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New voter ID bill gives allowances Revised legislation permits exemptions as 2011 law moves through courts Madeleine Behr State Editor As a federal court takes up challenges to the 2011 voter ID law, legislators and advocacy groups debated the legality of a “revised” voter ID bill during a public hearing Wednesday, less than one week after the bill was ﬁrst introduced. Although a similar photo ID bill was passed by the Legislature in 2011 and blocked by Dane County’s circuit court, bill sponsors
Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, and Rep. Michael Schraa, R-Oshkosh, said the revised bill would ensure the integrity of Wisconsin elections and prevent voter fraud. The law requires voters present a photo ID at the polls, which is not currently in effect due to a court injunction. The new bill would provide three exemptions for those without an ID: if a citizen cannot obtain documents to get an ID, has a religious objection to being photographed or cannot afford an ID. The bill would also include veteran ID cards to be included as acceptable forms of identiﬁcation.
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, said she questioned why the bill was being addressed after Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he would not bring the bill to the Senate while it was still at federal court. Born said regardless of the courts, he wanted to bring the bill forward since the “integrity of elections” is something his constituents want. “Whether or not the other legislative branch wants to participate, it’s up to them,” Born said. “But I came up here to move legislation that’s important to my constituents.”
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Erin Monahan The Badger Herald Zainab Bangura, a special representative of the United Nations, is working to bring nations together to end sexual violence.
UN rep. highlights int’l sexual violence issues Bangura speaks to importance of recognition of rape as ‘war tactic’ Fiona Beamish Crouthamel Campus Editor
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The message to perpetrators of sexual violence as a tactic of war must be clear: They will be punished, Zainab Bangura, a special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, said in a talk on campus Wednesday. Bangura addressed the struggles of female sexual violence victims, highlighting the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious differences between individuals in a Distinguished Lecture Series event. Scott Straus, a University of Wisconsin political science
and international studies professor who introduced Bangura, said he believes sexual violence is getting more attention in recent years, but not enough. “This is a topic that extends not only on contemporary topics, which can be quite vicious, but in historical ones as well,” Straus said. Elected to be a special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conﬂict in 2012, Bangura said her message was to share the lasting impacts of sexual violence and conflict with the new generation of leaders. “In this room I sat as a voice and global advocate for women and men affected by sexual violence,” Bangura said. “I worked to mobilize political leadership to address the issue because this is not just a
United Nations’ issue. It is an issue that belongs to people everywhere. It is the legal responsibility of the government to protect their citizens.” Bangura outlined the agenda her office and organization are working toward. Their goals include seeking justice for victims of rape, protecting and empowering citizens who experience violence in conflicts and mobilizing political leadership to address the issue of violence in their countries, she said. Bangura said she is also working to strengthen the coordination and responsiveness of the United Nations, increase the recognition of rape as a tactic of war and recognize national leadership in the ﬁ ght to put an end to this cause. Bangura said her
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Flex option program prepares for launch UW System reps promote new ‘non-traditional’ degree system Aaron Drews Reporter The University of Wisconsin Colleges are well on their way to developing
a first of its kind flexible degree program to allow non-traditional students to finish their degrees on their own time. UW-Extension and UW Colleges Chancellor Ray Cross met with legislators Wednesday to promote the development of the new Flexible Option online education program. With more than 700,000
adults in Wisconsin who have some college experience but not a full degree, Cross said the UW Flex Option program is intended to give “nontraditional” students the ability to ﬁnish their college degrees on their own time and fill the skill gaps in Wisconsin’s workforce. Cross said the state’s workforce has a skills gap
in four key areas: advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care and business. “I have talked to a lawyer who was even trying to change immigration laws to get the talents they needed,” Cross said. To improve the situation, Cross said the Flex Option caters more to the skills aspect of education,
providing assessment opportunities for adults who have experience in specific areas like advanced materials and composites, robotics and automated production and other advanced industrial processes. The program will not use credits, the traditional currency of higher education, to measure
progress, but will instead use assessments to measure experience, Cross said. “It’s a constant process and allows for a potential quicker time to a degree,” Cross said. “What you’re going to see in this type of education is many certificates aggregated to into a degree in the future.”
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Alumni find passion in White House program Madeleine Behr State Editor If not for President Barack Obama’s speech on campus last fall, University of Wisconsin alumna Adelaide Davis said she might not have applied for the White House internship program. Now, Davis is an intern in the White House Fellowships oﬃce. “I woke up at the crack of dawn in order to be in the front row at the rally,” Davis said in an email to The Badger Herald. “Following his speech, while the
President shook hands with volunteers, I was able to share a brief few words with him. He said to me, ‘We need more young people like you in Washington.’ That night I went home and looked up the application for the White House Internship Program.” Fellow UW graduate and intern Dana Mayber said she knew she wanted to be a part of the “inspiring” Obama administration. In the Oﬃce of Presidential Personnel, Mayber assists with the selection process for presidential appointments, which include department
secretaries, federal judges and more. Mayber added she was able to be in the Rose Garden for the recent appointment of Jeh Johnson as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 19. “It was such a wonderful experience to be able to hear the president speak,” Mayber said in an email to The Badger Herald. “Not to mention the speech was outside on a beautiful day in the White House Rose Garden, where so many
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Photo couresty of Adelaide Davis Interns Adelaide Davis and Dana Mayber said the challenging application process was “well worth” the experience.
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Search for UW provost begins 17-member committee looks for ‘visionary,’ ‘innovative’ candidate in international hunt Aliya Iftikhar
people here, I would imagine there would be some outstanding candidates from the As University of UW System, and we also Wisconsin Provost Paul want to allow ourselves DeLuca prepares to step down from his position, the opportunity to meet from around the university began its people the world and find the search and screen process individual that’s going to at its first committee be the very best,” Schmit meeting Wednesday. The provost is the said. The committee will campus’ “right hand spend the next two person,” Joan Schmit, months debating and search and screen potential committee chair, said. identifying The committee will look candidates, Schmit said. for a candidate who is The committee expects to announce finalists in able to work closely with Chancellor Rebecca Blank April. The committee currently and complement her skills consists of 17 members, and talents, she added. The committee will two of whom are students. The committee will also seek out someone who has a wide array of be looking for ways to increase strengths and campus and experiences community and is able input to listen and “...We also want to throughout communicate allow ourselves the the provost effectively opportunity to meet search with people screen from all the people from around and process, different the world and find disciplines the individual that’s Schmit said. The UW across going to be the very community campus, will also be Schmit best.” invited to said. The Joan Schmit meet the provost must Search and screen finalists in understand committee chair April, she all the said. disciplines DeLuca across announced in campus and June he would be stepping students at all levels, she down and returning to the said. Additionally, the faculty. provost should also be DeLuca has worked with someone who is forward thinking, visionary and three different chancellors in the past five years and has experience working hired a record number of with people, she added. According to a UW deans in a three or four year process. statement, the provost In his resignation will work closely with DeLuca the university’s deans announcement, said, “Being provost has and campus leadership, including faculty, staff been the most rewarding aspect of my career at and students, in effort to UW-Madison, but at the design and implement same time it has been programs for education, a daunting task that research and outreach. required tremendous Schmit also said the search committee would effort and focus … I am looking forward to solicit candidates from returning to medical across the globe. and pursuing “We understand that physics some of the research that there are tremendously I love.” talented and capable Campus Editor
Andy Fate The Badger Herald Pest control companies say furniture and mattresses found outside have a higher risk of having bedbugs.
Madison sees rise in bedbug infestations Jamie DeGraﬀ Herald Contributor Bedbugs are biting in Madison as local pest control businesses are seeing increased reports of the tiny creatures living under people’s sheets and in their furniture. Shane McCoy, spokesperson from Wil-Kil Pest Control in Sun Prairie, said the company has seen a recent increase in bedbugs throughout Madison and are now conducting upwards of four to five bedbug tests per week. McCoy said the lone food source for the pests is human blood. Like mosquitoes, bedbugs leave tiny, itchy bites scaling the body and can remain a “constant nuisance” for many homes in an area, McCoy said. In addition to the physical bite marks, he said bedbugs are notorious for being “psychological pests” due to their societal stigma. “When people have the infestation of bedbugs in their home, their first reaction is that they’re messy or unclean,” McCoy said. “The thing with bedbugs is that cleanliness has nothing to do with it and they can affect anybody.”
If someone does encounter the “unfortunate situation” of a bedbug infestation, Professional Pest Control General Manager Rick Freye emphasized the importance of immediately identifying the problem to begin addressing the issue. “If we catch the infestation early enough, a spray treatment is very effective,” Freye said. “If it’s an infestation that’s been harboring and multiplying and gets deep into the structure, we would use thermal remediation heat treatments.” When infestations are deep enough where heat exposure is required, McCoy said the temperature in a given room rises up to about 135 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours, which is enough to kill the bedbugs, but not enough to damage any appliances such as gaming systems or computers. Freye said people who travel frequently are at a higher risk, as bedbugs latch on to clothes and suitcases while in hotel rooms and taxis. People should wash any used clothes prior to putting them back in closets when they come back home from a trip, to prevent the possibility of
sparking an infestation, Freye said. “You could pick them up at any time,” Freye said. “You just need to be proactive and keep a watch out for them and then deal with any problem immediately.” McCoy added used furniture, such nightstands, mattresses and headboards found on the side of the road, is highly susceptible to accumulating masses of bedbugs and eggs. He said one major obstacle in the way of improving the prevention of bedbugs is the general reluctance to spread awareness about the problem, whether it be for personal or ﬁnancial reasons. “Everybody’s just putting their head in the sand, whether it be apartment managers or owners,” McCoy said. “They don’t want to educate their tenants because they think it could stir up even more potential issues with bedbugs.” He also said time will tell whether the growing bedbug problem in Madison will be met with increased awareness. However, in the meantime, both Freye and McCoy said they encourage the public to take precautionary measures.
UW pay raises favor administrators State lawmaker says there is ‘no doubt’ salary adjustment funding could have been better spent
46/35 INTERN, page 1 noteworthy speeches have been made.” She said every Friday in the office interns get the chance to meet with staff from all the White House offices through “brown bag” lunch events and hear from senior staff members at “Speaker Series” events. Davis said she witnessed a press brieﬁng with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and called his interactions with reporters “fascinating.” In addition to the briefing, seeing one of her “inspirations” speaking to staff members in her oﬃce is a memory she will always remember, Davis added. “I grew up watching
Laney Thompson Herald Contributor While University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank continues to be a vocal advocate for employee raises in order to keep the campus competitive, university records show the majority of the pay raises in the last fiscal year went to administrators. An open records request from WisPolitics. com found $346,163 of the approximately $1.9 million in pay raises given to UW employees in fiscal year 2012-2013 went to administrators. These high-ranking employees also accounted for the largest share of the pay increases, as $248,756
the PBS NewsHour with my mom, and [PBS Correspondent Gwen] Ifill was one of the original individuals to inspire me to pursue a career in public service,” she said. “The opportunity to hear her passion about journalism and politics and its capacity to improve the lives of citizens is a memory I will always cherish.” Both Davis and Mayber said the application process, which involved several essays and policy memorandums, was challenging but well worth the experience. Learning about public policy through hands-on experiences rather than in a classroom has proved most beneficial to her
went to 19 employees. Salary adjustments were made in response to competing outside offers for individuals as well as in response to how salaries fell in comparison to peer institutes, Vince Sweeney, UW spokesperson, said. Sweeney said UW has “good people in place now” and, due to the nature of the competitive marketplace, the university must do what it can with limited funds to prevent them from leaving. Salary adjustments are a way of investing in the people at UW that make significant contributions, he said. The amount of a pay raise depends on where the faculty sits among their peers and how much
career plans, which include working for a think tank and degrees in law and public health, Davis said. For Mayber, working with the White House staff has helped inform her career path. She hopes to work for a government agency nonprofit that advocates for children in the future. “From my colleagues and peers in the internship program, I am learning how to transform my passion for public service into a career where I can positively impact lasting and substantial change,” Mayber said. White House Press Office policy does not permit phone interviews with interns.
money is available, he said. “Each and every case is different, ” Sweeney said. “There is no cookie cutter approach.” The marketplace is also a great determinant in which salaries are adjusted and by how much, Sweeney said. Regarding retention, Sweeney said it is important UW does everything it can to keep people who will advance this institution. When people leave, they take institutional knowledge with them ,which is hard to replace, he said. “Every department wants to be the best, and the secret behind success is the people,” Sweeney said.
