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IN THIS ISSUE: T h u r s d ay, S e p t e m b e r 19, 2013

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Finish strong, finish fit

By Danielle Cook Associate Reporter

UW-La Crosse is known for being an active campus. From the beautiful bluffs on the eastern side of the city, to the Mississippi River to the west, there is a multitude of ways to stay healthy and moving. Biking, running and swimming are just some of the activities students at UW-L participate in. Across the state, there’s even more to do: races, fun runs and events planned to test the stamina, strength and spirit of young people. The Tough Mudder and the Ironman are two of the most intense tests of determination held in Wisconsin. For three UW-L students, the challenge was met two weeks ago. The Tough Mudder race was hosted in Oshkosh on Sunday, Sept. 8. Created by the British military, it features a 12 mile, 18 activity obstacle course. Individual trials such as “Electroshock Therapy,” where runners must make their way through dangling live wires, and “Everest,” a greased quarterpipe that requires participants to sprint up and climb over with the help of teammates, await the “Mudders,” those brave enough to register. As the name would suggest, most of the course is covered in mud. Julia Johnson and Corie Anderson, both seniors at UWL, decided to take on this event with their friends. “Before [the race], I may not have even considered doing it. It’s tough. It was hard,” explained Johnson. “Having Corie there to go through it with me and cheer each other on with our group was a great experience.” Anderson made it clear that the event was really all about teamwork. “That’s what really matters in the Tough Mudder,” she said.

“Working together to get over a hill or crawl through feet of mud makes you value your teammates even more and have each other’s backs.” To the south in Madison, Peter Morris, a UW-L sophomore, encountered the Ironman Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 7. After signing up over a year in advance, Morris joined 2,542 other participants in a grueling, all day physical challenge. First, participants dove into Lake Monona for a 2.4 mile, non-stop swim. Following the swimming portion, a 112 mile bike ride around Dane County and a 26.2 mile standard marathon faced Morris and his competitors. Since age 8, Morris has fostered a growing interest in the Ironman, though participants must be at least 18 years old to enter the event. Over the summer and on campus, he prepared extensively for the race, modifying his carbon fiber road bike and training with fellow UW-L Ironman aficionado, Taylor Schleusner. Morris’ finish time ended up a solid 11 hours and 45 minutes, a huge accomplishment for the student athlete, who has participated in track at UW-L for the past year. “Health and physical activity have always been a part of my life,” he noted. “The drive to do better, really push myself to my limits, that’s been there from the start. There were times where I didn’t want to go on and my body was cramping, but I pushed myself and finished [the race]. It really taught me that if you dedicate yourself and put your mind to it, you can accomplish something amazing.” Wellness and active lifestyle promotion continues to be one of the foundations of student life at UW-L. Across campus, students are moving and working towards keeping their minds and bodies in shape. Whether one

Courtesy Peter Morris

UW-La Crosse sophomore Peter Morris finishing up the last leg of his Ironman.

decides to participate in the Tough Mudder, the Ironman Triathlon or simply go for a walk around campus, each step takes them closer to achieving personal goals for wellness. For more information about upcoming Tough Mudder events, or to register, visit To learn more about the Ironman Triathlon and the October Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, check out

Personalizing our student union

According to Nick Bezier, the UW-La Crosse Student Association President, the Cartwright Center has been our campus' nexus for the past 50 years, and it is time we make a few upgrades. UW-L has been working hard over the last two years to make the dream of a new and improved student center a reality. This past Wednesday marked a monumental meeting in the development of the new building where architect Scott Kindness and his team presented their concrete plans. Student Senate hopes to complete the design process by this February and begin breaking ground on the project by next summer, allowing the facility to potentially be open and ready for use in summer of 2016. Kindness, the chief architect for this project, began his presentation by declaring his dedication to delivering a building designed for the students attending the university today. Kindness requests student involvement in the planning process; he wants the students of UW-L to clearly understand, as well as help decide, what they are spending their money on. Managing the project from the university's end, in collaboration with Larry Ringgenberg, is Bezier, a fellow student at UW-L. This project is of such a large scale, even the Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Bob Hetzel, is involved for consultation, as well as a representative from the Department of State Facilities. 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

So how large is this project? Massive. This is no renovation of Cartwright, which would cost almost as much as simply building a whole new facility. So that is the plan; an edgy, modern building will replace the parking lot and, now abandoned, police station next to Wimberley Hall. Kindness has some truly

Kindness has some truly innovative designs for the façade of the new building. He hopes to make the student union more personal for the students. innovative designs for the façade of the new building. He hopes to make the student union more personal for the students. He looked for local inspiration and, unsurprisingly, found it in Granddad’s Bluff, an icon we see from all over the city. The new building will have an angular design, not literally, but artistically representing the beautiful bluffs behind our campus. The building will be composed of local stones, helping to simulate the appearance of the bluffs, and a mixture of traditional brick found in other buildings around campus, making the building both unique and uniform at the same time. Along with creating the building through many local means and with local materials, the new student union would follow in the footsteps of Centennial Hall and Eagle Hall as a sustainable building. Kindness’s group

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Tightening the strings on privacy By Paige Kieler Associate Reporter

Out with the old, in with the new By Rebecca Schnabel Staff Reporter

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is planning more rain gardens like those surrounding Centennial Hall, but these new ones will be inspired by the local marsh trails. The building will be highly energy efficient with LED lighting and heat recovery systems. Kindness hopes to implement LED lighting as the only lighting in the building, but this is an expensive endeavor that must first pass within the Student Senate. There was serious research done into a net zero coffeehouse, but unfortunately, this does not seem practical as this point in time. Unfortunately, solar powered water heating is also not seen as realistic with our present technology. The building should have the same dual flush system found in Centennial saving water and energy. Besides sustainability, the building has tons of other stunning qualities, such as places to buy food with outdoor dining, balcony dining and private dining. The two balconies have great views of not only campus but also the outdoor stage area, where UW-L hopes to host all types of entertainment. By the stage area will be a large grassy area to play outdoor games in, as well as a massive fire pit for student use. The interior of the new student union should poses everything found in Cartwright, plus more. Kindness plans to produce not just another building on campus, but a legacy that will stand for 80 years making a personal statement from the students of today. If you would like more information about the project of our new student center, please contact Bezier at bezier.

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Recently, shocking news about the National Security Association (NSA) has many Americans concerned about the lack of control they have over their own privacy. This summer, published an article stating that the NSA is listening to phone conversations and reading emails in an attempt to monitor the security of the country. In one aspect, it is comforting to know that the government is looking out for its country, but at the same time, where is the line drawn? It can be viewed as an absolute invasion of privacy. If the government can see what is not made public, think about what everyone else can see that is made public. Take Facebook and Twitter for example. They are both very convenient for contacting someone, but they can also share an excessive amount of personal information. Most of the time, users do not even think about what they are posting on a social media site. A Facebook user can opt out

According to the UW-L website, “currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.” of making information public; although, this is not always completely private. “No matter what privacy options they give you, they’re not 100 percent concrete. Your Facebook profile never leaves. Nothing ever goes away on the Internet,” said UW-La Crosse junior, Cody Buchanan. He went on to say that his friend deleted his Facebook account for eight months, and when he reactivated it, all of his information had stayed the same. Nothing had been deleted or erased. An email was recently sent out from UW-L News which informed students that their email addresses, phone numbers, campus addresses and academic college will be published in the newest campus directory. However, if a student feels uncomfortable with

If the government can see what is not made public, think about what everyone else can see that is made public this, there is a way to keep their information private. According to the UW-L website, “currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.” It goes on to say, “Students may make changes either to withhold, or release their privacy information at any time using WINGS.” While it is now too late to do any changes for this year’s directory, it is nice to know where the university stands on privacy restrictions. When searching for someone’s information, do not underestimate how easily it is for them to do the same.


