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Walker to invest $181M in System Gov. proposes boost in education funds to be included in new biennial budget Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor Gov. Scott Walker announced a $129 million investment in public education and an additional $181 million in funding for the University of Wisconsin System would be included in his upcoming budget announcement on Monday.

After ranking 38th out of 41 states with complete data from a 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Walker said in a statement it is time for Wisconsin to improve its education system. The State of Wisconsin has to reward and repeat success while assisting struggling schools to improve, he said. The announcement comes two years after the budget imposed cuts that totalled around $1 billion from state educational institutions. Walker cut $834 million from state K-12 education and $315 million

from the UW System in the 2011-2013 biennial budget. “My goal overall is to tie things based on performance,” Walker said in a press conference Monday. “I didn’t pick schools or districts that were part of this, the report cards did.” Walker’s new budget, which he will unveil Wednesday, proposes a one percent increase in funding to public schools. Rep. Sondy Pope, D-Cross Plains, was not satisfied with this amount of funding for public education after such severe cuts in the last budget cycle.

“I would call it paltry and stingy and miniscule,” Pope said. “He’s giving a nine percent increase to K-8 voucher schools, a 22 percent increase to high school voucher schools and then this paltry sum for all public schools after his 10 percent cut. Ridiculous.” Pope said she thinks Walker and Republican legislators nationwide are attempting to “starve” public education to make the case for privatizing these institutions. She added she feels the same way about the $181 million budget increase

funding Pope desires is not as simple as she makes it out to be. The amount of money the state can invest in public education is dependent on the amount of money the state has at the current time, Mikalsen added. He said neither Wisconsin nor the U.S. economy are doing well right now and increasing spending would only lead to another structural deficit for the state. “The governor and the Legislature are committed to only spending the money

to the UW System and suggested Walker is taking away a “huge chunk,” of funding and then giving back a small amount so he can go into his next election campaign saying he returned funding to education. “It’s very clear Gov. Walker’s priority is not public education,” she said. “He’s paying back the campaign contributors who got him there and kept him safe during the recall.” Mike Mikalsen, spokesperson for Rep. Steve Nass, R–Whitewater, said the issue of adding the degree of

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City alder candidates eye primary Downtown area contestants speak on campaign priorities for upcoming election Sarah Eucalano City Hall Editor

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University of Wisconsin students reflected on the relevance of the requirement in a roundtable event.

Student opinion center of event Diversity Committee hears potential improvements to ethnic studies credit Muge Niu Higher Education Editor Students suggested adding a service-based component and more relevant course topics among possible changes to the University of Wisconsin’s ethnic studies requirement at a roundtable event hosted by the student government Monday night. The Associated Students of Madison’s Diversity Committee and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society and Politics branch cosponsored the Ethnic Studies Roundtable Dinner to solicit student feedback on their experiences. The purpose of the event was to gauge students’ opinions on how to better fulfill the mission of the ethnic studies requirement in today’s ever-changing multicultural world, 20 years after the original proposal. Students expressed support for the requirement to include service learning with a greater emphasis on majors and expansion of topic. “I hope participants give honest feedback on how and whether ethnic studies courses change people’s mind about things so that…it will empower the university to realize that we have student feedback and use it to shape our education,” Diversity Committee Chair Mia Akers said. The event kicked off with an overview of the historical context of the ethnic studies requirement at the university and a performance from First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community.

The ethnic studies requirement first began as a response to various racial issues in the 1980s and stemmed from the idea that students should work to actively counteract these negative forces, Beth Huang, United Council for UW Students vice president, said. “UW-Madison should take a lead role in combating bigotry and racism by instituting the program,” Huang added. The ethnic studies requirement was reviewed in 2002 and again in the 2011 evaluation by the Academic Planning and Analysis Department of the Office of the Provost, she said. The Diversity Committee will synthesize student feedback at next week’s meeting for common themes, committee member Maddy Schmid said. Participants in the roundtable filled out note cards sharing their own experience with the requirement, adding suggestions for reform. Mary Bechtol, a UW senior who attended the event, said it is important to educate students about ethnic issues early in their college career. “I’m a senior and taking an interesting ethnic studies course now,” Bechtol said. “I would have taken more [ethnic studies] classes, but now I’m graduating.” Other students who shared their suggestions at the open mic forum suggested possible improvements of the ethnic studies requirement could include dialogue-

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Candidates will face off in Tuesday’s primary race in hopes of moving onto the aldermanic general election on April 2 and gaining a seat on Madison’s City Council. So far in the race, the downtown-area candidates have run their campaigns primarily on development, environmental issues, economic growth and providing a new voice for the community they hope to represent. The District 2 race currently has three candidates: Bryan Post, Dennis Amadeus DeNure and Ledell Zellers. Incumbent Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, will not be seeking re-election. In District 13, incumbent Ald. Sue Ellingson is seeking reelection. Her challengers are Zach Madden and Damon Terrell. The Badger Herald spoke with the candidates about the issues facing their districts, the city of Madison and their goals for reform if elected into office. This content has been edited for length and clarity. Bryan Post, District 2 The Badger Herald: Why do you want to be alder? Bryan Post: I want to help the city of Madison continue to move forward in a progressive and balanced way. I want to continue to grow the city in an environmentally friendly, forward-thinking way. BH: What do you want to accomplish in the next two years? BP: The first priority is redoing Johnson Street in 2014 and making sure it is an environmental success and the business district is as vibrant as we can make

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it. This is a district that is growing. Development is the most important issue to me. If the district grows then the tax base grows and the city can provide stronger services. BH: What is your favorite place in Madison? BP: The State Capitol building. It is a priceless gem and the tours are great. Ledell Zellers, District 2 BH: Why do you want to be an alder? Ledell Zellers: I love these neighborhoods because we can live more sustainably— walking, biking and catching the bus to get places. I want these areas to be successful. I

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am interested in what makes a city work, what makes a city successful. BH: What do you want to accomplish as alder? LZ: I want these neighborhoods to continue to be wonderful places to live so that all kinds of options really thrive—coops, rentals, owner-occupied houses, Greek life. I want schools that people feel comfortable sending their kids to, fantastic parks and good development. BH: What is your favorite place in Madison? LZ: I love the farmers’ market, the Capitol and State Street— It is why we moved within walking distance of

things like that. Dennis Amadeus deNure, District 2 BH: Why do you want to be an alder? Dennis Amadeus deNure: I just want to promote the museums. My platform is the Madison Museum Mile. Museums do not just preserve history but they celebrate the history this community has. BH: What museums do you want to advocate for? DAD: Madison does not have its own historical museum; I would like to see that happen. There are

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End for same-day voter INSIDE registration to cost $14M Agencies would have to offer same services to comply with federal law Sean Kirkby Senior reporter Eliminating Election Day registration could cost Wisconsin taxpayers between $13.1 and $14.5 million, nearly three times as much as was originally estimated, according to a report released Monday by state election officials. According to a Government Accountability Board

statement on their report, if the state eliminated Election Day registration, it would no longer be in compliance with federal law and other state agencies would have to offer voter registration services. Last December, the board conducted a preliminary report providing a general overview of what would happen under the policy change, GAB spokesperson Reid Magney said. That report estimated eliminating Election Day registration could cost $5.2 million. Magney said the December report did not take into account the cost


other departments would incur because of the services they would have to provide to comply with federal law. According to a statement, while the GAB revised its cost estimation under the change to be $3.9 million, four other state departments, Transportation, Health Services, Children and Families and Workforce Development, would need between an estimated $9.1 million and $10.5 million to meet requirements in the National Voter Registration Act. “Employees of those partner agencies would


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WALKER, from 1 we have,” he said. “We are not going to go out and borrow money. We are not going to roll money over. We’re not going to steal money from other pockets like Gov. [Jim] Doyle did. Those Days are over.” Tom Beebe, project director of Opportunity to Learn – Wisconsin, called the $129 million in public education funding “insufficient” and a “cruel hoax,” but said there is no one person to blame. Beebe said for over 20 years, the school funding system has borrowed from schools just by the structure of the system.

