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Blood flow cut off
By Amy Kempf Staff Reporter
Walk into Cartwright Center on any given day and there’s a good chance you’ll see signs advertising a current or future blood drive. They’re everywhere on campus, being run by Greek Life, PreProfessional clubs and other various student organizations. While these blood drives are a great cause, the Student Senate believes that by hosting so many blood drives in the Cartwright Center, main rooms including Valhala and Port O’ Call are not available for student use. For this reason they have passed a resolution to limit blood drives on campus. Madeline Reed, Chair of the Student Services and Building Committee, reported that during this school year, Cartwright has been host to up to six blood drives every month. These blood drives last anywhere from one to four days. Wednesday, May 1, she brought a resolution to the Student Senate proposing that no more than one blood drive per blood bank organization (Red Cross, Blood Bank of Wisconsin) will be held each month. This limit does not apply to RHAC or any of the individual residence halls. She also proposed an amendment to the resolution issuing a two day limit on blood drives. Many concerns with this resolution were brought up at the Student Senate meeting. Limiting blood drives to one per blood bank per month essentially sets the limit to two blood drives each month because only two blood banks host drives at UW-La Crosse. This means that campus will be hosting a maximum of approximately eight blood drives per semester. One concern was that a single organization could “monopolize” and host a majority of the blood drives, leaving little chance for other organizations to host one. An amendment was added limiting each student organization to one blood drive per semester. This amendment brought up another concern that if each student organization could only host one blood drive per semester than it was possible that not all of the opportunities for blood drives would be used. The senator who brought up this concern stated that there are approximately five student organizations that regularly host blood drives. In a four month semester, the new regulations allowed for up to eight blood drives. The Please see BLOOD DRIVE page 3 senator felt that if there were not eight different
Slush is a word used to describe a soft semi liquid substance, and is also a term incorrectly used to describe the reserve account for the UW System. “The title slush fund is a misconception,” says Nick Bezier, President of UW-La Crosse Student Association. When Bezier first heard of this balance, he was told that there was one billion dollars stored in Madison. “It was pandemonium,” says Bezier. He first heard there could be a potential tuition freeze or tuition cap due to this reserve. “Something’s not right,” he thought, “for there to be one billion dollars in reserve, that’s
If you take away the restrictive portion, around $300 million is grants and gifts to the university. That leaves $600 million in actual reserve balance. Around $414 million of this came from student tuition, yet in the recent years tuition has been constantly increased. significant.” While the news initially resulted in anger from Bezier, he was able to break down the numbers. Afterwards, it became clear the numbers didn’t tell whole story.
Crowning Mr. UW-L Tight spandex, huge muscles, rapping and the National Anthem made up just the beginning of a great night. All of the 14 talented representatives stood up in front of more than 100 students to fight for the title of being the one and only Mr. UW-L. In the end, each person brought unique and hilarious talents to the foreground, but only three contestants came out on top. Mr. Philanthropy was won by Mr. Greek Life, Brent Jacobs, who raised the most money for the Special Olympics. Although Jacobs won because of the cash he raised, his performance was just as impressive. The audience swooned while he read his free verse poem about being chivalrous and treating every woman as a princess, even admitting that he would be a lucky lady’s “big spoon.” It seemed to spur a lot of attention and he even gathered fans on the UW-La Crosse Missed Connections Facebook page. One LAX Missed Connectioner wrote, “Your spoken piece at Mr. UW-L was breathtaking. You have restored my hope in the men on campus. You are a true gentleman. P.S. Wouldn’t mind being your little spoon.” He has obviously won the hearts of many, including the participants in the Special Olympics. Mr. Congeniality was won by Mr. Hutch, 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601
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Sun melts the slush: Clearing up the misconceptions of the “slush fund”
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Tyler Sarbacker. This award was chosen by the contestants who voted for the most friendly, good humored and pleasant contestant. After all, he must be a pretty likeable guy if he got the audience to cheer, “I love homework” in his remix of Asher Roth’s song, “I Love College” during his talent portion of the competition.
When you look closely and see how the numbers add up and where they come from, the “slush” becomes less terrifying and mysterious. If you take away the restrictive portion, around $300 million is grants and gifts to the university. That leaves $600 million in actual reserve balance. Around $414 million of this came from student tuition, yet in the recent years tuition has been constantly increased. “The legislatures claimed 1 billion dollars holds truth somewhere in between. Frustration lies not in size but how fast with tuition dollars.” According to the numbers, the reserve balance has doubled in the past three years. While it is nice for money to grow, is it still necessary to have a tuition increase of 5.5 percent after this substantial growth? With the numbers in reserve, the UW System has to identify how they want to respond and what they want to spend it on. The waiting list for financial aid programs is an important factor to run and is being taken into consideration. It is also a critical time for the System as they are 18 to 20 percent behind other mid-western states in faculty compensation. This threatens the academic quality of UW System. “If legislature takes away 180 million dollars for new biennium, for the next two, potentially four, years they could drain the reserve balance.” Bezier called the legislature and asked them to keep the money in the fund balance but they weren’t interested. “They’re frustrated with the System, shifty about the process and hold mistrust with Madison’s
officials which is unwarned.” When there is mistrust in the system, students can get caught in middle and they’re the ones paying for the education and experience.
“We need to find ways to remind legislatures we need to be protected. As students we have no stable income source, behing a student is our prime occupation.” Nick Bezier Student Assocation President “We need to find ways to remind legislatures we need to be protected,” says Bezier, “As students we have no stable income source, being a student is our prime occupation.” Especially with the current economy’s standing, it’s scary to look into the future and know that students, on average, will be $26,000 in debt after they graduate. Students want to know that their cause of debt is being used for an appropriate cause. With finals in the way and an unclear future ahead, students don’t need another thing to worry about. At least it’s nice to know the title of “slush” is a misconception. As Bezier says, “Before you jump conclusions, research numbers and find the new story the System is trying to tell.”
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In the end, Mr. UW-L was chosen by three judges who selected the best overall contestant. From his unique introduction that included squirting water at the audience to his astonishing ability to bend his body in almost unnatural ways, Ryan Kacvinsky wooed us with his various talents. The final award was given to the one, and only, Mr. UW-L. The performances were all so unique that it was extremely difficult to come to a final decision. Noah Johnson from Laux brought his inner “Indiana Johnson” to fight off a ninja, a greaser and two monkeys to save his damsel in distress. Mr. RHAC, Aaron Perkins, taught the audience how to do a Please see MR. UW-L page 2
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Pictured above: Students participate in Gamma Sigma Sigma’s Teeter Totter-a-Thon held from noon-midnight on Friday, May 3 at Drake Field. The event was held to fundraise money for the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin.
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Summer job search success tips By Rebecca Schnabel Staff Reporter
Searching for a job for this summer or next fall? Thanks to Financial Services and Career Services at UW-La Crosse, the quest for student employment does not have to be long, drawn out and exhausting. Here are some quick tips to make the grueling hunt that much easier, and in the end surprisingly productive. To begin, start looking early. According to Tim Tritch at Career Services, summer job opportunities begin appearing on the market shortly following the holidays. They continue to build up until about mid spring semester, where they actually begin to tapper off. Even if you feel unsure about accepting a job, or the employer is hesitant to hire so early, it is never bad to show interest in a position and show it early. Put
yourself out there as the one who wants the job most. Where to start the search? This is where a few generations ago the job hunt became quite tiresome, but with new self updating technology the process of discovering and remaining up to date on open opportunities has become unbelievably simple. The key is to keep checking for new openings, which is why you want to find a website which uses a Job Agent. Job Agents are software that will keep you up to date on new job opportunities posted on a specific website. It will check and e-mail you a new listing each and every day. So, being busy college students, you no longer have to take the time and effort to check the job catalog constantly. Tritch, Associate Director of Career Services, recommends both indeed.com and simplyhired.com as highly valuable tools for job-hunting, both
of which include the amazing Job Agent feature. For further help there are many opportunities right here on campus to discover both on campus and off campus prospects. Every spring, UW-L hosts a summer job and camp fair, which is a perfect chance to mingle with potential employers. There is also specifically a UW-L webpage dedicated to helping students plan their futures called Eagle Opportunities, accessible through www. uwlax.edu/careerservices. For further assistance on part time and summer jobs, stop by at Financial Aid located in Graff Main Hall. For professional programs or internships, consider a visit to Career Services in Centennial Hall. Good luck and happy hunting!
