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Recollection a decade later

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S i n g l e Co p i e s Fr e e

A new era By Isaac Lindahl Sports Editor

UW-La Crosse Alumni Jeremy Richter, class of ’94, was part of the 1992 NCAA National Championship football team. His passion for the game of football and love for UW-L were two of his biggest reasons for donating five UW-L football-themed commercials valued at $250,000 to the university. Richter is president of Richter Studios, a Chicago-based firm that creates commercials, brand films and corporate video productions for clients around the world. Richter and his brother, David Richter, ‘92, who was a teammate of Jeremy’s on the 1989 National Championship runner-up football team, formed Richter Studios in 2003. Pat Stephens, UW-L Director of Collegiate Gifts, says Richter’s company put a lot of time and effort into these gifts for their alma mater. Courtesy Hannahrose Rand

Flowers laid along with 3,000 American flags in remembrance of September 11, 2001. The flags were placed by UW-La Crosse ROTC program, UW-L Young Republicans and Veteran’s Club in honor of those who lost their lives.

Continuous campaigning Heinze, Krug discuss upcoming year By Gretchen Zishka Senior Reporter

Student Association President Madisson Heinze, along with Vice President Jason Krug, will lead UW-La Crosse’s student governance this year. Krug and Heinze are both juniors, with Krug

“I want to make sure all student groups can get their concerns taken care of and their voices heard.” Madisson Heinze Student Association President

majoring in political science and public administration and Heinze in political science.   Krug began his leadership career with involvement in RHAC as a freshman, then became the RHAC senator the next year. He was torn between student government leadership and being a resident assistant, but felt, “I could do more good and solve more problems within student governance.”

  Heinze is also a Student Senate veteran. She held a position as a freshman senator, then a College of Liberal Studies seat. “The transition to President just felt natural, and being an executive gives me a whole new perspective,” Heinze said. She first became involved in governance to find out more about what was going on around campus and what was being done to address student issues.   Heinze and Krug want to emphasize openness and availability in their leadership. Some issues they mean to focus on include new dining services and beverage contracts, environmentally friendly campus initiatives and the question of whether to remodel the existing Cartwright student union or plan to build a new one. Heinze and Krug have already heard from students about other issues the campus faces, and are happy to hear about and deal with any concerns that arise. In order to make their presence known on campus, so all students feel they can come to them with concerns, they will pursue a strategy of continuous campaigning. This means that even though they have been elected already, they Please see Heinze/krug page 2

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Where were you?

Looking back at 9/11 and where we are now By Nick Kammers Campus Editor

It was eighth grade Spanish class. We were learning the difference between ser and estar. It is sometimes hard to remember a pre-September 11 world. I remember some things. I remember a young Britney Spears helping kickstart puberty. I remember when political sex scandals were defined by misunderstanding basic pronouns rather than self-photographed genitalia. I remember Garfield on Saturday morning cartoons, the slow feed of dial-up internet and Holmgren shaking his head after another miraculous Favre touchdown pass. Mostly though, I remember the TV screen that day in Spanish class. I remember watching it live. The scope didn’t sink in immediately. The Twin Towers meant very little to me before then. I knew they existed. I had some general idea about what they did. But before that day, New York itself had always seemed vaguely fictional, a mythical land that held both America’s

greatest achievements and dangers unimaginable to a young boy from a Wisconsin suburb. Even watching the devastation from the first crash, there was too much confusion and too much conflicting information to actually believe what was happening. This sort of thing just didn’t happen. Not to us. We were America. Didn’t we give the world peace, democracy and apple pie? No one could hate us enough to attack us. None of our pilots would crash into crash into the World Trade Center. At 8:03 a.m. Central Standard, the second plane hit, and it became very real. The rest of the day was a blur. Some teachers tried to get back to their lessons, to their jobs, clinging to the sanity of routine in an attempt to cope with a world that no longer made sense. They couldn’t help themselves from checking every couple of minutes for some sign, any sign really, that indicated that things were going to be alright. I never did learn the difference between ser and estar. The state of shock lasted for a while. If anything my parents seemed worse than my teachers, if only because the situation seemed

Some teachers tried to get back to their lessons, to their jobs, clinging to the sanity of routine in an attempt to cope with a world that no longer made sense. worse by the time school ended. My parents came home early, worried that any tall Milwaukee building could potentially be next. People were inventing reasons why Wisconsin could be the next target. We went to church seeking comfort in community, knowing that the rest of the country was also mourning. Regardless of religious, ethnic, or political affiliation, we became temporarily unified by shared tragedy. It took a month to feel comfortable cracking a smile again. In the meantime, people risked their lives in rescue missions, Muslims and those mistaken as Muslims were hit by a wave of hate Please see remembering page 2


