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Hate is not a UW-L family value

Slurs written in blue chalk over chalked campaigns reported during student elections By Danielle Cook Staff Reporter

One of UW-La Crosse’s Affirmative Action statements reads, “Hate is not a UW-L family value.” Hate is not tolerated on campus, and there are multiple ways for students to report incidents where they feel threatened or targeted. The recent Student Senate elections involved four reported instances of insulting chalk messages written near candidates’ names on the sidewalks around campus. Brady Gross is a UW-L sophomore, who was recently elected as student senator to represent the College of Health and Allied Sciences for the 2014-2015 academic year. He witnessed the messages written in blue chalk, which were four separate sexual, antireligious and gender-related slurs directed at members of his campaign slate. “It’s really a shame to watch [these incidents] happen on campus. This year was a competitive election, and it was disappointing to see the negative aspects of politics demonstrated through these messages,” he noted. This particular incident was reported to the election committee, who forwarded the account to UW-L’s Hate and Bias Response team. This team is comprised of 10 on campus individuals ranging from police officers to

Although the number of reports seems large, it does not necessarily mean UW-L is experiencing any more or less hate incidents than past years. staff members of the Office of Student Life. Together, the team responds to individual reports of hate incidents in order to best determine how the situation can be handled.

The Hate and Bias Response staff then contacts the reporter if personal information is included. If contact information is not given on the report, the team decides the best course of action to eliminate the threat. Administrative and Program Coordinator for UW-L Campus Climate Matt Evensen explained that the team has three goals when

He witnessed the messages written in blue chalk, which were four separate sexual, anti-religious and generrelated slurs directed at members of his campaign slate. addressing hate situations. “Ultimately, we want to address the reporter’s need to feel heard, to feel safe and to know what happens next,” Evensen said. Historically, the Hate and Bias Response team has seen most incidents in the forms of verbal statements, messages written on whiteboards and insults written in chalk around campus, specifically during periods where university groups are already promoting something on the sidewalk. The number of reports has increased significantly from five years ago, when only 16 reports were filed for the entire school year. So far, throughout the 2013-2014 year, 95 hate incident reports have been recorded. Although the number of reports seems large, it does not necessarily mean UW-L is experiencing any more or less hate incidents than past years. The increase is mostly due to more proactive education about reporting these situations, including open forums on how to respond to hate occurrences. Each staff member in UW-L residence halls is required to undergo extensive hate response training before interacting with students. Hate reporting is also a topic now covered

in classes such as UWL 100, an introductory course to the university. Evensen explained, “UW-L is a campus that cares about inclusion. I believe that, to create a community, everyone needs to feel safe and included. It is really important [for students] to know that they can report incidents that happen to them. We want to know what’s going on around campus, so

we can make UW-L as inclusive of a place as possible.” To file a hate incident report or to contact the UW-L Hate and Bias Response team, please visit campusclimate/reporthate.htm.

The fight continues for academic freedom By Ayush Shrestha Staff Reporter

On April 17, the Faculty Senate and the United Academic Professionals of UWLa Crosse co-hosted an open forum on academic freedom at 4 pm in the Ward Room of the Cartwright Center. The panel in charge of the discussion included Adam Putz of the

Academic freedom is a concept of open ended education that has historically been fueled by three practices: tenure, peer evaluation and shared governance. English Department, Anna George of the Chemistry Department, Shared Governance Director of Student Senate Hannah Bresson and head of the English Department Susan Crutchfield. The Faculty Senate drafted a policy

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on academic freedom, asking students, university administration and other members of the community for their input. Before the draft goes public, however, the Ad Hoc committee in charge of the policy will first send a copy to Faculty Senate to see if they have any revisions. So what exactly is academic freedom? Academic freedom is a concept of open ended education that has historically been fueled by three practices: tenure, peer evaluation and shared governance. These three practices each contribute to the ever expanding progressive nature of education, and are now being threatened nationwide. The American Federation of Teachers stated that, “Faculty members who earn tenure after a long probationary period are protected from sanctions for saying or writing things that a particular individual or special interest group might disagree with, but that are consistent with proper academic practice.” The reason tenure is vital to universities is

because it gives teachers the ability to speak their mind without fear of being fired or punished by the university. According to the American Federation of Teachers, schooling is about sifting through different ways of thinking and finding one that is in line with one’s personal morals and ethics. When a teacher is forced to share the same opinion as the rest of the faculty and/or university, it narrows the scope of knowledge, hindering

Teachers are kept in balance by other faculty members in their department through peer evaluations. students from deciding what is truly right and wrong. Consequently, teachers are kept in balance by other faculty members in their department through peer evaluations. This can keep teachers in check and create a more competitive environment so that

Word of the Week Disparate

distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar The activist’s disparate thinking made her an enemy of the state.

faculty is pushed to do more research while maintaining focus and priority on student success. Shared governance is the last and maybe most important role in academic freedom, giving teachers the right, in conjunction with university administration, to make institutional change. In fact, shared governance is how this policy of academic freedom is being drafted. “I want to know what my teachers are thinking. It is nice that they don’t try to shove ideas down your throat, but sometimes I want to know what they believe,” said sophomore Asim Batajoo. “I respect all my teachers to the point where what they think is important, even if I don’t agree. I think that dialogue is the most important tool in the classroom because it causes people to look at more than one side of the issue.” Keep an eye open for the policy, as it should be publicly available in the next couple of weeks. For more information, contact Susan Crutchfield at


