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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Martin answers questions on Madison split, budget By Alex DiTullio and Kayla Johnson the daily cardinal
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Democratic state representatives moved their offices onto the Capitol lawn Wednesday to protest restrictions on public access to the building. A court case on the issue is ongoing.
With Capitol restricted, Democrats move outside Assembly Dems hold meetings on lawn in protest of closed Capitol By Scott Girard the daily cardinal
Democratic state representatives braved the cold weather Wednesday as they set up offices on the Capitol lawn to protest the strict rules meant to keep protest-
ers from entering the building. The Wisconsin Department of Administration has required anyone entering the Capitol to have a badge since Sunday, when protesters were supposed to be removed so the building could be cleaned. Citizens can get a badge from their legislators. But State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, said she has been denied access to the building, both with and without her legislator identification, and did not want to continue putting her constituents through that process.
GOP Senators pass resolution to fine members absent for more than two days By Scott Girard the daily cardinal
The state Senate passed a resolution Wednesday that would impose a fine against any senator who is absent for two or more days without leave in a effort to force Democratic senators to return to Wisconsin. The fine will amount to $100 per day, and absent members will also have to pay the costs sustained in attempts to bring them to the Senate, such as a call of the house. Senate President Michael Ellis, R-Neenah, said he hopes to amend pieces of the Wisconsin Constitution that allow legislators to delay a bill through actions like leaving the state once the Democrats return. “We are reviewing the Constitution, we are reviewing the state statutes, we are reviewing our rule book, and at the appropriate time … we will make modifications so that the government of the people cannot be blocked by a minority
of the people,” Ellis said. The resolution is the latest in a number of Republican attempts to compel the Democrats to return to Madison and vote on the Republican-backed budget repair bill that has fueled protests for more than two weeks. The Senate passed a resolution last week that stopped direct deposit of senators’ paychecks, forcing members to pick them up in person on the Senate floor. Wednesday’s resolution also gives the Senate majority leader, currently state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, the ability to direct the sergeant at arms to revoke parking privileges for the absent senator and their staff. The majority leader will also have the ability to order the chief clerk to zero out the office expense account of the absent senator. Senators absent for sessions after Thursday will be fined.
“Tens of thousands of people have been denied entry to this building in the past several days, I’m one of them,” Roys said. “I’m not standing for it anymore.” State Reps. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, Cory Mason, D-Racine, Nick Milroy, D-South Range, and Roys were among the representatives who moved their offices outdoors. Milroy said he moved his desk to hear from the people he represents, and criticized assembly page 3
Chancellor Biddy Martin and Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell answered questions about how a proposed public authority model and major budget cuts would affect UW-Madison faculty and students at a forum Wednesday. Bazzell said UW-Madison administrators would manage a 13 percent reduction in state aid through a balance of cuts, and by increasing efficiencies and tuition. Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget restructures UW-Madison as a public authority institution, splitting the university from the UW System and giving it a 21-member governing Board of Trustees. Walker will appoint 11 of the board’s members, seven of whom will be UW-Madison alumni. The university would appoint the remaining 10 members from faculty, non-faculty employees and students. Martin said establishing the public authority model would allow UW-Madison to be more competitive nationally.
“For this university to deteriorate in quality because we can’t compete … would be a crying shame,” she said. “Not only for the university, but for the state and for the nation and I think even beyond.” Martin said Walker must appoint the majority of the board for the university to retain sovereign immunity and liability coverage, provisions that protect the university from lawsuits. However, some UW System members have expressed concern that the public authority model will negatively affect collaboration, and increase competition between Wisconsin campuses. The proposed budget would also allot $250,000 to UW-Milwaukee to move toward public authority status as well. Some UW-Milwaukee community members worry they may not have sufficient infrastructure necessary to be independent or be able to compete with UW-Madison for resources. Although there is concern about UW-Milwaukee splitting from the UW System, if it stayed the Milwaukee campus would be the only research partnership page 3
Walker’s budget would end mandate for local recycling By Adam Wollner the daily cardinal
On top of heavy spending cuts, Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal would also eliminate the state recycling program requirement for local communities. The proposal would cut financial assistance from the state to local
governments for the programs that totaled $32 million in 2010-11. The funds that were used for recycling and renewable energy would instead go to the state’s economic development fund. State Rep. Brett Hulsey, recycling page 3
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The Student Labor Action Coalition held a fake wedding Wednesday between Chancellor Biddy Martin and Gov. Scott Walker to protest the proposed split of UW-Madison from the UW System.
