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Primary results roll in Incumbent Roggensack will face law professor Ed Fallone in April Supreme Court election Polo Rocha Senior Legislative Editor Incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack will face Marquette law professor Ed Fallone for her chance to win another 10-year term at the state Supreme Court. Roggensack and Fallone will move on from Tuesday night’s primaries, during which they eliminated Milwaukee lemon law attorney Vince Megna. With 86 percent of the vote in, Roggensack won 63.1 percent of the vote, while Fallone took 30.7 percent and Megna took 6.2 percent, according to The Associated Press. “The voters of Wisconsin

appreciate that I have run a positive campaign based on my extensive experience and judicial philosophy,” Roggensack said in a statement. “They understand that my judicial experience on the Court of Appeals brings a diverse and necessary perspective to the court and that I have worked extremely hard to run a campaign with broad, bipartisan support from people statewide.” Roggensack thanked voters for supporting her Tuesday and said she looked forward to the general election, in which she said she is “still the only candidate” who has been a judge before.

She more than doubled Fallone’s vote count, so Fallone spokesperson Nate Schwantes said the campaign has “a lot” of work to do. Schwantes said Fallone’s campaign has had various volunteers knocking on doors and they’re prepared to win the general election despite the fundraising advantage Roggensack will have. In a statement following the election, Fallone said, as a justice, he would work to make sure families have more influence in the high court than special interests do. He also talked about the need for a new face in the “dysfunction[al]” Supreme Court, pointing to a report

last week about a security plan for a justice who was afraid of Justice David Prosser’s conduct. He said Roggensack has downplayed the issue and called it “gossip.” “It’s time to elect a justice who will be accountable to the people of Wisconsin and who will hold the other members of the court accountable as well,” Fallone said. “That’s the kind of justice I’ll be.” Megna, the losing candidate, said he supports and will campaign for Fallone, calling the general election an “uphill battle.” He said the 2012 elections Ian Thomasgard The Badger Herald

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Workers have forms ready at the Memorial Union polling place where voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary.

Aldermanic race will see Zellers facing off with Post in District 2, with incumbent Ellingson challenged by Madden in District 13 Allie Johnson City Life Editor Candidates finalized their spots on the ballot for the aldermanic race after the primary elections held Tuesday evening. Ledell Zellers and Bryan Post will compete to represent District 2 on the Common Council. The primary results showed Zellers leading with 52.8 percent of the vote, while Post obtained 42.4 percent, according to a report from the Dane County Clerk’s Office. The

third candidate, Dennis Amadeus deNure, will not be on the ballot, having received 2.3 percent of the vote, the report said. “I’m pretty enthusiastic,” Zellers said regarding the results. “The 10 point spread is really nice.” Zellers said she hopes to bring representation and communication to the district if elected in April. She emphasized the importance of being a channel of communication in the community. As an alder, she said she will listen to what residents

have to say and keep them informed about what is going on in the city. Zellers cited the downtown plan as an example of miscommunication between City Hall and the residents of the district. Residents said they did not know of the downtown plan beforehand, which is an issue because it impacts them, she said. “I want to make sure residents are aware of what impacts their daily lives,” Zellers said. Zellers said she will

continue to talk to voters and work on getting her message out in the weeks leading up to the general election. Post said the primary saw a strong result for his campaign. Improving the overall housing quality in the downtown area is one of the main reasons Post said he is running for the District 2 seat. He said his platform will continue to focus on how to bring more affordable, higher quality and environmentally sound housing to the district.

First robbery Camp Randall Kohl Center

Second robbery 1300 block Milton Street

Third robbery 400 block S Randall Street Gus McNair The Badger Herald

Robberies reported near campus Monday night all involved victims reporting a dark car and either a stolen phone or laptop. Madison police say the incidents were likely connected.

MPD seeks robbery information Madison residents were victims of three similar strong-armed robberies near the University of Wisconsin campus Monday night, and police say the incidents may be connected. A 20-year-old female Madison resident was walking on the 400 block of Dayton Street around

9:40 p.m. when a darkcolored vehicle pulled up in front of her, according to an Madison Police Department statement. The suspect approached her and demanded she hand over her cell phone, MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. Around 11 p.m. the same night, a 20-year-old male Madison resident was robbed on the 1300 block of Milton Street, according

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percent. Madden, an Edgewood College student, said the primary went the way he thought it would. “I think it was clear people in the district want to see something different,” Madden said. “That’s exactly what I want to bring.” Madden added those who voted for Terrell would most likely transfer their support to his campaign. As an alder, Madden said, he would be a spokesperson of

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“I want to encourage development that will help reduce the overall cost of renting, create a more vibrant downtown, and allow our city to grow to it’s fullest potential,” Post said. In District 13, the number of candidates narrowed from three to two, with Zach Madden and incumbent Ald. Sue Ellingson slated to face off in the general election. Ellingson received 60.6 percent of the vote, Madden 23.8 percent, and the eliminated candidate, Damon Terrell, 15.2

to the statement. A darkcolored vehicle pulled up in front of the victim and two suspects approached him, and one suspect restrained the victim while the other took his cell phone, the statement said. A 20-year-old Madison resident encountered a dark colored vehicle as he was walking down the 400 block of South Randall Street, according to the statement. Two

suspects exited the vehicle and followed the victim, the statement said. One suspect put the victim in a chokehold and pulled him to the ground while the other suspect stole his laptop, DeSpain said. In all three cases, the suspects left in a getaway car driven by a third party, DeSpain said. DeSpain said it is

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Polo Rocha Senior Legislative Editor University of Wisconsin System officials explained their progress on the flexible option degree to a Senate committee Tuesday, allowing legislators to clear concerns they had over the new program. The Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges heard from UW System President Kevin Reilly and two other officials who are developing the flexible option degree. That degree, they said, would be an innovative way for them to help nontraditional students. The flexible option degree will start next fall in four campuses and would give regular UW System degrees to nontraditional students based on online assessments. But that degree is innovative — the first of its kind in a public university — because it “decouples instruction from assessment,” according to UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Ray Cross. Students can

learn the content anywhere, whether an online course or through work experience, and get a degree if they can show their knowledge on assessments. Two senators said they were concerned about whether the flexible degrees, which are regular degrees from UW System institutions, would “cheapen” the value of a UW System degree. Reilly said the UW System’s degrees would maintain their quality because faculty members who oversee current programs are the ones who set up the flexible option degrees. “We want the flexible option to be controlled by the same faculty,” Reilly said. As the program will be online only, Cross said “wraparound advising,” a system where advisers check in with students often, would be necessary. He said not having that kind of advising is where other programs in the private sector have fallen short.

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Walker to propose final biennial budget INSIDE Polo Rocha Senior Legislative Editor Gov. Scott Walker will release his biennial budget and will give an address at the Capitol about his budget priorities today. Over the past few weeks, he has released parts of his budget, and below is a preview of

what he will include in several areas. University of Wisconsin System The UW System will see a $181 million funding increase over the biennium, a contrast from the more than $300 million in cuts the UW System took in the last budget.

That includes a $20 million investment in the UW System’s economic development programs and $2 million in the System’s new flexible option online degree program. Walker also said he wants to establish 30 core general education credits that can be transferred within the

UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System. Private colleges have an option to participate in the program. He said Sunday he would continue funding the UW System using a block grant, which gives the UW System

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Capitol permits approved amid lawsuit Allie Johnson City Life Editor Capitol Police and the state government continue to approve permit requests for events held at the Capitol amid controversy over the policy. The Department of Administration announced as of Tuesday the Capitol Police Department approved 129 event permits for 2013, according to a DOA statement. In 2012, the police approved 496 event permits, the statement said. The DOA issued the State Facilities Access Policy requiring groups to apply for permits to hold events in the Capitol rotunda many years ago, but began to strongly enforce the policy in

September 2012, according to ACLU Legal Director Larry Dupuis. Thus far, Capitol Police have denied five permit requests, according to the statement. The requests were denied because the event was either not planning to be held on state property or another event was booked at the same date and time, the statement said. However, this permit requirement is facing controversy from members of the community. University of Wisconsin medical physics professor Michael Kissick and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 11 against the Capitol Police over the permitting process. Dupuis said the ACLU and

Kissick took issue with the rule saying only one group can be in the Capitol rotunda at a time. He explained groups of four or larger are required to apply for a permit. This is unnecessary because the rotunda is a big space, he said. Dupuis said the ACLU is advocating for the Capitol Police to return to the voluntary reservation system. The voluntary reservation system allows groups to reserve event dates and times, but also lets them use the rotunda without a reservation if it is not in use, he explained. Dupuis said the police can also charge groups for staffing the rotunda with extra officers for their events. “This is a problem because

it invites the government to look at the content of the event and add more officers if the group looks like they will create trouble,” he said. This is a way for the police to treat groups differently, he said. The lawsuit came about because Kissick, who had protested at the Capitol periodically, stopped going when police began making arrests and handing out tickets to protestors without a permit. Kissick wanted to return to protesting at the Capitol, but felt he could not do so until the permit requirement was addressed, he said. DOA spokesperson Stephanie Marquis said the permit process is significant for several reasons. She

explained it helps Capitol Police to know how many people are in the Capitol and to allocate the proper number of staff required for events. Additionally, she said the process ensures all citizens have access to the Capitol. “All groups must follow the permitting process, and the Capitol Police issue hundreds of permits each year regardless of political party, affiliation or content,” Marquis said. “Both state and federal court cases have found that permit requirements are constitutional and do not infringe on free speech. Dupuis said he does not know what the timeline for the lawsuit looks like yet, but the team will schedule a hearing with the judge next week.

