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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse                         The Voice of UW-L Students for 97 years                                                        Thursday, December 2, 2004 * Volume 97, No. 12


                                Open forum to discuss anti-gay amendment
                                  By KEEGAN KYLE                    referendum as early as April, says          area, agrees holding solid convictions    will make his final decision based on      attending to learn more about the
                                  Racquet News Editor               Chris Ott, Executive Director for           against the amendment stating, "We        the wording of the amendment.              bill. She asserts, " I want to learn
                                                                    Action Wisconsin.                           need to debate it and bring this issue        UW-La Crosse student AJ Clauss,        more about why our state would
                              Action Wisconsin and Out                  "We've been doing these all over        forward. This amendment is so             the Political Coordinator for SAGE,        want to participate in discrimination.
                          Front Minnesota are organizing a          the state for the past half year,"          narrow. It doesn't even allow [civil      thinks it is very hurtful to the queer     As a Wisconsin resident, I don't
                          public forum to discuss the current       stated Ott, who among supporters            unions]. We've always used the            community and also points out it           want to support something that is
                          Wisconsin state amendment that            like Rainbow Families Wisconsin,            constitution to expand rights - not       malcontent with straight people who        discriminating another citizen."
                          would ban all same-sex marriages of       ACCEPT, GALAXY and local                    limit them." Shillings was unable         wish not to get married but join in
                          any sort, including civil unions, from    PFLAG groups have been focusing             to vote in the last session of the        civil unions.
                          7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Valhalla on     on educating, not evangelizing, the         assembly and says she would have             "There are straight couples who
                          Dec. 9, A reception hosted by the La      importance of this bill.                    voted against it as she plans to this     do not feel that marriage is what they
                          Crosse PFLAG group will be held               "It would be the first time             upcoming spring.                          want but still would like the benefits
                          prior to the discussion at 6:15 p.m.      discrimination was actually written            32nd district Sen. elect Dan           of a civil marriage for economic
                              After passing strongly in the         into the constitution."                     Kapanke, on the other hand plans on       reasons," says Clauss.                                       _
                          last session of the state senate and          State Assemblywoman Jennifer            approving the amendment based on             Christa Matter, a Lecturer for
                          assembly, it is expected to pass          Shillings of the 95t h district, which      his campaign stance that "a marriage      the Women's Studies Department,
                          again and may reach a statewide           includes the La Crosse surrounding          is between a man and woman" but           will be like many who are simply


                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hanukkah
                                                                                                                                                                                                        is coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                By LISA LE BEAU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Racquet Staff


                                                                                                                                                                                                         Amid the candy canes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     decorated trees, a very important
                                                                                                                                                                                                     holiday is sometimes overlooked. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                     sundown on Dec. 7, the Festival of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lights, or Hanukkah, begins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Hanukkah is eight days long and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     we get presents every night," said
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Zac Fontaine, a freshman at UW-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Whitewater. Presents are definitely
                                                                                                                                                                                                     a high priority, but Hanukkah has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                     deeper meaning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thousands of years ago, Roman
                                                                                                                                                                                                     soldiers destroyed the Jewish temple.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     According to Jewish tradition, one
                                                                                                                                                                                                     light was kept perpetually burning in
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the temple but with their temple in
                                                                                                                                                                                                     shambles, there was only enough oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to keep the light burning for one day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Miraculously, the wick kept burning
                                                                                                                                                                                                     for eight days until more oil could
                                                                                                                                                                                                     be found. Jewish families light the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     menorah, an eight pronged candle,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to commemorate the eight days the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     wick stayed lit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another familiar symbol of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hanukkah is the dreidel. It's a game
                                                                                                                                                                                                     played with a type of wooden top
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and chocolate coins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hanukkah is a special holiday
                                                                                                                                        Photo by Justin Kemp, Racquet Photography Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                     celebrated     by     many     people
                         A young boy disguised as one of Santa's reindeer chuckles at the idea of having antlers. The Rotary Lights display at Riverside Park opened last Friday,                    worldwide.
                         celebrating it's 10th year of community decor. Volunteers from surrounding schools of all ages have been adding to the spectacle for weeks, not to mention                     "My dad isn't Jewish so we
                         the leadership and support of various sponsoring organizations. The 1,130,000 light extravaganza is once again a new record for Rotary Lights, including                    also celebrate Christmas for him,"
                         such added features as its two animated exhibits of a train and a teddy bear snowball fight.                                                                                said Fontaine. "I'm lucky - double
                                                                                                                                                                                                     presents!"
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                          Officials discover intruder in Coate Hall                                                                                                                                          Wanna
                                 By KEEGAN KYLE
                                 Racquet News Editor
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                                                                                                                                                          and hall residents. this little gray
                                                                                                                                                          mouse has become a common
                                                                                                                                                                                                             iance?
                                                                     I was a                                                        sk,"     explained    threat to the         local garbage
                                                                    scared                                                          H lamel. "It's been   facilities and at risk heart persons.
                             Lurking through the shadows            first, not                                                        running around          Although university officials have
                         of Coate Hall is a monster, nay            jumpy,                                                              and       might   yet to capture the intruder, students
                         creature of the night, which finds no      b u t                                                               have     gotten   and faculty don't seem too worried
                         fear and no trouble with sources for       mice                                                               in through the     about it. "I had mixed emotions I
                         food. Freshman Melanie Hamel was           shouldn't I                                                      ffront door. Liast   guess," stated Hamel. Possibly linked
                         sitting innocently at her front desk        inside. Then                                                       time, it ran      occurrences have been reported
                         job when at approximately 2:30 p.m.        again, it was cute," states Hamel.                            'I into our hall        campus wide in other dormitories
                         on Monday, a mouse crept around                She is just of the many         .        n                       director's       of similar mouse-like creatures but
                         the comer.                                 residents who have spotted                                           apartment."      officials have not stated whether
                             "I was just watching 'Boy              "it" creeping around the              Among      the          nu umerous      other   these incidences are related.

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                               Senior Art Show to inspire community                                                                                                                                     ::';, Annual
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Holiday Formal
                              By ANGELA SMURAWA                     from photographs to
                                   Racquet Staff                    paintings and from                                                                                                                       "Vintaae
                                                                    raku to cast iron. The
                                                                    seniors have worked                                                                                                                 Hollywood"
                            This month, UW-l.a Crosse senior        for endless hours to
                         art students will have a chance to         put their displays                                                                                                                      Friday, Dec. 3
                         display their artwork on a slightly        together.
                         grander scale than the average                 "We worked hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                          8 p.m. - midnight
                         refrigerator. The Senior Art Exhibit       to finish for the show.                                                                                                               at the La Crosse
                         runs from 5:0() p.m. on Dec. 3 until       We have all worked                                                                                                                          Center
                         Dec. 15 at the University Gallery in       together for the last
                         the Center for the Arts Building.          two or three years and                                                                                                                      $8 for singles &
                            "It is a good showcase of what          it is great experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                $14 for doubles
                         programs we offer and it shows the         for the group to see
                         students' abilities." said art professor   it in the end." added
                         John Ready.                                Kate Gray, whose                                                                                                                   Tkkets are available at Cart-
                            The display features artwork of         intaglio prints will be                                                                                                           wright Ticket Office or at any
                         UW-I students and i)epartment ot Art       on display.                                                      Photo by Justin Kemp. Racquet Photography Editor                   Residence Hall front desk
                         alumnus Ryan Varley. Pieces range
I                                                                                                 Kate Gray and John Ready set up the senior art show.
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                                                                                                                            Kellen Dorner's musical career at UW-La Crosse


                                                                                Hunting season murder, six dead
                                                                                                                         Tim Ziegle, Sawyer County Chief         years ago.
                                                                                 By BRANDON GOETZMAN
                                                                                                                     Deputy, said it appeared that Vang              Vang was a shaman, or spiritual
                                                                                       Racquet Staff
                                                                                                                     was "sniping" his victims and chasing       leader, of the Hmong people and
                                                                                                                     them down to kill them.                     had performed a funeral ritual in St.
                                                                                   Chai Vang. a Minnesota resident,     The, shooter was arrested later that     Paul just a week before the slaughter.
                                                                               was arrested Nov. 21 for shooting day without resistance and is being             Many say he was a respected Hmong
                                                                               eight hunters in Sawyer County near held with a $2.5 million bail.                leader who cared for the community
                                                                               Birchwood, Wisc. Six of the eight        Ving's account of the events             and his family.
                                                                               victims died.                         contradict one of the surviving                 According to the Milwaukee
                                                                                  The Wisconsin State Journal victims, as he claims that he acted in             Journal Sentinel, people who knew
                                                                               reports that the incident started self-defense. Vang reports that he was          Vang said they could not believe he
                                                                               when two of the victims approached taunted with racial slurs including            did this. They are shocked because
                                                                               Vang, who was sitting in one of their "gook" and "chink." He also claims          they do not see him as a killer.
                                                                               tree stands, and told him that he that he was fired at first with a shot             The killing has spurred new
                        Photo by Justin Kemp, Racquet Photography Editor       was trespassing on their property. that landed 30 to 40 feet behind               arguments      from     gun    control
                                                                               At some point Vang opened fire him. However, Vang admits that he                  advocates, although Vang had
Glad you asked:                                                                on the hunters with his SKS semi- chased down one unarmed victim                  purchased the rifle legally and had a

