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ASM to revisit MCSC Katie Caron Higher Education Editor About three weeks after a student organization appealed for funding eligibility to interim Chancellor David Ward and voiced claims of institutional racism in student government, Ward handed the funding decision to the Associated Students of Madison Student Council. In a letter addressed

to Multicultural Student Coalition leadership, Ward said the Student Services Finance Committee did not commit a viewpoint neutrality violation when it originally denied MCSC’s funding. However, he said he is remanding the decision back to ASM Student Council because the ASM bylaws contain an incorrect definition of viewpoint neutrality. Ward’s decision also

directs ASM to restore its bylaws to include information explaining that a group can appeal to the chancellor, which MCSC had expressed concern over in its appeal. Ward also said ASM must revise the definition of “viewpoint neutral fashion” to reflect the appropriate legal definition. This comes after MCSC appealed to Ward three weeks ago, stating SSFC failed to remain viewpoint

neutral in its decision to deny General Student Services Funds eligibility. The letter said that when SSFC violated the group’s due process when it improperly implemented a waiver — as Student Judiciary decided — it constituted a viewpoint neutrality violation. Ward said the current ASM bylaws could be interpreted to mean that any

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Ward: Adidas dispute progressing Paige Costakos Reporter Interim Chancellor David Ward released an updated report Friday detailing the University of Wisconsin’s plans to continue mediation with Adidas in light of accusations of unfair labor practices. In the statement addressed to the Labor Licensing Policy Committee, Ward reasserted that mediation is a contractual responsibility for the university and that alternatives to mediation would be “problematic” because of financial risks and conflicts regarding

the university’s code of conduct. Ward acknowledged in his letter that the mediation process is moving slowly but ensures that mediation has progressed with the addition of LLPC board member Jane Collins and LLPC Chair Lydia Zepeda to the staff. Ward also said the state’s Department of Justice will represent the university throughout the process. In addition, he said the DOJ and Adidas agreed upon a media service to use throughout the mediation process and will select a mediator and a location for the process shortly. He said the

university has requested that the DOJ move forward with the process in “a timely manner.” The termination of the university’s contract with Adidas would be unproductive, Ward said, adding that mediation is a “prudent step” to accomplish the common goals of compensating the workers and maintaining the integrity and financial responsibilities of the university. Jon Perkins, a member of the Student Labor Action Committee, said he disagrees with Ward’s opinion on the issue. The student organization has previously advocated putting Adidas on notice

for termination of contract, which the LLPC has recommended to Ward several times. “Mediation largely operates without input from shared governance groups or the general public, it does not move fast enough for PT Kizone workers and it is not mutually exclusive with putting Adidas on notice — which the senior university legal counsel here has said does not risk a lawsuit,” he said. Perkins added that he thinks mediation is “not a very good option,” but since mediation is the selected process, the

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15 years of red blazers Senior Kevin King, a tenor in the Madhatters, an on-campus a cappella group, takes center stage at the group’s Saturday night performance celebrating their 15th anniversary at the Overture Center. Lukas Keapproth The Badger Herald

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Tea Party members and leaders came out en masse Saturday morning to fight for “common solutions to our nation’s problems” and call for increased political action.

Tea Party rally draws thousands Crowd gathered on the Capitol steps to call for reduced government, spending Meghan Zernick Reporter Tea Party members of all generations gathered at the steps of the Capitol Saturday, calling for limiting taxes and lowering government spending as part of the Americans for Prosperity Tax Day Rally. At least 4,000 Tea Party members were in attendance. Speakers included Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, conservative radio host Vicki McKenna and Racine Tea Party founder Lora Halberstadt. The emcee was James T. Harris, and Nashville recording artist Krista Branch performed at both the beginning and the end. Kleefisch emphasized the importance of preserving the country for the next generation. She said this will be accomplished by continuing on the path that Wisconsin is on, reducing spending and maintaining low taxes. Kleefisch also brought her own daughters to the podium. “I’m here with my little girls today so that you know why I do what I do every day,” Kleefisch said. “Now folks understand why you do what you do evesry day, why you are here today. We are protecting the future of America for our children. We can go backward or we can go forward. Today, Wisconsin has no deficit, and we are going to continue moving forward.” Halberstadt went into

detail on the Tea Party’s goals to reduce government and government spending. She also denied that Wisconsin is waging any war on women and said the real war on women is taking place in other countries, where females are beaten and stoned to death for standing up for their own rights. She said the gathered protestors should take action every day, such as volunteering to knock on doors, in order to ensure the American dream of freedom and prosperity is kept alive for the children of tomorrow. “We all share one common goal: financial sanity back in Washington. We want the national debt under control and our budget balanced,” Halberstadt said. “The media have tried to distort our message, but we just want common sense solutions to our nation’s problems. Our children need to have a bright future, unburdened by massive debt.” A group of counterprotestors came to the rally as well. One such protestor was Michael Farrey of Madison, who said he came to the protest not only because he was curious, but also because he wanted the chance to talk to some people so they can get an opinion they might not have heard. He said he feels many conservatives listen only

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Man sustains brain injury INSIDE after fight outside Plan B Details surface in John Doe scrutiny

Hayley Braun Herald Contributor A 28-year-old man was hospitalized early Thursday morning and sustained a brain injury after being punched by a 33-year-old man at Plan B nightclub and bar, according to a Madison Police Department report. According to the police report, the man was making lewd comments to the suspect and his wife while

they were dancing. The suspect claimed that he and his wife told the suspect to stop to no avail. He then told police that the victim swung at him first and missed, and the suspect responded by punching the man. The victim was admitted to a medical facility with a head cut and was later found to have suffered a brain bleed from his injuries, according to the report.

MPD Lt. Trevor Knight confirmed the incident in an interview with The Badger Herald. However, he said he could not speak to the current status of the injured man. “Seeing serious injuries like this from a bar fight is not uncommon,” Knight said. Plan B had no comment on the incident.

