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“We’re part of something bigger than ourselves. That rings true and I think [it was] instilled especially at the University of Wisconsin.” Hilary Knight forward U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team

Still, the cold could not keep her off the ice when she started playing at age five, and it will certainly not keep her from Sochi. She said she hopes to bring home a gold medal and is excited “just to be able to wear the U.S.A. sweater.” “To be able to represent your country and compete on a world stage, let alone in the Olympic Games, is something [every athlete] dreams of,” Knight explained. Furthermore, Knight said hockey will remain her primary focus in the coming months, and she is eager to compete despite government safety warnings. She added she looks forward to experiencing the “fraternity and community” of Olympic village life. Likewise, community is what Knight said she remem-

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Obama details ‘year of action’ in Waukesha


Several years ago, as University of WisconsinMadison faced treacherous weather conditions not unlike last week’s “polar vortex,” a few lucky Badgers got a surprise lift from Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Hockey player Hilary Knight. Likely, few realized they were catching a ride with a future Olympian. Knight, a UW-Madison alumna and member of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Hockey team, recalled picking up various students and driving them around after seeing “people trying to trudge their way through snow” that winter. “We had no idea who half of these people were, but a couple of my teammates and I thought it was great to just help out. It’s miserable in the cold,” Knight, who is a forward, said.


Porchlight homeless assistance shelter suffered approximately $20,000 in property and content damage Sunday.

Fire damages local shelter Residents of Porchlight stood by and watched as smoke dissipated from a fire at the local Madison homeless assistance shelter Sunday afternoon, causing approximately $20,000 in damages according to a Madison Fire Department news release. The MFD was contacted at approximately 2:26 p.m. after the call was received by Madison’s 911 dispatch service, according to Assistant Chief of Operations Lance Langer. MFD arrived immediately to the scene at 306 N. Broom St. The MFD sent three paramedics and four fire engines, two with ladders, to reach the source of the fire on the fourth floor, according to Langer. Residents evacuated the area immediately into the lobby of the Porchlight building and across North Broom Street in Grainger Hall to stay warm. The fire was extinguished

within minutes of MFD’s arrival, according to MFD spokesperson Lori Wirth. Wirth said the door to the unit that caught fire was closed, which prevented the flames from reaching any other units. The damage to the building was estimated at $15,000 for property damage and $5,000 for contents, according to the news release. The majority of damage was confined to the single unit with water damage in nearby units, according to Langer. “There is some minor damage to the units below but I don’t think those residents are going to be displaced for the night,” Wirth said. Only one resident needed to be seen by paramedics at Porchlight Sunday. Wirth said the resident was treated and released at the scene without sustaining any serious injuries. MFD is still investigating the cause of the fire. —Patricia Johnson

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday to employees of the General Electric factory in Waukesha, Wis., and repeated the promise he made in his 2014 State of the Union address to begin a “year of action.” The president reiterated his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and closed his remarks by signing an executive order requesting a comprehensive review of the country’s worker-training programs. Obama used his visit to Wisconsin to outline four separate strategies in order to define and execute his “opportunity agenda” to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to be successful. The president said creating jobs, training citizens, educating America’s children and raising wages were crucial to moving the country forward. “What will drive me until I wave goodbye is making sure that we’re restoring opportunity to every single person in America,” Obama said. State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said it is unfortunate Obama has to use executive orders to help the

country. However, Larson said he agreed with the president’s strategy in order to answer the needs of the country. The fulcrum of the president’s new initiative will be an extensive “soup-to-nuts” review of the nation’s job-training programs authorized by the executive order Obama signed after the speech, and will be spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden.

“As a chief executive, I’m going to lead by example ... to restore opportunity to everybody who’s willing to work hard.” Barack Obama president United States of America

The vice president will facilitate discussion with elected officials and business and labor leaders to define and develop successful programs. Jeffrey Stenzel, a machine fabricator at GE’s factory, said he was pleased with the president’s speech. “It’s all the stuff we need to address to get the economy back in place,” Stenzel said.

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President Barack Obama expanded upon his ‘year of action’ promises at a General Electric factory in Waukesha Thursday.

Three men rob West Mifflin Street residence Sunday, according to police Three black males in their thirties, one carrying a handgun, entered an unlocked residence on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at approximately 7:10 p.m. Sunday, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The suspects took the victims’ cell phones and one of their wallets, and then demanded they go into a closet before leaving on foot, according to the report. No one was injured during the robbery. The cell phones were dis-

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carded by the suspects near the scene of the incident and tracked by MPD officers, according to the release. MPD has not found the suspects, despite attempting to track them with police dogs, the release stated.

University of WisconsinMadison students were informed of the incident through an alert sent by UWPD and were advised to avoid the area of the robbery until further notice. The warning was later lifted.