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Thursday, september 19, 2013

Beloved UW-L member lost, but never to be forgotten On the afternoon of Sept. 12, UW-La Crosse students, staff and faculty received the kind of email most of us dread. Matthew Stewart, a strong leader at UW-L had passed away. Matthew earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at UW-L and went on to become a part-time faculty member. He was also heavily involved being a with the Native American and Hmong communities in the La Crosse Area. My heart goes out to all those who were lucky enough to know someone who was so passionate and caring as Matthew. Rest in peace, Matthew. For those who need it, counseling services are available in the Counseling and Testing Center located in 2106 Centennial Hall. There is also a Grief & Loss Support Group starting at the end of October that I can speak from personally when I say, it truly helps. Courtesy Amanda Goodenough

UW-L gains physical therapy doctorate program By Crystal Oravis Associate Reporter

UW-La Crosse is gaining a doctorate degree program for physical therapy. Since the class of 2008, the university has been granting doctorate degrees in physical therapy by working with UW-Milwaukee. According to Michele Thorman, the program director for the physical therapy department, “The only new advancement to this doctorate physical therapy degree is that we have gained the accreditation to graduate students independently, meaning that the only change to what the students in this program had before is having ‘The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’ on their diploma.” Having the ability to disperse these doctorate diplomas does not mean that the university is in need of more students, staff or other resources. The physical therapy program only has room to accept 45 students each year, and this upgrade does not mean more slots will open for students. All aspects of the curriculum in this program will stay exactly the same as it has been for the last five years, including the required hours of clinical experience. For the doctorate program, after students obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical therapy, they are required to take an additional 34 months of schooling, with the last ten months as a clinical internship. Students are required to learn a broader spectrum of the anatomy so that they are able to diagnose even more than before. Physical

therapists with doctorate degrees will be able to treat patients without a doctor’s referral. This will give physical therapists even more responsibility due to having the knowledge

“We have a 100 percent pass rate on our bar [exam], and for the last year we had a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the passing exam for the first time. Michele Thorman Program Director for the Physical Therapy Department

to diagnose other issues. Thorman gave this example, “Say you have a 50-year-old man come in with back pain. A physical therapist at the doctorate level would need to be able to determine if the situation is in fact solely the muscular system, or if the patient had a more severe issue such as kidney stones.” The university is well known for their athletic training and physical therapy programs with very high success rates. A very proud Thorman said, “I feel the need to brag about how hard working our students truly are. We have a 100 percent pass rate on our bar [exam], and last year we had a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the passing exam for the first time. In addition to that, we had one student with a perfect score!”

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Weekly farmers market A fresher scene on campus By Amy Kempf Staff Reporter

Walking past Wittich Field on a Monday afternoon, one might notice a little more commotion then normal. This is due to a wonderful new feature that the Students for Sustainability organization has brought to UW-La Crosse. This new project is a weekly farmers market, featuring lots of local fresh produce as well as other contributions, such as jewelry venders. Coleen Sovey, Project Specialist of the Students for Sustainability club, said the idea came from last year’s farmers market during Earth week. “We wanted to accomplish bigger projects throughout the year,” said Sovey. By bringing local venders to campus, the club can introduce students to more diverse and healthy local food options. This also helps support the local venders as well. “Many people aren’t aware of the off campus farmers markets that occur, especially on Saturdays,” claimed Sovey. So why buy local? By bringing the venders to the campus, students have easier access to healthier foods other than the ones offered at Whitney and other on campus dining options. This can also help out students who live off campus as they can avoid an extra trip to the super market and buy fresh local foods between classes. “It’s so important that students know there’s other healthier options out there,” stated Sovey. Many students think

that it’s hard or expensive to support a healthy diet while living the college lifestyle. The farmers market is a chance to show students that it is possible to find fresh, affordable and delicious options. Students for Sustainability will also have a table set up in the farmers market containing information about their organization. Students can get to know the members and learn information about the club. “We are always looking to grow and gain new

The farmers market occurs on Wittich Field every Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 28. members,” said Sovey. The organization will be handing out free water bottles to support being environmentally friendly and to promote the use of tap water. The farmers market occurs on Wittich Field every Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 28. The organization has also talked about expanding the market into an indoor location for the winter. Students for Sustainability meet every Monday at 7 p.m. in room 2205 of Centennial Hall. Find them on Facebook, “UW-L Students for Sustainability,” and on Twitter at @sustainableUWL.

Long-time UW-L faculty member humbled by award By Tram Tran Staff Reporter

Tr e a s u r e d UW-La Crosse faculty member Mo McAlpine is the recipient of the 2013 Academic Staff Excellence Award. “I’m incredibly humbled [to receive this award],” McAlpine said. “I am a representative of all the wonderful things that happen on this campus.” According to the UW-L, the award is given to a non-instructional academic staff member that has “excelled in performance and service.” Other criteria listed on UWL’s webpage include both willingness and ability to manage changes in work and the skill to bring significant contributions to the department they’re involved in. Since the award’s first appearance in 1994, there have been 20 recipients, including last year’s recipient, Carla Burkhardt. “I have been blessed with incredible

relationships that have positively shaped me both professionally and personally,” McAlpine said in her statement for the award. Since 1990, she has worked closely in conjunction with UW-L. McAlpine first stepped onto campus as a graduate assistant, which was also when all of campus’ recreational activities were held in Mitchell Hall. Because she was so interested, McAlpine tried to get as active as she could and now is grateful to have “great support” at UW-L by students and faculty, as well as UW-L’s administration. “People impact my life,” she said. “I really do pride myself on relationships and value getting to know people.” Since the REC has been a stand-alone

The award is given to a noninstructional academic staff member that has “excelled in performance and service.” facility, many additions and deletions have been underway during McAlpine’s time at the university. The current multi-purpose room was once used as a batting cage, and,

more recently, the martial arts room has been transformed into a conditioning room. Lately, her role on campus has changed and she now stands as the Associate Director of the Recreational Sports Department. According to her nominee information sheet, McAlpine is also responsible for the service staff at the REC, which has grown from merely eight students to 250 throughout the years. As stated by McAlpine, by working at the REC, students gain a multitude of skills, such as customer service skills, professionalism, learning to deal with conflicts, communication and leadership. “Working with students is the absolute best thing,” she said. “They motivate, energize and make me laugh.” In McAlpine’s opinion, UW-L has an “active student population that expects the REC to try to keep up with times and trends.” This includes staying up-to-date with student interests by adding appropriate classes and making sure that the 100 percent studentfunded facility caters to the student body well. McAlpine knows that students on campus do not need to be motivated to be active, as she suggests they come to UW-L already active themselves. In addition to Mcalpine’s contributions to UW-L, she also finds time to service the greater La Crosse community by being in a

partnership with UW-L REC Sports and the La Crosse Area YMCA. In the past, McAlpine has been a former member of the Board of Directors for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs

Working with students is the absolute best thing,” she said. “They motivate, energize and make me laugh.” Mo McAlpine Associate Director of Recreational Sports

of Greater La Crosse, as well as a former member of the Tri-Quest Charities Executive Committee, a fundraiser for youth. “[What makes Mcalpine unique is] her overwhelming care for the people she works with,” Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Sports Clubs, Ryan Rudesill, said. As for hobbies, McAlpine enjoys hiking, running, cycling and spending time with her friends and family. “Being active is something I really enjoy,” she said.


