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NCAA D-III Wrestling Championships benefit La Crosse community By Lauren Seidl News Editor

While many students relaxed over the first weekend of spring break, UW-La Crosse associate athletic director Kim Blum and 150 volunteers were making sure the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships went off without a hitch. The national tournament was held March 11-12 at the La Crosse Center, but preparing for the event started over a year ago. UW-L placed their bid to host the national wrestling championships in November of 2009 and learned they would be hosting that February. Blum, who was named tournament director, began making preparations for the meet along with a committee shortly after this news. This was the first year UW-L put in a bid to the NCAA to host the national wrestling competition, and UW-L wrestling coach Dave Malecek said, “We plan on doing it again down the road.” Until this year, UW-La Crosse hadn’t hosted a national event since the 2005 national gymnastics meet. When choosing the proper host, the NCAA is most concerned with the city the event will be held in. “The NCAA looks at the venue and accommodations,” Blum said, “They also look at the community—can it handle the influx of

people?” Making accommodations for the 170 wrestlers involved in the tournament along with family, friends and people who just love wrestling can be overwhelming for some communities. An abundance of hotels and restaurants is a must when it comes to hosting a national event. La Crosse was up to the challenge, successfully hosting 8,750 people. This was the second highest attendance ever recorded at a Division III wrestling tournament. The record of 9,308 in attendance was set over ten years ago in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Blum anticipates that the large crowd benefited the city of La Crosse. “We’re working through the financials right now,” Blum said, “We’re hoping the tournament overall had a positive impact on the community.” So far things are looking up. Last year Cedar Rapids brought in $500,000 by hosting the event. Since La Crosse broke last year’s attendance by a good amount, everyone has their fingers crossed that the La Crosse community benefited even more. La Crosse won the bid to host the national wrestling championships again next year. On hosting the event after going through the experience this year, Blum said, “I Please see hosting, page 2

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Apple, not your ordinary fruit By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

Apple. It’s a fruit that comes in colors of red, green and gold. Brands that rank anywhere from Granny Smith and Golden Delicious right down to the simple Red Apple. So what’s the deal with talking about fruit? Well Apple is not only edible but it’s technologically advanced. The Apple Company has given us many items from computers and the latest software packages to iPods that enable touch screens. But the question is what’s the latest item that is bringing joy to millions worldwide? The answer is the iPad and iPad 2. Imagine you have an iPod touch. Now take that touch and blow it up 10 times. You now have the iPad. With thousands of applications to choose from it’s an item that’s never boring. And it’s as light as a feather. Many people wonder if this item is a useful tool or just another toy that consumers must have. Gary Konas, an English Professor at UW- La Crosse and owner of the iPad, made a remarkable statement about the use of this particular item. “What do most people spend their time doing on a computer? Surfing the Web, checking e-mail, Facebook, and watching YouTube videos. The iPad is perfect for doing all of these in a smaller and compact size,” Konas Please see iPad, page 8

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A journey through paradise

One student’s travel diary of the UW-L Alternative Spring Break trip to Jamaica By Julie Schneider Staff Reporter

UW-La Crosse students working with WMCM, UW-L’s student-run on-campus television station, make last minute preparations for a newscast. WMCM earned one second and two third place Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association Student Awards of Excellence this year. The awards were given for a documentary, a short film and an informational short which were filmed and edited by students this year. The station is affiliated with UW-L’s Communication Studies Department and broadcasts live sports, movie review and interview shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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“I’m going to Jamaica and I am bringing along a…” is how the journey started for 24 UW-La Crosse students, including myself and four trip advisors who attended the Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica. Our journey brought us to the two cities of Treasure Beach and Negril. Through all of the incrediable experiences we participated in, we are excited about the knowledge will are able to bring back and share with La Crosse. The Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica sprung from the mind of Kaye Schendel, who is the Assistant Director of University Centers. Schendel has built a strong connection between UW-L and particular people and organizations in Jamaica. The trip demanded participation in service, which included helping paint and refurbish Epping Forest Primary School, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Treasure Beach, and building a foundation and two walls, which will become an addition to a oneroom pre-school located in Ketto, which is right outside of Negril, where the children will use this new building for a cafeteria. In adIndex

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dition to the service work, the trip presented several opportunities to grasp Jamaican culture and interact with local residents. Our journey started out with driving from Montego Bay to Treasure Beach, which included driving on the opposite side of the road, hearing frequent horns and learning why big plastic tanks sit on top of houses, to collect rain water to be used as drinking water. We stopped and ate the signature Jamaican meal of jerk chicken at Border Jerk and attended a church service at St. Mary’s located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which consisted of a breed between a Roman Catholic and Lutheran ceremony, where the priest greeted us with true excitement and gratitude. We enjoyed the beauty of the ocean at Taino Cove, which is where we stayed for the beginning of the trip and got to experience more of rural Jamaica. While in Treasure Beach we ate at Jack Sprat’s Restaurant, Bar and Record Shop, a cute pizza place with decorations of popular Jamaican reggae musicians, which included the famous Bob Marley. We also ate at Dawn’s, a local Restaurant and Bar, where a well-known Jamaican TV celebrity joined us and told us traditional JaPlease see JAMAICA, page 3 DormLifeEtc. . . . . . 9 Procrastination. . . 10 Sports. . . . . . . . . . . .11 Grin Bin . . . . . . . . . 12

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Voices against violence

Vagina Monologues returns to UW-L By Gretchen Zishka Senior Reporter

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Lijuan Wang gave a presentation on the wardrobes of Chinese women at the International Coffee Hour during the International Women’s Day celebrations in the Ward Room on March 8. International Coffee Hours are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Each meeting features an international student presentation that highlights a specific aspect of their culture. The meetings are open to anyone on campus or in the La Crosse community.

News in Brief Seeking food donations The Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department is hosting a food drive for the UW-La Crosse Helping Our Own food pantry March 21-27. Donation boxes can be found in all residence halls, the Campus Climate office, La Crosse Festival Foods and People’s Food Co-op in downtown La Crosse. The pantry is seeking canned and boxed food donations. For more information or for other donations contact Morgan Winkler at

RecycleMania competition end draws near The eight week recycling competition, RecycleMania ends April 2. According to the competition Web site, UW-La Crosse recycles about 28 percent of its generated waste. UW-L currently ranks 131 out of 285 participating colleges nationwide, and fifth out of ten among UW schools. RecycleMania is a nationwide competition that determines which campus can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. Last year UW-L finished with a score of 94 out of 267 participating universities after recycling roughly 30 percent of waste. Eat, learn Latin American culture The annual Latin American Student Organization (LASO) Fiesta is on March 26.

The Vagina Monologues is a hugely successful play written by feminist Eve Enser and performed first off-Broadway. It then spread all over the nation and is coming to UW-La Crosse on April 1 and 2 with UW-L women filling all of the roles. This event was discussed over the course of a few weeks in Student Senate meetings as actresses and support for it were sought. The play features several different monologues by women from around the world on topics like menstruation, rape, masturbation, birth and sex. Each piece of the play is based on the experiences of real women, either in the past or now. The monologues highlight the struggles that women face, as well as their empowerment and pride in being female. When the play is performed, in addition to the monologues originally in the play, there is usually also a “spotlight monologue” involving a current issue that women face. Enser even wrote a new monologue since the beginning of the conflict in Afghanistan, called “Under the Burqa.” But for this production, the “spotlight” focuses on the plight of women in poverty-ridden and postdisaster Haiti. Being relevant and “real” using ideas like this is vital to the play. As Tayler Pfiefer, an actress who is in the play for her third consecutive year, said “The point [of the play] is to show even though women have come a long way, there are still struggles…it’s very real.” By being open about women’s bodies and issues the play hopes to bring greater overall awareness about women’s issues and make women more comfortable with their bodies. How many times does one usually hear “vagina” actually being said or written? And

although some of the monologues are very sad or emotional, others are quite happy; the actresses embrace their gender and their vaginas. “We remember the struggles, but we also remember to celebrate womanhood,” Pfeifer said. The message is overall one of female empowerment--that these issues women face can and should be discussed and confronted openly and without shame. The play has also begun a movement called “V-Day,” a day usually set between Feb. 1 and April 30, where performances of “The Vagina Monologues” are staged to benefit female victims of violence and sexual abuse. The performance at UW-L is a benefit with proceeds going to the New Horizons Women’s Shelter and the V-Day Organization. Senate’s Gender Issues Director Lynn Lodahl explains this is a grassroots group dedicated to ending violence against women.

