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Gunman on campus causes scare

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Student election results Student Association President Elect:

By Caleb Brown Viewpoint Editor

The plague of gun violence hit a lot closer to home last Thursday. Just before 9 a.m. on April 18, campus police apprehended a young man with a cased shotgun near Cowley hall. The as of yet unnamed perpetrator had previously displayed odd behavior but had never show any inclination to harm anyone. Early that morning the suspect came to the Campus Police station. At that time he was unarmed. The on-duty officer even searched him. The suspect did not give any indications that he would harm himself or anyone else. As Chief of Campus Police Scott Rohde put it “he was looking for an opportunity to talk” about concerns he had with certain campus staff members calling his parents regarding a complaint of strange behavior reported by the man’s roommates. After talking with an officer for a short while he left and campus police followed him to his residence. After that he was not seen again until he showed up on campus toting an unloaded Remington 870 pump-action shotgun. A weapon that, Chief Rohde said, is not typically used by the perpetrators of the recent school shootings

Nick Bezier

Student Association Vice President Elect: Riley Karlstrand

College of Liberal Studies Senators: Chelsea Fischer, Hayley Kresnak,

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Leaders elected at UW-L, new challenges ahead By Katie Johnson Senior Reporter

This past Wednesday, April 17, Student Association and Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC) elections were held online from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Student Association president for the 2013-14 school year will be Nick Bezier, re-elected to a second term. Elected to the position of Student Association vice president is Riley Karlstrand, who is currently serving as a student

“We will fight for a tuition cap, but one that allows System to implement its planned pay plan increases for faculty, which are direly needed as they are now 18 percent behind peers in terms of compensation.” Nick Bezier Student Assocation President

senator from the College of Science and Health, as well as serving as chair for the Segregated Funds Allocation Committee (SUFAC). Presently sophomores, both Bezier and Karlstrand are looking forward to bringing their leadership and experience to Student Association in the upcoming year. President Bezier stated in an exclusive interview with The Racquet that he was, “Honored and humbled to be chosen to represent [his] peers for one more year.” He also commented that his opponents ran great campaigns and wished them the best. He 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

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also hopes that they will continue to be involved with Student Association in the future. Vice President elect Karlstrand also expressed gratitude towards the students who helped elect him and stated, “I am very excited to be serving as UW-[La Crosse] Student Association vice president next year and I’m looking forward to continuing to fight for low tuition and for a quality service.” When asked what his main focus would be for the upcoming school year, Bezier reiterated, “I’ve said it during the campaign and I’ll say it again; the most important thing I can do is protect student finances.” He continued by giving an example, “We have had tuition increasing 5.5 percent for the past several years and we just recently learned that the UW System has over $1 billion in some form of reserve, approximately $400 million in tuition dollars. Admittedly, the story just recently broke and I have not sat down to crunch the numbers, but this is immediately concerning.” He was referring to the very recent discovery of a surplus of enormous proportions held by the UW System. Tuition has continued to steadily increase at all UW campuses, despite this large amount held in reserve. Bezier reassured that in response, “We will fight for a tuition cap, but one that allows [the UW] System to implement its planned pay plan increases for faculty, which are direly needed as they are now 18 percent behind peers in terms of compensation.” When asked about what Student Association can improve upon in the coming semesters, Bezier and Karlstrand both agreed that, “Student Association needs to do a better job reaching students.” While Student Association has recently instated an “Open Forum” during Student Senate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday nights to increase transparency and allow students and community member to make inquiries, comments, and share their opinions with elected student leaders, few students have taken advantage of this opportunity. Karlstrand added that one of his top priorities is getting more students involved with student government, “Student Association is the place to go if students have an issue with something on campus or if they have an idea how to make [things] better.” He is looking forward to working with Bezier in making Student Association’s presence better known on campus. Please see ELECTIONS page 2 While student leaders elected to office are pleased

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College of Science & Health Senators: Nicole Breunig and Laura Juszczyk

College of Business Administration: Jordan Wileman

School of Arts and Communication Senator: Kaylee Otterbacher

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Nobacco passes with students By Rebecca Schnabel Staff Reporter

Serenity Xu, a health conscious freshman is happy to hear of the resolutions passing. “I am so glad we won’t have to breath in secondhand smoke when walking around campus.” She is also excited to consider the environmental impact restricting smoking could have for La Crosse as a whole. Kaela Kucera disagrees with the Nobacco campaign. “If smokers will taker personal responsibility to clean up their cigarette butts, and respect the set limits from the buildings, I see no reason why they cannot continue to smoke on campus.” She is more concerned with the litter caused by smoking then the effects of smoke on an individual’s health. If a smoker is responsible then they have every right to continue their personal habit on campus.

Tricia Fredrickson, a RA in Hutch Hall likewise feels conflicted about the Nobacco campaign. “I like the idea of not having tobacco products on campus, but I don’t see how they will reinforce these new rules when the school could not even enforce the old ones.” Fredrickson does not see the Nobacco being a realistic, lasting solution.

The price is right when It Make$ Cents! By Mariah Johnson Staff Reporter

Living as a college student means being broke a majority of your college carrer. It means that at times, credit card debt is all consuming, budgeting seems impossible and money runs out very quickly. Thankfully, April is Financial Literacy Month. To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, It Make$ Cents created a week of financial fun between April 22 and 29 called “Money Smart Week.” The week was filled with games such as The Price is Right last Monday in Valhalla A. Refreshments were provided and prizes such as a Kindle Fire, Keurig Coffee Maker and gift cards were given away. As students walked up the stairs to Valhalla, they could hear the theme song of the old Bob Barker hosted game show and one student passing by stated that they were waiting for the announcing voice to tell them to “come on down!” Tickets were given to each student that went into the room, and students could earn more tickets by playing games such as “Product Price Match,” “Money Bags” (a bean bag toss) and “Guess that Case.” Each game required the students to answer a set of financial literacy questions before they played, which created an educationally fun expenditure of their time at the event. Amanda Gasper, manager of the It Make$ Cents program, indicated during the event that, “It’s going well. Lots of people have been coming in and out.” According to volunteer freshman Zachary Gearing, The Price is Right Night was “a fun way for people to get out and learn about finances. You win candy and fake money. What more could you ask for?” Tuesday, The Money Machine was set up outside Hoeschler Clock Tower. Students stepped into the machine and grabbed for real cash and tickets for prizes. It Make$ Cents also provided a day to sit down in the Ward Room in Cartwright Center to learn about stress, money and

