implemented, La Crosse would produce about 194 tons of recycleable plastic. La Crosse County Landfill, and the XCEL Energy Refuse Derived Fuel Plant located on French Island. La Crosse County is under contract with XCEL Energy until 2023, requiring the delivery of 73,000 tons per year of solid waste, which includes plastic. This “waste-to-energy” incineration plant may seem like an energy saving program, but not when it comes to plastics. Incinerating plastics that could be reused or recycled is a real energy waster when you consider the energy and resources it takes to make new plastics. According to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, recycling saves three to five times the energy waste

Coal conversation continues Friday forum with state officials to shed light on question of coal burning at UW-L By Jeff Steele Feautures Editor

Towering over the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse is an unmistakable, iconic smoke stack that, for the past half century, has heated water on our campus. Although the plant only burns coal during the “colder months” while burning natural gas during the “warmer months,” the costs and benefits of moving away from coal are being discussed. UW-L’s heating plant’s future is up for debate as the state decides what action to take after Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources notified the Department of Administration (DOA) that five plants, including UW-L’s, were not in compliance with clean-air regulations. Administration Secretary Michael Morgan said Gov. Jim Doyle “made it very clear that it is our job ... at the Department of Administration to fix this problem ... and do it quickly.” It is the DOA’s decision to install more pollution controls, eliminate coal use, or shut down coal-fired heating plants. According to Chancellor Joe Gow, “presently the Wisconsin Department of State Facilities (DSF) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are studying the situation. There are several other UW System campus plants that burn coal, and the DSF and DNR want to ensure these plants comply fully with the Federal Clean Air Act.” Morgan also stated that eliminating coal will cut the state’s use of the fuel, which emits greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, by 65 percent. “This is progress, and we really look forward to working with the DOA to bring these facilities up to snuff and to move the state beyond coal,” said Jennifer Feyerherm, director of Sierra Club’s Wisconsin Clean Energy Campaign. UW-L’s heating plant is expected to be reviewed under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration permitting program, which is a program under the Clean Air Act designed to prevent any violations and is required to review all major changes to be conducted. In 2007, the Sierra Club sued the state and required them to sign an order that resulted in the conversion of UW-Madison’s Charter Street Heating Plant and the Capitol Heating Plant in Downtown Madison. Those changes are expected to cost around $250 million. They will be completed in March 2013 and are expected to bring a number of benefits to the biofuel industry. “When you get off of coal, you create local jobs,” said David Jenkins, director of commercialization and market development with the state Office of Energy Independence. “That’s never been more important in my lifetime than it is right now.”

Global warming considerations are also a factor because coal and natural gas produce more carbon than biomass. If the federal government puts caps on the carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuels, biomass gets more attractive. Although UW-L’s eventual conversation is expected to stimulate the biofuel industry and be more environmentally friendly, the upfront construction costs are expected to be high and there is currently no infrastructure to process the eclectic mix of fuels our plant would burn. According to Gow, “the UW System has pointed out to us that state-owned plants, like the ones on UW campuses, only account for less than 1 percent of all the coal burned in Wisconsin. Hopefully the State of Wisconsin will provide future funding for UW-L to make the switch to natural gas or the new biomass materials that are being developed.” David Helbach, secretary of the State Building Commission and administrator for the Division of State Facilities (DSF) stated that, “there are three options currently available for the campus. The first is to switch to completely natural gas. The second is to switch to biofuel. And the third involves a combination of the two, Helbach said. “Because of clean air guidelines, we will have to choose one. There has been talk of upgrading the current facility to simply burn coal cleaner. Unfortunately, it would cost the most out of all the alternatives.” Helbach is currently consulting the Environmental Protection Agency, the Sierra Club, the Department of Natural Resources and the United States Department of Justice on how to handle the situation. “The goal is to reduce our carbon footprint. Obviously there is a risk for us. We may very well be spending more to reduce our carbon footprint.” It is estimated that around 60 percent of the conversion cost would be financed through the UW budget and the other 40 percent would eventually be footed through student fees. However, Helbach said that the conversion away from coal is inevitable and that there will be an alternative fuel in the future. The Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability is hosting a forum on Friday, which is open for discussion of any renewable energy, energy efficiency or environmental sustainability topic for state facilities. Helbach will speak at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The discussion is expected to conclude at approximately 11 a.m. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

