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Erpenbach will sit out Senate race Matt Huppert State Editor A Wisconsin state senator who gained national attention as a staunch opponent to Gov. Scott Walker ’s budget repair bill last spring will not run for higher office

next fall. In a statement posted on his Facebook page Monday, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, announced he will not seek his party’s nomination to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat.

In the statement, Erpenbach said the political and economic climate in Wisconsin is too drastic for him to leave his position to seek higher office. Erpenbach was one of the 14 Wisconsin senators who fled to Illinois to

avoid voting on Walker ’s budget repair bill. Due in large part to name recognition, University of Wisconsin political science professor Donald Downs said the state senator would have been a very strong candidate for the 2nd

Congressional District seat, which in the past decade has resoundingly gone to Democrats. The actions of Walker and Republican legislators over the past nine months, Erpenbach said in the statement, have threatened Wisconsin’s

history as a leader in worker’s rights. “I want to fight to have our state’s corporate class show some of the personal responsibility that we demand, rightly, of all our citizens,” Erpenbach


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A protester makes his voice heard on Capitol Square Tuesday at a rally fighting national legislation that would make severe cuts to the financially taxed public mail service.

Postal protest takes Capitol Matt Huppert State Editor Mail carriers across the state gathered with Democratic politicians on Capitol Square Monday to protest a bill that would implement significant cuts to the United States Postal Service. Monday’s rally, which drew approximately 60 people, was a part of a nationwide effort on the part of postal worker unions to discourage Congress from passing the Postal Reform Act in favor of passing House Resolution 1351, which would end a 2006 mandate that requires the Postal Service to pre-fund future retirees benefits, according to a statement from Save America’s Postal Service. The Postal Reform Act, proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California,

would reform the USPS through budget cuts and structural adjustments, according to a statement from Issa. At the rally, State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said the bill is a part of a nationwide movement on the right to cut funds to public agencies in favor of private sector alternatives. Due to legislation passed in 2006, the Postal Service is required to pre-fund the health benefits of future retirees for the next 75 years. Pocan said this has led to most of the Postal Service’s financial problems and should be overturned. “This is cookie cutter Tea Party, Grover Norquist legislation that they want to do state by state and to federal agencies in the United States Postal Service,” Pocan said. In 2010, Issa said in

the statement, the postal service lost over $8 billion and is estimated to lose at least that much this year and in 2012. The passage of the Postal Reform Act would save the agency at least $10.7 billion each year, he said Issa said the changes to the Postal Service inherent in the Postal Reform Act would keep the financially struggling Postal Service from seeking a multibillion dollar bailout with taxpayer money. Pocan said House Resolution 1351, which includes spending cuts to the USPS but also eliminates its prefunding of health care requirement, is a better alternative to the Postal Reform Act. “That measure will keep post offices open, keep mail delivery timely and save the jobs of tens of thousands of workers,” Pocan said.

The reform act, Issa said in the statement, would modernize USPS and give the agency more power to run itself like a business. He said this will curb the Postal Service’s financial troubles by allowing the public agency to operate like a private sector corporation. The source of the Postal Service’s financial burden has been increasingly high labor costs and unnecessary infrastructure, Issa said. He said these must be eliminated in order to keep the USPS operational. Paul Muenkel, a spokesperson for the American Postal Workers Union, said post offices across the state are not having trouble financially due to a poor business structure or a lack

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Fifteen advising positions were implemented at the University of Wisconsin last week with Madison Initiative for Undergraduates funding intended to combat advising problems. Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Aaron Brower said MIU put aside $1.5 million strictly for advising concerns. The academic and career advising positions, he said, fulfilled just one of four major recommendations developed to benefit advising efforts. The other recommendations are centralized advising to better coordinate across campus, more web presence for higher accessibility and better training, oversight, development and assessment of advisers, Brower said. The initiative itself began three years ago and uses a supplemental tuition charge to improve campus services while also expanding the amount of need-based aid available. The surcharge created roughly $40 million and over the past two years, students and faculty have been reviewing proposals on how to spend the money. Through these proposals, the MIU Oversight Committee was able to put aside the $1.5 million for advising. Last year, Brower said, another group put together recommendations on how this money was to be spent — one of the ways of which was to hire 25 new advisers. Brower said a wide array of students brought

up advising concerns, making it an area of importance for MIU. Many concerns students have with advising stem from a decentralized system, according to Associated Students of Madison Rep. Tom Templeton, who is also a member of the MIU Oversight Committee. “I think some of the issues surrounding advising were that there were not enough advisers available to meet the needs of students, and it was a very decentralized system with little to no cross campus standards,” Templeton said in an email to The Badger Herald. One of these issues included receiving different information whenever students met with different advisers, Templeton said. Brower said the committee decided which areas the advisers would go to through another proposals process, focusing on proposals addressing advising in new ways. He emphasized the majority of the positions given out are to general areas instead of specific departments. The advisers hired also needed to have an innovative approach to their profession, Brower said. “A large criteria [for these advisers] was thinking about advising in new ways and not a onesize-fits-all approach, but looking at different needs different students have and developing models,” Brower said. Templeton said these new approaches to advising and a shared notes program will help reduce communication

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UWPD: Beware Wisconsin vs. Nebraska ticket scams Badger fans should be cautious of their voucher sales for upcoming game Caroline Wittenburg City Editor Experts are comparing Saturday’s football game against the Nebraska Huskers to last year ’s Ohio State game, causing ticket prices to skyrocket well past their base values and forcing University of Wisconsin Police Department officials to put students on high guard for scalping violations and fraudulent tickets. UWPD Sgt. Aaron

Chapin said fans are falling victim to scalping at unusually high prices and buying tickets that have already been scanned so they will be denied entry. He said students also might accidentally buy tickets for a different game in the midst of all the excitement. Chapin said his department within UWPD is actively warning students against these kinds of scams and said students purchasing tickets to the game should purchase from a reliable source, such as StubHub or the UW Athletic Office itself. “Using reputable sources that are associated with the

Athletic Office is the best option,” he said. “Those kinds of sources have safeguards available to protect the consumers.” UWPD will take precautions Saturday to ensure that violation of the scalping code does not occur and that transactions are run given what the face value of the ticket is. “For the purposes of enforcing the administrative code, our department will have officers assigned to details enforcing those kinds of laws,” Chapin said. Justin Doherty, Associate Athletic Director for External

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On game day, Badger fans “Jump Around,” rocking Camp Randall. UWPD is reminding people to be cautious selling tickets for the game. © 2011 BADGER HERALD


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Correction The 9/27 article “Board of Estimates rejects further Edgewater funds,” stated Ald. Satya RhodesConway opposed the amendment to eliminate the BioLink project, when it should have read she opposed the BioLink project. We regret the error.






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our vision of wellness to the boundaries of the state,” Swanson said in an email to The Badger Herald. Swanson said the grant would fund 10 Wisconsin communities so they could improve upon their general health standards. She said some of the work the funds will go toward include boosting access to nutritious foods and creating safe environments for neighborhood children to play in. “This is important to the Madison community because kids who grow up

healthy will come to the UW more prepared to learn and excel,” Swanson said in the email. “The health of the next generation of Wisconsin is essential to the UW continuing its standing as one of the top public universities in the nation.” Seventy percent of Wisconsin’s health care costs are caused by chronic diseases that could have been prevented, making the grant especially pertinent to the state’s main concerns, Swanson said. According to the statement, the award will be distributed over a span

of five years and will be used to provide funds for local communitybased coalitions in the 10 communities chosen by the organization. Madison’s local YMCA chapter, which played a role in UHS’s application grant efforts, will receive a portion of the funding to use toward their own health initiative projects. “YMCAs across the state of Wisconsin are thrilled to collaborate and help make this healthy transformation happen for Wisconsin,” Dane County YMCA CEO Carrie Wall said in a statement.