 The oldest UW-L building                                                      automatic rifle. One of the injured and shot him in the back as the victim
                                                                               hunters radioed for help, saying he'd screamed, "Help me, help me."
                                                                                                                         Vang, a naturalized American
                                                                                                                                                                 valid hunter's license.
                                                                                                                                                                     Vang appeared in court on Nov.
                                                                                                                                                                 30 facing charges of six counts of
                                                                               been shot. Six of his companions
        By LISA LE BEAU                 and Graff was the only building.       responded to his call and were also citizen who emigrated from Laos,              first-degree intentional homicide and
           Racquet Staff                Back then, UW-L was known as La        shot by Vang; multiple hunters were was involved in a previous gun                two counts of attempted first-degree

    What's about a hundred years old,
                                        Crosse Normal School, built for the
                                        training of elementary and secondary
                                                                               shot more than one time.              disturbance with his family three           intentional homicide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Free
still in good shape and welcomes
students every year? No, it's not
                                        schoolteachers.
                                            The second oldest building at                                                                                                                                             admission
grandma - but we're glad you asked.
It's Graff Main Hall. Graff is the
                                        UW-L is Wittich Hall, which was
                                        completed in 1916 after the building
                                                                                Dorner finds lifelong passion in music                                                                                                 to MLK
oldest building on campus.
    When what is now known as UW-
La Crosse first opened its doors in
                                        process had been halted by World
                                        War I.
                                                                                      By KEEGAN KYLE
                                                                                      Racquet News Editor                 did that for me,"
                                                                                                                             Afterattending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        holiday
1909, only 176 students were enrolled                                                                                     numerous      Jazz                                                                         The Seven Rivers Dr. Martin
                                                                                   "That's what college is about-         festivals at UW-                                                                        Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration
                                                                               making yourself a better musical           L and comparing                                                                         will honor and celebrate the MLK Jr.
                                                                               player while working with the              it to alternate                                                                         National Holiday at the La Crosse
                                                                               mechanics of the group," stated            colleges, Dorne                                                                         Center Ballroom on Monday, Jan.
                                                                               senior clarinetist Kellen Dorner. For      decided to attend                                                                       17, 2005.
                                                                               many students, college is a puzzling        UW-L        based                                                                         Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with
                                                                               adventure in which they search             on the campus                                                                           multi-ethnic vendor stands selling
                                                                               for some gratifying purpose for            environment and                                                                         food dishes, traditional clothing and
                                                                               their lives - but for Domer, finding       his interest in                                                                         cultural artifacts. Area youth will
                                                                               enjoyment in his profession has            music. "I knew                                                                          perform gospel songs and the musical
                                                                               been easy.                                  I wanted to still                                                                      traditions of the Hmong and African
                                                                               b "I think ne"fthe nice thinks             do music but                                                                            American cultures. In addition, some
                                                                               about music is that for nmost people,      I wasn't sure                                                                           of the region's most talented female
                                                                               it's a really nice hobby or something     'if as a major. I                                                                        vocalists will perform. The featured
                                                                               they get into," explains Dorner. "But      really considered                                                                       program will take place from 7:00
                                                                               for me, it's what I like to do and it's     English a lot                                                                          p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
                                                                               what I want to do." Dorner not only        because I really                                                                           Darryl Van Leer will be the fea-
                                                                               excels in performance of the clarinet      like    to read.                                                                        tured presenter. Mr. Van Leer is
                                                                               but is "extremely articulate in Jazz        Music ended up                                                                         an actor that performs Dr. King's
                                                                               and contemporary music," says              being the leading                                                                       speeches, reminding those who lived
                                                                               Dr. Greg Balfany, Director of Jazz         candidate and I                                                                         through the civil rights movement of
                                                                               Studies and Domer's clarinet and           iumt vot   into it."
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                                                                                                                                                                                    iu   y   tl[ii   L.   lIIer   the tremendous impact of Dr. King.
                                                                               Jazz instructor.                          explains Domer. Kellen Dorner, a talented clarinetest at UW-L, was one of                For the young people, Mr. Van Leer
                                                                                   "[Dorner] is naturally curious            "I      already many seniors featured in ongoing departmental and senior             will bring alive the historical under-
                                                                               and comes up with new ideas all           know how to recitals.                                                                    standing about Dr. King through a
                                                                               the time," expressed Belfany. "The        read but learning                                                                        dramatization. Van Leer is an emo-
                                                                               thing I like about Kellen is he's full    music is like a second language. For myself up after a concert, she tells                tional speaker, who seeks to educate,
                                                                               of character and not afraid to show it    me, music was a lot harder and was me what I did well ... and then takes                 entertain and appeal to a wide spec-
                                                                               on stage. He has a terrific work ethic    going to take more time so that's me down a notch when I think I did                     trum of the Seven Rivers Region.
                                                                               and students look to him for musical      what I decided to do," said Dorner. real well."                                             Another part of this evening will
                                                                               leadership."      Performing in Jazz      "I think what I'll end up doing is          Dorner is one of the many                    be an acknowledgement of the Dr.
                                                                               Ensemble 1, Dorner has played the         teaching for two to three years and musicians who have been showcased                    Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest
                                                                               alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones      see how I like it." Dorner said he so far this year in senior and                        Award recipients. a contest targeted
                                                                               but also holds principle seats in         would rather be a high school teacher, departmental recitals and as always.              for area middle school students. The
                                                                               orchestra and the wind symphony,          but depending on his interest in the the Music Department welcomes                       authors of the top three essays will
                                                                               when scheduling proves possible.          performance aspect, he may continue any student to attend its upcoming                   receive a monetary award sponsored
                                                                                    A big Duke Ellington fan, but also   on to graduate school and possibly concerts.                                             by U.S. Cellular.
                                                                               a closet R&B and Hip-Hop listener,        teach at a university.                      Upcoming concerts include senior                Co-sponsors for this event include
                                                                               Dorner has music in his past, present         Dorner said that his parents are voice recitals by Sarah Westbrook                   the La Crosse Community Founda-
                                                                               and future. Raised in Sun Prairie,        really to thank for their early support, on Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Kendra               tion, The Magerus/McKinney Award
                                                                               Wisc., he became interested in music      fund-raising and helping with bigger Sullivan on Dec. 5 at 4:00 p.m.:                    Fund. University of Wisconsin - La
                                                                               during his high school years. "My         trips for Jazz competitions, and senior piano recital by Mandy                           Crosse. University of Wisconsin -
                                                                               high school teachers for band were        providing paid lessons and plenty of Loberger on Dec. 11 at 4:00 p.m.;                   La Crosse Alumni Foundation. U.S.
                                                                               just great," Dorner said. "They gave      reeds for saxophone and clarinet. He and the Departmental Recital on                     Cellular, and Western Wisconsin
                                                                               me more opportunities than I ever         also says that his girlfriend, who he Dec. 10at 1:10 p.m.                                Technical College.
                                                                               thought I'd have and really pushed        has been dating since high school,          All concerts are held in the Annett              For more information contact
                                                                               me to be better than I thought I could    has been very supportive. "She's Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts                 Thomas Harris (608) 785-8834 or
                                                                               be. They never set the bar where I        probably been to everything I've ever Building.                                          harris.thom@uwlax.edu.
                                                                               could reach it. I'm thankful that they    done." stated Dorner. "When I beat



