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Van Hollen: health care law void in Wis. By Ariel Shapiro The Daily Cardinal
Although state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen deemed Obama’s health-care reform null and void in Wisconsin in the aftermath of a Florida judge’s ruling, the immediate ramifications of the declaration and the future of the law remain ambiguous. State Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, said in a statement Van Hollen’s declaration is false. “The state of Wisconsin is bound by acts of Congress, not by the orders of one judge on the other side of the country,” Richards said. UW-Madison political science professor Howard Schweber said Van Hollen does in fact have the authority to make such a declaration, as Wisconsin was party to the Florida lawsuit, but it is “not entirely clear what the binding force of a declaratory judgment is.” Because the suit is expected
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to go to the Supreme Court, Schweber also said there will likely be a stay placed on the case, which would freeze the law until a further ruling is made. Assistant Attorney General Steve Means said he also expects a stay will be placed on the case, but that by doing so, Democrats will be contradicting their claim that the law can be implemented anyway. cardinal File photo
“We wanted to join the suit because we felt the challenge was right.” Steve Means Assistant Attorney General Wisconsin
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Feb. 5, 1849 marks the birthday of UW-Madison. In honor of Founder’s Day, students can attend the free event, “Obama’s First Two Years,” a lecture by professor Ken Mayer. The event will be held at the Pyle Center at 2 p.m., and free cake will also be provided.
Diversity town hall gives students opportunity to discuss issues at UW By Alex DiTullio The Daily Cardinal
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Private donations to UW drop in 2010 UW-Madison may have routed Indiana University 83-20 during the football season, but IU outraised UW-Madison by over $30 million in private donations during 2010, according to the Voluntary Support of Education Survey. The survey, released Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education, ranked UW-Madison 12th in the country in private donations last year. However, Indiana finished two spots ahead of UW-Madison and first among Big Ten schools.
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Overall, 13 of the top 20 schools overall saw a drop in private donation money from 2009 to 2010, including UW-Madison. Private donors gave $311.85 million to the university in 2010, dropping from the $341.81 million raised in 2009. Both of those totals are far below the university’s 2005 total of $595.22 million, when UW-Madison ranked second in the country behind only Stanford University. Stanford ranked first in the nation again in 2010, raising $598.89 million.
Nearly one hundred students gathered Feb. 3 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union with the common goal of solving minority problems on the UW-Madison campus. The Student Town Hall Meeting began with vice provost for Diversity and Climate Damon Williams discussing the major diversity issues on campus and the progress made in solving these issues. “I hear so much of the pain from students, faculty or staff,” Williams said. “People look at me differently because I am x, y or z.” Williams presented issues progressing on campus and others
that have remained the same or regressed. One of those issues progressing is the university’s “I hear so much of the pain from students, faculty or staff. People look at me differently because I am x, y or z.” Damon Williams vice provost for Diversity and Climate UW-Madison
undergraduate enrollment of minorities, but Williams will not be happy until UW-Madison is the “national champion.” Chancellor Biddy Martin made a brief appearance and applauded the initiatives of the forum.
After seeing the diversity issues on campus, students formed into small groups of eight to ten to create solutions. Students focused on four issues including student academic success, campus climate and campus media, diversity and ASM, and students and campus partnerships. After much discussion, each group generated three tangible solutions to their specific topic. Proposed solutions surrounding minority portrayal in media included a minority-centered column in campus publications with the goal of spreading their message to a widespread audience. Students proposed ideas town hall page 3
Cieslewicz, Barrett invited to watch the Super Bowl at the White House Sunday
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Despite being Chicago Bears fans, President Obama and the First Lady invited Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to watch the Super Bowl at the White House Sunday. Cieslewicz received the invitation Thursday to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at the White House, according to Rachel Strauch-Nelson, the mayor’s spokesperson. “I’m excited by the invitation to the White House Super Bowl party, even though it means watching the game with a Bears fan,” Cieslewicz said in
a statement. The Obamas also extended the invitation to Barrett and his son Tommy.
“The fact that I will be watching the Packers win the Super Bowl with the Bears’ ‘Fan-in-Chief’ is particularly satisfying.” Tom Barrett mayor Milwaukee
“The fact that I will be watching the Packers win the Super Bowl with the Bears’ ‘Fan-in-
Chief ’ is particularly satisfying,” Barrett said in a statement. Barrett said he will bring a Usinger’s Famous Sausage “Touchdown Box” and a Klement’s Sausage gourmet gift package. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Obama will be joining Cieslewicz and Barrett at the Super Bowl party, StrauchNelson said. Gov. Scott Walker will be attending the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas Sunday. Walker is charging the tickets and travel expenses to his campaign, according to a statement. —Maggie DeGroot
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ell, Sunday’s the big day, and congratulations you lucky cheese-for-brains. If you’re not from the great state of Wisconsin, I’m sure you’ll be joining me in my yearly “my team didn’t make it again” ritual that includes drowning my sorrows in a bowl of Velveeta cheese dip. Sunday night, come 6:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of Americans will be huddled around their television sets (however many inches wide they may be), in time for the Packers-Steelers smack down—a game that is certainly looking to be a real barn burner. As a Twin Cities native, I was thoroughly disheartened by the pathetic and poorly written soap opera that was the Vikings’ 201011 season. With Randy Moss dissing our homegrown fried chicken, Brett Favre sending pics of his manhood to rival cheerleaders and the canning of our
