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Dane County plans to improve 911 dispatch


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A local Girl Scout troop sells cookies at University Avenue and Mills Street to fundraise a trip to Disney. They will be selling the trademark cookies through Thursday. + Photo by Jane Thompson

Senate passes heroin, drone, cell phone bills

City officials met Tuesday to improve Dane County’s 911 dispatch time that has resulted in a public safety concern. Mayor Paul Soglin said in a letter to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi the 911 dispatch center is processing calls at a rate of “three times” slower than the agreed-upon national standard. Many issues resulted from the significant delays between the time Dane County’s 911 dispatch center receives calls and when officers are actually dispatched to help, according to the letter. This is an ongoing issue for Dane County citizens that poses as a threat to public safety, since every minute of delay increases risk at a crime scene. According to the letter, one past instance resulted in a fatality. The Madison Fire Department did not dispatch to the scene of a structure fire

Oct. 16, 2013, until three minutes and 48 seconds later— more than triple the agreedupon arrival time, according to the letter. Despite the numerous preventable incidents that resulted from dispatch delays, the 911 Center is not always an unreliable source for immediate help. Eve Galanter, host of “District Reports,” said her experience with the 911 dispatch center was timely and helpful. Galanter said after falling on the ice one afternoon, “within … minutes someone appeared and they were just absolutely fabulous.” The Madison Police and Fire Department and the chairman of the 911 dispatch center will seek improvements to Dane County’s dispatch times to restore public safety, according to the letter. —Jamie Lefebvre

‘Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education’ bills approved By Andrew Hahn THE DAILY CARDINAL

The state Senate passed several bills Tuesday addressing heroin addiction, cell phone tracking, school accountability and drone use. A legislative package known as “HOPE: Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education,” passed the Senate Tuesday. These four bills would require more identification to purchase prescription drugs and provide immunity for individuals who get emergency services for a person in danger. The bills, introduced by state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, would also permit emergency first-responders to administer naloxone, an overdose-countering drug, and change state drug disposal programs. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, applauded his colleagues for passing the legislation, saying this legislation “may be

the difference between a close call and yet another fatality,” according to a statement. The Legislature also approved a measure prohibiting law enforcement from tracking the location of cellular telephones without obtaining a warrant. State Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, and Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, co-authored the bill. “By providing parameters for the collection of this high personal data, we are providing clear guidelines, and less chance for data to be found inadmissible in court,” Sargent said in a statement. The Senate also passed a bill that would create new guidelines for public and private school accountability. It would require the Department of Public Instruction to conduct a new school accountability system for public and private districts. The system would assess math, reading, college readiness and other standards.

Sponsored by state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, the bill would also provide new guidelines for public, private and charter school improvement, including changes to curriculum, instruction techniques and evaluation methods. “It is crucial that we also maintain transparency and ensure that any schools that receive taxpayer funding will be up to par,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “This bill is a strong first step in that process.” Additionally, state Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, saw passage of a bill he authored that would outlaw the use of drones equipped with audiovisual recording technology to assist in a criminal investigation. The legislation concerning drug abuse and cell phone tracking await signatures from the governor, while the bills regulating school accountability and drone use move to the Assembly.

Assembly approves constitutional convention resolution By Eoin Cottrell THE DAILY CARDINAL

Assembly approves potential delegate selection process

The Wisconsin Assembly moved one step closer to becoming the 21st state to request a constitutional convention Tuesday night. At the original constitutional convention in 1787, the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia and replaced the

Articles of Confederation with the Constitution. All Assembly Republicans voted to request a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. State Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, authored the bill and gave final comments after more than an hour of debate. Kapenga urged legislators to pass the resolution, saying there is no fiscal accountability in Washington,

D.C., and warned legislators not to “shrug off responsibility.” Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, asked Assembly members to vote against the resolution, saying a convention would put the entire Constitution up for potential editing or amendments. The Assembly also passed a bill specifying how delegates

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Mayor Paul Soglin met with Madison Police and Fire Department members to improve the local dispatch time.

Nursing school to offer incentives for grad students The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing will offer new loan forgiveness and fellowship programs to encourage nursing students to pursue further education and fill nurse educator positions in the state, according to a university press release. The overall goal of the program is to address the statewide nursing faculty shortage, according to the release. Led by UW-Eau Claire and funded through a UW System incentive grant program, the $3.2 million “Nurses for Wisconsin” initiative comes in response to predictions that the state could see a shortage

of 20,000 nurses by 2035, the release said. Fifty to 80 percent of qualified undergraduate students who applied to nursing schools at four UW System institutions in 2012-’13 were denied admission, primarily because there was not enough qualified nursing faculty to teach them, according to the release. The program also offers to pay up to $50,000 in outstanding debt in return for a threeyear teaching commitment. In addition to UW-Madison, nurses enrolling in doctoral programs at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Eau Claire will receive fellowships from the initiative.