Mr. Eagle Maroon wins Mr. UW-L crown
Password pandemonium in Wisconsin By Katie Johnson Senior Reporter
Has a potential employer ever asked you for your Facebook password? The practice of employers, landlords and universities requiring young people to fork over their passwords to email and social media accounts is becoming more of a common practice than you might think. Employers and other individuals in a position of power use this private information to size up the content of a person’s character and may use this in the decision making process of whether or not to hire certain people. However, this information could potentially be used in a discriminatory manner. Have pictures of you and your buddies getting drunk? Or perhaps you affiliate with a certain elected official with whom the manager disagrees? That may serve as grounds for that employer not to hire you.
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choreographed dance, “Double Dream Hands,” and took “break a leg” to a whole new level when he jumped off the stage. Mr. White, Cristian Noriega-Sagastume, impressed the audience with his super strength when he broke open a box labeled “Unbreakable,” and presented the rose to his partner who opened a sign that said, “You’re my hero!” Caleb Colon-Rivera from Sanford pushed the boundaries with his risqué stand up performance, talking about his various relationships with a cowboy, a meth addict and a guy with his nipples pierced. Mr. NRHH, Kyle Corbett, taught everyone his hilarious green thumb tips when he presented his plant named Zoey to the audience. Nate Toliver from Angell recreated the MadTV skit, “Can I Have Your Number?” during his rose ceremony which was planned only five minutes before he had to go on stage. Mr. Reuter, Aaron Bischoff, performed a skit that mimicked Chris Farley and made everyone laugh. Matthew Donohue, Mr. Eagle Gray, stole the hearts of all the country boy lovers as he vacuumed and shimmied across the stage. Corey Caldwell from Coate took everyone back through decades of different dances. Mr. Drake, Tyler Erdin, fluttered around the
stage with streamers and tiny shorts, and finally, Mr. Wentz, Parker Hayward, raised the blood pressure in the audience with his ripped muscles and flexible body. In the end, Mr. UW-L was chosen by three judges who selected the best overall contestant. From his unique introduction that included squirting water at the audience to his astonishing ability to bend his body in almost unnatural ways, Ryan Kacvinsky wooed us with his various talents. As Mr. Eagle Maroon flipped across the stage, it was almost as if there was a real superhero in front of the audience, flying through the air. His keen abilities that he learned through his extensive work in karate had undoubtedly paid off. Although he has trained in karate for eight years, he said, “I wrote the poem just days before the pageant, and we only practiced once,” referring to his rose ceremony performance. With just a few days to rehearse, he hadn’t expected to win, so when his name was called he was very surprised. Maybe this humble Mr. UW-L really is the superhero of UW-L.
Are you part of the 20 percent? By Tram Tran Staff Reporter
Undergraduate students on campus are eager to finish off the semester with the finalization of their group research projects, but without any response to the surveys sent out via email, this task becomes more challenging. The primary goal of the surveys is to familiarize students with the likes of survey research. Sometimes, the surveys use student directories to randomly select students that attend UW-La Crosse to get answers. According to business professor Taggert Brooks, in the case that too few students give their responses to the surveys, the “statistical significance” of the data is then skewed.
Brooks said that though around 1,000 surveys are sent through email, students are actually answering only about 250 of them, leaving a response rate of only 20 percent. “We are aware of [the problem] and plan accordingly,” sophomore and BUS 230 student Kelsey Lorenz said. “Our sample subjects are voluntary and there isn’t much we can do about it.” However, business students are not the only students that have projects that require them to collect data. Sociology students on campus are also doing the same and both majors are always trying to find new ways for their surveys to gain any type of feedback. Just last week, a SOC 350 survey was sent out, followed by a second email that pounded the “importance” of a completed survey. Within the second
email, there were two links to the same survey because these students are merely trying to complete their semester long
Various students at UW-L have admitted that the main reason for their lack or response is because they see no benefit on their party from taking the surveys.
projects, but without opinions from their peers, the seemingly easy task becomes quite stressful. The surveys are also on a timer. Students can only answer them within about a week after the survey is opened. Lorenz said that it becomes frustrating knowing that her peers simply ignore the emails containing the surveys that flood their inboxes. Various students at UW-L have admitted that the main reason for their lack of response is because they see no benefit on their part from taking the surveys. To prevent this, business professor Michael Boland said that he spends “quite a bit of time” discussing ways students can formulate surveys so the information that is collected turns out to be useful, but more importantly, Boland does not want surveys to “waste [students’] time.” According to Boland, if a student starts but does not finish a survey, their response cannot be accounted for and it will be as if the student did not attempt the survey at all. “We take all the surveys and the respondents we can get,” Lorenz said.
Employers and other individuals in a position of power use this private information to size up the content of a person’s character and may use this in the decision making process of whether or not to hire certain people. However, this information could potentially be used in a discriminatory manner. Public profiles are different from a private Facebook or Twitter account, and certainly different from your private email account, where you choose what information to display to everywhere versus what you choose to display to friends only. Facebook profiles are stuffed full of personal information: date of birth, marital status, political and religious views, personal history and personal opinions, just to name a few. Thus, many see it as a very concerning privacy issue that they might possibly be required to share that personal information with an employer or a landlord. UW-La Crosse students voiced their opinions in clear opposition to this practice. Senior Jandrea Novak asserted, “I think it’s ridiculous that an employer would want to access that kind of information: it’s personal. If they want to look at your Facebook page, that’s fine, but if they want to access my password, that’s different.” Similarly, UW-L Sophomore Jessie Fanshaw agreed, “It’s a complete infringement on privacy. It should be a choice whether or not people want to share their passwords, not a requirement.” Concerns from citizens have reached Madison, where a bipartisan team of Wisconsin legislators, Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) are working on a bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature which would ban
“I think it’s ridiculous that an employer would want to access that kind of informatin: it’s personal. If they want to look at your Facebook page, that’s fine, but if they want to access my password, that’s different.” Jandrea Novak UW-L Senior employers, landlords and universities from forcing “job seekers, tenants or aspiring college athletes from being required to turn over passwords to their email accounts or social networking platforms.” The response to the bill has been generally favorable from constituents; most view password privacy as incredibly important. That being said, the bill is not expected to gain traction in the Wisconsin State Legislature for a while, since the current major bill on the table is the 2013-15 Biennial Budget, which will be the major topic of discussion and debate until a consensus is reached. Gov. Scott Walker’s communication team has reported that he would “review the legislation” if it reaches his desk; however, there is no guarantee that the Republican controlled legislature will make this bill a priority. Policies have already been established in nine other states: Arkansas, California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and New Mexico, protecting individuals’ password privacy from overly curious employers, admissions faculty and landlords. The question remains whether Wisconsin will join these other states in these efforts to protect individual rights.
