NOVEMBER 25, 2020 • THEONLINECLARION.COM • VOLUME 51, ISSUE 7 • MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE OPINION
Common ground now harder to find, even in families » 7
Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show
Volleyball assistant feels team is ready for new season »12
Tradition continues with the Fashion Marketing program hosting its fourth annual fashion show, producing and presenting the event virtually » 9
Madison gathers in support of President-Elect Joe Biden
The Beacon provides resources for the homeless HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor
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Joe Biden’s supporters gather at the captiol to celebrate his presidential victory.
MACKENZIE MOORE News Editor After roughly four days of the country waiting in anguish, on Nov. 7, Joe Biden became the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election. Seemingly in an instant, downtown Madison, a cru-
cial city in the swing state of Wisconsin, was flooded with celebration and relief. Emily Mills, a photographer and journalist, recalled her experience. “I was already geared up to go on a solo bike ride Saturday morning when the news broke about the networks calling the race for Biden. Basically,
I’d been feeling anxious and wanted to get out and get some fresh air. My partner and I got to tell a bunch of my neighbors and everyone was yelling with excitement. And that’s when I knew I needed to head to the Capitol. That’s where Madison tends to go for all things political and I knew there’d already been plans for a Count the
Vote rally that morning, so figured more people would turn out. I just really needed to be among other people who were celebrating. I wanted at least a moment of relief and catharsis, and for me, it’s important to be with community generally, but especially when big things like this happen. And I know » SEE GATHERS PAGE 5
Poll worker speaks out on claims of voter fraud MACKENZIE MOORE News Editor The day after the 2020 presidential election began, AP News declared Joe Biden to be the projected winner of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes. Trailing by a narrow margin of about 20,000 votes in the Badger State and losing ground in several other crucial states, incumbent Donald Trump made claims of widespread voter fraud. This largely occurred as states began counting absentee ballots. Travis Austin was a poll
worker in Madison, a city where the majority voted for former Vice-President Joe Biden. As someone with direct knowledge of election protocols, he took offense to the insinuation that poll workers were not doing an effective job. “I worked the polls, Ward 61 in the city of Madison, and we had a situation at the precinct I worked in where a voter was issued two absentee ballots and returned two absentee ballots. Same name, address, signature, everything, so it certainly was the same voter,” Austin said. » SEE FRAUD PAGE 5
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A vote sign outside Memorial Union’s voting station.
Volunteering can have a positive impact on someone’s life. At The Beacon, this is especially true. The Beacon is a daytime resource center for homeless men, women, and children in Dane County. Volunteer Coordinator, Lynn Currie, is one of the many staff who assists in The Beacon’s day to day operations. As Volunteer Coordinator, Currie helps volunteers navigate their experience at The Beacon. “There’s something kind of amazing about connecting volunteers with the opportunity that’s the right fit for them. People volunteer for lots of different reasons,” said Currie. “It’s fun to watch the process of someone choosing The Beacon, and then watch them figuring out if it’s really their volunteer home, or if it’s really going to be just a short-term thing where they help a bit, right. But watching people turn the corner of realizing, ‘Wow, this is actually a place where I want to invest heart and soul, as well as time,’ is cool to be part of.” At The Beacon, volunteers have the chance to carry out several roles. They can help serve food in the kitchen, assist guests with laundry, facilitate the showers, and provide guests with any assistance they might need in The Beacon’s computer lab. Due to the pandemic, The Beacon had previously experienced a decrease in the number of volunteer opportunities available. However, they’ve started to reinstate some of those opportunities as the number of guests has risen with the recent decrease in temperature. “We are adding in, now, as we approach Winter, afternoon shower and laundry volunteers. We had just gone to morning shifts. And we’ve been adding volunteers in our computer lab, and in kind of a connected role, helping guests connect to our partner agencies via Zoom,” said Currie. No matter which role they decide to possess, whether they facilitate laundry and showers, serve food, or help in the computer lab, volunteers have the chance to » SEE BEACON PAGE 5
2 | NEWS | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020
By Matthew Coan, Librarian
Librarians can help as paper deadline nears THE STUDENT VOICE OF MADISON AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
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Some of my fellow old people and a few that are younger than I am don’t know what the term “internet meme” is, even if they have seen and enjoyed them. A favorite of many ages is the “Ermahgerd” girl from a photography of what looks like the ‘70s, but is actually from the ‘90s. For those of you that feel young and smug, that meme is already eight years old. Do you know what also seems like a long time ago? When you saw your class syllabus and thought, “Dude, that final paper is like years away!” Meanwhile, faculty and librarians are thinking, “Dude, it’s nearly December.” To be clear, I am not trying to make you panic. Everyone has plenty of anxiety to spare. No, my goal is to respectfully suggest that you reach out
to the good librarians of Madison College if you need help getting started, getting restarted or if you need direction toward finishing your research. And not to worry, you still have access to the vast majority of resources we have always provided to students and faculty who want to deep dive a topic. More crucially, we can help to locate and identify which sources provide you with the most credible information
available. Are you a bit reluctant to ask for assistance? By all means, explore on your own! We have more than 190 research guides published on our web page from accounting to welding. Look for the tab for ‘Research Guides’ on our website. There you will see we recommend databases to try first and often include trusted web sources to consider. Physical books will not be available after Thanksgiving
this year through the end of the fall semester, but our databases can be accessed immediately. That includes article, eBook, and film databases from any device you can connect to online. Not to worry if you try and come up short. We are also very available to help by phone, chat, email, text, and by virtual appointment. Through final exam time, we can also help seven days a week. No question is a bad question. We love to help. We’re kind of weird that way, but it is also our job. What is your job between now and the end of the semester? Get your research done, get your assignments in on time and keep yourself well in the process. Take good care, WolfPack!
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Students reminded to lock your vehicle in college lots An incident occurred last week in our Truax Parking lot where we believe an individual was attempting to steal car parts from a vehicle that was parked. Luckily, Public Safety made contact with the individual before anything was taken. Since there are less people on campus now than normal, that also means there are less people around to witness these types of activities and can sometimes cause our parking lots to become a target for people attempting to steal items from inside vehicles, or parts from the vehicles themselves.
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Confronting racism and xenophobia Asian Student Support Initiative holds panel to address issues HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor Amy Kue, Caitlyn Lee, and The Hmong Allies and Affinity Group worked together to make the idea of the discussion panel, “Let’s Talk: Confronting Racism & Xenophobia in the Asian Community during COVID-19,” a reality. “I’ve been feeling like there’s been a lot going on since the pandemic that has created a lot of backlash towards the Asian community in regard to the coronavirus, and with being called specific names by the president, you know, being called the ‘Chinese Virus’… so that’s one part of it, ” said Kue, International Programs Coordinator at Madison College. “The other part was recognizing the most recent Black Lives Matter movement and how the involvement of a Hmong officer in the killing of George Floyd has really created a lot of turmoil and tension within the Hmong community, but also between the Hmong community and the Black community.” Kue hopes that in the future, there will be a discussion focused more on anti-blackness and the dynamic between the communities. The most recent panel touched briefly on these topics; however, the focus was mainly on the experiences of those in the Asian community who have dealt with racism and xenophobia. Kue moderated the “Let’s Talk: Confronting Racism & Xenophobia in the Asian Community during COVID-19.” First, she established some ground rules. Then, she asked panelists, including Lee, to share times when they have been confronted with antiAsian or racist experiences. Panelists talked about how these experiences affected them and their identity. They also talked about how they felt about Asian stereotypes, how they felt about the model minority myth, and how COVID19 and labels like “the Chinese Virus” have affected them and the rest of the Asian American community. At the end of the discussion, panelists talked about the ways that they could be further supported on campus.
