MAY 8, 2013 • THEONLINECLARION.COM • VOLUME 43, ISSUE 16 • MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPINION
Twitter account that watches students on campus is offensive and pointless »6
Take an adventure in the land of talking dogs, animals and spaghetti people
WolfPack baseball hopes for best as tourney starts »13
Since its inception, ‘Adventure Time’ has received nothing short of praise. Five seasons later, it is still watched and has grown to be Cartoon Network Favorite. »9
CCI program presents opportunities for students MEITA ESTININGSIH Staff Writer
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Prints charming SHIA AARON LLOYD FISHER Copy Editor
Beginning this summer, students using school printers at Madison College will encounter Print Smart, a pay-to-print service set to launch on June 10. Madison College administrators chose the new system in an effort to address five concerns: environmental responsibility, recovering cost of printer paper, maintenance, ink, and the problem of student printer abuse. “We’re at a point in time when sustainability and environmental responsibility is really just a part of everybody’s way of life,” said Julie Gores, Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services for Madison College. Gores has been with Madison College since March 2008.
“Probably 95 percent of students use the printers responsibly,” said Gores. Even with close to 100 percent of the student population using printers responsibly, there are still those who abuse printing resources. According to Gores, the average student prints about 300 pages a semester; however, during one semester one student printed 2,500 pages in one week. With the new Print Smart software, each student will be granted 150 free black and white prints, or 10 color prints, per semester courtesy of Madison College. The student will pay for any prints after that allowance has been » SEE PRINTS PAGE 5
Since the start of its involvement with the Community Colleges Initiative (CCI) Program five years ago, Madison College has been enriched by the presence of students from all over the world. Among other international programs and scholarships, CCI has some unique characteristics. The program brings diversity to Madison College as well as different perspectives to other countries’ cultures, many of them unfamiliar with American students. The CCI Program at Madison College started in 2008 with only Egyptian students. The first cohort stayed for two years. They were followed by mixed groups from other developing countries, each group staying for approximately one year, from 2009 through 2013. Under the Community College for International Development (CCID) consortium, and in partnership with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), CCI is an exchange educational program that has funded more than 1,400 students from 16 developing countries: Indonesia, Costa Rica, Panama, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Brazil, Cameroon, Pakistan, Kenya, Nicaragua, South Africa and Turkey. CCID is one of the three consortia that host the CCI Program. Each consortium has different characteristics and goals. CCID’s misson is not only to provide educational and professional development, skills, and an opportunity for non-elite international students to engage with American society and the community, but also to provide global leadership training. CCI has a definite impact on students at the college, as well as contributing to Madison College as a whole. “It really brings a different perspective that on a daily basis a lot of students are not exposed to. They are able to really interact with people from different backgrounds. (It) can help create a larger global understanding of how the world works,” said Amy Kue, the Project Coordinator of the CCI Program for Madison College. CCI bridges the wide gap between American society and the CCI students’ countries. It is a dynamic way for American students to interact face-toface with people from other countries and have hands-on experience of what their culture looks like. It creates a crosscultural understanding among them. The cultural gap is caused not only by physical distance but also by the stereotypes that are often portrayed in the media. Media really affects people’s perspective about other cultures and situations and is why CCI students can play an important » SEE CCI PAGE 5
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By Clarion Staff
Centennial Tribute Gardens
Gardens will be placed in three locations at Truax: The Gateway Terrace, Health Education Plaza and Protective Services Center. All pavers and landscape features purchased by May 24, 2013 will be installed by the first week of July.
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Troy Community Farm will deliver veggies to Truax
As a part of Community GroundWorks, Troy Community Farm has been growing certified organic food in North Madison since 2001. To sign up for a membership, go to madisoncollege. edu/in/csa and submit a CSA membership form directly to the farm.
Jacob Ennis MANAGING EDITOR
Michael Klein NEWS EDITOR
Instructor wins ATHENA award
Jen Roman, fire safety instructor, wins the 2013 ATHENA award. She is featured in the April issue of Business Magazine.
Callie Vasey ARTS EDITOR
Members for scholarship application review board wanted
Ryan Spoehr SPORTS EDITOR
If you’re interested in becoming a part of Madison College’s scholarship application review board, you can contact the Foundation at (608)246-6441, or visit room 122/130 on the following dates and times: Tuesday, May 14 (8-10 a.m.), Wednesday, May 15 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) or Thursday, May 16 (4-6 p.m.). Applicants are asked to write three essays sharing their personal stories, experiences and goals for the future.
Sarah Weatherbee MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
Evan Halpop PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Ken Xiong BUSINESS DIRECTOR
WIDS 2 now in the cloud
WIDS 2 WEB is here. There will be no more downloads for software or losing files, and access to any outline of instruction or work is anywhere. Join the training session on May 21 during Tech Academy 2013 at cetl.madisoncollege. edu/registration under “Tech Training.”
Branden Allen-Trick Shia Aaron Lloyd Fisher Jason Miller COPY EDITORS
Doug Kirchberg ADVISOR
Proposed FY 2013-2014 budget update
Karen Cass Julie Gores Jon Reid Tom Richardson Meita Estiningsih Colin Bowden CONTRIBUTORS
MADISON COLLEGE LIBRARIES
The library at Truax measured the amount of wasted paper used. It came out to be 96.2 pounds and 3 feet, 3 inches.
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Madison College’s 2013-2014 budget will be brought to public hearing on May 8. The budget is set to begin July 1. Questions about the proposed budget can be directed to Tim Casper at (608) 246-6033.
By Julie Gores, Madison College Libraries.
A room with a view As another academic year winds down, we can look back at the challenges we’ve faced, the successes we’ve had, the friends we’ve made, the places we’ve been and all the things big and small that have shaped our school year here at Madison College. We have been part of a community where people support each other through the ups and the downs, reach for goals, create new dreams and strive to be better. Looking back is something that we all do – students, faculty and staff. Your Madison College librarians do it too. And this year, we have more reason than ever to look back over the past year. On May 20, we will start the move from our current Truax library space to the third floor of the new Gateway building. While we are incredibly excited, we would be remiss if we didn’t share some of our memories of a space that has served us well over the years, even if it’s one we have now outgrown. We have come a long way from
the days of having only 18 electrical outlets, broken and ripped seating, unframed posters on the walls, mismatched computer monitors, just six soft chairs, two service desks and no multimedia studios. That was where we were just five years ago. Since then we’ve made a lot of improvements and the place has really come to feel like home. Students flock to our library because it is comfortable, convenient and a place of community. The only thing missing is some new carpeting and a view. Jump ahead to June 1… From its vantage point three floors up overlooking the beautiful atrium, the library occupies a place of pride in the new Gateway. Come and watch the sunset while you study. We have lots of west-facing windows (and some north and south-facing ones too). Our four multimedia group study rooms overhang the atrium. There will be various kinds of group seating options for students to choose from. Our stack end panels will have embedded iPads for quick
look-ups, whiteboards for reading suggestions and fun blocks of color. The library will also have brand new individual study carrels with electrical outlets. Our new space offers a Quiet Study Room and plenty of secluded nooks to cozy up in. Just outside the library doors is our new Library Commons area : a lounge-like environment where students can collaborate while still having easy access to library services and resources. So enjoy the warmth and freedom of the summer days ahead. When you return, be sure to stop by and see your brand new library and know that place of community you left behind has only gotten better. We will have that new carpet and yes, a room with a view! “Choose a place where you won’t do harm - yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.” -E.M. Forster
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Bruce Fischer walks students through flight process, prep JON REID Staff Writer
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The Yahara Journal released its book on April 25, and is available across Madison College campuses. It will be distributed out of Student Life while supplies last. If you don’t see the table or there are no books on it, check with Student Life’s front desk.