incinerator power plants generate. In addition to the energy benefits, incinerating plastics is potentially harmful to living organisms. Plastics contain harmful chemicals including lead, mercury, hydrogen chloride, and carbon monoxide. If burned, these pollutants are released in the air, soil and water, resulting in health risks for humans and wildlife. Also, burning plastics releases dioxin, a known human carcinogen. It is difficult to put a price tag on risks like these, but it is clear they must be taken into consideration when discussing the advantages and disadvantages of recycling. The City, which is currently under contract with Harter’s until 2012, recently conducted a “Plastic Recycling Feasibility and Impact” study. According to the findings, if plastic recycling was implemented, the City of La Crosse would produce about 194 tons of recyclable plastic. La Crosse County consistently exceeds the required 73,000 tons of waste, and the City is actually

charged $60.00 per ton disposed at the solid waste system. Removing 194 tons excess in recyclable plastic would result in a savings of $11,640 per year in reduced landfill fees, according to the feasibility study. Harter’s currently collects recyclables from the 16,875 La Crosse households every other week. Initially, Gary Harter indicated that to add plastics to the list of acceptable materials to be recycled it would cost an additional $0.25 per household per month. This is about $50,625 a year. Under the current contract, Harter’s receives any revenue from the sale of the collected plastics. The switch to recycling is a hard economic sell at this time. But Harter has since offered only a $0.07 per household increase as long as the city extends its contract with Harter’s Quick Clean-Up by three years. "The contract extension being proposed by Harter's merits serious consideration," said Public Works Director Dale Hexom in February.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

It’s about YOU Love your Mother ... Earth

By Alyssa Laws Staff Writer

There is one day every year when we should try to walk or carpool, take shorter showers, and recycle a bit more than usual, and that day is Earth Day. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson first proposed the idea of a day set aside specifically to appreciate the Earth in 1970. In the United States, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, but the actual day changes depending on what part of the globe you’re in. It is celebrated in the spring in the northern hemisphere and in autumn in the southern hemisphere. The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, marked the beginning of the modernday environmental movement. There were around 20 million Americans from all over the country that protested the deterioration of the environment. Activist groups for different environmental issues all came together on Earth Day to advocate the one thing they all had in common: helping to save the Earth. One of the most important outcomes of the first Earth Day was how it grew on its own from the concerns of citizens. Support for the initial Earth Day bolstered the U.S. legislature to notice that Environmental legislation had lasting support. After the first Earth Day, many new environmental laws came into effect that are still in effect todday, including the Clean Air Act and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Earth Day is coordinated by the nonprofit organization Earth Day Network, and with their help and the support of millions of people around the world, Earth Day has become the largest secular holiday in the world. The actual date of Earth Day was

By Patrice Vnuk Staff Writer

Be the change you want to see. chosen to maximize participation on college campuses; Earth Day avoids common exam times, breaks, religious holidays, and was late enough in spring to take advantage of typically nice weather. This means that this day was specifically put when it was so YOU could celebrate Earth Day. You are the college student that Gaylord Nelson was hoping would make a difference for the Earth. Although there are so many positives to Earth Day, there have been a few criticisms. Alex Steffen, a writer, stated that Earth Day has outlived its usefulness, and an editorial in the Washington Times stated that Earth

Day was a pessimistic, political ideology that portrayed humans in a negative light. But these few criticisms are nothing compared to all that Earth Day has done. It helped gather people together to celebrate a cause that they all believed in. It was able to pass new legislation that allowed us to live in a cleaner environment, and allowed everyone to look around at their surroundings and notice that they themselves as one individual could make a difference in protecting the Earth.

