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UW-Madison senior Maxwell Love asks chancellor finalist Dr. Nicholas Jones about tuition costs.

Chancellor candidate Jones visits campus By Melissa Howison The Daily Cardinal

University of WisconsinMadison students, faculty and staff met Dr. Nicholas Jones, one of the four finalists for the university’s chancellor position, at a meet-and-greet Tuesday where Jones outlined his future plans for the university. Chancellor search committee staff member Mary Czynszak-Lyne said the committee hopes opportunities for the public to engage personally with the finalists will promote visibility and communication between students and chancellor candidates. Jones has served as the dean of students to the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering for the past eight years and highlighted his department’s long-held attitude that higher education institutions should embrace technological innovation. He said he plans to stay at the forefront of new learning technologies and is excited about UW-Madison’s recent launching of a Massive Open Online Courses trial, which offer free online courses to the public, in which five professors

are participating. “I absolutely think we need to take advantage of all innovations that are out there in education,” Jones said. “A place that is as broad and diverse and creative as [UW-Madison] will actually be at the cutting edge of some of those innovations.” He also emphasized cooperation between different entities within the university and addressed the approach he would take in his role presiding over the three governing bodies on campus, which include students, faculty and staff. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the people,” Jones said. “You lead effectively by having a great team around you and below that team, you have a series of great teams. I really embrace here–at University of Wisconsin-Madison–this principle of shared governance.” Maxwell Love, a UW-Madison senior studying political science as well as African-American and Chicano studies, asked Jones at the meet-and-greet how he would keep tuition costs low in the wake of decreasing support from the state. Love said he is concerned

Jones’ background at a private university has not equipped him to deal with the complexities of a public university and its reliance on state funding. “I don’t think our university is really accessible to everybody right now,” he said. “For me that’s the only thing, moving forward in our country, that we need to have—more accessible higher education.” Jones said Johns Hopkins has implemented some successful fundraising practices during his time, which he plans to bring to UW-Madison. “Opportunities for fundraising for this institution are extraordinary,” Jones said. “I would really look forward to helping Wisconsin move itself in that direction more, in response to some of the funding challenge we often see moving forward.” Jones is the first chancellor finalist to visit campus after being announced a contender for the position. The next candidate scheduled to visit campus, Michael Schill, will speak Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Mead Witter Lobby at the Chazen Museum of Art, and the other two will visit next week.

Police arrested three suspects in a shooting that occurred near University Houses in Eagle Heights Tuesday, according to the University of WisconsinMadison Police Department. At approximately 9:30 p.m., UWPD received calls that shots were fired in the University Houses area of Eagle Heights, where many UW-Madison graduate students live, UWPD Sgt. Aaron Chapin said in a statement. No one was injured, according to the report. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said the Madison Police

Department set up a perimeter around a building in Eagle Heights before the suspects were taken into custody. Officers found shell casings around the scene, according to Chapin. Police took two suspects into custody at approximately 9:36 p.m. and then began to look for a third suspect, according to the police report. The third suspect was taken into custody at approximately 11:29 p.m. UWPD sent an “all clear alert” at approximately 11:57 p.m. and is continuing to investigate, according to the release.

Council allows city to start planning new bus station with local consultants By Erik Thiel The Daily Cardinal

Madison’s Common Council authorized city government to work with a consulting firm Tuesday on a project to implement a new bus station downtown and heard a proposal to improve Metro Transit. The Council approved an agreement between consultant team Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc, and city government, allowing plans for a new bus depot to move forward. While the depot’s location has yet to be determined, developers and city officials are considering an area behind the Kohl Center, which could serve as a multi-purpose bus and rail service to move traffic from

Memorial Union, where they currently pickup and drop-off passengers, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. “The Memorial Union is not sustainable,” Verveer said. “It would be preferable to have a multimodal transportation facility.” The Council also heard a proposal from Bill Schaefer, the planning manager at the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board, about improving perceived problems with Metro Transit over the next five years. The five-year plan outlines key components the TPB seeks to correct within the Metro Transit system, including overcrowdedness on city busses

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Former adidas workers speak to UW students about fight for severance pay By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal

More than 80 University of Wisconsin-Madison students gathered Tuesday to listen to two Indonesian workers from an adi-

das-contracted factory share their struggles to get severance pay, in an event hosted by the Student Labor Action Coalition. The workers’ fight began in April 2011 after the factory in

which they worked, contracted by adidas, unexpectedly shut down and failed to pay over 2,700 workers more than $1.8 million

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City Council approved a proposal sponsored by Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, allowing the city to move forward with bus depot plans.