wellness by professionals from the Wellness Center, IMC and the Counseling and Testing Center. As well as all the great fun of the games during the week, the Cash Cart will be making its way around campus. Students and faculty who answer trivia questions about money and finances correctly could win a ride on the golf cart. Walking will be a distant memory; for five minutes, anyway. Just a year and a half ago, the It Make$ Cents program made its debut. Three peer mentors came together to assist students who had questions concerning finances. The recently hired manager Amanda Gasper would find it encouraging if students really took the time to consider their finances, “The message is how you think is how you live. If you’re not thinking about your finances then you’re not living according to that.” Brittiany Morse, one of the peer mentors, commented, “It’s definitely awesome to see this program unfold.” She also expressed her happiness about how the program started because of the students at UW-La Crosse The most exciting news is that UW-L received a Financial Literacy Award from Scott Walker. Most universities in Wisconsin don’t have a program that allows trained peer mentors to teach financial literacy skills like how to budget, save and invest, deal with credit and avoid identity theft. However, UW-L is lucky to have the It Make$ Cents program which provides information on all of these important skills. Receiving the award gives UW-L great recognition and credibility. The It Make$ Cents program can make a difference and they are trying to reach out to students. The average student graduates with approximately $24,000 of debt according to the program. The peer mentors at It Make$ Cents do not want to see alumni of UW-L falling into the same statistic. If you would like to find out more about It Make$ Cents, visit www.uwlax.edu/itmakescents.

Student Senate elections in From ELECTIONS page 1

with the election results, students on campus reacted to the election results in a myriad of ways. Several anonymous freshmen sheepishly admitted that they did not vote in the online elections this past week, stating that they didn’t even know there was an election on campus. A few older students felt differently, though. Heather Gage, junior, said that she did not vote and did not know many of the candidates. Nevertheless, Gage lamented, “I wish they would’ve advertised more—I would have voted if I knew that the Nobacco referendum was at the same time as Student Association and RHAC elections.” She also stated that she felt the results of the referendum were likely skewed, since she knows many involved with RHAC were proNobacco, supporting a smoke-free campus.

Senior Hannah Mixdorf reported that she felt voter turnout was pretty good, and since it was an online election it should have been “very easy for students to vote.” She indicated that she was confident in the student leadership elected for the coming year. Senior Caleb Colón-Rivera also voted in the campus elections, but noted that he wasn’t really familiar with any of the candidates. “I just clicked through and voted randomly,” he stated. That being said, he added, “I feel like our new leadership will do a good job: they ran for the positions, so clearly they care about it and it’s up to them to make it a good year.”


Thursday, april 25, 2013

Shattering the silence on violence By Tram Tran Staff Reporter

Flyers that read “Shatter the silence. Stop the violence,” are scattered throughout campus to promote Take Back the Night, an event put on by the UW-La Crosse’s Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA) to end violence against people from all walks of life. TBTN originated in 1976 in Belgium and has been making its way across the world as one of the leaders in ending all forms of violence, including sexual abuse and dating and sexual violence. Public speakers attend TBTN events all over the country, even the world, to bring awareness to the subject. The group’s website features chilling stories from women of all ages, from 13-years-old to 55-years-old, telling their stories of assault. From reading the narratives, one can gather that the large majority are from young women in college that have been taken advantage of, but perhaps the

“We know sexual violence doesn’t discriminate, you can be rich or poor, black or white, young or old, male or female. It doesn’t matter.” Euenia Castro WSSA President

most terrifying stories are from the ladies that claimed to know their attackers fairly well and the history they shared with them didn’t matter. They are all survivors getting their stories out there in hopes of preventing others from going through their same experiences. “La Crosse, as well as all other communities, needs to realize the importance of ending acts of violence on campuses,” sophomore Jillian Kozlik said. “Not only against women, but men and children, too.” Euenia Castro, WSSA president, is bringing this issue to light on campus by bringing the event to UW-L. “TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all,” she said. According to Castro, one

The large majority are from young women in college that have been taken advantage of, but perhaps the most terrifying stories are from the ladies that claimed to know their attackers fairly well and the history the shared with them didn’t matter. in six American women will be the victim of either an attempted or completed act of sexual assault in her lifetime. “We know  sexual violence doesn’t discriminate, you can be rich or poor, black or white, young or old, male or female,” Castro stresses, “It doesn’t matter.” WSSA Vice President Raeanna Johnson, Secretary Rob Waara, Treasurer Kelly Farrell and members Nellie Cupp, Chelsea Dalton and Sherri Swan collaborated with other associations on campus, such as UW-L Violence Prevention Office, as well as associations off campus like the La Crosse Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and Western Technical College to make this event possible. This year’s event will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in 1309 Centennial and will feature several great speakers. Tammy Aspeselt, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Coordinator for Gundersen Health Systems, will speak on the myths of sexual assault. Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action at UW-L, will explain on what roles men can play in sexual assault crimes. Finally, Rachel Beauchene, a Violence Prevention Specialist at Western Tech, tells her story on why she speaks out on the cause. “TBTN isn’t necessarily put just on for Women’s Studies students,” Cupp said. “We encourage all of the La  Crosse community to join us.” After the guest speakers, the entire audience is invited to a march through downtown La Crosse, starting at the corner of 16th and Vine and ending at the Riverside Park Bandshell. WSSA has also urged those coming to the event to make posters with “anti-sexual messages and empowering sayings” to carry with during the march. The final hurrah of the night will be at 9 p.m. at the Bandshell, where a candlelight vigil will be held and survivors speak out. Pizza donated by Jeff and Jim’s will be available to all TBTN participants, along with participation bracelets given out by the Hmong Association. Knowing just how many people are affected by sexual violence sparked this idea. Castro hopes that this first event will inspire TBTN to become an annual tradition at UW-L and, with any luck, will spark fundraising ideas as well.

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Letting your denim make a statement By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter

In Italy in 1992, an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by her driver’s education teacher. When she took the case to court, the perpetrator was convicted. However, when the perpetrator appealed the ruling, it was eventually overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the claim was made that the woman’s jeans were so tight the instructor never would have been able to get them off without her help. In an act of protest, the women in Italian Parliament wore jeans to work. This protest spread first to Los Angeles and then throughout the U.S. in the form of Denim Day. Denim Day’s tagline is, “Make a statement with your fashion statement,” and students in Wisconsin are doing just that. For the past few years UW-Madison has been hosting a Denim Day event. On April 27, decorated jeans will be hung up on display. They have guest speakers coming in and plan to host an event to show support for victims. This year, thanks to graduate students

Ryan Nell and Rachel Beauchene of UW-La Crosse and WTC’s Student Affair Administration, both La Crosse schools will be participating in this event. Leading up to the event, the Student Life Office has been collecting jeans from students. On Monday April 22, UW-L students had the

“Every two and a half minutes somewhere in American, someone is sexuall assaulted.” Denimday.org

chance to decorate the jeans in Port O’ Call. Students who attended the event received hot chocolate and snacks. Materials were provided so students could decorate a pair of their own jeans or a provided pair of jeans. Students could decorate in a way that described their own experience with

sexual assault, in a way that would provide support to victims or any way they wanted to support Denim Day. All jeans decorated at this event are being brought to UW-Madison by Beauchene along with the jeans decorated at WTC’s event. “We thought this was a really unique way to raise sexual assault awareness on campus,” Nell said when asked why they wanted to bring this program to campus. In past years, the Student Life office has done a t-shirt clothesline project similar to this one where victims got the chance to share their story by decorating a t-shirt. The office has been looking for a way to show support state wide, which our university is now doing by taking part in Denim Day. “Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted,” Denimday.org reads. That is why the protest of this Italian woman’s situation spread to America. That is why UW-L has taken on the cause. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and to give victims the opportunity to speak out and make a difference.

