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UW System to form task force on faculty pay By Cathy Martin The Daily Cardinal

UW system President Kevin Reilly presented his new initiative to improve faculty compensation at a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. Reilly said UW System staff salaries and benefits lag behind those of their peers more now than before the recession hit. Consequently, Reilly is forming a commission to take a closer look at compensation issues. The Competitive Workforce Commission will identify problem areas and recommend actions to help close the gap. Some regents questioned the need for the commission, saying sufficient information is already available to address these issues. In response, Reilly said that it will perform a more detailed analysis of existing data than previously done before. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said the committee will examine factors like faculty ranking, campus type and academic field individually examine. Reilly predicts it will highlight areas in which UW surpasses its peers while pinpointing areas in need of improvement. According to Reilly, the Board will use the commission’s conclusions to make a more convincing

case to the state Legislature for more financing. Although only 25 percent of the UW System’s operating budget comes from the state, Reilly stressed the importance of continuing to pressure the government for increased funding in anticipation of a tough budget cycle. Giroux said the UW System needs not only a larger money pool to pay faculty, but more administrative flexibility to use existing resources more efficiently. The commission will be composed of labor market experts from the private sector who have experience addressing their own workforce needs. Giroux said he thinks the presence of outsiders on the committee will show UW’s commitment to an objective analysis and positively influence the Legislature’s response to the conclusions. “This is not the university speaking for its own sake,” Giroux said. “This will be the voice of some impressive business leaders from around the state who hopefully have some credibility in this area.” The Board also discussed its long-term goals of increasing graduation and diversity rates at the universities. The meeting will continue Friday in Van Hise Hall and is open to the public.

pated because of the current economic situation. “2009 was a difficult year for colleges and universities and, indeed, also for the individuals and institutions that care about them,” Ann Kaplan, director of the survey said in a statement.


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Students met with prospective employers Thursday during the Career Fair hosted in the Kohl Center.

Hammes Co. addresses community concerns regarding Edgewater Hotel By Ryan Kirsch The Daily Cardinal

Community members joined several Madison alders and Hammes Co. President Bob Dunn at the MATC Downtown Education Center Thursday night to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the Edgewater Hotel before

ecent survey reveals UW-Madison ranks in the top ten nationally in terms of fundraising dollars earned UW-Madison is ranked among the top 10 universities nationally in terms of fundraising dollars earned, according to a recent survey. The report, conducted by the Council for Aid to Education, revealed that UW-Madison raised a total of $341.81 million, with Stanford, Harvard and Cornell University occupying the top three spots. Although the amount of donations UW-Madison generated in 2009 decreased by 16.7 percent from 2008, UW-Madison still ranked number ten nationally in terms of the total amount raised. The report also revealed that UW-Madison ranked second among public universities behind the University of California, Los Angeles who raised just over $350 million. The report said, the overall amount generated among the top 20 universities decreased by 11.8 percent, which is a record low for the survey. The survey said, however, that this decrease was antici-


According to the report, alumni donations made up 43.5 percent of the contributions, which was reported as slightly lower than average. For more information on the report, visit —Kelsey Gunderson

The nation’s top 10 fundraising universities in 2009

1. Stanford University ($640.11 million) 2. Harvard University ($601.64 million) 3. Cornell University ($446.75 million) 4. University of Pennsylvania ($439.77 million) 5. Johns Hopkins University ($433.39 million) 6. Columbia University ($413.36 million) 7. University of Southern California ($368.98 million) 8. Yale University ($358.15 million) 9. University of California, Los Angeles ($351.69 million) 10. University of Wisconsin-Madison ($341.81 million)

the Common Council votes on the proposal Feb. 23. “There is a way to develop the Edgewater in a manner appropriate to its surroundings,” Adam Plotkin, president of Capitol Neighborhoods Inc., said. “We just haven’t seen it yet.” Hammes Co., the proposed

project’s developer, then unveiled a redrawn exterior of the building and elaborated on the contested tower height in the historic Mansion Hills neighborhood. Dunn said the East tower addition has been cut to eight floors. He edgewater page 3

Committee reviewing role of Athletic Board to release report By Robert Taylor The Daily Cardinal

A final report is expected soon from the committee reviewing the role of the UW-Madison Athletic Board. The committee is examining faculty oversight of the athletic department, especially in the evaluation and hiring of coaches. In fall 2007, the UW-Madison Athletic Board conducted a review of its function, how it conducts its work and the role of board members. According to a document adopted by the UW-Madison Faculty Senate in May of 2009, this review was due, in part, to the NCAA athletics certification process, which requires a self-study. Bill Tracy, chair of the University Committee of the Faculty Senate, said the results presented to the senate troubled some members. “The self-study was presented to the Senate, and some senators felt that the description of how the board functions did not conform to Senate policies or procedures,” he said. “The Senate directed the University Committee to form an ad hoc com-

mittee composed of faculty to review the way the board functions relative to its charge.” Over the past few decades, the Athletic Department budget has grown from about $10 million per year to $90 million, and the size of the operation has grown accordingly, according to the faculty senate resolution, which authorized the ad hoc committee. “The bottom line—the academic achievement of student athletes, the competitiveness of our teams, our compliance with conference and NCAA rules, and our financial strength must be consistent,” the resolution said. According to Tracy, an area of concern to some senate members has been in the evaluation and hiring of coaches, where the authority of Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and the faculty Athletic Board seemingly overlap. “I think the area was mainly the selfstudy’s description of the evaluation and hiring of coaches,” Tracy said. While he declined to comment on any expected finding, Tracy said the committee is likely to publish its report some time in February.

