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PETA activists disrupt UW Regents meeting Actor arrested while protesting alleged animal cruelty Ethical Treatment of Animals protestor Jeremy Beckham University of Wisconsin- marched into the Regents’ Madison police arrested meeting shouting “Shame on Oscar-nominated actor James UW!” while carrying large Cromwell for disorposters picturing one derly conduct after he of the cats that underdisrupted Thursday’s went experiments in UW System Board of UW-Madison labs, Regents meeting to according to a video draw media attention to PETA released to The the university’s alleged Daily Cardinal. use of animal cruelty PETA’s allegaduring experiments. tions date back to Cromwell, an actor CROMWELL Sept. 2012 when the well-known for his organization’s memrole in “Babe,” and People for bers gathered at Library Mall
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to protest the university’s alleged use of animal cruelty on nine cats by drilling holes into their skulls and intentionally deafening them. According to Cromwell, he and Beckham took action because the regents neglected to respond to a letter a PETA protestor sent to the regents Jan. 22, which expressed similar concerns about UW-Madison’s experiment on the cat, Double Trouble. “The whole point is they
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UW System student success rates show improvement The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and chancellors from Wisconsin universities engaged in a discussion Thursday about progress toward achieving goals for graduation and retention rates, as well as increased diversity on Wisconsin campuses. According to UW System Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Mark Nook, the system is on track to achieve its goals of producing 80,000 more graduates and decrease the retention and graduation gaps for underrepresented minority students on UW campuses by the 2025 deadline. However, Nook said due to
the tough economy and tuition increases in recent years, there has been less encouraging news for retention and graduation rates for students receiving Pell Grants. UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson said it’s important for students and parents to go into a college education with a plan to get out in four years. However, UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells said a four year degree may not be a realistic goal for all students, such as first-generation college students or students who need to take a semester off to work. “The populations we’re try-
ing to serve are becoming more diverse and more economically challenged and it’s just going to take more time for them to get to the American dream so to speak,” Wells said. Also at the meeting, UW System Director of Operations Review and Audit Elizabeth Dionne announced an additional $1.1 million dollars in overpayments to UW System employees, according to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel. The UW System is currently undergoing an internal audit and state audit regarding $33 million dollars in overpayments discovered earlier this year. —Cheyenne Langkamp
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Community members light candles at an anti-gun violence vigil Thursday, advocating gun control state and nationwide.
Community members hold gun control vigil By Meghan Chua the daily cardinal
Faith leaders, public officials and community members gathered at Madison’s First Congregational United Church of Christ Thursday to hold a candlelight vigil supporting efforts to end gun violence. Although speakers at the event represented multiple faith organizations, each emphasized speaking out and taking action to advocate gun control, an issue that has gained attention nationwide in the wake of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 26 people dead, many of them children. The Rev. David Moyer, conference minister at the Wisconsin
Conference United Church of Christ, said the increasing violence found in society, particularly gun violence, “falls far short” of what the U.S. should be able to do for its citizens. “The heart of God is breaking at this violence that we human beings commit against one another,” he said. Linda Ketcham, executive director of Madison Area Urban Ministry, said the call for gun control is grounded in many things, including being a parent. Ketcham also said it is absurd “that one can carry a weapon into our statehouse but not a sign.”
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UW System Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Mark Nook discusses student graduation and retention rates at a UW System Board of Regents meeting Thursday.
Gov. Scott Walker announced plans Thursday to significantly invest in start-up businesses along with other long-term initiatives to promote economic growth in Wisconsin. At the Governor’s Conference of Economic Development, the governor proposed to allot an extra $75 million toward the Economic Development Tax Credit Program in his biennial budget, which he said would support state businesses to make investments as well as to create and sustain jobs. Additionally, Walker stated the importance of promoting startup and emerging businesses in Wisconsin “because that’s where a lot of the growth is going to be, in the
state and throughout the country.” He proposed to allot funding to groups that would provide guidance to entrepreneurs’ emerging companies, such as assisting them with business planning and networking. “One of the things I hear consistently is the need and assistance not to be the full funding source, but to bridge the gap,” Walker said. “To the extent we can help bridge that gap, the better.” Regarding education, Walker said Wisconsin could be the place employers look to expand if “we are the state that can guarantee a steady supply of high quality,
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Beyonce flips her hair into the crowd, ready to deny your mindless accusation about lip syncing.
Beyoncé causes power outage to spite critics By Dot Snice fake news friday
There has been a lot of controversy in the last couple of weeks surrounding one of the most important and infrequent events in our nation: the singing of the National Anthem at the Presidential Inauguration. Of course, at Barack Obama’s final inauguration, the one and only Beyoncé KnowlesCarter performed our proud and glorious melody. Much of the press had speculated that Beyoncé was lip-syncing that cool morning, but after this weekend’s Super Bowl performance, I think we all understand why. Beyoncé literally blew the lights out on Sunday when the NFL suffered a partial
power loss soon after the superstar’s performance. The 34-minute half-blackout seems to be the icon’s comeback to the haters with a clear message: Never doubt the Queen. Among the fires of hell at her entrance, the army of Beyoncé’s dancers alongside her, and the surprise arrival of her minions (otherwise known as Destiny’s Child), Mrs. Carter was out for blood. Those who criticized her for the inauguration piece have now begun to understand that her lip-syncing was purposeful. Though most rank the Super Bowl a higher priority television event than the Presidential Inauguration, it still stands that the NFL
is more equipped to handle a blackout than the government would have been. If the situation had been flipped, our brave leaders would have likely enacted an immediate Congressional session to disagree for a few hours about how to not fix the situation. When told that her performance was so hot the power went out, Beyoncé commented, “Lord Jesus, it’s a fire!” And indeed, Mrs. Carter only speaks the truth. It seems like the world has learned a very important lesson from the events at Super Bowl XLVII: Beyoncé is a serious performer with a taste for vengeance. Never doubt her or you will go down, just like the NFL.