FLEX OPTION, page 1 Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, and Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, who chair the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, said they were concerned about how much the program would cost. Cross said the Flex Option will have roughly the same tuition as the average UW System school. However, students will be able to complete their courses faster or prepare outside of instruction using the assessment-only approach to gauge existing skills to reduce costs. “Think of it as a subscription period. If your subscription period runs
Sweeney said he was not familiar with any specific cases of people leaving even after receiving raises, but he admitted that giving someone a raise is not always 100 percent successful. Mike Mikalsen, spokesperson for Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, said Nass is “not pleased” a large percentage of available funds to retain quality employees across the UW System “ended up going to administrators.” There is a constant emphasis on the needs and wants of the administrators, which ignores the situation of faculty and staff, Mikalsen said. Nass understands the need to keep good administrators, but UW
also needs to “start from the bottom up, it should not be from the top down,” he said. Mikalsen said the priority on retention should focus on faculty. Educators are often the last to receive pay increases, which is a problem, he said. He also said there is “no doubt” administrator funding could have been better spent. “[UW] could have, with what was given to just a couple of the administrators, provided 2 to 3 percent pay increases to 15 to 19 faculty, faculty in the classroom, faculty that are important to the primary mission of the university system and that wasn’t done,” he said.
out, you just subscribe to the next one to finish your degree,” Aaron Brower, UWExtension interim provost and vice chancellor, said. Additionally, Brower said the program will help to reduce costs for students by eliminating expenditures like residency and reciprocity for out-ofstate students. “It’s more than online learning; it’s anytime learning,” Jessica Tormey, UW-Extension and UW Colleges spokesperson, said. Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, said she was concerned about how well the program has been preparing for its upcoming launch in 2014. According to Cross, the Higher Learning
Commission in Chicago has already accredited the program and approval from the U.S. Department of Education is pending. “This is really unique in the country and particularly for a public university to try this,” Cross said. “We technically could be the ﬁrst in the country, period.” Flex Option programs will initially limit enrollments to 10 students for each of their five programs and the number of students will then be incrementally increased by 10 each subsequent month, according to the program’s website. The program will open for admissions on Nov. 18, with the launch date set for Jan. 2, 2014.
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City budget impacts student population Council passes more than $400M in operating, capital funding Cogan Schneier City Editor The Madison City Council passed both the 2014 capital and operating budgets Tuesday night in a single deliberation session, allocating more than $400 million to serve the city’s needs. Although students do not directly pay property taxes, they contribute more to the city budget than they may realize, Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said. What is the difference between the capital budget and an operating budget? The city passes two budgets each year to address different purchasing areas, Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said. Verveer explained the capital budget deals with capital assets: those that last more than 10 years, such as buildings. The operating budget focuses on maintenance, payroll and other assets lasting less than 10 years, such as police vehicles. The city passes both budgets every year, and they combine to create the total city budget. How does City Council decide on the budget? First, state law limits how
much money the city can spend, giving city officials a limit they cannot exceed. To decide how to spend the money, the council has an extensive process that begins in June, Resnick said, adding both the capital and operating budgets go through multiple phases within city committees, the mayor’s oﬃce and the ﬁnance director. The budgets are then introduced to City Council, which holds a public hearing allowing any resident or taxpayer to comment on or express concern about the budget before being reviewed by the Board of Estimates, the city’s ﬁnancial committee. Ultimately, the City Council votes on the ﬁnal budgets. What is the breakdown of the budget? The budget is separated into nine sections: public safety and health, department of public works and transportation, debt service, administration, department of planning and development, library, miscellaneous, general government and public facilities. The public safety and health sector receives the most money, as it includes police and fire departments as well as the public health department. The second largest budget category is transportation and public works, which includes the Madison Metro system. How do students contribute to the city budget?
Resnick said most students contribute to property taxes through their payments to landlords. He said student high rise apartments alone generate significant revenue for the city, and the general presence of students is important to budgeting. “The economic generation through the UW campus is very high,” Resnick said. What provisions in the budget affect students? Resnick said a host of budget items directly serve students’ needs. He pointed specifically to the area of public safety. Police patrolling in the downtown area, the fire department and other emergency services, building inspections and safety are all funded through the city budget and directly serve student needs, he said. Verveer said an amendment approved to allocate specific funds for overtime pay for police will be beneﬁcial for students, noting the amendment ensures the police can provide enough oﬃcers for unexpectedly busy nights in the downtown area. “This amendment will allow the police department... to have full faith in knowing the elected policy makers support spending whatever money they think is appropriate for the Downtown Safety Initiative,” Verveer said. The budget will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the beginning of the city’s fiscal year.
Joey Reuteman The Badger Herald Reilly said the UW System had record enrollments and graduation rates during his time in oﬃce.
Outgoing UW System pres. reflects on term Kevin Reilly speaks at Rotary club luncheon, shares vision of successor Bryan Kristensen Reporter
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Outgoing University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly reflected on his time as the head of the Wisconsin’s public higher education system and his hopes for his successor at the Rotary Club of Madison Wednesday. The next UW System president must focus on innovation in order to help Wisconsin succeed and maintain the strength of the system, Reilly said. He said change is occurring across the education spectrum in Wisconsin, adding these “positive innovations” within the classroom are necessary for the benefit of Wisconsin. During his time as president, Reilly said the system had record enrollments and graduation rates. In
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to graduation to be competitive, Reilly said. However, Reilly said the system will face challenges due to a growing achievement and income gap across the country. UW must remain an institution that is an accessible gateway for all people, he said. As the financial platform of the higher education system in the state changes and federal and state support continues to decline, it will be important to look at other potential sources for funding such as private funding, Reilly said. He also said the system must continue to find ways to attract top faculty for both education and research at our universities and doing so will help build upon the Wisconsin Idea. Reilly said it has been an honor to lead the UW system. He added if he could pass one message along to the next president, it is that they should recognize the “vital importance of the institution that they lead.”
the 2011-2012 school year, there was a 46 percent increase in science, technology and engineering majors as well as health degrees compared to 10 years ago, he said. Reilly said since he became system president, more than 330,000 degrees have been awarded and the door for higher education for Wisconsin residents has become more accessible, evidenced by the fact that more than 93 percent of Wisconsin state school applicants were admitted to at least one state school in 2013. Reilly also cited the UW Flexible Option as a way to “open the door to college obtainment for people whose degrees cannot be met through the conventional methods.” According to Reilly, more people older than 24 are enrolled in colleges in this country than those who are younger than 24. “Post-traditional” students are vital for UW schools and the system must work to get these students through
Funds to address Madison’s ‘digital divide’ City lawmakers look to increase computer access for low-income Elizabeth Kosiewicz Reporter In an effort to address the “digital divide” in Madison, city officials have allocated $150,000 in the 2014 budget to bridge the socio-economic gap between those who have easy access to Internet and computers and those who do not. According to city Chief Information Officer
VOTER ID, page 1 According to the bill, if a person cannot afford an ID, the person would have to take a verbal oath with the municipal clerk and sign an affidavit swearing they are not ﬁnancially able to buy an ID. The bill does not specify a standard for income level to meet the exception but instead leaves the determination up to the person. Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, said requiring people to give a verbal oath of indigency is “embarrassing” since the oath would likely be in front of someone from their community. “They’re embarrassed
Paul Kronberger, the lack of Internet access in low income Madison neighborhoods is a growing concern. Kronberger said although some cities provide low cost Internet access through school districts’ reduced-cost lunches programs, Madison does not offer any such program. According to Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, the digital divide could harm the educational futures of Madison students. Resnick said it is no longer acceptable for students to only have Internet access at school or the library. For students in lower income
families, in-home Internet is required to be able to compete with their peers, Resnick said. “When you look at the digital divide and you look at Madison households, we focus quite a bit of our conversation on the achievement gap and looking at resources necessary for students to achieve and eventually gain college acceptance,” he said. According to a City of Madison statement, the lack of in-home Internet access threatens to widen the achievement gap and leave students unprepared to enter the workforce after graduation.
about it,” Kessler said. “They have to tell their neighbors about it, their neighbors who are the clerks.” Born said the oath would not be as public as Kessler suggested. “I don’t think it’s any more public than stating their name to the clerk,” Born said. “It’s not a public spectacle.” Schraa said the bill was largely inspired by a law in Indiana that requires photo ID which was challenged and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008. Indiana modeled their law after a voter ID bill proposed by former Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, Schraa added. Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said while the law is
Kronberger said he is currently working with the mayor’s office and City Council to launch a pilot project to provide a low income neighborhood with Internet access. Resnick added multiple neighborhoods have expressed interest in the program. “Already I’ve received email communications from leaders from three different neighborhoods that they are very interested,” he said. “Whenever you’re talking about a program like this that is targeting low income [neighborhoods], any neighborhood that applies can make a strong case.”
constitutional in Indiana, a bill in Wisconsin would not likely be upheld due to the lack of open Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the state. Forty-one DMV offices are open two days a week, seven locations are open a few hours each week and three are open one day every quarter, Ross said. Only one DMV office is open on Saturdays, he added. Indiana, however, has 140 oﬃces that are open ﬁve days a week, with 124 open on weekends, making it more possible for Indiana residents to get an ID. The revised bill will likely be scheduled for additional public hearings in the weeks to come.
Kronberger said the details of the project have not yet been discussed. Practicality is important, he said, also citing the significance of infrastructure, area and cost. He said planning the pilot program is a learning experience for the city. “Let us try something somewhere, see how we can get it to work, see what we learn from it and then see how we can best expand it from that point,” Kronberger said. Resnick also said he remains hopeful about the project. He said the city will try a single pilot program beginning in the summer.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE, page 1 greatest challenge in dealing with other countries is getting their governments to recognize that rape and violence in war is a major issue. “At a local, national and international level we must make sure that the message to perpetrators is clear: This is a crime, and if you commit it we will find you, we will prosecute you and we will punish you,” Bangura said. Since she has been elected, Bangura said she has secured the support of 134
If it is successful, he said he hopes the program will expand. Resnick said he believes the program could be instrumental to leveling the playing ﬁeld among students. “That’s the bigger point here that there are students in Dane county, somewhere in between 15 and 40 thousand, that do not have Internet,” he said. “This is school-aged children… we don’t have the exact numbers but what we do know is that there are students in neighborhoods who clearly don’t have access and we can see it.” Cogan Schneier contributed reporting to this article.
countries that have declared they will work to end sexual assault in areas of conflict. Referring to the countries as a “circle of champions,” Bangura said their commitment will help drive an end to sexual violence across their spheres of inﬂuence. UW sophomore Meghan Sovey, a gender and women’s studies major, attended the lecture for her global feminism class and said she thinks the issue of violence toward women is an important one that is not being given enough attention.
Students may not see violence toward women as the big issue it actually is because they live in such a privileged society, she said. Bangura said she is confident change and awareness of sexual violence will spread rapidly because of her ability to stand before a group and talk about the issues. “I know what it’s like to be vulnerable and to be written off for being a girl,” Bangura said. “I am looking forward to the day when the only place it will be discussed is in the history books.”
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Zhao Lim The Badger Herald file photo Wisconsin’s LGBTQ community continues to face more “pressing” issues outside of marriage rights such as homelessness and harrassment.
Same-sex marriage not top priority for Wis. government Kaity Moquet Reporter While same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois Tuesday, Wisconsin gay rights advocates say the state’s lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer community is unlikely to see a similar policy change in the state’s current political climate. Sarah Karon, spokesperson at the Wisconsin chapter of American Civil Liberties Union, said although she is excited to see same-sex marriage move into more states, it is not a priority for Wisconsin legislators. “We are thrilled about our neighbor Illinois, and the ACLU would obviously love to have the same law legalized here,” Karon said. “We would love Wisconsin to be a freedom to marry state.” Karma Chavez, a UW professor who specializes in LGBTQ social movements, said
in an email to The Badger Herald that while there has been a recent uptick in states moving to pass gay marriage laws, Wisconsin is not one of them. “Given the current state of the Legislature and Gov. [Scott] Walker’s positions on this matter, it certainly doesn’t seem Wisconsin will be going in that direction any time soon,” Chavez said. “Yet, it is also true that a number of Republicans around the U.S. continue to modify their positions on this issue.” However, according to Chavez, it is still possible that Wisconsin Republicans will decide to do the same. However, Chavez said LGBTQ residents in Wisconsin face more pressing issues outside of marriage. Many LGBTQ Wisconsinites are homeless or are victims of violence and harassment, making life more difficult for those who do not conform to
gender roles, Chavez said. ACLU has been focusing on improving the lives of LGBTQ Wisconsinites in other ways beyond same-sex marriage as well, Karon said. “Unfortunately, the likelihood of Wisconsin becoming a freedom to marry state with the Legislature and governor is highly unlikely,” Karon said. “But we can do things like encourage same-sex and transgender couples to apply for benefits and lobby to support federal acts that support gay rights, employment and non-discrimination acts.” After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing federal benefits to same-sex couples in June, ACLU is urging same-sex couples to apply for federal benefits in Wisconsin, she said. Although Wisconsin does not allow same-sex marriage and instead has domestic partnerships, ACLU believes the ruling
overrides the state’s jurisdiction and should allow same sex-couples to receive beneﬁts, Karon said. She said members are not yet sure whether or not the Social Security Administration and federal agency will allow for same-sex couples to receive benefits, but the organization is encouraging individuals to apply regardless. Despite facing obstacles in Wisconsin, Karon added the progress made over the last year is still impressive. Forty percent of the U.S. population today lives in a world where they are free to marry whoever they want, an improvement of nearly 30 percent from last year, she said. “I think anyone who is living throughout this moment in history is witnessing a historic victory for loving, committed same-sex couples across the nation,” Karon said.