less-than-adequate head coach, Brad Childress, the Packers’ lateseason success only rubbed salt into an already festering wound. Although, let’s be honest—this isn’t the first time the Vikes have let us down. I’ve always seen Super Bowl Sunday as a picturesque representation of the many aspects of American culture, particularly the relationship we have with one of our best friends, the friend that never talks back to us when we’re sad: food. We’re one fat ass country. Keeping this in mind, it’s easy to see how such a perfect excuse to go hog wild on tortilla chips, cheesy poofs and seven layer bars in front of your friends and family devoid of shame is so revered in this day and age. The Super Bowl is like Thanksgiving without all of the forced family pleasantries as well as a higher pizza-to-overall-food ratio. Come Sunday, binge eating will not only be acceptable, it may very well be enforced in some residences. This Sunday is the one day of the year when it’s OK to forget about Darfur for a few hours and just plain gorge
our selves without guilt. Why? Because we can. There are reasons besides food that convince viewers who don’t really care about the actual game to tune in, the foremost of which is the commercials. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if 10 years from now, the commercials become the main event, with little breaks in between for some football clips. The funny thing is, commercials are usually what many of us hate most about TV. Yet somehow Superbowl Sunday manages to briefly change our moral code to not only bear them, but to look forward to them. Sadly, the commercials seem to have gone downhill a bit in recent years. I remember the first one that made me laugh. A mosquito bit a guy who had just drank a whole bottle of tabasco sauce with pizza, prompting him to fly off into the woods and explode. Since then, I haven’t missed a Super Bowl commercial, though they seem to have slowly devolved in both diversity of products and humor. Last year, there was definitely an inordinate number of commercials for the same crappy
brands of light beer. If you ask me, there are only so many ways to amusingly show your lack of manliness for not drinking Bud Light, and they’ve all been done before. How light beers became so popular with the football crowd I will never understand (maybe it goes back to that fat problem our country has). I wish companies that sell good beer would show a guy on a treadmill, holding up a bottle of their beer and saying, “Exercise. Thirty minutes of this every day and you don’t have to choke down a case of that piss beer to get drunk.” Well anyway, the day is nearing its end, and I have a lot of preparing to do for the big game, including a laundry list of salty snacks and beverages to buy. Not to mention I’d better throw in my “Best of the Black Eyed Peas,” mix because they’ll be playing the halftime show this year and I want to catch up on all of their long-standing hits. Oh—they don’t have any? OK. Nevermind then. Are you unbearably excited for the big game? E-mail Andrew at email@example.com to voice your overwhelming anticipation!
The Dirty Bird sex and the student body performance needs enhancing ryan adserias sex columnist “Lately, my girlfriend and I haven’t been having the best of times in the bedroom. We’ve found ourselves stuck in a cycle where I can’t reach orgasm so she believes that it’s a failure on her part and becomes less interested and focused during sex. Of course, this only serves to increase the pressure on my part to cum, which seems to make that even less likely to happen and it all starts again. Help!” —Frustrated In Bed Alright FIB, (and I sincerely hope you’re from Wisconsin and not our Southern neighbor, otherwise what an apropos little name you have there…) it sounds like you all have a little block in your sex life. So here are a few things to ponder: First, if you’re a dude with a penis, how many times a day do you wax your love pole? No really. Are you a morning, afternoon and evening sort of guy? One who needs to rush home between O-Chem and that afternoon power lecture to let off a little, erm—steam? Because if that’s you, stop. Sure, the more you jack off the more in tune you become with your body, the more understanding you have about what makes you tap your foot like Thumper on steroids (Are we all too young to get that reference?) but most importantly, the more drained your balls are. So stop. Try jerking off just once a day. Heck, see if you can go a whole two days without touching yourself. That ought to get your pump all primed for its big time to shine later on. A last
note about ways to potentially fix your dick problem is to consider the unfortunate fact that condoms, while awesome at helping to protect us from some STI’s, also dull some of the feeling during sex. To help avoid this side effect for a highly effectual form of protection, put some lube on the inside of the condom, but not too much. Your dick doesn’t need to be swimming in a fish tank, and you don’t want it to slip off so you end up spelunking for rubbers. But let’s say you’re only whacking off once in a while, or your dick has nothing to do with it, (or you don’t have one), and still the juices aren’t flowing. Perhaps you might consider the fact that your sex life is just plain boring. When was the last time you and your girlfriend tried a new position? Have you seen those books with 1,001 sex positions? Go find one and try it out. Be sure to stretch first, as nothing will ruin a romp like an ill-timed charley horse, or worse, a trip to the chiropractor. You could also try having your girlfriend role-play the hot TA who thinks you’re cheating and has a very special punishment for you. Adding a different variable or trying something new might be the trick to getting your humpage back from being a chore. Another thing to consider is the timing and sex locale. Are you two squeezing in a quick bunny hump between your afternoon classes and her job at the Union? Or are you making time for foreplay and getting each other going? Also, is there a threat that your roommate might burst in at any moment? Moral of the story here, FIB, is to slow down and take it easy.
Make sure the space is right by lighting some candles or allowing the sweet, sweet melodies of Barry Manilow (or is it Barry White?) set the mood. Try masturbating each other, or for one another, to get things really moving, then go in for the big finale. And for lords’ sake, make sure no one is going to barge in at an inopportune time. From time to time we all lose some interest in sex (a collective gasp emanates from every Dirty Bird’s mouth) and when that happens, it’s time to think about recalibrations. After all, the brain is the most power-
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The Capital Times acquires Wispolitics.com The Capital Times, founded in 1917 and one of the oldest publications in the state, announced Thursday it has acquired the online news service WisPolitics.com. “WisPolitics has built a track record of success in its 10 years,” Cap Times President and Chairman Clayton Frink said in a statement. “It will maintain its non-partisan mission of delivering timely, objective information on state politics and government to hundreds of subscribers and thousands of web viewers.” WisPolitics President Jeff Mayers said the partnership will help them implement plans they have not yet been able to on their own. “This will enable us to position ourselves for long term growth, long into the future,” Mayers said.
