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New constitution returns ASM also commemorates drowned UW student at first meeting of academic year Julia Skulstad Campus Life Editor The Associated Students of Madison began their first meeting of the fall semester with discourse on constitutional reform and the commemoration of the UW student who drowned on campus last week. Badger Catholic budget facilitator Nico Fassino said he believed the proposed new constitution would improve ASM’s efficiency. “ASM needs to be more efficient, deliver its

testified his support for the proposal. Manes outlined areas of leadership, culture and structure as areas of focus regarding the need for improving the ASM constitution. Of these, he said structure is the area where ASM has consistently failed. Manes said it is the structural changes that will affect ASM’s ability to act as an organization. He added that students will take notice only if ASM starts to spend years actually doing things, instead of spending

services more directly, make more sense in general to students and actually get things done,” Fassino said. Fassino said the constitutional reform would address the problem areas with the current constitution, including the lack of a single figurehead for the government and the need for students on campus to understand how the student government operates. UW student Matt Manes, a former Student Services Finance Committee chair, also

years not accomplishing anything. Manes cited the distribution of power as a main reason why ASM has failed to accomplish tasks assigned to them. Several student government members, including the majority of last year’s Student Council, did not support the new constitution and did not adopt the proposal. Shared Governance Chair Sam Seering presented a plan for the constitutional proposal’s

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ASM Vice Chair Maria Giannopoulos takes questions and responds to concerns centering on the student government’s constitutional reforms, a main topic of discussion at the Wednesday meeting.

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Marriage equality takes center stage in Wis. politics Polo Rocha State Legislative Editor As same-sex marriage continues to play an important role in national politics this year with Democrats adopting the issue into their platform, senatorial candidate Tammy Baldwin could make history by becoming the first openly gay U.S. Senator. The race to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl has gained national

sexual orientation, despite her potential to make history, has not been talked about much in the news or from both campaigns, Chavez noted. She called this interesting and reflective of Baldwin’s ability to connect with average voters. “You could not even imagine this happening five or six years ago,” Chavez said in an interview with The Badger Herald. “I think it says that a lot of average middle class people have

attention mainly because of Wisconsin’s increasing influence on national politics, but LGBT groups recognize the historic opportunity the race brings, according to University of Wisconsin communication arts professor Karma Chavez. The focus of the Senate campaign between Baldwin and former Gov. Tommy Thompson has been on the economy, the national debt and health care. Baldwin’s

All that jazz The “Jazz at Five” band drew a considerable crowd of Madisonians Wednesday at the Capitol square. Jazz singer Cheryl Bentybe, who sang with Mark Winkler at the performance, crooned popular jazz tunes as onlookers listened.

realized that there is a certain kind of gay person that is essentially just like them, and I think that is what Tammy Baldwin represents.” According to Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling, if Baldwin loses, it will not be because of her sexual orientation, but because she is the “epitome of a good liberal” since she has held “very liberal” positions on every issue. “We have a severe

financial crisis in this country that is threatening the independence of families from the government,” Appling said. “If Baldwin loses, it will be for all of the things she stands for.” Appling was highly critical of the Democratic National Convention platform including samesex marriage, saying that a statement supporting gay marriage renders 236 years of the country’s tradition “meaningless.” She added

there is no stronger show of support the Democrats could have had for the issue. Chavez said same-sex marriage and the benefits that come along with it would only help those who want to get married and have a job with good benefits. She added same-sex marriage on the platform might actually hide other issues that may be more important. “I think it is a good

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Soglin rolls out city annual capital budget

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Camille Albert City Hall Editor Mayor Paul Soglin released his annual capital budget with plans to delegate funds toward the creation of a public market and a skateboard park in Madison. Soglin introduced a $192 million budget that includes more than $23 million in federal grants. Ninety-three percent the grant funds will be used for transportation, six percent to open space and recreation and one percent to public safety, according to a city budget summary. He said there are several commitments to public transportation in the budget, though he also intends to build a public

market within the city. “A public market that focuses on access to quality, fresh food not only provides a health benefit to a community, but it also provides some economic savings and an opportunity to grow locally owned and controlled businesses,” Soglin said. “This is one of the real opportunities for our community.” He added that the city also has the opportunity to sustain more than one market in the future. Soglin said the city has received negative responses concerning the proposed funding for a skateboard park. He said a number of years ago, the city received an open spaces grant to do work on the “central park,” and the


city is only allowed to use that money on that project site. “I did make an effort in the past year to talk to the feds to see whether or not they chose some flexibility both in terms of transportation and outside the project boundary lines,” Soglin said. “They were very clear those monies have to be used on that project site.” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he supports the skate park. He noted that Madison is one of the few cities that does not already have one, and some University of Wisconsin students may use it because of its proposed location on the east side of

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Bicyclist collides with vehicle on Johnson St. Camille Albert City Hall Editor A collision between a bicyclist and a motor vehicle took place Wednesday on the corner of Johnson Street and Lake Street after the bicyclist ran a red light, according to a Madison Police report. The bicyclist was cited for failing to stop at the red light and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening

injuries, the statement said. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said these types of incidents occur more frequently than many would imagine, and the vast majority of them are not reported by the MPD unless they involve a tragic fatality or serious injury. “Bicycling is hugely popular in Madison, so with that popularity does bring accidents that occur from time to time,” Verveer said.

He added this is a reminder for pedestrians to follow the rules of the road. It is likely that these accidents occur downtown more frequently than the rest of the city because bicycling is particularly popular downtown, Verveer said. He added bicyclists can bike safely by riding on the dedicated bike lanes or on the network of bike paths in the city.



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Federal $23,036,970, 12% General Obligation Bonds-Other $34,299,803, 18% General Obligation Bonds-Funds supported, $63,058,050, 33% Other (Reserves, Room Tax, etc.) $17,245,000, 9% Private Contributions $5,555,600, 3% Assessments/Impact Fees $12,131,000, 6% Revenue Bonds 19% $36,467,000

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The University of Wisconsin sent the 14th-largest amount of graduates to the Teach For America program in 2012, the organization said Wednesday. On Wednesday, TFA, a two-year public service program that sends students to teach in urban and rural public schools, released rankings of schools by the amount of graduates sent to the program. UW’s new participants will join over 10,000 others currently teaching all over the country in schools of high need. Fifty-three graduates from UW will join the program this year, according to a TFA statement. In two years, they will become part

of the 538 UW alumni who have taught in the program since it began 22 years ago. As it is a program that accepts all disciplines, three percent of last year’s seniors at the university applied to the program, the statement said. UW spokesperson Dennis Chaptman said he was pleased with the large number of UW graduates that have taken part in the program. “We’re proud of UWMadison graduates’ commitment to service, and our consistent highranking in producing Teach for America members is more proof of their dedication,” Chaptman said. “They’re involved, making an impact and providing leadership in improving student achievement in communities across America.” Emily Kesner, a 2012 graduate of the UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is in her third week of the program. After going through training this past summer,

she is currently teaching 2nd grade in St. Louis. “It is definitely a really intensive and rigorous program, and I have learned so incredibly much through it. It is the most challenging but rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” Kesner said. Kesner said after an online application, applicants are given a phone interview, and finally, they go through a full-day interview, which includes a model teaching session. Kesner said she knew about the program through some friends who had been a part of it. After writing an article on it for one of her journalism classes, she discovered the program would be an effective way to demonstrate the Wisconsin Idea. “The Wisconsin Idea draws people into programs like the Peace Corps and Teach for America,” Kesner said. “The more I thought about it, there was no way I couldn’t be a part of the change.

