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Not your average one horse open sleigh Arctic explorer visits Valhalla

By K.C. Powers Managing Editor

Maybe the days of dashing through the snow are gone for the Midwest, but in Antarctica the season’s only started. Will Steger, author and polar explorer, came to visit UW-La Crosse Feb. 21 to discuss his past endeavors and his research on climate change. Raised in Minnesota, Steger grew up with a love for adventure. Taking his first trip at 16, he traveled down the Mississippi River from his home town to New Orleans on a motorized boat. Steger spent the summer there inspired by the novel Huckleberry Finn. “It was the last and only motorized trip I ever made, and ever will,” said Steger. Steger also had a passion for rock climbing as a young adult, “It was the 60’s there wasn’t Patagonia or North Face. I went the library, got a book, a rope, and a few friends.” This lead the born explorer to his first real expedition at age 20 where he climbed the Peruvian Andes ranging in the area of 20,600 feet high. Around this age Steger also traveled on the Arctic Ocean via kayak. “The main thing is to have passion and freedom; you are young and should embrace it,” Steger said to the crowd, “the obstacles come with thinking, you have to do it. It is the learning experience.” On Steger’s first trip to Antarctica, he

crossed the continent in 220 days. With a team comprised of six men and several dog teams Steger took the first un-motorized trip across Antarctica and he believes it will be the last one anyone will ever take. “With the carbon dioxide levels at what it is, and the ice melting as fast as it is, I doubt there will be any after me.” The problem is the increase of greenhouse

“The main thing is to have passion and freedom; you are young and should embrace it.” Will Steger Polar Explorer

gasses and, “The more you add, the more dangerous it gets”, said Steger, “It’s like a patient with high cholesterol; we’re in a dangerous zone and have to drop it quickly.” The continent is become very dangerous. Steger explained that ice shelves, which are juts of ice that hang over the ocean, are breaking off. Sometimes in chunks the size of Rhode Island these have transformed the

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Will Steger-Minnesota native, internationally famous polar explorer, arctic environmentalist and educator spoke on Tuesday February 22 about his life, travels and great accomplishments.

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UW-L recognized for campus accessibility

Senate discusses Racquet’s future By Kelly Farell Staff Reporter

The Student Association brought some interesting news into discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The very matter of our newspaper has become something that the Senate feels needs to be evaluated. On Wednesday, a resolution was presented requesting that The Racquet take inclusive action. This Resolution is a result of issues of sensitivity from past editorial articles. The Student Association feels passionately about the inclusive language used in previous issues of The Racquet, arguing that derogatory language creates an unsafe environment for students on campus. Senators who represent organizations that support diversity feel particularly strong about this idea.

The Resolution contains suggestions for journalists of The Racquet.

A code of ethics is given to every member of The Racquet team, detailing the ethical respects of journalism. During my interview process, these guidelines were pointed out to me as an important concept to respect. Every journalist of UW-L is held to the ethical standards of this code. This code of 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

ethics details the following requirements for journalists. All reporters for The Racquet are aware of this code, and hold it to the utmost importance.

“I wanted the other Senators to be informed when it comes to recommendations for The Racquet so that everyone is on point. Daryl Thomas UW-L Senator

Each member of the Student Association was able to vote the ever deciding “yay” or “nay” to the resolution on Wednesday. However, after much deliberation, it was decided that the Resolution would be tabled for another week, so each Senate member had time to read the code of ethics given to them by The Racquet. Senator Daryl Thomas suggested the prolonged vote so each senator could make an educated vote. “I wanted the other Senators to be informed when it comes to recommendations for the Racquet so that everyone is on point.” After a quick discussion on this new consensus, the Please see Senate page 3

By Jill Harden Staff Reporter

SAPA (Students Advocating Potential Ability) hosted its 29th annual Most Accessible Award Ceremony Monday evening. Members of SAPA awarded one staff member, two faculty members and one department on campus the honor of being this year’s most accessible and accommodating individuals at UW-L. The ceremony marked an important day for everyone involved with SAPA and UWL’s movement towards accessibility. The president of SAPA, Amanda Jones, welcomed the nominees and their supporters by explaining the importance of their methods and accommodations that provided an equal opportunity for learning to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities and the Disability Resource Services staff were given the opportunity to nominate faculty, staff, and a department to which they felt most deserved the award. Fortynine faculty and staff members and twelve departments were nominated and voted on resulting in four overall winners. The Most Accommodating Staff Award of 2011 was presented to Rebecca Lee of the Counseling & Testing Center. She was one of ten nominated and was praised for her helpful attitude, great listening skills, and her ability to make everyone feel welcome and safe. The Most Accessible Department Award of 2011

Word of the Week Festivus Definition: A holiday celebration without the pressures and commercialism. The honeybadger receives no gifts for festivus.

was presented to the department of Exercise & Sport Science and was accepted by the department chair, Dr. Patrick Dirocco. This department was chosen out of twelve other nominees due to its amazing involvement in the education of accommodating persons with disabilities.