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According to the statement, the funds from the Community Transformation Grant will also be applied to further early screening for chronic diseases and cancer. WCPR Director Julie Swanson said the grant provides UHS with an opportunity to work within the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea and builds on the success of the organization’s 35 years of experience in helping communities implement prevention strategies. “This grant gives the University Health Services the opportunity to spread

A Dane County judge ordered a south side bar to remain closed indefinitely after a Madison attorney filed a restraining order against the bar following a shooting last weekend. While attorney Jenifer Zilavy filed the restraining order on Friday right after the shooting near R’ Place, Dane County Judge David Flanagan said he had other reasons he extended the order to keep the bar closed temporarily. Flanagan said at the end of the hearing that the Madison Police

Department did not take reasonable action to prevent the shootings and other violent incidents that have occurred near R’ Place’s premises in the last 11 months, but he did say R’ Place has created a public nuisance. Pending further action of the court, Flanagan said, the bar will remain closed. “There is an enormous public safety component here,” Flanagan said. During the hearing, some Madison residents who live on the south side close to the bar acted as witnesses to the city. Resident Maria Brown said her front door and

porch face the back of the bar, and she had called 911 in the past because it seemed like patrons were fighting. R’ Place owner Rick Flowers said in the hearing he has worked with neighbors and other individuals on noise complaints and he has a right to receive protection from MPD. Cpt. Joe Balles said he has worked closely with R’ Place since the shooting that occurred near the bar ’s premises last October and had worked with the bar to make it safer. Flanagan said he was less concerned with why the shootings occurred and more concerned with the fact that there have been shootings. Flowers represented himself during the hearing. He said in an interview with The

Badger Herald he could not afford a lawyer. Flowers said he’s going to appeal the decision. He has proudly declared his bar one of the only “Afrocentric” venues in the city, and Flanagan acknowledged the bar ’s “unique spot in culture” during the hearing. “I have a right to defend my bar. The city doesn’t want me to defend my bar. They want me to hire a lawyer,” Flowers said in an interview. Last Friday, three people were injured in what MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain called an “ambush-style shooting” on the 1800 block of S. Park Street, and the victims had just left the bar before the shooting took place. Flowers said one of the victims was Eugene

Lee, who had worked for R’ Place in the past and was hired back to work as a janitor the night of the shooting. DeSpain said he could not release or verify the names of the victims. There are currently no suspects in custody. On Wednesday, R’ Place’s liquor license is scheduled to go before the city’s Alcohol License Review Committee. The ruling did not change the bar’s status on the committee, said Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, a member of ALRC. “There could be overlapping prohibitions [on R’ Place],” he said. —Deputy News Editor Katherine Krueger and News Reporter George LeVines contributed to this report.

Business school professor loses battle against cancer Grainger leader made significant contributions in his field at UW Selby Rodriguez Campus Editor An accomplished University of Wisconsin Business School associate dean and professor specializing in strategic management died last week from cancer. Mason Carpenter died Sept. 22, 2011 at 50 years old. He is survived by his wife and children, according to a UW statement. Carpenter was the M. Keith Weikel Professor in Leadership for the Business School, in addition to teaching strategic management, according to the statement. Business School Dean Francois OrtaloMagne said Carpenter will be missed. “[Carpenter] was an award-winning teacher, who made the student experience his number one goal and extended his classroom to the world by sharing freely his materials and books,” he said. Carpenter was also the Business School’s associate dean of evening and executive master of business administration programs where he worked on the school’s MBA program profile, the statement said. Most of Carpenter ’s research focused on strategic management involving corporate governance, top management teams, social networks and global startup management,

according to the School of Business website. “He was a highly productive and impactful researcher, recognized by his peers for outstanding service to the field of strategic management,” Ortalo-Magne said. Carpenter’s accomplishments included being awarded the MBA Professor of the Year, being named one of the most popular professors in several Business Week MBA program polls, the Larson Excellence in Teaching Award and another Teaching Award from UW, according to the website. The statement said Carpenter also worked as an Academy of Management Review associate editor and corporate strategy and governance chair within

the Strategic Management Society. “Mason’s left an indelible footprint on the Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison campus and the world. He will be dearly missed and we will remember him always,” OrtaloMagne said. Donations to the Carpenter family may be sent to the Carpenter Family Fund, M&I Bank, 7447 University Ave., Middleton, WI 53562, according to the statement. Carpenter ’s visitation took place Tuesday at the Gunderson West Funeral Home in Middleton, according to the statement. A memorial service in honor of Carpenter is scheduled today at 2 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church.

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Former ASM leaders lay out plans to appeal Selby Rodriguez Campus Editor Two former student government leaders recently removed from office outlined their plans and hopes for the appeals process during a press conference Tuesday night. The conference was a reaction to the Associated Students of Madison Student Judiciary’s decision to remove Student Council Vice Chair Beth Huang and Nominations Board Chair Niko Magallon from office on Sept. 21. Both dismissals stem from the time community service hours were turned into SJ on Sept. 15, which was judged as leaving inadequate amount for SJ to verify the forms. The hours were required after Huang and Magallon violated ASM bylaws by canvassing on university housing grounds, which is strictly prohibited, during the spring 2011 election season.

ERPENBACH, from 1 said. “I want to fight for good jobs, healthy businesses, and respect not only for the people who own those businesses but for the people who do those jobs.” Erpenbach said he is frustrated with the political divide that has occurred in the state, and said he has not seen signs of the bipartisanship promised by Republican legislators. Congressional races in the state, Downs said, have become exceedingly one-sided over the past decade as both parties have worked to gerrymander districts in their favor. He said this has

Huang added she fully complied with the remedies and timeline outlined and believes the Student Judiciary should, and will, reinstate her. Huang expressed concern over her time as vice chair being characterized by her removal, despite the work she has already done and plans on continuing. This includes efforts against the Voter ID law she made last year as and the legislation she sponsored this year, including her stance against a Senate bill prohibiting ordinances placed on landlords. “I’m rather saddened that my tenure as vice chair has been defined by my removal,” Huang said. Huang stated she brought a unique progressive perspective to ASM and sponsored a lot of legislation. Magallon said he also complied with the rulings on his community service. “In regards to my refusal of stay, to put it

led to a more even split of Republican and Democratic congressmen and women from Wisconsin, but he also said it has eliminated much of the sway voters in the state have in congressional elections. For this reason, Downs said the Democratic candidate in the 2nd district who wins his or her party’s nomination will most likely win the overall election. Dane County Treasurer Dave Worzala entered the race earlier this month. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, and Rep. Kelda HelenRoys, D-Madison, have also announced their intentions to run for the seat.

succinctly and accurately, I complied with the orders of Student Judiciary by the simple fact that my supervisors of my community service turned in my hours on the stated day: Sept. 15,” he said. A College of Letters & Science representative and Nominations Board Chair, Magallon has advocated for multicultural competency throughout his stay on ASM. Magallon is also member of Promoting Racial Equity and Awareness and UW Model UN. “As board chair, I have carefully selected on behalf of my committee student leaders who share a vision for empowering all students, including students of color and other underrepresented students on campus,” Magallon said. Should neither be reinstated, both Huang and Magallon said they would continue their work with ASM. Huang and Magallon’s

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Former ASM Vice Chair Beth Huang and former Nominations Board Chair Niko Magallon held a press conference Tuesday night where they claimed their service hour submissions followed Student Judiciary rules. Huang said she was confident she will be reinstated. next step is completing briefs outlining their cases. They both also said they were confident in the

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of customers but due to the pre-paid requirements past by congress, which cost the USPS around $5 billion a year. The USPS is not looking for a bailout, Muenkel said. The USPS would be fine financially if Congress discontinued the Postal Service’s required pre-fund payments, he said, as well as overpayments into pension accounts which have cost USPS several billion dollars. “Some of the people say we’re after a bailout,” Muenkel said. “If they just relieved us of these payments, we’ll be in good shape.”

errors for students, if not eliminate them entirely. The 15 created positions stretch across academic areas from all of the UW campus. Eight additional positions were previously awarded outside of this process, and two have been allocated but will not be filled until a director of advising is hired, said the statement. Brower said he was glad to see MIU directly benefit students through advising services. “From my perspective, advising has been an issue most students have complained about,” Brower said. “So it’s very rewarding to know we can put so much new attention and resources towards it.”

representatives helping to fill in during their absence from council. The appeal of the SJ ruling is scheduled

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for Oct. 4. Huang and Magallon’s appellate briefs describing their cases, are due Friday by noon.

NEBRASKA, from 1 Relations at UW, said the Athletic Department does not have control over the secondary market or if the tickets are being sold at higher prices. “We just really try to control what we can control, and what we can control is legitimate selling and legitimate access inside the stadium,” Doherty said. However, he said that in terms of preventing scams, each ticket is equipped with a specific barcode that will enable the holder of the ticket to get into the stadium. Each ticket is good for only one admission, for an added level of security, he said.


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All time low, indeed In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray wakes to relive the same day to Sonny Bono and Cher singing “I’ve Got You Babe.” On a much less trivial holiday, we are starting to hear even shittier music coming from State Street. Frank Productions announced Monday that douche-rock stars Neon Trees and pop-punk haircuts All Time Low will headline Freakfest, the city’s annual attempt to prevent the costumed masses from rioting on the Saturday closest to Halloween. This comes after OK Go, an equally depressing headliner, played the main stage at last year’s event. For us, the selection of a one-hit rock

band and a band that will only attract the 11- to 17-year-old demographic to our college town’s second-favorite holiday is the final strike against Frank Productions. They need to go. Frank Productions cannot make University of Wisconsin students excited about headliners that should be playing Warped Tour instead of a festival in a city with one of the most diverse musical tastes for its size. To their credit, they make an effort to bring in local bands, but any local production company could do this. To make things worse, Freakfest hosts both country and electronic stages, but there’s very little love for arguably the most popular genre for

students: hip-hop. This is not just Frank’s problem. The city of Madison and local business owners have consistently shown its disaffection for hip-hop acts, a disturbing characteristic in a supposedlytolerant city. Luckily, the city renews its contract with Frank Productions on a yearby-year basis, meaning they can technically fire Frank for making Freakfest the laughing-stock of yearly college parties. This would give the city the opportunity to hire a more student-focused production company like Majestic Madison, which was scared off after the Mifflin Street Block Party but could be successful

with a format like Freakfest. We are not advocating for bringing in a big-name headliner like Kanye West, Kid Cudi or Arcade Fire. Doing so would raise ticket prices to an unaffordable level. But artists more appealing to college students from the indie rock or second-rate hiphop world are still better than what we are getting right now and just as affordable. We should be proud enough of the talent at Freakfest that we can flaunt it to our peers in other college towns. With groups like All Time Low headlining one of our most famous parties, UW students are not getting what they deserve.