Committee focuses on campus recycling Molly Coplan Herald Contributor A student government committee for sustainability reviewed the progress of its energy campaign and planned upcoming waste campaigns for the semester in a meeting Tuesday. Associated Students of Madison Sustainability Committee Chair Colin Higgins said he met with the University of Wisconsin Office of Sustainability to go over its current energy campaign and to receive input on upcoming campaigns. “This semester we should focus a lot more on outreach, rather than running specific issue-based campaigns so we can build larger networks,” Higgins said.

ALDERMANIC, from 1 the district, not of the city. Ellingson said the results demonstrated she is doing the job the way it should be done. Issues regarding pedestrian and bike safety will be the focal point of the rest of her campaign, she said. Those are the issues residents talk about the most, she explained. By 4 p.m., 12,513 residents across the districts cast their vote for the candidates they

Higgins also said the Office of Sustainability expressed excitement about the potential of being more involved at the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration program. A focus at SOAR would concern various conservation and sustainability measures students can take in the dorms and on campus in order to live in a more sustainable fashion, according to Higgins. The committee also reviewed the possibility of creating a survey to ask students what they see as the most pressing sustainability issues on campus, as another outreach idea. Committee member Kevin Englebert introduced the idea of holding a symposium with

wanted to see on the ballot in the general election,

“I’m pretty enthusiastic.” Ledell Zellers

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ROBBERY, from 1 likely the three cases were connected. MPD suspects a relation between the three cases due to similarities in the style of operation, the descriptions of the suspects, the time frame and the relative proximity between the incidents, he said. The victims were all college-aged students who lived in the off-campus housing area, DeSpain said. He added all three victims reported seeing a four-door, dark-colored and older model vehicle. While no weapons were reported in any of the three cases, two of the robberies reported the suspect used physical violence, according to DeSpain. However, no injuries were reported in any of the cases, he said. The suspects were described by all victims as relatively tall males wearing dark clothing, according to the statement. The victims in the robberies on Milton Street and Randall Street both reported one of the suspects had long, braided

HEARING, from 1 Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, asked whether a student could just test out of everything, but Cross said the number of people doing so would be small. UW social work professor Aaron Brower said the new flexible option program would only “supplement” existing traditional programs, such as the typical college or nontraditional programs the UW System already has. Sen. Sheila

other sustainability groups on campus to talk about large and various sustainability issues most present at UW. This forum would provide a way to frame environmental issues as students see them, Higgins said. It would also act as an opportunity to bring a lot of people together, he added. According to Higgins, Sustainability Committee’s new waste campaign will engage different target audiences on campus to bring about the most effective change. “The main goal is education on proper disposal and availability of disposal of waste,” Higgins said. Sustainability Committee member Madeline Dent said she hopes one focus area will

6.6 percent voter turnout overall, the report said. Zellers said she would like to see a higher turnout in the general election. The election is important because it matters to people in their day to day lives, she said. Post added it is especially critical students make their voices heard because it is an important election. The Common Council general election will be held April 2.

hair, the statement said. DeSpain said MPD always advises students not to walk alone whenever possible and to walk in welllit areas. “However, it is not always possible to walk with someone,” DeSpain said. “The victims did the right thing in not putting up a fight and handing over the items.” According to DeSpain, not much could have been done to prevent the robberies in these cases. He explained this type of robbery occurring at the times it did is not normal for the downtown area. The female victim was walking along Dayton Street, a welltraveled road, not very late at night, he said. The victims in all three cases were targeted, DeSpain said, adding the three suspects were patrolling the off-campus housing areas looking for college-aged people walking alone at night. “It is a high priority for us to identify these people and get them off the streets,” DeSpain said.

Harsdorf, R-River Falls, the committee chair, agreed. “The flexible option is not going to be an option for every student,” Harsdorf said. Brower said the flexible option program only gives another option to nontraditional students, one that many of them could not currently take advantage of because of the few online degree programs that will be offered this fall. UW-Milwaukee will offer four degree programs this

encompass freshmen in the dorms. She said influencing students as they first arrive on campus could be the most effective way to bring about some sort of change. Higgins said a specific challenge the committee hopes to tackle is developing a greater connection within the dorms and raising awareness of what can and cannot be recycled. “It would be good starting in the dorms because some of those people will move off campus and have some sort of standing already with waste issues,” Sustainability Committee member Kellen Frable said. Dent said another way to enact change would involve targeting social norms and correcting them. Through

this, she said she hopes to make waste management a visual issue. It is important to put up informative visual materials, like posters and signs, Dent said. But, she added, having people commit to something is important too. Frable said the committee could also target people who visit the unions and any other facilities on campus offering compost disposal. Higgins said this would educate people on what items are or are not considered compost and share the positive effect this method of disposal has on the community. He said the campaign is not just about waste, but also about doing something to increase sustainability focus.

BUDGET, from 1 more flexibility in how it spends the money. Public Education Walker seeks to invest $129 million in public schools, which compares to the $834 billion he cut from public schools two years ago. Democrats called the increase a “paltry” amount given the last budget’s cuts. He also plans on spending $13.5 million to create an evaluation system for the state’s teachers and principals, which he said would cover the districts’ costs of $80 per teacher. He will also fund a Department of Public Instruction proposal that would require high school students to take the ACT and its precursor tests. Walker also plans to expand voucher schools in the state, which currently only exist in Milwaukee and Racine. Democrats, as well as some Republican senators, voiced their concerns with the voucher school expansion coming at the cost of school districts. Medicaid Walker plans to turn down the full Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law. He is instead proposing an alternate plan in which he would let in 82,000 childless adults who are currently on the wait list for Medicaid and move less poor parents in Medicaid to private insurance exchanges.

fall: two in nursing, one in diagnostic imaging and one in information technology. UW Colleges will offer general education courses and an Associate of Arts and Science degree. Although those are the only programs students can start this fall, faculty across the system are working on developing more. Reilly also talked about the importance of flexibilities the Legislature granted the UW System in the past session. This

More details on the plan will come out in his budget. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis released last week showed that would cost the state more than the full expansion, for which the which the federal government would never pay less than 90 percent. However, Walker said he was uncertain whether the federal government could meet those promises in the future due to its debt problems. Jobs Walker said he wants to give $75 million in tax credits to businesses, $10.9 million in the state jobs agency’s marketing efforts, $6 million in a loan program and lift the cap on a tax credit program. Walker also wants to invest $25 million in venture capital, an area the Legislature did not agree on last session. A large part of their disagreements stemmed from certified capital companies, or CAPCOs, that some think are less accountable and effective. Walker said he would not include CAPCOs in his budget. Other areas Walker will invest about $30 million in mental health services. He also wants to increase law enforcement spending by $14 million, including $4 million for sexual assault victim services.

includes flexibility with building projects and block grants that allowed the system to give money to campuses without specifying as much on where chancellors would need to use it for. He also apologized to the committee about the more than $34 million in overpayments at the UW System since a new human resources system replaced a nearly 40-year-old system that Reilly said was close to breaking any day.


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As questions begin to be formed regarding the meteorite that struck Russia, causing damage and injuring thousands, UW scientists are concluding research on a meteorite that hit southwest Wis. in 2010.

Scientists study 2010 meteorite University researchers finish examining history, fragments of southwest Wis. crash Muge Niu Higher Education Editor Days after a meteorite struck Russia and left more than 1,000 injured, University of Wisconsin scientists concluded a study of a meteorite that hit Wisconsin with findings of its complex geological history after three years of investigation. The Mifflin meteorite, named for the town over which it fell and known to many as the “Mifflin Fireball,” blazed through the skies and struck southwest Wisconsin April 14, 2010. It attracted meteorite collectors from all over the world. John Valley, UW professor of geoscience and a co-author of the paper, said the study began with meteorite fragments found along the streets, roads and in cornfields that, fortunately, had not been plowed. “People were very generous … some brought

the fragments in to us the next day and within 24 hours we put it through electronic microscopes and started to identify it,” Valley said. “There are still lots of pieces of this meteorite in the woods of Mifflin Township that will never be found.” Valley said a great amount of geochemical information is available and they believe the meteorite was about one meter in diameter and probably weighed a few tons before it exploded into fragments. UW scientists have done various types of chemical analyses to understand the complex history behind the Mifflin meteorite. This meteorite is identified as an L5 chondrite, one of the most common types of meteorites on Earth, according to the study’s first author Noriko Kita. “L5 chondrites are very interesting,” Valley said. “Geochemistry suggests that they all came from one

asteroid.” Scientists believe there was once a large body in the asteroid belt that probably collided with another asteroid and broke into pieces about 470 million years ago, he said. The Mifflin meteorite might be one of the pieces floating in the inner solar system and hit the earth three years ago, Valley said. There are probably many more of them, he added. One hypothesis says the meteorite that struck Wisconsin about 450 million to 470 million years ago and created the Rock Elm complex also belonged to the same parent body as the recent Mifflin meteorite. The findings of their study will be published in the upcoming issue of the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Valley said the paper’s authorship reflects the degree of international collaboration on the Mifflin meteorite study.