Members of SAPA awarded one staff member, two faculty members and one department on campus the honor of being this year’s most accessible and accommodating individual at UW-L. The Most Accessible Faculty Award of 2011 was presented to two co-winners, Dr. David Reineke of the Mathematics Department and Daniel Widuch of the Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation Department. The two award winners both showed great sincerity and humility and accredited their success in part to their amazing support staff and co-workers. Dr. Reineke attributed his achievement to his compulsion to treat everyone with kindness, compassion, and respect, and Mr. Widuch was proud to share that “inclusion becomes a Please see SAPA page 4


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

“Alternative Perspectives on the Global Economic Crisis” Marxist economist sheds light on future economics By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

The current economic crisis that is plaguing our nation is one of great debate and is the topic of almost every situation, whether it is employment, getting into college, or just something one may need to express their opinion on. Luckily for the UW-La Crosse, we have been given a background as to why this economy is in the state that it’s in. Last Thursday, February 23, 2012, the world leading Marxist economist, Prabhat Patnaik, came to Centennial Hall to give a speech he entitled, “Alternative Perspectives on the Global Economic Crisis.” Patnaik went over many ideas as to what a crisis involves, how a nation might deal with a crisis and how history has played a role into the current global economic crisis. The main point of Patnaik’s speech was to discuss the financial crises many nations face. Money has always been at the root of problems within societies, nations, and the world. And the United States is usually associated with financial crises when it comes down to the economy.


Patnaik went over many ideas as to what a crisis involved, how a nation might deal with a crisis and how history has played a role into the current global economic crisis.

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Dr. Prabhat Patnaik’s “Alternative Perspectives on the Global Economic Crisis” presentation filled every seat in a Centennial Hall lecture room. Dr. Patnaik proposed that financial opposition to State intervention was preventing world citizens from gaining food and employment.

“The United States government intervened in order to resolve the financial crisis. The financial sector has lost confidence in itself. The resolution required the government to set aside $700 billion to satisfy employment, which, in turn, was used to help offset the cuts in expenditures for the U.S.,” Patnaik said. The government had to get involved in the financial crisis within the U.S. in order to make sure that people were getting jobs and maintaining those jobs while also being able to help with the cuts to other various departments and issues in the U.S. $700 billion sounds like a lot of money, but in relation to what the government

has to work with, it’s only a minor set-back. A sub-issue presented by Patnaik was this idea that “unemployment is an impossibility in a system in which markets are allowed to function freely.” Free functioning markets allow for variability and the unknown. Patnaik

“The United States government intervened in order to resolve the financial crisis. The financial sector has lost confidence in itself.” Prabhat Patnaik Marxist economist

mentioned that there could be jobs waiting for the unemployed in the economy, but they just may not know where that job is or how they are going to obtain it. The fact of the matter is that unemployment is never involuntary; there is always something for someone to do. The financial crisis gets even deeper than just having the government set aside money to cover all the areas that may be stagnant and the fact that some believe unemployment is not their choice. This crisis also deals with the idea of supply and demand. Patnaik suggested that imports and exports have a lot to do with the financial crisis many countries are facing. If the supply for an export is great, but the demand to ship it out is not, a country may find itself in a financial struggle. The same is true if a country cannot handle imports. Often the case is simple: if one country doesn’t have the money to export their materials, then another country will not receive that export. It is a vicious circle, but always relates to supply and demand. Patnaik continued to discuss issues that related to past history and programs that were implemented to help sustain the economy, however some of those programs failed to do so. The rest of his speech gave insight into the types of stimuli that create a crisis, where a deficit comes from and how to handle it, as well as free flow of commodities and how they contribute to the present day crisis. With a packed house and hushed silence for over an hour, one could see an attentive audience that was eager to listen and learn what Patnaik had to say about economic crises.


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SAPA award rewarded

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Drowsy Chaperone hits the CFA

Theatre program preforms their version By Hannah Kepros Staff Reporter

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Students Advocating Potential Ability (SAPA) hosted the 29th Annual Most Accessible Award Ceremony on Feb. 27. From SAPA page 1

special part of why my job is.” Guest speakers, Dr. Patricia Ardovino (Associate Professor in the Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation Department) and Chancellor Joe Gow, also celebrated the efforts made by these special award winners. Chancellor Gow said it was a wonderful day for UW-L and praised the great team this university has in place working on accessibility on campus. The names of the nominees were read while the audience applauded the mutual

efforts of everyone involved in making this campus more accessible to students with disabilities. SAPA and UW-L have worked tremendously to go above and beyond to accommodate those students who have a disability and to provide equal opportunities for all. The drive for accessibility is a great credit to the UW-L campus and proves that just like all students, students with disabilities can exceed their potential and accomplish great things. The caring attitude and the goal of reaching inclusion is demonstrated by the nominees and award winners who hope continue to reach out to those in need.

