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Are you covered? By Gretchen Zishka Senior Reporter

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National Coming Out Day motivates members of the community and university to promote equal rights as they begin to walk on a silent protest on Saturday, Oct. 15. in downtown La Crosse.

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La Crosse occupied By Nick Kammers Campus Editor

With signs and heads held high, La Crosse citizens of all ages marched the streets of the city in support of the ‘Occupy’ movement, and in protest of the direction of our country. Protests that have reached all over the world, from Rome, to Cape Town, to New York City, finally found their way to La Crosse on Saturday, Oct. 15, on the movement’s “Global Day of Action.” Protesters referred to themselves as “the 99 percent”, in reference to the 1 percent of Americans that control around 40 percent of the nation’s overall wealth (the actual percentage of wealth varies from source to source). Global citizens are mad and are taking to the streets to protest corporate greed, economic disparity and the influence money has on governmental policies. Mobilizing in Cameron Park, the protests coincided with the fourth year of an LGBT march. While ostensibly for different causes, both events come from a similar root cause: an attempt to create awareness due to a lack of perceived respect. “I feel it’s a great injustice that the people who caused this economic catastrophe went unpunished,” said Iraq war veteran Larry Wopat. “A small number of people are making exponentially more money, but for most, costs are out of control. We need to get money out of politics and have policy influenced by the majority.” There is no one single thing that has driven the protestors to this point. “It’s an accumulation of things,” said La Crosse resident Brie Breckel. “The foundation of the protests is what we want our society to be. Do we want the resources that make our country great to be taken from us and then sold back to us for more than we are making?” Breckel saw a correlation between these protests and the ones that rocked the state capital during the budget crisis. “It’s very connected towards the Madison protests. These deal with a larger picture while 231 & 232 Cartwright Center 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601

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“We are not going to watch as corporations turn this country into a plutocracy.”

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Emily Faith Protestor Madison was just the tipping point,” said Breckel. Bill Motzel, a La Crosse alumnus from the early nineties and owner of Sigma benefits, helped facilitate this event. “We saw posts on the Occupy site and started working together. This thing came together organically. No one is in charge; we are all just happy to help,” said Motzel. Motzel’s reasons for joining the protests are more personal than some of the protesters. “I’ve been battling an improper city foreclosure for two years. The government attempted to take my home illegally. I’ve kept it so far, but it has destroyed my credit.” He was joined in the protests by several of his children. These protests have become a hot news item in recent weeks, but not all protesters feel as if they have been covered fairly. “It took a while to get through to the mainstream media,” said Motzel. “The mainstream media has an interest not seeing this happen. The only solution is to make enough noise so they can’t ignore you. More people feel this way than you realize.” Wopat agreed and said, “I feel that corporate media, particularly CNN and Fox, haven’t covered it well.” Most criticism of the movement has come in the form of questioning their overall objective, saying that it lacks a specific agenda for protesting. “We are raising awareness. We are protesting corporate greed, inequality, and want campaign finance reform,” said Emily Faith, another facilitator of the protests. “We Please see OCCUPY page 5

The archetype of the poor college student, many find, is an unfortunate truth. But there is one thing more students can now afford: health care. This is thanks to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. This act was controversial, but a National Institute of Health study released in late September showed that it has been beneficial to the student population. The act allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26, and this small part of it alone has allowed 1 million more people in the U.S. ages 19-25 to have health care coverage. In 2010 before the act’s passage, 66.1 percent of people in that age group had health care coverage, but as of March 31, 2011, 69.6 percent now do, said Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary for Health and Human Services.

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During the protests, displays like this, helped protestors express their upset during Occupy La Crosse.

Word of the Week OCCUPY Definition: to engage or employ the attention or concentration of The honey badger occupies himself by hunting.


The Safe Ride Bus System gives option for students that does not involve drunkenly stumbling back to your dorm at 3 a.m. or dangerously jumping behind the wheel to drive back to your apartment. It is available to all UW-La Crosse and Viterbo students as well as all residents of La Crosse. The bus stops are not difficult to seek out and are sufficiently abundant. All one needs to look for is the silver and maroon colored “Safe Ride” signs. These can be found throughout the UW-L campus, 8th, 9th, Market, State and La Crosse streets, in addition to many other venues around the city. The main stop for the Safe Ride is the parking ramp on 3rd Street, downtown. Since the buses circulate to each stop about every 15 minutes, people may be assured that they will not have to wait very long to arrive home. This service is implemented only during prime drinking nights, which was determined to be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. While typically the bus rotation is 15 minutes, it becomes more frequent as the night progresses, shortening to as little as five-minute intervals during bar hours. “Bar hours begin around 2 a.m., when people tend to need to use this system the most. To accommodate the public, we begin to stop at the designated areas every five minutes starting at 2 a.m. on Thursday and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday,” said night supervisor Jim Krueger. According to Krueger, one of the most popular pick-up points is Chuck’s, a local area bar located on La Crosse Street. A standard night for Krueger involves ensuring that procedures run smoothly. “I’m here at the beginning of the night to give drivers information on any construction and closures that may affect our routes. I’m then

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Public Library receives cuts By Julie Schneider City Editor

Rows upon rows and stacks upon stacks of books, as well as other valuable materials, are offered by the La Crosse Public Library located on Main Street, on the banks of the downtown La Crosse area. But the public library is faced with having to cut back on hours as well positions due to a large reduction in state revenue that is not only affecting the library, but all other city departments as well. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the library will be implementing a schedule change in their hours of operation. On Mondays through Thursdays, the library will close at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. Kelly Krieg-Sigman, the director of the main public library, described the uniqueness of the public library and said that it holds a full archives department at the main branch and has two additional full service branches in addition to the main library. No other city of comparable size in the state has that same situation. The archives department will experience a change in that it will close at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 1. “The bright side of all these changes is that on Fridays, beginning Jan. 1, the library will stay open until 6 p.m., which has been in

high demand,” said Krieg-Sigman. Because of the dramatic reductions of the state revenue, the library is trying to figure out how to balance bringing in new material and having to lay off employers due to their budget going from $5.1 million to $4.7 million in one year. “Libraries are all about access and we are being faced with the factor of having to reduce our access, and this negatively impacts someone at some point,” said KriegSigman. The budget and material reduction will impact all three library branches, but the hours will stay the same at the North and South branches. Krieg-Sigman thinks that the funding won’t return in the next two years; but by 2015, there will hopefully be relief presented. For now, a temporary solution that the library has come up with is hosting an event called Give a Gift on Nov. 11, 2011 at 4-7 p.m. at the Main Public Library, which is the same time that the local downtown area businesses kick off their sale promotions. “Over $10,000 worth of adult and children’s books will be available for people to purchase, which are great gift ideas for the holiday season,” said Krieg-Sigman “with the proceeds collected going directly to the library to try and provide the best materials for the community to use.” The event also includes appetizers and

“Libraries are all about access and we are being faced with the factor of having to reduce our access, and this negatively impacts someone at some point.” Kelly Krieg-Sigman Public Library Director spirits and anyone can attend, wearing anything from formal attire to jeans. Andie Forcey, a UW-L junior and a public library employee who works as a Reference Aide, explained that the reductions will not affect her directly, but she feels that it is unfortunate that the supply of materials coming into the library will have to be limited and reduced. “The archives department, which holds specific older materials involving La Crosse and family histories, will now close at 5 p.m. instead of 9 p.m,” said Forcey. “This really affects people being able to use those materials because those materials can’t leave the archives room, which really limits the availability.”

Campus offers legal help Why pay for something when you can get it for free? By Krista Martin Associate Reporter

Attention students: Do you currently have any landlord-tenant issues? Maybe you unluckily received a drinking ticket last weekend? Perhaps you had the misfortune of being caught in a minor car accident yesterday? If you feel as if you have no place to go for advice on how to deal with any of these complications, or you think that a lawyer is out of the question and budget, you would be wrong. Located at Graff Main Hall 149 is the Student Life Office, where students are able to walk in and make an appointment to speak with a campus attorney who is willing to give advice for an array of dilemmas. A major bonus to this service is that it is completely free, since it is funded by the students, for the students. This unexpected and useful service has been available to students for well over 20 years. “I began working for UW-L in 1996, but I remember there being a similar setup when I was a student in Milwaukee long before I began my career here,” said attorney Mark Huesmann. “I encourage students to utilize this opportunity if any legal problems arise.”