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will publicize themselves using campaign techniques such as flyers, chalk messages, a concerns/issues board and contact with the student press.   Hearing so many voices can be difficult. Like every leadership position, being Student Senate presidents has its advantages and disadvantages. Major challenges are time management, learning to prioritize and delegate and to juggle many sometimesconflicting interests. Despite the challenges, Krug and Heinze, would encourage students to get involved in student governance and campus life right from the start at UW-L. Besides being an obvious resume builder, student government has helped them make connections to the real world. Heinze has received work and internship opportunities through the Senate, and both believe it helped them develop their ability to deal with a wide variety of people, to prioritize, and to communicate in a professional context. But the most important strength they gained through the Senate was an ability to listen. They encourage people to contact them at heinze.madi@uwlax.edu and krug.jaso@ uwlax.edu, or talk to them directly at the Student Association room in 235 Cartwright.

Ten years in a post 9/11 world From REMEMBERING, page 1

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In preparation of the new parking ramp construction, on-campus side streets now require a UW-La Crosse permit. Included are the following: 16th from La Crosse Street to Farwell Street, 17th Street from La Crosse Street to Farwell Street and Farwell Street from East Avenue North to 16th Street. The permits cost the same as a parking lot permit and are available at the University Police Station.

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crimes, the stock market fell and the world changed. For me, 9/11 is the day the world grew up. Yet, as a nation, we seemed stuck in perpetual adolescence, clinging to our teenage-like hubris, our infallibility. Our development was arrested in the 90s as we continued to assume our military power and moral righteousness would be able to right the wrongs of the world in one fell swoop. Not every bad thing that happened in the last ten years was a result of 9/11. Katrina would have happened regardless. But 9/11 has defined this generation, the catalyst to the fear and anger of today, and the apprehension towards the future. Children in elementary school have only known a post 9/11 world, where we no longer look hopefully into the future but are mired in a national attitude that believes that tomorrow, things will get worse. In spite of the difficulties of waging war on a concept like terror, it cannot be said that the hijackers won that day. Bin Laden is dead, but looking at the world ten years later, I can no longer definitively say that they lost either. Disclaimer: Nick Kammers, Racquet editor, shares his experience of 9/11 and the aftermath. His views do not reflect those of the entire Racquet editorial staff.

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New Apple app hits market with UW-L twist

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SUMMER RECAP

Here are some things that happened in the world since our last issue: • Recall elections around the state resulted in two state legislature seats being gained by Democrats. Republicans now have a 17-16 majority. Seven year La Crosse mainstay Dan Kapanke was defeated by challenger Jennifer Shilling. • Congress was deadlocked as the federal government approached default, with both parties playing chicken as the deadline approached. Eventually the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed. • The United States’ credit rating was still downgraded by Standard & Poors. • Civil unrest in Great Britain led to widespread riots in London, causing $200 million of property damage.

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The photo above is a Quick Response Code. Simply take a photo with your Apple device and the application scans it translates it into the UW-La Crosse app. By Julie Schneider City Editor

UW-La Crosse became even more techsavvy to kick off the school year by offering the mobile application for all iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod-touch owners. The UW-L mobile app is now available for free at the Apple iTunes store Web site. The mobile application provides the user with access to UW-L videos, events and news along with the con-

tact information for the entire UW-L faculty and staff. Andrea Forcey, a student at UW-L, downloaded the application for her iPhone and uses it about once a week. “The app allows me to learn little tidbits about what is going on around campus. I like to read the campus connection or look on the campus calendar for a quick and easy reference to stay informed,” Forcey said. The application also links the user to maps of campus and points of interest which are very beneficial to students.

Knowledge aids in staying safe By K.C. Powers News Editor

Safety on campus is a topic that universities around the nation have been preaching about to students since the dawn of academics. UW-La Crosse is no exception; students are constantly receiving a steady stream of e-mails from various university staff members urging safe practices on campus. Why must we constantly be reminded on practices that we deem “common sense”? The answer lies in the extensively large numbers of safety incidents each semester. Sure, UW-L isn’t Madison in size, but various attacks and safety concerns occur on campus nearly every semester. Already this semester there has been an attempted robbery on campus. The attempted robbery occurred in the section between Wimberley Hall and The REC. Thankfully the situation was resolved. However, it’s incidents similar to this occurring every semester that have university officials urging students to read safety e-mails and announcements. Some students on campus seem to adopt the habit of deleting these e-mails as soon as it hits the inbox. This could possibly lead to a very harmful situation because in these e-mails are vital information about what is going on in and around campus. They also show how to best protect and inform yourself so that you’re not involved in the next incident report on campus. The best defense you can possible have is knowledge. Familiarizing yourself with campus and the areas around campus can be the difference between safety and another statistic. The UW-L campus is packed with a total of 26 bright blue safety lights near every building. These lights have below it a call box. In case of an emergency or suspicion students are advised to press the large red button under the light. When the button is

pressed it singles the University Police who are staffed around the clock. UW-L Junior Michele Satter recognizes the blue lights as a first defense, “When walking around campus at night I am always sure to walk with a purpose. This means I am constantly keeping my head high. I also note

