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Advising changes coming to SOAR Registration program will give students more time to pick classes, get guidance Jackie Allen Campus Reporter After two years of reviewing orientation programming for incoming University of Wisconsin students, UW is changing the first-year registration program to give students more time to pick classes and get advising before they start off their first semester on campus. While the majority of the changes to the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration will focus on advising and scheduling issues, minor adjustments will also be made to the program’s parent and guest programs, health and safety information as well as placement exams, said Wren Singer, director of the Center for the First Year Experience. “A lot of the feedback we get from students on SOAR is that they wish they had more time on course selection, that

they feel rushed and it’s stressful,” Singer said. “And our goal is to spread it out, and then they have more time to talk to their parents as well.” In the past, SOAR participants met with their advisers on the second day of orientation. Advising and enrollment will now span for two days to give students an opportunity to consider registration more and discuss options with their parents, she said. She added advising would still include both individual and group advising sessions. Transfer students will have more time to meet individually with an adviser to discuss transfer academic needs. Associate Dean Kevin Helmkamp said the advising changes are intended to improve the student experience at orientation. He added an extensive review of the SOAR program has been underway for about two years and included University Housing and advising departments across campus. Cross-College Advising Services Assistant Director Becky Ryan said advisers are aware of the changes

to SOAR and are currently determining how best to implement the new advising procedures to help new students. “Basically all the details are being worked out as we speak,” Ryan said. “We are excited about it, and we are really interested in doing it a different way and think[ing] more clearly about how we satisfy those needs.” Singer added the costs to the SOAR program will not increase due to these changes, and in some cases are expected to decrease. CFYE Assistant Director Carren Martin said placement exams would also be offered at various UW campuses before orientation begins, giving new students more options to take exams and the ability to travel to a campus closer to home before they meet their advisers in Madison. Martin added the parent and guest information would move to focus more on the transition for new students from home to college, rather than the detailed information they received in the past, which

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The Center for the First Year Experience, located on Park Street, plays a role in some of the programs offered at SOAR.

Legislature gets to work to create Wis. jobs Dems suspicious of partisan motivation, agree on need for more employment Matt Huppert State Editor On Thursday, the Wisconsin state Legislature officially kicked off a special session on jobs called by Gov. Scott Walker, whose

claims of bipartisan motives drew question from some Democratic representatives. Members of the Senate and Assembly briefly convened Thursday morning to “gavel off” the special session on jobs called by Walker, Andrew Welhouse, spokesperson for Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said. The meeting was adjourned following the introduction of the session, he said.

The special session will run concurrently with the regular spring session of the Legislature and will include bills authored by both Democrats and Republicans. Floor meetings on the special session will convene on the same day of the next regular session meeting of the Legislature in midOctober, Welhouse said. Walker issued the executive order calling for the special session, dubbed “Back to Work Wisconsin,”

in order to keep the Legislature focused on the creation of jobs, according to a statement from Walker. In the statement, Walker said the special session offers certainty to employees and state employers that officials are committed to creating more jobs. He said the session also makes his campaign promise to create $250,000 a more realistic possibility. “My administration

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remains focused on job creation and this special session includes legislation from both sides of the aisle that will make it easier for employers to create 250,000 private sector jobs,” Walker said in the statement. While the special session was mandated by Walker, Welhouse said the session gives more flexibility to the Assembly and Senate. For instance, members of the Legislature can call floor meetings prior to the

next scheduled meeting in mid-October. In the Democratic weekly radio address Thursday, Rep. Barca, D-Kenosha, said the Democratic representatives appreciate the governor’s inclusion of several bills proposed by members of their party. However, he said the overall effect of the session will strongly favors the implementation

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Sen. pushes for less disclosure Grothman: Campaign donations more than $100 should not need to include employer Katherine Krueger Deputy News Editor Citizens contributing to state political campaigns could no longer be required to disclose their employer if a proposal from a conservative lawmakers alters current Wisconsin law. Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, called Thursday to end the requirement from the state that says individuals donating more than $100 to a candidate are required to share their employment information. In an interview with The Badger Herald, Grothman said the measure, which is currently being drafted, comes after boycotts of Wisconsin companies based on donations made to partisan campaigns. He cited a boycott of Georgia Pacific products, a company owned by Koch Industries, Inc., which Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, promoted as the latest example of singling out contributors

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based on their political leanings. “We have a new level of instability in this state because unions and certain legislators have been calling for the boycotting of businesses who support Republicans,” he said. Grothman said the original spirit of the state law for disclosure of a contributor ’s occupation and employer embodied a political climate in the state that did not support powerful groups or elected officials encouraging the boycott of state companies. Should the current rules of disclosure continue in the state, he cautioned that against the “chilling effect” that citizens could grow more hesitant to contribute to campaigns out of fear for negative retribution for their small business or employer. He added such boycotts of state businesses only function to worsen the unemployment rate.

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Members of a student government committee saw an eligibility hearing for a campus organization focused on sexual health and education and granted eligibility to a group focused on educating students on religion. The Student Services Finance Committee decided the outcome of last Monday’s Badger Catholic eligibility hearing during the meeting Thursday. Representative Cale Plamann began the proceeding over the group’s eligibility, saying he found it qualified for funding. Justin Bloesch, another SSFC member, added he believes Badger Catholic does an outstanding job of reaching out to all students, regardless of religion. Badger Catholic was granted eligibility, 12-0. WSUM also held a presentation Thursday night. As UW’s only student radio station, Station Manager Danez Smith said WSUM aims to reach out to both campus and the surrounding community, provides hands on broadcast education and provides alternative music and talk show programming. Rachael Jocewicz spoke on behalf of Sex Out Loud during the organization’s eligibility hearing. Devoted to “promoting

healthy sexuality through sex positive education and activism,” according to the Sex Out Loud website, the organization offers seven programs geared towards students. These programs include safer sex, relationships, pleasure, advanced pleasure, birth control 101, HIV/aids boot camp and kink. Jocewicz said these programs directly benefit students, who are the primary beneficiaries. “Our direct services are the primary focus of Sex Out Loud,” she said. When asked how the organization’s services were applicable to students choosing to abstain from sexual activity, Program Facilitator Demarco Bowen said it was mandatory for facilitators to state at the beginning of each presentation that they are aware not everyone is engaging in sex. Bowen emphasized the programs would still be beneficial to these students. “Everyone’s sexuality changes in their lifetime,” Bowen said. “So this information is still useful, maybe not now but in the future. It is also helpful to have this information for any family or friends [who are engaging in sexual activity].” The organization is also an advocate of safe sex. Program Facilitator Samantha Johnson said Sex Out Loud is the largest and most varied safe sex supplies distributor on campus, making them available at every program, at the office and outside the office after hours. “In addition, at every single program, no

