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System to take $46.1M more in cuts Committee approves additional reduction after $250M of cuts in biennial budget Sean Kirkby State Politics Editor The University of Wisconsin System will face $46.1 million in budget cuts this year, after the state’s budget-writing committee approved the additional cutbacks Wednesday. Despite objections raised by Democratic lawmakers who claimed the blow will cause negative shockwaves for the state’s public universities, the Joint Finance Committee voted 11-4 to pass a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration calling for

be balanced. Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, said he agreed lapses were a tool for addressing difficult fiscal situations, but the budget passed last year had misplaced priorities that hurt one of Wisconsin’s most important economic engines. He said universities are not prepared to take on the lapses. “We’re doing real harm to the citizens, the students, the faculty and the communities that they serve,” Jauch said. “Rep. Vos talked about priorities. It is very apparent that while we’re celebrating over 100 years of the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin is no longer a priority for the Republican

$123.4 million in budget lapses to balance the state’s budget. Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, said it is never easy to decide who gets hit with the lapses, but the committee had a list of priorities to deal with so they would not cut funding for Medicaid or corrections programs. “Even Chancellor Ward in his own comments said ‘they can handle the lapse.’ That’s from Chancellor Ward,” Vos said. “If he says they can handle the lapse, I think they can. I think they’ll be able to do it in a way that doesn’t dramatically impact students.” Vos said the state needs to have lapses to balance the budget, and everyone, Democrat and Republican, agrees the budget needs to

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Co-Chair Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, said the University of Wisconsin System could sustain the cutbacks, which would otherwise have to go to other services.

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Residents would be required to write slip for repair, inspection Mike Kujak State Legislative Editor At a public hearing Wednesday, lawmakers and citizens debated new legislation which would make sweeping changes to current tenant-landlord laws. According to an analysis of the bill from the Legislative Reference Bureau, tenants of a building would be required to submit a written request to the landlord and give the landlord an adequate amount of time to address the issue before contacting a public official or building inspector. However, the analysis does not define what “adequate amount of time” means, and the definition of what an appropriate response time could be was a controversial issue at the hearing. “This bill tips the balance between tenants and landlords more even,” Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, said. “Most people are out there acting properly, and we’ve got so many strong laws it’s just hard to keep everything straight.” Lasee explained that

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President Barack Obama spoke at the Master Lock factory in Milwaukee, praising the company’s efforts to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Obama calls for creating jobs at home in Wis. talk Pam Selman News Editor In President Barack Obama’s first trip to Wisconsin following the pro-union protests that erupted last spring, he highlighted his belief in the importance of unionization and bringing jobs back to Wisconsin during a visit to a Milwaukee factory. Obama greeted employees at Master Lock’s factory Wednesday, delivering his address in front of production crates stamped with “Made in America.” The president said the company’s recent success is an example of high potential when

unions and companies proactively work together. “It makes more sense for Master Lock to bring jobs back home to Milwaukee. And today, for the first time in 15 years, this plant is at full capacity,” Obama said. “And that’s an example of what happens when unions and employers work together.” Obama said Master Lock serves as an example for the rest of the country because of its recent effort to insource production and maintain local jobs. He said the increase in outsourcing has made numerous jobs in Milwaukee obsolete. “So the result has been

a pretty painful process for a lot of families and a lot of you,” Obama said. “Too many factories where people thought they would retire suddenly left town; too many jobs … got shipped overseas. And the hard truth now is a lot of those jobs are not going to come back.” Still, Obama used his speech as motivation for American companies to fight back and place U.S. manufacturing on a competitive level by creating new jobs and restoring middle class prosperity. To create an incentive for American manufacturers to pony

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Walker requests petition review extension Governor asks for additional 2 weeks to verify signatures, would be 2nd adjustment Leopoldo Rocha Reporter Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has asked courts for another extension to review the petition signatures gathered against him as he faces a possible recall election. Earlier this year, United Wisconsin turned in over one million signatures to force a possible

council, highlighting the organizations’ efforts to adhere to budget processes and encouraging council members to recognize that with the approval of the budget. Council members also approved all of ASM’s internal budgets. Referring to the proceedings undergone with the Multicultural Student Coalition, Neibart further emphasized decisions are to be made with viewpoint neutrality in response to questions from council. “I cannot tell these organizations in good conscience that I’m going to vote down their budgets because a certain organization is not included in the budget,” Rep. Maria Giannopoulos said. All General Student Services Fund organizations’ individual budgets were approved in coordination with the passing of the general GSSF budget. Student Council also approved internal budgets for SSFC and Student Judiciary, with an increase in the salary for the judiciary’s outreach coordinator position. Budget decisions for the Student Activity Center Board were postponed until the next Student Council meeting. The ASM internal budget became a catalyst for heated debate. The Student Services Finance Committee defunded a membership to the United

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recall election. These signatures face review under the Government Accountability Board and Friends of Scott Walker, both of whom have already been granted one extension by the courts. Walker’s campaign filed a motion Monday to extend the deadline to review the signatures by two weeks. According to the

motion, the Dane County Ninth District Court already granted Walker a 20-day extension on Jan. 25, but campaign members said they still need more time to review them. “The time needed to search for duplicates, as well as to provide a sufficient factual basis for objections to more than 100,000 signatures, cannot

be met within the existing time limits,” the motion said. “Two identical names at the same address may well be a father-son or other relation. Further investigation is needed before an objection may be justified.” The campaign already has completed review for about 25 percent of the

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The University of Wisconsin’s student government approved a budget that would allow the General Student Services Fund and Campus Services Process to provide financial support for student groups, and also approved funding membership to a national student association should a referendum on the spring ballots show support for the measure. The Associated Students of Madison approved the Campus Services Process, which allows for Student Council and the Student Services Finance Committee to identify services that are most valuable to students and the campus and to provide a new funding stream that is not bound by viewpoint neutral guidelines. Aaron Spooner, a member of the Greater University Tutoring Service, told representatives during open forum that he believed the process is critically important to UW. According to Spooner, student organizations on campus would continue to undergo current budget and review processes, but representatives would be able to exercise the power to protect student organizations from failing due to simple violations of ASM bylaws. Student Services Finance Committee Chair Sarah Neibart also presented the General Student Services Fund budget to

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Correction In the Feb. 13 story “Dane County Airport to implement full-body scanners”, the article referred to the new devices as “x-ray scanners” due to an editing error. They are actually “full body scanners.” The online edition has been edited to reflect the change. We regret the error.

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Committee barred from 100 Block vote Leah Linscheid City Life Editor The Urban Design Commission was barred from discussing plans to renovate the 100 block of State Street at its meeting Wednesday night because of a city ordinance provision that had been previously overlooked. According to Urban Design Commission secretary Al Martin, a zoning ordinance prevented the committee from taking action on the renovation plans before Landmarks Commission could address them.

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determine if the proposed development negatively affects the historic character of the landmark, according to the zoning code. The zoning code states the Landmark Commission must make advisory recommendations to both the Plan and Urban Design Commissions, insinuating that Landmarks must discuss the development before the other committees. “Upon further review it was decided that Landmarks would have to discuss the plans first,” Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said. In the email exchange

with members of the commission, Ald. Marsha Rummel, District 6, expressed concern with the confusion over commission proceedings and order. “I have been very frustrated by events over the past few days,” Rummel said in the email. “I am troubled when decisions about the process for land use approvals are conducted informally. I am troubled when the public is discouraged from attending noticed meetings because the applicant has been persuaded to refer and will not be attending.”

The Madison Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation concerning a child abuse and neglect case involving a 15-year-old girl, according to a report. The report said a passerby found the girl walking outside Feb. 6 without shoes or socks. She was taken to a local hospital, where a doctor specializing in child abuse examined her. According to the report, she had suffered “serial child torture with prolonged exposure to definite starvation.” The girl weighed 70 pounds at the time of the examination, the report said. A forensic interview was conducted by Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, which provided probable cause for the

arrests of three suspects. “We record the interview and it is admissible in a court of law so that the child does not have to appear in court, which can be very traumatizing,” Safe Harbor Executive Director Javon Al Yasiri said. MPD obtained a search warrant for the home of the victim’s family, where potential evidence was seized. Interviewing and evidence gathering are continuing, the report said. Mayor Paul Soglin said in a statement the young woman is “now with caring professionals who will do their utmost to treat her with the kindness and compassion she has not experienced in her young life to date.” MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE


Seven laptop computers were stolen from Madison Area Technical College last week, according to a MPD report. MATC Director of Public Safety Jim Bottoni said the laptops were part of a lab where classes are held. The computers were secured with security devices, but the thief had cut the devices. “It’s not a frequent occurrence,” Bottoni said. “But realistically it’s going to happen, given the size of the building and the number of laptops.” Bottoni said the college has video footage and is working with the police to find the suspect. The computers were worth a total of $9,100, according to the report.