Attendees will learn about Latin American culture through a variety of activities including an authentic dinner and salsa dance and performance. Tickets for the dinner are $3 for students and $5 for all others. According to organizers space is limited, and tickets often sell out so get yours today! Pennies in need UW-La Crosse residence halls want your pennies. The halls are hoping to fundraise one million pennies for two Wisconsin children with cancer. Four residence halls are sponsoring two children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant their wishes. Donations will be used to pay for 7-yearold Elijah, of La Crosse, to go to a Taylor Swift concert and 16-year-old Claudia, of Eau

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Claire, to go to Venice, Italy. Organizers are hoping to raise the number of pennies by the end of spring semester. Cowley 2.1 Learn all about the future of the science programs and technology at UW-La Crosse. On March 25 an open forum for the pre-design of the new Cowley Hall Science Project will be held in the Cleary Center’s Great Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. A new science building is the next major construction priority on UWL’s list of capital projects. A team from River Architects has been working with staff of the College of Science and Health during the past year planning details for the project. Since it’s construction in 1965, minimal upgrades have been done on the science building.

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think it will be easier but I also think there will be some self-inflicted pressure to make it even better.” Although UW-L’s team placed third despite hopes of a first place finish, Malecek said, “We are excited to host again next year and we expect better performances.” He said the nerves of competing at home may have affected some performances. UW-L’s men’s and women’s track and field teams are hoping to host outdoor nationals in 2013. A bid was put in shortly after the track was redone in 2008. The university will learn whether or not they will host within the next few months. As for this year’s wrestling championship, Blum said it went well. “It took a lot of people and a lot of time,” she said, “But we were very pleased with the outcome.”

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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Walking the dog for a cause

Coulee Chase Run to benefit Athletic Training and Humane Society By Heather Gage Staff Reporter

March 26 marks the third annual Coulee Chase. It is a 5k Fun Run and 3k Family and Dog walk that is organized by the Coulee Region Humane Society, the UW-La Crosse Athletic Training Association and their affiliation, the National Athletic Training Association. 75 percent of the proceeds will go to the National Athletic Training Association Research and Education Fund. The run is to celebrate National Athletic Training Month, which is March. It will help provide the ability to gain knowledge of the athletic training profession and continuation of research and communication between athletic trainers. They are trying to raise money for future education and research. The other 25 percent of the proceeds go to the Coulee Region Humane Society. The Humane Society is trying to raise awareness about animals that need homes. They also want to try to educate the community on the health benefits of having a pet. There will be a drop box for additional donations at the race. The run will take place at Myrick Park Gun Shelter, just across from the UW-L campus. Registration for the run will begin at

8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. both the 5k Fun Run and the 3k Family and Dog Walk will take off. Runners who register before the race will need to pay a fee of $18, which includes a tshirt. Keep in mind that if runners register with a group of three or more, then they will get $5 off their registration. People are encouraged to bring their dogs to accompany them. The owners just need to bring proof of rabies vaccination, dog licensure and sign the waiver on the registration form. According to the event Web site, it will be a great even to stretch the legs and spend some time with friends, family and man’s best friend. Organizers advise runners to keep an eye on the weather for race day so they can be prepared. This will ensure that everyone will have fun and enjoy the Coulee Chase. If runners would like to see the map of the course for the 3k and the 5k, they can check out the athletic training page on UW-L’s Web site and find the link with all of the information. The organizers would like to give a much appreciated thank you to the sponsors and donators of the run. Some sponsors include Java Detour, Festival Foods, Mueller Sports Medicine and the YMCA. Every donation helps and without them, the run couldn’t go on.

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and Fox Valley Technical College, who were also there for an Alternative Spring Break Trip and will continue the work that we started. The Jamaican national motto is “Out of many, one people.” Caitlyn Bednarek, a sophomore participant, thought that this was apparent within the UW-L group. “None of us knew every single group member before leaving for Jamaica and to be able to come together, work as a team and grow is amazing. Over this past week, we transformed Photo Courtesy of Julie Schneider ourselves into a unit, Children playing ring-a-round-the-rosy at Epping Forest Priinto a family,” Bednarek mary School. A group of UW-L students traveled to Jamaica for said, “Jamaicans are inthe annual Alternative Spring Break Trip to volunteer at local credibly hard working people who are respectful schools. and respected. The local maican folktales. residents were appreciaThat same night was also filled with listen- tive and the children that we helped truly uning and dancing to beats on a drum that came derstand what we were doing for them and from two teenage boys who were incredibly they understand the value of education.” talented. We also played a traditional JamaiNicole Pernsteiner, a second year veteran can game of Domino’s while hearing the lan- who attended this trip last year, recognized by guage most Jamaican people speak, Patwa. going to Jamaica again just how many excesWe then headed on the bus, said goodbye to sive things Americans live with every day. Treasure Beach and went to the Y.S. Falls, a “By seeing the Jamaican lifestyle for a fresh-water waterfall area where the group second time, I noticed that Jamaican people enjoyed swimming in the falls and several ex- may not have that much, but they are still perienced an adrenaline rush from zip-lining very happy,” Pernsteiner said, “The children through the falls. are incredibly appreciative and are so excited From there we moved on to Negril where to interact with you and are very grateful to we stayed at the Whistling Bird, right along be given the opportunity to share the expethe white sandy beach and gorgeous blue wa- rience of bettering their education with you. ter. The opportunity to purchase souvenirs Helping build the foundation at the school in off of stands along the beach was prevalent, Ketto was truly incredible to see, and I could and some people went to a local craft market. have done service work every day.” The group also went on a glass-bottom boat Bob Marley said it best, “One love, one tour, which included snorkeling and seeing heart, let’s get together and feel alright.” This people jump off of cliffs at Rick’s Café. The lyric encompasses the Alternative Spring last night ended with the group conversing Break Trip and will be passed on through 28 with students from the University of Oregon people now back in Wisconsin.

The UW-L Big Brothers Big Sisters Student Chapter is hosting a casino night Fundraiser on Friday, March 25 from 7:30pm-10:30pm. $3 Entrance gets you a raffle ticket and the CHANCE TO WIN A NINTENDO WII!!! We will also be raffling off gift cards to Target, Walmart, and much more! You will also receive play money to play Poker, Blackjack, or Roulette. Additional play money will also be for sale. There will be Bingo, Rock Band, Popcorn and refreshments all night with lots of fun prizes!

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Mario themed pageant gives contestants the chance to win Mr. UW-L title By Clara Johnson Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, March 29 UW-La Crosse students will get the chance to compete for the title of “Mr. UW-L”. The annual competition judges participants ability to gain the vote of the judges in several categories to become the overall winner. According to organizers, Mr. UW-L is a fun event that encourages people from many different backgrounds to unite for one event. Representatives from each residence hall, as well as members of the the Residence Hall Honorary, Greek Life and the Residence Hall Association Council will all vie for the title. Contestants are evaluated in four categories: sportswear, talent, question and answer and rose presentation. This year’s judges are Patrick Heise, Andrea Higgins and Angie Lee, all from different areas of student life.

