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Dean confirms student death Langdon resident dies Wednesday with case still under investigation; Berquam extends condolences Julia Skulstad Campus Life Editor Dean of Students Lori Berquam and a city alderman confirmed a University of Wisconsin student and Langdon Street resident died yesterday, though details surrounding the death are still developing. At press time, Berquam said she could confirm that a student died, but said the Dane County medical examiner has not released any further information surrounding the cause of death. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family who are connected to the student,” Berquam said. “Our thoughts are obviously with the student’s family and friends as they mourn this loss.” First and foremost, Berquam said, her hope would be that students who are impacted reach out to resources like the University Health Services, her staff and the residence life staff

in order to get connected to services that can assist them in making sense of an incidence like this. Berquam said if anybody is struggling, for whatever reason, whether it be something like an eating disorder or a chemical dependence, there are a variety of resources on campus for them. She said a college campus is an “amazing” place with a wealth of resources to make sure students can get connected. “More than anything we would want students to get connected to resources that can help them,” Berquam said. “It is really important that students know there are resources that can assist them.” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he received confirmation earlier in the day yesterday from the Madison Police Department that a UW student was found dead in a Langdon

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Nominations Board Chair Sean McNally presents to ASM in its meeting last night. He proposed cutting pay for a position of ASM, which ultimately did not pass.

ASM finalizes internal budget Student Council approves funds with vote of 17-6, travel grants increased paid internal positions and increase traveling grants. Earlier this month, Student Council initially reviewed its internal budget. The Student Services Finance Committee discussed the budget

Dana Bossen Reporter Associated Students of Madison approved its internal budget in a meeting last night with some disagreement arising over amendments to keep

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before returning it to ASM for a final vote. This reading of the budget was the last chance for members to propose amendments to the internal budget with any new amendments requiring a two-third vote to pass. In last

night’s meeting, Student Council voted on its budget, passing it with a majority vote of 17 in favor and six against. Chair of the Nominations Board, Sean McNally, proposed

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UW System to provide first flexible option degrees Elizabeth Grinde Herald Contributor The University of Wisconsin System released Wednesday the first flexible option degrees in a new program aimed at helping non-traditional adult

students earn degrees. In the fall of 2013, UWMilwaukee will begin offering a diagnostic imaging degree, an information science and technology degree, two nursing degrees and a certificate in professional and technical

communication. UW Colleges will offer classes in various subjects and will soon be offering an Associate of Arts and Science degree through the flexible option program. UW System President Kevin Reilly expressed his enthusiasm about the new

program, and the flexibility it offers non-traditional students during a news conference Wednesday. “Today is a watershed day for the people of Wisconsin,” Reilly said. “[Flexible Option] bridges the distance between campuses and learners. This

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UWPD arrests man for stealing bikes on campus Officer recommends U-locks for students, caution when buying items from Craigslist Julia Skulstad Campus Life Editor An alleged bike thief was taken off Madison streets Wednesday when the University of Wisconsin Police Department arrested a man

for charges regarding a series bicycle thefts on campus. According to a UWPD statement, Ryan Loughrin allegedly sold stolen bicycles on Craigslist. He admitted to these thefts and said he targeted bikes on campus locked with cable locks, the statement said. Loughrin was admitted to the Dane County Jail under charges of theft, the statement said. Loughrin’s investigation is still underway and additional charges may follow, the statement added.

UWPD Sgt. Aaron Chapin said UWPD knows that thieves routinely and frequently use Craigslist for things they have stolen. “It is easy to be anonymous and target people,” Chapin said. “It is easy for thieves to find people to sell their stuff to.” According to Chapin, there is no safety net in place for people on Craigslist. He said because it is a free forum, people can post whatever they want. It

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and assessments, and there would be no difference between a flexible option degree and a regular degree, only the method through which a student got the degree. UW System spokesperson

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is the 21st century face of the Wisconsin Idea.” This assessment-based program will allow adults to gain credits toward a degree by testing them on skills, which may have been attained with prior classes or work experience. The faculty designs the courses

Plans for a twelve-story student apartment building on the 300 Block of Frances Street were delayed after the Urban Design Committee chose not to approve the project at Wednesday night’s meeting, citing ordinance violations and inadequate living accommodations for residents. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said the plans for the building did not comply with a city ordinance which regulates downtown design. “I support the design, but I still have concerns about the services for the students that will be living there,” Verveer said. The space where the apartment would go is so tight that there is only enough room for a trash shoot, Verveer said. This means residents would have to carry their recyclables down to the ground level, which many people worry will deter recycling, he said. Verveer said he was also concerned


that there was only room for eight mopeds, and there is limited closet and storage space. He said these issues will need to be worked through before the project is presented at the Plan Commission meeting in December. Randy Bruce, an architect from Knothe & Bruce Architects, presented the plans for the Frances Street apartment building. Bruce said they have been working through issues with the design and will continue to work with staff to address them. “In our mind, we meet the guidelines and can show how this is comparable to other projects following the same guidelines,” Bruce said. The project has been redesigned since it last came before the commission, and the newest design includes a green roof, he said. Verveer said positive changes have been made, including adding windows to the north

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Shopping madness creates holiday stress Hayes Cascia: During the Black Friday rush, it is easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season



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Diversity Plan conversation continues Alice Coyne Herald Contributor An Associated Students of Madison committee reached a consensus Wednesday regarding the development of an ad hoc committee to rewrite a new Diversity Plan for the University of Wisconsin. The Campus Diversity and Climate Committee invited representatives from four shared governance groups from across campus to speak about the issue. The Associated Students of Madison, the Council for Non-Represented Classified Staff, the University Committee, a part of the Faculty Senate and the Academic Staff Executive Committee attended the meeting.

In a letter to Professor Marlys Macken, cochair of CDCC, the University Committee charged CDCC with the responsibility of assembling an ad hoc committee of representative staff, faculty and students from UW to solely focus efforts on comprising an effective diversity plan. They also requested CDCC work with ASM, ASEC and the UC to provide these representatives. A motion proposed by ASM Diversity Chair Vice-Chair Brittany Moes, that a 20-person committee comprised of five representatives from the four shared governance committees, plus an additional five non-voting, ex officio community members was passed.

She said it is more important for the resulting group to advocate for diverse causes rather than merely superficially appear diverse. “At the end of the day, we need caring people who are thoughtful and who are really going to be engaged,” Damon Davis, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement said. Representatives present at the meeting outlined their nomination process for individuals seeking to be a part of this ad hoc committee. The University Committee, ASEC and CNCS all described a self-nomination process, including the submission of a one page personal

statement in order to be considered for the position. ASM Shared Governance Chair Sam Seering said the applications for those interested in being on the committee will be reviewed by a group of students involved in shared governance and then ranked based on a range of criteria. Members will choose their own chair and cochair as well as make independent decisions about this diversity plan, Macken said. She added that she wants this committee to be comprised of experts on campus. Professor and Chair of Urology Stephen Nakada recognized the issue of diversity as a matter that could take years to solve and change. He urged the

rest of the attendees to recognize the essential function of the ad hoc committee specifically for the immediate drafting of the diversity plan. “This should be a shortlived group to provide broad based results in a rapid fashion,” Nakada said. The meeting concluded with a consensus on the number of members to comprise the ad hoc committee as well as a unanimous understanding of criteria for nominees. The meeting adjourned with plans to reconvene Dec.12, when committee members will be finalized and development of the Diversity Plan will commence, a plan requested by the University Committee to be drafted by April 1, 2013.

