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Straight but not narrow Silent Rally for Equality seeks LGBT allies

By Lauren Seidl News Editor

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Graduate student Cayla Wencl holds a sign on Cass Street Bridge at the 2009 Silent Rally for Equality.

Getting it all done

This Saturday UW-L’s Pride Center, Rainbow Unity and 7Rivers LGBT Resource Center will host a Silent Rally for Equality in honor of National Coming Out Day. While this is the third year the rally is taking place, this is the first year it has been advertised on campus. Around 100 people participated the first two years the rally was held, but Pride Center director Willem Van Roosenbeek hopes to increase the number of participants to over 200 this year. “This is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the LGBT community and take time to reflect on how we still need to do something like this,” said Van Roosenbeek, adding that this year has been especially difficult for the LGBT community due to recent suicides and continued bullying.

Unsung administrative hero recognized with Academic Staff Excellence Award

next big project or person to help. With her position, there is no such thing as a “typical day.” To put it simply, Walking by room 233 Veglahn said, “My job is Graff Main Hall, one to make sure it all gets would expect a crowd of done.” people to be spilling out In fact, when she the door, but surprisingcomes to work the first ly it’s one of the quietest thought that crosses her places on campus. mind and motivates her This is where Debbie to do her best is, “How Veglahn, recipient of the can I help?” 2010 Academic Staff ExVeglahn Bob Hetzel, vice cellence Award and assischancellor for administant to the vice chanceltration and finance, said, lor for administration and finance can be found amongst her neatly “Beyond all the projects and tasks, organized papers, making sure the the respect she has earned from her co-workers suggests that she is entire campus is in order. Summarizing Veglahn’s job re- indeed a very remarkable person. sponsibilities could be compared UW-L is a better place because of to completing a 1,000 piece jig- Debbie’s many contributions to the saw puzzle, both complicated and university community.” And, although her accomplishdaunting. When she’s not facilitating budget agreements or construc- ments speak for themselves, most tion projects, she is looking for the would say it’s her unique and nonBy Melissa McDonald Staff Writer

The trees are changing colors, the leaves are falling, and the weather is perfect--perfect for a bluff hike that is. But the bluffs can prove to be dangerous as seen with the recent bluff fall of UW-La Crosse student, Max Nobiensky.

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THE FACTS What: Silent Rally for Equality Where: Meet at Cameron Park, walk to Cass Street Bridge When: Sat. Oct. 16 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m.

Shilling and Charles spar in Port O’ Call

Bob Hetzel Vice Chancellor for Admin. and Finance traditional past that makes this award even more special. Arriving at UW-La Crosse as a freshman in 1972, she had to discontinue schooling because of its costs. Only a year later she came back and decided to work in the human resource department, but decided after having two children of her own to continue taking courses and slowly earn her degree. When asked for advice she’d want to give others she said, “I KaWai Hui

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Jennifer Shilling, left, and Nick Charles sparred at Tuesday night’s debate in Port O’ Call. Shilling is the incumbent Democrat representing the City of La Crosse.

By Chris Rochester Editor in Chief

Tips for an enjoyable, safe bluff hike Before you go out and explore the scenic bluffs overlooking La Crosse, you need to make sure you are prepared. UW-L Sophomore Dave Maternowski, an Outdoor Connection Customer Service Representative, said that one of the most important tips for bluff hiking is not to go by yourself. “Go with a friend or at least let

the rally holding a sign that said “straight but not narrow.” “It was empowering knowing I was an ally and could do something to support the LGBT community,” Wencle said, “Some people gave the finger as they drove by, but we were out there to hear the honks of encouragement.” The Pride Center will provide signs and flags for rally participants to carry. Students who want to make their own signs can use materials from the Pride Center, located in the basement of Cartwright Center.

“The respect she has earned from her co-workers suggests that she is indeed a very remarkable person.”

Saftey first

By Hannah Henderson Staff Writer

The rally was overall a positive experience both last year and the year before, according to Van Roosenbeek. But he fears that counterprotesting may occur this year because of all that’s happened in the media, especially with the recent Maple Leaf Parade incident. Event hosts are hoping that recent incidents will push more allys to show support at this year’s march. “I hope that with all that has happened, those who are allys but haven’t spoken up will speak up and be heard,” Van Roosenbeek said. Marchers will meet in Cameron Park at 11:30 a.m. to get organized and begin walking towards Cass Street Bridge. From 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. protesters will spread out along the bridge with signs and flags. “We thought it would be cool if we could span the whole bridge as a visible symbol,” said Van Roosenbeek. Last year, UW-L graduate student Cayla Wencl participated in

a friend know you’re going,” said Maternowski. But it’s not enough to simply embark on your journey with others. It’s equally important to keep with them. “Stay with your friends when you do go hiking. Don’t get separated,” said Maternowski. Please see SAFTEY, page 2

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Students hoping for a rousing intellectual debate between Jennifer Shilling and Nick Charles instead got a mostly one-sided policy speech Tuesday night. Shilling, who first got experience in politics while a student at UW-L, said she’d like to see less partisanship in Madison. Charles, an area business owner and real estate investor, had a resume so varied he went well over his time limit in opening remarks describing it. Shilling, the Democratic in-

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The complex issues the state faces can’t be reduced to slogans on brightly colored vans parked near high visibility streets. cumbent from La Crosse, ignored Charles for much of the debate. But the pair exchanged barbs when Charles accused Shilling of supporting a 26 percent increase in taxes on businesses, a charge she Please see debate, page 4

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Students first, athletes second By Gretchen Zishka Staff Writer

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In last week’s issue, we incorrectly reported that the two UW-L students accused of sexual assault pleaded not guilty to the charges at their Oct. 6 court appearance.

Whitman presents Student Senate with his vision for UW-L athletics

The future, budget, and quality of UW-L’s athletic programs were topics at last week’s Student Senate meeting. The Senate met with UW-L’s new athletic Whitman’s first responsibility is director, Josh Whitman, who had development and fundraising for many positive things to say about the athletic program as a whole. “I our athletic programs. hate to see reduced budgets stand Whitman spoke to the Senbetween us and our ability to susate to share his vision for UW-L’s tain [the programs] we have built,” athletic department. “I believe in he said. the educational mission of college Some sacrifices have already sports.” been made, like cutting the men’s Often at Division I schools, actennis and baseball programs, but ademic and personal sacrifices are Whitman said the coaches are Whitman made in order to succeed in athletmost affected by cuts. He wonics. Having played for a Division I dered if coaching is adequate, college, then the NFL, Whitman noting that the football program has 100 stuknows these sacrifices firsthand. dents to one coach, and the track program But as a Division III school, UW-L is dif- has 120 to 160 participants and one coach ferent. “Here, you’re a UW-L student first, and part-time assistant. and a UW-L athlete second. I don’t believe in “It’s a testament to our coaches that [they] making tradeoffs between athletics, academ- do so well under limited circumstances,” he ics, and personal growth…we want to show said. Whitman wants to preserve participathat you really can have it all,” Whitman said. tion despite tight budgets, saying that “DiviThis idea seems to work well. UW-L ranks sion III athletics are about broad-based parseventh overall among D-III schools and is ticipation. I hate to see budget concerns get the best public school in the country for Di- in the way of that.” vision III athletics. UW-L could offset the reduced athletic Whitman also spoke about the impor- budget by seeking increased private fundtance of having an integrated community ing, largely what funds the programs at Divithat includes student athletes. sion I schools, but he said, “I’m hesitant to “Student athletes should be an integral make private funding...dependent on donors’ part of the student body,” said Whitman. This whims a large part of our budget.” creates a stronger overall campus community Currently, UW-L’s athletic budget is drivand helps student athletes succeed in school. en almost entirely by segregated fees, which Having the new stadium has also helped are included in students’ tuition each semesthe campus and community as well as the ter. And although students do not want to see athletes it’s meant to serve, he said. any more tuition increases than necessary, Some senators voiced concerns about it’s clear that “building champions in sport, athletic program budgets. In this economy, school, and life,” does not come cheaply. some cuts have already been made, and future funding is uncertain.