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Soglin condemns state voucher school plan Gov. Walker aims for program expansion in Madison, metrics for performance Sarah Eucalano City Hall Editor Mayor Paul Soglin and advocates for the Madison Metropolitan School District spoke out against Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to expand the private school voucher program to public schools in the city at a press conference Monday. Under a voucher program, the City of Madison would pay private schools to allow students that would otherwise have gone to public school to attend private school instead. Arlene Silveira, a Madison Board of Education member, said it

is wrong to take taxpayer money and divert it away from public schools for children to go to private schools. “I find it appalling and devastating to our community,” she said. “There is a strong correlation between strong communities and good public schools. After last year’s unprecedented budget cuts, I expected Walker to invest in public education, not private education.” Soglin also criticized Walker’s plan, which would require public schools to continue to meet standards for special education without requiring the “voucher schools” to meet those standards. He said it is unfair to take money from public schools to go to private schools that have no standards regarding special education. However, Walker

contended in a statement released Monday an expansion of the voucher program would give students alternatives to underperforming schools. “Every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a great education,” Walker said. “While is is our goal to help struggling schools succeed, we need to make sure students and parents can choose the best option and make sure each child receives a truly great education.” Marjorie Passman, vice president of the Madison Board of Education, said voucher schools are filled with teachers and staff who lack credentials and have unrestricted curriculum. She said these schools make the poor pay for the rich to attend private schools and that this will leave many students in crowded, underfunded schools with

their needs unmet. “They only want money--to make money from our children,” Passman said. “Those not chosen by the lottery will return to the dying embers of our schools that have had essential funding drained from them.” Soglin said traumatic incidences, which usually occur outside of school, are one of the major factors that contribute to how a student performs academically. That is not something a teacher, principal, school board member or the superintendent can control, he said. Soglin also said the other major factor at work is funding for education. As the state cuts back on funding, schools throughout Wisconsin are devastated, he said. “It’s deeply troubling

that in this day and age, where we understand the nature of the problem and we have documentation to how these so-called school reforms work, that a proposal like this would be brought forward,” Soglin said Passman said Walker’s plan to bring voucher schools to Madison is another part of his political agenda and called Walker the “Joseph McCarthy of education.” Soglin said students who stay in Madison public schools tend to do well on standardized tests and cited scores for 10th grade math test results which show 70 percent of Madison public school students performing at a proficient or advanced level. “As our schools go, so goes our city,” Passman said. “That’s why we are united here against this measure.”

Falk speaks on green initiatives Former Dane County Executive reflects on career path to teaching campus course Muge Niu Higher Education Editor

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Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk urged students to pursue meaningful change for the environment through their own areas of talent in a talk hosted by a Nelson Institute student organization Monday night. Falk was the first woman elected to be the Dane County Executive and served for 14 years. She also ran as a candidate in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker last year. She now teaches a class for the Nelson Institute titled “Making Change Happen: The Politics of Environmental Decision Making.” The Nelson Institute’s student organization Learn, Express, and Act For the Earth hosted the event and discussion led by Falk. Falk reflected on her career path and how she reached the current position. “I loved it [being the County Executive]…I was able to do the two things I care the most about: lifting kids out of poverty and protecting our natural resources,” Falk said. “But then one day, I decided it’s time to do something else. So I left the County Executive I am.”

EVENT, from 1 based discussion and making the course topics more applicable to students on campus. UW student Kara Bissen said discussions of ethnic studies courses should include more specific examples from the campus community. “Ignorant things are still happening at this world-renowned university…but many don’t realize [that],” she said. Michael Jackson, co-chair of the Ad

While serving as the chief elected official for Dane County, Falk pushed for initiatives to protect land and lakes and strategies to improve the lives of kids and families in poverty, according to Falk’s website. She said now she shares a passion about environmental protection in the classroom. Her students come from a variety of majors, including environmental studies, political science, biology and geography, according to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences website. Jared Sandlin, who is the founder of the student group and one of Falk’s students, said he waited for months for the class to open and valued the opportunity to take a class with her. “It’s fantastic,” Sandlin said. “This is her first time teaching in 23 years. Every day is inspirational. She’s involved in so many environmental issues that I don’t think there’s anyone else in Wisconsin that could have a better personal experience to teach the course as she does.” Falk brings guest speakers from around the state to talk about politics and environmental decisions to the class every Thursday. Sandlin said she does this because of her connections with the

Hoc Diversity Plan Committee, said the ethnic studies requirement is a good idea in theory, but not necessarily effective in practice. “People cannot be culturally aware by taking one particular course,” Jackson said. “We need to promote an environment that’s accepting.” The Diversity Committee will be holding a debrief on the Roundtable Dinner next Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Caucus Room of the Student Activity Center.

Sue Ellingson, District 13 BH: Why do you want to be alder? Sue Ellingson: I like being able to help people solve problems. You can make a difference in peoples lives— that is rewarding. BH: What do you want to accomplish as alder? SE: I want to revitalize the Greenbush area. There are some pretty worn-down houses, and I want to bring

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Falk, a former candidate in the recall election against Gov. Walker, now teaches a Nelson Institute course on the politics of environmental decision making. state of Wisconsin and he always enjoys listening to the speakers. Falk’s students are working on developing plans and legislation for the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and will submit them by the end of the year. When addressing a group of students from various disciplines, Falk encouraged all of them to

REGISTRATION, from 1 need to transmit voter registration applications and other voter data to the appropriate election officials,” the statement said. However, Mike Mikalsen, spokesperson for Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said Election Day registration remains a major risk factor that could cause election fraud. He added Nass is still analyzing whether to pursue eliminating Election

those back up to standard. There is a lot of pedestrian and bike safety issues in my district. It is especially important because we live close-in and people want walkable neighborhoods. BH: What is your favorite place in Madison? SE: The boardwalk behind Edgewood College along the shore of Lake Wingra. It is like you are in the wilderness even though you are in the middle of Madison.

use their own niche to push for changes they want in the world. “No one way is the wrong way, or the only way,” she said. “We need all of you to do what you are interested in doing.” LEAFE’s mission is to bring students from all disciplines to promote environmentally conscious actions on campus and solve

Day registration. Mikalsen said legislators have to balance whether the costs of eliminating the policy are greater than the risks of election fraud. “The key about election fraud is that when you try to figure it out, it’s too late,” Mikalsen said. “That is one of the things that Election Day registration allows.” However, Magney said it is important to note even if the law were changed, the state could not eliminate Election Day registration