Arctic explorer visits UW-L

The Grande Bizarre is a film that features extreme Skiing Stunts by Red Bull athletes. If you want to check out what you are in for the trailer can be viewed at:

Free Red Bull will be provided for viewers What: The Grande Bizzare When: Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Where: Cartwright, room 327 How much: it’s fo’ FREE How long: Run Time of 72 minutes

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resolution was prolonged for another week. “The Student Association recommends that The Racquet use more inclusive language that is respectful of the diverse backgrounds of our Student Body, as well as to be more conscious of the impact their articles may have upon the climate of our campus.” It is also recommended in the Resolution that the advisor of The Racquet take action upon articles with discriminatory references, in order to remain accountable for the newspaper as a whole.

The Grand Bizarre If you are not quite sure what you are doing this Friday night the Ski and Snowboard club has teamed up with red bull to bring you “The Grand Bizarre”.

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land. These are affecting the permafrost of Antarctica as well. Steger recently has founded The Will Steger Foundation in order to create better understanding of what is happening in the poles. “Our biggest problem right now is that we [U.S.A] have a major denial problem,” said Steger. With his degree in environmental education he hopes to promote the use of clean energy to monitor fossil fuels that are emitting the carbon dioxide into the air. Other issues he addressed were using solar energy to control the energy of houses. He believes that in five short years there will be a breakthrough in solar usage. “I’m concerned about your generation and your kids.” Climate literacy, energy literacy and emerging leaders are what The Will Steger foundation is working towards. “I have seen it in my life, the deterioration of the land in Antarctica. I am an eye witness,” said Steger who explained how the land has changed in the four trips he has made in total to arctic in his life. For more information on Will Steger or his foundation visit www.willstegerfoundation. org or

It is Friday night at the Toland Theatre. The curtain begins to rise, but the lights remain off Jake Voss, the part “man in chair” starts, an opening narration. This narration sets the tone and scene for UW-La Crosse theater performance, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” was originally a book written by Bob Martin and Don McKeller. UW-L’s Theatre Director, Mary Leonard, puts her own spin on this classic number, which comes to life through the eyes of the man in the chair. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical comedy about a man who gets so engulfed in the music of the show that, in his mind, he brings the 1920 Broadway musical to his own apartment. The plot of the play revolves around a wedding. A famous Hollywood star, played by Sarah Shervey, is planning to give up her impressive career to marry a man. Chaos ensues during the planning of the wedding, which all other individuals are trying to stop from happening. And to a chaperone, played by Lindsay Van Norman who just wants to drink despite the prohibition, the play provides an enthralling source of crazy entertainment.

This performance is a very exciting and fast-paced production. The man in chair’s narration and dialogue add a second element aside from the actual plot, which keeps the production light and humorous, and is unlike the typical playwright. And, what is a show without good acting? Leonard cast 27 students to perform in this play, and every character has an important personality to portray. From wittiness to drunkenness to sexuality, nothing was spared during this performance, and all actors performed their role with precision. From the acting to everything done off stage: lights, sound, stage crew, it was a very well constructed Musical comedy. “My friend drug me to the play, but when I went to it Friday night, I really enjoyed seeing it. It was really entertaining and the acting was extremely good,” said UW-L sophomore, Nick Wuensch. If you’re in need of entertainment, it is extremely exciting, enthralling, and humerous, well worth the small fee. The play is showing at the Toland Theatre this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, tickets can be purchased in the box office at the Performing Arts Center on campus. The student price is five dollars with a student I.D.

“The Student Association recommends that The Racquet send a representative to the Diversity Organization Coalition and/or the Campus Climate Council meetings in order to more accurately represent the diversities on our campus.” These recommendations were decided after much input by constituents affected by the “harmful” articles. The voting on the Resolution will take place at 6pm in the Port’O Call room of the Cartwright Center on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

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Thursday, march 1, 2012

Coming together over coffee International coffee hour discusses disability

By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

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Spoken word artist, Asia, woos the crowd of Relay For Life with his poems about love and life. Guitar crescendos accompany intense moments in stories about beauty, his father and overcoming cancer himself. He also had more light hearted anecdotes including the crowd favorite, “I wanna love you like the 90’s” complete with history lesson, 143.

