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SJ hears proposed Rec Sports ballot language By Sarah Olson THE DAILY CARDINAL


University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank facilitates discussion concerning Israeli academic freedom at a Faculty Senate meeting Monday.

Faculty Senate talks foreign academic issue By Emily Gerber THE DAILY CARDINAL

University of WisconsinMadison Faculty Senate debates’ controversy regarding involvement with foreign academic freedom issues at a meeting Monday. Professor of Political Science Donald Downs presented a motion for Faculty Senate to reject a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, endorsed and encouraged by the American Studies Association. The ASA serves as a means to distribute the history and study of American culture, according to its website. Due to its decision to “honor the call of Palestinian civil society,” the organization will not acknowledge business with Israel. There has been strong recommendation from ASA to other U.S. scholarly institutions to join their organization in the boycott, according to the resolution.

Downs assured senators that by turning down the ASA’s recommendation to boycott, there is no larger statement being made about UW-Madison’s political viewpoints. “The resolution takes no stance politically,” Downs said. “Were a similar resolution to be made against Palestinian institutions we would be here as well.” District 18 Senator and Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology Samer Alatout expressed concern with the prospect of the senate making a unified decision on the subject matter, urging fellow senators to vote against the resolution. “At the same time that we protect the academic freedom of Israelis, we need to be, really, very aware of the academic freedoms of Palestinians,” Alatout said, citing the ongoing academic pressures of the country. “Academic freedom is

political, and it always has been.” The issue was moved to be tabled indefinitely, as the senators said they felt they needed to be better educated on the subject matter. Associate Dean of Engineering and Chair of the Ad-hoc Tuition Policy Faculty Committee Steven Cramer also presented possible methods of changing the tuition structure to raise additional revenue for the university. The committee developed four alternative policies for handling tuition, including eliminating reciprocity with Minnesota, increasing out-of-state residents’ tuition, implementing varying tuition depending on major and raising additional revenue independent from tuition. Cramer stressed that the body does not advocate one over the other. Faculty Senate will continue discussion on these alternatives at future meetings.

University of WisconsinMadison Recreational Sports sought feedback Monday from the Associated Students of Madison Student Judiciary on ballot language for a proposal to redevelop its facilities. Students will vote to support or block the Master Plan in March, which includes rebuilding the SERF and the Natatorium as well as upgrading outdoor fields near the Natatorium. Rec Sports director John Horn said he is concerned about the

length and clarity of the referendum. “We wanted to provide enough detail, but we also wanted to have ease of use and reading, so the vote is easily understandable and easy for the students,” Horn said. Horn presented a draft document, which included an explanation of the Master Plan, a bulleted list of new amenities and a breakdown of the anticipated cost per cite and funding resources. Student Judiciary Chief Justice-elect Adam Wald said because funding resources are

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Lawsuit challenges state’s same-sex marriage ban By Eoin Cottrell THE DAILY CARDINAL

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin asserting Wisconsin’s marriage ban and refusal to acknowledge legal out-of-state marriages violates “equal protection” under the 14th amendment. ACLU Wisconsin’s Communications Director Sarah Karon said not only is the state violating couples’ 14th amendment rights, but the refusal to

give same-sex couples the right to marriage is “essentially making them second-class citizens.” Wisconsin has a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and is also the only state with a marriage evasion statute that allows same sex couples married legally in other states to be prosecuted. Married couples that return to their homes in Wisconsin can be prosecuted and sentenced to nine months in prison or fined up to $10,000.

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City planning committee approves project developer, drafts recommendations for Judge Doyle Square By Morgan Haefner THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Judge Doyle Square Committee selected a developer and drafted a resolution for the construction of Judge Doyle Square at a meeting Monday. The committee voiced unanimous support of Madisonbased JDS Development’s proposal over Journeyman’s proposal. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said the committee chose JDS Development based on the developer’s design

vision and the equity they bring to the project. “We were really blessed with two development teams that were clearly qualified to take on the project,” Verveer said. The committee amended nine points to the draft proposal, including keeping the Madison Municipal Building in use, requiring compatibility between new structures and surrounding buildings in addition to requiring the construction of a 250-room hotel.

Community members expressed concern about a lack of communication between the community and the committee and voiced their wish to slow the project and outline specific public benefits. However, Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, told the committee to “be bold” and “be daring” in their decision making, expressing his support of the project. Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff,

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Andy’s scary story: a college tale of Newport Reds, the mafia and Pauly D

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Takin’ care of business

University of Wisconsin-Madison students attended the Spring Career & Internship Fair at the Kohl Center Monday. + Photo by Tommy Yonash

Making a case for unionized student-athletes

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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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Andy’s scary story: Meeting the inspiration for ‘Jersey Shore’

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hoa, this is my first column of the semester. For the three of you who remember me and might be wondering, not much has changed. I still hate school and technology (evil mind-control garbage). I’m still positive aliens are watching me and plotting to abduct me any day now. My diet is still worthy of a TLC special. So where do we go from here? Honestly, until a few minutes ago, I had no clue. Before starting this semester, I felt a bit anxious about writing this column again. It’s kind of a weird situation. In no way am I worried about writing as an artform. But how many dumb parts of my personality can I exploit before it becomes completely mundane—before even I start seeing myself as boring as f? I clearly needed a different approach. Beating the ol’ paranoia drum into oblivion is getting objectively dumb. Here’ the new concept: I’m dropping hyperbole for truth. From here on through the rest of the semester, my columns are going to be 100-percent real, unabridged stories. I’ve told all these stores countless times, refining them to spoken perfection. It’s never occurred to me until now they might be entertaining as a writing type thing. Sit back and enjoy the first of many pathetic tales.

