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Regents take NCUR takes over campus on UW-L By Amy Kempf Staff Reporter

By Katie Johnson Senior Reporter

UW-La Crosse had the honor of hosting the UW System Board of Regents on campus last week. Chancellor Joe Gow kicked off the event by introducing UW-L to the Regents through an engaging presentation themed, “Moving Forward Together,” highlighting initiatives on our campus, such as the Green Fund, plans for the creation of new science labs and a new student center and Awareness Through Performance (ATP). Impressive faculty stories were also featured, namely Professor Tom Volk, dubbed by CNN as “the Professor with Two Hearts,” who shared his moving story of surviving Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and flesh eating bacteria through a video documentary with the Regents, Chancellors and students attending the meeting. His story was met with a rousing room full of applause and expressions of appreciation and amazement. Furthermore, UW-L also underscored student’s accomplishments in undergraduate research within the presentation. The highlight, of course, was UW-L hosting the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) twice within five years. The Regents also had the opportunity to hear from UW-L students themselves as they presented their research. UW-L senior Adam Pugh gave a brief presentation summarizing his research on economic sanctions. Hearing from students is one way the Regents have the opportunity to engage in the culture and the campus atmosphere of UW-L and also to interact with students as people, rather than just as numbers affected by the wide range of policies Please see REGENTS page 2 implemented by the Regents.

April 10 through April 13 will be an important time to the UW-La Crosse campus, and no, it’s not just because many classes get canceled. The reason behind so many cancellations is the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, or NCUR as it is known. The conference consists of 3,052 accepted presentations. The posters, oral presentations and even performances originate from all over the country and some even outside of America in places such as Australia and the United Kingdom. They consist of research done by undergraduates for undergraduates. “They may help you think of something through a different lens and open your areas of interest,” says Emily Jacobson, Undergraduate Research Coordinator at UW-L. UW-L is privileged to hold the conference, especially as it is the second time that the conference has been on campus. NCUR was held at UW-L four years ago in 2009. “It was a surprise to have it again so soon,” said Jacobson. Another institution was supposed to hold the conference but when plans fell through, the conference had to look elsewhere. UW-L submitted a bid and


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proposal and got accepted. The conference is a great opportunity to see other research projects across the nation and the globe and gain insight. They let campuses show off their value and intelligence; this gives UW-L an even greater

The conference gives gives a chance for other campuses to see UW-L and all that it has to offer. Presenters can look at our graduate programs and decide if this campus is a place they would like to attend in the future. opportunity. “This is an event that has a certain amount of prestige, an honor we have the opportunity to hold not only once but twice,” claims Jacobson, “It’s a chance to highlight our student’s work and expose the students and faculty to an event on this level.” The conference is the largest conference for undergraduate research, making it very important to UW-L. The conference gives a chance for other campuses to see UW-L and all that it has to offer. Presenters can look at our graduate

programs and decide if this campus is a place they would like to attend in the future. Not only does it draw attention to the campus, but the community as well. This is an opportunity for the town to gain more business and to put it on the map. Attendees of the conference can spend a day downtown checking out shops or maybe even the beautiful bluffs and scenery. Jacobson explains, “There is always busy-ness and so much excitement. There’s a constant buzz with the conference.” The conference also offers a graduate fair with over 100 graduate student presentations. This is an opportunity to consider pursuing further education and investigate graduate research. So while many classes may be canceled, don’t jump at the chance to shut off your brain. Instead, take the opportunity to engage it and broaden your knowledge. You may even have friends who are presenting and may need support and encouragement. Presentations, posters and speeches will be given at Centennial, Wimberley, Cartwright Center, Mitchell Hall and even the REC. Presentations start Thursday, April 11 and an official program with times and specifics can be found at ncur_2013/.

Technology outburst further develops campus By Tram Tran Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse is hopping on the technological bandwagon, and faculty and staff can be assured that Information Technology Services is on a roll and does not plan on stopping. Just this month, ITS has launched a new mobile site to be available not by the “App” Store that is provided by iTunes, but through Android, Windows and Apple processers, called UW-L Mobile Beta. The site can be accessed from virtually any device, making it more convenient for students. “We are supporting students in the newest generation,” Chief Information Officer Mohamed Elhindi said. “You guys are mobile and we are supporting the mobile initiative of the university.” With this innovation, it seems that a student should find this beta has everything that UW-L’s campus has to offer virtually. The site now makes it very easy to access UW-L’s Twitter page, D2L, EagleApps email, academic calendars, UW-L athletics and even Murphy Library; it even makes the choosing courses for upcoming semesters stress free by adding quick links for course descriptions and an option to search for classes. These essentials are all catered to the user once they log into the site using their NetID username and password. “[We are trying] to promote BYOD, bring your own device,” Elhindi said. “Students can have their own devices and should also be able to access everything on their own machines.” According to ITS’ website, UW-L Mobile Beta is just one of the 11 goals in the ITS 20132014 Work Plan. Last year’s goals were “mainly infrastructure based.” Accomplished goals included migrating student services to the

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Wing Technology Center, starting the Eagle Help Desk and streamlining all processes. The Eagle Help Desk, located in 103 Wing Technology Center, can be either an overthe-phone or online service, aiming to help faculty and students in a quick manor with technology complications. To date, the help desk has already resolved more than 14,000 questions. The work plan includes virtual desktops, which are also already underway. Pilot groups are now being used as guinea pigs for the remainder of the semester to test out the idea of virtual desktops that will allow students and staff to log onto UW-L’s Eagle domain and access all of the campus’s programs without having to use a university desktop or laptop. This will eliminate students having to check out laptops in Murphy or wait around for a computer because the programs on their systems do not comply with professor’s guidelines. Though there are some minor issues, the major idea is to have virtual desktops go viral by next semester. “It’s going to be great knowing that I won’t have to use the school’s computers just to access a program for class,” freshman Jackson Smith said. Along with major changes, D2L received a makeover in June of last year and more bandwidth has been added, increasing the school’s Internet capacity. Elhindi admits that ITS’ major initiative is focusing on the wireless on campus; in some areas the connection can be spotty, or non-existent altogether. However, it seems that ITS has already uncovered the root to this problem, saying that wireless printers that are brought by students are the cause. If you are interested in using the mobile site, it can be accessed at Index

