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Fall Farewell Issue 2017




Progress for whom?

Students grow impatient with stagnant diversity enrollment despite university’s largest class yet By Max Bayer SENIOR STAFF WRITER

The most recent freshman class at the University of WisconsinMadison was the largest in the school’s history. But a record number of underrepresented students decided to go elsewhere. In the fall 2017 class, there was a dip in the university’s yield rate — the percentage of students that enrolled out of the total students that were admitted — across virtually all underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. For all underrepresented students, known in the data as total minority students, the yield rate was 28.5 percent, the first time it dipped below 30 percent in the last 10 years. The yield rate for African-Americans dropped from 37.7 percent to 30.9 per-

cent. For white students, the rate was 39.7 percent, also a new low. However, 54.3 percent of underrepresented applicants were admitted, the highest percentage since 2009. AfricanAmericans specifically had a 39.4 percent acceptance rate, the largest over the 10 years of the data. According to Steve Hahn, vice provost for Enrollment Management, this year’s low yield rate in spite of a larger freshmen class can be largely attributed to this being UW-Madison’s first year on the Common App. The application allows prospective students to apply to numerous schools by answering additional questions instead of going to the UW System website for an entirely separate application.

“It makes it easier for the nonresidents to find us and it makes it easier to apply,” Hahn said. “That doesn’t mean they’re serious.” But junior and president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union Tashiana Lipscomb said the Common App reasoning seems like an excuse after numerous diversity crises, such as a spectator wearing a noose costume at Camp Randall Stadium and several incidents of anti-semitic vandalism, pushed campus climate issues to the forefront. She believes rather that prospective students realized UW-Madison may not be as progressive as they’ve heard after these incidents made their way around social media. “Now this liberal reputation that UW-Madison has already had, is starting to get attacked,” she said.

Campus enrollment shows weak recruitment progress, frustrates students of color For students of color on campus, the makeup of this class is all too familiar. Of the more than 6,600 new studentswelcomed onto campus, 17.6 percent were American students of color. In 2016, that population was 18.2 percent; in 2015, it was 16.1 percent. And as incidents of racial bias become more prevalent on campus, students’ patience has become strained. In a 2014 document, members of the university’s Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee recommended the university “continue to identify, recruit, and support promising applicants from diverse backgrounds.” According to the committee, one

of the long-term indicators of success would be if “students at UW-Madison are increasingly representative of multiple dimensions of diversity.” But the data shows that underrepresented enrollment has been stagnant. In the most recent campus climate survey results, more than 40 percent of students of color felt expected to represent the “point of view” of their identities in the classroom. Patrick Sims, vice provost of Diversity and Climate and Chief Diversity Officer, said this isn’t news. “We have a responsibility to be clear in what our students are going to be walking into,” Sims said, noting that Wisconsin is a predominantly white institution,

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“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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Hate and bias reports often do not get follow-ups, leading to few sanctions for students By Lawrence Andrea CAMPUS NEWS EDITOR

With reported hate crimes on UW-Madison’s campus increasing from two in 2015 to twenty in 2016, reports of hate and bias on campus have resulted in surprisingly few sanctions. In fact, the Spring 2017 Bias Incidents and Reports Summary from the Dean of Students Office revealed that 15 percent of those who filed a bias report were anonymous reporters, and just 34 percent of reporters asked for action or follow-up from the university relating to their incident. This is not unusual, according to Bias Response Coordinator Satya Chima. Chima, who handles all bias reports filed to the Dean of Students Office, said this happens “fairly frequently” because, in some of these cases, students do not know who the suspect is and think a meeting would not accomplish much. Some students, she said, just simply want the university to know an incident happened. Mariah Skenandore, co-president of the indigenous student organization Wunk Sheek, was one such student who filed an anonymous report. Skenandore said that although she felt the need to report the incident she experienced, she reported it anonymously because she did not think she could contribute any additional information about the incident. Additionally, she said she would rather just alert the university to the issue. Some cases require further action Some students, however, do

request a university follow-up. According to Chima, once she receives a bias incident report that includes contact information, she reaches out to the student affected to arrange a “support meeting.” During the meeting, the student can explain their situation and get connected to resources that make them feel “supported and safe.” If the “respondent,” the person alleged to have instigated the incident, is known, the Division of Student Life will contact them for their side of the story.

“I think the campus always has work to do, and I think the [Division of Student Life] knows that.”

Satya Chima bias response coordinator Dean of Students Office

Chima said the division takes an “educational” response when dealing with respondents. She said her division does not deal with disciplinary issues, but rather intends to inform the respondent about how their behavior has affected the reporter and the community. “If there is an educational moment to be had, an opportunity for growth, then I will always try to engage with that,” Chima said. “When I’ve had those conversations with students, they go really well.” Skenandore echoed these sentiments, explaining that when she filed yet another hate and bias report

earlier this year after one of her professors “responded poorly” to a negative comment about natives, Chima and the Dean of Students Office was quick to respond. “I thought it was really nice that they reached back out and let me know that my report was [acknowledged],” she said. “It is important to know that people aren’t exhausting their energy with these reports for no reason.” In fact, Skenandore had a meeting with Chima and her professor, during which her professor was “super helpful and apologetic.” She now meets with her professor each week to talk about her experience in class and arrange independent study assignments when lecture material may be “triggering” to her. “[Chima] will actually reach out to me periodically to check in and make sure things are still going well in the class,” Skenandore said. “This process has been super helpful, and [Chima] has been so responsive.” Cases involving conduct violations are referred Since the Division of Student Life does not handle disciplinary actions but rather provides emotional support, all bias complaints that allege behavior in violation of student conduct policy are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. According to the Spring 2017 report, just two of the 74 bias-related incidents were put through the non-academic misconduct process. One of the two students was found in violation of non-academic misconduct, though the university did not release which sanction — a


