The Clarion 5-3-23 issue

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On April 21, Madison College’s Volunteer Center celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up Warner Park in Madison. For three hours in the cold and rain, volunteers helped clean up trash in the park, as well as enjoy some birdwatching, provided by the BIPOC Birding Club.

There were around 15 people who assisted in the cleanup, some being in a group of two or three and some venturing out solo. The volunteers used extended grabbers that worked like lobster claws, a large bucket and some trash bags and scoured all over the vast park to pick up litter.

Earth Day, a day demonstrating support for environmental protection, has made many people support and want to help keep the Earth clean. For Madison College, many of the volunteers were excited to participate in the Earth Day event. One student, Paige Rule said, “It felt really nice to help pick up litter and to help out the Earth.”

After the cleanup, the BIPOC Birding Club provided an opportunity to show the volunteers the wonders of birdwatching. With binoculars around their necks, they traveled into the walking path of the woods. The group stared up into the trees with their mouths wide open, squinting into the binoculars, searching for something to pop out or to make a chirp.

Eventually, they saw a range of birds from a horned owl to a multitude of red-winged blackbirds and robins, as well as a bald eagle sitting in her nest.

“I really like birds; the birdwatching was really enjoyable for me,” Savannah Rule said, one of the cleanup volunteers.

Overall, the volunteers who participated said they felt very fulfilled by the end of the day. Picking up litter and getting the chance to see birds up close flying by was a new opportunity for most.

By cleaning up the Earth for just one day and venturing out into nature, the event gave the volunteers a different perspective and made them care about the environment a little more.

What’s in a deadname for transgender students?


Theodore Ouriel Shulman is a high-achieving student at Madison College. He has earned Dean’s List honors, is enrolled in the Honors Program and currently serves as the Vice President-Elect of Public Relations for Madison College Student Senate. Theo says he owes his success to hard work, but also due to a supportive community to back him. He also says his life can be defined by turkeys, therapy and travel, which as

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Former student serves in many ways

It all started with curiosity. Representative Samba Baldeh has alway had an unstoppable need to know.

The 2007 Madison College graduate’s story begins in a village in Gambia, Africa’s smallest country with a population of 2.64 million. It sits on a narrow strip surrounded by Senegal, and, like 95% of the people, Baldeh is Muslim.

He lived in a tiny remote village of Choya, without schools, banks or birth records.

Despite living in an under developed country, the humble beginnings of this village have brought Baldeh leadership and a life he never imagined.

Baldeh’s father, who died when he was four, left the family with many cows, goats and chickens, a valuable bartering chip within the community. In addition to his supply of animals, his family lived on subsistence farming.

The middle of nine siblings, Baldeh doesn’t have a birth certificate. Based on what his mother told him about the current events, Baldeh believes he was born in 1971.

Perhaps the lack of records began his curiosity, but his life path was well-defined by watching Peace Corps and other agencies visit Choya offering doctor visits and vaccines.

“I was always excited as a young child seeing someone like Peace Corps volunteers who come into my community or government agencies for either vaccinations or service to (Gambia) communities,” Baldeh said.

unorthodox as it sounds, led him on the path of self-discovery as a transgender man.

For Theo, he discovered his identity in his preteen years and publicly came out at 13 years old. After experimenting with a few different names, he eventually settled on “Theodore Ouriel” for his first and middle names as an homage to his grandmother and a nod to the comedian Brother Theodore, who is coincidentally also his dad’s best friend.

Even though Theo has been settled on his name for

Within that wonderment, he questioned why he saw two different worlds—the rural villagers of Choya and the sophisticated global professionals.

Determined to learn, Baldeh hiked the six-mile path to the nearest primary school, wearing the only shoes he owned, footwear made of car tires.

Seeing his perseverance, his family allowed him to move to Banjul, Gambia’s capital city, where he lived with his uncle and continued his education.

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Thank you, library and SAC student workers

As we conclude another semester and academic year, the Madison College Libraries and Student Achievement Centers reflect on a successful year.

We attribute this success in a large part to the outstanding performance of our student desk staff, who have played a significant role in supporting faculty, staff and fellow students.

We want to take a moment to express our deep appreciation to these students for their dedicated efforts throughout the academic year. Their excellent customer service skills have enabled us to provide essential support, and their work across the district has been invaluable.

We could not have completed the academic year

without each and every one of them, and we are immensely grateful for their hard work. Despite the challenging weather conditions that included bitter cold, heavy snow and torrential rains, these students braved the elements and came to work every day, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to their responsibilities.

For those student workers who are graduating, transferring or moving on to new pursuits, we extend our

best wishes for your future endeavors. Your presence will be sorely missed and we hope you come back to visit us. We appreciate your contributions and efforts and we are confident that you will continue to excel in all your future endeavors.

We thank all our student workers for their hard work and dedication to excellence, and we look forward to working with them and new students in the upcoming academic year.

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String of thefts in fitness area

Please be aware there has been a string of thefts recently on campus, specifically from the Athletics area and Fitness Center. Please keep your items and valuables locked in one of the lockers. Use a lock on your locker. Some of the items that have been stolen in the past few weeks from that area are a ring, a backpack and some cash. If you have any information on who may have taken these items, please reach out to Public Safety.

This is also a good time to remind the campus community to keep laptops, phones, electronics and valuables with you at all times. If you are working in a

BPA competes at conference and earns multiple awards



The Madison College Chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) competed and won at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California from April 26-30.

Emily Cauthen were second-place finishers.

Mackenzie Carstens, Branden Metzler and Morgan Witthun were third-place finishers.

Mackenzie Carstens, Jason Nelson, Emily Cauthen and Katrina Willis were finalists.


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Students were able to attend the conference in-person thanks to school funding. They competed across a variety of subject areas including Finance, Business Administration, Digital Communication and Design and Health Administration.

BPA had nine students competing in more than 20 individual events and one team event.

Jason Nelson and Katrina Willis each were first-place finishers.

Jason Nelson, Katrina Willis, and

Kai Brito and Michael Malone took second place in the team event.

While students were not competing, they enjoyed southern California by going to the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica/Venice Beach, Newport Beach, whale watching, Disneyland and enjoyed local culture and food.

Students are encouraged to join Business Professionals of America even if they are not in a business program. Stop by the Business and Accounting Lab for more information.

common space on campus and need to leave for a period of time, make sure to bring your valuables with you or ask a friend to watch them. When parking on campus, make sure to bring all of your valuables with you or keep them out of sight. Make sure to keep your doors to your vehicle locked.

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PHOTO PROVIDED TO THE CLARION Members of the Madison College Chapter of Business Professionals of America who competed at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, pose for a group photo. Individuals and teams competed in several categories.

Event was a celebration of the success of students

The Student Success Awards Program celebrates the outstanding achievements of many of our students at Madison College. The annual event was on Thursday, April 27. Over 90 students were nominated in the various categories.

The Karen Roberts Student Life Leadership Award, the highest recognition for student leaders at the school was awarded to Elysia Phon, Honorine W. llboudo, Lily Weber and Wendpanga W. Tapsoba.

The Student Life Leadership Certificate was awarded to Wilfried Tapsoba, Kendrixe Mone, Ashley Mone, Ashley Belk, Char Braxton, Ousmane Nikiema, Grace Zongo, Tracey Nguyen and Ella Jiang. To achieve this award, students must complete 20 hours of civic engagement, hold a leadership position at the college, participate in leadership development activities and interview community leaders.

Other honors presented were:

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year – Christine Behling, Ousmane Nikiema and Savannah Steffen.

Devi Bhargava Award – Fabiola Salcedo and Cassandra M. Johnson.

Terry S. Webb Shared Governance Leadership Award – Elijah Lin.

Senate Merit Award – Nicolas Vera-Arroyo and Jovhany Michaud.

Student Excellence in Diversity Award –Luis Hernandez.

Student Ambassadors of Distinction – Gao Mai Lor, Nohaya Salifou, Barbara Gray and Rosa Gomez Rabanal.

Outstanding Club Advisor of the Year –Jenna Flemal.

Outstanding Student Group for Academic Achievement – Executive Leadership Team (3.9) and African Student Association (3.6).

Outstanding Student Club of the Year –International Interior Design Association, Campus Center.

Outstanding Student Organization of the Year – Executive Leadership Team.

Outstanding Student Group: Community Service – TRIO Student Support Services.

Outstanding Student Tutor of the Year – Ayden Alves, Grace Zongo and Todala Kendrixe Mone.