“…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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Why Americans really watch the Olympics


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ow that Conan’s off the air, and considering the fact that SNL hasn’t been momentarily funny for as long as I’ve been alive, there’s seldom a reason for me to consider watching NBC. This is all about to change though, as it does every two years for a few brief weeks. The winter Olympics will be coming to NBC soon, bringing millions of viewers with it, all eager to see Amurrica do what it does best...beat the tar out of other countries in acts of physical strength and dexterity. Knowing that the U.S.A is (as usual) going to be dolling out the usual dose of whoop-ass, along with the fact that the majority of the events really aren’t that fun to watch for long periods of time anyway, one must ask a very important question: Why the hell do Americans abandon their usual modes of entertainment to tune in to the Winter Olympics so consistently? Luckily,


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I think I may have found the answer. Here are a few of the most popular (and unpopular) events, and the real reason Americans are actually watching them. Ski-Jumping- This one is obvious. People love watching these graceful athletes glide through the air for one reason: the landing. I’m not talking about dainty, well-executed landings where record distances are set, but the kind where the athlete eats powder in a terrible but incredibly entertaining botched landing. It only makes things more fun when the unfortunate skier is German, Swiss or Canadian. Everyone knows they think they’re Gods on skis, and it makes the humbling carnage at the end of the flight oh-so-sweet. Biathlon- If you need an explanation of what this event actually is, I don’t blame you. It’s the one where skiers race with guns on their backs, and at several points during the race have to shoot at targets quickly and accurately. Let’s face it, this event isn’t still alive because of the skiing, it’s the rifles on the competitor’s backs. Americans get excited when they see guns. Even chess would be fun to watch if each competitor carried a loaded side-

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arm. This confusion and perplexity with the guns keeps Americans entertained just long enough to keep biathlons afloat. Still, we all know how much more successful this event would be if the rifles were used, not on targets, but on other competitors during the race, in an all out fast-paced bloodbath to the finish line. Bobsled- I still maintain that if the hit movie “Cool Runnings” starring John Candy and an underdog Jamaican Bobsled team didn’t show every five minutes on TNT, this event would have been cancelled long ago. I guess the only entertainment in this event is hearing the crazed pump-up chants the different countries yell to themselves before plummeting down the long, icy tube. Oh, and every once in a while the bobsled flies over the walls in a sharp, out-of-control turn, which is pretty fun to see too. Curling- Do I even need to say anything? This sport, which involves sweeping the ice in front of a slow-moving rock, is so stupid that you can’t look away. I watched it for a half hour the first time I witnessed this excuse for human competition, laughing the first 15

minutes thinking that it was a big Olympic-sized joke by NBC. The next 15 minutes I spent trying to figure out the rules... still haven’t actually. I would argue that half the curling viewers are blazed out of their minds, finding this sport an appropriate speed and complexity for their current mindset, and giggling along the way. I can’t blame them. Speed Skating- This is the one that Koreans (of the South variety) are bomb as hell at. They’re better at speed skating than Stephen Colbert is at sponsoring it. The Koreans win almost every year. Except for that one year, when American Apolo Anton Ohno (the dude with the bandanas and half-assed soul patch) didn’t eat shit around the last turn and actually won one event. This might be the reason why Americans are still tuning in to this sport, but once they realize Ohno was just a fluke, I’m sure speed skating will go the way of mixed-doubles curling (cancelled this year if you can believe it). Watch the Olympics for other reasons? E-mail Andrew at aplahr@wisc. edu, though he knows you’re all lying to him.

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learning the ropes of bondage ERICA ANDRIST sex columnist I have been looking for a good way to spice things up with my boyfriend and my friend told me about a Sex Out Loud program where you talked about bondage. I don’t really know anything about it and I don’t really even have a question, but I was just wondering if you could talk about it as a way to improve your sex life.



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Hey M.I.! Thanks a million for suggesting a really great topic. I get asked about bondage a lot, and in fact, I think your lack-of-a-question demonstrates a really key component of trying out bondage or anything BDSM (Bondage, Dominance/ Discipline, Submission/Sadism, and Masochism)-related for the first time; it’s really important to know our capabilities and limitations. Since BDSM can play with the boundaries between pleasure and pain (sometimes in extreme ways), it’s super important to make sure we know what we’re doing—and to be able to admit when we don’t. People engage in bondage for all sorts of reasons, and an oftcited one is to “spice things up” or try something new. Some of the appeals include the visual aspect—maybe your partner looks totally hot all tied up. Perhaps it gets you both good and worked up to take your sweet time getting tied to the bed wrist by wrist, ankle by ankle. Many people can’t get enough of the physical and psychological sense of submission or dominance. People often couple bondage with other activities that can fall under the BDSM umbrella, such as flogging or role-playing. While it’s true bondage is not for everyone, and there’s no guarantee bondage will improve your sex life, it’s also true that there are a number of easy ways to get started with bondage to see if it is your cup of tea. The first step to enjoying your bondage scene is to make sure you and your partner(s) are comfortable with the idea of being tied up. While part of the appeal of BDSM can be the taking of control or power (as the Dominant or Dom/Domme)

or the yielding of control or power (as the sub), all partners involved have an equal say in how the scene will go. Make sure there is no ambiguity in anyone’s expectations—“Is it okay if I tie you up?” is not good enough. How will you tie up your partner? Wrists only? Wrists and ankles? What will you use? How long is your partner comfortable being in bondage? What will your safeword be? All of these things must be worked out before the scene (the encounter) will take place. This is called negotiation. A note on safewords—a safeword is a method by which one can let his/her partner(s) know a boundary has been crossed. It’s important to remember that any partner in a scene can use the safeword—it does not make one a bad Dom or a bad sub to have limits. Often, the safeword is a verbal word or short phrase unlikely to come up over the course of the scene, such as “cheese wheel.” However, a safe “word” can also be a sound (e.g. knock twice on the bed) or an action (e.g. drop the silk scarf you’ve been holding since the scene started). Whatever it is, it and its meaning need to be agreed upon by both partners before the scene begins. Next, some bondage safety tips. There are few absolutes when it comes to sex or sex play, but one of them is: never, ever leave a tied-up person alone. Not only are there potential physical dangers, like a fire, but we can’t always predict how we will react in a given scenario. If the tied-up person becomes uncomfortable and uses the safeword, it’s extremely important for someone else to be there. Keep a sharp pair of scis-