Contestants will be evaluated in four catergories: sportswear, talent, question and answer and rose presentation. “It’s really cool to see the unique things the guys come up with to present the rose, for their talent and sportswear,” said Rachel Shields, Angell Hall Resident Assistant. Shields feels the different aspects of the categories allow the audience and judges to see many different characteristics of the contestants, as well as to provide some entertainment, fun and sometimes embarrassing mo-

“This could easily be the best program at UW-L this semester. Be sure to be there to support your canidate.” Rachel Shields Angell Hall RA ments throughout the program. Each organization is able to select their contestants in their own way. A popular event is to do a Mr. (Hall, NRHH, Greek Life or RHAC) in order to choose their contestant to represent their organization. This event is usually a mini-ceremony and incorporates two of the four categories contestants will be judged in for Mr. UW-L. Angell Hall has been implementing this program for the last five years. One of the past examples includes a rose presentation that was Mario Kart themed. The contestant played Mario Kart onstage to get to Princess Peach and present the rose. Another contestant did Grease Lightening for the rose presentation last year. The current champion is from Laux Hall. Michael Quirk won over the judges at the competition by showcasing his hillarious personality with a comical sportswear performance. “This could easily be the best program at UW-L this semester,” Shields said. The competition is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in Valhalla. The theme this year is Super Mario. Mr. UW-L is a free pageant open to male contestants. “Be sure to be there to support your candidate,” said Shields.

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Budget battle continues to worry UW-System A projected $250 million will be cut from the system, $8 million from UW-L By K.C. Powers Staff Reporter

While many of us were worrying about the type of sunscreen we were using over break, the UW System was worried about the State Budget Bill that was recently passed . Governor Scott Walker passed the 20112013 Wisconsin State Budget proposal in a 51-17 vote on March 10. The bill was recently put on hold March 18 by a Dane County judge due to illegal actions, but it still has the UW System worried. The budget proposal is a $250 million cut in funding for the University of Wisconsin system. UW-Madison is set to recieve $125 million of this cut while the rest of the public Wisconsin universities will split up a cut of $120 million. In particular, UW-La Crosse is set to receive a cut of $8 million. Wisconsin colleges aren’t the only ones being affected by the budget. The La Crosse School District is facing $4.4 million in cuts.

“We will continue working with legislators and UW-System leaders to ensure that our entire system is giving the public authority status critical to maintaining its position as one of the world’s leading system of higher education.” Joe Gow UW-L Chancellor The city of La Crosse’s finance director Wayne Delagrave said that he’s not surprised, but that he knows that something must be done since aid cuts would not come till 2012, leaving the city with little help. Western Technical College is facing a 30 percent cut in state aid piled on top of a $71.6 million reduction to Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Although this breakdown may seem overwhelming to many, it is important to know that UW-L has been expecting a budget cut in the recent years, and the Joint Planning and Budget Committee has meticulously controlled the finances.

Chancellor Joe Gow is confident that UW-L can manage through this financial blow, but it is still necessary to continue to think about how UW-L can reduce spending in these next few years. Although it is necessary to reduce spending, Gow has no intentions of laying off UW-L employees. Because these cuts are particularly large , in addition to several other factors, UWMadison have proposed to leave the UW System and maintain the status as a private university. UW-Milwaukee has been doing extensive research as to how they could leave the system in a similar arrangement. UW-L has faced similar cuts for about ten

years. Chancellor Gow said that although it is tough,“We will continue working with legislators and UW System leaders to ensure that our entire system is giving the ‘public authority’ status critical to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading system of higher education.” With these implications taking place it is unknown what next year will leave for UW System universities. With the chance of Madison leaving the system many officials are speculating a large increase to UW-L enrollment and tuition prices. Only time will tell.

Make an effort to make a difference Volunteering opportunities in La Crosse

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Let’s face it. Whether you want to volunteer with no ulterior motives or you need to volunteer for a class or resume, volunteering is inevitable for a college student. Finding the perfect fit for a volunteering job can be difficult and time consuming; however, with the right resources provided, volunteering could open up many doors. You may find that you actually enjoy the time spent volunteering or that you meet friends. Your job could also give you connections inside and outside of the community for future career opportunities. So how do you get started? Listed below are only a handful of volunteer opportunities in the La Crosse community that are applicable to all sorts of majors. YMCA: The YMCA, located at 1140 Main St., provides countless numbers of volunteer opportunities for students. If you are interested in fitness you can volunteer to assist with the many community runs that the Y puts on each year. If you like spending time with children, there are many opportunities to volunteer at youth sporting events and the other Y programs offered to children. The Y is also very flexible with the number of volunteer hours that you want to work, and the hours of the facility work very well with a student’s schedule. Plus, future employers will almost

undoubtably be familiar with the Y and its importance in communities. Bonus points! You can reach the Y at (608) 782-9622, or stop in to the front desk for a volunteer application. The Salvation Army: Located at 223 8th St N, The Salvation Army is another conveniently located volunteer spot. Student volunteer opportunities at this location currently include serving food at meal times, helping in the food pantry, landscaping and rearranging the warehouse. There is a potential for flooding this spring, so in the case of floods, more help would be needed in order to assist families in need. To volunteer, pick up an application at the building. The name of the Development Director is Julie Nelson, and she will be in charge of setting you up with volunteer opportunities. So if you have something specific in mind, you can talk with her. The number at the Salvation Army is (608) 782-7889. The Children’s Museum: Looking for some volunteer work that will be lighthearted and fun? The Children’s Museum, located at 207 5th Ave S, is a job that will make you smile. Although most volunteer jobs are full at this time, summer applications are already being accepted. Summer and fall volunteer opportunities would include helping out with the climbing wall, face painting and helping at various summer camps. The museum also encourages clubs to come in and demonstrate in a fun and creative way what they have been

learning. Volunteer applications are online at Christina Knudsen is the Project Director, and she will be the person to help with volunteer placement. Habitat for Humanity: A lot of people think that you can only do Habitat for Humanity in far away regions, however, there are many opportunities right here in La Crosse. Opportunities vary, so visit the Web site to check out the different options. This particular volunteer opportunity may take a little while to apply for since there are background checks and waivers that need to be signed, but once this step is completed it will be well worth it. The volunteer environment is cheery and the family who is getting a house will be forever grateful. This could be a wonderful event to do with a big group of friends, especially now that the weather will be getting warm! Saturdays are reserved for groups with a maximum of 16 volunteers. Volunteer applications are available online. Hillview Greenhouse Life Center: Interested in organic farming and promoting health to all ages? Then this volunteer opportunity is perfect for you. Hillview Greenhouse Life Center is located within walking distance from campus at 737 24th St N. Their mission is to include community members of all ages to create an urban agriculture center. This production of local and organic food is beneficial to the community and environment. Hillview helps community members

with the skills and tools for growing, preparing and preserving the food. Your volunteering could be helping distribute and sell this food, participating in fundraising events and maintenance work. To be part of this progressive movement visit their Web site http://, or contact their office at (608) 782-0398. Human Powered Trails: One of the most beautiful aspects of La Crosse is the great outdoors. Hiking through the trails in Hixon Park is a favorite past time of many students and members of the La Crosse community. If you are interested in promoting outdoor activity, then volunteering at Human Powered Trails would be a lot of fun for you. Volunteering opportunities range from maintaining and building trails to grilling hamburgers and brats at park events. This is a great summer volunteering opportunity and is relevant to any community that you will reside in over the summer. To learn more about the numerous volunteer opportunities offered through Human Powered trails, visit There are many more volunteer opportunities that are available in the La Crosse community. These jobs directly affect the community in which we live in and they look great on a resume. So start building up your volunteer list now or this summer. You will not regret it.

