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The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
With a goal of being energy independent by 2014, Gundersen Lutheran is determined to go green...See page 3
An easy guide to the coldest and best tasting drinking fountains on campus. The least reliable are found in Wimberly Hall...See page 6
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UW-La Crosse hosted the Esten Challenge on April 15, in which the men’s team finished first out of seven schools competing...See page 11
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Green Fund allocates eco-friendly dorm upgrades By Clara Johnson Staff Reporter
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Chartwells dining has gone green... Have you?
UW-La Crosse’s dining services work hard to try to be eco-friendly and promote sustainability on campus. Chartwells is committed to fostering and promoting sustainability to their students, with focus on the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Their primary focus is on reduction. Chartwells sustainability has four basic focuses: environment, purchasing incentives, Chartwells in the community and nutrition and wellness. One way Chartwells stays healthy and environmentally conscious is by using only cage-free eggs. They also use only antibiotic free and free-range chicken and pork products. Chartwells partners with the Monteray Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program to assure that all seafood served on campus complies with the strict sustainability requirements. They served grass-fed burgers by customer request. Chartwells keeps the environment in mind when choosing products. Last year the Cellar began to use the red plastic baskets instead of the paper, throw-away baskets to try to reduce the amount of waste thrown away. Eco-Clams, or plastic to-go boxes, are also for sale for only $5. Students who get their meals to go can use the eco-clams instead of the Styrofoam to-go boxes to help reduce garbage. The paper products that are purchased are 100 percent recyclable and made with post-consumer waste products. Chartwells also purchases coffee cups and lids that are compostable. Peggy Bauer, Chartwells Building Director, mentioned that many people think that using Styrofoam boxes aren’t the best choice, but there are more factors to take in. The county’s garbage is collected
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Food scraps from Whitney are composted at a warehouse in downtown La Crosse by the campus Compost Crew. The compost is then used at Hillview Greenhouse. Efforts are underway to use the soil on campus.
Whitney wiggles its way to a greener tomorrow into a type of soil rich with nutrients known as none other than, compost. This particular form of composting with worms is known as vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is a fast form of ordinary composting because the worms (red wigglers to be exact) turn the compost for us. By wriggling and trudging their way through the pre-compost, they allow air to enter the pile and do the work of a human stirring the pile. This new vermicomposting was introduced in January and has been making great efforts in the campuswide act of sustainability. Vermicomposting allows for most kitchen scraps to be composted, including vegetable scraps, fruit, rinds, peels and even egg shells. “The old system included a group of four students who would go to bins near the physical plant and manually stir manure into the piles of plant waste. However, with the help of Geography Professor Ryan Perroy and the worms, the process has sped up,” said Dining Hall Service Coordinator Mary Beth Vahala.
By K.C. Powers Senior Reporter
Ever wonder where that half eaten orange goes to after you put it on the cleaning conveyor belt at Whitney? Or how about where the skin of the onion on your burger lies? Well, it goes to UW-La Crosse’s pet worms of course. UW-L Environmental Council and Campus Progressives started the idea of composting on campus back in 2002. Although it has had its lack of volunteers in some years, it is currently back in full swing. This group of volunteers and some staff employees, known as The Compost Crew, take your and the kitchen’s unwanted food and convert it into a nice, well-rounded meal for a warehouse of collegiate worms located near downtown La Crosse. Within the first three hours of the program, more than 22 quart buckets were filled with plant wastes suitable from compost, and it keeps growing. Composting is already a natural process of recycling plant waste
As of this semester, composting has only been pre-consumer waste. This includes all the waste that the kitchen produces, including everything from potato peels to coffee grounds. Although they are only using kitchen waste this semester, there are bigger plans in the future. “We are indeed purchasing more red wigglers this summer and hope to allow the students to be able to put there left over scraps into the mix as well,” Vahala said. The compost that is being produce as of now is being used in partnership with Hillview Greenhouse due to the limited amount of worms. Once more are added to the mix, Dinning Services and the Progressive Group hope to recycle the recycled and allow UW-L grounds keepers the opportunity to use the compost on campus to enforce sustainability. For more information on composting on campus, you can contact Progressive Coordinator Andrea Wagner at 608-785-8902. Until then, remember to save some for the worms.
This summer UW-La Crosse’s dorms will get a little bit greener. Last week, Green Funds were allocated, improving residence halls’ environmental footprints through UW-L’s Student Senate. Funded upgrades include installing a “Hydration Station” in every hall, Cartwright Center and the REC, 50 better steam traps for the halls and more efficient lighting. The“Hydration Stations”promote the use of reusable water bottles, as they are designed to fill them vertically and not waste water like a normal drinking fountain. The water is also Brita filtered, the station is sanitized using UV light and it counts the amount of disposable water bottles that have been saved by one “Hydration Station”. A model station is being used in Hutchison Hall. “Students should care about the hydration stations because they are an easy way to fill up your reusable water bottles,” RHAC senator Rob Schneider said. Steam traps will be put into the halls. “You should care about the steam traps because they will decrease the pipe clanking that can be heard in many of the traditional residence halls,” Schneider said. Students will not have to worry about the “ghosts” in the pipes anymore! Lastly, lights will be replaced to be more efficient throughout the residence halls. The new bulbs will use less wattage but still give off the same amount of light for the area. Changes are expected to take place over the summer. Students will not have to pay for these changes, as they were taken from the Green Fund, which Schneider said students already pay into. Students that have ideas for writing a green resolution that will improve the environmental sustainability of campus can see the Green Fund Web site for limitations on what money can be used for and submit resolutions to the Green Fund committee.
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Go green or go home
Earth Fair 2011 educates, offers nature friendly fun By Nick Kammers Senior Reporter
This past Saturday, Myrick Park hosted the 2011 Earth Fair. Many businesses and organizations showed up in order to educate and promote ways to improve the environment, sustainability and nature, in spite of Mother Earth’s disdain for their comfort. The six hour event was put on by partnership of the Coulee Partners for Sustainability and Myrick Hixon Eco Park, forming the La Crosse Earth Week Coalition. Over 20 different local organizations and businesses helped sponsor the event. Nestled inside a tent on Myrick 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601
premises, other organizations displayed many different methods to a more environmentally conscious you. Offering advice, brochures and the occasional free pencil, their advice ranged from extremely specific to more general, for both individuals and larger homes and buildings. The fair provided an opportunity for many companies based on philosophies of environmental conscientiousness to have a platform for their products and philosophies. Some of the stands focused primarily on education and advice to go greener on a personal level, whether it be through Please see FAIR, page 2
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Jen Lorge (left) and Ginger Pigeon (right) have fun at the Teeter-Totter-A-Thon at the REC center April 15. The 17th annual event was sponsored by Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority and the Delta Sigma Phi Social Fraternity to raise money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. ARCW provides various social support services including residential housing, rent assistance, legal assistance, food services and others for those who have AIDS. Additionally the ARCW provides a variety of health services to over 3,000 Wisconsin residents living with HIV disease.