Thursday, may 9, 2013
Resolution passes to limit blood drives on campus
Screaming about finals By Mariah Johnson Staff Reporter
Finals are just around the corner and spring has finally arrived at UW-La Crosse, so it’s easy to become distracted, lose the motivation to study and to become enraged with stress. But, with the help of “3D Days at the Library” and the Campus Wide Finals Scream happening Monday, May 13 through 15, finals should be a breeze. Originating from the mind of Rachel Slough and others last year, the library will be hosting a campus wide “Finals Scream” at the clock tower. This will be just what it sounds like; all students are able to gather at the Hoeschler Clock Tower and let out a “roar” as loud as they desire. This will be on Monday, May 13 (the first day of finals) at a time in between finals. Chancellor Gow will lead the scream with his triumphant voice. Stefan Smith, outreach librarian and co-coordinator of this event, says he would like this to be a tradition. “We did this last year for the first time and want to keep it going as an annual tradition.” Along with the loudest scream on this side of town, the library will be hosting an additional event called “3D Days at the Library.”
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This entails the first three days of finals, May 13 through 15 in Murphy Library. At the event, there will be donut holes, dogs that each student can pet and the new library director who will get the chance to talk and meet with students and get ideas on how to
Along with the loudest scream on this side of town, the library will be hosting an additional event called “3D Days at the Library.” improve the library or what they like about it. Students all over campus have an overbearing load of group projects due this week, along with the extensive research to be done for their multiple essays that haven’t been started. Sometimes, it makes students want to scream, so do it! Come to the Campus Wide Finals Scream at the Hoeschler Clock Tower and 3D Days at the Library and join the attack against distress.
organizations interested in hosting a blood drive in a semester, groups should be allowed to host more than one. Another amendment was added to the resolution stating that if all the slots were not filled by the first day of the semester they would become fair game to any group, regardless of whether or not that group was already hosting a drive. After much amending, the finalized resolution passed by majority vote. This resolution means that in future years, only eight blood drives will be held on campus by student organizations each semester. It is the hope of the Student Senate that this will increase the output at each blood drive. Another benefit brought up was that this resolution could lead to multiple student organizations collaborating on blood drives in order to stay under the limit. This means a greater number of available volunteers for each drive. Finally, this resolution is intended to free up space for students in the student center.
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Endings provide an array of emotions By Caleb Brown Viewpoint Editor
Endings have a funny way of creeping up on you. Even as recent as spring break I could honestly say that graduation (not to mention leaving The Racquet) wasn’t really on my mind. I knew it was out there in the not to distant future, but I had so much going on that it was very easy to not think about it. Yet here we are. As you can probably figure out this will be my last issue working at The Racquet. I can truly say that all the expectations I had when I first walked into that office two and a half years ago have been met. The Racquet has given me a lot of memories (not a few headaches) gave me a leg up on getting a job at a daily newspaper and even introduced me to my soon-to-be wife. I don’t know how things could have worked out any better. Thinking back now, I know that I will miss these days. This isn’t to say that I am not thrilled and exciting to finally be moving on from this place to something new. I am looking forward to having evenings to myself. I can’t wait to get home from work and not have a ten page paper to write or run over to the Racquet Office where I know I will be ‘til well after midnight. But I’ve loved it. Every second of it. I’ve lived and died by our circulation numbers and wrung my hands and mind over many an editorial that I am sure only convinced our readers that I am an out of touch lunatic (one reader may have said just such a thing in a letter to the editor). I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for this school and this paper. I wouldn’t have the job I have now. I wouldn’t have the fiancée that I have now, and I wouldn’t have any of the memories that have shaped me over the past several years. Yes, endings are funny things. Sad things too. But also exciting things. With that I wish everyone who stays behind at the Racquet and UW-La Crosse a fond farewell and the rest of my fellow classmates from the class of ’13 the best of luck! It’s been fun.
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They always said those who claimed their high school years as the best years of their lives were seriously disturbed. So what does that make college? After all, wasn’t college simply an extended four years of high school with less money and more cheap booze? It turns out it was nothing like that. I started out as a general assignment reporter. I will never forget my first interview in Chancellor Gow’s office with three of the IT head honchos talking about the new switch to the gmail accounts for emails. If you would have told me back then that I would be in charge of the paper, there is no way I would have believed you. As soon as I made the bold decision to apply for News Editor I knew things would be different, but not the rest-of-my-college-career different. My friends stood by as they knew I was unavailable for any social interactions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday Mornings and Thursday afternoons. And while it was a stressful hobby, it was the best hobby offered at UW-La Crosse. The Racquet was UW-L; UW-L was The Racquet. I spent more time in Cartwright than I did any of my overpriced, falling-apart college apartments. I spent more hours on articles, editing and managing the world’s most amazing staff than I did on my homework or my other part time job. GPA took a backseat to creating the single most precious memories so far in my life. Layout nights with my Managing Editor created
If you would have told me back then that I would be in charge of the paper, there is no way I would have believed you. memories of hysterical YouTube videos of homeless hitch hikers, hugging cats and laughing babies. I watched my section editors grow from reporters who didn’t know what an oxford comma was into creating a staff of editors who win national awards. The most fulfilling process; however, has to be the feeling I got every Thursday when I would pick up the large boxes at the physical plant and rip of the tape. Sure perhaps it was only myself who noticed that the lines were perfect spacing, bylines were spread out the width of the article, and pictures were all surrounded by 1.0 boxes, but that is what my weeks were comprised of. The week operated by what was going on in The Racquet office, by the time Wednesdays rolled around and we went to print, it was the weekend. Mondays were meetings where we got through what we needed to be a professional organization and then after that is was a free for all of layout designs, annoying pop songs and whatever snacks we could scrounge up from the on campus food pantry. Not only did I make my best friends, but I also met my soulmate, the man on my
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Bitersweet farewells By Olivia Mercer Senior Reporter
Graduation: a day most of us college students have spent looking forward to since, well, freshman year (and, if you’re shaking your head in disagreement, you’re lying.) No more projects due; no more papers to write; no more evening classes to sit through (if you aren’t planning to attend graduate school). Freedom. However, as soon as students realize that once you graduate you begin moving on with your “grown up” life, most second guess their desire to graduate so quickly. People don’t look forward to graduation because they’re ready to leave their college years, because, let’s be honest, everyone spends the rest of their life wishing they could go back to college. And, why wouldn’t they? It’s four years of life where you are the dictator of your schedule each day- a time when two days of classes and 12 credits is a possible thing. Only in college is it possible to watch every episode of the “Walking Dead” on Netflix in less than a week. It is acceptable to go out five days a week and not be considered an alcoholic. Only in college is it possible to sleep until 2 p.m. and still feel tired. You live with your best
friends- they become family. For our UW-La Crosse seniors, sentiments begin changing- start becoming more reflective and nostalgic. Walking away from college, let alone UW-L and La Crosse, for most students is not going to be easy. College is a time of life none of us will ever get back. Jesse Easley, senior and future graduate of UWL, is continuing his education. He plans to pursue being a chiropractor and continue his studies in Davenport, Iowa. He’s “excited to open a new chapter” of his life. “There is something amazing about having the opportunity to move to a brand new town in a different state and have to build new relationships,” said Easley. “But, walking away from UW-L won’t be easy. I’m going to miss all the good friends I have made here. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing that will be able to replace the memories I have made with everyone here.” Vanessa Thiel, a junior at UW-L, will be graduating this May- finishing her degree in a short three years. Thiel has very similar feelings to Easley- leaving La Crosse will not be easy because of specific relationships that have been developed since freshman year. “I have mixed feelings. I am proud of my accomplishments in graduating, especially in graduating a year early. But I love La Crosse. All of the friends I have made here, the
Small class stress By Jordan Batchelor Staff Reporter
I remember the first college course I really enjoyed. It was a class of about one hundred people. Each day the professor would lecture from a PowerPoint and oral class participation wasn’t required. The room was so large that it was impossible for the professor to notice whether you attended or not, and the lectures were posted online so students could study it later. Everything I just said, that exact scenario, is the type of class UW-La Crosse tries their hardest to get away from. Yet, the structure worked for me. I liked the fact that the professor couldn’t stare into my soul for an answer I didn’t have. I liked that students with no clue what’s going on didn’t have to say stupid things to get participation. And I especially enjoyed that I didn’t feel guilty when I missed a class because chances are no one would know if you missed. So what’s the benefit of having smaller classes over the one hundred student auditorium lectures? “It was definitely more appealing for me to have smaller classes,” says Jaclyn Cyr, UW-L junior. “When the nervousness and unknowns of college approached, I liked knowing I wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle, and I think most people probably feel the same way.” That’s certainly an appeal for students entering college, and probably a big reason UW-L spends so much money hiring more teachers each semester to keep the ratio down. Two of the biggest draw-backs of small classes are the difficulty and course vacancy. It’s quite difficult to develop a public university into a top-flight academic school with countrywide interest while keeping a small teacher to student ratio. If you can do that then you’re on the way to becoming Madison (which, in
multiple aspects, we are). Consequently, with small class sizes come class caps. So when you sit down to register for your 200, 300, and even 400 level courses only to find you’re one of dozens registering for a class capped at fifteen, you may find yourself taking a couple classes in an extra semester of school. “I think the general consensus is that smaller classes develop a ‘relationship’ with the professors,” said Sam Sanders, UW-L sophomore. “But when I’ve had bigger classes, the atmosphere didn’t negatively affect me at all; so, personally, I think the stress of registration day is not worth having smaller classes.”