                                                                                   Physically disabled student's struggle for equality
                                                                                                                          pressure created by fluid between her class." Despite her difficulties, she of sleep so if it gets dark outside. I
                                                                                            .y AUGUa
                                                                                           B MIKESY                       skull and brain. In addition, she went graduated in the top ten in her class can't study because every time I go
                                                                                               R acquet
                                                                                                   Staffthrough                    extensive cognitive therapy and was accepted to several top to read I fall asleep. Other than that,
                                                                                                                          and operational therapy. She even colleges. including LUW-La Crosse.             I am able to function on a normal
                                                                                  She was in a car accident during
                                                                                   II                                     had to relearn how to walk. "I went           Equal in acceptance to UW-L. vet level."
                                                                               her freshman year of high school.          through all of this just enough to get physically different. this student has       Although Smith has accomplished
                                                                               Broad-sided by a dump truck. the           by so that I could be sent home." she struggled more than many for her much academically and physically.
                                                                               passenger sustained severe injuries        commented. "Everything was fine- education.                                      she still has trouble comparing
                                                                               to her head and arms.                      tuned in outpatient therapy for about         She is mostly affected by the herself to the person she was before
                                                                                  "I am traumatic brain injured           a year afterwards."                       trauma to her frontal lobe and her accident. In second grade, she
                                                                               and have brainstem injuries," said             Despite all the complications, she brainstemn. Dam age to the frontal was deemed intellectually gifted
                                                                               the student, who wishes to remain          returned to high school                                          lobe can affect but since her head injury, she has
                                                                               anonymous. "I also needed a plate          for her sophomore year. "I         qual in acceptance to         personality. felt different. "That was something
                                                                               in my right lower forearm and a            took a reduced class load          UW-L, yet physically          organization I stniggled with," she says, "the fact
                                                                               pin in my left upper arm because           and missed some school different, this student has               and planning. of the matter is neurons just have to
                                                                               they were shattered." She suffered         three days a week because      struggled more than many          "Actual y. take a longer pathway now. Does that
                                                                               brain injuries to the frontal and right    my momn drove me to for her education.                           I am pretty mean I am not normal? No. It just
                                                                               parietal lobes.                            outpatient therapy." she                                         organized. so means I am different and we are all
                                                                                   Doctors and therapists made            said, "but I still managed                                       I think I beat different people who come together
                                                                               every effort to help her recover from      to take geometry and chemistry that part of it.' she said. "It's the with the commonality of UW-I."
                                                                               the injuries to her hea(l and arms.        classes in the mornings and be back brainstem that screws me up with
                                                                               She required surgery to relieve the        from therapy in time for dance team studying. T he brainstem is in charge
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                                                                                                                                                 Volleyball season ends for UW-L women

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   The UW-La Crosse women's vol-
leyball team lost on their home turf
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on Nov. 20. The Eagles fell to Wash-
ington University of St. Louis in four                                                                                                                                                                      WEE 13
games in the NCAA Division III
quarterfinals. Although it.wms a dis-
appointing loss for the team, whose
overall record was 31-7, they still
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took pride in the fact that they fin-
ished among the eight top teams out
of 401 in Division III volleyball.
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was to advance through the national
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semifinals to become National
Champions.
   "We got as close as you can get
without really being there." said
Head Coach Sheila Perkins. "We're
really proud of the progress of the
individuals and the team throughout
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met many of their other goals which
led to a 'very successful, exciting
and memorable season," Senior co-
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captain Natalie Liffrig added.
    It wasn't always easy, though.
The Eagles faced some difficulties
throughout the season, such as the
week in mid-September when they
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and inspiration to work hard and play
with confidence," said Liffrig. Per-
kins agreed. "It certainly didn't hurt
us. We certainly grew after that."
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the 5-3 Eagles lost to UW-Stout in
three games to take second place in
the tournament. However, a week
                                           pionship game. Similarly, the team
                                           rallied against UW-Whitewater on
                                                                                                       being down 0-2.
                                                                                                          Although the Eagles were strong
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later La Crosse came back strong           Nov. 12 in the regional semifinal,                          going into the national quarterfinals
to beat Stout in the regional cham-        coming back to win the match after                          match vs. Washington University,
                                                                                                                                                                     Week 11 Bergner: 14-2                           UW-La Crosse's Weekly Champ:
                                                                                                                   they couldn't stay on
                                                                                                                   top. The Eagles began                                   Overall: 92-52                                  UW-L Average: 13-3
                                                                                                                   the day by losing two                                    Check your results at www.theracquetnet/football.php
                                                                                                                   of the first three games.
                                                                                                                   The games were fast-
                                                                                                                   paced, which suits the
                                                                                                                   Eagles' playing style,
                                                                                                                   but the team made too
                                                                                                                   many mistakes in a row
                                                                                                                   and allowed Washington
                                                                                                                   University to capitalize
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                                                                                                                   on those errors.
                                                                                                                       Several        players
                                                                                                                   received awards for their
                                                                                                                   dominant play through-
                                                                                                                   out the season. Senior
                                                                                                                   Laura Wagner was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 -I2.
                                                                                                                   named WIAC Player
                                                                                                                   of the Year and earned
                                                                                                                                                                For your chance to play, (oj on to
                                                                                                                   First Team Honors, and
                                                                                                                   junior Tanya Foldy and
                                                                                                                   senior Lindsey John-


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                                                                                                                   son were selected to
                                                                                                                   the Honorable Men-
                                                                                                                   tion Team.        Wagner
                                                                                                                   also was named to the
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                                                                                                                   All-Midwest team and
                                                                                                                   All-America
                                                                                                                   Team.
                                                                                                                       The team will lose
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                                                 UW-L men finish third, women tenth at                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fantasy Football Week 13
                                                    Cross Country championships                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who's Hot and Who's Not
          By ANTON SELLA                                                         try. Grupa has also earned three                                with a time of 24:28.                                                         while freshman Kristen Howe fin-                                                            By NICK HETFELD                                been beaten up all year and Culpep-
             Racquet Staff                                                       All-American honors in Track and                                    On the women's side, the Eagles                                           ished 114th (23:25) and senior Julie                                                           Racquet Staff      per will give them another whipping.
                                                                                 Field. Junior Mark Creger was 37th                              placed 10th with 297 points. The                                              Mocadlo 120th (23:30). Junior Ariel                                                                               In Culpepper's last three games
    Both the UW-La Crosse men's and                                              in 25:19, while junior Mike Herlihy                             women have finished in the top ten at                                         Perkins wrapped                    up the scoring,                                                                against the Bears, he has thrown for
women's cross country teams com-                                                 finished 41 st in 25:23.                                        nationals 19 times. Williams College                                          finishing 142nd in 23:44 while fresh-                                           Peyton Manning is going for the 796 yards and five touchdowns.
peted in the 2(X00)4 NCAA Division                                                   "I1always seem to end up in about                           of Massachusetts won the women's                                              man Valerie Vradenburg was 144th in                                         record book. He has 41 touchdown          Carson Palmer had a great week
111 Championships at Whitetail Golf                                              the same place," said Creger, who                               title with 110 points.                                                        23:47 and freshman Melissa Palmer                                           passes this year and the record for last week and people may be think-
Course on Saturday. Nov. 20. The                                                 finished 38th as a freshman and last                                Sophomore Kristin Painter led the                                         placed 179th in 24:24. Missy Buttry                                         most touchdown passes is 48. With ing this guy is coming around.
Eagles' men's squad finished third                                               year placed 36th. "We had a great                               Eagles, barely missing All-America                                            of Wartburg won her third straight                                          five games left this season, he will Wake up! Palmer is still a rookie
overall with 148 points and captured                                             opportunity to claim the title and we                           honors with a 37th-place finish. She                                          individual title, with a time of 20:22.                                     break this record by a mile. Manning and he had one good game against
their 11th top-four finish in school                                             could not capitalize on it and let it                           ran the 6,000-meter course in 22:27.                                                                                                                      is on pace to throw 60 touchdowns a defense that isn't that great. This
history. Calvin College (Mich.) took                                             get away from us."                                              "It was a great experience," said                                                                                                                         this season. I know what you're week, Palmer goes up against one
the men's team title with 107 points.                                                Senior Phil Skiba finished 57th in                          Painter. "I felt good and was not                                                                                                                         thinking - why didn't I draft this of the league's best in defense, the
North Central College (Ill.) was                                                 25:35, followed by sophomore Jake                               disappointed with the fact that I just                                                                                                                    guy'?                                 Baltimore Ravens. In his first game
second with 137 points.                                                          Sheldon in 60th with a time of 25:36.                           missed being an All-American, but                                                                                                                             However, in week 13 the quarter- against the Ravens he threw three
    Senior Andy Grupa led UW-L                                                   Freshman Scott Mueller came across                              was happy that I was able to give a                                                                                                                       back to have isn't Peyton Manning, interceptions and was sacked four
with a 35th-place finish overall. He                                             the line 82nd (25:48) and junior Nate                           great performance to be up there in                                                                                                                       even though he'll still have good times. Wait until next year for this
ran the 8,000-meter course in 25:16                                              Hoffman was 173rd (26:49). Josh                                 contention."                                                                                                                                              numbers. Daunte Culpepper plays guy.
to earn NCAA III All-America                                                     Moen of Wartburg College won his                                    Sophomore Meagan Herlache                                                                                                                             against the real black and blue team,     The New Orleans Saints have
honors, his first in Cross Coun-                                                 second consecutive individual title                             finished 63rd with a time of 22:54                                                                                                                        the Chicago Bears. This team has one of the best running backs in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the league with Deuce McAllister.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 McAllister hasn't had a bad season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 he is just on a bad team. This week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 McAllister faces the Carolina Pan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 thers, who have been terrible against