sors (EMT scissors work well) on hand to get someone out of bondage quickly—do not use a knife. Additionally, the material you use for bondage is important. Choose a rope that is not too thin (which can cut skin) and not too thick (which can be hard to tie securely). Be aware of any allergies or sensitivities, which can come into play with some rope materials such as hemp. If you choose handcuffs, consider police-issue ones—not only do they lock in place, preventing them from becoming too tight on the limbs, but you also have the option of calling the police if you lose your key. Finally, there are a thousand resources that will be much more helpful in learning the actual techniques of bondage than I could be in this brief, visual aid-less column. Check out “Two Knotty Boys” at the bookstore or at, Jay Wiseman’s “Erotic Bondage Handbook,” or Chanta Rose’s “Bondage for Sex.” For inspiration (if not explicit how-to’s), you can try or punishmemaster. com. Lastly, Satyricon and the Madison Area Whippersnappers are two great local organizations that will allow you to learn techniques from a real person, in case you’re interested in trying techniques beyond what you can learn in a book. Thanks again for the question, M.I. Learning all there is to learn about bondage can be a lifelong process, but I hope the beginners’ tips and resources I suggested will allow you to start learning the ropes. Have questions about sex? Of course you do. E-mail Erica with all your sex-related inquiries at

Task Force proposes changes to Doyle’s Energy Jobs Act By Ashley Davis The Daily Cardinal

State Senate and Assembly committees will hold hearings from Feb. 10 to Feb. 15 to review the modifications proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle’s Clean Energy Jobs Act. The recommendations came from former members of the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming. The task force work group chairs and Legislative Council staff met informally on Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 to review the Act, which was released earlier this year. The task force compiled multiple suggested revisions, all of which were sent in a memorandum in late January to State Senators Jeff Plale, D-Milwaukee, and Mark Miller, D-Monona,

as well as Reps. Jim Soletski, D-Green Bay, and Spencer Black, D-Madison, whose legislative committees are working on clean energy legislation. The proposed changes are meant to strengthen the Act along the lines of earlier task force recommendations, according to the memorandum. The modifications were categorized by subject areas such as enhanced energy conservation and efficiency strategies and renewable portfolio standard measure. Doyle has previously stated he wants to increase clean energy jobs in the state in the coming years. The Senate and Assembly committee chairs have not yet specified whether they will be accepting the proposed changes to the Act.

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Bob Dunn, president of Hammes Company, speaks at a neighborhood meeting regarding proposed new developments for the Edgewater Hotel.

edgewater from page 1 also spoke about a proposed public space that he compared to being used in the same size and manner as the Memorial Union Terrace. Opposition to the plan included concerns over the public’s access to the waterfront and the implications of the multi-million dollar project. In response to those issues, the plan now provides for a new stairway to the water’s edge, replacing the existing staircase Dunn characterized as dangerous. He also projected the city would recoup their investment in the project within the next decade. Hammes Co. also favors removing the 1970s-era addition to the hotel that blocked the lake view from Langdon Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Dunn said the height from ground level has been cut from 70 to 50 feet to accommodate a future view from the street, but Plotkin said “one would have to be about 18 feet tall to see as much lake as purported in the [artistic] rendering.” A question-and-answer session after Dunn’s presentation allowed community members to submit questions for an immediate response. The redevelopment proposal has prompted heated discussion at various city meetings, but the general atmosphere remained calm after moderator Karl van Lith’s urged civil behavior at the outset. When asked about a private citizen’s ability to host a catered function on the terrace, Dunn appeared serious before answering with a jovial “yes.”

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Change comes from us By Gregory Reeb THE GREEN ROOM

Before embarking on this article, I wish to make a statement about what I will be referring to as “our culture.” I am choosing to engage with the culture that is widely propagated via our mass media, but surely is not the only culture in America. Yet, as the dominant culture, almost everyone in the U.S. is subject to its reaches, and it would be a mistake to dismiss this way of life as just one amongst many. As a white, middle-class male, I am inherently a part of this dominant culture, and I will engage with it here. Here’s a familiar scene: Walking into my friend’s house, I saw her younger brother sprawled out on their sofa playing an absurdly high-definition video game. The only signs that there was a human being in the room was his shaggy-haired head poking up slightly over the back of a plush couch and one of his sockless feet dangling out over the edge. He didn’t pause his game to say hello. According to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, American kids ages 8 to 18 now spend more than seven-and-a-half hours each day using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device. The study shocked its authors, who had concluded in 2005 that we could not be any more plugged in than we already were. Now, do we understand this level of privilege? Can we fully take in the serious nature of our critically blunted culture—one that advocates for individual hedonism over community development? We must take it seriously, because it is causing horrible destruction, both to the natural environment and to humanity. The green revolution cannot be separated from a social revolution. It cannot be conceived of without consideration for the type of knowledge that brought us here—knowledge that declares that the whole world can be decomposed into distinct realms

that can be treated separately and without context. There is no revolution in the newly popular green business or in our own “We Conserve” program. To think of simply curbing our carbon footprint by using less paper and driving hybrid vehicles is to follow the same track that got us here. A local illustration of this point: Fire Station #12 on Madison’s far west side is so green that it just received the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Platinum” status. The problem with this, argues Michael Barrett in a recent opinion article published in the Isthmus, is that Station #12 is located in “car-mandatory suburbia.” Barrett points out that Station #3 on Williamson Street is within walking distance to “everything,” but because it is a 1950’s-era building it will never win a green architecture award. Thus, Barrett admonishes Mayor Dave Cieslewicz for seeing this as a great step toward a sustainable city because the award fails to recognize context. This same decontextualization of knowledge tells us to ignore the blatant hypocrisy in the vision of an economy switching to so-called “sustainable” practices through green business, and an economy that is based fundamentally on necessary and limitless growth by consumption. In a recent article in “The Ecologist,” Michael P. Nelson and John A. Vucetich mock this position: “With the angel of technology, and the spirit of consumerism, we will buy our way out of environmental crisis.” Have we really not yet internalized the fact that for us to be the “best,” others must be the “worst?” For us to over-consume in brightly lit department stores, others must over-produce in shadowy depths? It is interesting that talks and papers about climate change often end with an apologetic statement about the necessity of human attitude change. It usually goes something like: “I hate