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A Madison Metro bus driver found an envelope on his bus with $1000 in it Feb. 7 and turned it over MPD, according to a police report. A man called the next day saying he had lost the money, and the money was ultimately returned to its owner. “The person who called was able to describe it in full,” MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. “I’ve seen several occasions where people find large amounts of money, and we try to determine whose money it is and if it’s not drug money.” The report said the department checked with members of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force to ensure the owner of


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A Madison man was arrested for burglary and criminal damage to property Feb. 11, a report said. David C. Odden, 27, allegedly broke into Alan Koa Salon and Spa and caused $2,000 in damages. “The salon had been rummaged through and products had been dumped out, and it was a general mess,” DeSpain said. Odden left a wallet with identification cards in the salon, and the salon had surveillance video to aid police, the report said. Odden admitted to being out that night and said he was intoxicated during the incident.

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Rummel said in an earlier interview with The Badger Herald that Landmarks Commission hoped the Urban Design Committee would be able to suggest revisions, making the plans more attractive to Landmarks. According to Rummel, Landmarks would potentially deny demolition of two historical buildings outlined in the renovation plans without significant revisions and thus prevent the plans from continuing. The renovation plans will next be discussed by the Landmarks Commission at its next meeting Feb. 27.


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The Landmarks Commission voted at its Monday evening meeting to refer its discussion on the State Street renovation plans to its next meeting to allow Urban Design Commission to make revision suggestions. According to an email from Madison Planning Division Director Brad Murphy to members of the Urban Design Commission, a provision of a Madison zoning code requires the Landmarks Commission to review any development on property adjacent to a landmark. The committee also must

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Students debated an item of the ASM internal budget for a United States Student Association membership for more than one hour. It was previously cut in committee.

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representative saying ‘I represent students across the country,’” ASM Chair Allie Gardner said. Gardner motioned to overturn SSFC’s decision and fund the organization membership of $10,000. In approval of this amendment, a clause was also added to bring the decision of USSA

membership to a referendum in this year’s spring ASM elections. The motion passed by a vote of 14-6 to fund the membership, pending the vote from students. A meeting will be held to discuss the referendum with all related decisions made by Feb. 24.

Party. Instead of the Wisconsin Idea, it’s becoming a Walker nightmare.” He said the budget cuts may mean students will need more time to graduate since it will result in universities cutting classes and laying off faculty. He said if the Republican Party was treating the UW System as a priority it would have taken a better and more balanced way to impose cuts based on shared responsibility and sacrifice. Jauch said citizens have a right to question why the Legislature is cutting $46 million from the universities at the same time that the legislature provided $47 million in tax breaks for 1.3 percent of the population. He called this an example of misplaced priorities. Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, said the Legislature knew the lapses were coming and no lawmaker wants to cut programs. However, she said they must follow their priorities and keep higher educational

financial aid, technical college aid, certain correctional programs and welfare programs for children and families from getting cut. “These were the high priorities we took into consideration,” Strachota said. “I think the UW System is valued by all of us and … this is not something that any of us wanted to do, but it’s just a matter of having to do it.” UW Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell said in an interview with The Badger Herald that addressing the budget lapses is still a work in progress. He said UW has pushed budget cuts to the college level, leaving individual colleges to make decisions on where to cut. However, he said the Madison campus is trying to minimize cuts that could affect academic programs. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a UW professor of educational policy studies and sociology, said in an email to The Badger Herald that students would be most affected by budget cuts if morale on campuses drops and faculty and staff turnover increases. She said to prevent this the administration needs to provide non-monetary compensation to faculty and staff and give them more authority and autonomy. She said she believes the administration also needs to be transparent when allocating its remaining scarce resources. “The goal should be for the campus to emerge from this dark period stronger and more united, and prepared to elect leaders that recognize the importance of public higher education,” GoldrickRab said. “Current students may not feel a part of that longer-term plan, but they should. Such efforts are critical for their futures.”

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Fitzgerald refers mining bill to finance committee Legislation moves to JFC, vote could happen before end of current session Sean Kirkby State Politics Editor Following a contentious battle in the Assembly, a bill streamlining mining permit laws could come up for a vote in the Senate sooner than expected after a Republican senator disbanded a committee he created to revise permit laws. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in a statement he dissolved the Senate Select Committee on Mining Jobs, which he said had spent five months looking into mining issues, and referred an Assembly mining bill to the Joint Finance Committee to ensure the Senate will vote on the measure before it goes out of session next month. The bill, which passed the Assembly on a party line vote, would streamline the permitting and

WALKER, from 1 petitions with the help of over 3,000 volunteers. According to the motion, the error rate for these signatures, not counting duplicates, has been about 10 to 20 percent. The campaign must find about 50 percent of the signatures to be fraudulent or duplicated to prevent the election from occurring. Erik Kirkstein, spokesperson for United

SENATE, from 1 if a tenant had a broken washer or leaky faucet, this bill would ensure the tenant contacted his landlord first before going to someone else, which would save the city and other parties time as well as unnecessary conflict. He also said notifying landlords in writing makes the problem more apparent and introduces more accountability into the system. “If you haven’t fixed the leaky toilet in three months, then they can go forward and contact the elected official, but not before,” Lasee said. Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said the bill benefits landlords over renters. He said the bill is attempting to stop people from contacting their local representatives or alders. Larson added the bill could hurt tenants because it may provide an incentive for landlords to bury legal provisions in the leases of the tenants. Colin Gillis, a member of the Wisconsin Alliance for Tenants Rights, expressed concern with the provision requiring tenants to write

OBAMA, from 1 up the difference in cost between production in the U.S. and elsewhere, Obama said he is working to ensure community colleges and universities provide Americans the necessary training prior to being hired by a company. He said this would take the burden off the companies to have to provide additional resources to hire American workers. Obama said factories should want to bet on the country with the “best colleges and universities” to train workers with needed skills. “Our job as a nation is to do everything we can to make the decision to insource more attractive for more companies – that’s our top priority,” he said. “We have to seize this moment of opportunity; we have an opportunity to create new American jobs and put American manufacturing back where it needs to be.” While Obama said he chose to stop off at Master Lock because he wanted to applaud the company

public hearing process for proposed mining projects. Opponents say it would be damaging to the environment. “Over the past five months, the Select Committee on Mining has taken a closer look at a wide range of issues surrounding a potential mine in Northern Wisconsin, and they have heard from a wide range of voices,” Fitzgerald said in the statement. “But we can’t allow the clock to run out on a project that could mean a generation of goodpaying jobs and revitalize an entire local economy.” Andrew Welhouse, spokesperson for Fitzgerald, said the Senate faces a very limited timeline, and that lawmakers are trying to get the bill passed by the end of the session. The bill would allow for the construction of a mine in Northern Wisconsin that would, according to Welhouse, bring $1.5 billion into the state economy and create thousands of multigenerational jobs. “We are very hopeful that it will pass the Senate,”

Welhouse said. Welhouse said the bill would receive a public hearing and pass through JFC before it could go to the Senate for a vote. Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, whose district is where the proposed mine would be built, said in a statement he was disgusted with Fitzgerald’s decision. Jauch said he has been working toward responsible legislation, which would mean creating a bill that would not weaken environmental standards. “Senator Fitzgerald’s decision to abruptly disband this committee is a clear sign that he was afraid that this group of legislators would put together a reasonable alternative to the irresponsible bill put forward by his brother,” Jauch said. “His action is nothing short of a declaration of war on responsible government.” Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, said Fitzgerald formed the Senate Select Committee on Mining Jobs for the purpose of working on the Senate version of the mining bill. He accused Fitzgerald of caving into

Wisconsin, said the extension the Walker campaign is seeking is unnecessary. “The amount of signatures is well beyond any reasonable challenge,” Kirkstein said. “[This motion] is Scott Walker playing politics in an attempt to create confusion.” However, in an email to The Badger Herald, Friends of Scott Walker spokesperson Ciara Matthews said the motion

for an extension would ensure the integrity of the recall process. Matthews added the Walker campaign’s motion would not cause an impact or delay on the date the election would be held, as the deadline requested is before the board’s deadline. “This request is in the interest of securing equal representation for all voters and, if granted, will not delay a recall election,” Matthews said.

a notice before contacting an outside party. “Say, for example, a heating issue is brought forward, and it’s quite cold,” Gillis said. “How much longer does one have to wait before one can contact the building inspector? It’s an ethical question. Giving the landlord ‘adequate time,’ ... that term becomes very vague and could create a significant amount of disagreement.” Gillis added the bill could create a legal gray area over whether a neighbor would be held accountable for noticing a problem in a nearby building, which he said is often the case. When Larson asked Gillis what an appropriate definition of “adequate time” would be, Gillis responded there could be no solid definition because every situation will be different. Gillis said this would be the major problem in enacting the legislation. Nancy Jensen, executive director of the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, said she supported the bill because it modernizes and

standardizes state law. Jensen also expressed support for the adoption of a provision to the law which would allow tenants to bypass the written notification and go directly to a local official or building inspector in an emergency. According to its analysis, the bill would also take away several other current rights held by tenants, including the right not to be evicted during the Christmas holiday and the right to receive additional awards from landlords when a tenant successfully sues over failure to return a security deposit or disclose repair issues.

