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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay, Ap ri l 28 , 2016

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College Health Week encourages lifestyle wellness By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

College Health Week was held at UWL from Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 21. Sponsored by the UWL Wellness Resource Center, the week aimed to help college students make healthy, safe decisions regarding their sexual responsibility and mental health. Among some of the events held were “Healthy Relationships 101”, Sex Trivia, Condom Bingo, “Stomp Out the Stigma,”

“I think there’s a lot of people who aren’t aware of the resources that are available on our campus, and I think this week really helps to bring those resources to light.” Samuel Korger UWL Junior “How to Be a Better Lover,” “Get Healthy High” and “The Ultimate Race.” In addition to providing resources for mental and sexual health, the week also promoted awareness for victims of sexual assault. The event that culminated College Health Week was “The Ultimate Race,” which was held on Thursday, April 21 at the Clock Tower. Teams raced around campus, making their way to different stations, all while learning about sexual assault. “The Ultimate Race was a lot of fun. We

got to race around campus and go to different stations, and each station was centered on learning something new about sexual assault. My team didn’t win, but it was still a fun, worthwhile event to be a part of!” said senior Matt LaVigne. The event “Stomp Out the Stigma” was held to promote raising awareness for mental health issues as well as attempting to erase some of the stigma that currently surrounds mental health. Certain students shared their stories regarding their experiences and stories with mental health to show others that they don’t have to be afraid to share what they’ve gone through, and that there is plenty of help and resources available for them. The participants involved want students to know that no one is ever alone in their fight against a mental illness. “I think this week is important because there’s always something new that we can learn about our mental and sexual health. I think there’s a lot of people who aren’t aware of the resources that are available on our

The Wellness Resource Center at UWL offers many different resources to students to allow them to make healthier, safer lifestyle choices. campus, and I think this week really helps to bring those resources to light,” said junior Samuel Korger.

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The Wellness Resource Center at UWL offers many different resources to students to allow them to make healthier, safer lifestyle choices. They specialize in drug and alcohol education and prevention as well as wellness programming, which allows students to be trained to be peer health educators. The Counseling and Testing Center at UWL also offers many resources related to mental health. They offer scheduled appointments for students to come in and

speak with a mental health professional who can aid them in any issues they may be facing, whether that be school, home, work, loss, grief, domestic violence/abuse and many more. Want more information about these two on campus resources? Call the Wellness Resource Center at 608.785.8977 or visit them in Room 149 Graff Main Hall. You can reach the Counseling and Testing Center at 608.785.8073 or visit them in Centennial

Jazz concert impresses campus with intensity, passsion By Peter Lenz Senior Reporter

The UWL Jazz bands livened up the Cartwright Center with contemporary jazz tunes, and a bevy of different styles of music. Lively directed by Ms. Karyn Quinn both the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra performed for a packed Valhalla on the night of Thursday, April 21. Both bands performed various jazz tunes ranging from upbeat Latin songs like “Uno Mass” to more rhythmic and laid-back pieces like “Funky Wheels.” UWL students were excited for the performance before the show. “I love the energy that is in the Jazz band’s music,” UWL student Abby Greiten said prior to the performance. “It can be slow and beautiful or it can be fun and crazy, like Uno Mass,” said Greiten. The range that these two bands can produce is impressive to UWL students. Director Karyn Quinn started the show off to a smooth start, giving no introduction other than a quiet 1,2,3,4. With that count, the Ensemble’s portion of the concert began

with their rendition of “Red Rocket.” After they finished up with this piece Quinn took the microphone for a chance to thank the crowd for showing their support, to crack a couple jokes, and to give an intro to their second song, “Children of the Night.” Between songs, Quinn told the audience about the bands excitement for this concert due to the song selection featuring many more upbeat tempos than their previous