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ASM should pursue progressive governance campuses. Although most of us have not even realized it, this campus has been engaged in a very serious discussion about the role of student government throughout the last few Ryan Rainey weeks. This conversation Editorial Board Member began mostly because of accusations the Student One thing every good Multicultural Badger Herald employee Coalition made in their learns when they step waiver application for into our humble office segregated fee funding is that we are, have from the Student Services been and will continue Finance Committee. While some of the to be an experiment. Experimentation is the accusations in the MCSC were simply force that drives the waiver University of Wisconsin to ridiculous, the document greatness and recognition does raise some serious questions about how we around the world. Although UW treat each other on this is often derided as campus. Unfortunately, overly-progressive or too much of the campus about experimental, some conversation institutions within the the MCSC waiver has university are still highly ridiculed the group. This traditional. We only need kind of discussion will to look at our student only further alienate government to see how MCSC and groups like conventional some of our them, making the campus practices are, even on climate worse. It’s common for white one of the country’s most liberal public university students here to criticize

the document’s lack of professionalism as an automatic disqualification for MCSC from their student funds. I’ve heard other students claim that minority groups on campus are not as accustomed to professional behavior as white students on campus, since that’s “just not part of their culture.” Both of these answers miss the point. Groups like MCSC have introduced major important initiatives that help ease some of Wisconsin’s most pressing diversity issues. But to claim professionalism is not part of a minority group’s culture ignores the mainstream success of minorities in our country since the Civil Rights Movement. The term “segregated fees” alone is enough for us to realize that some practices on this campus are insensitive to minority groups. Wisconsin is notorious throughout the country for being one

of the most segregated of all northern states; Milwaukee is commonly referred to as one of the most segregated cities in the country. Because of this, it’s easy to see why students like those in MCSC feel marginalized when they come to UW — it’s a perpetuation of the same problems and misunderstandings they’ve dealt with before. However, groups like MCSC have repeatedly stated their distaste for the current setup in ASM and how committees like SSFC are handled. A reasonable and balanced budget process is essential to any government. But just like how the Herald experiments with the future of journalism, it’s ASM’s responsibility to experiment with the future of effective government. As we’ve seen throughout the last year at the Capitol, many antiquated styles of

debate and governing have proved ineffective. In many ways, ASM’s traditions and standards are not a forward-thinking model of government’s potential when students take the helm several decades from now. ASM as an institution makes noble efforts to empower students. But in some cases, the government can dissolve into groups of students emulating the processes of status quo governance only to unintentionally learn how to continue the worst traditions of our political discourse after they graduate. The most recent controversy with MCSC has exposed this. I’ve seen the term “sifting and winnowing” used as a Twitter handle, in Facebook statuses and as a symbol of Badger pride equal to Bucky himself. But I rarely see the Wisconsin Idea actually implemented by undergraduate students in major public settings like student government.

ASM needs to get back in touch with the governing philosophy of our university and no longer be afraid of being a progressive, experimental institution. SSFC in particular has been dealt a particularly difficult hand because of a Supreme Court ruling several years ago that introduced the concept of viewpoint neutrality, a requirement that likely only worsens ASM’s relationship with groups like MCSC. I’m not calling for any revolutionary government to take over the SAC or the Capitol. But throughout the last several years, both governments have been ineffective and polarizing. This is their own doing. But unlike Democrats and Republicans at the top of State Street, students can actually get messy and try new things. Ryan Rainey (rrainey@ is a junior majoring in journalism and Latin American studies.

Unprecedented MCSC waiver is racist, reprehensible a racist would think that one statement is justified and the other is not. So how can the MCSC, an organization which is supposedly an “alliance of students deeply committed to social justice and Matt Jeffers the principles of unity, Columnist integrity, responsibility, and respect,” have racially “Money talks … blatantly especially to black motivated statements on people.” Imagine if this its budget waiver? This is not a quote was in the budget waiver of an organization that taken out of context, or was ‘dedicated to social a mischaracterization of justice.’ Would a student the general intent and organization that released direction of the waiver. this sort of rhetoric and Do not take my word make other racially for it — go to the Badger motivated comments be Herald website and check likely to receive funding it out for yourself. What from a public institution strikes me as particularly in the heart of one of the ironic and repugnant is United States most liberal that this very organization, which implies that all cities? Not damn likely. So my question is white people care about this: Does it matter that is money, is asking for an the quote instead reads astonishing $1.27 million “money talks … especially dollar budget, the largest to white people?” Only monetary request from a

University of Wisconsin student organization. Apparently money talks … especially to people who work at MCSC. In response to a question on the prioritization of funding, the waiver has this to say: “To even ask an organization like MCSC to list a number of most important programs is atrocious. … It seems like the Eurocentric white supremacist spirit behind those assumptions, implications and expectations is the same spirit with which this question is asked.” It is interesting that a white supremacist organization such as the SSFC has, in past two years alone, given $464,900 to this Multicultural Student Coalition. The waiver contends that “everything that students are learning in this university is through a filter of whiteness, even

African American studies. This is because history has been written through white culture’s filter. All people, politics and buildings have been created around how white culture has seen them and wanted them to be built.” Apparently the UW campus is full of white buildings and white ideas. According to MCSC, there is not physics, mathematics, business and philosophy. Instead there is white science, white mathematics, white business and white philosophy. The racial diatribe continues, hinting that there might be too many ‘white people’ around “looking at the SAC space, MCSC has no place there, students of color rarely frequent the SAC, because it is an especially white space.” The MCSC is in effect asking for segregation, arguing that because there are too many

white people in the SAC, people of color do not want to come to the MCSC location. They are asking for cultural separation and implying people of other skin colors are frightening. This is exactly opposite of what a progressive forward thinking society would want to promote! The statements and opinions expressed in the MCSC waiver confirm a deep misunderstanding of the true meaning of equality in a classically liberal society. They are promoting a position of ‘separate but equal.’ In a truly fair and equal society, the law, the schools, policies and the entire social structure is color blind. It is true that this has not yet been fully realized in America, but Madison, Wis., is getting pretty damn close. Furthermore, MCSC’s approach on these issues is the exact reverse of

what a fair and just society would desire. They see color as an instrument of detection of biases and prejudices, instead of seeing through the guise of color as an organization truly dedicated to equality would. MCSC actually focuses on skin color and fixates their entire organization around it. The MCSC proposals and budget requests are themselves a step in the wrong direction, for they are judging people not ‘on the content of their character, but on the color of their skin.’ The SSFC ought to not approve any funding or budget proposal of MCSC until they apologize for racist statements made in the waiver and affirm an authentic position on equality. Matt Jeffers (mjeffers@ is a senior majoring in economics and philosophy.

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Forever the Sickest Kids has been blending pop and punk for years and will return to Madison Thursday, bringing their sound to a free “VIP Neon Party” performance at Varsity Hall.

Sickest show not just for kids Crowd surfing, moshing to be theme for 2000-era band’s free performance Mollie Olsem ArtsEtc. Writer According to drummer Kyle Burns, the members of Forever the Sickest Kids are a “diverse group of dudes” when it comes to music taste. This Thursday, the poppunk band will come to Madison as part of its campus tour. The show, called the AT&T VIP Neon Party, will be free and begins at 6 p.m. at Varsity Hall at Union South. FTSK released its debut album in April 2008, titled Underdog Alma Mater. The four members wrote and recorded the songs for their latest self-titled album that dropped this past March. The group’s music falls within the poppunk category, but each album has songs ranging from party anthems to heartfelt ballads — and Burns said each members’ idols range from Garth Brooks to Jay-Z.

Over the years, Burns has been proud of the quintet’s ability to “develop a fun energy and connect with people mentally and physically.” He said together they have learned to produce and record their music on their own, making “capturing new ideas

with the University of Wisconsin show. Burns said the guys’ favorite part about touring, which they’ve done internationally since their first year as a band, is connecting with their fans. “[We enjoy] making friends and being able to visit so many new

“[We enjoy] making friends and being able to visit so many new places in this world and entertaining people everywhere. ... I’m looking forward to shutting off my cell phone and partying like it’s 1999.”