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Kane Kaiman is a graduate of Cedarburg High School. There, he scored a 5 on his AP Psychology test, giving him the authority to interpret the dreams of all humans and some of the earth’s more intelligent mammals. A brooding recluse, Kaiman has not been seen outside his mansion at 222 N. Carter in over six years. This week’s dream:

“I was college-aged, but I went back home for a baseball tournament. But the tournament was for high school kids only, so I was told to sneak in the main doors of the ballpark if I wanted to play. The person that told me to sneak in was really just trying to get me in trouble and security stopped me and asked for I.D. They said they were taking the I.D. to Jim Barton, who was my boss back in high school. I said ‘good’ because I thought he would vouch for me, but he walked by and told security to kick me out. And they did.” —Jacob Miller, sophomore

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We all wish we could go back and relive the glory days. You and I more than most. The year is 2002. It’s a very important mid-June night. My groundbreaking work studying the dreams of dolphins has finally paid off, and I’m about to give an acceptance speech for the Abraham Maslow Award in front of hundreds of the world’s most influential psychologists at the International Psychologist Association’s annual convention. As I am walking up to the podium, it dawns on me: This is the pinnacle of my career. And I am truly happy for the first time in my life. In three weeks my face will be on the cover of Time Magazine above the caption “Dolphin Doolittle: The Psychologist That Can Speak to Animals.” In four weeks I will be dating Marisa Tomei. And in five, “The Dolphin Dream Diaries” will become a New York Times Best Seller, making me the most wealthy psychologist on the planet. Flash forward to the present day. No one is asking me to give any speeches. No one from Time

wants to take my photograph. I’m single and penniless. Where did it all go wrong? My interpretations are still 100 percent accurate! They always will be! Accuracy is not the issue. The simple fact is that people don’t need human dream interpreters anymore. Super computers, such as Deep Dreamer and Vision Master II, have rendered our work obsolete. Of course, these computers are so large that they fill entire rooms, but they can interpret dreams in fractions of a second. You’ll get a speedy and 100 percent accurate interpretation. Beep, boop, bop: “You. Have. Intimacy. Issues.” Beep, boop, bop: “You. Have. An. Oedipus. Complex.”

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But you’ll only get the bare bones. You won’t get any advice, or sympathy, for that matter. Nevertheless, dream interpreters are a dying breed, and have been for years. These computers get more sophisticated every day. And, eventually, every newspaper will have one, including The Daily Cardinal. So, do I wish I could wind the clock back to 2002 and waltz back up to that podium again? Of course I do. But I don’t obsess over it so much that it influences my dreams. It’s time to let go, Jake. No more fantasizing about your high school baseball career. No more telling people about making All-Conference. You aren’t the big man on campus anymore. No one cares about that home run you hit in sectionals or the time you went all the way with Carmen Santos behind the bleachers. This is a school of over 40,000 people. How many of them do you think consider themselves high school sports heroes? If you want to regain some of that former glory, it’s time to find a new niche. I recommend writing for The Daily Cardinal. The Carmen Santos of the world have grown up since high school, and I heard they’re into intellectual guys these days. Do you have a dream you want Kane to interpret for you or someone you know? Email Kane at for his absolutely 100 percent factually accurate advice.

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On this day in history... 1861—Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom. He institutes good, old-fashioned slavery the next day. 1913—The very first Cracker Jack prize, a live sea urchin, is inserted into the box. 1960—Bil Keane’s “Family Circus” cartoon strip debuts. Centered around a dysfunctional family of horrifically disfigured circus freaks, the strip becomes famous for its graphic content. 1987—The first anti-smoking ad airs on television featuring Yul Brynner. Brynner famously spits right onto the camera lens after uttering the line, “I’d rather throw in a nice chaw than inhale that shit.”


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City finance group moves ahead with Judge Doyle Square plan

University review committee seeks new budget model

By Patricia Johnson THE DAILY CARDINAL

Madison’s Board of Estimates came to a unanimous decision on a resolution for the city to begin negotiations with Judge Doyle Square Development, LLC. The city decided to use proposals from JDS Development, LLC, for redevelopments on the block where the Madison Municipal Building and Government East Garage are located. Local officials chose the JDS development over alternative development firms due to their preferable visionary plans and reasonable costs. “The meat of the resolution is that we are authorizing city staff to begin negotiations with JDS development, LLC,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said. The resolution also includes nine general principles relating to the project such as preserving the Madison Municipal Building for civic use, repairing the old Government East parking ramp and establishing a 250-room hotel. Verveer said the negotiation process is expected to be lengthy, extending to late summer or early fall. “We expect those negotiations to be so rigorous in part because there are so many details that need to be worked out,” Verveer said. Madison city officials recently encountered conflicts with the Madison School District due to anticipated Tax Incremental Funding for the project. The school district sent a letter to Mayor Paul Soglin requesting the closure of TIF District 25 to receive funding from the revenue generated in the district. District 25 could also fund a portion of the project if it remains open due to the potential revenue it can still generate before its state-administered closure in 27 years, according to Ald. Lisa Subeck, District 1. The TIF district has ongoing obligations from many years ago when it was first established for the block 89 project with revenue bonds. According to Subeck, closing the district could be “problematic” because the revenue made on the bonds would be reverted. Keeping the revenue open until its scheduled closure could generate between $50 and $60 million as opposed to the estimated $16 million it would receive from immediate closure. “At this point, no decision has been made about how much TIF funding will be used or where the funding would go,” Subeck said. “Right now we’re just at the beginning stages of negotiations.”

assembly from page 1 would be chosen should a constitutional convention be called. Under the bill, the president of the Senate would appoint two members, the speaker of the Assembly would appoint two members and the governor would appoint one member from either chamber. “I shudder to think who we would send,” Barca said.