After launching her campaign for governor last month, former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke has quickly assembled a team of well-known campaign staff, including two former strategists for President Barack Obama. Spokesperson Joe Zepecki said Jim Margolis, a former campaign adviser to Obama, will serve as chief media consultant; Diane Feldman, former pollster for Sen. Tammy Baldwin will serve as pollster; and Pete Giangreco, the lead consultant for Obama’s 2008 direct mail campaign, will work as a direct mail consultant. University of Wisconsin political science professor Barry Burden said in an email to The Badger Herald the new hires show how serious Burke is about her campaign. “Burke is using her own funds to buy talent and make sure that the campaign has excellent people on board,” he said. “It will help avoid the mistakes that firsttime candidates sometimes make.” Zepecki said staff have established a campaign platform focused on job creation, improving Wisconsin’s educational system and giving women increased access to contraception and choices regarding their health. He added Burke is now backed by both EMILY’s List, which supports prochoice female candidates, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, which announced its endorsement Monday. Burke’s experiences during her time in the private sector would be helpful in the governor’s oﬃce, he added. “Her experience translates into a very clear vision for how we create jobs and opportunity for Wisconsin families, for students when
they graduate from college,” Zepecki said. “And if you contrast that with [Gov.] Scott Walker’s failure on jobs, we expect that how we move the economy forward will be a big issue in this campaign.” Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Joe Fadness said in an email to The Badger Herald that Burke, as well as those who chose her, “cannot be trusted.” “Democratic Party bosses and consultants picked millionaire Mary Burke in a back room to run a campaign to take Wisconsin backward,” he said. “These are the same people who have told Burke to run a ‘No Promises’ campaign and not be upfront with Wisconsin voters. We’ve seen Mary Burke’s policies in action— and Wisconsin can’t afford it.” RPW Chairman Brad Courtney said he was optimistic for Walker’s campaign in a statement earlier this week. Courtney said their grassroots network is growing and will move Wisconsin forward by reelecting Walker. “With one year until the mid-term elections, Republicans have wasted no time in building a foundation for success,” Courtney said. Burke could possibly run in a primary against Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, who is considering joining the race, according to statements throughout the past month. Mike Basford, Democratic Party of Dane County chair, said although Vinehout does not plan to announce whether she is running until the end of this year or the beginning of next year, all the signs show she will join the race. “What I can certainly say is that I think both candidates would be a fantastic alternative to another four years of Scott Walker,” Basford said.
Berquam hopeful crimes will slow after recent arrest Coordinating Council highlights sexual violence in campus safety talk Tara Brennan Herald Contributor Administrators told members of the University of Wisconsin’s student government Wednesday they are hopeful robberies in the downtown area will stop after a recent arrest was made in connection with a number of incidents. Dean of Students Lori
Berquam updated the Associated Students of Madison’s Coordinating Council on the university’s work to keep students informed on campus safety incidents, citing email networks, news articles and WiscAlerts as part of the efforts. She said the UW Police Department, Madison Police Department and UW Housing are all working in collaboration to keep students safe. Sexual violence and sexual assault is being kept on the forefront of priorities, Berquam said. The Alcohol Edu
and Tonight programs for freshman were a success, she said, as only 300 students still need to complete the Tonight program before spring enrollment. The Division of Student Life is partnering with University Health Services for the At Risk Campaign by training faculty to recognize signs of students that are in a “sad space,” she said. ASM Chair David Gardner said he has been hearing feedback from students that are concerned by all of the alerts sent to them. Berquam said she has
seen a recent increase in crime, specifically in student areas just off campus. However, Berquam said police believe an arrest made last week will lead to a dramatic decline crime rates as the man arrested was probably coordinating many of the crimes. Nonetheless, Berquam advised students to remain aware of their surroundings. “Frankly, I don’t want [students] to stop being vigilant about your safety and your friends’ safety,” she said. Jessica Behling,
Diversity Committee chair, said she was concerned about the alerts using racial profiling in their descriptions by only identifying a people’s race if they were not white. Berquam said the alerts only include descriptions based on the witness’ account. Police officers have a standard set of questions they ask the witness, and the information they share comes directly from those responses, she said. There was a discrepancy at the beginning of the year because one alert described the suspect as
black but did not identify the race of the victim because it was assumed she was white, ASM Vice Chair Mia Akers said. However, UWPD Chief Susan Riseling said her department is extremely conscious of racial proﬁling. The council also passed an amendment to the recruitment and retention position that would require the person applying for the position to be available to work over the summer. Student Council will vote on the recruitment and retention position in
Local group strategizes voter turnout League of Women Voters of Dane County look to bring more to polls Jessie Kanter Herald Contributor Although Wisconsin has the second highest voter turnout rate in the country during presidential elections, Dane County’s lower participation rates have prompted the League of Women Voters to work to increase citizens’ involvement. Wisconsin had a 70 percent voter turnout rate in 2012, but Dane County saw a “drop-off ” last spring with a 24 percent voter turnout, Kathy Fullin, Dane County League of Women’s Voters co-president, said. “Part of what the
league does is try to increase participation in democracy,” Fullin said. “We try to encourage people to vote by giving them information about what’s on the ballot.” She said the League is looking to discuss new strategies on increasing voter turnout including hosting a forum Wednesday night with political scientist Richard Matland, whose research focuses on the effectiveness of various distribution methods of voting information. The League sends its network base postcards with voting information in addition to its publication titled “Candidates’ Answers.” “We don’t know what motivates people to vote,” Fullin said. “But we are interested to know.” The League is also concerned with the
implementation of forms of social pressure to increase voter turnout, Fullin said. Connie Flanagan, a University of Wisconsin professor and an expert on voting and civil engagement, said the most effective method of getting people to vote is peer pressure. Fullin said the League is looking at recent social pressure research, such as sharing neighborhood voting patterns, which allows residents to know who else in the neighborhood voted. Studies show this method of indirect social pressure increases voter turnout, she said. However, she said the idea of using this type social pressure to influence citizens is an “uncomfortable issue” for the league because of its “invasive nature.”
However, the organization has not taken an official position on this method, Fullin added. Even if the league chooses against the use of social pressure, Flanagan said citizens should understand the importance of voting, adding oftentimes issues are decided on by only 30 percent of the people these issues affect. “[It is] incumbent on all of us to make it clear how important it is to democracy to let your voice be heard,” Flanagan said. “It’s not just about self-interest but the future of society.” Flanagan said other methods for getting people to the polls exist, such as making voting easier for residents by implementing same-day registration and greater accessibility to polling places.
Kelsey Fenton The Badger Herald file photo The League of Women Voters looks to raise Dane County’s presence at the polls.
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Sister act keeps music in family UW sisters will perform at Overture Friday with Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Sara Lawton ArtsEtc. Staﬀ Writer They’re sisters. They’re violinists. And they’re Badgers. This Friday at 7:30 p.m., University of Wisconsin students Alice and Eleanor Bartsch will play a concert at Overture Hall with Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Samuel Hutchison. Eleanor, 24, is a first year master’s student at the UW School of Music and a Paul Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow. Alice is a senior pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in performance. The concert will feature pieces such as J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Violins” in D minor. Both Alice and Eleanor have been playing the violin since they were in preschool — Alice began at 3, Eleanor at 4. Alice said she enjoys the freedom of making her own decisions after years of playing with large groups or with their father often accompanying on piano. Since both their parents are also musicians, the sisters’ home environment was ideal for establishing a love for performance. “My mom was more of a practice buddy than a teacher. It was nice to be
in my room practicing and have my mom come in and say, ‘I think you have that note wrong,’” Alice said. Alice and Eleanor worked with Hutchison to select pieces that would best utilize the organ. The sisters both speak highly of Hutchison’s musical ability. “Sam is really easy to work with,” Alice said. “He’s a really good musician, very supportive. He’s able to make the concerts an intimate setting, which is an incredible feat with such a big hall.” The pair spoke of the “strange combination of instruments” that is the organ and two violins. When considering which pieces to choose for the concert, the three musicians kept this in mind. “We were looking for pieces with symphonic qualities,” Eleanor said. They looked for pieces that included more low tones and had a “sustained quality.” By including the organ, pieces that featured long, drawnout notes could be easily played because on an organ, notes can be held for much longer than on the piano. On Friday, the trio will perform Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins,” which was originally written for two violins and orchestra. Hutchison performs the full
Photo courtesy of Katrin Talbot Alice and Eleanor Bartsch have both been playing violin since their preschool days. For their shows, they practice a minimum of four to five hours a day.
range of orchestral parts using the pedals on the organ to mimic the sounds that the cello and bass strings would play, while his right hand covers the upper reed voices. Playing alongside an organ presents some challenges. Since the pipes are located at the back of the stage, and Alice and Eleanor perform at the front, a slight delay exists between what is actually being played on
the organ and what they are hearing. The pair make up for this by looking at each other frequently while on stage performing, and back to Hutchison occasionally as well. “[We] just trust that he’s with us,” Alice said. “He’s such a great musician.” While the sisters are both are accomplished musicians, the thrill of solo performance has not worn off. “[Performing solos] is
one of the coolest feelings ever,” Alice said. “You still get that fluttery feeling.” “You always still experience nerves, but it’s so nice to have Alice up there because it feels fun,” Eleanor added. Before a concert, Alice and Eleanor practice up to 10 hours every day and never less than four to five hours. “It can be a physical thing too. You have to warm up in
the same way as an athlete would,” Eleanor said. “I do yoga. You start to feel it more as you get older. Not that I am older!” She laughed. For the Nov. 8 performance at Overture, student rush tickets will be available at $10 on the day of the event. Students can choose among the best available seats and purchase tickets at this price with a valid student ID.
On ‘Matangi,’ M.I.A. comes back with power, power UK artist’s fourth album is a danceheavy blend of trap, social commentary Erik Sateren ArtsEtc. Editor When I took it upon myself to review M.I.A.’s Matangi—her fourth album and first since 2010—I did not realize the difficulty of the task. Every time I listen to M.I.A.’s music, my head begins to bob, my feet begin to tap and, within one minute of any song’s beginning, I find myself dancing uncontrollably. Her music causes my body to lose all control its movements, and I resemble a dancing Thom Yorke who has just jabbed an EpiPen into his neck. Translating these feelings into words is a near-impossible task, and Matangi, like nearly all of M.I.A.’s music, contributes just as much to these feelings and uncontrollable seizure-dances. Trying to
describe the adrenaline and dance-inducing ecstasy of Matangi is like trying to explain to a blind person what colors are like. The album is a logical progression from M.I.A.’s last full-length release, /\/\ /\ Y /\, an album that divided critics because of its grating, industrial aesthetic and naïve, antiestablishment lyrical content. Stereogum recently pointed out that the album beat Death Grips and Kanye West to the now slightlymore-accessible “severe jackhammer sputter-pop sound.” The outspoken, anti-establishment nature remains intact on Matangi. But while /\/\ /\ Y /\ is M.I.A. at her most inaccessible, Matangi is arguably M.I.A.’s most accessible album yet. Matangi finds itself perfectly at home in the contemporary electronic/ dance music landscape. The Roland sequencer and drum machine sounds found on Arular and Kala still make up a backbone of the artist’s aesthetic, but
she swaps out /\/\ /\ Y /\’s in-your-face abrasiveness for hard-hitting trap and moombahton beats. The beats—courtesy of Hit-Boy, Switch, The Partysquad, M.I.A. and others—could fit perfectly in the set list of a Diplo or Flosstradamus concert. This sonic palette, which combines arguably the most contemporary of music genres, fuses with M.I.A.’s references to YOLO and the Internet to create a dizzying look at today’s technology-fueled culture. Like /\/\ /\ Y /\, Matangi begins with a short song, “Karmageddon,” that establishes her ambivalence towards modern technology, with lines like “cells grow to cell phones” and “systems shouldn’t operate by putting me in a cage” sung in nonchalant swagger over dystopian synths. M.I.A.’s call to arms is evident on nearly every song on the album, whether she’s rallying people to fight, party, fight for their right to party or party for their right to fight.