Ashley Reynolds Viewpoint Editor Thursday, September 19, 2013

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General education for the sake of your future By Mara Bertog Staff Reporter

What's the point of sitting through classes that might seem useless? Why should students be expected to learn material that is of no interest to them? UW-La Crosse requires students to successfully complete 48 credits worth of general education courses prior to graduation. Although students sometimes feel these general education courses are unnecessary, they are undoubtedly important to self-discovery and essential to earning a suitable degree. General education credits are designed to expose students to new areas of study, which they may not have previously considered. These courses help undergraduate students declare their major or confirm their intended one. Although some students argue they know exactly what they want to do, general education classes can often sway this decision. Chancellor at UW-L, Joe Gow, is an excellent example of the influential ability of general education courses. Chancellor Gow initially intended to major in Journalism, but through fulfilling graduation requirements, found something more enjoyable, “I was a Journalism major, and the gen. ed. required

me to take a speech class. I probably wouldn't have taken that class if it wasn't required, but I found that I really enjoyed making speeches, and now that's a very big part of my career. Without that required class, I don't think I'd be where I am.” Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions made in life, and general education credits assist students in selecting a major they absolutely love. Finding a suitable interest can be a challenge, but general education courses offer endless options and unlimited opportunities. Taking different general education classes is crucial to deciding which career path is most appropriate. Even the most

“Without that required class, I don’t think I’d be where I am.” Joe Gow UW-L Chancellor indecisive students are bound to find one general education credit that is enjoyable. Levels of interest vary from person to person, as Chancellor Gow explained, “What resonates with one person might not resonate with another. That is really the point of having such a broad curriculum.” Even though one general education class might not seem interesting,

School and work? By Rachel Eigner Associate Reporter

What do you consider difficult? Scoring that AB in Chemistry? Finishing that last quarter-mile? Fighting a fire-breathing dragon? How about working while in school? A challenge only the most organized and ambitious students dare undertake. And yet, for many students there is little choice. With to-do lists as their armor and determination as their sword, they must take up arms against the costs of tuition, rent and bills the only way they know how: by finding a job. Between working, classes and maintaining their GPA, the battle may grow weary. Yet they press on. When one is considered both an employee and a full-time student, life can get rough. How do they do it? “I make a lot of to-do lists. I make a list of every single due date that I can find in my syllabus. In my to-do lists, I’ll prioritize. I just have to accept that I’m not going to get everything done, so I have to prioritize,” said sophomore UW-La Crosse student Shannon Downs, who is taking 18 credits and working 15+ hours a week. To-do lists are a great idea to help balance both school and work. It is difficult to remember everything you have to do, so try lightening your head by writing things down. It is a more reliable method than trusting your memory, and when you finally cross items off your list… Boom. Instant gratification. As for how many hours to work per week, it all depends on the individual, the specific class schedule and the job. Some jobs, especially on campus, allow you to do homework or study when it’s slow, though you shouldn’t rely on this. “If you’re taking

a lot of easy classes, you can probably do 12-14 hours fine. If you’re taking 18 credits and hard classes, then I would probably only recommend 5-10,” said Downs, though she considers herself an exception to this guideline. “You have to realize with your class schedule what amount of hours you can handle and what you can’t.” In the end, it all depends on what you feel you can manage. It is important to not overwhelm yourself. School can be overwhelming on its own, let alone when you also have a job. There are both challenges and benefits to working while in school. Challenges include finding enough time to study and keeping up your grades, not exhausting yourself (both physically and mentally) and still managing to squeeze in a social life. Benefits include earning money, making new friends and learning time management. Previous work experience, especially if you’re a good employee, also looks good on applications for future jobs, internships and graduate school. Downs added, “It is really hard, but in the end if you can focus and get your stuff done, prioritize, stay organized, then it’s worth it.” What some people don’t realize is that being a full-time student is a job in and of itself. I’d recommend learning to balance school and studying before finding a job. For some, just handling school is enough. For many others, circumstances require that they make an income while going to school. Balancing school and work may be difficult at times, but it is not an impossible feat. Many UW-L students undertake this challenge, and succeed. Some will fall, many will triumph and the battle will continue.

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this can be as an indicator that a particular career path should be avoided. In addition to selecting a major, students have the opportunity to work with staff and classmates from all fields of study. This collaboration is important to encourage students to look at material in new ways and be able to approach concepts from alternative perspectives. Chancellor Gow elaborated, “Not only do students get a thorough Liberal Arts and Science education, but they also encounter some of our most talented faculty and staff. I think those great teachers are quite an inspiration to our students.” Often times staff members act as a mentor to students, especially as they progress with their studies, as well as serving as a reference for employment. General education courses are known to prepare college students for the future and create confident individuals. If one course seems particularly difficult or dull, Chancellor Gow encouraged students to push through it, “Hang in there, you never know what material might come in handy later in life.” Being a well-rounded person and developing new skills can result from general education courses. All students should work toward stepping out of their comfort zone to discover their personal interests and see what the world has to offer.

Welcome to the future By Alan Voy Staff Reporter

The first computer I used had a Windows 95 operating system. This was the computer that introduced many of the elements we consider common in our modern computers, like the start button. It was the first in a long line of products geared for the casual computer user. The most recent of which is the Google Glass – a headset worn like a pair of glasses or a headband that makes Windows 95 feel as though it was a distant memory. My parents thought our Windows 95 was the coolest thing ever, and at the time they compared it to things they had seen on Star Trek or Johnny Quest. Since then we’ve seen portable computers, touchscreen tablets and pseudo-artificial intelligences like Siri. Now with the creation of the headset market another whimsical dream from the Sci-Fi shows of the sixties has become a reality. When student David Dull was asked if such technological progress was a good thing, he said, “It brings us closer to the Global Brain. Now whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know.” Global Brain is a reference to a social science theory that we will eventually have a singular consciousness as the human race, with the Internet functioning as the unifying element. However, for this to happen human beings would have to be constantly updated by the internet. Google’s new headset is another step in the direction towards this Global Brain. While a Global Brain, in theory, is beneficial to the world there are many who feel that being overly reliant on our technology may threaten our individuality. Among

such students is Ryan Churchill who stated, “One day we’ll end up just replacing our natural parts with computers and eventually just become on giant consciousness.” Not all opinions are so dramatic but there is some validity in what Churchill has said. We do place heavy reliance on the machines we use. Much of this reliance has to do with their usefulness but also their ability to distract us. I have many friends who have spent several hours if not days on Pinterest, Cracked, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter and the many other websites that consume time. While not inherently bad they are not inherently beneficial either. One of my friends, who did not wish to be mentioned by name, stated that marketers can easily exploit user info to sell stuff. If you like something on Facebook, you’ll likely see an ad for it five minutes later. Sites like Facebook also have several anti-user rights stipulations in their user agreements, such as clauses that give the social networking site you are using the rights to everything you post regardless of it being your own original work. This extends to photos, written works and videos you decide to post. As our internet becomes more global, so does the personal information we add to the internet. We have come a long way since the days of Star Trek, but whether we are better off is up in the air. I personally feel better off with search engines as a learning tool and I love the convenience of portable music, but I’m not enthralled by the idea of constantly having the internet strapped to my forehead. I think I’ll be fine taking the extra three seconds to pull out my phone.

