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The Spectator The Student Newspaper of UW- Eau Claire since 1923. The Spectator is the student newspaper of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. It began as a weekly tabloid in 1923 and has grown to a broadsheet biweekly Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Pacemaker Award winner.
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The Spectator is published in print on Thursdays during the school year except for vacations and holidays. Distribution on campus is free. The Spectator is a university publication published under the authority granted to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. We are a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Members of The Spectator r

The Spectator is published in print on Thursdays during the school year except for vacations and holidays. Distribution on campus is free. The Spectator is a university publication published under the authority granted to the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. We are a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Members of The Spectator r

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The Spectator would like to extend a huge congratulations to its seniors and the other members of the Class of 2021. Go ...
05/16/2021

The Spectator would like to extend a huge congratulations to its seniors and the other members of the Class of 2021. Go Blugolds! #uwec

UW-Eau Claire's four commencement ceremonies were held between May 14 and 15 on the campus mall.

The Spectator will be back next semester. Good luck with finals and have a great summer! See you in the fall.- The Spect...
05/11/2021

The Spectator will be back next semester. Good luck with finals and have a great summer! See you in the fall.
- The Spectator Staff

The Spectator will be back next semester. Good luck with finals and have a great summer! See you in the fall.
- The Spectator Staff

The Chippewa Valley Postcard Project is looking for artists [AND] activists in the community, learn how you can be a par...
05/07/2021
‘The Chippewa Valley Postcard Project: Art for Racial Justice’

The Chippewa Valley Postcard Project is looking for artists [AND] activists in the community, learn how you can be a part of this project here:

Interfaith for Racial Justice, a collaboration of diverse faiths working together to take action for racial justice and unity for the betterment of our community, started a community project toward promoting racial justice here in the Chippewa Valley area. The Chippewa Valley Community Postcard Proj...

The global leader in journalism, Poynter, has started The Collective newsletter with a section called Truth-tellers, ans...
05/06/2021
Poynter newsletter introduces the Truth-tellers

The global leader in journalism, Poynter, has started The Collective newsletter with a section called Truth-tellers, answering questions from journalists of color. Check it out or ask your question below: https://www.spectatornews.com/campus-news/2021/05/poynter-newsletter-introduces-the-truth-tellers/

As a global leader in journalism, the Poynter Institute is known for training classes to news postings, ranging in topics for all things journalism, its website said. According to the website, “it is the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engag...

Through a tumultuous semester, Blugold sports kept going. Here’s a recap of the highs and lows of the spring sports seme...
05/06/2021
Spring sports recap: triumphs and losses through COVID-19

Through a tumultuous semester, Blugold sports kept going. Here’s a recap of the highs and lows of the spring sports semester:

UW-Eau Claire’s spring sports season has produced mixed results across teams, but many players and coaches said that they were simply happy to play, due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 and how it would affect the season. Regardless, the Blugolds got out on the field, court and track to represen...

“Sometimes you know the person, but you don’t know their backstory. With this month of awareness we wanted to bring appr...
05/06/2021
Hmong Heritage Month: a recap

“Sometimes you know the person, but you don’t know their backstory. With this month of awareness we wanted to bring appreciation and knowledge to others.” Read more about Hmong Heritage Month here:

The Eau Claire Hmong Heritage Month was established to promote and educate students and community members about Hmong culture and history, said Melanie Chang, a fifth-year finance student with a certificate in critical Hmong studies. “I used to think it was all about showcasing Hmong culture, but ...

Did you see the red dress display in the campus mall? Find out more about it here:
05/06/2021
UW-Eau Claire Inter-Tribal Student Council exhibits red dress display

Did you see the red dress display in the campus mall? Find out more about it here:

The UW-Eau Claire Inter-Tribal Student Council decided they wanted to acknowledge, remember and raise awareness about the disproportionate rates at which Indigenous women experience violence. On May 5, the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, ITSC exhibited....

The Spectator editorial board spoke with UWEC personnel this week to discuss questions and concerns students have shared...
04/30/2021
The Sonnentag Complex: your questions, answered

The Spectator editorial board spoke with UWEC personnel this week to discuss questions and concerns students have shared about the Sonnentag Complex.

Shortly after a referendum question regarding the Sonnentag Complex and Event Center was included in the Student Senate spring election, The Spectator staff began hearing complaints and concerns from the UW-Eau Claire campus community. The question asked students to vote on the construction of the S...