Report: $16 million spent in 2012 Legislative races Outside groups, candidates spent 14 percent less than 2010 cycle Polo Rocha Senior Legislative Editor Spending in the last cycle’s legislative races hit $16.53 million, a drop from the 2008 and 2010 cycle but an increase from 2006, according to a report released Tuesday. A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis showed candidates, committees and outside groups spent $16.53 million in the last legislative election cycle. That is a 14 percent drop from the $19.25 million spent in 2010 and an 18 percent drop from the $20.25 million spent two years before that. WDC Executive Director Mike McCabe said the drop can be attributed to last summer’s recall elections, two of which were statewide recall efforts against the governor and the lieutenant governor. Those elections, McCabe said, came at a time when legislative campaigns began fundraising heavily. “I think the biggest reason [for the drop] is that the recall elections earlier in the year sucked up a lot of the money,” McCabe said. McCabe also said the drop in spending could

SUPREME COURT, from 1 showed Wisconsin leans Democratic, so those who voted for President Barack Obama will have to vote for Fallone in April. Given the 4-3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court, Megna said people need to vote for Fallone to prevent the court from remaining a “rubber stamp” for the Republican governor and Legislature.

be attributed to the latest round of redistricting that made many races less competitive. Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin executive director, said he agreed. Heck released an analysis after last year’s elections, which found only one competitive Senate race and a “handful” of competitive races in the Assembly. “There wasn’t a lot of money poured in because really, the elections had been decided by the primaries,” Heck said. Because of the uncompetitive elections, Heck said people likely donated to other races, such as the presidential campaign or the U.S. Senate race. In his report last year, the only competitive state Senate election Heck found was the one where Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, defeated incumbent Jessica King, D-Fond du Lac. WDC’s report yesterday found both candidates topped the election spending numbers, with Gudex spending $315,032 and King spending $276,100. Most of the spending in that race, however, came from special interest groups, which spent $1.8 million, almost four times of what the candidates spent. Outside groups spent about $5.15 million in the 2012 races, of which $3.4 million went to Republican candidates and $1.75 million

went to Democrats. They spent 23 percent less than the 2010 and 2008 elections, when they spent $6.68 million and $7.1 million. However, the $5.15 million was 80 percent higher than 2006 outside spending. A similar trend of drops in total spending from 2010 and 2008 yet an increase since 2006 was seen in the $16.53 million spent in 2012. The total amount of spending in the 2006 cycle was $13.03 million, 27 percent less than last year’s spending. McCabe attributed that to increased out-of-state election spending, especially after the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. “I think what we’re seeing is the nationalization of state politics,” McCabe said. “We’re seeing more and more outside money coming in here. … We never saw that a decade ago or a generation ago in Wisconsin politics.” Since the Citizens United decision, Wisconsin election spending has tripled, McCabe said, and without the recall elections, election spending has still doubled. That outside spending has helped Republicans more than Democrats, McCabe added. Democrats spent slightly more during the 2011 recall elections, but in the 2012 recalls and legislative elections, Republicans “vastly outspent” Democrats, he said.

The lemon law attorney said he had a good experience running and will return to sue Volvo, the car company, today. He said he would also return to making videos criticizing Gov. Scott Walker, which gained him notoriety in the race. Megna argued throughout the primary the nonpartisan race is already political, so the other candidates should follow his example and display their

partisanship. About 100 judges, as well as law enforcement, prosecutors and police and firefighter unions have endorsed Roggensack. On Fallone’s side, former Sen. Russ Feingold, Democratic legislative leaders, the state’s largest unions as well as LGBT and immigrant advocacy groups have endorsed him. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Kita said although they will conclude the study of the Mifflin meteorite with the journal publication, there are still unsolved mysteries and possibilities for continued studies. “We have some unsolved problems that we identified from our study … we do not completely understand the process,” said Kita. “I hope after publishing the paper, other scientists from all over the world will be interested in this meteorite and continue to study it.” The UW Geology Museum in Weeks Hall permanently owns two pieces of the meteorite donated to it and has five to 10 pieces on loan on display. These fragments are for science use and cannot be cut up by destructive means, Valley said. The Department of Geological Science can keep the fragments that are donated for research purposes, which can be cut and made into microscope sections.

Efforts by a grassroots student government committee devoted to increasing cell phone service on campus will take shape this semester. The Associated Students of Madison University Affairs Committee is working to increase reception in areas where students spend most of their time and to target buildings and areas on campus with the worst reception, according to committee member Callen Raveret, who is leading the campaign. Not having cell service becomes a safety hazard if it means individuals are unable to use their phone in an emergency, Raveret said. Students report having problems during football games and walking to class, in addition to being in hightraffic areas like residence halls and the Student Activities Center, University Affairs Committee Chair Becca Buell said in an email to The Badger Herald. “It’s important for ASM, as a student government body, to prioritize cell phone reception because it will address the needs on game days and during late nights when people are on our campus and do not have access to make phone calls or send texts,” Buell said. “It’s a safety issue.” Buell said University Affairs started this campaign last fall. She said committee members targeted cell phone carriers and attempted to find ways to get them more invested in increasing reception on the University of Wisconsin campus. The committee switched to a different approach this semester, according to Buell. They would like to involve more students and work collaboratively in different university partnerships, she added. University Affairs issued a campuswide survey via WiscMail Monday that

the committee will use to discern what campus buildings students would like the committee to target for increased cell phone reception, Raveret said. “Our goal is to reach the most number of students that we’re able to,” Buell said. “It’s important for students to be able to have better reception, not only to send text messages and phone calls out of convenience, but also to ensure a safe campus environment.” According to Raveret, this problem is heightened within Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design efficient buildings. He said building materials, like aluminum oxide in the SAC windows, disable people from getting as good of service as they do outside. Raveret said after the committee decides what buildings are in the greatest need of attention, University Affairs will not target cell phone carriers themselves; rather, they will try to gain the cooperation of building officials and develop the best approach or solution for better cell phone reception. “We’re not going for the national,” Raveret said. “We’re just going for the on-campus strategy.” However, bettering cell phone service on campus is just one facet of the University Affairs campus safety campaign. Buell said there are a number of issues ASM is working on to improve campus safety. She said this ranges from providing spaces outside of major campus libraries and buildings listing bus times and cab numbers, to the Responsible Action Bill regarding alcohol policy currently being proposed to the state. “UW-Madison is a relatively safe campus,” Buell said. “However, it is important for us to continually institutionalize the best practices and increase preventative measures to ensure all students feel and are safe.”


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Ian Thomasgard The Badger Herald

Republican attempts to do away with same-day registration have been framed as an effort to prevent voter fraud. However, evidence shows that voter fraud is exceedingly rare and statistically negligible.

Or, we could make it easier to vote John Waters Columnist A report by the Government Accountability Board came out Monday saying it could cost the state as much as $14.5 million to end same-day voter registration. State Republicans are still considering the measure to end sameday registration anyway, because, of course they are. Following in the footsteps of the Voter ID bill, Republicans continue to put forth policies aimed at repressing voter turnout under the guise of fighting voter fraud. There is only one problem with this fight, and that of course is voter fraud isn’t a problem at all. Is the idea that people are out there rigging elections a scary concept, sure, but it has no basis in reality. Not only is there no evidence

to show it’s a problem, there’s plenty evidence to show voter fraud is not a problem. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who formed an election fraud task force just to show us all how much of a problem voter fraud was, could only find 20 instances of it in the entire state in the 2008 election. Three million people voted in that election, so that means that a whopping 0.0000066 percent of votes were fraudulent. And we caught them, so, good job. Remember those voter fraud billboards in Milwaukee that were a little too obviously trying to scare people? About a month before the presidential election in November, a bunch of signs popped up in Milwaukee saying, “Voter fraud is a felony! 3 years and up to a $10,000 fine.” That right there is all the state of Wisconsin will ever need to prevent voter fraud. And no I don’t mean the billboards — I mean the giant penalty for an individual crime that has no statistical relevance anyway.

I mean, I respect the creation of an imaginary boogieman to scare the public into agreeing to laws that would disenfranchise voters in your opponent’s base as much as the next guy, but come on, voter fraud?

