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Chancellor defends talks with state By Kayla Johnson The Daily Cardinal

After being accused of misleading students regarding the proposed split from the UW System, UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin held a press conference Thursday in hopes of dispelling what she deems inaccurate rumors. The accusations stemmed from a Jan. 7 memo obtained by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wednesday, in which Martin advocated for the separation of UW-Madison from the UW System. Some students said they felt deceived by the Chancellor because she repeatedly professed a lack of details about the university’s future relationship with the state while the memo shows Martin knew of the possible split. Associated Students of Madison Vice Chair Adam Johnson said he felt deceived by the UW-Madison administration because specifics of the plan were kept from the New Badger Partnership student working group. “Chancellor Martin, Dean [of Students Lori] Berquam, ViceChancellor [of Administration

Darrell] Bazzell, among others have each personally and directly misled top ASM leadership repeatedly,” said Johnson in a blog post. “Words cannot describe my immense dissatisfaction on behalf of students. We have been duped.” At the press conference, Martin said the memo was in response to “inquiries made by the governor’s team. They asked hypothetical questions and we answered with hypothetical scenarios.” Martin said she and her team have been completely public in their advocacy for flexibility for UW-Madison for the past year adding that the possibility of public authority model was discussed with student government and mentioned on the New Badger Partnership website. If UW-Madison implemented a public authority model, it would separate from the UW system and operate under its independent governing board instead of the Board of Regents. Although the student working group was informed of the possibility of UW-Madison implementing a public authoirty model, the term “public authority” was unable

to be found on the New Badger Partnership website. On the website, the question “Is this initiative meant to sever ties with the state or the UW System?” is listed in the FAQ section. The response is, “No … this is actually intended to renew and enhance the relationship with the state.” Martin met with members of ASM Thursday morning to address why some contents of the memo had not been discussed with the student government. Following the meeting, ASM Chair Brandon Williams said although he felt left in the dark at first, he better understands the administration’s discretion. “If we had gotten our hands on it, it might have made it a political football before it was a political option,” Williams said. “While students were kept out of this information, sometimes the nature of politics is that you can’t tell everyone everything,” ASM Representative Tyler Junger agreed. Although he said he still feels a sense of “professional disappointment” toward the administration, Johnson said he is ready to move forward working with university leaders.

Nation polarized in reactions to bill, protests By Nick Graetz The Daily Cardinal

After a third day of protests and an afternoon that saw 14 Democratic state Senators leave the Capitol in protest of Gov. Walker’s budget-repair bill, Madison has found itself in the national spotlight. In an interview with WTMJ-TV, President Barack Obama said he is monitoring the situation in Wisconsin, and stressed the fact that everyone in the country will have to make adjustments to the new financial reality in an effort to avoid layoffs. In reference to his own freeze on pay increases for federal workers over the next two years, Obama said such adjustments seem like “the right thing to do.” “On the other hand, some of what

I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” Obama said in the WTMJ interview. Obama also condemned vilifying public employees or blaming them for budget problems. In the interview, he called on the nation to remember the sacrifices public employees make for their communities. The surge of protesting in Wisconsin’s capitol has also elicited reactions from national leaders and conservative pundits. Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., compared the protests in his state’s capital to those in Egypt that led to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Rush Limbaugh, prominent conservative radio host, has also reacted to the budget situation in Madison on his daily program, calling the protests “an anti-democracy movement.” “What’s the point of having elections if public sector union bosses decide your quality of life, your tax rates, and all that, because that’s what’s happening here,” Limbaugh said. He also said the National Guard could step in to fill the roles of missing teachers. Fifteen school systems in Wisconsin canceled class for a second day Thursday, and the country is now watching as the increasingly heated political fight in Madison plays out over the next few days.

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Protesters blockaded the doors of the Senate and Governor’s office in anger over the budget bill they claim is union busting.

Senate Dems flee Madison, delay bill By Ariel Shapiro The Daily Cardinal

On the most turbulent day yet of demonstrations against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, Democratic state senators successfully delayed the controversial legislation by walking out of the Capitol Thursday and setting up camp across state lines. The bill, which passed out of the Joint Finance Committee in a partisan vote of 12-4 late Wednesday night, after hundreds of testimonies denouncing it, was supposed to be taken up by the state Senate Thursday morning before moving to the state Assembly. However, the state Senate is divided 19-14, and at least 20 senators must be present to vote on

a bill. Republican senators left in the afternoon after it was clear their Democratic colleagues were not coming back. At first the whereabouts of the rogue lawmakers were unknown, and clues from the senators were cryptic. “Brb,” read a Facebook status from state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, who, through her work during the JFC marathon public hearing, emerged as one of the leaders of the fight against the bill. It was later reported the senators were just over the border in Rockford, Ill., Gov. Scott Walker later implored them “to show up and do the job they’re paid to do.” “They don’t have to agree with protests page 3

Teaching Assistants to continue teach outs Friday By Alison Bauter The Daily Cardinal

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Danny Spitzberg, of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, participated in the protests Thursday. TAA voted to continue holding classes off-campus Friday.