“Only 1 U,” one of the album’s many standouts, mixes chopped-up, pitchedup vocals, huge bass hits and M.I.A.’s clipped, confident voice to create arguably the most danceable beat of the year. “There’s trillions of cash / And there’s billions of us...There’s only one you and I’ma drink to that,” she sings atop it all. This round’s on me, Maya. “MATANGI,” “Warriors” and “Double Bubble Trouble” are all hugely indebted to trap and unbearably intoxicating. With rallying cries of “Do you want more / Do you want more / It’s so simple / Get to the floor” and “Warriors in a dance / Gangsters, bangers, we’re puttin’ ’em in a trance,” the songs are simultaneously intimidating and exhilarating. M.I.A. is like the friend who you party with who suddenly finds it necessary to break stuff, but you don’t question it because you’re having such a good time. These party vibes culminate on
“Double Bubble Trouble,” an infectious fusion of reggae and trap. It doesn’t add any innovation to either genre, but their combination makes for a song that hands-down wins the title of Most Fun Song of the Year. Listen to this on the biggest speakers you can, subwoofer cranked to 11. On the whole, Matangi is one dance-inducing block of bangers, punctuated rather annoyingly by a couple obnoxious duds. It’s these songs that keep the album from being one of the standout albums of 2013. “Lights” is perhaps the worst song M.I.A. has ever created. She sounds like a teenager who’s accidentally huffed some ether and is struggling to stay conscious as she trudges through some truly awful lyrics: “These lights yeah, these lights yeah / Green colors looking nice, yeah.” The central conceit of “atTENTion” is similarly obnoxious, with the word “tent” repeated ad nauseam: “My exisTENTS is miliTENT ’cause my conTENT bangs
like it’s poTENT.” M.I.A. is better than this, and this fact is affirmed on nearly every other song on the album. Matangi is M.I.A. coming back with power, power. It’s her affirming that bad girls do it well. It’s her warning you that alarms go off when she enters the building. It’s her telling the soundman to bring the noise when we run up on them. It’s M.I.A. being M.I.A.: controversial, challenging and, above all, fun. M.I.A. gets a lot of beef from critics who can’t seem to dissect her contradictory personality and “slappedtogether” music (read Noisey’s brilliant take on this). This album isn’t gonna change the haters’ minds, but Maya has the perfect response to these buzzkills: “I’m a party fuckin’ animal / If you ain’t, scram!” Editor’s note: M.I.A., if you’re reading this, will you marry me? –Erik
Photo courtesy of Noisey M.I.A.’s latest LP is a dazzling array of electronic dance beats fused with exhilarating rallying cries. After the misstep of /\/\ /\ Y /\, she proves herself capable of bringing the noise accessibly.
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Eminem grows older, stays lyrically on point On his latest album, the Detroit rapper remains as angry, controversial as ever Phebe Myers ArtsEtc. Staﬀ Writer The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is Eminem’s attempt, at age 41, to navigate where he and his legacy belong in hip-hop. It can’t be young Eminem; he’s matured — somewhat — but he’s not about to mellow out. As one of hip-hop’s most controversial rappers, Eminem hasn’t toned down at all; yet would America love him the same if he had? In a category of modern day martyrs of rap, Eminem finds himself in the company of megawatt celebrities like Jay Z and Kanye West. Whereas the other two are each halves of the most famous couples in the world, Eminem couldn’t give a shit about the fame or his “image.” Part of Eminem’s appeal is that he has stayed close to his roots. He lives what he raps about — and that’s not buying Maybachs or Rolexs. Eminem’s trying to ﬁgure out who he is. Is he still the angry kid cleaning out his closet? Is he the bad guy? Or is he the caring father of three girls? It’s this dichotomy that has brought him such colossal fame. Everyone roots for the bad guy with the heart of gold, and as the king of the trailer park that’s exactly who Eminem is.
“Rhyme or Reason” is one of the first songs on MMLP2 and, as with the entire album, the production leveon this song is terriﬁc, though with producers Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin this is no surprise. It starts out slower than typical Eminem. Much of this song is directed toward Eminem’s nonexistent father: “So yeah, Dad, let’s walk / Let’s have us a father and son talk / But I bet we probably wouldn’t get one block / Without me knocking your block off.” Though this anger is nothing new to Eminem, the song’s brilliance comes from Eminem’s unrivaled speed and the great production level. On “Legacy,” Polina sings the opening vocals, and Eminem uses a formula that has worked for him in the past, most notably with “Stan:” beautiful, mellow female vocals mixed with his angry, intense raps. As the title assumes, on “Legacy,” Eminem takes a look back on his life. He looks at everything that he has been through and overcome. He shows off part of his true talent: storytelling. He has achieved huge levels of fame for his honesty about all aspects of his life, from the overwhelmingly bitter songs about Kim to those that focus on his love for his daughters. “Legacy” allows Eminem to examine what he will be remembered as. It’s a more nostalgic and thoughtful version of this emblematic rapper.
Eminem is not oblivious to the fact that a large portion of the population looks at him as a complete and utter asshole. On “Asshole,” he explains his side. He argues that rap was looking for a villain, and he just filled the role. Yet he shows another part of himself with the line ”Sometimes I rhyme and forget I’m a father / If anyone ever talks to one of my little girls like this I would kill him / Guess I’m a little bit of a hypocrite.” The chorus is hilarious when you look at the softer side of Eminem. Sure, Eminem might not be the poster child for political correctness, but if you ever judge him as just an asshole you really haven’t listened closely enough. Though most of this album is filled with powerful reminders of Eminem’s sadistic sense of humor and ludicrous rapping abilities, “Berzerk,” the first song released off the album, is not one of those reminders. It is, at best, annoying and does little to display Eminem’s talent. The most lyrically intense song on the album is “Rap God.” This song showcases Eminem’s impressive, outof-this-world fast rhymes. In the song he analyzes his legacy: as one of the best-selling artists in the business, Eminem has managed to remain on top for years, but he recognizes that he isn’t as big as he used to be. But on “Rap God,” it’s evident his skills
Photo courtesy of Sabine Fricke On The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem aﬃrms his status as one of the most proﬁcient rappers in the game.
haven’t disappeared, and this is his reminder to everyone that he’s still on top. The instant hit of the album is “Monster,” on which Eminem uses Rihanna for their fourth collaboration. The chorus is great: “I’m friends with the monster that’s under the bed / Get along with the voices inside of my head.” Eminem uses the niche
that has brought him so much success: the crazy outsider. Eminem’s raps on this song aren’t his best, but the chorus and production levels are fantastic. Eminem is back, playing the white trash, angry bad guy. For Eminem haters, this album isn’t going to change their opinion. He is still as politically incorrect as ever, yet his skills are indisputable. He is one of
the greatest storytellers in all of rap. MMLP2 isn’t anything new, but it’s still great. Eminem has talent that can’t be disputed, despite anyone’s personal opinion about the man himself.
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‘Evolving Landscapes’ bridges past, present Re-photography exhibit studies 100 years of West China’s evolution Mekea Larson ArtsEtc. Staﬀ Writer In a new campus exhibit, the past is meeting the present in “Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China,” a re-photography exhibit running throughout November. The show pairs images of Western China taken by Ernest Henry Wilson, an early 20th-century British explorer and photographer, with modern images by Professor Yin Kaipu of the Chengdu Institute of Biology. Kaipu rephotographed Wilson’s work, capturing the exact locations 100 years later. The exhibit is part art project, part social study,
part observation on how time touches the world. It showcases the social, cultural and economic changes in Western China and the way they have touched the environment. It does not pass judgment, however. It marks the passing of landmarks, of trees, of families and disasters and beliefs. It documents the comings and goings of all of these things. The visual aspect of the exhibit is powerful. The old photos have a hint of mystery in the washedout neutral pigments that create something beyond exotic to — in my case — modern American eyes. Some images come across as purely historical, but a few are almost otherworldly. The sweeping mountains drenched in fog are jarring and go beyond a simple shift back in time and place. The modern photographs serve not only as a comparison, but
as a way of centering the viewer. The photos from Kaipu’s lens allow the viewer to see that these are real places and that real changes have taken place. For better (trees, flourishing civilizations) or worse (ruined bridges, dying plants), the coupled images simply prove that a century is enough to sort through a society’s values. The gallery is extremely sparse. It is comprised of simple white walls, neutral lighting and monitors showcasing further images from the project. The simplicity is appropriate; the exhibit itself is a study of time, place and context. Any attempts at manipulating these in the presentation would take away from the experience. There are plaques throughout; some note the focus of the changes seen in the photos (cultural, religious and environmental) while others provide brief historical context.
‘Blue Chips 2’ more of same Lee Ziegler ArtsEtc. Staﬀ Writer On Blue Chips 2, the highlyanticipated sequel to Blue Chips, Action Bronson teams up once again with producer Party Supplies. The sequel follows a similar theme as the ﬁrst album, with an uncut feel that evokes a more intimate experience. It will likely make listeners feel as if they’re in their buddy’s basement watching Bronson and Party Supplies turn out these tracks. That’s the best part of this mixtape: It just sounds plain fun. Party Supplies samples many familiar songs, such as “Tequila Song” by The Champs and “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp. The producer is able to use these to bring unique yet reminiscent beats to hip-hop that really shine on the mixtape. Bronson, on the other hand, brings nothing new and gets outperformed by his producer. Not one of Bronson’s songs has a clear focus, with the exception of one consistent exception: All seem to include random inserts of gourmet dishes. Lyrical content has never been a main concern for
Bronson. This has always been OK because the guy’s delivery is pretty spectacular, and he can lay it down to any type of beat. However, this style can get a little old and quickly turns his lyrics into background noise. To his credit, though, he easily leaves his features in the dust. Even artists like Mac Miller, who recently released the well-received Watching Movies with the Sound Off, get embarrassed when trying to accompany Bronson with a similar rapping style. This mixtape is also arguably his best. However, with three oﬃcial releases all within a year, this mixtape downplays his previous works because Bronson has not developed as a musician. Party Supplies upped his production for the sequel but Bronson remained at his same level. Through all his releases, Bronson’s been pretty consistent,which creates a fair amount of doubt as to whether he’ll ever improve his skills. This makes it tough to praise Bronson for a better mixtape when the only improvements are the responsibility of the producer. Artists often get criticized
when they change the vibe of their music, but this is a prime example of why most continually feel the need to switch it up. Blue Chips 2 is fun to listen to while concentrating on another task. It has entertaining features from Big Body Bes to an Applebee’s commercial, as well as multiple other strangely funny commercials. Also, Bronsolino peppers in a few punch lines and vivid imagery through his loosely-connected rhymes. This is not a bad release. It is simply another release that adds to Bronson’s quickly expanding discography. Those with limited gigabytes on their iPods do not need to squeeze Blue Chips 2 into the mix unless it’s to replace an older Bronson tape. Action Bronson fanatics will still love this release, and for newcomers, it’s a better listen than Rare Chandeliers. However, his unfocused sameness could be a turn-off for listeners not already on board.
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The exhibit’s weakness is in these plaques. While those identifying category are helpful, the informational paragraphs prefacing each image set take away from the experience. The words themselves are fairly dry. There is a nagging feeling that not reading the informational blurb will result in an incomplete experience. When read, however, there is a sense that the viewer is walking through slides for a lecture on the history of Western China rather than a gallery. Although a history lesson has its merits, the gallery is not the time or place. The images beg to be taken in as a purely aesthetic experience and only then applied to the historical context. “Evolving Landscapes” is rich and multi-layered, but it tries to showcase too many layers at one time. “Evolving Landscapes” is an interesting diversion.