Feedback generated in financial literacy forum University Affairs Committee puts on town hall to tackle student financing issues, misperceptions Stephanie Awe Herald Contributor An Associated Students of Madison committee hosted a Financial Literacy Town Hall Wednesday to explore campus options for students seeking financial advising. Mary Prunty, an ASM intern, said the University Affairs Committee meeting was an effort to talk with representatives from the University of Wisconsin Office of Financial Aid, Summit Credit Union, Working Class Student Union and the School of Human Ecology to brainstorm strategies and generate feedback to inform initiatives for ASM to take on to increase financial

literacy. Chris Smith, branch manager of the Summit Credit Union, said he believes everyone can be financially successful, but student financial awareness is low. They are unaware of basic banking, he said, and do not have the know-how to balance social with work life. “Awareness is a big factor [in financial success and readiness],” he said. Michelle Curtis, assistant director of services for the Office of Financial Aid, said gaining student awareness and implementing a plan for student financial assistance is a campus-wide issue, and said she feels it is important to get faculty and student organizations involved. Resources are available on

campus to educate students in personal finance, Smith said, such as workshops provided by the UW Credit Union and other online education tools that are not for class credit. He said the UW Alumni Association also puts on seminars covering budgeting, credit basics and student loans. Smith also said online banking options are available to enable and track students’ expenses to show where they are spending the most money, but many students do not know this. Students also need assistance with making financial decisions, he said, including housing, utilities and their relations to credit history. “When utilities are in your name and not maintained

properly, [students need to learn] what is the cost to your credit in the future?” he said. Michael Collins, professor of personal finance in the School of Human Ecology, said the personal finance course is offered for three credits, but has very limited enrollment. He added that University Health Services, the athletics program and university housing have been involved with raising student financial aid in the past and may decide to support the cause again. Curtis added 10 financial counselors are available by appointment for students and their families at the Office of Student of Financial Aid, located on the ninth floor of the Student

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BIKES, from 1 is easy for people to steal property and get somebody to buy it on Craigslist, he added. Chapin said because thieves commonly use Craigslist for items they have stolen, those who plan to use the website for purchase should take adequate safety measures. “Thieves frequently use Craigslist and other internet sites to sell their stolen items,” the statement said. “If you choose to purchase an item from Craigslist, make sure to obtain the serial number from the seller along with a contract from the seller to help protect you from fraud.” Theft in general, Chapin said, is the number one crime UWPD sees on campus. He said thieves target campus because they know students have things worth a lot of money, citing bicycles

Activity Center. While resources are available, Smith said student turnout is low. He said the question needing to be addressed is how to get students to know and want to utilize the resources available to them. It requires a change in perspective, he said, shifting the perception from financing being viewed not negatively, but responsibly. Making budgeting a part of students’ daily routines is key, Smith said. A way to make this happen could include developing a more personal relationship between students and counselors, as proposed by Cathy Kong of the Working Class Student Union at the meeting.

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A bike thief was taken off the streets Monday. UWPD Sgt. Aaron Chapin said it is good to lock bicycles by the frame and front wheel, but that U-locks are better. and technology gadgets as examples. Of the 300 to 400 cases of theft reported to UWPD every year, Chapin said on average 50 to 100 of the cases deal with bicycle theft. Chapin said he would

recommend for students locking their bicycles to use a heavy duty U-lock, to lock the frame to the front wheel and to use an approved bike rack. He said he would also encourage the student population to contact UWPD

with any case where it appears if someone is trying to steal something. “We rely on our community to be the eyes and ears for us on campus and help make campus a safer place,” Chapin said.

side of the building which previously had none. Another major concern raised at the meeting was the high density the building would have. Bruce said Madison needs to adjust to its population size and cited Chicago as an example of a beautiful city with tall buildings that go right up to the sidewalk. “Madison is going to have to get used to denser buildings,” Bruce said. “This is what is going to start to happen.” Verveer said the UDC will meet again Dec. 5 and will send items forward to the Plan Commission meeting to eventually go before the City Council in January. Theta Chi fraternity also submitted a proposal designed by Bruce, which the UDC approved. The plans would tear down the current fraternity house and build a three story house for the group. The new house would have a strong academic motif and a gothic look, Bruce said. The modern house would be a great improvement over the current one which is in disrepair, he said. The committee did express some concern for the back of the building, which was designed by twentieth century architect Frank Riley and would be destroyed. Riley, a native Madisonian, also designed the Governor’s Mansion and Madison East High School. The committee decided to support the proposal with some saying that the house was not his best work. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said she supported the project, but looked forward to receiving more feedback from her neighborhood on the project. “It would be good to have some comments,” she said. “My initial reaction is it seems pretty straight forward.”

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Despite optimism, business owners plan layoffs State business leaders see potential, but 20 percent plan axes within next 6 months Noah Goetzel Herald Contributor A new survey reported that although Wisconsin business owners overwhelmingly agree the state is heading in the right direction, 20 percent are planning layoffs over the next six months. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce released the survey of their members, small businesses across the state, during the State of Wisconsin Business Conference that featured

DEGREES, from 1 David Giroux emphasized how the new program does not give out credits for just having work experience, but it instead gives credit for “knowledge acquired through work experience” tested in the assessments. He said other institutions across the state are developing their own programs with their faculty, but did not have any information on UW. However, he said if the university decided to do it, the program would have the same academic rigor, as it would be developed by faculty. Paul DeLuca, UW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, was not available for comment by press time. Mark Peterson, a UWWashington County professor, explained that the new program could benefit adults who have had years of experience in the workforce and are thinking about finishing a college degree. “It [doesn’t] make sense to suggest that [someone] with 10 years in an accounting firm sit in on an accounting 101 course,” Peterson said. “What [does] make sense was to find ways to offer them access to university credit for what they have learned

Gov. Scott Walker. The survey from WMC, a business advocacy group, surveyed 121 of the approximately 1,100 business owners contacted responded to the survey, which had a margin of error of about eight percent. Wednesday’s survey reported about a quarter of CEOs plan to hire more workers and 20 percent plan to cut staff, which is the highest rate since 2009 when 41 percent CEOs expected job cuts. In WMC’s June survey, 62 percent of business owners said they would increase employment, while only two percent expected to decrease their staff. WMC spokesperson Jim Pugh said the survey

on the job.” UW System Regent and UW-Parkside nontraditional student Tracey Hribar also emphasized the unique opportunities the program gives adult students. Hribar explained this program provides a “flexible, affordable, quality education [that] helps students get the degree they need.” Raymond Cross, chancellor of UW Colleges and UW Extensions, said he was excited about the new program and called it a “game changer,” as it creates new opportunities in higher education. “[Flexible Option] opens the door to a lot of different things [because] you decouple instruction and learning,” Cross said. “The challenges we face are can we assess competencies … well enough to say this is adequate, appropriate and equal to the existing degrees that we traditionally offer on campuses. We think we can do that.” Cross also encouraged adults interested in the new program to visit its website at flex.wisconsin. edu. The website includes information, frequently asked questions and a mock course to get a feel for what the courses offered would be like.

results demonstrate Wisconsin’s business climate is improving. Still, he noted company managers are concerned about the national economic slowdown because of federal government issues, such as the high costs of healthcare and excessive government regulations on businesses. “While they’re exuberant about the state of Wisconsin, they recognize they’re operating within a global economy,” Pugh said. He added there is uncertainty among business executives over President Barack Obama’s economic policies during his second term. Forty-one percent of CEOs said they expect growth in the their company, while

ASM, from 1 ASM cut funding for their press office in the budget. The cuts McNally suggested would eliminate the payments for ASM’s Assistant Press Directors. “This is the only position within ASM that is not leadership that is paid,” McNally said. “There are hundreds of student campus leaders who are not paid.” McNally said when the Nominations Board was initially looking for people to fill the positions, there was an overwhelming response and the application process was incredibly competitive. He said applicants came in for interviews, unaware of the fact that the position was paid. He said the positions of Assistant Press Directors is unique in that there are people who are willing to do the work required for the experience alone, without payment.

58 percent believe their business will remain flat or decline. None of the surveyed executives expect “good growth” from the Wisconsin economy in the next six months, although some do expect moderate growth. Pugh said the WMC looks forward to working with legislators and other groups to create jobs in Wisconsin. He said he hopes the Legislature passes “probusiness agenda” and that both parties work together on job creation. According to Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah, the biggest issue facing businesses is not the national economic slowdown, but high corporate taxes or rising health care costs, as the survey suggests. He also

ASM Press Officer David Gardner defended the position, arguing it should remain paid and that Assistant Press Officers are crucial to student government. “This is not something we can expect people to do out of the goodness of their own hearts,” Gardner said. ASM Rep. Nurys Uceta argued if funding was cut, student government would not see as much dedication or consistent work from those who would be simply volunteering for the position. Uceta said if the position were simply volunteers working with no pay, they would not have the incentive to put forth the same quality of work. “Although there are people out there who are willing to do this for free, we will not get the same dedication and work for free,” Uceta said. “There is only so much a volunteer is willing to do.”

said higher education should begin focusing on training students for today’s job market. “What I hear mostly from businesses is there’s a lack of trained, qualified people,” Kaufert said. “For the Legislature, we need to do a better job of making sure universities and technical colleges have workers job ready. They go and get their degree and then have trouble finding a job.” Sixty-seven percent of the WMC survey’s CEOs attribute their trouble hiring new employees to this described lack of quality job applicants. Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, said for Wisconsin’s job market to develop, small businesses

The amendment to the budget failed to pass with 14 opposed and six in favor. Student government also voted 19 in favor three against to pass an amendment which increased travel grants given to student organizations by $25,000. ASM Chair Andrew Bulovsky said increasing travel grants is a way for student government to make an impact on the student body that would be widely recognized across campus. ASM SSFC Rep. Richard Rolland said instead of providing funding for travel for student organizations, the money should go

need help acquiring loans and legislators need to discuss all 50 job-creation bills left on the table last session. Jorgensen echoed Kaufert’s sentiment that the top concern for business owners is hiring workers with enough training. Jorgensen added education has to become a priority after the drastic cut in that sector in the last legislative session. “Priorities were skewed this last session,” Jorgensen said. “I hope both Republicans and Democrats, colleagues throughout the state, the new members of the Assembly and Senate have heard the same message that we need to make education a priority again.”

towards event funding for organizations. He said this would be more beneficial because it would be more successful in spreading information across campus about student organizations. Uceta argued that by providing students with a means to travel through an organization would be spreading information because as they come back to campus they are sharing their experiences with other students. “Allowing students to travel is spreading the knowledge, regardless of whether or not they are staying on this campus,” Uceta said.