‘Babe’ costars form special friendship despite bacon By Georgina Bush fake news friday
UW-Madison police arrested People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist and actor James Cromwell yesterday after he entered a UW System Board of Regents meeting to protest alleged animal rights violations by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cromwell, an Oscarnominated actor, and another protester, Jeremy Beckham, entered the room with a large sign depicting a mutilated cat named Double Trouble, who they claim was experimented on and killed by researchers at UW-Madison. UW Police escorted the men out of the meeting, and upon arrival at Dane County Jail Cromwell and Beckham were charged with disorderly conduct. Cromwell’s history with PETA dates back to his involvement with the movie “Babe,” during which he entered into
a relationship with the movie’s namesake and award-winning pig, Babe.
“She’s going to taste, I mean, she’s going to change the world.”
James Cromwell the farmer “Babe”
A source close to Cromwell, who asked to remain anonymous, said the two were spotted eating out of the same trough outside Babe’s residence late one night after filming. Their relationship accelerated in the days following, and they have stayed in touch ever since “filming ended all those years ago,” Cromwell said. Babe even attended Cromwell’s
brother’s graduation from community college, stating that it “was the least I could do after all we’ve been through together.” It was only after various labor law violations during shooting that Cromwell began campaigning for animal rights, while maintaining that his love of bacon had not wavered throughout the process. “Babe is very close to me, but she has also had to accept that I can’t change who I am, and bacon is a big part of that,” Cromwell said. He has stayed involved with PETA since then, attributing his dedication to “the large amount of support” that he receives from the animal rights community. “At first I thought PETA stood for People Eating Tasty Animals, but I kept going for Babe,” he said. “She’s going to taste, I mean, she’s going to change the world.”
In the wake of a recent barrage of winter storm warnings, some of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s more easily spooked residents have begun preparing for the worst. Residents of Tripp Hall were seen late Thursday night lugging enormous crates of ramen noodles and gluten-free Spaghetti-Os up the snow-laden steps. “Something exactly like this happened on Battlestar Galactica once,” said worried Kronshage Hall resident Doyle Spitz. “I’m not saying Earth is becoming a snow planet. But I’m also not ruling it out.” Oddly, the student’s Southeast counterparts did not seem to share these concerns when approached for comment Thursday evening. When asked if he was worried about the threat of harsh winter weather, an anonymous Witte resident simply finished shotgunning a Red Dog and bellowed, “BEER COAT!” before vanishing into the storm wearing only a Northface jacket and Buckle jeans.
Average UW student still has no idea where Iran is By Dan Harris-Targreen Fake News Friday
The Associated Students of Madison has released a statement with results of their most recent obnoxious emailclogging survey suggesting UW-Madison students remain ignorant of developing tensions in the Middle East. The survey, which included a breadth of demographics ranging from “freshman who didn’t know you’re allowed to delete those emails” to “people trying to sleep with members of ASM,” asked respondents to answer the question: “Where is Iran?” The most common responses to the question included: “I think that’s that little one over by Afghanistan,” “No idea, but I know all the words to the SNL Digital Short about it,” and “Dude, I’m pretty sure it’s spelled I-R-A-Q.” ASM had no comment regarding these bleak results, but UW-Madison geography professor Trudy Ages’ thought they boded ill for the future of our nation. “It is a disgrace that students cannot locate Iran,” she said in a departmental memo on the topic. “Pretty soon we’re going to be nothing but a nation of Twitsters and Instagrammists.”
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Ward responds to additional allegations about Palermo’s University of WisconsinMadison Chancellor David Ward released a statement Thursday updating campus groups about the university’s involvement with Palermo’s in light of a new report that claims the pizza company violated UW-Madison’s codes of conduct. The Worker Rights Consortium, a third party the university hired to investigate code of conduct violations, found the pizza company violated its contract with Roundy’s, a company affiliated with UW-Madison which uses the university’s codes of conduct. The issue stems from allega-
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A Wisconsin law allowing concealed weapons in public buildings, including the capitol, went into effect November 2011. State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, who attended the vigil, said efforts against gun violence can start with keeping concealed-carry weapons out of state buildings. “We need to get guns out of the capitol and state buildings, leading by example to keep us all safe,” Hulsey said, adding that this includes buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Hulsey added his aunt com-
cromwell from page 1 don’t want to look at this issue,” said Cromwell, who has been a PETA member since 1994. “I came in because I am a celebrity and a reason for media to take this event seriously.” UW-Madison Research Animal Resource Center Director Eric Sandgren released a statement Thursday in response to PETA’s protest, calling it “just another attempt by outside activists to draw attention to a cause.”
should pay more attention to the WRC’s findings since the WRC investigates violations of the university’s code of conduct, while the NLRB looks into violations of federal law. “[UW-Madison has] a higher standard than federal law,” Zepeda said. “That’s the point of our codes of conduct, is that they are a higher standard.” Ward also said he recognizes the opinions of the LLPC and WRC, but taking action before the workers’ appeal to the NLRB’s decision is finalized would be “premature.” —Sam Cusick
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tions of unfair labor practices, including illegally firing workers for attempting to unionize as well as threatening to audit immigrants. In the statement, Ward said the National Labor Relations Board also reviewed the workers’ case and found some of the complaints “lacked merit.” Because the findings of the NLRB and WRC are “clearly contradictory,” Ward said he would have a committee review the WRC’s findings and alert Roundy’s to the report. Labor Licensing Policy Committee Chair and UW-Madison consumer science professor Lydia Zepeda said Ward
mitted suicide using a handgun. He called the vigil “motivational and uplifting.” Jeri Bonavia, executive director of the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, a statewide grassroots organization that sponsored the event, has been working on the issue of gun control for 18 years. Bonavia said people should make a commitment to gun control efforts, such as making phone calls and writing letters to their representatives in state and national legislatures. “Hope is wonderful,” she said. “But hope is not a gun-violence prevention strategy.” “[PETA] has attacked and distorted this research—which has very real benefits to people who are deaf—from every angle imaginable,” Sandgren said in a statement. According to UW System spokesperson David Giroux, there is no item on the regents’ Thursday or Friday agenda relating to PETA’s protest. He said he could not confirm whether the regents will take up the matter at future meetings. But Cromwell said if the regents fail to address the issue, “we will be back.”