“I mean, I respect the creation of an imaginary boogieman to scare the public into agreeing to laws that would disenfranchise voters in your opponent’s base as much as the other guy, but come on, voter fraud?” Let’s just imagine I’m John “vote twice” Doe. What exactly is my incentive to commit this crime that will land me in jail and cost me $10,000? One extra vote is going to

put my guy over the top, two extra votes, three? People are not committing voter fraud. And it’s gotten a little sad that in 2013 we aren’t seeing laws passed that make it easier for people to vote. Why can’t I see a proposal for a way to make online voting a reality (because Anonymous would take over the world), or expanding voting hours, a two-day election period or better early voting opportunities? I’m sure this proposal to end same-day registration isn’t going to go anywhere, and not least because it would have taxpayers spending money to make it harder to vote. It’s a thinlyveiled attempt at disenfranchisement, plain and simple. But at some point can’t we have elected officials who are actually interested in making it easier for taxpayers to exercise their constitutional right to vote instead of chasing boogiemen? John Waters ( jkwaters2@ wisc.edu) is a senior majoring in journalism.

Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to expand private school voucher and charter school programs Monday. While charter schools may be a reasonable investment, vouchers have many draw backs that outweigh their benefits. School vouchers have a noble goal, but ultimately are counterproductive to the greater good. While students who are lucky enough to receive vouchers benefit from the program, those who do not receive vouchers suffer. Rather than investing in strengthening public education the governor has decided to give a select few a way out. Vouchers promote a system in which it is acceptable to let our public schools fail in order to provide quality education for a select few. Directing resources away from public education is not going to improve schools. The expansion of vouchers and charter schools will cost $117 million and will only serve 32,000 students, while the public school system, which serves 880,000 students will only see an increase of $276 million. This means that for every additional dollar that the state will spend on a public school student, it will spend an additional $10 on a voucher or charter school student. This is unacceptable. We are spending more new money per student on kids we are sending to private schools than on kids in our public school system. Rather than focusing on improving our public schools we are focused on sending kids away from them. Furthermore, vouchers do not put any sort of safeguard in place to prevent private schools from raising tuition. Tax payers have no way to ensure their money is being spent efficiently. Private schools are not forced to accept the voucher. Vouchers also blur the line between church and state.

While public schools are secular, vouchers incentivize students to go to private schools that are often religious. While I personally believe learning about religion is enriching and a valuable part of educational development, this is no reason to put someone’s tax dollars towards a religion he does not agree with. The First Amendment has been a part of this nation since its conception, and it should not be violated in the form of government subsidies for private religious institutions. That being said, I understand there is a point where the line becomes blurry. While the First Amendment issue isn’t necessarily the biggest problem with vouchers, it is something that is there and should not be ignored. Charter schools, on the other hand, are an experiment that has the potential to revolutionize education as we know it. While there are issues that need to be worked out with the structure of charter schools, the programs that exist have been quite successful. In 2010, Steven Brill wrote an article for The New York Times Magazine in which he compared a charter school and a public school in New York City and determined the charter school spent less money per student and achieved better results. While this is not true in all cases, charter schools can offer us models to improve education. Democrats criticize charter schools because there is a lack of oversight. While I agree there should be more oversight to assure things are fair for faculty and students alike, we should not throw the baby out with the bath water. If charter schools continue to succeed, then they deserve our investment. If charter schools can provide cheaper and better education we should continue to explore them. Private school vouchers, however, hinder the public school system and should be phased out in favor of investment in the public school system. Spencer Lindsay (sclindsay@wisc.edu) is a sophomore majoring in political science.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM PROMOTING AWARENESS, VICTIM EMPOWERMENT

Jokes about Facebook stalking trivialize a serious issue The crime of stalking is not new. However, given the fast-paced advancements in technology and the everincreasing use of these devices, stalking perpetrators have new tools to stalk victims. Under Wisconsin state law, stalking is committed when one intentionally engages in a course

of conduct directed at a specific person that causes emotional distress, fear of bodily injury or death. Examples of stalking behaviors may include sending emails, pictures, knowing this person’s schedule, or other actions meant to harass, track or frighten. The Internet allows for

perpetrators to access personal information and locations, making stalking more accessible than ever. Potential stalkers might find it easier to stalk via the Internet than in person. According to a study conducted by Katrina Baum and her colleagues in 2008, 1 in 4 victims report being stalked through the use or aid of some form of technology, such as instant messaging or email. Experts suggest since this study was done in 2009, this number has only increased. While stalking through electronic means may not seem as dangerous as physically stalking, it is important to remember it is just as serious of a situation. Stalking reflects the victim’s feelings, not the perpetrator’s intentions. If the perpetrator’s actions cause a reasonable person to feel fear, or are threatening or harassing, they can be considered stalking. Stalking may intensify with the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Most of us are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, but for those who aren’t familiar with Foursquare, it is a location-based social networking site where users can “check in” at different venues. Users can connect with friends so each can see the locations where users

have checked in. Stalkers may use information taken from online sites such as these to further intimidate, harass or threaten their victim. Stalking is never the victim’s fault. However, if you feel safer limiting personal information, schedules and contact information online, please do so. PAVE encourages everyone to do what makes him or her feel the most comfortable and safe, but we want to be firm — it is never the victim’s fault. Students often joke about “Facebook stalking,” but there is a point when monitoring a person through social media crosses the line and must be addressed as a serious issue. When phrases such as “Facebook stalking” become mainstream, this can minimize the experience of people who are stalked, especially those who are stalked with the use of technology. It’s quite easy to brush off the use of this phrase, but take a minute and think about it. To say you “stalk” someone on Facebook is synonymous with saying you “frighten” or “harass” someone on Facebook. Even when phrases or words are said with harmless intent, the language our society invokes on a daily basis perpetuates violence and, in this case,

minimizes the experience of those who are stalked. Challenge yourself to stop using this kind of language and stop those around you. The next time your roommate tells you about the “Facebook stalking” she did during class, don’t just call her out on it, but educate her. Explain why using that language can be harmful to people who are stalked and the unfortunate issue of ignorance about stalking in our society. For more information and resources on stalking, visit the National Stalking Awareness Month website at stalkingawarenessmonth. org. If you believe you are being stalked, you can contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department at 608-264COPS or the Domestic Abuse Intervention Service’s crisis line at 608-251-4445. Maggie DeGroot is a senior majoring in journalism and a spokesperson for Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment. PAVE is a student organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking on the University of Wisconsin campus through education and activism. For more information or to find out how to get involved, email communications. pave@gmail.com.

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ARTSETC. PRESENTS “HUMP DAY”

Clarifying IUD products’ branding, rebranding Samantha Johnson Hump Day Columnist Two weeks ago, Hump Day previewed the release of the new intrauterine device Skyla. I promise to get back to the sexy stuff next time readers, but first, here is an important question from a fellow Badger. Hi Sam, I read your column a couple weeks ago about the new IUD called Sklya. I am very confused. I got the Mirena IUD three years ago during my freshman year, but I have never been pregnant before. My doctor never said anything about needing to have had children to get the Mirena. Why am I now hearing news that Skyla is meant for women who have never given birth and Mirena is only for women who have? Do I need to get my IUD removed? Help! Good question! Skyla just

hit the market and there are still some unanswered questions. Most of the concern over Skyla comes from young women, like yourself, who already have Skyla’s older sister Mirena snuggly sitting in their uteri and are wondering, “WTF?? Why is Mirena now only for women with kids?!” Here’s how the story goes. There used to only be two kinds of IUDs on the market from two different companies: the hormonal IUD called Mirena from Bayer and the ParaGard “Copper T” IUD from Teva Pharmaceuticals that does not contain hormones. A side-by-side comparison of these devices reveals pros and cons for both, although one thing they shared was being available for women who had never been pregnant before. Fast forward a couple years and, all of a sudden, Mirena is being re-branded as “recommended for women who have had a child.” In retrospect, this may have been in anticipation of Bayer’s future release of Skyla. The public got a whole slew

the rudimentary death star Dalkon Shield that caused uterine injuries and infertility in many women. It took the IUD market 40 years to recover from that PR nightmare, and Bayer doesn’t seem to be helping the situation. So first, relax. If you have not had children but are using Mirena, you do not need to get it removed or switch over to Skyla. Unless, of course, you are experiencing adverse effects, in which case you should speak with your doctor. There are many possible reasons for the product switcheroo, and here are the three most likely motivations Bayer had for creating Skyla. 1. Money. The more products a company can sell, the more money they can make. By slightly altering the directions on an already existing product, they have created a need in a population they can sell the perfect product to. Never mind the product was fine for everyone to use in the first place — it had been on the market for 10 years.

of commercials featuring women frolicking in autumn leaves in the middle of suburban spring with their two-kids-is-fine-fornow attitudes. This didn’t pick up much attention from childless women who had Mirena inserted before the new recommendations, and many doctors still continued to stick Mirenas into women without children at persistent requests. Since 2013 started with a media frenzy surrounding Skyla, young women’s ears are doing double takes. To differentiate their new product from the previous Mirena, the older counterpart is now officially labeled as the one for women WITH children and Skyla for those WITHOUT. You can imagine the freak outs this relabeling caused — women without children who have had Mirena in them for some time are just now learning that it is not meant for them. This can be particularly alarming considering the tumultuous history of IUDs, namely how perceptions of IUDs changed in the wake of