Promoting creativity Yahara Journal features student creativity for fine art, writing, hosts reading SARAH WEATHERBEE Multimedia Editor From a stack of more than 200 submissions, Editor-in-Chief Zena Schroeder and her staff of editors selected 42 of the best of Madison College’s creative writing and artwork for this year’s Yahara Journal. The student-run team released the 80-page book on April 25. It is available free of charge and is placed around Madison College campuses. Throughout the school year, writing submissions from students were considered for publication. “We accept submissions all year round,” Schroeder said. “We have two different contests that kind of bunch our submissions into a fall and spring bundle.” The Yahara Journal began in 1994 as
an insert to the school newspaper. Its mission was to feature the artwork and creative writing of Madison College students. Since then, it has grown into an annual journal, and its staff have hosted events to encourage students’ artistic pursuits. This year, Schroeder and her team have hosted poetry readings, classroom educational events on Banned Book Week and held a “Bad Love Poem” contest that received coverage from the Wisconsin State Journal. These events help raise awareness of the Yahara Journal and bring students and faculty together in the spirit of creativity. The published journal is divided into three sections: poetry, prose and artwork. Submissions go through several rounds of editing before being selected and, in an effort to provide enough coverage for all, writers and artists are limited to three submissions per person. Doug Kirchberg is the Yahara Journal’s staff advisor. Over multiple years, he has seen the work of certain writers progress, as some have had works featured in more than one annual
journal. “When you see people who have pieces in from previous years, that’s a testament to the quality of their work over the course of those years,” Kirchberg said. He said that all writers’ names are withheld throughout the editing and judging process in order to preserve integrity. Schroeder will maintain her editorin-chief position for the 2013-2014 school year. This coming fall, she plans to add a scary story contest, among others. Reflecting on the journal’s purpose and role of giving students recognition for their craft, Schroeder said, “It’s nice to have a place for students to formally publish their work. If you have your work published, it can convince you to keep doing it.” Alexander Balchen, a member of the editing team, added that the journal has a strong role in promoting the arts. “That’s a very important thing, especially to express creativity among students and to get that out there,” he said.
Experience Madison culture on the capitol square this summer BY KAREN CASS Staff Writer Warmer weather means more activities in downtown Madison. In addition to the weekly farmers’ market, a variety of events are held every summer on the bustling capitol square.
Concerts on the Square
Each summer the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents Concerts on the Square, and 2013 marks their 30th season. Beginning June 26 and running six consecutive weeks, performances occur every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the King Street corner of the capitol square. Each evening features a different theme, from the kickoff night’s “Fairytales and Fables” to the season ender “Country Roads and Nether Lands.” Madison College student Elizabeth
Kienitz encourages students to attend this summer. “It’s a really rare opportunity to hear professional, high-quality music for free. The atmosphere is family-friendly and exciting for people of any age.” Attendees are encouraged to arrive any time after 3 p.m. and bring blankets and snacks. Kienitz, a student in the Meeting and Event Management program, exclaims, “It’s a quintessential Madison experience!”
Madison College alumnus Lia Spaulding attended last year’s Art Fair on the Square. “I’m really into art, so going to art fairs is something I enjoy. As an artist, it’s important to be aware of the art community.” The event isn’t just for artists, though. Spaulding, who graduated with an Associate Degree in Graphic Design in 2012, said, “It was really fun to walk around, hang out, and look at all of the art.”
Art Fair on the Square
Taste of Madison
For one weekend each summer, the capitol square transforms into a sea of booths featuring artwork for sale from more than 450 artists. Hosted by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this year marks the 55th annual Art Fair on the Square. The event will be held Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ever wanted to try a certain cuisine, but not commit an entire paycheck? Taste of Madison will occur Saturday, August 31 from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This annual event, which celebrated its 30th year in 2012, offers samples of food from more than 80 local restaurants and vendors, typically priced between $1 and $4 each.
F-16 fighter pilot Lieutenant Colonel Bruce “Skip” Fischer came by Truax last Friday. For an hour and a half, he discussed and answered questions regarding several different aspects of his profession. The lesson included everything from the process one must go through to become a jet fighter pilot to basic strategy in air-to-air combat. An anti-g suit and helmet were also on display. Through the Air Force, Wisconsin Air National Guard, and the commercial sector, Fischer has logged more than 2,300 hours of flight time. Of those, 500 were in combat. He is currently stationed at the neighboring airfield with the 176th Fighter Squadron, Badger Air Militia. His job as a pilot in the Wisconsin Air National Guard is to protect the president, the secretary of defense and the governor of Wisconsin. Using pictures, videos and the occasional joke, the experience was entertaining and informative. One of the pictures Fischer showed was of the massive engine for F-16s that can produce 28,000 pounds of thrust, capable of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). He demonstrated some capabilities of the multirole aircraft by showing two videos depicting lethal and non-lethal support. The first was the destruction of the biggest IED (improvised explosive device) factory in Baghdad with two 500 pound satellite-guided bombs. The second was by assisting ground forces in locating, using infrared technology, an enemy insurgent in hiding. Having a pilot experienced in the same situations comment during the clips on what it’s like to be in that cockpit helped with the realism. The majority of the time was used going through his PowerPoint presentation. Fischer showed schematics of the F-16 and the Boeing 737-800. There was a very brief description/ chart of the physics in banking, or turning, the aircraft. The HUD (head-up display) was mentioned in all its complexity. He also gave a glimpse into the seemingly infinite amount of factors that need to be taken into consideration when in air-toair combat. The utmost concentration is needed to be successful. In other words, live.
AVIATION ALPHABET Pilots use an alphabetical system to help vocally distinguish similarly sounding commands. Clear communication is paramount when an aircraft is tens of thousands of feet from the safety of the ground. Also known as the NATO phonetic alphabet, the symbols have multiple vocalizations. It was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization and is used by the military, to this day.
