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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay, Ap ri l 7, 2016


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Presidental political rallies stir debate and discussion By Peter Lenz Staff Reporter

This week the La Crosse area played host to a number of political rallies. With Wisconsin’s primary coming up on April 5, the possible presidential elects seized their chance to spread the word of their campaign in the frozen tundra. Politician John Kasich started the political week off with a rally at River Steel in West Salem on March 28. Following Kasich, politician Hillary Clinton held her rally in

“My favorite moment was how he had the leader of the Ho Chunk Nation introduced him and spent the first few minutes discussing the treatment of Native American people.” Whitney Storvick UW-L Student a large lecture hall on Western Technical College’s campus on March 29. Finally, politician Bernie Sanders capped off this busy week with a rally at the Omni Center in Onalaska on March 30. The different rallies coming to the area also brought around different views and opinions. Kasich is one of the three Republican candidates still fighting for the GOP nomination. At his Monday rally, Kasich was the only candidate to address the crowd town-hall style, opening the floor up for

the voters to ask the questions. This allowed for a multitude of topics to be covered ranging from national debt to fighting terrorism. On the topic of other candidate’s plans to ban Muslims, Kasich said, “This is nonsense, you want to get this world straightened out? We need to bring all the civilized people of the world together because the vast majority of the world is civilized.” Clinton was the only candidate to hold her rally inside the city of La Crosse. Clinton covered a variety of topics during her speech ranging from education, jobs, fixing the

“This campaign is to teach people to think outside the box. With the strength of the people we can show everyone that things don’t have to be the same in 5 or 10 years.” Senator Bernie Sanders (Dem.-VT) Presidential Candidate economy and guns. Clinton’s speech was filled with her policies and how she plans to fix the important issues. UW-La Crosse student Sarah Semrad said that her favorite part of the Clinton rally was,

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“Her section talking about public education and how teachers deserve better than what they get.” Clinton described herself as a “Progressive that likes to make progress.” And that through her years in office she has learned how to find common ground with anybody, while still being able to stand her ground for what is best for our country. Sanders’ rally at the Omni Center was prepared for a large group of people. They had many more volunteers walking through the line, checking audience members in and informing them about early voting. Sanders also had more officials checking audience members into the rally, making the line move much quicker than Clinton’s.

UW-L student Whitney Storvik said, “My favorite moment was how he had the leader of the Ho Chunk Nation introduced him and spent the first few minutes discussing the treatment of Native American people.” Throughout the rally, Sanders had a very inspirational tone. He continually stressed the importance of voting, and the incredible feats that can be done with the power of the people. “This campaign is to teach people to think outside the box. With the strength of the people we can show everyone that things don’t have to be the same in 5 or 10 years.” For more information on voting in Wisconsin, contact your state official elections office at (608) 266-8005 or visit https://myvote.wi.gov/Home.aspx.

“Festival of Languages” promotes lingual diversity By Whitney Storvick Staff Reporter

lessons given by UWL’s Ballroom Dance Team and a study abroad panel. UWL’s Department of Modern Languages has hosted the festival for the last three years in order to help attendees understand languages and cultures other than the ones with which they already identify. By authentically connecting with the languages and cultures represented at the event, they hope to engage people in the global world.

UW-La Crosse’s Department of Modern Languages held its third Festival of Languages on Wednesday, March 30 in Centennial Hall’s Hall of Nations. The event was free and open to students, faculty and staff and was cosponsored by UWL language clubs. From 9 a. m. to 3 p. m., the festival held speakers and activities all relating to language and culture found across the globe. The festival opened with the Dean of the College of

UW-L’s Department of Modern Languages has hosted the festival for the last three years in order to help attendees understand languages and cultures.

The festival opened with the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies, Julia Johnson, stressing the importance of having such a strong language department and her gratitude that UW-L has just that. Liberal Studies, Julia Johnson, stressing the importance of having such a strong language department and her gratitude that UWL has just that. In addition, a UWL vocal jazz ensemble was featured to ring in this year’s festival. UWL alum and recipient of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers’ 2015 Distinguished Educator Award, Lynn Sessler Neitzel, presented the festival’s keynote speech. The current Curriculum and Assessment Director at Blackhawk Technical College gave her speech on the importance, relevance, and necessity that world languages 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