Members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors introduced two resolutions at a meeting Thursday, which could extend the deadline on Occupy Madison’s park permit and establish a new cooperative house. Supervisor David Wiganowsky, District 21, sponsored the motion to grant members of Occupy Madison the legal right to stay at Token Creek County Park on Madison’s north side throughout the winter by extending the group’s 90-day permit until May 1. The permit currently states the group must leave by Feb. 17. “They’re human beings and they should have some rights,
not just [be] pushed aside,” Wiganowsky said. He also added they deserve time to figure out a more permanent solution. Tenant Resource Center Executive Director and Occupy Madison advocate Brenda Konkel said the campers have sufficient funds so they are not seeking monetary support from the county, only permission to stay on the grounds. “Between Feb. 17 and April 16, when the camp grounds open, we have no option and we’re desperate at this point,” Konkel said. Also at the meeting, Dane County Board First Vice-Chair Carousel Bayrd announced a new initiative on behalf of Dane
County Executive Joe Parisi, who was not at the meeting, to use $250,000 of the county’s 2013 budget to set up a co-op that would serve at least 20 individuals. Both resolutions will go to various county committees for approval and recommendations before the county board votes on them Feb. 21. Since the board will not have the opportunity to grant Occupy an extension until after Feb. 17, Wiganowsky said the Parks Division will have authority to force campers out during the interim period, although he said he hopes they will wait until after the vote. —Melissa Howison
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SSFC holds budget hearing for UHS
well-educated [and] well-prepared employees.” In order to do this, he said the state should not only financially support “short-term” education, such as technical colleges and the UW System programs, but also invest in K-12 public education reform. Other long-term initiatives the governor discussed involved public transportation and marketing the state for tourism purposes. Walker said he plans to announce full details of his biennial budget Feb. 20. —Taylor Harvey
The Student Services Finance Committee heard a budget proposal from University Health Services Thursday, which would provide new health and wellness services to students. The group proposed a budget of $13,088,266 for fiscal year 2013-’14. If approved, each fulltime student will pay around $172 in segregated fees to partially fund the group, according to ASM Press Office Director David Gardner. The plans to expand the services would also include access to lab tests previously provided
through the state. SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said UHS cash reserves would help to offset the 4 percent increase in the budget for the new services. “I think the areas they’ve identified to expand programming are things that have been demanded by students,” Bruecker said. “I find it extremely commendable that they’re able to do that without asking for more [student] segregated fees.” SSFC will vote on the UHS budget at its next meeting Monday.
Ryan, Zerban House race breaks state fundraising record U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his Democratic challenger Rob Zerban broke state records for fundraising during their race for the 1st Congressional District House of Representatives seat, Common Cause, a non-partisan organization, reported Thursday. Ryan and Zerban raised nearly $7.3 million in campaign contributions combined, breaking
the previous record set in 2006, which totaled just over $6 million, according to the report. Ryan, who also ran an unsuccessful vice presidential campaign, accumulated just under $5 million, receiving 72 percent of his funds from individual contributors and 25 percent from political action committees. Zerban collected approximately
$2.26 million in contributions, 93 percent of which came from individual contributors, according to the report. Ryan and Zerban, in Ryan’s closest race since he was first elected to the House in 1998, collected about $3 million more than the second most funded Wisconsin race for a House seat this year.
Republican legislator seeks to standardize early voting State Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, began circulating a bill for signatures Thursday that would standardize in-person early voting procedures across the state by shortening the hours some clerks’ offices can stay open. Current voting procedures vary across the state. Some offices only stay open until 5 p.m. while oth-
ers allow citizens to vote later at night. Stroebel’s proposal would standardize the process so people can only cast votes between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the clerk’s office for three weeks preceding an election. The proposal drew criticism from Scot Ross, director for the liberal advocacy group One
Wisconsin Now. Ross said in a statement the proposal would restrict working-class voters from having access to early voting because of the shortened hours. Stroebel defended the measure, saying it was only designed to standardize the process across the state and make the procedure equal and fair for all potential voters.