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Knowledge, awareness key to hiking saftey From Bluff Safety, page 1

Maternowski also provided some additional clear-cut, yet essential tips for ensuring maximum safety and enjoyment on the bluffs. “Bring a water bottle,” said Maternowski. “Wear shoes and have appropriate clothing for the weather.” Preparedness is the key to guaranteeing your safety, and if you follow these guidelines your hike will go very smoothly. And with the weather being as beautiful as it is, now is a great time to go exploring. “The colors are all changing. The weather is much cooler. My favorite time [to go hik-

Prepardness is the key to guaranteeing your saftey. Know the trails and have proper equipment. ing] is probably fall,” said Maternowski. Since it’s the perfect time of year for a hike, make sure you are going at a time of day in which you can feel most comfortable hitting the trails. “As far as safety is concerned, if you’re going around dusk make sure you can get out

before dark or be comfortable hiking out in the dark,” said Maternowski. But this isn’t to say that you and your closest friends can’t hike the bluffs at night. Maternowski said, “if you’re going to be hiking at night bring a light source.” And the Outdoor Connection, located in the REC, does rent out some equipment that could make for an even better trip. “We rent head lamps which would be good for night hikes. We rent a lot of camping stuff, although you can’t really camp on the bluffs. We have mountain bikes for biking on trails,” said Maternowski. And if you do plan on venturing up to the bluffs anytime soon, it’s good to have some knowledge of the area. “Know where you’re going. Have a good idea about where you’re going and know if there’s a trail there or not. You don’t want to be hiking in areas without trails,” said Maternowski. If you are interested in equipment rental or have further questions for the folks at Outdoor Connection, they can be reached at 608785-8860. Please keep all of these safety tips in mind, and remember to plan ahead for your next bluff hiking trip to ensure an exhilarating and captivating time is had by all. “Get outdoors and safe travels,” said Maternowski.

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wouldn’t recommend doing it the way I did it,” explaining that it would’ve been much easier to go to college straight from high school and finish her degree early. But clearly it’s this path that led her to success. Veglahn also gives much of the credit to her husband. She said, “I could have never done it on my own.”

What are Debbie’s plans for the future? “I don’t know,” she said. “Retirement?” Luckily for UW-L she’s not quite ready for that any time soon. Currently Veglahn is enjoying the work she’s given and her presence on campus is irreplaceable. Her coworkers agree. Hetzel even said that Veglahn “really exemplifies why the UW-L campus community is such a terrific place,” and is privileged to have her on his staff.

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Obnoxious classroom demons

ViewPoint By Ethan Peters Staff Writer

By this point in the semester I’m sure everyone has one or more fellow students in each class that they hate. You don’t know this person; you don’t know their name, where they’re from, or any real defining characteristics about them. Yet your hatred for them is unwavering. As I see it these people can be broken down into several different categories. The seat stealer; you have a grace period of about the first week of classes to cement your spot in a classroom. After that you don’t move, not even if there’s a fire. The chain reaction that can be set off when a spot is taken incites the same type of anger and fear not seen since the Cold War, and I’m talking 50s-60s cold war, not the pathetic 80s-90s. Nobody knows what’s going to happen, and the end of the human race cannot be ruled out. Given all this there is still at least one degenerate in every class who floats around from spot to spot with total disregard to the consequences. The question answerer; regardless of the

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“For Rent” signs decorate many of the houses and apartments near campus as students begin to search for 2011-2012 leases.

By Katie Tucker City Editor

La Crosse mayor Matt Harter vetoed a marijuana decriminalization ordinance Tuesday, which would have reduced the charges for adult marijuana possession from a criminal misdemeanor to civil infraction. Last Thursday, The La Crosse City Council passed an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession. Under the ordinance, if a first time offender was caught with a small amount of marijuana they would pay a fine instead of facing possible criminal charges. During a live interview with WKBT news Tuesday, Harter said keeping the current jurisdiction gives a tool to the judicial system to prosecute differently from the county and state law. Currently, the La Crosse County treats marijuana possession under 25 grams is not a misdemeanor offense. “Currently, I don’t feel there is enough information out there. I am open to reconsidering the

change in the future, but before we make the change we have to be clear with the public exactly what the change means for the city,” Harter said. The decriminalization vote passed 9 -7. “We have an ordinance that will parallel state law,” Harter said. . La Crosse Police Chief Ed Kondracki is pleased with the veto, saying the ordinance would send the wrong message. “Approving the ordinance says that marijuana is no more consequential than being ticketed in a parking garage,” Kondracki said. If the ordinance was passed, officers would issue a ticket that has a fine attached, similar to an underage drinking ticket or speeding ticket. The issue would then be handled in municipal court instead of county court. According to ordinance 7.06 listed the city Web site, fines would be anywhere from $20 - $1000. Marijuana is already decriminalized in La Crosse County and the city of Onalaska.

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Students who don’t make careful decisions when looking for housing risk losing security deposits and may rush into a bad living situation. But lessees only need to make a few careful decisions to turn that experience into a positive one. “The most important thing for students to do is to understand their lease,” UW-L student life attorney Erin Balsiger said. Balsiger is a practicing attorney available to students at for legal counsel. She notes that students should ask for a copy of the lease beforehand to make sure they have time to read through it properly. Student housing leases can include conditions that, for example, limit the number of guests that you are allowed to have over at one time or limit the noise level. Completely understanding a lease prevents the lessee from learning about unwanted restrictions when moving in. After you understand and agree to the terms of your lease you should make sure to keep a copy handy in case of misunderstandings. Students should also be careful when choosing roommates; in many leases all roommates are held responsible for the rent. If one person doesn’t pay, the others can be held responsible. Balsiger also emphasizes the importance of making a condition report to protect students from unnecessarily losing safety deposits. A condition report is a checklist of the condition of everything that is included in renting the property. These reports document the condition of the rental when you move. Renters should go around and write a description of any damage, and they should include date-marked pictures as evidence. This is essential to renters not being blamed and billed for damage that existed before they moved in. When the report is finished it should be sent to the landlord via certified mail. When asked what students should do when looking into housing, Terri Pinter, a local student housing landlord, advises: “Students should always ask about utilities; for example, our rental is an older home and has more expensive utility bills." The cost of parking and utilities can surprise renters. Pinter also adds that renters who fail to fulfill responsibilities, like shoveling snow off of the sidewalk, may pay more because the house can get ticketed by the city. There are conditions that apply differently to individual rentals that should be investigated. Pinter’s rental is located near family residences; this means that her renters are expected to keep the yard clean, noise down, and be more respectful than a rental that is surrounded by other student housing. This may be perfect for some students, but for others different housing options might fit them better.

