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Finalist Kim Wilcox visits campus Bryan Kristensen Reporter The third finalist for the University of Wisconsin’s top job visited campus Monday and emphasized the importance of taking risks as a leader. Kim Wilcox, current provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Michigan State University, said that there are major similarities between the two institutions in terms of academics and research, specifically with the medical and science fields, ranging from veterinary medicine to natural sciences. He also noted the joint collaborations the two universities have taken up with one another. Wilcox said one advantageous difference was that while both are leading universities in the nation, Wisconsin is the leading university in the state. However, Wilcox said Michigan State is one of two top universities in Michigan. “This provides a different level of instrumentality both in research and education, but also in an educational policy setting, which would provide… the next chancellor with the ability
to be quite instrumental in shaping directions of higher education and research across the nation,” Wilcox said. Wilcox also said by observing dynamic personalities and risk-taking changes from prominent Wisconsin political figures like Gov. Scott Walker, he sees the connection between risktaking and moving policies and agenda onto the national stage. In order to affect policies across the nation, the next chancellor would need to be willing to take those risks that political figures make in important debates, he said. “We would have the potential to have our values be more real to the national conversation…when other universities shape national policies and conversations that means our values may not be as well represented as they should,” Wilcox said. Regarding tuition increases, Wilcox said all revenue streams need to flow and work together. He said he would focus on raising funds from the private sector and work with it creatively in terms of developing educational and research programming. He added the university
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Kim Wilcox compared the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University in a public forum on campus. He also called for a leader that would take risks leading UW into the future. must be willing to think of creative solutions across the board to help solve the problem. Wilcox said as provost of Michigan State, he
has had experience working with the student government there and understands the structure of shared governance UW has
between students and faculty leadership. He said having opportunities to sit down with both students and faculty members to
try to understand how they view the university would be his main concern as chancellor.
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Students fight to make Langdon historic area Sarah Eucalano City Hall Editor Members of the Langdon Street community introduced a petition calling for the neighborhood to be designated as a local historic district, an effort organizers said would preserve the character of the neighborhood, in a city committee meeting Monday night. The petition, which is currently being circulated online at change.org, aims to prevent high rise apartments from being built in the neighborhood by turning the area into a local historic district, community members said at the Landmarks Commission meeting. As on Monday, the petition had garnered more
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Stuart Levitan, Madison Landmarks Commission chair, addressed a crowd opposed to the Holy Redeemer School and Church project, which was approved.
then 1,000 signatures since its launch. Connor Nett, a University of Wisconsin sophomore and member of and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, said the petition started three weeks ago after he contacted groups who opposed recent development in the area, such as the recent approval of plans to build a six-story student apartment building on Iota Court. He said making Langdon a local historic district would set standards for development and prevent developers from building high rises. High rises jeopardize the feel of the neighborhood, he said, because the area has a special character and a specific scale and size. “It’s a highly dense, urban area,” Nett said. “It has a very
small-town, homey feel to it that a lot of people in the area really appreciate. The high rise has its place in the city but Langdon is just not one of those.” Nett said the Langdon neighborhood is currently a national historic district. He said this means property owners receive tax incentives to preserve the building and keep the integrity of the area. However, he said this is not enough because if the owners decide not to receive the tax incentive, they could develop their property how they want. He said the petition has received a high amount of support from the community. “The goal is to improve upon
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Gov. Scott Walker signs iron ore mining bill Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor Gov. Scott Walker signed a controversial iron ore mining bill which streamlines the permit process into law Monday, more than a year after the legislation was first introduced. The bill, supported solely
by Republican legislators, will allow Gogebic Taconite LLC to create the largest open-pit iron ore mining operation in the world, according to a statement from the Wisconsin John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club. Walker said in a statement he was grateful to legislators statewide for moving
forward a bill that will be deadline-oriented and environmentally friendly. He signed the legislation into law in Rhinelander and later in Milwaukee. The governor added he is optimistic his endorsement of the bill will create thousands of private sector jobs in the future.
However, Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, criticized Walker in a statement for signing the bill at Oldenburg Group Company and P&H Mining Engineering manufacturing plants because both locations are more than 100 miles away from the proposed mining site. Jauch said it is “quite puzzling, but not surprising”
Bill would target illegal gun sales Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor A Democratic legislator re-introduced a bill Monday that would make it a felony offense to knowingly possess stolen weapons or buy guns with the intention of giving them to people who cannot pass background checks. Sen. Tim Carpenter, D–Milwaukee, said in a statement the goal of the bill is to strengthen the criminal penalty for these actions to carry a felony
charge. Illegally obtaining these guns through “straw purchase” methods of trafficking currently do not have sufficiently severe consequences, he said. “Keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons is not a political issue, it is a common sense crime prevention issue,” Carpenter said. The bill attempts to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals by increasing the penalties for accepting or concealing stolen guns and raising the penalty for
people who lie during their background check when purchasing these weapons, Carpenter said. The proposed legislation would elevate the significance of both crimes from a misdemeanor to a class H felony. Wisconsin AntiViolence Effort Executive Director Jeri Bonavia said Carpenter’s proposal is gaining bipartisan support due to the growing awareness among lawmakers of the low penalties straw purchasers
receive. She added prosecutors have “very little incentive” to spend resources on cases that yield little return on the investment. “The statement by law enforcement is they’re not going to spend a lot of time trying to go after straw purchases because the penalty is so minimal,” Bonavia said. However, Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs and Educators Inc.
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Walker chose to celebrate the bill’s approval miles away from where citizens will be most affected. “One would think if the Governor were so proud of the bill, he would choose to sign it in Hurley or Mellen, two communities most economically impacted by the project,” he said. “Apparently,
he thinks it is good politics to talk about the mining bill everywhere except in the location where the mine project would occur.” Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce Chair and Wisconsin Mining Association member Bill Stutz’
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INSIDE Jack stumbles up beanstalk in new movie
Should Wisconsin ban large sodas?
Nicholas Hoult reopens classic fairy tale with “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a violent, misdirected new film.
Kelsey Fenton argues that New York City’s ban on large soft drinks is crucial for a country with expanding waistbands.
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Pocan calls for bipartisan plan on sequester Congressman addresses issues facing seniors before U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan,R-Janesville, releases budget Senior Center on Mifflin Street. Pocan said he blamed House Republicans for causing the sequester through a stubborn refusal to raise revenues. “We’re trying to have a more logical approach that’s a more balanced approach,” Pocan said. “But right now, until the House Republicans will sit down at the table with us, we’ve got this really terrible plan in place.” Pocan told seniors stimulus spending by the Democrats did not cause the 2008 national recession but rather the housing crisis and downfall of banks dug the federal government into “the hole” from which it is currently working to escape.
Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor Just a day before the U.S. House of Representatives unveils its federal budget proposal, a local congressman lobbied against Republican initiatives to cut social programs at a retirement home in downtown Madison Monday. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, emphasized the need to replace the “arbitrary” spending cuts made by the sequester with a balanced budget that would not slash funding to social programs such as Medicare and Social Security. He spoke to a group of approximately 25 at the City of Madison
Pocan said he will fight to prevent the Republicans from implementing a budget that could have “devastating impacts” on programs that he said matter to seniors and other vulnerable populations of Americans. “At the end of the day, my hope is we’ll realize that we need to raise revenues as well as make cuts but not on the backs of those who can least afford it,” Pocan said. “I think seniors who are receiving Social Security or Medicare are those who can least afford it.” Regarding the effects of the sequester, Pocan said the spending cuts would have an increasing effect in slowing economic growth while they remain in place.
