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Mental health to see fund increase Walker proposes $29 million in added taxpayer dollars to bolster state services Maryn Zwier Herald Contributor

Tickling the ivories A man puts on a solo show at The Ivory Room Wednesday evening, setting the mood for the venue’s patrons. Claire Larkins The Badger Herald

Palermo’s, UW clash Students, strikers rally after research group says company violated university code of conduct Tegan Vail Herald Contributor Frustrated Palermo’s Pizza employees and members of two workers’ rights groups held a candle vigil outside the University of Wisconsin chancellor’s mansion Wednesday to protest alleged university code of conduct violations. Student Labor Action Coalition and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin members joined Palermo’s

staff outside of Interim Chancellor David Ward’s residence to protest his inaction regarding labor violations the Worker’s Rights Consortium found Palermo’s guilty of. Around 20 people attended the vigil. However, Ward himself was not one of them. According to Lydia Zepeda, UW consumer science professor and Labor Licensing Policy Committee chair, Palermo’s is violating the code of conduct in many ways. The major infractions

include issues in union formation, the firing of striking workers and health and safety violations. In November, Ward said he would give the case consideration and would take appropriate actions based on the evidence available. “[I] will review the committee’s request and respond accordingly to them. In the meantime, we have no plans to take any action,” he said. Ward has remained

silent about whether he will maintain or cut ties with the company in the indefinite future. For the last eight months, Palermo’s workers have been on strike while the WRC investigated the violations. WRC found Palermo’s guilty of violating UW’s Code of Conduct Tuesday. At the vigil, Jesus Gaona, Palermo’s employee of 10 years, said he would like the chancellor to support cutting

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In the midst of ongoing dialogue about mental health stemming from recent shootings across the nation, Gov. Scott Walker will pursue an increase in mental health funding by about $29 million from state taxpayer funds in his proposed budget for this session. According to a Wednesday statement from Walker’s spokesperson, this increased funding will go toward supporting and expanding state and local governmentsponsored mental health services. “Earlier this year, I met with mental health professionals, advocates and consumers from across Wisconsin, and they gave me some tremendous insights into the needs of people living with mental health challenges,” Walker said in the statement. “Our budget investment will provide additional resources to improve and expand care, as well as give support to those living with mental illness.” According to the statement, this extra $29 million would fund an expansion in both Comprehensive Community Services, a community care facility for people of all ages suffering from severe mental illnesses, and Coordinated Services Team, community-

based care for youth. The funding will also establish an Office of Children’s Mental Health to ensure suitable mental health care to children, increase funding for in-home counseling for children and increase the capacity of forensic units at the Mendota Health Institute. Barbara Beckert, Disability Rights Wisconsin spokesperson, said expanding mental health care has been contested for a while, but may be a more urgent discussion in light of recent violence seen in schools across the country. Mental health care took special prominence after a shooter killed 26 students and teachers at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., late last year. She also stressed the decision to bump up funding as a result of Wisconsin’s mental health system’s poor rankings. Whereas most of the country has statewide mental health systems, Wisconsin’s mental health system runs on a county-tocounty basis, making it more difficult to get patients the help they need. According to Beckert, 42 out of the 72 counties in Wisconsin choose not to keep up with mental health standards


ASM approves reduced GSSF budget at $1.4 million Student government revisits Constitution overhaul, considers restructuring bodies Noah Goetzel Higher Education Editor The University of Wisconsin’s student government overwhelmingly approved its slightly decreased budget and considered a potential overthrow of its current constitution at its meeting

Wednesday. Members of the Associated Students of Madison Student Council voted 12-2 to approve the General Student Services Fund budget over the 20132014 fiscal year. The newly approved GSSF budget total will be nearly $1.4 million, down more than $5,000 from this year’s budget. Primary budget cuts came from salaries of various ASM positions and spending on supplies, according to Student Services Finance Committee Chair Ellie Bruecker. She added these GSSF spending reductions were “exciting,”

and have occurred the past couple years. “I think SSFC did a fantastic job this year being very transparent. Everybody has faith in Chair Bruecker and SSFC in general to do its job correctly, and that’s why you saw basically unanimous approval over it,” ASM Chair Andrew Bulovsky said. This budget is still subject to slight change, however, Bruecker noted, as two GSSF student groups have filed appeals regarding their budgets for next year. Student Council also unanimously approved

the SSFC’s approximately $170,000 budget for next year, which also is lower than the committee’s current budget. Bruecker said SSFC was able to reduce its budget for FY 2013-2014 by approximately $1,000 despite increased wages for SSFC members associated with last year’s tuition increase. “We’re, basically just trying to be more responsible with students’ money [on these budget decisions],” Bruecker added. Student Council also proposed an overthrow of its current constitution to adopt

a slightly modified version drafted by Nominations Board Chair Sean McNally. The goal is to consolidate the process of student government funding while emphasizing focus on campus outreach, according to McNally. Major changes to the new constitution include a Legislative Branch with a Student Senate, President’s Council, nearly unchanged Judicial Branch and inclusion of a President and Vice President in the Executive Branch, according to an ASM statement. “It’s streamlining to allow

students to focus on serving other students, while other representatives to focus on making sure the budgets are checked and equitable to all groups,” McNally said. While the new 15-page constitution is largely the same as the one in place now, McNally said it would be easier to digest than a series of complicated bylaw changes that could be 100 pages long. ASM’s development of a new constitution has been going on for years, McNally added. He said the

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Stakeholders take on new student housing proposal Allie Johnson City Life Editor Yet another proposal for new student housing was brought before a city body Wednesday as the Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association considered plans to convert a church-owned school building on West Johnson Street into student apartments. The Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association addressed plans to make changes to the Holy Redeemer School building, located next to the Holy Redeemer Parish. According to Mansion Hill Neighborhood Association Chair Gene Devitt, the Madison Catholic Diocese and the Cathedral Parish initially proposed the idea to use the building for student housing. The architecture company behind the project asked the association to consider the growing gap in housing options currently available to students. “There is a tremendous need for housing,” Stephen Mar-Pol, Insite Consulting

Architects spokesperson, said. “This is an opportunity to bring that housing to a building that is basically in a dormant state.” According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, Catholic students at University of Wisconsin are the target tenants for the project, particularly those who are members of St. Paul’s University Catholic Center. While housing laws prevent landlords from discriminating against potential tenants, Verveer said the building would function similarly to the Pres House apartments on East Campus Mall. The Pres House is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, but is open to all students, he said. According to Mark Landgraf, Landgraf Construction Inc. president, the school has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1892 and served as a school until 1965. The building is currently registered with the Historic Landmarks Commission, Landgraf said. The developers were

careful to make sure sure the plans respected the original design of the building, and the current plans take the building and bring it back to life, MarPol said. According to Landgraf, the current plans for the school involve gutting the whole interior of the building. Community members at the meeting expressed concern about using the whole building because it would eliminate the possibility of community use. Since 1965, the building has served a variety of different uses, according to Devitt. The auditorium on the top floor is important because it serves as a meeting space for the Holy Redeemer Parish, he said. The problem with many churches downtown is lack of auditorium space because it is expensive to build, he added. “If they used that school and closed down the auditorium on the top floor you’d have limited meeting space,” Devitt said. “[The Holy Redeemer Parish] would start