A ALPHA B BRAVO C CHARLIE D DELTA E ECHO F FOXTROT G GOLF H HOTEL I INDIA J JULIET K KILO L LIMA M MIKE
N NOVEMBER O OSCAR P PAPA Q QUEBEC R ROMEO S SIERRA T TANGO U UNIFORM V VICTOR W WHISKEY X X-RAY Y YANKEE Z ZULU
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Collins’ homosexuality Fitness and health referendum approved; sparks discussion Senate officers voted in MICHAEL KLEIN News Editor
Veteran NBA journeyman Jason Collins took the sports world by storm with his appearance on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” and his essay revealing, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” The announcement was met with widespread support. Not all were quick to praise Collins, however, as it sparked controversy throughout the Twitter medium leaving many to wonder what the future holds for gay athletes in team sports. Mitch Bohn is a 31-year-old student athlete who was a basketball player for the Madison College WolfPack. Although he is straight and hasn’t played with any openly gay teammates, he is upfront with his support of all athletes being true to themselves. He feels like more athletes identifying themselves as homosexuals would be impactful on others facing the difficult dilemma. Bohn believes that a player’s sexuality should be a complete non-issue when evaluating their value to a team. “Personally, if he worked hard just like everyone else on the team, I wouldn’t have a problem at all,” he said. According to Bohn, there are obstacles for both, gay players and their teammates to overcome. Bohn doesn’t believe that all of his former teammates share his inclusive viewpoint. “I feel like some players would have a problem with it,” he said. “A lot of people are close-minded about that specific subject.” In response to John Amaechi becoming the first NBA player to come out, back in 2007, reigning MVP of the league Lebron James seemed to repudiate the thought of current NBA players following Amaechi’s lead. “With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you’re gay and you’re not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy,” said James in a Chris Sheridan article for ESPN.com. When asked if he thinks the closemindedness of others can change, Bohn offered optimism. “The more it happens, the more comfortable people will be with it. It is nowhere near as large of a public issue as when African-Americans were first allowed in sports. I feel like (Collins) coming out is definitely going to open the door for more athletes to come out and I hope that everyone feels comfortable enough to do so. It is a shame that people have to hide who they
are to appease others.” In LeBron’s case, Bohn might be right. LeBron tweeted “very cool” and “noble” to describe his colleague’s announcement. A common opposition to openly gay athletes in team sports expresses concern over showering together and the comfort level in the locker room. Bohn is aware of these perceptions but doesn’t subscribe to them. “I am comfortable enough with myself and my sexuality that I wouldn’t have a problem being in a shower with a man who was homosexual,” said Bohn. He believes that the problem isn’t the gay athlete, but rather a culture that is covertly homophobic. There seems to be a perceived non-traversable line between homosexuality and “macho” team sports. Hines Ward, former Pittsburgh Steeler WR and NBC analyst, recently spoke with NBC Sports Radio host Erik Kuselias regarding gays in the locker room. Ward isn’t convinced that the time is right for the NFL to have an announcement like Collins. “I don’t think football is ready, there’s too many guys in the locker room and, you know, guys play around too much,” he said. “I do understand that some people may have a problem with it,” says Bohn. Bohn believes that hate, religious views and a lack of understanding are some of the causal factors. Above all else, Bohn thinks that those players are “not comfortable with themselves.” He added that the obligation is on those individuals to overcome their diffidence. “The ones that have problems are going to have to adapt. It boils down to who is going to help your team the most: gay or not. I feel like this will be more common in the years to come.” Bohn hopes that close-mindedness can soon cease. Meanwhile, anti-gay comments continue to surface. An infamous example of homophobia in sports comes from the mouth of 49ers Chris Culliver. “I don’t do the guys. I don’t do that. We don’t have any gays on the team,” said Culliver. “They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.” Three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Brendan Ayanbadejo is an advocate for gay rights and doesn’t approve of aggressively addressing others’ ignorance. “You can’t fight hate with hate. You’ve got to fight hate with love,” said Ayendbadejo.
BRANDON ALLEN-TRICK Copy Editor Between April 26 and 30th, Madison College students lined up (or logged in) to cast their ballot for their student body representation. The Clarion sat down with the new Senate officers to ask them what the student body can expect from them in the academic year to come. Colin Bowden won a hard fought campaign against Devon Cook and Michael Patton for the position of Student Senate President. Bowden says his main priority is to serve the student body by working to lower costs on “bread and butter” expenses like food and textbooks on campus. Prioritizing fiscal responsibility, he also champions what he calls “smart spending” and plans to return what stipend is granted to him, as well as other costly fringe benefits. Above all, Bowden emphasizes, “I want to represent every student, not just those that voted for me, but every single student, including those at satellite campuses or those that didn’t even vote.” Yacouba Sibi will be the Student Senate’s new Vice President of Administration and Finance. Sibi spoke of the need to “work from the deficit budget and turn it into a regular budget. The first thing is to get the budget balanced.” Sibi went on to say that one key issue he will be working on is effective spending.
The race for Vice President of Team Development was particularly close. Protective Services student Angie Danielski eked out a 2-vote lead against Makiko Omori. Danielski says her priority over the summer is to promote cohesion and teamwork among the executive officers. She also wishes to encourage Senators to volunteer, “I’d like to see Senate be more involved in service work as well. It is important as leaders that we lead by example.” Caroline Russell, will be the new Vice President of Legislative Affairs. In her new role, Russell says she will continue to work with state and local legislators to lobby for increased funding to the Wisconsin Technical College system, and to fight for maintaining and expanding accreditation with UW system schools. Another priority of Russell’s, in her own words: “If I could say one thing over and over it’s the need to inform students.” Also on the ballot was a referendum to expand the Madison College Fitness Centers. The referendum passed with an overwhelming, nearly 6 to 1, majority and will cost students an additional $0.65 per credit. The additional revenue will be used to maintain the fitness centers at the Truax and Downtown campuses, as well as to fund the Student Health Clinic in the new Health Education building at the Truax campus.
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Students will be prompted with the price, name of their document, and other relevant info in order to print their documents. Computers have been installed with the software in preparation for the switch, but aren’t being charged yet.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 reached. Gores believes this will decrease the amount of printer abuse or unnecessary overuse. Two years ago, Keith Cornielle approached Gores and gave her the task of investigating student printer usage to find solutions. Shortly after, Gores built a team of librarians to research the issue. Her team spent the next two years meeting everyday to discuss ideas. After speaking with every technical school in the state and talking with the top vendors who provide print software, Gores and her team decided to purchase Paper Cut in January of this year. “Most school’s including the technical schools have a system in place. We’re actually the last technical school in the state to implement a pay-to-print system,” said Gores. Students will authenticate using their student login and password. Once they are ready to print, they will see a popup, which will confirm their request and the cost of the print job. Once the 150-page allowance is met,
students will be able to deposit as little as one dollar and no more than five dollars at a time onto a “Touch Net” account. The cost to print in black & white will be $.05 per page, and $.50 per page for color. “This system is not meant to make money and it won’t make money, it will simply recover the cost,” said Gores. Even so, according to Gores, Jennifer Mandich, a Computer Support Specialist for Madison College, made an interesting discovery. Gores claims that Mandich’s findings show it is 40 percent more cost effective to create smaller course packets for students using the in-house duplication department than it would be for students to print on their own. “We’re also really going to work hard with faculty to show them alternative material they might be able to use,” said Gores, “We’re really committed to serving the students and we’ve tried to make this as student friendly as possible.” For more information on Print Smart, please visit: libguides.madisoncollege.edu/print-smart?hs=a
role in breaking down the stereotypes. “So, being able to have those direct contacts with each other can make a larger impact on our perspective of other people from different parts of the world,” Kue said. The impact is not only felt within the general scope of American society and Madison College. It is also felt in the classroom. The exposure to CCI students in the classroom benefits the American students. “It provides a real world experience of learning to communicate and work with people from different cultures and who even speak different languages,” said Natasha Kassulke, adjunct faculty Journalism Certificate at Madison College. “I’ve seen life-long friendships made.” Further, the program “can help raise cultural awareness, improve students’ intercultural communication skills and encourage a climate of cultural competence in the classroom,” said Virginia Bryan, a Madison College librarian who has been a mentor for CCI students for four years. Bryan also said CCI students share their cultures with students at Madison College through events, observance of religious holidays, and cultural programs, such as Global Showcase, Independence Day and Chinese New Year. “This raises awareness among their fellow students of the importance of these observances and encourages tolerance and respect for different traditions, customs and belief systems,” added Bryan. CCI students see American culture and society from a different perspective after they experience what real life is in the U.S. Before they come, they only know American culture from film and news. “But you don’t really understand until you come here, that ideas perpetuated by the media are different from the one that actually describe,” said David Franciscus, current CCI student. Since his arrival in the U.S., Franciscus also sees his country, South Africa, more objectively in terms of the law, government and education system. The idea of cultural exchange that this program fosters has clear benefits for both international students and American students. It demonstrates that people can get along and live peacefully together regardless of where they are from.
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Questions asked to you, our readers.
What are your plans for the summer?
Working, probably a lot. I need to make sure I can pay for school. Possibly taking a summer class.
Working. I have a job here.
