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UW-La Crosse senior to fill landfill Christa Booman took her senior capstone and is making it a reality By Eleanor Ryan Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse senior Christa Booman has initiated and helped organize the first ever Bioblitz of the area surrounding La Crosse County’s landfill. According to Booman, not many people

La Crosse County’s landfill area covers about 355 acres, only 55 of which is actual landfill. know what happens during a Bioblitz. Even when asking if her friends wanted to help out, one friend asked, “Is it going to hurt?” During a Bioblitz, experts and volunteers take inventory of all the species in a given area. Booman said, “The species that we’re looking for are trees, plants, animals, reptiles, insects and fungi if we can. “ La Crosse County’s landfill area covers about 355 acres, only 55 of which is actual landfill. This Bioblitz will provide the owners with information they need in order to execute their plans for a trail system through the surrounding acreage. It would reveal whom and what are potentially affected by the future trails, as well as any invasive species that may interfere with plans. Booman hopes to generate some community awareness of the landfill and

the area while also providing a learning experience for those involved. “Landfills normally have a bad reputation,” she said. “Hopefully, I can get people to see that they actually are doing a lot of good for the environment.” Booman explained that the decomposition of the waste, which fills the La Crosse County landfill, generates methane gas. A generator, located on Gundersen Lutheran’s grounds, makes that energy renewable, providing electricity and heat for surrounding homes and business, including Gundersen Lutheran. Booman said, “Landfills are kind of necessary because there is stuff that we can’t get rid of, we have to put it somewhere. They are doing it in the best way that they can.” Landfills are a deep hole with six feet of clay and then a layer of plastic at the bottom. Waste which cannot be recycled or incinerated goes in over the years and when it fills, an additional six feet of clay and layer of plastic seals it off. Booman first visited the La Crosse County landfill as a freshman taking her first environmental studies course. She chose to do this as her senior capstone project, a requirement for her environmental studies minor, because she thought “it would be a good way to network and get the community involved.” Through this Bioblitz, volunteers will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the 300 acres made up of forest, prairie and wetland. “That’s not the first thing you would think Please see LANDFILL page 2

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Above shows part of the landfill near State Road 16 that Christa Booman is planning on filling in with help of volunteers for her senior capstone.

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UW-L sophomore serves as new UW regent A first look at Anicka Purath’s goals

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By Danielle Cook Staff Reporter

Anicka Purath, a sophomore at UW-La Crosse, is now serving as the traditional student representative on the UW System Board of Regents. This Board, comprised of 18 members, works to appoint the president of the UW-System, the chancellors of the 13 system universities, the chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges, and the deans of those 13 colleges. The Board also regulates admission standards and unit frameworks, and reviews university budgets. Purath, originally from Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, attended Racine Lutheran High School, graduating in a class of about 48 students. She has always been interested in the subjects of government and politics, as well as Please see Anicka page 2 Courtesy Sue Lee

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Fall always seems to be a busy if not exciting part of the year for students of the UW - La Crosse. Students and faculty alike are wrapping up their summer months and preparing for the upcoming semester, a semester that is bringing in some welcomed changes. On-campus students will be receiving free lofts along with some greenlighted policy changes, however another change is occurring in which students both on and off university grounds can benefit from. This change is coming in the form of a wealth of new classes for several different disciplines.

One recently noted course by UW-L’s Campus News is HIS 393 and 403, a course that teaches individuals how to record oral histories and stories. September 2, bats off the start of many new classes offered. The Colleges of Science and Health, Arts and Communication and Liberal Studies are receiving the heavy portion of the new courses while the Colleges

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of Education and Business Management are on the lighter end. One recently noted course by UW-L's Campus News is HIS 393 and 403, a course that teaches individuals how to record oral histories and stories. This course is especially interesting because it will be used to collect oral histories of the inhabitants and visitors of the downtown La Crosse area. This will then be put to greater use as the class will be implementing a mobile story-telling phone system in the down town area. People will then be able to dial a toll-free number to hear personal anecdotes of a nearby location. In addition new classes such as Personality Theories, Advanced Organic Synthesis and Water Color Painting will be offered along with several others from their respective departments. Some previous classes such as Animal Biology will be revamped and returning along with the brand new additions. Many of the new courses require prerequisites or a preferred level standing, however these additions are regardless worth a look into. Recreation Management Major, Alex Stoffel said he is “excited” about the upcoming course additions even though they do not directly benefit him. “I’m happy UW-L is bringing in some new courses, however I do Please see CLASSES page 2

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Tuition freeze to potentially last longer Chancellor Gow. “When students look back on their college experience in 30 years, we want them to reflect on the amazing education

By Crystal Oravis Staff Reporter

Wisconsin legislators have taken an interest in the tuition costs of Wisconsin universities by initiating a tuition freeze among all UW campuses. UW-La Crosse is currently in a tuition freeze that had begun this past fall, and will continue to be through the 2014-2015 school year. Legislators are currently working on a freeze that will last until the 2016-2017 school year, which would keep tuition prices the same as they are now. “A tuition freeze makes it easier to pay for college, while also reducing student loan debt,” said Chancellor Joe Gow. Though a lack of increased spending on tuition is beneficial for students, it does raise concern for the quality of the college experience overall. Frozen tuition does not account for inflation, employee salaries or increases in campus needs such as technology budgets and medical expenses. “We ultimately could lower the price of schooling, but would have to reduce the quality of the school as well,” explained

Though a lack of increased spending on tuition is beneficial for students, it does raise concern for the quality of the college experience overall. and college experience they received.” Though tuition costs are frozen, additional segregated fees are subject to change slightly. Many students do not realize that the amount they pay for schooling is not all tuition, but tuition in addition to segregated fees. Segregated fees provide funds for recreational, cultural and leisure activities and groups on campus that do not receive state funding. These fees are paid by all students, but are not user fees. The segregated fees can be thought of as a tax, meant to enhance the campus community. The university attempts to keep the fees the same throughout the years, and in some cases, such as with campus parking,

segregated fees have actually been lowered. Tuition from students is required to make up for the expenses that state funding does not cover. A long-term tuition freeze would only hold up given that state funding does not continue to reduce. Chancellor Gow explained, “We’re a nonprofit. Every dollar we raise, we have a reason for, and spend it to make this university better.” Govenor Scott Walker is currently working

A long-term tuition freeze would only hold up given that state funding does not continue to reduce. on next summer’s bi-annual budget regarding the tuition freeze for the 2015-2017 academic years. Students can get involved by contacting Wisconsin state legislators to show concern and need for UW-L’s state funding.