Teaching Assistants’ Association members voted Thursday to extend their “teach out,” calling for action on all University of Wisconsin campuses to cease holding class on campus through Sunday. TAA member Magda Konieczna, a PhD student and teaching assistant in the School of Journalism, said after two hours of deliberation, members voted to continue the teach out with only one opposing vote. “It was a very wide-ranging discussion, a lot of emotions,” Konieczna said. “A lot of people didn’t know, coming in, how they would vote because we think it’s very serious.” The TAA is discouraging any

activity on campus Friday and is asking professors and TAs to use their discretion to cancel, reschedule or hold classes off campus. “We realize this is not the strongest action we could call for,” the TAA wrote in a press release. “We are calling for it because we do not want the learning to stop.” Konieczna clarified that a teach out does not necessarily mean canceling discussion sections. “We’re not just saying ‘cancel classes’—that’s why we’re including rescheduling or holding them off campus,” she said. The TAA described its continuing protest as “a sign of solidarity with our elected representatives who have left the state … and with the

tens of thousands of people from around the state who continue to occupy the Capitol.” According to Konieczna, approximately 6,000 people walked off 12 campuses across the state Thursday. Konieczna said the TAA anticipates many more students and TAs will join in Friday’s teach out. In a letter to Chancellor Biddy Martin, the TAA requested she cancel UW-Madison classes Friday to “stand in solidarity with striking public employees across the state” against what they call the “draconian provisions” in Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. UW-Madison has not yet officially canceled class in response to the controversial bill.

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o I’ve been reading a lot of Shakespeare lately … not by choice of course. As it so happens, when you’re enrolled in “Shakespearean Drama,” there is some amount of obligation to do these things. The fact of the matter is this mishmash of vowels, verbs and adjectives that Oxford is calling English is so far removed from the words you and I speak today that I might as well be reading Swahili. Well, I got to wondering: When did this appalling mishmash of prose and rhymed verse become obsolete for the English? Thank God that it did, but what would things be like today if we all spoke our daily monologues like Hamlet and Ophelia? I figured I’d do a bit of work to show (somewhat) what modern day pop-culture would be like if this were the case.

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As a template for translation, I have chosen Lady Gaga’s words in her smash-hit “Telephone.” I chose this particular song mainly because it’s such a modern lyrical masterpiece and will no doubt stand the test of time, so why not give it a little Shakespearean infusion? After all, Shakespeare’s the king of staying popular for hundreds of years past his due date. Why shouldn’t a pop idol who likes to wear dresses made out of meat enjoy the same status? This probably isn’t even proper Shakespearean style (in fact I know it isn’t), so I hope any hardcore thespians who might be reading this won’t get all medieval on me, just know that I gave it my best. *Cue the harp (or whatever the hell that instrument that is)* Lo, lo, my love, methinks ye hailed, yet nay I hear no thing Mine squire comes not alongst me, in this pub, you see, you see What, what hath thy voice spoken now? Your words elude me Tis’ a deep regret, mine ears fail

me, I hath some duty… Ha-hath some duty… Ha-hath some duty… Tis’ a deep regret, mine ears fail me, I hath some duty One moment, tis’ my favorite tune the bard will soon play I cannot send a letter with such spirits at my hands, eh? Ye ought have ’ranged some time with me had knownst you I were free Now you won’t halt hailing me, and I hath some duty… Hook Think not that I despise thee, I must attend to social ties Of late I grow so weary; O these letters need my eyes Oft times it feels as though, I were serving London’s King Yet now I shall forget such things for I’ll be frolicking I’ll be frolicking… Yay, I’ll be frolicking… This night I shan’t take one more hail for I’ll be frolicking…. *Repeat chorus a million times until done*

Halt hailing, halt hailing, I cannot ponder more! Mine heart and head lie on the waltzing floor! Halt hailing, halt hailing, I cannot converse more! Mine heart and head lie on the waltzing floor! Eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eheh-eh Cease hailing to-oo-meh-eheh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh I hath some dut-ay-ay-ay-ayay-ay-ay-ay-ay Cease hailing fo-or-meh-eheh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh Hail-all-ye-want, yet-I’ll-notbe-reached Thy-letter-shan’t-reach-me, I-beseech I-abide-in-this-pub, yayI-drink-this-bub Thy-letter-shan’t-reach-me, I-beseech. Think this article was probably one of the dumbest things you’ve ever seen? After spending far too much time on it, so does Andrew. In fact, he was reluctant to send it in. If you actually liked it, e-mail Andrew at aplahr@, so he can validate that you’re indeed literate.

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diving into the annals of anal Erica andrist sex columnist My partner and I have so far only been having oral sex, which is great. No problems there. Recently, he told me he wants to try anal. I have no problems with this in theory, but when we tried it, I completely froze up. I don’t know how to explain it, but I just got so nervous … and we ended up just going to bed. How can I over come this? —Really Excellent Advice Requested I am pretty impressed that it took until February for somebody to ask about anal. Maybe anal is old news now, but back in my undergraduate days... Anyway, my first suggestion for overcoming your fear, REAR, is to spend a bit of time thinking about why you may have reacted in the way that you did. It’s certainly not your fault you reacted to a sexual stimulus in a negative way; our reactions to stimuli are not always controllable or predictable, and really, they are only problematic when it’s a stimulus to which we would prefer to respond positively. However, when it comes to anal, we have some pretty ingrained social stigmas. Porn has anal sex everywhere, and it looks like it could be awesome. But golly, I poop from there. And despite the fact that heterosexual couples experiment with anal play at rates similar to same-sex couples, we also have a strong association of anal sex with gay sex. If we identify as straight, that may create some cognitive dissonance. That internal conflict doesn’t generally make for good sexual experiences. Neither of those particular factors may be at play in your situation, REAR, but while conscious recognition of our biases

