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‘Beauty and the Beast’ garners applause Cast members of the musical adaptation of an animated classic succeed in acting, dancing and vocal performances. | 8

Regents nix campus bar Adrianna Viswantha State Reporter After a battle almost two years in the making, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents made the final call to demolish the block of buildings on University Avenue, which includes Brothers’ Bar, to make room for a new UW School of Music performance facility. The regents also evaluated the System’s funding struggles and how up-to-date their current policy is for crimes against minors. The regents purchased the University Avenue property from the owners of Brothers’ Bar several years ago for more than $2 million and used eminent domain to claim the property. They were met with a legal and media battle from the brothers who own the bar. Of the five buildings on the strip to be demolished, three are unoccupied, which the regents deemed at risk for vandalism and break-ins, according to a statement from the regents. The cost of demolishing the buildings to make way for the School of Music’s new location is estimated at $830,900. The property was designated as the future location of the Music Performance Facility in the 2005 Campus Master Plan, and programming and design have already been completed for the new building. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said the demolition of the block is planned for late summer 2012.

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Additionally, the Audit Staff for the Board of Regents examined their policies related to reporting crimes against minors. This issue was brought to greater attention in light of the Pennsylvania State University scandal. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said the audit was proposed by System President Kevin Reilly. It looks at all laws, policies, rules and procedures that relate to crimes against minors and how they are reported on university campuses. The staff planned at the meeting to review the topic to encompass understanding of existing laws, especially in the context of the UW System. They are evaluating their methods and the way in which they communicate their policies to employees, students and agents that may come in contact with minors on UW System premises. UW Chancellor David Ward also spoke Thursday about how to optimize the sources of UW’s budget. Ward spoke about merging the university’s existing resources, as well as philanthropic and state funding, into a “stewardship” to maximize the university’s potential. Both the number of students and the sources that feed into the university’s core budget are challenging. Therefore, Ward said, a stewardship in which the university’s providers work together is necessary. Ward said the problem

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Breakfast with Santa! Alpha Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon, in conjunction with Sex Out Loud, held an event on Thursday in Witte Hall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Students from around campus joined “Sexy Santa” for breakfast to demonstrate their support for the cause. Malory Goldin The Badger Herald



Shift in UW campus culture vital to curb sexual assaults Madison only Big Ten institution to not have office for survivors; housing skips training Pamela Selman News Content Editor This story is the second of a two-part series investigating sexual assault on the University of Wisconsin campus. Experts say the University of Wisconsin culture must shift to combat the prevalence of sexual assault on campus and in the surroundings areas. Student organizers and members of the UW staff say the university needs to pull more weight for a difference to be realized.



Jacqueline O’Reilly, Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment spokesperson, said students at UW facilitate a “rape culture” where it is extremely difficult for victims to come forward and eventually get the services they need.

“We live in a society where people are intolerant of this crime and its victims because they understand sexual assault to be something that happens in the middle of the night when no one is around or when a stranger

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Awarded degrees hit new high Tahleel Moheildin News Reporter

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell spoke at a Board of Regents meeting on Thursday. Lovell’s campus has been making strides in the international community.

For the first time in the University of Wisconsin’s history, the institution awarded more than 10,000 degrees in an academic year. Between the 2010 summer session and spring 2011 semester, UW awarded 6,579 bachelor ’s, 2,105

master ’s and 1,415 doctorate degrees, totaling 10,099, according to a UW statement. “[UW alumni] go out and do amazing things in the world, and to see more of them out there contributing as educated citizens is great,” said Jocelyn Milner, UW associate vice provost and director for academic

planning. “It’s exciting to see so many students be successful.” UW’s focused attention on the undergraduate experience over the last 15 years is apparent in the graduation rate, Milner said. This attention has manifested itself in a number of undergraduate student services, Provost and

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul DeLuca, Jr., said. These services include firstyear interest groups, undergraduate research, learning communities and study abroad programs, among others. Milner said in addition to these services, changes in

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Students, community support Mifflin Street Block Party UW survey shows concerns, however responses mostly favor city tradition Eliot Markman News Reporter Despite concerns about violence at the event last year, many members of the Madison community, including city officials and University of Wisconsin students, vowed to keep the

tradition of the Mifflin Street Block Party alive for 2012. At the beginning of the school year, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he did not support future block parties. Despite the mayor ’s comments, most of the attendees at the meeting expressed support for going forward with the block party if it could be done in a safe manner. “I’m really encouraged by the non-students in the room — they do not share the sentiments of

the mayor, and there is a lot of common ground,” UW student Jacob Miller said. However, one alder felt that while the party should remain, it needs to undergo a cultural shift. “I have many strong feelings towards making it a Madison-centric event. … Mifflin has become a disrespectful event similar to Halloween,” Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said. Police influence on past events has been excessive, Larry Warman, the West

Mifflin District Chair for Capital Neighborhoods Inc., said. “The police have been overbearing at past Mifflin events,” he said. “I would like to see us move more into policing the event ourselves.” At the meeting, the results of a recent Associated Student of Madison survey about the block party were released by Legislative Affairs Chair Hannah Somers. Sixty percent of those polled attended last year’s Mifflin Street Block


Party. When faced with the statement “I plan on attending the Mifflin Street Block Party this year,” 78 percent of those polled either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement. The survey was sent to all UW students in an email earlier this semester and 7,038 students responded. “When I fi rst heard the response rate I was blow away,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said. “The quality of the energy amongst students is really

amazing.” Seventy percent of those polled agreed that the block party is necessary. Fifty-four percent of those polled agreed that the purpose of the party is to drink. Thirty percent of those polled agreed that last year ’s event was out of control, and 64 percent agreed that outsiders caused the problems last year. Sixty-nine percent of

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A week after Gov. Scott Walker’s administration unveiled new requirements for holding events at the Capitol and other state buildings, a Wisconsin lawmaker is introducing a piece of legislation that would weaken the power of the executive branch to make Capitol event policy decisions. On Wednesday, State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, proposed a bill to create a Capitol Council and give all branches of the government control over access to the state Capitol. Last Thursday, the Department of Administration introduced a new State Facilities Access Policy that requires all individuals or groups

to purchase a permit for all activity and displays in state buildings. The Capitol Council bill proposed by Taylor is a response to the DOA’s rules and the belief they will suspend the rights of citizens to gather at the Capitol, a statement from Taylor said. “This administration has embarked on a highly suspect road which inhibits the rights of people to gather in the Capitol and petition their government,” Taylor said in the statement. If formed, the Capitol Council would take over the exact powers currently held by the DOA, Teghan Delane, spokesperson for Sen. Taylor said. Taylor’s Capitol Council would consist of one representative from each branch, Delane explained. The

governor or a governor’s designee would represent the executive branch. The chief justice of the Supreme Court would represent the judiciary. The speaker of the Assembly or the president of the Senate would represent the Legislature. The council would also contain one representative from the public, appointed by the governor. The DOA is part of the executive branch, and, with the way the statutes are structured now, it has near complete power over Capitol policies, Delane said. “The past year has been a milestone for citizen involvement, and it also has beheld some of our darkest days when it comes to the unchecked exercise of power,” Taylor said in the statement. The Capitol is not just

home to the executive, Delane said, and should be presided over by all branches of the government. He said it is reasonable to conclude that the new DOA policy is a direct result of protests at the Capitol that began early this year. The DOA’s Facilities Access Policy said permits are distributed fairly and do not favor certain groups over others. “Permits shall be granted for public events or exhibits without discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, and arrest or conviction record,” the statement said. The updated rules to the facility access policy will not alter the core rules for holding events at the Capitol, said Mike