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projected at $76.8 million and has now been increased by approximately $9.3 million, said Tim Wise, senior assistant athletic director for events and facilities and interim associate athletic director for major capital projects. Wise said the funding for the Student Athlete Performance Center project is from a combination of gift funds and program revenue funds from the athletic department, including multimedia rights agreements and TV network agreements from the Big Ten Conference. Construction for the first phase of the project has already begun. The first phase includes the creation of an underground tunnel to connect Camp

Randall and the McClain practice facility, as well as the addition of new turf to Camp Randall. The second phase, set to begin June 2012, focuses on renovations to the McClain practice facility, UW Director of Campus Planning Gary Brown said in an email to The Badger Herald. “The overall project needed to include additional funds to upgrade and enhance the scoreboard systems in Camp Randall, add waterproofing for a section of deck inside Camp Randall and extend heating, ventilating and air conditioning to an existing area within the stadium,” Brown said. Wise said the major piece of the third phase is the

three-story addition to the north end of Camp Randall, which will house the Fetzer Academic Center. The center will have meeting rooms, classroom space and computer labs. He said the scoreboard will sit on top of the new addition. A major project carried out by the third phase is the renovation of the lower level of the McClain Practice facility, Wise said. McClain will contain more locker rooms for UW athletic teams who are now doubling up on locker rooms, as well as additional spaces for student-athletes. Brown said the third phase also includes all of the site work, such as additional bike and moped parking, upgrades to the north practice field and

enhancements to Badger Way. Once construction is completed in June 2012, both the second phase and the third phase will begin construction and should be completed in late 2014, Brown said. “The reason we’re phasing it is because we’ve got to be able to get through the next two football seasons, so we phased it to minimize the disruption of the football season,” Wise said. Although the regents have given the OK, the State Building Commission must still approve the plans during their next meeting this coming Wednesday before construction for the third phase can begin, Wise said.

Prosser requests recusals of alleged victim, chief justice Ben Vincent Herald Contributor A Wisconsin State Supreme Court judge has asked that two fellow judges be removed from an upcoming discipline case against him alleging he placed his hands around the neck of another justice last June. Justice David Prosser filed two motions Thursday asking for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley to remove themselves from presiding over a trial stemming from an alleged physical altercation between Prosser and Bradley where Prosser placed his hands around the neck of Bradley in the presence of four other justices. Prosser alleges Bradley rushed him and he acted in self-defense. Prosser said in one of his motions that Abrahamson should recuse herself, since she was a witness to the incident and also has a clear bias against him. The motion said she would compromise the impartiality of the court.

Prosser further said in the motion that Bradley has exhibited hostility toward him in the past, alleging she and Abrahamson “orchestrated a public relations campaign” to discredit him last year. Prosser suggested more of the court’s internal discord could become public in the future. In a letter sent to Prosser’s attorney, Abrahamson said an official reply to the motion would be premature because the case has not reached the court yet. “It is unfortunate — some might even say absurd — that each individual justice is the final arbiter on the question of whether or not she or he ought to recuse,” Abrahamson said in the letter. “As an individual justice and as chief justice of this court, I am committed to a fair, impartial, neutral, nonpartisan judiciary for all litigants.” Attorney Frank Gimbel, who is representing the independent state body Wisconsin Judicial

Commission that filed the ethics complaint against Prosser, said in an email to The Badger Herald that in the past, a three-judge panel would be formed to handle discipline cases similar to Prosser’s. “Although no statute or appellate decision mandates that the Supreme Court issue an order directing [Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals] Richard Brown to form a panel, that has been the practice in the past,” Gimbel said. University of Wisconsin political science professor John Witte said in an email to The Badger Herald that there is “no precedent” for recusals within the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He also expressed disappointment over the judicial appointment process. Witte suggested appointing an administrative panel to propose potential judicial candidates to the governor, which would then be approved or rejected by the governor. Witte cited “huge money” in campaigns and the “inability to discuss

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Justice David Prosser has filed two motions against his colleagues, alleging that a “public relations campaign” was orchestrated last year to discredit him in the public eye. issues” as problems plaguing the current Supreme Court model. “Obviously we have a terrible problem on our highest court,” Witte said. “It goes back to divisive elections and predictably partisan decisions.” Donald Downs, UW political science professor and adviser to The Badger Herald, said in an email to the Herald it is unclear whether or not Prosser will be granted the requested recusal. Downs said the

relationship among the justices is “unprecedented” and says Prosser is at “loggerheads” with Abrahamson and Bradley. According to Downs, physical confrontation amongst judges is highly unusual and the level of animosity within the members of the court is almost unheard of. “Going forward, the court will no doubt strive to be on good behavior,” Downs said in the email. “But the tensions will remain.”

CRIME in Brief STATE STREET Theft

A 43-year-old employee of Calvary Lutheran Church on State Street was robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to a police report. The suspect allegedly took money from the victim’s purse, which was in her office at the church. MPD spokesman Joel DeSpain said the suspect entered the church asking for a place to study, though he appeared to have no materials to study with. He was found a few minutes later in the victim’s office with his hand in her purse. “This seems to have been a crime of opportunity,” Ald.

Mike Verveer, District 4, said. “Though theft is not a rare crime, it has not been happening on State Street very often.” The suspect has not been found, DeSpain said. He is described as approximately 6 feet tall and between 20 and 30 years old. He was last seen running from the church wearing a red letterman-style jacket, jeans and a baseball cap, according to the police report.

EAST WILSON STREET Robbery A 27-year-old male was

injured after being beaten and robbed Thursday night. The victim was walking on the bike path near the 1200 block of East Wilson Street when he was approached by the two suspects, according to a police report. The two suspects verbally harassed the victim before punching him and taking his wallet, according to the report. The victim was taken to the hospital, suffering minor injuries. The two suspects are still unidentified, according to DeSpain. The suspects are described as males between the ages of 20 and 30 with stocky builds, wearing black

hooded sweatshirts. They were last seen leaving the scene of the incident by foot. DeSpain said robberies and assaults on bike paths occurred relatively frequently near the East Wilson Street area last summer. “We are working to stop a repeat of what happened on the bike paths in our warmer months last year,” said DeSpain.

WEST BELTLINE Intoxicated Driver A Lodi man was arrested Wednesday evening after crashing his vehicle into the Zor Shrine building off

the Beltline near Gammon Road, according to an MPD report. The man was under the influence of heroin at the time of the accident, DeSpain said. He also had heroin in his vehicle and was charged with possession of heroin and other drug paraphernalia. The suspect told police he had purchased heroin earlier in the day, and DeSpain said there is reason to believe he may have been en route to purchase more at the time of the accident. No one involved in the accident was injured, though another car struck on the Beltline was damaged.

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WARD, from 1 university “should be putting them on notice at the same time.” The mediation process

will continue once the mediator has been selected and a date and location are chosen for the mediation process to take place, Ward said.