News-in-brief English Students share research in second annual symposium Students in English 110 and 112 are getting a very thorough educational experience while taking their first college writing course at UW-La Crosse. The university’s English department has put together a symposium gathering students enrolled in English 110 and 112 classes to present the research papers they have worked on throughout the semester. Though taking a college writing course for the first time can be both intimidating and challenging, many UW-L students are open to mastering their writing abilities while learning essential research skills. According to Darci Thoune, English professor, the symposium was created to open a forum that invites students to share the good work that is taking place within the department that may otherwise be invisible. Beginning just last year, the symposium allows a “unique opportunity [for students] to present [their] work to larger audiences of students who are working on similar kinds of research projects,” said Thoune. Presentations will be held at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1

p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Based on last year’s event, Thoune says student indicated “that students who participated in the CWS felt that the experience was exciting,” and that many of them “felt supported and the feedback they received was useful in their development as both writers and thinkers.” UW-L’s English department boasts about providing “a rewarding life by enhancing [students’] abilities to read, think and write effectively and passionately about the texts and ideas that shape our world.” By providing a symposium like this, students are driven to look deeper into the issues invading our world—an approach that is essential as students are developing their critical thinking abilities. Thoune added that, “Engaging in and writing about research is one way to move towards this goal—wrestling with the connections and intersections between your ideas and the ideas of others is a crucial part of becoming a more critical thinking.”

Gun on campus causes scare From GUN page 1

Later that day an informational meeting was held in the Cartwright Center’s Ward Room. Chancellor Joe Gow, Chief Rohde and Vice Chancellor Paula Knudson took turns talking about the days events and answering whatever questions they could. Gow spoke of how “unsettling” the incident was but that ultimately Campus police handled the situation professionally.

“The police did a fanatastic job, they deserve an incredible thank you.” Joe Gow Chancellor of UW-La Crosse

“The Police did a fantastic job.” Said Gow. Knudson continued that the “police deserve an incredible thank you.” Some students agree. “There was nothing else they could have done” said UW-L senior Dan Walker. “I feel pretty safe despite the incident” sophomore Baily Alston said. She noted that this is the worst that has ever happened here. One issue raised by several students and some faculty at the meeting was that of communication. “I think it was kept very hush hush,” says freshman Claire Gordee who notes that she didn’t even hear about it till 10 a.m., well after the entire incident was over. Which is why Chief Rohde spoke at some length during

the meeting about dispelling rumors. “It’s very common that misinformation that gets started,” he said. The phones in the police station had been “ringing off the hook.” Between the time a call reached the authorities that an armed individual had been spotted on campus to the time the suspect was apprehended totaled less than ten minutes. By the time anyone was able to alert the student body to the threat it was already over. Yet in that short time that the young man was on the loose he was able to make his way into Cowley hall, and to many students and faculty’s surprise, into a classroom. “I was shocked that he went into a building.” Said Crystal Kelleher, a UW-L junior. She continued that she would have that such an occurrence would have resulted in a campus wide lockdown. A lockdown was addressed during the meeting. Chief Rohde and Chancellor Gow agreed that a lockdown would be a very difficult feet on such an open campus as UW-L. UW-L Junior Kevin McMillen understands. “There is no control over that,” he says. “There are crazy people everywhere.” He continued to say that if anything, this threat makes the epidemic of school violence all more real. The one thing he hopes the administration takes away from this is broadening the channels of communication. He suggested making everyone on campus more aware of what they should do in situations like this. Several days after the incident the young man’s fate still hangs in limbo and life on campus has returned to normal. It seems that the entire campus took Vice Chancellor Knudson advice and, “[took] a deep breath.”


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Education or experience By Casey Seneczko Senior Reporter

In a recent article, I stated my feelings toward my choice in university. But unspoken certainty lies in the question: why did I choose college entirely over the school of hard-knocks. Why are we here? Often times, students choose to go to college for security in a career post-graduation. But that seems to be a rapidly declining reason. More than half of the nation’s colleges and universities are facing a decline in enrollment in 2013. The effects of the economic depression in 2008 have lowered the average family income and in turn have led to a lowered enrollment rate at universities and college. UW-La Crosse is facing this problem. With tuition prices increasing each year, outstanding student loans have hit over 40 perecent of students deterring admissions and full-time students to a career before college. That said, what are the reasons students are choosing a college education, considering? Senior Colleen Huibregtse shared her opinions with The Racquet. “I wanted to be independent; I wanted dorm life; I wanted responsibility; I wanted to meet to new people. Mostly, I wanted the experience.” Concurrently Braden Schrupp,

senior also said “I came to college far more for the experience than the education, which is entirely backwards.” Without inhibitions, we lose the sense of academia and move so far toward the sole dialectic of involvement, people and experience rather than grades. But when those four to six years (depending) ends, you can’t pay for rent with

“I wanted to be independent; I wanted dorm life; I wanted responsibility; I wanted to meet new people. Mostly, I wanted the experience.” Colleen Huibregtse UW-L Senior nostalgia. Melissa Bowman, Senior, told The Racquet “I was forced to come.” Simply put. While Melissa was obligated to college admission, many students are forced to stay picking up credits, investing in their future, indebted to the lack of jobs our nation currently has to offer. We all know that the job market for college graduates isn’t promising but somehow we make it work, with the help of our parent’s basements and the floors of our friends.

Gunman shakes students up By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter

It’s been a tough four months for our country, there’s no denying that. Facing tragedy after tragedy has left me cautiously checking the news each day, praying there’s nothing new. But then a potential catastrophe hit campus on Thursday, April 18. Thinking back on the events of Thursday there are many things that I am grateful for. At

Imagine being a professor in Cowley and not realizing a student had just walked past your classroom with a gun until your next class of students comes in and informs you. 8:58 a.m. University Police received a report that a student was walking around between Murphy and Cowley with a cased gun. This was immediately reported to administrators and campus police were dispatched to find the student. The student walked into Cowley with the gun. He soon exited Cowley and was confronted by an officer. Only 5-10 minutes passed from the time administration was alerted of the situation to the time the student was apprehended. I am extremely grateful that our campus security acted so quickly. After apprehension the student cooperated fully with campus police. There were no additional weapons found on him. The gun he had with him, an 870 pump shotgun, was not loaded and the student had no ammo on his person. Police Chief Scott Rhode, who questioned the student, said that the student seemed confused and irrational, but was no specific threat to anyone in Cowley. It is such a relief that while this student was clearly struggling psychologically, the students and staff on campus were not in eminent danger.