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solar power or better housing insulation. Others offered suggestions for potential materials and equipment that are made specifically to be environmentally friendly. For example, governmental program, Energy Star, claimed that their appliances could save a person up to $75 a year in energy costs. But the focus remained on simple suggestions that people could easily accomplish in order to make their lives less of a zit on the face of nature. Beneficial actions like creating rain gardens can be done without many excess purchases, and they primarily involve measuring yard space, a slight bit of digging and buying a couple of plants. This keeps pollutant runoff and soil in your yard as opposed to it getting into the sewer where it can be shared with everyone. Change can be affected on levels both large and small, from a single rain garden to Gundersen Lutheran’s more ambitious plan to use garbage and landfills in order to generate energy. But the fair wasn’t all preachy about saving the Earth and the dangers of specific types of dish soaps. Bikes Limited offered free safety inspections while the farmer’s market sold goods ranging from (presumably) organic
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The pursuit of happiness
Senior capstone class organizes healthy relationship presentations By Katie Tucker City Editor
Healthy relationships, doing good for others and staying positive - there’s a discipline to happiness. The UW-La Crosse Child/ Youth Care Program capstone class launched their Helping Educate About Relationships (HEAR) program this week, which aims to help local youth build happy and safe relationships. The class will present several events around the community to advocate healthy teen relationships. On April 21, the group will present their “HEAR: It Takes Two” presentation at La Cresent middle and high schools. The presentation will help educate teens about relationships while discussing the facts and myths around relationship safety, abuse, and romanticism. Through talks, skits, games, videos and discussions the group plans to illustrate controlling behavior and how it can turn into physical or emotional abuse. They will also show how difficult it can be to really know what is going on in a relationship. The conference will also tap into issues of abuse through technology including cyberstalking. Such abuse can include texting a partner frequently to determine where they are, what they are doing and who they are with. “We focused on adolescence as really being a time when teens are learning to make decisions about relationships,” Bridget Brinkman, HEAR group member said, “What they’re learning now is really going to have an impact on how they treat others during their lifetime.”
cinnamon rolls to massage oils. Activities included presentations, concerts, musicals, prize drawings, films, cooking demonstrations, raptor presentations, crafts, drum circles and even a puppet parade. The fair had a little something for everyone of all ages; provided you didn’t work for an oil company or were pro-littering. Some threats to the environment hit a little closer to home. The marsh is under threat by the La Crosse Area Planning Committee, who is planning a four lane highway that will travel through part of the marsh. They are being resisted by the Marsh Coalition, who believe that further commercial development along the proposed highway will continue to eat at the wetland and slowly destroy what remains. Such a development could be tremendously damaging to La Crosse, between the marsh’s use as a flood basin and natural water purification system, not to mention the blow to the recreation and wildlife that already occurs there. According to the Marsh Coalition’s admittedly dated 1998 survey, a majority of the La Crosse population is against the potential highway development. The fair showed that helping the environment doesn’t have to be strenuous and that by helping nature, you are helping yourself.
But the class’s focus is not solely dating, said Brinkman. It’s about educating children, teens and adults about healthy relationships across the board. “Our goal is to educate students at every education level - elementary, middle school, high school - about what a relationship is and how to be in a healthy relationship,” Brinkman said. In addition to sharing educational knowledge with middle and high school students, the group has also arranged to team up with the Children’s Museum to host “Friendship Day” at the museum on May 7 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. The event is aimed at promoting healthy relationships among younger children and will feature a performance by children’s singer/songwriter Hans Mayer, pet therapy and a story hour. The event is open to the public with discounted admission to the museum. To organize the awareness presentations, the capstone class brainstormed ideas they felt would be relevant to educate local youth about. The class then worked as a whole to plan, organize and present researched information. Respect is the common thread through all the lessons and information offered at the both events, Brinkman said, “We thought the issue of knowing what a caring relationship was important and want to show kids what a healthy relationship is.” To learn more about healthy relationships or about any of the events, the class has set up a Web site at saws.uwlax.edu/projects. With any questions or comments faculty project advisor Lisa Caya can be contacted at caya. email@example.com.
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When life hands you garbage, make energy
Pipeline to transport methane from landfill to Gundersen Lutheran, create energy By Lauren Seidl News Editor
When thinking of renewable energy sources, garbage isn’t usually something that comes to mind. But La Crosse County and Gundersen Lutheran are teaming up to make trash useful. Under a project set to start next month, the methane gas released by La Crosse’s landfill will travel via pipeline to Onalaska’s Gundersen Lutheran where it will be used for energy. Rather than allowing the harmful gas to rise aimlessly into the atmosphere, a vacuum will pull the landfill’s methane to a central location. Using an engine, the gas will be cleaned of impurities and sent through a 1.6 mile pipeline to Gundersen Lutheran in Onalaska. Here, an engine will burn the methane gas to create heat and electricity for the healthcare facility. “We’re taking a waste product and turning it into a valuable resource,” said La Crosse Sustainability Coordinator Nick Nichols. Nichols said this project was conceptualized several years ago. A study was done with the help of Focus on Energy, and after the project’s feasibility was brought to light a request for interest was put out to the public. Three companies showed interest, but La Crosse chose Gundersen Lutheran to participate in the project. “This is a real win-win situation for the county,” Nichols said, “We’re helping a local business reduce cost, which will hopefully help reduce healthcare costs.” The entire project is set to cost $3.3 million, but according to Nichols the money will be made back within six years. Using landfill methane for energy is
“This is a real win-win situation for the county. We’re helping a local buisness deduce cost, which will hopefully help reduce healthcare costs.” Nick Nicholos La Crosse Sustainability Coorinator
something that has been done in the past. Nichols said there are quite a few areas throughout the state that already have systems in place similar to the one La Crosse is constructing. But once the project is done, Gundersen Lutheran will be the first healthcare facility in the United States to be 100 percent energy independent. Gundersen Lutheran already uses biogas discharge from the La Crosse City Brewery to account for 5 percent of the electricity used within both their La Crosse and Onalaska facilities. According to their Web site, “That’s equivalent to planting 306 acres of forest or removing 275 cars from the road.” With a goal of being energy independent by 2014, Gundersen Lutheran is determined to go green. They have plans of using wind turbines along with the energy they currently receive from the brewery and will receive from the landfill. The pipeline project is expected to offset about 12 percent of Gundersen Lutheran’s total energy use. The project will begin as soon as the county board approves bids determining which construction company to hire. According to Nichols, the methane gas from La Crosse’s landfill should give Gundersen Lutheran at least 30 to 50 years of energy.
