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BREAKING NEWS: Bucky the Badger exposed as Stryker! By Madison Loveless Badger Scout

After months of investigation, the identity of Stryker, UW-La Crosse’s very own school mascot, has been discovered! While attending a baseball game last week, an anonymous source spotted black-andwhite-striped fur escaping from the edge of Stryker’s uniform, leading many to believe that the mammal underneath the uniform is not human. Amid curiosities, The Racquet staff decided it would be best to check with the local authorities to see if there were any badgers on the loose. Interestingly enough, The Racquet discovered that UW-Madison’s mascot, Bucky, had escaped from the zoo. As our suspicions mounted, we contacted the Badger Herald, UW-Madison’s campus newspaper, to see if they had heard about the story. They reported that Bucky had not been seen at any of the March Madness games--worrying many students and faculty that the university was somehow missing it’s school spirit!

Then, at Monday’s baseball game, one of The Racquet’s reporters made their way to the baseball field for a little investigating. Sure enough, rousing up the crowd and dancing alongside the field was Stryker... with a short black-and-white tail poking out from the back of the mascot uniform. The reporter went to the crowd to see if they knew anything, running into Madge Collins, freshman at UW-L. Collins said “I was a little suspicious, I mean, why would there be a badger under there? I thought they hated us?” Carly Levine, a junior at UW-L, was sitting next to Collins. Turns out, Levine used to go to UW-Madison. “Oh, they hate us! But, ya know, they don’t really care much for Bucky. They don’t appreciate what they’ve got in Bucky,” she said. After the game, the reporter went up to Stryker, tapped on his shoulder--startling him--and what did they find? Bucky the Badger! After the game, the reporter cornered Bucky and demanded to know why he was here—this was Eagle territory! Bucky explained that there was only one logical reason he’d be in a Stryker uniform: he’d rather be an Eagle.

Memorial stadium receives grant to build dome By Aaron Rodgers Wisconsin Hero

The state has recently signed into effect a grant that gives UW-La Crosse money in order to begin construction on a dome to cover the football field and track in Memorial Stadium. Dale construction is set to begin modifying the track in May after track and field nationals to prepare it for the dome. Actual raising of the dome will take place During November of 2013 and the date or range of dates for its

takedown the following spring is still being determined. Reasoning for the grant is to help our sports teams continually practice throughout the year. “We hope that by giving this grant UW-La Crosse athletics will be able to continue their successful trend at their wonderful institution,” exclaimed Joseph Pharoh, a congressman for Wisconsin. Many other congress men and women showed support as the vote passed by an astronomical amount. UW-L will also be renting out the space on weekends to local teams to

Hear wedding bells? Get a tax break By Ginny Manee Personal Banker

Exclusively in La Crosse Co. a tax cut has been offered to students if they are or get married during their enrollment at UW-La Crosse, Western Tech, or Viterbo. The new tax cut has been dubbed the “Joint Schooling Tax Break”, which states that if two students share the same bank account and last name, they pay for the price of half a year’s tuition for the second partner, instead of the full year price. This cuts costs up to $8,000. This new tax break, debuting this Feb. 14, 2013, has had many young couples flocking to the La Crosse County Courtroom to tie the knot. Since the new tax break was implemented, 48 young couples, between the ages of 18231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

25 have gotten married. The numbers continue to rise, with an average week bringing in 4-6 couples. “We don’t mind having a quick wedding,” an anonymous freshman student says. “The money that we are saving from only paying half a year for me will pay for a nice wedding once we graduate in three years.” “If this had been around earlier I definitely would have married my ex-boyfriend just to save some extra cash,” a junior student at Western Tech says. This tax break can be utilized for up to five years, on the same student each year. The court disclosed that 85% of couples declared the wife to receive the tax break. “It’s so gentlemanly of my husband. This is almost Please see TAXES page 485

help pay for the maintenance costs of running the dome. And don’t worry, for all you intermural sports players the school be designating plenty of time for popular intermural leagues to continue year round. “As a student athlete and player in intermural sports, I can’t wait to take advantage of the year round access to a turf field,” Said Junior, Mark Brosef. Mark is rightfully excited because the dome’s primary focus will Please see STADIUM page 88

Gingers make babies By Cleopatra Secret Ginger

The newly established government sector called the Ginger Preservation Committee or GPC has passed its first piece of legislation. This piece of legislation is being put in place in order to help exterminate the possibility of people with red headed descent from going extinct. Although the act is controversial, many red heads and those who carry the recessive gene are happy with it. Jordan Christanson, the head of the GPC and writer of this legislation had nothing but good things to say about the act. It reads as follows, “We are requiring all redheads or those who directly carry the gene to partner together for marriage if they decide they would like to marry.” This means that red heads will never become extinct. As news of this spreads around the world, instances of dancing in the

streets, waving of banners, and sporadic block parties are being reported. “This is great news!” John Barry, a ginger says, “Once the news passed, I left my day job as a dog groomer and threw a wild bash. This means that I will finally be able to marry that ginger of my dreams and keep my wonderful people alive.” After interviewing many other red heads and gene carriers, I was given the same response. After asking Christanson what the GPC would do next he reported, “After confirming that red heads will now forever live, we plan on setting our sights on the cartoon South Park. We plan on shutting down the production of this cartoon because of its disastrous effects on the ginger community.” In the future, plan on seeing more posters and publicity as the GPC pushes to pass more legislation in order to help the healthy preservation of gingers and ginger gene carriers.

Word of the Week

Gullible Easily deceived or cheated. You are gullible if you believed any of the stories on this page were real.

Michael Vogt, The Racquet

Cat-tastrophe: Editor-in-chief exposed as dog-lover By Felix Garfield Cat man of La Crosse

Move out of the way, Petraeus; there’s a new scandal of the century. K.C. Powers, Editor-in-Chief of the UW-La Crosse campus newspaper The Racquet has revealed that she is putting her love for cats aside to focus on her real furry passion: dogs. “It feels so wonderful to finally be myself,” Powers said, “I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.” Unfortunately, the public didn’t feel the same relief. A protest broke out in front of The Racquet’s newsroom, calling for Powers’ resignation. “As a journalist, it should have been [Powers’] responsibility to report to the best of her ability,” said one protester, who wished to remain anonymous, “She has deceived the public.” The admission, leaked from an editor at The Racquet, came as a shock to university students and staff alike. “It brings great shame to the university that a dog lover is in charge of our fine campus publication,” Chancellor Joe Gow said in a press conference on Wednesday morning, “We will appoint a new Editor-in-Chief as soon as possible.” Rumors say that the leak came from Managing Editor Nicole Laegeler, who is said to be the top contender for the next Editor-in-Chief. Laegeler had no comment. Powers first discovered her compassion for canines when she started attending UW-La Crosse. “I grew up in a family of cat lovers, but it never felt right to me. I always felt like [the cats] were watching me; that they knew I wasn’t too fond of them.” After getting to know her friends’ dogs, she knew she was in love. “It was a scary feeling,” Powers remembered. “I didn’t know what was happening to me.” She attributed this love for dogs as a sign that she missed her cats at home, so she adopted a kitten named Aaron Hotchner, Hotch for short, during her sophomore year of college. “Don’t get me wrong, I still love Hotch. However, I have accepted that I am a dog person. I just wish I could have announced my love for dogs myself instead of leaking like it did.” Caleb Brown, Viewpoint Editor for The Racquet and Powers’ fiancée, said that the news was “shocking,” but it didn’t change his feelings for her. He stated, “I love [Powers] more than anything, no matter what her favorite animal is.” Powers is a senior who will be graduating this spring. What will be her plans after graduation? “I’m going to get married to my number one puppy love Caleb Brown in June. After we get settled into our new life together, we are going to get a doggie playmate for Hotch at the local shelter. We have our eye on a sheepdog named Penelope.”


