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Charges filed against donor Railroad line owner receives 2 felony counts after sending campaign funds through employees to Walker campaign Sean Kirkby State Reporter A major donor to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign was charged Monday with two felonies after an investigation discovered he illegally contributed more than $50,000 to political campaigns throughout the state. Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company CEO William Gardner will plead guilty to the felonies after he violated two state laws. After contributing the maximum amount for an individual, Gardner asked his employees to give money to Republican campaigns, including Walker’s. Gardner then reimbursed those employees who donated with money from his corporation, Executive Director of the Government Accountability Board Kevin Kennedy said during a press conference. Wisconsin law prohibits corporations from donating money and furnishing funds to another person to make a political contribution. “In short, Mr. Gardner, as owner, president and CEO of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, engineered a scheme to launder over $50,000 in political contributions to several political committees, including Friends of Scott Walker, Friends of Mike Sheridan

and the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee,” Kennedy said. The prosecutor, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, is not recommending any jail time because Gardner cooperated with authorities last year by admitting to the contributions after his girlfriend notified GAB. But the DA is asking for Gardner to receive twoyear probation to prevent him from voting, Kennedy said. Wisconsin and Southern Railroad has already paid a forfeiture of $166,690. This is the largest settlement in the history of the GAB and reflects the size and scope of Gardner’s scheme, Kennedy said. Each of the seven employees involved will pay a forfeiture of $250 for breaking state law by accepting funds to make a political contribution, Kennedy added. “Our hope is that this action will reinforce the obligation on a part of corporate entities to properly follow both the spirit and the letter of the law as it relates to financing candidates in Wisconsin,” Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said. Executive Director of Common Cause in

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Local store owner and one of the leaders of the proposal, Tim Metcalfe laid out his vision for the lakefront during Monday’s meeting.

John Nolen proposal would tie city, lake Critics say early project estimates could be too low compared to actual need; plan emphasizes community Caroline Wittenburg News Reporter A number of neighborhood residents raised concerns against preliminary renovation plans that would drastically redefine the Bassett neighborhood if the project proposal is approved through the city process in the coming months. At a Bassett Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night, community members weighed the possibility of expanding upon the Olin-

Turville Park on Madison’s John Nolen Drive, a park the project’s proposers said has much potential to create a thriving area. Local grocery store owner and the project’s proposer Tim Metcalfe said the proposal would help Madison evolve into a model city. “I’ve lived here almost all of my life and up until this summer, I never even knew that this was a park,” Metcalfe said. “I [would] drive up to work on John Nolen Drive and I would just say to myself: What is

the potential of this, what should it be?” The plan for the park focuses on creating a connection to the downtown area and the lake through components such as a lakeside trail, informational boards about each particular area of the park and a boat ramp. Metcalfe said the proposal also aims to create a park that would bring the community together through various cultural destinations such as a lake educational center, a Capitol View amphitheater

and promotions placed throughout the park advertising what is currently going on in the city. Metcalfe also addressed how to connect the downtown area with the Alliant Energy Center, the Coliseum and various other venues — drawing a focus of the project to the city’s connectivity through the possibility of a large land bridge. “I started asking the question, what if we started

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Baldwin asks U.S. attorney general to investigate Waukesha totals Wisconsin rep says uncounted votes call for closer scrutiny; Prosser rep calls it human error Andrew Averill State Editor After a game-changing discovery last week of uncounted votes in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, a U.S. representative recently sent a letter to the country’s highest prosecutor asking him to conduct a federal investigation. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over the weekend

imploring him to look into the more than 14,000 uncounted votes found in Waukesha by County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus Thursday, more than a day after the polls closed and 100 percent of Wisconsin precincts reported their results. Baldwin called on Holder to assign the Justice Department Public Integrity Section, which oversees election crime prosecution on the federal level, to investigate the vote record in Waukesha County to assure the people of Wisconsin the vote was fair.

“For our democracy to endure, we, the people, must have faith in its laws and system of justice, including faith that our elections for public office are fair and free from any manipulation or tampering,” Baldwin said in a statement. “… Numerous constituents have contacted me expressing serious doubt that this election was a free and fair one. They fear as I do that political interests are manipulating the results.” Baldwin continued to raise a series of concerns with Holder, including

Nickolaus’ practice of storing election data on her office computers instead of saving the information on the county’s computer network. Nickolaus discovered the 14,315 unreported votes Wednesday, the day after the election, and announced them Thursday in a press conference. Challenger Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg had a 204-vote lead until the Waukesha votes put incumbent Justice David Prosser ahead by a commanding 7,500.

Prosser ’s campaign manager Brian Nemoir said he considered Baldwin’s request for a federal-led investigation unnecessary because the county has been canvassed twice without any irregularities being found. “Who in their right mind would withhold results the night of an election, preventing the candidate from celebrating, sitting on those results for 48 hours, putting their own professional life in upheaval, for what? To declare a delayed victory?” Nemoir said. “That would be an

egregious example of narcissism.” He added what happened in the Waukesha county clerk’s office was a human error, which he said is hardly a punishable crime. He said Baldwin is creating unnecessary concern by exploring a federal investigation. Nemoir also said the Prosser campaign felt a Kloppenburg-led recount effort would not change the outcome of the race, specifically a recount in Waukesha county.

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Kohl Center expansion plan will include luxury seat area Building costs exceed budget more than $5M; club seats to be similar to Buckingham Club Katherine Krueger Campus Editor The expansion project for new athletic practice facilities at the Kohl Center will now include new luxury seating area, a measure that is hoped to bring in revenue for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. The UW System Board of Regents OK’d the university to increase the budget on the La Bahn hockey and swimming facility by nearly $5 million, bringing the total cost of the expansion to $34 million. The request to the regents said the club Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin seating area would While some of the building project will be complete this fall, the women’s hockey center won’t be complete until fall 2012. replace the existing © 2011 BADGER HERALD

Nicholas Suites facility off the north end of the Kohl Center. The planned La Bahn Arena would feature a 2,400-seat space and would span about 3.8 acres of university property. Associate Director of General Operations John Chadima said the 80-seat club area was proposed because officials saw a potential market for the seating and said the seating would be similar to the Buckingham Club at Camp Randall. While he said the pricing plans are still being negotiated, Chadima said the club seating area would be available for rental by groups on a game-bygame basis and the arena would be divided into three separated areas. The proposal will now

need to be approved by the State Building Commission, and Chadima said the Athletic Department will await their approval before moving forward on the project. He added athletes and fans would benefit from the convenience of having practice and competition facilities in a common location, particularly for the men’s hockey team, which is currently the only sport at UW that holds practice off campus. “We’re looking at a convergence of sports to the new facility,” Chadima said. “It’s certainly a very muchneeded convenience for our teams.”

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Correction Due to an editing error, the photo caption in the April 11 story “ASM leaders face lawsuit” read “Former ASM Chair Tyler Junger consults with his legal counsel and predecessor as chair, Kurt Gosselin, at Sunday’s Student Judiciary hearing.” Gosselin was never chair of ASM and Junger was also legal counsel for AFTER. The caption should have read, “Former ASM Chair Tyler Junger and Kurt Gosselin worked as legal counsel for AFTER at Sunday’s Student Judiciary hearing.” We regret the error.

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CRIME in Brief DAYTON STREET Sexual Assault A Madison Police Department report said police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted, punched and choked an 18-year-old woman on the 300 block of West Dayton Street Sunday evening. When the victim turned down the man’s suggestions they engage in sexual acts, the suspect punched the victim in the arms and choked her, the report said. The report also said the man fondled the woman from outside her clothes. Police are looking for a 25- to 30-year-old white man with a medium build wearing a “skater’s hat,” the report said.