Students consider safety of study abroad programs UW: Security is first concern, checking crises is constant process Dana Bossen Herald Contributor With a study abroad fair for students fast approaching this semester, concern regarding current social political issues across the world may impact decisions by University of Wisconsin students considering the possibility of studying in a different country. Director of International Studies and Programs Dan Gold said he assures student safety is their first concern, and situations abroad are under constant supervision by UW in order to ensure those studying abroad are not in any danger. While study abroad programs in Syria and Egypt have been shut down due to political and social unrest, the university still offers programs in certain areas of the Middle East, Gold said. “Crises are generally very fluid, with no clear starting point or ending point,” Gold said. “Monitoring them is a constant process.” Gold said concerns about international turmoil is nothing new for international studies

programs. He said there have always been crises and issues in the world and added that study abroad programs take these risks into account. He added that in light of such problems, the number of students studying abroad has not wavered. The world as a whole has changed to become much more globalized, according to Gold, and with this change, an interconnectedness and increasing global knowledge has taken place. Gold said students should look to the University International Travel Committee, Department of State Travel Warnings and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the process of researching countries where they would like to study abroad. The annual UW Study Abroad Fair will be held later next week and will provide information on the variety of study abroad programs that the university offers, both in the Middle East and across the world, Gold said. Gold said the fair is the only event of the year that showcases all of the study abroad programs available to UW students and added it is organized by the International Academic Programs with representatives from other study abroad offices on campus.

“There are quite a few options to choose from,” Gold said. “Students choose programs for both regional and academic reasons, and we try to offer students programs in all regions that meet the same academic standards.” Associate Student Coordinator of the International Studies and Programs Department Lauren Worth said she urges students to attend. Worth said the International Studies and Programs Department is adding new study abroad programs constantly. She also said the fair provides returning faculty and students the opportunity to offer personal experiences with particular programs. Worth stressed the importance of oneon-one interactions made possible through attendance in the fair because personal experiences can provide a higher amount of guidance and feedback, as opposed to a gathering of information online. “The website is great, but it really only gives you the bare bones information,” Worth said. Worth said online, students do not really get an idea of the actual experience of studying abroad and added the fair adds a more personal touch to educating students on programs. The study abroad fair will be held on Sept. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at Varsity Hall in Union South.

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Pink, plastic flamingos perched across Bascom Hall on the first day of classes. The florescent birds served as an advertisement for UW Housing’s new convenience stores.

Flamingos flock at UW Tara Golshan Higher Education Editor University of Wisconsin students were welcomed by hundreds of pink flamingos perched on Bascom Hill Tuesday in a unique advertisement by UW Housing. Bascom Hill, which historically has been used as a platform to publicize events and raise awareness due to its heavy foot traffic, was covered in nearly 400 pink flamingos to promote UW’s newly branded Flamingo Run convenience stores, according to a UW statement. The statement said the spectacle, taking place on the first day of class for UW students, was a smaller recreation of a 1979 event in which the Pail and Shovel Party, a student government party on campus, covered the same grassy area with approximately 1,008 flamingos in celebration of an election win. According to UW Housing spokesperson Brendon Dybdahl, the UW brand convenience store, which is now open in Gordon’s Dining and Event Center and Dejope Hall, was named in honor of that historic event. He added its naming was the beginning of an effort to incorporate more of UW’s history into the daily lives of students. “It was sort of a ‘welcome to the first day of classes,’ and also a big promotion of the Flamingo Run, our convenience store,” Dybdahl said. “Yesterday was the 33rd anniversary of the planting of Bascom.” According to Dybdahl, the planting, which received significant of student attention, was paired with a campuswide contest for students to guess the number of flamingos. Housing and Dining staff also dressed in flamingo-themed shirts for the occasion, he added. Dybdahl said in addition to encouraging students to explore

the stores and the new buildings, the flamingo planting acted as part of an even bigger effort to spread awareness about campus and regional history. “There was a lot on social media, with sharing pictures, getting the message out, partially trying to figure out what was going on,” Dybdahl said in reference to the students’ reaction. “We felt pretty good about stirring up some interest.” According to UW Housing Area Coordinator Scott Seyforth, this kind of historical awareness event will also be seen at Dejope Hall with a focus on Native American history, reflecting the hall’s name. Dybdahl, who will foresee other events centered on the Native American theme of the building, said UW Housing has been thinking about hosting speakers and even performances. The hall previously hosted the HoChunk Nations at Dejope’s official dedication ceremony, which was held for members of the summer campus community. According to Seyforth, a second dedication ceremony with the HoChunk Nation will be held for the students this semester to spread the word further about the history. “At Dejope, there will be several events for member[s] of the community to explore Dejope and why we named the building,” Seyforth said. “One of them is going to be a white oak planting ceremony with Ho-Chunk Nation.” According to both Seyforth and Dybdahl, the branding and naming has seen a positive reaction from students. As for the flamingos, Director of UW Housing Paul Evans said more appearances are in the works, including a potential flamingo scavenger hunt.


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The case of Justice David Prosser’s alleged choking of a Supreme Court colleague has made news again, as a lawyer representing Prosser sent a letter to the chief justice asking her to dismiss the case. In August, the Judicial Commission asked Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to send the case to the Court of Appeals, as the three conservative-leaning judges on the court recused themselves from the case. Yesterday, Prosser’s attorney Kevin Reak sent

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a letter to Abrahamson requesting that she refuse the recommendation and dismiss the case. According to the letter, sending Judicial Commission complaints to the Court of Appeals has to be decided by the whole court, not by only one justice. “For more than a quarter century, Judicial Commission complaints have remained in the Supreme Court until the court, as a whole, issued an order sending them to the Court of Appeals,” the letter read. “There is no rule, no understanding and no

practice that an individual justice, including the chief justice, may act on behalf of the court in these matters.” The letter said that if Abrahamson were to do so and not get the whole court to decide on the case, it would be “a formula for mischief and chaos,” because if a single judge can decide to send such complaints to the Court of Appeals, another judge can also countermand that decision. As the three conservative-leaning judges have recused from judging the case and the potential victim Justice Ann Walsh

Bradley cannot participate, the letter reiterated that the Supreme Court does not have a quorum to rule on this issue and should ultimately drop it. “The Judicial Commission is attempting to induce you to violate multiple ethical and procedural rules in order to trigger a meaningless but very costly “mock trial” that can never produce a definitive conclusion. Subjecting Justice Prosser to a meaningless trial will clearly violate his constitutional rights,” the letter read. Supreme Court and

Court of Appeals Clerk Diane Fremgen declined to comment on the issue and could only confirm the letter was filed, though she did say it is unclear when Abrahamson would make a decision. One Wisconsin Now spokesperson Mike Browne said Prosser’s alleged behavior has not reflected well on the court as a whole. “Justice Prosser’s [alleged] behavior reflects poorly on himself and on the court,” Browne said. “He is also essentially doubling down by alleging no one is qualified to judge his alleged behavior.”

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CRIME in Brief LANGDON STREET Robbery In separate incidents, two 20-year-old University of Wisconsin students became victims of muggings on Langdon Street early Saturday morning, according to Madison Police reports. MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said authorities believe the two robberies were connected because

of the time between them, their proximity and the descriptions of the suspects. According to the reports, the first mugging occurred at 3:26 a.m. on the 200 block of Langdon. The report said three men, aged 20-25, appeared from a dark alley and took the victim’s wallet after knocking him down and giving him a bloody nose.

Then, at 3:34 a.m. on the same block, another victim said he was attacked by two men, both men ages 25-29, the report said. Both victims identified one perpetrator as having dreadlocked hair. The report said after being pinned against a parked car with a hand placed on his throat, the second victim gave the perpetrators money after

being demanded to do so.

UNIVERSITY AVENUE Robbery A 50-year-old Madison man sustained multiple blows to the head as he fended off a crook from taking his bicycle early Saturday morning, an MPD report said. According to the report,

a group of young men approached the victim, who was standing with his bicycle on the 600 block of University Avenue around 3:10 a.m. One individual took hold of the bike and said he intended to steal it. The victim managed to hang on to his bike but was punched multiple times in the face by the suspect while doing so, according to the report.