Student Services Finance Committee Chair David Vines said it would be “very unlikely” if the Eligibility Criteria Review Committee did not pass the final criteria draft.

Eligibility committee moves closer to final criteria draft The Eligibility Criteria Review Committee discussed the final draft of the eligibility criteria for the General Student Services Fund in a meeting Tuesday. The General Student Services Fund is the money the Student Services Finance Committee allocates to student organizations proving they provide services benefiting students. The committee has worked toward revising the GSSF eligibility requirements to shift the eligibility focus away from directly benefiting students and aligning more with learning outcomes of The Wisconsin Experience, which is not a part of the current criteria. The committee discussed

the main points SSFC Chair David Vines said were the areas people in the committee have focused on changing. Members discussed the definition of “educational” in the draft. A group’s programs are educational if they promote any of the five Wisconsin Experience principles listed, according to previous criteria. ECRC did not object to changing the language of one intercultural principle to also include “cross-cultural,” which Vines said would give groups more flexibility while still maintaining a consistent framework. The draft accountability requirements state a group cannot have intentionally violated any group or government laws

in the past two years and still qualify. The change will allow groups with violations to reapply the following year. Several committee members questioned draft language concerning program accessibility. The committee said it was unclear who would determine which students would potentially want to participate. The committee tabled the discussion until next week, when it will finish and vote on the final draft. The draft will need a majority vote to pass and go to SSFC. Each SSFC member and GSSF group will have one vote. Vines said it is “very unlikely” the draft would not pass. —Paige Villiard


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Two University of Wisconsin-Madison freshmen take advantage of the recent snow and roll a giant snowball in an attempt to make a snowman. + Photo by Jessie Gallimore

State Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison, said the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group, had lobbied Republicans to introduce this resolution. Berceau also said 20 Republicancontrolled state legislatures had already passed a request for a constitutional convention. For an amendment-proposing convention to be held, 34 states must approve the request. Once the

convention proposes an amendment it must be ratified by 38 states to become a permanent change.

Bill alters officer-involved death investigations Wisconsin Assembly legislators passed a bill that would mandate third-party investigations into civilian deaths involving a police officer. State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said she never imagined working on law enforcement

legislation until Paul Heenan was killed in a struggle by a Madison police officer in November 2012. For the last two years, state Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, and Taylor put aside their political differences to create a bill that could benefit both the families and police stations. Taylor thanked the bill’s author, Bies, and numerous law enforcement organizations for their bipartisan cooperation. The bill makes

University of WisconsinMadison Chancellor Rebecca Blank commended a budget review committee for doing an “excellent” job of researching options for a new budgetary model. Blank created the Budget Model Review Committee—composed of faculty, staff and students—in September to explore the creation of a new model. The committee identified strengths and weaknesses of the current budget, created distribution guidelines and found barriers and new approaches to budgeting. While the university must continue increasing tax support and private philanthropy, “this alone will not suffice,” according to the report. The committee said it is confident the university will “rise to the challenge” of creating a new model. “To do otherwise is to choose a future in which UW-Madison no longer serves the citizens of Wisconsin well and loses its position among the preeminent institutions of higher education in the nation and around the world,” the committee reported. The report indicated this is an “initial step” in improving UW-Madison’s budgetary practices.

Construction to close downtown intersection Wednesday The 100 block of West Dayton Street and the 100 block of North Fairchild at State Street will be closed Wednesday due to the installation of a new telecommunications service to 129 State Street, according to a Madison news release. AT&T, along with its subcontractors, will place copper wire from a manhole at the intersection near the Overture Center for the Arts, restricting through-traffic of the area between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., the release stated. Drivers needing to access the Associated Bank drivethrough and the State Street Capitol Garage will be allowed to pass throughout the duration of the closure, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will not be disturbed, but the city recommends bicyclists and motorists use alternate routes to prevent delays related to the closure. For more information, contact Luke Peters of City Traffic Engineering at 608-267-1969 or Dave Martin of AT&T at 608216-4344. a difference to families and gives credibility to law enforcement, Taylor said. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, expressed his admiration for all the parties working through the “difficult issue,” calling the bill a “giant step forward.” “We are put on this earth to accomplish certain things, and I think this is one of those things I was brought here for,” Bies said.

