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3 killed, dozens injured in Boston UW students near grisly scene reflect on mass confusion after two explosions Sarah Eucalano City Hall Editor Two explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line killed at least three people and injured more than 140 on Monday, sparking concerns of a terrorist attack on United States soil, according to the Associated Press. Of the nearly 23,000 athletes from around the world who ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday, 45 of the athletes who were registered listed their current location as Madison, Wis. Many of the runners who participated in the race are students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin. Erin Opgenorth, a UW undergraduate student studying dietetics, was a few blocks away from the finish line when the explosions detonated and was unharmed by the blasts. She said she had fi nished the marathon and was in a designated family meeting area waiting for her husband when she heard and felt each of the two explosions. “At first I didn’t realize
what had happened,” she said. “I didn’t see any reaction from anyone around me, but then I heard sirens and police cars came by, and I figured something more serious had happened.” Opgenorth said she had originally planned to do some sightseeing downtown during her visit, but instead began driving back to Wisconsin Monday night. Brian Lee, a UW senior studying mechanical engineering, was also a block away from the fi nish line when the explosions occurred. He said he finished the race and was inside of a building where runners could receive massages when police officers arrived and told everyone to evacuate the area. “[The police officer] didn’t say what it was…I just got my things to meet my friend,” Lee said. After he finished the marathon at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST, Lee said and was on the corner of Stuart Street and Berkeley Street, about a half mile away from the explosion that detonated at 3:00 p.m. EST. Lee said his friend, who was in Boston, called him soon after and told him about the explosions and said he needed to leave the area. Lee said
In his address to the country, President Barack Obama ensured citizens that whoever is responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings will “feel the full weight of justice.” he and his friend had difficulty leaving the downtown because public transportation was shut down, but they eventually took a taxi out of the area. He said he is taking a plane home Tuesday evening. In an email to The Badger Herald, local running store Berkeley Running Company said all
of its customers who were at the Boston Marathon are safe. President Barack Obama said in his address to the nation that he did not yet have the answers for why the explosions occurred or who is responsible for them. In a statement, he reminded people not to jump to conclusions, but emphasized whoever is
responsible for causing the explosions would be found and “will feel the full weight of justice.” “I’ve...made it clear that [Boston has] every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families,” Obama said. “And above all, I made clear...that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.”
Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement his heart goes out to the victims of the bombings in Boston. In the statement, he said Wisconsin’s two intelligence fusion centers, the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center and the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis
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Report questions campus abroad Critics say university values at odds with Kazakhstan government in partnership Bryan Kristensen Herald Contribuor
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In her visit to campus Monday, Jane Goodall described her inspiration for the path she has chosen as “Tarzan, “and said it was her dream to live among apes and people in Africa.
Jane Goodall urges hope in talk Advocate for world peace visits Madison to share life path, passion for environment Muge Niu Higher Education Editor Jane Goodall shared her reasons for hope in a world of environmental crisis and reflected on her journey from being a scientist to an environmental protection advocate with more than
2,000 people at an Earth Day conference Monday. Goodall dreamed of living among apes in African jungles as a little girl fascinated by “Tarzan of the Apes.” She later lived out her childhood dream and became known for her groundbreaking chimpanzee
research in Tanzania that challenged the long-standing beliefs of contemporary scientists. Despite being Goodall’s inspiration, Tarzan was nonetheless a great disappointment, Goodall said. “What did he do?” Goodall
said. “He married the wrong Jane!” Although she had the life she dreamed of, living in the wild studying the most amazing animal, Goodall did not stop there. After attending a session
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The University of Wisconsin’s partnership with Kazakhstan to establish a humanities and social science program in the country has drawn criticism the project contradicts the core values of the “Wisconsin Idea” by partnering with a country ruled by a dictatorial regime. U.S. historian Allen Ruff and investigative journalist Steve Horn recently published an in-depth analysis of UW’s partnership with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, referring to it as an example of the problem of institutions rushing to establish themselves as “global universities.” According to a statement from the Division of International Studies, UW entered into a partnership with NU to help develop a college of humanities and social sciences modeled after the campus. The University hailed the partnership as an opportunity to spread the “Wisconsin Idea” globally. “It would be a fitting
extension of the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ for universities all over the world to dedicate themselves to doing work beyond the classroom that addresses the needs and concerns of their regions,” Bill Graf, coordinator of the Wisconsin Idea Project, said. The project was created with the help of UW
“We have conditions for our involvement... which includes academic freedom.” Cynthia Williams
Division of International Studies
leaders including Cynthia Williams, director of external relations in the Division of International Studies, and Gilles Bousquet, who was then the dean of the Division of International Studies and director of the International Institute, according to their website.
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Bill to allow local school districts to exceed budgets for safety Noah Goetzel State Politics Editor Lawmakers reintroduced a bill this month that would allow school districts to exceed revenue limits in order to afford additional security measures. Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink, D–Milladore, a co-sponsor of the bill, said 28 senators and representatives
support the initiative to implement greater degrees of safety into state public schools if the district school board so chooses. She said the proposed legislation would allow schools to exceed revenue caps by $100 per student or a total of $40,000, whichever is greater. “Especially with what happened [in
Newtown, Conn.], if there’s something we can be doing to protect our students, we should be doing whatever we can to do that,” Vruwink said. “A lot of parents and educators have asked for it.” Potential increased safety measures that could be introduced in schools could include more security officers,
surveillance cameras and any other equipment or safety measures local school districts deem necessary to ensuring safe learning, Vruwink said. A pair of bipartisan lawmakers passed a similar measure into law in the 2009 biennial budget, but Gov. Scott Walker repealed it in 2011. Andrew Reschovsky, a professor in the University
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of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs, said allowing schools to spend more on security spending may open up allpurpose funds previously used to provide such security measures. “If they spend the money on security, that effectively frees up money to spend all over the deck, like reading, arithmetic and things schools are
supposed to do,” he said. Reschovsky, an expert on school finance, said the governor’s proposed budget prevents increases in revenue limits, general aid or property taxes in the next two years. Thus, he said any increase in aid this bill permits would have to be offset by a rise in property taxes.