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February 2010. According to a UWPD statement, the man met the victim at the Church Key Bar on University Avenue and then assaulted her on Feb. 14, 2010. The victim reported the assault Courtesy of Madison Police Department April 7 and described Police are searching for a 27-year-old man who the suspect assaulted a woman in February 2010 in her car. as a 27-yearold white University of man who said he had Wisconsin Police said broken one of his right they are looking for fingers playing hockey. a man who sexually Anyone with assaulted and strangled information has been a woman while she was asked to call UWPD in her vehicle at a Lake Detective Peter Grimyser Street parking lot in at (608) 262-7752.

LAKE STREET Theft MPD officers helped foil a plot to scam a 21-year-old Hartford woman of $30 when her cell phone was stolen. Earlie Wilson, a 49-year-old Madison man, was arrested for receiving stolen property after he stole the woman’s cell phone from her purse Friday night, an MPD report said. The morning after the woman realized her phone was stolen while she was at downtown bars, Wilson called the woman saying he would return her phone if she paid him $30. The woman then called MPD, which sent officers to accompany the woman to a Park Street gas station. The officers then arrested Wilson and returned the woman’s

Steve Karnowski Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican head of the House Budget Committee has proposed cutting agriculture subsidies by $30 billion over the next 10 years as part of a broad effort to slash federal spending, but it remains to be seen whether his ideas will be incorporated in legislation that sets funding for agriculture programs. That legislation is handled by a different committee that’s dominated by lawmakers from states where farmers have historically received big government handouts. The $3.5 trillion budget plan put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has grabbed headlines because of its proposed

JOHN NOLEN, from 1 to think of these places as one big gathering area instead of separate entities?” Metcalfe said. Despite the association’s approval of the aesthetic appeal of the Nolen Centennial Project, Basset Neighborhood Association member Ken Gordon questioned the plan because of the additional expenses it might add for Madisonians. “In my experience, [these types of projects] always turn out to be three or four times more expensive than the original cost,” Gordon said. “Could we itemize the costs of each individual piece of glitter in there and keep that going in parallel

revamps of Medicare and Medicaid and its tax cuts, but it also would reduce spending on agriculture and a wide range of other federal programs. It awaits a floor vote in the House but has no chance in the Democratic controlled Senate. Still, it’s framing the budget debate and some of its proposals could make it into other legislation, including the 2012 farm bill. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, commended Ryan for “taking the first serious step in reining in our deficit” but was quick to add that the policy proposals “are simply suggestions. At the end of the day, members of the House Agriculture Committee and I will write the next farm bill.”

The Environmental Working Group, which contends subsidies are corporate welfare that foster ecologically unsound farming practices, welcomed the subsidy cuts while expressing reservations about what might happen to conservation programs, which the plan doesn’t address. “We think it’s a great start. It’s a real gift to the subsidy reform effort. ... Of course this is just his vision. There’s nothing compelling anyone to implement any of these changes,” EWG analyst David DeGennaro told The Associated Press. DeGenarro said the GOP plan would go farther in cutting farm subsidies than President Barack Obama’s deficit commission, which called for $10 billion in savings

as your designs and ideas increase?” Metcalfe said the project’s planners have been taking cost expenses into consideration, emphasizing the project is only in its beginning planning phase. Bassett Neighborhood Association member Judy Karofsky said Metcalfe also had to consider Madison’s typical weather cycle, suggesting the plans should take into account winter activities to accommodate for the cold weather. Board members also raised concerns that include making the park more accessible for all community members and preserving the historic elements of the area. Madison Police

Department officials also briefed neighborhood members about the area’s historic Mifflin Street Block Party, providing residents with preliminary details for the event’s preparation. MPD officer Christina Hill said the department is focusing on monitoring alcohol consumption by minors, lowering the noise level of houses on Mifflin Street and limiting the amount of students who will be allowed on the house porches at once. Hill said MPD officers canvassed the area and handed out fliers to residents that advertised the city’s expectations and provided guidelines for creating a safer atmosphere April 30.

from farm programs over 10 years. “It’s a real platform to work from,” he said. The 72-page report laying out Ryan’s plan said crop prices and deficits are both hitting new highs. It noted that net farm income this year is forecast to hit the second-highest total in 35 years, and that farmers’ five most profitable years in the last 35 have all been in the past decade. “The record-breaking prosperity of American farmers and farm communities is to be celebrated,” the report said. “But it also calls for a re-examination of federal agricultural programs that spend billions each year, to ensure that taxpayers aren’t funding support for a sector that is more than capable of thriving on its own.”

KOHL CENTER, from 1 The base expansion project would be funded as part of the 2011-12 budget approved by the UW Athletic Board, which calls for a $2 increase in prices for season men’s hockey tickets. Chadima said the additional $5 million required would come from private gifts, not state or university funds. Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management Alan Fish said the increased cost of the project would save the department money in the long haul because officials had originally weighed a separate project to conduct renovations in the basement of the Kohl Center. Fish said pushing the project back until after the current project is completed would carry a large premium cost and because the

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Kloppenburg’s spokesperson Melissa Mulliken said no decision on whether to request a recount would be made until the campaign could gather more information on what happened in Waukesha. The campaign has been pouring over information received through an open records request, but

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Weapons Violation MPD community officers found a loaded handgun on Madison’s east side after foiling a drug deal in front of a gas station. According to an MPD report, the officers saw what they believed was a drug deal in the gas station’s parking lot. A black Jaguar involved in the deal sped away and was pulled over for speeding on Aberg Avenue. Police confiscated a loaded handgun, marijuana and cocaine and arrested Jamal Shaheed Grant, a 23-year-old Madison man, for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

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phone, the report said.

Ryan has proposed cutting $30 billion over 10 years by spending less on a crop subsidy program called direct payments and giving smaller subsidies to crop insurance. Direct payments were already expected to be a major target in the 2012 farm bill. Farmers who sign up for direct payments get them regardless of how much they grow or what happens to crop prices in any given year. The fixed per-acre payments are based on a farm’s historic production of eligible crops, such as corn or cotton, and don’t shrink when crop prices are high, as they are now. Lucas has been a strong defender of the program, which costs about $5 billion a year but is popular with Southern farmers. university already has an agreement with a contractor, the department would save money by conducting the project now. He added although the conversion of the existing Nicolas Suites is slated for completion this fall, the hockey arena for women’s competition and practice for both teams would not be finished until the fall of 2012. “We can’t control the bidding climate, which lead us to having a higher cost then anticipated,” Fish said. “There will be significant saving by combining the projects.” The proposal will be introduced to the Building Commission April 20. Fish said officials are optimistic about the outlook for the proposal before the commission and said members are hopeful the plan will be viewed favorably. has yet to conduct any analysis, Mulliken said. Mulliken agreed with Baldwin’s desire to find out what happened in Waukesha. “I think there are legitimate questions to be asked and answered here,” Mulliken said. “When you have an entire city that was missed, that is a significant error and we need to get to the bottom of it.”


