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After MPD removes Langdon St position, UWPD to place officer near Langdon and surrounding areas.


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Gap in UW in-state vs. out-of-state student funding becomes apparent While Bucky’s Tuition Promise offers aid to Wisconsin residents, out-of-state, international students have to seek different options by Nicole Herzog Reporter

Bucky’s Tuition Promise offers financial aid to incoming in-state University of Wisconsin freshman, but non-residents of Wisconsin and international students face different hurdles to make college affordable. 2019 marks the second year of the implementation of Bucky’s Tuition Promise, a program which offers scholarships and grants to UW incoming freshmen and transfer students to compensate for tuition and segregated fees. Freshmen can receive four years of free tuition, while transfer students can receive two years of free tuition, according to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Karla Weber, the communications manager for the Office of Student Financial Aid, said the program is designed to help simplify how

financial aid eligibility is understood. “The eligibility criteria is intended to be straightforward and simple,” Weber said, “Students only need to submit the [Free Application for Financial Aid] to be automatically considered for this tuition promise and no separate application is needed.” When UW freshman Hope Offerdahl discovered she would receive four years of free tuition with the reward of Bucky’s Tuition Promise, she said she felt relieved from the stress of her concerns about earning enough money to pay for the overall cost of her college education. Bucky’s Tuition Promise comes with two additional conditions for eligibility: students must be a resident of Wisconsin and have a household adjusted gross income (as listed on a federal tax return) of $60,000 or less in order to be considered, Weber said.  While the tuition promise alleviates the

burden of tuition costs for Wisconsinites, nonresident students must look to other outlets for financial aid assistance, such as Badger Aid for Non-Residents, an alternate financial aid program. “[Badger Aid for Non-Residents] is designed to help our lowest-income, non-resident undergraduates pay for college through grants, scholarships, work-study and a relatively small amount of low-interest [loans],” Weber said. Scholarships can be used as a financial aid opportunity for all students, including nonresidents and international students. But, the amount of aid administered can vary depending on a student’s major and other criteria set by the donors. Students are automatically matched for eligibility when they use the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub website, Weber said. For some, the cost of tuition is the determining factor in choosing to attend a

Photo ·Scholarships can be used as a financial aid opportunity for all students, including non-residents and international students. Marissa Haegele The Badger Herald 4 • • November 19, 2019

certain school. Katherine Volovodovskaya, a high school senior from Illinois applying to UW, said she hopes to see Bucky’s Tuition Promise extended to non-residents as financial aid assistance is paramount to her decision to attend UW. “It’s unfair if you don’t happen to live in Wisconsin but Madison is your dream school,” Volovodovskaya said, “It’s a horrible situation when you’ve worked hard to get in to the school but can’t afford to go because of your financial status.” In the United States, students from families earning $105,405 (within the range deemed middle class by the Pew Research Center) are unable to afford 36% of schools, even with loans. Without loans, families are unable to afford 59% of schools, according to EAB, an organization that partners with educational leaders, staff and practitioners. UW freshman Simran Gandhi also said the program should be altered. Though she is a resident of Wisconsin, Gandhi said she believes the median income should be raised for scholarship eligibility. “It should be available to more middle class people because the middle class can sometimes have just enough to get by, and that’s not always fair,” Gandhi said.  Though students may not be deemed eligible for scholarships or financial aid programs administered by the university, they can still apply for federal aid each year of college. The FAFSA is the online form which one can complete in order to be considered for federal student aid separate from programs granted by the school.  “Although a student may not qualify for a specific financial aid program, that does not mean a student would not qualify for any financial aid,” Weber said.  All students should submit the FAFSA annually because the student doesn’t know their financial aid eligibility until the application process has been completed at least once, Weber said. According to the UW Parent and Family Program, the Office of Student Financial Aid hosts a “FAFSA Frenzy” workshop almost every Friday throughout the fall semester in order to assist students in completing the application. In the future, UW will consistently work on providing financial aid assistance to the student body, Weber said. “The university is in a continuous process of identifying opportunities to increase funding for all students, particularly those who without it, would not be able to attend,” Weber said.


UWPD to add position to Langdon Street, raising concerns

Students state concerns as UWPD lacked jurisdiction in the past, relationship with Greek life reported ‘poor, almost non-existent’ by Erin Gretzinger Reporter

The University of Wisconsin Police Department will add a position to Langdon Street and the surrounding student housing area after the Madison Police Department eliminated their position, raising concerns from the Greek community. MPD’s Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain said the neighborhood officer position on Langdon had been around for more than 20 years. DeSpain said the removal of the position was one of many eliminated due to a lack of funding for patrol officers, and specialty officer positions cut will be shifted to patrol. DeSpain said a lot of factors went into the decision to cut the Langdon officer, including an in depth look at crime data and the number of calls for services. He said the cuts across the community have been “painful,” and that the Langdon Street position was difficult to eliminate.  “Certainly [the cuts] were not an easy decision for our chiefs to make. Obviously, there are a lot of people in the Langdon Street area who are not happy about it and also I know the officer assigned there,” DeSpain said. “[Officer Damien Figueroa] likes where he’s been and he’d like to stay there.” The current Langdon Street officer, Officer Figueroa, 27, was praised by DeSpain for having a great connection with the fraternities and sororities on Langdon. DeSpain said Figueroa built trust with Greek life, helping him to facilitate open dialogue beneficial to keeping Langdon street safe and the students in Greek life informed. DeSpain said Figueroa’s grassroots “one on one relationship” has been key to the success of his work on Langdon.  After MPD removed the Langdon Street officer position, UWPD Chief of Police Kristen Roman released a statement about the department’s addition of a downtown liaison officer to provide support to the highly populated student areas on Langdon and the surrounding neighborhood. Roman said UWPD planned to expand its reach in response to students’ and parents’ concerns, accelerating its timeline in light of MPD’s elimination of the Langdon Street position.  “We have been exploring for many months now the feasibility of creating a dedicated officer position to liaise with our students,” Roman said. “With MPD’s recent announcement of the intended removal of their Langdon St. Neighborhood Officer, our efforts have now taken on the potential for even greater impact than we’d initially envisioned.” The new liaison officer will cover territory in

the Langdon Street, lower State Street, and 600 University Ave. corridor. While MPD will still have primary jurisdiction and call-and-service response to the off campus territory, the UWPD officer will be focused in the area to make relationships with students and serve as an additional access point for the off-campus community. With UWPD’s announcement of a new officer, concerns have been raised by members of Greek life on Langdon, according to sophomore JH Verhoff, the current chair of philanthropy for the UW chapter of Psi Upsilon. Verhoff said in his experience, Greek life’s relationship with Figueroa has been “incredibly positive” through his work with the fraternities to register parties and monitor safety regulations.     Verhoff said he is concerned about how the dynamic will shift with the UWPD involved. Within Psi Upsilon, Verhoff said many members mirror his concerns of the uncertainty with the change to UWPD patrolling the area, given the nature of UW’s attitude toward Greek life.  “It’s definitely not going to be the same relationship we’ve had and it’s going to be a lot more precarious,” Verhoff explained. “The

University of Wisconsin already doesn’t like Greek life … I have a lot of worries with the UWPD because I don’t know how it’s going to be.” The concerns today about UW intervention are reflected in the external review report on UW’s Fraternity and Sorority Life conducted in the spring semester of 2019. Similar sentiments about UW’s lack of connection to the Greek community were prominent themes throughout the report.  The report said that specifically, UWPD had a “poor, almost non-existent relationship” with Greek life since they were off-campus and outside jurisdiction. The report also stated students and alumni continually cited Figueroa and MPD as being a more positive relationship that made students feel safer. Verhoff said he is worried about the impact on safety if UWPD takes over Langdon, given that perceived animosity. “I think it will definitely have an implication on the atmosphere because it will dissuade people from staying within the inner fraternity council,” Verhoff said. “The people with these concerns in the Greek community is that we want to keep everybody safe.”

DeSpain said that while the UWPD liaison officer will not have the same care and attention as the neighborhood officer position, the UWPD supplement will help greatly to make up the loss. DeSpain said that UWPD and MPD have a strong relationship and will continue to work together so students on Langdon will not be left “uncovered.” Additionally, Roman said UWPD is dedicated to “breaking down barriers” and “creating and strengthening relationships” with all students regardless of where they live. The statement also said that UWPD will be holding multiple meetings and forums in the upcoming months to get input from student organizations and the campus community on the expectations and implementation of the position.  Marc Lovicott, UWPD Director of Communications, said these forums are designed for students and the Greek community to talk about the addition of the officer position and the changes. Lovicott said UWPD will address any concerns brought up at the events, and that more details and dates about the forums will be available in the upcoming weeks.