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Wis. elections rank among nation’s best Alice Coyne State Politics Editor Wisconsin’s elections rank among the top in the country based on their accessibility number of voters, voter turnout and absentee ballot tracking, according to a Pew study on elections released Wednesday. The Pew Center on the States conducted the comprehensive study based on 2008 and 2010 election data, drawing on information from statistical analysis and public reports. The study put Wisconsin first in the nation in the 2008 elections and eighth in the 2010 elections. Data regarding the 2012 elections will be released when it is all compiled

and fully analyzed, likely sometime in late 2013, according to the study. “This study reflects very well on the state of Wisconsin, its engaged voters and the thousands of local election officials who serve them,” Kevin Kennedy, state Government Accountability Board director and general counsel, said in a statement. “For Wisconsin policymakers and residents, it provides a solid basis for confidence in our elections as well as pride in our hard-working, dedicated election officials.” Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Mike McCabe said Wisconsin’s voting success could be attributed to its

nonpartisan method of running elections and the accessibility it allows citizens to voting polls. He said the state has a long-standing tradition of allowing a nonpartisan elected administration to run the polls. The GAB is the state election authority and its members, who are retired judges, legally cannot belong to any political party. Local Wisconsin elections are run by local city clerks elected on a nonpartisan basis. “This nonpartisanship sets Wisconsin apart from many other states using a partisan Secretary of State to oversee the election process,” McCabe said. “When one party runs an election, it may do so in a manner attempting to

favor that party.” McCabe said the system is a model for the nation. Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin Executive Director, agreed with McCabe on the assertion that Wisconsin’s “voter-friendly” election execution is another factor bolstering the state’s rankings. Heck said Wisconsin’s same-day voter registration policy, which allows unregistered voters to register at the polls on the day of the election, is an attractive feature of Wisconsin voting, combined with the smooth execution and short lines seen on election day. “In general, [this study] shows we have always been one of the best, most voter-friendly states in the

country,” Heck said. “We have been traditionally second only to Minnesota in voter turnout, largely because we make it relatively simple for voters to cast ballots.” Heck also said Wisconsin has a welldeveloped ballot counting system. Under a law passed about 10 years ago, voters now cast their vote on a paper ballot and then send it through an electronic scanner. This method assures a paper trail for all voters, and, according to Heck, “gets people confident that their vote is being counted.” Heck said with the state’s current voting policies in place, Wisconsin will continue to come out on top as far as election success goes.

Resnick, Hansen outline progress in race District 8 aldermanic candidates gear up for upcoming election, speak to endorsements and platforms Allie Johnson City Life Editor Endorsements continue to roll in as the aldermanic District 8 candidates narrow the focus of their campaigns in preparation of the upcoming City Council elections. After facing some initial controversy over ballot signatures, Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, and his opponent Christian Hansen are confirmed candidates on the ballot. Over the past few weeks both candidates have honed in on their campaigns and expanded efforts to reach out to members of the district. Given that District 8 encompasses the majority of the University of Wisconsin campus, from Regent Street to Lake Mendota, both candidates have spent time addressing issues relevant to students in their platforms. Hansen, a former UW-La Crosse student, cited affordable housing,

campus safety and municipal divestment as the top three issues of his campaign. Regarding campus safety, Hansen said he supported medical amnesty. Often, assaults are not reported because the underage students involved were drinking, he said. He added it is important for people to understand they are not going to be given a drinking ticket if they were sexually assaulted. Resnick said one of the main pillars of his platform is establishing a safety policy regarding alcohol. Instead of cracking down on house parties, Resnick emphasized creating a safe drinking environment for students. “Students have reacted very positively to my policies and points,” Resnick said. Recently, Hansen received endorsements from the Progressive Dane

and Four Lakes Green Party, among others. The groups chose to endorse him because of shared common goals and a shared confidence in his campaign, Hansen said. Hansen added he is working on contacting

“Students have reacted very positively to my policies and points.” Scott Resnick District 8 alder

additional community organizations and obtaining additional endorsements. According to Resnick, 18 of the 19 alders announced their endorsements for his campaign last month,

and he has recently secured endorsements from a number of union groups. Additionally, Fair Wisconsin, an LGBTQ advocacy group, announced its endorsement Tuesday, Resnick said. “In many occasions [these organizations] were able to interview both myself and my opponent and after looking at my record and my experience on the council, most unanimously decided I would be the candidate,” Resnick said. According to Resnick, any endorsement that was sought by both candidates ultimately chose to endorse him. To advertise his campaign, Hansen said he interacts with members of the district by going door-to-door to talk to neighbors, sending literature through the mail and meeting with student organizations. Student groups and community members expressed their

concerns, and picking them up is part of the job, he said. Hansen expressed optimism regarding the future of his campaign. “I want to continue to move forward. Building this has been a wonderful thing,” he said. According to Resnick, he is running his campaign similarly to the last election. Resnick said as the current representative of the district, he will continue to discuss issues pertaining to students. Resnick said he has interacted with many of the same constituencies he works with regularly, including student organizations, such as the Associated Students of Madison, and other campus leaders. “I’ve had a fun time getting to re-engage with the district and talk about issues that are important to students,” Resnick said. Hansen and Resnick will face off in the general election April 2.

Lawmakers continue state mining bill amendments Alice Coyne State Politics Editor State lawmakers moved one step closer to overhauling mining regulations after Senate and Assembly committees approved an amended and controversial mining bill Wednesday. The Senate and Assembly Committees on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue met in sessions to address their bills, and the Assembly committee debated amendments three legislators made to the bill before bringing it to a vote. Majority Leader Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst,

PALERMO’S, from 1 the contract with Palermo’s because he thinks it would push the business in a direction of positive change. “We really need to put an end to this type of abuse in the work place once and for all,” Gaona said. The vigil was an attempt to see immediate action from Ward by presenting him with a letter from the Palermo Workers Union addressing the WRC report. The letter said Palermo’s had engaged in illegal activity and denied its workers rights. The letter also asked UW, as a worker’s rights advocate, to recognize Palermo’s employees make a product bearing the name and logo of UW. The employees hope UW will step forward and affirm the violations to the code of conduct are unacceptable. Palermo’s workers attempted to present the

and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-South Milwaukee, introduced 13 amendments to the contested mining bill at a press conference Monday. The amendments changed language regarding environmental regulations and created more certainty in the permitting process. Wednesday’s executive session votes on these amendments saw controversy, with some Democrats seeking an adjournment until March and claiming the legislation is being pushed through the Legislature too quickly. “This is the most sweeping legislation considered in this session, other than the state budget,” Rep. Fred Clark,

letter to the chancellor, but instead, UW Police Department Assistant Police Chief Brian Bridges appeared in his place. Bridges said he would get the letter to the right spot but added he did not see it appropriate for the group to convene in such a way. Vigil members were ultimately unable to directly confront Ward, who has previously said the university is monitoring the situation. Ward has also said he is reviewing the LLPC request to put Palermo’s on notice but UW has no concrete plans yet. While the violations angered the Palermo’s employees, they said they have also affected UW students. “It really upsets me that our university [has been] affiliated with a company that is so bad to its workers,” UW freshman and SLAC member Cornell Zbikowski said.

D-Baraboo said. “For an issue this important, we can’t afford to not get this right.” Republicans, however, have adamantly argued it is time to start creating jobs in the state and assert the topic has been discussed for too long. Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, said compromise between parties is necessary to keep the process going. He said the process has been extensive and open, and without taking a risk, Wisconsin may lose out on the benefit of thousands of jobs. In the Senate committee, Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, emphasized the importance of coming up with a process that will both work and protect

MENTAL HEALTH, from 1 because of the cost. However, Beckert said with increased funding, more counties are likely to get on board and start making changes. Kit Kerschensteiner, Disability Rights Wisconsin managing attorney, said this extra funding could not have come sooner and said she hopes such a measure will “help prevent crisis before it happens.” “Some counties were reluctant because they need to put in the cash, so this program helps with that,” Kerschensteiner said. “The mental health infrastructure in Wisconsin has never been well-funded, and it has deteriorated in recent years.” The extra money these programs receive will go toward better, more flexible support for both children and adults with

the public interest. He said an alternative bill drafted by Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, was an exemplary product of input from all sides. Throughout the Senate session, Cullen’s bill drew comparison to the Republican-supported bill under debate. An amendment outlining a memorandum between the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saw contention in both the Senate and Assembly committees. It would require the DNR to work with the Corps of Engineers on a timeline for approving a permit request. Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, referenced a

mental illness and focus on individual rehabilitation and education as opposed to institutionalization, Kerschensteiner said. Both Kerschensteiner and Beckert said this is a historic step in the right direction but maintained Walker is strictly interested in a more comprehensive, effective and uniform mental health care system. Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, said she supported Walker’s proposal but added he should also focus on the broad health needs of Wisconsinites. “[Walker’s] budget must have a bold focus on the needs of our everyday Wisconsinites – including individuals living with mental illness, as well as their families and our communities – by maintaining and improving vital services everyday Wisconsinites depend on,” Pasch said in a statement.