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Rachael Jocewicz makes her case to the SSFC Thursday night as to why Sex Out Loud should be eligible to receive segregated fee funds for the next academic year. Members of Sex Out Loud said their services help all students, even those that aren’t sexually active. If granted eligibility, the next step in the budget process will be an SSFC hearing. matter how it is tailored, we do a barrier demo, [demonstrating] how use said safer sex supplies,” Jocewicz said. Sex Out Loud’s eligibility will be decided Monday. Representative Laura Checovich stepped down from her position on the Student Activity Center Governing Board during the meeting, stating it posed a

scheduling problem with her new position on the Student Transportation Board. The SACGB is in charge of overseeing and allocating space within the SAC, according to the Associated Students of Madison website. In her place, Checovich nominated SSFC Secretary Ellie Bruecker to serve on the body.

Bruecker accepted the nomination, saying after attending yesterday’s meeting, she thinks it’s important for the SACGB to have someone knowledgeable on the eligibility process the board is currently going through. Bloesch was also appointed to the Student Transportation Board by unanimous consent.

Free flu shots offer protection for students Kaylie Duff y News Reporter As the flu season rapidly approaches the University of Wisconsin campus, University Health Services is suiting up for battle by offering free vaccinations for students and staff in Madison. Free seasonal flu shots will be offered to all registered students, faculty and staff throughout the fall and winter season, a statement from UW said. UHS Executive Director Sarah Van Orman said students and staff should

take advantage of the free shots because of the implications that could come from falling ill with the flu. “We think flu shots are important for public health,” Van Orman said. “Nice studies have been done at the University of Minnesota that [show], in any given year, a third of students will report negative consequences due to cold or flu.” She said these consequences could affect not only a student’s health, but also academic progress, especially

because campuses allow flu to spread so rapidly. The free flu shots are paid for by student health fees, but UW employees are able to receive them through their health insurance plan, Orman said. UHS brings in a separate company, Home Health United, to give the shots for employees, she said. Employee flu shot clinics will be held Oct. 3 through Nov. 10 at more than a dozen locations around campus. Flu shots will be given until the middle

of February, but Van Orman said flu season in Wisconsin begins in midDecember. Students are reminded to bring their student ID and to wear a t-shirt or a shirt that can be rolled up, the statement said. The first flu shot clinic will be for students only and will take place this Friday at the Southeast Recreational Facility. Students are allowed to stop by anytime between noon and 5 p.m. without an appointment. Free walk-in flu shots at UHS will also be available

to students from Oct. 3 through Nov. 4. and UHS has set up flu shot clinics at a number of other locations around campus, the statement said. The SERF, UHS, Union South, Kronshage Hall, Health Sciences Learning Center and Chadbourne Hall are among a variety of locations, according to the statement. Students can also make an appointment for the free vaccination at UHS after the Nov. 4 clinic cutoff. Times for these locations can be found at on the UHS website.

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New WID director adds flair to problem solving Olivia Raedecke News Reporter The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery will be welcoming a new director this November with lofty aims for the institute’s future. David Krakauer, a professor from the Santé Fe Institute in New Mexico, is slated to be the institute’s director, according to a statement from the University of Wisconsin. Krakauer will be taking the place of current Interim Director John Wiley, the statement said. Krakauer said he is currently running a science program

functioning as a smaller scale of the WID, as the program focuses on applying reasoning to physics outside of the department. He said he would pursue the three main goals of WID, the first of which was to bring different groups of people in the same space. He said this is something he is excited to be part of, adding having a large research base to draw from would only elevate this excitement. “[This is a] new direction for the university to attempt to bring many different people together under one roof and collaborate

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Krakauer said, is to increase interdisciplinary science and create university-wide programs to join the two

different cultures of art and science together. Krakauer has a nontraditional approach to solving problems, the statement said. When someone has a problem, Krakauer said, he has them present it “naked,” without a PowerPoint or other aid, before a group of people from several disciplines. This allows people to present ideas when they are still in the development process and allows for the best possible outcome, he said. By allowing many people to contribute to the solving of an idea contributes to the

third goal of vertical integration of the research process — as the WID works to foster all aspects of the research process. Krakauer said he will strive to make WID a place where everyone can feel comfortable to share their ideas and hopes for people to engage in a “coffee shop talk” culture. Krakauer said he does not have a problem failing, as he sees the WID as a giant experiment itself. WID is moving in many new directions, according to the statement. Krakeur emphasized this program is an important step for the university’s future.


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Illinois law school botches admissions data Wrong GPA, LSAT scores would shift college’s place in national rankings Pam Selman News Content Editor The admissions office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is once again under investigation after erroneous admissions data for the school’s College of Law was reported last month. While it was revealed Aug. 26 that inaccurate LSAT scores and GPAs were reported on the university’s website for students admitted into the

law school for the class of 2014, officials announced Wednesday misinformation was also published and submitted to the American Bar Association and the US News & World Report ranking group for four of the last 10 years. Since the Aug. 26 complaint filed with the university’s ethics office, the administration launched a probe into the last decade of College of Law test scores and grade point averages, a statement from the university said. “The findings indicate inaccurate data were entered that improved the Law School Admissions Test and GPA information describing the enrolled classes of 2011 through 2014,” the

statement said. The statement also said the investigation is ongoing and is looking into figuring out where the discrepancies came from and how they can be prevented in the future. U of I spokesperson Tom Hardy said the school was disappointed by the “unfortunate circumstances” and was unsure of whether the numbers presented affected the number or type of applicants that applied to the school. “There’s no way of being able to ascertain whether it brought more students to apply,” Hardy said. “It’s important for us to have integrity in the information we put out, and it’s no small matter that this has taken