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read an article about last Thursday’s fire at Medical Sciences—which apparently closed driving routes along Henry Mall and Linden Drive, to which my biggest takeaway was, my god, Henry Mall has actually been open all this time? It might just be me, but I felt like that area has been under construction since the Clinton administration. I remember it being closed when I toured campus in high school. And it was STILL closed three years later when I had a class out on Linden. But that thing’s open now? I have the sudden urge to run through Henry Mall and up the Ag Hall stairs like I’m Rocky.

Movie from your childhood that still kicks ass “A Goofy Movie” (1995)—I wouldn’t be surprised if I destroyed my family’s VCR with how often I watched this gem. For some reason it never dawned

on me until a few years ago, but it’s technically a musical. Which begs the question: Why isn’t every high school in America doing a stage production of this film? You can’t tell me a group of teenagers wouldn’t rather perform “A Goofy Movie” than the four millionth tired rendition of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The star of the show would obviously be whoever could sing like Powerline, the Michael Jackson knockoff performed by Goofy and Max on stage at the film’s climax. I remember six-yearold me bouncing off the walls like a fool whenever Powerline started belting out “Eye 2 Eye.” Good times. Oh and by the way, Goofy’s “Perfect Cast” dance during that scene kills the “Harlem Shake” any day of the week.

First-World Hate of the week This week’s hate is reserved for old people humor. I worked at a grocery store as a teenager, and without fail, every geezer I had to bag for would think they were Richard Pryor in his prime when they made some dumb joke in response to me asking if they wanted paper or plastic. And then I had to give a cheesy smile after they made the

joke, which made me die a little inside every time. The worst one I heard was when this old guy was examining the display we set up for “Bee Movie,” which had just been released on DVD. He looked at me with this big grin on his face and said, “‘Bee Movie,’ huh? What’s the sequel to this, the ‘C Movie?!’” In that moment, it took everything in my power not to say to him, “HOLY SHIT YOU ARE AN OLD FUCKING FOSSIL.” I’ve never been to hell, but I imagine it contains an endless loop of 80-year-old men laughing uproariously at their own jokes and taking 20 minutes to scan their credit cards.

Song that will make you wet your pants with excitement “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” (The Beatles, 1965)— My roommate’s friend from Ohio State is in a Beatles cover band and an all-around good dude, and he’s making his annual pilgrimage to Madison this weekend. I didn’t know him very well when he visited last year, but being a pretty big Beatles fan, he could have been an axe murderer and he’d still be good

in my book. Anyway, we went to Church Key on a Thursday last year, and as the pitchers kept flowing, I needed to relieve myself. After I parked myself at a urinal, Ohio State Guy came in and took a stall. It was at this point that I decided to start singing the song above to him, and he gladly joined in. Despite both of us being well past sober, our rendition was the most incredible, spontaneous duet ever, at least in my mind. God, singing when you’re drunk is just the best. Conversely, listening to drunk people singing is the worst. If I hear one more pack of tone-deaf freshman girls slurring “Lion King” songs on my walk home, “Hakuna Matata” won’t mean “no worries” for them any longer, missies.

Unedited moronic facebook status from a kid from my high school “man law we jack our trucks up not lower them u pussies who do this bullshit” Man law—we give a swift kick in the nuts to any douchebag who uses the phrase “man law.” Remember to email awolf3@ to send Adam your favorite grandpa jokes.