Director Karyn Quinn started the show off to a smooth start, giving no introduction other than a quiet 1,2,3,4. With that count, the Ensemble’s portion of the concert began with their rendition of “Red Rocket.” performances. Member of the rhythm section for the ensemble, Kieran Young talked about how he gets prepared for a more funky and upbeat selection of songs. “Mainly I listen to more funky and upbeat music to

get into that kind of groove,” Young said, “Another drummer and I will sit and jam in the different styles we will be playing for the concert, just to get our groove on.” With such funky rhythms, Young likes to surround himself with the same type of music that he will be playing. Students appreciated the variation that came along with different songs. “The most memorable part was when one of the musicians played the claves,” said UWL student JJ Simons, “He usually plays the bass so seeing him smiling while tapping 2 wooden sticks together was awesome.” The variation of the instruments impressed UWL students. “Uno Mass” was not the only innovative song; each piece brought something unique to the concert. The selected songs featured different solo’s giving performers their chance to wow the crowd with their craft. These songs called for new sounds, allowing the performer’s to use different types of mutes to give their instruments the sound the song required.

Different songs even called for rotating performers around instruments in the rhythm section. Young elaborated on the rotation

“The most memorable part was when one of the musicians played the claves. He usually plays the bass so seeing him smiling while tapping 2 wooden sticks together was awesome.” JJ Simons UWL Student

between performers. “It is really just to rotate around,” said Young, “We decide what songs we want to play on, so someone might choose a song they are better at playing.” Rotating the rhythm section allows performers to utilize their talents to the maximum. The UWL Music Department still has 13 different events occurring until May, 8 so go out and show your support. For more information please contact the Jazz Studies Director Ms. Karyn Quinn at kquinn@uwlax. edu or call the UWL Music Department at (608) 785-8409.

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UW-L parking problem

By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

The Parking Ramp addition project that was completed in Fall 2015 was an expensive, but great expansion to UWL’s parking options. According to UWL’s website, the project constructed 382 more parking stalls in addition to the 624 existing stalls. This sounded like a great plan and was largely successful. However, while it was a great method for students to get excited about accessible on-campus parking, it only paved the way for more parking lots to disappear. While UWL’s parking lots have become a popular topic for debate, so has overcrowding among residence halls. While the Parking Ramp has been an excellent addition to our campus, it still poses a problem. The Ramp only added a few hundred stalls; it wasn’t nearly enough to accompany the hundreds of students still on the waitlist for a parking pass or fighting for parking spots on roadsides.

Equally so, the newly-introduced North Campus Residence Hall will eliminate parking lots as well. The initial plan proposed to RHAC, according to sophomore Emmi Infante, who is a member on the Council said, “the new resident hall would occupy the C-7 lot. After feedback from students and lack of funding options, they realized this plan was not going to be popular.” Instead, the new proposal for the building would now occupy the gravel parking lot behind Whitney Dining Center if administration could purchase rights to a house residing on the lot.

“The North Campus Residence Hall is not the only present building minimizing parking spaces. The new Aguilera buidling being built by Three Sixty Real Estate will also be buying out 100 spaces of parking on UWL’s campus.”

Summer: The best season of them all? By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

Sun, warmth and freedom: These are what come to mind when we think of summer. Swimming, vacation and bonfires—all of these are fun activities that come along with summer. No responsibilities, Netflix marathons and late nights spent with friends. Could there be anything better? We often forget, amidst the sunshine and glisten of this wonderful season, about the downsides to summer. Sunburn, heatstroke, lack of motivation and bug bites are all parts of summer we usually tend to ignore for the sake of good weather. The question is, is the sun and the warm weather really worth it? The answer will vary depending on where you spend your summers. In Wisconsin, summer is a time for escape from the bitter cold of winter. The lakes around us are the perfect temperature for swimming and playing, and the nights are just cool enough to need a light sweater at a classic bonfire gathering. If you were in Arizona, however, the answer to whether summer is the best season or not would be vastly different from ours. Temperatures in that section of the U.S. average about 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Granted, it is generally a much dryer heat than what we in Wisconsin are used to, but it still is a little too hot for my taste. Like I mentioned before, there are also other factors that come into consideration when considering summer for the best season candidate. For me, some of the most insufferable parts of summer are the bugs. My family likes to camp and take other outdoor vacations in summer, and bugs in Wisconsin

and Minnesota are inescapable. The mosquito count in these areas is ridiculously high, not to mention ticks in woodland areas and flies in generally fielded areas. This is one of the parts about summer that I just cannot stand. There are also some health issues that come along with summer. Those of us who are not really used