“…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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s the semester wears on and midterms no longer loom on the horizon but come crashing down with full force, plunging us into the pits of despair, there are not too many things that can really calm my brain and sooth my soul. Sure, yoga is nice to calm your nerves and realign your chi after you’ve been hunched over a textbook for six hours straight. But sometimes I find myself reciting all the Byzantine emperors between 702 and 813 A.D. while I’m supposed to be focusing on my breathing and holding the down dog. The only surefire way to really reign in my racing thoughts and achieve my inner peace is by cooking and/or baking my ultimate comfort foods. I’m sure everyone has their own comfort foods—the ones that make you smile and close your eyes as you drift away into sweet serenity. For just that short moment of pure bliss, no exam worth 40 percent of your grade can bring you back down. One of my personal favor-
ites is ice cream. The second that cold, smooth texture hits my tongue, all outside noise and worries evaporate. I could be stressed to the max, runnin’ my mouth about how I’m going to just drop out of school because there is no way I can write four papers, study for an exam and read four textbook chapters in two days, but if you give this girl an ice cream cone, she will shut her mouth like that. Whether it’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies n’ Cream, Dulce de Leche, Toffee Heath Crunch or just plain Chocolate ice cream, all of my previous anxieties vanish. Another scrumptious treat clinically proven to ease my tension is party potatoes, otherwise known as cheesy potato casserole. These tasty tots are the absolute perfect combination of cheesy, gooey goodness, finished with a crunchy, crumbly topping and a hint of onion. I simply cannot go to any family event without bringing this casserole along with, and let me tell you, other people I know share my love for this first-class dish. I made them for the Super Bowl party I went to this year, and they disappeared in approximately 1.3 minutes. These tots are almost as good as disapparating into Hogwarts
and finally being able to play a Quidditch match and dive into Dumbledore’s memories through his magical sieve. Anything pumpkin flavored will undoubtedly send me into a state of nirvana. I have made more pumpkin dishes than any fellow amateur chef I’ve met, and look up new pumpkin recipes on a near daily basis and then tell every person I see all about the best ones I find. Some examples of treats I have made this year are pumpkin molasses cookies, pumpkin oatmeal and white chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin blondies with walnuts, pumpkin and chocolate cake with a maple cream cheese frosting, and of course, pumpkin pie. When the special edition pumpkin spice coffee creamer comes out in September and all of the coffee shops start selling pumpkin spice lattes, I feel like a four-year-old on Christmas morning. When they came out with Pumpkin Pie flavored ice cream two years ago, I had to cross my legs to stop from piddling myself from excitement in Pick n’ Save. Normally I would say soup is the next most comforting food, especially after a long, cold March day complete with trudging up Bascom Hill in the freezing rain. However, unfor-
tunately I have a quite abnormal gastrointestinal system, and soup seems to actually make me sick rather than cure what ails me. Instead, I am listing oatmeal as my final most comforting food. Its creamy texture warms my stomach, and like ice cream, it comes in an abundance of flavors. You can also make your own textures and flavors over the stove, which allows my culinary creativity to come alive. I personally love adding a scoop of peanut butter, brown sugar, apples, or raisins and cinnamon into my oatmeal. Chunky or smooth, sweet and warm, this delicious dish melts in your mouth and lightens your load. Of course, there are many other foods that tickle my fancy, like sweet potatoes and corn on the cob, but none that send me quite into the same state of ecstasy like these. I noticed the other day they have Girl Scout Cookie special edition ice cream out. I’m definitely stockin’ up on buckets of the Samoas kind for the next couple of grueling weeks before spring break. After all, I’m not going anywhere tropical over spring break so there’s no need to stop a pooch from forming around the waistline. What are your favorite comfort foods? E-mail the recipes to alt2@ wisc.edu.
A weekly dig through the bounds of our old issues: Monday March 6, 2000 Licensed manufacturers of UW-Madison merchandise who have not yet disclosed the locations of their facilities will be sent letters this week requesting the information in what university officials say is a last warning before licenses are cancelled. Under new standards established during the February 1999 Bascom Hill anti-sweatshop sit-in and effective Jan. 1 of this year, all companies licensed to produce merchandise with UW-Madison trademarks are required to disclose their factory locations. Cindy Van Matre, UW-Madison director of trademark licensing, estimated approximately 50 licensees will receive letters this
week. UW-Madison has 447 total licensees, and most have already complied with the disclosure request. Companies not in compliance will have 15 days to disclose the locations of their factories. “If they don’t, then their license will be cancelled by the University of Wisconsin,” Van Matre said. If that happens, a licensee is not allowed to produce any merchandise with UW trademarks, including Bucky Badger and the “motion W.” The letters sent this week will be the third round of notifications sent out by the university, Van Matre said. The first letters were sent
out last December, followed by a second set in mid-January. Van Matre said she has heard very little from licensees who have not yet complied with the university guidelines. “A couple [licensees] called and asked for more time, but that was a month ago,” she said. Van Matre said UW-Madison is among the leading universities in receiving factory locations from its licensees. “I’m glad to see the university is doing this, but in reality this was supposed to have been done a month ago,” UW-Madison senior Marc Brakken said.
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ASM member proposes change to student attendance policy By Anna Duffin the daily cardinal
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The West Mifflin Street apartment complex proposal will be up for final approval at the Madison Common Council March 15.