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“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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The Dirty Bird sex and the student body Guide to sex toys, part III: Work dat ass Michael Podgers sex columnist


his semester we’re continuing the Dirty Bird’s guide to sex toys with anal toys and later toys for boys—or toys for people with a penis and prostate. The great thing about anal toys is that everybody can use them, because, spoiler alert, we’ve all got ourselves a butt. People have a fascination with anal sex. Anal toys are the perfect way to start exploring the subject. Hygiene The question on everyone’s mind: Will we poop on our partner if we have anal sex? No, we won’t. Don’t worry, fecal matter isn’t just hanging around ready to pop out and surprise us at any moment. Humans have evolved a surprisingly useful skill called “holding it in.” And fecal matter is actually stored way up in the large intestines far away from the anus, rectum and even lower parts of the large intestines. Fecal matter can sometimes leave bits and pieces behind. But don’t let dingle-berries worry you. Basic hygiene goes a long way in keeping us squeaky clean for some sexy fun. Wiping from front to back and making sure we’re clean in and out when we shower with soap and water should do the trick. If we anticipiate having anal sex soon, we should avoid spicy foods or anything that upsets our

stomachs. Eating healthy, fibrous foods helps, too. If we’re really into keeping clean, an enema can help, but they’re not recommended for daily use. Preparation Keep in mind that anal sex is as psychological as it is physical. Staying calm and relaxed is very important, especially if it is our first time. Keep calm and anal on! Whatever object we’re using for penetration has to make its way past the anal sphincter, the muscles that keep our anus closed. If we let ourselves get nervous, those tense up and make penetration less easy. Foreplay, a partner we trust and/or are in tune with sexually and perhaps emotionally and a good attitude are all key. Materials and care Materials and care have already been discussed, but there are a few things to repeat: the materials we use should be cleaned/sanitized, but also very smooth. The anus is very sensitive, so any sort of crease or imperfections will be easily felt and may cause irritation. Medical grade silicone, glass and metal are highly recommended materials. All are smooth, high-grade materials that can be easily cleaned. If we want to share with partners, either sanitize them before use or simply use a condom. Butt plugs Butt plugs are the laziest mem-

Heroes of the weekend David Schleg, sophomore— 222 N. Carter party-goer David Schleg discovered a hidden stash of solo cups in a kitchen drawer. The beer cups were valued at $7 a piece, a price Schleg and others considered completely unreasonable. Like a modern-day Robin Hood, Schleg stole from the rich 222 N. Carter residents and freely distributed the cups to the poorer party-goers, throwing the cups into the air with the haughty proclamation, “Let the people drink!” And drink they did. In fact, they drank so much that they were briefly able to forget their miserable, poverty-stricken existence. What Schleg did was provide them with peace of mind, if only for one night. Schleg is an exemplary humanitarian and a hero to us all. Raymond Newhouse, junior— On a candle-lit dinner-date with Cassandra Bosch, Randy Newhouse not only maintained eye contact the entire time but listened to every word his date said. When Bosch began to talk about her high school dancing career, Newhouse steeled his mind for what he knew would be an incredibly long and boring meal. However, his attention never waivered that night, not even when Bosch told him three consecutive stories about her study abroad trip to Spain. Newhouse’s incredible self-discipline makes him a hero to us all.

On this day in history... 3986 B.C.­— The earth is created. 1451— Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire. He also inherits a bunch of old Disney VHS tapes, a shower radio and some vintage football cards. 1834— Wake Forest University is established in the enchanted forest of knowledge and learning that is its namesake. 1894— Norman Rockwellski is born. His famous paintings portray life in the former Soviet Union.

ber of the dildo family, but their laid-back attitude is what makes them so pleasurable. They’re cone or acorn shaped penetrative toys with a base on the end (very important for anal play, because we don’t want things going up too far) that are inserted up to the base and then left there. This type of penetration can be stimulating in different ways: butt plugs fill up the anus and create a ‘full feeling’ that some people enjoy. When used with a person with a vagina, filling the anus puts pressure on the vaginal canal that can make vaginal penetration feel tighter, some even come with tails attached if we’re into some kinky puppy or horse play. Yippee-kiyay!

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Anal beads Anal beads are strands of beads, often of differing sizes (smallest to largest from tip to base) that are used for penetrative anal play. They are used for sensation play, kegel play or to increase the intensity of an orgasm. When anal beads are used, the sphinc-

ters constrict around each bead. If they’re inserted during orgasm, those muscles spasm in a rhythmic pattern that creates more constriction around the anal beads. They can be left in or pulled out (slowly) during orgasm or at anytime. The many nerve endings around the anus and rectum make for lots of sensation. Anal beads can be loose or rigid and should include a handle for easy grip. Other toys, etc… Don’t forget, anal toys also include dildos with a base as well as some vibrators. If we don’t have a penis, but have a dildo we want to use for penetration of our partner we can also invest in a nifty strap-on for our dildos. We also want to make sure we are well lubed when using anal toys to make penetration easier and prevent micro tears in the mucous membrane of the anus. And don’t forget to use only toys with a base. That’s important, because the anus doesn’t have a natural end. The anus has tons of nerves and for people with prostates anal penetration and stimulation of the prostate can be highly arousing. Using toys to begin anal play is a great place to start, either alone or with a partner. Considering anal sex? Ask Michael any questions you have about ass-play by emailing him at

Upcoming Blockbusters “Tears of Pierrot”— When 83 of his closest friends are killed in a tragic clown car accident, Bobo (Hugh Jackman) must pick up the pieces of his shattered life. “The Money Trail”— This hard-hitting documentary tells the story of unpaid college journalists, highlighting the hypocrisy of the National Collegiate Journalism Association (NCJA) and the struggles these young reporters face before going pro.