Wis. tech college leaders call for voter ID change Adrianna Viswanatha News Reporter Leaders from technical colleges in Wisconsin are asking for the reconsideration of new amendments to the controversial voter ID law that exclude technical college IDs from eligibility in state elections. In a letter to the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin Technical College System President Daniel Clancy said the board should reconsider its decision not to include technical colleges in the new Voter ID Law. While tech college IDs can be used to register to vote, he said students cannot currently use them to receive their ballots. The law stipulates state citizens must provide photo identification in order to obtain their ballots, including a signature and expiration date. Reid Magney, spokesperson for the GAB, said the original legislation went through a “soft implementation” policy last spring before the statewide recall elections. People were required to show a photo ID at the recall polls, and if they had none, they were handed a sheet of information regarding the new law. Acceptable IDs, Magney said, included drivers’

licenses, Wisconsin state IDs and passports, among others. Student IDs, however, were not on the original list, as no student ID had the criteria stipulated in the original legislation. An amendment was made to the legislation earlier this month to include student IDs on the list under a “sticker policy” that allows student IDs to have a sticker on the front that includes the necessary information, thereby allowing them to obtain a ballot, Magney said. Student IDs from University of Wisconsin System schools and most private schools will be valid to obtain ballots, Magney said. The technical schools, however, are excluded from this exemption. Clancy said the language of the law suggests a technical school ID could be used in an election. “The plain language of the statute clearly includes technical college student IDs as an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes,” Clancy said in the letter. Clancy noted the discrepancy between the voting rights of tech college students versus students in other institutes of higher education in the state. He echoes the sentiments of Mid-State Technical College President Sue Budjac, who believes

the legislation to be imbalanced. Magney said the amendment would apply to any institutions that uses student IDs, including UWSystem schools and most private schools; however, because the legislation did not specifically name technical colleges in its wording, they were not included. Another amendment was made during debates on the legislation to include technical colleges specifically in the list, but that amendment did not pass, Magney said. Members of Wisconsin Technical College System are disappointed over the new amendment. Budjac says it will have “an exceptionally negative effect on MSTC students.” Budjac said the Higher Learning Commission of the Northcentral Association of Colleges accredits all Wisconsin’s technical colleges on the same standards as it does UW-System schools. She added she views the interpretation as unfair to technical colleges. “This unexpected interpretation of the law was made without consultation with technical college leadership or boards,” Budjac said. “We urge the GAB to revisit the Sept. 12 decision and allow Wisconsin’s technical college students to use their IDs to vote.”

SOAR, from 1 Visitor and Information Programs can provide. Health and safety portions of orientation will also be directed to Welcome Week activities, when students have moved on campus and the information is more meaningful for them, Singer said. “The results of the review showed students were not remembering much on the health and safety portions of orientation,” Martin said. “So they received a lot of that information, but couldn’t remember all the details. We thought it would help if students … talked about that once back on

place.” Hardy said it was important to note the differences presented were not significant. According to the statement, LSAT scores varied anywhere from 1 to 5 points between the actual and reported figures. GPA statistics were within a .2 margin from the actual numbers. Still, Hardy said it was possible the variations were large enough to offset where the College of Law should have been ranked in national standings and within the Big Ten. U.S. News & World Report data research director Robert Morse said Illinois’ mistake should serve as an example to other

universities and has created an embarrassment to the university. “That you have to admit publicly that you did this is embarrassing to the school and hopefully will have a dampening effect on others that do this,” Hardy told the Associated Press. Morse said the skewed figures are among the items considered in the national rankings the group presents each year. Illinois ranks 23rd on the group’s list of law schools and places 5th among universities affiliated with the Big Ten. The University of Wisconsin is ranked 35th on the overall group and 8th in the Big Ten. Hardy said while many students might use the

admitted class profile in determining where to apply to school and eventually where to attend, he said it was still important to recognize students also use a variety of other values as criteria. The university selfreported the error to ABA and to US News & World Report, Hardy said. “We reported the incident in August when this came to the university’s attention, and we have kept them informed of developments in the course of our inquiry and will produce a full report when the investigation wraps up,” Hardy said. — The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

Barca said. “The contrast could not be more obvious,” Among the bills authored by a democratic representative is Senate Bill 171, which would give an income tax exemption for the cost of a transportation pass when paid by an employer. Assembly Bill 97, also sponsored by Democrats in the Legislature, would increase the number of manufacturing grants to technical college applicants which the state would distribute.

While in the radio address Barca questioned Walker’s motivations for the session, he said it would remind members of the Legislature and Wisconsinites that the main focus is creating jobs. “It’s long past time we roll up our sleeves and focus like a laser on creating jobs to provide economic security, expand opportunities and reverse the damage the Republican agenda has inflicted on Wisconsin’s middle class families,” Barca said.

campaigns. He said state law In a statement issued currently allows a large Thursday, Grothman said portion of funds from the past seven months outside special interests had been characterized to go undisclosed and the by “mean-spirited public measure would function employee unions” to keep voters in the applying their purchasing dark as to who is funding elections. power to “People single out need to companies know where in which “People need to the money employees know where the is coming contribute money is coming from when to they vote,” Republican from when they vote.” Heck said. “If political campaigns. Jay Heck there was no Director of disclosure, While Grothman Common Cause Wisconsin candidates could raise said the money from legislation any source would and not protect citizens from being be accountable to the singled out, Jay Heck, public.” Heck added the public executive director of Common Cause has every right to know Wisconsin, characterized where campaign finances the proposal as a method are coming from and to to obscure the money make informed decisions trail of contributions to about the businesses they

patronize based on this information. Disclosure and transparency in elections are longstanding institutions in the state, he said, and further restricting the information available to Wisconsin voters would promote peaked suspicion and cynicism among members of the public. Heck also warned a lack of information for the voting public would be a “prescription for disaster” that could increase the influence of undisclosed contributors with a stake in state elections. Lance Burri, a legislative aid for Grothman, said the bill has not yet been introduced but would likely be publically released in the upcoming week in hopes of reaching the Legislature floor for debate in October.