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Renovations done on low-income housing Following $16M project, historic downtown YWCA is more energy-efficient, friendlier to its residents Lucas Molina City Reporter Low-income Madison families will have an additional option for inexpensive housing following last week’s completion of three years and $16 million of renovation on the historic downtown YWCA. The renovation, meant to update the building to create a more comfortable living quarter while maintaining the former hotel’s historic character, is expected to house more than 100 struggling Madisonians of all ages. The 12-story YWCA, once known as the New Belmont Hotel, has been restored to its original tile and carpeting, refurnished and equipped with modern appliances in an effort to make the building posses less of an institutional feeling. YWCA Chief Executive Officer Eileen Mershart said she hopes the 150 current residents have found even more reason to call the building home through the renovations. “We wanted to ensure that our residents have a safe and affordable place to live,” Mershart said. “At the end of the day, it’s

really not about bricks and mortar, but the fact that this is home to a lot of kids and a lot of women that need a safe place to live”. The building provides permanent housing for families with low income, and Mershart said the residents were not asked to relocate outside of the building during any of the renovations. Among the installation of new appliances are energy-efficient windows, florescent lights and improved heating and cooling. “We did a complete rehab of the building all the way from the subbasement right up to the roof of the building with new masonry,” Mershart said. Mershart said the contractors worked with Focus on Energy, and added she hopes with sufficient research they will be able to reveal future savings in energy costs for the building. The first two floors of the building have seen the most change, with new furniture in the apartments and office space — changes that came without expense to the residents. Discovering serious

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Residents did not have to move out of their places for the three years the YWCA, located at 101 E. Mifflin, was being renovated. water issues in the basement of the building prompted Mershart to begin plans on refurbishing the YWCA, but she said it took three years to finish because of complicated financing. Receiving its $9.8 million grant through Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority took one year, and Mershart said additional grants took

time to write and close. Mershart said the YWCA started the Real Lives, Real Change campaign to raise money for the project. The public has donated $1.8 million since the campaign started. The YWCA is involved in many different programs around the city, such as offering affordable housing on East Mifflin Street, free transportation

New student liasions to monitor seg fees Position will bridge gap between GSSF groups, SSFC, ensure organizations use funds for direct services Katherine Krueger Campus Editor Members of student government solidified the creation of new liaison positions to ensure accountability and transparency from student organizations receiving funding from student fees. The proposed additions will provide metrics for three student liaisons to monitor the direct services provided by General Student Services Fund organizations. Student Services Finance Committee member Sarah Niebart said the liaisons will be third-party representatives without any past or present ties to the Associated Students of Madison or the GSSF group. She said the objective of the positions will be to work with organizations to keep them accountable throughout the year and verify they are actually administering the direct

services to students that were included in the group’s original proposal for funding to SSFC. “Time and time again, SSFC has approved eligibility but then have problems seeing [a group’s] direct services,” she said. “This will alleviate those concerns by being in constant contact with the group and showing SSFC what they’re doing.” Liaisons will receive a $4,000 stipend for their services. While similar positions have existed in the past, Niebart said these new representatives will function to cycle throughout the year with groups and work to cultivate professional relationships in order to understand direct services. She added the next step in the process is to hire the liaisons, a process that will begin closer to the end of the semester. SSFC member Chase Wilson said these representatives will

participate in training with the committee in late August, before the start of the fall semester. He said each student will likely be responsible for interacting with between three and five GSSF groups of the 14 currently funded by the committee. Wilson said liaisons will be expected to go to their groups’ welcome events but will spend most of the semester cycling through the groups in order to observe programs and direct services provided. Individuals will also hold office hours once a week and prepare a report on the groups’ activities to present to the committee at the end of the semester, he said. The committee also looks to revamp the criteria for GSSF groups for organizations applying for eligibility in September 2011. Committee member Rae Lymer said the revised criteria would accommodate for

turnover in groups and would be less objective than the benchmarks currently in place. The revisions will include how direct services should be interpreted and what types of organizations and programs can be funded using student fees, she said. “We’re making the process more strident for groups to have access to funding that is also conducive to SSFC and the student body,” Lymer said. “The changes have been a long time coming.” She added overhauling the standards in place would provide the best means of helping groups thrive while allowing for accountability measures to the committee. Lymer said the new criteria will be introduced in front of the Student Council in their Wednesday meeting and said the measure will likely go through quickly because they are not very contentious.

to low income people and helping to find permanent housing outside of the building’s units. “They do a lot of great things,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said. “The building they renovated is an historic gem and a beautiful landmark of downtown Madison, and I appreciate the fine way that the YWCA has restored the old Belmont Hotel as close

to its original grandeur as possible.” Verveer said the YWCA has worked toward a functional design for the past three years that works for them and their residents, but said the most significant success of their project has been in restoring a city landmark. “They’ve been a great neighbor all around and I’m glad they are here to stay,” Verveer said.


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University Affairs committee Chair Sam Polstein said ARLC and ALDO could be seeing changes under the Soglin administration.

ASM: New city leaders mean new alcohol policy Student government stresses need for open channels of communication between police, university for medical amnesty Pam Selman City Editor Representatives on a student governance committee planned recommendations Monday on the best direction for the university to take regarding alcohol regulation, weighing the shift in priorities Mayor-elect Paul Soglin’s administration will bring. In light of the rapid change-over in the city’s local government given last Tuesday’s election results, which swapped current Mayor Dave Cieslewicz for Soglin, students serving on the Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee said the campus can expect to see drastic changes in alcohol policy. “Across the board, alcohol policy in Madison is going to be changing both at the campus and at the city levels,” Legislative Affairs Chair Sam Polstein said. “We’re going to see a very different composition of the city’s Alcohol License Review Committee and possible reforms or repeals

of [the Alcohol License Density Ordinance].” Soglin ran on the grounds that Cieslewicz’s ALDO did nothing to improve alcohol awareness or safety on campus or in the city, and ultimately failed to address drinking problems in the community. Polstein said he will meet with Chancellor Biddy Martin and a diverse group of students, city officials and administrators in the coming days to discuss the possible changes the university might make to its current handling of underage drinking violations. The committee unanimously agreed Polstein should recommend the university work with the Madison Police Department and the University of Wisconsin Police Department to allow for medical amnesty, which would encourage underage students consuming alcohol to call for medical attention for other underage friends without being penalized. Under current UW and

Madison city policy, there are no provisions to protect the caller from receiving underage drinking tickets and being penalized through the city and university process. Polstein said there should “be no barriers” when a student’s life is at risk, and said UW officials have raised concerns about giving students a “get-outof-jail-free card.” Student representative for Dean Lori Berquam’s advisory board Danielle Feinstein said under the proposed changes students might not be entirely off the hook. Currently, students cited for underage drinking receive two tickets: one for consumption and one for possession, Feinstein said. With medical amnesty, students still might be responsible for one of the two tickets, along with possible ramifications from the university — details she said need to be made clear to students ahead of time. “There are possibilities of alternate on-campus

punishments like losing living situations in public dorms — that should all be included in the drafting,” Feinstein said. “Students need to know in fine print what could happen after the fact if they call.” Student representatives also debated the student perspective for an alcohol education program the university is considering implementing for UW students who receive drinking tickets or get sent to detox. Legislative Affairs Vice Chair Hannah Somers said UW might require students who are caught drinking underage or are cited for violations such as disorderly conduct to attend a program called Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. Somers said the program consists of class sessions and individual counseling, depending on the nature of the offense. Students would be required to pay for the program and UW would follow through on program completion.

A local energy company released plans Friday to revamp its response system for utility outages by updating its technology to be more customerfriendly and allow for more efficient company responses. Because of an increase in the use of Internet services through mobile devices and portable technologies, Alliant Energy will allow customers to report power outages and other complaints using their smart phones or the company’s website. Previously, customers had to call and often wait for extended periods of time to be connected to the appropriate department in order to register outages. Recent surveys have shown an increase in Internet use among smartphone owners, encouraging Alliant Energy to offer customers more online services, spokesperson Justin Foss said. Foss said there are multiple benefits to the new innovations beyond simple convenience. Customers will save time calling in the event of a power outage, and if a large number of customers use the company’s Internet services, Alliant will be able to map out a

more detailed area of power outage to prevent further issues. Service crews will also be able to respond more quickly to the complaints, Alliant Energy Vice President for Energy Delivery Dundeana Doyle said. “We recognize more and more customers are using their smart phones in daily life,” Doyle said. “Ultimately, customers benefit when they use these tools to help us identify the cause and location of an outage. The faster we can identify the location and cause, the faster we can get power restored.” Alliant is also offering updated technology specifically to U.S. Cellular customers, who can now dial 1-800-Alliant to immediately reach the reporting center, said Foss. Foss said Alliant Energy has always had a well-developed corporate relationship with U.S. Cellular, and this service may possibly expand to other carriers in the future. Customers will also begin receiving notices in emails, Foss said. “These new tools are important because it shows that we’re paying attention to what customers want and we’re being responsible with the money that they pay us to provide energy for them,” Foss said.

