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Girl meets butter Ariel learns that Paula Deen’s all-you-can eat southern-style buffet isn’t all gravy. +PAGE TWO University of Wisconsin-Madison Complete campus coverage since 1892 Who’s Leather-next? The WIU Leathernecks were no match for Wisconsin in Tuesday’s softball doubleheader + SPORTS, page 8 l Wednesday, April 11, 2012 UW poet named one of top 10 college women By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal Wil Gibb/the daily cardinal Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig spoke on campus Tuesday, where he said media’s focus on instantaneous news has hurt its coverage of baseball. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig visits UW By Ryan Evans The Daily Cardinal Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig visited UW-Madison Tuesday, where he discussed media’s role in today’s sports and some of the major public relations challenges he has faced as commissioner. Selig, a 1956 UW-Madison graduate, said he values the sports media because he sees it as the “primary conduit between fans and teams.” For this rea- son, he said he allows baseball media the highest level of media access than any other sport so newspapers and baseball can continue their historically strong relationship. “I appreciate the work that baseball writers do,” Selig said. “They serve as a direct line to our fans. How you conduct yourself with the media is how the fans will perceive you.” But despite the strong relationship between baseball and the media, Selig said today’s sports coverage has been hurt by modern day media’s emphasis on immediacy in the news. The added medium of the Internet, according to Selig, has led to a “24-minute news cycle” that fosters stories without depth, formed without proper analysis. As an example, Selig pointed to the heightened coverage of rumors in sports, which has created sensationalism throughout sports media. UW-Madison junior Jasmine Mans was recently named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of 2012 for her spoken word and poetry. Mans, a member of UW’s First Wave program, has been writing and performing her own work since middle school. After a video of Mans’ performing a poem criticizing Nicki Minaj received nearly 475,000 views, she steadily gained fame through appearances on HBO’s “Brave New Voices,” Black Entertainment Television, and Broadway. Mans was the only poet in the group of girls recognized. The rest have talents ranging from dance to founding a non-profit to help children pay for clothes and school supplies on poverty stricken Native American reservations. “I tried to realize why someone would find my work just as significant as [the other girls’] and I think that after meeting these girls, something that we all have in common is the fact that we found and loved, genuinely loved, our passions from a very young age,” Mans said. Mans credits UW-Madison and the First Wave program with allowing her to focus on her art and cultivate her career. “I certainly think that the University of Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to pursue things that I thought were only dreams through First Wave,” Mans added. Mans said she is excited to see poetry, which has been historically overlooked, become “cool” for the first time. “We found and loved, genuinely loved, our passions from a very young age.” Jasmine Mans junior UW-Madison “Kids and teenagers and young adults and mothers are jumping up and saying I’ve got a favorite rapper, or a favorite song or singer, but also I’ve got a favorite poet,” Mans said. “And that means something for a literary artist to be counted as someone’s favorite.” While Mans’ performances consistently evoke cheers, she hopes her art can do more than entertain an audience. “I would really love to inspire people and I want to make it like they can get through anything, they can be anything. And I want to remind people of their beauty and their strength,” Mans said. “I want a little black girl to stand up in the front of her classroom and read a poem by her favorite poet and I want that poet to be me.” selig page 3 Candidates submit recall bids to board By Sarah Olson The Daily Cardinal Recall election candidates submitted their nomination signatures to the Government Accountability Board for verification Tuesday. Candidates had to submit a minimum of 2,000 signatures and no more than 4,000 signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday in order to qualify for a spot on the ballot in the recall elections of Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Only 500 signatures are required of candidates for the four state Senate recall elections. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett submitted the maximum 4,000 signatures, though his campaign collected over 7,000, more than any other candidate. A spokesperson for Barrett’s campaign said it was “a real testament to the incredible enthusiasm and support for his campaign” and that people are “keying in on his message about ending Scott Walker’s ideologi- cal civil war that is tearing our state apart.” recall page 3 Protester to challenge Walker With his progressive “La Follete Republican” platform and “passing resemblance” to a young Abraham Lincoln, Madison native Arthur Kohl-Riggs submitted his signatures for verification Tuesday in hopes of securing a spot on recall election ballots to challenge fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “Wisconsin has a strong history of progressive Republicanism,” Kohl-Riggs said. “Even by traditional Republican values, Walker’s policies are radical and extreme and they don’t represent the values of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Robert La Follette.” Kohl-Riggs is one of the 14 potential candidates hoping for inclusion on recall ballots to unseat Walker in the recall election. The 23 year old said he can’t compete with Walker’s fundraising, but hopes to “rely on the ‘share’ button and tweeting” to help his campaign. If included on the ballot, KohlRiggs plans to scold Walker for “being a bad Republican” while dressed up as the 16th president “at least twice,” he said. On Campus Food as thought The fifth annual International Edible Book Festival was held at Memorial Library Tuesday. The movement celebrates the relationship between culture and food. + Photo by Stephanie Daher “…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

The Daily Cardinal - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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