It is relevant, well-researched and beautiful. There has been a rise in popularity for re-photography projects in recent years, but while many of these are scrolled through as a curiosity, the images of Western China are more powerful in person. As Bob Dylan sings, “The times, they are a-changin’.” This exhibit is a way to start
a conversation on why and how. “Evolving Landscapes: 100 Years of Change in Western China” runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 28 in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at Nancy Nicholas Hall. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Trigger warning for sexual assault, rape
From the Opinion Desk:
THE STATUS QUO It was not an easy decision to publish David Hookstead’s Nov. 4 letter to the editor, “Rape culture does not exist.” His trivialization of attempts to prevent sexual assault and overt victim blaming were
both antagonistic and hurtful. As editors, we are not obligated to publish every letter that lands in our inbox. However, the purpose of this page is to shed light on campus opinions, even if they are
unpopular or contrary to our own. The reality is that Hookstead is not alone — there are students across campus who hold his same beliefs. By publishing the letter, we aimed to bring this
Why rape culture is real, dangerous and worth fighting In the United States, sexual violence is pervasive. One in ﬁve women and one in 71 men report being raped, primarily by men. Rape culture is here deﬁned as the link between this prevalence of sexual violence and attitudes and practices which normalize, excuse, or tolerate sexual assault while discouraging justice for victims. Sexual assault is here deﬁned as an involuntary sexual act a person is threatened, coerced or compelled to engage in. If David Hookstead were to be mugged on the way back from the KK, he would not be grilled about the expensive clothes he was wearing, how much alcohol he’d consumed or whether he made it a habit to walk in dark alleys. And he should not, because we live in a society that purportedly values justice. Those who experience sexual assault are rarely guaranteed the same recourse because of societal attitudes about men, women, sex and power. That’s rape culture. Rape culture looks like people focusing on what women were wearing or how much they were drinking at the time of an assault to excuse the perpetrator. Rape culture looks like people describing those who have experienced rape as damaged goods, or having “asked for it.” David Hookstead’s insinuations about falsely reported rape resulting in scads of innocent men in jail are far from true — three of 100 reported rapists will end up in prison. If you believe that people, victims of rape included, act in self-preservation, you will acknowledge the connection between these victim-blaming attitudes and the fact that an estimated four of 10 incidents of rape are reported at all. This is rape culture and like rape, it aﬀects women, LGBTQA individuals and men. It is not only “evil people” who propagate it. Good-hearted, wellmeaning people sometimes propagate rape culture as well. I grew up being constantly told by good people who loved me to “be careful” so that “nothing bad would happen to me.” I, along with countless other women I know, came to college bearing pepper spray, and was told not to go to parties without friends to look out for me. Our male friends, by and large, were not given similar advice about crimes that could befall them because female rape, by and large, is unique in often making its victims complicit in the crime perpetrated against them. Even though I was very cautious, some unpleasant things did happen to me at
college. I tried not to dwell on these incidents and was relatively successful. Worse things were happening to other people, I told myself. Then, in the spring of 2012, I was walking back to my apartment when a man jumped me and sexually assaulted me. I kept myself busy and told almost no one. Even now, I marvel at how hard I worked to appear “normal” to everyone around me. I think I wanted to think of myself as tough and resilient like the strong women I admired. And to be honest, I blamed myself a great deal at that time for letting my guard down and “letting this happen to me.” The ﬁrst person close to me who I told burst into tears and asked me why I would walk by myself somewhere late at night. This did not embolden me to conﬁde in other people. It was mostly after the semester ended, and the heat and quiet of Madison summer set in, that what I had earlier categorized as an ugly act by an evil person began to telescope into the context of the multiple other incidents perpetrated by people I went to school with. And for the ﬁrst time, I thought about the statistic that one in ﬁve women experience rape, and wondered: Who are the rapists, then? I cannot explain the darkness that that train of thought, once I had boarded it, dragged me down into. Because it made me think that if only “truly evil” people commit sexual assault, there must be such a preponderance of them in the world. It made me think about the majority of assaults being committed by someone the victim knows well and trusts. I became hyperaware of just how many women I knew who had been assaulted and of every time I observed a societal signal that sent the message that men have a right to women’s bodies. It was this, as much as the actual assault, that sent me to a private hell. I spent most of the summer of 2012 in a vertigo of intense pain. And eventually, it passed. I am happy now, and there is a great deal of good in my life. It is not enjoyable for me to write any of this. I do so to put a face on academic-sounding arguments. And to make the following assertions: Rape is an act that attempts to strip away dignity, agency and humanity, and many of the messages we send to men and women about it are ﬂawed and dangerous. They exacerbate its prevalence. Through gendered advice, societal narratives media and reporting we teach many young people
that rape is a woman’s problem, that masculinity is characterized by dominance and acquisition but femininity by passivity and acquiescence, that sex is power unless you are a young woman, that it is okay to catcall and harass women and that only the truly evil person, the rare sociopath, is capable of rape. It becomes far easier, then, for young men who are generally “good” (star students, athletes and Boy Scouts) and who treat some women well to engage in behavior like trying to get a woman very drunk so that the odds of her sleeping with them are higher. It becomes easier for them to not think of what they are doing as “real rape,” because that’s something evil people do and they, and the people around them, would not consider themselves evil. This results in situations like the high-proﬁle rape cases in Steubenville, Ohio or Maryville, Missouri. Slightly more than one in 20 college age men admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act. To those who have experienced sexual assault and may be reading this: Let me remind you of what I hope you already know. It was not your fault. It is never your fault. You are not dirty, or damaged, or foolish. You are more than a victim. You are not alone and you are not weak. There is life beyond the haze of pain. Be well. To those I knew in college who worked hard and consistently to be allies and gentlemen, who respect the women and romantic partners in your life, who listen with empathy not arrogance: I am grateful for you. You make up for the David Hooksteads of the world. Rape culture is not men, or rap music, or analogous to smoking weed or saying that men are evil. Rape culture is the sum of all the attitudes and practices that result in women being afraid to walk somewhere alone after dark because of the body they were born into. Rape culture is women and men you know being raped and not reporting it because they fear an expected societal response more than they desire justice for an awful crime. If you agree that any of these social pressures exist, you acknowledge the existence of rape culture. Rape culture is worth acknowledging, and it is worth standing up against. Sarah Mathews (sarahmathews192@gmail. com) is a class of 2013 University of Wisconsin graduate.
discussion to the light, rather than allowing these views to fester out of sight. It has always been in the spirit of the opinion section to provide an open forum for the discussion of issues
— like sexual assault and rape culture — that deeply impact the University of Wisconsin community. In that spirit, here is a selection of the outpouring of responses we’ve received over the past several days.
Despite ‘red herrings,’ campus must change I appreciate the courage it took to publish David Hookstead’s letter “‘Rape culture’ does not exist.” I also appreciate your thoughts on Twitter that the letter is “a pertinent reminder that there’s still much work to be done” and your invitation for responses. You are right; there is much work to be done, but please allow me to oﬀer some history as a former student on where we used to be. In 2005, Wisconsin was the only state in the nation where alcohol was not considered an intoxicant for sexual assault. A victim could be stumbling, falling or blacking out, but, if not completely unconscious, a sexual attack at that point would not lead to sexual assault charges. Luckily, the Wisconsin Legislature was considering a bill to close this gap, and as a fraternity man and a student leader, I appeared at an informal legislative brieﬁng in support of the change. On the way to the state Capitol for the brieﬁng, I stopped by a poster store on State Street, hoping I’d ﬁnd some cultural examples I could show at the brieﬁng. Among the delicate mix of humor and objectiﬁcation (e.g., “Beer: helping ugly people have sex since 1862!”), I sadly did ﬁnd some “gems” that tied alcohol to sexual assault. The one that I unrolled for the legislature was a poster with a picture of a woman being handed a shot with the caption, “If at ﬁrst you don’t succeed, give it another shot,” (the “it” being the woman in the picture). Another essentially copied the mathematical quip “50 No’s + 1 Yes = Yes.”
The culture these posters highlighted was shocking. These posters hung in University of Wisconsin dorm rooms and apartments and exempliﬁed the culture that existed. Compare that culture with UW being named the #1 party school, and the issue rose from signiﬁcant to urgent. Luckily, within the year, Wisconsin would pass 2005 SB 526, classifying alcohol as an intoxicant for sexual assault. Fast forward to today, and ask yourself if the culture is any better. Websites, media and entertainment constantly make the joke that a good way to get laid is to give a girl more booze and occasionally this “joke” becomes reality. The culture this promotes is one where it is acceptable for men to keep aggressively pursuing sexual dominance over women, even if that entails intoxication (and, let’s be honest, men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators here.) Despite Mr. Hookstead’s thoughts, this culture does exist. I hope the eﬀect of this culture is dwindling, but we owe it to ourselves to recognize it, accept it and change it rather than deny its existence. Mr. Hookstead’s arguments that other crimes occur or that women sometimes assault men are red herrings that deny the true issue (for note, his argument that a close male friend was assaulted read like an “I have a black friend” excuse.) We need to be aware of the culture we promote, because only then can we constructively work to correct our societal ills. Austin Evans (ajevans@ uwalumni.com) is a UW alumnus (BA ’05).
Time to ignore ‘creator’ The Badger Herald website was awash with comments, many angry, over David Hookstead’s most recent letter to the editor in which “The Creator” tells his fellow collegeeducated peers that “bad people exist.” He then proceeds to ramble about how rape isn’t bad, but it is, but smoking weed is bad too but no one cares, and women rape too. His structure is abysmal and his argument could easily be shredded, but I am not here to ﬁght with David. (I’ve tried before. He blocked me on Twitter.) I am here to defend the Herald. The anger at the editorial board many readers have expressed is misplaced. No matter how we feel about rape culture or Hookstead’s views, we must applaud Katherine Krueger and her team for choosing to publish something so controversial. As journalists, their job is, according to Wikipedia, to “write, collect and distribute news and other information.” They have done this for us. It is our job as readers to then vet the ideas we are given. David has spoken about women’s issues in the past, often quite candidly. Instead of paraphrasing, I prefer to let his own tweets speak for themselves: “I’ve noticed that the women that rag on me aren’t very good looking, and the ones that enjoy me are beautiful. Coincidence? I think not.” “All these feminist women need to stop harassing me. Society doesn’t owe you anything or need to change for you. Read a history book.”
But my personal favorite? “Worst/funniest pick up line I’ve ever heard: ‘How do I know we’re having sex later tonight? I’m stronger than you.’” David Hookstead has made a name for himself on this campus by creating UW Confessions, a once-beloved social media phenomenon that has now grown tired. He subsequently used it as a platform to tweet his personal ideology, all while claiming to be a representative of the culture of the university. He has the right to his own opinions and the right to share them. We also have a right to our own opinions — and the right to disregard his. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter what David Hookstead thinks about rape culture. His previous comments have shown us that not only is he sexist, tacky and cruel, he is someone who makes a mockery of rape, and is therefore a proponent of rape culture. It doesn’t matter what Hookstead thinks about rape culture, because he doesn’t know what rape culture is. It’s time to stop getting so angry about the ludicrous things David is saying and start ignoring them. His attention-seeking rants have long overstayed their welcome. When he makes a legitimate contribution to campus, then we can start listening. Ann Marie Steib (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in journalism and political science.