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By Donald Radcliffe The Daily Cardinal

Poverty can cause a lot of challenges for a child. Parents in poverty tend to be out working most of the time, and they’re stressed by inconsistent income when they aren’t working. The social support network of parents tends to be smaller. Stress accumulates and indirectly passes down to the children. Children of poorly educated parents hear fewer words and tend to receive commands rather than questions. There are fewer books in poor households. Nutrition, hygeine and sleep can also be negatively affected by poverty. These environmental conditions can hinder an infant’s brain development. This is the finding of a new study called “Family Poverty Affects the Rate of Human Infant Brain Growth,” coauthored in part by Seth Pollak, Barbara Wolfe and Jamie Hanson of the University of WisconsinMadison. In this, the researchers compared the brain development of children from low, middle and high-income families. “You can see that these three groups of kids are starting kindergarten with differences in brain development,” said professor of psychology Seth Pollak. “And that’s probably going to influence how they’re able take

advantage of resources being made available there.” The three professors teamed up with scientists at the University of North Carolina who had developed new software capable of reading scans from the infant brain, a surprisingly difficult task. “It’s hard to get babies in a scanner,” Pollak said. “But also, our brains when we’re very young aren’t clearly differentiated. When you look at an adult brain, you can really make out the various areas, and in babies, it’s all kind of mushed together.” Scientists then recruited pregnant women in the greater Saint Louis and Boston metropolitan areas. A demographically representative sample of children up to age four were scanned, an average of 3.1 times. The researchers found differences in the development of gray matter through time. Gray matter is a type of brain tissue that includes most neural cell bodies and neuron connections, known as synapses. It is responsible for decision making, impulse control, memory, muscle function, sensory perception, speech and emotion. They found kids in poor households create gray matter more slowly than their rich and middle-income peers, even

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though they begin life with the same amount. It’s not clear which specific aspects of poverty cause this effect. The negatives of poverty tend to be packaged together; a household with poor vocabularly often won’t have stellar nutrition. It is hard to separate the variables. Life in poverty is generally less stimulating than the life of the middle and upper classes, and it’s more stressful. Brains are adaptive organs, processing complex and varied stimuli to adjust to their surroundings. They don’t function well if they aren’t given enough stimuli, and stress also tends to slow them down. These findings reinforce the child’s need for a supportive environment. They tell us that poverty is not a genetic disease. It means that a child born into poverty is not inevitably locked into the poverty cycle. That is, if the child is given the proper support. Furthermore, a poor kid in kindergarten—disadvantaged by brain physiology—may be able to turn things around. “There’s no indication that this early trajectory is putting these kids on a pathway that’s not changeable or reversible,” Pollak said. “Human brains are incredibly responsive to their experience. And that should

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mobilize us to say, ‘well, what can we do,’ at a very early stage in life, to help everyone reach their true potential.” Pollak and his colleagues plan to continue to follow the children through adolescence, in order to gauge the long-term effects of poverty on gray matter formation. In the meantime, poor children can be given special attention in school. They might require enhanced cognitive stimulation, or more nurturing, or better nutri-

tion, or all of those things. More research is needed before poor children can be given specific treatments to close the gray matter gap. One thing is clear: Poverty is a real problem facing children in the United States. A child is not responsible for the circumstances she is born into, circumstances that put her at a disadvantage, both economically and cognitively. Poverty is an issue that needs to be taken seriously.

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This figure displays the total gray matter for each income group by age. Low-income households are represented by the blue line, middle-income households by the red line and high-income households by the green line.

IceCube, 2013 breakthrough of the year, brings neutrinos to the fore By Catherine Steffel

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Buried deep within one and a half miles of dark, clear Antarctic ice lies IceCube. After seven years of construction, the IceCube detector was completed in 2010: one cubic-kilometer of ice instrumented with over 5,000 optical sensors. Unlike an optical telescope, which looks at photons, IceCube tries to view the sky using highenergy neutrinos that originate from objects and processes such as the sun, dark matter, radioactive decay, cosmic rays and violent galactic events such as exploding stars. IceCube is therefore a neutrino telescope in that it “[takes] a picture of the sky using neutrinos,” according to Francis Halzen, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and principal investigator of IceCube. Through detecting neutrinos, which are nearly massless and electrically neutral particles, researchers can begin to understand the objects and phenomena by which neutrinos are produced. They also can understand properties of neutrinos, such as how neutrino oscillations may relate to the changing flavors (types) of neutrinos. IceCube instruments, buried in the ice to shield them from radiation at the Earth’s surface, detect the light emitted by particles that are produced when a neutrino interacts with ice. The resulting nuclear reaction produces secondary particles that give off a blue light called Cherenkov radiation. Neutrinos travel at nearly the speed of light and typically do

not interact with matter or magnetic fields. Because neutrino interactions with matter are rare and produce light of long wavelengths, the South Pole was chosen as the ideal location for the IceCube detector. While most ice contains air bubbles that would distort IceCube’s measurements, the compressed South Pole ice sheet contains few of these bubbles, making the ice there ideal for neutrino detections. Projects competing with IceCube to detect high-energy neutrinos are located in the deep ocean water of the Mediterranean Sea. Halzen notes that this medium holds several disadvantages over ice, the main one being movement of the water itself. The advantages of IceCube are clear. “History has shown the importance of our choice—we got there first,” Halzen said. IceCube was awarded the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year award by Physics World for their discovery of 28 extremely high-energy neutrinos. UW-Madison also received the award in 2012 for the discovery of the Higgs boson. Receiving the award “was a total surprise,” Halzen said. “You do not do this type of highly risky research if fame or a better career is on your mind…The biggest surprise [was that we ended up] doing the science described in the proposals written 15 years ago.” The IceCube collaboration published data and statistical methods on their discovery of 28 high-energy neutrinos in the November 2013 issue of Science. These data show the first observations of cosmic neutrinos rath-