“Personally, I think the stress of registration day is not worth having smaller classes.” Sam Sanders UW-L Sophomore So what does UW-L’s average class size around the mid-20’s and a student to teacher ratio about the same do for you? Well—a short list of possible professors for one, small awkward classrooms with no participation for another and it surely makes registering for classes a hell of a lot more difficult. But devil’s advocate aside, it also allows for you to know much of your department’s staff on a personal level (often leading to great references and recommendations), it teaches those quiet introverts to speak up in class (something they will need to do in the real world), and in return, you might have to skip a class so you can register right on time—that’s what I did. Sorry CST100, but getting those difficult classes five seconds after my registration time opens was more important. I suggest you do the same.
Are the blue lights enough? By Laura Abellera Staff Reporter
We have all seen the infamous campus blue lights scattered between the UW-La Crosse buildings and along sidewalks. Although a wonderful idea at the time of their instillation, confronting the underlying issue of safety has yet to be effectively, fully embraced. With all of the technological advances our society has seen in the past ten years, the blue lights serve more so now as a reminder of the superficial attempts at protecting women from assaults on college campuses, without addressing the root of the problem. Of course tackling patriarchy is not simple or easy by any means, but if we ever want the currently horrifying statistics to disappear, we have to confront the issue in a straightforward way. As a female college student, I can certainly attest to the creeping fear I have experienced while walking home from the REC late at night. Not once did I pass by a blue light and feel a sweeping sense of relief fill my lungs; in actuality, this fear of being attacked by a lurking stranger, ready to jump out of the bushes, is an uncommon situation. It is more important for women to know that the drastic majority of sexual assaults occur with perpetrators that the victims know and are acquainted with prior to the attack. Frankly, there are many superior solutions for ensuring campus safety at any university that should involve conversation and progressive discourse about the real issues. Since an unacceptably high amount of women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their academic career (1 in 4, to be exact), we should
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things I have learned, and everything I have been involved with have really shaped me as a person. I am excited to graduate and start a new chapter and part of my life, but I will continue to hold onto the exceptional experience I had here at La Crosse,” she said. Thiel is pursuing a psychology degree, but based on her decision to apply for graduation a year early, she will be taking the year off until she can
“I’m going to miss all the good friends I have made here. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing that will be able to replace the memories I have made with everyone here.” Jesse Easley UW-L Senior apply for graduate school for the fall of 2014. Simply put by two of our graduates, although both have substantial plans for after UW-L, neither is quite ready to say goodbye to the college life, the area and especially the people. But, unfortunately, being a professional student for the rest of our lives is just not plausible.
Staying safe By Alan Voy Senior Reporter
Our campus has been victim to numerous emergency situations which have resulted in displaced students, class interruptions and even fatalities. A few weeks ago, I was present at a not so dire emergency evacuation of Wentz Hall. As an off campus resident I very rarely get to witness one of these events, but the Wentz Hall fire alarm went off while I was studying with some friends. We evacuated the building like we were supposed to and waited on the lawn outside the building. Campus police responded in the astonishing speed of less than a minute, and the fire department was there in less than two minutes. While standing on the lawn, I was able to get a good look at several of the residents. One of them was handicapped and unable to make it up the incline onto drake field but was offered help by several of the other residents. Another had obviously been in the middle of a shower and was in the forty degree evening in little more than a towel and someone else’s jacket. Many of the residents were without cellphones or other means of communicating with Resident Assistants who are ultimately responsible for making sure people know when they can return to their dorm. Eventually the Resident Assistants instructed us to move into Drake Hall’s basement. My friends and I decided to wait in Angel Hall where it would be less crowded. We were given very little information of where to go if the dorm was going to be closed for an extended period of time, but we kept in contact with one of the Resident Assistant via our one cell phone. During the forty five minutes the dorm remained closed my friends worried about things like not being able to retrieve work uniforms for the next day, or print out assignments that were still on their computers. I still had my laptop sitting in their room with quite a bit of my language homework on it. Not surprisingly I was reminded of the Drake fire, and I am still amazed by the residents’ ability to adapt to difficult situations like being removed from things such as work uniforms, laptops, their own beds and all their clothing. Unfortunately, this is one of the numerous emergency situations our campus has experienced within the last academic year. We have had a medical emergency in Whitney, far too many traffic fatalities and even possession of weapons inside a school building. As much as I hate maxims “don’t be stupid,” it’s a fitting safety tip as we anxiously await summers official arrival. Let’s try to continue staying alive. Eventually, my friends and I were allowed to re-enter the dorm and try and reclaim the lost time. I ended up calling it a night after all the tumult and heading home thinking about the many emergencies we’ve experienced.
probably just continue to push the issue under the rug or engage in some more constructive victim blaming, right? No. Why should women have to carry pepper spray in our bags and purses, or strategically place our keys between our fingers in the parking lot late at night? The reality is, we shouldn’t have to. But another reality is that we live in a place entrenched in patriarchy and in some cases straight-up misogyny. Graduating senior and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies student Leah Jagodzinski feels “like the blue lights are yet another way to teach women how to ‘avoid being assaulted,’” and I vehemently agree. If this issue is continuously viewed and taught as a “women’s issue,” and the conversation must shift to fully include men in this conversation; it is more so their issue, than ours. Frankly, there are many superior solutions for ensuring campus safety but many require education and awareness advocacy. Fortunately, UW-L has an amazingly progressive attitude towards this issue that far surpasses many larger universities in the country. The Violence Prevention Office on campus, which strategically and effectively works at dealing with issues of violence on campus, confronts issues of assault in a way far superior to schools like Amherst, University of North Carolina and Notre Dame (which have all proved disappointing and embarrassing in their handling of recent issues on their respective campuses). Men United Against Sexual Assault is a student organization on campus and yet another way that UW-L cultivates an open, and real dialogue about the underlying issues of sexual assault. I’m so unbelievably proud to be graduating from an educational institution that promotes and cultivates progressive attitudes toward sexual assault and more holistic solutions to this pervasively toxic societal issue so that someday, women on college campuses all across the country won’t have to write articles like this one.