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Board of Regents at UW-L By Katie Johnson Senior Reporter

On April 4 and 5, UW-La Crosse will have the honor of hosting the University Of Wisconsin System Board Of Regents on campus. The Board of Regents is the body which governs the UW System, presides over university budgets, approves large projects undertaken by UW colleges and universities, sets admission standards and handles other regulatory business within the UW System. The Board consists of 18 members, two of which are students attending universities within the UW System. The Racquet had the pleasure of interviewing one of our UW Student Regents, Katie Pointer, in regards to the upcoming Regents’ meeting. Q: What is your role, as a student regent and how does that affect the UW Regents as a whole? A: My role as the student regent is to provide the other board members with a student perspective on issues we deal it. I represent student interests and express opinions as a student however as a regent I am also responsible for the betterment and success of the entire system and its various constituencies, not just the student constituency. My seat on the board as a full voting member is a testament to the extreme culture of shared governance that exists in our system.  Q: Why should students care about UW Regents’ activities and how can they become more involved?  A: By simply observing the board and its news students can learn a great deal about the way the system works, how their individual institutions play a role within the system, and how if they disagree with current procedures they can go about adopting change. Knowledge about the system and the board is empowering for students and their understanding of our education system and especially on particular issues that are especially important to them such as the hiring of our chancellors and tuition. Tuition has and will continue to be a hot button issue with students which is why it’s so important for them to be familiar with the board as we go through the decision making process of setting tuition. A great place to start becoming involved with the board is participating within your own institution’s student government.  Q: What is one major issue affecting the UW-System that you’d like to see addressed or that the Regents are currently working on addressing?  A: There are a lot of major issues facing the board and higher education as a whole today, most obviously is funding. As a public higher education system we rely on the state for a percentage of our funding, and that percentage has dramatically decreased within the past decade; a trend not unique to Wisconsin. As a board and system we need to come up with creative, new revenue streams to fund our educational operation to make up for money we are getting from the state. This is a difficult task as we continue to meet our core mission of access and affordability for Wisconsin families. Another big issue facing our system is compensation for our faculty. I firmly believe you cannot have a world class educational institution without world class faculty teaching our students. The UW System compensation rates have fallen compared to our peers around the country: it’s an issue we need to address in order to maintain and recruit the top faculty.  Q: What have been some of the UW Regents’ major accomplishments this term, and what can we expect going forward?  A: I am particularly excited about the boards recent hiring of a new Madison chancellor, something with which I was directly involved. We also have a new EauClaire chancellor coming abroad which is incredibly exciting. I do believe the hiring of the Chancellors is one of the most important tasks the board is in charge of. We are also incredibly excited about the Governor’s budget where he made a deep investment and strong commitment to the UW System. Q: What will be on the table for discussion at UWLa Crosse next week? A: We will be talking about a couple different things at our April meeting. The board will be hearing a presentation from your Chancellor Joe Gow we also will be receiving an update on the 20132015 Biennial Budget. Within the Capital Planning and Budget Committee regent members will be hearing a presentation regarding La Crosse’s master plan update. Just to name a few larger topics and some particularly related to La Crosse.  The Regents’ meeting itself convenes at 9 a.m. on April 4 in Vallhalla, with several smaller committee meetings being held in Cartwright Center throughout the day. Meetings are open and students, faulty, and community members are welcome to attend. For those that cannot physically attend, there will also be a livestream on the Board of Regents’ website. For additional information regarding the schedule for the Board of Regents, students can check out UWL’s website, which lists a complete schedule for the Regents’ meeting times and rooms.

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Smoking ban raises concerns over enforcement, ash tray placement By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter

There has been a lot of buzz this month surrounding the Nobacco initiative—the pros, the cons and what it’s all about. With students voting on the tobacco ban in less than two weeks, there are still questions that need to be answered. One question brought up is what is going to happen if students continue to use tobacco products on campus under the ban. “Based on statistics, we predict a 95 percent compliance rate,” Nobacco committee member Caitlyn Bednarek told The Racquet. The committee is

As the policy is currently written, the tobacco ban would be peer enforced for students. That means if a student is using tobacco on campus with the ban in place, it is up to other student to let them knw that it is not allowed and to ask them to move off campus. basing this number off of the compliance rate at other universities that already have

a ban in place, but what about that additional five percent of students and faculty members? As the policy is currently written, the tobacco ban would be peer enforced for students. That means if a student is using tobacco on campus with the ban in place, it is up to other students to let them know that it is not allowed and to ask them to move off campus. However, if compliance becomes a major issue, the next step the tobacco ban committee would take is to hire students who would be responsible for enforcing the ban. Currently, no administrative action or police enforcement will be used to enforce the ban for students. If it becomes necessary for the administration to help enforce Nobacco, the policy would have to be rewritten to include this. Enforcement of the ban for staff members is a different story. Because the tobacco ban is a university policy, it will be enforced in the same way as any other policy violation. While it is expected that with peer enforcement students continuing to smoke on campus will not be an issue, there is a concern that if students continue to smoke, there will be no “ash urns” left and cigarette litter will become the issue. Rather than removing the

ash urns completely, they are being moved to the perimeter of campus. Jason Bertrand, Campus Wellness Coordinator, explained that they hope this will encourage students to walk off campus before smoking. While this leaves the feasible problem that if students smoke on

With [the ash urns] being placed right on the edge of campus, it is possible that students and faculty will be standing right around the boundaries smoking, particularly on La Crosse Street. This leads to the question of whether [...] this will affect the appearance of our campus. campus, they will leave their cigarette butts lying around, the Nobacco committee feels they have no choice but to move the ash urns because leaving them throughout campus will encourage students to break the policy. A few additional issues were brought to light regarding the movement of the ash urns. With them being placed right on the edge of campus,

Construction to better UW-L campus By Amy Kempf Staff Reporter

Walking down Farwell Street, it’s impossible to ignore the sound of bulldozers, jackhammers and other means of construction. This noisy structure, a soon to be parking ramp, will most likely be joined by other new projects in the future. The State Building Commission recently approved $155.8 million in projects on campus. While these new structures are a necessity to make the campus a better place, some might find the racket disrupting, especially students who are graduating and won’t see the end results. “I know the buildings will make a difference, but if it’s not until after I graduate, why should I care?” said Ryan Ormson, freshman at UW-La Crosse. Chancellor Joe Gow is aware of this concern and wants students and faculty to understand the importance of new structures. “We want people to say [UW-La Crosse] a great place, one that’s always getting better, not that it used to be good and they let it go down hill.” To keep up the UW-L reputation as a quality school, remodeling and construction is a must. The new proposed projects include a two more levels to the parking ramp, water chilling plant, a gymnastics practice and storage center, a new Science lab structure and a new student center to replace the Cartwright Center. As many of the old structures are outdated, it’s important to fit them to the current generation’s needs and advancements. “The Cowley building was built in the mid-1960s” said Gow. “So we’re doing 21st century science

in a fifty year old building, it’s a needed enhancement to education. “The building is being planned carefully, with enough blueprints and floor plans to fill a whole room. Deciding where to build the structure was a major issue, as students need to have a place to keep labs going even through construction. To solve this problem, they are planning on building the new Cowley structure in the current Cowley’s parking lot. The new student center is will also be an exciting feature to campus as it will be much more modern then the Cartwright Center which was built in 1958. “Think about what students did in 1958 versus now,” says Gow. The building will hold a more central location on campus, being placed in the parking lot of Wimberly. With two parking lots being used for construction, one can see how this makes the increased levels in the parking lot another necessity. In order to make these projects happen they needed to be included in the Governor’s capital budget, this is done. What is now needed is for the budget to be approved by the state legislature. Gow feels very optimistic of this. “The legislature knows how important this is for the future of the state.” So while construction may look like a hassle and not always be pleasant to the eye, the end result is sure to be worth the small disruption. “Alumni can come back and see we made the campus even better,” Gow stated. “It’s exciting to me to think at some point I won’t be the chancellor, but I can look at a great campus that will be here for hundreds of years.”

it is possible that students and faculty will be standing right around the boundaries smoking, particularly on La Crosse Street. This leads to the question of whether people driving past campus will see groups of students smoking cigarettes or hookah on the sidewalks and how this will affect the appearance of our campus. Also, if all students and faculty members who smoke have to move to surrounding off campus sidewalks, how will this affect students and community members walking or running on the sidewalks? The Nobacco committee responds to issues brought up by stating that with any new policy, there will be kinks to work out. They are confident that because such a small percentage of our students and faculty smoke, 14-16 percent, issues related to the ban will be minor. They also say they have faith in our faculty and students to make the ban work. Whatever your opinion on the tobacco ban is, make sure you vote online on Tuesday, April 16 on Nobacco and next year’s senate representatives.