The group eventually fled. DeSpain did not confirm whether the robbery was related to similar events that night on Langdon Street. “The crimes are a little bit different, but again, if you look at the time and proximity, it’s still fairly close to Langdon Street,” DeSpain said. “So certainly that possibility exists, that it is the same people.”

City, developer cancel sale of E. Wash lot Fresh Madison Market still plans to develop area

benefit the neighborhood and its residents in the near future,” Jeff Maurer, owner of Fresh Madison Market, said in the statement.

developers. Although there is no project in the works, the site is going through demolition, Brynn Bemis, one of the city’s project managers said in an email to The Badger Herald. Bemis said the city has received $1.2 million for the cleanup, with $800,000 to be used specifically for the Don Miller block and a $400,000 site assessment grant to be used for investigating the city for potential environmental contamination. “Remediation, or excavation of contaminated soil, is scheduled to occur next spring 2013,” Bemis said. “This is the original schedule and is not impacted by ULI.

communities will go over that amount, this one ended at negotiation where no resolution was made, he added. According to the statement, the city and ULI entered into the purchase and sale agreement on May 22. “In addition to the city looking for a larger development proposal on the site, the city and ULI both concluded that, at this time, the parking/ development financial model would not generate sufficient incremental taxes to justify the project at this time,” the statement read. Cover said that approximately five other proposals were submitted over a year ago, all of which

are expressing a renewed interest in this site. One business that hopes to be a part of the redevelopment despite the setback is Fresh Madison Market. “Fresh Madison Market still hopes to be part of a future development in the area and provide a muchneeded option of affordable, healthy foods, as well as create jobs, for those living and working in the neighborhood,” a statement released by the store said. Cover said the city is looking for a project that will simultaneously generate energy in the area and work financially. “We hope it is still possible to create something great in this space that will truly

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thing in terms of progress,” Chavez said. “On the other hand, recognizing same-sex marriage doesn’t actually help a lot of gays and lesbians. Homelessness, decent jobs, those are things that would actually create equality for gays and lesbians. For middle class people with good jobs, it’s important, not for people who don’t have jobs or people who don’t want to be married.” Although the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin declined to comment on partisan issues, spokesperson Stacy Harbaugh said the group has various LGBT campaigns at the state level. These include a lawsuit against Wisconsin Family Action and an anti-bullying campaign in Milwaukee, where the ACLU of Wisconsin has a large youth program. “While politicians at the federal level are arguing about these very important issues, there are rights that still need to be defended at the state level, and we are involved with that,” Harbaugh said.

the Capitol. Soglin said the reflection of his own priorities in the budget is minimal, because the budget is a product of commitments the city made in prior years and cannot be flexible given the inherited levels of debt service. He said the sources of funding for the capital and operating budget include general obligation borrowing, federal funds, state funds, private contributions and others. Soglin said he is partly unhappy with the total number. “I wish the [general obligation] borrowing was even less because of what it does to our debt service in future years,” Soglin said. “We’ve made some attempt to use cash in certain instances to fund some of these projects and some of these activities trying

Molly McCall City Life Editor The City of Madison and Urban Land Interests will no longer be moving forward with the sale and purchase of the former Don Miller property on the 800 North Block of East Washington Avenue. The decision between the city and ULI was mutual, according to a Madison statement. “ULI had proposed a development of two commercial buildings, an apartment building and a

Tara Golshan Higher Education Editor Nearly 20 students joined Mayor Paul Soglin at Gordon’s Event and Dining Center Tuesday, as he shared his interests and past experiences in social justice. Hosted by University of Wisconsin’s Multicultural Learning Community, Soglin began with a history lesson that provided context to the current politics of the university campus and the country as a whole. “Im giving you a head start on your basic history class,” said Soglin, who is also a part-time teacher at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. According to UW

parking ramp to serve the commercial buildings,” the statement said. According to Steve Cover, director of the Madison Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development, the city was unable to make the financial numbers work with the project proposed by ULI. The city looked at nearly 12 alternatives, but none were satisfactory, Cover said. Both parties recognized the situation and amiably terminated the agreement, he added. “The City of Madison tries to set a limit of $3 million on such projects, which is dictated by city policy,” Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said of the terminated deal. Although some

Associate Daily Life Coordinator Larry Davis, Soglin has a long history in activism, dating back to the Vietnam War and the first Mifflin Block Party, which was originally politically charged. Soglin’s talk deconstructed social justice into six categories: housing, transportation, education, employment, quality childcare and health care. “Those six categories sum up the most important social justice issues for a successful household,” Soglin said. “If there is a household with five of those six, there is still room for failure.” When comparing his own interests in activism as a youth to the interest of

young people today, Soglin found differences in values between the generations. Although unsure of where the true values of youth lie today, Soglin associated the importance of social justice in his time to be the direct byproduct of growing up in the “shadows of World War II.” According to Soglin, peer pressure pushed his generation to fight for social justice in their youth because of its importance following World War II. “Our peer group placed value on these issues,” Soglin said. “There is no question that social media has a profound impact on this generation, but the question is how will that change things.”

“We hope it is still possible to create something great in this space that will truly benefit the neighborhood.”

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Fresh Madison Market Owner The next stage for the store is to return to the request for proposal, where a working group will set forth to write up proposals and send them to

ASM, from 1 appearance on ASM’s fall 2012 ballot. Seering said the new constitution will include executive, legislative, judicial and appropriations branches. “The creation of the executive branch in my mind is to create efficiency in the organization,” Seering said in response to the question of whether having a president and vice president introduced to ASM would benefit the entity. Wisconsin Union President Sara Mathews, Vice President of Public Relations Jose Cornejo and Vice President Program Administration Tara Centeno were the next to speak in open forum. Each outlined

their concerns and goals going forward into the academic year. Mathews said her main goal was to create a better relationship between the Union and ASM, and she, along with Cornejo and Centento, outlined the Union Council’s initiatives for more efficient student involvement. After open forum, United Council Executive Director Courtney Morse led a Recruitment Training program regarding strategies for ASM recruitment in general. Morse said her goals for ASM were for the body to have the ability to expand capacity and develop the generation of student leaders. Following the training program, Vote Coalition

to move the city away from using borrowed money for one-time studies.” The current budget gap for the operating budget is $10 million, Soglin said. He added he will continue to work with city staff to present a balanced budget to the City Council in approximately 30 days. He added city agencies will face five percent reductions, which may lead to alternative options for each agency. The reduction may prove to be significant in services, he said. Verveer said a number of downtown streets will be reconstructed and the renovation of Library Mall is scheduled to cost about $5 million. He said he was with Soglin’s proposed budget plan. “Overall, I think he made very good, tough choices,” Verveer said.

Chair Hannah Somers led a session to register any members of ASM to vote and helped members register to become Registration Deputies to help other students register to vote. Student Council also passed a resolution to commemorate UW student John “Vietnam” Nguyen, a member of the spoken word First Wave who drowned last week. The council commemorated his death by viewing one of several YouTube videos Nguyen had posted before his death. “He had changed my life forever and was very passionate about what he did,” ASM Representative Jeremy Levinger said prior to the viewing.