Before the panel discussion arose, several students had expressed the need for discussions that address these types of concerns. “A lot of individuals in my initiative have expressed that they feel like they don’t really have a voice as an Asian American or they, because of, like, this modern minority myth, they feel like their experiences aren’t validated,” said Lee, founder of the Asian Student Support Initiative (ASSI). “They feel like they can’t express any concerns or complaints when it comes to issues that affect Asian Americans. So, they definitely feel like a safe space for Asian Americans and Asian International students is needed.” Lee hopes that through ASSI and further panel discussions with Kue, she can continue to provide a safe space for those in the Asian community. “I’m just really excited to have a lot of different experience shared in our discussion forum, and yeah, I definitely feel, like, going back to what I said, there’s a lot of Asian Americans who don’t really have a safe space to share their experiences in,” said Lee. “Not only is this to provide a safe space for Asian
Americans. I also hope…we can really motivate and kind of empower and kind of really push for our Asian American youth to be more proactive in their community, and advocating for their own issues, too.” Lee wants to continue these types of conversations, both through monthly discussion forums and through participation in groups like ASSI. “I do hope that a lot more Asian students can join us, but also I hope that more than that they know that they know there’s this resource that they can use if they ever experience any hate crimes or hate incidences…I hope they know that it’s like, they deserve to have these resources, and they deserve a lot more than what the Madison College campus has provided them,” said Lee. “We absolutely do want to say that all Asian Americans, regardless if you’re not a college student anymore, if you’re in high school, middle school, or from any background, you’re more than welcome to join us.” To stay updated about further panel discussions, visit ASSI’s website: https://matc-assi.weebly.com/
A screenshot of the Asian Student Support Initiative website.
Former NBC15 news anchor discusses life after television news MACKENZIE MOORE News Editor For many people, it is not difficult to name the news anchors that were on the family television growing up. While kids aren’t often interested in the news, the voices become familiar and turn into a given – just like getting on the school bus five days per week or knowing which cartoon will be on first on Saturday mornings. When it comes to many teenagers and young adults in the Madison area, Christine Bellport was that voice. After leaving NBC15 in 2018 after nearly 14 years, Bellport continues to stay busy. One way she does this is by serving as a public information officer. “At the conclusion of a press conference I organized a few months ago, a couple of reporters told me, ‘The best public information officers are former reporters.’ I didn’t think about it at the time, but it’s true. I’ve covered enough press conferences on the other side of the mic to understand the media’s needs and how to meet them. As a public information officer for Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), I help my agency by anticipating what a reporter will most likely ask and how they might frame their question,” Bellport said. Additionally, she has assisted in preparing staff for interviews through COVID-19 and civil unrest. However, Bellport no longer has the busy lifestyle of an anchor. Now, she has time for activities that used to be a luxury. “Sleep, beautiful sleep! Waking up at 1:30 a.m. for 21 years can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, no matter how much you love your job. I feel a sense of calm now because I mostly work on a ‘kinder’ side of the clock. I have time to enjoy the little things in life: a cup of coffee, a striking sunset, not rushing through meals, and being present in the moment with my husband and our dogs. I love not wearing a lot of makeup or stressing out over my hair,” Bellport exclaimed. Despite no longer needing to follow the news on
a constant basis, the former anchor does not shy away from potentially controversial issues. However, she manages to speak her mind without causing the uproars that have become common on social media. “It is a discipline I have developed over time. While you may feel passionate about an issue, hammering your point home will be met with resistance. I have often used my personal Facebook page to get crucial information out to my friends and followers, as I still have many from my time in news. It’s helped me reach an important audience about the state’s response to COVID-19 and civil unrest, which have unfortunately been politicized.” Bellport continued, “I try to remember that even though I am out of the media, people still trust me to share the facts from reliable sources. I have also posted some of the “breaking news” posts with a picture of my funny little dog, Mike. It gets people to stop scrolling and is a nicer way to deliver a message that perhaps people wouldn’t otherwise see. I feel good when my posts are shared because I try to post information that will aid and inform, not divide.”
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Christine Bellport with her husband Jon Erpenbach
One might think that being married to a political figure – Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach, in Bellport’s case – would make a longtime news anchor feel as though they never left the newsroom. “I think he would think of it the other way! Truthfully, we both enjoy following current events, including news programs on Sunday morning with our coffee. My job at WEM also demands that I stay informed, as we are partners with the governor’s office and Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the response to COVID-19. I have worked many overnight shifts with our agency’s support and response to COVID-19 and civil unrest. Some days, I feel as though I am still in the news. Although I loved working in the media, my position with WEM gives me the opportunity to still help people through the work I do with an incredible team of people who care about the state,” Bellport remarked. Because of Wisconsin’s harsh winters, it may be hard to see why Bellport, a San Francisco native, has decided to stay in the Badger State. “I left a job as a morning news anchor in San Diego with a ‘Starter Husband’ who was from Wisconsin. I immediately liked my team on The Morning Show and the viewers were so supportive. When I became single again, most people thought I would leave the state and return to a larger media market. I was already extremely happy at work, which is half the battle in the crazy world of news. I relied on hiking incredible county and state trails, potluck dinners with a strong circle of women friends, volunteering for animal charities and taking daytrips after The Morning Show to interesting towns and cities all over the state. It was a no-brainer. I was here to stay.” Despite the middle-ground Bellport finds herself in between being an early rising news anchor and being blissfully unaware, at times, she still needs to remove her mind from the constant news cycle. When asked how she manages to do this, she answered “Hike with my dogs, laugh on the phone with my mother in California, lake time, watch wildlife around our property, wine, repeat when necessary!”
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Volunteer Center hosts Virtual Winter Break Service opportunities ADELINE HOLTE Staff Writer The Volunteer Center at Madison College is holding Virtual Alternative Break Service opportunities over the upcoming winter break. What is that exactly? Since COVID-19, things have become different for most colleges. Meeting in person just does not work anymore, and Zoom meetings seem to have taken over every activity and interaction. College trips are not allowed to happen due to the virus restrictions, so that means that alternative breaks also cannot happen in person. But, fortunately, it can happen virtually. How, you may ask? Well, during this time of virtual everything, it is safe to say that most anything can have an online alternative. Yes, even the winter break trips. The virtual trips will be remarkably similar to the real thing, only online. Fortunately for Madison College, other colleges have begun doing this online alternative as well, so there is a blueprint to these virtual trips, leaving less possibility of error. The virtual trip will start in January and will be approximately two and a half days long. After
signing up, students will receive a box in the mail with everything they need to participate in the virtual trip. There will be guest speakers, and some breaks where students are able to do participate in the services on their own. “We’ll hopefully have some fun experiences where we can learn a little more about our communities, even though we’re doing it virtually from home,” Brianna Stapleton, one of the members of the Volunteer Center who is working on the virtual trips, said. The Volunteer Center is opening recruitment in December. Stapleton said that if everything goes as planned, the enrollment will open Dec. 1 and will stay open until Dec. 18. The goal is for the virtual break to invite students to get some social interaction, without burning them out from being front of a screen all day, which is why the breaks where students can independently do services comes in so nicely. The excitement and involvement of the alternative trips is still there, this time with the safeties of social distancing. “Hopefully, it will feel a little bit more engaging than the typical zoom lecture.” Stapleton said with optimism.