WALKER, from 1 of Republican legislation. Barca said sixteen of the bills included in the special session favor the interests of Republican allies and special interests groups instead of the middle class and unemployed in the state. Barca also said the bills promoted by Democrats show a clear desire to develop work for Wisconsinites. “Our bills demonstrate Democrats are focused on helping create jobs for Wisconsin workers,”

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campus.” A pilot of this new program was conducted this past fall in Sellery Hall for freshman. According to Singer, the program was fairly successful and will continue for next year ’s Welcome Week program with a few possible tweaks. Freshman also experienced a new and revamped Chancellor ’s Convocation, which put a greater emphasis on the academic legacy at UW and was intended to serve as a bookend to graduation, Martin said. Faculty wore their academic robes to mark the occasion. Ryan added the SOAR program will be more

innovative and creative because students will have more responsibility in choosing courses with their adviser. The model for SOAR has remained essentially the same for the 17 years she has worked at UW, she said, and she believes the changes will benefit students as they transition to college. “I think anytime a big change is made it forces everybody to review why we do what we do … and how it’s working,” Ryan said. “In any change there’s always a few people wondering why it’s changing, but we’re ready and willing to try doing this a different way.”

CHANGES COMING TO SOAR • Prices may decrease • More time on advising • Earlier placement testing • Moved health and safety orientation to school year


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Look beyond style guides to acknowledge diversity “We as an Internet community, we have a responsibility to make those things work a lot better and get people focused on what are the real issues, what should you be thinking about,” the New York Times quotes Page as saying. “And I think we as a whole are not doing a good job of that at all.” Agenda setting goes beyond coverage choice, deep into the molecules

Signe Brewster Editor-in-Chief Ted Koppel, a senior news analyst at National Public Radio, weighed in earlier this week on the decline of the agenda setting news source. Standing in front of some of the biggest minds in media at the 2011 Google Zeitgeist conference, Koppel said that instead of being fed what they need, consumers are fed the news they want. In the same Zeitgeist debate, Google cofounder Larry Page said Google News, an Internet news aggregator that relies on an algorithm instead of human editorial choice to rank stories, could do a better job.

As our ability to describe ourselves becomes more precise and complicated, the media must be agendasetters. that make up a story: its words. When you address a mass audience, you choose between the best word and the one the most people will digest happily.

The choice is often somewhere in the middle and usually governed by a guide such as the Associated Press Stylebook. Is it health care or healthcare? E-mail or email? According to AP Style, the industry standard, journalists should use health care and email. Whether or not it matters to you, the goal is consistency and readability; anyone, anywhere can open the publication and concentrate on content instead of how many different ways a word is spelled. But when you begin writing about the more complicated issues of our time, the style gets hazy, or nonexistent. Is it Deaf or deaf? Black or African American? Homosexual, gay or lesbian? Once again, media outlets must choose between setting an agenda and what will be the most widely understood and accepted.

Mexican American is clear-cut, but a person may identify as Chicano/a, Hispanic or Latino/a. None are widely accepted, and different people believe staunchly in the use of each. Which is right, and who decides? All too often, the answer comes down to whatever is quickest and easiest for a timestrapped news outlet stretched thin by financial troubles. But as our ability to describe ourselves becomes more precise and complicated, the media must be agenda-setters. “White” and “black” might have a place in a crime report, but when it comes to stories about diversity, they have to decide if there is a place for both “Mexican American” and “Chicana.” Identity is taking over as the most important description factor among individuals, and news outlets must decide if and

how that will be reflected in their work. For an issue as important as self identification, it is no longer OK to hide behind mainstream semantics. Madison media outlets can play a special role in this debate. They are

Identity is taking over as the most important description factor among individuals, and news outlets must decide if and how that will be reflected in their work. what you would call hyperlocal — firmly grounded in the minute details of life on and off the isthmus. When the people in front of a reporter feel closer than the pressures of mass media, there is much more room for progressivism. That is especially

relevant now, as the University of Wisconsin community once again picks up the conversation about the definition of diversity. Challenges from the Center for Equal Opportunity along with general unhappiness among marginalized students have created a time where we are forced to start talking and writing with words on which the AP Stylebook does not have a clear answer. The media should jump at the chance to participate in the discussion via its word choice. We need agenda setting from all sides, both verbal and written. Signe Brewster (sbrewster@badgerherald. com) is a senior majoring in life sciences communication. The Badger Herald is currently reviewing its style when it comes to topics of diversity. Send her an email if you would like to get involved.

Freakfest has seen little improvement since ’05 riots almost as bad. On first glance, the city of Madison’s attempts to tone down the party seem like reasonable and realistic ways to make the event fun while still being safe and — equally important — not too astronomically expensive. However, these policies put into practice make for an event that most students don’t think of as a good time. Let’s break it down: The Freakfest bands over the past few years have sucked. I know music taste is subjective, and of course there are people who are super psyched that All Time Low is headlining. But few of my friends had ever even heard of them, and those who had were not in favor. The nonheadliners are not much better, and the almost total lack of hip-hop, arguably the most popular genre of music among our generation, shows

Carolyn Briggs Managing Editor This year’s Freakfest party will be my eighth year celebrating Halloween in downtown Madison. That’s right, my first late night State Street experience was the crazed riot of 2005. At the tender age of 15, drunken college students throwing large objects over my head through plate glass windows was probably one of the most horrifying events I could imagine, and my young nerves were not calmed as I bolted coughing through the streets desperately trying to stay clear of the tear gas. However, at 22, the watered down pseudo-party seems

just how out of touch the planners of this event are. If the city plans on using live music to keep students out of trouble on