He said as furloughs set in for meat inspectors, for example, a single inspector missing a day of work could mean the whole meat company cannot open for the day. Pocan added if this happened and an inspector missed a day of work, it would cause 800 Madison workers to not work for a day, damaging the economy. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, leads the House Budget Committee, which will reveal its new budget plan Tuesday. He told the Associated Press he welcomes President Barack Obama’s willingness to engage with Congress and work out out a deal. “I hope that this is sincere,” Ryan said. “We had a very good, frank
exchange. But the proof will be in the coming weeks as to whether or not it’s a real, sincere outreach to find common ground.” Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, said he supported Pocan’s efforts to ensure health security and access to affordable care for Medicare-age Americans. However, Kraig also criticized Ryan’s health care pension program. “As a country, we learned over half a century ago that private for-profit health insurance does not work for seniors, yet Ryan is determined to repeat the life-threatening mistakes of the past,” he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Developers plan 50-unit building, gym on Wash. add up,” John Sutton, of Sutton Architecture, said. There was also a major program change on the use of the building. Developers decided there was not enough space for a full gym facility with a complete gymnasium and pool, he said. With the expansion of classes and staff, there was no space to accommodate a full gymnasium, Minton said. He added business is also currently going well at Capital Fitness. There has been a shift toward increased density in the Bassett neighborhood, Sutton said. He said more tenants are moving in, so an annex would work really well with Capital Fitness. “They will be services that will accommodate the people living here, walking, biking, these types of things, with the assumption that they will still use the primary facility,” Minton said. “The goal is to put the convenience stuff right in the neighborhood.” There are also some problems regarding how
Plan would add apartments, provide new space for fitness club’s expansion Aliya Iftikhar Reporter Owners of a building located at 425 W. Washington Avenue brought plans for a new 50-unit apartment complex with a Capital Fitness location before a city committee on Monday. The current building houses Dr. John Bonsett-Veal Vision Source, an optometry clinic. The new building would continue to house his clinic as well as a Capital Fitness center and residential apartments owned by Erik Minton, developers told Bassett Neighborhood Committee members. The building plan was originally approved in 2009. However, at the time they determined the plan was not economically feasible. “The numbers just didn’t
the building will be zoned. The current zoning of the building is residential, which does not fit the building, but there is some uncertainty about moving the building up to the next zone and opening it up to all the commercial uses, Sutton said. Minton and Sutton revisited the drawing board and came up with a new, slightly smaller vision for the five-story building. The new building is focused on efficiency, Sutton said. There is less volume, more usable square footage and more parking space, he said. The new building has plans for 50 residential units that would be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments. The first floor would be comprised of the optometry clinic, and the exercise area will wrap around the second floor. The remaining floors would be residential units, Sutton said. The market for the units is not geared toward students, although they can choose to live there, Minton said.
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Owners of the clinic on W. Washington Avenue said they wanted to continue to move forward with this project for some time but had to return to the drawing board due to a lack of funding. He said the units would be unfurnished. Some community members voiced concerns about the logistics of the building, such as how parking would be handled and the various entrances to the building. The next step to the redevelopment plan is to form a steering committee
and bring the plan forward to Urban Design Commission, Sutton said. The financing for the project will be in place, he said. Minton said he has high hopes for this project and would like to see the project begin construction in the fall. “It will definitely add a lot to the neighborhood,” he said.
Campus bus services to increase by $12,000 in budget Muge Niu Higher Education Editor A student government committee addressed details of the more than $4 million transportation budget for the next fiscal year Monday, which could still see an increase in the cost of Madison Metro services to students. The proposed budget includes a $12,000 projected increase in the cost of campus bus direct services and a slight increase in the projected cost of the city bus pass program. Margaret Bergamini,
FINALIST, from 1 “These are the times where I can learn a lot about the university from someone else’s eyes and an awful lot about the nature of the students and issues that affect them,” Wilcox said. UW senior Ryan Morrissey, who attended the public reception, said he came because he wanted to be sure Wilcox was more than “a face in a suit.” Wilcox was much more than that, he added. Morrissey said with the next chancellor, he wants the university to select someone who will continue the tradition of excellence at UW. “I’m not going to have a lot of time to interact with [the finalists], but I want to make sure that they’re still pushing the university forward like previous chancellors have done so well,” Morrissey said.
Associated Students of Madison Transportation program adviser, told the Student Services Finance Committee the increase in projected campus bus costs is partly due to a compromise to pay for part of the costs requested by University of Wisconsin Transportation Services and partly because of the projected increase in the per-hour cost of renting services from Madison Metro. According to Bergamini, before 2008 the cost structure of campus bus services was a “fare-box equivalent,” an estimated lump sum cost that is about
the same as what students would put into the fare boxes when they ride campus buses. However, as the cost and demand of campus bus services continue to increase, UW Transportation Services started to request a proportional payment of the total cost of the program and that ASM pay for part of the administrative costs. “This was something that the Student Transportation Board steadfastly objected to,” Bergamini said. “The bottom line is that students fought a good fight on this starting in 2008. We lost.” Due to the increased
expenses to UW Transportation, the campus bus service faced several cuts last spring. Cuts were made across the board from the services that were most needed by students to the late-night buses that run until 3 a.m., she said. Ridership of the campus buses decreased slightly after the cuts in services, according to the data presented by the Student Transportation Board. “People were not happy about it,” Bergamini said. In order to avoid future cuts, the recommended budget fully funds the request to cover part of the
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perspective differed. He said the legislation is nearly universally supported in Hurley, where the mine could be built. “From the aspect of Chamber and a business man, 2,000 jobs are 2,000 jobs,” Stutz said. “It’s going to produce 2,000 jobs for people that don’t have a job, whether they’re from this immediate area or [elsewhere]. I don’t care where they come from, it’s going to improve the economy.” Environmental concerns stalled the process of approval on the mining bill since December 2011. Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, said the most “devastating” part of the bill is it permits environmental standards to be open to interpretation, when they were absolute prior to Walker’s signature on the new law.
the neighborhood so the campus we have today is the same one we have tomorrow,” Nett said. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said he does not believe making the neighborhood a local historic district is necessary in order to prevent high rises from being built in the neighborhood. “Bret Bielema has a better chance of becoming chancellor of UW than a high rise has of going up on Langdon Street,” Resnick said. He said most of the neighborhood has already been zoned so no building can exceed a height of five stories, except for two areas that are allowed to have seven-story buildings. Resnick said there has been a lot of misinformation spread around since the Iota Court plan was passed. He said it would take over a year to create a local historic district and the next step for the project will be to discuss
administration cost and increase in hourly rent of Metro’s service. According to a survey sent to more than 34,000 students from the Student Transportation Board, students find the free campus bus service useful. Bergamini said the message from the survey was a large number of students said the service was worth paying extra money. “What came through loud and clear was that they were willing to pay what we estimated, $11 charges per semester…and more if it meant keeping the service the same,” she said.
the project at neighborhood meetings. The Landmarks Commission also voted to approve the redevelopment of the Holy Redeemer School located at 142 W. Johnson St., amid strong criticism from the local church parishioners. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said the school building was constructed in 1892 and is a Madison historic landmark, designated by the city. It is one of the only 19th century gathering places in the City of Madison, he said. The Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael proposed the redevelopment, which would turn the building into a student-oriented apartment complex. Parishioners spoke out against the redevelopment and supported maintaining the building as an area to gather. They also said they wanted to keep it as a a place to provide services to the community, such as a food pantry for the homeless, and as a space to provide classes for children, teens and adults.