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John Doe investigation still open, judge says Walker expresses hope investigation will end soon, judge says it’s not done yet Polo Rocha State Legislative Editor Gov. Scott Walker recently made public remarks on his hopes that the John Doe investigation into former Walker staffers would finish by the end of the week, but a judge that

oversees the investigation said it is still open. At a Tuesday event, Walker said he hoped the investigation, which has already charged multiple of his former staffers when he was Milwaukee County Executive, would be over by this weekend. Walker has not been charged in the investigation and has repeatedly said he is not the target. However, the Associated Press reported after Walker’s comments that retired Waukesha County Judge Neal Nettesheim

called such hopes “pure conjecture.” “The John Doe is not completed,” Nettesheim told the Associated Press. “It is still open.” Wednesday, Walker addressed the judge’s comments and said that he has no concrete knowledge on whether the case would be ending, emphasizing that he only expressed his hopes. He said he would be “happy and hopeful it would be done this week” and that the case has not distracted him from his

duties as governor. “It hasn’t stopped us from doing our job,” Walker said. “My focus hasn’t changed.” United Wisconsin spokesperson Erik Kirkstein said Nettesheim’s comments show “despite Walker’s hopes,” the investigation has not concluded yet. Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said given the secrecy around the investigation, it is hard to know who is being investigated and when it

will finish. He said even if Walker is not charged, he holds him partially responsible for what has gone on. “Even though he may not be in direct involvement, he had direct authority over these people and had meetings with them in the mornings,” Kraig said. Tim Russell, Walker’s deputy chief of staff in his county office, agreed to a plea deal this week and has a plea hearing scheduled for Thursday. He is charged

with embezzlement of $20,000 from a veteran’s organization that he was in charge of at the time. Last month, another top aide, Kelly Rindfleisch, was sentenced to six months in jail for campaigning on taxpayer time. Two other aides will be sentenced in December and January, and a donor was given probation for two years. Russell’s domestic partner was also recently charged with child enticement. His trial begins Jan. 29. -The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Expert addresses wolf hunt, public perceptions of wolves Sean Kirkby Senior reporter An expert on environmental attitudes warned Tuesday that a shift in public attitudes toward wolves could endanger the species’ presence in Wisconsin. Thomas Heberlein, University of Wisconsin community and environmental sociology professor emeritus, addressed about 50 people as part of the Wisconsin Union

Directorate Lecture Series, and said the current wolf population in Wisconsin depends on the positive attitudes of the public toward wolves. He said these positive attitudes have allowed the population of wolves in Wisconsin to grow from 25 in 1980 to about 800 in 2012. “This attitude context is ‘good social habitat’ for wolves,” Heberlein said. “I think the wolves are here, and they are here to stay.” However, he said his surveys showed that a large

number of people, about 24 percent across all his studies, were neutral toward wolves and that a number of people did not return his surveys. “Those people are dangerous,” Heberlein said. “This means that rapid negative attitude change is possible.” Heberlein said this occured in New York’s Adirondack State Park, where conservation biologists wanted to introduce wolves. The biologists conducted a survey in in 1996, showing

76 percent supported wolf restoration while 18 percent opposed. However, a 1997 survey showed 46 percent supported the hunt and 42 percent opposed, and Heberlein said wolves were not introduced. Heberlein attributed the shift to the media reframing the issue and swaying people neutral toward wolves to have a negative opinion. He said he was concerned if a wolf attacked a person in Wisconsin, it might cause a shift toward negative

DEATH, from 1 Street residence. Verveer said at this time, foul play is not suspected. He said the case is under active police investigation and the greater community is not at risk. “It goes without saying that this is an unspeakable tragedy for somebody this young to lose their life,” Verveer said. MPD declined to comment.

attitudes toward wolves. “To protect wolves, we need to be ready to deal with this kind of event,” Heberlein said. “So that would mean hiring experts to have in place, hiring rapid response teams to get on any kind of wolf human incident, and to really spend our resources getting ready for that.” Heberlein said when Wisconsin took control of managing the wolf population after the federal government delisted wolves as an endangered species, they established a wolf hunt. He said having a hunting season is a normal part of species restoration, often used as a way of establishing a stable population. “If the state decides how many wolves there should be, we can’t hand out brochures to the wolves or condoms to the wolves and say your population is supposed to be 300,” Heberlein said. “Wolves will do what they will do and so the major way of controlling populations is through sport hunting.”

However, Heberlein said Wisconsin’s hunt was unusual since the Legislature set the season’s length, threatening the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. The model involved taking wildlife management control away from the Legislature and giving it to scientific experts, according to Heberlein. “The action by the Wisconsin Legislature threatens that system that has been in place for better than a hundred years, and that is a concern,” Heberlein said. Lecture attendee Sara Yeo, a UW life sciences communication graduate student, said she was interested in people who do not have an opinion on the wolf restoration and the change in attitudes toward wolf restoration. “And he says that this [shift is due to] people who don’t care,” Yeo said. “But maybe the people who don’t care really still don’t care and those who have had positive attitudes somehow became more negative.”

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Ian’s Pizza has been providing full health coverage for its employees for nine years, and its part-time owner says it’s time for big name chains like Papa John’s to do the same.

Ian’s leads by example on health care Papa John’s laments the impact of Obamacare, Ian’s Pizza thinks it will level the field

John Waters Columnist Several CEO’s, like Papa John’s John Schnatter, have made headlines in the last few weeks saying that Obamacare will force them to raise prices. Ian’s Pizza part-time owner Nick Martin thinks it’s about time national chains have to take care of their employees. Martin told the Huffington Post that he thinks Obamacare “might level the playing field.” Ian’s has been offering full health benefits to its 50 full-time employees for years, and Martin says that if national chains have to charge a little more, it will “justify what we’ve been paying for and what we’ve been fighting to do the past few years.” The reality is that first and foremost this is a political statement coming from Schnatter. He held a fundraiser for Romney in August and may just be trying to stir the pot. The

that posted $1.2 billion in revenue and $55.7 million in net income last year, comes out talking about how they can’t handle these costs and have to push them on to the customer. Now, I’m not saying the health care benefits Ian’s provides for its employees aren’t also making their way into the cost of a slice. That is the very nature of a business — incur costs and translate them into appropriate revenue. But as CEOs with big microphones like Schnatter stand up and talk about how much trouble providing health insurance is going to cause them, looking at how a small business which is competing against them directly handles the same issue is more interesting. Why is the little guy already doing it without bemoaning his role, while an employer with the billiondollar company treats adding a couple employees to its health plan like it’s a crisis? Because it is about politics much more than it is about economics for Papa John’s. I hope that Nick Martin’s comments get as much coverage as the John

fact that he made a national news story out of what ABC news reported would be a 14-cent increase in the cost of a pizza (and might be more like 3 or 4 cents) is a little ridiculous. Second of all, this is a man who shows up every Sunday and smiles with Peyton Manning as he promises to give away two million pizzas. I have to imagine that if Papa John’s can afford promotions like that, paying for the small fraction of full time employees they currently don’t cover won’t be too hard. What is interesting in this discussion is the difference between the reaction of a few large corporations and one small business. So much of what I have been reading is that every small business is going to start cutting full time employees to try to stay under the 50 full time employee threshold. But instead, here is a case of a small business owner standing up and saying they already offer their employees full health coverage and have done so ever since they could afford it. Papa John’s, on the other hand, a company