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Roomates, yoga pants and closing words of wisdom from one fiesty eagle By Casey Senczko Senior Reporter
We all think that we are the best roommate. Truth is we’re not. Human nature says we’re flawed whether or not you choose to believe it. The perfect roommate is hard to find and I am a far stretch from it. I’m messy, forgetful and poor with a touch of a constant, uncontrollable outside voice. To top it off, I started a small kitchen fire last week, ruined the pots and pans, and smoked out my roommates. But that happens right? We all have our roommate flaws. But where do you draw the line between a minor flaw, a one-time mistake and a constant annoyance and disregard for living space courtesy? A fire, probably draw the line at a kitchen fire. Regardless if you’re the roommate who leaves the dishes in the sink or the anal retentive with the Swifer Wet Jet following behind everyone, we’ve all been there. We’ve all left dishes in the sink and we all enjoy a good, healthy clean. We’ve all come home at inappropriate hours of the night and left Jimmy John’s lettuce all over the counter. We are all THAT roommate. On the contrary however, we are all the roommate who complains about what the other roommates do even though you did the same thing two days ago. And now, you find yourself in a stand-off writing passive aggressive notes on the refrigerator about who took the trash out last time. Coexistence is one of the most difficult parts of life. We encounter it from a very young age all the way through death. Figuring out how to live together is life’s challenge—“Until death do us part” right? It’s been a long semester to say the least. In full disclosure, we’re all ready to be done, the freshman, the graduating or the ones going for a second victory lap. It’s time for the year to end, and for my articles to come to
an end, not only brought on by minor roommate spats and homework, but Mother Nature’s nasty definition of a spring. As my final article to you all, I owe a debt of gratitude. I’ve spent countless nights nitpicking through every article, knocking down threats, spelling errors and selfscrutiny. Paired with my journalistic styling, my written word was a personal attempt for you all to learn more about me—Casey Seneczko—despite the first problems (in journalism) and complaints. So far, majority has learned only, that I wrote an article about Madison. While it satisfied a moment of English indulgence, a brief spotlight of celebrity, it was extinguished, naturally. Maybe you’ve read just this article or maybe you’ve followed me through it all and I am gracious for any and all articles read and the positive support and feedback I’ve received. In hindsight I only hope that my articles have given you something to smile, laugh and/or think about even if it lasted as long as the stall street journal or kept you company when your friends left you to sit and eat dessert alone like you were Steven Glansberg. No matter your prompt, The Racquet staff and I thank you for reading. “No one reads The Racquet” they say. I’m calling their bluff. That being said, a sincere thank you goes out to all the readers, my family, friends and my roommates who constantly are forced to sit and listen as I re-read my articles in multitude on my kitchen counter to hear just one more vocal positive re-enforcement preceding submission. As the semester comes to a close, all I can say is throw on a pair of yoga pants, a cute skirt or cuddle up next to the girls who wear Abercrombie and Fitch; it doesn’t matter why you chose to come to college—education or experience—or if you’re major is undecided and you’re minoring in ‘heck if I know,’ because in the end, we’d all rather be an Eagle.
Long term projects or long term stress? By Matthew Leitner Staff Reporter
In nearly every class, professors assign these daunting, looming, stressful long-term projects and students hate them. Why do students hate them so much? It’s because these projects invite procrastination. If given three weeks to complete an assignment, a typical student will take the full three weeks to complete the assignment. Of course, it’s not that the student wants to push off doing the project until the last day possible, it just kind of happens. “When the project isn't due until the end of the semester, I tend to have things come up in other classes that become more important,” freshmen Olivia Snodgrass said. “I put more work into studying for tests and other smaller projects than I put into the long project.” It’s student nature to focus on the short term assignments because they have a more immediate timeliness issue. It simply isn’t rational to work on a long-term project due in a couple weeks instead of working on an assignment which is due tomorrow. The result is a stressful rush to finish a project which was supposed to take a couple weeks in the matter of a few days, or even one day. “I procrastinate so much; it’s terrible, but true,” sophomore Leah Klosiewski said. “I hate those long projects because I always end up trying to do them the night before.” Strangely enough, as students we would rather take more tests intermittently throughout a semester than having a big project hanging over our heads for weeks at a time. “I would, personally, take more tests,” Snodgrass said. It was interesting when I heard this, considering all of the complaints I hear about tests being so hard.
I don’t go a day without hearing some sort of remark about an upcoming test. Things like: I am completely unprepared for this test, I’m going to have to study for six hours just to understand the material on this test, or, the simplest (and my favorite one to hear constantly), “I have a test tomorrow; kill me now,” Klosiewski said. Still, they would rather take tests than have longterm assignments. The finality of tests seems to be the important factor. Study for a test, take the test and then the test is gone. It’s simple, fastand final. Projects are lingering, stressful, monsters of an assignment. Yet, there’s hope to taming these beasts. “My communication professor assigned a speech we had to do weeks ahead of time, but he had the class do a little bit of it at a time,” Klosiewski said. “It was really nice, because this way I didn’t have to do the entire speech in one night.” Snodgrass had a similar solution to long-term projects. “To make long projects seem more doable for students, professors should actually make the timeframe for them shorter or have smaller portions of the project due at certain periods throughout the semester to prevent procrastinating,” she said.
No more long-term projects. My future self can’t handle it anymore. Plain and simple, students don’t like long-term projects. The procrastination which usually occurs drains the student’s mind before the project is due. Professors may think these projects provide a break to all of the tests and homework due every day, but in reality, they add to the stress. No more long-term projects. My future self can’t handle it anymore.