to say it, but this problem will likely require some lifestyle changes.” These are weak, ultimately complacent declarations, lacking any appreciation of a real shift in behavior. Why do we “hate to say it?” The message between the lines in statements like this, just as in national policies geared toward the present conception of green business, is that our way of life is great! Everything would be awesome, except for this damn reality of a finite planet. Bummer. Well I don’t hate to say it. I think our way of life is heavily destructive and we are extremely unhappy. Under the present system, people have been steadily pushed toward having little meaning beyond their individual contribution to GDP. Instead of “getting down to Disney World in Florida” as President Bush advised in a speech shortly after 9/11, we should think deeply about the environmental and social effects of this Disney World ideal upon which much of our society is built. Let us acknowledge that we are told to forget daily that our actions have consequences, are situated within a context. Now, we can go separately find a niche of interest where our ideas are never really questioned. We can, as a small bastion, defend ourselves against ‘outsiders,’ content to live our lives in a self-created, self-reinforced stagnation. Or we can engage: engage inwardly to bring about a revolution of thought and engage externally, with each other, to bring about a new society in which decontextualization and materialistic consumption may not rule the day. It is we who embody our culture and make it stand. It is we who accept this world as static and drone on day after day. It is we who create this world every day upon waking, and nobody can change its course but us. Gregory Reeb is a senior majoring in philosophy and analysis of complex systems. Please send responses to


Throughout American history, black Americans have made monumental change in our society. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Billie Holiday, Spike Lee, Langston Hughes and Barack Obama have all made a lasting impact on this country. Not only have many African Americans made an impact nationally, but UW students of color have made great changes on campus that continue to affect students today. UW-Madison has a history of an active and socially conscious student body. From 1967 to 1972 the University supported an Afro-American center on campus that was started by students. Originally located on the corner of Johnson and Charter Street, the center was moved to a small yellow house on the 900 block of University Avenue. In the spring of 1986, Kappa Sigma Fraternity hosted an around the world party, which included a Harlem room with four men in black face and afro wigs. Watermelon punch and fried chicken were served at the party. After this event no action was taken by the University. This was due to a new ruling that took affect in 1987 stating that any organization on campus found guilty of racist acts would be punished. The fraternity apologized for their actions in 1987. As a response to this incident, a group of students headed by Charles Holley of the Black Student Union protested and called for a safe space for students of color on campus. After working with the Chancellor Donna Shalala, students and the administration came up with a document called the Charles Holley report. This report created a committee to examine the cause of racial tension on campus. One result from the report was the MultiCultural Student Center founded in 1988, which has been located on the second floor of the Red Gym since 1998. The Madison Plan—a 10-year plan to increase

diversity on campus—was also created from the Holley report. The latest plan, Plan 2008, ended last fall. The Multi Cultural Student Coalition held a forum for students last semester to discuss the future of diversity at the University. The new diversity plan from the administration is called Inclusive Excellence and was created by Vice Provost Dr. Damon Williams. Inclusive Excellence explains that embracing diversity is not only about learning about the “other,” but learning about ourselves. According to Katrina Flores, Chawka Barrows, a member of BSU, was a founding member of the MCSC. With the MSC in place students felt more needed to be done to support not only students of color but all students on campus. MCSC became an important organization which provided programming and social justice training to students on campus, as well as working as a link between students, the community and the administration. MCSC is well-known for the Hip Hop week every April. Breaking the Law, an annual Hip Hop week event, was started by Jarius King. It is now the biggest international break dancing contest in the Midwest. Today, he MultiCultural Student Collation is one of the largest student organizations on campus and continues to serve the needs of students by providing direct services to help create diversity awareness. Clearly, students of color on campus have been, and continue to, work toward a diverse campus. So, this Black History Month think not only about our great African American leaders who made a impact on a national level, but think also about the local students of color whom helped make this campus what it is today. Shyla Gorham is a member of MCSC. We welcome all feedback. Please send all responses to

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ou may not be able to tell from my relatively scrawny physique, but I spend quite a bit of time at the SERF. And I keep coming back despite seeing little in the way of results. School is stressful. So is working 30 hours a week at a newspaper for no pay. Doing some cardio and weight training at UW’s recreational facilities helps ease a bit of that stress. And while my physical gains are minimal, it does a lot to keep me sane. So I can understand why people often complain about overcrowding at the SERF, its sister facility the Natatorium and its red-headed stepbrother facility, the Shell. Arriving at the gym only to find every machine occupied doesn’t help you physically or mentally. Thus plans to renovate and expand the Nat emerged in the campus master plan, which would alleviate some of the problems students experience currently. Then

the NatUP 2010 campaign started up with the goal of promoting the new Natatorium project for an upcoming student vote of approval this year, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2014. It’s hard to disagree with their claims that a new facility is needed. However, financial aspects of the plan raise some moral concerns. Now a little patience and respect for gym etiquette can solve a lot of overcrowding problems. But as NatUP 2010 member Mike Bernatz pointed out in an interview, demand for these facilities is constantly rising along with Nat usage, increasing 16 percent from 2007 to 2008. We’ll almost assuredly see an even greater increase after the completion of new Lakeshore dorms. Gym etiquette can only get you so far when 2,0004,000 new Lakeshore residents create a line out the door to use equipment. Put simply, while the Nat may be a perfectly well-constructed building, supply will not be able to keep up with demand. Expanding the Nat is the only viable option UW has. The SERF has no room to expand unless you build a floating anti-gravity gym above it. There is no centrally-located downtown parcel

that can be used for construction, and all other land on the Lakeshore either holds a dorm or a protected forest. Expanding the Nat on its current location is both needed and logical, even at the $60-65 million price tag it would cost. So the problem is why the university and NatUP 2010 feel the need to sugarcoat the idea even further. The project would raise segregated fees $56 per student, and in order to raise support from a voting bloc that complained vigorously when UW tried to do the same thing with Union South a few years back, they decided not to raise segregated fees until the fall of 2013, when the students who will actually use the new Nat are on campus. This may seem fair to students graduating in the next couple years. Why should they have to pay for something they will never get to use? But on the flip side, how fair is it to ask future generations of students to foot the bill for something we aren’t willing to pay for? Bernatz claimed that looking into the future is an essential task for students, saying “Where would this campus be if chancellors, professors and students didn’t stand up and speak for