Although there is an abundance of distinct controversies brought to the attention of campus attorneys, the most common seems to be living situation predicaments. “I see a lot of young adults dealing with tenant and roommate problems. The majority of it has to do with security deposits or rent, which is why I often advise people to be very cautious about getting into a lease relationship with others, especially if there was not a prior

“They might as well take advantage of this service considering it is free.” Mark Huesmann Attorney

friendship beforehand,” said Huesmann. The process of gaining legal advice from an attorney is quite simple, and appointments generally last about 15 minutes. The student is asked to give background information on the matter, and the lawyer will give him or her advice accordingly. With drinking tickets, that often means that the student will

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go through a court process and is advised to do so in a responsible way, to avoid any additional difficulty. Of course, the guidance may vary greatly from case to case. While this campus courtesy can prove very advantageous for UW-L students, it is strictly for advising purposes only, if a student does not have means to hire a lawyer privately. That option is attainable for those who wish to be represented in circuit or municipal court, but fees would inevitably be implicated. So yes, legal advice is offered while free representation is not, but that certainly does not mean a person in a bind should not seek consultation, even if it seems as if it would be unhelpful. “I strongly recommend to students to make an appointment to speak with me when it is appropriate. They might as well take advantage of this service considering that it is free, and the tips that I offer to them may help the situations considerably,” said Huesmann. So, just remember that if ever there comes a time when you are caught in a legal predicament, there are people right here on your campus ready and willing to assist you. This just goes to show that there are many hidden yet invaluable resources very close by, so seek them out and take advantage of them; it could save you a whole lot of distress.

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But on a UW-La Crosse level, this gain in coverage for college-age people hasn’t created much change. The Student Health Center’s director, Dr. Brian Allen, said, “Coverage for students at UW-L hasn’t changed much [since the bill’s passage,] but there’s been an increase in Western Technical College students with coverage.” This may be because WTC has more students not classed as dependents on their parents’ taxes, a condition for providing health care to those over 18 on some family plans before the reform was passed, or because students at UW-L are simply more likely to already be insured. At UW-L, medical care at the Student Health Center is largely covered by student tuition and fees, although a charge for some tests, medications and supplies may be added to one’s student bill. “This lowers our overhead by about 30 percent because by not billing insurance companies, we save on administrative costs,” said Allen. Having a health insurance plan isn’t required for students, but they are strongly encouraged to obtain insurance, since any care the health center can’t do must then be paid out of pocket. “I think it’s important that all our students have health insurance, because you never know when an accident will happen,” said Chancellor Joe Gow. An insurance plan can also be bought through Student Assurance for UW-L students who aren’t on their family’s plan. “This plan pools UW-L students with students from all of the other UW schools except Madison and Milwaukee to keep premiums low,” said Allen. This works by allowing the members of the pool, in this case schools which join together, to have greater clout and buying power than they would have individually. Greater buying power shifts the balance of power toward the buyer of the insurance and can thus create lower premiums. This is the idea behind requiring all individuals nationwide to have insurance as well, creating larger insurance pools. Though they may be living on ramen noodles, students able to stay on their families’ insurance plans at least have one less thing to worry about.     


3.5 percent: Increase of insured young people in the year since the act was passed.

$1,485/year: Cost of a Student Assurance plan.

1 million: Increase in number of insured people ages 19-25.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Turn your head and cough Inside the physician assistant program

By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

The doctor’s office: It’s a place that’s sterile and smells sour. There’s always a sick kid sitting next to you as you fill out your paperwork. Coughing, sneezing and red, puffy eyes are all around you. Within 20 minutes you are taken back for your exam. Who does this for you? Not your doctor; it’s the physician assistant. One might inquire as to why this is a big deal. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, “The supply of physicians will be unable to keep pace with the forecasted increase in demand. A shortage of 124,000 physicians is expected by 2025.” With this major decrease in doctor care there are a few professions that can help. One of these important professions is the PA. Over 6,000 graduate students are studying all over the country to become PAs. Nineteen of those students are right here at UW-La Crosse. One of those individuals is first year physician assistant student, Kelli Ferber. A woman who is passionate about her future career and highly motivated to achieve

“The supply of physicians will be unable to keep pace with the forecasted increase in demand. A shortage of 124,000 physicians is expected by 2025.” Association of American Medical Colleges success, she wants to get the word out about this noble profession. “Physician assistants are health care professionals who are certified to practice medicine as part of a team with a physician. Each PA is able to examine, test and treat patients, prescribe medications, and give preventative care counseling under the supervision of a doctor. They provide high quality, team-based, patient-centered care and are able to help prevent chronic diseases,”

said Ferber. Sounds a lot like what a doctor does. But it’s more than just having a title. It’s about working with patients one-on-one and getting to know them and any illness they have. Being a PA is about caring for an individual. “PAs are the only health care providers educated and credentialed with a primary care focus regardless of the specialty in which they choose to work. PAs practice across all medical settings and specialties and bring a generalist perspective to the care they provide,” said Ferber. One may wonder what that all means. “This means they (PAs) can help identify warning signs and symptoms of chronic illnesses or other factors related to a patient’s ailment,” said Ferber. It may not be evident or of any concern to a natural bystander, but the PA could save your life one day. They are becoming more prominent in the doctor’s office, and you will encounter them. With everything they study and knowing how to tell how sick a person is, one should feel safe and secure in the hands of a PA.

Student Senate addresses fiscal concerns UW-L discusses possibility of new programs By Julia Van Susteren Associate Reporter

Many students attending four-year colleges are provided with many on-campus amenities. Specifically at UW-La Crosse, we enjoy benefits such as prestigious academic programs, on-campus commercial dining options such as Peet’s Coffee & Tea or Outtakes, the Student Health Center, and perhaps most famously, the REC. Additionally, La Crosse implements numerous policies and innovative programs that modernize and optimize the university. However, college students not only at La Crosse but in campuses around the country are increasingly questioning whether or not such services are beneficial in the longterm sense for the student body, financially speaking. Although UW-L, like the other UW System schools, is state-funded, student tuition has become the primary source of funding for the university. In the past year alone, students attending UW-L have had to pay a 5.5 percent increase in tuition, this being the maximum percentage a UW System university can increase its tuition each year. Hoang Vo, chief financial officer of the Student Association, explained further. “The student bill is composed of four main items: tuition, which pays for the operation of La Crosse University; segregated fees, which go towards supporting the community; Growth Quality and Access, which allow for Student Services; and academic initiative. As the university grows in students, so correlates the costs of providing resources for each student. Increasingly, the state is paying for these resources less and less, and this creates ever-growing financial burdens upon each student,” said Vo. For international students like Vo himself, he said, this creates “an even

larger financial burden, since we pay 30 percent more tuition than other students.” A heavily discussed topic in the Senate concerned the fine balance between the university’s fiscal issues concerning tuition and the implementation of new programs. This being said, the various resources provided to UW-L students couldn’t exist without the say of the student body. “We always try to run on an informative campaign that will allow for students and for the Student Senate to make the best choices possible for the students and for the university,” said Jason Krug, vice president the Senate. “Student Senate discusses regularly what we could do to get information to the student body that would allow for them, and for us, to make good decisions,” said Krug. As an excellent demonstration of this idea, one topic that has gained a lot of popularity among the student body in recent years is the university’s green initiative, such as the use of local foods in our dining programs. In the past, when a survey was taken by the student body concerning what improvements could be made to the dining system, 95 percent of students said that they would be in favor of local food options. Today, 20 percent of the food used within the university comes from local food sources found within the 225-mile radius of La Crosse. In the Whitney Dining Hall, 50 percent of the food comes from local sources, and there are many programs and events in Whitney that showcase local food options. Ellen Hildebrand, environmental sustainability director of the Senate, brought a speaker from the Fifth Season Food Co-op to the last Senate meeting to discuss the benefits of utilizing local foods at an institutional level, often citing the great success GundersonLutheran had with using local foods.“The great thing about using local foods, which,

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usually out, circulating around, and I’m there to provide supervision if a crowd starts to form at the bars.” A bonus perk to this public courtesy is that no student IDs are needed to board the bus, and it’s completely free. “I think it’s awesome that you don’t need to pay anything. You can go downtown without having to worry

about walking all the way back to campus or getting pulled over by the police,” said sophomore Eddie Rusboldt. The next time you are out on the town for a weekend, be prepared by knowing where the closest Safe Ride bus stop is. It’s a great resource for students and La Crosse residents by helping you keep free of a possible ticket as well as preventing potential loss of life for others or yourself.