From the editors As the year comes to an end I can’t help but be a touch nostalgic. Where did this year go? It seems like I was just moving on campus and now I’m packing up my belongings and moving on to the next adventure. As cliche as this may seem, this has made me realize how important it is for us to enjoy life; it’s short. I know many of us have spent the year wishing for it to be over. With exams, papers and projects looming over our heads (not to mention the painfully long winter that caused us to long for the warmth of the sun) we can’t help but long for the summer time, but I think it is important that we break away from this way of thinking. Exams and academic stuff aside, we need to take a moment and appreciate those around us. The friends I’ve met here, this year especially, have changed my life for the better. Being away from our families makes it possible for us to branch out and accept those around us, our friends, as our family. Embrace that. Tell those around you that you love them. Enjoy their company and the time you have as a young adult. As they say, it never gets better than this! True, we have many things to look forward to after college and our twenties and such. Careers, starting families and growing up. It’s all very exciting. But this is the one and only time in your life when you are immerssed in an atmosphere full of people who are abundant with curiosity and open to new experiences. Not to mention this is the only time of your life where you can stay up until two in the morning talking to your roommates, or go out and meet people any night of the week without it infringing on your responsibilites. Sure, as college students we have a lot going on. But the point of college is to grow as a person and experience new things. So don’t lose sight of that. Use this campus as a way to branch out and make connections that
Your coffee fix By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter
Where do you go to satisfy your coffee craving? With finals just around the corner, students begin relying on that extra, extra cup of coffee to power through those late nights of studying. Since there are coffee shops located both on and off campus, the combinations of coffee creations are endless. Many faculty members and students at UW-La Crosse are frequent coffee drinkers, and have their own personal preference when it comes to the ideal cup-of-Joe. The most popular coffee stops for students are Murphy's Mug, Starbucks and Einstein Bros. These on campus locations are extremely convenient. Since Starbucks is right in Centennial, it is easy to make a quick run in between classes. Starbucks customer, Melanie Wolf, explained, “I like getting coffee from there, especially when I get out of class early and can avoid the line.” Starbucks is also preferred because of its universal menu. They are praised for the consistency of each drink, and the delicious flavorings offered. Murphy's Mug is also a hot spot for students. Sophomore, Beau Herron stated, “I go to Murphy's Mug because it's really convenient when I'm studying.” Grabbing coffee in the library is the perfect way for students to treat themselves during a study break. In addition, Einstein Bros has proven to be well located, with a great study atmosphere in Cartwright. These on campus shops are also economically appealing to most students. Block meals and campus cash can be used, which seems to be more reasonable than paying extra money at local places. Local coffee locations such as Moka, McCaffrey's and Jules receive many customers who are faculty members and students at UW-L. Each place has its own style and offers a unique community feel to its customers. The close-knit community and specialty homemade menu items are very appealing to consumers and cannot be found at chain corporations. These small shops are not as threatened by larger companies, because they are confident that customers will enjoy
the atmosphere and specific food offered. Owner of McCaffrey's, Connie Sprester, says she says approximately sees fifty students each day. She says many students enjoy the friendly atmosphere, “Since we're a neighborhood coffee shop, and have limited seating, a lot of times customers will end up sharing tables. The connection between everyone is really neat.” In addition, other places such as the Root Note provide not only great coffee, but also musical entertainment. There truly is a certain element to local coffee shops which cannot be replicated by larger companies, and many students enjoy this experience. Most coffee drinkers say they would rather go to these local shops rather than large chains. Student at UW-L, Taylor Phillips, expresses her opinion, “I would rather support local companies, they have nice atmosphere, and they are more attentive to the general public than large corporations.” Supporting smaller shops in La Crosse is extremely important to maintain the uniqueness of the community. Students at UW-L tend to give thought to which company
“I would rather support local companies.” Taylor Phillips UW-L Student they are supporting, but believe taste and convenience are more important. Coffee lover, Annie Kane, explained, “Who I am paying is not really important to me as long as the coffee is good.” Some people are not concerned with where the money is going as long as their coffee is delivered efficiently and satisfies their craving. More students should venture off campus to support local coffee shops in order to experience the individuality of each location. Although large corporations are convenient and efficient, local shops provide a great opportunity to become acquainted with new people and supply the community with a place to be proud of.
Online poll results: Where do you get your coffee fix?
53% said, Starbucks/Caribou Coffee/Einstein’s 24% said, McCaffrey’s/the Root Note/smaller coffee shops
23% said, I don’t drink/like coffee This non-scientific poll had a total of 84 respondents. Don’t forget to check Facebook for more polls every week.
will last you a life time. Don’t let the every day responsibilites weigh you down and keep you from getting all the experiences college has to offer. As Summer approaches, think about what you can do to continue this mindset while being away from campus. Get out into your community and volunteer, try a fun summer sport, go out and meet new people, visit the friends you’ve made at UW-La Crosse this year. I can’t express enough how much happier I am now that I’ve decided to branch out and explore all the possibilities this world has to offer me. I’ve met some of the best friends I could ask for. I’ve done things I never though I could and I can only hope that the rest of you have experienced this. I guess what I’m getting at is don’t let your life pass you by. Make an effort to branch out of your comfort zone. It’s not always going to be fun, but I can assure you that it will be interesting. What fun is life if it’s not interesting, if there isn’t variety? The last thing I want to stress to you is strive for happiness. Never settle for less than you think you deserve. We live in a world where too many people are suffering from depression and the aftermath of that. Help yourself avoid that by not caring what others think and doing what you want. I would bet that if you take advantage of the environment your in and the age you are, you will find a way to be happy. The most important, most adventageous thing that we all can have in life is happiness. Is that not what we all strive for? Go forth and love those around you, explore your environment and your interestests and be happy! Life is short, make the most of it.
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Braids for all occasions By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter
If you’ve ever looked through hairstyles on Pinterest, you know that it seems as though every other day there is some kind of awesome new braid design. From the fishtail to milkmaid braids, the classic or French braid to the Queen’s braid, the options are endless. Not only are braids a fun, quick way to style your hair for a special occasion or casual summer day, but they’re also perfect for sports or active outdoor events! One braid that will probably never go out of style is the braided bang. This braid is perfect for those days that you don’t really want to wash your hair, or you want to make sure your bangs stay out of your face for sports or a hot summer night. There are of course small variations with this style. A classic braid looks carefree when braided across the majority of the forehead. French braided bangs can be worn for lazy days, or paired with curls or leading to a high ponytail for a more sophisticated look. Or the Lauren Conrad “goddess”
The semester is rapidly winding down and that means the big assignments for classes are piling up. Research papers, oral presentations, and more are the norm for most classes, but there is are two words that can strike fear in even the best students: group projects. When a teacher announces it you can see several reactions. Some people groan and roll their eyes, some people are indifferent and others shudder in fear at what awaits them. That being said, it is time to meet up with your assigned group members, pick a topic, and divvy up the workload in this week’s installment of Facepalm! I think it is best to address the elephant in the room to kick things off. There seems to always be one person in the group that contributes the least and possibly brings down the rest of the group. I hate to make a hasty generalization about group projects like that, but it is true that at least one person who does less work (whether you determine that through time spent, how much they contribute or present and/or the skills and knowledge they have on their project’s subject). This is not always intentional either, so it can be frustrating for that one person as well as for the rest of the group. I think we can all agree that the most frustrating thing is when someone chooses not to contribute as much thus weighing down the rest of the group. The most frustrating thing to me about group projects is that everyone in the group generally gets the same grade. Teachers occasionally have a part of the grade reflecting the individual contributions by
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braided bangs, starting with a small bit of a French braid, but then continuing on to a classic braid, then pinned back over the top of one side of hair. The fishtail braid is one of the most
repeat step two all the way down, alternating sides with each piece. When all hair is braided, use a small elastic band to hold it together, or backcomb the ends really tight. Watching a tutorial video will also be helpful. The easiest instructions I found were in a YouTube video called The Fishtail Braid by the beautydept. A French braid is also a very classic look, and can also be dressed up or worn when participating in sports. Unlike the classic braid, with this style you slowly add more hair to each piece as you go. If worn in the back middle of the head, hairstyles.emakeup.org, pearlsandscissors.org, patrishka.wordpress.com it’s great for keeping hair away from the face. Pair common and most-wanted hairstyles right with a headband if you have shorter hair. now. Even though it looks complicated, it’s A half braided crown is a very feminine thankfully pretty easy! Start by separating style for special occasions on warmer days the hair into 2 sections. Step two, take a piece paired with big waves. To create this style, from the outside of one section and bring it take a small section of hair near the front of overtop to the opposite section. Continue to the face behind or above the ear, and create
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the group members, but the majority of the grade each student receives is based off of the overall product, report or presentation that the group makes as a whole. I have had experiences where other people have brought down the grade of a project and ones where I have brought the group down as well. I hate the feeling of letting down my group by unintentionally messing up and I imagine other people feel this way as well.