Campus Climate raising diversity conciousness By Elena Montanye Staff Reporter

UW–La Crosse students have a nation-wide reputation of being highly inclusive and conscious of diversity. The UW-L Campus Climate Office works to continue raising awareness and starting conversations to hold the university to the high standards already established. Matthew Evensen, program and administrative coordinator of the Campus Climate Office, said, “We’ve seen as a society that we’ve made some strides in some areas. I think about disability and LGBT issues, but I would say that race and ethnicity, on this campus and outside

“I would say that race and ethnicity, on this campus and outside of this campus as well, is still one of those topics that involves a lot of emotion, and rightfully so. We’ve been told not to talk about it.” Matthew Evenson Program and Admin. Coordinator of the Campus Climate Office

of this campus as well, is still one of those topics that involves a lot of emotion, and rightfully so. We’ve been told not to talk about it.” In order to alter the societal norms that tell students to avoid race conversations, the Campus Climate Office has started a semiannual event centered specifically on these issues, called Partners In Movement. Evensen explained, “If I’m someone who identifies as white, and I’m looking to be an ally to be people of color, this is a half day workshop to talk about what that means. What are some of the issues

Senior capstone project to fill landfill From LANDFILL page 2

of when you think of a landfill, but it’s actually a lot of wild, natural area,” Booman said. Her service project creates a unique hands on experience for those participating, and anyone is welcome to do so. The

Through this Bioblitz, volunteers will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the 300 acres made up of forest, prairie and wetland. Bioblitz will take place on Saturday, April 26, from dawn to dusk (roughly 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the landfill, located on State Road 16, just past the Woodman’s in Onalaska. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

that fall, potentially, into the white savior complex? There are a lot of layers of complexity that go along with: what does an ally mean? Can someone even be an ally to people of color?” The program, which was developed last spring by Assistant Director in the Campus Climate Office Amanda Goodenough and former Campus Climate employee Carrie Bero, was partly inspired by The Pride Center’s Ally Series. “We were like, ‘You know, we don’t have anything on race. It would be great to have something like that on our campus,’” said Evensen. Currently, Partners in Movement stays active due to the hard work of Goodenough, graduate student Angela Birrittella and student support services employee Lynette Prieur Lo. Evensen said that the issue is so important to them, and the entire Campus Climate Office, because these issues are shoved under the rug. “We don’t talk about these issues specifically in [kindergarten] through [12th grade], or they’re talked about with a lot of distance. There’s not a place to share people’s stories or your own story as it relates to race,” said Evensen. On UW-L’s primarily white campus, Evensen feels that it is the university’s responsibility to be sure to include and support all students, especially those of different demographics. He said that the most effective way to do this is to start conversations and address personal feelings towards the topic. “It’s something that generally makes us feel uncomfortable, and that kind of stops the conversation from happening,” he said. “It would be really helpful if we could embrace [those uncomfortable feelings] and say, ‘Look, I might say some things that I don’t intend to be hurtful, but it might be because I don’t necessarily have a language to articulate that.’ To have a space to learn to do that is really important.” Partners in Movement’s spring semester event has passed, but interested students should watch out for the event to come around again in the fall. Until then, Evensen encourages students to like the UW-La Crosse Campus Climate official Facebook page and watch UW-L’s site for more events sponsored by Campus Climate and the multi-cultural club as the semester winds down.

More classes for students not think we will see the negative or positive impacts of the new classes until a few years down the road from now,” Stoffel explained. In the last few years, UW-L has been able to hire a lot of new faculty that in turn resulted in some new course development. “The new faculty bring in new ideas and new expertise so it has been great to see these new courses develop and become available to students,” Registrar faculty, Christine Bakkum explained.

In addition new classes such as Personality Theories, Advanced Organic Synthesis and Water Color Painting will be offered along with several others from their respective departments. More information and class numbers can be found on UW-L's WINGS website. Most classes are ready to be registered for the upcoming fall semester, however others can be viewed but unavailable to students until the spring semester. New classes can be found in the online WINGS course catalog by the class being highlighted and noted with a date of availability.

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history. Since her high school had a small population of about 200, there were not many options in regards to classes. However, Purath had strong support from teachers, and her interest in the political field grew. Her father also helped fuel her passion for government, and she adopted his interests as her own. Purath made the decision to attend UW-L after taking a tour of campus. She wanted to attend a university where she would receive a high quality education, but she felt the size of the student population was important, too. “UW-L was not too large and not too small,” Purath noted. “I fell in love with the

Purath made the decision to attend UW-L after taking a tour of campus. She wanted to attend a university where she would receive a high quality education, but she felt the size of the student population was important, too. campus, and consider choosing to attend UW-L one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Here at UW-L, Purath majors in political science, with a minor in criminal justice. She has completed most of her general education courses, and is now able to take classes more geared towards her major, which she greatly enjoys. She is involved in the Political Science and Public Administration Association, PreLaw Association and College Republicans. She also serves as a Cube Representative in Hutchison Hall. Purath applied for the student regent representative position about a year ago, and was offered an interview at the Capitol over the summer. She presented in front of a panel from the Governor’s office, and was later welcomed for an interview with Govenor Scott Walker. In March, she was notified that she had been chosen for the position. The Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges held a public hearing a few weeks ago, and on April 1, her appointment was approved by the Senate. As student

As student representative, Purath intends to input a student’s perspective regarding the Board’s decisions and discussions. She plans to continue her education in law school, with a focus on constitutional law. representative, Purath intends to input a student’s perspective regarding the Board’s decisions and discussions. She plans to continue her education in law school, with a focus on constitutional law. Afterward, she hopes to serve as a politician, utilizing her background and interests. She currently appreciates spending her free time with family and friends, who have been extremely supportive. She also enjoys meeting new people through classes and organizations. “My position with the Board is an accomplishment in which I take great pride,” Purath explained. “I would really like to be influential at the local, state and eventually federal level. I hope that this position serves as a stepping stone to a long and profound career. I have such a passion for this country as well as the state of Wisconsin. It is truly an honor to represent the students of the UW System.”


