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International perspective needed on gun violence in the United States

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January a streaky month for women’s basketball »13

Students give their views from outside the nation on owning firearms and steps that can be taken to help people feel more safe and secure in their communities »6

Human and Protective Services’ new building opens


RYAN SPOEHR Copy Editor After finishing ahead of schedule, the Human and Protective Services building will hold a private ribbon cutting on Feb. 20. There will be a public grand opening later this year. “Oh, it was huge because we were anticipating a start-up in the spring of 2013 and if there had been any delay, we had students coming and we better be prepared for it,” said Rick Raemisch, dean of Human and Protective Services. “There was talk of backfilling at (the West Campus) so we thought we might be without a home, but everything worked out.” Since the college achieved it’s goal of having the building up and running early, it was able to start classes at the beginning of the Spring Semester. Furthermore, the college now can have all human and protective services programs in one building. Those include fire, law enforcement and EMS programs. “This is the first time emergency and medical services are under one roof which offers a tremendous amount of training opportunities, but it gets everyone under a protective services umbrella,” Raemisch said. Prior to this building being erected, fire program students were in the Fire Services building across from the Truax campus. The college needs to update that facility because it requires repairs, Raemisch said. This new Protected Services building created the opportunity for the necessary updates to take place. Previously, the criminal justice, EMS and law enforcement programs were located at the West Campus. Having these entities in close proximity to the Fire Services building will allow the college to create a more realistic learning atmosphere, said John Stransky, associate dean of Protective Services. “When you have an emergency, police, fire and EMS are all at the same scene. They’re doing their different roles, but they weren’t training together,” Stransky said. “So now, they have the opportunity here that will do joint disaster training (and) joint emergency response training so that these three service disciplines will interact together. We’ll turn out a better product.” With the Protective Services building completed, the new Health building is on its way as well. That building is set to be finished in April. As it reaches completion, Protective Services is working with the programs in the Health building to create a “mock disaster.” This will be a simulated crisis situation » SEE BUILDING PAGE 5


Joe Ratzel of Reedsburg carries an American flag attached to a pole outfitted with a rifle scope outside the Capitol in Madison during a “Guns Across America” rally on Jan. 19.



LOOK LIKE? A Pew Research poll shows perspective on issues pressing the nation on gun safety in public schools

Armed security guards/police in more schools: Favor: 64 Oppose: 32

More teachers and school officials with guns in schools: Favor: 57 Oppose: 40

Recent school shootings have officials at all levels looking for answers, ways to protect students BY MICHAEL KLEIN


News Editor

here have already been more school shootings than months, so far this year. Another murder, of a 14-year-old-boy, at an Atlanta middle school occurred on Feb. 1. Americans are traumatized by the disturbing trend that is sparking much debate encompassing several hot button issues. Madison College must learn from the tragedy of others if the school doesn’t want to be another headline. The Public Safety department is working diligently to keep the school as safe as possible. Since the highly publicized mass murder at Columbine in 1999, America has had more than twice as many school shootings as the rest of the world combined, according to What’s worse is these acts seem to be happening with greater frequency in recent years.

Tragedies of the last few months have greatly influenced the scope of national politics. The unthinkable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut glommed public attention last December and left the country in mourning. A tearful President Obama addressed the nation afterward and reasoned that “we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” Since then, there has been much debate regarding possible causes and solutions. Fingers seem to be pointing in all directions. Inconsistent gun laws, violent video games and bullying have grabbed the majority of headlines recently. Subsequently, legislation is looking » SEE VIOLENCE PAGE 5





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Have you checked out Madison College’s very own social networking site? Log into your student center and click on “The Link” to create an account. Keep up to date on campus trends and activities. It also allows students to follow organizations and clubs.

Culinary and Baking & Pastries receive accreditation renewal The college’s Culinary and baking and Pastries programs received a 7-year, “Exemplary Status,” accreditation renewal from the American Culinary Federation.

Peter Dettmer: “Best New Educator 2012” Peter S. Dettmer, automated manufacturing instructor completing his graduate degree through the University of Wisconsin-Plateville’s off-campus Master of Science in Adult Education program, has received two teaching awards.

Automotive program offering on-site repairs The morning and afternoon Service Repair Procedures and Automotive Classes are offering vehicle repair needs for safety

inspections, oil changes, coolant flushing, transmission fluid changes, minor electrical repair and the like. Visit room 50A (center wing) to fill out an auto work request.

Beauty Break The Wisconsin Coalition for the Homeless and the UW-Madison Vets for Vets are selling one hour “Beauty Break” makeovers. For $25, students can buy a ticket and give one away for free to help homeless female veterans get a make-over. Email to find out how to get your ticket.




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Dennis Mullikin wins a straight line in Bingo on Jan. 29. Students won prizes such as hats, tea, Halls and lotion. Mullkin had gone three straight games of nearing 1-3 slots away from a Bingo.

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Beginning this semester, Madison College Libraries has changed the policy on DVD checkouts, now allowing five checkouts at a time instead of just two. This is good news, since the 85 Academy Awards are coming up Feb. 24 and you probably want to catch up on some films. Making as much news this year as the films and people nominated are those that weren’t. Every year there are issues concerning snubs with the Academy Award nominations, but it seems like this year the outcry has been even greater. Many people are wondering how Ben Affleck, who won the Golden Globe and several film critic awards for directing Argo, wasn’t even nominated for the Best Director Oscar. Some other curious omissions in the Best Director field were Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Quentin Tarentino (Django Unchained). Despite being at the top of many film critic lists, “Moonrise

Kingdom,” “The Master,” “Skyfall” or “The Dark Knight Rises” did not receive best film nominations. Missing out on acting nominations were Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Jack Black (Bernie), John Hawkes (The Sessions), and Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained). Of course, not everyone can get nominated, and whether it’s the Academy Awards or any other type of award, some good films or people will be left out. In Academy Award history, “Singing in the Rain” was not nominated in 1952 despite its stature as an American musical classic now. “Vertigo,” considered by many to be Alfred Hitchcock’s best film, was not nominated in 1958, and Jimmy Stewart failed to receive an actor nomination for it, in spite of it now being a highlight of his famous career. John Ford’s “The Searchers,” considered by the American Film Institute and

other critics to be the best Western ever made, was not nominated in 1956. Director Stanley Kubrick was snubbed on multiple occasions. There are several lists of famous movies that were snubbed by the Academy Awards. Some good sample lists are from Paste Magazine and Entertainment Weekly Magazine. So what’s the point? While our inclination is to always go with a winner, history shows that it’s also worth checking out a loser once in a while, be it in film, literature or whatever the medium. Try to go beyond what people define as the best to discover the best for yourself. Many of the Oscar-nominated and Oscarsnubbed titles are owned by the Madison College Libraries, and are free to check out with your One Card. Remember, you can now check out five at a time instead of just two.


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President Obama speaks during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013.