Mikalsen, spokesperson for Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, in a previous interview with The Badger Herald. He said the district court has thrown out a number of cases over the past several months where citizens broke behavioral rules of the Capitol, harassed public officials or were disruptive during floor meetings. Mikalsen said he hopes the district courts will hold rule breakers accountable now that the regulations have become more specific. The updated access plan is currently in effect, according to a DOA statement. For members of the public with further questions on the policy, the DOA will hold an information session 9 a.m. Saturday in the Capitol basement.

Shooting on Virginia Tech campus claims two lives Kimberly Hefling Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Soon after Virginia Tech officials at a hearing defended actions taken to notify the campus as a 2007 shooting rampage unfolded, the university on Thursday issued a series of warnings about gunfire on its campus five hours away. Following the 2007 shootings that left 33 people dead, Virginia Tech expanded its emergency notification systems. Alerts now go out by electronic message boards in classrooms, by text messages and other methods. Other colleges and universities have put in place similar systems. Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on campus Thursday, and a suspect remained on the loose. During about a one-hour period, the university issued four separate alerts, followed by additional notifications. The alerts went out even as university

ASSAULT, from 1 jumps out of the bushes, but how it happens on a college campus is quite different,” she said. “And a lot of the time, the first thing people will ask is ‘have you been drinking, were you wearing slutty clothing or are you already considered promiscuous?’” Although UW complies with all federal and state mandates regarding sexual assault documentation and awareness on college campuses, O’Reilly said students are the ones pulling the weight in regard to combating the issue. “The bulk of the work for sexual assault prevention is being done by students, not the UW, and that’s a problem,” she said. “As it stands, UW is the only school in the Big Ten that does not have an administrative body or office dedicated to sexual assault prevention — it’s alarming and could make someone feel even more isolated in a very difficult situation.” Still, Bryan Bain, assistant dean for the Division of Student Life, said the university strives to do everything possible to provide a safe environment for students and offer necessary resources. Every college campus has to perform a balancing act and determine the right ways to get information to students. Universities are always looking for better ways to communicate with students and make sure they are aware of available resources and relevant information, Bain said. Despite these efforts however, resources fell

officials, including the university’s police chief, were in Washington for the administrative hearing about 260 miles from the campus in Blacksburg, Va. The hearing ended less than an hour before the first alert went out. Ernest C. Canellos, an Education Department administrative judge, said he would later issue a ruling on the hearing about Virginia Tech’s handling of the shootings more than four years ago. Universities are required under the Clery Act to provide warnings in a timely manner and to report the number of crimes on campus. Virginia Tech has appealed a $55,000 fine levied after the 2007 shootings because it says it acted appropriately based on protocols on campuses at that time. The Education Department says the university violated the law by waiting more than two hours after two students were shot in a dorm on campus in the 2007 shootings before sending an email warning. By then, student gunman Seung-

Hui Cho was chaining the doors to a classroom building where he killed 30 more people and then himself. Wendell Flinchum, the police chief, testified that there were no immediate signs in the dorm at that time to indicate a threat to the campus. He said the shootings were believed to be an isolated domestic incident and that the shooter had fled. Flinchum said that conclusion was based on the isolated nature of the dorm room, the lack of forced entry and what the victims were wearing — the woman in pajamas, the man in boxer shorts. The scene, he said, did not suggest an ongoing safety threat. “I don’t believe we could have known that from what the scene presented,” Flinchum said. He said the dead woman’s boyfriend initially was identified as a “person of interest.” Police were shown a social networking site with the boyfriend holding guns, Flinchum said, and were told he usually dropped

short this semester because of an oversight in training protocol within the UW Housing that resulted in house fellows on the UW campus not receiving training for responding to sexual assault victims. Members of the University Health Services community have been working closely with the residence life division to ensure the oversight does not happen again. They have also used the partnership to expand services, said Carmen Hotvedt, UHS violence prevention specialist. “There are also 1,700 students in university employment who could be a very helpful resource in their job,” Hotvedt said. “We identified the ability to work with them very specifically not just for house fellow training, but also for student employees. They very much came to us and have been awesome partners.” Campus controversy surrounding the first year education program in sexual assault is also in the process of being rectified, Hotvedt said. The same voluntary online program has been used for incoming students for the past three years, but is no longer in operation because of points of ineffectiveness identified in the program. “There should not be a gap in service for students having access to a program next year,” Hotvedt said. “The bigger issue is whether or not UW will say the program and its importance is part of becoming a Badger.” A new program developed by members

of the violence prevention ward and other stakeholders in the campus community is scheduled to debut next year, she said.


Despite UW’s possible shortcomings, Shira Phelps, UHS violence against women prevention coordinator, said the campus is fortunate to have dependable support from the UW Police Department. “We’re really lucky on this campus to have an incredible police department that for the most part is really eager to learn more and eager to be trained,” Phelps said. “An important piece of what we do is train professional staff on what to do if someone discloses … making sure law enforcement is connected with community services.” While students have the option of reporting a sexual assault to UWPD or the Madison Police Department, Phelps said each student needs to choose their own path in reporting and do what they feel is necessary. Bain said students could bring the allegations in front of the Student Conduct System where UW officials would host interviews and investigations and work with students to direct them to available resources. The Student Conduct System is independent of the legal system, and a student can opt to pursue either route, both or neither, Bain said. Through a UW investigation, a student found in violation of school conduct could face suspension or expulsion,

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Officers patrolled streets surrounding Virginia Tech after a suspect shot two people-the same day a hearing was scheduled concerning the response to the 2007 shooting. her off on Mondays. The shootings took place on a Monday. The university faces charges of failure to issue a timely warning and failure to follow its own procedures for providing notification. Parents of some victims have testified that they think their loved ones would have stayed away from campus if they had known of a threat.

depending on the circumstances. MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the majority of cases brought forth by students involve acquaintances. This can make the actual investigation easier but can present problems in finding out exactly what happened. When MPD classifies those involved as acquaintances, it could mean the individuals involved met for the first time the night of an alleged attack, DeSpain said. Despite where a student chooses to bring their complaint, UW offers counseling through UHS, houses an office for the Rape Crisis Center in the Student Activity Center and allows students an opportunity to look at all available resources, Phelps said. “A big thing people expect is that there’s a big place, a right place and a right step for victims to go,” Hotvedt said. “But really there’s a lot of good first steps depending on your needs. Often victims go to [family or friends] where we see a dramatic lack of capacity to do a basic human response because of the myths that sexual violence is the victim’s fault.” In order to change the common response to sexual assault victims, Phelps said the university could potentially use more staff dedicated only to sexual assault and domestic violence issues. Phelps and Hotvedt said they offer training and expertise in sexual assault prevention and awareness, but said they are “buried”

James Moore, a department official, testified that even if it had been a domestic incident, there were enough signs that a gunman was on the loose to warrant quicker campus alerts by the school. The 1990 Clery Act was named after Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room by another student in 1986.

in the institution, creating further barriers for victims. UHS has a number of departments, one of which is the prevention unit. Within the prevention unit, there is a campus community partnership, and within that subset is where the women’s violence prevention coordinators sit.


