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Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette will officially declare his candidacy Thursday for the likely gubernatorial recall election.
La Follette to join in Walker recall race have made the formal step of filThe Daily Cardinal ing papers,” La Follette said. “I’ve The field of candidates vying to not been included in those polls, challenge Gov. Scott Walker in his so it is hard to assess my total likely recall election will expand strength across the state.” Thursday when Wisconsin In a speech on Feb. 1, La Secretary of State Doug La Follette Follette said he would limit any declares his candidacy. campaign contributions to him to The seven-term Secretary $20 if running for governor. of State and relative of former The recall election has not Wisconsin Gov. Robert M. La been confirmed, as the GAB Follette pointed to his is still verifying that statewide recognition, enough valid signatures the strong support he were gathered, but it has among independents will likely take place this and record of winning as summer. reasons he would make a State Sen. Kathleen good candidate. Vinehout, D-Alma, and “Tomorrow morning on former Dane County my way to work ...I’m going Executive Kathleen to stop at the Government LA FOLLETTE Falk are the only other Accountability Board and candidates to officialfile for a possible run for governor,” ly declare their candidacy so La Follette said Wednesday. far. Speculation surrounding La Follette said he has been get- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett ting a lot of support on his Facebook entering the race intensified page and website from around the when he made an appearance on state, but added to really gage his “Up Front with Mike Gousha” popularity among voters he needs Sunday. to officially declare candidacy. Barrett, who lost to Walker “The statewide polls so far in the 2010 election, said he is have only included two or three “seriously considering” running candidates because some of them in the likely recall election.
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After intense deliberation, the state Senate reconvened Wednesday morning to pass a bill Republicans say would more effectively prevent a woman from being coerced into receiving an abortion. The bill, passed along party lines, requires a physician to speak privately with a woman before an abortion to ensure consent and perform a physical examination. If a physician does not follow the law, he or she could receive a felony charge. In addition, the bill requires a physician to be present when the abortion drugs are administered, preventing “web cam abortions” in which the physician can administer abortioninducing drugs over a live video stream. Such procedures are just now being introduced to Wisconsin but currently occurring in Minnesota and Iowa. “For far too long, numbers of women have reported that they were coerced into having abortions,” Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life Barbara Lyons said in a statement Wednesday. “This bill ensures that an assessment will be made to determine if a woman’s consent to an abortion is voluntary.”
But Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin views the bill as a dangerous proposal intended to advance the pro-life cause. “Senate Bill 306 is just another unnecessary and politically motivated attack on women’s health care,” said Tanya Atkinson, executive director for Planned Parenthood Advocates
of Wisconsin, a pro-choice advocacy group. “Rather than focus on our economy and the need to enhance health care access, legislators are working to dictate medical practices and implement policies that are unnecessary,” Atkinson added. — Kendalyn Thoma
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The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that requires a physician to be present when abortion drugs are administered.
Republicans decline to redraw district lines Federal judges ask lawmakers to draft new maps By Sarah Olson The Daily Cardinal
Republicans refused to make changes Wednesday to election maps signed into law last year despite pressure to redraw the maps from a judicial panel that questioned their legitimacy earlier this week. Democrats are suing Republican legislators claiming the new legislative maps are unconstitutional and violate the Voting Rights Act because they divide certain heavily Latino areas in Milwaukee. Also, the panel of three federal judges hearing the case criticized Republicans lack of transparency or public input in drafting the maps. At Tuesday’s hearing, the judges overseeing the case told Republican lawmakers they are legally allowed to change the
maps and address the issues in the suit, despite Republican claims that a Supreme Court ruling prohibits them from changing the maps more than once every 10 years. They gave Republican lawmakers until 4 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether they would change the maps. “Today the Republicans showed disrespect to the federal judges who offered them the opportunity to do this the right way, the Wisconsin way,” Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, said in a statement Wednesday. “It could have been done in a manner that respected Wisconsin values of openness, public inclusion and transparency.” Andrew Welhouse, spokesperson for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, declined to comment on the proceedings Wednesday. Despite the Republican decision not to change the maps, the lawsuit will continue. Joe Shanksy, spokesperson for Voces de la Frontera, an immigrant-rights group involved in
the lawsuit, said the group is “ready to testify in court tomorrow” following the Republican’s decision. The trial will resume in Milwaukee Thursday morning. The maps were passed last year with a Republican majority in both the state Senate and Assembly. States are required to draw new maps of congressional and legislative districts every 10 years based on the U.S. census to ensure the population is equally distributed between districts.
“It could have been done in a way that respected Wisconsin values of openness, public inclusion and transparency.” Gary Hebl state rep. D-Sun Prairie
Last week, a bipartisan pair of legislators introduced a bill that would take redistricting process out of the egislature’s hands and create a bipartisan commission to create new districts.