Nicole Laegeler, The Racquet

April is autism awareness month and Alpha Xi Delta showed their support by lighting up the clock tower blue with the help of blue tissue paper and blue light bulbs. Members participated in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign that occurs worldwide on April 2 every year since 2007. Other monuments that participated include the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls just to name a few. The Light It Up Blue Campaign has doubled it’s membership since last year’s awareness efforts.


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Secret life of a college mom By Tram Tran Staff Reporter

One look at student Amy King and you would never guess that the bubbly 32-year-old is a second year student pursuing a third degree in English Education at UW-La Crosse. At age 18, King started out her college career as a traditional student from Tomah, Wisconsin at UW–Oshkosh, pursuing a career in marketing. She had big dreams of moving to a big city and working for a marketing firm. However, she had a change of heart during junior year. “I was not ready to move away,” King said. “I was not ready to sit at a desk and wear business clothes.” Though that realization came into the picture, King was far along enough in school that she decided to just finish her marketing degree.

“[I have] no regrets because I love the memories that I have, people I have met and crazy, incredible memories I made [in] Oshkosh,” she said. King chose to enroll into Western Technical College in La Crosse for a two-year Associate Respiratory Therapy degree. She was an aid for some of the neighboring schools, which is where she found her passion for working in the special education department. Nevertheless, the medical field did not last long for King as she found herself in her third pregnancy nearing the completion of her second degree. Due to the pregnancy of her son Lawson, now 3, King decided to take a year off of school and work. She and her husband own and operate a cranberry marsh that produces products for Ocean Spray. They also own a local rock, soil and sand truck dumping company. She said

that she is lucky to have school as her job.

“I don’t want to be the annoying old person in class. I just want to freakishly fit in, but I know that I don’t.” Amy King UW-L student Now King is in her third year on campus and feels little regret with her decisions. “Financially, I regret it because of the money I could be making,” she said. “I would have been better off had I chose [the education field] first hand.” She and her husband still live in Tomah

Election results here! By Madeline Marquardt Staff Reporter

After months of tireless campaigning, Tim Kabat’s hardwork has paid off and he has officially been elected the new Mayor of La Crosse. Kabat is replacing current mayor Mathias Harter. Kabat is a native of the area; he was born in La Crosse and grew up in Holmen. He is an alumni member of the UW-La Crosse and graduated in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration before going on to pursue a career in urban planning. In 2010, Tim accepted the Executive Director position with Downtown Mainstreet Inc. (DMI) in La Crosse, and also became an associate lecturer at UWL. According to his campaign site, “Tim is excited by the city’s opportunities and challenges – ready to help strengthen and revitalize our neighborhoods, help grow jobs and our businesses and work to improve city hall operations and transparency.” Kabat beat his opponent, Doug Farmer by quite a landslide, receiving 2/3 of the votes. Farmer has been involved in the city for many years

serving 25 years on the city council and a combined 36 years in elected office, dating back to 1974. Although Farmer may have more experience in city positions, Kabat took the election and will be leading the city of La Crosse in a new direction. As for the La Crosse Common Council District 5 election, UW-L student Katherine Svitavisky has been re-elected to a second term. Svitavisky, who is a sophomore at UWL, also won in a landslide; taking 142 votes. Svitavisky hopes to continue to work to better our community and area.

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with their three children, Aubrey, Shelby and Lawson. Though she is a “non-traditional” student on campus, King does not want “traditional” students to treat her any differently from their peers. Her home life is the same as any home, but instead of working, King solely goes to school and takes her three children to the various sports that they have become involved in, like gymnastics, hockey and dance. “[I have] more stress now juggling everything,” King said. “There [is] school and studying, businesses, financial woes and the kids and their activities.” Some students do not understand King’s lifestyle and the different events that she is involved in. “Group work, when you are a non-traditional student, is a nightmare,” she said. “Someone did not get that you put your family first and then school.” Because her

schedule is so packed, King has yet to experience what the typical sophomore at UW-L is involved in, such as endless hours in the library, eating on campus in the dining centers and going to the REC. Even if the transition coming back to school has been a little shaky, according to King, it has gotten easier because a lot of the same kids have been in the same classes and they have grown to understand. “I do not want to be the annoying old person in class,” she said. “I just want to freakishly fit in, but I know that I don’t.” Her peers now ask to see pictures of King’s children and ask how they are. To say the least, she feels like she fits in. “I want to hear the stories about the crazy weekends,” King said. “I live through you guys.” In about two and a half years, she will be done with her experience at UW-L and “that’s it, I’m done. I finally feel traditional.”

Gay marriage reaches high courts By Lauren Klein Staff Reporter

Over the last week, two riveting social cases involving the question of legalizing gay marriage on a federal level have been considered by Supreme Court justices. On March 26, the justices heard a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. The following Wednesday, they heard arguments challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. Neither decision calls for the outright declaration of the Court for federal acceptance of gay marriage, but if both “Prop 8” and DOMA are repealed by the Supreme Court, this would demonstrate huge steps towards a federal law in favor of equal marriage for homosexual partners. A final decision on either case will not come until some time in late June. Proposition 8, or “Prop 8” as it is called, is an act that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, voted into action by the people of California in November 2008 after the state had just approved an amendment in support of gay marriage. Many California residents claimed Prop 8 was misrepresented to the public, that it was not made clear to the voters that it would contradict their most recent decision on gay rights. Earlier, Prop 8 lost in the lower court system, so if the Supreme Court chooses to dismiss the case as a whole, which they are considering doing, the proposition would indeed be repealed with no more discussion. Why would the Court refuse to decide on such a controversial topic? The Supreme Court is torn on the verdict of gay marriage and many worry this is simply not the right time to make such a monuments decision at the federal level. Will Roosenbeek, the advisor for UW-La Crosse’s Rainbow Unity (gaystraight alliance organization) questions, “How do we really know when the timing is right for justice? The time is here. We have the highest rate of support on this issue than ever before.” Polls reveal growing support among Americans for gay marriage, still, only nine states recognize it while 30 states have constitutional amendments prohibiting it. This is exactly why the justices are so hesitant to rule. They worry the American population still needs time to come to a concrete decision as a country. Abby Novak, a graduate student at UW-L and proud worker in the Pride Center who identifies as a straight ally says, “It is always the right time for humanity to show their confidence in equality.” The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, on the other hand, is not merely a single state concern, but a federal law signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton that defines marriage as heterosexual and denies federal benefits to gay couples who are living in a state that doesn’t recognize gay marriage. Because of this law, marital status’ of homosexuals does not automatically transfer over state lines, nor even when recognized do these couples

receive equal federal benefits. DOMA leaves legally married same sex couples all over the country deprived of over 1,000 federal benefits and protections, specifically joint taxes, unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse, surviving spouse benefits under Social Security, equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees. Even veterans in active duty troops in same sex marriages are being denied benefits granted to heterosexual married couples, essentially making committed homosexual partners legal strangers. Roosenbeek was in a same sex relationship for 21 years until finally deciding to undertake the transformation to change his gender marker from female to male. At this point, he and his partner could legally marry and gain all the rights and protections that every married heterosexual couple receives. Now, Roosenbeek questions, “Why couldn’t we have those rights and protections for the first 21 years? Committed love is love! Same