Following the apprehension of the student campus police did a secondary search of Cowley and the surrounding area to ensure the student had left no additional weapons or anything unusual on campus. During this sweep some staff members teaching classes on the first floor of Cowley were informed of the situation, while others complain that they were never made aware. Campus police say that their resources were being utilized searching the student’s apartment and checking on his roommate as well as searching the entire area where the student had been. Even with help from the La Crosse Police Department, Chief Rhode said officers were stretched too thin to ensure that every staff member was informed of the situation. Imagine being a professor in Cowley and not realizing a student had just walked past your classroom with a gun until your next class of students comes in and informs you. A professor who does not know what’s going on cannot lock down their classroom. While it is miraculous that the student was apprehended within minutes of entering Cowley Hall, when the student was first reported to be wondering around near Cowley with a gun no one knew they would be apprehended so quickly. No one knew, either, that the student’s gun was unloaded. While there are many things that need to be taken care of in a situation like this, informing staff members in the building should have been high priority so classrooms could have been locked and potential damage could have been minimized. Those few minutes between the time the student was sighted and the time he was caught could have been spent immediately putting Cowley on lockdown. Even though tragedy is spreading throughout the country, no one ever thinks it can hit home until it does. We are lucky that we have University Police who can handle the situations thrown their way. While the situation was scary and shook many of us up, if it can be used to improve how a situation like this is handled in the future, then something good has come from it.

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No matter where my liberal arts degree takes me, holding less favorable weight than a brain surgeon, it’s a degree nonetheless, and to me, that makes a difference on multiple levels. I probably won’t end up with a job in my field immediately I graduate and that’s the reality of it; I’ll post up as a barista or a bartender, refill medical intern’s cups and pray for the best. Cynically, I would ask, was it worth my time? But I’m 21. I’ve got a whole life ahead of me to figure that out. A higher education may have not been the choice for some, respectfully. But, I never saw myself doing anything other than college. I envisioned my life through the eyes of Reese Witherspoon, Nick Cannon, and John Belushi chanting ‘We are Marshall.’ And now that I’m here, I couldn’t picture myself having done something different, regardless if Will Ferrell made an appearance running down Badger Street or not. But as it comes to a close, I’m still left with this question: why was I here in the first place? It was for job security, sure—but even then, in this economy... It was for the good times and memories— absolutely, but you can make memories anywhere. Because you were forced to—well you’re here. But ultimately, the real answer is the boobs and the hot wings.

LAX squirrels exposed By Jordan Batchelor Staff Reporter

Have you ‘liked’ the group LAX Rats? How about LAX Vole or Hamster? No? That’s because they don’t exist. And why should they? The Rodentia (rodent) isn’t exactly the most empathetic character. Whether it’s the hairless tail or their sly, mercurial nature, our repulsion of rodents is hardwired into us. Where large groups of people sprout, rodents swarm. I assume everyone has a basic understanding of the Bubonic Plague, sometimes called the Black Death. It grotesquely erased Europe of about one hundred million people midway through the 14th century—in large part due to Rodentia Rattus, the rat. It played a huge role in the spread and proliferation of the bubonic bacterium throughout all areas surrounding the Mediterranean. So, it must be asked. Why in the world is there a Facebook group dedicated to any rodent? In case you were wondering, yes, squirrels are rodents. There are dozens of subfamilies, categories and minute differences between species. However, the gray squirrel, fox squirrel, red squirrel and flying squirrel are the species found in Wisconsin—the gray and fox being the most common. These squirrels have become so familiar with humans that they’ve generated much student-interest here at UW-L. “[LAX Squirrels] was created only a few weeks ago,” says an anonymous freshman male and founder of LAX Squirrels. “Honestly, I was expecting the page to have over ten hundred ‘likes’ by now, but I am still very glad that it’s near 850.” Perhaps a little overly optimistic. But still, the 841 ‘likes’ ‘Squirrels has accumulated over a mere three and a half weeks is pretty impressive. How does this sort of thing come about? Where does one find the muse for such an oddball adventure? “I was touring UW-L one fine summer’s day after my junior year of high school,” notes the founder. “When I noticed a bush rustle in the distance and out burst the most beautiful rodent my eyes had ever beheld; I figured, if this college can bring this much joy to the squirrels, it will make me a happy man if I attend here.” Out of the humble beginnings of a still pubescent young man perusing the gentle wildlife of La Crosse campus an idea was born. The LAX Squirrels Facebook page is littered with images of cute little creatures climbing trees, clenching to bits of discarded food atop trashcans and even chasing one another like kids on a playground. Basically what you would expect from a group about squirrels. I guess I get it. I mean, I have occasionally noticed the rambunctiousness of the usually skittish species while walking to class. But that’s about as far as my curiosity reaches. It will take the boldness and tenacity of a freshman squirrel enthusiast to properly collect the masses into one cohesive community. If you look hard enough, “You can see me, sometimes dressed like Steve Irwin, chasing after squirrels with my phone, trying to take pictures of them,” the anonymous male adds. A young Steve Irwin chasing squirrels around campus? In case there were any questions, he is single.


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Prioritizing registration By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

Registration for next school year has arrived! Students at UW-La Crosse are quickly scrambling to choose the perfect classes in order to create their ideal schedule. Many times, this process can become extremely stressful and nerve racking, as there is always suspense of not knowing whether or not certain classes will be open by a set date. All students are assigned different times and dates which signifies the beginning of their opportunity to enroll. Most students understand that this order is based off number of credits, with the most amount of credit holders receiving top priority. This process seems fair, but the uncommonly known aspect involves selective student organizations having top priority as well. Currently at UW-L, Vanguards receive priority in scheduling for classes over other students. This is due to their strict schedule and needed availability at specific hours of the day. Vanguards are vital to the promotion of UW-L through their efforts and representation of our campus. They are instrumental to campus tours, freshman registration, high school fairs and other programs. It is obvious Vanguards are quality students who represent our school in a positive way. Although they may be crucial to ensuring the success and growth of UW-L, their privileges in class registration is controversial among other students. Those who are not Vanguards analyze this system and contemplate the fairness. Freshman, Nate Toliver, considers the amount of preliminary work necessary to receive registration priority. He states, “There are people who did extra work through AP courses to be ahead, it doesn't make sense that Vanguards should receive priority if they did not work as hard as those other students. Order of registration should be based on academic merit, not other activities.” Students who put forth necessary work have earned early registration, and should not be surpassed by individuals who did not expend the same effort. This rule seems unfair to those students who are not as involved in certain organizations on campus.