Why am I in a taxi with this passionately drunk man who claims he’s part of the mafia? When I went to school at DePaul University, I got around. The slogan there is “Chicago is my campus,” which is largely true because there is quite literally nothing to do on campus. However, not even I typically got into trouble on Sunday nights. But for whatever reason, I allowed this Sunday to end up the exact opposite of typical. Maybe not the exact opposite, because I didn’t get into any actual trouble. I think it started with the torrential downpour—cold, cold rain. It must have been November because even though in those (freshman year) days when I always wore my highly reliable, green Cabela’s rain coat, it was freaking freezing. Like that point where you can see your breath, but it’s still too warm to snow. Numb fingers remain wronged even when snug into dry pockets. Back in the day, I smoked lots of cigs. Even on rainy days when they got soggy and disgusting, I loved ’em. Mmmmmmm Newport Reds. So it was about 10 p.m., and I craved that smooth non-menthol haze. Dominick’s (now out of business) was the closest place to

my dorm. Yes, even I once lived in a dorm. Normally, 7-Eleven was my outlet of choice, but three blocks was way too far. This was SERIOUS rain, people. Outside the revolving glass door was a man, a remarkably drunk man. He pulled me aside and sort of belch/puke said “I’ll give you two dollars if you go in there and buy cigarettes.” In no way was I in the mood to speak to anyone for more than five seconds, but since I was already getting some smokes anyway, I figured, “What the hell, sure.” I did the deed, went outside (somewhat hoping the dude had wandered off somewhere just to simplify things, but nah, he was there harassing random passersby) and this guy handed me a fifth of vodka with maybe three backwashy shots left at the bottom. He said “Here, take a drink.” This character looked like he could have made it to the second round of auditions for “America’s Next Top Model,” but ultimately been rejected for simply not being skinny or super attractive. But he was suave, despite his crossed eyes—a formality of finding oneself knee-deep in 80 proof liquor—somehow, he knew I was exactly the kind of person who was just lax, crazy and desperate enough to do something relatively random and insane. I took the bottle and drank. Then did that thing where you kind of barf in your mouth, but it kind of just stings your throat instead of coming out. I fucking hate vodka. That’s a story for another time though. At this point I figured I was just going to walk across the street, take off my hypothermic clothes and settle down for a nice night of procrastination. But something else happened instead. This well-kept, tragically drunk man said we should go to a bar. It was “his” bar. Since I was an eager 18-yearold at this time, without a fake (I never had one, mind you), getting into a bar seemed like a pretty chill plan. So I said “Sure.” And before I knew it, we were in the back of a cab, flying down Chicago streets, rain sheets massacring the windshield as this strange man and I were cusped in the taxi’s damp, ass-end seats, blatantly smoking heavy cigs with the windows up and killing a bottle. The first few minutes were a blur, but eventually the guy introduced himself. His name was Dartanian and he claimed ties to organized crime. (Here’s where I exclude a tiny bit of information, just so this doesn’t come back to haunt me and I end up at the bottom of a lake with cemented feet. Use your imagination and decide for yourself what group he told me.) At this point I was slightly perturbed. And then my new friend Dartanian told me all the people on “Jersey Shore” were just poseurs because they stole their swag idioms from him and his cohorts. Now I was terrified.

What sick individual tries to seem cool through a self-juxtaposition with Pauly D? We finally pulled up to Dartanian’s bar. It was a classy place in a part of town known for attracting young professionals (I totally fit in with my bluntgreen rain coat). And we walked right in, despite harsh glares from the intimidating bouncer who must have known I wasn’t nearly of age. Was this actually Dartanian’s place? Was this guy legitimately named Dartanian? So many unanswered questions. We immediately went to the men’s room (I don’t know)—never seen a nicer shitter in my entire life. There was a dude whose job was to stand in the bathroom and offer people cigarettes—menthol or non-menthol—to whom I wasn’t sure how to respond. Was this heaven? Unfortunately we didn’t stay at Dartanian’s bar for long. I wanted to drink, damnit. Within 15 minutes we were back out in the wet. Dartanian needed to

make a phone call, his phone was dead so he needed to use mine. I thought this was the point where I somehow died. By this juncture, however, Dartanian was too drunk to do much harm. He asked if I wanted to participate in more illicit activities, but I was done for the night. I peaced out somewhere around the Rainforest Cafe, simply by not walking with him anymore, hopped on the Brown Line and went home. It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly why I love telling this story so much. Maybe because Dartanian is one of the most absurd names I’ve heard in my entire life; maybe because this bizarre progression of events metaphorically describes my life (at least parts of it). Hope you all enjoyed this first installment of scary stories. Want Andy to serenade you with one of his off-kilter, totally real stories? Email him at andy@ and he will be outside your window in half an hour.

On this day in history... 1789—George Washington is unanimously elected as the first president of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College. He immediately turns the country back over to Britain. 1801—John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States. He imposes brutal martial law on the United States for the next 34 years. 1902—Charles Lindbergh is born. He becomes the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean. 2004—Facebook is founded by Mark Zuckerberg for people who like to go out every weekend and take pictures of themselves kissing their best friends on the cheeks.