may not make them totally go away, being aware of them can sometimes help us control the degree to which they, uh, penetrate our thinking. Further, if you identify a factor that may have played a role in your response, see if there are ways you might be able to address it. For example, if you realize you’ve got this poop fear, perhaps you could have a bowel movement and/or take a shower prior to sex. Maybe you could also use the Google machine to read up on the ubiquity of oral-fecal contact. If you gave your cat or dog a kiss on the nose today (which I did), or if you pushed the buttons in a public elevator (check), or if you scratched your butt and didn’t wash your hands afterwards (…maybe), odds are pretty good that you got poop particles on your hand, and then in your mouth. So chew on that for a while. Seriously, though, despite all that poop-chewing, you’re fine. We’re fine. Immune systems are rad. And while it is possible to contract infections from oral-fecal contact, I’ll just say that I’d give a partner a rim job over letting them put their fingers in my mouth any day of the week. Next, remove penetration from the equation. You don’t specify this in your e-mail, but my guess is that by “try anal,” you mean your partner would like to try anal penetration. But try starting with other activities. The reason anal sex is so enjoyable for many people is because of the huge amount of innervation in and around your ass. Think about it—without anal innervation, you wouldn’t have great control over your bowel movements, and from an evolutionary standpoint, poor bowel control is disadvantageous— whether you’re hunting a gazelle or sitting in lecture, it’s ideal to be able to control when you go. Stimulation of all those nerves can equal mega pleasure. Try the aforementioned rim job (oral sex on

the anus), or massaging or using a vibrator around the anal opening. This will pack the double benefit of helping your muscles relax, preparing the ass for penetration if/when you decide to try it and helping you begin to identify your anus as a pleasure zone. Any column on anal sex would be incomplete without the mention of lube. Your ass doesn’t lubricate itself, so pretty much no matter what you’re doing—penetration or external stimulation—adding lube is going to be beneficial. Finally, you cannot force anal sex. I hear “Hips Don’t Lie” was just a radio edit—the song actually goes “Your Ass Don’t Lie,” because if you’re nervous and your ass is tense,

give it up. It’s over. Anal sex should not be a goal, or something to “work up to.” The activities I listed are not just warmups or consolation prizes— they are boner fide sexual activities that people enjoy in and of themselves. Listen to your body, allow it to experience sensations positive and negative and, most importantly, adjust appropriately when something doesn’t feel right. Well, REAR, I’m not sure I lived up to your request of “really excellent advice,” but I tried real hard. Best of luck, friend—I hope everything turns out beyond your wildest fantasies. Sex questions? Send them to sex@

City Council approves labor contracts By Maggie DeGroot The Daily Cardinal

Following a march from Madison’s City County Building to the Overture Center, members of Madison’s Common Council approved all pending labor contracts for city employees through 2012. The special Common Council meeting was held to approve these contracts before anything happens in the state Legislature, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. Cieslewicz referred to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate some collective bargaining rights for public employees, among other aspects of his Budget Repair Bill. Of the contracts council members approved, many of the contracts include a 3-percent pay increase at the end of 2011 and a 2-percent increase at the end of 2012. These contracts also include the city continuing to pay for most or all of a group’s health insurance costs. Jennifer McCulley, who represented the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 union at the meeting, said the communication about contracts between the alders and public employees show what a good relationship is supposed to be like. District 8 aldermanic candidate Scott Resnick said regardless of what Walker does, city employees are secure until 2012 with the approval of these contracts. “They represent the interests of the people at the Capitol, represent the interests of basically everybody,” Resnick said. Ald. Julia Kerr, District 13, said by approving these contracts council members are protecting the best interests of the city of Madison and will

protests from page 1 everything we propose, but they should, on behalf of the people who pay their salaries, show up for work,” Walker said. However, state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, accused Walker of being the one to fail at fulfilling his responsibilities. “The governor is ignoring the citizens of Wisconsin who oppose his extreme plan and rightly expect him to assert leadership to bring us together and not tear us apart,” Jauch said in a statement. Walker said while he acknowledges the feelings of the protesters, who filled the capitol rotunda to the brim and the streets outside it Thursday, they do not represent the feelings of the whole state. “Certainly the thousands of people here and outside the Capitol have every right to be heard, but I want to make sure that not for one moment are their voices drowning out the voices of the millions of tax payers all across the state of Wisconsin who … think while what we’re doing is a politically bold move, it is a modest request of our employees at the state and local level,” Walker said. Tens of thousands of teachers, UW students, union workers and school children showed up at the capitol for the fourth straight day to challenge the budget repair bill, which would take away their right to collective bargaining and raise pension and health-care costs for state workers. When Walker was asked whether he would be open to a bill that would include the increased costs but preserve bargaining rights, he said no, claiming the bargaining process would waste too

allow the city to continue to function. “It’s extremely hard to be open for business if no one is plowing the streets,” Kerr said. After approving the ten contracts, the crowded room began to cheer and gave council members a standing ovation. Council members also unanimously passed a resolution supporting Wisconsin workers’ right to organize and collectively bargain. “There are those who want to divide us and we will not be divided,” Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 12, said. Prior to the resolution’s approval, Ald. Jed Sanborn, District 1, said he supports the collective bargaining and local control aspect of the resolution but said he was concerned about some of the language. The council modified the resolution to eliminate some of the language Sanborn deemed as going “too far.” Ald. Michael Schumacher, District 18, said the alterations make the message louder and clearer. Prior to the meeting, hundreds stood in front of the City County Building while Cieslewicz and the majority of the alders spoke before the march around the Capitol building. The crowd also sang “Happy Birthday” to the mayor. “The bill … is nothing more than an assault on Dane County and the city of Madison and our way of life,” Common Council President Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, said. Cieslewicz said he is proud of the political movement at the Capitol but wished he didn’t have to be a part of it. “If you have to call the National Guard, it’s probably not a good idea,” Cieslewicz said of the reaction to Walker’s proposal.