Zach Madden, District 13 BH: Why do you want to be alder? Zach Madden: I have been the president of the College Democrats at Edgewood College since my freshman year. I wake up every day thinking, “What can we do to make it better?” If we do not get serious about some environmental issues, we might lose some of the great things we have in Madison. I want to make sure they are here for generations to come.

environmental challenges, according to Jared Burris, another leader of the organization. He said they hold fundraisers, speaker events and regular weekly meetings. As an example, he said members of LEAFE are planning on buying faucets that save water by about 35 percent to install on campus for “little things of change.”

completely. He said federal law allows people to change their voting address on Election Day if they have moved within their local voting district. “I think the report speaks for itself,” Magney said. “Back in 2011, our board voted to recommend against any changes in the law.” Magney said the main reasons behind the costs would involve having to register voters at different locations. For instance, he said the Division of Motor

BH: What do you want to accomplish as alder? ZM: Environmentally, I want to focus specifically on lakes, green infrastructure, storm drains and rain garden terraces. I also want to work on enforcing city ordinances on construction sites so runoff is not going directly into the bay. Lakes are a huge part of what makes Madison Madison, and we just cannot afford to lose that. The city needs to be more innovative. Another issue is safety—making sure we

Vehicles would have to ask every person who comes in to get a state identification card or driver’s license if they wanted to register to vote. He added if they chose not to register, the department would have to provide reports to the federal government on the number of people they registered to vote and the number of people who declined to register to comply with the law. State Politics Editor Noah Goetzel contributed to this story.

enforce our building codes so we have a safe environment. Damon Terrell, District 13 BH: Why do you want to be alder? Damon Terrell: I have been doing a lot of community organizing. I am passionate about community. I grew up in Madison and I want to make sure the values of the community are represented on City Council passionately and forcefully so the focus returns to building the community.

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Student government to advocate for tuition freeze Bryan Kristensen Herald Contributor Members of a University of Wisconsin student government committee met Monday to share lobbying strategies for a campaign to freeze tuition increases, set to launch before the state biennial budget is released. The Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee will submit several tuition proposals to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, according to committee member Gen Carter. She said depending on the

specific provisions of the budget, the committee will likely advocate for the tuition cap. A tuition cap would keep the rising cost of education under control for Wisconsin residents, a statement from the committee said. The previous cap meant tuition could only be increased 5.5 percent every two years when the new biennial budget comes out. Carter said the committee hopes to hold it to at least the current level but also hoped to minimize the increase. “We want to make legislators aware to how

important the tuition cap is not only to students on our campus, but also students for UW System campuses across the entire state,” Carter said. Carter said the students would advocate for a freeze on tuition increases in their proposal to the state finance committee. The tuition freeze proposal states whatever a UW System student pays in their first year at their university, students would be guaranteed that tuition price for four years. After meeting with JFC members, Carter and other members of the committee

plan on attending committee hearings to offer testimonials from students on campus about their own ideas and experiences with current tuition levels and past increases and how these factors have affected their financial situations. Carter said members would like to receive as many insightful tuition testimonies from students to bring to the committee as possible. The Legislative Affairs Committee also emphasized the personal aspect of tuition increases for the campaign. An information packets sent

to legislators included committee members’ personal experiences with the increases. Chair Daniel Statter said in a previous interview with The Badger Herald tuition is a vital issue for UW students and it is important to have legislators hear their stories. Besides the tuition cap and freeze, the committee is advocating for an increase in funding for costto-continue programming and need-based financial need. The committee also took up an addition to the Responsible Action

Campaign to include more clear language to define what will happen for people that need police assistance after alcohol consumption. The committee added details stating if a student knowingly makes a false claim when describing their story to police, they will be held liable and receive a citation. “We wanted to add more clearly defined language to the clause so that people may have a better understanding of what might happen to them when they really need help,” Morgan Rae, a committee member, said.

Walker to use $25 million in budget for state startups Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday he plans to invest $25 million to support startup companies in the state in his upcoming biennial budget. This funding, also known as venture capital investment, will use taxpayer dollars to finance startup and budding businesses in collaboration with private companies. Walker called this a “fund of funds” initiative at a press conference Monday and said the state would only influence private companies managing their investments

at an “arm’s length.” “We’re thrilled about the concept,” Walker said in a statement. “It’s one of those where we just think it’s key to our economic growth and vitality.” Studies show businesses that have been around five years or less provide the majority of net new jobs and the lack of available capital is the most inhibiting factor facing these businesses, according to the statement. He added the state of Wisconsin must foster an environment where new businesses can flourish in order to create jobs. The governor added he wants to invest in a venture capital

fund because private sector support has given emerging new companies plenty of support. Walker said it is now time for the state to also step up its investment role. “I think it’s big enough to be significant, but not too big,” Walker said in the statement. “It’s not so big that it’s a target to be taken out of the budget.” A venture capital bill failed in last year’s legislative session due to issues of trust and efficiency, according to Dan Olszewski, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship . He said the Legislature was

“bogged down” by debates over where the venture capital would come from and how to regulate the funding program. Olszewski added much of this disagreement was spurred from the Certified Capital Companies. These companies are firms that sell tax credits to raise business investment funds. “The main issue with the CAPCOs is they have been used in the past in Wisconsin going back about 10 years ago, but there was a feeling that it wasn’t clear exactly how many investment dollars [it] created and a lot of people felt the accountability of the

program wasn’t very high,” he said. Walker noted CAPCOs were particularly controversial within subsets of Republicans. During the press conference, he said he would not endorse them in the budget, slated for release on Wednesday. To boost the responsibility of private corporations, Walker said he supports a two to one ratio of private funding to state dollars. Walker’s statement said this venture capital measure is important because Wisconsin holds the 12th most patent filings and ranks 13th among

all states for academic research spending, yet the state contributes just 0.36 percent of venture capital investments. The state will have to find a balance between ensuring entrepreneurs are stimulating the economy while still providing them autonomy, Olszewski said. “Not all of these companies are going to be successful and create jobs,” he said. “That’s just the nature of start-up, early stage investing. You have to make a lot of investments knowing that many of them will come up empty, but a few of them will be home runs.”

Rec Sports requests $2 million budget to restore facilities Organization says SERF, NAT in need of major renovation for aging buildings Julia Skulstad Senior Campus Editor Recreational Sports representatives addressed a student government committee in a Monday meeting, with members saying the need for building repairs to outdated facilities are a critical part of their $2 million budget request for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Rec Sports Interim Director John Horn told Associated Students of Madison Student Services Financial Committee members that the budget Rec Sports is asking for this year only addresses present day concerns. He said it does not do anything to increase space requirements and other long-term improvements. University of Wisconsin Rec Sports accountant Lisa Learish said this budget would carry a $6 increase in

student segregated fees. She said this would bring the total amount per student paid for Rec Sports to $36.36. SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said the $6 increase per student, per semester allows Rec Sports to keep its buildings open and running. She said this will only fix the current issues and does not increase programming space for students because doing so requires major renovations that would require approval from a student referendum. According to Horn, within the last two years, the state created a 50-50 split, meaning the state will no longer completely fund any major building repairs and UW is now responsible for funding half of any project. He said Rec Sports currently has several projects scheduled for the next five years for which they lack necessary funding. For example, Horn said the Southeast Recreational Facility needs a $900,000 roof cladding project to stop leaks in the facility when it rains.