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Last Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 4-5 p.m. in the Hall of Nations, the Office of International Education put on a talk about disability awareness. There was a panel of four students from different backgrounds and countries that helped answer questions about disability awareness, and what is being done to help those who may have a disability. Students Arpan from India, Carly from the U.S., Loic from France, and Amanda from the U.S. all participated in the panel and gave their expertise on this topic. Public accessibility was the most prominent issue addressed by the panel. Carly, vice president of Students Advocating Potential Ability (SAPA) talked about the recent laws that have been passed for people with physical disabilities. Newer buildings are being built to have accessible ways for those with a disability to use it. People that are in wheelchairs will often need an elevator or some way to ascend to the second and third floors of a building. Centennial Hall is perfect and accessibly friendly. Older buildings however, are not up to code or accessible to those with a disability. “Some students who use wheelchairs on campus cannot get into some of the residence halls. Laux Hall is completely inaccessible because there are stairs leading up to the doorway,” said Carly. This was just one example of how older buildings are not subjected to helping improve the accessibility issue. Loic added that “in France, the government only forces the public buildings to have accessibility for disabled people. Schools don’t have to be accessible for disabled people.” India follows a similar format as that of France; in most of their public buildings they have to be accessible to those who are disabled, but schools and other

buildings are not required to be accessible for the disabled. During this talk, the question was raised about where people with disabilities go to school if the school does not have to be accessible. “In France, they implemented special schools. It’s a kind of sad thing. You can apply to a normal school, but the school does not have to accept your disability if

Disability awareness is more than just building elevators and ramps into public buildings. they cannot provide for it. They have the right to refuse the child,” said Loic. Arpan mentioned that India had a similar deal. Each case that was presented before the panel, whether it was India, France or the U.S., boiled down to what the government thought was best for the given individual and the given situation. This 51-minute discussion covered more than just public accessibility. The members of the panel dove deep into whether or not mental health issues were recognized in different countries, the different stigmas that faced each country in regards to people with disabilities, and how these were all being handled. Disability awareness is more than just building elevators and ramps into public buildings. It is about telling others what is going on in the world and how we can stop the stigmas. All too often, as a society, we forget to look around and see what is truly happening in the world. It’s time to take a step back and realize that there is more than meets the eye. Maybe we can start becoming more aware of people with disabilities right here on campus and by helping the members of this panel spread the word. It’s your call; make it count.

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The push to go paperless By Ashley Reynolds Staff Reporter

In an effort to become a greener, more environmentally friendly campus, UW-La Crosse is transitioning into becoming a paperless campus. Yes, that’s right, like it or not D2L is going to be around for years to come.

On the other hand, one can’t help but recognize the benefits of going paperless. Overall, it is better for the environment and helps reduce the carbon footprint laid down by UW-L. When pondering on this topic and my views on it, I began to wonder how my fellow students here at UW-L feel about our progressively paperless enterprise. Being a writer, I have my own bias and preference for printed works, but seeing as we are all students we all know the struggles and irritations that come with forms of paperless assignment/ reading methods such as email and D2L. “Most of my teachers are switching to paperless options and I am not a big fan. I don’t like staring at a computer for hours at a time. I like the paper options much better,” says Emily Groh. She is not the only one who is not fond of the eye pains and headaches associated with focusing on words on a computer screen for long periods of time. In fact, I have noticed, almost every other student I know (including myself) dislikes this just as much as the next person. The physical stress caused by these methods is enough to detest them overall, not to mention the constant worry that your computer will crash or the wireless Internet will fail (as it so often does) at the last minute when you need it most. On the other hand, one can’t help but recognize the benefits of going paperless. Overall, it is better for the environment and helps reduce the carbon footprint laid down by UW-L. Or does it? I can’t help but wonder how much this approach is really accomplishing

and if it even balances out the other environmentally unfriendly things we tend to do. “I have noticed the teachers like to use D2L and I don’t like it, but I do notice an effort. But its not much of an effort when they have us print off slides up to 20 some pages,” says Nate LaCoursiere when asked if he notices an effort and/or a difference made by the faculty. He has an excellent point, why use D2L if the only reason you use it is to get students to print more? This seems quite contradictory to the initial purpose of D2L. That being said, I almost feel that this approach of going paperless is not the most effective to becoming a “green” campus and we, as a campus, should maybe take a different one. “I think that going paperless is a good start, but in order to reduce our carbon footprint we need to also work on recycling better, including our bottles etc. we should also work to reduce trash around dinning and residence halls to have the full effect on greener living,” says Emily Albrecht. I, and I’m sure many of you, agree with Emily. Instead of just focusing on going paperless, which may be an impossible or at least extremely

“Most of my teachers are switching to paperless options and I am not a big fan. I don’t like staring at a computer for hours at a time. I like the paper options much better.” Emily Groh Student difficult approach, we as a student body and as individuals should look at the overall picture and change our lifestyles accordingly. Keeping that in mind, I commend the faculty and staff of UW-L for taking the first steps to a greener life and advising that we all comply with the best of our ability and take our own steps to a more environmentally friendly life. After all, we owe it to ourselves, and our future generations to keep our Earth healthy and happy. Lets start here at UW-L and let it be one of the many lessons we take with us into our lives.