Students participating in the local alternative break trip help with the Madison Reading Project on March 21, 2019. This year’s winter break service trip will be done virtually.
Historic theater attempts to stay afloat through pandemic MACKENZIE MOORE News Editor When COVID-19 struck the United States in the spring, movie theaters began to close their doors. While many appear concerned for the well-being of large movie theater chains, those in smaller towns are hoping their local theaters manage to make it through the pandemic. Bonham Theatre and Video in Sauk Prairie is one such case. Connie Henry, the owner of the family-owned theater, remembers her first concerns once the pandemic hit the country. Outside of worrying for the medical safety of others, she wondered how long Bonham Theatre would be closed, how she could keep valuable staff, how movie releases and the supply chain would be impacted, and, of course, how the theater would make it through the tough times ahead. Henry, a former nurse, has made sure that Bonham Theater not only meets, but exceeds the Cinema Safe guidelines. In the main level cinema, every other row is taped off to allow eight to nine feet of distancing between groups. After each show, the available seats are sanitized. On the lower level, which has smaller cinemas, only the front and back seating rows can be used. Like the main level, each seat is sanitized between shows. Other precautions include paying extra attention to sanitizing bathrooms, handrails, and counters, 7-foot distancing markers in the lobby, requiring masks, making hand sanitizer available all around the building and required upon entry, and cleaning each disc case when rentals are returned. Additionally, the HVAC system has been upgraded. Since Bonaham Theatre was able to reopen on June 12, attendance has been down 75 percent from 2019;
revenue is down 81 percent due to offering cheaper tickets for classic movie showings. However, these numbers are slowly starting to improve with the introduction of new movies. In April, the theater introduced curbside concessions and rentals; this continued once people were allowed to enter the building in May. Like other theaters, Bonham also offers private shows for groups who want to avoid contracting COVID-19 from the public. Still, Bonham Theatre and Video has not been completely on its own over the past several months. Connie Henry recalls customers telling her to “keep the change.” The movie theater also received a loan from the Village of Prairie du Sac and a grant from the Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce. One of the more recent heartwarming events happened on Halloween. As a substitute for trickor-treating, a family came in and each kid was allowed to pick four candies. Not only did this make the kids feel better about missing a holiday tradition, but they were able to support a local business in the process. For those who grew up in Sauk Prairie, the 100-year-old theater is more than another building along the strip. When asked why she thinks this is, Henry said “The building and main theater have a historic ambiance that gives a unique experience to patrons . . . It is a family run small business instead of a corporation.” Additionally, Henry credits the theater’s longevity to good customer service, cleanliness and prices significantly lower than those of larger theaters. To see how theaters like Bonham Theatre and Video can be helped, go to: https://saveyourcinema. com/
Active Citizen Challenge launched to promote voting and food insecurity EIMY GONZALEZ Staff Writer The Volunteer Center is actively working to reinvent volunteering. At the beginning of the month of October, they launched the Active Citizen Challenge to motivate students and staff of Madison College to be actively engaged with the community. Throughout these periods of lockdown, the Volunteer Center has been communicating and exchanging ideas to promote volunteering opportunities in the virtual world we are enduring. As people find themselves physically further apart, the Volunteer Center explores ways to unite the population through volunteering and support. With this in mind, while brainstorming in one of the meetings, the concept of the Active Citizen Challenge began to be developed. This offers different opportunities to be involved with the community each month. Carolyn D. Kosabucki, Madison College Alternative Break Coordinator, mentions how students can choose an activity to participate in based on their comfort level. These are developed strictly to follow the guidelines of COVID-19 restrictions—keeping the health of students and staff a priority. The first challenge was presented in October,
leading up to the elections, with the focus of motivating students to exercise their voting rights. Now, in November, the challenge addresses local food insecurity. The characteristics of this issue are shared as an invitation for students to become involved and the resources available are presented to inform anyone on the aid that is being offered. “Everyone is welcome. We have so many diverse needs as a community and now, facing COVID-19, the challenges are even stronger. It’s important to connect with each other and look for little ways in which we can take care of our neighbors and take care of these bigger issues starting at home,” comments Kosabucki—inspiring to act in favor of the well-being of the community. An important aspect of this approach is its reach; it goes beyond the Madison College campus. For the current challenge, the Volunteer Center has already partnered with other charities such as the River Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Pantry, as well as other food banks within the community—proving they are committed to reaching a broader range of support. Partnerships such as these make a greater impact, benefitting more people throughout these difficult times. Even though this is a new concept, the participa-
tion has been increasing considerably. The response from the Madison College community has been positive, demonstrating the willingness to become active citizens and make a difference. The Volunteer Center is looking forward to the numbers continuing to rise, achieving engagement between individuals and the community to provide as much relief as possible to those who are in most need. Because of this vision, the Active Citizen Challenge will stay as part of the activities in the upcoming months, becoming an on-going volunteering platform. For the following challenge, there will be ways to support our society during the holiday season. “It’s been a very difficult year for everyone. It’s important to remember that holidays are still important for family traditions. We have to take care of each other,” says Kosabucki. Once December kicks off, the Volunteer Center will begin to send out more details on the next volunteering opportunity. For more information on the current and upcoming challenges, you can visit the social media platforms of the center. These can be found on the Madison College Volunteer Center website. You can also find them on WolfPack Connect. Make sure to sign up and begin your journey as an active citizen.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 make a positive impact on the guests that they interact with. “I think everybody that volunteers here knows that they’re doing something important, that it changes the daily life of people. Improves the daily life of people. I think it’s that simple,” said Currie. “…they are an additional set of humans that are seeing the potential of each of our guests and understanding that every one of our guests has a different story, and a different reality day to day, and
different barriers in front of them, and different potential. I think volunteers play a really important role in just their connection.” The connection that coincides with the volunteer role at The Beacon makes it that much more worthwhile. “This is an amazing place to get to know all sorts of different people with all sorts of different stories and really gain perspective and appreciation for everybody’s humanity, you know,” said Currie. To sign up to volunteer at The Beacon, contact lcurrie@ ccmadison.org or follow this link: http://vhub.at/thebeacon.
from past experience that the crowd likely to be there would also be good about mask wearing and other precautions, so it felt reasonably safe. And it was.” When asked about the tone of the celebration, the words that came to mind for Mills were “jubilant” and “relieved.” Mills said, “I had a few, socially distanced conversations with other folks drawn to the Capitol to celebrate, and everyone seemed to be feeling the same mix of joy, relief and still wariness – because we’re just so used to the relentless stream of bad news, I think, and are all painfully aware of how much work is yet to be done.” “But we were all just trying to feel some joy for a little while, anyway,” Mills continued. “and so many people worked so hard and for so long to make this happen, we needed a release valve! People were chanting, cheering, dancing – cars were doing laps in an impromptu parade around Capitol Square, honking their horns to the ‘democrabeep’ rhythm, hanging out of windows with signs and flags (American flags, the BLM flag, Pride flags, Biden Flags).” Mills said that her favorite moment was when a man in a pickup truck stopped in front of the rally, jumped on his hood, and said, “I’m so excited, I’m going to take out my dentures!” He then proceeded to pull out his set of upper teeth and wave them in the air. This, Mills recalled, made the crowd “go wild.”