In the past year alone, students attending UW-L have had a 5.5 percent increase in tuition.

by the way, are not necessarily organic, is that very often the cost towards the school ends up being less than it was when using nonlocal food sources," said Hildebrand As an example, Hildebrand cited UWOshkosh’s meal plan, which had implemented a similar plan several years ago, and has since paid drastically less than what it used to. “The response from the students right now is fantastic and shows a lot of promise for sustainable practices by the university in the future," said Hildebrand. The move toward environmental sustainability at UW-L has received a lot of positive feedback on campus. However, some programs, such as the Student Health Center or sports teams, have heard a negative response from students who would rather not pay the extra fees that fund these programs. “La Crosse students may have to pay extra to keep non-academic organizations running, but being that La Crosse is widely known to be a top-ranking university in the Midwest, I feel that the students here get more out of these organizations than simply the price put upon them. As a part of planning for their future, students should be involved in campus organizations,” said Krug. Concerning UW-L’s campus organizations, Hoang said, “The organizations are a part of what a student gets out of college. It looks good on a resume and a job application, and being involved is always a good way for any student to prepare for the future.”

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Sections of Centennial get named By Hannah Kepros Staff Reporter

This year, UW-La Crosse students have reaped the benefits of several campus renovations and new buildings on campus. Changes made include the new Centennial Hall, Eagle Hall and a completely refurbished sports stadium. UW-L is the second smallest campus in the UW System in terms of amount of acreage. Since our campus is small, we are attempting to focus on quality over quantity. Instead of having a large amount of acreage with numerous buildings, UW-L strives to make our small amount of space into a very sustainable area, Centennial Hall being the focus of our “green efforts.” The cost of building Centennial Hall was estimated at $44 million. $38 million was donated by the state, and $6 million was and will be raised through private donations and fundraisers. Private donations are well respected at UW-L; in fact, the donor is honored with his or her name displayed within the building. Everything—from the classrooms, to the auditoriums, to the name of the whole building—has the chance to be titled by individuals. Naming opportunities are based off the amount that is privately donated.   For example, a donor of $40,000 has the opportunity to name a classroom within the building. The price varies for each space, and this information can be found on UW-L’s website. One generous individual could have the honor of changing the hall’s name entirely.  The cost to rename Centennial Hall is estimated at $2 million. “We have a very generous donor who has made a gift of approximately $1.2 million,” said Chancellor Joe Gow.   “If that donor is willing to contribute an additional $800,000 we would be delighted to name the building in his honor.” Final approval of the name will have to be reviewed and accepted by UW Board of Regents. “Although many buildings on the UW-L campus were named without donations, the UW System Board of Regents now requires a gift to UW-L of at least $2 million if a person's name is to be put on a building,” said Gow. So what would be so special about specifically naming Centennial Hall? Simple answer: It is unlike any other building on campus. One of the main components of Centennial is that it was constructed to carry out a very “green” existence. The building was designed in a “C” shape to allow more exterior walls with more windows to eliminate as much artificial light as possible. The purpose is to capitalize on natural light to reduce the amount of electricity used per day. In addition to natural light, there is a hope to construct rain gardens on the roof to catch storm water runoff. Overall the hope is that the building with be more than 30 percent more energyefficient than the current State of Wisconsin Energy Code requires. UW-L students and staff should be very proud of our energyefficient addition—just don’t get too used to the name. “We will continue to use the name "Centennial Hall" until a donor makes a gift of at least $2 million,” said Gow. So as for now, “Centennial Hall” will remain.  It is with hope that a private donor will privilege UW-L, and in return we will dedicate, in their name, our campus’s most sustainable structure.


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From your living room to the theatre “The Farnsworth Invention” portrays the age of the television By Natalie Goodman Staff Reporter

It’s 1929. The roaring ‘20s are coming to a close, and Americans have no idea of the kind of economic hardship that lies ahead, with the stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression. Amidst all this social and political chaos, we find the kind of David and Goliath underdog story we love in America. In “The Farnsworth Invention,” UW-La Crosse’s latest theatre production, prodigious farm boy Philo Farnsworth takes on business mogul David Sarnoff in a furious race to invent one of the most influential technological innovations in recent history: the television. Written by Aaron Sorkin (creator of “The West Wing” and the Oscarwinning script for “The Social Network”), this mostly-true tale unfolds over a vibrant historical backdrop spanning several decades and thousands of miles. Many outside the realm of theatre don’t realize the kind of time and hard work putting on a play requires of everyone involved. The UW-L Theatre department holds auditions in the first week of school, and once the show has been cast, there are five weeks of rehearsal until opening. Rehearsals can be long and grueling, the time commitment equal to that of a parttime job. Design students and faculty work tirelessly throughout the rehearsal process to create the technical elements, including the set, costumes, hair and makeup, sound and lights. The management team takes care of the logistics, such as making schedules, recording blocking, running the callboard and calling the technical cues for the show. Most students are employed and are taking full course loads on top of their show obligations, so the life of a theatre major is a busy one. However, for

those driven to create, all the stress and late nights are worth it for the final product. If asked, most theatre students will tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way. Senior theatre majors Kevin Fanshaw and Austin Hernandez (playing Farnsworth and Sarnoff, respectively) head this ensemble production, narrating the story of each other’s lives, and occasionally cutting each other off to correct the other’s version of events.

“There’s this pressure to capture the essence of this real person, while at the same time making it your own.” Austin Hernandez Senior Theatre Major Sorkin’s word-heavy script is an immense challenge. “The hardest part was definitely the research,” said Hernandez. “This is such a heavy show with so much information. … I honestly had to look up about a quarter of the words. When you’re playing a character that really existed, there’s already this idea of who the person was. You can literally look up videos of him speaking. So there’s this pressure to capture the essence of this real person, while at the same time making it your own.” The show has a distinct postmodern flavor, with the leads’ breaking of the fourth wall to address the audience directly, backed by a constantly shifting backdrop provided by the supporting cast. Working in the ensemble of this show presents a unique challenge in that most of the actors play multiple roles

of varying ages and backgrounds. Because of time restrictions, drastic costume and makeup changes aren’t possible, so it is largely up to the actors to make distinctions in their individual portrayals. It is worth noting that many of the cast members are freshmen and new transfer students who have had to meet this trial by fire head-on. Freshman Lewis Youngren expressed his initial surprise at the intensity of theatre productions at the college level. “I went from having rehearsal maybe three nights a week to every single night. In high school, directors tell you how to move and speak the lines. This show required everyone to do research and bring their characters to rehearsal, and Mary (Leonard, director of “Farnsworth”) would guide us from there. It was a lot of fun, and (it) definitely was a growing experience,” said Youngren. After the curtain goes down and the house lights come up, the audience leaves the theatre with a sense of wonderment at the incredible things mankind can achieve. We in 2011 are so used to technology that it seems strange that something as commonplace as the television was met with vehement opposition. The story of these two men, who persevered in spite of doubt and hardship, is truly inspiring. “The Farnsworth Invention” reminds us of how far we’ve come and of all that’s left to discover. In the words of Philo Farnsworth, “We were made to be explorers.” If you want to see what all the talk is about the play performance dates are this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and this Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4 for UW-L students, $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and nonUW-L students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Toland Theater, Center for the Arts.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tick tock By Julie Schneider City Editor