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Alice Coyne Higher Education Editor The Overture Center announced their performance lineup for the coming year at a meeting Monday, which includes Broadway favorites “Chicago” and “Sister Act.” “We hope that you can be inspired by what we’re about to show you this evening as we prepare to finish the Overture’s eighth most successful year yet,” Overture Center CEO Ted DeDee said to the audience. Tim Sauers, the Overture Center’s new Vice President of Programming and Community Engagement, was in charge of organizing this lineup and announced the groups to be performing in the coming 2013-14 season. The upcoming season marks the first booked under Sauers’ direction and the ninth season since the hall’s opening. “The overall season has much newness about it,” Sauers said. “We’re delighted to be working once again with our national partner, Broadway Across America.” The upcoming performances total 42,
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Mifflin will not be official event Despite reports city officials are cancelling event, MPD will patrol it same as last year Sarah Eucalano City Hall Editor In light of recent uncertainty surrounding the event, city officials emphasized the Mifflin Street Block Party is not “cancelled,” as was delineated in a letter from police officials to residents, but will be treated similarly to last year’s block party. A letter sent out to residents last week said “there will be no Mifflin Street Block Party on or around Saturday, May 4th in 2013” and the event would not be sanctioned by the city. Mark Woulf, the city of Madison’s food and alcohol policy coordinator, said the city did not issue any street use permits or vending permits and did not approve the closure of any streets in the area. He said many people have misinterpreted the way police are handling the event. “We just have had some general frustration with the way the city’s role this year has been portrayed,” Woulf said. “It has been covered as we are canceling or calling it off, when in reality, we are doing nothing differently than last year.” He said during last year’s Mifflin Street Block Party, the city made major changes to how they handled the event. He added this year, the city was not approached by anyone about taking out permits for the event. He said during the 2012 event, the city began working with landlords who posted “no trespassing” signs in the backyards of their properties. This meant no one other than the houses’ residents and people they knew were allowed in the backyards. He said this impacted the number of people in the area. Woulf also said the Madison Police Department will continue its “no tolerance approach” and expects to see similar levels of arrests to last year’s
Mifflin. He said MPD took a stricter approach in 2012 as a result of the violence that occurred at the 2011 event. He said he expects people will still gather and drink on Mifflin Street and throughout the city on May 4. “I don’t think we’re under any sort of delusion that people will simply not drink on the day that is traditionally Mifflin,” Woulf said. He said the city prefers less people from outside of the city come to Madison. This is because these groups tend to cause the most problems because they do not stay in the city and have generally fewer ramifications, Woulf said. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said when it comes to deciding whether or not to attend the Mifflin Street Block Party, he encourages students to make their own decisions. “There are many events on the May 4 weekend right before finals,” Resnick said. “They can make up mind on where to go and how to celebrate the weekend.” He said students would likely still congregate in the area, and MPD would respond in the same way as last year. He said he does not anticipate a high turnout at the Mifflin Street Block Party. Resnick said the weather would likely dictate how many people attend the event and its nature. When it rains on the day of the block party, Mifflin Street is much tamer than when it is sunny, which is when there are the most issues, he said. Woulf said the city is aware the partying on May 4 is likely to be spread throughout the city, particularly on Mifflin Street, Langdon Street and at the Revelry Music and Arts Festival. Smaller parties more spread-out throughout the city are more easily controlled, Woulf said.
Overture Center releases schedule for next season ‘Chicago,’ other Broadway hits set for Madison stage performances
though Sauers said he will be adding on productions and booking more shows throughout the year as more artists become available. The Overture Center brings in a diverse array of performances, from their “Beyond Broadway,” “Simply Spectacular” and “Dance” series to their “National Geographic Live,” “Provideo Comedy,” “Tribute,” “Music of the World,” “Family” and “Harmonies” series. The most anticipated performances were the “Broadway at Overture” series, five to be playing in the Overture Center this 2013-14 season and four of those making their Madison debuts. To introduce the upcoming Broadway performances, the Overture Center brought in talented young artists from local high schools, each performing a featured song from the musicals. Broadway’s well-known “Chicago” was met with emphatic applause. Sauers said he was pleased to be able to book this show for the year, as theater-goers have shown great interest in it. Other musicals included “Flashdance: The Musical,” which Sauers raised for its choreography, “Sister Act,” which Sauers praised for its original soundtrack and “Million Dollar Quartet,” which Sauers praised for its popularity among fans. The featured Broadway
performance was “War Horse,” a British production depicting World War I through the eyes of a cavalry horse. The show’s production representative Scott Tucker described to the audience the director’s struggle to bring this epic scale of World War I to the stage and the difficulty of displaying a show where the central character is a puppet. He brought the lifesized horse puppet to the stage, demonstrating how it is operated by three separate men working separate parts of the body and how these three men work together to bring the puppet to life. According to a statement from the Overture Center, in the “Beyond Broadway” series, the highlight will be a feature called, “Potted Potter,” which is a “wild” 70-minute broomstick ride that covers all seven of the iconic Harry Potter books. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he is looking forward to the upcoming season, but said it will be difficult to top the previous two seasons, which were especially strong. “I was impressed with the crowd tonight,” he said. “I was impressed with the number of community members who were excited to hear the lineup. It was fun to sit in the audience and see the level of excitement and anticipation of people sitting in the hall.”
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Even though the #UWRightNow campaign proved to be successful last year, UW wants to emphasize the use of photos this year.
#UWRightNow to use new outlets in 2nd year Social campaign to include Instagram, Vine to tell stories about campus life Jacob Kositzke Herald Contributor The University of Wisconsin will reprise last year’s successful user-generated social media campaign, dubbed #UWRightNow, on Wednesday, to feature students’ voices using a variety of social media channels. The campaign encourages participants to tell stories about their relationship with the university and include photos of themselves around campus. Although the day-long campaign debuted last year, this year’s event will be a little different. “We didn’t want to plow exactly the same ground again,” UW spokesperson John Lucas said. “What we wanted to focus on this year is people and their stories and then also pictures of people, in particular, their faces.” The project leaders have kept advertising to a minimum until recently to embrace an element of surprise, according to Stacy Forster, a UW journalism professor. Forster said people are just beginning to see teaser ads on buses or online and this way
MARATHON, from 1 Center, are working to assist law enforcement and security. Kylie Nelson, Wisconsin Department of Administration
BILL, from 1 Reschovsky said some members of the Legislature, including Republicans, may disapprove of Walker’s proposal to have no increase in the revenue limit. He said he thinks some lawmakers would like to see an increased revenue limit to allow school districts to fund more education or prevent cuts in education. He added the politically powerful link to increased security this bill provides may make
the responses are more spontaneous. “We want to have some spontaneity, if its reflecting UW right now, we want it to be as inthe-moment as possible,” Forster said. “People are really just starting to hear about it.” Submissions can be made through Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube or through their webbased form. Instagram and Vine are new platforms for this year’s event. “We’ve got to go with what people are using at the time, and we’re excited about the new ways people can participate each year. I’m sure we’ll continue to evolve in future years,” Forster said. The coordinators will be editing the submissions they receive with the focal point of this year’s project on the faces of people involved with the university, Lucas said. Lucas said at this point, planners are unsure what the final product will look like and they have not plotted a future for the project past Wednesday. The campaign exceeded planners’ expectations last year. Lucas said last year, Twitter alone brought in more than 3,000 tweets containing the #UWRightNow hashtag. “Essentially, it’s a way for the UW community to express their thoughts
about what the place means to them and their experience here on campus and how the university was a part of their life,” he said. “Last year was a blend between crowd-sourced social media content and then also content that university staff actually reported and covered in real-time.” Mashable, a popular Internet news blog, rated #UWRightNow as its number one usergenerated content campaign. The university was overwhelmed and shocked by the reaction, ultimately posting more than 1,000 submissions. “One of the things we were able to do was we took the finished product and we gave it to the staff that work in admissions. We gave it to people who worked in raising private support for the university,” Lucas said. “We also gave it to people who conduct tours and work with our visitor information program. We thought it was a neat time capsule.” One particularly moving submission entitled “Why not me?” encouraged students to embrace new opportunities and became part of Interim Chancellor David Ward’s commencement speech last year, Lucas said. He added the full project from last year is archived online.
spokesperson, said in an email to The Badger Herald that she could not comment on whether the bombing will affect the Capitol’s security. Counseling services are available through
University Health Services for all UW students. Students can call 608-265-5600 or visit the seventh floor of 333 East Campus Mall. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
legislators more likely to pass this bill and return money to schools. Vruwink said school boards can choose whether they are financially able to raise security funding. “If the school board thinks they don’t have the money to do this, they’re going to say no,” Vruwink said. “We’re not mandating this. We’re not saying you absolutely have to do this. We’re leaving it up to the local elected officials and the people in the school district to decide.” The bill has been
proposed to both the Assembly and Senate within the past month and is being referred to committees for hearings. While Vruwink said Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, is the only Republican of the 28 legislators currently endorsing the proposed legislation, she said party affiliation should not determine issues as important as protecting children. “I really don’t think school safety is a Democratic or Republican issue,” Vruwink said.