If the city plans on using live music to keep students out of trouble on Halloween weekend, it needs to get serious about finding bands that appeal to more of us. Halloween weekend, it needs to get serious about finding bands that appeal to more of us. The gating system is seriously flawed. There are two problems to the gate system employed on Halloween. First, students and other citizens who want to enter the street for a reason besides the party are put through a huge hassle. Let’s say your best friend

lives on State Street and you just want to have a small party at his or her house. Either pay $8 to $12, or forget it. While that is a minor complaint, think about this: Imagine living on State Street and coming home at midnight after work. While the city may provide you with a free ticket so that you can enter your home (I know, it’s really sweet of them), you still have to wait in line and go through security for the opportunity to sleep in your own bed. While those hypotheticals are annoying, minor inconveniences aren’t the biggest problem with the gates. This is: Students walk home late at night, especially on big party nights like Halloween. As much as we are warned against it, we women sometimes walk alone, especially when we’ve had enough to drink that

we’re feeling bold — which also means we’re in more danger than if we were sober. The least the city could do to help us stay safe is to allow us to cut across State Street, but every year at least one of my lone female friends is made to walk all the way around the Capital. At night. By herself. This is not really my definition of keeping citizens safe, Madison Police. Charging admission is a problem. That statement is a little oversimplified. The act of making students pay to go to a party is not the problem. Frankly, we do that almost every weekend. The act of making students pay to go to this party is my issue. Madison does actually need to charge us for cleaning and police supervision, both of which are necessary costs. It should, however, offer us more in return than crappy bands and the

chance to pet a real live police horse. It just doesn’t feel like Halloween. Halloween is traditionally a night of little supervision and lots of debauchery. A night when anything can happen. The city had to step in after 2005, but this squeaky clean corporatized party is as unappealing as the riots. It’s too late for major changes this year — the bands have been selected, the ticket prices set and the street map approved. Perhaps next year the city will look into some of these issues and make Freakfest a party students actually want to attend. If however, they continue to take what could be one of the best nights of the year and turn it into a bigger disappointment year by year, I think I’ll riot. Carolyn Briggs (cbriggs@ badgerherald.com) is a senior majoring in English.

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Referendumb The first stage of funding is secured, and construction is ready to begin on the student lounge addition to the Wisconsin Union Theatre, commonly referred to as the glass box. Students have only recently gotten interested in the project, and Associated Students of Madison’s glass box advisory referendum on this fall’s ballot will do little to gauge public opinion. The ASM fall ballot consists of only freshmen elections and consistently has seen embarrassingly

low voter turnout. In fall 2010, only 6 percent of the student body voted. The highest voter turnout ever recorded was in spring 2010, when 34.5 percent of students voted on the highly campaigned proposal to renovate the Natatorium, also known as NatUp. The glass box is nowhere near as controversial as NatUp, nor will it draw nearly as many students to the polls. Only uninformed freshmen and radicals from both sides of the argument

will vote in this advisory referendum — hardly an accurate representation of popular student opinion. Also, a majority of students are ignorant to the controversy and have no idea what the glass box even is. If this is going to be a successful referendum, ASM must kick into full gear to educate students on both the pros and the cons of the expansion. If they do not, many students will simply vote based on whichever voice is louder or whoever’s

opinion they heard last. The only good thing that will come from the referendum is fostering discussion on the Union’s design process, which is flawed and a perfect example of the the expansion of a project beyond its original goals or plans after initial successes — a process known as mission creep. In the case of the glass box, students approved its addition back in 2006 through their position on design committees and a

spring referendum. However, the design has changed several times since then with no additional approval processes from the entire student body. In order to avoid such mission creep, the Union should change its design approval process to require student approval on the final plan. While this may require more time and energy, it would avoid the current problem while also keeping students informed and involved.

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Zeds Dead to bring energy, bass-heavy beats to Majestic Saturday evening Selby Rodriguez ArtsEtc. Writer “It was bound to happen.” Dubstep: A noun characterizing a genre of electronic dance music, relatively underground years ago but now sliding its way into the mainstream (think of the recent Britney Spears track, “Till the World Ends.”) Blame its bassheavy reliance or its unique capability for impregnating listeners, but this once relatively unknown genre is capturing attention among varying audiences. There is a downside to this popularity, however, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality amid the variety out there today. Luckily for Madison rave-goers, Toronto-based Zeds Dead is bringing its own brand of hiphop influenced beats, shaking bass and infamous drops to the Majestic this weekend. In a recent email correspondence with The Badger Herald, Hooks and DC spoke about the genre, the evolution of their

sound and what Madison can expect Saturday. “The term dubstep encompasses so many different sounds now that it’s hard to put a solid definition to it without being very vague and general,” Zeds Dead said. “On the one side of it you have very mellow, dark, atmospheric, dubsounding tunes, and on the other side there’s the chainsaw and dentist drill heavy metal stuff, and then there’s everything in between.” A primary goal of the musicians is to create a unified sound, with so many intricacies in play. “The one thing that unites it all is sub frequencies to make the woofers purr.” Hooks and DC met while both were immersed in the hip-hop realm and decided to team up to form Massive Productions in the aims of garnering more notice. “Our music tastes and productions were very similar, and we figured if we released both of our productions under the same name, we had a better chance of success,” Zeds Dead said. “Back then, our goals were to produce beats for rappers or do instrumental albums like Pete Rock or RJD2.” Becoming Zeds Dead just over two years ago, this collaboration proved worthwhile, as Hooks

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and DC have already built a strong reputation for themselves on the dubstep market. With an uncanny ability to remix artists including Radiohead, the Rolling Stones and Sublime, the two have been included in sets by EDM heavyweights such as Deadmau5, Skream, Skrillex and Borgore. Zeds Dead originals defy categorization with tracks that range through the multiple avenues offered. While one tune may be chill and mellow, something one might play on, say, a “Coffee Break,” others carry danceable beats composed of pure bass. Despite this innovation and a sound that is constantly evolving, Zeds Dead music has managed to remain faithful to its hip-hop origins. “Our sound has become all over the place these days. We’ve always been into mixing nice melodies with dirtiness,” the duo said. “When we made hiphop, the dirty part came when the drums kicked in over the sample and the verse began — now it’s when the bass drops.” Needless to say, listening to Zeds Dead’s music evokes images of writhing bodies all to an epic drum line created through the duo’s masterful manipulation of bass.

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Toronto-based dubsteppers Hooks and DC make up the duo Zeds Dead, a fast-rising name in electronic dance music. They will play at the Majestic Saturday. This is the filth Zeds Dead strives to bring to the dance floor. Each set is hand-tailored to the crowd and capitalizes on both improvisation and highenergy. “Some things are planned, but a lot of it is based on how we’re feeling and what the crowd is into,” they said. Using Ableton and FL Studio to mix their tracks, the members of Zeds Dead said their creative process is something they usually “stumble upon” either deliberately by playing with keyboards or by everyday occurrences.