The ticks and tocks have returned to the Clocktower after recent updates that occurred this past summer. The tower, a campus icon since 1996, is now using the Verdin Series III clock system, which includes upgrades to the master clock controller, the dials, hands, movements and the dial illumination. The need for the updates came as a result of the clock’s failure to accurately tell time on all four sides as well the clock’s extreme fading. Hank Klos, the director of the physical plant under the Facilities Management department, explained that the funding for the renovations came from the Facilities Planning and Management department as funded under the Division of Administration and Finance, in order to purchase the replacement equipment and fund the cost of labor for the repair project. The university spent roughly $19,000 to repair the Clocktower. The Clocktower has unique characteristics and a rich history. The tower houses a lantern, which symbolizes the “Hanging of the Lantern” tradition that started in the 1930s. The “Lighting of the ‘L’” is another longstanding tradition. Janet Hoeschler, a UW-La Crosse alumna, was the primary giver to allow the building of the Clocktower. Bob Hetzel, the vice chancellor for administration and finance, feels the Clocktower update was a necessity. “The university scheduled the project for the summer of 2011 so the clock would be in working order when Centennial Hall opened,” Hetzel said. “The Hoeschler Clocktower has been a campus icon for UW-L, and it’s an enduring symbol that’s recognized on campus and beyond by our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Helping our own


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More students seeking food pantry service By Johannes Kohrs Staff Reporter

This year, the amount of students receiving free food from the UW-La Crosse Food Pantry has increased by 52 percent compared to last year. During last year’s fall term 219 students signed up for the service whereas in this year’s spring semester 334 students were recorded. “I know how hard it can be to make ends meet when you’re in college,” Kristin Ammerman said in an interview last week. Ammerman, a therapeutic recreation and psychology major, works with four colleagues and two graduate student advisers to help fellow students in financial need. From Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. students can drop in, register and get free canned meals, vegetables, sauces, chips and more. “The soups are probably the most popular items, because they are the easiest to prepare,” Ammerman said. Labels on the food racks state how many items each student may take per day. The Food Pantry, which is hosted by the Leadership and Involvement Center located on Cartwright Center’s second floor, relies entirely on donated food. In general, the victuals are supplied largely by the La Crosse community and UW-L’s contracted food and dining company, Chartwells. “Nowadays, we have to get new food every month,” said Alie La Grange, an education major. Since the three years she has worked at the Food Pantry La Grange, Ammeman and their team have organized food drives through the La Crosse community to acquire donors and have established collaborations with the Catholic Newman Center and the Hunger Task Force in La Crosse. At last week’s Eagles game the UW-L Athletic department and the Involvement Center teamed up to raise food for the Food Pantry. Apart from these undertakings, students are able to donate meals from their meal plans at the “Share a

“We want to support our students who struggle. It is OK to need help.” Paula Knudson Dean of Students

Meal” events at the UW-L dining halls. Chartwells transfers the money worth in meals to the Food Pantry. “We have quite a lot of students who come in regularly. Overall, students seem to notice us more,” said La Grange. And a lot of students submit thank-you notes anonymously to express their gratitude: One note reads, “There are times when a college student hits rock bottom.” Another one states, “I live in a family of five teenagers and our dad is the only one who’s working.” “In today’s economic times almost everybody is affected by financial problems somehow, whether by himself or through his family and friends,” said Dean of Students Paula Knudson. “We want to support our students who struggle. It is OK to need help,” said Knudson. Hence, the Food Pantry service is made as “viable and accessible as possible.” “Independence, that’s what a lot of young, aspiring students at UW-L seek. We want to show that at UW-L we care about interdependence; we’re a community,” said Knudson. Since 2006 the Food Pantry has provided students with free food. On Nov. 1-3 the organization will host the Red Cross Blood Drive. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. students can donate plasma at Valhalla. Everybody who wants to donate food or money to the Food Pantry is invited to contact the Leadership and Involvement Center (785-6600).

are not going to watch as corporation turn this country into a plutocracy,” said Faith. In spite of dissatisfaction of the protestors, the event remained peaceful throughout, with many drivers honking in support. While the protestors did not get their request for a permit filed on time, they received police permission to exercise their right to assemble so long as they remained nonviolent.

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The food pantry on the second floor of Cartwright is maintained by the Student Leadership Team at UW-L and is available to anyone who is in need of food.

The protesters don’t know if their voices will be heard or if change will be enacted any time soon, and they don’t necessarily care. “We’ll stay here indefinitely,” said Faith. It doesn’t change the message they are trying to send. “I don’t care about our chances to create change,” said Motzel. “It’s the right thing to do. We are all here for different reasons, but everyone feels disenfranchised, and they are not going to sit down and take it.” The protests are expected to continue daily at Cameron Park.

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Spreading the love: Nobel Peace Prize 2011 Women recognized for work to advance safety, rights in peace-building process By Sarah Odden Staff Reporter

freedom of press, and eight months later she has shown no sign of wavering. It’s no wonder she is known to Yeminis as the “Iron Woman.” It is from her effort, along with others, that Yemen’s president has just finally announced he is stepping down= from power. Sirleaf, the President of Liberia and the first female head of state in an African country, was also awarded the prize. She has been acknowledged for giving her country the stability it needed in a time of turmoil following the second Liberian Civil War. Sirleaf was able to do her part in the peace-building process only because there were others who opened the door for her presidency by helping to bring an end to the war. Gbowee was one of these key people. She was awarded the Peace Prize for organizing a peace movement that was vital in ending the war. The Huffington Post reported that she mobilized women “across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia.” The Nobel Peace Prize should be taken for what it is. Although some criticize the importance of awards of this kind, these reminders that someone is fighting for the good does dilute the bad we hear, if only ever so much. Yet for their countries, this prize means so much more than just the warmhearted feeling we get from it. It means someone fought for the voiceless, the oppressed and the scared. These women helped initiate a lasting change, wonderful change, for millions of people.

In last week’s issue I wrote about the focus of our media’s attention, and what consequently our thoughts are made up of: the extreme. The extremes do not tend to be of the most heartwarming nature either, but rather, headlines concentrate on those working against the general good. However, every so often we do get reminders of those working for the greater good, and this month the Nobel Peace Prize has done just that. Recently the Peace Prize brought to us the positive press we need to outweigh all of the negative stories and images we see each day. The recipients remind us that amongst all of the ongoing conflicts and all of the people working to terrorize others, there are those working harder to bring about peace. Tawakul Karmen, of Yemen, shared the prize with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, both from Liberia. They were officially recognized for their fight for women’s safety and right to equal participation in the peace-building process. Karmen has been camped out in Change Square in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, since the start of the Arab Spring when a chain of mass protests swept the Middle East. Inspired by the struggle of Arabs in other countries across the region peacefully protesting their corrupt governments, Karmen has become “The Mother of the Revolution” in Yemen, demanding democracy. Along with that, she has vigilantly demanded women’s rights and

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I find that offensive By Caleb Brown Staff Reporter

Let’s face it. At some time or another we have all said things that might be at least a little bit inappropriate. It happens. But chances are, whatever it was that we said, we didn’t really mean it the way that someone else took it. I’m talking about stuff like when we might say “this is gay” or accusing someone of acting “retarded.” Sayings such as these can offend people. And nowadays, offending people is a political no-no. Usually these sorts of things fall under the term of “political correctness”—the idea that we should not do or say anything that others might find offensive. One of the problems with all this political correctness is that it is constantly changing. It changes at the whim of the groups concerned. We are only allowed to refer to groups of people in ways that satisfy them. If you slip up, God help you. (Sorry, I probably shouldn’t use the word “God.”) But even this wouldn’t be so bad. Nobody wants to be called names, and certain terms do carry with them a certain amount of cultural baggage. Whatever the case, we try to be politically correct in the name of tolerance or civility. We shouldn’t say these things because they are “intolerant” or “uncivil.” And as far as that goes, it’s a nice idea. Strictly speaking, all the words that can get you in trouble are unnecessary. The ironic part about this, however, is that in our tolerance we are really being intolerant. You are allowed to think and say what you want so long as nobody gets mad. I’m allowed to

be supportive and nice to people but not to voice a difference of opinion, particularly one they do not like. If I agree, I’m enlightened; if I disagree, depending on what I say, I’m a bigot. But the last time I checked, disagreeing or being a bigot is not against the law. We may not like people who behave in inappropriate ways, but the truth is that they have the right to be that way. So I say that the word bigot should be discouraged; by using it we might offend people who hold discriminatory attitudes. I probably do not have to point this out, but clearly the discouraging of the word bigot is absurd. But the point remains.