Jo Matzner, a member of the Student Transportation Board, said only about 1,500 students responded to the survey, and they were people who use the campus bus service frequently. According to Bergamini, 98 percent of the transportation budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is made up of the costs for campus bus services and the contract between the university and the Madison Metro bus system. The contract guarantees unlimited free bus rides to those enrolled at UW on all Madison bus routes. The budget will be voted on by SSFC next Monday.
GUN, from 1 spokesperson Jeff Nass said legislators should not enact stricter penalties on gun trafficking criminals until they can prosecute these individuals under existing state law. He added another issue with endorsing Carpenter’s bill stems from the difficulty in proving a customer’s intent to provide firearms to an individual who would not pass a background check. “That’s the whole issue,” Nass said. “How would he or she know they are purchasing [the gun] for a specific person?” Carpenter introduced the bill in the Senate last week and it was referred to the legislative body’s Committee on Transportation,
Public Safety, Veterans and Military Affairs, according to the Wisconsin Legislature’s website. He introduced a similar bill last legislative session which gained a unanimous vote of approval from the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice in the Assembly, but the Senate did not hear the bill, according to Carpenter’s statement. Bonavia said the bill may not have passed last year because there was not as much public concern about gun control before the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Carpenter said there is no time for reactive policies on the issue of illegal gun trafficking and his colleagues must act on his initiative this session.
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Time for Wisconsin to crack down on OWIs Aaron Loudenslager Columnist
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New York City’s plan to ban the sale of large sodas, which was struck down by a judge on Monday, has led to criticism of the city as a “nanny state.”
Ban on large sodas would combat obesity epidemic Kelsey Fenton Guest Columnist I have a confession: I have a huge sweet tooth and can’t resist a bubbly beverage (I’m referring to soda, of course). But neither can America, and what’s the cost? With more than 65 percent of adult Americans overweight and 5,000 dying every day as a result of obesity, it’s time to get our act together to save the girth of America. Last year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban was supposed to take effect Tuesday, but New York State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down the ban Monday. In his decision, he said the loopholes in the ban defeat its purpose and that Bloomberg overstepped the bounds of his authority by not having the ban approved by the City Council. To understand the reasoning behind this ban, it’s important to know why soda is being targeted when there are many causes of obesity. Soda consumption has a strong positive correlation with obesity. A typical 20-ounce soda has 16 teaspoons of sugar. These are “empty calories” since they have no nutrients and do not satisfy hunger. Therefore, it’s easy for someone to get a significant portion of their daily calories with just a couple trips to the soda machine.
So if people want to consume obscene amounts of sugar, why should it be your concern? Obese people are at a higher risk for many chronic diseases, which require more expensive health care and a relatively higher proportion of health care than non-obese people. Obesity also causes lower productivity, shorter work shifts and earlier retirement for workers. The economic theory behind the ban aimed to curb consumer behavior in two ways: by a default bias and unit bias. Consumers typically choose a default option. If the default is a “large” size and it shrinks from 32 to 16 ounces, they will then only consume the new default of 16 ounces (assuming they don’t want to get a refill). Second, people are conditioned to take just one of an item, regardless of size. Since the average size of a single beverage has been on the rise, consumption of soda has also risen. If the options are smaller, consumption will decrease. Although it has been referred to as a “nanny state” because of its health initiatives, New York City has actually been more of a “teacher state.” Bloomberg and the New York City have been pioneers in combating public health issues with often controversial public policies. They were the ones who initiated the ban on trans fats in restaurants in 2005, the ban on public smoking in bars and restaurants in 2008 and the requirement that restaurants post calorie counts on menus
in 2008. All three of these are now widely accepted policies and have had positive results on public health across the United States. If the soda ban proves to be a success in New York City, they could put pressure on the rest of the state and country to implement a similar policy. A ban on large sodas has not yet made its way to Wisconsin, but there are still things we can do as students to fight obesity, starting with ourselves. College students are a prime target for big soda companies because of our late nights--at the bar or the library. But there are other ways to satisfy your sweet and bubbly craving or caffeine addiction without all of the sugar. The most obvious choice: diet sodas. But those aren’t necessarily good for you either. Opt for coffee or tea with Stevia or other natural sweetener or naturally flavored sparkling water. Or, if you must get your triple chocolate frappa-whatever, ask for it unsweetened and sweeten it yourself. That way you know exactly how much sugar you are putting in your body. Bottom line: No policy for combating obesity is perfect or comes without costs. Tingling’s reasons for striking down the ban overlook the underlying goal of the soda ban — to ignite a public battle against obesity. It’s time for New York City to work together yet again to set an example for America to save waistlines and lives. Kelsey Fenton (kfenton@ badgerherald.com) is a senior majoring in economics.
