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November 12, 2007


‘Jackets leave it on the court as they fall short to Blugolds in WIAC conference playoff battle

By Carl Lindquist 

The seniors for the lady ‘Jacket’s volleyball squad, along with the rest of the team, left it all on the court on October 30th at UW-Eau Claire for their conference quarterfinal match in the WIAC Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

“We wanted this really bad,” said senior Alicia Fairchild, as a quicker offense this time led to good connections for the ‘Jacket’s offensively. But for both teams, the refereeing was inconsistent as the match was refereed tightly early on, but then loosened up as the match progressed.

“I feel at the end of the match, it didn’t disrupt our focus at all,” said senior Anne LeBard, as head coach Lynne Deadrick felt disappointed not knowing how the referees were going to make calls down the stretch. “It happens in every game, but because it was playoffs, it was more upsetting,” said LeBard.

The ‘Jackets showed the Blugolds that they weren’t the same team from their previous meeting on October 10th as they pushed for a more up-tempo match that they were hoping to surprise the Blugolds with. “Our intensity was out there,” said senior Courtney Stach. “We were hoping that they weren’t expecting that out of us.”

The match started off with consistent hitting by both squads, as the ‘Jackets hit .344 while the Blugolds hit .415 respectfully. “We tried to utilize a quicker offense,” said Deadrick. The Blugolds escaped with a 30-28 win in game one.

In game two, the ‘Jackets caught on to the Blugolds as they outhit the opposition. The Blugolds committed 11 errors in game two. The refereeing became more inconsistent down the stretch as the ‘Jackets fell short to the Blugolds in four games (28-30, 30-27, 26-30, 28-30). “You never know we could’ve done things that they noticed that we didn’t,” said LeBard. “There were errors on both sides and we both played really hard.”

Once that ball dropped for the final time, Fairchild and Stach relished the moment. “I looked at her (Stach), and then we looked around and said ‘that’s it,’” said Fairchild. “We did everything we could,” said Stach.

Now that the season is finished, special thanks are given out from LeBard, Fairchild, and Stach to the 2007 UW-Superior Yellowjacket’s Volleyball Team. “They’re more than a team, they’re my friends,” said LeBard. “You can have a family problem or a problem in a relationship, and they’re there for you.”

Whether it was travelling to Texas to kick off the season, or valiantly fighting against UW-LaCrosse and UW-Platteville to get conference victories, these three seniors really appreciated, as what Jessie Ebel once said, “…ending this season with a bang.” “Conference wins are so exciting,” said Fairchild. “It felt really good to compete with some tough teams in Texas,” said LeBard.

Along with the team ending this season with a bang, Stach, Fairchild, along with sophomore Chelsie Christofferson, received WIAC honorable mentions this year. “It was well deserved,” said LeBard, as she won the WIAC sportsmanship award for her team.

As for the future of this team, replacing Stach as an outside hitter will be a challenge for Christofferson as she has played exceptional this year. “You can’t replace a Courtney Stach,” said Fairchild. As for replacing Fairchild for her setting role, freshman Kayla Finck will be looked to for more setting next year. “I think she (Finck) can do it,” said Stach. “But she has some big shoes to fill.” For Deadrick, finding outside hitters will be her main focus in recruiting for next year, along with finding a woman to play defense in replacement for LeBard who moved around a lot on the court position-wise. “I think teams are starting to respect us,” said Deadrick, as she has finished her fifth year here at UW-Superior (16th year overall), with a team best 21-13 (3-5 WIAC).

As for the three seniors career plans, LeBard and Fairchild are both exercise science majors and would like to get into cardiac rehabilitation and have possible thought of going to graduate school as an option down the road. As for Stach, also an exercise science major, she is planning on going back to school for medical assistance, and may help coach next year for the ‘Jacket’s.


For the future 2008 team, and the seniors, congratulations on a great season, and best of luck to you all in the future leading to greater successes on and off the court.


November 1, 2007




The State of Wisconsin has retained Ayres Associates to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new Academic Building on the UW-Superior campus in accordance with sec. 1.11 Wis. Stats. and UW System guidelines.  Scoping is an initial requirement of the EIS process to identify major issues and potential environmental impacts associated with this project at an early stage.


UW-Superior proposes to construct a New Academic Building as part of a long-range plan to provide needed contemporary classrooms and computer labs, relieve overcrowded areas, efficiently consolidate functions, and eliminate deficient facilities and associated maintenance backlog.  The building will be located at the northwest corner of the campus near 16th Street and Weeks Avenue, west of the new Rothwell Student Center, and north of Old Main in accordance with the campus master plan.  The design of the proposed three-story, 92,237 ASF/143,000 GSF Academic Building incorporates sustainable design principles that emphasize energy efficiency and long-term durability.  The building will house eight academic departments, student support services, Information and Instructional Technology Services, 21 general assignment classrooms, computer labs, and other instructional labs.  The project also includes a 2,500 GSF greenhouse addition to Barstow Hall.  As part of the project, McCaskill Hall and Sundquist Hall will be demolished and replaced with green space.  The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2009 and completed and ready for occupancy by Fall 2010.