“When walking around campus at night I am always sure to walk with a purpose.” Michele Satter UW-L Student, Junior the closest blue light in case I should ever need to reach it fast.” They are there for a reason, so don’t be afraid to use them. A complete interactive map of the lights is on the UW-L Web site. In the safety e-mail sent out earlier this week by Dean of Students, Dr. Paula Knudson urges awareness. “Try not to walk alone at night and stay in well-lit areas, also if you have to walk alone try not to be on your phone or iPod.” Practicing these will help you stay safe not only on campus, but also off campus too. Junior Megan Duncan recalls a few moments where she feels unsafe around La Crosse, “The only time I have felt threatened near campus at night is when drunk guys bug you and you can’t seem to get them to leave.” This situation should be handled by how Knudson’s advises as “walking directly to the nearest house or business if you feel you are being followed.” Never take a situation you feel uncomfortable in lightly. Always trust your gut and follow up with campus safety whether it is e-mails or announcements.

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• NFL owners and the players union managed to sign an agreement before losing any games in the new season. The agreement will run ten years.

• The NBA lockout shows no signs of ending soon. Both sides remain far from an agreement, with several high profile NBA players threatening to play overseas if the season does not occur. • The final Harry Potter movie was released in theaters with rave reviews and greater profits, marking the end of a cultural phenomenon that began in 1997 and has spanned books, movies, video games, theme park rides and more. • Celebrity deaths included pop singer Amy Whinehouse, E-Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, Ryan Dunn of Jackass fame, and former professional wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage. • Casey Anthony, charged with the murder of her daughter, was acquitted of all felony charges.

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DON’T GET ADDICTED Welcome back students, faculty and administration! Here’s to another semester of long lectures, late night study sessions and dreadful exams. I’m not exaggerating, freshmen. Those movies paint a picture which allows you to envision college life filled with raging house parties, hot people and pool parties. When really, they only set you up for disappointment. Okay, maybe there is fun to be had and occasionally there are ragers, but there’s more to college than the social aspect. It’s about growing up and learning how to do your laundry, but most importantly it’s about finding yourself. It’s going to be exciting, scary, confusing and probably the only acceptable time in your life that is okay for you to actually believe you’re invincible. You will start papers the night before they’re a due, make a lot of wrong decisions and lose your keys, more than once. Here’s how it goes… As I begin my final year at UW-La Crosse, I think back to a significant quote that reads, “The most common addiction in the world is the draw of comfort. It wrecks dreams and breaks people.” I don’t remember who wrote it or where I saw it. But I do know that it stuck with me. I’ve seen people stay comfortable, content with going through the motions, and I recognized the type of person they became as a result of staying in their

comfort zone. I met my closest friends and roommates by letting go of any doubt I had and taking a chance. You know that lanyard that probably every upperclassman will make fun of you for wearing around your neck? (Please notice the article that is placed beside this one, and know that I’m not judging you, freshman.) That’s how. I very nervously noticed three girls wearing the same Coate Hall lanyard that I wore and asked them if they wanted to hang out. I sound like a major creeper, but I had good intentions, I promise. If I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone, then I probably would regret that moment I didn’t approach them in the back of my mind wondering what could have been. Beginning another year provides me the opportunity to share my experience and leave you with advice more valuable than any other guidance received—be fearless. I advise you to take advantage of the freedom that college living offers. Find out what makes you happy, what you enjoy doing and hold nothing back. Your academic intelligence will be challenged and your integrity questioned, but the way you respond, in the mist of your own comfort or through your newfound audacity will make or break you. Kelli Ponce, Editor In Chief

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GenEd Classes: A waste of time? By Caleb Brown Staff Reporter

We are not quite two weeks into the semester and already I find myself cringing at the thought of going to certain classes. And I’m sure I’m not alone. But this is all part of college right? We all have to take those classes that we would rather not, you know, the ones that seem to have nothing to do with our major. On top of that sometimes it’s hard to care about things you are not interested in learning about. I’ve written before that we as students can get more out of college than just a degree that leads to a job. Sometimes the classes we take and the experiences we get can be valuable in and of themselves. There is a certain aspect of selfimprovement and learning for its own sake that comes, or at least should come, from our time here at school. This is exactly the position that the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse takes with regard to general education. The “Student Learning Outcomes” as posted on the general education Web site speak to the concept of creating well rounded students. One of the points listed mentions giving students the “ability to think beyond one’s discipline”. Dr. Sharon Jessee, a professor in the English department who has taught both general education and upper level courses agrees. “Ultimately all of these courses are good for making responsible citizens,” said Jessee. Dr. Jessee is not alone in this sentiment either. Indeed, one sophomore when asked about the general education program said, “You learn a lot.” However, do we really benefit from these classes? Some of them are the classes where it seems you can