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Legislative Affairs prepares for Senate committee hearing The Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee focused conversation at a meeting Monday on the student-initiated Responsible Action Bill, which will be heard at a Senate committee later this week. The purpose behind the Responsible Action Bill is to lend immunity to consequences to underage drinkers who strive to help either themselves or others in emergency situations. The bill was created by University of Wisconsin-Madison junior and committee chair Morgan Rae during her freshman year, as a part of her internship

campaign. The Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges will hear the bill Wednesday, with testimonies from all in attendance. “If [the senate committee] votes for it, it gets referred to the entire Senate and the Senate will have to take a vote on it,” Rae said, adding that the bill must eventually also be approved by the state assembly. Legislative Affairs Committee members also discussed the possibility of pursuing a campaign that would tackle residency issues in Wisconsin, especially for stu-

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plans. Horn said he would consider the Student Judiciary’s feedback and send a revised version of the referendum to the committee by Feb. 10. The Student Judiciary also considered an appeal of its 2013 decision, in which it said the Student Services Finance Committee did not violate bylaws when it denied the Multicultural Student Coalition funding eligibility. MCSC raised more than 20 concerns in its appeal, including the Student Judiciary’s failure to consider the history of the organization, make notes easily accessible and consider all points the organization made in its argument. The Student Judiciary voted 4-1 to deny MCSC’s request for an appeal.

not finalized and additional donations could reduce the actual student cost, Rec Sports should simplify the referendum wording. “Putting all of this information on the actual referendum just wouldn’t make for a very accurate referendum,” Wald said. The Student Judiciary recommended Rec Sports revise the referendum to include a brief summary of the Master Plan and a request to support or deny an increase in student segregated fees up to $127.11 million, which is 58 percent of the total cost. The committee also suggested putting a link to the Master Plan website within the referendum to direct students to the detailed

dents. Conversation centered around the rising cost of higher education and the even larger price tag for nonresidents. Committee member Madison Laning said she personally knew a UW-Madison student who had to drop out and work in Madison for a year to establish residency in order to be able to afford a fouryear tuition. Members discussed the possibility of pursuing the effort to grant students residency and cited the idea of issuing residency to those who work within the state.


Legislative Affairs Committee discusses the upcoming Senate hearing on the student-initiated Responsible Action Bill.

SSFC hears UHS proposal, decides on student-parent assistance group budget The Associated Students of Madison Student Services Finance Committee approved the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program’s 2014-’15 budget of $1,075,100 Monday. CCTAP, an organization that lends financial aid to student-parents, has a nonallocable budget. This means the unanimous vote of approval from SSFC will not be the final word on the proposal. Chancellor Rebecca Blank will make a final decision on the amount of funds to be allocated based on SSFC’s recommendation. Also at the meeting, University Health Services representatives asked for a

segregated fee revenue of $13,154,240, the same amount from fiscal year 2013-’14. Representatives said excess cash reserves from money-saving policies in the past would cover increased expected costs due to expanding services and possible renovations to the UHS offices. Some changes coming to UHS include an increased focus on mental health services, especially long-term psychiatric care to meet an increased number of incoming students with previous mental health treatment and need for crisis management. According to UHS Representative Arnold

Landmarks Commission delays controversial construction proposal


State Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, circulated a bill that would mandate parent consent for youth tanning.

State Sen. Fred Risser circulates bill restricting age of youth tanning State Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, circulated a bill Monday that would require 16 and 17-year-olds to obtain parental consent before using tanning facilities. According to a statement, the legislation stems from the lack of public awareness of skin cancer resulting from tanning beds. Risser said the bill intends to curtail minors’ use of tanning beds by allowing a parent or legal guardian to make the ultimate

decision. The proposal would require a consent form to be signed inperson by the parent or legal guardian of the 16 or 17-year-old in order to use a tanning facility. Currently, the same regulations of restricting tanning laws are practiced by 33 other states. “A lot of people don’t realize the injury that can happen to their skin,” Risser said. “It seems to me that it’s time for Wisconsin to also join the crowd.”

The city’s Landmarks Commission moved deciding on the 121, 123 and 127 W. Gilman St. reconstruction project and relocation of 123 W. Gilman St. to Feb. 17 at

the request of Steven Brown Apartments, the applicant. The commission took no action Monday and did not allow public comment on the issue.

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despite the difficulty of doing so and asked the committee to take the challenge. “We do need to have this conversation,” Bidar-Sielaff said. The committee will send the draft resolution and recommendation of the project to the Madison Common Council for approval.

District 5, said she wants the project to embody the idea of a design that “creates a space for all Madison citizens to engage and interact.” When faced with opposition, Bidar-Sielaff said the committee should take action

lawsuit from page 1 The Domestic Partnership Act was passed in 2009 in an attempt to give same-sex couples the same protections opposite-sex married couples maintain. But according to Karon, the act does not afford the more than 1,000 benefits and protections that opposite-sex marriage provides. Major legal marriage benefits include filing joint tax returns, applying for health care, combined social security and medical decisions made on behalf of a spouse who is incapacitated.

“We really felt that the time was now to do this in Wisconsin.” Sarah Karon communications director American Civil Liberties Union

Karon said the country’s attitude toward same-sex marriage is changing and that there is momentum toward legalizing same-sex marriage. “We really felt that the time was now to do this in Wisconsin,” Karon said.

Jennerman, the increase in students who need mental health care is not cause for concern. “Medicine allowed them to come to college, and this [increased care] allows them to stay here,” Jennerman said. The UHS representatives said they are in the beginning stages of planning physical renovations to accommodate expanded services and a growing staff. Renovations would mostly focus on repurposing the existing space of the UHS offices, decreasing the size of waiting rooms and moving walls to make the space more efficient.