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Identifying oneself

One bag at a time

Transgender student opens up to The Racquet By Becca Schnabel Staff Reporter

With the growing unrest of social issues surrounding gay rights, people are becoming more intrigued by sexual orientation as well as gender identity. According to scholars well educated in the field of sexuality and the discussion of human identification, there are many levels to labeling a person beyond merely gay and straight. There is, of course, sexual preference such gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and even asexual. Beyond these there is also personal pronouns such as he, she, they or a more neutral form, which unfortunately does not exist in English besides the more derogatory term, it. There is also biological sex such as male or female, as well as gender identity, which is what gender one perceives themselves to be, regardless of bodily structure. When biological sex and gender identity are the same, it is referred to as cisgender. When they differ, it is called being transgender. The concept of transgender is extremely controversial in today’s society. Everyone can relate with each other over the discussion of being self-conscious of our individual physique, but the discomfort as a transgender individual spreads from a psychological distress to an outward social and cultural anxiety. These anxieties can include, but are not limited to, which bathroom does one use, what clothes should one buy, what does this mean for one’s sexual orientation? It is never easy for anyone to figure out who they are. Fellow UW-La Crosse student, who would prefer to be referred to as Kai, has struggled with accepting his gender identity since as early as elementary school. Growing up in the Milwaukee County, Kai did not wake up one morning declaring, “My brain is all guy, but my body is definitely female. I need to change this.” The process of discovering oneself for a transgender individual is just like any other adolescent, a gradual process of discovering what is comfortable and desirable. When he was 6-years-old, Kai was diagnosed with diabetes and from then on yearned for nothing more than to be a normal kid. Through high school, Kai attempted to be society’s image of a “normal” girl, hiding further within himself, leading to a lot of problems with depression and self-harm. It would not be until college that he began to allow himself to truly discover who he really wanted to be. Kai dated men in high school, which had simply not felt right to him. So, as

a woman, Kai started dating other women, but still he could tell something was not quite right. This dissatisfaction led Kai to begin researching into the concept of being transgender and how he personally might fit into the transgender community. Though he has contemplated his gender identity and sexual orientation for many years now, only four months ago he started using male pronouns, using the men’s bathroom and seeing different doctors to start his physical transition, finally “realiz[ing] that number one needs to be [his personal] happiness and comfort.”

“You have to think about what is truly important to you. Is your family’s or anyone else in the community’s opinion of you more important than your own happiness?” Kai UW-L student Fortunately, Kai has found transitioning while in La Crosse to be a very positive experience. Kai surround himself with a strong, supportive community thanks to the UW-L clubs Rainbow Unity and Transform. Though he would never go around telling strangers of his personal struggles, Kai is happy to talk about his experiences and educate people with a desire to learn more about what it is like to be transgender or simply to struggle with personal identity in general. When asked for his personal words of wisdom, Kai replied, “You have to think about what is truly important to you. Is your family’s or anyone else in the community’s opinion of you more important than your own happiness?” Kai proudly says what got him to where he is today is the simple advice that “sometimes in life you need to try to disregard other peoples feelings and opinions and focus on you.” Sadly, Kai will be transferring next year to UW-Steven’s Point in pursuit of a degree in wildlife ecology, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact UW-L’s Pride Center, Rainbow Unity or Transform club on UW-L’s website or on Facebook.

Chancellors, regents updated on UW System programs From REGENTS page 1

After the presentation, media, chancellors and regents were quick to report to their respective rooms for a series of important meetings involving future changes within the UW System. Some of these changes included approving new chancellors Rebecca Blank and James Schmidt, for UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire, respectively. Another effort currently underway within the UW System is the creation of new initiatives to benefit the workforce and economic development within Wisconsin. The Regents heard from chancellors from UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls and UWWhitewater, who introduced proposals for creating new centers for Innovation and Economic Development, which would work within the community and with students to foster economic growth within their respective regions. Money for these projects will come from a grant set aside within the Governor’s proposed 2013-15 biennial budget that gives a total of $20 million towards the UW System’s efforts

in economic development, developing a skilled workforce and improving college affordability. The Regents were updated on the status of the UW Flexible Degree Option. The Flex Option will allow students, especially adult students, who may already have some credits or real world experience, to earn degrees at their own pace, without having to attend a four-year institution. UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Ray Cross stated that the program intends to have the first group of students begin the UW Flex Option in late fall this year. This was the last UW Regents Meeting of the 2012-13 school year, as the next Regent meeting will commence in June at UW-Milwaukee. Moving forward, the Regents plan to continue working towards improving the UW System, one campus at a time, through their oversight over initiatives which will continue to improve the experience and education of students and community members in the state of Wisconsin.

of this movement could perhaps be attributed to its simplicity. The simplistic approach to improving our community, which some people have What would our community look like if described as just “a drop in the bucket” is each member picked up just one bag of litter meant to allow people to have fun while once a week? That’s the premise behind UW- making a difference for the environment. “It La Crosse student Art Petrakov’s “One Bag, may seem like a small action in the grand One Day” movement. “The idea is to grab a scheme of things but if the idea catches on bag. A trash bag, a grocery bag, a sandwich and many people start doing this, then it bag, whatever, and fill it can translate into a major with trash off the street change for this town,” on one day of the week,” Petrakov told The Racquet. Petrakov describes on The movement is based the project’s Facebook off the idea that everyone “It may seem like a small action doing a little bit is better page. Petrakov, like many in the grand scheme of things than a few people doing a UW-L students, spends lot. a lot of time outside but if the idea catches on and Environmentally either riding bikes many people start doing this, conscientious community with his girlfriend or then it can translate into a members are already walking his dog. The praising Petrakov for his idea for “1B1D” came major change for this town.” idea. “I was just thinking to him when he began to myself how the streets noticing how disgusting of [La Crosse] are getting Art Petrakov full of trash! Great the streets downtown were. He always felt Founder of One Bag, One Day idea!” expressed UW-L like he should have a student Danielle Spahn bag with him on walks on the movement’s page. to pick up some trash Petrakov’s idea was also and, one day, he finally appreciated by community put these thoughts into members who passed him action. On April 1, Petrakov started 1B1D by on the street when he was picking up trash. bringing along a trash bag. He says that the Community members stopped to thank him positive feedback he received while picking or honked as they drove past. up trash gave him such a sense of fulfillment Any community members interested in that he wanted to share the notion with others. joining the One Bag, One Day movement The 1B1D movement, though still in what can visit the Facebook page: https://www. Petrakov refers to as its “infancy,” has already Then just grab a attracted quite a bit of attention. Within 24 bag and get out in the community. Pick one hours, the Facebook page received 100 “likes” day a week and go on a walk, a jog or take and was shared on many participants’ walls. your dog out. In the words of Petrakov, “The Messages have already been received from way I see it, you don’t need to become an ecopeople who have given it a try and pictures of crusader to make a difference, all you need to people with their bags of trash. The popularity do is grab a bag and leave the front door.” By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter


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Mr. UW-L spotlight By Kate Flynn Staff Reporter

As time closes in on us, Matthew Donohue from Eagle Gray and Cristian Noriega-Sagastume from White Hall are some of the final contestants chosen for the Mr. UW-L competition. Donohue’s active, family oriented, country-boy attitude and Noriega-Sagastume’s kind hearted, compassionate, unique personality are difficult not to notice after spending only a small increment of time with them. In this year’s Mr. UW-L pageant, there are a lot of equally qualified contestants, but who will you support? Through the annual Mr. UW-L competition on April 23, you can decide who you want to crown as Mr. UW-L. Come see some of the most talented students at UW-La Crosse perform at 7:30 p.m. in Valhalla.

