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Sen. Baldwin holds slight lead over Vukmir for U.S. Senate, challenger Evers neck and neck with incumbent Gov. Walker by James Strebe Campus News Editor
Ahead of Wisconsin’s 2018 gubernatorial and U.S. Senate elections, an Aug. 22 Marquette Law Poll showed public education superintendent Tony Evers and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker neck and neck, each receiving 46 percent of likely voters. Sen. Tammy Baldwin holds a slight edge over state Sen. Leah Vukmir, picking up 49 percent of likely voters to Vukmir ’s 47 percent. UW funding is a key question in these races, with both gubernatorial candidates pledging to continue a tuition freeze. However, Noel Radomski, the managing director of the Wisconsin Center for Advancement of Postsecondary Education, said without sufficient funding, the UW system may be harmed. “If the governor and the legislature continue to say, ‘we need to have a tuition freeze,’ it’s the UW-La Crosses and Steven’s Points and Whitewaters that are saying now, ‘we can’t continue this, we need revenue,’ because now their quality is being affected,” Radomski said. Also significant in the election for Governor will be the selection of the UW System Board of Regents, who are appointed by the governor. Under Walker, the Board of Regents was responsible for folding the UW System’s two-year schools into the four-year UW system schools. They also approved a resolution to increase punitive measures taken against student protesters who were seen as disruptive to the free expression of others. Meanwhile, the winner of the race between Vukmir and Baldwin will play a significant role in determining the amount of federal grant money and research funding allocated to the UW System and the role of federal student loan programs for UW students. UW-Madison currently receives over
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$800 million in research funding every year from the federal government, but Radomski said Republican President Donald Trump has proposed cuts to research, financial aid and student loans funding, though these measures have not made it into his final budgets. So what can UW students expect from the candidates if they were to win this November? The brief profiles below examine what each candidate’s victory would mean for UW students.
Gov. Scott Walker Gov. Scott Walker came into office in immediate aftermath of the Great Recession, so to help balance the state budget, Walker made significant cuts to the UW system, including a $250 million cut in 2015. From the 2010 fiscal year to the beginning of 2018, the percentage of UW budget funded by the state dropped from 21.1 percent to 17.1 percent. Radomski said the decision to take money from UW to make up for declining state revenue made sense because, unlike other state institutions, the UW System can find alternative sources of revenue, such as tuition. However, UW political science professor John Witte, who specializes in educational policy, said the example set by surrounding states shows Walker had other options available for the UW System other than cutting its funding. “Look at the University of Minnesota,” Witte said. “They have been funded at a much higher level and an increasing level. So somehow the University of Minnesota is weathering this in a much different way and that’s putting us at a disadvantage.” Walker ’s 2015 budget also included measures that weakened tenure protections for the UW system. While Witte said the move tarnished the reputation of UW nationally, Radomski said it hasn’t lead to the widespread faculty layoffs that some feared would occur. In the most recent budget, Walker allocated $26 million in performancebased funding. Radomski said the success of performance-based funding is varied and often contingent upon how it is implemented by the university. Studies on the success of performancebased funding indicate mixed results. Although $26 million makes up only a fraction of the overall UW system budget, Witte said he’s skeptical. “The assumption somehow is that the university system is very inefficient,” said Witte. “I’m not exactly sure
why that is. If you look at the number of graduates we have for the tuition we get — my gosh, we’re huge.” Walker has also frozen in-state tuition over the past 6 years and said that if elected governor, he will extend the freeze another four years. If re-elected, Walker has also said he plans to offer a tax credit of up to $5,000 over five years for graduates who live and work in Wisconsin. “Scott Walker is making college more affordable for students and their families,” a spokesman for Walker ’s campaign said in an email to The Badger Herald, citing the tuition freeze, tax credit and record funding levels of need-based aid. Tony Evers As the state superintendent of public instruction in Wisconsin since 2009, Tony Evers also serves on the UW System Board of Regents. However, Witte said most of his secondary education policy positions have not been implemented. “The only actions he has been able to take are voting against some of these provisions that are coming out of the Board of Regents,” Witte said. Although Evers has done work in K-12 education, Radomski said Evers has also been known for his work in expanding dual enrollment courses, where high school students are able to receive college credit in addition to high school credit. Additionally, Radomski said Evers has also helped expand career and technical education in Wisconsin high schools, which has allowed students to pursue trade or technical school out of high school. As governor, Evers said he would fund the UW System at higher levels. Witte, who said he thinks Evers will try to “be more friendly to higher education,” said Evers may be limited by budget constraints and demand in other areas, like Medicaid and infrastructure. If the state can invest $4.5 billion in a Foxconn plant, Evers said, the money can be found to increase funding for secondary education. “It is about priorities,” Evers said. “I believe there are resources enough to find cuts or other ways to increase revenues in the state of Wisconsin to fund public education.” Like Walker, Evers said he would support a tuition freeze in his first budget as governor. Evers said he will use his gubernatorial powers to appoint a Board of Regents
which would revisit many of the Walker administration’s policies toward UW and public education at-large. Evers said he disapproved of the decision to increase punishment for student protesters found to be disrupting free speech, and the decision to weaken tenure for UW faculty. “It was a solution in search of a problem,” said Evers. “Who has said that tenure wasn’t working for the UW system?” Evers said he is willing to try out performance-based funding on a small scale, but he said he is reluctant to support it outright because he believes it has limited evidence to support its success. Evers said under his governorship, he would want a UW that prioritizes not just job placement and technical skills, but also training in life skills — such as critical thinking and communications. “It’s important to me, and I think it’s important to the people of Wisconsin that the UW system can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Evers said. Sen. Tammy Baldwin According to her website, Baldwin supports the refinancing of student loans. Baldwin has also introduced America’s College Promise Act, which waves two years of fees for residents at technical and community colleges. Baldwin has also worked on college affordability reforms, such as the strengthening of Pell Grants and her efforts to save the Perkins Loan Program, according to her website. Leah Vukmir Vukmir ’s website does not make any reference to her views on secondary education. However, Radomski believes the Republican Party, and by extension Vukmir, tends to place financial responsibility on the individual, because the individual receives the greatest amount of benefit. Radomski also pointed to Vukmir ’s work with the American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts template legislation to be used across the country. He said passed ALEC bills can be seen at forprofit universities, where many consumer protections have been lifted under the assumption that students are capable of making informed decisions about the university they attend. “Historically she’s [relied] more on the marketplace and less on regulatory practices,” Radomski said.
Walker proposal aims to keep graduates in state, ease student debt Proposal would grant college graduates who remain in Wisconsin with $5,000 in tax credit over five years by Hibah Ansari State News Editor
In a campaign advertisement released just after the primaries, Gov. Scott Walker proposed offering $5,000 in tax relief to college students who decide to stay in Wisconsin after graduation. According to the proposal on Walker’s website, this form of debt relief is meant to reduce student loan debt. It will also act as an incentive for Wisconsin graduates to remain in the state and fill a wide realm of job opportunities. Graduates who stay in Wisconsin will receive $1,000 in tax credit every year for five years, regardless of their career, according to the proposal. The tuition freeze will continue for four more years. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student and Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans Chair Ryan Ring expressed support for the proposal. “On behalf of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, we think that it’s a great proposal,” Ring said. “Gov. Walker is showing that he’s putting students first.” Ring, who serves on the Board of Regents, said the governor has made college affordability one of his top priorities, citing the six-year tuition freeze. But under Walker, Wisconsin is now sixth in the
nation for the percentage of students graduating with debt. The percentage increased under Walker, even with his tuition-freeze, One Wisconsin Now program director Analiese Eicher said. “It’s a political campaign ad, I’ll just remind folks of that,” Eicher said. “It’s a campaign promise, and he does not have a track record of following through on those.” According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, this proposal is aimed at the 65 percent of Wisconsin graduates who incur thousands in debt – a significant voting block for the Walker campaign. Noel Radomski of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education said graduates stay in a state for jobs, salary and the quality of life — areas in which Wisconsin is lacking. “Walker was looking for headlines. Who knows if we ever will see a proposal,” Radomski said. “Why would anyone believe that something could emerge if it hasn’t while he’s been in office since 2010?” Eicher believes the proposal is just an empty promise that wouldn’t provide much debt relief for the million borrowers in Wisconsin who have about $24 billion in student loan debt. Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill introduced by Democrats five years ago would create a state-based
refinancing program where graduates can refinance their student loans like a mortgage — a surefire way to combat student loans, Eicher said. “This has been something that has been on the table for the last five years. Walker has not supported it,” Eicher said. “Now, he’s running for reelection at a point where we know his poll numbers are low, and he’s grasping for votes and making campaign promises.” Eicher said refinancing is widely supported both on the federal and state levels. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, have both expressed support for refinancing student loans, Eicher said. Radomski said, though, there simply weren’t enough fiscal details in the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill. Instead, there is an income-based loan forgiveness program in place at the federal level. “If the legislature is really serious about retaining recent graduates from Wisconsin as well as bringing in recent graduates from surrounding states, something at that level would do it,” Radomski said. The loan forgiveness program would have a greater impact than Walker’s proposed tax credit, Radomski said. But it’s not funded well and not enough graduates know about it.
Ring doesn’t think retaining graduates will be an issue since the state’s economy is booming with high-demand jobs, particularly in the tech industry. “There are different ways to go about retaining people, but I think that having a tax credit of $5,000 is going to relieve some of the burdens that we have to pay out of pocket for taxes,” Ring said. On the other hand, Eicher is from a generation of students that came through UW and then left. Under Walker, Wisconsin has become one of the most moved-from states, Eicher said. Graduates are leaving because of the lack of jobs, Eicher said. Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 jobs, but he’s fallen short, Eicher said. Because the state is not retaining its own graduates, and it also is not attracting graduates from other states, Wisconsin is now suffering a “brain drain,” Radomski said. With both parties trying to deal with this in opposing ways — whether through tax relief or refinancing — Radomski said it will be difficult for the upcoming legislation to pass any proposals. “The proposed tax credit isn’t going to do anything,” Radomski said. “The research is very clear that you need to have a significant amount more of financial incentive to stay in a particular state.”