I hate to make a hasty generalization about group projects like that, but it is true that there is at least one person who does less work. Unfortunately, I do not see group projects going away any time soon for a few reasons. For example, it teaches students on how to cooperate with others which is an important skill to learn considering many of us will end up working with others in our careers. It also puts a lot less stress on professors with grading. Especially if they have a lot of students, group projects reduce the amount of work and stress on them. That is understandable and respectable. All I can really say with group projects is to do your best and make sure you communicate so everyone is pulling their own weight. If that does not work then talk with your professors to find a solution. It is really that simple, and if you do nothing you might have your very own Facepalm moment. Good luck with finals, projects and more, everybody!
a classic braid, pulling the hair back at an angle so it will look smooth when pinned back. Do the same on the opposite side of the head. Then, pull one braid across the back
One braid that will probably never go out of style is the braided bang. of the head across hair, and pin it wherever it ends. Do the same with the second braid, overlapping the first braid. Tuck in the second braid to hide the second bobby pin. Want the best of both worlds when playing sports? Opt for a braid and ponytail duo. A simple ponytail braid is quick and easy, and keeps hair confined so it’s not blowing in your face or dripping with sweat. Or, wear a pony fishtail or French braid. Adding a braid to your active look is a great way to spice things up, or maybe even distract your opponent! Happy braiding!
Dirty DUI How does it affect your future? By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter
We hear about driving under the influence in the news, from friends and from our parents. We are constantly warned by billboards, commercials and all forms of media to not get behind the wheel while intoxicated. The warnings are there for a reason; a DUI can negatively affect many aspects of your life in both the short and long term. The smart option is to play it safe and to never try to operate a vehicle under any amount of altering substance. I hope this article teaches you something new or refreshes you on the consequences for driving impaired because of a substance. Often times we relate DUI with driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs, but abuse of medication and prescribed drugs can also lead to an offense. A DUI can
Lebels could stick to you for a while, but an offense will also find its way onto your record. A DUI can potentially cause you to lose your currrent job. lead to many obstacles later on in your life, but can also be felt immediately. It’s very possible that if you were to get into a car wreck you could sustain some nasty injuries. Being impaired and distracted while operating a vehicle increases the risk of an accident. Being charged with a DUI will more than likely generate some gossip and ridicule from others. Sometimes, DUI charges will find a place in the news – something your parents would not be proud of. While explaining
some aspects of life after his DUI, one student said he was “labeled as either an alcoholic or not trustworthy.” Many people will label you pretty harshly from your mistake and in the immediate future your social world may be unpleasant. Besides the superficial aspects, your ticket will tack on an average fine of $2,000. I’m not fantastic with numbers, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t fit into a college student’s budget. Another costly aspect is a spike in your car insurance bills. You’ll have to go to court, attend some sort of class and possibly have your license revoked or points added on. The worst part of a DUI is not all of the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph – it’s the long-term effects that will haunt you in your future. Labels from others could stick to you for quite awhile, but an offence will also find itself on your record. A DUI can potentially cause you to lose your current job. Not only would this concern your current source of income but postpone future jobs. Job applications require you to inform the employer of an offense such as a DUI and it’s at the company’s discretion whether or not to hire you. In the job market today, the last thing you want to do is decrease your chances of finding employment. In my opinion, the absolute worst part of driving under the influence is the danger of harming another person. Not only could you change your life forever, but also you could change another person’s life or take it away. You would have to live with that harsh reality and guilt 24/7. Don’t make the mistake of driving under the influence; your choices may affect innocent people. Moral of the article: Be smart, responsible and don’t operate a vehicle under the influence.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Include those healthy options and start your spring right By Kaitlin Daigle Staff Reporter
Spring weather finally seems to be right around the corner! Accompanying spring is one of my absolute favorite things. Farmers markets! I love spending my Saturday or Sunday morning strolling through the rows of tables piled high with fresh, local produce. Thus, the recipes found below include a wide variety of spring vegetables that you’ll be able to find at your local market or grocery store. Enjoy the weather and the delicious eats!
Kale Orzo Salad
• 4 cups chopped fresh kale • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 3/4 pound orzo, cooked and cooled • 1/2 cup diced cucumber • 1/2 cup diced purple onion • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil • Crumbled feta cheese Directions: In a large skillet, place kale and 2 tablespoons oil. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until slightly wilted. Remove from heat; let cool and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and remaining olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine orzo, cucumber, onion and bell pepper, mixing well. Add lemon juice mixture, pine nuts, basil and feta. Mix well. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
Broccoli Raisin Salad
• 4 cups (about 1 ½ lbs) small broccoli florets • 1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes, halved • 1 cup chopped celery • 1 cup raisins • 1/4 cup salted sunflower seed kernels • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1 tablespoon white vinegar Directions: Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine light mayonnaise and remaining ingredients. Stir with a whisk. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture, and toss well. Chill for 1 hour.
Quinoa, Asparagus, Peas and Avocado Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing
For the Dressing: • • • • •
3 Tablespoons olive oil 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped salt and pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
• 2 cups water • 1 cup quinoa • ½ teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons olive oil • 1 small bunch asparagus, about 15 spears • ¼ cup fresh basil • salt and pepper to taste Directions: Combine dressing ingredients. Whisk to combine or shake with the jar lid on tight. Set aside. Add water, quinoa and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Cook the asparagus. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the asparagus and fresh lemon juice. Cook until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, asparagus, peas and avocado. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the fresh basil and serve.
UW-L Track captures WIAC outdoor title and sixth in the last seven seasons. UW-L won three individual titles Saturday as well as two relay events. Marisa Mahr captured the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.24), Jaime Ludwigson the triple jump (38-2 1/4) and Jena Weigel the heptathlon (4,608 points). Mahr won her second 400-meter hurdles title. Ludwigson and Weigel both captured their first career conference indoor titles. In the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays Saturday Ludwigson, Meg Heafy, Claire Elliott and Maya Vazquez took the 4x100 (47.15). Jenna Halvorson, Rebecca Scheuermann, Shannon Klein and Elliott capturd the 4x400 (3:52.21). In the 100 meter dash Vazquez finished second (12.09), Heafy fourth (12.29), Claire Gordee seventh (12.46) and Rebecca Schmidt eighth (12.47). Vazquez was second (24.61), Ludwigson third (24.67), Heafy sixth (25.00) and Elliott seventh (25.02) in the 200 meter dash.
By Mandy Rice Staff Reporter
UW-La Crosse Women's and Men’s Track & Field teams captured the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) outdoor titles Saturday afternoon at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. For the men's track & field squad it was their 23rd consecutive title won. The UW-L men’s team finished with 223 points to win this year's title while UW-Oshkosh was second with 206. UWPlatteville and UW-Eau Claire tied for third with 110 points. The men’s squad had to individual champions; Sean Royer in the 800-meter run (1:52.05) and David Stilin in the 5,000-meter run (15:14.47). Some other members finishing in top places include Alex Koenen third (10.76), David Sikorski fourth (10.81) and Troy Brooks fifth (10.86) in the 100-meter dash while Sikorski was also fifth (22.02) in the 200-meter dash and Paul Yerhot ninth (22.21) in the 200-meter dash. In the 400 meter dash, Aric Hoeschen placed fifth (49.06) and Yerhot seventh (49.12). In the 800 meter run Eric Smits finished second (1:53.09) and Jamie Bottcher sixth (1:54.88). In the 5,000 meter run along with Stilin finishing first, Andrew Rohlman was second (15:16.17), Phill Hernandez third (15:16.52) and Tom Linner fifth (15:17.59). In the 400 meter hurdles Travis Gallick was second (53.62) and Joe DeRosier placed third (14.74), while Adam Nichols placed fourth (14.79) and Dan Otto eighth (15.25) in the 100-meter hurdles. The 4x100-meter relay of Sikorski, Koenen, Max Jessesski and Brooks placed second (41.32) and the 4x400-meter relay of Tyson Young, Nick Tehan, Cyrus Mason and Christian Wendland were third (3:16.38). In the field events, Grant Havard was second (172-4) and John Cooper sixth (156-8) in the discus throw. Alex Zart placed ninth (50-6 1/4) in the shot put. Isaac Vazquez finished second (50-2 3/4), Brett Davis sixth (46-2 1/2) and Julian Greenup eighth (45-3) in the triple jump while Dominique Neloms was third (6-6 3/4) in the high jump. The women’s team finished with 246.5 points while UW-Oshkosh was second with 165.5 and UW-Eau Claire third with 120.5. It is UW-L's conference leading 28th outdoor championship in school history
For me, on its face, the Packers first round picked seemed tolerable at best. For the 400 meter dash Elliott placed second (56.65), Klein third (56.98) and Halvorson fourth (57.23). Alyssa Luker finished seventh (2:14.343) and Scheuermann in eighth (2:14.347) in the 800-meter run. In the 1500 run Laura Mead placed seventh (4:50.65). Rebecca Zych placed fifth (18:26.14) and Mead seventh (18:37.94) in the 5,000-meter run. For hurdles, Ludwigson finished second (14.34), Addie Korb fourth (14.50) and Mahr sixth (14.93) in the 100-meter hurdles. Crystal Oravis placed fifth (1:04.15) and Chelsey Arendt eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. Erin McCauley finished eighth in the heptathlon (3,888 points). For field events, Bailey Alston finished second (37-8 1/2) in the triple jump while Kayla Ashland and Megan Marfilius tied for third (5-1 3/4) in the high jump. Bailey Sauerwein finished fifth (41-0 1/2) in the shot put, Taylor Hoppe sixth (128-2) in the discus throw and Alex Crain sixth in the javelin throw (102-1). UW-L track will be looking for more success as they host the Eagle open on Friday, May 10.