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Kevin Kennedy, executive director for the Government Accountability Board, speaks at Monday’s hearing.

GAB, from 1 Wisconsin Jay Heck predicted Wisconsin may see more of this kind of activity unless the Legislature reforms campaign finance laws. “Last fall we saw a $40 million campaign for governor,” Heck said. “It’s only a matter of time before we see something like the Gardner case again.” Gardner had his employees made 11 political contributions totaling $53,800 between November 2009 and April

2010. Of that amount, $49,800 went to the Friends of Scott Walker committee, while the remaining $4,000 went to former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, and the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, Kennedy said. The case came to the attention of the GAB when Gardner’s girlfriend became involved with a domestic dispute with him and reported the contribution requests, Chisholm said. The investigation began soon

after. The Friends of Scott Walker Committee returned almost all the funds they received, which Gardner then donated them to the American Cancer Society, Chisholm said. The Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee gave the money they received from Gardner to a school fund, and Sheridan has donated half of the money received to charity and will donate the rest soon, Landgraf said.


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Facebook’s ‘friends’ list worthy of non-existent ‘dislike’ button Eric Carlson Staff Writer Attention, White House. You have one new notification. Facebook would like to be your friend. You can choose to either confirm or ignore this request. Although the Obama administration has yet to consummate fully its relationship with the ubiquitous social networking site, the growing number of Washington politicos defecting to Palo Alto suggests the beginnings of a dangerously symbiotic association. But there’s really nothing new about this hiring philosophy. For decades, federal officials have whizzed through K Street’s revolving door

en route to high-paying careers as lobbyists and consultants, cashing in Capitol connections and influence for not-quitegovernment salaries. Unfortunately, the White House has become the largest supplier of incomehungry staffers, providing double the number of future lobbyists than the next top revolving door agency, the Department of Defense. The presidential residence appears to be once more the training ground for yet another future millionaire. People familiar with the negotiations have hinted Facebook is courting former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for a role on the company’s communications team, a position potentially worth millions of dollars, as well as shares in the nearly $60 billion initial public offering. The news is as unsurprising as it is infuriating. With public pressure mounting on government officials to tackle Internet privacy and

security issues, Facebook has been steadily building its policy team, co-opting ex-government officials to secure easy relations with federal regulators. As users continue to post private, valuable information to the website, the collusion between two entities with various interests in our personal data appears especially terrifying. University of Wisconsin life sciences communication professor Dietram Scheufele, who has published extensively on issues regarding public opinion and political communication, said Facebook’s Washington recruiting efforts are “very much about guaranteeing an inside track with the federal government.” “The relationship will be relevant for a whole number of discussions, including privacy concerns, providing services to federal agencies, web neutrality and discussions with the FCC,” said LSC professor John Ross. Facebook’s roster

of political insiders is intentionally impressive. With tentacles stretching into nearly every area of federal governance, the tech giant will have no trouble silencing pro-privacy advocacy groups — a truly troublesome prospect considering more than 500 million people log 700 billion minutes per month on the site. The names of ranking Facebook officials read like a Who’s Who of past D.C. power players. There’s Marne Levine, former chief of staff of the National Economic Council; Adam Connor, former House Rules Committee director of online communications; Sheryl Sandberg, former Clinton administration official; and Ted Ullyot, former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. There is a much more extensive list of people with a right to be concerned about Facebook’s growing government influence — basically, anybody who uses the Internet. Despite

relatively strict lobbying rules for the executive branch, ex-administration members such as Gibbs could provide an invaluable list of federal contacts, and also recount President Barack Obama’s Internet agenda to a roomful of strategists bent on circumventing government policies and manipulating forthcoming legislation Obama once said, “No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.” Surely he will remind Americans that, despite Facebook’s attempts at accumulating influence and connections, the company stands no chance at currying favor from his administration. And maybe, in a giant stroke of irony, the reassurance will come on April 20, when the president will greet the nation on a live Internet stream

through the Facebook Live feature, from Facebook headquarters, in response to questions posted on Facebook. Probably not, though. Instead, the president’s disappointing move will drive traffic toward Facebook, in turn generating revenue for the site. His appearance also fails to assuage public fears Facebook has become an arm of Obama’s political machine. The controversy is another depressing reminder of corporate influence and control in politics. After all, Obama isn’t just swinging by California to preach from the Facebook pulpit; a $35,800 per person “Victory Fund dinner” will conclude his April 20 visit to San Francisco. Even if it is the president’s mouth moving on our computer screens, it pays to remember that it’s the money doing all the talking. Eric Carlson (ecarlson212@ gmail.com) is a junior majoring in journalism.

Spring elections were historic Steve Hughes Guest Columnist The state of local politics is strong. During the election last week, voter participation was at a historic level. In Madison’s District 8 alone, 2,658 votes were cast. This is in comparison to the last major spring election, in 2009 — in which only 574 ballots were cast for the highest race, Supreme Court Justice. Unofficial state turnout for the Supreme Court race was more than 1,480,000 votes, shattering the last Supreme Court election by more than 687,000 votes. Those are some of the numbers, but even more impressive were the efforts behind the numbers. There was an unprecedented spring election Get Out the Vote effort, as local organizations formed a Campus Coordinated Campaign. The Young Progressives, College Democrats and incoming District 8 alder Scott Resnick’s campaign came together and knocked on more than 10,000 doors over a four-day period. The atmosphere on campus was comparable to the previous November general election, and it was due to local grassroots efforts of multiple student organizations. As I was knocking on doors, I found awareness of the election to be outstanding. On Election Day, I spoke with countless people who told me they had already voted and had made sure their roommates voted as well. People literally walked to the polls with us, the volunteers. I came across countless groups holding posters or handing out fliers around campus and making sure people had voted. Organizations from across the state came together in a historic way. Political action committees came to the aid of local grassroots teams and helped fund their initiatives. Local Organizing for America teams worked together and made sure every single door in Madison was covered by canvassers. Organizational differences were put aside as the state came together for a common goal. No matter what happens in the end, history was truly made in Wisconsin on April 5th, and we thank you for your help. Steve Hughes is president of The Young Progressives, the Organizing for America team MoveOn.org Madison-Milwaukee Regional Coordinator.

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Finding the silver lining in Kloppenburg loss John Waters Columnist Kloppenburg was robbed! Waukesha pulling votes out of thin air to ensure a Prosser/ Walker/Koch victory! All right — probably not. What an election it was, though — huge voter turnouts, too-close-to-call election day, razor-thin margins of victory and the eventual 14,000 “oops” in Waukesha. So as it stands today, did we learn anything about Wisconsin from this election? First of all, I just want to say it is clear Wisconsin gives a damn, and to me that’s the most important facet of any working democracy. Yes, I am disappointed Kloppenburg is going to lose this election, but the ground gained between the primary and general elections should not be overlooked. In

February, Prosser came out of the primary with a seemingly insurmountable advantage of 55 to 28 percent over the lesserknown Kloppenburg. The eventual outcome being well within a single percentage point shows a clear repudiation of the actions of the Walker administration over the past few months. We remain a divided state. That’s fine, but I will say that comments Gov. Scott Walker made following the election prove to me the disconnect between how his administration approaches that divide and how Wisconsin has operated historically. We heard for weeks from Walker that the protesters were being “bussed in from out of state” and that it was a small but dedicated minority determined to undermine the will of the people. Facing the realities of a statewide election where the outcome was clearly changed drastically by the fallout from recent events, Walker decided to alter slightly his “will of the people” stance.