for aligning its goals with his, Brad Courtney, Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman, said the trip was only a reelection campaign stop with little real purpose. “President Obama brought his roadshow to Milwaukee today, in what was ultimately nothing more than a taxpayerfunded campaign stop in quest for re-election,” Courtney said in a statement. “Sadly, the President’s remarks were simply more of the same empty promises we’ve come to expect from the campaigner-in-chief.” Walker, who greeted Obama at the Air Force One landing, did not accompany the president to Master Lock, citing a stomach illness. During the president’s arrival, Walker presented Obama with a personal Milwaukee Brewers jersey with “Obama 1” on the back. Walker said in a statement he has worked closely with other companies in the state to bring back jobs to Wisconsin.

special mining interests. Risser said Senate legislators, both Democrats and Republicans, had worked hard to improve the Assembly version of the bill. He said Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, the committee’s chair, already had introduced a Senate version of

the bill last Tuesday. Kedzie said in a statement Fitzgerald’s decision reflects the attitude of the Senate Republican caucus, and he supports the decision to pass the Assembly bill and a Senate companion bill through the JFC.

Risser said he doubts all the Republicans would vote for the bill and hopes at least some Republican senators would vote against the measure. “The whole thing smells; the whole process smells,” Risser said. “It doesn’t pass the smell test to me.”


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Herald Editorial Lazy legislators lob lousy landlord law Tenants in Wisconsin have been up against the ropes since late December when the state passed a law eliminating the ability of municipalities to enforce nuanced regulations reflecting their unique landlord-tenant dynamics. In imposing homogeneity with respect to rental laws, legislators have ensured that no one in Wisconsin will receive adequate support from local ordinances. In a wonderful little twist, some of those same legislators are now proving

their opposition correct by attempting to ram through overly-broad legislation unfit for the state as a whole. The bill would allow landlords to evict tenants for instances of criminal activity on the property by any member of the household, invited guests or associates of the tenant. Current law reserves such a measure for drug- or gang-related activity, particularly that affecting poorer sections of Milwaukee. The new bill, however, defines criminal activity as any violation

of law or ordinance punishable by imprisonment or fine. Landlords merely need to prove an allegation of criminal activity; the crime need not have actually occurred. This allegation easily could be found through another facet of the bill requiring law enforcement agencies to notify landlords of any ongoing investigation into an alleged nuisance on the property. So from murder to underage drinking to arson, tenants could conceivably be evicted from their homes provided

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the landlord notifies the renter at least five days prior. Never mind the fact that tenants are not given the ability to remedy the alleged problem. Nowhere near narrowly-tailored enough to truly address the criminal activity the original law sought to combat, this law gives landlords undue power over tenants in an already unbalanced rental atmosphere. The ability to so easily evict presents a threat to any tenant who, purposely or otherwise, gets on his landlord’s nerves.

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Pan hot-headed, partisan, politically questionable Reginald Young Opinion Content Editor Leland Pan’s Facebook candidacy page states you should “empower the student voice and elect [him] for Dane County Board District 5 to ensure our campus is represented by a true progressive.” It also says he has focused on “labor rights, environmental protections and higher education affordability.” What it doesn’t describe, however, is whether his approach to politics is feasible in the long run.

As The Badger Herald reported Tuesday, “Interim Chancellor David Ward announced the University of Wisconsin will enter into a period of mediation with [Adidas]” after a situation involving an Adidas factory in Indonesia that left workers without severance pay. Pan posted a status on his personal Facebook following the news on his Facebook that read “Fuck you, Chancellor Ward. No seriously, go fuck yourself. We kicked you out before and we can do it again.” Although Pan later deleted the post, it seems he gets his political rhetoric from one of his Facebook candidacy page’s favorite listed movies, “Pulp Fiction,” rather than acceptable political standards.

desires to be a public figure, What confuses me is that he will become just that: Pan claims to be pro-labor. public. Anyone If UW simply running for any cut Adidas’ office ought to contract, the “Fuck you, realize they need workers would to watch their get nothing. By Chancellor words every staying in the Ward. No minute of every contract, and seriously, go day. going through If President mediation, as fuck yourself. Barack Obama required by the We kicked you verbally flipped contract, those presidential workers can get out before and candidate Mitt some redress. we can do it Romney double In fact, Ward again.” birds behind specifically closed doors it said he was -Leland Pan would stick with “committed District 5 Candidate him for the rest to seeing of his political redress for the career. Pan’s Facebook wall impacted workers.” is also available for nonWhen emailed and friends to view, so the status questioned on the post, he can’t really be considered told me his “Facebook is “private.” private and none of your Pan’s post speaks to what business.” But if someone

Sexual assault skepticism disturbing Ryan Rainey Managing Editor In 2009, 364 people were the victims of a robbery within Madison’s city limits, and 28 were forcibly raped. For a city of about 230,000, those numbers do not amount to a very high crime rate. The idea of Madison as a crime-free haven, of course, is misguided. Unfortunate things happen downtown on a weekly basis. But rarely do the reactions to reports of crimes indict the victims instead of the suspects who allegedly committed the crime. A recent on-campus incident and the controversy surrounding it have exposed a disturbingly ignorant faction of the University of Wisconsin student body. The conversation we should be having about the sexual assault committed in Witte Hall last semester and the months-long rash of muggings downtown, along with recent allegations of sexual assault against former Assistant Athletic Director John Chadima, should be the first opportunity for a serious conversation about these issues we’ve had since the reports of a rape at the Sigma Chi fraternity in 2009. They should be catalysts for UW students to find common cause to diminish all varieties of crime in the campus area. Instead of learning from these incidents, however, some students have begun a

push against the truth. The angry reactions to reports of the arrests in connection with the Witte Hall assault show one of the worst sides of the entire student body, despite a significant effort to counter the vitriol. This has been been most evident in the comments section from The Badger Herald’s Feb. 8 story about the arrest of three UW students in connection with the Witte Hall sexual assault. Although comment sections often are maligned for being supersaturated with trolls, they appear below widelyread stories and often provide insight into what readers are thinking — or not thinking — about a story. One notably incoherent commenter on the Witte Hall story who appears to be a UW student summed up the general theme of some of the most reprehensible reactions to the news. “This is very annoying because I know these boys and they wouldn’t hurt a fly what is ‘second degree sexual assault’ really…both sides of the story need to be looked at…look at the word ‘allegedly’ not saying I don’t feel bad for the girl, but she also didn’t go to UW…what was she doing in witte anyways if she doesn’t go here…” UW students are, at least theoretically, better than this. This reaction’s reasoning assumes that Witte Hall is the location of uncountable sexual assaults, that the victim should have known better than to enter such a dangerous building, and that the Herald acted irresponsibly for ever publishing that the three men were arrested for the assault. All three assumptions are inaccurate.

Just like any other suspect in a sexual assault, the arrested students, Brian Allen, Prentice Williams and Bruce Beckley, cannot avoid the media attention that inevitably follows a significant on-campus crime. The press has a responsibility to cover their arrests, especially considering the crime’s serious nature and the attention the police evidently have granted to the case. Their side of the story will come out in court, just like every other criminal case, and the press also has a responsibility to cover those proceedings. Does all of this sound familiar? It should. These are basic lessons of the judicial process that even middle school students learn. Readers already should know that Allen, Williams and Beckley currently are assumed not to have committed the assault — the press simply report that they were arrested. There’s no such thing as an “alleged arrest.” The arrest happened. They have been charged with a crime. Those are facts. Due process will help ensure they either are found guilty or not guilty of the assault. Even worse, reacting to the arrests of UW students by attacking the victim of the assault, who certainly feels a sharper pain than whoever assaulted her, only further endangers the climate for reporting assaults or more serious crimes that happen among students. Just look at Sunday’s Lake Street mugging for proof of what a positive climate for reporting assaults can help investigators accomplish. I still have not seen anyone

remark that they believe the victim of the mugging faked the injuries they sustained during a beating, nor have I heard any similar claims related to last month’s mugging on Broom Street that left the victim in the hospital with facial injuries. After more than two years in Madison, I’ve noticed an immediate sympathy for the victims of robberies and a parallel immediate skepticism of the victims of a sexual assault. If police had arrested the three students for a mugging instead of a sexual assault, I doubt the backlash would have been as strong. This problem isn’t confined to Madison — at least our reaction to the Chadima scandal has indicated a more reasoned approach to sexual assault controversy than that of our friends at Penn State. Are we really that different from the Penn State students who rioted when Joe Paterno was fired, though? Diminishing the character of a crime’s victim only will make the resolution of downtown’s crime problems more difficult. The unfolding of the Chadima and Witte Hall cases have been difficult to witness for the last few weeks. If Chadima and the three accused students face graver consequences for the crimes they are accused of committing, I worry about the morale of the UW community after what already has been a difficult year; the current climate for victims of these crimes weakens morale and unity severely.