“Severe sunburn, heatsroke and even sun poisoning are risks we all take when we subject ourselves to the sun and heat we are not used to.” to the heat—i.e., Wisconsinites— have problems adjusting to the copious amounts of sun and hot weather that arises in summer. Severe sunburn, heatstroke and even sun poisoning are risks we all take when we subject ourselves to the sun and heat we are not used to. Of course, there are always measures we can take to combat these summer problems. We can protect our skin by applying sunscreen every hour we are outside. We can make sure we are not out at the hottest times of day, usually from around noon to 3 p.m. We can remain hydrated and aware of how much sun we are getting. We can spray ourselves copiously with bug spray and put other bug repellants into place to combat those pesky insects that insist on coming back every year when the weather finally gets nice. So, knowing these advantages and disadvantages that come along with summer, do you think summer is the best season of them all? In my opinion, getting the sun and the warmth definitely outweighs the negative parts of summer.

Unfortunately, the North Campus Residence Hall is not the only present building minimizing parking spaces. The new Aguilera building being built by Three Sixty Real Estate will also be buying out 100 spaces of parking on UWL’s campus. Infante brought light to a deal that was discussed with Chancellor Joe Gow and Three Sixty. Three Sixty Real Estate secured 100 parking spaces in UWL’s parking structure as well. This leaves 100 more commuting or resident students without parking. Vice President of Student Association Molly Davies said, “Parking is difficult at most universities and it is for a variety of reasons: more first-year students bringing cars, more commuters, increased student population construction, etc. As long as we are continuing to grow and construct, we are going to see problems with parking.” Though parking availability is a current problem regarding residents and staff members, it hasn’t been the first due to additions. Several other

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projects and additions have caused parking lots to vanish. The other culprit regarding vanishing parking lots would be the newest addition, The Student Center. The new Student Center has closed down Wimberly’s parking lot and also limited the access to Cowley’s parking lot as well. Davies argued, “As the student population rises and the number of parking spaces doesn’t, this create a problem where we have parking congestion. Even off campus, parking is difficult and nearly impossible during alternate side parking.” History has shown that additional buildings, specifically residence halls, will come before parking lots. While we hope for an additional ramp or numerous parking lots, it doesn’t seem to be the focus of any near-future projects. Understandably so, overcrowding in dorms takes precedence. However, we can only hope administration acts upon the parking lot concern in the near future, specifically for the sake of commuting individuals.

Performing arts stigma By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

If you’re going into a major in the Arts, you’ve probably been asked, “So what do you plan on doing after college with an art degree?” or, for those with more blunt friends and family, “Seriously?” Over the years, a stigma has developed around art, whether its music, theater, dance, literary or visual. People have started to discredit the value of the arts, just because they see more immediate success in STEM fields and in “more practical” fields. There have been pushes to take arts out of school, and people who go into the arts are ridiculed, but without the arts in our society, very few realize that we would be worse off. Admittedly, in high school, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the arts. As someone who was planning to go into either studying mathematics or physics, I thought that they were a waste of a class period, and resources by our school. My best friend, Zach, however, was on the opposite side of the spectrum. While I was taking AP Physics and AP Calculus my senior year, he was taking AP Studio Art and Jazz Band. I never ridiculed him for it, but most of the time, he could tell that I didn’t believe that it was something productive to be doing with his time. Then, when it came time to be getting ready to go to school, as I decided to head here to study physics, he decided to go to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). When I originally heard this, I was dumbfounded; he was going to be wasting thousands of dollars to be going through a program that would give him what I thought was a worthless piece of paper! I talked with him about it a couple times; however, the way he explained it to me started to change my mind. Zach is in his freshman year studying industrial design at MIAD. If he continues on this path, post-graduation, he will be working with companies to design their products, making anything from bottles for your favorite drinks

to intricate bathroom sinks. He will also be fairly well off after graduation, given that his degree from MIAD has numerous corporate partnerships that helps them have a relatively high job placement six months after graduation, giving graduates competitive salaries, on average being $57,621 a year. From talking with Zach, his friends