letter the Corps of Engineers sent to Cullen, claiming the agency had not been consulted with this language and stating federal clean water standards will not be compromised by a memorandum. Rep. Kevin Peterson, R-Waupaca, said the emphasis placed on state and federal environmental agency compromise shows how the bill strengthens environmental protections. Peterson said not many states work with the Corps of Engineers. The amendment passed to the dismay of many Democrat Assembly committee members. Most of the other amendments

ASM, from 1 Constitution Committee proposed a new constitution in the fall, but it was rejected because he said it failed to make a truly balanced structure sustainable for 25 to 50 years. McNally believes his modifications to the document now better

PROPOSAL, from 1 cutting out parish functions like weddings and first communions.” Devitt cited Bethel Church, just a few blocks away from the school, as an example of the essential functions of auditoriums. Four or five years ago plans surfaced to build an apartment building in the parking lot between the church and the school, Devitt said. However, the neighborhood and the parish

passed with a 10-6 vote in the Assembly committee with the Republican majority. Republicans in the committees continued to stress the importance of compromising and finding a common ground and chided Democrats for objecting to ideas without presenting new solutions. The main argument in both the Senate and Assembly revolved around whether the amendments would make a true change to the bill or prove meaningless. The Senate bill passed on a 3-2 party line vote and the Assembly bill passed on a vote of 10-6 in their respective committees with a Republican majority.

achieve those objectives. The council passed various amendments to the newly proposed constitution, most notably the change in term length of student senators from two to one-year terms and the requirement for elected ASM presidents to serve at least a semester on student government.

got together and decided not to allow it, he added. Devitt said the association supports additional housing developments as long as they are properly put in. “There’s nothing wrong with students, there are certain places for filling stations,” Devitt said. “Apartment buildings are a bad thing on church lots.” The restoration is slated to begin in mid-June, if the proposed changes are approved, according to Landgraf.

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Search continues for permanent homeless shelter Aliya Iftikhar Herald Contributor Dane County officials are pursuing a series of initiatives to help meet the needs of the large homeless population in the city of Madison, but in-depth plans for a new daytime shelter will likely not reach fruition until the next winter season falls. According to Dane County Board of Supervisors Chair John Hendrick, District 6, a temporary warming shelter opened in November to provide shelter from the cold but is set to close in March. A hospitality house and

several nighttime shelters around the city are also available for the homeless community. However, no daytime shelter is currently in operation. Both the hospitality house and the shelters throughout Madison have seen issues with people being turned away and not having enough space, he said. The proposed day center will cost about $600,000 to build, and the location has not yet been determined, according to a Dane County Board of Supervisors statement. Ideally, the board wants the building to be close to downtown and accessible

by bus, so people can easily get to and from the shelter, Dane County Board Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner, District 2, said. The board hopes to have the daytime shelter open by Nov. 1. The daytime shelter will provide basic facilities — such as showers, laundry rooms, restrooms, storage space and lockers —that the current temporary warming shelters cannot, Hendrick said. The permanent building will be accessible year-round and will also provide the opportunity to apply for jobs and housing by providing access to computers and phones, as

well as a mail address, he said. However, Wegleitner said she hopes the daytime shelter will be able to provide more services along with these basic amenities. She said she hopes the proposed shelter will be a place for the homeless to receive services, acquire mutual support to help them with their daily lives and connect to employment, housing, public benefits and legal services. At the very minimum, she said, it will be a place for people to stay warm. “I’m hoping for a comprehensive

resource center that is also a welcoming and empowering place for folks that often feel hopeless and disempowered,” Wegleitner said. The board also hopes to follow the model set by the temporary warming shelter by implementing full time volunteers and fostering a welcoming atmosphere throughout, Wegleitner said. She said the experience has been transformative for not only those using the shelter, but also for the community and policymakers, seeing a different way to provide services and support

for people in need. Consequently, she said, advocating for full funding of this project is critical because people need permanent housing, a safe place to stay warm and to not be victimized for sleeping on the streets. “Even in the middle of winter there are still people that can’t get into shelters,” Wegleitner said. “We need to do better for them, not only through affordable housing, but also through humane policies to take care of their basic needs.” The board will begin plans for the daytime shelter at their meeting Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Panel looks at China office, internationalization of UW Muge Niu Herald Contributor University of Wisconsin faculty addressed the evolving partnership between Madison and China during a panel event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Wednesday. The China in Madison/ Madison in China panel presented by the Center for the Humanities featured four UW professors from various disciplines. They analyzed challenges of internationalization and the role of the humanities, particularly the university’s relationship with China, in efforts to expand the university around the world. Panelist and political science professor Edward Friedman said UW’s relationship with China has long been a “rewarding experience.” Excellent research and studies on China done at the university have strengthened ties and enhanced the economic

relationship between Wisconsin and China, Friedman said. “The wealth of the state depends on China studies in the university to make Wisconsin more important to China,” he said. “We need more growth in China studies for our students, citizens and the state.” Panelist and UW professor Nicole Huang, director of the Wisconsin China Initiative, said the faculty-led initiative promotes global competence of the university that benefits people beyond the campus community. He added he advocates for expansion of the partnership through campuswide efforts across all departments to create a new collaborative network. “Now more than ever, we need an initiative to build upon and expand our connections in the greater China region,” Huang said. Aside from efforts to expand Wisconsin’s profile

in China, the audience and panelists also discussed the challenge of engaging the large number of Chinese international students in Madison. Chinese international students make up of the largest international student body on campus, according to figures gathered by UW, and the number of new applicants from China continues to increase. “We have more international students from China than from any other country in the world, and they can enrich our community if we help them get integrated,” Friedman said. Sandra Arfa, the director of UW’s Program in English as a Second Language, said she often finds Chinese international students isolated and with limited understanding of American culture. Given the large number of Chinese international students, many do not feel the need

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Panelists speak on UW’s ties to China at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Wednesday. Speakers touched on the role of humanities in internationalization. to integrate with American students and others find it hard to do so, Arfa said. Staff, faculty and students in the audience offered solutions such as having an integrated Student Orientation, Advising and Registration program for both domestic and

international students, programs through the International Student Services and integration through classroom activities. Si Miao, a student from China, said conferences such as the Madison in China/China in Madison

one, are less useful than classroom activities initiated by individual faculty members. Others students also expressed the concern of not having enough student participation in campuswide issues such as internationalization.

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OPINI N O Immigration plan lacks empathy, understanding Charles Godfrey Editorial Page Editor

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Buying textbooks is a budget-busting ritual college students know and hate. To make matters worse, some classes require expensive access codes to online textbook programs.

Online homework programs burn holes in student pockets Joe Timmerman Editorial Page Content Editor Purchasing expensive textbooks is, for the most part, a necessary evil. After all, it’s not easy to make a textbook. Writing a college-level text requires a significant time commitment from a number of very well-educated and intelligent people – people whose time is valuable, and who must be compensated well for their time. Besides the actual writers, it takes an enormous amount of editing to make sure every little detail of the book is correct. Of course, this assumes the textbook itself is high-quality. The only thing worse than dropping $200 on a textbook is dropping $200 on a shitty textbook. While it may be there isn’t too much to do about high textbook prices for the time being (I’d love to be proven wrong), there is a worrying new trend that is making it even more difficult to purchase textbooks without breaking the bank: a required online portion of a course. At first, this doesn’t sound like an inherently bad idea. After all, technology is becoming an ever more important part of our lives, and classrooms need to take advantage of these new opportunities. However, there is a right and wrong way to go about doing so.