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stroll in occasionally, fake paying attention and still manage to pull off earning an A. Corissa Raska, a senior in the communication studies student said, “I felt like it was a waste,” referring to how much she felt she benefited from some of her general education classes. And as novel as some of the material covered may be, “You’re not interested in them, and you won’t do anything with them,” Raska said. Even those who see value in these courses can sympathize with students who find them to be drudgery. “There is a disconnect between how immediately applicable a course is and career goals [of students],” said Dr. Jessee. Then there are the redundancies. For instance a math major who in the course of completing the general education requirements has to take math classes. These situations can be found in just about every major. If you are going to spend the next four years extensively studying math, it should not be that much of a stretch for the school to drop that from the general education requirements. After all, it can be pretty tough to get a bachelor’s degree in four years and being bogged down by useless requirements can lengthen your time spent in school. The bottom line is that as much as we may like it here at UW-L, none of us want to be here forever. Moreover, as students, we certainly are not made of money nor do we have an overabundance of time. And every course we take costs us both. Maybe it’s time for the general education program to be streamlined a little bit. Allow for students to tailor what classes they need to take in order to better fall in line with their proposed majors. This does not mean gutting general education program, but with limited time and money we all have to prioritize.

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Freshmen 101

Your guide to not looking like a freshman By Olivia Mercer Staff Reporter

Freshmen move in day; a day that marks the weekend prior to the start of the year, a day in which our residence halls are bustling with people, and a day that showcases the brand new individuals on campus. I’m here to tell you that regardless of your best efforts freshmen, everyone else on campus can clearly pick you out of a crowd. In fact, doing so brings much entertainment as people walk around campus pointing and slyly remarking “freshmen” to packs of people with the tell tale signs. Freshmen, you all may be wondering, how do you mask the freshman odor and make yourselves seem more accustomed to the area than you already are? It is as easy as one, two, three. After consulting with fellow upperclassmen, we have come up with a small list of things you can do to reduce that obvious freshman look that now seems so unavoidable. First, do not put yourself together for classes, especially early morning ones. Ladies, this means leave your heels, dresses, and skirts at home. Sweatpants, t-shirts and sweatpants are perfectly acceptable attire, in fact it’s encouraged for 7:45 a.m. classes. The same goes for hair and makeup...forget about it! College classes are a learning environment. Be comfortable as you will be sitting in that same seat anywhere from an hour to and hour a half per day. As time progresses, you will come to understand that an extra 20 minutes of sleep becomes more of a priority to you than looking hot in class. Save yourself the tired faces and donate the time dedicated to hair, makeup and clothing changes to your mattress. Secondly, as sophomore Stacy Fielder said, “Do not wear your lanyard around your neck. You are just as obviously a freshman as a stop sign on a road.” Lanyards can easily fit into your back pocket, front pocket or backpack, and can also be twirled around your fingers to occupy time. In addition to avoiding wearing lanyards around the neck, avoid using your residence hall lanyard. Take a quick trip to the bookstore and purchase one proudly bearing the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse namesake. As if wearing the lanyard around your neck isn’t enough, we don’t need to see the name of the freshmen dorm building you live in. Thirdly, Fielder also said, “do not ask the obvious questions in class. The other day I had a freshman student ask, ‘Do you do the assigned class readings before or after class?‘

Do you plan on reading three full chapters? Because, I know I’d rather not read 300 pages a night.” When a professor hands you a syllabus, read it first, highlight pieces of information important to you and only ask a question if it is absolutely necessary. Before asking a question, stop and ask yourself, “Will I sound like an idiot if everyone else in the room hears me say this?” If you have any doubt, at least wait and ask the professor after class. Trust me, you’ll save yourself plenty of embarassment. Fourth, when walking to class, walk fast. Every person on campus is hustling to class in an attempt to get there right on time, and not a minute earlier. Although you may not know where you are going all the time, act like it or step aside and allow traffic to pass you. I promise by doing so you instantly save yourself 500 ugly glares.