DIRECTORS AND ACTORS WANTED! Want to get involved, have fun, and gain experience directing or acting in a play? The annual Marcia Légère Student Festival showcases three plays directed, acted, written and produced by students.

No experience necessary! Actor Auditions: February 10 & 11, 7pm Humanities Building Tech Week:

February 24 - 27


March 1 & 2 Hemsley Theater, Vilas Hall

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UW named ‘best value’ school The Princeton Review named University of Wisconsin-Madison one of the top 75 “best value” public higher education institutions in the U.S., according to a university news release. Schools that placed highest on the list offer outstanding academics, substantial financial aid and relatively low costs of attendance, the

obama from page 1 Obama returned to his minimum wage promise, vowing to pay federally funded employees a fair wage. “As a chief executive, I’m going to lead by example … to restore opportunity for everybody who’s willing to work hard,” he said. After the speech, State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said the president “hit the right tone” discussing issues that fit in with Wisconsin’s political landscape. Barca voiced his support of Obama’s intention to use an executive order to raise the federal minimum wage on the basis that a higher wage could eliminate federalbenefits bills that taxpayers end up paying. “As long as he is following within the constitutional parameters, I applaud him,” Barca said. State Senator Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, released a statement saying she wasn’t surprised the president chose to visit Southeastern Wisconsin. “Thanks to reforms passed by Republicans and signed by Governor Walker, Wisconsin is booming in manufacturing,” Darling said in the statement.

Woman robbed at downtown church Thursday A 30-year-old homeless woman was robbed on her way to breakfast Thursday morning in front of Bethel Lutheran Church, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. According to the report, Madison police found the woman in tears at 312 Wisconsin Ave. after responding to phone calls at approximately 8:30 a.m. The victim said she was unemployed and needed the money that was taken out of her purse. The MPD was able to use the church’s surveillance video system to identify the suspect’s distinctive red knit hat, according to the report. A description of the suspect was released and the MPD received a call from the Madison Public Library later that day about spotting a man matching the police’s description. After the library staff ’s tip, Terrance Thomas, a 37-year-old man with past convictions of burglary and robbery, was arrested that day for the theft and a probation violation warrant from Milwaukee County.

release stated. Only the first 10 institutions on the list were ranked numerically. In order to compile the list, The Princeton Review utilized survey data regarding cost, financial aid and academics, according to the release. It also considered student evaluations of professors and financial aid awards. The release cited the

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the nation’s best value in public education, while Williams College placed first in a separate list designated for private colleges. UW-Madison previously placed eighth among 100 public colleges in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine last December, according to the release.

SAC to highlight available resources at open house The Associated Students of Madison Student Activity Center Governing Board will host an open house at the SAC Tuesday, Feb. 4 in an effort to highlight the intended purpose for the space. From 6 to 9 p.m. on the third floor of the SAC, ASM leaders will host the re-branding effort. ASM Press Office Director Grace Bolt said while students currently use the space for studying, its intended purpose is to be a hub for student groups

to collaborate and work. According to Bolt, there are spaces within the SAC set aside for groups to use as offices that are currently being used as storage spaces. Bolt said the hope is that students will gain an understanding of the amenities available at the SAC through the open house. The open house will follow the ASM Spring Kick-Off, which will start at 5:30 p.m. and will preview projects and goals the group has for the semester.

Campaign finance reports reveal Walker’s, Burke’s available funds The Government Accountability Board required all state candidates, incumbents and other political committees, including political groups supporting Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, to submit electronic campaign finance reports Friday. The reports cover all activity from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2013. Friends of Scott Walker, one of the main political groups backing Walker, reported approximately $5,000,000 in total receipts for this period and disbursed $2,700,000. Burke for Wisconsin,

Burke’s main supporter, reported receiving approximately $1,800,000 and distributing $500,000. There is a $3,319,794.99 difference between the funds received by the two parties during this period. The Wisconsin Campaign Finance Information System is a source of campaign finance data accessible to viewers. The reports provide information, which aids the public in fully understanding a candidate or political organization’s positions, according to the board’s site.


Former Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Hockey player Hilary Knight will represent the U.S. in the 2014 Olympic Games.

profile from page 1 bers most vividly about her time in Madison. “There’s so many young and healthy people and so much going on so it’s hard not to have anything to do or [not to] be attached to anyone there,” she said about the campus and city. Knight, who cited earning her UW-Madison diploma as her biggest accomplishment off the ice, said she will likely return to business or law school later in life and believes her liberal arts degree will be “instrumental” in whatever path she decides to pursue. She has stayed connected with many friends and coaches at UW-Madison, to whom she credits much of her professional success. “We’re part of something

Graduated: 2012 Major: History, certificate in European Studies Favorite Babcock Ice Cream: Chocolate Favorite Hockey Cheer: Power play Favorite Classes: Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies bigger than ourselves,” Knight added. “That rings true and I think [it was] instilled especially at the University of Wisconsin. You’ve got great talent and great people there and they’re the ones that really help.”