“Why couldn’t we have those rights and protections for the first 21 years? Committed love is love! Same sex couples deserve the rights and protections that come with legal marriage.” Will Roosenbeek Advisor for UW-L Rainbow Unity sex couples deserve the rights and protections that come with legal marriage,” and DOMA stands in the way of this regardless of how many individual states vote yes to marriage equality. From the Supreme Court, all the way to UW-L, this topic is sparking controversial conversation about the “tradition” and “redefinition” of marriage. Novak argues that the “world changes all the time, and if we kept every tradition from history, we would be living in a very unjust world.” She goes on to stress if marriage is about a “religious process, then why are atheists allowed to marry?” While her definition of marriage is as simply “two people committing to love one another.” Likewise, fellow student and co-chair of UWL’s Rainbow Unity, Rob Waara, emphasizes the Court’s decision on gay marriage is more then “just about the legal benefits.” As a gay student, Waara says marriage equality creates a “personal statement” for the queer community as a whole that they are equal and accepted in this country. For more information on becoming involved with UW-L’S Pride Center or Rainbow Unity, check them out on Facebook or go to the Pride Center, which is located in the basement of Cartwright Center around the corner from the Cellar.


RacqueT Editorial Board

K.C. Powers | Editor-in-Chief Nicole Laegeler | Managing Editor Melissa Moss | News Editor Caleb Brown | Viewpoint Editor Ashley Reynolds |Assistant Viewpoint Editor Annalise Falck-Pedersen | Features Editor Spencer Mertes | Sports Editor Hannahrose Rand | Multimedia Editor Bree Levine | Senior Copy Editor Chelsea Fischer | Copy Editor Becky Franzel | Copy Editor

Senior Reporters

Olivia Mercer, Katie Johnson, Alan Voy, Casey Seneczko

Staff Reporters

Rebecca Schnabel, Katie TerBeest, Rachel Tortorici, Jordan Fay, Greg Nickel, Kaitlin Daigle, Matthew Leitner, Katelyn Flynn, Mara Bertog, Amy Kempf, Jordan Batchelor, Laura Abellera, Lauren Klein, Emme Harms, Jade Baumgartner, Mariah Johnson, Madeline Marquardt, Mandy Rice Tram Tran, Brianna Bennett

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Senior Photagrapher | Toni Hanson Photographer | Noelle Anderson, Elaine Funk, Alex Gorka, Jacqueline Chilsen, Devin Minor, Lydia Rivera, Jenna Hopkins Political Cartoonist | Sam Janowiack, Michael Vogt Graphic Designer | Avery Velo

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Cara Conway | Business Manager Tiffany Joaquin | Ad Director

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And also with you... By Casey Seneczko Staff Reporter

Politics is an all-encompassing binary battle existing on an infinite spectrum of blue and red nestled next to religion, gun control, gay marriage and thoughts on Glee. As time advances forward, so do the issues. However, religion remains timeless. This morning I was handed two small pamphlets outside of Cartwright Center: A story of a Pearl and Life Eternally. Often times, students and faculty pay no attention to the man behind the pamphlets out of lack of time, care and sheer annoyance. Don’t make eye contact, maybe they won’t talk to me. But they always do. Pamphlet pushers tend to give an off putting vibe for thrusting their religious beliefs upon others in the assumption that something they’ve said or the words written have resonated. However, a simple waste of paper and time for some is life on a folded five inch radius to the other. I believe in God, undoubtedly. Born and raised Catholic I’ve been stereotypically labeled as a religiously and politically permanent, austere, crazy corner of Christianity. However, labels aren’t always fitting. I had perfect Sunday school attendance and crossed my face with holy water every Sunday in a ceaseless sit, stand, kneel cycle that Catholics call mass. While tradition and routine are keep me in the front pew of God’s law, I am away from my roots, away from my parental influence, formulating faith to me. College will be, or has been, for me at least, one of the most trying times for the preservation of faith. Not having the time or sleeping silently under the blankets of last night’s inebriated left-overs, we leave the routine and begin to form new opinions outside of what we used to know. As a sovereign body of self-discovering students, we are forced to look at life around us that is changing and make the personal choice to either move with it, or rest on our laurels. Christianity is being forced to shape its historically “eternal” fundamentals around the new foundations of social society. Christianity is becoming more liberal whether people like it or not. Gay marriage is happening and we can’t really look back. Recently, students have changed their Facebook pictures to red equal signs to support the sanctity of a “nontraditional,” gay marriage. However, one student expressed that “gay marriage should be referred to as a union to respect religious identification with the word marriage.” Senior Cody Brown responded to this saying, “The term marriage is older than Christianity itself. It means the joining of two people in a commitment. Christians merely adopted the word.” The Catholic Church has undergone some recent changes including the new Pope as well as the changes of translation of routine prayer to the literal Latin translate recitation. What I grew up knowing as “Peace be with you. And, also with you” has now become “and with your spirit.” Interestingly, spirit is the internal principle of conscious HUMAN life. No one ever says “Peace be only with you, Christian, and also, only to you, Christian.” If we stand around with signs and smite God’s creations because their spirit isn’t necessarily Christian, more specifically Catholic, or simply that they believe the marriage isn’t limited to man and woman, doesn’t that make you hypocritically unholy? God told us to love all creations, all humans. Take down the signs, and love like God did, since that’s the message anyway right? Moreover, opinions will vary—respectfully—on religion, gay marriage etc. Many Christians continue to argue that gay marriage, among others, should not be allowed because “that’s what the bible says.” However, the bible also says in Leviticus 19:27 that we “shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.” Well, we know where every child from the 1990’s is headed. Hopefully bowl-cut hell will be able to hold all of us. The following verse, Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves.” Tattoos are sin; fittingly enough, that includes bible verses and inked crosses. And Regina George isn’t the only one who bans the really nice, gold hoop earrings you got for Chanukah, Timothy 2:9 hates them too. It is an interesting notion that we use the bible to aid in loathing yet we don’t really follow it at all, only when it deems fitting for what we THINK God wants. Truth is, no one will ever know because none of us are God. So the next time you reach for that Lycra-spandex running tank top, know that Leviticus 19:19 says that polyester too, is a sin, and not just because it looks cheap. Religion will always have double standards without a winner, whether Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, agnostic or atheist. God told us to love one another as I have loved you. “Jesus associated with all the people in society in a loving manner that no one else was willing to... lepers, prostitutes, Samaritans, Gentiles, tax collectors, Pharisees, [and even the pamphlet pushers] to name a few. Can you say the same?” Co-exist and be respectful. It’s almost that simple.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Vanguards the real face of UW-L By Matthew Leitner Staff Reporter

The Vanguards are responsible for being the face of UW-La Crosse and enticing incoming freshmen to consider La Crosse for their college careers. They are most well known as the campus tour guides who show incoming freshmen the campus and spread interesting stories about the student experience. Now, I had never been on a tour in La Crosse, but I assumed that the tour guides would tell me all about the academic success of the school and other dry, boring facts about the school. The Vanguards quickly corrected my misconception. “I always try to make my tours funny and interesting for the students,” senior Vanguard Ben Urbanek said. “I want the students to ask me questions, so that I can personalize the tour and tell them what they want to know. If I ever get a quiet group then I typically tell them about my experience at La Crosse and give them tips, so that they don’t make the same mistakes I did.”