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Equal pay: Still a women’s issue By Emily Schulz Staff Reporter

Women make 77 cents to every dollar men make. We’ve all heard this disheartening statistic before (or at least I’d hope so). As usual, this wellknown number only represents the experiences of white people, ignoring the fact that black women make 64 cents and Latina women make a measly 54 cents to every dollar white men make. While these numbers are widely accepted and researched over and over again, I still sometimes stumble upon articles headlined with something like “The Myth of the Gender Pay Gap,” as though that information is helping anyone. In fact, what articles like these usually do is examine the very same factors that account for the difference in pay between men and women, only they tend to blame women as a whole for these discrepancies and ignore laws or policies that favor men. You know what I’m going to say: blaming an entire gender (or race, for that matter) is extremely problematic. When it comes to examining groups at large, the first step should be a critical look at

our beliefs and values as a society, not inherently faulting all women or people of color. Because we are educated college students, I would hope that the majority of people on this campus believe that the wage gap is a problem and that all people should be fairly represented in all fields and paid equally. “I am a proponent of equal pay for equal work,” said senior Mack Farina. “To me it doesn’t seem fair that men get paid more for just being men.”

“I am a proponent of equal pay for equal work. To me it doesn’t seem fair that men get paid more just for being men.” Mack Farina UW-L Senior If equal pay for equal work is a commonly held belief, and I’m going to be optimistic and assume that it is, then what really accounts for the wage gap? “I don’t think women are as valued as men in the workplace,” Farina concluded. “Men are seen as breadwinners and people assume that women have

a man to take care of them and that’s probably not nearly as common as you’d think.” If we take a look at the broader picture, it’s clear that men and women occupy different positions in society. Who’s more likely to be a nurse? A teacher? A manager? A CEO? Of these positions, it’s clear which are devalued, and therefore paid less, regardless of amount or difficulty of work or schooling involved. Besides, who’s to say which of these positions is most important? “I think a lot of it also has to do with women having babies because employers assume they’ll leave to start families. And that’s sad,” Farina also added. While it’s true that women often take off work when they become mothers, which is unavoidable to an extent, the fact that employers in the U.S. are not legally obligated to supply their employees with paid maternity/paternity leave also contributes to inequality. The pay gap is complex and difficult to pinpoint. Before assuming that the gap can be attributed to biology, remember that our society in many (and seemingly subtle) ways favors men and causes many problems for women, including how much money we make.

Social media meets Assigning grades to job criteria our grading system By Benjamin Kirchner Staff Reporter

Ah, another morning has started and I go downstairs to boot up my computer. Sure, I have emails to check and projects I should be doing, but I go ahead and just check Facebook first to ease myself into the technological world. As many of us know, when we enter the Facebook world, we enter a web page unlike any other on the Internet. In 2013, the site was the third most popular website visited with 900 million monthly visitors reported, and that number has most likely has increased. We all know the many different “faces” we see on the page. We have our complainers, encouragers, advocates, political ranters and, of course, those who share anything that made them giggle even the slightest bit. Facebook allows us to share our every thought, often times with no repercussion. UW-La Crosse senior Lauren Kunkel said, “I definitely don’t post stupid things like ‘drinking some Pepsi!’ or something stupid that nobody cares about because I think those are lame.” To reserve your issue of The Racquet, visit www.theracquet.net/subscribe or call us at (608) 785-8378. Single issues are free on campus or available by mail for a subscription fee.

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“I definitely don’t post stupid things like ‘drinking some Pepsi!’ or something stupid that nobody cares about because I think those are lame.” Lauren Kunkel UW-L Senior I would have to agree with her on that one. So why does this matter? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and now everyone has the ability to share that

with 800 of their “closest” friends. It matters because the things you post on Facebook are often public information for anyone to take and look at. Is it really “creeping” if you are telling them everything anyway? According to Facebook, public information includes all things you share on your timeline and other things you share. This includes, but is not limited to, your name, profile picture, cover photo, username, user ID, networks and gender. This has allowed many employers to discover and research essentially anything they desire about a potential candidate. Kunkel also told me, “I think it’s very important that you put a filter on what you post in order to make yourself look responsible.” She could not be more correct. According to recent research, 37 percent of employers are looking up applicants to their companies. That number is most likely on the rise, let’s be honest with ourselves it doesn’t really take much talent to create a page. Every company from McDonalds to Kwik Trip has a Facebook page to show what they have to offer. My grandpa has his own profile, let’s not kid ourselves here. We need to be smart about what we post and we probably need to use Facebook in moderation. I don’t think we should stop using the site because it is extremely beneficial in many ways. Unfortunately, the page has an uncanny way of keeping me from doing homework. Funny how that happens. Let’s just keep in mind that everything we post is going out to the world and never can truly be taken back. It may seem unfair that many of our employers are using Facebook as a way to screen candidates, but it also is very practical and efficient. Stay social, be smart and get off the Internet every once and a while.

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By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse currently uses a very systematic method to determine letter grades. With the current system in place, students earn their grade point average by taking the number of credits they have earned and dividing it by the number of credits attempted. On the surface this seems to be a very accurate and fair calculation, but some students dislike this form of grading. UW-L sophomore Kara Miller believed the current approach is not ideal and can be misleading, “I really don't like the grading system we have now because it's so confusing. When I got my grades back freshmen year I didn't know if an AB made it an A or a B. I just wanted to know which end I was closest to.” Students who receive AB's or BC's in a class dislike the ambiguity and would rather receive minuses and pluses with a definite letter grade.