The ironic part about this, however, is that in our tolerance we are really being intolerant. As Americans we all enjoy the freedom of speech, and that right was extended for just such uses. Freedom of speech was not intended to protect our right to agree, but to disagree. Nobody is going to get mad if I agree with them. It is when I disagree that my speech needs protecting. The first amendment is all about granting people the right to disagree without fear of reprisal. So we may not like what some people have to say, but they have the right to say it. Our efforts to dissuade citizens from voicing unpopular opinions are only undermining that right. You never know, next time around it might be you who has the unpopular thing to say.

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THE OPEN FORUM UW-L Ranks #2 Kayla Lenz Student

I really enjoy seeing UW-L being recognized for being such a great institution. I am starting my fourth year here and UW-L and there is so much I love about this school. Not only are all the people I have met here great, but the classes are interesting and exciting, we are surrounded by the beautiful bluffs and river, and there is always something exciting going on.

Innovative environmentalism Emily Christens Student

At UW-La Crosse there are a few efforts in effect to be environmentally friendly. Students at UW-L can reduce their waste while also reusing plastic bags into trendy items in a simple, fun, and innovative way. Environmentalism has become a popular topic and students are looking for a new and easy way to do their part.

I love sharing how great UW-L is with other people, and love getting our name out in the world. I feel like getting this recognition, more people will see why this is such a great place and want to join in the amazing community that is UW-L. UW-L has been ranked second in this category for multiple years and this shows that we are a strong institution, working on constantly changing for the better and moving into the future. I hope that UW-L stays growing strong in the many years to come.

It would be as simple as collecting plastic (grocery or store) bags in each residence hall on campus which would then be used to create something new and even profitable. A popular trend is to have tote bags, purses and jewelry made out of these recycled bags. Students can make these items and keep them for themselves, sell them or even donate them. A great way to make these items or learn how to make them would be for students to form a club. Donating through a club associated with UW-L would promote the university in a very positive way. As a UW-L club,

Benson mismanagement Alyssa Swatek Student

I am troubled by Benson Management and the lack of responsibility they demonstrate to their tenants. I urge those looking for new apartments or houses within the La Crosse area for the 2012 school year to avoid signing a lease with this organization. I have been a tenant of Benson Management for over a year now and have become increasingly more and more disappointed with their business. Benson it would easily advertise, recruit new members and have organized meetings on campus. It would be a great club here at UW-L because it is social, crafty, locally involved and most of all a great promoter of environmental awareness. Forming this club at UW-L would be a great way for students with interests in both environmentalism and volunteering to get involved in the community and to reduce their waste. Beginning to collect plastic bags to reuse them for later uses would be a great start to reducing another portion of the university’s waste.




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Management’s concern for their tenants is next to nonexistent and is continuously evidenced through repeated breaches of contract. The main issues with this organization are both their poor (and lack of) communication, as well as their inability to address emergency issues. While a tenant in our current apartment, there have been numerous times Benson Management has failed to call back, respond to messages or keep their promise of household items and repairs. To illustrate, the mailbox to our apartment has been damaged for over a year now and despite

Water issues Mackenzie Hautala Student

In response to the water issues, I wanted to add some thoughts on the newly built Eagle Hall. As Dr. Nick stated that there will be small issues when opening up such a large facility; however, the overall opening of the building went very well. I am a student worker at the Office of Residence Life, and I love working in the new area! For our department, it is a lot more convenient for our staff. We were temporarily placed in different areas across campus, so it is beneficial to

repeated cases where letters, cards and gift cards have been reported stolen, it remains unfixed. In addition, closet doors in all bedrooms were promised nearly five months ago and have still not been delivered. Benson Management has also failed to respond to our emergency call when a leaky pipe burst. It took two weeks for maintenance to even show up, let alone fix it. I encourage members to stay clear of Benson Management, or for those already leasers, to stand up. This organization is violating nearly every tenet right in the book and has no right to continue business in this manner. have everyone in one central location. On the other hand, the environment that the building brings is amazing! The capabilities for hosting activities and meetings are incredible! There are so many areas for the student staff to provide opportunities for programming that give students an opportunity to attend informative sessions or bond as classmates in group activities. On top of all of this, I think the architecture is intelligent and I admire the up-to-date style. Today’s UW-L students are getting such a great experience with this new addition to our campus!

No car? No problem! By Olivia Mercer Staff Reporter

It’s that time of year again—the time for most students to begin receiving high dosages of home sickness. Thus, many students choose to travel home for the weekend.  For those students fortunate enough to have a car on campus, getting home is as easy as cake.  For those students without a car, finding a ride home is a little more challenging.  Sure, many of you might have a few friends from your hometown, but, if they’re unable to bring you home, what transportation option are you left with? The Whitney Center, to many of you, is a place to eat or socialize.  But it is also a means for students to find transportation.  The ride board is located across the hallway from the Whitney Center.  It is a board where students can post inquiries about needing a ride or post offers to provide their service as a driver.  While some people find the ride board as a “sketchy” option, other

students utilize this option to their full advantage. Kelly Conner, a sophomore, has never personally used the ride board but said, “I personally never used it because I live so close and my parents can always come and get me if necessary, but I think it’s a great resource for students to use. However, I don’t think it’s used to its fullest potential.  Most of my friends tend to use Zimride, an application on Facebook.  But, I still believe the ride board is more trustworthy because you know the person offering a ride is actually a student, while Zimride is an internet source.  And, we all have heard stories of internet hacking.”  It’s true, the ride board offers rides to students for the small fee of a little gas money.  The most general places drivers go are the Madison area, Milwaukee area, Minnesota Aaea or other college campuses. However, that is just a general list; do not stray away from checking if anyone is going in the direction of your hometown.  If you aren’t from any of those areas, but live within

a reasonable distance, still consider the ride board. It is both cost and time effective. If the ride board does not provide easy access to your destination, other options of transportation are available, though they are more expensive. The Badger Bus is a great option if wanting to travel between a few campuses.  It allows UW-La Crosse students a ride to UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison or the University of Minnesota all for under $50, if purchased online.  Similar to the ride board, the Badger Bus pickup area is located right outside the Whitney Center.  Although more costly than the ride board, the Badger Bus offers students a perfect ride between campuses in a timely manner.  Although I have never personally used the Badger Bus, I’ve had nearly five friends use it to come and visit me and find it to be an “excellent resource that student’s should take advantage of.” The Amtrak train service is also available.  It has 38 stops in Wisconsin, as well as stops in surrounding states.  I encourage you to visit for a full, detailed

list of stops and prices. As a personal user of the Amtrak service to Chicago, it’s a great, easy way to travel from place to place.  The Amtrak service, though, is much more costly than both the Badger Bus and the ride board.  On average, if traveling to Chicago from La Crosse next weekend, a round-trip ticket runs for $100.  If planning in advance, ticket prices are exceptionally lower.  In addition, if traveling to a larger city, the Amtrak saves students on parking—especially overnight, which can become costly. If you are a student without access to a car or a ride, there are many readily available options for retreating back home. The options range in price from $10-100, depending on your weekend destination and transportation of choice.  Before ditching the option to go home, weigh out the pros and cons of the ride board, Badger Bus and Amtrak service.  Since UW-L is so fortunate to have all three options at your fingertips, make use of them.  They are here to benefit you.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Buffalo Buffalo

