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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuition freeze ‘unsustainable’ fix
While supporters have praised the governor’s call for college affordability, experts say UW System funding plan not long-term solution Nyal Mueenuddin Print State Editor
After Gov. Scott Walker called for a two-year extension to the current University of Wisconsin System’s tuition freeze, some critics have called the move short-sighted and an overly simplistic solution to keeping higher education affordable. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a UW educational policy studies and sociology professor, said the relative financial stability of UW-Madison compared to other UW System schools will result in major disparities in the proposed tuition freeze’s effect on students. “Unfortunately, what the governor has done affects all the schools the same way, and that’s not smart because the students at these schools
are very different,” GoldrickRab said. “At the places where the students need the most help, this tuition freeze is going to hurt them.” She said there is a huge income disparity between students who go to school to UW-Madison and those who attend other UW System schools. She proposed perhaps some of the projected surplus go toward providing higher quality education and increased financial aid for students attending UW System schools across the state. The first two-year tuition freeze in UW System history was implemented last year after the state Legislature found over half a billion dollars in reserve fund accounts across the UW System. It will remain in place until 2015.
The response a year later is motivated largely by the same mentality, that in a time of a budget surplus, students should not see tuition increases. “This freeze continues our commitment from the last budget to make college more affordable for working families and students across our state,” Walker said in a statement. The UW System is projected to end this year with a $1.1 billion surplus, system President Ray Cross announced at last week’s Board of Regents meeting, although he noted 75 percent of the surplus are already committed funds with a determined purpose. “I intend to work vigorously to find a reasonable solution. I am confident that we can get the
best budget possible for the university,” Cross said in the meeting. Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, said it is crucial to think about the implications of a tuition freeze on the future cost of tuition, citing the aftermath of Wisconsin’s relatively forgotten one-year tuition freeze imposed for the 2000-2001 school year. After holding down tuition for just one year, UW saw tuition hikes of 18 and 15 percent in subsequent years, according to UW tuition records. UW System spokesperson David Brukardt said the system is not in a position to speculate on the effects of the freeze on future tuition figures due to the range of undetermined revenue sources including federal,
state, gifts and grants. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank has called to increase tuition for non-resident students to help hold down tuition for Wisconsin residents, as tuition for nonresidents is also currently frozen, Brukardt said. “Its an issue that has many facets. Compared to peer campuses across the Midwest, in the Big Ten and across the nation, our tuitions are considerably lower already,” he said. “From an economic standpoint, the market could probably bear higher tuition costs for out-ofstate students, and that may be something the [Board of Regents] takes a look at.” Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson, said students should reap the benefits of a system surplus. He praised Walker’s
proposed tuition freeze for its aim to keep tuition affordable for Wisconsin residents, but also said he recognizes that it was not a long-term solution to the broader college affordability crisis. “Its important for us to have a world class university system but to also have a system in which quality education be affordable and accessible for Wisconsin families,” Knudson said. “However, in the long-term this will not be a sustainable model.” Republican legislative leaders in both houses and budget committees have said they would look to enact the tuition freeze extension next year if they maintain control over the Legislature after the upcoming elections, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Student spaces aid in recovery Alex Arriaga
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Joey Reuteman The Badger Herald Results of a study showed people who live in neighborhoods with more tree canopies and green space are less likely to feel depressed.
More green space lowers blues Brenda McIntire Herald Contributor
According to a new study by state researchers, the color green should no longer be associated with envy, but with happiness. The study, which involved collaboration with University of Wisconsin researchers, focused on how green space impacts mental health across the entire state of Wisconsin. Results showed people who live in neighborhoods with more tree canopies and green space were less likely to feel depressed, anxious and stressed, Kristen Malecki, a UW professor of population health sciences and a senior author of the study, said. “Going into nature and going into natural areas allows us to sort of rejuvenate and restore,” Malecki said. The findings in the study support the attention restoration theory, the idea that being out in the natural environment settles one’s nerves and reduces anxiety
and stress. In the future, Malecki said city planners could potentially use green space as a cost- effective method for improving overall mental wellness. “Green space might be a really cost-effective, easy way to make people happier in those environments without them even knowing it,” she said. “It has all sorts of cobenefits, too, such as reducing carbon emissions and cleaning the air.” One finding the research identified was that people’s perceptions of their environment are more important rather than the actual physical green features of that environment, Malecki said. In contrast to mentally healthy individuals, the research found that depressed individuals are less likely to notice positive green areas in their neighborhood than a casual observer, she said. “There’s more of a
disconnect between what [depressed young people] see versus what an outsider would observe in that neighborhood,” Malecki said. “If there are positive things like green space in your neighborhood but you’re not going out there to expose yourself to them, then you’re going to increase your likelihood of being depressed.” The next step for the research is looking at whether the type of natural space makes a difference, Malecki said. They plan to look at blue space and whether individuals surrounded by blue space, like open skies and large bodies of water, have a different response than those who live near green space, she said. Greta Guenther, a psychiatric nurse at UW’s mental health clinic, said depression and anxiety have multiple causes among students. According to Guenther,
causes for anxiety and depression among students range from family changes and trauma to excessive alcohol and marijuana use. A 2011 study conducted by the American College Health Association found that about 30 percent of college students nationwide reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year. In addition to clinical depression and anxiety, some college students suffer from seasonal affective disorder, Guenther said. SAD is described as a pattern of depressed mood that is related to the changing season typically in the fall or early winter. It looks like clinical depression but tends to go away when spring comes around, Guenther said. Continued research will help determine if nature is making the difference in people’s moods or whether it is the actual green or blue space that affects people, Malecki said.
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After struggling with drugs and alcohol during high school, Caroline Miller felt alone during her time as an undergraduate at University of Wisconsin as she dealt with recovery. “I was trying to stay sober and I was having a very difficult time doing that because of the lack of visible support on campus,” Miller said. “I really felt like I was alone in the crowd.” Her experience dealing with recovery as a college student led Miller to get involved as a mentor with Connections Counseling, working with youth new to the recovery process. Miller said Connections serves more than 300 people between the ages of 18 and 30, and works closely with University Health Services, offering Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students classes and counseling services to students who are referred to them. “That’s the reality of what’s going on in Madison,” Miller said. “A lot of people are reaching out for help.” Tom Meyer, founder of Aaron’s House, said he developed the recovery living space after his son Aaron Meyer, who struggled with addiction and was in recovery, was killed in a car accident. Following the accident, Meyer said he decided to develop the community and bought a house for young men in recovery in 2007. “As a college student in recovery, it is overwhelming,” he said. “You are one in a crowd, so having a place where you can go or other like-minded people are coming up with things to do, talking about challenges, makes a huge difference in your life.” Meyer said a way Aaron’s House serves students in recovery is by connecting them
with employment and education resources, offering volunteer assistance with preparing resumés and targeting jobs to match the individual’s skills. While UW has a reputation as one of the top party schools in the nation, Meyer said he thinks there should be recognition for the work that is done in Madison to help students in recovery. “Whether or not the University of Wisconsin is considered number one party school in the nation, that’s not my issue. I believe that Wisconsin and Madison in particular have all the assets necessary to one day be written up as a great place to go and get well for young people in recovery,” he said. Ginger Morgan, director of Residential Community at Pres House, said the Next Step Recovery Program, which is set to open next fall, will offer students a similar support network to recover. The programs available for students who choose to live substance free or who seek recovery assistance do not look to change the campus’ reputation, but rather to offer alternatives to those who want them, she said. “What we want is to build a reputation that students in recovery have a place here, that there is a safe, vibrant, student community to support students in recovery so they don’t feel like they have to avoid Madison to be healthy,” Morgan said. Although there are available resources in Madison, Meyer said there should be more involvement from UW for support. One thing Meyer said he would like to see is the start of a collegiate recovery center. “If UW doesn’t like the binge drinking image, well change the conversation. Let’s talk about what we do for kids who want to get well,” Meyer said.
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As an activist, a leader and an advocate, Janet Mock took her audience through her journey of self-acceptance in a talk on campus Wednesday, telling students to stay true to their identity. Mock, the New York Times bestselling author of “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More” and a transgender woman, was the featured speaker at the Distinguished Lecture Series for the LGBT Campus Center’s Out and About Month at Union South. Mock was born the middle child with four siblings and raised in Honolulu. A first generation college graduate, she said her journey as a young person was defined by her efforts to try to be herself in a culture that did not acknowledge or accept her true identity. “In high school, some of my most pivotal moments rose from pop culture. I saw Beyoncé in
TV. Things touched me. I was not represented in the media, but Beyoncé validated me. She is the epitome of a graceful, talented, strong, hardworking woman, who was the role model for me,” Mock said. “She made me love being brown.” A pivotal moment in Mock’s journey was in 2001 while watching footage of the World Trade Center burning down after 9/11. In that moment, she said she realized she did not want to die before she got to be her true self. Mock said she decided to tell her story to Marie Claire in 2011. Her decision came from her desire to show people how transgender women express their identity and share themselves with the world, she said. “I wanted to help advance social and racial justice, advance social identity of trans-women of color, who is struggling with lower income discrimination,” Mock said. “I want to tell people their struggles and their triumph.”
Kirby Wright The Badger Herald Mock said watching footage of 9/11 made her realize she did not want to die before she got to be her true self.
Mock shared some of the context regarding violence against transgender women by sharing the stories of Sylvia Rivera, a 1970s activist, and Monica Jones, a transgender woman arrested under false pretenses. She said she wanted to let people know struggles with unemployment, a lack of healthcare and education pushed trans-women into an underground economy. They are hard to be profiled
because society doesn’t acknowledge the fact that their body and identities are valid, Mock said. Fifty-three percent of anti-LGBTQ homicides are transgender woman, Mock said. As an out-spoken, visible trans-woman, Mock said these figures acted as motivation for her to dedicate her work to address the issues in transgender woman society. Mock said she wants
to have the ability to use her words to help other transgender women and let people see the challenges and struggles that are present in the community of transgender women. “It’s time to end the stigma, we are exactly who we say who we are despite what our culture say it is. It’s vital we use our stories and experiences to uplift the names and voices of trans-women of color,” she said.