The student group NatUP 2010 has a plan to fund Nat renovations. future students?” He emphasized that at some point somebody needs to step up and make long-term investments in this campus, or nobody will. But we aren’t really standing up for anything. With this financial plan, we stand to lose nothing. Nobody who votes will be forced to make that allimportant cost-benefit decision, “Will the Nat be worth what I’m paying?” Effectively, NatUP 2010 is taking all of the hard decisions away from us, and

progress requires hard decisions. I’m not against new construction. But we should be willing to accept the costs of progress. The new Nat plan is a good one, but no matter how good the plan is, forcing others to take on the responsibility while we walk off scot-free should not be tolerated. Todd Stevens is a junior majoring in history and psychology. Please send all responses to

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New Midlake release lacks ‘Courage’ to be personal By Justin Stephani

as the opener “Acts of Man.” Its melody is more prominent Folk music is one of the old- and lyricisms inquiring, making est, most diluded, yet prestigious the song an inviting introducgenres of music. So as frustrating tion to the band’s slightly new and understandable as it is to flavor. “Small Mountain” and hear a good 10 genres ascribed to “Rulers, Ruling All Things” are Midlake—psych folk, indie folk, even more successful while reinprogressive folk, contemporary forcing the new, distant position folk, alternative pop, etc.—consid- bluntly through lines like, “I ering The Courage only want to be of Others and their left to my own CD REVIEW past work folk is ways.” These inappropriate. It’s tracks follow a essentially laysimilar formula ered pop music of straightforwith strong folk ward agreeable influences. All of songwriting. this may sound However, as amazingly bland enjoyable as any The Courage on paper, and listener can find of Others although that is a these songs, it Midlake perfectly underis hard not to standable response, it would also come back to that ambiguous be a mistake to write off Midlake descriptor: agreeable. entirely for their quaint approach. Even if those tunes are found However, on The Courage of wholly intoxicating, most of the Others, the group crosses that fine others lose all traction when vague line between quaint and bland melodies compete with either depths that they had been toying with. of trudging guitars or the skyward Midlake’s last album, 2006’s walls of sound coming from the Trials of Van Occupanther, was a rhythm accompaniment. This is comforting conversation that felt particularly true on “Fortune,” a like a more eclectic, less eccentric song of fairly lackluster moaning John Vanderslice. The melodies over the unknown, and the closand soft lyrics flowed by and er, “The Ground,” on which the landed comfortably in listen- intriguing struggle on guitar is made ers’ ears like layers of blankets, translucent by overdubbed flute distinguishing each one with and rhythm, resulting in a perfect smooth changes in design. muddle. “The Courage of Others” provides another representation of this. All of the reserved introspections take shape as vocalist Tim Smith articulates the new approach, However, on ‘The Courage “I will never have the courage of of Others,’ the group crosses others / I will not approach you at that fine line between quaint all / I was always taught to worry and bland that they had about things / All the many things been toying with. you can’t control.” All of a sudden the layers of warm blankets laid on listeners on However, on The Courage of Van Occupanther have been taken Others, Midlake retreats to a lone- back to be used by the actual band ly corner where they have finally members, who are now wrapping succumbed to the overwhelming themselves up while shyly relating pressures that surrounded their their solitary struggles from a loneprevious position of comforting some corner. Sad but affecting, this listeners. Melodies are buried as style needs to be utterly personal contrasting leads are taken in underneath the haze. However, too turn by either dancing finger- often Midlake’s vague melodies don’t picking, drudgingly distorted allow listeners to get lost, as it is guitars or a flute. On some simply too tough to decipher what songs this finds success, such exactly they want to be heard. THE DAILY CARDINAL


Walter Kirn, author of “Up in the Air,” was initially nervous about casting George Clooney as Ryan Bingham. He later realized Clooney was the only actor who could keep the audience’s sympathy while firing people.

An interview with ‘Up in the Air’ author Kirn By Ariel Shapiro THE DAILY CARDINAL

“Up in the Air,” a film about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), who fires people for a living while in pursuit of reaching 10 million frequent flyer miles, is one of this Oscar season’s most talked about films. It has been noted widely for addressing issues concerning the recession, particularly that of unemployment. However, many fail to recognize that before it became the latest critical and commercial success from writer/director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Thank You For Smoking”), it was a novel written in 2001 by Walter Kirn before 9/11, before the war in Iraq and before the financial collapse. “Neither Jason nor I have special prophetic powers,” Kirn said of his story’s timeliness. “It’s just that we happened to identify the perpetual mania that lies at the heart of the American economy.” Unlike the film, the book focuses more on Bingham’s lofty goal and less on Bingham’s profession as a corporate axman. Nonetheless, Kirn believes he hit upon an issue present in American life during the recession or otherwise. “In Ryan Bingham’s quest for miles, I had a metaphor for a quest for wealth that would never sustain itself. I think it will always be true in American life that we’re going to chase these dreams and see them break up and have to deal with the consequences,” Kirn said. “It happened to be that the book and the movie hit at two times when that was happening.” The difference of thematic focus between the novel and film is just one of many changes that occurred when adapting the book into a screenplay, a process in which Kirn said he “did not want to interfere.” However, the cool, disconnected and disarmingly charismatic character of Ryan Bingham remained very much intact, a persona that Kirn based on a real person. Kirn met the inspiration for his main character, appropriately, sitting next to him on a plane. “I turned to him and asked him where he was from... and he said ‘I am from here, right here,’” a line