Vanguards are the primary student organization who receive registration priority, but other groups such as athletes and veterans have been considered for this privilege as well. If athletes and veterans were to be allowed to register early, this would be extremely unjust to the rest of the student body. Since there are many people involved in athletics, those who are less involved would be at a huge disadvantage, and not have the same opportunities. Extracurricular activities are not required. Students decide to be a part of certain organizations, and should not receive academic benefits for joining. One group of students that may be eligible for early scheduling are those who use the disability office. Sophomore, Karley Clayton, stated, “Students who use the disability office should receive priority as well, to make sure their schedule coordinates with the resources they need.” Aside from this selective group, all students at UW-L should enroll for classes solely based on their credits and academic achievements. In my opinion, everyone is involved in some

“Students who use the disability office should receive priority as well, to make sure their schedule coordinates with the resources they need.” Karley Clayton UW-L Sophomore activity or additional obligation which consumes a great amount of their time. Despite the responsibilities and expectations of Vanguards, it is unfair that they receive priority in registration. Vanguard is a volunteer organization, therefore if students believe they are unable to schedule their appropriate classes and take on this responsibility, they should not apply. Everyone must have an equal opportunity to receive their ideal schedule, and it is unfair for certain organizations to have special privileges.

Affirming affirmative action By Laura Abellera Staff Reporter

Nationally, affirmative action has been an extremely heated and contentious issue for decades since its ideological conception during the Kennedy administration. Since that time, it has become an exhaustively debated and increasingly misunderstood issue in this country. Last week, while our campus graciously hosted the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, I attended two political science presentations on affirmative action. Both research topics were in support of eliminating affirmative action practices in higher education admissions, with the second focusing on the current Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas. The latter presentation on Fisher was such a popular choice for student attendance that many people stood in the back of the room without seats and the discussion had to be cut short due to time constraints. The presenter generated a lively debate following his presentation, sparking a focused interest in Texas’ “10 percent rule,” a directive that automatically admitted students in the top 10 percent of area high schools. The presenter touted the success of this “10 percent rule” in increasing diversity at the University in the absence of affirmative action practices. Of particular interest is a study that emerged from Princeton in 2004, which highlights the abhorrent reasons behind the superficial “success” of Texas’ “10 percent rule.” The increase in student diversity through the implementation of the rule was effective only because of the segregated high schools present in the state. This fact alone provides overarching evidence for a needed continuance of affirmative action, and the necessity of the ideological blueprint it provides to areas of the country that obviously harbor ongoing issues of racial discrimination. In speaking with the current Chair of the State Council on Affirmative Action, Dr. James Parker, he continuously made clear to me that, “the concept and practice of Affirmative Action in Wisconsin and generally nationwide, is applied to employment in the form of equal employment opportunity.” It’s important to remember that in practical application, affirmative

action “is voluntary and is an effort to insure impartial, not preferential, consideration for all citizens,” relays Dr. Parker. I think the misconception I hear most often is a misunderstanding of Dr. Parker’s statement, when people wrongly conclude that affirmative action results in “reverse discrimination.” This misguided concept of “reverse discrimination” conveniently ignores the extensive historical record of racial discrimination in America, which created the necessity of affirmative action in promoting equitability in hiring and employment practices to combat unconscious and

“The concept and practice of Affirmative Action in Wisconsin, and generally nationwide, is applied to employment in the form of equal employment opportunity.” Dr. James Parker Chair of the State Council on Affirmative Action

conscious biases in these areas. I believe the key to affirmative action and its continued application is accountability. The underlying issue of racial discrimination is something many students and employees deal with regularly and UW-L student Marvin Labre says, “We’re far from being done” correcting this. It is impossible as well as incongruous to ignore the historical record of racial discrimination when examining an issue like affirmative action, and it continues to be clear that certain areas of our society require a consistent reminder of what is fair and what is just. Some institutions have failed at impartiality and objectivity thus far, evidenced by indisputable existing racial discrimination in the mass incarceration system as well as in the previously mentioned segregated high schools located in areas of Texas. Although I do concede marked improvement in the last decade, I have higher expectations for the United States and I have higher expectations for my current peers and future colleagues to continue to work toward a truly equitable society.

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The infamous all nighter By Alan Voy Senior Reporter

All-nighters are no stranger to me; over the past semester I’ve pulled two. But as my friend Joe said, “If you’re staying up to screw around, go for it, but if you’re trying to study or do homework there’s a point where you just can’t concentrate or do good work and it’d just be better to go to bed.” I tend to agree, I usually pull my allnighters right before the weekends, when I know I’ll have time for a nap and I don’t have as much work to do. Many of the people I talked to expressed similar opinions about the consequences of all-nighters, Veronica noted, “It throws your sleep schedule off.” Brandon said, “Any work you try to finish during an all-nighter probably won’t be quality enough to turn in.” With all this negative stigma I’m going to defend all-nighters as a reclaiming of that quarter to a third of life spent unconscious. Many students spend a healthy eight hours sleeping, and that means a third of their day is spent in dreamland. When pulling an all-nighter, I may work on about two or three hours of homework, and afterwards, I have another five hours of reclaimed time in which I could be playing video games and drinking milkshakes. I can walk to Kwik Trip and buy some doughnuts or whatever would make the night better. The best all-nighters are

group endeavors; I don’t mean the massive parties that take place on Vine Street. I just mean three or four people who stay up cause they can, shooting each other up in a video game or laughing at a movie that’s only funny at 3 a.m. If you and your friends really love your movies and television shows, there is no better time to have a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings marathon than an all-nighter. Or if you simply need to catch up on a How I Met Your Mother, here’s your opportunity. Even board and card games like Apples to Apples take on new life in the early hours of the morning. For the more mundane among you just walking around town during the early morning is refreshing now that the snow is gone. There’s no traffic, no noise. if ever you need a moment that is truly peaceful you will find it early in the morning. Reading a book nonstop through the night is one of the best ways to spend an allnighter if you’re a little nerdy like I am. We’re young now and we have then energy and the ability to pull the occasional all-nighter for fun. I do agree with Joe that if you’re pulling the all-nighter in an attempt to get work done you will have terrible results. However, in a world where school, work and sleep have taken all your time, I believe that all-nighters are a perfect way to reclaim some time for all the fun you’ve been meaning to have in college.