The life-long influence you never wanted michael voloshin voloshin’s commotion


hen I was younger, my hero wasn’t a sports figure, or an actor, or a family member; my hero was Bugs Bunny. He was funny, witty and above all else, a trickster. A trickster, defined by Harold Scheub of African 210 (this is the last time I’ll ever use something I learned from class for an article), is a mythological god who often plays tricks on disobedient followers. The trickster more or less does this by changing nature, hashing out impossible tasks and fluidly changing its gender. Bugs has the power to turn a shotgun onto itself, convince Elmer Fudd that there is a much more prized animal in a dark cave (guess what, it’s a deadly bear). Bugs Bunny was a troll before we even knew what that word meant. While Bugs

was a troll to survive against the incompetent Elmer Fudd and sometimes Daffy Duck, we as humans today are trolls for mostly shits and giggles. Using what my master Bugs Bunny has taught me, I will give you, the reader, a plethora (maybe the most overrated word in history, but I kind of like it) of things to do to troll your friends, enemies and anyone else. Reserve 10 large parties at a restaurant for one day, never cancel and never show up. This has actually happened to me when I worked as a host. Basically our whole restaurant was booked for the night and we couldn’t seat any walk-ins, but not one of the reservations showed and all the waiters made less than $20. We assume a disgruntled, recently fired employee called in to get revenge. To you, my friend, bravo. When a friend texts you, “hey are you at [this place]? I think I see you!” Always respond yes, especially if you’re not there. This one is fun because you can

play along. “Am I wearing white? Yeah of course, come say hi, I can’t see you,” until the faithful text comes that usually says, “I hate you, so much.” Find a disgusting or disturbing photo and always send that when you don’t have an answer to a text. We all have a random thing we say when we don’t have a logical answer to a text (for the record, I used to say “bark”). Now I just send a picture of a guy with two crazy lazy eyes I found from Twitter. Fun. “Did you get a hair cut?” “Yes, just this one.” This one will make people cringe as it is such a stupid joke that I’m surprised Carlos Mencia didn’t try to pass it off as his own yet. Name your sons Barkevious, Hughtavious and Hugh. Oh Mingo family, please never change, and please let all of your sons be in the NFL so I can say your names on a daily basis. (Side note: Barkevious and the Hughs sounds like an awesome R&B group from the ’90s.) If you’re meeting a significant

other’s parents for the first time, casually drop a condom on the ground “on accident.” They’ll assume you’re good at sex and can please their child and you will be respected and crowned as king of the family (or you’ll be run out of town by a cliched mob with pitchforks, but hey, at least you had fun). If your class starts the semester with an awful game of “Two Truths and a Lie,” make the first thing you say a completely obvious lie. I always start with “I am an African-American.” It doesn’t help that the next two things I say are “I’m a Formula One racer” and “I worked on building the Curiosity Mars Rrver,” but hey, dumb people will think I’m cool. So there you guys go; you’re all a little better at trolling now. Remember, it’s not about how many friends you have; it’s about how many you lose because you’re such an asshole. Bugs would be proud. Email Michael about your “Looney Toons” activities at


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State legislator proposes amendment to voting bill Following criticism from fellow legislators, state Rep. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, amended his bill Tuesday that would limit when voters can cast in-person absentee ballots. Under the current version of the proposed legislation, municipalities are only permitted to accept in-person absentee ballots from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays during the three weeks leading up to Election Day. Voters now also have the ability to make an appointment with their clerk to submit their ballots anytime after 6 p.m. or on the weekend. In Stroebel’s previous proposal, municipalities were prohibited from accepting absentee ballots on weekends and after 5 p.m. during the week. The bill, which Stroebel originally introduced last month, does not affect absentee voting by mail. “The overarching goal has always been to standardize voting statewide to make the voting process more equal and fair, and

I believe that this bill does just that,” Stroebel said in a statement. “There is room for reasonable flexibility for municipalities, while still ensuring equal and fair opportunities to vote statewide.” State Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, called the bill an “anti-democracy measure” and pledged to counter Tuesday by introducing legislation that would allow municipalities to designate more than one site for in-person absentee voting. “Wisconsin Republicans—as well as their constituents—would be better served by putting their extreme ideological agendas on the backburner and focusing on promoting economic stability for Wisconsin families,” Pasch said in a statement. According to the Government Accountability Board, more than 500,000 voters cast absentee ballots in person before last November’s elections. —Adam Wollner

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provide the factory workers with vouchers, but said the vouchers were insufficient because they could only be redeemed at one market, which had very inflated prices. Additionally, the vouchers could not be redeemed for rent payments, debts or to pay for their children’s education.