MCSC, from 1 procedural noncompliance automatically constitutes a viewpoint neutrality violation, though this is not the correct definition. Despite this, Ward said, a strict application of bylaw by SJ would have meant MCSC’s eligibility hearing should have been remanded to ASM Student Council rather than SSFC like what occurred. SJ Chief Justice Kate Fifield said she takes issue with Ward’s decision because it is based on flawed assumptions and interpretation of bylaw and that her biggest issue is that his decision is an affront to student rights in allocating segregated fees. “I don’t think that Ward has any right to jump in and tell ASM what to do,” Fifield

said. “I think he’s trying to take the easy way out and have ASM make a difficult decision for him.” She said Ward was supposed to make a decision regarding the viewpoint neutrality, which he did, but that his going ahead to interpret ASM bylaw and tell ASM what to do is an infringement on student rights and a power grab. Fifield said SJ will be taking up a formal injunction against Student Council taking up MCSC’s eligibility. She said, if passed, the injunction should prevent Student Council from taking up the issue, although she is unsure that it will prevent them from trying. SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said Ward’s decision is in violation of shared governance, because he

is illegally superseding a decision made by student government. In a letter to Ward, she said it seems his interpretations of bylaw are overstepping his bounds and that it seems as though he is “worried with the outcome rather than the process.” In an interview with The Badger Herald, Neibart said Student Council is an “incredibly politicized body” and that it would prove to be a non-viewpoint neutral forum for a decision on MCSC’s eligibility. In his letter, Ward said MCSC has no authority to appeal his decision to the Board of Regents or to the UW System president. He also said ASM Student Council has five school days to decide on MCSC’s eligibility.


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Dems unveil details in ongoing John Doe investigation Mitchell Herrman Reporter A series of developments unfolded last week in the ongoing John Doe investigation of bureaucrats who allegedly did campaign work and fundraising while working under Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive. On Friday, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin said in a statement that they had obtained Milwaukee County personnel records demonstrating Walker “alone signed off” on hiring Kelly Rindfleisch and promoting her to his deputy chief of staff, as well as hiring Tim Russell, another

RALLY, from 1 to people like conservative radio talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and McKenna and consequently are not getting the full story. “I wanted to get a chance to talk to some people and maybe wake a few of them up,” Farrey said. “These health insurance companies have been eating us alive, and at the same time they get these nice big bonuses. We need a solution, but the republicans are aren’t going to get us there because they are all ‘me me me.’ It’s not called communism; it’s called looking out for others’ social well-being.”

aide charged as part of the John Doe investigation. According to the statement, released court documents from the investigation have said Rindfleisch claimed Walker’s office hired her to do work on Walker’s campaign under Russell. The statement also said the documents show Walker’s chief of staff was unaware of the hiring’s circumstances. The statement said the documents the party obtained prove Walker was responsible for both hiring and promoting Rindfleisch. “The chief of staff didn’t know anything about it,” said Graeme Zielinski, DPW spokesperson. “Scott Walker has for months evaded the

question of who hired Kelly Rindfleisch.” Walker’s campaign did not return requests for comment. On Thursday, Rindfleisch’s attorneys submitted an appeal to the state of Wisconsin Court of Appeals requesting her trial be held in Columbia County instead of Milwaukee County where she is currently being prosecuted. After losing a prior appeal in the county circuit court, Rindfleisch, who has been charged with four felony counts of misconduct in public office, maintains she was never a permanent resident of Milwaukee County and should not be tried there.

“Rindfleisch asks this Court for an immediate review of the circuit court’s non-final denying her motion to dismiss for improper venue,” the appeal reads. “Rindfleisch is a Colombia county resident and her trial should be venued in that county.” According to the appeal, Rindfleisch’s previous appeal was denied because she rented a home in Milwaukee County. On Wednesday, former Waukesha county District Attorney Paul Bucher sent a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen requesting the Department of Justice play a more active role in the investigations, if not take them over completely.

Bucher said he believes the John Doe investigation has leaked too much information and abused the rights and reputations of individuals he named who have not been prosecuted. “John Doe is targeting individuals,” Bucher said. “With all of the leaks, the public perception of the process is jeopardized. We want the public to believe that it’s a fair proceeding.” In an email to The Badger Herald, DOJ spokesperson Dana Brueck said the department does not have the legal authority to take investigations away from district attorneys. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement

Risser will seek reelection at 84 Sean Kirkby State Politics Editor Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, 50-year veteran of the state Senate and the longest serving state legislator in the nation, announced Saturday he will run for reelection. In a statement, Risser, 84, pledged to work to remove the “radical right wing agenda” being pursued by the current administration and to “get Wisconsin back on

track” as a progressive state. “I want to run. … I have the seniority to restore Wisconsin’s government to what it once was,” Risser said in an interview with The Badger Herald. Risser currently serves the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Shorewood Hills. He said under the new reapportionment plans passed by the Legislature this session, about 80 percent of

the district has stayed the same, although he now has west Madison instead of Fitchburg and Middleton. Risser served in the Assembly from 1956 to 1962 before being elected to the Senate. Risser has never lost a reelection bid. He said a lot has changed since the start of his tenure as a legislator. He said the Legislature used to be all white men. However, now he said the Legislature

has become far more cosmopolitan, as a third of the legislators are women. He pointed to an increase in the number of African-Americans and Latinos as well. He also said the increase of new technologies such as wireless communications and computers led to a massive change in the way the Legislature accomplished things. “There’s work to be done,” Risser added on his reelection bid.

that Van Hollen initially helped the investigation until it began investigating Walker’s former aides. According to the statement, Van Hollen said he could not continue in the case because of a conflict of interest, as he represents Walker legally. Chisholm said he respected the decision and subsequently turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to aid in the investigation. “While I am informed that the attorney general has this morning declined any renewed involvement in this investigation, he is welcome to once again participate at any time he deems appropriate,” Chisholm said in the statement.


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Consent culture promotes less violence Green energy in partisan struggle

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I am blessed with two pretty cool jobs — one as a sexual violence prevention educator, the other as a sexual health educator. During my commute, I make the personality switch from a sensually energetic instructor of pleasure to bracing myself for handling the daily atrocities that are rape, sexual assault and intimate partner violence. On most days, I am taken aback by the conflicting duality of it all. How can sex — something intended to be so purely and wonderfully divine — be turned right around to be used as an evil, corrupted weapon? On the days I feel especially inspired, I am able to see the connection. If we only ever discussed pleasure and fun, we would fail to acknowledge that some individuals experience sex in a darker context. Likewise, if we only ever discussed the dangerous potential of sex, we may begin to forget why and how sexuality can be enjoyable. The work of sexual violence prevention is to eliminate rape-supportive culture — a society in which sexual violence is

considered ordinary and prevalent attitudes dismiss, tolerate or even condone rape. Comprehensive sexual health educators are working to create a sex-positive culture. The beautiful simplicity is that our efforts can be synchronized to gradually replace one model with the other. The underlying pillar of each movement is consent culture. This is about simply asking for permission before we perform actions on or to each other’s bodies and transforming the dialogue into mutually shared activities we enjoy with each other. This is about more than hearing a clear and freely given “yes.” It is about an enthusiastic, craving “yes,” one untangled from feelings of obligation, compulsivity or expectation. Do not get me wrong. Separating pure carnal lust from our muddied conceptions of “proper” sex is no easy task, and there are multiple forces working against us. Lessons from our family, upbringing, peers, media, school, instructors, religion, doctors and sexual partners have informed and shaped the way we have learned to have sex. Tomorrow night, author Jaclyn