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Planning on going to Devil’s Lake a lot. My girlfriend’s studying abroad in Morocco, so I plan on spending as much time with her as I can. — WESTON WOLFER
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Offensive Twitter account about the college is pointless
re we being watched? Some don’t think we are, but there’s a new form of cameras on campuses all over the nation these days: the camera on your phone. Since everyone has them these days, that shouldn’t come as a shocker. Some time ago, a twitter account was introduced for Madison College students (name withheld) which gave them a look at some of the more... interesting people, places and events happening at the college. This new account was using photos uploaded by a certain student. No one knows who the student is, or why they are putting these photos up (maybe for fun?). The photos are funny most of the time. But the other portion, they are a bit degrading and unfortunate (sometimes a bit gross, even). We don’t think these photos represent the college well, at all, and it’s very insulting to the students being put on the web without their consent. Of course, there aren’t any laws preventing this account from existing: the internet is free-reign, for the most part. Instead, we’re left with the faces and activities of people that would otherwise be seen as embarassing. The core of this issue is one thing: freedom of speech and of the internet. We’re passionate about both. The ability to freely express onesself is invaluable, especially in a world where it can be so easily taken based on threats of terror, authority in adults and elders, and lawmakers. Obviously, if we let everyone freely express and innovate without limits, there are bound to be negative ramifications (see: the above twitter account). The internet sees unparalleled innovation and activity every single day because individuals aren’t limiting their potential or scope based on laws or speech restriction. If there are any limitations, they’re self-inflicted by the individuals themselves. The most raw form of the freedom of speech/internet can be made with Anonymous, the totally open organization that both saves lives of individuals in harms way (social change), and hacks the FBI database (technological). This extremely broad range represents anarchy, which the internet is no stranger to. Twitter has a very clear platform, in that it won’t censor anyone. They believe strongly in the free speech of their users in order to maximize conversation, however some become unnecessary or even vulgar (again, see: the twitter account mentioned above). We believe it’s wrong to be unnecessarily malicious, but ultimately free speech is a right to be retained. Despite requests to have the page removed, it remains. It would likely require complaints en masse for action to be taken. We also think it’s pointless. There’s nothing to be gained from that twitter account. Hopefully the creator realizes this before they get in trouble by the college.
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COLLINS IS TO ROBINSON AS I AM TO PULITZER Homophile’s hoop hopping parallels pastime’s passive protagonist? Abstractionism ad absurdum! MICHAEL KLEIN News Editor
fter taking the time to absorb the recently popularized analogy, Jason Collins’ decision to come out as a gay athlete strongly correlates to Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the more it concerns me. While both men’s bravery is commendable and socially significant, use of it as more than an otiose equivalence or unaffixed correlation is flat out wrong. There are key overlooked factors that significantly weaken the comparability of the two athletes. The obvious differences are apparent but noteworthy. Firstly, Collins is nowhere near the caliber player that Robinson was. Jason Whitlock, of Fox Sports, argued in his column “The difference in their performance is a total non-issue. The analogy has nothing to do with their level of play.” Is Whitlock saying if Robinson had the same significance, to his team as Collins has to his, he’d still have been instrumental in civil rights? Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives’ Leadership Team Member, Mike Jones, accurately discussed the scenario of Robinson being a second-rate player. “There certainly would have been plenty of whites in the league and in the stands who would have crowed loudly and proudly ‘See, they just can’t cut it, they really are inferior to whites.” Had this been the case, Robinson would likely be a historical footnote and conceivably set the movement for sports integration back decades. Unlike Robinson, who couldn’t hide what made him different, Collins waited until the twilight of his career and end of a season he played in less than half of, averaged more fouls than points or rebounds and shot under 35 percent. It makes me wonder if Collins’ motivations were genuine, premeditated or realization that his career is likely over. Collins may become a hero to young gay athletes, but had he already been their sports hero, prior to his announcement, wouldn’t that be infinitely more likely to sway popular opinion and/ or motivate others? It’s odd to me that Collins is dubbed the first active gay athlete in professional team sports. As he hasn’t played a second, since coming out, and
isn’t under contract, how is he considered active? Collins isn’t even the first NBA basketball player to come out as gay. John Amaechi preceded Collins in 2007; three years after his career had ended. Why isn’t he celebrated the same? In other recent basketball news, Brittney Griner, acknowledged her homosexuality shortly after being selected first-overall in the WNBA draft. Griner was a star in college and projects to be the same as a pro. Most significantly, she came out before her professional career began:, not after amassing more than $32 million in career earnings, like Collins. I’m not arguing whether Collins was courageous. I’m questioning how heroic he is compared to Amaechi and Griner. Pointing out the erroneousness of celebrating Collins’ dishonesty is an unpopular stance. He had “Gone to enormous lengths to live a lie,” according to his own account. This is not a victimless transgression. Granted, the tempestuousness of a closeted homosexual is an arduous strain unimaginable for a heterosexual: even repented knavery shouldn’t be ceremoniously renowned. Everyone has lies and secrets, but regardless of what information is being withheld or altered, it cannot be held as truth. It’d be more understandable if he lived an asexual lifestyle and never took his masquerade into an intimate relationship with a straight partner. Instead, Collins maintained a heterosexual relationship with Carolyn Moos, a fellow Stanford basketball player for eight years. Moos described her situation since Collins’ announcement, as “probably the most challenging thing that I’ve ever gone through.” The magnitude of this and its implications cannot be overstated. The beauty of this situation is that it can be discussed seriously and more openly. While some may read this as trivializing or diminishing the importance of Collins’ epiphany, my intentions are simply to put it into more accurate historical context. Jackie Robinson pioneered itinerary for all minority athletes to succeed. Robinson’s breakthroughs lead to the obliteration a sports segregation barrier. Collins simply navigated around his barrier. While his act may lead to a more inclusive league, Robinson transcended his sport in its darkest hour, changed perceptions and the world.
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LETTERFROMTHEEDITOR A quick word from the editor-in-chief, George Treviranus.
race yourselves, finals are coming. You can tell I am extra-studious in my picture this issue (or am I just on reddit? We may never know). It’s certainly been an... interesting year. It was a great experience being the editor of this fantastic newspaper and working with great people. I learned a few things, too. 1) Sometimes being a manager means
you really need to manage people. As an “artist,” I try to stay on the conceptual side, but that isn’t always as easy as it sounds. 2) The printer is always broken. 3) The best way to keep a writer around is to talk to them and tell them why edits were made. Being the type of publication we are, having time to sit down with everyone is a pipe-dream,
though we certainly make our efforts when we can. In other news, The Clarion will be attending Milwaukee Press Club’s annual awards banquet to pick up a few design awards. We were the only college in the “professional” sub-competition. Neat, right? I’m crossing my fingers for Gold. I’ll be working most of the summer, but I hope you all have a great break!
Social media account on campus is nothing short of unfortunate RYAN SPOEHR Sports Editor
or much of the past year, there has been a Twitter page, not affiliated with Madison College, that has surfaced. This page posts photos, mostly unflattering, and proceeds to make inflammatory remarks about the subjects of the photos. It yields tweets and photos from some students at the college and sends them back out on the page. This page should be removed, but the big thing is it is a violation of people’s rights. On the page, there is a photo of two people innocently talking outside and a caption that states, “I don’t get these people.” There is another one that has a photo of a woman dressed in colorful pants and there is a caption that states, “So many colors, so little cares. This is
never acceptable. Lady, knock it the f--- off. #fashionpolice #matc. There is another one of a photo of a poetry reading sign outside of Student Life with a caption of #matc #wtf. There are several more, including a picture of man with a caption that says, “go home emo boy” and another photo with a caption referring to a person as a “freak.” The thing to remember to whoever is doing this, this isn’t high school. This is a world filled with adults. You are deliberately harassing people online. You may want to claim 1st Amendment rights with free speech, but that only applies if you aren’t doing things like screaming “FIRE!” without provocation or harassing people in a public place. When you start to name call and publish photos online about people’s clothing just because
it is not the color of the pants you and I might wear, you step into uncharted waters that the 1st Amendment does not tread into. You are attempting to trash entities on campus for no reason when they are trying to give students the opportunity to express themselves, advance themselves in life and advance their learning, and you are doing it without provocation. And no, a person falling asleep with their shirt slightly slipped up or a person’s colorful, but odd pants are not enough to claim provocation. A college is meant for students, including the people who are running this page to advance themselves in life whether that is to a job or another school for further education. It is not meant to trash on people socially and publicly through a social media page.