Certain classes at this university require students to use an online program to complete and submit their homework -- for instance, Accounting 100, Finance 100 Economics 101 and Physics 202. There are certainly some advantages to online homework, like faster feedback and much less work for professors and teaching assistants. However, at what expense? For many of these programs, there are two ways to gain access: either purchase the textbook new or purchase an access code for the program separately. In some cases, access to the online program can cost more than $100 — as much or more than the new textbook itself. Considering that online coursework programs are priced in such a ludicrous manner, it becomes clear this is nothing more than an attempt by textbook companies to quash the used textbook market. But why would professors choose to use these types of programs? After all, professors have been through their fair share of school. They understand how budget-busting purchasing textbooks can be. While I’m not a mind reader, allow me to hazard a few guesses. First, they might not have considered the issue. The textbook publisher tells them the online portion of the course comes with all (new) textbooks, so it won’t cost the students anything extra — which is true only if students never buy used books. Second, they might be trying to make their lives easier. Especially in large lectures, grading

homework from a few hundred students can be an awful lot of work. If the second reason does play into professors’ decision to use these sorts of online programs, then they either don’t understand or willfully ignore the interests of their students. If that’s the case, then professors are essentially charging students in order to decrease their own workload — in a large lecture, we could be talking on the order of tens of thousands of dollars for a single class. College is already expensive enough, thank you very much. Besides the simple monetary aspect of the issue, there’s also the reality these programs often aren’t that good. Any sort of automated grading system leaves little room for questions gauging actual comprehension and understanding, rather than rote memorization and computation. The classroom as we know it needs to continue to evolve in order to keep up with the 21st century. There are a variety of ways to go about doing this – some better than others. There are definitely ways to update the educational experience without allowing textbook publishers to destroy the used textbook market. If professors are using these sorts of programs out of ignorance, then they need to realize what they’re doing to their students. If they’re using them because they don’t want to grade homework assignments, then they need to seriously reevaluate their priorities as an educator. Joe Timmerman ( is a sophomore majoring in math and economics.

When I heard last week that a number of U.S. Senators, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla, had drafted a framework for immigration reform, I was cautiously optimistic. I even wrote under a quote on the subject from President Barack Obama, “While … immigration reform has year after year been stymied by political stalemate, it appears this year, some significant strides might be made.” How hopelessly idealistic and naïve I was. Yesterday, I found a transcript of the framework, titled “Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform.” I read it, taking breaks to pace around, take deep breaths and rant to whomever would listen. Reading over the so-called bipartisan framework, I felt like I had been scammed. I’ll say only this about the way these senators focused on heightened border security: When will the border ever be secure enough? If there’s one definite outcome of increased border security, it is the increase in human trafficking as immigrants turn to coyotes in their efforts to cross the border. And this so-called framework for comprehensive immigration reform begins with the goal, “to prevent, detect and apprehend every unauthorized entrant,” and follows with a discussion of unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance equipment and radio interoperability? Just as an aside, if anybody knows what the hell radio interoperability is, send me an email. I’d honestly like to know. That this framework for reform took border security as a starting point, as if it were bringing something new to the table, was frustrating but not entirely surprising. What I found particularly abhorrent was its attitude toward immigrants themselves. After all, the issue of immigration truly revolves around America’s immigrant population – at least it should. America’s failure to recognize immigrants as contributing members of society deserving dignity and rights is downright embarrassing – it goes against everything America ought to stand for and is justified only by appeal to a narrow-minded, exclusive and alienating understanding of citizenship as something to be lorded over, stubbornly withheld from and dealt out sparingly to the undocumented population. A path to citizenship would be a step in the right direction. If only that’s what this framework put forward. The authors of the framework explain they would “require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission to register with the government,” and settle “their debt to society.” (My italics, not theirs.) They add, “individuals

with probationary legal status will be required to go to the back of the line of prospective immigrants,” and, “Those individuals who successfully complete these requirements can eventually earn a green card.” (Again, my italics, but it’s important to highlight this sort of bullshit.) Their permission? Debt to society? They ask immigrants to come forward and identify themselves, while holding permission over their heads and expounding on their debt to society. Surely, this debt to society has not already been paid in years of work for pay below minimum wages and without benefit in un-policed workplace conditions. Can they be serious when they refer to the back of the line? This is supposed to be a serious conversation about immigration, and in an outline of legislation, we are witnessing the sort of condescension typical of grade school teachers chastising 10-year olds, or worse, Alabama bus drivers in the 1950s. Yes, I did just draw a Civil Rights comparison. What’s more, this document goes on to say “agricultural workers … will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume.” It continues, outlining a goal to “award a green card to immigrants who have received a Ph.D or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math,” reasoning that “It makes no sense to educate the world’s future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy.” Now, I have nothing but respect for agricultural workers and Ph.D.s. They are incredibly hardworking people. They feed the world and make important contributions to scientific research and technological development. However, the idea of an immigration reform making explicit a preference for agricultural workers and scientists, and that sorts would-be immigrants based on their economic utility appalls me. Based on my understanding, this framework for immigration reform considers immigrants as an economic resource, rather than understanding them as human beings. These senators are right. America’s immigration policy is broken, and it is badly in need of reform – but this isn’t the sort of reform it needs. If legislation goes through in the form advocated by McCain and Rubio, it would mean abandoning the immigration policy (or lack thereof ) which we have today – essentially keep immigrants out and pretend they aren’t here already – and replacing it with a policy of not only keeping immigrants out but also punishing them for being here already. This would be catastrophic. We should be extending to undocumented immigrants dignity, recognition and rights, not fines for back taxes and probationary status. Charles Godfrey (cgodfrey@ is a junior majoring in physics and math.

Attacking Hegel over Iraq surge, McCain shows militarist ideology Nathaniel Olson Columnist I have an awkward history with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. When he was trounced by former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Republican Primary, he seemed interesting to me, like a gentile Ariel Sharon. When he blasted the Bush administration for torture, he seemed like a humanist. When he nominated former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Ala., to be his vice president and asked me to vote for them over one of the greatest barrier-breaking presidential candidates in history? We broke up … but I saved some voice mails. Why John McCain? Well, my deeply conflicted feelings about the senator were brought to the fore again last week by the circus surrounding former

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense. When questioning Hagel on his decision to oppose the Iraq surge, a bill authorizing the deployment of an additional 20,000 American soldiers to Baghdad and Iraq’s Anbar Province in early 2007, McCain got very pointed. “Were you right?” He asked Hagel about the surge. “Were you correct in your assessment?” “Well, I would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out,” Hagel dodged. “This committee deserves your judgment,” McCain responded quickly. “I want to know if you were right or wrong. That’s a direct question. I expect a direct answer.” Here’s the problem with “direct” answers to complex questions of political science concerning very recent

events: They are usually wrong and often misleading. Hagel’s eventual response that the surge “assisted in the objective” may be true or false. But that’s a topic for another day. More interesting is what McCain’s line of inquiry says about his own answer to the question. Behind McCain’s line of questioning lies an ethic, a belief about the world and the place of America’s military inside of it. This ethic goes something like this: “American military power can accomplish practically any task. It’s important to preserve and enhance this power because there are real threats in the world that only America can confront. When asked to confront these challenges, failure is not an option because America is the last line of defense.” Although that ideology might seem attractive, even reasonable, it has a

glaring flaw that American militarists are not willing to acknowledge: American military power can fail, inspire backlash and even reverse positive trends on significant human rights issues. The leading critic of this mindset, Rory Stewart, a Conservative politician in the British Parliament, witnessed its failure firsthand in Afghanistan. In 2006 he wrote a book, “The Places in Between,” a vivid account of Afghanistan’s tribalism, poverty and potential that captured his perspective on the nation he had hiked through in the winter of 2002. Stewart’s take on Afghanistan criticized largescale military endeavors that come with big promises. Instead, he advocated for what he referred to as a “light, long-term footprint,” designed to help the West retain a presence without inciting Taliban fighters to

action. “This idea that failure is not an option,” he argued, “it makes failure invisible, inconceivable and inevitable.” American refusal to acknowledge the fundamental failure of military action in Afghanistan doomed our efforts. The notion that we can’t fail, that as long as there is air in our lungs we will keep fighting, forecloses all other strategic possibilities and ignores the ways the West can make positive differences with minimal repercussions. It also, as he states, makes failure invisible, because the psychic need to appear strong and resolute requires there be no public reflection or discussion; inconceivable, because defining success before taking action makes any other outcome unthinkable; and inevitable, because ignoring alternatives makes our strategy static and easier to defeat. Debating the implications

of the Iraq surge and hashing out the patterns of causeand-effect with regard to counter-insurgency is a worthwhile task for legislators and defense secretaries alike. But it is far too early to pass judgment on the black and white question of success and failure concerning America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a dichotomy which many appear trapped in. Furthermore, it is both unwise and unsafe to have blind faith in the American military’s capacity to solve social and political issues in these places. America is in many ways exceptional, but it is not invincible. An understanding of the limits to our power is necessary to apply it effectively and judiciously. Nathaniel Olson (naolson4@ is a senior majoring in political science, history and psychology.