Historical perspective Madison College’s District Board chair tells The Clarion about her time at President Obama’s inauguration RYAN SPOEHR Copy Editor Frances Huntley-Cooper, Madison College District Board chair, recently went to Washington D.C. to see the second inauguration of President Barack Obama along with a few family members. After the event, The Clarion’s Ryan Spoehr sat down and spoke with Huntley-Cooper about the event and Obama’s presidency. This was HuntleyCooper’s third trip to an inauguration. She attended the 2009 inauguration as well as Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. RS: What was the atmosphere like at the ceremony? FRANCES FHC: We actually HUNTLEY-COOPER arrived on Thursday. The District Board Chair crowds were smaller than four years ago, but it was still a huge group of people. I think people came (four years ago) because it was the first AfricanAmerican president ever elected. People came back like me as repeaters because we were proud of what all we accomplished in the last four years and for him to get reelected after all the obstacles that he had to deal with in the political world.

We were just proud that he was able to overcome that and represent the average person with the reelection. People were up early to get a good seat; people were there at 4:30 even though the gates didn’t open until 7. It wasn’t as cold as four years ago, but it was still cold. People say, “Well, you’re from Wisconsin” but it’s still cold. It was in the 30s. So it was cold. We had hand warmers and the seat warmers. RS: You mentioned you were only a couple blocks away this time around. How far away were you in ’09? FHC: You’re not going to believe this, but we had to walk back to Arlington, Va. We walked across the bridge because our hotel was there. At that time, there were restrictions on cars coming in and going out so you didn’t have transportation unless you did the subway. The subway system was jam-packed with everybody getting on, so my daughter said, “Mom, why don’t we just walk back?” So we didn’t get back to the hotel until 5:00 because we were trying to figure out our way back from the Capitol. RS: What about the surroundings? What was going on throughout the weekend? FHC: My husband and I participated in the National Day of Service that Saturday morning. There were about 100 agencies set up where you could go sign up and volunteer. You can learn a lot and stop at a lot of stations and find what is a good fit for you. We then had to get ready for the Kids’ Inaugural. We ran into a woman who gave us these tickets (to that event). I didn’t know her; she served on the National Finance Committee. It was wonderful. Michelle Obama and Joe Biden and their kids were there and then it was kicked off with Usher performing and ended with Katy Perry. It was really nice.

Sunday, we didn’t have anything major planned so my husband and I didn’t have anything going on so we ended up going to an inaugural ball sponsored by the Maryland Finance Committee. Between our family, we think we touched most aspects of (the inauguration) and celebration. RS: Looking back at four years ago and looking at this year, were there any similarities (or differences) between the two events? FHC: I think what was totally different was I think if you have a choice to go see an inauguration, it’s always exciting to go to the first one when a president gets elected. I think the president’s inaugural committee was trying to be a little sensitive to the economy, so it didn’t seem to be as many balls; there were only two official balls and last time there were at least 10. The biggest thing I noticed was four years ago when we stood in line there were more lines. It seemed longer four years ago because there were more people just to pick up tickets or if you were standing in line because you were trying to get to see the performances at the National Mall. For us though, it was worth going one last time. RS: What did you think about the actual speech that Obama gave? FHC: First off, that was his last (inaugural) speech so he had to deliver the message indicating that these were the things that are important to him and the American people. I heard a lot of the criticisms the people were talking about his speech, but the first four years he worked very hard at reaching out and reaching across the aisle at trying to get support on the various issues that he campaigned on and got nowhere. I think he’s just saying now, “OK, enough is enough. We need to put politics aside.”

Former classmates set up fund for lasting tribute JACOB ENNIS Managing Editor A shade tree for Brandon Slattery next to a bench for Amy Damon is the goal of a memorial fund through Madison College. Slattery, 24, and Damon, 21, were found dead in a burning vehicle in McFarland early on New Year’s Day this year. The cause of death was ruled as smoke inhalation. Becky Zarling, classmate and friend of Damon, said the memorial is a wonderful sentiment to how much they were loved and a testament to their life together and love for each other. “Amy and Brandon’s love for each other was truly

a love that many of us hope to find,” Zarling said. Damon was adored by friends and classmates. She had a positive attitude that affected everyone. “As a classmate, Amy kept us all pretty grounded when the pressures of the nursing program and our lives really seemed to be spiraling out of control,” Zarling said. “I know that I’m a better person for having known Amy.” Slattery was a graduate of the Automotive Technician program and Damon was a graduate of the Nursing program at Madison College. The engaged couple’s families told Zarling how both of them loved attending the school. Slattery liked the hands-on experience and Damon like the intimacy of the smaller classes.

To contribute Donations for this memorial can be mailed by check in care of and to: Madison College Foundation 1701 Wright Street Madison, WI 53704 In the memo area of the check, please put “Amy Damon Memorial Fund.” Funds can also be donated online at



Badminton intramurals offers chance to play MICHAEL KLEIN News Editor


Comedian Samuel Comroe entertained students in the Truax cafeteria Jan. 30. Comroe’s primary material included his experience with tourettes, as well as his dog.

Intramural badminton is now meeting weekly Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on court 3 of the Truax campus. All Madison College students of all skill levels are invited to compete in the thrilling sport. Participants will have input on the style of tournaments and gameplay. Games will be played on four courts with rackets available for those who do not have their own equipment. “Students will mostly run the weekly club,” said badminton course instructor Jan Schaefer. Her and Michael Davenport are the lone badminton teachers on campus and plan to attend games whenever possible. With enough participation and interest, additional weekly meetings will be considered once spring sports teams are able to begin practicing outside. Badminton is played in a set of three games according to Rules for the game differ depending on the source, but below are some basics to get players ready for action. Games begin with a toss or net drop. Whichever side the birdie points to, is awarded the first serve. The toss is when the birdie is released from the top of the net or hit over it. Badminton shares some basic similarities with tennis. Besides use of a racket and net, both sports are played on a sectioned court with alternating serving positions. After that, the two are very different. Court dimensions are contingent on the number of players. Doubles games use the entire 44 feet by 20 feet while singles only use 44 feet by 17 feet. The net is set at 5 feet 1 inch on the sides and 5 feet on the center of court. In a game, a point is scored when the server wins a rally by landing

the birdie on or within the lines of the opponent’s court. Unlike tennis, there is no service fault and redo. Also, hitting the net does not kill a serve. If the server is unable to place the birdie in the diagonally opposite square, the opponent takes control of the serve. All serves are required to be underhand and receivers aren’t allowed to move until it is delivered. The server begins on the right side when having an even score and left with an odd point total. Singles games typically run to 11 points, but is occasionally played until a player reaches 15. Doubles is played until a team scores 21 with. Both game styles require a two-point lead to win. The first games were played on Feb. 4 and students are glad that the sport finally has a home at Madison College outside of curriculum. One of the strongest players goes by the name E.T and wanted to encourage everyone to come and play. “It’s just fun,” he said. His words were simple, but very true.

Interesting Game Facts

Badminton is believed to be the fastest racket sport with shuttle speeds clocked near 185 miles per hour. Over 1.1 billion television viewers tuned in to badminton’s first Olympic appearance in 1992. Soccer is the only sport more popular than badminton. The best badminton shuttles are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose. The birdie was once known as battledore and shuttlecock. 16 feathers are used to make a shuttle. The 2012 Olympic Games involved badminton controversy when the Chinese team was found guilty of throwing a match.