Because prosecution rates for sexual assaults account for only 10 percent of the total number crimes reported, Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Kelly Anderson said society — not just UW — needs to change its perception of sexual assault to achieve greater justice. The university is in compliance with mandates to educate the community, but Hotvedt said more must be done to combat the current campus culture. She added the campus is facing a crisis because it is meeting policies and minimum standards, but victimization and sexual assault are still occurring. Ultimately, Hotvedt said, the university needs to work with students to clarify that it is an expectation that each individual has a right to his or her own body. She said UW has a climate in which women go out to the bars and expect to be touched in some form without consent. This is an issue that, along with many others, she said needs to be rectified to combat sexual assault occurrence. “Where are we going to be in 10 years?” Hotvedt said. “Will we sill have 25 percent of women being victimized?”

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Chair: ASM will change for better To boost efficiency, ‘in-between’ sessions may fill gaps left by new meeting schedule Gardner said over the course of the semester, ASM has worked on Though the formal multiple campaigns to meetings of the University benefit students. She said of Wisconsin student one ASM focal point has government were halved been the issues related to for next semester, one student voters and the new leader said there will be voter ID law. “in-between sessions” The Legislative Affairs for members to hash out Committee worked legislation and policy. with the UW to provide Changes within student students with voter IDs government will also and is now working accompany the spring on a Madison Student semester’s initiatives, Vote Coalition to inform Associated of Student students and register them of Madison Chair Allie as soon as possible. In a Gardner said. statement provided by After Wednesday’s ASM, the committee said Student Council meeting, more than 150 students ASM will be changing have been registered so far. meetings from occurring Some of the other on a weekly basis to initiatives taken by gathering bi-weekly. ASM have been laying This, Gardner said, will groundwork for next yield a greater level of semester’s campaigns. productivity within the Gardner said one of ASM’s organization. priorities will be paying “We will have attention to an in-between getting student session for representation “This is the on the UW communication, talking about greatest Restructuring issues and number of Task Force. One building of the issues relationships so students we being addressed people won’t [have] been on the task force be questioning able to get will be finding other members’ the best practices involved intentions for using student in meeting,” ever.” tuition. Gardner said. “I think “The Student Allie Gardner students Council meetings ASM Chair absolutely need should not to be involved be going till in this,” Gardner midnight and said. “There is should be for productive currently no student or debate on issues that affect faculty seat, but students students.” need to be involved in “During Student Council lobbying and making their is when representatives opinions known.” come and vote on Gardner also said legislation, but what we ASM plans on looking really want is to focus on more at university level the student committees,” policies and their effect on ASM Press Office Director students. Looking at these Ade Afolayan added. policies and the reasons “That’s what’s really behind issues students are important.” having with them, she said, ASM’s major focus this will enable ASM to better semester, Gardner said, has serve students from that been on ensuring shared level. governance and filling For the upcoming student seats on university semester the organization committees that handle will continue to work on issues related to students campaigns such as hourly and the UW campus. student wage protection, “We have almost the Health Accessibility every single [student Project, the Capping representative] seat full,” Tuition Project, textbook Gardner said. “This is affordability and the the greatest number of Financial Opportunities students we [have] been Fair, scheduled for Feb. 27 able to get involved ever.” through March 2.

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SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart speaks during Thursday night’s meeting, where two groups presented their proposed budget for segregated fee funds.

SSFC fills internship board Members appointed to body hope to evaluate, consolidate current campus services Katie Caron Campus Reporter Members of student government appointed representatives to a new body Thursday that will determine how student internship services will be implemented on campus. In a Student Services Finance Committee meeting, members voted to appoint three internal members to the Procurement Board for the Student Internship Service. The body will determine the manner in which internship services are executed under the Campus Services Process. The board will also contract out to groups to bid to provide the service, according to SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart. During the meeting, members voted through a secret ballot to appoint SSFC Secretary Ellie Bruecker, Rep. Joe Vanden Avond and Rep. Weijie Huan as the three SSFC representatives to the board, which will also include Neibart.

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Bruecker said as a member of the board she would like to focus on assessing what currently exists in the area of internship services on campus and try to consolidate them. Vanden Avond said he felt it will be a good opportunity to become involved in more ASM roles, and Huan said, as an international student, he will bring a unique perspective. Huan said he is familiar with the problems international students face. He said it can be difficult for international students hunting for jobs and internships because interviewers can view an international student’s accent as a barrier. “There are a lot of people like me on this campus trying to find internships, and as an international student I will try to make this program beneficial to all students,” Huan said. SSFC also discussed the College Student Government Fund, a piece of legislation brought to the

committee by Rep. Ron Crandall. He said the goal of the legislation is to provide funding to college student governments on campus for the facilitation of programming that fits the interests of students in that college. “There’s a lot of reasons for having a separate fund,” he said. “The primary reason is for improving shared governance within the colleges’ committees.” Crandall also said a problem with the current system is that many events and programs have to be funded through large out-of-pocket donations from members. The committee also passed the 201213 fiscal year budget of $61,048.40 for Supporting Peers in Laid-Back Listening, a student organization that provides an online anonymous peer-based support system for students. Revisions to SPILL’s proposed budget included adding a sunset clause to remove

a salaried employee upon the group’s attainment of updated software. Doing so, the group said, would avoid having unnecessary work by employees. In addition, two groups presented their 2012-13 budgets to SSFC for evaluation. Adventure Learning Programs, a student group that provides team-building exercises for students, presented its budget of $150,567.64 for the next fiscal year. Campus Women’s Center, which provides support services focused on women’s issues to campus, also presented its budget proposal of $109,778 to the committee. In 2009, the Campus Women’s Center was embroiled in a fight for funding that they ultimately lost. None of the presenters at the meeting brought this up to the current SSFC. SSFC will reach a decision on ALP’s budget during Monday’s meeting and on the CWC’s budget next Thursday.