Mifflin proposal moves forward despite lingering concerns By Taylor Harvey the daily cardinal
The controversial plans for a 44-unit, four-story apartment complex on West Mifflin Street received final approval at Wednesday night’s Urban Design Commission. The proposal will now move to the Common Council, which will discuss it March 15. Architects made modifications to the original proposal to satisfy requests from both the public and city officials. Architect John Bieno said he tailored the building’s design to better fit the West Mifflin Street atmosphere. “There have been a number of refinements which have strengthened the project,” committee member Richard Wagner said. “I feel very comfortable with it.” The building’s fourth floor often proved controversial in the design process, leading Bieno to push the floor back from the street as much as possible to make it less visible from ground level. Committee member Mark Smith said the fourth floor looks more prominent on blueprints and graphics than it will in reality. “You will really have to go out
of your way to see that element,” Smith said. A protruding elevator shaft from the original proposal is still a part of the approved design, although it has drawn the ire of some neighborhood residents. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said removing the elevator shaft “would moderate the tension and conflict in the neighborhood.” “Overall, this is an excellent proposal,” Verveer said. However, he said he wishes there could be a further modification to the elevator shaft so he can “enthusiastically vote for the proposal at the Common Council meeting on March 15.” The apartment complex proposal has caused controversy among some UW-Madison students, who feel the building does not fit the characteristics of the West Mifflin Street neighborhood. UW-Madison student Rachel Klaven said despite the modifications, the building does not fit the characteristics of West Mifflin Street homes. “I think there is going to be a lot of development in the near future on Mifflin,” Klaven said. “This building should set a strong precedent to follow Mifflin’s characteristics.”
Chicago man unplugs Fox News vehicle, cited for disorderly conduct A Chicago man was cited after he unplugged extension cords from a Fox News vehicle during the protests on the Capitol Square Tuesday afternoon. Madison Police cited Dan Edelstein, 23, for disorderly conduct. Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement Edelstein unplugged extension cords from the side of the
assembly from page 1 Republicans for not listening to Wisconsin residents. “This is what democracy is about, listening to people,” Milroy said. “There’s a lot of representatives, specifically the Republicans, that simply aren’t listening to their constituents, so we’re out here doing it for them.” Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser ruled Tuesday the Capitol had to reopen after multiple unions sued the state and the Department of Administration. The state appealed the ruling, however, and Dane County Judge John Albert is hearing the case, which will resume at 1 p.m. Thursday. Roys said she is not concerned
news vehicle. DeSpain said the cords fed power to lights and a camera during broadcasts. The staff member told police the news station was not broadcasting at the time of the incident. There was no permanent damage and the cords were plugged back into the news vehicle, DeSpain said. about losing the case and is more upset about the Walker administration appealing Moeser’s earlier ruling. “I think it’s just fundamentally un-democratic, not to mention illegal and in violation of a standing court order, to continue to lock out the citizens of the state and the public in general,” Roys said. “I believe that very quickly, and I hope, this Capitol building will be back open.” Clark released a statement on the outdoor meetings, and said he plans to continue the effort to make sure his constituents’ voices are heard. “I will work outside every day if that is what it takes to continue to serve the people I represent,” Clark said.
Associated Students of Madison’s University Affairs Chair Carl Fergus proposed legislation that would push the university to consider restructuring its attendance policy Wednesday. The current attendance policy states that individual departments can determine their own guidelines for attendance. Fergus said this led to harsh attendance policies that do not consider student needs. To structure the proposition, Fergus said, the University Affairs Committee looked at policies from other Big Ten schools. The committee said a policy similar to the one at the University of Minnesota would work best at UW-Madison. Minnesota’s policy states that students will not be reprimanded for missing classes in certain valid situations. According to the policy, such situations would include “illness of the student or his or her dependent, participation in intercollegiate athletic events pursuant to the UW-Athletic Board’s Student-Athlete Missed Class Days Policy, subpoenas, jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances.” The student would still be responsible for making up missed work in their classes under the Minnesota policy. If the legislation passes, Fergus said members of ASM would seek support from other student organizations, professors and faculty members to implement it. Fergus said he thinks the poli-
cy is reasonable. “I think this is a pretty even handed policy. I think we can find a lot of support,” he said. Also at the meeting, Representative Ellen Leedle and former Representative Max Love said they did not think members of ASM should voice their personal opinions on the New Badger Partnership without
making it clear that they were not speaking on behalf of ASM as a whole. “It does seem a little bit strange that leadership of ASM is sponsoring their political views and personal opinions on blogs that could be construed as representing the official opinions of the government,” Love said.
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ASM representative Ellen Leedle said members should clarify that the whole body may not share their views of the New Badger Partnership.
Cieslewicz responds to Walker’s budget proposal on blog Mayor Dave Cieslewicz took to his blog and released a statement Wednesday on the “challenges” Madison would face under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget. Cieslewicz said the city’s first task would be to turn back or modify some parts of Walker’s budget through the legislative process. “We’ll work closely with the Madison schools, the county, the UW, MATC and others with our municipal partners from around the state to make this budget
better,” Cieslewicz said in the blog post. Cieslewicz said he has already reached out to Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad and Madison teachers to work together on the budget. “We invest in our schools because there’s nothing more important to the health of our city than the health of our public schools,” he said. Cieslewicz also said he plans to meet with city managers, labor
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university in the system. Such a result would leave UW-Milwaukee grouped with universities with which it has few similarities. “Milwaukee’s situation in a sense is the most complicated because they’re making a transition toward being more research intensive,” Martin said. “They’re in a difficult position.” Martin said if UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee share one governing board independent of the Board of Regents, it may not fare as well as Madison since it is smaller and receives less funding. Martin, Bazzell and other administration members also held a live web chat Wednesday with more than 700 participants.