Program addresses Dems face uphill autism challenges battle in elections Research aims to help youth, families ease into adulthood Morgan Krause
Herald Contributor One in 68 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, and the University of Wisconsin’s Waisman Center is researching what happens to these individuals as they reach adulthood and adolescence. The Adolescents and Adults with Autism study began at the Waisman Center after the realization that little research had been done on the transition from adolescence to adulthood for individuals with autism and their families, according to the center’s website. This transition from high school to the real world is notable because it marks the end of structured education for many and increased independence, which often creates a highstress environment for families, the site said. There was an exponential increase in diagnoses beginning in 1990, which Marsha Mailick, director of the Waisman Center, said was a factor in the study. The study began in 2000 and has observed more than 400 families throughout Wisconsin
and Massachusetts who have a teenager with ASD. Researchers gathered information through interviews with individuals living with autism spectrum disorders and their families, Mailick said. They used the responses as their method to collect data to use for comparison, she said. “The research approach we used is a combination of standardized measures that have been validated as indicators of the many dimensions for quality of health,” Mailick said. Some of these areas of study include independence, carrying out daily living skills, time spent during the day, the transition out of high school and the effects on parents and siblings of the individual with ASD along the way, according to the website. Researchers are taking the results from this study and translating them into an intervention for both the families of teens on the autism spectrum and for the teens themselves, Mailick said. “It is a very difficult time for families and teens because at the end of high school people with disabilities lose entitlement to services and they have to plan accordingly,” she said. Leann Smith, an associate scientist at the Waisman
Center, worked with Mailick to develop the program Transitioning Together, a multifamily group psychoeducation program to address the gap in support when adolescents with ASD to transition into adulthood. The Transitioning Together program involves four to six families gathering for eight group sessions in total, each with a specific topic and goal, Smith said. The sessions require attendance of the family and the teen with ASD, although they meet in separate groups. The program mostly benefits parents by teaching the about different aspects of autism in adulthood such as transition planning, problem-solving strategies and legal issues, according to an On Wisconsin article. “We are currently conducting a large, national study of a comprehensive autism education model in sixty high schools across the country. Transitioning Together is part of that program,” Smith said. The program has also shown improvement in social and recreational activities amongst the teens participating in the program and it has also shown improvements in the families’ attitudes about the teen. Although the study
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As election season heats up this week with the official launch of Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign, political observers say Democrats will likely fight an uphill battle to take back the governor’s seat and the Republican-controlled Legislature. Several experts noted Walker is currently leading his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the polls. In the battle for control of the Legislature, where Republicans have a 60-39 majority in the Assembly and an 18-15 majority in the Senate, a Democratic takeover in the Assembly could also prove especially difficult. Walker currently leads Burke 48 percent to 41 percent, according to a Marquette University Law School Poll released March 26. Among all 99 Assembly seats and 17 Senate seats up for grabs, Democrats will need a stroke of luck to obtain enough seats to gain a majority in either chamber, Barry Burden, a University of Wisconsin political science professor, said. “In the Assembly, I think Democrats have no chance of gaining a majority. Republicans just have such a large majority right now, that the Democrats would have to pick up a lot of seats. Republicans have about two-thirds of the seats,” Burden said. “And the districts have been drawn in a way that so strongly favor Republicans that it is hard to imagine the Democrats overcoming that anytime soon.” The Senate is more up for grabs with two incumbent Republicans, Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, and Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, retiring, leaving those seats open for Democrats to take on a new candidate, rather than the incumbent, UW political science professor Kenneth Mayer said. Democrats need to win three more seats than they currently have to take majority over the Senate, and while it is possible, taking back that chamber will be difficult for Democrats, Mayer said. “Those are possible pickups for
the Democrats. They’re not going to be easy, but you can envision circumstances in which they are able to pick up those seats,” he said. Mayer and Burden agreed Republicans have a distinct edge over Democrats for a variety of reasons including district maps, restricted early voting measures and a wide financial advantage in terms of campaign spending projections. As of the end of 2013, Republican legislators had collectively raised $3.09 million while Democrats running for re-election raised only $1.05 million, according to a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign report. Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said these numbers are the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of total campaign contributions that will flow into campaign election accounts by November. “The Republicans are definitely going to be sitting on more money and [Walker] is going to have more money in the governor’s race as well,” McCabe said. “Walker has a very decided advantage already, and I don’t see him letting up with the fundraising at all; he’s continuing to be very aggressive with fundraising.” Burden said both Democrats and Republicans will likely focus on job creation in their coming campaigns, with Republicans touting the improvements they have brought to Wisconsin’s economy. Democrats will criticize Republicans and Walker’s administration for Wisconsin’s lagging job creation numbers and Walker’s promise to create 250,000 jobs during his term that many agree he will not reach, he said. Burden also said issues like school accountability and mining regulations will also be raised in some races. Mayer warned a lot can occur in the seven months before Election Day, and one should consider all predictions as probabilistic based on the information political observers currently have. There is a vast range of possible outcomes, he said.
International trade essential to state economy Dan Kinderman Campus Editor
While Wisconsin’s most well-known commodities may be cheese, beer and brats, most of the state’s exports are agricultural and construction machinery, along with medical and scientific instruments, which bring tens of billions of dollars into the state every year. For their economic impact, these exports may be more important for the state’s economic health than its other staple products. In a report released by the conservative MacIver Institute Monday, the group’s President Brett Healy called
for Washington politicians to pass the renewal of the Trade Promotion Authority, which would give President Barack Obama more flexibility in negotiating trade deals. Healy said international exports are critical to Wisconsin’s economy, citing the $24 billion worth of Wisconsin goods that were exported to countries around the world in 2012, accounting for about 9 percent of the state’s gross domestic product. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation took a similar stance on the importance of international trade for the state’s economy, especially for the workers.
“If you look at all of the statistics, firms that are new to exporting increase their employment four times faster than a non-exporting company, and wages are typically anywhere from 13 to 18 percent higher than non-exporting firms,” Lora Klenke, WEDC vice president for international business development, said. Wisconsin has grown as an international exporter in recent years and reached more than 210 countries with its exports last year, she said. Laura Dresser, associate director at the liberal-leaning Center on Wisconsin Strategy, said international trade is crucial to Wisconsin’s
economy due to the number of manufacturing jobs it creates within the state. Dresser said the depreciating value of the U.S. dollar is an economic issue that needs to be focused on prior to trade agreements. Driving up exports will help to accomplish this goal, she said. According to a report by Trade Benefits America, more than one in five Wisconsin jobs depends on domestic and international trade. Wisconsin trade-related employment grew 22 percent between 2004 and 2011, as the state’s total job growth stagnated. Canada, Mexico and China are Wisconsin’s top three export
destinations, with Mexico and China importing more than $2 billion in Wisconsin-based merchandise and Canada importing more than $7 billion, according to the report. Klenke identified China and India as two major trade targets for Wisconsin in the future due to their rapidly expanding middle classes. “Experts are predicting that by 2030, 65 percent of the world’s middle class are going to be residing in China and India alone, so we have to have a plan for those markets,” she said. Klenke also said WEDC is creating a plan to focus on future Indian and Chinese markets and has arranged
for a delegation of Wisconsin businesses to travel to India for networking in the coming week. Wisconsin’s main exports include agricultural and construction machinery, along with medical and scientific instruments, according to statistics from WEDC. Wisconsin’s exports in agricultural products are expected to grow, and Klenke predicts that growing middle classes around the world will demand Wisconsin products. “Individuals not only are going to have to eat, but they will want higher-quality, higherprotein, processed foods, and that’s something our state can supply,” Klenke said.
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County board elects 2nd woman chair in history Corrigan intends to address clean water, lakes, racial disparity, homelessness issues Alex Arriaga
Print City Editor After her first day chairing the Dane County Board, Sharon Corrigan said she is excited to bring female leadership to the board, which has only seen one other female leader in its history. Corrigan was elected as board chair after two years as the Personnel and Finance Committee chair and years of involvement in different committees on the board after first being elected in 2010. The last woman elected to serve as board chair
was Mary Louise Symon, who was elected in 1980. Symon was the first woman to ever chair the county board. “It’s exciting to be rebreaking that ground in a way,” Corrigan said. Corrigan said she believes having a representation of not just both genders but of all kinds of diversity on the board makes for a better government, better able to tackle issues that divide communities. Some of the issues Corrigan said she wants to focus on are the concerns over racial disparity, homelessness in the county and the cleanliness of the lakes and drinking water. She said she plans to address these concerns by continuing plans to open the county day shelter by this
winter and continuing initiatives such as Project Big Step, which trains disadvantaged individuals in the building trades to attain those familysupporting jobs, to address racial disparities. The county will also continue work in the criminal justice system, including a pilot program to keep youth out of the criminal justice system, Corrigan said. She said the board will also need to tackle whether a new county jail needs to be opened. Regardless of the decision, the county still must still address the need for mental health care in the criminal justice system, she said. After serving on the Lakes and Watershed Commission for four years, Corrigan said keeping the county’s lakes
clean is also critical. “It is essential for citizens in Dane County that we have those lakes for recreation. They are also a huge attraction for the county and an important thing for the economy in our area to have those lakes clean,” Corrigan said. “We need to work on that.” The county has partnered with University of Wisconsin on this issue, Corrigan said. She said the UW Center for Limnology has worked with the county to research the state of the lakes. The county must work toward cleaning up the phosphorus as well as the salt that has made its way into the lakes and drinking water, she said. Corrigan said she hopes to continue the county’s efforts collaborating with
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UW on various county issues and said she sees the university’s presence as an important asset to the county. “I’d really like to see partnerships with the
university and the county because I think as we are looking for innovative solutions we’ve got some answers down the street at the university,” Corrigan said.
Sustainability leader granted scholarship Higgins aims to merge geography with public policy in career ambitions Rachael Lallensack Print Campus Editor
Colin Higgins’ experience running cross-country through the trails in the Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy in Middleton sparked his fascination with the environment. He said the University of Wisconsin was a place he “stumbled upon in a sort of serendipity.” Higgins is one of 50 students nationwide to be selected as a 2014 Udall Scholar, which awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to sophomore and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care, according to the Udall Scholarship website. Higgins, a junior at UW triple majoring in history, geography and environmental studies with a certificate in African studies, is being honored by the Udall Foundation for his accomplishments both in and outside the classroom. Outside of his heavy academic course load, Higgins
has been involved in F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture and the Middletonbased nonprofit Growing Food and Sustainability. In his freshman year, Higgins founded and chaired the Sustainability Committee for the Associated Students of Madison. Higgins is currently the student leader at the UW Office of Sustainability and advises on research, education and operations. Next year, Higgins will start his senior thesis, in which he said he plans to study biodiversity policy in Great Britain. Higgins was born and raised in England for the first seven years of his life while his mother worked for the United Nations in London. Higgins was also recently accepted into the La Follette School of Public Affairs to earn his master’s degree in public policy. “After that, I’m undecided. As cliché as it sounds, I really want to see the world,” Higgins said. Eventually, he said he would like to pursue a Ph.D. in geography to merge academic geography with public policy. He said his career outlook involves forming public policy, particularly regarding natural resources and ecological conservation and eventually becoming an academic geographer.