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New train route could block bluff access By Elena Montayne Staff Reporter

BNSF Railroad Co. has proposed the construction of a second railroad track in order to reduce delays and increase efficiency. The railroad, which exists to transport crude oil and other flammable materials from Canada, is familiar to many UW-L students that have crossed it in order to get to the bluffs. According to Elaine Anderson, member of Students for Sustainability (SFS) and Student Senate, the expansion to a double track may block bluff access for students. “I like to hike the bluffs, and I know that a lot of other people like to hike the bluffs. There’s been enough outcry at this point that [the railroad] said, ‘Well, maybe we’ll build you guys a bridge!’ There’s a chance that they actually would, but that’s kind of a small give in regards to what they’re doing,” Anderson said. In addition to path blockage, the addition of a second railroad track will destroy the surrounding natural habitat, as well as heighten the risks of explosion immensely. “If an explosion were to occur, our campus is in the blast zone, which is very, very dangerous. Currently, La Crosse only has enough foam to put out two cars on the train if there was a fire. When explosions happen, it’s more than just two cars. Legally, La Crescent can’t help us, so it would be really problematic,” Anderson warned. A spill, explosion or derailment is not unheard of. In fact, North America has seen several incidents in the past year. One of these incidents occurred not far from La Crosse

when a Canadian Pacific Railway tank spilled more than 12,000 gallons of oil in Winona, MN. Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS), as well as several La Crosse neighborhood associations, are working to put an end to the project in La Crosse. UW-L’s Student Senate recently passed a resolution saying that they, too, are opposed to the expansion. At this point, the debate is centered around who the land belongs to. “Does it belong to the city, or the golf course, or the railroad line or the Ho Chunk tribe? It’s kind of up in the air, although it looks like it might belong to the Ho Chunk tribe,” said Anderson. Several meetings have been held about the project at this point, and Anderson said that community members have been unanimously against the second track. “A lot of people are opposed to this. This is going to really negatively affect community members, so people are being really vocal about that.” One area that the meetings have lacked, however, has been in student representation. “The one I attended on Tuesday had about five or six students there, which is good, but if you look at that in relation to how many community members there are and how highly this is going to affect the students, they should be more vocal,” Anderson said. Anderson informed that there may be a petition circulating later in the semester, but at this point, students should get involved in their neighborhood association and attend community meetings. For more information about the proposal, students should contact UW-L’s Student Senate or visit the CARS Facebook page.


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Thursday, may 1, 2014

A new way to look at social justice By Zach Dickison Staff Reporter

On Wednesday, April 23, Heather Hackman presented her lecture "Climate Change Mind Set: Applying a Social Justice Lens to the Past, Present and Future of the Climate Crisis," in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Hackman's lecture revolved around the ongoing climate change crisis and how social issues like race and class have played a role. The lecture was based on three main points that need to be used in order to lessen humanity's impact on the climate. The three main points that are needed are: • Facts rooted in science, • Race/class/gender justice framework • Resilience, or in other words, tools Hackman received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2000. She then spent 12 years as a professor at St. Cloud State in Minnesota, receiving professor of the year four times. Hackman resigned in 2012 in order to do full time consulting and founded the Hackman Consulting Group. Her most recent research focuses on how race, gender and class impact the understanding and response to climate change. Although Hackman is not an environmental scientist, as she said in her lecture, she has the "capacity to understand it and the ability to do something about it." Hackman described the climate crisis as "a dance with a 600 pound gorilla, we are not done dancing until the gorilla is done." What she means is climate change is already in motion, the best thing the human populace can do is try to lessen their impact. If the human race continues business as usual, by 2100 the overall temperature will increase over five degrees

Celsius. Five degrees may not seem like a lot, but it is all that separates the Holocene (current era) from the ice age. So, if the temperature would raise those five degrees, there would be a tragic impact. Hackman also related the current climate crisis to the nicotine industry during the time when there was much confusion over whether cigarettes were bad or good for people. There is good chunk of the populace that do not believe the climate change is anything to worry about, or that it just simply does not exist. Hackman described that the carbon industry has played a significant role in casting the doubt over climate change. Much like how the nicotine industry tried to fool the public that their products were good for people, and that even doctors recommended them, the carbon industry is doing the exact same thing, casting doubt on the issue in order to keep making a profit. Casting a doubt over the situation is all that needs to be done, as even a doubt over the science will create a public backlash and disbelief because the science might be phony. Race, gender and class play a large role in the ongoing crisis as well. They all create separation of the populace, and as a result, can inhibit certain people to receive the proper education and channels to help contribute to the solution. Since many of the alternative resources to oil have an expensive startup cost, people in the lower class or poverty cannot afford these alternatives even if they wanted to. So, what can the human race do to help this issue? Hackman says people need to have facts rooted in science, a social justice framework and a connection to nature. In the big picture, the human populace needs to be concerned about long term survival rather than the GDP. For more information, check out the website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How green are you? By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