A fail on all levels By Caleb Colon-Rivera Associate Reporter

It seems we have stumbled upon a gloriously classy Twitter called @LAX_Passouts. I think it’s pretty funny because it clearly shows a bunch of freshman who can’t handle their liquor and passing out in the most random spots. Not going to lie, I have had my drunken moments, but I have always made it home safe and sound either due to my own endeavors or the help of my friends. I, personally, think it was kind of funny but after speaking to a few people my opinion changed. “Umm that's weird. I definitely would not wanna end up on that page. It's kind of gross,” said Angela Bjelde Gross indeed. I want the student body to see me with my head in a bucket that I just vomited into, or how about I shove my head into a used toilet for fun instead. Who wants to be known as that guy who was on the pass outs page? You are going to have

four years here and you don’t want to be that guy. Stuff like this can eventually get out of hand. This past weekend’s pictures seemed kind of harmless, but that one guy in the bathroom looked a little sketch. Anyone help that guy out because he looked a little in trouble. And that is what I mean by getting out of hand. Eventually, people are going to want to top the pictures on there and do more and more crazy things for shock value. Haley Molzner said, “I'm personally not a fan of the page due to the fact that it condones the idea of drinking to the point of harm to oneself. I also dislike that it is sending the wrong message about our university to those who don't attend or those who want to attend in the future. NOT CLASSY.” “I think this whole page is just disgusting and indescribably immature. I just don't want to believe that decent human beings would rather post pictures of their friends in a compromised situation and embarrass them then help them and make sure they're safe. It also illustrates how ingrained unhealthy drinking behaviors are in our culture. It

makes me sad to think that this probably isn't going to be the generation to change that,” said Morgan Kolinski And this last quote makes me say no while snapping of the Z-formation, followed by an eye roll. I think this explains my opinions and the opinions of others. Don’t get me wrong, I like to have a drink and go downtown with friends, but we are pretty responsible when it comes to having a good time. And sites like this, glorifying drinking until you pass out, just doesn’t give UW-La Crosse a good image nor does it respect the people involved. Having textual evidence of a night of debauchery can hurt someone pretty badly in many ways. Yeah, everyone drinks and parties, but we don’t need to worship the negative side of people who cannot handle their own and potentially ruin the fun for the rest of us. There you have it folks, @LAX_Passouts gets a giant “AHHHHH NAW” from me and a few students too. It’s not classy, doesn’t represent all of us and is potentially dangerous.


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Hakunama-YOLO By Casey Senczko Senior Reporter

GTL, BRB, LOL, OMG, CMWTY, BTS and XY. Recently, the era of text messaging has evolved into vocal and written acronyms for seemingly everything. Gym, tan, laundry; be right back; laugh out loud and oh my god. We all know what they mean. The latter are two random letter sets I made up and the chromosomal arrangement for males. But the most outright of them all is YOLO, not only an acronym but rather, a fad or as some would like to believe, a lifestyle. YOLO gives us the privilege to justify actions that otherwise would have no logical validation. YOLO has given us the liberty to live the unhealthy life we only have one of. Things like, “I don’t wear sunscreen because I like to be tan and I only live once so why not be tan, right?” Wrong, say hello to melanoma. “I’m going to Coco’s instead of studying for this exam. YOLO bro.” Yo-no bro-migo—say hello to your little friend, seventh senior year. When I asked students to comment on their opinions of YOLO, it warranted answers that put YOLO further into ridiculous terms like “young ostriches live on-campus.” It has gone so far that “you only YOLO once” has evolved from its primitive species of stupidity. As an English major, it has become difficult to recognize what is YOLO in terms of grammar. YOLO is foremost an acronym, yes. But, its statement has morphed into both a noun “I wonder if our children will YOLO” and a verb. YOLO- to YOLO; the act of YOLOing. Wick-a wick-a wick-a what? It is neither a verb nor a noun, its forged permission slips to the adult field trip to the museum of life. You might learn something while eating your lunch next to the dinosaur exhibit but we’re all really in to sneak off for rock candy on The Streets of Old Milwaukee. But on the contrary, YOLO doesn’t only yield spontaneous or momentary absurdity.

There is some truth to the statement. Sometimes, the risks are worth the reward. YOLO allows for the opportunity to treat our life like a tree star, making it so sacred. Unless you are cat or Wolverine, we do ultimately only have one life to live. Don’t take your life for the residual YOLO, but instead look deeper. Do what makes you happy. Climb a mountain. Travel the world. Write a book. Respectively, live the life you want, but deciding that you want to run naked down West Avenue with an open container in one hand and a torch in

“Each decision you make affects the rest of your life. So live in the moment, but always think in the future” Adam Pannier UW-L Senior the other, pull back, that ain’t no YOLO. “Sure, you only live once, but each decision you make (especially in college) affects the rest of your life. So live in the moment, but always think in the future,” wise words from senior Adam Pannier. “YOLO can polarize you to one side or the other, yet on the other hand it can help you live conservatively by knowing what to live your one life for,” said senior Russ Ouellette Remember carpe diem? Neither does YOLO. YOLO, that’s right. So get yourself a 401K, invest in your future, purchase stock and ease off late night forth meal from Taco bell and tanning beds. Beyond certainty of doubt I know that in due time another phrase derived from the cast and crew of the Jersey Shore will sweep the nation with nonsense. To all those who YOLO, YOYO—you’re on your own.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

YouTube love By Kelly Myrup Associate Reporter

Admit it, you love YouTube.Whether you are watching a funny cat clip or staring in confusion at Miley Cyrus’ new music video, I’d be willing to bet you are using YouTube. YouTube is many people’s go-to site for entertainment and information. Personally, I have it bookmarked on my computer and have the app on my cell phone. I use it constantly. Why? What is so great about it? First of all, YouTube has an insane amount of videos. According to their official website, 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. “You can find videos on any topic imaginable,” said Matt Andersen, a junior at UW-La Crosse. Some examples off the top of my head are music videos, prank videos, “caught on video” moments, personal or celebrity blogs, tutorials, sport replays, DIY projects and Public Service Announcements. If you want to see it, they will probably have it. For laughs, I just typed “dancing pineapple” into the YouTube search bar and the first video that came up was an animated pineapple dancing to a techno song. (Yes, I am serious. Look it up.) The variability of the content on YouTube could be what makes it so popular across the board. Natalie Frederickson, a junior at UW-L, sums up why she uses the website, “I love YouTube because it keeps me in the loop. When someone asks, ‘Did you see that funny video?’ or ‘Have you heard that new song?’ I automatically go on YouTube.” The part that comes after the video is also a hidden gem. After watching a video, YouTube suggests other videos that are tailored to you based on your previous searches. “I always get sucked in to the video suggestions,” said Frederickson. “I might have gone on to watch one video, but I usually end up watching three or four more. They are addicting!”