From rock to techno these musicians have it all

By Meghan O’Connor Features Editor

The band Buffalo Buffalo grew from the idea of two of the band members, Tripp Watson (vocals) and Aaron Frost (drums). These longtime friends have been in bands since their freshman year of high school, one of which was All Skylines Collide. It was in these bands that their style had to adapt and change to the musical styles of their fellow band members. Buffalo Buffalo has allowed them to let loose and produce the sound they always wanted. “We wanted to start some classic rock,” said Frost. But it wasn’t until recently, when they added bassist Bryan Zannotti and lead guitarist Jake Meyer, that their idea became a reality. At a time when most bands are looking to make their own new sound including electronics and synthesizers, this local La Crosse band is going back to classic rock roots. After sitting in on one of Buffalo Buffalo’s rehearsals, it’s evident that they all bring something different to the table. Zannotti comes with influence from the rock and jazz worlds; Watson showcases his quirky side, while Frost and Meyer wrangle the classic essence of the group. It’s always interesting to see how the dynamics of different personalities come together to create one

cohesive sound. It’s within their sound that they exude effortless energy. The first song they played was called “Shoes and Booze,” which was a fun and very catchy tune. It was written about drunken intrigue between a guy and girl who see each other across the room, but never meet one another. The band described this piece as “an intro piece just to get people poppin’.” Buffalo Buffalo is a bit unorthodox when it comes to song titles and lyrics. Watson said he likes to write about “everyday life and having fun. But I like to do it in a quirky way.” Frost and Watson are also working on a side project called Mess. This strays from Buffalo Buffalo’s genre of classic rock. “Mess is ‘synthy’ music that melds female and male vocals,” said Watson. For this project, Frost plays drums while Watson sings and plays lead guitar. In order to satisfy the female vocal element they bring in guest vocalists to record with them. With both of their eccentric styles, this serves as a good outlet for them to be creative. Writing lyrics for Mess is something Watson talked about fondly: “Mess allows me to map out the randomness in my head and make it into something constructive.” Both Buffalo Buffalo and Mess are planning on playing at the Warehouse and other venues soon. You can check out their music at http://


Oh, Sleeper Texas metal group to be touring in La Crosse By Kelsey Kopp Staff Reporter


Twine Editor not only reports the news, she makes it By K.C. Powers Managing Editor

Craving some sultry tones and vibes? Then Twine is the band for you. With strong female vocals and enchanting piano and cello melodies band members Greta Kamps and Meg O’Connor leave listeners begging for more. “I would describe our music as mellow indie acoustic,” said O’Connor. “It’s something that would be heard at a coffee shop.” These two best friends started out playing piano duets since they were five years old and have been growing together musically ever since. Based out of Minnesota these vocally vivacious ladies have played at multiple venues including coffee shops, theaters, and stages near Minneapolis. “I love to write music and express myself through it. I come from theatrical roots so I love to be on stage in front of people,” said O’Connor.

Twine knows that trying to break into the music industry isn’t easy. “It can be really stressful at times, especially when it comes to selling tickets, or landing a spot venue,” said O’Connor. Twine has recorded multiple songs and has also done collaborations with other local band. “It’s a lot of fun to switch things up and sing with a full band behind me,” said O’Connor The most rewarding aspect for O’Connor has to be the response. “Our friends are definitely fans, but it’s the most rewarding when a random person comes up to me and gives me compliments on my voice. It’s an amazing feeling. As long as we’re still playing together and doing what we love then I’m happy,” said O’Connor. Want to hear what everyone’s talking about? Find them on their MySpace at or like their Facebook page.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Warehouse will be hosting Oh, Sleeper. Oh, Sleeper–coming all the way from Fort Worth, Texas–is a Solid State Records metal band. Their third album, “Children of Fire,” was just released on Sept. 27. It all began in April of 2006, when members from Between the Buried and Me, and Tooth and Nail Records’ short-lived rock band Terminal came together to start something new. Of course they wanted to make it in the music business, but they also wanted to bring something new and meaningful to the scene. Former bassist Lucas Starr describes Oh, Sleeper’s musical aims: “At the end of the day, a song is nothing more than a bunch of notes and chords strategically thrown together. Don’t get me wrong, music is awesome but I feel there is something more to this life than writing a hit song and selling records. Anyone can learn how to play an instrument, but what good is it if you only use that talent for self-gratification?” Influenced by roots like Lamb of God, Underoath and Black Dahlia Murder, Oh, Sleeper features a vocal mixture of singing and screaming with lyrics focused on the theme of basic human struggle. Guitarists Shane Blay and James Erwin deliver a heavy,

dark sound to complement their thought out lyrics. Other bands playing with Oh, Sleeper on Nov. 4 include Greeley Estates, Ten After Two, At the Skylines and Secrets. For more information about Oh, Sleeper, tour dates and sample tracks, check out their MySpace page at ohsleeper. If you like what you hear, their albums and other merchandise are available online and in stores. The Warehouse is an all ages, alcoholfree, live concert venue on Pearl Street, downtown La Crosse. For a full list of shows at the Warehouse, visit www. The Warehouse also has some openings for local bands to perform, so if you think your band has what it takes, send them an email at booking@

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How stress really affects students

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Pull all of the ingredients into your mug and mix it well. Microwave it on high for 3 minutes. (Don’t worry about the cake rising; it will go back down when you take it out of the microwave.) Keep in mind that the baking time may vary, so use your own judgment according to how you like your cake. When you take it out, it will be hot, so let it cool for a couple of minutes. Enjoy! Also, if you want to add a little gooey fun to your cup, throw in a few chocolate chips to melt into the cake!

“I try not to procrastinate, as getting projects done in a timely manner relieves stress for me and takes away worry. If I’m feeling stressed during a project or with an upcoming deadline, I’ll take a quick half an hour break and drink tea, go for a walk, take a nap or watch tv; something not homework related.” - Junior Elizabeth Chavalas

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How often can you, a college student, say that you don’t feel stressed out about an exam, assignment, or a non-school related issue? In a poll conducted by the Associated Press and mtvU in the spring of 2009, 85 percent of students reported that they felt stressed on a daily basis. That statistic is not hard to believe—these days it’s impossible to avoid the high anxiety, nerve-racking, ruin-yourweekend aspects of life that are wearing on the young adults of our nation. So what does this mean for our health? Emily Whitney, professor in the Health Education and Health Promotion department, said, “High levels of stress can impact our mental and emotional health, which can in turn affect students’ functioning in school, relationships, work, sports and extra-curricular activities.” We all see these effects every day. As we get further into the semester, we all become more overwhelmed by our involvement in school, work commitments and extra-curricular responsibilities. We may snap at our parents, be rude and impatient with friends, and even become confrontational with our significant others. All of these responses are normal, but obviously not ideal. Stress is also linked to the increased number of Americans who are obese. Whitney said that an “increase in hormones such as cortisol,” which we produce when we become stressed, may be to blame. Young adults in today’s world are facing a record amount of stress due to the competitive nature of our career fields. The stress to do well and thrive in our economic climate is overwhelming, leaving us with little hope that finding a job and keeping it will be an easy task. Whitney said that today’s stress researchers say that “technostress,” or stress caused by technology, may also be another factor, “in some cases [creating] more demands on our time.” Years ago we didn’t

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t just end with these illnesses, as there are other serious health issues which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Whitney said, “Other stress related health risks would be hypertension, cardiovascular disease and issues with blood sugar control if a person had diabetes.” This makes stress not only a nuisance for college students, but a threat to our lives. Whitney said that doctors have begun using stress management techniques to help people cope with their daily stresses with the hope that it will prevent illnesses. It’s mind-boggling to think that our world has become so fast-paced and overwhelming that it is actually beginning to affect our bodies. There is little we can do to guarantee that stress won’t get in the way of us living our lives. It may help to remind yourself that school is only a temporary thing. Yes, it does have a great impact on your future, but it is also only four years of your life. So don’t stress the little things and make sure you’re enjoying what everyone always tells us are “the best days of our lives.”

Students have different ways of dealing with stress “Invest in a coloring book and visit pet stores often. Those two things usually relax me when I’m stressed.” - Freshman Taylor Gruszka


Draw? Run? Music?

Stress may cause symptoms of common colds and infections that bring about neck or back pain.