“MIAD has numerous corporate partnerships that helps them have a relatively high job placement six months after graduation, giving graduates competitive salaries, on average being $57,621 a year.” from MIAD, and my other friends that are pursuing degrees in the arts, I’ve gathered that it’s not all fun and games being an arts major, and can sometimes require even more work than your average major at a university. Each course requires you to put in vigorous effort outside of classes to perfect your art, whether you’re practicing an instrument, rehearsing your lines, or anything else that will better you as an artist. The average class schedule at MIAD is a four day school week with classes starting around 8:00am and ending around 7:00 p.m. and students still have work to do outside of those times. So next time someone tells you that they’re studying the arts, before you open your mouth to say, “Where’s that going to get you in life?” think about all the movies you’ve ever seen, music you’ve ever listened too, every picture, painting, sculpture, or any other form of visual art you’ve ever looked at, every book you’ve ever read and every other art form you’ve taken time out of your life to appreciate. Then congratulate that person on choosing to do what they want with their life, even though a large part of society judges and ridicules them.

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Country Jam Wisconsin 2016 • Eau Claire, July 21-23

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Country USA • Oshkosh, June 14-18

Country on the River • Prairie du Chien, August 4-6

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Thursday, april 28, 2016

How to stand out on a job application By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

Job applications are strenuous, daunting and sometimes intimidating. One if you don’t even get the job. There are millions applying for the same opportunity. So how does how stand out on a job application?

“[Employers] take as little as 2.5 seconds to determine whether you make it to the next round, or move it to the trash bin.” Melanie Haselmayr, Forbes Magazine Little things can make a resume stand out among the others. Here is how to stand out on a job application: Melanie Haselmayr, a writer for Forbes

magazine, has had a great amount of experience with many different jobs in many different countries. Haselmayr decided to offer her expertise to others by offering personalized cover letter writing services. In her Forbes article, she declares there are five things a person can do to distinguish them away from the herd. Keep personal information short. Businesses and employers are more interested in what you have to offer to the company than your family status, your race and other personal information. Provide basic information such as age, where you’re heading in your life and move on. Give your reader a good overview of your skills. The resume is supposed to draw in your potential future employer. Showcase your skills and assets that you have to offer and make sure you categorize them and list them from order of most importance in specifics with the job. Each job is different,

Summer coffee hacks to stay awake and cool By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

Summer is approaching, and for most college students that means sunshine, outdoor activities and more time for fun. However, it also means longer hours at summer jobs and possibly even early morning summer classes. Balancing the good and the bad of summer means some get even less sleep during than the school year, but with so many fun activities going on, being alert and ready to enjoy is important! Here are six different suggestions of coffee drinks to try to keep you happy and going all summer long: Iced Coffee


This coffee is the basic start to coffee in the summer. It’s the same idea as iced tea; it takes the classic, delicious drink and adds ice to it so it is cold, rather than scalding. If you’re working up a sweat exercising, working or just relaxing by the pool, an iced coffee will cool you down and keep you moving. Half and Half This coffee drink is similar to an iced coffee, but instead of just the classic black coffee drink, this order is half milk, half coffee. Although this drink can be found hot during the winter months, in the summer it can be enjoyed anytime you need to be outside and you won’t be adding

to your already high body temperature. Caramel Macchiato This drink is popular in the summer because it is cool like the others, but also adds a twist. While it still has the milk, coffee and ice, it adds a touch of vanilla and caramel, making it a sweet treat to start a morning off correctly. Iced Americano For an early morning that starts before you’d like it to, try an Iced Americano. This drink is loaded with a few shots of espresso, giving it that extra kick to get you through your day. If you need a wake-up call in the summer, this should be your go-to! Iced mocha For those who aren’t the biggest fans of coffee but need to stay awake at a late night bonfire, try an Iced Mocha. Like the other drinks it is chilled and will keep the nighttime humidity at bay, but is also a better tasting option. For chocolate fans this drink has the added bonus of satisfying a craving as well, since it combines chocolate, milk and espresso. Frappuccino Last but not least, comes the coffee drink that most readers will recognize. A frappuccino is any flavor of a blended espresso drink, and is a very popular drink at many coffee shops. Since it is blended it is similar in consistency to a milkshake or smoothie, which is a very satisfying drink to enjoy during the day, and can have as many or as few shots of espresso as one needs! All of these ideas came from Emily Seib, a previous barista at Starbucks and an avid coffee enthusiast. If you still need more ideas to keep you going all summer long, she recommends that you ask the barista in your favorite coffee shop; they usually love to recommend their favorite drinks!

so cater your resume so. Details of professional experience that is only relevant to the job at hand. Unless it is a career path change, there is no need to describe every job you have had in the past.