“Getting an AB is basically an A minus, but it doesn’t count as an A. If I get all A’s and get one AB then I don’t have a 4.0.” Lauren Vincent UW-L Sophomore Sophomore Lauren Vincent explained her frustration, “Getting an AB is basically an A minus, but it doesn't count as an A. If I get all A's and get one AB, then I don't have a 4.0.” Students find this form of grading frustrating because someone who has received the maximum amount of points within the AB range is earning the exact same

grade as someone who received the minimum amount of points. Robert Scanlon reflected on his past experience, “One semester, I was 0.2 percent away from getting an A. Instead of getting an A minus like I should have, I got an AB. If we had minuses and pluses I would have had a higher score than a 3.5.” In addition to having issues with the grading scale, some students are unsure of what their grade is throughout the course of the semester because several teachers do not frequently update Desier2Learn (D2L). Vincent explained, “Some of my teachers haven't been able to get our classes on D2L, I think everyone should just be required to use it and make it universal.” D2L is a useful tool for students to gauge how well they are doing in a particular class. It can become irritating for students when teachers infrequently update grades. Miller also suggested that universities consolidate a grading system to save everyone confusion, “I think it would be a lot easier if we had a normal grading system with pluses and minuses. A lot of colleges don't use our system and when I talk to my friends from other schools, they never understand how I can get two letter grades in one class.” Consolidating all grading systems would allow grade point averages to be easily compared. If everyone was graded based off of the same scale, students would be able to academically distinguish themselves from one another. Scanlon believed the adjustments to the grading scale could be beneficial, “I don't know how much of an exact affect it would have, but I feel it's worth looking into because if students have an overall higher GPA just by the grading system, the school could look better long term.”

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Living and spending on a college budget By Ben Derks Staff Reporter

Between clothes, food and drinking, it is often difficult to look at your bank account. More often than not, we often see money going out, but not in. I think that most people can agree that college students are big spenders. Its most often spur of the moment decisions that when your with your friends, you end up dropping twenty bucks. Then all of sudden, you go out again and drop another twenty. Before you know it, your’re asking your parents if they could loan you a couple bucks to pay for your enrollment deposit for classes. As seen here, it’s extremely easy to let money slip away. There are some people who carry a strict budget that only spend when they absolutely have to, while there are others who often spend frivolously whenever he or she gets the chance. For example, Will Martinez-Ortiz, a sophomore, seems to keep a great budget. He showed me how much money he spends with a nice little budget that he made. “If I really want something, I usually end up buying it. Otherwise, I tend to put it off.”

Ortiz stated that he works as desk assistant for Drake Hall, so it’s a nice source of income, but it’s not enough to run around spending every penny you have. In addition, Taylor Grosvold, a sophomore living in Eagle, said that she tends to spend probably the average amount compared to other college students. “I tend to spend a decent amount, maybe average. I guess I do not know how much other people spend.” She also stated that it’s sometimes difficult to not spend

“I tend to spend a decent amount, maybe average. I guess I do not know how much other people spend. It’s peer pressure sometimes, and I usually end up giving in.” Taylor Grosvold UW-L Sophomore money when all of your other friends are spending money. “It’s peer pressure sometimes, and I usually end up giving

Should wasted meals turn into wasted dollars? it's still makes a difference for the money not being consumed." Junior Gabe Morrin shared similar opinions, though did not believe students Rollover minutes were the advent of cell should have money refunded. phone carriers, in the sense that no customer “As for refunding, no I don't think would ever complain of such a policy. It is students should be refunded the money only fair that you get what you paid for, spent towards meals, maybe in campus cash, and I am sure the average person would be or something, but roll over meals for sure. unhappy if they got anything less than what We should at least be allowed roll over meals they paid for. When it comes to the meal if we have five or less left, and if not that plan, a lot of people are not getting what they getting it back in block meals would be nice, paid for. The availability is there consistently, something rather than making my last five or though not everyone makes the most of it. so meals disappear. It almost feels like being Whether on the 14 or the 19 meal plan, you punished to a small degree for not eating all are allowed just that many meals per week. If of our already paid for meals.” you do not make use of all of the plans, they I believe that students should be allowed are wasted and the plan restarts on Sunday. rollover meals. I agree with Morrin about The question that arises from this is receiving the block meals, for those are useful whether or not we should be allowed to when we have not got time to make it to use the meals not used during one week, in Whitney Center or the Cellar in Cartwright another week in the future. A sophomore, Aly Center-Gunning Addition. With hectic Liang, believed we ought to be reimbursed schedules it can be easy to miss a meal, but somehow for our unused meals. with block meals built up from meals missed, we can restore some balance to our lives. I do not believe anybody should receive “It’s a bigger incentive to eat better a monetary refund because students will for sure take advantage of that, no doubt about proportions.” it. I say so in consideration of the fact that Aly Liang many people are privileged in the sense that UW-L Sophomore we have more money than we need. There are, however, students who have no more than their education, their living expenses and their meal plan. For a student in that "It's a bigger incentive to eat better position, they may not have another source proportions. It will also cause students to of income. Money is in essence freedom. So, choose food they will finish and not waste. for some, refunds in the form of money can And, thirdly, not feel the need to 'get their be very beneficial and return some freedom. money’s worth' by either stealing food, plates and utensils. Even if it's not the full amount, By Franklin Carnes Staff Reporter

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The talk about Tinder

By Karlee Schneiss Staff Reporter

Some might say when the Tinder app hit the social media market, it ultimately revolutionized the online dating scene. Honestly, it's everything people love about dating and convenience, all from a few easy steps that don’t take as much effort or thought as filling out pages of information like other online dating websites. The Tinder dating app is based around your personal location and pulls information from Facebook to create your profile. A Tinder profile consists of a few pictures, friends and interests according to your Facebook profile, and a tagline you compose. It then pulls up matches that meet your location, gender and age criteria. Swiping right means you find the person attractive, and left means onto the next one (thanks Jay-Z). If they swipe you to the right as well, then you are a match and can chat, swap numbers, ect. To me, this sounded pretty shallow at first glance. How do individuals start to chat with a complete stranger when one of the only things they know they have in common at the time is the belief that they both find each other not ugly? Similarly, couldn’t this “hot or not” app have people missing out on potential strong connections just because the individual who popped up isn’t a Brooklyn Decker or Channing Tatum look-a-like? I personally do not have a Tinder account, so I dug a little deeper to find out more from actual users. UW-La Crosse student Megan Broderick explained Tinder to me in a more applicable way. Broderick commented, “It is pretty much based on looks. Just like having a drink with friends at a bar, if you find someone attractive at first glance, you’re more likely to go up and talk to them. Tinder works that way, too.”