Approximately 3,000 respondents commented at the end of the survey. The most common responses said no people from out of town should be permitted, followed by getting rid of the open carry and that the party should move away

from standing around drinking. Tom Seeger of CNI expressed support for future parties. “The question is, how do we work with the city? What are their intentions?” he said. The meeting ended

with a general consensus to meet sometime in early February when everyone will be back from break. There was also support for ideas to have student town hall-type meetings regarding this year’s party.

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is that the innovation cycle is broken by repeated cuts to the university System, which ultimately makes innovation in the university more difficult and expensive. “Let’s figure out collectively how we can be stewards of our future, because higher education is indispensable to it,” Ward said. Later in the meeting, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell presented a report on UW-Milwaukee’s partnership with the China Education and Research Network, which works to recruit Chinese students in American universities. He said CERNET is a large-scale enterprise founded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and that they have already implemented the program at the University of Massachusetts with great success. Lovell said the agreement would enhance diversity and international strategy on the UW-Milwaukee campus.

advising have played a role in UW’s success. She placed specific emphasis on the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. Through MIU, the institution was able to rework advising and hire 24 new advisors. Milner also said MIU has allowed UW to increase aid to students by $15.1 million in existing programs within its first two years. This, she said, has provided over 10,000 students with financial awards. Ultimately, the increase in diplomas handed out this year was a collective effort and great achievement, DeLuca said. DeLuca said he offers his

congratulations to the deans, faculty and UW students. Despite “hating to give names,” DeLuca said history professor William Cronon and Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning Aaron Brower have been instrumental to these increased rates — Cronon for his establishment of the Chadbourne Residential College and Brower for his contributions to high impact practices. Milner said many of the changes implemented in undergraduate programs are now affecting graduate and professional schools. Many students are getting undergraduate degrees and not stopping there, Milner said, and a great deal

of attention is being carried over to higher education. In return, UW is starting to look at higher education similarly and is likely to expand its efforts to both its graduate and professional programs in a couple of years. This, she said, is important when it comes to higher education and its impact on the workforce and the economy. Living in a “knowledge economy,” students graduate with the “necessary skills” to add to society. “In 2010, President Obama set a goal to increase the collegeeducated workforce,” she said. “We try to help students succeed and contribute to Obama’s goals.”


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Another semester approaches its end Something interesting happened on the Badger Herald Editorial Board this semester. After a suggestion from our editor-at-large, we opened our meetings to community leaders to spend a week thinking, debating and editing alongside our regular board members. As a result, we found ourselves tackling topics we might not have otherwise thought to discuss. We considered the university’s role in providing sexual assault education with Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, the merits of charter schools with former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and detox resources with Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf. And though we may not have thought of the topics ourselves, we soon found that we cared deeply about them. Everyone on this campus has an issue that matters to them, and when you open discussion it becomes apparent why you should care too. It was a valuable lesson in why we need to stay informed and engaged. This is not an easy time to be a student. A look back at the content published in the Herald this semester reveals painful budget cuts from the state, discontent on matters of diversity, deepening political divides and a period of great instability in higher

education, to name just a few examples. Next semester promises to be no less eventful. At the Herald, we will maintain a spirit of open discussion as we navigate through these unsure times. Our Editorial Board is just one way that interested readers can get involved; University of Wisconsin community members are also invited to submit opinion columns, story pitches and general ideas at any time. Our comment boards, Facebook page and Twitter remain open as well. We are also seeking news, arts, opinion and sports writers, as well as videographers and photographers, for the spring 2012 semester. Joining our staff guarantees access to one of the most amazing pools of talent on this campus. Thank you for reading the Herald this semester. After ceasing Dec. 15, our print edition will return on the first day of class in January. There will be periodic online updates over break, including extensive Rose Bowl coverage. As always, do not hesitate to contact me at

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Make education a global priority Charles Godfrey Columnist I remember a conversation I had a couple of years ago in the poolside bar area of a party hostel in Medellin, Colombia, with a British guy named Allen. For both of us, college was an eventuality that we were both looking forward to and dreading, but at that time it was just a topic of small talk over an early evening beer. Allen had some insightful things to say about American higher education. The cost of tuition at our universities appalled him, and he was shocked that American students don’t raise hell about it. “If the cost of tuition was that high in the UK,” he informed me, “we would be out in the streets rioting.” Of course, I knew tuition prices in America were high, but for some reason I had always considered them a necessary evil, like rush hour traffic or radio advertisements. Until I met Allen, I never realized that affordable tuition is something students in the UK and around the world consider a governmentgiven right, and have

been defending by all means necessary for years. History has proved Allen correct. In November of last year, the UK raised the cap on tuition fees from 3,200 to 9,000 pounds ($14,000), setting a wave of student protests that continues today. On many occasions, the protests have turned into riots and have resulted in no shortage of looting and violence. Protesters are upset with recent

Affordable — or better yet free — education for all is an antidote to socio-economic inequality. government spending cuts and austerity programs, which have hit education especially hard. Protests in Chile began in earnest during the past academic year and have left the school system immobilized, creating traffic jams in Santiago, and involved numerous clashes with police. The student movement is led by University of Chile graduate geography student Camila Vallejo, and demands government-supported free education for all. The average cost of primary education in Chile is $400 dollars a month, while the minimum wage is $363

per month. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Chilean government provides 15 percent of the overall funding in higher education, compared to an average of 69 percent for developed countries. Clearly, higher education is not affordable for the majority of Chilean families. Many parents work two or three jobs to send their children to school. Chilean students recently rejected a government budget plan that included an 8.6 percent increase in spending on education. Unless their demands are met, they intend to continue their walk-outs and sit-ins that have grounded education to a halt for the past six months. In the past two years, the University of Wisconsin has faced both government spending cuts and attempts to privatize. Here, budget cuts in education were met with protests that continue today in the form of the recall effort. The New Badger Partnership, a proposal that would have certainly led to tuition increases, was thankfully rejected. However, education in Wisconsin remains obscenely expensive and government support has been lukewarm at best. The aftermath of

the recession and the resulting government budget disasters in all corners of the globe have set off widespread fiscal austerity measures. Austerity and budget cuts have had a particularly damaging effect on education. In hard economic times with elevated unemployment rates, investment in education is crucial. Education is what makes workers versatile, drives innovation and allows markets to adapt to a rapidly evolving global economy. Affordable — or better yet free — education for all is an antidote to socio-economic inequality. Expensive and increasingly privatized education is exacerbating these inequalities on a global scale. Education is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, recent developments with government spending at the local and international level show that providing this fundamental human right to all students is not a priority. For most students, education has become an investment. Governments in the UK, Chile and Wisconsin have been reluctant to invest in the future of their students. Charles Godfrey ( is a sophomore majoring in math and physics.