President's Volunteer Service Award –



He was later admitted to a boarding school, where he spent five years. Most of Baldeh’s schooling was paid through trading the family’s animals.

Later, he went to college to study education and became involved with environmental advocacy. In 1999, he was invited to a Global Meeting of Generations conference in Washington, D.C. In breakout sessions, he met Madison College’s then-student life coordinator, Dr. Geoffrey Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, now the associate vice president of Intercultural Education at Madison College, recalled the conference, saying that there were about 60 young leaders all under age 30 and already making a difference in their home communities.

But the central message of the conference training inspired the group.

“Anything was possible if we put our minds to it and that we had the power to make big differences in the world,” said Bradshaw, who implemented the African Studies certificate program during a visit to Gambia last December. “In that context, Samba moving to the USA was just one of many possible leadership futures we discussed.”

After talking to Bradshaw, Baldeh left Gambia, moved to Madison and pursued computer science programming at Madison College.

At the school, Baldeh founded the African Students Association for students struggling with immigration issues, financial aid and cultural differences.

Lifetime Achievement President's Award, Katrina Veltrice Willis. Gold Level, Katrina Veltrice Willis. Bronze Level, Adam Frohmader, Rohith Ravikumar, Char Braxton, Juhun Kim and Zoe Toltzien.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Academic Advancement – Jovhany Michaud and Precilia Dahn.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences – Brayden Locricchio and Taylor Ripp.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Business & Applied Art – Emily Erdahl.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Engineering, Science & Math – Camille Edinger and Francesco Carnevali.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Health Sciences – Charlotte J. Kersten.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Human & Protective Services, Law & Education – Jason Gonzalez and Tamara Brunner.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Nursing – Maria Garcia Lara and Robin L Ostenson.

Exemplary Learner of the Year, School of Technologies & Trades – Angel Abaunza and Madelynn Vant Hoff.

Alternative Break Recognition – Tessara Clark, Mone Tobu Leila Ashley, Declan Musser, Ella Jiang, Madalyn Breunig, Andie Carlson-Dakes, Andrew Kranz, Cerise Pipson, Hassan Hashmi, Juhun Kim, Karma Tsedar, Kiah Zechzer, Lilian Schwictenberg, Madelyn Schultz, Mary Joan Nastri, Rachel White and Lisa Bach.

International Student Volunteer Award

– Aïcha Koma, Honorine Wendyam llboudo, Wendpanga Wilfried Tapsoba, Mone Tobu Leila Ashley, Vimbai Juliet Mudzingwa and Barkwende Kevine Flore Nikiema.

WolfPack Volunteers Recognition – Cisco Garcia, Jordan Langendorf, Juhun Kim, Margrethe Blum, Rosa Gomez Rabanal, Saskie Schroetter, Mone Tobu Leila Ashley, Todala Mone, Zoe Toltzien, Adam Frohmader, Alejandra Gasca Carillo, Barkwende Kevine Flore Nikiema, Binta Diallo, Danny Her, Ebrima Camara, Evelyn Zadzilka, Juhun Kim, Michael Malone, Miguel Avila, Ousmane Nikiema, Yer Yang and Zoe Toltzien. Distinguished Teachers of the Year – Dr. Steven Cybela, James Reichling and Brian Turner.

in Gambia but did meet at Madison College, where they quickly connected. Over the years, they’ve become business partners and close friends.

After they started collaborating, Kujabi saw Baldeh asking questions about the challenges in the community. Baldeh told his close friend he needed to do something and Kujabi responded, saying he would support his friend every step of the way.

“Samba has always been active in politics. He has always been an activist — even before he came here,” said Kuhjabi, who traveled back to Gambia with Baldeh in August of 2021. “I met some of the folks that he’d known before he came here. He had started youth movements before he even came to the United States back in the Gambia.”

He volunteered at youth development groups and noticed more Africans grappling with their new life.

After he earned his associate degree in computer science in 2007, he started an IT consulting business and worked as a software engineer.

While he settled seamlessly into employment, he saw problematic issues, notably a frayed relationship between communities of color and the police. He felt his community leaders weren’t doing enough to bridge the gap.

“I wanted to be part of the storytelling, as far as who I am as a Black person in America and a Muslim in America, but generally my relationship with the police,” Baldeh said.

As a member of the African immigrant community, he was already working with the Madison police department to bring them to his community and have a conversation.

He mentions the different protocols for Americans and Africans when the police stop a car. In Africa, people can leave their vehicles and approach the police and in America, citizens must wait in their vehicles and have the police come to them. He said there were cultural differences that the Madison police and the new immigrants needed to know.

Jerreh Kujabi is another native of Gambia, who attended the same high school as Baldeh. The two never met

Shortly afterward, Baldeh sought and won a seat on the Madison Common Council, serving from 2015 to early 2021, including a term as its president. He ran for the Assembly in 2020 against the incumbent and won, and he was re-elected for a second term last year.

Before he was elected at the Common Council and, later, the State Assembly, a Muslim or African immigrant had never been elected to either office.

“It is important that we diversify our agencies that make decisions on our behalf so that is reflective of our communities and make them more inclusive,” said Baldeh.

“Representation is important. Representation helps our communities to be better, whether physical products or policy products so that our communities reflect who we are as people.”

KELLY FENG / CLARION State Rep. Samba Baldeh works from his desk in the State Capitol. CLARION STAFF PHOTO Above, members of the Executive Leadership Team celebrate being named Outstanding Student Organization of the Year. Below, members of the International Interior Design Association show their award for Outstanding Student Club of the Year.

over six years, he was only able to legally change his name last fall in 2022. Since enrolling at Madison College for the High School Equivalency Diploma program and now Liberal Arts Transfer program, Theo has had numerous experiences where his legal name was listed on documentation, not his chosen name that he uses in his day-to-day life. That process is known as “deadnaming.”

Standard resources like the school’s email and OneCard require that students have their legal name listed. However, at the time of his enrollment, the OneCard did allow the use of preferred name on the ID, so he was able to make that change prior to his official name change. Now that option is no longer available.

Any official examinations like the College Level Examination Program Testing or Credit for Prior Learning require the student’s legal name to be printed. Theo notes that staff who were administering the test never personally deadnamed him when referencing him.

As expected, when Theo received his diploma printed out by the State of Wisconsin, his legal name was front and center on the document. He was disappointed to see his deadname take up so much space on that document and he wishes that his preferred name, now his legal name, could have a spot on a document that symbolized his personal achievements.

“It sucked to see the [legal] name on the high school diploma because of how disconnected I feel from that name,” Theo said.

As an aspiring legal professional, Theo very much understands that certain documents must have the legal name listed to keep in compliance with Federal Law. However, he still believes that Madison College’s policies need revision in order to better represent the chosen names, and therefore the identity, of students.

“If it’s a necessity to use the legal name for identification purposes, then that’s very different than, ‘Your email is your deadname, sorry.’” Theo said.

And while Theo may have a forgiving perspective of some Madison College policies, other students do not hold high regard for current school policies.

The Transgender Experience in Wisconsin

Lily Weber, a current student at Madison College, saw Madison as a safe haven for her to live out her true self. She hoped the social environment of the capitol city would serve as a sanctuary of sorts from the transphobic experiences of the rural Wisconsin town where she first came out.

As one of just a few transgender individuals and LGBTQ+ persons in that rural town, Lily describes the area as “a hostile environment to queer people” where she said she experienced social discrimination, slurs and even physical assault. Unfortunately, Lily’s personal experiences are not unique.

In 2015, the National Center for Transgender Equality conducted the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), which is recorded as the largest survey to report the experiences of transgender individuals in the United States. The USTS collected almost 28,000 responses across varying backgrounds, and of those respondents “45% of those who were out or perceived as transgender in K–12 were verbally harassed, 23% were physically attacked and 11% were sexually assaulted in K–12 because of being transgender.”

Outwardly, Lily says students and staff are respectful of her identity and make sure to use her chosen name, instead of her legal name. So, while Madison has certainly been an improvement for Lily, she says the bar for inclusivity can’t be set so low.

“[Madison College] has to do more than just the bare minimum to say they’re inclusive; the school needs to be actively trying to reduce the harm they cause to students,” Lily said.

When Lily first came to Madison College, she immediately changed her preferred name in the system, hoping that would be enough to prevent deadnaming on behalf of the school. But since coming to Madison College, Lily has suffered countless instances where she was deadnamed due to administrative policies.