And, hey, people need to be reminded they need birth control! Drug companies do this all the time. If this is a reason, though, I’m not a fan of any public relations scheme that hides behind the guise of empowering women with choices when they might actually be playing us for fools. 2. Rebranding. Mirena has actually been in the news quite a bit recently regarding safety concerns. Maybe Bayer is sensing the imminent fall of Mirena and using Skyla to problem-solve. Fact is, many women who use Mirena do not experience serious compications and hum along happily, forgetting many women do have problems with the product. But all it takes is a few publicized nightmare experiences to bring the demise of a product. 3. Innovation. Skyla’s new, slightly smaller design is likely to receive a joyful welcome from the tiny uteri of women who have not given birth that will benefit from the smoother, more comfortable insertion and placement. If this is the

reason, it’s curious Bayer doesn’t just come clean with this explanation, as this would actually be a kind gesture. Regardless of the motivations to create Skyla, we now have one more IUD out there, and I have to say IUDs are a pretty good option for contraception. IUDs last for years and you don’t have to remember to take a pill, replace a patch, change a ring or get a shot. Plus, they are superduper effective. IUDs are pretty expensive up front — upwards of $1000 — but overtime are more costeffective than paying for the pill every month. Just watch out for hidden costs! In my own IUD adventure, I discovered facility fees, lab charges and extra provider costs add up to at least $400 that insurance does not cover. Check with your health care provider or insurance company beforehand to avoid being slapped with a surprise bill. Questions about IUDs or other topics you’d like our Hump Day columnists to answer? Send them to humpday@badgerherald.com.

Refined mixtape captures J. Cole’s diverse style ‘Truly Yours’ teases innovative take on rap genre to come when album drops Colin Kellogg ArtsEtc. Editor To tide fans over until the release of his highlyanticipated new album, J. Cole put out “Truly Yours” last week, an honest, soul-baring mixtape. “Born Sinner,” J. Cole’s next full-length album, was originally slotted for release Jan. 28. But after pushing the deadline back in early January, there has been no word from J. Cole as to when fans can expect “Born Sinner.” However, with an almost bluesy, Spanish guitar-led intro into the first track of “Truly Yours,” J. Cole indicates he’s sharing something to savor with this soulful, contemplative release.

Though the mixtape lacks catchy dance tracks like his well-known “Work Out,” it is full of personal narrative and jazzinfluenced instrumentals that will keep you listening. The second track, “Crunch Time” features the playful, wellcontrolled flow J. Cole excels at. He knows when to spit it fast, when to hold it back and when to let it suspend, challenging his audience to think about the words. Nominated for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys, J. Cole is likely not living the life of poverty and drug slinging featured in his lyrics. However, it is clear his tales of the street come from a very real place — whether inspired by his own past or the experiences of friends. “Crunch Time” expertly describes the struggles of catching a break: “Look, scavenge these records of these days MP3s /

Looking for the samples to put a n***a on MTVs / This is for n****s with empty dreams and empty jeans / Still holding on to the word maybe.” J. Cole addresses the raw realities of dealing drugs and struggling to get by in “Tears for ODB.” His lyrics often lack the overplayed cockiness that usually accompany lyrics addressing these subjects; he has the right amount of swagger, the kind he doesn’t need to throw in your face because it’s clear he’s got it. In the track, he raps, “Straight up-ay, any chance I’mma take it / Rather die before I fake it / They say life is what you make it, bitch, but I’m just try’na make it,” perfectly depicting this philosophy. Despite the unashamed boldness he seems to deliver his lyrics with, there is also a sense of hopelessness echoed in this song, a sort of anthem for those resigned to their fate.

The mixtape, though only five tracks long, flows like an album should. It is not the smattering of unfinished songs some artists release out of boredom — it is a polished, thoughtful, completely free collection. No track is overproduced — the beats complement the vocals in a way that allows

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The 2011 Grammy nominee is setting the bar high as he builds on his EP with bold steps towards an original, personal work.

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the listener to focus on the realistic narratives featured in each song. The romantic guitar featured in “Can I Holla At Ya” and the jazzy brass wailing in “Stay” are additions rarely used in the genre. Details like this serve the theme and tone of the mixtape well and add to the complexity of the musical

flavors to savor. Though moody at times and full of heavy subjects, “Truly Yours” is a repeat-worthy release you will truly want for your own.

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‘TRULY YOURS’ J. Cole


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Classifieds SO to post-sex culvers delivered. best morning ever. SO to my friend who projectile vomitted onto her cat while it was sleeping. ASO to said cat being mad and them not being on “speaking terms”. SO to the random hook up I just had in the Memorial Stacks. Boy, you know who you are, I had a great time, and would love to check another place off our bucket lists sometime ;) LOLSO to the girl having sex in the stacks. About 30 people listened in dead silence to you getting it on. Also, you sounded like you were getting stabbed viciously at some points. Hope you’re okay but by the way it ended I’m sure you are. ASO to having terrible gas while studying in the cages at Memorial. I’m hotboxing myself due to my leaky ass hole. SO to finally buying some toilet bowl cleaner for my toilet. DSO to it smelling “rain clean” every time I pee now. ASO to developing senioritis right before midterms begin ASO to wanting to be passive aggressive about someone on the shout outs and letting it all out, but not doing it because I know the person reads the shout outs and so he would find out it was about him. DASO to passive aggressiveness. HMFSO to the Shoutouts for being infinitely times better than the UW-Madison Confessions page ever will be. HASO to people you remain your Facebook friend, yet limit you to as if you weren’t friends. What’s the point? It feels so one wayed. HMFSO to sex so good that you want to scream but it comes out in a series of squeaks. ASO to not having an opportunity for a repeat for another month or so. SO to the girl who totally at shit today on Mills across from the McDonald’s. You got up and your ass was all covered in water! I hope you are ok, but it was seriously the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while ASO to tour groups for making me feel like an Elvis sighting every time I walk past SO to cheez-its. You da fuckin bomb. LOLSO to the girl who publicly posted her confession on the UW-Madison confession page. Yeah that’s right Jeni,

I screenshoted the hell out of that. ASO to me for always falling for guys who are allergic to cats. I WANT A KITTEN SO BAD SO to Beyonce. ASO to myself for not being Beyonce SO to the shoutouts for keeping me sane while working for hours on homework. Best way to stay entertained while at the library. SO to Game of Thrones. ASO to having to wait another month. HSO to looking forward to my boyfriend bending me over and groaning “Khaleesi!!” to celebrate the season premiere. ASO to writing, re writing, re writing then re writing again my cover letters. every time I finish I hate it again. SO to getting a job... hopefully ASO to getting hungry at abnormal times. I know I deserve it because I’ve trained myself to get hungry at odd hours... But it still blows. ASO to not keeping up with my reading. How many all nighters does it take for me to make myself get with the program.... ASO to the guy in my apartment building who is literally always singing. Do you ever stop?? Its been hours and some of us actually want to sleep. ASO to roommates who take 15 minute shits. DASO to people who bring their laptops into the bathroom with them. Your keyboard must be saturated in fecal matter. ASO to people that spill coffee in a lecture and don’t warn the people in front of them to move their backpacks. How rude (Stephanie Tanner voice) SO to mother nature. Why in the hell do you punish me for not being pregnant?!?!?! You should be rewarding me instead of making me feel like I am dying a slow and painful death. HSO to cuddling on a nightly basis, that shit I like! SO to professors using the verb penetrate...you should know where everyone’s minds go after that. ASO to people who smoke. Next time you blow smoke in my face when I’m walking to class, I am going to spit on you (because, ya know, I have the right to do it...) SO to the magnetic, inherent attraction with a friend

of mine... I don’t know you all that well, Jake, but daaaaaamn, when our eyes lock... ASO to the complications in our way. Just tell me how you feel!! ASO to people who feel the need to brag about their personal accomplishments in facebook groups. Promise, no one cares. DASO to people who post about sublets or ticket exchanges in every other group except the groups that were made for those things. GTFO. SadSO to it being about that time when I’m abroad and really homesick. I could use a hug from momma right about now. Maybe a roomie dance rave and definitely some Babcock ice cream. ASO to running out of weed just before my midterms start. SO to switching birth control and my boobs getting bigger. ASO to lefty growing more than righty. SO to cold medicine. I’m feelin a little too good for how sick I was this morning. Also feelin like the world is tilted to the right and I can’t quite sit up straight. SO to taking the biggest dump of my life in Grainger hall today. ASO to clogging a power flush toilet, that’s possible? ASO to breaking my phone, then literally 1 minute later ending it with my girlfriend. ASO to being in Michigan and hearing people bitch about the cold. Zero with the wind chill is nothing. SO to the girl who thought Barack Obama was a restaurant ASO to everyone who walks so damn slow on the way to class. My body does not appreciate being awake at 9 in the morning, nor does it appreciate lingering in the subzero temperatures. PICK UP THE FUCKING PACE SO I CAN GET INSIDE! ASO to my neighbor for making our hall a techno rave every afternoon. Asshole... Shout out to all the coasties who despite the weather still refuse to wear pants shoutout to calculating how many extra shifts i have to work at pop’s to get 1/8 a week. anti-shoutout to my anthro lecture in ag hall. it really shouldn’t take us all 15 minutes to file out of the damn lecture hall.