Need a new podcast? We have just the thing for you.
04/29/2021
A seat at the table: UW-Eau Claire’s new theatre arts podcast

Need a new podcast? We have just the thing for you.

Stage productions are yet another item added to the list of events canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UW-Eau Claire theatre program has had to make several changes to its operation in the past year. But, students like Emily Szymanski, a third-year comprehensive theatre arts student, and KC Bray,...

A divestment from fossil fuels resolution was passed unanimously at the Student Senate meeting at UW-Eau Claire. Read mo...
04/29/2021
Divestment resolution passed unanimously

A divestment from fossil fuels resolution was passed unanimously at the Student Senate meeting at UW-Eau Claire. Read more about what that means for the university, here:

Passed with a unanimous vote of 27-0-2, bill 65-R-1 introduced student desires for fossil fuel divestment, Maddie Loeffler, third-year environmental geography student and the main author of the resolution, said. Loeffler is an intern in the Student Office of Sustainability for the UW Divestment Coal...

Women’s tennis ends their season after losing to UW-La Crosse in the WIAC Championship semifinals. Read here about their...
04/29/2021
Women’s tennis wins in WIAC quarterfinals, falls in semifinals

Women’s tennis ends their season after losing to UW-La Crosse in the WIAC Championship semifinals. Read here about their battle for the conference title:

The UW-Eau Claire women’s tennis team entered post-season play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on April 24. In the quarterfinals, the Blugolds won against UW-Oshkosh in a shutout victory on April 24. However, the Blugolds lost to UW-La Crosse in an upset win for t...

A good personality vs. Hot girl summer... Reflections on beauty standards in a modern society:
04/23/2021
Beauty standards: society versus reality

A good personality vs. Hot girl summer... Reflections on beauty standards in a modern society:

My dad called me the other day — out of the blue — claiming he’d had an epiphany. While standing in the bathroom brushing his teeth, blurry-eyed and in only his underwear, he’d been struck by a moment of intellectual genius at 8:00 a.m. “Gross, Dad,” I said. “Didn’t need to know that...

“It’s sad because I would rather have the two days than nothing, but it feels like a last minute attempt,” Macey Fischer...
04/22/2021
‘Students have been burned out already’

“It’s sad because I would rather have the two days than nothing, but it feels like a last minute attempt,” Macey Fischer, a fourth-year psychology student, said, regarding UW-Eau Claire’s recent announcement that classes would be cancelled on two days in April.

When Macey Fischer, a fourth-year psychology student, found out that UW-Eau Claire would be giving students two “wellness days,” she was insulted. “It’s sad because I would rather have the two days than nothing, but it feels like a last-minute attempt,” Fischer said. “I’m not happy tha...

With the verdict declared, UW-Eau Claire students reflect on the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter moveme...
04/22/2021
Students feel the impacts of police brutality

With the verdict declared, UW-Eau Claire students reflect on the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. Read about it here:

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25, 2020 while Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.” The day after Floyd’s death, the four officers involved with the arrest were fired by the police department. On March 29, 2021, Ch...

A referendum held regarding the new Sonnentag Complex at UW-Eau Claire passed last week. To learn more about this new fa...
04/22/2021
Construction of Sonnentag Complex to begin this year

A referendum held regarding the new Sonnentag Complex at UW-Eau Claire passed last week. To learn more about this new facility, read here:

The Sonnentag Complex, a new sports facility and event center at UW-Eau Claire, is set to begin before the end of 2021. From April 12-14, students had the opportunity to vote in a referendum in favor or against the new complex. The referendum passed with 1,019 students (61%) voting in favor and 640....

Missed this year’s Ann Devroy Memorial Forum? Here’s a recap:
04/21/2021
UW-Eau Claire hosts 2021 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum

Missed this year’s Ann Devroy Memorial Forum? Here’s a recap:

Journalism has changed over the past few years, especially in the White House. These changes were the focus of the main presentation given at the UW-Eau Claire Communication and Journalism department’s annual Ann Devroy Memorial Forum on Thursday, April 15 via Zoom. The event was emceed by Jan Lar...