Friedman will help us to work through these forces of shame, blame and fear to tap into what we really really want. Next Tuesday, Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and Sex Out Loud will continue the conversation for their Sexy Way to Party workshop. Seeing as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, now is a great time to ask yourself, what would your sex life look like if it was ruled by your untouched freedom to access your raw sexual energy? Does the ideal match the real? Would you have sex in the same way you do now? Would you communicate with, touch and pleasure your partner in the same way? Consent culture affirms that it is always the responsibility of the initiator to actively obtain consent, not just wait for the other person to give it up. In my line of work, I get a lot of questions about sex tips, techniques and communication methods, so I am rather confused about the confusion surrounding consent. I have to wonder, what kind of sex are we having if we are not asking for consent? Asking for consent involves asking what turns your partner on and what they like. It not only makes sure

your partner is comfortable with physical activity in the first place, but also opens the door to the pleasurable world of participatory sexual experiences. So here is my ultimate sex tip for you all, and it is really is quite simple: Ask questions. “Can I take your shirt off now?” “Do you like having your neck kissed?” “Can I touch you here?” “What do you feel like doing next?” Ask in a low, breathy, sultry voice. Your partner may be startled at first, and understandably so. We do not often stop and care to ask what the other person actually wants to get out of the experience. Give it a try next time you are hooking up. It will not disappoint! Sam Johnson is a junior majoring in social work and is PAVE’s peer facilitator. PAVE is a student organization dedicated to ending sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on campus through education and activism. This month, PAVE will lead the University of Wisconsin in its observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Sterling 1310, the group will welcome feminist author and activist Jaclyn Friedman. For more information, visit UWPAVE.com or email uwpavemedia@gmail.com.

Vincent Dumas Staff Writer The finite fossil fuel resources of earth, the environmental harms of oil spills, fracking and carbon emissions, the benefits to consumers and technological innovation of cheap and infinite energy — any one of these should be a good enough reason to encourage the cornucopia of budding energy technologies. And yet the green energy industry has found itself the target of conservative ire and ridicule in the media. An essentially non-partisan issue has divided evenly along partisan battle lines, as if any issue that can be phrased “either A or B” can equally well be phrased “either Democrat or Republican.” In fact, if one wanted to make the most mundane issue into a national debate, simply make it part of the platform of one of the major parties. One can imagine if the Democrats came out in favor of the tides, the Republicans would call into question big gravity regulating the moon.

Any issue that can be phrased “either A or B” can equally be phrased “either Democrat or Republican.”

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The shelters that have sprung up on E. Washington Ave. are now in danger of being torn down as the city pushes forward with plans for development.

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Homeless ignored in E. Wash. plans I was disappointed when reading Josh Brandau’s April 13 article, “City officials clash on East Wash. development” on plans for redevelopment of the 800 Block of East Washington Avenue. I found no reference, even in passing, to the dozens of men and women already living on the site. I think that this omission highlights the invisibility of the homeless population here in Madison. The 800 block of East Washington is not just a barren slab of concrete in the middle of Madison’s former industrial area, waiting to be developed by this or that urban planner. It is the site of the most fascinating, inspiring and empowering social experiment in the city, if not the state, if not the country and if not the world. As some may know, the tent city on that site evolved out of the Occupy Madison encampment. As we hot-blooded activists got burnt out over the cold, bitter winter, the site ceased to be a center of radical politics and became something much more important — a home for Madison’s homeless. The only politics dealt with on the site now are the politics of surviving

together. The profound issue of homelessness was a footnote in Occupy Madison’s earlier grand schemes of society’s liberation, but now Madison’s most vulnerable and resilient citizens have stepped up and have liberated themselves. Last week, the City of Madison adopted a resolution officially thanking Occupy Madison for what it has done for the city’s homeless. It would have been more accurate to have thanked the city’s homeless for helping themselves. However, Mayor Paul Soglin has delivered an ultimatum: that the great social experiment must end. The site must be vacated by April 30. Progress must move forward, he says! The site must be turned into condos, retail or offices! Tents remaining on site will be smashed! Vehicles will be towed! Any homeless who remain will be arrested! Furthermore, he has declared that no other city property will be available for the encampment. Never mind the many abandoned buildings and lots which have stood vacant for years and years. Never mind that the occupants of the Northern side of the 800 block of East Washington

Avenue have nowhere else to go. I am writing because none of this was mentioned in Mr. Brandau’s article, and because ignoring the homeless in Madison will not make them disappear. Urban Land Interests could build mixed-use buildings on the site, or Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, could find some other developer to build residential projects on the site. But it is hard to imagine that either plan could provide such an obvious opportunity for public good as granting Madison’s homeless community — for it is a community — just a small sense of pride and ownership in looking after and managing themselves. What does is there to gain, in letting the experiment continue? Empowerment, community, dignity. What is there to lose? A parking lot. A site meeting will be held on the north side of the 800 block of East Washington Avenue on Wednesday at 7 p.m. if you want learn more or want to get involved. Noah Phillips (snphillips3@wisc. edu) is a sophomore majoring in community and non-profit leadership.

But conservatives aren’t simply denying that renewable energy is a necessity considering earth’s finite fossil fuel resources or climate change and environmental issues; they are going much further and actively working against these technologies. They have made it a fundamental goal of their media platform to discredit green technologies, reveling at every failure of green energy. This isn’t mere indifference or disagreement over the sometimes superfluous good advocates of green energy claim, rather, it is seeking to strengthen industrial revolution era energies and weaken those that would ease burdens on consumers and the environment. Last year, Gov. Scott Walker ruffled the feathers of whatever birds had not been killed by wind turbines by weakening several sustainable energy initiatives. As Walker was, for example, increasing restrictions on the building of wind turbines, he was simultaneously loosening restrictions in the environmental review process on coal mining. Contrary to any free market principles or honest consistency, the decision can only be understood in the context of the political atmosphere, not the one in which humans live. By discrediting green technologies that have become such a fundamental part of the Democratic economic and environmental platform, conservatives are seeking to discredit the Democrats. This line of political thinking is subject neutral; it behooves the opposition to oppose everything,

whether or not it should be contested on moral, utilitarian or policy grounds. Yet even if we ignore Walker’s actions that put more regulations on green energy and granted the republicans a free-market free pass — that is, supposing that they think the question of renewable energy should be left in the invisible hands of the market — there is a strong case to be made for public subsidy. No revolution in infrastructure has ever happened in the U.S. without the help of the taxpayers. The railroads reaped what amounts to billions of dollars in land grants and subsidies from the federal Pacific Railroad Acts. The automobile as a replacement for rail was only made viable by billions of dollars in highway and road construction, undertaken by both state and federal governments. A similar investment is needed to produce the inconceivable innovation a new technology like this could produce, and Republicans should be able to get behind it. But instead they continue to bicker and complain, hoping to score a few political points. Posterity? As that great queen said, let them eat cake. Although conservatives are the main culprits, President Barack Obama and his ilk are not blameless in this process. By proffering green technologies as a panacea for the ailing economy they were opening the industry up to criticisms it didn’t deserve. Benefits were still years away, and when they failed to materialize immediately, those seeking to score political advantages went on the offensive. Even now, liberals continue to make the same mistake. A few weeks ago, the university hosted a panel discussion on the green economy, which emphasized the green energy industry was necessary to bringing the country out of recession and creating