in severance pay. SLAC has urged UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward to cut ties with adidas, the university’s primary licensing partner, until the company pays the workers. Aslam Hidayat and Heni Sutisna, two former workers, described their personal experiences and struggles following the factory’s closure. Both workers’ spouses also worked for the factory, which they said caused a complete loss in income for their families after the shut down. Unemployment benefits are not available in Indonesia, which Hidayat said made losing his income even harder. He also said it is difficult for the workers to find new work because of their ages. “We are not begging from adidas, we are demanding our rights,” Hidayat said through an interpreter. “We will not stop fighting until we receive our rightful severance.” Sutisna said the loss in income is devastating for her family, because she and her husband could not pay their rent and had to move their family of five into one room and were also unable to pay for their son’s schooling. Both workers said adidas did

“We will not stop fighting until we receive our rightful severance.” Aslam Hidayat former adidas worker

UW-Madison sophomore Rachel Brunker said seeing the “pained expressions” on the workers’ faces made her rethink purchasing adidas apparel. “There is so much behind what is [being sold]… that we have no idea,” Brunker said. The university is currently in the process of having the Dane County Circuit Courts decide if adidas has violated its code of conduct contract with UW-Madison by not ensuring the workers are paid. There is no specified timeline for the case.

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Former adidas worker Aslam Hiyadat describes his family’s struggles after the factory for which he worked shut down.

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Sustainability Committee Chair Colin Higgins says students will be able to give input on campus environmental issues at the end of the year sustainability fair.

End-of-the-year fair to focus on campus sustainability The Associated Students of Madison Sustainability Committee met Tuesday to plan details for an end-of-the-semester sustainability fair, which would involve various environmental campus groups and a keynote speaker. Sustainability Committee Chair Colin Higgins said the committee hopes to attract over 300 students and to have approximately 30 student organizations attend the ASM Sustainability Fair April 27. The committee plans to invite a well-known sustainability speaker from the campus or local community to high-

light sustainability in a keynote address at the forum. “I think it’s also really cool, because we’re focusing on campus stuff, to keep [the speaker] sort of focused locally,” Higgins said. Higgins added the fair will give the Sustainability Committee an opportunity to collect student input on sustainability issues, which it can then use for planning future campaigns. “It’ll also be a really cool way to … have [students] think about the actual nitty gritty of creating solutions to these larger campus issues and,

hopefully, on a much more long-term, broader scale, get that critical thinking going for … global issues,” he said. Also at the meeting, the committee voted to endorse a campaign led by REthink Wisconsin to ban disposable plastic bottles from campus buildings. Higgins said the campaign is “timely” because the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s contract with beverage provider Coca-Cola runs out this year, and if renewed, banning disposable plastic bottles would breach the university and CocaCola’s contract. —Meghan Chua

TAA joins campaign urging UW to divest from fossil fuels The University of WisconsinMadison Teaching Assistant’s Association voted Monday to support a UW-Madison environmental group’s cause to persuade the university to end its investments in fossil fuel interests. Climate Action 350-UW has campaigned for the UW Foundation, which raises and invests funds for UW-Madison,

to pull its investments out of fossil fuel because of the damage the fuels cause in the environment, according to group member Emilia Burns. The TAA gave its unanimous support to Climate Action 350UW in a resolution, with 2 members abstaining from voting. 350 Madison Co-Coordinator Madeleine Para said the group is

“encouraged” by the TAA’s support and said it hopes this will help to raise more awareness of the environmental issues surrounding fossil fuels. The group is planning to rally with students and community members at the UW Foundation Wednesday to urge foundation board members to immediately divest from fossil fuel ventures.

Workforce development bill passes state Senate The Wisconsin state Senate unanimously passed a bill to create the Wisconsin Fast Forward program Tuesday, which aims to increase state employment numbers. The Fast Forward bill, which is co-authored by state Sens. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, and Richard Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, is designed to unite potential employees with businesses that need workers. It also

gives grants to state technical schools to boost skills development among people searching and training for jobs. The bill’s authors said the legislation would help to fix the state’s skills gap, which refers to a current problem where graduates do not have the skills to fill available job vacancies. Both authors released statements Tuesday saying they are happy with the support the bill

has received. State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, also said he was happy with the bill, although he also said the provision does little to remedy the approximately $72 million cut from technical colleges during the last budget cycle. The bill will now move on to Gov. Scott Walker for a final decision.