Under current school policy, Lily’s OneCard and school email listed her legal name and not her preferred name. But when Lily was informed by the school that she had received Dean’s List honors, she didn’t expect to see her legal name printed on that letter.

Lily worked hard to make the Dean’s List, but she said being deadnamed on that letter of achievement overshadowed any accolades or praise that Madison College was trying to celebrate. Eventually, after reaching out to administration, she was able to get a letter printed with her preferred name, but by that point the damage had already been done.

Not only did she have to deal with the mental distress of deadnaming, but Lily was also forced to out her identity to coworkers because the Madison College email system defaulted to the legal name, and not the preferred name that she put into the system.

To a certain extent, Lily also understands the legal name requirement for financial reporting on scholarships, tuition and other billings. But she is skeptical that other services and resources need to have the legal name listed.

20 are inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success


Madison College’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success celebrated the induction of 20 new members on Tuesday, April 18, at the Truax Campus.

Chapter president Buya Jammeh, treasurer Wendyam Ilboudo and student networking team coordinator Michael Malone helped moderate the ceremony. Student Senate president Wendpanga Wilfried Tapsoba was the keynote speaker.

The new inductees were:

Joshua Archibald

McKenzie Berg

Annette B. Crowder

Sean Fahey

Maria Felton

Marissa Fillmore

Amanda Frailing

Amoni Harper

Jennifer Harrison

Lauren Hjelsand

Amy Jeardeau

Jessica McKune

Aiyanna Miller

Kaitlyn Mohrbacher

Emily Salvador

Magalie Schmude

John Schulze III

Elizabeth Smith

Luz Karina Sucasaire Chuctaya

Xee Vang

In addition, the chapter presented two special awards. The Leader Impact Award was presented to visual communications instructor Todd Bowie and student success coach Samuel Albrecht-Wiese while the Advanced Leadership Certificate was presented to Michael Malone.

“When they don’t use your preferred name and instead opt for your legal name, it feels like Madison College doesn’t actually believe in your identity and personhood,” Lily said.

For Lily, the biggest priority is reducing harm to students, and as things currently stand with the legal name policy, she doesn’t think the school is doing a good enough job.

Administrative Policy

In a written statement, Joshua Cotillier, Risk Manager for Madison College, confirmed that “the name printed on the OneCard must match that which is printed on the individual’s state issued ID, passport or other valid form of identification.” There are multiple services that make use of the OneCard, like Campus Dining, the Campus Bookstore and the Fitness Center, so Cotillier argues that this is best way to certify the identity of the student using the ID card.

The policy is not a Wisconsin state-mandated or Student Life policy; it is a Madison College policy that was recently implemented in late 2022 and there is no plan for any changes at this time. However, staff like Marco TorrezMiranda are co-leading the charge on the administrative side to make largescale systemic changes for Madison College.

Torrez-Miranda is the former Faculty & Program Director of Human Services at Madison College, but like many staff members at Madison College, his involvement goes beyond a singular role. Currently, he advances Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in dual positions as Director of the Institute for Equity and Transformational Change (IETC) and Co-Advisor for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance.

The IETC server is mainly for internal-facing policies and procedures related to antiracism, diversity and inclusion within Academic Affairs, and it is not available for public viewing. But the resources that the IETC produces are disseminated collegewide for faculty to use in syllabus and instructional design. In fact, just last year in spring of 2022, the IETC finalized the new DEI recommendations for the plan update and completed Phase 1 of the DEI Curriculum Development Process.

As the leader of IETC, TorrezMiranda strives to uphold the mission of promoting antiracist educational practices. But he wants to make sure those practices are serving the interests of students, which can be challenging to balance with the notoriously slow-moving administrative rules change process.

“Education should be humanizing, but our structures have made it so that we are not seeing the humanity of people who have valid lived experiences,”

Torrez-Miranda said.

Torrez-Miranda reported that the next phase of the plan is to review how the changes align with current technology and programming systems, in order to implement the suggested changes. But students like Lily are frustrated that they have to wait for technology to catch up while they continue to relive the trauma of deadnaming in their daily student lives.

Looking Towards the Future

While administrative staff may be working on long-term solutions for inclusive identity policies, students like Theo and Lily are ready for immediate changes here and now. And the number one way to address personal issues with preferred names is to undergo the legal name change procedure.

Name change procedure is a tedious, costly legal process that differs from state to state. For Wisconsin, the procedure is dictated by Wisconsin Statutes 786.36-.37 Changing names, court procedure.

The Wisconsin Court System has a number of official forms that are required to be submitted during this process, beginning with “Basic Steps to Handling a Name Change” (Form CV-490) outlining the entire process. The Court also requires the publication of the Notice of Hearing and Order for Hearing in a local newspaper to document a public record history.

Because of Theo’s legal acumen, he could easily manage the name change process and was even able to petition for a Confidential Name Change and bypass the publication requirements and extra fees associated with that. Additionally, if certain income thresholds are met, court fees may be waived by filing a Petition for Waiver of Fees and Costs - Affidavit of Indigency (Form CV-410A).

However, not all students have an easy time navigating the process or securing funding. For Lily, the name change process has been a “gigantic, awfully complicated, horrible mess.” Even with the help of the Madison College Legal Clinic, there was much frustration over the many forms that needed to be filled out and submitted to various agencies.

But despite the barriers she has faced, Lily has pledged to herself that she would see the process through to the end. Ultimately, Lily sees the namechange process as a necessary means to solidify her identity that she self-discovered long ago.

Only Lily has the power to make her own decisions about who she is and what she wants to become in the future. And fortunately, she is able to celebrate a major victory with an official legal name change that was recently granted by the Dane County Courthouse.

Newly inducted members of the National Society of Leadership and Success gather on stage for a group photo at the induction celebration on April 18.


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Exciting changes coming next year for The Clarion

Starting with the 2023-2024 school year, The Clarion will provide students with a weekly electronic newsletter in addition to a monthly print edition.

As a current staff member, I believe there was an obvious need for this change. This opens a lot of doors for the publication, if we utilize the e-newsletter format to its full potential.

After our editors made this decision, it was a bit of a shock to think we would depart from our normal biweekly schedule. You could always count on seeing fresh stacks of student-written news on campus every other Wednesday. The problem is that a significant number of people prefer to get their news and information in another way.

A majority of Madison College’s enrollment are young adults who were raised around technology, thus able to get their news from a variety of sources. Television, social media, smartphone applications and the likes. The quality of the news being offered on these platforms is a different debate, but at the end of the day, not as many young adults turn to printed news.

As a member of that age demographic, I understand the appeal of news in digital formats. My attention span is that of a small child. My peers and I crave things that are fast and easy to digest. I suppose after years of gazing into bright stimulating computer screens, even flipping through pages has become somewhat of a tedious task. An email newsletter checks all the boxes.

This change also makes for a higher quality print issue each month, transforming it into a showcase of our best work rather than the everyday coverage of whatever events occurred on campus in the past two weeks. With an increase to weekly frequency, readers will also be hearing a lot less about old news or events that have already passed.

In short, The Clarion is modernizing – a benefit to all parties involved aside from the printer. This shift will help our staff continue to spread information to a wider audience than ever before and in a much timelier manner.

"I feel like most of my news is through my phone."

"I use my phone – the news app on my Apple."

- Connor Wolf

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Why is Earth Day important?

Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22 annually to promote environmental protection and advocacy since 1970. Each year, over a billion people help improve the natural environment by planting trees, picking up garbage, being mindful of their electricity and water usage and more.

Although the prospect of teaming up to help protect the environment is admirable, picking up your own garbage and turning off lights when you leave a room should be a societal expectation. Why, then, is there an annual event related to it and why is it important?

Earth Day is not the only day in which people appreciate and care for the Earth; rather, the day is used to spread awareness of environmental issues so that everyone can appreciate and care for the Earth every day. The impact of the event has spread extensively since its creation, which benefits both humans and nature as communities learn

what simple actions they can take to improve the natural world for generations to come.

There are numerous ways to get involved on Earth Day, either through an organization or independently. For instance, many nature organizations at the local, national or international level promote Earth Day with craft ideas to reuse waste, sustainability workshops and garbage cleanups. Still others promote planting gardens, turning off the TV and using public transportation to cut down on carbon emissions; there are ways for everyone to participate!

Additionally, plenty of places worldwide have their own unique celebrations on Earth Day. For example, New York City hosts a carfree Earth Day, where they encourage all residents to use public transportation or to walk or bike.