Keep it to experience had pertaining to the current job you are applying for. Highlight your personal interests. Employers are becoming increasingly more

interested in someone’s personality and character along with the skills he or she can bring. Incorporate interests of yours that show you while illustrating the kind of person you are. Cover letters are important. According to Melanie Haselmayr, employers “…take as little as 2.5 seconds to determine whether you make it to the next round, or move it to the trash bin.” Make sure it is flawless and conveys the message you want to deliver. Spelling, grammar and other English errors are crucial to have down. Make sure that the resume and cover letter handed in is free from all errors. Other things job applicants can do is research the company. Show interest in what the business is trying to accomplish and past or current moves the business has made. Make sure the resume is a clear reflection of you: your interests, your skills and your character.

You’re buying a car, not a lemon

What to keep in mind when car shopping By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

Living in the United States, a car becomes a necessity for most at some point. Public buses can be helpful in get around to an extent but they do not go everywhere. Depending on the


route needed, it can make tasks such as going to the grocery store more simple than if you had your own vehicle. Having your own wheels can come with its own set of struggles as well but depending upon your needs, it can be worth it if you have the right car. Owning a vehicle can mean more independence, as long as your car is not a lemon that is constantly breaking down and leaving you stranded. To avoid this type of horrible vehicular experience, here is a list of some of the things to consider before taking the big step of purchasing your own set of wheels: Do you have the funds? Cars are expensive—not just the purchasing one, but maintaining one. It takes having money for gas, wipers, wiper fluids, periodic car washes and oil changes—at the very minimum assuming everything remains in working order. Identify what is you need versus what you want in a car. Do you need a car with lots of leg room because you are tall? Make sure that becomes one of you criteria so you feel

comfortable while driving. Do you need heated seats? Probably not. Do your research. Car prices can vary drastically especially for used cars. It is worth it to know what is on the market and also to get idea of what is reasonable price. Also it is good to know a particular car’s history before purchasing so there are not any hidden surprises. In addition, definitely look up the reputation of particular model of car you are considering to see there seem to be any reoccurring problems the model seems to have. Take a Test Drive. You cannot know how a car will feel to drive until you have driven it a bit. A car may have all the features you want but if it is not comfortable for you to drive you are not going to enjoy it. Also taking test drive helps to make sure as much as possible everything is in working order.

Owning a vehicle can mean more independence, as long as your car is not a lemon that is constantly breaking down and leaving you stranded. Make sure you have the credit. If you plan to purchase a car on your own for the first time, make sure you have some good credit built up or odds are you may not be getting a car let alone the car you want. If you know that you can definitely can handle as well as afford car then you can ask someone, like your parents, how have longstanding good credit to cosign with you if need a car but just do not have the credit yet. Remember while a car can mean more independence, it is also a big responsibility and expensive. Make sure you are ready for it before you decide to go through with making a purchase.

Down to Earth: Hands Helping Lands By Shelby Jacobson Guest Reporter

Saturday, April 16, Students for Sustainability (SFS) kicked off Earth Week with the project Hands Helping Lands by cleaning up the La Crosse County Landfill located just off State Street in Onalaska! This event, which we hope to make an annual project included thirty-three volunteers from SFS, Alpha Phi, Delta Sigma Phi and environmental studies students, as well as friends and family. As winter turns to spring, the snow covering the landfill melts down and with it, loosens trash that blows all around the property. Volunteers gathered to pick up this discarded trash and return it to where

it belonged. As the organizer of the event I would like to extend my gratitude to all of the volunteers that showed up, cleaned up, and enjoyed the pizza party afterwards! I would also like to thank Hank Koch and Nick Nichols for welcoming volunteers on the site and for supplying the pizzas! These volunteers collected thirty-eight, fifty-gallon trash bags full of garbage that had spread across four different sections of the landfill! If you or your club is looking to get involved with this event next year or other community based projects, contact the SFS outreach coordinator, Shelby Jacobson at jacobson. shel@uwlax.edu. For other outreach, or for more information on the landfill and all it does for the community, visit their website at http://www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/SolidWaste/.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in any of the Earth Week events on campus or the Earth Fair last Sunday at Myrick park. When a community gets together to celebrate and protect our Earth, amazing things can happen. SFS meetings are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall in Room 2211.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Men’s track and field captures Esten Challenge; women take 2nd