has derailed our country recently: hot-headed politics and partisanship. It reminded me of South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson who impulsively shouted “you lie!” during a speech Obama gave in 2009. Impulsive politics make your party look bad; they reinforce the notion that your side doesn’t know what it’s talking about and is disrespectful. The second detrimental dogma Pan’s status shows is partisanship. By claiming that he’ll work to get Chancellor Ward kicked out of Madison, Pan showed he is one-sided and unwilling to reach a compromise. That’s not how politics work; good politicians don’t simply push down opponents, they work with them. Perhaps the lack of conservative thought in

Madison has convinced Pan he doesn’t need to work with those who disagree, but that kind of thought will subject one to a recall election. Pan’s recent post shows a tendency toward hotheadedness and partisanship. While you might claim it’s a one-time occurrence, a Facebook status of his from last fall during the protests may make you reconsider: “Dear rich people and conservatives – you are literally killing people and the best thing you can do is to suck a tailpipe, hang yourselves, or borrow a gun from an NRA buddy. Seriously. No joking. You deserve to die.” Reginald Young (ryoung@ is a junior majoring in legal studies and Scandinavian studies.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BITCHY A roundup of some of the more thought-provoking (or thoughtless) comments left on In response to the Feb. 14 column:

Memes show racism, bigotry Guest

epic meme is epic, author of article=epic troll at Badger Herald??? In response to the Feb. 14 news story:

UW researchers seek ʻGod Particleʼ Jerry Lupo

The world is INSIDE YOUR HEAD dude.!!! ....But in reality, DO NOT EXISTS In response to the Feb. 14 column:

The Badger Herald: 365 Days of Discord Guest

First they came for the women’s studies TA’s and, well, no one gave a damn. In response to the Feb. 14 news story:

Protesters Commemorate year of ʻsolidarityʼ Shadrach Smith

Mob rule is a bad thing. The only reason to participate in mobs is to meet easy chicks. Bring protection.

Ryan Rainey (rrainey@ is a junior majoring in journalism and Latin American studies.

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The Badger Herald | Arts | Thursday, February 16, 2012

‘Shame’ masterful cinematic triumph Despite unforgiving, explicit material, new film emotional, stunning tour de force Tim Hadick ArtsEtc. Writer

Photo courtesy of Nisha Pai

Held in the eponymous attic of a UW student’s apartment, exchanging tomes with like-minded revelers is, for some, a welcome change from the typical weekend routine.

Words, wine at monthly event Free music, tight quarters highlight Book Swap, based on Parisian parties Sam Berg ArtsEtc. Reporter While walking down West Johnson Street on a Thursday evening, you’d expect to find a couple early revelers, some buses and maybe a few pregame parties. But every month, something special takes place there, and people are starting to pay attention. An innocuous loft resides on the corner of Bassett and Johnson that hosts one of Madison’s most up-and-coming social event: The Book Swap. The venue — aptly dubbed “The Attic” — provides a different sort of party on the third Thursday of every month. Instead of the routine bangers so common on campus, The Book Swap offers an interesting new way to interact with people. “I wanted to start another kind of theme party,” Book Swap founder Nisha Pai said. “You come with a book, any kind, any number, and trade yours for someone else’s.” Pai started Madison’s Book Swap this year after going to a similar party in Paris. “Madison has a lot of classy events,” Pai said. “But there wasn’t anything that was oriented toward younger people.” The original book clubs took place at exclusive venues that rarely let in people who couldn’t afford a Hugo Boss suit. The Madison version keeps its classy roots (members are encouraged to dress up) but maintains a homey, grass-roots atmosphere that welcomes any guests. “I want people to expect to meet new people and get a good book out of it,” Pai said. “Some people come and they just want to party, which is OK. But there are also a lot of interesting conversations that start when people bring up their books and try to tell others why they should read it.” Book Swaps occur in “The Attic,” the appropriate title Pai has given to the top level of her college apartment. The space is big enough to fit maybe four sedans side to side. The tight space merely adds to the feeling of community that permeates the events. Adding further to the ambiance at swaps are Christmas lights, disco balls and a live jazz band. “We usually get around 30 or 40 people up there,” Pai said. Many of the conversations start with people seeing books they like and trying to make the case that their book is

worth the other. Someone who brings, say, an old copy of Cosmo, will have to practice expert seduction to get that copy of “American Psycho” he has always wanted. It is all about trust and seduction. Guests at The Book Swap have brought works ranging from thick tomes on etiquette to pop-up books to standard literary classics. “Someone traded me ‘Lolita’ at one,” Pai said, “and an Icelandic book

Someone who brings, say, an old copy of Cosmo, will have to practice expert seduction to get that copy of “American Psycho” he has always wanted. called ‘The Pets.’” People often bring wine to share at the events in order to help loosen the inhibitions that often prevent quality intellectual discourse. Often, there will be a couple boxes of wine at The Attic in addition to an array of bottles donated by guests for the attendants’ imbibing pleasure. The hardest donation for Book Swap to get was free entertainment. “I knew I needed a live band for [The Book Swap] to truly be classy,” Pai said, “but everyone wanted lots of money.” “It was hard getting a live band to come at first. I posted fliers asking for a three- or four-piece jazz band, but I never got any response. I wanted them to play just for the experience,” Pai said of her struggle. “I ended up posting in Reddit’s Madison board pleading for someone to help out. In a week or two I got an email from a local band called Studio B,” Pai said. Studio B turned out to be a smashing success and is now the resident band at The Attic’s events. The Book Swap has gone from a foreign enterprise to Madison’s newest cultural hot spot. Its future holds plenty more parties where guests can trade books and drink wine in the classy locale they have all been waiting for. The next installment of The Attic’s Book Swap series is next Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 221 N. Basset Street. Hosts encourage guests to dress nicely and bring a book to trade. Studio B performs at The Dragon Fly Lounge March 3.

British movie maker Steve McQueen had to make a choice. In order to have his latest film, “Shame,” taken seriously for awards this season, he would have had to cut many sexually explicit scenes just to appease sensitive viewers. However, removing so many plotessential moments would have severely compromised the flow and message of the film. Not taking any chances, McQueen (“Hunger”) left it untouched, and “Shame” was released with an NC-17 rating in the U.S. If he had cut even one scene, “Shame” would not have been the breathtaking work of art it is. New York City business man Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: First Class”) is a sex addict. All he can think about is sex. He constantly craves emotionless, crude, impassionate sex and routinely quenches that thirst. Brandon will often meet women at bars and charm them into his bed. On days when his game is off, he simply pays prostitutes to satisfy his hunger. He watches porn at work and even while

he’s eating dinner alone at home. Brandon’s entire life is consumed by sex, but he is at least able to maintain a facade of being a well-off bachelor in the city. Brandon’s well-groomed lifestyle is interrupted when his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan, “Drive”), drops by to stay indefinitely at his apartment. Despite her incredible voice and potential as a singer, she struggles with finding a connection, living a love-struck life of bouncing from one partner to the next while never having her feelings reciprocated. Brandon and Sissy constantly are competing to prove the other’s life is more fucked up, yet neither can get away from their equally devastating afflictions. Though some may look on Brandon’s high-powered, women-filled life with envy, he truly wants to break free from the vicious cycle and have a normal relationship. Despite using his sister’s visit as a push to begin changing himself, the draw of addiction beckons Brandon back time and again. Brandon’s urges are so unclean that he often stares at his own sister with a predatory gaze. For his and

Sissy’s sake, Brandon must the camera often focuses on choose between combatting them for minutes at a time his addiction or continuing to without moving. When the powerful soundtrack isn’t spiral out of control. “Shame” is not for the gently dissecting Brandon’s faint of heart. It never holds thoughts or roaring along with back, going so far as to show his inner demons, it gives way Brandon’s exposed genitals as to a deafening silence that he walks around his apartment speaks at the same volume as and even while he urinates. the film’s sensitive dialogue. “Shame” plays with the Yet every carnal moment has its purpose, and none of obvious and subtle and never the risqué scenes is meant to tries to take its audience for sexually arouse the audience. granted. Meticulous attention One sex scene in particular to detail was key to creating is almost too much to bear, the film, and the outcome is an as video, audio and emotion amazing work of commentary become one and climax at an on life, love and lust. Unforgiving and raw, orgasm of cinematic artistry. The film follows suit — with defining the line between actors bearing all elements of sensual and sexual, “Shame” character while still keeping paints the struggle of sex with brilliant sensitive themes and the addiction underlying message showing cinematography and gripping through just enough to leave performances. It’s no surprise the rest to the audience’s that because of its bold portrayal of a controversial imagination. An overwhelming subject and brazen depiction performance of “New York, of human sexuality, “Shame” New York,” by Sissy brings wasn’t taken more seriously even Brandon to tears and this awards season. But in my sets the film’s overall tone, opinion, “Shame” is the best giving a glimpse at the quality film of 2011 and should not be of production “Shame” missed. holds. Every frame, every shot, every facial expression overflows with emotion and meaning. Many scenes are SHAME literal portraits of characters; Steve McQueen

Bars offer fulfillment of karaoke dreams crooning happened just last weekend. (Disclaimer: In no way do I condone binge or underage drinking. Everything in moderation, etc.)