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particular,” Schaefer said. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said he would support the proposal if it goes to a city Council vote and pointed out some key elements he thinks would benefit students. “Getting from campus to other areas around town, whether that’s a grocery store, whether that’s further out by going to see a movie at Hilldale or to Sundance, those are elements where something like bus

rapid transit would be a huge advantage,” Resnick said. He praised the plan for being comprehensive and said it will be discussed more in the future, and added it will not have much effect this year. “[The TPB] will outline what are our first priorities, and that’s what we’ll try to get done in the next year,” Resnick said. “Then there will be things we’ll be trying to shoot for in the next five years.”

and the high number of bus stops per mile. Schaefer said the proposal was “just informational” and would need to be approved by Common Council before the city can adopt recommendations proposed in the plan. “The purpose of the plan is to provide a guide—kind of a planning and budgeting guide—for Metro Transit in

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Tuition cap a very tempting bad idea Gov. Scott Walker’s recent budget announcement revealed $181 million of increased funding for the University of Wisconsin System. Despite this large influx of money for the UW System, his budget proposal has found its detractors, mainly about one point in the governor’s plan. Walker’s new budget, with all of its new money for the UW System, also removes the tuition cap. Under the old tuition cap, tuition rates could not rise more than 5.5 percent per year. As recently as 2004, tuition rose 14.3 percent when there was no cap restricting rapidly growing tuition.

The goal isn’t to keep tuition from increasing more than 5.5 percent a year, the goal is to make attending the UW System a more attainable target for more people. The thinking behind maintaining a tuition cap is simple. Keeping the tuition low increases the amount of people who can be educated in the UW System. More people getting educated is objectively good for a bunch of reasons. Keeping the cost of education attainable for the largest amount of people is a simple and admirable goal. Unfortunately there is no magic policy where achieving a university degree is completely attainable for all Wisconsin citizens. Wisconsin needs to find a policy that maximizes the amount of residents who can get educated, and to do that legislators need to look beyond tuition. The economics behind a tuition cap, or a price ceiling, are well understood. Setting an artificially low price for a product increases the demand beyond what a producer can reason-

ably produce at that artificially low price point. This leads to large unfulfilled demand (people being rejected from the UW System) and a lower amount of supply in the market overall (either fewer students being educated or less resources going toward students). Although the above points are more clearly understood for a simple commodity, the lesson of price ceilings can still be applied to public secondary education. The UW System’s public funding certainly differentiates it from a normal product but it does not make the lessons from price ceilings on commodities inapplicable. If the UW System has an artificially lower price and its tuition income is less than the money it spends, then the state ends up absorbing the cost one way or another. However, the UW System is just as likely to face another cut in funding as it is another increase in funding. When a new round of cuts sweep through the statehouse, if tuition and rainy-day funds can’t cover the losses, then faculty will face lay offs or less wage increases and students will eventually eat the losses in the form of a worse education. This is on top of the effect a price cap would have on lowering the amount of students the UW System could educate each year. Tuition caps seem a simple way to step toward a simple goal. However, their implications across the UW System would need to be balanced by a large amount of careful legislation and budget measures to ensure that education quality and the amount of students don’t drop. A tuition cap does a good job of keeping tuition rises in check, but it does a terrible job of giving more people the ability to receive a secondary education. In order to maxi-