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mbv My Bloody Valentine By Max Fisher the daily cardinal
Every breath I have ever taken I have taken in a postLoveless world. A world that exists in the wake of one of the most emotionally challenging, overwhelmingly beautiful records of all time. Many have called it the most important album ever made. I do not disagree. At the very least, Loveless represents an aweinspiring interplay of effortless chaos and aesthetics that commands a religious respect; the career masterpiece of sonic architect Kevin Shields. Thus, I feel it’s somehow irresponsible for me to try to stick words onto My Bloody Valentine’s new release. I feel unworthy to respond to such an unexpected and generous gift. At the same time, it’s hard to resist talking about m b v in gluttonous hyperbole. Hard not to let passion depress clear thinking. This is a follow-up the world has been waiting 22 years to hear, and one most accepted would never come. Yet, here we are, 22 silent years after the release of Loveless, with m b v in our hands, its curiously minimal, blue album art staring us in the face. I’ve gotta get this off my chest: m b v is not as good as
Loveless. That said, what a shallow and unfair comparison. It comes from somewhere deep in my core and I am truly sorry for it. This is an exceptionally adventurous release that confirms Shields’ genius beyond the shadow of a doubt. It would have been so easy for him to make a Loveless 2.0 and ride the same old wave of swirling guitars and eternal pink haze, with melody and fuzz crashing high as heaven. But m b v finds Shields on wholly new creative terrain, experimenting with sound and effect few if any of his contemporaries could even dream of. Once again Kevin Shields has left his peers in the dust. Fans of My Bloody Valentine will instantly find something to connect with on m b v. Shields is still swinging wide to the sky on his tremolo arm, and distortion still blissfully swallows most of the album. But this time, under all the fuzz is hidden more ambitious chord changes and more experimental melodies. These are dense sounds to explore rather than mindlessly bask in. On “Only Tomorrow,” Shields’s phased guitar grinds diamond, building an ecstatic chord progression that morphs into something resembling a jet engine taking fight. “In Another Way,” features the elegant, genderless vocals of Bilinda Butcher contrasted with guitar work like 100 Doppler-effected buzz saws driving collectively at some Olympian tree. Violently clipping jungle drum play underscores this already unlikely pairing. m b v also features a soft center in direct juxtaposition to some of the vicious noise that sand-
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wiches the LP. “New You,” the most memorable and accessible track on the album, is another gorgeous Bilinda highlight, milking a beautiful chorus of “do do dos” on a funky, endless, psychedelic bass line. It’s a testament to the sex appeal of My Bloody Valentine’s rouge hypnotics. “If I Am” is a heartbreaker that mines the brand of dream pop championed by Victoria Legrand of Baltimore downers Beach House. It’s a fitting tribute considering Beach House’s form grew directly from seeds sowed by My Bloody
Valentine back in the early 1990s. Not everything on this album quite sticks, however. There are some points that, while admirable for their sheer boldness and vision, feel a little too ambitious for their own skin, like half-finished blueprints of some grand, out-of-reach ideal. In particular, album closer “Wonder 2” is a fiasco. It’s an expansion on the jet engine clamor of “only tomorrow,” ever building toward staggering heights, never resolving itself. Maybe some will find beauty in this track, but it’s lost
on me. It’s an unsettling note to end the album, but it drives home a point: in the two decades since Loveless, My Bloody Valentine has not become stagnant. They have evolved outside the sphere of trends and expectations. Envelope pushers they will always be, and that is the hallmark of worthwhile art. m b v is a complex and rewarding affair, and above all, one to be thankful for. 2035 should be an exciting year indeed.
My Bloody Retrospective: 22 years after the zeitgeist Jeremy Gartzke
My Bloody Valentine has been making headlines recently with the announcement of the band’s newest record m b v, which was released Feb. 2, 2013. Their previous album was released in 1991. People have been clamoring for a new album since sophomore effort Loveless 22 years ago, mourning over shelved material in 1999 and rejoicing when Kevin Shields announced the band was returning to the stage in 2007. Honestly, I had no idea what the fuss was about. My Bloody Valentine falls into a genre commonly referred to as shoegaze, a genre coined by musicians staring at their pedal boards while playing droning, dreamy effects heavy songs. It is a powerful type of music, making use of the wall of sound, as well as relying on effects to produce sonic dreamscapes. This isn’t a band for the faint of heart. This isn’t something you’re going to hear on the radio and start bobbing
your head to. The sounds on these records are powerful and abrasive, yet the melodies are soft, caressing. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition of the raw power of distortion and the simplicity of the human voice. This is what the band excels at. This juxtaposition is what gives the music its power. Loveless is easily the more accessible of the first two albums. The discordant nature of opener “Only Shallow” quickly resolves into soft vocals and soothing, reverb-drenched guitar. This soft vocal quality continues into the second cut, while the dissonance continues in the guitar, giving the record an anxiety to it that feels real and tangible. The first single from the album, “To Here Knows When,” should sound vaguely reminiscent of recent artists M83, who cite My Bloody Valentine as a major influence. This is where the album really comes into its own, leading into the higher energy “When You Sleep,” which employs pitch bending in the melody to a haunting effect with guitarist Bilinda Butcher’s backing vocals. When Loveless was released critics universally praised the
record, and for good reason. It takes more than a single listen to make this record stick, but once it does, it digs its hooks in and refuses to let go. The band’s first release, Isn’t Anything, is a little bit more difficult to figure out. “Soft As Snow (but Warm Inside)” has a very strange feel to it, opening with a persistent but almost sluggish drum beat and an enticing bass melody Shields’ vocals are off putting, as is the guitar that seems to swell in discord with every beat. The first single from the album, “Feed Me With Your Kiss,” is a much more accessible song, and while normally it is recommended to partake of an album in order sometimes it pays an enjoyable track and work outward. This is a wonderful album if given time to properly condition the listener. “Lose My Breath,” the second track, is immediately more accessible, with a slow, buried vocal under a steady acoustic guitar and layers of reverb. Shoegaze never hit the mainstream quite like other movements in British rock music, partially because of
the grunge movement here in the States, which focused less on the heavy reverb and other effects of shoegaze and relied more on the simplicity of dirty guitar. More than just being overshadowed by the explosion of grunge stateside, shoegaze was doomed by its complexity. There is currently a revival going on, how-
ever, bands like M83, The Joy Formidable, Wild Nothing and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are reviving the sound and being called “nu-gaze” by some in the music community. My Bloody Valentine’s resurgence is welcome and with their latest record it sounds like they’ve only been gone for a day.