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Local medical transportation provider to change Andrew Jensen Herald Contributor The new Wisconsin medical transportation provider for Medicaid patients will soon sign a contract replacing the former provider, the Wisconsin Health Services Department said last week. Medical Transportation Management will take over managing all non-
GOODALL, from 1 on conservation at a conference for chimpanzee experts across Africa in 1986, Goodall realized the serious problems that caused plummeting chimpanzee population could not be addressed unless they help the people there first. “I didn’t make a conscious decision to leave, I walked into the session as a scientist with a wonderful life and came out as an advocate,” Goodall said. “It became obvious at that point we can’t try to save the chimpanzees if we don’t do something to help the people.” Goodall later established the Jane Goodall Institute and became a global leader in conservation programs in Africa. The interrelated problems of greenhouse gas emissions, factory farms and diseases that pass from animals to humans paint a grim picture and many young people seem to have lost hope in the future and fallen into apathy, Goodall said. “When I see a small child, I feel the shame, desperation and anger for what we’ve done to this beautiful planet since I was a child, but it’s not helpful to say there isn’t any hope,” she said. To give hope to the young people, Goodall established the global youth educational program “Root and Shoot,”
emergency transportation services for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members, according to a DHS statement released Thursday. “One of the department’s top priorities has been to secure a new transportation services manager who will be able to assist certain Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members to get their covered medical services if they have no other way
named for the tremendous power in a single seed. The program, which began with Goodall’s meeting with 12 Tanzanian teenagers, has spread to more than 130 countries. “That is what gives me hope,” Goodall said. “Young people with shiny eyes to tell Dr. Jane what they’ve done to make the world better. They choose projects they are passionate about.” Goodall travels 300 days a year to send one message to the world: There are reasons for hope. She shared her reasons for hope: the power of individuals, nature’s resilience and most of all, the indomitable human spirit. “Yes, the world is filled with problems, but I haven’t found a problem anywhere where there isn’t a group of passionate people to address it and that’s the greatest reason for hope,” she said. “I’m so happy that we get reminded every year on the special Earth Day,” Goodall said. “I pray we will take Earth Day into our hearts and practice every day of our life.” Steve Pomplun, assistant director for Community and Alumni Relations at Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, said many high school and middle school classes attended the event. According to Pomplun, environmental education is most beneficial when university resources are brought together.
to get there,” Department of Health’s Secretary Kitty Rhoades said in the statement. LogistiCare, Wisconsin’s current medical travel provider, decided to terminate its contract serving as the transportation manager and nonemergency medical care provider or these programs, DHS said in a November statement. Former DHS Secretary
ABROAD, from 1 The website said representatives from NU worked with former Chancellor Biddy Martin to finalize the project in 2010. The plans to build the school were finalized throughout 2010 and 2011. In December 2011, the school was opened. However, the analysis said UW leaders involved in developing the program have not address their involvement with the Kazakhstani government. NU is named after the country’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev,
Dennis Smith said in the statement the medical transportation situation will be “corrected” and believes a new, financially-practical contract can be achieved that will still save money for the state. However, Patrick Ryan, the president of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin, said he does not believe the new $54 million contract with MTM will achieve
who has ruled the country for 23 years and was named one of “the world’s enduring dictators” by CBS news in 2011. According to the analysis, Nazarbayev is a strict authoritarian ruler of the country that is rampant with corruption and social injustice for its people. Three months after the humanities and social sciences school opened, state security forces fired upon striking oil workers in the Caspian Sea oil town of Zhanaozen. According to the article, it was likely Western scholars who were working
lower medical travel costs for the state. Ryan said MTM’s track record has been “questionable,” as Wisconsin’s new provider had a negative financial impact on Minnesota in the past. MTM outbid Access2Care, the only other broker fighting for the contract, Ryan said. LogistiCare gave up its $38 million contract voluntarily because it was
not making any money in Wisconsin, he added. Claire Smith, DHS spokesperson, said the contracts differ because Wisconsin previously had two contracts with LogistiCare, while MTM will only have one contract. “You cannot do a cost comparison,” Smith said. Ryan said ambulances do not fit the contract because they are providing an emergency service.
at NU at the time of the “Zhanaozen Massacre” may not have even heard about the event. Various events such as this one have brought into question the university’s involvement in the country and its work with an authoritarian regime. Williams, who has been heavily involved in the partnership with NU along with several other faculty members, said while the university is aware of certain criticisms of the government in the country, they have specific limitations set in place to protect UW’s involvement
with NU. “We have conditions for our involvement… which includes academic freedom for students at the university,” Williams said. The analysis said as the relationship with NU moves forward, the presence of the “Wisconsin Idea” and academic freedom may be called into question in an authoritarian nation. Bousquet declined to comment in an email to The Badger Herald. Higher education Editor Muge Niu contributed to this report.
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MPD attacks student culture with Miﬄin stance John Waters Columnist
So the city and the university have finally drawn the line in the sand — according to a letter from the Madison Police Department, “There will be no Mifflin Street Block Party.” They are also cancelling having an unsanctioned good time anywhere that weekend. Good. I’m sick of the halfassed attacks on Mifflin; if they want to have it out, let’s do it for real. First, let’s see how we got here. It boils down to this — the city loves saying they have a top-flight university, and they love all the money we bring into the city, but there’s one thing that pisses them off: We love to party. The idea that we want to stand outside on the first weekend in May, wear silly shirts, take a beer bong and yell for no reason other then it feels damn good bothers them to no end. They don’t understand — it doesn’t fit
with their vision of who we are supposed to be. They love that we work hard and that we accomplish great things throughout the year, but they hate the fact that a lot of us chose Madison over everywhere else because, you guessed it, we play hard too. Before I get into the condescending letter MPD sent out, let’s talk about Revelry. Executive Committee Chair Sarah Mathews said they “find it offensive that he would use our festival as a scapegoat,” referring to Officer Matthew Magolan, who told The Badger Herald, basically, when everyone just goes to Revelry, everything will be peachy. I don’t think the Revelry team wanted to kill Mifflin, but seriously, when you work with Mayor Paul Soglin and University of Wisconsin Dean of Students Lori Berquam, spare the shocked reaction when they use you for their obvious goal of ending Mifflin. It’s not your fault this happened, but at the same time, you made your bed and you have to lie in it. Also, your band list sucks. Anyway, while I was planning last week to attack the failings and university-backed nature
of Revelry, the actions of the city are obviously what matters. So let’s get into the “you are basically children who normal laws don’t apply to” nature of the letter from the MPD. First, from the letter: “If you are considering hosting a party in the downtown area on or about 05/04/2013, the City of Madison is strongly recommending that you reconsider.” Let me get this straight: The police department’s job is now dictating when I should have a party, and that’s OK? This is what gets at the heart of the issue. It isn’t “Mifflin concerns us,” it’s “you guys shouldn’t party that weekend.” For students only, and on this weekend only, the city thinks it is OK to turn downtown into a police state, where they will seek and destroy any attempt at having unsanctioned fun. Ridiculous. Next: “If you look under 21 and have alcohol, you will be asked to provide proof of age.” It’s official, the Constitution is being thrown out that weekend. I’m 23, but people say I have a baby face, so go ahead, demand my ID — the Fourth Amendment is really more of a guideline anyway. Ridiculous.