As the spring season moves into full swing, students at UW-La Crosse have been able to get out and enjoy the weather. The beginning of spring serves as a reminder to protect our environment and go green to sustain the valuable resources that everyone is privileged to enjoy. As part of Earth Week at UW-L, several passionate students teamed up to raise environmental awareness. Students for Sustainability coordinated the events for Earth Week, accompanied by other students from various organizations. Through these combined efforts, multiple activities and events were offered each day at the clock tower. Collen Sovey, member of Students for Sustainably, provided a detailed itinerary for the events of the week, “Monday we had a bunch of do it yourself stuff, Wednesday we had the farmers market, Thursday we will be recycling light bulbs, and Friday we're meeting at the REC (Recreational Eagle Center) for biking.” During this past week, students at UW-L have reflected on their personal contributions toward creating a better environment. Sophomore Melanie Wolf explained her habits, “I try to recycle bottles and cans when I can. I turn off the water in the bathroom whenever I'm brushing my teeth or washing my face, and I try to carpool when I can, too.”

Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC) member, Evan Mol assisted with supervising the Hoeschler Clock Tower events during the week and highly encouraged everyone to conserve water, “For RHAC, we made posters with different environment

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A farmers market takes place near the Hoeschler Clock Tower during Earth Week, which was sponsored by Students for Sustainability.

friendly tips. Some of the main tips were to shower every other day, and limit your shower to two to three minutes.” Although cutting back on the time spent in the shower can be extremely difficult, there are other ways to help the environment. Turning off lights,

No minor issue By Benjamin Kirchner Staff Reporter

Something a lot of us probably do not think about is what minor we should choose. For many of us, we think we should choose something that simply “looks good.” We take advice from parents, friends or just choose what is most convenient. I know in my case, I choose to minor in economics simply because I was enrolled in an economics course that I found interesting. To get a better idea of why we even need a minor I asked around to some of the faculty on campus. Linda B. Dickmeyer, chair of the Communication Department and my personal advisor said, “In your academic program, a minor is required. It is not so much a matter of importance, but one of necessity. Ideally, students would select a minor that compliments their major, allowing for relevant coursework, classes that pique one's curiosity and/ or an opportunity for more breadth or depth in regard to interest or major. Personally, I think it matters, but a student should be thoughtful and proactive when selecting his/her minor and not choose one for the sole purpose of ‘I need a minor.’”

“In your academic program, a minor is required. It is not so much a matter of importance, but one of necessity.” Linda Dickmeyer UW-L Communication Professor

and minor. Yet what is important for an applicant to remember is that 'you' as the applicant need to show an employer why this minor would be helpful to their position. Don't assume an employer will understand. You will need to connect the dots for the employer.”

“You as the applicant need to show an employer why this minor would be helpful to their position.” Karolyn Bald UW-L Career Services Advisor There is a lot of wisdom in that and she provides something that we need to remember. Just because we are going to school every day and performing doesn’t mean our future employer knows what we are experiencing. This led me to new conclusions about how to choose a minor, conclusions I wish I had made before being a senior in college with such little time left. Those conclusions are simply to find something that you have an interest and passion in when choosing a minor. Someday all of us will be sitting in front of somebody that will want to know why we took the courses we did and what we learned from them. If the passion and excitement took place that conversation will be easy, if not, it may be uncomfortable. We are in a unique time and place and have the tools to learn at our disposal, we might as well make it interesting. Minor in something that you are engaged in because ultimately that will compliment your life as well as your degree.

I also talked to Karolyn Bald, a Career Services advisor who told me, “Employers will care about your major

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recycling and using reusable water bottles are all great steps toward making our campus a greener place. In order to implement these actions, items were offered to students at the clock tower during the past week. Sovey elaborated, “We're handing out reusable water bottles, on Thursday we're collecting old light bulbs that can be reused, and Friday we're handing out free bike lights.” Students are able to use these resources to initiate a more sustainable future, which they believe to be very important. Wolf explained the impact her upbringing had on her current love for the environment, “My mom has always told me to be aware of the environment growing up, and I love the outdoors so just knowing I'm doing my best to keep it safe is rewarding.” In addition to the personal satisfaction, students work toward sustaining the environment because they are passionate about making a difference. Sovey stated, “Basically, I feel like I've realized that I'm not going to save the world by doing this, but if I don't make an effort myself, then I'm not benefiting the environment at all. At least I'm doing what I can to help the environment, and that makes me happy.” Although some action is being taken, more students on campus should consider the impacts their day to day routines have on the environment. By making simple changes to daily lifestyle, students at UW-L have the power to create a greener future.