From the Desk of the Editor Katherine Krueger The existence of ‘rape culture’ on college campuses — the social conditions that allow for the normalization of sexual assault and violence — leads to one in four college women being assaulted before they reach graduation. For evidence that rape culture is alive, well and thriving on the University of Wisconsin campus, look no further than David Hookstead’s letter to the editor. As a woman and a feminist, I ﬁnd Hookstead’s views morally repugnant, patriarchal and oﬀensive. His letter is the embodiment of rape culture. He peddles the horriﬁcally misguided beliefs that sexual assault victims were asking for it with their clothing or behavior, were drunk or are ﬂat-out lying about being raped. He perpetuates the cycle of blaming victims of sexual violence, rather than fostering an environment
where individuals can be connected with resources without fear of social backlash or worse. Rape culture prevents members of the LGBT community, cisgender women and men from reporting their assaults to police or campus authorities. I made the decision to publish this piece after careful deliberation and debate with our managing editor and opinion editors. We chose to publish the piece for its potential to move our collective understanding about what rape culture looks like in Madison forward. Letters to the editor are just that: They may not (and, in this case, certainly do not) reﬂect the views of the Herald’s opinion section or the organization as a whole. This is also not an opinion section column because Hookstead is not on staﬀ. In the public discourse, the
most repellent ideas should be buried as the strong, well-reasoned arguments prevail. We hoped this piece would be torn limb from limb in the ensuing fray, and we haven’t been disappointed by the quality of the campus’ impassioned debate in response to the letter. While many of the responses condemned Hookstead’s reprehensible opinions, others came out of the woodwork in support of his ideas. On campus, we’re lulled into complacency on these issues. Student groups on campus provide resources and education, but unless you’re actively seeking them out, you can spend four years on campus without ever having your views on sexual assault and consent challenged. There’s also an understanding that everyone’s on the same page with these complex issues, so it’s easy to assume few
PAVE: This is what rape culture looks like at UW Thank you, Badger Herald, for the stunning example of how rape culture is alive and well at the University of Wisconsin. There are several aspects of the recent letter to the editor that Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment feels warrant response. We noticed a misinterpretation of what “rape culture” actually is. Rape culture is the way society comes to understand rape as unavoidable. This leads people to believe that rape and sexual assault are unstoppable phenomena and often even acceptable. Directly in contrast to this is the idea that rape happens because people are inherently evil. Rape culture is not a result of bad people, but is a societal construct that perpetuates harmful victim blaming attitudes. We would also like to pause to deﬁne rape and sexual assault. People do understand that rape is illegal, but often people do not have a full understanding of what rape and sexual assault actually are. Rape is vaginal, anal and/ or oral penetration without consent. Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent. Consent is a free and clearly given yes, not the absence of a no, and cannot be received when a person is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs. Part of rape culture is perpetuating harmful myths that surround sexual violence, many of which were exempliﬁed in the previously published letter. One such myth is the idea that sexual assault is often falsely reported and that every time a woman reports
to the police, the perpetrator goes to jail. Sexual assaults are falsely reported at the same rate as other crimes such as theft. By falsely accusing women of falsely accusing rapists, you are taking away the credibility of real victims. Beyond this, only 3 out of 100 rapists will ever spend even a single day in prison — this number being out of the 40 out of 100 that are reported to police at all, according to the Department of Justice. The false report myth is related to the idea that many women use rape as an excuse for drunken sex that they regret. Sexual assault survivors carry an enormous amount of stigma provided to them by rape culture, and coming out as a victim or survivor can be a traumatizing experience in itself. Disclosing a sexual assault is not exploitation for publicity, and only the victim is able to deﬁne their experience. Another myth perpetuated by this article is that rap culture is rape culture. Rape culture is not the product of a single identity, culture or musical genre. There is also the myth that sexual assault is caused by drinking, which leads to the attitude that a woman who drinks is responsible if she is assaulted. These myths are harmful in many diﬀerent ways. They contribute to rape culture by creating a structure that blames victims rather than supports them. This then works to silence victims by communicating that their experience was invalid, or that they are in some way at fault. The people aﬀected
are not just statistics, and rape culture is not a fallacy — this culture exists, and silences your friends, family, peers and your own understanding of experience and trauma. We understanding that recognizing rape culture can be diﬃcult. It is never simple to recognize the role that each of us plays in problematic behavior. No one wants to recognize that the language they use or the media outlets they support contribute to a culture that minimizes the experience of sexual assault survivors. However, this is no excuse for denial. If more people take responsibility for their own role in perpetuating rape culture, it is possible to stop the cycle. People reaﬃrming harmful beliefs, whether directly or through silence, contribute to rape culture. Lastly, thank you to those who have been speaking out in a positive way. Your voices count! PAVE is a student organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault, dating violence and stalking through education and activism. If you would like to continue to engage in this conversation, please reach out to PAVE by emailing chair. email@example.com. Also, join the conversation on Twitter with #thisisrapeculture. If you or someone you know need support, there are many resources available to you. The Rape Crisis Center has a 24-hour crisis line that can be reached at (608)251RAPE. The Dean of Students Oﬃce and University Health Services are also great places to seek support.
Social norms harm victims In response to a recent student letter to the editor about the concept of “rape culture,” we must reﬂect on the realities about sexual violence and the importance of our roles as active bystanders. While this editorial is deeply disturbing, we are heartened to see the outcry from our community reﬂected in the many comments posted this afternoon. The University of Wisconsin leadership is committed to proactively addressing sexual violence on campus through prevention, victim response and perpetrator accountability services on campus. First and foremost, sexual violence happens because of the choices perpetrators make. And yet, as research indicates, most sexual assault perpetrators hide behind harmful social norms and attitudes about gender, violence, sex and entitlement. Social norms are complex reﬂections of the world we live in, and we all have a role in creating healthy norms rather than reinforcing unhealthy norms. In a 2010 needs assessment completed on campus, eight barriers were identiﬁed by students and victim service providers as
key reasons that survivors of sexual assault and dating violence do not seek help and/or report. One was the barrier of social norms as reinforced by peer groups and victims’ families toward the victims themselves. Harmful social norms — and all of our participation in them — discourage victims from getting help and reporting. Changing a culture of sexual violence as expressed in words, in attitudes and in norms is indicated as the best practice in addressing sexual violence by the American College Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. For more information about bystander intervention, the Tonight program (1st year education) or services available to victims and survivors at UW, please contact UHS violence prevention at www.uhs.wisc.edu/assault. Together we can make a diﬀerence. Lori M. Berquam (firstname.lastname@example.org. edu) is the dean of students and vice provost for Student Life. Dr. Sarah Van Orman, M.D. (email@example.com) is the executive director of University Health Services.
students share Hookstead’s views. But he’s one of many, not only at UW but also across the state, who allow a culture that alienates and silences victims to persist. Sadly, Hookstead’s ignorance only serves to underwrite the lack of sexual assault awareness on this campus. We need to stare ugly viewpoints in the face as a reminder of the work that’s left to do on campus. These views are often kept out of sight and out of mind, and it’s uncomfortable to see a fellow Badger’s hateful words printed out in the open. It’s infuriating to know that people actually believe these falsehoods. But simply condemning this piece is the easy way out. The much more diﬃcult and fruitful way forward is to take a hard look at the things we overhear every single day at the gym, at the bars or shouted at passersby on the street. We don’t spend enough
time as a campus community getting righteously angry about why assaults are still happening on our campus. The overwhelming response from the greater campus community also makes it clear that people who know rape culture is a real problem are not on the “fringe[s] of reality,” as the writer states. As ugly as Hookstead’s version of reality is, this is an actual view held by more than a few UW students. If you’re disgusted and angry, this is your starting point. It’s only by opening the dialogue and banishing topics like sexual assault from our list of cultural taboos that we can begin to aﬀect a lasting change on campus. Note: Out of consideration and respect for sexual assault and rape survivors, I regret not including a trigger warning when the story was ﬁrst published. A warning has been added to the online edition of the letter.
Education key to campus safety I am submitting this letter to refute one of the main arguments that David Hookstead made in his recent op-ed, “‘Rape culture’ does not exist.” I applaud the Herald for posting his letter. Although it has spawned many emotional responses, the best way for us to learn what is right is to debate these ideas. David Hookstead made a few valid points in his article. Although his tone is misogynistic, he is right in saying that women should not use the word “rape” to describe a consensual sexual encounter they regret. This is indeed an injustice to someone who has experienced sexual assault. He is also correct in saying that men are sometimes raped, although this does very little to refute the idea that rape culture exists. Hookstead’s thesis that rape culture does not exist is propagated by an argument that we already properly educate our society on rape. Hookstead has a very limited idea on what education about rape culture should be, as evidenced by this line in his article: “Anybody who’s ever watched the news knows that rape is illegal, and yet the above paints the picture that our society is failing to educate young men on rape.” I believe the main ﬂaw of this argument is a fundamental misunderstanding of what we are trying to educate young people about. Of course rape is illegal, but education about any crime does not mean simply stating its illegality. It has become apparent that some people of our generation clearly do not understand what rape is. Rape includes committing sexual acts when a person is too drunk to consent — not just the infamous sexual assault in a ‘dark alley’ that Hookstead has previously written could be prevented with concealed carry permits. And yes, rape also means demanding sex after someone has said no. Many of us here at the University of Wisconsin are knowledgeable about these subjects, and therefore take this information for granted. But these are lessons we need to teach the next generation and our classmates, because
to some people, taking advantage of a friend is not as perceptibly wrong as the morally repugnant act of grabbing someone in a dark alley and sexually assaulting them. And this is only a small portion of rape that actually occurs. According to the US Department of Justice, approximately two-thirds of all rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Most of us have heard this statistic and by now are desensitized by it. But we must look at this number and ask ourselves, what can we do to help? This statistic means that not only do we need to be more careful walking home at night — as David has correctly highlighted in a previous letter. We also need to educate society on what it means to be a good friend. This means watching out for the people around you and making sure that they don’t go home with someone when they don’t want to. This means stepping in and taking care of someone when they are too intoxicated to assert themselves. We do have a society where the perception is that dating gets easier when you “get the other person drunk.” This is where rape culture gets its fuel. We must take some responsibility in perpetuating this culture when we congratulate each other on a sexual encounter fueled by excessive, one-sided alcohol intake. Hookstead does not believe that education about rape can prevent sexual assault. He writes, “We teach kids not to murder and rob, but people still do it …. You can’t always stop criminals.” True, David, education that says, “Do not rape” will not solve our problem. We need comprehensive instruction that says what rape means and when it is the right time to have sex and when it is not. But he is right; education alone will not solve our problem. This is where being a good friend is so important. Watch out for your fellow Badgers — it is our shared responsibility to make sure that our friends stay safe. Sam Gilbertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in political science.
SHOUTOUTS 10 | The Badger Herald | Shoutouts | Thursday, November 7, 2013
ASO to the asshat with the pathetic excuse for facial hair that decided it was a great idea to bike the wrong way down the bike lane on Dayton by Wendt. You are the reason people hate bikers. Follow the fucking rules.
Love, The guy you nearly had a head on collision with. HASO to my kitten for having a literal shit fest in my kitchen today. Poop was EVERYWHERE. SO to my roommates and boyfriend
though for helping me clean up after her for an hour. Also, giving a cat a bath is not an easy task.
OTHER PEOPLE’S FOOD and then never washes her hands. GO. IN. THE. BATHROOM.
ASO to my roommate who goes into the kitchen and blows her nose OVER
SO to the guy that was sincerely upset that I didn’t tell you I have a boyfriend “right away”. You’re right. From now on I’ll be sure to introduce myself as such, “hello, I have a boyfriend”. SO to the guy at the men’s hockey game whose cheer was just shouting “SPORTS!” DSO to the men’s hockey team CRUSHING Lake Inferior State SO to my boyfriend, my bong, and my life. Stay unstressed, fellow Badgers! ASO to myself for being a category 5 hurricane when I’m drunk. DASO to my phone for letting me call someone six times. Like come on, have my back and die after the second. SO to just frolicking around in the kitchen with my roommates to the song A
Thousand Miles. DSO to the fact that they are both dudes. SO to listening to embarrassing music when I’m home alone. MILEY! ASO to myself for spelling Aaron Rodgers’ name wrong. I promise I’m a real fan. LOLSO to Bears fans-not because you won, but because you kid yourselves and claim having a backup quarterback who played in a game two weeks ago, and had 2 weeks to prepare for this game (McCown) is equivalent to being thrust into this game on minimal practice (Wallace) SO to the guy dressed as Cookie Monster yesterday who came into Fresh, bought a cookie from the deli, and left. You’re good at life. ASO to obnoxious Packer fans. I’ve never been able to understand why you celebrate a victory by saying “Bears still suck,” but those of you that say
it when the Bears win make even less sense. ASO to people who leave their bikes parked under the Chem awning for weeks on end. There’s no way the racks should be full 24/7. ASO to senioritis. It’s after midnight, I’ve barely started this assignment and I STILL don’t really have any motivation to ﬁnish it. Is this semester over yet? LOLSO to the all of the UW Band SOs lately. I’m a true Badger and I still know those kids got ﬁngers on and in holes that aren’t on instruments. ASO to meeting beautiful women only to discover they have boyfriends. DASO to this happening all the time. LOLSO to when David Hookstead tries to get his ﬁrst job/get into grad school and his future employer/ admissions oﬃce googles him
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23 Bad thing to lose 24 Flights 25 Taste makers? 26 Has it bad for, so to speak 27 -i relative 28 Largest city in Moravia 29 Mob member, informally 30 Morale 35 Second in command? 36 Cloverleaf section 37 Flat top 39 Blended dressing? 42 Shutter shutter 43 Literally, “I do not wish to” 44 Sauna exhalations 45 Solomonic 46 Chewed the fat 47 Watson’s creator
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10 Cigarette paper source 11 See 19-Across 12 Author of 1980’s “The Annotated Gulliver’s Travels” 13 Macedonia’s capital 14 “El día que me quieras” and others 16 Large monitors 22 Abandon one’s efforts, informally 23 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” backdrop 25 It’s around a cup 26 1 Infinite ___ (address of Apple’s headquarters) 28 Dover soul 29 Force in red uniforms: Abbr. 31 Course data
32 Palliate 33 Hit hard, as in an accident 34 Tip used for icing 38 They will be missed 39 Lightly hailed? 40 Major report 41 “Yowza!” 42 Hound 43 Dresden decimator of 1945 45 Something beyond the grate divide? 46 Herod’s realm 48 1879’s Anglo___ War 49 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” author 51 War on Poverty agcy. 52 Advisory grp. that includes the drug czar
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The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Jill Peters The Badger Herald No. 1 recruit Lauren Carlini has proven worthy of the hype, transitioning into a quality setter for the Badgers.