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “We had processed his first one and when the second was about to be processed, we caught that he had already been assigned a number. We verified it was the same voter’s info and rejected the second ballot.” While some were concerned that this was indeed necessary in the first place, Austin clarified that this occurrence is not as common as it may feel. “Lots of hurdles had to be overcome for [the extra ballot] to even get to us at the polls. The
Despite the generally exuberant tone, some less-than-pleased Trump supporters did make an appearance. “At first, just a small handful gathered up the block from the main celebration, and then they moved to the other side of the Capitol and I think there were maybe two or three dozen of them. They had those anti-BLM “Thin Blue Line” flags, Trump flags, and “Stop the Steal!” signs. After I left, I know there were some sporadic arguments between some of them and some of the people celebrating,” Mills remembered. “The biggest conflict I saw happened when a truck with three (white) men inserted itself into the car parade. They were flying big Trump flags from the back, and one of them was standing in the bed talking through a megaphone – lots of denial about the election results, trying to convince us that we’d been ‘led astray’ and that ‘Trump will save us all! Trump is our president!’ It reminded me of cult leader rhetoric, to be honest.” Mills continued, “When they pulled up in front of the main part of the rally, a Black gentleman walked out and cracked the wooden flag poles in half and threw the Trump flags on the ground, then walked off to much cheering. Then a bunch of folks surrounded the truck, but no one was pounding on it or anything, they just yelled at the young men to ‘get out’ and, thankfully, they drove off pretty immediately and nothing worse happened.” While many Madisonians feel as though there is plenty of work left to be done, for one day, they breathed a sigh of relief. clerk had to issue two ballots (but likely there’s situations where some are presumed lost in the mail, so no real shock), then the voter had to send two ballots back in. Next the clerk had to miss that this voter sent back two ballots and send them both to the polling place. Even after all those steps failed, the final checks at the polls caught it.” While there does not appear to be a reasonable basis for Donald Trump’s claim that the election was fraudulent, he has been fundraising the eight million dollars required to pay for a recount in Wisconsin. In closing, Austin said, “The systems work.”
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Questions asked to you, our readers.
What are you doing for this Thanksgiving?
"Not too much, I plan to see my Mom and Dad and that's about it. Cancelled the extended family plans."
"I'm just going to my parents' house actually." - Will Johnson
"Spending it at home, probably on a call with my Great Grandma." - Cameron Ramirez
- Cole Drager
Kamala Harris is making history HANNAH DOTZLER
ually assaulting women, but millions of people still voted for him. What kind of message is that sending to young girls? To anyone out there who believes that representation doesn’t matter – you’re wrong. As someone who was once a young girl in this country, I can tell you that it does. I long for the day that young girls can watch a strong, female president and know that they too can do anything that they set their minds to. I mean, it makes sense that women in America are still so disrespected. Who can even try to argue that sexism towards women in this country no longer exists, when we have yet to elect a female president? As someone who has taken several gender and women’s studies courses, I have learned about the importance of females – especially those of color – earning their spot in leadership positions. With her win, Harris has finally shattered the glass ceiling of the second highest position in all American government. This is nothing new for Harris, who has been the first woman and person of color in almost all positions she has held. She once said in an interview, “I have been told in my career many times, ‘It’s not your time, it’s not your turn.’ And let me just tell you, I eat ‘no’ for breakfast.” I cannot express enough how important Harris’s win is for our country. Little girls and minorities are finally going to have a woman and person of color leader they can learn about in
amala Harris is making history as she will be not only the first woman, but also the first AfricanAmerica and Asian-American vice president of the United States. This is huge for our country, and it is going to have an enormous impact on so many people. I, for one, am already being inspired by her, and she is not even in the White House yet! As a woman living in America, it is hard to really feel like you have all the same opportunities as men. And it is hard to really feel like people respect you and view you as equal to males. Growing up, I remember learning almost exclusively about male leaders in virtually all my classes in school. In biology and chemistry, I would hear about legendary scientists who discovered amazing things – and all of them were men. And, in both US and world history, I would learn about all types of people – inventors, explorers, presidents, vice presidents, and so on. And guess what? They were all men, too! From such a young age, it’s hard for girls to really feel like they have an equal chance in this country or to feel like they’re respected as much as men are when all the powerful leaders they’ve learned about are males. It is even harder for girls of color because almost all these men they learned about in school also happened to be white. Growing up, girls and minorities cannot help but wonder where the people who look like them were all throughout history, and why they were not also doing great things alongside the white men. I remember being confused when I was younger about why all the presidents of our country had been men. How do you think this information affects little girls? If you ask me, it makes them feel as though our country does not respect women. Which, I mean, is really the only possible explanation for this, anyway. The reason we’ve never had a female president is not because no
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Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Joe Biden celebrate with supporters after declaring victory at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 7. woman has ever been smart enough or experienced enough to hold this position; it’s because our country has been sexist enough to keep them from doing so. I have always had hope in America and have waited very patiently for a strong female to come and break the barriers that have kept a woman from becoming president.
During the 2016 election, I was sure Hillary Clinton had finally made this moment arrive, but when Donald Trump, an unarguably sexist and racist man won, I was heartbroken. Not only had a woman still not made it into the Oval Office, but she had lost to someone who did not even respect or care about females. There was literally video proof released of Trump bragging about sex-
Clock is ticking on spread of misinformation KALEIA LAWRENCE Opinion Editor
ikTok, the app filled with dance challenges, filters, and... politics? You might have a video discussing the dismantling of the electoral college pop up in your feed, polished off with a catchy beat. Political content on TikTok helps get young people informed, but it runs the risk of easily spreading misinformation. In August, TikTok broadened its approach to combating false information. The company started offering in-app information on videos on topics like the election or COVID-19. Another measure the company
has taken is making some content unsearchable. For example, if you search “Qanon” in hopes of some conspiracy theories, you’ll be met with a pop up saying “The phrase may be associated with behavior or content that violates our guidelines.”
It then prompts you to look at their community guidelines. While this is a step towards stopping the spread of bad information, it’s not perfect. Videos with the unsearchable hashtags are still promoted into the user's feed. The “For You” page creates an endless cycle of content catered to your interests. If someone starts getting recommended videos with misinformation, they’ll be stuck in an endless loop of similar content. It’s important to do your own research on any “facts” that are shared on all social medias, and TikTok is no exception. The fun, short videos found there can be a great starting point for learning, but don’t stop there.
school. In her victory speech after the election, Harris said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last; because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” I know Harris is going to be a great leader, and I cannot wait for our country to see the amazing things a female in a position of power can do. With Harris as our vice president-elect, the future of women and people of color in the United States is looking a little brighter.
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Political divide impacts families Common ground now harder to find, even within families PAIGE ZEZULKA Copy Editor
ho would have known President Trump would divide the whole country, as well as my family, within his time as president? I would say my family has always been close, but also always slightly broken. The divorce didn’t help. The ‘rents living in different states didn’t either. Regardless, even with the lows, it seemed we all still knew how to successfully come together on holidays, frequent weekend visits and still enjoy our time spent happily. However, within the past four years, this has changed. The 2016 election where Trump won the race against Clinton was where the troubles began. Suddenly, politics became a mainstream discussion filling up the dinner table. The “how was your day?” turned into statements of “that’s fake news!” or “how can you vote for them?” The conversations were full of constant interruptions, not enough listening, hurt feelings and a result of table dashing. Something to note, my immediate family consists of three LGBTQ+ members, a mixture of nature lovers as well as hunters, big city slickers and country bound individuals.