“It’s really unfortunate that students are likely going to see that kind of an increase [in segregated fees] without it being very visible because they’re working with really old buildings, buildings that are older than they were ever meant to be,” Bruecker said. Horn said the 57-yearold Shell, the 49-year-old Natatorium, 49-year-old Nielsen Tennis Stadium and the 30-year-old Southeast Recreational Facility could all also use maintenance upgrades. He added UW is either at or exceeding the 30year life expectancy of all these buildings. He also said UW is not even close to the current building standards and construction trends. “None of our four facilities are a student rec center,” Horn said. “The SERF is designed as a cement tank, the Shell is an aircraft … hangar, the Nat is an academic building and Nielsen Tennis Stadium is an indoor tennis facility. We do not have a student rec center on this campus at this point.” The NatUP 2010

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Rec Sports Interim Director John Horn said UW must now provide 50 percent of funding for all new building projects after a policy change.

campaign, which would have expanded the Natatorium and increased students’ segregated fees, was ultimately voted down by students. He said Rec Sports saw a significantly negative response to the referendum. Horn said if the

funding for a new student recreational facility were to pass in the student elections next spring, a new center could be built on campus by 2017. Learish said in planning for a new recreational center, Rec Sports tried to design it so students now

would not have to pay. Therefore, students who would never see the doors open during their time on campus would not see an increase in segregated fees, she added. SSFC will decide on Rec Sport’s budget next Monday.

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Bipartisan pressure key to halting Iranian nuclear program As volatile conditions in the Middle East continue to unravel, we feel responsible to start this semester addressing an issue extremely important to both of our parties: the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran. The Iranian threat goes far beyond the use of a warhead on American soil. If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, the tilted balance of power would initiate a nuclear arms race in the already-unstable Middle East region. According to the London Times, Saudi Arabia has stated they would seek nuclear capabilities if Iran were to acquire a nuclear

weapon. Not only does the development of nuclear weapons violate the international NonProliferation Treaty (which Iran signed), but it also poses an immediate and dangerous threat to the entire world. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and it currently finances, arms and trains terrorist groups operating around the world. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s radical regime has virulently threatened the leaders of western civilization over the past few years. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute,

Ahmadinejad said, “at the end of the day, we are an anti-American regime. America is our enemy… Just like [our] movement destroyed the monarchical regime here, it will definitely destroy the arrogant rule of hegemony of America, Israel and their allies.” While today’s politics are tremendously partisan, both of our parties understand this threat’s magnitude. Over the past three years, Congress has passed comprehensive sanctions on Iran’s central bank, deterring Tehran from a very dangerous agenda. Just last December, President

Barack Obama signed off on bipartisan legislation that has helped to significantly deplete the Iranian economy. Yet despite these strict measures, Iran continues to enrich uranium — the vital element used to construct nuclear bombs — against multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions. The Iranian regime claims its nuclear facilities are for “civilian purposes,” but the global intelligence community is highly skeptical of these claims. Even more frightening, former Chief of Israeli Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin said last week that

the country could have a full nuclear capacity in six months, according to the Associated Press. For these reasons, every American — whether Republican, Democrat or Independent — should view the idea of a nuclear Iran as a threat to our safety and wellbeing. The issue of Iran is not a partisan or polarizing issue; it is an American issue and an urgent one that must be addressed. America and our global partners must continue to pressure Iran to interrupt their march towards acquiring nuclear weapons.

As the timeline for potential action and diplomacy shrinks, it is crucial our world leaders remain vigilant in preventing Iran’s nuclear weapons program from progressing. We must take action together to prevent a very dangerous and unstable regime from getting its hands on the world’s most dangerous weapons. Chris Hoffman ( is chair of the UW College Democrats. Jeff Snow (chairman@ is chair of the UW College Republicans.

Fallone best for Supreme Court Jared Mehre Columnist Today is the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election. Sadly, few, if any, will take the time to participate in this all-too-often nuanced election, which will narrow the field from three candidates to the two who will face off in the April 2 general election. However, I feel it is my civic duty to stir up as much interest as possible for today’s election. So without further adieu, here is a short description of each of the the Supreme Court candidates. I will begin with the incumbent, Justice Patience Roggensack. Roggensack is running on her record of experience, with 10 years on the Supreme Court and seven years serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Roggensack has also touted her various endorsements from four former Supreme Court justices, more than 100 judges, more than 50 sheriffs and more than 20 district attorneys. Roggensack is also running on the message of being fair, neutral and independent; however, many opponents criticize her for being a voice of the Republican Party. Roggensack was one of the four justices to uphold Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial Act 10, which stripped some public sector employees of their collective bargaining rights. The second candidate in the race is “lemon law” attorney Vince Megna. Megna considers himself to be the people’s candidate, having represented working class citizens in lawsuits against major corporations for 23 years. Megna touts the fact he has “had the pleasure of suing General Motors 500 times without losing a case against them,” as quoted by Isthmus. Unlike his competitors who claim they are nonpartisan candidates, Megna has made clear he is a Democrat. Megna describes the nonpartisanship of Supreme Court elections as a sham and asserts that only by taking sides can the people expect to get honest answers from their justices. Finally, there is Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone. Fallone is promising to be the new voice of reason that will return the dysfunctional Supreme

Court back to its formerly functional status. Fallone has also criticized the court for refusing to check the powers of the governor and Legislature and for giving in to special interest groups. However, many have reason to doubt Fallone’s impartiality and fairness since he, along with Megna, signed petitions to recall Walker. Taking into account all of the available information, Fallone is the best candidate to be Wisconsin’s next Supreme Court justice. Fallone is the only candidate that can bring our Supreme Court back to its decisive and judicious state. In 2011, Justice David Prosser was accused of choking Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and since then the Supreme Court has been in a severely dysfunctional state. Roggensack was the first of four Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from Prosser’s disciplinary hearing, and as long as the Court leaves this issue unresolved, the justices will be unable to cooperate. Fallone is also the only candidate who will be able to provide Wisconsin with an impartial voice on the Supreme Court. Megna has already made his political convictions clear which, although honest and refreshing, poses a partisan threat to our judicial system. Roggensack has also made her conservative political convictions clear by accepting money and endorsements from prominent conservative organizations, as well as by appointing former Wisconsin Republican Party Executive Director Brandon Scholz as her campaign adviser. Fallone would also bring the much-needed diversity factor to the Supreme Court by being the first Latino ever elected to the court. As the son of immigrants, Fallone would bring the voice of the people back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. However, the most important issue to gather from the preceding information is that you have to make a decision and act on it by voting. All elections are important even though they may not all garner the same attention and not all of the positions hold equal responsibilities. But regardless of these facts, the person who wins will have an effect on your life. Go to your local polling place today and VOTE! Jared Mehre (mehre@ is a sophomore majoring in political science, sociology and legal studies.