In Rome, Italy, the “Earth Village” is constructed in the Villa Borghese gardens, including workshops for people of all ages to learn about their impact on the environment.

In Madison, everyone in the local

Autism awareness is of vital importance

By the time this article is published, Autism Awareness Month will be over, though its effects will not. Instead, they will be seen, heard and appreciated. Since its introduction as a national month of recognition by the Autism Society in 1970, autism has been the fastest growing diagnosis in the world. One in 2000 children in the 1970s and 1980s were diagnosed, and today it is one in 68.

Research is continuing with its uncovering process regarding autism, and it is important to know that an intricate combination of genetic, nongenetic and environmental factors coincide

with each other, imposing a risk that a child may develop autism, meaning there is no one cause. And to note, risk is not the same as cause, for environmental factors do not guarantee a development of autism, and more specifically, changes in genetic material can occur in people who do not have the disorder.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director, Joshua A. Gordon, has collaborated with others on the International Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to notify and advise governmental groups on autism policies, practices and research precedents. Federal efforts regarding autism have fallen very short on strategic plans to help focus and guide awareness,

so Gordon and others have been tasked with creating a plan to show the voices of people with autism. It will be published on the IACC website in May 2023, and it entails detailed propositions through ponderous research.

One focus of the IACC’s plan are several solutions to cover the entire lifespan of someone with autism and the needs of people on the autism spectrum. It is the new plan’s first time addressing older adulthood regarding health and health care. Increasing equity and reducing disparities are another prime focus, where social standards and socioeconomic status raise

community is encouraged to participate in the Earth Day Challenge, and help clean local parks by picking up trash, raking, weeding and removing sticks.

Does this mean Earth Day is simply the most notable day to plant trees and collect garbage off beaches? Although these activities help the planet in the short term, the real impact of Earth Day is that it serves as a reminder to everyone that the Earth needs our help to thrive every day. It's an annual worldwide event that reminds the public of their ability to make change – even if it’s simply separating out recyclables or turning off unnecessary lights.

Earth Day, in short, is an annual, day-long event to promote the well-being of the environment by encouraging public participation and informing communities of the best ways to make an impact. From there, everyone needs to make it a high priority to spend the other 364 days of their year being mindful of their environmental impact to make this one day a success.


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An in-depth look at socialism in the modern era

In part 1, we tracked socialism’s history, from the socialist ideals practiced by ancient kingdoms and empires to enlightenment-era utopian dreamers to Karl Marx. We discovered that Karl Marx was the first to concretize collectivism, leading to many socialist experiments in the 20th century. Now let’s answer the question: does socialism work, especially in our modern era? Proponents say it can, overlooking collectivism’s track record and advocating for a new kind of socialism: democratic socialism. Critics condemn this view as a lie, a falsehood, claiming that the fact that past failed attempts at socialism prove it is unfeasible, totally unsuited to economic phenomena. So, who is correct? Let’s examine both perspectives and determine which one reality favors.

Benefits of socialism

Those who support socialism argue it provides equality, something sorely lacking in free-market capitalism. While capitalism encourages fierce competition, dividing society between the haves and the have nots, socialism removes the need for competition through complete bureaucratic control of the government. Economics

Help points out that this, in turn, leads to increased social harmony, as the class struggle Marx often spoke of no longer exists (it left with capitalism). Furthermore, socialism keeps the free market in check. Things like lobbying and monopolies, which thrive in laissez-faire economics, are nowhere to be found under Marxism due to the strict regulations and bureaucratic control of the government. Finally, socialism encourages altruism. Capitalism is based on greed and money-hungry businesses doing everything they can to maximize profits, even at the expense of others. Socialist societies, on the other hand, prioritize “social cohesion and the common good.” Supporters of socialism argue that the combination of equality, strict business regulations, and altruism make socialism the superior alternative to capitalism.

Most people reading the above

would conclude socialism is the superior economic system. Socialism egalitarian principles certainly provide great appeal. But ultimately, it’s a lie. Socialism is incompatible with basic economic principles. Despite Karl Marx’s attempts to concretize it, it is still an incredibly perfectionist system, completely unsuited for the real world. Let me explain why.

Socialism is inefficient

As Encyclopedia Britannica notes, a key problem of socialism is “the [lack of] … effective coordination of production and distribution.” In a capitalist economy, market forces drive the economy and people vote with their dollar. Market prices communicate information about scarcity to the populace, which acts in accordance with their individual needs. Consumers engage in a type of democracy, voting with their dollar, so to speak, to reward companies that give them the desired products and services at high quality, and punish the ones who don’t. In socialism, bureaucrats make all the economic decisions. This cannot work because a small group of people lack the foresight to make economic decisions for massive, industrial economies. Government officials determine the amount of supply and set the prices, meaning they are set in stone and cannot adjust to changing economic conditions (i.e, the real world). As Joey Simnett notes in his article “The top five reasons why socialism doesn’t work,” artificially set prices and supply amounts almost always lead to “economic chaos, shortages and waste.” It’s part of what killed 40-70 million Chinese citizens during the Great Chinese Famine; the Chinese Communist Party (yes, communism is a type of socialism) simply could not supply the needed food for an ever-increasing population.

Socialism encourages government corruption. As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Socialism operates with a central planning apparatus, which places an immense amount of power in the hands of the state, assigning to it the task of redistributing wealth and creating no accountability system to keep officeholders in check. (Socialist leaders are

elected democratically, but once they seize power they never step down, manipulating elections and imprisoning political opponents.) The logic is simple: take from the rich and give to the poor. The government facilitates wealth redistribution, meaning that the money is in the hands of the State for a period of time, before being transferred to the poor. There is only one problem – the money never gets to the common people. It stays in the hands of the State, which begins using it for nefarious purposes. Human beings are flawed and simply cannot be trusted with such wealth and power. They almost always begin abusing it, using it for their own wealth or material gain. Enter corruption. Ergo, bribery, embezzlement and massive corruption-related scandals often plague socialist countries.

Socialism kills economic growth

Apart from the inherently flawed nature of central planning, syndicalism is the chief enemy of economic growth. Collectivism puts a gargantuan amount of regulations on businesses and major corporations, drastically diminishing the private sector. (Just look at what happened in Venezuela: PragerU tells us that Hugo Chavez destroyed contracts with oil and gas corporations and told the businesses to either submit to regulations or leave.) On the other hand, government officials and employees benefit from being on the right side of the massive government bureaucracy. What’s more, these workers have a hedge of security and social benefits around them.

Social benefits are not bad in of themselves, but an excess of them shields workers from the natural accountability mechanisms that exist in a free market economy (i.e., firing bad employees). In other words, people can slack off and get away with it, especially if you work for the government and have the right connections (who’s going to fire you?). Combine this with the inevitable lack of competition generated by private enterprise, and you get economic stagnation, a trademark characteristic of socialist countries. By allowing bad players to stay in the arena, in both the government and the

Book banning is becoming more common

Every day there seems to be some headline about a school district that wants to ban books from library shelves. Who are the people that want to take well-known and critically acclaimed books out of the library and why are they doing it?

For centuries, books have always been a concern for varied reasons. Some being religious, political and cultural. It varies between time periods but has about the same affect today as it did in the past. It goes as far back as the 1500s, when church authorities despised the New Testament so much that they made bonfires out of the pages. Or to today, where people still demand the removal of the Harry Potter series due to J.K. Rowling’s antitransgender remarks.

In Phil Kerby’s book, “Free Speech for Me — But Not Thee” says, “The lust to suppress can come from any direction.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, “challenging” a book means that any person, group or institution is attempting to remove or restrict access to a book, where they object to the contents, ideas and themes.

The people who feel strongly about the content and would like to ban the materials teeter between parents to legislators who are trying to gain control over “inappropriate” and “offensive” books that could

harm the younger generation. So, where exactly does banning come into play?

Banning is the complete removal of reading material. Many of the big reasons why people feel the need to ban or challenge books are for three reasons. They believe materials are sexually explicit, the material contains offensive language and that the material is not suitable for a particular age group, primarily children.

When censoring is involved with “inappropriate” materials, adults are quick to intervene when it comes to children. Children are the main concern with censoring or banning reading material. Typically, these are books that may contain swearing or a book that explains racism. States like Texas and Florida, the strictest states on cracking down on book censorship, are attempting to prevent kids from reading those types of books.

It is why you hear on the news that elementary students are not able to read books about gender identity like the book “Gender Queer,” a memoir by Maia Kobabe. The story is a personal identity journey for Kobabe, where they try to discover their sexuality and gender identity. That book was No. 1 on the Top 10 List of Banned Books of 2022.