Canceled class conundrum By Matthew Leitner Staff Reporter

Getting a class canceled occasionally for a random reason is one of the nicest and luxurious events that could ever happen to a tired college student. Knowing that the amount of working or studying for the day has just been significantly reduced is extremely relieving. However, showing up to class and waiting in the room for the professor for fifteen minutes before realizing he/she isn’t coming can be one of the most frustrating things ever. Unless an important test or quiz is coming up in the class, a day off is never a bad thing. By all means though, if there’s an important assignment near, I do not want my class to be cancelled. But when a class is canceled, whether the professor is sick, delayed or taking care of family business, I want to know about it. A lot of professors are good about relaying information to their students and warning them that there will be no class. But some of them turn into absolute invisible, nowhere-to-be-found ghosts when they know that they won’t make it to class. It almost seems like these professors don’t really care to inform the students that class is cancelled. When professors don’t let the class know that the lecture is canceled “it can be absolutely frustrating,” freshman Tony Dallman said. “It just seems unprofessional when they do that.” Students have to inform their professors days ahead of time if they know they won’t make it to class, and if they aren’t feeling well and miss class at the last minute, the students have to make up what they missed. It’s such a double standard that professors can miss a class, completely blow off their students, and only suffer groans and grumbles from annoyed students.

“I just don’t think it shows much professionalism or care for their students when a professor does that,” Dallman said. “But if a professor emails the students to warn them that class is cancelled and I just don’t see it, that one’s my fault,” freshmen Jake Redmond said. The professors that send out a warning email are exceptionally considerate. All it takes is a little communication and students are extremely appreciative of it. Still, when an email is sent out ten or twenty minutes before class is supposed to begin, that doesn’t help much. “I think that a professor really needs to send out an email

Unless an important test or quiz is coming up in the class, a day off is never a bad thing. and hour or so before class begins,” Redmond said. “I don’t check my email before every class to see if it’s canceled. I need more of a heads-up than that.” It’s not that students get dangerously angry or twitchcausing frustrated, it’s just a nuisance when we expect class to be on, and it’s not. If I didn’t take the ten minutes to walk to class, ten minutes to realize that the professor might not be coming, and then ten more minutes to walk back to my dorm I could’ve had an extra half hour of deep sleep (that I so desperately need at this point) or I could’ve used that time to study or do other homework. I don’t mind if class is cancelled. I don’t mind if it is canceled, then back on, then cancelled again. As long as the professor informs me as to what is going on I feel like the professor cares about me and the class, and that they want to be in good standing with their students. The worst professor is the one that doesn’t communicate.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Off Pitch is on the mark VH1 cast comes to La Crosse By Brianna Bennett Staff Reporter

Do you ever flip to the latest season of Real World on MTV and think to yourself, “I can’t relate to these characters?” Could you relate to characters from your own community? This question can now be answered as local show choir members represent La Crosse, Wisconsin on national television. The show ironically dubbed Off Pitch is presented as an unscripted reality show based off of the infamous Glee with a comedic undertone that highlights individuality and quirkiness. VH1 chose to document the Grand River Singers, an alladult community show choir, which airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. Yes people, that does coincide with Duck Dynasty, but we can make it work! If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a performance by the Grand River Singers, here is a great opportunity that is paired with consistent shots of local attractions and landmarks. There will also be hilarious commentary from the choir

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founders Rob and Tim who have no filter and very strong opinions about their members. Although the choir is described as “all-adult”

to chat with him and fellow cast-members just hours before the show’s premiere on VH1. Although nerves seemed high, all castmembers could agree that they were absolutely overjoyed to finally see it all come together on screen. When asked why UW-La Crosse students should watch Off Pitch, Brown and company replied enthusiastically “because it’s hilarious, it’s relatable, and it is a representation of the city you all live in!” That sold me, and I was able to watch the premiere. The words that came to mind after viewing were quirky, colorful and downright fun. A take-away point from the show is that if you can’t laugh at yourself, you are doing something wrong. In the midst of darker times both literally and in terms of recent events creating an over-all feeling of sadness, a show like “Off tvlistings.zap2it.com Pitch” could be the needed upbeat half hour amidst a busy week. In fact, the New the mean age of the singers is definitely early York Times stated that the show Off-Pitch is 20’s with multiple members from Viterbo on track. That’s not a bad review to start off University and UW-La Crosse. Our very own with, and I think the cast would agree. Check Jon Brown will be representing Eagle Pride as it out for yourself on VH1, Wednesday nights a member of the cast. I had the opportunity at 9 p.m.

May is almost here and spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and everyone is outside enjoying the weather. That might be the situation in another state, but in Wisconsin that is FAR from the truth. The funny thing is that I wrote a similar article a little over two months ago and now I am covering the weather again. That being said it is time to check the forecasts, grab your umbrellas and boots, and be wary of the weather in this week’s installment of Facepalm! To start, let us go back two months to when I first talked about the weather this semester. Quoting that article: “One day it’s snowing, another day it’s raining, and then another day it’s snowing, raining, and windy all in the same day.” Sounds pretty familiar, does it not? To top it off, we even had HAIL a few weeks ago. Now rain and wind are pretty natural during the springtime, but snow and hail? Well, to be honest that is not so far-fetched considering we live in Wisconsin. Like I said last time, we have had freak blizzards out of nowhere even in June, so no one should forget Wisconsin’s other nickname for spring: second winter. Now am I completely mad with the weather lately? No. In general it has been getting warmer outside and it is refreshing to not see snow on the ground even with halfdead grass fields, barren trees and large areas of mud as far as the eye can see. I can wear shorts outside without getting weird looks since it is warmer and that is more accepted

by the general student body. My excuse is that I am “temperature tolerant” thanks to years of marching band practice in every kind of weather imaginable minus tornadoes. I do not mind the occasional rain either because that means I get to carry around my awesome broadsword hilt umbrella. What is better

In general it has been getting warmer outside and it is refreshing to not see snow on the ground even with halfdead grass fields, barren trees and large areas of mud as far as the eye can see. than staying dry AND looking awesome at the same time? Well, better weather is… but that really is not the point I am trying to make here. That being said, I really wish I did not own only low-top shoes because we have some pretty daunting pools of water around campus every once in a while. One step and SPLOOSH! That right sock and foot are not so dry anymore. There is a literal ray of sunshine though at the end of all of this. You can expect to see some warmer temperatures in the 50s and sunshine on the weekend that this article is published, so that is definitely something to look forward to. We might not be dealing with the best April weather right now, but May is almost here and the good weather is just on the horizon. Just make sure to stay dry and do not blow away before the good weather is here or you might just have your own Facepalm moment.