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SO to the girl who took a shit in my garbage, Fuck you... at least you had the decency to wipe

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shoutout to my roommate who wet the bed on her 21st birthday...my little girl’s all grown up! Shoutout to my gf who came back from the Caribbean last week, met my family for the first time, and a day later had to call them to say she had potentially infected all of them with parasites. SO to the squirrel who ventured into my room this morning after I came

back from the shower. I thought about picking you up and throwing you into my sleeping roommate’s bed. But after weighing my options I decided the rabies shots weren’t worth it... maybe tomorrow... SO to becoming friends with my ex’s new fiance. Being able to complain about his faults with someone who actually knows his is the most refreshing feeling ever.

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SO to my roommate for admitting her worst fear is farting while getting eaten out. I would laugh so hard if that happened with your new boy toy. ASO to my roomate who informed me that if we were being chased by a lion, he would trip me. An even bigger ASO to my other roomate who, when he heard this, laughed and agreed. Thanks guys, your compassion is overwhelming.

buy weed. I’m sure that’s what Obama had in mind. SO to the guy going out of Ingraham today around 2:20. Not only did he hold the door open for me coming in, but he also held another door open for people going out of Ingraham. Too sweet, you are a gentlemen! ASO to the guys in witte who jack off in the shower and clogged the pipes. Maybe you should get laid and that won’t happen. SO to the plummers for cleaning that cause God knows I wouldn’t come close to touching that shit. ASO to guys that say they are on the basketball team, when they aren’t. Clearly you just have no game whatsoever. SO to the Men’s Basketball Players and Managers for being sexy as hell. ASO to the guy eat-

ing a bag of nuts in the SOHE cafe area. Chew with your mouth closed!! ASO to having three exams next week... really? SO to being soooooo inappropriately drunk afterwards next weekend. ASO to all the shoutouts, sarcastic or not, about staying to designated libraries. Can’t we all just be friends? SO to thinking in shoutouts. SO to the girl in my AIS 301 class who came to class 25 minutes late to hand in her case and then proceed to walk right back out. SO to myself for now feeling really dedicated. anti shout to having to rename our house the bat cave...apparently I have acquired an additional set of roommates over break...a bat family. SO to spending over

an hour rocking out to old 90’s music with my roommates instead of doing homework. Aqua, Deep Blue Something, and Boyz II Men never sounded so good. shoutout to whoever found my phone and rescued it from the snow this weekend. anti shoutout to texting my neighbor that i was hungover and horny, which wasn’t entirely untrue, but still. come on now. SO to seeing a guy with the tags still on his pants. Thanks for the laugh to brighten up my day. ASO to the A-holes that never shovel their sidewalks. I really love trudging through your F-ing slush every morning. ASO to my new smelly roommate. Please take a shower, I don’t have the energy to force another one of you out. www.badgerherald. com/shoutouts

Sports

UW’s offense in championship form Women’s hockey team finds production, chemistry at all-time high following weekend sweep of UMD Spencer Smith Associate Sports Editor On a weekend when senior forward and team captain Brianna Decker stole the show, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued to pound the net with a momentumgaining offensive attack. Wisconsin (19-9-2, 159-2 WCHA) left St. Cloud, Minn., just over a week ago in the midst of an offensive outburst that resulted in 11 goals in just two games against St. Cloud State — a statistic reminiscent of last season’s Frozen Four team. It would have been easy to attribute UW’s offensive success in St. Cloud to the Huskies’ inability to slow down opposing offenses — allowing an average of 3.09 goals per game. But the Badgers put their doubters to rest over the weekend with another offensive surge against MinnesotaDuluth (14-3-3, 13-12-1). The Badgers went on to score three goals in each of their games against the Bulldogs, bringing the weekend total to six. Six goals pales in comparison to the 11 goals the team scored a week ago, but UW’s six scores

came against a UMD defense that has given up the third-least amount of goals in the WCHA. It’s even more impressive given the fact Duluth has given up three goals only twice in its last 15 games. Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson is happy with the way the offense is coming along and attributes some of the success to the seniors’ determination to leave UW in style. “We’re playing well,” Johnson said. “Kids are probably a little more confident in the end of the game than maybe earlier in the season, but one thing about being a senior, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel where [their] career is going to be done and usually that ramps them up a little bit.” Decker fit Johnson’s bill Sunday with a seemingly refuse-to-lose attitude that resulted in a two goal performance — one of which was the gamewinning goal in overtime. Wisconsin’s goals did not come easily Sunday, though, with an outstanding performance from Minnesota-Duluth’s freshman goaltender Kayla

Black, who racked up 42 saves. Despite UW’s barrage of 11 shots on goal in the first period, Black held the Badgers scoreless until the second period, when Decker was finally able to break through on a onetimer from the right circle that sailed between Black’s legs. Wisconsin was not disheartened by Black’s ability to stop the puck and continued to take shots on net, ending the night with 45 shots on goal. Senior defenseman Saige Pacholok said the coaching staff has been stressing the importance of taking shots and is happy with the number of chances UW’s offense has taken lately. “We struggled with goal scoring kind of throughout the season, so I think getting as many shots and getting as many opportunities will help us throughout the season and in the rest of the playoffs,” Pacholok said. “We emphasize getting shots and outplaying them, so I think we did a really good job of that the last couple of weekends.” UW applied constant

pressure to the UMD defensive unit, seemingly always controlling the puck in its offensive zone. “I think we kept the offensive pressure on really well and our forecheck,” Decker said. “We sustained a solid one the whole six periods this weekend and that was huge for us.” The unrelenting pressure of the Wisconsin fore-check may have been just enough to catch Black out of position at the end of the third period. UW sophomore forward Blayre Turnbull was able to score the game-tying goal while Black was still skating back to the crease. In overtime, Decker continued to pepper the Duluth goaltender with shots until she finally created a breaking point, beating Black one-on-one from the face-off with just 2:32 left in the extra period — cementing her legacy as one of the most prolific scorers in program history. Decker hasn’t been the only offensive threat lately for a Wisconsin attack that has steadily been gaining confidence. Junior forward Madison Packer has been a spark plug for the offense

since the second game of the Minnesota series Jan. 27 when she scored the Badgers’ only goal on a power play. Since that game, Packer has scored during three of the team’s last five games, including Saturday’s game when she scored a point on all three of the Badgers’ goals against the Bulldogs. Packer, among others, made Duluth pay for their lack of discipline in the weekend series, as the UW offense benefited from 10 power plays on UMD penalties. Packer says UW struggled to find any rhythm in the beginning of Saturday’s game with the constant stopping and starting of play due to penalties, but the team was able to settle down and find an offensive strength that has emerged late in the season. “We were shooting pucks into them a little bit in the beginning so we talked about it,” Packer said. “We opened things up a little bit and I think [scoring three goals] is a big confidence booster for us and also to have a good power play. It’s a good tool to have.”

ZAK, from 10 instances, comparison simply isn’t fair. On only a few occasions have women and men faced each other in evenhanded contest. Three tennis matches, each dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes,” saw female tennis players battle over an honest net against male counterparts. The male players won two of the three matches that took place between 1973 and 1992, but Billie Jean King beat the ever-cocky Bobby Riggs in 1973. King now sits alone atop the proverbial Mount Rushmore of women to conquer men in professional sports. For nearly 40 years, King has been saving spots next to her in history and Patrick is finally in position with a chance to join her. A Patrick victory would help the world recognize her as a winner of the Daytona 500 and not just the pinnacle of many dreamy Super Bowl commercials. It could also inspire young women into racing, or remind them of tennis or give them greater hope in golf, swimming, life, work, etc. Girls can drive, too, and they just might be able to do it pretty well. And lastly, it would also be a pleasant surprise to all, given her less-than lofty expectations and history straying away from her side. At 18-to-1 odds, Patrick clearly isn’t the favorite to win the race. That depends, of course, on how you define a favorite.