Schnatter comments have, because while Schnatter’s comments make for a great headline, what Martin has done as a small business owner offers a valuable insight into the future of health care coverage. If Martin thinks that Obamacare may actually help his business by leveling the playing field, this would run directly against the narrative that “Obamacare is bad for small business.” Bottom line — it’s just nice to see a Madison business explaining how it already provides insurance for its employees and standing up to a company with a billion dollar revenue stream. As people continue to irrationalize the healthcare debate, it’s always good to hear someone step up and say, yeah, we already do that. I heard about Martin’s comments from Ruth Conniff, who stopped by a journalism class of mine yesterday. Go check out her story in the “Isthmus” today to hear more about Ian’s side of the story. John Waters ( jkwater2@ is a junior majoring in journalism.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think they realize they screwed up.” -BRANDON BARWICK, SOLIDARITY SINGER This past August, Capitol Police Chief David Erwin promised he would crack down on protesters without permits. He was true to his word, at first, as Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative reports there were 59 and 39 protest related citations in the months of September and October, respectively. However, only three permits have been issued in the month of November. Brandon Barwick is a member of the so-called Solidarity Singers, a group that sings songs of protest to Gov. Scott Walker in the rotunda and garnered 19 citations in September and 36 in October. He responded with the above when asked about reasons behind such a precipitous drop in protest related citations. You may be wondering — did he reply in an alto, or a baritone?

Friday shopping habits and others to forgo the retail event altogether. Apparently, as the shoppers have become more competitive, so have the retailers, culminating in a vicious Hayes Cascia and stress inducing Staff Writer cycle as people feel like they have to get their holiday shopping done In the 1996 earlier and earlier. This blockbuster film Jingle is one of those situations All the Way, starring where I feel like the guy Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie 300 and as Howard Langston I want to yell from the and everybody’s favorite top of my lungs, “This comedian, Sinbad — is madness!” Now, I’m emphasis on the “bad” just waiting for a Black — as Myron Larabee, Friday shopper to kick the most sought after me down to the bottom toy during the holiday of a deep, dark well and season is Turbo Man. yell back, “This is Black In the film, Langston Friday!” battles Larabee for With all of this the last of the coveted madness surrounding Turbo Man action Black Friday, I think that figures. Through this instead of augmenting battle, they realize that the competition by the holiday season is opening stores earlier about being thankful for friends and family rather each year, retailers should dial down Black than attaining material Friday sales to make the objects. holiday a less stressful Unfortunately, many time for everyone have lost sight of the involved. true meaning of the Dialing down Black holidays, and instead Friday would not involve of experiencing great doing away with Black joy from the end of Friday altogether, but November through rather making it less of the beginning of the a big deal by extending New Year, the spirit of the period of sales or giving tends to cause a staggering the sales of great deal of stress — different stores. This especially during Black way, retailers will still Friday. make their sales and It seems as if all customers will still be aspects of life have able to get all of the gifts become increasingly on their lists — in a less competitive since the chaotic fashion. “good ole days” of our I know that there are grandparents. This people who get a rush is evident in sports, from the mad scramble school and now even for sales and others shopping — where the that just generally competition revolves love to shop, for God around finding the knows what reason, best deals on products but wouldn’t you rather ranging from Gucci sleep in and relax to the cult favorite, with family on your Snuggie. Thanksgiving Break More than any than run around like other day of the year, a nut? As a University Black Friday brings of Wisconsin student out the cutthroat deal with such a short hunter in all of us. This Thanksgiving break, I cutthroat mentality know I would. was highlighted in an The holidays should incident dating back to be about time well spent 2008, when a Wal-Mart with family and friends employee in New York instead of material was trampled to death objects, however cheap after being bowled they may be. I believe over by a wave of Black that the stress of Friday shoppers. And Black Friday and just you have to ask yourself, the search for gifts in was whatever deal they general can drive many were having at Walpeople crazy and cause Mart worth the life of an them to lose sight of innocent employee? the true meaning of Although that was an extreme example, it calls the holidays. In times of such chaos, I like to one to stop and think remember the famous what life — and more proverb which I believe specifically the holidays Confucius once said: — are all about. “Black Friday deals come Recently, Black and go, but friends and Friday got a little more family, oh friends and interesting, with some family, they are forever.” stores in the Madison area opening as early Hayes Cascia as 8 p.m. on Thursday ( is night. The earlier a sophomore majoring in openings caused some marketing. to change their Black

Republican Party still learning to lose with class he stated that President Barack Obama gave “extraordinary financial gifts from the government” to his “base coalition.” Such gifts, he said, included forgiveness of college loan interest, free Jared Mehre contraceptives and health Columnist care reform. These are not gifts, they are policies, policies It has been less than that the American a month since the 2012 public supports. Romney presidential election, and promised tax breaks to already, the Republican the wealthiest Americans. Party is coming up with This is also a policy — a a plethora of excuses to explain their predicted and policy that is favored by fewer Americans — simply well pronounced loss. because Americans have In the week following decided that a tricklethe election, former down economic plan will Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney not work. made his now famous Romney continued his ‘gifts’ comment in which

gift speech by stating that Obama voters “turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election than in 2008.” This is simply a lie. The voter turnout demographics of the 2012 election were at levels that were quite similar to the levels seen in the 2008 election. A similar statement was also uttered by former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, who was surprised by “the turnout, especially in urban areas.” Ryan should receive some forgiveness for his statement, since this is his first loss, and he did say that losing is “a foreign experience; it’s tough to describe.” But if

Ryan decides to make a habit of losing, I suggest that he do so with more grace next time. And in the end that is what should be learned from both Romney and Ryan’s gaffes — how to lose with grace. Obama won his re-election, and he won for a simple reason: He got more votes. Obama didn’t win by promising outrageous gifts to voters or because Obama voters outperformed the elusive Republican majority. He won because more people supported his policies and actions during his first term. The base of the Republican Party is

shrinking, and its core beliefs are becoming culturally outdated. The Republican Party needs to begin to change their image if they hope to continue to be a major political party and stay relevant in the future. This is not an uncommon change to take place for major political parties. If the Democratic Party had not changed their core values from the 1860s, it would have been unthinkable for them to field an African American for president of the United States. When Romney and Ryan make such outrageous comments, they are holding back their own

party as well as the rest of the American political process. Now that the 2012 presidential election is over, there is information that pollsters and future candidates for office will glean for future reference, but it is tactless to make up excuses for an election loss — especially at the national level. The American people expect the losing candidate to give a short concession speech, and then fade quickly into silence. Jared Mehre (mehre@ is a sophomore majoring in political science and sociology with a certificate in criminal justice.

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Ohio-based The Werks, a jam band formed by the melding of three previous groups, has presented a unique blend of genres on each of its four studio albums and in live shows.

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Tim Hadick ArtsEtc. Writer Today’s chart-topping singles and albums are often a collision of genres. “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant band Scala blew audiences away with electric string instruments before topping charts. Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” gained popularity for its mashing of country themes with a sick dubstep drop. But it’s not often a band describes its music as “psychedelic dance rock.” Four-man band The Werks takes clashing genres to a new level, and its members are eager to treat fans with their unique sound at the Majestic Thursday. Rocking since 2007, the Dayton-based group formed after three bands, once competitors, joined forces and melded into one. Since then, the band has released four studio albums and played all over the country. Dino Dimitroules, The Werks’ bassist and

vocalist, told the story of how the band decided on its unconventional name in an interview with The Badger Herald. After struggling to find a name for the mash-up that is the band itself, inspiration hit one day at a restaurant. “Rob, our drummer, orders a burger, and he says, ‘I’ll take the works on it,’” Dimitroules reminisced. “And we all looked at each other, and we were like, that’s it. We’re The Werks.” The name best describes the band’s blending of multiple genres with a little bit of everything, Dimitroules said. Its most recent album, self-titled The Werks, grooves, rocks and jams with sounds that are meant for the live stage. “This album is different because it incorporates our live feel more than albums from the past,” Dimitroules said. “We combine the electronic feel, but with an organic twist.”