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The UW-L no spin zone, brought to you by The Racquet’s editors -OTRElevators are not only for the disabled or people on crutches. Yes, they do help those who need it but please stop looking at me like I’m a terrible person when my able body gets on the elevator. Its 8:50, I’m not awake, and quite frankly just because you’re a fitness major doesn’t mean my fat ass has to walk up three flights of stairs. Thanks. -OTRCats are a truly discriminated domestic species. America has turned into a dog loving society, where most average American families are pictured with at least one canine animal. Why is this? Dogs are slobbery, rough, and bite. It’s not unheard of to hear of a dog biting a child or

neighbor and causing some sort of lawsuit. Cats, on the other hand, curl up in your lap, purr, and bat their eyes at you. SO cute. Next time you’re at the pet store, go take a look at the kittens. Nothing will warm your heart more than seeing them rolled up in a ball or playing with some catnip! -OTRAnyone who says they don’t creep on facebook is a liar. Let’s all take a step back and be honest with ourselves. Your ex just got a new significant other? Creep on it. Your roomate posted pictures of her new hook up? Creep on it. That drunk guy at Bothers “poked” you? Creep on it.




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Did you know that around 413 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) has been generated in America? (Arsova, Lijupka et al., The State of Garbage in America, 2012) Scary thought, right? These statistics were recorded in 2008 and between 2006 and 2008, the MSW generated increased by 25 million tons! If this rate continued, in 2012 we would be at a whopping 463 million tons of MSW! (Arsova, Lijupka et al., The State of Garbage in America, 2012) That is a ton! As you can see, this is a huge problem, but at UW-La Crosse ,becoming an environmentally friendly campus has been a major focus. To continue this focus and reduce our waste greatly, we should use reusable cups instead of paper cups in the dining areas on campus. Dining areas on campus, such as Trattoria and The Cellar sell plastic reusable to-go containers. When students purchase these containers, they do not have to pay the extra 10 cents to get a Styrofoam container togo. Although 10 cents is inexpensive, if the student uses the reusable container it pays for itself in money and environmental friendliness. The reusable cups would work in the same fashion. You can purchase the cup and use it at any of the dining services on campus, greatly reducing the amount of paper cups thrown away. Students who use this cup would also get a discount, it could be a 21 oz. rather than 16 oz. cup or the student could get a free refill in the 16 oz. cup. This idea also favors college students because the cups will not be that expensive and it will pay for itself over time, while also being very eco-friendly.

Satire: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. Now that the world knows the definition of what should be a part of everyday vocabulary, I feel that I can continue. It’s without much argument that this article should not have been put into print. However, to then classify the Racquet as a “joke” or “tabloid trash” is turning the satirical humor right back around on the student body themselves. Let’s go back in history a bit, shall we? The Pentagon Papers, an allusive array of documents surrounding the Vietnam war that found their way onto the front pages of the New York Times. Supposedly, confidential documents were plastered on the front page for anyone to read. Needless to say, there was an uproar in the Johnson administration. Just last week, ESPN published on their website a headline that alluded to a racial slur referring to Jeremy Lin: “Chink in the armor.” With realizing that this could be seen as a ridiculing remark towards Lin’s Asian American culture, the writer was fired, and there was an uproar throughout society. This is what media does. They cause controversy and commotion throughout the masses. Sometimes this is put forth intentionally and sometimes not. Whatever the reason for The Racquet publishing this article it was a decision that they made as a team and published. If they had foreseen the impact it would have had on the campus community I’m more than positive that they would have refrained from publishing. But, mistakes happen. Let’s all cut them some slack. We are all a part of this campus and should be fighting for each other not against one another

As a student and member of the UW-La Crosse community, it was quite upsetting to see how much damage was done to the Drake Resident Hall after the fire. What was even more upsetting though was discovering that neither Drake Hall nor most of the other dorms on campus are equipped with sprinkler systems. In a letter to the students and faculty, the Chancellor addressed the lack of sprinkler systems in the dorms. He said that the reason not all dorms have sprinkler systems is that current building codes don’t require them to be installed in old buildings. Although it?s not a legal requirement, the absence of sprinkler systems in dorms is an issue that people of the UW-L community should be concerned with because it deals with the safety of many UW-L students. Thankfully, the university realizes that the lack of sprinkler systems is an issue, especially after the Drake fire and because of that plans are in place for installing sprinkler systems while renovating the dorms. It’s understandable that the University will save money by waiting until dorms are being renovated to install sprinkler systems, but the time it will take to renovate the dorms could be dangerously long. Instead of focusing on building a new Cowley Science Building and Student Center, the Universitity’s next construction priority should be renovating the dorms. The fire that took place in Drake Hall should be seen as a wakeup call to how damaging a fire can be, and because of that, the universities next construction project should be renovating the dorms and installing sprinkler systems to ensure the safety of its students.