Madison’s property values, population see significant growth in past year Wisconsin Department of Revenue reports Madison’s total property value exceeds Milwaukee’s for first time in history by Gretchen Gerlach City News Editor
Madison’s total property value exceeds that of Milwaukee’s for the first time, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue announced earlier this month. Madison’s value reached $28.732 billion, while Milwaukee’s amounted to $28.346 billion, according to a city of Madison press release. These values are produced regularly by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to guarantee fair distribution of the tax burden and state aid, according to the press release. This is necessary for ensuring that assessment practices and cycles are not varied in the valuation of the same classes of property across the state. Mayor Paul Soglin attributed the growth to Madison’s “healthy economy in all neighborhoods.” “This is very exciting news,” Soglin said in the press release. Milwaukee, with its total property value slightly less than Madison’s, found its officials unsurprised by the capital city’s growth, since it is home to several significant institutions. Jeff Fleming, Media Contact for the city of Milwaukee, contended the impact these major
institutions have on Madison, its economy and its subsequent property values. “Madison is home to state government, and the University of Wisconsin,” Fleming said. “While they do not pay taxes or have valuation added, the spin off is that employment and the property values adjacent to these institutions significantly increase their relative values compared to Milwaukee.” Milwaukee Assessment Commissioner Steve Miner said Milwaukee is still recovering from the Great Recession and overcoming challenges that other parts of the state do not face. Unemployment, specifically, is a burgeoning factor in the demand for housing, and is reflected in Milwaukee’s lower overall property values in comparison to Madison’s, Miner said. Congruent with Miner’s view, Fleming acknowledged the negative effect national economic pitfalls from the past decade or so have had on Milwaukee. “Milwaukee was hit very hard by the housing crisis, and unemployment numbers remain much higher than much of the rest of the state,” Fleming said. “As a result, that has impact upon the long term property values in neighborhoods in Milwaukee.” Milwaukee has also been limited by state
law in expanding its boundaries since the 1950s, Fleming said. Madison has not faced that limitation, which has been a significant factor in Madison’s valuation growth, Fleming said. Miner believes Milwaukee is making headway though, despite citywide challenges. The mayor’s office is highly concerned with finding jobs for Milwaukee residents, and the city is prospering in redevelopment and construction, Miner said. Michelle Drea, Madison’s interim city assessor, was pleased with the news of Madison’s growth but said while higher property values generally benefit the community as a whole, rising property values affect the availability of affordable housing. “Also contributing is the failure of the governor and legislature to address revaluations of property by big-box retailers under the ‘dark store’ theory,” Drea said. “These revaluations reduce corporate property values, resulting in an increased share of the tax burden for residences. The city is doing what it can to increase the availability of affordable housing by providing funding to support additional affordable housing units throughout the city.” Despite the affordable housing concern, the new equalized property value will help hold
down the property tax rate, which in turn, will allow existing property owners to see less of an increase in taxes overall, Drea said. Drea said increases in property taxes may result in areas of the city where larger increases in property values have occurred. “As the economy has continued to improve since the Great Recession, residential and commercial property values have grown in Madison,” Drea said. The press release also discussed population changes between the two major cities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Milwaukee had an estimated population of 595,351 on Jan. 1, 2017. On that date, Madison’s population estimate was 255,214. Since 1970, Madison’s population has grown 48 percent, while Milwaukee’s population has fallen 17 percent. Drea sees this steady increase in population as a result of new business and growth in the health and biotechnology sectors from the sustained base of the university. “There has also been conscious decision making from the City to foster a healthy and dynamic place to live and raise a family,” Drea said. “The impact of these decisions can be seen through the many accolades the city receives from publications around the world.” September 11, 2018 • badgerherald.com • 5
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Madison overdoses spike, fentanyl-laced heroin may be to blame Local law enforcement reports rising presence of synthetic opioid in several narcotics, emphasizes dangers of exposure by Molly Liebergall Print News Editor
Almost 20 people overdosed in Madison within only a few days late last month, causing law enforcement to consider if a bad batch of heroin may have been laced with fentanyl. Between Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, 18 overdoses — including three fatalities — occurred, Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative officer Bernie Albright said. “This is the biggest spike over a window of a few days that I’ve seen so far,” Albright said. “In the four months I’ve [been in this position] it’s been almost constant, but not quite this concentrated.” Though Albright could not share information of any ongoing police matters, he said it is rather safe to assume fentanyl is to blame when otherwise steady overdose numbers suddenly become erratic, as they did in late August. Milwaukee DEA Agent Paul Maxwell was also not at liberty to disclose details from any ongoing investigation, or explicitly say whether there is a DEA investigation at this time. Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic has been a large issue for several years, but a significant
jump in opioid-related deaths occurred from 2015-16, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At the same time, overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids — like fentanyl — spiked, the report showed. “There has been a trend where we are seeing fentanyl in more, not just heroin but cocaine and marijuana,” Maxwell said. “Recreational users who are purchasing this on the street, they don’t know what’s in those drugs and they’re taking their lives into their hands when they use it.” To combat the recent spike, Danielle Long, Opioid Initiatives Officer from the office of Attorney General Brad Schimel, believes it is highly important to inform people about just how dangerous fentanyl is, as a minuscule amount can have deadly consequences. Long cited an incident last May where two officers in Waukesha County removed a powder-covered box from a car during a routine traffic stop. They were exposed to a small plume of fentanyl, and needed to be dosed with Naloxone — a medication used to reverse the effects of an overdose, Long said. Despite the rise of fentanyl, Long believes Wisconsin is progressively combating the
opioid epidemic. “I would say that Wisconsin is definitely still a crisis, but we are in a far better situation than many other states … we want to stay ahead of the problem,” Long said. “We are definitely seeing great strides with fewer opioid prescriptions from working with the medical community. We’re trying to be incredibly proactive, however, we’re still seeing overdose deaths all over the state.” Over the summer, many of these opioidrelated incidents occurred in Madison. In May, four to five people overdosed in one day, while 11 fatalities occurred in June before numbers leveled out in July — besides one week where two to three overdoses took place every day, Albright said. Until the recent incidents, August saw less than one overdose per day, Albright added. “It’s kind of hard to tell what the new norm is because it only seems to be getting worse at this point,” Albright said. “It’s hard to determine what’s normal or when are we going to get back to normal.” Another difficult aspect of the situation is attempting to figure out if non-fatal overdoses are connected, since Maxwell said victims tend
to not cooperate with law enforcement. One method police use to overcome this issue is for first responders to take note of any distinct markings on drugs found at the scene. If law enforcement notices that a stamping on substances found at one overdose matches that of another overdose, it can help them build evidence to trace back the root batch, Long said. Currently, Schimel is attempting to get fentanyl off the streets altogether by leading a bipartisan nationwide effort to pass the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act. The legislation will close loopholes allowing fentanyl manufacturers and traffickers to stay ahead of the law. The key to SOFA is understanding that certain chemical compounds of synthetic drugs like fentanyl are explicitly illegal, but a manufacturer in China — or another location where a lot of the United States’ fentanyl comes from — can alter the chemical makeup slightly and technically circumvent the law while still producing a similar product, Long said. “You can’t outlaw it if it doesn’t yet exist, and you don’t know it exists until people are harmed by it by ingesting it,” Long said. “This law will close that loophole.”
State Street, University Avenue police presence surges in violence
Prompted by safety concerns, Madison adds around dozen officers Friday, Saturday night patrols, four to five Thursday by Abby Doeden Print News Editor
Coming back to school, many students partake in Madison’s vast bar scene, even if they’re not of age. For many students, it’s hard to miss the amount of police on the streets of Madison during prime party nights. While many think it is because of the sudden influx of students, Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said its purpose is violence prevention. “The police have had issues over the years in [the 600 University Ave.] area,” Verveer said. “Some have been the concern of weapons being involved, and recently the cops have seen an increase these incidents, which is a big concern for the cops.” Verveer credits updates to the 2007 Downtown Safety Initiative as the reason for the increased police presence, as there are now more officers on each night. To be exact, the DSI has 12 to 15 extra officers Friday and Saturday nights, while the Violence Reduction Initiative has an extra four to five officers on Thursday nights, Madison Police Department Captain of Police Jason Freedman said. Over the past summer, Verveer said MPD has September 11, 2018 • badgerherald.com • 8
noticed a spike in fights around the 600 block of State Street in 2017, mainly from State Street Brats to the Red Shed and Churchkey. “Unfortunately, what the cops have noticed towards the later half of this summer is that there have been more cases of violence in this area. The police have especially seen more incidents on Thursday nights, similar to that of a Friday or Saturday night,” Verveer said. “The recent violence is at the point that the cops have decided to use overtime funds to have extra police working on Thursday nights in the hours from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.” Verveer said the incidents are typically between people who know each other and have had long-standing disputes. The incidents tend to spill onto streets and cause major disruptions. According to MPD data collected in 2017, weapons violations increased by 48 cases in relation to the year before, while assault offenses spiked by 214 cases. In addition to the two programs working to increase police presence, Freedman said MPD works with University of Wisconsin Police Department, as they are trying to use all resources possible for a safe climate. “We work in partnership with UWPD, and try to give the area extra attention as an influx of
new students and freshmen arrive for school,” Freedman said. “This is known as the first 45 days and is also in partnership with UW Dean’s Office.” Freedman said while it may seem as if there is a higher police presence during the beginning of the school year, MPD is always just as strict with the bar scene, especially underage drinking. When dealing with under agers, Freedman said MPD takes them on a case-by-case basis, continuing to focus on circumstances with crimes of violence or significant disturbances. Freedman said MPD also partners with UW in cases of under age drinking when necessary. “We do share information of under age drinking with UW. If we identify a problem address — a frat or a bar — that has a pattern of under age issues, we also will give that extra attention,” Freedman said. Verveer stressed that the increased police presence in Madison is not for underage drinking, and the DSI was never intended for it. The police that go into bars catching underagers and checking on capacity and safety will remain the same, Verveer said. Their purpose is to make sure people are following laws and are staying safe inside the bars, while the increased police presence is for keeping
order on the streets. As for decreased customers in bars, Verveer said is not an issue or concern for many people in Madison. Verveer said when he speaks with bar managers, they are more concerned for the safety of customers. However, in the times of decreases in customers, Freeman believes the bars and restaurants on State Street have proven to be extremely flexible. “The bars have proved remarkably adaptable,” Freedman said. “Where they will see a real financial impact is if people stop believing the area is safe versus police enforcement of the rules.” As for students on campus, Verveer advises they watch their surroundings and use common sense when it comes to drinking. Freedman emphasized the importance of drinking responsibly while out at night, staying with friends and refusing drinks from strangers. “Please drink responsibly, and if you are contacted by the police, be cooperative. Officers typically have discretion in whether or not to cite and how many citations to issue,” Freeman said. “Truthfulness, respect, and cooperation — or lack thereof — impact their discretionary decisions.”