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Allegations of misconduct on the part of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, pictured above, highlight problems with the state’s current system of electing the judiciary.

Elections undermine judicial system Aaron Loudenslager Columnist Wisconsin residents have the opportunity to vote in the state primary election today. Voters will decide which candidates move forward to the spring general election, including candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I encourage you all to make your voice heard today by voting. Even so, I think the state Legislature must enact a different system of choosing our state appellate court justices. In contrast to the federal government, many state governments do not appoint appellate court justices. Instead, voters elect them through either nonpartisan or partisan elections. In theory, this may sound like a good idea. After all, this country was based on the democratic ideal of people being able to choose who should be able to exercise governmental power. Given the recent trend in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections, though, I think judicial elections are extremely unwise. When appellate court justices have to campaign for their positions, many problems arise. We want justices to be impartial to the parties that come before appellate courts. We also want them have an open mind to the various legal issues they must ultimately decide upon instead of having a predetermined notion of how they should decide each and every legal issue. Judicial appellate court elections defeat many of these goals. It’s difficult, to say the

least, for a justice to claim to have an open mind on various legal issues when justices must run campaign ads either defining their judicial philosophies or, alternatively, run ads attacking the alleged judicial philosophies of their electoral opponent. For a vivid example, one only need to look back to the now-infamous ad ran by current Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman in 2008. Gableman’s ad claimed his opponent former Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler “worked to put criminals on the street” by finding “loopholes” for criminals. Gableman’s ad was a complete distortion of the facts. Butler was a public defender assigned to a defendant’s criminal appeal and simply argued the trial judge had committed a legal error by allowing certain prejudicial evidence to be heard by the jury. Butler wasn’t finding loopholes — he was arguing for his client’s rights under the law. If Butler hadn’t argued this point, by definition, he would have committed legal malpractice. The ad also tried arguing Butler caused this certain defendant to escape a prison sentence. This was clearly a lie, demonstrated by the fact Butler lost this appeal on the case in front of the Supreme Court, thus sending the criminal defendant to prison. The Wisconsin Judicial Commission filed a complaint against Gableman for violating the “ethics code for judicial candidates that says they cannot lie about their opponents,” but

the Wisconsin Supreme Court was deadlocked 3-3 on whether Gableman’s ad constituted a lie, thus freeing Gableman from any punishment. Judicial elections do not only seem to make justices less impartial in regards to general judicial philosophy; they make them seem less impartial to the parties that come before them seeking legal redress. For example, many special interest groups ran “issue ads” in support of Gableman in 2008, spending more than $2.5 million, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Of this amount, an estimated $1.76 million came from the group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. For years, WMC has been advocating for tort reform — more properly called “tort deform.” Included in the tort reform WMC advocated for are caps on punitive damages and a change in the standard of proof in product liability cases. Thus, there was no surprise in Horst v. Deere & Co., a 2009 product liabilities case, when Justice Gableman wrote a concurring opinion advocating for a change in the standard of proof for product liability cases from the “consumer expectations” test to the more business friendly “reasonable alternative design” test — the same change WMC advocated for in the past. It seems the money spent by outside special interest groups is influencing Gableman’s judicial decisions, thus making it harder for him to be impartial to the parties

that come before the court, which is the judiciary’s duty. Judicial elections are also having a negative impact on the civility between justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Whether it is Justice David Prosser calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson “a total bitch” or Prosser allegedly choking Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, there seems to be no end to the dysfunction on Wisconsin’s highest court. Wisconsin’s state Legislature needs to adopt a merit selection system for choosing state appellate justices, also known as the Missouri Plan. This system uses a bipartisan commission to recommend candidates the governor choose from in appointing people to various judicial positions. Some time after justices are appointed, they usually have to run in retention elections, allowing voters to decide if they should stay on the court. Wisconsin should not utilize retention elections in a merit selection system, though, especially after seeing multiple justices being voted off the Iowa’s highest court because the court held banning samesex marriage violated the Iowa Constitution. Wisconsin’s highest court is in state of dysfunction. Judicial elections only further exacerbate this problem. A merit selection system without retention elections may be the only way to restore civility and impartiality to the Supreme Court. Aaron Loudenslager ( is a first year law student.

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Making hearty choices locally Two Willy Street restaurants ease strain of winter and midterms as cold persists Benjamin Cox Chew On This Columnist The holidays have come and gone and the semester is now in full swing. In my opinion, these are the longest months of the year. Before the cold reluctantly gives way to spring, we get caught in a cycle of blizzards, freezing rain and wind. If ever there was a time of year for hearty meals, this is it. I’m talking about the kinds of meals that stick to the bone, like steak and potatoes or thick stews, meaty bowls of chili or roasted chicken over carrots, mounds of mashed potatoes or creamy mac and cheese. These are the types of food that help us get through the colder months. So where should you go for hearty meals in Madison? There are too many great places to include in one article: from the massive bowls of pho at Nam’s Noodle to the mac and cheese at The Old Fashioned to the meatloaf at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner to the shepherd’s pie at Brocach. For me, the quest for hearty meals has taken me to two places lately-besides my mom’s house, that is. Both places are on Willy Street: the Weary Traveler and the relatively new Vasilis’ Take Five: Vittles & Vices. I’ll start with Weary Traveler Freehouse, located at 1201 Williamson St. Walking in, you almost immediately feel warmer. The interior is dimly lit and the seating is intimate. Their menu is small, but there are a few comfort dishes that jump out. The chicken Dijonnaise is made with locally sourced chicken and served with garlic mashed potatoes, buttered green beans and a creamy Dijon sauce. Their Ramblin’ Vegan Chili is thick and, for carnivores, also comes in a not-so-vegan form with bacon and beef tenderloin tips. On my last visit to Weary Traveler, though, I chose the Hungarian

Goulash. It comes in a bowl about the size of your head and contains beef tenderloin tips, Yukon Gold potatoes, carrots, celery, caraway seeds and Hungarian paprika. It was piping hot and well seasoned. My only complaint was that it was a little thin, more like a soup than a stew. I washed it down with a cup of grog, a hot, red winebased drink seasoned with allspice and cinnamon. It’s worth coming back for the grog alone. The other hearty meal I enjoyed recently was at Vasilis’ Take Five: Vittles & Vices. Take Five is located at 901 Williamson St. and is less than a year old. It brings Greek fusion food to the already diverse restaurant scene on Willy Street. They serve most of the Greek classics one might expect, including gyros and spanakopita. When I visited, I had the roasted leg of lamb, served with potatoes, a carrot puree and a lemon sauce. The lamb was juicy and a roasted lemon added a lot of brightness to the dish. The juices from the lamb soaked into the potatoes, making them soft. I did have a complaint here, too. The carrot puree was missing from my plate. I hope this was one of the symptoms of a new kitchen, rather than a common mistake for the restaurant. Overlooking this hiccup, the meal was good enough to ensure that I will be back. Both of these meals, along with many more in Madison, will help to keep you warm until spring is officially here. These restaurants will also not break the bank. The goulash at Weary Traveler is only $8 a bowl and the roasted leg of lamb at Vasilis’ was $12 (and was one of the more expensive items on their menu). So if you’re feeling cold and craving comfort food, you might want to consider trying either Weary Traveler or Take Five. What’s your favorite dish for keeping warm? Let Ben know at

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Fall Out Boy members are warming up for the release of their new album, dropping in April. The Chicago boys are remembered for their edgy lyrics and making a scene into an arms race.