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GRAMMYs PREVIEW 2.10.2013 By Danielle Leick ArtsEtc. Writer

Album of the Year Record of the Year EL CAMINO- The Black keys Nominees: Some Nights, Fun., Babel, Mumford and Sons; Channel Orange, Frank Ocean; Blunderbuss, Jack White. This Ohio group is sure to get recognition for their seventh album, El Camino, their second back-to-back chart topping record. The album sold 206,000 copies in its first week of sales and debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at number two. El Camino has since gone Platinum in the U.S. with album sales totaling $1.1 million as of January.

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Somebody that I Used To know- GOTYE feat. Kimbra Nominees: “We Are Young Fun. featuring Janelle Monae, Lonely Boys, The Black Keys; Stronger, Kelly Clarkson; Thinkin’ Bout You, Frank Ocean; “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor Swift; As one of the radio’s chart-toppers last year, “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a relatable, catchy and fun song to music listeners. Thanks to Gotye’s past relationship as inspiration for this single, it is one of the bestselling digital singles of all time selling more than 13 million copies worldwide, while topping the charts nationally in 23 countries

Song of the Year “We Are Young”- J. Antonoff, J. Bhasker, A. Dost& N. Ruess songwriters; Fun. with Janelle Monae performers Nominees: “The A Team”, Ed Sheeran, “Adorn”, Miguel Pimental; “Call Me Maybe”, Tavish Crowe, C.R. Jepsen & J. Ramsay songwriters, Jepsen performer ; Blunderbuss, Jack White. “We are Young” is written best compared to the other contenders. Topping the Billboard Top 100 charts at No. 1 and still being used in a Taco Bell commercial at Super Bowl XLVII, “We are Young” has proven it is a song that will be remembered. Fun.’s song is a track that, 10 to 15 years down the road, will be considered emblematic of the generation.

Best Country Album

“Safe and Sound” (from The Hunger Games- Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars

Four The Record- Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Album

Nominees: “Abraham’s Daughter,” Arcade Fire; “Learn Me Right,” Birdy & Mumford & Sons, “Let Me Be Your Star,” Katherine McPhee & Megan Hilty; “Man or Muppet,” Jason Segel & Walter .

Nominees: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band; Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes; Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson; The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Wrecking Ball- Bruce Springsteen

Taylor Swift reveals a completely different side to her than fans are used to seeing. Pairing with The Civil Wars, the song immediately became popular worldwide. “Safe & Sound” sold 136,000 copies in two days. As of December, 1.4 million copies of the song had been sold. The single hit No. 19 on the Billboard Top Digital Songs chart. The Civil Wars-Swift duo deserves to be recognized for its outstanding song in the visual media category.

Miranda Lambert’s fourth album, Four the Record, hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums with a No. 3 debut on the U.S. Billboard 200. In its first week, Four the Record sold 133,000 copies. Lambert wrote or cowrote six songs which adds to the popularity. Her album continues to show popularity among fans with singles from the album still debuting. The songs from Four the Record vary in topics which aided its growth.

Best New Artist Frank Ocean Nominees: Alabama Shakes, Fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers My prediction goes to Frank Ocean for taking home the trophy of Best New Artist. Ocean made a controversial statement with his debut studio album Channel Orange, by openly admitting his first love was of the same sex, which is often stigmatized in the hip-hop community. Not only did he surprise the nation but he also received wide-spread support for many of his statements. Ocean’s album reached No. 2 in the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 charts and sold 131,000 copies in its opening week.

Best Rap Album Life Is Good-Nas

Nominees: El Camino, The Black Keys; Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay; The Second Law, Muse Wrecking Ball was named best album of 2012 by Rolling Stone magazine. The album debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and within its first week had already sold 196,000 albums. President Barack Obama also helped its popularity by using the song “We Take Care of Our Own” as his top campaign song for the 2012 presidential election. Adding Springsteen’s previous talents and popularity together in his new album, it’s a sure win

Best Pop Solo Performance

Nominees: Take Care, Drake; Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco; Undun, The Roots; God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross; Based on a T.R.U. Story, 2 Chainz Life is Good has thus far sold 349,000 copies since its debut as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in July. Nas’ eleventh studio album greatly reflects on his personal life and hip-hop experience, which helps make it popular and relatable. Life is Good also peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Top Rap albums but was moved to No. 12 for the year overall. The lyrics are personal and mature to complement the themes on the album, which will likely win Nas Best Rap Album.

“Set Fire to the Rain [Live]”-Adele Nominees: “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson; “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen; “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry; “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna Adele’s single was released in December 2011 and quickly set fire to the charts, reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Billboard Adult Pop songs and overall U.S. Billboard Pop Songs. By the end of 2012, “Set Fire to the Rain” was still seated at a strong No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. With Adele’s powerful voice, meaningful lyrics and great live performances, “Set Fire to the Rain” has proven itself a top contender in this category.

Best Country Song “Springsteen”- Eric Church Nominees: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood; “Cost of Livin’,” Ronnie Dunn; “Even if it Breaks Your Heart,” Eli Young Band; “So YOu Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore,” Alan Jackson Eric Church’s single “Springsteen” is my pick for Best Country Song. As of January, “Springsteen” had sold 2 million copies and hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top U.S. Country Songs chart. Church combines genuine country lyrics with references to his idol Bruce Springsteen. Among many good, strong nominees, I believe Church’s single will reign supreme.

Electric duo to fill Orpheum with ‘Big Gigantic’ sound Chris Kim ArtsEtc. Writer On its fourth visit to Madison, Big Gigantic is ready to bring back its unique mix of live instrumentals and electronic beats to re-energize a campus in the depths of winter. Big Gigantic is a duo consisting of Dominic Lalli, who plays saxophone and produces the beats, and drummer Jeremy Salken. Their sound is a mix of electronic beats, full of

drops and laser noises, and melodic saxophone; a sound developing further and maturing every day. “When I started first making stuff, I barely knew what I was doing. I had been writing jazz songs for a while but my music production… I was just learning that stuff. In terms of the way the drums hit and the bass hit, we’ve come a long way,” Lalli said in an interview with The Badger Herald. “I feel like I’m finally getting to the point where what I’ve been hearing in my head, I can actually make [it]

sound how I want. It’s a lot of sound engineering type of things. It’s not like I needed to learn more piano. It’s a different side of it.” Big Gigantic previously visited campus during the 2012 Freakfest in October, where the duo played in front of a packed Gilman Street, attracting a much wider range of people than their previous shows at the Barrymore and Majestic. Now with a newfound familiarity with Madison’s concert-goers, Big Gigantic is ready to step it up to another level.

“We’re coming to town with a whole new lighting production rig.. [a] whole, brand new light rig setup…and a lot of video content for our songs, so we try to have a fresh look to our show,” Lalli said. Concert-goers can expect a totally different show from Freakfest and past shows. Along with the new light show, the music is also different. “I play differently every show. The solo part - just on the album - I never play it the same way twice. I’m a jazz saxplayer. That’s what we do: find new ways to improvise,” he

said. Big Gigantic is currently in the middle of its Winter Tour with opening act Kill Paris. Kill Paris, also known as Corey Baker, is an electronic artist from Los Angeles that calls his sound “future funk.” Big Gigantic will continue touring throughout 2013. Lalli is currently writing material throughout the tour for a new album set to be released in the fall. Big Gigantic’s 2012 album Nocturnal is available for free on its website, Lalli said the pair is looking forward to its Madison return

and is excited to engage the University of Wisconsin community again. “Freakfest was nuts. That was one of the crazier shows. That street was just packed. It was freezing out there too,” Lalli said. “We love coming to Madison. We love coming to college towns and hanging out and raging. We’ve always had great shows at Madison.” Big Gigantic will be “hanging out” and “raging” at the Orpheum Theatre at 9 p.m. Thursday. Check out for more information.