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Local man starts La Crosse Cornhole League, raises funds for Children’s Mircle Network By Jill Bagniefski Staff Reporter

America is known for the sports of baseball and football, but one local man predicts the bean bag toss sport known as cornhole will soon be added to the list. Mike Taggert, a La Crosse man dedicated to the game, has created a league in La Crosse and hopes to one day surpass bowling as a national pastime. “It’s going to be bigger than bowling,” Taggert said. On a national scale, cornhole leagues are on a rapid rise and taken very seriously in many regions throughout the country. Taggert held the first small tournament at Copeland Park in Sept. 2009, and people showed so much interest in wanting to play regularly that he immediately set up a Web site, opened the league and now holds two tournaments a year for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and helps with cornhole tournaments sponsored by many other charitable organizations including The Sunshine Kids, The Rock Foundation and La Crosse Park and Rec Dept. “With cornhole, whether you are a guy or a girl, young or old, you can play the game,” Taggert said. Today, there are leagues springing up across the country, and Taggert has not only created a growing league in La Crosse, but has also sponsored numerous tournaments to benefit the CMN. Taggert’s wife, Sara, an

employee at Ace Retail Support System in La Crosse, was doing considerable charitable work in the area for CMN. After several golf tournaments to raise money for the organization, Taggert said, “We were looking for something everyone can do, and not everyone is a golfer, and it’s more costly to play.” The league is open year round and is housed indoors at Neuie’s Varsity Club at 1920 Ward Avenue during the fall and winter seasons. Each season runs 14 weeks and meets weekly. The cost to join is a one-time fee of $50 per two person team. Taggert has also established a traveling league with six area taverns. “My ultimate dream is to sponsor largescale tournaments with bigger payouts, but primarily, I want get people who love the game involved with CMN,” Taggert said. Taggert ran the Ace in the Hole Tournament for CMN March 19 at Neuie’s and raised $1,100 in funds for the organization. Cornhole (bean bag toss, baggo or bags) is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing cornhole bags at a raised platform with a hole at the far end. There is a method of scoring, and the game continues until a player reaches the score of 21. Cornhole is the official name as the bags are filled with corn and tossed through a hole. The origins of the game are unknown, but many believe it was first played in the 14th Century in Germany. Native Americans played a similar game using pigs’ bladders

Drag show seeks student participation The tenth annual Drag Show sponsored by UW-La Crosse’s Pride Center is at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in Valhalla. Pine Street Hall Director Ashley Grice said, “It’s an opportunity for the LGBT community to be recognized, bring awareness to the cause and allow people to experience something they haven’t experienced before.” The UW-L Drag Show has grown over the past nine years and last year’s show was one of the largest crowds that the Drag Show has had. According to Grice, students should participate to show support for the LGBT community at UW-L, to step outside of their comfort zones and to have fun with something different. She feels to star in the show is a way to show your support and to step outside “normality”. The theme this year is Drag in Space and the team working on it is excited to see it

“It’s an opportunity for the LGBT community to be recognized, bring awareness to the cause and allow people people to experience something they haven’t experienced before.” Ashley Grice Pine Street Hall Director come together. Grice said, “I would encourage everyone to attend, and its’ one of those things that everyone should experience at least one, especially if you have never attended a drag show.” Tickets are available now at Cartwright’s front desk. The cost for students is $5 and for non-students, $10. Students are encouraged to participate and anyone interested can contact the UW-L Pride Center.

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New pub Dublin Square set to open April 1 By Nick Kammers Staff Reporter

Third Street is about to get a little more green, lucky and belligerent. Starting this April fool’s day (not a prank), the new Irish pub Dublin Square is immigrating to La Crosse, bringing potatoes, corned beef and pints with them. The well-regarded but less well-known franchise fills a unique niche in the downtown bar scene, according to co-owner Matt Boshcka. Dublin Square offers a unique Irish pub feel in an area that is limited in its traditional pub style bar offerings. Working with other bars on their little slice of Third, including the Helm, Dublin Square hopes to make a stretch of road and street corner that doubles as the go-to place for those looking for a good old fashioned Irish time without the Catholic guilt. Whether you’re grabbing a meal of Shephard’s pie or having a good night downtown imbibing in a different sort of Irish tradition, Dublin Square likely has something for everyone.

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The pub’s owners, who have a wealth of business and bar experience, have a particularly exciting night planned on April 15, the pub’s grand opening. With live music and, arguably most importantly, free food samples, Dublin Square plans to start off its time in La Crosse with a bang and a smash. As the Wisconsin weather becomes more and more bearable, Dublin Square will find itself as one of the few places that provides an outdoor area for both food and beverage. Dublin Square plans to do its best to provide an enjoyable atmosphere any time of day for any type of crowd between 11:00 a.m. and 2-2:30 a.m. Tuesday nights offer a blast back to many people’s childhoods, as Dublin Square offers a Grand Prize game in the tradition of Bozo the Clown’s signature event. Have fun, win prizes, be nostalgic and retroactively get over your fear of clowns all in one weekday night. In a town that has seen almost every type of bar, Dublin Square attempts to offer something fresh and different. Starting this April, we can all be a little Irish.



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has been much heated debate. The and faculty to write letters each week. Viewpoint section in The Racquet The numbers of letters received usuhas printed opinion pieces presentally increases when a differing angle ing both sides of the issues facing of an issue is presented. This dialogue Wisconsin’s budget and the collective is what makes a democratic society bargaining laws. great. Maybe closed mindedness is Unfortunately this has spurred lots not the best strategy after all. of animosity towards our fine publicaThis has always been difficult to tion. Students and professors alike grasp because college students and seem to have taken offense to some professors will claim to be free-thinkviewpoints presented and have even ing and open-minded. Condemning referred to The Racquet as “a sect of The Racquet in its entirety for opinthe College Republicans.” These acions on the opinion page does not cusations are simply not fair and are seem to fit this ideology. Please help rather insulting to all the students and further the debate and share your their advisors that work hard to put own views with us instead of spreadout a quality paper each week. ing rumors and using verbal smears. The RacThis paper has quet’s news, come a long way in Our Viewpoint section presents recent history and evfeatures and sports seceryone involved takes viewpoints. Imagine that! tions do an a great deal of pride excellent job in the final product presenting the happenings on campus each week. and around the greater La Crosse Support us by taking part in the community. It is even more impresdialogue on our Viewpoint page, sive when considering that UW- La checking out our excellent news, Crosse does not even have a journalfeatures and sports coverage, or by ism program. encouraging a friend to pick up the Our Viewpoint section presents issue each week. We appreciate your viewpoints. Imagine that! This section readership and are commited to keepis meant to be an outlet for students ing it. to share their opinions on whatever

The UW-L no spin zone, brought to you by The Racquet’s editors The snow has melted, the sun stays out longer, and the temperatures have risen. Shorts and flip flops have been busted out of the closets of many. Bikers are back on campus in full force. The ever active college students are again resuming their long paused games of softball and football on the once again green areas on campus. Yes folks, spring is upon us! So get out there and enjoy all the fun things La Crosse has to offer like hiking the bluffs or make use of the Outdoor Connection facilities in the REC. We’re fortunate enough to be in the great state of Wisconsin, so let’s live it up (and drink it down, if you’re of age of course...). -OTRHas snow become the infamous rug that everyone sweeps their dirt under when their too lazy to just throw it out? Or the closet that overflows into a spotless room when opened? Come on people, cartoons should have taught you that these tricks don’t work! So why is it that as soon as the snow melts an unbelievable amount of trash is revealed? Those white, fluffy, trash-hiding piles have turned into the nasty

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A friend of mine once said, “C’s and D’s get degrees.” It’s true too. Nowhere is it written that you have to have better than a 3.0 to earn a bachelor’s. So long as you pass enough classes you can walk away with that piece of paper that says you graduated. So in the end does it even matter how you do? Aren’t we here just here to get a good job one day? While a good job is one reason to go to college it is not the only one. We also go to school to improve ourselves. We go to learn in order to broaden our horizons. The mission statement of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse suggests that one of the purposes of college is, “to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and human sensitivities...” With that being said, a specific issue comes to mind. We all see it day after day. Take a look around in your classes. Notice all the blank faces? It seems to me that a good proportion of students (dare I say most?) are simply checked out when they sit in class. To be fair, everybody has at least one of those classes that are so boring you want to beat your head against the desk.