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Propane relief fund set up by state legislators Republican legislators challenged their constituents Monday to make donations for those affected by the severe propane shortage that Wisconsin continues to face. The legislators pledged their support during a press conference in Rhinelander, Wis. The group consists of state Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, state Reps. Mary Czaja, R-Irma, Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz and Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander. The move comes in response to numerous constituents asking how they can donate to people struggling with the propane shortage, according to a statement from Tiffany. Mursau asked citizens across Wisconsin in a statement to donate to the “Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund,” which aims to help provide the resources needed to aid their fellow Wisconsinites. The relief fund announcement comes days after Gov. Scott Walker sent a letter to President Barack Obama proposing a supply chain to help transport propane across the U.S. Contributions can be made to the “Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund” by donating on their website or by calling 1-800-891-9276.

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MOVIE PREVIEW: FEB. 4—FEB. 8 February 4

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The Marquee Union South 7 p.m.

The Marquee Union South 7 p.m.

The Marquee Union South 9 p.m.

Cinematheque 4070 Vilas 7 p.m.

Cinematheque 4070 Vilas 7 p.m.

Documentary based on mountain climber Joe Simpson’s 1988 memoir

Titular woman is an inmate of a Senegal woman’s prison, striving to survive

French movie centering on lesbian relationships

Adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s “Horseman, Pass By” (1961)

Adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s “Una novelita lumpen” (2002)

FREE LIVE MUSIC: FEB. 4—FEB. 8 February 4 Casey Foubert Mickey’s Tavern 10 p.m. Local Madison artist specializing in synth— and computer—driven music

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The North Westerns

The Midwesterners

Alison Margaret Trio

Windsor Drive & Circus Fires

Malt House 7:30 p.m.

Essen Haus 8:30 p.m.

Swing jazz music ensemble who performs on the first Wednesday of every month

What kind of doctor do you want to be?

Adjust Your Thinking™

Adjust Scan to find out Your Thinking™

Rock band playing music steeped in roots music and old style country

Tempest Oyster Bar 9:30 p.m. Jazz singer performs with backing ensemble

Rathskeller 9:30 p.m. Pair of Wisconsin rock bands—former from Wausau, latter from Madison


New EP full of burly rock music The Burlies EP The Burlies By Michael Frett The Daily Cardinal

Travis Morrison appears to have been pretty busy for a guy who “retired” from music. Between the side project Time Travel and The Dismemberment Plan’s poorly received comeback (2013’s Uncanney Valley), as well as that Huffington Post gig, Morrison has had a lot on his plate. Yet, the man continues to pump out music, now with the backing of a trio of bearded rockers who call themselves The Burlies. The Burlies EP, their debut, features a variety of rock ‘n’ roll music stripped of that DP-born

experimentalism that Morrison’s thrown into past records. The opening track, “In a Never-Ending Way,” is like a smooth indie-rocker that breaks down into a 1980s hook that would’ve made Tommy Tutone blush. References to the 1980s aside, it’s a satisfying song—not too remarkable but fitting for any “summer nights” playlist. “In a Never-Ending Way” flows into a crunchier, feedback rocker. Dubbed “The Ocean,” the guitar leads carry a steady beat through the song, playing over John Bonham-esque thunder and grinding rhythm guitars. The highlight of the EP, the lyrics carry almost no weight; rambled images of “skeletons” and “frightened dogs” are sung over a psychedelic surf rock breakdown before leading into happenings in “deep space.” Listeners probably won’t care, though; “The Ocean” is a potent

showing of hard rock gone indie. The Burlies EP ’s finishing song eases in with “On Ice.” Subtly introduced with a gentle guitar line, the song becomes a slide-driven chorus as it goes on. A breakdown into chants of being a “grown-ass man” slows the song down, but the song bounces into a calm bass groove as guitars trade off licks. Wellmixed and tinged with the blues, “On Ice” brings The Burlies EP to a close. The Burlies’ debut EP is an easy going indie rocker topped off with a startling head banger and a strike of the blues that says Morrison and company have the chops to write good rock ‘n’ roll music. It’s not exactly a standout EP, but The Burlies EP will definitely leave this fan eagerly awaiting for whatever else the bearded foursome has coming next.

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arts You guys wanna go listen to ’80s music? Brian Weidy weidyng out the noise


he 1980s were a decade that ushered in an era of mostly horrible music. A quick Bing search for the best ‘80s songs nets you a list filled with Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Duran Duran and The Bangles. But the ‘80s provided all sorts of great “‘80s music” as well. Now, I put “‘80s music” in quotes because there was plenty of great music from the ‘80s, which doesn’t fall into the category of “‘80s music.” One example is my beloved Phish, who formed in the ‘80s; however, they would never be confused for an ‘80s band. To start things off, it would be a travesty to not have the King of Pop at the top of this non-list. His two albums that he released in the ‘80s, Thriller and Bad, sold a bajillion copies (or at least over 130 million) and help you “Remember the Time,” a joke most of you won’t get because that’s a song off his 1991 album, Dangerous, which was leaps and bounds worse than his two ‘80s albums. Seriously though, between Jackson’s two albums released in the 1980s, there are upwards of eight songs that could be considered for the Top 100 songs ever— “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Smooth Criminal”—and that’s just scratching the surface. After the King of Pop, the only place to go is Prince. Though he released a bunch of albums in the ‘80s, the three I’m going to focus on are 1983’s 1999, 1985’s Around the World in a Day and obviously, the greatest soundtrack this side of “The Harder They Come,” 1984’s Purple Rain. Every song on Purple Rain could be a single, but the ones that were released—five of the nine tracks on the album—are bona fide hits, and that’s not even including “Computer Blue” and “Darling