Take steps to protect yourself from the flu MICHAEL KLEIN News Editor Having the influenza virus is like living a horror story. It can be so violent that it’s nauseating and sends chills to every inch of its victims’ helpless bodies. The monstrous culprit is responsible for 45 deaths in the U.S. thus far this year and many experts believe it is only beginning to hit its peak. CBS News reported this disturbing statistic and added that “9.4 percent of all U.S. deaths were caused by flu or pneumonia.” Unfortunately, many people are ignorant of many aspects of the flu and are contributing to the virus’ spread. Both the currently afflicted and those who may soon cross its path should know the important details and precautions to follow. There are many types of flu. All of these strands have similar, yet more severe, symptoms than the common cold. A runny nose, sore throat, 100-plus degree temperature, body aches and chills are all indicators of the flu virus. Tests can be performed by taking a sample swab from the patient’s nose. It is unnecessary, though, to see a health doctor for treatment of these symptoms. Conversely, some less common effects of the flu are signals that a physician’s care is needed. According to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention, the signs that are most worrisome and warrant an immediate doctor visit include troubled breathing, lip discoloration, chest pain, sudden dizziness, confusion, seizures and persistent vomiting. The rest of the public, suffering from typical flu-like symptoms, is encouraged to stay home, drinks clear fluids, rest and stay away from the healthy. High-risk individuals include the elderly, infants, asthmatics and those with weak immune systems. Anyone that believes they have the flu and fall under any of these categories is an exception to the healing at home method. Doctors can treat these patients effectively if they are seen within the first few days of when symptoms begin. Antiviral medications help make the illness more tolerable and accelerate the recovery time. Additionally, tests show that they can prevent serious complications. There are currently four approved antiviral drugs available according to CDC: oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), amantadine (generic), and rimantadine (Flumadine). The already startling number of people affected by the flu may continue to rise. Anna Hoffman R.N works at the Truax campus and she believes that February will likely be the true peak of this flu season. It’s scary to think that an already destructive season could get

worse. Luckily, there is an inexpensive way to decrease a person’s likelihood of becoming ill. Whether or not you have contracted the virus doesn’t matter when it comes to flu shots. Anyone six months or older is strongly advised, by the medical community, to be immunized. The U.S. government offers these details and plenty more relevant information on the vaccines at Here interested people can ask questions and find immunization centers. Needles tend to make many folks uneasy, but there is an alternative. Vaccinations can be given with a traditional shot, but patients can opt for the inactivated influenza vaccine, which is given as a nose spray. Side effects are mild and include soreness, headache and fever. There is no guarantee that the vaccination will prevent the flu virus. Angela Danielski is a nursing program student at Madison College. She reluctantly received immunizations the past two years. Danielski said this was a requirement “due to clinical sites I was going to for the nursing program.” Otherwise, she likely wouldn’t have considered it. Although she isn’t sold on them completely she understands their importance. “The flu shot contains scientists’ best guess at what strain of the flu will be prevalent for the next year, so it isn’t always 100 percent effective in preventing people from get-

ting sick from the flu.” Danielski learned this firsthand when she fell during the holidays last December. Students that prefer a more convenient way to get protected have an option at school. There are many who are unaware of Truax’s student clinic. The building is separate from campus, but is easy to find out of the east side of the building. Students of all Madison College campuses, taking degree credit courses, have access to the health care services with their valid OneCard. For only $13, eligible students can stop in during the school day and one of the friendly nurses will help. More information is available by calling (608) 441-3320. An old saying goes you should never pass judgment on another, unless they leave the bathroom without washing their hands. Even those who decide against the vaccination should remember that regular hand washing is critical in helping prevent the spread of infectious germs. Hand sanitizers can help keep hands clean throughout the day but is not a substitute for soap and water. Be safe and sanitary flu season, or just be sick. Currently the flu is categorized as an epidemic. If things continue to worsen, the bug can soon turn into a far reaching pandemic. monitors the situation weekly and provides actions the federal government is taking.



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 involving an accident, fire or some other type of disaster, Raemisch said. There will be police, fire and EMS students that respond to the disaster and


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to combat these, alleged, contributors to America’s violent culture. NBC News has thoroughly covered these Supreme Court battles that challenged constitutional amendments. These lawmakers often forget how difficult these events are to prevent or end. The domestic terrorists that commit these crimes have an advantage on the officers that desperately try to stop them. There is no one specific known reason for the violence that keeps hitting schools, nor is there a profile that can accurately detect a shooter beforehand. Most of the killings are premeditated and many are carried out by introverts or bullied students from middle-class families. These generalizations, however, cannot calculate who, what, where, when or why’s of any future slaying. The impossible challenge of preventing these massacres is only the beginning of problem. Police responding to reports of an active shooter face problematic circumstances at the scene. After an initial 911 call is made, which typically takes three minutes from the start of the crisis, officers average another three to five minutes to arrive at the site. Director of Public Safety for Madison College, Jim Bottoni, added that this data, from the FBI, also determined that an average incident lasts 12 minutes. This means that, six to eight, excruciatingly long minutes have

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013 | NEWS | 5 “victims” will be treated at the scene. After that, the “victims” will be sent to the Health building and be treated by nurses in a mock clinic. This will take place on an undetermined date this summer. Raemisch said experience like this is important, particularly with the amount of the students that graduate and receive

jobs within these fields in the Madison area. “There was a great need for it. I tell people our students enter as students and they graduate as heroes,” Raemisch said. “That’s basically what we do; we train them to protect us. With 87 percent of our students staying in the district, selfishly

I want them (to have) the best training there (is) because they are the ones with all probability that will be coming to help.”

likely passed before initial responders can act. Madison College’s Public Safety Services is in charge of protecting the more than 40,000 student and staff members of the college. In the event of a shooting incident, these officers “won’t assist with evacuation,” said Bottoni. Rather, they will “meet with the first responders,” were they will implement a tactic designed around the unique circumstances. Madison Police Department Operations Lieutenant John Radovan recently had the chance to work with campus security from Madison College during a seminar on active threat response. The newly appointed lieutenant has nothing but great respect for his colleagues. “I am very impressed with their work quality and professionalism,” said Radovan. He went on to comment on the staff ’s reliability and said that “they have a plan of action that is right and students should follow their recommendations.” “If you think it’s gunfire, it is,” said Bottoni. Studies conducted over the last 10 years by the FBI couldn’t find “one documented case of an individual that was killed running.” This is a fascinating statistic that Bottoni explains is a result of the shooter’s inexperience. This evacuation tactic refers to the half of the fight or flight theory. Conversely, fight is possible when the situation allows for the student to make a defensive move against the aggressor. MPD and Public Safety officers plan

to continue their collaborative effort. There is a drill on active shooter entries planned for the security team to train with Madison Police Department during non-peak campus hours. These aren’t the only ones fighting for students’ safety. Many groups have been assembled at Madison College to help lift some of the burden from the Public Safety Officers. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) meets weekly to manage individual’s concerns regarding students who exhibit behavioral red flags. If complaints are made, the BIT looks in to the matter. Intervention plans are then implemented, according to the school’s website, if the BIT believes a student is “at risk to themselves or others socially, mentally and physically.” The WolfPack alert is a Facebookoperated message system that utilizes the 160 characters of text to immediately inform students of important breaking news. Students are encouraged to sign up for it and are reminded that it isn’t used for solicitation. Students may opt out at any time and can be assured that the only non-urgent messages will be monthly tests. Bottani is most excited for the emergency alert system, which is part of the new phone system and will be ready shortly. This will be able to send out emergency action messages and even communicate with the school’s monitors. Some students will truly appreciate the measures taken to keep them safer.