The Division of Student Life takes an educational approach when handling incidents of hate and bias, informing students of the impact of their actions. university reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion — this student faced for fear of revealing the student’s identity. None of the incidents were found to be hate crimes. Tonya Schmidt, the director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, attributed the low number of misconduct incidents again to the number of students requesting university intervention. Although Schmidt said that students often do not request additional contact because they are unsure of who the suspect is, the office does encourage students with information to come forward. “These are really sensitive situations, and we want them

to have some power and control over the choices they make,” Schmidt said. “We want people to tell us these things happen, but we don’t want to force them to give us more information and go through a process they are not interested in.” Chima said although the spring’s numbers have been on par with other semesters, she thinks many incidents on campus go unreported. “I think the campus always has work to do, and I think the division knows that,” Chima said. “We need more people reporting and coming forward with their stories if they feel safe and comfortable enough to do so.”

Trump’s DACA Repeal: What would it mean for local communities? By Gina Heeb CITY NEWS EDITOR

Erika Rosales came to the United States illegally when she was 12 years old. Today, she is a UW-Madison employee and a UW-Milwaukee student. Those accomplishments were possible, she says, because she is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient. But it wasn’t always that way. Rosales recalls living in fear before she became a DACA recipient. “It has been extremely tough, being in fear the majority of our lives since we arrived here,” she said. “Driving without a driver’s license for about three years. Driving from my home to work and then having a police officer behind you and just getting terrified for the sole fact that I was driving.” Rosales’ story is not unique in Madison. City officials, alongside members of Latino community center Centro Hispano, urged community members Wednesday fight against a national repeal of DACA proposed by President Trump earlier this year. “Policies protecting innocent immigrants from mass detention and deportation keep our community safe and stable,” said Deputy

Mayor Gloria Reyes. “They allow us to continue everyday life without families being broken up and law abiding people from being sent away.” In September, President Trump told Congress members they have six months to “legalize” the Obamaera legislation, which offers undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children protection from deportation and opportunities to gain citizenship. The repeal, if passed, could also raise questions surrounding Madison’s status as a so-called sanctuary city. For months, the city has been unable to say whether or not it officially falls under the definition. “We’re sitting back and monitoring it, but it’s open for interpretation,” assistant City Attorney Marci Paulsen told The Daily Cardinal last month. Madison Police Department Chief Koval wrote in an email to the Cardinal that until there is a “definitive federal policy governing immigration,” like a DACA repeal, local law enforcement will operate as usual. “We will NOT be utilized as deputized agents of ICE in efforts that


Dane County community members have rallied against President Trump’s proposed immigration rules, including repealing DACA, limiting so-called sanctuary cities and implementing a controversial travel ban. center exclusively on deportation issues,” Koval wrote. “There are priorities far more compelling for us to focus our resources on. Meanwhile, the state is looking for a way to tax Dane County if it doesn’t comply with federal immigration standards.

A bill, authored by state Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, would bar local governments from enacting “sanctuary” policies that block or hinder ICE. Municipalities would be fined for each day of noncompliance. Mike Mikalsen, a spokesper-

son for Nass, told the Cardinal that Dane County is not currently in compliance. “The real impact of our bill would be at the county level,” Mikalsen said. “They have an obligation to cooperate with the federal government.”


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Patrick Sims, chief diversity officer, said that the number of students of color must be larger, acknowledging there are many variables at play.

adding that “the cultural competency support that my staff provides for our students is critical.” Because UW-Madison is a predominantly white university, Sims noted it is important that his office provides extensive support. Hahn said the enrollment of students of color is not worrisome, but added it is an urgent matter the university must continue to address. “This identifies for me the need to look at what other schools are doing in terms of yielding students of color,” said Hahn, who expects to add some innovations to financial aid support as soon as next year. However, many students haven’t sensed this urgency, arguing that the university is comfortable unless it’s criticized for its lacking diversity. Former ASM Chair Carmen Goséy addressed her experience in a final letter to students last semester where she asked parents of students of color to reconsider sending their children to the university. “Now I see that this University was not designed for the success of minority communities; it was designed for white students to learn about my oppression while not having to participate in dismantling it,” wrote Goséy. When asked whether or not she would choose to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison again, Lipscomb couldn’t say. “I feel like my answer changes

every time,” said Lipscomb. “And a lot of times it’s because I’m not sure.” Student Council Representative Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani, a Minnesota resident, also wasn’t sure if he would return to UW-Madison again, citing the diversity at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a major draw. Sims said the university won’t get out of this situation overnight and that Goséy discovered the difficulty in moving this needle. “You can’t legislate hearts and minds,” he said. “Our main focus is on improving the quality of the experience of the students who are here.” Sims added that the narrative about people of colors’ experiences depend on which story you tell. But for Ikegwuani the story is clear. Both he and Lipscomb felt that while in high school, they had very little interaction with the university. “In my opinion, the university doesn’t really recruit black people and students of color from local areas,” said Lipscomb. “A lot of it is going out, looking for big money, I guess.” She said that while at Reagan IB High School in Milwaukee, she remembers UW-Madison recruiters coming to her school and not interacting with students of color. When asked about the fact that African-Americans have comprised roughly two percent of recent classes, Hahn said there’s never a “number” he’s


Today’s Sudoku

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23 Takes the gold


52 Swab’s implement

25 Leave speechless

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53 Flapjack-selling chain

26 __ terrier (dog breed)