much time during this fiscal crisis. However, state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, condemned the magnitude of the bill and the speed at which Republicans are trying to pass it in a statement. “I could not in good conscience stand by while the Governor’s Republican allies fast-tracked a bill in less than one week that will eviscerate 50 years of collective bargaining rights and labor peace in this state,” Risser said. State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said he stands by the senators’ decision to walk out. When asked whether Democratic assembly members were planning on doing the same, he said they would continue to focus on drafting amendments to the bill. Democratic assembly members showed their solidarity with the protesters and their senatorial colleagues throughout the day by wearing T-shirts reading, “Democrats: fighting for working families.” State Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said she was inspired by the turn out at the capitol. “I am so proud to be a Wisconsin citizen,” Shilling said. “I am so proud of the peaceful demonstrations that have taken place here.” The Assembly is set to take up the bill Friday morning, and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in a statement Republican senators would also convene Friday to try and pass the legislation. However, it is not yet known when the Democratic senators will return to Madison. Risser said they would not vote “before the concerns of the people of this state are heard.”

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And the Protests continue... Thursday, February 17 photos by Ben Pierson, KAthryn Weenig, Wan Mei Leong/the daily cardinal

Thousands descended upon the Capitol Thursday to continue the protest against the budget repair bill, including Paul Soglin and other city politicians.

Gov. Scott Walker condemned Senate Democrats for not doing their jobs and refused to consider a bill that would restore collective bargaining rights for public employees.

State Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said he supported Senate Democrats’ decision to flee the Capitol, and that the bill was against working families.

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, spoke at the rally on King St. Wednesday night against Walker’s bill.

Chancellor Biddy Martin defended her communications with Walker’s staff about the New Badger Partnership at a press conference Thursday.





Wednesday, January 21, 2010


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By Mike Kujak the daily cardinal

There’s something dangerously special about the craft of the short film. Like a short story, the entire film has to be air tight and not a single frame can be wasted or misused. All five of the films in this year’s “Best Animated Short” category at the Oscars have their own unique and lovable vision. Why this category hasn’t become more popular in the public sphere is beyond me. In the current digital culture where rapid consumption is king, it’s a bit mysterious why this category still remains largely ignored by most people outside the film community. This category may be overlooked is because these films don’t have the distribution that other Oscar-nominated films have. Well now, the residents of Madison are in luck. Sundance Cinemas is currently screening all the nominated short films up until Oscar night. So don’t go out this weekend and spend your money on Hollywood spring dumping trash. It’s a sad reality that during the award show, when this category appears, most viewers will treat it

as time for a popcorn refill or bathroom break. Don’t let these films go ignored though. Be there to cheer for your favorite one because they all deserve more attention than they are currently receiving. “Day & Night” (directed byTeddy Newton; 6 minutes), is the one film on this list I suspect most people have seen. If you don’t remember, this was the Pixar film that opened for “Toy Story 3.” It’s certainly the frontrunner for winning the award, and has every right to be. Its use of spatial relations and sound mixing, two often-ignored aspects of filmmaking, are placed at the forefront of the narrative. It’s the only film I’ve ever heard of where the negative space on the film is just as essential to the story as the positive space. Even without its technical achievements, “Day and Night” has an imaginative and provoking tale about tolerance in a divided world. It’s what I will personally be cheering for on Oscar night. “Let’s Pollute” (directed by Geefwee Boedoe; 6 minutes), is a satire of those old “duck and cover” educational videos from the early

Cold War. Its subject is pollution and it does one hell of a job taking it to task. The film is a blitzkrieg on numerous subjects including, but not limited to, capitalism, consumerism, ignorance and just about anything else related to the religion of overindulgence. I consider myself a very patriotic person, but after watching this film I wanted to take a shower and scrub America off of me. At first it seems like an over-extended French director taking pot shots at our country. But by the end of the film, despite possibly hating him for it, you won’t be able to deny that he has a very strong argument. It’s a smart and enjoyable way to learn that we’re all fucked unless we start making some big changes very quickly. “Madagascar, a Journey Diary” (directed by Bastien Dubois, 11 minutes), is certainly the outsider of the nominated films. The voyage follows a traveler through Madagascar and is more of a portrait than a standard short film. I’ve never been to Madagascar and I probably never will, yet after seeing this film through the traveler’s eyes, you have a strong sense of what the country is. The film has a distinct soul to it that must

be accredited to both the culture being depicted and the techniques used by the animators to share it with us. The film’s budget was non-existent. Making time and talent the only real ingredients. The images that creator Dubois gives us seem to slip by almost too fast. It’s a moving art gallery and a memorable experience.

Like a short story, the entire film has to be airtight, and mot a single frame can be wasted or misused.

“The Gruffalo” (directed by Jakob Schuh, Max Lange; 30 minutes), is based off a children’s book of the same name and follows the adventures of a cunning mouse that has to outwit a succession of predators. The film features some voice talent from actors like Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and John Hurt. There’s always been something enduring about the mouse’s story, whether

it’s Remy in “Ratatouille” or Fievel in “An American Tail,” the “lower end of the food chain” perspective is almost always an intriguing one. In this film, the beauty of nature and the cruelty of its reality constantly surround our main mouse. The film is a tribute to the art of storytelling, and is another telling example of just how touching the “standard children’s narrative” can be for all ages. “The Lost Thing” (direceted by Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan; 15 minutes), is about a boy who finds a strange creature on a dystopian beach and decides to find a home for it. You wouldn’t know it by simply watching it, but this is also based on a children’s book. It’s the only film of the bunch that I wasn’t crazy about. I’m a huge fan of science fiction but other than its darkly futuristic tone, the film failed to distinguish itself from the company it’s been placed with. The animation is nothing spectacular. The story is progressive, but I wasn’t able to connect to the characters or its message like I was with the other nominated films. That said, it’s still an interesting watch, and certainly better than anything you’re going to find on Nickelodeon.