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from Assad, all predictions as to when the war may conclude are dubitable.
zac pestine opinion columnist
t is all but impossible to conceive of a Middle East bereft of violence and bloodshed. The Arab Spring, which has stormed through Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, has now claimed over 60,000 Syrian lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians in an increasingly gory Syrian Civil War. Supposedly, removing Bashar al-Assad, the ruthless Syrian dictator, from his authoritative post is the highest priority of the U.S. State Department, as quotidian remarks of the necessity of his departure by outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are ubiquitous in newspaper headlines. However, as we approach the two-year anniversary of Syria’s struggle to emancipate itself
As the bloody rampage in Syria continues to fester with no end in sight, there reamains nothing to assuage any fears that the Arab Spring may become the Arab Decade. Ostensibly, the United States is in favor of the usurpation of Assad’s throne; however, it remains entirely possible that yet another dictator or terrorist group takes the reign in his stead. Our reluctance to arm Assad’s opposition with heavy artillery stems from two apprehensions. Firstly, we are privy to the fact that al-Qaida, who is aiding the rebels in overthrowing Assad, could ascend to power after he is gone. Secondly, as long as we do not offer major assistance to the rebels, it appears that Assad
and his allies will refrain from attacking U.S. interests in the region, namely Israel. Last week, Israel shot down a convoy delivering chemical weapons to the terrorist organization Hezbollah. This strike, which was condoned by all U.S. policy makers, was also condemned by Russia, Iran and Syria, all of whom have ties to Hezbollah. Although Iran and Syria have pledged to retaliate, no actions have been taken thus far, a sign that the U.S.’s tepid support for Syrian rebels is met with a temporary red light in response to Israeli strikes on terrorist targets. Complicating matters further is Turkey’s rebuke of Iran and Syria for not yet launching an attack on Israel. Turkey, which had once been a bastion of hope for the juxtaposition of an Islamic government with a westernized, peaceful society, has shifted more and more toward extremism in recent years. Furthermore, Iran and Egypt are looking to make
amends after more than thirty years of severed ties between the two most populous countries in the region. After the Camp David Accords in 1978, which forged a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, Iran cut ties with Egypt. Iran also named a street after the assassin who killed Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian leader who signed the peace treaty with Israel. When democratic elections are held in the Arab world countries, the majority of people elect representatives from extremist Islamic organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, for example Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization of Hamas, the terrorist group in power in the Gaza Strip which is hell-bent on demolishing Israel. There are millions of people in the Arab world that genuinely want peace and stability; however, when activists such as Malala Yousafzai lead movements to instill these values in their society, they are
shot in the head by organizations like the Taliban and left for dead. As the bloody rampage in Syria continues to fester with no end in sight, there remains nothing to assuage any fears that the Arab Spring may become the Arab Decade. In the coming months, we may reach an impasse with the intransigent Iranian regime over its contentious nuclear program. All U.S. policy makers, including the dovish potential Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, have repeatedly stated that Iran’s window of opportunity to open its nuclear facilities to international scrutiny is quickly closing. Should that window shut, the U.S. and Israel will soon find themselves in another battle in an immensely convoluted Middle East. Zac is a senior majoring in philosophy and communications. Find his thoughts on the goings-on in the Middle East in print every week. Please send all feedback to email@example.com.
Der Rathskeller’s jukebox dies, and with it, a piece of us all Noah Phillips opinion columnist
here’s nothing more democratic than a jukebox. In an age of iPods (hyper-individualized music machines) and corporate media (where commercial radio stations play the same top-40 pop songs over and over and over again), the jukebox remains a humble bastion of a community’s ability to exercise a collective culture composed of the autonomy of its members. The freedom to determine a playlist cooperatively, a playlist accumulated from the tastes and pleasures of all interested parties, is central to an ethos of a liberty premised on interde-
pendence. It is neither a “liberal” nor “conservative” freedom. It is a democratic freedom. It is in this spirit of freedom and democracy, in this belief that we as a people, a community, are more than the sum of our parts, that leads me to call on the managerial staff of the Memorial Union to bring back the Rathskeller jukebox. When I first discovered the disappearance, last week, I was merely disappointed that I would be unable to listen to “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” while I sipped my coffee. In denial, perhaps, I wondered if it had simply been moved temporarily for construction, or if somehow I had misremembered its location. But no! Inquiry with two separate Union employees revealed the sorry fact that it was gone, had been removed, was sitting in storage or in some office and was
going to stay there indefinitely. The student staff, apparently, rewired the machine to play songs free of charge. When a private company came to collect the jukebox cash and discovered that thousands of songs had been played for free, they complained and had the managers take away the machine. Now, playlists are decided upon in back rooms. The music tastes of a slim minority of the student population (by a cartel of student managers, no doubt) are being piped directly into Rathskeller patrons with no transparency or accountability to protect the interests of private industry. Once again, the forces of organized capital and our governance structures have combined and are colluding against us. Once again, they are using the specter of crime to undermine our liberties and seize control over our public resources.