How do you relieve stress?

“I mostly get stressed by having too much to do. I think of my homework as a lump sum instead of taking one thing at a time. To relieve stress I do a couple things. First of all, I just do the homework early. Another important stress reliever is being active. Marching band, running, volleyball, basketball and golf all help me to calm down.” - Senior Kyle Guepfer

“I’ll usually put on some Dave Matthews or some other music I like and either read a good book I’ve been working on finishing or maybe play some guitar. Being outside in the fresh air usually helps, too. But, if all else fails, I’ll drink a beer and take a nap and then I’m definitely ready to go!” - Junior Derek Olson

What do you do when you’re stressed?

have Facebook, texting, iPods or other digital media devices to distract us or overwhelm our communication channels, but today we are faced with the struggle to keep up with technology. Health issues are also possible effects of stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress may cause symptoms of common colds and infections that bring about neck or back pain, and even causing heartburn, stomach pain or nausea. All of these reactions would be detrimental, especially for busy college students.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ready to “stick it”

Gymnastics excited to defend national titles

By Jonny Brennan Staff Reporter

According to senior gymnasts Kahlynn Hunt and Katrina Schuch, consistency was a main factor of the highs and lows that the UW-La Crosse Eagles gymnasts experienced last season. Due to injuries and an unusual amount falls on events, the Eagles found themselves in an unfamiliar position going into the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championships in Eau Claire last March. “We had lost to (UW) Whitewater twice last year—normally, we split decisions with them,” said Schuch, who attributed the losses to UW-L’s in-state conference rival, the Warhawks, as another reason why the girls were “off their game.” Those losses carried into the WIAC conference championship, where for the second straight year the Eagles watched as UW-Whitewater took home the title. Prior to Whitewater’s two-year run, the Eagles had strung together 13 consecutive WIAC championships. Heading into the national championships the Eagles were ranked fourth, and many had overlooked the returning national champions. Courtesy Toni Hanson That was a big mistake. According to fellow senior and The UW-La Crosse gymnastics poses for a picture in their practice room on the second floor of Wittich Hall where they have been training previous All-American Kahlynn Hunt, five days a week for the past few months. The team won nationals last year and are confident in their ability to defend their title. Their first she knew the Eagles had won the match is on Dec. 9 at home agains Hamline University (Minn.) and Winona State University (Minn.). They are led by Head Coach Barbara Gibnational title after competing in only the son who has led the Eagles to 15 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association championships in her 26 years as the head coach. second of the four events which consist of uneven bars, balance beam, vault and competition starting only a few months away for the past few months. “We already have our teammates. That’s what makes this team floor. “We had our two most powerful events in December. “We are excited,” said Schuch. a good team dynamic. The freshman class so special year in and year out,” said Schuch. coming up. I knew we had it in the bag.” “Coach (Barb Gibson) prepares us the same brings in a lot of talent and energy,” said She went on to explain that the girls balance “In the bag” was an understatement for way for every meet; she just tells us to go and Hunt, who also said that herself, Shuch and time between workouts and stress relieving what the Eagles did to their competition. By do our thing.” It is that confident, yet not the rest of the returning Eagles have stepped games to bond together and help cope with the end of the two-day tournament, the Eagles cocky, style that helps the Eagles deal with up their game too, training all summer to the two-week tryout process (which has just had posted an incredible 191.175 points in every competition. Both Schuch and Hunt make yet another run at a national title. wrapped up this past week). “This season,” overall competition, four points higher than agree they like knowing that there is a focus Last year, the Eagles had seven girls earn said Hunt, “we are just going to focus on second place Whitewater. That score proved in UW-L gymnastics. “We like that that other All-American status and at least six of those ourselves and what we can do. Usually to be the second highest team score in school teams’ eyes are on us. That’s what we feed off are returning to the team this year, including that puts us exactly where we need come history and secured the Eagles an astounding of,” said Hunt. national champion in all-around, sophomore nationals.” fourth straight NCGA title, their 10th title With preseason underway, both Hunt and Christina Booman. (Booman also placed You can catch the Eagles start their 2011out of the last 11 years and the university’s Schuch are excited by the amount of talent 10th in the NCAA Division I North Central 2012 campaign on Friday, Dec. 9 at home 15th national title. that they have seen inside Wittich Hall where Regional in overall competition.) against Hamline University (Minn.) and So, needless to say, UW-L gymnasts the girls have been training five days a week “We have confidence in ourselves and in Winona State University (Minn.). have a lot to live up to with this year’s

Walking on water

UW-L water ski team earns first ever trip to nationals By Jacob Ferris Associate Reporter

One of the more unique extracurricular activities offered at UW-La Crosse is the UW-L Water Ski and Wakeboard team. Only a handful of the UW System schools have a team, so our university is truly fortunate to be able to offer this to students. The team is co-ed and for anyone who enjoys these water sports. Experience or talent level does not matter as the team ranges from first timers who just want to learn the ropes to some members who are able to jump 150 feet on water skis, reach speeds of 50 mph on a slalom, or perform an array of acrobatic aerials on a wakeboard. The team is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Water Ski Association where they compete against all other UW schools, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado and Missouri schools. It is one of the very few sports on campus that is expected to compete with, if not beat, Big Ten schools. In the current USA Waterski 2011 Division I Ski Year Rankings, UW-L is ranked fifth. This ranking is evidence that the team’s hard work is paying off. They spend about five to six hours practicing from 2 p.m. until dusk Monday through Thursday during the competition season. The practices are held at Air Port Beach on the Black River in French Island or sometimes on Lake Neshonoc if the team wants to practice going through the slalom course. The coaching is done primarily by the team captains and other veteran team members. “It is up to us to coach everybody,” said Andrew Armington, the men’s captain. “Even though coaching can be stressful it is just another aspect that makes this sport great. Not only do I get to say that I am a competitor on the best team in the Midwest, I, along with others, have played a role in coaching and

training the same great team.” The team competes in five tournaments during the fall and four more in the spring, including one, which they host in Neosho, Wis. The competitions consist of either a three-event water ski tournament including jump, slalom and trick or a wakeboard contest where it is all about stringing together lines of impressive tricks. “There are five slots in each event that count towards your team overall score. So some skiers may ski all three events but we can change the lineup to put the five people that will ski the best in that specific event,” said Armington. The A team consists of the top five of both men’s and women’s competitors, the rest of the team making up the B team. For this reason, everyone gets to compete at the competitions. The guys and girls compete separately, but the scores are combined for the overall team score. “This is one of the best aspects of the team, and I think it is a strong reason why it makes it such a successful and fun collegiate sport,” said Armington. The team leaves for these tournaments Friday after class, they ski and board all day Saturday and early Sunday, and make it back to campus late Sunday afternoon. It is very enjoyable for the team as they get to be by the water all weekend and do what they love. The team has placed first in their four competitions this fall. Most recently, the team won the Midwest Regional Championship over the likes of UW-Madison and Purdue to earn their first ever trip to the Division I National Championship. The team of 20 competed for the national championship Oct. 12-16 in Louisiana. Results were unavailable at the time of publishing. They will be published in next week’s issue. If you’re interested in joining the team or have any other questions, contact President Jemma Wahl at

Event info › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. Loras (Iowa) › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 21 @ 3 p.m. › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. Buena Vista (Iowa) › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 21 @ 7 p.m. › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. UW-Superior › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 22 @ 10 a.m. › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. Central College › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 22 @ 2 p.m. › What: Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Wayde Mulhern Alumni Open › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 22 @ 1 p.m. › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. UW-Stevens Point* › Where: Mitchell Hall Gymnasium › When: Oct. 26 @ 7 p.m.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

EA Sports: Everyone Agrees By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