Those unconvinced that this threat could happen on their campus need to familiarize themselves with the facts. There have been two school shooting incidents in Wisconsin since 2006 and firearms aren’t the only threat to local students. Truax has received multiple bomb threats in past years, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including nearly a dozen in 1999. While odds are slim, these tragedies are often unpredictable and remain a very real threat that is just as likely to occur on a Madison campus, as it is anywhere else. Bottoni even mentioned that a tip was called into the Public Safety Services Central Command Center last week suggesting a female student may be carrying a weapon on campus. The student was approached and no weapons were found, but the tip is still concerning. Not that these possible threats aren’t worrying enough for students, but the presence of children at daycare makes the school’s vulnerabilities particularly alarming. Madison College students see the sign about weapons being prohibited on the school doors every day but not much was known about the campus’ plan if a student disobeyed the door signs. Students should be able to dedicate all of their effort to studies and not worries. After all, you are being looked out for. Please call the Public Safety Services Central Command Center with any tips or concerns. The office is located in room 117, at the Truax campus.

The mild winter enabled the Protective Services building to be completed earlier than projected.





Across waters

Protesters gather at the Wisconsin Capitol in support and rejection of gun rights.

Global perspective paints different story for gun control in U.S.


I feel sorry for the bitter fact that a hospital. It made me very sad.” Asano added that people in America certainly need a gun school could turn out to be the most unsafe place. When I watched the gun owners’ to protect themselves. “In my country, civilian citizens are never allowed to rally in at the capitol, I was surprised with the ideas to propose own guns and it’s fine. We don’t need that. We have less people, so teachers to keep guns at school. It’s sounds ridiculous and scary our government can more focus to prevent crimes.” at the same time. Dealing with a shooting surely is not a teacher’s Meanwhile, Zia Ulhaq, a Madison College student from job and it’s dangerous to put Pakistan has different opinion. deadly weapons around chil“American policemen are great. dren. They can give respond very Since American citizens have quickly. If my country is safe like rights to keep guns, I strongly SYLVIA LIM here, why should we keep guns?” agree with Obama, that it needs Staff Writer However, America is not the to be controlled in a particular only country which allows its way. Not to violate the rights, but citizens to bear arms. Pakistan is the same. to build a more secure environment in this According to Ulhaq, in Pakistan, guns are nation. important for self defense. “I have five guns Like Ulhaq said, “The problem is not the at my home. When the military or army gun, but the bullets. We need to set limited came to our areas, all policemen disappear bullets. For example, two bullets in a gun. because they are scared. We had no choice. When a thief come to our home, we can So, my brother trained me on how to use shoot him and call police. That’s all. But gun. I was 30 when I learned how to shoot when people are allowed to keep more bulat the first time. We were taking turns to lets, they have a chance to massacre.” stay awake at night, to make sure that no At last, one question remains. For gun one would harm our families. Until now, I owners, how safe do you feel? never shot anybody.”

he connecticut shooting was an awful tragedy, not only for U.S. citizens but also for the world. Our heart is broken to hear how Adam Lanza dared to kill 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and most of them were children. This horrible massacre fuels a major debate over gun regulation across America. Obama’s proposal to control guns creates a hot pro and con debate. Gun control and safety issues are interesting to discuss, especially when I talked with foreign students to collect international perspective. “I usually travel alone in my home country, but I prefer not to do that here. I’m scared because I know that people have guns,” said an Indonesian student who lives in Seattle, Wash. In 2005, a survey held by Gallup showed that three in ten Americans owned a gun. Most of them said that they used it for protecting themselves, for hunting and for target shooting. But whether the weapons are used for crimes or self defense, the number of gun owners have a strong connection with unsecured feeling. Ryoji Asano, a Madison College student from Japan said, “One of my friends in California was attacked by strangers. He was bleeding so badly and taken to the



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LETTERFROMTHEEDITOR A quick word from the editor in chief, George Treviranus.


appy Wednesday, y’all. I gotta say, when I decided to apply to be editor I never realized it would entail never having sleep. I mean, I sort of expected it, but now it’s getting grinding. Speaking of grinding, a great video game is now out called “Sly 4: Thieves in Time.” Sly Cooper is a thief and takes on missions with his trusty gang of cheesy cohorts. You can be sure to find a review

of it in the next issue. For this edition of The Clarion, however, we are continuing our coverage and interest in gun violence, this time bringing it back to Madison College and the Madison area. If you’re ever unsure of the policies and procedures in the case of a crisis, don’t hesitate to speak with Public Safety. They will soon be moving to a big new building off of Wright St., behind the

new Health building across from the main campus. We also decided to have fun with Valentines Day by bringing you a pink logo on page 1 (in case you somehow missed it), and a neat twist on The Buzz on page 9. Check them out! The Clarion is currently looking for more writers, too. Email us at clarioned@madisoncollege. edu for more, or visit room 130 at Truax.

through your sights Gun control has many more facets than most realize as a complex issue, nationally K. JOHNSON-BAIR Staff Writer  


he president has said that he strongly believes in the right to bear arms and that most gun owners are well within the law and use their guns responsibly. However, the new legislation is a practical approach to curbing mass shootings like those in Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Col.; the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek; Virginia Tech and Columbine.  The Second Amendment is central to the issue of gun control. The National Rifle Association seeks to defeat the new legislation based solely on the Second Amendment.  A previous ban on assault weapons

expired in 2004. Since then, mass shootings have increased in frequency. The scope and devastation of assault weapons on society has proven to be beyond our comprehension. High-powered assault weapons and high capacity magazines have been the preferred choice of individuals who seek to inflict the most damage through the easy acquisition of these weapons. In 2013, the individual rights and freedoms of some must be carefully balanced to address and protect the many. Issues of public safety and protection need to be addressed.  Today, society is faced with a myriad of issues concerning responsible gun ownership: mental health, character, judgment and the foresight to protect those who cannot protect themselves. The real concern here is protection and the prevention of senseless loss of life. The four main features that the new legislation seeks to address are these:  • Closing background check loop-

holes to keep guns out of dangerous hands • Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps • Making schools safer • Increasing access to mental health services These practical measures could go a long way toward reducing the kind of gun violence we’ve seen in the last year.  In their recent article from Slate Magazine, “How Many People Have Been Killed By Guns Since Newtown?” Chris Kirk and Dan Kois discuss important questions and highlight a crowdsourced interactive effort to get real numbers and bring attention to the issue of gun violence across the country and the number of lives lost.  Gun control is a very troubling and complex issue. It can’t wait. Ultimately, it’s not about taking away anyone’s Second Amendment rights. It’s about saving lives. 