Wisconsin politicians call for federal government to continue propane aid Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., as well as the entire Wisconsin delegation, urged President Barack Obama in a letter Friday to take further action in addressing the propane shortage and ensure a similar shortage does not occur in the future. The federal government awarded low-income Wisconsin residents $14 million in energy assistance funds Thursday to offset the high costs of heating homes due to the shortage, according to a release. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., said in a release the “skyrocketing” pric-

es and supply shortages could not come at a worse time due to the historically cold winter. The funds come from Wisconsin’s share of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds. The senators and congress members specifically requested Obama extend the U.S. Department of Transportation’s current service hours waiver through March, and encourage the Small Business Administration to ease loan requirements so communities can “get the quick relief they so desperately need.”

Regents recognize leaders across UW System for diversity advances


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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents announced the recipients of the sixth annual Regents’ Diversity Awards in a statement released Jan. 31, one of which is the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence at UW-Madison. “UW-Madison’s PEOPLE program is considered one of the most comprehensive talentdevelopment diversity scholarship pipelines for underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, and first-generation students in the country,” the release said.

The award recognizes both people and groups that strive towards inclusivity of all types of populations within the UW system. Winners receive a monetary prize that can be used for either professional endeavors or in conjunction with the programs recognized. Other winners include Professor of Biology Roger Haro from UW-La Crosse and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Brett Carlton Woods from UW-Whitewater. The board will celebrate the winners at a ceremony in Madison Feb. 7.


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The Tea Party poisons America’s political system JEFF BIRNKRANT opinion columnist


on Paul was great. He was witty, cynical and most importantly, extremely consistent. I loved his ideas as much as anybody, particularily states’ rights on social issues with free market economics. It was a respected platform that had been reminiscent of Barry Goldwater’s ideology to, in essence, keep the government out of our decision-making process within our respective communities and states. Of course, I’m talking about Libertarians. I used to be one, and then I woke up. There is a rather dark side to this ideology in that many of its arguments can be used to cover up discrimination and other reasons for wanting complete privacy. Lets face it­­—not everyone who wants privacy is a pothead. The unintended consequence of the reemergence and popularity of his ideals is that once again they have been skewed and exploited by the Tea Party. ​If you take what Libertarians believe and layer it side-byside with a Tea Party candidate, there is a lot that matches up, until you come across the social issues. The far right has combined with what remained of the religious Republicanvoting havens such as Texas and very much of the South.

The frightening part is the Tea Party is doing much better than Ron Paul ever did. They have numbers, grassroots mobilization and a giant middle finger pointed towards government and its beneficiaries. Is this the legacy that Ron Paul had envisioned? It’s much more than a party reacting to a poor president. Without the ideas of libertarian economics and states’ rights arguments, they would not have a platform.

The Tea Party represents all that is wrong with our principles toward one another living in the same country. GRAPHIC BY MIKAELA ALBRIGHT

​I look directly at the potential Republican nominee Rand Paul as almost a timeline of the Tea Party evolution. What’s interesting about Rand is that he took a completely different approach than his father by having both Libertarian views and stricter social ones. After all those years of Libertarian blood and ideology flowing throughout his household, he turned out much different than I would have expected. Which says something about how the politics have changed. Rand knows he wouldn’t stand a chance on his father’s platform or by running on the Libertarian ticket. All Libertarians know that. It’s up to them, however,

if they want to believe it. As time goes on, Rand will continue to become more conservative to rile up his base for primaries. Where does this leave us? Basically screwed. The Tea Party represents all that is wrong with our principles toward one another living in the same country. Never before have we had a time where our politics were so polarized, where we were so far apart from one another. We are losing our connections as Americans, all because half of the country has bought into the idea that they do not have any moral obligations to other Americans whatsoever. Even a Libertarian should have some feeling of social financial safety

whether it is a negative income tax or something else. It’s these feelings the Tea Party lacks which is poisoning the veins of the Republican Party that is still so important to our political party system. They have created something where you don’t have to feel bad for anybody and where all you care about is yourself. And that’s not what built this country; there’s no way around it. Our greatest times of growth and prosperity came when we had passed laws out of compassion for other Americans, not in spite of them. This combination is lethal to our American system of poli-

tics. There’s a reason congress has the lowest approval ratings ever. There’s a reason we have such dissatisfaction with our government. Fortunately, the people responsible need only look in the mirror. “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith. Do you agree with Jeff in thinking the Tea Party is poisoning American politics and the Republican Party? Does the Tea Party have any redeeming qualities? We would love to hear what you think. Please send all feedback to opinion@