MAILBAG Letter to the editor.
Our lead materials are harming the environment, it needs to change
ike myself, generations of Wisconsin anglers have been using lead tackle. Tons of lead annually have been deposited on Wisconsin land and water-ways. Lead, when deposited in the environment will exist forever and does not break down over time into lesstoxic compounds. As many as 25 different species of water birds have been found with lead poisoning. Lead toxicity can have disastrous reproductive consequences as well as cause sub-lethal physical and behavioral changes to wildlife. Even this partial list of consequences is shocking: loss of escape response, lethargy, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of muscle control, convulsions and anemia. Some scientists and activists have decided enough is enough and have launched an innovative campaign called “Get the Lead
Out.” The main goal is to make Wisconsin anglers informed and educated concerning the lead poisoning of wildlife from the ingestion of lead tackle and how they can be instrumental in helping alleviate this problem. Anglers can find alternatives for lead tackle. Non-Poisonous materials such as tin, pewter, bismuth, steel, ceramic, densified plastic, glass and tungstennickel alloy are replacing lead. The cost of replacing lead tackle with sound alternatives is only cents on the dollar. One of the best ways to turn this problem around is to teach our youth good stewardship in not using lead tackle. Start them out young by outfitting their tackle boxes with non-lead weights. You will be helping to “Keep The Lead Out” of our Wisconsin rivers and lakes! — FRANK DUPREY, STUDENT
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arts EDITOR: CALLIE VASEY CLARIONARTS@ MADISONCOLLEGE.EDU
DVENTURE CARTOON NETWORK STUDIOS
‘Adventure Time,’ now in its fifth season, continues to impress fans everywhere SHIA AARON LLOYD FISHER Copy Editor Climb aboard to a distant land filled with candy, clouds, mystical beings, and creatures made out of food. The Land of ‘Ooo,’ is waiting for you; it’s Adventure Time! Meet Fin, a young adventurer, constantly questing to become a stronger warrior while keeping Princess Bubblegum out of harms way. Finn’s arch nemesis, the Ice King, shares a similar romantic interest for Princess Bubblegum, and encounter each other so often that one may mistake them for friends. Also in the mix is Jake the dog. Jake is a magic talking dog, that possesses the ability to stretch and contort to almost anything imaginable. Jake’s shape-shifting abilities have the tendency to transform each episode in to epic scenarios. And of course there is Princess Bubblegum, the candy princess made entirely out of bubblegum. She is extremely smart, and regarded as quite beautiful and fair. In the show, Jake and Fin are adoptive brothers and despite the differences in their species, Jake-the-dog is generally more mature than Finn-
the-human. Jake is voiced by John DiMaggio; a familiar voice actor whom you may recognize as Bender from Futurama. Whereas Fin has had a few different voice actors in the past, each played by a relative of the last voice actor. Though young in age, Jeremey Shada and his siblings have done a lot of acting in front of cameras and in a recording booth. Jeremy’s older brother Zach Shada, was the original voice for Finn the human when Adventure Time first premiered on the Nicktoons Network cartoon pilot series, “Random! Cartoons,” back in 2008. Since “Adventure Time”s humble beginnings, the show is been nominated for several awards such as the Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2013 Adventure Time won best Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue, and ADR Animation in Television. Perhaps what makes this series so special is its unique approach to story telling and animation. As far as environment is concerned, there are not really rules in this world. Characters can climb tall trees, talk to animals, and perform other feats. Spontaneous is the type of humor you can hope to expect, as every episode is more or less random and the series is more character driven and not based on plot. Sarcastic puns add to the convoluted nature of each episode. Every punch line seems like it
was made up on the spot. Dreamlike or surreal is the scenery and animation style. Supernatural does not begin to personify the level of imagination used in every episode. This abstract cartoon is designed for the newest generation of cartoon watchers. Though it is rated TV7, the humor transcends certain age barriers and, as silly as it gets, most adults will laugh at least once during one 11 minute episode. “Mathematical!” and “Algebraic!” are both brand new usages of otherwise academic terms use to describe jubilant moments in this television show. “I keep finding baby shoes. What the heck, man? And they’re all lefties!” Season 1, Episode 8. “He still cries when he poops. Thanks for being cool guys.” - Season 1 Episode, 10. “Dang girl, if you weren’t a figment of my imagination, I’d wanna have your baby…” - Season 1, Episode 30. “I dreamed I was in kindergarten again, but I had really big feet, and was also the teacher.” - Season 4 Episode 26 The underlying story mainly concerns Finn. Finn is seemingly the only human in the candy filled Land of Ooo. He is a 14-year-old boy whose mission is to protect princesses safe from the clutches of the Ice King. His charity and good heart wins the respect of everyone he meets including his nemesis. He is madly in love with Princess Bubblegum
but has also had other love interests and pursuits. Lately the animation has improved since season one and the episodes have become even more adventurous with new locations, new characters and other unique elements. “Adventure Time” creator, Pendleton Ward described Finn as a “fiery little kid with strong morals.” This is not the first time this level of enthusiasm has been seen either. Apparently Finn’s character is based on Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Meatballs,” a Canadian comedy from 1979. The show is what it is, story telling from writers with open range from their executive producers. “A lot of the time, if we’re really stuck, we’ll start saying everything that comes to our mind, which is usually the worst stuff, and then someone else will think that’s terrible but it’ll give him a better idea and the ball just starts rolling like that,” said Ward in an interview with The A.V. Club published by The Onion. D&D fans with an appeal to dark comedy will enjoy this series set in a post-apocalyptic future. Currently “Adventure Time” is in its fifth season and going as strong as ever. With a clothing line, highly quotable characters, and its ‘mathematical’ animation, it is bound to become a classic. Adventure Time is available on Netflix.
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TOP 5 SUMMER MOVIES Film Feature
Ready, set, summer.
Summer flicks to look out for during your time away from class
By TOM RICHARDSON
Wisconsin Film Festival
Zack Snyder (“300” & “Watchmen”) is bringing one of DC Comics’ most well known heroes back to the big screen. With Christopher Nolan (director of “The Dark Knight”) at Snyder’s side as a producer, and David S. Goyer (co-writer of “Batman Begins”) in charge of the film’s screenplay, re-telling the story
of Clark Kent should be a truly amazing experience. Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”) will play General Zod, a villain that many people will remember from “Superman II.” Henry Cavill will play Superman himself, and with Laurence Fishburne and Amy Adams on board, this reboot shouldn’t disappoint.
PACIFIC RIM | SCI-FI | JULY 12 Guillermo del Toro’s (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) creative cinematic mind will explore the story realm of giant monsters vs. giant robots. In this summer blockbuster, giant monsters have spawned from the Pacific Ocean, from a portal between dimensions within the sea. The government chooses
THE LONE RANGER | WESTERN | JULY 3 Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) will journey into the old west with a film adaptation of “The Lone Ranger” for a whole new generation. The film takes place around the time that locomotives were first invented, as John Reid ( plays “The Lone Ranger”) and his Native American Spirit Warrior “Tonto.” They must fight against criminals of greed and corruption in the old west. “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer will play the Lone Ranger, and “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp will play his sidekick Tonto. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson will also appear in the film.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY | ANIMATION / COMEDY | JUNE 21
MAY 10 THE GREAT GATSBY PG-13 An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
FAST & FURIOUS 6 R Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) to help him take down an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers.