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Wherefore art thou ... ‘Gnomeo’...?

Modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic using lawn ornaments is a fun romp for kids, and might just win you over with charm.

By Kaitlyn Kirby the daily Cardinal

Sure, Shakespeare’s been translated into comedy many times before, using both humans and animals alike, but what about lawn ornaments? You’re not alone if skeptical thoughts ran through your head while watching the bubbly trailer: I mean, seriously? “Romeo and Juliet” as garden gnomes? And all set to the music of Elton John? Come on. Well, do not be fooled by its painted plaster exterior, “Gnomeo & Juliet” offers a witty and surprisingly charming spin on the Shakespeare classic.

Adults and little ones alike will chuckle, but then again who wouldn’t find gnomes armed with garden implements invading enemy lawns amusing?

“Gnomeo & Juliet” tells the age-old tale of star-crossed lovers separated by their feuding families, or in this case, gardens. An early conflict between crotchety old neighbors Mr. Capulet and Ms. Montague at “2B” and “Not 2B” Verona Drive begins the perpetual duel of the lawns’ ceramic inhabitants, the Reds and the Blues, with each side of the fence clad in colorful outfits and hats of

varying heights. Similar to the clever capers in “Toy Story,” “Gnomeo & Juliet” depicts the cunning statues’ adventures that take place the moment humans turn their backs, giving the gnomes ample opportunity for things like lawn mower races and spray painting the other side’s wishing well. And when they might blow their cover, the gnomes are quick to strike an adorable pose, leaving both homeowners scratching their heads. As in the play, the Reds (Capulets) are portrayed as the villains, who keep poor Juliet (Emily Blunt) confined to her yard in fear of losing her to the enemy gnomes. After Gnomeo (James McAvoy), a member of the heroic Blues (Montagues), ventures out to save his true love from the destruction of an all-too-powerful lawnmower, it is suggested that the tragic double-death ending of the play may fulfill itself through a slightly different course of events. But fear not: The writers of “Gnomeo & Juliet” spared us all the heartache of some of the play’s most tear-jerking moments, as well as the headache of deciphering any unknown Elizabethan language. The animated film, produced by Sir Elton John, includes a handful of Shakespeare references, with companies such as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Movers” and “Tempest Teapots,” but leaves no cause for worry of translating such lines as “It is the East, and Juliet is the sun.” A few memorable quotes may have wriggled their way into the script, but the characters’ silly

personas do a fantastic job of chasing away any old-world stuffiness that may come attached to the playwright’s name.

photo courtesy touchstone pictures

And when in fear of blowing their cover, the gnomes are quick to strike an adorable pose, leaving both homeowners scratching their heads.

“Gnomeo & Juliet” certainly may have been marketed to a younger audience, but it seems there is something for everyone in this hilarious take on Shakespeare’s most famous play. Adults and little ones alike will chuckle, but then again who wouldn’t find gnomes armed with garden implements invading enemy lawns amusing? Not to mention, the scenes get a little help from songs like “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and “Crocodile Rock.” You may think “Gnomeo & Juliet” is a terrible idea and blasphemous to the great works of William Shakespeare, but if the star-packed cast (think Ozzy, Michael Caine, and Dolly Parton) and Elton John/Lady Gaga duet doesn't motivate you to schlep yourself to a theater, at least it’s a cute kids’ movie that deserves an “A” for effort in transforming an otherwise depressing tragedy into a cheerful fairytale.

Deceptively cute gnomes will win you over in this cute kids film.

opinion Limit religious seg fees

Lydia statz opinion columnist


et’s get a show of hands: How many of you have chanted “Kill the bill” or “Scotty doesn’t know” at least once this week? Okay, now how many of you know that one of our campus student orgs is suing the university for discrimination, and the case is well on its way to the supreme court? Probably not too many hands went up there, so here’s some background: In September of 2007 Badger Catholic (then the Roman Catholic Foundation) levied a suit against UW after they were denied a portion of their requested funding for what they believed were discriminatory reasons.

If there’s one thing most students on campus can agree about, it’s that our segregated fees are high enough.

Badger Catholic had a previous agreement with the university that their organization was to be funded on the same basis as all other organizations, despite their religious status. Some of their programs were denied funding again that year, and they believed the decision was a direct violation of their free speech and right to freely practice their religion. Evidently the federal courts agree. So which programs did the university refuse to pay for? They include a summer evangelical retreat, a student counseling program with members of the clergy, the printing of rosary booklets and a few others.