Bill for extended height limits hinders city development MICHAEL PODGERS opinion columnist


new bill is circulating the halls of the Wisconsin state Capitol to increase the building-height limit from the current one-mile radius around the Capitol to a two-mile radius. Expanded height limits in Madison are entirely unnecessary and major overkill. Even though the bill is being introduced with the best intentions, the outcome is not a good urban planning move and doesn’t do much to help Madison as a city. The bill is being introduced by state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, who co-authored the 1989 legislation that created the current one-mile radius height limit, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. A radius of two miles would stretch from East High School to West High School and include

the entire Isthmus, most of the University of WisconsinMadison campus (stopping just shy of the UW Hospital and medical school campus) and large swaths of the South side, including much of Park Street, the Alliant Energy Center and Camp Randall Stadium. The current height limit prevents buildings from being built taller than 1,032.8 feet above sea level, or the height of the Capitol dome’s base. Risser has argued that this is in response to the increased development occurring on the Isthmus and is meant to preserve sight lines of the Capitol, which is the defining characteristic of the Madison skyline and much of the city’s identity. This seems more like a NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) response to the increased construction and development on the Isthmus and has little thought for the actual consequences, nor does it show any indication that urban planners were consulted. The current height limits are

working very well and many of the most impressive views— the ones worth protecting—are being preserved. The views of the Capitol from State Street, Van Hise, Olin Park and John Nolan Drive or either end of Washington Avenue are in no way being threatened to be covered by skyscrapers (a relative turn considering the tallest building in Madison other than the Capitol is The Constellation apartment building at only 260 feet tall).

The outcome is not a good urban planning move and doesn’t do much to help Madison as a city.

Extending the limits any further hinders a lot of potential developments from getting more bang for their buck. Building up allows more activity to occur on smaller pieces

of land, and that translates to more people, shops, offices (and taxes) in Madison taking up less space. Building up is not only efficient, but it also helps to combat suburban sprawl and decreases the need to build further from the city center. If policy makers and planners are concerned for the preservation of the Capitol height limits, then they should take a different approach to controlling the heights of Madison buildings. A blanket limit does not prevent potentially positive high-rise developments in Madison—maybe ones taller than 300 feet. Creating sight lines and identifying where the best views of the Capitol are and aren’t should guide where tall buildings are and aren’t allowed to be. Many cities in the world employ height limits along sight lines and not within blanket zones as is the case in Madison. These are meant to preserve important sight lines while allowing high-rise developments. If Madison wants to preserve the views of the Capitol and the

strong impression they leave on the city as a whole, then that is something to commend. But conservation of views and height limits should be done in a way that allows for diverse types of development in the city and especially does not hinder positive developments. A blanket height limit is only good to a limited extent, and extending that restriction does nothing to benefit the city of Madison. Risser fears the Capitol will be lost in a sea of skyscrapers and because of this I think he introduced this legislation, but I think it would do him well to sit back and reconsider what is being proposed, regroup and redesign the plan in a more appropriate way. As fast as Madison might be growing, we’re not turning into Manhattan any time soon. What do you think about this bill? Do you agree with Michael that it is detrimental to city growth? What do you think are the potential benefits of this bill, if any? Please send all feedback to

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, award-winning actor By Sean Reichard The Daily Cardinal

The world of movies and theater lost a vital force yesterday with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, at the age of 46. Born in Fairport, New York, on July 23, 1967, Hoffman cut his acting teeth early, attending the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theater’s summer program between 1983-’84. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. He landed his first television role as a co-defendant on “Law and Order” in 1991. From there, his profile rose steadily, as he landed memorable supporting roles in movies such as “Scent of a Woman” (1992), “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “The Big Lebowski” (1998). Through the late ’90s and early 2000s, he landed even bigger roles, including “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), a turn as Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous” (2000), a squeamish, troubled English teacher in “25th Hour” (2002) and the role of (hilariously) immoral preacher Reverend Veasey in “Cold Mountain” (2003). Hoffman’s big break came from his portrayal of Truman Capote in “Capote” (2005), which won him the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Best Actor. Afterward, he remained a high profile film actor, appearing in such successive classics and beloved titles as “The Savages” (2007), “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), “Synecdoche, New York” (2008), “Doubt” (2008) and “Moneyball” (2011). Most recently, Hoffman played a charismatic religious leader in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”

(2012) and Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the “Hunger Games” series—starting with “Catching Fire” (2013). He was scheduled to appear in the upcoming “Mockingjay— Parts 1 & 2” movies. Hoffman was also a prominent theater actor, garnering three Tony nominations for Sam Shepard’s “True West” (2000), Eugene O’Neil’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (2003) and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” (2012). Besides acting, Hoffman worked as a producer and director—he even took a turn in soundtrack work, contributing a few ditties to “The Master” soundtrack. With a long, vibrant career, and numerous accolades to his name, Hoffman seemed indefatigable, a pillar of excellence, an inspiration to his audience and his cohorts. This list here scarcely begins to plumb the depths of Hoffman’s career and personality, how far he went to wring the best out of every role he played. It cannot be overstated how devastating the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman is— how inescapable the vacuum is, in light of his sudden death. He was a genius actor, a consummate talent, well beloved by both his audience and the entertainment community. The passion he brought to his roles was matchless, whether he was tracing the travails of a sensitive, self conscious writer (“Capote”) or playing personal assistant to a bitter, decrepit cripple (“The Big Lebowski”). Mr. Hoffman leaves behind an inimitable legacy—numerous film and TV roles, numerous awards, numerous fans— a legacy celebrated in remembrance of a remarkable actor. Mr. Hoffman is survived by his wife and three children.