Katie Foran-McHale A Drop in the Bucket Columnist When the night gets to be not-so-young, karaoke can seem like a good idea. In a somewhat out-of-character move, my first Madison karaoke experience was at Karaoke Kid with a large group of friends last fall. In any other context you would not find me belting R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” but since I did not choose the song and shared the stage with several of my cohorts, I begrudgingly participated. But my now-favorite experience with Madison’s bar scene and late-night

UW BUCKET LIST ITEM #4: IMPROMPTU KARAOKE I was out Saturday night for my friend Colleen’s 22nd birthday. We tried to keep things classy and hit the Great Dane, the Old Fashioned and Icon. But she had one request: to, at the end of the night’s shenanigans, go to Karaoke Kid and sing Queen. Preferably the undeniably joyful “Don’t Stop Me Now,” since that’s what we often end up singing at her place after a night out anyway. After the first few bars I also promised to serenade her with an Amy Winehouse song. A bit after midnight, we

got to Karaoke Kid, fully expecting to waltz in and make fools of ourselves. But, unfortunately, a bunch of over 21-somethings had the same idea, and the place was filled to capacity. Since the evening was one of a handful this winter that was especially chilly, the birthday girl decided we should instead go to Wando’s. It could have been a typical night at Wando’s — women clad in short skirts and heels, college bros watching them, a pounding bass from quality artists like Ke$ha resonating in our heartbeats — but it wasn’t. As the music got louder and it became clear that we couldn’t hear ourselves think, I had an idea: tune out the trashy chorus as much as we could and make our own little a cappella bubble. Unsure whether Colleen had heard my suggestion,

I sang to her at the top of my lungs, “TONIGHT, I’M GONNA HAVE MYSELF … A REAL GOOD TIME.” She immediately joined in and we wholeheartedly belted out the entire song. Apparently our melody was loud enough that it soon caught the attention of two gentlemen nearby. They tried to comment about the song, perhaps even compliment us. But we gave them one look and responded with, “DON’T STOP ME NOW, I’M HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME; I’M HAVIN’ A BALL.” Pre-Valentine’s Day defense for the win. So when actual karaoke venues are too crowded, make your own music. And ignore the bros in the corner. What’s on your UW bucket list? Send your stories and ideas to Katie at kforanmchale@

Squeaky delicacies special Wis. tradition

Holly Hartung Dairyland Down-low Columnist At a young age, I learned that the cheese curd is perhaps Wisconsin’s finest delicacy. With this knowledge comes power. With power comes the duty to educate my loyal readers about the wonders and uniqueness of cheese curds. I attribute this cheese wisdom to my great Aunt Ellen from Montana, who might be the greatest cheese fiend west of the Mississippi. Aunt Ellen would demand to be driven to the nearest cheese store upon landing in Wisconsin. This tiny woman would purchase her weight in cheese and place her golden treasures into several coolers to bring back to the folks in the mountains. Cheese curds were her top priority. At first, this behavior confused me. As a kid who literally cried when a restaurant forgot to put the cheese on my cheeseburger, I too was well acquainted with the awesomeness of cheese. What I did not comprehend was why Aunt Ellen did not just buy cheese from the roadside cheese stand or cheese store attached to a cheese factory. If I had enough plutonium to get the flux

capacitor up and running again in my DeLorean, I would go back in time and first tell young Holly to stop crying about that damn cheeseburger. Then, I would kindly explain to her that not every kid went to a cheese factory for a school field trip, nor have many of them even heard of a cheese curd. Only in Wisconsin, young Holly. Only in Wisconsin. If I had to describe the essence of a cheese curd to someone, I would say they are the rawest, purest form of cheese you can get, man. If they squeak when you bite into them, you know they’re fresh. They do not have a super strong cheesy flavor, but they are salty and delicious and not at all nutritious. Speaking of which, they also come in the deep fried variety, which adds another layer of tastiness while also ensuring maximum artery clogging. For this reason, I suggest indulging in moderation. If you don’t, your stomach will be very, very angry at you. As for places to try cheese curds — there are so many options! This includes, but is not limited to, grocery stores, roadside cheese stands and specialty cheese shops for the fresh variety, bars that serve food and restaurants like Culver’s for the deep fried kind. However, my favorite place for cheese curds is and always will be Tom’s — a local fast food chain of the Fox Valley that originated in my hometown of Menasha. If you’re ever in the Appleton area, I suggest

you eat their curds, for they are the finest in the land. Like a sharp cheddar, my love for cheese curds has only matured with age. I can only hope this column will help spread the love.

Holly Hartung (hhartung2@ is a senior majoring in journalism and communication arts. If ya have ideas for future Dairyland Down-Low columns about Wiscaaansin culture, send ‘em her way.


Be the Change You Want to See in the Club Noah J. Yuenkel


The Badger Herald | Comics | Thursday, February 16, 2011












NONSENSE? Complete the grid so that every row, column and 4x4 box contains 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E and F. What? You still don’t get it? It’s not calculus or anything. Honestly, if you don’t know how to do a sudoku by now, you’ve probably got more issues than this newspaper.


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The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, February 16, 2012


Ammerman’s 200th point marks career of consistency Senior becomes 4th player in school history to reach milestone Caroline Sage Women’s Hockey Writer The Wisconsin women’s hockey team has more to be proud of than just earning a share of the title WCHA league champions this past weekend. Senior forward and assistant captain Brooke Ammerman earned her 200th career point in game two of this past series at St. Cloud State, making her just the fourth player in the program’s history to achieve this milestone. “Getting that milestone says a lot about the kind of player [Ammerman] has been,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was a big goal for her, but the big thing is she has been consistent each year and this being her best year of the four.” Going into game two in St. Cloud, Ammerman knew she was just one point away from the achievement. At 9:49 in the second period, she put the puck in the net on a power play and reached that 200-point mark. While that 200th point will be one that’s remembered, the consistency needed to reach that point is perhaps a feat in itself. Aside from Ammerman, Hilary Knight and former Badgers Meghan Duggan and Sara Bauer are the only other Wisconsin

BRESLIN, from 10 attention likely to be drawn by Taylor and his efforts on both sides of the ball, Wisconsin’s fate most likely rests within the roles Evans, Bruesewitz and forward/center Jared Berggren’s play in stifling Green and Michigan State’s frontcourt attack. Aside from their

KORGER, from 10 the new additions to the Big 12 with TCU and West Virginia, the Big 12 can now claim its rights to five teams in the top 25, surely a strong draw to sell more tickets than ever before for the newcomer schools. With the addition of former Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh and one of the stronger Big East football programs in Syracuse, the ACC must be more than happy to add two more football schools to its roster. When it came to overall men’s basketball revenue per school, the Big East finished beneath other conferences as well. The Big Ten, ACC and SEC all make more revenue per school than the Big East does, perhaps explaining why traditional basketball powerhouses Syracuse and Pitt left for the ACC. Obviously the conference made the most money from basketball because it’s currently a 16-team conference, but when it

HOME, from 10 being the only unranked opponent in that stretch. Covington, however, isn’t buying Wisconsin’s tough schedule as an excuse. “Our schedule is tough, but we just look at it one game at a time. Every opponent is worth preparing for and worth bringing our all, so that’s what we’re focused on against Michigan State.” Thursday night’s game will also feature Play 4Kay, a breast cancer awareness program supported by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The idea is to spread the awareness of breast cancer in women’s basketball, campuses and communities. The game will also help support the

scoring leader, places great value on the ability of her linemate to find her on the ice. The chemistry between the duo on the ice is undeniable, stemming from the fact that both knew one another before coming to play at Wisconsin. With their chemistry first developing during their time together in national hockey programs, the pair believes their friendship off the ice is what makes the two connect on it. “We are able to joke around and have fun out there,” Decker said. “I think that is what makes

our chemistry on the ice and is why we are able to find each other.” In her four years as a Badger, Ammerman has made an impressionable mark on the program, improving her game with each new season. As a freshman, Ammerman was named WCHA Rookie of the Week three times and placed second in goals with 27 on her way to her first national championship as a Badger. While several teammates and Johnson were away from Wisconsin to participate in the U.S. Olympic team during her sophomore year, Ammerman stayed at Wisconsin and led the team in both points and goals. The next year, Ammerman scored the game-winning goal in the national championship game against Boston University and ranked fourth on the team with 46 points. Ammerman’s ability to play each game with the same intensity has helped the team remain the No. 1-ranked team going into its final regular season series. Another win for the Badgers will give them sole ownership of the WCHA title. Ammerman’s name tends to be overshadowed by some of her other successful teammates, including Decker and Knight. However, Johnson sees her senior season as an indication that she should be right there with them in the spotlight. “If you look at her numbers this year, that

rebounding prowess, the Spartans are second behind Wisconsin in both scoring defense (allowing just 57.1 points per game) and opposing field goal percentage (37.4 percent). “I think they pride themselves on that,” Taylor said of Michigan State’s frontcourt. “They take a lot of pride in doing that, being a

tough team, I guess. Then, it doesn’t hurt having the [behemoths] that they have inside with [Adreian] Payne, [Derrick] Nix — and Draymond is the smallest guy on the front line. That definitely doesn’t hurt, but I think they take a lot of pride in trying to beat teams up, especially at home.”