Explained in that way, Tinder can claim to be developed around the natural ways of life. However, since it’s via the internet, complete authentication is not always promised.

“It is pretty much based on looks. Just like having a drink with friends at a bar, if you find someone attractive at first glance, you’re more likely to go up and talk to them.” Megan Broderick UW-L student Broderick added, “I also think people can portray themselves to be someone that they are not. At our age is it very hard to know whether the person on the other side of the media is the person we are looking for or not.” Pictures can be edited, cropped or an unaccurate depiction of what the user looks like in person. The personal tagline can also be misleading. Hello, branding yourself in a sentence or two can be pretty difficult! But since Tinder allows the user to see mutual friends between themselves and a match, this app tries to avoid fake profiles or misleading information at any cost. Not everyone is looking for love, though. Tinder is so speedy and effortless to use that it’s inevitable some users use it strictly for hooking up. Along with that, it can also become an ego boost-type situation, rather than a dating situation or a way to connect with people. While uses for Tinder are all across the board, if you’re currently not on Tinder hopefully this updated you so you’re one up on your parents still. If you’re a Tinder user, here’s to happy love hunting!

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in.” An article recently published in The New York Times told about using different types of methods to manage how much money we spend. As college students, it’s often difficult to look at long term goals and think about the future. We cannot even look past Friday night. However, the author stated that you can use the ‘accelerate or brake’ method. He stated that you should set a goal to buy something, for example, a new laptop, or whatever you want. Then, you are about to buy something, think about whether the thing you are buying is going to accelerate you to the item you want to buy, or hit the brakes. Basically, will it get you closer to what you want. As I mentioned before, it’s not easy to think about this but if you look at your bank account, you can obviously see how much you spend in a week. In conclusion, college students have a rough time. From online shopping to just going out on the weekends, students are faced with the difficulties of spending within their means. If students start making good financial decisions now, hopefully it will create better decisions later. Try out the method I mentioned and see if it makes a difference in how much you spend!

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Light Up a Life spreads suicide awareness on campus By Kasey Overgaard Staff Reporter

An average of 1,100 college students commit suicide nationwide each year. It is the second leading cause of student death. UW- La Crosse’s student organization Active Minds pointed this out at their event, Light Up a Life: Suicide Awareness on Thursday

“People do want to take their lives because of things that are going on. There are many different [reasons] that a person decides they want to take their life, whether they are just depressed or there are other factors. People need to be supportive.” Sarah Geier UW-L freshman Apr. 17, from 7-9 p.m. underneath Hoeschler

Clock Tower. “We want to spread the word about suicide on college campuses and remember those students who have lost their lives to suicide,” said Emily Alexander, president of UW-L Active Minds. “The best way to spread awareness is to educate people and help others not feel like they are alone.” The event was open to everyone. Students could come and go, but had the opportunity to make a luminary for anyone that has fallen from suicide whether they knew them personally or not. The words “in memory of…” surrounded the sidewalk. Even simple, yet powerful, words, such as “hope,” “strength” and “courage” covered white paper bags. Soft, yet cheerful music played while students came to support the event, to support each other and to support those who have fallen along with those who are still suffering. When dusk hit, each luminary was lit in honor and memory of all the victims, students that have passed away here on UW-L campus as well as students across the United States. Tables with information about suicide, depression, Active Minds and resources were

Facepalm!

Last week in my article I discussed Senioritis: the pseudo-disease sweeping across campus affecting seniors. So many seniors, including myself, are just itching to finish out the semester and graduate, but soon after we all graduate there is something we will have to eventually deal with and that is the debt from our student loans. Senioritis might not be real, but student loans can turn into a harsh reality. It is time to add up your loans and figure out payment schedules in this week’s installment of Facepalm! For Wisconsin residents, the average student pays upwards of $7,000 per semester if they live in the residence halls. As someone who has never lived off campus, I do not know the exact expenses of living, but students still pay over $4,000 each semester. That being said if you tally up the eight semesters most students stay at La Crosse that is at least $32,000 in fees if you never lived in the residence halls or had a meal plan. For me, I have more than likely spent over $50,000 to attend and live at UW-La Crosse. Plus, federal loans have not covered all of that, so I have had to go out and find private loans as well. The scary thing about looking at these numbers is that they are not what they used to be a few decades ago. Tuition has increased over time and minimum wage cannot keep up with students to help them pay everything off, so the vast majority of students need to take out federal or private loans. Once we finish with school those loans are eventually charged back to us

By Emme Harms Staff Reporter

and we have to pay them off over a span of SEVERAL years. What is worse is that interest is added on to that vast amount making it even more daunting. As someone who has not been fortunate enough to find a job every summer or during my time here at UW-L I am incredibly worried about my financial

For Wisconsin residents, the average student pays upwards of $7 thousand per semester if they live in the residence halls. state after college. Finding that job to help me pay off my loans is going to be crucial and I personally hope that I will not have to deal with more than a decade of paying off my loans. That is INCREDIBLY optimistic of me, but at the same time it is a kind of motivation for me to really sit down and make things work. Thankfully there are options out there for students that need help figuring out their financial situations and their loan payments here on campus. The fact that we have counseling on the matter and people that are resources to students is eases up that burden that we will have to face. They cannot necessarily take away that debt that you will have to pay, but they can help you figure out the plan that is best for you. Keep your chins up, come up with a plan and do not let student loan debt give you a facepalm moment.