“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
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irst off, let me say that I hated Nickelback before it was cool to hate Nickelback. Anyway, I find it amazing that despite being the band that “Billboard” magazine dubbed “band of the decade” for selling the most records of any band from 2000-2009, it’s still about as impossible to find a Nickelback fan as it is to find a nickel in a haystack. I once knew someone who openly admitted to liking Nickelback on Facebook. I would give him mad respect for the balls it takes to do this, however, that respect would easily be canceled out by the mere fact that he actually liked Nickelback. I think people who can’t listen to a song on an Ipod before pre-
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Maroon 5 wrote the song “Moves like Jagger,” which is basically the musical equivalent of a chicken running around with its head cut off—which is basically the animal equivalent of Mick Jagger dancing in the classic ’80s “Dancing the in Streets” music video. Granted Ke$ha didn’t have too many other choices for celebrity last names that rhymed with swagger. But all Maroon 5 needed to do was think of another celebrity whose last name had two syllables—which is no tall order given that Jackson fits that criteria. I’d have changed the song to “Moves Like Hammer” and hoped that my audience knew I was referring to the one, the only, MC. “Lady Gaga taught me it’s ok to be different. Ke$ha taught me that I should be myself and not give a crap what people think. Taylor Swift taught me that not all of the guys I love are going to love me. Bruno Mars taught me to do anything for that one person I love. Eminem taught me that life is hard, but
you can make it through. Michael Jackson taught me to always love the people around me. But most importantly, Rebecca Black taught me the days of the week.” I only wish that the person who filled YouTube with these insightful words of wisdom would also have listened to Beck as well, so they could be taught that they are a loser and should therefore ask someone to kill them. A YouTube video of a cat dancing to techno has about four times more YouTube views than any Cat Stevens video. Oh baby baby, what the hell kind of world is this? Stop saying you listen to everything. When people say they “listen to everything,” the list has about four genres, and it never includes acid jazz, bluegrass, death metal, avante-garde anything or Mongolian throat singing. Besides, that would also mean you admit to listening to Nickelback. Puzzled? Hate Nickelback? E-mail Elliot at eignaisiak@ wisc.edu.
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maturely changing it to another one should have their lives prematurely ended. Props to Kelly Clarkson for openly endorsing Ron Paul for president. Of course, her fans reacted like immature 14-year-old girls, which one would expect from anyone who still gives a shit about “American Idol.” Nonetheless, since Kelly still openly stands by her endorsement, I will now come out and openly admit that I like a few Kelly Clarskson songs. Why is it that people always request “Free Bird” at summer concerts, yet, all the stupid bands ever play is “Sweet Home Alabama”? I don’t understand this recent obsession current pop music has with Mick Jagger. First was Ke$ha with “Tik Tok.” Personally, if I were a hot, young, blonde, party girl with swagger, I’d kick any dude who did look like Mick Jagger to the curb for being old, creepy and having terrible dance moves. Which is why it is even more puzzling to me that
Erica andrist sex columnist Just out of curiosity, do you ever worry about your digital footprint? I only ask because I noticed you’re a medical student and I’m pre-med. I’ve heard a lot of things about online privacy when you’re applying to medical schools (and other kinds of employment), and I’m just wondering what your thoughts are on this, since you use your real name and even your picture. —P.T. Yeah, P.T., I’ve occasionally worried about it, but primarily because people keep telling me I should be worried about it. It’s true, sometimes I swear more than I probably should, and I’m sure there are many readers who regard the Dirty Bird mostly as frivolous entertainment. But I really believe in what I do. I write about sexual health, and sexual health is inexorably linked to physical and emotional wellbeing. We all deserve to have our sexual health questions treated with the same respect as any other medical concern. I don’t yet know what kind of doctor I want to be, but regardless of the field I (or any of my colleagues) choose, the chance of someday encountering a patient with a sexual health issue is approximately 100 percent. When that day comes, being an open, affirming, knowledgeable health care provider has the potential to make an enormous difference in someone’s life. Therefore, I don’t view this column as separate from my medical aspirations—I regard it as a natural extension of them. To illustrate the awesome awesomeness of information:
Where are some good places to go online for information about sex? I started reading this column this year and I’m actually interested in reading some more about sex and health. Can you recommend some reliable and accurate sources for more information about this? —Interested Reader As you might have guessed, reading about sex is a highranking pastime of mine. Lots of good (and bad) stuff is out there, but here are my personal go-to sites, referenced just by title so as not to be a parade of links. I’ve also included some print sources, in case there are some readers interested in curling up with a good book, and some community resources for those looking for some local goodness. In no particular order, my favorite sex info sources include “Scarleteen,” “Go Ask Alice!” and “Sex, Etc.” Some that are a little more medical in tone (but still rock-solid) are the websites for the Center for Disease Control (for real! Lots of info on STIs and reproductive health), Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood. If you’re after more cerebral explorations of sex, gender and politics, then I’d recommend a trip to “Tiger Beatdown,” “Yes Means Yes!,” “RHReality Check,” “Pandagon” (which has a most enjoyable tags collection, including “Batsh*t crazy,” “Choads,” and “Science for Choads”), “Feministe,” and “Fugitivus.” More of a book person? One of my favorite writers is Tristan Taormino, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women” (I have my own signed copy, nbd), “Opening Up: Creating and