The Werks has an almost even number of instrumental and lyrical tracks, but every song has that psychedelic feel of the band. Blending traditional rock instruments and

“Rob, our drummer, orders a burger, and he says, ‘I’ll take the works on it.’ And we all looked at each other, and we were like, that’s it. We’re The Werks.” Dino Dimitroules

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electronic beats, The Werks’ shows incorporate improvisation into an already high-energy performance. The band has played at several music festivals in the past year, from

Electric Forest to North Coast. The band is excited to be back in Madison, Dimitroules said. The Werks played in Madison a couple years ago and were supposed to open for Victor Wooten at the Majestic last month. But, due to bus troubles, they had to cancel their performance. Dimitroules said if any fans that were unable to see them still had their ticket stub from last month they can get into Thursday’s show for free. Madison’s unique blend of culture and style perfectly fits The Werks’ image and sound. The Werks has found a middle ground between an older age of music and new trends in electric rock. Dimitroules tells fans to “expect the unexpected” at Thursday’s concert. The Werks will jam and rock for audiences at the Majestic this Thursday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. More information can be found at

‘Holiday Stops’ plays on seasonal norms Camaraderie, comedic irreverence shine in StageQ’s scintillating production McKenzie Kirkland ArtsEtc. Writer Fa la la la la, la la la PSYCHE. Students who are looking to brighten the endof-semester blues and are tired of the same old carols and stories will have the opportunity for local holiday magic turned on its head during the next few weeks. StageQ company has a show at the Bartell Theatre off of Capitol Square that promises to deliver just that. “The Holiday Stops,” selfdescribed as an “irreverent” but “sweet” comedy, returns to the theater for its second season. The show tells the story of four actors on a national tour, who are in Madison for one night. The real-life cast, though, will stick around until the last performance on Dec. 15. “That’s the joke,” director Cindy Severt said. It has only been performed one other time and features all original music. Classic Christmas

tunes are used, but given completely new lyrics to tie in with the show or spoof the classics. Recognize that tune? Famous songs are also reshaped into an unlikely Christmas song. Evjue stage, the room of the Bartell where “The Holiday Stops” is showing, is a small stage housing less than 100 in the audience. But Severt said, “I find the smaller space works better with the cast of four.” The smaller arena does not mean audiencemembers will sit passively and watch. The cast encourages audience involvement, keeping everyone engaged throughout the show. The camaraderie of the cast is apparent, shining through in its performance and contagious to those in attendance. “It’s an intimate show,” said Jake Aebly, who works on music direction for the show. And there are some

surprises to look for. “We changed the ending of the show pretty considerably from what the original music was,” Aebly said. The ending has been reworked to fit StageQ’s theatrical needs. The biggest surprise for those who have seen the original may be a new character introduced halfway through that did not appear in the original “Holiday Stops.” What is just as surprising is the sheer amount that audience members will recognize from American pop culture. Several allusions to holiday media specials from TV to music are made throughout the performance. Severt said, “We worked in a lot of material that the audience will recognize.” “Not a sit back and passively enjoy the music type of show,” Aebly agreed. This is apparent in the bantering of the characters onstage and their

interactions with the crowd. “Mostly the show is about perceptions — how we perceive ourselves in each other and how easily those perceptions are mistaken,” Severt said. The heartwarming performance will leave audiences wanting more from this witty holiday performance, Aebly said. “It’s a breath of fresh air; it doesn’t take itself as seriously as some of the others that have been around for 100 years,” he said. That breath of fresh air, during the end of semester, is much needed indeed. So, for a new spin on the holidays, StageQ has crafted a show that will deliver in its production of “The Holiday Stops.” “The Holiday Stops” is currently playing at the Bartell Theatre in Madison, through Dec. 15. It plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$15.

As the holiday season draws near, game companies have begun their big holiday releases. Every one of the three powerhouse companies — Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft — has just released a slew of new games and hardware. Sony has “PlayStation® AllStars Battle Royale,” a four-player freefor-all fighting game. Microsoft released the highly-anticipated “Halo 4,” a nice addition to Microsoft’s thriving first-person shooter genre. Nintendo had the biggest releases of all: the release of the Wii U and the lesser-known Wii Mini in Canada. Ever since the Wii was released in 2006, Nintendo has become known for its use of innovative motion controls. Back in 2006, the Wii shone through with its motion control games in the form of “Wii Sports,” which previously always came bundled. “Wii Sports” allowed players to explore the Wii’s motion control capabilities. The combination of “Wii Sports” and other wellknown Nintendo titles, including “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” and “Mario Kart Wii,” allowed Nintendo to thrive by expanding its fan base to families and drawing in loyal Nintendo fans. Because of the loyal fan base and the shift to more gimmicky and family-friendly gameplay, the Wii was able to survive as one of the top-selling consoles for months. Unfortunately, as the months progressed, Nintendo began to lose its loyal fan base because most of the games on the market were gimmicky, motion control focused games, like “Carnival Games Wii.” This deterred the loyal fans, since Nintendo’s games weren’t challenging and some tried to overuse the motion controls. The Wii U is a good example of how Nintendo has overly embraced the gimmicks. Long before the release of the console, Nintendo had continually hyped the inclusion of a tablet controller called the Wii U GamePad. This was more of a calculated business move, since many people are turning toward mobile gaming. Nintendo has been preaching that the Wii U GamePad will change the way gamers interact with games. The ideas that Nintendo has talked about in recent press conferences have promise to change the way people game, but the current Wii U GamePad is lacking the ability to make those ideas work. The tablet itself is awkwardly big and hard to hold. One of the main selling points of a tablet is that it is a touch interface. The Wii U GamePad has one of the worst touch-tracking touch screens of today’s tablets. For a company that has made successful touch screen-based

handheld consoles, like the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS, the quality of the Wii U GamePad Touch Screen is inexcusable, especially when there are already products, especially those by Apple, that use touch screens well. The implementation of the Wii U GamePad Touch Screen should improve as manufacturing continues. Until that time, Nintendo is riding on the hopes that all of the big name games they have lined up for the Wii U will continue to sell. This shouldn’t be an issue since a lot of the games already have a fan base, like “Mass Effect 3,” and the familyfriendly games sell decently well at release. Nintendo has moved even further away from its norm by allowing the Wii U GamePad to have apps. A gaming company has put mobile apps on its console game system. There is no adequate way to describe how much of a business move that is. Nintendo has been in the gaming industry since the 1970s and has been a powerhouse ever since. If they would focus on making games catering to gamers as well as families, they wouldn’t have to put apps on a console. The addition of the apps to the system allows for increased revenue and allows for a wider appeal. Overall, it’s an unfortunately solid move from the business perspective. Then there is the second business move Nintendo plans to make this holiday season: the Wii Mini. The Wii Mini will be released in Canada in early December. It’s still a Wii, but it’s a Wii without Wi-Fi, without GameCube compatibility and without a slotloading disc drive. The Wii Mini was actually created because online components like Netflix are not as popular in Canada as in the U.S. Keeping that in mind, Nintendo decided to create a nice-looking alternative for the usual Wii system. This system is an interesting move with the Wii U being released at essentially the same time. If people want to play a Wii without all the bells and whistles, then the Wii Mini is a good fit. The Wii Mini revisits what a gaming system used to be: A machine that just plays games. It is cheaper than the Wii system and could potentially take the place of the Wii on store shelves. It seems that Nintendo intends to give people two options this holiday season: get a Wii U with all of the apps, internet and video-streaming or get a Wii Mini for casual gaming. These options will increase Nintendo’s sales, but Nintendo still needs to create the gamer-style games they used to in addition to the family-friendly games if it wants the systems to continue to sell. Christian Moberg is a junior at UW-Madison studying computer science and Japanese.

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BENNETT, from 10 single point. “I thought we got some good looks, if we just could have controlled the ball a bit better,” Ryan said. “When we were making our drives I think we didn’t fight through contact the way you need to when you’re playing in a grind game like that.” On the opposite end of the floor, the versatile Harris had no trouble hitting contested jumpers from all over the hardwood, closing out the night on 8-of-16 shooting for a game-high 22 points. UW’s own established early season offensive leader in Berggren limped through the first half as his shots slid off every edge of the basket, his lone score of the half coming on a threepointer. Helping to make up for the fifth-year senior’s inconsistency in the paint was forward Ryan Evans, whose six first half points were the most of any Badger. But Evans missed all six of his shot attempts in the second half. It proved the picturesque homecoming for Bennett, who acknowledged that added emotion came with a victory as he looked up at the 2000 Final Four banner hanging from the rafters that UW earned with his father Dick Bennett at the helm and he as a young assistant. With two losses in its last three games, Bennett’s old team was left still searching for its identity. “If we don’t grow from this it’s going to be a long season,” Berggren said. “We’ve taken a couple bumps here that we got to learn from, we got to turn the page and really improve going forward.”