came down to revenue sharing, the big name programs of the Big East felt they deserved a bigger piece of the pie they help make for the conference. So what have we learned from this latest installment of “As the Conference World Turns”? Basically, cash and football is king. And the SEC continues to rule the college football world, thus dominating the overall cash flow of college athletics. This is why Missouri and Texas A&M left (besides the fact Texas has the Longhorn Network, a different issue entirely) and almost destroyed the Big 12 in the process. It seems hard to imagine the Big East without Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Heck, you could make an argument that those two programs were the face of the Big East along with West Virginia. But with conference structure constantly fluctuating in the past two years, schools are getting out while the gettin’s good. The Big East tried to fill the hole

left by these schools by adding Houston, Southern Methodist, Memphis and Central Florida for all sports while adding Navy, Boise State and San Diego State as footballonly members. But these programs cannot hope to replace what is leaving. Boise State most likely would have joined the Big 12 if it would have received an offer. But with the money generated by men’s college athletics being larger than ever, the conference landscapes will continue to change as mid-major schools are offered a chance to advance up the food chain and powerhouse schools try their hand in larger, cash-crop conferences.

players to have ever achieved the career mark. This season, Ammerman has scored 25 goals, helping her place second on the team in points with 62. In the St. Cloud series, she tallied three points off a goal and two assists. For a team that has found several successful goal scorers, Ammerman’s vision on the ice has perhaps been more vital for the Badgers than her goals, as the senior currently leads the team with 37 assists. Junior forward Brianna Decker, the team’s goal

“Getting that milestone says a lot about the kind of player [Ammerman] has been.”

Mark Johnson Head Coach

Kay Yow Cancer Fund. “It’s huge to play on a day where we can acknowledge cancer survivors and those we’ve lost to cancer,” Covington said about the game. “It’s an honor to play for that cause. It’s just amazing, and hopefully it will give us a boost.” Kelsey said she’s proud to support a cause that affects everybody. “I have had relatives beat breast cancer,” Kelsey said. “It’s important whether you have had a relative or not. It should be important to men, women and kids. Everyone is affected by it in some way, shape or form. It’s a great cause, and we need to find a cure because you never know when it might affect you personally.”

Nick is a senior currently majoring in english, history and useless sports knowledge. Hate the column? Love the column? Let him know at nkorger@ or try to follow him on twitter @ nickkorger.

speaks highly of what she has been able to do all season with a consistent effort, so she can certainly speak in the same breath as those other kids,” Johnson said. “She has done well and should get recognition for her play.” As proud as she is for attaining 200 points, Ammerman remains focused on getting her team its second national championship in two years. “A lot of people have talked about it, but now it is something that is in the past,” Ammerman said. “Now I just focus on getting the national championship.” Wisconsin still has a long road ahead to achieve that ultimate goal, and continuing the successes of the regular season into the playoffs will be key. But for now, the team still remains focused on its upcoming series against Ohio State, with the sole custody of the title “WCHA league champions” just one win away.

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The Badger Herald | Sports | February 16, 2012

THIS WEEK'S TOP GAMES No. 6 Ohio State at No. 17 Michigan

No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 7 Michigan State

Sat., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. The Badgers head to East Lansing hoping to avenge a home loss earlier this season to the Spartans and remain in the hunt for the Big Ten Championship. The Spartans will try to extend their three-game winning streak with another top 25 win.

The Buckeyes face a tough road challenge against the Wolverines who are unbeaten at home this season and on a two-game winning streak. A must-win game for an Ohio State squad that just gave up the conference standngs lead.

West Virginia at No. 25 Notre Dame Wed., Feb. 22, 6 p.m. Not the greatest matchup of all time, but an important game against a quality opponent for Notre Dame. WVU has been on a bit of a slide lately, but a win over a team that just worked its way into the top 25 would be a huge confidence builder.



The number of rebounds by Duke senior forward Mile Plumlee. For just the fifth time this season Plumlee reached the double-digit mark for rebounds, shattering his season average of 6.4 rpg.

NATIONAL RANKINGS Associated Press Top 25 1. Kentucky (63) 2. Syracuse (2) 3. Missouri 4. Kansas 5. Duke 6. Ohio State 7. Michigan St. 8. UNC 9. Baylor 10. Georgetown 11. UNLV 12. Marquette 13. SDSU

14. Florida 15. Wisconsin 16. Murray State 17. Michigan 18. Indiana 19. Louisville 20. Florida State 21. Saint Mary’s 22. Virginia 23. Notre Dame T24. Gonzaga T24. Wichita St.




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Florida State junior guard Michael Snaer, who leads the team with 13.8 ppg, will play a huge roll in determining whether Florida State can win its first ever ACC title.

FSU could unseat ACC bluebloods

TOP PERFORMANCE Jordan Taylor Wisconsin Badgers

1. Thomas Robinson, F, Kansas 17.8 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg 2. Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky 14.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.9 bpg 3. Kevin Jones, F, W. Virginia 20.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg 4. Jared Sullinger, F, Ohio State 17.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 56.1%FG 5. Doug McDermott, F, Crei. 22.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.1 apg



Big Ten — The early projections have the top eight Big Ten teams in the tourney and Northwestern one of the first four out. Strong play down the stretch may get the Wildcats included and what would be an amazing 9-of-12 teams in.


Big 12 — Three top ten teams reside in the Big 12, Missouri, Kansas and Baylor. The Tigers and Jayhawks are both potential No. 1 seeds come March, but the league just isn’t as deep as the Big Ten right now.


Big East — Marquette is making a hard push toward a No. 3 or possibly No. 2 seed for the tournament, but unfortunately doesn’t get a rematch against top dog Syracuse. The Big East has five ranked teams, but the drop-off is steep.


ACC — The ACC is a mess. FSU, UNC and Duke comprise a three-way tie atop the conference and North Carolina State is just one game back. At this point the conference is up for grabs. The conference tourney should be fun.


SEC — Kentucky has all but clinched the SEC now, sitting at 11-0 in league play with a 3.5 game cushion. All the talent seems to be in Calipari’s pocket as a majority of the conference is struggling to gain any sort of relevance.




UNC Duke Florida St. NC State Miami Virginia Clemson Maryland Va. Tech BC WF Ga. Tech

9-2 8-2 8-2 7-3 6-5 6-5 5-6 4-6 3-7 3-8 3-9 2-9

22-4 21-4 17-7 18-7 15-9 19-6 13-12 14-10 14-11 8-17 12-14 9-16


Austin Rivers Duke Blue Devils


14. Murray State 15. SDSU 16. Saint Mary’s 17. Wisconsin 18. Louisville 19. Michigan 20. Indiana 21. Florida State 22. Virginia 23. Miss. State 24. Gonzaga 25. Notre Dame


Sparty showed the nation it is a force to be reckoned with by ending Ohio State’s 39-game home winning streak. The win not only gives Michigan State a great opportunity to win the Big Ten Conference, but for a team that began the season unranked, MSU has a legitimate shot at capturing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Taylor finally went off for the big night the country has expected him to have game in and game out, eclipsing the 20-point mark for just the second time all season with 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-9 from three point range. The outburst led the Badgers to a 68-61 OT victory over Minnesota.

1. Kentucky (31) 2. Syracuse 3. Missouri 4. Duke 5. Kansas 6. Ohio State 7. UNC 8. Michigan St. 9. Georgetown 10. Baylor 11. UNLV 12. Florida 13. Marquette

All Standings and Stats are up to date as of Feb. 15, 9:45 p.m.

Michigan State Spartans

It’s hard not to give freshman Duke guard Austin Rivers Player of the Week honors. The kid single-handedly ripped the still beating hearts of every single Tar Heels fan out and crushed them. Twenty-nine points and a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to win one of the greatest rivalry games will not soon be forgotten.