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Wisconsin Transit Week approaching As a recent UW-Madison grad, I’ve become a little nostalgic as I remember better days before I entered post-graduation life. During my walks down memory lane, I realized I took a lot of things for granted as a UW student. I think about things that any Madison grad knows about, such as waffle days at Pop’s Club, State Street entertainment with Scanner Dan, and chasing after the Route 81 bus. While at UW, I was able to walk to and from class most of the time. But, when I was too lazy to walk up Bascom Hill or needed to get home from Helen C. at 1:30 a.m., Madison Transit was there to offer me a safe ride. As a student, it was nice knowing I didn’t need to own a car, deal with chaotic parking, and face the wrath of the Madison parking enforcement. Transit options were always available to me whenever I needed a lift. Next week is officially known as Wisconsin Transit Week across the state – and there is a website to commemorate this occasion, The site will feature a new question each day during Transit Week for people to discuss via Twitter. So if you have a transit story to tell, or even just want to give a shout out to the transit agency in your city, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WITransit. Yes, transit and public transportation can be a dry subject… but bringing social media into the mix will make it a bit more fun and interesting. — AMY HILDEBRAND, DECEMBER GRADUATE OF BUSINESS

Could viral marketing replace Super Bowl ads? New approach to ads in the Super Bowl may change viewing experience in future RYAN SPOEHR Copy Editor


uper Bowl XLVII is now in the history books, including the football, halftime show and the advertisements that go hand-in-hand with those. The advertisements have long been a hook even for people who have very little football knowledge. In the past two years, there has been a switch in how some of the commercials have been distributed. Ever since Volkswagon released their ad with a little kid in a Darth Vader costume that had the ability to use the force to open a minivan door online prior to the Super Bowl two years ago, Doritos and Coca-Cola have since followed suit and created commercials that went viral before this year’s Super Bowl. “Super Bowl commercials were always kind of a big kept secret. Part of the reason you would watch the game would be to see the debut of these commercials,”

said Steve Noll, lead Marketing instructor at Madison College. “Now, the trend is to release the commercials a day or two or even ahead of time online and try to build up the buzz. I think part of it is the big idea is people will start talking about the commercials and while they’re watching the game they tell their friends, ‘Hey wait until we see the VW commercial or the Doritos commercial,’ so they’re kind of looking for it.” The thing about releasing advertisements before the Super Bowl is companies can see how many people view the video on a site like YouTube and they can see how many times the video is shared or tweeted on Facebook or Twitter. “It shows how successful it has been or not. Two years ago, VW put out their Darth Vader commercial on Friday and racked up several million views before the game on Sunday. That was amazing – a huge success,” Noll said. “Now, tons of people are jumping on that. Now we’re seeing a half a dozen Super Bowl commercials that are racking up millions of views online before they’ve aired.” In many cases, the ads that are online tend to be longer than when they are on during the Super Bowl, Noll said. Ads in the Super Bowl are probably going to be

around 30 seconds while ads online are probably going to be around a minute or two long. He says there is definite value in that philosophy. “If I was working for a big company with the ad budget to afford the Super Bowl, I definitely would sit down and be thinking of a type of commercial that we could release that would hopefully have a bit of a viral spread to it,”he said. With the addition of viral marketing to the Super Bowl commercial tradition, there could potentially be some question in if that tradition of promoting during the Super Bowl is going to change drastically or even be nonexistent. Noll says that there is a potential for that to happen. This year, advertisements during the Super Bowl rose to a record high price. The average price for a commercial during the big game on CBS was about $3.7 million, which was up from $3.5 million last year when the game was aired on NBC. “You kind of wonder that because there is so much money involved in the Super Bowl. If all the money for the Super Bowl starts to go in different directions, does the Super Bowl still become relevant?” Noll said. “The actual broadcast is the anchor that all these week-long

campaigns are being built around. If you get rid of that anchor, everything could just fall apart. Is Doritos going to release a commercial in July? There’s nothing to anchor that idea around.” In the past, there has been a large group of people who just watch the Super Bowl for the ads. Still, this year was a record setting year for the Super Bowl again in ratings. Nielsen reported a 46.0 rating for the Super Bowl, even surpassing the high number set last year. No regular season NFL game even comes close to this. There is a still a mystique to buying air time during the Super Bowl, Noll said. He also said that the business model seems to be changing, but there is still light at the end of the tunnel for some types of commercials that generally come out during the Super Bowl. “I haven’t seen any the summer blockbuster (commercials). Generally the summer blockbusters are advertised during the Super Bowl. They’re holding that stuff off,” he said. “I think though that there is an element of surprise to it that that’s kind of the first place for it. I think there is still a tradition of debuting it during the Super Bowl. But I think especially the things that are more consumer-based products, they’re trying to get the buzz.”





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Virgin Produced Greenestreet Films Inc. If a sub-genre in comedy known as abstract-hyper-sexual-crude-comedy existed, “Movie 43” would win the Oscar. “Movie 43” is essentially a series of vignettes one story after another with little to no relation. These scenes, all of which have a different director, are loosely connected by one sporadic, but linear plot. Dennis Quaid plays a desperate screenwriter who has one final pitch to sell his ultimate script. The film unfolds in the form of notes and ideas Quaid’s character has developed. The narrative twists and turns in real time between Quaid and the unfortunate film executive to whom he is pitching his idea. The comedic content of this film is unique. It ranges from satirical takes on high school, incest and romantic relationships, to relationship intimacies and problems with roommates. There was a feeling of inconsistency and randomness throughout the whole movie, but consistency in its nonsensical style of humor. If you find yourself wondering if it’s OK to laugh, then it’s probably OK to laugh. If you are one discomforted by societal taboos this is the perfect film to challenge yourself with. It takes practically every oddity a person can imagine and finds humor in them. Enter the theater with caution and be aware that Peter Farrelly wastes no time in setting the tone. The opening scene does so extremely well in preparing you for the ludicrousness you’re about to experience. Along with the hysterics comes a colorful cast to ease you into acceptance and laughter. Blatant but humorous, “Movie 43” is excellent for those into fast paced sketch comedy, or would like to see societal taboos broken. That being said, those who find themselves uncomfortable around this sort of humor should beware.




JONATHAN LEVINE Mandeville Films

ONLY BRAINS LOVE Warm Bodies encapsulates a traditional love story in a non-traditional format

PREVIEWS FEB 8 IDENTITY THEFT R A businessman learns that his identity has been stolen by a very weird woman. SIDE EFFECTS R A New York couple’s world is turned upside down when a psychiatrist prescribes a new drug for anxiety.

FEB. 15 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD R John McClane returns for the fifth installment of the Die Hard movie franchise. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES PG-13 Ethan meets Lena, a girl with magical abilities. Together they fight for Lena to be accepted to the light side.