Dance video games enjoy social, educational popularity Christian Moberg ArtsEtc. Writer Since the late 1990s, the music game genre has slowly grown to be incredibly prominent in the gaming world. It expanded all the way from the arcade to school curricula - it has become an inspiration for fitness games to be a part of education while maintaining its strong fan base. The craze began in arcades in Japan with the launch of Konami’s “Dancing Stage” in 1998. The name didn’t last long and “Dancing Stage” soon became “Dance Dance Revolution,” more popularly known as “DDR,” and hit North America in 1999. “DDR” was an arcade game that had up to two players standing on large metal squares with four arrows pointing outward from the center. The basic idea was to hit the arrows on the dance pad corresponding to the arrows

seen on the screen, which were generated based on the chosen song. The catchy songs in the track list and the varying levels of difficulty generated appeal for mainstream gamers. “DDR” gained notable success with a small set of people who learned to play the game competitively on the highest difficulty. The game was able to get static gamers physically moving and gained enough popularity for a console release and was released on Sony’s PlayStation in 2001. As the years passed, other dance games began to spring up, but were shortlived in comparison to the “DDR” franchise. Each new installment of “DDR” added newer, more difficult songs, including some from popular anime (Japanese animation) and other popular North American songs like “I Like to Move it.” The franchise crossed platforms in 2003 with the release of “DDR Ultramix” for Microsoft’s Xbox. Nintendo, not wanting to be

left out, soon released “DDR Mario Mix” in 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube. After Nintendo’s Wii release in 2006, the motioncontrol capability of the Wii made it simple for fitness games to gain popularity. Nintendo was the first to change the classic stepon-the-arrows gameplay by adding hand motion in “DDR Hottest Party.” Players had to wave the Wii remote based on hand markers onscreen and still hit the arrows with their feet. For many players, this was a turn-off since it was no longer classic, but the twist added a new dimension to the game the genre had not experienced. To further push music gaming, Nintendo made it possible for up to four people to play simultaneously. Konami was able to integrate the motion controls into the classic game as well as to increase the base number of players. If this wasn’t enough of a recipe for success, Konami began releasing variations

of “DDR” games to appeal to younger crowds. The biggest example would be “DDR Disney Mix.” Once partnered with Disney, Konami knew its success would be lasting. The “Dance Dance Revolution” franchise had more than 50 games released worldwide, and Konami reigned supreme over the music genre in the video game world until 2009. This changed when Konami met its first competition from Ubisoft’s “Just Dance” title. “Just Dance” was released for the Wii and instead of following the familiar arrows, players had to physically dance to the songs they chose. “Just Dance” became immediately popular with families because many of the songs were well-known tunes going back to the 1960s, including songs by Elvis. Ubisoft released “Just Dance 2” and “Just Dance 3” in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The advertising for the “Just Dance” franchise constantly

showed families having fun playing the games, which gave Ubisoft the edge needed to become the new king of the music game genre. The “Just Dance” franchise soon took advantage of the other mainstream consoles’ new motion controls by releasing onto the Xbox 360 with Kinect compatibility and onto the PlayStation 3 with Move capability. This would have been about where the music video game genre capped, but, as Ubisoft began expanding to other systems, Harmonix Music Systems released the final of the heavy-hitting dance games, “Dance Central.” “Dance Central” uses the Kinect to track the entire motion of the players’ bodies. Since the game is solely sold on the Xbox 360, there were concerns it would not hold up against “DDR” or “Just Dance.” With the exceptional body tracking of the Kinect and the same family-oriented advertising as “Just Dance,”

“Dance Central” has become one of the most popular dancing games to date. As the music game genre expanded, educational systems took notice. By about 2006, there were many schools that included “DDR” as a part of the gym curriculum. From here, schools began looking toward other fitness games to include in their gym classes, like “Wii Fit.” As students began getting more exposed to the genre through school, a visible increase in sales and demand for more games similar to “DDR.” “DDR,” “Just Dance” and “Dance Central” have become social activities as well as educational tools. All three still have huge amounts of devoted fans to keep relevant to the genre. The music game genre will likely continue its approach toward dance games. People will keep dancing as long as companies keep making games that teach players dances to their favorite songs.

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Badgers contain Hawkeyes’ White in clutch win Evans, Bruesewitz solid defensively in holding Iowa’s lead scorer to 13 points Ian McCue Sports Writer In one of the Wisconsin basketball team’s most physical, hard-fought victories of the year against Iowa Wednesday night, the Badgers were able to keep one of the Big Ten’s best players from ever getting comfortable. Iowa forward Aaron White, who entered the game as the lone Hawkeye to average double figures scoring, was held to just 13 points despite the two extra periods of play. He finished well off his 51.9 percent shooting mark on the season on a 3-for-10 night from the floor and missed his

only three-point attempt in a 74-70 double overtime win for Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. Much of White’s damage came at the free throw line, where he hit seven of his 11 tries. Two of the Badgers’ premier defenders — fifthyear senior Ryan Evans and senior Mike Bruesewitz — and freshman Sam Dekker were responsible for guarding White for most of the game and held him to just six points heading into the final minute of regulation. “I think overall we did a pretty good job [of limiting White],” Dekker said. “Mike can always shut guys down, he just plays so hard and everything. But he’s a good player. He gets to the line a lot, he throws his body into you which is tough on a defender and he almost brought them back at the end.” But one of the Big Ten’s

budding stars refused to let his team fumble away a conference loss without intervening. With the game tied at 55 apiece, White stole a Ryan Evans rebound from his grasp and turned it around for an easy layup. To make a bad situation worse, he was fouled on the way up and finished the three-point play. It would prove nearly enough for the Hawkeyes to pull off their fourth consecutive win over the Badgers until an extremely favorable bounce on a sophomore guard Traevon Jackson three became the only thing that prevented such a fate. White dumped in four more points in the two overtimes to emerge with a stat line — 13 points and five rebounds — similar to his season average of 13.9 points and six boards.

As a team, Iowa would barely beat White’s individual average by shooting 33.8 percent for the game. The Hawkeyes out-rebounded the Badgers 23-16 and earned seven more second-chance points in a first half where the road squad appeared all the more aggressive, their saving grace denying White easy looks inside the paint. “Fortunately they had some guys that weren’t shooting it real well tonight and I think it’s because of our defense, but I think they played good D too,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. Free throw woes tempered Shooting just 62.2 percent from the free throw line on the year and hitting less than 50 percent of their tries in recent games against Michigan State and Minnesota, poor free throw

shooting proved to be more than a fluke for UW. The Badgers never even earned a trip to the free throw line in a loss to Ohio State last week. Bo Ryan’s team managed to build some rhythm by sinking 66.7 percent of their free throw attempts in a road win Sunday over Illinois, yet it remained a lingering area of concern. Against Iowa, the Badgers converted 19-of-26 tries (73.1 percent), including a 13-of-14 performance in extra time that was critical to closing out a resilient Hawkeyes team. “Before when we were having some struggles at the line, I said sometimes it seemed contagious where one guy missed, other guys started thinking too much, putting some pressure on themselves, then ended up with more misses,” said Berggren, who finished 6-of-8 from the line.

“So it’s just one of those things, you get things rolling a little bit and you realize it’s a free throw, it’s an easy shot, it’s an easy shot in basketball. They should be automatic, and you just take the mental aspect out of it and realize don’t make it harder than it is.” Two of the most important conversions came from the most unlikely of sources — Evans. While his season average still hovers around 42 percent, he drained two consecutive free throws with four seconds remaining to hand UW a 74-70 lead and make it a two-possession game for Iowa. “We don’t belabor the point,” Ryan said of the improvement at the line. “But they stepped up. Ryan said he was ready, Ryan said he was fine, he didn’t want to come out and I left him in there. He came through.”