er than simply neutrinos of atmospheric origin. In the analysis published in Science, Halzen said, “we specialized [our analysis] to neutrinos of such high energy that they no longer make it through the Earth. As a consequence, most of the cosmic neutrinos collected so far originate in the southern sky above Antarctica.” In routine observation, IceCube looks at the sky above Madison from the South Pole. While IceCube detected the first high-energy neutrinos to a high statistical significance, Halzen says that, unlike social sciences research, “significance is not the central issue” in the statistical analysis published in Science. “The key issue is whether some systematic effects have been overlooked,” Halzen said. “We have ways to mitigate those by finding the same signal in totally different ways; further results will become public soon.” There is still much to be done. Halzen hopes to compile more data to help determine the origins of these high-energy cosmic neutrinos. He suspects that the neutrinos originate in the cosmic particle accelerators that produce cosmic rays, “which are particles with ten million times the energy of those produced in Geneva with the Large Hadron Collider.” While looking for the sources of the newly discovered cosmic neutrinos is IceCube’s main priority right now, Halzen said, “I am still looking for a total surprise, an observation made possible with this totally novel equipment.” IceCube might just be the detector that is up to the task.

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Brave Baby set to rock The Frequency By Jonny Shapiro The Daily Cardinal

Admit it—you’ve always wondered if it would be possible to live in a storage space. Set up a single mattress with a distastefully modern Ikea nightstand in the dimly lit box. Maybe a personal shag carpet rug, because if you’re living in a storage unit, you’re most likely a leftover ’70s hippie. Well, Brave Baby, the indie five-piece from Charleston, S.C. hasn’t been living in one, but they’ve been practicing in one since their inception in January, 2012. The band will be in Madison for Communion’s February show and I got to speak with them about their eclectic debut album, their lives growing up in different southern towns and their unique practice spot. “We have a storage unit where we do our writing and recording,” Keon Masters, Brave Baby’s guitarist and lead vocalist told me. “Our drummer and recorder Wolfgang Zimmerman, that’s where he creates records and that’s where we’ve been having our stuff for a long time. It’s a special little spot. It’s a storage unit but we’ve created our own little comfortable, cozy creative space. It’s not too small. It’s not huge, but it’s about 15 by 27 feet. Half of it is studio space, half of it is live practice space.” Maybe it was this comically small space that helped the band gel to self-producing their debut album Forty Bells. The album features 11 songs and draws on influence from across genres. At times, I could hear the psychedelic pop sounds of The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers. Other times, a folk rock sound broke through to remind me of Bruce Springsteen. “Producing our own record was difficult sometimes

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Indie rock band Brave Baby will play at The Frequency Wednesday, Feb. 19. They are one of four acts playing this month’s Communion show, which starts at 7 p.m. because you wish you had someone with a touch to tell you what to do, but it was also very beneficial,” Masters said. “We could record whatever we wanted and we had complete creative control. It took a lot of discipline to pull out what didn’t need to be there and put in what did. Figure out the best ways to create a song without over or underdoing it.” Forty Bells sounds like a band looking for their sound and taking the shotgun approach, firing off as many different vibes as they can muster and hoping one hits. The problem—if you can call it that—is that they actually hit on a few different genres. “When we had an idea,

we recorded it. We had about two or three albums of material before we were actually, like, ‘what do we want to do, what do we want to get rid of ?’ Eventually there was a moment where we started doing these new recordings and that’s when we found the songs that were going to be on the project, which developed into Forty Bells. Having a guy like Wolfgang in the band who’s got such an ear and touch for production is a huge benefit to the band and gives us the ability to do things a lot of bands can’t do, like produce our own record. I work from a little bedroom and I’ll make a demo and bring it to the guys. It’ll be a bones ver-

sion of a song and we’ll all talk about where we can take it. Eventually, people will bring in all sorts of ideas. The finished product is never anything like it was in the beginning. Total group effort.” Though the band lists their origin in Charleston, the band members actually did not all grow up together. In fact, none of them are from the Charleston area. “Wolfgang, Christian [Chidester, vocals/guitar] and I grew up in Charlotte and Steven [Walker, keys] is from small coastal town called Buford, South Carolina. Jordan [Hicks, bass] is from Florence, South Carolina. We’ve lived in Charleston for three to