“Do not wear your lanyard around your neck.” Stacy Fielder UW-L Sophomore Lastly, if you plan to go out on the weekends, do not walk in large packs of people. Walk with two to three other people and let the rest of your group lag behind. If you walk with a big group, you are just asking for the cops to come talk to you. Always have an individual with you who is relatively familiar with the area. If unable, pretend you have an idea of where you are headed. Do not scream, stumble, or act belligerent when walking. You are an underage waiting to happen. If you choose to go out on weekends, be mindful of those around you and the risk you are choosing to put yourself in. Everyone goes through freshman year, and regardless of best efforts, everyone has a moment, or hundreds, when they look and act like one too. As freshmen you enter a brand new world and living situation, become acquainted with new people, new situations, and a new area. Do not be afraid to befriend an upperclassman and ask for help with the area, classes, and etc. By doing so, you instantly save yourself from being labelled a freshman a few times. Follow these directions, befriend an upperclassman, and act confident with the area, and I promise you, you’ll feel, act, and look much older than you are!

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Survival of the freshest Your guide to making it out of freshman year alive By Meghan O’Connor Features Editor

Transitioning into freshman year can be at times very overwhelming. The element of the unknown can be the most nerve-wracking. But nobody enters college knowing exactly what to expect. Because I was a freshman last year I have decided to put together my thoughts to having a great freshman year. —Thirsty Thursday? Rager on State Street? As a freshman you will have to decide more times than you want to between parties and homework. Just know that there will always be another party. If you have a big test coming up or you’re just feeling exhausted, call it a night and stay in. —Remember that you’re not alone. Try to relax, and enjoy this year for what it’s worth. Freshman year is a big adjustment period and everything seems confusing. Try to keep calm and remember that everything will make sense later. —Failing a test is normal. You can get through it. I remember failing my first test last year. I had studied a lot, and it still didn’t pay off. I went to my professor and she was more than happy to walk me through my mistakes on the exam. Then I got a tutor once and week, and on my next test I pulled off a B. Stick with the class and remember that it happens to everyone.

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Don’t “borrow” something without asking first. —The entire freshman class is feeling just as scared and lost as you. Even if they seem like they have everything together, they probably don’t. — Try to bond with your roommate. Having an open-minded relationship with one another is going to benefit you and your roommate. Even if you don’t see eye-to-eye on everything try to embrace them and their differences. Nobody said you have to be best friends with your roommate, but if you are cordial with one another it will make your year a whole lot easier. Lay down some rules and expectations right away so you don’t run into problems later. —Explore the city of La Crosse. Don’t stay in your dorm or on campus all the time. Hop on a bus or walk around downtown. There are fun shops and great places to eat. Look up bands that are playing locally and grab some friends and go. It’s nice to get away from campus time to time. —Don’t lose yourself along the way. The first month is hard because everyone is trying to make as many friends as possible in a short amount of time. The people you meet the first few weeks might and probably won’t be your friends for the next four years. Be yourself and find people that you really connect with, even if it takes longer to find them. —Make the most of it! You’re only a freshman once!

Necessary Dorm Items

• Smoothie contraptions

• Ethernet cable

• Bulky furniture

• Flash Drive

• Candles

• Hamper

• Ironing board

• Vibrating alarm clock

• Valuables or cherished items

• Ear plugs

• Your entire wardrobe

• Shower sandals

• Personal reading books

• Duct tape

• Large microwave

• Post-it notes

Avoiding those dreaded pounds Stocking your fridge is the key to staying free of the freshman 15 By Meghan O’Connor Features Editor

One of the first things that people think of when they look back on their freshman year of college is that day when those jeans started to fit a little snugger, or the day they actually had to start working out. Some say that it’s the lifestyle, some say it’s the stress, but regardless of where it stems from there is food you can put into your fridge to prevent that unwanted freshman 15. As much as we all like to gorge ourselves in a greasy burger from The Cellar, or those coveted bread bowls at Trat, just eating a few meals in your room can make all the difference. Dr. Drew is going to help us out with all of the in’s and out’s for how to stock your fridge. Breakfast is probably the easiest meal to eat in your dorm. First, try to eat breakfast every day to get that metabolism going. Now is on to the yummy part. What are you going to eat? One idea is the use of cinnamon in your diet! Who doesn’t love a sweet bowl of cinnamon oatmeal in the morning? Not to mention it’s great taste it also burns fat. You could also replace that peanut butter

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bagel full of carbs with a tasty greek yogurt. This yogurt has been on the rise recently and it’s no secret as to why. It’s only 130 calories a cup and it’s loaded with all sorts of necessary vitamins and protein which will give you energy for your big day of classes. Also, pair the yogurt with a cup of carrots or some veggie to make a complete meal for later in the day. When it comes to late night studying we have all gone weak in the knees for a pint of Chunky Monkey ice cream, or a decadent hostess treat from Kwik Trip. But, instead of reaching for those fatty treats swap it for an equally satisfying and sweet snack; a serving of dark chocolate. Reigning in at only 50 calories this little sucker is bound to make you feel good about yourself while giving you that extra boost to keep studying. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t ever eat outside of your room, but try to make good choices and keep things in your fridge especially for those temping late night snacks. Also, excercise regularly, it actually makes you want to make better choices. Try these tips and hopefully you can say sayonara to those unnecessary pounds.