Zengerle UW’s latest member to join 100-point club Despite injury early in campaign, junior center has tallied 10 assists in 20 games Nick Daniels Sports Content Editor One hundred. Every sport has a magic number that all athletes strive to reach — whether it be 300 wins for a pitcher in baseball or 1,000 rushing yards for a running back in a football season — athletes and fans use these benchmarks as a sign that a player has made it. For college hockey that number is 100 career points. On the Wisconsin hockey team, only 70 players had reached that threshold in the sport’s illustrious 50year career in the modern era heading into 2013. But on Feb. 1 against North Dakota in a hostile Ralph Engelstad Arena, that exclusive club added one more: junior Mark Zengerle. The goal, which came 13 seconds after a goal by UND, couldn’t have come at a more important

moment, and it helped the Badgers rally to earn a hard-fought 1-1 tie in one of the toughest venues in college hockey. “Our talk on the bench, ‘let’s respond’,” head coach Mike Eaves said of the one goal deficit said after the game. “That is the best response we can get by going out and scoring right away.” The point itself wasn’t that pretty — a fact that a humble Zengerle is the first to admit. “It really wasn’t too much on my part,” Zengerle said. “I just kinda got my stick in there behind the net in the corner and the garbage man [Michael Mersch] over here did the rest.” And yet it seemed fitting that a player who has made a career mostly on his ability to facilitate his teammates’ goal scoring — earning at least 30 assists in each of his first two seasons, which put him in elite company with only four other Badgers — earned it in such a way. “My parents were in town last weekend [for the game] and my mom was like, ’You have to get it on a goal,’ but whatever, I don’t

really care … I’m more of an assist man anyways so it kinda made sense, but it would have been nicer to have a goal,” he said. More unfortunate, however, was the fact that the Rochester, N.Y., native’s shining moment came while the Badgers were visiting bitter-rival North Dakota and not at home in

“I just kinda got my stick in there behind the net in the corner and the garbage man ... did the rest.” Mark Zengerle Junior Forward the Kohl Center. Instead of a raucous round of applause in front of a friendly set of Wisconsin fans clad in cardinal and white, Zengerle’s accomplishment went largely unnoticed at UND — save a few congratulations from his teammates after the game — and Zengerle didn’t draw attention to it.

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But Evans surprised Iowa by calmly sinking both shots of his double bonus, icing any comeback hopes and sending the Badgers to their first win over the Hawkeyes in nearly two years. “They’re as tough as any team in the Big Ten,” Berggren said. “Every team is going to play hard, they showed a lot of fight. It’s a team that’s played extremely hard it was good to just keep fighting and find a way to get it done.”

claims. “We just want to create competition, he adds another dimension to the quarterback position,” Andersen explained. “His ability to be able to run is a positive. Does that mean he’s the starting quarterback? No, [the] best guy will be whoever performs and leads the team the best way.” But he also talked about the potential of the 6-foot6 passer, the top-rated

dual-threat quarterback to emerge from the junior college ranks this year. Andersen said McEvoy can “hurt you with his arms, his legs and his mind,” and also said he liked the resolve of a player who still has three years of eligibility remaining. “Another thing I like about Tanner is he’s kind of had to fight his way back,” he said. “He has a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, he’s got a lot of want-to in him, he has high expectations of

SMITH, from 10 If he is ever proven innocent of his alleged use of PEDs, I believe it will provide a monumental boost to the MLB’s efforts to rid the connotations of steroids that riddle the perception of the game in each and every stadium. I am not saying within

“I congratulated him [after the game], I think everyone did,” junior winger Michael Mersch said. “It’s a huge individual statistic — great for him — but he was pretty humble about it.” When an athlete reaches one of these wellestablished milestones, it can be easy to forget the road that brought them there, but 100 points didn’t come easy for the junior. Zengerle had to overcome considerable adversity in the early part of the season to even put himself in the position to go into the Wisconsin hockey record books as a 100-point scorer. When the season began, and as the Badgers faltered out of the gates — losing their first seven out of 10 games — Zengerle was off to the races recording two goals and four assists in the first five games of the season to lead the Badgers in scoring. With 86 points already recorded over his freshman and sophomore seasons at UW, and six points at that point in 2012-13, Zengerle’s career total of 92 points placed him just eight shy of 100.

For Badger fans, whether or not he would reach 100 points never seemed in doubt, but rather people wondered how quickly it would be done, and in his form, it seemed that would’t be too far off. But that was all before Colorado College came to town Nov. 3 and 4. Following a loss in the opening game of the series on Friday with 5-4 in overtime, a freak play in which Zengerle attempted to block a CC player’s shot in game two resulted in a broken index finger for the UW’s center. After sitting out the next six games — a period in which the Badgers earned just a single win — Zengerle finally made his return against Michigan Tech Dec. 2 still sitting eight points short. Despite his highly anticipated return, he wasn’t able to pick up where he left off at the beginning of the season offensively, earning zero points in his first two games back. But it is at times like these the greatest players perform at their best, and that is just what Zengerle did.

Over his next 10 games, Zengerle would go on to score seven points in the run up to his 100th point Feb. 1 in Grand Forks, N.D, helping the Badgers climb back into the WCHA title race along the way. Now with the milestone reached, it might have been easy for Zengerle to take his foot off the gas pedal — even if subconsciously — but for UW’s key offensive man it was never about how many goals and assists he could rack up. “If someone had told me five years ago that I would score 100 points at Wisconsin, I would probably have laughed and said, ‘yeah right, in my dreams’,” Zengerle said. “But it’s pretty cool, some of the players that have reached that, and a lot of them have played in the NHL.” Soon enough, the undrafted NHL prospect may just get an opportunity to join those UW 100-point earners to come before him in the league. But for now Wisconsin’s offensive maestro is happy to continue making his teammates look good — one goal at a time.

Dipping into the junior college ranks Junior college transfers like McEvoy often arrive with the stigma of having some kind of checkered past, that they must own a troubling history with an initial stint at a major college football program. But Andersen said that stigma is often false, explaining along the way

why be brought in two recruits from junior college — McEvoy and safety Donnell Vercher. Himself a former junior college player at Utah’s Ricks College, Andersen sees an upside to bringing in these the oftoverlooked or embattled players. “I like that chip on kid’s shoulders,” Andersen said. “If you look back at the history of the University of Wisconsin, that’s how this program was built, with tough kids that … have a little bit of a ‘I told you so

but I’m going to show you.’ As they go through their career, they tend to blossom when they get into this environment.” While such recruits will likely continue to be a resource for the program, the Badgers’ head coach assured fans he will not use them as a recruiting crutch in the future. “We’re never going to wholesale junior college kids, he said. “We’re not going to go out and sign 12 junior college players, that’s never going to happen.”

the outcome of Braun’s connection with PEDs lies the fate of Major League Baseball. But I am saying if Braun gets added to the list of proven steroid users, baseball will be on the fast track to never being taken seriously again. So I urge you, all fans of baseball and all that is good, to bear with Ryan Braun

and give him a chance to show he is not just another perpetrator of one of baseball’s most heinous crimes because if the MVP can prove his innocence once and for all, it will be a triumph that could feasibly catapult baseball out of the depths of the steroid era and into a new time where an athlete’s performance

is based off what comes from his body, not what he pumps into it.

himself, his family has high expectations of himself as he moves through the rest of his career.”

Spencer is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think of Ryan Braun and baseball in the steroids era? Let him know with an email to ssmith@ or tweet @sj_smith23.