Rising chocolate industry finds homes on Madison isthmus Local businesses including CocoVaa, Candinas Chocolatier come into focus when analyzing city job market, economy of sweet confections by Emilie Burditt ArtsEtc. Staff Writer
Summer has ended and with that brings the beginning of school and seemingly never ending work. All of which can bring along additional stress, and in turn empty chocolate wrappers and binge-eating sessions. It may not lead to the best choices, but chocolate sure feels like the answer sometimes. With a rising chocolate industry, the city of Madison has you covered for any of your chocolate needs. Madison features local businesses like Candinas Chocolatier, Madison Chocolate Co., CocoVaa and Red Elephant Chocolates. The small businesses are in favor of many Madison residents, but some question their effect on Madison’s economy and job market. University of Wisconsin assistant economics professor Enghin Atalay said it’s important to discern between young businesses and small businesses when analyzing Madison’s job market. Popular perception and policymakers believe private sector jobs increase economic performance. Even on campus there are plenty of choices of chocolate. “While it is true that many young businesses tend to be small and vice versa, most small
businesses remain small throughout their existence and do not create many jobs,” Atalay said. “On average, large businesses tend to be better managed, more productive and produce products that consumers find appealing.” Wisconsin communities make efforts to address local pollinator, honeybee decline Gardens and fields are a lot more silent this year with continually declining populations of honeybees and other local pollinator Read... Atalay warned, however, with too many large businesses, consumers and workers could suffer. The local Madison chocolatier businesses are small, but they bring in a lot of customers — especially customers looking for highquality products, even if for a higher price, Atalay said. That said grocery stores are still the most popular place for people to buy their chocolates. “Indeed, the way these [large] businesses got big in the first place was to be exceptionally productive, with an appealing product,” Atalay said. Although grocery stores may target a larger audience and have the convenience of offering more products, the percentage of chocolate customers looking for high-quality chocolates tend to purchase the dessert at local confectioneries.
There are influences as to what determines why customers shop at local confectioneries, especially for how much chocolate is purchased in the first place. One hypothesized reason is the Wisconsin weather: Following Thanksgiving is when local chocolate shops bring in the most revenue — up to 80 percent of their yearly profit. Syovata Edari, owner of the Madison confectionery CocoVaa, said Winter holidays, such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day, are another factor in chocolate purchases. The desire for highquality chocolate is in high demand during these holidays for gifting purposes. Additionally, the influence of health can decide whether a customer shops at a local chocolatier or a grocery store. Madison is becoming a more health-conscious city, which influences some people to look for dark chocolates over chocolates with lower amounts of cocoa since dark chocolate is typically associated with health benefits. “In sum, there is a balance: for the most part, a policy that favored small firms over
Emilie Burditt The Badger Herald larger ones (or large firms over smaller ones) would be unwise,” Atalay said. “But there are potentially critical dangers from having certain firms dominate the market.” It’s important to support both small and large businesses for a healthy economy, just how eating in balance is important too. In a sense, make sure to eat your balance of both dark and milk chocolates all year long to support the city of Madison.
Barrymore renovations aim to attract bigger names, new events
New seating additions help east side venue expand breadth for incoming entertainers as it tries to reel in more music, comedy talent by William Lundquist ArtsEtc. Staff Writer
Having completed a huge stage in their renovation process, The Barrymore Theatre, located on Madison’s East Side, is gearing up to open their doors for a packed season of events, not just limited to music. Their ongoing fundraising campaign, The “Chair-ity Campaign,” provides funding for many improvements in the theater. The first and most obvious of these improvements is new, more comfortable chairs. The layout of the chairs has remained the same, but the new chairs are spacious and brand new. Other improvements in the renovation process included a new paint job to the interior of the theater which features white and blue details, new floors, as well as new stars in the ceiling and plasterwork. Zach Richmond, house manager at The Barrymore, had a goal from the renovation process: to make the theater more comfortable and user-friendly for customers. Despite renovations, The Barrymore retained much of its original look that sets it apart from other Madison theaters. The artwork on the walls in the entranceway still displays masks and the retro feel of the bar are still in great shape. The lights in the
Photo · The grand reopening of The Barrymore is more than just new seats. William Lundquist The Badger Herald ceiling — which look like a starry sky, are also still a feature of the theater, but there are even more now. Richmond was frank in admitting that the theater experienced a hay-day during the
1990s and 2000s jam band period, with many students from campus flocking to the theater. “Students [today] don’t seem to understand that the theater is just a short ride from campus,” Richmond said. Nonetheless, he is excited for many of the events that the theater will be hosting this year. Richmond is confident the renovations, although still in the first phase, will make theater-goers happy with their experience at the Barrymore. To kick off the year, the theater will be hosting a free community event, “Chooseapalooza,” a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin. The event will feature food, spoken word, and words from author Lauren Peterson and state Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison. Following this event, comedian Kathleen Madigan is coming to the Barrymore. She will be doing a stand-up special in coordination with a Netflix special, and there are only regular admission tickets remaining. Richmond is particularly excited about Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, to come to the Barrymore Nov. 17. The Barrymore bar will still be at the convenience of those in attendance. “He does a pretty special tribute for his father, and plays some great music of his own as well,” Richmond said.
Richmond is also excited for the “They Might Be Giants” show Oct. 23. The band is touring with a larger group of musicians this year, including trumpeter Curt Ramm, and always brings a great show to the Barrymore. Another notable event occuring at the Barrymore this year is “The 2nd Annual Madison Moth Grandslam.” The Moth is a podcast featuring stories from everyday people and airs on the radio as well as streaming services like Spotify. The Barrymore will be hosting a competition in which storytellers compete to get their stories aired. While the renovation process of the Barrymore Theatre is ongoing, the first major step of adding new seats, new floors, replacing stars in the roof and a new paint job has already improved the aesthetic of the theater significantly. The lineup of shows ranges wide, and the quality of performers does not disappoint. The Atwood Neighborhood on Madison’s East Side is an absolute gem, with good food around a thriving residential community. I would urge students to look into the lineup of shows at the Barrymore Theatre, and choose a time to make the short trip out. The renovations in the theater will make your experience that much more comfortable and enjoyable. badgerherald.com • September 11, 2018 • 9
Farmers at the Farmers’ Market: Stories behind your favorite vendors
The stories behind how your favorite Dane County farmers started selling fresh, local grown goods on the square every summer Saturday role in the popularity of the bakery. Winzenried explained how vendors are positioned throughout the market. “The vendors here work on seniority,” Since 1972, the Dane County Farmers Market Winzenried said. “So because we’ve been has gifted the Madison community with a rich tradition of quality, fresh and locally grown coming since 1988, we are what is called goods with vendors dedicated to educating their ‘permanent vendors,’ and they then they have what is called ‘daily vendors.’” customers. On a particularly rainy Saturday, I Having a spot guaranteed at the market decided to get a taste of what a day in the life of is sought after, and the system of seniority a vendor was like. prevents contention for spots when the market Walking up towards the capital, there was opens. a noticeable hustle and bustle around a large The vendors themselves collaborate often, white tent valiantly displaying four flags with a familiar red and white graphic. As I walked from watching each others’ stands when one closer, the smell of freshly baked goods rung needs to go to the bathroom to buying goods from each other. All the vendors share one clear in my mind that this was Stella’s Bakery. Brian Winzenried, baker and owner of Stella’s common goal. “You get to see who grew the carrots or who Bakery, told me about his experiences being a harvested these crops, and then it’s our job as part of the bakery business for the past 20 years vendors to help people understand the skill of his life. The bakery was originally founded in 1988 involved in making your product,” Winzenried said. by a truck farmers in the Oshkosh area. At that Continuing around the market, I stopped in time, they had experienced a major drought and front of a peculiar stand made of wood and tarp had little harvest to present at the market, thus they decided to present some baked goods with boasting a handsome assembly of herbs. Tom Brantmeier has been vending from his the little grain they had and were able to sustain stand made of recycled materials at the market themselves. “They accidentally invented cheese bread one for about 25 years. During his time as a vegetable and herb vendor, what has irked him the most is night and it sort of became this cult following of the competition for goods in demand. the product,” Winzenried said. “I used to be one of the only people that had Now their best selling product, 2500 to 2800 loafs of the iconic cheese bread sells itself every garlic. Now everybody’s got it,” Brantmeier said. “I used to sell seven, five-gallon buckets of Saturday. The prime positioning of Stella’s stand, in it every single day. Now I sell half.” As I departed, Tom recommended that the front of the entrance to the market, plays a visitors acknowledge that, although the price of goods may be higher than grocery stores in the area, the quality is incomparable. Though his time as a vendor has been tough, he has always remained dedicated to his goal of introducing new and healthy things for people to eat. He allowed me to sample the stem of some purslane — a succulent plant full of nutritional value that had a tart and refreshing kick to it. “It’s been kind of fun introducing people to that,” Brantmeier said as my face slightly puckered. Meandering around the market, again my nose was enveloped in a delicious scent. This time, the aroma of baked cheese curds on skillets was the culprit of my sudden appetite. After sampling a few of the most aromatic curd Photo · Working the Brunkow Cheese tent comes with the challenge of bits on the sizzling iron monitoring cheese fiends. pans, I spoke with coowner of Brunkow Cheese, Karl Tenzin Woser Geissbuhler. The Badger Herald by Tenzin Woser ArtsEtc. Staff Writer
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Brunkow Cheese has been a vendor at the and caring about the Earth. farmers’ market for 21 years but the business Haas’ wife has recently begun a gourd festival has been running for 100 years. Geissbuhler in the Madison area. People come with gourds himself is a fourth-generation cheesemaker. The of all varieties to promote the utility and beauty company first came onto the Madison scene of the fruit. by a suggestion from Geissbuhler ’s sister. A But it isn’t all fun and gourds. combination of vending their cold-spread cheese “You’re not gonna get rich on this,” Haas said. and cheese curds first propelled their business to “You have to have a love.” the hallmark status they have today. Most years Haas will throw away half, if not What makes Brunkow Cheese unique is more of his yield due to rotting. An immense the quality of the milk they take in, the key to amount of time and energy goes into cleaning the specialty flavors they provide. Their most and curing each of the gourds that last. Haas popular baked cheese flavor is garlic, while the does it all himself by hand, even the thousands beer flavor and Monterey Jack with chicken soup of miniature gourds. flavoring counterparts have not gone over so Haas himself grown worried about his ability well. to carry on the business. Even a customer in Either way, Geissbuhler has a deep the background couldn’t fathom the possibility, appreciation for the role that the farmer’s market muttering they wouldn’t know what to do has played in expanding his business. without a gourd. “The feedback from the customers is almost Larry Haas arranges his wide range of gourds. always positive,” Geissbuhler said. “We can try “I’m crowding the 60-mark and I’m starting to different things and get it right to the public and feel it. You naturally just kind of know you can they either like it or they don’t like it.” only do so much,” Haas said. “The gourd pile This instant feedback has become invaluable looks pretty big sometimes when you gotta start for Geissbuhler and his management of the cleaning them.” company in the past few decades. The joy of being a part of the market and all Addressing new students and patrons alike, of the innocuous moments for the connection it Geissbuhler recommends that people come provides drives Haas to continue the mission of into the market with an open mind. Although the gourd. the variety can be overwhelming, the quality is While parting, Haas left me with a miniature unlike any other. gourd and final thoughts. “Don’t be afraid to try new things and you “Nobody wants nothing but fun, keeping it might be surprised with what you find and what clean and happy,” Haas said. “We’re all having you like,” Geissbuhler said. a ball.” Finally, one cannot have the full Dane County Farmers’ Market experience without lending a passing, awe-inspired glance at The Gourd Guy’s table. The wooden table littered top to bottom with bold and beautiful gourds is run by the legendary Larry Haas. Haas has been working as a vendor for more than 24 years and enjoys being involved with a place where he can sell what he truly loves. “Ukuleles, thumb pianos, stuff like that, they do nice work, that’s the good part, that’s the love part,” Haas said. “You grow something, you sell it. They enjoy it, make something out of it and it lasts generations, so when I go up to the high god up there — whatever you may want to call it — the gourd will still be going down here.” Haas is hopeful that people will start to replace Photo · Larry Haas arranges his wide range of gourds for various purposes.. popular plastic holders in their homes with gourds. He His wife has recently begun a gourd festival in the Madison area. said society is becoming more Tenzin Woser environmentally conscious, The Badger Herald