Fall Out Boy returns from hiatus Punk-rock band set to mix new sounds from other projects, groups in new album

Kelsey Sorenson ArtsEtc. Contributor Returning from hiatus seems to be the hip thing for punk rock bands to do these days — just look at the recent revivals of Blink-182, Cute Is What We Aim For and Phantom Planet. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, pop-punk band Fall Out Boy is following suit and ready to Save Rock And Roll. After a little more than three years, word came Feb. 4 that not only is the Chicago-based band to release another album, but that album is already done. Less than two weeks

after announcing Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy announced Feb. 14 on their Tumblr page that the release date for the album was moved up from a tentative date in May to a worldwide release April 15 and 16 -- all due to the overwhelming response from fans. If fans were completely surprised by the sound of Fall Out Boy’s new track “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” which dropped Feb. 4, chances are they haven’t listened to any of lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump’s solo work. The tracks from Stump’s EP Truant Wave and full-length album Soul Punk don’t fit cleanly into any one genre, but shuffle between synthpop, R&B and dance-punk. Fall Out Boy bassist and main lyricist Pete Wentz

Netflix Pix: ‘Compliance’ overlooked Psychological thriller excellent addition to any procrastinator’s instant queue

Tim Hadick ArtsEtc. Editor Many great films get passed over at the box office for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, Netflix can save a film’s overall reputation by offering bored college students the opportunity to jump start its fame. One such film that got screwed out of the recognition it deserved from the box office is “Compliance,” a film that probably didn’t see popularity because of its controversial nature. At a fictional fast food chain location, Becky (Dreama Walker, TV’s “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23”) is accused of theft by a man who claims to be a police officer over the phone. Manager Sandra (Ann Dowd, “Side Effects”) skeptically obeys the man’s instructions as he tells her to search through Becky’s things and keep her in the store’s office. Eventually, the orders become more

demanding, and Sandra is forced to divide her attention between Becky and the evening rush. The man convinces Sandra that Becky is instrumental in a larger investigation and that keeping her at the restaurant is vital to his department’s plans. What the restaurant workers don’t know is that on the other end of the line is a man playing with them for his own amusement. When Sandra eventually asks her fiance to keep an eye on Becky while she tends to customers, the man on the line uses his authority to change Becky’s life forever. Through a series of maniacal head games played out by the fake cop, Becky is forced to strip, undergo a cavity search and eventually perform sexual acts – disguised as “rewards” – on Sandra’s fiance. The fake cop uses fear of punishment to scare Becky into complying with obscure and degrading orders. “Compliance” acts as an explanation for how authority can be taken too far and can manipulate the psyche. These normal people are thrown into a seemingly practical

situation. An employee is accused of stealing by a police officer and the manager wants to help the investigation in any way possible. But at what point does the clout of the supposed title of “officer” end and morality take over?

“Compliance” acts as an explanation for how authority can be taken too far and can manipulate the psyche.

The craziest part of “Compliance” is that it is based on real events that happened at a McDonald’s in Kentucky and similar phone pranks reported all over the country. There is even surveillance footage of everything that happened in the Kentucky incident. It is eerie how well “Compliance” captures the air of the footage and the overall presentation of the film gives viewers breadth to contemplate each character’s actions. The film boasts riveting

performances from its ensemble cast. While Dowd outshines most of the other actors with strong focus, Walker shows her flexibility in “Compliance.” She breaks away from her role as a comedy star on ABC to portray a scared, tortured teenager on the big screen. The cast is small enough to keep track of everyone’s motives and concerns and no one aspect is unimportant as the story escalates to Becky’s rape. The brutally slow pace of the film combines brilliant cinematography to depict the grueling ordeal. The audience is given enough time to watch the wheels in each character’s brain work on a new set of orders, beckoning the question: “What would you do in this situation?” While the subject matter is raw and unforgiving, “Compliance” is a great escape from the norm with stunning performances and solid production quality. Instead of aimlessly reading Wikipedia articles to pass the time, audiences can turn to “Compliance” to learn about a different side of the human psyche.

also had a side project during the hiatus. Black Cards, Wentz’s other group, creates the kind of electronic music listeners would expect to hear in a dance club. Wentz and Stump both put their time during the hiatus to good use as a kind of musical workshop rather than a departure from the band, bringing new sounds and influences to Fall Out Boy’s once standard poppunk sound. The band explained on their website, “… We never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.” It’s not as simple as “plugging back in,” though. They were clearly rusty during their Feb. 13 performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — a bit stiff and mechanical, not hitting the notes as hard or as precisely as usual.

But now that they have turned their focus back to Fall Out Boy, it’s only a matter of time and practice before the Chicago boys get their chops back to the level a certain impressionable 16-year-old saw back in 2007. The show on Kimmel left two big questions for fans: Why were band members glowing in the dark, and why were they dressed as skeletons? Maybe it’s a hint of what to expect concept-wise on their next album. Or there might be no reason. The world may never know. Either way, the costumes were overly quirky and off-putting. Fans of the band and those who just remember them should get ready, because Fall Out Boy is ready for “The Take Over, The Break’s Over.”


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Weather aids Wisconsin in victory at Soldier Field Gophers slowed by poor ice conditions, Badgers’ penalty kill avoids costly goals Nick Daniels Sports Content Editor CHICAGO — Spectators at the Hockey City Classic could not have asked for better conditions when the Wisconsin men’s hockey team took the ice at Soldier Field Sunday in an outdoor matchup with borderbattle rival and secondranked Minnesota. With the sun shining, and the temperature sitting at a mild 32 degrees for much of the afternoon, fans were treated to a pair of matchups between four ranked teams. Even better for the Badger fans who made the trek south, by the time the third period clock ticked down to zero, Wisconsin had come away with a 3-2 win — the icing on top of the cake after a

MUELLER, from 8 Mueller has the frame to support the big-time swing that the Badgers are looking for. Standing at 5-foot-11 with an athletic frame, Mueller made her name in 2012 by hitting not for power but for average, consistently putting the ball in play for a .326 batting average on the year and 45 hits, a statistic that tied for the third-best total on a team that was the most successful offensively in UW history. Going off the classic saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the Wisconsin coaching staff is reluctant to go too far in changing Mueller’s swing to one tailored for power rather than one that produced 37 singles a year ago. “She has as much power as anybody in our program,” assistant coach Randy Schneider said. “But for us to get that power we’re going to give up her batting average a little bit. We’re going to have to let her swing away and she’s going to go back to missing the ball a little bit. But when she hits it, yeah, you’ll start seeing the kid hit home runs. “For us it’s more of a tradeoff sabermetrically,