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We have all heard the age-old saying “You are what you eat”; what you may not know is that what you eat and where you buy the food you eat impacts not only your body, but the environment as well. While having a burger every now and then and picking up milk and eggs at the corner convenience store won’t bring on the apocalypse, it would be easier on your health and the earth to make a few easy changes, even just once in a while. One way to do this is to try out “flexi-tarianism”… but you don’t have to call it this if you don’t want to. You could just call it “eating a vegetarian meal once every so often.” You could even turn it into a vegetarian DAY if you’re feeling crazy. Cutting back on meat is not only better for you, but it uses less water (it takes three or more times as much water for animal products to be made than plant-based products) and fewer other natural resources, and is actually less expensive in the long run. Another way to help out the environment is to shop locally and at stores that support organic and local farmers. Reducing the cor-

porate stronghold on food can have astounding benefits for our economy and planet. Farmer’s markets usually run during the spring and summer in La Crosse, and these are ideal places to pick up fresh produce and other great things. The People’s Co-Op of La Crosse is a safe choice year-round if you’re looking for environmentally friendly supermarkets. They have vast organic and locally grown selections. Some local restaurants that take it easy on the earth include Hackberry’s Bistro, which is fueled by the CoOp. One of the surest ways to tell that they’re serious about the environment is that their menu is seasonal; that is to say that they don’t ship chemically infused food from all over the world just so you can have those tropical fruits in January. Another restaurant is The Root Note, a vegetarian-based café located downtown. Its menu is meat- and worry-free with many organic options. As you begin making small changes, which you will be doing (…right?), just remember that any cutback counts. Try not to approach these modifications with an all-or-nothing outlook, because something is always better than nothing. Your body and planet will thank you for it!

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By Jenica Simon Staff Writer

Everyone knows that paper, plastic, and aluminum are supposed to be separated and recycled, but how about packing peanuts or prosthetics? A recent MSN article on recycling stated, “But recycling isn’t just about everyday household items any more. Nonprofit organizations and specialized businesses are springing up everywhere to recycle almost everything imaginable.” The following are the some of the most doable and lucrative for college students and campuses. With technology changing daily there are many products that can be recycled. Your old working appliances can now be traded in for a discount on new energy efficient models. Many other products can be sent back to the manufacturer so they can recycle usable parts. Outdated cell phones are accepted by Salvation Army and Goodwill, and Target will also collect them to be refurbished and resold at reduced prices in less technologically advanced countries. Many of you have probably heard of refilling ink cartridges, but if you can’t refill it you can recycle it, and even earn a dollar for cartridges you recycle. And how about the thousands of batteries it takes to run all those electronics. If you haven’t switched over to rechargeable batteries, non-rechargeable batteries can be recycled at Best Buy and Radio Shack in Onalaska. Many also know you can give your gently worn clothes to Goodwill, but what about your not-so-gently-used

TOP 9 Unknown Recyclables: 9.) Cell Phones 8.) Kitchen Scraps 7.) Batteries 6.) Ink Cartridges 5.) Appliances 4.) Tennis Shoes 3.) Glasses 2.) Bicycles 1.) Mattresses tennis shoes? There are several options for your old shoes, but the best I have found are Recycled Runners, which donates all used shoes to people that can’t afford them, or Nike’s Reuse-AShoe program that reuses shoes to make Nike grind, which is the major ingredient in the spongy turf you see in playgrounds today. On the other hand, your old eye glasses can be donated to Lens Crafters’ Gift of Sight, and usually the local Lions Club has a fundraiser. Even if they are scratched they can be ground and reformed into new lenses. Kitchen scraps make up a large portion of landfills, but your biodegradables can have a more positive effect on the community by providing compost to local soils and garden beds. The most surprising items that relate to college age students were bikes and

mattresses, especially with another round of musical apartments coming up at the end of semester. Bikes for the World takes working, unwanted bikes and transports them to areas of need, so if you don’t want to lug your old bike home or if you are getting something else before next semester then check it out on the web. Mattresses have so many uses I don’t know if I can list them all, but the topic was explored in one Dirty Jobs episode. To name just a few mattress afterlives, the metal springs can be recycled as scrap metal, the bedding is cleaned and reused in dog beds and wood is often refurbished.