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I’m writing this because while reading an article in the March 2012 edition of the magazine “Seventeen”, I came across a thought-provoking statement. It made me question a stereotype that I’ve essentially grown up believing as fact. “When people constantly tell you that your life is ruined, you start to feel like it’s true.” Gaby Rodriguez said this in her article “I faked my pregnancy.” She clearly saw how pregnant teenagers are stereotyped. Once pregnant, their lives are “ruined,” meaning that they won’t complete schooling and will live a life of poverty; constantly being told this leads girls to believe this as reality and to fall into that exact situation. This is called the “self-fulfilling prophecy.” Pregnant teenagers should be supported, not discouraged. These girls are still able to contribute to society, so why steal that ability from them by harmfully stereotyping how the rest of their lives will unfold? We should all want these girls to succeed despite stereotypes (that we can fight), so that they can support themselves and their future family. This avoids the need for others, including you someday after graduation with your taxes, to support them. You can fight this stereotype and its consequences by treating any pregnant teenage girl you know personally, or even one you simply see while walking on campus, as she should be treated. Treat her like any other girl. If she’s a stranger, don’t stare at her stomach in disgust. Knowing the girl personally as her friend, family member, or associate, allows you to do more. For example, you can encourage her to continue her schooling as normal. If you’re unsure of how to act or what to say, just follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated.


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Finding your meaningful career By Oliva Mercer Senior Reporter

It’s about that time. While yes, spring break is also rapidly approaching and one of the more anticipated times of the semester, that, sadly, is not what I’m referring to. Instead, I am referencing mid semester, which also means, the deadline for any major/minor changes or declarations. The school aspect of college, for some of you, may be the most dreaded and sometimes, most disregarded, part of college. It is important, as a student pursing a a potentially life fulfilling career path, that you assess your likes and dislikes about each individual class in order to either reassure yourself that you are, in fact, travelling down the proper career class. Or, it can also help those of you undecided majors get closer to declaring a major in which you will enjoy.

It is important, as a student pursuing a potentially life fulfilling career path that you assess your likes and dislikes... These resources can be beneficial for both declared or undecided, at UW-La Crosse, each student is individually assigned to an advisor. As a psychology major, before I am able to register for classes it is a requirement that I meet with an advisor before I do so. On a personal level, I find this requirement to be more of a helpful thing than a hassle. It grants me the ability to freely ask any questions I need to. Also, it enables my advisor to showcase courses that are in my best interest. Students with an undeclared major are also assigned to an advisor. These advisers have a goal, though, have a goal to direct these students through their general education majors and then down the proper career/education path. Sometimes, though, with the new day and age of technology and the ease of the internet, students may

find it more accessible to search for majors and minors online. UWL provides “Career Services”, also known as “Academic Advising,” right on the UWL website: www. It grants students the ability to freely surf through website. But, for the undeclared, or even declared majors who are questioning their choice, the “What can I do with this major...?” portion of the page will hopefully be able to answer a majority of questions. If surfing the Internet is not for you, I encourage you all to stop by the Career Services office on campus. Their office is located in Centennial Hall, suite 1140. By making a face to face meeting, you are enabling yourself to ask as

But, sometimes, finding the correct career is all about trial and error. At times, all it takes is one simple college course to entirely change an individual’s mind about their area of study. specific of questions as you can, unlike the Internet which generally only answers the vague, and most frequently asked questions. They are a service for us students on campus designed to help students make the best choices and an individual level. Their motto is as follows: “Our mission is to help students find a meaningful career. We can assist students in determining their career goals, gaining internship experience relevant to their major and in developing a job campaign strategy. Our goal is to help students choose a meaningful career that reflects their values, interests and abilities.” But, sometimes, finding the correct career is all about trial and error. At times, all it takes is one, simple college course to entirely change and individual’s mind about their area of study. Thus, I encourage you all to enroll in classes that could potentially interest you, and further assess your likes and dislikes towards that area of study after. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find most interesting.

Is true love dead? By Robert Guanky Associate Reporter

It is no secret that divorce in this country hits half of the marriages that are made. As someone who’s heard the traditional vows, “for better or for worse,” I often wonder how many couples mean that before they approach on a justice of the peace, priest or officiator of the ceremony. Recently, I was listening to a song by former American Idol contestant Chris Medina called “What are Words?” The first two lines of the chorus are as follows, “What are words if you really don’t mean them when you say them? What are words if there only for the good times, then that’s all?” He goes on to sing about his fiancée, who was severely injured in a car accident, and is still recovering. Yet, instead of choosing to leave, Chris has chosen to stay by her side. They are still together to this day. Though they have not yet married, they are engaged. To me, this is a

It is no secret that divorce in this country hits half of the marriages that are made. living testament, at least to me, of what it means to truly love someone, “for better or for worse.” Why? In spite of the enormous odds against Chris’ fiancée’s recovery, in spite of all the physical, emotional and psychological trauma that had no doubt affected everyone, a choice was made by love to endure. Now, whenever I hear people use the word “love”, it personally seems to me,

at least sometimes, that it’s used in an arbitrary or trivial manner. Funny thing is, in ancient Hebrew and Greek, as well as the modern versions, there is more than one word for love. Translated, all the different words are love in the English language, but the meanings are very different. For example, Eros, is the Greek word for love from which we get erotic. Phileo, is the Greek word for love that means, “tender affection”, or what many people would call, “loving our families as we traditionally to, or caring about a friend as if they were family. But the most potent word in Greek for love, is Agape. This word is found in such texts as the