WIN, from 8 Turnbull caught Bulldogs’ goaltender Kayla Black off-guard with a quick shot from inside the right circle after a loose puck came her way from behind the net. Turnbull’s goal gave Wisconsin and the soldout LaBahn Arena new life. And when the overtime period finally came, Decker took over for one final encore. “Any time you come away with a victory like we

disappointing 3-2 loss to the Golden Gophers less than 48 hours earlier. Playing against the No. 2 team in the nation in Minnesota back in midNovember and earning just one point in his last three encounters with the Gophers, head coach Mike Eaves’ decision to give up home-ice advantage at the Kohl Center was questioned with renewed intensity after Friday’s loss — but Eaves never once wavered on his decision. Now, after a crucial win that brings the Badgers back within one point of Minnesota in the WCHA standings, Eaves’ decision to play in Chicago suddenly has a brighter look to it. Weather slows down Minnesota attack Despite the hype surrounding the outdoor matchup between the two bitter rivals in the weeks leading up to the game and the spectacle in front of 56,051 fans that unfolded, ice conditions proved to be a factor in the game’s

outcome and they dictated the pace at which both teams were able to play. In the second game of the doubleheader event, the Badgers and Gophers began their matchup on an ice sheet that had already taken a considerable beating from the No. 3 Miami (OH) and No. 12 Notre Dame teams to come before them. To make matters worse, while the crowd welcomed the mild weather, it turned the ice to slush in some areas on the rink, slowing the puck and players down considerably, and confining both teams to a much slower pace of play. The slower conditions left Minnesota — a team that depends on quick play and counterattacks to catch its opponents’ defenses off-guard — handicapped. “I knew what was going to happen before the game,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. “It’s all about advancing zone by zone, you’re not going to be able to make a lot of

The extra work and focus do you want the home runs or do you want the on adding a new aspect to on base? And at this stage, her offensive game have we just want the on base already paid dividends for the Badgers in their early percentage.” Mueller still put an added part of the nonconference emphasis in the offseason season. Playing No. 26 on adding power to her Notre Dame in the First swing. With help from her Pitch Classic in Charlotte, three older brothers who all N.C., on Feb. 9, Mueller played Division 1 baseball, showed her first sign of a one of whom is currently in newfound power. After getting the Atlanta behind in the Braves against minor “I worked a lot count the Fighting league with my brothers, Irish’s junior ace system, the junior doing different Laura Winter, the 2012 Big infielder drills where they’d reigning East Pitcher of put in the time and put a band around the Year, Mueller repetitions my back leg so I teed off on a pitch necessary could so I could that caught the heart of the plate. to become feel myself going The ball traveled stronger forward.” over the 220-foot physically marker in center and mentally. Michelle Mueller field, proving to “I Third baseman be all the offense Wisconsin needed worked a in a 1-0 victory. lot with “Coach Schneider just my brothers, doing different drills where they’d put a kept talking about how band around my back leg she throws a really good so I could feel myself going curveball,” Mueller said. “A forward,” Mueller said. couple batters before that “Coach Schneider also got a went up were swinging at it. power drive tool that we use My goal was to just put the now so you can feel when ball in play, especially after your weight goes forward. I got down in the count.” “She happened to leave Basically, those two things and watching film have one over the middle of the plate, and I got a hold of it.” really helped.”

did, you know we earned it,” Johnson said. “We were down 2-1 and you get down to seven or eight minutes in the third period, you are looking for something and we got a bounce and Blayre was able to capitalize. “All the things that went on today were positive, we played well … we had a lot of good opportunities and a lot of scoring chances we just didn’t capitalize as much we would like to.” Badgers bruise past Bulldogs 3-1 Saturday night

pretty plays and you have to be able to adjust.” Ranked first in the nation with an average of close to four goals per game coming into the weekend series and first in the WCHA converting on the power play over 26 percent of the time, the Gophers had gotten off to a fast start in the series when they scored three goals — all on the power play — against the Badgers Friday. But Sunday proved different outdoors at Soldier Field. While Minnesota still easily bested Wisconsin in shots on goal — earning 43 to the Badgers 30 — UM was held scoreless through the first two periods as the UW defense was much more successful containing the Gophers explosive offensive lines in the difficult outdoor environment. Capitalizing on the few chances they were given, the Badgers’ simple style of play turned the game on its head and allowed UW to score three goals in less

than four minutes in the second period, stunning a more-skilled Gopher team. Senior defenseman John Ramage — the only player on the ice with outdoor hockey experience — attributed the Badgers’ breakout second period to the team’s ability to use the conditions to their advantage. “The second period we threw everything that we had at them,” Ramage said. “[Our shots] took a couple of good bounces and things went it.” Badgers stay levelheaded Following a poor display Friday that saw the Badgers allow four power play chances to their talented opponents, Wisconsin limited the number of chances Minnesota received on the power play Sunday — giving them just two tries on the man-advantage and zero goals in three periods of play. “It started with [goaltender Joel Rumpel]

Coincidentally, Mueller had actually seen Winter before, when the pair were both freshman in 2011. Notre Dame visited Wisconsin at the Goodman Diamond and blew the Badgers out 9-1. Finishing 1-for-2 her first time against one of the country’s best up-andcoming pitchers, Mueller led the Badgers by going 2-for-2 on the day against one of the best proven arms in the nation, personifying the improvement she’s made over her three years in the program. And although she has the seventh best average on the team currently at .313 in 2013, Mueller cites that she is gradually settling in to the adjustments of her changing swing and an added personal desire for an All-Big Ten nod and conference title in 2013. “My batting average was up there, but I know as far as being an All-Big Ten player like Karla (Powell), like Cass (Darrah) or even like Mary (Massei) was her freshman year, I need to put up the power numbers,” Mueller said. “And that’s something the coaches have really emphasized for me.” “I have the size to do it, I just have to figure it out and put it all together.”

While Sunday’s game penalties were assessed in was intense in terms of the just the first period of play as tensions ran score, game high on both one of the sides of the ice. series was Following a different “Anytime you a pair of kind of come away with roughing intense calls and a with hard a victory like we hits and a did, you know you high sticking penalty plethora of earned it.” assessed penalties UMD’s dominating Mark Johnson to Bridgette the ice. Head Coach Lacquette, Saturday senior forward night’s matchup from the start was Alev Kelter notched one in action packed. A total of 10 during the four-on-three

tonight,” Ramage said. “Then the ice conditions kind of deskilled their power play a little bit. We’ll take it.” While tensions still ran high between the rivals, scuffles between the Gophers and Badgers resulted in roughing penalties for both teams — keeping the teams even at four men on the ice. Throughout this season, Wisconsin has outscored its opponents when teams are at even strength and it was no different Sunday— scoring all three of their goals with teams at even strength, while only allowing two goals to Minnesota at even strength. For Eaves, the Badgers did exactly what they needed to do to earn a much-needed two points in the WCHA. “It was really fun to be on the bench watching these guys in the last ten minutes,” Eaves said. “We got a chance to practice what we’re going to need to do down the stretch.”