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By Philippe Meister Associate Writer

simplicity of the question or the fact that it is rhetorical there is always someone overly excited to answer them. You know the answer, good for you, but no one cares. I’m sure your parents would be proud, but you do not impress the other students or the professor with your paltry intelligence. The homeless person; the odd, tattered clothing and eye-watering stench are unmistakable. We understand doing laundry is a pain and or that you just rolled out of bed and went to class without a shower, that’s fine. The problem occurs when you start to think of bathing as a monthly occurrence rather than part of a daily routine. Do everyone a favor and shower up, or at least discover the miracle that is deodorant. The kid with the laptop; computers are useful tools, but for the vast majority of classes there is absolutely no need to bring a laptop to lecture. There aren’t many more annoying sounds in a crowded lecture hall than the pattering of fastidious little fingers on a keyboard. Inevitably at some point being on computer during class also leads to Facebook creeping. While I’m not about to argue the merits of Facebook creeping, it

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can be a major distraction to the creeper and others around them. If a lecture is boring and the person in front of you is looking at the pictures of last weekend’s booze fueled forays, how are you supposed to concentrate, especially if you see a semi-provocative or funny picture, it’s an impossibility. This hatred of others doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you normal, and it is just another one of the many reasons why I’m proud to be an American.

ANNOYING VS. ACCEPTABLE Chomping on Gardettos or celery during lecture vs. quietly eating grapes The person sitting next to me who smells like they just smoked a pack of Marlboro Lights vs. The person sitting next to me with a chew in their lip Facebook stalking in a Cowley Hall lecture room vs. taking notes in a Cowley Hall lecture room

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The insatiable desire for conquest

Debate doubleheader yields few surprises From Debate, page 1

challenged Charles to prove. Charles later said that Shilling’s plan to close tax loopholes ture. You know, that thing that that favor corporations they tell us is supposedly the caused that tax hike. point of studying abroad. The complex issues But this also leads to the the state faces can’t be exciting scenario of getting to reduced to slogans on know small bits and pieces of a brightly colored vans smorgasbord of different people parked near highCharles Shilling and cultures, oftentimes discov- visibility streets, Shilering similarities in a manner ling said, one of few that can best be described as instances of humor at the debate. second in the nation for number of residents with access to surreal and worst be described Shilling, a member of the as sounding like the beginning state’s Joint Finance Committee, healthcare, something that helps protect the state’s most vulnerof a race joke. said she opposed her own party My first truly strange experi- and Gov. Jim Doyle on a proposal able residents like children and ence with the staggering amount to raid UW-L savings accounts in the elderly. The state’s education of multiculturalism came early 2009. Her colleagues “would not system, through which many on, when through series of com- have really blinked” at the budget children eat most of their meals, plicated circumstances I found trick, Shilling said. But eventu- is also crucial, she said. Charles dodged the question, myself playing Rock Band in ally the committee mitigated the a Swede’s apartment, singing raid’s impact, reducing the loss to citing instead that many of the state’s rich people will leave the along to Nirvana while backed UW-L to $3.4 million. state if taxes continue to increase. up by a Japanese student on She’s also helped shepherd On the state’s role in job creguitar, a Korean student on the UW-L projects like Centennial drums, and a graduate student Hall and the new residence hall ation, Shilling said, “We need to from Uganda on bass (cross that through the legislature, she said; invest in human capital” through the state’s education system and experience off the bucket list). Charles, a former UW-L student, Taking a step back to fully said his tuition in 1965 was $175 give businesses tools they need ponder the oddness of the situ- but offered no policy positions on like tax incentives. The state ation around me, I was hit more UW funding other than saying he should partner with entrepreneurs so small businesses can strongly by the realization that, supports UW-L. benefit from the research done at in spite of being the only native Asked how the state’s most English speaker in the room, I vulnerable residents could be UW schools, she said. In response to a question was still the worst singer. protected from receding budI began to fully realize that gets, Shilling said Wisconsin is about the UW-L heating plant, which is coal-fired for part of the this sort of thing would become year, Charles asked, “It it really a a regular scenario when that night I found myself in a quest UW-L DEBATE SERIES coal plant?” Shilling said, “Certainly there for world domination during a is an expense” and “a lot of finanOct. 19: Governor’s forum. game of Risk between the German and French students. I did Tom Barrett, Scott Walker, and cial investment” to retrofitting the plant to conform to a recent my best not to make any World JD Langer. 7-8 p.m. judicial ruling requiring the plant War jokes, though I did make a clean up its pollution. The re“Never start a land war in Asia/ *tentative quirement has caused UW-L to Never invade Russia” attempt Oct. 26: 3rd Congressional shuffle its priorities for campus (no one laughed). improvements, Shilling said. At the end of the day, after District. Ron Kind v. Dan She added that she supports the game had ended, I felt I had Kapanke v. Michael Krsiean. Gov. Doyle’s plan for the state to learned a valuable lesson about 7-8 p.m. get 25 percent of its energy from international relations: Never make the Germans angry, beAll debates take place in Port renewable sources by 2025. Charles called himself a rail cause they will invade Alaska O’ Call, Cartwright Center enthusiast and said, “I think the and force you to eat sauerkraut high speed rail has merit.” Shilonce you lose. ling said she strongly supports high speed rail in La Crosse because the city’s infrastructure makes it the ideal route. Shilling received the UW-L Student Association’s 2010 Higher Education Advocate of the Year award in the spring. She represents the 95th Assembly district, which encompasses the City of La Crosse, including the campus, and part of French Island. The midterm elections are November 2. The Salvation Army Thrift Store Next Tuesday’s debate will 728 Copeland Ave. feature Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates Barrett, Walker, and Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Langer and starts at 7 p.m.

The journal of a student abroad By Nick Kammers Staff Writer

In an ideal world, exchange students would be fully integrated into their country’s school and culture, fully assimilated for a short period of time in a manner that allows for a fully nuanced understanding of their country of study and the people within it. Of course, this is not an ideal world (if that is breaking news to anyone, I apologize for being the one that had to tell you). It is typical of human nature to avoid that which makes us uncomfortable or puts us outside of our comfort zone, even when performing a voluntary activity that is by its very definition an attempt to exit said comfort zone. For good or ill, exchange students (in my experience, which of course consists of the slightly over a month I’ve been in Sweden), tend to group themselves with each other. In many ways it is inevitable; lacking anything resembling the comforts of home, exchange students find the next best thing people going through the same initial struggle - because confusion loves company just as much as misery does. As a result, a small international community of students forms, much like the United Nations, but more competent. This is helped in part by the questionable decision of the university here (and La Crosse does something similar) to group the exchange students living situations completely separate from that of regular students, in some cases over an hour walk away. While in many ways it helps ease the transition for exchange students, it also slows the process of acclimating to the cul-

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Lab 101

A column contributed by UW-L’s Murphy Library

Three great new resources In addition to expanded hours, Murphy Library also has some great new information resources, thanks to student funding through the UW-L Academic Initiatives Oversight Committee. The full list of student-funded resources can be found at the library home page. The list includes an impressive array of scholarly, popular, and historical information resources. This week we will take a look at three article lookup tools that have a broad, multidisciplinary focus. While these resources can be used for other research, they are especially appropriate for 100- and 200-level papers and presentations, literary criticism, and historical research on popular and mainstream issues. Opposing Viewpoints: An essential tool for pro/con dialogs, OV Includes information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues, with links to experts on both sides. It features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files, and more. It’s also a great tool to gain greater personal understanding of current issues. Reader’s Guide Retrospective: Find out how it used to be, with articles from the years 1890 – 1982. Indexing more than 3 million historical articles, you get full access to what the American Library Association has hailed as one of the “50 Best Reference Sources for the Millennium.” With Murphy Library’s GetTeXt linkages, the full text of many of these articles are often just another click away. Book Review Digest Retrospective. Want book reviews from credible sources? BRDretro complements the current book-review resources on the library’s “Book Reviews” web page by indexing those hard-to-find reviews of older books, from the years 1905 – 1982. Each book has at least one or two substantial excerpts from major reviewers and often many more. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird, has 15 book review excerpts, which quickly reveal some varying perceptions of that book.