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We all inhabit strong personalities, values and traits. Some materialistic, others successful based on moments living with less. Some of us are extremely opinionated, others are more objective. The fact of the matter is, we were already divided in so many ways but didn’t let that stop us from being a family,
until politics came into play. Cleary, a family consists of differences. That is what makes one special. But the main thing in common, which is the love they have for one another, should hold all those differences together. One would think so anyways. This is just not the case for my family. Instead, we have
been more distant than ever before, going weeks on end without speaking a word to one another. The division has surely become more apparent since the 2020 election. I can imagine many other families are experiencing the same political divide. I just thought mine would be different.
As the country continues to be separated, I feel my parents, siblings and beyond will continue to lose touch in what makes us, us. Where are the boundaries? When will we be able to look at one another and see a family member, instead of a “left wing liberal” or a “Trump supporter?”
Wind farms have a mixed environmental impact ADELINE HOLTE Staff Writer
e are all familiar with these last few decades trying to show environmental importance and pushing a much-needed appreciative attitude of our environment. It has been incredible to see how far our society has come in caring for our earth, but have we gone far enough? No. In my opinion, we can never go far enough. We should do everything we can and more to help our environment, and sadly, even then, things will never be perfect. Take wind turbines, for example. There is a lot a lot of controversy around them, whether they are good for the environment, or bad. It is safe to say that controversy is a back and forth, never-ending
issue. So, what exactly is the controversy? Well, for starters, wind turbines kill up to 500,000 wild birds a year in the United States alone. Considering exactly how many birds have died from wind turbines, that seems like enough of a reason for there to be a lot of controversy surrounding it. Birds are an important part of the environment and seeing so many of them die from such an unnatural occurrence is sickening to a lot of people. Not only do they kill many birds, but they also play a large part in deforestation across the United States. In order to have space for the wind farms, often times many forest and trees are destroyed to make way for the farms. Deforestation is a huge problem regarding environ-
mental issues, and wind turbines are no help to that. On the flip side of the coin, there is an argument that wind turbines are a better energy alternative compared to their competitors. While wind turbines are slightly more environmentally friendly than some other energy sources, they still do not completely stop harming our environment. In fact, it seems like they almost do more harm than good, if it is compared with better alternatives, such as solar power. Sadly, wind turbines continue to do harm to the environment, and there is no sign of an end. But, since environmental awareness has been continually rising with people around the globe, there is hope for the future of reliable energy, in an environmentally safe way.
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‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm deals in offensive humor and moments of genuine patience CHRIS BIRD
fascinating and can challenge our ideas of the beliefs and behaviors of people across America. The inclusion of Borat’s daughter, Tutar, I think also brings these interactions even further and the moments acted out between Cohen and actress Maria Bakalova are really the best parts of the fictional plot throughout the film. A good deal of the situations in this movie seem to be designed to illicit a response from people that many would assume would react explosively to a character like Borat messing with them. Borat is a man from Kazakhstan, he is misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and is just generally rude. Tutar is played up as essentially a human trafficking victim with a bad gauge of what is right and wrong, and holds very little self-respect for herself. These characters certainly bring out the worst in some people they interact with, but I was honestly really surprised with some of the moments of smaller kindnesses towards these hard to digest characters The most memorable moments of the film came in small gestures. A group of Qanon conspiracy theorists taking Borat in because he said he didn’t have a place to stay was wild, but even though they didn’t exactly agree with Borat and held some very fringe and
Managing Editor This movie was, in turns, offensive, eye opening, and even touching. When the first Borat film came out, I was much younger, and if I’m being honest, I didn’t get it at all. I think that I, and loads of others at the time, saw the film as slightly funny just seeing Sacha Baron Cohen make a fool of himself and provoking some extreme or odd reactions from everyone he interacted with. While it was a bit funny, it was also pretty hard to get on board with the concept for me, because Cohen’s character, Borat, is largely an offensive caricature of Eastern Europe, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian cultures, and the movie does very little to put the antics, that really form the core of the experience, into perspective. Before I watched this sequel movie, I went back and watched the first, and 14 years later I feel like I found a deeper value to a movie and film style that doesn’t seem to have many redeeming qualities at first glance. The way that I started to look at these movies was not like I was watching any normal narrative story, or a comedy movie even, but I started to focus on each interaction between the “characters” in
the movie, and the real people that they end up encountering who don’t necessarily understand that they are dealing with an actor and not a real person. I can’t say that what Cohen does as Borat isn’t offensive, or that it doesn’t go too far in parts, but the human reactions that he prompts through his character are absolutely Illustration by Anica Graney
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Madison College Fashion Show showcases an array of designs HAILEY GRIFFIN Arts Editor Madison College’s fourth annual fashion show was a success, despite the shift to a virtual platform. Stakeholders, Madison College instructors, Madison College alumni, Fashion Marketing students, and Fashion Marketing Director Betty Hurd, came together to produce Madison College’s first virtual fashion show, “The Change.” It can be viewed on YouTube at “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020.” The virtual fashion show, “The Change,” began with an introduction from Hurd. “Not only is this the first time that there is a class fashion show which has created and developed all of the materials, but we’re also delivering it to you virtually as well,” said Hurd in “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020.” “The Change” features an array of different styles, designs, and outfits. Each outfit, or “look” focused on in “The Change” was designed by Madison College Fashion Marketing students. Both models and designers themselves showcase looks through a collection of » SEE FASHION PAGE 11
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“Revival” by Haley A. DeZonia.
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‘How Not to Summon a Demon Lord’ is humorous RPG Satire GRANT NELSON Staff Writer An anime I would highly recommend is “How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.” It is an adult anime based on a role-playing video game. It features a shut-in nerd being dragged inside his favorite game and taking the form of a demon lord. He must put everything he has into his role playing to build a group of young female companions to embark upon quests in this world. They wish to find a way in this
world to free his friends from their bondage to dark powers. The show’s story is average at best, but what really drove this show home for me was the satire of role-playing games. The main character really drives this home, and how he is a scared shut-in, but role plays are his way to travel to a place of fear and respect amongst the demons and templars of this world which want his head. This show is a quick watch with a lot of gaming aspects that fans of shows like “Log Horizon” will love. It is funny as hell, and that’s why it is worth the watch.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a good throwback to the original COD GRANT NELSON Staff Writer A good shooter that just came out is “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.” It is amazing for hardcore FPS fans. The game’s story focuses on the Cold War during the Reagan era and it is filled with action, intrigue, and role-playing elements as the player joins a black ops team of American operatives that take them across the world. They hunt down a Russian operative and his army to keep world peace and prevent the outbreak of World War 3. Even the zombie mode has a story and
universe that any fan of weird cosmic horror will love. You travel across a demonic multiverse fighting the armies of hell in a team cooperative. mode. The gun loadouts in multiplayer are great and simple, and they’re set in classic “Call of Duty” mayhem. The game really goes back to the basics of classic “Call of Duty” while still having fresh new content instead of trying to be “Halo.” I would highly recommend anyone who loves the old school “Call of Duty” and good first-person shooters make a point to check this game out.
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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a captivating miniseries ANICA GRANEY Editor-in-Chief
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“I PARI” by Kadidia Maiga. SCREENSHOT OF EMBRACE VIDEO
”Protection of the Forest” by Madi Mahal.