Do people in this world , let alone America, understand what it means when they say, “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part? wedding Scripture of 1 Corinthians 13. It is a favorite passage at ceremonies because it speaks of a love that is selfless, self sacrificing, and unconditional. I must admit that as a single man, I myself have been tinged with cynicism regarding such beliefs, due to past history. Does that mean I think true love is dead? Not really. But I’d be lying to everyone if I said that I think it’s easy to find. I think that men and women can find true love in today’s society. The question that remains, is that do people in this world, let alone America, understand what it means when they say, “for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part?” That’s all I’m asking.

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The stolen valor act goes to far According to an article that appeared in the USA Today on Thursday February 23, the U.S. Supreem Court has recently been divided on whether or not the 2006 law directed at trying to prevent false claims about recieving military medals is constitutional. While a decision is unlikely before June the issue has some citizens concerned. One UW-La Crosse student has weighed in with a view that has been shared by many. Namely that this law establishes a dangerous precident. If lieing about this can be punishable by law, what comes next? Cartoon courtesy of Avery Velo


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Legendary coach Pein retiring after 30 years By Mackenzie Hautala Staff Reporter

Named Women’s Coach of the Year, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s swimming & diving coach, Rich Pein, is retiring after 30 years. Pein has had a very successful career at UW-L, which includes holding the women’s swimming and diving team’s third Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAC) conference championship title for the past five seasons, and many of the student athletes receiving various honors. When asked about receiving the Coach of the Year award, Pein said, “The best part was having my long-time Diving Coach, Barry Schockmel, come out to receive the award with me.” Pein has been very pleased with Schockmel’s contributions that he has made over his tenure as head coach. Pein could not have done it all alone; it has been due to “great kids who want to perform at a higher level, a supportive administration, and great assistant coaches, such as Anne

Jopke, Alex Kultgen, Nick Kuffel, Brianna Peyer, Corey Mukai, and, especially, Barry Schockmel that has made our team so successful.” In addition, he credits the great

“The relationships that I have formed with athletes, students, and colleagues have been my favorite aspect of the position.” Rich Pein UW-L former Women’s Swim and Dive coach University that attracts goal-oriented athletes. He wants to credit the academic strength of the University and the quality of the faculty and staff, which has been the swimming & diving teams’ most important asset. As Pein recalls his time as head coach, he cannot pinpoint one specific memorable moment. Pein explains, “It is impossible to

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pinpoint one moment because it would be an injustice to all of the others.” However, Pein says that “the relationships that I have formed with athletes, students, and colleagues have been my favorite aspect Pein of the position.” “We have an incomparable ESS department and Athletic Program, in which the staff has had a willingness to share their expertise with me.” Through all of his experiences, Pein leaves some advice to the next coach: “Treat the swimmers and divers as human beings that have needs, desires, and obligation outside the swimming pool.” In doing so, Pein has created himself as a legendary coach that has reached outstanding accomplishments with the UW-L men and women’s swimming and diving teams.

Our Men’s Track and Field Team for winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WIAC) Championship for the 11th time in a row! Junior Isaac Vazquez for breaking a 22-yearold WIAC indoor triple jump record!

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Backpacking the Ozarks March 10 - 17 2012 Courtesy Hannahrose Rand

The UW-L Eagles defied gravity while competing against the Winona State University Warriors during the annual ‘Power in Pink’ gymnastics meet to raise breast cancer awareness at Mitchell Hall last Friday, February 24.


$425 Escape the freezing temps of the blustery Wisconsin spring and join the Outdoor Connection at an incredible backpacking destination as we do a multiday hike on the Ozark Highlands Trail in the Ozark Mountains of the Ouichita National Forest. We’ll finish the trip off at Hot Springs National Park which includes a day chillin’ out in the natural hot spring pools at the historic Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Price includes transportation, meals, camping & 2-nights of hotel accommodation, gear, guides, and park & bathhouse fees.