Draft picks strengthen Packers and Vikings By Greg Nickel Staff Reporter
Since Ted Thompson took over the personnel reigns in Green Bay, the Packers have had a tried and true method of building their team. Thompson proved once again this year why Packer fans should take an incredible interest in the draft. For me, on its face, the Packers first round picked seemed tolerable at best. I didn’t think it served the biggest need for Green Bay: their offensive line. However, after some hours of thought, and some convincing by ESPN analysts, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones seemed better and better. He’s touted as a physical freak, and should help take some attention off of outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. Perhaps the most popular pick of the draft for Green Bay was Alabama running back Eddie Lacy. I think Thompson
cornerback from Florida State. Another need is serviced with this pick, as Minnesota was unable to hold onto their star defensive back Antoine Winfield, creating a void in the secondary that Rhodes can help to fill. The real noise was made a few minutes later, as word came through that Minnesota traded four picks to get back into the first round at pick number 29. The Vikings selected wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee with huge potential. The Vikings also serviced needs at offensive line, and inside linebacker in the later rounds of the draft.
Draft Grade: A
Draft Grade: A Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings undoubtedly made the most noise in the first round of this year’s draft. Coming into the draft, the Vikings had two first round picks (due to Percy Harvin trade). The Vikings spent their first pick on Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle from Florida. This strengthens and already strong front 7 in Minnesota, and makes it even more difficult to run on them. The Vikings spent their second pick on Xavier Rhodes,
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For me, on its face, the Packers first round picked seemed tolerable at best. knocked it out of the park with this pick. While Lacy is not as great of a prospect at running back as you might see from a top guy, to get him in the latter part of second round is a great value for a guy that can be on the field for first through third down. The Packers also strengthened their offensive line in the later rounds. They drafted another running back to load up on a position that they’ve struggled at lately.
So, as we sit in La Crosse, on the border between two states, fans of both the Packers and Vikings should be happy with what their teams have done in the draft. Green Bay has helped their pass rush, and possibly most importantly, given themselves a potential running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers and the pass attack. Minnesota has serviced huge needs with great prospects. They sure up their front 7 on defense and strengthen their receiving core. The two teams meet on Oct. 27 and Nov. 24w. While we’ll wait awhile, the 2013-14 season promises that the great Packer-Viking rivalry will have compelling new chapters.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
+/- Props to a friend getting a squirt gun as a gift. Drops for being mercilessly attacked by it.
-/+ Drops to studying. Props to watching 20+ guys try to catch a bat with a garbage can while studying.
+++ Props to Enrique Iglesias’s birthday yesterday!
+++ Props to doing something small and having it make someone’s day.
+++ Props that school is almost done!!!!
- - - Lots of drops to snow in May.
- - - Drops to projects that eat a part of your soul.
- - - Drops to push pops with mini gummies in them not existing anymore.
- - - Drops that this is the last issue the current staff will ever do together.
+++ Props to the 53 books I got for free from textbook rental.
+++ Props to mixed CDs made with love. +/- Props to poppin’ tags. Drops to “Thrift Shop.” - - - Drops to people not using turn signals on the expressway. Double drops if it’s a semi. +++ Props to overhearing, “That IS a republican haircut.”
+++ Props to emptying out several water bottles and putting them in one big pitcher. +/- Props to the new Student Association leadership. Drops to David Wermedal having to leave after four years. +++ Props to Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams winning conference!
+++ Props to the couple that got engaged by the clocktower last week.
+++ Props to the beautiful warm weather. Drops that it kills all my motivation to study.
- - - Drops to checked-out materials being due a full week before your final exam.
Congratulations to our graduating Racquet Editors (K.C. Powers, Melissa Moss, Caleb Brown and Hannahrose Rand) and good luck with all your future endeavors!
You know you’re a college student when...
Food: • You know exactly what time McDonald’s, Burger King, and/or Dunkin’ Donuts open and close. • You don’t need a stove because you have a microwave. • Your grocery list is always the same -boxed macaroni & cheese, Twinkies and pop. • You’ll pay any sum of money to have a pizza delivered to your room at 2:00 a.m. • You know the pizza delivery boy by name. • The same fish sticks that are served square on Tuesday are served round on Friday. • A peanut butter and jelly burrito is considered a valid nutritious breakfast. • You’re always there if the words “free food” are mentioned. • You’d rather eat off a piece of paper than wash your dirty dishes. Laundry: • You buy enough underwear to last five weeks so you do not have to wash your clothes often. • You actually like doing laundry at home. • You wear the same socks three times in a row and think nothing of it. • You have a pile of dirty clothes, a pile of once-used but not quite dirty clothes and a pile of clothes used more than once but that you could use a couple more times without smelling too bad. Residence Life: • Any of your furniture is inflatable. • The last time you cleaned your apartment is when you moved in. • Rearranging your room is your favorite pastime. • You find out milk crates have so many uses.
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You start thinking and sounding like your roommate. Looking out the window is a form of entertainment. You wear flip-flops in the shower, to avoid the mysterious creeping crud. Going to bed at midnight is early. The weekend lasts from Thursday to Sunday. 4:00 a.m. is still early on the weekends. Two miles is not too far to walk for a party. You can fall asleep any time, any where. Half the time you don’t wake up in your own bed and it seems normal.
Campus Life: • Going to the library is a social event. • You plan your schedule to have Fridays off. • A “rich date” is someone who takes you to the real movies, not just the free ones shown on campus. • Computer solitaire is more than a game, it’s a way of life. • You schedule your classes around sleep habits and soaps. • You live for getting mail. (E-mail included) Effects College Has on You… • While your mother lectures you over the phone, you take notes. • Hitchhiking across America sounds like an “educational experience” (or at least that’s what you tell your Mom). • You know more about TV shows than about your assignments. • You think you’re rich if you’ve got a positive checking balance. • Prank phone calls become funny again. • Wal-Mart is the coolest store. • Black lights and highlighters are the best things ever invented.
Published on May 8, 2013