Rose Bowl a second chance for UW to show colors Carolyn Briggs Managing Editor Badgers, we’ve been here before. Once again, our football team prepares to take the field in Pasadena to duke it out in the Rose Bowl, and once again I prepare to sit in a car for 35 hours straight to get there. The long drive, however, is not what I’m most apprehensive about this time. Nor am I too concerned with the outcome of the game. I am worried about the way we Badgers will

represent our team, our school and our conference when the entire country will be watching. Throughout the year, I’ve been frustrated and annoyed by claims that Wisconsin has the worst fans in the nation. College students and football fans are a pretty rowdy bunch, and I do not for a minute believe that our fans can be that much worse than fans from other schools where football is an equally important tradition. But just because other people do it too doesn’t make bad behavior good, and after the Big Ten Championship game, I received an email from a Michigan State fan detailing bad Badger behavior in Indianapolis

that offended even my hardened sensibilities. “Before the game, at a local bar [and] grill, a University of Wisconsin fan looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘I hope your kid has autism,’ as I am 8 months pregnant and was wearing a Michigan State t-shirt,” Tiffany Petersen, MSU graduate, wrote. Petersen later mentioned UW students calling police officers “pigs” and refusing to turn their ESFU shirts inside out for 10-year-old children seated behind them — although to be fair, if those parents have problems with their children hearing or seeing naughty words maybe they shouldn’t take them to college football games.

While some of these complaints may be overthe-top exaggerations, there are certainly many that are completely accurate, and many more that never get sent. And as Badgers, we tend to respond the same way; we criticize the complaining party and proceed to shout louder — and meaner. Somewhere along the way, at least a portion of our fans decided it was OK to ignore common decency when they put on their Badger gear. There is a difference between sassy trash talk and telling a pregnant woman you hope her baby is born with autism. There is a difference between rolling your eyes when police officers make a request and

openly flaunting their authority. And yes, even though the student section of a football game may not be the best place for a 10-year-old, when one lands in there it is not too much to ask to tone down your language. Anyone who has been to Camp Randall knows that for every Badger who ridicules an opposing fan, there is one who will help “the enemy” find their seat. For every UW student who chants ESFU there are many more who belt along to Build me up Buttercup. We are, in general, an intelligent and friendly group of people who want to see our team do well. We are all proud of our school and our team. Ending up at the

Rose Bowl two years in a row is no small accomplishment, and when I get to California, I’ll be among the loudest fans there, not just at the game, but everywhere I go. But allowing pride to get in the way of treating opposing fans with the most basic courtesy gives the rest of the country a picture of our school that is in no way accurate. On as scale as large as the Grandaddy of Them All, we cannot allow ourselves to be seen as anything less than serious competitors who other fans love to meet — both at the game and the bars after. Carolyn Briggs (cbriggs@badgerherald. com) is a senior majoring in English.


‘Holiday Tree’ an affront on Christian Badger Herald readers While reading your Monday issue, I stumbled upon a picture of the Capitol’s Christmas Tree and read the caption about it, only to realize that you mistakenly or purposefully referred to it as a “holiday tree.” If it was by mistake then of course I

understand, but given the recent trend in trying to dilute Christmas to give the illusion of being more accepting of others by elimination nomenclature affiliated with Christianity and Christmas, I am a very offended Christian. To my knowledge, no other religion celebrates

a holiday with a tree in the same manner such as Christmas, so I see no reason whatsoever to call it a “holiday tree,” seeing as though no one goes around commenting on “holiday menorahs” or anything of the like. Admittedly, I was only a casual reader of your paper to begin with

and was willing to let things slide, but this was honestly the last straw where I won’t waste my time picking up your publications anymore. I know one student is probably insignificant in your world and nothing will come of my comments, but I feel my opinion is shared by

many around campus. Gov. Scott Walker had a great [point] in saying: “People keep thanking me for naming the Capitol Christmas Tree. I said I didn’t name it a Christmas Tree. I just called it what it is.” Maybe your paper should take a similar approach if

you have any hope of upholding your claim to be the University of Wisconsin’s “independent” student newspaper. Sincerely, Austin Kautzer Freshman majoring in engineering.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ receives acclaim for preliminary Overture Center performances Regen McCracken ArtsEtc. Writer A “tale as old as time” was told magnificently at the Overture Center when the French-fairytaleturned-Disney-classicturned-Broadwaybehemoth “Beauty and the Beast” opened this past Tuesday. Clearly this is a musical that needs no introduction, as it is a safe bet 70 percent of those in attendance knew all the songs and much of the dialogue by heart coming into opening night. Nevertheless, the show had a few surprises, interesting but subtle deviations and a certain personal nature that other incarnations of the story simply can’t match. “Beauty and the Beast” started, as it always does, with the prologue to the story read by a narrator; opening night’s narrator, Logan Denninghoff, did a perfect job setting the stage. As Denninghoff narrated, the spoiled prince turned away the old beggar woman that would be his downfall. In a strange and slightly underwhelming design choice, the old woman (and her subsequent sorceress form) was a puppet, rather than an actual person.

This really took the audience out of the moment, though the prince’s transformation into the eponymous Beast more than made up for it with impressive special effects. As the stage darkened at the end of the prologue, the opening strains of “Belle” slowly rolled out of the orchestra. Thanks to the bustle of early morning that gives the piece its chaotic energy, the sheer number of different harmonies, and excellent performances by all members of the cast, “Belle” was the highlight of the entire performance. Typically when a musical, or performance of any kind, has its greatest success early it can leave the rest of the duration feeling underwhelming, but “Beauty and the Beast” continually came close to reaching the high benchmark set by the splendid “Belle.” Other memorable numbers include “Gaston” (which was impressive due to the complex dance and mug-clinking sequence reminiscent of the dance troupe Stomp), the burlesque-influenced “Be Our Guest” (which featured many scantily clad “utensils”) and the unforgettable classic “Beauty and the Beast” (which was beautifully sung thanks to Mrs. Potts (Julia Louise Hosack) and made the famous ballroom scene between Belle and Beast all the more perfect). Also, in a first for musicals,

the songs that were not present in the original movie fit in wonderfully with the classic tracks. Emily Behny performed pitch-perfectly in her role as the aforementioned leading lady, and she remained strong enough to be heard over the commotion of the rest of the performers throughout the show. The only gripe to be had about Behny’s performance was that her voice became a bit shrill and nasally at times, which, in turn, caused her portrayal of Belle to come across as “cute” rather than what her namesake means. However great Behny was, the real star of the show was Jeff Brooks as Gaston. Brooks is the understudy for the role of Gaston, yet he played his part in a league of his own, surpassing the acting chops of nearly everyone else on stage. His Gaston was a cocky, smug, chauvinistic, yet charismatic and humorous pig; Brooks’ performance evoked visions of heman Zapp Brannigan of “Futurama” fame. His deep voice resonated clearly throughout the Overture Center, allowing the audience to understand every word of his pompous machismo. Brooks was supported throughout by Andrew Kruep as Gaston’s sidekick, Lefou. Kruep’s mastery of slapstick comedy and the amazing similarity of his voice to the Lefou of the Disney classic was

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astonishing. Kruep sold Gaston’s bullying as good as an actor can in a Broadway musical, and, the little that he sang, he stayed in character perfectly. Oddly coming out of character at the right times was what made Dane Agostinis’s portayal of Beast unique and significant. Agostinis certainly had the most demanding role from an acting standpoint thanks to the dynamic nature of the Beast’s character that the storyline hinges on. Thankfully, he is an accomplished actor and showcased anger, frustration, grief and jubilation convincingly throughout the show. His occasional dropping of character gave a much-needed humorous undertone to otherwise intense scenes. His singing, particularly in spotlight pieces such as “If I Can’t Love Her,” was also commendable, though amid the cornucopia of exemplary performances, his portrayal of Beast didn’t stand out as much as it could have, though this may be the fault of the script, which gives ample opportunity for standout characters. Lumiere and Cogsworth, the candelabra and clock (Michael Haller and James May, respectively) are the very definition of a supporting cast. They carried the story throughout and kept the overall dark tone light enough to be enjoyable.