Wisconsin is not just known for making world class dairy products or for being the home of the historic Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, we are known for something else: our pervasive drinking culture. Drinking in and of itself is not a bad thing. Yet, when our state laws permit people’s alcoholic drinking to negatively affect other people, we have a serious problem. The recent legislative proposals from two Republican state legislators are a step in the right direction toward fixing our antiquated drinking laws. Even so, I don’t think they go far enough. It cannot seriously be disputed that, at least compared to other states, Wisconsin has a drinking problem. According to the Capital Times, Wisconsin has the top binge drinking rate in the country at 21.8 percent. Wisconsin also has the nation’s top rate for self-reported drunk driving. This was demonstrated by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey conducted in 2009, where 26 percent of Wisconsin respondents admitted to driving while drunk in the past year. In addition, 300,000 Wisconsin drivers have at least one operating while intoxicated charge. Although this is no laughing matter, even some comedians have made jokes about Wisconsin’s drinking problems. In 2008 Lewis Black performed in Wisconsin and said, “You are not alcoholics. You-and my hat is off to you-you are professionals.” Although Wisconsin’s deeply-entrenched drinking culture is one of the main contributors to our high rates of binge drinking and drunk driving, it certainly isn’t
the only reason. Another factor is the influence and lobbying of the Tavern League of Wisconsin. In many states, the most influential special interest groups are either teachers’ unions or the state’s chamber of commerce. In contrast, the most influential special interest group in Wisconsin is arguably the Tavern League. As Scott Stenger, a Tavern League lobbyist, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2008, “If you want to start to list groups that legislators don’t want to get in a fight with, or are afraid of, I think our group is on the list.” This would explain why Wisconsin did not raise its per-barrel tax rate on beer between 1969 and 2008, making it the third lowest in the U.S. It would also explain why the Wisconsin blood alcohol concentration limit while driving was not lowered to .08, which most states had already done, until the federal government threatened to withdraw Wisconsin’s federal highway funds. Wisconsin is the only state where a first-time OWI is not a criminal offense but instead is only a traffic citation. The only time a person can be charged with a criminal offense for a first-time OWI is when there is a child in the vehicle. The legislative proposal by Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, would make a first-time OWI a misdemeanor if the person has a BAC of .15 or above. The proposal would also make thirdtime OWIs a felony. The Tavern League has opposed efforts to criminalize first-time OWIs in the past and has also opposed sobriety checkpoints. Given the political clout of the Tavern League, this legislative proposal faces an uphill battle. I don’t consider myself a person who usually
adheres to a “get tough on crimes” approach to solving criminal and social issues. Yet, in this instance, I think we must absolutely get tougher on drunk driving by implementing stricter OWI laws and more penalties for those who violate these laws. The Legislature should make all first-time OWI offenses a misdemeanor, as long as the offender has a BAC of .08. There is no reason for only making it a criminal offense when the offender has a BAC of .15. When a person drives under the influence, that person puts other people’s lives at serious risk. According to the Wisconsin Reporter, Wisconsin had 6,429 alcohol-related vehicle accidents in 2009. These accidents led to 3,793 injuries and 238 deaths. It makes no sense to allow someone to put people’s lives at risk by driving drunk and then only give them a traffic citation. How can a person be charged with a misdemeanor for smoking marijuana in his own home and, at the same time, others can drive drunk and go home with only a traffic citation? This makes absolutely no sense and cannot be supported by basic logic. Wisconsin certainly has a drinking problem. We have the worst binge drinking and drunk driving rates in the country. We need to get serious about punishing and deterring those who choose to put other people’s lives at risk by driving drunk. The legislative proposal by Ott and Darling is a positive step in the right direction. I urge the Legislature to protect Wisconsin residents by enacting this muchneeded proposal. Aaron Loudenslager (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a first-year law student.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Planned Parenthood closures put rural women at risk Today, choice is a popular buzzword in the debate over women’s health. Women argue they should be able to choose independently about health: “Do I want to have children? Where do I want to give birth? Do I want to use oral contraceptives?” Gender equality will only be a reality if women can freely choose how to govern their own bodies. But who actually has the privilege to choose? As University of Wisconsin students, we are in a privileged position, considering that access to
crucial health services is as simple as walking a few blocks. Women in rural communities, a demographic often lacking health insurance, do not have the same luxury. Wisconsin state budget cuts have forced Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest reproductive nonprofit healthcare provider, to close four rural clinics. The loss of these health centers will affect over 2,000 patients, particularly young rural women. These budget cuts will disproportionately affect the patients who need the
organization the most. As young women, we feel it is necessary for all women to have access to the knowledge and services needed to understand our bodies and our health options. Planned Parenthood health centers provide education programs nationally to nearly 1.2 million young people like ourselves annually. For a moment, put yourself in the shoes of a single mom who cannot afford health insurance and lives 45 minutes from the nearest Planned Parenthood. Is she able to receive the
preventative breast cancer screenings she needs? What about a college-aged woman who is sexually active, as nearly 80 percent of UW students are, but has never been educated on her birth control options? Where are her choices? Unfortunately, important reproductive health services Planned Parenthood provides are often ignored in the debate regarding women’s health. Despite popular claims that Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s procedures
actually are abortion services. The discussion regarding women’s health needs to include the less controversial — yet highly critical — services Planned Parenthood provides. For instance, clinics administer significantly more exams to help prevent breast and ovarian cancer than abortion services, yet the debate largely ignores these services. In short, what is most problematic about Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin closing four clinics closing is that the women affected will be the ones who need the
clinics the most. The voices of rural women are repeatedly underrepresented. The reproductive health of rural women should not be any less valuable than ours. Adelaide Davis (davis. email@example.com) is a senior majoring in history and international studies with certificates in African studies and global health. Bri Backes (bjbackes@ wisc.edu) is a junior majoring in international studies with certificates in African studies and gender and women’s studies.
Walker must take ownership of failed jobs promise throughout the election. Now that he knows his promise is unattainable, he is running away from it. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin added 4,500 jobs in December of 2012, Jared Mehre resulting in a net total of Columnist 37,511 jobs created since Walker took office in 2011. Gov. Scott Walker has This is 212,489 jobs short of begun his transition back his goal. into re-election mode by Other Republican leaders stepping away from his 2010 are also worried they might campaign promise to help be blamed for the lack of job the state create 250,000 jobs growth in the state. Assembly during his first term. The Speaker Robin Vos, R-Racine, 250,000 jobs promise was the has been backing away from biggest campaign promise the jobs promise as well. Walker made, and it will be In an interview with The the standard he is held to Badger Herald, Vos said, “It’s
not [his] job to pick a specific number.” Vos cited several reasons why the promise was unattainable, including the recall elections, “Obamacare” and tax increases from Washington. Vos said this in spite of the fact that, with the exception of the recalls, the other two factors affect the entire nation and not just Wisconsin. The United States has seen 6.35 million private sector jobs created since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Obama’s policies have been put in place for the entire nation, and to argue that Wisconsin alone is suffering economic stagnation because of them
is simply not logical. It is the conditions in the individual states themselves that determine whether or not they are experiencing job growth. Recent job growth data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show between June 2011 and June 2012, Wisconsin managed to rank 42nd in the nation in job creation. This was down from the state’s previous position of 37th in job creation between March 2011 and March 2012. The reasons Walker provided for being unable to keep his promise, including the recalls he and state senators faced, the Affordable Care Act and a
weakened national economy, were similar to Vos’s. Walker told Wisconsin Public Radio his decision for his jobs goal number was simply, “You start out with a high goal to begin with.” Walker said he meant this statement to be one in which he would be seen as a tough-loving type of parent pushing his kids to try harder. However, to put it in a more accurate light, Walker simply chose an arbitrary number everybody could live with, and if he had managed to reach it, he would be able to throw a nice old “kudos to you, Scotty” parade. Unfortunately for him, he will not be accomplishing this
goal, and his most apparent and quantifiable campaign promise is now his worst nightmare. He is simply trying to avoid saying he chose the number because it was big and he wanted to win. The 250,000 jobs promise will be the biggest challenge Walker needs to overcome in the 2014 gubernatorial election, and the first step he has decided to take is to downplay its significance rather than take responsibility for his failure to keep his promises. Jared Mehre (mehre@wisc. edu) is a sophomore majoring in political science, sociology and legal studies.