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Ask before you bring a visitor back for the night. When your roommate turns in for thenight, turn of unnecessary lights and keep quiet. If your roommate is trying to study take your phone conversation elsewhere. Discuss the comfort level of having alcohol in the room. Try to keep your side of the room clean. Switch off who takes out the trash and washes the dishes.

Missing mom’s cooking?

Coping with the first year of college from the eyes of a freshman By Nicole Laegeler Staff Reporter

They walked to receive their diploma, they packed their bags and most said goodbye to their loved ones at home; now it is time to do it all over again, only this time a little differently. Some of the adjustments students have had to make over the past couple weeks include meeting new people, eating different food and attending classes that can’t even compare to high school. Some people came to campus knowing quite a few people, but others came knowing possibly only the name of their roommate. Those who came knowing very few agree that it was a change to meet new people and making friends all over again. Fortunately for Chris Sadzewicz, he had his friend Margaux Huismann, who is currently a sophomore, to show him the ropes and let him in on some of the secrets to getting involved on campus. Joining clubs, attending dorm events and playing for intramurals are great ways to meet people with the same interests. Trying to make this new home away from home is difficult when you don’t have mom’s home cooking said freshman Kayla Johnson. Anyone who has a meal plan can only use their meals during transfer hours, which vary depending on the dining establishment. The reviews from some freshmen were that The Galley has a fantastic breakfast, the pasta bread bowls at The Trattoria are worth going out of the way for and The Cellar has great food, as well.

Lecture halls are something most high school students did not experience before arriving at UWL. For Emily Hinman, going to a lecture with as many people were in her graduating class was a little odd. Johnson, whose graduating class was under 100 said, “I feel like I’m just a number [in large lecture halls].” Class times also are something new to people like Sadzewicz, who is used to 85 minute classes. Students are now on their own to make

Trying to make this new home away from home is difficult when you don’t have mom’s home cooking. sure they eat right, do their own laundry, shop for essentials and so on since they may not have had to in high school. Paige Darnick said the biggest adjustment she has had to make was “probably remembering to do my homework.” Sadzewicz does not mind being on his own. In fact he said, “It’s so awesome!” Senior Aaron Breuer remembers being a freshman. “A random drunk guy came in my room, touched my head as I slept on the futon and continued to climb into my bed and sleep for the remainder of the night. He then left in the morning but returned in the afternoon to say sorry.” He advises that all freshmen “go to class, have fun just not too much fun and always walk toward the bluff not the river.”

What’s to like about Eagle Hall? -“I love the tall ceilings! Now I don’t wake up with bloody knuckles from punching the ceiling at night.” - Alyssa Seibenaler -”Living on the 5th floor gives me an amazing view of the bluffs. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning.” - Christina Monsour -”My favorite part about Eagle is that I can rearrange my room in so many ways. Lots and lots of options!” - Ryan Kacvinsky -”The closet space is amazing!” -Jen Lorman


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Pottermore exclusive A unique online Harry Potter experience

By Meghan O’Connor Features Editor

This new and extremely elite website is for the Harry Potter fans who are still hungry for more adventures from Harry, Ron and Hermione. Users are able to participate in interactive reading experiences or “moments” beginning with the very first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Pottermore is fully equipped with games and makes you feel like a real part of the Potter experience. This site even gives it’s visitors the availability to make their own

It makes you feel like a real part of the Potter experience. potions that allot for different brew times. The site has been in the making since April of 2009, and was opened to a select few in July on the birthday of both author J.K. Rowling and character Harry Potter to the first million people who completed the “Magic Quill” challenge. It will open up to the rest of the public come October 2011. The hype about this website has been seen on YouTube, and various Potter blogs. Pottermore launch will be in October of 2011. Keep your eyes pealed for more insight to this interactive sight! Racquet stock photo

Editor’s advice:

Finish your summer bucketlist Disappointed you didn’t check every item off your LAX summer bucketlist? Don’t worry, if the weather permits you should be able to in no time!

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You hiked the bluffs once as a freshman and haven’t been back since. If you’re anything like me, you can relate to that statement. As a senior, I think it’s time to find out what these bluffs have to offer! Who’s with me?

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The river is one of the major qualities that makes La Crosse so appealing. Get to the Rec and rent a canoe with a friend. It’s cheap and what better way is there to bond than paddling down stream?

Be part of the next Peace Corps generation.

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Life is calling. How far will you go?

You wanted to sleep in before work and once you were off, biking was out of the question. After class, hit the trails with a roommate and take in the natural beauty of La Crosse.

