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Badgers ruin Huskers’ crops

Stephanie Moebius The Badger Herald

Megan McCormick The Badger Herald

Safety Aaron Henry and quarterback Russell Wilson were crucial in cementing Wisconsin’s 48-17 win over Nebraska Saturday night. Henry intercepted Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez, while Wilson scored three total touchdowns.

UW improves to 5-0 in conference opener; offense racks up 486 yards Mike Fiammetta Sports Editor Those questions about Wisconsin simply beating up on weaker opponents? Saturday night — with abandon — the Badgers rendered them irrelevant. Behind a brilliant performance by quarterback Russell Wilson, the No. 7 Badgers (5-0) dispatched the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers (41), 48-17, Saturday night

at Camp Randall Stadium. Wilson completed 14 of 20 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 32 yards and a touchdown on six attempts. Wisconsin’s offense collectively gained 486 yards, with 231 coming on the ground. “[The win] is huge for our football team, huge for our program,” Wilson said. “And to play a great game like that against a great team in Nebraska is pretty awesome.” Saturday night’s game was Nebraska’s first in the Big Ten and common expectations held that the contest would be a stereotypical,

grind-it-out Big Ten fare. Initially it was, as Nebraska jumped out to 7-0 and 14-7 leads early in the game, providing Wisconsin its first deficits of the season. The first three touchdowns were all one-yard rushes that capped drives of nine plays or longer, evidence of the strength of the two defenses. But after Husker running back Rex Burkhead scored with 12:45 remaining in the second quarter to put Nebraska ahead 14-7, the Badgers scored five unanswered touchdowns, a total of 34 points that was marred only by a blocked extra point on the

Wis. to face $444M in Medicaid funding cuts Dems say slashes continue trend of unfairness toward working families Leah Linscheid State Reporter

Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Health Services revealed plans late last week to cut an estimated $444 million from Medicaid in order to balance the state’s budget. DHS launched a website last week that outlines the proposed cuts to Medicaid, a health care program for seniors, children and individuals with disabilities. According to the website, cuts need to be made in order to keep the program

in balance with the state budget after a decrease in the amount of federal matching funds to the program. Among the changes DHS is proposing are reforms to eligibility, benefits, service delivery and payment, according the website. Walker’s spokesperson Cullen Werwie said in an email to The Badger Herald that Medicaid has been the top priority in Walker’s budget, with more than $1.2 billion of additional state money dedicated to medical assistance programs. Werwie said Walker’s administration is doing all it can to prevent cuts to the system, arguing that nearly every new state tax dollar collected has been directed to Medicaid programs.

“DHS’ announcement today is an extension of the governor’s commitment to continue to show that medical assistance is a top priority,” Werwie said. “Moving forward, we will continue to work with DHS to ensure taxpayer dollars are efficiently and effectively targeted to those who are truly in need of assistance.” Werwie said the program reforms are a first step toward receiving input and having a constructive dialogue about the best way to move Medicaid forward. Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, released a statement in response to the DHS announcement, saying the cuts would force people to go without

second score. “It was early in the game and we knew we were going to face some adversity — that’s what we talked about all week,” Wilson said. “So we knew there were going to be some ups and downs, and we just had to keep working at weathering the storm. That’s my job as a quarterback.” The victory capped a weak of arguably unprecedented anticipation on campus, especially as ESPN’s “College GameDay” pregame show aired live from Madison for the second consecutive year. “It was really a fun

week to be head coach at the University of Wisconsin,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “Our players, I think, embraced the week and the chance to be on the national stage.” Running back Montee Ball scored Wisconsin’s first touchdown with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter to even the score at 7-7, and then added the second of his four scores at the 9:48 mark in the second quarter to bring the Badgers within a point of the Huskers at 14-13. Ball finished the game with four touchdowns — matching a career-high he set in two consecutive weeks last season — and

151 yards on 30 carries (5.0 yards per). “I think that in this type of game, this physical of a game, Montee was kind of gassed up to play,” Bielema said. “I could tell all week he was very excited. He popped a guy Thursday in practice, and I was standing there with somebody and was like, ‘Yeah, I think Montee is going to be ready.’” After a 36-yard pass from Wilson to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and a 46-yard toss from Wilson to wide receiver Nick Toon, the Badgers entered halftime leading 27-14.

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A city ablaze Hundreds of rally attendees marched down State Street Sunday afternoon during the culminating event to this weekend’s Harvest Festival, which celebrates marijuana and addresses issues such as legalizing its medicinal use. Tom Zionkowski The Badger Herald


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Nass, chancellors among UW task force appointees Some argue team composition could be negative for System Selby Rodriguez Campus Editor

Izarin Izmir Bin Izhar News Reporter

The Wisconsin Assembly speaker and Senate Majority leader released their appointments to a special task force focused on the University of Wisconsin System Friday. Created by the 2011-13 biennium state budget,

the task force will focus on six main goals concerning higher education, including whether the UW System needs to be restructured and boost tuition flexibilities. The task force was brought into the spotlight after former Chancellor Biddy

Martin’s New Badger Partnership brought UW and the System into a national conversation. A main goal of the task force will be to keep education accessible with affordable tuition, according to a statement from the UW System.


“Higher education is becoming more competitive, more challenging and more costly in today’s world,” Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, said in a statement from the Wisconsin State Legislature. “This task

force has an important job to do, and I appreciate the hard work our appointees are going to put into it.” Other responsibilities include transferring system employees to


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