Sustaining Open Relationships” and “The Big Book of Sex Toys,” among other books. She also has her own website. Other classic sexual health tomes include “Sex for One” by Betty Dodson, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by the Boston Women’s Health Collective and “Exhibitionism for the Shy” by Carol Queen. Finally, if you’re interested in getting your education in a handson, face-to-face format, there are a number of organizations around campus which offer free programming (often studentrun), print materials and cool places to hang out. Check out Sex Out Loud (where I got a huge portion of my training) on the 3rd floor of the SAC, Promoting Awareness, Victim
Empowerment (PAVE) right next door, the LGBT Campus Center and the Campus Women’s Center in Memorial Union. In sum, P.T. and IR, accurate and nonjudgmental sexual health information should be a right enjoyed by anyone who wants to access such information. At this juncture in the U.S., that right is constantly repressed and bastardized. Working to change that, whether it is by informing ourselves or by helping others get informed, ought to be a priority for anyone who values public health or individual freedoms. Still looking for more ways to educate yourself on the ubiquitous mysteries of sex? E-mail Erica at email@example.com for more sources and some smokin’ hot tips.
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Partnership looks to fight poverty on southwest side
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UW-Madison philosophy professor Dan Hausman said Wednesday preferential admissions provide African-American students equal educational opportunity.
Affirmative action promotes equality, UW professor says Hausman breaks down policy arguments By Anna Duffin The Daily Cardinal
Just over four months after the Center for Equal Opportunity claimed UW-Madison’s admission policies unfairly advantage African Americans and Latinos, UW philosophy professor Dan Hausman told hundreds of members of the UW community affirmative action creates “equal opportunity” for African Americans. The statistics the Center for Equal Opportunity used to support its argument against undergraduate admissions policies at UW-Madison are weak, Hausman said. According to the CEO, UW-Madison admitted just over 300 African American undergraduate students in 2007. Of those 300 students, Hausman argued, many would have likely been admitted without preferential admissions at UW-Madison and the actual number of Caucasian students
who apply to UW-Madison as undergraduates who do not receive an admission offer because of preferential admissions for African Americans is quite small. While some opponents of the current admissions policy say it discriminates against whites similarly to how whites discriminated against African Americans, Hausman said affirmative action is in no way comparable to Jim Crow Laws and the overall discrimination African Americans have faced in the nation’s past. “[Preferential admissions are] not a matter of exclusion, denigration, hatred,” Hausman said. “That’s what made Jim Crow so obviously unacceptable.” One of the main arguments for preferential admissions is also imperfect, Hausman said. Making up for past injustices would be nearly impossible, according to Hausman. “As soon as we go down the path of emphasizing reparation, I think we’re inevitably into finger pointing,” Hausman said. “I don’t think finger pointing is a useful way of address-
ing our problems.” According to Hausman, preferential admissions do create “equal opportunity” for African American students.
“I don’t think finger pointing is a useful way of addressing our problems.” Dan Hausman philosophy professor UW-Madison
Because of their socioeconomic status, Hausman said many African Americans who apply to UW-Madison have not had the same educational opportunities prior to admission as other students, so using holistic standards for their admission gives them the chance to attend schools they otherwise might not be able to. “One thing I really worry about is that if we were to get rid of the only thing we’ve got, symbolically what that says is white Americans are basically turning their back on the problems,” Hausman said.
A local church is funding a large portion of a new community partnership to combat homelessness and poverty on Madison’s southwest side. Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ pledged a two-year, $130,000 grant Wednesday to support the new Southwest Housing Partnership dedicated to addressing the causes of homelessness. “This effort builds on our longtime commitment as a congregation devoted to serving those in need wherever possible,” Orchard Ridge UCC Pastor Winton Boyd said in a statement. The partnership combines five neighborhoods in southwest Madison past the West Beltline Highway. The partnership chose to focus on these neighborhoods because of their “dense pockets of poverty and high percentage of residents who are periodically or chronically homeless,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. “What’s significant is that it’s bringing all the community partners together,” Parisi said. “No one entity can do this by
themselves, and we have to come together.” The Southwest Housing Partnership, which includes members from Common Wealth Development, Dane County’s Joining Forces for Families and Public Health Madison and Dane County, will enhance “housing assistance and work to address the root causes of homelessness,” Parisi said.
“No one entity can do this by themselves, and we have to come together.”