6 Canned fare since 1937

57 Fictional sleuth Charlie

27 “Check”

10 Take-out shop

58 Ones forbidden to emigrate

28 Modern composer Steve 29 Chews the fat

15 Mata __

61 Still-life vessels

30 Crinkly veggie

16 Libidinous god

62 Codebreaker Turing

31 Tend to the sauce

17 Shaving mishaps

63 City on the Seine

32 Diva’s delivery

19 Musical Simone

64 Trombone accessory

33 Diner handout

20 Place for a patch

65 Shopper’s reminder

37 Like the colors of the rain-

21 Word on a dollar

66 Sugary

22 Like a banjo


38 Eat like a chicken

24 Great in scope

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39 Short, heavy woolen coat

26 It may be rigged

2 Words of confidence

41 Hook’s sidekick

27 Madison Square Garden team

3 Veg out

42 Sardine can material

32 Dean Martin song subject

4 Burn soother

44 Danish seaport

34 Argus’ many

5 A long way off

45 Dollar total

35 Derby or bowler

6 Japanese religion

46 Playful bites

36 McEntire sitcom

7 Walk nervously

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shooting for because he always would like to maximize diversity. Sims similarly didn’t suggest a percentage to reach for all students of color, but said simply that it needs to be higher. “I genuinely believe that it is a function of quality of our university to have as diverse a population of students as we can possibly have,” said Hahn. Hahn said it’s his job as an administrator in admissions to “build” a class, not “admit” a class. Still, students of color believe it’s time recruitment efforts match administrative rhetoric. “There’s a larger population that you could be pulling from that you’re not,” said Ikegwuani. “There are a number of black students in this state that could be coming here that aren’t.” Lipscomb said the university needs to spend more of its resources tackling diversity instead of just talking about the important issues that people of color face. “If you’re saying that you want to see these results, put your money there,” she said. Sims said that as head of diversity, he can sound the alarm, but can’t do the work for everybody. “I have to be the person that has to constantly remind folks that we do have a responsibility and it’s a shared responsibility and ask the tough question: ‘What are you gonna do?’”

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

14 Florida citrus city



51 Go on a tirade

40 Having four sharps

9 Bloopers

52 Advanced degs. for curators

41 Blueprint detail, briefly

10 Alaskan national park

54 Bring on board

42 Home run, in slang

11 Cork’s land, to poets

55 Any of Steinbeck’s Joads

43 Trade school subject

12 Over the limit

56 Soft “Hey you!”

47 Send to the canvas

13 Words to an old chap

59 One of football’s Mannings

48 Expensive wrap

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By Monique Scheidler TV COLUMNIST

“Big Little Lies” HBO’s summer hit, “Big Little Lies,” brings us into the lives of the suburban mothers of Monterey, CA as we investigate the events leading up to a gruesome murder in their idyllic seaside town. There are killer performances from the entire cast, but Nicole Kidman truly gives one of the best performances of her career. The entire show pieces together the crime so beautifully, keeping you guessing the entire time. But most importantly, the finale ties together all loose ends and will make you weep from the pure beauty of it.


By Christian Memmo and Alex M. Jankovich FILM COLUMNISTS

“Lady Bird” Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson struggles to balance a lower-middle class identity, a rigorous relationship with her mother and a series of overwhelming coming-of-age foundations to craft a socially acceptable identity. Greta Gerwig begins her directorial career with an explosive and heartfelt love letter to the transition into adulthood. Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of Lady Bird is poignant, nuanced and richly textured with sadness, joy and uncertainty all packed into one.

“SMILF” “SMILF” follows Bridgette as she tries to navigate life as a young, single mother — and her own dysfunctional family and relationships don’t make it any easier on her. Bridgette is played by the amazing Frankie Shaw, who not only acts in it, but is the show’s creator, writer and director. Rosie O’Donnell plays Bridgette’s unconventional mom in the show and gives a fantastic performance. This is perhaps the biggest hot take of the list, as it knocked off several great shows from making my top five, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a show with such a strong first season.

“Wind River” In Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut, a game hunter/tracker (Jeremy Renner) aids a novice FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) in solving the mysterious murder of a teen girl in the frigid Wind River Reservation. Dialogue is interspersed with claustrophobic cinematography, gorgeous vistas and sinister tension underneath each moral confrontation. The rather-straightforward whodunit is irresistibly melancholy. Rewarding, painful and unforgettable, “Wind River” is an excellent and exciting neo-noir introduction to the screenwriter-turned-director.

“Stranger Things” In “Stranger Things” season two, we find both the parents and kids of Hawkins, IN dealing with the aftermath of the events that occurred in season one. Will Byers has returned, but his troubles are far from over. Now it’s up to his badass mom, Joyce, and his best buds to try and help him through his troubles. On a risky move, showrunners threw a new kid into the mix, Max, but Sadie Sink is just as charismatic and sweet as the rest of the cast and fits right in. Scene stealers this season were Noah Schnapp as Will and everyone’s dream boyfriend Joe Keery as Steve Harrington.

“Detroit” Set against the backdrop of the 1967 Detroit City riots, Kathryn Bigelow turns to yet another dark moment of American history. Rather than critique Western involvement in the Middle Eastern political conflict, “Detroit” comments on the ongoing racial injustice of mid-20th century America, depicting a hostage crisis helmed by a morallyobjectionable officer. Bigelow faces these concerns head-on, holding little restraint in calling out systemic corruption. “Detroit” is a harrowing, impactful work of film, leaving a bitter and begrudged taste in the mouth.