No revolution in infrastructure has ever happened ... without the help of taxpayers. jobs. While recovery policies that incorporate the green industry are certainly more propitious than those without, they are once more promising things the industry can’t really deliver to those suffering through the recession, namely jobs, in a timely manner. Beyond the simple Keynesianism that any government money spent is good for an economy in recession, the prospect of getting significant job returns from the renewable energy industry in the short run seems grim. The refrain from the left should be that renewable energy is invaluable irrespective of the state of the economy. If it happens to ease the economic burden for some, so much the better. Vincent Dumas (dumas@wisc.edu) is a senior majoring in history

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‘Cabin’ perfectly subverts horror

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New film offers lovingly self-aware look at genre, plenty of good, old gore to boot Katie Foran-McHale ArtsEtc. Staff Writer It’s somewhat rare when a horror movie can appease both horror lovers and haters. But somehow, “Cabin in the Woods” manages to perfectly blend gore, camp and comedy in an unprecedented effort to critique and reflect upon its genre. The film has every single ingredient in the stereotypical horror movie recipe one could possibly think of. But director Drew Goddard (writer on “Cloverfield” and TV’s “Lost”), who wrote the film along with Joss Whedon (TV’s “Dollhouse”), manages to take each of these conventions, both in the diegesis of the film world and outside it, and turns them upside-down. It’s difficult to divulge too much of the plot without spoilers. What’s necessary to know is what’s in the title — a cabin in the woods is where a group of five coeds decide to go for a weekend, where inevitably, they will meet their demise. It’s a story that sounds too familiar to be original, but it’s anything but ordinary. Instead of opening the film with the group of 20-somethings, “Cabin in the Woods” begins with two average-looking, middleaged workers (Richard Jenkins, “The Rum Diary,” and Bradley Whitford, “Have a Little Faith”) having a mundane conversation at a seemingly uninteresting

job. Without too many narrative cues that describe the nature of their work or how the workers relate to the protagonists, the title card interrupts in a campy way, ending their conversation mid-sentence, signaling the satirical tone of the rest of the movie. The audience soon discovers that these workers are in charge of engineering the deaths of the cabin vacationers. They program certain aspects of the characters’ lives, leading them to make different decisions that could cost the college students their lives. And they keep a betting pool of what deadly scenario will end them. Meanwhile, the coeds must figure out the scheme or die particularly grisly deaths. “Cabin in the Woods” is a critique of — but also an undeniable love letter to — almost every horror movie ever made: It’s a meta hipster adventure. There are clear references to mega hits like “The Hunger Games,” “Saw,” “Alien” and “Hostel,” but the argument can be made for any movie starring zombies, werewolves or axe murderers. Horror movie buffs will rejoice at these references and at the mysterious and sinister company engineering the coeds’ doom — which feels like a meta critique of the horror film fan watching it — not to mention a decent amount of gore to be found. And those repulsed by horror can still enjoy the film’s twisted sense of humor,

Like so many late-night ideas, Taco Bell’s hybrid far better in theory than in practice Peter Hoeschle ArtsEtc. Writer

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The new film from director David Goddard is packed with references to scary movies both famous and obscure, but its own plot is twisted enough to capture viewers of all stripes. which is one to which past horror/comedy hybrid attempts like “Shaun of the Dead” pale in comparison. In terms of critiquing the horror genre, the film makes heavy use of the classic tilted camera angles to disorient the viewer, the poorly planned scenarios that will guarantee a gruesome death, the letterman jacketwearing jock, the dumb blonde, the virginal girl, the idiot pothead and the nerd. But the level of control that characters possess of their own destinies is constantly toyed with, both to the characters themselves and to the audience. Goddard tweaks the audience further, redefining and completely subverting cues that typically would alert a viewer to danger in a scary movie like music and character tropes. These subversions, matched with several other aspects of “Cabin in the Woods,” are what makes it thrilling. While Whitford’s lines aren’t exactly at the caliber of the Aaron Sorkinesque dialogue he once spoke on “The West Wing,” his similarly jaded demeanor as a nefarious engineer is amusing. And when the college coeds are onscreen,

whether they’re playing into their stereotypes or grinding against them, the screenplay often finds a way to be funny about it. The film has a few shortfalls, but it’s difficult to tell whether or not the filmmakers planted them on purpose in further metacritique of the horror movie genre. Minor plot holes slip through the cracks of the outrageousness onscreen, but with few qualms from the audience. The best way to describe this creation might be a genre assessment. It’s a much more powerful deconstruction of the horror movie than “Scream,” one of its few predecessors in its attempt to both function as a scary movie while tearing the concept apart. And its ending, which comes after a series of brilliant plot twists and surprise cameos, makes it similar to what Quentin Tartantino did for badass/ meta World War II movies with “Inglorious Basterds” — “Cabin in the Woods” can’t be topped.

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Fourthmeal adherents still bruised from the aftershocks of allegedly diminished meat content in Taco Bell’s beef offerings received a transfusion on March 8 with what the firm described as the largest product launch in its history. In an attempt to revive sluggish sales, the Shangri-la of late-night food plunked down a $75-million advertising bet on the 1 a.m. foodie’s idea of manna: Doritos Locos Tacos. The concept is simple: Bake a giant Nacho Cheese Dorito into the shape of a hard shell and fill it with lettuce, shredded cheese and beef-flavored meat substance. Product tests in three cities last spring played so well with the Mexican-style fast food crowd that Taco Bell actually announced plans to launch a Cool Ranch version of the “crazy” taco this fall. There was never a question that the idea could fail. Expectations rode high. Of course, this is how most trips to Taco Bell start. An initial attempt to sit down and review the gourmet qualities of Doritos Locos Tacos at the State Street location in Madison yielded even higher expectations — all the shells were sold out by the witching hour on a Friday night. A second attempt a week later, at a location in Indiana, finally resulted in success. The taste test would be conducted in the ideal setting for T-Bell: the back seat of a car on a long trip to