person was taken to the hospital. Crews then checked to make sure exhaust vents from the duplex were clear of snow and ice. MGE workers will check the furnace for any malfunction, Wirth said. “In virtually every circumstance, the cause of the carbon monoxide buildup was snow and ice-covered furnace vents,” Wirth said in a statement. Firefighters previously responded to 11 carbon monoxide calls Wednesday. The calls began shortly after midnight, Wirth said. The calls varied as some residents reported symptoms of dizziness or nausea and others were alerted by a carbon monoxide alarm. Wirth advises homeowners to make sure chimneys and heating and dryer vents are clear of snow and ice to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide. —Maggie DeGroot
Man arrested on drug-related charges An alleged armed robbery on Madison’s west side Tuesday transformed into a drug investigation that led to the arrest of a Madison man on drug-related charges. The suspect, 30-year-old Ace Davis, was arrested on tentative charges for disorderly conduct while armed and possession of marijuana, according to the police incident report. A 19-year-old Madison man told Madison Police officers he was robbed at knifepoint in an Alison Lane parking lot after he went into a friend’s van, Madison
health care from page 1 case to begin with, according to Schweber, is because Van Hollen was “forum shopping” for a case that would come out with a favorable outcome for Wisconsin’s Republican administration. “They chose this lawsuit in front of this judge, because they expected an outcome they liked,” Schweber said. “It’s a manipulation of the federal system, but it’s not a violation of that system.” However, Means denied they entered the lawsuit with any
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Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. The victim’s story fell apart after officers found the van parked on nearby Tree Lane. Officers found the suspect and another person inside the van where there was a strong smell of marijuana, police said. “A police dog arrived and indicated there were in fact drugs inside,” DeSpain said in a statement. Three small bags of marijuana were found inside an air duct vent, police said. Police also recovered a knife. anticipation of the outcome. “We wanted to join the suit because we felt the challenge was right,” Means said. “There was no way to predict which way [the judge] would go.” As for the outcome if the lawsuit makes it to the Supreme Court, Means is confident the law will be struck down. Schweber said it is likely to be a 5-4 ruling, depending on where Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy stands. “Frankly I wouldn’t want to bet money on which way it will go,” Schweber said.
SSFC passes ASM internal budget, iClicker rental fund By Alison Bauter
Paul Fanlund, editor of The Capital Times which switched to an online format in 2008, said the news outlet can learn from WisPolitics’ online business models. Mayers said despite the partnership the two publications will remain separate, and aside from the weekly stock report The Capital Times buys from WisPolitics, they will share neither content nor staff. In a letter to readers, Mayers assured nothing would change about the way WisPolitics practices journalism. “You’ll still receive the same timely, nonpartisan information about state government, politics,and business you’ve been receiving for the past decade,” Mayers’ letter said. —Ariel Shapiro
Woman taken to hospital following possible carbon monoxide poisoning A Madison woman was transported to a local hospital Thursday afternoon after carbon monoxide levels reached 350 parts per million in her duplex, or seven times the minimum level of toxicity. Madison firefighters and paramedics responded to 1027 Jana Ln. after a Madison Gas and Electric Company worker observed high levels of CO, Madison Fire Department spokesperson Lori Wirth said. “For healthy adults, CO becomes toxic when it reaches a level higher than 50 parts per million with continuous exposure over an eight-hour period,” Wirth said. MGE crews arrived at the scene earlier after a resident reported a CO detector going off in his unit, according to Wirth. The crew found that the high reading of CO was in the neighboring unit. Firefighters then assessed all the duplex residents, but only one
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Dems. mad over bills passed on snow day Democratic lawmakers questioned the transparency of legislation passed Wednesday, a day when the state Legislature was originally meant to be closed. The legislation will overhaul the current Department of Commerce, create a wetland registration exemption in Brown County and give the governor more authority in administrative matters. State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, said in a statement the new bills would allow Gov. Scott Walker to disregard Wisconsin’s laws and allow taxpayer money to be given out to private corporations. “During a snow storm when public agencies are closed and many major roads remain impassible, Republican legislators passed bills that eliminate transparency,” Roys said. State Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts,
D-Middleton, agreed the bill will be counterproductive. “With a stubborn unemployment still hurting too many Wisconsin families, Republicans believe the most pressing priority is passing legislation to help one guy in the Fox Valley skirt the rules,” Pope-Roberts said. State Rep. Joe Knilans, RJanesville, said he sees the legislation as a positive step. “The bills create efficient and accountable government plus fostering an environment that should encourage fiscal growth,” he said. Although the governor did not do anything illegal, by first ordering the Legislature to be closed and then reopening it shortly after created confusion, Pope-Roberts’ spokesperson said Thursday. “It didn’t leave a lot of clarity on the issue,” he said. —Samy Moskol
The Student Service Finance Committee approved the Associated Students of Madison’s internal budget Thursday at $1,264,339. Although the final budget was $85,000 higher than the ASM asked for, most of the funding streams added were matched with cuts. The most notable addition to the 2011-’12 ASM budget was $75,000 for a commencement speaker fund. Despite objections that the amount should be higher to accommodate speakers’ travel and hotel costs, the final cost stayed at $75,000, or $1 per semester per student. “It’s essentially $2 a year not to have an embarrassment at commencement,” SSFC Secretary Jason Smathers said. The commencement speaker proposal, like most made Thursday, came from SSFC Chair Matt Manes. Manes ceded his seat to Vice-Chair Mike Romenesko for a budget decision he said he was “too invested in” to impartially preside over. Another addition proposed by Manes was $10,000 for ASM to purchase a bulk order of iClickers for students to rent out through the libraries and use in class. Manes said ASM purchasing the iClickers would save students money in the long run. “If students knew they could rent a clicker for free from the library rather than shelling out $60,” Manes said. “I have no doubt in mind this will be used to its fullest capacity.” Other additions included funds to help co-sponsor two campus events, $15,000 for homecoming and $25,000 for the All-Campus Party. Despite the items added to the budget, Manes said the committee would pay for every addition with cuts elsewhere. Accordingly, the committee cut $40,000 from ASM event grant funds. The SSFC will hear the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group’s budget appeal Monday and Thursday next week.
town hall from page 1 including giving social action leaders college credit for their volunteer work and changing ethnic studies classes to be purely discussion. The goal would be to promote conversation on campus. Students discussing diversity and ASM suggested having direct communication between ASM leadership and minority leadership to allow for better communication on common goals. Students also proposed a peer-based mentorship program between undergraduate and graduate students to help guide undergraduate students through their college experiences. The opportunity to actively create solutions to diversity problems on campus excited students. “I’m curious and anxious to see where these things are going to go,” student Chantal Fuller said. “If they’re going to remain just as a conversation or if they’re actually going to be solidified [into solution].”