Joe Parisi Dane County Executive
“Together, in partnership, we can address immediate housing needs while strengthening the community’s resources,” Common Wealth Development, Inc. Executive Director Marianne Morton said in a statement. —Abby Becker
Neighbors complain about temporary homeless shelter Residents near East Washington Avenue are not pleased with a new temporary daytime resource center and are concerned with activities of some shelter residents. In response to the closing of the state Capitol basement and Madison Central Library, places where homeless people stayed warm in winter, Porchlight Inc. opened a temporary homeless shelter at 754 E. Washington Ave. in December. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said there have been complaints from neighbors who said
they saw shelter residents being drunk, fighting and smoking in Reynolds Park. The Daytime Resource Center will close March 15. “There’s not more of an outcry because [the shelter] was promised as short-term,” Maniaci said. “I am not in support of extended duration.” While Maniaci said there is a need for resource centers in the community, she said a commercial area would be better suited for a shelter than a residential community. abby becker
Panel details punishments students can face for stalking University officials and members of the Madison community explained the consequences UW-Madison students can face for stalking, which range from suspension to incurring charges Wednesday. The panel, hosted by Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment as part of Stalking Awareness Month, included representatives from UW Police Department, the Dean of Students office, University Housing and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. Ervin Cox, Director of Student Assistance and Judicial Affairs in the Dean of Students office, said the university begins by suspending a student guilty of stalking.
For the duration of their suspension, the individual is not considered a student and can face trespassing charges if they come on campus.
“One thing I stress to [victims] is to take it slowly, one day at a time.” Peter Grimyse detective UWPD
Even in cases when the university does not suspend the perpetrator, the Division of University Housing may take action if either the offender
or the victim lives in a residence hall. Such measures include providing temporary safe rooms for victims and terminating offenders’ residence hall contracts. All of the panel members encourage student victims to report any stalking incident to a university official or police officer as well as to use other resources on campus. “One thing I stress to people is to take it slowly, one day at a time,” UWPD Detective Peter Grimyse said. “We really encourage them to go to [University Health Services] and start seeing somebody there, just because it is so much to deal with.” —Shannon Kelly
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BEST PICTURE BEST DIRECTOR
The divisions of last year’s Best Picture debat is absent this year, with critics and audiences of all ages putting their vote squarely behind “The Artist” for the night’s highest honor. “The Descendants” was the early frontrunner for much of the early fall last year, but ultimately fell out of favor, instead likely to end up with a few smaller awards as consolation. “Hugo” was a hit with audiences and many critics, and stands as the best chance to overthrow “The Artist” for the golden boy. “The Help” was another audience favorite this year, but likely won’t gain enough traction with the average voting demographic of the Academy (old white dudes) to have a real shot at snagging a win. “Midnight in Paris” stands out as the best piece of output from Woody Allen in decades and certainly won a place in my heart, but is unlikely to win. Meanwhile, “Moneyball” and “War Horse” were both great films, but neither attracted enough buzz to propel them to the front of the race. “Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” will be left in the dust. —David Cottrell
This year’s Best Actress contest is looking close: it is anyone’s guess whether the winner will be Viola Davis for her performance in “The Help” or Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady.” This is the 17th Academy Award nomination for Streep—she is an incredible actress and does a great job in her role, but the award may be given to one of the up-and-comers for the purpose of giving them their chance in the spotlight. If Viola Davis does take the crown, however, it needn’t be viewed as a concession prize. David’s performance in “The Help” was moving, and arguably made the film the success that it is. Not to mention, if Davis wins this year, she will be the second African-American ever to win in this category after Halle Berry. Both Davis and Streep have gained a similar amount of attention with critics so far, with Davis taking home the SAG Award and the Critics Choice award while Streep got the BAFTA and the Golden Globe. We think that either of these actresses deserve to take home the award, and are by far the stand-outs in their category. —Riley Beggin