Photo Students stated concerns about relationship with UWPD, given antagonistic perceptions. Elliot Moormann The Badger Herald

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Wisconsin DOJ partners with local agencies to dispose of pharmaceuticals More than 70% of people who abuse prescription medications obtain them from friends or relatives, according to Wisconsin DHS by Courtney Erdman City News Editor

Wisconsin institutions and community organizations encouraged people to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications responsibly to avoid both contaminating water supply and someone else taking the medication. Danielle Long, criminal justice program and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, said the Drug Enforcement Administration has guidelines for how medications should be collected and disposed. The Wisconsin DOJ partners with local local law enforcement agencies to collect medications in lock boxes and Covanta, a waste management company in Indiana, Long said. The medications are collected from the collection sites, packaged and shipped to Covanta to be incinerated. The burning waste is turned into energy, Long added. The medications must be removed from their original containers to protect patient identity, and the plastic containers should be recycled, Long said. The Wisconsin DOJ coordinates two events a year, called Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, during the spring and fall to collect medications and spread awareness of the issue, Long said. The most recent Prescription Drug Take-Back Day occurred Oct. 26. Long said there were 160 events and 280 law enforcement agencies registered to participate. There are more than 475 permanent drop boxes, including locations at pharmacies, hospitals and clinics, Long said. Safe Communities is a non-profit that seeks to “bring together public and private sector partners to save lives, prevent injuries and make our community a safer place,” according to its website. It receives funds from various city and village boards, the Dane County government, University of Wisconsin Health and other hospitals and health services.  Safe Communities offers MedDrop, a service that allows community members to dispose of medications in a safe way. There are 17 MedDrop locations in Dane County. MedDrop partners with local pharmacies and local law enforcement to collect unused or expired medication, according to the program’s website. Cheryl Wittke, the executive director of Safe Communities, said MedDrop participates in the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events, including the Oct. 26 event. Candace Peterson, the grant coordinator for Partnership for Success, wrote in an email the total collected weight of prescription drugs across Dane County was 1153.5 pounds during the Oct. 26 event. Safe Communities is a grant recipient of PfS. “I think it’s crucial for us to get unwanted and unused medications out of homes,” Long said. “We’re really trying to get the word out.” People tend to keep medications even if they no 6 • • November 19, 2019

longer use it or need it, Long said. She brought up potential consequences, such as children finding medication and consuming them. She added that people may sometimes also give their medications, like pain reliever, to someone else without thinking of the consequences. More than 70% of people who abuse prescription medications obtain them from friends or relatives, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Medications can be deactivated by crushing them and mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter, Long said. Another option is putting medications in deactivating solutions.  Medications that are disposed of improperly can lead to water contamination, Long said. Medications should not be flushed down the toilet because they can negatively affect aquatic life, although there is little research on how this could affect humans, according to the Madison

Metropolitan Sewerage District website. Emily Jones, pollution prevention specialist at MMSD, said pharmaceuticals should not be thrown in the trash because they can seep into the water supply while in the landfill.  Jones said the waste water department does not have the technology to remove pharmaceuticals from water. This means pharmaceuticals can make it into treated water and be released into the environment.  “Pharmaceuticals are present, but in the parts per trillion level,” Jones said. “So it’s really really low.” But this shouldn’t minimize concern, Jones said. Upgrades are expensive and relatively inefficient and reducing pollution overall, according to the MMSD website. The upgrades would increase the price of sewer rates.  The goal is to prevent pollution in the first place. This includes educating the community of the

consequences, Jones said. Amanda Wegner, communications and public affairs manager at MMSD, said this issue is not unique to the Madison area and it is a universal concern. “We’re very lucky here in the Madison area to have so many pharmacies, community centers and law enforcement agencies that always have MedDrops available,” Wegner said. Wittke said collecting the medication is an expensive operation. Before funding, Safe Communities had to raise $40,000 a year to dispose of pharmaceuticals, Wittke said. Safe Communities doesn’t have as big of a budget, but the money is now used for educational purposes and purchasing ads to promote the takeback events, Wittke said. “We have more money to spend on public education and expanding the locations,” Wittke said.

Photo · The Wisconsin DOJ coordinates two events a year, called Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, during the spring and fall to collect medications. Courtesy of Flickr user Pavement Pieces


Memory loss diagnoses come early with Down syndrome, study shows

Research study shows that by age 55, three out of five patients with Down syndrome diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative disease by Lena Simon Reporter

A research study has found that three out of five people with Down syndrome will be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease by the age of 55. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it has been determined that one out of the hundreds of genes found in chromosome 21 produces amyloid precursor proteins, which are associated with producing amyloid beta proteins. The chromosome, 21, contains the amyloid precursor protein gene. Amyloid proteins are often cited as being partly responsible for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to National Institute on Aging. Virtually everyone has a copy of this gene, but how it might affect those who have an extra copy of this chromosome had yet to really be considered. Down syndrome, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, is also called trisomy 21. It is a condition where patients have an extra copy of the chromosome 21. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin

who conducted the study looked at 3,000 individuals ages 21 and older with Down syndrome. The research showed that by age 55, three in five people with Down syndrome will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar neurodegenerative condition. This is in line with information from the Alzheimer’s Association, which claims that evidence from autopsies showed that the brains of nearly all adults with Down syndrome revealed signs of dementia by age 40. According to UW News, the researchers were able to look at data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The DHS had access to those registered for Medicaid and this allowed researchers to evaluate claims of Alzheimer’s diagnoses in registered Down syndrome patients in Wisconsin. Eric Rubenstein, lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, described his work as a Special Olympics coach and how it helped him conduct his research. “I was able to see first-hand the lack of knowledge on the topic,” Rubenstein said. “Being in the research world, it’s [kind of]

assumed that people know that dementia and Down syndrome are really linked but in talking to athletes and parents and going to [Special Olympics] events, it seems to be overlooked.” A common goal among all of the researchers was to raise awareness within the Down syndrome and developmental disability community. The researchers hoped that this research study will get people to start thinking more about the issue, especially families of people with Down syndrome when they are younger, so preventative actions can be taken, Rubenstein said. Lauren Bishop, another Waisman Center researcher and professor in the School of Social Work, said the aim of the body of work is “always to help people with disabilities including Down syndrome to live their longest, healthiest, most self-determined lives possible.” “A big part of that is knowing the health risks and health problems they may encounter as they get older so we can do things to create environments that support their selfdetermination and independence,” Bishop said. Rubenstein and Bishop became interested in the topic of Down syndrome linked with

dementia when both attended weekly seminars during their fellowships led by leaders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities research, they said. These seminars directed a number of their talks on the link between Down syndrome and dementia but a lot of the studies were based on imaging and small sample sizes. Both researchers, Rubenstein being in the public health field and Bishop being in social work, saw an opportunity for population-level research to “really understand what is going on at a higher level and not necessarily just small studies,” Rubenstein said. Sigan Hartley, University of Wisconsin researcher and paper co-author, said this research will ultimately lead them to develop interventions and care for people with Down syndrome that can better provide and service the highly deserving population. Hartley said she is “excited to get to bring more attention to [the correlation between Down syndrome and increased risk of dementia] because we can secure more funds and some more resources to devote even more attention to [the Down syndrome] population.”



New drug-testing requirement may be added to FoodShare program Drug screen requirements for ‘childless adult FoodShare recipients’ scheduled to be implemented starting Oct. 1., but did not begin by Arushi Gupta Reporter

Similar to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, FoodShare Wisconsin aims at improving the health of individuals belonging to low-income families and is considering implementing drug testing. According to its official website, FoodShare Wisconsin is for “people of all ages who have a job but have low incomes, are living on small or fixed income, have lost their job, retired or are disabled and not able to work.” Division Administrator at Dane County Department of Human Services Nikia Morton elaborated on the definition in an email. “FoodShare helps people with limited income purchase the food they need for good health and can be very helpful for eligible students at [the University of Wisconsin] campus who are trying to manage tight budgets,” Morton said. According to the official DHS website, FoodShare payment benefits reached over $800 million and impacted over 800,000 “unduplicated individuals” in 2018. It also stated that in Dane County, the current monthly average until Sept. 2019 was $4,114,324, and a total of over $37 million has been spent on FoodShare benefits coverage. Morton added that the drug screen requirements for “childless adult FoodShare recipients” were scheduled to be implemented starting Oct. 1. But DHS has not done this yet. “Dane County is still awaiting formal direction from the State DHS at this time, but our preliminary understanding is that those who refuse to answer the drug use questions will be denied eligibility,” Morton added. “Using drugs doesn’t appear to affect eligibility as long as someone agrees to and complies with any treatment that might be appropriate, but people do need to answer the drug use screening question that will be asked in order to stay on FoodShare.” An article from The Cap Times said Dane County Department of Human Services had neither listed drugs that individuals would be tested for nor specified any “appropriate” treatment policies with which individuals using drugs would have to comply. According to a Forbes article, cannabidiol users can test positive in urine drug tests. With the recent rise in CBD products, the consequences of the new DHS policy on CBD users is unclear. “We are working closely with the State’s Department of Health Services (DHS) on implementation of drug screening,” Morton wrote in the email. “Preliminary information suggests that implementation of the new rules will start on February 1st. At that time, people will start to be asked about a range of health 8 • • November 19, 2019

behaviors including drug use. The information provided in response to those questions can be used to lower monthly premiums or to refer people to treatment if necessary. Anyone being asked to comply with the new policies will be sent letters with more specific information and instruction and should follow those directions carefully, or call the call center and ask for help.” According to The Cap Times, Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the two-year budget plan to reduce funding for implementing the drug-testing policies in Wisconsin. The drug policies had been

introduced during the Republican former Gov. Scott Walker’s tenure and were initially meant for participants of Wisconsin’s Employment and Training Program. In 2018, The Associated Press had emails between the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that implied both were considering implementing drug-testing policies. UW junior Holly Dooge said that, while she understands the interest in drug-testing, the assumption that those receiving benefits are also

Photo ·FoodShare payment benefits reached over $800 million in 2018. Marissa Haegele The Badger Herald

drug users can be harmful. “I can see why people are interested in implementing the drug testing,” Dooge said. “But at the same time, I think it’s kind of a prejudice against the people who are applying just because they’re assuming that all of them are doing drugs.” Dooge said there needs to be a way to check that individuals using FoodShare benefits are not siphoning off the money for other purposes, drugs included, but blanket drug testing might not be the right answer.