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Criss Cross La Crosse with the ‘rents Your guide to showing mom and dad around the city By Jill Bagniefski Staff Writer

In conjunction with homecoming, this weekend marks the annual Family, Friends, and Alumni weekend at UW-L a Crosse. In addition to the many events the campus planning committee has organized, the City of La Crosse and its surrounding area has a lot to do as a family.

Scenic Attractions

For those looking to enjoy private leisurely time together, try the drive south along the Mississippi River from La Crosse to Ferryville on Hwy 35. The layered rows of towering bluffs and large expanses of water provide one of the most scenic roads traveled in the country, and the 40 minute trip is a great way to view the changing colors. Stop for a mug of stout and traditional English cuisine at the Red Lion in the small town of Victory. For a close-by scenic view of the tri-state area, the park on top of Grandad’s Bluff is always a visitor’s favorite. Pack a lunch and explore the trails. A river view of the tri-state area can be seen from the top of Scenic Trail (signs posted) in La Crescent, MN, just across the river. Long known as the Apple Capital of Minnesota, you’ll find a number of road-side stands this time of year where you can stop for a sampling of the many apple varieties and purchase a bag of your favorites to take home.

Shopping Historic downtown La Crosse is in walking distance of campus and offers a number of shops and eateries, and be sure to stop at the La Crosse Center for the annual sweatshirt sale being held all weekend.

Area Activities The La Crosse Queen Cruise Line oper-

ates river excursions out of Riverside Park all week end and include sightseeing, cocktail and dinner cruises as well as a Sunday Brunch cruise. Call 608-784-8523 for reservations. While at Riverside Park, enjoy a stroll through the new Friendship Gardens on the north end of the park or bring a snack to feed the ducks. If you still need to get your pumpkins, and want to make an afternoon of it, take a drive 20 minutes north on Hwy 53 just past Galesville (watch for signs) and check out Ferguson’s Morningside Orchard. Here you can pick your own apples and pumpkins, stroll through the corn maze, join a hay ride or just have a hot dog and visit the gift shop. The highly spirited may want to experience Terrorfest, the annual haunted house in the Batavian Bank Building downtown at 319 Main Street Fri., Sat. & Sun. starting at 6:30 pm. Photo by Matt Saddoris The La Crosse Center South Hall is featuring Manfest Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Dozens of Downtown La Crosse offers shopping, diining, and entertainment for families during this weekend’s Family, Friends, area merchants and restaurants will and Alumni Weekend at UW-La Crosse. be present with games, goods, prizes, demonstrations, food and lots of enat 328 S. Front Street is recommended. Sea- Finns On The Water at 127 Marina Drive on tertainment. For the more adventurous, Harmony, MN, food lovers may want to try the Freighthouse French Island is suggested for casual dining about 1.2 hours southwest on Hwy 44, fea- Restaurant at 107 Vine Street. A refurbished with a view or dine around the fire on the tures tours of Niagra Cave – call 1-800-837- historic railway station, the Freighthouse fea- open deck if weather permits. The Heider Center in West Salem will 6606 for tour information, as well as tours of tures some of the most succulent king crab an Amish Village – Call 1-800-752-6474 for and steamed lobster served the world over present The Billy McLaughlin Trio on Satas well as a wide-ranging wine list and live urday night at 7:30. The virtuoso guitarist additional details. entertainment Fri. & Sat. evenings. For more will be accompanied by percussionist Billy O. casual dining, Ardies Family Restaurant at and Nathan Wilson on violin and mandolin. Dining and Music 400 Lang Drive, has an extensive menu and Please call 608-786-1220 for further details. For a more formal dining experience with live entertainment Fri. & Sat. evenings. Huck a river view, the new Waterfront Restaurant

Transit center new linchpin in downtown revitalization By Katie Tucker City Editor

Every half hour, Monday through Friday, six busses stop at Grand River Station to load and drop off passengers. But La Crosse’s new transit center is more than just a central bus hub. With residential and commercial space, city officials say the development plays a primary role in revitalizing downtown business. Grand River Station is a type of development known as Transit Orientated Developments (TOD’s) that mix retail and residential precincts built close to public transportation. La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility (MTU) manager Keith Carlson hopes the new station will bring more people to downtown La Crosse. “Our hopes for the future are for further development as a result of transit here. The additional housing will bring more people to the downtown area. As a collective of the two, we want to improve the downtown neighborhood through more businesses and housing,” Carlson said. Like a ripple effect, Carlson said more residents in the downtown vicinity equates to a positive effect on the local economy. “It makes sense. The more people you having living in downtown the better off your retail is going to be,” Downtown Mainstreet Inc. director Tim Kabat said. Plans for the new transit center stemmed after MTU had serious concerns with pedestrian safety. At the old State and Fifth Street location, riders were forced to cross traffic to transfer busses and battle ice and snow in the winter months. “MTU had no identity downtown. We had no way to communicate with riders because of a lack of facility. As a single business we hope to improve the image of public transit in La Crosse in hopes of gaining new riders” Carlson said. Grand River Station is looking to expand its transportation options. A deal with Jefferson Lines is currently in the works to provide intercity bus service through the hub. The transit center contains the city’s regional transit center, 92 mixed-income rental apartments, ground floor retail space,

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and parking. The project was origionally conceived in the city and Downtown Mainstreet Inc.’s City Vision Downtown Revitalization Master Plan back in 2000. For decades downtown La Crosse was classified as “economically depressed” by the IRS, after it lost its significance as a commerce center and passenger railroad services. Developments began to stray away from downtown and to outer city limits. “In the partnership with the city and entities we will continue to strive to create downtown development. This partnership makes the whole system much better,” Carlson said.