Following the election, he said, “You have two very different worlds in this state. You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else. …” That’s an offensive oversimplification, in my opinion a blatant attempt to discredit the voting decisions of every person in this state. Take a look at the results for yourself — there’s a lot of blue all over the west side of the state, a lot of red in the east. There’s also some blue peeking out from our northern border counties of Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland — clearly a Madison-liberal conspiracy. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again — my favorite stories from politicians who have spent a lot of time around our Capitol is the give and take, the communication and, at the end of the day, the joint responsibility politicians on both sides of the aisle in this state historically accepted. Sure, this will just leave me open to the inevitable “I’m too naïve” comment, but I think it’s important to distinguish

between Walker’s rhetoric of division and the underlying goal of Wisconsin: forward. I like to think it’s forward for everyone, even those left-wing liberal nuts, even the GOP’s geographic base in the Milwaukee suburbs. “Crazy Madison against everyone” is disingenuous at best and unfortunately just another example of a governor disconnected from the realities of the relationships between the people who elected him. To finish this election wrap-up, just a quick word on the missing 14,000 from Waukesha. First, Kathy Nickolaus needs to be removed from her position as Waukesha County Clerk. I genuinely doubt anything illegal transpired, but a failure to report 14,000 votes is a little more than a simple mistake. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to U.S Attorney General Eric Holder asking for a federal investigation into the handling of votes in Waukesha, so it’s not just conspiracy theorists who think these votes are a

little fishy. Not much else to say on this issue pending further investigations, except I think higher requirements should be implemented for the level of technology being used at every polling outlet. Also, on no level does this appear to me an argument for requiring a photo ID at polling places; this was a counting and reporting issue, not a Cook County, Major Daley affair. Judge Prosser will likely maintain his seat on our Supreme Court, a court whose dysfunctional dynamics will now remain unaltered. I hope he does a good job, and I hope he stops calling coworkers “total bitches.” Looking forward, I hope the Democratic base can build on this defeat, seeing the silver lining of almost doing the unheard-of — unseating an incumbent Supreme Court judge. This was a loss for Kloppenburg, but hopefully it can be a win for Wisconsin. John Waters (jkwaters@ wisc.edu) is a junior majoring in journalism.

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Album proves ‘light’ on expected content Alt-rock band TV on the Radio can now be heard on TV, the radio thanks to release of 5th album, film companion ending to a fairly wellacted romantic comedy. ArtsEtc. Writer The steamy music video is Time and again, TV also worth a peek. Just when I thought on the Radio manages to pack an actual audio I would be able to experience within the describe “Killer Crane” confines of its albums, properly, the song shifts but the usual dark, gritty from being lullaby to flavor of the band’s tracks love song, with ethereal has shifted in Nine Types of highlights gently playing Light to a polished sound alongside a wide variety that, for better or worse, of string instruments. Light references abound, lingers brightly. It is tempting to judge and while at first this the eclectic group by may seem tacky — light its past work, which allusions in an album has been loaded with a named after light, ok, special sort of grief, with we get it — the images deep roots in blues and of light work together individual tracks that act perfectly with the track’s as unique, soulful parts sound. Nine Types of Light of a bigger whole. Upon weighing Nine Types of comes in two forms: an Light on that scale, it does, album and a movie, both unfortunately, come up to be released today. The songs’ complexities and short. But only just. The musical quality ambiguity are the perfect of Nine Types of Light is mold for storytelling. undeniable. The group’s The trailer shows a sound remains fresh, schizophrenic succession distinct, original. Fans will of gun chases, running zombies, be treated dancing, a to a new brief cartoon facet of the montage, group’s fluid [TV on the Radio’s] weirdorecording, past work ... has been futuristic and newcomers loaded with a special goggles and a fair will find sort of grief, with amount a nugget of kissing. of music deep roots in blues What it’s crafted with and individual tracks about is care and that act as unique, anyone’s some serious soulful parts of a guess, and talent. Gush, bigger whole. if it isn’t gush, gush. good, it’ll at But it’s least be an lost the entertaining signature grit. Tunde Adebimpe’s hour of trippy footage. “Caffeinated bellows, the unabashed showcase of range and Conscious,” one of the rage, the sadness, the new first released singles, the album spin on blues, complicated wraps Contrasting the sex and complicated love. up. The album doesn’t lack in beginning’s buildup, the substance and emotion. final track explodes with If you fell in love with a bold blend of vocals and TV on the Radio for those synth. When it fades away, reasons, you’ll find them it lingers like the last few in the latest album, but in claps of an audience in an intimate theater. trace amounts. If the album sets out to indeed make the musical equivalent to nine types of light, the opening track “Second Song” is definitely the sunrise. Adebimpe’s vocals are as strong as ever and the track’s joyful buildup is definitely worth two or three hits on the replay button. And that effervescence carries through the album. Slower and more sultry, “Will Do” and its heartsick tone haunts listeners, and could be played in the background of the happy

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‘Highness’ puts emphasis on ‘high’ Zooey Deschanel, rest of star-studded cast narrowly escape lunge of critics’ sword due to strong ‘Pineapple Express’ fan base Selby Rodriguez ArtsEtc. Reporter Once upon a time — in a land far, far away, where two moons existed instead of one and wizard weed ruled supreme — two men decided to embark on a journey to design a comedic fantasy film. Along the way, they managed to pick up prestigious Hollywood actors such as James Franco (“127 Hours”) and Natalie Portman (“No Strings Attached”) who, when immersed in a sea of vulgarity, truly begin to shine. Add to that the wispy looks of one Zooey Deschanel (“Our Idiot Brother”) and a wig-wearing, makeupcovered Justin Thereux (“Megamind”), and the created film can either be a potent success or drowning failure. Luckily for Danny McBride (“Due Date”) and co-writer Ben Best (“Eastbound & Down”), “Your Highness” marks an interesting addition to both comedy and fantasy realms with humor likeminded creatures can appreciate. By no means is “Your Highness” going to be an appealing film to all audiences, but as far as college-age individuals are concerned, the film is gold. Enter Thadeous (McBride), an overlooked brother who chooses to spend his life enjoying the comforts of loose

women and wizard weed. Contrastingly, Fabious (Franco) lives a life of adventure, battling dragons and the like. After Fabious returns from another duel with the evil wizard, Leezar (Thereux), preparations begin for Fabious’ wedding to the virginal Belladonna (Deschanel). Unfortunately for Fabious, Leezar crashes the wedding, stealing Belladonna with the intent of raping her and impregnating her with a dragon baby, when the two moons become one — an event referred to as “The Fuckening.” Enraged, Fabious must now begin a quest to save his bride-to-be. The king, tired of Thadeous’ behavior, gives him the option of either helping Fabious or getting cut off from the kingdom. Hence, the two brothers begin their bromantic journey. Along the way they meet a woman on her own quest, the Amazonianinspired Isabel (Portman) — whom Thadeous then tries to woo — a randy minotaur, a puppet wizard and a snakeheaded beast. The conflict is much greater than Fabious being devoid a fiancée, however, as the Dark Ages will begin, pending the quest’s failure. Eventually, the outcome of the journey rests on the shoulders of Thadeous, who must choose between his old life and that of a hero.