Having music to listen to in Der Rathskeller is a public good. It benefits everybody, much the way public infrastructure benefits everybody, or having an educated populace benefits everybody. In the modern tradition, there are two dominant ways to provide public goods. Liberals say that a centralized government should handle it. Conservatives say that an unfettered free market should handle it. But in practice, this is often a false distinction because both of these philosophies disenfranchise the individual by subjecting them to forces beyond her control, centralized, ostensibly omniscient institutions (in the case of the market, concentrated in the hands of so few so as to be centralized in essence). A coup has occurred in the aural landscape of Der
Rathskeller; the twin forces of hierarchal control and capital accumulation have displaced the decentralized, peaceful regime of direct control by the people. We must not be fooled by their excuses! The jukebox was created for all of us to hold in common, for the good of all! There can be no justification for its removal; keeping it in the Union for all to use has no cost and grants a sense of ownership and control mostly vanished in our modern world. We must listen to Paul Simon! To Carlos Santana! To Johnny Cash! And The Smiths! Our voices sound of our freedom, our independence, shall not be silenced by jukebox profiteers! Noah is a sophomore majoring in history of science and community and nonprofit leadership. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter: Background checks not effective because most criminals don’t buy guns Vern Bronson letter to the editor
I just read the article on the internet referring to backround checks [“Gun control loophole poses” by Mike Brost]. I have been a law enforcement officer since 1973. I am not against background checks, but of all the guns I have confiscated from criminals, 99.999 percent of them have been stolen. No criminal in their right mind is going to buy a gun when they can get one for nothing. Now how is a background check going to prevent this? This is just another case of people who don’t know what they are talking about, making a lot of noise and demands that do no good. Enforce the laws already on the books against the people
who violate them and leave the rest of us alone. If you really want to do some good, change the mental health laws pertaining to doctor-patient confidentiality. If someone is dangerously mentally ill, maybe a database should be implemented which can also be accessed with a background check. I can just hear the screams from the liberals now. How dare such a thing be proposed and violate someone’s right to privacy. As the old saying goes, “the price of liberty and freedom isn’t free.” Do you agree with Vern that background checks won’t slow down crime? Are you interested in having your opinion in the paper? Respond to any of the published articles or write on your own topic and then send your piece to email@example.com.
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wcha from page 8 season on a positive note. “This part in the season, with six games to go, there’s a lot at stake for teams jockeying for position in regards to the [WCHA] standings,” he said. “If we’re able to [take care of business], we put ourselves in a pretty good position to have home-ice advantage.” After a devastating and frustrating series against Minnesota two weekends ago in which UW was held to one goal on its home ice, it could be expected the team would come out sluggish in practice. But Johnson thought his team responded well during the bye week. “Last week and this week we’ve had some great practices. The tempo has been good,” he said. “The focus has been good. The work habit has been good.” While Johnson spoke confi-
dently about his squad’s mentality throughout the week, fans can only hope the good week of practice will transcend into some momentum offensively, as the unit has been rather hot and cold thus far, averaging 2.7 goals per contest compared to 4.5 a season ago. However, despite the ups and downs, sophomore forward Karley Sylvester does not think the statistics reflect their offensive talent. “We don’t have that many points put up, but it’s more about the wins we come out with. If we win by one, we win by one,” Sylvester said. “We’re not really looking for who has points [offensively] or what not. As long as we get the win, that’s the big thing.” No matter who scores for Wisconsin, victories at this point in this season are all that count for the Badgers as they make a final push for another WCHA tournament crown.
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Wisconsin opens spring season at First Pitch Classic By Christian Blatner the daily cardinal
The Wisconsin softball team travels to Charlotte, N.C., Friday, where it will participate in the First Pitch Classic to open up its season. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte will host the weekend’s festivities at D.L. Phillips Softball Complex. The Badgers are looking to carry the success they enjoyed in 2012 into the start of their 2013 campaign. Last year’s team tallied a school-record 34 wins while capturing the most Big Ten wins (13) in school history. On top of making history in the win column, the 2012 squad also broke school records in batting average (.300), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.426), runs (272), doubles (73), and RBI (230). After just nearly missing the NCAA Tournament last year, the Badgers return nine position starters and all three
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Senior forward Brianna Decker will look to lead the Badgers down a key six-game stretch to close out the regular season.
Beavers in points (17) and goals (10), respectively. Despite Bemidji State’s recent struggles, the Badgers are not looking past their opponent toward next week’s series with Minnesota, which includes the Hockey City Classic game at Soldier Field in Chicago. “The outdoor game is going to be an awesome experience, but we have to focus on this weekend,” Mersch said. “These are some big points here that we need to capitalize on.” After last week’s road trip, Wisconsin will not have another true road game until March 1. With five home games and one game in Chicago, the Badgers will have the rest of the month to take advantage
pitchers while bringing in eight new players. Senior second baseman Whitney Massey spearheads the infield after batting a team-leading .358 in 2012 with 58 hits and 22 doubles. Massey led the country in doubles per game (.42) and was named to the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team and AllBig Ten first team. The outfield is led by sophomore Maria Van Abel, who tallied 45 hits and 17 stolen bases while batting .354 last year. Van Abel is a 2012 Coaches Award winner and looks to climb closer to the top of UW’s all-time base stealing list this season, where she currently sits at No. 10. Wisconsin will face off against UNC-Charlotte Friday—a team the Badgers have never played. The 49ers finished last season with a record of 29-29 and return seven starters and two starting pitchers.
UW takes the field later Friday afternoon against another team the program has never played— the Presbyterian College Blue Hose. Although the team finished last season 13 games under .500 (20-33), the Badgers will not be able to underestimate a team who returns seven starters, including 2012 Big South All-Conference selection Tera Powell. The senior outfielder recorded 50 hits in 2012 en route to a .284 batting average. The Badgers open up their Saturday contests with a tough matchup against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish sit just outside of the NCAA pre-season top 25 with 43 votes. The Fighting Irish finished 2012 with an impressive 43-16 record, losing to Arizona in the NCAA Tucson Regional. Wisconsin takes the diamond against Presbyterian in its second game Saturday before finishing the weekend on Sunday with another duel against Notre Dame.
of their home ice. “We’ve been playing really well on the road and at home we haven’t had as much success, especially early, and we’re starting to pick that up and come into our own,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said. “We owe it to the fans to have success here. That’s where we have to come through for them.” The Badgers will be without two of their top players for at least half of this weekend’s series, as senior center Derek Lee (concussion) and sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (ankle) will both sit out of Friday’s game, according to Eaves. Regular starters Lee, McCabe, junior forward Mark Zengerle and freshman forward Nic Kerdiles have all missed time this season, but Wisconsin has found
success without them. “We’ve dealt with adversity before and hopefully we can even be better at it because we’ve lived through it before,” Eaves said. “I think these guys have been around enough to know that when one guy gets nicked … the understudies are ready to go. They work hard in practice and they’re looking for these opportunities, and they’re really ready to go.” “Some guys have had to step up—different guys every weekend,” Mersch said regarding his team’s success despite injuries. “Obviously it sucks to have them out—it’s a disappointment—but once they come back, we’re looking forward to having them.” The puck drops at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.