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This year’s Best Director field can be seen as either diverse or not diverse at all. Consider the fact three of the five nominees are over the age of 68, male, and have multiple nominations and or wins to their name. Woody Allen and Terrence Malick will probably not show up to the awards show, sending a pretty strong message to the Academy and awards enthusiasts alike. Regardless, considering anyone other than French director Michel Hazanavicius for his work “The Artist” would be a mistake, albeit Martin Scorsese for his adaptation of the children’s novel “Hugo,” also an ode to the early days of cinema. Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” features some handsome direction and a great ensemble. Yet, of all of the nominees, Terrence Malick deserves the most recognition for his mysterious and allegorical “The Tree of Life.” Hazenavicius may take home the golden statue, but Malick is way above everyone’s heads here, and all of the other nominees probably know it. —Ethan Safran
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s sunshine neonoir masterpiece “Drive” will forever be remembered as one of the beloved cult films that the Oscars forgot and we here at the Daily Cardinal are proud to declare it our favorite film of 2011. Eerily echoing the precise destiny of David Fincher’s cult-favorite “Fight Club” a decade ago, “Drive” received a single Oscar nomination—Best Sound Editing. But there’s just so much to love about “Drive.” Refn’s direction and Newton Thomas Sigel’s cinematography coalesce into an aesthetically beautiful film, in which every single shot feels so well composed it could be a work of art in and of itself. Gosling’s now-infamous elevator head-stomping sequence is sure to live on as one of the most memorable and unconventional cinematic moments of 2011. Listening to the sounds of gruesome carnage under Gosling’s boot, the film’s sound-editing nomination seems entirely justified and its place in cult-film fandom surely cemented. —David Cottrell
“The Ides of March” was the film that we unanimously agreed got snubbed at this year’s Academy Awards. Although it was certainly lacking in some technical departments, it was excellent in it’s deft writing, performance and directing. Directed and written in part by actor George Clooney, the film certainly can be dubbed an “actor’s film,” in that the cinematography is relatively unengaging. However, Clooney’s directing provides an excellent platform for the actors in the film, who come through in flying colors. Performances from Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Clooney himself help gives the film true multi-faceted emotion and flair. It is true intelligent filmmaking, landing a spot in our top five picks. And let’s be honest—who wouldn’t want to see Clooney and Gosling together on the silver screen? —Riley Beggin
While George Clooney is always a favorite contender for Best Actor, and his performance in “The Descendants” does not leave one wanting, the dragging plot of the movie looms heavily over his delivery and knocks him out of the running for many of us. However, the Academy may take a different view of his melancholy performance. But who can take his place? Enter hunky Frenchman Jean Dujardin from “The Artist.” His charming smile and smooth moves could make any woman’s heart tap dance right in time with his shiny shoes. The best part is, he woos the audience without ever saying a word. Rather than relying on a well-delivered line to latch onto a place in the memories of viewers, Dujardin gives an enduring performance that pays homage to both the silent film industry and acting in its most basic form—before words got in the way. With the hype surrounding the film in general, he may be very likely to sweep the category. —Jaime Brackeen
With a star-studded cast, romantic backdrop and poignant message, it is no wonder that “Midnight in Paris” grabbed our attention as well as those of the Oscar board. What most stuck out to us with this film, however, is that it is perhaps the writer and director Woody Allen’s greatest accomplishment of the last 20 years. The story, starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams fleshes out the theme that nostalgia is bittersweet and that fully living out the present bears the true weight of happiness. Allen’s work in “Midnight in Paris” is truly remarkable—his witty and charming humor is present in all of the character’s words, and he manages to acknowledge his cynical side without succumbing to it entirely. The romantic, mysterious feel to the film seems to be a celebration of sorts, a comeback for the writer/director who has lost his sparkle as of late. Regardless of what it garners at the Academy Awards, it deserves it’s number two spot on our Top 10. —Riley Beggin
“Hugo” marks a first for acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, as the film is a departure from the director’s track record of gangster movies that feature at times scenes of startling, brutal violence. “Hugo” is both the director’s first children’s movie and his first film to employ 3D, a still dubious technological advancement that some deem to be nothing more than a technological gimmick that raises ticket prices. Yet Scorsese uses the technology to great effect, as the 3D allows the viewer to become submerged into the story. The movie’s craft is practically impeccable, as its art direction, cinematography, sound design, and overall production values contribute greatly to the film’s strengths. “Hugo” is simply a magical and transcending experience, a voyage to cinema’s roots stretching back to the early 20th century in which the true mavericks were experimenting with the new medium. It is one of Scorsese’s best films to date. Bravo. —Ethan Safran
OUR TOP 5 FILMS OF THE YEAR Film appreciation is often times left up to the opinion of the viewer. However, these are the films we believe deserve a little recognition— whether they get it or not is up to the Academy.