La Crosse brothel law: Myth or fact? By Emily Schulz Staff Reporter

If you’re a UW-La Crosse student and you haven’t heard about the “brothel law” that limits the number of women who can legally live together, then you must be living—alone—under a rock. While it’s a commonly known “fact” among students that this law exists (taking rights from our sororities and other women on our campus), how accurate is it actually? A law that limits the rights of an entire group and not another is obviously a serious issue. When I first heard about it, I remember thinking that it was incredibly unfair, not to mention really strange and extremely outdated. However, it wasn’t really a pressing issue in my mind. I figured the law was out of my hands and probably existed for other reasons besides prostitution and brothels. It has, also, never directly affected me, as I never planned on living with more than six other women, and I’m not a member of a sorority. Because the law seemed so obviously unacceptable, I decided to do some research. I learned a lot as I searched the official government website for the city of La Crosse, other city ordinances and opinion pieces. First, I found out that UW-L students aren’t the only ones who have heard that their city limits the number of women who can legally live together. In fact, knowledge of this “brothel law” is common among students at most colleges (especially those that don’t have sorority houses). According to my findings, the supposed number of men and women who could legally live together ranged from three unrelated-people to more

than six, but one fact was common among all sources: nowhere in the United States do any laws restrict the number of women who can live together without also restricting the number of men. Further, these restrictions have nothing to do with brothels, and everything to do with the safety and happiness of the

These restrictions have nothing to do with brothes, and everything to do with the safety and happiness of the residents and their neighbors. residents and their neighbors. Whether or not this seems fair, here’s how it works. Cities have varying laws on how many unrelated people can live in single-family dwellings. This means households generally have to include people who are related either by blood, marriage or adoption. Certain places make exceptions, and sometimes landlords don’t follow the laws perfectly (just think about how run-down many of the houses and apartments are for students in La Crosse). College towns, for example, usually allow for sororities and fraternities to have houses near the campus. This isn’t true for all college towns, but either way, the laws are never different for people based on gender. The real problem here is that most people believe this law to be true, yet don’t do anything to fight back (myself included). We’re so used to the unfair treatment of marginalized groups that a law that limits women’s rights hardly fazes us. So, why doesn’t UW-L have any sorority houses? Perhaps this rumor has everything to do with it.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014


Where’s the beef for us?

By Ben Derks Staff Reporter

Being a student athlete is a difficult job. Somehow managing your schedule for homework, tests, practices and games is feat within itself. However, lately there has been controversy in one subject regarding collegiate athletes. Should these athletes receive free unlimited snacks and meals from the college? Most athletes would love to hear they would be getting free food, but is that really a good use of the tuition money that we are paying. Would some of us rather fund it towards education or buildings, rather than meals and snacks for players? Seriously, how nice would it be if everyone got free food anywhere around campus? Imagine walking into Centennial Hall with a fruit bar, where you could grab fruit wherever you wanted too. Not a bad thought, considering the prices of tuition now days. Google, one of the top fortune five hundred companies in the world, offers free food to all their employees around the clock. There must be a reason why they

are number one. Cassie Laabs and Lexi Valpon, two freshman living on campus, believe that it’s unfair that they would get special treatment compared to the rest of us. “I want free food,” said Valpon. Laabs then chimed in, saying “Why don’t we get free meals around here? I do just as much for the school going here, than they would playing a sport here.” That is an interesting way of looking at it. We are studying, working our butts off to receive a degree and, yet, we still do not get reimbursed for anything. Looking at the side of the

“Why don’t we get free meals around here? I do just as much for the school going here, than they would be playing a sport here.” Cassie Laabs UW-L Freshman athletes, think about how expensive it is to travel everywhere and eat out every time you are done with a game. Some of

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teams here at La Crosse usually play a game at night and drive back the entire night, just so they can make it to class the next day. In addition, some of these athletes are receiving a scholarship to play so they may not have enough money to begin with. This is probably the rationale behind this controversial program. There have been alternatives instead of paying for meal. For example, some people believe that athletes should actually be paid in general like a job. It’s such a time commitment and so much work goes into it, they would be paid just like a normal athlete would be paid. It would not be a bad idea, except for the fact that the university would be paying an extra thousand employees, which would mean an increase in tuition. Back in the glory days of high school, my coach would sometimes grab McDonalds for everyone and as a team, we could not have been happier because we were so hungry after the games. Maybe it would be best to help the athletes maybe around half way, instead of paying for every single meal so that it could meet in the middle. This would probably be the best idea for both sides and make everyone happy. Otherwise, I think everyone would want some of the beef.

Dressing under stress vs. Succumbing to surveys dressing for success By Karlee Schneiss Staff Reporter

Let’s face it. Part of the process of becoming a true college student involves the shifting of everyday wardrobe questions from “Should I wear sports clothes or jeans today?” to more extreme measures like “Should I wash my hair for the first time in 3 days or sleep the extra 10 minutes?” (Don’t act appalled, we’ve all been there in one form or another.) The root of all this problem stems from over-packed schedules and lack of time. As the years go on, the busier life seems to get. The need to go from one event to another, coupled with the physical demands of campus life, like hustling across campus from one class to the next, make comfort and practicality in dress a priority for many.

“Students often choose to have a more casual t-shirt and sweatpants look because it is a lot more convenient. With stressful schedules it is tough to fit everything in that needs to be done.” Colin Schindler UW-L Student UW-La Crosse student Colin Schindler summed it up nicely, “Students often choose to have a more casual t-shirt and sweatpants look because it is a lot more convenient. With stressful schedules it is tough to fit everything in that needs to be done. If you aren’t worried about dressing nicely, that is one less thing you have to worry about.”