Drop it and drive Students send message: Don’t text and drive By Katie Tucker City Editor
LOL. Where R u? k. Ask the students of UW-La Crosse’s Community Health Education 240 class and you won't find anyone who thinks those common text messages, or any others, are worth a life. The class, taught by Dr. Keely Rees, has recently launched its “Drop it N’ Drive” campaign to urge students to put down the phone when driving. “I think people lose sight of how difficult driving is. It becomes a task that seems second nature, but it’s not. Research has shown that texting and driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. With cell phone notifications becoming more and more popular, chances are, sooner or later, this is going to affect you or someone close to you,” 240 student Caitlyn Bednarek said. The students decided to create the texting campaign after a class discussion on accidents they’ve witnessed while driving due to others’ inattentive driving. When the class learned April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, they decided it would be the perfect time to organize an event to spread awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. The class is asking for student support by wearing orange on April 28. The group will rally around the clock tower from 12 – 2:30 p.m., distributing free bracelets to serve as a visual reminder for people to put down their phone. To find out more information about the awareness day or distracted driving, students can like the dropitNdrive group on Facebook or follow the group on Twitter (@ dropitNdrive). But Bednarek said the most important thing students can do is to turn their phone on silent and throw it in the backseat whenever they jump in the car so they are not tempted to check it every time the ringtone goes off.
Parking predicament Parking fees projected to increase if ramp is built By Gretchen Zishka Senior Reporter
In a year and a half students might find themselves not complaining about UW-La Crosse's lack of campus parking. Instead, they will be griping about parking costs. UW-L's Student Senate discussed this with Bob Hetzel, the Vice Chancellor, at last week's meeting. Derek Tomesh is the representative from Senate on the committee making decisions on this manner. A key part of UW-L's "master building plan”, approved in 2005, was to build a new parking ramp on campus. This would be nearly the size of a city block and be located along Farwell and La Crosse streets between 16th and 17th. It would be three stories tall. This would create 600 more parking spaces, with 400 of them covered. It is scheduled to open in January 2013. The cost for the ramp is estimated at $12 million, and rather than creating a segregated fee to pay for it, it will be paid for through student parking fees. This is so that the costs are shouldered by those who will benefit from the ramp. The increase in parking fees would be quite steep, from $210 to $288 for commuter lots, and $260 to $338 for residence hall lots. But the hope is that the new ramp will allay the severe campus parking crunch. Currently there are 2,300 parking spaces on campus in total, and 2,975 parking permits were sold last year. UW-L has just over 10,000 students enrolled, with only a little over 3,000 living on campus. This means that many of the students who are off campus commute by using cars. These cars need to be parked preferably close to where one needs to go. Many commuters,
faculty and staff included, have experienced the frustration of not even being able to park on campus, competing for spots and getting parking tickets. Some senators asked where they could park while the ramp was being built. Hetzel said, “Parking during construction will be a challenge, and that increased use of public transit could also help ease the parking problem.” With rising enrollment and the construction of new buildings, the ramp is needed. Because of an addition to Cowley Hall and a possible new student union building, some campus parking spaces could be lost. Since UW-L is a very compact campus, expansion of the land area would be needed to add many more spaces besides those in the ramp. At 120 acres, UW-L is the smallest (in area) of the UW campuses besides UW-Milwaukee. The ramp’s design process is set to begin April 29. Advantages include distance and a chance to park out of the Midwest snow and rain.
IN OTHER BUSINESS Other issues discussed by Student Senate ›› Referendum on joining United Council passed with 783 “yes” votes ›› Collegiate Readership pilot program results presented. ›› La Crosse mayor Matt Harter spoke on transit, sustainability public intoxication laws. ›› Resolution to change the name of Tower Tender to Campus Cash passed.
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“Even if you’re not driving, remind your friends to put down their phones, too,” Bednarek said, “Remind your friends that their risky behavior affects themselves and others around them, too,” Bednarek said. The group also plans to give presentations to all hall councils preaching safe driving and upload a Public Service Announcement on YouTube which will be linked through their Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition to scheduled campus events, the group will also be working with local high schools to encourage safe driving and leave reminders on windshields of cars downtown with the “Drop it N’ Drive” logo. According the Wisconsin DOT Web site, talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old, while texting can take a driver’s focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds time, which while driving at 55 miles per hour is the length of a football field.
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One of the top in the world La Crosse Honda Motorwerks, home to alternative -fueled vehicles By Julie Schneider Senior Reporter
San Francisco, Seattle and La Crosse. These cities possess the honor of being the top three cities in the nation to sell certified Honda Hybrid vehicles at their Honda dealerships. Out of these three cities, La Crosse is ranked as the top-selling dealership. Since 1976, Honda Motorwerks, located on the corner of 4th and Cass Street in downtown La Crosse, with the help of dealership owner and Hybrid Guru Chris Schneider, have been trying to express and promote the benefits of Alternative-Fueled Vehicles through the Honda Good-Better-Best-Ultimate Campaign. The range of vehicles within this campaign, consisting of primarily compact or sedan models, are good, better, best and ultimate. Good is the Honda Accord, which has clean gasoline and ultra low to near zero emissions. Better is the Honda Insight and are Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, which have zero emissions, reduced fuel cost and have a higher Miles Per Gallon rating. Best, is the Honda Civic GX, which is a Natural Gas Vehicle which displaces petroleum and has the option of home refueling. Ultimate is the Honda FCX Clarity, which has the cleanest fuel, being derived from natural gas or renewable energy and has zero emissions. Chris Schneider explained that the dealership offers cars within the good, better and best categories, but he really wants to be able to have a car in the ultimate category because that type of car is really environmentally friendly. The dealership also specializes in Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, which come from Columbia ParCar in Reedsburg, Wis. and are
similar to a little white car that you would see driving around the UW-L campus. Honda Motorwerks also has Team Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles that can be refueled by a Home Refueling Appliance. The dealership has two technicians who are both CNG certified and offer Phyllus, which is the name for the new Micro Commercial CNG refueling system that allows the dealership to refuel as many as 50 Civic GX cars per week. The benefits of investing in a CNG vehicle is when refueling, the car owner would save $1 per gallon less than regular gasoline from a gas station. Schneider expressed that roughly 1/3 of the Honda lot are alternativefueled vehicles. “The idea of an alternative-fueled car has been around since the beginning of the twentieth century, but in 1999 the first hybrid vehicle, the Honda Insight, came out in the United States and Y2K really ignited the change for alternative-fueled cars,” Schneider said. Through educating people by networking and holding seminars about the benefits of alternative-fueled vehicles, the idea has spread throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest and Schneider has been a major player in making that happen. The dealership has hosted many Earth Day Celebrations as well as ROD Day, or Reduce Oil Dependence Day and Honda Odyssey Days. Through the assistance of various members of the La Crosse community who feel passionate about protecting the environment, Schneider set up three different opportunities for people to gain more knowledge about the environment and vehicle logistics, those being Alternative Fuel Seminar, Green Drinks and Thinking Green News Moment. “The days of choosing a car because of the
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Meet the Driftless Bicycle Coalition
Coalition serious about the enjoyment of bicycles By Lauren Seidl News Editor
Who are they? The Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition (DRBC) is a member-based nonprofit organization that works to advocate for bicycling rights in the La Crosse area. The goal of the organization is for communities to become safer and friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians. Along with advocating for improving policy and infrastructure, the DRBC also hosts events for bicyclists around La Crosse to enjoy. The organization has something going on each month, including historical neighborhood tours, trail rides and night tours. President of the coalition, Tim Keneipp, emphasizes that the DRBC is for everyone, not just hard core bicyclists. “We are a very diverse group of all ages,” Keneipp said, “We have members who are students at the university and I think our oldest member is 80 years old. We welcome all types of bicyclists, from speed to casual.” During the winter months, the DRBC stays active within the community by educating children and adults on riding and maintaining their bicycles and by advocating for rights.The coalition is working toward installing more bicycle racks downtown with the help from the YMCA. “La Crosse is somewhat bicycle friendly,” Keneipp said, “But there’s a lack of connectivity. Bicycles are like people and cars. We want to go where we want to go.” Keneippe said that a lack of bicycle lanes and racks prevents bicyclists from being able to transport themselves around the city easily. Right now Keneippe believes that it is important for the city to plan and implement policies that would improve bicycling in the La Crosse area. According to him, this starts with getting local counties and cities to pass Complete Streets legislation. What is Complete Streets? Complete Streets, in short, is an ordinance that says when a new road is built or when an old road is resurfaced, it must be re-evaluated so that every user is taken into consideration.