UW Hospital’s OB-GYN program becomes first with separate rural track OB-GYN residency program director Dr. Ryan Spencer says 40% of Wisconsin counties do not have OB-GYN doctor by Janani Sundar Reporter

The University of Wisconsin Hospital has been home to many firsts throughout its history, and its OB-GYN residency program has recently become the first to have a separate rural track.  OB-GYN residency program director Dr. Ryan Spencer said that in Wisconsin, 40% of the counties do not have an OB-GYN doctor, and 40% of the counties do not provide obstetric services. He added that around 50% of hospitals in the U.S. are unable to provide obstetric services. UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vice Chair Dr. Ellen Hartenbach is the original visionary of the rural track program. Spencer said Hartenbach applied the model of rural training that had been established for other

medical subspecialties. “We, as an education and training program, are best equipped to look at how we might help the problem from the standpoint of improving the pipeline of physicians who want to practice in rural settings, and that’s how we ended up starting the rural track,” Spencer said. Madeline Wetterhahn is a first-year OB-GYN resident at the UW Hospital and the most recent hire for the OB-GYN rural track program. Wetterhahn said residency programs are typically based in metro areas where the adequate volume of deliveries and surgeries helps provide training for future OB-GYN. The OB-GYN residency program at UW contains seven openings every year, six of which are part of the normal track and one is designated for the rural track, Wetterhahn said.  The rural track program started three years

ago, making Wetterhahn the third person recruited for the position. The program is currently interviewing for their fourth rural track resident, so starting next year they will have a full complement of residents, Spencer said. Residents on the traditional track would spend the entirety of their four-year OB-GYN training in Madison, splitting their time between Meriter, UW and St. Mary’s Hospitals. The person on the rural track has opportunities to spend time rotating through rural and community hospitals spread throughout Wisconsin, Spencer said.  There are currently four partnering hospitals, including Portage, Baldwin and Waupun, through which the rural track program residents rotate, Wetterhahn said.  There has recently been a trend of shutting down women’s health or obstetric services in rural hospitals, and general rural hospitals are

Photo · The OB-GYN residency program at UW contains seven openings every year, six of which are part of the normal track and one is designated for the rural track. Public Domain Pictures user George Hoda

experiencing significant amount of closures, Spencer said. Spencer added that in 1997, only about 20% of Wisconsin counties did not offer obsentrics services, but by 2016, that number had grown to 40%. In the last 10 years, 12 rural Wisconsin hospitals closed their obstetrics unit, according to a report from the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. The closure of labor and deliveries centers is multifactorial. Spencer said obstetric units are often the speciality units at hospitals and high cost could be incurred from both manpower and equipment.  During times when not enough people are delivering, the reimbursement to keep the unit open and viable will no longer be there, which could then incur a financial loss for the hospital, Wetterhahn said. Spencer said longer distance to care services is another difficulty faced by pregnant people living in rural counties. The longer driving time for basic prenatal care could result in people missing visits. He added that rural areas already see higher maternal and neonatal mortality rates. In general, small hospitals often have fewer subspecialists available for immediate consultation and are less likely to provide higher level trauma and neonatal care services, Wetterhahn said. Surgeries and deliveries are sometimes more complicated than expected, and it is good to call in someone with more experience. But at rural hospitals, there could be shortages of manpower, Wetterhahn said. “We are used to seeing more complicated, higher-risk patients and seeing how those are managed, but without the rural track program, I think you wouldn’t necessarily get the exposure to the decision making as to whether or not it’s in the patient’s best interest to keep them here closer to home or … it would be better for them to … travel further, but maybe get care at a center where there had specialists and just more staff available,” Wetterhahn said. Spencer said being part of the rural track program at UW Hospital does not make it compulsory for residents to work in a rural setting after their residency, but program directors do hope the experience would make residents inclined to practice in rural hospitals. Spencer added the next step of the program is to work with different funding agencies and look for grants that can help promote the model in other states and institutions. “We certainly don’t want to remain the only for very long,” Spencer said. “We’d love to scale this up for other locations to be able to learn from what we [have] learned and avoid the pitfalls that we’ve encountered and ultimately take the Wisconsin Idea and spread it across the country to help women who are in situations where they might not get the ideal obstetric care that they deserve.” November 19, 2019 • • 9



UW’s Paulina Eguino breaking boundaries with her neon art One of just two art majors with neon concentration at UW, ASM rep, Paulina Eguino making her voice heard through unique art practice by William Lundquist ArtsEtc. Associate

Paulina Eguino is a third year art major concentrating in neon and cartoon art, and is one of only two students at the University of Wisconsin with neon as one of the concentrations for their major. Though she didn’t start working with neon until college, her work has appeared all around Madison in shows at the Chazen Museum of Art, Art-In, 100state and others. Hailing from Los Angeles, Eguino is a Posse Scholar and is also involved with the Associated Students of Madison as the School of Education Representative. She currently works at Fresh Madison Market and will be studying abroad in Italy next semester. Eguino credits The Studio — the creative arts learning community for freshmen on campus — as her inspiration for pursuing neon. When The Studio took a trip to the Art Lofts for a demonstration on glass blowing and neon, Eguino said she was immediately captivated by the craft. “They showed us the hot shop and neon lab and I fell in love,” Eguino said. “They called it adult play-doh, this super hot material and they’re just playing with it like it’s nothing. I got hooked.”  Creating neon can be dangerous if it is not done properly and meticulously, as the craft involves working with an open flame and gas which can be released into the air. Eguino doesn’t mind the danger involved, but rather enjoys this aspect of her art form. ”It’s weird, but I actually like burning my fingers,” she said. “It makes them stronger and I can get close to the flame for longer.” Eguino said she is inspired by Keith Haring, an artist who was known for his pop art and graffiti-like work in 1980s New York. She draws her own cartoon characters which she then transforms into neon pieces. This is not a simple process, and Eguino spends long hours in the Art Lofts perfecting her craft. Eguino explained the process of creating a neon piece and the numerous steps involved. ”First, we sketch out our ideas usually ten times at least,” Eguino said. “We use a plotter machine that translates the sketch onto illustrator so it’s easier to trace when we bend the glass over it. Then we heat up the glass, bend it, attach electrodes at the end, fill the glass with gas, paint it, wire it and then install it.” While neon is Eguino’s strong suit, she is also a capable graphic designer, and recently designed the logo for The Yuyo Bros taco truck, an LA based Mexican American Fusion food truck. Eguino is also interested in erotic art, and creates characters and prints which express themes of sexuality in a unique way. ”In high school I thought it was funny that people would draw penises everywhere,” she said. “I wanted to turn it into something less like graffiti and more like fine art.” 10 • • November 19, 2019

While Eguino’s erotic art is not meant to be taken as an offensive joke, she did have a runin with a member of the UW organization who saw it as such. She had a print with erotic images hanging on her door on The Studio floor, and the floor’s custodian removed and damaged the poster without asking Eguino beforehand. “I heard him grab it from my door so I chased him down the hallway. I called after him and he didn’t respond, so I chased him even further, but he had crumpled the image and told me I couldn’t have it on my door. I ended up meeting with people in housing who apologized on his behalf but told me the poster violated housing guidelines and is considered pornographic.” The custodian for the floor was replaced, and Eguino is currently working with ASM to change UW housing’s policy on what is considered pornography. “It felt like censorship. This was on the art floor where we all respect each other’s art. I’m hoping to work on a freedom of speech campaign with ASM specifically targeting what people can post in their dorms.” Eguino’s most recent neon display is a character that looks like a heart, and the neon pulsates in response to your heartbeat. The piece is hooked up to a heartbeat sensor, which was designed by Ken Flanagan, a PhD student at UW who 3D-printed and programmed the sensor to connect with the neon installation. Eguino is also designing a new logo for ASM and is looking forward to having her work displayed in the Art Lofts for the end of year glass/neon show. If you want to check out more of Eguino’s artwork or contact her to buy a piece, message her on Instagram @paulinaegunio_art.

Photo · One of Paulina Eguino’s many neon art pieces, titled “Penguino.”. Courtesy of Paulina Eguino

Photo · Paulina Eguino chilling on the coach next to one of neon pieces Courtesy of Paulina Eguino The Badger Herald


UW presents Auschwitz exhibit to impact younger generations

History teaches us what to, what not to repeat, Auschwitz exhibit, lecture shown last week at UW communicates horrifying history we need to understand by Paul Hermann Staff Writer

With the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz approaching next year, a special exhibit created by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim, Poland was displayed last week at the University of Wisconsin in Union South, Gallery 1308. The exhibit contains 31 panels that explain the history and atrocities of the infamous Nazi concentration camp, which resulted in the extermination of between 1.1 and 1.5 million people. Pairing written history with photographs, artwork and historical documents, the exhibit was seen by many individuals and groups in Madison as an opportunity to preserve and honor the legacy of both victims and survivors of Auschwitz. This is not the first time this exhibit visited Wisconsin. In June this year, it was on display in Baraboo, WI. This was motivated after the city made national headlines in November 2018 for a prom photo of in which around 50 Baraboo High School students raised arms in an apparent Nazi salute. Swift backlash came on social media, including from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum itself. “This is why every single day we work hard to educate,” said one response from the museum’s official Twitter account. “We need to explain the danger of hateful ideology rising.” The museum then offered the exhibit as an

educational resource to the city. Through the Polish American Congress Long Island Division, the 31 panels were displayed in Baraboo at the high school and at city hall. Irena Fraczek, a member of the Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin - Madison, visited the exhibit in Baraboo and was immediately moved. “I examined it again and again and again,” she said. This motivated her to ask the Polish Heritage Club to bring the exhibit to Madison. The exhibit was presented through a collaboration between the club and a multitude of organizations in Madison. It includes the UW Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, the UW Polish Student Association, the Art Committee of the Wisconsin Union Directorate, and the UW Center for Jewish Studies. Nov. 11-16, the panels hung in the silent atmosphere of Gallery 1308. Each panel covers a different topic on the gruesome history of Auschwitz, ranging from how it was used as an instrument of terror against Polish civilians, to a source of prisoner slave labor to a facility of mass murder against Jews living in Europe. “The importance of this exhibit is that it talks about all the victims, about gypsies, Poles and Soviet POWs” Fraczek said. “If you go through this exhibit, it really tells you everything about the camp.” Along with written history and photocopies of historical documents, the panels also contain copies

of artwork made by Auschwitz prisoners both during and after their imprisonment. These haunting images range from full color illustrations to bare-bone images. On the panel “Terror and the Punishment System,” Jan BaraśKomski’s painting “The Sadist,” created after freedom from Auschwitz, depicts an SS Officer beating a prisoner. Wlodzimierz Siwierski’s pencil sketch “Soup,” made in Auschwitz, is paired with the panel “Hunger,” about the abysmal living conditions in the camp. Visitors were struck with somber remembrance as they viewed the panels. Most remained silent through the entire experience. A guest book in the center of the gallery allowed visitors to record their thoughts. Most called for a continued preservation of the history of Auschwitz and the Holocaust in hopes to prevent a similar horror from happening again. Fraczek explained this is not the first or last time the Polish Heritage Club has used art to remember the history of Auschwitz. They previously brought the exhibit “Forbidden Art,” containing many of the actual portraits depicted on many of the panels, to Madison. She also hopes in the future to show a film about three women in the Żegota group, an underground Polish resistance organization that aided Jews during the Holocaust. In complement with the exhibit, Professor Rachel Brenner of the UW Center for Jewish Studies

presented a lecture at Union South on Friday Nov. 15 titled “Love Your Neighbor: Reconsideration of the Gospels at the Time of the Holocaust.” She spoke about the dissonant beliefs some Poles had during the event. She read documents from the time period that were simultaneously antisemitic yet denounced the actions of the Nazis. “[There is] a valuable lesson on the various shades of altruism in the face of atrocity,” Brenner said. “I think it’s a really appropriate exhibit because it summarizes in a comprehensive way the incomprehensible.” Fraczek wishes the exhibit could have stayed longer in Madison, but believes it provided a powerful experience to connect younger generations to the past for the time it was in Union South. “Some of my distant family was actually hiding the Jews,” she said, speaking of the Holocaust. “I’m a second generation, all of this is extremely meaningful to me.” Speaking of young people today, she said history is getting further way. “This exhibit is most important for youth, because seeing those photographs, it’s incredibly moving and makes you think differently on life.” The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will be January 27, 2020, which is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Gen Z experiences TikTok takeover, here’s what students are saying