The event was open to everyone. Students could come and go, but had the opportunity to make a luminary for anyone that has fallen from suicide whether they knew them personally or not. going on. There are many different [reasons] that a person decides they want to take their life, whether they are just depressed or there are other factors. People need to be supportive. … Someone could be going through [depression] and they don’t even know that. Just be supportive no matter if you know them or not, because you never know if someone is thinking about suicide.” Although it is hard to prevent suicide,

there are risk indicators that provide red flags. The UW-L Counseling and Testing Center have provided these suicide indicators: •Those who are seriously depressed are quite likely to have thoughts of suicide. •Other emotional illnesses such as severe anxiety or confusion can lead to the idea that “life is not worth living.” •Anyone who has previously attempted suicide is at increased risk. •Recent losses, particularly deaths of close relatives or friends, heighten vulnerability. •Alcohol and drugs can dissolve inhibitions against suicide. •Preparations for death, such as giving away possessions or acquiring a gun, are cause for great concern. •A sudden lift in spirits in a depressed person can mean a decision has been reached that will “end the misery.” Suicide prevention is difficult, but suicide awareness is easy as well as being kind. Even just a smile to a passerby on the sidewalk could make a difference in someone’s day, or even their life.

Choosing a major

Graduation being synonymous with debt By Jordan Fay Staff Reporter

available to students as well to spread the word about mental health issues on college campuses and to help anyone in need. Sarah Geier, UW-L freshman who attended the event said, “People do want to take their lives because of things that are

By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

When we students take a step back, we realize the main reason for us attending UWLa Crosse is to further our education. We have chosen to keep learning and growing by attending a university. This gives us a huge edge when it comes to the job market and allows us to gain experience over non-collegiate peers. For some of us, the decision to go to college was a no brainer. For others it was a major life decision, factoring in any ideas of careers we wanted and the actual cost of attending a university. All of us should be congratulated for getting into a university and taking the next big step in our lives. With this next chapter that we students are currently living in, we are faced with a new decision and the new pressures that comes along with it. This decision is what do you want to do with your life? More specifically, what career do you wish to pursue? After all, we will be spending countless hours at this career until a ripe old age. Daunting? Perhaps. There is also an outlook that this career will and should be something that you wake up every morning looking forward to

Going back to past experiences or high school classes that you actually enjoyed is a great step in thinking about your major. doing. In our generation, our careers are often labeled as subjects we have a burning passion for and something that we love to do everyday. For those of us who haven’t found our “passion” in the career field, this could be worrisome. That also lays a foundation for the wonderful goals of a university. Not only does a university start off with general education classes that make us well-rounded individuals, but also

these classes could potentially spark an interest. You may never have taken an intro to sociology before, but you may find your passion in this course. I bet you weren’t going to take philosophy, but after you may have found the subject so fascinating and realized your major. With the requirements of taking a class from each area of study we can potentially uncover our majors and minors. Even those of us that come into college having a definite major decided end up changing it at some point after gaining more experience and exposure to the other courses. When asked about her decided major, UW-L freshman Melissa Drake said, “I actually haven’t decided on one yet. I have some ideas in mind but I haven’t made any commitments yet. I was thinking something along the lines of art,” in regards to her interests. This is a boat that many freshman and even sophomores find themselves in. It should also be known that this is completely acceptable. Not only are you going into college with an open mind, but also you have time to decide what you want to do with your life. Knowing that a class or experience could result in a change or declaration of a major is important. You have the choice at any point to change your major and are encouraged to choose a major that excites you. Katie Krouse, a UW-L junior said, “I’ve always wanted to do Biology. I always loved the science classes in high school and preferred them over all of the others,” when she recalls deciding her major. Going back to past experiences or high school classes that you actually enjoyed is a great step in thinking about your major. If you have a feel for the subjects that grab your interest, try to take more of those classes in college to help you decide if the next level education still interests you. The most important thing to remember is that you can choose whatever major you want and once decided, you’re allowed to change your mind.

Geri Jewell inspires UW-L campus

Geri Jewell graced UW-La Crosse with her inspiring presence on Monday, April 14. She was born with a developmental disease called Cerebral palsy, which affects body movement via the central nervous system. Despite this, she followed her dreams of becoming a comedian and along the way became an actress, performer, author and motivational speaker as well! Whenever life had her down, Jewell would write to her favorite actress, Carol Burnett. She wrote about wanting to have a sense of humor about herself and find self-healing love. Each letter she received

“It doesn’t matter what people are. We don’t have to agree with them. We don’t even have to like them. But we need to learn to respect everyone in the world around us.” Geri Jewell from Burnett told her that she would never know her capabilities unless she tried. Not

only did Jewell try, she had incredible success. Jewell is best known for her role as “Cousin Geri” on Facts of Life. Her first episode aired on Christmas Eve 1980 and she became the first actress on a prime time series with a physical disability. She was known by millions overnight and it became her responsibility to be seen. Jewell remembers sitting at sports events to raise money for disability charities, being on Sesame Street and a particularly funny story about the odd behavior of a waitress at a restaurant. Of course the room was laughing by the end

of these tales, but it was also eye opening to hear stories about how uncomfortable people are around people with disabilities. In 1994, Jewell suffered from a major spinal cord injury that almost left her paralyzed from the neck down. Her recovery was long and she says she will be in pain for the rest of her life. And just as she was feeling like she would never be able to perform again, she was offered the chance by director David Milch. Jewell had always said himho.com that if you put a challenge in front of her, she would take it. And that’s just what she did. Now, 20 years later, Jewell is thriving,

about to turn 58 this fall. She closed the talk by discussing the misconceptions held by the people around her. She said that many people thought she was drunk, had a cognitive disability or a mental illness. It is from this misunderstanding that Jewell’s central message came out. She noted that of all the people she encountered in her years, many of them did not have a relationship with her, only with her disability. Keeping true to herself, Jewell did not get upset by this, but rather offered a different perspective. To her, Cerebral palsy is not a disability because it has taught her sensitivity, tolerance, compassion and has given her strength. She believes that the real disabilities in the world are things like racism, self-hate, hypocrisy and injustice. Furthermore, she claims that there is nothing disabling about the human spirit and we must strive to experience it to the fullest. Her closing statement was very powerful, “It doesn’t matter what people are. We don’t have to agree with them. We don’t even have to like them. But we need to learn to respect everyone in the world around us.”