So we use YouTube for entertainment, this is obvious. However, YouTube is being used more and more for information, activism and education. To enhance a project for school or work, one might include a video from YouTube about a specific topic. For example, today, in my class on Medieval Romance, my professor showed us a 50 minute long BBC documentary on King Arthur that she found on YouTube. More educators are now incorporating videos via YouTube into the classroom to help visual learners connect with the topics they have read about. Along with the idea of using it for information, it could be the future of raising awareness for causes. Organizations can make a video about themselves and their actions and put it out for the world to see. Do you remember seeing the “Kony 2012” video? Or perhaps you remember the “First World Problems Read by Third World People” video? YouTube could be the next social platform for the awareness of

“I might have gone on to watch one video, but I usually end up watching three or four more.” Natalie Frederickson UW-L Junior causes and organizations. Overall, we love YouTube. It brings us laughter, music, actual useful information and so much more. Do we need YouTube? I believe we do. I honestly think we take for granted. What would we do without it? How could we look up a song? How could we distract ourselves for hours watching videos of baby pandas sneezing or puppets singing about Harry Potter? We couldn’t, and that is a depressing thought.


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UW-La Crosse. There are so many things I love about this university: the size, the scenery, the surrounding area, the class sizes, the squirrels. But perhaps the thing I love most about it is the liberal nature, the tolerance and the acceptance of diversity that is ideally extended to each student regardless of their beliefs. As citizens of the United States of America (and international students who have come here to study) we have the privilege to be who we want and believe what we wish. As students, we are presented with new ideas and sets of beliefs on a daily basis. We are here to learn and become well-rounded members of society so that when we enter the real world we can make it a better, more diverse place full of knowledgeable people. Something that I will suggest to all of you is to take advantage of that. Don’t find yourself locking your mind on one way of thinking. Explore, learn and challenge yourself because if not now, when?

Don’t find yourself locking your mind on one way of thinking. Explore, learn and challenge yourself because if not now, when? With all that being said, I would like to call attention to an incident that happened on the twelfth anniversary of one of the most devastating dates in our history. On Sept. 11, 2013 Joe Gow, chancellor of UW-L, sent out a very tasteful and professional email about the flag display, which happened to

be in the shape of a cross, that the UW-L College Republicans had put on campus. Chancellor Joe Gow encouraged us to remember this day but also noted that, as a federally supported institution, we are not allowed to endorse any particular religion. As a primarily liberal school, I would have expected us, and our alumni to take that better. It is not as if this has been a secret in the past. I would say that one of the best things about this country is our freedom of religion and beliefs. I have to say, I was disappointed with the amount of flack Chancellor Gow received in response to this email. Chancellor Gow did not say that students should not look to their Christian faith to commemorate this day. He stated “we are free to commemorate 9/11 in any manner we choose.” He was simply doing his job in stating that the university itself does not identify as a Christian institution. My view on the subject is that the UW-L College Republicans had every right to express their beliefs the way they did. In fact, I would say they were well supported and accepted on that day, even by those who do not share their beliefs. My biggest disappointment lies in the lack of acceptance Chancellor Gow and his supporters (myself included) got after that email. One alumni wrote back calling him “an idiot,” and saying that they “hope the funding dries up,” for our school while they basically denounced themself as a proud supporter and alumni of our great university. I am frustrated that an alumni of UW-L could have viewed this as narrowly as they did. In my opinion, this alumni did not take away what he should have upon graduation from this institution. We have always been a university with a liberal mindset. We have always taken pride on our diversity and differences, as we should. After all, is that not how the modern world works? Is that not how we can best avoid conflict and understand

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each other to make for an ultimately better world? I can’t help but wonder if those who attacked our country twelve years ago had this mindset, would the 9/11 tragedy have ever

Even though our constitution recognizes us as “One nation, under God,” we are also a nation that celebrates freedom. happened? Keep in mind that when you oppose those who promote diversity and freedom of beliefs, you are directly opposing diversity and freedom of beliefs. Thus stating that your beliefs are the only ones that matter. I am in no way saying that you can’t disagree with what Chancellor Joe Gow said or what this university stands for, but, in the very least, be respectful. Don’t promote your set of beliefs to be the ultimate. Because, even though our constitution recognizes us as “One nation, under God,” we are also a nation that celebrates freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of beliefs, freedom to be who we want to be. That may not always match up with your personal beliefs. Deal with it. Explore, learn and start to accept other people’s differences, or anything this university has to teach you will not be able to fully prepare you for the real world. -Ashley

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The recent controversy regarding the cross used in the 9/11 memorial caused a bit of a stir on our campus. Responses that we received have varied from full support, to confusion and indifference, to outright opposition. Before we discuss our opinions, we wish to inform readers that we speak personally on this issue. The Student Association does not take any stance on this memorial, as we feel it is an exercise in free speech and expression, and we encourage our students to pursue that right to the fullest. It was completely within the rights of those creating the memorial to display it as they desired to, and that is not in any question or deliberation. We encourage future memorials to incorporate a more universal message to reach students of all religions and creeds. We feel that Chancellor Gow’s message did not lambast the College Republicans in any way for their memorial design, and that it was merely reminding the campus that, as a public institution, the university does not sponsor or endorse a singular theology. Indeed, Chancellor Gow thanked the College Republicans for taking the time to create the memorial. We are disappointed that this controversy was unnecessarily elevated and conveyed to the media as a restriction on the rights of the College Republicans to host their memorial. The university took no action to remove or revise the memorial’s design, and it was clear that no action would take place. As Chancellor Gow’s second e-mail clearly showed, this egregious misinterpretation threatened our university’s image as a marketplace of ideas. We feel this controversy was not only avoidable, but also predictable, and that a united remembrance was abandoned for the sake of messaging. September 11th, 2001 was a tragic day in our country’s history, and it should never be forgotten. The images of that day are forever burned into the American psyche, and the herculean efforts of the first responders represent our nation’s resilience and courage. We must remember that all Americans suffered that day, regardless of race, gender, creed,

or any “division” that creates our beautifully diverse nation. The inclusion of the cross was an unnecessary negation of that message, intended or unintended, and we hope that is kept in mind when designing the memorial in the future. Alissa Yakes Student As it has come to my attention, along with every other UW-L student on campus today, there were concerns about the flag display in the shape of a cross for the remembrance of 9/11. Not only do I believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong nor offensive about the display, I consider it completely appropriate for the occasion. The attacks on 9/11 were committed by the Islamic group al-Qaeda, whom are violent Muslim extremists. It's a fact: Christianity is prominent within our nation. Look at your money: "IN GOD WE TRUST." And the pledge? ONE NATION, UNDER GOD. To shape the display in a cross is appropriate for the symbolism of our country, and the peace we are enforcing today after the events of 9/11/2001. To shape the display in another religious symbol--such as the Star and Crescent--would be extremely offensive, given the motives behind the muslim extremist group that caused this tragedy 12 years ago today. The Star of David, for example, wouldn't be offensive towards the events of that day, but would represent a much smaller population of America. While America embraces acceptance and freedom of all religious, we cannot forget that outside religious forces (alQaeda) do not support us, and are fulling willing and capable of the attacks on 9/11. The cross was not to show favor of Christianity over Islam, rather, a representation of our unity--our unity under God. After all, GOD BLESS AMERICA. David Lynch Student Before any of this controversy even started, I walked past the 9/11 memorial and had to take a double-take. It's in the