Why stop there? Let’s get to the outright threats. Your attempt to enjoy the best spring weekend in the country will lead to “the possibility of eviction” and, just for good measure, “may include anything up to expulsion.” Having a beer, while trying to meet some other students, potentially a lady friend (I’m single, ladies), will result in your immanent destruction. Ridiculous.
“I defend Mifflin more than any event we have, not out of some misplaced adolescent desire to get hammered, but because it represents everything about this school that makes me proud to wake up a Badger.” Oh, and don’t even think about playing your music loud (THE HORROR!) because “You will likely receive a noise citation with no warning.” Because
how dare you pollute a sunny May afternoon with music. I’m kind of surprised they didn’t go straight “Footloose” and try to ban dancing as well. Ridiculous. I’ve been asked why I feel the need to defend Mifflin. After all, they say, “We don’t need another excuse to drink.” Wrong. We don’t need a reason to drink. We are adults; we can have a beer on a 30 degree Tuesday in February just like anyone else. But what we can’t do everyday is celebrate with the school at an oldfashioned block party. Also, what are these other campus-wide party days that we have in the spring? Much like Halloween in the fall, we have one major event in the spring: Mifflin. Honestly, compared to the football Saturdays of the fall, large-scale parties are absent in the spring. I defend Mifflin more than any event we have, not out of some misplaced adolescent desire to get hammered, but because it represents everything about this school that makes me proud to wake up a Badger. Yes, our academics are awesome, but it is the social life here that sets UW apart for me. Mifflin happens to be the
pinnacle of that life, and is, as it has always been, meant to be a celebration of everything it means to be a Badger. Simply put, it’s just fun to get up early and party with your whole school after a winter of cold and two semesters of hard work at a top-notch university. To the powers that drove us to this point, I would ask that you pay attention to the entire reputation of this school, not just your idea of what that reputation should be. We are not all made in a predictable image of the perfect student, and the social scene — Mifflin very much included — played a large part in why a lot of us decided this was the university for us. So when May 4th rolls around, the powers that be have decided it is us versus them. They made the statements and they set the stakes. I fully expect this campus to show up and remind the city we are not children and we are not criminals. We are students at one of the best universities in the world, and yeah, we like to party. John Waters ( jwaters@ badgerherald.com) is a senior majoring in journalism.
Ineﬀective marijuana laws cost state money, time Jared Mehre Columnist Marijuana -- the very mention of the word conjures up the images of cultural icons like Cheech and Chong, Harold and Kumar and, of course, anyone and anything having to do with the 1960s. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, it is easy to see marijuana is growing in popularity and acceptance. While Wisconsin does not appear to be anywhere near legalizing it, marijuana should at least be decriminalized for many common sense reasons. And with 4/20 just around the corner, there’s no better time to be discussing decriminalizing marijuana in Wisconsin. Under current Wisconsin state law, being convicted
twice of possession of any amount of marijuana will warrant the offender receives a felony charge. This is slightly different in the city of Madison, where people caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana will only be charged a fine. Now for those who don’t know, receiving a felony comes with several penalties, even after the offender serves more than a year in prison. When a person is convicted of a felony, they are not allowed to own a firearm, which in turn disqualifies them from armed service. They are not allowed to live in public housing. They are ineligible for student loans, which many young people are becoming dependent on in order to go college. Lastly, a felony is grounds for denying someone a job. Now, no persons in their right mind think about these consequences when they are about to light up on a Saturday evening. What is even more outrageous is what happens when you compare the penalties for smoking marijuana to the
penalties for Wisconsin’s hushed problem, drunk driving. According to Wisconsin state statutes, in order to get a felony charge for drunk driving, a person needs to accumulate at least five offenses. Depending on the judge’s discretion and the circumstances, this number is sometimes reduced to four. This is even more amazing when you realize that, according to USA Today, drunk driving was responsible for 225 deaths and 2,984 injuries in 2011, while marijuana was responsible for a whopping zero. If anything, the penalties for these two offenses should be switched. Since Wisconsin has such strict marijuana penalties, it is logical to assume that people are serving time for marijuana violations in our prisons. But exactly how many? In an extensive study conducted by drugscience.org, Jon Gettman determined in 2007, Wisconsin had 17,734 marijuana arrests, each of which resulted in some
time spent in either jail or prison. It is key to point out that 87 percent of these arrests were for possession only.
“Beyond spending money to house these dangerous doped-up felons, strict marijuana laws require police to waste their time and energy catching marijuana offenders, rather than pursuing more serious criminals.” Now, much to many people’s surprise, the criminal justice system does not run itself for free, and with such an exorbitant number of people going through the criminal justice system due to marijuana, it’s not going to get any cheaper. The 17,734 offenders in 2007
cost the state of Wisconsin a total of $132.17 million for arrest, prosecution and housing. This was 4 percent of the entire budget for the criminal justice system that year. Beyond spending money to house these dangerous doped-up felons, strict marijuana laws require police to waste their time and energy catching marijuana offenders, rather than pursuing more serious criminals. It is necessary to mention that the 17,734 marijuana offenders accounted for 68 percent of all drug arrests in Wisconsin. In other words, this means that the war on drugs in Wisconsin is mainly being waged against marijuana. Lastly, the harsh penalties in Wisconsin do not appear to be stopping anyone from smoking marijuana. In a period between 2003 and 2007, the number of marijuana users increased from 455,000 to 493,000. Wisconsin’s marijuana laws are neither changing minds nor preventing the offense from occurring — they
are only wasting time and money. Marijuana should at least be decriminalized in Wisconsin. Marijuana possession could have more beneficial penalties than felonies. Wisconsin could make offenders pay only a small fine or sentence them to several hundred hours of community service. At least in these scenarios, the offenders would be giving more back to the community than they would be by being housed in prison for a year. However, the most financially practical solution to the marijuana problem would be to legalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, regulate it and tax it at a rate higher than that on cigarettes. This would eliminate the illegal market for the drug and give the government the ability to play a major role in the marijuana market. Jared Mehre (mehre@ wisc.edu) is a sophomore majoring in political science, sociology and legal studies.