Kyle Burns

Forever the Sickest Kids

much more easy and convenient.” One thing that has remained the same is their pre-show ritual, which the guys call “gutazzisn,” which involves praying and chanting a special word of the day. FTSK will finish up its AT&T College Tour

places in this world and entertaining people everywhere,” he said. After the AT&T College Tour, Forever The Sickest Kids will head abroad to tour the United Kingdom. “The crowds overseas are crazy. They cut loose,” Burns said. He credits this to the very

few times American bands can get overseas, so the fans go all out. “They give it all they’ve got every show and will literally party until they pass out. … I’ve seen it happen many times.” The Madison show will be an intimate VIP experience, explains Burns, with a mix of songs both new and old. He loves Wisconsin, and expects this show to be a full-out party equipped with moshing and crowd surfing. Burns said he has high expectations for the experience of playing another Madison show, and plans on wearing his own UW shirt. “I’m looking forward to shutting off my cell phone and partying like it’s 1999,” he said. The four band-mates of punk-pop group Forever the Sickest Kids hope to close out their AT&T College Tour with a bang at Thursday’s Madison performance. The show, a “VIP Neon Party,” will start at 6 p.m. in Varsity Hall. Admission is free.

The image of a stereotypical opera experience likely includes a confusing, drawn-out and, at times, boring plot, but Fresco Opera Theatre’s “Big Top Opera” is certainly not what many would expect from a night at the opera. In this case, a night at the circus may be a better description of the experience. Complete with a bearded lady, half man/half woman, a group of stilt walkers, a wheel of death, fire breathers and many more surprises, this opera/ circus mash-up pulls out all the stops. Throw in a few interactive bits involving the bearded lady’s fit of rage, a walk on a bed of nails, a live tiger audience invasion, various side shows and a clown meet and greet, and there is no way to bore an audience with this performance. Artistic Director and Co-Founder Melanie Cain (also known for her performances in “Hansel and Gretel” and “Falstaff”) refers to this modern take on opera as a “repackaging of the genre.” Shooting to win over a younger demographic in addition to the many already committed opera lovers, Fresco Opera Company’s past shows have tried for many angles of excitement. Titles like “Dueling Divas” and “Ding Dong the Diva’s Dead” have gone to such extremes as to take place in a boxing ring, or portray a series of death scenes inspired by more well-known works such as “Frankenstein” and “The Exorcist.” Despite the glaring differences between this modern and slightly twisted form of opera and the traditional variety, there is one unarguable similarity: the drama. Be it visual or audial, opera is known for being overthe-top, and Fresco Opera Theatre’s productions are no exception. Costumes, characters, vocals and many more aspects of

opera easily serve as testament. The concept of Fresco Opera Theatre and its new take on opera came into fruition years ago after a high-energy aria act fell through, recalls Executive Director and Co-Founder Frank Cain. Wanting to keep the drama, emotion and energy of this fallen show, the husband and wife founding team took their unique idea to the next level. They created an opera company devoted to fast-paced, original productions to interest opera-goers both young and old, catering to newcomers and seasoned veterans. Six completed shows later, this non-profit organization has not only made a name for itself, but has become involved in giving back to the community as well. With previous charity work with organizations such as the MidWest Dachshund Rescue and free monthly opera workshops for graduated performers, Fresco Opera Theatre is surely doing its part to give back. What better way to escape from the intensity of studying for mid-term exams or the doldrums of a cold winter fast approaching than to sit back and relax at the Overture Center ’s oh-socomfortable chairs, and let the fun and excitement come to you? With its drama, irony, adventure and even the thrill of a bit of danger, Big Top Opera will have you thoroughly entertained, at the edge of your seat in anticipation and forgetting all about those extraneous stresses. For an evening or afternoon of circusopera fun, the only thing you have to lose is that outdated perception of opera. More information about Fresco Opera Theatre can be found at www. or by checking them out on Facebook. “Big Top Opera,” a newfangled type of theater, will be showing at the Overture Center Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m


From flogging to fisting: Providing answers to curious kinksters Madtown. We have the Madison Area Whippersnappers, who meet the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Noodles & Company on State Street. Club Inferno out on Sam Johnson Commercial Avenue hosts Hump Day Columnist “Leather + Lace” parties the first Saturday of every Hey there curious month and Sabbat de kinksters. This week, Sade play parties the third let’s explore the joys Sunday of every month. There’s also the of bondage, discipline, dominance, submission MadtownKinkfest, which is coming up in February. and sadomasochism. Keep in mind there’s no Now I ain’t gonna lie to hard-and-fast definition of you. Sometimes it does “kinky.” To some, using a take people a bit of time pair of fuzzy handcuffs is and life experience to the kinkiest, hottest, most discover and define their out-there thing they want inner kinks. Hence, you’ll to try. Others think, “Been likely encounter more there, done that; I have “seasoned” kinksters in the a whole under-the-bed scene. What can I say hun, you’re mature for your age. harness system installed!” Both ends of the spectrum can be BDSM toys are so expensive! What’s a deliciously, wickedly fun.

How and where can you meet kinky 20-somethings in the Madison area? Create a account. Do it. Now. It’s pretty much the Facebook of the kink scene. There are also plenty of cool, kinky groups in

poor, kinky college student to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of do-it-yourself options. Hairbrushes, spatulas, yardsticks, wooden spoons and bamboo reeds make excellent homemade paddles and canes. Clothes pins, candlewax and hair-

tie cock rings are also nifty tools. Try cutting one end off a bungee cord and stripping away the nylon covering to reveal a super sting-y flogger. Cycle inner tubes can be cut strategically to create a rubber cat-o-nine-tails that creates a nice thuddy sensation.

I kinda want to tie up my partner but I don’t know how to ask them. Got any tips? 1. Suggest it outside of the bedroom (or wherever else it is that you like to get down). That way some pressure is eliminated. The other person won’t feel like they have to make a decision right then and there and you won’t feel as rejected if they do decide to say no. 2. Be enthusiastic when you approach the subject. Sell it like you really want it! If you go about this conversation sheepishly, it’s not likely to go over well. But if you speak about bondage in a way that makes it sound fun and enticing, you’ll get them excited about it too. 3. Search for a cool, consensual porno clip that features some naughty

rope tying. Ask your partner if they’d be willing to watch it with you and gauge their reaction. Do they seem weirded out? Turned on? Proceed accordingly.

I’m really into sucking toes. Like … really into it. Do I have a fetish? If you ask me, the word fetish gets thrown around way too often. Just because you really like something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you would meet the diagnostic criteria for a fullblown fetish. The internet defines fetish as a “sexual attraction to objects, body parts or situations not conventionally viewed as sexual in nature.” Call me sexy, but I consider toes to be conventionally sexual in nature. Now if you absolutely can’t get off without some sort of toe action, you may want to consider exploring some other awesome body parts and activities. But you’re definitely not alone in your preferences. The foot is the most commonly fetishedafter body part in America.

Should I get a clit piercing?

Probably not. But you may want to consider a clitoral hood piercing, which is the skin covering the head of the clitoris. An actual clitoris piercing, while possible, is very rare and riskier. When most folks talk about clitoris piercings, they actually mean to say hood piercings. Vertical and horizontal hood piercings are quite common as far as female genital piercings go. Some pros: They’re pretty and sparkly and can make it more fun to walk up stairs. Con: not everyone is anatomically suited for this piercing. Try the q-tip test before visiting your neighborhood piercer. Wet a q-tip and try to slide it underneath the skin that covers your clitoris. It’s got to fit!

What’s up with fisting? Why would someone want to get punched in the vag? Contrary to what you’ve seen or heard, fisting does not actually involve any punching. And I get it, the name is a little misleading. But when someone fists, they actually enter the

receiver — with lots of lube, lots of consent, and after lots of external stimulation, of course — using a “duck bill”-shaped palm. Open your palm face up and try to touch all five fingers into a point. Once inside, the fister can then make a fist shape. Swivel, pulsate, rotate and rock away.

How can I use a safe word if I’m bound and gagged? Pick an object to hold (a scarf, a red ball, a piece of jewelry) and drop it to signal you want to stop. Or keep a little tea bell in your hand and ring it when you’re done. Or develop a squeeze check-in signal. Have your partner squeeze you every five minutes. One squeeze from you means “quit it,” two means “yes, more please.” ‘Til next time! Stay sexy and safe. Love, Sam Sam Johnson is a junior majoring in sociology and gender & women’s studies. Email questions, comments and column ideas to humpday@badgerherald. com.