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For more ideas and where to recycle near you, check out: http://earth911. com/. Have a happy and healthy Earth Day!

With a few recycled items and a little imagination your crafting possibilities are endless.

Meredith Brown Assistant Editor

Thursday, April 22 2010


Realistic ways to recycle and reuse By Anne Lawver Senior Writer

Many people already know of the ways to save the environment by making small changes. You can change your light bulbs, use cloth bags, turn down your heat in the winter and your air conditioning in the summer, and the list goes on. But students, especially those who live on campus, don’t always control what kind of light bulbs they use and are often too cash-strapped to spend a lot of extra money. Below are just a few ways to be green while saving some green, too. Reuse plastic! There are several ways to reuse plastic shopping bags, or any plastic bag in general. Reusing plastic bags as trash can liners is cheaper than actually buying them. If you have a dog, use the plastic bags from your

bread to pick up after your pooch on a walk. Those bags go directly in the trash anyway, so why not use them to scoop? And, if you’d rather use paper bags at the grocery store, why not use them as liners for garbage that doesn’t leak? Don’t trash the box! When buying anything that comes in a cardboard box, think twice before trashing it. The City of La Crosse does not recycle cardboard, so make sure to reuse it yourself. For example, after emptying a box of tissues use it as a storage device for the plastic bags. Shoe boxes would be perfect for storing away small items or for packing once you move out. Throw a case party! (If you’re 21, of course) Keggers may sound fun, but why not encourage a case party? Purchase beer by

the case, or have everyone bring over their own, rather than wasting plastic cups. Plastic cups from a kegger will get thrown out, but the aluminum beer cans can be recycled for money. There are many recycling places in La Crosse and Onalaska, such as D & M Recycling, that take your bags full of cans and pay you based on weight. Not just for eggs! These tips come from, which offers a whole list of ideas for reusing items. Egg cartons are another item that ends up in the trash. Why not store jewelry or even golf balls in the individual trays. Cartons are also perfect for packing fragile items. When camping, bring along fire starters, egg cartons with dryer lint inside covered with candle wax. And you probably thought that dryer lint didn’t serve any purpose.

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Glass jars are the best! There are many different ways to reuse a glass jar. Here are some great ideas from Use a jar for a drinking glass; cut a slit in the lid for coins and use it as a rainy day fund; store bulk foods from the grocery store in them such as dried fruit or trail mix (festival has a good selection of bulk food items); or even use glass jars as storage containers for leftovers, or any small items that will inevitably get lost in a junk drawer. There are many more ways to reuse everyday items. Before throwing something in the garbage, ask yourself if you could possibly use it later. If you’re not creative, just search online for “reuse items” and you’re bound to find some great ideas you never thought of before, and you might even save some money in the process.

Reduce, reuse, recycle Donate those old books during the English Club book drive By Meredith Brown Assistant Editor

Jack Johnson’s catchy lyrics “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” will have new meaning at the English Club’s book drive, which seeks any used and unwanted books of any genre, donating them to people who need them. The book drive takes place all week, but the main event begins at noon, April 22, at the Gazebo near Whitney Center. Thursday’s event features local musicians throughout the day along with a book drive collection. The English Club book drive should not be confused with the Literacy and Lyrics event of previous years. “In the past, the English Club hosted the Literacy and Lyrics event at the Whitney Gazebo,” said English Club’s president, Sarah Wenman. “Although this year’s

event is similar to the original Literacy and Lyrics, the book drive is different because it lasts all week and supports a non-profit organization.” Green collection boxes will be located by the Cartwright Center front desk and Murphy Library from April 19 to 23. All book donations are accepted except for textbooks and magazines. Donated items will benefit Better World Books, an organization that distributes book drive donations to third-world countries. The English Club participates in a variety of activities throughout the year, including “Speak!” Cellar nights and publishing The Catalyst literary journal. The club meets every other Monday at 7 p.m. in 257 Cartwright Center. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend, even students not majoring in English. Check out their website for more information: http://www.