Name: Matthew Donohue, a.k.a. Mr. Eagle Gray

Why do you want to become Mr. UW-L? I want to represent my hall, walk around campus and know that I am Mr. UW-L, because it’s a great honor. How do you feel about competing against someone else from Eagle Hall? It’s pretty weird because Eagle Hall is pretty much just one big residence hall. It should be interesting to compete against him. What things are you involved with on campus? I am on the water skiing team in the fall and we go to Black River to practice. I like it a lot, and it’s only my first year trying it. Who inspired you to compete in Mr. UW-L? My new hall director and my R.A. inspired me. They knew how fun I am and thought that I’d be good at it. Do you have a funny nickname? Yes, a lot of my friends call me “Musky Matt” because I fish for Musky. It’s my twitter name, too. If you were to invent a superpower what would it be? I would invent the power of being able to grow an itch-less beard because my beard is always in the way. Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to be graduated from college and owning a house in southeast Wisconsin. Hopefully, I’ll have a girlfriend, a dog and an awesome truck. Why should you win Mr. UW-L over the other contestants? I’m well liked in my hall and I am good at performing in front of others. I might not be the most talented but I am willing to try my very best. Do you have any interests or hobbies that you are involved with outside school? I was an Eagle Scout in high school and I redid a trail in a city park for my Eagle Scout project. I also work for my dad’s business where he sells brick to commercial houses. How would a friend describe you? They’d say that I am laid back, friendly, organized, hardworking and never angry. Do you have any bad habits? Yeah, I bite my fingernails. What is one life changing event that you went through? Becoming an Eagle Scout was a big moment for me, but the biggest was with my brother. He went through open heart surgery recently, but he’s back to 100 percent health now. If you had to describe yourself as a color, which one would you be? I’d be green because I love the outdoors. What are you majoring in? I am going into business management with a possible minor in environmental science. I want to be an environmental consultant in my dad’s company. Would you rather watch television or read? I only read when absolutely necessary, so I’d rather watch T.V. This is kind of dorky, but I watched golf with my dad every Sunday because I’ve played it since I was a baby. What do you value above all other things? I value my family above all other [things]. I live three hours away from them, so it’s hard to not see them, but I’ve gotten used to the college life. What are three things you would make if I gave you a roll of duct tape? I’d make a wallet, hang [an] outdoorsy poster and fix a leaky pipe. If I gave you an elephant, where would you hide it? I’d hide it in a barn on my uncle’s farm. Do you have a celebrity crush? Yes, I love Rachel McAdams because she’s my favorite actress, and I like Katherine Heigl, too. Can you give us a clue to your performance in Mr. UW-L? Yes, I am an assistant house keeper, so I might incorporate my vacuuming skills into my performance. My other idea has to do with duck and turkey calls, but I’ll keep you guessing as to which one I’ll choose.

Name: Christian Noriega-Sagastume, a.k.a. Mr. White Hall

Why did you decide to become Mr. UW-L? I thought it would be a fun idea. I am involved in the drag show, so it’s similar except this one raises money for a really good cause. I want to help support a great cause. What’s your dream job? I really want to be a high school psychology teacher. What clubs or hobbies are you involved with? I am the cochair of Rainbow Unity and a wing representative of White Hall. What superpower would you have if you could have any? I would want to fly because I could give people rides and get to class on time. Who is your role model? I have a lot. My father is such an amazing person and role model. Every one of my friends loves him. My martial arts coach, Eric Bernard, shaped my values and my high school psychology teacher was exceptionally inspiring. What is your favorite pastime? I like to play video games, hang out with my friends and boyfriend and play tennis. What is your least favorite pastime? I don’t like doing any hard psychical labor or to run. What is the biggest obstacle that you faced? I am gay and I struggled with it a lot in high school. The La Crosse community is so accepting, though. I love it here. What punctuation mark best describes you? I would be a comma because I always want to do more, and you don’t always see what’s going to happen. I have a whole future in front of me. If you could only do one dance move for the rest of your life, what would it be? I would do the moonwalk because I love Michael Jackson. If you were stranded on an island, and had to choose people of three professions to come with you, who would you choose? I would bring a doctor, a psychologist and a hunter. If you could choose one place to travel, where would you go? I really want to go to Spain because I’m Hispanic and bilingual. My second choice is Guatemala because I lived there for eight years. What’s your ideal environment? I would love to live in a tropical environment by the equator like Guatemala, where it’s always in the seventies. What makes you unique compared to other contestants? I’m multicultural, I can break a brick and I am tolerant and understanding of other people’s differences. How would you spend $1 million? I would pay my tuition, then for my parents and travel the world with whatever is left. Do you think Elvis is really dead? Yeah, he’s the King of Rock, but who knows? What are you most looking forward to for Mr. UW-L? I am most looking forward to the Mr. Philanthropy part of the competition. It’s a really good cause for the community and hall. Have you done anything like Mr. UW-L before? I was on homecoming court in high school and performed in Tae Kwon Do. I’m just really looking forward into representing a good cause. What will be your biggest strength in participating in Mr. UW-L? The talent part of my performance because I’m trained in Tae Kwon Do. I won’t try to break any bricks on stage because there’s always a chance it might not break, but I’ll do something. What are three words that describe you? I am compassionate, progressive and extraverted. Can you give us a clue to your performance? It will have something to do with martial arts and Mulan, but I’ll leave it at that.

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Sunny weather but not so sunny grades By Jordan Batchelor Staff Reporter

It’s 7 a.m. when my alarm sounds. Even the most obnoxious buzzing, beeping, tornado-hurricanesiren screaming melody couldn’t wake me at a pace not rivaling that of a sloth. Nonetheless, a couple snooze-presses later and I will swing my legs over the bed to stand up. In one sweep of the curtains, I reveal a dark, bitterly breezy morning with barely enough starlight to uncover a few shady silhouettes lurking around corners and dead tree limbs limply clinging to their trunks. The melancholy of the oncoming day filled with tests, papers, meetings and homework is beginning to create a dry lump in my throat. And the monotonous onslaught of late sunrises and early sunsets is turning the once comforting smile of the Moon Man into a mocking smirk, and the voice in my head is starting to convince me that Seasonal Affective Disorder is real. Wait. That’s not right? Just a few days ago the weather was fifty degrees and cloudless—anything but frightful. It’s April. The sun rises so much earlier now that the birds chirping outside my window are beginning to wake me before my alarm gets its fair

shake. I walk to my 7:45 a.m. class with my head down so the brightening rays don’t pulverize my pupils. The sun’s nearing proximity to Wisconsin is defrosting our roads and the once wintery wonderland is all but an ambivalent memory of a few weeks ago. The rapidly changing weather is creating an effect on our attitude that’s difficult to ignore.