DIY venue offers band Post Social space to establish themselves Despite growing corporate music scene, ‘bread and butter’ performance locations allow upcoming artists to perfect repertoire and style by Ben Sefarbi ArtsEtc. Editor
With their long-standing presence in the Madison music scene, the boys of Post Social have established themselves as the face of do it yourself music venues. DIY venues are small-scale settings where artists can take a full creative reign without the interference of larger corporations. Vocalists and lead guitarists Shannon Connor and University of Wisconsin senior Mitch Dietz, as well as bass guitarist Sam Galligan and drummer Brendan Manley have conquered rising DIY music venues in Madison. From Art In on East Washington Avenue to Communication just off Winnebago Street, the foursome have established a repertoire with local, small-scale venues. I met up with the group before their show in the parking lot of Communication, the venue wasn’t letting anyone in until they finished setting up an art exhibit. Allegedly, nothing out of the ordinary for one of the many DIY spots in the city. Joined by special guest Isaac de Broux-Slone, who performed with Post Social during their set later that night, the six of us had a conversation about the future of the group. We also discussed where DIY venues fit within it all while being fervently chewed on by avid mosquitoes. Sitting in the back of Dietz’s van, I asked what DIY venues meant to the group. “My understanding of the music scene here
is if you’re going to be a local act, you need a bread and butter venue. I would say The Frequency was definitely a bread and butter venue,” Dietz said. “We would hit them up and book the show whenever we wanted to. They didn’t care where you were from or how big you were. But now you have to do some stretching to find out.” When it comes to bread and butter venues, artists know they can be trusted. These places allow groups like Post Social to play shows at any given time. The group often performed at The Frequency prior to its closing. Now there aren’t many places left that are considered mid-level venues. Communication and Art In are considered the places to be if you’re not a touring band or on a label. Although admitting the group isn’t very ambitious, Connor said he’s disturbed by the current corporate nature of the Madison music scene. Dietz agreed, citing the flaws larger names in the city create for lesserknown groups. Multinational corporations like Live Nation, who purchased major interest of Frank Productions have been detrimental for small time bands. Live Nation Madison is now allowed to acquire booking rights for the High Noon Saloon, Majest Theatre, the Orpheum and the Sylvee, Madison’s newest performance spot. Despite what seems like a takeover of Madison’s music scene, with bread and butter venues like Communication, Post Social can
Photo · The minds behind the riffs, Shannon Connor and Mitch Dietz treat the Communication crowd to dueling guitars. Courtesy of Anita Sattel
Photo · Everyone jams when it comes to a Post Social concert, the group brings energy only possible through releasing several albums together. Courtesy of Anita Sattel continue to explore the genres they play. Their latest record, Major Congrats, bounces around alternative, indie and rock with a somewhat sarcastic title. A funny quip with no overt message, the record mainly portrays how the guys talk to each other. Though not sarcastic people, getting the joke of the album requires sharing a mindset. The first couple minutes of the lead track “Outside Man” comes to your ears with nothing but madness. All of Post Social jamming as if they had already played a 20song headliner was a satisfying feeling — once it was actually recorded. The group was recording the song live at the same time in the studio, so if one messed up, there had to be a new take. It was the first song the group recorded for the album, which came with added pressure. “It’s an easy song to play, yet when you have to play for six minutes straight and do it five times, eventually you just stop giving that live energy,” Galligan said. Although recording the first song may be the hardest, it took less than 10 attempts to get the recorded audio 100 percent right. Galligan claimed he had no faults during the first few attempts, before eventually admitting fatigue and being the source of several mistakes. The songwriting process is very collaborative with Post Social. All four at some point or another do most of the songwriting on a given track, though Connor and Dietz are responsible for most of the riffs.
“I start writing the riff or Mitch starts writing the riff, that generally will lead to ‘this is going to be my song,’” Connor said. “There are lots of times where Mitch or I will write lyrics to each others’ riffs and the songs grow that way.” One song grew on their friend Morgan Winston, who directed and starred in Post Social’s one and only visual with “Better Off Dead.” The group agreed Winston was a great director who got the job done on time while having it turn out exactly as imagined. During filming, what made everyone in the band uncomfortable was a scene where Connor, Dietz, Galligan and Manley all played their respective instruments in the face of Winston. The group stood mere inches away from Winston, staring through cigarette smoke. Inhaling the nicotine was something Dietz said he could’ve lived without. The four Madison boys have produced an album every year before letting Casablanca breathe after its 2016 release. Dietz said Post Social’s priority is almost always recording and getting new music released — at least that’s how it’s been for a while. With as large discography as they do, it’s surprising Post Social has a nonexistent touring schedule. The group is seeking to perform outside of the Isthmus, targeting moves after December when Dietz graduates from UW. “Art In and Communication are going to be two really good bread and butter venues,” Dietz said. “They’re not corporate, not like another bar or business that can afford to do shows on a few weekdays. It’s a great venue and we really believe in what they’re doing.” badgerherald.com • September 11, 2018 • 11
Allegations against Cephus raises questions about culture of sexual misconduct in athletics Pattern underscores institutional weaknesses, reveals lack of legal consequence, rapid defense from public in cases implicating student athletes
by Lucas Johnson Managing Editor
When Madison police arrived at UnityPoint Health – Meriter hospital in late April, the first thing they noticed was the smell of alcohol. They encountered a woman hardly able to lift her head due to severe intoxication. She did not open her eyes during her interview with police and at one point had to stop and throw up. The same woman identified University of Wisconsin football player Quintez Cephus to police, saying he was the man who sexually assaulted her. She told police that after a night out with Cephus, whom she had met through a mutual friend, Cephus drove her and another woman to his apartment. The woman said she and her friend were drunk when they left the bar, but said Cephus was sober. At one point, Cephus declined any of her drink because he was driving, she said. The night became a blur from there, the woman told police. She said she remembered the assault of her and her friend, saying she “literally thought [she] was going in and out of consciousness.” The woman told police she also remembered waking up to Cephus and sophomore UW football player Danny Davis standing over her, laughing and taking pictures. UW Head Coach Paul Chryst suspended Davis for two games for his alleged involvement in the incident. The second woman interviewed by police said she was so intoxicated she didn’t clearly remember being introduced to Cephus at all. She said she only remembered a fleeting moment in Cephus’ car and sprinting out of his apartment early in the morning. She said she was informed of the night’s events by the first woman who insisted she have a rape kit done. “I know I would never consent to have sex with someone I didn’t know,” the woman told police. Davis later confirmed the two women were clearly drunk, and even said there was a moment where one woman sat on the floor of the bar and needed to be convinced to stand up. Cephus told investigators he had sex with both women. At first, Cephus denied taking any photos, but later said one was taken and immediately deleted.
Two days before the allegations became public, Cephus announced an indefinite leave of absence from the team in anticipation of the pending charges. UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced after charges were filed that Cephus would be suspended from the team indefinitely. Cephus’ defense attorneys are proclaiming his innocence, suggesting surveillance footage from the night and text messages obtained between one of the women and Cephus prove the women were not impaired.
“What we see over and over in cases like this are statements like ‘this is such a great person who I know, they could never have done this’...What I think lies below those statements is the normalization of coercion and sexual violence.” Nona Maria Gronert
UW postdoctoral student, with focus on campus sexual violence
Cephus has declared his innocence on Twitter, saying has been “wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct” and is “innocent of any allegations associated with the consensual relationship.” While there are plenty of voices condemning his actions and calling for legal consequences in addition to his suspension from the football team, there are also those who stand behind him. UW postdoctoral student of sociology Nona Maria Gronert, who is writing her dissertation on campus sexual violence, strongly cautioned against rapid defense, emphasizing how detrimental it can be for survivors. “That response is really disheartening and damaging,” Gronert said. “It sends a message that the survivor isn’t a full community member and doesn’t deserve to be believed.” Although Cephus maintains his innocence, false reporting is a rarity, as only between 2 and 10 percent of reports of sexual assaults are later found to be false. “And yet,” Gronert said, “this whole narrative of people, especially women, falsely accusing someone of sexual violence is so rampant.”
Troubling trend Each case of sexual violence presents its own details pertinent to due process, but one doesn’t have to look long to notice a telling trend. In 2016, after a university investigation, 10 University of Minnesota football players were accused of sexual misconduct after the alleged gang rape of a female student. Five of the student athletes were either expelled or suspended in violation of the student conduct code, but others were cleared. None of the football players faced legal consequences. In January 2018, University of Minnesota basketball player Reggie Lynch was expelled for two cases of sexual assault. The first case resulted in a suspension that didn’t even occur during the basketball season and no criminal charges were filed. This was the third woman to accuse Lynch of sexual assault. Lynch proclaimed his innocence, blaming what he called an unfair national atmosphere that he believes too quickly condemns those accused of sexual assault. Lynch’s college career is over, but he faced no legal action. Former Florida State University football player Jameis Winston has twice been accused of sexual assault but continues his multimillion dollar NFL career. The first case allegedly occurred in Winston’s apartment while he was still a college student and ended in a civil lawsuit settlement. The second allegedly took place in an Uber where Winston is accused of grabbing his driver’s crotch. Winston will serve a three game suspension this year for the second set of allegations but faces no criminal charges. While athletes often gain notoriety for sexual assault charges brought against them, studies have found that the sexual assault epidemic infects the entire campus community. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will, at some point in their lives, be raped. Ninety-one percent of sexual assault survivors are female. More than 90 percent of sexual assault survivors on college campuses do not report the assault. At UW, 27.6 percent of undergraduate females reported experiencing non-consensual penetration or sexual touching.
reiterating their zero tolerance policy when it comes to serious crimes. In late August, UW spokesperson Meredith McGlone announced Cephus’ suspension. “UW–Madison views allegations of sexual violence with deep concern,” McGlone said in an official statement. “When anyone tells us that they have experienced sexual misconduct, we respond.” The NCAA relinquishes responsibilities to a university in cases of sexual misconduct. As long as a university can show they are adhering to their individual discipline policy and sexual assault education program, they are in compliance with NCAA protocol. While a university response is predictable given the administrative policies they must adhere to, public opinion in cases of sexual violence quickly becomes fragmented and convoluted.