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ARTSETC. PRESENTS “LOW-FAT TUESDAY”
Healthy diet changes trump fads Promises of ‘lose weight quick’ schemes draw focus from sustainable lifestyle, long-term benefits
Rachel Werts Low-Fat Tuesday Columnist
Have you ever seen a daytime talk show toting a new fad diet? I recently watched a television special pushing a diet consisting of nothing but fruit juice for two weeks in order to “cleanse” the body to better health. As tempting as it may be to follow one of these extremist diets to feel good, being healthy is much more than just limiting your foods for a short period of time. There are plenty of sustainable ways to do good things for your body and health that actually fit into your lifestyle. Let’s go over a few things to consider when determining whether or not a diet is healthy or just a fad. First, when tempted to try a fad diet, consider whether or not the change(s) needed to follow the diet can be maintained or not. If drinking only juice throughout the day doesn’t sound like it would be enough to get through two weeks of classes, work and exams, it probably won’t. A fad diet may provide quick weight loss or achieve a sense of rejuvenation, but these changes will only last as long as the diet. Healthy changes should ideally have the
potential to last a lifetime. Next, determine if the diet provides all the essential nutrients you need. Any healthy diet should always offer a variety of foods, including fruit, vegetables and lean sources of protein. It doesn’t matter whether these proteins are animal or plantbased because your body can use both types to maintain healthy muscles and bones. The best way to know if a diet is nutritionally sound is to do some research. Trustworthy health websites like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and WebMD offer critiques on the latest diet trends from qualified health professionals. If a diet is fundamentally too low in calories or deficient in certain nutrients, these resources should be able to guide you. Otherwise, feel free to contact a registered dietitian. University Health Services offers nutrition consultations to students. Portion sizes and the timing of meals are also important points to consider. Any diet that says you can overeat any type of food isn’t a healthy choice. Also, diet plans that dictate you eat at times not fitting into your every day life are not a good option. Sooner or later, real life will take precedence over the diet, so you should try to choose one that more or less fits into your current schedule. Lastly, just use common sense. If the latest fad diet says eating nothing but chocolate is healthy, it is
a hoax just like it sounds. Be skeptical of outrageous claims and think critically before trying any diet. What you put into your body is what you’re going to get out of it! Here is a short breakdown of some popular diets and eating trends, along with their benefits and shortcomings: Paleolithic diet: The socalled “caveman” diet dictates the dieter eats like a huntergatherer, consuming only foods that could be picked or hunted. The diet is free from sugar, dairy, grains, legumes, salt and processed oils. Overall, the diet offers a wide variety of nutritious foods, but the restrictions can be very hard to fit into a modern lifestyle. Some critics also highlight that we are not hunter-gatherers any longer and don’t need to eat like them in the modern age. Vegan diet: Veganism is a diet free of all animal products, including all meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. The diet can be very healthy as it is extremely high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and offers protein sources from nuts, soy products and legumes. However, the diet is naturally deficient in vitamin B12, which is found only in animal sources. This is an essential vitamin that must be supplemented in the vegan diet. Today, many vegan products already come fortified in B12. If you choose to follow this diet, make sure to talk to a registered
dietitian or a doctor about getting an adequate amount of B12. Low-carb diet: Low carbohydrate diets, such as Atkins diets, necessitate that dieters significantly reduce sources of carbohydrates (fruits, grains, starchy vegetables, etc.). Some varieties limit sugar intake as well. Carbohydrates are replaced by protein, usually from animal sources. Critics highlight that high consumption of animal products is linked to several chronic diseases, such as heart disease and colon cancer. On the other hand, studies have shown a diet high in fruits and vegetables is preventative against several types of chronic disease. Low carb diets are low in fiber and essential minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Gluten-free diet: A glutenfree diet restricts a certain type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It was developed out of necessity for those individuals suffering from a wheat allergy or celiac disease. The diet only restricts products derived from wheat barley and rye such as bread, pasta or beer. However, critics point out a gluten-free diet is not necessary for anyone who does not suffer from wheat allergy or celiac disease. Cutting out these grain products doesn’t make a diet any “healthier” if they are not replaced with other healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and lean protein sources.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK This week’s recipe is a healthy salsa that can fit into all the specialty diets listed above. Suggested pairings for each diet are also listed at the bottom. Avocado Salsa Yield: 6 servings Ingredients: -2 avocados, peeled and diced -1 onion, diced -1 green pepper, diced -1 large tomato, diced -1/4 cup fresh cilantro -1/2 lime, juiced -(optional) salt and pepper to taste
Preparation: Combine first six ingredients in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over everything and gently toss to coat. Add salt and pepper if desired. 1) Paleolithic pairing: Serve over wild-caught salmon filet or with fresh cut veggies. 2) Vegan pairing: Serve with cooked black beans inside a tortilla or atop a baked potato. 3) Low-carb pairing: Serve over grilled chicken or stir into scrambled eggs. 4) Gluten-free pairing: Serve with corn chips or serve a top a bed of rice.
Superior mixtape worth last dollar Madison duo blends lyrics and beats into hip-hop tracks unrivaled across Wisconsin Cliﬀ Grefe ArtsEtc. Staff Writer
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Although Ewan McGregor’s acting helps carry the film, “Jack the Giant Slayer” lacks too many basic necessities for a successful big budget action-adventure feature.
‘Jack’ tumbles down beanstalk Latest cinematic spin on fairy tale classic trips on clichés, poor production quality Elise Romas ArtsEtc. Writer “Fee, fie, foe, fum, when will this movie ever be done,” is the phrase that will persist in the minds of some audience members within the first 15 minutes of being subjected to the overly dramatized, actionpacked fairy tale remake “Jack the Giant Slayer.” The most recent film from director Bryan Singer (“X-Men: First Class”) is a disappointing new take on the classic children’s story “History of Jack the Giant Killer” and Benjamin Tabart’s “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The story begins with Jack, a young boy of 10, whose father reads him a rhyming poem about how hundreds of years ago a magic beanstalk grew from beans crafted by ancient monks who wanted to see God. But the beanstalk brought them to a land of giants between heaven and Earth. Giants climbed down the beanstalk and wreaked havoc on the Earth until they were defeated by King Erik ‘The Great’ who wore a crown made to control the beasts. The poetic
tale was believed to be only a legend. All is sound until, years later, the young adult Jack (Nicholas Hoult, “Warm Bodies”), now orphaned, comes into possession of some of the remaining magic beans. Then the most predictable thing in every rendition of Jack’s story happens: one bean gets wet and a beanstalk grows, this time taking the kingdom’s princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson, “Alice in Wonderland”) higher and higher into the land of the giants. It is now up to Jack and the king’s soldiers, headed by Elmont (Ewan McGregor, “The Impossible”) to save the princess and stop the giants from attacking earth once more. McGregor is the real hero in the film, not Hoult. He is the actor that holds the movie together -- and probably the main reason why so many mothers will bring their children to theaters. What’s surprising is that the movie had a massive $195 million budget (according to Box Office Mojo), yet has poor CGI and mediocre acting at best, with the exceptions
of McGregor and Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick. The giants are disgusting as well as stupid and annoying. The least lovable giant is General Fallon (Bill Nighy, “Total Recall”) because he has a creepy extra head voiced by John Kassir (“The Smurfs”) protruding out of his right shoulder, and all it does is yell nonsense the entire movie.
The plotline was constantly changing and there was a significant amount of “action.”
It is very easy to pay attention to the movie since there were only a couple of conflicts that needed to be resolved. The plotline was constantly changing and there was a significant amount of “action.” The part of the movie that will confuse most viewers is the unanswered question regarding what kind of audience the filmmakers were trying to reach. The
film was rated PG-13 and contains a good amount of violence, blood and death, yet the content of the story itself made it seem as if it is directed at pre-teens. Given the film’s composition, it is safe to say it fails to reach its intended audience. Audience members under 12-years-old will probably be scared or grossed out by “Jack the Giant Slayer” and parents will probably find the film to be pretty dumb. (Whenever the giants chased people and ripped their heads off, I just wanted one of them to reach out of the screen, pick me up and bite my head off to spare me from the rest of it.) There are many weird and dumb moments in “Jack the Giant Slayer” and the film is a very typical, predictable fairy tale film where the underdog defies all odds, rescues the kingdom and gets the girl. And there are enough people out there who really dig those “feel good” kinds of movies to find the film enjoyable.