This notice announces that the EIS scoping process has begun.  The public is invited to a scoping meeting at 6:00 p.m. on November 20, 2007, in the Danielson Room, Rothwell Student Center on the UW-Superior campus.  Free parking is available in Lots 2 and 11.


Written comments or suggestions about the potential environmental, social, or economic impacts associated with the project are also welcome.  Please submit these comments by November 20, 2007 to:

 Dennis L. Johnson, PE               or          Terri Reda 

Ayres Associates                                     Environmental Affairs Officer

3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway                  UW System Administration

P.O. Box 1590                                        780 Regent Street, Suite 210

Eau Claire, WI 54702-1590                     Madison, WI 53715-2635


Written comments can also be submitted at the public meeting.


October 19, 5:59 PM

Jauch Confident in Budget Resolution


            Reassuring words from Senator Bob Jauch (D- Poplar) quelled the funding fear at The University of Wisconsin-Superior.

The new academic building, WHEG funds, and compensation for faculty wages were among the many topics discussed at 3:30pm in the lounge area of Rothwell Student Center.

Senator Jauch stated, “I want to give them [the students] assurances that this is soon to be completed, and that the checks that they have been waiting on, those that are WHEG eligible and been on waiting lists that very soon that they’re going to get the final word that the budget is complete.  I, also, I want to give some comfort to the faculty that they are no longer apart of the tug-of-war…that I thought the compensation would be sufficient to give them pay raises for what they are working so hard to earn, and let those who care about the academic building [know] that it doesn’t seem to be an issue of contention.  We need to get the budget adopted in order to get this all done, but I think those are issues that I feel relatively good about.”

The positive words from Senator Jauch are still un-official, pending Governor Doyle’s announcement of a resolution within the next couple of days.

In attendance at Senator Jauch’s press conference were key players in the hierarchy of UWS such as Student Body President Stefan Fletcher, Vice President Kimberly Store, and University Provost Dr. Christopher Markwood.

            President Fletcher said he was hopeful that the necessary amount of financial aid for students to continue their education.

            Vice President Store followed up with, “I am confident this whole situation will be resolved before we see severe increases in tuition.”

            Provost Markwood maintained that it was a very positive talk and that as long as everything said does come to fruition it will be very positive for this University and especially for its students.

 “The campus can begin to breathe a little bit easier knowing there is a different kind of discussion going on in Madison,” Senator Jauch said.



Do You Ask?

October 19, 4:21 PM

Stephanie Tahtinen           


            Enticed by posters and banners asking the question “Can I Kiss You?,” hundreds of UWS students streamed into Thorpe Langley Auditorium last week to find out why they should ask that question.

            What they found was a highly entertaining, interactive presentation on intimacy, respect, and communication within a relationship given by Mike Domitrz – the nationally known speaker and leading expert on healthy dating, consent, date rape, and sexual assault awareness.

            Domitrz was brought to UWS through a program sponsored by Residence Life, Affirmative Action, and Alcohol and Education Training. “We feel it’s important to bring him here because he has a really good message that connects with students,” said Jen Bird, the Hall Director for Curran-McNeil Ostrander Residence Hall. “He has a really fantastic program.”

            His message was simple – ask before you act. He stressed the importance of asking permission before kissing somebody or engaging in other sexual contact with them, because that gives them a choice in the matter. Domitrz asked the audience why having a choice was important, and the audience called out responses of it shows your partner respect, makes it more special, and prevents you from overstepping their boundaries, thereby eliminating sexual assault – sexual contact without consent.

            Although his message was of a serious nature, Domitrz approached this topic in a highly entertaining way, and the audience burst out into laughter several times throughout the presentation. Audience participation was high as they shouted out replies of either “Yes” or “No” to the questions that Domitrz asked, and several hands would shoot up into the air whenever he asked for a volunteer to join him up on stage for a demonstration.

            Once up on stage, the actions of the volunteers brought bursts of laughter to the audience. One male student was asked to share his version of “the look” given by a girl when she wants to be kissed. Likewise, a female student was asked to send body language to Domitrz to let him know that she is interested in him. After the volunteers were given their prize of a free shirt in thanks for their participation, Domitrz said that these demonstrations proved a crucial point: body language is unreliable, so it’s better to ask.

            With the help of audience responses, Domitrz also explored the different perspectives of men and women in the dating world. One of these differences was the eternal question of who should make the first move. “I loved getting the guy’s point of view,” said senior Lindsay Roubal. “We always just assume they should make the first move, and then we find out they don’t want to.”

            Domitrz said that after seeing his presentation, most students agree they will ask and expect to be asked in the future. He wanted students to leave the auditorium with four rules to live by: Respect yourself, Respect your partner, Ask before you act, and Respect the answer.

            One of the most popular presentations at colleges across the country, Domitrz is on a college campus every day of the year. He is also the author of the book May I Kiss You?, a book for both teenagers and adults that explains how to get what you want romantically without playing the dating game.