So who has the right to prevent children from reading “inappropriate” material? According to Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors, an interpretation of the

Library Bill of Rights states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of … only their children.”

Giving Compass, wrote an article about how in 2020, a Pennsylvania school board voted to ban an extensive list of books and materials related to social justice and race. Some of the materials contained information about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and the autobiography of the activist Malala Yousafzai. All are influential figures in the fight for racial equality and social justice.

The ban was eventually lifted, but it was a symbol of the ongoing crusade to dictate how primary and secondary educators and students address the issue of racism and history. Now, over 27 states have proposed or enacted bans on teaching critical race theory to students.

By restricting information on racism and basic history involving the atrocities of slavery and history that has been repeated, it allows for ignorance in the population, as well as the kids. It is stomping on one of the First Amendment rights, which is the freedom of speech.

Books and materials should be like “both mirrors and windows … to help young people see themselves and feel valued … and opportunities to learn about the experiences of people who are different,” the AntiDefamation League said perfectly.

workforce socialism eliminates any chance of economic growth or prosperity. Ergo, the world’s richest, most prosperous countries are market economies.

Scandinavia debunked

When presented with the above arguments, socialism’s advocates claim socialism can still work. They point to Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Norway, contending those are examples of democratic socialism, collectivism that works. However, none of those countries are socialist. The then Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, came to Harvard and gave a speech in which he plainly stated that Denmark is a market economy. Scandinavian countries have socialist elements in their economy, as does the United States, but their economies operate under capitalist principles. Many such European countries tried socialism in the past, and it did not go well. John Stossel tells us that when Sweden tried socialism, “[t]he result was high taxes, inflation, and economic decline.” They then rejected it once things went south. The sad truth is that socialism simply does not work.


Socialism, while offering great appeal, is a deeply flawed economic system. Those who claim syndicalism is a good alternative to capitalism ignore socialism’s bad track record. Every nation that tried socialism regretted it. Some economies managed to escape the tyrannical stranglehold of big government; others are still struggling with the devastating effects. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but socialism and success and economic prosperity are mutually exclusive. What we need, instead, is regulated capitalism. Have the free market run the economy, with moderate social benefits and sufficient government regulations to keep major corporations in check. We must learn from Russia, from China, from Venezuela, from all the countries that had unsuccessful experiments with socialism, lest we go down the same path. Those who do not study mistakes from history repeat them.



issues, along with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. Garnering a community voice is of utmost value and urgency in order to express the variance of problems, identities and perception.

An ongoing message that the IACC is pushing is that the research society needs to expand in order to address the full range of the needs of the autism community. In 2019, NIMH established career enhancements through grants to provide mentored research support to gain new insights and capabilities for adults and youth on the autism spectrum. In 2022, the National Institutes of Health awarded $100 million over a five year period to support Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) to focus on sex differences. This, of course, is only the first stepping stone. And for the full scope of social issues, funding for research has partially been met as this first stone, yet social areas and voiceful exposure need to be met through this given support.

Increased awareness can be seen by the World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, a date chosen by the United Nations General Assembly; its theme is “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination.” This year on World Autism Awareness Day, 11,000 buildings and landmarks throughout the world have shown their support by lighting their foundations and structures with the color blue. The Light it up Blue campaign also encourages people to wear blue.

Other ways people can show their support is through fundraising and fundraising walks, and hands-on activities such as puzzles which is the global symbol of autism spectrum disorder. Find more information about autism spectrum disorder through this site


‘This Is Why’ succeeds but only partially

Paramore recently released their sixth studio album on Feb. 10, and it certainly speaks to the band’s future 20 years in. Hayley Williams’ potent choppy and velvety vocals are joined by previous band mates Zac Farro and Taylor York. The entirety of the album is driven by the anger of atrocities of the current global situation, and even Williams’ past of teenage success leaks through into the foundation as she peers through her built-up enclosure. It is the principle to know that the revised sound of Paramore is attempting to pursue the sounds of their youth, but with constraints and deci sions that do not always triumph.

Pandemic isolation and the categorized norm of “numb consumption” stimulated the creative process of the album, for one. Williams told The Guardian, “Some days I feel so over it, almost to the point of apathy. But that’s the strug gle—that you must fight.” The album instigates a conversation about a certain loop that can be best described as a fierce battle between the status quo and the limitation of oneself. “Just like a stray animal, I keep feeding scraps / I give it my energy / And it keeps on coming back,” Williams sings in “You First.” And it is the possible conclusion that eventually may lead to atrophy that strengthened Paramore’s inten tions. Consequently, does this looming glow of atro phy attempt to eradicate the fundamental principles of life’s purpose?

Throughout the album, that question is what can be obviously pointed to as its driving message. But Paramore’s methods of attack seem quite elementary. In the track “Big Man, Little Dignity,” Williams fails to uniquely describe her undeniable emotion: “No offense to you / You got no integrity,” and in the second verse, “I memorized all your lies / I can’t look away, you’re like a movie that I love to hate.” Perhaps these lines are a nod to a person of Williams’ appeal, but the colloquialism has multiple interpretations; and the one with the likeliest sting is media portrayal, if derived and connected from the themes of the album. Tracks “This Is Why” and “The News” further explore the media, misinformation, dangerous opinions and war. The opening lines of “This Is Why” go as

follows: “If you have an opinion / Maybe you should shove it / Or maybe you could scream it / Might be best to keep it / To yourself.” Regarding the boldness of Paramore’s lyrics in this track, one cannot overlook the perfunctory and one-dimensional infuriation that Williams and co. possess over the duration of the album. Moreover, stressing anger and outrage with idiosyncrasies can prove to be efficient and effective.

To conclude, “This Is Why” accommodates several anthemic tracks such as “Running Out Of Time,” “Big

Man, Little Dignity” and “The News.” Yet the album only begins to repair and form its identity within the latter half. And it is the recognition of human mistakes that feed through the messy structure of governing bodies and societies that one truly obtains wisdom. Paramore unquestionably succeeded in supplying their message, that atrophy can be reversed if excuses are not the criterion, though the album would be more worthwhile if not for the commonplace mannerisms and forgotten emotion.

Discovering identity and family history: ‘Dreams from My Father’

“Dreams from My Father” is a memoir written by Barack Obama, which delves into the themes of race and inheritance. As the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Obama shares his life story through this book.

“I look back now and understand that I was at an important crossroads then, thinking hard about who I wanted to be in the world and what sort of contribution I could make ... I had more questions than answers ... Behind all of this floated something more personal a deeper set of unresolved questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? How do I belong?”

In the autobiography, Obama’s quest for redemption takes center stage, fueled by an unyielding yearning to understand his biological father. Also named Barack, he hailed from Kenya, and his absence shaped Obama’s aspirations while his union with Ann, Obama’s mother, dictated his everyday existence.

“In photographs, I could see that my father looked nothing like the people around me- he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk. But it wasn’t something we talked about, and it didn’t really register in my mind.”

“Dreams from My Father” takes the reader on a captivating journey through Obama’s life, beginning in Hawaii and progressing through Indonesia, Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York and ultimately to Chicago, where he embarks on his public service career while navigating harsh political realities. Through his experiences in Chicago, Obama grows into a self-

aware and politically astute leader. These experiences also help him reconcile with his biracial identity and claim his heritage in Africa, where his father and grandfather are buried.

In Kenya, he connects with his previously unknown family and gains insight into the spirits of his ancestors through a collection of letters and memories shared by his African grandmother.

“Dreams from My Father” is divided into three sections, comprising 19 chapters in total. Obama’s lively and descriptive writing style takes the reader on a winding journey with a clear beginning and end. The memoir is brought to life with Obama’s effective use of storytelling techniques, including detailed descriptions and vivid characterizations, making it an engaging and easy-to-read account of his experiences. Adding an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative, the inclusion of personal photographs featuring the author and his family helps to enchant the reader.

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ELLEN SCHMIDT/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL/TNS Paramore singer Hayley Williams performs during When We Were Young music festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Oct. 23, 2022, in Las Vegas. “Dreams of My Father” is a memoir written by former President Barack Obama, and shares his life’s story.
The memoir is brought to life with Obama’s effective use of storytelling techniques.

Quad Con a fun free for all Animated shows look at the lives of demons

Have you ever wanted to go to a convention? Perhaps one was too far away or expensive? Well then have I got the show for you! Quad Con is a small convention that takes place in various spaces around the Midwest, including East Towne Mall here in Madison. The con takes place on a weekend usually in November and March and is free for the public.