This includes cars, pedestrians, public transportation and bicyclists. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota have passed the legislation at the state level, but this only requires the re-evaluation of state roads. In order for more roads to become accessible to multiple users, the ordinance must be passed at a city and county level. “Passing Complete Streets, in the long term, will help us achieve other goals,” Keneippe said, “If done right, over time it will change the character of our community.” Passing Complete Streets would make it more likely for streets to include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities and more. This would allow for more people to walk, take public transportation or bike. According to the DRBC, “If each resident of an American community of 100,000 replaced one car trip with one bike trip just once a month, it would cut carbon dioxide emissions by 3,764 tons per year in the community.” Not only would making bicycling and public transportation more accessible be good for the environment, but in the city of La Crosse it would also allow more students to leave their cars at home, freeing muchneeded parking spaces. Keneippe said Complete Streets would help make communities safer and healthier in general. Adding bicycle lanes and crosswalks causes cars to slow down, creating a safer atmosphere for families and pedestrians. The policy would also allow for the elderly to commute more easily, as public transportation would be easier and safer to use. Keneippe added that Complete Streets would help to fight obesity, as it would allow for more people to walk and ride bicycles. According to Keneippe, bicycling is healthy, cheap and a great form of getting around both to protect and experience nature. “When I’m riding my bicycle I can say hi to people and listen to the birds,” he said, “It makes you feel like a kid again.” For more information on the Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition, including events and how to become a member, please visit http://driftlessbicycle.org.
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Alternative-fueled vehicles, like one of these, are offered for customers to test drive at La Crosse Honda Motorwerks in downtown La Crosse. appeal are over because when making a decision to purchase a car, a bigger issue is at stake and that is dependence on oil,” Schneider said, “I understand that Alternative-Fueled Vehicles are seen as more expensive just by looking at the numbers, but the amount of money that the customer saves on fuel costs by not having to stop at the pump so often is what really matters.” Derek Tomesh, a Junior at UW-L has thought about the impacts everyone has on the environment and has made a personal decision to purchase a hybrid vehicle after graduating from college. “It is feasible for post-graduate college students to consider an alternative-fueled car, and there are other ways of reducing your carbon footprint, such as being an avid recycler, purchasing sustainably grown food and
using alternate modes of transportation such as walking or going by bike,” Tomesh said. Honda Motorwerks offers pre-owned Alternative-Fueled Vehicles that seem less intimidating to the customer’s checkbook. “When making the decision to purchase a car, thinking about the most fuel-efficient vehicle will stir up the change that needs to happen,” Schneider said, “Try not to settle, really think about the value of the purchase rather than the price tag. The car that is purchased affects the greater outside world and the environment.” Honda Motorwerks invites everyone to their Earth Day events on April 22 and April 23 to come learn more about Alternative-Fueled Vehicles and how they benefit the environment.
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and burned in an incinerator instead of sitting in the landfill. Chartwells uses as little Styrofoam as possible. Styrofoam is better than paper products in the incinerator. Bauer works hard to create programs to help encourage students to be more environmentally friendly. For example, if a student brings in a mug to cyber café for their coffee, they are only charged for a small coffee, no matter how many ounces the mug holds. Students are encouraged to use mugs in order to decrease waste. With April being Earth Month, Chartwells has cheese curd Thursdays at the Fresh Grille in the Galley. There is also a local produce market every Friday at the Galley to allow students to select
their very own local produce to take home with them. Many of the eco-friendly ideas come from student feedback. There are meetings every three weeks to try to get feedback from students to better improve their services. The difficulty Bauer said she faces with being ecofriendly is that the students aren’t aware of the different programs or don’t follow through to close the loop of recycling. Students need to do their part and recycle the recyclable cups, purchase the eco-clams and not throw away the red baskets and silverware. Chartwells has provided the recyclable products, now students just need to take advantage and properly dispose of their waste.
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Bubblers and Drinking Fountains
Whatever you call them, here’s your guide to the best ones on campus By Olivia Mercer Staff Reporter
Between final exams being less than a month away, having final projects and papers due and priorities that need managing, a student hardly has the time during the school day to struggle finding the best tasting water fountain or most effective water fountain for filling up water bottles with ease. Great news! Fear no more, students. Whether you call it a water bubbler, a bubbler, a water fountain or a drinking fountain, I am referring to the contraption used to drink water as one in the same. Through one thorough week of
Graff Main Hall has won the award of best tasting, coldest, and most cooperative water. examination, I am able to provide you all with an easy guide to the coldest, best tasting, and/or most effective and cooperative fountains on campus for filling up bottles. It is sure to save you both time and disappointment. Sadly, most students find the dorm fountains to be less than average. In order to beat the water blues, most students buy packages of water bottles in bulk or invest in their own filter. Not to mention, much of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse’s students do not live on campus. But most students have a class in either the Center for the Arts, Cowley, Graff, the Health and Science Center, Mitchell, Wimberly or various combinations of these academic buildings. The least reliable “water fountains” are those in Wimberly Hall. Many of those fountains provide lukewarm, brassy tasting water. Not to mention they are by far the most uncoopera-
tive for filling bottles with ease. The height of the water rises and falls on an inconsistent rate, making the individual bottle filler dance to the beat of the fountain’s drum. Therefore, time is wasted on the effort to fill the bottle up entirely, sadly, for low quality water. Between Mitchell and Cowley, both academic buildings generally have average drinking water, although they have the ability to reach decency in temperature and taste at random points throughout the semester. The water itself reaches only average height, though, making it difficult for an individual to fill their bottle up to the very top. And the temperature has a tendency to vary from day to day. Unlike Wimberly’s generally iron, brassy taste, Cowley and Mitchell’s water has a thirst quenching, enjoyable taste. The Center for the Arts building and the Health and Science building are the next level up. CFA water has a consistently high height, making it easy to fill a water bottle up to the very top. The Health and Science building has cold and delicious water, but the height varies from fountain to fountain. In need of a quick water fix and conveniently in either of these builidings? I highly suggest you fill up. And now... Drum roll please. For all you water bottle fillers, parched from too much studying or in need of a water break to ease the mind, fear no more. Graff Main Hall has won the award of best tasting, coldest, and most cooperative water. Avid water bottle carrier Kirstie Warren agrees and said, “I believe that Graff water is the best because it is cold and it tastes refreshing!” Have the time? Don’t go for the low or average quality water. Make the trek to Graff Main Hall and either fill your bottle up with cold and refreshing water or quench your thirst with a quick sip out of these gloriously consistent fountains. I assure you, you won’t be disappointed!