D-Madison, said Walker’s budget proposal “guts Wisconsin’s environmental and conservational tradition.” Hulsey said Wisconsin, and Madison in particular, has one of the most successful recycling programs in the country. According to Hulsey, Madison recycles more than 40 percent of its waste, which he said results in fewer landfills and less waste. Calls for comment to Walker’s office, the state Republican party and Assembly Republicans were not immediately returned Wednesday. Hulsey said local governments are going to have to make tough choices on spending if they want to keep their recycling programs. “We’re going to have to make
leaders and non-represented employees this week to discuss the budget’s effects. He said Madison’s 2012 city budget will be the result of a process in which city officials will work closely with the community. “Scott Walker continues to push policies that attempt to divide us,” Cieslewicz said. “But in the face of these challenges, I will work to bring out community together because we do things differently in Madison. —Maggie DeGroot such painful decisions under this chain saw, backwards budget,” Hulsey said. The Sierra Club said in a statement it is also disappointed with the budget, saying it was “dismayed” and “extremely disheartened” with Walker’s decisions on recycling. They said his proposals are “radical plans to rollback support and policies that benefit our environment, save money, and create jobs.” The state of Wisconsin has mandated recycling programs since 1995, and has funded them since 1990 with the passage of the Solid Waste Reduction, Recovery, and Recycling Law. That law required Wisconsin residents and businesses to recycle banned materials and made sure citizens had access to a local recycling program.
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‘Another Year’ for the ages By Ariel Shapiro The Daily Cardinal
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Elderly married couple Tom and Gerri (middle) surround themselves with tired souls like Ken (bottom) and scene-stealer Mary (top) in “Another Year.”
“Another Year,” the latest film by British writer/director Mike Leigh (“Vera Drake,” “Happy-GoLucky”), is a two-hour meditation on happiness that will leave you completely depressed. In the world of movies, where hope is in abundance and a second chance is always waiting around the corner, “Another Year” argues that sometimes, as one character puts it, “Life’s not always kind, is it?” It follows a year in the life of aging and content London couple Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and their less fortunate friends, a cast of characters with each one more miserable than the next. Tom and Gerri garden, cruise in their Volvo station wagon and enjoy each other’s company while their friends find themselves trapped in lives they would rather not be a part of. Ken (Peter Wight), an old friend of the couple, is alone, obese and never without booze, while Ronnie (David Bradley), Tom’s brother, is in a near-catatonic state in the aftermath of his wife’s death. However, the most tragic of them all is Mary (Lesley Manville), a work friend of Gerri’s who never quite remembered to grow up. She spent her prime in a failed marriage and fruitless divorce, and now spends her golden years trying to recapture her youth. Hapless and recklessly optimistic, Mary is like
a Bridget Jones aged 20 years who never got her happy ending. Because of their luck and perhaps a sense of guilt, Tom and Gerri regularly invite these sad souls over for tea and sympathy, but provide shockingly little compassion. Gerri, a therapist, listens to her distraught guests with the same professional detachment she would use when listening to a patient, and Tom makes no effort at hiding his judgment. Although their intentions may be noble, Tom and Gerri seem to lord their successes over their sad companions, showing that being happy and being good are not the same thing.
Hapless and recklessly optimistic, Mary is like a Bridget Jones aged 20 years who never got her happy ending.
“Another Year” received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and for good reason. Developed over the course of several months by Leigh and his cast, the dialogue is natural and unforced, if maybe a little unstructured. That being said, nothing exactly happens in this film. It provides a snapshot of each season, usually in the form of a dinner party. Each scene is long,
unwieldy, and entirely under the actors’ control, so it is lucky that “Another Year” has such a skilled cast. There is not a weak link among them, though Manville is far and away the stand out. As Mary, Manville forces through the heavy make-up, sparkly cougar clothes and flirty winking to show a real sense of despair. If there is any traceable arc in the film, it is the deterioration of Mary’s relationship with Tom and Gerri. From the beginning it is apparent that they have her out of charity, and she looks past their smugness because she has nobody else to talk to. Things begin to collapse when she attempts to pursue their 30-year-old son who at one point refers to her as “Aunt Mary.” After the family rejects her, Mary shamelessly keeps coming back even though she is not wanted. With the realization of her dependency on Tom and Gerri despite the fact they could not care less about her, Mary comes to the conclusion that her life has reached a point of no return. It is a deeply affecting moment–– without melodrama or wailing violins––that allows the audience to provide the empathy for Mary that Tom and Gerri never do. Through its acute observations of relationships and the value of happiness, “Another Year” shows Leigh’s ability as a filmmaker to create something simultaneously somber and human.