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The musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” was greeted by positive audiences this week, and will play at Madison’s Overture Center through Dec. 11. The show is presented by NETworks. Haller especially had the audience swooning for his faux-French accent and his romantic charisma. May, however, did a great job making Cogsworth even stuffier and more insufferable than he is in the Disney version. The rest of the supporting cast also did an excellent job, and kept the audience entertained and in the moment of the musical. However, all of this gushing and overuse of the word “perfect” shouldn’t disguise this as a flawless performance. There was only one small problem that amounted to only an annoyance in comparison to the greatness of the musical as a whole. All members of the cast are guilty of over-enunciating their lines to the point that it seems awkward to speak or sing that way. This flaw

kept the audience rooted in the reality that they were indeed watching a performed piece, though it is probably more attributable to the director, Rob Roth, rather than the cast itself. “Beauty and the Beast” is an excellent musical that should not be missed by any lover of the Disney movie, any Broadway lover, or any family looking for a wholesome experience for their children (though, caution, the musical is much darker and has more innuendo than the Disney version of the story). This is a “tale as old as time” for a reason: It should be experienced by people of all ages. “Beauty and the Beast” is playing at Madison’s Overture Center through Dec. 11.

Unseasoned musicians produce unconventional appeal High Noon Saloon hosted promotional ‘Battle of the Bands’ event Wednesday Sam Berg ArtsEtc. Writer The High Noon Saloon hosted Jansport’s Unzipped Battle of the Bands Wednesday. The five competing bands reminded audience members of an unsigned indie scene that refuses to make “Indie” music. As such, the hipster population of Madison was refreshingly underrepresented at the show. The event brought together four local bands and one from Milwaukee. The show started with Milwaukee act Under Influenced. The band

describes their musical style as being somewhere between punk and moshcore. The effect ultimately is a sound like Fall Out Boy with the gain turned up. The rest of the show consisted of Madison collectives showing the range of rock music the local scene is creating. From funk-rock, to country-rock, to bluesrock, to jam-rock; the bands took hyphenated genres to their limit. The show was a sort of battle of diversity, with each band trying to prove its range of musical style. Going by that standard, the winners were questionably the Eugene Smiles Project and The Lucas Cates Band, which ran the gamut of rock subgenres. If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Kid Rock,

Eugene Smiles will appropriately knock your socks off. Lead vocalist Steve Eller danced barefoot on stage in between his strung-out rants. The Lucas Cates Band appealed more to the Red Hot Chili Peppers camp with its mix of funk and jazz. The shredding violinist set the band apart from RHCP, infusing bluegrass elements to a familiar sound. That said, the band performed a song from its forthcoming LP, which sounded like a sad concession to the desire for generic pop rock fandom. Channeling its country side to less success was folk-rock group The Northern Hooks. The members put together a solid set, but ended up leaving a

shallow impression on the audience that was illustrated by the massive empty space surrounding the stage. The real gem ended up being the conventional rock group Fedora. The band came along with plenty of hype in the wake of performing at South by Southwest this year. While the band had the stage presence of a garage band at a high school talent show, singerguitarist Alec White made an indelible impression on judges with his piping rock vocals. White’s voice carried the band’s average instrumentals to stadium rock territory. At times his tone and timbre was reminiscent of Steven Tyler ’s legendary voice. White’s singing is what takes Fedora above the typical local rock band

and it is what ultimately made them winners of the contest. The five acts competed at the battle for a blurb on the Jansport music blog, Unzipped. Fedora, as the winner, also received an array of merchandise including the eminently trendy backpacks. Fedora now will have the chance to compete against the other five winners in the national battle series. The winner of the grand prize will take home an additional pile of Jansport gear, get a featured spot on the Jansport blog and get a hefty merchandise package to promote the band. Jansport promoters treated attendees of the free show to a promotional table piled with free t-shirts, aluminum water

bottles, headphones and collapsible speakers. It was like being a guest at the Grammy’s. A pair of University of Wisconsin undergraduates organized the event. Katie Feld, a junior majoring in psychology, and Leena Asuma, a senior majoring in marketing, worked together for months finding the bands, venue and advertising for the event. The pair are Jansport’s Campus Ambassadors and underwent a threemonth training session where they learned how to promote athletic gear like professionals. Despite their lack of experience, Feld and Asuma successfully put together the event that brought nearly 200 people to the High Noon Saloon on a bitterly cold night.

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Wisconsin primed for another visit from No. 1 Kelly Erickson Erickson the Red Home has always been a gracious and caring place for the Badgers, as Madison has been exceptionally cruel to topranked teams. If you somehow forgot, here are a few reminders: The Wisconsin football team was undefeated at home for the second straight season. Men’s basketball did not lose a single game at home last year and continued that streak through the first four games of this season. Between Nov. 28 and Oct. 16, the women’s hockey team did not only stay undefeated at home (14 games), they didn’t lose a single game (32), tying the NCAA record. While home has clearly always been friendly

for the Badgers, it has also been friendly for the men’s hockey team, which is 7-3-0 at home this season. Three of those wins came against top-five teams as the Badgers swept then-No. 5 North Dakota and split the series with then-No. 1 Minnesota. For a team that has yet to win on the road, playing at home has certainly been a nice comfort, particularly given the fact that they’ve been able to play so many top-ranked teams at home so far this season. Following a recent tradition — instilled by the combination of Wisconsin and at-thetime-No. 1 Ohio State in both football and basketball last season as they each upset OSU in Madison 31-18 and 7167 respectively — men’s hockey split a series with then-No. 1 Minnesota at the Kohl Center in November. But Madison’s power to upset No. 1 teams will be put to the test again