Information Session:

Thursday, Sept. 15th at 6:00 pm Cartwright Center, Room 332 Racquet stock photo

Apply online by October 1st for open programs departing in 2012! 800.424.8580 • www.peacecorps.gov • www.facebook.com/peacecorps


Isaac Lindahl Sports Editor sports@theracquet.net

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Rec Sports joins IMLeagues UW-L hits homerun with new website

By Allen Knappenberger Staff Reporter

So you don’t have what it takes to participate in college athletics? No worries! Joining a UW-La Crosse intramural team may be the winning goal for you. And now it’s easier than ever to form or join a team and play that sport you have loved for years. UW-L Rec Sports has created a website that is sure to take your leisure time to a new plateau. Waking up at 5 a.m. to stand in line and register your team is no longer an issue. Now you can do it all from the comfort of your own room. You have your choices of deciding if you want to be on a men’s, women’s, or corec league and if you would like to be in the “A” or “B” leagues. “A” level is more competitive and “B” level is recreational. The process to register is simple. Just type into your URL bar www.uwlax.edu/recsports/ intramural_sports.html. From there you want to scroll all the way down to Important Links and click on the icon that says IMLeagues. According to the Recreational Sports Staff, IMleagues is the new software for Intramural Sports. This software, “gives team captains, participants, and free agents more control and freedom to manage their team(s). It includes roster additions, team pages, team logos, personalized schedules, more free agent options, and personalized homepages with statistics, total W/L/T records, and a trophy room to display championships.” When you click on IMLeagues a new page will pop up asking for your NetID and password. You will have to fill in your personal information such as, phone number, student ID, and date of birth in order to set-up your personal profile. As soon as your profile is set-up you will want to click on the link, University of WisconsinLa Crosse, in the upper left hand corner. Ok. Now you’re in and want to become the captain of your team, join a team, or join as a free agent. No problem! Go to the right hand side of the webpage and click on Player Signup. From there you will see a drop down menu with each of these listed. Click on your desired link and fill out the necessary information on the following page. From there you’ll have filled out

everything that is necessary to get your recreational athletic career started. This awesomely designed webpage not only allows you to create a profile and sign up for teams, but it gives you upcoming events with dates of registration and when captains meetings are. All your Intramural questions will be answered by utilizing this convenient site. In case you were wondering what sports are coming up and when to register here is a small list of options for you: Indoor Soccer- Tuesday, September 13th at 7 a.m. with captains meeting at 6 p.m. Flag Football- Wednesday, September 14th at 7 a.m. with captains meeting at 6 p.m. Outdoor Ultimate FrisbeeThursday, September 15th at 7 a.m. with captains meeting at 6 p.m. All captains meetings are held in the REC Multipurpose room. For a full listing of sports that are available or coming up in a few weeks and for instructional videos on how to sign up or register a team check out the newly designed Intramural Sports Website at www.uwlax. edu/recsports/intramural_sports.html.

INTRAMURAL SIGN-UP DATES Indoor Soccer Tuesday, September 13 @ 7 AM Flag Football Wednesday, September 14 @ 7 AM Outdoor Ultimate Frisbee Thursday, September 15 @ 7 AM Racquetball Tuesday, September 20 @ 7 AM Dodgeball Tuesday, October 11 @ 7 AM Basketball Tuesday, October 18 @ 7 AM

The Racquet is hiring sports reporters!! Build your resume while enjoying sporting events!!! 1. Attend the event 2. Write the article 3. Get paid!!! Apply online at theracquet.net, or pick up an application outside of room 231 Cart wright.

Fantasy Favorites:

Kickoff your fantasy season with a win By Pat Kaiser Associate Reporter

It’s finally here. After an offseason that toyed with our emotions and almost took away our sacred fall Sunday ritual, NFL Week 1 is staring us right in the face. For many, the season crept up in a hurry with the shortened training camp so I’m here to right that Kaiser fantasy ship and redirect it to Reality Island, where there is plenty of plunder to go around! In order to position yourself for a strong playoff finish, you need to make the right earlyseason moves. Here are some big name players that should kickoff the season with a bang and fetch a pretty Hillis penny for your buck on the trade market. Peyton Hillis should have a big week against the lowly Bengals. The new Madden coverboy thrived last year with nobody

competing for his job, but 2010 second round pick Montario Hardesty is regaining form after an ACL injury and will steal carries as the season wears on. DeSean Jackson will see increased targets for the Eagles to start the year as Jeremy Maclin may need more time to acclimate into the offense after his Jackson mysterious illness. The Dolphins originally signed Reggie Bush to complement rookie Daniel Thomas, but Thomas fell flat in preseason and Bush has the chance to see 15-20 touches to start the year. Pat Kaiser is the No. 1 ranked fantasy sports player by RotoGrinders and founded DraftADaySports.com. Bush For more information about Pat’s website or for tips concerning fantasy sports you can email him at pat@draftadaysports.com. Photo Courtesy NFL.com