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the run this season. They allow an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 average of 126.7 yards per game and




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 they have allowed 15 touchdowns,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tied for worst in the NFL. Last time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 these two teams met, McAllister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rushed for 124 yards. He is a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 play this week.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Pittsburgh Steelers are having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an unbelievable season and a lot of it



                        NOUNI ANTED NOIS'ES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has to do with their defense. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have the number one defense against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the run this year and will use it to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 their advantage against the running
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 back Fred Taylor and the Jackson-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ville Jaguars. Although Taylor had
                                                                                                                                                            (THAT'S WHAT THIN DORM WALLS ARE FOR)                                                                                                                                                234 yards and three touchdowns last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 time against the Steelers, he will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have to play the game of his career to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 match that performance. The Steel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ers only allow 75.4 yards per game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and only four rushing touchdowns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this year - that is only one touchdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 every three games. Fred Taylor isn't
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the go-to guy this week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Santana Moss has had a really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 slow year compared to last year, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 has come back the last few weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with Quincy Carter throwing the ball.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In Moss's last four gamheas had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 366 yads and two touhebewns. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 week he is playing against the Hous-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ton Texans, who allow on average
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 261.2 yards passing per game and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have given up 27 receiving touch-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 downs - which is five more than any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 other team in the NFL. Look for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Moss to have another 100-yard game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and a touchdown for his effort.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Since Carson Palmer isn't going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to do well, don't expect much out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Chad Johnson against the Ravens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In seven games against the Ravens,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Johnson has 460 yards receiving,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 which is an average of 65.7 yards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 per game, and three touchdowns.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Ravens defense has been stellar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 only allowing seven receiving touch-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 downs. Chargers tight end Antonio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gates has 11 receiving touchdowns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this year. Johnson won't do well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          against the Ravens in week 13.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My sleeper pick of the week is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nick Goings, running back for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Carolina Panthers. Goings has 357
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and three touchdowns this season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and he has only been a feature back
               Dependable service. Simple plans. That's what we're for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in the Panther's offense twice. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          week he faces the New Orleans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saints defense, which ranks worst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the NFL in defending against the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rush. The Saints give up an average
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of 153.8 rushing yards per game and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          just over one touchdown a game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Goings will have a good week. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          may still be a free agent in some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          smaller leagues and is worth picking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          up.

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       Ma ice At The Palace: The aftermath
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                                              For the record, theconflict between damage with a single act ot stupid-
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                                          Wallace and Artest ended with the ity.
        Racquet Sxports Editor            whistle. After Wallace expressed his       Once the cup was thrown wasn't
               W,   ,      i, ...         objection to being fouled by Artest, the rest expected'? Would you not
                                          Artest calmly walked away from the expect Artest to charge into the
    Alright, suspend Ron Aitest (73 conflict and reclined on a scorer's stands for revenge'? Shouldn't the                                 Season Outlook:
                                                                                  entire stadium and city erupt out of
games, total money lost: $5,482,028). table.
Anyone and everyone who follows
professional     basketball
                                             Then some idiot fan decided loyalty for their team'?
                                  already to throw his beverage in Artest's          Suddenly, civil society seems
                                                                                                                                  Richters, Melvin twins lead Eagles
knows that his reputation as an face. Next thing, Artest is charging to come tumbling down. We have                                                             every day," said Assistant Coach                     The woman's team is deep with
unstable idiot had been established into the stands. I'm sorry, but I am become an in-your-face, chest-                       By DAVE DETTMANN
                                                                                                                                  UW-L Student                  Nick Dietrich. "In sports there is               talent. The team is coming off of a
long before last'Friday's melee.          having trouble blaming it all on the bumping society. A society that                                                  always talk, but this team can actu-             fifth place finish at nationals, and has
    But while yrtrat it, Cohimissioner fan's drunkenness. Alcohol does not crosses lines, not because lines need                                                ally back up what is said."                      only lost a couple of key swimmers
Stem, suspend Artesr's teammates create emotion as much as it magni- crossing but just because lines are                                                           On the men's side, the Eagles                 from last year's roster. Hope and
                                                                                                                            The scene is always the same:
Jermaine O'Neal (25 gimnes, total fies, and most of the time, distorts it. there to be crossed. This is reminis-                                                   have a pretty young team. It will             expectations are high.
                                                                                                                         a cold pool, six lanes, the smell of             Go   P E A 4 ; Ace   -   ax.........        A *&J.-I.    I;.t"   -.
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money lost: $4,506;860) aid Stephen           Something broke loose on Friday. cent of the 60's, when attitude was a                                                                                                       uDIe mint pair to watch in
Jackson (30 gaines, total money lost: I am not exactly sure what to call it. statement and people broke barriers                                                                                                           ior year is Ann and Krista
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           who hail from Abbotsford,
$1,792,683) for their 'parts in the Civility'? Decorum? Either way, only because everyone else did.
                                                                                     Friday night was a perfect exam-                                                                                                        rival swimmer who hears
brawl. Better;yet, why don't you what ever happened to the old school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           icing against a "Melvin"
suspend Detrbits Ben Wallace (six belief that there are some lines you ple - lines were crossed in Detroit.                                                                                                                 are which of the twins she's
games, total money lost: $439,024), just don't cross? This rude, violent But in reality, I think that these lines                                                                                                          dagainst - she's going to be
the Piston's center who actually trig- trend is not only a sports phenome- have been crossed in many ways for                                                                                                              ten. And not by a little bit,
gered the initial altercation with a non. If you listen to the blowhards of a very long time.                                                                                                                              but by a mile.
two-handed she' to Artet's face.          talk radio and crossfire politics, you     This incident is only a wake up                                                                                                              With a reputation to
    But after y6ti are''dotie'ing the can't miss the vulgarity of the media. call.                                                                                                                                             live up to and the fact
teams, maybe you could point that Then try tell me that this mentality                                                                                                                                                         that these athletes wear
finger into the stands. I'm talking played no role in some fool's deci-                                                                                                                                                        as little clothing as pos-
about the fans - because if any single sion to hurl a cup at a player.                                                                                                                                                        sible, this season should
element turned tHis routine confron-         This coward, whom the Asso-                                                                                                                                                  De exciting to fllowii
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            e excriting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lo follow.
                                                                                                                         some of the best individuals and       Karl Richters from Madison,
tation into an tff-out riet, it was the ciated Press has identified as a                                                 teams in the region, proving once      Wisc. Richters has proved to be a
ticket holders.' In my mind, that self-employed contractor with a                                                        again that La Crosse will be a domi-   talented swimmer who will fight
speaks a lot ab6ut an issue that goes record of felony assault and drunk                                                 nant force.                            this season for a top position in the
far beyond the court.                     driving, caused millions of dollars of                                            "They amaze me in the water         WIAC conference.




                                                                                                                                   Eagles excel at WIAC Relays
                                                                                                                             By DANIEL FISHCHER                    In the 200 freestyle relay Anne               the excitement our relay gave the
                                                                                                                                  Racquet Staff                Melvin, Fallon Toomsen, Lexi Fink                 team," said 850 crescendo partici-
                                                                                                                                                               and Krista Melvin set a meet and                  pant Coyne. "I look forward to our
                                                                                                                                                               pool record with a time of 1:38.50.               next meet."
                                                                                                                            The men's and women's swim- Kristina Wanous and Sarah Thayer                            The men and women will compete
                                                                                                                         ming and diving teams competed in won the one-meter and three- meter                    next on Dec. 11 against UW-Osh-
                                                                                                                         the WIAC Relays on Nov. 20 at UW diving events.                                         kosh. The meet begins at 1:00
                                                                                                                         -- Eau Claire. Six UW swimming            The men's team came in second                 p.m. and is held at UW-La Crosse's
                                                                                                                         and diving teams participated.        with an overall score of 124 points.              Mitchell Hall.
                                                                                                                            The women's team came in first UW - Stevens Point placed first with
                                                                                                                         place, winning eight of their 11 an overall score of 160.
                                                                                                                         events, with an overall score of 160      A win was captured in the 850
                                                                                                                         points. UW - Stevens Point ranked crescendo relay, with the team con-
                                                                                                                         second, trailing with a score of 140. sisting of freshmen Matt Dahlke,
                                                                                                                            "Overall, the girls and boys are Kevin Ballweg and Karl Richters,
                                                                                                                         looking great," said women's swim and sophomore Joel Coyne. The
                                                                                                                         and dive team member senior Lisa relay out swam the conference by 11
                                                                                                                         Koenig. "We are ready for a com- seconds.
                                                                                                                         pettive-nd successful season."            "It was awesome to see and feel
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                                                                                                                                                                      'Double A' movie review: "National Treasure"