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Nikki.” Around the World in a Day isn’t as great an album, but “Raspberry Beret” is maybe the greatest song ever, so there’s that. In terms of most influential bands of the ‘80s, Talking Heads need to be in that conversation. Actually, you can drop the “of the ‘80s” part of that because across generations, no one put their imprint on the music of today as much as Talking Heads. Though their heyday began in the ‘70s, Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues are two consummate ‘80s albums.

their most famous song, “Sultans of Swing,” came out in the ‘70s, “Money For Nothing” has that distinctive ‘80s sound, which made them incredibly popular. People often argue about which era of AC/DC was better, the Bon Scott era, which lasted from 1973 until his death in 1980, or the Brian Johnson era, which picked up in 1980 and has carried through the present. While early AC/DC is better, on the whole, with Johnson in tow, the band sold 50 million copies of Back in Black, the album that took them from being a great hard rock band into the mainstream.

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Bruce Springsteen released some good albums in the ‘80s, but his best work came in the ‘70s. Furthermore, really, Born in the U.S.A. is the only “‘80s” album worth its salt; however, “Dancing in the Dark” is a phenomenal song and cracks this non-list because of that alone. Another great guitar-driven band from this era is Dire Straits. Led by the brothers Knopfler— Mark and David—this band reached such great heights with Brothers in Arms, which went platinum 13 times over in the United Kingdom and nine times in the United States. Though arguably

Glam rock superstars Guns N’ Roses were as pure a byproduct of the ‘80s as anyone else and Appetite for Destruction is maybe the best debut album of all time. That whole album could have found a place on the band’s Greatest Hits album, but instead, you can find five Appetite for Destruction gems on said Greatest Hits album. To get even heavier, while many will point to 1991’s Metallica as Metallica’s crowning achievement, the four albums they released in the ’80s were far better musically. Though nowhere near as commercially successful, songs like “For

Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Orion” and “Seek & Destroy” allowed the band to channel all of their energy as a young metal band in a manner that only the ‘80s could have embraced. Hip-hop also began to take shape during this wonderful decade, including such standout albums as Eric B. & Rakim’s Paid in Full, N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock: The Album, which if you haven’t heard it, drop whatever you are doing—yes, that includes reading this column—and listen to it. Or maybe listen while you keep reading. Other great songs and albums that came from the ‘80s include anything by Hall & Oates—particularly 1981’s Private Eyes— “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, though you can probably forget about everything else they’ve ever released, as a cursory glance through their discography netted me exactly zero other songs I’ve ever heard of before. Furthermore, amid all the debris that one needs to wade through, there are some real gems among the one-hit wonders of the ‘80s. In no real order, Men at Work’s “Down Under,” Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend,” the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” and A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran” are fantastic places to start. Invariably, I missed your favorite band or artist from the ‘80s and that’s fine. Maybe you think everything I picked is terrible and falls into the category of shitty ‘80s music, and that could be true. But at the end of the day, despite not having the same depth of the ‘70s, the era of what we now call “Classic Rock” or the ‘90s and the new wave of rap and grunge, the ‘80s wasn’t all “Take on Me” and “Rock Me Amadeus” but had some phenomenal music peppered in there as well. Think Brian missed a few gems, or picked a few misses, from the ‘80s? Be sure and tell him at

RECORD ROUTINE James Mercer and Danger Mouse deliver enjoyable but forgettable album

After the Disco Broken Bells

By Sam Johnson The Daily Cardinal

Much like a summer blockbuster, Broken Bells’ After the Disco is fun and enjoyable. However, people will lose interest once more daring, impressive works come out later in the year. The Shins’ frontman, James Mercer, employs his usual melodramatic lyrics and folk-twang while Danger Mouse produces more modern percussion and synths in order to give the

album its own original, pop vibe. The album feels similar to the first Broken Bells album, but with a more polished and upbeat sound. A safe, enjoyable effort, After the Disco instills Mercer or Danger Mouse’s ability to make music that satisfies their existing fan base. After the Disco provides no memorable or heavy-hitting lyrics. It’s James Mercer’s banal storytelling of dissatisfaction and dealing with life’s problems, as seen in every Shins song. The overarching theme reflects the title of the album. After a night out, all the problems and responsibilities in life still remain. Each song feels lyrically the same as the last. However, the musical production and instrumental choices make up for this. The album’s opener, “Perfect World,” combines different musical elements for an impressive

result. It’s upbeat, has a driving rhythm, and incorporates some original musical choices such as switching up the tempo at the end and jumbling synth sounds that work together. After “Perfect World,” the album starts to pick and choose which songs are worth a listen. “After the Disco” and “Holding On for Life” keep from being Shins B-sides because of Danger Mouse’s production skill. They use a Daft Punk funk sound and an impressive guitar-and-drum pad dichotomy, respectively, to display originality and maintain interest. “Leave It Alone” and “Lazy Wonderland” belong on a Shins’ album more than a Broken Bells album, and “Medicine” and “The Angel and the Fool” break the monotony of After the Disco with unique percussion and synths. The album ends with “The

Remains of Rock & Roll,” which encapsulates the album’s general tone. Fuzzy, distorted guitar sounds complemented by different drum patterns and computergenerated beats drive the rhythm throughout. Mercer’s voice melodically flows along, singing lyrics that are sometimes hard to understand, but ultimately don’t affect the song, and when it ends, listeners are left with nothing but a fondness for what they heard. It’s as if they listened to the Postal Service’s Give Up and wanted to try to make their version. Like Give Up , After the Disco has catchy singles and songs that satisfy listeners. However, unlike Give Up, people won’t still talk about After the Disco years after it was released.