One of the strongest points of “Your Highness” is how grounded in its fantasy world the film is. If all the comedic elements were taken out, the story would still stand on its own. The fantasy elements to the quest are as realistic as any fantasy can be. The armor and weaponry used throughout could be found in any serious Middle Ages flick and the techniques used during fights are legitimate as well. Each mystical creature encountered is also a strength, which is a feat when taking into account the different effects used. More than the surrounding world itself, the underlying story is also strong enough to make a separate film. Instead of becoming a spoof of old fantasy flicks, McBride and Best took certain aspects from ‘80s films and brought them into the 21st century. While movies such as “Krull” or “Beastmaster” are humorous in their respects, especially when compared to the quality produced in films today, the humor in “Your Highness“ comes from each situation itself and the ensuing dialogue. While the script holds the comedy together for the most part, director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express”) use of improvisation is as much a benefit as a downfall. The acting

is tight throughout the piece, and improv’s way of making actors stay on their feet is evident through this. The dialogue, on the other hand, could have used some extra work. Most of the jokes revolve around the themes of sex and drugs, in as crude and profanity-filled a manner as possible. For certain audiences, it is easy to see this film becoming offensive. On top of this, while there are certain moments where the jokes shine, there are also quite a few where they fall flat — as in, the audience sees why they are funny but cringes instead. For those without a dirtier sense of humor or who are easily offended, this is not the film to see. For lovers of “Pineapple Express” or other R-rated comedies, “Your Highness” is definitely worth the money, as it embodies these films on crack and set in its own acid-induced world.

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Lin Weeks Double Feature Columnist A sequel, more than any other type of movie — remakes, adaptations, spin-offs, original fare, even prequels — has an obligation to its audience to achieve coherence with outside material, namely its predecessor. Most basically, the plot should follow from one movie to the next. This means location, names and timeline should remain unchanged, or at least evolve organically as the films progress. Events in the originals should impact those in the later efforts. Characters at the beginning of a sequel should have the same relationships, the same dispositions and the same flaws they had at the end of the previous film — unless there’s some explicable reason they don’t. It’s a baseline requirement, and meeting it won’t guarantee a sequel’s success. But it’s nonetheless important,

because creating continuity matters both to the internal logical structure of a set of movies and to the economic returns brought forth by a committed fanbase. Sales for, say, collectible humidors would probably have taken a major hit if Fredo Corleone had popped back up in “The Godfather Part III.” So thank God “Little Fockers” checks that box, because the putrid third wind of 2000’s “Meet the Parents” misses on almost every other count. Still leaning on jokes about male nurses, awkward names (Gaylord Focker! How rich!) and filthy, filthy old-people sex, the movie is dead on arrival — despite a star-studded cast. Like so many caught fish, their flailing is really just an inability to breathe the harsh oxygen of yet another unasked for raunch-comedy about middle-age life. The hope is that Captain Ben Stiller is playing catch and release, but one can only assume Robert De Niro’s dignity perished on board no later than the third time he uttered the word “Godfocker.” The plot follows the Focker family as it deals with the tribulations of upper

middle-class living in a peaceful Chicago suburb. Gaylord Focker, who now tries to go by Greg, (Stiller, “Megamind”) is the main character: a father and husband beset with complicated issues like having a wife, a family and a job. As the title would indicate, much of the movie is spent following Focker and his wife Pam (Teri Polo, “The Beacon”) as they attempt to be good parents by making breakfast, taking tours of a prestigious preschool and setting up a gigantic birthday party. There’s also some marital drama between Greg and Pam, caused by a pharmaceutical representative at Greg’s hospital, (Jessica Alba, “Machete”) and the aforementioned Godfocker plot, in which Greg’s father-in-law Jack (De Niro, “Limitless”) waffles on whom to appoint head of the family. A second step in becoming a successful sequel is something often called “staying true to the source.” This is different from the continuity requirement, because it deals with tone and feel rather than plot and characters, but

the idea remains: Unless there’s a good reason for it, comedies should use a similar type of humor and dramatic films should portray a similar type of suspense. This trick allows a group of movies to feel truly connected, even if they’re released years apart. It’s hard to tell whether “Little Fockers” hits that goal for sequels, but it

Like so many caught fish, [Meet the Fockers’] flailing is really just an inability to breathe the harsh oxygen of yet another unasked for raunch-comedy about middle-age life. probably doesn’t really matter, since its main problems lie more with the plot and dialogue than with the idea itself. In fact, those aspects were so subpar that I found myself questioning — fairly or not — whether I had been mistaken in liking “Meet the Parents” when I first saw it several years ago. Safe to say, then, that “Little Fockers” squarely

misses on the third goal of sequels, which is to add something positive and new to the series. So really, all “Fockers” has going for it is that it’s a sequel of a successful franchise. A movie that accomplishes slightly more than that, despite working from a tougher angle, is Disney’s recent release “Tron: Legacy.” A follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi cult hit “Tron,” the new effort follows the weathered blueprint of movies like “Star Wars” and “Wall Street,” inviting a son to take up his father’s old work. In the case of “Tron: Legacy,” that means Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund, “Country Strong”), son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”), who was an executive at the software company ENCOM before he suddenly disappeared and left behind a damaged, pre-adolescent Sam. It turns out Kevin had been digitized into a game he’d created. Although early trips into the realm were intentional, he’d become trapped there by his own creation — a wily copy of himself called Clu who will wreak havoc on the real world if he ever finds a way there. Sam, talented

but drifting in a sea of apathy, inadvertently joins the adventure and soon becomes fixated on rescuing his father and bringing him home. The plot is complicated, but even with just one viewing, audiences are left with an adequate understanding of the basic rules of the digital world of “Tron: Legacy.” Also it gives a clear view into what must have happened in the first “Tron,” way back in the early ’80s. “Tron” misses slightly on recreating the feel of the original, but enough time has passed that it might be a good thing. The original “Tron” has the sort of neon feel that might have seemed futuristic 20 years ago, but now just looks like the 1980s. That the filmmakers don’t foist that on an unprepared generation is a definite point in favor of the sequel. Little Fockers: 2 stars; Tron Legacy: 3 stars out of 5 Lin Weeks is a junior majoring in economics. Upset with his omission of the DVD you were most excited about renting this week? Vent at lweeks@ wisc.edu.


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Badgers throw down competition on road Freshman Dan Block claims school discus record in Texas, rest of team gives strong effort at Whitewater Dan Block’s share of Wisconsin’s school record in the discus lasted all of a week. Just seven days after matching UW’s all-time standard in the event, Block can now claim the record as his own. The freshman posted a throw of 188 feet even — exactly two feet beyond the previous school record of 186-0 — to score an impressive fifth-place finish in the discus Friday at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. BYU senior Leif Arrhenius won the event at 199-4. Block’s record throw came on his second attempt, and he came just short of matching the previous school record on his fifth attempt, as well. His final mark improved his cushion as the Big Ten leader in the event and has him ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 6 in the NCAA West Region. An assault on the record book is nothing new for Block in his rookie campaign, as he also posted the Badgers’ No. 3 all-time mark in the weight throw and the No. 4 all-time mark in the shot put during the indoor season. Block was the lone Badger to compete in Austin, with a number of his teammates making the short trip to Whitewater, Wis., to compete Friday in UW-Whitewater’s Rex Foster Open. The throws were strong for UW closer to home, as well, with junior Derek Steinbach leading the way. Steinbach became just the fifth athlete in UW history to surpass the 200-foot mark in the javelin, with his lifetime-best throw of 200 feet, 1 inch good for the win. Fellow freshman Brian Giese won the hammer throw with a mark of 179 feet, 1 inch, while Steinbach was fourth at 42-11 1/2 and junior David Grzesiak was

fifth at 42-2 in the shot put. Freshman Alex Thompson, competing unattached, threw 167-3 to finish third in the discus, while teammate Brandan Bettenhausen finished fourth with a throw of 1641. Junior Mickey DeFilippo broke through with a season-best clearance of 17 feet, 3/4 inches to set a facility record and win the pole vault with the best mark by a Badger this season. DeFilippo shot up the national rankings to No. 13, and he stands in a tie for ninth among athletes from the West Region. Junior teammate Ian Jansen was second with a clearance of 15-0. Sophomore Josh Flax won the long jump with a season-best leap of 23-1 1/2, with Jansen taking fourth at 21-8 1/4 and Grzesiak sixth with a mark of 21-1 1/2. Sophomore Paul Annear finished second in the high jump with a final clearance of 6 feet, 7 inches. On the track, UW athletes swept the top four spots in the 110-meter hurdles, with junior Adum Gross claiming the top spot in 14.57 seconds. Junior Temi Ogunbodede was second in 14.64, followed by junior Adam Hexum (14.92) and freshman Matt Widule (15.28), who competed unattached. Freshman Tyler Woloszyk laid down a collegiate-best time of 48.17 to win the 400 meters, finishing ahead of redshirt freshman Brett Hartman (49.26) in second and senior Andrew Milenkovski (49.35) in third. The Badgers’ next stop is a return to southern California for the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays and the Bryan Clay Invitational decathlon competition next week. UW Athletics