One UW-Eau Claire student is showcasing the beauty of being Black through photography. Read more here:
04/16/2021
On the beat: Love through a lens

One UW-Eau Claire student is showcasing the beauty of being Black through photography. Read more here:

Cultivating a relationship with your inner artist and growing in awareness of how art influences society will prove beneficial –– regardless of your area of study –– according to the Department of Art and Design at UW-Eau Claire. Visual artist Olu Famule has used photography as a creative ou...

Students and faculty plan to protest UW-Eau Claire’s investing in the fossil fuel industry. Learn how to join here:
04/16/2021
UW Divestment Coalition urges administration to divest in fossil fuels

Students and faculty plan to protest UW-Eau Claire’s investing in the fossil fuel industry. Learn how to join here:

Due to UW-Eau Claire’s lack of transparency, it is difficult to know how deeply invested they are in the fossil fuel industry, but Maddie Loeffler, a third-year environmental geography student, believes there may be more to it than meets the eye. “Unless an organization or company says outright ...

Some UW-Eau Claire professors have joined a pilot program aimed at reducing the cost of textbooks and other materials. F...
04/15/2021
UW-Eau Claire pilots program to reduce cost of course materials

Some UW-Eau Claire professors have joined a pilot program aimed at reducing the cost of textbooks and other materials. For more information, read here:

UW-Eau Claire is continuing to pilot a program called Open Educational Resources that helps to reduce the costs of course materials for students. Fifteen professors have signed on to the OER program, which begins this summer and will be implemented into classes in the fall, Jill Markgraf, the McInty...

Our track and field teams kicked off their outdoor seasons this past weekend. Find out how they did, here:
04/15/2021
Track and field teams kick off their 2021 outdoor seasons at UW-River Falls

Our track and field teams kicked off their outdoor seasons this past weekend. Find out how they did, here:

The UW-Eau Claire men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams competed Saturday, April 10 at UW-River Falls. The UW-River Falls Invitational marked the beginning of their outdoor season, while for other teams at the meet, it was their second or third, Megan Wallace, a fourth-year student and...

UW-Eau Claire has hired Olga Diaz as a new vice chancellor for EDI and student affairs.  Read about her here:
04/15/2021
Olga Diaz named new vice chancellor for EDI and student affairs

UW-Eau Claire has hired Olga Diaz as a new vice chancellor for EDI and student affairs. Read about her here:

UW-Eau Claire announced on April 5 the appointment of Olga Diaz, new vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs. Diaz is from Escondido, California, where she served as a city council member for three terms. Her previous position was at Palomar College in San Marcos, Cal...

This is your reminder to join us virtually TONIGHT at 7 p.m. for the Devroy Forum, featuring Philip Rucker from the Wash...
04/15/2021

This is your reminder to join us virtually TONIGHT at 7 p.m. for the Devroy Forum, featuring Philip Rucker from the Washington Post!
uwec.ly/devroyforum

This is your reminder to join us virtually TONIGHT at 7 p.m. for the Devroy Forum, featuring Philip Rucker from the Washington Post!
uwec.ly/devroyforum

We are thrilled to announce that The Spectator received several Wisconsin Newspaper Association collegiate awards! Congr...
04/13/2021

We are thrilled to announce that The Spectator received several Wisconsin Newspaper Association collegiate awards! Congrats to each of the talented reporters honored today.

Waltz the night away (from home) with the Virtual Viennese Ball! Read about it here:
04/02/2021
Viennese Ball returns virtually

Waltz the night away (from home) with the Virtual Viennese Ball! Read about it here:

“Oh what would I give if I could relive those days in Vienna again.” These sentimental lyrics are from the song “Vienna, My City of Dreams” by Rudolf Sieczynski. The piece is traditionally sung at the annual UW-Eau Claire Viennese Ball by The Singing Statesmen choir. On April 8 and 10, you c...

UW-Eau Claire is partnering with FEMA to open another mass vaccination clinic on campus for community members and those ...
04/01/2021
UWEC partners with FEMA to host a mass vaccination clinic

UW-Eau Claire is partnering with FEMA to open another mass vaccination clinic on campus for community members and those on campus. Check it out here:

On April 8, a Federal Emergency Management Agency-supported vaccination clinic will open on the UW-Eau Claire campus in Zorn Arena for eligible staff, faculty, students and community members. Jodi Thesing-Ritter, executive director for Diversity and Inclusion, said current vaccinations have been goi...