Rate my professor
An accurate indicator or an outdated complaint By Caleb Brown Staff Reporter
of ratings each teacher received varies widely. Some received only a few, some none and others had well over 100. With that being said, we should take some of these grades with a bit of caution. After all, the reviews of just a few people can hardly be taken as the final word on how good a particular professor might be. On the other hand, a bit more confidence could be placed in those professors who have received many ratings, as long as the ratings seem consistent. Even then there can be other things to consider. As we all know, our instructors do not teach just one class. Not all of the ratings for any given professor on the site are for the same class. Fortunately, next to each grade the course number is listed. So if you do use this Web site, pay attention to that. The date the rating was posted on also stands out. The most recent reviews are listed first, but some of them go back as far as 2003. That means the review was written before many in the student body were even in high school. Remember that professors change. Just because students disliked, or liked, a particular professor eight years ago does not mean you will dislike, or like, them now. Is “Rate My Professor” useful? It can be, so long as we pay attention to what we are actually reading. For the professors, probably not so much. In that case the student evaluations we all fill out would probably be more relevant feedback. As for us students, a better bet would be to talk to people who have had those professors recently.
Nobody wants to get stuck with a bad professor. If you get into a class with a teacher you cannot stand, your semester can be miserable. So when registration time rolls around students are always eager to find out which professors are good and which ones are not. There is even a Web site with this expressed purpose (www.ratemyprofessor.com). With this site, a student can look up professors at schools across the country and see how they have been rated by the people who have taken their classes. A peak at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse shows that our staff gets better than average marks at a rating of 3.36 out of 5. At first glance this site promises to be a useful tool when lining up next semester’s schedule. One student said, “I know a lot of people who have used it,” adding, “I’m actually going to use it for next semester.” But the site may also be of use to professors. “It’s important [for teachers] to adapt,” said English teacher Sharon Jessee. Audie Olson, a German professor, had thoughts along those same lines. “I try to listen to the students,” he said, “I’m not here for myself.” But before we all run off to see which professors we want or what students think about our staff, there are a few things to keep in mind. Browsing through the list of professors names reveals that the number How do you feel about “Rate My Professor?” Visit YOUR OPINION www.theracquet.net and take our online poll today!
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Campus standards up to par? By Caleb Brown Staff Reporter
Personal security probably isn’t something that too many students think about often, largely because we have a safe campus located in a relatively safe city. There truly is not a whole lot to worry about. And, for reasons besides the obvious, this is a good thing. The semester is getting down to the wire. It’s crunch time and we all have more than enough to keep us busy without having to worry about our safety around campus. This is even more true for those students that make campus their home. While commuters are only here during the day, students who live in the dorms are here basically 24/7 throughout the duration of the year. So for them the concern of safety extends to after hours as well. But life in the dorms is safe too. Only the main entrances to the dorms are open during the day, and at those times anyone can get in. But after 10:00 p.m., it takes a student ID to gain access to the buildings. Students can only access the building they live in. If a student locks themselves out of their room or loses their key, they can be let back in to their room,
but this requires an ID or the assistance of the floor RA. Continued slip ups can result in disciplinary action. So what’s the bottom line? Security in the dorms is acceptable. The school has done just about everything they can to ensure that students have a safe place to live. Beyond that, it is up to the students themselves. Keeping track of your ID and key to your room is probably a good idea. If someone gets your key they would have access to all your stuff. Locking doors is another thing. Not all dorms have doors that lock automatically when you leave. If you don’t and something gets stolen, there will be nobody to blame but yourself. As it turns out, we seem to be very trusting people. Locked doors in the dorms are uncommon. Very few people appear to be all that worried about their belongings. And so far their carefree attitude has been justified. About the worst thing that has happened (that I could find) was a student who had a load of laundry stolen right out of the washing machine. Nobody knew of anything worse than that happening despite the unlocked doors. We are fortunate that we can trust our fellow students this much. Lets just hope that this trust is not misplaced.
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Bikes, longboards/skateboards and walkers galore! The spring-like weather has encouraged several UW-L students to bust out their favorite transportation devices that allows a student to get where they are going quicker. Although it is great fun zooming past students walking to campus on your bike or longboard/skateboard, for everyones safety try to be a little more courteous of the people and the surroundings in order to keep the pedestrian accidents occurring on campus to the bare minimum. Along with this, mutual respect should be given by walkers towards the alternative-mode-of -transit-to-campus-goers. -OTR-
Graduating on time can be difficult enough as it is. Between ever-evolving programs and the difficulties in getting the classes you want when you want them, failure to graduate at the societally appropriate date feels more like an expectation than an exception. But when the eventual graduation of the students is the stated goal, the assumption is that the majors would help you along. Instead you find programs that offer classes that do not apply towards the major, and other, seemingly arbitrary restrictions over which classes count when, and some classes that only count if you haven’t taken a specific different class. Having specific requirements is fine and a necessity, but refusing to allow courses in the same field even as an
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elective causes unnecessary frustration, and can end up keeping students in college for long past the time they could have graduated. -OTREpiphanies happen to an individual once in a blue moon. I suddenly was faced with my own. The epiphany you may ask? Onomatopoeias in different languages. For example in the English language we hear a cat meow as “meow” but in Spanish they interpret as “miau”. This provokes thought to the language and animal spectrum. Another fine example is a baby chick in English would say “chirp chirp” however, in Spanish they would hear “pío pío.” The more I thought about it the more my head started to spin. It’s not the actual animal that changes; a frog is a frog in Spain the same as it is in the United States. It’s how the people of the language hear or interpret it in relation to their language. Genius? I think so. Even more mind boggling... the fact that the word onomatopoeia is not itself an onomatopoeia but instead a complex spelled word. -OTRAlthough Earth Day comes once a year, it makes sense to treat everyday like Earth Day. Ride a bike to class, use a reusable water bottle, or pick that wrapper off the side of the road. If each one of us steps up, we can make a world of difference.