And I am not suggesting that most students are not paying attention, just that a good deal of students do not participate much. The instructor will ask a question and everyone stares. Nobody wants to speak up and so any sort of classroom discussion stagnates. This is not universally true. Sometimes a particular topic ignites conversation that nearly the whole class gets in on. And even the quietest class has that one student who will speak up. But by and large we remain silent. Education is like everything else. You get out what you put in. So if all you are after is that piece of paper, I guess checking the box will do. But will you have learned anything? The bottom line is that this isn’t high school anymore. We don’t have to be here, and unlike high school, you have to pay for this. Most of us are probably paying for at least some of the costs ourselves, if not all. So why not get the most for our money? College only lasts a few years and then its on to the real world. We might as well squeeze every last benefit we can out of it. And that means putting forth the effort. I know, it’s not always easy (I have to work on this myself too...), but here we are at the midpoint of the semester, and its not to late to remember that participation counts.



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Why Hook Up? By Olivia Mercer Staff Reporter

Boy meets girl; girl meets boy. After a few drinks at a typical Friday night party, the two exchange a conversation, a dance, phone numbers, and later a hook up. The next morning the girl is left waiting for a text of acknowledgement from the boy and therefore, confused. The boy is left without further contact from the girl and unaware of how to further approach her. Although clearly a confusing situation, it is an all too typical result of the weekend college party scene. Due to society’s implication of normal, men are supposed to pursue the women. Sadly, this perception takes a toll on interpersonal relationships, especially in college. The party scene is very typical of most college campuses. Students, generally friends, get together, have a few drinks, and proceed out to various parties around the city. There people see other friends and colleagues, and males and females begin to pair off. According to Sociology professor Bill Zollweg, alcohol is seen primarily as an ice breaker. Matt Vogel, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Community Health Education Specialist, also indicates that alcohol helps the hook up culture; when added, it increases the likelihood. It lets individuals let loose and be more friendly with members of both the opposite and same sex. Specifically interpersonal, romantic relationships are greatly effected by the weight of random party hook ups. After a weekend hook up, it is not uncommon for the two individuals to have not exchanged a text message let alone a glance from across the Whitney Dining Hall. This particular issue raises a series of conflicting emotions. Men tend to believe all women want is commitment. And women tend to believe men don’t. Contrary to popular belief, most sexes share similar view points on commitment. Otherwise, why even call it a “hook up” at all? After you hook up, according to Zollweg, there are four thoughts that stream

through the individuals heads: “fear of rejection, unwillingness to commit, things just did not work out, and how should someone respond to a hook up in a positive way.” Afraid a woman may want an instant commitment, men shy away from respectfully text messaging the woman. “Men are less communicative,” said Vogel, “not naturally, but we are raised in a culture that discourages expressing ourselves verbally. If we are put in a hook up situation our communication skills may diminish

Men tend to believe all women want is commitment. And women tend to believe men don’t. Contrary to popular belief, most sexes share similar view points on commitment. further.” However, if men and women hook up and no further contact is made, women are left feeling disrespected and confused. Men, the easiest way to respectfully approach a woman after a hook up is to text message the individual. If not interested in a commitment keep the texting short by limiting it to one or two texts. A simple, “Hey, last night was (insert descriptive adjective),” followed by a, “You and your friends should party with us again sometime.” If interested, text the girl and make small talk conversation. Then, further approach the woman face to face. Women, do not overanalyze text messages word for word. If sexual consent was given and a text message has not been received within the weekend it generally means the male is uninterested in a further relationship. Though, if you are interested in continuing to get to know the male, do not be afraid to be the first to send a text. Women, regardless of society’s implication, are just as able to pursue the men. Beat the institutionalized gender stigma. Being up front about further intentions saves the other individual hurt or potential embarrassment.

Professors say the darndest things By Ethan Peters Associate Reporter

Professors say a lot of things during lectures. Most are boring, some are interesting and occasionally some are down right hilarious. These little nuggets of comedy are completely unexpected, and can brighten anyone’s day. I equate it to the way I assume Canadians feel when they get an American nickel or dime as change when they buy something. All of the following are direct quotes. Physics Professor: “I’m long and strong.” I don’t care if he was talking about his password; this was easily the hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life. No one else thought it was funny making it even more hilarious. An

Econ Professor: “That’s why I give you the class lists. That’s why you have the facebooks and the emails. So you can touch each other.” Econ Professor: “Do you know what happens when you do drugs? Eggs on your brain...boiling. No?” Drug awareness is a fine topic, but one that has nothing to do with econ and makes absolutely no sense. Physics Professor: “I don’t buy apples at Quillins anymore, they’re all mealy there. I buy my apples at Kwik Trip now.” He said this completely unprovoked. One minute he was lecturing, next thing you know he’s talking about fruit. In situations like this I can rarely contain my laughter. I also feel a lot closer to the singer Pink because just like her I don’t like being the girl that laughs the loudest.

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Dude, you’re such a noob By Philippe Meister Staff Reporter

Gaming is a fun activity on campus because friends can play together whether they are together or playing online via Xbox live or Playstation Network. A poll of UW-La Crosse students who play videogames reveals that UW-L gamers play on average over 10.5 hours of videogames a week. If you are looking to get in on the action, UW-L students play five games that you might want to check out. The most popular game at UW-L is Call of Duty: Black Ops. This installment in the Call of Duty franchise takes place during the Cold War, the player is an agent participating in Black Operations for the U.S. “It took over 3 days of my life; game play time,” said freshman Erik Holznecht as a testament to how good the game is. This game has a conventional career mode, but the most popular types of game play on campus are online multiplayer and zombies. The zombies game type is where teams of players trying to survive as long as they can through swarms of zombie invaders. The second most popular game at Laux Hall is Madden NFL 11. “It’s just fun to play as NFL superstars,” said Jake Hoepfner a Laux Hall Resident. Madden is a game in which you can play multiplayer with friends, online or in a franchise mode. Whether playing a season or creating a dynasty in

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Laux resident-gamers agree on top 5 picks

franchise mode or beating their friends in multiplayer, players can represent their favorite teams and beat their rivals. Similar to other new sports games, Madden has real time updates that follow changes to the players and league. New to the game this year is Madden Moments, in which players can replay crucial moments from real NFL games to see how they could have managed the situation. The third most popular game is Halo Reach. The latest game in the Halo franchise, this game is a continuation of the human battle against aliens. The aliens, called the covenant, are trying to destroy earth. Your player, a skilled marine, has been stranded on “Halo,” which is a habitat in a distant solar system. Covenant troops have recently settled on Halo and your marine has taken it upon himself to start guerilla warfare against the covenant troops to prevent them from learning the secrets to Halo. Halo the game has a campaign but is notorious for its online game play, play online and enjoy. The fourth most popular game that Laux gamers plays is NHL 11. NHL is a

fast paced, high action game that plays well online but shines in multiplayer. It is especially fun to play against your friends because there is no boring part of the game; it is hard hitting with lots of excitement. “I have never played hockey but the hitting and fights the sport looks sweet and the game is really fun to play,” said freshman Laux hall resident Alex Pinter. The fifth most played game that students play is NBA 2K11. The NBA season is currently underway and the game has live update which means the teams change in real time as they do in the league. EA takes the liberty of setting up the games being played in the NBA for players to re-enact in the videogame daily. Players are able to start a career as a player entering college and try to play their way to and through the NBA. This game is also fun to play in multiplayer mode because of its fast-paced nature.

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said. And it’s the truth. Many students around campus spend countless hours just surfing the Web and checking social networking sites on their bulky laptops. It appears this item is mainly a smart phone on steroids due to just checking out the Internet. But there’s a practical use for it. How often is it that a person sits in an airport and pulls out a monstrosity of a laptop to check out sites and documents because their flight is delayed? The iPad takes care of the unnecessary weight and bulk and makes the travel bag lighter and easily manageable. The iPad is an excellent tool in providing content. View documents, proposals, articles, books and magazines simply by the swipe of a finger. International bus i ne ss workers have found the iPad an extremely handy

device because with the right hookups it can connect to projectors and a presentation will be seen on a 65” screen. There’s no longer a need to connect a laptop and make a presentation that is saved on that device. Communication has never been easier when you look at the predecessor of the iPad, the iPad 2. With the same applications and functions as the iPad, the iPad 2 now offers FaceTime and two built in cameras. A Best Buy representative (who wishes to remain anonymous) is head over heels about this feature. “I knew that taking pictures was always a joy, but now I can Skype with my family that lives in Utah. With the builtin camera on the back of my iPad 2 I can show my family what I am looking at, what I am cooking or what I am watching all by a simple flick of a switch. It’s amazing what this product can do.” Yes, the iPad is a useful tool and comes in handy in just about any given situation.