Michael Shannon’s performance as Curtis LaForche, a family-man construction worker in rural Ohio plagued by nightmares of an impending apocalyptic storm, in “Take Shelter” is utterly riveting on a scale scarcely seen these days, especially from such an under-the-radar actor. Curtis becomes obsessed with building a storm shelter in his family’s backyard, even at the cost of their present well being. Director Jeff Nichols subtly crafted “Take Shelter” to instill a pitch-perfect concoction of personal drama and impending dread of the unknown and capture a man’s descent into uncertain madness that will keep you guessing and engaged until the movie’s whiteknuckled culmination. The final twenty minutes of “Take Shelter” are absolutely spellbinding and will leave you thoroughly unsettled. —David Cottrell
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer is likely to be the winner of Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Minny Jackson in “The Help.” If the litany of awards that she has won in the pre-Oscar season is any indication, it looks like the path is clear for Spencer—she carried home the SAG, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Critics Choice this year. Her co-star, Jessica Chastain, has nearly no chance, however. The only other nominee that might be able to rival Spencer is Bérénice Bejo for her performance as an oldtime Hollywood extra who falls in love with a silent film star in “The Artist.” However, if she took home the award it would be a huge Oscar shock. There is not a ton of hype around “Albert Nobbs,” and it doesn’t seem likely that Janet McTeer has a chance at winning and Melissa McCarthy’s performance in “Bridesmaids” is entertaining to say the least, but isn’t likely to take home the Oscar. —Riley Beggin
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR If there is one category that is a virtual slam-
dunk for a nominee, it is this one. Christopher Plummer will and should win for work in the excellent film “Beginners.” Plummer is the anchor of the film, giving a performance with such nuance and humility that one cannot help but to become emotionally invested in the heartfelt character that he portrays. Plummer, at the age of 82 years old, would be the oldest actor to win an Academy Award. Oddly enough, Swedish actor Max von Sydow, nominated for his performance in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” is eight months older than Plummer and turns 83 in April. While the category is altogether composed of solid performances, the Academy likes to reward individuals in their older years, and considering Christopher Plummer’s career stretches all the way back to 1965’s Best Picture winner “The Sound of Music,” you could consider it his year regardless of his excellent performance. —Ethan Safran
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State of Wis. politics; one year later Twelve months after protests over collective bargaining erupted in the state Capitol, Wisconsin’s political division has only gotten worse.
isconsin has lost something in the past year. At this time in 2011, the state was thought of as a place where there was still room for reason in politics, where disagreement did not mean disrespect and where the ability to have rational, dignified discussions on high-stakes issues was a point of pride. Last February, as state Republicans pushed through a “budget repair bill” meant only to threaten the strength of our state's public workers, the citizens of Wisconsin were showing the nation what it means to have a reasoned debate. At least, they did for a while. One year later, where are we? Wisconsin is deeply polarized, a division that seems only to be widening as new campaigns and new legislation come forward to split voters even more. Our state has been flooded with outside money and outside influence, with politicians more likely to bend to the will of national Super PACs than their own constituents. And, least tangibly but most importantly, Wisconsin has lost its political dignity as brigades of beer-pouring, balloon-popping idiots have turned our state into an absurd sideshow of vitriol and mindless rhetoric.
If we don’t take care of the real problem facing our state, then we will sit in a frustrating stalemate while nothing gets done.
We have succumbed to America's broader political trend. There was a time when Wisconsinites could chuckle at the ridiculous “discussion” on national cable news or in Congress, secure in the knowledge that we were different. In the past year, however, we have shown we are not. There are any number of minor culprits in this loss, coconspirators that helped the state slip into the undignified place we find it in today. Among them,
playing not insignificant roles, are national conservative organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and donors like the Koch brothers, who played out their national fight against working Americans in Wisconsin's halls of power. Other accessories to the crime include Wisconsin's Democratic senators, who, rather than stand with their constituents in protest, cheapened our political system by attempting to wait out an inevitable vote on the legislation that started all of this madness. Among them as well, are the protesters who compared our governor to Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler, and the national talking heads like Ed Schultz and Sarah Palin, who parachuted into our state to make Wisconsin's debate an excuse for self-promotion. But there's no doubt who the biggest contributors to the loss of Wisconsin's political decency were our state's Republican Party and Gov. Scott Walker.
I has been over a year since the protests reached their peak and now it’s time to regroup and move forward.
Rather than negotiate to a consensus and listen to the people of Wisconsin, Walker stubbornly rammed through his collective bargaining legislation. Rather than let our democratic process play out in summer recall elections, Republicans ran phony candidates to delay the vote their constituents demanded. Rather than resist outside influence and follow Wisconsin's proud tradition of political dignity, Walker and his party have gladly led our state down this path to indecency and division. As we think back to the debate that engulfed Wisconsin last February, and the way our politics has changed in the time since, one thing is clear; to repair our state, to heal Wisconsin's bitter division and to end the pettiness and indignity that have plagued it for the past year, we must remove Walker and his party from power. It is the only way to get back what we have lost.
So now what?