An Inconvenient Truth: Human-produced CO2 does not drive climate change By Jake Gietman Publisher
As Earth Week is upon us, it is a great time to celebrate the abundant natural resources available to us on this planet. Being somewhat of an outdoorsman, it is nice to get out into the woods and appreciate the natural beauty we have afforded to us here on Earth. The one thing I will not stand for however is the idea that through industrialization and the use of fossil fuels we are contributing to the imminent death of the planet. Please do not get me wrong; especially through the use of fertilizers, humans will
The largest CO2 sources are, by many levels of magnitude, the oceans. Substantial amounts of CO2 are dissolved in the oceans and it is released as they are warmed. have some effect of the temperature landscape. The largest misconception regarding these theories is that carbon dioxide is the driving force behind climate change. The science here does not add up and is simply not true. Consider for a moment that 0.054 percent of the atmosphere is CO2, and that 95 percent of all the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is water vapor. Any good introductory chemistry course will make it obvious that water vapor traps substantially more heat than CO2 does. Historically CO2 has never driven temperature change.
We will see a time in our history when temperatures are both warmer and colder than they are today. In 2006, ex-Vice President Al Gore produced what is now regaled as the definitive guide to human produced global warming titled “An Inconvenient Truth.” One of the more impressive displays within the film is a giant chart comparing ice-core data of CO2 over time and its correlation with the historic temperature record. Mr. Gore is correct in finding that there is a pattern present, but I would like to point out, respectfully of course, that CO2 levels follow temperature changes; not the other way around.
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The amount of CO2 increases after the Earth’s temperature increases. Volcanoes produce more CO2 each year than all humans combined, and the amount volcanoes produce is further dwarfed by the amount created through other natural sources such
Historically CO2 has never driven temperature change. as animals and bacteria as well as the process of decomposition. Humans and the natural sources previously mentioned when combined do not come close to the real source of CO2 responsible for increased levels after a temperature increase is seen. The largest CO2 sources are, by many levels of magnitude, the oceans. Substantial amounts of CO2 are dissolved in the oceans and it is released as they are warmed. CO2 is a product of temperature change. Our current warming trend goes back about 200 years to what was known as “Little Ice Age” and it started before the invention of cars and planes. The world averaged temperatures a few degrees Celsius higher than
Our current warming trend goes back about 200 years to what was known as “Little Ice Age” and it started before the invention of cars and planes. today during a period 6,000 years ago during a period known as the “Holocene Maximum.” Climate change is cyclical. We will see a time in our history when temperatures are both warmer and colder than they are today. The harsh reality of these facts presented here is that so much economic development has taken place based upon the false sense that human CO2 is causing us to burn up. Tens of thousands of jobs have been created in this industry all over the world. Solar and wind power implements for instance take many years to break even if they ever do. Although the job creation is good, these industries will crumble when it is realized that human CO2 emissions are not the culprit of global warming as these technologies are not cost effective and heavily subsidized. Take some extra time to get outside this week and enjoy our beloved planet. There is much to enjoy and appreciate just realize that the apocalypse is not coming anytime soon.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sextainability: Going green with reproductive health By Ashley Atkinson Staff Reporter
You ride a bike instead of driving, you bring your own grocery bags, you cover your windows in winter, but do you think about how your love-making decisions can impact the environment? It’s time to re-evaluate our most innate reproductive activities and transfer some of that passion from the bed to our planet.
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When thinking of the most waste-free form of birth control, some might say the rhythm method is the way to go. This simply involves avoiding sex when a female partner is ovulating. Sounds eco-friendly, right? Wrong, since the chances of conceiving a child are close to inevitable. Adding another human being to the world’s population of seven billion is going to do the opposite of eliminating your carbon footprint. So it is important to use a more reliable form of birth control. Weighing in on all the factors, it seems that condoms are the way to go for Earthfriendly fornication. Hormonal birth control
is thought to pollute the water system, either by improper disposal or through female excretion. Latex condoms, on the other hand, contribute little waste and protect your body and our planet. If you’re looking to be nice to all creatures on this sphere we call home, try a vegan condom, which will account for less water use in its production. Glyde is a well-supported brand that can be purchased online at glydeamerica.com. According to Glyde’s Web site, regular latex condoms are made with a dairy product called casein, which Glyde replaces with a thistle extract—but don’t worry, it won’t damage your goods. Even the flavored kinds are derived from organic fruit. If your partner is reluctant to join you on this animal-free adventure, at least PETA and the Vegan Society will have your back.
Play out your next fantasy, but ditch the toxic chemicals. Whether alone or with a partner, use toys that are free from chemicals.
Play out your next fantasy, but ditch the toxic chemicals. Whether alone or with a partner, use toys that are free from chemicals called phthalates. According to treehugger. com, this substance is used to give sex goodies
It’s not hard to calculate how many tampons, applicators, pads, and wrappers go into landfills in one woman’s lifetime. About 40 years of menstruation multiplied by about 12 cycles a year and again by the number of
Naughty in Bed, Nice to the Earth
their jelly feeling, but raises health concerns about their toxicity. If you’re looking for a pleasure trinket with a little extra intensity, try one that runs off of rechargeable batteries. Getting wet and wild is no fun when your lubricant contributes to the exploitation of the earth’s resources. Make love to your planet as well as your partner by always choosing petroleum-free lube. Pleasures, the adult boutique on 3rd St., offers a variety of organic massage oils and lubricants, as well as toys that are phthalatefree.
Go with the Flow
pads or tampons used for each period…you get the picture. Keely Rees, UW-La Crosse associate professor who teaches women’s health classes as well as a comprehensive sex education course within the community, explains that these products not only create a lot of waste, but also are harmful to our bodies. “It can take 18 to 25 years for pads to break down in a landfill,” said Rees, “and these products are bleached and go through a heavy chemical processing.” Rees suggests more sustainable and costefficient products for your monthly visit, with a menstrual cup topping the list. The most popular brand in the United States is the Diva Cup, which is available at the People’s Food Co-op on 5th Ave. This silicone cup is about $30, but Rees ensures that with proper care, it can last up to 20 years. The Co-op also offers a re-useable cloth panty liner, called ‘Party in My Pants’. This product is available at different levels of absorbance, and is even made in Wisconsin. If you are a tampon girl who is unwilling to switch up your style, opt for the bleach-free, natural cotton products.
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Earth-friendly horoscopes Taurus: Apr 20- May 19 This month your destiny is to finally go get that recycling bin from the city.
Gemini: May 20- Jun. 20 Replacing your bulbs will bring you good fortune.
Cancer: June 21 - July 21 Unplugging your appliances when they are not in use will magically plump your wallet.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Take shorter showers. No one needs to wash their hair for 45 min.
Take a hike to the bus stop or to class and your gas gauge will slow down.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sept. 21 Go get some seeds and put them in the ground. You’ll never believe what wll happen later this summer.
Libra: Sept. 22 - Oct. 22 It is the destiny of all your random sweatshirt strings to become come a clothesline.
And it will go easy on your wallet
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 It is your destiny to sip back on some local brew to help the Earth and the economy.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 19 Having that eye sore of a dirt spot in your yard can be mended by a little convo with the landlord.
Leo: Jul. 22- Aug. 22
Go easy on the environment...
Aquarius: Jan. 20 - Feb. 17 Buy less! It actually saves you money and this planet.