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ASO to the bitchy girls in Chem 104. Most of you think you’re so cute, and funny. But you look pathetic when you flirt with ALL the boys in your discussion... Including me. PS, C means carbon, and H means hydrogen...I know you were struggling with that. SO to the guy in the Human Fund t-shirt. This Christmas, I’ll be making a donation in your honor. SO to the girl who kept falling asleep in our ILS 201 lecture today. You were so cute trying to stay awake the entire lecture. You can fall asleep on my shoulder any time. Maybe next time you’ll be more awake and will notice me staring at you. From the guy in the brewers hat. SO to the Chris Colfer look-alike in my history 200 class. It is seriously uncanny. SO to the confundus spell that I put on my TA. DSO to muggles, you have no idea what is going on. SO to my mom’s banana bread recipe. DSO to baking it at midnight. TSO to intentionally not eating the bananas so I can make bread. Fuck yeah banana bread. ASO to the awkward moment when you get close to the end of a page of taking notes

and you can’t decide if you want to go onto the next page or not in order to keep sections or problems together! HMFASO to all the underclassmen who want to change the words to “if you want to be a badger.” it is NOT “by the bright shining light of the light of the fucking moon!!!” REPEAT AFTER ME: “BY THE BRIGHT SHINING LIGHT OF THE LIGHT OF THE MOON.” you do not come to this university and change OUR songs. shape up before nebraska. sincerely, the upperclassmen who want to kick your ass. SO to all the sexy boys in Humbucker. ASO to none of you approaching me yet. Why do co-ed buildings exist, if not for casual hookups? DSO to the weed-friendly hotties. SO to my roommates and I spontaneously deciding to look at our Neopets accounts from 9-10 years ago. Oh Neopia, you haven’t changed at all. (Kids, this is how senioritis starts...) (A?)SO to realizing that my friend and I have both made out with men older than her mom’s new husband. SO to my dad texting me today that he saved money on his car insurance by switching to Geico. ASO to finally talking to the cute girl in my

class, only to find out she’s a whiny, coastie-type. Not attractive at all. SO to the bottle of Seagrams in the girls bathroom in memorial union. ASO to being so stressed, that I’m sure I’m not the only girl who has contemplated taking a swig tonight... HSO to sexy foreigners. DHSO to sexy foreigners with sexy accents. Come on now, we’ve been talking way too long, it’s time for some up and close and personal sexytime! ASO to wondering if it’s weird that I like beards? SO to sexy. bearded. hipster. men. SO to the guy in the quiet study room of college library who just got about halfway through a Waka Flocka Flame song without realizing his headphones weren’t plugged in. SO to my mom mixing up the meaning of “booty call” and “butt dial.” That was awkward. ASO to being in a Spanish class that’s too advanced for my language skills. SO to finding some solace in the fact that if I yell out phrases I don’t understand with enough gusto, they sound like Harry Potter spells. ASO to love. Fuck you. .................MORE >


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NONSENSE? Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. What? You still don’t get it? Come, on, really? It’s not calculus or anything. Honestly, if you don’t know how to do a sudoku by now, you’ve probably got more issues than this newspaper.


DIFFICULTY RATING: Pay attention, asshole!
















I know, I know. Kakuro. Looks crazy, right? This ain’t no time to panic, friend, so keep it cool and I’ll walk you through. Here’s the low down: each clue tells you what the sum of the numbers to the right or down must add up to. Repeating numbers? Not in this part of town. And that’s that, slick.

The Kakuro Unique Sum Chart Cells Clue 2 3 2 4 2 16 2 17

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SO to the guy skateboarding down university with what looked like 2 lab rats zipped into his vest..I dont know if you were rescuing them or taking them for a ride but either way it made my day. SO to the girl running past me last night in purple leggings and a batman shirt. I have no clue what you were doing, but I wanted to join you. Find me? SO to my dad for sending me a text during the Badger game. “Are you eat shiv or duck you?” you have got to be kidding me. SO to the girl who ran out of lab 4 times today to throw up because she was hungover. You, my girl, are one hell of a badger HMFSO to the incredible sexy bucky in the red beanie hat at the game on Saturday. I would love to get to know you and see you work those muscles of yours. SO to the MEGA babe at the front desk at the Regent. You are the single reason why everyone keeps locking themselves out of their apartments. SO to the guys in Real Estate Club. ASO to feeling like a huge tool because I don’t actually know anything

about Real Estate. Is it okay to declare a major based on attractiveness?

SO to the old man asleep in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library loudly sleep talking SO to ESPN. “It was profanities like “F**k over when... South Dayou” and “you son of a kota realized Wisconsin b**ch,” You have made wasn’t Minnesota, a Big studying impossible, Ten team the Coyotes and my night a whole beat in 2010.” lot more entertaining. DSO to the workers who ASO to attempting to get are doing absolutely in the same section of nothing about it. the revolving door at Memorial with a strangSO to women. I want er (sorry). HASO to us to be the Jim to your getting stuck. HMFASO Pam, the Phil to your to my hand squishing Claire, the Edward to Jamba Juice smoothie, just all over my clothes. the first two. SO(?) to this being a sign that I physically SO to the football team can’t be in the library blasting music through on a Friday night. the camp randall speaker system today. DSO to ASO to waking up to the last three songs this rainy rainy weathbeing last resort, er. SO to skipping my racks and let the bod8:50 discussion to go ies hit the floor. TSO find the biggest pudto the punter being the dles in Madison to jump only guy I can see on into. Oh to be a kid the field at the moment. again. SO to realizing that I HMFSO to being a Badger. will finally be able to The level of awesomeyell “eat shit, schuck ness that this gives us you!” at the Nebraska would make even Barney game this weekend! jealous. SO to me for being inSO to ALL undergrads vestigative enough to for still being at the search for the source best place on earth. of ants in my room and don’t ever graduate, successfully discoverit sucks. love, a sad ing it under my heating alumni vent. DSO to also finding a penny down there! SO to the kid sitting ASO to not being able next to me in Econ who to identify what type wrote in his notes “Beof i’m assuming food low the average variitem was attracting the able cost, GTFO!” ants.

SO to professors making unintentional jokes - “So, the male better make sure that his mating dance pleases the female, because otherwise he isn’t getting enough bang for his buck.” - Zoology professor SO to the guy with the Boston Red Sox hat that lives above ians. I want to find out why your friends call you money mike;) ASO to the strange and awkward noises rainboots make during class when you try to cross your legs and fail. SO to the tall blonde boy in the red and black adidas track jacket in the chem library today, you looked so cute “being productive” then switching to a crossword puzzle instead. Come study at my table any time :) SO to sitting at the same table at Helen C as a guy who was explaining to a clearly unimpressed girl how he seemingly wrote a majority of the online shoutouts. Now I know why they haven’t been funny this semester. ASO to all scholarships now asking for your financial aid status and race. When did everyone forget the difference between a schol-

arship (solely based on achievement), and a grant(based on need)? SO to going home after the game and doing the time-warp repeatedly. HMFSO to doing it while on top of the freezer and counters. SO to that moment after rationalizing when you come to the conclusion that you should stay in bed instead of go to lecture. ASO to rain. It puts such a damper on things. Literally. SO to the hot army guy on the 80. You were quite the gentleman letting people get on the bus before you. HSO to the super cute brunette in my ecology 460 class. your runny nose kinda got annoying in lecture today but i wouldn’t mind taking you home and taking care of you. i got chicken soup, tissues, and a huge ass bed if you know what i mean! HMFSO to it almost being OCTOBER! BEST. MONTH. EVER. Related SO to caramel apples, pumpkin carving, and halloween! DHMFSO to anyone to can direct me to the nearest apple orchard and/or wants to come along? SO to any real man who is able to get me out


of the whore-rut I’ve found myself in. I’m ready for my soulmate, enough of this “college fun”. ASO to the extremely orange girl dressed in all white walking down johnson today. Did you get lost on your way back to Willy Wonka’s factory? DASO to the fact that girls feel the need to tan so much that they’re orange. You would look so much better if you embraced your natural skin tone! SO to people from brookfield. two questions. are you all best friends? and do you all abbrev? ASO to the dicks to took advantage of our great hospitality to barge in and steal NHL 12 from me. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my NHL 12 go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.


The Badger Herald | Arts | Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ArtsEtc. Spot On


Expectations Hand-tended family vineyard allows local winemakers to keep it in the state