MCCUE, from 10 chance to turn things around next year, with plenty of promising talent ready to return to the Camp Randall field next September. But in an era where coaches are judged and recruits lured in by the “here and now” status of the program, consistent success is essential. So much has gone awry for the Wisconsin football team this season. Danny O’Brien, the man many expected to be the Badgers’ savior in the post-Russell Wilson era, never looked comfortable directing a new offense. Though quietly piecing together another stellar season, Montee Ball struggled early on behind an offensive line that clearly needed more time to develop than outside onlookers expected. The talent and experience of this squad simply does not match that of the previous two Rose Bowl teams, and it took trying moments of reflection to realize that. But that does not take away from the lasting impact this senior class can have on the program before they take their final step onto the field in a Wisconsin uniform. Disappointment may have marred a season where fans expected another 11-win campaign and another regular season Leaders Division title. Yet none of that will matter when the Wisconsin players race out of the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday, a deep hunger within each of them to not have this game end with another fourth quarter breakdown, another tearfilled defeat. It’s only one game. It will be years before it’s clear what impact a single victory or defeat over Taylor Martinez and Co. has on the direction of this program. But it is safe to say a third-straight Big Ten title would place Wisconsin in much better standing for the future than a 7-6 record and an appearance in a bottom-rung bowl game. And so the Badgers return to the very place where they earned that oh-so-satisfying victory over Michigan State a year ago. While much has gone wrong in 2012, much still stands to be gained for the Wisconsin football team in Indianapolis Saturday. Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think of Wisconsin’s chances against Nebraska in Indy this weekend? Let him know by email at imccue@ or on Twitter @imccue.

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Freshman defenseman Courtney Burke (6) came out of the same high school as fellow Badgers Brianna Decker, Blayre Turnbull and Kim Drake — Minnesota’s Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a noted prep hockey powerhouse.

New Badger recruits share common roots Caroline Sage Statistics Editor Five new players are slated to join the Wisconsin women’s hockey team next season, continuing a Badger history of bringing the best prep players to UW’s rink. The Badgers (10-4-1, 6-42 WCHA) announced last Wednesday forwards Sydney McKibbon, Sarah Nurse and Annie Pankowski, along with defensemen Melissa Channell and Jenny Ryan, have declared their intent to adorn the cardinal and white jersey. “We think they are good hockey players, other people think they are good players, but they are also good students and they come from good families and have different backgrounds,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “It’s a good class. We’ve got five quality people and five quality players so we’re excited for them to be part of our family.” As with past recruiting classes, they bring experience, talent and academic success to the program. But what makes this group unique is the chemistry they will already have coming into the unfamiliar world they will soon be calling home. McKibbon and Nurse will join the Badgers after finishing their current season together with the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres in the Provincial Women’s Hockey

League. If working alongside them as teammates was not chemistry enough, the duo is currently linemates and the top two point earners for the Sabres. A forward from the town of Oakville, Ontario, McKibbon led her team in points last season with 41, 29 of which came from assists. Nurse benefitted from many of McKibbon’s plays, finding the back of the net 21 times, a team-high, and was second to McKibbon in points with 31. Ryan and Pankowski bring a similar dynamic to the team, both playing at the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt., for the past two seasons. While Pankowski is known for her offensive success, Ryan plays a critical role in maintaining a strong backline for the team. “In the recruiting world, there is no rhyme or reason, you are looking for players that fit into what you are trying to do,” Johnson said. “It is sort of fun. … They will be able to come, and as freshman go, they will be more comfortable with someone they can bounce things off of immediately.” Although Channell will not be coming in to the Badger program alongside a current teammate, she was raised in the same town of Oakville as McKibbon and the two competed for Canada’s Under-18 team in the 2011 Canada-USA series together. Channell also

played alongside Badger senior Saige Pacholok in the 2012 Meco Cup for Canada’s Under-22 team. Past recruiting classes for the women’s hockey program have not had the same amount of prior history working together as this incoming group. Yet having a familiar face on the rink as a freshman is not an uncommon trend for Johnson’s team. Freshmen Courtney Burke and Kim Drake were teammates for four years at Shattuck St. Mary’s Academy before taking their bond to Wisconsin this season. The two join a long line of Badger players that once played at the elite hockey school in St. Paul, Minn., including current players sophomore Blayre Turnbull and senior Brianna Decker. “Having Blayre [Turnbull] and Decker here and Kim [Drake] coming in with me I felt like I already had friends so it wasn’t as uncomfortable or as unusual,” Burke said of her first weeks with the Badger team. Johnson recognizes the power of connections his current players may have with potential incoming players, seeing it as a positive addition to his recruiting process. “It’s all about developing relationships and with Facebook and all that, kids talk to each other. So [recruits] ask ‘What’s it like in Wisconsin’ and [current

players] say ‘Oh, we’re having a blast,’” Johnson said. “That kind of stuff gets back to teams and players and it helps.” The Shattuck clan isn’t the only lineage of players with similar backgrounds. Freshman Molly Doner came to Wisconsin from the same NAHA team as Pankowski and Ryan, playing with them last season. The three also got to experience the joys of a successful recruiting process together, and Donor is excited she will once again have them as teammates. “Last season, both [Pankowski and Ryan] actually committed right after my official visit as well, so we all came back and were hyped up on adrenaline looking forward,” Doner said. “For me, to the next year, and for them, in two years.” Injured junior Brittany Ammerman and her sister Brooke Ammerman, who finished her four years at UW last season, played at NAHA as well. While Doner could list the successes and prestige of the program Johnson has built at UW, she said what won her over was the chemistry she saw among the Badger players and the instant connection she felt to it with the other former NAHA players. “I never really had to opportunity to know [the Ammermans] beforehand, but once I came here they knew me and it was that

automatic connection,” Doner said. “Having them here, they kind of know what we went through, and it’s like all the Shattuck girls. They all have been through the same things. Just seeing all the chemistry the girl had together and how much fun they have, that was really the main selling point for me.” Beyond their play together, the five soonto-be Badgers each bring additional experience at the international level, either for the U.S. or Canada. Johnson sees this type of exposure on a recruits’ resume as a signal they have played against older, stronger, more experienced players, similar to what they will face in the college hockey stage. With the program’s biggest name, Brianna Decker, graduating from the program after this season, the shows for the next offensive powerhouse will need to be filled. “Are they going to come in and be Brianna Decker? Well Brianna Decker wasn’t Brianna Decker, as a freshman she grew into that position,” Johnson said. “They come in and their eyes are big and a lot is thrown at them, but if they have good work habit and are consistent with what they do they will get better. We are lucky we’ve had some special players so hopefully this next group, one of them, two of them, or all of them will end up being a special player too.”

UW defense tries to end late game flops After 3 overtime losses in last 4 games, Badgers focus on closing out games as prep for Big Ten championship Spencer Smith Extra Points Editor In a season that has been plagued with three overtime losses, most recently to Penn State, the Wisconsin football team has struggled to close the door in late game situations. In two of Wisconsin’s three overtime losses, the Badgers have given a lead away late in the game, eventually losing in overtime with the exception of the Ohio State game, where UW surmounted a 14-point deficit to force extra time. In last Saturday’s overtime loss to Penn State, Wisconsin went into the second half with a sevenpoint cushion. But, as has seemingly been the case all season, the Badgers were dominated on both sides of the ball in the third and fourth quarter, allowing the Nittany Lions 247 yards and three scoring drives, including a 41-yard passing touchdown in the fourth

quarter to hand PSU the lead. UW secondary coach Ben Strickland acknowledged their performance on Saturday was not up to par and expects more of his players heading into the Big Ten championship. “It’s just execution,” Strickland said. “We make a call, whatever that call is, those guys have to execute it, and they know it. They know they can do better. [The coaches] know we can do better, and we’ll just take it as a learning experience, move on and make sure it doesn’t happen next time.” Wisconsin’s regular season finale was eerily similar to the overtime loss suffered at the hands of Michigan State just a month earlier at Camp Randall. The Spartans engineered a late scoring drive, tying the game with a 12-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Redshirt junior free safety Dezmen Southward, who has one interception

and 52 tackles on the season, said the key to holding those leads is consistency. “You can’t prepare to keep a lead,” Southward said. “The only thing you can prepare to do is just be consistent in the things that you see and just executing for four quarters because what does it mean to be great for 3 1/2 quarters? We’ve seen that side of the story, so we definitely understand what we have to do.” In both losses to Penn State and Michigan State, Wisconsin gave up over 200 yards passing and a total of three passing touchdowns. UW now has its sights set on the rematch with Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday. Although Nebraska is ranked No. 8 in the country in rushing, the Cornhuskers were still able to put up 181 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on the Badgers in September. Strickland says Nebraska