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Students gathered at the Memorial Union to discuss solutions to diversity issues around campus. Chancellor Biddy Martin and Vice Provost of Diversity and Climate Damon Williams spoke.
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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film “Biutiful” is the cinematic equivalent of a potluck but far more depressing. Despite the overwhelmingly busy storyline and grim tone in Iñárritu’s most recent undertaking, he manages to make it work by finding sanity within the plot’s madness. The film acts as an emotional response to suffering in a tragic world, focusing on a man grappling with his own mortality. The plot follows Uxbal, played beautifully by Javier Bardem, as he navigates the intricate worlds of Chinese sweatshop laborers, Senaglese drug dealers and corrupted policemen in the back alleys of modern-day Barcelona. The distinction between Uxbal and the other crooks that help him operate his black-market businesses is that he has a conscience and an investment in the well-being of the immigrants. Oh, and he picks up money on the side by consoling the family members of deceased children because he is able to speak to their ghosts. That alone would be enough subject material for a full-length film, however another crucial aspect of Uxbal’s character is the intricacy of his broken family life. Attempting to raise his two children nearly single-handedly because their bipolar mother is absent from the scene, things only get worse for Uxbal when he discovers prostate cancer has spread throughout his body, leaving him with mere months to live. Through this maelstrom of violence, crime, mortality, relational fragility and one too many scenes of Bardem urinating blood, the tale of love between a father and his children shines through. Bardem’s
character is proof that human feeling is still possible, and that death can make you want to be a better person. With the exception of a few uplifting snapshots of plans for family vacation and a heartfelt assurance from Uxbal’s healer/mentor, the film is an onslaught of dismal reminders of human mortality, capacity for betrayal and the fact that innocence cannot be protected. The style of the film makes one feel similarly out of control and nervous, from ear-splitting crescendos of microphone feedback to moments of silence leaving the scene stark and uncomfortably sterile. However, the incredible acting of Bardem provides “Biutiful” with the heart that the film is otherwise lacking. It appears that Uxbal is carrying a weight more immense than even he can grasp, and Bardem’s beautifully controlled representation captures it as he becomes visibly more and more ragged throughout the film. Without a doubt, Bardem deserved the best actor award he received from the Cannes Film Festival as well as his Oscar nomination. Despite the script’s remarkably effective portrayal of Uxbal, the surrounding plot comes off as background noise. The screenplay becomes more haggard as it continues, and the movie is about half an hour too long. The relationship between villainous gay Chinese
Go! Team ‘Rolls’ with the punches on new album By Aimee Katz
ing of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, this track is a light-hearted and familiar. I have a love-hate relationship Although I can imagine the Brady Bunch with winter. In my closet you’ll find singing this song, the voice of Cosentino an unhealthy amount of sweaters and is what makes “Buy Nothing Day” as a scarves, I love the sound of walking on blissful track. snow and, hey, peppermint schnapps and “Yosemite Theme” is a slower number hot cocoa is pretty delicious. But what featuring a bluegrass banjo. The Go! Team really gets me is the cold. Listening to didn’t leave out the brass, though, and this The Go! Team in the frigid Wisconsin song eventually transforms into a soothwinter is quite difficult because their third ing, standard track. album, Rolling Blackouts, only deserves to As the album dwindles, there is a be blasted when the sun short piano interlude CD REVIEW is in the sky past 4 p.m. called “Lazy Poltergeist” You normally can’t between “Running expect much variety Range” and the title from The Go! Team. track. Now after listenRolling Blackouts, howing to Rolling Blackouts ever, is all over the place. for a good 40 minutes, Listening to the album I was severely confused as a whole can give you as to why leading man Rolling Blackouts a bit of a headache, but Ian Parton didn’t give The Go! Team the unique sound of anyone the chance to The Go! Team is almost essentially come out of impossible to ignore. “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.,” the blackout the album title speaks of. the appropriately named opening track, With such an intense album, my mind reflects the group’s quintessential sound would have been much better satiated with (i.e.—a storm). They have so much ener- a soothing conclusion. gy and are not afraid of being too loud. The schizophrenia of Rolling The track is a reminder of the group’s Blackouts feels overwhelming. This spunky thrill. Vocalist Ninja’s hysterical album is undoubtedly the definition rapping on “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.” sets the of a hot mess: It may be in pathetic mood for the rest of Rolling Blackouts: disarray, but one can argue that there messy and captivating. must have been some element of fun “Secretary Song” features Deerhoof’s to reach this product. Satomi Matsuzaki. Don’t let the sweet tone Give this album a few months and of this song swoon you, however. The Go! you’ll feel better listening to it. For those of Team didn’t leave their swagger behind; us living in the heart of the Midwest, it is Rolling Blackouts transforms a diverse set hard to be excited about listening to sumof music into a fluid collection of work. mer music when the season of summer “Secretary Song” is organized and gives the sounds like a cruel joke. But really, Rolling album a confident feel. Blackouts is nothing out of the ordinary As the record progresses, there is no for The Go! Team. Just as scatterbrained doubt Rolling Blackouts is catchy. “Buy as their past two albums, it doesn’t take Nothing Day” is undoubtedly the hit of any leaps of faith. But why mess with the album. Featuring the melodic styl- something that works?