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Andersen unveils first recruiting class New Wisconsin head coach talks McEvoy, transferring of junior college talent to UW Ian McCue Sports Writer After about six weeks on the job, Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen’s personal footprint on the program grows stronger every day. Never was that more clear than when he offered his own take on Wisconsin’s 19 signees on National Signing Day at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. With a pair of junior college transfers and several other top-level talents who turned down the overtures of other elite college football programs, Andersen is ready to offer first-year players a shot at seeing significant time on the field. It is rare to find a player on the current Wisconsin roster who did not redshirt after arriving on campus, but that may change with the new face of the program. Andersen said he will focus on getting the new players as many reps as

possible during spring ball, even if that means keeping more established talent on the sideline. “My philosophy on that is once we get through these conditioning times and we get through spring ball and we get through fall practice that the junior college kids are here, they deserve the opportunity to show us who they are very early,” Andersen said. “You’re going to see those young men in practice right away. “They’ll be given that opportunity early, but so will the freshman as much as we can. Get them in there and see if they can handle it.” Relying on the preseason to evaluate fresh talent and figure out how the pieces slide together on the depth chart is a practice Andersen said he borrowed from legendary Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. While evaluating talent in spring ball is hardly anything new, Andersen appears more open to giving youngsters a chance to actually earning playing time in their first year on campus. He said that recruits including cornerback Sojourn Shelton and receiver Robert Wheelwright will have a fair opportunity to

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Head coach Gary Andersen, who took the helm at Wisconsin after former head coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas and the SEC, signed 19 new recruits Wednesday on Signing Day. earn immediate playing time. So just how big of a role will freshmen play in 2013? “A lot of them will probably be able to handle it physically,” Andersen said of the incoming class. “But the fact of the matter is, can

you handle big time Division I football from a mentality standpoint, day-in and dayout?” McEvoy adds another layer to quarterback battle Perhaps the most surprising addition to the Badgers’ Class of 2013 was

junior college transfer and quarterback Tanner McEvoy. McEvoy, who started his career at South Carolina before taking a detour to Arizona Western College in 2012, is one of six quarterbacks who will battle

it out for the starting spot under center this spring. Many perceived McEvoy to arrive with an inherent advantage since he is Andersen’s recruit, but the UW coach denied such

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Baseball in need of Braun’s innocence Spencer Smith Spence’s Two Cents

Jen Small The Badger Herald

Senior Ryan Evans may not have made many free throws entering Wednesday night’s game against Iowa, but his pair of conversions with seconds left in overtime iced the game.

Free throws key in 2OT thriller Brust-led comeback at end of regulation leads Badgers to critical 74-70 victory against Iowa Nick Korger Sports Editor For a team plagued by poor free throw shooting, Wisconsin didn’t act the part in the two overtimes against Iowa Wednesday night. Converting on 13-of14 from the line after regulation and receiving a deadlock-breaking three pointer from freshman Sam Dekker, the Badgers (16-7, 7-3) beat the Hawkeyes (14-9, 3-7) in a double-overtime thriller at the Kohl Center, 74-70. It was Wisconsin’s first win against Iowa since a victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Feb. 9, 2011, as the Badgers snapped a threegame losing streak the Hawkeyes. Junior Ben Brust led all scorers with 18 points and Jared Berggren put up a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds to pace UW in a game where both teams shot a lowly 33.8 percent from the field. “We just kept working,” Berggren said. “That was a tough battle out there. [Iowa is] a team that plays hard and they’ve had

our number so we just kept fighting. To go two overtimes like that and make some mistakes … we showed some fight and did just enough to find a way to win.” Down nine with 6:18 left to play, Brust hit a clutch three pointer to spark a 11-2 Wisconsin run that tied the game with 1:24 remaining. Iowa’s Aaron White, who finished the night with 13 points, stole a pass from Ryan Evans and converted a three-point play of his own to put the Hawkeyes back on top with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation. After a 30-second timeout by Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, Berggren missed two shots in the lane, but the ball ended up in the hands of Traevon Jackson, as the sophomore pulled up for a clutch coldblodded three, receiving a friendly bounce from the rim and tying the game at 58-58. “To close that gap before the overtime, it was really gutsy,” Ryan said. “We made some shots and gave ourselves a chance.” After an Iowa timeout,

the Hawkeyes set up a play for sharpshooter Josh Oglesby, who ran off a screen and caught the ball on the left wing. The look was clean from beyond the arc, but the shot rimmed in and out, as the Kohl Center breathed a collective sigh of relief as the game headed into the first overtime. Oglesby was quick to get back to work for the Hawkeyes, connecting on his first shot in overtime, giving Iowa a 61-58 lead. But, once again, the Badgers battled back, this time thanks to clutch free throw shooting from Berggren and Jackson. Neither team was able to convert a shot in the game’s final minute, as White missed a jumper and Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz both missed threes in the final seconds. After not playing any of the first overtime, Dekker was forced to check in after Mike Bruesewitz was called for his fifth foul on a block. “I just had to keep myself mentally into the game,” Dekker said. “I couldn’t get down on myself. Coach said to me a couple times

he kept those guys in for experience. Coach turned to me before the tip of second overtime and said to be ready because the guys were getting fatigued.” Dekker wasted little time making his presence and fresh legs felt, as the freshman gathered himself on the catch from a Berggren pass and drilled a three from the right wing. “He was wide open and he stayed loose over on the bench,” Ryan said. “If you watched him while he was sitting over there, bouncing his legs and staying ready.” The three proved to be a spark, as Berggren swatted the next Iowa shot attempt with Brust pulling in the rebound and drawing a foul. Wisconsin went 5-for-6 from the line in the final 31 seconds of the game to hold off an Iowa rally that cut the Badgers lead to just two points with five seconds to go. At that point the Hawkeyes elected to foul Ryan Evans, the Badgers worst free throw shooter at just 40 percent entering Wednesday night.

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As most baseball fans have undoubtedly heard by now, Milwaukee Brewers superstar and former-MVP Ryan Braun is being linked to performance-enhancing drugs for the second time in his six-year career. Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday night that Braun’s name appeared on the records of a clinic – Biogenesis of America LLC – with a long history of connections between athletes and PEDs. Braun is the latest of several high profile baseball players to appear on the clinic’s records. Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz headlined similar allegations last week. This development comes little more than a year after Braun allegedly tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the 2011 MLB playoffs. Braun proceeded to appeal the test and became the first player to ever win an appeal regarding a failed drug test, citing procedural flaws with his urine samples. As a fan, my initial reactions to Tuesday’s report were shock, disbelief and anger. I felt like a complete fool who had been duped after buying into Braun’s pleas for innocence in December 2011. After the haze of shock began to subside, I decided to give Braun the benefit of the doubt one more time and began to look deeper into the story, searching for any glimmer of hope leading me to believe he could somehow be innocent. Further investigation provided what I was looking for. According to the report, Braun’s name did appear in the clinic’s records, but his name was not affiliated with any PEDs unlike other players in the document. Turns out Braun was on the clinic’s records because

he owed them money for consulting with Anthony Bosch, the founder of the clinic, during his appeal in 2011-2012. The Yahoo! Sports article reported that Braun met with Bosch to talk about his urine samples and the amount of testosterone that was present in them. After meeting with Bosch, Braun and his agent were so dissatisfied with his attempt at assistance that they refused to reimburse Bosch for his time. This evidence was just enough to keep my belief that Braun is clean as a whistle, and this is just all a big conspiracy to tarnish the left fielder’s reputation. I know, I might be taking the role of homer. If Braun played for any team other than the Brewers, I would most likely chalk him up as just another cheater and disregard anything he does for the rest of his major league career. But, before you condemn Braun to a death sentence similar to that of Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa, give me one chance to tell you why it is absolutely essential for baseball fans and the game itself to give Braun the chance to prove he is innocent before putting an asterisk on an otherwise stellar career. With the overpopulation of proven steroid users over the last couple of decades or so in MLB — Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera come to mind — baseball fans need superstar players who are not linked to steroids. Nowadays, a baseball enthusiast will look at a player’s stats, see he is hitting over .300 and has 30 homeruns and immediately have at least the smallest inclination the player is on something. If Braun is proven to be guilty of using PEDs, professional baseball will suffer another catastrophic blow to its already tarnished reputation. I for one will never be able to love the game again the way I do now if Braun is guilty of using steroids.

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