Predatory prepaid cards prey on vulnerable young adults Aaron Loudenslager Columnist
I have no views on the musical abilities of Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber. But I do have strong views about the new prepaid debit card he has recently endorsed, called the SpendSmart Prepaid Mastercard. Although Justin Bieber says this prepaid card will help teenagers learn how to manage their personal finances, it will ultimately teach teenagers only one fundamental truth: Prepaid debit cards are not a good product. Teenagers and anyone else -- including college students -- are better off getting a savings and checking account with a local credit union than buying a prepaid debit card. In the abstract, prepaid debit cards sound like a great idea. A person doesn’t have to worry about opening up a savings or checking account
with a bank or another analogous financial institution to use plastic. But the abstract benefits of prepaid debit cards don’t coincide with the basic reality of the harms they inflict on average American consumers. As Mitchell Weiss, cofounder of the University of Hartford’s Center for Personal Financial Responsibility, said to U.S. News, “These cards prey on the under- and unbanked, who mistakenly believe they’re more economical than having a traditional checking account.” Weiss is entirely correct. These prepaid debit cards don’t help consumers. This is evident from the multitude of fees these cards charge their users. For example, let’s look at the SpendSmart prepaid debit card that Justin Bieber is so enthusiastic about. It charges a monthly fee of $3.95, a $1.50 fee each time a card user withdraws funds from an ATM, a $0.50 fee each time
a card user checks his or her card balance using an ATM and a $3 fee each time a card user does not use his or her card for a 30-day period.
“Of 15 prepaid debit cards that Consumer Reports examined, five charged card users for not using their debit cards during a certain time period, 13 charged card users monthly fees and 14 charged card users for withdrawing funds from an ATM.” The SpendSmart card is not the only prepaid debit card to charge exorbitant and excessive fees. Of 15 prepaid debit cards that Consumer
Reports examined, five charged card users for not using their debit cards during a certain time period, 13 charged card users monthly fees and 14 charged card users for withdrawing funds from an ATM. Thus, it seems obvious from the empirical evidence that these prepaid debit cards do not serve the interests of consumers. Instead, they mainly serve the interests of wealthy corporations. As Michelle Jun, a lawyer with Consumers Union, said to The New York Times, “We would not recommend that parents use prepaid cards for their teens. It doesn’t help your teen establish a credit history or a relationship with a financial institution, so we recommend going the traditional route and opening up a checking account at your bank or credit union of choice.” Recently, some of the biggest American financial conglomerates — including JP Morgan — have gotten
into the prepaid debit card business, an activity these institutions avoided in the past. Why are these institutions suddenly so interested in the prepaid debit card business? The biggest reasons are the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and regulations subsequently enacted pursuant to DoddFrank and the Credit CARD Act of 2009, which include new restrictions on how much financial institutions can earn from debit card fees. According to Standard & Poor’s, these restrictions under Dodd-Frank and the CARD Act will cost financial institutions approximately $7 billion annually. To make up for this lost revenue, financial institutions are entering the highly lucrative prepaid debit card market. According to Mercator, a consulting firm, the $57 billion prepaid debit card industry is expected to grow approximately 42 percent annually between 2010 and 2014.
Teenagers and other consumers should not purchase these prepaid debit cards. Instead, they should join their local credit union. Members of a credit union are also the owners. Credit unions offer their members low-interest loans, overdraft protection and no-fee debit cards. Most importantly, credit unions serve the interests of consumers, prepaid debit cards do not. Justin Bieber has endorsed the SpendSmart prepaid debit card for teenage consumers. This particular card, like most prepaid debit cards, has excessive fees that negatively impact average consumers. If potential debit card owners want to do the smart thing, they should join their local credit union instead of purchasing the SpendSmart prepaid debit card. Aaron Loudenslager (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a first year law student.
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One Year Later,
“Gangnam Style” still provokes reactions from Korean-American community
“Gangnam Style.” Everyone has heard it, everyone has danced to it and everyone has laughed to it. And, nearly a year after its release and the subsequent diminishing of the fad, South Korean sensation Psy’s hit single and music video has left behind a pop culture legacy that will take some big, big shoes to fill. Racking up more than one and a half billion views on YouTube and spawning parodies too numerous to count, “Gangnam Style” has left its indelible mark on this generation, and Psy is attempting to keep his success streak going with the release of the very similar “Gentleman” just last week. For some, however, a shadow exists to this phenomenon. Especially among the KoreanAmerican community, the enormous sensation and the spotlight that subsequently erupted on South Korean culture is bittersweet. Considering Psy’s success abroad, it’s important to realize that he was already famous in South Korea, even before “Gangnam Style” – sometimes not for the best reasons. “Before ‘Gangnam Style’ became big, Psy was a troublemaker in Korea,” said Heena Shin, president of CHOOM, a University of Wisconsin performance group that focuses on Korean pop music. “He tried to avoid the military, got implicated in drugs and his image was very psychotic.” Psy’s career is marked with iconic moments. His 2002 hit “Champion” became the unofficial anthem for that year’s FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan, and he has long been known for his extreme concerts, thumping music and a private life just as colorful as his work. By the time “Gangnam Style”
became a hit, Psy was already a household name in South Korea “His biggest strength is that he’s very unique,” Shin said. “He doesn’t copy from elsewhere — he has his own philosophy.” On the subject of “Gangnam Style,” Paul Lee, a Korean-American and UW freshman, believes the video was the key to its explosive success. “Like a lot of viral videos, it’s very funny and entertaining,” Lee said. “I think the song became a hit through the video — it definitely had a large part in its success.” Shin notes Psy plays a tremendous role in promoting multicultural relations within campus. Speaking from her experiences at UW, Shin saw a change in the way that students treated other cultures. “Students here don’t really have an interest outside of their own culture,” Shin said. “But
after ‘Gangnam Style’ became a hit, we have people that will come up to me and say, ‘Are you Korean? Do you know Psy? He’s awesome.’ In that way, I think Psy made more people become interested in Korean culture.” However, although Shin is glad that Psy brought the spotlight on her country, she is more reserved about how interest in South Korea – and all foreign cultures – will continue after “Gangnam Style” fades out. “I think that’s the thing that Koreans are most afraid of: that the sensation will stop after a while, and the image that Korea equals Psy will become stuck,” Shin said. Daniel Bliss, president of the Korean-American Student Association of UW, echoed these concerns. “It’s like your first impression of pizza being a microwave pizza roll,”
Bliss said. “They don’t feel the same.” But Bliss does not echo Shin’s sentiments towards “Gangnam Style.” “I hate ‘Gangnam Style’ because of what it’s done to Asian culture,” Bliss
Especially among the KoreanAmerican community, the spotlight that subsequently erupted on South Korean culture is bittersweet. said. “Walking down the street, ‘Gangnam Style’ has literally become the new ‘ching chong.’ Now, people come up to you and say, ‘Op-op-op-oppan Gangnam Style’ … I don’t like what it’s done to the perception of Asians in North America.”