The Racquet Crossword                                                                                                                               'Double A' Movie Review
     -By CHELSIE MILLER
                                                                                                                                         "National Treasure" Captures Different Thoughts
          Racquet Staff                                                                                                             By ANDREW MONFRE &
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                                                                                                                                     ANDREW WESTPHAL                          sub-plots together in a Walt Disney          believe accurately describes the rest of
                                                                                                                                         Racquet Staff                        piece that even Mickey Mouse might be        the movie. I mean come on, you've got
                                                                                                                                                               II.
                                                                                                                                                                              ashamed of. But I left the theatre with      to be clinically insane to try and steal
                                                                                                                             "National Treasure" is a Walt Disney             treasure left inside me. I thought the       the Declaration of IIndependence think-
                                                                                                                          movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer                 movie was as good as you can get for         ing there is an invisiible map on the back
                                                                                                                          and director John Turteltaub. The film              a PG-rated film that is trying to depict a   of it.
                                                                                                                          captures the lite ot tme
                                                                                                                          Gates family, who have
                                                                                                                          been searching for the
                                                                                                                          "treasure of treasures."
                                                                                                                          Nicholas Cage stars
                                                                                                                          as Benjamin Franklin
                                                                                                                          Gates and first hears
                                                                                                                          of the tale when he's a
                                                                                                                          little boy. His grandfa-
                                                                                                                          ther explains that his
                                                                                                                          ancestors have been
                                                                                                                          searching for the largest
                                                                                                                          treasure known to man
                                                                                                                          for centuries. The story
                                                                                                                          gets interesting when
                                                                                                                          Cage and his colleagues
                                                                                                                          get closer and closer
                                                                                                                          to the secret treasure
                                                                                                                          that can only be found
                                                                                                                          through clues left by
                                                                                                                          our Founding Fathers:
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Across                  v             42. Rhyming verse                           11. Confidentiality
                                                                                                                              Ine Lnecearathon od mae- Nicholas Cage tries to find the hidden treasure in the movie "National Treasure."
                                      46. Quilt                                   12. Nasty snake-like fish               pendence. This adventure
1. Supersonic transportS)             48. A dollop of cream cheese from           18. Opposite of Even                    combines humor and
4. _ Lanka                            Bruggers                                    20. French "yes"                        action to bring about a top box office              realistic treasure hunt.                         Westphal: Obviously, I'm not going
7. Farm animal,,                      50. Collection of animals trapped in        22. Cowboy rope                         hit it's first weekend out.                             I also enjoyed the creativity of the     to try and steal the Declaration of Inde-
10. Toilet ar     the pondi           cages                                       24. Rhymes with Levi...with a "D"                                                           story combined with the factual his-         pendence. But this movie used creative
                                                                                                                              Monfre: It's happened again -
11. See #7 across                     51. Northern Minnesota iron                 25. Location
                                                                                  26. Surrender                           another money-making movie gone                     torical references as well as the acting     and historical ideas to bring about a
13. Adam's wife                       product
                                      52. Lover's meeting                         27. Absent without leave                wrong. They found a big star, Nicholas              between Nicholas Cage and Riley              film that kept you laughing, and won-
14. Where one would go on a
Saturday night!                       53.      Jeeves Web site                    28. Nick and Jessica...again...         Cage, put it together with a predictable            played by Justin Bartha.                     dering. Is there really a treasure? Is it
15. Nest across from Cartwright       54. Nick and Jessica were "Newly"           29. Soothe                              plot and of course threw in a sappy                     Monfre: Justin Bartha gives an           a myth? Who's going to win? 1 agree
16. Tye-.     (hippie shirt)          this...two years ago...                     32. If you're lost in the woods, this   ending. It bugs me when movies like                 incredible performance. One of the           whole-heartedly that every line Bartha
17. Pin worn on the lapel or collar   55. Answer everyone hopes for               would help                              this top the box office. It's just going to         solo-bright-spots in this movie was his      delivered made me smirk. The one flaw
19. Healing plant                     when asking out a date                      35. Morning moisture...on the lawn!     lead to more and more just like it. That's          awesome comic relief. I am actually          I have with the movie was the length. It
21. Sarcastically                     56. Dark bread                              37. Popeye's yes                        not going to be good for anybody.                   considering buying this thing on DVD         seemed to drag during the end.
23. U.S. Department of Agriculture                                                39. Toyota car                              Westphal: Well it was good for me.              simply because of Bartha. But maybe
26. Unit of luminous intensity        Down                                        41. Central Standard Time (abbr.)       Granted, I went into this movie expect-             not. The film's rating. PG, probably
                                                                                  43. Russian ruler (same as cza)                                                                                                                'Double A Movie Review'
29. Quoter           '                                                                                                    ing a terrible film that threw loo many             stood for Plenty of Garbage, which I
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30. Female sheep                      1. A college male, who is not so
31. Commander of "Deep Space          clean                                       of year!                                                                                                                                                                         I

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33. Street abbr.                      3.         Dorothy's dog                    46. See #7 and #11 across
34. Unfashionable (old lady term)     4.        African language                  47. Before, poetically
36. East African country near         5.        Big truck                         49. Peeper...on your face!
Ethiopia                              6. Decorate by inserting
38. Women's magazine                  7. Idol's are often lofted on this
39. Comfortable                               8. Climbing vine                    Answers on page 9
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           Strong ropes Mr. Angell crown
            By CARRIE DIETZ            the rose in his mouth before present-       of his Father's Wife" preformed by
               Racquet Staff           ing it to his escort, while Greg Schad      Kirk Arneson. The face of junior
                                       stumbled gracefully to the ground           Gina Angeli, co-coordinator for Mr.
    On Thursday, Nov. 18, ten peer- betore giving away his rose on one             Angell was thrilled with the talent
nominated Angell Hall men faced knee.                                              competition, "The guys were really
off in a fierce competition in hopes      Next the boys showed off their           funny, it was great entertainment."
of being crowned Mr. Angell. How- athletic side and the sports wear to go              After a lot of work to promote Mr.
ever, only one man was worthy with it. Adam Rozmenoski impressed                   Angell, the night was a definite suc-
enough to walk away with the true the crowd with his amazing rock                  cess with all proceeds donated to the
title of Mr. Angell - and that man is climbing abilities by jumping up and         Breast Cancer Foundation. A total
junior Mike Strong. Others receiving hanging from a Chars ceiling beam,            of $171.30 was made between Mr.
awards were runner-up senior Adam Robb Conlon sported his Lacrosse                 Angell and the selling of pink ribbon
Zastrow and Mr. Congeniality, soph- gear, while Adam Zastrow showed                pins.
omore Greg Schad. The rest of the off his racquetball apparel. After                   "A lot of planning went into this
candidates included Kirk Arneson. the fashion show, it was time for the            show and it was relieving to see it
Perry Guirau, Mike VanLieshout, candidates to win the crowd over                   all come together. There was a great
Robb Conlon, Adam Rozmenoski. with their talent. As the crowd began                turnout and I think everyone had a
Andrew Campbell and John Grabow. to chant along with the song "Save                great time," Angeli added.
The show began appropriately to the a Horse, Ride a Cowboy," by Big                    It certainly was a night to remem-
theme song "It's Raining Men" as and Rich, Mike Strong, dressed in a               ber in Whitney center, even the
candidates entered stage area with cowboy get-up, showed his ability to            man-of-the-hour seemed to walk
umbrellas and greeted audience mem- rope and hog tie a heifer played by a          away somewhat astonished with the
bers. The competition took off with friend in a cow costume. Tough man             results.
a rose ceremony where candidates Andrew Campbell astonished the                        "This was my first time being a
dressed in their best and presented a crowd by ripping off the entire top of       part of this annual competition and
rose to their escorts. These romantics a pop can with only his teeth. Other        being crowned was like the cherry
used humor and charm to swoon their talents included a self-composed               on top of a hot fudge sundae," stated
escorts and the judges. Mike VanLi- piano solo by Perry Guirau and a               Mike Strong, the new Mr. Angell.
eshout preformed a cartwheel with stunning one-man drama called "Son