Disney & Pixar’s Mike and Sulley will return to the big screen… but in a past setting. This “Monsters, Inc.” prequel entitled “Monsters University” follows how Mike and Sulley met in college, and how they started off as enemies before they worked together at Monsters Incorporated, and later became friends for the original film’s events. Billy Crystal will voice Mike Wazowski again, and John Goodman & Steve Buscemi will lend their voices as Sulley & Randall, respectively. Dan Scanlon, another Pixar employee, will direct this prequel.
THE BLING RING | DRAMA | JUNE 14 Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) will soon release her next film, which is inspired by true events. “The Bling Ring” is about a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who manage to break into celebrity homes to steal their valuables. This was all possible for them through the Internet, specifically through sites like Twitter. The film will star Emma Watson & Leslie Mann. Paris Hilton will have a cameo appearance in the film.
EPIC PG The story of an ongoing goodversus-evil battle, to keep the natural world alive, or destory it, respectively.
AFTERSHOCK R A group of travelers become trapped underground in a nightclub after an earthquake strikes.
to fight off these creatures using giant, advanced technology robots piloted by two individuals at a time. As the war with the monsters progresses, more of these robots require back up. It is up to a former pilot and an untested trainee, making them the last hope for mankind against the monsters.
MAN OF STEEL | SUPERHERO | JUNE 14 LEGENDARY PICTURES
— MEITA ESTININGSIH
he summer of 2013 has a very impressive film line up with many genres for all types of moviegoers. There are many other films as well, such as “World War Z,” “The Wolverine” and “Fast & Furious 6,” so don’t just rely on this list. Make no mistake, these should be a high priority. Enjoy the sun, your vacations, and most of all, prepare for cinematic goodness.
The bull’s eyes glare angrily at the man standing confidently in the middle of the arena. He is Antonio Villalta (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a famous matador, and he is returning the bull’s gaze. Then he swings his muleta and performs a gentle dancing movement as the bull starts to attack with the tip of its horn. Villalta blows a kiss and tosses his hat to his pregnant wife for luck. He tells her, “This is for our unborn child.” This is the beginning scene of “Blancanieves,” one of the opening night selections for the 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival. It is a reimagining of Snow White by the Brothers Grimm rendered in a classic film style. The plot is quite similar to the original version. Set in 1920s Seville, Spain, Encarna (Maribel Verdú) represents the character of the Wicked Queen who marries a widower Villalta. His daughter, Carmenita (Macarena García) lived miserably under the rule of Encarna. The director, Pablo Berger, brings the era of black and white silent film into the digital era. Contributing to the originality is the 35 mm film format. Combining the classic style and Berger’s out-of-the-box narration, it feels as if a time machine had taken the audience back to the heyday of black and white film with this emotional story.
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INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT XBOX 360, PS3, WII U, iOS
TURN BACK THE CLOCK III RETRO GAME REVIEWS By COLIN BOWDEN, STAFF WRITER GRAND THEFT AUTO 2
The game style of running and gunning changed forever after the release of “Grand Theft Auto 2” (GTA 2). Originally released on PC, Sega Dreamcast and yes, the original PlayStation, “GTA 2” was considered one of the top games on my shelf for a good year. That is, until “GTA 3” debuted. “GTA 2” took the birds-eye view of “Grand Theft Auto” and added complexity to the gameplay by adding rival gangs to the story and increasing the strength of the cops that follow you on many side missions. Names like General Lee and Johnny Zoo and Claude Speed may not ring a bell, but the game’s large map, assortment of weapons and familiar foul-mouthed exchanges probably will. Playing “GTA 2” is a fun way to spend time while waiting for class to start. Hearing the sounds of cops chase your character in a newly stolen car is still exciting even 12 years after this game’s release. A free PC download of “GTA 2” is available at RockstarGames.com, the website of the “GTA” series producers, Rockstar Games. Otherwise, while not easy, finding the original PlayStation or Sega Dreamcast game on disc is possible.
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some respect as well, and, with the help of DLC, Lobo getting a turn, too. The graphics are outstanding across the board. There are times characters can look a little muddy transitioning from cinema to ingame fighting, but the animations are smooth, the way backgrounds shift over the course of each fight (with crumbling walls and ceilings) is crazy, and the ability to knock someone into another part of the stage an element borrowed from “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe,” by the way is innovative, and keep things fresh. Likewise, the voicework is really something else. Netherrealm spared no expense getting great voice actors for the game, including Kevin Conroy as Batman. And sure, we would’ve liked to have heard Mark Hamill as Joker again, but Richard Epcar does well in the role. The music is swell too, from a booming opening theme to great background tunes that are great to beat someone to a pulp too. Love those sound effects too, especially in stereo. Some minor modifications would’ve been welcome with the game’s balance (it’s hard to believe how powerful Solomon Grundy really is), and there were a few minor drop-outs when it came to online play, especially on the Wii U. If you’re a comic book fan, or you just want to get your fight on with something new, this is the fighting game you truly deserve . . . even if you think you didn’t need it right now. It flies high and true.
PREVIEWS MAY 19 RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS XBOX 360, PS3, PC ‘Revelations’ tells the story of what happens between Resident Evil 4 and 5.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
When “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe” came out a few years ago, I actually got a kick out of it. While it didn’t quite match the level of bravado that the Marvel vs. Capcom games mustered, there was still something great about it, whether it was the way Joker performed his (off-screen) fatality or the way the gameplay clicked. But many people shunned it, mainly because it took the Mortal Kombat franchise down to the mature level that so many people flocked to. But now Netherrealm has made amends, at least as far as they’re concerned. Two years ago, it turned heads, literally, with a heck of a “Mortal Kombat” reboot, and now it’s DC Comics’ turn for fighting glory with “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a game that covers every single base it possibly can in terms of enjoyment. Comic book fans will come for the story and stay for the fighting; fighting fans will dig into the action and see just how amazing the story is. The game’s tale does delve a bit into comic book lore here, and I won’t spoil details, but let’s just say it revolves around a catastrophe in Metropolis, dividing into two universes where heroes and villains aren’t what they seem. It’s this kind of story that really digs in, covering a huge array of characters and avoiding going for cheap pratfalls. This is the kind of
story mode that Capcom needs to pay attention to for its future fighting efforts. It’s that good. But story is only part of the picture. The fighting itself is splendid, really feeling like its own entity while borrowing a few elements from the “Mortal Kombat” series. You’ll utilize special moves with characters across the board, while also interacting with the environment to turn the tide in your favor. In addition, the Super Moves, a little more cinematic than they need to be, are still remarkable, especially when Batman plows into someone with a computer-operated Batmobile. POW!, indeed. The gameplay is adaptable for players of all skill types, and it’s backed by strong online action, so you can fight with your friends with ease. But there’s also a helpful system that teaches you every aspect about the fighting, and when to use it, through a lengthy tutorial. There’s also a S.T.A.R. Labs mode that adds replay value to the single player mode, with a ladder-type challenge system where you’ll have to tackle missions of all types. Some are corny, but they’re all worth checking out, just to see what kind of work Netherrealm poured into them. As for the character variety, it’s spectacular. Of course you’ll get popular favorites like Batman and Superman, but it’s nice to see the developers turn Aquaman from a constant joke to an all-out badass, complete with trident. It’s great to see Hawk Girl and Killer Frost get
‘Injustice’ from the team of ‘Mortal Kombat’ team soars to greatness
WORMS COLLECTION XBOX 360, PS3 A collection of three games that were previously available to download: ‘Worms’ ‘Worms 2: Aarmageddon’, and ‘Worms: Ultimate Mayhem.’