A limited scope When a UW student athlete is charged with or arrested for a crime, it sets in motion a rigid student-athlete discipline policy. This exists in addition to the general non-academic discipline policy to which all students must adhere, and is predicated on the attention criminal cases against student athletes tend to garner. “The increased public attention carries legitimate expectations that the university will take allegations seriously and not appear to condone misconduct,” the policy reads. “Failure to meet public expectations may undermine the public trust in the university and therefore impair its ability to carry out its mission of teaching, research and public service.” The policy states that when an arrest is based on conduct involving serious crimes, a student athlete will immediately be suspended by the athletic director from competition and practices, as was the case with Cephus. Following the suspension, the athlete will still receive financial aid and their name will remain active on team lists and with StudentAthlete Services. They will also continue to be granted access to weight training and sports medicine facilities, as well as academic support services. Once an athlete has been charged, the university cannot do any more than suspend the athlete, Director of Athletic Communications Brian Lucas said. Only in cases where new information becomes available would that change. UW also typically releases their official statement on the matter,
Playing defense Despite witness testimony confirming the two women were significantly drunk, and Cephus’ confirmation he engaged in sexual activity with both women, there are voices determined to defend the wide receiver. On Aug. 23, Cephus’ former high school coach Jamie Dickey stood before television cameras in a courtroom at Cephus’ side. “He’s a son to me, he’s a brother to the three daughters that me and my wife have and he’s a great young man,” Dickey said. “I can’t wait for all the facts to come out so that he can be exonerated.” But this narrative, in which an alleged sexual criminal’s personality doesn’t align with their crimes, is pervasive and destructive, Gronert said. “What we see over and over in cases like this are statements like ‘this is such a great person who I know, they could never have done this,’” Gronert said. “What I think lies below those statements is the normalization of coercion and sexual violence.” Gronert’s dissertation on campus sexual violence examines how official and unofficial actors respond to reported cases on an unnamed midwestern college campus. Through her research, Gronert has cultivated an extensive familiarity with the dynamics characteristic of sexual violence. She said she often wonders what form conversations surrounding “sexual conquests” take among groups of powerful men. “When I think about men who are in powerful groups who are accused of sexual violence, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest how
these men talk about women and sexual conquests behind closed doors — how they scored,” Gronert said. “Fish don’t notice the water they swim in.” Gronert also believes people generally expect a survivor’s testimony to be absolutely spotless in order to be believed, something she called “the perfect victim.” That phenomenon reared its head in Cephus’ case. Shortly after the allegations became public, the Sheboygan Press ran a column from a local attorney titled “UW Badgers Quintez Cephus case: Jumping to conclusions dangerous.” The column begged the question of Cephus’ innocence. “Only time will tell whether Cephus is guilty or not,” the column read. “Meantime, perhaps we should give Cephus the presumption of innocence in the court of public opinion.” The attorney continued on, highlighting the defense’s claims that surveillance footage from that night showed the women walking after the incident without displaying signs of impairment. Gronert said assumptions of alcohol consumption play directly into the issue of demanding that each case is accompanied by its own perfect victim. She said alcohol often discourages the public from believing a survivor’s testimony, which Gronert feels is a serious issue. From locker rooms to living rooms Cutting through the noise of the nationwide conversation are voices with unique proximity to the issue. Paul Jackson II transferred to UW in 2017 to play football. Now a redshirt junior, Jackson has been in the locker room since the allegations against Cephus were released, and said the opportunity to talk candidly about the case with the coaching staff is available if players feel inclined. But he said the repeated narrative has been about the team’s ability to move forward following the news. “If a conversation is really needed, that can happen, but right now we’re just carrying on as a team,” Jackson said. “If it was something where he was found guilty [the philosophy would be] ‘this is our teammate, whatever decision happened, happened — but we’ve still gotta move forward as a team.’” Jackson believes the university has handled the case well, commending them for holding Cephus accountable regardless of his value as a source of revenue for the school.
In addition to the tangible benefits available to student athletes — including branded apparel and free tutoring services — there is a perception that student athletes receive special treatment in cases of misconduct. But former UW basketball player and current UW graduate student Ashley Kelsick doesn’t think the public defense of Cephus has any connection to his status as an athlete. “I don’t see anyone rushing to defend him simply because he’s going to catch the next two touchdowns Saturday,” Kelsick said. “It has nothing to do with being an athlete.” Kelsick pointed to a wider issue of male privilege prevalent in the justice system, citing the widely criticized sentencing of Alec Cook in June, which left many questioning the system’s ability to adequately deliver justice in cases of sexual assault. In an era where conversations aimed at holding perpetrators of sexual violence accountable are more common, a pattern has arisen in which men in positions of power have committed acts of sexual violence, sometimes for years, without consequence. That culture seems to be shifting as the #MeToo movement has pushed issues of sexual violence into a brighter spotlight, and how allegations of sexual violence are addressed publicly has changed with it. Two voices ring out louder than the rest. There are those who rush to the defense of the accused, suggesting the weight of the #MeToo movement has obscured the presumption of innocence generally afforded in a court of law. Then there are those who advocate for the voice of survivors, citing overwhelmingly low statistics of false reporting and an environment where a survivor’s voice is often criticized more than the voice of the accused. Historically, there have been allegations of sexual assault against athletes in similar cases with little to no consequence either from their university or from the legal system. This prompts the question — what’s next for Cephus? Institutions like UW take action when allegations become public, but the allegations persist. The trajectory of this pattern remains to be seen, but simply punishing athletes doesn’t seem to be leaving a noticeable mark. “With campus sexual violence, we need to think about healing and how to heal the larger campus community,” Gronert said. “Because just punishment isn’t going to cut it.”
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Vivitrol use in prisons assists rehabilitation, prevents recidivism
Treating addiction as medical condition humanizes, rehabilitates offenders, shows primary focus on punishment is not effective
by Juliet Dupont Columnist
To combat heroin addiction in Wisconsin and improve the chances for successful rehabilitation for incarcerated drug offenders, the Dane County Jail has begun using Vivitrol in its opiate treatment program. Vivitrol is a prescription drug that blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents drugs like heroin and painkillers from affecting the recovering patient. “You don’t get high and it helps with cravings,” said Cheylene Schank, an addiction specialist and caseworker at Journey Mental Health Center. According to the official Vivitrol website, “Opioid and alcohol dependence are chronic, relapsing brain diseases that can be devastating both psychologically and physically.” While counseling can help patients through the psychological aspects of dependence, Vivitrol may be the solution for helping patients through the physical challenges of rehabilitation and dependence. Vivitrol injections are administered once a month and require full detox prior to beginning treatment. Vivitrol injections are just one aspect of the
medication-assisted treatment program at the Dane County Jail. The program is tailored to the individual but can include any combination of group therapy, individual therapy and meetings with a recovery coach. 219 people have participated in the Dane County Jail opiate treatment program in the last five years. Todd Campbell, the Dane County adult community services administrator, said 43 percent of those individuals “accomplished their treatment goals.” “Sustained sobriety, stable living, stable employment — those are the big markers that we look for,” Campbell said. Taking a medical approach to opioid addiction with Vivitrol injections shows things might be changing in the Wisconsin prison system. By repurposing the Dane County Jail as a place of rehabilitation, rather than solely a place of punishment and separation, Wisconsin is among several states taking the lead in treating prisoners with respect and giving them the tools they require to lead successful lives after their releases. Currently, America has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 655 inmates per 100,000 people. And, although the current rate of incarceration is “at its lowest point since 1996,”
prisoners continue to struggle from elevated risks of mental illness and a punishmentoriented environment in American prisons. Until the mid-1970s, rehabilitation was quite common in most prisons, and prisoners received the care they required to successfully reenter society following their releases. However, since then, a punishment-oriented approach has dominated the focus on rehabilitation. This new approach “created explosive growth in the prison population, while having a modest effect on crime rates,” according to the American Psychological Association. Today, several states are introducing programs to challenge the idea that prisons serve only punitive purposes, rather than rehabilitative ones, too. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in Texas is teaching inmates valuable business skills. Arizona’s Community Bridges Group’s Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team is providing former and current inmates with resources to aid in struggles with mental illness. Both of these programs have made an impact on program participants. The recidivism rate for PEP participants is 7 percent, much lower than the national average, and 85 percent of FACT
clients “have avoided returning to jail or prison since the program’s inception [in 2016].” The success of programs such as those in Texas and Arizona, as well as California, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin, go to show that rehabilitation-oriented programs can work. Prisoners benefit hugely when shown respect and given the chance to reenter society. By giving Dane County Jail prisoners that same respect, and treating addiction as a medical issue — rather than a conscious choice made with poor judgment — Wisconsin is joining those states in challenging the way prisoners have been treated for decades. Rather than taking a punishment-oriented approach and opting for a rehabilitationoriented approach, the Dane County Jail has the chance to provide prisoners struggling with addiction with the help they need to make successful recoveries. With that, Dane County also has the chance to keep drug offenders from coming in and out of prison and begin chipping away at the absurdly high population of incarcerated Americans. Juliet Dupont (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a sophomore majoring in political science and journalism.
Months before historic flooding, Republicans put Foxconn first
Deregulation filled in one of Wisconsin’s last natural defenses against flooding, prompting serious need to rethink environmental policy
by Julia Brunson Columnist
For Madison — a city perilously seated between two large, slow-draining lakes — flooding has always been a given. An outside observer might question the wisdom of building a city on a narrow strip of low-lying land, a resident would simply point out the beauty of sunsets over Mendota, or the bright red trees that line the Isthmus in fall. Despite the sunsets, the nights on the lakes and even the brilliant fall foliage, Wisconsin has found itself surrounded by a new and changing climate. Last weekend, students moving into Madison woke up ankle-deep in floodwater, watching East Johnson Street and East Mifflin Street slip further underwater as forecasts continued to call for rain. When severe flash flooding hits, there’s often little individuals can do to mitigate disaster. In an ironic twist, months before recent storms, Wisconsin had already begun the process of decimating the few 14 • badgerherald.com • September 11, 2018
natural deterrents to flooding we had left. On Feb. 15, the Republican-controlled state assembly removed critical protections on Wisconsin wetlands, easing requirements for new development. Wetlands that, in addition to improving water quality, have functioned for centuries as reservoirs for flood water, soaking up excess rain across the state. Supporters of the bill said they were hoping to give businesses and developers “greater flexibility” in building on certain types of land. Despite some amendments, the bill effectively opened tens of thousands of acres of wetlands to new development. And why the sudden interest in “new development?” State Republicans began weakening environmental protections in August 2017, coincidentally lining up with the final stages of a deal with electronics giant Foxconn. In the lead up to a difficult reelection campaign for Gov. Scott Walker, the agreement to establish a manufacturing facility was presented as a way to bring jobs and business back to Wisconsin.