Learning is important, yes, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle. Fellow Vanguard sophomore Emily Albrecht added, “Many incoming students don’t want to hear about facts or statistics when they come on visits. What they really want to know is experiences and what it is like to live here and go to school here.” It stands to reason that students would rather know what it is like to be a student here. They can do their own research, and probably had already done it, on the statistics of UW-L. What they don’t know is what it is like to live and to learn here at La Crosse. It is an insight into the UW-L student mind which is priceless. Although Vanguards are most well known for their roles as campus tour guides, they have more responsibilities than that. “We go to college fairs to give the student perspective,” Urbanek said. “We

even went [to] Onalaska High School to help them with the complete college experience, not just at UW-L.” Remember when I said that Vanguards are the

“Many incoming students don’t want to hear about facts or statistics when they come on visits.” Ben Urbanek UW-L Vanguard face of UW-L? I was being literal. “You may also see our [Vanguard] faces on pamphlets or billboards representing the school,” Albrecht said. “We also do service projects around the area and sometimes help in the admissions office when needed.” Sophomore Taylor Eichstaedt found the campus tour that she was taken on very informational. “I learned all sorts of hints and tips for when I live in the dorms,” she said. “I wouldn’t have known about the wooden plank to put my food on, or thought of the idea for a countertop in between the desks if I hadn’t gone on this tour.” So Vanguards don’t really mention the academic standing of UW-L, or the cost of going here for a semester or any of those other boring statistics, but the Vanguards are crucial to peaking student’s interest about La Crosse. Going to UW-L isn’t about figures on a piece of paper; it’s about the experiences a student can take away from this place, the ones that they’ll remember forever. Learning is important, yes, but that’s just one piece of the puzzle. How about the friends that you’ll make here which will last a lifetime, or all of the cool fraternities, sororities, intramurals and other activities and groups that you can be a part of here? See going to La Crosse isn’t just about the school, it’s about the community, and the camaraderie one can find here at UW-L.

Let your inner prankster free By Olivia Mercer Senior Reporter

While spring was supposed to have begun a few weeks ago, we are just now seeing glimpses that it actually may be right around the corner. Speaking of spring, another, typically forgotten holiday has passed us. Yes folks, that’s April Fools’ Day. I grew up having a love-hate relationship with the holiday. Having a prankster of a mother, the day was always full of practical jokes and pranks. Depending on the severity, and my ability to get her back, I either loved the holiday or hated it. However, the fact that I even recognize, let alone participate, in the holiday is abnormal. I feel, similar to May Day, it is a forgotten holiday.

“Yes, absoluetely I participate in April Fools Day. I hate my roommates.” Jesse Easley UW-L Senior For those of you not familiar with the holiday, it is a holiday that falls on April 1 each year. It is a day dedicated to playing practical jokes on your peers (sometimes superiors, I will admit.) April Fools’ Day is not meant to be aggressive, malicious or anything of that nature. It is a time where individuals can be free to let their more humorous sides loose. Being that we college students are a fairly atypical kind of society, I would be quick to think most students would embrace a day to play practical jokes upon friends, co-workers and roommates, however, that doesn’t necessarily seem

to be so. In my past 3 years on the campus, I have never once had an April Fools’ Day trick played on me-- by anyone but my mother that is. So, for the students that still continue to participate in it, I wonder, “why?” Colin Abendroth, a junior at UW-La Crosse, is an avid Racquet reader, and has been waiting to make his big debut in the paper. He is abnormal in the sense that, yes, he also participates in April’s Fools Day, yet considering himself to be “Wisconsin’s silly goose” to me, this makes perfect sense. “I participate in April Fool’s Day because I just think it’s a silly event, and I like to be silly. And, what an opportune time to be silly,” said Abendroth. A practical jokester in everyday life, he has quite a few jokes up his sleeve (not just knock, knock jokes either.) “I [had] the perfect April Fool’s joke for my mom this year,” said Abendroth. “I texted my mom a picture of a placenta, told her she is going to be a grandma, and that’s her future grandchild in the womb.” While his mother will probably find this joke to be less than practical, he insists that it is, “all in good fun. I’m just a silly goose.” Jesse Easley, a senior at UW-L, has opposed intentions than Mr. Abendroth. He uses the holiday to have pent up anger taken out in practical jokes. “Yes, absolutely I participate in April Fool’s Day. I hate my roommates,” said Easley. There you have to folks, though atypical, April Fools’ Day is a holiday still participated. I encourage you all to participate- whether jumping on the Abendroth bandwagon and using the holiday to let your silly goose unleash, or siding with Easley and using the holiday to unleash pent up anger on the roommates. And, with the widespread popularity of Pinterest, finding practical jokes should be nothing short of easy.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Without checking WINGS your schedule will never fly By Jordan Batchlor Staff Reporter

“Am I supposed to press a button or something?” This is what my advisor asked me last semester as I sat in his office registering for classes. I should add that I failed to notice my registration date; one that was particularly early and would mostly guarantee any and every class my WINGS advisement report desired. Not only that, but an email to my advisor, let’s call him ‘Mr. X’, cost me another precious week before an appointment was set. So there I sat, a little nervous, unsure of what I was really asking, but at the very least there so Mr. X could check off a sheet, give me a few suggestions for classes, and close the door on the way out. “Am I supposed to press a button?”…Yeah, I guess I’ll just do it on my own. I’ll admit that my pitfalls for class registration are mostly of my own doing. Not checking WINGS’ registration date, not being in contact with my advisor sooner, not setting up a ‘shopping cart’ of classes in advanced (If anyone actually does that), yadda, yadda, yadda. But students have so much more to get done! Especially for Spring registration, we are all focused on our current classes—most of which are getting busier by the week and coming up on finals. It’s like UW-La Crosse’s faculty got together in 1909 and said “OK, I’ve got

a good one. How about we get all the professors to increase the number of tests and papers towards the end of semester. And just before finals get here, tell students to spend hours planning, deciding and focusing on next semester! That’ll really screw with ‘em!” But obviously it’s not just UW-L. I had the same problems at my old school, too. So why does class registration give so much trouble? “My first semester registration went great,” said Danielle Cook, freshman. “Someone figured out all of my scheduling for me, and everything was set for me in the fall.” But just as they get you hooked with the good stuff, come next semester you’re in cold water. “For this spring semester, it got a lot more complicated. I encountered a lot of issues with classes and scheduling and did a lot of having to figure it out myself. I mean my advisor was helpful and all, but probably not as much as she could have been.” But wait? We have the handy WINGS application. It’s the answer guide bestowed upon us from the wispy white clouds above! Wrong. Not to overly belittle our institution, which, of course, I belong to and am glad I do, but WINGS is as navigable and user friendly as Whitney dining is a three star Michelin restaurant. “The ‘plan your schedule’ application thing on WINGS didn’t help at all; I expected the set-up to be a lot simpler. And the website itself and the format of registering confused me and stressed me out quite a bit, too.” added Danielle.

That’d be one hell of a coincidence By Alan Voy Senior Reporter

The History Channel has created a series called The Bible that culminates with the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The show has garnered an audience of seven million viewers, on multiple channels. But when people are not complaining about religion, they must complain about politics; The History Channel has been receiving flack for its portrayal of Satan. MSN posted an article that noted the similarities between Satan and President Obama. I myself have to admit that the similarity is uncanny. The question that still hangs in the air is was this portrayal intentional? If the History Channel’s makeup artists or directors intentionally portrayed Obama as the devil has been debated on several new sources like MSN and The Huffington Post. It is extremely unlikely that the History Channel was completely oblivious to the fact that their Satan looked like President Obama, though the History Channel claims that the portrayal was unintentional. They stated that the actor they hired, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, has stared in several Biblically based movies including the 2006 The Ten Commandments. I find it hard to believe that casting and makeup would be able to gloss over the fact that the actor they were working with was a doppelganger for our President, though it is reasonable to hire a notable biblical actor to play in a series called The Bible. Even if it is unintentional, this portrayal of Satan creates a statement that is hard to take back, and may create a pattern where portrayals of notable figures in prominent media becomes socially acceptable, in particular President Obama. Though the History Channel claims amnesty from picking Obama to star as Satan, several news sources have also picked up on racial tension within the casting of this show. A white Jesus, played by Diogo Morgado, juxtaposed with a darker skinned Satan has been condemned by a number of people. Though this is a tradition that dates back to slavery days, it is just as tasteless today as it was back then.