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Men’s hockey gets glimpse of future vs. PSU Future conference rival to Badgers in new Big Ten, games offer new opponent Nick Daniels Sports Content Editor Things are about to change for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team in a B1G way. After almost 43 years in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Badgers will leave the conference next fall to join the new Big Ten conference in its inaugural season. When the Badgers host the Penn State Nittany Lions this upcoming Sunday and Monday in their first meeting since PSU created a Division 1 program this fall, fans will get a glimpse of one of the Big Ten hockey conference’s new annual matchups. Over the years, the WCHA has proven itself to be one of

COACH, from 10 high. It’s fun for everybody and that’s certainly a factor in the decision to come to a place like this. Yeah, there’s great leadership. You don’t go to a university that has poor leadership. I’ve learned that over the years. You’re just banging your head up against the wall. I’m at a point in my career that I want to be places where everybody is all in and everybody is trying to do the same thing. And there is no question that Wisconsin is that place. BH: A lot of times, programs struggle in their first year with a new head coach because of different styles, systems and personnel. What do you have to do to avoid a first year slump? Shefield: There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on. It’s new for everybody. It’s new for our kids, it’s new for our staff, it’s new for myself and families. It’s new for the administration and staff members here. What you try to do is get yourself up to speed as quickly as possible, but you also don’t try to rush things. Every new coach that comes in, the culture is going to be a little bit different and some are going to be more dramatic changes than others. You try to just systematically go step by step. For me and my coaching staff, I brought everybody that was with me at [Dayton] so that certainly makes things a little bit easier. We can meet and say ‘all right’ and say ‘do this,’ and they are off and running. You don’t have to explain how you want things done because you’ve already been down that road. We’re at a time right now where the players are getting used to me and what my expectations are, and I’m getting to know them and seeing what they are capable of doing. That can be a really, really fun time. It can be a really fun time for the players because there’s kind of a clean slate and the challenges are different. For some people — if they don’t want to try new things — it can be really, really tough, but these guys have been really open. There’s

SEEKS, from 10 and have shown flashes,” Gard said. “They beat Minnesota, they win at Illinois, they really thumped Purdue a couple weeks ago.” Northwestern will also provide a unique challenge to a stout Wisconsin defense. Under head coach Bill Carmody, the Wildcats run the signature Princeton offense. A slow, deliberate half-court attack, it shares many similarities to the Badgers’ swing offense. The Princeton offense demands sharp passing, attentive cuts and an overall feel for the game that allows players to anticipate their teammate’s movement. The cuts also vary in speed, as players in

the toughest conferences in the country. Since 1951, the conference has produced 37 national champions and at lease one team in the National Championship round of the NCAA playoffs in 56 of the last 60 seasons. For freshman forward Nic Kerdiles, the chance to play in the storied WCHA conference was a major factor in his decision to play hockey for Wisconsin. “I’m really impressed by [this conference] and it is one the reasons I decided to come here,” Kerdiles said. “It’s got a lot of history, and it is unfortunate it is going away, but this year it has been a lot of fun. If you look through the standings, there are a lot of teams with only one point, two points difference.” But beyond the current crop of players, the WCHA holds an important place in the history of hockey at UW. UW interim assistant coach Matt Walsh played in the WCHA for the Badgers

from 1982 to 1986 — earning a National Championship with the team as a freshman in 1983. While teams have joined the conference since he graduated, he believes the level of talent and competition in the WCHA over the years is unrivaled. “You can’t take a night off,” Walsh said. “Maybe before some nights you could depending on who you played, but now … you can’t afford to take a night off.” Joining Wisconsin in the inaugural season of the Big Ten conference next year are five other teams — Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. After years of consideration, the formation of the new conference was spurred on by the announcement this past offseason that Penn State would upgrade its club hockey team, the Penn State Icers, to a Division 1 program with a new name — the

some talented players on this roster. BH: What did you say to your team when you first met them? Sheffield: We had our opening meeting and you are trying to get them as comfortable as possible of knowing what things are going to be like. So, you go over your expectations and how the culture is going to be and what they can expect out of me and the rest of my staff, and you just go from there. Then you get in the gym and kind of see what they can do. I think we are learning a little bit about each other every day. What I am learning is who is in it for the long haul. Everybody can make that change over a week or two, but who’s in it for the long haul? For me, it’s more than just wins on the court. There’s way more than just wins on the court. Certainly that has to be a big part of it, but they’ve got to do things the right way off the court and they’ve got to be enthusiastic about what we are doing. They’ve all got to be in and so far they seem to be. You don’t just go take a wrecking ball to the thing, that’s not the program that I walked into. There are a lot of good things going on here and there are some things that we have to do differently. So we are just kind of systematically moving from day to day and we are spending a ton of time recruiting. BH: You said you wanted to make some changes. What would you say is the No. 1 change you want to make? Sheffield: We’ve got to change our attitude. We have to embrace the hard work. We have to be able to respond to adversity better than what they’ve probably done in the past and in this conference, there is going to be a lot of it. It’s a bear, man. You better embrace it and find a way. I’m not so sure how good they’ve been at that recently and so we’re working them really hard. My belief is through hard work, you get confidence. And we want our team to be really confident in their abilities and each other and know that when things get really tough, nobody’s going to bail on them. The first

thing you try to get them to try to understand is what the hard work is and then through that there’s some tremendous benefits that come along with that. BH: What are your initial impressions of your team as people and as athletes? Sheffield: As people, they seem like really good people. They are willing. I think they are buying into change and that makes it a lot easier on my end. Every day they seem a little more enthusiastic. Every day it’s getting a little bit better. We’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve been impressed for the first month and a half that we’ve gone. They’re excited about the future. They can feel like they are getting better. I think there is optimism. Great teams and great athletes have an optimism about themselves even when things get really hard. Things are hard right now because they are learning and we are trying to change the culture. They are working really hard but I see them bouncing back. It’s early, but I’ve been impressed so far. BH: You have won numerous conference titles in your career, so you know what it takes to get to the top. How far away would you say Wisconsin is from making it back to the top of the Big Ten conference? Sheffield: I don’t come in here and say, ‘All right, we’ve got to win in this many years.’ We’re talking about winning it now. You better have those discussions. That’s our goal. When you are here at Wisconsin, when you are a part of the volleyball program here at Wisconsin, you should be thinking about championships. If you’re not talking about that, then you are selling yourself short. I believe in my core this is a ‘sky is the limit’ type of a program here. I don’t know if our kids are believing it right now, but you better be discussing it. And then everything is just about getting better. You don’t talk about it all the time. You put it out there and you say, ‘Look at this, this is what we are trying to accomplish here, this is what we are capable of.’ Then you just focus at getting a little bit better

motion will deliberately lull their defender to sleep, only to make an extremely quick cut or backdoor move to the basket for an easy layup. “They’re unlike many other Big Ten teams in terms of their offense,” senior guard Dan Fahey said. “It’s a big challenge so we’re going to have to get ready for the test ahead and the Princeton offense and their changing defenses, so they’ll keep us on our toes.” NU can also stretch the defense with their ability to make the three, as the team averages 7.7 made three-point baskets per game on the season. The discipline of the Princeton mentality also can be seen in Northwestern’s intelligent passing, as the

group ranks 11th in the nation with an assist-toturnover ratio of 1.40. “They can put so much pressure on you on the perimeter,” Gard said. “If you make mistakes, they’re going to get threes off and if you get overzealous or overanxious they end up with back-cuts for layups.” With both teams focused on exerting a slowed down, half-court game, the winner could be decided on which team not only makes shots, but limits their turnovers as well, as tonight’s game will feature limited offensive possessions for both teams. “We definitely can’t look past anyone. I don’t think we ever really do, especially in the Big Ten,” Fahey said.

Nittany Lions. According to Big Ten rules, six teams are required to have a conference championship, and before PSU’s announcement, only five traditional Big ten teams existed. Now with six schools hosting Division 1 hockey programs, the Big Ten finally has the green light to start a hockey conference. The move to a new Big Ten conference — while exciting for fans and players — means some of the Badgers’ traditional rivalry games will no longer be conference games with WCHA points on the line. “It’s going to be different for sure,” Kerdiles said. “We are going to try to keep some of those rivalries. I talked to coach and I think they are already working on making sure we play North Dakota next year and keeping at least one rivalry going.” Still, with only 20 conferences games slated

every day and that’s where your entire focus better be. It shouldn’t be on wins and losses. Your daily concern isn’t about winning. It’s about getting better. If you can put your focus in on that, then you are going to find yourself moving up. You are going to find yourself competing for championships. But the focus has to be on the daily commitment to get better and that’s what we are trying to do. BH: Your wife was a collegiate volleyball player. Does she provide a second set of eyes and how helpful is that for you? Sheffield: She was a great player. She played at Villanova for a couple of years and won a Big East Championship there. Then she went to Virginia and went to the NCAA tournament. Her dad is a club director. Her brother played college volleyball. Her sister played college volleyball — it’s a volleyball family. Do we talk? Yeah, she’ll give me thoughts on the team’s play,

for each of the inaugural members, this leaves 14 games for each team to schedule games with other nonconference opponents, such as North Dakota. In addition to maintaining old rivals, Wisconsin will have its fair share of new rivalries to develop. While Penn State’s history in college hockey may still be in its infancy, both Michigan and Michigan State already have successful hockey programs established. In 2011, Michigan was the runner up to MinnesotaDuluth in the National Championship game while, just a few years earlier in 2007, Michigan State won it all. Add those finishes to two National Championships in back-to-back years for Minnesota in 2002 and 2003 with a National Championship for Wisconsin in 2006, it becomes clear the Big Ten conference has all the makings of a potential

personalities and how we are working together, the match environment. And she’s great at that. But I’m also somebody — anytime I come into contact with anybody — I ask them what they’re thinking. I value what she has to say a lot. Probably more important than just what she is seeing on the team is the fact that she understands what the lifestyle is. It’s tough. A week and a half ago I was in five states in six days and eight cities. Right now, I was in Chicago for two days, Omaha [Neb.] for two days, I’m here for one — just today only. Then I’ll be in Houston tomorrow and Austin [Texas] the next day and Iowa for the next three days. So, just being around somebody that kind of understands what the coaching profession is makes it a lot easier because it’s not an easy lifestyle. BH: What would you want all of the alums and fans that love the volleyball program to know about you or what bring to the table?

powerhouse conference in the years to come. Combine stronger nonconference matchups with a difficult conference slate and Walsh believes future schedules could have much more quality competition than in years past. But, potentially more important for each of the teams entering the Big Ten, regularly scheduled matchups against familiar opponents could help strengthen ties to the sport for Wisconsin fans who are used to the Badgers playing teams like Ohio State and Michigan in football and basketball. “Having Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State — all of those teams come in — to the average fan, they will recognize those teams,” junior defenseman Frankie Simonelli said. “When they hear Colorado College is coming to town or Denver, they might not be as familiar with it.”