five years, depending on who you’re talking to in the band. The music scene is great, doing really well. It’s the end of the road, end of the interstate, so a lot of people, a lot of big bands don’t go there and stop in Raleigh instead. That can be a bummer as far as having popular bands around. But as far as what’s going on in the town, there’s some really special stuff. Wolfgang has had a huge hand in that lately because he’s been producing a lot of really great records with a lot of artists around town. Our friend Octopus Jones released Phantasmagoria. They’re out in Raleigh now but they’re part of our tight little Charleston community. Our buddy Johnny Delaware released a record [Secret Wave] not too long ago and Wolfgang had a large hand in that as well.” A little more than a year after the release of Forty Bells, Brave Baby is still practicing and recording in their storage unit. “Well, we’re a year older,” Masters joked. “We’ve gotten tighter after a year, our live shows are better. You grow and the relationships are stronger. You get annoyed a little quicker but are quicker to say sorry. We love each other more than we did a year ago. We’re excited about the next record and the stuff we’ve been recording. We’re going in at the end of the month with a new producer to see if the relationship will work and see what kind of territory we’re going to embark on for the next record that’ll hopefully be released in the next year or so.” Catch Brave Baby at Communion at The Frequency on Wednesday, Feb. 19. They’ll be joined by Johnnyswim, sister duo Vic and Gab, as well as Milwaukee’s Hello Death.

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tudents on college campuses have relied on the same crop of multiplayer games to provide enjoyment for what seems like forever now. “Mario Kart,” “Mario Party” and various sports games are always excellent staples, but there’s been a movement afoot in the PC space to create a greater emphasis on local couch co-op. Rather than battling some folks around the world in “Halo”, why not take a trip to yesteryear and enjoy rubbing defeat in your buddies’ faces while they sit next to you. I won’t say the collection of games I’m suggesting are better when combined with a hearty alcoholic beverage (spoiler: they are) but here are a few of my recent favorites you should consider trying out the next time you’re saddled with hosting the group. Additionally, if you purchase these games on your laptop or PC, hook up your HDMI

cord and feel free to plug in a few wired Xbox or PS4 controllers so you can manage the game easier on your comfortably sized television.

There is really no substitute for berating your friend after a victory while he sits beside you in tears.

“Samurai Gunn” My current favorite multiplayer game says all it all in its title. Playing as a minuscule but nimble ninja hopping around a bevy of different maps replete with dangerous obstacles, you battle against up to three other friends in a frighteningly quick deathmatch. Armed with a sword that can slash in any direction, each time you connect with someone, it results in an instant kill. The goal is to reach 10 kills, although a near tie can result in a oneon-one showdown. Each life also comes with an addition to your arsenal of three bullets that are equally as deadly as your sword.

Although slightly manic when you get four players onscreen, the agility of your ninja—including the ability to stick to walls—makes navigation a breeze. The game is coming to PS4 later this year, but if there’s any game on here you purchase, make it this one. “Nidhogg” A project nearly four years in the making, this game is solely about besting your opponent in a one-on-one swordfight. Managing your jumping ability, throwing swords and your sword’s height can become a complex juggling act. Mastering the systems will take time, but all the while it’s still delightful to stick a sword in your buddy’s chest. You have to advance through three screens, with your opponent constantly respawning after you dispatch them. The end goal is to reach a giant sky worm called “Nidhogg” and watch as he gobbles up your victorious body in a beautifully grotesque ceremony. Although only for two players, the thrill of staving off someone’s near victory makes “Nidhogg” a fantastic spectator sport as well. The game is only available on PC currently, so I recommend plugging

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mary burke’s outlook against scott walker seems bleak


early four years ago, a deft, bold stroke of a pen enacted a law that turned newly elected Gov. Scott Walker into perhaps the most divisive man in Wisconsin history. Today, he is one of the most highly revered politicians in the country and on the short list for a 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. In between, he was vilified and lionized; berated for backward policies and championed for passing laws that would grow the state’s economy; successful in a recall election because of bottomless campaign offers and successful in a recall election because the state was finally headed in the right direction under his command. It depends on who you ask. What isn’t up for debate is who is still in office and who came out of the intensely bitter political bickering of the last four years on top. It was the very efforts to paint him in as negative a light as possible and prematurely remove him from office that served as unexpected but welcome PR for the ambitious Milwaukee father of two, propelling him to national stardom and local invincibility. Now, as Wisconsin approaches the regularly scheduled gubernatorial election later this year, it seems Walker is too big to fail. His challenger, Mary Burke, is by all standards a good candidate. The former Trek bicycle executive, who has little to no political back-

ground, brings to the table someone who knows business and hasn’t been tainted by unsavory partisan politics. She is the sort of candidate Republicans usually run with, and could give Democrats considerable crossover appeal (if undecided voters even exist anymore here). She also is a woman, and given the highly conservative social agenda of state Republicans, she is certainly appealing. But, besides the perhaps insurmountable stature of the man she seeks to beat, there is one big problem: No one knows who she is.

Even if Burke runs a masterful campaign, it will be too little, too late.