In the mall, there are a ton of things to do during the event. In March, my mom and I dressed in cosplay (she was Steampunk and I was Lucario) and entered the cosplay showcase. It was pretty fun! We got to pose for individual photos and a group photo at the end.

Next, we walked around and visited all the vendors in the mall. The con featured over 60 vendors all with something

different to offer. There were booths with old action figures and comic books, a booth with stickers, full body cutouts, and posters; a booth with pillows and anime figures; a booth with 3-D printed objects and others with so much cool merch!

While we were there, we of course had to visit some of the shops. My mom and I went to Barnes and Noble and bought some manga Gamestop and looked around and visited Hot Topic, where I got some cool socks! We also visited the food court and ate some lunch at one of the stands.

Overall, Quad Con is a fun little event if you’re looking for something free to go to in the Madison area. To see up and coming dates, check out their Facebook. They upload events, and other awesome news like auction items revolving around all things nerd. I hope to see you there sometime!

Two animated online shows I have come to love are “Helluva Boss” and “Hazbin Hotel,” both by the artist Vivienne “ViviziePop” Medrano.

The shows take place in the rings of hell and follow the lives and misadventures of demons as they navigate their damnation in a very complex world, one filled with shootouts, gang wars and broken relationships.

The thing that is unique in this world is that many of demons are somewhat good people who deal with a lot of personal pain and trauma. The shows touch on how they deal

with the pain and are funny as well … hell.

Although cartoonish, they are not for children. The shows are filled with sex, drugs and songs about inner depravity. They really try and show that no one is truly evil, but people often become the way they are out fear, shame and anger. It reminds us that there is always hope that people can turn their lives around.

The shows have a great cast and are better than most shows coming out of Hollywood right now. I would highly recommend you give it a shot and go up and down the emotional rollercoaster that is hell.



reading ‘The Shadows of Mindor’

A book for any “Star Wars” fan to start off with is “Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor.” Taking place one year after “Return of the Jedi,” the book centers on the battle of Mindor between the New Republic Army, led by Luke Skywalker (now a general) and the Imperial Forces, led by the Sith sorcerer Shadowspawn.

The book is full of action from space battles between New Republic Star Fighters and endless waves of suicidal Tie Fighters, to the ground war on the volcanic world where New Republic marines face hordes of shadow storm troopers.

The book also deals with Luke’s battles in the abyss of dark side, as he sees the end of the universe and how he battles to hold on to his soul.

Meanwhile the crew of the Falcon are caught in the midst of battle to stay alive, while Lando commands the Republic fleet with his savvy tactics.

This book feels like “Star Wars” and brings to life the epic space adventure we all grew up with. It shows the darkness of the universe, and how one can hold on to hope even while looking into the abyss. It also serves as a satire of the “Star Wars” universe in the form of the humor and Easter eggs that any fan will get.

A fun role-playing game



Marching back into the Kohl Center

There’s nothing quite like the UW Marching Band, and its annual spring show gives it a well-earned spotlight.

Under the signature red concert lights and pyrotechnics, the April 2023 UW Varsity Band marched into the Kohl Center and captivated another audience of Badger Band fans the weekend of April 21-22.

A classic “Star Wars” game worth the money is the “Star Wars Role Playing Game” by Wizards of the Coast.

This game spanned 30 years with endless expansion packs that create a deep dive into the “Star Wars” universe and give players an endless amount of vessels, races, classes and factions to play with in their fan fiction adventures.

The game can occur at any time and place in the “Star Wars” mythology. You can play as a Sith, Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Republic Trooper, Crime Lord or Storm Trooper with an endless amount of lore to create their stories and experiences.

There is a vast role-playing element to the game and feels like the endless dreams we had as kids after watching the films.

The game built upon the “Star Wars” lore for decades by some of the best writers from legends. The game even has space battle and light saber battle mechanics.

Although the game is out of print, you can still find it online or at local bookstores.

The show performed its usual trademark tunes, keeping with the familiar Badger Band traditions like the well-known Fifth Quarter and “On Wisconsin,” but also featured a new playlist from the fall 2022 season, impressing an audience of different generations.

Director Corey Pompey led the band through a mix of new material and familiar favorites. Highlights for this year’s show included “Back

to the Eighties,” “The Music of Bruno Mars” and longtime favorites like “Space Badgers,” “If You Want to Be a Badger” and the Badger Band Finale.

“The Back to the 80s” medley covered “We Built This City” by Jefferson Starship, “Sweet Dreams” by Annie Lennox and “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News.

With a nod to one of the best-animated films in recent times, the band performed to an “Encanto” medley, including “The Family Madrigal,” “Surface Pressure” and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”

After surveying band members and requesting ideas for future music, the concert showcased “The Winner Takes It All: The Music of ABBA.” The band entertained the audience with several songs from the famous Swedish group from the 1970s, including “Waterloo,” The Winner Takes It All," and "Dancing Queen."

COVID 19 canceled the 2020 and 2021 concerts, so Pompey’s first Varsity Band Spring Concert was just last year, introducing a new era with plenty of pep, percussion, tubas and trombones. Gone were the Liberace suits and airborne approach of the legendary Mike Leckrone.

There were no guest appearances during this year’s show, with all the entertainment coming from band members. Teachers and students worked together, creating special music and high energy. Pompey brings a cohesive, team-based approach to the concert and nods to tradition.

Despite it being Pompey’s second time at the Kohl Center, his confidence and unassuming manner produced another top performance and made the varsity band shine.

From the looks and sound of it, the future UW Varsity Band concerts are in good hands.

Two ‘Star Wars’ trilogies that you should read

Two book series I love are the original “Star Wars” trilogy sequels, “Heir to the Empire” saga and “The Jedi Academy Trilogy.”

These books follow the conflicts between the New Republic and the remnants of the Empire, who are led by villains such as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Admiral Dalla along with other dark Jedi and Sith.

The books follow the original cast from the first “Star Wars” films such as Han Solo and Princess Leia, settling

down and having the twins and Luke training the new Jedi Order.

“Heir to the Empire” follows Thrawn leading his army of Storm Troopers and fleets of Star Destroyers with aid of an Imperial dark jedi master that wishes to turn Luke and Leia to the dark side.

These books have all the things that made the original trilogy so great. These books, called “Legends Now,” are filled with lore and world building and characters that so many have come to love.

You get to see Luke rebuilding the Jedi Order on Yavin 4. New characters

like Mara Jade help continue the story.

For years, these books were the only continuation of the story after the original films. The books show the rebirth of hope and freedom across the universe and shows them work to rebuild the Republic and Jedi.

The books are also filled with massive space battles and light saber duels, deep insights into the force and more. These books are being rebooted to fit the new “Star Wars” cannon. The “Heir to the Empire” is now being turned into a TV show.

These are truly good times for “Star Wars” fans.

Dave’s Hot Chicken a new option on Madison’s east side

Dave’s Hot Chicken has recently exploded across America. Dave’s was founded in Los Angeles in 2017 with only one location. Now with over 100 locations, Dave’s is trying to take over the fast-food chicken game.

Dave’s menu is simple –chicken tenders. Their menu consists of four main items: two tenders with fries for $11.99, two sliders with fries for $13.99, one tender and one slider with fries for $12.99 and one slider with fries for $9.99. Their tenders range in spice level from no spice all the way to reaper, which is just as spicy as it sounds. With such a small menu, they are able to focus on one main item to maintain the quality.

So why is Dave’s growing so fast across the country? The answer is simple, it’s really good chicken.

The tenders are hot, juicy and very well-seasoned, and they have spice levels for people who don’t really care for spice. The sliders are to die for. They are served with a kale slaw, pickles and their signature “Dave’s Sauce,” which is one of the best sauces I have ever tried. You can also argue that their fries are some of the best fast-food fries out there.

Dave’s has quite a few competitors in the Madison area when it comes to fast food chicken. There is Chick-fil-a, Popeyes and Raising Canes. Would I give Dave’s the top step on the podium? No. Dave’s would come in in second place behind Chick-fil-a. Dave’s menu is quite expensive for what you are getting and the menu is very limited. There is no denying the food is wonderful, there are just a few things that could make it better.

For anyone who likes chicken, trying Dave’s Hot Chicken is a must!