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Baldwin should emphasize her own strengths Jared Mehre Columnist The campaign for the soonto-be empty seat of Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., is in full swing, and as many of us now know, Wisconsin’s next senator will be either Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., or former governor Tommy Thompson. Already there is a non-issue being brought to the forefront of voters’ minds — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Baldwin’s campaign has chosen to make Thompson’s refusal to release his tax returns the crusading issue of their campaign. In August, when asked about releasing his tax

returns, Thompson defiantly told reporters, “The answer is ‘no’. No. The answer is ‘N-O.’ what part don’t you understand?” The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Democrats have released an advertisement containing this controversial soundbite. Thompson’s taxes are a distraction from the real issues in this ongoing election. While running for public office, Thompson is still a private citizen and therefore not required to release any of his tax returns. [CITATION] While doing this would make him a more trustworthy candidate, Baldwin’s decision to make this the big issue of the election is a weak strategy. Baldwin needs to get her

image out to the public, and considering her upcoming speech at the Democratic National Convention, I can think of no better time for her to put her campaign back on track. Baldwin, who has been taking care of her aging grandparents throughout her political career, has the ability to electrify the Democratic base in Wisconsin. In an America where the budget plans of the GOP vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, have many voters who rely on Social Security and Medicare scared for their medical and financial futures, Baldwin is a candidate who understands the importance of these

programs and will fight to keep them. Baldwin even told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “I regard them more as promises than programs.” Baldwin has the correct ideology, history and personality to rival that of Paul Ryan. This should be the big issue of the campaign, not casting doubt on Tommy Thompson’s character over his refusal to release tax returns. Baldwin’s criticism is unnecessary, as Thompson’s character was already questioned during the Republican Senate Primary. The Washington Post has reported that former candidate Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager, portrayed Thompson as an


Abortion ad tarnishes Herald To the editor: I picked up a copy of your opening fall issue, and inside was an advertising supplement from the Human Life Alliance under the title “…And Justice For All.” What followed were multiple stories and facts about the physical and psychological damage abortion can have on a woman. While I am not shy talking about this issue, and think that it is an important topic for a college newspaper to discuss, I was extremely shocked by the bias which was displayed throughout these articles. These were not articles meant to start an open discussion about this sensitive topic, but instead meant to shame

women into making a choice without thinking. One article titled “Reproductive Racism” compared the abortion clinics of today — using Planned Parenthood as an example — to an early 1900s abortion and birth control movement which targeted racial minorities as a way to control minority population. The article stated that “…black women are 14 percent of the female population and have 30 percent of abortions, and Hispanic women are 15.8 percent of the female population and have 25 percent of abortions.” These statistics are very misleading because there are numerous factors that could cause a certain racial group to have a

higher probability of having an abortion, and none of these relate to targeted racial abortions from Planned Parenthood. While I understand that these were not the direct words of The Badger Herald, I feel that you have a responsibility to screen the advertisements that you allow in your newspaper, especially those that limit the ability to have an honest debate about this important issue. I feel that it hurts your credibility as a newspaper and unintentionally divides people. Paul Theis ( is a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering.

Press sources, be clear with graphs Jason Smathers Public Editor There is nothing more pleasing to a Herald or Cardinal employee than the sight of the year’s first paper on the racks. Then the next day comes. And while the sight of that massive paper inspires pride, the criticism starts almost immediately — both from the student body and the staff themselves. So while my criticism may be pointed, I don’t intend to stomp on the necks of new staffers who are just trying to get it right. With the first paper of the year, there’s always a great deal of room for improvement. That’s what I hope to show here. Properly prodding sources When the Herald Sports Content Editor Nick Korger interviewed Badgers running back Montee Ball for a story on his life in the “fishbowl” of the media spotlight, I expected a few pressing questions to be asked. What actually happened at Mifflin was one of them. How he got through his beating and reflected on the accusations made against him was another. As a public representative of the University of Wisconsin, a greater explanation from Ball on those two incidents was reasonable to ask for. Instead of hearing Ball give his perspective, Korger highlights the incidents himself, only turning to Ball for a summation of his feelings on the matter. We hear from Ball that it has definitely changed his perspective, but not

in a great amount of detail. Korger said he was going for Ball’s reflection after the fact and said that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had interviewed him before and extracted more detail he didn’t want to rehash. I can certainly understand that. I also understand that Ball is an expert at managing the media, but a little rehashing from Ball’s point of view might have benefited an audience looking to the Herald for that information. And prodding is especially crucial when dealing with media-conscious figures like Ball. I don’t fault Korger for his angle, but he could have at least mentioned lingering questions from the incidents to balance out the background. I initially felt the same way about the Herald’s top page news story on Mifflin. The news that Soglin now intends to bring the annual booze bash to a grinding halt this year is not unexpected, but his seriousness in executing it is certainly newsworthy. However, the story does little to spell out how Soglin plans to accomplish that. Editor-in-chief Ryan Rainey says the Herald did ask specifics of Soglin and sought out an answer from multiple sources, some of which never called back. Alderman Mike Verveer’s comment on possibly relocating the event also provides some background. Yet the story should have been more explicit about what was and wasn’t known. If Soglin refused to say how he’d stop it or didn’t have a plan, that should be stated explicitly for the record, along with background on his previous opposition. Rainey acknowledges the need for a follow-up and I hope to see it.

A statistical overload State Legislative Editor Polo Rocha had his work cut out for him with his story on the conflicting job claims. Having covered the issue, I can say that trying to put the numbers in clear, clean language is nearly impossible. However, Rocha does a good job in the main story of trying to lay out the differences between the two data sets. He also paired a claim of overall job losses since Dec. 2010 by Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca’s office with state official’s explanation of the lack of seasonal adjustment that actually makes sense. What didn’t work as well was the graphic. While the numbers are right for the most part, it’s confusing and misleading in two instances. The 11,300 jobs lost on the bottom of the graph? They’re tied to the CES numbers from March of 2011 to March of 2012, not the QCEW figures. Additionally, the Wisconsin unemployment rate is not part of the Current Employment Statistics monthly survey; that number is calculated through the Current Population Survey, a different survey done by the Bureau of Census in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Confused? Here’s what you need to know — CES and CPS are surveys and approximate. QCEW is an actual job count of about 96 percent of state businesses (excluding sole proprietors and railroad employees). That’s why some state officials think it’s more accurate. Considering that readers are more likely to zoom to that graphic than Rocha’s main story, it’s crucial that those

facts be perfect. It’s certainly difficult to do given the statistical soup, but if you aren’t sure about it, don’t print it. Cleanliness is next to godliness A kudos is much deserved for the Herald web staff for retooling the Herald website. It’s not a major overhaul — the main structure and grid format is preserved — but the white background and cleaner fonts make the site far easier to navigate. Rainey says they also plan to overhaul the section pages, which are definitely in need of some revamp. For now, this is a good start. I’ll be happy to see section pages with archives that are clearly presented and easier to search. A few other notes: -Joe Timmerman’s column advocating fact checks needed some itself. The federal stimulus bill was $787 billion, not $631 billion and WWII cost $4.1 trillion in today’s dollars, something that should have been clarified. Especially in a column advocating fact checks, that’s an inexcusable oversight. -A sports editor in news? Elliot Hughes, former Herald Sports Editor, is now Deputy News Editor. The former deputy resigned over the summer, giving way to Hughes. Hughes says he’s still trying to train his news instincts, but given his sound judgment in sports, it’s a good choice to fill the no. 3 spot. Much luck to him. Jason Smathers (Smathers@outlook. com) is a reporter covering the Wisconsin State Capitol for WisPolitics. com. He was the editorin-chief for The Badger Herald from 2009-2010.

“establishment figure.” Baldwin needs to bring the real issues about Thompson to the table, tell the voters of Wisconsin who she is and what she stands for and convince voters that she has what it takes to fight against the extreme proposals being brought forward by the congressional Republicans. In an election where Wisconsin promises to play a pivotal role — deciding not only who wins the presidency, but also which party gains control of the Senate — Baldwin must make a big leap forward to the center stage of this campaign. In no situation should any single party hold a majority in both houses of Congress

and control the executive office — we have seen the results of this from both sides of the political spectrum, in the Republican effort to strike down collective bargaining in Wisconsin and the Democratic effort to pass Obamacare. I urge Baldwin to bring the fight back into this campaign. She is needed not only as a voice that represents Wisconsin values in Washington, but also to make it possible for all American values to be present and heard in our national government. Jared Mehre (mehre@wisc. edu) is a sophomore majoring in political science.