This is not to say there aren’t those who do take the time to dress nice for classes or occasionally throw on casual wear though. There are many students who do that, too. For example, UW-L student Breanna Vey shared, “I choose to dress up when I go to meetings for my sorority. I also dress nicer on days when I know I'm not going to work out after class. There would be no point for me to dress up and then go get sweaty at the gym.” Schindler also added, “I choose to dress up a little bit nicer if I am going to be doing something in front of the class. If I know that there may be more attention drawn to me in advance, I will try to dress a little nicer for that occasion.” In those specific cases, like sorority meetings or presentations, dressing for success trumps dressing for convenience. Classmates and professors are more likely to take you seriously when you look the part. Don’t pay a tax for your appearance; dressing nice is always a beneficial idea, even if it’s not required. While I’d like to vouch for the whole “No one cares what you look like” idea, I need to be realistic. People that are dressed nicer are respected more. Not only that, but once our years are done at this university, we’re going to want a closet full of clothes that will fit our workplace demands. Vey clarified, “Think of it in terms of a professor. If they dressed in sweatpants and t-shirts we might not take them as seriously, but when they dress nice they show that they deserve our respect.” Now is the time to experiment with or build upon what wardrobe pieces we already have and prepare for the future. After all, while we may be dressing under stress and chaotic schedules now, future jobs will entail dressing for ultimate success.

By Franklin Carnes Staff Reporter

Online surveys are to students what telemarketers were once to our parents. Every day, via e-mail, I personally receive a survey. These surveys are on behalf of students who need information for senior projects. I do not have any figures on how many people complete the surveys, though I have gotten fed up a few times while taking them. That being said, they are very helpful to people. They all are for something good, not simply to annoy us. Like standardized tests, the survey responses are limited in options. I was completing one the other day and I stopped because I did not feel that many of the options were applicable to my life. It lacked space for 'other' information. Namely, I felt that the answers provided to choose from would not accurately depict how I felt about the subject. This happened during the first two surveys which I tried to complete, thus I simply do not open those e-mails anymore.

“I always do them, becuase I feel like it’s for a good cause. It’s kind of annoying but it’s better to help them.” Elain Anderson UW-L Student "I always do them, because I feel like it’s for a good cause. It's kind of annoying but it's better to help them. It seems worth it to help our peers’ research and what not,” said Elaine Anderson. After hearing her say this I realized that

I had been a little quick to judge all surveys based on my first two experiences. One of the surveys which I found most useful was 2014 Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award. Generally, the online surveys only take a handful of minutes, though some require 30 minutes or more. The shorter ones seem to be the ones most likely to be completed, and that comes to be no surprise. The age of the internet has allowed us to retrieve information at an astonishing rate and quantity, and hopefully of superb quality to match. This is contingent on the answers provided to students to choose from, and I believe that the best kind of available answer to choose from is a box in which students can type out their answers fully.

“I believe that if it is a student they aren’t always of high quality, though generally if it is faculty they do a pretty good job with them. Jesse Knutson UW-L Senior UW-La Crosse senior Jesse Knutson said, “I believe that if it is a student they aren’t always of high quality, though generally if it is faculty they do a pretty good job with them. It depends on how well the answers relate to the information they are trying to get.” From this point on, I will not be so quick to dismiss the surveys, and I hope you will not either. It seems worth it to at least open it and try to complete it in order to help our peers, as Anderson had stated earlier. In the end, it really is not that much of a hassle to complete.


As the end of the year starts to creep up on everyone, for some, it means graduation. Now, getting done with college is a pretty big deal, but what is next is even more important-finding a job or going another path. It is the ideal for Americans to rush out of their school, degree in hand, and hop into whatever job opens its arms to them, but there’s more options. I was talking to some adults this weekend when I was home and the biggest regret I heard from around the table was doing something different. Whether this meant taking a month to hike the appalachian trail or join the peace corps. They told me how as soon as you hop into a career path and land your first job you have signed away the next 40 plus years of your life to work. After high school, after college, and after retirement are some of the few opportunities people have to completely change their lives.

After thinking about this while laying in bed it began haunt me more and more. After I graduate, immediately getting a full-time job and settling down sounds like the worst. This

They told me how as soon as you hop into a career path and land your first job you have signed away the next 40 plus years of your life to work. After high school, after college, and after retirement are some of the few opportunities people have to completely change their lives. is why I have decided to get in contact with a peace corps recruiter and see if it is something for me. Post graduation is one of the few times you can do something like this, drop

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everything, go somewhere for a year or two, help people and experience what the world has to offer. Very rarely will this opportunity present itself to anyone in their later years. If you don’t do it now, the next time you are looking at is most likely retirement and if you have a family, it will maybe still be impossible then. Unfortunately, this is not something you can usually do in a couple years after you’ve had a job for awhile. Now, the point of this was not to say that getting a job and settling down immediately after college is bad, in fact, I support it for those who think it is right for them. But, for those who dread the thought of the Monday through Friday grind like me, it is time to start thinking-- what other options do I have? This is one of the last moments you have to do something like this before obligations to family, a job, or another tie holds you back, make something of it.