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hold on the future. Neitzel graduated from UWL in 1990 with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education and French, and shared both personal and professional opportunities she has encountered from being able to speak in languages other than English. UWL Political Science and Anthropology professors, Dr. Elisabeth Peacock and Dr. Regina Goodnow, shared their journeys and also discussed how languages can improve prospects

during the 2016 Festival of Languages. The festival was also filled with various activities in which students, faculty and staff participated. The event started with Chinese calligraphy and language lessons. More micro-language lessons were offered throughout the day, including Hmong and Russian lessons. As ethnic refreshments were served, attendees were able to participate in papel picado Mexican folk art lessons, waltz

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Student attendee, Kyla Delaney, studies both Chinese and Spanish at UWL in addition to previously studying both languages prior to her collegiate career. She stresses the importance of learning about culture because “it’s the only thing we know.” As a first-year student, Delaney is undecided on her major but hopes to find a way to incorporate her language studies in her future plans. “Even as a waiter,” Delaney argues studying languages would prove to be beneficial. Delaney, who participated in both a calligraphy lesson and a Hmong lesson during the festival, believes that learning another language helps her learn in other subjects and will eventually make her a more marketable applicant for professional positions. Index

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Who reports, who decides? By Destiny Baitinger Staff Reporter

“We Report, You Decide” has long been Fox News Channel’s slogan. What happens when they fail to report neutrally, and you only have one option to decide? Take this 2016 Presidential Primary as an example: CNN and Fox News have been headto-head on which candidate they deem to be the best. Fox News has sculpted an image regarding Politician Bernie Sanders as a radical socialist giving free handouts to all, and striving for extreme policy regarding economic equality. Bill O’Reilly from Fox News explains that “’Now the majority of those supporting senator Sanders have no blanking idea what he actually wants. They are hypnotized by the prospect of

free stuff.’” This statement not only attacks those who are supporters of Sanders, but also reveals how invested Fox News has become to twist its viewers’ thoughts regarding Democratic candidates. O’Reilly continues to explain that Sanders’ handouts are for people who “‘are a derelict, a layabout.’” As an audience member, I would be crazy to vote for Sanders if I watched Fox News because they’ve characterized him to be radically undemocratic. To set the record straight, Sanders isn’t a socialist trying to strip all money away from tax collection and give it away to those abusers of welfare. He wants to create a state where money doesn’t keep multiplying for the rich while the people on welfare, who actually need assistance, are getting

Apple vs. Android By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

There is a lot of speculation about which phone brand is better: Apple or Android? It seems that most people are for one or the other, never both. I have had an Apple phone since I first was granted use of a cell phone, so I would say I’m slightly biased toward this particular brand. However, with new phones and features coming out from Android (such as the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge), the lines are becoming blurred and it is getting more difficult to choose a side. So let’s take a look at some of the best and worst features of both brands and see if we can come to a consensus once and for all on which brand is better. Apple has had “smart” phones out since 2007, when technology legend Steve Jobs announced his unveiling of a new tablet with a phone function. The IPhone. This revolutionary smartphone included features such as an iPod, applications, and touch technology for the first time. Since then, the iPhone has evolved into the slim, easy-touse and minimalistic device so many have come to know and love. Unique to Apple, the iPhone uses the iOS/OS operating system, which gives Apple the advantage of operating almost completely independently. However, there are also some huge disadvantages to owning an Apple phone. It is necessary to buy music solely from the Apple Store, meaning you have to pay for almost every song you want to listen to without using your data. There have also been some major issues when updating each new version of

iOS, including phones not being able to restart or even complete loss of data. This proves difficult for many Apple users because there are many applications on the phone that will no longer work until you upgrade to the next version of the operating system. The alternative to Apple phones is Android. Android made their debut in October of 2008. This short gap in between releases of the brands created a huge gap in popularity between the iPhone and the Android phones, but Android has a lot to offer that Apple does not. Firstly, there are many different options of Android phones to choose from when purchasing a new phone. With Apple, you generally have to opt for the newest version Apple has available at the time. It is also much easier to get free music for an Android phone, a feature that is considered very important for lots of smartphone users. Many would argue that the Android system is less likely to crash than an iPhone. There are also setbacks to having an Android, too. Android’s main focus, alternatively to the iPhone, is not simplicity. This makes it much more difficult for consumers who have a more novice knowledge of technology to operate these phones. If one is not particularly familiar with Google applications and systems, this is not the phone brand for you. Which phone is dominant over the other? They both have their pros and cons, but ultimately, the decision of which phone is better is a very personal opinion, and a decision one must make for themselves.