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Your Housing Guide Tips for picking out your first apartment Spring Street/College Court University/Gorham Street By Todd Stevens the daily cardinal
Are you a freshman? Are you looking for your first apar tment ever? Are you afraid to go househunting any fur ther than 500 yards from Sellery Hall? Then the Spring Street/College Court neighborhood is probably your ideal location. They don’t call them the sophomore slums for nothing, though the “slums” aspect is not par ticularly accurate. The few clustered blocks bordered by Dayton, Park and Regent are essentially The Dorms 2.0, as several of the apar tment complexes which make up the territory offer leases tailored to first-time renters. However, they come along with premium price tags. McDonald’s can even serve as a 24-hour cafeteria, with food that’s probably
about as healthy as what you’ll get on an average trip to Carson’s. All of the other things you were used to in the dorms (at least the Southeast ones) are there as well; it’s close to most campus buildings, State Street isn’t too far away, and weekends generally result in people getting loud and drunk. Basically, Joe or Jane Witte should be right at home. It’s not an advisable location for upperclassmen (unless you want to feel like the elderly village creep), but for those with sufficient pocketbooks just beginning to venture into the world of renting, the sophomore slums aren’t too bad.
By Dan Tollefson the daily cardinal
What’s so great about living on University Avenue? In a word: Everything. After a brief stint in the sophomore slums, I’ve spent two years living in the University/Gorham Street area. Its proximity to just about every notewor thy building, bar or restaurant is too much to pass up. It’s true; apar tments on University are a little more expensive than average. But you get what you pay for. Let me make one thing per-
fectly clear : There are three liquor stores within a block of my apar tment. Remember when Riley’s liquor license got suspended for a month? Me too. I walked an extra 10 feet and got my drank from University Avenue Liquor. And when I’m sober, I don’t have to take a bus to class or the SERF. Honestly, I didn’t even know we got a free bus pass until yesterday. Basically, if you want to do well in school, stay in shape and be popular, then you need to shell out some extra cash and live on University Avenue.
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State Street By Sam Witthuhn the daily cardinal
Suffering from chronic hunger and incessant cravings for cheap beer and crappy alcohol? Don’t feel like trekking across campus through wintr y weather for semiauthentic Chinese food or gourmet, rainbow-colored popcorn? Well, State Street area apar tments are the place for you! While there may be a panhandling hobo or two, living in the State Street area provides residents with an array of dining options and shops that make life without a car more convenient. You don’t have to live in the Aberdeen Apar tments or Lucky to receive coffee house perks. Living in a rickety flat with potential carbon monoxide leaks gives students the oppor tunity to save pocketfuls of money in close proximity to a grab bag of coffee shops of your choice! Not only will you get to hear the screams of belligerent drunk girls singing Disney songs on a Wednesday night, but you will get to enjoy these musical treats without being branded as an average coastie. Life so close to civilization will make you feel alive, but warning: The restaurant selection in this area may also make you increasingly poor and extremely fat.
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West Washington Avenue/Mifflin Street By Nico Savidge the daily cardinal
Unlike a giant, anonymous high rise or shiny new townhouse, the homes on and around West Washington Avenue have character—and so does the neighborhood. During the winter, neighbors and friends battle in snowball fights (during “Snowmageddon ’09” there was an all-out war between the even and odd sides of West Washington); then when Madison warms up it seems like everyone on the block spends the summer grilling on their front porch. And on that glorious first Saturday of May, the entire campus comes out to enjoy the neighborhood’s awesomeness in the drinking marathon known as the Mifflin Street Block Par ty. A lot of the houses are old—quite a few have been around for more than a century—and some of them show their age more than others. But that just means you have to be picky about where you rent. Find a great place to live in the West Washington neighborhood and you won’t ever want to leave.
By Parker Gabriel
Nobody’s blind to the stereotypes of the Langdon neighborhood. It’s the center of the Greek community on campus and not everybody is cool with that. However, the positives of the area far outweigh the negatives. It’s close to State Street, the Capitol and classes. Then there’s the lake. If you’ve got a porch, there’s nothing better than hanging out with a beer in the summer. Yeah, you’ve got to deal with a little bro-flow, but Langdon is cer tainly wor th a look.
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Obama’s stance on Defense of Marriage good for nation brittany schmidt opinion columnist
hen you hear the name Obama, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you think he’s a great man trying to fix an economy the previous president screwed up. Or he’s too soft on spending. Well, it’s time to add supporter of LGBT rights to that list. When President Barack Obama took office in 2008, he created a gay-rights agenda that would fight for equal rights for the LGBT community. While the LGBT community is starting to see Obama’s initial promises come true—the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and passage of the Matthew Shepard’s Hate Crimes Prevention Act, for instance, his new decision to stop support of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 will garner more support from LGBT community than ever before. “You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman,” Obama said at the 2009 Human Rights Campaign. Late last month, Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which bans recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages, unconstitutional and urged the Justice Department to stop defending it in court.