included in the novel and film. Although Kirn was concerned at first with the casting of George Clooney for the role, he quickly took to the choice. “In the first 10 seconds I thought ‘wait, he’s older than the character in the book, he’s far better-looking, and he’s a lot smoother perhaps, in some ways,’” Kirn said. “But then I realized, having read Jason’s script, that he was the only guy I knew of who could play a guy that fired people for a living who could keep the audience’s interest and sympathy through sheer magnetism.” Clooney has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance, just one of the six nominations the film garnered, including one for best picture and one for best adapted screenplay. While all of the awards season excitement has put Kirn firmly in the spotlight, “Up in the Air” is not Kirn’s first book to be turned into a film. 2005’s “Thumbsucker” was adapted from his autobiographical coming-of-age novel of the same name. However, Kirn said that “Thumbsucker” was a very different experience. “It was a little more

like putting on a school play; more intimate,” he said. While “Up in the Air” is not as directly autobiographical as “Thumbsucker,” Kirn claims that it is very much influenced by his upbringing in Minnesota, a place he described as, “a little removed from the mainstream.” “‘Up in the Air,’ in the book and the movie, is set in kind of modest, Midwestern cities” Kirn said. “One of the things at the book’s and movie’s soul is that it is set in places and amongst people who titans of culture treat sometimes as invisible.” Although as an undergraduate, he transferred from the more local Macalester College, located in Minnesota, to Princeton University, his Midwestern roots have had more of an effect on his writing than his east coast, Ivy League experience. “I had the Minnesota, F. Scott Fitzgerald kind of dream, that to become a real writer you had to go out east,” Kirn said of his move to the east coast. “But I only became a real writer once I embraced the place I came from.”


On Midlake’s “The Courage of Others,” melodies are hidden and muddled, making it difficult for listeners to connect with the album.


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Women’s Basketball

Badgers defeat Gophers in double-OT Border Battle thriller By Mark Bennett THE DAILY CARDINAL

It was a hero’s homecoming for junior guard Alyssa Karel. The St. Paul, Minn., native led the Wisconsin women’s basketball team to a muchneeded 76-74 victory against the Minnesota Gophers Thursday night, grabbing a steal and then scoring the winning basket with just five seconds left in double overtime. The game was the first overtime experience for Wisconsin all season, and the 74 points the Gophers put up against the Wisconsin defense were the most allowed this year. Not surprising, with such a high

score, four Badgers found themselves with double-figure scoring on the night. Senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie led the team as she put up season-best numbers, scoring 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Junior forward Lin Zastrow scored 12 points, senior guard Teah Gant put up 11, and the hero of the night, Alyssa Karel, scored 18 to round out Wisconsin’s solid offensive night. The Gophers also featured four different players scoring in double figures, with sophomore guard Kiara Buford leading the team at 17. Additionally, senior guard Brittany McCoy ended the night


Alyssa Karel played the hero in Wisconsin’s win Thursday, stealing the ball and driving for the game-winner in double-overtime.

basketball from page 8 ally result in a dangerous longdistance shooting threat, but Michigan has struggled in that area this season, shooting just 29.5 percent from 3-point range. Yet with all the guards Michigan will throw at Wisconsin, associate head coach Greg Gard said the Wolverines still have potential from long range. “They haven’t shot the percentage of makes they’d like to, but they’re a team that’s definitely capable,” Gard said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen, in watching all those games on film, a team that’s had more 3s rattle in and out during

column from page 8 Holmes’ late-game heroics, Warner would have another Super Bowl ring. Being the face of two formerly—or in the Rams’ case after Warner’s departure, currently— dreadful franchises puts my man Kurt in a class by himself. Those against Warner’s induction may point out that he had a “valley,” so to speak, in the middle of his career. But during this time— 2002 to 2006—Warner was dealing with injuries the first couple years and then dealt with an extremely

with 16 points for Minnesota. The Badgers opened the night strong, jumping out to a 16-4 lead with 10:38 left in the first half. Both teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, as Wisconsin went into halftime leading 27-19. The teams continued to battle throughout the second half, with the Gophers edging ever-closer as time wore down. Minnesota never led throughout regulation, but with one second left, junior guard China Antoine made a contested 3-point shot for the Gophers to force extra time. The Gophers grabbed their first lead of the game in the first overtime period, but Wisconsin had some heroics of their own. With less than 14 seconds left in overtime, sophomore forward Anya Covington hit a shot to tie the game. Minnesota was unable to score on their next possession, and the game went to a second extra period. With 24 seconds left in the second overtime period, Karel sunk one of two free throws to tie the contest at 74. However, with the Gophers looking to set up the winning shot, Karel stole the ball and drove for the winning basket. Wisconsin shot 42 percent from the floor on the night, while holding Minnesota to just 32 percent shooting. Although Wisconsin had an unusually high 22 turnovers, the Badgers made the most of their opportunities to win their seventh conference game of the season— one more than all of last year. Wisconsin hits the hardwood again this Sunday as they take on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers kept pace with the Badgers in the Big Ten standings, downing Illinois 53-48 Thursday evening. Sunday’s contest will decide who takes sole possession of third place in the conference. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. — contributed to this report.