can do to help a team,” sophomore guard Ben Chace Stanback, who Brust said. “That’s what averages 15.1 points and this team has to do when 5.7 rebounds per game, we’re struggling to shoot both second on the team. the ball, just make sure we Against the Badgers last keep getting good shots, year, Stanback led all keep doing the right things scorers with 25 points on and just play defense and 8-of-14 shooting, including rebound.” As the Badgers continue 4-of-7 from three-point to develop their rotation territory. Wisconsin, meanwhile, after losing three key is looking to gather some starters from last year ’s momentum down the team, the offense continues be scrutinized. stretch of nonconference to play. Against Green Bay Wisconsin finished the Wednesday night, the game Wednesday night Badgers shot just 12-for- shooting 45.8 percent 33 in the first half (36.4 from the field, but just 17.6 percent percent) and (3 for 17) from led 33-21 behind the at halftime. “That’s what arc. However, However, a this team has to 10 different much-needed do when we’re players second-half scored and surge that saw struggling to Wisconsin’s UW shoot shoot the ball, bench 15-for-26 outscored (57.7 percent) just make sure we keep getting Green Bay’s overpowered An the Phoenix. good shots, keep 21-16. improved Senior point doing the right effort in the guard Jordan paint also Taylor scored things and just 15 points and play defense. ... ” yielded a 36-26 dished out a Ben Brust advantage. “I think career-high 10 Guard every team’s assists for his going to go second career double-double and first of through … just as a unit, the season. Junior forward trying to develop your Ryan Evans finished with identity and establish how 14 points and six rebounds, you’re going to play,” Paris while junior forward/ said. “A couple of times, center Jared Berggren it’s been just poor shooting scored 13 and added three effort. … I don’t know that I would attribute it rebounds and four steals. “If you’re not shooting just on the offensive end; I well, there’s so many think as a team in general, other things in the game you’re going to have some of basketball that you growing pains.”

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BADGERS, from 8 the challenge of playing Duluth, and it’ll be a fun weekend of hockey for all involved.” The Bulldogs boast the third best team offense in the nation — behind two other WCHA teams: Colorado College and Minnesota — averaging 4.12 goals per game. UMD’s offense is led by senior center Jack Connolly — who is tied on the WCHA offensive leader board with UW’s junior defenseman Justin Schultz and sophomore forward Mark Zengerle — with 25 points off 11 goals and 14 assists. Sophomore winger J.T. Brown isn’t far behind with 24 points on six goals and 18 assists, while senior center Travis Oleksuk rounds out the Bulldogs’ top scorers with 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points. But the Badgers aren’t too worried, as long as they stick to their gameplan. “We do our normal

routine to prepare for the weekend,” sophomore defenseman Frankie Simonelli said. “We know they’re the No. 1 team in the country, but we need to make sure we’re playing our game and prepare the way that we prepare.” “It’s still the same thing about taking care of the puck, not having us create turnovers for ourselves, being smart in key areas of the ice, special teams will be key — they have a very fine power play,” Eaves said. “We need to be good in that area and stay out of the penalty box. Our power play is going to have to be good, and the x-factor is always the goal tending. We need to have the type of goal tending we’ve had in order for us to have a chance to win.” Despite being reigning national champions, Minnesota-Duluth started out slow this season, losing three of its first four games. After being swept by Minnesota Oct. 15, the Bulldogs never looked

this weekend as No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth rolls into town. After winning the national championship last season, the Bulldogs did not have a very hot start, but have since climbed their way to the top. It might sound backward, but Wisconsin could not be facing Minnesota-Duluth at a better time.

While home has clearly always been friendly for the Badgers, it has also been friendly for the men’s hockey team, which is 7-3-0 at home this season. The last time the Badgers saw some action was over Thanksgiving weekend when they swept Mercyhurst 5-2 and 7-2. During the series, UW did not skate with a single veteran forward. Injuries continued to pile up for the Badgers, but

accident on the bench from a skate to the hand left him with a severed ligament and in need of surgery. Before the injury, McCabe started the season paired with junior defensemen standout Justin Schultz and, at the time, was the lone freshman in the starting lineup. The Badgers will also be welcoming Sean Little back to the lineup, who will help bring greater experience and depth to the forwards. Regardless, UW still lacks veteran leadership among forwards as juniors Derek Lee and Ryan Little are still hurt. But Eaves hasn’t been thankful for the time solely for the chance to get some more guys healthy — it also gave him the opportunity to focus his team on itself and grow without a threat of defeat hanging over its head, rather than preparing for another series. “We pushed each other in practice,” Eaves said

a productive series from junior defenseman Justin Schultz and sophomore forward Mark Zengerle helped the Badgers through. So while the Badgers are still on a confidence high from the sweep over Mercyhurst, the timeliness of facing the Bulldogs now lies in the simple fact that UW has had extra preparation for the reigning national champions. Wisconsin has had a chance to focus more on its game plan and get a few names back on the roster. With a week off, the Badgers were able to heal up some of their ailments. The time also allowed head coach Mike Eaves a chance to push his guys that extra bit harder. It’s been reported via @ BadgerMHockey that not a single puck was in sight during last Saturday’s practice; all the guys did was skate. Freshman defender Jake McCabe is expected to be in the lineup after a freak

in his Monday press conference. “We did a lot of competitive drills. We had high tempo drills. We covered a lot of details, and so I think we walk away from last week from the rink feeling good about ourselves and ready to continue on this week and get ready for Duluth.” With the combination of their soaring confidence, the undeniable home ice advantage and the extra week to focus on their own game, Wisconsin is very much capable of its third top-five upset this season. But don’t remind them of that. They’re just looking forward for the chance to play a game again, hoping Madison has just a little more magic in store. Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Badgers will ever be able to win on the road this season? Or does Madison just have a special power? Let her know at kerickson@ or tweet @kellymerickson.

Growing pains starting to ease After experiencing hiccups in transition to new offense, Badgers beginning to catch on Nick Korger Extra Points Editor Nobody said it would ever be easy. A period of transition between two coaches and two different styles of the game is difficult. Seasoned upperclassmen are reduced to freshman, as the learning curve is sometimes higher for the members of the team who are more used to the old way than the new faces. For the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, this early part of the season has been one of growing pains under the new approach taken by head coach Bobbie Kelsey. No longer do the Badgers run the motion offense — a staple under former coach Lisa Stone — but play a more uptempo brand of offense brought by Kelsey from her time at Stanford. One of the largest problems thus far for the Badgers’ offense has been limiting their turnovers. Averaging 19 (CHANGE) turnovers a game, the Badgers’ offense has struggled to find its groove. However, the Badgers have shown improvement as the season has progressed, as the team committed a season-low 12 turnovers against Saint Louis Monday.

back and haven’t lost since. On a 12-game unbeaten streak, the Bulldogs are looking hot, but the Badgers are confident that they can keep up with UMD. “If we just use our speed against their speed and outwork them. … If we successfully do that, stay between them and the net, play good defense and work harder than them we’ll have a good weekend,” Meuer said. But coming off a tough week with a lot of focus on details and with experience of facing top teams at home, the Badgers know what they need to focus on to be successful. “Looking back at those series we did the right things to get six out of eight points against topfive teams, so we need to keep doing the same thing that we’ve been doing against them,” Simonelli said. “We need to be aware of who’s on the ice when we’re out there and make sure we’re making

“We’re starting to feel a lot more comfortable in the offense,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “At the beginning you could tell people really didn’t fully understand where they were supposed to be going or where the ball was supposed to be at, at a particular moment. “In the beginning the turnovers were happening because we were new to the sets we were running. Now I’d say it’s getting to the time where we can’t make that excuse anymore, we’re starting to learn the offense and get it down. Now the turnovers are more because of pressure than not knowing the sets.” Kelsey, like Paige, believes that the offense will be a work in progress as the players continue to adapt to the new style and discover specific strengths and options each individual brings to the team’s new approach. “We’ve cut down on a lot of unnecessary dribbling,” Kelsey said. “The more the ball moves out of your hand, the greater the possibility of it getting stolen. The more they run things and play together, the more they figure out who can do what and give them the ball where they can get the open shot.