According to Charlie Savage and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, two writers for The New York Times, Obama favors civil unions and maintains a nuanced position on same-sex marriages. Same-sex advocates suggest that Obama will soon embrace their cause due to his administration’s newest stance. “I think the gay community got to him” said John Aravosis, founder of Americablog.com. “I’m not convinced we got to his heart, but I think we got to his political head.” Aravosis is correct when he says the gay community has Obama’s political mind because Obama is continuing to support and aid the LGBT community in different ways. However, I don’t think it is correct to say they don’t have his heart. Even if the LGBT Community doesn’t have his whole heart, they still have his constitutional support, which is much more important right now. While Obama has a good heart and cares deeply for this country, what’s more important to remember is he believes in equal opportunity for all, no matter what your gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation happens to be. Obama has gone above and beyond to promote the LGBT community because he believes in this country and that discrimination against anyone needs to end. Although he has not explicitly said he supports same-sex marriages, it’s not an issue worth dwelling on. He has done as much, if not more for the LGBT community than any other president in recent history. At that same 2009 convention,
Obama said, “I believe strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away and passing laws that extend equal rights to gay couples.” Back in October 2009, Obama’s speech at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner addressed the progress of equal opportunity for the LGBT community. During this speech, he talked about the different opportunities and plans he wants to incorporate into his term in office. He plans eventually to pass an inclusive employee nondiscrimination bill, arguing that no one should be fired because of his or her sexual orientation.
A good president should be working on multiple problems within the social context of his time.
Again, I disagree with Aravosis’ claim that the LGBT community has Obama’s political support, but not his heart. This short passage from his speech reaffirms that Obama does care and completely understands the LGBT community. Obama talks about the Human Rights Campaign as something bigger than any policy his administration can make into a law. He said, “It’s about our common humanity and our willingness to walk in someone else’s shoes; To imagine losing a job not because of your performance at work but because of your relationship at
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home; to imagine worrying about a spouse in the hospital, with the added fear that you’ll have to produce a legal document just to comfort the person you love to imagine the pain of losing a partner of decades and then discovering that the law treats you like a stranger.” President Obama believes in more than just equal opportunities for all—he has a deep understanding of the way these laws affect people. He realizes how hard it would be to lose a job based on sexual orientation or not be able to comfort a sick spouse in the hospital. Not only does the president support the LGBT community personally, he has the heart and determination to change the entire political landscape for the better. Although Obama has publicly planned to help the LGBT community since his first day in office, some conservatives think he is trying to shift the attention from spending cuts to social causes. This is an obviously biased way to look at the progress
that President Obama has made for this country. A good president should not focus on one problem, fix it and then move on to the next one. A good president should be working on multiple problems within the social context of his time. Just because he’s working on ending discrimination toward the LGBT community doesn’t mean he’s ignoring the economic issues. Obama is a president who knows how to multi-task and realizes that many issues need to be handled all at once, rather than one at a time. Obama is doing the right thing and I completely support him for his fight against hate, discrimination and intolerance. Everyone deserves equal opportunity no matter what their sexual orientation. There is no doubt in my mind that a world of acceptance will bring a better economic and political future. Brittany Schmidt is a senior majoring in theatre and drama. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
Long and thin. Saturn’s rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference but only about a foot thick.
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Space shuttle Discovery’s departing voyage The shuttle’s last launch marks the end of a 30-year era for NASA and the world
By Matthew Kleist The daily cardinal
Just under a week ago, the crew of mission STS–133 and the Space Shuttle Discovery launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This launch was not just another shuttle mission at NASA, however, as this one marks the beginning of the end for the aging shuttle program. Upon the safe return of the Space Shuttle Discovery on March 7, the shuttle will be officially retired from use, making it the first of the active shuttles to be decommissioned. The crew of STS–133, the Space Transportation System will deliver some critical spare parts to the International Space Station, along with the Express Logic Carrier–4 and Permanent Multipurpose Module. The ELC–4 is a platform that provides mechanical mounting, electrical power and command and data handling services for experiments conducted onboard the space station. The PMM is a large pressurized container that will be used to store supplies and waste from the ISS. In addition to the crew and
equipment onboard the Discovery, the mission includes another unique character. Making its way to the ISS to become a permanent resident of the facility is Robonaut 2. R2 will be the first humanoid robot to fly in space, R2 will be monitored by engineers aboard the ISS to see how it operates in the weightlessness of space. The shuttles and their crews have made space accessible to those who are not fortunate enough to experience it firsthand. STS-133 will include a pair of spacewalks in order to conduct maintenance on the station and to install the parts carried on the Discovery. Since the Space Shuttle Program was born on Jan. 5, 1972, the shuttles and their crews have made space accessible to those who are not fortunate enough to experience it firsthand. Since the program’s maiden voyage, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched on April 12, 1981, the program has been bringing space a little bit closer to Earth for three decades.