will use its physical running game to open up its passing game. “The biggest thing [Nebraska] does is obviously the run game and then the play-action passes to complement it,” Strickland said. “So, we just have to be great with our eyes and our keys and understanding what our responsibilities are. [The secondary] knows we have to defend the playaction balls, when we are needed in the run game on our fits we have to make sure that we are in the right spots. Again that just comes down to reading keys, doing our jobs and being disciplined.” Wisconsin’s defense will get a boost in Saturday’s championship game in Indianapolis when redshirt junior linebacker Chris Borland suits up after missing the last two games to injury. Fellow linebacker and redshirt senior Mike Taylor knows what Borland means to UW’s defense and says the redshirt junior will

bring confidence to the unit. “I think [getting Borland back] is a big boost,” Taylor said. “Obviously, Chris is a great part of the middle, and he’s a great tackler. He makes plays, and I think he just gives the defense overall a boost of confidence and a little more swag running to the ball.” After two straight overtime losses, Wisconsin must prepare to avenge a 27-30 loss to Nebraska this coming Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Southward believes after losing two close games in a row, the Badgers will come out ready to play in their second consecutive Big Ten Championship. “After any loss, you are eager to get back out on the field,” Southward said. “I think you’ll see with this team, we are pretty resilient. We are a bunch of guys that are never going to give up, and we love fighting and we will fight together for four quarters. So I think you will see that Saturday.”


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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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I know, I know. Kakuro. Looks crazy, right? This ain’t no time to panic, friend, so keep it cool and I’ll walk you through. Here’s the low down: each clue tells you what the sum of the numbers to the right or down must add up to. Repeating numbers? Not in this part of town. And that’s that, slick.



The Kakuro Unique Sum Chart Cells Clue 2 3 2 4 2 16 2 17

DIFFICULTY: Finish Kakuro and we’ll put your diploma in the mail



Possibilities { 1, 2 } { 1, 3 } { 7, 9 } { 8, 9 }

3 3 3 3

6 7 23 24

{ 1, 2, 3 } { 1, 2, 4 } { 6, 8, 9 } { 7, 8, 9 }

4 4 4 4

10 11 29 30

{ 1, 2, 3, 4 } { 1, 2, 3, 5 } { 5, 7, 8, 9 } { 6, 7, 8, 9 }

5 5 5 5

15 16 34 35

{ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 } { 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 }

6 6 6 6

21 22 38 39

{ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 } { 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 }

7 7 7 7

28 29 41 42

{ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 } { 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 }

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

{ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 } { 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 } { 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 }
























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Sports WINNER, from 10 and a new offensive line coach, UW felt the start of conference play would mark an important turnaround in its season. But it travelled to Lincoln and left with another loss. In the Adidas-labeled “unrivaled” matchup (the first of two), UW jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, after which the offense stalled and momentum slowly leaked over to Nebraska’s bench. Eventually, the Huskers could not be slowed down as quarterback Taylor Martinez used both his feet and his arm to lead Nebraska to 440 total offensive yards compared to UW’s 295. Martinez himself ran for 107 yards and a touchdown and completed 17 of his 29 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin kept things close, but a missed field goal and missed extra point by freshman kicker Jack Russell made the difference. On Sept. 29, Nebraska completed the comeback for a 30-27 win. Since then, UW lost Stave for the season to a broken collarbone and opted to start its third quarterback of the season, embattled fifth-year senior Curt Phillips. But, as has been a constant in an otherwise turbulent season, the Wisconsin defense has also transformed into one of the best in the Big Ten. During the regular season, Wisconsin allowed only 18.1 points per game (second only to Michigan State in the Big Ten) and currently boasts the No. 2 rushing defense in the conference, allowing an average of just 111.3 yards a game. The Badger team making the trip to Indianapolis is a much different unit than the one that ventured to Lincoln at the end of September. “I think we’ve certainly grown a lot,” junior center

Travis Frederick said. “Here at Wisconsin, we talk about getting better every week, and I think with the exception of [Penn State], we really have grown as a team. We’ve certainly learned from our mistakes last week in the film sessions we’ve had this week. I think we’ve grown as a team and have gotten better at certain things — our run game is working better. We’re just fitting into our roles a little better than we were at that point.” While UW went through its own tumultuous season to earn its way into the title game, Nebraska also went on to finish as one of the best teams in the Big Ten. With Ohio State ineligible, the Huskers boast the best conference record at 7-1 and one of the best offenses. Through the regular season, Nebraska averaged 35.4 points per game — second-best in the Big Ten behind Ohio State. That offense has also amassed an average of 460.9 yards per game (best in the Big Ten), largely due to an average of 252.5 rushing yards per game (also tops in the conference and No. 8 in the nation). With a gift-wrapped trip to the Big Ten Championship game Saturday, the Badgers know what to expect of the atmosphere and everything leading up to game time. They have been there before and say they won’t let themselves get wrapped up in the emotions of returning to Lucas Oil Stadium. “Us being familiar with the area and the stadium and how everything is going to work out — its definitely an advantage for us,” senior safety Shelton Johnson said. “It kind of removes all the distraction and the luster of it being the Big Ten Championship game. Us having seen it already, it remove that distraciton and kind of eases you out.”

UVA spoils Jackson’s 1st start Sophomore earns nod over Marshall; rebounding continue to plague Ryan’s squad Sean Zak Associate Sports Editor With the focus of the night pinned heavily on Tony Bennett’s return to the Kohl Center and the victory that followed for the Virginia Cavaliers, Traevon Jackson grabbed his own headline just before tip-off, getting his first career start as point guard for Wisconsin Wednesday night. Unfortunately for him, the Cavaliers ruined his welcoming party, as they topped the Badgers 6054. After faring well in his 28 minutes of playing time during Wisconsin’s (4-3) victory over Arkansas on the weekend, head coach Bo Ryan elected to start the sophomore Jackson over redshirt freshman George Marshall, who had started each game so far this season. Entering the game, Jackson had one more turnover than Marshall, but was coming off a career-high 11 points against Arkansas. When asked about his decision making for a changing of the (point) guard against Virginia (5-2), Ryan needed just one word, citing Saturday’s game with the Razorbacks as evidence. “Performance,” Ryan said. “That’s the way it should be in this world.” Jackson followed through with a noteworthy performance in 32 minutes of play, trumping Marshall’s 11

minutes on the floor. Jackson matched a career-high with two steals and set a careerhigh with five assists. Although he enjoyed one of the better performances of his career, Jackson was shaky at times with the ball and missed open jumpers. “I think Trae Jackson will be better, as a result of this,” Ryan said. “This is the first game this year where we were in this kind of a game … I think he learned some things.” Wednesday’s game featured a pair of opponents renowned for playing robust manto-man defense, which also played a factor in Jackson receiving nearly three times as many minutes as Marshall. “[Trae] is stronger, and in this type of game he is stronger with the ball,” Ryan said before alluding to his defense. “Defensively, he ended up showing — against Creighton and Arkansas — that he was getting better, he’s a stronger young man.” Jackson proved his strength offensively, performing his best when the game was at its closest as he dished out four assists in the second half. He was a catalyst for Wisconsin as it took its largest lead of the game with back-to-back threepointers from Ben Brust and Sam Dekker midway through the second half, both coming off assists from Jackson.

Rebounding woes continue Entering the game, Wisconsin had been out rebounded by an average of more than 12 rebounds per game in each of its losses this season. The train continued to chug along Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Badgers on the boards, totaling a 36-25 advantage. In a defensive battle where open shots became much of a rarity, Virginia forwards Akil Mitchell and Darion Atkins controlled the glass for a majority of the game, grabbing 10 and seven rebounds, respectively. “We worked hard on block outs, preparing for this,” Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said, noting that Wisconsin’s offensive sets helped them out a little. “They get spaced high and wide, so maybe they’re not quite on the glass as much … that was an emphasis of ours, to check and hold them if they’re coming, if not just gang rebound with five guys.” Virginia also held Wisconsin’s senior frontcourt of Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren to a combined eight rebounds in 66 minutes on the floor. In fact, Evans was the only Badger to top five rebounds, grabbing six in the game. Berggren entered the game as Wisconsin’s secondleading rebounder, but was held to just two rebounds on the night.