o I had this whole idea about how I was going to kick off my new weekly column, but as I sat watching the latest season of “Girls” I dramatically crumpled up my notes and aimed for the trash can (I missed)—it was that good. You’ve probably already heard of “Girls,” especially if you happen to be a twenty-something college student on the verge of graduation and an impending existential crisis, which I’m assuming you are. For those of you who aren’t familiar, its an HBO original comedy/ drama following a group of friends as they attempt to navigate the uncertainties of young adulthood amidst the chaos of New York City. It’s witty, it’s familiar and season three has been excellent so far. There have been a number of developments since the conclusion of season two, the most scandalous being that Christopher Abbott, aka Charlie, has since left the show. Sorry Marnie (Allison Williams), but it looks like you’re officially single, so pull yourself together and get ready to mingle. Second, I am all but completely disinterested in what Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) are doing with their lives. Jessa is found serving a stint in rehab and Shoshanna seems to be enjoying her final days of college. They’re both taking some time to work on themselves. That’s great—let’s move on. I might be sad about the loss of Charlie if it weren’t for the introduction of an arguably more colorful character: Adam’s

certifiable but oddly likable sister Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann). She is incredibly volatile, yet with her emotional instability comes the added bonus of not giving a damn. So far we’ve seen her dance like a lunatic, perform cartwheels through a cemetery and crush a glass between her bare hands. She’s a living, breathing grenade and I’m guessing that Adam (Adam Driver) and Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) relationship will be one of many casualties. While I was off forming other attachments, I started to really dislike Marnie, though I’m wondering if it’s because all of the traits I tend to find annoying about myself and others seem to be magnified in her. We know that Charlie is never coming back, yet she continues to suffer from the quarter-life crisis that began after their initial split last season. In her own words, she is “taking risks” and “putting herself out there creatively,” mostly in the form of musical numbers. I mean don’t get me wrong, I feel her pain metaphorically speaking, but I am not a Marnie. I don’t ever plan on making a music video of myself covering Edie Brickell’s “What I Am,” nor do I plan on subjecting my friend’s birthday bash to an impromptu karaoke performance of Rent’s “Take Me or Leave Me.” But you never know, desperation and rational logic are mutually exclusive. It has taken over twenty episodes, but I finally feel like I am starting to grasp the essence of Adam. We already know he is a weird dude who happens to have no verbal filter and some interesting vulnerabilities, yet I am continuously surprised by his insightfulness. This season he

has dealt some fantastic advice and it’s clear that he truly does love Hannah. Speaking of, what has become of Hannah in the 10 months since last season’s finale? It appears as though she is still stuck in a liminal stage between acting like a child and behaving like an adult. She seems to be making strides in her professional endeavors, yet something tells me that her psyche is still the mess it was pre Q-tip incident. When she is forced to grapple with the concept of mortality after the death of her editor, she handles it how any sociopath would— completely devoid of emotion. I sat there with my mouth ajar as the final scene came to a close. The camera slowly pushes in on a seemingly distraught Hannah as she recounts a story about her childhood cousin, who passed away tragically from muscular dystrophy. Sad, right? It would be, if it weren’t for the previous scene in which crazy Caroline recounts the exact same, fictional story. What do you do when you have no feelings? That’s easy, just steal someone else’s. Hannah is no stranger to the occasional emotional crisis or mental breakdown, but by the end of the third episode viewers are left with the lingering—and completely reasonable—question, is Hannah a sociopath? If you’re a fan of the show but have not been keeping up with the third season, I highly suggest you reconsider, if for no other reason than to experience Marnie’s aforementioned music video. Have you recorded your own cover of Edie Brickell’s “What I Am” to rival Marnie’s? Send it to Callie at


Actress presents dismal picture of Brixton

Ghettoville Actress By Michael Frett The Daily Cardinal

There are two Brixtons. One is home to the everyday hustle and bustle of London, where flat dwellers commute to work and brag about their favorite corner bars. The other is a far darker world, one that exists on the edge of sanity. There, gang violence and drug use are very real. It’s where good people are sucked in and driven to the brink. This is the Brixton that Darren Cunningham came from and the Brixton he— through his techno-minimalist character Actress—wanted to capture on his latest LP Ghettoville. He wasn’t unsuccessful, at

least in some cases. There’s a biting isolation to the clangs and drones of “Forgiven.” Shattered hip-hop beats in “Corner” crackle their way through a faded representation of the urban culture, a theme continued on the far more fleshed out “Rap” and “Rule” later on. The perpetual call of police sirens can be heard with the effects thrown into “Rims.” In these songs, one can hear a dark, foreboding Brixton underground, a demoralizing inner city. Even more upbeat songs like “Gaze” and “Birdcage” help paint Actress’ picture of his Brixton life. They sound like songs from a DJ’s soundboard, but heard by someone whose mind is far from listening. Cunningham had said in interviews he wanted to show the world according to someone driven mad by life inside “ghettoville.” These songs present that; they’re popular club songs distorted by one’s own mind. As a whole, Ghettoville feels too long. Techno at its most

stripped down, there’s not a whole lot of excitement to grip the listener for its hour-long runtime. Breaks from the drone with “Birdcage” are welcome, but not enough to really feel as engaging as Ghettoville could. Several songs—like “Time” and “Skyline”—repetitively plod their way through six minutes of drones that feel even longer than that. Even the shortest track on Ghettoville, the echoing “Don’t,” is a drag. Hinted as Actress’ last album under that pseudonym, Ghettoville goes a long way in giving us a glimpse into what the tormented minds of the Brixton ghetto see as they stumble through its dark realities. Between the isolation and haunting distortion of Ghettoville are Brixton’s lost souls. Yet, the album as a whole is a painfully long endeavor, an album that’s difficult for anyone but the most serious of listeners.