It is extremely unlikely that the History Channel was completely oblivious to the fact that their Satan look like President Obama. On that subject, many theologians disapprove of the show because of its inaccuracies of race, theology and geography. One of the chief complaints being that Jesus is too pretty, not that Diogo would mind hearing that. Several theologians, including two pastors I’ve talked with, believe that Jesus was on the short side, a little overweight and most certainly not white. The History Channel’s The Bible takes its place in a long line of shows that are lacking historical accuracy and sometimes content, including Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Swamp People, Big Rig Bounty Hunters, Top Gear and to top it all off Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. The History Channel used to be known for its informative and comprehensive (though admittedly Hitler heavy) documentaries. Looking at the lineup today, I can’t even read a bio on the two and a half hours of documentary they show during the 4a.m. to 6:30a.m. block. Now, the History Channel seems to be less history and more Hollywood.

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It can’t all be so complicated and unmanageable, though. For some, the process is as stress-free and relaxed as sleeping through your 7:45a.m. class. “I’ve never had troubles registering for classes, here or at my old college,” junior, Kevin Monday told me. “If you screw up or are late to register, I mean, it’s just a class, you can always take another one. Besides it’s your fault for signing up too late, so who can you blame?” Please, take it from me. If you haven’t already done so, check your WINGS, maybe shoot your advisor an email and be prepared to run into a few roadblocks. If you can do so, then you won’t find yourself like me, writing salty resignations in a newspaper about how you once upon a time screwed up.

Gen eds the right learning curve By Laura Abellera Staff Reporter

Students seem to always have complaints about general education requirements that supposedly, “have nothing to do with” their major or future lives at all. One proposed solution to all of these ‘unnecessary’ educational components is to make all general education credits a form of a pass/fail grading system. However, there already is one option to do this to help complete your general education requirements. The change would just be to extended the pass/fail system to all of the gen. ed. courses outside your major or minor, and not just one, as it is currently. As a student who values multi-perspectivism, I believe that a methodology such as this would cultivate a sense of laziness in students. Although gen. eds. are blamed for many issues including being excessively time-consuming or tedious when unrelated to a student’s major, their function is inherently helpful in a future career. Employers are no longer looking for potential candidates who have a one-track, one-dimensional educational history. Having a variety of perspectives and experiences is something valued in an economy where employers have the upper hand in hiring. Although it may mean extra work, and a little extra effort, having classes that emphasize a variety of subject material will inevitably create more thoroughly educated graduating classes, and subsequently a well-rounded work force. This extra effort is worth it according to graduating senior, Leah Jagodzinski, who firmly declares, “It would give students the idea that it’s okay to do the bare minimum because they might assume that there would be no reason (in regards to a grade) for them to try to improve.” This is an extremely important point because students who truly buy into the legitimacy and sole importance of ‘the grade’ are sadly mistaken. Jagodzinski also discussed with me the importance of making the connection between gen. eds. and a student’s major. The classes designated as gen. eds. can all be applied to a major or minor. I guess it may come as a surprise to some students, but if you have a grasp on speech, it could help your communication skills in any career area or having an understanding of history can help you contextualize political ideologies. Another graduating senior had an important thought on student effort, if one student in the class is taking it as a pass/ fail and another is majoring in the subject, this could create problems. According to Andrea Fresen, an active student in the Sociology Honors Program “if someone works hard and puts in the effort to do well in the class, they could potentially receive the same passing grade as someone who did minimum work – it doesn’t seem fair or logical to me.” These general education courses, if used with a normal grading scale, are extremely helpful for those indecisive individuals like me. General education credits were my absolute best friend throughout my trial and error period. After changing my major four different times, it was wading through the gen. eds. that gave me the experiences I needed to finally make a decision.

Resolutions turned to reality By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

As the year 2013 progresses, students at UW-La Crosse claim their New Year’s resolutions made in January are still being upheld. Most people tend to only follow their resolution the first few weeks of the New Year, but for the majority of students at UW-L this is not the case. The most popular resolutions among students on campus include eating healthier and becoming more physically active. A common resolution was to develop healthier eating habits. Freshman, Austin Reinicke, explains his goal is to drink less soda, which he admits is difficult to do on his current meal plan; “The soda machines at the Sub Shop and in Whitney are way too tempting.” The will power necessary to develop healthier eating habits is crucial in order to make a change. Although the healthier choices require effort from students, the dining services on campus are eager to provide more nutritious options. Since the beginning of the school year, the dining service has worked to increase the amount of vegetables and whole grains offered with meals. University Dietician, Sarah Nicklay, states “Every platform is designed so there is a healthy option available and you can create a balanced meal.” She suggests that students who are trying to eat healthier on campus should

work toward making their plate half fruits and vegetables. She also emphasizes the importance of incorporating whole grains, lean meats and low fat dairy into each meal. Through taking this advice and considering nutritious alternatives, it is possible to maintain a healthier diet. The most common resolution, however, was to become more active and exercise on a regular basis. With the summer season quickly approaching, students have become concerned with shedding off the pounds that were gained during the winter months. Luckily, UW-L has great facilities on campus which are very accommodating to all workout preferences. Freshman, Brandon Sinclair, has been able to stick to his increased workout resolution, “I go to the REC every day and then come back and do Insanity.” There is a large amount of motivation required to diligently follow a workout routine, but places such as the REC or other designated workout areas assist in achieving this goal. The REC is the ideal place for students to work out during the winter. Consequently, the increased popularity has caused this facility to be very crowded at particular hours of the days. Those who work out regularly have complained that they often find themselves waiting for a treadmill to open, or are irritated with the number of people on the track and courts. The solution to this issue is to become acquainted with the outdoors and explore the campus’ surroundings. As the weather becomes warmer and the spring seasons hovers, the outdoor activities at UW-L are endless. The scenic bluff paths provide not only a fantastic view, but also a great workout.

Aside from hiking the bluffs, another popular recreational activity is taking advantage of the paved trails, which run through the marsh. The trails can be easily accessed in Myrick Park, and extend north and east. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor workout, the fundamental component to achieving resolution goals is to have a planned routine and schedule times to consistently workout.

“I go to the REC every day and then come back and do Insanity.” Brandon Sinclair UW-L Student The success of New Year’s resolutions is possible, especially on a campus such as UW-L. For those who have struggled with sticking to a resolution, it is not too late to make progress. Freshman, Kali Erickson, states “I find it best to stick to reach my goals when I have a friend to motivate me.” Regardless of which resolution is being pursued, the most important key to success is to find a support group. Support from family, friends and peers is critical in order to receive motivation to follow through with resolutions.


Annalise Falck-Pedersen Features Editor

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

It happens on occasion

UW-L student band plays around town

By Emme Harms Staff Reporter

Mark Twain once said, “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.” Derek Olson, a UW-L senior, takes that statement to heart when writing lyrics for his original songs. Olson began playing guitar in high school, and although his style has changed dramatically, his passion for music remains. He began learning cover songs, drawing inspiration from singer songwriters such as Ryan Adams. He now plays in a group called The Occasions with fellow senior Sam Slater and friend Erik Rockson. They have been performing together for several months in

On Friday, April 12, The Occasions will be playing at the Pearl Street Brewery in downtown La Crosse starting at 6:00 p.m.