MAY 26 FUSE XBOX 360, PS3 Set in the near future, ‘Fuse’ follows a team of four elite agents obliterating enemy strongholds using fringe-tech gadgets and teamwork. GRID 2 XBOX 360, PS3 The sequel to ‘Race Driver: Grid’, the game will let players drive through several new real world locations, inlcuding Paris and numerous U.S. landscapes.
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HOW I LEARNED TO STOP GIVING A SHIT AND LOVE MINDLESS SELF INDULGENE MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE Album Review
MSI delivers same sound with new energy ‘How I Learned...” has vulgarity and niche properties, but should please fans the same as ever BRANDON ALLEN-TRICK Copy Editor Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI) has spent a decade and a half cultivating a trashy blend of hip-hop, metal and electronic dance music. Their new album is true to form and their lyrics are as vulgar, misogynistic and homophobic as ever. However, beneath this dense morass of profanity is a solid foundation of genuinely catchy pop hooks. It’s this contradiction between canny postmodern genre blending and intentionally, (albeit tongue-in-cheek), offensive lyrics that has made Mindless Self Indulgence an indie-rock guilty pleasure. It is the band’s reputation as a guilty pleasure that the album’s title wryly takes aim at. “How I Learned...” is the best argument yet that bandleader Jimmy “Urine” Euringer’s genius can no longer be ignored. Eschewing traditional funding methods, MSI produced the album themselves before “holding it ransom” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for as little as $1 for a full-album download. The album was released in March to their financial supporters on Kickstarter and has since been signed to their former label, Metropolis Records, for public release May 14, with an album tour in progress. This newest offering blasts off in style with the frenetic “Witness,” a hyperbolic homage to hip-hop braggadocio. With its mixture of retro synths and metal chords,
the song provides a hummable chorus while the singer proclaims, “God likes me. I am the best.” The entire album has a 80s feel, specifically with their use of keys, and the cover art accentuates this with its use of neon. Other highlights include “You’re No Fun Anymore,” which begrudges some unknown friend his newfound sobriety over a swinging, jackhammer drum track and chugging guitars. “A La Mode” cheerfully proselytizes the listeners about the clearly magical properties of ice cream. A call and response chorus answers, “Ice cream will fix it!” to such dubious issues as “Going to jail” and “You’re a failure.” Of all the tracks here, “A La Mode” probably has the best chance of becoming a radio hit due to its benign subject matter and relatively clean lyrics. “How I Learned...” loses a little steam on the second half of the disc, but it’s nonetheless an enjoyably wild ride throughout. In some respects it is a departure from their last album, this album being more dance oriented as opposed to the more rock flirtations of “if.” On the other hand, it also continues a clear progression toward more polished production and more traditional chord and chorus structures compared to their earliest work. Mindless Self Indulgence has always been a very niche band, and this album makes no bones about it. It revels in its sleaze, but if you don’t mind the vulgarity, “How I Learned...” is a heck of a party record.
ABOVE PHOTO BY CRAIG BURTON BELOW MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE
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sports EDITOR: RYAN SPOEHR CLARIONSPORTS@ MADISONCOLLEGE.EDU
2012-13 Athletic Awards Sportspeople of the Year Madison College women’s basketball player Courtney Spangler is the 2012-13 female sportsperson of the year. Spangler led her team in scoring with 547 points this year (17 points a game), averaged nine rebounds a game and had a team-high of 61 steals. She was the team’s MVP and earned all-conference and all-region awards. She finished her career eleventh alltime in career scoring with 797 points. Cody Peterson, a pitcher on the Madison College baseball team, is the 2012-13 male sportsperson of the year. Peterson has pitched
a team leading 30-2/3 innings this year. He has a 2.74 ERA with a team-leading 30 strikeouts. A year ago, he finished with a 4-2 record and a 2.89 ERA after pitching 37 innings in 14 games.
Doug Redsten Service Award Madison College President Dr. Bettsey Barhorst was honored with the Doug Redsten Service Award in recognition of her strong support for the college’s athletic programs. Her passion for students and sports is unrivaled. Since she began her tenure as college president in 2004, she was frequently seen at WolfPack sporting events cheering on the college’s athletes.
Courtney Spangler and Cody Peterson
Softball team ends season in semifinals CLARION STAFF REPORT
OLIVIA ONG / CLARION
Madison College’s Shane Adler pitches against Elgin Community College on April 23.
Tournament Time! WolfPack baseball team hopes to keep winning as NJCAA tourney begins CLARION STAFF REPORT Madison College may be playing its best baseball of the season as tournament time draws near. The WolfPack has won 12 of its last 14 games and finished conference play with an 11-1 record. The NJCAA Regional IV tournament is scheduled to begin on May 11 with sectional play. If the WolfPack wins, it advances to the NJCAA Region IV tournament starting on May 17. Last year, the WolfPack advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series and finished fourth. This year, the World Series will begin on May 25. In its most recent stretch of games, the WolfPack beat Prairie State College, swept a doubleheader with South Suburban College and split a doubleheader with Waubonsee Community College. Madison College finished the regular season with a 33-10 overall record.
Madison College 4, Prairie State College 3
Dan Schmidt hit a walk-off single to center field to score Ryan McShane and give Madison College a 4-3 victory over Prairie State College in eight innings on May 2. Cody Peterson earned the win for Madison College, pitching two innings in relief. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out four. McShane led Madison College hitters, going 2 for 4 and scoring two runs. Nathan Pollock doubled for his team’s only extra-base hit.
Madison College 13, South Suburban College 3
A four-run first inning was just the start of things as Madison College rolled up 13 runs on 12 hits to beat South Suburban College in the first game of a doubleheader on May 4. Pollock led the offensive onslaught by reaching base four times with two hits, including a home run and a double, and two walks. Schmidt and Taylor Carlson each added two hits in the game. Nathan Hoffmann earned his sixth win of the season, holding South Suburban to three runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. All of the runs against Hoffmann were scored in the first inning. » SEE BASEBALL PAGE 14
The Madison College softball team’s season came to an end on May 5 with an 11-1 loss against the College of DuPage in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament semifinals. DuPage dominated the game, taking a 5-1 lead after one inning and limiting the WolfPack to just three hits. Madison College struggled defensively, allowing 12 hits and committing five errors. DuPage advanced to the championship game, where it lost to Rock Valley College, 3-0. Rock Valley College, which beat Madison College, 9-0, in the first round of the tournament, now advances to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Rochester, MN. Madison College reached the semifinal game by beating Joliet Junior College, 11-3, on May 4. Marissa Shaner was the winning pitcher, holding Joliet to three runs on four hits while striking out eight batters. Andrea Lawrence led Madison College with four hits, including a double, and three RBI. Megan Hanke added two hits, while Brianna Wagner hit a triple. Shaner ended the season as the WolfPack’s top pitcher, going 7-6 overall and posting an ERA of 3.00. Jordan Bell, Lawrence and Shaner led the team in offense. Bell averaged .455 with four home runs, three triples and 13 doubles. Lawrence hit .431, while Shaner hit .393. Madison College finished the season with an overall record of 15-20 and a conference record of 7-11.
Cory Sims to coach WolfPack soccer RYAN SPOEHR Sports Editor Cory Sims, a local strength coach and personal trainer, has been named as the new WolfPack men’s soccer head coach. Sims served as assistant coach last season. “He’s very bright, very energetic, has a good soccer knowledge and has a desire to succeed in soccer,” said Steve Hauser, Madison College athletic director. Sims’ experience includes coaching boys soccer at the Magic Soccer Club in Madison and in other youth leagues. For the second consecutive offseason, the WolfPack had sought a head coach following the resignation of former head coach Sam Ramirez, who was at the helm for only a season. The search for the new coach included three elements, Hauser said. Hauser said that the search team sought a coach who has an interest and » SEE SOCCER PAGE 14
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Plan to resolve Title IX complaint gets approval
Maidson College schedules and results.