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Alumni shares experiences with UW-L The commercials began to air in La Crosse in August and potentially will run in Madison and Milwaukee later in the fall during

“...it felt like the right time to make such a donation.” Jeremy Richter UW-L Alumnus the high school state playoffs. The commercials are shot using the same film cameras used in major Hollywood productions. They feature the voices of UW-L alums Mike Maslowski, Tom Newberry, Bill Schroeder and Rick Schaaf, each of whom enjoyed significant Courtesy UW-L Athletics professional football careers. These athlete’s athletic UW-L Alumni Jeremy Richter stands by Hollywood experiences at UW-L are not style light at Veterans Memorial Stadium during the atypical. Many athletes leave the filming of his commercials campus with national victories under their belts. The school is one of nine in the country to have won multiple GPA of the undergraduate student body. On Oct. 14, Richter will be a speaker Division III championships in football and numerous players have gone on to participate at Take and Eagle to Lunch, a UW-L of Business Administration in the NFL. UW-L’s athletes are also bright. College networking luncheon. Student athletes posted a combined GPA alumni of 3.21 in 2010-2011, above the 3.19

Event info › What: Women’s Soccer › Where: UW-L Soccer Fields › When: Sept. 17 @ 2 p.m. › What: Women’s Volleyball vs. Luther College (Iowa) › Where: Mitchell Hall › When: Sept. 20 @ 7 p.m. › What: Golf Scramble › Where: Forest Hills Golf Course › When: Sept. 16 @ 3 p.m.


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- - Drops to being eye level with my shower head. +/- Props to having a house with two bathrooms, drops to the fact that they are both downstairs. ++ Props to great weather! +/- Props to my friends giving me an intervention. Drops to a ginger waking up in my bed. +/- Props to getting to know all the bouncers downtown this summer and not getting carded. Drops to actually having to get my ID out now that everyone is back. +/- Props to see all the freshman dress up for the first day of class. Drops to being the upperclassman in scrubs. +/- Props to the sweet interior of Centennial Hall. Drops to not having a single clock in the building.

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+/- Props to using a fake at the bar for almost a year and never getting questioned. Drops to finally turning 21 and using my real ID that gets questioned at every bar I go to. +/- Props to seeing all my friends from last year. Drops to having to go to class. ++ Props to having air conditioning. +/- Props to having a sweet house off campus this year. Drops to my car being broken into twice. - - Drops to getting lost in Centennial the first day of classes. + + Props to seeing your cheating ex-boyfriend fall down a flight of stairs. Props to karma being the best payback ever.

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++ Props to double rainbows.

SuDoKU: CHALLENGE THYSELF

WhAtS DiFfErEnT?!? ACROSS 1. Flower stalk 5. Banal 10. Donations 14. Dry riverbed 15. Detecting by radio waves 16. Violent disturbance 17. Cards with just one symbol 18. Consolidate 20. Dumbfound 22. Medical examiner 23. Edge 24. Give a speech 25. Naming of candidates 32. Express a thought 33. Come to pass 34. Fall behind 37. Where the sun sets 38. Respond 39. Cash drawer 40. Trinitrotoluene 41. An Italian woman of rank 42. False front 43. A remark expressing careful consideration

45. Impudent 49. French for “Summer” 50. Eternal 53. Subjugate 57. Deplorable 59. Winged 60. Sword 61. Imperial decree 62. Acquire 63. Dispatched 64. Discourage 65. Slave DOWN 1. Stately aquatic bird 2. Meal in a shell 3. Biblical garden 4. Typographical error 5. Injury 6. Male sheep (plural) 7. Actress Lupino 8. After-bath powder 9. Therefore 10. Knight’s “suit” 11. Tropical vine 12. Choral work 13. Cubic meter 19. Came up 21. Connects two points

25. Nothing (British) 26. Not closed 27. Spray 28. Adolescents 29. Silly 30. Movie prize 31. Cashew or pecan 34. 53 in Roman numerals 35. As well 36. Secluded valley 38. Steal 39. Personal instruction 41. Elder 42. Gangster’s pistols 44. Plywood layer 45. Periods of discounted prices 46. Open-mouthed 47. Spermal fluid 48. Ice rain 51. Wall support 52. Rice beer 53. Alternatively 54. “Oh, my!” 55. Conceited 56. Sea eagle 58. A club or stick used in baseball

Attention! Attention! The Racquet is sponsoring a new feature called WhAtS DiFfErEnT?!? The first person to bring their solved photos to Mary Beth Vahala in Room 212 of Cartwright will have the opportunity to be the next star of WhAtS DiFfErEnT?!?


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