Madden NFL, NCAA Football, NHL and NBA—all are excellent sports and they all make excellent video games. There’s an underlying problem associated with all of them, though: It’s all geared toward the male population. For years there’s always been a struggle for women’s games to become as popular as the men’s. Sports games, in particular, focus on the male domination of a game or match and create a live-like experience with the crack of a bat or the thud of a tackle. The burning question is why haven’t they made a leap forward yet? It isn’t for economic reasons; it isn’t because one sport trounces another. It’s about the marketing and advertising of video games and who they’re made for. “Years ago it was a known fact that women just weren’t as interested in video games as men, so marketing steered its attention

towards being appealing for young males,” said SpawnPoint Company, a website and company known for gaming. Why is it that women’s games haven’t taken over or become an equal partner on the market? In today’s society we tend to place blame on individuals without caring about who they are or what they are trying to accomplish. Society needs that quick fix to scold someone. In this case, women are to blame. “It’s been proven with statistical data that men are far more likely to justify the expense of purchasing a video game, or even multiple games. Women in general still see video games as toys that are not needed or just “extra” things that are nice once in a while, rather than feeling the need to purchase games as soon as they come out when they’re hip and trendy. So women have the same opinion of video games that men have about shoes and clothing accessories,” said SpawnPoint Company. It may seem rather sexist to have an excess of male sports on video games, but studies

Mississippi Valley Mayhem By Ashley Reynolds Associate Reporter

Mississippi Valley Mayhem puts a modern spin on the old-school game of women’s roller derby that so many people are familiar with. This energetic game is played under the rules of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and can be played on any flat surface large enough to fit the rink. The game, or bout, which it is more formally called, is essentially a race between two teams. Each team puts in five players at a time, four of which are blockers while one is the jammer, whose sole purpose is to score points by passing the other team’s players. The blocker’s job is to help get her jammer through the pack while simultaneously holding back the opposing team’s blocker. Each team has its own unique strategies, making the game complex and multi-layered. This hard-hitting game can get very physical, and although the WFTDA sets up rules—such as no elbows to the head and, possibly the most important, no fighting—it cannot prevent the inevitable bruises and other injuries. Professor Susan Crutchfield, a member of Mississippi Valley Mayhem, said, “I count on being bruised after a bout (and sometimes after a practice), and I know that my bones can be broken and I can sustain a concussion if I and the other women on the rink are not mindful.” The injuries the players sustain are just a minor consequence to playing on such a lively and rugged team. The team consists of 20 teachers, mothers, office workers, graphic designers, beauticians and students who not only come ready to play an aggressive bout, but dress in retro costumes that add spunk to the game which both the fans and the team enjoy. “Some of us still wear fishnets and miniskirts to play; some enjoy putting on intimidating makeup on game day … And we

Can women’s video games make a comeback? have shown those are the people who are buying and playing the games. Generally, any marketing expert is going to try and appeal to their top selling audience, the people who constantly want to have the newest and latest golf, football, basketball or soccer game. Advertising will always be focused on those who bring the company the most money. That’s just how today’s society and business world works. The hidden issues behind video games are the creators themselves. “Just because more women are getting involved in video games doesn’t mean that the stigmas of the past have gone away. Those who design games now are often raised in a generation that grew up playing video games. The type of games they played were old-fashioned ones full of violence and geared towards teenage boys,” said SpawnPoint Company. It dates back to when these creators were first introduced to video games and sports games. The violence of sports or the “fun” that is sports was presented to them at a very young age and that’s all they know. Creators

Homecoming let down

Football team falls short to UW-Eau Claire 31-21 By Jonathan Cook Associate Reporter


all choose derby names. My name is Bride of Spankenstein, and the names of some of the other players on my team are Slameo, The Ambusher, Twitch, No Apologies, Kayla SMASH!, Kacie Chase-em, Maura Tyranny and Vicious Valerina,” said Crutchfield. The showmanship and intensity of the game along with the many themes applied to certain bouts such as “The Fight before Christmas” and “Ghouls out for Summer” provide for an exciting atmosphere for the fans and members of Mississippi Valley Mayhem. Mississippi Valley Mayhem exists to promote the sport of women’s flat track roller derby in the Midwest, to help local charities and organizations and to create positive female role models in our community. The league is open to all qualified participants who meet membership requirements. All activities, policies and rules are designed with the following in mind: the safety of all participants; the best interests of the league as a whole; and that all decisions are made “by the skaters, for the skaters.” For further information on Mississippi Valley Mayhem or the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, contact Professor Susan Crutchfield of UW-La Crosse.

grew up on hard-hitting, fast action, slamdunking and hole-in-one type games. Is it any wonder they haven’t tried to incorporate more women’s games into the mix? These creators are just a product of their environment and because of that they have only been geared toward creating certain sports games that are appealing to their eyes. Imagination is something that game creators and the people who buy their video games could use more of—stepping outside the box and getting curious as to how a women’s sport could be equally as fun and enjoyable. To be honest, women’s sports get just as gruesome and hard-hitting as men’s. Society needs to take a step back and realize that women are just as capable, if not more capable, than men when it comes to sports and being competitive. We talk about equality in all aspects of life. Why not start with sports video games? All it takes is a fresh mind, new ideas and a creative imagination to get the ball rolling.

The UW-La Crosse football team lost at home last Saturday, Oct. 15 against the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds, 21-31. The Eagles received to begin the game and quickly marched down the field, picking up three first downs in a row only to end the drive with a missed 30 yard field goal. Next drive UW-L ended with a blocked punt. UW-Eau Claire started the game strong, getting two touchdowns on their first two drives. Both touchdowns were passes from quarterback Austin Neu to wide receiver Mike O’Connell. The Eagles responded with a quick five-yard drive for a touchdown, ended by a 57-yard rush from sophomore Ben Hertrampf to bring the score to 14-7. Before the end of the half, the Eagles were able to tie the game with a two yard rush, again from Hertrampf. UW-Eau Claire started the second half with a touchdown run from Matt Olson. Next drive, UW-L’s Justin Huiker missed a second field goal, this one 49 yards out. The Blugolds were able to increase their lead before the end of the third quarter with a field goal from Josh Albrecht, 24-14. The Eagles were able to

shorten their deficit in the beginning of the fourth quarter with a quick eight-yard drive for a touchdown with a 12-yard touchdown run from Hertrampf bringing the score to 24-21. UW-Eau Claire came back with an 80 yard drive for a touchdown kept alive with a successful nine-yard punt fake pass on a fourth down from Austin Neu to David Goodman to bring the game to the final score of 31-21. UW-L’s running back Ben Hertrampf had a great game with 22 rushes for 207 yards, a huge 9.4 yards per carry average, and two receptions for another 37. Hertrampf also got all three of the Eagles’ touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Butterfield threw for 132 yards, 11 completions with 23 attempts and one interception. Nate Ward led the team in receptions, posting 29 yards for 3 catches. UW-L ended the game with 333 total yards, outdoing the Blugolds narrowly with 320. UW-Eau Claire dominated the ball with a total time of possession of 39:50 to UW’L’s 20:10. This victory was Eau Claire’s seventh win of the last nine games versus UW-La Crosse. UW-L’s record is now 2-4, 1-2 conference. The Eagles take on 3-3 UW-Stout on the road Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.

2011 Football Standings School

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

+/- Props to eating at Fayze’s for the first time. Drops to waiting an hour and 15 minutes for it. - - - Drops to being hungover for my philosophy test on Friday. +/- Props to going home for the weekend. Drops to almost getting in a car accident because old people don’t know how to drive.

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+++ Props to the Brewers scoring more points than the Rams. +/- Props to seeing someone fall down the stairs and laughing. Drops to falling down the stairs the next day. Karma. - - - Drops to the cold weather this week. Double drops to there not being any heat in the dorms yet.

+++ Props to stealing a well from somebody’s yard.

+/- Props to making fall cookies with the roomies. Drops to burning all of the batches.

+/- Props to buying a ton of new clothes for the school year. Drops to the freshman 15.

+/- Props to McDonald’s monopoly. Drops to gaining a ton of weight.

+/- Props to skipping my math class. Drops to missing a quiz and a take-home assignment.

- - - Drops to saying when “Obama was killed,” instead of when “Osama was killed.”

+/- Props to the Packers winning. Drops to the Brewers losing.

-/+ Drops to spilling a beer on myself at the bar. Props to someone buying me a free drink.

aMAZE yourself

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