GRAND RIVER STATION: BY THE NUMBERS 3,400: Average number of riders a day 500: Bus stops in the MTU’s spoke-and -wheel transit system 12,000: Square footage of commercial space 92: Apartments $270 to $1,210: Cost of rental units

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THE OPEN FORUM Ron Johnson’s not a career politician By Zach Fiene Sophomore

Mark Twain once said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” I believe this quote resonates with many of us today, and we all see that we must rise up in order to save our interests, our values, and most of all, our country. We need to stand up and let our voice be heard now more than ever. Never before has our government infringed on our freedoms like Barack Obama and his Washington allies, including Russ Feingold, have continually done in the past two years. Their spend-happy policies have put a stranglehold on our nation’s economy, worsened the job market, slowed the recovery, and stripped us of our freedoms, all while racking up an unprecedented national debt. It frightens many of us and we are all looking for ways we can help turn this thing around. A few months ago an Oshkosh business-

man decided to do just that. Just like us, he worries about the path this country is on. Just like us, he is angry about the policies that are being rammed down our throats by Washington elitists. His name is Ron Johnson, and on November 2nd, he needs your vote. A life-long successful businessman, Ron Johnson is not a career politician but instead, an entrepreneur. He’s created jobs, balanced budgets, and run a business. Ron is a leader and family man who knows how you feel and who prides himself on governing using common sense. Using practical, old fashioned principles, including “you shouldn’t spend more than you have” and “you shouldn’t infringe on the rights of American citizens,” Ron has separated himself from Russ Feingold, a typical career politician. So I strongly encourage you to please vote for Ron Johnson on November 2nd. He is one of us – a straight shooting, common sense leader that will have your back in Washington.

Scott Walker speaks with all Wisconsinites By Tyler Hartmann Sophomore

Living in a small town, it is difficult to keep up with the state politics, but I do my best. One of the prominent issues, besides the political issues, I found in this race would be the fact that both our gubernatorial candidates are from Milwaukee County. Tom Barrett is the Milwaukee Mayor and Scott Walker is the Milwaukee County Executive. And some newspaper articles suggest this campaign is going to be all about Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin is simply going to have to put up with it. I disagree with those articles because Scott Walker has done an excellent job at representing the concerns of millions of Wisconsinites,

not just from Milwaukee County. Reading press releases from both the campaigns, I learn that Scott Walker actually travels across the state listening to voters more than Barrett. Walker has made trips to every corner of the state and he continues to do so every day. Barrett, on the other hand, seems to be less available to the Wisconsin people and only travels to areas with strong party support, showing his true lack of concern for all people of the great state of Wisconsin. Scott Walker for governor makes perfect sense because he takes the time to get out of Milwaukee County, and travel around the state to focus on the people and the issues they regard as important!

Kapanke will cut the pork, help businesses By Alyssa Gebel Senior

Wisconsin needs a Congressman who can bring innovative ideas back and incorporate his years as a successful businessman into doing right for Wisconsin citizens. That person clearly has not been the incumbent, Democrat Ron Kind, a career politician who banks on his 14 years in Congress to win him re-election; rather it is his challenger State Senator Dan Kapanke who has what it takes and more to get Western Wisconsin back on track. Listening to the people is crucial in order for elected officials to effectively execute their job, and despite the fact that 70% of his constituents opposed the legislation, Ron Kind voted for the healthcare bill proving that he continually votes strictly with his party disregarding the people he represents. That is not a value that our Congressman should possess. There is no denying


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that our country needs new contemporary, conservative ideas on how to deal with healthcare and the economy; ideas that Dan Kapanke will bring to Washington. From the beginning Dan has been running on a “Cut the Pork” campaign and that is exactly what this country needs from our leader. We need someone who will revisit the unspent portions of the stimulus money and use tax cuts to the advantage of private sectors to attract businesses to Wisconsin in order to create more jobs and get businesses back on their feet. Favoring the line item veto is what can stop wasteful spending within government and once again Dan Kapanke supports it. I personally cannot wait to see what Dan Kapanke does for Wisconsin while serving as our 3rd District Congressman, although anything he does will be better than the party line voting from Ron Kind throughout the last 14 years that must be brought to an end.


Sexual assault: Prevention lies with YOU

A stranger lurking around the corner, hiding in the bushes, waiting in a dark alley—this is what many people think of when imagining the perpetrator of a sexual assault. But the chances of being sexually assaulted by a complete stranger are slim. Most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, according to violence prevention specialist Ingrid Peterson. This means that while avoiding walking alone at night and carrying pepper spray are good precautions, they will not necessarily prevent a person from being

It’s pretty damn simple: “no” means consent was not given, and any further action is punishable by law. if one person was leading the other person on. It’s pretty damn simple: “no” means consent was not given, and any further action is punishable by law. So watch out for your friends and fellow classmates. If you see someone being coaxed

CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT STATS -A majority of sexual assault is date/ acquaintance rape against women by men -3% of all college women become victims of rape in a given 9 month academic year (roughly 163 UW-L women) sexually assaulted. The real dangers lie in crowded bars and house parties, where intoxicated students lose inhibitions and are more likely to put themselves in risky situations. So how are students supposed to protect themselves from seemingly harmless friends and acquaintances? This is where close friends and bystanders have a tremendous responsibility. “Students can play a major role in prevention by stepping in to intervene in situations where they see a guy trying to get a drunk woman to leave a party with him, for example,” said Peterson. Students need to be alert and unafraid to get involved if something doesn’t seem right in a situation. While drinking and “hooking up” might be the stereotypical college lifestyle, it’s not always okay. Sexual assault is defined by law as “any forced or coerced sexual intercourse or contact.” Sex without consent is considered rape, and it is a felony. It doesn’t matter

-55% of women and 75% of men involved in date rape admit to have been drinking or doing drugs when the incident occurred -It is estimated that only 40% of sexual assaults are reported to the police. into an uncomfortable situation, step in. If your drunk friend wants to leave with a member of the opposite sex, ask if he or she really wants to be in that situation. If you feel uncomfortable, say something. Step in. In these types of situations it’s best to follow your gut feeling. In the most recent sexual assault case on campus, three of the victim’s roommates were at best bystanders during the attack, and at worst partly complicit. Instead of watching and allegedly laughing, these clowns should have given a damn about a fellow human being’s dignity and either gotten help or tried to step in. If just one of these onlookers would have stepped up or told someone about Gudis’s earlier threat to violate the victim, it’s very likely three or more lives wouldn’t be ruined as you read this. Keep this in mind, bystander.

Off the Record...

Some of the biggest questions yet to be answered in college for many of us may come as a shock. It doesn’t have anything to do with math, english, or history. Rather, many are left wondering why that group of seemingly immature males insists on yelling off of their balcony at everyone that walks past. Man or woman, young or old, it doesn’t seem to matter. Attempting to immasculinate or insult men often times doesn’t work, and women aren’t attracted by your perverted comments. Leave the comedy to those like Tyler Perry or Ray Romano who are already terrible at it. -OTR-

There is a pertinent place and time to for everything. Calling someone out in a room full of peers does not always lead to the most appropriate or receptive environment. Personal preferences and positions on political issues are just that, personal. Engaging in conversation with opposing views is a great way to learn a side of an argument you may have never thought of. Many times you’ll raise the question or argument for

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discussion thinking it’s a suitable situation, sometimes it is, but if you’re in the majority calling someone out in the minority double check to make sure the current atmosphere is really where you’d like to hold your conversation. If you really care about the topic it might be best to bring it up in a more subdue environment. Being a little more sensitive to preferences is often more insightful. -OTRIt’s mid-October, but it feels like summer! One hopes it stays this way for a while. Don’t misunderstand, Wisconsin weather is usually great, but no one enjoys walking to class in the kind of bitter cold that makes you check that your toes haven’t broken off. Not only does it become unbearably cold, but the extreme winds make the negative temperatures even worse. So take the time to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather we’re having before it disappears.