However, as with any product on the market there are some drawbacks. The keyboard on the iPad is all touch screen and you cannot type like you would on a regular keyboard. It’s a hunt and peck system and takes a few minutes to type out a sentence. Microsoft Office, Xcel and Word are all rather large items to place within the iPad itself. In order to view documents, PowerPoint presentations and other important items they have to be typed on your computer and then emailed to yourself. Once this is done it’s available on the iPad and can be viewed through the e-mail account. IPads are great at displaying content but when it comes to sharing and producing content they suffer. Applications must be downloaded on the App Store to help you share and produce content to sites such as Facebook or Twitter. It’s a useful item but the technologically savvy consumer must find the

loopholes to get around the rough edges. The iPad is well known for it’s practical uses but it can be seen as a big toy. The App Store brings thousands upon thousands of games to your fingertips. The widely renowned game, Angry Birds, will have you at the edge of your seat. This game has you launch birds at structures with green pigs inside. The object is to collapse these structures onto the pigs so they all die. It’s entertaining and a great time-waster. Other games include solitaire, poker, hearts, tic tac toe, connect four, word searches, table tennis, air hockey and many more. Think of your favorite game. The iPad will have it in the App Store and what’s amazing is that a majority of them are free. Yes, games are free on this device. If you’re in the market for a lighter weight computer, a larger game-playing surface, a bigger iPod, or just need something to browse the Web in the airport, check out the iPad and iPad 2. Starting at $499 it’s an item worth looking into. The iPad and iPad 2 can be found at Best Buy and any local Apple dealer.

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Campus housing, not so bad after all cozy. Not that I would know about these personally. A built in community is innate of dorm life. “Suppertime is here and I’m starving. But At any corner of a hall you can find someone else I’m missing ingredients for pasta and I’m out looking for a friendly conversation, loneliness pizza so I guess it’s off to the store.” Sound famil- is curbed by the companionship of roommates iar? Perhaps not if you live in the dorms as you and lifelong friends are made. Some could arare surrounded by numerous dining options. gue that privacy is lost in the dorms, but there At UW-La Crosse there are four meal plans for is personal space and this aspect seems to be the residents. For 19 meals a week it is $1,195, for favorite among dorm dwellers. UW-L senior 14 meals per week you’re looking at $1,180, ten Jason Esse mentioned his favorite part of dorm meals is $1,165 and there is a special plan for living was being ‘surrounded by all the people’ Reuter Hall residents. There is plenty of variety when he resided in Laux his freshmen year. Better grades? You better believe it. Dr. too. Some may think that sounds expensive, but Nick explains, think of it this way; broken “Research has down a 19 meal per week shown, nationplan is approximately The ease of living on-campus is ally and locally $11 per day. When one undeniable. Students are steps that these staconsiders this particular away from their classrooms, tistics for lower plan provides three meals classmen are sigwhere they eat, sleep and their for five days a week and nificant. GPAs two for the weekend days friends. among those livwhen we sleep through ing in the dorms breakfast anyway, it is difare on average ficult to imagine formulat.38 points higher ing three servings for less in comparison to than $11 every day. those living off -campus, specifi cally with sophoDr. Nick Nicklaus, Director of Residence Life at UW-L emphasizes, “Everything is provided mores.” Considering all other factors this makes and there is a huge convenience factor.” The ease sense. Being close to the library, tutoring and of living on-campus is undeniable. Students are constantly surrounded by other student peers steps away from their classrooms, where they creates a more studious and successful atmoeat, where they sleep, their friends and all cam- sphere. Now for the nitty gritty on actual housing pus events. Dr. Nick continues, “The staff, the hall coordinators and directors give professional costs. There is one soon to be and 11 available attention. The hall directors send out weekly resident halls on UW-L’s campus. The cost for newsletters that keep students connected to living in a double room for a year is $3,240. In campus and provides more personal attention La Crosse the median gross rent is around $600 than those can feel living off-campus.” He also per month. If you live in the dorms for nine mentioned an interesting tendency for those not months, the cost is $360 per month. Seems in living in the dorms as they are infrequently seen that respect it is more expensive. But mull over on campus past 4 p.m. Dorms keep you con- the numerous other costs of living off-campus: electricity, cable, Internet (which is free onnected. Parking on campus is hugely convenient. campus) and heat are just a few of the costs that Although it is encouraged for freshmen not cause $360 per month to pale in comparison to to bring their cars because of the unbelievable living off-campus. Dr. Nick said, “You don’t have to sign a lease hassle it is to park around campus in the winand you pay for when you stay.” School touches ter months it is handy if you have a job far from campus or bus lines, even if it is $260 for a year. roughly nine months of a year, but most leases This may be preferred over paying $25 for ac- go for a full 12 months. Living in the dorms cidently parking in a no parking zone when you doesn’t stick you with the stress of finding somewere running late for class and missed the sign one to sublease for summer. The hidden inconplaced strategically behind a tree. Or over pay- veniences of living off-campus can make living ing $20 for a meter violation because it was -30 on-campus seem like a paradise with all of its degrees outside and the CFA lounge couches are hidden perks. By Emily King Features Editor

Decorate under a dollar

› Magazine ads: Don’t lie, that hottie modeling for Gucci is someone you wouldn’t mind waking up to every morning. Tear that page out, heck, tear all of ‘em out and hang them to disguise that awful bulletin board on your dorm room wall. › Works of art: Everybody likes to visit their inner child, do some searching around the dorm and you’re sure to find somebody with a pirate or princess coloring book. Snatch a page and bust out your highlighters. › Paper chains: Counting down the days until summer never gets old. Put your coloring skills to work (if you can’t find any colored paper), then start cutting strips and taping. Let the decorating begin!

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Add some pizzaz to your everyday dining By Ashley Atkinson Staff Reporter

After seven months of eating the same campus food options, your meals might begin to seem boring and mundane. If you’re trying to spice up your cuisine,

you might want to consider expanding your grocery list, and make an attempt to explore your culinary skills. While ramen noodles and Easy Mac are standard items found in almost any dorm room, they don’t have to be the same old lackluster lunch. Toss the ramen spice pouch and use the cooked noodles to make your own variation of stir fry. Add a can of drained oriental vegetables or even try some precooked chicken, and top it all off with a few splashes of soy sauce. If you don’t want to keep a small bottle of soy sauce in your mini-frig, save those extra packets from your last Chinese delivery--thanks, China Star. To add a little more substance to a cup of easy mac, think back to your childhood years when you mixed sliced hot dogs and peas to your cheesy dish. Another alternative would be to toss in cooked ham and broccoli. If you’ve grown into more sophisticated tastes (after all, we are in college now), use your favorite,

healthy foods to make quick meals with minimal preparation and equipment. Try a parfait with layers of yogurt, granola, nuts, and berries. Expand your Italian palate to more than just pizza by making Caprese salad; just toss together tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil with olive oil.