BRIANNA ROBERTS & GEORGE TREVIRANUS Staff Writers This sweet but comical apocalyptic love story is truly moving and mind-boggling. The movie’s theme focuses on how love can change a life. Julie (Teresa Palmer) was able to bring R (Nicholas Hoult) back to life. It showed how much all human beings need love and the power that love contains. If love can reconstruct a lifeless zombie imagine, what it can do to us regular folk. Viewers will follow R, a zombie among zombies, unable to feel or do anything, until he meets Julie--a survivor of the apocalypse--that changes his life forever. Throughout the movie, he becomes more and more human, and his zombie friends

predictably become suspicious. R is in love, and there’s no stopping his return to humanity. This movie is a modern day take on old themes by having the couple represent Shakespeare’s character of Romeo and Juliet. R and Julie in this film are totally inseparable. The passion, the quirkiness, the charm -- this uplifting romance is a must see. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day flick for couples and singles. It’s a tearjerker that will have you laughing and crying in your seat. If you like comedies or romance films this is the film for you. Love overcomes, and all love can restore the lost, the brokenhearted and even the dead, apparently. Love is how balanced is achieved, it is where restoration and peace are found. This movie is such a positive inspiration it encourages teamwork, friendship, family and most of all true love. It follows a traditional storyline but like any good romantic comedy there must be an obstacle. These hopeless romantics put themselves on the line and helping hand never goes out of style in this movie. Does their love survive the battle? Who wins the war: humans or zombies?






‘Ni No Kuni’ has cute charm while offering fun gameplay for everyone

NI NO CUTESIE I COLIN BOWDEN Staff Writer Some days you just want to kick back and watch cartoons, and other days you want to be the cartoon. In “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch,” you get to be that cartoon. Studio Ghibli and developer Level 5 have created a game for the PlayStation 3 that’s a topsy-turvy, adventurous and exciting, Japanese role-playing game (JRPG). The game revolves around traveling to another world on an adventure to save your character’s mother. It does not contain an incredible plot but the voice

acting in both English and Japanese help keep the player engaged. Studio Ghibli is an excellent choice as they bring their storied animation style to both the cutscenes and gameplay. The look to “Ni no Kuni” is exquisite and lush, sporting an almost-but-not-quite-cute cartoonish style (called cel-shaded animation). That by itself is a significant positive for the experience. Case in point, even the bosses look somewhat adorable. The base of gameplay in “Ni no Kuni” is grinding, grinding and more grinding. Grinding is a term often used to mean

tedious play meant not to advance the plot but to level up your characters to even be able to advance. You fight battles over and over to make your character stronger. It can be satisfying, but it can also be slow. A playthrough of this game can last 40-60 hours overall. While you’ll have to invest your time to get through this doozy, it can be worth it. Grinding is a key gameplay aspect of other JRPGs like “Pokemon” and

Ni No Kuni’s gameplay experience is reminiscent of something like Pokemon or Final Fantasy, in that you will grind very often. It can get difficult, but those who are used to the mechanic should have no issues for the duration of the game.

the “Final Fantasy” series, so if you like those games this may be right up your alley. Speaking of “Pokemon” mixed with “Final Fantasy,” this is one weird game where you must catch small spirits to fight on your behalf. You do so in teams of three, fighting semi-random battles over and over again. Catching the spirits, or familiars, is consistently fun and exciting, but like the rest of the game, it’s never-ending. JRPG fans will love this, but it may only seem worth a rental for gamers of a more “Call-of-Duty” variety. This part of the experience that could have used a little less tedium and a little more animation, though the cut-scenes do seem to come in at the right time to break up the monotony. There are plenty of side quests and extra paths to go down to keep you occupied, though sometimes it feels like just that – a way to keep the player from moving forward too fast. Still, getting every weapon or completing every quest is a game in and of itself and may merit a second playthrough for those who finish the game quickly. “Ni no Kuni” is a game well worth your time with a beautiful look and wonderful production values, but the slow pace and constant grinding reduce its widespread appeal. It’s worth a playing a time or two for anyone looking for a good time.




With the uproar in independently produced games over the last year or two, it should come as no surprise that “Dustforce” clears the board in terms of addiction laced with time waster. In short, it is a great experience, but has a steep learning curve. Players, for the most part, will be cleaning dust from the ground, ceilings and walls, jumping around like Spiderman to get the highest score. Two things matter in the gameplay: speed and dusting. The quicker you dust, and the more you dust, you will have a better chance at climbing the ranks of the point ladder. Some of the high scores around the world are pretty insane. I was able to get in the upper 30 percent, which means the game was easy to learn in the beginning, but some of the later stages become so dependent on muscle memory that you’ll be glad to get 60th percentile. Not only will you be dusting and running around like some kind of crazy

person, but you can do so with several characters. There are four to choose from, each reminiscent of Mega Man characters in their color schemes (blue and gray, red and gray, etc.) The characters have no bearing on the outcome of the game, other than your high score will be displayed with the respective character you chose. Dustforce certainly has a lot to offer. It brings intense sidescrolling, reliance on reflexes and a lot of frustration at times. But it’s worth it, considering you will likely be playing this game for hours anyway with its dozens and dozens of levels.


Using your trusty dust mop, players will clean up a virtual world and do so beautifully with Dust Force’s fantastic art style. HITBOX TEAM

PREVIEWS AUG. 28 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES PS3, XBOX 360 The sequel to the hit action game from 2010 brings fans new stages and story.

AUG. 28 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 3DS With an 81 percent on Metacritic and 8 out of 10 on GameSpot, you’re likely to enjoy this next iteration. SONIC ALL-STARS RACING TRANSFORMED 3DS Released for PS3 and XBOX 360 in Nov. 2012. METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE PS3, XBOX 360 This game is a spin-off of the Metal Gear series, with a self-contained plot and new gameplay mechanics for veterans and newbies alike.



Local Natives

So far, 2013 has been a promising year for new indie albums, and Local Natives’ new album “Hummingbird” does not disappoint. “Hummingbird” features songs that have great depth and emotion. That isn’t new for Local Natives, but their newest track list promises to deliver some very heartfelt and deep lyrics, along with unique background music. “Heavy Feet” is the first single off of the new album. The lyrics in “Heavy Feet” seem to carry the bands voices straight into your soul, with its lightly fast paced guitars and drums. The lyrics are delivered very well with the singer’s voice. You can hear the passion being expressed in this single. The song “Columbia” is more focused on the personal feelings of one band member, Kelcey Ayer. With its heart wrenching lyrics and a slow pace, the song helps you get a better feeling of how personal this song is to Ayer, who wrote it for his deceased mother. “Hummingbird” has definitely helped the band mature since the release of their last album, “Gorilla Manor.” The songs vary from flashy and fast paced tempos to something deeper and more personal. The varied melodies of the album will leave listeners satisfied, and will not bore you from repetition. Local Natives delivers another great album just in time for a new year. Listeners will not be disappointed when listening to this album, with many great and unique songs.



FEB 11 HOLY FIRE FOALS Third released album from this British indie band, “Holy Fire” will include 11 new songs. SONGS FOR IMAGINARY PEOPLE DARWIN DEEZ Latest album from Darwin Deez since his debut album in 2009.

FEB 19 I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II LIL WAYNE This album will feature guest vocals from Nicki Minaj, Drake and 2 Chainz. CLASH THE TRUTH BEACH FOSSILS This will feature cheerful songs and no shortage of guitar riffs for the avid guitarist fanboy.