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Cooking no culinary conundrum overconfident in the kitchen because many terms in cooking are familiar, even if you haven’t actually performed them: “broiled,” “baked,” “sautéed” and “steamed” might all sound familiar, but the logistics Rachel Werts of the methods are often a Low-Fat Tuesday Columnist mystery. When trying out a new cooking method, Having skills in the do a little homework first. kitchen can be a great asset: Simply typing “how to” and Cooking for others is a a cooking term in a search great way to show love and engine can come back with appreciation, boost self- helpful videos to make you confidence and even show more comfortable in the off a little. Friends often ask kitchen and preparing your me how they can become food easier. better cooks. Read on for 10 3. Get the right equipment Take heed of the type simple tips and tricks that are sure to help even the and size of pans a recipe worst cook pull off a great calls for. Saucepans, kettles and sauté pans are different next dish. because they perform 1. Read the entire recipe This is a common different functions. Using mistake that many cooking the wrong type of pan or the novices make. Surprises in wrong size can significantly the kitchen usually have alter the cooking process negative consequences and and ultimately affect the should be avoided. Make taste of your dish. sure you understand what 4. Measure mindfully Recipes list portions for needs to be done before you even pull out your a reason: Someone worked ingredients. That way you hard to make sure that all won’t be thrown for a loop ingredients come together halfway through cooking perfectly. When cooking a new recipe, trust the your dish. 2. Make sure you quantities that are written understand all the down. After you’ve mastered the dish once or twice is the terminology It is easy to get time to experiment.
5. Assemble your ingredients BEFORE you start cooking Every professional chef will tell you this is an essential part of cooking efficiently. Prep your ingredients beforehand and keep them at the ready. Multitasking with preparation while actually cooking increases your chances of making a mistake. Assembling your ingredients prior to cooking maximizes your attention on the dish and minimizes the time you spend cooking overall. 6. Taste as you go Nothing is worse than sitting down to a fully cooked meal and realizing that the spicing is horribly wrong. Taste your dish as you are cooking. Flavors can change during the process, and some can become more pronounced. Tasting as you go will ensure your food is flavorful, but not overly so. 7. Don’t rush! Most good things take time. If a recipe says to cook low and slow, listen. Turning up the heat on the burner or in the oven will not cook your food faster. It will cook it differently – and most likely not in the way you intended. 8. Read the tips
Many recipes offer helpful tips and tricks towards the end. Adhering to these can be essential in avoiding mistakes or helping you understand the most complicated steps. Save yourself the work and read them! 9. Pretty Presentation Food always looks more appetizing when it is well presented. Take the extra two to three minutes before you eat to make everything look neat on the plate. Good presentation really takes a dish from just another meal to something special. 10. If at first you don’t succeed, try again! Everyone makes mistakes in the kitchen – even professional chefs. Cooking is a skill like any other and requires practice. So don’t be discouraged if something doesn’t turn out because the more you cook, the better you’ll become. This week’s recipe is one of the first dishes I learned to cook. It is a creamy Italian gelatin dessert. This is the classic version, but its flavor can be altered to almost any variety, similar to ice cream. It is easy to prepare but, when presented correctly, it can be very elegant and impressive!
Despite its somewhat racially polarizing nature, “Gangnam Style” also has some South Koreans wary of how it affects the perception of Korean pop music. With its meteoric rise, many are concerned that “Gangnam Style” might give a skewed impression of Korean music in general, of which Psy’s style is only a tiny subset. K-Pop (Korean pop music) has been a quiet force for the past few years, spreading virtually through YouTube and the Internet. Interest in South Korean culture – also known colloquially as “Hallyu” or the “Korean Wave” – is especially strong in China, Japan and Southeast Asia with South Korean pop artists often booking foreign tours that bring both fans and money. “When I think of K-Pop, I think of aesthetically pleasing uniformity,” Bliss said. “I think of bright, happy sounds … K-Pop
is all about the image, and portraying and maintaining that image.” Bliss believes “Gangnam Style” cannot simply be considered K-Pop. “In that respect, [‘Gangnam Style’] is more than K-Pop – it’s got that protest element, that message element that K-Pop doesn’t have, and I don’t see them ever having. Westerners don’t realize that it’s a satirical work – not only comedy, but also making a statement.” Despite Bliss’ reservations, “Gangnam Style” has, for better or for worse, become a new face of Korean pop culture that spans the globe. And, to many Korean-Americans, this is a somewhat troubling trend. “At first, I was actually pretty surprised, and kind of proud,” Lee said. “This was a monumental event. Never before has a Korean pop song become so popular that it’s playing everywhere – on the radio, on the streets … But at the same time, I can see how it gets a little over-hyped and distort the general public’s view of what Korean music is, because it’s not entirely ‘Gangnam Style.’” For new K-Pop fans that were introduced through “Gangnam Style,” Bliss said he would like them to show proper respect and acknowledge that Korean culture goes far beyond the “horse dance.” “Do it with a genuine interest,” Bliss said. “Try not to approach it with the mindset of, ‘This is funny Asian music,’ because not only is that an improper way to approach a new culture, it’s also a little offensive.” For Lee, “Gangnam Style” is just the tip of the iceberg to discovering even deeper Korean music. “I’d like to get Korean hip-hop more exposure,” Lee said. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t want K-Pop to hit the spotlight at all – I want equal exposure to all sorts of genres, so people get the full picture of what Korean music is.”
RECIPES OF THE WEEK Mom’s Panna Cotta Serves 6 1 package unflavored gelatin 2 cups whipping cream 6 tablespoons of sugar 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Put 1/2 cup whipping cream in small bowl. Add gelatin and let stand 10 minutes to soften. Place remaining 1 1/2 cup whipping cream in medium saucepan. Add sugar and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add softened gelatin mixture. Whisk 2 minutes until well-mixed. Add buttermilk, vanilla and almond extract. Whisk to blend. Pour in serving glasses and chill until firm (at least 3 to 4 hours). Garnish with fruit, whipped cream or drizzle with ice cream topping. Tips: -Straining the mixture through a sieve before pouring into serving glasses will make the finished dessert extra silky. -This dish can also be served in a decorative mold like a shaped cake pan. Be sure to spray the pan with cooking spray first so the panna cotta comes out smoothly. -I like to serve this dish in martini glasses to make it look extra fancy.
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Andersen gears up for Wisconsin Spring Game New scoring system headlines changes to come in season’s last look at UW football Harley Laubach Sports Writer
After leading his team to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances and winning three consecutive Big Ten titles, Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema decided to leave Wisconsin to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks. A little more than two weeks later on Dec. 20, Gary Andersen was named the new head coach. Four months into the job, Andersen seems more comfortable than ever.