“Living on campus with a meal plan, the one meal you’re most likely to miss is breakfast. So having breakfast food in the dorm is the best,” said sophomore Tom Schmidt, a resident of Laux. Schmidt recommends keeping bread, peanut butter, jelly or jam, pop tarts, and other breakfast-friendly fare as staple items in a dorm room. A significant way to add variety to your mealtime routines is to utilize your dorm’s resources. “Get groceries to make more of a healthier meal, and use the kitchen,” suggests sophomore Laura Berktold. Berktold lived in White Hall last year, and is currently residing in Angell. If approaching the kitchen is a scary thought or seems boring, join in with your roommates and friends to cook together. Berktold and her friends used this tactic to make a breakfast feast. Skillets, cookie sheets, utensils, pots, and bowls, among many other supplies, can be rented from any given residence hall by simply using your student ID.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Excuses, excuses

Don’t think, just do

An art worth mastering By Meghan O’Connor Assitant Features Editor

Procrastination can be seen as a drawback, a mere tragedy in the life of a college student. But, has anyone ever taken the time to realize that procrastination is as much a gift as it is a curse? Time management experts along with a slue of irrational bloggers talk about how detrimental procrastination can be to our work. But why not think about all of the ways that procrastination helps shape our work into something creative and individual versus something monotone and cliché. When assigned a paper of any kind, don’t jump right in and start writing. Let your thoughts mature. In other words… let your procrastination set in. Feel the procrastination bubbling up inside of you until you’re filled up to the brim. Once the bubbling process is complete you are now ready to get creative and become the best procrastinator around. This can be achieved in many ways. Some of which have been set out before you and the betterment of your own procrastination. One of my favorite ways to procrastinate is by flipping through all of the TV channels. Don’t cheat and type in your channel of choice, let the television do the work and

Think about all of the ways that procrastination helps shape our work into something creative and individual versus something monotone and cliché. sit back and relax as you watch crummy programming take place before your eyes. If you’re really looking to spice up your procrastination skills why not go straight to the Spanish channel and try to figure out what they’re saying. Get crazy and try to act it out in English. This is bound to get some awkward glances from roommates but it just makes it all the more fun! As you’re surfing the web for yet another dry and boring research paper, you’re bound to come across a pop-up window complete with a game. Don’t just click the red x in the upper right-hand corner. Play the game! Who cares if it gives your computer a virus that forces it to shut down. Procrastinators don’t think about such silly consequences. Live on the edge. Click Play! The key to success is procrastination, and the key to procrastination is creativity. Keep it fun and lighthearted, and make sure not to worry about anything else. Don’t clutter your mind with nonsense. Fill it with fun and brainless activities. Don’t think. Just do.

More mature ways to explain yourself By Racquet Staff

The more years we spend surrounded by classroom walls with the requirement to submit assignments, the clearer it becomes: procrastinating is a friend that will be there when we need it most. As students, some of us never fail to wait until the very last minute to turn in a paper or a project. And who’s at our side while we pry our eyes open at 3 a.m.? Yep, you got it, procrastination at its finest. Now, many of us have mastered such skill to not let procrastination take advantage of the delicate relationship we’ve built. But for those who never created boundaries, there are excuses. The excuses that give us an extra day to finish writing that paper (well, let’s just be blunt here) save our a$$es. So instead of spending all night in Murphy writing a paper that says the same thing over and over, shoot an e-mail to the professor to buy you some time. But when using excuses, it’s important to avoid those popular clichés. The “my dog at my homework” excuse may have worked in those adolescent years, but it’s time we mature. Many students tend to use lap tops to their convenience. Take advantage of the many perks that come with owning one! What’s in your cup? Oh, orange juice, you say? Can have a...SHOOT, not on my computer!! Darn, black screen. What to do? Well, if orange really did spill onto your keyboard, good luck getting that to work again. But, if not, you’re in luck.

You’ve just bought yourself at least a week of extra time. Leaving for the weekend? Wait, aren’t they predicting a hail storm? “I apologize for such short notice, but it’s my brother’s confirmation this weekend, and I’m his sponsor so I will be leaving Thursday instead of Friday to avoid the storm.” Score. No Friday classes for you. If you’re not in the mood to explain why you’re taking a personal day, it’s as simple as this: family emergency. Short and sweet. No professor can question an excuse like that. Submitting assignments to D2L is convenient for many, but not when you haven’t started it. “There must be a glitch in the system because I couldn’t seem to upload my paper to the drop box.” Bam! “Don’t forget class, we have our field trip to the History of Farming Museum on Saturday!” Uhhh, no thanks? Good thing you just sprained your ankle during the intramural volleyball game. Don’t categorize excuses to be lies, or only used by slackers. Think of them as half truths. That family emergency may have actually happened, you just left out the part about it being two months ago. Happy procrastinating!

DISCLAIMER: The Racquet is not encouraging students to skip class, put off homework assignments or lie to professors.

Downtown isn’t the only place to stumble By Racquet Staff

College students have been spotted stumbling home after a rowdy night out, but some are more discrete about it by stumbling around on the internet. A Web site called StumbleUpon allows procrastinators to “discover the best of the Web.” By creating a user name and password, you unlock the door to exploring topics like animals, animation, bizarre/oddities, fashion, music, humor, satire, travel and many more. After stumbling upon something of interest, the Web site provides you with the option to “like” the page you’ve just found. Keep stumbling and gather a collection of favorite Web sites to kick your procrastination into full gear. One Website, found by UW-L student Kelsi Williams, explains how to make a candy sushi. “While stumbling the topic of Food/

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Cooking, the photo of the candy sushi that popped up caught my eye. The sushi consisted of fruit roll-up, different kinds of gummy candy and sour candy straws,” said Williams. New and interesting recipes can be found effortlessly. Another UW-L student, Sam Runingen, stumbled upon a site that displayed official court records showing how funny and embarrassing statements are made in such serious settings. Runingen said, “One of the conversations had the laywer asking, “Was that the same nose you broke as a child?” and the witness responding, “I only have one, you know.” It’s hilarious to read through the list of questions and responses. You wouldn’t believe how dumb some of them sound.” Whatever topics interest you, StumbleUpon is sure to satisfy your procrastinating expectations.

Is that the best you can do? Pick up lines you should never use

Gentlemen, ladies, whomever you’re trying to woo, here’s a few of the most cliche pick up lines to steer clear of when breaking the ice.

“So you ladies must be from Ireland because when I look at you my penis is Dublin!” “I’m here! What are your other two wishes?” “Do you think these bar napkins smell like chloroform? My name is Nick.” “My love for you is like diarrhea...I just can’t hold it in.” “I lost my virginity. Can I have yours?” (When a woman gets on a full bus) Why don’t you sit on my lap? We can talk about the first thing that pops up.

Isaac Lindahl Sports Editor


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Eagles house Badgers, Golden Eagles return All-American wrestlers to the Sweet 16 UW-L wrestling takes third in nationals Wisconsin, one of four states to send two teams to the Sweet 16 By Isaac Lindahl Sports Editor

Only four states can claim two teams in the sweet 16, so both the Wisconsin Badgers and the Marquette Golden Eagles bandwagons will get more passengers this week. It's been a long time coming for both Marquette, and Wisconsin basketball teams. The last time the Badgers made it to the sweet 16 was in 2008, and the Golden Eagles in 2003. Marquette made it to the final four that year, and fans are hoping for a repeat.