“The nicer weather is making me procrastinate more; I would rather be doing other things outside.” Dory Jensen UW-L Sophomore “The nicer weather is making me procrastinate more; I would rather be doing other things outside,” said Dory Jensen, sophomore at UW-L. “It’s more enjoyable out now that the weather’s warming, but I was more productive last semester as the cold weather moved in and we were forced to stay inside and do homework.” “I have no motivation for classes or assignments

An accepting atmosphere By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse posses multiple student organizations designed to serve the unique identities of its members. Among these organizations is the Pride Center, which works to benefit individuals affiliated with the LGBTQ community. The Pride Center is located in the basement of Cartwright and open to all students. During most weekdays, staff members and other students are available to talk, and provide a welcoming atmosphere with friendly faces. The overall mission of the Pride Center is to offer a safe space for students and promote LGBTQ inclusion on campus. This goal is accomplished through hosting different events, holding weekly meetings, and providing informative sessions in General Education courses. Rainbow Unity is a smaller organization offered through the Pride Center. This group contains approximately thirty members, and meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Their goal is to work as a support system for the LGBTQ community and collaborate with other organizations to schedule educational programs and address issues within their community. Peer Educators at the Pride Center also emphasize the resources available. Aside from speaking with staff members and participating in informative sessions, DVDs and books are available for checkout.

The overall mission of the Pride Center is to offer a safe space for students and promote LGBTQ inclusion on campus. Members of the Pride Center host events on campus, which are open to all. These events have included slam poets, the “I <3 Female Orgasm” program every other year, and drag shows. The upcoming drag show is scheduled

to take place on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. The theme for this year's show is Candy Land, which is bound to be an exciting evening. This event is expected to generate a large crowd, and will provide entertainment, raffles and other sales. All proceeds from the drag show will go toward the LGBTQ community, therefore it will be a great opportunity to support the Pride Center and its members. The campus atmosphere at UW-L is generally very accepting and respectful of the LGBTQ community. Students and faculty members have shown their support through attending different events or engaging in class discussions and panels. Peer Educators highly prioritize education in order to make their presence known on campus. Members of Rainbow Unity are offered leadership opportunities through directing these panels and discussions, which are designed to promote their individuality and differences. Panels and lectures are excellent ways for students to become aware of the diversity on campus. Through the information provided, students will gain a better understanding of people who contain a different sexual orientation other than their own. In addition, facilities on campus have been accommodating to the LGBTQ community. There are numerous gender neutral bathrooms found across campus, aimed to be a sign of support and recognition. Recently, Reuter has adopted gender neutral amenities, allowing LGBTQ community members to have the same privileges as other students. Although most students and faculty members are accepting, there have been negative occurrences as well. Peer educators comment that issues of isolation and unfriendliness have been reported, both direct and indirect. One incident occurred during an annual side walk chalk event, where artwork was vandalized in an unacceptable way. This extreme behavior was very hurtful to the artist and viewed as disrespectful and inappropriate. Despite minimal acts of rudeness, UW-L has proven to be an accepting atmosphere with open minded individuals who acknowledge the diversity of students and faculty members on campus.

Online poll results: What is your preferred place to study?

13% said, the Library 62% said, my room 9% said, a coffee shop 13% said, campus buildings 1% said, while eating This non-scientific poll had a total of 53 respondents. Don’t forget to check Facebook for more polls every week.

anymore. When is summer getting here?” sophomore Amanda Anderson added. “I feel good with warmer weather, but I want to be doing anything but studying, going to class and doing homework. These things are always done inside. I just get burnt out over the year and by spring semester, it’s like that classic scenario where you want nothing more than to be done for the summer. It’s a haul towards the end.” It’s 7 a.m. when my alarm sounds. But noisy garbage trucks, early morning runners and cute woodland creatures’ singing have already lifted my eyelids, and there’s no need to hit the snooze. In one sweep of the curtains, I expose an emerging landscape of greens, browns, bright blues and a yellow hue that blurs all of it. The elongated days propose limitless amounts of time to get to work and complete the semester. But who wants to? No doubt the temperature’s going to dip its toes into a few more cloudy, windy, thirty-degree days, and the students of UW-La Crosse will be moaning through every minute of it. But perhaps it’s not such a bad thing? Maybe, just maybe, those will be your most productive days since February, and a look out the window won’t stop you from writing that portfolio paper.

Why yoga pants? By Casey Seneczko Senior Reporter

We love to look good. And we love comfort. Nay, as college students, comfort is a necessity. And yoga pants are a solid compromise—and a classic. From what I gathered, many men believe that women wear yoga pants just to look good, even when they work out. Male student Gus Hinton says “I see girls at the rec in [yoga pants]. We all know why you’re wearing them. I see right through you.” But for girls, it’s half a whole other story. Yoga pants may be a generational fashion phase. But they seem to stick in all the right places to never truly fall out of style. Truth is yoga pants are awesome. I wonder, to the men who have yet to familiarize themselves with yoga pant experience, if they had, this would undoubtedly be a resolve. You get into the yoga pants party, and I guarantee, you will never want to leave. Balancing on the other slice of the double edged sword of our solemn stretch slacks, yoga pants give the public eye free range to silently dissect every inch of the “comfy” morning you desired after the finality of a ten page term paper at 3:45 a.m. Whether or not it bothers you or you enjoy the attention, we’re all looking at your butt. Yoga pants are like a hip length morph suit gripping on to thread counts and your thighs for dear life. When asked her opinion on yoga pants, student Grace Glor told The Racquet “I just use black spray paint instead.” Slipping into the cotton, spandex, synthetic material of a “pant,” we comfortably strut down the street to the resounding narration of Dance A$$ (Remix) by Big Sean featuring Nicki Minaj. “I love yoga pants, for obvious reasons,” a majority answer shared by senior Terrence Thigpen, but it also makes girls look like they don’t care.” And that’s the fact of it. Yoga pants are comfortable, hug the curves but may also make you look

“I love yoga pants, for obvious reasons, but it also makes girls look like they don’t care.” Terrence Thigpen UW-L Senior lazy. As I sit in Murphy combatting the effects of exhaustion and writers block, I’m glad I chose my to share the night with my solo pair of gray yoga pants accompanied their ever faithful friend, an oversized hoodie. Men, let me be clear. Women’s jeans are not comfortable and I’m almost never willing to choose “shimmy into” denim over yoga pants. Paint me lazy, yes, but tomorrow morning I’ll think about jeans. But that would require a shower and decent human presentation. But we are all drowning in projects, papers and graduation— ain’t anybody got time for that. To round off the cotton cuddled argument Chelsea Roscovius summed that, “Yoga pants are comfy and I look good—and I’m lazy.” Love ‘em or hate ‘em, yoga pants were made for warriors one through three and should never be confused for black work pants or paired with a blazer at an interview.