After giving the team this past weekend off, Andersen immediately jumped into the team’s plan for the week during his Monday press conference. Monday’s practice consisted of a short scrimmage, about 70 to 80 snaps. On Wednesday, the team will have a regular practice, a final preparation for Saturday’s Spring Game. “I’d love to have 80 or 90 thousand. It would be perfect. But it will be awesome however many people come out there,” Andersen said. “I think it’s important that the fans can come, there’s a lot to do. It’s [going to be] a spring day hopefully and it will be great to see everyone come out. “It’s great for the kids, it’s
great for the fans. I think are also ways to score. On defense, touchdowns it’s going to be a true game now when we talk about,” and safeties still exist, but now a Andersen turnover said. “A lot of will give the people have defense five been asking “I’d love to have 80 points, a me ‘is it a or 90 thousand. It three-and-out game, is it would be perfect. three points, not a game?’ a blocked It’s offense But it will be field goal versus awesome however three points defense, but many people come and a stopped it is a game. It drive, sack, will feel much out there.” or tackle for a like a game.” Gary Andersen loss will result The Football Head Coach in two points. scoring If needed, system for Andersen will the Spring playfully step Game has been unclear to fans in the in. “It’s true scoring. If I, past. On offense, scoring is standard, but runs for at times, need to maybe 15-plus yards, passes of 20- skew the score to make it plus yards, and first downs close, then I might have do
that,” he said. “We’ll make it fun and entertaining for everyone that’s out there.” The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network this Saturday starting at 4 p.m. But the question on many minds is who will be the starting quarterback. When asked if every quarterback would be given a chance to play, Andersen included the entire squad in the discussion. “Yeah, everybody will get reps on the whole football team,” Andersen said. “That’s important to me in the Spring Game. The young man that’s come in and put in the work, he deserves to get out there in front of the fans, his family members, whoever may come.”
With the Spring Game being televised, as many other Big Ten schools’ games are, the question of early scouting for Wisconsin opponents also came up. With that idea in mind, however, Andersen may have scooped the spectators a bit, alluding to the fact that fans shouldn’t expect anything “crazy” on Saturday because he is sure other Big Ten schools will be tuning in. “You can’t help it. Get to see some personnel and give you an idea of the team’s identity,” he said. “I’m sure this Spring Game for us will be dissected by every team that we play. In those terms, we will be fairly generic on Saturday. We’re not going to show everything out there.”
After lengthy road stretch, UW set for return home Wisconsin softball preparing to make 1st appearance of year at Goodman Erin Barbeau Sports Writer
After finally returning to Madison after a long away stretch, head coach Yvette Healy and the Wisconsin softball team play their home opener April 16 when they host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in a double-header before hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes for a three game
RENOVATIONS, from 8 schools. Working in stops at Alabama — home to some of the nation’s most stunning football facilities — and a host of Big Ten schools, the University gradually realized the need for and shaped a vision for its own renovations. “I think really more it’s you take some ideas from various places, you come back and you say, ‘We want x, y and z,’ and then it’s like you’re going to go build a house,” Doherty explained. “ … It’s just a constant giveand-take until you come up with a plan that everyone’s satisfied with and that fits within your budget but that also serves your need.” About 15 years ago, the Athletic Department started drawing up plans for the fan-oriented renovations at Camp Randall completed in 2005. That $109 million project increased the stadium’s capacity by more than 4,000 seats and added restrooms, luxury suites and other fan amenities. So this project, targeting the athletes themselves, was the next logical step. In Doherty’s eyes, the expensive upgrades are necessary for the same reason the university built Union South and Dejope Hall for the greater student population — to attract top students from around the country. “Ultimately, you want people to come to school here and specific to us we want the best studentathletes to come here and compete,” Doherty said. “That’s really what it’s
series Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Excited to be back home and finally get the opportunity to open Goodman Diamond for the first time this season, Healy said that the team has played well at home before and it should be a nice change of pace to play a home game in front of a packed, enthusiastic crowd this week. This week they are also hosting a kids event. Last year they filled the stands with more than 1,000 fans — including parents and their children — and they are looking forward to
about, and I think we tried to be prudent with what we did. But you’re also trying to do something that has some pop and that turns somebody’s head a little bit too.” What lies ahead The lone phase that remains unfinished is an expansion of the north end of Camp Randall, where an updated, 30,000 square-foot Fetzer Academic Center is slated to open in January 2014. With a staff of more than 100 part-time tutors to serve Wisconsin’s 750 student-athletes, the Fetzer Center is an addition easily lost in the glitz of weight rooms, trophy displays and plaques commemorating the football team’s Big Ten titles. “There’s always a pressure to continue to upgrade, and we will always try to stay on the leading edge of that so we can maintain and continue to better our student-athletes and our facilities,” King said. Part of that final phase includes a new LED video board and sound system, changes that will be visible to more than just those inside the program. This entire project comes at a fitting moment for a program that has an entirely new coaching staff, one that has already begun to reshape the culture of Wisconsin football. Gary Andersen’s arrival was the apex of such change, expectations soaring with an experienced roster and, now, facilities that can hold ground against Wisconsin’s peers on the recruiting trail. “It’s really a tribute to
doing the same this year. “We packed the place last year when we played against Penn State and had more than 1,000 fans and swept [the Nittany Lions],” Healy said. “I’d love to see the same thing — 1,000 fans and the sweep.” While on the road during the last few weeks, the players and staff have dealt with plane rides, bus trips and sleeping in multiple hotels, but they developed some great relationships and are excited about bringing that bond into the rest of their season. Healy said she loved the opportunity to spend time
[the players] and the success they’ve had,” Hammock said. “Obviously, they’re a big part of why things are changing and why things will continue to get better.” In a way, this whole renovation is further evidence of the rising brand of Wisconsin football. Without the winning seasons, the support might never materialize for a multi-million dollar renovation of their home base. To put it simply, the pressure is on. “If they’re going to put money into it like this we have to go and perform, show up and play each and every week,” White said.
with players and staff. However, the women’s softball team has had some tough battles while playing on the road. When Healy was asked what the most memorable part of the away stretch was, she replied that the “last two weekends have been tough, but we were thrilled to take one [game] from Nebraska.” So far, the softball team’s conference record stands at 7-5, placing them fifth in the conference. Overall, the team’s record sits at 29-8 with roughly 75 percent of their schedule set to be played on the road. Still,
Healy believes the adversity has made the team stronger. “When you play against great teams, especially at their place, you learn something,” Healy said. “When you play at Iowa, Nebraska, you realize why these teams are good because they’ve got great home field advantage.” The Badgers’ lineup has played through a lot to begin the 2013 season. Healy credited the players for their ability to each step up when called upon. She noted that when she gave many players the chance to step up in the Nebraska game, they took advantage
of the opportunity and produced a significant win for the team. Finally heading home, and with only eight losses in 37 games, Healy said she is proud of the progress and success the Badgers have produced during the long away streak. Now at home, Wisconsin hopes their success will continue against conference foe Ohio State. Nonetheless, peering ahead to the threegame series, Healy doesn’t want to overlook their opponent. “You’ve got to win one before you can win three ina-row,” Healy said.