The election is fast approaching, yet there has not been any of the build-up that has characterized recent elections here. People simply haven’t heard of or seen her anywhere. Also, the fact no one else from the Democratic Party has decided to run in the primary is bad news for Burke. A lack of primary leads to lack of exposure. While sometimes bitter primary elections can hurt a candidate in the general election, in this case, any publicity—good or bad—would give voters a chance to get to know her name. Then there’s the issue of money. The


Mary Burke is the democratic candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial elections. recall election was the most expensive in state history, and we may now see people apprehensive about giving again, particularly on the losing, Democratic side. And national money sources don’t seem to think a Burke candidacy is worth backing, especially when there are several decisive House and Senate elections across the country that could tip in either direction. While Wisconsin became a globally recognized hotbed for liberal activism just a few years ago, this time around there is hardly any progress. The state’s once formative progressive legion has been reduced to a few protesters that still picket around the Capitol building. Perhaps years of persistent dissent has made them exhausted, but there is little doubt they aren’t making things happen with their mouth or their wallet. It all may seem bleak, but instead of giving up, Democrats must now turn to areas of the state where

Walker’s star doesn’t shine so bright and make gains in the state legislature. There a progressive agenda still stands a chance. All this being said, the campaigning will pick up considerable steam this spring and summer. Even if Burke runs a masterful campaign, it will be too little, too late. In an effort to execute Walker—politically, of course—Democrats shot themselves in the foot. Until that wound heals or a candidate appears (Russ Feingold?) who can outrun Walker, progressives will have to gaze up at the statehouse for at least the next four years and wonder what could have been. Do you agree with The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board that it will be difficult for Mary Burke to lead a successful fight against Gov. Scott Walker? What do you think she could do to improve her chances? Please send all feedback to opinion@

Democrats must embrace, support and defend the Affordable Care Act

SEAN HOEY opinion columnist


utting together a piece for your enjoyment and consumption this week, I found myself oddly strapped for ideas. My liberal, opinionated self somehow was totally transformed into a normal human being. Last week, I wrote about #SochiProblems, and the week before, it was the minimum wage—what else is there to opine to my vast readership? And then, like a lightning bolt from Zeus, it struck me: Obamacare. It’s what’s in. Everyone who’s anyone is writing about it (well, mostly far-right-wing bloggers). I’m not sure if I really want to align myself with them, but to hell with it. I’m already this far in, so I figured I better offer some snarky commentary before all the talk about the Affordable Care Act’s problematic implementation goes away. It surely goes without saying that the rollout of was certainly botched—there’s no denying it at this point. And such a long, recurring story about Obamacare’s many problems has left Democrats—nearly every one cur-

rently in government having voted for the bill—on the defensive. Happening just one year out from a major election cycle, Democrats, particularly those defending seats in more conservative states like Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, or Mark Begich in Alaska, have had to run away from their damaging votes. They’ve offered bills to fix various problems, they’ve offered rebuke for the poor implementation, and they’re all running ads distancing themselves so that they might be able to win their seats in November.

Thus, instead of awkwardly backing away from their votes, Democrats can and should assert that Republicans aren’t for the many commonsense reforms wrapped in the Affordable Care Act. Democrats, though, should be careful about how far they put themselves from this law. Just as I suggested above, this story, if it takes days, weeks, or even many months, is going to go away. As of this time last week, nearly 3.3 million Americans had registered to receive health insurance through the exchanges, seeming to put the figures back on track to reach the 7 million

enrollee goal by the end of March, despite the Obamacare website’s technical malfunctions.

It surely goes without saying that the rollout of was certainly botched—there’s no denying it at this point.

Someday in the near future, the Affordable Care Act is going to be more or less fully implemented with millions of Americans having access to health care for the first time ever, and when that happens, Democrats again are going to want to cozy up to the bill they so valiantly fought and sacrificed for in 2010. This will, obviously, open them up to Republican flip-flopping attacks: Are Democrats for the Affordable Care Act or against it (a question to which Democrats will perplexingly answer yes)? This line of questioning could especially complicate the 2016 presidential election having backed away from the president who implemented it but supporting a candidate who, in all likelihood, will have voted for it in Congress. But to my likeminded liberals fretting over this political imbroglio, I say to you: Do not to worry. There is, in fact, a possible strategy

to overcome these short-term electoral problems without undermining long-term gains. Instead of totally abandoning their support of the law, Democrats instead must go on the offensive. If Republicans were in control of government, they would choose to disband health care reform altogether (remember Mitt Romney: “Day one, job one, repeal Obamacare”), and the law provides for a number of items Americans overwhelmingly support, like free preventative care and mandating the end of gender disparity. Thus, instead of awkwardly backing away from their votes, Democrats can and should assert that Republicans aren’t for the many common sense reforms wrapped in the Affordable Care Act, the kind of provisions that stop rich health care corporations from profiting off the misfortunes of everyday Americans. So to my fellow Democrats, I say don’t back down. We can win on this issue without sacrificing our political bona fides. And political complications aside, our country needs this law. There are no realistic alternatives that will help so many uninsured Americans get the coverage they deserve. Don’t turn away from what’s smart, and don’t turn away from what’s right. Do you love and embrace the Affordable Care Act or do you hate everything about it? Should Democrats embrace it as well? Please send all feedback to


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UW teams inch closer to postseason Programs enter end-of-season stretches with varying levels of success “They still work just as hard as they did back in October,” Ryan said of his team. “They just come everyday, eyes and ears open, their minds open. Results are different, but that’s the same with every team.”