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Brett Sommers Statistics Editor Confidence isn’t hard to come after the three games that Florida State guard Michael Snaer helped put together over the course of a 10-day span in January. On Jan. 14, the Seminoles beat down then-No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee by 33 points, 90-57, in a game that had many (including Hoops America) questioning if North Carolina had the toughness to be a championship team. Perhaps more impressively, following another home win over Maryland, FSU invaded Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Snaer stamped a logo of his own on Coach K Court by nailing a game-winning three-point buzzer beater to end Duke’s near-historic 45-game home winning streak Jan. 21. Snaer completed the 10day odyssey when he was awarded ACC Player of the Week Jan. 23 due, in large part, to the shot coined “The Dagger at Duke” by Orlando Sentinel writer Coley Harvey. The immense amount of emotion and praise that followed this stretch — which is probably one of the most remarkable runs in Florida State men’s basketball history — made Snaer’s declaration that he was 100 percent confident the ‘Noles will win the ACC understandable. But was it credible? Buyable? Plausible? When Snaer made that bold statement Jan. 24 on ESPNU’s “The Experts,” 11 games remained on Florida State’s regular season schedule, including the upcoming rematch with Duke Feb. 23. Since that prediction, FSU has gone

4-1, which left the Seminoles in a three-way tie with the Tar Heels and Blue Devils atop the ACC with 8-2 conference records. That single loss, a 64-60 defeat at the hands of ACC bottom dweller Boston College, was the type of game that left skeptics wondering whether Florida State has the talent to back up Snaer’s proclamation or find a way to win its first ever league title since joining the ACC in 1991. After all, BC’s upset win Feb. 8 was its first win over a ranked opponent in three years. The only other conference loss for the Seminoles this season was to the Clemson Tigers, a middleof-the-road squad. So how does head coach Leonard Hamilton — a legitimate National Coach of the Year candidate — explain those types of losses? “That’s the way it is in the ACC; if you’re not on your game, somebody else will be on theirs, and that showed up in the result,” Hamilton told the Associated Press after the loss to BC. “They were hungrier and they were motivated. … If you don’t come with that focus, everybody in the [ACC] will beat you.” Maybe what we’re witnessing is simply a lack of composure due to a lack of limelight experience. Prior to the loss to Boston College, Florida State had achieved its highest AP ranking since 1998 at No. 15. In the remaining three weeks until NCAA tournament time, Florida State will have its opportunity to prove itself and avoid the losses top-tier teams refuse to permit. And Snaer has recognized how important that is since FSU’s failed to grab sole possession of first place in the conference standings. “Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team — we weren’t as focused as we should have been, and that caught up with us at the end of the game,” Snaer told the Associated Press. “We get national recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.” Underestimating an opponent

shouldn’t be an excuse any longer. The remainder of Florida State’s schedule consists of three home games and three road games with five of them coming against the top seven teams of the ACC. While Duke and Virginia remain the only ranked teams left on the schedule, the final stretch leading into the ACC tournament will be anything but easy for the Seminoles. The best thing for Florida State going forward is the makeup of this team. Six seniors and five juniors, who have been part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under Hamilton, including Snaer (the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game), make up the roster. Upperclassmen leadership should aid in the process of becoming mentally prepared to challenge Duke and North Carolina for the rights to the ACC crown. The last time any team beside Duke or North Carolina won the ACC championship outright was Wake Forest in 2003. For now, it may be best to ignore the loss to Boston College and treat it as an anomaly, as the ‘Noles have still won eight out of nine games after beginning the season 9-6. What they do the rest of the season, especially in the rematch with Duke, is more important than a road loss to BC. Will Florida State back up its leading scorer and win its first ACC title? Despite Snaer’s prediction, it was too early to call it then, and it’s still too early to call it now. Yet, for the first time in quite a while, it doesn’t appear to be an outlandish notion to consider an ACC conference champion that doesn’t sport some shade of blue. Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. Will Michael Snaer’s prediction hold true, or is he just setting himself up for disappointment? Let Brett know what you think by tweeting at him at @BAsportswriter or send him an email at bsommers@badgerherald. com.



After reports surfaced last week about the potential merger of Conference USA and the Mountain West,’s Andy Katz said a deal has already been struck between the two leagues. The move is no longer being called a merger but rather the creation of a new association. The new league could begin conference play in 2013-14 and includes: UNLV, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado State, Air Force, Hawaii (football only), Southern Miss., Tulsa, Marshall, Rice, UTEP, UAB, Tulane and East Carolina.


With a week between games, Kentucky head coach John Calipari thought it would be beneficial for his team to shake things up a bit. Wednesday, the Wildcats opened up the doors of the gym for a public practice, inviting students, faculty, staff and a national television audience to watch. Calipari got the idea based on the last time Kentucky had a week off when they received their only loss of the season to Indiana.


Amid a terrible slide for Illinois in which the Fighting Illini lost six of seven games, the question has been raised about whether head coach Bruce Weber will retain his job. Unfortunately for Weber, Illinios athletic director Mike Thomas would not give Weber a vote of confidence Saturday. Thomas only said he would assess Weber’s performance after the conclusion of the season.

Team Syracuse Marquette ND G’Town S. Florida Louisville Cincinnati Seton Hall UConn WVU Rutgers Villanova Pittsburgh St. John’s Prov. DePaul

Conf. 13-1 10-3 10-3 9-4 9-4 8-5 7-5 7-7 6-7 6-7 4-9 4-9 4-9 4-10 2-11 2-11

Overall 26-1 21-5 18-8 19-5 16-10 20-6 17-8 18-8 16-9 16-10 12-14 11-14 15-11 10-16 13-13 11-14




Ohio State Mich. St. Michigan Wisconsin Indiana Purdue Iowa Minnesota Illinois NW Nebraska Penn State

10-3 9-3 9-4 8-4 8-6 7-6 5-7 5-8 5-8 5-8 3-10 3-10

22-4 20-5 19-7 19-6 20-6 17-9 13-12 17-9 16-10 15-10 11-13 11-15

BIG XII Team Missouri Kansas Baylor Iowa State Texas Kansas St. OK. State A&M Oklahoma Texas Tech

Conf. 11-2 11-2 9-4 8-5 7-6 6-7 5-8 4-9 3-10 1-12

Overall 24-2 21-5 22-4 18-8 17-9 17-8 12-14 13-12 13-12 8-17

PAC-12 Team



California Wash. Oregon Arizona Colorado Stanford UCLA Oregon St. Wash. St. Ariz. State Utah USC

10-3 10-3 9-4 9-4 9-4 7-6 7-6 5-8 5-8 4-9 2-11 1-12

20-6 17-8 18-7 18-8 17-8 17-8 14-11 15-10 13-12 8-17 5-20 6-20



SEC Kentucky 11-0 Florida 8-3 Vandy 6-4 Miss. State 6-5 Tennessee 6-5 Ole Miss 5-5 Arkansas 5-6 Alabama 5-6 LSU 5-6 Georgia 3-8 Auburn 3-8 S. Carolina 2-9

Overall 25-1 20-6 17-8 19-7 14-12 15-9 17-9 16-9 15-10 12-13 13-12 10-15

NATIONAL LEADERS Points 1. Damian Lillard, WEB 2. Reggie Hamilton, OAK 3. Doug McDermott, CREI 4. Shane Gibson, SHU 5. Gerardo Suero, ALBY

25.1 24.6 22.7 22.1 22.0

Rebounds 1. O.D. Anosike, SIE 2. Thomas Robinson, KU 3. Mike Moser, UNLV 4. Kevin Jones, WVU 5. Andre Roberson, COLO

12.8 12.0 11.3 11.2 11.1

Assists 1. Scott Machado, IONA 2. Kendall Marshall, UNC 3. Jesse Sanders, LIB 4. Vincent Council, PROV 5. Jordan Theodore, HALL

10.0 9.6 8.0 7.4 6.8

Blocks 1. Anthony Davis, UK 2. William Mosley, NWST 3. Damian Eargle, YSU 4. C.J. Aiken, JOES 5. Darrius Garrett, RICH

4.9 4.2 4.0 3.8 3.5

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The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, February 16, 2012

Men’s basketball reunites with Michigan State after being vexed in January’s wild finish Mike Fiammetta Senior Sports Writer After grinding its way through a dozen arduous Big Ten games, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has firsthand knowledge of the ebb and flow of one of the wildest conference seasons in recent memory. Back on Jan. 3, the Badgers hosted the Michigan State Spartans for their third game of the Big Ten season. The previous 10 matchups between the conference rivals had been fairly even, with Wisconsin having won six. After trailing by no more than five points in the second half, UW pushed MSU into overtime, where the game came right down to its final seconds. With Michigan State leading 63-60, Wisconsin forward Ryan Evans grabbed an offensive rebound near the basket, dribbled back to behind the three-point arc and hoisted up a prayer as the buzzer sounded. The shot banked in high off of the glass, sending the Badgers into a flurry of excitement in anticipation of a second overtime. Before long, however, officials overruled Evans’ shot, saying it came only after the clock hit zero. Thursday night, the No. 15 Badgers (19-6, 8-4) get a chance at redemption when they travel to the Breslin