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-/+ Drops to being at Murphy until midnight on a Sunday. Props to getting a good chuckle from the guy power walking through campus while eating a bag of chips. +/- Props to turning 21. Drops to still having to deal with underage tickets. +/- Props to house parties. Drops to the ones that are so hot that everyone is too sweaty to touch. +/- Props to keg stands. Drops to failing at them miserably. + Props to long-boarders +/-Props to the homecoming football game being another reason to day drink. Drops to it also being parents weekend and my parents spending the whole time here. + Props to professors who are down for take home exams. Across 1 Send, as payment 6 Porker in pictures 10 Immense 14 Banish 15 Neeson of "Schindler's List" 16 Not many 17 South African expanse 18 "Three men in __" 19 Crescent-shaped figure 20 Washed abrasively 22 Father of Fauvism 24 Climbed 26 Rented 27 Gouda, e.g. 29 One of the United Arab Emirates

31 Actress Ullmann 32 Nebr. neighbor 34 Pursue stealthily 38 Uganda's Amin 39 Jock 41 Sine qua __ 42 Rio Grande trib- tary 44 "__ 18" (Uris novel) 45 __ chi 46 Decree 48 Nurture 51 Expert 54 Compulsive 56 Without assistance 58 Erin 61 Laura of "Jurassic Park" 62 Convent residents 64 Proportion

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65 Haul 66 City on the Irtysh 67 Trite 68 Derisive shouts 69 Fancy marbles 70 Conger catcher Down 1 Guns 2 Corporate VIP 3 Ousted Serbian dictator 4 Mussolini's title 5 Aquarium acquisi- tions 6 Plow part 7 River islet 8 Oz creator

9 Preserve, in a way 10 Brave 11 Kick up __ 12 Good judgment 13 Handwoven cloth from Scotland 21 Vote in 23 Rib 25 Lingered 27 Film segment 28 Pelt 30 "Cabaret" actor Grey 33 Some resistance 35 Before birth 36 Advance 37 Joined together closely 39 Requested 40 Hoglike animal

+/- Props to Karaoke night at the Library. Drops to the DJ telling us he’s booked for the night as he walks up and sings the next song. +/- Props to Taco Johns for having the chocotaco. Drops to the workers hearing “soft shell taco” when you order. +/- Props to being in LAX for school. Drops to gaining all the weight I lost this summer back due to my drinking habits. +/+ Props to dancing at Coco’s. Double props to my guy friends pretending to be my boyfriend to keep the creepers away.

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Trane, one of La Crosse’s largest firms, promotes sustainability, energy, and of course, internships.

By Alex Witt Assistant Features Editor


rane, a La Crosse subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, employs 95 interns this semester, 55 of whom are from UW-L. Most students are interested in what the company looks for in potential job candidates. They also happen to be local leaders in the sustainability and green energy movements and are a major philanthropic contributor in the area. Founded in La Crosse in 1913, Trane is now an international power in manufacturing HVAC systems. The company is currently 20 thousand employees strong, 2 thousand of which are employed in La Crosse offices. Their local contribution to the job market isn’t limited to their employees. The company does their part to keep businesses in the region afloat with $30 million in annual purchases from the La Crosse area and $50 million in the state of Wisconsin. Each year they are able to bring employees from all over the world to the La Crosse facilities, adding up to a $2 million economic contribution. Although many students may not be familiar with exactly what Trane does in the area, there are several reasons they should be. If you have a central heating/ cooling system in your home, chances are good that it sports the ‘Trane’ logo. Not to mention, many of the La Crosse employees are UW-L graduates. Anyone looking for an internship through Career Services on campus will likely come across the organization’s name and mission in their search. This year alone, over 50 interns from UW-L are building professional skills through opportunities made available by the company. Interns at Trane are more than office pets. All internship opportunities are paid and provide direct work experience in various fields like Information Technologies (IT), Information Systems (IS), International Logistics, and Accountancy. Marlin Helgeson, former UW-L grad and HR representative at Trane, is particularly excited about the shared opportunity between interns and the organization. “It is a mutual benefit for our company to hire UW-L interns and gives students the opportunity to be exposed to a large corporate setting”, said Helgeson when asked about student opportunities. Based on performance, Trane’s interns often move on to start their professional careers there. But the company won’t hire just anybody. There are some specific qualifications candidates must meet to be hired. Most positions have minimum education requirements, other position-specific requirements. Candidates must also have strong communication skills and leadership experience. “Personality is a big part of it. Not only do students have to meet the listed qualifications, they also have to be able to market themselves based on those qualifications”, said Helgeson. Helgeson also has some helpful hints for students searching for jobs in the next few years. The first piece of advice is to leverage services available in Career Services. He said that not enough people take advantage of what is easily the most useful resource on campus. Building a good relationship with program advisors and

Helgeson says that most students are lulled into the fallacy that learning stops when they graduate. Students who want to succeed in the professional world must be prepared to continue learning. the academic advising center is also crucial in the process of finding a job. Helgeson says that “process” is the best word to describe the job hunt. It isn’t only about the interview. He stressed the importance of researching the company and job of interest, asking questions, and presenting oneself in a professional manner. He qualified his last piece of advice as the most crucial. He said that most students are lulled into the fallacy that learning stops when they graduate. Students must be prepared to continue learning, otherwise they will never succeed in the professional world. Trane’s commitment to serving the community doesn’t stop at employing local students. The company’s mission, “People using knowledge to turn building systems into business advantages, together” only touches on this idea. One of the organization’s major goals is to be “a center for energy and sustainability”, said Helgeson. Some of the ideas they employ are as straightforward as the things we do at home to eliminate energy waste. Helgeson had the unique opportunity to participate in the Trane “Energy Treasure Hunt”. Teams from an array of disciplines were challenged to search company facilities for energy inefficiencies. Employees found things as miniscule as backlighting on vending machines, leaky faucets, and an absence of rain sensors on irrigation systems. Through the elimination of these types of waste, Trane was able to save a significant amount of money. For example, replacing restroom paper towel dispensers with high efficiency hand dryers saved the company $25 thousand last year. Helgeson said, “All these little things may not seem like much, but they really add up in the end”. The company has also recently collaborated with area Girl Scouts to teach them about energy efficiency. Supporting the community through philanthropic contributions is also one of Trane’s foundational values. They are able to serve local organizations

with both time and money, and employees are a big part of the reason. Employees were able to boost the company to being one of the largest contributors to the United Way—an organization many UW-L students have a connection to. Trane matched employee donations to

United Way totaling $211 thousand. The American Cancer society also received a gift of $10 thousand from Trane employees, which the company also matched.