From left, Rich Baumann, Tom Kastle, and Andrew Calhoun



Folk group enjoys the quiet setting at The Brink Lounge, creating a calm and reflective atmosphere for listeners PHOTOS BY PHIL EJERCITO Staff Photographer

From left, Tom Kastle and Andrew Calhoun





Tegan and Sara The twins have returned with their seventh studio album titled: Heartthrob. Tegan and Sara is an indie rock band made up of twin sisters from Calgary, Alberta. Noted for their “synth-pop” ‘80s sound and the curious but not so curious fact that they are identical twins. Both sisters play the guitar and keyboard and compose their own lyrics. Heartthrob’s opening track is oh so typical but sets an undertone for what the rest of the album will sound like and serves as a creative reprise and summary of past song lyrics they have wrote. Obviously for Tegan and Sara fans, this opening song, which lyrically focuses on romantic human connection, will be like bread and butter. However for the newcomer, be wary, the song simple yet strong may seem as a welcoming introduction, but in actuality is a warning for

the lyrical redundancy you are about partake in. The twins definitely credited for writing their own song lyrics, are not the most creative of pair. They have developed and grown into true musical artists in comparison from their 2002 studio album “If It Was You,” but the subject matter has inevitably remained the same. Underlying factors the twins evidently take into consideration when song writing may include break ups, romance, betrayal, love and acceptance.  If these appeal to you, this album may without a doubt make it to your top five of the year. Sonically Tegan and Sara have done what many fashion connoisseurs will do; take something old revamp

and tailor it to their style. In contrast to their electric guitar/acoustic sound. Heartthrob has a lot of piano synthesized sounds and heavy drums. The transition and harmony between the three instruments is very well done and is a redeeming quality in juxtaposition to the sappy lyrical content. If you are going through tough times with a romantic partner Heartthrob may be your alternative source to healing. If you’re looking for an interesting new sound in the indie scene, your endeavors are best vested elsewhere. — GAI HOTH




DIGITDEN Recent WolfPack highlights



TRITON COLLEGE 34 57 – 91 MADISON COLLEGE 27 30 – 57 WolfPack Leaders: Brandon Holz 18 points; Jason Miller 12 points; Charlie Grafft 11 points; Dominic Fumbanks 11 points. FOX VALLEY 33 30 – 63 MADISON COLLEGE 38 42 – 80 WolfPack Leaders: Jason Miller 25 points, 7 rebounds; Dominic Fumbanks 20 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist; Adam Ruka 9 points.

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE 41 36 – 77 MADISON COLLEGE 34 16 – 50 WolfPack Leaders: Jason Miller 14 points; Dominic Fumbanks 12 points; Adam Ruka 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TRITON COLLEGE 22 17 – 39 MADISON COLLEGE 26 41 – 67 WolfPack Leaders: Courtney Spangler 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block; Ellyn Hayden 13 points, 11 rebounds; Taylor Pfeuti 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks; Rebecca Stofflet 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block.

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MADISON COLLEGE 22 25 – 47 ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE 51 56 – 101 WolfPack Leaders: Calli Dahl 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Courtney Spangler 10 points, 6 rebounds; Ellyn Hayden 7 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist; Taylor Pfeuti 5 points, 1 rebound; Alyssa Anding 5 points. COLLEGE OF DuPAGE 31 37 – 68 MADISON COLLEGE 27 27 – 54 WolfPack Leaders: Courtney Spangler 16 points, 10 rebounds; Calli Dahl 12 points, 2 assists; Taylor Pfeuti 3 points, 6 rebounds; Chelsey Schulenburg 6 points; Ellyn Hayden 6 points; Alyssa Andling 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 points.

Miller leads men’s team to pair of recent wins TROY BRUZEWSKI Sports Editor


Madison College’s Alyssa Anding (above) drives past a Triton College defender on Feb. 2. Below, Courtney Spangler fights for a rebound during the WolfPack win.

Team ends streaky month and gains some momentum TROY BRUZEWSKI Sports Editor January was a streaky few weeks for the Madison College women’s basketball team. So, it matched much of the season to this point. Madison College never lost more than two in a row and didn’t win more than two in a row at any point in the month. Still, the team seems to be on an upswing after winning three of its last five games to improve its record to 9-13 overall. After a 65-46 loss to Joliet on Jan. 12, Madison College earned its second set of back-to-back wins of the month. The WolfPack defeated Milwaukee Area Technical College, 78-57, at home on Jan. 16. Taylor Pfeuti had a game-high 22 points for Madison, with Courtney Spangler adding 16 and Chelsey Schulenburg scoring 10. Creating turnovers and converting them to points, helped the high point totals, especially in the second half. The WolfPack scored 35 points off turnovers, compared to Milwaukee’s 12. Three days later, a stellar scoring effort by Madison College gave it a 78-39 win over Wilbur Wright College. » SEE STREAKY PAGE 14

Jason Miller has been the go-to guy for the Madison College men’s basketball team, but go“two” guy may be more accurate. Miller – a freshman from Kaukauna High School – led the WolfPack in two recent victories, multiplying their season-win total by two and putting him at 22.2 points-per-game average, this season. After starting 2013 with a 2-17 record, the WolfPack has won two of their last four games with Miller leading the way from the floor. Miller scored a game-high 26 points in Madison College’s 78-66 win over Rock Valley on Jan. 23. Dominic Fumbanks and Brandon Holz each added 15 points for the WolfPack, who had to overcome an early nine-point deficit. Madison College managed to dissolve Rock Valley’s lead by halftime, and then the WolfPack’s advantage on the bench started to payoff. Non-starters contributed 35 points to the WolfPack total, while holding the Golden Eagles to 21 points from the bench. Also aiding Madison College was a turnaround on turnovers. The WolfPack held Rock Valley from scoring any second-half points off turnovers. The win was No. 3 this season for Madison and No. 4 wasn’t far behind. After a sound 77-50 Jason Miller defeat at home on Jan. 26 to the College of DuPage in which Miller again led his team with 14 points, the WolfPack got its second win in a week. Miller scored 25 points to lead Madison College to a 80-63 win over Fox Valley on Jan. 28. Miller’s total included a pair of 3-pointers, while Fumbanks made nine of his attempts from the field, to finish with 20 points. Sharp shooting keyed the win. Madison College hit 49 percent of its shots against Fox Valley, while holding the Foxes to just 34 percent shooting. The WolfPack had a huge rebounding advantage in the game as well, getting 52 rebounds to just 20 for Fox Valley. In their most recent game, Madison College suffered a 91-57 loss to Triton College on Feb. 2. Triton had five players score in double figures. Madison College was led by Holtz, who scored 18 points, and Miller, who scored 12. Madison College’s overall record is now 4-19 with a make-up game against Harper College scheduled for Feb. 4. Other home games remaining on the schedule include a Feb. 6 game against Joliet Junior College, a Feb. 13 game against Wilbur Wright College and a Feb. 16 game against Rock Valley College.