DEXTER CRUSE KELLY FENG / CLARION The UW Varsity Band performed in the Kohl Center and captivated another audience of fans April 21-22.
The fast-growing chain, Dave’s Hot Chicken, has expanded into Madison, with a new store on the east side of the city. If you like chicken, give it a try.



A sophomore pitcher on the Madison College baseball team, Chris Byhre has appeared in seven games this season and pitched 34 innings, recording a 5-2 record and a 2.38 earned run average. He has struck out 35 batters while allowing just 33 hits and 10 walks. Last season, he appeared in 12 games for the WolfPack and posted a 3-1 record with two saves as he helped lead the WolfPack to a record 50 wins.



A sophomore infielder on the Madison College softball team, Ellie Rademacher has started 32 games for the WolfPack this season and is hitting .333. She has 29 hits in 87 at-bats and has scored 13 runs and has driven in 12. In addition, she has hit 11 doubles.

Byhre is a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Delafield, where he was twotime first team all conference and all-district selection. The son of Cheri and Chris Byhre, he is a liberal arts major.

Hoping to finish strong


The Madison College baseball team takes a 31-9 overall record and a No. 6 national ranking into the final week before tournament play begins.

Despite a few recent stumbles, the WolfPack remains in position to repeat as conference champion and make another deep run in the tournament.

Madison College has a 5-1 overall record after splitting with Joliet Junior College on April 29. All that’s left on the conference schedule is a doubleheader with the College of DuPage on May 4.

Win both games against DuPage, and the WolfPack will be outright conference champion again since Joliet already has two conference losses as does DuPage.

Madison College has been led offensively this season by Gabe Roessler, Shepard Carson and Dayton RozinskiHicks.

Roessler has a .360 batting average with 41 hits in 114 at-bats, including nine doubles, two triples and one home run. He has scored 41 runs and driven in 26.

Shepard is hitting .346 with 27 hits in 78 at-bats with six doubles. He has scored 28 runs and driven in 15.


With just a few games remaining before the start of the NJCAA Region 4 Tournament, the Madison College softball team stands at 20-18 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Recently, Madison College posted a split against conference foe Joliet Junior College on April 27. The WolfPack won

Rozinski-Hicks has a .325 batting average with 22 hits in 68 at-bats with two doubles and a triple. He has scored 20 times and driven in 17 runs.

Will Johannes leads the team in home runs this season with five. He is batting .273 and has five doubles and two triples.

On the mound, Alex Hayes and Andres Kleinsek lead the team with

the first game, 10-2, in five innings, but lost the second game, 5-1, after being held to five hits.

The team has been on an upswing lately, winning eight of 12 games from April 18 through April 28.

Its last regular season home game will be on May 5 against College of Lake County.

Madison College has six players hitting over .300, with

5-0 records. Hayes has a 2.83 earned run average and has pitched 41.1 innings with 49 strikeouts. Kleinsek has a 1.63 earned run average and has pitched 27.2 innings. He has struck out 28 batters.

Chris Byhre boasts a 4-2 record, with a 2.38 earned run average in 34.0 innings pitched. He as struck out 35 batters.

Sophie Rivera leading the way at .469.

Rivera has 45 hits in 96 at-bats with 32 runs scored and 18 runs driven in. She has hit five doubles, five triples and three home runs.

Sammy Nelson is next with a .407 batting average. She has 46 hits in 113 at-bats and has scored 33 runs and driven in

Last year, she started all 38 games for the WolfPack and batted .295 with 26 hits, 20 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. Rademacher was a team captain and firstteam all district player for Sun Prairie High School. The daughter of Roisin and Jeremy Rademacher, she is an education major.

Jordan Love era has begun for Packers


The long awaited Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets trade was finally completed on April 25. This means that for the first time since 2004, Aaron Rodgers will not be on the Packers roster. More so, this is the first time since 2008 that we’re starting a new quarterback era in Green Bay and it will only be the third time since the early ‘90s that the team has shifted main starting quarterbacks.

That’s some crazy consistency that you just don’t see very often in the NFL. The Packers are the only team since 2008 to have one quarterback at the top of the depth chart every season, and only the Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger, Kenny Pickett), Ravens (Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson), Chargers (Phillip Rivers, Justin Herbert), Giants (Eli Manning, Daniel Jones) and Cowboys (Tony Romo, Dak Prescott) have had two quarterbacks at the top of their depth charts in that span.

Quarterback turnover is something Packer fans aren’t used to but are going to have to get adjusted to quickly. Bring in Jordan Love.

The Packers stunned everyone in 2020 when they used their first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love out of Utah State. This was surprising for a lot of reasons, the main one being that the team had a future hall of fame quarterback in his prime on the roster at that time.

What was more surprising was that Rodgers was apparently not aware that the team was going to take a quarterback in the first round. So it’s safe to say, the Jordan Love era didn’t get off to the greatest start.

Love sat behind Rodgers the first three seasons of his career (not unlike Aaron himself, who backed up Brett Favre the first three seasons of his career). Love went from being third string and not appearing in any games his rookie year to being the primary backup the next two seasons, slowly developing and appearing in limited action in 10 games. He made one start for the injured Rodgers in 2021 at Kansas City, a loss where Love threw for 190 yards on 19 of 34 passing, throwing one touchdown and one interception.

He’s always had the physical traits to


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CLARION STAFF PHOTO Madison College’s Evan Iwinski gets hit by a pitch during his team’s game against Carl Sandburg College on April 21.
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CLARION STAFF PHOTO Evan Iwinski scores a run against Carl Sandburg College on April 21 after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
CLARION STAFF PHOTO Madison College’s Claire Smedema delivers a pitch against Joliet Junior College on April 27.

be a starting quarterback, and limited appearances in 2022 gave Green Bay confidence that he could take the reins fully.

So now we’ll get to know the new starter.

Love was recruited to Utah State out of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, California. The Aggies were the only Football Bowl Subdivision school to offer Love a scholarship. He began his freshman season in 2017 as a backup before starting the final six games of the season. His breakout year was 2018, throwing for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns, both second in school history; the team went 11-2, tying a school record for wins in a season. It was only the third 10-win season in Aggies’ history.

He slumped a bit in 2019, going through numerous coaching and player changes around him before the season started. He decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. He ended his college career with 8,600 passing yards and 60 touchdowns, both second in school history.

Love has always had the physical traits to be a great quarterback, and learning from one of the best to ever do it for three seasons has surely grown how he approaches the game from a mental standpoint. Although expectations for the Packers aren’t too high this season, Love will have some pressure on him for a couple reasons.

First off, the 2020 quarterback class is turning out to be one of the best quarterback classes we’ve ever seen. Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts have already played in Super Bowls, Justin Herbert won rookie of the year in 2020 and has put up some insane stat lines and Tua Tagovailoa has proven to be a quality starter.

Of the first five quarterbacks selected, Love is the only one who has not been the main starter for his team up until now. Love will be compared to those guys for most of his career, as well as the Packer starters before him. Most teams don’t just roll out two straight Hall of Fame quarterbacks, but that’s what the Packers have done with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Even the storylines are similar; I already mentioned both Love and Rodgers spending their first three seasons on the bench, finally getting an opportunity when the guy ahead of them got traded to the New York Jets (yes, Favre too; Hollywood can’t even get away with a script like that).

Being next in line after that won’t be easy, but I believe it’s a challenge Love will take well.

Going forward, we shouldn’t get impatient if there are some growing pains for the first-time starter. We may not see a return to the postseason this year, but the flashes of Jordan Love’s arm talent will no doubt be exciting to watch.

I’ve been saying for a while that the future of the Packers could be extremely bright, which was why trading Rodgers made the most sense. Love throwing to the young duo of Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs could be explosive for years to come and is something I can’t wait to begin watching on fall Sundays this year.

So while we thank Rodgers for everything he has done for the green and gold, aA new era has arrived in Green Bay and Jordan Love is at the center of it.

Packers fill areas of need in the draft’s early rounds

The NFL Draft recently wrapped up, and the Green Bay Packers wanted to make sure they made a splash.

The team had some tough news to deal with this past week, as famed quarterback Aaron Rodgers decided to take his talents to a new team, the New York Jets. This was something that had been looming in the air and was finally made official recently.

With Jordan Love set to take over this starting role, let’s dive a little more into the help he will be receiving, on both sides of the ball, with this new Packers draft class.

The Packers had the 13th overall pick in the first round, and decided to go on the side of the ball where they need the most help – defense. They selected the extremely talented defensive end, Lukas Van Ness.