The Space Shuttle Program has had a direct hand in near and deep space exploration as well as the construction, maintenance and crew rotations of multiple orbiting space stations. The crews of Spacelab (a reusable lab carried aboard early shuttle flights), Mir (a Russian predecessor to the ISS) and the ISS found their way into space aboard the orbiters. The shuttles have not only ferried astronauts into the sky in manned flights–the STS missions have sent many unmanned explorers in orbit around the Earth, and some even into interplanetary travel, the travel between planets of one solar system. Responsible for multiple tracking and data relay satellites, two defense satellite communication systems and a defense support program satellite for the U.S. Air Force, the Space Shuttle Program has proven to be very beneficial to the advancement of communications across the globe. In addition to communication satellites, the shuttles have carried various scientific instruments into space including the Chandra X-ray Observatory in high Earth orbit, and the Magellan probe, Galileo
spacecraft and Ulysses probe flying interplanetary missions. Upon the completion of STS133 and the retirement of the Space Shuttle Discovery, there will only be two remaining active shuttles and two more STS missions. The Space Shuttle Endeavour and STS-134 is scheduled to launch on April 19, and will join Discovery in retirement upon its return. The final STS mission will launch along with the Space Shuttle Atlantis June 28. The mission will be the 135th flown under the STS program and will bring to an end 30 years of active duty for the orbiters. With Atlantis’ retirement, many have called for NASA to look towards a new program for manned space flight.
The final STS mission will launch along with the Space Shuttle Atlantis June 28.
The planned successor to the STS program was Project Constellation, and its spacecraft Orion and Altair. These proposed
craft were to be sent into space riding on the Earth Departure Stage. Project Constellation’s main missions would have brought astronauts back to the moon and eventually manned flights to Mars. The Obama administration cancelled the program in 2010 however, saying it would exceed NASA’s budget. Until a new program and vehicle are developed, American astronauts would travel to and from the ISS on board the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. With no current plan to replace the shuttles, a hand full of private companies have unveiled their own plans to build a spacecraft capable of bringing people into space. Ventures such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX have made significant strides forward in the production of a manned spacecraft. The future of American manned space flight is uncertain. Will there ever be a new government funded manned space flight program, or will it fall to the private sector to build a new American spacecraft; at this point, no one can predict what will happen. Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to return to Earth March 8.
Ask Mr. Scientist: The mysteries of snow and winter’s trees By Michael Leitch THE DAILY CARDINAL
Dear Mr. Scientist: How does this work: I look outside and see it’s snowing, but then I notice my thermometer says it’s 34 degrees? –Rachel S. While snow does melt at temperatures above 32 degrees, several factors come together to make that possible. Part of it has to do with the fact that, while the air near the ground is above freezing, it is much
colder up in the atmosphere where snow is formed. As the flakes fall, they don’t spend enough time in the warm air to melt, so the snow is able to make it all the way to the ground. Humidity also plays a large role; the drier the air the warmer it can be yet still snow. Dear Mr. Scientist: How do snowflakes get their shape? –Ryan J. It all comes down the temperature and humidity. When water
vapor condenses on a dust particle in a cloud it begins to form a hexagonal ice crystal. The crystal grows and grows, and soon arms sprout from each of the six corners. Snowflakes are very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity so depending on where a snowflake is as it’s growing, each of the arms may branch out faster, form more hexagonal plates which in turn sprout more arms, or stop growing altogether. Since each snowflake follows a unique path to
the ground, it’s true no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Dear Mr. Scientist: I’ve heard that in the winter the sap in trees can freeze causing the tree to explode. Is this true? –Brian H. Judging by the number of trees thriving in the forests of Canada and Alaska, that is another urban legend. Wood is a good insulator so even in the coldest weather the sap will take several hours to freeze;
it won’t all freeze at once. Trees in cold climates have also adapted to their surroundings by either producing a thicker sap that is less prone to freezing or spreading its sap throughout the tree. Cold weather will, however, cause wood to shrink and produce a loud pop which may sound to some like an explosion, but rest assured the tree remains intact. To send your question to Mr. Science, email Michael at mleitch@ wisc.edu.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Badgers face Hoosiers in late-season road test By Jeremy Wodajo the daily cardinal
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team heads into the final two games of the season as arguably one of the hottest team in the nation. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Badgers have dominated the majority of their opponents en route to solidifying a top-three finish in the conference. Leading the charge for the Badgers (12-4 in Big Ten, 22-6 overall) are junior point guard and Cousy Award finalist Jordan Taylor and senior forward Jon Leuer. Heading into Wisconsin’s road match-up with the Indiana Hoosiers (3-13, 12-17) Thursday night, the tandem ranks sixth nationally in scoring with 37.1 points per game. Although senior forward Keaton Nankivil has not attracted nearly the same national attention Taylor and Leuer have, his presence both on the blocks and beyond the three point line have arguably turned that tandem into a three-headed monster. A Madison native, Nankivil has scored in double figures 12 of the
last 16 games and ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage (47.1 percent). He has consistently hit the three all year and is only one of three Big Ten players to record 20 made three-pointers and 20 blocks this season. “He’s a great spot up shooter … he knows how to play off of Leuer, play off Taylor, play off of the system to get open shots,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. “If he’s open, you have the feeling it’s going in.” Nankivil has also shown he is a defensive threat, recording 1.25 blocks per game, which is good enough for second in the conference. His 35 blocked shots this season is tied for 10th all-time in UW single season history. The lack of attention Nankivil has received has not caused the senior to alter anything in his game, something his teammates see as a huge plus with the boost he has given them over his career. “He’s critical of himself, which I think is a good thing,” Leuer said. “He’s always looking for something he can do better …
and obviously he’s improved a lot over his four years.” If there’s one thing the Badgers are good at and hope to continue, it’s their ability to erase secondhalf deficits. Much like the team’s 15-point comeback against Ohio State in early February, Wisconsin will look to continue it’s determined poise amidst adversity. In four of their last seven wins, the Badgers have remained steady and fought back in the closing moments of the game to pull out the victory. Heading into Thursday, the team hopes it won’t be forced into a comeback situation against a struggling Indiana team against which the Badgers have dominated, winning 13 of the last 16 meetings. With Indiana at the bottom of the Big Ten, the Badgers remain positive and continue to prepare like any other game. “If you think about how devastating it would be to lose, that’s a seed you plant in your own mind,” Nankivil said. “We’re the kind of team that expects to win any game, home or away, against any opponent.”