Since the initial vote, Foxconn has demanded even more from its partners in the state assembly, waffling on the type of factory it intends to build. As the future of the deal remains in the air, Walker and other Republicans have continued to offer boons to the company — water from our Great Lakes diverted for factory use — exemptions for factory smog levels, despite the health risks from increased pollution. And, most recently, our natural protection against flooding. Days after the initial storms, Walker toured flood-damaged areas in southwestern Wisconsin, speaking with constituents. Amidst his promises of financial assistance, Walker acknowledged that funds should go to “mitigation,” noting that some areas he’d toured had never flooded before. Our state’s deference to Foxconn, however harmful, did not flood Madison last weekend. But removing one of the most effective, natural safeguards could change the course of future floods. Filling in wetlands has the potential to exacerbate
something that is already destructive and extremely costly. So what happens when the companies who promised us “new development” renege on their deals? How, exactly, do we unfill thousands of wetlands? Like many things, water flows downstream. Without a significant analysis of the Foxconn site, the environmental risks and the potential flood impact on communities in Wisconsin and Illinois, state Republicans and Walker have no business discussing flood mitigation. Now, more than ever, wetlands are crucial to our state. Historic flooding on the isthmus is a cautionary tale of what can happen if we aren’t careful with our natural resources. Potential job creation, revenue or reelection campaigns aside, Wisconsin desperately needs to reevaluate its environmental policy — before we find ourselves in over our heads. Julia Brunson (julia.r.brunson@gmail. com) is a senior majoring in history.
Banning plastic straws from stores does little for environmental change
Positive environmental policy can only be achieved through structural political changes in America’s economy, democracy by Sam Palmer Columnist
As plastic cutlery has been banned in numerous major cities, very few have stepped forward to eulogize the humble plastic straw. This is a slam dunk for environmentalists: It’s the type of product that, outside of the plastics industry, has few defenders. The West Coast has blazed the way — cities like Madison with progressive reputations are sure to follow. This is the sort of victory that environmentalists are starting to see a lot of: Municipal bans on malignant products that spread like wildfire through every forward-thinking city in America. See styrofoam and plastic bags, among others. Yet, as many have pointed out, plastic utensils account for a minuscule amount of litter, or municipal solid waste, in this country. Not to mention this supposedly progressive policy makes life more difficult for disabled individuals. So let’s be careful when we use the word ‘victory’ in regards to the plastics ban. The enthusiastic liberal attitudes that envelope our campus cause students to rally behind these causes without realizing the full implications, or lack thereof. Banning plastic straws is about as effective as swatting a single mosquito in the forests of northern Wisconsin and calling it a positive step towards eradicating all mosquitoes. It is also a deeply cynical propaganda tool by companies like Starbucks, who are all too happy to bolster their eco-friendly, progressive facades while they benefit behind-the-scenes from the same grotesque industrial logistics practices as every other company. These “victories” celebrate the fact that banning plastic cutlery bans have utterly and completely failed to put a dent in the actual causes of ecological devastation and ignore the real problem. It’s not styrofoam and it’s not plastic straws, either. It’s industrial and agricultural waste. There are many reasons for this, but a huge part of the problem is the tendency of the mainstream environmental movement not to challenge existing power structures. Take the Madison People’s Climate March, an event that actually purports to be fairly radical. Their promotional material explicitly says “we can’t depend on our state or federal government to [confront climate change].” Scratch the surface, however, and it becomes obvious that this essentially means “please elect more Democrats.” Promoting a party that just tried and failed
Photo · Not only does banning plastic straws harm people with disabilities, but it also does not make a large impact on the reduction of America’s municipal waste. Toby Melville Reuters for two months not to accept fossil fuel money is what passes for a plan of action these days. Similarly, groups like the Sierra Club fight for ecological change through legal and legislative institutions when it is bitterly obvious that the corporations, the enemies of the environmental movement, have a monopoly on those very institutions. Measures like the straw ban don’t challenge that power in a meaningful way: It is all too obvious that they suit the corporations just fine. They make for good PR, after all. If the straw ban was a band-aid, the actual measures necessary to prevent climate catastrophe would be nothing short of open-heart surgery, or a Frankensteinstyle resurrection. These are not the sort of measures that are going to be achieved by municipal ordinances. Moving the world to entirely renewable energy in the next few decades will not happen because of
a few hippie cities. Steps like that would, by necessity, involve a fundamental restructuring of the global economy on a scale that would be unprecedented in human history. Even if corporations wanted to go along with that program, they would not be able to. The imperatives of the capitalist system make it impossible. Imagine that tomorrow a major logistics company announced a plan to switch entirely to renewable energy within the next five years. They’d be bankrupt by the time the markets closed. No investor would go along with that. Radical democratization of our economy and our society is necessary both to make the changes and to make them with respect to human dignity and well-being. Even in our ivory tower at the center of the American empire, people are starting to see the concrete effects of climate change
— be it in the skies choked with wildfire smoke or the streets flooded by what used to be once-in-a-lifetime storms. We know climate change is a problem. We know something must be done. According to a recent Gallup poll, concern about climate change is steadily increasing despite political polarization. There is an appetite for political action. This fact, combined with the obvious lack of actual action by our current political ruling class, should be proof positive that our system is controlled by the public in-name-only. It is time for the environmental movement to recognize that its goals can only be achieved through structural political change. It’s time to get serious. Sam Palmer (email@example.com) is a senior majoring in biology. badgerherald.com • September 11, 2018 • 15
Refocusing sexual assault prevention is the first step to end violence
While in ‘Red Zone,’ UW needs to reexamine their approach, focus surrounding sexual assault prevention education by Cait Gibbons Columnist
The beginning of a new semester marks the commencement of another “Red Zone”: The term some people use to refer to the first few weeks of school each year during which more cases of sexual assault are reported than any other period of the year. And this phenomenon makes sense. During those few days before school starts, there is more partying, more drinking and thousands of students unfamiliar with campus and no real support network of friends looking out for them. How would anyone stay safe in those circumstances? Because of this reality, colleges make sure to drill information into incoming students’ heads on their first few days on campus, or even weeks before they arrive. Many universities, the University of Wisconsin included, facilitate some sort of violence and sexual assault prevention course as part of freshman orientation. Such courses often discuss topics like consent, dangers of overdrinking and how best to keep yourself safe on campus. But experts attribute the spike in assaults during this time, not to partying and getting lost on campus, but to the inefficacy of the very programs created to prevent these types of events. “For so, so long we have tried to cram every little piece of violence prevention in a 45-minute-or-less presentation to incoming freshmen,” said Darcie Folsom, director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy.
... ‘not me’ could be “‘instead of me, someone else.
But these efforts, Folsom said, have “not been the most successful.” A major issue with these programs, according to Lea Hegge, a trainer for the Green Dot program is that “it’s putting the onus on the victim for preventing their own assault.” All too often, we tend to focus on “how do we protect people from being victimized?” as opposed to “how do we stop people from committing acts of violence in the first place?” In other words, we need to stop focusing on teaching people how to not get raped, and instead teach people to not rape. This is not a novel, highly nuanced opinion at all, important as it may be. But 16 • badgerherald.com • September 11, 2018
Photo · Shifting the culture of sexual assault prevention education towards accountability, rather than victim blaming and self defense, may be more effective in preventing violence on campus. Cait Gibbons The Badger Herald despite its validity and frequent repetition, something clearly isn’t working. The issue with just focusing on teaching people how to protect themselves is that it doesn’t reduce any sort of violence at all. A few years ago, I took a self-defense class called “Not Me!” The aim of the class was to empower participants to take charge of their own safety, learn skills to deter potential attackers and effectively fight back against an attacker. The class was certainly helpful and empowering, but just the name of the class alone highlights a major issue with the way in which we approach sexual assault prevention. We tend to think of this in a vacuum: “I can reduce violence by doing what I can to keep myself safe.” But that’s not actually true because “not me” could be read as “instead of me, someone else.” Let’s paint a scenario. Person A goes to a bar with a date rape drug, with the intention of putting it in someone’s drink. Person A identifies Person B as a potential target, but
Person B keeps a close watch on their drink the entire night. Person A wouldn’t just go home — they would just move onto Person C. This culture of limiting your own personal targetability does nothing to increase public safety, and instead just shifts the danger off to someone else while perpetuating the myth that victims are at fault for their own circumstances. Violence and sexual assault prevention mean absolutely nothing if it doesn’t start at the root of the problem, which is the perpetrators of violence. Prevention efforts need to focus on how to eliminate the violence in the first place by changing the way that people think and effecting change in the culture surrounding intrarelationship violence. As an example, Penn State is focused on changing culture as a responsibility not of the incoming freshmen, but of the older students. Director of Health and Wellness Education
at Middlebury College Barbara McCall supports this method, positing that juniors and seniors are extremely influential on the culture of a school and “are much more likely to influence the values of the campus.” Continuing to push programs which involve students in this culture shift throughout their entire college careers — not just at the beginning of freshman year — is the only way to create lasting, substantial change. At the end of the day, I don’t want it to just not be me — I want it to not be anyone. I want everyone to make it home safe at the end of each night, and that doesn’t start with me knowing how to break the nose of an attacker. That starts with men holding other men and boys accountable for their actions, and cultivating a culture in which violence is not just not tolerated, but completely eliminated. Cait Gibbons (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a junior studying math and Chinese.