“That’s the key to any offense, getting open looks and knocking down the open looks. They just need to keep getting into the offense faster, move the ball and cut down on the dribbling. It helps your offense to flow better.” With the large turnover statistic, most of the opponents the Badgers have faced have brought the pressure. Until the Badgers bring down the turnover numbers or have a game where they effectively dominate defensive pressure, the offense will not only struggle, but also entice opposing teams to bring pressure throughout the game. “We’ve seen pressure from pretty much every team we’ve played because we had so many turnovers in the first games of the year,” junior guard Taylor Wurtz said. “People think Wisconsin can’t handle it but we’re getting better as the season goes on.” Another thorn in the Badgers’ side has been their defense. Wisconsin is currently allowing their opponents to shoot 43 percent (CHANGE) from the field, one of the highest percentages in the country. However, there is reason to believe the

Badgers will continually improve in this area. The Badgers held Saint Louis to 28 percent from the field earlier this week in one of the Wisconsin defense’s best performances of the year. Most of the looks the team has given up to opponents are very close to the basket, resulting from offensive rebounds and fast break points off of steals and turnovers. The correlation between high turnovers and the high opponent shooting percentages is evident. The two games where the Badgers have committed their highest turnover mark of the season have also been two of the games where the Badgers have given up the highest shooting percentage to their opponent. “A lot of the easy points our opponents have scored comes from second chance points and points off turnovers,” Paige said. “In our losses the percentages are high because the other team is getting a lot of short shots and layups. I feel like that percentage will go down when our mistakes will go down.” “It’s a matter of putting it all together,” Kelsey said. “We haven’t played our best game yet. We’ve seen flashes of it, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

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Forward Keegan Meuer (12) and the rest of the Badgers are welcoming another opportunity to host a top five-ranked team at the Kohl Center. the right plays.” With the chance to finally play another game again, Wisconsin is simply looking forward to another rivalry game against another No. 1.

“We’re not worried about it,” Meuer said. “We’re excited. We welcome it. We’re looking forward to this weekend. We know it’s going to be a tough test and we know

they’re a good team so it’s a nice measuring stick for us. And having that previous success at the Kohl Center just against good teams, we feel good about where we’re at.”

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The Badger Herald | Sports | Friday, December 9, 2011

UW to run with Rebels

SPORTS Badgers face another No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth to brave Madison after previous top-5 teams struggle

With 2-game losing streak in rear-view mirror, Wisconsin welcomes UNLV to Kohl Center Mike Fiammetta Sports Editor After snapping its two-game losing skid Wednesday night, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team faces one of the two nonconference teams that handed the Badgers a loss last year. Fresh off a 70-42 rout of in-state rival UW-Green Bay Wednesday night, Wisconsin (7-2) will host the Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels (9-1) Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Last year, UNLV rode a hot-shooting performance to a 68-65 win over UW out in Las Vegas. That game revealed the Rebels’ offensive prowess, as UNLV shot 49 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. “I think they’re playing better as a unit, overall,” UW assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “They seem to be playing as a more cohesive unit. … They were good last year and very potent offensively, and it’s the same thing this year.”

This season, thanks in large part to the addition of sophomore forward Mike Moser, UNLV averages 83.0 points per game, No. 12 in the nation. Moser, a 6-foot8, 195-pound transfer from California-Los Angeles, leads UNLV with 15.8 points per game and the nation with 12.5 rebounds per game. When the Rebels upset then-No. 1 North Carolina 90-80 Nov. 26 in the Las Vegas International championship game, Moser pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds and added 16 points and six assists. North Carolina’s next game came against, of all teams, Wisconsin. In a back-and-forth affair that saw eight lead changes, the Tar Heels eked out a 6057 win over the Badgers. Three days later, Wisconsin lost to another in-state rival, Marquette, 61-54 at the Kohl Center, snapping the Badgers’ 23-game home winning streak. “We played two quality opponents,” junior forward Mike Bruesewitz said. “Some stuff didn’t go our way, we didn’t take care

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Junior forward Mike Bruesewitz takes liftoff Wednesday night versus UW-Green Bay, in a game where he scored four points and nabbed a team-high eight rebounds. of some stuff defensively and offensively, we kind of left some points on the board. A couple more shots go down here or there, we do some stuff differently and a little bit smarter, all of a sudden we’re sitting there and we just beat two quality opponents. It’s a learning process.” UNLV’s win, however, catapulted the Rebels from unranked status to a team ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. But eight

days later, the Rebels were bounced from the top 25 in an upset loss at Wichita State. “They’re better, they’re a year older,” Bruesewitz said. “They didn’t lose anybody; they added [Moser], who’s averaging a double-double and is the leading rebounder in the country. So they’re not any different, they’re just better.” The Rebels are also led by senior guard/forward

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While the football team was off winning a Big Ten title, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team was celebrating a bye week with some intense endurance-focused practices. But with yet another No. 1 team coming to town this weekend, the Badgers (7-8-1, 4-7-1 WCHA) are hoping all their hard work will pay off quickly. “We worked hard; we worked on a lot of team stuff and individual stuff,” sophomore forward Keegan Meuer said. “We took the time to rest a little bit as well as work on our skills and work on a little bit of team stuff.” For the third time this season, Wisconsin plays host to a top-five team; this time, it is No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth (11-3-2, 9-2-1 WCHA). The Badgers have had a lot of success against top-five teams on their home ice. In mid-October, WCHA

rival North Dakota made its way to the Kohl Center with a lofty No. 5 ranking attached to its name. The Fighting Sioux made the long trip back home with nothing to show for their efforts against the unranked Badgers, as UW won 5-3 and 5-4 to pick up the series sweep. Two weeks later, Minnesota crossed over into Wisconsin territory ranked No. 1 nationally. Friday night, the Badgers rose to the occasion and outskated the Gophers to a 3-1 decision. The following night, as the football team brought Paul Bunyan’s Axe back to Madison for the eighth straight year, UW couldn’t keep up with the Golden Gophers in the third period and lost 4-1 to split the series. Now it’s UMD’s turn. “I think what those top teams do is they bring out our best,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “I know we’re looking forward to

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