TikTok has been emerging for some time — here’s everything you need to know about TikTok, from what makes it popular to recent investigations by Sarina Boley Staff Writer

TikTok is taking Gen Z by storm. Reminiscent of Vine, TikTok has flooded the social media feeds of youth around the globe, and it has raised many questions. What is TikTok? What kind of content does it provide? Is it safe? And most importantly, why is it so popular? TikTok is a video-making app designed for lip-syncing and comedy acts. It was originally known as the app “,” which many people seem to forget. Many are surprised TikTok has had such success when was, in the time of Vine, the laughing stock of social media. TikTok, it is safe to say, had one of the most successful rebrands ever seen except for maybe Taylor Swift or Britney Spears. The notion of a lip-syncing app can seem a little ridiculous. This content, however, has been quite a hit, giving rise to none other than Jacob Sartorius (see: song “Sweatshirt” and a short but oh-so-sweet relationship with Millie Bobby Brown). Many people not in the TikTok community are wondering — why is it so popular?

TikTok is actually unpopular among many because most of the content is lip-syncing to popular songs, which is not the most exciting form of entertainment, or people lip-syncing to famous comedy sketches (think Jim Carrey or iconic SNL skits), which can seem unoriginal and unfunny. Liam Hickey, a sophomore from the University of Minnesota describes what he likes about TikTok.  “There’s a lot of super ironic and funny stuff that slips under the radar, so when you find something that has like 20 likes that’s super funny you feel accomplished,” Hickey said. Other students said TikTok feels a lot like Vine, which can also explain its rise to popularity given the huge hype surrounding Vine when it was around. Colin Norton-Zeimet (@collinnz on TikTok), who has seen some success on the app, weighs in on what he likes about TikTok. “It is an app that lets you explore creative ideas that you get  … It’s very simple, making it easy to create content I want to make while not taking a huge amount of time,” Norton-Zeimet

said. It seems there is something for everyone on TikTok, whether you are an influencer or an avid viewer. Bailey Coronis from Drake University also comments on what he likes about the app. “It’s easy to get sucked into TikTok,” Coronis said. “The platform makes it so that you can easily switch between one video and the next and they totally learned about my interests and put them in my ‘For You’ page.” This algorithm is quite common, and with a user-friendly interface and quick transitions between videos, the app can become very addictive. Still, there are concerns surrounding TikTok that are unrelated to the content produced and shared. TikTok is a Chinese-owned company, which has caused some U.S. lawmakers to fear its motivations. Senators like Marco Rubio, R-FL and Josh Hawley, R-MS believe TikTok is going to share content, specifically content made by children, with the Chinese government. “A company compromised by the Chinese

Communist Party knows where your children are, knows what they look like, what their voices sound like, what they’re watching and what they share with each other,” Hawley said. According to The New York Times, allegations that TikTok has shared information with the Chinese government were denied by the tech company, but investigations are ongoing and it is therefore difficult to determine the cyber safety of the app as of yet. There are risks and rewards to having TikTok. For commentary on specific content to be found on the app, Kurtis Conner makes great YouTube videos examining TikTok creators. There are subsections of the app that are strange to say the least, like country boys, police officers and even divorcees of TikTok which demonstrate the eclectic nature of the content. Like many apps, there are videos catering to all interests and senses of humor. TikTok seems to have mastered the art of finding its users’ interests and showing them more so they will continue to interact with the interface. For better or for worse, TikTok is Tik-Taking over. November 19 2019 • • 11





Since the founding of McBurney Disability Resource Center in 1977 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, resources for disabled students have gotten better, room for improvement remains

by Anna Walters Digital Features Editor

In the 1950s, Floyd Michael McBurney enrolled in classes at the University of Wisconsin, just one year after a cervical spinal cord injury left him as a quadriplegic. Back then, the struggles disabled students faced were only exacerbated by lack of inclusion and accessible spaces. Nevertheless, McBurney completed his undergraduate degree at UW and went on to earn his law degree. He later became Dane County District Attorney in 1966 before sadly passing away shortly after taking office.  In his memory, the McBurney Center was founded in 1977 by McBurney’s friend and fellow wheelchair user James Graaskamp, along with Dean of Students Paul Ginsberg and Assistant Dean Blair Mathews with the goal of making spaces more accessible for everyone.  Life for disabled students is much different than it was in the 1950s and 60s when McBurney was at UW, though. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has since been enacted which gives legal ground for universities to make their campuses accessible. Yet UW students with disabilities still face challenges navigating the campus every day.   Luckily, the McBurney Center still continues to help students with physical, cognitive and mental disabilities achieve the full UW experience through a network of programs across the campus. 

Cross-campus accomodations

According to their website, the McBurney Center works with students that have “physical, learning, hearing, vision, psychological, health and other disabilities substantially affecting a major life activity (e.g., walking, communicating, learning, seeing, breathing, reading, etc.).” In the 2017-18 school year, UW had 2,220 students eligible for assistance from the McBurney Center. According to McBurney’s website, there are three steps students need to take to apply for accommodations: 1. Complete the McBurney student connect online application. 2. Schedule and participate in a meeting with an access consultant. This can take place in-person, on the phone or via video conference. 3. Gather and submit documentation of disability. If a student does not have a formal diagnosis of their disability, the student can utilize other campus resources to get a comprehensive evaluation since McBurney does require a formal diagnosis for access to accommodations. These resources include University Health Services, the Psychology Research Training Clinic and Student Assessment Services. McBurney’s Assistant Director Mari Magler said that the center works with students that have any type of disability. Last year, the center had more than 900 students that had mental health as their primary disability type. “So we’re really focused on academics, but certainly we want students to have their whole experience here 12 • • November 19, 2019

at UW-Madison to be an accessible one,” Magler said. There is no one way to work with all students that have disabilities on campus, so McBurney works with each student individually to make sure their needs are met, Magler said. McBurney also works with students for scheduling modifications, such as number of credits and the time of day they have class, Magler said. McBurney works with the buildings crews to make sure the correct furniture is accessible for students. A large portion of accommodations take place regarding exams, Magler said. Students may have accommodations that include more time on exams or taking an exam in a smaller, less distracting room. In addition to accessibility in classes, McBurney works with UW Housing to ensure students have the accommodations they need outside of class, Magler said. This relationship allows students to send a housing-related request directly to housing. Some examples of housing-related accommodation requests include a room with a bathroom, a single room and air conditioning, Magler said. Students with specific food-related needs can also send their needs to UW Housing. “Our relationship with housing is very much a partnership,” Magler said.

An accessible experience

Communications director for Facilities Planning and Management at UW Steve Wagner said that when it comes to winter, the university tries its best to make sure accessible pedestrian routes are free of snow and

ice as soon as possible. He said that grounds crews work around the clock to clear ice and snow. UW has a list of published accessible pedestrian routes so both students and visitors can more easily navigate campus, Wagner said. UW also has a list of internal passageways between Van Vleck, Sterling and Chamberlain to help ease navigation on campus during the winter months. “Our entire grounds staff and a lot of our custodians spend much of their time in the winter when there’s snow clearing [the] snow from campus sidewalks, campus roadways and around building entrances and ramps and things like that,” Wagner said. Facilities Planning and Management works with students, faculty and visitors who need assistance when they come to campus, Wagner said. But, he added, each person has unique needs which means that they must contact the university directly for assistance. When a visitor contacts their office for accessibility assistance, Wagner said they will ask where they plan on going so the best route can be planned for them. This includes where to park and how to navigate campus once parked. “This is a very large campus and we do this for everybody who comes here, regardless of what their status is,” Wagner said. “We treat everyone equally and we think everyone should have equal access to all of our facilities.” Wagner added that Facilities Planning and Management is always open to suggestions on how to better serve the campus, so anyone with concerns should contact the Facilities and Planning Management office. In addition to the outdoor accommodations, the McBurney Center works to make sure students have access to facilities indoors as well. “Furniture accommodations are some of the things we think about when looking at physical disabilities,” Magler said. “We can sometimes place specific furniture in classrooms. ”Many lecture halls at UW have fixed stadium-style seating, Magler said, which can be challenging for students with physical disabilities. If the seating style in a classroom is a barrier for a student, McBurney will work with the building to get a table and chairs in the lecture hall.

Legal obligations

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, both public and private universities must provide equal access to students with disabilities. In addition, all universities that receive funding from the federal government must make all of their programs accessible to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. But what exactly does “equal access” mean? According to the ADA National Network, accomodations can be things like physical access to buildings, providing effective communication services — such as sign language interpreters or Braille — and providing testing accommodations.