“American Vandal” “American Vandal” was a surprise attack of great TV. It’s a parody of the true-crime documentary series, such as “Making a Murderer,” and follows two high school filmmakers who investigate an act of vandalism in their high school — someone spray painted dicks all over the faculty’s cars — and the boy who they believe was wrongfully convicted, Dylan Maxwell. Jimmy Tatro, who plays Maxwell, is really the breakthrough star of the series. The show is truly a love letter as well as a parody of true crime, and fans of the genre will feel as if they are in on a big inside joke when watching the show. “Game of Thrones” Putting “Game of Thrones” on a best TV list feels like a cop-out, but while it’s still on air, I’m still going to do it. Though this season was cut short due to the show winding down, and it did feel rushed at times, when it was on, we had some of the best episodes to date. There’s something so satisfying about finally seeing the storylines of characters we’ve been watching for seven seasons finally converging with one another. “Game of Thrones” gave us what we needed — the death of one of the most irritating characters, (SPOILER) Littlefinger — and gave us what we really didn’t need — I’m looking at you, Ed Sheeran cameo. All in all, it was just as much a spectacle as it ever is and has set us up for an incredible last season.

Video Games

By Marty Forbeck and Brandon Arbuckle VIDEO GAME COLUMNISTS

“Night in the Woods” In simplest terms, it’s a postmodern, platforming, coming-of-age, mystery with rhythm game elements. Everyone is an anthropomorphic animal, and you play a cat named Mae who has just dropped out of college to come home and live with her parents. In terms of strong central plotlines with a lot of drive to them, the game is lacking. But underneath all that is one of the most powerful stories told through the medium in years. Anyone interested in exploring themes surrounding modern economics, the role of labor unions, the importance of friends, LGBTQ+ acceptance, bad nostalgia and personal responsibility should give it a look. “Persona 5” Half dating social simulator, half turn-based JRPG exploration of Jungian psychology, “Persona 5” is weird. It’s a 90 to 100-hour grueling experience that serves to recreate the routine and anxiety that comes with actually living in high school. Every day is a heart-wrenching choice between doing homework, hanging out with friends or continuing to delve into the mental dungeon of the loner down the street who needs you and your gang of misfits to magically defeat his inner demons. With such a unique atmosphere and generally fantastic writing to boot, “Persona 5” is worth the lengthy investment. “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” This is Nintendo’s beautiful, open-world return to the design philosophy that governed the first installment of the “Legend of Zelda” series. Players set their own level of challenge and progression, and there’s some narrative problems with this framing. Logically, the collectibles should probably wait while there are world-ending threats to be defeated, but the game doesn’t push this line of thinking particularly hard. One of the advantages of the open-world approach is that plenty of more immediately engaging stories will appear on their own, and Nintendo has created a world where a vast variety of such encounters are possible. “Super Mario Odyssey” “Super Mario Odyssey” is a fantastic title that’s a must-have for anyone fortunate enough to own a Nintendo Switch. Compared to other entries on this list, it’s the one which succeeds most at being a game — plain and simple. Every second spent platforming and hunting for collectibles is basked in fun, while the new gameplay mechanics keep the Mario series from becoming a stagnant franchise. A lot of what’s in “Odyssey” is nonsensical and ridiculous, but the experience is made all the better for it. “Horizon Zero Dawn” In an age with countless sequels and reboots, a fresh face is always nice.At first, I was skeptical about “Horizon Zero Dawn.” For one, every demo shown at conventions had the same format: we were presented with archery combat against giant, mechanical dinosaurs. Call me crazy for not being impressed by that premise, but I was looking for something more. When I finally played the finished product, my expectations of the narrative were drastically exceeded, to the point where I believe “Horizon” will win “Best Narrative” at the Game Awards.

“Get Out” “Get Out” follows a young interracial couple as they reach the dreaded meet-the-parents milestone of dating. Upon arrival, Chris is overwhelmed by the anxiety-driven behavior of Rose’s parents, and soon comes to an alarming truth that he never could have anticipated. Fueled by a satirical and culturally-significant perspective on racial stereotypes. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is an excellent and infrequent example of an artist transitioning between genres of entertainment. The film’s ability to move past its initial shock value and tell an important story regarding social injustice will make it a film for the ages. “Dunkirk” Christopher Nolan adds his most profound display of filmmaking expertise with “Dunkirk.” The film portrays the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II from three perspectives: land, sea and air. With little to no dialogue, Nolan chooses to progress the story cinematography and production design that is undeniably refreshing with his insistence on using practical effects that look astonishingly real. From a narrative perspective, Nolan intricately weaves through distinct perspectives of the conflict with ease. This attention to detail makes “Dunkirk” a technical masterpiece.


By Logan Rude and Francisco Velazquez MUSIC COLUMNISTS

Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! by Milo Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!, the latest release from poet-turned-rapper Milo, is truly astonishing. Poetry is Milo’s way to understand and traverse the chaotic world. It is saturated with enough cultural and historic references, wordplay and complex rhymes. Exploring his fatherhood, role as a husband, place in hip-hop and the ever-essential role of poetry in society, Milo has no-holds-barred on his bars. Ripping through references that you’d only get if you read five books a day, he once again proves he’s got an innate ability for song-crafting. The OOZ by King Krule The OOZ is a display of vulnerability, self-doubt and loneliness. Agony constantly seeps through each of King Krule’s syllables as he ruminates on past relationships and rejections. The instrumentals are smokey — every detail creeping into unknown corners of each track just waiting to be discovered. Though Krule’s suffering seems insurmountable at times, there remains a sense of hope that it will pass. The OOZ is a gorgeous, yet chilling, collection of personal pain and storytelling. King Krule exposes himself so we can find solace — a sense of comfort knowing we aren’t alone in our grief, isolation and self-doubt.

DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar DAMN. is arguably one of the strongest commitments to the black body. Kendrick Lamar carries conversations about himself and returns to the drawing board with an entire new vision. An album so closely related to the mental deprivation of today’s explicit violent and overtly racist country, Lamar loads ammunition to fight back. Lamar gives us an album at the frontline of destruction and despair. In full control, Lamar masters the renewal of mind and body, the sinful politics of love and trust and when it is faced against all odds. Ctrl by SZA SZA returns with endless romance and rawfully honest confessions of love on Ctrl. In continued combat with love and its reckless idea of online assurance, sadness is muted and instead self-worth defines the lines in which we place our love. Ctrl seeks the fragile parts of love and learns to grasp the vital ways of protecting it, even if it means leaving behind pieces of ourselves in someone else. Ctrl asks us to critically analyze the parts of ourselves, the titles we give our significant other and the sacrifices we must make to keep sane, at least for ourselves. Melodrama by Lorde Lorde’s Melodrama squeezes pain from an unexplored space of connection. The cure seems to be the dance floor and ironically, it is sometimes empty. Melodrama closely connects with the beauty of being alone. Lorde gives us a good reason to keep going with or without a lover by our side. Empowerment draws us closer to the battle of our teenage years, the substance abuse and the euphoric feeling we feel for mere hours. As an album so close to the heartbeat of our years, Melodrama calls for resetting the keys and opening everything new again.

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Farewell to the Cardinal’s outgoing editors


Back Row (left to right): Noah Habenstreit, Ben Golden, Samantha Marz, Ayomide Awosika, Laura Mahoney, Sydney Widell Front Row: Lilly Price, Cassie Hurwitz, Gina Heeb, Samantha Wilcox, Jenna Mytton Not Pictured: Amira Barre, Caleb Bussler, Mckenzie Halling, Ryan Jackson

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Ayomide Awosika

Ayomide Awosika was found missing from his State Street apartment two months ago after what Madison Police described as a, “Red-Bull-fueled Nintendo bender.” Forensic investigators report scribbling on the walls, requesting retrieval from the “ship,” and diagrams of what appear to be conventional images of UFOs. At the moment, Awosika is listed on the Missing Persons List for Dane County. The Cardinal Staff held a vigil on Friday in memory of Ayo. Candles were distributed beneath a somber moonlit sky as friends told tales of Ayo’s shenanigans and memories of his life. Ayo had planned to take a job in New Orleans. EDIT, December 2017: We have received an unusual transmission to the Indesign folder. Ayo has been missing for two months. The Daily Cardinal staff crowded around the monitor, necks craned, to read the latest update from our beloved editor. “Orbiting Saturn. They have me in captivity in an attempt to learn English. One of the first points they grasped was the journalistic superiority of the Daily Cardinal to the Badger Herald, which the chief extraterrestrial decried as, ‘banal swill.’ It’s a nice view from space, but I miss my terrestrial friends. The chief plans on harvesting most of Earth’s organic matter around summer 2020. Not much I can do about that.”

Hollywood depleted; as jail cells fill, male stars are needed By Ayomide Awosika THE DAILY CARDINAL

In breaking news from Hollywood, all of their male movie stars have recently been arrested and sent to jail as a result of a plethora of crimes being committed en masse. As a result of this, every Hollywood studio has released statements to the press, begging for

male stars to fill movie roles. One statement from Universe Pictures reads: “In light of a mass incarceration of male Hollywood stars this past weekend, we are currently on the lookout for new male acting talent. While we typically have talent agencies find us potential stars, we are currently accepting literally anyone; your

uncle Joe, that hot guy down the street, and yes, even you reading this right now. You don’t even have to be a male, we’ll add a beard in post. Some necessary qualifiers, like respect of others’ bodily autonomy and a pulse are required.” The most surprising of all the studios is Walt Disney Studios, which has decided to recast the

entirety of the Star Wars movies “just-in-case.” In a press release they stated, “We have made the extremely difficult decision to recast and reshoot the entire Star Wars series. If we are unable to find any suitable candidates, we are heavily considering using finger puppets. While we do understand that some fans may be upset

about our redaction of the Star Wars legacy, we hope that they understand that finger puppets actually respect people.” Hollywood insiders have told the Cardinal that many studios are likely to follow Disney’s lead to cast solely female actresses and cutting edge technology, like finger puppets.

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New streetwear store captures big-city vibes By Edgar Sanchez THE DAILY CARDINAL

A little over a month ago a new streetwear apparel boutique called August opened on State Street. The owner and UW-Madison alum Rob Bowhan sat down with me to discuss his store and why he made the decision to return to his hometown, of all places. When talking to Bowhan, one of the first things you notice is the genuine and friendly nature that he radiates to anyone who walks into the store. He initially attended UW-Madison and graduated with a degree in sociology, with an emphasis in law. After moving to Switzerland and getting his Master’s in business management, he carved a name for himself in the fashion industry working accounts for highend brands. Bowhan eventually ended up working as a brand architect in New York. In between sips of coffee and organic banter with his staff, we talked about everything from the heartfelt origin of August’s name to the practical reasoning behind its location. Bowhan decided to return to Madison and open up shop because he saw the city moving in a direction that would fit

August well, not to mention the now-filled void of streetwear outlets in Madison. We also discussed how companies like Epic keeping young professionals in town is another key factor to explaining the buzz around Madison’s growth. When walking into August, you can expect a friendly greeting from a staff of creative individuals that always comes off as helpful and positive. The store’s unique minimalist layout works well as a showroom. Most of the racks only have one size of the item with the rest of the inventory kept in the back. This format keeps the store from looking cluttered and lets shoppers easily browse the entire selection without needing to push dozens of items around. August was conceptualized about a year ago, and once the location was set, Bowhan fully committed to making a store unlike any other, inspired by the experience of traveling the world. When I asked him why he choose the month of August for the boutique’s name, I was met with a sincere response. Bowhan noted that August was the month his son was born, and after he learned the positive root of the word it made complete sense as a store name.