Players respond to NCAA tournament rumors Ryan and Bohannon both

commented on the possibility of an expanded 96-team NCAA tournament, but had varying opinions on the subject. “Both men’s and women’s basketball should get more teams participating in postseason play,” Ryan said. “It’s not perfect to the student athletes who don’t get the same advantages other sports. Our representation should be higher.” Bohannon said he is fine with the current system, but played his cards a little close to his chest. “I like it how it is. Everyone’s kind of been used to it,” Bohannon said. “Maybe it’ll be better but maybe it won’t be.”

raw Cardinals team for the next few. Brett Favre had four years in which his passer rating was under 75, but does that make him any less likely to be in the Hall of Fame? No, it does not, and even the most bitter Packers fan knows it. As for the Cinderella story not being a factor... well, I lied. How can voters not take into account his rise from undrafted nobody to Super Bowl MVP? Even Sports Illustrated had a cover asking “Who is this Guy?” in October 1999 after he exploded onto the national scene. On top of transforming from

Hy-Vee stocker to 5-time Pro Bowler, he might be the most humble and kind football player this side of Barry Sanders. I know personal characteristics shouldn’t be a part of voting criteria, but it’s hard to root against a man who has accomplished so much yet passes credit to every teammate before himself. Here’s hoping he eventually makes the trip to Canton, and that his story is a glimmer of hope to all of those at Madison Market. Does Kurt Warner deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame? E-mail Jack at

the year than what they’ve had.” In terms of overall offensive production, Harris leads the team with 18.7 points per game. But senior forward DeShawn Sims may be the most difficult match up for the Badgers. “Sims is going to get looks, he can hit some outside shots,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “We’re trying to limit how many touches a guy gets but he’s that good because he’s that strong and long.” Sims is scoring 17 points per game this season and shooting 30.9 percent from 3-point range.


Four years after taking on Ohio State in Lambeau Field, Wisconsin will welcome Michigan to Camp Randall Stadium at 5 p.m. Saturday.

men’s hockey from page 8 midair, Smith said that adrenaline and focus take over once the game starts and did not expect it to be a major problem. Weather has the potential to have a serious impact on the game, especially in the event of major precipitation. As of now, forecasts for Saturday evening call for temperatures in the 20s and little to no snow—chilly but bearable. “Once you get going, your body temperature gets up there and your heart starts moving,” Smith said.

women’s hockey from page 8 news that Bemidji State’s starting goaltender, sophomore Zuzana Tomcikova, will not play this weekend because she is training with the Slovakian Olympic team. Tomcikova is second in the WCHA in save percentage and goals against average, and made 35 saves to shut out the Badgers in a 1-0 Beaver win earlier in the season. DeKeyser admitted she asked, “Is this for real?” when she heard Tomcikova would not play this weekend. However freshman forward Brianna Decker said Wisconsin will need to heavily pressure the Bemidji State goal even though Tomcikova will be out. “No matter what goaltender is in net, we’re still going to have to play the game we need to play,” Decker said. Despite the challenge of facing the Beavers, Giles said she and her teammates are excited for the chance to take part in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. “We’re like a bunch of little girls out

“Then it’s just like normal.” While the ice is in relatively good shape, “95 percent” according to Eaves, players noted that it takes some extra zip on passes and shots to make them effective. Falling also hurts more on the portable rink, as Street likened it to falling on concrete. Although this sheet will not be very forgiving to either pucks or players, he acknowledged that there is something magical about playing the game outdoors. “It’s one of those things that just gives you the goose bumps,” Street said. there right now, just smiles from ear to ear,” she said after the Badgers’ first practice on the Camp Randall ice. “It’s going to be something that’s really special, no one really gets to do what we’re about to do,” Giles said. “I just hope the fans love it, because it’s pretty cool.” Playing outdoors will present more challenges than a normal game at the Kohl Center, but Wisconsin has had the advantage of practicing on the ice a few times before the game. After holding practice on the ice Wednesday, DeKeyser said there were some things to get used to on the new surface, but added it seems to be holding up well. “The boards are very lively, the puck is extremely lively, [and] there were a couple of cracks that we continued to repair during practice,” she said. “But for the most part, the ice crew did a good job getting it ready today.” The Badgers will face off against Bemidji State inside Camp Randall Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning to the Kohl Center for the series finale against the Beavers Sunday at 2 p.m.


Captain Jasmine Giles will lead the Badgers against Bemidji State in a series that opens with a game inside Camp Randall Stadium.

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Men’s Hockey

Badgers to battle elements, Wolverines in outdoor Classic By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

On Feb. 11, 2006, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team downed Ohio State 4-2 in front of 40,890 brave souls at Lambeau Field. Ben Street, a freshman at the time, notched an assist in that contest. Now, four years later and with a different Big Ten rival looming, Street, a senior captain, prepares to lead his team in to the elements once more: the 2010 Camp Randall Classic is finally here. No. 3 Wisconsin (11-6-3 WCHA, 157-4 overall) is set to square off with the Wolverines of Michigan (1612-1, 11-9-1 CCHA) under the

lights in front of an expected crowd of more than 50,000 people. For each team, there is more to the match up than the spectacle of playing outdoors. The No. 19 Wolverines sit squarely on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, and could use a marquee victory against another nationally recognized team after beating Wisconsin earlier in the year. For the Badgers, the game is a chance to rebound from a lifeless effort last Saturday against Minnesota-Duluth, and also to gain redemption for the loss in Ann Arbor earlier this season. “We have a huge chip on our shoulder,” said junior defenseman

Brendan Smith. “We want that revenge so that we can say we can beat any team that’s beaten us.” The first matchup between the two squads featured some gritty defense and plenty of physical play, but also saw the two teams combine for 76 shots. Head coach Mike Eaves said the Badgers figure to see more of the same this time around. “They’re about pressure and time and space and they play tempo hockey,” he said. The teams may need some time to find tempo in this contest, as the outdoor elements provide the teams with a whole new set of circumstances to adjust to. Although

the sun should be set for most of the game, shadows from the floodlights figure to play a role, especially for the goalies. “They shine down from way up top and shine into my eyes a little bit differently,” said junior UW netminder Scott Gudmandson. “I think over the course of [practice] I’ve gotten used to it.” For the players moving up and down the ice, the lights themselves will not be as much of a challenge as the glare coming off of the glass. Although the puck may be more difficult to see, especially in men’s hockey page 7