GORDON, from 8 old days when Dwight Howard was plastering stickers of himself to the backboard two feet above the rim? What happened to the slam dunk contests in which Blake Griffin was leaping over midsized sedans to dunk the ball? These days flew out the window when the NBA decided it was a good idea to put no-name players in the league’s biggest spectacle of the year. Fans looking for some excitement on All-Star Saturday won’t find it when the dunk contest is slated with players who have struggled to earn their way into the starting lineup and have flopped between the NBA and the lowly Developmental League. The average viewer was easily bored watching players with little history on a stage meant for basketball celebrities. Even if Terrence Ross can pull off a through-the-legs dunk while jumping over a small child, I would rather see

power play, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead at 10:57 in the first period. The Badgers added to their lead seven minutes into the second period with another power-play goal. Junior forward Madison Packer drilled the puck past Black to give UW a comfortable 2-0 lead. Packer again found the back of the net on the power play in the third period after a shot by Decker deflected off Packer, who was waiting for a rebound on the far

the likes of Howard, Griffin, LeBron James and the true stars of the NBA show off on All-Star Saturday’s main stage. Like the Grammys, the dunk contest should feature players that have already proven their celebrity status in the NBA. Even if no-name bands have stellar albums in a given year, people want to see and hear the biggest names in music. But this year’s dunk contest was headlined by the small indie-rock bands of the NBA, not its pop stars. The NBA should consider raising the standard of its dunk contest participants when it becomes more interesting to focus on the street-clothed celebs on the sidelines instead of watching second-rate players still trying to make a name for themselves. Lee is a junior majoring in strategic communications. Think that the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is fine the way it is? Let him know at sports@

post. The Bulldogs did not give up hope, scoring with under 1:30 remaining in the game. Bulldogs’ forward Aleksandra Vafina tapped in a puck that managed to get past sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby. However, the last-ditch effort was too late, as UW held on to its lead and earned the win. The Badgers have just one series left this coming weekend at Bemidji State before post-season play begins.

Sports Editor Nick Korger

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Decker leads UW to memorable win Star forward sends seniors out on top in regular season finale on home ice Caroline Sage Associate Sports Editor It was a fitting end to Senior Day Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena. Wisconsin senior star Brianna Decker came up big with an overtime goal, earning UW a series sweep over University of Minnesota-Duluth and sending the women’s hockey senior class off victorious in their final home game in the regular season. “It was a nice way to end Senior Day,” Decker said with a smile after the game. The Badgers (19-9-2, 15-9-2-2 WCHA) found themselves tied 2-2 at the end of regulation Sunday after a dominating performance Saturday night that ended in a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs (14-13-3, 13-12-1-0 WCHA).

Following a missed opportunity in the first overtime shift, Decker went into what would be the game’s last faceoff, determined to put the game away. The center took control of the puck the moment it was dropped, skated around UMD’s center and buried it in the far corner of the net before anyone had a chance to react. “I had the opportunity right before that … I really wanted to put it in and then a play went down at the other end and I thought they were going to finish it off,” Decker said. “I had an opportunity to score and I put it away and made it count and it felt pretty good.” In winning the pair of games, UW also secured home ice for the WCHA playoffs that begin in March. For Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, Decker’s goal was the perfect ending to his senior’s standout career at UW. “It was a great way for her to finish her last

regular season home game as a Badger so I was happy for her,” Johnson said. “I’m glad she got another opportunity and was able to get the puck in the net because that [missed opportunity] would have ate at her for a while. It was a great way to finish.” What led to the overtime victory was an intense battle between the two conference foes. A slow start to the game for UW — likely due to the Senior Day presentation moment before the first face-off that had multiple Badger seniors in tears — gave way to an early Bulldog goal that was waved off due to a high stick. Wisconsin took commanding puck possession as time wore on, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-6 in the first period. Decker got UW on the board 2:14 into the second period off a one-timer from inside the right circle. But UMD was quick to answer with an equalizing goal at 9:14 in the period. The dangerous Badger power play — which scored all three goals Saturday night

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Senior forward Brianna Decker scored a crucial overtime goal against Minnesota-Duluth to send the Badgers into the WCHA playoffs with home ice advantage. — was given a chance late in the period but came up short, sending the team to the locker room tied after two. An early goal came again

in the third period, but this time it was UMD’s Jamie Kenyon on the power play, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the series. The Badgers showed no

signs of defeat, putting 13 shots on net in the period. Finally, with 5:37 remaining in regulation, Blayre

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Junior third baseman Michelle Mueller was a consistent batting presence for the Badgers last season but has since focused on fine tuning the more powerful side of her game: hitting home runs.

Mueller ready to hit long ball Nick Korger Sports Editor Her nickname is “Giggles.” One of her hobbies listed on the Wisconsin Athletics website is laughing. That’s not exactly the personality you’d expect

from a player who crushed Big Ten pitching for a .400 average just a season ago. But the Wisconsin softball coaching staff hopes to change the at-bat demeanor and performance of junior Michelle Mueller, one

of many big bats in the Badgers’ lineup that looks poised to explode onto the scene in 2013. “I think she’s such a nice kid, but she hasn’t had that swagger necessarily and she really could,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said.

“She’s a beast out there with how strong she is. She doesn’t intimidate people yet, she’s so nice. … She can be a scary hitter if she wants to, and I think that’s something that she’s embracing.”

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When it comes to criticism, the National Basketball Association is never far from reach. This really isn’t a huge revelation — NBA players have 82 games during the year to boost their stats as much as they can to increase their salary, their fame and their SportsCenter highlight reels. It should be fitting that the NBA All-Star Weekend is a condensed form of the NBA regular season on steroids. The best players from the best teams join forces to see how far into triple digits they can climb on the scoreboard as a super-group (143 points was good enough for the West to take the game this year). If this is what you expect of the All-Star game, it’s a great time. In what other setting can you watch Chris Paul (AllStar game MVP) bounce a behind-the-back pass to three-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant for an emphatic dunk? It’s fun to see players from around the league join up to play the year’s biggest game of pick-up basketball where you can see alley-oop slams from players that normally don’t have the guts to pull it off in a meaningful game. NBA All-Star Weekend is supposed to be like any other award show. Like the Grammys or the Oscars, there are even more celebrities off the court than actually participating in the event. And that’s partly what people want to see — it’s fun to see Beyoncé and Jay-Z cuddling in prime seats watching the game like any other fans. However, the stars of the sideline shouldn’t overshadow the athletes on the court. But that’s exactly what happened Saturday night. One of the NBA All-Star Weekend staples is the

slam dunk contest. It is by far the most entertaining event of All-Star Saturday and it is the event that propels basketball allstars to basketball legends. The first slam dunk king was Julius Erving, who is famous for dunking a basketball after leaping from the free throw line 15 feet away from the hoop. It’s no surprise that’s how Dr. J took the inaugural dunk contest back in 1976. But there was no iconic moment from this year’s slam dunk contest — not because the contestants weren’t capable of dunking a ball from 15 feet away from

“NBA All-Star weekend is supposed to be like any other award show...there are even more celebrities off the court than actually participating in the event.” the rim, but because the contestants’ names were barely recognizable. This year’s slam dunk winner was Terrence Ross, back-up Toronto Raptors shooting guard, playing on one of the NBA’s lowest valuated teams. Ross is a rookie who averages just over six points per game, good for 164th best in the league. He is only the 11th-highest scorer on his own team and doesn’t even start for the Raptors. The other contestants weren’t much to write home about either. The five other competitors have combined for exactly zero all-star appearances. You’d be hard-pressed to find one of these players’ names on the back of an NBA jersey in any NBA apparel store. Where are the good

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