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sweatshop owners is underdeveloped, and their morbid outcome teeters the line of homophobic. Additionally, the unexplored extramarital relationship between Uxbal’s wife and his brother Tito, is a loose end, which is not elaborated on beyond a single scene of marital anguish. Perhaps this ambiguity is exactly the
message Iñárritu intended to send through “Biutiful,” for it is the primary reason why the film comes together as a whole. The message is that death is as tragic as it is inevitable, and that no matter how hard one tries, loose ends will always be left. But the simple fact that we as an audience and Uxbal have to accept that is “biutiful” in and of itself.
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9 Launching platform 5 61 1982 Meryl Streep thriller 66 Scholarly book 67 Unrivaled rating 68 River conveyance 69 Snippy comeback 70 1917 revolution casualty 71 Slip through the clutches of DOWN 1 “Takin’ Care of Business” group, to fans 2 Silent film star Chaney 3 Get a lode of this 4 Where “Lost” was filmed 5 Introduced gradually 6 Addition word 7 Nickname for late night’s O’Brien 8 Album that included “Ticket to Ride” 9 Biblical twin 10 Narrow down 11 Dress with some flare? 12 Baccarat call 13 Impulses 18 Henpeck 19 Move forcefully (through) 22 Yawning fissure 23 Prefix meaning “sun” 24 Angles between twigs and stems
6 Gadget for cheese 2 29 Whistle when the cops come, e.g. 31 Goof 32 Pretty as a picture postcard 33 Unmasker’s cry 36 Bullets and such 37 Rover’s restraint 38 Invitation from within 39 Removes lumps from batter 41 ___ chi 42 Hoof with a heel and a toe? 46 Stocking stuffer for a naughty child 48 Moistens a fern 49 Fly ___ rage 50 Goes down a few dress sizes 51 Removes from text 53 Do the same as 56 Tin-can- eating animal, supposedly 57 Unaccounted- for radar blips 58 Volcano near Messina 60 Clock face 62 Title for a queen: ___ Majesty 63 Prey for a pride 64 Mason’s brick carrier 65 What your driver may hit
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By Derek Sandberg firstname.lastname@example.org
opinion New media helps uprise
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Mike kujak opinion columnist
he voice of new media is a powerful one. Of course, everyone in Madison knows this. A recent survey conducted by klout.com ranked UW-Madison as the second most influential college on Twitter. We use our digital voice to cheer on the Badgers or perhaps yell at Gov. Scott Walker. But while we’re just playing on the Internet, the educated youth in Egypt on the other side of the world are finding their own voice on Twitter and using it to support a revolution.
Social networking not only connects the participants with each other but also to the rest of the world.
The so called “Twitter Revolution” currently happening across Egypt is not the first time social media has been used to protest government in the Middle East. In June 2009, following allegations of fraud in the Iranian presidential election, protesters used Twitter as a rallying tool and method of communication with the outside world after the government blocked several other modes of communication. Twitter is also playing a crucial role in the ongoing Tunisian protests that started just weeks ago. Both the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions started over frustration with corruption and unemployment. Both countries were considered to be wealthy and stable compared to other countries in their regions. So what was the magic chord
that led these people to rise up? How did these movements gain traction without any specific leader? It’s still too early to tell. However, it’s not hard to imagine that new media is part of the answer. Social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook can boost revolutions like these. The access people have to each other in these dire situations is crucial and social networking not only connects the participants with each other but also to the rest of the world. The new media also helps document a voice that would have otherwise been lost. When these uprisings initially started, you didn’t have to wait for a CNN correspondent to get down into the middle of the action. You could run a search on Twitter and get a direct connection to the people of Egypt. Soon after the protests had blossomed, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak wasted no time taking down the countries entire Internet. However, with the use of independent proxy servers, many were able to get around the Internet blockage and report on what they we’re seeing. In the past, it would have been up to the traditional media to quickly but accurately capture the entire movement. Now, larger media entities, like Al Jazeera, can work with educated and tech-savvy citizens to bring a new perspective of the revolution to a global audience. Some of these reports are incredibly detailed and informative. For example, a journalist named Sharif Kouddous tweeted his entire experience from the middle of Tahrir Square in Cairo. Kouddous chanted with the people of Egypt in protest and tweeted out inspirational messages like “Amazing how clean Tahrir is. Trash has been picked up by people and piled away. This is not Mubarak’s Egypt.” And then later, “Muslim Brotherhood chanting Allah
Akbar. Crowd stopped them by chanting louder: ‘Muslim, Christian, we’re all Egyptian.’” As exciting as this kind of journalism is, many facts have yet to be confirmed and the lasting effects of the Egyptian revolution are still unknown. As we’ve seen, Mubarak’s regime could attempt to hold on to power and suppress the protests with major military deployments. The Egyptian Army or Muslim Brotherhood could take control and take the country “Lebanon style,” where an Islamic militaristic dictatorship installs itself. Maybe America’s Egyptian democracy will kick in and everyone will get together in public squares to drink CocaCola, listen to Britney Spears and buy Abercrombie and Fitch clothes. It’s all still up in the air.
The new media also helps document a voice that would have otherwise been lost.
It’s also too early to tell how these “Twitter Revolutions” will translate to tangible results on the streets. But despite all the unanswered questions, there’s still an exciting new truth to hold on to: The new and traditional media have proven that if they work together they can really change a political environment. This new partnership makes it harder for authoritarian regimes to control the flow of information, images, ideas and opinions to its citizens. If the citizens of Cairo or the Badgers of Wisconsin can learn to use this new voice effectively, then we can truly change our communities for the better. Mike Kujak is a sophomore with an undeclared major. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
Guv’s speech too abstract matt beaty opinion columnist
hile students at UW-Madison reveled in their snow day glory Tuesday night, Wisconsin state legislators took refuge in the Capitol to listen to Gov. Scott Walker’s first State of the State address. The governor used the stage to praise his legislators, promote smaller government and, of course, cheer on the Green Bay Packers. Throughout his speech, Walker hit on similar topics and ideals that President Obama expressed during his State of the Union last week. Like Obama, Walker used his speech to unite legislators, call for sacrifices and clarify that there is a real need for government reform. Walker’s speech was effective at bringing the legislators together, at least for one night. He stressed that job creation was his priority as governor, and that’s a goal both parties can agree is worth the effort. Though there may be a lot of things Walker and Democrats do not agree on, it was nice to hear the governor go above partisanship and focus on the shared goal of helping Wisconsin get back to work. For comparison’s sake, during the California State of the State, Gov. Jerry Brown was more confrontational with his opposing party, calling Republicans out for not agreeing on a ballot measure to raise taxes. He even went so far as to tell Republicans they should be clapping more during his speech. It is good to know that Wisconsin’s governor is more mature than Gov. Brown, even though he’s 30 years his junior. But if Walker’s sensible tone was a strength of his speech, its vagueness was a glaring weakness. Often times he just offered ideas like frugality and moderation to help reform government. He is right to mention these ideas, especially with the state in such a dire fiscal condition. But to be honest, it got old hearing Walker drone on about these abstract concepts and not give specific details as to how he will implement them in the future.