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Korean thunder

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Korean Percussion Ensembles bring a unique experience to UW-L By Meredith Brown Assistant Editor

The brilliant sound of thunder will resonate throughout the recital hall next Tuesday as the Korean Percussion Ensembles take the stage. It is a musical experience unlike any other; UW-L is one of the few universities in the nation to have an ensemble of this nature. In the past, the Korean Percussion Ensembles performed at local schools,

state conventions and national performances. The percussion ensembles perform in Annett Recital Hall April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Soojin Kim Ritterling of the Department of Music brought this new percussion genre to UW-L. The ensemble had humble beginnings nearly eight years ago when Ritterling received a grant from the College of Liberal Studies. The grant was used to purchase a few Korean drums to explore Korean music. From there, the ensemble began with only three members, and has since grown to approximately 15 participants.

“As far I know, the UW-L is the only college to offer a Korean Percussion performance class,� said Ritterling. While at UW-L, Ritterling regularly gives seminars and workshops at national conferences. She uses Korean percussion music to invite children to explore others cultures and art forms. In 2006, Ritterling received a grant from the UW-L Foundation and the College of Liberal Studies to purchase the special drums the ensemble uses today. The percussion ensemble uses the channggo (an hourglass-shaped

drum), the kkwaenggwari (small gong), the ching (large gong) and a buk (large drum). “These Korean drums, called Modeum Buks, sound like rolling thunder with very distinct rhythm patterns,� said Ritterling. Ritterling is currently on sabbatical leave in Korea; she received a Fulbright scholar grant to study traditional Korean percussion music in modern Korean society. While abroad, Brian Wittenberg, UW-L alum, takes her place as Percussion Ensemble director this year.

The Samulnori Samulnori means “four drums� in Korean. Its music came from traditional farmers’ music with professional bands of 24 or more performers. Traditionally, it included eight musicians, eight dancers with hand-held drums and eight actors. The musicians in this kind of band used the same four instruments the UW-L Korean Percussion Ensembles perform with. See below.




Last but not least The Department of Theatre Arts presents Eurydice, its last play of the season




Contemporary characters, clever twists in the story and breathtaking visual effects will come together in the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts’ upcoming performance, Eurydice, a classic story of love lost, found, and lost again. Sarah Ruhl’s modern adaption of the ancient Orpheus myth will run April 23-24, 29-30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances on April 25 and May 2 at 2:00 p.m.. All performances are staged in Toland Theatre, and tickets are on sale at the box office in the Center for the Arts. The tickets run from $12 for general public, $10 for nonUW-L students, senior citizens and children, and $4 for UW-L students with a valid student ID. Mary Leonard, the director of Eurydice, brings this timeless story to life, along with a small cast of seven passionate and experienced actors, who transform the charac-

ters into people we can associate with today. Leonard explains, “The characters are very relatable. Fathers, daughters, lovers. The play is rich with aspects of love and loss.� Considerable time and effort was put into the elaborate visual elements of the play as well. “Many people have worked long hours on this production and contributed to the creation of what promises to be visually exciting for the audience,� Leonard said. UW-L’s version of Eurydice is an innovative take on the ageless love story. In the classic tale, Orpheus travels to the underworld to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, after her tragic death. There, his sweet singing softens the hearts of the demons and Hades, and they grant Orpheus’ request to take her back to the mortal world. However, on the way back to the land of the living, Eurydice disappears back to the Underworld, and Orpheus, dejected and alone, is forced to wait his remaining days on Earth until he is reunited with her in death. The focus in this adaption of the

play does not revolve around Orpheus, but is told from Eurydice’s perspective. The story centers on Eurydice’s struggle between staying in the underworld, where she is reunited with her father, or returning to the mortal realm to live with Orpheus. While the choice may seem easy, it is incredibly difficult for Eurydice to decide, for the afterlife in Eurydice is not flames and persecution as much as it is a dream world. Leonard explains, “the bulk of the set takes place in the underworld, and it is an unusual, mysterious, and off-beat place.� Eurydice is the final production of the 2009-2010 season, and it is definitely one you will not want to miss. Do not pass up the chance to get lost in a fantasy world that you will walk away from in awe. Leonard offered advice for anyone planning to attend: “Give yourself over to the moments in the play that touch you. Listen to the beautiful language of the play and allow yourself to step into this unusual world and take the journey with these beautiful characters.�



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Platteville strikes out in women’s softball UW-L sweeps the double-header

opponents, raising team morale. It was Salm again who at the bottom of the seventh provided another two run homerun that would allow La Crosse to slide in and grab victory at end of the game. Ashley Veroeven (3-1) earned the win. She pitched all 7 innings, allowing six hits, two runs and one walk while striking out five opponents. Salm was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, while Natalie Stoll went 2-for-2.

Christiaan Cartwright Associate Writer

UW-La Crosse softball defeated the UWPlatteville Pioneers in a double-header on April 14, with an 8-5 victory in the opening game and a 4-2 triumph in the nightcap. Played on North Campus field, the victory brought the team’s record up to 20-6. Perhaps most commendable were UW-L’s Cara Salm and Rachel Croak, who each set their career school records. Croak became the Eagles’ leader in stolen bases with an impressive 48, breaking the record of Jenny Miller (2004-2007). Salm set the record for career TBI (111) and found herself surpassing Rochell Vandenlangenberg (1994-97). In the opener, pitcher Heather Schultz (12-2) earned the win, going 7.0 innings. She allowed eight hits, five runs and one walk and struck out 5 opponents. The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second before the Pioneers tied it the top of the third with a pair of runs. However, it didn’t look good for the Pioneers, as UW-L took a 3-2 lead in the third and added four more runs in



the fourth. Then they added one last run in the fifth, bringing the score to 8-5, where it would remain. The nightcap was a different story altogether. Where UW-L had dominated the opener, the team soon found themselves on the defensive as their Platteville opponents took an early lead; this was courtesy of backto-back RBI doubles from opponents Megan Pozezinski and Foltz,resulting in a 2-0 lead for Platteville. It was not until the bottom of the fifth inning that UW-L’s luck changed and Salm produced a two-run homerun that allowed UW-L to tie with their Platteville

NEXT Home GAME April 24 3 P.m. UW-Whitewater

Get caught up in UW-L fishing Jay Geissler Staff Writer

Spring is here and summer is well on its way, which can only mean one thing: it’s fishin’ season, so grab a fishing pole and tackle box and go sit on the water for a few hours. Looking for friends to go fishing with or people who share your passion for the sport? Maybe it’s time to join the UW-L fishing team. Jonathan Ringdahl, president of the fishing team, explained what exactly the fishing team does. He shared that the fishing team focuses on four main aspects: education,

experience, socializing, and community involvement. “We want to keep our members informed on the latest tips and techniques in fishing,” said Ringdahl. He went on to say, “Learning about fishing tips and techniques is great; however, the application of those techniques and time spent fishing is really what is going to help them become better anglers.” Ringdahl said the fishing team is a great way to connect with other people who love to fish. He said that not only do they go fishing together, but they also cook up their catch and socialize with each other afterwards. Ringdahl said, “This community has been so great to us and therefore it is impor-

tant for us to give back to it. In the future, we will be working with the DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to help in conservation efforts.” The fishing team does not currently compete in any tournaments, but they are looking to get into the FLW College Fishing Series in the near future. The team is open to any kind of fishing and welcomes anglers of any skill level. Ringdahl said, “Even if you have never fished before, we will teach you. It is as simple as showing up and asking.” The fishing team is heading out to the water on April 25th at 2 p.m. Interested students should email