August owner Rob Bowhan relaxes in the minimalist store space.


August provides Madison-residents the opportunity to stay on trend. What is so captivating about August is that when you walk in, you don’t feel like you are in Madison. Bowhan touched on this as being one of the goals he had in mind when designing the store. He noted, “This place could be in any city from L.A. to Tokyo, and when you walk in I wanted it to feel that way, to feel like you are in August.” We talked about how his experience travelling the world and seeing various boutiques went into influencing August with an interior that Bowhan says “is entirely custom.” My personal favorite characteristic of the store is the living room lounge and orange leather seats facing the wall of shoes. Alongside some great coffee table literature and a tasteful rug, the lounge area makes relaxing in the store just as easy as shopping. With the slew of high-end boots, sneakers and moccasins, shoppers with various tastes are bound to find a pair that catches their eye. Alongside a rotation of the expected brand selections like Billionaire Boys Club and Puma is the store’s own brand, which is named after the store. Shoppers can expect fairly priced shirts with eye-catching designs that do little in wasting space on the shirt without coming off as cluttered. The standard threads run north of $50 and do what fashion should always aim toward: make a statement. Word and design placement feel distinctive and avoid hypercharged terminology for the sake of shock factor. The brand’s two designers are clearly putting a ton of great effort into the pieces, because the final product is very memorable.

When asked what direction he wants the image of August to head, Bowhan was hesitant to reply. We laughed after he told me it was a secret, but that customers should look forward to big things to come. He also made it a point to note that all of the in-store brands are sending the top tiers of their upcoming collections. I think of the three-hour long Pop-Up shop with MASTEF clothing they had on Sunday as a prime example of some of the potential collaborations customers will see soon. The conversation took a thoughtful turn when I asked Bowhan what he believes is the most common misconception people have about the fashion industry, specifically streetwear. He responded without hesitation that “[people] thinks it’s easy.” Bowhan expanded on how complex pushing a product can be, alongside understanding the intricacies of building relationships with brands, both of which make for a challenging hurdle. He also explained the fallacy of online websites being the only viable means of distribution. He passionately described the value that comes with walking into a boutique and the valuable experience of the consumer-to-salesperson interaction. Those looking to expand their wardrobe or bring back a unique gift for the holidays should stop by August before the semester is over. Even if your budget may not allow for some new attire quite yet, you should still stop by the store to experience and appreciate the new community gem that August is. You might even cop a sticker while you are there.

How to survive the semester’s final stretch By Ally Jansen THE DAILY CARDINAL

After Thanksgiving “break,” which is just another excuse for professors to pile on the homework, comes everyone’s favorite time of year. And no, I’m not talking about holidays — although I wish I was. I’m talking about hell week, cram week, frantically-trying-to-pull-my-life-together week. Or, in a calmer sense, finals week. Sigh. Every student knows the feeling that comes when Thanksgiving break ends, and they’re suddenly forced to face the pretty sizable pile of homework they neglected to do while they were spending time with their families and friends during break. The hours spent catching up in the library will turn into days, and then finals week comes along just like a sweet cherry on top of the recipe for disaster.

To help all you college students survive, here are a few ways to help manage the stress that will undoubtedly accompany finals. Exercise Hit up the gym to help take your mind off school and relieve some stress. It could be as simple as a walk on the treadmill, or as vigorous as a run combined with the Stairmaster, but working up a sweat can help ease the tension that builds up during the semester’s end. Adding music to your workout helps create extra stress relief, too! Listen to Music Music is proven to relieve stress for many people. Sometimes, putting some headphones in, closing your eyes and just relaxing can help ease your worries. Choose a playlist that includes all your

favorite songs, and dance the stress away with the beat. Hang Out with Friends If you can manage to pull your friends away from their studies, you have found another great way to manage stress during finals week. Just talking or going to dinner helps to take your mind off things, and it will help your friends as well. But, if you are unable to get them to take a break, studying with someone is always better than studying alone. Read a Book I know your first reaction is to skip this idea and keep reading, but just wait. Grabbing a book you have previously read and know you love, or one that you are interested in, can help your mind take a short vacation. Getting into a good book can make your mind

drift away from what is happening in the real world and go to what is happening in the book. Take a Few Minutes for Fun This way offers many options for a way to distract your mind. You could watch a couple of funny YouTube videos, play a game on your phone or watch a short episode on Netflix. Finding the option that works best for you will be beneficial to relieving some stress during finals week. Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as studying for and acing those exams. By trying some of these activities I have listed above, you can find a way for your brain to recharge for the times when the stress becomes overwhelming. Good luck and keep pushing! Freedom is right around the corner.