If Wisconsin beats the Wolverines Saturday, do not storm the floor max sternberg stern words With No. 3 Michigan coming to town Saturday, the most common question I am getting has nothing to do with Wisconsin’s ability to defend sophomore guard Trey Burke or with Michigan’s lack of interior depth. No, the question I am getting time after time is simply: “Will we rush the court if we win?” I hate this question. Not because I am not interested in thinking about what another top-5 victory would mean for the Badgers’ Big Ten title and NCAA Tournament hopes, but rather because I am simply sick of the whole idea of rushing itself. Before I go into the meat of this diatribe, let me give you a quick list of this year’s incidents of floor rushing in college basketball alone: California beat Oregon (Oregon’s tenth-straight loss to Cal). Butler beat Gonzaga. Days later, LaSalle beat Butler. North Carolina State beat Duke. Then Maryland beat NC State (Maryland had won 10 of its last 11 against the Wolfpack).
Villanova beat Louisville. Then the Wildcats beat Syracuse (yes, two court rushes from the same team in one week). Northern Iowa beat Wichita State (Ali Farokmanesh sighs). That is just a sampling of the epidemic. Storming the court is no longer reserved for just the rare monumental upsets and programdefining wins, now fans feel it is just part of the game day experience. Beat a “better” team and you rush the floor in jubilation. Wisconsin is far from immune from the plague of court/field “storming.” In just the last four years alone, students have rushed the court twice at the Kohl Center and twice at Camp Randall. Though two of those victories came over top-ranked and undefeated Ohio State teams (making the case for rushing exist, albeit weakly), only the December 2009 victory over No. 5 Duke was actually an upset according to the Vegas powers-that-be. When you take down No. 1, you have at least a legitimate argument for the type of euphoric reaction that results in masses of students on the field or court. But if we are being quite honest, such a reaction looks
quite silly when your team enters dents have no business rushing the the game favored to win. floor because they should expect to Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin has beat Michigan. lost just 17 games at home. Ever. In Taking a step back, the big picmore than 12 years. ture issue with frequent incidents So when the Badgers win of floor rushing, besides safety, another game, even if is that the growing the opponent happens prevalence of the celto be a top-5 team, is it ebration diminishes its really a surprise? meaning. Legitimate Of course not. And incidents such as Number of court that is precisely why Northwestern beating storms this the Grateful Red has no Michigan State last season in college business rushing the season or Drake takbasketball floor Saturday should ing down Creighton UW find a way to get just two weeks after the victory. falling to the Jays by Number of court storms that came Though no coach or 30 are discredited after beating a player will ever admit by the decisions of team ranked it, fan reactions such student sections at outside the as the now requisite Maryland, Villanova ssociated Press “storming” do have and California to rush, Top 5 an impact on the team when rushing was psyche. Rushing the absolutely not a warfloor sends a direct message that ranted reaction to victory. you have just done something you The conferences and the had no business doing, that win- NCAA have tried to take steps ning that game was a once-in-a- to stop the practice of storming lifetime feat worth cherishing by due to safety concerns, but that way of hysteric celebration. is not the correct course of action. But winning big games should When rushing is legitimate, the be an expectation, especially for a safety issues still remain, but the team with the track record of suc- euphoria should not be restrictcess that UW has. Wisconsin stu- ed or become subject to penalty.
Having said that, the entire college basketball community, especially players and coaches, needs to take a stand against useless displays of excitement. Adding to the efforts of players in Wichita and at Missouri—who explicitly motioned to students to stay in place—programs need to educate their students and fans not only about the dangers of the practice but more importantly about the message it sends. Championship programs expect to win big games and thus have fans who feel no need to go over-the-top in their celebration of such victories. Players and coaches already get this, and it’s about time students begin to understand it all the same. So back to Wisconsin: If the Badgers defeat Michigan Saturday afternoon, please stay off the floor. Forget whether it’s safe or not, just think about the message you send by acting as if you don’t expect Wisconsin to compete with the best. Think about that and then head for the exits to celebrate in a dignified fashion. Do you think this season’s court storms have been justified? Let Max know by shooting him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Badgers set for matchup with Michigan By Max Sternberg the daily cardinal
While you would be hardpressed to find a Badger player or coach willing to admit it, Wisconsin has had this weekend’s matchup with No. 3 Michigan circled on the calendar for quite some time. Despite losing last weekend in Bloomington, Ind., the Wolverines (8-2 Big Ten, 21-2 overall) could easily be the best team in the nation and remain very much in control in a Big Ten race that is just about as tight as gets. Although there is certainly a talent gap between Michigan and Wisconsin, the Badgers (7-3, 16-7) figure to be a difficult matchup for a Wolverine team that has relied heavily on the three-point shot all season. Michigan’s reliance on perimeter play has been exaggerated even more since an injury to junior forward Jordan Morgan on Jan. 27, limiting the Detroit native to just six minutes of playing time over the course of the team’s past three games. While freshman forward Mitch McGary and sophomore forward Jon Horford, returning from injury himself, have done an admirable job in place of the injured Morgan, Michigan at times lacks depth in the front court and is susceptible to foul trouble because of its bigs. Still, McGary had arguably the best game of his young career in Tuesday’s win over Ohio State (14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) and comes to Madison as confident as any big man in the conference, freshman or not. “He is a grown man,” UW
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Wisconsin is 4-1 in its last five home games against Associated Press top-five teams. However, the lone loss was UW’s last such game, a 58-52 defeat to then-No. 3 Ohio State back in February of 2012. redshirt senior forward Jared Berggren said of McGary. “He doesn’t look like a freshman and he doesn’t play like a freshman. He is as physical as anyone.” Against Ohio State Tuesday, the Wolverines had to make 14 three-point shots just to make out a 76-74 overtime win at Ann Arbor. With the Badgers holding opponents to just 30.6 percent from three-point range for the season, a repeat performance does not appear likely. Michigan has ridden the backs of its guards en route to its 21-2 start to the season. Sophomore guard Trey Burke figures to be a leading candidate for National Player of the Year, entering