Bess Donoghue ArtsEtc. Staff Writer Never has there been a flavor combination better than cheese and wine. David and Mary Mitchell, owners of the “Wine and Hop Shop” on Monroe Street, are growing a product unusual for the Wisconsin region: grapes, specifically for the purpose of winemaking. The Mitchells have owned the shop since 1972, and planted their first vines four years later. After requests from customers to supply grapes for the winemaking process called vinography, Mitchell realized there were no local vendors and decided to plant a vineyard. “I had never farmed before, and I bought land, bought a tractor and planted some grapevines,” Mitchell said. When he decided to start a vineyard in Wisconsin, Mitchell realized he was taking a few risks, including facing cold and humid weather. “Every area in the country has its own set of problems, whether it’s diseases or a particular set of insects. There’s no place that is exactly risk-free,” Mitchell said. To adjust to the bipolar climate of the Midwest, Mitchell created techniques to help his vineyard survive the harsh winters. “I plant vines that are very hardened and able to withstand cold temperatures,” he said. “I’ve had winters where it’s gotten to 22 below and my vines have come through in pretty good shape.” To prevent disease, Mitchell and his team of workers often manually adjust the leaves to allow more sunlight to shine on the grapes. Over the course of six acres of land — about 3,500 vines — each vine is usually adjusted by hand about 10 times each season. “I do a lot of work with the vines. I could do a lot less work but I try as hard as I can to use every means I can to make a fresh crop for good wine and grapes,” Mitchell said. Growing grapevines is a lengthy process that can take up to four years until a crop is even

recognizable. A typical harvest season begins in May or June when the flowers begin to break bud. They are then cropped and adjusted manually, specifically the canopy leaves, so the buds can receive the proper amount of sunlight, allowing the grapes to produce the best flavor possible. Once the grapes are grown, the winemaking process can begin. According to the information shared at their winemaking classes, Mitchell believes there are three important concepts necessary to making a successful wine. He said the first two are self-explanatory: First, follow the recipe. Second, use fruit that is ripe. The third concept, which involves not allowing a lot of oxygen to be stored with the wine, is more important. “A bottle is shaped like [its usual form] rather than having a flat top, because then you would have more oxygen on top of the wine,” Mitchell said. Overall, Mitchell emphasized the importance of paying attention to the detail. “It’s like cooking, but over time,” he said. “Instead of cooking a meal for half an hour, you are basically tending the wine for a couple months, so you want to pay attention to detail during those couple months. “A lot of people who have vineyards say that the wine is made of the vineyard, not the winery. You can’t make good wine from bad grapes, but you can make bad wine from good grapes.” This season in particular, while other parts of the country struggled with

rainfall and cold weather, the Mitchell vineyard had an abundant harvest as a result of good weather. “We had a cool and cold spring here, but fortunately in July and August the weather got very hot,” Mitchell said. “When people were going around complaining about 95 degrees was very hot and humid, I was very happy.” The Mitchell Vineyard cultivates a wide variety of grapes, but most of them are classified as French-hybrid because they combine many different European varieties. One popular wine is called Marquette. “Years ago they had a hybrid flavor which many people liked, but they’re trying to breed them more so they taste more like the Californian varieties,” Mitchell said. The grapes the Mitchells harvest often depend upon the requests of their customers, which most recently has been a variety in flavor. According to Mitchell, judges at wine contests and wine enthusiasts in general are showing an increasing interest in fruity flavors or a “depth of flavor.” “A lot of that flavor in red wine comes from the skin of red grapes. … White wine tends to rely on the fruitiness of the juice.

People tend to vary between liking dry, sweet or bittersweet,” Mitchell said. The vineyard also tries to make the process convenient for its customers by providing many tools as they begin to make wine. After customers pick their grapes, they have the opportunity to work with machines that squeeze the juice from the skin, helping customers make use of the best possible flavor. During every point of the harvest, Mitchell carries high expectations for the vineyard through consistent objectives. “My goal is to always have the grapes in good shape and quality so people can make the best wine they can,” he said. “People who do it like to do things themselves and make things themselves.” A day at the Mitchell Vineyard is a learning experience that can hopefully be passed on to future generations. The art of winemaking is a long and delicate process that often goes unnoticed, but the Mitchells are working effortlessly to change this pattern. As a result, they try to attract children to the vineyard by making it fun. “Parents want their children to know that there’s a reward out there,” he said. “Not all wine comes from liquor stores.”

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The Badger Herald | Sports | Wednesday, September 28, 2011


THIS WEEK'S TOP GAMES No. 13 Clemson at No. 11 Virginia Tech Sat., Oct. 1 • 5 p.m. The Tigers and Hokies are in the hunt for an ACC Championship. Clemson hasn’t won a conference title since ‘91, and Virginia Tech has won the last three (there was no ACC champ in ‘09). Watch for a rematch in December.

No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida

No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Wisconsin

Sat., Oct. 1 • 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 1 • 7 p.m.

The Crimson Tide will look to wash over the Gators in the swamp in a game where points may be at a premium. Alabama and Florida are giving up 8.0 and 9.0 points per game respectively. It should be a grind.

The Big Ten matchup everyone has been waiting for: The Cornhuskers invade Camp Randall in a game that could give the winner an edge in the Big Ten and BCS Championship races later in the season.


The number of interceptions by the Vanderbilt Commodores through four games this season. Unable to capitalize on the four picks of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, the Commodores blew a chance at a 4-0 start.

NATIONAL RANKINGS Associated Press Top 25 1. LSU (42) 2. Oklahoma (12) 3. Alabama (5) 4. Boise State (1) 5. Oklahoma St. 6. Stanford 7. Wisconsin 8. Nebraska 9. Oregon 10. S. Carolina 11. Va. Tech 12. Florida 13. Clemson

14. Texas A&M 15. Baylor 16. S. Florida 17. Texas 18. Arkansas 19. Michigan 20. TCU 21. Georgia Tech 22. W. Virginia 23. Florida State 24. Illinois 25. Arizona State



1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford ‘11: 786 yards, 9 Total TDs 2. Marcus Lattimore, RB, SCAR ‘11: 611 yards, 9 Total TDs 3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State ‘11: 995 yards, 12 TDs 4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor ‘11 962 yards, 13 TDs, 0 Int. 5. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisc. ‘11: 1,136 yards, 12 Total TDs



SEC — The SEC is finally in possession of the top ranked conference and the AP top ranked team, LSU. With Florida playing Alabama and LSU the next two weeks, things could get very interesting.


Big XII — Oklahoma lost its No. 1 ranking to LSU, but the only two losses by the Big XII this week occurred in conference games. Despite its frail infrastructure, this conference still knows a little bit about football.


Big Ten — The Big Ten went 8-2 this week, the two losses coming from lowly Minnesota and Indiana. That being said, there weren’t any quality wins to help bump the Big Ten past the Big XII.


ACC — Kansas State stuffed Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris at the goal line, and that is pretty much how the weekend went for the ACC. Losses to the MAC, Big East and C-USA just won’t get it done.


Pac-12 — Four conference matchups did little to separate the Pac-12 from the other conferences, but it did show who is at the head of the Pac-12 and who has a lot of work to do.

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NCAA needs to loosen grip on game, dismiss bad rules Brett Sommers Statistics Editor Student athletes are expected to handle their responsibilities with grace and class. These are young adults who are supposed to decline a free meal, a ride across town or a new pair of sneakers. It may sound easy, but most of us would quickly accept any of those conveniences just because the majority of college students can always use a freebie or two during a busy and expensive semester. On the other hand, you have university leaders and conference commissioners trying to justify their desire for millions of dollars to pad an already-stuffed wallet because a couple of schools are “academically compatible.” The people in charge are constantly placing themselves in firm control of everything and expect the student athletes, the most important pieces of their lucrative business, to just shut up and like it. But on the field, it would be nice if the NCAA could at least provide college football with a set of rules that is free of asinine and archaic rules that make the game itself less interesting and, most importantly, less fun. Take Saturday’s game between Toledo and Syracuse, for example. Trailing 27-23, the Orange scored a go-ahead touchdown with 2:07 to go in regulation to make it 29-23. The extra point team came onto the field to complete the scoring drive and put Syracuse up seven, but kicker Ross Krautman clearly missed wide left. Or did he? The referees ruled the extra point good, but they had an opportunity to fix the mistake. The play went under review. The call should have been easy. The review itself indicated there was evidence to believe an error was made in the initial on-field ruling, just as the 2011-12 NCAA Football Rule Book states there must be for a review.

The official made the wrong call again and instead of taking the lead 30-29 with a field goal at the end of regulation, the Rockets merely tied the game to force an overtime period they would eventually lose. Shortly after the game the Rockets were pleading for Syracuse’s victory to be vacated, and the Big East Conference admitted its officials made a mistake. Justice was not to be had in this case. Due to NCAA rules, once a referee has declared a game to have ended, the score is final. The lack of accountability displayed in this instance is absolutely ridiculous considering how blatantly obvious and critical this play was in the game. It is impossible to know for sure if the game would have played out exactly the same apart from the PAT, but at the very least Toledo should get something more than a loss — even a tie may be more appropriate. The NCAA is lucky this situation occurred between two essentially irrelevant teams (neither likely headed to a BCS bowl game). Can you imagine if this scenario had played out in a game where Oklahoma State and Texas A&M clash? This rule would have not been dropped from the storylines until the season was over, the victim arguing that it possibly cost them an undefeated season to the bitter end. The next couple of rules just seem absurd to begin with. The first rule listed under “Major Rules Changes for 2011 and 2012” is that gloves may be of any color. Now I can’t decide what seems more strange: the fact that they had to change a rule about what color gloves a player can wear or that the NCAA had a rule about it in the first place. If you aren’t going to let the players accept a lunch once in a while, you should be able to at least let them catch the above-thefield cameras attention with some flashy gloves. The kid needs to get noticed somehow so he can play on Sundays. How about the eye shade rule that got implemented a couple seasons ago? The rule states that any shading under a player’s eyes must be solid black with no