Tuesday night was a perfect time for Walker to describe some major government cut-backs. However, he only gave one example of the government saving a considerable amount of money when he described the $600 million in saving on the Zoo Interchange project. This was a powerful example, but his point could have been even stronger if he gave other concrete plans to achieve this level of fiscal responsibility on the whole. Walker was not light on details on when it came to reforming public employees’ benefits. Like many other states, Wisconsin’s public pensions are placing a burden on the state’s taxpayers. It was important that Walker addressed this issue, because without some sort of reform, Wisconsin will soon be in even deeper financial problems than they are now. Walker wisely proposed that public employees contribute 5 percent to their pensions and 6 percent more to their health-care premiums. This will reduce the stress that pensions place on the budget. This is the level of detail that would have been appreciated when he was talking about being frugal and practicing moderation. In reality though, Tuesday night’s State of the State is not what matters. Although his speech was vague and did not provide many plans or projects, his past actions have definitely spoken louder than his words. So far, he has rejected the highspeed rail, something that would end up costing Wisconsin millions of dollars in the future. He has shown that he is truly a man of action by getting most of his business policies passed in his first two months as governor. He’s shown he can lead by working with both Democrats and Republicans to introduce tax credits for businesses relocating to Wisconsin. So as long as Walker continues pushing for private-sector job growth, keeps making wise fiscal decisions and drafts a budget that puts Wisconsin in a good fiscal situation, I’ll forgive him for having a mediocre speech with way too many Packers references in it. Matt Beaty is a sophomore majoring in mathematics and computer science. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sir Richard’s Condoms a good reason to practice safe sex Brittany schmidt opinion columnist
here are many different reasons why college students engage in sexual behavior. Reasons like love, pleasure and fun are all great answers, but what if I had a better incentive for you. Why should college students be having even more safe sex? Because you, yes, even you who feels awkward walking out of the store carrying a box of condoms, can still do some good in this world. This may come as a shock for many of you, but having safe sex can save people’s lives. Whenever you buy a condom from Sir Richard’s Condom Company, another condom will be sent to South Africa to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. As many of you already know,
most contraceptives are expensive and sometimes hard to come by on campus. When condoms are not readily available, there is a higher chance that people will have unsafe sex. This situation is happening all over the world, specifically in poverty stricken areas. According to Partners in Health, more than 15 million children have been orphaned by AIDS, including more than 12 million in Africa alone. Mathew Gerson, co-founder and CEO of Sir Richard’s Condoms, said, “There is a global shortage of free condoms and the idea to give away one condom for every one sold would be a great way to try and bridge the gap.” Gerson’s company is cooperating with Partners in Health in order to distribute the condoms along with education effectively in Africa. They plan to print condom instructions in the language of the region they’re distributed to so that everyone will be able to use them correctly. Around 30 percent of all condoms are purchased by college
students. We shouldn’t be embarrassed to buy condoms on campus. If anything, Sir Richard’s Condoms is giving us incentive to buy more.
This may come to a shock as many, but having safe sex can save people’s lives.
Gerson hopes to change people’s response to sex from a negative to positive. He said, “Let’s have the whole exchange shift from being something about guilt and sort of a contracted sense ‘Oh god someone is judging me. I am having sex’ to ‘I am having sex and I am going to buy these beautiful condoms and take them home to make love and isn’t that a great thing.’” You no longer need to be embarrassed about buying con-
doms, but rather proud that you are practicing safe sex while helping others across the globe. According to Dr. Hugo Schwyzer, who specializes in the history of gender studies, “Condoms don’t just protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. They are symbols of care, hope and possibility. Wearing a condom requires a basic belief in the possibility of a brighter future.” People who insist on wearing a condom usually have a future in college and a career plan that could be altered by an unplanned pregnancy. Using a condom shows the trust between two people and their mutual respect for their future. Although students on campus can no longer get free condoms from their house fellows due to liability issues, you might as well buy a brand that would be beneficial to not only you but others around the world. Sir Richard’s Condoms are around $13 for a 12 pack and are 100 percent natural
latex without the dairy product casein, which makes them veganfriendly. For those who cannot decide on a specific condom to use, there is also a variety pack available. Although Trojan and Durex condoms are a few dollars cheaper, by purchasing Sir Richards condoms you would be supporting a great cause rather than throwing your money away to Wal-Mart. Who would have ever thought you would be encouraged to have more safe sex? It’s almost impossible to stop college students from having sex, so why not give them an incentive to do it safely. For every condom you buy, Sir Richard’s Condoms will send one to a less fortunate country. You get what you want, while helping others and respecting your partner’s future. In the words of Mathew Gerson, “Doing good never felt better!” Brittany Schmidt is a senior majoring in theatre and drama. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
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Junior forward Brooke Ammerman has 12 goals and 23 assists in 28 games for Wisconsin this year. Her 35 total points are fourth best on the team and just one spot ahead of sister Brittany, who has 21.