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Preparing for summer

‘Springtime’ weather meltdown

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With the spring we’ve had, it’s hard to believe summer is quickly approaching. If the weather is any indication, summer will hit us around late fall. Unlike this cold spell, we know that the semester will come to an end very soon. It’s both exciting and daunting to know that this college year is closing so quickly. Many of us know we will be working or interning throughout the summer to save up some money for the upcoming school year. Whether you live in a dorm, house or apartment, there is a good chance you will be temporarily relocating for the summer. If you’re going back home or moving into a new place of your own, it’s not a bad idea to start packing up. Not every last item but perhaps boots and wintery clothes. Then again, this is Wisconsin; there are probably many things that you can ask yourself, “Will I use this in these next couple of weeks?” If you pack up a few things like shoes, dishes, extra towels, clothes, etc., then great! You’re already further than many! This leaves less to pack up when it’s really crunch time. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by having to pack up all of your possessions when exams, presentations and papers are looming. After you gather a few things and stuff them into a duffle bag or trash bag, you can just label with some masking tape and set them aside. Even better, if you have a small accumulation (and your next living arrangement isn’t too far away), you may consider a trip on the weekend. Depending on how much of your stuff you have to move,

splitting up the transportation of items may make for a less congested car ride. It’s a lot easier taking two separate trips and it makes packing and unpacking less of a hassle. Along with moving your items to a new (or old) place comes settling into your new place. After spending two semesters in La Crosse, there are a few things you may want to have organized before arriving to a different city. Maybe you have a job in La Crosse already with a job over the summer and you are awaiting the new school year. However, many of us are anticipating something new and a change of pace for a summer. I sincerely hope you have your living arrangements set up for the summer—that’s a big one. If not, good luck to you. Next on the list is having a job or

It’s both exciting and daunting to know that this college year is closing so quickly. internship over the summer. At the very least, spend your few months off volunteering. Hopefully there is an old job waiting for you back home, otherwise start applying! Time is really flying by and us college kids need the money and the experience gained through this type of commitment. As the end of the semester is near, let’s also celebrate the successful school year at UW-La Crosse. Not everyone’s campus is as outstanding as ours! Don’t procrastinate in these upcoming weeks. You’ll be thankful and less stressed if you stay on top of your summer preparations. Stay focused and finish strong!

Hair scare? All about the latest trends- with guys perspectives! By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter

Intensely teased or stick-straight, poofed or U-curled, super long or a pixie cut – like clothing hairstyles also go through some major trends. While what you choose to do with your hair should really be based on personal preference, this week I’ve round up some of the hottest recent hair trends for women, as well as some up-and-coming trends We’ll start with the sock or “ballerina” bun; you used to need an actual sock to roll your hair around to create this high, sophisticated tight-bun look. We now have products like “Hot Buns” that are basically the same as a sock bun, but with more of a soft plastic mesh type of styling solution in place of the sock. Men had mixed emotions on this hairstyle; the words “donut” and “dinner roll” frequently came up. Senior Nicholas Larson, who’s majoring in Computer Science says the sock bun is okay, and that it reminds him “of Padme from Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. While sock buns are having a moment now, the ever-popular messy bun will probably be replacing much of the “hot” bun hype for spring and fall 2013. I heard many girls bash “ombre” hair, then only weeks later they’d be sporting this gradual fade (from light to dark or dark to light) color look. The main argument I heard from females when this trend first came out was that it looks like you just got lazy and stopped getting your roots touched up. Well, guess what? If you go to

a salon where they are familiar with ombre hair coloring, that’s not going to be an issue. Ombre goes wrong when there is a blunt, drastic change from brown to blonde. A good ombre hairdo has the ability to look almost natural, fading little by little to the second color tone. Or, if you chose a color in the same color family (light to

Professional Communication, said he loved the hairdo, adding “It looks like a normal hairstyle with an extra ‘kick.” Finally, “Skrillex” hair, or the half-shaved head look. This can have variations as well, ranging from a small undercut to literally half the head of hair being shaved. Personally, I think you need the right style and attitude to rock this edgy look. When everyone started doing it, it lost its spark with many people. However, there are certain girls who can still pull it off like it’s nobody’s business. I do believe we’ve seen this trend peak though, so the likelihood of seeing several Skrillex-esque do’s each day is slowly dwindling. While some men agreed that it depends on the person donning the do’, the majority of males I asked were not fans of this hairstyle. In fact, one guy had the motto, “Shave it all freckledfox.com, discountbeautycenter.com, themidwasteland.com or save it all”. So what other hair trends should you dark blonde, light brown to dark brown) it will look for this spring? A classic low ponytail is also look more natural. My beauty and fashion simple and easy to do, and was seen on many of the spring runways so it’s sure to be a favorite. Keep your eyes out for a modern twist on the Men had mixed emotions on the [sock 60’s bouffant, characterized by hair piled high on head and hanging down on the sides (think bun/ballerina bun] hairstyle; the words the Lana Del Rey). Thick and blunt fringe bangs will ‘doughnut’ and ‘dinner roll’ frequently also be super popular for spring and even fall of 2013. And get ready for the return of hippy came up. and pinup-style hair wraps. Unlike a normal headband, these are actual scarves or longer icon Lauren Conrad’s ombre hairstyle is flawless. pieces of cloth. They are tied around the head in And here’s the funny thing – although many various ways depending on the look you’re going were confused by the name of this hairstyle, men for, but they are characteristically pretty thick in LOVE IT! Fifth year student Alex Riley, who’s width, covering more hair than the traditional majoring in German and Organizational and headband. Happy styling!

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2013 Packers schedule released with no breaks By Greg Nickel Staff Reporter

Thursday, April 18 marked one of the days in the offseason that NFL fans drool over. The NFL released the game schedule for the 2013-14 season. So, as an NFL nut, I sprang to my

computer to feast my eyes upon the Green Bay Packers’ opponents for the upcoming year. It can quickly be deduced that the Packers were given no breaks in this schedule. The Packers will have to find a way to play better on the road this coming season than they did last season (going 4-4 on the road). Tough road games for the Packers in 2013 include games at San Francisco, Cincinnati, Baltimore and the N.Y. Giants. Plus, they’ll obviously have the normal division opponents as well as a December road game in Dallas. Other highlights of the schedule include a Thanksgiving game in Detroit and Atlanta and Washington at home. The Packers will have to fix some of their glaring problems from last season if they want to make a run at the Lombardi trophy in 2013. They’ll face some good pass-rush on the road in teams like San Francisco, Baltimore and the Giants. They’ll have to sure up their protection in noisy opposition’s stadiums if they have any hope to win these tough games. Also, Green Bay will have to find some type of balance in their offense as they face no shortage of formidable defenses. Yes, the Packers 2013 schedule is pretty tough, but they have the ability to be successful. They’ll have to win the games they’re supposed to win (Cleveland at home), and win some games they’ll be picked to lose (@ San Franciscon, @ Baltimore). Nonetheless, the schedule has been released, and NFL fans are one step closer to the start of a new season.