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6 6 Sea eagle 67 Ta-ta in Turin 6 8 Morning wakerupper 69 “This ___ on me!” 70 Weigh by lifting 7 1 Dined at home DOWN 1 Ball thrower? 2 Ottoman official 3 Place for a quarter 4 Politico Gingrich 5 Groups of three 6 Exerciser’s unit 7 Rower’s necessity 8 President ___ (acting head) 9 Green feeling? 1 0 Some big cats 1 1 Big to-do 1 2 Ziti alternative 1 3 Attendant of Bacchus 1 8 Bucket go-with 19 Important historic period 23 Reached ground 24 Dependable money-maker 26 “Cogito, ___ sum” 2 7 Vientiane locale 28 Confess openly 2 9 One of a noted nautical threesome 3 1 Elaborate inlaid

work 33 Parent of 53-Across 3 4 Oft-flipped items? 3 6 Rod and Todd’s animated dad 37 In ___ (existing) 3 8 Nautical greeting 3 9 Not gracious, as a loser 4 0 Nightstand water vessel 42 Hammer or hacksaw, e.g. 46 Submarine sandwich 4 8 Basil-based sauce 49 Ghostlike 5 0 Shop-’til-you-drop site 5 1 Population centers 5 2 What goes in nose to make noise? 5 4 Prior, to poets 5 5 Roadster maker 57 Move stealthily 59 Mountain pass in India 6 0 Way in or out 6 1 “Nay!” sayer 62 First garden 6 4 Nincompoop 6 5 “Wayne’s World” zinger

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Men’s Basketball

Missed free throws doom Wisconsin By Blake Duffin THE DAILY CARDINAL

The struggles for Wisconsin (4-5 Big Ten, 17-5 overall) continued Saturday afternoon, when Ohio State handed the Badgers their third consecutive home loss. After a poor performance against Northwestern earlier this week, the Badgers came out focused and rejuvenated in the first half. The Badgers jumped to an early lead, but Ohio State would not allow UW an opportunity to widen the gap. The Buckeyes got their spark from sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, who knocked down two 3-point shots. Della Valle, a bench player who averages five points per game, led Ohio State in scoring at halftime with nine points. UW carried a slight lead into halftime, holding a 33-29 advantage. An impressive 21 of Ohio State’s points at halftime came from its bench, while Wisconsin’s bench tallied only six. Wisconsin struggled to find any good looks in the early minutes of the second half, and the Buckeyes capitalized by taking a 42-39 lead at the 15:00 mark, thanks to leading scorer LaQuinton Ross, who got hot in a hurry. The junior forward more than doubled his first-half points and scored seven points in the first five minutes of the second half. The Badgers responded, thanks to freshman forward Nigel


The Badgers have lost three straight games at home for the first time under head coach Bo Ryan. Hayes, who stepped up huge for Wisconsin in the second half. Hayes caught fire and scored 13 second half points, along with four rebounds, in what was probably his best game thus far as a Badger. “I saw some guys hustling out there, I saw some guys banging on the glass, I saw Nigel just working,” said head coach Bo Ryan. “And [Hayes] does it without talking about it. Maybe that can be infectious.” The game was tied at the 11-minute mark, until redshirt junior guard Josh Gasser ignited the Kohl Center and hit a 3 to take a 47-44 lead and the momentum.

The Badgers pushed their lead to as much as seven points, but the Buckeyes would not let up. With 3:53 to play, OSU senior guard Aaron Craft hit a 3-pointer and his first points of the day to get within one, 54-53. “There were definitely a couple times where we were up by six, seven points, and with the ball and without the ball we just couldn’t get that next bucket, that next stop,” Gasser said. “That’s what you’ve got to do when you come from behind. Keep chipping away, keep chipping away, and that’s what they did. They made one more play than we did.”

With 1:36 to play, Craft made his way to the free-throw line to give Ohio State a one-point lead, with a score of 57-56. At the 1:08 mark, Hayes was fouled and went to the freethrow line, where he made one of two to tie the game at 57. Hayes was quickly called for a foul on the other end, and OSU junior forward Amir Williams converted on one of his bonus free throws to earn a one-point Buckeye lead with 49 seconds to play. Ohio State was up 59-57 with 16.5 seconds to play when junior guard Traevon Jackson was