Florida. Visually, the taco is initially stunning. It is ensconced within a bright orange, heavy-paper taco lookalike. Peeling back the protective layer reveals a slightly less iridescent, but no less impressive, orange-dusted shell. The geniuses at Taco Bell labs had succeeded! Even the tactile experience was a triumph, a certain spongy hardness imbued into the shell-shaped Dorito. It was in that faithful representation of the chip that the Locos Tacos fail. The tastes and tonguefeel of the experience simply do not mesh. There is a certain softness inherent in a Dorito chip that lacks the crunch of a successful hard shell, bringing on thoughts of staleness. The one saving grace that was expected, given the copious amounts of cheese powder, did not even show hints of showing up in the meal. Instead, the shell tastes simply like a regular hard taco shell. Disappointment grew as the second taco met taste buds, and was abated only by the nectar of the custom Mountain Dew variant, Baja Blast. Taco Bell did not fail in implementation. Rather, the letdown sprang from imaginations of late-night eaters everywhere, a potent reminder that just because something sounds good does not mean it is good. Doritos Locos Tacos are not machinations; they simply just do not belong. At least before bar time.

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Isthmus attire: finding Madison’s fashion niche Maggie Schafer Timelessly Trendy Columnist L.A. beach babe. New York glamour girl. Southern belle. Many cities and regions bring up images of distinct styles, fashionistas and fashionistos who take their locale into account just as much as they do designer names and the newest trends. So doesn’t it make sense that Madison, a city known for being “locally grown,” would have its own distinct, locally grown fashion? Although it may be difficult to see when surrounded by fellow Madisonians, I would argue that yes, this little city of ours has its own unique style. Over spring break I had the opportunity to visit friends in Charleston, S.C., a small college town similar to Madison but with a very, very Southern flair. However, with my two travel companions/ fellow Badgers, I realized that one of the biggest differences between these two towns was the fashion sense. While the vacationwear of our Southern counterparts consisted of clean khakis and pastels, we Midwesterners cloak our sun-starved bodies in flannels and cut-off denim. I was surprised to find that, of all things, clothing was what best gave me a little taste of home. Whatever this quality that made us stand out was, I am certain that it was of Midwestern origins, and that it made me (dare I say it?) proud to be from Madison. This “Madison Style,” is a direct reflection of a Madison lifestyle, each piece of clothing a small picture of who we are and what our city is. One thing that makes our city unique? Its

proximity to rural areas and its appreciation of a pastoral and more natural lifestyle. We see the influence of this in our favorite flannel shirts (the go-to piece of many Madisonians) and our ability to transform the farmer’s durable denim into modern and unique shapes. Both boys and girls pair hiking boots and Carhartt floppy hats with more urban pieces, transforming practical wear into a fashion forward statement. Although Madison would barely qualify as a small town, small-town influences in its fashion make it all the more unique as a city. Now that spring is upon us, it’s easy to forget the one thing that influences our dressing every day: the weather. And here in Madison, as we all know, the weather is very, very cold more often than not. Even when a blizzard is not looming in the forecast, cold weather favorites continue to make appearances all year long, lending unmistakably Madison accents to our wardrobes. Think of the beanie paired with an otherwise weather-neutral outfit, the one that hides your bad hair day and gives just a hint of apathy. We also have the unique tendency to pair boots with bare legs, or an oversized jacket with shorts. Cold, unpredictable weather has given us the pieces and ability to play with textures, weights and shapes, making us masters at layering. As the weather evolves, so do our fashions, and we Madisonians manage to keep up creatively. Another factor in the Madison lifestyle? Academia. Badgers are smart, scholarly and not afraid to hide it. For every night on the town there is another night in the library, and despite the “nerdy” connotations that this may

bring, we manage to make it cool. Preppy pieces such as button-down shirts layered under clean pullovers, oxfords with crisp skinny pants and soft cardigans look good both in and out of the classroom. Ironically oversized or thick-rimmed glasses are one part hipster, one part academic. Cliché sayings like “nerdy chic,” take on a new originality when they’re materialized in the outfits of studious Badgers. In comparison with those from outside the Midwest, we have an uncanny ability to do grunge right. Of course, I’m not saying our homeless friends on State Street should be fashion icons, I’m just saying we have the modern Kurt Cobain look down. We can effortlessly balance oversized tops and flannels with skinny jeans or distressed denim “mom shorts” and tights. We’ve even perfected the jeans and t-shirt look by finding these grungy basics with perfect fits and fashion conscious details. Why are we so damn good at grunge while others struggle in front of the mirror trying to get “effortless” proportions just right? The reason seems like nothing to be proud of, but I am proud of it nonetheless. We do grunge well because years of partying — of “thirsty Thursdays” and bar deals on Tuesday nights — have taught us how to roll out of bed, throw clothes on and look good. Madison fashion reflects the Madison lifestyle, a lifestyle that I am proud to wear with me wherever I go. Maggie Schafer is an English/creative writing and sociology major. Let her know your opinions on the latest trends at mfschafer@wisc. edu.


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Sports DEPTH, from 10 Meanwhile, Brendan Kelly, Pat Muldoon and David Gilbert will lock horns for the two end positions while Tyler Dippel, Konrad Zagzebski, Jesse Hayes and James Adeyanju will try to squeeze themselves into the picture as well. So no matter the configuration Partridge comes up with, the foundational experience is set for the defensive line, much like it was prior to the start of last season. The next thing to do from there is to lift those in the trenches beyond being just fundamentally sound. The Badgers showcased a middling rush defense

last season. It finished sixth in the Big Ten by allowing 152.8 rushing yards per game and fifth with 25 sacks. Of course, the linebackers would also hold some responsibility in this department, but according to Kohout, the defensive line is well aware of its shortcomings. “You could ask everyone on the D-line, they’d probably say that’s an accurate statement,” Kohout said, when asked if the line’s presence in the backfield was disappointing. “I think we were playing too lateral at times. I think we were a good, solid defensive line. We took care of our responsibilities, but it’s time to take the next step and be

the elite defensive line we can be.” Nzegwu got to the quarterback more times than anyone else last year (4.5), but was followed closely by Allen (4), who has yet to start a game in his career, including Gilbert (3), who lasted four games before injury struck, and Kelly (3), who took over for in Gilbert’s absence. After Nzegwu, Allen caused the most problems in the backfield, with 5.5 tackles for loss, while Kelly totaled five and Gilbert 3.5. The only way to stand out in a group this deep in 2012 will, obviously, be to mold into the playmaker the Badgers have been searching for ever since J.J.