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A bird’s-eye view of our semester From free speech to free tampons, our editorial board examines hot button issues of fall 2017

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Go Big Read selection sparks criticism


Board of Regents take easy way out, enact misguided free speech policy with serious consequences for students


hinking of protesting a speaker coming to a UW campus? The Board of Regents wants you to reconsider disrupting such events when, in October, they moved to bar students from interrupting speakers, arguing those protests impinge upon the academic freedom of the presenter. Students who dare attempt such a statement, regardless of political affiliation, could be subjected to a semester suspension. Three incidents would result in expulsion. The Board of Regents’ decision was an effort to pre-empt a similar bill moving through the state Legislature. But instead of organizing a concerted effort to

oppose a measure that is a clear attack on students’ free speech rights, the regents instead opted to roll over and succumb to politicians hoping to co-opt the crusade for greater free speech and instead stifle those who disagree with them.

This bill punishes those looking to exercise their rights to protest and organize, regardless of their political beliefs.

Speech is not something

that should just be protected for liberal students, speakers or groups on our campuses. This bill punishes those looking to exercise their rights to protest and organize, regardless of their political beliefs. The fact of the matter is that the Board of Regents, now overwhelmingly appointed by Gov. Scott Walker, cannot be trusted as caretakers of the rights of students, faculty and staff. We know this because they opted to spinelessly follow lawmakers more interested in outlandish rhetoric and re-election than the members of the UW community, whose First Amendment rights could be trampled by the imposition of this “free speech” measure.

University must acknowledge history of campus land, Lincoln


he passage of the Morrill Land Grants meet. In this refusal, UW-Madison is letting Act, signed into law by thendown its student body — and particupresident Abraham larly indigenous students — by Lincoln, was highly influnot listening to its voices. ential in the developChancellor Rebecca ment of UW-Madison, Blank has publicly which is built on acknowledged that Native land. That the university dissame president placed natives, signed off on and in an August the execution statement said of 38 Dakota it is working men in 1862 to produce in addition to signage reccommuting ognizing this hundreds of history. A other death fire pit outsentences. side Dejope Indigenous residence hall student orgacommemorates nization Wunk the 11 Native Sheek and tribes of the state. the Associated Acknowledging the Students of Madison history of Native peohave asked the uniple in Wisconsin and versity to acknowledge Madison is necessary, and CAMERON LANE-FLEHINGER the Dakota hangings on the university needs to do so THE DAILY CARDINAL Lincoln’s statue atop campus, a in addition to supporting indigrequest the university has failed to enous students’ requests.

UW-Madison announced the title of its annual campus-wide reading program amid a wash of backlash that attacked the novel for writing harshly about the communities it covered. “Hillbilly Elegy,” which tells the story of author J.D. Vance’s early life in Ohio and Appalachian Kentucky, drew immediate disapproval from those who felt Vance painted an unfair picture of folks in the region who grew up in poverty. Readers also pushed back against Vance’s assertions that this community is often to blame for its own misfortune, arguing that his individual triumph over adversity cannot explain away systematic inequalities that those regions face.

Though Chancellor Rebecca Blank spoke about the book’s ability to “generate a lively conversation,” we must consider its potential effects on students who might not have participated in that conversation and simply took the book at face value. In an era already rife with isolation of the “other,” what dangerous misconceptions might this book make of Appalachia for UW-Madison students who may not have any other frame of reference for that community? This university has a responsibility to disrupt prejudiced narratives of those whom any of us could share spaces with someday. The choice of next year’s Go Big Read should be conducted with that responsibility in mind.


UW-Madison acknowledges menstrual products as a basic human right, period


ollowing the path of other Big Ten Schools, UW-Madison’s student government and administrators conducted a pilot program last April to provide menstrual products in bathrooms around campus, free of charge.

We commend those at UW involved in recognizing that freely given access to menstrual products should be a basic right.

The program was officially enacted earlier this semester, resulting in dispensers in Helen C. White and Sterling Hall, as well as many restrooms in the Red Gym. The decision prompted consideration across the UW System, with UW-La Crosse making an effort toward a similar initiative, and UW-Eau Claire

and UW-Milwaukee expressing interest in a similar program. Those who experience menstruation can tell you, it’s often an expensive and inconvenient experience that can be a hindrance to simple, daily activities. It’s one that often puts those who menstruate at a disadvantage to those who don’t. At best, menstruation is a frustrating interruption and, at worst, it’s debilitating to those without the means to attain menstrual products. Given that menstruation is not a choice for roughly half of the population, menstrual products should be free and readily available everywhere. We commend those at UW involved in recognizing that freely given access to menstrual products should be a basic right, and following through to ensure that for the those on the UW-Madison campus, it is. The rest of The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board’s retrospective can be found on dailycardinal. com. Please send all comments, questions and concerns to




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Taylor, Rettke, Campbell highlight top UW athletes from a historic semester ferred to Madison from North Dakota this summer and her impact on the team has been clear. Campbell is considered by many to be the best goalie in the nation this year, and she has the stats to back up that claim. Campbell boasts the second-best save percentage in the nation at .944, leads the nation’s goalies in minutes played by over 100 minutes and is tied for third in the country for most shutouts. She is an integral part of a Badger defense that ranks second overall in the country, and she has boosted the team as a whole with her play. Badger fans should be excited for what Campbell brings to the table not just this year, but in her next two as a Badger as well. -Nathan Denzin


Chris Mueller

Dani Rhodes women’s soccer Dani Rhodes led the Wisconsin women’s soccer team in goals (11), assists (5) and shots (73) this season, but those stats alone don’t do the sophomore forward justice. From Aug. 31 to Sep. 16, the first team Midwest All-Region and second team Big Ten honoree scored game winners in four consecutive games early in the season and continued to power the Badgers to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Ranked at No. 9 on Sep. 16 — the highest UW would be ranked all season — Rhodes ended the border battle with archrival Minnesota in overtime. Her season of success was only just beginning. UW fell to No. 1 seed and eventual Final Four team South Carolina 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but 2017 was a memorable season nonetheless. Wisconsin’s winning percentage of .682 was the best since the 2014 campaign when the Badgers went 19-3-2 (.833) and won the Big Ten Championship. Including Rhodes, nine of UW’s 11 starters will return next year. -Ben Blanchard