Rating: B-




A suite of “non ‘80s” ‘80s music to supplement Brian’s ‘80s column

The Replacements “I Will Dare” Minnesota’s best rock band hit their stride with this countrified rocker. Hüsker Dü “Celebrated Summer” Minnesota’s best punk band ripped apart the notion of summer songs with this blisterer.

Squeeze “Tempted” This soul-tinged gem, along with its album, East Side Story, is an ‘80s treasure.

Minutemen “This Ain’t No Picnic” “We jam econo.” “Our band could be your life.” California punk rockers Minutemen were motto masters.

Dinosaur Jr. “Raisans” Nirvana’s predecessor, this trio were lords of heavy guitar music.

The Clash “Rock the Casbah” The band’s last great hurrah before the travails of breakup and solo careers.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Man Out of Time” Five minutes of unremitting pop bliss tinged with desolation.

Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” ... alright. Fine.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Outrage at Russia grows as Sochi Olympics near RYAN BULLEN opinion editor


s the world descends upon the Black Sea resort city of Sochi for the winter Olympics, Russia’s international image is as cold and as hard as the ice on which many athletes will compete. While the Cold War may have officially been ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s political relationships, especially with the west, have far from warmed. These Olympics present an emotion that many Olympic athletes have never felt before, fearing for their lives. Countries from around the world have been reluctant toward committing their athletes and fans to Sochi because of the escalated terrorist threat from numerous Chechen, Islamic rebel groups. Recent suicide terrorist attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd in December have proven the Russian government has a lessthan stellar grasp on national security despite its numerous claims of having the situation totally under control. In recent weeks there have been numerous claims that Islamic terrorist cells have been able to plant potential suicide known simply as “black widows” bombers behind Russian security, appropriately named “The Ring of Steel” that Russia has in place for the Olympic village. In a video made by the Volgograd bombers, they are quoted as saying, “That which we will do, that which we have done, is

only a little example, a little step,” and continued on stating “We’ll have a surprise package for you. And those tourists that will come to you, for them, too, we have a surprise.” Russian president Vladimir Putin’s refusal to accept international security help, especially from the United States, for the games is unsettling but also not a surprise given his previous rigidity and stubbornness in the face of international pressure.

backward toward Soviet polical and economic policies. All of this turmoil and outrage amounts to what should be incredibly interesting Olympic storylines. Will the threats of terrorism be halted by Russian security or will the world witness the first terrorist attack on the Olympic games since the murder of Israeli athletes in the 1972 Olympics in Munich? Will Putin stay true to his word of not persecuting gay athletes or protesters? Will there be more historic Olypmic momemts between Russia and the United States, like the men’s hockey semi-final in 1980?

“Russia’s international image is as cold and as hard as the ice on which many athletes will compete.”

On top of the security problems facing Russia, there are also numerous social issues that have put Russian policy on the international hot seat. Gay rights have been put under the microscope because of the illegality of homosexual propoganda within Russia. The Law states that “Propaganda” of “non traditional sexual relations” is illegal. While this blatant discrimination has caused an uproar from governments and people around the world, Putin responded by essentially telling the world to stay out of his nation’s business. “The Russian people have their own cultural code, their own tradition. We don’t interfere, don’t stick our noses in their life and we ask that our traditions and culture are treated with the same respect.” Additionally, Putin said the law has “nothing to do with persecuting people for their

“We don’t interfere, don’t stick our noses in their life and we ask that our traditions and culture are treated with the same respect.”

non-traditional orientation” but instead “society must keep children safe.” Outrage has also been spurred by Russia’s condemning of the Ukrainian protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. In November the Ukrainian government announced they would abandon a trade and political relationship with the European Union and instead would strengthen economic ties with Russia through a $15 billion bailout from the Kremlin. Many Ukrainians see this move as a revert back to Soviet economic


Vladimir Putin president Russia

polices, and the ferocity of the protests show how serious the opposition of this decision is. If history has taught us anything about Russian leaders it is that freedom and liberty don’t fall into their policy plans. Putin is just the most recent strongman to stomp on democracy in order to strengthen his grip on the nation. The fall of the Soviet Union initially showed so much promise for democracy in eastern Europe, but unfortunately the nations that layed behind the Iron Curtain continue to revert

One thing is certain: If any major miscues or tragedies occur during the games, the world need only look toward the ego of one man, Vladimir Putin. All in all, the permafrost that continues to cover U.S.-Russia relations will undoubtedly bring intrigue and a healthy dose of American patriotism that will keep me glued to the action throughout. Will Russia be prepared to handle the pressure that comes from hosting the Olympics? Tell us your opinion at