“I’m particularly interested in looking at the interplay between the environment and economic policy,” Higgins said. “And ideally how we can have a fair society and safe environment.” Throughout his time at UW, Higgins said the connections he was able to make with his professors are invaluable for exploring his potential and various interests. He pointed to geography professors Lisa Naughton and Morgan Robertson as helping him develop his motivation for studying the cross section of public policy and geography. One of the major essays he said influenced his fascination with environmental topics was “The Trouble With Wilderness” by UW history professor William Cronon. Higgins said he was able to take a class with Cronon when he first started college and having the opportunity to work closely with someone as prominent as Cronon was one of his most unique experiences at UW. “It’s such a big school and there’s so many opportunities, both for student engagementwise and academic-wise,” Higgins said. “We have some highly influential people, particularly in the geography department. It shaped the direction I wanted to go with my life and my goals.”
Courtesy of UW Communications Higgins, a triple major in history, geography and environmental studies, created ASM’s Sustainability Committee.
Courtesy of Matt Brueggeman The Flux moped runs on an electric battery, is emission-free and can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
From China to campus: Electric mopeds arrive Katie Hicks
Herald Contributor After moving to China post-graduation and seeing the popularity of electric bikes, two University of Wisconsin alumni developed technology to bring a similar product to Madison. Friday marked the official opening of Flux Mopeds, a company cofounded and designed by Matt Brueggeman and Alex Meyer. Unlike regular mopeds, Brueggeman said the Flux runs on an electric battery, making it 100 percent emission free and encouraging the trend toward ecofriendly transportation. Brueggeman earned his degree in Chinese and international studies at UW in 2006. After six months of post-graduate indecision, he decided to move to Beijing, where he remained for six years. “The Olympics was a big draw and why I stayed for a long period of time. I wasn’t really looking for a corporate experience and I didn’t have a lot in mind,” he said. Brueggeman eventually got a job in software translation,
where he worked for three years. In 2008, he began working on Flux Mopeds. “Alex and I had a conversation over a beer, during the Olympics, on my couch in Beijing and we were kind of just talking about how to start a business,” Brueggeman said. “It was one of those conversations that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.” More than 200 million electric bikes have been sold over the last 20 years in China, making it one of the largest uses of small electric vehicle technology in the world, he said. Brueggeman and Meyer found the technology in Chinese electric bikes is different from what was needed to develop the product for the States. “We took over five years to develop a product that was built for American consumers,” Brueggeman said. The end result was the Flux. Brueggeman said the moped can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour and can go around 20 to 25 miles on a single charge. The battery recharges from empty to full in eight hours, he said, and the current
price tag is $1,999. “When we compare it to gas-consuming mopeds, we have better performance. Electric motors have better acceleration than small gas engines do,” Brueggeman said. “It’s also less expensive to purchase and less expensive to operate.” He said convincing customers of the benefits of electric vehicles will be their biggest challenge. As of now, people are open to electric vehicles but many still have to get used to the idea of electric mopeds, he said. Many people have come into their shop at 710 Williamson St. to ask questions and then returned later to look at the mopeds again, Brueggeman said. With the growing trends toward finding sustainable energy sources and the increasing awareness of climate change, the future looks promising for Flux Mopeds, Brueggeman said. “We have had excellent support from the university, from the city of Madison, and from local citizens,” he said. “We’re looking forward to what’s ahead for our company.”
ASM passes GSSF criteria, looks to begin training Grace Alexander Herald Contributor
Following months of debate, the Associated Students of Madison passed the General Student Services Fund eligibility criteria at its meeting Wednesday in what one student organization officer called a “crowning achievement.” GSSF eligibility criteria approved After debate on a bylaw amendment which was voted down, the criteria were passed with a vote of 32-0-1. The new criteria aim to make the eligibility process
easier for groups to navigate. Over the course of the academic year, Student Services Finance Committee proposed bylaw changes that implemented a zero funding policy, reduced the period for reapplication from two years to one years and moved away from restrictive direct service language that requires groups to determine and prove that a majority of their services benefit students directly. With the changes, groups can be denied funding if previous requests have not accurately reflected its needs or if they have changed significantly since originally
being granted funding in a manner that violates criteria. “I am really proud of the document we have come up with after seven months of work and I look forward to working with GSSF groups,” SSFC Chair David Vines said. Vines said the timing of this legislation is important and the sooner GSSF leaders can begin training, the better. Sean McNally, president of Badger Catholic, spoke on the importance of eligibility to GSSF groups and stressed the timing as well. GSSF groups struggle most with transitioning leadership, and therefore the criteria needs to be passed in a timely manner
to start the training, he said. Committee weighs Diversity Plan draft Members also discussed a revised version of the Diversity Plan. Rep. Hannah Kinsella and ASM Vice Chair Mia Akers outlined the three main differences of the revised plan: the addition of implementation process steps, the addition of an ethnic studies requirement and the change from a business rationale to a leadership rationale. The revised plan will be available April 21. Representatives brought up concerns about the two-day
turn around timing before they will have to vote. While this is not a lot of time, a decision will have to be made, Kinsella said. “This is one of those situations where we really have to look out for students and be conscious of our student role,” Akers said. Currently, members are looking to create more dialogue with the student body about the plan. ASM approves changes to promotions disclaimer ASM is also adding a second part to student organizations’ promotional materials as a part of their initiative raise awareness
about ways ASM can provide assistance to students with disabilities. Members voted on ways to revise the ASM disclaimer, used for marketing and advertising, in an effort to reach out to disabled students. The approved motion to amend the disclaimer adds a disability accommodations contact and suggested minor wording changes regarding neutrality. “I can guarantee you we can get a lot more requests for help, help more students, make it clear there is a place you can go to seek accommodations,” ASM Chair David Gardner said.
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Affirmative action article reflects poorly on UW Recently two Editorial Board members at the Daily Cardinal published an op-ed claiming that affirmative action in higher education is discriminatory. This sparked a slew of comments and rejoinder articles both in opposition and defense — some of which came from sources far outside the University of Wisconsin. Roughly two weeks later, on April 13, Jennifer Conlin of the New York Times published an article referencing the Daily Cardinal, which was a celebrated lift that put the paper in a ray — dim as it may be — of national spotlight. This array of outside attention focused on our student-run campus papers is a reminder that student newspapers, and those who organize them, often act to represent the university to the outside world. In light of this, it is
painful to see the editorial staff and Cardinal as a whole publish an article that handles the highly complex and controversial topic of affirmative action with such certainty and, frankly, ignorance. It is a popular belief that we know the solutions to life’s problems. However, in more cases than not, this is simply incorrect. Issues such as evolution are not controversial; enough is known on the topic to accept the theory as fact. Conversely, however, subjects such as abortion or affirmative action contain so many unanswered questions that, if one is realistic with himself or herself, it is impossible to entirely accept one side or the other. So let’s get something straight — claiming that you understand the complexities of
affirmative action and know the solution is not only a lie, but exemplifies ignorance. The simple solution to this is admitting our confusion. It is about time we asked more questions rather than trying to cast opinion as fact. Any average student is entitled to believe and publicize their views, right or wrong, as they like. However, a paper publishing an opinion — especially on a controversial topic —should, to an extent, reflect this healthy confusion by publishing opinion pieces that spark needed debate. The point of publishing opinion is not to act as a soapbox for people to spew their opinions, but to encourage thought by constructively offering opinions. By publishing opinions that do all the thinking for the reader, such as by erasing all
uncertainty from words that are in their definition uncertain, the publication destroys all chance for debate. This is especially hazardous when those who represent the paper ignore this rule during a time of increased outside attention. Any publication by those who hold a managerial position and represent the paper, which represents the student body albeit to a lesser extent, reflects upon the student body. As a student of UW, I don’t want non-university related readers to see my representative student newspaper displaying ideas that not only don’t represent the newspaper, school or myself, but more importantly, are also widely one dimensional and accept them as representative. As an aside: While the paper is labeled independent,
everyone understands its connection to the university. Furthermore, it has benefited from this association as seen in the Times article that classifies the Cardinal as, “one of two independent student-run newspapers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.” I ask not that student managers of student newspapers write opinion under pseudonyms, but if they feel the compulsion to exercise their opinion on a controversial topic, they at least do so with the intent of provoking thought, not providing one side of a closed discussion. Instead of creating an atmosphere for discussion, the oped run by the Cardinal lead to an onslaught of he-said she-said racially and emotionally packed responses that accomplished nothing but further division. A final note:
I have avoided stating my own opinion on the issue at note and I will not break that silence now. Nonetheless, I cannot ignore one giant point in the Cardinal piece that I have yet to see addressed. The beginning of the article equates checking the race box on a school application as dehumanizing and something that makes our race define us — it impedes us from seeing past race. However, being defined by your race is perfectly acceptable. What is not is others regarding you as lesser because of that definition. Ending racism doesn’t mean you think of everyone as the same — it means you understand other’s differences and accept them regardless. Samuel Fritz (svfritz@ wisc.edu) is a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering.
Patient’s memory lives on with team Allie Ebben Columnist
Taylor Frechette The Badger Herald File Photo Last year, the coordinators of Revelry put together a successful alternative to Mifflin within three-and-a-half months.
Second annual Revelry promises improvement Briana Reilly
Editorial Page Editor It was only last May that the University of Wisconsin was acquainted with the Revelry Music and Arts Festival, an encounter that lead to mixed feelings throughout the student body. While a number of students were excited for the Mifflin Street Block Party alternative, there were undeniable feelings of animosity toward Revelry and its organizers, with accusations thrown around that Revelry had effectively killed Mifflin. These accusations are definitely misplaced; although Revelry may have landed the crushing blow, Mifflin had no chance of survival regardless. Mifflin has been on a path of sure self-destruction for years. What started as a protest against the Vietnam War and grew into a celebration and glorification of alcohol consumption soon devolved into a clusterfuck of petty crime and near-fatalities, all brought on by extensive binge drinking. The Madison Police Department had no choice but to extensively intervene; however, while claims can be made that Mifflin’s suicide was assisted by MPD and Revelry, the block party essentially brought about its own demise. Regardless of your feelings toward the festival, it’s hard to deny that last year, Revelry’s organizers accomplished a feat that was, frankly put, amazing. Within the span of three-and-ahalf months, they were able to fundraise, find a venue, book decent acts, sell tickets and pull off an event that defied expectations (although these were admittedly relatively low
to begin with). Before writing this piece, I had a meeting with Wisconsin Union President Neil Damron and Revelry Director Josh Levin, in which my sole purpose was to use my status as opinion editor to determine whether a Revelry ticket is worth the $5 (a question I’m sure many of us share). I had initial reservations about the second annual student music festival, especially because for the better part of the 2013-2014 school year, I heard of nothing from the Revelry organizers. In January, there was no news of headliners, locations or ticket prices, not to mention their questionable Facebookbased attempt to assemble a marketing team in December. It looked as though Revelry organizers were going to end up working with the same time frame they had last year, rather than capitalizing on the extra time they had, meaning student consumers would be served the exact same service they were last year (not a strong selling point). Furthermore, Revelry’s seemingly tactless and meandering approach to gaining city committee and MPD approval, in addition to the fact that they filed a street-use permit the day after announcing their location (Langdon Street), didn’t inspire confidence either. However, the meeting definitely assuaged my concerns over the event’s management practices. Plans for May 2014 have been in the works since last May, and fundraising efforts have been ongoing since then. Apparently, with regard to the lack of noise
Revelry made prior to the end of February, Revelry actually employs media strategies based off other music festivals in large cities, which practice quiet marketing before and during planning stages. Although Revelry is framed as a service to students, it, like any new undertaking, has its limitations, especially at its early stages. Revelry is obviously dependent on general student interest. To provide an incentive for good acts to come to UW, student turnout at Revelry needs to be relatively high. But for student turnout to be relatively high, good headliners must be performing to incentivize ticket buying. Revelry is likely to be an event that won’t go away anytime soon. There is definitely the possibility for longevity in the new Langdon Street location; in the future, Revelry can expand outward to Library Mall. Also, it’s clear that MPD and the UW Police Department’s top priority is keeping students safe. As long as they are having fun in a way that is not an affront to public safety, breaking up the event in question is not a priority. While I probably won’t go to Revelry, spending $5 on a ticket would definitely not be a bad investment. By purchasing a ticket now and showing support for this festival, you are ensuring that the quality of Revelry will increase in the future, allowing a platform for better and better acts in the upcoming years. Briana Reilly (brreilly@wisc. edu) is a freshman intending to major in journalism and international studies.