By Jake Powers and Jason Braverman THE DAILY CARDINAL

Men’s Basketball

Wisconsin (8-5 Big Ten, 21-5 overall) will look to ride the momentum of a trio of conference victories over Michigan State, Men’s Hockey Minnesota and Michigan last Following a two game split week as it prepares for its match- last weekend in Columbus, the up with No. 15 Iowa on Saturday. Badgers (8-5-1, 17-9-2) return Head coach Bo Ryan praised to Madison for their final two the performance of Frank home games of the year, facing Kaminsky against Michigan Michigan State (3-5-6, 9-13-7) last Sunday, citing the for- Friday and Saturday. ward’s ability to finish strong The Badgers have lost just at the basket for his success. twice at home this season, and Kaminsky scored 25 points and head coach Mike Eaves hopes pulled down 11 rebounds to pace their strong play at the Kohl the Badgers en route to Center continues for their 75-62 victory. senior weekend. Ryan expressed his “[The season has] respect for the compegone by quickly. Once tition this season withwe got by the [good] Number of in the Big Ten, which byes, and we talked road wins for men’s features five teams yesterday, and I think basketball ranked in the top 25 in we talked about it the nation. with the team, is the “One through 12, fact that this is the Wrestler everybody is playlast home series for Tyler Graff’s ing hard, everybody is our seniors. Let’s send winning playing tough,” Ryan them off in a grand percentage said. “All of those way,” Eaves said. things are an indication The upcoming series that teams in the Big Ten know is a crucial one for the Badgers’ each other pretty well. Great Big Ten title chances, as they crowds, great atmosphere.” currently sit in second place, The No. 16 Badgers bring a seven points behind first place 6-2 road record into Iowa City Minnesota (10-2-2, 21-4-5) with on Saturday. just six games to go in the regu“We’ve been a decent road lar season. team year in, year out,” Ryan Though Eaves stated he is said. “I don’t see our guys going more focused on just finishing in on the road and not feeling that the top two in order to get a bye they can get it done. It’s a state in the Big Ten tournament, he of mind.” said that he thought the Badgers Wisconsin beat Iowa at home, could gain that top spot with the 75-71, Jan. 5 during its stretch of right luck. 16 consecutive victories to open “We still have a chance to the season. The Badgers have win it. We’re going to need gone 5-5 since the streak ended, some help, play well ourbut Ryan said that his team is selves,” Eaves said. “And secjust as focused as it was during ondly, we’re going to strive to its hot start. be in the top two so we get that




After losing five of six games, head coach Bo Ryan has his Badgers team on a four-game winning streak before their trip at the end of the week to play in Des Moines against Iowa. bye in the tournament, the Big Ten Tournament.”

Women’s Basketball

Just three regular season games remain for the Badgers (3-10, 10-15), and with two ranked teams on the schedule next week, head coach Bobbie Kelsey is hoping for a big win to build momentum for the end of this season and into next year. “Every win is a big win for us, but when you’re playing against the top of the league, you want to have that statement, signature game that you can build upon,”

Kelsey said. The Badgers have lost four in a row, and eight of their last nine, but Kelsey believes they are better than their record shows, having fallen just short in several games. “When you take over a program and you’re trying to build it, that’s what you’re going to have, those ‘almost’ games,” Kelsey said. She knows that the little things are the difference between wins and losses. “It’s encouraging because we’re not getting blown out by 44 points,” she said. “When you’re that close, if I just box out, if I just make a free throw, if I just play a little better defense on that possession, throughout the course of the game, then you know you can knock somebody off. So I’m still believing.” Next up is No. 23 Michigan State (9-3, 17-8), who defeated Wisconsin by just four points in their first meeting in East Lansing. Kelsey hopes they can turn that close loss into a win in the rematch, but the key is staying consistent. “We’re streaky, but we have to be consistent. I think that’s the message to them, to be more consistent,” Kelsey said.


After defeating No. 21 North Dakota State Feb. 2, Wisconsin (5-1, 12-4) has had time to prepare for a tough weekend of conference matches to finish off the season. The No. 15 Badgers will take on No. 9 Nebraska Friday and No. 3 Iowa Sunday in matchups that head coach Barry Davis said his team is geared up for.

“It’s been a nice two-week break from competition, let our guys work on a lot of technical skills,” Davis said. “It’s a big weekend coming up for us. I’m excited about that.” Davis projected that the demanding end to the regular season will only serve to help the Badgers as they prepare for the Big Ten Championships beginning on March 8. “This is what the Big Ten is all about here,” Davis said. “This will help us down the road for the Big Ten and the NCAAs as well.”

“They just come everyday, eyes and ears open, their minds open.” Bo Ryan head coach Wisconsin men’s basketball

Even though the Big Ten Championships will take place in the Kohl Center, Davis reflected on the contributions of the senior members of the team in light of this weekend being the final regular season matches at home. Davis indicated that seniors Tyler Graff, Scott Liegel and Jackson Hein provided valuable guidance to the team throughout the season in addition to their individual contributions on the mat. “So we’ve got three good guys here to help lead this team in the room, out of the room,” Davis said. “They’ve actually been great leaders for the team, for the young guys as well too. That’s the biggest thing.”

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