-UWBadgers.com Ian Jansen cleared the pole vault at 15 feet in the Rex Foster Open, second only to teammate Mickey DeFilippo’s 17 feet, 3/4 inches.


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Despite on-course success, the Masters got something wrong

Mike Fiammetta Mike’d Up New Jersey’s Bergen Record reporter Tara Sullivan covered the Masters this weekend. She was there because, well, it was her job. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? To the Augusta National Golf Club, it apparently didn’t. To Masters staffers, Sullivan must have been a woman out of place, following golfer Rory McIlroy into the locker room after the conclusion of the tournament’s final round Sunday. When McIlroy proceeded into Augusta’s locker room, so did the throng of reporters following him, looking for quotes from one of the top stories of the day. McIlroy entered Sunday as the tournament’s leader, but after shooting an 80 in the final round, that was long gone. His collapse matched the biggest for a 54-hole leader since 1956, and despite Tiger Woods’ remarkable resurgence and Charl Schwartzel capturing his first green jacket, McIlroy was still a huge story. In a column on the Record’s website, NorthJersey.com, Sullivan detailed how when McIlroy entered the locker room, a female security officer told Sullivan she wasn’t allowed in. Sullivan said instead of disrupting her colleagues, she sought out an official Masters representative. Unsuccessful, she then asked the security guard for more clarification. The guard said Sullivan wasn’t allowed in because there was an open bathroom area in the locker room. Sullivan, an experienced reporter, responded, “Yes, just like all of the pro locker rooms I routinely go into.” Later that night, Masters officials apologized, saying the guard was mistaken. Augusta has no policy against allowing female reporters into locker

KELSEY, from 10 in the mold of Stanford. “This is a top program,” Kelsey said. “This is a top-class program, or I wouldn’t be here. I could just stay at Stanford and be satisfied with that. This program can be great, not just good, great. It can be on the national level, it can win national championships here.” One of Kelsey’s main priorities now that she has the reigns of a major university program will be to surround herself with a coaching staff capable of turning the Badgers around “I have some good people in mind that have won at the highest of levels, so I am just hoping

rooms, as the Associated Press confirmed several were indeed allowed inside in the past without incident. Many would (and did) declare the story dead at that point. But how can Augusta allow this to happen in the midst of one of the most exciting Masters in decades? Yes, the guard made a mistake — as we all do. Sullivan said Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke and a colleague of hers, John Romano, eventually helped her get the quotes she needed. But if that were all it took to cover an event, Sullivan wouldn’t even be there. What about the “principle” already in place in Augusta that prevented a professional from doing her job? What about Augusta’s refusal to grant females membership to the club? I won’t pretend to pry into the guard’s mind at the time she refused access to Sullivan, but isn’t it fair to say she

What about the “principle” already in place in Augusta that prevented a professional from doing her job? likely had the club’s membership policy in mind? No women can play here, so why would a reporter be any different? As my colleague Michael Bleach said last week in his column, “How much do media really look out for women in sports?” The defenses of Augusta as a private entity rest on some pretty staunch politics. Sure, you can tell me the Boy Scouts exclude girls and the Girl Scouts exclude boys, while fraternities and sororities do the same. But guess what? The combination of each one eliminates that exclusion. Was Sullivan given any other option? Many quick reactions to both the controversy and Sullivan’s column also questioned the place of opposite-gender reporters in locker rooms. they come on board,” Kelsey said. As for the players Kelsey has inherited, they have been stuck in limbo since Stone’s dismissal and have tried to pass some of the time preparing for their new coach. “I am excited, I am really excited,” sophomore forward Cassie Rochel said. “Our strength coach has been working our butts off the past week and today, kind of getting us prepared for anything, expecting whoever comes in, they are going to be tough coaches.” The tough workouts figure to serve the players well considering Kelsey repeatedly referred to her

Some even questioned the need for reporters to even be in post-game clubhouses and locker rooms at all. How’s that for hypocrisy? The very same people enabled by the Internet to give their instant opinions a voice are criticizing the people making the whole thing happen. Without reporters in the locker room, stories end with the final swing, throw or shot of the game. Without post-game reaction, those people have even less information to form their shortsighted, third-party opinions. Reporters are in locker rooms for a very specific reason. They’re reporters, and they report on what viewers and readers don’t see. Yes, post-game press conferences exist for a reason — but it’s not to replace locker room interviews, it’s to supplement them. In the locker room, players are the most candid and honest they will ever be following an event. And no matter how much they say otherwise, people absolutely are interested in what athletes have to say following a game. That’s because of the very reason American sports are as huge as they are — they’re stories of people, of humanity. Those good ol’ boys pushing the “golf is a gentleman’s game” line really aren’t interested in seeing how a 21-year-old kid from northern Ireland handled a crushing collapse in the final round of one of America’s most hallowed sporting events? For the record, McIlroy’s reaction to the whole thing was classy and honorable enough to warrant its own flock of stories — as it did Sunday night and Monday morning. So while the story as it pertains to Sullivan may be dead, the facts remain the same: Sullivan should have been allowed inside Augusta’s locker room, just as every other reporter seemingly was. Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What are your thoughts on this story? Share your thoughts with him at mfiammetta@ badgerherald.com and follow him on Twitter @ mikefiammetta. expectations of maximum effort from her players at all times. The emotional state of the team also appears to have settled after several weeks of anxiety. “It was kind of nerveracking with a little bit of stress, but then we were also anxious,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “It was like that first week, everything kind of took a turn and we were off because we had just got done playing. We were all speculating, ‘What is going to happen now?’…The last three weeks have kind of been a blur, a whirlwind of all kinds of emotions, but I am happy that it is over … and we are just excited to move forward.”

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Biggest NBA storyline? Evolution of Heat has been mostanticipated plot since The Decision

In Los Angeles, the defending champs are spiraling at the worst time of year

This PCP could have been written July 8, 2010. That’s the date of “The Decision” heard ‘round the world: the day LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Clearly, it’s also the day sports writers were set for life with new phrases to annoy readers with. When LeBron ditched Cleveland for the greener (and warmer, in more ways than one) pastures of Miami, the Heat instantly became the most hated team…ever? I’m sure a bunch of old-guy sports historians would spend the rest of their lives debating that with me — no disrespect to the Bad Boys of the 1980s Detroit Pistons, the 2007 New England Patriots or any New York Yankees team ever, as much as it pains me to say it. Regardless, that’s not the point. Everyone wants to see how the Heat will fare in the NBA Playoffs, and given their recent three-game winning streak (with a 100-77 beat down of Boston sandwiched in the middle), all signs point to the sky for Miami. The Heat is — and really has been for the duration of the season — a remarkably underrated defensive team. Miami allows 94.9 points per game (seventh in the league) and holds a plus-7.3 scoring differential (tied with Chicago for tops in the league). Plus, they also have James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. But you already knew that.