Just last Friday, our community gathered at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center to raise money for the American Cancer Society. It was here that we honored cancer survivors and remembered those who, just like little Lacey, lost a battle to the disease. When 6-foot10 Michigan State basketball player Adreian Payne met 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth, he had no idea the impact she would have on his life. Nearly two years ago, the two met while she was in the hospital battling cancer. Payne and his teammates often made rounds in the nearby hospital, giving hope to kids who didn’t have much. It was then that he met Lacey, who became family to him despite their differences. In 2011, Lacey was experiencing severe back pain while dancing, which prompted the discovery of a nearly football-sized tumor that had engulfed her kidney. Soon thereafter, another tumor wrapped around her spine making it nearly impossible for her to walk. Princess Lacey, as the entire Michigan State basketball team called her, was battling neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops in immature nerve cells throughout the body. She was his number one supporter and he soon reciprocated. Payne invited her to several basketball games and stopped by to see her often. It was just recently that she attended the College Slam Dunk Competition in Dallas along with numerous home games and the Big Ten Championship Game where she helped Payne cut down the
net after they won. Michigan State’s Little Biggest Fan unexpectedly passed away just last week in her Michigan home in her parents’ arms. Payne was devastated, but he knew this was inevitable. In his personal address after Lacey’s death, Payne said it all. “… She is my sister and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I’m a better man because of her… I know she’s smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel.”
“ Life is much too short to dwell on the small things. As my grandfather always told me, ‘It’s not a bad life, it’s just a bad day.’” Not only had Payne changed Lacey’s life, but she had a large impact on his life and left him with memories that would last forever. Regardless of the pain she endured, seeing Payne play, win or lose, brought more joy to her than we will never know. She loved him and the Spartans. Despite the curveballs life had thrown at her by the age of 8, she loved life. She showed us that love and friendship can help us overcome some of life’s hardest battles; that it was no longer about win or lose, but instead that being there for the people who matter and mean something to you is what life is all about. Just last month, Michigan State’s Men’s Basketball coach Tom Izzo stood hand in hand with Lacey at the basketball banquet as he addressed the
players, friends and families. It was really then that things were put into perspective for him and that they are much greater life lessons to be learned off the court with his players. Life is much too short to dwell on the small things. As my grandfather always told me, “It’s not a bad life, it’s just a bad day.” College is always such a stressful time that we often forget to stop and acknowledge all of the things we have. Just being able to attend this university, or any college in our nation for that matter, is an opportunity that many people around the world will never have. Life is way too short to sweat the small stuff, especially when you know looking back in a few years that the insignificant details that stress us out on a daily basis will be completely irrelevant. It’s people like Lacey that can teach us so much. She touched more lives with her smile than could ever be imagined. The death of Princess Lacey really puts things into perspective. Despite the inevitable pain that Payne knew was coming with the death of his younger sister, he still took the initiative to make her a large part of his life and always held her with loving arms. It’s the gestures that we make without expecting anything in return that make us better people. What is most important here is to take a few steps back to acknowledge all of the things we are blessed with, to forget all of the trying times we have endured just for a few moments and realize that there is so much more to life. Allie Ebben (arebben@wisc. edu) is a freshman majoring in nursing.
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CONFESSIONS OF A
SWUG Katherine Krueger ArtsEtc. Contributor
Long before there was a name for it, I was a SWUG. The internet seems to agree that women crashing Yale frat parties were the first to opine ad nauseum about the life of a SWUG, or a Senior Washed-Up Girl. But they’re far from the first batch of lady-students within view of graduation who have thrown in the towel on any number of things. It’s a term steeped in irony: These Millennial women are successful, driven and on the cusp of a host of new beginnings and opportunities that real adult life promises. Senior year becomes a prolonged social exercise taking place in an airport terminal; we’re courteous and patient, but all basically just waiting for what comes next.
The seeds of my SWUGdom were planted ages ago. But it’s been the particular set of circumstances unique to my senior year of college that brought these traits to the forefront. Namely, that because my plans to leave the state postgraduation are increasingly imminent, investing in new relationships feels like a waste of time and energy. Warding off the senior academic slide is a daily battle, so drinking a bottle of wine on a Tuesday because it’s Tuesday is a decent life choice. And putting the time and effort into making myself appear
presentable – whether it’s for the bar or class – just isn’t going to happen. An “I don’t give a fuck” attitude in also a central driver for a SWUG to cast off the weight of social expectations. So much of college, particularly as an underclassmen, is spent grappling at some semblance of adulthood, all the while trying to look like you had adulthood down pat before you bunked your first bed — making it immensely liberating to do exactly what you want at any given time, regardless of who’s watching (and trust me, people are watching). Becoming aware of the
self-identification led me to classify the behaviors and attitudes that have characterized my senior year as SWUG-y, and I began to mentally (and verbally) catalogue them all, many punctuated with a #SWUGLyfe hashtag and a snarky tweet: I came to know exactly where to find the best bargain wine on any given weekday. I ate Lucky Charms in bed. I ate cheese in bed. I ate beef jerky in bed. I went out to the bar at 11 p.m., still unshowered, only to eat a hamburger and cheese curds while sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartender. Personal pitchers were the special: I had one to myself. My motto became an ironic “life is pain,” punctuated with a laugh. A weekend night out was
no longer about going home with someone at the end of the night, but instead calling it in at the optimal time to get late-night drunk food. Anytime I opted to stay home, drink wine and wear yoga pants, I was being a SWUG. When I arrived at the office for a Sunday afternoon of production without makeup or caffeine in my bloodstream, I was feeling particularly SWUG-y. And when I declined a dinner date only because getting dressed up sounded like an insurmountable effort to put forth for a steak, I was SWUGdom incarnate. “People don’t date anymore,” I complained to a friend months ago, in a typical red wine-infused living room conversation. We bemoaned the death of men asking women out for the dinner-and-a-movie brand of courtship, which was likely killed off a decade before we were old enough to know what we were missing out on. Enveloped by the overwrought ‘hookup culture’ that launched a thousand ill-advised thinkpieces, SWUGs have cast off high effort, low reward casual sex — they’ve had years of that. But they’re also certainly not looking to find the great love of their lives in their final semester of college the way marriagecrazed women, eager to tie down a husband before graduation, once were. For the SWUG, it’s too late for a boyfriend, although that sounds nice. Other women writing about SWUGs have defined the walk of life as much more focused on losing the gaze of men our age, whose attention has been caught by younger, hotter coeds. They also paint SWUGdom as an end to sexual empowerment, which somehow scores points for feminism. That hasn’t been my experience. Rather than feeling animosity for younger women, I feel a new kind of kinship with
other SWUGs. Wielding the label has become a clarion call among the senior women in my life, and with it a certain identification that wasn’t there before. As someone who doesn’t necessarily gravitate toward female friendships, I felt a new connection with the tired, disinterested senior woman I made eye contact with from across the bar. Neither of us had felt like donning short skirts and heels for yet another Thursday night out, and probably hadn’t for a long time, but we understood that was alright. It’s not all reckless abandon. SWUGdom also comes with a measure of loneliness and fear of leaving what’s familiar. Maintaining a healthy distance from underclassmen and potential mates is isolating: After years of knowing this city, this campus as our home for a time, our residency is ticking down. We’re all bound together by our fear, but only admit this to other SWUGs in the comfort of our apartments, after a couple glasses of red. Cool detachment is, then, a kind of coping mechanism. It also strikes me that I should be doing more, experiencing more, making bucket lists. But by now, I know what I like, and I’m content to spend the weeks I have left treading the welltraveled roads that have defined my years here before being unmoored into the wide world that lies ahead. With one foot firmly planted in the present and one in the future, we exist as contradictions. Even while wearing an apathetic face, we’re deeply engaged in the business of preparing ourselves for what comes next by slowly letting go of the trappings of college life. And when that fateful day finally arrives, we will be washed up no longer.
The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Comedy Central brings nerds, laughs to campus Andie Burjek ArtsEtc. Writer
Three self-proclaimed nerds performed at Union South’s Varsity Hall Tuesday night and proved that the best way to be a successful comedian is to have an awkward childhood. Mark Little hosted the event, which was called Comedy Central on Campus. Little, a Canadian with a goofy smile and a preppy gray pullover, was like the smiley, awkward John Mulaney, only dirtier. His shameless jokes could have been uncomfortable if not for how casually he delivered them — even though there was one family in the audience among the sea of college kids and their pitchers of beer. What he did best, though, was make a slightly dark topic hilarious. He pointed out how people are always nostalgic about their favorite childhood toys, no matter how crappy those toys were. This is only because people are nostalgic about childhood in general and how nothing painful has happened yet, Little said. “Remember Pogs?” he said. Pogs were literally just cardboard cards you turn over. “My favorite part of Pogs was that I’d never been cheated on in the time I
played with Pogs.” Thomas Middleditch is another delightfully awkward comedian from Canada. He’s known for his starring role in HBO’s new comedy “Silicon Valley” and for playing Dwight’s brother, Jeb Shrute, on “The Office.” He brought the same kind of deadpan, silly humor to Varsity Hall. It was more like having a conversation with your brilliant, oddball friend than watching a professional comedian. Some of the best parts of his performance were his impressions, which included “Dawson’s Creek” characters, an old sea captain named Crusty McBarnacle and his own angry British father talking about scrambled eggs. “Keep them separate!” his father would yell when Middleditch wanted to mix ingredients. “The cheese goes ON THE SIDE of the eggs!” “I made no claims that I wasn’t an awkward guy,” he said near the end of his routine. He then laughed awkwardly. Emily Heller, from San Francisco, was the third act. Her comedian rap sheet includes an appearance on “Conan” and in the “Lazy Sunday” music video. She also relied on awkward moments for humor. A lot
of people assume she was a nerd growing up, she said, but that’s just not true. Why wasn’t she a nerd? “Nerds have other nerds to play Dungeons and Dragons with,” Heller said. She illustrated her dorkiness further by describing how, after she discovered oregano in her parent’s cooking, she began to wear oregano around her neck at school for three months. Because her parents were from California, they just let her do it. No one bullied her in person at school, but the cool kids did write backhanded compliments to her in the yearbook, like, “I love how you don’t care what anyone thinks!” “I went to a private school,” Heller joked. “So maybe that’s just how rich kids bully each other?” Heller’s act also included great one-liners. “Have you ever been so high that ‘Law and Order: SVU’ got scary again?” she said, speaking to the perfect audience for that question: a crowd of college students. “Like, uh-oh, this isn’t just about Ice-T anymore!” The three nerds brought their A-game last night and gave truly entertaining performances.