Are you feeling burnout? Wishing you were on spring break right now? You’re not alone. Read more here:
03/26/2021
The cost of no spring break

Are you feeling burnout? Wishing you were on spring break right now? You’re not alone. Read more here:

Provost Patricia Kleine informed students of the cancellation of spring break for the upcoming spring semester on Dec. 3. Four months later, students are grappling with the administration’s decision. “While we appreciate the value of rest, relaxation and the learning opportunities that are hallm...

Interested in being a reader for the International Poetry Reading? Click here for more information:
03/26/2021
UWEC faculty calling for readers at International Poetry Reading

Interested in being a reader for the International Poetry Reading? Click here for more information:

Lovers of poetry are invited to share their gifts, language and culture at the 15th annual International Poetry Reading. Taking place during National Poetry Month, this year’s reading will be held virtually from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 28 via Zoom. Dorothy Chan, an assistant professor of English, an ...

Twenty-four UWEC students are researching different ways the pandemic has affected the economy. Find out more below:
03/25/2021
UWEC students research impacts of COVID-19

Twenty-four UWEC students are researching different ways the pandemic has affected the economy. Find out more below:

UW-Eau Claire is offering an economics research methods class this semester that focuses on how the pandemic affects the economy. Thomas Kemp, a professor of economics and department chair, teaches the class. This semester it is the “The Empirical Economics of the COVID-19 Pandemic” and he said ...

We asked and you answered. To see the results of The Spectator’s recent survey and learn more about why Blugolds are fee...
03/25/2021
Survey reveals many UW-Eau Claire students feel unmotivated

We asked and you answered. To see the results of The Spectator’s recent survey and learn more about why Blugolds are feeling unmotivated this semester, click here:

“You can’t medicate a pandemic,” Robin Lentine, a fourth-year comprehensive theater arts student said. “It just feels pointless. Like why am I doing this?” A survey sent out last week received responses from 315 students at UW-Eau Claire. The survey asked about their motivation, mental hea...

Find out how the women’s hockey team ended their season here:
03/24/2021
Women’s hockey loses in O’Brien Cup finals

Find out how the women’s hockey team ended their season here:

The Blugolds competed in a best-of-three series against the UW-River Falls Falcons in the WIAC O’Brien Cup finals last week — marking the fifth year in a row the team has made it to the finale. Game one at home The Blugolds first faced off against the Falcons March 15 at the Hobbs Ice Arena....

Tonja Englund isn’t just a “pretty good” coach, she’s been named Coach of the Year by the WIAC. Read more here:
03/18/2021
Women’s basketball coach Tonja Englund named WIAC Coach of the Year

Tonja Englund isn’t just a “pretty good” coach, she’s been named Coach of the Year by the WIAC. Read more here:

Tonja Englund, the head women’s basketball coach at UW-Eau Claire, was awarded Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on March 10. Since the start of her basketball career, nearly 40 years ago, Englund said she has developed a thorough understanding of not only bask...

What’s with the squishmallow craze? Click here to read more:
03/18/2021
The Squishmallow sensation

What’s with the squishmallow craze? Click here to read more:

In two years, over fifty million squishmallows have been sold worldwide, according to the official squishmallow website. With over 500 squishmallow characters available to collect and their very own jingle, the squishmallow craze has reached Wisconsin and students at UW-Eau Claire. Morgan Hensley, a...

03/16/2021
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Have five minutes to help us out? This week we're taking a look at student motivation, give us your two cents by filling...
03/13/2021
Motivation Survey

Have five minutes to help us out? This week we're taking a look at student motivation, give us your two cents by filling out this survey!

The Spectator wants to know how students' motivation is doing this semester and what the reason is for it. Please answer all of the following required questions.

One year ago today, UW-Eau Claire suspended in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor James C. Schmidt,...
03/12/2021
One year later: UWEC leaders reflect on COVID-19’s impact

One year ago today, UW-Eau Claire suspended in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor James C. Schmidt, SHS Medical Director Kim Frodl and Student Body President Anna Ziebell all reflected on the university’s response to the pandemic throughout this past year and what campus will look like moving forward.

At the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda event on March 11, 2020, undergraduate students and faculty advisors from across the UW System were presenting their research in the Wisconsin State Capitol. It was during that event when the UW-Madison campus community was notified in-person classes would....

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