At the start of last year Walker set a precedent in Wisconsin, a precedent that continues to scream silence today. No conversation. No debate, and most prevalently, no negotiation. This is the root
of the problem. When the governor introduced the budget repair bill, he consequently zipped his mouth shut, threw away the key and motioned naysayers to talk to the hand—smacking down negotiations on a bill eliminating rights to negotiate. In response, the opposition, too, put their foot down in an attempt to mirror Walker’s mule mentality. They continue to yell, “No!” at him, while he still shouts back, “Yes!” And here we sit today. No conversation. No negotiation; just ardent disagreement on all issues down all party lines. And frankly, this editorial board is sick of it. We are sick of under the table tactics used to manipulate what should be genuine, transparent lawmaking. We are sick of nepotistic scandals breaking headlines every other day and trivial fights on the Senate and Joint Finance Committee floor. We are sick of clandestine redistricting ploys and the creation of phony candidates used to throw off an election. We are sick of it, Wisconsin’s citizens are sick of it and yet we continue to watch our Capitol and the state of Wisconsin fall to petty bickering between angst-y children dressed in suits pounding gavels and screaming into microphones just to get attention. Things need to change. But working across the aisle can’t be a taboo anomaly in the Wisconsin Capitol anymore. It has been over a year since the protests reached their peak and now it’s time to regroup and move forward. Compromise between the two parties has the potential to do just that. Creating actual legislation with genuine thought and ideas from both ideologies has the power to produce real change for Wisconsin’s economy. The vehement class warfare we see on a national scale can’t continue between our lawmakers if we expect to progress. This board wants Wisconsin politicians to take off their jerseys and have a real discussion that leads to effective bipartisan legislation. And while it may be idealistic to hope for such compromise, someone has to. Because if we don’t take care of the real problem facing our state, then we will sit in a frustrating stalemate while nothing gets done.
Solution: Get rid of Scott Walker
It may take years to fix the damage incurred this past year, but the first step at reconciliation is already in process: removing Walker from the governorship. To clarify, Walker should not be removed because he is a Republican. Wisconsin is no stranger to GOP administrations, and many have been quite good. Walker is uniquely awful because of his core philosophy on what it means to be the leader of this state. He has said repeatedly that the 2010 election gave him a mandate to do as he sees fit, meaning he is not responsible to the 48 percent of Wisconsin residents who did not vote for him. Walker also has absolutely no desire to create policy in a bipartisan manner, and he is not shy about it. He pushes through what he wants, bullies moderates within his own
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Citizens of Wisconsin populate the Capitol in protest of Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill. party and ignores the other side entirely. He is the wrong fit for Wisconsin, a state once defined by dignified politics.
Walker is uniquely awful because of his core philosophy on what it means to be the leader of this state.
However, removing Walker is not enough. Wisconsin voters need to find a replacement that will be willing to reconcile Wisconsin’s fractured political scene, and none of the announced candidates fit the bill. The current front-runner, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, seems to be the bizarro-Walker. She is a Madison-based, staunch
liberal who has received the endorsement from many of the state’s most influential unions. While Wisconsin needs someone who will restore collective bargaining rights, a candidate handpicked by the unions will create an equal and opposite reaction on the other side and just perpetuate the pattern of political incivility. Perhaps Walker would do better in a die-hard red state where his ideology more accurately reflects that of the electorate, but Wisconsin, a truly purple state, requires somebody who is sincerely willing to reach across the aisle. So far, this dream candidate has yet to emerge, but as this past year has shown, this state is nothing if not surprising. What do you think of Governor Scott Walker the current state of Wisconsin politics? Please send all letters and feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.
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Badgers meet Hawkeyes in Iowa City Wisconsin and Iowa matchup for the first time since the Hawkeye’s upset win at the Kohl Center in December By Ted Porath The Daily Cardinal
The No. 16/15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (9-5 Big Ten, 20-7 overall) looks to get an important road win against Iowa (6-8, 14-13) in Iowa City on Thursday. Although Iowa delivered the Badgers a shocking defeat at the Kohl Center at the end of December, no one considers it a revenge game. “They exposed us a little bit. We obviously didn’t play our best game when they came down here and it kind of set the tone for the Big Ten that we didn’t want, obviously,” sophomore guard Josh Gasser said. “We think we’re back on track here and ready to go. We’ll take it to them again. I wouldn’t say
Breaking it down: Badgers vs. Hawkeyes
Thursday’s matchup in Iowa City will be the 155th meeting between the two programs. All-time series tied 77-77
Wisconsin has won 7 of its last 10 trips to Iowa City, including a overtime victory last season, in fact, each of the Badgers’ past two trips to CarverHawkeye Arena have required OT. Overall, Wisconsin has won 13 of the last 16 meetings with the Hawkeyes.