Kirby Wright The Badger Herald Thomas Middleditch brought a wide range of impressions to Tuesday’s Comedy Central on Campus event.
‘Enemy’ confuses with pretentious symbolism Lexy Brodt
ArtsEtc. Staff Writer
Joey Reuteman The Badger Herald The newly opened Which Wich on State Street allows customers to choose their sandwich’s ingredients.
My experience at Which Wich: a savory narrative Elise Romas
ArtsEtc. Staff Writer Last Monday evening, I had the pleasure of solving the mystery of what Which Wich sandwich shop, located at 411 State St., is all about. As I approached the establishment, I noted the colorful yellow decor on the outside of the building. There was a mystery in the establishment’s title. I was intrigued and uncertain of what I would discover as I walked in. My group and I were graced with music that sounded as though it were a pre-teen style of rock, an unrecognizable tune that sounded like a cross between Fall Out Boy and The Rocket Summer. Almost immediately after entering the shop, the five of us were eagerly greeted by Dave, a worker at Which Wich. If I wasn’t excited to enjoy a sandwich dinner already, this guy sure hyped me up for it. The quirky worker went through the entire process of how to order a sandwich. First, the customer must choose a paper bag, listing options ranging between meat, seafood or vegetarian. You mark the bag, Scantron-style, with your personal choice of toppings. After Dave finished his long-winded spiel about how to create your own ‘wich, I was overcome with a feeling of anxiety. The pressure was on to create an awesome sandwich that was just for me. These choices
were overwhelming, yet the freedom was exhilarating. When I finally came to the realization that this was merely a decision on what type of sandwich to order, I calmed down rather quickly. Taking one of the paper sandwich bags from the spinning racks, I began my decisionmaking process by filling out the Scantron-style order form. I spent about five minutes trying to decide what kind of bread, meat, toppings wanted. There were many to choose from. This sounds more stressful than it actually was. It was nice to be able to build a sandwich from scratch depending on what I was feeling that evening. There was no need to worry about being a nag or a nuisance for being picky because I could ask for whatever I wanted. That being said, it was a picky eater’s paradise. Being the boring and bland consumer of food that I am, I opted for the turkey ‘wich on whole wheat bread. In my addons, I included lettuce, tomatoes and cheddar cheese. But given the circumstances and vast array of options that were offered to me, I decided to throw a little pesto on as well. After ordering and receiving our freshly toasted meals, I began asking my friends what they thought of their ‘wiches. One friend claimed, “I think it’s better than Potbelly’s.” Another friend glorified his steamycooked breakfast
sandwich, which was filled with the savory tastes of sausage, steamy egg and meltin-your-mouth cheese. I tasted his sandwich, and I would agree that the combination of the toasted breakfast ‘wich was highly satisfying. As I bit into my decorated wholewheat turkey pesto, I too was pleased with the assemblage of my personalized “Elise Wich.” The ratio of sandwich elements in comparison to each other was above par. One ingredient did not overshadow any of the others. Which Wich is all about promoting “good vibes,” which are discussed in-depth on its website. The franchise aspires to give each customer his or her own set of positive feelings every time he or she visits the restaurant. Aside from some pushy encouragement to sign up for the rewards program offered by the shop, it was a pleasurable experience. I most definitely experienced some “good vibes” through the helpfulness and good attitudes of the staff. Not to mention that my taste buds were satisfied and my belly was full. This is a great place for a late Saturday night or a quick meal between classes. Which Wich is fast and cheap and has the potential to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Now that the mystery is solved, it’s time to find out which ‘wich is your ‘wich.
I left the theater thinking “Enemy” was one of the worst movies I’d seen in a while. The premise is clever, but this is not a virtue of the movie itself, since it’s an adaptation of Jose Saramago’s novel “The Double.” Many reviewers have offered far-fetched, pretentious interpretations based on the film’s rather lame use of symbolism — using spiders to somehow represent dictatorial oppression for example — but I won’t allow myself to call the film genius for haplessly throwing together a few connections and labeling itself a social commentary. The plot itself is mediocre. At least it can claim unpredictability in the sense that the turns and loops of the story prevent a real, coherent understanding of what’s going on. The movie introduces itself with a weird, “Eyes Wide Shut”-type sex show that includes a close-up of some woman’s high heel squishing a tarantula. Jake Gyllenhaal (“Prisoners”) is there from the beginning, groaning into his palms and having sex with his hot girlfriend (Melanie Laurent, “Now You See Me”). He initially plays Adam Bell, a forlorn history teacher with a penchant for discussing Roman dictators and the characteristics of totalitarian regimes. This is the first clue that Director Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) is trying to turn this plot into something way bigger and deeper than it actually manages to be. Adam decides to watch a movie based on the casual recommendation of a coworker and soon realizes that he himself is an actor in the movie (so meta!) He does a little research only to find that he supposedly has a doppelgänger by the name Anthony Clair. Adam starts making phone calls to his alter ego’s apartment and before long the two meet up to face the reality of their circumstances.
The climax is forced and nonsensical, involving Anthony stealing Mary for a weekend getaway based on the vague assumption that Adam slept with Anthony’s wife (did I miss something?) Basically, this is supposed to be Anthony’s retribution. These occurrences are peppered with continual references to spiders. At one point, a shot captures the image of a giant spider crawling over the dusty panorama of the city, which brings to mind the large, alien machines of “War of the Worlds.” With another random scene — which again appears to be a shitty tribute to Kubrick — of a naked woman with a spider’s head, the movie goes above and beyond to make us truly confused. Slate offers some interesting/bullshit commentary on what these symbols could actually amount to, connecting them to the whole totalitarian scheme that Villeneuve wants to invoke. Granted, I may just be too stupid to get it, but I didn’t get anything out of “Enemy.” For most of the film, I was under the impression that we were in for another psychological thriller about
multiple personalities. The use of spiders is what threw the whole thing off, and it’s anyone’s best guess what they are actually supposed to mean in relation to the film. The allusions to totalitarian regimes barely stick, since the references are few and the connections are vague and unconvincing. At the beginning, in one of his lectures, Adam makes a point of listing the tools of dictators in brainwashing their people and distorting their sense of individualism. This confusion of identity is clearly present through Anthony and Adam; however, the film doesn’t really drive this point home. There is too much going on in “Enemy.” Spiders, dictatorships, doppelgängers, angry wives/ girlfriends and, among all this, a cultish sex club? Villeneuve would have been better off picking two and getting to the point. Instead, he has created a puzzle with ill-fitting pieces, lame acting, overdramatic effects and an incredibly stupid WTFending.
#BHSHOUTOUTS 8 | The Badger Herald | Shoutouts | Thursday, April 17, 2014
SO to the FARMERS MARKET COMING BACK THIS SATURDAY.
HMFASO to all you idiots eating in the library. Seriously, an apple, carrots AND chips? This is not a cafeteria.
Start of state street: where you go if you never want to see someone land a trick on a skateboard Brad Glendenning
SO to the very nice people who helped me pick up my paper which fell victim to the vicious wind at college danielleeyeroll
SO to not registering for classes. ASO to graduating.
It’s bro tank Friday on State Street apparently... #tools #everywhere Johnny Mathews
ASO to summer term. Wisc.edu needs to relax with that shit.
Plz halp. The high schoolers have invaded state street! Nita Sharma @nita_sharma
How to college: 1. Drink coffee 2. Cry brin riley @brinriley
SO to my roommates for putting up with my shit. This one’s for you, guys.
SO to finally fulfilling my dream of doing the dirty with a UW Madhatter. That voice, those moves; I`d be down for a round 2.... Ok start with straight shots and then ASO to my roommate for getting her hair all over my toothbrush. I don’t know if you were drunk and mistook it as a brush, but I need to clean my teeth with that. SO to the girl working breakfast at the Sett right now. Your bubbly and cheery personality made my morning better! There needs to be more people like you in the world. ASO to getting only 4 hours of sleep, my period, and two exams and a paper due all the same day. I need a weekend. ASO to my friends always wanting to go to Nitty, Wandos and the KK. It’s not our 21st birthday anymore. These are not fun bars. katystank
SO to getting that job offer phone call! Such a great feeling to know I have a plan post-grad! Now...to the bars we go!!
it’s crunch time on writing this paper! (i’m avoiding it and eating Crunch bars) Sarah Healy @redsarahead
My first scar where the initial injury occurred during a time of inebriation has set in. I will forever have this to remember @UWMadison. Michael Metzler @MikeMetzz
I’m convinced the @WisconsinUnion and Mother Na- Now that I got a paper extension until noon tomorture are behind a conspiracy to withhold the terrace row, I have no desire to do anything until 10pm tonight... chairs until I move. Andrew Sellers
ASO to the person eating Ginger Root in Wendt. Smells way too good. #makingmehungry
I finished my paper with thirteen whole minutes to spare. #suchagoodstudent #mybrainisdead #onlythreemoresemesters
ASO to advisers successfully screwing over my senior schedule for next fall while on the other side of the world. Merrr
HMFSO to finally reunited with the patio at Chasers. Oh how I’ve missed you.
SO to Thursday night being less than 48 hours away!!!
SO to the girl who switched sides of the table with me so I could have an outlet! You Rock! and best of luck on your midterms!
Winter in Wisconsin! Oh wait, this is spring
SO to the cute blonde on 2nd floor quiet room at Wendt Monday night. You smiled at me when I couldn’t stop looking. Same time next Monday?