UW’s ADA Coordinator Jaimee Gilford works to make sure that the university is following the accommodation requirements for all types of disabilities. When it comes to the physical requirements buildings must follow, there is some variation depending on when the building was built, Gilford said. Some buildings are very old — for example, North Hall, which houses the political science department, was built in 1851. “Some older buildings, and some portions of older buildings, are not alterable to ensure ADA accessibility,” Gilford said. “The law appreciates that in some cases, when the building would have to be changed so drastically or at such an unreasonable cost that it’s actually not feasible to make it accessible. In those situations, which are fairly rare … we either try to avoid programming in those areas or we have additional accessible programming areas.” When it comes to newer buildings, accessibility is discussed in the design phase to ensure that students, faculty and visitors can navigate the building as easily as possible, Gilford said. Regardless of the year of construction of a building, UW tries to ensure that there is at least one entrance with an automatic door, accessible bathrooms and Braille signage in all university buildings, Gilford said. If someone believes UW is in violation of the ADA, Gilford said they should reach out to her or McBurney. If the issue is outside of the Office of Compliance and McBurney’s purview, both offices would direct the complaint to the appropriate department. Gilford said the Office of Compliance has dealt with complaints from community members. Recently, there was a concern that some of the handicap plates to open doors around campus were higher than what they should be, Gilford said. Gilford said she connected the person with the facilities

Steps to apply for accomodations through the McBurney Center: 1. Complete the McBurney student connect online application. 2. Schedule and participate in a meeting with an access consultant. This can take place in-person, on the phone or via video conference. 3. Gather and submit documentation of disability.

department that showed the university is compliant with the height of the door plates. “Compliance with the ADA doesn’t happen with one person or even one office, that we are spread across the entire institution, intentionally, so we can ensure that there’s not an area that’s being neglected,” Gilford said.

Disability as a part of diversity

Emily Giombi, a UW junior with a speech disability, said the campus is not the most physically accessible place because of hurdles like Bascom Hill and lots of stairs. As the Vice President of Promotions for the UW Office of Compliance Americans with Disabilities division, Giombi knows the challenges that students with physical disabilities face daily while navigating campus. But, in her experience, UW has been helpful when it comes to accommodating students with mental health and cognitive disabilities. Giombi uses the McBurney Center for a speech disability. For her accommodation, she does not give speeches and her participation does not count as part of her grade. Instead, she will do an alternative assignment to make up for that portion of her grade. “My experience with McBurney has been pretty positive,” Giombi said. “They’re a great resource for people with disabilities on campus.” At the beginning of the semester, Giombi talks to each of her professors and teaching assistants about her accommodations. She said almost all of her experiences have been positive. Giombi said there was one instance in which she was penalized for not participating in discussion, but because of her accommodations she did not have to participate. She

initially talked to her teaching assistant for the class, who told her to talk to the professor. “I talked to the professor and I had to bring in somebody from McBurney to kind of argue on my behalf to this professor to get my grade changed,” Giombi said. Giombi said she did end up getting the grade changed. In terms of campus climate, Giombi said she wants students to know you cannot see every disability a student may have and you never know what someone else has going on in their life. “Like with anything, just be courteous, be kind to other people because you never really know what might be going on,” Giombi said. “Being kind is something that goes a long way in the disability community.” While Magler also believes the university does a pretty good job at accommodating students, she also said some areas of academics related to the disabled community could be improved. UW does not offer classes in American Sign Language and does not have a certificate or major in a disability studies research area. Additionally, on a larger scale, Magler said the UW community does a great job initiating other conversations about diversity but sometimes the disabled community is not directly included. Magler said she hopes that more conversations about disabilities will happen on campus to further reduce stigmas. “[The McBurney Center] always tries to remind folks, and we’re not alone in this effort, but disability is part of diversity,” Magler said. “So we [should] think about disability as a social identity.” November 19, 2019 • • 13



The gambling illusion: Why sports betting should be legal in Wisconsin

Given potential for economic benefit, move to legalize sports betting with increased regulation would be beneficial for athletics by Justin Lariviere Columnist

Gambling is an integral part of the human condition. Every decision we make has corresponding consequences, most of which are variable in nature and therefore present a risk to our physical health, financial situation or mental state. The stock market serves as a great example of how millions of Americans risk a piece of their financial future on firms in the open market. In the end, our investment decisions are merely educated guesses. It’s a process investors have down to a science, but it involves variability, consideration and risk. Courtesy of definition, it is gambling. While betting on sporting events is very different than purchasing stock, it carries a similar variability and has developed into a professional field all its own. And yet, it is illegal in the state of Wisconsin

and just this year has had its federal chokehold lifted. Numerous states have quickly forced legalization legislation through, but Wisconsin has not yet drafted a proposal for this purpose. Considering the potential for economic advancement similar to that of casinos and its relative harmlessness when done responsibly, there is no reason for sports betting to remain against the law. On the entertainment side, sports fans benefit from vested financial interest in one team over another, courtesy of their choice of bets. Likewise, ratings would skyrocket for small market games with favorable betting lines, as betting participants would likely tune in to follow their “investments.” With college athletes again able to profit off their likeness, this could mean positives for the players as well, through increased exposure and legislative action trending toward allowing endorsements. The potential for corporate and state profits associated with the legalization of sports

Photo · Illegality of sports betting boasts countless loopholes, which create harm for student athletes. Jason Chan The Badger Herald 14 • • November 19, 2019

gambling is massive. Nevada imposed a 6.75% tax rate on winnings and the state took full advantage of domestic tourists, eager to bet and spend elsewhere, earning revenue indirectly. All told, Nevada earned more than $300 million from taxing placed bets and earnings. Additionally, the largest sportsbooks in the country call Las Vegas home, from which they earn more than enough to continue operations. Ultimately, the legalization of sports betting across the country will encourage those previously unable to place wagers to do so, allowing the true potential of this facet of the market to shine through. No matter where you live, you ought to be able to spend and invest your income on whatever you choose, so long as it does not negatively impact the lives of others and is done with respect to the framework of the constitution. Those against the legalization of sports gambling use two central claims — the first being that gambling is a psychologically addicting

and mentally damaging activity, and therefore must be regulated through legislative processes, presumably to protect us from its negative potential. With this understanding comes a contradiction to capitalism and free market society. Restricting the ability to bet on sports because of potential personal complications is directly analogous to the initiative behind temperance and the period of prohibition. The underlying key is moderation and responsibility. Anti-gambling activists’ best attempt to showcase all of the psychological problems derived from gambling fall short — they fail to recognize that betting is simply an avenue to expose a lack of personal accountability and responsibility, just as with alcohol, eating habits and every decision under the shining sun. There is a definite gray area, however, when considering logistical and moral problems with sports betting. Critics of its legalization proclaim betting, especially the collegiate variety, violate the presumed integrity of sport and allow for point shaving and throwing games. While there are certainly risks attributable to this concept, the already legal online betting sites have not increased the likelihood for scandal as of yet. Furthermore, players who intentionally underperform would be reprimanded, criticized by fans and socially discouraged once news surfaced of such events taking place. Therefore, it is reasonable to assert that societal pressure alone should alleviate the issue, although it is not a bulletproof prevention measure. There would certainly be institutional consequences handed out for illicit point shaving, just as with the Boston College incident of the late 1970s. Understanding the risks associated with allowing sports gambling is a crucial part of the argument for its legalization. Let us face the realities on this — the NCAA is already corrupt. Players are illegally influenced, have their tests taken for them, receive illicit endorsements and if you can think of a way recruiters could cheat to get ahead of the competition, it has already been done. It is beyond the time to make sports betting legal — the foreseen negatives are vastly outweighed by the potential for profit and increased entertainment value. The bottom line? There are countless loopholes around the illegality of sports gambling. Why not close them all by eliminating their necessity? Why not profit off of what many Wisconsinites are already doing on a weekly basis? The time to stop mismanaging this situation has come. It would be plainly unwise not to take advantage of this opportunity for financial and entertainment enrichment in this state. Justin Lariviere ( is a freshman studying communications and economics.

Space Exploration: Where should U.S. priorities lie?

College Republicans: Under Trump, the universe is the limit

College Democrats: Trump’s space force militarization is anti-science

Under the Trump administration, space exploration has reached unprecedented heights. President Donald Trump has modernized our space policy to eliminate the out-of-date policies previously in place. From establishing the Space Force to planning a future mission to Mars, it’s clear that Trump has a bold vision for the U.S. in space. Under the Obama administration, our space exploration programs made little progress. The administration cut funding for numerous space programs, leading to decommissioned crafts and missions. As a result, NASA and America’s space progress failed to reach its full potential. Not to mention, President Barack Obama delayed the “journey to Mars” date back to the 2030s, essentially putting it on the back burner. Meanwhile, Trump has shown unparalleled leadership when it comes to space policy as he plans to return astronauts to the moon by the year 2024. Moreover, Trump has bigger ambitions than just the moon — he wants the moon to be a “launch pad” to send Americans to Mars. In the president’s own words, “The moon is not so exciting,” and for the first time ever, an American president has set realistic sights on sending Americans to Mars. To do this, he plans to rejuvenate companies in the private sector, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos respectively. By leasing the NASA space facilities to these private firms, the journey to Mars will be significantly accelerated. The president also expressed his desire to get astronauts to Mars on Twitter. “For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!” Trump wrote.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced America’s intention to put an astronaut on the moon. Seven years after he resolved our commitment to space’s “new hopes for knowledge and peace,” and six years after his tragic death, the first human footprints marked the surface of the moon. In today’s Democratic Party, that pioneering legacy lives on. President Barack Obama was as committed to taking bold steps to advance scientific understanding, going beyond increasing NASA’s budget and extending International Space Station operations. Obama deepened private-sector partnerships in space technology and was praised by Buzz Aldrin and SpaceX founder Elon Musk when he announced his administration’s priorities in space policy in 2010. His plans included breaking with the failed investment of the Ares 1 rocket and Orion spacecraft, as the project was already five years late and a sink for billions of dollars. It’s a commendable act to refuse to drain more money into a project that wouldn’t produce results. The Obama administration also provided funding for new advancements in NASA Earth Science, paving the way for the launch of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites to track the formation and magnitude of hurricanes. This field grows more vital as anthropogenic climate change turns the Earth’s weather patterns more violent and erratic. As our current leaders deny the realities of our planet’s changing environment and use sharpies to redraw weather maps that don’t fit political narratives, it’s worth remembering that when a political party stops believing in the problems science tells us we’re faced with, they also stop believing in the power of human ingenuity to rise to those challenges. Under the Trump administration, useful projects have been left by the wayside and Earth Science missions have been cancelled. For all their bluster about Mars, a party that pollutes the atmosphere can’t take us past it. A party that walks out of UN meetings and abandons American leadership on climate science can’t hope to lead in space exploration. A party like the Republican Party, whose leaders can’t find the courage to face hard truths, will never take us to the Red Planet or back to the Moon. To the Democratic Party, space isn’t just a frontier for exploration, but part of the larger ecosystem