Surprises Matt Moes Staff Writer

Alright baseball fans, check it out! This spring is what it’s all about. It’s time for the surprises, both positive and negative. The season is still young, but it is always interesting to see how early some teams will hit the panic button, and what teams can hold on to their success. The Angels were great last year and now this year they quickly find themselves sitting at a 3-6 record. The Chicago White Sox were predicted by most to win the AL Central this season but currently sit around a five hundred record of 4-5. The Boston Red Sox are supposed to compete with the Yankees and Rays in what may be the craziest and tightest three team race in baseball. Although the Red Sox are also sitting around five hundred with a 4-5 record, they must be sure to not get too far behind the Rays and Yanks. What do all three have in common thus far? They’ve played the Minnesota Twins. The Twins sit atop the AL Central at 7-3. Again, it is early in the season, but with the Twins opening the brand new (amazing and beautiful) Target Field, maybe this is the Twins’ time. Defending MVP Joe Mauer has not missed a beat after signing for 184 million dollars. In fact, Mauer is right where he left off by swinging for an average of .353 so far this year. So the Twins have a new home, dropping cash like they want to be the New York Yankees. Could it be time for the small ball team to take it to the big dogs? To go on with the surprises, the biggest to me is the Toronto Blue Jays having a fast start out the gate. After trading away ace Roy Halladay in the offseason, most would think the Jays were in a total reconstruction process, but maybe not. A person would not guess this but the Jays have the second worst team batting average, .219, and yet still find themselves with one of the best records. The last two surprises so far are in a flip flop roll. The San Francisco Giants are hot at 7-2 while the LA Dodgers are not at 3-5. The stat that is hard to believe, though, is that the Dodgers are leading the league in team batting average at .316. The Giants sit in fourth at .297.

NFL draft picks Chris Callaway Senior Editor

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For the first time, the NFL Draft is going to be broadcast in primetime, beginning Thursday night on ESPN. For one, I think this is a great idea. Not only are there more days of a great NFL event, but it gives teams almost a whole extra day to wheel and deal, which is what I'm most excited to see. Players like Marshawn Lynch and LenDale White are two of the many players rumored to be moving, and with extra time this year, don't be surprised to find antsy GM’s pulling the trigger on a number of moves before the start of round two. As it is way too tough to predict trades that might happen, here's a mock draft with the teams sitting in their current picks. While the Browns may "mortgage the ranch" to move up to the number one overall pick, I don't think that Mike Holmgren and Co. see Sam Bradford as enough above Jimmy Clausen to make that move, when they can likely still get Clausen, if desired, at number seven. Here's my top ten picks, with a little rationale on each. 1) St. Louis - Sam Bradford, QB - Oklahoma -This seems to be a no-doubter here. Ever since St. Louis released Marc Bulger, it's been a foregone conclusion that Bradford will be the number one pick this year. The only reason I think he won't sign before the draft is if someone decides to blow them out of the water with an offer for the pick, in

which case St. Louis could trade down and gather more picks and/ or veterans, and still be comfortable taking Clausen or Colt McCoy here. 2) Detroit - Ndamukong Suh, D - Nebraska -All-world talent, raved about in college, and fits a definite need for Detroit. Combining Suh with the additions of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams will give the Lions a formidable line that will become the strength of their team. 3) Tampa Bay - Gerald McCoy, DL - Oklahoma -McCoy could go number two, as many teams see McCoy and Suh as so close in talent that they are virtually interchangeable. Whichever DL falls to the Buccaneers here, fans in Tampa will see shades of Warren Sapp anchoring their line for years. 4) Washington - Russell Okung, OL - Oklahoma State -Continuing the trend of Big XII conference draft picks, Washington will draft a youthful tackle to protect recently acquired Donovan McNabb. A very logical, easy pick. 5) Kansas City - Eric Berry, S Tennessee -Berry would bring a playmaker to a rebuilding Kansas City team. The Chiefs have a very mediocre defense and they would be getting a top-tier talent with this pick. 6) Seattle - Bryan Bulaga, OT - Iowa -Facing the end of the Matt Hasselbeck era, the Seahawks should opt to bring in some