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Krista Martin Sports Editor sports@theracquet.net

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Thursday, april 24, 2014

Eagles tennis swings hard against UW-Eau Claire By Patrick Griffith Staff Reporter

another. They defeated the pair of Blugolds 8-4.

The courts were stacked as the UW-L Men’s Tennis team took on the Blugolds from Eau Claire on Friday, April 18. The team has had quite a successful season thus far with a record of 14 wins and four losses. The Eagles came into the match on a hot streak, winning their last five in a row. The men were ready to continue that win streak with strong racquets and quick feet. Sophomore Kyle McGrane had high hopes for the match, stating, “Eau Claire should be a good test for us, and they have similar scores to teams we have both played against this year.” McGrane had a stellar performance in both his singles and doubles matches. He easily defeated his first opponent in his singles match 6-0 and 6-3. The power of his serves and wicked placement allowed him to get a solid win for the Eagles. McGrane also won with his doubles partner Dante Pitera. Both of the men looked strong as the defeated their opponents 8-5. Senior Peter Stadum believed the Eagles had an edge over the Blugolds. “In tennis, like all other sports, it is important to gain momentum early and carry it throughout the match,” he said. “This is especially important playing at home because tennis, unlike other sports, has much more variety on the surface of the courts and how they play. Practicing outside on our courts for a couple of weeks should give us an advantage and hopefully give us early leads in all of the matches.” Stadum also contributed significantly to the Eagles win, defeating his opponents in both his singles and doubles matches. Stadum’s quick backhand scared his opponents away from the ball. He defeated his opponent in his singles match 6-3 and 6-4. The dynamic duo of Stadum and partner Tony Mirasola seemed to be in sync with one

“Everyone from top to bottom has found a role to play on our team, whether it be the guy who’s always playing hard in practice, the guy who’s consistently able to make the team laugh and stay loose or the guy who’s a great role model of a student athlete off the court..” Peter Stadum UW-L senior tennis player Stadum believes the Eagles’ success this year has come from team leadership. He said, “It is very important in a team’s success. I stress team leadership because our leadership doesn’t just reside with our captains. Everyone from top to bottom has found a role to play on our team, whether it be the guy who’s always playing hard in practice, the guy who’s consistently able to make the team laugh and stay loose or the guy who’s a great role model of a student athlete off the court. All those little things have played as big a factor as any in our success this season.” It is clear that the men have a strong connection this year and it has really shown through their results. The overall team score was 6-3, with the Eagles continuing their win streak to six games in a row. With this type of success, anything is possible for this great group of athletes. Stadum hopes the team has a shot for a run at nationals, but that goal has a long road ahead of it.

New jackets, same tradition for cross country By Andrew Vanden Boogaard Staff Reporter

Pride plays a tremendous role for the UW-La Crosse Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country teams. Time and again students hear about the triumphs that these two sports programs bring to the UW-L campus and, with success, a certain type of mindset and tradition is etched upon those runners. Just ask senior long distance runner Jacob Peterson. Peterson remarked, “The tradition [of these programs] is the biggest thing I have seen over my four years here. It’s funny, coming in as a freshman, this tradition is always preached to us by the upperclassmen. I remember [the upperclassmen] mentioned to us that by the time we get out of this program then we would really understand the running tradition UW-L has.” This idea of high regard and importance of the program continued to display itself through the years to Peterson up to today, where he now stands almost at the end of his outstanding, rewarding tenure at UW-L.

But perhaps UW-L’s running teams will now get a boost from a novel idea, courtesy of Head Cross Country Coach Derek Stanley: the purchasing of new neon, flourescent running jackets for runners to wear. Peterson said, “But now that I have served my four years in the program, it really is interesting to reflect on the fact that, with cross country, one, I am already finished with my career here, and two, it truly was building on that tradition and continuing on this great organization.” But perhaps UW-L’s running teams will now get a boost from a novel idea, courtesy of Head Cross Country Coach Derek Stanley: the purchasing of new neon, fluorescent running jackets for runners to wear. Peterson explained, “Through this grant, Coach Stanley had applied for 30 jackets

for the team. They are highly visible, bright neon jackets that [Stanley] also got imprinted with the UW-L Eagle logo on the reflective material on the back. […] When we first got them, through the rental system, they went like hot cakes. Everybody wanted one.” This brings up the question of how much help these jackets really do provide to runners and whether this purchase by Stanley was worthwhile.

“Aside from looking cool, they’re huge for safety. [...] And especially through the winter, when it gets darker earlier, it was really nice to have [the jackets] and we, as runners, became much more visible because of them.” Jacob Peterson UW-L senior Again, Peterson clarified, “Well, aside from looking cool, they’re huge for safety. We’ll be running on Bliss Hill that leads up to Granddad’s Bluff, and especially now with high traffic coming up and down Bliss Hill due to some construction, it’s beyond helpful. And especially through the winter, when it gets darker earlier, it was really nice to have [the jackets] and we, as runners, became much more visible because of them.” For those wondering how the process works, Peterson talked about how it is most like a rental, checkout system in Mitchell Hall. The process begins where a runner can obtain the bright jacket for a week or so using their school ID number. They are accountable to check the jacket back in a week later. Obviously, the safety of the runners is what’s most essential in terms of these luminously colored jackets. Yet, perhaps with this fresh act by Stanley, UW-L’s running tradition can once again be added to. As mentioned by Peterson, UW-L’s pride in team success will not change, but rather it may be enhanced by the Eagles newest idea.