Pisces: Feb. 18 - Mar. 19 It is the destiny of your bicycle to be dusted off and ridden to your summer classes.
By Philippe Meister Staff Reporter
Our environmental practices keep growing into a hotter issue. A few simple changes will help our environment and maybe save you cash. All of the following ideas are brought to you by The UW-La Crosse Environmental Council. If you are interested in the environment check them out. Volunteering on environmental projects is a great way to help clean up our area. 1)The simplest way to reduce your carbon footprint is to turn off electronics when they are not needed. Lights and computers are obvious appliances we can turn off but things like cell phone charger and camera chargers can draw power even when they are not charging. Unplugging these reduces their ghost load (the amount of energy that it uses when not in use). It is easy to plug your electronics into a power strip. When they are not in use simply turn off the power strip and this will eliminate any ghost load.
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2) Commuting is a chore; in the winter months it’s unrealistic to ride a bike to school or work. It is also unrealistic for every person to drive everywhere with clear consciences. Think about sharing rides or taking the bus and in the summer months a bike is a viable option. With gas at almost $4 per gallon, riding your bike, walking or taking the bus will save the green in your wallet too.
3) You can easily reduce energy usage when doing laundry. Lower the temperature at which you wash and dry your clothes. Use the cold water cycles and the delicate or low heat cycle while drying. Not only will your clothes last longer but you will save money on your bill. If it’s nice weather outside, save some more money by putting up a clothesline to air dry clothes.
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4) Shower water is heated and then goes right down the drain, take shorter showers and consider lowering your shower temperature slightly. If this isn’t an option for you, consider installing a low flow shower head. You will be able to take your long showers but you will use up to one half the amount of water you did with your old shower head.
5) An important way to cut back on your environmental toll is to buy less stuff. Consumerism is sometimes overlooked by people when lowering their carbon footprint. Simply the less stuff you buy, the less waste you will create; therefore you keep the earth cleaner. When you are in need of something check out secondhand stores or Craigslist. Maybe even borrow it. This will also save you money. Don’t forget to recycle your unused goods to thrift stores or charities.
6) Buy your beer from local breweries. Buying local products decreases pollution caused from transporting goods. Make sure to buy a container that your garbage collectors recycle and find out what they recycle. On campus recycles a variety of plastics, glass, and aluminum but surrounding area collectors tend to be much pickier.
Don’t forget that our environment is a major issue; help make a major change in our societal toll by voting for environmentally conscious lawmakers. Every person can do their part and it will add up to make a difference but the large reductions come from systematic change.
Thursday April 21, 2011
The grassroots beginning of Earth Day Rerouting the concerns of the time
“It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people The year 1969 is poles apart from 2011. finally had a forum to express its concern It was the time of hippies, the Vietnam War about what was happening to the land, rivers, and in September of that year, an announce- lakes and air and they did so with spectacular ment that would redirect the concerns of the exuberance.” Earth Day preparations were handled by population. And to think, it all began with a Sen. Nelson, who was working with his SenSenator from Wisconsin. Sen. Gaylord Nelson coordinated and ate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage. It planned the first Earth Day which occurred quickly became apparent they were underin 1970, but the origins of the final concept staffed to keep up with the calls and papercame to him in Nov. of 1962. Concern for the work. So, John Gardner, Founder of Comenvironment was living on the backburner mon Cause, provided temporary space and and this was a troubling sentiment for him, Sen. Nelson staffed the new office with college students. so he decided to The New York take it to the top. Times carried an He proceeded “Earth Day worked because of article by Gladwin by persuading President Ken- the spontaneous response at the Hill five months nedy to embark grassroots level. We had neither before Earth Day on a nation con- the time nor resources to organize on Sunday, Nov. 30 1969. Some exservation tour to included, shift some of the 20 million demonstrators and the cerpts concern limelight onto thousands of schools and local “Rising about the envithe issue. The tour was communities that participated. That ronmental crisis is unsuccessful for was the remarkable thing about sweeping the nation’s campuses with myriad reasons, an intensity that but Sen. Nelson Earth Day. It organized itself.” may be on its way did not surrender Gaylord Anton Nelson to eclipsing student to the indifferFounder of Earth Day discontent over the ent reactions. He war in Vietnam…a began to speak national day of obon environmental issues in approximately 25 servance of environmental problems…is bestates and realized the deterioration of the ening planned for next spring…when a nationvironment was being noticed, except by the wide environmental ‘teach in’…coordinated politicians. On a conservation speaking tour out West from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is in the summer of ‘69 he was talking to Bryan planned…” Reflecting on the accomplishment Sen. Adams about how those were the best days of Nelson said, “Earth Day worked because of his life; I digress, Sen. Nelson was in reality struck by the anti-Vietnam War demonstra- the spontaneous response at the grassroots tions dubbed “teach-ins” that had permeated level. We had neither the time nor resources college campuses throughout the country. to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities This is where Earth Day was born. Sen. Nelson said, “I was satisfied that if we that participated. That was the remarkable could tap into the environmental concerns of thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.” The world is certainly a contrasting place in the general public and infuse the student antiApril of 2011 from the same month of 1970 war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would in numerous ways. However, being another force this issue onto the political agenda. It college generation involved in a highly-debated war and living on a planet where the was a big gamble, but worth a try.” His gamble undoubtedly paid off. In Sept. of environment continues to struggle to endure 1969 Sen. Nelson announced at a conference our mistreatment, perhaps we should keep that there would be a nationwide grassroots in mind we are not so different at our core demonstration speaking for the environment and take a cue from our counterparts from 31 and he extended an invitation to everyone. years ago. “The response was electric,” said Sen. Nelson, By Emily King Features Editor
Gaylord Anton Nelson The Wisconsin man who started it all ·Born in Clear Lake, Polk County, Wis. on June 4, 1916 ·Graduated from the San Jose (Calif.) State College 1939 ·Graduated from University of Wisconsin Law School 1942 ·Admitted to Wis. Bar association in 1942 ·Served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army for four years ·Practiced law in Madison in 1946 ·Elected to state senate from 1948-1956 ·Served as Dem. floor leader for four years ·Was Governor of Wis. from 1959-1962 ·Elected as Dem. to US Senate in No. of 1962 ·Served as US Senator until 1981 ·Founded Earth Day and The Wilderness Society ·Passed away on July 3, 2005
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Packer Draft 2011: Potent offense still must address depth By Ryan Pomerening Senior Reporter
The NFL draft is just a week away and football-starved fans are happy to at least have a little something to indulge in. As any knowledgeable Packer fan knows, Ted Thompson pretty much keeps his draft plans to himself, and picking all the way at the end of the first round means it will be pretty difficult guessing who exactly will be available. But for the next two weeks I am taking a position-by-position look at the Packers roster. I'll explain which positions will likely be addressed in the draft, where, and why. Quarterback- Don't expect the Packers to draft a QB. Matt Flynn is an attractive trade option to a lot of teams. But with no collective bargaining agreement in place, no trades involving players can be made, so it appears Flynn will stay. 3rd-stringer Graham Harrell appears to be progressing in the Packers system. Running Back/Fullback- The emergence of James Starks late last season and the return of Ryan Grant from injury gives the Packers a solid one-two punch in the backfield. Reports are saying Brandon Jackson is unlikely to be retained, which wouldn't be