Set in 1950s America, “The Queen’s Gambit” follows Beth Harmon, an orphan who has an affinity for chess and an addiction to tranquilizers. The first episode begins with Beth suddenly becoming an orphan after her mother is killed in an automobile accident. She is then sent to an orphanage where she is given “vitamins” to calm her disposition. These “vitamins” are actually tranquilizers and Beth is advised to save them by another orphan and take them at night so she can experi-
ence the high of the pills. During her time at the orphanage, Beth shows very high intelligence and is able to slip away to the basement where she befriends the janitor who teaches her how to play chess. Becoming an expert in the game very quickly, Beth is invited to play against the local high school team where she beats every player with ease. “The Queen’s Gambit” is a captivating miniseries available on Netflix with only seven episodes airing at about an hour in length. The show has become a hit among critics and viewers alike with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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“The ‘New Normal’” by Chris Burandt and Nancy Montignon.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 unfounded beliefs, they had some true tolerance and kindness for a man that was actively trying to be hard to deal with. Of course, later, they and other far rightwing protestors are duped by Cohen into saying some very offensive things, but it is reassuring to see that kindness and humanity isn’t lost even in people who might seem to be aggressive and often misguided. The opposite is also shown in the film, with small moments like a cake decorator agreeing to write an incredibly offensive statement on a cake for Cohen without batting an eye. Casual hate and racism are definitely still alive in America, and this film exposes many instances of it. Despite all the division and hate that can be seen in the film, there are also some bigger moments that promote some genuine understanding and growth, both for the characters and the people around them or watching the film. A babysitter named Jeanise Jones shows
videos. The first look, called “Revival,” was designed and modeled by Haley A. Dezonia. It utilizes repurposed clothing and “plays with the contrast of light and heavy fabrics in earth tones,” according to “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020.” Another look, called I-Pari, features a yellow and blue two-piece designed and modeled by Kadidia Maiga. According to “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020,” Maiga’s look consists of Bazin, a fabric that is prominent in Mali culture and worn for special events. Yet another look, “Imperfectly Perfect,” was designed and modeled by Caitlin Riordan. According to “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020,” Riordan made the main element in her look, a dress, from scratch. She sewed it with fabric from Agrace Thrift Store. There are several other designs that can be found in “Embrace ‘The Change’ Fashion Show Fall 2020.” To view each design for yourself, follow the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9x_k2ySMI8 a great deal of respect to Tutar and Borat, while also having the courage to actively challenge things that she feels are bad for Tutar, and also bad for Borat’s relationship with his daughter. Another encounter involves Borat interacting with Holocaust survivor Judith Dim Evans and her friend, and includes some very straight talk from the two ladies addressing anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Both of these moments of people facing an extreme and offensive situation and turning around and trying to help Borat and Tutar with patience were some genuinely moving moments. This film is not beautiful, but it has moments of beauty in it through the actions of some real people. There is also ugliness, and facts about how we perceive each other that this film forces viewers to face. I won’t say that this is an amazing movie in the sense that any widely loved classic is, but I think that if you approach this more like a collection of human interactions and glimpses into the lives and opinions of people in America, then you might find some value in this film.
‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian’ is raunchy but realistic GRANT NELSON Staff Writer A book I spend a lot of time reading is “The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian.” It is raunchy, filled with the hell of puberty boyhood, and living in racist America from the lens of a Native American boy and his community. The book really takes one out of the comfort seat and deals with a lot with racism and how those on the receiving end deal with it. It is filled with the day-to-day life on a reservation, and it is a grim story
a young teenager living this way. The book deals with one trying to be who they dream of being but also how much you will give up to get it. It really hits deep with the family-like reservation and how everyone looks out for the main character but also about the loss of this family and where everyone goes in realizing one’s future. The book is very funny and raunchy, so anyone under the age of 15 shouldn’t read it. It opens a lot of inner doors on how others live their lives and how we deal with them.
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sports EDITOR: KYLE KUNZ CLARIONSPORTS@ MADISONCOLLEGE.EDU
TENNESSEE TITANS DERRICK HENRY
A look at the top performances in sports
LA CHARGERS JUSTIN HERBERT
The Los Angeles Chargers’ rookie quarterback put up the best numbers of all NFL quarterbacks during his team’s Week 11 victory over the New York Jets, 34-28. Herbert completed 37 of 49 pass attempts for 366 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating for the game was 116.4. It was the most yards Herbert has thrown for in a single game this season. A first round pick in 2020, Herbert was
picked sixth overall. In college, he led the Oregon Ducks to a 29-13 record in his 42 career starts. He ranks second in career touchdowns at Oregon with 95. He is now 2-7 in his nine starts with the Chargers.
Derrick Henry rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown in the Tennessee Titans’ 30-24 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens. The fifth-year pro out of Alabama has already rushed for 1,000 yards this season, gaining 1,079 yards on 229 carries. It’s the third time he has gained more than 1,000 yards in a season and his second-highest total overall. For his career, Henry has rushed 1,033 times for 4,912 yards and 47 touchdowns. He hasn’t been as big of receiving threat. This year he has just 12 receptions for 86 yards and only 69 receptions in his career.
Long-time assistant coach optimistic about season BRIAN MCNEIL Staff Writer Voices of young warriors accompanied by staccato squeaks of gym shoes on a glossy wooden floor fill the cavernous hall. Frequent drum beat sounds of hands punching a volleyball punctuate cheers of encouragement from the WolfPack. The WolfPack crowd rises nearly as one raucously cheering as the WolfPack players spike one more ball past their opponent’s defense. One player cheers, “WolfPack on three, one two three,” and the rest reply in unison, “Wolfpack, ahwooo!” One man in the crowd was especially proud. Tyler Larke cheered on the WolfPack women as they won backto-back women’s collegiate NJCAA volleyball championships in 2013 and 2014. Larke remembers watching those championship teams, “They were confident, they were really good, cohesive.” The 32-year-old Larke now begins his sixth-year coaching as an assistant or volunteering with the WolfPack.
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Long-time Madison College volleyball assistant Tyler Larke thinks the WolfPack will again be national contenders. Larke thinks this year, the WolfPack volleyball team has what it takes to win the championship again. In 2015, Larke became an assistant volleyball coach at Madison College,
and the team returned to the tournament and placed third. Larke brings 12 years of coaching experience to the team, and he enjoys coaching so much he even volunteered to help one year. Eventually, Larke wants a coaching job at the Division I collegiate level. Larke, originally from Georgia, coached three of these athletes through another youth volleyball program and proudly sent them on to Madison College. During a phone interview, Larke recalls that he frequently watched from the stands as the WolfPack “came out on the court every game … like they were going to win every single match.” They nearly did. Larke attended Madison West High School and played four years of high school boys’ volleyball. He lettered each year before he graduated in 2006. After high school, Larke concentrated on pursuits other than volleyball for two years while attending the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 2009 he returned to Madison and donned the mantle of a coach. Madison West junior varsity boys’
volleyball team was Larke’s first experience as head coach. He says he coached the boys for six years and then discovered that “club teams,” like women’s volleyball, were “a little bit more competitive.” He joined Wisconsin’s Performance Volleyball Clubs, where he has coached for the last eight years. Today, Larke fondly remembers his first year as a WolfPack assistant coach and their road to the championship. “There are highs and lows when it comes to national tournament time, and that the 2015 year all the other teams were (at an) extremely elevated level,” he said. He remembered the tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, as “competitive and really fun.” One WolfPack player, Kaleia Lawrence, 20, said during a WebEx interview that she thinks Larke is a “very good coach, he really knows the game well and does an excellent job communicating with all the players.” She likes Larke as a coach because he recognizes her potential as a player and encourages her to excel. Lawrence says » SEE ASSISTANT PAGE 14
Trades make LA Lakers look likely to repeat BOH SOH Staff Writer
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Northwestern wide receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman (81) celebrates after making a touchdown reception against Wisconsin in the second quarter on Nov. 21.