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Women’s Club Volleyball Men’s Track and Field Softball Men’s Track and Field Women’s Track and Field Women’s Gymnastics Men’s Tennis Softball Men’s Volleyball Baseball


‘Playdate’ at UW-Madison Invitational at Augsburg College (Minn.) (DH) at Pointer Last Chance Meet at Pointer Qualifier at WIAC Championship/NCGA West Regionals vs St. Olaf College (Minn.) vs Hamline University (Minn.) (DH) vs Marquette vs University of St. Thomas (Minn.) (DH)


Mitchell Hall Gyms 112-114 & REC Court 6 Madison, WI Minneapolis, MN (Augsburg Dome) Stevens Point, WI Stevens Point, WI Eau Claire, WI Owatonna, MN Minneapolis, MN (Augsburg Dome) UW-L REC Court 6 Minneapolis, MN (Metrodome)


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Baseball season is almost here By Caleb Brown Viewpoint Editor

A great deal has happened since the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last October 28. It definitely has been an eventful offseason. But now all the players have reported for spring workouts and the first spring training games are only a few days away. This is a great time of year for baseball fans everywhere. The winter was pretty much a waste anyway so bring on spring! Only 33 days till the first pitch of the 2012 season. Its a new season and anything can happen. But before the summer action heats up, lets take a look back at what happened this offseason.

But arguably the biggest news across all of Major League Baseball is the exoneration of the 2011 National League MVP and Brewers ‘ left fielder Ryan Braun. The Florida Marlins have undergone a serious makeover. Not only did they change uniforms and add a few new faces, like Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, but they enter the 2012 season as the Miami Marlins with a brand new stadium. Moving a bit closer to home the Cardinal lost their manger Tony La Russa and arguable one of the best players in the game with Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels. Speaking of which, the Angles went out and added a decent arm to their starting rotation with C.J. Wilson. These changes have a lot of buzz going around the AL West about who

will be the contenders come September. And let us not forget about all the things that have been going on right here in Wisconsin. Silver Slugger Prince Fielder got the payday he wanted by signing with the Detroit Tigers on a nine year $214 million contract. For their part the Brewers made up for it by signing a Aramis Ramirez from the rival Chicago Cubs. Add to that the veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez, and up and coming first basemen Mat Gamel and Milwaukee has practically a brand new infield. In fact the only returning player will be Rickie Weeks at second base. Add to that the signing of Francisco Rodriguez, K-Rod, to lock down the eighth inning in front of closer John Axford and the Brewers look to be a strong presence in the NL Central again this year. But arguable the biggest news across all of Major League Baseball is the exoneration of the 2011 National League MVP and Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun. Going all the way back to October, Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. The appeal process lasted until February 23 when Braun became the first player in the history of the MLB drug testing policy to win an appeal of a positive test result. Which is really good news if you are a Brewers fan. If he had not won the appeal Braun was looking at a 50 game suspension. Considering the loss of Prince Fielder that would have given the Crew a tough road through the first third of the season as they try to defend their divisional title. As it stands now, things are looking pretty good. All of this is adding up to produce what should be another year of great baseball. April 4 can’t come fast enough.

The Racquet talks to Jared Ponce about intramural sports Q: What intramurals have you participated in? A: I’ve participated in football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and dodgeball. Q: What is your favorite sport? Why? A: I’ve been playing soccer ever since I could remember, and I’ve been playing competitive soccer since the 5th grade. Since my life is consumed with school, I don’t get many chances to play competitive soccer anymore. That’s why I play intramurals. Although it’s not the same, it’s organized, very competitive, and it’s a chance to get together with friends that equally enjoy the sport.

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Q: What’s the best part of participating in an intramural sport? A: The t-shirt, hands down. It doesn’t matter what your record is, who’s on your team, or how much homework you didn’t get done that week. All that matters is whether or not you get that UW-L Intramural Championship t-shirt. Q: Are you meeting new people or just participating with friends? A: A little of both, I’ve played on plenty of teams. Some with friends, some with strangers and I can say I’ve met quite a bit of people just from playing. Q: What type of commitment does playing in an intramural involve? A: None at all, although I make it a point to show up to every game. If something comes up it’s not hard for my captain to find someone to fill in for me. Q: How competitive do your games get? A: Pretty competitive, everyone has that same initial goal; get-that-t-shirt. Q: What do you think about the level of competitiveness throughout the league? A: It’s pretty high, some teams are better then others, but it’s a rare occasion that you’ll show up to a game thinking you’ll blow out the other team. Q: What is the level of sportsmanship in you games? How do you feel about it? A: It’s pretty good, yeah there are some students out there that could tone up their sportsmanship, but at times I feel like all students could be better sports about the game. Q: Are there limits to the amount you can participate? A: Yes, students are only limited to one team per division. For example, I can only be on one men’s team, and one corec team, not two men’s team or two corec teams. Q: How do you feel about the restrictions? A: It’s understandable. Q: How much do you have to pay for being on the team? A: It’s usually between 3-5 dollars. Q: Do you think you get your moneys’ worth? A: Of course, it’s a good work out and it’s a good change of pace for the weekends, especially when you’re trying to work off all that grease from a late night trip to Polito’s after the bars close. Q: Would you do it again? A: I’ll be participating in intramurals until I graduate, even if I’m a grad student here at UW-L , I’ll still be looking to get a team together.


Q: What advice would you give to people who are thinking about joining? A: Find some friends that enjoy the sport just as much as you do, if not more, sign up and make a team!

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