Without SAFEcab, students are at risk

Pam Selman Editor-at-Large Going away to college for the first time raises a plethora of emotions in both students and their parents. Students are anxious to get away from home and see what life is like living on their own. Parents can’t help but give lectures on what their child should or shouldn’t do, and usually touch on the basics, like studying hard while having fun and not forgetting to call. One thing remains consistent from family to family — the pre-college lectures that parents give hold a double standard, as female students and male students are given starkly different advice. When guys go away to college, their fathers or male figures in their lives stress that these four years will be “the best four years ever,” remind them to have safe sex and sometimes even hand them a box of condoms “just in case.” When females hit the road the advice they hear is drastically different. Parents aren’t so concerned about their daughters having fun and living it up, but instead nag and nag about never walking home alone at night, locking the door, never putting their drink down at a party and so forth. When I came to the University of Wisconsin, I was at ease, knowing that because of SAFE Nighttime Services, I never had to worry much about how I was going to get home from late nights at The Badger Herald or a night out with friends. So, when I heard this summer that after a series of flip flops and uncertainties that UW was cutting all funding to SAFEcab, I was surprised, anxious and pretty pissed off. Sure, there’s still SAFEwalk. I’ve used their services a number of times in my few years on campus — the walkers are great and it’s generally a good service to have. However, this service has its flaws — for instance, SAFEwalk service ends at a much earlier time each night than SAFEcab did. Will the walking service add on a few extra hours each night to make sure students still have a safe way to get home? They ought to. I know Heralders can’t possibly be the only students on campus who work into the early hours of the morning, and who

need to work those hours to afford the classes they take during the day. As I wrote this, I, along with the rest of the UW student body, received an email from Dean of Students Lori Berquam with the subject line “Staying safe this semester.” Berquam warned students that “there have been several recent violent incidents downtown, particularly late at night in the University Avenue corridor.” When I heard about the assaults, armed robberies and so forth plaguing areas of Madison that are heavily populated with students, I felt vulnerable coming back to school, especially as a woman. Stereotype or not, statistics show women are much more likely to be victims of a violent crime, particularly on a college campus. Armed with all of this information, I ask the UW what exactly it plans to do to keep its students safe this academic year.

“The UW’s decision to cut SAFEcab this summer is harmful and dangerous. . . . Reinstating SAFEcab would be a step in the right direction.”

The university’s decision to cut SAFEcab this summer is harmful and dangerous. Having cut SAFEcab funding, the UW needs to provide a solution for the student who finds him or herself stranded late at night without enough money to pay for a cab home. Reinstating SAFEcab would certainly be a step in the right direction. Any college campus should provide its students with the ability to feel and be safe. Berquam’s advice to students to “always walk with a group of friends, especially at night…make use of SAFE Nighttime Services [or] use your ‘radar’ or common sense as your first defense” is fine and good, but does not show a proactive stance on behalf of the university when it comes to students’ safety. If these violent crimes near campus continue, using radar or common sense unfortunately will not always be enough. It’s time for the UW to step forward and allow its students to feel safe on and around campus, before just one student’s radar fails to go off. Pam Selman (pselman@ is a junior majoring in political science and journalism.

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NONSENSE? Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. What? You still don’t get it? Come, on, really? 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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Musical intentions determine artist debt to fans Regen McCracken Paper Radio Columnist The concept of “owing” something is one that drives many aspects of life in nearly every walk of life: An employee owes his or her employer punctuality and reliability; a teacher owes his or her students the individual assistance, attention and challenge that they need to flourish; parents owe their child(ren) love and the means for survival. Right now you are probably asking yourself, “Yeah, I see what you are saying, but how does this apply to music?” Well, whether or not it actually does is quite an interesting topic of debate. When an artist of any caliber releases new material after a wait of any length, his or her fan base is naturally going to have expectations. Some fans expect more of the

same things that made the previous effort enjoyable. Some fans expect a natural progression that keeps the good qualities of the last album but takes that core sound in a new direction. Still other fans expect an entirely different experience that keeps almost nothing of the original formula yet retains the artist’s signature sound. Invariably, the artist will take one of these three extremes (with some deviation, of course), and, equally invariably, the fans that did not get what they expected will feel disappointed, cheated and sometimes even angry and personally betrayed, depending on the degree of their individual fandom. Are these disappointed fans being unfair to the artist, or is it the other way around? From the fan’s perspective, they are supporting (however slightly in each individual’s case; see my previous article on Spotify for more details) the artist monetarily, whether it be through buying albums or songs, listening to music via steaming services, attending shows,

purchasing merchandise or other means. Not only have fans invested money into the artist’s work, but they have also invested time and emotion into the recordings that the artist has produced. When one invests a quantity — be it time, money or what have you — one expects to receive something in return. That is the definition of investment, after all. Therefore, should it not follow that the fan is owed to have their expectations met by the artist, either in whole or in part? To answer this question, it is imperative to consider the artist’s perspective on the music they are creating. As anyone knows, music is an industry like any other, and as with all industry, it is founded on money and runs on it. Many artists are fueled entirely by money and are merely representatives of a company (think boy bands, ‘90s pop stars, arena or cockrock bands and many artists signed to major pop labels today). Artists of this type do not write their own music; they “perform” rather than sing and are usually little more than a pretty face to slap on the cover of a CD.

It goes without saying that artists filling this category are creating music solely for the money and not for the art of music or for themselves. They want to make a living off of people buying their merchandise, and generally, thanks to excellent marketing, they do. Because these artists fully intend to make money off of music, they certainly owe it to fans to meet their expectations. Still, many other artists are in music for the love of creating it, for the art contained in creating music, and because it is what they love to do. These artists view money as secondary to creating the music and generally lie outside the mainstream (think underground bands, metal bands, jazz artists, progressive artists). Mikael Åkerfeldt, the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and primary composer of progressive metal greats Opeth spoke with the nowdefunct magazine Metal Edge on his relationship with fans: “When I write music, I want it to be completely devoid of any outside interference. At the

end of the day, I still have to say that we did what we wanted to do. But I also in some strange way am seeking approval from the outside. And if they slag me off, I say, ‘Oh, fuckin’ idiots. They don’t know shit.’ If they praise me, I still think, ‘Oh, fuckin’ idiots.” In a situation like this, while Opeth is an extremely popular band by metal standards and make a decent amount of money off their fandom, it is evident the music is their first priority; otherwise they would have “sold out” years ago. Because of the reasons behind writing music that artists in this second group hold dear, they owe their fans nothing. They are not required to write within the same genre of music; they are not required to write about the same subject matter. An artist that writes for themselves cannot be held accountable to their fans. The crux of the answer to the artist-accountability question boils down to this: One does not simply start a garage band with the intention of being a touring band as a serious career choice. Certainly

it is a dream to do that, but most musicians start making music because they love it. Whether they stay the course on their way to potential fame is not a given, and the possibility of straying from the path of true artistry arises when a musician crosses over from those that owe the fans a degree of accountability in their music to the group that owes the fans nothing. A true artist is making music for themselves and thus owes it to themselves to keep true to what they want to write, hear and play. An artist that lives off the fans owes the fans a steady output of the same music those fans have come to expect. For you, the fans, the real question is this: Which sounds more exciting to listen to? Which would you rather invest in? Regen McCracken is a junior majoring in English. He has a love for video games, metal, jazz and all things that make one think. He also writes and performs his own music while not writing these ever-interesting columns or studying himself to sleep.