Player profile Baseball player gives inside look on his life By Mandy Rice Staff Reporter

Name: Adam Cordova Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Baseball highlights (awards/ accomplishments throughout career): 1st Team All-WIAC as sophomore; Honorable Mention All-WIAC, Academic All-District as junior; 3-time WIAC Position Player of the Week Major/Minor: Physical Therapy Graduate Student Three words to describe me are: Dedicated, leader, humbled I got my start in baseball: when I was 4 years old in Tee Ball I wish I could play: the drums My most memorable moments in baseball: Winning the WIAC tournament in 2012, most fun stretch of baseball of my career What I like about competing in college sports: Being the guy to come through in clutch moments; winning I enjoy baseball because: Hitting a round ball with a round bat is the most difficult task in all of sports so the challenge is what keeps me going everyday Advice: Never give up on your dreams My role model is: Brett Favre....the guy was just a machine and never gave up at being a QB despite the doubters when he was young

Most inspirational teammate: Kevin Johnson, the guy finds a way to get it done. My family also includes: Father, Ed; Mother, Julie; Brother, Alex who is a true freshman here on the baseball team Words to live by: Never Hesitate Favorite athlete: Ryan Braun Favorite team: Green Bay Packers Favorite opponent: UW-Whitewater; love to grind out games with another talented team Favorite facility/site to compete: North Campus Field Favorite TV show: Sportscenter Favorite food: Subway Favorite fast food place/restaurant: Subway Favorite sport on TV: Baseball Favorite place to visit: Mexico I want to visit: Fenway Park Top five songs on my iPod: 1- Up Up and Away, Kid Cudi 2- Shine On, Florida Georgia Line 3- Honey Bee, Blake Shelton 4-Till I Collapse, Eminem 5- Starship, Nicki Minaj Favorite website: espn.com I drive: G6 Dream car: Dodge Ram I can’t live without: Food If I could change anything: Wisconsin Spring weather I wish I could meet: Brett Favre Dream date: J-Lo Dream gift: Ton of money My perfect day would be: On the baseball field, 85° and sunny Why I love UW-LaCrosse: Great atmosphere and friends Hobbies: Hunting/Ice Fishing Post-College Plans: Get a Job as a Physical Therapist and do work

Vitamin D your diet Even though it’s cloudy, add some vitamin this spring By Kaitlin Daigle Staff Reporter

As many of you may already know, Vitamin D is naturally made in your body when it’s exposed to the sun. However, since sunshine seems to have become a rarity in these early spring months in the state of Wisconsin, we must seek out our recommended dose of Vitamin D from other sources. It is vital for the overall health of our bodies, namely our bones. So, if you aren’t currently taking a Vitamin D supplement or multivitamin containing Vitamin D, you should consider it. However, you also should make sure that you’re incorporating foods rich in Vitamin D into your diet. These include: fish, fortified cereals, ham and salami, fortified dairy products, eggs and mushrooms. Below are recipes for suggestions on how to incorporate these foods into your diet.

Ham, Mushroom and Swiss Coffee Cup Scrambler • 1 egg • 1 tablespoon water • ¼ cup chopped mushrooms • 1 thin slice deli ham, chopped shredded Swiss cheese

Spray a microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. Add egg, water, mushrooms and ham. Beat until blended. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave until egg is almost set, 30-45 more seconds. Season with salt and pepper and top with cheese. Serve.

• 4 cups vegetable oil • 1 cup instant wild rice • ¾ cup reduced fat sour cream Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery and carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softened. Stir in flour, salt and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add white wine and thyme. Increase heat to medium high and cook for 2 more minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook fro 5-7 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in

Yogurt and Berry Parfaits

• 1 cup Greek yogurt • 4 teaspoons honey • 2 ¼ cups strawberries, sliced • 1 cup blueberries chopped walnuts, toasted Stir honey into 1 cup of yogurt. Spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt into 4 bowls. Layer each portion with ½ cup strawberries, 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture, ¼ cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture and remaining ¼ cup strawberries. Finish with remaining 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts.

Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 lb. white or cremini mushrooms, sliced • 1 cup celery, chopped • 1 cup carrots, chopped • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • salt and pepper to taste • 1/3 cup white wine • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

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Oh So Chocolately Chocolate Milkshake • 1 cup low-fat chocolate frozen yogurt • 1 cup skim milk • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 tablespoon agave syrup • Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide between 2 tall glasses. Drink with a straw.

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+/- Props to eating out. Drops to terrible service. - - -Drops to telling someone to look at Craigslist personals as a joke. Scarred for life. +++ Props to free drinks from a highly respectable person.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

+/- Props to having my dog up for the weekend. Drops to having to get up at 5:45 a.m. to walk her. Twice. - - - Drops that professors take forever to get the semester rolling, only to have tons of projects, exams, and papers due at the end of the semester.

- - - Drops to postponing a Friday track meet to Sunday because of snow. Double drops to it snowing on Sunday, too.

- - - Drops to group members who don’t pull their weight.

+++ Props to the weather finally getting in the 50’s. Drops to so much precipitation.

- - -Drops to cars who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Double drops of this happens when it’s raining.

- - - Drops to trench coats.

+/- Props to T.J. Maxx. Drops to not finding anything good.

+++ Props to seeing three guys all trying to walk under one golf umbrella.

- - - Drops to not getting a summer job yet.

+/- Props to my receipt coming to $7.77. Drops that when I walked out, I realized I locked my keys in the car.

+++ Props to laughing so hard I cried. Burned a lot of calories.

+++ Props to Enrique Iglesias.

- - - Drops to dirty dishes. Double drops to a week’s worth of dirty dishes.

- - - Drops to eating a hamburger that was actually a lamb burger.

+++ Props to the Editor-in-Chief having an awesome sense of humor.

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Can you ken-ken? Celebrity of the week! Enrique Iglesias Singer/songwriter Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler was born on May 8, 1975 in Madrid, Spain. Residence; Miami, Florida Favorite Foods: Anything Cuban, Pizza, Burgers, fries Favorite Sport: Windsurfing in the caribbean Favorite Body part: His Eyes Least Favorite Body part: His skinny legs Would he pose nude: NO!!! NO WAY!!!!!!!.........sorry ladies Favorite Perfume: Obsession and the natural smells of the body Favorite Color: Black and Grey Favorite Item of Clothing: His hats Interesting facts: He never wears a watch and only carries on him. He firmly believes in love at first sight. He believes in outer space. Apparently.......he sleeps with a pillow between his legs. He brushes his teeth five times per day. He loves it when a girl caress his hair and neck the most!!! Also The Features Editor’s all-time celeb crush


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