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Women’s Hockey

Friday, noon-10 p.m.: Stanley Cup Viewing Fans can view and have their picture taken with hockey’s ultimate trophy Friday afternoon. The event is free for people with a ticket to Saturday’s games, and fans wishing to attend should enter through Gate 1 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Matchup with Beavers key in race for playoffs

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Camp Randall Public Skate The ice at Camp Randall Stadium will be open to the public for 30-minute intervals Friday night. Tickets are required for the event but already sold out. Saturday: Fan Experience From 1 p.m. until the second intermission of the men’s game, fans can check out an exhibit of hockey memorabilia, trophies and photographs. The Fan Experience is free for people with tickets to the Classic and is located in the McClain Center, adjacent to the stadium. Saturday, 2 p.m.: Wisconsin vs. Bemidji State The Wisconsin women’s hockey team will face off against Bemidji State in the first game of the Camp Randall double-header. Tickets to the Classic include both games. Saturday, 5 p.m.: Wisconsin vs. Michigan The No. 3-ranked Badger men will take on Michigan after the women’s game. Tickets for the Camp Randall Hockey Classic are still available.


For all the excitement over the Camp Randall Hockey Classic this weekend, the better game looks to be the women’s hockey showdown between Wisconsin and Bemidji State. The Badgers will enter Camp Randall Stadium for the first game of their series against the Beavers sitting in third place in the WCHA, with Bemidji just one point behind them in fourth. Head coach Tracey DeKeyser said her players will be just as excited to face a quality opponent as they will be to play in the outdoor atmosphere at Camp Randall. “When you’re looking your competition in the eye and they’re the ones that are going to put you

in fourth place or fifth place and you can take it from them, that should be some great incentive for our players,” DeKeyser said. With just six games to go in the regular season, Wisconsin needs all the points it can get to improve their chances of making the NCAA tournament. The Badgers are currently ranked No. 9 and need to move up in the national rankings if they want to make the eight-team tournament. “Coming out with two wins would be huge for us, to just keep us in the standings and maybe bump us up a bit nationally,” said senior forward and team captain Jasmine Giles. That task got a lot easier with women’s hockey page 7

Men’s Basketball

UW looks to avoid slow start in road rematch with Michigan By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Badgers pulled to within two games of No. 5 Michigan State after beating the Spartans by 18 points Tuesday, and now look to continue their ascent through the Big Ten Saturday against Michigan. “We can’t start off really slow and kind of work our way back into the game and then make a comeback at the end.” Jason Bohannon senior guard UW Men’s Basketball

No. 16 Wisconsin (7-3 Big Ten, 17-5 overall) may be coming off its most important victory of the season, but it cannot afford a hiccup Saturday against the Wolverines (46, 11-11) if it hopes to contend for a regular season conference title. After third-year coach John Beilein led Michigan to the NCAA tournament last season, the Wolverines have largely been a dis-

appointment. A losing conference record means Michigan has plenty of work left to do if it hopes to return to the NCAA field, thus the Badgers are facing a desperate team Saturday. In the two team’s first meeting in Madison, the Wolverines roared out to an 11-point lead after the Badgers came out of the gate flat. Despite a poor shooting night, the Badgers used a steady comeback and some timely shooting to squeeze out a victory. But according to senior guard Jason Bohannon, the Badgers cannot afford to skate on thin ice against the Wolverines. “We need to start off fast,” Bohannon said. “We can’t start off really slow and kind of work our way back into the game and then make a comeback at the end, especially on the road, it’s that much tougher.” Michigan employs a unique approach, starting four guards with junior Manny Harris and sophomores Stu Douglass, Zack Novak and Laval Lucas-Perry. Such a small lineup would usu-

Warner more than deserving of place in Hall of Fame JACK DOYLE doyle rules


he biggest question facing Kurt Warner’s recent retirement shouldn’t even have to be asked. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? The answer is a resounding yes. An NFL and Super Bowl MVP award, a career completion percentage that is second all-time and leading two franchises to Super Bowl appearances are all factors in his favor. And you can’t talk about Kurt Warner without mentioning his implausible rise to greatness. From grocery-store stocker to Super Bowl champion, the guy’s story is as inspirational as they get. It would be nice for that story to conclude in Canton, Ohio, home to the professional football Hall of Fame. Warner announced his retirement just days after his Cardinals lost to the New Orleans Saints a couple weeks ago, which led media, players and fans to look back on the illustrious career of the formerly undrafted quarterback. As magical as his career was, it didn’t start off like he had wanted it to. After not being picked in the 1994 NFL Draft, Warner found work at his local Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, making $5.50 an hour—not exactly an NFL proving ground. But just one year later he was starring in the Arena Football League and continued to do so until 1997, when the St. Louis Rams picked him up prior to the 1998 season, thus beginning “The Greatest Show on Turf ” era. But it’s not his Cinderella story that allots Warner a bronze bust in football’s most honorable club— it’s his play on the field. His numbers, in the playoffs especially, are up there with some of football’s greatest quarterbacks. Warner’s career passer rating (93.2) is third all-time among those with at least 1,500 attempts, behind only Hall of Famer, Steve Young, and another future Canton member, Peyton Manning. Before Manning won his first Super Bowl three years ago, many people criticized him for not being able to win “the big game” and said the absence of a championship jeopardized his place in history. The same cannot be said for Warner. Not only does he have a championship ring and a Super Bowl MVP trophy, but he also owns the three most prolific passing games in Super Bowl history. Some people aren’t as easily swayed by great numbers and playoff performances, but Warner had other attributes that give him Hall of Fame credibility. The guy helped resurrect not one, but two of the NFL’s most incompetent teams in the Rams and the Cardinals. Who else can lay claim to that? Watching Warner and the Rams defeat the Tennessee Titans with a stop at their 1-yard line as time wound down is now legend, and then there’s the fact that he led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance. Had it not been for Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio


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Jason Bohannon and the Badgers will try to keep rolling in Michigan.

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