Saturday’s game No. 2 in the Big Ten with 18.1 points per game while also dishing out a Big Tenbest 7.2 assists in the process. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., a former conference freshman of the year, comes in at No. 5 among conference scoring leaders with 16 points per game, leaving the two starters in the Wolverine backcourt accountable for nearly 44 percent of Michigan’s scoring this season. “They are one of the best or the best in the country as far as a backcourt duo goes,” Berggren said. “They are both extremely talented and they are both playing really well right now.” Michigan’s perimeter attack
isn’t limited to Burke and Hardaway. The freshman duo of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are each averaging double digits on their own and shoot greater than 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc, with Stauskas coming in at No. 2 in the Big Ten, hitting 48.7 percent of his shots from long range. “They shoot the ball really well,” junior guard Ben Brust said of the Wolverines. “They are going to make tough shots because they are a good team, and they have proven they can score. But we have to keep them taking as many tough shots as possible.” On paper it looks like this should be yet another mid-level
test for a Michigan team whose talent is really unmatched by anyone else in the nation’s best basketball conference. But not a single Wolverine has tasted victory at the Kohl Center, with the last Michigan win in Madison going way back to 2001. But Michigan’s 59-41 win last season in Ann Arbor was a low point in the Badgers’ season, leaving memories that will certainly resurface come Saturday morning. “After that game is when we came together and realized we needed to do something,” Brust said. “I definitely think there are going to be some learning points from that game that we can all look back on and take from.” Although the Wolverines were solid in a road win earlier this year over Minnesota, the young squad has struggled in two other marquee road games at Indiana and Ohio State, losing both games after facing an early deficit that proved too much to overcome. Facing a team with the defensive integrity and disciplined offensive approach of Wisconsin, Michigan will have to avoid another sluggish start if it wants to snap a string of 10 straight losses at the Kohl Center. Having found a way to escape with a victory against Iowa, the Badgers now have a chance to once again make a splash on the national stage, and in the process perhaps jumping right back into the middle of the Big Ten title hunt. “Every night is going to be a grind in the Big Ten,” Berggren said. “We look forward to the next challenge.”
Crucial WCHA series looms for No. 8 Wisconsin By Rex Sheild the daily cardinal
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Junior forward Jefferson Dahl, who has seen an expanded role following the head injury to senior forward Derek Lee, has Wisconsin’s third-best shooting percentage this season.
Wisconsin to host struggling Beavers By Matt Masterson the daily cardinal
Coming off its first series without a win since Dec. 7-8, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-6-6 WCHA, 11-9-6 overall) will look to rebound this weekend as it hosts Bemidji State (4-12-4, 5-16-5) at the Kohl Center. The Badgers tied against North Dakota last Friday before seeing their 11-game conference win streak snapped in a 4-1 loss Saturday. “Obviously North Dakota was a tough weekend, but again, one
point there, we’ll take it and move on,” junior forward Michael Mersch said. “It’s been a good run so far and we’re looking to keep adding on to it. That was one bad weekend—but whatever, it’s over with—we’re going to keep moving forward.” Going off past success, Wisconsin could not ask for a better opponent to play in Bemidji State, a team UW has never lost against in its history (5-0-0). Despite their victories over the Beavers in years past, the Badgers are not expecting this series to go
down without a fight. “It’s about what’s in front of us right now—that never changes,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “They are a team that will work extremely hard, they’re well coached—they will give themselves a chance to win by doing those two things.” Bemidji State is currently on a 10-game winless streak and is coming off of a sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State at home. Senior forwards Brance Orban and Jordan George, who lead the
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It’s been quite a roller-coaster season for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. The pre-season expectations were high for the squad as they always have been since head coach Mark Johnson took over at the helm. The Badgers entered with a No.2 ranking in the country and were destined to unveil a new state-of-the-art arena. The season went south much faster than anyone would have ever expected, however, when the team suffered the program’s first three-game losing streak early in the conference play. Despite stumbling out of the gates, the Badgers have come on strong as of late and positioned themselves for possible home-ice advantage in the early rounds of the WCHA tournament. Moreover, Wisconsin (11-92 WCHA, 15-9-2 overall) will have a golden opportunity this weekend to improve its stock in the standings as it hits the road to take on a struggling St. Cloud State squad (4-17-1, 8-182) Friday and Saturday. With three series left in the regular season, each series will be crucial for the Badgers
as they are part of a cluster of teams neck-and-neck battling for the No. 2 through No. 5 seeds. In fact, as it stands today, North Dakota is alone in second place with 39 points while Minnesota-Duluth, Ohio State and Wisconsin all trail the Fighting Sioux by two points. Out of the aforementioned teams, Wisconsin probably has the most favorable schedule remaining, as two of its final three series are against the bottom of the conference, and they host UMD. On the other hand, the Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them as they have to play Minnesota and North Dakota back-to-back weekends. “With only six games left, each victory is going to be crucial, it’s going to be important,” Mark Johnson said. “The way I look at it—obviously Minnesota has won the league—so now it’s trying to finish second or third. There’s a big difference between finishing [second or third] and finishing four or fifth.” Johnson also alluded to the fact Wisconsin essentially controls its own destiny for homeice advantage if it can finish the
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