For another, the Badgers Center in East Lansing, Mich., to face the No. 7 will draw on their past experiences on the road Spartans (20-5, 9-3). “I wouldn’t say I took it to survive the hostile personally, but it was just atmosphere of the Breslin a frustrating moment for Center, where the Spartans all of us,” Evans said of the have won 16 consecutive first game against MSU. games. “Every place in the Big “But that game’s behind us, and we’re looking forward Ten is tough to play, so I to this one. They got one guess we’re not looking at in our house, so we want to it as a harder test than a lot of the others,” go there and point guard get one in Jordan Taylor theirs.” said. “We’ve More than “That game’s a month behind us ad we’re won in some tough road after their first meeting, looking forward to environments this one. They got this year — Michigan Purdue and State lies one in our house, Illinois, a lot of just a halfso we want to go those places.” game out of Against a first place there and get one familiar squad in the Big in theirs.” Ten, while Ryan Evans of Spartans, the Wisconsin Forward Badgers expect few surprises lies in Thursday night. fourth place but just one game Michigan State leads the behind the Spartans. The Big Ten and ranks ninth in Badgers most recently the country in rebounding escaped what would have with 40.0 per game, and been a harrowing loss, much of the Spartan’s attack surrendering a 13-point is fueled by the reigning second-half lead at Big Ten Player of the Week, Minnesota before escaping forward Draymond Green. with a 68-61 win over the The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Green leads MSU with Gophers. UW’s victory prevented 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds what would have been and 1.0 blocks per game a two-game losing skid and is widely considered following a six-game a frontrunner for Big Ten winning streak that seemed Player of the Year honors. In the first game against to position the Badgers comfortably as March Wisconsin, Green led all approaches. All together, Michigan State players with Wisconsin has won seven of 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Badgers’ frontcourt, its last nine games.

mainly Evans and forward Mike Bruesewitz, paled in comparison, contributing a combined 15 points and eight rebounds. “I think I matched up with [Green] decently,” Evans said of that first MSU game. “He ended up getting the best of us obviously, but I don’t think he shot that great of a percentage. He made some things happen toward the end of the game at the free throw line, which affected us. That’s one I think I can definitely handle. I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing against him.” Indeed, Green was just 6-of-19 from the field. However, his 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line was critical, as all of his attempts came in overtime. “We just did a really poor job of closing the game out,” Bruesewitz said. “When you play Michigan State, you’ve got to come guns blazing, full suit of armor, first aid kit — you’ve got to bring everything you can with them, because you know they’re going to go to the glass and they’re going to try to beat you up, out-physical

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Junior forward Mike Bruesewitz and the rest of the Wisconsin frontcourt have a hefty test ahead of them in the rebounding game as Michigan State averages 40 boards a night. you and out-tough you. “That’s just their mentality, that’s how coach [Tom] Izzo’s coached. We’ve got to have that edge, too. I don’t think it’s anything different than us; a lot of guys on this team have that edge, too.” The majority of Wisconsin’s leadership stems from Taylor, who

leads the Badgers with 14.5 points and 4.2 assists per game. He’ll be tasked with ensuring UW’s offense maintains its rhythm while simultaneously locking down MSU’s backcourt trio of Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Brandon Wood. But despite all the

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MSU scores final nine points to force overtime, wins

MSU defeats Wisconsin on Hail Mary pass

Wisconsin defeats MSU in Big Ten Championship

UW’s gamewinning buzzerbeater reversed after video replay

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Football’s popularity tearing Big East apart

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Morgan Paige and the Badgers will have their hands full Thursday night, as the team tries to shut down MSU’s hot shooting senior guard Porsche Poole.

Wisconsin back home at last Riding 3-game skid, women’s hoops returns to Kohl Center to turn things around Zach Nelson Sports Writer The Wisconsin women’s basetball team returns to the Kohl Center Thursday night to play Michigan State, looking to end its threegame losing streak. Wisconsin’s last two losses came in tough road contests against No. 9 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State — two teams that were able to capitalize on the Badgers’ mistakes. “We just have to play better,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We have to close out the games. We can’t make these silly mistakes and think they’re not going to capitalize on them. The good teams do, so we have to play perfect to win.” Wisconsin is looking to get a spark from junior guard Taylor Wurtz, who leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game. The

Badgers are also looking woes against Penn State. for sophomore guard “We missed a lot of open Morgan Paige (9.6 looks against Penn State. points per game) and I think it’s just getting senior forward Anya that extra time in to Covington (10.5 points work on those shots and per game) to help the having confidence to Badgers end their three make those shots. “I would say we’re game losing streak. The Badgers pretty optimistic.” Michigan State enters struggled shooting in their last game versus the contest having won Penn State, making just three of its last four games. 37 percent The of their Badgers shots from “[Poole’s] going will have the field to get her shots to try and (19 of 51), up. We can’t let slow down including her get wide-open one of 1-of-12 the best from the looks and layups. players three. This We have to get in the was coming Big Ten off a game the ball out of her when they where the hands...” matchup Badgers set a school Bobbie Kelsey against record in Head Coach Michigan State’s making Porsche 12 threePoole. pointers in a loss against Ohio Poole, a senior guard for the Spartans, is State. “It might’ve been one averaging 24.4 points of those days,” Paige per game over the last said of the shooting three weeks, which is

the best in the Big Ten over that span of time. “She’s a good player,” Kelsey said of Poole. “She’s going to get her shots up. We can’t let her get wide-open looks and layups. We have to get the ball out of her hands and make somebody else beat us.” Michigan State swept Wisconsin in both of their meetings last year, including a 7370 overtime victory at the Kohl Center. This is be the only meeting between the Badgers and the Spartans this season. The Badgers are looking to get back on track since their threegame losing streak was preceded by a threegame winning streak. The Badgers are in the middle of a stretch of their schedule in which they play three out of four games against ranked opponents, with Michigan State

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The Big East is a basketball cash cow. Last season, the Big East boasted four programs in the top 25 for revenue generated by college basketball, with Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Marquette all placing on the list. As far as overall revenue Nick Korger from male athletics goes, there Korger’s Korner is no conference in the country that receives a bigger chunk of Realignment has struck once its profit from the sport of men’s again in the landscape of college basketball than the Big East. In a report from Forbes athletics, with conferences losing and adding members like a Magazine just a year ago, the Big grandmothers’ bridge club over East was revealed to generate almost 37 percent of its total the past few months. The winner of the past few revenue from men’s basketball, months indisputably has been over 15 percent more than the the Big 12. Like the Rocky of second leading conference, the conferences, the Big 12 took Big Ten. In comparison, the Big East knockout punches from Apollo Creed (Nebraska and Colorado in 2011 was the highest men’s leaving last year) and Clubber basketball revenue conference, Lang (Missouri and Texas A&M followed by the ACC and Big 12. leaving for the SEC) but still rose However, when it came to total from uncertainty to solidify its revenue generated by men’s security in a time of conference athletics, the Big East placed fifth overall at uncertainty. around $419 In a million, behind transformation The Big East is a basketball the other montage that major makes the cash cow. Last season, the Big four conferences. winter training East boasted four programs Why? The scene in Rocky Big East isn’t IV look like in the top 25 for revenue football an elementary generated by college basketball. a conference. school field In fact, it’s day, the Big 12 did some serious work to add on a laughingstock of a football two schools (TCU, West Virginia) conference. When we hear with strong athletic programs arguments against the automatic to secure the immediate, and qualifiers for the major perhaps long-term, future of the conferences, the Big East is used as a main argument. Compared conference. But where there’s a winner, to the other major conferences, there’s a loser, and its name is the the Big East’s football teams Big East. Known for an extended are like Pop Warner teams, period of time as the nation’s especially now that three of their premier basketball conference, best schools are leaving. Last year the king of athletic it’s not only losing member West Virginia to the Big 12 but revenue was by far the SEC, also members Syracuse and which grossed over $760 million in profit from men’s athletics Pittsburgh to the ACC. While West Virginia will get despite only grossing $124 an opportunity to test its athletic million from men’s basketball. that percentage mettle against the likes of Texas, Compare Oklahoma and Oklahoma State; for a second. Don’t fool Syracuse and Pittsburgh will get yourself; football is the biggest a chance to play football powers moneymaker in college sports like Miami and Florida State and America, which is why it while getting the chance to play makes perfect sense that teams the storied basketball dynasties are jumping into football-strong conferences. at Duke and North Carolina. The Big East finished this So why are all these schools jumping off the Big East ship? season with only two programs When it comes down to it, the ranked in the top 25. The ACC answer is simple: money. More finished with three, while the money is found in the other Big 12 finished with four. With major conferences compared to the Big East. KORGER, page 7



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