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Thursday, may 1, 2014

UW-L’s spring play preview: “The Metal Children” By Emme Harms Staff Reporter

The story of “The Metal Children” follows author Tobin Falmouth as he journeys to the small town of Midlothia to defend one of his books that has been banned by the local school board. Falmouth (Calahan Skogman) is the failing author of a novel that has caused quite an uprising in Midlothia. It is quite clear that his life is falling apart, as he cannot seem to pay is rent and his wife recently left him for a younger man. His situation is made even more unappealing by a visit from Kong, a drug dealer, played by Tanner Hofius. Falmouth’s promiscuous downstairs neighbor, Lynne (Jandrea Novak) also pays him a visit in the opening scene. Novak works the “just rolled out of bed” look well, making her character both funny and believable. Although his life seems to be in shambles, Falmouth’s assistant, Bruno Binelli (Quinn Masterson) does his best to think positively. Masterson captures the two sides of Binelli well, showing his enthusiasm as an assistant, but also being a caring friend. It is ultimately

Binelli that convinces Falmouth to travel to them. She refers to him as Boy X (Maxwell Midlothia and defend his Ward) in order to protect writing. is anonymity. Also, on his When he arrives, side is a very progressive Falmouth is met by two high school teacher, opposing perspectives Stacey Kinsella (Louis about his novel. It seems as Youngren). He is eager to though he won’t have much meet Falmouth and help of a defense, because his defend the book, even if it book has inspired a cult-like means putting himself in following among a group of the midst of a dangerous teenage girls. Led by Vera disagreement. Dundee (Rebecca Johnson), Fighting against the girls embrace their quite Falmouth is the Good literal interpretation of Church of Christ and the the book. Dundee informs Pork Patrol-a group of Falmouth that the girls teenage boys vowing to have begun to follow the protect the town, but bullies actions of the book’s main in reality. The GGC claims character, Meredith Miller, the novel glorifies sex, teen which include dying their pregnancy and a horrible hair blonde and becoming self-inflicted abortion and pregnant. When Falmouth suicide. They have bought questions this, Dundee all the copies and stored defends the girls, saying that there is a very them inside a locked vault. Roberta Cupp nice boy who has agreed to impregnate (Madeline Napolski) and Tami Lake (Katy

Making the end of the year musical By Jordan Fay Staff Reporter

With the end of the semester drawing to a close, several classes are dwindling down in activity leading up to end of the academic year projects and finals. On top of that, clubs and organizations are getting ready to transition into the next school year. With all of that happening students might feel a little stressed, so why not soothe the raging stress beast inside and listen to some great music by your peers on campus? Check out the UWLa Crosse Music Department website and pick up a program as we discuss the end of the year music department concerts in this week’s installment of Facepalm! As a musician myself, I can attest to the fact that the people involved in each music group on this campus work incredibly hard to produce quality music. At the same time, there is a lot of variety to the different groups performing and even with music selections that they perform. From classical to modern and everywhere in between, there is something for everyone to experience at the end of this semester. Starting with Friday, May 2, the UW-L Wind Ensemble will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts. Sunday, May 4 has two more concerts in Annett: the UW-L Symphonic Band is performing at 2 p.m. and the Women’s Chorus Concert will be at 7 p.m. On the same day, there will be an Orchestra concert at the Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse at 4 p.m. In the following week, the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensembles will be holding their “Music of the Night” event on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Annett Recital Hall.

On Friday, at the First Congregational Church on Losey and Main Street in La Crosse, there will be the Choral Union Concert at 7:30 p.m. Last but not least, on Saturday, May 10 will be the Chamber Choir Concert at 3 p.m. in the Annett Recital Hall. For more information on the music events or the Music Department in general you can go to their website at www. After this article has been published, I myself will have performed in my final

With all [things wrapping up and coming to an end] happening students might feel a little stressed, so why not soothe the raging stress beast inside and listen to some great music by your peers on campus? concert here at UW-L. I have performed with the Wind Ensemble, Screaming Eagles Marching Band and Jazz Ensembles here over my four years and it has been an amazing experience. This campus is home to several great musicians and professionals that help to make the music program at UW-L amazing. It is a bittersweet moment for me to have to graduate and leave behind a program that has had such a major impact on my life, but I leave her knowing that the memories and connections I have made will last for a long time. That being said, I highly suggest you find a way to attend at least one of these upcoming music performances and experience some great music for yourselves. The only Facepalm moment you will have is if you do not go.

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Williams), members of the GCC, voice their opinions at a public hearing. Falmouth faces the accusations with little aplomb as he begins to understand the consequences of his actions. Met with praise, violence and promiscuity, Falmouth must find a way to stop the madness while also confronting his own problems in life.

If you go... What: UW-L Theater presents: “The Metal Children” When: May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., May 4 at 2:00p.m. Where: Toland Theater, Center for the Arts Tickets: $16 adults; $14 seniors/non UW-L students; $5 UW-L students Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door.