Flicks worth a pick in September This month in movies offers time travelers and a book-to-movie directed by author. Bess Donoghue ArtsEtc. Staff Writer With a summer of superheroes, talking teddy bears, and male strippers behind us, it’s time to look forward to the most promising fall flicks. Looking at the lineup of September films, audiences have several reasons to visit the theatre. Here are a few that will be worth the trip. The Words Starring Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Zoe Saldana (Avatar). Opens September 7. Rory Jansen (Cooper), a romantic writer, struggles to have his work published during an economic slowdown. In a moment of desperation, he publishes the work of a writer from the past. As his novel grows more critically acclaimed, he desperately tries to avoid the consequences of stealing another person’s story. The film looks to have an intriguing screenplay, and an exciting supporting cast including Dennis Quaid (Footloose), Jeremy Irons (Margin Call), and Olivia Wilde (People Like Us). The Perks of Being a Wallflower Starring Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). Opens September 20. Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, this film stars Lerman as an introverted high school freshman attempting to handle school without his best friend, while dealing with his first love and braving the struggle of all incoming freshman: finding a place to fit in. In one of her first roles since starring in the Harry Potter franchise, Watson should give an emotional experience. Considering that Chbosky is directing the film adaptation of his book, the film should be fairly consistent with the novel as well. Trouble with the Curve Starring Amy Adams (The Fighter), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits). Opens

September 21. Mickey (Adams) joins her father, Gus (Eastwood), a veteran baseball scout for one last recruiting trip. Along the way they encounter Johnny Flanagan (Timberlake), a rival scout and one of Gus’ former scouts, who begins to take a romantic interest in Mickey. After 19 years of acting and directing simultaneously, Eastwood performs his first acting role in in a film that he did not personally direct. Eastwood does, however, continue his collaboration with Director Robert Lorenz, who served as an producer for several Eastwood films, including the Academy Award winner “Million Dollar Baby.” The Master Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March), Joaquin Phoenix (I’m Still Here). Opens September 14. Director Paul Thomas Anderson offers yet another intriguing and thoughtprovoking film, similar to his previous repertoire including “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood,” both of which brought him numerous accolades. Hoffman, teaming up with Anderson for a fifth film, plays an academic introducing a new religious organization to the world following WWII. As the project begins, he enlists a right-hand man (Phoenix), who in the process of helping, begins to question his own beliefs. Looper Starring Joseph GordonLevitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom). Opens September 28. Two of Hollywood’s leading men team together for this science fiction film about time travel. Working for the mafia as a “looper” in the year 2044, Levitt’s task is to kill mafia members - who live in the future. When Levitt faces one target that turns out to be himself from the future (Willis), he must face the conundrum of avoiding death while trying to kill his future self. It was the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and will likely appear in many movie-goers’ future.

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Paula Poundstone, a regular panelist on NPR’s ‘Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!’ will provide a face to the radio voice in stand-up routine at the Barrymore.

NPR panelist brings PG hilarity Kevin Kousha ArtsEtc. Staff Writer Paula Poundstone, a comic and regular panelist of “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” will bring her stand-up to the dairyland this weekend. Poundstone will start off at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater this Friday, then continue on to the Barrymore Theatre in Madison on Saturday. Though she is performing at venues across the country, Poundstone insists that she’s not on the type of widespread tour billed “on the back of a sweatshirt” like many famous music artists. As a single mother, not to mention the owner of sixteen cats, she usually doesn’t perform on weeknights. As she says, “I go out on the weekends and tell my little jokes.” Audience interaction and observational humor comprise the bulk of Poundstone’s material. She personally describes her work as largely autobiographical and typically segments her routine with stories, one rolling into the next. “I have to make a living, you know,” she jokes, “and I have no other skills.” An increasingly rare style of comedy is also evident in Poundstone’s

humor. Stand-up comedy is often politically incorrect, finding laughs at the expense of one or multiple persons. Poundstone has managed to keep her humor relatively clean throughout her career, in the vein of other PG comics like Bill Cosby. Beyond standup, Poundstone is a regular panelist for the popular National Public Radio show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Part game show and part comedy, the radio program is a popular choice for NPR listeners. Many of the games feature callers answering questions for prizes, like a personalized voicemail greeting from a panelist. While she’s been a stand-up comic for many years, Poundstone’s name has recently become more familiar due to her NPR presence. Her type of humor slides well into the show’s style. She says it’s like being “a batter in a batting cage, being lobbed topics.” And like most celebrities, she has a Twitter account. She asserts jokingly that she puts “a lot of heart and soul” into her tweets. Recently, she was dubbed one of the Best Unconventional People to Follow on Twitter,

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a title she’s quite fond of. To be sure, her feed is an assortment of backstage photos and odd observations along with self-promotions for upcoming shows. Poundstone likens her Twitter account to a separate comedic routine. It becomes the receptacle for many of the oneliners that don’t fit together well enough for her standup routines. She also typically responds to her followers — even when they ask if she’s the voice of a bear shaman in Guild Wars 2, as one recently did. An industry veteran, Poundstone doesn’t appear to be slowing down soon. In the future, however, she hopes to get into television. Having just one major acting role decades ago, Poundstone also briefly appeared in the animated series “Home Movies” as Paula Small, a character loosely based around Poundstone herself. She’s hoping there’s an old woman character role for her to fill in the future, and she assures that she’ll pursue those roles “doggedly.” The move to television would help her to maximize the time she spends with her children and cats. Poundstone is not only the foster mother of multiple

children, but in addition works with Alleycat Allies to finds homes for stray cats. Poundstone jokes that she has calluses on her hands just from sifting so much kitty litter. In fact, on her website, there is a live 24-hour feed of her cats’ water and food bowls. When she feared her one obese cat, Matilda, might have some kind of thyroid condition, she consulted the footage. “Matilda is no stranger to the food bowl,” she now lectures knowingly. Her children are not immune from being mentioned in her routine either. In fact, she says “A real punishment in my house is that if you screw up, I mention it on stage.” Looking back, Poundstone claims “I’ve enjoyed the heck out of every job that I’ve done as far back as I can remember.” There are no signs that might change anytime soon. And unsurprisingly, she always seems to echo this sentiment. “It’s good for you,” she says, “to go out with people and laugh.” Paula Poundstone will be performing at the Barrymore Theatre this Saturday at 7:30 P.M. More information is available at www.

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SOC to the black haired stud with the classical latin book sitting across from me right now in Steep and Brew (we made eye contact briefly) Get at me if you’re interested. See you around ;)

SC to the guy working at Greenbush at 11pm on Sept 1st. You were extremely cute AND gave me a free donut. I really regret not getting your number. I think good things could happen with us.

who i shared mac n cheese pizza with while u sat on my lap. I was sad you left so abruptly but i enjoyed the time i had getting to know you and hopefully will run into you again sometime this year.

Second Chance to the girl in the sky blue shirt at the mu bash trying to learn to hula hoop. You were such a cutie, but my friends pulled me away. Hope you see this! Guy in the black name tag shirt.

SC to Stephanie from Denmark that lives in the Saxony apartments. I should have gotten your number when we met at the UW bookstore, but heres to hoping you see this.

SC to the boy at church key tonight... You were wearing a gray Wisconsin t-shirt and lookin’ fine. We made a lot of eye contact but I have no balls so I was afraid to come talk to you. Same place tomorrow?

SO to the beautiful blonde girl at ian’s

SC to Andrew that was working at the Back To School Target Event tonight. You are adorable. Anti-SO to not getting your number. SC to the black shorts girl who was with two other friends in Chipotle around 4:30. Nice burp. Also, you were gorgeous. Hope to see you around sometime. I might buy your burrito if I see you there again.