Goal for this weekend is to finish fishbowl on my own ~Mercede$
“I’m dreaming of a white Easter.” #EasterCarols Alec Ross @DJ_Phalec
The American adventures of #wisco #domo begin. He will be everywhere. So I hand the cute guy working at union south my debit card and our fingers shocked each other.. clearly sparks are flying Amanda Ritz @aritzman13
Nothing like a good round of charades on the safe ride Quinn Kaiser @QKaiser10
Getting my homework done tonight so I don’t have to worry about it tomorrow. Shit No Badgers Say @ShtNoBadgersSay
ASO to sitting accross the table from the worst case of BO I’ve ever expereinced. DASO to having a prime outlet spot and not being able to switch places. The vending machines should sell febreeze for times like this.
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UW Not Fair group throws temper tantrum In response to recent affirmative action controversy surrounding college admissions, UW Not Fair threw a large tantrum Monday, advocating for the admission of more students who come from white backgrounds to the University of Wisconsin to combat “stupid-butt reverse racism.” “We are sick and tired of seeing white students lose out to minority students,” UW Not Fair founder Matthew Williams said while stomping his feet. “We should be the number one priority in getting into
college in the 21st century. Affirmative action is stupid and not fair one bit.” The UW Not Fair campaign stemmed from the Project on Fair Representation, which has also targeted Harvard University and the University of North Carolina for admissions tactics that they believe “are dumb because no one should get anything we don’t have.” “By letting those people [African-Americans, Latinos, etc] into the system as a token, we are making it harder and harder for smart, nice,
rich, connected white kids to get an education and move up in life,” said Claire Reinecke, a UW Not Fair supporter, as she sobbed on the marble floor of the Capitol building. Other students are expressing similar dissent as Reinecke. Jake Forsythe, a junior at the University of Minnesota, sees affirmative action practices as an affront against democracy and equality. “I really wanted to go to UW, but apparently some idiot from the projects stole my spot. I don’t care if my high school was
better and I had overall better access to resources. I had a better ACT score, probably! Why can’t I go to UW?! I want to go. I want to go. LIFE’S NOT FAIR!!!” said Forsythe with mucus dripping down his nose as he beat his fists against a couch. Founder Williams, an upper-middle class junior at the University of Illinois from Winnetka, Ill., claims he also wasn’t accepted to UW last fall because of “ninny-headed” reverse racism. “Well, I guess my GPA wasn’t solid and neither were my test scores,
but I totally have the socioeconomic status to get into any good school,” Williams said in a cranky voice. The Office of Admissions began handing out lollipops in an attempt to console the rejected applicants. UW Not Fair calmed down long enough to hear about the benefits of white privilege from the Diversity Planning Committee before launching into a second episode of tears and screaming. “ Yes, I know there are students from
underprivileged, diverse backgrounds unjustifiably taking my place, but I’m not having it. I’m putting my foot down! It’s just not fair,” Williams said. “I wanted to go to UW just like all the other white kids that got in. Why me? Whyyyy meee??” When asked whether he’d rather accept holistic admissions or spend the next 50 minutes in a timeout, Williams said he’d “be good. But I’m going to be grumpy about it.” As of press time, Williams was the only to receive a time-out from the admissions board.
Tips for the novice drum circle player Temperatures in the 50s, tour groups everywhere and tons of of new food carts (that all serve eggrolls and smoothies) can only mean one thing: Spring has finally reached Madison. And with spring comes the constant din of public percussion on Library Mall. Here are a few tips for all you rookies who want to get in on the drum circle action. 1. Dress appropriately. Meg McMahon A vision of Christian icon Jesus Christ appears on Library Mall, similar to the vision that athiest Robert Anderson saw.
Student approached on State rethinks his beliefs University of Wisconsin junior Robert Anderson rethought his positions on God and the meaning of life on Tuesday afternoon when approached by Badger Cru members. Formerly a self-described “militant atheist” and “moral relativist,” Anderson said of the encounter “It was really transformative. I’d never given my beliefs much thought until Tuesday, when they asked me, ‘But what if you’re wrong?’” “I was confounded. I hadn’t thought about that at all,” continued Anderson. “It was like glimpsing a whole new world, one filled with the possibilities of Evangelical Christianity, just because of that overlooked question.
Now I am 100 percent sure of the existence of God, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.” Friend and UW sophomore Amara Josephson said of the encounter, “I’ve never seen him [Anderson] so welcoming to someone on the street. He was so enthused to hear out the other beliefs and consider them for himself, and after it looked as though he held the divine within him. He was a changed man.” Other students have felt similarly in response to activists from Wisconsin Public Research Interest Group, GlobeMed and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, noting the ease that these groups change
their deeply-held, personal beliefs. WISPIRG Clean Lakes’ activist Brandon Oran said, “They just welcome us. Whenever I ask my line ‘Do you have time to talk about Wisconsin’s lakes?’ I am greeted with smiles and enthusiastic, ‘Yes, I do have five minutes on my way to class.’ It’s so great to see such support for our dirty lakes” Badger Cru member Tucker Johnson said, “Every week we see more students at our Bible studies and meetings. All of them I recognize as happily taking pamphlets from us on the street. I am so proud to have such a welcoming campus community. And Jesus is too.”
Sterile couple to spend Easter on big egg hunt With Easter Sunday closing in, many peoples’ thoughts are drifting toward images of candy baskets, coma-inducing amounts of chocolate and, of course, egg hunts. Everyone is taking the egg hunt seriously this year, and one sterile couple decided it was time to start looking. Their quest took them high and low, near and far. They combed through the best universities and Walgreens in the nation in search of the perfect egg. “We want someone who can give us the ideal child: smart, dashing good looks, athletic, musically gifted and, of course, very sweet!” Jamie Bunting, the mother-to-be, said. The couple has varying opinions on what kind of child
they hope to raise, and it is proving to be a strain on the relationship. “I always like the ones with jelly beans in them,” Tray Bunting, the father-to-be, said. “Or those Cadbury ones. What I wouldn’t give for a little peanut butter cup baby! But Jamie seems to be really set on something more expensive and sentient.” The Buntings have been narrowing down the choices by giving a series of taste tests and IQ screenings, among other assessments. To make sure the prospective donors stick around, the couple decided to offer desperate college students huge sums of money and hormones for their eggs. “I was really excited about the opportunity,” Walgreens
employee Tricia MacDouglas said. “But I couldn’t part with my sweet eggs. What about other, more desperate couples who need them?” “I don’t get why we have to keep going to doctors’ offices. My paycheck can’t handle this! I say we just go to Walgreens and get the cheapest egg we can find. My wife seems to think that it’s worth it, but I don’t see it,” Tray Bunting said. The couple have yet to successfully find an individual who satisfies all the requirements. Nevertheless they remain hopeful in anticipation of the bunting Easter egg hunt, saying Uncle Dale’s new wife Christina would most likely trade her eggs for some Almond Joys.
This might seem obvious, but drum circles are not formal occasions. If you drew a Venn diagram of “People Who Wear Suits” and “People Who Go to Drum Circles,” the gap between the two circles would be as big as the income gap between those two demographics. Besides, drumming gets pretty tiring, and you’ll want to let your loins breathe after a 20-minute-long rhythm sesh. Let’s say you think, “Hey, what a great occasion to wear this dashiki! I got it
at a thrift store for Halloween, but then I got called racist for thinking traditional African garb would make for a good costume, so it’s been hanging in the back of my closet between my graduation gown and an ‘ironic’ bowling shirt ever since!” It’s not a good idea. If you’re white — and you probably are since you’re going to a drum circle — you’ll look like a huge douchenozzle. If you’re not white, you probably don’t own a dashiki. (Unless you do, in which case, go ahead and wear it; all the white people at the drum circle will be impressed by your authenticity.) 2. You are better than the children. If anyone loves drum circles more than patchouliscented free spirits, it’s 4-year-olds whose parents think that letting their kids whack saucepans with drumsticks is only OK in public, where hundreds of other people can be included in the resulting headaches.
Children have tons of energy, which means they can bang on a drum all day. (They don’t even have to work.) Feeling intimidated by their musical fervor is understandable. Here’s the thing, though: Kids suck at everything, including music. Hang around enough drum circles and you’ll realize that child percussionists are just using volume to make up for lack of musical skill. Most of those little shitheads couldn’t play a paradiddle if their tiny, fragile lives depended on it. So, don’t be daunted if a pack of human-spawn are hogging all the fun. Grab an unclaimed instrument (or use your adult strength to take one from a child) and show those germy halfpeople who the real Keith Moon around town is.
Freshman still asks to use bathroom in class University of Wisconsin freshman Tucker Albertson was found to still ask his TA to use the restroom in his entry-level chemistry class. Albertson was reported as saying, with his hand raised, “Mrs. Heinrich? Can I please use the restroom?” while holding out his student planner for her to write a hallway pass. “I was dumbfounded” Deborah Heinrich, the TA for Albertson’s Chemistry 104 class, said. “I told him he couldn’t use the restroom, and saw his eager expression turn to sadness. I just wanted to pretend I had that kind of power to stop adults from leaving my room.” “At first I didn’t know
what he was doing,” pre-medicine junior David Gregory said. “I was like, ‘You don’t have to stretch that much, man. What, do you have an arm cramp? A cut on
“I told him he couldn’t use the restroom and saw his expression turn to sadness.” Deborah Heinrich Chemistry TA
that thing? Why are you dancing in your seat? You know you can just leave, man. You know you can just walk out whenever you damn well please. They don’t own you like they did in high school. If you
gotta go you gotta go.’ Too bad I didn’t say that out loud. It was kind of funny to watch him.” Albertson ran out of the room right at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to go to the restroom during “passing time,” as he called it. “I’m still not used to not having a song play in the last minute of passing time so I know I have to get to class,” Albertson said. Albertson was also reported asking to go to the nurse’s office after sustaining a cut from his pencil while waiting for a school bus on the corner of Park and Regent Streets and calling his mother to see if he could take the day off from school because he didn’t feel great.