protection for whoever his successor may be. Plus, longtime tackle Walter Jones could retire, making a offensive line choice a more pressing need. 7) Cleveland - Dez Bryant, WR - Oklahoma State -Fitting the T.O./Randy Moss/ Brandon Marshall mold in more ways than just on-the-field ability, Bryant brings explosiveness to Cleveland. I don't see Cleveland committing to another Notre Dame quarterback after Brady Quinn's departure, so the Browns should bring in some help for newly signed Jake Delhomme. 8) Oakland - Trent Williams, OT - Oklahoma - Rumors are swirling about the Raiders and their quarterback situation, which makes it seem that their 2010 QB could range anywhere from JaMarcus Russell to Ben Roethlisberger. Either way, their offensive line could use shoring up to protect whoever is back there. 9) Buffalo - Anthony Davis, OT - Rutgers - Continuing the (boring) trend of picking offensive lineman, the Bills should pick an OT here with a ton of upside. I see the Bills looking hard at Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow at round two if available, and I see them passing on Jimmy Clausen here. 10)Jacksonville - CJ Spiller, RB - Clemson -With no complement to Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars can add a homerun threat to their offense with Spiller.


Thursday, April 22 2010


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Theme Word:

Directions: The object of the game is to take every letter that makes up the spelling of the Theme Word(s), at the top of the page, and add them to the group of puzzle words (in the pyramid) in order to form new words that have different meanings. Each letter in the theme word can only be used ONCE per puzzle. Once all the letters have been matched up with the correct puzzle word, and all new (Addalet) words are created, the game is solved. One Rule: You may add the chosen letter anywhere in the puzzle word, ‘EXCEPT’ at the END of the word.

Editor’s Note: Due to student demand, the Racquet is pioneering a new game: Addalets (the puzzle on the right) to replace the crossword. Although Addalets are new, they promise to be challenging yet fun. Feel free to leave any comments concerning this game at brown.mere@students.uwlax. edu.

Copyright © 2010 Addalets LLC


Props and Drops +/- Props to the peace sign that was made on the bluffs. Drops to anyone that uses this idea in a rude demeanor. + Props to getting a 97% on an exam I found out about the morning of. - Props to Kaitlyn Kressin turning 20 this Saturday. Happy Birthday! + Props to my EX-Boyfriend getting arrested this past weekend. +/- Props to getting a fulltime summer job. Drops to leaving Rimpal Kumbhani in La Crosse for the summer. +/- Props to having a weekend without homework. Drops to having tests all week. +/- Props to the Mr. UW-L competition. Drops to men in spandex. + Props to Las Vegas coming to UW-L. + Props to having class canceled. Drops to having a creeper in class thinking we could hang out. + Props to the ladies that take their birds and cats on walks. What a sight to see.

+/- Props to having my roommate return home for the first time this semester. Drops to him being intolerable because he was mad at his girlfriend. +/- Props to a puppy visitor. Drops to cleaning the carpet 3 times. + Props to the smell of lilacs on campus. +/- Props to the ice-cream truck returning around offcampus housing. Drops to its creepy music that makes me shudder. -/+ Drops to getting your bike stolen. Props to finding it later with a brand new seat. -/+/- Drops to pulling allnighters. Props to Pandora for expanding my music library. Drops to spending $28 on iTunes in a single sitting. + Props to tots (taters not kids) + Props to having a good time Saturday with friends. Drops to having a little too much fun at Pat McCurdy and being woke up on the bus to everyone singing to me “Take (her) home tonight.”

+ Props to Bennetts and their Smoker last Saturday. + Props to whoever had the nerve to write on a post-it “Thanks for stealing my bike last semester” and attaching it to the thief ’s “new” bike parked by Cartwright. Hilarious. Hope the thief felt awesome later. + Props to intramural badminton; 4-0 baby! + Props to Bennetts for their awesome drink specials, great music, and totally friendly staff. Drops to the girls chewing tobacco in the bar. +/- Props to Chelsea Handler’s new book. Drops to skipping class to finish it. Oops. +/- Props to seeing new signs outlining the “no shirt, no shoes” rule. Drops to those that feel walking around barefoot (in class) is not totally disgusting. Bring your sandals please. + Props to the Rob Wagner Benefit.


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April 22  

The Earth Week special edition, plus Van Roosenbeek honored for work in LGBT community, only in this week's Racquet.