In short, the university rightly chose not to fund activities that consisted mainly of “worship, prayer, or proselytizing.” It’s a simple case of separation of church and state, right? Didn’t we learn that in grade school? And yet, Badger Catholic claims that the university is trying to squash their right to practice their religion. A few funding denials does not a discrimination make, however. According to the case’s legal brief, 86 percent of Badger Catholic’s proposed budget was approved and funded. The university’s willingness to give them any money at all clearly shows this is not some evil plan to stomp out religious views on campus. This is not a “you can’t do that” slap-in-the-face, but more of a “you can do that, we’re just not going to pay for it” gentle pat. If there’s one thing most students on campus can agree on, it’s that our segregated fees are high enough. With a limited amount of money to be given away, the university has rightfully strict guidelines to determine who can use our money and for what purpose. This leads to tough choices every year, and ultimately some programs just don’t make the cut. The funding guidelines rely on the ability of groups to provide necessary services to students and to present a forum for public discussion, neither of which the programs presented by Badger Catholic fulfill. Religion can be a great lens on a topic of public debate, and I would wholeheartedly encourage the university to fund a lecture such as “Religion and Abortion Rights.” That makes for a good public discussion and interesting viewpoint you might not otherwise find on campus. But using my segregated fees to fund a religious evangelical retreat? There’s just something wrong with that thought.

Doesn’t Badger Catholic have a right to present their opinions on campus, though? Yes and no. The line between viewpoint and content discrimination is sometimes hard to walk, but the university seems to be doing so quite successfully here. Viewpoint discrimination, or discrimination based on the speaker’s point of view, is clearly unconstitutional. Therefore, if Badger Catholic had been denied funds for religious activities while a Jewish student org, for example, was awarded them, they would have a fair First Amendment case.

Using my segregated fees to fund a religious evangelical retreat? There’s just something wrong with that.

However, by not funding any purely religious activities, the university is just choosing to remove the whole topic from the table. Content discrimination does not violate any part of the Constitution, as the university has every right to decide which topics are off limits—as long as they are off limits to Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and everyone else. The university did not tread on anyone’s constitutional rights in the case. Instead, UW followed its own funding guidelines to the letter just like they do for all other student organizations. It’s unlikely the Supreme Court will even take up the case. But if they do, let’s hope they reverse the lower court decisions and maintain the objective principles every public school should be built upon. Lydia Statz is a junior majoring in journalism and international studies. Please send all responses to

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SSFC rules wrong again Brittany Schmidt opinion columnist


o l et me get this straight, the Student Services Finance Committee cut funding for WISPIRG because they were helping the community too much? Is it just me, or does that sound selfish and illogical? This decision is absurd and completely contradicts what the university stands for. Charles Van Hise, university president in 1903, finalized the university’s mission statement, which said, “I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every home in the state.” To punish an organization for doing exactly that is ridiculous. To me, Van Hise’s statement insists students of the UW-Madison should not only aid students, but also the community. As a former WISPIRG intern, I cannot even put into words how much WISPIRG has helped me. I was the volunteer coordinator for WISPIRG and provided over 150 hours of community service for students to take advantage of. Tell me how this does not help the students and the community at the same time? SSFC denied funding to WISPIRG because students weren’t 75 percent of the organizations’ beneficiaries. WISPIRG is a student-run, student-administered, student organization on campus that teaches students how to be effective citizens. According to WISIRG, an effective citizen is what it takes to shake up the status quo and get decision-makers to act on big social problems. WISPIRG has done just that. There are many campaigns within WISPIRG that target a specific social problem in which they campaign and raise awareness. For example, The New Voters Project in 2008 registered over 6,000 students to vote in the presidential election. Many campaigns within WISPIRG are created with students in mind. For example, sustainable campus, health care reform, textbooks and higher edu-

cation have directly impacted UW students. Just because WISPIRG does a lot of outreach work doesn’t mean they doesn’t help the students. WISPIRG allows anyone to get involved and provides opportunities for volunteer work, internships and leadership roles within the organization. It also directly helps students get involved with organizations and create long-lasting relationships that could help them find a job in the future. It is widely known that WISPIRG has built coalitions with many organizations in the Madison area, organizations that rely on WISPIRG for student involvement and often contact them in order to achieve a certain goal. WISPIRG joined with the Community Action Coalition to help with the Red and White Hunger Fight, which is a campus wide food drive. By taking away WISIRG’s funding, the SSFC will also eliminate WISPIRG as a resource for student involvement in community based organizations. WISIRG provided a lot of students with a place to mobilize their public interest. “It reaffirmed that I wanted to pursue a major in a profession that I could fight social injustices. With the tools and skills I gained in WISPIRG, I knew that policy was the direction I wanted to go in,” said Renee Heller, a senior in the School of Social Work. “It is unfortunate that people are going to lose out on that opportunity and exercise what we should be doing as not only students, but as constituents and citizens of our community.” Not only is the SSFC denying students the opportunity to get involved with the community, but the state as a whole will also be negatively impacted. To reprimand an organization for serving the community and becoming a living example of our university’s mission statement is wrong and thoughtless. If anything, WISPIRG deserves to be applauded for its dedication and hard-work on campus and in the community. Brittany Schmidt is a senior majoring in theater and drama. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to

CPAC an indication of big shift in Republican priorities Matt beaty opinion columnist


his week, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held in Washington, D.C., where the most active conservative politicos come to discuss the future of America, share their ideals and prepare for the next presidential election. It would be fair to assume that this meeting would be a homogeneous get-together. But that would hardly do the event justice. This year’s CPAC began to show the true, changing face of the current conservative movement, and the Republican party needs to take notice. It’s no longer just a movement for old, straight white men and to be honest, it never was. Watching coverage on C-SPAN, viewers saw U.S. Rep Allen West, R- Fla., an AfricanAmerican Tea Partier, give the keynote address to rousing applause and acceptance. Viewers saw young

women standing by booths of proliberty groups. And for a second year in a row, the gay conservative group GoProud was in attendance. If anyone thinks they can put a face or demographic on the conservative movement, they are wrong. While the media has tried to portray new conservative groups like the Tea Party as a mob of angry white men, they fail to notice the growing diversity in conservative movements. After all, the Tea Party has African-American, Indian-American and Cuban-American representatives. But there is a more important aspect of diversity in the conservative movement: The diversity of thought. Just as pundits try to place specific demographic labels on conservatives, they have tried to make people think conservatives think the same way all the time. Again, this could not be further from the truth. I see this year’s CPAC as a celebration of the rising diversity in the movement. It was a conference that saw attendees yell “war criminal!” when former Vice President Dick Cheney

and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld took the stage. It was a conference that saw an increased presence in pro-liberty groups that oppose the war on drugs and the Patriot Act. This conference will hopefully compel Republicans in Washington to question some of the policies they have generally supported in the past.