Watt left for the NFL after the 2010 season. And there should be no shortage of motivation for anyone to reach that new level of play. Two years ago, Kohout, then a starter, came down with a midseason injury that allowed Hemer to pass him by, who’s held on to the job ever since. Gilbert looked impressive during his four games last year, but his season was cut short thanks to an injury as well. Last offseason, Muldoon was a top candidate to replace Watt at end but was beaten out by Gilbert and Kelly. He eventually notched two starts late in the 2011 season, but Kelly soon earned his place back.

“We had four different defensive ends start, and I think three or four D-tackles [played a lot] so our whole D-line, one through eight, I think was ready to step in at any moment,” Muldoon said. “It depended on who was healthy or who was just performing at their best at that time of the season. Everyone had their little injuries throughout the season that put them back.” With so much fluctuation along the line, it can be easy to wonder just how friendly the relations are between these giants of the defense. But it’s been clear in spring practices so far that the group has been able to rejoice in its depth.

The defensive linemen is frequently the loudest group out on the field, with shrieks of celebration and midair chest-bumps following quality plays. And if someone goes down with an injury, nobody’s thinking advantageously. “We’re like brothers,” Kelly said. “That’s the thing about our D-line, we’re so close. One guy goes down, everyone helps that dude to get back. Everyone encourages him. I was hurt for so long and I saw that happen, that happened to me. They tried to pull me back. That’s what got me through the injury, just by being a good person and helping guys back like that.”


The Badger Herald | Sports | Monday, April 16, 2012

ERICKSON, from 10 Cup playoffs are quickly turning into an event that shouldn’t be missed. Here are a few reasons why. No frontrunner Through Saturday only two matchups had a 2-0 lead — both in favor of the underdog. Heading into the playoffs, Vancouver was widely expected to be playing for the title, earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after finishing the regular season at a 5122-9 clip — the best regular season record in 2011-12. But the Canucks couldn’t seem to get enough offense going their first two games, taking a 4-2 loss in both game one and two to the Los Angeles Kings. Similarly, the Penguins were also a favorite for the cup before the postseason was underway, and yet through the first two games, they were foiled twice by Flyers’ comebacks. Game two was especially concerning for Pittsburgh after it allowed seven goals over the course of the second and third period, giving Philadelphia an 8-5, game two victory and a 2-0 lead at the time. Heading into the playoffs with the most imposing offensive front between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin the Penguins looked impressive, but the duo was all but silenced through those first two games, which coupled with a shocking lack of defense, rendered the Penguins socially awkward. Every other series that played two games through Saturday ended in a series tie. The New York Rangers, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, couldn’t close out game two against an Ottawa Senators team they should have easily handled. With just over four minutes left in regulation, Senators left winger Nick Foligno slapped in a rebound, beating Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to send the game into overtime.

Lundqvist — who is largely considered the best netminder in the league this season — couldn’t fend off the revived Senators for long as they evened the series at 1-1 off a Chris Neil backhanded goal. It may only be a few games into each series, but so far it is safe to throw any predictions out the window as no team has stood out far and above the rest. Hockey essentials: fights and overtime One thing that certainly sets hockey apart from every other major sport is the fighting. And the playoffs have had no shortage of fights. For example, in the Rangers-Senators game Saturday night, both teams lost a player to game misconduct a mere 2:15 into the first period. Ottawa’s Matt Carkner hunted down New York’s Brian Boyle (in retaliation for an incident in game one), which resulted in Carkner and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky being sent to the locker room for the remainder of the game. On his way out, Dubinsky overturned a Gatorade cooler out of pure frustration in a move that showed his deep disagreement with the refs. Just about every matchup — whether a deep-rooted rivalry or not — has ended up in fisticuffs on numerous occasions, rendering this post season one of the most high-strung affairs the sports world has seen in quite some time. (Although the Indians-Royals benchclearing brawl Saturday night could give the NHL an infinitesimal run for its money.) But beyond the tantamount of fights that’s making these playoffs more intense and interesting than ever, the games are closer than ever before. Through Saturday, out of 15 games played, seven went into overtime — two of which went into double over time. Only the KingsCanucks, Predators-Red Wings and Devils-Panthers avoided overtime play, as of

Saturday. Badgers everywhere Despite not laying claim to its own NHL team, UW is well represented with 10 players across seven different teams. Recent Badgers forward Derek Stepan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh — who both skated with Wisconsin in its 2010 national championship run — are both with the New York Rangers, who currently face the Ottawa Senators and McDonagh’s former UW roommate, forward Kyle Turris (‘07-‘08). The most recent Badger to leave for the NHL, forward Craig Smith along with defenseman Ryan Suter (‘03-‘04), currently hold a 2-1 series lead after Sunday’s win with the Nashville Predators over the Detroit Red Wings. St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, who anchored Wisconsin’s 2006 national championship team, squares off with his former teammate, forward Joe Pavelski and forward Brad Winchester (‘99-’03) and the San Jose Sharks. Finally, defenseman Dave Drewiske (’05-’08) and the Kings are on a strong upset run against the Vancouver Canucks, while forward Jack Skille (’05-’07) and the Florida Panthers are looking to do the same against the New Jersey Devils. Essentially, if you have no current NHL loyalties, picking a team based on your favorite Badgers isn’t a bad idea, especially given how tight the playoffs are this year. Overall, the intensity of this year’s playoffs, even a few games in, is too palpable to ignore. With such a tight race, it’s currently a free-for-all — any team currently has as good of a chance as the next for the Stanley Cup. Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Which former Badgers have the best chance for the cup? Let her know on Twitter @kellymerickson or at kerickson@badgerherald. com

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Braves sweep Brewers, earn 7-4 victory Sunday ATLANTA -(AP) Chipper Jones wants to relish the highlights in his final season. His first home game earned a special place on that list. Jones hit a threerun homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five straight after losing their first four games. Beachy gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings. Jones, whose 40th birthday is April 24, had arthroscopic surgery on March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He missed the first two games of the series after having the knee drained on Friday. He hit what he called a

hanging curve ball from Chris Narveson for the three-run homer in the third inning that gave the Braves the lead. “It was a pretty cool moment,” said Jones, who announced in spring training he will retire after the season. “This year is going to be filled with a lot of moments, I hope. I’ve had two so far.” Jones has two homers in only three games. After missing the first four games of the season while recovering from the surgery, he homered in his first game back on Tuesday night in Houston. “It’s just amazing,” Beachy said. “He just had his knee drained and comes up today with a big threerun homer. ... It’s just huge having him out there.” Narveson gave up five runs in four innings for the Brewers, who have lost four straight. Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in three runs.