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KIM JOHNSON-BAIR Staff Writer Madison College has reached a settlement in the Title IX case from last fall. A complaint filed cited disparities in the number of male to female sports programs, representation and funding at the college. The new plan will add women’s soccer to the athletic program and will begin documentation for moving women’s softball to Division II in the NJCAA. It will not be an immediate change because of the quick turnaround to the fall season, but this will be a project over the coming months. “We can’t do it this fall, because of a number of different things,” said Keith Cornille, vice president of learning and
development. “So our plan called for starting it next fall, but we would start hiring a coach this fall, to do the recruitment and everything else.” Since May 1, the college has been in compliance of Title IX. Madison College submitted a formalized plan to the Office of Civil Rights. The outlined plan included checkpoints that the college will follow up and report on over the next two years. As far as making these steps for more equality between men’s and women’s programs, the college said this plan had already been in the works prior to when the complaint came in. “I think it’s important for the college community to know that we already realized that we needed to continually grow and continually improve our pro-
grams,” Cornille said. Steve Hauser, Madison College athletic director, said that the athletic department will continue to move everything forward beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. “We’re excited about adding women’s soccer and we’re excited about taking our softball team to the Division II level within that declaration period,” said Hauser. Title IX, also called the Equal Opportunity in Education Act of 1972, states in part that no person in the United States should be excluded on the basis of sex from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
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The second game of the doubleheader saw Madison College score two runs in the fifth inning to secure a 3-1 victory. Zach Ransom pitched the victory, giving up six hits and one run in seven innings. The win pished Ransom’s winloss record to 3-1. Schmidt was the WolfPack’s top hitter in the game, getting two hits in four at-bats, including a double. The victory extended Madison College’s winning streak to 11 games, its longest of the season.
Waubonsee Community College 4, Madison College 2
Waubonsee rallied with three unearned runs in the sixth inning to hand Madison College a 4-2 defeat on May 5, ending the WolfPack’s 11-game winning streak.
Madison College committed two errors in the game, and both errors resulted in runs against the WolfPack. Cody Peterson pitched the loss, though none of the runs that scored in the game were earned. Carlson had two of the WolfPack’s four hits in the game, including a double.
Madison College 7, Waubonsee Community College 4
The WolfPack scored four runs in the second inning and three in the sixth to claim a 7-4 victory in the second game of a doubleheader with Waubonsee on May 5. Calen Rohrman pitched five and one-third innings to earn the win, while Mac Wichmann finished up to earn the save. McShane led the WolfPack offensively with a home run, three hits and four RBI. Carlson and Luke Syens both doubled and had two hits.
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ability in recruiting student athletes and to teach and communicate with those athletes. Sims said that this is a focus for him and the team going forward. “The wider the base, the higher the higher the pyramid. With a solid foundation and smart work, any goal is achievable,” Sims said. Last season, the WolfPack was 1-15. Their only win came against Harper College at home after starting the season 0-10. Since going 9-7-1 in 2009, the WolfPack have gone 5-45-1. “I’m confident he’ll do a good job with our athletes and get our program back to where it needs to be,” Hauser said. Eric Liegel, who served as the goalie coach last year, will replace Sims as assistant coach. Liegel was the WolfPack’s starting goaltender from 2010-11. He was N4C Academic AllConference in both seasons. He has the team record for saves in a game at 14, which he achieved three times.
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at Kankakee Community College, 3-0 WIN, 2-0 LOSS vs. Pasco-Hernando Community College, 10-2 LOSS vs. Elgin Community College, 4-3 WIN vs. Southeast Community College, Neb., 4-3 WIN, 4-3 LOSS vs. Elgin Community College, 9-8 WIN, 8-7 LOSS vs. Prairie State College, 18-7 WIN vs. Detroit Tigers, at Lakeland, Fla., 13-6 LOSS at University of Tampa JV, 14-8 WIN at Harper College, 5-2 WIN, 9-8 LOSS at Highland Community College, 18-5 WIN, 13-0 WIN at home vs. Morton College, CANCELLED at home vs. Triton College, 5-4 WIN, 11-1 WIN at home vs. Blackhawk CollegeMoline, 3-2 WIN, 5-2 LOSS at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 12-2 WIN, 2-1 WIN at home vs. Carl Sandburg College, 8-6 WIN, 11-9 WIN at home vs. University of Wisconsin Club Team, 9-4 WIN at home vs. Rock Valley College, 6-0 WIN, 2-1 WIN at home vs. Parkland College, 4-2 WIN, 13-5 LOSS at home vs. Elgin Community College, 7-2 LOSS at home vs. McHenry County College, 12-8 LOSS, 2-1 WIN at College of DuPage, 9-0 WIN, 6-3 WIN at Milwaukee Area Technical College, 8-4 WIN, 6-2 WIN at home vs. Rockford College JV, 8-7 WIN, 10 INNINGS at home vs. College of Lake County, 8-5 WIN, 4-3 WIN at home vs. Prairie State College, 4-3 WIN, 8 INNINGS at South Suburban College, 13-3 WIN, 3-1 WIN at home vs. Waubonsee Community College, 4-2 LOSS, 7-4 WIN
For a complete schedule for baseball, visit madisoncollegeathletics.com.
SOFTBALL Schedule MAR. 17 MAR. 22 MAR. 22 MAR. 23 MAR. 23 MAR. 24 MAR. 26 MAR. 26 MAR. 27 MAR. 27 MAR. 30 APRIL 1 APRIL 3 APRIL 5 APRIL 7 APRIL 17 APRIL 20 APRIL 21 APRIL 24 APRIL 27 APRIL 28 APRIL 30 MAY 4 MAY 4 MAY 5
at College of Lake County, Grayslake, Ill., DH, CANCELLED vs. Ecclesia College, 9-3 WIN vs. Suny-Potsdam JV, 5-0 LOSS vs. McHenry County College, 11-2 WIN vs. Ancilla College, 14-11 LOSS vs. Prairie State College, 4-3 LOSS vs. Prairie State College, 14-13 WIN vs. Rainy River Community College, 5-1 WIN, 11-2 LOSS vs. Elgin Community College, 9-5 LOSS vs. Suny-Purchase JV, 12-2 WIN at Joliet Junior College, 9-1 LOSS, 3-2 LOSS at Harper College, 8-6 LOSS at Rock Valley College, 8-4 WIN, 8-7 WIN at College of DuPage, 7-3 LOSS, 4-1 LOSS at home vs. Harper College, 7-4 WIN, 11-3 WIN, 8-7 LOSS at UW-Platteville JV, DH, Platteville, WI, CANCELLED at home vs. College of DuPage, 5-4 LOSS, 7-5 LOSS at home vs. Rock Valley College, 6-1 LOSS, 13-3 LOSS at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 7-4 WIN, 2-0 WIN at home vs. Triton College, 7-0 WIN, 3-2 LOSS at home vs. Dakota County Technical College, 8-1 LOSS, 5-3 LOSS at home vs. Harper College, Regional play-in series, 10-3 WIN, 13-1 WIN NJCAA Region IV tourney vs. Rock Valley College, 9-0 LOSS NJCAA Region IV tourney vs. Joliet Junior College, 11-3 WIN NJCAA Region IV tourney vs. College of DuPage, 11-1 LOSS
For a complete schedule for softball, visit madisoncollegeathletics.com.
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