Carlini ﬁnishing oﬀ strong frosh season Leah Zuckerman Sports Writer A true team player and an extraordinary athlete, Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after a stellar performance this past weekend against Indiana Friday and Purdue Saturday. Recording back-toback career bests in assists with an average of 12.78 assists per set over two matches, Carlini led all Big Ten setters on the weekend. Friday she put up a then career high 53 assists at Indiana before beating that with 62 assists at Purdue Saturday. This is Carlini’s first Big Ten weekly honor. While she is happy with the accomplishment, Carlini said she would take this award away in a heartbeat if it could have given the Badgers two more points to win the Purdue game. “It’s all about give and take,” she said. This 6-2 freshman has continued to prove herself in the competitive Big Ten conference. Head coach Kelly
BYU, page 16 known Oregon offense Wisconsin saw in the Rose Bowl in 2012. In practice, Wisconsin calls it “supersonic” when the scout team works quickly to rush play after play. Allen knows it’s a difficult time for the scout offensive linemen who don’t get a break, but the pace practice is important to the defense that will see BYU Saturday. But BYU’s attack is much more than the pace it sets. It is largely defined by the agent at the center of the system, sophomore quarterback Taysom Hill. The 6-foot-2 dualthreat thrower does it all for the Cougars, racking up more than 2,000 yards through the air and 800 yards on the ground in 2013 — numbers rivaled by a familiar foe for Wisconsin, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. In fact, the two spread quarterbacks are the same height, and Hill outweighs Miller by a measly six pounds. Hill will take all kinds of plays from the quarterback spot, including option reads
Sheffield is proud of her accomplishment and how she is developing not only as a player but also a leader on the court. “I think she is doing a really good job,” Sheffield said. “She is getting more confident and comfortable being able to direct her teammates and I think that’s a tough thing … She studies her craft and she works really, really hard. It’s paying off. I see her getting a lot stronger.” Carlini jumped right into a leadership role being placed as starting setter at the beginning of the season. Since then, the 2012 National Gatorade Player of the Year has continued to prove herself and carry the team further each match. “I have learned to kind of embrace [these] roles, it is something that I have kind of had to do over the years,” Carlini said. “I’ve usually been on teams who are older than me, so I have to learn how to play that role and kind of figure out my position on the court.” Junior Courtney Thomas, a longtime teammate, played with
Carlini at the same club and expressed her excitement to have this freshman join the team. Carlini looked at the other girls as mentors as they helped her transition into her leadership role. Thomas said Carlini is adjusting well to her leadership position and taking on an integral role within the team. “She is really helping out our team a lot. She’s adjusted really, really well. I would never look at her and think she is a freshman, she is very confident and that is really key … She really knows how to communicate with us.” Along with Big Ten Co-Freshman of the week, Carlini has a team-leading 14 doubledoubles so far this season, making her the top freshman in the country in that category. Carlini is already looking down the road to the Big Ten Conference. She wants to win. “I just want to lead my team. We are going to take it one game at a time and that’s going to be a big thing for all of us. I hope to lead us as far as we can into that.”
and power runs. “In terms of his responsibility, he could be like a Braxton Miller,” junior linebacker and well-known Chris Borland replacement Marcus Trotter said. “He is the total production for the offense. … Just knowing that he’s responsible for the team’s success … we’ve got to shut him down for us to be successful.” Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s seen the Hill show before, as have many UW coaches. Head coach Gary Andersen brought three assistant coaches with him from Utah State, which lost to BYU 6-3 last season. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig also faced BYU at San Diego State and defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a did as well at Utah. Last year wasn’t a particularly good memory for Aranda’s defense facing Hill. “We could not tackle him,” Aranda said. “What’s the most infuriating thing about him is when it’s 3rdand-4 and you’ve got him for a loss, and he gets five yards.” When throwing, Hill
will likely be looking Cody Hoffman’s way most often. The senior wideout has touchdowns in three-consecutive games, bringing his career total to 31, a school record. It helps that Aranda and many of the Wisconsin coaches have seen BYU and Hill in past seasons. Aranda hasn’t had to make as many phone calls around the Mountain West, BYU’s conference. He noted it has been helpful to know the BYU mentality and the personnel they like to use. In his assistant positions at Utah and Utah State, BYU was a common opponent for Andersen. In total, he has played BYU 15 times at his previous two places of employment. The familiarity of UW coaches provides a bit of an inside edge for the Wisconsin players. “They know how BYU operates and having them know how BYU operates … helps us out because we know what to expect,” Trotter said. “It kind of feels like they’re a distant cousin from a different side of the family.”
situation arise again. “The previous year against Indiana, the same thing happened,” Trotter said. “It was a really tight game. I think we were pulling away at the end of the third quarter, and Borland got hurt and I went in. I think that really prepared me for this year if that were to happen.” One week later, Trotter followed up his performance at Illinois with his first career start at Iowa Saturday. Again he led the team in tackles — again amassing nine over four quarters of play. With Trotter coming off the bench having seen little time on the field, redshirt senior linebacker Ethan Armstrong attributed the two-time academic all-Big Ten linebacker’s intelligence for the relatively seamless transition between Borland and Trotter. “His biggest strength is his head, his smartness,” Armstrong said. “His ability to read and recognize things and take it from the practice field into the game have really helped him.” Still, ask Trotter if he was pleased with either of his performances, and the conversation quickly changes direction. It’s not that he didn’t enjoy helping his team earn two backto-back wins or leading the defense in tackles. But when you play backup to one of the best college inside linebackers in the country, the bar is set pretty high. “I’ve learned a lot from [Borland],” Trotter said.
OPPONENT, page 16 to roll out three guards — Traevon Jackson, Josh Gasser and Brust — in its starting lineup, valuing experience over height. “The biggest thing for us is it gives us some experience with having Josh at the three,” Gard said. “With his experience, I think it kind of negates some of the size disadvantage that we might have and allows us to play a little fast in transition because you have another ball handler on the floor
“Some of the things he can do, you can’t teach. Just to know that maybe someday I might get that same opportunity to lead the team is always good motivation to improve.” Escaping from the shadows And yet, as Trotter finally begins to enter the weekly conversations of Badger fans across the country, his two weeks in the spotlight for Wisconsin almost didn’t happen. Four years ago, as a senior at Marquette High School in Milwaukee, Trotter was convinced that he would choose Minnesota on signing day. His brother, Michael, who had played with him at Marquette, had been getting more attention from colleges and had already decided on Wisconsin. That year, the Hilltoppers ran all over the Greater Metro Conference to the tune of a 14-0 record, with Michael getting most of the credit. If Marcus went to UW with him, he risked staying in his brother’s shadow yet again. “I don’t know why, but I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to go there and maybe try something new,” Trotter said. But when the day came, Marcus chose Wisconsin — eager to prove himself as a walk on. “Deep down in my heart, I knew I wanted to play with my brother,” Trotter said. Fast-forward through the first few years of both their college careers and things have gone how most observers would have
expected. Michael went on to play in 25 games in the 2011 and 2012 season, starting three times. Meanwhile Marcus played sparingly in nine games. This year, however, things have been different. Through eight games this season, Marcus has played in five, including his lone start against Iowa on Nov. 2. Meanwhile, Michael has appeared in just 3 games. And yet, despite the competitive nature of their relationship, their bond as brothers runs even deeper. In fact, over the last two weeks, Michael claims he has become Marcus’ loudest, most obnoxious cheerleader. “I think if you would have filmed me during the game, you’d be like, ‘Wow, this guy is ridiculous,’ because every time he made a tackle I was really excited,” Michael said. “I’m Marcus’ biggest fan. … It’s hard not to get antsy for him.” While Marcus’ days in the spotlight this season may soon be fading as Borland becomes healthy enough to play once again, both brothers have their eyes on a starting spot next year. Should their plans work out, the brothers hope to end their college football days in a similar fashion to their high school days: dominating the competition on their way to a conference title. “I think when the time comes that Marcus and I get to play on the field together again, it is going to be so much fun,” Michael said. “At Marquette senior year he made my job so easy … so I get excited thinking about us doing that again.”
too. It also creates some decision making for defenses with Sam [Dekker] at the four because he can be a mismatch problem.” Wisconsin’s rotations are still a work in progress, with redshirt sophomore guard George Marshall, redshirt junior forward Duje Dukan and Hayes expected to get the most minutes off the bench to start the season. “The guys that produce day-in and day-out and the most effective in practice are the guys that are going to get opportunities in the
game,” Gard said. “The minutes that are going to be given are the ones that are earned.” After the way Wisconsin’s year ended last season with a heartwrenching loss to Ole Miss in Kansas City, the Badgers are more than ready to travel to South Dakota and start playing meaningful games again. “I’m just ready to play someone else and I’m sure everyone else is too,” Brust said. “I’m just ready go, I want to get there and get that ball tipped.”
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Wisconsin peaking as tournament time nears Christian Karcher Men’s Soccer Writer The goal for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team this season has been to make the NCAA tournament, a feat only achieved once by a Wisconsin squad in 1995 when the Wisconsin Badgers won the
NCAA Championship. After a year of poll climbing, the Badgers are in a position to repeat history and make the NCAA tournament once again. “For this group of guys, I don’t think it is unrealistic to expect us to make the NCAA tournament,” head coach John Trask said beginning the
season. After being projected to finish fifth in the seventeam Big Ten this season, the Badgers have exceeded many expectations as they enter their last regular season game against Ohio State with a 12-3-2 and a 3-2-0 conference record. This year the Badgers have
two options for making the NCAA tournament. They could win the Big Ten Tournament, set to take place Nov. 13-17. The Badgers could also make the tournament by claiming an at-large bid. The Badgers chances in the Big Ten tournament seem to be mildly favorable. Their three
Big Ten wins put them in the running for the second seed in the tournament, depending on their result against Ohio State Friday. The second seed would pit the Badgers against whatever team finished last in the conference, which would mean a matchup against Ohio State, Northwestern or Indiana depending on the results of the final games of the year. The Badgers’ chances in the tournament also improve because of how they have been playing. In their last two Big Ten games Wisconsin has taken down 25th ranked Northwestern and 14th ranked Michigan State, both in shutouts. Much of that can be credited to Trask’s decision to start senior Max Jentsch in goal after redshirt freshman Casey Beyers let in two goals against Michigan on Oct. 20. Since taking the starting role, Jentsch has let in only two goals over his four starts. With Jentsch in the lineup, scoring on Wisconsin has become a challenge. “We’re confident in whoever we have back there,” junior Jacob Brindle said. “But Jentsch is really good off his line, and his kicks allow us to attack much quicker.” If the Badgers are able to win the Big Ten tournament they will clinch an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. However, it is also possible Wisconsin will slide into the tournament on an at-large bid. Despite being ranked 16th in the country, the Badgers’ RPI put them at 29th in the country, just north of the cut off for an at-large bid this season, barring anything strange happening in conference tournaments. However, Wisconsin will most likely get the call even if their RPI is not up to par with the rest of the field. Traditionally the Big Ten has a weak RPI due to the inconsistent nature of
Big Ten weather, and that is often factored into the committee’s decision. “When the wind starts to blow, you have to play on rainy days,” Trask said. “The game can go either way, all it takes is one play to turn the whole game around.” If you don’t believe Trask, just ask Penn State, who dropped five spots in the RPI this week after suffering their first conference loss to usual Big Ten bottomdweller Ohio State. The loss may have sent Penn State’s ranking down, even below fellow Big Ten team Michigan State, but the program is still sitting atop the Big Ten with wins against every other Big Ten squad. Despite questions about Wisconsin’s RPI, the Badgers should still be able to make a solid case for a tournament bid. A win against Ohio State Friday would solidify Wisconsin’s incredible home unbeaten streak and put the Badgers in a position to win at least one game in the Big Ten Tournament. If that happens, Wisconsin will almost undoubtedly snag a tournament bid. More than likely when the final whistle blows Friday at the end of Wisconsin’s matchup with Ohio State, the Badgers will not return to play at the McClimon Complex again this year. Wisconsin has struggled a bit on the road this season, with a very average record of 3-2-2. However, the Badgers seem to be picking up steam toward the end of the season on the road. After losing road games to Michigan and Penn State, the Badgers tied UWM in Milwaukee 1-1 and last weekend beat a solid Northwestern squad 1-0 on the road. “It was great to finally get a road win in conference,” Trask said. “It is going to boost our confidence going forward and improve our rankings as well.”