Penn State might be tempting, but for Johnson, Madison is home NICO SAVIDGE savidge nation
he Johnson family has made a habit of building college hockey programs in Madison, and now Wisconsin women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson has a chance to do that again. This time, though, he’d be shaping the team hundreds of miles from the UW campus. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that Athletic Director Barry Alvarez gave representatives from Penn State permission to speak with Johnson about becoming the first head coach of their men’s hockey team. The Nittany Lions announced last year they would create a Division I hockey program, and it would appear Johnson is in their sights. But while Mark Johnson is the right man for Penn State, Penn State isn’t the right place for Mark Johnson. The Wisconsin women’s hockey program existed, and was pretty good, before Johnson took the reins as head coach in 2002, but it was nothing like it is now when he started. Today, the Badgers are arguably the best program in the country and are well on their way to a fourth national title under Johnson. If he leaves that dynasty, however, the job Johnson would be tasked with is a lot like what his father, “Badger” Bob Johnson, did at this university more than 40 years ago. In the late 60s, Badger Bob created Wisconsin men’s hockey as we know it today—he brought the program to
the varsity level in 1968, and eventually to its first four national titles. Bob Johnson is the reason why UW has the hockey culture it does today, plain and simple. That’s exactly what State College, Pa., hope Mark Johnson can do there. And if they want a coach who will get fans to pack the shiny new rink that will accompany their shiny new hockey team when it debuts in 2012, Johnson is also the one to do it. Along with his success on the ice, Johnson has sold the team to Madison fans. Wisconsin consistently leads women’s college hockey in average attendance and recently smashed the single-game record by drawing more than 10,000 fans at the Jan. 29 “Fill the Bowl” event. Penn State is a sports crazy school, and with the nearest NHL teams a few hours’ drive away (not unlike Madison), it’s just the kind of market that is perfect for college hockey. But while Mark Johnson is the right man for Penn State, Penn State isn’t the right place for Mark Johnson. So Johnson is exactly the kind of person Penn State wants for its first ever men’s hockey coach. But should he start packing for State College? No. The most obvious reason would be that his success with a brand new team would be limited at best in its first seasons. In their debut season, the Nittany Lions are going to be made up of freshmen, perhaps a few transfers and upperclassmen who, if they have been
playing at Penn State, have no experience in Division I hockey. It won’t be for a few years that Johnson will have a crop of players with real college hockey experience, and even then it will only be recruits brave (or desperate) enough to sign with a completely new program. Badger Bob took Wisconsin to the varsity level and won a national title in five years. In today’s college hockey world, where so many of the best recruits skip college all together, even the best coach couldn’t accomplish what Bob Johnson did that fast. For a coach who is working toward his fourth national title in six years, that prospect cannot be appealing. But perhaps the biggest reason for Johnson to stay in Madison is his roots here. Johnson grew up in Madison, played at Memorial High School and UW and has coached at Wisconsin for more than a decade. With so much of his family in Madison and his own history tied directly to the city, he likely would not be quick to move. It’s not as if the Johnson family has no relationship with Pennsylvania – after all, Badger Bob won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991, and his iconic “It’s a great day for hockey” motto figures prominently in the Pens’ locker room. Still, that hardly equals the family’s ties to Madison. Given his success at Wisconsin, Mark Johnson is certainly in demand. But while he is exactly the kind of coach the Nittany Lions need to get off the ground, Johnson should stay where he belongs: In Madison. Should Penn State go after Mark Johnson? E-mail Nico at email@example.com.
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team travels to Indianapolis Thursday to take on Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. For a full preview and a look at an interesting record the Badgers set this season, head to dailycardinal.com/sports.
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Keaton Nankivil has 35 blocks and 50 three-pointers this season for UW.
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