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Ode to the Reference Librarians By Olivia Mercer Senior Reporter

The library- a place many of you frequent and many of you avoid. While everyone has their own personal study habits, I have found it interesting how around midterms or finals, the library is jam packed, while most other days it is pretty easy to find a spot to sit on all three levels. Maybe it’s because most people don’t find a dire need to study until then. Personally, I do most of my studying at my house, in my room, at my desk. While I do enjoy studying at the library because it forces me to accomplish all my necessary tasks at that given time. By studying or working on homework at my house, I can typically find things that I can procrastinate with. Thus, I am that person who generally only treks to the library during final exam time. I’m not proud, but I know I am not alone in that matter. The mass majority of the students I spoke two describe Murphy Library as a great thing to have but generally only utilize it unless absolutely necessary. Final exam time dubs utilizing the library as “necessary.” Why is this? Maybe it’s the atmosphere change- the fact that more eyes could be peering over your shoulder judging the fact that you’ve been on Facebook for the past 20 minutes and not finishing you calculus assignment. I’m not sure what about the library

just forces individuals to get work done. And, after talking to many students, most don’t know either. I can tell you one thing though, for those of you that enjoy studying in home for the luxury of staying in your warm cozy bed while reading your notes, that is not the best way to study. You’ve heard it said before- heck, I’ve even heard it said before. But, prior to my learning and memory class with Bart VanVoorhis, I never believed it to actually be true. In that class, I learned about state dependent memory. This deals with the idea that you process material better and remember material better if you study in a similar environment to the one you would be tested in. For example, most students take exams in a well lit classroom in a desk. By mimicking this environment, an individual is said to remember the material better when tested. Thus, this could be why studying in a library versus a bed is significantly more effective. I know it’s hard to study. Many of us would much rather procrastinate using every method under the sun than have to spend a few hours cranking out a paper. But, for those times of absolute necessity, I encourage Murphy Library. Not only does Murphy force most students to actually “get down to business,” but it is also generally very quiet and there is enough space between all three levels to find a space to study.

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Sodexo making improvements By Laura Abellera Staff Reporter

As a graduating senior, I can honestly say that reminiscing on my freshman year here at UW-L does not normally include gazing off into the distance thinking of Chartwells’ culinary creations at Whitney. The cycle of food service related jokes has been seemingly never-ending, even through the last couple years. And, of course there has been some truth to the weirdness and skepticism surrounding Chartwells’ notorious ‘seafood salad’ sub containing oddly small shrimp and ‘other seafood’ as well as the questionably grayish pile of scrambled eggs consumed by swarms of hung-over Angell residents. Even though many of the complaints made about campus food were petty and meaningless, the growing trend of healthy eating and fresh ingredients was a major concern for students. Living off campus, I hardly ever eat on campus. However, at the beginning of the year, I ate the Cellar for the first time in two years. I was pleasantly surprised when I

found a Caprese Sandwich on their menu and proceeded to order that on Sodexo’s fancy little computer ordering system. Although the portion size was much smaller, I found that to be positive, especially during a time in our country’s history when heart disease and obesity are so prevalent. I have heard that to be a major complaint of students: not enough food. I think it’s important to remember though, that the ‘normal’ portions they may be used to are excessive to say the least. After looking further into this, I discovered that Sodexo has created a nutrition and calorie calculator that evaluates all of the foods they offer on their menu at UW-L. It’s extremely easy to use and may help people who think they want the larger portion sizes. Of course, it’s difficult to always have to eat on campus and simultaneously make smart, healthy choices in food; but, this calculator may make those decisions much, much easier. Even students concerned with environmentalism and sustainability can smile a little bit while eating their vegan meal this week. Sodexo has reported

their local purchasing as 28% to date by working with the Westby Cooperative Creamery as well as the Fifth Season Cooperative in Viroqua. Efforts like this are important to providing students with food options that include food actually grown and harvested in the area. One student, Katie Sarff, explained to me how she thinks Sodexo is much better than Chartwells was. She described how the staff of Sodexo, “actually

One student, Katie Sarff, explained to me how she thinks Sodexo is much better than Chartwells was. listen to the student body, if they want something, they’ll start making it.” Hearing feedback from a student body that is surrounded by farmland and fresh food coming from almost every direction of the state, and then responding through sustainability initiatives has definitely given Sodexo a more positive opinion from students.

From 0 to 4.0 By Alan Voy Senior Reporter

It takes four years or more to generate a final GPA and, after graduation, a degree is awarded whether a student was a 4.0 or a 2.0. Following the logic that students either do or do not receive a degree, I asked students whether or not a pass/fail system would be a more effective measure than the GPA system. Most said no, but for varying reasons: One student expressed that they would not work as hard if all they needed to do was pass; another claimed it would make student failure mandatory in each class because some would have to pass and, by default, some would have to fail; one student simply stated that it would make improvement impossible, after earning a pass you can’t get a pass+. But, as I mentioned before, college is basically a pass/ fail event with a degree as the goal. Students also expressed that GPA isn’t significant after graduation; however, I will respectfully disagree. GPA serves as the only measure of our success in college by a combination of three elements: intelligence, thought and time. If missing any one of those three elements, a student’s GPA will suffer and may

ultimately decide whether a student gets into graduate school or the job they wanted. While talking to Federal Manager Duane, who hires employees on a regular basis, he commented that he looks for three things in an applicant: experience, attitude and grades. Although he said that he considered a good attitude most important, he also examined grades as part of the hiring process. He did make some exceptions, such as a student who had worked to pay their way through college and therefore had less time to work compared to a student who made it through school on grants and loans. The GPA system also introduces an element of healthy competition among students. Many strive for the positions of valedictorian, honors and high honors students. For many, being on the Dean’s List is a point of pride. Competitiveness creates an atmosphere of improvement that drives students to try to exceed their peers in creating ideas and learning in general. The result hopefully being a body of students who are well practiced in the art of succeeding. A pass/fail system can hardly compete with this level of competition. The GPA system also gives students distinction from one another when they do graduate. Employers can make note of who was particularly productive during their college years by such earmarks as ‘Dean’s List’ and ‘Honors Student.’ Grades also provide a scale to which a student can ascribe value to their assignments. An assignment that earns a B or C could theoretically be improved to an A. Ideally, grades reflects the time, thought and intelligence poured into a student’s work. Lastly, GPA can give a student a sense of personal accomplishment and pride. Receiving an A is something to be pleased about. Most professors do not hand out A’s unless they feel a student’s work is exceptional. There is no greater compliment than to have an expert tell you that your work is fantastic. Take pride in it.