words, numbers, logos or other symbols. Good call NCAA, I know that before the rule change players ran willy nilly with inappropriate messages below their eye lids. Actually, I remember it being quite the opposite. Tim Tebow was one of many players who constantly sported Bible verses, and Reggie Bush occasionally gave love to his hometown by featuring his area code. The most controversial message was probably former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor writing “Mike” under his right eye and “Vick” under his left in support of Vick after he was arrested on dog-fighting charges. Wishing someone well shouldn’t be illegal. Here is a rule that could ruin an entire season, so picture this: Saturday night, Nebraska and Wisconsin are in a dog fight for supremacy in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers are leading the Badgers 31-27 with :10 to play, but Wisconsin is driving for the go-ahead score with the ball at the Nebraska 25-yard line. Russell Wilson drops back to pass and breaks the pocket scrambling to the right. The clock is ticking. Five seconds left. He finds wide receiver Nick Toon crossing the field with no one between him and the end zone. Three seconds left. Wilson fires a perfect pass, hitting Toon in stride. Toon is headed for the score when he raises the ball above his head in celebration before the goal line. Game over. All of Camp Randall goes insane, but wait. The referee has thrown a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. This year, if a player taunts or celebrates before scoring, the penalty is counted as a live ball foul. The ball is marked 15 yards from the initial spot of the celebration, and the touchdown is nullified. Cornhuskers win. The player wasn’t even taunting. The wide receiver was simply ecstatic because he knew his team had just won the game. Instead, the NCAA has just changed the fate of a program’s entire season. All the kid was doing was playing football with the love of the game in his heart, and not a dollar sign in his mind. Maybe it’s time the NCAA learned from the players.


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We Were Too Good to Notice Paraphrased by an Associated Press report, Boise State president Bob Kustra said Boise State’s rapid development from a D-II program to a perennial Top-25 team outpaced the university’s ability to pay attention to NCAA recruitment rules. This after announcing Boise State would be appealing the loss of scholarships to its football program but not its tennis and track programs.

Access Granted Texas A&M will officially be joining the SEC next year. The Aggies will represent the first expanison of the SEC since 1992, when Arkansas and South Carolina joined. It would seem logical that at least one more team should join the SEC at some point to create equal divisions, but everyone has seen exactly how logical conference realignment has been in the past several weeks.

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Associated Press

Last Saturday, Syracuse benefited from two blown calls in regard to a late extra point against Toledo. The Orange ultimately won in overtime, 33-30.



Team Ga. Tech Duke UNC Va. Tech Virginia Miami

Team S. Florida Cinci. Syracuse WVU Louisville Rutgers UCONN Pitt

In the last two weeks, James has finally broken out of his early-season funk. Saturday, James carried the ball 23 times for 288 yards, two touchdowns and a ridiculous 12.5 yards per carry average.

Gundy directed the Cowboys to victory 30-29 after falling behind 20-3 against Texas A&M Saturday. “They’ve learned how to win and play well on the road,” Gundy said. Two signs of a well-coached team.

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LaMichael James Running Back, Oregon

Mike Gundy Oklahoma State

Team Clemson WF Maryland FSU NC State BC



Watkins has been one of the keys to Clemson’s perfect start to the season. Through four games the true freshman has caught 29 passes for 433 yards and six touchdowns, all of which are team highs.

14. S. Florida 15. Clemson 16. Baylor 17. Texas 18. Arkansas 19. Michigan 20. TCU 21. Georgia Tech 22. Illinois 23. W. Virginia 24. Florida State 25. Michigan St.


Wilson has brought incredible balance and explosiveness to the Badgers this season. If he can find a way to put it all together again this week against No. 8 Nebraska, Wilson could shoot up the list of Heisman frontrunners.

Sammy Watkins Wide Receiver, Clemson

1. Oklahoma (32) T-2. Alabama (7) T-2. LSU (20) 4. Stanford 5. Boise State 6. Oklahoma St. 7. Wisconsin 8. Nebraska 9. S. Carolina 10. Va. Tech 11. Oregon 12. Florida 13. Texas A&M


Russell Wilson Quarterback, Wisconsin


USA Today Top 25

Leaders Team Illinois Wisconsin Ohio St. Penn St. Purdue Indiana

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Legends Team Michigan Nebraska Iowa Mich. St. NU Minn.

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PAC-12 North Team Stanford Oregon Wash. Wash. St. California Oregon St

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Team AZ St. UCLA USC Colorado Utah Arizona

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BIG XII Team Ok St. Oklahoma Baylor Iowa State Kansas St. Texas TTU Kansas A&M Missouri

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SEC East Team Florida S Carolina Vandy Georgia Tennessee Kentucky

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Team Alabama LSU Auburn Arkansas Miss St. Ole Miss

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2011 STAT LEADERS Quarterback Rating 1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2. Russell Wilson, Wisc. 3. Kellen Moore, Boise State 4. Clint Trickett, Florida St. 5. Jordan Webb, Kansas

236.2 218.4 192.6 182.6 181.5

Rushing Yards 1. LaMichael James, Oregon 2. Marcus Lattimore, SCAR 3. Ronnie Hillman, SDSU 4. Denard Robinson, Mich. 5. Henry Josey, Missouri

613 611 606 552 533

Receiving Yards 1. Keenan Allen, California 2. Jordan White, WMU 3. Robert Woods, USC 4. Quinton Patton, LT 5. Deon Long, New Mexico

498 495 492 475 474

Sacks 1. Nordly Capi, Colo. St. 2. J.R. Collins, Virginia Tech 3. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT 4. Vontaze Burfict, Ariz. St. 5. Korey Jones, Wyoming

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The Badger Herald | Sports | Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Badger Herald | Sports | Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Don’t look now, but Big Ten stands above Big 12 Ian McCue McCue’s View While recent history may not indicate it, the Big Ten remains a superior conference to the Big 12 on multiple levels. Ohio State and Michigan State may not have helped the reputation of the oldest conference in Division I sports with disappointing losses this weekend, but the Big Ten remains the second best conference in college football. The SEC shows no sign of dropping its distant lead as the premier conference in college football, but the Big Ten vs. Big 12 debate is still up for conversation. According to ESPN’s latest power rankings, the Big Ten ranks third behind the SEC and Big 12. However, the biggest surprise may be that it places the Big 12 ahead of the SEC. That alone is

enough to take away any confidence I had in the rankings. Sure, the Big 12 boasts two teams in the top 10 (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) and one more ranked team than the Big Ten. However, in looking at this season and the past several years, the Big Ten is the better conference from top to bottom. The first major problem with the Big 12 is the fact that Texas is treated as the king of the conference, recently signing a 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN for the creation of the Longhorn Network. On top of the ridiculous cash the Longhorns will be raking in from their recently inked deal, Texas already earns a greater portion of the conference’s revenue from media coverage than many other teams in the conference. While Big Ten programs participate in revenue sharing (yes, even Indiana, whose last winning season was in 2007), some of the Big 12’s money is divvied up based on how often teams play on a given network. It simply doesn’t seem

fair to split up money based on the exposure of a given program, and the generous $22.6 million hand out to each Big Ten program shows equality is possible. The only problem is, Texas realizes that it can take advantage of the situation it’s in and sweeps up every last dollar it can. There’s a reason that two of the league’s top teams — Nebraska to the Big Ten and Texas A&M to the SEC in 2012 — have left the conference in the past year. Everyone realizes the entire conference is centered around the demands of Texas, and teams are getting fed up with it. Superconference talk dominates the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and even the ACC, but the Big 12 is closer to collapsing than expanding. In addition to the fact that Texas wields way too much power, the Big 12 has several top-notch programs that compete on a regular basis but includes five or six oftforgotten teams, many of whom have been irrelevant for years. Iowa

State, Kansas, Kansas State and arguably Texas Tech have each had a year or two where they made national headlines, but they have quickly fallen off the map. When it comes down to it, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are the faces of the conference, while the rest of the conference falls in and out of the spotlight. Even Baylor, which is gaining national attention this season for taking down TCU and their Heismancaliber quarterback, Robert Griffin III, usually isn’t putting together noteworthy seasons on the field. Not every team in the Big Ten is a quality, successful program, but the conference seems to produce a greater number of competitive teams on a year-to-year basis. Bottomdwellers Indiana and Purdue certainly weaken the conference, but the rest of the conference regularly produces a quality product on the field. Seven different teams have finished in the top three of the conference standings since 2006, a

HICKEY, from 14 help the team, and from there I just worked as hard as I could.” That hard work has paid off. After 48 sets this season, Hickey leads the Big Ten in digs per set at an impressive 5.08. What makes the statistic even more impressive is the fact that the four players in the conference trailing her are almost all upperclassmen and multi-year starters. To Waite, the early success partially stems from Hickey’s background as an attacker. “She’s got that attacker’s mentality,” Waite said.

Zhao Lim The Badger Herald

With a background as an attacker, Annemarie Hickey worked diligently over the offseason to become the defensive specialist she was recruited to be. As a result of her work ethic, Hickey has become the Big Ten leader in digs per set, with 5.08.