“Sometimes I get ideas walking down the street or before I fall asleep,” Zeds Dead said. “I hum them into my voicemail.” Recognizing the importance of live performances, the duo also mentioned this was an important skill for any aspiring DJ, as the amount of music bought anymore is slim. This skill can only prove beneficial to the audience this Saturday during the duo’s largest tour yet. Madison is the third stop on Zeds Dead’s Graveyard Tour, which kicked off Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

The duo will be returning to Wisconsin in December to play in Milwaukee’s Turner Ballroom. “This tour is going to be our biggest one yet, with over 50 cities across the U.S. in just two months,” they said. As they said, it was bound to happen — and Zeds Dead’s music is well on its way to taking over the states. Zeds Dead will be playing at the Majestic Theater Saturday, Oct. 1. Doors open at 9 p.m. with music slated to start at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Gears of War trilogy culminates with best game yet Regen McCracken Herald Arcade Columnist Another great gaming trilogy came to an end Sept. 20. Since that date, Gears of War 3, the final release in the trilogy in question, has already sold over three million copies. The good news for those three million consumers is that the Gears franchise is going out on top with the best release in the series. Players Microsoft and Epic alike should be very pleased. The campaign — which can be played either solo or with up to three friends, a first for the series — in GoW3 picks up 18 months after the events of the previous installment ended. Players once again take control of Delta Squad, which is comprised of the familiar faces of Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, Augustus Cole and Damon Baird. Fellow soldiers and civilians join them in battle against their fearsome new enemy: the

Lambent. The Lambent are former Locusts that have been mutated by the fuel of the planet Sera, Imulsion. Just when the humans thought they had decimated the Locust Horde enough to be able to rebuild their society, the Lambent struck; thus begins GoW3. In addition to fighting the Lambent, players will also be faced by Rogue Locusts, Loyalist Locusts and a shocking new enemy — all while searching for the whereabouts of Marcus’ father, Adam. Adam’s importance is tied to the fact that he may have a weapon to end the many battles humanity is fighting once and for all. As for the quality of the campaign, this is the best entry in the franchise. The problem is, this really is not saying much. GoW has never been a strong, story-driven game, and though GoW3 attempts to change this, it still falls short of the emotion and depth of such games as Final Fantasy, The Elder Scrolls or Mass Effect. This isn’t to say there aren’t emotional moments; such moments just don’t pull on the heartstrings as strongly as they should, and the player doesn’t

know the characters well enough to actually care about their individual fates. Whether or not the story is stellar should not prevent players from enjoying the campaign, however, thanks to the stellar gameplay the Gears franchise is known for. Gameplay is more fun than ever thanks to new weapons, new tactics and more hidden collectibles than ever (not to mention the cornucopia of easter eggs Epic has hidden throughout the game). Unfortunately, even the gameplay is not perfect: Tedious vehicle scenarios, a sore spot since the original GoW, are as clunky and devoid of fun as ever, not to mention they break up the otherwise frenetic pace of the game. That said, players that enjoyed the previous entries will find a lot to love here. After the campaign, players will undoubtedly get into the meat of the game: its copious and varied multiplayer options. In addition to the standard 5-on-5 Warzone, Execution and King of the Hill matches, GoW3 introduces a traditional Team Deathmatch and Capture the Leader.

Wingman also makes its return. Right out of the gate, there are eight maps for players to spill each other’s guts over with 21 different weapons. The maps vary from triedand-true close-quarters combat to larger, open maps to combinations of the two. Most importantly, all maps and modes are immensely enjoyable and addictive, thanks to the revamping of the multiplayer experience. Although the Gears franchise has always had multiplayer, Epic didn’t truly get it right until this installment. Both GoW and GoW2 were plagued with hostadvantage, glitches and unbalanced weapons. Finally, in GoW3, they’ve hit the nail on the head with dedicated servers (all but eliminating hostadvantage) and weapons for all situations. Some will find the sawed-off shotgun and retro lancer too powerful, but the key is simply to play smart and use proper tactics and teamwork, a staple of the franchise. If players tire of competitive multiplayer, they still have cooperative Horde and Beast modes to look forward to. Each

supports up to five players. Horde mode has changed since GoW2 with the addition of fortifying bases, a concept clearly lifted from tower defense games. This adds a strategic aspect to the mode and gives it that much more depth and longevity. Beast mode is the opposite of Horde, in which players take control of the Locust Horde and attempt to destroy human forces and fortifications. Although this is fun in a novelty aspect, unless Epic releases downloadable content, players will quickly bore of the short, 12 waves herein. This massive, deep, multiplayer package adds up to an incredible amount of fun and value for the player. The Gears franchise has always been a technically impressive game in terms of graphics and sound; thankfully, this final incarnation is no different. GoW3 looks as gorgeous as ever, with every destroyed building, deadly weapon and bloody chunk of skull and torso looking as good as such things can with the current generation of hardware. The game just looks

smooth when playing, as well, a key component for such a fast-paced experience. The music for the campaign is serviceable, highlighted by a reprise of a tune that will no doubt be familiar to Gears fans. The sound is as loud and vicious as ever, and the voice actors — save a few cheesy lines — do well, particularly John DiMaggio, voice of Marcus Fenix (and Bender of “Futurama” fame). This all comes together to make an excellent game, presentation-wise. Overall, despite some annoying flaws, fans and developers of the Gears of War franchise could not have hoped for a better close to this excellent trilogy. I give it a score of 4.5 stars out of 5. This puts the exclamation point on the sentence that Gears of War started with its release in 2006. Truly, GoW3 is the definitive Gears experience. Regen McCracken is a junior intending to major in journalism. Email questions, comments or gaming lore to rmccracken@wisc.edu. Check out fellow Herald Arcade columnist Andrew Lahr’s take on GoW3 at badgerherald.com.