State must make it easier for farmers to manufacture CBD products
Increased regulations, restrictions among misinformation diminishes economic success of industrial hemp farmers
by Emiliana Almanza Lopez Columnist
Given the substantial drop in traditional farming industries, like dairy, and increased tariffs, many farmers are facing a financial crisis. The solution may
Photo · The industrial hemp industry deserves oppotunities to take advantage ofthe growing popularity of CBD products. Wikimedia Commons user d-kuru
be found in a controversial green plant. The Agricultural Act of 2014 authorized Wisconsin to grow industrial hemp as part of a pilot program run by the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. This may lead to an increase in revenue for farmers, as the farming of hemp and other members of the cannabis family is increasing across America. While Wisconsin has not yet legalized recreational marijuana, it has legalized cannabidiol, better known as CBD, a chemical derived from the industrial hemp Wisconsin farmers are now allowed to grow. Unlike the Tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD does not have a psychedelic effect, rendering it incapable of producing a high in its users. CBD products are used as alternative medical treatments for issues like chronic pain, inflammation and anxiety. Its growing popularity makes growing industrial hemp and processing it to make CBD products particularly lucrative for Wisconsin farmers. Although growing industrial hemp is legal, the transition into the growing and producing of hemp products is far from smooth sailing. One of the primary issues debated in the process was whether the plants that were part of the pilot program for the industrial hemp farming could be used for the production and sales of their crops for CBD use. In May 2018, the Department of Justice announced
farmers with permits to grow industrial hemp could use the plants to create CBD products The permits available for purchase are part of the Wisconsin Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program and are only viable for one year. Additionally, one must also obtain a lifetime license needed to grow industrial hemp and yet another license to process the grown hemp. If a farmer is unable to get one of the few permits allocated for the program, then he or she is put at a disadvantage from a business and financial standpoint. However, even those lucky enough to join the pilot program must jump over hurdles time and again. Almost every aspect of the pilot program is highly regulated. The farmers who do apply and are accepted represent an especially dedicated, persistent and hardworking group of individuals. To get a pilot program permit one needs to not only pay a fee, but also give the state GPS coordinates and maps of their fields, present a research plan and have a signed research agreement. After the first-year, farmers can re-apply to continue their work annually with a lesser fee, but they must still meet the other requirements. Beyond getting the permit, the farmers must also go through a background check and agree to have routine sampling and testing done at their own cost. There are even cases in Colorado of farmers needing to destroy hemp plants that had 0.47 percent THC —
0.17 percent over the legal limit for industrial hemp — which is a loss of product and a loss of respect for the work these farmers put into their crops. All of the above must also be provided in another application for the processing license and permit if the farmer wishes to process their own crops for sale. All of these costs and fees add up and take away from the profit farmers get from selling their crops. According to the program’s overview, “participating in DATCP’s Industrial Hemp Research and Pilot Program is not without risk.” This statement alone shows the fear unjustly imposed upon farmers who are looking to grow industrial hemp. Furthermore, it represents the presence of stigma and fear surrounding hemp and its products. It is unfair to limit Wisconsin farmers, who are already hurting, based on restrictions and regulations caused by misinformation. Lack of knowledge surrounding cannabis, CBD and the like is not a legitimate basis for pursuing actions against this viable method of increasing local profit and communal health. There must be a change in the way people view this new field as society progresses. Emiliana Almanza Lopez (email@example.com) is a junior majoring in sociology and environmental science.
Influx of Foxconn workers may damage job quality for skilled employees
Foxconn is not interested in improving the quality of life for Wisconsinites, rather they’re more focused on their own profit
by Adam Ramer Columnist
What if you opened a manufacturing plant and nobody came? That might be the question Foxconn will have to grapple with as it opens its nearly 20 million square foot campus in southwestern Wisconsin. Although the plant is said to eventually require at least 13,000 employees, Wisconsin unemployment sits at a near-record low of 2.9 percent, making the job pool smaller. Foxconn is many things, but ill-prepared is probably not one of them. Wisconsin’s relative labor shortage will not be news to them. They will have decided to put their plant here anyway because they know that it actually doesn’t matter that much to them. Foxconn will receive a comically large sack stuffed with Wisconsin public money, but they are no means required to employ Wisconsin workers. Illinois’s unemployment rate is almost a point and a half higher than Wisconsin’s, and with the plant close to the state border it can siphon up as many workers as it wants
from Rockford, Chicago and everywhere in between. Foxconn has made gestures toward hiring from Wisconsin, specifically from its public universities, but it should be obvious that this is a matter of convenience, not sentimentalism. Should that particular pool of potential employees dry up, Foxconn won’t think twice about looking beyond Wisconsin’s borders. This is not a hidden or particularly complex problem. But if the people involved with this project have noticed it or even perceive it as a problem, they sure haven’t let on. Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP, two primary political drivers for the Foxconn project, have long claimed that the new plant will “enter Wisconsin into the world’s high-tech economy” and, “make [Wisconsin] a brain gain state, not a brain drain state.” Implicitly, this is an acknowledgment that although this move will bring jobs of some d quality to Wisconsin, it will also bring hordes of people from outside of Wisconsin seeking work. To Walker and the state GOP, this isn’t
the price Wisconsin pays for Foxconn, it’s actually part of the benefit. So, what does all that mean for Wisconsin workers? For one, it means they don’t hold all the cards. If Foxconn was being forced to exclusively employ Wisconsin labor, or the neighboring states had similar or lower unemployment rates, the Wisconsin worker might see higher wages and less precarity. Labor would be hard to come by and harder still to replace, meaning the new Foxconn employees could feel relatively secure in their jobs and, even without any collective representation, might garner decent pay. Instead, they will have to compete with an influx of labor from out-of-state, which will drive wages down and make it easier for Foxconn to replace “unsatisfactory” workers. The Foxconn project is not about improving the quality of life for Wisconsin workers. No company interested in making a profit can really have that as their goal, but Foxconn certainly doesn’t. The company’s Wisconsin adventure is likely to be a boost
for the economic profile of Wisconsin, but it won’t bring back the glory days for the state’s working class. After all, the issue isn’t really jobs — unemployment is at a record low. The quality of the jobs is what matters. Good pay, benefits and pensions are what working people need and deserve, and every aspect of the Foxconn deal has been designed to preclude them receiving that. From the aforementioned labor influx to the draining of the state’s budget to consistent, state-endorsed union busting, the deck is stacked against workers while every tool that might be used to ensure their wellbeing is mothballed. Even “skilled” workers are likely to not see their promised windfall, as the universities pump out more and more graduates explicitly tailored for Foxconn jobs. They too will see the value of their labor fall as the available labor population increases. The boss is playing with house money. What chance do the rest of us have? Sam Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior majoring in biology.
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Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s victory against New Mexico In his fourth career 200 yard game, Jonathan Taylor notched a personal best 253 yards on the ground last week by Will Stern Sports Editor
Saturday’s slow start and eventual 45–14 Badger victory over New Mexico illuminated many of the pressure points and strengths of this Wisconsin squad. Jonathan Taylor is good at running fast and far with the football (though fumbles still an issue) Full disclosure: That’s a repeat subheading from last week. That’s as much about Taylor’s consistency as it is my laziness. Jonathan Taylor dazzled Camp Randall with the best statistical game of his young career. He rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, setting off Heisman-sirens every which way. The first quarter began slowly for the sophomore, where he ran for 34 yards in the frame. Sure, for a mortal, a 34-yard quarter is nothing to scoff at — but for “JT23,” such a quarter is like Ted Williams batting .280. To make matters appear worse, early on in the second quarter, after a 39-yard run by fullback Alec Ingold, Taylor fumbled in the red zone, costing Wisconsin surefire points. After the game, despite the team’s win and Taylor’s otherwise incredible play, questions of Taylor ’s fumbling problem bombarded Head Coach Paul Chryst, Taylor and many of his teammates. It doesn’t need to be repeated that Taylor ’s
frequent fumbling has besmirched many of his best showings and reared its head in any discussion of his talents. “Any running back when he puts the ball on the ground is gonna come back mad, with fire in his eyes,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. “And JT, he does it every time.” Deiter wasn’t the only one with high praise for Taylor’s ability to respond to miscues. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook also commended Taylor’s resilience. Chryst had Taylor ’s back as well, saying “Not one of these guys is going out there and saying ‘I’m gonna try to fumble right here’... [Taylor] is competitive and he cares about this team.” As for the man himself, Taylor said all the right things as usual. He said Chryst always talks to him about responding to adversity and being there for his teammates. In response to questions regarding his fumbling issue, Taylor echoed the same sentiments he’s been saying for over a year. “Ball security is important,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to a great week of work.” Chryst dispensed some wisdom to close out his brief remarks regarding Taylor’s fumbling. He mentioned how everyone on the team has things they need to work on, tighten up, and will be focused on during the week before their next contest against BYU. “This is what’s neat about football,” Chryst said. “Everyone can do a little bit better.”
Hornibrook to A.J., again Saturday’s game was Taylor-made (That pun has been seen elsewhere, but @BHeraldSports Tweeted it first, thank you very much). Not only did Taylor have a career day, but Hornibrook decided he only really felt like tossing the ball to his receiver A.J. Taylor. Hornibrook only had 11 passing attempts, and of the eight completions, five of them were to A.J. Taylor for a total of 134 yards. Including an unbelievable Odell Beckham Jr.-esque onehanded grab down the sideline that had Camp Randall losing its collective mind. “To be honest with you I really wasn’t thinking. I saw the ball and I thought it was going to be a little further than it was so I was slowing down to jump for it and I guess the guy had my hand ... and I decided to go for it and it worked out,” Taylor said. With regard to comparisons of his catch in the Orange Bowl, which may have been even more impressive, Taylor said “I don’t even know what happened in the Orange bowl, I think that was God.” With sophomore receiver Danny Davis returning next week after suspension, A.J. Taylor should be able to find more space on the field as he won’t be the clear-cut first option for defenses to focus on. Danny Vanden Boom could be the greatest quarterback to put on shoulder pads I’m not ready to say he’s the GOAT yet, but
Photo · Jonathan Taylor and AJ Taylor led the way for the Badgers with a combined 387 all purpose yards along with four total touchdowns. Daniel Yun The Badger Herald
I’m also not aware of any quarterback with a more pristine stat sheet than the Badgers’ backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Danny Vanden Boom. Vanden Boom was 28-0 as a starter in high school, leading his Kimberly High School team to back-to-back Wisconsin state championships. Now, his college career begins with one pass and one touchdown as he came in to relieve Hornibrook in garbage time, late in the game Saturday. “It’s all downhill from here,” noted comedian Paul Chryst. DISCLAIMER: As far as I am aware Vanden Boom is also undefeated in the NFL. Scott Nelson continues to be a favorite Watching redshirt freshman safety Scott Nelson play is a wonderful thing. Early on it seemed like the young fella was everywhere on the field, making one tackle after another. Later, in a play Chryst credited as the turning point of the game, Nelson used a heavy pass rush to his advantage and picked off a pass for the first interception of his career. It’s exciting to see a young member of the secondary already having such a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball. Considering Nelson will only get better, and increase his football IQ, it’s hard to think the Badgers won’t have a truly elite safety in their secondary for a few years to come.
Men’s basketball: An inside look at Badger’s recruiting process
Badger’s decades of success can be attributed to UW’s unique combination of academics, athletics, social life, culture by Danny Farber Sports Editor
Over the past two decades Wisconsin men’s basketball has been exceptional to say the least, making 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances prior to missing the event last year. While one can credit these accolades on the game plans of Coach Bo Ryan and now Coach Greg Gard, none of the program’s success would be possible without the ability to recruit elite level talent from across the country. Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft, who played under Ryan before joining Gard’s staff, explained the importance of the Wisconsin brand in recruiting players. “I think that we offer enough academically, athletically, socially, culturally to the point where if you’re good enough there’s no reason you shouldn’t want to be a Badger” said Krabbenhoft. Despite the nationwide appeal of Wisconsin, the team’s primary pool of talent is still local in the Midwest. When asked, Krabbenhoft acknowledged the need to search beyond Wisconsin’s borders for prospects while still recognizing the talent within the state.