Ryan said the rebounding differences in the frontcourt were pivotal in deciding the game, referring to the tenacity of Virginia’s Mitchell and Atkins. “Those guys played extremely well,” Ryan said. “Sometimes you concentrate on certain things, but I think those guys just willed their team to win.” Furthermore, junior guard Ben Brust, Wisconsin’s most consistent rebounder on the season, saw his average dip from 8.5 rebounds per game to 7.9 after grabbing just four in Wednesday’s game. Brust entered the game leading both Wisconsin and the Big Ten in that department and holding him to less than half his average was key for the Cavaliers as opportunities refused to bounce his way. Berggren pointed to rebounds and loose balls as a defining factor in the game. The game that seemed sure to be defensive and physical became exactly that and eventually turned on a Badgers’ missed rebound. After building a 36-31 lead, Wisconsin’s advantage quickly vanished. “There was opportunity there, I think they got an offensive rebound and then they hit a three to tie it up,” Brust said. “[We] just have to finish the possession and get the rebound and maybe it’s a different story.”

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winner takes all

Kelly Erickson

Senior Sports Writer Wisconsin and Nebraska have a short history — but it’s already a turbulent one. In 2011, the Badgers (75, 4-4 Big Ten) welcomed the Huskers (10-2, 7-1) to the conference in a rather insulting manner with a 4817 victory. One year later, Nebraska evened the score with a 30-27 decision as Wisconsin made its first trip to Lincoln since 1973. With the regular season behind them, Wisconsin and Nebraska will face each other once again in Indianapolis Saturday night, but this time the victor

claims a coveted Big Ten Title. It was a matchup that was highly anticipated a year ago when Nebraska first joined the Big Ten, but with three conference losses, the Huskers watched the inaugural Big Ten championship game from Lincoln. But this year, with only one conference loss, Nebraska finally earned its shot to grab a spot in the Rose Bowl. It’s difficult to say the same for Wisconsin. The Badgers benefitted from Ohio State and Penn State’s 2012 postseason ineligibility as they dropped four conference contests —

Nebraska, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State, the last three of which were overtime decisions — and as a result placed third in the Leaders Division. After clinching a trip to Indy with a dominating 62-14 win over Indiana, Wisconsin went on a two-game overtime losing streak to end its regular season. For UW, Saturday night isn’t just about winning its third-straight Big Ten Title. It’s also about proving it belongs there in the first place. “We know what our record is right now,” senior defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “We’re not

repping it hard, we’re not real proud of it, but we’re going to go in there with everything we’ve got and try to earn some respect. We’ve been in a lot of tough games this season, we’ve been through a lot. … Being in the position we are to still have the opportunity to do what we came here to do this year is unbelieveable.” Throughout the 2012 season, the Badgers didn’t have an easy ride. Initially, the offensive line crumbled at

Curt Phillips

seemingly the slightest push like a wall of toothpicks. In addition, the Badgers could not find consistency under center and eventually UW head coach Bret Bielema benched the opening day


starting quarterback, Danny O’Brien, in favor of redshirt freshman Joel Stave. With a 3-1 record through the nonconference season

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Jared Berggren’s only points of the first half came on a three-pointer as the fifth-year senior forward struggled to establish a presence in the paint, finishing with 12 points.

Bennett returns, takes 60-54 win Former UW assistant earns ACC-Big Ten Challenge victory as Virginia’s head coach Ian McCue Sports Editor In a game that lived up to its billing as a gritty defensive battle, it was precisely Virginia’s defense that carried them to a 60-54 victory over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center Wednesday night. And never was the Cavaliers’ defensive strength more critical than in the final minute of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup. With 48 seconds left, a thunderous put-back dunk on a missed Ryan Evans threepointer by Jared Berggren and a pair of free throws from the fifth-year senior forward on the next possession pulled the Badgers (4-3) within three with 33 seconds on the clock. But on the next possession, UW held onto the ball for 27 seconds, unable to find a decent look against lockdown defensive series from UVA (5-2). The play ended with a hopeless three-point heave from Brust, dashing any hopes of a last-second

comeback. “That was probably the sweetest thing for me, to in a sense win it on a good defensive stand at the end,” said Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1999-2003. UW head coach Bo Ryan said he was looking for a drive into the paint on the deciding possession and suggested that Brust’s lack of experience in late-game situations may have made him more tentative with the ball in his hands. The junior guard, who finished with a teamhigh 15 points and collected four rebounds, assumed responsibility for the broken play. “Made the wrong play,” Brust said. “It was open right away, then just got caught in no man’s land a couple times, I should have attacked, get fouled or scored, [whatever] stops the clock.” Before that deciding possession, Wisconsin looked to be blazing a path

for the comeback and pulled within three with less than five minutes remaining. But Virginia’s star junior guard Joe Harris refused to make it that easy, collecting his own miss and converting a threepoint play on the put back. That play handed the Cavaliers an eight-point lead, enough for them to hold on despite the Badgers’ attempt at a late comeback. After spending the first half chasing the Cavaliers, back-to-back three-pointers from Sam Dekker and Ben Brust — his bomb coming from several feet beyond the arc — gave the announced crowd of 16,690 a false sense that Wisconsin was preparing to pull away as it built a fivepoint advantage. But after recollecting themselves during the break, Bennett’s team answered with a 15-4 run of its own and never surrendered the lead in the game’s final 10 minutes. “There was so many opportunities where there was loose balls, and it seemed

like every time that we were close to getting a big stop, the ball would bounce off the rim, get tipped around and end up in their hands,” Berggren, who finished with 12 points, said. “Those are just toughness plays that we didn’t make tonight.” In the first half, the two teams — both known for their slow-paced offenses — combined for only 47 points, Harris the only man in double figures on either side with 13 points. Wisconsin struggled to build an offensive rhythm through much of that period as Virginia’s defense forced uncomfortable, lowpercentage looks for the Badgers. Wisconsin finished the half shooting 37 percent from the field to Virginia’s 45 percent conversion rate, and no player had more than 6 points in the opening 20 minutes. Thanks to a late three-pointer from Jackson, UW entered the locker room down by only a

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Nearly three months ago, The Badger Herald titled its season preview for the Wisconsin football season “On the Brink,” the bold, oversized lettering itself representative of the expectations surrounding this team. My own hands were among those that helped build the towering expectations for this team, fully convinced there would be no drop-off from the lethal offensive numbers of 2011 despite the departure of several key pieces. Twelve games later, an embattled 7-5 record in hand, Wisconsin remains on the brink of a defining step forward as it heads to Indianapolis for a rematch with Nebraska Saturday. No, this isn’t exactly how fans imagined the season would play out. There’s no argument that UW flopped in a historically weak year for the Big Ten. A carousel of quarterbacks, uncharacteristic instability along the offensive line and an offense that often turned stagnant will keep Wisconsin from its fourth-consecutive season with 10-plus wins. But, for just a minute, let’s put aside the three unbearably close overtime defeats and the momentum-crushing injury to Joel Stave just as he grew comfortable in his role as the starter. Because another mark remains on the line in Indy — Wisconsin maintaining its spot among the Big Ten elite. Thousands of words have been dedicated to the Badgers’ recent rise in the conference after earning a spot in the Big Ten’s premier bowl game for two-straight years. The program is tantalizingly close to securing a permanent spot among the likes of Ohio State and Michigan, the traditional, established conference powers. But fans have seen this situation develop before, and it did not exactly end as

hoped. In 1999 and 2000, Barry Alvarez led the Badgers to back-to-back trips to Pasadena. But disappointment followed close behind. The next season UW appeared in the Sun Bowl, then did not even qualify for a bowl game in 2002 after a 5-7 campaign. They followed that up with an Alamo Bowl win in 2002. It took the cardinal and white more than a decade to return to the Rose Bowl for the first time under head coach Bret Bielema in 2011. And such history is precisely what makes this such a pivotal moment for the program. That’s not to say that if the Badgers lose Sunday — a game they head into as the significant underdog — history will automatically repeat itself. But a third-consecutive appearance in the Granddaddy of Them All on New Year’s Day would provide a major boost for the program’s brand, one that could lessen the blow of the team finishing with its worst record since 2008. Plenty of critics have reasonable arguments that Wisconsin does not even deserve to be competing for a Big Ten title, a spot it secured thanks to some convenientlytimed NCAA sanctions against Penn State and Ohio State. At the same time, an appearance in the Rose Bowl remains just that, regardless of the path a team took to get there. The national exposure, the increased hype heading into the next season — each can only help the program grow in years to come. The unique circumstances granting UW this opportunity make a redemptive victory over the Huskers all the more meaningful. A defeat to the Huskers for the second time this season likely means a trip to the Gator Bowl in sunny Jacksonville, Fla., a place with just a little less tradition than the 110-year history of the Rose Bowl. That would place Wisconsin below the likes of Northwestern, placing a sizable dent in the program’s effort to establish itself among the top rung of the Big Ten ladder. Sure, there’s always the

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