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The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wisconsin takes down Marquette in straight sets National runnersup from last year end home spring schedule with win Chris Bumbaca Sports Writer
In its third game of the spring season, the Wisconsin volleyball team defeated instate rival Marquette Wednesday evening at the UW Field House. In Wisconsin’s last home match of the spring schedule, the Badgers swept the Golden Eagles in three straight sets in the teams’ second matchup of the spring. Coming off a season in which they made an appearance in the National Championship game, Wisconsin was eager to prove it could match and potentially surpass its magical postseason run last year. The first set was a backand-forth affair between the two teams. But after the score was 5-5, Wisconsin went on a 20-7 run to win the set. With the Badgers leading 7-6, UW proceeded to go on a 4-0 run, topped off by kills from junior outside hitters Courtney Thomas and Ellen Chapman to extend the lead to 11-6. Following a service error from Wisconsin freshman setter Lauren
Carlini, the Badgers reeled off another 4-0 run started by a Thomas kill. Then, Thomas and freshman middle-blocker Haleigh Nelson combined for a block, and Chapman served two consecutive aces for a 15-7 lead. Chapman led the team in aces with three and kills with 11. “I think that spring is a time to learn during the year,” Chapman said. “We go through all of the fundamentals. It’s not so much like competition and grinding it out, it’s more like slow stuff and technique work. I think learning this during the spring and summer is huge going into the fall.” After trading points, the Badgers ended the first set on a 8-1 run, which was terminated by an emphatic Chapman spike, giving Wisconsin a 25-12 set win. The second set was once again a set of runs for Wisconsin. Marquette jumped out to a 7-5 lead after improving its blocking play and upping its aggressiveness at the net to force Wisconsin into some errors. After the Badgers found themselves down 7-5 early in the set, they went on a 6-1 run, which was countered by a Marquette 3-0 run to tie the set at 11. After trading points and with the Golden
Eagles holding a 13-12 advantage, the Badgers ignited a 7-0 run to take a definitive 19-13 lead. The Badgers would win the set 25-17, with setpoint coming on an ace by sophomore libero Taylor Morey. The third set was much more tightly contested than the previous two. The Golden Eagles held pace with the Badgers for the first seven points of the set. Then, UW rattled off a 3-0 run capped off by a Chapman kill to establish a lead of 10-7. A kill by freshman outside hitter Taylor Fricano four UW points later gave the Badgers what would be their largest lead of the set of 14-9. Marquette trimmed the lead to two later in the set at 21-19 and again at 22-20, but couldn’t climb over the hump and take the lead. The match ended after a service error on Marquette, with Wisconsin winning the set 25-22 and sweeping the Golden Eagles out of the Field House. Taking a look at Marquette’s roster, you would not be able to find one player older than a sophomore and there’s good reason behind that because the Marquette volleyball program’s first year was last season. But in just their first season, the Golden Gophers impressed, going 26-6
Joey Reuteman The Badger Herald Junior outside hitter Deme Morales follows through on a ball in the first set. She picked up 8 kills in the match.
and winning the Big East. However, they were undersized and provided no real matchup problems for the Badgers. According to Lauren Carlini, Wisconsin still brought its A game and is always looking to improve, no matter who the opponent is. “Of course there’s still kinks you have to work out,” Carlini said. “Our team gets motivated no matter what, doesn’t matter if it’s spring, fall, whether it counts or not. It’s just being able to show people what we’re going to be about next year and showing that we’re a new team.” Junior outside hitter Deme Morales picked up eight kills in the match, and redshirt junior middle-blocker Dominique Thompson, who was named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team last week, had six winners. Fricano and Thomas each picked up five kills. Following the game, head coach Kelly Sheffield and some team members fielded questions from the Badger faithful who had a favorable turnout for this exhibition match. “Anything less than a national championship and you guys should picket this place,” Sheffield, who earned National Coach of the Year honors following last season, told the crowd. “The fall is more about the team; the spring is more about the individual,” Sheffield said. “They’re working on taking the things they’ve learned individually into a match. “We’re just getting better individually. I thought all of our kids did a nice job tonight, they played hard, they’re trying to figure things out. I thought it was a good effort by everybody.”
High time for McEvoy to start Spencer Smith
Spence’s Two Cents The Wisconsin football team’s ceiling for success in the 2014 season hinges on redshirt junior quarterback Joel Stave’s role. Still recovering from a shoulder injury, Stave watched from the sidelines Saturday as fellow redshirt junior quarterback Tanner McEvoy took snaps with the first team offense during Wisconsin’s annual spring game. And that is precisely where he should stay if the Badgers want their best chance at making the inaugural Division I College Football Playoff. McEvoy is the one person who can make sure that happens, as he is the last quarterback standing in the battle for the starting job. “Those two kids are going to get most of the reps in the fall, those two being Tanner and obviously Joel,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen told reporters after the spring game. After two seasons as the starting quarterback at Wisconsin, Stave has done nothing to solidify his position as the Badgers’ top gunslinger, posting a 13-6 overall record in games he started. The Greenfield native has completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,598 yards,
28 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and has suffered serious injuries — a broken collarbone and an injured shoulder — in both freshman and sophomore seasons. Stave’s career numbers are good — he finished fifth in program history for passing yards in a single season (2,494) in 2013 — but he had a lot of help, help that won’t necessarily be there this fall. Last season, Stave had first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and two second-team AllBig Ten running backs (James White and Melvin Gordon) to lean on. The year before that, he had All-American and the NCAA’s record holder in career touchdowns, Montee Ball, behind him. Only Gordon will be back for the 2014 season. With a majority of unproven talent at the offensive skill positions, Wisconsin desperately needs a playmaker at the quarterback position, and Stave is not it. An average arm that lacks accuracy at times and an inability to extend plays with his legs makes Stave a onedimensional player. On the other hand, McEvoy, a junior college transfer in his second year at Wisconsin, is a dualthreat with a strong arm and an ability to leave the pocket and make plays with his legs. At Arizona Western College, McEvoy threw for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 414 yards and six touchdowns. In his first season with Wisconsin in 2013, McEvoy
struggled to pick up the offense and dealt with a hand injury that knocked him out of contention for the quarterback role. In an effort to still get playing time, the New Jersey native switched to safety and would end up with 27 tackles and an interception. Now with a full offseason at his disposal, McEvoy is back at quarterback and feels much more comfortable at the position. “I think I’m a lot more comfortable. I think it shows,” McEvoy told reporters after Wisconsin’s spring game. “I can only make more strides so I’m looking forward to the summer and I’m looking forward to fall.” McEvoy showed a comfort level with the offense in the spring game, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in the first and second quarters, which weren’t scored. “Tanner has improved a whole lot. He has definitely learned the playbook,” Wisconsin wide receiver Kenzel Doe said after the spring game. “Now he is back at quarterback and he has proved to me that he can compete for the starting job and he doesn’t really care what people say. He can run, he can throw — just have to give him a shot.” Stave is the safe choice for Andersen because he knows what he will get: a quarterback that can manage the game, won’t make a ton of mistakes and will rely on the running game to make plays.
McEvoy may be more of a risk considering he hasn’t started a game at quarterback for Wisconsin yet or in division one for that matter, but I believe the Wisconsin’s ceiling of success is much greater with him manning the offense. It’s time for Andersen to take a gamble at quarterback and give Wisconsin a dynamic offense that goes beyond the backfield. What does he have to lose? Another Outback Bowl?
Joey Reuteman The Badger Herald Dominique Thompson goes up for a kill. She finished with 6 winners in the match.
The Badger Herald | Sports |Thursday, April 17, 2014
Adjustments paying dividends for Tripolskaya UW sophomore tennis player recently notched impressive win, has begun to hit her stride Nick Brazzoni Sports Writer
Nick Brazonni The Badger Herald Anastasia Tripolskaya, a native of Moscow, had a win-streak of 10-straight matches earlier this season.
Coming off of her first victory against a ranked opponent in last week’s match against 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, Anastasia Tripolskaya is feeling like she can take on the world. The sophomore on the Wisconsin women’s tennis team was born and raised in Moscow. She was a three-time runnerup in the Youth Championship there and has since taken her talents across the world, where she and her team, which consists of four other sophomores, have struggled to find consistent success. But with last Sunday’s win against a ranked opponent, the sophomore is confident about her play as this season ends and the next season approaches. “It gives me confidence because I became the No. 2 singles player after playing the whole semester at No. 3, and right now I feel I can beat anyone,” Tripolskaya said. “It’s all in my head. If I can control my body, my shots and my groundstrokes, I can play really good tennis. It definitely gives me confidence for the future.”
Tripolskaya currently has a singles record of 19-11, 4-2 in Big Ten play at the second and third spots on the team. She is 7-3 in her last 10 matches, and her three-set victory against Yurovsky was her first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent this season. With Tripolskaya growing up in Russia, it may seem puzzling as to why she came all the way to Madison to play tennis. But, as both a student and an athlete, she is happy with her decision to become a Badger. She thoroughly enjoys the coaches and her teammates, and believes that the program provides her with the best opportunity to grow. She also admires the university’s business school, which she has applied to with plans to major in UW’s highlyranked marketing program. As one might imagine, moving to another country is quite a big adjustment, and Tripolskaya has noticed a considerable difference in the way tennis is taught and played in the United States compared to Russia. She said the biggest difference is in competition. “There is a difference. In my tennis school where I was playing, there were always many different talented tennis players at different ages. Sometimes I was competing against 14-year-olds, but they would be ranked first in the country,” Tripolskaya said. “Here, I really love that we can play multiple matches every week. You can develop not just your technique, but also your ability to think on the court during the match, and I feel this really helps you to become a better player.” Tripolskaya describes herself as mentally tough. She fights for every point until the end, showing this capability by coming back to win multiple matches this season after dropping the first set. Her coaches and teammates are also well aware of the sophomore’s toughness. UW’s first-year head coach Tina Samara believes that Tripolskaya’s tough personality off the court translates well to her play on the court. “I think, especially in tennis, players play a lot like their personality. You see that she’s a fighter and that she’s stubborn, which make her great and frustrating in a good way as a coach,” Samara said. “She works very hard and she doesn’t quit. She’s that way both on and off the court.” Samara sees Tripolskaya’s “never quit” mentality, as well as her ability and willingness to learn, as large factors in her recent success and success since she joined the Badgers.
She started playing last year with Wisconsin halfway through the season and slowly began to ascend to higher roles on the team. After beginning as the No. 5 singles player for the Badgers and playing eight matches, Tripolskaya moved up the ranks to become the No. 4 position where she spent six matches of the singles season with a 3-3 record. With her hard work, she climbed to the third singles spot where she spent the rest of the season. Although Tripolskaya endured some struggles in the third singles spot on the way to a 1-7 record, the experience was about much more than her record. Tripolskaya is always willing to make adjustments to her game, even though the adjustments have led — and may lead — to some struggles in the beginning, because she knows in the end it will make her a better player. “One thing that she’s done really well is [working] on being outside of her comfort zone and doing some things on the court that she really hadn’t done before,” Samara said. “It’s frustrating in the beginning when you’re not winning points because you are trying to do new things,” Samara said. “But I think [that’s] why she’s getting the wins like she did last week and has the record she has because she has been willing to do that. Her willingness to try new things is a big part of her success.” Tripolskaya’s personality also has an impact off the court, especially with her teammates. Sophomore Lauren Burich explained how she and the rest of the team can look to Tripolskaya to bring a sense of positivity to the group. “She’s probably the most positive on the team and very mentally strong. She’s always trying to help us or talk to us, help us figure things out,” Burich said. “No matter if it’s school, or whatever problems we have, she is always the one trying to help everybody out.” It is Tripolskaya’s mental toughness, positive personality and her skill level at the game of tennis that make her a valuable asset to the team this year and for the next two years as well. She appears to have what it takes to soon be the leader of a young and growing program at Wisconsin. “She’s a fighter. She never gives up. She works very hard and she fights for every point. She knows she can do it and believes in herself, and that’s what really makes her a good player,” Burich said.