shape of a cross! It confused me because I go to a public university and there is a clear separation of church and state established. You see, I am an atheist and no, I am not offended by the memorial. I know that it was set up to honor those who had fallen on that tragic day twelve years ago; however, I think that a little more thought could have been put into the form that the memorial is in. Since the memorial was set up on public property, it's only right that it abides to the laws that we have established. Also, we have to remember to respect the victims of 9/11. Not all of them followed the same religion, so it isn't fair to commemorate them in a way that they would not have liked. Religion should be left aside from public memorials because it is up to the families and churches/mosques/ synagogues/etc to remember the victims' faiths. I find it kind of ironic that religion is involved with 9/11 memorials in the first place because religious extremism is what motivated the terrorists for their actions. And of course, for those saying "One Nation Under God" and "In God We Trust": These phrases were not added to our pledge and currency until 1954 and 1956, respectively. Eisenhower added these phrases to separate us from the "godless" communists in the USSR. These were not added by the Founding Fathers. For those claiming that the United States was founded upon the Christian faith, I encourage you to research the Treaty of Tripoli ratified unanimously in 1797. It states "the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Even if our country was founded on the Christian faith, people should recognize that this is not a nation of entirely Christians and we need to respect everyone. It makes me sad that this day that is supposed to be meant to remember has been filled with religious debate over a memorial. We can blame the people for complaining, but I can't help but think that the College Republicans need to be a bit more sensitive. Lisa Thronton I think that the email Joe Gow sent out initially was perfect. Students of all races and religions should be welcome at UW-L and I am thankful that they have the freedom to practice whatever religion they believe. The person that sent the email to Gow about denouncing UW-L and telling him to get over his "liberal agenda bullshit" really needs to get over his christian agenda bullshit. I consider myself a christian but do not understand that way of thinking. Freedom of religion applies to ALL religions. I won't force you to follow my religion just as I expect you won't force me to follow yours. I am embarrassed to say that someone like this graduated from UW-L and lived in our area. The flag display was wonderful, as was any other way students chose to respectfully remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. Freedom to practice placing flags in the shape of a cross is a part of our nation - as is the freedom to place flags in any other shape someone chooses - regardless of religious preferences. I applaud Mr. Gow for both his original message and his additional message clarifying his position. It isn't freedom when you expect others to think the way you do....


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Oktoberfest preview: Prost! By Emme Harmes Staff Reporter

Prost! It’s time once again for the famous event we all know and love. La Crosse has been hosting Oktoberfest USA for 53 years with the slogan “Celebrating Generations.” Although to many the two weekends of Oktoberfest serve as an excuse to party, there is a lot going on that you may be missing. This year’s festivities will take place from Friday, Sept. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 5, with prefest activities that have already begun! The Fest kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday with the opening of the Southside grounds followed by the Opening Day Ceremonies and the Festmaster’s Ball. Each day is jam-packed with activities and entertainment. The grounds hold booths for food, beer and souvenirs to enjoy while listening to a variety of different music. However, any building serving alcohol will be strictly for those of age. Not 21? No problem. The fest has plenty of activities and areas for all ages. There are specific family friendly activities as well as fest grounds that do not serve alcohol. There are also two parades that take place each year, which is open to anyone and everyone. The first is the Maple Leaf Parade starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. This parade features everything you can imagine including floats

Behind all the lederhosen and bratwurst lies a strong tradition of pride and acceptance. from various restaurants, teams and the community. Several high schools support the parade with their marching bands and dance teams as well. Miss La Crosse and Miss Wisconsin will also be featured, along with the Festmaster himself! The route begins at Clinton Street and travels all the way down Copeland Avenue before heading down 2nd Street until reaching King Street.

The second parade takes place on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7p.m. This parade is unique in that all the floats, bands and vehicles light up in different ways to brighten up the entire street. This parade is also shorter than the first, beginning at Kane and Gillette Street, turning on Caledonia Street and continuing until St. James Street. Both parades are fun, all-age activities with beads, candy and lots of lederhosen. On the last day of the fest there will be a cornhole tournament and carnival rides until 10 p.m. Behind all the lederhosen and bratwurst lies a strong tradition of pride and

Not 21? No problem. The fest has plenty of activities as well as fest grounds that do not serve alchohol. acceptance. The mission statement of the fest is as follows: “Oktoberfest, U.S.A., through a network of volunteers, preserves, promotes, represents, and celebrates the values of our diverse heritage regionally and internationally.” The Oktoberfest in La Crosse also supports over 100 local organizations, clubs and community groups through the donations received throughout the week. The festivities are also sponsored by a number of local and national corporations without which, Oktoberfest would be impossible to put on. Of course, the fest would be nothing without the help of everyone in charge. UWLa Crosse’s very own Tianna Vanderhei was Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest last year and was joined by UW-L faculty, Gerald Kember, as Festmaster. The celebration continues to be more than food and entertainment as we celebrate community and heritage. For more information about the history of Oktoberfest and a complete list of this year’s activities, please visit www.oktoberfestusa. com. Happy festing!

The new, cool color for fall By Katie TerBeest Staff Reporter

Greens have gotten the green light for this fall and winter fashion seasons. While emerald has been dubbed the “color of the year,” fall’s must-have is moss. When Pantone, the global authority on color, surveyed the biggest designers to bring the season’s most important color trends back in February, they announced moss green (or “deep lichen green” as they called it) as one of the hottest colors for fall, and were met with criticism by many in the fashion world (Pantone. com). But with more than 20 years of color forecasts, Pantone was on the ball once again as this lush, deep green began to appear everywhere from the runway to retail stores once autumn hit. This nature-inspired hue is versatile, making it easy to dress up or wear casually. With endless accessory possibilities and countless complimenting colors, it’s easy to rock moss this fall! Dress it up! When this shade of green is all dressed up, it screams edgy. Ladies, pair a moss green chiffon top with black leather leggings or shorts. Top it off with flat black booties or open-toed heeled booties for an

effortlessly cool vibe. A mossy green dress would be the perfect item to introduce this hot fall color into your wardrobe. Add a black blazer, or better yet a black leather jacket and some black sandal wedges. Or, pair a dark green peplum top with a form-fitting black skirt for a sultry yet put-together look. Adding a deep maroon lipstick or charcoal

When this shade of green is all dressed up, it screams edgy. Ladies, pair a moss green chiffon top with black leather leggings or shorts. smoky eye with gel eyeliner to the mix of any of these possibilities will make even more of a statement. Guys, don’t you worry! You are just as capable of dressing up this new fall favorite. Give moss a more sophisticated look by pairing it with black or dark washed denim jeans, which work perfectly with a button-up dark jade shirt and black Chucks or dress shoes. You could even switch it up by wearing dark green pants and a more formal black top. Ashley Sinclair, a senior majoring in Organizational and Professional

Making connections By Rachel Tortorici Staff Reporter

Whether you are new to UW-La Crosse or to college in general, you will discover a multitude of things that become important during your time spent here. One such thing—becoming acquainted with professors and staff—is easier on UW-L’s campus compared to many campuses. We are lucky to have a 20:1 student to faculty ratio. It’s much easier to feel as if you aren’t just some number to your professor, but that they may come to learn your name and match it with your face. It’s true that some classes differ in size, but overall you are given a wonderful opportunity to make connections inside and outside of the

If you show an ounce of critical thinking, it shows much more to professors. Your’e making it known you are listening to their content. classroom. After responding to a roll call, it is in your best interest to re-introduce yourself to the professor after class or even before the start of it. A simple “hello,” and saying something you may be looking forward to in the class is a good start. If you aren’t willing to go up to them in a free moment and throw out a small greeting, there are still ways to form a relationship with your professors. Don’t be shy in class. Professors love to hear the student’s input, answers and thoughts on the subject matter. If you show an ounce of critical thinking, it shows much more to professors. You’re making it known that you are listening to their content and also reflecting on it. Please don’t raise your hand at every word spoken by someone in the classroom, but attempt to talk once a class period. Another method to an improved student-

Utilize your professors! professor relationship is to ask questions. This can be inside the classroom, over e-mail or both. Which brings up how you should address a professor over e-mail. The subject should briefly describe what is inside the e-mail, use “Dear Dr.,” or “Dear Professor,” do not babble or create a lengthy e-mail.