“Jack the Giant Slayer“
Superior Webbs has established themselves as one of Wisconsin’s top rap duos with the release of The Last Dollar. Listening to the mixtape is like drinking coconut milk on a cloud of parrot feathers: It’s icy smooth and makes everything in the past seem unworthy of praise. Both members of Superior Webbs, TO and Too Shade, are originally from Madison and have been working together for years now. During their time together, they have dropped four other mixtapes. Currently, both artists live in Milwaukee and attend the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. This long-term collaboration explains the formidable cohesiveness of Superior Webbs and its smart, sharp rhyme schemes.
Instrumentally, the beats on The Last Dollar fit its lyrical content like a pair of new socks.
Every mixtape Superior Webbs puts out showcases the lyrical creativity of both artists. From beginning to end, The Last Dollar is a story of independence, love, dedication and not giving a fuck. Using the past as a foundation and the artists’ collegiate-level status as the current subject, TO and Too Shade offer a unique perspective. The danger of having a couple of ordinary kids in such an advantageous situation is evident in this mixtape. These two emcees don’t hold anything back, so put the kids to bed before taking the lid off this one. Instrumentally, the beats
on The Last Dollar fit its lyrical content like a pair of new socks. They are nice, but not too complex, leaving plenty of room for the vocals. The drum patterns are different on every track, but each one seems to lead smoothly into the next without any abrupt changes. While Superior Webbs has a diverse team of producers on the project, Too Shade is responsible for eight of the tracks. His beats in particular use a lot of unique samples, which is a rare find nowadays. Every one of Too Shade’s instrumentals is a professionally mixed cocktail of old school basics and new school flavor. Halfway through the tape, his instrumental, “The Smoke Break,” comes on to give listeners an opportunity to hear exactly what he can do with an idea, a drum machine and some production software. Some of the more noteworthy tracks on The Last Dollar include “Cuttin Ties,” “Walter White,” “Don’t Know How” and “Marilyn.” However, by the time the last song fades out, The Last Dollar will leave the listener looking for someone or something to compare it to, only to find out that no comparison exists. Superior Webbs also released videos for “Walter White,” “Choo Choo,” “Don’t Know How” and “For the City,” all of which are highly original and worth checking out. The duo has developed its sound over five different mixtapes, and it appears the duo’s experience has paid off.
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Nuttycombe winning, winning, then winning again Eric Kohlbeck Sports Writer After taking first place in the Big Ten Track and Field Indoor Championships Feb. 22-23 and third in the NCAA Championships March 8-9, the Badgers have had another solid indoor track season with head coach Ed Nuttycombe at the helm. In his 30-year career, Nuttycombe has recieved 33 Coach of the Year honors throughout his coaching career and won 26 Big Ten Championship titles along the way. As the indoor season comes to a close, Nuttycombe took some time to sit down with The Badger Herald to talk about trophies, recruiting and the
approaching outdoor season. The Badger Herald: What does being named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 22nd time in your career mean to you? Ed Nuttycombe: It means I’ve been here a long time, and it means I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of great coaching staffs and good athletes. You know those honors, they’re wonderful, but you really do share them with your staff and your team because without them, they don’t exist. BH: When people look back and remember Ed Nuttycombe as the UW track coach, what do you want them to remember about you? EN: [That he] worked hard,
took care of his athletes, was consistently competitive and enjoyed the process. BH: The success of the track program has led you to 26 Big Ten Championship titles in 30 years. What do you as a coach need to do to keep Wisconsin competing at such a high level? EN: We need to continue to attract great athletes, continue to have stability in our coaching staff and upgrade our facilities. BH: What are your goals as a coach going into each season? Are you looking for more individual success or success with the team as a whole? EN: I think that you build your team success around the individual success and
if enough individuals excel, you’re going to have a pretty good team. But, I think having had the history that we have, I certainly would not be honest if I didn’t say we were looking to do as well as we can as a team at the conference and national level. BH: Looking at some of your athletes, why has the heptathlon duo of junior Japheth Cato and sophomore Zach Ziemek been so successful? EN: It goes back a lot of years, and the young guys learn from the older guys as they graduate and turn over. Last year we had three seniors that turned the reins over to some younger guys this year, and you build on what you’ve had. Quite honestly, there’s a
Ryan claims 3rd Big Ten COY award Nick Daniels Sports Content Editor A poor start to nonconference play nearly derailed the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s (2110, 12-6 Big Ten) hopes of a 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, but strong conference play from the Badgers put them right back on track and helped them finish tied for fourth in a difficult Big Ten conference. And it seems the Big Ten conference’s media members and coaches took notice. When the 2013 Big Ten awards were doled out Monday, UW took home its fair share of the hardware — headlined by consensus
SENIORS, from 8 state kid who dreamed of one day suiting up for one of the premier college basketball programs in his home state. That spot did not come in the most conventional of ways — the 6-foot guard earned it through an open tryout as a freshman — but Wise nonetheless treasured the opportunity to fill one of the openings. With only 26 career minutes to his name, most of Wise’s work has come as another key piece of the scout
choice for 2013 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, Bo Ryan. For the 12th-straight year, Ryan led the Badgers to a top-four finish in the Big Ten, tying for the fourth spot with Michigan. Expected to finish near the bottom of the conference when Big Ten play began, Wisconsin held its own in one of the nation’s premier conferences, finishing the season only two games back from first-place Indiana. In addition to Ryan’s third Coach of the Year award at UW, three other Badgers — including junior guard Ben Brust, fifth-year senior forward Jared Berggren and freshman forward Sam Dekker — also came away
with Big Ten honors. Berggren was selected as a consensus second-team All-Big Ten honoree, while Brust and Dekker were both honorable-mention honorees. Berggren finished the season in both the top-25 for the Big Ten in scoring (11.5 points per game) and the top10 in rebounding (7.1 rebounds per game), while he led the league in blocks per game (2) on his way to breaking the UW record for career blocks this season with 134 in his four years of eligibility. The 6-foot-10-inch forward also earned a place on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Brust — who stepped into the lineup after contributing for the Badgers as the sixth-
team alongside Fahey. And it was those two, Berggren said, that entered the weight room for grueling 7 a.m. lift sessions with hands clapping, ready to pump up their teammates for another day of offseason work. “The incentive is we’re part of a winning program and the only way that a program can succeed is you’re only as good as you’re weakest link,” Wise said. “So if I’m considered one of those weaker links, I want to make sure I’m going harder than any of these other guys.”
man a year ago — contributed 11.3 points per game for UW in addition to collecting 5.2 rebounds per game despite his 6-foot-1-inch frame. To round off the Badgers’ accolades, Dekker’s Big Ten Honorable Mention and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors followed a season in which the freshman averaged nearly 10 points a game for Wisconsin, playing a vital role off the bench. Many expected Dekker’s 2013 performance to be good enough to take the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, but Michigan State’s Gary Harris received the award instead, averaging 13.2 points and helping MSU to a second place finish in the conference.