HUSKERS, from 14 in his first four games as a Badger, completing more than 75 percent of his passes for 1,136 yards, 11 touchdowns, only one interception and the nation’s second highest quarterback rating of 218.4. The UW rushing attack, led by running backs Montee Ball (360 yards) and James White (303), averages 245.5 yards per game, No. 13 in the country. A glimpse at Nebraska’s numbers also tells a story, of course, though it isn’t one necessarily accurate of their true potential. The Huskers currently rank No. 46 in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering 22 points per game. In terms of yardage, Nebraska has allowed opponents to gain 349.8 yards per game, No. 52 in the country. But with second-team All-American defensive tackle Jared Crick returning to action this week after sitting out Nebraska’s 38-14 Week 4 win over Wyoming. The Huskers’ defense is also anchored by standout cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, a second-team All-Big 12 selection last year who is widely expected to finish this season with AllAmerican honors. Combined with the other 10 starters that give Nebraska a defense that is not only physical, but also quicker than many Big Ten defenses, Wisconsin is certainly bracing for its toughest test of the season. “Nebraska is historically one of the strongest programs with one of the strongest D-lines,” center

Peter Konz said. “You go back to Ndamukong Suh, right now it’s [Jared] Crick. Even their backups are really talented, and they’ve got good coaching. This is the game you want to be in; this is where you want to show people what you got.” Wisconsin is well accustomed to performing on arguably the largest possible regular season stage, having defeated then-No. 1 and undefeated Ohio State 31-18 last October at Camp Randall. That win buoyed the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title and a berth in the Rose Bowl, the program’s first since 1999. But in Nebraska — regardless of how much the Huskers’ defense has underachieved — the Badgers are certain to face a defense that operates entirely differently than its first four opponents. “They run a lot of headup on the guards, so as far as getting our combination blocks — me [right guard Kevin] Zeitler, me and [left guard] Travis Frederick — it’s going to be a little bit harder because they can pick the way they want to go,” Konz said. “Part of the strength of our offense is getting those double teams, and obviously part of their gameplan is not letting us get those double teams.” Konz noted that Nebraska’s defense will likely offer a three defensive linemen front that the Badgers haven’t seen much of at all. Wisconsin also is yet to see a defense with the combination of raw talent, skill and technique that Nebraska will bring.

Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is expecting Nebraska’s secondary to not only be the most physical Wisconsin has seen yet, but also the most fundamentally sound. “I think they’re real aggressive on the line of scrimmage; they’re going to come after you and try to stop you before you even start your route,” Abbrederis said. “They do a good job with quick jams. They like to squat on their routes, so you’ve got to be sharp on your routes, be strong through a route and make sure you get your depth. They look pretty good.” Clearly, the Badgers aren’t likely to be fooled by the Husker defense’s slow start. After all, Wisconsin is used to slow starts. While UW may have rolled through this season’s nonconference slate, it barely escaped Arizona State in Week 3 last season and lost on the road to Michigan State in that year’s Big Ten opener. But opening at home, in the friendly confines of Camp Randall in a game they’re expected to win, is allowing Wisconsin to keep its composure and remember what has brought GameDay, the national spotlight and everything that comes with this eagerly awaited game — its steady, successful style of football. “Honestly, we’re expecting [Nebraska] to be a lot better than the talent we’ve played in these past games, but we have a lot of faith in our O-linemen to get the job done,” Ball said. “We’re just going to take it like another game.”

sign that, for the most part, all 12 teams compete for a Big Ten football title in any given year. Big 12 fans could point out that Ohio State has taken home six straight conference title trophies, but three of those titles were shared, and the other top teams in the conference have varied greatly in recent history. And sure, the Iowa State Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes in overtime earlier this year, but Kirk Herbstreit was the only person who expected much out of Iowa this year (he picked them to play in the Big Ten championship game). When it comes down to it, the Big Ten has one other major advantage over its Big 12 competitors: tradition. And yes, I really am pulling that card. Like it or not, the Big Ten is overflowing with tradition, while the Big 12 was formed in 1994 and didn’t play its first game as a conference until 1996. The Big Ten was founded exactly 100 years earlier, in 1896, and remains steeped in the nostalgia that makes Big

“Now that she’s on the other side of that she can read hitters and anticipate some of the things they’re going to do because she’s done that herself.” Another characteristic that Waite pointed to was Hickey’s desire to succeed. “She hates to lose,” Waite said. “That’s a big thing for all athletes. Anybody can love to win but if you hate to lose you’ll work your butt off to make changes to make your game better. In our recent matches some of the biggest hitters on the other side of the net have been swinging her way and she’s been controlling those balls well for us so far.” While the Badger

Ten football great. The Aggies may have the 12th man — a great tradition in its own right — but schools like Michigan (as painful as it is to admit) and Penn State have been fielding teams since before the turn of the century. From the maize and blue uniforms to Linebacker U, history simply defines the oldest conference in college football. The Big Ten also holds more Heisman winners than any other conference with 16. So ESPN can develop a crazy formula to rank the conferences and their top analysts may disagree, but in my opinion, the Big Ten is a stronger conference than the Big 12, both this year and in the recent past. Call me biased, and point out that Oklahoma may have the best team in the country, but the Big Ten deserves the No. 2 spot. Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Big Ten still reigns supreme over the Big 12? Let him know at imccue@ or follow him on Twitter @imccue.

coaching staff may have expected this early success, Hickey did not. For Hickey, the team comes above any individual glory. “I didn’t see this happening so soon,” Hickey said. “But right now I’m just focusing on helping the team win, not statistics. What I think makes me so successful is the fact that I don’t want to lose, that I give everything I have to try to win every match. I’ll do whatever it takes to get a win for the team. “I don’t think of publicity or getting recognized, all I think about is what I have to do to help the team win and get on to the next goal.”

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Famed Blackshirts provide toughest test for UW despite lackluster play so far Mike Fiammetta Sports Editor Just as leaves begin to brown and plummet to the ground and temperatures cool, college football encounters changes of its own. The No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers host the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday night at Camp Randall, a primetime,

nationally televised affair that also ushers in the beginning of Big Ten conference play. ESPN’s College GameDay has elected to make the trip to Madison and broadcast their show in front of Honest Abe on Bascom Hill, and millions of eyes around the country will be fixed on their televisions for one of the most hotly anticipated games of the entire college football season. But even on a more toneddown, strictly football level, Saturday ushers in a wave of change for the Badgers. UW, as expected, is a perfect 4-0 entering conference play after crushing its non-

conference opponents by a combined victory margin of 194-34. Nevada-Las Vegas, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota barely posed any challenge for Wisconsin’s offense, which ranks sixth in the country with an average of 48.5 points scored per game. Yet, when the Huskers invade Camp Randall Stadium for their first contest as a member of the Big Ten, the best defense the Badgers have yet to see this season will line up opposite quarterback Russell Wilson & Co. Wilson has been brilliant

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Stephanie Moebius The Badger Herald

Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) will try to pave the way for running back Montee Ball (28) against the Huskers on Saturday.

Hard work pays off for Hickey Sophomore makes smooth transition to libero, leads Big Ten in digs per set Nick Korger Extra Points Editor When head coach Pete Waite first recruited the then-highly touted Annemarie Hickey, he saw a promising defensive talent. “We saw Anne as a defensive player and eventually our libero,” Waite said. “She was an outside hitter through high school and one of the top players in Illinois as an outside hitter. Despite her size, she was a phenomenal attacker.” The fact that Hickey was only 5-foot-8 made no difference in high school, as she led Joliet Catholic Academy Angels to Illinois State 3A titles in 2008 and 2009 as an outside hitter. Hickey was also named the 2009 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year after a fantastic senior season, where she led the Angels to a 41-1 record. During her freshman year at Wisconsin, Hickey was assigned the role of a defensive specialist. It was a change Hickey was expecting due to her lack of height to square off with some of the larger players in the conference. “I knew I wasn’t going to be tall enough to hit in the Big Ten,” Hickey said. “When I came to Wisconsin, they told me my role was going to be either as a defensive specialist or libero. They said I’d have to make the transition, that it might take some hard

time but that’s what my role was going to be.” Waite said the transition may have had its growing pains, but he saw glimpses early last fall of Hickey’s talent and the promise she offered as a defensive player. “Last year was a transition for her because she had always been an all-around player in the frontcourt and backcourt,” Waite said. “We had a senior libero at the time so we didn’t put her there right away. Even midfall last year we were starting to see signs of her athleticism and ball control that had us excited to put her in that new role this year.” This season, as a sophomore, Hickey has started in every match for the Badgers at libero, a switch that Waite and Hickey spoke of early in the year. “Once spring season came we talked about it,” Hickey said. “He told me I was going to have competition for the spot once the fall girls came in and that I needed to step up my game. There were downfalls and some rough times for me when I was getting used to the position. “I really wanted that spot to be mine so I practiced really hard and offseason. I kept having meetings with coach to ask what he needed from me and what I needed to do to

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