WCHA title on the line as UW heads into Bemidji State By Nico Savidge the daily cardinal
Win and it’s yours. That must be the mindset of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team as they hit the road for a series with Bemidji State this weekend. With a 16-point lead over Minnesota in the WCHA standings and six games to go, the Badgers need two points to claim the conference crown, something they can accomplish with a win in regulation or overtime. After battling through the toughest conference in women’s hockey and surviving with just two losses thus far, head coach Mark Johnson and his team know with one win, the WCHA is theirs. “It’s a long grind, it’s a tough trophy to win,” Johnson said. “They’re in position, they can see their hand on it, so I would imagine us coming out Friday night with some good energy.” It is fair to ask if there will be an emotional drop off in the Badgers’ series opener Friday night. In their last two series—four games against Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota—Wisconsin took down teams with seven national titles between them, not to mention their biggest competition in the WCHA. This weekend, they will face a team lingering around the
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.500 mark that sits in the bottom half of the conference standings. And after packing 10,668 fans into the Kohl Center for Saturday’s game against Minnesota ,Wisconsin will face off in Bemidji’s Sanford Center, where attendance will likely be in the hundreds rather than the thousands. But given the conference title at stake, Johnson is not worried about
“Obviously it’s not our ultimate goal. We want to win that national championship.” Carolyne Prevost junior forward UW women’s hockey
a letdown against the Beavers. “We’ve got some things to play for yet,” Johnson said. “We’re playing for a title right now and if we win Friday night they’ve done something special.” According to junior forward Brooke Ammerman, Bemidji’s success against some of the conference’s better teams—and close matchup against the Badgers in October—makes them a dangerous opponent. “We just have to keep things in perspective,” Ammerman said.
“Bemidji has beaten Minnesota, Mercyhurst and Duluth, three of the top teams in the country, and they gave us two good games when they were here.” One reason that last meeting, a 2-0 UW win Oct. 10, was so close was junior Beaver goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova’s 41-save performance. But with Tomcikova playing with the Slovakian national team in Turkey this weekend, the Badgers’ chances at netting the two points they need look even better. Should Wisconsin take those points, Ammerman would be a WCHA regular season champion for the first time in her career, something that would be a point of pride for her. “In my two years here we’ve had a lot of success and that’s one thing that I haven’t been able to accomplish yet,” said Ammerman, who watched Minnesota claim the title in 2009 and MinnesotaDuluth in 2010. But while it would be a good reward for their success this year, junior forward Carolyne Prevost said the Badgers would not be satisfied if the WCHA regular season title was the only hardware they took home this year. “Obviously it’s not our ultimate goal,” she said. “We want to win that national championship.”
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In 20 games this season, senior forward Jon Leuer has scored 20 points on eight ocassions and has never scored fewer than 10.
27-19 advantage. However, the Boilermakers would not go away; Purdue racked up 40 points in the second half against the Badgers’ top ranked Big Ten defense and even claimed a seven-point lead with 11:37 left in the game. Then, the home-court took over. “You need to be able to play the last couple minutes of the game,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. This season’s initial matchup between the Badgers and the Spartans was eerily similar to Wisconsin’s most recent test with Purdue. The only differences were the Badgers were the road team and, more importantly, that Michigan State came to play down the stretch. The Badgers opened up a 19-7
committee) have these 28 (or 29) days to shop around for the best 68 teams that Division 1 college basketball has to offer. No longer forced to sit through Ohio State-Toledo, college basketball fans are now blessed with the opportunity to tune into matchups between ranked teams as the best programs from the best conferences butt heads nearly every night. Even more entertaining is the next tier of games. While no one would tune in to see two 5-6 college football teams battle for a bowl bid, bubble battles, games between those teams hovering on the brink of NCAA Tournament bids, are pure drama at its finest. Now for those of us who sweat out every UW game in the hopes of not having to sweat things out on Selection Sunday, the bubble games are hopefully not of direct concern. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth watching. In our own conference, we have two clear bubble teams from opposite ends of the preseason spectrum. Perennial powerhouse Michigan State has struggled from the start of the season, their poor non-conference play spilling over into a 5-4 start to Big Ten play that, in all honesty,
heartbreak from page 8 Zastrow was poised at the line down the stretch, sinking four straight free throws to bring Wisconsin to a 60-55 lead with 1:22 left. With 14 second remaining in the contest, however, Keane, Michigan State’s leading season scorer, hit a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 60-60. Wisconsin had a great last look, with an open drive from Karel but the shot rimmed out. Zastrow was there for the put-back but that shot too fell just short. “Those are the ones that you wish you could get back,” Zastrow said of her final shot in regulation. “I just keep remembering what Coach Barnes always says: ‘Never short’, and I think I left my last two shots short.” The two teams headed into overtime, with the Spartans holding an edge in momentum. That momentum translated into hot shooting on the offensive side and stiff defense on the other end of the court for Michigan State. The five minute overtime was a struggle for Wisconsin, as they failed to stop Keane lead nearly a month ago in East Lansing. Over the remainder of the game, the Badgers lost their composure, turning the ball over a seasonhigh 11 times and allowing Michigan State to end regulation on a 9-0 run.
“Whether you’re on the road or at home, a win is a win and a loss is a loss.” Jordan Taylor Junior guard UW men’s basketball
Do not expect many similarities in Sunday’s rematch. Both the Badgers and the Spartans are entirely different teams. The
should be far worse. Then there is Penn State. Having struggled even worse than the Spartans prior to conference play, the Nittany Lions have somehow gotten themselves back into the conversation with home wins over those Spartans, No. 24 Illinois and last Saturday, the Badgers.
But the minute the calendar turns over to its shortest page, it is time to talk tourney.