KOENIG, from 8 team, Koenig grinded out any physical maladies and scored 16 points, including two crucial free throws to lead Aquinas to the 53-48 win over Lodi. It was the best ending possible for Koenig, who also won the state championship his sophomore year. After having his title hopes derailed a year ago by medical issues, the UW recruit ended his senior
year, like “everybody else,” a champion at the Kohl Center. “I just feel like I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a gym with him for four years,” Schneider said. “I’ve watched him evolve as a player and a person. I think Wisconsin is so lucky to get him because he’s going to be a great leader for them. “He’s ready for that, and I’ve seen him grow into that role. He’s got a bright future. The sky is the limit for him.”
commitment in our program toward that area and not a lot of programs are willing to commit to coach those types of athletes because you’re coaching seven events with indoors or 10 events with outdoors to get one score. So there’s not a whole lot of places that are willing to put in that time and energy like we are, and we hope to be able to continue that success. BH: When it comes time to compete at a national level, what becomes different in terms of preparation and how guys react? EN: I think the preparation is such that you’re trying to kind of reach the so called “peak” at that moment. As far as preparation on an event basis as you prepare the day
ZAK, from 8 was because Kelsey had her team in position to win almost every single game in which they took the floor. Of Wisconsin’s 19 losses this season, 12 came by single digits. Another loss came by 10; another by 11. They lost a heartbreaker in double overtime on the road at Ohio State. The repetition of dissatisfaction was likely more than enough to make Kelsey lose her mind, but she resisted. At those same press conferences where she was praised, Kelsey ended each of them with the resounding idea that the team just had to keep fighting. Her leadership wasn’t producing victories, but it was really only a matter of time. The constant struggles of blown leads and second half debacles were nowhere near Madison when the thenNo. 8 Penn State Lady Lions entered the Kohl Center in late January. They left with their first and only conference loss of the regular season as Kelsey’s Badgers rushed the court in a victory that wiped the stinging losses far from mind. Until junior guard Ben Brust played superman against Michigan, the Penn State victory was the best game by a Wisconsin team in the Kohl Center this season. It’s a shame only 3,602 fans were on hand to
or two before, I really don’t think it’s that different. One of the things you try to do is maintain the things that got you there and continue to do those same things. BH: What does success at the national level mean to you, the program at UW and to the players on this team? EN: They’re very proud of it. You look at year in and year out and there’s not a whole lot of northern teams that are consistently ranked in the top echelon for track. Wisconsin is one of them, and we’re very proud of that. To make it just means we’re doing a good job and that we’re getting the athletes here and developing them. It’s kind of like the students--you’re just proud of the accomplishments.
witness it. But it didn’t seem like a fluke that Wisconsin was in position to win. They were facing a team that had already pummeled them by 44. Penn State was highly favored, but aside from the Badgers’ own pride, I tend to believe their lasting bits of motivation came from the spearhead of their sideline. And while their season ended Friday in the Big Ten tournament, Kelsey’s record added another loss and her two-year career remained in a bland state. The recognition she had received from her opposing coaches fell on the few sets of ears that were on hand to witness. But just because success doesn’t ring the doorbell and let itself inside doesn’t mean it’s not walking (maybe even jogging) up the driveway. There is plenty of promise returning on the court for Wisconsin. In 2013, Kelsey proved there is also plenty of promise on the sidelines. Although the numbers may not have arrived yet, Kelsey (as well as her many assistant coaches) was barely short of fantastic in leading Wisconsin through a less-thanfantastic season. Don’t be surprised if the expectations she encountered at the beginning of 2013 are met and eclipsed by the end of 2014.
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Seniors not ready to finish their story Following slow start to 2012-13 campaign, veteran players leave unique team legacies Ian McCue Men’s Basketball Writer They enter their final games in a Wisconsin uniform not as Bo Ryan’s most celebrated class, nor its most star-studded. Their final game at the Kohl Center is now encapsulated as a bittersweet memory, and it is partially up to these seniors to determine how much longer the road stretches in the approaching Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. While not ripe with historic scorers or players who will soon have their numbers lifted to the rafters, this senior class is one representative of the mentality that has defined the Ryan era of Wisconsin basketball. Not a single one of them has averaged 12 points or more per game in a single season with the Badgers, and three of them grew from modest contributors to key pieces of a squad that finished fourth in an ultra-competitive Big Ten. The five seniors — Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Ryan Evans, Dan Fahey and J.D. Wise — have watched students rush the Kohl Center floor three different times, and several played a critical role in the most memorable victories in recent program history. Each took time to reflect on their individual
experience at this university last week before an emotional Senior Day loss to Purdue March 2. Jared Berggren Berggren is often classified as convincing proof of how Ryan molds a player with promising potential into a centerpiece of his system. After redshirting his first year, he saw limited action for his first two years before finally carving out a niche in the offense last season. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches, Berggren turned into a defensive force and departs as Wisconsin’s all-time leader in career blocks, turning into Wisconsin’s most reliable inside scorer in his senior campaign. The Princeton, Minn. native said his five years in Madison flew by. When asked about the unifying traits between this group of seniors, he pointed to the struggles they have each endured, slowly scaling their way up the roster from rarely-used reserve to surefire starter. “We’ve all gone through our own different struggles, whether it’s injuries or just playing poorly, just find a way to persevere,” Berggren said. “I think we’re just all kids that keep working, keep coming to work every day trying to get better, trying to learn from our mistakes and try to stay positive as much as possible and just find a way to get it done.” Mike Bruesewitz After the Badgers dropped several key nonconference
games to Virginia and then in-state rival Marquette earlier this year, it was Bruesewitz who led the call for a meeting that served as an open forum to discuss what this team needed to do to become nationally-relevant again. While teammates may remember him as that unifying force, fans will fondly recall his energy and unforgiving hustle. His personality was best exemplified when he emerged from the swarm of students who had stormed the floor following an overtime victory over No. 3 Michigan earlier this season to grab the P.A. microphone and thank fans for their support. “I think it will be awhile until I look back and be like, ‘Wow, that was really cool,’” Bruesewitz said. “I’ve always thought it was really cool, but I think it will take a little while for me to just sit back and be like, ‘Alright, that really happened, that was cool.’” With a game fueled by the energy of the crowd and a style that fits perfectly with his moppy red hair, Bruesewitz has never averaged more than 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, yet still managed to become a player the Grateful Red rallied around. “I think one of the legacies we leave … is we won a lot of games when I was in uniform,” he said. “Not to say I did it all by myself, I had a lot of great teammates, but we won a lot of games. I feel that’s kind of what people are
defined by is winning.” Ryan Evans In his senior campaign, Evans has often drawn the ire from friends for his lack of hesitation to pull the trigger on mid-range jumpers even when embroiled in the worst shooting slumps. But that point of contention often overshadows his value as a defender as the fifthyear senior was usually the primary man responsible for guarding the opponent’s most dangerous scorer over the last two seasons. “I don’t think people realize how much we use him and how much of a factor he is even on the offensive end,” freshman forward Sam Dekker said. “Teams try to take him away, and it opens up looks for other guys and also on the defensive end he’s often guarding the better Jen Small The Badger Herald players on the other team.” With tantalizing Senior Jared Berggren led a 2013 senior class seeking its fourth NCAA appearance in four years. athleticism, the 6-foot-6inch Evans entered the He has seen just 51 minutes that’s going to be our scout program as a raw athlete on the floor and scored team one day,” Fahey said. with an unrefined game and 13 points in his four years “Maybe that was the point has become a double-double with UW, as Fahey’s most when we realized we weren’t threat — despite his well- important contributions going to play. documented issues at the free have come in practice. The “But it’s just special. We’ve throw line — in his final year Chicago native, who earned a been here for four years, we with the Badgers. walk-on offer from Ryan late know the teams, we know in his senior year, has fully their offenses, so just having Dan Fahey embraced his role as one of the younger guys being able The contributions of the leaders of Wisconsin’s to see us as a stabilizing force, Fahey to this Badgers’ team scout team, where he is it’s nice.” are best represented by the responsible for emulating the pictures of him jumping best backcourt players on the J.D. Wise from his benchside seat, opposing roster. As a boy growing up in arms outstretched and mouth “Early in my career, it was Milwaukee, Wise was the agape as if he is holding Brett Valentyn and Wquinton standout athlete in his back his teammates from Smith. They were kind of the family and the classic inrushing the floor following an captains of the scout team, especially ferocious dunk. and J.D. and I always said SENIORS, page 7
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High school senior guard Bronson Koenig (dark blue) lunges for a loose ball in the WIAA State Tournament. Koenig and St. Thomas Aquinas won the Division 3 title.