Besl won the long jump (21-10 ¼). The women’s team placed second with a score of 174.50 on Friday, Winona State took first with a score of 184.50 while UWStout placed third 98.50.. On the women’s side, it was the 11th annual Phil Esten invite, UWL has won eight team titles out of the eleven years, this is the second time they have finished runner-up. After finishing second the Eagles are still ranked first in the country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Team Computer Rankings.

By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

The UW-La Crosse Men’s Track and Field team captured the 16th annual Phil Esten Challenge for the 16th time on Friday at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The Eagles finished with 196 points to win the team title over 19 other schools. UWL is ranked first on this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Team Computer Rankings. The challenge is named after former UWL cross country head coach Phil Esten who coached at UWL for 28 years (1970-1997). He led the Eagles to a Division III national championship in 1996, his teams also finished runner-up eight different times during his tenure. All of Esten’s teams finished in the top 10 in 26 consecutive tries and appeared in a national championship in 27 of his 28 seasons. UWL won 20 WIAC titles under Easten and he was named the WIAC Men’s Cross Country All-Time Coach. He also served as an assistant track and field coach at UWL for 34 seasons. He is a member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. UWL won five individual and two relay titles on Friday. Senior Luke Sauerman won the 110-meter hurdles (14.73) while sophomore Ernest Winters won the 200-meter dash (21.51) and sophomore Peter Morris won the 5,000-meter run (15:43.66). The Eagles put on a strong show in the relays by sweeping the 4X100 and 4X400-meter. Freshman Ryan Send, Winters, junior Zach Rothering and junior Joe Koencke won the the 4X100 with a time of 41.26 while juniors Zak Wallenfang, Sam Smith, Joe Smith and senior Cyrus Mason took home the 4X400meter relay crown (3:15.35). The Eagles also won two field events on Friday as sophomore Brendan Deiss captured the high jump (6-5 ½) and freshman Jerod

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UWL won five individual and two relay titles on Friday. Senior Luke Saurman won the 110-meter hurdles (14.73) while sophomore Ernest Winters won the 200-meter dash (21.51) and sophomore Peter Morris won the 5,000-meter run (15:43.66). The lady Eagles won five individual and one relay title. Senior Meg Heafy won the 200-meter dash (24.85) while junior Mallory Hall took home the 400-meter hurdles crown (1:02.55). Seniors Claire Gordee, Bria Halama, freshman Jenna Goulet and junior Rachel Atchison won the 4X400-meter relay (3:51.04). UWL won three field events, Bria Halama in addition to being part of the winning 4X400 relay team also won the triple jump (39-8 ½). Sophomore Marissa Wustrack won the long jump (18-3 ¾) while senior Meaghan Howell captured pole vault (11-5 ¾). UWL returns to action on April 28 at the Drake relays.

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The women’s team came in 2nd place behind Winona State in the Phil Esten Challenge, and the men’s team was able to take 1st.

Nominate a student athlete to be featured in The Racquet! Send all nominations to The Racquet’s Sports Editor, Justin Nichols, at nichols.just@uwlax.edu.

We neeD Volunteers! Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Volunteering is more than just sharing your time and passion, it’s about the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people become stronger, giving back to your community and gaining valuable work experience that will enhance your career opportunities.

Visit WWW.lAXYMCA.orG/Volunteer for MorE inforMaTion!

Volunteer opportunities: • Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes. • Extend a hand to help teens at our teen center build character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals. Help us WitH our upCoMinG speCiAl eVents • Spring 3-on-3 Basketball Classic - May 7, 2016 - 9am-6pm • Got Energy Triathlon - June 19, 2016 - 7am-11:30am • Kids Tri - July 9, 2016 - 7:30am-11:30am