                          Nathanson, Kellogg and                                                                                                                                     Photo by Justin Kemp, Racquet Photography Editor
                                                                                                                            UW-La Crosse freshman Ricky Martin preforms at an open mic night on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Port O'Call.
                         The Sixers rocked Valhalla
            By BRYAN FAHEY                 record labelpair you together?              The Racquet: Where would you
               Racquet Staff                                                       like to take your music? Mainstream?
                                               Aben: Well, typically the bands
                                           are paired up through the same com-      Underground?
Headliner Matt Nathanson and open-         pany agents, and in this case we            Aben: We think it's best to make
ing act Steven Kellogg & The Sixers        knew Steven from a few years ago.       pure underground music, but good
gave students the ultimate royal           It was good that he was friends with    enough for pop culture. I think any
treatment on Nov. 20. They provided        the same company agents we are in       band's dreams are to find that bal-
the follies and the funny, along with      contact with, so we could choose a      ance where they maintain their
inspired cover songs and sincere           bit.                                    credibility while still getting enough
originals.                                     The Racquet: What are your          sales to keep it going. We are not
    About 700 people came to see           influences? From listening, it sounds   interested in selling out or negotiat-
what Nathanson and company had             perhaps like U2 and John Mayor          ing. Just pure music.
up their sleeves. Besides the spoof        influences - is that a coincidence?         The Racquet: What was your pre-
covers of Dave Matthews Band                   John: Well, it'sfunny you say U2.   vious jobs?
and the Bee gees, Nathanson also           Matt is a huge U2 fan and actually          Aben: I was a Web designer and
had quick one-liners about a giant         he left the show as soon as he could    worked at a coffee shop.
monkey prop to entertain the crowd.        to get in his hotel and watch them          John: I was a student and did
But the entertainment wasn't only         perform on SNL tonight. But, we try      some tech jobs.
comedy: Matt's drummer Matt                to get him into things like the Bea-        ENTER Connor Cronk, CAB
Chamberlain rocked so hard that he         tles,. although that's not one of his   Community L4          :          ,D .
broke part of his drum kit.               favorite bands. As for newer music,          Connor:I think I know the answer
    Both bands have the Universal          we are big fans of Jeff Buckley (who,   to this, but did you know about Matt's
record label and both showed their         coincidentally has a birthday on the    insanity on stage?
worthiness for being signed. Steven        same day as Aben, Nov. 17) Wilco            Aben: I knew Matt was insane.
Kellogg and The Sixers provided            and Ryan Adams.                         It's like there's no off button.
great energy and constant variety              The Racquet: How is your deal           John: I didn't know until a few
to their act. The group rocked-out         with Universal records? How's the       ago. He's like a storm all the time.
on various instruments and quickly         relationship?                               Connor: What do you think of
switched to acappella. Matt Nathan-            Aben: Like any band/label, there    his stories told from night to night?
son and his friends showed musical         is the ups and downs. Matt was actu-    John: You know, he puts a twist on
precision and lots of witty tomfool-       ally on his own for quite a while,      them every night. He's so quick witted
ery - and the crowd loved it. Also,        and he was/is quite successful with     and keeps the storiesfresh.
stints of laughter made their way          getting things like TV appearances.         The Racquet: Any future plans for
around the room.                           But I guess the relationship is like    you guys?
    The Racquet got to chat with bass      a wide receiver (the band) from a           John: Well Matt wants to take a
player John Thomasson and guitarist        Quarterback (label), where you          long break and then eventually start
Aben. Here's the low down on the           sometimes feel you aren't getting the   on a new record.
two performers:                            ball enough.                                Check out these bands at www.
    The Racquet: How long have you             The Racquet: Do you pay atten-      stevenkellogg.com and www.mattna-
been touring together?                     tion to mainstream music? What are      thanson.com.
    John: Since June with Matt; we        your thoughts on it?
were mutual friends and we audi-               Aben: Well actually, Matt is a
tionedfor the job(s). This is only the     connoisseur of pop music. On Tues-
second day with Steven Kellogg.            day, new release day, he generally
    The Racquet: How is your rela-         buys everything on the shelves, and
tion with Steven Kellogg and The           I mean everything. After that he will
Sixers? I was wondering, do you            either ask if we want it, or dispose
get to choose your act, or does the        of it.




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CampusEvents_______1                                                                                                                    Titantic musicians 'Gaelic Storm' perform at
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                                                                                                                                      For this concert, there was seat-
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                                                                                                                                 dancing in aisles, though.
                       ,Ii                                                                                                           '"1 came because I love Celtic
                                                                                                                                 music," said a student from WWTC
                                                                                                                                 John and Barb Farell came to the
                                                                                                                                 show because they enjoy live music.
                          f 1I s h                                                                                               Still, others came after hearing them
                                                                                                                                 off the Web site and even more from
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                                                                                                                                     In 1997, the band got their biggest
                                                                                                                                 break in the industry from a movie
                                                                                                                                 rather than an album. The James-
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                                                                                                                                 Gaelic Storm cast as the party band
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                                                                                                                                 hometown of Santa Monica, Cali-
                                                                                                                                 fornia. Titanic grossed over $600
                                                                                                                                 million in the US and $1.8 billion
The Racquet Crossword answers:                                                                                                   worldwide.
    From "crossword," page 7                                                                                                         Years after their movie debut,                                                Photo from www.gaelicstorm.com
                                                                                                                                Gaelic Storm still has sellout con-        Tom Brown plays the bagpipes, guitar and mandolin to capture the Celtic
                                                                                                                                certs.                                     music style of Gaelic Storm. CAB sponsored the event in Valhalla Nov. 17.
                                                                                                                                     Shirts, CDS, mugs and posters
                                                                                                                                 were flying from the tables. This         tillng.                               more energy. But the smaller venues
                                                                                                                                 is all very impressive considering            Noel: How do you feel wshen you   arefunnier with more personal con-
                                                                                                                                the band gets little-to-no airplay on      are on s.iaite/                       tact. The best places we've played
                                                                                                                                 local radio or on NIMT But UW-La             7 igt'cr: lit, enjoy juf.t being are the House of Blues in Chicago,
                                                                                                                                Crosse's CAB does.                         there, thin energy is great. Also, we the Irishfest was the funnest.
                                                                                                                                     CAB Public Relations manager          enjoy 'gi\ing1p ,p[e a good night.
                                                                                                                                                                                         p     et                   Noel: As a group, what are your
                                                                                                                                 Noel Lee interviewed the band.               Noel: What is the stupidest thing biggest accomplishments?
                                                                                                                                 Here's what the Irish rockers had to      you have done on stage.'                 Twigger: Staying together - every-
                                                                                                                                say:                                          Twigger: Oh god, there's a list. thing! Titanic was a flash as crowds
                                                                                                                                     Noel: How did you all meet?           One time on the Rock boat I sang get bigger!
                                                                                                                                 What are your musical inspirations?       three songI' with myv boxers down.       Noel: How would you describe
                                                                                                                                    Steve Twigger (Guitarist):We met          Noel: Do you fel more comfort- your band to someone who has never
                                                                                                                                at a Santa Monica Pub in Califor-          able in a large or small crowd?       heard it?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Twigger: It 's a rolling party',
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 where every night is a party.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noel: How did you get the name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gaelic Storm?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Twigger: Well, we were at a coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 shop gig, drinking, and we were just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 picking names and used it. Our Celtic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 backgrounds also inspired the name.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noel: So what's next for you?
                                                                                                                        v4.                                                                                         Twigge,:-A DVD, yisR-c ;.,     ,
                                                                                                                          -t                                                                                        Check out Gaelic Storm at their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Web site, www.gaelicstorm.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Treasure'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            continued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         'Double A Movie Review'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Continued from page 7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Monfre: The problem I had during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the whole movie was trying to take it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     seriously. As long as you go into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     movie expecting to see a comedy. it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     won't disappoint. I know all movies
                                                                                                                                                                          Photo from www.gaelicstorm.com             can't be realistic, but I hate when they
                                                                                                                                 Ellery Klein, fiddlee and only female member of Gaelic Storm performed a            try and fail so miserably. One person
                                                                                                                                 solo at Wednesday's show.                                                           being able to actually steal the thing is