From the editors: If all men are created equal... My Spanish professor posed a great question the other day, “why are you taking Spanish?” Interesting question. Even more interesting was my immediate internal response, ‘because its my minor.’ Not good enough. I forced myself to think harder about that. Why am I taking Spanish? Now that I’ve though about it, I can come up with a plethora of different reasons, but lets stick to one—it is the fastest spreading language in the world. It is no secret that having Spanish on your résumé, no matter what profession you’re going into, sticks out. But why is that? Employers in every discipline are looking for people who can speak this upin-coming language to help make their company or business more versatile and adaptable to the present state of our nation. Despite this fact I still hear people make snarky, mean spirited comments to their friends or even directly to Spanish speaking people (particularly Latin Americans) stating, “They came to our country they need to learn our language,” or “They shouldn’t be allowed to speak that language in public because nobody can understand them.” This irks me in more ways than I can count. First off, who is to say they are not learning “our” language? Given the current status in Latin America, many people are moving to the United States for a better life. And, yes, many of them are not the best English speakers when they get here, but the vast majority of them are doing what they can to improve that fact. So why aren’t more of us trying to learn “their” language? In a diverse world, it can only help. Another thing I would like to point out is the ignorance that some Americans display while making assumptions that

every Hispanic American is an illegal immigrant. Although it is true that, particularly in the southern United States, there is an issue with people jumping the border illegally, the majority of Hispanic Americans are legal and many of them are second or third generation Hispanic Americans. That means they were born here. This is their country too. And I have to say, I have a vast amount of respect for these individuals because they have advantages that many of us do not. They are bilingual from a young age, they have mixed and diverse cultures and they have two perspectives of the world. Please, explain to me how that is a bad thing. It has always been said that America is the land of opportunity, that all men are created equal. So peoples from an array of nations have migrated here for over one hundred years to improve their life. If you think about that, almost each and every one of us has come from ancestors who were not native-born Americans. Many of us come from backgrounds where our ancestors may not have been treated the best when they first came to America. So I ask you, why are we not opening our arms to Latin Americans seeking refuge in the States? To discriminate against them, or any group of people for that matter, is to disgrace your ancestors, and, quite frankly, you are making an ass of yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not accusing all of you wonderful Racquet readers of having this narrow mindset, nor am I convinced that I can change the minds of those of you who do posses it. I am merely stating the facts. If America is the land of opportunity, we should extend that opportunity to everyone. Open up your mind and accept what is different and diverse to you. Some of the best and most

intelligent people are those who are most cultured. According to the American Association of Anthropology’s Statement on Race, “How people have been accepted and treated within the context of a given society or culture has a direct impact on how they perform in that society.” So treat people equally and with respect and an open mind if you want our nation to flourish. Closed mindedness and sheer ignorance will change nothing, and I think we all can agree that this country needs to see change. Let go of the hate and diversify yourself. You owe it to the founders of this nation and the citizens of the world in general.

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More than one kind of Big Rig tells all acceptance

CAMPUS PROFILE By Brianna Bennett Staff Reporter

Who are you, Kevin? My name is Kevin Michel but many people know me as Big Rig. I am a student here at UW-L and will be graduating this spring. I am majoring in Information Systems. I am currently the head door host at Coconut

Joe’s / SawTooth Sam’s. Please describe your position as Coconut Joe’s/SawTooth Sam’s Bouncer: First I would like to say why I am a door host rather than a bouncer. The term bouncer, in my opinion, comes across as being a “bad ass” or “tough guy” who isn’t happy to see anyone except for their friends, the good looking girls that walk through the doors each night. I am normally the first and last person you will see in the night, so I want to make sure that I leave a good impression on you and make you and your friends wanting to come back. Yes, I do have to occasionally have to put on my big boy pants and remove people from the bar. What is a night on the job in your large shoes like? My night consists of a lot of waiting. For some reason, Coconut Joe’s and SawTooth Sam’s are the last bars to get busy. Once our guests show up, I talk to them, clean up after them; and occasionally remove them from the bar. I really don’t like having to remove people from the bar because I want you to have a good time with your friends. If for some reason myself or one of the other door hosts ask you to leave, it’s not because we don’t like you. You probably did something stupid. Are students generally polite towards you? Yes, most students are very polite to me and I always try and reciprocate it back to them. I don’t think that everyone realizes that after everyone is out of the bar, the employees still have about an hour of work (that’d be the

cleaning and prep for the next night) ahead of them and normally won’t get out of the bar until 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning. You are forced to listen to a lot of hiphop and pop hits, what’s your preferred genre of music? I prefer classic rock: Mötley Cruë and Iron Maiden are my personal favorites. I also like The Darkness. I wish they would come out with another album. Describe the most memorable attempt you’ve seen to get into CJ’s with a fake ID: It all bleeds together, but I do remember one time an underage girl claimed she needed to get in to tell her friend that her cousin’s dad’s dog was hit by a car. If this story was true, I’m sorry to hear that, but you still weren’t old enough to get in the bar. What would you tell to a UW-La Crosse

“One time an underage girl claimed

she needed to get in to tell her friend that her cousin’s dad’s dog was hit by a car.” Kevin Michel Door Host

freshmen with a killer fake ID and high hopes of getting into the tropical paradise that is CJ’s? I want people to come to the bar and have a FUN time, but until you are old enough, don’t bother. I know I miss the “house party days” and would sometimes rather just stay in with friends anyways. Enjoy it while you still can. The bars are fun, but they can wait. If you could pick a theme for your own establishment, what would it be? WISCONSIN SPORTS! Could you leave us with a memorable quote? “Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?”

UW-L’s LGBTIQQAA and campus climate By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

Here at the UW-La Crosse, efforts are continually made to create an all inclusive environment and campus. Although UW-L may not appear to have the most diverse campus, it certainly welcomes individuals from all different backgrounds. The campus environment is made up of faculty, staff, foreign students, traditional students and

At our campus, we have a healthy population that is accepting of one another, however they choose to identify themselves. non-traditional students. Among the people who make up our community you will find different ethnicities, races and LGBTIQQAA members. If you are unfamiliar with the inclusive acronym “LGBTIQQAA,” it stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual and ally. This acronym is used to encompass all members of the “non-traditional” community. At our campus, we have a healthy population that is accepting of one another, however they choose to identify themselves. We unify and support each other regardless of our natural brain chemistry or diverse backgrounds. At the very least, there is tolerance and openminded individuals that piece together our campus. Upon asking UW-L students how they feel about our “campus climate” especially in regards to the LGBTIQQAA community, the responses followed a theme. Although I didn’t ask completely random, anonymous or large portion of the students, I didn’t hear a single negative response. One student told me that he felt more accepted on the La Crosse campus than he did back home and he is able to participate extensively in the LGBTIQQAA community. Another student said she was a

Cover your nails in caviar Niffy nails are the hottest trend By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter

Gone are the days of plain old, singlecolored fingernail polishes. Whether they’re polka-dotted, gel, stick-on or full of glitter, nail designs have become extremely popular in recent years and will continue to be one of the hottest trends this spring. This week’s nail spotlight is a review on caviar nails, the biggest “it” nail right now.

top of that wet coat. (Application techniques can vary, but for this kit, beads can be slowly dispensed onto nails directly from the small containers they come in). Then, once you’ve

Caviar nails are a design in which micro glass beads or pearls are applied to the nail to create a 3-D effect. Caviar nails are a design in which micro glass beads or pearls are applied to the nail to create a 3-D effect. Caviar nail kits are available online for about $25 on average, and often include at least one nail polish. For this review, seniors Mary Vollmer and Leah Jagodzinski, both Psychology majors who had never previously heard of caviar nails, used a Caviar mini bar kit by Ciaté, from Sephora. com, which cost $29. The boxed kit comes with four nail polishes, four small bottles of multi-colored micro beads, and a small funnel. An advantage of the set is that the box can be used during application to catch excess beads, which can then be funneled back into each bottle, preventing wasted beads. The process is quite simple. To begin, you paint each nail with one coat of the color of your choice. After they’ve dried, go one nail at a time, applying a second coat, and immediately applying the micro beads on

fully covered the nail with beads, gently tap down the beads with another finger. Repeat for each nail. If desired, seal the beads by applying a clear topcoat to the tips of your nails after they’ve had a chance to dry. When finished with all nails, leave your nails to completely dry for at least 15 minutes. Mary Vollmer chose a bright pink polish named “knickerbockerglory,” and the bottle of pink, blue and orange beads combination labeled “candyshop.” She said she loved how different the idea was, and predicts it to be

the next big thing for nights out. It took Mary only about 10 minutes to complete, but she was impressed by how fast it dried. “This is perfect for a girls night!” she exclaimed during the process. Mary’s advice to first-timers is to remember to press down all the beads to ensure they’re not uneven. L e a h Jagodzinski, who chose the coralypink polish called “pom pom” and the “candyshop” bead combo, thought the caviar nail process would be Katie TerBeest The Racquet difficult, but was very surprised by how easy it was. Her main concern was losing beads, but because of the kit’s box it wasn’t much of an issue. It took Leah about 10 minutes to complete as well, and she already plans on doing it again in the future. “I like that that my hands look like a birthday party!” she said. Caviar nails typically last about one week depending on your lifestyle. To remove, simply use a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Hold the cotton ball on top of the nail for about five seconds before wiping clean. Looking for a cheaper option? Purchase micro beads online for as little as $3 for a pack of 12 colors for a do-it-yourself kit.

“proud UW-La Crosse Ally” and enjoys being able to show her support every way she can. Other students commented on the frequent events through the Pride Center and the resources they provide to help educate the public. If people aren’t educated or exposed to a range of people, they may not fully understand the enrichment that diversity can provide in our lives. Sometimes people from different backgrounds grow up with ideals and varying levels of exposure to diversity. It is crucial to educate ourselves and become aware that our world is full of unique people with different stories. No one identifies themselves by one label or identifying factor so it’s not right to exclude someone based on one single label that may fall into the acronym ‘LGBTIQQAA.’ Luckily, at UW-L, there are so many educational opportunities and outreach to constantly improve our sense of community. The awareness and presence of our inclusive campus can be felt by all of the students and staff. There are so many people in our community who identify themselves as something other than straight. The Pride Center encompasses anyone and everyone.

The awareness and presence of our inclusive campus can be felt by all of the students and staff. I highly recommend checking out the Pride Center’s page on the UW-L website. It is an excellent place to educate yourself, click on links to different resources, find support, contact the staff with questions, check out events or my personal favorite, become an ally! Becoming an ally can show your support and even you can help to promote openminds in the public. Through awareness and showing our support we can further improve the campus climate here at UW-L.

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“X-Stream Games” makes appearance in men’s restrooms By Greg Nickel Staff Reporter

Alright guys, listen up! The situation I’m about to walk you through is one that we’ve all probably been a part of at one time or another. You’ve just passed through the turnstile, grasping your ticket stub in hand. You know your section number, row number and seat number- so you begin the scavenger hunt that is locating your seats. After walking in the wrong direction a few times, you finally find that glorious number, locate your seat and take in the beautiful view of bright green grass and untouched sand. You have a seat with your family or friends, and await the beginning of an exhibition of America’s pastime. And just as you hear the first vendor holler “beer here!” The urge hits. You’ve got to find a bathroom before the game starts, so you get back up, shuffle your way through your row and leave the majestic view of the baseball diamond behind. Now begins the hunt for the men’s room. After holding it for too long, you’ve finally located the bathroom and, well, you would think you know how it goes from here. But one baseball park is changing the experience that exists beyond the Men’s room door. Coca-Cola Park, located in Allentown, PA serves as home for the Lehigh Valley Iron

Pigs- a triple-A affiliate for the Philadelphia Phillies. And the management at the park has created a new game that takes the competition one is used to at the ball diamond, and extends into the bathroom. Aptly named “X-Stream Games,” the urinals are equipped with a video screen at eye level that displays a game that is controlled by, yes, your stream. The game uses algorithms to detect the users’ presence and his stream, and is able to measure agility and knowledge based on where the user aims his stream, and the strength of said stream. Once the deed is done, the user will receive their score on the video screen accompanied by a code. They can then go on their smartphone and enter the code on a website to view their standing on a leader board. The park has even gone as far as to scroll the leaders for the night’s game on various video displays throughout the park. There are also health benefits to “X-Stream Games.” Doctors can review the data collected by the game and analyze it to determine signifiers of prostate cancer. Yes, hitting the bathroom at the ballpark isn’t as disruptive as it used to be (at least at Coca-Cola Park). What guy doesn’t want to spice up those everyday moments with a little competition? So as summer heads our way, remember: get out and go to the ballpark, but more importantly, go to the bathroom.