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Not just another classroom Small Business Development Center, located in room 120 Wimberly opens doors for new businesses By Allen Knappenberger Associate Writer

“I end up being the catch-all.” This is how Anne Hlavacka describes how she is settling into her new position as the Small Business Development Center Director. Hlavacka is in her first year as the new director of the Small Business Development Center ( SBDC) right here on campus. Many do not know that the tiny office in 120 Carl Wimberly Hall actually provides professional advice and direction to local businesses and many starting businesses. The SBDC serves two purposes. They offer free counseling involving how to strategically start your business, how to obtain financial support, and what actions the bank will take to help you become the entrepreneur you want to be. The second purpose is general counseling. This involves issues dealing with human resources, how to transition into your new business, and how to make your business grow. In addition to these the SBDC works with programming. This means making information available to businesses, marketing, social media, and actively participating with other resources to help foster economic partnerships. SBDC serves seven counties in and around La Crosse including: Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon. When asked what her position consists of on a day-to-day basis Hlavacka summed it up into three categories, “Overall management of the office, meet and counsel businesses, economic development.” Working in the office

is where the magic happens. “I end up being the catch-all,” Hlavacka said as she takes many phone calls, e-mails, and faxes from local businesses, people wanting to start a business, and from events that are happening in La Crosse that are business related. When meeting with potential business owners, Hlavacka discusses what their vision is for the business, how will they get it up and running, and what their business plan should look like. The SBDC is a network that operates statewide. With offices at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UWParkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior, and UW-Whitewater all directors can speak with each other and find out what is working, what isn’t, and how they may change their strategy to connecting with the community. Settling into the new director position has been an interesting experience for Hlavacka. As a UW-L alumna, getting to know the area has not been the most difficult task for her. Learning more about interactions within the community and campus and meeting new and interesting people has been an enjoyable experience for Hlavacka. She feels its helps develop a strong base as a director and helps evolve the SBDC into something greater. Contacting the SBDC is quick and easy. They can be found on the UWL website at: "http://www.uwlax. edu/sbdc" or by phone 608-785-8782. Make an appointment or talk over the phone to many of the helpful people in the SBDC to get your business up and running.



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Some students trade Murphy Library for Perkins for late night studying By Ashley Atkinson Staff Writer

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The sun goes down and come regulars; however there the procrastinators and busy are the occasional new faces. students come out of their Castellanos feels that he forms homes, coffee shops, and the friendly relationships with the library to find a new dwelling patrons and says, “I think a where they can get late-night familiar face makes them feel homework done. They come more relaxed and at home.” armed with energy drinks, Hector Castellanos is content laptops, and textbooks to Perwith this unique subculture of kins restaurant, which over the clientele, explaining that they years has evolved into being a are generally polite and rarely family restaurant by day and a complain. pseudo-library by night. The drastic change in Perkins, which is open 24 hours a day, “The first round usually has a steady flow of students that come comes in around eight o’clock to study during the and then the second round late-night hours. This student presence has comes in around midnight created a new nocturand might stay as late as four nal culture in Perkins. According to Hector in the morning.” Castellanos, a server Hector Castellanos at the restaurant, there are generally Perkins Employee two shifts of studiers. “The first round usually comes in around eight customer needs makes waiters o’clock and then the second and waitresses adjust their round comes in around midnight and might stay as late as four in the morning.” Castellanos has worked there for three years, and has worked the overnight shift for about a year. Certain days of the week are busier than others. Very few students go to Perkins on Mondays or Tuesdays, and as expected, they seem to have different priorities on Fridays and Saturdays. The remaining days of the week are when they come to do the most work, especially Sundays. Castellanos explains that, ever since he has worked there, students have been coming to Perkins to do homework, but that he has seen an increase in scholar attendance ever since the restaurant started offering free Wi-Fi at the end of 2009. The students usually be-

style of interaction. “I never know when to check back in,” states Castellanos. He has learned to ask the students what they prefer in regards to their service. Many visitors who come to study are concentrated in a specific area of the restaurant so that they aren’t disturbed by the bar crowd. Perkins does not require customers to order anything in order to use their facilities for studying. “I understand that students are on a budget so I don’t put it past them if they don’t order anything,” says Castellanos. He goes on to say, however, that it is considerate to order something since the restaurant is providing a safe environment and free Wi-Fi to those that come to Perkins.

Buzzard Billy’s, a local restaurant located on Pearl Street in downtown La Crosse, is known for its Cajun-Creole food, large beer selection, and funky feel. Upon entering Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp Café I was immediately encompassed by a retro, quirky atmosphere, complete with a bicycle hanging from the ceiling. At the bar there were 50’s style red barstools and the walls sported a plethora of antique signs. We were seated in a matter of minutes, and only seconds after we sat down our waitress Trisha was there to take our drink order. Now that’s service! Opening up the menu, there were many items that I wasn’t used to, such as: Gator Fingers (deep fried alligator), the wide array of Poboys (hoagie style sandwich that originated in New Orleans) and Buzzard Eggs (bacon wrapped chicken tenders stuffed with jalapeños and pepper jack). Needless to say, I wanted to try it all. The menu has some-

thing for everyone to enjoy and that’s what’s so great about it! Not only is there something for the whole family, but also everything on the menu is fairly priced: a sandwich would run you about $7 and a walleye dinner would take you to about $16; typical for any restaurant. I ordered the chicken bourbon sandwich with hushpuppies. Let me just say, those were the greatest hushpuppies I’ve ever had, hands down. The bourbon chicken was great as well! It had the perfect zesty, tangy taste that I was looking for. “Every visit to Buzzard Billy’s has been delicious and satisfying,” said customer Brittney H. Buzzard Billy’s isn’t just known for its authentic and oh-so-tasty Cajun food but for its Starlite Lounge as well. Located above Buzzard Billy’s, The Starlite Lounge will take you back Jetson style. With its retro feel, the atmosphere is just screaming for Frank Sinatra to belt out a note or two. Located just above the Flying Carp Café, it’s a perfect little getaway for those over the age of 21 to relax and have a good time. HOurs of operation Buzzard Billy’s Mon-Thurs: 11:30AM-10PM Fri: 11:30am-11pm Sat: 11am-11pm Starlight Lounge Tues-Sat: 4pm-Close



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

UW-L swimmer makes strong case for national award Hoff is finalist for 2010 NCAA Women of the Year By Jim Meulendyke Associate Writer

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Chelsea Hoff has been a popular name on campus lately – her name has been circulating through our inboxes since the end of last year. The UW-L website has had her as a campus spotlight on the front page. Even half of the latest Gow Gram was dedicated to her. But if you think it is that easy to find Ms. Hoff around campus, think again. “She’s probably buried in the library somewhere – she’s always there” mentions former teammate Nate Hoffman. Sure enough – Nate was correct. While seeking her out for an interview, I found that is exactly where she was. This made complete sense – you cannot boast a 4.00 GPA in the ESS Pre-Physical Therapy major without working for it. You don’t earn the CSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American award two consecutive years by not doing your schoolwork. You also probably wouldn’t receive an