There are more pressing issues in the federal government than controlling who can get married.

But perhaps the biggest, or at least the most interesting, story of the conference was the involvement of GoProud, both as an attending group and a co-sponsor. For too long, Republicans and conservatives have pandered to their socially conservative members, often alienating entire demographics and abandoning their principle

of individual liberty in the process. Many attendees at CPAC have realized this and have embraced GoProud and their commitment to fiscal conservative matters. Sadly, some boycotted CPAC because of GoProud’s involvement. I understand that some conservatives have an objection to homosexuality, and it is their right to that hold that personal objection. But it is a shame they could not overcome that qualm to focus on what CPAC is truly about: Promoting personal freedoms, limited government and market economy. Overall, the vast majority of the conference was accepting of GoProud, realizing that it is more important to focus on the big issues, and not on individuals’ love lives. The government has been growing consistently for nearly the last decade and conservatives are finally starting to realize that their movement branches out past the social conservatives like the Heritage Foundation and Mike Huckabee. It also involves a diverse group of people who are focused on liberty, shrinking the size of government to a manageable level and staying out of peoples’ lives as

much as possible—not banning gay marriage and overturning Roe v. Wade. It seems that there is an overwhelming trend in the movement telling Republicans to call a truce— as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has suggested—on certain social issues. In fact, that would follow quite nicely with a platform promoting freedom and limited government. Republicans do not need to completely ignore social conservatives and their ideas. But there are more pressing issues in the federal government than controlling who can get married. The Republicans are in a position to redefine themselves after the Bush era. They could continue to be a party driven by social conservatism and foreign intervention, which has worked in the past. Or they could look at CPAC and see that the conservative winds are changing, and transform into the party they claim to be—one of liberty and truly limited government. The choice is theirs. Matt Beaty is a sophomore majoring in math and computer sciences. Please send all feedback to

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Weekend, February 18-20, 2011

Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey

Duggan chases points record as Badgers visit Mankato in finale By Matt Kleist the daily cardnal

danny marchewka/cardinal file photo

Badger sophomore Justin Schultz and Gopher sophomore Seth Helgeson tangled in Minnesota last season.

Breaking the ice

Heated border rivalry renewed By Ryan Evans the daily cardainl

As the regular season draws to a close, the No. 12 Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-9-2 WCHA, 19-10-3 overall) finds itself fighting for position in the WCHA standings. The battle is on to secure home ice for conference playoffs, and with the standings tight, every game from here on out might as well be considered a postseason game. As far as intense atmospheres go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this weekend. With Minnesota (9-10-3, 12-12-4) coming into town, the Badgers are ready to renew one of college hockey’s great rivalries. Wisconsin didn’t fare so well this past weekend on the road against Nebraska-Omaha, getting swept by the Mavericks. According to senior forward Podge Turnbull, however, after that series the focus immediately shifted to this weekend. “We have played worse and won games,” he said. “But I think our focus as soon as we left the rink on Saturday was to gear up for this weekend at home. This is the most important

weekend for us.” At seventh place in the WCHA standings, the Gophers sit only three points behind the fifth place Badgers in the standings, adding a new level of intensity to the program’s most played rivalry. Historically there has always been bad blood between the two programs, and for players from both states a series against the Gophers carries all the more weight. “There is a lot of pride on the line between these two teams,” said Turnbull, a Hayward, Wis. native. “These are the types of games you want to play in. This is a fun weekend to be a Wisconsin Badger.” “They are my least favorite team,” junior forward and Minnesotan Jorday Murray, a said. “There is so much history and hatred toward each other. When it comes down to it we just don’t like each other.” For junior defenseman Jake Gardiner, who grew up in Minnetonka, Minn., the series takes on an added dimension. His younger brother, Max, is a freshman forward for the Gophers. “With my brother on the team

it’s a huge thing to play against him,” Gardiner said. “I’m friends with a lot of those guys, but on the ice I’m not friends with any of them.” The Wall Street Journal recently named the Kohl Center the most intimidating place to play in college hockey. This weekend will be the Badgers’ first home series since Jan. 22 and 23 against Minnesota State, and the players are expecting the Crease Creatures to play a pivotal role against the Gophers. “I hope it will be packed,” Murray said. “This is a playoff game and there is nothing better than playing Minnesota in the Kohl Center with our fans behind us.” Gardiner said he hopes the fans are at the same level as they were last weekend when the Wisconsin men’s basketball team took down then-No. 1 Ohio State. “My roommate [junior point guard] Jordan Taylor was saying how much the crowd helped against Ohio State in picking them up when they were down,” Gardiner said. “That is what the fans do here at Wisconsin, they’re awesome.”

