Throw a couple of 45 pound weights on a bar for UW-L junior Andy Askow, and he’ll likely tell you that’s enough for a warm-up. “I’m hoping to break two world records, maybe three,” says Askow, a world-class powerlifter.
He hopes to raise the bar while representing Team USA at the Classic World’s Men’s Championships in Finland in June. Askow is ranked first in the 120+ kg class in the Junior Division.
Askow is also a member and the coach of UW-L’s recently formed Powerlifting Club. “We already had one competition in January,” says Askow. “Our 15 person team took second and we all had fun and helped each other out. We were screaming for each other during the competition and it was awesome.”
Askow intends to continue powerlifting as long as his body holds out. He also wants to get more people involved. “I love the sport of powerlifting,” says Askow. “And when you love something, you want everybody to love it.”
Shelby Jacobson found her passion for the environment after transferring to UW-L. “It was a big change when I changed my major and minor to focus on the environment,” says Jacobson, a third-year student. “It really opened my eyes to what UW-L has to offer.”
Jacobson and six other students in an environmental sustainability class created an online tour of academic buildings, residence halls, and some off-campus outings with the goal of educating future and current students on the green efforts.
Other group members include Jill Castro, Katherine Sarff, Rebecca Conn, Gabriel Morrin, Seth Roca and Lauren Voelker. They hope the website will encourage all students to help with campus sustainability efforts.
Environmental Studies Associate Lecturer Alysa Remsburg is teaching the class. She plans to continue and expand the website in a section of the class next year. Email her with any questions or suggestions.