Defense needed in Detroit leading to draft MICHAEL KLEIN News Editor Now that the NFL 2012 season has ended, we can look toward next season. In a four-part series, each team’s offseason challenges will be explored. Our first look will be at the division’s worst. After going an impressive 10-6 in 2011, the Detroit Lions were unable to realize their undeniable potential. The young squad regressed, dropping their last eight games and finishing with an abysmal 4-12 record. The Lions have plenty of weapons on offense. Calvin Johnson broke the single season receiving yards record and was one of few highlights last year, as Detroit made its case for most disappointing team. Arguably the biggest problem Detroit has going forward, is their need for a strong voice in the locker room that can command authority. Knowing the rules of the game wouldn’t hurt either. Jim Schwartz deserves credit for turning the organization around, but hasn’t seemed to help them turn the corner. March 12 begins the NFL’s trade and free agent periods. Defensively, the potential loss of key free agents in the secondary must be addressed by general manager Martin

Mayhew. Defensively, the team has a slew of 2012 starters entering free agency including DeAndre Levy, sack leader Cliff Avril and talented yet oft-injured Louis Delmas. Considering the Lions are rumored, by many sources, as being over the cap, these potential losses could lead to major regression on defense. Free agent right tackle Godser Cherilous started all 16 games while allowing only five sacks, according to Pro Football Weekly. He helped anchor the Lions front-line that ranked in the top 10 pass blocking units in football last season. Factoring in quarterback Matt Stafford’s NFL record 740 passes, Cherilous’ sacks allowed figure equates to only one per 148 pass attempts. Given the team’s propensity to throw, keeping Stafford upright is paramount. Signing the big man should be top priority. Consequently, they will need a strong draft in April. Fortunately they hold strong position with picks five, 36 and 58. Detroit should look to deal their top selection and stack up mid-round picks in the first few rounds. Doing so, they can fill multiple needs and possibly acquire four or five starting caliber prospects. The sixth worst defense allowed 27.3 ppg and needs to infuse talent. They

can effectively bargain shop this April if they playtheir cards right. Nothing is imaginary about Manti Te’o’s game or on-the-field leadership, but his stock is freefalling in most experts’ mock drafts. The Irish LB was once a top five prospect and could be a steal for a desperate Lions front office. Other early round prospects could also fill holes in the secondary, which lacks playmakers (T-23 Ints) and a highranked pass rush (their’s was ranked 20th). Recent mock drafts suggest Xavier Rhodes, a cornerback from Florida State and Alex Okafor may be available when Detroit is on the clock. Determined to find balance on offense, Marcus Lattimore could be a steal and a dynamic back if he heals from his horrific knee injury. Outlook: could be a piece or two from contending for the Super Bowl or a few bad breaks from having a repeat of 2012. Draft Suggestions: With three picks in first 36 can address line, linebackers and secondary. Perhaps take a huge weight off the passing game by adding a dynamic back like Lattimore. Alec Ogeltree, freefalling Manti Teo – butt of countless jokes but unspoken leader of Notre Dame.

Schedules and Scoreboards

MEN’S BASKETBALL Schedule NOV. 30 DEC. 3 DEC. 8 DEC. 9 DEC. 12 DEC. 14 DEC. 28 DEC. 29 JAN. 5 JAN. 7 JAN. 9 JAN. 12 JAN. 16 JAN. 19 JAN. 23 JAN. 26 JAN. 28 FEB. 2 FEB. 4 FEB. 6 FEB. 9 FEB. 13 FEB. 16 FEB. 20

STREAKY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Spangler led all scorers with 26 for the WolfPack, which outscored the Rams 45-15 in the second half. Pfeuti had 16 for Madison and was one of the nine WolfPack scorers. A pair of tough losses came next. Rock Valley College, ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA, handily defeated Madison College, 107-47, on Jan. 23. Rock Valley dominated from the start, taking a 51-22 lead at halftime. Calli Dahl led the WolfPack with 12 points, while Spangler added 10. The College of DuPage beat Madison College, 68-54, at home on Jan. 26. Despite the double-digit difference in the final score,

the game was close throughout the first half. Spangler led the team with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Dahl added 12 points. In its most recent game, the WolfPack got back on the winning track by beating Triton College, 67-39, at home on Feb. 2. Spangler led the team with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Ellyn Hayden added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Madison College has four home games remaining on its schedule, starting with Joliet Junior College on Feb. 6.

at home vs. Olive-Harvey College, 81-80 LOSS at Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, 96-81 WIN at Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa, 98-75 LOSS at North Iowa Area Community College, Iowa, 90-51 LOSS at home vs. Rochester Community & Technical College, 82-75 LOSS at home vs. Western Technical College, 77-72 LOSS at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Ill., 103-64 LOSS at Oakland Community College, East Peoria, Ill., 116-69 LOSS at Kishwaukee College, Malta, Ill., 71-41 LOSS UW-Marathon County, home, 80-72 WIN at Triton College, River Grove, Ill., 74-68 LOSS at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., 84-36 LOSS at home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 69-52 LOSS at Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Ill., 52-46 LOSS at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill., 78-66 WIN at home vs. College of Dupage, 77-50 LOSS at home vs. Fox Valley Technical College, 80-63 WIN at home vs. Triton Collge, 91-57 LOSS at home vs. Harper College, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 7:30 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 3 p.m. at home vs. Wilbur Wright College, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Rock Valley College, 7 p.m. at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 7 p.m.

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DEC. 12 DEC. 14 JAN. 2 JAN. 5 JAN. 7 JAN. 9 JAN. 12 JAN. 16 JAN. 19 JAN. 23 JAN. 26 FEB. 2 FEB. 4 FEB. 6 FEB. 9 FEB. 13 FEB. 16

at home vs. Olive-Harvey College, 74-43 WIN vs. Blackhawk College-East, Kewanee, Ill.., 67-48 LOSS vs. Highland Community Colllege, Kewanee, Ill., 62-58 WIN at Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa, 77-53 LOSS at North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Iowa, 78-50 LOSS at home vs. Rochester Community & Technical College, 75-67 WIN at home vs. Western Technical College, 59-51 LOSS at Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Mo., 96-53 LOSS at Kishwaukee College, Malta, Ill., 101-42 LOSS at home vs. UW-Marathon County, 81-59 WIN at Triton College, River Grove, Ill., 75-49 WIN at Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., 65-46 LOSS at home vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 78-57 WIN at Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Ill., 78-39 WIN at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill., 107-47 LOSS at home vs. College of Dupage, 68-54 LOSS at home vs. Triton College, 67-39 WIN at home vs. Harper College, 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 5:30 p.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, 1 p.m. at home vs. Wilbur Wright College, 5:30 p.m. at home vs. Rock Valley College, 5 p.m.

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THELIGHTERSIDE Puzzles and Cartoons







UP Left, Arielle Juliette of Dance Life performs in the Student Lounge at Madison College - Truax on Jan. 24. The Program and Activities Council sponsored the event, showcasing a variety of belly and hip hop dancers.

Above, Anthony Davis.

Right, Elliot Wray performs in the Student Lounge at Madison College - Truax.

The Clarion, Feb. 6, 2013  

Second issue of the semester.

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