For the past couple weeks, few doubted the Wisconsin women’s hockey team would claim the WCHA regular season championship. But that is only the first stop on the Badger’s long road this year. Looking to go even further, Wisconsin hopes to bring home the WCHA Final Five Championship, and ultimately have their eyes set on the national title. Before they look to the post season, however, the Badgers must travel to Minnesota State-Mankato. In their regular season finale, Wisconsin (22-2-2-2 WCHA, 28-2-2 overall) will face off with the Mavericks (7-18-1-0, 8-21-3). Even with postseason play secured, head coach Mark Johnson and his team are not overlooking the struggling Mavericks. Despite sweeping Minnesota State back in October, the Badgers were faced with a tough task in the series opener. “The hard part is we know where we’re playing in the playoffs,” Johnson said. “The motivation becomes a little bit more of a challenge.” This talk of a lack of motivation is exactly that—just talk. If anything, the anticipation for the postseason has made the team more motivated as they head to Mankato. “I think everybody starts to pick it up a little bit,” sophomore Brianna Decker said. “Most teams like to give us their ‘A’ game; we know they’re not going to take it easy on us.” Wisconsin enters this weekend holding the No. 1 ranking in the nation, a spot that they have controlled for a majority of the season. But the title of nation’s best also comes a big target on their backs. Every team is out to knock the Badgers down, but they have shown the country that they are worthy of the title. The textbook play that fans have come to expect from Wisconsin has not come without its fair share of hard work. “We really prepared ourselves,” Decker said. “We’ve been working hard all season.”

Combining their hard work with the talent that each player possesses has led to a season of consistency fueled by improvement. “I look back on the season and we were pretty consistent the whole year,” Johnson said. “If your team can do that, generally, you’ll be successful. Decker has really blossomed into a very good college player and you certainly knew what Hillary [Knight] was capable of and Meghan [Duggan], but they continue to get better.” With little doubt, senior Meghan Duggan has been the standard of consistency for the Badgers, as she moves closer to breaking the Wisconsin women’s hockey all time points record. After picking up six points last weekend against North Dakota, Duggan is within just one point of the record. If the senior manages to register just a single point this weekend, she will move to the top of the list, a feat few expect her not to accomplish. Despite the prospect of breaking the record this weekend, though, it does not seem to DUGGAN be on the minds of anyone in the locker room. “I don’t talk about,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure she does either. If she ends up doing it, she’s done because she deserves it.” Even Duggan herself tends not to concentrate on the record, putting her team’s success over her own. “The media brings it to your attention, so I’m aware,” Duggan said. “If my individual success has aided that, then that’s all I’m looking for.” Following her selfless tendencies, Duggan attributes her success to the hard work of her teammates, and one in particular, Brianna Decker. “I had the opportunity this year to play with [Decker], who I think I owe a lot to,” said Duggan. “Any play that I’ve been a part of, she’s been a part of.”

Men’s Basketball

Penn State limps into Madison for rematch with hungry Wisconsin squad By Max Sternberg the daily cardainl

Coming off a defeat at the hands of Purdue Wednesday night, Wisconsin will look to get back on track as Penn State visits the Kohl Center Sunday afternoon. Though the Nittany Lions were able to knock off UW in State College, Pa., three weeks ago, the Badgers are 14-2 against Penn State at home, winning all ten meetings since the Kohl Center opened in 1998. When these two teams faced off Jan. 29, Penn State was in the midst of a run that saw them take down Michigan State, Illinois and UW at

home while nearly knocking off both Ohio State and Purdue away from the Bryce Jordan center. However PSU comes into Madison having lost four of their last five games since that home upset against the Badgers, struggling in loses to Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Michigan State. Having put themselves back on the bubble in January, the Nittany Lions now seem out of the running and at this point can only hope for a backdoor NIT bid. In Sunday’s contest, the key match-up will undoubtedly be between UW junior guard Jordan Taylor and Penn State senior guard

Taylor Battle, who recently became the first Big Ten player since Alando Tucker to pass the 2,000 point threshold. Taylor, on the other hand, has been the centerpiece of the Wisconsin offense. In last weekend’s upset of No. 1 Ohio State, Taylor led the way with 27 points and 7 assists, dominating the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft during a 30-8 stretch that turned a 15-point Ohio State lead into a 7-point deficit. In the road loss against the Boilermakers Wednesday, however, Taylor never got things going, struggling throughout despite posting 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

As Taylor goes, so go the Badgers. But during the recent stretch that has seen UW win 7-of-9, it has been the supporting cast that has proven crucial down the stretch. Double-digit performances by sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz and freshman guard Josh Gasser were arguably as vital to the Wisconsin comeback against Ohio State as the 21 points Taylor had in the second half. That duo shot a combined 2-of12 from the field against Purdue and seemed unable to get a big shot to fall. Despite the loss, there were positive developments the Badgers can look to

build upon as they head back home. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Evans notched 11 points and five rebounds while showing an added level of aggressive play on the offensive end that Wisconsin would undoubtedly like to see carried over into the final run of conference play. Sunday begins a stretch of games in which the Badgers should be favored in four straight contests, games that are arguably the most important of the season for a Wisconsin team looking to get itself a high seed in the NCAA tournament and perhaps even get themselves back into the conference title race.

Bonus coverage today online at -Women’s basketball welcomes Michigan to the Kohl Center Saturday. Stephanie Richter previews the pivotal Big Ten matchup.

The Daily Cardinal, Weekend, February 18-20, 2011  

The Daily Cardinal, Weekend, February 18-20, 2011

The Daily Cardinal, Weekend, February 18-20, 2011  

The Daily Cardinal, Weekend, February 18-20, 2011