fouled and converted on one of his two bonus throws to get the game within a point. The Badgers caught a break soon after when the Buckeyes were called for a travel in transition, a play that could have easily resulted in an Ohio State layup. With 8.4 to play, Jackson pushed the ball the length of the court before losing handle of the ball and dishing the ball to sophomore forward Sam Dekker, who threw up an off-balanced shot from beyond the arc. The shot missed off the glass and Wisconsin was handed its fifth loss in six games. “[Jackson] lost the ball. He misdribbled and had to pick it up. The idea was for him to take it,” Ryan said. “If they helped off on him he could kick, but he loses his dribble, so he really can’t make a good, solid play. It was just mishandled.” The struggling Badgers shot only 17.6 percent from beyond the arc (3-for-17), an area that UW has had troubles with in recent games. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range and 43 percent from the field. “We have to change something, so we’re going to get back at it,” Brust said. “We can’t sulk. We’ve got to move on. There are nine games left and we’ve got to try and turn those nine games positively.” UW will look to get back on track the second half of the season, beginning with Illinois Tuesday night.

Men’s Hockey

UW leaves Ann Arbor without a win By Devin Lowe THE DAILY CARDINAL

A highlight-reel goal and Wisconsin’s first completed penalty shot since 1996 weren’t enough to propel the Badgers past the Wolverines in Ann Arbor this weekend. Instead, No. 9 Wisconsin (5-31-0 Big Ten, 14-8-2 overall) was bested by No. 12 Michigan (5-2-0-1 Big Ten, 12-6-3 overall) in its first road series in over two months, losing Friday’s game 3-1 and tying in Saturday’s matchup 2-2. The Badgers are now 1-6-1 away from the Kohl Center this season. The Badgers were without two key players for the series: senior forward Tyler Barnes and sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles, who are third and fifth on the team in points, respectively. Friday’s game was characterized by both strong goaltending from Michigan freshman netminder Zach Nagelvoort and costly mistakes by the Badgers that would eventually cost them the game. The Wolverines got on the board first with a goal from freshman forward Tyler Motte midway through the first period. After a Badgers turnover, sophomore forward Boo Nieves fed Motte a pass that he buried behind junior goaltender Joel Rumpel to put Michigan up 1-0. Less than two minutes later Michigan struck again, this time at the hands of junior forward Alex Guptill. Following a few strong

Wisconsin scoring chances, the Wolverines reclaimed the puck and put another past Rumpel. The Badgers went on to enter the first intermission down 2-0. “I think when they scored the [first] goal, our level dropped,” said head coach Mike Eaves. “When they scored the other goal, our level dropped … we didn’t respond, we didn’t push back hard enough.” Wisconsin fell into a 3-0 hole in the second period when Michigan junior forward Zach Hyman capitalized on a rebound. Shortly after, the Badgers scored their only goal of the night. A pass between freshman forward Jedd Soleway and junior forward Joseph LaBate bounced off a Michigan defender and into the net. Soleway was originally credited with the goal, but LaBate was given the official tally on assists from senior forward Frankie Simonelli and sophomore defenseman Kevin Schulze. “We didn’t have enough tonight,” Eaves said. “We didn’t have enough guys step up with guys missing in our lineup and get the job done.” Saturday’s game tipped in Wisconsin’s favor out of the gate. After a scoreless first period, senior forward Michael Mersch got the Badgers on the board with a flashy, highlight-reel goal. Taking a pass from senior defenseman Joe Faust, Mersch tapped the puck behind a Michigan defender, spun around and put the puck through Nagelvoort’s

legs to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. “It was just one of those plays around the net,” Mersch said. “I’m always sitting around the net. When you have a defender on your hip, you want to make a move to the net. It’s kind of an instinct move.” Michigan got on the board midway through the second period when Motte scored on a rebound to tie the game. After Michigan had a goal waved off due to interference with Rumpel, senior forward Mark Zengerle was held on an offensive rush, leading to a successful penalty shot, the first for Wisconsin since October 1996. The Badgers lost their 2-1 lead seven minutes into the third period when senior forward Luke Moffatt shot through traffic and scored an unassisted goal. The rest of regulation and overtime both passed in a 2-2 deadlock, leading to Wisconsin’s firstever Big Ten shootout. Mersch, Zengerle and redshirt freshman Morgan Zulinick shot for the Badgers, but Nagelvoort stopped all three attempts. Michigan’s Moffatt scored in the shootout, giving Michigan the extra point in the standings despite the game going down as a tie. Wisconsin killed 11 Michigan power plays, but its own power play struggles continued as the Badgers failed to capitalize on any of their three man advantages. Rumpel made 70 saves in the series, good for a .929 save percentage.


Russell Wilson took the Badgers to the Rose Bowl in 2012.

Wilson wins Super Bowl The influence of former Wisconsin football players was undeniable in this year’s Super Bowl. Former Badger and current Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, 43-8. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson was one of three former Wisconsin players to play for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Linebacker O’Brien Schofield and safety Chris Maragos also earned championships rings last night.

Darrell Bevell, a former UW quarterback, is an assistant coach for Seattle. Montee Ball, who is college football’s all-time leading touchdown scorer, played for Denver in his rookie season this year. Ball finished the game with just three yards on eight touches. If the entire Seattle defense could have shared the Most Valuable Player trophy, they would have. The one name who will be in the record books representing the “Legion of Boom” is linebacker Malcolm Smith. —Jonah Beleckis

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