Biotin to the rescue for limp, lifeless hair and nails

Call of Duty for the win

This super-vitamin, along with vitamin E, helps protect against more serious issues, such as diabetes

Study finds playing video games can aid in decision making, strategic planning, and visual spatial attention, among other beneficial skills

By Haley Sites Staff Reporter

Growing up, many girls, and even young boys, relied simply on Loreal 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. As they got older, the options get broader and the hair gets longer. There are dozens of brands with hundreds of products. From gels to vitamin pills, the available options for improving hair strength, length and thickness are seemingly endless. One of the more common vitamins on the market right now is called Biotin. Biotin is a well-known B vitamin, vitamin H and coenzyme. While college aged women use it mainly for nail strength and hair growth, it has other uses that can benefit everyone. It has been proven that Biotin helps with diabetic issues, digestion, skin and cell strength, pregnancy and more. The downsides of Biotin, including adverse side effects, are less shared, probably because there are none. Tests that have been conducted on this vitamin have shown that there is little to no risks. Unlike other vitamins, the maximum dosage for safe use has yet to be found, so sticking with the generic 30 mcg is a sure fire way to not overdose. What most people are not aware of is that Biotin occurs naturally in foods, so taking the specific vitamin may not even be necessary to reap the health benefits from it. Biotin can be found in whole wheat and whole grain products, eggs, dairy products, nuts, salmon and chicken. However, there are a lot of students that deal with gluten-intolerance, lactose-intolerance and peanut allergies, so maybe taking the vitamin is the safest bet. Another vitamin that is known to improve one’s health and beauty is vitamin E. Vitamin

E helps with the immune system, healthy skin and healthy eyes. Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient that is also found in many foods. It helps to protect cells from compounds formed when human’s bodies convert food into energy. The compounds are also found from cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet radiations from the sun. While Biotin is more popular for hair and nail strength, vitamin E is mostly used to help with the immune system. The recommended dose of vitamin E is 15 mg a day. The foods that this vitamin is found in include: vegetable oils, nuts and green vegetables.

The downsides of Biotin, including adverse side effects, are less shared, probably because there are none. Why would anyone take the time to refrain from heat tools for hair and spend extra money on health foods when there is the option to pop a pill? For some people, taking pills and putting unknown chemicals into the body is quite alarming, so spending extra time and money to focus on natural ways is the preferred route. Like many vitamins out there, Biotin and Vitamin E can seem like a cure-all for everything from reading testimonies and reviews. Take it, and there will be world peace and a cure for cancer. Maybe not world peace, but who knows if this will eventually be part of the cancer cure.

By Dustin Skolaski Staff Reporter

When it comes to the media commenting on the effects of playing video games on adolescents, it’s mostly from a negative aspect. Most have heard that playing violent video games will make them violent or that, in general, playing video games will rot the brain. What if video games could actually improve the brain by thickening certain regions of it? A recent study published in the journal “PLOS ONE” has found just that. The study used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of 152 14-yearold males and females. They then used this control of children to estimate cortical thickness to which a positive correlation was found between thickness and hours spent playing video games. The cortical areas that were affected were the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and the left frontal eye fields (FEFs). The DLPFC is involved in decision making and strategic planning, and the FEFs are involved with eye movement and visual spatial attention. The study further went on to find no link with cortical thinning in association with video gaming. Gamers have been reporting the perceived benefits they get from playing video games, such as an increase in motor skills and cognition, but this report for the first time provides evidence for this occurring. Senior Chase O’Brien, an avid gamer, added, “I have no doubt in my mind that playing high-intensity [first person shooter] games has not only positively affected my reaction time, but also how many objects I react to. If you want to be successful at

playing the games, you cannot simply watch what you are making your character do; you have to be constantly scanning between many areas on the monitor, focusing on each thing briefly while scanning, but keeping your eyes open to interpret all stimuli.”

“I have no doubt in my mind that playing high-intensity [first person shooter] games has not only positively affected my reaction time, but also how many objects I react to.” Chase O’ Brien UW-L senior and avid gamer Junior Jeff Gates also places a high mark on the Call of Duty franchise for increasing his voluntary attention and increasing his hand eye coordination, as the series is known for requiring fast reaction times to be successful. The study, however, does not account for certain genres of video games and how they affect brain development. For example, what benefit would someone gain from playing a real time strategy game, or RTS, such as Starcraft as opposed to a fighting game such as the ever popular Super Smash Brothers series? Regardless of what is missing from this study, what is presented is an important look that all those hours spent crawling through dungeons in Skyrim or sleepless nights spent playing capture the flag in Halo 2 might pay off.


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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse extends a warm congratulations to our upcoming graduates.

Graduation Ceremony | Sunday, May 11, 2014 | La Crosse Center If you applied for graduation either spring semester 2014 or summer semester 2014.

10 a.m. College of Business Administration;

College of Liberal Studies; School of Education*; School of Arts and Communication*

Graduation information and other pertinent information surrounding the commencement ceremony can be found on our website:

www.uwlax.edu/commencement.

2 p.m. College of Science and Health; School of Education* *Visit the website for a breakdown of teacher education programs by ceremony.

1. Meet with your Dean’s Office (if you haven’t already done so)

It is recommended you contact the Dean’s Office from your school or college prior to completing your application to verify you will satisfy all requirements for your degree

2. Apply for Graduation (if you haven’t already done so) It is imperative that you complete the online “Apply for Graduation” form immediately. The form can be accessed through WINGS.

To ensure your name appears in the commencement program, your application must be received in the Registar’s Office by April 15.

3. Pick up your Cap | Gown | Hood | Tassel | Sashes | Cords Stop in at the UW-La Crosse Bookstore to pick up your graduation regalia from April 1-May 10, 2014. No order is needed.

Sashes for students who have studied abroad can be picked up at the Office of International Education, 1209 Centennial Hall.

4. Attend Commencement Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 10 a.m./2 p.m. | La Crosse Center UNDERGRADUATES – Candidates receiving a bachelor’s degree report to North Hall in the La Crosse Center 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. Signs will direct you where to go. GRADUATES – Candidates receiving a master’s degree or doctoral degree report to the Ballroom in the La Crosse Center one hour prior to the ceremony.

Once again, congratulations on your significant achievement. We’ll see you at graduation! UW-La Crosse Commencement Staff | tnoyes@uwlax.edu | 608.785.6511 | For more information visit: www.uwlax.edu/commencement


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