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NEBRASKA, from 10 ball, senior defensive tackle Jared Crick and the rest of the blackshirt defense will be the toughest competition quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the Badgers’ offense have faced so far. There’s a good chance the offense will actually be playing a full four quarters Saturday night — for the first time this season. “As a team, we have to know exactly what they’re coming with and be mentally sharp,” center Peter Konz said about preparation for the game. “That might mean extra film; that might mean staying in a little bit longer and making sure you have your assignment down. Maybe a little more extra practice time

afterwards, just a lot of communication going on.” Konz and the rest of the UW’s offensive line already know they’ll have to watch out for Crick, who despite missing a game this season has recorded 14 tackles and one sack. “I think he’s explosive,” Konz said. “The one thing about very good players is they’re not slow — they’re not slow to react, they’re not slow to get to the ball, they’re not slow to make a move. He’s going to give you his strongest move, and he’s going to go hard. He makes a lot of plays that way. If we can get on him and keep after him, hopefully we’ll limit the amount of plays he can make.” Not only are the Badgers preparing for

the biggest game of their regular season, but they’ve also been dealing with unprecedented media attention all week, especially with ESPN’s College GameDay pregame show in town. But after the Ohio State game last year, Wisconsin is confident it can handle a little extra attention. “You learn from those experiences; you learn how to handle the craziness,” Konz said. “You learn how to handle maybe an extra family member trying to get a ticket. You learn how to handle a lot of defensive schemes in a short amount of time, because really, we have Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and that’s pretty much for the bulk of our practice time. So you learn how to handle a lot in a short amount of time.”

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The Wisconsin Badgers have played nearly perfect all-around football, especially on defense, where Chris Borland has made a seamless adjustment to middle linebacker in recording 35 tackles (five for loss) and one interception.


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Alvarez welcomes alma mater to house he built Current Wisconsin athletic director holds dual interests in Saturday’s game Elliot Hughers Sports Content Editor Over the past several days, several media outlets have reported that a fleet of 20,000 fans of the Nebraska football team will make the journey this weekend to Madison to witness the Huskers’ inception to Big Ten play. For those fans lucky enough to score a ticket — only 3,000 are specifically allocated to visiting teams — they’ll take their seats at Camp Randall Stadium and, prior to kickoff, view a video on the scoreboard. Among other highlights, it’ll feature a former Nebraska linebacker saying confidently at an introductory press conference in 1990 that before long, season tickets at Wisconsin will be hard to come by. Then Huskers fans will turn to the field and observe No. 7 Wisconsin, a team made relevant again by that former linebacker, Barry Alvarez, entertain No. 8 Nebraska in one of the most highly anticipated games of the 2011 college football season. Alvarez, after playing under legendary head coach Bob Devaney at Nebraska from 1965-67, became the Badgers’ head coach from 1990-2005 before stepping down and becoming the university’s athletic director, a position he still holds today.

Come Saturday, he’ll watch the two teams that influenced him the most during his path to the College Football Hall of Fame battle in a historic game for the 115-year-old conference. “I’ve always been proud to say that I’ve played at Nebraska; I’ve graduated from Nebraska,” Alvarez said in a teleconference Wednesday. “The fans, I’ve always said they’re probably the most knowledgeable fans, most appreciative fans of any place in the country.“ “With that said, I’m anxious to show off what we have here in Madison. … To see our city, to see the atmosphere that we’ve created here, to see what game day is like at Camp Randall. I’m thrilled.” Alvarez should be one of the more central figures away from the field this weekend as old friends from the Cornhusker State meet those of the Dairy State and Nebraska’s marriage to the Big Ten is bounded by hard hits and touchdowns. Per Alvarez’s request, a special luncheon on Friday will feature speeches from current UW head coach Bret Bielema and Nebraska luminary and exCongressman Tom Osborne. Alvarez’s former linebacker coach, recruiter and longtime friend at Nebraska, John Melton, will also attend. But even though Alvarez is more than willing to offer pleasantries to representatives of both teams, he still drew a line in the sand by accepting an honorary captain position for Wisconsin this week. Bielema and his staff

normally try to pick an honorary captain for every game and usually attempt to bring in someone on a bye week from the NFL. But this week’s choice was rather obvious. “I know where coach’s loyalties are,” Bielema said of Alvarez, who is still widely referred to as “coach” in the athletic department. “I kind of just said, ‘Well, the guy that makes the most sense would be coach Alvarez,’ and when I approached him he was all over it, so it should be fun to see.” That honor is quite the reversal from the position Alvarez was in nearly 50 years ago. He twice suited up as a Husker to defeat the Badgers handily in both occasions, including a game at Camp Randall in which the future-head coach picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards. Little did anyone know of the synchronicity at work at that time, however. Those three years under Devaney — who would eventually win two national championships with the Huskers in the early ‘70s — proved to be critical in Alvarez’s future as a coach, which lifted Wisconsin’s program from woebegone to winner. Naturally, Alvarez applied certain philosophies he learned at Nebraska to Wisconsin. Unabashedly, Alvarez even admits he “stole” Nebraska’s walk-on tradition as well. An emphasis on developing non-scholarship players led to former walkons attaining captaincy in all three of his Rose Bowl-winning teams. That emphasis carried over to

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A former linebacker for the Huskers, Alvarez was critical in bringing Nebraska into the Big Ten. The Wisconsin athletic director says he emulated the walk-on tradition at Nebraska after taking over as the Badgers’ head coach in 1990 and turning the program around. Bielema, who has helped reveal such jewels as Luke Swan and Chris Maragos. This year, co-captain fullback Bradie Ewing and starting wide receiver Jared Abbrederis keep the tradition alive and kicking. “My background in what I believe in in football was established at the University of Nebraska,” Alvarez said. “As far as fundamentals, physical play, sound play — all those things are things that I took with me and brought to [Wisconsin’s] program.” That comfortable familiarity with the Nebraska program — along with his extensive relationship with the Big Ten as an athletic director

and former head coach — even landed Alvarez in a small role that helped bring the Huskers to the Big Ten. Alvarez prefaced the story of his role as matchmaker by saying it’s probably been “overexaggerated.” But although the match probably would’ve occurred without Alvarez’s help, it remains fitting that he was one of the first people to be consulted two years ago by both Osborne, Nebraska’s athletic director, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany about a possible 12th member to the conference. “I never even heard Nebraska being mentioned as a possibility, and [Delaney] started quizzing

me on some different schools but really spent a lot of time asking about Nebraska,” Alvarez said. “ … Ironically, I got home the next day … and I got a call from coach Osborne, talking about not really being very happy and thinking of expansion.” “I stopped him right there, and I said, ‘As a matter of fact, Tom, I think the commissioner is interested because we had a long discussion about it last night.’ So I gave him Jim’s number, called Jim and told him to expect a call.” Delany answered Osborne’s call, and for those lucky enough to have a seat Saturday night, they’ll witness the result of it.