Apparently Phil Jackson’s team has lost the will to win. With only two games left until the playoffs, the Lakers have lost five consecutive games — despite their 55-25 record. Sure, L.A. has clinched its division and a spot in the playoffs, but going in on a losing streak isn’t exactly the best way to make it back to the NBA Finals. While the Heat has finally hit a winning streak, the Lakers’ losing streak is more concerning, especially considering they are the defending champions and they’ve had a strong season up to this point. With the losing streak comes a lack a confidence and frustration, which could be the kiss of death for any team headed into the playoffs. If the Lakers aren’t able to get back on track, they can give up any hope of achieving their third three-peat. If L.A. can turn things around and hit a hot streak, they might be able to achieve the NBA’s ultimate form of a hat trick. However, losing to the likes of Utah and Golden State — both of whom are wavering around the .500 mark and will miss the playoffs — in the midst of its season-end collapse doesn’t carry a lot of promise. The Lakers may have lost the drive that helps them be one of the league’s best teams year-in and yearout, but if they don’t find it soon, they might as well just hand over the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy now.

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KONZ, from 10 both of them would step in and say, ‘Hey, we need to fix this.’ If there was a blitz that I didn’t see, then it was Gabe or Moff saying what we’ve got.” As the center, Konz has the responsibility of calling out assignments at the line of scrimmage, but last year Moffitt and Carimi were the vocal ones and they often had the final say before the ball was snapped. “If I made a call, sometimes they would feel that they could override it — sometimes it wouldn’t work and sometimes it did,” Konz said. “It was a little uncomfortable making calls because it was like, ‘Do I have all this say?’. But those guys did a good job respecting what I had to do.” Konz is running the show now, and will be the definitive voice of the O-line from his center position. Knowing blocking assignments and calling out oncoming blitzes is something he’s comfortable with, but that’s just one part of the job. The hard part for the redshirt junior now comes when things go wrong, when his teammates make mistakes and need

to be told what to do. At times, Konz, who is known for his engaging demeanor and humorous nature, needs to be a disciplinarian. That hasn’t been easy. “A lot of times I’ll be quiet just because I don’t like telling guys what to do. Sometimes you need to be an asshole — I’m

Good teams always have those leaders stepping up and now it’s on me to do that. Peter Konz Center terrible at that,” Konz said. “But I can promise you if I don’t do that, then its not going to be a good season.” Konz won’t allow foolish mistakes to reoccur time and time again in practice. Earlier in the spring, the centers were taking part in a snapping drill in which numerous balls hit the ground. Centers simply cannot afford fumbled snaps and Konz felt he needed to

step in. So he made everyone start over. “We snapped and I made everybody go back and do it again and I hate doing that. I know no one is trying to purposely fumble the ball. … We have a bunch of new centers but it’s getting to the point where it’s every day and I had to say something,” Konz explained. “I know I’ve been there. I’ve been the one fumbling and making mistakes, so for me to call guys out is just tough. “But if we want to win, that is what has to happen.” Konz recently suffered a high ankle sprain in practice, so he’ll be in street clothes for the remainder of spring camp. But he’s out there on the field, watching every drill closely, delivering pointers to his teammates. He’s slowly transforming himself into the vocal leader in the trenches his offense needs — even if it means leaving his comfort zone to do it. “I know I can do it, and if I didn’t, I would be hurting the team,” Konz said. “Good teams always have those leaders stepping up and now it’s on me to do that.”


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As an assisatant coach at Stanford, Kelsey helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four in each of the last four years. Stanford compiled a 137-14 record (.907 winning percentage) during Kelsey’s time there.

Kelsey named women’s hoops head coach Former Stanford player, assistant comes to UW with history of success Brett Sommers Women’s Basketball Writer A new era is officially underway in Madison as University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez introduced Bobbie Kelsey as the sixth women’s basketball head coach in school history at the Kohl Center Monday. “This is a tremendous

opportunity and I am very appreciative that Coach Alvarez has put his trust in me,” Kelsey said. “This program has excellent support, terrific resources and Madison is a wonderful community. It can be a great program and my intention and goal is to make it a great program.” Kelsey brings a wealth of NCAA tournament experience to Wisconsin, both as a player and an assistant coach. She most

recently helped lead the Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team to four consecutive Final Four appearances while serving under the 2011 Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division I Coach of the Year, Tara VanDerveer. As an assistant at Stanford, Kelsey helped the Cardinal earn a 137-14 (.907) overall record, and the honors she earned as a player from 1992-1996 are

also impressive. Kelsey lettered all four years after redshirting her freshman year, the same year Stanford won the NCAA championship. She made a total of three Final Four appearances as a player and captained her team during the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. In trading one cardinal hue for another, Kelsey brings the type of pedigree the Wisconsin women’s basketball program has never seen before.

“[The team] shared with me their eagerness and their excitement about a new start, a new change and just a new opportunity to get this program back where it should be, where it can be and where it will be if I have anything to say about, which I think I do today,” Kelsey said. The coaching search that ultimately led to UW hiring Kelsey began three weeks ago, when Lisa Stone was fired following a second-round loss in

the WNIT. Stone led the Badgers for eight seasons and compiled a record of 128-119 (.518) with one trip to the NCAA tournament. The lack of postseason success was reportedly the tipping point in what eventually led to Stone’s firing, and after being selected as the new leader of the program, Kelsey believes Wisconsin can build itself into a program

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His time now: Konz finds voice as leader With Carimi, Moffitt headed to NFL, redshirt junior center inherits new responsibilities, leadership role Max Henson Sports Editor On the field, Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt were two of the best offensive linemen in the country. They also happened to be just as good off of it. Carimi protected Scott Tolzien’s blind side at left tackle for the Badgers and received the Outland Trophy — given annually to the best lineman — for his masterful 2010 season. Moffitt was equally effective at left guard and he joined Carimi on the Associated Press AllAmerican team. Those two senior captains anchored the University of Wisconsin offensive line and were two of the best leaders to come through the program. They were vocal when they had to be. They constantly studied their craft with extra hours in the film room. They knew how to lighten the mood when appropriate and they knew when it was necessary to call someone out. They led by example and they commanded their teammates’ respect. But now, they’re off to the NFL, and they need to be replaced. Ricky Wagner will slide over to take Carimi’s spot at left tackle and Travis Frederick will step in for Moffitt at left guard, but where will the leadership come from? Stephanie Moebius Badger Herald file photo Who will step up and Center Peter Konz has started 20 of his 21 career games. Entering his redshirt junior season, Konz will be counted on more as a leader. fill that massive void?

Look no further than center Peter Konz. “I feel like that responsibility is now placed on me, as it should be,” Konz said. “I’ve seen a lot of games. I’m supposed to be the quarterback of the O-line and I need to be better at that.” Konz has all the tools necessary to become the next elite Badger lineman. He’s played in 21 games and started 20 of them. He has tremendous mobility for a 6-foot-6, 315-pound center, making him a force in the run game, pulling from side to side to pave the way. His quick feet make him a reliable pass protector and his quick mind (twotime Academic All-Big Ten selection) helps to diagnose blitzes. Konz was a consensus honorable mention AllBig Ten selection and he’ll be widely considered one of the top centers in the nation heading into the 2011 season. He’s confident in his abilities to play at the high level expected of him, but Konz knows he needs to grow as a leader. With Moffitt and Carimi gone, his role on this team has undeniably changed. “Oh yeah, it’s changed. I try to call out more of the defensive stuff. I have to be more of a vocal guy,” Konz said. “Before, I would just sit back and if something was going wrong, Moffitt or Gabe or

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