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The president recently said NASA has been making “tremendous progress” toward Mars. The “Moon to Mars” journey seems more attainable now than ever before. In addition to Mars, Trump’s Space Policy “Directive-4” sets the framework for the Space Force, which will be a new brand under the U.S. Air Force. Vice President Mike Pence has long been a champion of space exploration and recently announced the new U.S. Space Command. “The United States Space Force will ensure that our nation is prepared to defend our people, defend our interests, and to defend our values in the vast expanse of space,” Pence said. The Space Force will send a strong message globally that the U.S. has the upper hand when it comes to military in space. The Trump administration has plans to train next-gen warfighters to compete in this new domain by maximizing fighting capability, while also minimizing bureaucracy. Despite the fact that Trump has rebuilt our military to the strongest it has ever been, he has shown no signs of complacency with his vision to expand the American military into outer space. As our adversaries become increasingly competitive in this realm, it is increasingly important for the U.S. to establish a presence in space, as it could be a significant threat to our country in the future. Trump’s space policy will bring together both the Department of Defense and our intelligence community to take massive strides in our space capabilities. Space exploration has the potential to be one of the great legacies of the Trump presidency. No man has been to the moon in more than 40 years, and Trump has promised that the next person on the moon will be an American woman. It’s clear that the president is on a mission to protect the people of this nation, and under Trump, the universe is the limit. Christian Karabas ( is a freshman majoring in real estate and finance. He is also the outreach director of the College Republicans of UW-Madison.

we live in and an unread library of knowledge — and just as, per the National Research Council, NASA’s first spaceflight projects supported “the development of new technologies and their broader adoption throughout the economy,” Democratic leaders will use space as a pathway to understand our place in the cosmos and secure prosperity back on Earth. Moreover, the Democratic Party will preserve the civilian character of America’s space program. Kennedy warned that we must choose if space will be “a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.” The Trump administration’s recklessness has pushed us further toward a nightmare of space militarization. As Trump’s “Space Force” blurs the line between military and civilian space policy in a sci-fi joke gone wrong, the GOP charges forward on a concept opposed by General Jim Mattis, then Trump’s Defense Secretary. When the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy frets over the “democratization of space” being a threat to America’s military while the president scrambles to outdo Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” in making impossible promises, the Republican Party has no claim to leadership on national security in space. The Democratic Party values space as a venue of peace, but will take all action necessary to protect that peace by giving serious solutions to real problems instead of waving around flashy fantasies to get headlines. As America approaches the 2020 election, when every headline points to a new low, we have reason to hope. We can look at the races up and down the ballot in terms of partisan clashes and cynical power politics, but we can also look to the stars and wonder which leaders will take us there. We can ask which party offers a vision that values both the planet we live on and what lies past it. If you believe in science and the better future it can build for us — if you believe in technology that improves not just our rockets but the lives of ordinary people — the Democratic Party has a place for you. And as America continues what Kennedy called the “most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure,” we ask you to vote with us for leaders to take us forward, upwards and onwards together. Ethan Carpenter ( is a junior majoring in political science. He is the press secretary for the College Democrats of UW-Madison. November 19, 2019 • • 15



The student vote: A threat to the norm which no one saw coming

As voter turnout among students increases, so have efforts to silence their voice — here’s why that matters to the electorate by Saron Setotaw Columnist

The 2016 presidential election was one of the most monumental, especially among younger generations, and is a clear example of the push for student votership. Recently, as more light is being shed on pressing social issues, ranging from women’s control, or lack thereof, over their bodies to the limited rights of immigrants, we have also seen greater division in our country than ever before. Since elections are centered around varying social, economic and political issues, the beliefs and values of voters are crucial in determining the ruling political climate. Student votership means a rise in educated and, generally, more open-minded individuals having a say in the direction our nation is headed. In the 2018 midterms, Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education reported 40.3% of 10 million students voted, which was more than double the rate in the 2014 midterms. What changed in those few years to foster active student participation in our nation’s politics? This could be attributed to increasing

efforts to target students’ interests in social advocacy and change by simply choosing to practice their constitutional right to vote. We often wonder what we, as college students, can do in the grand scheme of things. We wonder whether our protests, social media posts, or open dialogues actually result in anything, especially when the same issues persist, regardless of how much action we take. But understanding “taking action” includes checking a name on a ballot — a name which might potentially be responsible for making the very decisions we all greatly care about — has played a big role in people’s willingness to get out and vote, especially on college campuses. An article in Inside Higher Ed outlined heightened concern regarding the state of our nation following the 2016 election has driven up engagement among young voters. “The political climate and President Trump’s controversial rhetoric about issues such as immigration, gun violence, policing, free speech and racial topics spurred increased advocacy among students and drove them to the polls,” Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University, said. As students see the significant impact

policy change and implementation can have on their lives and the lives of those around them, they’ve been more motivated to be involved in what’s happening behind closed doors. Gone are the days where politics are only handled by men in suits, going up the stairs of the Capitol. Today, our nation’s politics are in the hands of everyday college students, shouting dissonance and marching down the streets of their campuses. Why does this matter? So what if college students who haven’t even reached the legal drinking age start voting in the primaries and midterms? As non-problematic, and even exciting, as this is too many, it’s also worrisome to the very people making the laws we want to change. It comes as no surprise efforts to suppress the student vote are happening, conveniently, following its rise these past few years. The New York Times reported that several states, including Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Tennessee, have imposed voting restrictions and roadblocks, such as voter ID laws and the prohibition of early-voting sites on university campuses in an attempt to hinder students from casting their vote. “Not coincidentally, the barriers are rising fastest in political battlegrounds and

places like Texas where one-party control is eroding,” the article said. These occurrences are primarily in conservative or right-leaning states which fear opposition from liberal students. This is because 45% of college students identify as Democrats, compared to 29% who called themselves independents and 24% who identify as Republican. This correlation is similar to the strong evidence of voter suppression among black voters in many conservative states, which exists to this day. While that is more closely linked to this country’s history of institutionalized racism, what’s happening today has everything to do with the fight to keep power in the hands of the people who’ve always held that power. Student votership is a threat, because it includes a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds hoping to make a difference within their diverse communities — the same communities who often get the short end of the stick when it comes to our country’s famous promise of “justice and liberty for all.” Saron Setotaw ( is a sophomore studying psychology.

Common Cents: Holiday shopping for students who are on a budget SOHE’s Badger$ense Financial Life Skills Program brings you tips for staying both frugal and festive this holiday season by Alex Pillard Letter to the Editor

It’s that time of year again — the cool Wisconsin fall is turning into a frigid arctic winter, and, for many students, that means it’s also time to start thinking about holiday gifts for family and friends. They’re not alone. The U.S. shoppers spend about $700 billion annually on holiday shopping. But finding something for everyone on your list doesn’t have to break the bank. Read on for tips to keep your festivities within budget. Create a budget Speaking of budget, the first step to saving money during the holiday season is to set limitations. Make a list of every person for whom you plan to buy gifts and allocate a certain dollar amount to each one. Remember — your total amount to spend should not be more than you can afford given your monthly income. Gifts 16 • • November 19, 2019

are important, but not as important as food or rent. Don’t buy for yourself This may be a hard one for some shoppers. It’s easy to see an enticing sale and buy something for yourself, but before you know it, you’ll only have half of your holiday shopping list done, and 100% of your budget spent. Instead, if you see something you like, add it to your own holiday wish list. You can even note a store you saw it on sale to help your own friends or family save money. Another helpful hack? Try shopping alone. It can be easy to be pressured to buy something when you are in a group of friends. Start early, and shop strategically An early start: this can’t be stressed enough! And it’s why we’re publishing these tips in November, rather than December. The earlier you start your holiday shopping, the better the deals you’ll find and the less you’ll pay in

shipping. Be sure to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too. Though the busiest shopping days of the year can be stressful, they can also score you savings. When it comes to in-person shopping on Black Friday, find the store that covers the most items on your shopping list and also provides the best deals. This can be timeconsuming, but think of it like a homework assignment. The earlier you start and the more research you do, the more time and headache you save yourself later. If sprinting into a store at 7 a.m. is not your thing, then wait until Cyber Monday, and find most of the same deals online without leaving your couch. Just watch out for shipping costs. DIY your holidays Tried and true: treasures from your own talents. A gift you design or create can mean more to family and friends than anything you could buy in a store. Whether that’s a knit hat, hand-painted notecards,

a screen-printed top, a photo book, or whatever your medium, show your love with art. You can also give coupons for chores or back massages, home-cooked meals, or editing services on a friend’s final paper. And food gifts are always popular! Chocolate-covered pretzels with holiday sprinkles? Yum! You could even organize a DIY gifts party with friends to share materials and ideas. Whatever your holiday plans, don’t let money dampen your spirit. Make a plan and a budget, start early and be strategic, and enjoy treating the ones you care so much about. Happy holidays! Alex Pillard is a senior majoring in Finance. He is a peer educator with the Badger$ense Financial Life Skills Program in the School of Human Ecology. Learn about Badger$ense courses, workshops, and other opportunities at


Inaction of older generations means youth must tackle climate change

The stakes are too high to let this cycle of indifference continue — and politicians are poised to help make progress by Kaitlin Kons Columnist

To the generation who grew up learning about global warming before it became climate change — to the generation who grew up watching Disney Channel and their cringeworthy videos about the “Three R’s,” reduce, reuse, recycle — to the generation who read every future dystopian fictitious book series revolving around the aftermath of human destruction of the earth — to the generation who grew up being told that we needed to recycle all paper because of the increasing rates of deforestation in the Amazon ― the lungs of the earth — to the generation that is maturing into the societal acceptance of denying that we as a species are in a crisis, listen here: do not, under any circumstance, allow politics and partisan fighting to trivialize an issue that demands immediate action. Politicians and governmental leaders have taken it upon themselves to shape the rhetoric of climate change by diminishing its significance. Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said last month he doesn’t know if climate change is real, but says it “probably” is. To go one step further, Vos stated it’s a political “non-starter” if climate change is being imagined by the left to “make them feel better about themselves.” Vos was speaking in response to Gov. Tony Evers’ recent creation of the climate change task force, headed by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. Vos also said this task force had “no real task.” Dismissing the harsh realities of climate change is not unique to Wisconsin politicians. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced the U.S.’s official withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, claiming that it was a “total disaster” and that cutting emissions would “hurt the competitiveness” of the U.S. Why are our politicians not taking what could be the sixth mass extinction seriously? First, it is costly. There is no question that cost will be a massive burden to reduce the level of emissions necessary to slow the warming of the earth’s core enough to maintain a sustainable environment that is compatible with our current way of life. But, it will also be incredibly costly to invest in alternative energy sources. Second, it is an investment that will not see immediate results, and in a world where proof is demanded in order to believe, it is hard to rally a nation behind an idea that those who must contribute to this effort will not reap its benefits. But those are not good enough reasons to put it on the back burner. A global crisis requires the entire globe to nail down its impending threat.