The Badger Herald | Sports | Thursday, April 17, 2014
NCAA plugging leak, needs to fix foundation Dan Corcoran
Corcoran’s Clubhouse If a pipe in your house freezes during the winter and subsequently bursts, you would contain the leak and have it repaired. But after you fix the leak, you wouldn’t just let the water that spilled from the pipe stand in your house. You would clean it up — well, unless you were the NCAA. To put it in a more graphic way, if your child gashed his or her carotid artery and was bleeding profusely, you might call an ambulance and hope doctors could save your kid’s life. If you were the NCAA, you’d put a butterfly bandage on the wound, pat the kid on the back and go on your merry way. That gruesome analogy wasn’t entirely necessary, but this is how the NCAA handles its interactions with student-athletes while running one of the most profitable organizations in the world of sports, at least in terms of the organization itself. But this week it looked like things were starting to look a little brighter — think maybe one candle in the middle of a dark night brighter. Earlier in the week, the NCAA Legislative Council approved a measure that will not place any bans on food amounts for member Division I schools and their student athletes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good piece of legislation, but it’s rather ridiculous there is even a limit on the amount of food schools can give to its athletes in the first place. Before this came about, schools were only allowed to provide three meals a day to athletes or food stipends, an amount that seems adequate enough as most people eat three meals a day. But you have to take into account these are athletes who practice and weight train in the same day and require more than the 2,400 daily calories that your average sedentary college journalist needs.
There have been college athletes such as former Tennessee running back Arian Foster and more recently Shabazz Napier of Connecticut who have brought the issue of going to bed hungry and not having enough to eat to the forefront. Although these athletes are not starving by any means, the fact that the NCAA is so power hungry that it controls the feeding of the players is unbelievable. Maybe if we were to go back several hundred years such a rule might seem feasible, but this is the 21st century, and indentured servants are a thing of the past. The rule is a good start — it will allow athletic programs to decide how much they want, or can afford, to keep their athletes full — but it’s only a start. It’s one of those little Flintstone Band-Aids on a gaping wound at the heart of the body. Although the new legislation was a tiny step in the right direction, it’s safe to say that another story this week was two large damning steps in the opposite direction. A story in The New York Times from Wednesday detailed the Jameis Winston sexual assault case from last fall, a case that went down without any prosecution against Winston. But as the Times’ story went on to detail, which other websites went on to mimic in their own stories, is how little the law enforcement wanted to get involved in the case — the authority was obstructing the authority in the case. No one, except for maybe those with extensive knowledge and training in the letter of the law, is in a good place to make definitive and unbridled judgments about what should have happened. But what can be said is that clearly justice to the full degree wasn’t achieved and, worse yet, something like the Winston case happens all too often. Regardless of the level of the sport, money matters, and star players in jail don’t make anyone high up in sports organization money or money for anyone at all. Back in 2010, Lizzy Seeberg, a student at St. Mary’s College, which
Photo courtesy of www.bossip.com While accused of sexual assault, Jameis Winston, a quarterback at Florida State, never got charged, like several other student-athletes in recent years.
is right next door to the University of Notre Dame, was raped by a player on the Fighting Irish football team. Seeberg went to the police and reported the incident. In the short time after doing so, however, she received multiple texts from a friend of the player’s who said, “Don’t do anything you would regret. Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.” As it turned out, that friend was unfortunately right to a degree. The player was never revealed because he was never charged, and the outcome of the event pushed Seeberg, who had depression, to suicide.
Although this case is hardly representative of the image of every football player, horrific events like these do happen and, with how much they get covered up, perhaps more often than we might think. People get away with breaking laws and rules all the time, and maybe it’s just the spotlight in sports that makes it seem like these instances are more frequent in the sporting world. But whether or not these cases like Winston’s and the Notre Dame players or smaller infractions like testing positive for illegal substances frequent sports more, the special treatment of being an
athlete needs to end. Obviously this issue runs a lot deeper into the past, a culture of glorifying athletes to the point of blindly disregarding their mistakes. However, when the NCAA makes rule changes like this week when the organization lowered the ban for testing positive for a banned substance from a season to only half a season, it certainly isn’t helping set a standard for proper behavior. The NCAA isn’t the only one at fault, but it has greatly contributed to the idea that if you, as a top athlete, break a law, more times than not you can get away
with it without facing the circumstances. Athletes make money for the NCAA and these college towns and, without the athlete, there is no money. This is not an indictment of athletes everywhere, but merely the culture behind them that lets a select group get away with mistakes. It’s about time that culture changed. Dan is currently a sophomore at UW with an undeclared major. Do you agree with him that the culture of sports needs changing? Let him know by sending him an email at dcorcoran@badgerherald. com or by tweeting him @ DanCoco7.
Three former Badgers named to Team USA Smith, McCabe, Gardiner will take part in May world tournament Spencer Smith Sports Editor
Noah Willman Badger Herald File Photo After joining the NHL a few weeks ago, Jake McCabe will be one of three players representing UW in Belarus.
In keeping with a long line of success for the Wisconsin men’s hockey program, three former Badger skaters were selected to the 2014 U.S. National Hockey team Tuesday. Jake McCabe, Jake Gardiner and Craig Smith were three of the first 15 players chosen to wear the Red, White and Blue this year. They will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. McCabe, the most recent Badger to make it to the NHL ranks, conceded his final season of eligibility and joined the Buffalo Sabres in April after earning first-team AllBig Ten honors as the assistant captain with Wisconsin in the 20132014 season. This past season as a junior McCabe was fifth on the team in scoring, picking up 25 points with eight goals and 17 assists to his credit. After competing in his final game in Cardinal and White, which was a 5-2 loss to North Dakota
March 25, he chose to forgo his last year in pursuit of NHL dreams and inked a three-year entry level deal with the Sabres. He played in seven games for the Sabres and picked up an assist. Gardiner’s last season with Wisconsin was the 2010-2011 campaign. He has since played three seasons as a defenseman in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he has 65 points on 17 goals and 48 assists. Like McCabe, Gardiner gave up his final season of eligibility to go to the NHL, but in his junior year he tallied 41 points for the Badgers. Smith is making his fourth appearance with national team. In 2013, he was a key member of the
U.S. National team that took a bronze medal in the World Championships, posting 14 points in 10 games. In the NHL, Smith has played three seasons with the Nashville Predators and led the team with 24 goals this season. Smith, similarly to McCabe, left Wisconsin early to pursue a career in the NHL and left the Badgers after only two seasons, but in just two years he tallied 76 points. 2014 will mark the 47th consecutive year that at least one former Badger will compete in the World Championships.
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Kirby Wright The Badger Herald
Badgers extinguish Phoenix
Comeback win in 2nd game of twin bill extends winning streak to 7 contests Meghan Eustice Softball Writer
Wisconsin has been hot lately, but it fought fire with fire when it took on UW-Green Bay at Goodman Diamond Wednesday afternoon. But the late-game heroics in both games of the doubleheader powered the Badgers to two thrilling comefrom-behind victories over the Phoenix. Green Bay proved it came ready to play as it started off the first game with a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Marissa Michalkiewicz found a gap in right center and earned herself a double and soon after advanced to third on a single to left field by teammate Shannon Butts. After Butts stole second, her sister Stacey hit the opposite side of the field on a single of her own, knocking home the first two runs of the game. Wisconsin was quick to respond and put up a run of its own on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. After seniors Michelle Mueller and Stephanie
Peace both walked, Chloe Miller found an opening in right field and was able to send Mueller home, narrowing the score to 2-1. After a scoreless second inning for both sides, Wisconsin tied the game up as Mueller came back for her second at-bat and homered to center field in what was her fifth home run in the past seven games and 10th of the season so far. The scoring battle continued in the top of the fourth when Green Bay scored another run off a second single by Stacey Butts, which batted in sophomore Brianna Cavin, who had been pinch running for Shannon Butts. Wisconsin fought back in the bottom of the inning and put up another run of its own when sophomore Ashley Van Zeeland crossed home plate on an error by the Green Bay first baseman, tying the score once again at 3-3. Just when it looked like the Badgers would have a chance to breathe, the Phoenix hit a hot streak in the top of the fifth, when a string of singles ended in four runners making it home with the Butts sisters in the middle of all the action once again. The nightmare of an inning
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finally ended for the Badgers when pitcher Cassandra Darrah struck out junior Miranda Spangberg for the second out, followed directly by a pop up to Peace at short stop. After UW failed to put up any runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, Green Bay tallied an additional run in the sixth when Shannon Butts continued to do damage in the batter’s box by doubling to left field with a runner on third, earning another RBI. Wisconsin responded by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Katie Christner, who had tripled to right field, was batted in with a single by teammate Megan Tancill. Trailing by five runs heading into the last of the seventh, Wisconsin had its back against the wall but responded in astounding fashion with one of the biggest comebacks of the year. The rally started with a double by Peace, which sent pinch runner Marisa Gonzalez to third. Miller brought both teammates in when she ripped a double right-center field, scoring the first two runs of the inning. She quickly advanced to third herself off a single by Marissa Mersch. Next, Van Zeeland
grounded out to the pitcher, but was still able to advance Mersch to second and send Miller home, bringing the Badgers one run short from extending the game into extra innings. Katie Christner kept the momentum going when she doubled to left field for her second extra-base hit of the night, and batted in Mersch, the score now tied at 8-8 with only one out. Christner advanced to third on a groundout and finally crossed home plate as lead off hitter Mary Massei singled down the right field line, giving the Badgers the win in what is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of the season. Green Bay didn’t let the results from the first game deter them, scoring a run in the top of the first inning as the two teams began the second game of the double header. After two scoreless innings, the Phoenix put up another run in the top of the fourth after a string of singles. Miller finally got the Badgers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the same inning when she homered to right field for her fifth dinger of the year, and apparently jump started the rest of the UW bench, which put up
Kirby Wright The Badger Herald Top: Wisconsin congregates on the infield after the series sweep of Green Bay.
Bottom: Senior shortstop Stephanie Peace, 1-of-4 at the dish, makes contact.
four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Junior Maria Van Abel started things off with a single off a bunt down the third base line. After Massei and Mersch both reached on errors, one of which resulted in Van Abel reaching home, Mueller stepped up to bat and
made Green Bay pay for its mistakes. The senior slugger homered to left field for the second time on the afternoon, adding three RBIs to the team’s total, making the score 5-2, and securing the series’ sweep, which extended the Badgers’ winning streak to seven games.
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After a long and ice-filled winter, an open Lake Mendota welcomed back the members of the Wisconsin rowing teams Wednesday morning after the ice finally melted earlier in the week.
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