the La Crosse area at coffee shops and bars. Olson joked that the band consisted of “local rambles,” meaning that they play at many different locations in the area. One of Olson’s favorite things about performing is that each time is different. Each venue and crowd creates a different atmosphere with which the band can vibe. He enjoys the spontaneity of performing and tends to follow the music wherever it takes him. Olson also made a point to say that playing for them really isn’t about the money; it’s about enjoying the music they make together. With guitar, bass, mandolin and vocals, The Occasions are able to cover a wide range of genres, mixing originals with cover songs. Olson writes most of the lyrics himself and says that his inspiration comes from “sleep deprivation and coffee.” Jokes aside, he feels that inspiration can come from anythingeven mistakes. Hitting a wrong cord or note changes the song into something totally new. He also noted that he gets writers block every now and then and tends to write a lot in two year increments. Olson also comments that because music is always changing, there are always improvements to be made on songs; adding new parts and harmonies can change the entire feel of a song. He describes his music as being like graffiti—something that

everyone can see and recognize. However, he also comments that it is transparent, with deeper meaning still to be added as the group continues to play. Olson gives advice to musicians wanting to make a statement saying, “You have to be unfiltered and real.” He notes that it can be challenging, especially in unfamiliar situations. He says he sometimes gets stuck between “selling out” and being too personal while on stage, which is why the band’s set list changes depending on the show. It can be a hard balance to find, especially when standing on the verge of the unknown, as Olson often does. He never knows where his music will take him, or where he will play next; but he enjoys the building up of that excitement and the change that music brings. On Friday, April 12, The Occasions will be playing at the Pearl Street Brewery in downtown La Crosse starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the group and more

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upcoming shows, you can visit Facebook. com/yahoomountaindew or reverbnation. com/derekolson. Most of his songs on are available to download for free. Half of the profits from priced songs will be donated to the Fender Music Foundation. The group is hoping to get in the studio soon to record their original songs as well. The La Crosse area has many talented musicians, so take a walk downtown and see them live!

How far is too far on April Fool’s? By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

We all can appreciate the occasional well pulled off prank—especially when it’s on someone else. Jokes can be exciting to plan with your friends and may be simple or intricate. Pranks come in many different forms and may claim you as victim when you least expect it. With April Fool’s Day come and gone, hopefully you heightened your senses if you thought your friends were up to something fishy. While some may treat April 1st as any other normal day, others may praise this past holiday and plan an array of pranks. The diehard pranksters can be extremely original, creating their own master plans. If they’re

not so creative, the internet provides endless renditions of successful jokes and ideas to celebrate this honorary day. You can find all sorts of pranks to play on your friends with a few items to pick up and instructions on how to carry out the plan. If you are planning something on the elaborate side that will be a prank to remember, I recommend recording it. After all, you would want to share your genius and mastery to everyone, right? YouTube and other sites are the perfect place for your pranks to live on forever. It also is a place to view the countless versions of classic pranks pulled over and over by different people in the world. Maybe perusing through some internet pranks will spark a clever idea for you. If you’re deciding to spend a good chunk

Sun-kissed forever

Make your spring break tan last By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter

It seems as though Mother Nature has began to (hopefully) give us a break from the wintery mayhem and that warmer days are on the way! Soon enough the sun will shine bright light a diamond and we’ll begin to benefit from some much-needed Vitamin D. Whether you were one of the lucky one’s who were able to get away to some paradise-like destination for spring break, or you’ve been stuck in the Midwest anxiously for Mr. Sun to show, there are steps you can take prior to and after sun exposure to make the most of your tan! There are many foods that increase melanin, which according to livestrong. com, is important to your skin’s health. Melanin is a compound that pigments the

A local dermatologist said people get the most sun damage before the age of 25, and you can’t reverse the damage thats done from the past. skin and protects from the harmful effects of sunlight. says that animal products, such as chicken, turkey and oysters can feature multiple nutrients that assist in melanin production. Dairy products like cheese and milk have also been found to increase melanin. Other good options are soy and seeds, as well as dark leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, whole grain products and chocolate. Much like and advise to use an exfoliator before applying sunless spray tans, it’s also beneficial prior to outdoor sun exposure as well. Shower up and use any body scrub on your entire body. Exfoliating will ensure an overall even suntan because it will remove all of the dead skin cells. Exfoliated skin means

fresh skin that will hold onto the tan longer! Once you have gotten sun exposure, moisturizing your skin is a very important key to making your tan last. suggests applying moisturizer from head to toe at least twice daily. Keeping your skin hydrated can elongate your sun-kissed look by several weeks. When skin peels, it’s usually because you have been in the sun for too long. Peeling is

Exfoliating will ensure an overall even suntan because it will remove all of the dead skin cells. a sign of a sunburn, which is NOT healthy! But, if it’s too late, there are some steps from to prevent peeling of the skin. First, take a shower with cool water to prevent skin irritation and use a soft cloth and shower gel to wash the area. Liquid gel is gentler on your skin than a bar of soap would be. If your skin is already peeling, rub it gently with a cloth to remove those parts that are loose. This might help prevent the peel from extending and taking more skin with it. Next, pat your skin dry after a shower rather than rubbing it dry, or allow it to air dry if possible. Don’t shower every day either, as this further dries our your skin. Protect your skin from further skin exposure to avoid further irritation, which can lead to skin peeling. And lastly, drink plenty of water! This will hydrate your skin and help it regain the moisture lost due to sunburn. Remember; ALWAYS apply sunscreen when you’ll be exposed to the sun. I spoke to a local dermatologist who stressed the importance of limiting your time in the sun. He said people get the most sun damage before the age of 25, and you can’t reverse any damage that’s already been done in the past. Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to know how much sun your skin can handle.

of your time or resources on a prank, make sure it’s suitable. You do want your victim(s) to be your friend afterward, right? Make sure you know the person on a level where this

If they cry, and it’s not ‘tears of joy,’ you’re doing it wrong. certain joke will be well received, or at least won’t make them regret ever befriending you. Don’t plan on ruining your friend’s personal belongings that they probably don’t have the money to replace. Definitely avoid physical pain and more importantly mental or emotional pain. You wouldn’t want your friend to have issues or fears for the rest of his or her life as a result of your prank. If they cry,

and it’s not ‘tears of joy,’ you’re doing it wrong. The bottom line is to put yourself in their situation. Imagine you are the innocent victim of the prank you have in mind. Is it offensive? Will it hurt you? Scar you for life? Make you wish you’d never been born? Yes’s to any of those are a sign to chose a different master plan for your prank. You can always tailor a prank to fit your friend and help avoid a potential disaster. Your best option is to go on a harmless route but I understand for some of us, we live for the excitement. Whether you’re planning to spend your April Fool’s doing nothing extraordinary or you’re anticipating pulling the prank of a lifetime on your friend, try to keep safety of yourself and those around you in mind. Have fun and happy April Fool’s Day!

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UW-L’s own April Fool’s pranks Students share their best pranking memories By Jade Baumgartner Staff Reporter

In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, I went around campus this week and collected stories about your experiences with this prank-filled day. I couldn’t include all the stories I heard of pranks inflicted by and inflicted on students, but there seemed to be two recurring themes: Saran Wrap and tricks with water sprayers (on sinks). This student liked to get up much earlier than her little brother. On April Fool’s Day, she woke him up ridiculously early, shaking him awake exclaiming that he was late for school. She was very satisfied when he shot out of bed and bolted around the room, getting his stuff together for school as fast as he possibly could. This student had some friends over and was kind enough to cook them food in his upstairs kitchen. He got downstairs to discover that his friends had flipped every piece of furniture over and taken all of his socks out of his drawers and spread them all over everything. One student once put Saran Wrap on the inside of the shampoo and conditioner bottles in her house so that when her family members went to wash themselves, nothing would come out. This student happened to be dressed up on April Fool’s Day. She went to her kitchen sink and turned on the water only to be shocked – and drenched – by the sinks’ sprayer, which

had a rubber band around it. After she had finished chiding her parents – who had been the guilty pranksters – she forgot about the rubber band, turned on the sink, and was drenched a second time. The best seasonal prank this person pulled was in high school – to a teacher. Even a few other teachers were in on it and assisted them by providing the keys to this unlucky instructor’s classroom. I’m sure he was surprised and dismayed the next morning when he discovered that his classroom and all its contents – even down to each pencil – were Saran-Wrapped. One April 1st, this student’s grandfather told all of his grandchildren that he was gifting them a thousand dollars. He must have been very convincing, because this student believed him and was thrilled before he crushed her new excitement with a simple “April Fools!” In the spirit of classic sibling rivalry, this student took her little brother’s boxers and hung them on a tree outside their house for the entire community and any passerby to see. One April Fool’s Day, this student was attending class as usual, when it was interrupted by a couple of students who had decided to bring some April Fool’s spirit to Cowley Hall. One of them had dressed up as a banana, and the other – wearing a gorilla costume – proceeded to chase the ‘banana’ around the building.