Summer favorites

Getting ready to enjoy the summer break By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

As we inch towards the end of this school year, we find the weather finally cooperating and our workload increasing. The build up of work impedes on our time spent outside and we cannot wait till our final class day. Everyone looks forward to summer, whether it is going on a road trip or just relaxing poolside. Even if our only obligation is working during the summer, it seems more desirable than our full schedules now. What isn’t there to look forward to in the summer? The fruit is fresh, nothing beats a cold drink on a hot day and the sun still is shining after we’ve eaten our dinners. No one can appreciate the summers more than us Wisconsinites. We get to experience all extremes of the seasons, which sometimes seems only days apart. The frigid winters can transform into hot and humid summers. We don’t have mild weather all year long, but rather a few select days of it. Some prefer the snow and cold, but there’s no arguing that the list of possible activities grow as the temperatures increase. As college students, we must keep in mind that our number of summers off of school will come to an end. Unless we are education majors that will have will be teaching for a career, our wonderful summers after a school year are coming to a close. We need to remember that traditional jobs will have us working year long and our new time off will be using our vacation hours. The adjustment will be easier to make for those of us who already have full plates and work throughout the summers anyways. For those

who are used to carefree summers and doing fun activities (or nothing) with your friends, the shift will seem much greater. There is no doubt that we will have more time in the day to do the activities we find enjoyable. Thinking about his favorite summer activities, UW-La Crosse sophomore Austin Meier said, “I love to go to the beach during the summer. I also like to hike and just be outside in general. I’m from around La Crosse so I always hike the bluffs and go to Pettibone beach,” when listing his favorite summer activities. Along with the activities we do in our hometowns, we also enjoy taking trips for some variety.

What isn’t there to look forward to in the summer? The fruit is fresh, nothing beats a cold drink on a hot day and the sun stil is shining after we’ve eaten our dinners. UW-L sophomore Madison Norris likes, “going to my friends’ cabins. We always have bonfires in the evenings after long days of boating and being in the sun.” With all of the free time we gain when summer finally arrives, there is no shortage of activities to fill up the space. Whatever your favorites may be—relaxing or jet skiing—be sure to take advantage of the warm sun and long days. We all know that summer seems to disappear with a barbeque and the blink of an eye. Even if you’re working a majority of the summer, take a second to breathe in the fresh air, kick back and take in the moment.

What class would you want to see offered at UW-L?

By Kasey Overgaard Staff Reporter

“Some sort of group communication class where it’s like fifteen students and they just ask some hard hitting questions. Then they have heart to hearts.” Ben Stauss “If there could be any new class at UW-L, I would want it to UW-L freshman be an urban culture class because it would allow us to be more comfortable stepping outside the boundary of UW-L when we graduate.” Morgan Seifert UW-L sophomore “Woodworking class; it provides a lifelong skill!” Lucas Hegland UW-L senior “I would say cooking class so I can actually know what I’m doing with cooking, not burn anything and cook amazing “I would love design classes here at UW-L. I am very spatial- meals for my future model wife.” Tyler Derfus oriented and would love to take a class on interior design or UW-L sophomore architecture. These types of classes I think would be fun and would be interesting!” Megan Kuenster UW-L sophomore


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Thursday, may 1, 2014

Curious about your BMI? Swing by the REC What is BMI and how it can affect you By Dustin Skolaski Staff Reporter

Body Mass Index, developed in a 1972 medical journal, has become the premier tool in gauging the health of an individual. The Body Mass Index, or BMI, factors in the user’s height and combines it with their weight in order to give them a specific number that is used to determine what the supposed healthy weight range is. This number is frequently used by doctors and various clinics around the world to give a quick assessment of overall health. However, the BMI’s data can be misleading in its interpretation. As a loose example, if someone is five feet, 10 inches and they weigh 220 pounds, they would be viewed as unhealthy and overweight according to the BMI. Let’s examine this patient further and find the patient contains only ten percent body fat. This would mean the patient, by all other means, is healthy and an in shape person. The BMI, however, would have them at an unhealthy number outside of their weight range. Regardless of this limitation, the BMI isn’t going anywhere and it is very important for one to know their number. It is important to note that if someone did have a BMI number that is outside the healthy range, the Recreational Eagle Center offers body fat measuring to see if the person is actually unhealthy. The UW-L REC center is currently offering free BMI evaluations to any and all that choose to stop in to the strength center. The process also includes a “sit and reach” test and a “grip” test, both of which serve as a rough estimate to one’s health. The REC staff

has actually gone out twice each semester to the residence halls to offer this test, and faculty have also received screenings as well. The equipment used to run the BMI is much like a typical scale, but can perform advanced functions. Dennis Kline, the strength center manager at the REC, said, “You need to get familiar with [the equipment], your doctor is going to use it, your insurance company is going to use it.” Kline was very passionate when describing the screenings and how simple it is for someone to get evaluated. If one’s number shows up in the safe range, they are in the clear.

It is important to know that people who are classified as overweight or obese can still be healthy as long as they are fit. For those that have a number that appears in the danger zone, it is recommended that they join an activity or find some way to become active. It is important to know that people who are classified as overweight or obese can still be healthy as long as they are fit. In one study, fit people with BMIs that classified them as overweight or obese were healthier and lived longer than unfit people who were at normal weight. Regardless of the potential faults of the BMI scale, it is important to find out where one stands. Just like taking the car to the auto body for a checkup, one should do the same with their body.

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Eagles shake off rust, take flight in baseball win

After a shaky start to a game against Carelton College, UW-L baseball team is able to regain footing just in time to collect a “W” to the tune of 13-5 By Andrew Vanden Boogaard Staff Reporter

After four innings of mediocre play on a damp, breezy, chilly night, the UW-La Crosse Men’s Baseball team finally woke up. Down 5-3 in the 5th inning, the Eagles erupted for 10 runs within the next three innings en route to a convincing 13-5 victory over Carleton College. “We came out a little sloppy and weren’t ready to go at the start,” said Head Coach Chris Schwarz. “We just weren’t focused as a unit the beginning, but we were able to regroup and come alive as the game went on.”