                                                                                                                                                  Trendy Topix                                                       one thing, but having two successfully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     do it at the same time? This movie also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     played home to the worst action scene
                                                                                                                                          What's your vintage style?                                                 in a long time. When the characters run
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     into problems descending a long stair-
                                                                                                                                         By SARAH MANS                                                               case. the chaos ensues. I'm still not sure
                                                                                                                                            Racquet Staff                  bargained style.                          what happened during the scene. It was
                                                                                                                                                                              3. If you are fairly conservative,     too fast, blurrv. confusing and just plain
                                                                                                                                                                           mainstream. then you would prob-          dumb.
                                                                                                                                    In a nutshell, fashion is a reflec-    ably enjoy soft fabrics accessorized          Westphal: I thought it was cool how
                                                                                                                                tion of how an individual society sees     with scarves. pearls and beaded           they created that whole idea of just
                                                                                                                                itself at the time. and how it desires     purses.                                   another adventure the treasure seekers
                                                                                                                                to be perceived. As we take a look            4. If you are independent and lose     had to go through to get to the treasure.
                                                                                                                                back in time each era has a vintage        to express yourself, then the 19(60)s     The Founding Fathers had to make it
                                                                                                                                style that reflects its time period.                                                 tough, figuratively speaking. to find this
                                                                                                                                    With this year's upcoming                                                        treasure because that's the entire idea of
                                                                                                                                winter dance theme as "Vintage                                                       the plot. I'm not saying this is the best
                                                                                                                                Hollywood," some tips on vintage                                                     movie of the year. but I am saying I got
                                                                                                                                styles might be helpful. If you're                                                   what I was looking for in a PG. Walt
                                                                                                                                having a difficult time choos-                                                       Disney. non-animated film. The film
                                                                                                                                ing a vintage style that works for                                                   was humorous and adventure packed.
                                                                                                                                you, don't worry. Here are some                                                      but the historical references are what
                                                                                                                                suggestions that should fit your                                                     made it great. The screenplay was so
                                                                                                                                personality type. The following                                                      well %written it seemed almost pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that
                                                                                                                                suggestions have been made with                                                      sible for these clues to be real.
                                                                                                                                a little help from www.vintage-                                                          Monfre: This film lived up to what
                                                                                                                                fashion.allinfo-about.conm.                                                          I expected: a lou tier Disney film. I
                                                                                                                                    1. If you are an outgoing.                                                       w-ould recommend renting this movie
                                                                                                                                flamboyant individual who loves                                                      when it comes out on DVD. I don't see
                                                                                                                                to dance and have a good time.                                                       any reason to spend $7 on this movie.
                                                                                                                                then short dresses with slits and                                                    Rating: 5 1/2 stars out of 10
                                                                                                                                sequins is the perfect fit for you.                                                     Westphal: Well. I went with matinee
                                                                                                                                                                     l
                                                                                                                                Sparkle the night away! To add the and match fun printed skirts anld pearis          showing. as usual, and wxasn't disap-
                                                                                                                                perfect touch. slip on some Mary for the perfect look.                               pointed by the $5.75 pricing to see an
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                                                                                                                                Jane dancing shoes.
                                                                                                                                    2. If you are more of a serious- and 70s era is the best match for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     average moxie. It gave me more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     what I thought I was going to get.
                                                                                                                                natured individual who likes to save you-- short skills. fun jeeh'l and              Mickey Mouse, don't get too down on
                    lima'                   A'od                                                                                their money. yet still look stylish outrageous makeup.                               the movie. It must have done something
                                                                                                                                (like most college students these        If none of these suggestions appl.          right because it was number one after
                                                                                                                                days), then the ankle length dress in pick votil favxorite era or mix and            opening weekend. Check it out when it
                                                                                                                                (lark or neutral colors are your best match. (ombinaltions of cr;a st\les            comes to a budget tylpe theatre.
                                                                                                                                option. Choose scarsxes. brooches. can he fun. so don't limit yourself!                 Rating: 7 1/2 stars out of 10
                                                                                                                                and chandeliers to complemienit your
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Running at the REC: Read the sign

Thanksgiving-twenty                                                                                                                                           Everything is offensive                                                                          Senioritis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dear Editor,
                                                                                                                                                                      By CHRIS RYAN                            basically about that, and it was true.
                                                                                                                                                                    Second Supper Writer                       Nerd, dork, geek, loser, I don't care,       As a senior intending to graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                               use them, they're just words.            in May, I find myself reflecting upon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Whereas, let's say I was of the      my last three years of education here
                                                                                                                                                           As a straight, white, middle-                       same age, different gender, and living   at La Crosse. We have all heard and
                                                                                                                                                       class male, I find myself in a unique                   at home because I had an infant to       made the complaints against the
                                                                                                                                                       position: centuries of people just like                 take care of. Suddenly I'm not a         general education courses here at
                                                                                                                                                       me being at the top of the totem pole                   target - call me a "slut," "tramp,"      UW-L: C-S 101, HPR 105, and the
                                                                                                                                                       has left me without a leg to stand on                   or "whore," and again, they're still     infamous EFN 205, just to name a
                                                                                                                                                       as far as being funny is concerned.                     words, but magically these words         few. I have despised them up until
                                                                                                                                                       Making fun of people, even when                         hurt. And why'? Because we let           recently and still find myself having
                                                                                                                                                       doing so universally and equally, is                    them.                                    numerous depressing memories
                                                                                                                                                       apparently a big no-no. And, silly                          The point I'm trying to make         even in light of my new-found
                                                                                                                                                       me, I'd thought we'd left the concept                   here, for those of you still reading     appreciation for them. However, it
                                                                                                                                                       of Political Correctness behind in                      this far - regardless of whether or      is in my last general education class
                                                                                                                                                       the mid-nineties. Well, here's the                      not you're busy sharpening knives        of my college career in which I am
                                                                                                                                                       thing, folks: everyone is dumb.                         or loading guns while doing so - is      realizing the importance and value of
                                                                                                                                                       Every single person on this planet,                     that everyone needs to take a step       these seemingly tedious and boring
                                                                                                                                                       no matter who they are or what they                     back and consider that we all have       consumers of time and money.
                                                                                                                                                       do, has some character trait that they                  the right to say what we want, how           The general education courses
                                                                                                                                                       can't control that can be made fun                      we want, when we want, thanks to         provide students with the chance to
                                                                                                                                                       of, and there's really nothing wrong                    the First Amendment. Go ahead and        adjust to college life, the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                       with that. Now before you go ahead                      throw out counter-examples -"fire!"      to wait to declare or change their
                                                                                                                                                       and throw this point out, hear me out                   in a crowded theatre, "bomb" on an       major, as well as the room to succeed
                                                                                                                                                       on this one.                                            airplane, pretty much any vulgarity      and fail without serious consequence.
                                                                                                                                                           Take me, ftor example: I'm 20                       on prime time TV - but at the end of     The time management skills learned
                                                                                                                                                       years old and living in my parents'                     the day. you can say what you want,      during these general courses are a
                                                                                                                                                       basement, still playing Dungeons                        I can say what I want, and we're         large attribution to my success as
                                                                                                                                                       and Dragons; I wear glasses most                        all better off for it, no "promoting     a senior in the core of my major.
                                                                                                                                                       of the time, and have not known the                     an atmosphere of intolerance" or         Although my views on many of the
                                                                                                                                                       touch of a woman (or man. for that                      "reinforcing stereotypes" about it.      issues raised in EFN 205 have not
                                                                                                                                                       matter). I really can't control some                    And if you've got a problem, say so.     really changed, the class did allow me
                                                                                                                                                       of those things, they're who I am; the                      Free speech isn't only about         the opportunity to practice expressing