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How to love the foods you hate(d) Time to give it a second shot By Kaitlin Daigle Staff Reporter

Spinach Common Complaint: Tastes like grass My Remedy: Whole Wheat Lemon Chicken and Spinach Pasta • 1/2 lb whole wheat angel hair pasta • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper • 3 cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts • 3 tablespoon lemon juice • 3/4 cup Half and Half • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese • 1/2 cup baby spinach, stems removed • 3 tablespoon EVOO Bring a large pot of water on to a boil. Salt the water well and add pasta. Heat a large skillet over med-low heat. Add oil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Cook until the oil begins to sizzle, about 7-10 minutes. Add lemon juice, Half and Half and about 3/4 cup of the pasta water to the garlic-oil mixture. Raise the heat to medium and cook until sauce begins to bubble. Drain pasta and add ½ cup Parmesan cheese to the cheese sauce. Toss for 1-2 minutes to combine. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and add to pasta along with spinach. Top with remaining cheese, enjoy! Brussel Sprouts Common Complaint: There’s a chemical you can sometimes taste. My Remedy: Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Greek Yogurt Ranch • 1½ lbs fresh brussels sprouts • ¼ cup olive oil • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch powder • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • ½ cup fat free Greek yogurt • Salt Preheat oven to 400. Wash brussels sprouts in a colander. Cut in half. Place onto a baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO and then top with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until leaves begin to get brown and crunchy. In a small covered bowl, mix Greek yogurt with about 1 tablespoon of ranch powder and lemon juice. Stir. Add more ranch to your liking. Serve while sprouts are hot, using the ranch as a dipping sauce. The Result: Mildly reminiscent of French fries, perhaps?

cauliflower is the better. Add milk, butter, sour cream, garlic salt and pepper and mash until it resembles “mashed potatoes.” Top as you would potatoes!

Swimming for Honors By Greg Nickel Staff Reporter

Shenandoah, Texas was the site for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Championships. And with teams gathering from all around the country, there was definitely some stiff competition. But two UW-L swimmers brought home some great honors, and made a real impression at the meet. UW-L sophomore diver Andrew Janny earned his second Honorable Mention All-American award of this year’s championships. The Waukesha native earned the award in the threemeter diving competition, placing 12th with 474 points. Janny wasn’t the only UW-L diver to come back with honors. Justin Bublitz, a freshman heeding from Winona, finished well in the same event. Bublitz finished 14th in the three-meter diving competition with 460.95 points. As a team, the Eagles finished 34th at the national meet, with 16.0 team points. Highlighted by Janny and Bublitz’s performances, the UW-L men’s swimming team had a pretty successful time down in Texas.

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Asparagus Complaint: Weird texture Remedy: Chicken and Asparagus Rollups • ½ cup Greek yogurt • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 1 lemon, juiced and zested • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon • 16 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • 4 slices provolone cheese • 1 cup panko bread crumbs • Salt and pepper Preheat oven to 375. Grease a baking dish. In a bowl, mix together yogurt, mustard, lemon juice and zest, tarragon, salt and pepper until well combined. Pour breadcrumbs onto a plate. Set aside. Cook asparagus on high in the microwave until tender, 1-1½ minutes. Slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place 1 slice of cheese and 4 asparagus spears into each chicken breast. Put onto a greased baking sheet. Spread each with yogurt mixture followed by a sprinkling of breadcrumbs to create a coating. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Grapefruit Complaint: Too Tart Remedy: Baked grapefruit • 1 grapefruit • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup • ½ teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 375. Halve grapefruit and remove pith with a knife. Loosen the sections. Drizzle honey or maple syrup onto the tops of each grapefruit. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes. Great breakfast or snack. The Result: A sweet, filling treat!

Cauliflower Common Complaint: Not flavorful enough My Remedy: Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes • 1 head cauliflower • 3 tablespoons milk • 1 tablespoon butter • 2 tablespoons light sour cream • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt • Pepper Separate cauliflower into florets and chop into small pieces. Bring 1 cup of water to a simmer in a pot. Add cauliflower. Cover and turn the heat down to medium. Cook cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender. Drain and discard all of the water, the drier the

Thursday, April 4, 2013

By Mandy Rice Staff Reporter

On Saturday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, UW-La Crosse wrestling team finished fourth at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships. The team finished with 56.0 points, scoring a top-four finish at the National championship. Wartburg College won its third straight national title Saturday with 103.0 points. Following in second was Elmhurst College with 82.0. In third, UW-Whitewater scored 78.0. Ithaca College came in fifth with 47.0. Four UW-L Wrestlers competed in the national competition. These four include senior Adam Sheley, senior Billy Mayer, freshman Izzy Balsiger and junior Kevin O'Brien. All four UW-L wrestlers competing this weekend earned NCAA III All-America honors. Sheley, seeded third in the tournament, captured the 141-pound national title Saturday night. He captured the title with a win by decision (2-1) over fifth-seeded Paul Marcello of Johns Hopkins University. Sheley is the second wrestler in school history to win the 141-pound national title. Sheley went 4-0 in this year's tournament. Finishing his career at 97-15. Sheley also earned his third career NCAA Division III All-America honor this year. Mayer, the third-seed at 285-pounds, finished 4-1 in this year's National Championships. He earned third place title after a win by decision (5-3) over fourth-seeded James Buss of Loras College. This weekend, Mayer placed third and earned his third career All-American award in his third appearance. Balsiger, unseeded at 125-pounds, placed fourth on Saturday. On Saturday he started with a win by decision (5-3) over eighth-seeded Matthias Ellis II of Brockport State University followed by a win by decision (3-2) over Christophe Donaldson of Ursinus College. Balsiger lost the third-place match by decision (3-2) to fourth-seeded Gilberto Camacho of Wartburg. He also earned All-America honors at the national competition. He went 5-2 this weekend to finish the year at 31-5. O’Brien, seeded fourth at 174-pounds, placed fifth also earning AllAmerican Honors. O’Brien earned fifth-place with a win by decision (53) over third-seeded Lou Puca of SUNY-Cortland. He went 4-2 in the national championships to finish 19-5 on the year. He is 32-13 in his career. He earned his second NCAA III All-America award this year.


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+++ Props to Enrique Iglesias. - - - Drops to getting a bad hair cut and eyebrow job in the same day, at two different places. +/- Props to getting tan over spring break. Drops to the dry, cold weather of Wisconsin peeling it right off. - - - Drops to allergies taking full force in the change of weather. +++ Props to getting my economics class cancelled all last week. - - - Drops to already seeing wasps. Are they invincible?! - - - Drops to my dog getting old and peeing all over my lap, en route to the airport, in the very beginning of my return home. Double drops to the pee setting off the airport security. +/- Props that it is April. Drops that school isn’t over yet. - - -Drops that this April weather is so cold!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

+++ Props to people who call or text just to say they are thinking about you. - - - Drops to Mother Nature’s April Fool’s joke on us. The day’s high was a blistering 35 degrees. +/- Props to not getting any April Fool’s jokes played on. Drops to forgetting to play any jokes on other people. - - - Drops to my friend puking down the side of my car. - - - Drops to people honoring an MTV celebrity’s life, but not the people who risk their lives (and lose them) on a daily basis. +/- Props to finding super cute shoes! Drops to them being a little too small and hurt to wear. Pain is beauty! +++ Props to Chinese delivery when you forget to go grocery shopping. - - - Drops to roommates who don’t pull their weight with household chores. + ++ Props to fluffy bunnies.


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