Obama continues to disappoint in second term in office JEFF BIRNKRANT opinion columnist


t takes one a long time to come to a conclusive decision on the success of a presidency. Many people, however, jump right in and have no problem protesting the president even on day one despite the president’s lack of time to accomplish the administration’s goals. That’s OK, but it doesn’t mean it’s intuitive, well-mannered or well-analyzed. President Barack Obama is a bad president. Now every Democrat can punch a hole through the computer and every Republican start doing cartwheels. I’m looking at this man through a perspective that includes education, ability to deal with others, oratory ability and how he conducts himself. Why is it that we have such an educated president who can seemingly get very few things done? Why is it that it’s been six years and we still feel none of his “changes”? And finally, what makes President Obama ineffective? This degree of unpreparedness can be simply read through the words of Obama’s former chief of staff and current Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel. Rahm avails: “There was no blueprint or how-to manual for fixing a global financial meltdown, an auto crisis, two wars and a great recession, all at the same time.” I’m sorry; the blueprint must have been placed on the other desk. Those things

tend to get lost around the office. President Obama clearly has the education that the people wish for their president, despite the fact that it seems as if this characteristic is mattering less and less. It doesn’t matter if you can read a mechanical engineering book forward and backward, what matters is if you can take those thoughts and new ideas to other places. President Obama does not do this well. As far as I can tell, the only sector to recover from 2008 is Wall Street.

This “I’ll take care of it” attitude has essentially made him the lonliest man in Washington, sitting atop his ivory tower.

He claims to have saved the auto industry and is putting more emphasis on manufacturing while dually emphasizing training programs for the same people. He hasn’t chosen a clear direction for our nation, which has clearly progressed beyond manufacturing. That’s for the peripheral and developing countries now. The rust- and- dust jobs are moving out of country for a good reason. We’ve developed to the point where poorer nations will handle those responsibilities and all we have to do is trade. The only positive thing I’ve seen come from my hometown of Detroit is that of the chief emergency manager, who has been appointed to finally deal with the problems that have been decaying the city for so long. Obama’s personal problems are also

what make his job even more difficult ,even if unintended. Being the sharpest knife in the drawer has consequences, especially when you act as such. This “I’ll take care of it” attitude has essentially made him the loneliest man in Washington, sitting atop his ivory tower. The stories of arrogance and political games have circulated to the point where his staff and he seem like two separate entities. For those of you who thought his State of the Union address meant anything, wait three weeks and see if you can tell me what his talking points were. It’s the same every year. As students and voters, we should have seen this coming, right? A 2008 video shows the president explaining his weaknesses as candidate and politician, with those being “I ask my staff never to give me a paper until two seconds before I need it, because I’ll lose it.” As well as this gem: “My desk in my office doesn’t look good, I need someone around me keeping track of that stuff.” For a graduate of Columbia University, can he not hold onto paper for five seconds or possibly, I don’t know, organize his desk? I saw these as early warning signs for someone who intends to deal with a massive health care overhaul. He has failed to understand the power distribution and the best way to obtain more. The clock is ticking and, unfortunately, if he were to leave office today, he would be considered one of the poorer presidents in history. There is another side to this paradigm that many liberals love to tack onto the argument. The idea that it

is Congress’ fault for all of President Obama’s failures and inabilities to pass worthwhile legislation while in office. Blaiming Congress is simply not fair, as Obama can take matters into his own hands whenever he feels ready. The executive order, to me, shows the capstone of ineffective government. Why would we need such actions if everyone were able to cooperate?

The only positive thing I’ve seen come from my hometown of Detroit is that of the chief emergency manger. To flood your final two years with executive orders is asking for a legacy consisting almost entirely of overreaching authority. His lack of a cohesive office and cabinet led to a terrible health care rollout that was frighteningly underfunded and understaffed. At least if you’re going to do it, do it big. Of course this article will fall along partisan lines, but that’s not my intention. My intention is to wake up some of our peers to the idea that Obama is far from being the president we hoped he could have been and that his administration’s time is quickly coming to an end. Is Jeff correct in his criticism of the Obama administration, or is it still too early to judge his presidency? Can President Obama improve in the remaining time he has left in his second term? Please send all feedback to


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University athletes’ attempts to unionize are long overdue

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Freshman forward Nigel Hayes had his breakout performance Saturday, scoring 17 points.

Wisconsin athletics enter ‘crunch time’ By Andrew Tucker THE DAILY CARDINAL


Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced Monday that proceeds from ticket sales of the Badger spring game will go to University of WisconsinMadison’s School of Education in its fight to improve literacy. The game is scheduled for April 12, and the tickets will be $5. “We look forward to working with the School of Education to highlight their efforts to improve literacy while also promoting our spring game,” Alvarez said. This is the fourth year that the spring game benefits one of the schools on campus. Ticket sales in the past went to the Schools of Nursing, Human Ecology and Pharmacy the last three years, respectively. “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for the School of Education. We look forward to involving partners from across the community in raising funds for, and putting a spotlight on, efforts to improve student literacy,” said School of Education Dean Julie Underwood. Former Badger and Packers’ offensive lineman Mark Tauscher has been announced as a cochair with Underwood. During his time as a Badger, Tauscher earned a master’s degree from the School of Education in educational administration. “Teaming up with athletics to promote the spring game presents a golden opportunity to bring widespread attention to the importance of improving student literacy,” Tauscher said.