revenge, but we’re playing to One way to stop the get a win.” Hawkeyes from getting in tranThough the Badgers will not sition is by making shots. In call it a revenge game, they will order to do that, the Badgers certainly want to play better must find an inside presence against the Hawkeyes that has been somethis time around. what absent in their In their loss earlast two games. In those lier this year to games, Wisconsin the Hawkeyes, the was outscored by the Points per Badgers gave up a Spartans and Nittany game for UW season-high 72 points, Lions in the paint by a opponents, including 14 points combined 42 points. the lowest in the nation. off the fast break. The “We’ve got to work Badgers also struggled the ball in the post a on the offensive side of little bit more. I think the ball, turning in one we’ve got to estabPercent on FG for UW of their worst shootlish a strong inside opponents, ing performances of game, especially with fifth lowest the year. [junior center] Jared in NCAA. Wisconsin shot just [Berggren],” junior for35 percent from the ward Mike Bruesewitz field and missed 25 of said. “I think we’ve got 3-pt. FG their 28 three-point to get him back going percentage attempts. Missing on the block because for UW opponents, those outside shots not he can be really domiwhich leads only hurt Wisconsin’s nant down there.” the nation. shooting percentage, Getting the ball in but exacerbated the the paint also gives Badgers’ troubles in the Badgers more freetransition as well by allowing throw attempts, slowing down the Hawkeyes to grab the long the Hawkeyes’ transition game rebounds and run. even further. A game with an up-and“Getting to the line obvidown pace that the Hawkeyes ously slows them down. It just like to play does not suit changes the pace of the game,” Wisconsin’s slug-it-out style, so Bruesewitz said. “It kind of it will be very important for the makes the tempo more of what Badgers to slow the pace down we want it to be, a little more of this time. a ground-it-out game than try-
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Establishing an inside presence will be key for Mike Bruesewitz and the Badgers if they hope leave Iowa City victorious. ing to get it up-and-down and run with those guys.” Thursday’s game could be a big one for Wisconsin’s momentum and possible NCAA Tournament seeding moving forward. If the Badgers are able to slow down Iowa and get a road win in a tough
environment like Iowa City, it could give them a boost of confidence they could use when they visit Columbus, Ohio. to battle the Buckeyes on Sunday. Thursday’s showdown with the Hawkeyes is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and can be seen on ESPN2.
Wisconsin aiming to get back on winning track in Indiana By Ryan Hill The Daily Cardinal
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team (4-10 Big Ten, 8-18 overall) is in the midst of its second-longest losing streak. The Badgers hope to finish their up-and-down season in the home stretch of the regular season on a strong note Thursday against Indiana (0-14, 5-22) at Assembly Hall. The Badgers’ play has been anything but consistent during their current five-game losing streak. Wisconsin has scored an average of only 54.2 points per game in its last four games—before that they had a stretch of four games in which they scored 74.5 points per contest. Turnovers appear to have no affect on this statistic, as the Badgers have averaged just 13.5 per game in their last two games, which is considerably less than their 17.1 season average. Instead, it appears the struggle can be almost entirely blamed on poor shooting. Over its last four games, Wisconsin has shot just 38.4 percent (81-of-211), which includes a 1-of-12 shooting effort from three-point range against Penn State Feb. 9. Despite these recent struggles, the Badgers still find themselves on pace to set the school record for three pointers made in a season. They need just 11 to surpass the 174 they made in
the 2001-02 season. A matchup against an Indiana team that is winless in Big Ten play this season seems to be a perfect opportunity for the Badgers to turn things around. However, Thursday’s game is Indiana’s Senior Night, where three seniors will be honored and will play their final game in historic Assembly Hall, making any thought of an easy win for the Badgers less likely.
“We’re not taking Indiana lightly at all.”
Anya Covington senior forward Wisconsin women’s basketball
“Think of how you would feel if we hadn’t won a [Big Ten] game yet,” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “It’s their Senior Night, so they’re going to, I would think, go all out.” Senior forward Anya Covington expects the Hoosiers to give Wisconsin a fight. “We’re not taking Indiana lightly at all,” Covington said. “We have to prepare to box out, we have to do all the little things. They’ll be ready.” More importantly, Wisconsin must find its confidence that was
shown during its three-game Big Ten winning streak in late January. Taking into account the upcoming Big Ten Tournament March 1-4 makes these last two games even more important. If the regular season ended today, the Badgers would notch the 10th seed and would play the seventh seed March 1, which currently belongs to Michigan. Freshman guard Lacia Gorman has been perhaps the brightest spot for the Badgers over the course of the last couple of weeks. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native, who stands at just 5 foot 7, has scored nine and 10 points in the last two contests despite averaging only 1.7 points per game previously. Covington is perhaps most impressed by the progress. “At the beginning everyone plays but then you get to that point in the season where the coach has determined who’s going to play. Then once you get in there and you just worry about not messing up, but once you get passed that thought process of not messing up, and more ‘I’m gonna go out and play,’ it’s a good thing,” Covington said with a laugh. “Lacia has gotten to that point.” While Kelsey acknowledged Gorman isn’t ready to start, she did hint at her seeing some extended minutes and also saw
traces of a marked increase in confidence on the floor. A win at Indiana on Thursday would set up Sunday’s regular season finale and Senior Night
perfectly, and finds the Badgers looking to continue its run of limiting turnovers. Game time for the Thursday night matchup is slated for 6 p.m.
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Freshman Lacia Gorman has been a bright spot for the Badgers recently, scoring nine and 10 points in the past two games.
Published on Feb 23, 2012