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$86M renovations usher in new era Ian McCue
Sports Writer In all of 10 paces, one can catch a glimpse into both the past and future of Wisconsin football. Step down the welltrodden, faded green turf of the tunnel running alongside the nondescript McClain Center, turn right and you now stand on fresh gray carpeting, the walls lined with colorful glass plaques and lifesize pictures of a game day stadium blanketed in a sea of red. That tunnel is like a time machine, shifting you between two distant eras of Wisconsin athletics. Completed in 1988, the Dave McClain Athletic Center shows clear signs of its 25-year-old age, a reminder that the Camp Randall facilities for UW studentathletes have seen limited change since their initial construction. But under that outdated practice field lies the freshly-unwrapped gifts of an $86 million renovation project, with $37 million of it funded by gifts to the Athletic Department and the rest covered by state-issued bonds. The three-phase project to construct the University of Wisconsin StudentAthlete Performance Center (SAPC) is one of the athletic department’s most ambitious projects in recent memory. Construction began after the Wisconsin football team made its second straight Rose Bowl run in the fall of 2011. By December 2012, the university had completed the first two phases of the renovation.
That opening passageway under the McClain Center is lined with wood paneling, photographs of Badger greats and other tributes to Wisconsin football — the first obvious signs of change. Yet this is just the eye candy for what lies beyond the hallways and doorways peeking around every corner. Among the additions and renovations beneath Camp Randall: a spacious new football locker room, new locker rooms for the men’s and women’s soccer, track and cross country teams; two bigger and better-equipped weight rooms (one primarily for the football team, another for non-revenue athletes); and an expansive, state-of-the-art athletic training and sports medicine facility. These are the out-of-sight machines that quietly keep the Wisconsin athletic program churning, and they just received a major facelift. The open house Football players earned their first official look at their new home following a pre-Rose Bowl practice in December, after Athletic Director Barry Alvarez had temporarily assumed Bret Bielema’s vacated spot as head coach. The finishing touches complete, they walked through the corridors showcasing All-Americans and national award winners who had donned the cardinal and white. Upon swinging open the locker room doors, their eyes fell upon an entrance flanked on either side by oversized glass cases holding two rivalry trophies — Paul Bunyan’s Axe (Minnesota) and the Heartland Trophy (Iowa). Beyond that sits a cavernous locker room, lined with roomy, dark wood lockers and with a massive motion ‘W’ painted
across the floor. While they had used this locker room on gamedays in 2012 when it was still under construction, players temporarily shared a handful of the much smaller locker rooms, designed for nonrevenue sports, for practices and fall camp. The new setup was a far departure from those cramped quarters. “We were just wowed,” senior linebacker Chris Borland said of his first impression. “We came down through the ramp and the first thing you see is the NFL board and there’s so much color and I think it looks great. It speaks volumes about the guys that have been here in the past. It just wows you at first sight.
“It was cool to see, especially for the older guys, having seen what this space used to look like and then what it looks like today. It’s pretty impressive.” Adjacent to that locker room is the players’ lounge with ping pong and pool tables and no shortage of love seats and couches to kick back and stare at walls lined with televisions. It may best be described as a childhood rec room recast for the college student, a place to build off-the-field camaraderie between teammates away from the competitive juices of the practice field and locker room. For all the additions of this mass renovation, this was the quickest sell for players. Like proud first-time homeowners, they welcomed the quarters with wide smiles and the rewarding sense that the wait was worthwhile. “They’re excited to be going into these brand new facilities and being quite honestly the first ones to break them in,” said Jason King, UW’s associate athletic director for capital projects and operations. “It’s like when you buy a new house. When you move in, it’s pretty cool. They’re all getting to move into their new house right now.” If the locker room is the football team’s place of residence, then the weight room is the office where the daily, grueling work resumes. Pictures of Ron Dayne, JJ Watt and Russell Wilson descend from the ceiling above rows of red benches and machines that still have a fresh sparkle. It is nearly triple the size of the old football weight room, King said, the type of space needed to accommodate a roster of almost 100 players. The proposal for the SAPC under Gov. Jim Doyle’s 2011-
Top right: The long hallway displaying NFL helmets with Wisconsin ties. Bottom left (1): The renovations included a state-of-the-art training room. Bottom left(2): UW student-athletes can now relax in athlete lounges. Photos by Kelsey Fenton The Badger Herald
13 capital budget even noted the number of athletes using these facilities had “more than tripled” since the original weight room was built. Before the recent upgrades, the strength training facilities had gone mostly unchanged during the past two decades. But King is confident the recent upgrades have placed Wisconsin near the top of its peer group. “With the new locker room and the new weight room already in place, I think those areas will be very near the top
“It’s really a tribute to [the players] and the success they’ve had.” Thomas Hammock Running Backs Coach of the Big Ten if not [at] the top of the Big Ten, just with the amount of space that we have and the new equipment,” King said. Through another set of doors sits what might be the most easily overlooked yet most critical piece of the $86 million face lift — the sports medicine and athletic training facilities. That same proposal called the previous sports medicine area “technologically outdated and too small.” Post-renovation, training tables line the room, rehabilitation pools are within view and physician’s offices, X-ray rooms and dozens of other gadgets fill the space. It is where not only football players but most Badger student-athletes come for all of their injury treatment. Reeling in top talent It is no mere coincidence that after strolling down the McClain Center hallway, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to a wall lined with mini NFL helmets listing the current and retired Badger football alum to suit up for professional teams. Alongside them are panels with sharp white lettering listing former Wisconsin players who played in Pro Bowls and Super Bowls. These are the visual displays that grab the attention of 17-year-old recruits being courted by a long list of elite college football programs. Each dreams of their own professional career and envisions their own name on these very lists, and Wisconsin knows how to target its audience. Just ask Wisconsin football assistant and recruiting coordinator Thomas Hammock, the man often responsible for selling the program to 16 and 17-year-
olds. “It’s a game-changer to have kids see guys in the NFL and see some of the things that guys have done, been All-Americans, national award winners,” Hammock said. “That’s something that definitely piques recruits’ interest.” Hammock admitted that while academics and a winning tradition are key pieces of consideration for recruits, he lost some recruiting battles to those enamored by a massive weight room or a fully stocked player’s lounge that Wisconsin could not offer. The flash of a school’s facilities are far from the most accurate method for determining how well a player fits into a particular program, but such is the nature of working with teens on the recruiting circuit. “Unfortunately, I think 17, 16-year-old kids don’t really respect what truly goes into being a good football player at the college level,” Borland said. “But they will be impressed with the sights and sounds of game day, locker room lounge, things like that.” An overdue upgrade When describing the old facilities, players and coaches resort to terms like “functional” and “dated.” They are quick to point out that the underwhelming spaces did not hamper the success of a football team that has won its conference’s crown each of the last three years. But ESPN blogger Adam Rittenberg ranked Wisconsin’s football facilities second-worst in the Big Ten last summer, ahead of only Northwestern. In the words of senior running back James White, the outdated weight room and locker room “probably didn’t compare to most top-notch Division I schools.” While bigger and better has become the guiding principle in an endless effort to outshine the facilities of rival schools, there was universal agreement that the time had come for change. “I definitely think anytime you have a renovation project there’s normally a reason why,” Hammock said. There was no one moment where the school realized it needed to make major renovations to maintain its position in the college sports landscape, according to Associate Athletic Director for External Relations Justin Doherty, who has worked in the Wisconsin Athletic Department since 1994. But as Athletic Department officials traveled around the country with Badger teams, they were always sure to tour the facilities at other
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