Photo · Getting enough sleep goes a long way toward support mental health for students. Herald Archives The Badger Herald The U.S. is the second leading contributor of carbon emissions in the world. We cannot ignore the fact that we have an inconceivable responsibility to ourselves and to the future to suffocate this problem as best as we can. So if our nation’s leaders won’t take this problem seriously, we must do so individually. Take 16-year-old Greta Thunberg for example. She is a climate activist from Sweden who has taken it upon herself to go on school strikes in protest of climate inaction. She has given a TED talk detailing the gravity our decisions are going to have on our future, and she spoke at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in September. “You are failing us,” she said. “We will never forgive you.” She is speaking on behalf of a generation whose futures are uncertain because of the

decisions of so-called leaders, the leaders whose futures will not be affected by the poor, ignorant decisions they are making by putting this off. We cannot downplay the severity of this crisis any longer. We — as academics, students, parents, grandparents, children and humans alike — cannot allow these decisions to be made for us when we know better. We need to elect leaders who take this crisis as seriously as we do, and we must condemn any action that weakens the potential of our future as a nation and as a generation. It takes a community like ours here at the University of Wisconsin to start small and radiate change outwards. In the words of Bobby Kennedy, actions to improve the lives of others causes “a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which

can sweep down the mightiest walls.” Americans are going through a rough patch in politics — we are constantly stepping on Legos and screaming in pain, and we have yet to figure out that we put the Legos there in the first place. We have taken partisan fighting to the level of denying scientific fact — concrete evidence — as a means of participating in an age-old feud that is the bipartisan system. If the U.S. wants to dominate the world in economy, diplomacy, and ultimately maintain its label as one of the most powerful nations in the world, we must lead the world in taking action. And we, as young people, must lead our nation in ensuring that possibility. Kaitlin Kons ( is a sophomore studying political science and public policy.

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UW Athletics: A look at controversial calls in UW sports history

Looking back at potential blown calls in Badger history, several recent plays stand out among Wisconsin fans, players alike by Harrison Freuck Sports Editor

Any die-hard Badger fan remembers the blown call from when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game. With just under two minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by just five, refs called the ball out of bounds on Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig. Refs immediately grouped together and decided to look at the play closer on the monitor. Despite the fact that the ball was clearly touched by Duke forward Justise Winslow, officials did not overturn the call and awarded the ball to the Blue Devils. Duke would score on the ensuing possession and ultimately win the game, 68–63. Just days later, NCAA Vice President Dan Gavitt stated that the call was, in fact, incorrect, potentially costing Wisconsin the game and the championship. While Wisconsin fans have a right to be upset about the loss, the refs’ error is one of a number of major blown calls in sports. Blown calls are fairly common in sports thanks to simple human error, but there have been several notable calls/no calls in UW athletics in recent years. With that, let’s take a look at a few: 2011 — Big Ten Football Championship Game In the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Wisconsin led the Michigan State Spartans by a field goal with 1:37 to go in the game. Wisconsin sent out punter Brad Nortman on fourth down, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game on the ensuing possession. During the punt, however, Nortman got nicked by a Spartan defender after getting the punt off and dramatically fell to the ground. Nortman’s performance got the officials to throw a flag and give the Badgers an automatic first down, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock and win the game, 42–39. With the win, the Badgers got an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, where they would lose to the Oregon Ducks, 45–38. 2013 — Bizarre loss to Arizona State football In an early-season game against Arizona State, the No. 20 Badgers trailed the Sun Devils with less than a minute to go, but had an opportunity to kick a gamewinning field goal. Badger quarterback Joel Stave rolled out to his left and took a knee, setting up the field goal opportunity inside the 20-yard line. This is where the confusion began. Players from both teams stood around confused, and ASU players even dove onto the ball. Officials did not stop the clock when this happened, however, and the clock 18 • • November 19, 2019

ran out before the Badgers were able to get another snap off. Stave and the rest of the team tried to argue the call, but the officials left the field, leaving Wisconsin on the wrong side of a 32–30 loss. 2015 — Final Four NCAA Tournament Game In the Final Four game just before the loss to Duke in the championship, Wisconsin benefited from a late blown call against the seemingly unbeatable Kentucky Wildcats. Wisconsin trailed by two with less than three minutes left in regulation when Badger forward Nigel Hayes air-balled a short shot in front of the hoop as the shot clock expired. Hayes grabbed his own air-ball and put up another shot that managed go in, but it was clear that the basket shouldn’t have

counted. Kentucky’s players immediately signaled for a travel, probably not realizing that it was also a shot-clock violation, but officials did not stop play and the game stood tied at 60. Wisconsin would go on to beat Kentucky 71–64, ending the Wildcats’ perfect season one game short of a championship. 2019 — Targeting call against safety Eric Burrell This is the call that is probably most fresh on the minds of Badger fans. Despite this play being overshadowed by the targeting penalty and ejection of Reggie Pearson Jr. just a few plays later, this targeting call was much more controversial in terms of officiating. In a blowout win over Michigan earlier this season, safety Eric Burrell went in for

the tackle on Wolverine quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who decided to slide. With the slide, Burrell inadvertently had helmet-tohelmet contact with McCaffrey, drawing a flag from the officials and resulting in an ejection of Burrell for supposedly targeting the quarterback. While this play had no real impact on the outcome of the game, the call was definitely a mistake in the eyes of many, including several NFL players. Looking at the blown calls presented here, it’s clear that the mistakes of officials can go either way depending on the luck of each side on any given night. Unfortunately, human error exists in officiating and will continue to exist so long as referees are human, which may not be the case in the future.

Photo · Several plays in recent Wisconsin sports history stand out, particularly Wisconsin’s loss to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Jason Chan The Badger Herald


Men’s Hockey: Inside Caufield’s early experiences as a Badger Badgers fans are certainly happy to have Caufield, his talent on board, but feeling from freshman star appears to be mutual by Dani Mohr Staff Writer

The immense hard work of Wisconsin Hockey’s recruitment has finally paid off. Freshman forward Cole Caufield is climbing the ladder towards becoming the Badger ’s newest shining star. Caufield led all NCAA freshmen with eight goals in October and also had a seven game stretch during which he scored ten points. On top of this, Caufield led freshmen in goals per game (1.14), powerplay goals (three) and shots on goal (31, 4.43 per game). As of Nov. 8, 2019, the Hockey Commissioners Association officially named Caufield the national rookie of the month. Having grown up in Stevens Point

with a strong hockey bloodline, Caufield was perfectly primed to rise toward the top. Once his mother purchased his first pair of skates, there was no turning back, according to the U.S. National Team Development Program. “I started playing hockey when I was two,” Caufield said. “My brother Brock, who is two years older than me, was skating at the time and I was watching him. My mom told me that I cried to her and begged her to skate. That is where it all started.” When it came time for Caufield to choose where he would continue his future in both hockey and academics, he simply couldn’t say no to the University of Wisconsin. Today, both Brock and Cole Caufield play alongside each other in the Kohl Center as teammates and proud Badgers.

“I mean, My parents are probably the happiest that we are together, and it’s great just having [Brock] around,” Caufield said. “He’s someone who’s always there for me. We’ve always been pretty close and it’s good to be back with him.” In the 2019 NHL Draft, Caufield was selected as a 15th overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens. Even with the promise of a spot in the upper echelon of professional hockey, Caufield chose to bring his talents to Madison. Despite competing at the collegiate level for only a few months, he’s shaping up to be quite a success. Caufield certainly believes his lack of experience hasn’t hampered his ability to perform. “There’s obviously bigger guys here who are older, but it’s nothing too crazy, it’s still hockey,” Caufield said. “The experience I had last year playing against some

Photo · A first round draft pick back in June, Caufield has emerged as one of the young stars on what has been a successful Badger team thus far Ahmad Hamid The Badger Herald

colleges, and just the time I’ve spent here this year is not too much of an adjustment, but they’re for sure older and stronger and have a bit more experience.” The Badgers are 5-5 overall in the early days of this 2019-20 season, with a notable series sweep against University of Minnesota-Duluth. In a series against the University of Nebraska Omaha in which Badgers went 1-1, Cole Caufield showed no mercy. Even in a game the Badgers lost, Caufield managed to put up some impressive numbers. He led the Badgers with 12 total shot attempts. Five of these shots were on target and six were fired off at even strength. It’s no secret this rookie possesses talent and potential that will take him far — even this is only the beginning. So far, Caufield is successfully establishing himself as a collegiate-level player on this team and further strengthening the inseparable bonds between fellow teammates. “Everyone’s really close with everybody,” Caufield said. “I think that’s what makes our team so special, we’ve grown so close and we all have each other ’s backs. We’re there for one another whenever, and it’s a pretty special feeling.” After a two week stretch of away games early in the season, Caufield looked forward to returning back to the insatiably hungry fan base in the Kohl Center where the Badgers, especially the Crease Creatures, call home. For him, the energy of the stadium and the fans who fill it bring a significant amount of benefit to him and the Badgers as a whole. This is especially true against teams that pose a serious challenge to the Badgers as they fight for a successful season. “Playing at home is awesome,” Caufield said. “It’s great when there’s a lot of people in the crowd too, I think there’s a different energy with our team just being able to play in front of people, and in front of our fans. It’s a great place to play and we are all looking forward to it. Notre Dame is a good team, so we’ve gotta come here and play.” Wisconsin will face undefeated Notre Dame in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 for their jersey night game. Fans who show up wearing a hockey jersey will have the chance to win a signed jersey by a former Badger hockey player. The Badgers will conclude the series at the same time Saturday, Nov. 16. Taking down the undefeated Fighting Irish will surely not be an easy task for the 5-5 Badgers. With wins against other Big Ten Conference contenders such as Minnesota and The Ohio State University under Notre Dame’s belt, the Badgers will have to put up a strong and consistent fight to keep strong hopes of reaching the playoffs alive. November 19, 2019 • • 19