In the No. 11 seeded Marquette vs. No. 3 seeded Syracuse game, Darius Johnson-Odom's three-pointer with 27 seconds left snapped a tie and propelled Marquette to a 66-62 upset over Syracuse on Sunday night that put the Golden Eagles into the NCAA tournament's round of 16 for the first time in eight years. After leading 19-9, Syracuse went into halftime down three. For the next 20 minutes, no team could force an inch of breathing room. Waiters scored two straight baskets for a 46-41 lead, but Marquette's speed and quickness never let the Golden Eagles fall too far behind. Syracuse lost guard Brandon Triche for most of the second half with a bruised tailbone. And the Orange got hurt on turnovers. Crowder's three with 2:26 left tied the game at 59. That's how it stayed -- until Johnson-Odom set off a party. The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles shot the winning basket off of one of Syracuse's 18 turnovers. The Orange’s Dion Waiters' pass went long and Scoop Jardine's jump to grab it resulted in an over-and-back. Johnson-Odom delivered for

a 62-59 lead and Marquette is moving on at the expense of its Big East rival. Marquette will play No. 2 seed North Carolina in the East regional semifinals Friday in Newark, N.J. The Golden Eagles are in the round of 16 for the first time since Dwyane Wade led them to the Final Four in 2003. Williams, Marquette's emotional coach, broke into a delirious celebration. He hugged his players, ran to press row and pounded the table. He pumped his fists toward the fans, then over to the seats and gave his wife and family a long, emotional hug. He couldn't stop smiling as fans chanted his name and broke into the traditional "We are (clap-clap) Marquette!" cheer. Johnson-Odom scored 17 points and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Golden Eagles. Marquette beat the Orange in nearly every important category, from free throw shooting (19 for 23 vs. 5 for 7) to rebounding (30-24) and steals, assists -- on goes the list. Marquette was one of a record 11 Big East teams to make the field, as well as the most scrutinized. With 14 losses and a 9-9 record in conference play, the Golden Eagles were a shady pick when the brackets were announced. The Wisconsin Badgers as well had what some thought was a generous seed in the tournament. However, they beat No. 5 seed Kansas State in the third round to punch their ticket for the round of

16 for the fourth time since 2000. Jordan Taylor couldn't hit a thing, missing open shots as well as contested ones from just about everywhere on the court. He did so much more when it mattered, though, and Wisconsin is headed back to the Sweet 16 because of

him. Taylor hit two big free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen's 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to overcome a rough shooting night, lifting the Badgers to a 70-65 win. Wisconsin moves on to face upset specialist Butler, a winner over top-seeded Pittsburgh, in the Southeast regional semifinals Thursday in New Orleans. These two teams met in the round of 32 just three years ago. The rematch was all about which team could get the other to play at its pace. Wisconsin wanted the game slow, to squeeze its opponent defensively and milk its deliberate, ball-control offense until late in the shot clock, the goal to either set up one of its multitude of shooters or allow Taylor to get into the lane for a lay up or dish. The Wildcats, with their slew of long, athletic players, wanted to turn the Badgers frenetic with pressure to set up easy baskets at the other end. Kansas State had some speed'em-up success against Utah State in its tournament opener, hounding the Aggies in the first 20 minutes before holding on for the win in a sloppy second half. Doing it against Wisconsin wasn't going to be easy. In the post-game press conference, Taylor talked about the Badgers’ style of play. “If people think the way we play basketball is boring, there are plenty of other channels on TV.” He was backed up by Coach Ryan who said, “If you want to say that Wisconsin basketball is low scoring, uneventful, conservative, and boring, then so be it. But at the end of the game look at the scoreboard and I guarantee you that nine times out of ten we will be ahead if we don’t turn the ball over and we make our shots.” And that’s just it. Wisconsin’s sometimes brutal playing style is just what wins games and it’s exactly the way they are going to play through the rest of the tournament. If they can pull out a win against Butler they will be one step closer to the Final Four. Maybe they may even find themselves playing the Golden Eagles in the championship game. Hey we can dream can’t we?

Dan Laurent receives national recognition

It was certainly an up-anddown weekend for the UW-La Crosse men’s wrestling team as they competed for their first national championship March 18 and 19. In the end they would earn a third-place finish with five earning All-American Honors. It would be the fifth consecutive year the Eagles would earn a top-3 finish under coach Dave Malecek. There were no shortage of stories to follow as the Eagles sent eight wrestlers to the tournament, three of them former champions. Six members of UW-L’s team advanced from the first round while Mitch Artist and former champion Matt Mauseth lost their opening matches by decision. Among the six surviving members, three made it to the semi-finals. Albie McKinney (125-pounds) won his match by major decision (12-1)., and defending champions Bebeto Yewah (141-pounds) and Mike Schmitz (174) advanced, Yewah earning his victory by major decision. McKinney and Yewah both competed in the title match, with Yewah capturing his second consecutive title. The senior lost a hard-fought match to top-seeded Clayton Rush of Coe College (Iowa) 11-8. McKinney finished the season with a 21-8 record and 53-24 for his career. Yewah blazed his way through most of the tournament, using his relentless athleticism and aggressiveness to earn fairly easy victories. The junior did not seem to meet any stiff competition until earning a grudge match over second-seeded Jeremy Stierly of Ithaca College (N.Y.) in the championship round with a score of 4-3. Yewah finishes the season with 27 wins and only two losses. Schmitz also added another

Courtesy UW-L Athletics

Bebeto Yewah earns national title.

award to what is turning out to be an excellent career. After winning the national title last year, the junior managed a third place finish. Schmitz finished fourth in 2009 as a freshman. While they did not get off to ideal starts, Adam Sheeley (133) and Billy Mayer (285) ended up faring well in the tournament overall. Sheeley finished in fifth place and Mayer sixth. By tournament’s end the Eagles team produced 5 All Americans in Yewah, McKinney, Schmitz, Sheeley, and Mayer. Even though they were unable to catch the championship they were all hoping to finally earn this season in front of a La Crosse Center home crowd, the Eagles will be returning plenty of quality talent. Of their five All-Americans, only McKinney will be graduating, and with the success of the program under Malecek in recent history, it would be safe to assume new members of the Eagle team will stepping up in national contention. The Eagles will once again have home-field advantage, as the wrestling championships will be held in the La Crosse Center for a second consecutive year.

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Modern sports culture, particularly at the collegiate level, has made stars of athletes with immense talent but with very little moral and ethical standards. Flip to the sports section of your local paper, and you’ll see headlines littered with scandals and discussions of NCAA sanctions across the board. It’s for this reason why it’s refreshing to hear the story of a true student-athlete like Dan Laurent, who was recently named the 2011 College Athlete of the Year by the Greater La Crosse Area Sports Commission. The award is just one of many crowning achievements for the all-state, all-national, and seemingly all-world wrestler, who holds the distinction of three straight national championships, as well as four straight WIAC titles. Dan’s talent and drive did not limit itself to athletics, as evidenced by his 3.94 GPA during his tenure at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The epitome of a student-athlete, Laurent’s work on and off the mat has been well-documented and comes as no surprise to his former coach, UW-L’s head coach of wrestling, Dave Malecek. “Dan is the picture of our program. He doesn’t

By Ryan Pomerening Senior Reporter

Courtesy UW-L Athletics

Dan Laurent and UW-L head coach Dave Malecek. drink, he’s very socially respectful, a good student, a hard worker, just a very good young man.” Malecek also described Laurent as “driven” and then went on to say that Laurent “progressed farther than anyone I have ever coached.” With a career record of 124-27, 50 of those victories by fall, Laurent’s wins rank him seventh on the school’s all-time chart, a reflection of the consistency instilled in him by one of the nation’s best wrestling programs and universities.

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+/- Props to going to Whitewater for St. Patty’s Day. Drops for getting a $300 ticket for pouring water on someone. +++ Props to Katie Tucker, city editor at The Racquet, for getting accepted to Northwestern University’s Nuclear Medicine Program. +/- Props to beating my high score in Bejeweled. Drops to having two exams the next day. +/- Props to spring break. Drops to writing two papers during my time off. +/-Props to free shots at Senor Frogs. Drops to the bartender thinking I was on my honeymoon with my best friend. - - - Drops to sitting in the LAX airport for 14 hours. - - - Drops to my parents giving me a curfew of midnight over break.

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- - - Drops to the annoying people in the CAB office obnoxiously laughing and preventing me from studying. + + + Props to getting hit on by cougs at the bar. +/- Props to the bar crawl on North Ave. in MKE. Drops to only making it to one bar. - - - Drops to bruising my knee on a drawer in Victoria’s Secret while bending down to pick up my credit card. Double drops to realizing bending down was actually hard for me...time to get on a treadmill? +/- Props to making out with two guys within forty-five minutes of each other. Drops to one of them having a girlfriend. +/- Props to getting a job offer that offers a gym membership. Drops to it probably never getting used. +/- Props to getting an iPad. Drops to realizing it’s just a big iPod.

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