Women’s Basketball

Wisconsin (3-6 Big Ten, 10-11 overall) broke a four-game skid by beating Ohio State (4-5, 14-11) 82-71 Sunday. With the win, the Badgers matched their Big Ten win total from last season, and are only two wins away from last year’s overall win total of 12. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey acknowledged their previous troubles, and changed things up

in the win against the Buckeyes. “We were taking too many 3s,” Kelsey said. “[Our staff] tried to help them get to the basket because you’ve got to get to the free-throw line. A lot of your points come off of free throws, and then the other team is not so aggressive because now they’re in foul trouble.” This week, the Badgers host Nebraska (5-3, 15-5) Wednesday, then travel to Bloomington to face Indiana (3-6, 16-6) Saturday. Despite the upcoming quality competition, Kelsey is confident in her team. “If you just go in the game and not believe it, then you’re probably not going to have it happen for you,” Kelsey said. “I believe we could win every game. If I’m the coach and I don’t believe it, then what’s that saying to the players?”

Women’s Hockey

The Badgers (17-3-2 WCHA, 21-3-2 overall) haven’t taken the ice since their sweep of Minnesota-Duluth (11-8-5, 13-10-5) last weekend. The team enjoyed its bye week, but looks forward to its upcoming series with WCHA foe Ohio State. “It’s sort of crunch time,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “Should be a fun week of practice, looking forward to the opportunity to go down to Columbus and play Ohio State, a team that hasn’t lost in eight games.” With the Winter Olympic games in Sochi approaching, Johnson also reminisced on his time with the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, as well as his time as head coach of the 2010 U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. Johnson scored two goals in the United States’ 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in 1980, in what came to be known as the “Miracle on Ice,” a crucial game in the team’s path to the gold medal. Johnson also coached the 2010 team to a silver medal. While the Ohio State game is Wisconsin’s next contest, all eyes are looking forward to the “Fill

the Bowl” series Feb. 14 and 15, where the team will play in the Kohl Center against rival and No. 1 Minnesota. The team normally plays in LaBahn Arena, located next door. “They’re certainly playing well coming off a sweep this past weekend up in North Dakota,” Johnson said. “It will be entertaining, two high-powered and explosive teams, and obviously stakes will be large.”

Men’s Basketball

Head coach Bo Ryan and a struggling Wisconsin (4-5 Big Ten, 17-5 overall) squad are coming off a 59-58 loss to Ohio State (17-5, 4-5) at the Kohl Center Saturday. It was the team’s fifth loss in six games after starting the season a school-record 16-0. “They still have to believe in what they’re doing,” Ryan said. “They’re taking care of the ball. They’re getting good looks.” Of the five recent losses, three were by single digits. Ryan stressed that it’s only a few possessions per game that could swing the outcome either way. A bright spot in the OSU loss emerged with the breakout of freshman forward Nigel Hayes, who led the team in scoring with 17 points, and also recorded five rebounds and a block. “Without Nigel, we might not have anything near what we have,” Ryan said. “And the results haven’t been great on the scoreboard, but man, the things he’s given us defensively, [he] rarely makes the same mistake twice.” The Badgers will face off against Illinois (2-7, 13-9) Tuesday, and Ryan refuses to overlook the Illini despite a seven-game losing streak. “Earlier in the year, there were just some things that were getting away from them,” Ryan said. “But now they’re just more in tune with one another and their talent level is starting to show through. I mean, sometimes you can have talent, but it’s not in sync. But now they’re playing a lot better together.”

week ago, shocking news broke that football players from Northwestern University were attempting to unionize with the National College Players Association (NCPA). The NCAA quickly responded to the Northwestern players’ demands with a statement that can be summarized by the first paragraph. “This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.” Like it or not, the NCAA’s position seems legally valid, even if they are right for the wrong reasons. Athletes receive no wages and are only given scholarships. Ask yourself, are any students attending college on an academic scholarship employees of their school? It feels slimy, but as long as the status of student-athlete is legally upheld, athletes don’t really have any right to be considered employees by the government and therefore can’t unionize. Of course, the status of student athlete was invented by the NCAA for this exact legal purpose. However, arguing over this legal debate obscures a pretty simple fact: These Northwestern players are not asking for what the media has led us to believe they are, they’re asking for things they should already have. We heard from college sports analysts and former coaches (but curiously, not many former players) that the status of a studentathlete is a privilege and these are just unreasonable demands from an ungrateful collection of physical specimens who have no idea how good they have it.

These players are not asking for compensation. They are not asking for their positions as athletes to be considered a full time job. They are asking for basic medical, academic and scholarship support. Go look at the NCPA’s demands under the “Missions & Goals” tab on their website. You’ll see demands such as “increase graduation rates … prevent players from being stuck paying sports-related medical expenses … prohibit universities from using a permanent injury suffered during athletics as a reason to reduce/ eliminate a scholarship.” Here’s a question: How is any of that stuff unreasonable? Here’s a better question: How come athletes even have to ask for some of these benefits? If a football player lives the rest of his life with neurological complications, he deserves help from the university he was playing for while sustaining this trauma. If a player needs money, he or she should be able to get a job without worrying about compromising their studentathlete status. If a player can lose his or her scholarship for non-academic and non-conduct reasons, they deserve to keep that scholarship. I don’t really see anyone disagreeing with those statements. This group of Northwestern players is going to have a tough time being legally recognized as a union. But the fact that the athletes need a union to demand some basic rights and protections (that I imagine many college fans thought they already had) is pathetic. The NCAA shouldn’t see this group, led by senior quarterback Kain Colter, as an adversary. It should see the group as an opportunity to show that it cares about its athletes and is willing to work with them to eliminate the negatives of being a student-athlete. How would you feel if the Badgers made a move to unionize? Do you agree with Jack or is he crazy for thinking the system can ever change? Email jfbaer@ and let him know.


Northwestern senior quarterback Kain Colter, pictured center, is leading the movement for college athletes to unionize.

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