“Truthfully, we don’t change our game-plan from team to team or game to game. We just try to make sure we play good defense, get good swings and make the opposing pitchers work for every out they get.” Chris Schwarz UW-L head baseball coach Schwarz continued, “Truthfully, we don’t change our game-plan from team to team or from game to game. We just try to make sure we play good defense, get good swings and

make the opposing pitchers work for every out they get. And we were able to successfully do that tonight along with having some strong pitching performances on our part throughout the game.” The turning point of the game came in the bottom of the 5th inning when junior Travis Buxton-Verstegen, with two outs, lined an RBI single to pull UW-L to within one run. Senior Jordan Greenland then kept the offensive push alive by smashing a two RBI single to put the Eagles up 6-5. At that point, UW-L never looked back, blanking Carleton the rest of the way with stifling pitching, tight defense, and plenty of offense to pad the lead. Game notes: • Freshman starting pitcher Jameson Lavery earned his third win of the year, laboring through five innings of work and allowing three earned runs while striking out three • Buxton-Verstegen and Greenland carried the day at the plate for the Eagles, going two for three and two for five, respectively, while together accounting for six RBI. • Sadowske had a career night, breezing through four scoreless innings of work while striking out five and giving up one lone single. • Both squads had their share of defensive hiccups, with both La Crosse and Carleton accounting for three errors apiece.

Importance in keeping dehydration at bay during summer fun By Patrick Griffith Staff Reporter

The birds are chirping, the sun is out later in the day and more bikes seem to have magically appeared outside of buildings. Spring has been a little lazy this year, but it is slowly but surely coming around. With the warmer weather upon UW-La Crosse, students are eager to get outside and be active. The fields on campus will soon be filled with Frisbees, footballs and tanning students. With a great variety of activities that La Crosse offers, students may be outside for a majority of their day. However, many students, often occupied by their enjoyment, forget about the importance of hydrating during warmer weather. Dehydration is when more fluid is lost than taken in, and the body doesn’t have enough water to carry out normal functions. Because so many students are very active and enjoy to run and exercise outside their risk of dehydration is much greater. Not drinking enough water during hot weather or exercise can both be a cause of dehydration. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk. According the Institute of Medicine, “the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their daily hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide. Thirst is actually a cue of dehydration.” Therefore, listening to one’s body is the best tool for preventing dehydration. Also watching urine color is another indicator of dehydration. The simple rhyme of “clear pee is the way to be” provides an easy way to remember to keep urine color dilute, ensuring adequate water intake. Some of the signs and symptoms of

dehydration include: thirst, lack of sweating, dizziness, constipation, dry skin, rapid breath and heartbeat and a dry mouth. Depending on the severity of any of these symptoms, consequences may vary from simply needing water to having a medical emergency.

The simple rhyme of “clear pee is the way to be” provides an easy way to remember to keep urine color dilute, ensuring adequate water intake. Drinking plenty of water before and after any outdoor activity is key to preventing dehydration. Drinking alcohol during hot weather is another cause of dehydration. Alcohol prevents the body from reabsorbing water, which causes the body to filter out more water than needed. This is why one urinates more when drinking alcohol. Therefore, if one is drinking on a hot day, make sure water intake is greater than alcohol intake. Those who are suffering from dehydration can be treated by those around them, depending on the severity of their dehydration. Getting the individual out of the heat and into a cool area is essential, even if it is putting cold rags and ice on the body to cool down the core temperature. Also, giving the individual plenty of electrolytes (Gatorade, watered-down juice, etc.) is one of the most beneficial treatments for getting hydration back into the body. Warm weather brings some of the best memories and activities of the year. By hydrating frequently, those times can be dehydration-free and full of fun.


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+/- Props to getting a lifetime supply of Taco Bell fire sauce for giving someone a good review. Drops to not having a lifetime supply of tacos...

Thursday, may 1, 2014

+ + + Props to the water fountain in between Cartwright Center and Graff Main Hall being turned back on.

+ + + Props to finally being able to take classes at lie!!

- - - Drops to swallowing magnets and still not being attractive.

+/- Props to seeing a bunny hopping around on my way home. Drops to also seeing a dead bird.

- - - Drops to dropping the lunch I was so excited to try all over my kitchen floor before even trying it.

- - - Drops to trail mix not having enough M&Ms, or for not being entirely M&Ms for that matter.

- - - Drops to the wind being so strong it blows me backwards.

- - - Drops to college athletes being provided with unlimited meals when there are many starving people in the United States.

+/- Props to 2 weeks of school left! Drops to all the work I have to do.

+/- Props to finally turning 21. Drops to the cops for taking my I.D. for an expired car sticker. + + + Props to getting a pasta named after me. +/- Props to seeing a bunny hopping around while going home. Drops to seeing a dead bird shortly after seeing the bunny.


+ + + Props to seeing my dog this weekend! + + + Props to only having two weeks left in the semester! - - - Drops to finals week approaching... - - - Drops to wind chills in the 30’s as we approach mid-May.



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