Sports ARMSTRONG, from 10 for my family, just couldn’t wait to tell them,” he said. “I knew how much they had given up for me, how they had supported me through all of this.” With a parted layer of brown curly hair, Armstrong — called “Army” by teammates — doesn’t exactly look the part of jacked-up Big Ten linebacker. But O’Neill says his carefree personality off the field changes radically when he steps in between the painted lines, perhaps releasing the frustration of being pushed aside by major college recruiters. “He’s pretty intense,” O’Neill, also a redshirt junior, said. “You watch him play, he gets hyped, he gets in other dudes faces. It’s awesome watching him play.” Armstrong gained his career first collegiate start in a season-opener over Northern Iowa Saturday, finishing with three tackles. Buh, in his first year in Wisconsin, says nothing has changed in the outside linebacker’s play since that career-changing moment. The achievement he spent three years working toward is now behind him, but the attitude and playing style that got him this far didn’t disappear with the prize put away. “They believe in you, they’ve given you that

JUNIORS, from 10 have seven freshmen starting, they had maybe one or two.” The freshmen may have been young and skilled, but Trask’s decisions were eventually made easy by the spirited effort that each of them brought to the team. “[As freshmen] they came in and competed and made us a better team,” Trask said. “They learned on the job, they didn’t have the chance to be redshirted or sit in the wings … A lot of them played 90 minutes their freshmen year, right off the bat. Now we are hopefully starting to reap some of the benefits.” The program certainly is. Now as juniors, those loyal freshmen make up a large majority of the starting lineup and log an even greater majority of the minutes allotted throughout each game. Last weekend against Washington, Wisconsin trotted out six juniors as starters, with the junior class racking up nearly half of the playing minutes. With two current freshmen and three sophomores starting, the junior class not only makes up playing time, but plays a large leadership role on this year’s team. Yonga and Prince are two of the Badgers’ three captains and together have missed only one game in their two years on campus. Neither has missed a minute of action thus far in 2012, but in addition to the two defined vocal leaders, any player from

scholarship and it gives you a lot more confidence,” Armstrong said after practice Wednesday night. “It doesn’t take that chip away — you were always that walk-on, you’re still a walk-on at heart and definitely got that fire burning.” Though not one of the big names fans are eyeing to step up on defense, his first year as an every-game starter could make this the year Armstrong blossoms. His 6-foot-2, 232-pound frame could compliment Borland’s speed and Taylor’s power to break through the line nicely. The ugly 26-21 win over the Panthers was not a sparkling debut for a linebacking unit that allowed two touchdown passes to the running back coming out of the backfield. Armstrong says the defense has focused on the mental preparations in practice to avoid the broken coverage that cost the Badgers dearly against Northern Iowa. Now it’s but a footnote in the struggles Armstrong has faced to reach this point. He can now call himself a scholarship, starting Big Ten linebacker. “I think that’s pretty special for a guy, to be able at the end of the day to say he earned that scholarship,” Buh said. “He literally, in all senses of the word, earned it.”

the junior class can be regarded as a leader in a different way. “Coach Trask always tells us that anyone is a captain on this team,” Janus stated. “I think that it’s not just about the captain’s band — it’s about what you do on the field and how you lead by example.” Throughout their time in the program, their example has led to progress. From their first season, learning the unkind ropes of the Big Ten by way of a 1-4-1 record, to tying for second in the conference last season, the junior class is in the midst of turning the soccer program from very unstable to an imposing conference contender. Wisconsin doubled its win percentage from 2010 to 2011, cracking the top 25 rankings and advancing to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. Most of the starting lineup has played 30 or more games together throughout the past two years, giving Wisconsin game experience that is unrivaled by nearly all opponents. In the end, all signs point to even greater progression for the Badgers in 2012, but a lot of pressure remains on the backs of those juniors that took the field as freshmen just two years ago. “We as juniors are a large part of it all,” Succa noted. “Based on the fact that we make up a large portion of the starting 11, if we perform well, then the team will most likely perform well.”

Mitchell leads talented Badgers Zach Nelson Volleyball Writer The Wisconsin women’s volleyball team is off to a 5-1 start to the young season as the Badgers open their home season Friday with the annual InnTowner Invitational. The Badgers are more experienced this season, thanks to the leadership of senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell. Mitchell says her individual goals are similar to those of the team. “I want to make it to the (NCAA) tournament,” Mitchell said. “That’s an individual goal and a team goal. Whatever the result is at the end of the year with awards, I’m not really worried about that. I’m more worried about leaving my team with a legacy they can carry on, get more years up on those banners and make it to the tournament consistently.” Mitchell already has a load of accolades accumulated throughout her career. She was honorable mention AllBig Ten in both 2010 and 2011. She was a member of the 2011 Rhode Island Invitational All-Tournament team, the Inntowner Invitational All-Tournament team in 2010 and the 2010 Milwaukee/Marquette Invitational MVP. But it’s Mitchell’s leadership that doesn’t show up in the stat books. “Her attitude is her biggest strength,” sophomore setter Courtney Thomas said of Mitchell. “The happier she is and the more excited she is helps our team so much. It gives us fuel against the other team.” Wisconsin coach Pete Waite says Mitchell’s leadership spills outside of the Field House floor as well. “She’s been a very good leader,” Waite said. “She found ways off the court, even in the summer, to step up by helping organizing the team to get together and get in the weight room. She has been doing this since her freshman year. She’s always been a person who’s been very comfortable speaking in front of the group, and now she’s backing it up with how she conducts herself off the court and on the court in practice.” Mitchell led the Badgers in hitting percentage (.299),

BALL, from 10 of carries probably didn’t wear on him all that much down the stretch, which is when he was at his best. He gained 1,070 of his 1,923 yards in the final six games and never averaged fewer than 5.1 yards per carry. Ball didn’t see any contact drills between January’s Rose Bowl and Saturday’s season opener, so it’s understandable if he was a little rusty. But simply put, White moved the ball more efficiently — and did it with verve. When that happens, Matt Canada and Bret Bielema need to spare Ball a handful of carries if

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Known as a fierce competitor on the court with her powerful kills, Mitchell’s (10) athleticism has led in large part to her success on the court. The senior middle blocker currently leads the Badgers with an average of 2.86 kills per set. blocks per set (1.00) and total blocks (113) in 2011 while also ranking second on the team with 2.26 kills per set. Her .299 hitting percentage — Mitchell’s career best— also ranked her 10th best in all of the Big Ten. As a team, the Badgers showed improvement in 2011, winning eight Big Ten matches — their most since winning 17 in 2007. The growth of players and leadership from seniors such as Mitchell will be crucial if Wisconsin wants to build on last season’s improvement. “The biggest change is maturity and confidence in her own game,” Waite said of changes in Mitchell from last season. “She realizes she has more control over what she’s doing now that she’s learned all the skills that she’s worked so hard on over the last three years.” Mitchell also notices a big jump in her play from last season to this season.

“I think I’ve grown in maturity,” Mitchell said. “I’m more of a leader on and off the court than I was last year, and I’ve stepped into that role. Physically, my game has come a long way, and I feel more comfortable and confident in it. Last year, there [were] sometimes when I would doubt myself, but now I know that when I’m on the court I can get the job done.” Mitchell hasn’t disappointed this season either, helping Wisconsin lead the Big Ten in blocks per set this year. Her 1.33 blocks per set currently ranks third in the Big Ten while her 2.86 kills — her .409 kill percentage is a team best — per set is the second best on the team. The Badgers’ star middle blocker will need to continue her strong game, as the Badgers start Big Ten play at the end of the month. The conference is loaded with top teams including Nebraska and Penn State,

who are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. After upsetting Penn State last year, Mitchell wants teams to respect Wisconsin more than they have in years past. “I want us to be a team that people in the Big Ten want to beat,” Mitchell said. “When we walk into a gym we’re respected, or when they talk about us in the media we’re respected. I don’t want us to be one of the underdogs. I want us to be in the top six [Big Ten] and competing with other teams in the Big Ten.” Waite knows that much of the team’s success depends on Mitchell. “She’s a competitor and has a real fire in her belly. She loves competing at the highest levels and that’s what the rest of the team is able to follow. When she starts getting into her zone, everybody feels they can do anything or beat anybody, and that’s huge for a team. She’s not gonna back down to anyone.”

they want to keep him fresh and running like an AllAmerican or Heisman type of player again. It’s better both in the long run and short run. Take Alabama, for example, who had a stacked backfield with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in 2009. Ingram had 271 carries that year, never taking more than 28 a game (he averaged 19.3), and won the Heisman. Alabama won five contests by 14 points or less that year and still never poured the weight of the game on its go-to man. Meanwhile, Richardson was there to take 145 carries off Ingram’s hands and was

productive while he did it. Ingram finished that year stronger than how he began it, which makes me wonder how that Heisman hype for Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell will go if he keeps taking 50 handoffs a game. So if Ball gets 32 carries against an FCS school flirting with a win, does that mean Ball will get closer to 40 if Ohio State, Michigan State or Nebraska start acting out? There are just more creative ways to answer a challenge like the one given Saturday, especially when dealing with someone who’s going to take a couple hundred hits as the season wears on.

