Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Should Leagues Dump the Draft?

pro sports drafts are unfair to players, but getting rid of them could have unintended consequences

Luc Anthony

One of the remarkable aspects of sports in the 2010s has been the challenging of assumed athletic norms. Whether you agree with the alterations or not, a 2009 version of yourself may not have expected ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Oddball? No, V Ball

I always wondered what the fuss was about the Viennese Ball – now I understand

by Katie Vagnino, photos by Luong Huynh

‘So, what’s the deal with the Vietnamese Ball?” “VIENNESE Ball. It’s the Viennese Ball.” At the time, this made no more or less sense to me. This was back in the spring of 2014, when I was teaching my second semester at UW-Eau Claire, and had heard rumblings about some kind of adult prom ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

On the Cover | April 19, 2017

learn more about V1's cover art from Lukas Carlson

“While a canvas and brush are tools in my repertoire, I often find myself transforming found pieces of paper or printed materials for my drawings and paintings. 'Connect the Dots, Lalalala' is a page from an artist’s book I created by deconstructing ..."

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Grand Little Bridge

some things you may not think about when crossing the river

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

A patchy, crumbling concrete strip stretches from one side of the Chippewa River to the other. You can walk out on it, scuffling over loose pebbles as you go ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Opening Shot | April 5, 2017

photos by Andrea Paulseth

HIGH IMPACT SILLINESS. The Volume One April Fool’s Day Pillow Fight returned in a fantastic five minutes of feathery on April 1 in the courtyard of The Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire. Pictured: The winner of the adult costume award, pillow fighting like a hunk of burnin’ love.

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Life in the Slow Lane

taking a breather from life’s hectic flow allows for more face-to-face time

Jane Jeffries

I’ll admit that I’m old enough to remember the full-service gas station. My mom would drive up to the pump at the DX Station and roll down her window. A man in denim overalls ...

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Crocuses in Snow

in Wisconsin, the arrival of spring can be a slow process

Katie Venit

Sometime around Easter, the cherry trees lining both sides of my mother’s street in Maryland create a gauzy cathedral, easing her from winter into summer. When I was little, I would waltz ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

For Brian, Today

what I learned from the too-short life of a friend

Doug Mell

I first met Brian Leaf in 1980 when he was a scrawny, mouthy, irreverent and totally irrepressible part-time employee for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, where I began my 30-year career in journalism ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Once More to the Sledding Hill

winter’s not done with us, so I’m not done with it

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

You could reach down into it, your bare hand vanishing, leaving a perfect, almost cartoonish outline at the surface. Four fingers, a thumb, and your palm. It was icy and soft against your blushing skin ...

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