“ When Wisconsin’s in the gym kids eyes light up. And that’s a good thing, that means people here have done a great job. ”
Joe Krabbenhoft Assistant Coach
“Recruiting’s gone nationwide. But at the same time when I talk about priorities or regions it obviously starts here at home.” Most of the team’s roster, like starters Ethan Happ, Brad Davison, Brevin Pritzl and Nate Reuvers, remain within the geographic range of Minnesota to Ohio. But that doesn’t mean that Badgers have not come from further both now and in the past. In recent years Aleem Ford decided to leave the southern heat of Lawrenceville, Georgia for a chance to be part of Wisconsin basketball. Present in the gym when the Badgers were scouting Ohio native D’Mitrik Trice at IMG Academy in Florida, Ford immediately caught the eyes of Badger coaches and vice versa. “You go down to see [Trice] and boom 20 • badgerherald.com • September 11 2018
a guy catches your eye and when Wisconsin’s in the gym kids eyes light up. And that’s a good thing that means people here have done a great job. Players here have represented our university here and our program very well.” Said Krabbenhoft. At the same time Wisconsin’s focus on basketball fundamentals and merit based playing time can make the team appear less appealing than schools that will typically make up their starting lineups from a revolving door of one and done prospects. When asked Krabbenhoft dismissed the notion that any incoming players should be guaranteed game action while still affirming that younger players can earn just as much floor time just as the upperclassmen on the team. “You can’t predict the future,” said Krabbenhoft, “there are certainly opportunities to be had for all incoming players and all returning players.” Krabbenhoft used last year as evidence that younger players can have a large role with the team citing that there were as many as four freshmen on the floor at times. Davison, Reuvers, Ford and Kobe King were all freshmen that received significant playing time last year. Despite last year being somewhat of an oddity in young players getting significant playing time, Wisconsin has been known for developing their players. In this way Wisconsin looks more for players with the potential to grow their game in different areas rather than be pure specialists. “I think we were ahead of the time here at Wisconsin in that the game has gone a little bit positionless,” said Krabbenhoft, “You might say we need a bigger wing. Well that bigger wing could really handle the ball and turn into a point guard. Or that bigger wing could become big and strong enough to play the four and the five.” Though getting these types of versatile athletes is important in continuing the program’s success Wisconsin. Krabbenhoft stressed that before anything coaches will look at how serious athletes are about education and being part of a tea rather than solely focusing on individual goals. In the past Wisconsin’s commitment toward academic and personal standards may have cost them talent but it also why they’ve had so much consistency in what has been a very inconsistent era for other top programs. Wisconsin basketball will put their full roster on display for the first time next month. The team will play in a red/white scrimmage game from the Kohl Center on Oct. 21.
Photo · Joe Krabbenhoft has been with the Badgers as an assistant coach since 2016. Courtesy of UW Athletics
Women’s soccer: Lauren Rice continues to make strides for Badgers
Rice leads team in goals, points, shots on goal this season as the forward takes on greater leadership role in lineup by Matt Ernst Associate Sports Editor
In a follow up to what could only be considered a successful freshman season, Lauren Rice is off to a scalding start for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Last year, Rice put up five goals and three assists and became a significant piece of the offense. Her contributions were part of the reason for Wisconsin’s turnaround season. Now a sophomore, Rice has significantly stepped up her game and has already managed to score four goals and record two assists in Wisconsin’s first seven games. She leads the team in goals, points and shots on goal, replacing Dani Rhodes as the team’s biggest scoring threat. If Rice continues this level of offensive brilliance for the remainder of the season and into Big Ten play, she has a chance to make an All-Big Ten team. She has been a big part, if not the biggest part, of why Wisconsin has started 6-1 — winning their past five games. The Wisconsin offense has produced multiple goals in five of their first seven games and has shown no signs of plateauing. The real test will come when Wisconsin’s Big Ten schedule begins Sept. 14 against Northwestern. Rice’s offensive production is similar to what Rhodes accomplished in her sophomore
season when she scored 11 goals and recorded five assists, contributing on 16 total goals. Rice is on pace to finish the season with more points (goals are worth two, assists one) than Rhodes did last year, an impressive feat considering Rhodes season earned her AllBig Ten honors. The season has just begun, and the competitiveness of Big Ten play could slow down Rice’s production, but so far, Rice has been thriving. Thus far, Rice has generated a sizable chunk of her offensive production has resulted from free kicks and corners. After Wisconsin’s most recent game against the University of LoyolaChicago, head coach Paula Wilkins spoke with UW Athletics and praised the striker for her ability to create energy after these stoppages. “I liked the set piece from Lauren. We’ve been working on that since preseason so I’m happy they organized that quite well,” Wilkins said. The forward trio of Rice, Rhodes and Cameron Murtha make up a formidable force Big Ten teams must deal with for the next two season. If Wisconsin can maintain its pace through conference play, the 2018 Badger women’s soccer team has a chance to be one of the most high-powered offenses in recent Wisconsin soccer history. Any soccer fan should feel lucky to have such a high level of talent available in Madison.
Photo · Lauren Rice’s four goals puts her fifth among Big Ten scorers approaching conference play. Quinn Beaupre The Badger Herald
Quintez Cephus case shows importance of sexual assault awareness Though Cephus is still away from team indefinitely , Danny Davis will return next week despite involvement in incident by Dani Mohr Sports Writer
Despite increased awareness, college campuses nationwide are plagued with incidents of sexual assaults. Both college students and student-athletes alike are impacted. The University of Wisconsin is no exception, and neither is their athletes. Soon after the athletes returned to school, wide receiver Quintez Cephus was charged with the third-degree sexual assault against two women and second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated woman. His roommate and fellow wide receiver Danny Davis allegedly took photos of the women during the assault. Soon after these incidents became public, Coach Paul Chryst subsequently suspended Cephus from the team and suspended Davis from the first two games, however, Davis will still be permitted to attend practices pending further information being released. While speaking with Bucky’s 5th Quarter about Davis’ suspension, Chryst addressed why he felt Davis’ punishment was adequate. “I think there’s certainly a standard of conduct that we want to shoot for and want
to hold that at a high level,” Chryst said, “Anything that doesn’t, it’s appropriate.” This raises the question, if Chryst said himself that he has such high standards for this program then why isn’t Davis receiving as harsh a punishment as Cephus? Both players appear to have violated UW policy, so both players should receive an equal punishment, despite their commitment and record with the team. Chryst’s decision to only suspend Davis for the first two games may be perceived as him focusing on the team’s record and need for two top receivers rather than on the heinous incident. Though Davis has not yet been charged with his alleged involvement, legal action could still come later. In a criminal complaint, Davis is said to have both laughed at and took pictures of the assault with Cephus. But Cephus said only one photo was taken that night and it was “quickly deleted.” Athletes should be no exception to the consequences following a sexual assault crime in any case. If the allegations against Davis hold true, Chryst’s actions show that despite taking nonconsensual nude photos
of women, they can still have a place in the UW football program. Sexual assault issues anywhere on campus are intolerable by university policy and will result in a criminal record with UWPD. Hopefully, if more information is released from this case, the university, along with the athletics program, will take necessary action for these students and either clear their names or further punish them. If students are seeking help for themselves or a friend following a sexual assault, they can contact University Health Services for (608) 2655600 for more resources.
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Verdi opera, children’s rhymes fills need for new ‘Fifth Quarter’ With these catchy new songs, students and alumni alike will sure to be jumping around all the way into the Fifth Quarter by Angela Peterson Banter Editor
At the beginning of his 50th season, Mike Leckrone announced this year would be his last as the head of the Badger Band. During his tenure, Leckrone established the Fifth Quarter, a time-honored tradition wherein the same respected tunes arise from the horns and winds throughout Camp Randall. These include such esteemed masterpieces as “Tequila,” “Hey Baby” and “The Chicken Dance.” With the changing times comes new speculation from the corps of what the core of the post-game celebratory setlist will be. While unconfirmed by any reputable source, these hits are my guesses as to what we make hear during the “Fifth Quarter” soon. “In My Feelings” By Drake I just heard this song for the first time yesterday and I thought it was a quality bop. This song will help assure the student section “the new me is the real me,” eschewing years of tradition for the number one song on the
Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks straight! Just imagine the strains of clarinets bleating out for KeKe while the crowd engages in interpretive dance to beg KeKe to love them. While slightly more specific than “Hey Hey Baby,” I feel as though the pointed tone of the piece better suits the collective consciousness of University of Wisconsin students. “It’s A Small World” By The Sherman Brothers Speaking of collective consciousness, “It’s a Small World” will bring fans together into a “world of laughter, a world of tears.” As students live their own unique version of the “Wisconsin Idea,” the tune is important to connect all Badger fans together into one mindset. I, for one, believe that a piccolo playing the familiar refrain will boost school spirit to the point where each student believes in every other student’s #strugglez and will cause all students to dance together like robots that badly need a refurbishment. “Va Pensiero” from Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
Who needs a standard refrain of “Varsity” when you could have a full-on opera chorus in the stands of Camp Randall. You guessed right, no one! “Varsity” is too simple of a song for such a grand institution, being sung in English, the most boring language of all time, and only containing a mere 15 words. “Va Pensiero” solves those problems with ease, using 89 words and teaching students a valuable lesson in Italian along the way. The operatic chorus is already valued as a unifying crowd piece, so it is only fitting it should be bleated by the line of Wisconsin tubas while fifteen freshmen who just tried Soju for the first time try really hard to figure out how to say “olezzano.” “Friday” by Rebecca Black Two years ago, the Big Ten decided they needed more money and started to schedule football games on Friday nights. Because of this, the Badgers have played their last two home openers on Friday nights without the strains of Rebecca Black’s immortal classic. This is borderline blasphemy. The people of
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Madison deserve to hear the sweet melody streaming forth from the ranks of the band while miming pouring cereal and kicking in the front seat. “Johny, Johny, Yes Papa” by LooLoo Kids Bucky is Papa and we are merely Johny’s, waiting to be told if we are doing the right thing. While Bucky can tell us not to lie on his own, it is far more powerful when accompanied by trumpets. This song would be the highlight of the new and improved fifth quarter, eventually morphing into a sort of Simon Says game. Disobedient Badgers be warned: Papa Bucky will catch sugar (or potentially Fireball) in one’s mouth if you don’t obey his commands. By listening to the words of the (silent) Papa Bucky, students will learn what they really have to do if they want to be a Badger. Speculation or not, I am ready to hear these tunes coming from the 50-yard line next year. Although tradition may be lost to the sands of time, these modern classics will quickly earn regard in all students’ eyes.