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship if you watched the Monday Night Football Game instead of busting out homework for a couple of hours. But that is just the way Chelsea ticks. “I’m not surprised one bit” says former teammate Danielle Ellingson when told of Hoff ’s academic standing. “She studies a lot, and academics are always a high priority.” And that is why Chelsea is at the library – and only half of the reason that she is garnering so much attention. Besides all of the academic accolades, Chelsea is also a swimmer here at UW–L. A very, very good swimmer. Hoff started her career across our southwestern border where she swam at the University of Iowa her freshman year before transferring to UW-L. That is when the accolades from the pool started to flow in. Most recently, at the 2010 WIAC conference meet, she walked away with titles in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, and was a member of the 1st place 200 and 400 freestyle and the 200 medley relays. That performance ran her total to nine individual and 11 relay conference titles during her three year swimming career at La Crosse, and also lead to her third straight WIAC Female Swimmer of the Meet award. On top of all of that, she holds eight separate records at this university (four individual and four relay), seven records at the WIAC Championship (three individual and four relay), and has earned NCAA Division III All-American honors 18 times in her career. The list of wins and awards goes on, and her former teammates noted why, describing her as an “intense competitor” and a “gym rat”. “She is a phenomenal athlete, which can be attributed to natural talent but also extremely hard work and dedication” says graduated

swimmer Kelly Borden. Adds former teammate Nicole Waner, “It’s her focus. She is an incredible competitor and when she steps in the pool she gets in this zone. She is completely focused – she really wants to win.” But what about away from the pool, and away from the classroom? “Oh, away from the pool she is relaxed, and fun to hang out with” notes Waner. “She’s funny – she has a sarcastic sense of humor”. Hoff has also been described by others as a “reliable person” and “an extremely hard worker”, and her former teammates were not short of breath when it came to talking about how they have benefitted from Chelsea in different aspects. Says Borden, “Chelsea is one of those people who seems to excel at everything she does… (She) has a way of pushing those around her to be at their best, not only in the pool, but the classroom as well.” With all of that being said, it goes to show you why Chelsea represents UW-L as one of 30 nominees (ten from each division) from around the country up for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award includes past winners such as 2000 Olympic gold medalist Kim Black and notable basketball star Rebecca Lobo. If selected to the top ten, Hoff and nine others will be honored at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 17, where the winner of the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced. So Chelsea, I think you’re allowed to put your studies on hold for one Sunday and enjoy yourself. Go ahead and indulge in and reflect on your past experiences – you have earned every bit of the notoriety that is being given to you. I just hope there is enough space on your mantle for one more award.

Roy Halladay throws no-hitter in game one By Louie Schuth Associate Writer

Sometimes things happen that are completely unreal. These are things that you can only dream of happening. Take for instance the dream that almost every young kid has; the dream that someday they could pitch in the big leagues, the dream that they could be the best pitcher in baseball, the dream that they could throw a no-hitter in the playoffs. Well, sometimes these dreams do come true. In dream-like fashion Roy Halladay started the Philadelphia Phillies playoff run with a bang last Wednesday. In fact, he made history by throwing only the second no-hitter in the history of the MLB playoffs. The first no-hitter in the history of the playoffs was a Perfect Game by Don Larsen in the fifth game of the 1956 World Series. Even more impressive is the fact that this was his first appearance in the playoffs of his career. Since he was with the Toronto Blue Jays for the entirety of his career before being traded to the Phillies this past off-season he never had a chance to go to the playoffs. In fact, ever since that trade Halladay has been living a dream. Let’s face it. You’re the best pitcher in baseball. You play on one of the worst teams in one of the toughest divisions in baseball. So what do you do? You ask to be traded to the best team in the other league, the weaker league, the Philadelphia Phillies. You get traded. You put together a Cy Young year including MLB’s 20th perfect game in history. You do this on the way to winning the division with the best record in all of baseball. Then you go out and throw a no-hitter in the first game of the playoffs, something that’s only been done once. And that makes it a no-hitter in the regular

season and the playoffs, something that’s never been done before. Ever. Mr. Halladay, on behalf of baseball fans everywhere, I’d like to ask you to never wake up. On this day, there was nobody that was going to be able to stop Roy Halladay. Not even NL MVP candidate Joey Votto. Even though he had the best on-base percentage in the Major Leagues, he could not reach base. Only one man could reach base, and that’s not because he did anything special, it’s because Roy Halladay barely missed on two pitches and ended up walking him. That man would be Jay Bruce. His “stuff ” was magical. When interviewed his catcher Carlos Ruiz said that he was consistent on both sides of the plate with a good fastball and cutter. And what were the first words out of his mouth when he was asked about Halladay’s stuff? “Oh, my God.” Every once in a while a day comes along where a pitcher has the stuff like Halladay had last Wednesday; the stuff that’s un-hittable. Rarely does it happen to the same pitcher twice. Roy Halladay’s a rare pitcher. It wasn’t just Halladay’s stuff that was extraordinary. Halladay, a career .141 hitter, went 1 for 3 driving in and scoring one of the Phillies runs. That just adds to the magnitude of this special day. What is the one thing Halladay has yet to do? He has never won the World Series. I am sure it’s all part of the dream, a dream that seems to have no down points. Be thankful that you have been able to witness this dream season. Someday you will be able to tell your grandkids that you were watching when Roy Halladay rewrote history.

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Eagle football claims first win this season Ryan Pomerening Staff Writer

Things finally started to come together for the UW-L football team after a dismal 0-4 start to the season. The Eagles overcame injuries to several key players to beat UW-River Falls 37-20, relying on a balanced offensive attack and an aggressive and opportunistic defense. In the first four games of the season the defense struggled to make big plays and the offense struggled with stretching out the field. Those concerns were addressed Saturday as the defense managed three fumble recoveries, one interception. River Falls was also forced to deal with a relentless Eagles pass rush which managed four sacks. “We knew we had the ability to get after the quarterback and finally we did today”, said Captain Jimmy Litschner while giving credit to the defensive line. As for the senior linebacker himself, he managed to lead the team with 13 tackles. A definite sigh of relief seemed to be come from the team as they fixed key problems and earned their first win. “All the stress is right off our shoulders. We got a lot to work on, but this is definitely a start”, said Donovan Winter who had one of the best games of his career, posting seven solo tackles and two sacks. A couple of freshman also made huge contributions in the first half, with Max Nicholson blocking a punt, and quarterback Mike Butterfield busting a 47 yard touchdown run after coming in to play the Eagle’s version of the “Wildcat” offense. Up to this point of the season, the Eagles’ passing game seemed to lack explosiveness, particularly while throwing deep. This was not the case Saturday as Nick Anker had what was likely his best game of

the year. Acting as a dual threat, the senior quarterback looked sharp in all of his throws, particularly several deep passes. Anker also added 59 yards on the ground. Travis Bordeau led the team in catches and yards (5-81), including a 40 yarder. “We realized that we hadn’t gone deep too much this year and we got players that can make plays downfield”, said the senior wideout, “Coach has stressed it and today we finally came through. Hopefully it’ll open our offense up a bit more”. Bordeau also made an impressive play early in the fourth quarter while leaping for a tipped ball that appeared to be a sure interception after deflecting off of tight end Ross Slovensky. The impressive play on the ball resulted in an Eagle first down. Several of the game’s biggest plays came from special teams. Aside from both kick-offs and coverage both being excellent all game, the Eagles also gained momentum early in the first half when freshman safety Max Nicholson blocked a punt to keep the ball in Falcons territory. The most productive and impressive player on the Eagles’ offense this season has been running back Lee Lauters. He had been averaging 25 carries a game in the team’s first four match-ups, Lauters was given a lighter workload against the Falcons as he entered Saturday’s game battling a hip pointer injury. Though he was not able to pound the ball on the ground quite as hard as he had been in previous weeks, the junior proved to be very resourceful option in the passing game. Lauters pulled in two touchdown catches and was second only to Travis Bordeau in receptions and yards in the contest, posting four catches for 40 yards. The Eagles look to extend their winning streak playing at home this Saturday against UW-Platteville. Kickoff will be at 1 P.M.

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