Jones’ three-run homer in the third drove in Beachy, who walked, and Martin Prado, who doubled to left. Jones turned on the first pitch, hitting a fat curve ball over the plate. “You’re trying to keep him off-balance,” Narveson said. “That came back over the plate when we were trying to get it away. Obviously he put a good swing on it. He punishes mistakes.” Jones said he savored his 456th career homer. “Just running around the bases I was thinking to myself man, this is pretty awesome,” he said. “Coming back and getting the reception from my teammates and the fans was pretty special.” Beachy (1-1) became Atlanta’s second straight starter to pitch at least seven innings without allowing an earned run. He struck out six and walked two batters.

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things. Some of the girls took advantage of it and some of the girls let it slip away. I think this is just going to make us

for UW in singles play. Stracar’s match versus Purdue’s Mara Schmidt went to a super tie breaker where Stracar was able to come out on top. Later, Stracar embraced the intensity of the match saying she used it to her advantage. “I really wanted to win,” Stracar said. “There were a couple of overrules, she got overruled a couple of times and then [Schmidt] said some not very nice things which got me a little heated. I tried to focus through it and get the win. I feel like [Schmidt’s trash talk] gave me a boost because then I was really pissed off and want to win even more.”

efforts, in the end it was Purdue (13-4, 6-3 Big Ten) that came out on top earning the doubles point and four of the six available singles points. Fleishman was disappointed with the loss but realized how good of a team Purdue is and liked the way his team fought. “I thought we competed extremely hard against a top 40 team,” Fleishman said. “[Purdue] is a good team. I think they are right up there with Michigan and Northwestern. They are a very strong team, and I thought we competed well against them. “We put ourselves in a position to do good

“Anytime you can get players to keep believing even though they are down, is huge.” Brian Fleishman

Head Coach UW Women’s Tennis

tougher.” Spohomore Nicky Stracar and freshman Sarah Loebel were able to pick up two points

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D-linemen enjoy depth With plenty of able bodies, Badgers look for playmakers to step forward Elliot Hughes Sports Editor The 2012 offseason has been one of significant turnover for the Wisconsin football team, with six assistant coaches leaving and a body of seniors jockeying for position on NFL draft boards. And while several positions are only now beginning to start anew with spring practice in top gear, the defensive line is one of the few units that, relatively speaking, is taking up where it left off after the lights dimmed on the Rose Bowl and the 2011 season. Despite losing Louis Nzegwu and Patrick Butrym — who both started their final two years at UW — the defensive line still

retains seven principle contributors from a year ago. All but two have appeared in at least 11 games in each of the past two years, while five combine for 39 starts. Marshaled by defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who enters his sixth year at UW, nine players cycled in and out of the line in 2011 until starting end David Gilbert sustained a season-ending injury in Week 4. In the upcoming 2012 season, the rotation will probably feature as few as six people or as many as “eight … nine, 10, we’ll see,” according to Partridge, as his shoulders shrug and a pleasant smile emerges. Partridge smiles because he faces one of the cushiest problems a coach could have — managing a unit brimming

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Fifth-year senior Brendan Kelly is one of three linemen competing for the two starting defensive end positions. Kelly started eight games for UW last season after redshirt junior David Gilbert went down with a foot injury after four games. with able bodies and the best way to go about it is let them all compete. Partridge doesn’t classify anyone as an expected starter and has left all four spots on the line up for grabs. Even Ethan

Hemer, who’s started the past 20 games for UW, isn’t guaranteed anything. “It’s a fun room to be a part of,” Partridge said. “They work their tails off. … They’re hungry.” Partridge said Hemer,

Jordan Kohout and Beau Allen will compete for the two starring roles at tackle while Bryce Gilbert and Warren Herring will fight for time behind them.

In the middle of April, with deliciously warm days and baseball finally getting in full swing, hockey simply is not on the radar. But much to the contrary, the NHL playoffs are upon us. And oh boy, what a post season it has been so far. Between unbelievable upsets, buzzer-beaters for overtime and the utter amount of overtime games that have take place thus far, the Stanley

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UW breaks 6-game losing streak in 5-2 victory Badgers topple Hoosiers for 1st time since 2003, lose 5-2 to Purdue Friday Spencer Smith Women’s Tennis Writer

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Wisconsin sophomore Nicky Stracar notched one of the Badgers’ two points against Purdue Friday with a win in singles play. Stracar noted how heated the match was, mentioning she gained momentum from how angry her opponent was due to overturned rulings.

Finally putting an end to a six-match losing streak, Wisconsin split its weekend against Purdue and Indiana. En route to a 5-2 win over No. 47 Indiana (15-8, 4-5 Big Ten) Sunday, the Badgers (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) came out running, taking the doubles point from the Hoosiers to start the match and taking four of six singles points. In doubles play, Indiana and Wisconsin each won a game in the first two matches, bringing the doubles point down to the match between UW’s team of Angela Chupa and Sarah Loebel against IU’s Leslie Hureau and Shannon Murdy.

Chupa and Loebel found themselves in a 4-0 hole early, but fought back, winning the match 8-6 and taking the doubles point for Wisconsin. Head coach Brian Fleishman couldn’t be happier for the Chupa and Loebel’s big win. “That was a huge breakthrough for those two girls today,” Fleishman said. “Anytime you can get players to keep believing, even though they are down, is huge.” The Badgers took the momentum from the doubles win and continued it in doubles play taking four of the six points from the Hoosiers. The singles play was highlighted by the huge win by UW’s redshirt senior Alaina Trgovich over No. 65 Leslie Hureau. Trgovich got the match started by taking the first set, 6-4. Hureau then made a charge, taking the second set but Trgovich shut the

door in the third set to win, 6-2. Trgovich said she was playing inspired tennis in the match on Sunday with a participant from Wish Upon A Badger, a 12-year-old girl with leukemia, as the source for her inspiration. “Honestly, I kept thinking of Alexis,” said Trgovich. “She was a huge inspiration today. When I wanted to get mad in the third set I thought of her. That was what got me through it and make more balls.” In the No. 3 singles position Junior Hannah Berner picked up the fourth and matchwinning point for the Badgers through three sets. With the win on Sunday, Wisconsin picked up its first win over Indiana under Fleishman and earned its second Big Ten win on the year. Fleishman knew it was a huge win for the team and hopes it is a sign of things to come late in the season. “The win was so big,” Fleishman said. “It’s the first time since I’ve been here that we have beaten Indiana. The girls just have to keep believing. Even though we were on a losing streak and even though [Indiana] was ranked and they were good, we just have to keep believing. “The team realizes now that we can start our season here, we are 1-0 right now going into Iowa. We can forget about what has happened up to this point in the season and build off of this win.” But before Wisconsin could snap that losing streak, it gave up one more match Friday when the Badgers dropped their sixth straight match to the No. 34 Purdue Boilermakers, losing 5-2. The intensity level was high between the Badgers and Boilermakers with arguments between opposing players and many rackets being abused against the walls and court. The Badgers rose to the challenge sending three matches into tiebreaks. Regardless of their

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