Kristen Campbell


men’s soccer When you lead the nation in assists, you’re going to be the most valuable player on your team. Senior midfielder Chris Mueller was what helped Wisconsin’s offense tick. With nine goals and a mind-boggling 20 assists – nearly one per game – Mueller’s creative presence on offense helped lead the Badgers to their first Big Ten championship since 1995. That title put Wisconsin into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013, where the Badgers reached the Sweet 16 before a tight 3-2 loss to the No. 5 Akron Zips. The playmaker lit up the field and he always seemed to save his best for when it mattered most. In the Big Ten Tournament, Mueller had the gamewinning assist against

Maryland and in the NCAA Tournament he had another to senior Mike Catalano that lifted the Badgers over Notre Dame. Mueller’s sparkling qualities helped the Badgers’ seniorheavy offense score 45 goals during the season, and he helped bring the Big Ten title back to Madison. He had an impact on every game and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. An MVP-worthy season for sure. -Bremen Keasey

has served as an integral part of Wisconsin’s team. Rettke started all 31 matches the Badgers have played in this season and hasn’t missed a set. While she is a younger member of the team, her upperclassmen teammates have always applauded her ability to learn and adapt to what UW needs, giving a promising glimpse of her future with the Wisconsin Badgers. -Colleen Muraca

percent), fourth in assists per g a m e (1.3) and i s

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Ryan Wagner

pacing the team with JUNAID KHALID/THE 2.1 steals DAILY CARDINAL per contest. In fact, his 19 steals through nine games this season r a n k s third among a l l Power 5 freshman guards. Despite his youth, Davison has already established himself as UW’s most reliable option on offense after Ethan Happ. He’s also the most aggressive and tenacious perimeter defender on the roster and will be a fixture in Madison for the next four years. -Thomas Valtin-Erwin

football Jonathan Taylor emerged out of nowhere at the beginning of season, climbing a crowded running back depth chart to take the starting job. All year long, he ran away with it and away from defenders as well. After a 223-yard performance against Florida Atlantic in week two, it was clear that the freshman would have a special season, but no one could foresee how historically good he would be. He went on to finish third in the nation with 1,847 rushing yards, the fifth-best rushing performance in Wisconsin history. Taylor would be the first person to credit his offensive line for his success, but his impressive production clearly went beyond what his blocking set up. He led all FBS freshmen with 6.8 yards per carry this season. No other Wisconsin running back this year averaged more than 5.2 yards per attempt. According to Pro Football Focus, Taylor led all FBS running backs with 1,247 of his rushing yards coming after contact by a defender. The freshman phenom was individually dominant beyond the help of his teammates, and he was clearly the driving force behind the Badgers’ most successful season in school history. -Lorin Cox

Dana Rettke


men’s hockey In just about all of Wisconsin’s losses this year, whether in overtime or regulation, a close game or a blowout, there’s been one constant: When asked about how the team played, head coach Tony Granato goes out of his way to praise the performance of senior forward Ryan Wagner. Against Ohio State, Granato called Wagner the player “more of our guys need to be like.” Against St. Lawrence, when the team lacked players who “were good enough to help their team win,” Wagner was again the exception. The Park Ridge, Ill. native is tied for the team lead in points, but what stands out about his game is his impact that goes beyond the stat sheet. He’s accumulated only five blocks this season, but he’s Wisconsin’s best defensive forward and just about every game he makes a play, or several, to deny a scoring opportunity. In a season in which the Badgers have struggled to find a consistent identity, Wagner has been the one constant his teammates and coaches can rely on. -Cameron Lane-Flehinger



women’s hockey It’s not often that a first-year transfer student makes a huge impact on Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team, but for the 2017-’18 Badgers, this has been the case throughout the first half of the year. Sophomore goaltender Kristen Campbell trans-


volleyball After a transcendent debut season with the Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team, Dana Rettke stands out as athlete of the semester. Being recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Week twice and Big Ten Freshman of the Week nine times, Rettke has made as big of an impact on the Big Ten — not just Wisconsin — as anyone this season. By leading the team in kills in most matches and earning the third-highest hitting percentage in the NCAA, Rettke

men’s basketball All summer, the Wisconsin coaching staff gushed about Brad Davison. Head coach Greg Gard praised his leadership. Assistants Dean Oliver and Howard Moore couldn’t get enough of his dynamic energy level and physical attributes. Since then, the freshman guard has surpassed any and all expectations, rocketing himself into the starting lineup for the foreseeable future. Davison is second among qualified Badgers in points per game (10.2), first in three-point percentage (42.9

Cayla McMorris women’s basketball For most college teams, the athletes tend to look at their seniors for guidance during practices and games. For the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, that is no different. The Badgers only have three seniors, and so far Cayla McMorris has led that veteran group. The Brooklyn Park, Minn., native made it her goal to finish her career with a winning season, and she has carried the weight of that expectation, averaging double-digit points in seven out of the eight games that the Badgers have played thus far. McMorris is leading the team in points, averaging nearly 15 per game, while also grabbing 46 defensive rebounds this season. As this young Badger team progresses into conference play in the up c o m i n g weeks, do not expect any dip in performances from Cayla McMorris, who is determined to lead these Badgers to new heights. -Morgan Spohn


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