After responding to a roll call, it is in your best interest to re-introduce yourself to the professor after class or even before the start of it. The e-mail should entail a short inquiry, otherwise you can certainly try to define a meeting time with the professor during their given office hours if you think you will need more explanation from them. Your professors are a great resource that should be used, but keep in mind that they are extremely busy individuals. Sometimes you may first think to ask your professor about coursework when the problem could easily be answered by another resource. On campus, and even online, you may easily be able to answer your own general question. The Murphy Library in particular, has a vast selection of tutors, computers, books and other students at the ready to answer your questions. However you may get answers to your questions and confusion, take some extra steps to get to know your professor better. A relationship with a professor could be how you choose your major. It very well could be how you get a job in the real world. When a professor knows how hard you work and the effort you put forth in their classroom, it is much easier for them to compose a killer recommendation letter. The networking you do at UW-L doesn’t stop here; it brings you further in your careers and allows you to become comfortable forming future professional relationships.

Marvelous, mysterious moss

Communication, said, “I think moss green is a unique fall color, yet is still neutral and easily wearable with anything.” And she’s exactly right! Because of the neutrality of this season’s “it” color, you can casually pull the hue off with little to no effort. An outfit Ashley would wear includes a basic grey t-shirt, jeans and a moss-colored jacket. Don a deep jade pair of pants with a white or black top, complimented with brown flats or boots for a classic fall look. Military inspired pieces are another way to introduce moss into your closet. Don’t get lost in the moss though! Wearing too much moss can make you bland or boring. When getting to know this shade, stick to one item of moss per outfit.

Are you ready to accessorize? Whether you’re thinking of making your mossy look upscale or everyday chill, think gold! Derek Stark, a senior Sport Management major who finds moss green to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing colors (especially during the fall season), chooses to pair the hue with a yellowish gold item unique to the state of Wisconsin…a cheese head! “Ideally I would wear a cheese head with moss, in order to support the best football team in the nation” he said. “I recommend anyone with moss green to go out and purchase a cheese head immediately; it’s trending!” If you’re looking for an alternative way to accessorize, chose a gold necklace, gold watch or bronze jewelry. Moss has other color friends too! According to, complimentary fall colors include royal plum, midnight navy, and dark grey/stone. Fellas, wear a pair of moss pants with a maroon or plum V-neck for an “elegantly masculine, quintessential fall look.” ( Whether worn casually or all dressed up; effortlessly versatile, earthy, moss green needs to be a part of your wardrobe for fall. It’s a moss-have! Happy shopping!

Kardashians: love ‘em or hate ‘em? Our two reporters took a side; you be the judge By Jordan Fay Staff Reporter

There are several celebrities, athletes and other famous people who have great claims to fame. Morgan Freeman has an amazing voice and a great acting career, David Beckham is known for his soccer skills and underwear modeling and Rebecca Black will always be known for that terrible song about getting down on Friday. It is pretty easy to see why these people are famous whether they deserve it or not, but for others their point of origin and how they have maintained their “celebrity” status remains a mystery. That being said it is time to turn on the Entertainment Network, read the tabloids and collectively scratch our heads at Kim Kardashian in this week’s installment of Facepalm! The Kardashian family first came into the public eye when Kim’s mother got a divorce in 1991 and got remarried to 1976 Olympics decathlon winner Bruce Jenner that same year, but the big story was when Kim’s father Robert Kardashian became the defense attorney for O.J. Simpson. How did Kim

become famous? Only two reasons: her looks and her connections. In 2000, she eloped to music producer Damon Thomas and got divorced three years later. During that time she became close to Paris Hilton, and before the finalization of her divorce she started dating the singer known as Ray-J. It was four years later in 2007 that a sex tape with Ray-J, and a $5 million lawsuit settlement, propelled

How did Kim get famous? Only two reasons: her looks and her connections. Kim Kardashian to fame. Between then and now, Kim Kardashian’s career has consisted of people looking into her family life with “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” modeling, lawsuits, publicity stunts and a myriad of mediocre endeavors. She has written a book, started both a line of perfume and clothing, sang one terribly generic dance song, released a workout video, endorsed several products, danced on

“Dancing with the Stars” and had appearances in a few movies and television shows other than the ones her family was a part of in filming. That is quite the list and there are several other things she has done too, but she is just a jack of all trades and master of none. Her publicity stunt of a wedding to Kris Humphries and her pregnancy fiasco with Kanye West really take the cake though for a bunch of head shaking moments. Her 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries earned her millions of dollars and it was used to help promote her family name. As for her pregnancy, that was a media circus in itself, and the fact that her child is going to have to live with the name “North West,” is probably going to lead to a life of scrutiny and mockery (not that that has not already started happening). Plain and simple, Kim Kardashian was a celebrity of the moment back in 2007 and has done whatever she can to try and maintain her celebrity status. That is evident by her many ventures that have not necessarily garnered much success. Honestly, the other members of her family are starting to overshadow her

and maybe that is why Kim is scrambling for attention in whatever way she can. There is only so much that good looks and riding on the coattails of other famous people can give when you lack talent like Kim. I give her credit for staying in the spotlight for so long, but I do not think that light will focus on her for much longer. Short rebuttal by Staff Reporter Katie TerBeest: Kim Kardashian, beautiful, connected and strategic. She and her mother, Kris Jenner, know how to play the game. Kim’s always been in the celebrity circle (pals with Paris Hilton in preschool), and eventually the media showed great interest in her. Kim took advantage of this chance, and the Kardashian brand was born. More important than her huge success in many of her ventures, Kim’s famous because she’s under the microscope and does things to make sure people talk about her. She’s a performer, and whether you hate or love Kim, as long as you talk about her, you’re a pawn in her chess game of fame.



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Crushing competition on the field and in the classroom By Patrick Griffith Associate Reporter

UW-La Crosse has been known for its stellar athletics, but the athletes have also achieved the highest academic standing for the 2012-13 year in the Wisconsin

have achieved the status of having the best academics for not only the 2012-2013 academic year, but the past 13 years. UW-L athletes and coaches work together with the professors on campus to allow the athletes to get their entire academic work done as well as achieve success in their sport. The athletes are expected to do their best and strive for

UW-L athletes have achieved the status of having the best academics for not only the 2012-13 academic year, but the past thirteen years. Abby Tresedder prepares for a match.