First world terrorism

By Eagan Norman Staff Reporter

Since the start of this year, there have been several terrorist incidents as we’ve all seen in the news and on social media. Whether it’s your friend from back home changing their profile picture to the French flag, or a live coverage of the events in Brussels in past weeks, most, if not all people are aware about the major terrorist attacks in Europe and the U.S. People have sent overwhelming support to the victims of these attacks, and families and citizens of the countries have been very grateful. Thanks to the media and social networking, most everyone is aware of the majority of the details involving the attacks in Brussels earlier in March, in San Bernardino, California in December and in Paris last November. Unfortunately, a large portion of the U.S. populous isn’t aware of the staggering statistics of terrorist activity across the globe in the past year. Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, there have been three majorly broadcasted terrorist attacks: Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino.

poorer. He is a Democratic Socialist, which is quite different than an actual Socialist. Being a Democratic Socialist isn’t as bad as Fox has made it sound like. There’s also little surprise they have shown wide support for both Kasich and Cruz. On the other hand of the spectrum is CNN. Unfortunately, they have openly supported Democratic candidates while ridiculing the tactics of Republican running mates. Politician Hillary Clinton of course is the favored, more traditional Democratic candidate for CNN. Though they don’t spend large amounts of time casting out opposition, they put a large emphasis on Clinton, so that their viewers have minimal room to weigh the options of other candidates. Take the Flint, Michigan debate for example: CNN had ‘outside source’ Todd Graham rule that Clinton beat out Bernie winning a B+. Bernie only received a B. When The Detroit News website


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However, these are just three of the 500+ attacks that have occurred since the beginning of July, and make up less than half of a percentage of the deaths across all of these attacks. I’m not trying to say that the deaths of those involved in the European and U.S. terrorist attacks aren’t significant, but that if we are going to plan to combat terrorism, we need to be educated as to how big of an issue it is. Unfortunately, in my opinion, over the last few decades the media has gone from being a respectable source of non-biased information to being more of a form of entertainment, with many different stations to cater to each and every person’s opinion. Most national stations will air a terrorist attack story in Europe because it’ll bring in ratings and boost viewership. However, on July 1 and 2 in 2015, the Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that very few people are aware of, stormed Kukawa Nigeria and massacred 145 people which is one less than Paris and San Bernardino combined. Not only didn’t get adequate airtime to open the American people’s eyes to the violence happening across the globe, but to

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add insult to injury, there is a pitiful amount of information on the event. If one was to look up the November 2015 Paris attacks on Wikipedia, you would find a five section page describing nearly every detail of the incident. On the other hand, if one looks up July 2015 Kukawa Nigeria Massacre, one will find a paragraph, and that’s it. Everyone knows that terror is a major issue in the Middle East right now, thanks to media coverage. What most media outlets aren’t telling viewers however are about all the innocent lives that are being taken. While most UW-La Crosse students were enjoying winter break back in January, ISIL, or ISIS, launched an attack on Deir ez-Zor, a city in Syria. Over the course of their attack, they killed 135-300 people. Nobody has been able to narrow it down to an exact number yet, and most were killed execution style. This kind of information is important for the people of the U.S. to know, especially when we have the current issue of taking Syrian refugees or not on our hands. If they

have to legitimately fear evens such as those of Deir ez-Zor, then we as a nation need to take them in, and do what we can to prevent anymore mass murders from happening, regardless of whether it’s in Europe or the Middle East. The amount of support that we as a nation give to victims in Paris and Brussels as well as here in San Bernardino is very heartwarming, but we need to spread our support elsewhere and increase the intensity. Since July, there have been seven terrorist attacks where 100+ people were killed, and only Paris got any news coverage. The other six were either in Africa or the Middle East, and went largely unnoticed. If we as a people are going to be able to combat terrorism, we cannot be in the dark as much as we are today on the events unfolding across the globe. We need to not only stand by our fellow people of Europe and the U.S., but also support the real people that are suffering from terrorism in the Middle East and Africa.


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Nutella: What’s nut-to-love?