the worst thing in the world, as he has never proven to be anything more than a spectacularly-average third-down back. The fullback position is set with Quinn Johnson and John Kuhn moving back to his natural position after playing halfback last season. Potential Prospect: Derrick Locke out of Kentucky would be a great mid-round pick to replace Brandon Jackson. His skill-set is comparable to a Darren Sproles and could create mismatches for defenses. Wide Receiver/Tight End-James Jones wants to be a starter and his contract is up, meaning he is likely playing elsewhere next season. Donald Driver is 36 and slowly declining. Reports have come out the Packers are looking at wide receivers and tight ends for the draft. Jermichael Finley has the potential to be the greatest tight end in the league, but his contract is up at the end of the season and he will likely demand a massive amount of money. Andrew Quarless has potential, but is still very unproven. The Packers are likely to address the wide receiver position earlier than later, possibly as soon as the second round. Potential Prospects: Greg Little from North Carolina is a first-round talent who could slip because of character issues. If he were still available at the end of the second
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UW-L Men’s Club Volleyball Team captures the Division 2 National Title By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter
Bump, set, spike! These maneuvers, plus a few specialized ones, were used by UW-La Crosse’s Men’s Club Volleyball Team to win the Division 2 National Championship Title during their tournament in Houston, Texas two weekends ago. The team was ecstatic to have won such a prestigious honor. Joel Manning, a senior on the team, had nothing but positives to say. “At Nationals we played some teams who had better individual players, but the reason we won was because we were the best TEAM,” Manning said. Manning understands the concept that there is no “I in team” and he gives all the credit to his fellow teammates. The start of the season left some excited emotions among the players. “In the beginning of the year, I could tell that this team was on pace to make another run at the championship. In the WVC, (Wisconsin Volleyball Conference) we compete in every year, we had our best season at 12-2 finishing second behind Division 1 Champions UWOshkosh,” Manning said. Anytime a Division 2 team can compete with a Division 1 team, it goes to show that
the players are putting in the time and energy to be great. Just like the NCAA teams on campus, club volleyball has try-outs and expectations. President and captain, Erik Neuens, takes this sport and his position very seriously. “Every person on our team played volleyball in high school. We don’t treat it like a hobby or something to fill our free time. We try to treat it like we are playing on an NCAA team, and it helps that we have an organized conference, nationals, and club sports here at La Crosse,” Neuens said. With an amazing attitude and strong will to be the best, it’s no wonder Neuens is the team captain and president. These traits often lead to finding the best players and seeking national championships from year to year. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the WVC and UW-L has been in it from day one. There was a period a time where they had to drop out because no one wanted to join the team, but about seven years ago UW-L was back at it. What does the future hold for the returners? “I see La Crosse having a legitimate shot at taking first next year in conference and a possible repeat at the Division 2 National Title if they choose to stay in D2,” said Neuens.
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round, he could be a great pick for the Packers. Edmond Gates from Abilene Christian and Mount Union's Cecil Shorts could make good mid-round picks. Thompson could go anywhere with the tight end position, but will likely address it no earlier than the fourth or fifth round. Offensive Line- The Packers need a tackle. They need one bad. Chad Clifton will probably be able to manage holding down Aaron Rodgers' blind side for one more season before his knees really start to get the best of him. Bryan Bulaga appears to have solidified the right side of the line and is a better fit there than at left tackle. Darryn Colledge has never missed a game since being drafted in 2006. But he's never been anything more than steady and may not be re-signed, leaving the position to 3rd-year man T.J. Lang. If the Packers can address offensive tackle in the 1st round, they will. Center and guard can wait until the later rounds. Potential Prospects: Colorado's Nate Solder would be a great pick if he dropped to the end of the 1st round. They could also trade back into the early 2nd round and take Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State. Check out Sports next week where I will break down the status of the Packer defense and how it will influence next week's draft.
Track teams finish strong on the home stretch By Isaac Lindahl Sports Editor
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse hosted its firsts home track and field meet, the Esten Challenge, Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. Seven teams competed in competition with the men's team coming out on top with 199.5 points. UW-Oshkosh took second with 171.5 points, followed by UW-Eau Claire (114.0), UW-Stout (86.0), UW-River Falls (69.0), Wartburg College (68.0) and St. Mary's University (18.0). Three athletes won individual titles. Isaac Vazquez won the triple jump with a jump of 48’11” and the long jump with a jump of 23’6 ¼”. Andy Novak won the shop put with a throw of 56’7 1/4” and Scott Spexarth won the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.18 seconds. The Eagles 4x400 meter relay team of Paul Yerhot, Terrence Thigpen, Tyson Young and Aric Hoeschen won with a time of 3:20.82. Other top finishers included Rob Rohe placing second in the pole vault at the height of 15’9”, while Jeremiah Burish and Jason Prochnow tied for fifth at a height of 14’9”. Troy Brooks was second in the long jump with a jump of 23’½” while Nick Stone finished third in the high jump at the 6’4 ¾” height. Five runners placed second on Friday. Zach Lee was second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.12 seconds, Matt Gordy in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.03, Adam Nichols in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.30 seconds, Bruce Schmitz in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.72, and Tyler Heinz in the 3,000 meter steeplechase
with a time of 9:33.30. The 4x100 meter relay of Thigpen, Yerhot, Young and Hoeschen was also second with a time of 43.45 seconds. Jacob Peterson finished third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:36.02 and Tom Isaacs finished third in the 1,500 meter run, running it in 4:07.52. On the flipside of the track and field team, the women placed third overall with 121.0 points. UW-Oshkosh captured the women's title with 199.0 points. Winona State University was second with 186.0 points, followed by UW-La Crosse, Wartburg College 108.0 points, UW-River Falls with 58.5 points, UW-Eau Claire 46.0 points, UW-Stout 20.5 points and Saint Mary's University 4.0 points. Three athletes won individual titles Friday night. Rachel Schroeder captured the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a winning time of 11:39.41, Kelsey Boyle won the 10,000 meter run with a time of 39:03.75, and Megan Marfilius won the high jump with a winning height of 5’2 ¼”. Other top finishers included Caitlin Wippermann placing second with a time of 25.48 seconds in the 200 meter dash, Jenna Halvorson was third with a time of 1:00.34 in the 400 meter dash, Maggie May took third with a time of 15.76 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, and Rachel Boldt was third in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 39:19.17. UW-L's 4x100 meter relay team of Kailey Charlton, Wippermann, May and Laurel Beck also placed third with a time of 54.73 seconds. In the field, Kaitlin Genthe was third in the pole vault at a height of 11’1 ¾” and Amy Jo Garinger took third in the high jump with a jump of 5’2 ¼”. Both teams return to action Friday, April 22 at the Winona State Warrior Open.
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