With Big Ten season finally here, plenty at stake for UW Kelly Erickson Erickson the Red The day has finally arrived. As the Wisconsin football team validated its stature among the Big Ten’s elite last season — and through the beginning of this season — Badger Nation has been anxiously awaiting this weekend. Inaugurating the Cornhuskers into the conference in one of the toughest atmospheres to play in the country — an atmosphere senior safety Aaron Henry describes as “ridiculous” — let alone under the lights, the game is all anyone can talk about. ESPN’s “College GameDay” is even making the trip. So to quote my fellow Herald Sports writer, Nick Korger, “A word of advice: When you

file into the stadium Saturday, make sure you stop for a second and think. You are a part of history. You are witnessing the birth of a new rivalry, a new opponent and a new chapter in Wisconsin history. Soak it in.” It won’t be a game where an improbably No. 18 team dominates the No. 1 team in the nation. Wisconsin is by no means the underdog in this situation, but Saturday night will be just as historic. This game marks not only the still-inaccuratelynamed conference’s newest rivalry, but also a new era in the Big Ten. Saturday has been talked about before the Badgers even kicked off the season. There are a lot of Big Reds out there, but this Big Ten opener is the battle of the Biggest Reds. “I think ever since they joined the Big Ten, this has been the Big Red Rivalry. A lot of people have thought this would be bigger than Minnesota,” center Peter Konz said. “Personally, I

love the Battle for the Axe and I don’t think that’s an overrated rivalry at all, but people have been talking about this game since the beginning.”

have met since 1974, and it also is the first matchup of two top 10 ranked teams at Camp Randall since 1962. For both teams, it’s

“I think ever since they joined the Big Ten, this has been the Big Red Rivalry. A lot of people have thought this would be bigger than Minnesota. Personally, I love the Battle for the Axe and I don’t think that’s an overrated rivalry at all, but people have been talking about this game since the beginning.” Peter Konz

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“Obviously, it’s going to be their first Big Ten game. This is going to be a ranked game; this is a game against the defending Big Ten champs. And obviously they’re going to come after us to prove that they can hang with the Big Ten and be one of the best. We’re expecting a good battle.” This is the first time the Badgers and the Huskers

a new beginning that, given the history of both programs and their current strength, could lead to one of the greatest rivalries in college football. Fans are already starting to treat it as one of the biggest games in the Big Ten. A “shuck ‘em” trend has already plagued Madison, and an estimated 20,000-to40,000 Husker fans are

making their way here for a game that could truly be a preview of the Big Ten Championship. With Michigan fighting to stay alive in its lack of a complete offense, Ohio State coming off likely its worst offseason ever and an Iowa team that just can’t seem to put it together on the field, schools like Nebraska and Wisconsin are taking over as the teams to beat. As the two strongest teams in the Big Ten, Wisconsin and Nebraska have experience and depth that will allow them to stay on top of their respective divisions and the conference as a whole. Before I wrap this up, I have one request — do not rush the field. Both these teams know success and know what it’s like to win those big games. In the case of Wisconsin specifically, we’ve been there. We’ve had that feeling of great euphoria as David Gilreath returned the opening kick off for a 97-yard touchdown. We know

what it’s like to win. If the Badgers do indeed win, rushing the field would make it seem like we haven’t played a game of this magnitude, much less won it. After the Ohio State experience last year, the football team knows what to expect from the game and how to react. The fans should too. “I think we know what to expect when we go out on the field,” senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said. “We know how electric it’s going to be. Also, now we know how to prepare during the week. We know what to expect when all the media is around here. Obviously it’s a big week, we’re embracing it. Now we know how to win in these kinds of situations.” Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think the Big Red Rivalry will become a standard in the new Big Ten or headed to GameDay Saturday morning? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald. com or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.


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Taylor Martinez and Russell Wilson lead Nebraska and Wisconsin into a potential Big Ten Championship preview, fully inclined on emerging victorious and marking a clear favorite in a conference that remains up for grabs. Kelly Erickon Associate Sports Editor It’s time. Nebraska is in town. Saturday night, under the Camp Randall Stadium lights, the No. 7 Wisconsin football team opens conference play against the newest Big Ten addition, No. 8 Nebraska. In a showdown between the undefeated Leaders and Legends frontrunners, both teams face their toughest opponents to date. “They’re a very good opponent, and these are the kind of teams that you want to compete against,” senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said. “This is the reason why you play football. I really look forward to playing these guys. They pose a big challenge for us, and we need to be very solid in order to come out with a win on Saturday.” Similar to Wisconsin’s offense, dual-threat sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez leads Nebraska’s typically run-first attack. Martinez is the Huskers’ leading rusher by one yard, with a net total of 421 yards through 63 carries. While Wisconsin hopes to contain Martinez and force him to throw, senior safety Aaron Henry knows the sophomore has a powerful arm as well. “A lot of people talk about how Martinez is not really a huge thrower, but last time I checked on film, he’s beating people with his arms,” Henry said. “He throws

touchdowns, believe it or not. His ability to throw is uncanny, and some people would call it [Tim] Tebowlike because he doesn’t have proper technique or form. But the kid’s a playmaker, and you can’t take that away from him. I think if they have guys down the field, he’s going to find them.” Martinez has completed 43 of his 85 passing attempts this season with two interceptions. He’s also thrown four touchdowns and 647 yards, creating opportunities through the air as well as on the ground. While Martinez may be the offense’s main fixture, junior running back Rex Burkhead is Nebraska’s strongest backfield threat. Burkhead has scored seven touchdowns with 420 yards on 63 carries. In addition to their strong rushing attack, the Huskers also like to run some throwback plays. “They do some unorthodox things in terms of, they kind of run some old-school options, like they used to in the ‘90s,” Butrym said. “That, and Taylor Martinez is an exceptional athlete, as well as Rex Burkhead. I think they have a very physical offensive line. They do things well, so we need to be very physical but also very fundamentally sound.” With Martinez and Burkhead posing as dangerous weapons on the offensive side of the

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