Van Ness comes from the University of Iowa and is the second ranked defensive end in this draft class. At a staggering 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 272 pounds, Van Ness has a special combination of size, length, power and speed. He likes to get up and personal with his opponents and uses his brute force to drive offensive linemen back into their own quarterback. He is also very versatile as he played defensive tackle in college as well.

He is expected to start for the Packers straight away as he fits their scheme, and is at a position where the Packers need some help. Many analysts have compared him to Preston Smith, but I think the most interesting comparison is T.J. Watt. They have very similar builds and play styles,

and I think I speak for most Packers fans when I say they would love to see that comparison take shape and unfold before their eyes.

The Packers had the 11th and 19th overall picks in the second round (after trading down with the second pick), and they added some receiving targets for Love. They picked up Luke Musgrave from Oregon State and Jayden Reed from Michigan State.

Musgrave was the third ranked tight end in the draft, and he stands at 6-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 253 pounds. He is very physical and has big hands making him an immediate vertical threat. Many analysts have compared him to Mike Gesicki.

Reed, on the other hand, is the sixth ranked wide receiver, but many people would consider him to be more talented than this. He stands at 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs 187 pounds. He is a speedy receiver that likes to make quick, crisp cuts and accelerate quickly after a catch. He has great vision, making him a dangerous route runner that can get open on both short and long balls. He is likely to fit right in as Green Bay’s new slot receiver and should make a positive impact right away.

There are definitely a lot of things to unpack and look forward to regarding this year’s draft for the green and gold. These three players are expected to make an impact right away for the team.

The first preseason game for the team will be in early August, where we will most likely see these players debut, and the first regular season game will commence in early September.


Madison College schedules and results.



MAR. 9 vs. Chandler-Gilbert CC, 8-7 WIN, 3-2 WIN

MAR. 10 vs. Mesa Community College, 17-5 WIN

MAR. 11 vs. Williston State College, 4-1 WIN; vs. MIles Community College, 12-1 WIN

MAR. 12 vs. Western Nebraska CC, 6-5 WIN

MAR. 14 vs. Glendale Community College, 2-1 LOSS, 6-2 LOSS

MAR. 17 vs. Paradise Valley Community College, 6-4 WIN, vs. GateWay Community College, 6-1 WIN

MAR. 24 at Morton College, 11-1 WIN

MAR. 26 at Carl Sandburg College, 9-0 WIN 13-12 LOSS

MAR. 29 at College of Lake County, 9-3 WIN

MAR. 30 at Highland Community College, 10-9 WIN

APR. 2 at Elgin Community College, 13-3 WIN, 11-0 WIN

APR. 6 at Rock Valley College, 14-4 WIN

APR. 7 at Waubonsee Community College, 9-5 WIN 7-1 WIN

APR. 8 vs. Milwaukee Area Technical College, 11-7 WIN, 11-2 WIN

APR. 10 at home vs. Rock Valley College, 14-2 WIN

APR. 11 at home vs. Bryant & Stratton College, 10-0 LOSS

APR. 12 at Bryant & Stratton College, 3-2 LOSS

APR. 13 at home vs. Sauk Valley CC, 11-10 WIN 15-8 WIN

APR. 15 at Kankakee CC, 14-5 WIN, 7-4 LOSS

APR. 21 at home vs. Carl Sandburg College, 2-1 WIN 8-3 WIN

APR. 23 at home vs. Triton College, 4-3 WIN, 5-4 WIN

APR. 24 at Harper College, 14-9 WIN, 8-3 WIN

APR. 25 at home vs. College of Lake County, 7-3 LOSS

APR. 26 at McHenry County College, 6-1 LOSS

APR. 27 at home vs. McHenry County College, 10-2 WIN

APR. 29 at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 3-2 WIN, 5-1 LOSS

MAY 1 at Black Hawk College, noon, 3 p.m.

MAY 2 at Oakton CC, 3 p.m.

MAY 4 at home vs. College of DuPage, 2 p.m., 5 p.m.

MAY 6 at home vs. South Suburban College, noon, 3 p.m.

MAY 7 at home vs. Oakton CC, noon.



MAR. 1 at Rochester CTC, 21-0 WIN, 17-3 WIN

MAR. 9 vs. Mott CC, 8-0 WIN, vs. Jackson College, 9-8 LOSS

MAR. 10 vs. Lake Michigan College, 8-7 WIN, vs. Hocking, 5-0 LOSS

MAR. 11 vs. W. Virginia Wesleyan JV, 5-4 LOSS, vs. Mid-Michigan, 9-5 WIN

MAR. 12 vs. Iowa Lakes CC, 19-8 LOSS, 4-0 LOSS

MAR. 13 vs. Heartland Community College, 5-4 LOSS vs. Spoon River College, 3-1 WIN

MAR. 14 vs. St. Louis CC, 9-1 LOSS; vs. Cuyahoga CC, 6-2 LOSS

APR. 2 at College of DuPage, 7-6 LOSS 14-6 WIN

APR. 5 vs. Rock Valley College, 13-5 LOSS, 11-1 LOSS

APR. 6 at Harper College, 12-4 WIN 11-8 LOSS

APR. 7 at home vs. Sauk Valley CC, 15-0 WIN, 10-1 WIN

APR. 14 at Highland CC, 11-7 WIN, 8-6 WIN

APR. 15 at Waubonsee CC, 4-1 LOSS 13-3 LOSS

APR. 18 at home vs. Kishwaukee College, 15-0 WIN, 10-1 WIN




24. Nelson has hit four doubles and three triples.

Karis Paulson is third in batting average, hitting .386 with 34 hits in 88 at-bats including eight doubles, four triples and two home runs. She has driven in a teamhigh 31 runs and scored 27.

The others hitting above .300 are Jenna Redders at .321, Makenna Gish at .314 and Ellie Rademacher at .313.

Kiana Pattersons leads the pitching staff with a 9-3 record. She has pitched 65.1 innings and has a 3.54 earned run average with 47 strikeouts.

Claire Smedema has a 4-3 record and a 2.15 earned run average in 45.2 innings pitched. She has struck out 39 batters this season.

APR. 21 at Black Hawk College, 6-5 LOSS 6-4 WIN

APR. 23 at home vs. Triton College, 3-2 LOSS, 9-4 WIN

APR. 26 at Illinois Valley CC, 5-3 WIN 4-1 WIN

APR. 27 at home vs. Joliet Junior College, 10-2 WIN, 5-1 LOSS

APR. 28 at Carl Sandburg College, 6-2 LOSS, 8-0 WIN

APR. 30 at Kankakee CC, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

MAY 2 at home vs. Bryant & Stratton College, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

MAY 5 at home vs. College of Lake County, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

CLARION STAFF PHOTO Madison College’s Briar Armatoski gets a hit during her team’s 5-1 loss to Joliet Junior College on April


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Brewers off to a surprising start


The Milwaukee Brewers have started out the season red hot, currently 16-9 through the first month of games. The Brewers have seen quite the roster change from last year, and some surprising names have got the team back to winning ways.

This season has seen a lot of new faces for the Brewers in particular, rookie center fielder Garrett Mitchell, rookie second baseman Brice Turang and rookie right fielder Joey Weimer. All three have adapted quickly to the big leagues, showing that they are ready to prove themselves. The Brewers have a mix of both young and old players, and they hope to return to the playoffs this season.

Mitchell has led the way for the rookies with a batting average of .259 along with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. The Brewers will unfortunately be without Mitchell for the foreseeable future as he will undergo surgery to fix a shoulder injury sustained in the Brewers game against Seattle on April 18.

With Mitchells injury, Weimer can expect a bump in the playing time. He has shown glimpses of elite talent this

year, although he has struggled with consistency. Weimer has shown he is a great defender with great speed. He brings a lot of power to the plate as a homerun threat but has recently been in a slump with a batting average of .227 along with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Weimer can expect an everyday role now with Mitchell injured. He will have to step up to keep his job in the big leagues.

The Brewers new second baseman Turang has also shown he has what it takes to be a big leaguer. He has also found himself in a slump as of recent batting 3 for 22 over his last seven games. But he has shown promise that he will make a great ball player. He too has shown great defense and lightning-fast speed. IF he can get his offense back on track, he will make out to be one of the best second basemen in all of baseball.

The Brewers hope to continue the hot start to the season as they currently sit second in the division, and fifth overall in all the MLB. The Brewers will face a tough schedule to start the month of May as they will visit the Giants for a three-game series, then return home for three games against the Dodgers.


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