Tough week for Badgers BOH SUH Staff Writer Week 12 is a sad week for the Wisconsin Badgers fans. With the loss against Northwestern, the chance of the Badgers making the playoff is likely gone unless Northwestern loses twice, and Wisconsin beats Ohio State, and Oregon loses, and many other “IF”s. However, I am hopeful because Badger fans may have been too con-
fident for the team after the first two games, especially Graham Mertz’s performance in week 1 (20 for 21 with five touchdowns against Illinois). Northwestern is a great team and beating them on the road has been a difficult task for the Badgers. I still expected Wisconsin to pull away with a win this week, but it happens. I am still hopeful for Mertz-led Badger for the future because a game like this is what makes the team better. No. 22 Auburn vs. No. 1 Alabama
– My pick: Alabama. The Iron Bowl is always an exciting game to watch, but there is definitely a difference between Auburn and Alabama. No. 2 Notre Dame vs No. 25 North Carolina – My pick: North Carolina. Remember, North Carolina almost pulled off upset against No. 1 Clemson? I think North Carolina will do that again and bring some chaos in college playoff. » SEE TOUGH PAGE 13
In the NBA, trades have happened many times already as we head into the new season, with the Los Angeles Lakers being one of the busiest teams. It is scary to look at the Lakers’ roster right now with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol potentially being their starting five. Schroder, Harrell, and Gasol are all hustle players and bring a great defense to the team that is already known for having a great defense already. What surprised me the most is the addition of Harrell, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers last year. Every NBA fan knows the beef between the Lakers and the Clippers last year. Even Patrick Beverley, a point guard for the Clippers, was shocked to hear this news. I did hear rumors about some Clippers players being unhappy with their former head coach Doc Rivers and star players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but rumors are rumors, and it is always difficult to trust their sources. However, it seems certain that the Clippers have a problem they need to fix as soon as possible to compete for the title. Another interesting possibility is both James Harden and Russell Westbrook leaving the Houston Rockets. The media really seems to be pushing the idea that Westbrook will go to the New York Knicks, but we will see » SEE TRADES PAGE 14
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Changes to expect in the college basketball top 25 BOH SUH Staff Writer March Madness is back! Wait, sorry it is only November. I am just too excited to see college basketball, and I cannot wait for March for basketball and warm weather. It is still unknown how many games will be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Some people may say the NBA games were all good to go last fall. It is true, but all the players were isolated and we are not putting all these college ballers in one place.
There are more variables that something can happen for college basketball. There are more games played in a week for college basketball, so it is more difficult to predict than college football. Instead, I will focus on which teams will be in top 5, top 10, top 15 and top 25 positions.
Teams that will be in top 5
Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova, Virginia, and Iowa – The top 10 matchup between Gonzaga and Kansas is the most exciting game in week 1. Unless Kansas beats Gonzaga, which is not
what I am predicting. Outside that game, week 1 will be quiet for week 1.
Teams that will be in top 10
Wisconsin, Illinois, Duke, Kentucky, and Tennessee – Not much thrilling games scheduled for this week, and I believe that Kansas losing to Gonzaga will likely knock them out of top 10, which brings Tennessee up.
Teams that will be in top 15
Kansas, Creighton, Michigan State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia – The matchup between No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 17 Houston will flip flop the
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You’re lucky if you have Taysom Hill on your team BOH SUH Staff Writer Week 11 in fantasy football can be defined by one player, Taysom Hill, a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Why? It is because he was qualified as both a tight end and a quarterback in fantasy football. When Drew Brees was a starting quarterback for the Saints before he got hurt, not many people talked about Hill. He was utilized in various ways in running and receiving. After Brees got hurt in week 10, the Saints had to find an alternative, and Hill was picked over teammate Jameis Winston. I actually scooped him up as a free agent (and yes, thank you Hill for your amazing performance in Week 11!) before he was announced as a starter for the Saints. Even if Winson started, Hill had tremendous value as a versatile player. When I heard that Hill would start for the Saints, I benched Rob Gronkowski, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill is now owned 83.7% of ESPN leagues, so it is not worth to write about picking him up, but if he is available in your league and somehow he is still eligible for a tight end in Week 12, he must be added.
1. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) – Tagovailoa has not been relevant this season except the one game against the Arizona Cardinals. He does not run much, so fantasy football managers have to rely on his throwing ability. What I like about this matchup against the New York Jets is that this game will be high scoring. 2. Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns) – Mayfield has struggled in the past three weeks, throwing no touchdowns. The matchup with Jacksonville could not be better for him to turn it around. The Jaguars allow the third most points by QBs this season. In fantasy football, everyone has their day. I believe that this Sunday will be that day for Mayfield.
Running Backs (RB)
1. James White (New England Patriots) – Free agent running backs
are pretty thin. If somebody is a starting RB, he is owned by over 50% of the league, so there is no point of writing about it. However, if you need a RB, White can be considered this week, especially his receiving ability. 2. Salvon Ahmed (Miami Dolphins) – Fellow RB Myles Gaskin is nearing a return, which means Ahmed’s value will go down. Ahmed has done a great job filling in for Gaskin in the past two weeks – 128 rushing yards with a TD and 6 receptions for 36 yards.
1. Nelson Agholor (Las Vegas Raiders) – Abholor has been great every other game in the past five games. Week 12 is supposed to be non-existent week for him, but come on, it is against the Falcons. It will be a high scoring game. 2. Russell Gage (Atlanta Falcons) – When Julio Jones was out, Gage ended with 12 targets, the most targets since week 1. It is uncertain whether Jones will be available in week 12, but if he is not, Gage will provide you plenty of points.
Tight End (TE)
1. Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers) – Tonyan has been inconsistent, but so are the rest of the TEs except for Travis Kelce. He is getting consistent looks from Aaron Rodgers, which makes him worth a spot. 2. Dalton Schultz (Dallas Cowboys) – He has received average of seven targets per game in the past three matchups, and that is pretty good for a TE spot.
Defense/Special Team (D/ST)
1. New York Giants D/ST – I would have never expected to recommend the Giants D/ST this season, but it is too tempting against the Bengals. Joe Burrow, their starting QB, is out, and Ryan Finley filled in that absence by going 3 for 10 with one interception. 2. Cincinnati Bengals D/ST – Ironically, the Bengals are still recommended because it is against the Giants. Even though I believe that this will be a high scoring game, there will be plenty of time to get points from sacks, interceptions, fumbles, and so on.