Koenig career off to great start Nick Korger Sports Editor He said he wanted to win a state championship his senior year, just like “everybody else.” Although he didn’t directly clarify who “everybody else” was, it seemed clear that Aquinas senior point guard Bronson Koenig was referring to his future teammates on the Wisconsin Badgers, freshman forward Sam Dekker and freshman guard Zak Showalter, who both captured state titles in Wisconsin a year ago. Koenig, a top recruit who chose Wisconsin over offers from Duke and North Carolina, returned to the state’s biggest stage in high school hoops for the first time since his sophomore year. Even though the first game Koenig played, a Division 3 Semifinal against Little Chute Friday afternoon, was at 9 a.m., the Kohl Center was packed to see a glimpse of the electric playmaker. “I really appreciated all the fan support from
Wisconsin and Aquinas fans,” Koenig said. “It was exciting to get a quick start to the Kohl Center and get used to the baskets and the high ceilings and the atmosphere. It was really exciting.” Having a reputation for outstanding court vision and highlight reel passes, the senior point guard did not disappoint, wowing the Kohl Center crowd with a variety of skilled dribble moves and no-look passes in traffic. One highlight reel moment came when Koenig got out on a fast break, faking a behindthe-back pass only to dish the ball over his head to a cutting teammate, making even the neutral fans in the seats erupt in cheers. It was just one of Koenig’s four assists on the afternoon as the senior finished with 14 points. Little Chute struggled throughout the game to contain Koenig’s penetration in the lane, as the team found its manto-man defense unable to prevent the quick point guard from reaching the
paint. When they did try to cut him off, Koenig showed range, hitting two of his five three-point attempts in the 61-51 win for Aquinas. “People see his passing, people see his shooting ... he has a lot of responsibility,” Aquinas head coach Rick Schneider said. “He does it all. Every aspect of his game is dynamite and that’s what makes him so special. He didn’t specialize in one thing, he does it all.” Koenig also impressed Little Chute’s head coach Mickey Martin with his performance, as the coach offered high praise for the guard after his team’s loss. “I’ll say Bronson Koenig is the real deal,” Martin said. “There is a reason why [Wisconsin head coach] Bo [Ryan] has him coming here to play at the Kohl Center for the next few years.” In the Saturday championship game against Lodi, however, Koenig did not look like the same dynamic creator off the dribble that had just taken the floor just more than 24 hours earlier. He said some of his teammates had been sick but wouldn’t admit to
being sick himself. One thing was for sure, Koenig struggled to keep his breath. Sometimes he was seen holding his sides and taking labored breaths. At others, Koenig just looked a step slower than a day earlier. “It is draining, playing at 9 a.m. the first game yesterday and waking up and a lack of sleep and everything,” Koenig said after the championship game. “In the beginning I couldn’t catch my breath at all because I have asthma but I don’t know if it was that or nerves or anything. I had pretty good energy levels; I started catching my second wind in the third and fourth quarters.” The wear-and-tear showed in his play, as the senior turned the ball over three times in the fourth quarter, triggering a 16-0 run by Lodi that almost cost Aquinas their 19 point lead. But, showing the toughness that Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan makes a prerequisite when recruiting talent to his
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Statistics are the lifeblood of sports. They prompt the debates, the arguments, the lists and rankings. Sheer numbers define what is good, what is poor, what is great and extraordinary. They fuel the expectations by which they are eventually judged. Well, the expectations for Bobbie Kelsey’s women’s basketball team were fairly optimistic entering what was her second season as head coach. Senior guard Taylor Wurtz was ready to polish an already shiny career at the Kohl Center and junior guard Morgan Paige was quickly becoming a scoring menace. Between the role players expected to chip in, any further chinks in the armor were set to be filled by a pair of intriguing freshmen guards, Nicole Bauman and Dakota Whyte. But somehow, things didn’t work out as expected. A quick glance at the women’s basketball record from this season and you’ll find some rather disappointing numbers-seemingly unfulfilled expectations. The Badgers jumped out to a 7-3 record but saw a turn for the worse. Multiple five-game losing streaks and a 3-13 Big Ten season led Wisconsin to a second-to-last place finish in the conference and an 11-18 regular season. Rest assured, it’s not all that bad. In fact, there is an underlying notion about this season that is more impressive than any set of numbers that define a team’s success. In light of Bo Ryan’s newly minted Big Ten Coach of the Year award — for a well deserved 2013 campaign — Kelsey’s coaching job was also very impressive, even if the standings and lacking postseason bid tend to mask it. For starters, the aforementioned Wurtz was only able to play the first five
games of the season, forced to the bench with a nagging back injury. Before the calendar turned to 2013, Wurtz had elected for a medical redshirt; the Badgers’ best player was sidelined, very similar to junior guard Josh Gasser and his torn ACL. Only that’s not all. Sophomore forward AnnMarie Brown, although not a starter, was many times the first player off the bench for Kelsey. Before the Badgers had reached conference play, Brown tore her ACL, thinning the bench even further. Imagine if the men’s team lost sixth man Sam Dekker. If that wasn’t enough, the Badgers lost a pair of guards to transfers in the fall as freshman guard Makailah Dyer and sophomore guard Lindsay Smith found seemingly greener pastures elsewhere. Imagine guards junior George Marshall and freshman Zak Showalter leaving before the season really even took off. It was awful-tasting icing on the cake for Kelsey. The deck was stacked against the coach pretty much from the start. Injuries and transfers had left the cupboard pretty bare, so much that any victory was a pleasant surprise. That doesn’t mean the secondyear leader isn’t deserving of some credit for how the season played out under her watch, however. Her colleagues were well aware. Many Big Ten coaches brought their teams to battle against Kelsey’s Badgers and many walked away with a victory. Many also noted how impressed they were with their adversary, often working with just seven players at their disposal. I attended four post-game conferences, and each of the four opposing coaches started the conference with praise for Kelsey’s work on limited resources. The reason they were raving
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