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Statement opportunities await UW volleyball Field House to host home tilts against Nebraska, Iowa in key B1G weekend Jaime DeGraﬀe Sports Writer After falling to Purdue 3-2 this past weekend, the No. 13 Wisconsin volleyball team (18-6, 7-5 Big Ten) is looking to rebound in a pair of crucial matches against Big Ten rivals No. 8 Nebraska and Iowa this weekend. Although UW fell behind 2-1 against the Boilermakers (16-7, 7-5 Big Ten), junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said she was pleased with the way her team battled back and put up a fight until the end. “In the past we usually crumbled in those
situations and just laid down and lost, but I think we did a really good job of fighting,” Chapman said. “Even though we didn’t come out on top that match, it was a matter of a couple of points in the fifth set, which is not a lot.” Overcoming adverse situations will be key for the Badgers Friday night if they want to take out a tough opponent in Nebraska (17-4, 10-2 Big Ten), which sits in second place in the Big Ten after four straight wins. Earlier this season, UW fell to Nebraska 3-2 on the road in a closely contested battle. First-year head coach Kelly Sheffield praised Nebraska for being well coached and building its strength around senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson, a potential candidate for National Player of the Year.
“They’re a team that I’m not sure has any weaknesses,” Sheffield said. To prepare for this weekend’s matches, redshirt junior middle blocker Dominique Thompson emphasized Wisconsin’s efforts in studying the strategies of both their weekend opponents. Thompson also noted that learning from mistakes made against Purdue and working to improve them — including serving and blocking — will be crucial to their success moving forward. Against Purdue, the Badgers were outblocked 13-8. When setting expectations for any given match, Chapman prefers a level headed approach to avoid complacency. “I treat every match the same and never think we need to ‘show up more’ for one match more
than we do for another,” Chapman said. “We need to not really worry about their side, but more about our side and coming together as a team.” Coming together has been one of the biggest improvements for the Badgers, whose last season finished with just five conference wins. Sheffield also believes the team has regained their competitive edge. “One thing we’ve gotten really good at, which used to be considered a weakness, is our ability to embrace the battles,” Sheffield said. “I think we really enjoy it when things get tight and the pressure is on.” Junior outside hitter Courtney Thomas credited some new additions to this Badger team with contributing to their success. Thomas complimented the efforts of two freshmen,
setter Lauren Carlini and middle blocker Haleigh Nelson, and also recognized the impact made by sophomore transfer Taylor Morey as a defensive specialist. When looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup, Sheffield noted the importance of not overlooking a “hungry” Iowa team (10-14, 1-11 Big Ten), which will be in search of an upset victory after losing its last four matches. Back on Oct. 2, the Badgers came from behind to overtake the Hawkeyes in Iowa City 3-1 after dropping the first set. As the Badgers enter their toughest stretch nearing the end of the season, Sheffield hopes his team will continue to improve and finish as a stronger team than they started. He believes the mindset of the team is the most important factor at
this point of the season. “We don’t talk necessarily about wins and losses, but we talk about going into practice everyday with an intent to get better at a higher level than our opponents,” Sheffield said. Sheffield also addressed how the season can wear players down after a certain point, but he plans to keep his team in top shape when practicing, preparing and maximizing the potential of every player. Both upcoming matches for Wisconsin will be in front of the home crowd at the Wisconsin Field House. The match against Nebraska on Friday begins at 7 p.m. while Sunday’s showdown with Iowa match begins at 1 p.m. Friday’s match is the official student night where students will receive free admission.
Badgers prepare for final 2013 game at McClimon Seniors aiming for strong home finish to banner season against Ohio State Zack Miller Men’s Soccer Writer All season long, the talk around the Wisconsin men’s soccer team has centered on the fact that it is an experienced squad with a 13-man senior class as its backbone. With the Ohio State Buckeyes in town on Friday at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex, this Badger team will deal with the possibility that this could be the last time the senior class takes the field in front of the McClimon faithful. “It started to hit me over the last few days,” senior co-captain Chris Prince said of his time coming to an end at Wisconsin. “My first game here feels like it was just yesterday.” The emotion surrounding any last home game for a senior class is always high, and Friday night should be no different. The key for the Badgers is to use that emotion to their
advantage and not let it get the best of them. “We have to use some of the emotion to our advantage,” Prince said. “I think that because it’s such a senior oriented group and we’ve played in so many games, I know that we’re going to come out with the right mentality.” The only way that senior co-captain Blake Succa sees the emotion of the moment effecting the play on the field is if the Badgers find themselves down a goal, and then realize that losing the final game of their careers on their home turf is not an option. There hasn’t been much losing at home this season for the Badgers. In fact, the Badgers are currently a perfect 8-0-0 at McClimon and hold the longest home-unbeaten streak in the nation at 12. The protection of home turf is a belief head coach John Trask has instilled in his players since their arrival. Specifically, Prince said that Trask has, “left us with the idea that no matter what team is coming into Madison, we have to protect our home turf; it’s our advantage and we have to use it as
such.” Ohio State poses an interesting threat to Wisconsin as the Buckeyes are dead last in the Big Ten for scoring average (.81 goals per game), but find themselves atop the conference in goals against average (.69 goals per game). Ohio State hasn’t conceded a goal in more than 400 minutes, so the potent Wisconsin offense — which averages a Big Ten leading 2.06 goals per game — will certainly be put to the test. Prince knows how important this matchup is to his team and the direction moving forward so he used some of his own resources to self-scout the Buckeyes. “From talking to my friends on other Big Ten teams, I’ve gathered that they have a very good goalie [Alex Ivanov] and a solid defensive line as well,” Prince said. “I’m actually really excited because one of our strong suits is offense so it is going to be interesting to see how all of that works out.” Over the past three seasons, the matchup hasn’t worked out in the Badgers’ favor as
Ohio State is 2-0-1 against Wisconsin since 2010. In all three regular season matchups, the Badgers have been held scoreless. “Twenty years from now when the guys look back on their careers, they are going to want to say that they had success against this Ohio State team,” Trask said. “I think they’re ready for this challenge. It’s nice when your players can get themselves motivated like this group can.” To get a victory, the Badgers need to get on the scoreboard. To get on the scoreboard, they will have to do so against the Big Ten’s leader in goals against average (.69), save percentage (.869) and shutouts (8). With that in mind and
little scoring expected Friday night, the Wisconsin defense is preparing itself for a match that will certainly put them to the test. “Our goal is to keep them at zero,” Succa said. “We trust that if that happens, our offense will put one in the net for us.” Last Saturday night, the Buckeyes recorded their first Big Ten win of the season with a 1-0 doubleovertime victory over the then-No. 9 ranked team in the country, Penn State. It was evidence of what Prince described as the nature of the Big Ten. “On any given day, any team can win,” Prince said. “It’s all about who brings the right mentality.” The mentality the
Badgers, and specifically the seniors, are bringing into their final regular season game at McClimon is that it won’t be the final game at home of their careers. Winning on Friday night and advancing through at least the first round of the Big Ten Tournament could ensure that the Badgers earn a top 16 ranking — meaning that they would host at least one NCAA Tournament game. “We’re confident that this won’t be the last home game of the season for us,” Trask said. “It’s unique to our team that we are playing for something more than just pride on the last night of the regular season. I think our guys like that.”
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BYU presents another spread test Brigham Young’s Hill provides look similar to various 2013 opponents Sean Zak Sports Content Editor Wisconsin’s win over Iowa last weekend was a return to smash mouth football that many Badgers welcomed. Just as they revisited the style that lived as tradition in Madison for the last decade, No. 24 Wisconsin will go back to facing a spread attack as Brigham Young visits Camp Randall this weekend. It’s an interesting setup for Wisconsin, bringing in a nonconference opponent in the second half of the season. The Badgers haven’t played a nonconference game in November since the 2008 season when they were nearly upset by Cal Poly. Nonetheless, it’s a welcomed change of scenery for the Badgers. “It’s just kind of refreshing. It gives you a step back,” senior nose tackle Beau Allen said. “Everyone gets so tied up in conference rankings, conference standings, it’s just nice to have a different kind of matchup.” When it comes to BYU, it is definitely a different matchup, but in many ways similar to what
Wisconsin has seen for most of 2013. The Badgers have faced the spread offense with regularity this season as it continues to popularize collegiate football. They saw it with Arizona State, Tennessee Tech, Ohio State, Illinois and at times with Northwestern. Just years ago the Big Ten was considered a wholly ground-and-pound conference. But each new spread offense is inherently different from the last one. While the Tennessee Tech offense operates like a Chevy Volt on the Autobahn, BYU runs like a Ferrari. The Cougars run plays in rapid succession, many times snapping the ball within 15 to 20 seconds of the preceding play. It amounted to more than 130 offensive plays against Houston, plenty more than the typical 70-or-so seen in most of college football. It’s the kind of offense that requires a deep level of communication to run efficiently. It also takes a very communicative defense to stop it. “You just have to stay focused. You have to communicate very well … and you have to know exactly where you have to be,” Allen said. It’s a high-paced offensive attack that rivals the well-
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Jen Small The Badger Herald Senior nose tackle Beau Allen enjoyed the brash battle against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City but will face yet another spread quarterback in Tawson Hill.
St. John’s first UW opponent Badgers begin season away from Kohl Center at neutral site in Sioux Falls, S.D. Spencer Smith Men’s Basketball Writer
Jen Small The Badger Herald Redshirt junior Marcus Trotter ﬁlled in very well in Chris Borland’s absence but might be relegated back to his former duties with a healthy Borland.
Trotter bridges injury gap Nick Daniels Sports Editor When redshirt senior linebacker Chris Borland went down with a right hamstring injury in the first quarter against Illinois Oct. 19, Wisconsin already had built a commanding 21-0 lead over the ailing Illini. Through one quarter of play, Wisconsin had allowed zero points and showed no
signs of slowing. In other words, Borland’s replacement for the rest of the game didn’t need to be perfect. He just needed to play well enough to prevent the Illini from climbing back into the game. Enter redshirt junior linebacker Marcus Trotter. In the three quarters that followed, the Wisconsin defense would loosen up somewhat without it’s
leader on the field — Illinois managed to put 32 points on the scoreboard before the game was done — but Trotter didn’t disappoint his teammates or the Wisconsin fans who made the fourhour drive to Champaign, Ill. On the night, Trotter would lead the defense with nine tackles — four more than his season total at that point — and even managed
to grab a fumble recovery. For many college players without much game experience, being called to action at the drop of a hat would be considered a nightmare, but Trotter said a similar situation last year in which Borland was injured against Indiana helped prepare him mentally should the
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For the first time in 11 years, the 20th-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team will open its regular season away from the Kohl Center in a neutral-site matchup against St. John’s in Sioux Falls, S.D. Friday. History is on Wisconsin’s side having won 11-straight season openers, sitting 3-0 all-time against St. John’s including an 80-70 win in the first round of the 2000 NCAA tournament in its last meeting. Wisconsin is coming off an 80-51 win in an exhibition with UWPlatteville last Wednesday where senior guard Ben Brust led all scorers with 20 points. Despite winning by 29, the Badgers got off to a slow start against the Pioneers hitting 1-11 shots from deep and entered halftime with only a 7-point lead over their Division III opponent. That is a fate Wisconsin is looking to avoid Friday. “You definitely don’t want to dig yourself in a hole against a team of St. John’s’ caliber because they can light it up,” Brust said. “We have to hop off that plane and have a good day and then get some rest and be ready to go as soon as the ball’s tipped.” St. John’s is no cupcake to ease into the season for Wisconsin as the Red Storm are receiving votes in the AP poll and are considered by some to be a dark horse team coming out of the new-look Big East Conference. St. John’s, led by fourthyear head coach and former ESPN analyst Steve Lavin, went 17-16
and finished 11th in the conference last season, but is returning all its starters and are a force in the paint. “They have a lot of different weapons,” Wisconsin assistant head coach Greg Gard said. “They are extremely talented. They can play a little bigger. They can play a little smaller if they need to. They’ve got a lot of good pieces and it all starts with guard play and their guards are really good.” One of those guards for St. John’s is junior D’Angelo Harrison, who averaged 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Another of the Red Storm’s weapons is sophomore center Chris Obekpa who, standing at 6-foot-9, led the country in average blocks per game with 4.03. Obekpa missed St. John’s’ two exhibition games after being suspended by the team for a violation of university policy but is expected to play against Wisconsin Friday. The Badgers may look to a young big man of their own in freshman forward Nigel Hayes at 6-foot-7, 250-pounds to help control Obekpa and the rest of the St. John’s front court. “Me being a little stronger, hopefully, I can cause some problems down-low with moving people on hard fronts,” Hayes said. “Hopefully that can help us in the paint and rebounding. That’s always a good thing to do.” Although St. John’s has four players on its roster that are 6-foot-8 or taller and see regular minutes, Wisconsin is still expected
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