By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

Spreadable nut spreads have been an iconic part of the American diet for decade. Peanut Butter may have been America’s love when it comes to smearable nuts, but it now has ever growing competition in Nutella, a chocolate and hazelnut spread. Jackie Olson a junior says “It is so good I have hard time not just eating by the spoon full. In fact I even was given Nutella as birthday present this year because I love much!” While Nutella has only really been on been popular in the United States for the last decade, it actually has been in existence for much longer. It was first produced by the Italian company, Ferraro, in 1964 first

gaining favor in the European market before setting seas. In the time since it has been first created, people come up with a have variety of delectable ways to eat the Nutella. There are always the classics: on toast, with pretzels, and as fruit dip substitute, or even just by the spoonful. Despite these being great ways to enjoy the spread, there are also a many more creative ways. In fact, Pinterest is inundated with ideas on how to consume Nutella. One simple idea is to have Nutella s’mores. Replace the Hersey squares with daub of Nutella and now you have a s’more that you do not have to worry about the chocolatey goodness sliding all out. Another idea is to add Nutella to milk heat it up and voila hot chocolate. Also put a bit of Nutella in a bowl, place in the microwave for a about 30s seconds, and enjoy it as you

would chocolate fondue Want something to eat on the go? Add cereal (such as Cheerios or something along


those lines) honey, and Nutella together for a crunchy sweet, if a bit sticky, snack. Or another option is to make puppy chow,

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substituting the milk chocolate for Nutella. There are also a lot of options in how bake with Nutella. Online recipes can be found to cookies, brownies, cheesecake, chocolate pizza, bread pudding, smoothies and many more. A simple way bake with Nutella, using minimal effort is to buy a pre-made package of crescent rolls. Unroll triangles of the dough, smear some Nutella inside, fold it over, and then pinch the edges to ensure the spread stays in place. Then bake for approximately ten minutes. None of these ideas striking your fancy or want more precise recipes just head online for whole new world of Nutella filled options to explore.

Games with friends you haven’t played yet Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

Games have been a part of people’s lives since childhood. That is all children like to do. When people grow older though, they lose sight of what of fun games and replace them with responsibilities and relaxation time. But what if games can still be great for down time and be fun? Found below are a list of fun grown up games perhaps unrecognized but can be played as ice breakers, as a way to pump up the party with some jovial laughs, or just with a couple of friends. Forehead Detective: The objective of this game is for the person guessing to guess the person, place, or thing that is sticking to their forehead in twenty questions or less. Can be played with as little as two people and as

many as a whole party’s worth. Mafia: With a deck of cards and twelve to twenty-four people, this game could be a great thinker and make for a great time. There


is one moderator, a doctor, a detective, and a mafia for every three villagers. A game

of mystery and thrill, it is also a game that stretches on for day and night cycles so be weary when starting this game; once started, it will be hard to quit. Honey I Love You: Some people have played this game in the circles of elementary classmates, but playing when older can be just as fun or more so. It can be used as a great ice breaker for the purpose of the game is for one person to say the words “Honey I love you, but I just can’t say it” while the other person remains straight faced. Psychiatrist: This game should not be used as an ice breaker but is a great game to play with a bunch of your closest friends. There is one psychiatrist who would then leave the room. The rest of the people then are conflicted about their identity, therefore everyone must chose to be someone else in the room by means of a pattern (i.e. the

person two to the right of you). It is the psychiatrist’s job to find the pattern. A game to mock and to test friendship, it is none the less a great game to play. I Like Cherries: Perhaps more for the food and humiliation aspect, but watching people eat cherries has never been more fun. Grab some friends and set five cherries in front of each. The goal is to eat the cherries as fast as you can…with their hands tied behind their back…and the cherries covered in whipped cream. Ready. Set. Go! Sardines: The opposite of the classic game of hide and seek, sardines has one person hide while everyone else searches. When someone finds the person hiding, they join them until there is only one left. Look up these games for more in-depth details. Remember the thrill once more while playing these games!

Frozen treats to enjoy in the sunshine

By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

Spring is here, and warm weather is approaching quickly. Luckily, there are many great places to go near La Crosse to get an ice cream. Here are five ideas on where to go if Whitney soft serve just isn’t good enough anymore: The first suggestion is The Pearl, a classic ice cream shop