Men’s Basketball: Previewing Badgers’ non-conference schedule

Following gut-wrenching loss to No. 18 Saint Mary’s in overtime, Auburn remains as only ranked non-conference opponent by John Spengler Sports Editor

We’ll keep it simple — the prospects for a highly successful Badger basketball team weren’t great before the 2019-20 season. With departing superstars and a relatively lackluster recruiting compared to what the team has to look forward to in the next two years, it remained to be seen who could step up to the plate for a Badger team in clear need of a spark after remaining well outside of the nation’s top 25 teams. Yet the Badgers have a clear chance to get off to, if nothing else, a promising start to their nonconference play in the beginning of the season.

This is utterly necessary for the team if they are to build momentum and confidence prior to conference play as the Big Ten is especially top heavy in talent this year. Both Michigan State and Maryland rank inside the top 10 teams in the nation and The Ohio State University is also No. 17. With a defining win against McNeese State already in the books, the Badgers officially secured a spot in the championship rounds of the Legends Classic tournament later this month. The tournament is comprised of eight total teams, four of which were eliminated in regular season games prior to the start of the

tournament. The four teams remaining are Wisconsin, New Mexico State, Richmond and — most importantly for Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule — Auburn. Auburn is currently No. 22 in the nation, a ranking in close vicinity to current No. 18 ranked St. Mary’s. The Badgers already demonstrated their ability to compete with St. Mary’s earlier in the season when they took the Gaels to overtime in their first nonexhibition competition of the year. To reach Auburn, the Badgers will first have to find a way to beat Richmond. Richmond limped its way to a 2-0 record with consecutive

Photo · Loss against Saint Mary’s leaves just one more chance for Badgers to win against ranked opponent in non-conference play when they potentially take on Auburn in November Justin Mielke The Badger Herald 20 • • November 19, 2019

overtime wins against St. Francis University and Vanderbilt. Neither of these teams that Richmond defeated are ranked inside the top 25, but Vanderbilt showed promise as they dominated their opening non-conference opponents by a combined score of 154–131. The moral of the story is, Richmond remains largely untested. And the competitions they have undergone — given their overtime finishes — provide little insight as to their ability to hang with the best. Even with close contests on their record, Richmond’s games have all been barn burners. They currently rank seventh in the nation in average scoring with 96.5 points scored per game. If the Badgers stick to their guns and compete in the manner they did against top teams such as St. Mary’s, they should have another good shot at taking down a ranked opponent in Auburn. After their potential contest against Auburn, the Badgers have just one more non-conference game before opening Big Ten play at the Kohl Center vs. the Indiana Hoosiers. With St. Mary’s now in the past, Auburn presents their last chance to take down a ranked opponent prior to beginning competition in a top-heavy Big Ten field of opponents. If the Badgers are to prove their mettle and garner consideration as a top team, this is their last chance to do so before being thrown into flames. With that being said, let’s take a way-too early look at what an Auburn-Wisconsin matchup might look like. Auburn was an undeniably elite team last season. A February heater propelled them to a high seed in the NCAA tournament that propelled them all the way to the Final Four. While the Tigers eventually lost to a clutch set of free throws from Kyle Guy, they proved themselves to be a top contender in collegiate basketball. But the Tigers are missing key offensive producers that helped carry them deep into the tournament. Both Jared Harper and Bryce Brown, two of the top shooters in the nation, turned pro following the 2018-19 season. Perhaps even more of an opportunity to exploit is the departure of key defensemen for the Tigers. Chuma Okeke, Malik Dunbar and Horace Spencer are all absent from this year’s Tiger squad. Each member of this trio contributed to a stifling Auburn defense that ranked second in the nation in forced turnover rate. Holes exist in the game of the No. 22 Tigers — it’s up to the Badgers to both have a chance to compete against them and then find a way to exploit these weaknesses. While this potential matchup is certainly not a guarantee, it is the last chance for Wisconsin to capture a win against a ranked opponent before conference play. A win in this scenario could give legitimacy to a team that, for all intents and purposes, had been counted out as a team that could consistently challenge the upper echelon of college basketball.


Women’s Basketball: Badgers primed for breakout behind Gilreath

Returning talent in Gilreath, Lewis provides Badgers with opportunity to greatly improve upon previous accomplishments

as she averaged 7.6 rebounds per game with five double-doubles. After the loss of leading scorer Marsha Howard, Lewis will be asked to lead the team After taking over during 2016-2017, as a sophomore. In her new role, Lewis could University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s be in for a special season. basketball Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis had After three games, everything seems to be a a lot of work on his hands. After taking the bit of a mixed bag for the Badgers. Following George Washington an exhibition rout women’s basketball over University of team to back-to-back Wisconsin-Whitewater, NCAA Tournaments, the Badgers were tested it seemed Tsipis was in their first two home the right candidate to games against Wofford turn the UW-Madison and North Florida. In program around. both games Wisconsin While the Badgers looked sharp, winning have struggled both by a margin of 13 somewhat in Tsipis’ points. tenure, the team Against Colorado, looks to be headed however, the Badgers in the right direction. hit a roadblock to their Following a 15-18 hot start. Colorado record during their dominated the Badgers 2018-2019 campaign — by a score of 57–74 in a six-win increase from Boulder. the year before — the Even with a loss to UW-Madison women’s Colorado, the Badgers basketball (2-1) team still have a chance to now has the tools for a get off to a hot start breakout season. compared to their past While the Badgers endeavors. But this finished last season requires picking up with a losing record, right where they left there were a lot of off before Colorado, as positive takeaways even in their last season that could lay the in which the Badgers foundation for a went 15-18, they won successful 2020 finish. their first six games of The Badgers started the season. last season blistering Surprisingly, it has hot as they won been senior guard their first six games. Suzanne Gilreath The team then hit who has headed the a roadblock, losing offensive attack in two competitive nonWisconsin’s first three conference games to games. Gilreath is Arkansas and Duke coming off one of her respectively. best games as a Badger, After a trying pouring in 21 points in midseason slump that Wisconsin’s win over saw the team finish Wofford —including 3-13 over their final five triples. 16 regular season Photo · Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis and the women’s basketball team look primed to take another step forward after finishing near .500 last season For UW-Madison to games, the Badgers continue its success, were able to come Emily Hamer Lewis must return to together in the Big Ten The Badger Herald form. Lewis is only Tournament, winning averaging 9.5 points a pair of games before per game on 33% ultimately falling in the quarterfinals to to increase the role she plays for the Badgers’ sophomore sensation and 2019 All-Big Ten shooting from the field. Michigan by a score of 73–65. offense. Honorable mention, Imani Lewis. Entering as With non-conference games against Georgia Also, another reason for optimism is that UW-Madison also complements their stellar the 41st ranked player in the 2018 recruiting Tech and Arkansas looming, Wisconsin must the Badgers returned six players who all saw backcourt with a proven frontcourt. Jupiter, class, a lot was expected out of Lewis’ first gain momentum before those non-conference major minutes last season. Florida, native Abby Laszewski looks primed season. tests. With a lot of returning players and Starting in the backcourt, UW-Madison to have another solid season as a dedicated Yet she exceeded expectations and solidified chemistry, the Badgers look to take the Big Ten welcomes back freshman guard Niya Beverley role-player for the Badgers. The senior herself as the team’s second-leading scorer, by storm in 2019. In Tsipis’ fourth season, the and senior guard Kendra Van Leeuwen. Both appeared in 33 games off the bench, averaging averaging just over 12 points per game. At time is now for this young team to take the Beverley and Van Leeuwen bring experience 5.9 points per game. 6-foot-1, Lewis was also a force on the boards next step as a contender in the Big Ten. by Will Whitmore Staff Writer

to Wisconsin’s backcourt with at least 25 starts last season. Beverley also brings an offensive punch, averaging 7.6 points per game last season. In last year’s quarterfinal loss against Michigan, Beverley played 49 minutes and managed to score an impressive 15 points. As a rising junior, Beverley will undoubtedly be looking

The return of redshirt junior Courtney Fredrickson will also provide a much-needed boost for UW-Madison. After seeing significant minutes in her first two years, Fredrickson was lost early last year to a season-ending injury. Look for her to be a key contributor once healthy. But most of all, Wisconsin will feed off of

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Thanksgiving tankas trickle in tasty themes, tragic traditions Last year, I brought you Halloween Haikus. In response, here are new Thanksgiving Tankas. Enjoy! by Angela Peterson Public Relations Director

Turkey makes me full Tryptophan envelops me I am stuffed too full Gobble gobble says the bird Inside my stomach it rests

It is so cold now Chilly bones shiver in fear January’s nigh And it will likely be worse Enjoy this while it does last

Lick lick lick lick lick Cranberry sauce is running Down my brand new shirt Ruining the hip new threads My grandmother bought for me

My dog drips butter Down her regal long hair coat Because she forgot It is best to eat turkey Not from below the roaster

While I am on break My mind will churn with new thoughts Dreaming of research On the inner mechanics Of the Bascom steam tunnels

TV plays football But the players play football And coaches play them For much lower salaries Contract negotiations

Photo: A turkey crosses the road to get to the other side. Alice Vagun/ The Badger Herald 22 • • November 19, 2019

Colonial history Thanksgiving perpetuates Atrocities past Should not be celebrated In such a joyful manner


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