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UW-L Women’s Tennis season opener ignites drive within players By Samantha Gager Associate Reporter

On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m., the UW-La Crosse Women’s Tennis Team had a nail-biting battle with the UW-Whitewater for their home opener. The Whitewater Warhawks have always been a very strong team, but the Eagles went into the match with gritty determination, ready to show everyone what they have been working hard on and practicing throughout their season. Although the Warhawks are undefeated, the Eagles showcased their tennis talent. Their serves were strong, the returns quick and the ladies didn’t give up during even one second of their matches. The Eagles played a great game, but the Warhawks’ strength proved to pull through in their favor. The final score came to Whitewater with 8 wins and La Crosse with 1. There were 6 single matches and 3 doubles. Kimmy Mrozek and Bryanne Blanton brought home a victory, 8-3 in their doubles match for the Eagles. Kendra Woyahn had a very close match, only missing the victory by 1 point in the first match and 2 points in the second match. After the game Woyahn said, “I think we competed well against Whitewater. Obviously we always have things to work on, but they are very strong. I think a couple of matches could have gone either way and that would have made the difference in the final score. We have ITA’s this weekend (a

conference in Minnesota where D3 schools compete against each other) so I know we will be drilling a lot to get all the strokes to be where they need to be. Overall, it’s never fun to lose, but I think we were closer than we have been in the past to taking Whitewater and I know we’re all excited to face them again later in the season to see what happens.” The support from each other is what keeps the team together and keeps their spirits high. The Eagles are now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. There is a lot of time left in the season and many more victories to come. It was a beautiful day on Saturday and although the team lost this one, the fans showed their support from the beginning to the end. The team will continue to work

“I know we’re all excited to face them again later in the season to see what happens.” Kendra Woyahn UW-L Women’s Tennis Player

together and pump each other up. The Eagles will train harder and come back ready for a victory. Great job ladies!

Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The WIAC includes the nine different division III UW schools, which is quite an accomplishment for the entire UW-L athletics program. Division III athletes don’t have the luxury of earning sports based scholarship in sports, which just shows how much passion UW-L athletes have for their respective sports Athletes will dedicate anywhere from 10 to 25 hours per week for their sports. They are

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expected to study film, participate in weight training and participate in daily practices. Many of these athletes are also involved in other activities and maintain part time jobs as well. So where do these athletes find time to grind out those long study hours to achieve such high academic scores? The Director of Athletics at UW-L, Josh Whitman, talked to The Racquet about how the athletes find the time to achieve academic success. He explained that each year, the Athletics Department collects all of the athlete’s grades and determines a composite GPA. Included in the report are those athletes who attain a 3.0 GPA or higher, and is sent into the WIAC. Based on these two statistics, the WIAC determines how schools rank academically. UW-L athletes

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success in all areas of their lives, not just athletics. In fact, Whitman stated that 11 of those 13 years, UW-L athletes have earned a higher composite GPA than the rest of the student body. This is quite a refreshing twist on the “dumb jock” stereotype. Coaches send out recruiters to not only look for the fastest runner or best jump shot, but look at how the athlete conducts themselves off the court or field. When a student athlete is looking for a school to attend, many see the bright lights of a big stadium, but others

Josh Whitman stated that 11 of those 13 years, UW-L athletes have earned a higher composite GPA than the rest of the student body. see the bright lights beyond the stadium after the game is over. The types of athletes that are attracted to UW-L are extremely bright and talented academically. The professors and faculty are also a huge part in attracting such highly academically motivated student athletes. The UW-L community is very proud of our athletes and wishes them all continued success on and off the field this year. Go Eagles!

Loop, swoop and pull Tying your shoes to fit your feet better By Patrick Griffith Associate Reporter

After the very first time one first pulls on sneakers, the famous “bunny ears” trick is something that turns into such an accomplishment for a young person establishing their independence in the world. However, after a few weeks of practice this magical trick can seem habitual and even a nuisance. This common practice of tying shoes seems universal and simple to the common walker Lace or traveler. Around H o w e v e r, athletes may want to take a second look at the way their fancy kicks are strapped onto to their feet. Every athlete is different, especially when it comes to their feet composition. Length, shape and width are just a few differences between each athlete’s feet. So why should the way athletes tie their shoes be the same? Runner’s World Magazine offers insight into this subject by providing a few examples of different strategies to lacing up that may

reduce common foot troubles. For example, if one is having trouble with shoes rubbing up against the side of the foot, he or she could try the technique of the lace-around, in which the lace skips the middle two eyelets. If toenails are becoming black, one could try threading one lace from top to bottom to reduce toenail destruction. Parallel lacing is a common practice used to reduce ankle constriction. The quadruple knot is when two knots are used, one in the middle and one at the top, to reduce forefoot constriction. Finally, the double ankle loop is used to reduce heel sliding. UW-La Crosse cross country runners are a great example of a team with numerous pairs of shoes to tie. Head coach of the UW-L cross country team, Derek Stanley, doesn’t

Every athlete is different, especially when it comes to their feet composition. instruct his runners to tie their shoes in any specific way because he knows that, “runners are funny about their feet and they tie their shoes very specifically sometimes.” Even experienced marathoners, such as Rob McGaff a chemistry professor at UWL, have experimented with lacing shoes in a personalized manner. McGaff said that he is always “sure that [he] double-knots and that [he doesn’t] lace up too tight or too loose-

both of which will get you blisters (or worse) on a long run.” Another interesting way to tie shoes is simply a “pull away.” Yanks are a fairly new type of lace to most people. Typically used by triathletes who need to transition quickly and efficiently from the bike to the run, these laces go onto any shoe, but instead of tying the lace in a knot, these laces are pulled Parallel with a small plastic device that secures the lace in place like a knot would typically accomplish. The Yanks provide the perfect substitution for those athletes who need to pull on their shoes, yank and head out. Laces come in all different varieties of color, texture and shape. The way shoes look can come down to the very laces that tie them. So just remember the next time those fancy shoes are creating blisters and hot spots, don’t go straight to blaming the shoe. Now lace up and give those hurting feet the comfort they deserve.

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- - - Drops to finding out what a C-string is. (But seriously, Google it.) - - - Drops to 18 credits. +/- Props to the fall weather starting to roll in. Drops to biking to class in 40 degree weather in the mornings. +/- Props to Miley’s new song. Drops to her music video. At least from a girl’s perspective. - - - Drops to SO many group projects SO early in the semester. NO. - /+ Drops to an exam barely three weeks into the semester. Props to crushing it. +++ Props to gaining a nice knife set for free from +/- Props for the amount of Disney movies on Netflix. Drops to wasting my weekend away. +++ Props to the first season win for the Packers! Double props to the Vikings’ loss.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

-/+ Drops to 7:45 a.m. classes. Props to almost always getting dismissed early. +/- Props to my boyfriend coming to visit for the weekend starting at 3 a.m. Friday morning. Drops to him coming at 3 a.m. on Friday morning. - - - Drops to the weather. Go home, weather. You’re drunk. +/- Props to wanting to be as creative as the chefs on Food Network. Drops to not having near as much money as the food would cost. +/- Props to finding that awesome mirror nail polish on Pinterest. Drops to having it shipped from Italy and having it wear off more and more each day. +++ Props to the return of pumpkin-flavored things at Einstein’s. + /- Props to Enrique . Drops to my best friend going to Vegas for the weekend, seeing him in concert and touching his butt. So jealous.


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