Sheffield: It’s a family. Just because there is a coaching change, we still want them to feel like they have access to the program. As coaches, we are just here for a short period of time. We are just kind of your stewards of the program but when you wear that jersey, you are a part of that forever. Sometimes when there is a new coach that comes in, there is this disconnect. I’ve told all of them that I would hate for that to happen. I want them to always feel proud to be Badger volleyball players and that they are always welcome here. They can always come into my office and sit in the chair and talk. They are always welcome to come in and watch a practice or even jump in on an open gym and things like that. I want them to know me and my staff are going to do everything in our power to make sure this is a program that they will continue to be proud of. And I know that they are right now.


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Meet the coach: Kelly Sheffield The Badger Herald sits down with UW volleyball’s newest man at the reigns Spencer Smith Associate Sports Editor Meet Kelly Sheffield, the newest head coach of the Wisconsin volleyball team. Named to the position this past December after former head coach Pete Waite resigned, Kelly comes to Wisconsin leaving behind a trail of success in his immediate wake. Coming from the University of Dayton, where he coached for five years and compiled four straight Atlantic 10 conference championships, multiple coach of the year awards and a 131-33 record, Sheffield takes over a Wisconsin team that has failed to make the NCAA tournament since the 20072008 season. The Badger Herald got a chance to sit down with the newest addition to the

Badgers’ family of head coaches Tuesday afternoon in his office. Badger Herald: What makes the University of Wisconsin and its volleyball program an attractive position for a coach? Kelly Sheffield: I think this is one of the best jobs, if not the best job, in the country. So much in our profession is recruiting and can you sell. For me personally, I’ve got to believe in what I am selling. The types of people I want to be around are people that are well-rounded and want to live extraordinary lives. And I think you can do that here. You’ve got absolutely one of the best academic universities in the country. You’ve got one of the absolute best fan bases in our sport right here and a great facility, with incredible tradition and a really, really fun campus environment. Those are things that you can sell and people can get excited about. So when you go into a recruit’s home or you talk with club coaches, you can go and speak to the best players in our sport and have something to tell them.

And they’ll get excited about it. When you’re in the mix of trying to go after the best kids, in our profession, you want to do it. I want to do that. I want to be around that type of program, and I think you’ve got that here. BH: Was there any influence, in the process of recruiting you as coach, having a former coach like Barry Alvarez as the athletic director? Sheffield: Yeah, certainly. I think everyone in the country knows there are great coaches here. The athletic department is ran really well. There’s a lot of underachieving athletic programs in the country and this is definitely not one of them. There’s a lot of success across the board. I think you want to be in an environment where you are surrounded by excellence. Certainly that starts with coach Alvarez, but it’s more than him. There’s a lot of people that have their hands in this. There’s a lot of help. It makes everything more fun when that tide is

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Badgers look to avoid letdown Wisconsin faces injury-riddled 10th place Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena Nick Korger Sports Editor With an elevated style of play from top to bottom in the Big Ten this season, coaches and players alike from the conference’s top tier of teams are hesitant to call any contest a “trap” game. With Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten) traveling to Evanston, Ill., for a date with the conference’s 10th place team, Northwestern (1313, 4-9), the Badgers have long ago thrown out any notions of the game lacking importance. UW freshman forward Sam Dekker hopes his team can get over the trend that has perplexed the team all season. The Badgers are just 1-4 in games following a win over an opponent ranked in the Top 25 this season, with all four losses coming on the road and two of those losses

coming to unranked opponents. “We’ve had a trend this year we’re trying to bring to a halt,” Dekker said. “After a big win a lot of times we’ve taken one on the chin. We’ve got to have a focused mentality coming in there and come out with a ‘W.’” The most recent punch in the mouth Wisconsin has taken on the road after a big win came last Thursday against Minnesota. Fresh off an emotional Saturday upset for the ages over No. 3 Michigan, the Badgers scored four points in the last 10 minutes of the game to allow the Gophers to creep back and take the game in overtime. Now, the team must play on the road in one of the most unique environments in the Big Ten at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena, a venue that only seats 8,117 fans.

But, Wisconsin and head coach Bo Ryan have had their success recently on the road against Northwestern, winning four of their last five meetings with the Wildcats in Evanston. The Wildcats are also one of the weakest teams in the conference in regards to roster depth. “There are five guys now out for the year (on Northwestern), three of them probable starters,” Wisconsin assistant coach Greg Gard said. “They’ve tried to patch some things together and it’s gotten some younger guys more time earlier than they would have normally gotten.” One of the starters Northwestern lost this season was senior forward and 2012 third team all-Big Ten selection Drew Crawford. But, the injury bug didn’t stop its bite there, claiming freshman guard Sanjay Lumpkin

and freshman center Chier Ajou. The team is also missing junior JerShon Cobb, who was suspended for the season due to violations of team policy. As if that wasn’t enough, the Wildcats recently lost leading rebounder, Jared Swopshire, for the season to a right knee injury Feb. 9 against Iowa that required arthroscopic surgery. Players have still stepped up for Northwestern in an injury-plagued year. Down to eight healthy scholarship players, former walk-on senior Reggie Hearn leads his team with 14.0 points per game, an average that ranks him ninth in the conference. “They were at points earlier in the year playing really well (before the injuries)

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Danica Patrick is NASCAR’s little dolly, pretty much regardless of what she thinks. Of the first 10 pictures that lead the Google search “Danica Patrick,” only two show Patrick sporting her popular NASCAR jumpsuit. The others include her in a much more revealing sense, erotically clad as an article accentuating either a sports car or a sandy beach. Is this a bad thing? It’s hard to be certain. Patrick won the “Most Popular Driver” award on the Nationwide Tour last season, but when you enter a profession blanketed by men, standing out in the crowd is part of the unwritten agreement. Whether or not she is NASCAR’s showgirl remains rather trivial, though. The subject at hand, however, is Patrick as a professional race car driver. “I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl,” Patrick said to the press after winning the pole position for the Daytona 500. She might be exactly right, but thus far, she has only been the latter. For her to stand out with more than just Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition beauty, she’ll have to show that she can beat the boys and win a race. Having won the pole for the 55th edition of the Daytona 500, Patrick will find her best chance to win a race after being given the early lead when the green flag flaps in the wind at Daytona Speedway Sunday afternoon. All 42 men will begin behind the only woman in the field, but once the race commences, the chase will be on for the gender that has never allowed a female driver to reach the winner’s circle. Not once has a female won an official NASCAR race.

Each time she starts her engine, Patrick takes on another opportunity to be the first, so starting the race Sunday marks an important milestone for her career. Once she is the first to cross the starting line, however, the only history she’ll gladly accept is if she can also be the first to cross the finish line. While a win at Daytona will not delete the revealing photos on the Internet or make NASCAR’s lovely daughter anything less than glowingly attractive, it will help her finally arrive on the biggest stage of professional racing, a place she yearns to be. It would make for quite the arrival. In a sport so thoroughly dominated by men, Patrick has been merely a speck, just a sparkle of variance. She spent seven years as an IndyCar driver, logging just a single victory in 2008 at the Indy Japan 300. Her 10 starts on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are summed up with a bunch of middle of the pack performances, one finger-wagging incident and a career best finish of 24th. But regardless of her past and overall lack of accomplishments, her place as the lead dog at Sunday’s start cannot be taken away. It will be her moment to rise, falter or fall into the mediocrity that has defined her short career to this point. It extends further than just Danica Patrick, however. Patrick’s progress, or lack thereof, whichever you choose, involves more people than simply the principal advertising representative of GoDaddy.com. The 30-yearold driver is fully engulfed as the female leader within one of the few arenas that put man against woman in sporting theater. Most things just cannot compare — through physical build alone — between the best athletes with a Y chromosome and the best athletes without. Michael Phelps swims faster than Missy Franklin. Tiger Woods hits a golf ball farther than Michelle Wie. In almost all

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