No. 3 Ohio State vs Illinois – My pick: Ohio State. The top 10 matchup against Indiana was a close one, which may make people think Ohio State may not be as dominant. The game against Illinois will show how dominant Ohio State can be. Pittsburgh vs. No. 4 Clemson – My pick: Clemson. Clemson will be in a full form when Trevor Lawrence, a starting quarterback for the team, returns. Even without Lawrence, Pittsburgh should not be a problem. Louisiana State University (LSU) vs. No. 5 Texas A&M – My pick: Texas A&M. I still think that Texas A&M has the best chance to make the playoff without winning their conference if Alabama wins out, but there is not much talk about this team. Am I missing something? Kentucky vs. No. 6 Florida – My pick: Florida. Florida has been rolling, and Kentucky is not going to stop this talented team. The toughest challenge for Florida would be the Southeastern conference (SEC) championship game against Alabama. No. 7 Cincinnati vs. Temple – My pick: Cincinnati. With Wisconsin falling out of the picture, the chance for Cincinnati making the playoff increases slightly. There is a great chance that this team may not be picked as top four because of its conference, but all Cincinnati can do is keep winning. No. 9 Oregon vs. Oregon State – My pick: Oregon. Every game is important this season for Pacific-12 (PAC-12) teams this year. This game will be much closer than the matchup against top 10 vs non-ranked team, but Oregon will still get a win and get closer to a playoff spot. No. 11 Northwestern vs. Michigan State – My pick: Northwestern. Do you know what would be an out of control scenario? Northwestern loses against Michigan State this week. With Wisconsin out of the playoff picture, I root for the Big Ten teams to make it. Maryland vs. No. 12 Indiana – My pick: Indiana. A loss by a TD at Ohio State? For any teams, that is an accomplishment. It makes me nervous for Wisconsin and Indiana game on Dec. 5. No. 13 Georgia vs. South Carolina
ranking, but I predict that Texas Tech to win the matchup so bring Texas Tech remain in top 15.
Teams that will be in top 25
North Carolina, Houston, Arizona State, Texas, Oregon, Florida State, University of California Los Angeles, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Michigan – There are not many games scheduled for week 1. I believe that Houston and Arizona State will both lose, but they are currently ranked 17th and 18th respectively, and I don’t think one loss this week will knock them out of top 25.
– My pick: Georgia. Remember when South Carolina beat Georgia to end their chance for the playoff last year? No. 14 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia – My pick: Oklahoma. Oklahoma has bounced well after a 1-2 start. They are rising, and they seem to have a great team, but it is not likely for them to make it to top four this year. However, the Big 12 title is not out of reach. No. 15 Iowa State vs No. 20 Texas – My pick: Texas. Both Iowa State and Texas have bounced back nicely from earlier losses. This will be a close game, but I believe Texas will bring a victory. No 16. Coastal Carolina vs. Texas State – My pick: Coastal Carolina. Coastal Carolina is still undefeated, and they have been rolling. Whether a team is in Sun Belt conference or in other conferences, 8-0 record is impressive. Keep rolling! Minnesota vs. No. 18 Wisconsin – My pick: Wisconsin. The key to succeed in sports is how can you bring your momentum back after a close loss or the loss that likely eliminates the playoff hope? That is the homework for Wisconsin this week. Thankfully, Minnesota has been struggling this season as well. Colorado vs. No. 19 University of Southern California (USC) – My pick: USC. Both teams are undefeated so far, which is unfortunate because one team will get a loss. The best hope for the PAC-12 conference is USC keep winning. Of course, Colorado players would not agree with that. Texas Tech vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State – My pick: Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State fell from the best team of the Big 12 conference to umm.. possibly not making it to the Big 12 championship game. There is still a chance, but not likely. No. 23 Louisiana vs. University of Louisiana Monroe (UL Monroe) – My pick: Louisiana. It is difficult to root against a 0-8 team… I hope that UL Monroe gets a win this year. No. 24 Tulsa vs. Houston – My pick: Tulsa. Tulsa has a great season so far, and its only loss coming against Oklahoma State. With Oklahoma State falling, that loss became worse, but Tulsa can still represent American Conference to match against Cincinnati.
Picks for the remaining Big Ten games BOH SUH Staff Writer Can you believe that Penn State is 0-5? It is hard to believe a talented team like that falls apart like this. Misery loves company, which features the matchup between Penn State and Michigan. And of course, there are other teams like Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, and Iowa. Where is Illinois? Oh, they are playing against Ohio State, so that is why they are not here this week. Nebraska vs. Iowa – My pick: Iowa. Iowa is moving to the right direction after winning three games in a row. On the other hand, Nebraska seems a little lost after losing against Illinois at home. Someone posted two pictures of Scott Frost, a head coach
for Nebraska before he signed with this team and after being the head coach for a couple years. Google it, and you know what I am talking about. Stress is not fun for anyone. Penn State vs. Michigan – My pick: Penn State. Usually, this game is featured as potential top 10 matchup featured in ABC, ESPN, FOX, and any media coverage. Wait, never mind, it is covered in ABC, but the gravity of this matchup is much lighter than two months ago. I also think that Penn State will get a first victory this season this week. Sorry coach Jim Harbaugh. Rutgers vs. Purdue – My pick: Purdue. Honestly, I am happy for Rutgers for their first win this season. Do they have a shot for the second win this week? If so, this may be the best chance out of three games remaining.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Larke provides a “positive experience… he pushes us.” Although the Covid-19 pandemic has postponed the season, Larke looks forward to returning to play possibly as early as this spring. “We’ve had a good 5-6 months with the team to practice. In the long run, it will be better for us,” he said. Usually, the team has a “small time frame to practice before the first game,” Larke said, but this year fall sports were postponed to the spring semester. Lawrence reports in a recent Clarion article that the restrictions changed the practice regimen. According to Lawrence’s Aug. 31 article, the athletes have their temperatures checked before each practice, and they must fill out a survey that informs the team if they feel healthy. Larke encouragingly points to Quinn Lukens, the WolfPack Volleyball Coach and Performance Coach, as a reason for his optimism. Larke says Lukens has “done a really good job at keeping team cohesiveness.” Larke also says Lukens brings enthusiasm to the team and that he “holds the girls to a higher expectation, and he always talks about their voice, in general, the girls have to bring their voice.” Larke says the ladies can win this together if they all bring their encouraging voices. He says he feels “potential here, and I think it helps that I’m here because I know almost all the girls from last year.” He says the whole team benefits from that familiarity. When referring to the team’s understanding of
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 what happens. I feel like the Knicks are always the destination whenever a free agent comes up. The chance of Westbrook going to the Knicks is unknown as this point, but if he does, he will bring some excitement to the Knicks fans. On the other hand, Harden’s potential destination is the Brooklyn Nets, where Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
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each other, Larke says, “It makes them comfortable,” and that ease contributes to “team cohesiveness and energy.” Of course, Larke knows the quarantine has affected almost every aspect of people’s lives. This year some players are less than “in the best shape they have been.” Larke also feels “this year is kind of strange. Clearly, you know pandemic and stay at home orders and distancing and masks and whatever, how does that affect you as a coach.” Isolation has affected other factors of this year’s team dynamics. With mask orders and social distancing Larke says there are more water breaks because of mask-wearing during gameplay. Worse, Larke laments, “there are no more team huddles, no more high-fiving…they tap shoes or give an elbow.” Practices and team spirit are not the only aspects of the game that look and feel different. A look at the Madison College website shows no scheduled games, which clearly indicates the season in a state of flux. Larke says he knows Lukens, the other head coaches, and athletic directors have shared much communication and is confident “they have some…plan in place” for the season. Through coaching, and because of Covid-19 restrictions, Larke’s experience leads him to believe this year is about “learning to adapt,” He says the team will “make it work.” When asked directly about the Wolfpack, Larke said, “We all really work well together,” and he extols the team’s commitment to making it work this year and says we should be happy for that, “at least we’re getting to play.” are. The Nets just signed Joe Harris, a sharpshooter, so the Nets cannot be ignored from a title contender in the 2020-2021 season. There are many question marks for the Nets. Is Durant going to be back in his old form? Will Irving and Durant co-exist in the team? Who is going to be a starting point guard for the Nets, Irving or Harden? Regardless of all these questions, the Nets will be an entertaining team to follow this year.
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