that most have been to after completing at least one semester at

UW-La Crosse. If you have never been there, head downtown to Pearl Street and try it! If you have already been there, make sure to make a special trip and try a new flavor. From campus, The Pearl is a short bike ride or leisurely walk away, but if that sounds like a lot of work, you’re in luck! Greengrass Cafe, located across from Cartwright, now serves The Pearl ice cream. You could even get a scoop on top of a waffle or pancakes! The next place to look for delicious, homemade ice cream is Ranison’s Ice Cream & Candy. They are located at 706 South 16th Street in La Crosse, and have 52 great flavors to choose from. If you have never been, they recommend New York French Vanilla since it is their most popular flavor. If you are more adventurous, don’t worry! They also have some more experimental flavors, such as coconut, blueberry cheesecake, or grape nut, states Ranison’s website. The best part about this shop is it works even for those of us on a budget! One scoop is just $1.52, that’s a deal you won’t find other places. Rudy’s is a fun stop for anyone in La Crosse, as it is a drivein! Grab some friends and a vehicle and prepare to be blasted into the past as you get served by waiters and waitresses on rollerblades. Rudy’s is a classic place where you can not only get ice cream, but also Dole Whips, shakes and smoothies-all the frozen treats you could want to enjoy in the springtime!

An unexpected place to buy ice cream is Great River Popcorn. Although they mainly advertise their delicious popcorn, you can also buy ice cream there. Like The Pearl, it is conveniently located downtown, and is a popular destination

Rudy’s is a fun stop for anyone in La Crosse, as it is a drive-in! Grab some friends and a vehicle and prepare to be blasted into the past as you get served by waiters and waitresses on rollerblades. for those who want to grab a snack and walk by the river. If you want to get out of La Crosse, head to Onalaska in search of Coldstone or Dairy Queen. These places are also good options if you have either of these places near your hometown and are missing the sweet treats you are used to! Wherever you go for a frozen treat when the weather gets nice, be sure to go with friends and eat outside. With good company, sugar, and nice weather, one can’t help but feel cheerful and smile! To make your springtime as sweet as possible, try checking off every place on this list!


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Usage of deadly drug fentanyl “shooting up” across the country By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

Fifty times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl is a new and deadly drug that is sweeping the nation. Yet it has rarely been talked about around the country and not many people are aware of the dangers of it, especially college students. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller that looks like heroin, in fact it is so closely related to heroin that it is often mistaken for heroin. In the past, you could find fentanyl being laced into heroin. But now it is being sold separately without the buyer realizing it which often leads to a recipe for a hasty death as only a tiny bit of the drug can kill you. Fentanyl hits the user so fast that they feel it as soon as they stick the needle in their arm. It has become popular due to the intense high the user receives. The result is that numbers are skyrocketing in parts of the country. For example, in some areas of New England, fentanyl is now killing more people than heroin. According to the New York Times article, Heroin Epidemic is Yielding to Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl, in New Hampshire, fentanyl alone killed 158 people in 2015; heroin killed 32 people. Fentanyl is representing the newest wave of addiction as addicts continue to look for higher highs for cheaper costs in prescription painkillers; Fentanyl is now the prescription drug of choice. That is right; it is a prescription drug. It comes in brand names such as Duragesic, Abstral, Subsys, Ionsys and Sublimaze. It has been used since the 1960’s to treat extreme pain. Now, the drug can come in patches or lozenge form. In fact, according to The New York Times, in 2015,

doctors wrote 6.64 million prescriptions in the U.S. However, the form that is commonly associated with overdoses is the powder form. That powder form, which is made in underground laboratories in the states as well as Mexico, can be injected or taken through a patch. In recent decades, illicit fentanyl has been smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico. “For the cartels, it’s their drug of choice,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “They have figured out a way to make fentanyl more cheaply and easily than heroin and are manufacturing it at a record pace.” The reason fentanyl hasn’t been talked about is because no one knew it was fentanyl. Everybody thought it was heroin and that is also the reason for the recent spikes in fentanyl overdoses. Nationally, the total number of fentanyl drug seizures reported by forensic laboratories jumped to 4,585 in 2014 from 618 in 2012. One of the reasons for the spike in reported fentanyl drug seizures has been that most cases were reported as being heroin related but recent lab results showed that fentanyl was instead responsible. Many labs continue to assume that heroin causes these drug overdoses, when in reality, it is actually fentanyl. But further study has made it clear that there is now a fentanyl epidemic. Last March, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a nationwide alert about fentanyl, saying that overdoses were “occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety.” Most of the overdoses have occurred in the Northeast, but recently, the drug has found its way into the Midwest and even Wisconsin, specifically southeastern

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the first time ever, heroin deaths were greater than car crashes or homicides. With Milwaukee’s history of heroin abuse, it makes this new deadlier drug that much more dangerous, and the odds are the number of fentanyl deaths will continue to be on the rise and continue to spread across Wisconsin. It is only a matter of time until we start hearing about fentanyl here in La Crosse.

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