UW-L Track and Field hosts Ashton May Invitational By Mandy Rice Staff Reporter

The UW-La Crosse women's and men's track & field teams hosted the Ashton May invite on Friday-Saturday, April 5-6 at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The meet is named after former assistant women's track & field coach Ashton May. May passed away Sept. 17 after a traffic accident in Minnesota. She coached for the UW-L track team for two years. She earned her degree from UW-L in 2010 and was an elementary education and was a math and social studies teacher at Holmen middle school. Highly awarded and successful in her own track and field career as a student at UW-L, she was a four year letter winner for the Eagles and she earned 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III All-America awards. Some of these awards include second-place in the long jump and triple jump at the 2010 outdoor championships as well as second in the long jump at the 2010 indoor national championships. There were six teams who competed in the invite, including UW-L, UW-Eau Claire, UWPlatteville, St. Mary's University (Minn.), St. Norbert College (Wis.) and Valley City State University (N.D.). The UW-L men’s track and field team finished second with 202.0 points behind UW-Platteville who finished first with 207.0 points. The UW-L women’s track and field team took first place at the invite

finishing with 341 team points while UWEau Claire took second with 269 points. For the UW-L men’s squad, four individuals captured titles on Saturday. David Stilin took first in the 1,500-meter run (3:50.94). Three individuals won in the field events, Brett Davis won the long jump (22-5), Grant Havard won the discus throw (163-4) and Rob Rohe won the pole vault (14-10). The UW-L 4x110-meter shuttle relay including Adam Nichols, Dan Otto, Joe DeRosier and Luke Sauerman also finished first (57.17). For the UW-L women’s team, there were eight individuals who captured titles on Saturday. Jena Weigel took first for the heptathlon (4,305 points). Claire Elliott won in the 200-meter dash (25.96), Claire Gordee in the 400-meter dash (58.04), Marissa Mahr in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.40) and Corissa Conard in the 5,000-meter run (18:52.68). For the field events, Kayla Ashland won the high jump (5-2 1/4), Meaghan Howell the pole vault (10-11 3/4) and Bailey Sauerwin took the shot put (38-11 1/2). The UW-L 4x100-meter relay (48.13) including Jaime Ludwigson, Meg Heafy, Elliott and Maya Vazquez. UW-L took all of the top-four spots in the heptathlon Saturday. Weigel finished first, Erin McCauley followed in second (3,701 points), Kaitlyn Francour in third (3,639) and Shelby Graham in fourth (3,261). After hosting a successful outdoor invite with first and second place finishes, the UW-L track and field team looks forward to competing next at the UW-Platteville Invitational on Saturday, April 13.

Bring in spring with avocados By Kaitlin Daigle Staff Reporter

Cashew Cabbage Crunch Salad

• 1 purple cabbage, cored and chopped • 1 tablespoon salt • 1/3 cup white vinegar • ¼ cup olive oil • 2 tablespoons maple syrup • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • ¼ onion, finely minced • 2-3 tablespoons caraway seeds • 1-2 large carrots, grated • ¾ cup shelled edamame • ½-3/4 cup raw cashews • 1 avocado, peeled, cored and cubed Directions: Chop cabbage into bite-sized pieces. Add to large bowl and toss with salt. In another large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, onion and caraway seeds to make dressing. Set aside. Toss cabbage and add to dressing mixture. Add carrot, edamame, cashews and avocado, and toss together to combine and coat completely. Enjoy right away or refrigerate for later. It gets better as the flavors marinade. Garden Fresh Grilled Cheese • 2 slices bread • 2 slices mozzarella cheese • 2 tablespoons thousand island dressing • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thin • ½ of an avocado • 1 large roma tomato, sliced • 2-3 leaves iceberg lettuce Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Place bread on a baking sheet and toast. Take out of oven and spread one slice with 1 tablespoon dressing and tomatoes, and then arrange cheese slices on the other slice bell pepper. Warm in the oven for 7-9 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with avocado slices and lettuce.

Creamy Avocado and Gouda Cheese Pasta

• 1 pound fettuccine pasta • 2 medium size ripe avocados, pitted and removed from skins • 1 clove garlic • 1/2 lemon, juiced • 1/2 cup skim milk • 3/4 cup gouda cheese, finely shredded • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts • salt and pepper to taste • crushed red pepper flakes (optional) Directions: Cook pasta according to directions. Reserve a large coffee cup of the pasta water before draining. Make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic and lemon juice into a food processor. Process until smooth. Make sure there are no longer any chunks of avocado, and then add the milk and process again until smooth. Add in the basil, cheese and a pinch of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy and you no longer see any cheese. When pasta is done, drain and place pasta into a large serving bowl. Pour on the sauce, add toasted pine nuts and toss until fully combined. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce a bit. Garnish with fresh basil, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper. Serve immediately.

M&M Brown Sugar Blondies • • • • • • • • •

1 cup avocado 1 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp coarse sea salt Desired amount of M&Ms or other candy

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the avocado and sugars together in a large bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs and combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix. Stir in desired amount of M&Ms, although Snickers, Butterfinger or other candy will work too. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 9×13 greased pan until the center is just set. Cool completely and cut.

you sunk my battleship

Elaine Funk The Racquet

On April 5, 2013 in the Mitchel Hall pool Battleship took place. Students had teams of four and the objective was to sink each others canoes by filling them with water.


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

+++ Props to finding an internship last week. Double props to my family planning a trip to Alaska in the same week.

+/- Props to getting a good workout again. Drops to countering it by eating a cheeseburger afterwards.

+/- Props to reactivating my Neopets account. Drops to probably not graduating because of it.

- - - Drops to hashtags on Facebook. #itsnottwitter.

- - - Drops to the forecast potentially getting down to the 30’s this week. +++ Props to Snapchat. Double Props to my mom sending me the most hysterical snaps ever. +++ Props to getting good sign-up times for class registration. - - - Drops that there is still snow lurking around. It is midApril. Get your act together Mother Nature. +/- Props to getting a new roof. Drops that they start working at 7 a.m.

+/- Props to the new Great Gatsby movie that was made. Drops that the theater time has been pushed back eight months. - - - Drops to falling asleep in class. Double drops when your professor knows and waits until you wake up to ask you to recap everything that was talked about in class. +++ Props to Imagine Dragons having songs in so many major movie soundtracks. +/- Props to getting three points extra credit for knowing all the words to Ice Ice Baby. Drops to knowing all the words to Ice Ice Baby.

+/- Props to getting a new puppy. Drops....I mean seriously, I got a new puppy. I don’t have any drops.

+/- Props that we have about a month of school left. Drops there are still so many exams, tests, projects and papers still due in that small amount of time.

+/- Props to Thin Mints. Drops to eating a whole row in one sitting.

- - - Drops to having pruney feet from walking in soaking shoes all day.

Springtime Wordsearch


Spring Fun Facts We’ve all heard the term ‘vernal equinox.’ Vernal means ‘spring’ and equinox means ‘equal night.’ Both words are from Latin. Despite the term, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring. Benjamin Franklin was the first American to propose Dalylight Saving Time in 1784. However, it wasn’t fully implemented in the U.S. until after the second World War. The practice of starting Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday in March in the U.S. started in 2005. Daylight Saving Time starts and ends at different times around the world. Some of the plants that have strong associations with spring include dandelions, daffodils, lilies, primroses, hyacinths, tulips, azaleas, iris and lilacs. Dandelions originated in Asia. Animals and insects associated with spring include the rabbit, frog, deer, fox, bear, bee, butterfly, ladybug and hummingbird. Spring fever is not just a myth – the body may experience physiological changes due to changes in diet, hormone production and temperature. Melting snow and additional rain may cause more flooding in spring. Children grow faster in spring.

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