      Running at the REC: Read the sign                                                                                                                things I can control, I've made the
                                                                                                                                                       way they are because I like it. Feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                               protecting speech you like, it's also
                                                                                                                                                                                                               about protecting speech you don't
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my views and figure out exactly why
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I believe what I believe.
                                                                                                                                                       free to make fun of me; hell, The                       like. Speak up.                              As a side note: In no way do I
          By JOE LATORRE                  walkers use the inside lanes (as in the        ruin your flow.                                               Second Supper already had an article                                                             attempt to justify making general
         UW-La Crosse student             ones by the railing).                              It sucks, but even worse are those                                                                                                                         education courses ridiculously hard
                                              I have consulted fellow students
                                          and rec lovers (who have been at this
                                                                                         snooty people who look at you funny
                                                                                         when you are walking next to the
                                                                                                                                                            Highest voter                                                                               or time-consuming.         Since these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        courses are for general education
                                          lovely institution for a few years)            railing. Now, I don't want to make                            turnout in City of                                                A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        purposes, they should be taught
    I love to run at the REC! When
one puts their ID through the card
                                          and we have come to the conclusion
                                          that there is almost nothing more
                                                                                         assumptions, but I'm guessing most
                                                                                         of you who fail to obey the rules are
                                                                                                                                                                La Crosse                                                                               accordingly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           p
slider, walks to the stairs, turns        annoying than those, who do not                underclassmen.                                                                                                                                                                 -UW-La Crosse senior
right, then left. and right again all     OBEY the track rules. Think about                  I dream of a day where pudgy                                  To the students and faculty
the way up to the track there is a        it, can you see it...you're running            boys and skinny girls can follow the                          at UW-La Crosse, thank you for
small blue sign (usually to the left).
This is a sign which I feel often gets
                                          along (in the outside lanes of course),
                                          you notice a friend on the elliptical
                                                                                         rules and run or walk with scrawny
                                                                                         boys and chubby girls. Remember
                                                                                                                                                       your enthusiasm and commit-
                                                                                                                                                       ment to setting a record for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Special
neglected, but for those of you who
have no clue what I'm talking about
                                          machine (you manage to get a smile
                                          in between a huff and a puff), then
                                                                                         kiddies, walk on the inside and
                                                                                         run on the outside. P.S. Hey pretty
                                                                                                                                                       highest voter turnout in the City
                                                                                                                                                       of La Crosse on Nov. 2. 2004.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CAMPUS 2005
let me tell you what is basically says:   you turn the comer only to see                 girls, why do you cake on the make-                               There are many people who                                                                      Rental Housing Section
Runners use the outside lanes (as         someone dogging it in your running             up when you work out? Until next                              helped make this happen. Liz, Larry,                        Have something to say? The Rac-
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                                                                                                                                                       other students donated their time
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               missions must include the author's
                                                                                                                                                                                                               name and phone number. and should                        FREE
                                               A                                     I                                                                 directors at various polling places.
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  Gospel choir lifts 'Voices                                                                                                                                                              December is AIDS
         in Praise'                                                                                                                                                                       Awareness Month
    By HANNAH APPLETON                          Jesus Christ] in a unique way."                                                                                                                                        for Disease Control, the average time
                                                   Voices In Praise has about 70                                                                                                   By JULIE CUBBAGE                    between HIV infection and signs of
         Racquet Staff                                                                                                                                                                 Racquet Staff
                                                members from UW-L. The group                                                                                                                                           a possible AIDS diagnosis is 8-11
                                                has performed twice this semester, at                                                                                                                                  years. Many AIDS symptoms are
    Voices in Praise, a UW-La Crosse            Trinity Lutheran Church and Christ                                                                                              Redribbonsmarkedthecelebration         associated with other diseases as
campus gospel choir, will perform               Episcopalian Church.         Audience                                                                                       of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. This          well, so the only way to confirm
in a community-invited concert in               members agree that the choir's sound                                                                                        day celebrates the progress that has       infection is to be tested for HIV. A
Valhalla, Dec. 4, at 4:00 p.m.                  is unlike that of a typical choral                                                                                          been made in fighting the disease          positive HIV test does not necessarily
    Admission       is    free     and          group.                                                                                                                      and focuses on the challenges              mean you have AIDS, however. The
refreshments will be served. The                   "The sound of Voices In Praise is                                                                                        ahead. World AIDS Day also marks           CDC also states that one's test results
concert will also feature two routines          different from other choirs, in that all                                                                                    the beginning of AIDS Awareness            do not reveal the HIV status of his or
by the Awakening Dance Team.                    of our music is learned acapella," said                                                                                     Month. This year's theme focuses           her partner.
    '"The purpose of Voices In Praise           senior director Casey Acker. "The                                                                                           on women and girls, since about               HIV is transmitted through blood,
is to glorify God through song," said           songs are meant to praise God in a                                                                                          half of HIV victims worldwide are          semen, vaginal secretions and breast
senior president Joanna Lee. "We                powerful way that really disrupts the                                                                                       female. The global summary of the          milk. HIV/AIDS can be partially
desire to be a voice not only for this          norm of 'traditional' church music."                                                                                        2004 HIV/AIDS epidemic report              prevented by using condoms and
organization but to [share our faith in                                                                                                                                     states that 37.2 million adults and 2.2    avoiding contact with contaminated

                                                                                                Murphy Library Notes                                                        million children under 15 are living
                                                                                                                                                                            with HIV/AIDS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       needles, blood and bodily fluids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although there is no cure, modem

     2005 Relay for Life                                                                                  Last-Minute Library Help                                             HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency
                                                                                                                                                                            Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       drugs and medical treatments can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       slow down the rate at which HIV
                                                                                                                                                                            (Acquired      Immune       Deficiency     weakens the immune system.
   The American Cancer Society                  honor other survivors and remember             The next two weeks will be hectic  of minutes?                               Syndrome). According to the Centers
invites all area college students and           those lost to the disease.                 ones for students. During this busy        Librarians are standing by to help
staff who want to participate in the                The Relay For Life represents the      period, the last thing students need   you with questions such as these:
College Relay For Life to begin to
organize teams. Teams may consist
                                                hope that people lost to cancer that
                                                will never be forgotten, that people
                                                                                           is to get bogged down in the proce-
                                                                                           dural details of information research.
                                                                                                                                  * I need scholarly articles. What are I
                                                                                                                                  they and where do I find them?
                                                                                                                                                                                Salvation Army giving tree
of 8-15 members. A team captain                 who face cancer will be supported,         While information research itself      * How do I create a list of citations? p
informational kickoff meeting will              and that one day cancer will be            can be rewarding and enjoyable, the    How do I cite a source from an online       Winter is fast approaching, and          Army Giving Tree located on second
take place Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Port             eliminated. In 1985, the Relay For         technicalities of processing, format-  database?                                along with the new season comes             floor in the Student Organization
O'Call Cartwright Center. Only the              Life began with one person who             ting, and tracking down information    * How can I find articles or books           cold weather and snow. As you           room of Cartwright.
team captain needs to attend.                   walked around a track for 24 hours         can become frustrating.                FAST on my topic?                                                      aters and         The process is simple:
   The goal of the Relay is to raise            straight, raising $27,000. This year,          The librarians at Murphy Library   *1 need a book but only Madison has                                    and think     1. Remove a tag from the tree. The
money to fight cancer and increase              the event will be held in more than        encourage you to contact them for      it. How can I get it immediately?                                      o may be      tag includes a child's age and clothing
awareness for the disease. The                  4,200 communities nationwide.              help with information-related prob-    * How do I get to library databases i                                  ate when      sizes, for both a shirt and pants.
ACS Relay For Life is an overnight                 The College Relay For Life will         lems. Librarians understand the        from off campus?                                                       er strikes.   2. Goonashoppingspreeandpurchase
community       celebration     where           take place Apr. 9-10, 2005, in La          technicalities of finding, evaluating,     Contact a librarian by visiting II                                   a child     an outfit that meets the child's needs.
participants camp out, eat, dance and           Crosse. For more information about         and processing information. They       the Reference Desk, by calling 785-                                    has been      3. Return the tag and the new,
take turns walking around an indoor             the College Relay For Life, contact        answer the same types of semester-     8508, by emailing refemail@uwlax.                                      gthe same     unwrapped clothing to the box
track relay-style to raise funds for            the local ACS office at 608-483-5000       end questions regularly and know       edu, or by setting up an individual I                                  red shirt     located next to the Giving Tree by
the ACS. At nightfall, the luminaria            ext. 3, or your student representative     how to solve many of the last-minute   consultation using the Individual I                                    Jpants for    Wednesday, Dec. 15.
ceremony takes place, in which                  Jessica Corey at 608-793-1271 or           problems that can be so frustrating.   Research Consultation form found att                                    past two         Tell your friends, roommates,
hundreds of candles are lit and cancer          corey.jess@students.uwlax.edu.             Why ruin your day with a problem       the library's home page.                                               years,        residence hall or any student
survivors take a celebratory lap to                                                        that a librarian can solve in a matter                                                                         which        organization     about this great
                                                                                                                                                                                                         they have     opportunity. Each outfit donated
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                                                                                                                                                                            a "tropical" Community Health
                                                                                                                                                                            Education Expo on Dec. 7 from 10:00
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                                                                    for the holidays!
                                                                      UW-L Jazz
                                                                     Emsembles
                                                                          &
                                                                   The Great River
                                                                    Big Band's CD
                                                                 "Swinging Yuletide"

                                                                    A great gift idea.


                                                              Just $10tX
                                                              CDs available at:
                                                          §J Leithold Music
                           Selections includ .e.             I 16 4th Street, a Crosse
                           Sleigh Ride
                                                              University of Wis.onsin La Crosse
                           0, Tannenbaum
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                           Frosty The Snow Man                Cartwright Center Basement
                           A Child Is Born                    1741 State 5treet, la Crosse
                           Rudolph, The Red-Nosed
                           Reindeer                           Or to place your order,
                           Have Yourself A Merry Little       call (608)785-8415.
                           Christmas
                           Santa Claus Is Comin'
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                           Deck The Halls                          Don't miss
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