Add into the mix onepossesssion losses on the road against No. 1 Ohio State and No. 10 Purdue and suddenly State College has returned to the basketball scene. Beyond the Big Ten’s bubblers, the nation is filled with similar stories that could end up in Cinderella fashion. So as February rolls in, let the bubble conversations officially begin and remember that March is but a few short weeks away. Is it too early to start thinking about March? Can’t we just enjoy February and worry about the tournament later? Let Max know at firstname.lastname@example.org. and the Spartans from making clutch shots in the field and from the free throw line. Wurtz made two free throws to get the Badgers within one point with one minute left, but a missed rebounding opportunity gave Michigan State a fresh shot clock. Forced to foul in order to stop the clock, the Spartans made their final free throws and time simply ran out for the Badgers. Wisconsin shot 45.6 percent from the field, including 5-12 shooting from beyond the three-point line. Meanwhile, the Spartans shot 39.3 percent on the night, with five three-pointers, four courtesy of Keane. The Badgers travel to Indiana Sunday to take on the Hoosiers (2-8 Big Ten, 8-14 overall). Indiana is fresh off a loss to Minnesota Thursday night, 65-59. Wisconsin will have to stop senior guard Jori Davis, who leads Indiana with 18.5 points per game. “We have got to worry more about ourselves and we got to get this one back by winning on the road at Indiana on Sunday,” Stone said. Spartans were a Big Ten frontrunner with a 3-1 conference record; now they are fighting to make the tournament and playing without suspended junior guard and team assist-leader Korie Lucious. The Badgers were fighting for nationwide recognition; now they are a legitimate top-20 team coming off of four wins in their past five games. Contrastingly, Michigan State has lost four of their last five games, including Wednesday’s 20-point shellacking to Big Ten bottom feeder, Iowa. While the script may be different heading into Sunday’s rematch, the end goal remains the same. “Whether you’re on the road or at home, a win is a win and a loss is a loss,” Taylor said.
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Wisconsin to duel with Michigan State in Kohl Center rematch By Sam Sussman the daily cardinal
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Senior guard Alyssa Karel scored 21 points Thursday evening in a losing effort against No. 11 Michigan State at the Kohl Center. The loss knocks the Badgers down to third place in the Big Ten.
Overtime heartbreak: Badgers fall to Spartans By Stephanie Richter the daily cardinal
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (7-3 Big Ten, 12-10 overall) couldn’t quite close it out in an overtime loss to No. 11 Michigan State (7-2 Big Ten, 19-3 overall) Thursday evening at the Kohl Center, falling 73-70. Wisconsin trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but led the Spartans by as many as 12 in the second half. Senior forward Lin Zastrow had a career-high 23 points, and
senior guard Alyssa Karel wasn’t far behind with 21. Wisconsin wasn’t able to stop the Spartan’s leader, senior forward Kalisha Keane, however, who had a gamehigh 28 points. Sophomore guard Taylor Wurtz also scored in double figures for the Badgers, contributing 11 points in the loss. The game started out with a layup from Zastrow, and the score remained tight until the Spartans pulled ahead for a 24-15 lead. After a Wisconsin timeout, the Badgers slowly started chip-
max sternberg stern words
he month of February brings to mind many things. You’ve got Black History Month, the unearthing of Punxsutawney Phil, the Super Bowl, the beginning of spring training and even the occasional leap day to sweeten the month up a bit more. But for those of us who consider the month of March to be a nationally sanctioned month of distraction, February is all about the bubble.
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is time to talk tourney. Perhaps the best part about the NCAA Tournament is the debates that surround it. Who do you have in the final four? Which team got too high of a seed? Who deserved to be in the tourney and missed out? Who got a bad draw? The list of arguments is never-ending. Because of that, the national holiday that is the NCAA Tournament begins well before the month of March. Just as Christmas has Thanksgiving, March has February. The selection committee (and those of us in the general public who think they are on the
staff goes out on a limb to predict the result of this Sunday’s Superbowl XLV in north Texas featuring the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Check out the picks online at
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ping away, and with a threepointer from Zastrow the team was within three. The half ended with a huge block from junior forward Anya Covington, sending Wisconsin to the locker room down 30-28. The Badgers offense came alive in the second half, opening and then extending a lead to as big as 12 points on a layup by senior forward Tara Steinbauer with 5:23 remaining.
February means it’s time to begin thinking about March Madness, tournament selection If you look at ESPN’s coverage of college basketball, you begin to believe that it is never too early to start the bubble conversation. Joe Lunardi is in our faces listing who’s in, who’s out and who is “on the bubble” from the moment midnight madness gets going in October. And for many who aren’t as juiced up about a November matchup between Duke and Charleston Southern, that incessant pre-season coverage of postseason prospects is probably a bit of a turnoff. On that point, I probably wouldn’t even give you an argument. But the minute the calendar turns over to its shortest page, it
After a heartbreaking overtime loss in East Lansing earlier this season, the Badgers seek revenge when the Michigan State Spartans invade the Kohl Center this Sunday. “We’ve usually given ourselves a chance to win by making the other team play from behind,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. Ryan’s defensive-minded philosophy to play from ahead creates a Wisconsin team that is nearly unbeatable at home. Ryan boasts a 147-11 home record, including a 74-6 record against in-conference foes, during his time as Wisconsin’s head coach. This year, the Badgers have only added to Ryan’s success at the Kohl Center, winning all 15 of their home games. “Any time you have 17,000-
plus cheering for you, it’s going to give you an extra boost of energy,” senior forward Tim Jarmusz said. “You feel more comfortable because you know the atmosphere.” The home-court advantage was certainly on display Tuesday night when Wisconsin defeated over No. 10 Purdue. Coming off a close loss at Penn State, the Badgers needed the Kohl Center crowd to claim a 66-59 victory over the Boilermakers. Senior forward Jon Leuer tallied game-highs with 24 points and 13 rebounds, junior guard Jordan Taylor added 15 points and sophomore forward Ryan Evans finished off Purdue with a few clutch plays in the final minute. A quintessential Wisconsin first half had the Badgers entering the locker room with a
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Junior guard Jordan Taylor led the Badgers in scoring with 21 when Wisconsin last faced the Spartans Jan. 11 in East Lansing.