If Wisconsin wants or needs to run more than it did last year, or if Ball isn’t behaving like a superhero Harry Houdini in a given game, then it should be White who gets first dibs on the extra carries. That way, Ball can still be rolling in November, December — and perhaps even on January 1, again. Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. What are the chances UW will wear out Ball? How many carries should White get? Let him know via Twitter (@elliothughes12) or email (ehughes@

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Armstrong adds to walk-on tradition Ian McCue Sports Editor Linebacker Ethan Armstrong spends his career on the field in the shadow of two of Wisconsin’s top defensive stoppers. He’s the new face in the backfield; the third wheel on a unit stacked with talent. But this summer he finally earned due recognition for two years of regular, on-thefield action. In a team meeting two weeks into fall camp, head coach Bret Bielema finally handed the redshirt junior a scholarship Aug. 14. Before Armstrong could even pull himself out of his seat, his teammates had already erupted in cheers. “You immediately know how much he means to the team when you hear the roar of his teammates when that was announced,” linebackers coach Andy Buh said. “It was a real proud moment for me being his coach just a short time here, knowing how badly he wanted that and how hard he’s worked over the years to be in that position.” As seen on the Badgers’ YouTube series “The Camp,” the raucous atmosphere quickly turned silent as he addressed the team on what the scholarship meant to him. The comments were brief, substituting raw emotion for an eloquent speech. It was just another link in the walk-on tradition engrained in this program since the Alvarez reign. Yet there was an added dose of excitement from teammates, those who observe his

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Despite earning a scholarship and a starting spot at outside linebacker, Armstrong (36) promises his indomitable drive will not diminish. The redshirt junior recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble against UNI. unquenchable work ethic and realize that he earned that starting outside linebacker spot alongside the two biggest names on UW’s defense. The typical walk-on policy at Wisconsin is to spend two years on the team and, if that player has turned into a serious contributor, earn a shot at a scholarship. But that all changed last summer.

The third walk-on in his class to earn a scholarship — the two others were wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive tackle Ethan Hemer in January — he had any chance at a full ride tossed aside when star quarterback Russell Wilson arrived last July. It was perhaps overdue, but the two players ahead of him who first

earned the prize had even stronger cases after starting all 14 games for Wisconsin in 2011. Though he admits it was a somewhat frustrating situation, he understood the unique situation and the potential of a team that would go on to lose the Rose Bowl with the N.C. State transfer under center.

With a style his backup Connor O’Neill describes as “100 mph every single play,” he has the quintessential traits of a walk-on player. Armstrong, who played in 12 games and started two last year before injuries kept him out of Wisconsin’s final two games, is the guy who doesn’t know how to tone it down in practice.

But that fiery style is absent when the topic of the scholarship comes up, as he lets out a quick chuckle and flashes a grin. Initially filled with surprise at Bielema’s announcement, Armstrong’s focus quickly turned outside the locker room. “I was just really excited


Ball’s touches must decrease White, Gordon capable players to help avoid wear and tear on UW star

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One of 10 members in Wisconsin’s junior class, defender Blake Succa gained valuable experience on the field as an underclassman, starting 14 games as a freshman and 19 as a sophomore.

Junior class continues to lead UW Sean Zak Associate Sports Editor When Wisconsin head coach John Trask arrived in Madison, the men’s soccer team was in a state of flux. Two years prior to Trask’s arrival witnessed the end of an era, specifically the Jeff Rohrman era, as Rohrman left the program through resignation. Another year saw the debut and quick exit of Todd Yeagley, as his tenure as men’s soccer coach lasted just one season. With Wisconsin hosting its third head coach in as many years, the outlook of the program looked rather bleak. But Yeagley was active on the recruiting trail throughout

his time as head coach and a large class of incoming freshmen were headed for Madison. As per NCAA rules, those incoming freshmen did not have to honor their letters of intent or scholarships when Yeagley departed, but they elected to become Badgers nonetheless. In hindsight, the final coaching transition, followed by the allegiance of the recruits, has worked out very well for the former freshmen and the Wisconsin soccer program. “I was fortunate enough to go meet [the recruits] and their parents before signing day and they all stayed committed,” Trask recalled. “I think it says something about

not just what we were hoping Wisconsin soccer would be, but what the university is.” While they were loyal, they are also skilled. Seven freshmen from the 2010 class consistently found their way into the starting lineup that season, and although Trask referred to that season as a “turnover year” in terms of his roster, the class of 2010 was very competitive. The likes of Paul Yonga, Chris Prince and Nick Janus played in all 20 games during their first season, each making at least 15 starts. Blake Succa, Joey Tennyson and Trevor Wheeler also made their presence known as first-year players with at least 16 appearances each.

Goalie Max Jentsch wound up running away with the goalkeeper position and shutout nationally-ranked Penn State in the team’s final home game of the year. By the end of the season, all seven of the freshmen were starting, a number unheard of across the landscape of major collegiate soccer. The average age of the starting lineup at Wisconsin was an anomaly, but also a beneficial factor for many of the players. “Being thrown into roles like we were, I think it matured us so much more,” Janus said. “Other colleges around the country didn’t

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There’s no doubt in anyone’s head who the go-to man for the Wisconsin football team is. No Badger fan would particularly want to daydream about what this UW team might be like without Montee Ball. But running back is a funny position. When a team’s — or, more specifically, an offense’s — go-to man is a quarterback, wide receiver or tight end, the objective is always to give that player the ball as many times as possible so he can be a playmaker as often as possible. The idea of “moderation” rarely applies to them. And that’s where those skill positions differ from running backs, who are routinely described as workhorses for a few good reasons. They’re counted on to punch through the trenches and to cruise in fifth-gear on every play despite the beating they take. They need doses of moderation. Last Saturday, Ball took the feed 32 times in a season opener against an FCS school, in what is hoped to be a 14-game season. That’s folly. Sure, that game became disturbingly close out of nowhere in the fourth quarter. And sure, it’d be harder to explain a loss to Northern Iowa than Nebraska or Michigan

State to those who wield a vote in the national rankings. But when Ball is earning 3.8 yards per carry and the sure-ashell capable James White is averaging 5.2 (and getting only nine cracks at the ball), Ball doesn’t need 32 carries. Not in the season opener. Not against an FCS school. Only one game has passed, so the message is only cautionary at this point: Just don’t be afraid to give White the ball (or even the yet-to-be-revealed, starof-tomorrow Melvin Gordon, an able-bodied redshirt freshman). It would probably be easy for UW to overcommit on Ball. The offense features a sizable amount of new personnel and debuting with 26 points versus a lowerechelon school only keeps the question marks hanging around. And, after all, Ball’s already been named a Heisman finalist once in his career, it would be tough not to instinctively give a guy like that the rock when the game’s still in reach (be it by 19 points or five). But you know what? Ball didn’t produce a Heisman Trophy-worthy season by taking 32 carries a game. He did it with 21.9 on average. There are probably two reasons — other than Ball’s own athleticism — that allowed him to be so damn efficient. One is the passing game was nearly as good, which prevented defenses from a narrow focus on Ball. Another is that his relatively low amount

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