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Gov. Scott Walker announced his new budget for 2013 last month. Included in the budget are $181 million in increased support for the UW System, but UW’s tuition cap has been removed. mize the original goal, university administrators need to first look within the system and then to the statehouse. First, more needs to be done with less. It’s the cliche of post-great-recession United States, but it’s also good and hard advice. Improving budget transparency is an easy first step in this process, but beyond this recommendation there are no easy steps. This board wants to see fewer administrators and more TAs and professors, but cutting overhead can sometimes decrease efficiency instead of increase it. Outside of the UW System’s control are factors such as education and opportunity gaps. Students that are financially or geographically well off get set up with SAT/ACT prep classes, good college advisers and personal statement workshops,

while others have to handle the money needs to go toward aid college application for students. Walker’s process more or less budget takes good alone. There is a lot steps toward this goal of scholarship money by increasing aid doland student aid to lars and increasing Million be had, but learnthe Higher Education dollars that ing what you’re eliAids Board budget, Walker is gible for and how to but underfunding pubsending to apply can be difficult lic high school systems UW System. and overwhelming if cuts the legs out from you’re on your own. under these increases to Students also need to available aid. The UW Billion be managed through System and its student dollars to be invested in the initial stickerrepresentatives need to transportashock phase of colremember the goal isn’t tion projects lege applications. By to keep tuition from in Walkers’s using loans and aid increasing more than 5.5 new budget money, many potenpercent a year, the goal tial students can is to make attending the reach beyond what they ini- UW System a more attainable tially thought feasible (whether target for more people. These or not taking on large amounts goals are related, but they are of student debt is a good move not the same. is a topic for another column). Please send all feedback to Within the statehouse, more



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Neutron encoding offers researchers faster method for measuring proteins, cancer research By Danielle Smith the daily cardinal

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a technique for measuring proteins that could expedite the research being done on diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The technique, called neutron encoding, was developed in the laboratory of Joshua Coon, a biomolecular chemistry professor at UW-Madison. Coon’s research is focused on creating better methods for biologists to use in their work in order to create the most accurate data possible. The neutron encoding technique allows scientists to compare up to 20 different protein samples at a time as opposed to only two, which is what was previously allowed. This analytic trick opens up many doors for researchers as proteins are a major component of muscle, the brain, blood and hormones. For

this reason, studies in proteins reveal a trick, instead of having to run the mass lot of information about how a spectrometer for each individual disease alters the processes of the protein in a study, scientists can body on a molecular level. run up to 20 proteins at a time Graduate student Alexander which provides faster and less varHebert works in Coon’s lab and ied results, according to Hebert. was the lead author in an artiThe economical nature of cle published about the neutron the neutron encoding trick can encoding trick. increase the amount of work that “The method they had was realresearchers do in a day which can HEBERT ly good, but it had a lot of problems potentially open up many doors in with it so we took that idea and the field of disease research. The transferred it into our own type of members of Coon’s lab are hopeful measurement,” he said. that this trick can aid scientist’s These measurements are work in cancer and diabetes work done using a high tech instruas well as longevity of life and genment called a mass spectrometer eral biology research, Hebert said. While the impact of neutron that gives information about the encoding is not clear, those in masses of chemical compounds. Coon’s lab are doing their best to Scientists can use this mass inforimprove this technique to make it mation to determine if there has COON as beneficial as possible to scienbeen any alterations in a protein’s make up. With the neutron encoding tists in these biological fields.

A six-step plan to prepare medical school applications Most medical schools require a minimum of three recommendation letters, one of which You want to be a doctor. This could be should be from a professor in the sciences. a completely new realization or a chronic Strong, personal letters can often be the one. The goal remains the same however. golden ticket into medical school. Simply The first hurdle in becoming a doctor with put, go to office hours. a capital “D” is getting into medical school. Step five. Get MCAT-obsessed. Most stuYou may have heard that medical school will dents take their MCAT the summer after make you crazy, and let me tell you person- sophomore year or in their junior year. ally, that it starts with the application. The Heavy course loads and studying for the process of applying is long, expensive, time- MCAT don’t mix; pretend the MCAT is consuming and all sorts of hair-yanking the final of a seven-credit class and plan and zit-inducing stressful. But we know its your schedule around that diligently, a high rewards, a career in medicine, and this can MCAT score opens a lot of doors. make the whole process worthwhile. Step six: Get going. Apply early, apply Step one: Get good grades. Your under- early, apply early! Most medical schools graduate academic performance may well have a rolling admissions system. More be the most important factor in the decision seats will be open the earlier you apply, process. Admissions officers want to know increasing your chance for an acceptance. if you can handle the rigor of medical school. This is simple probability. But understand Anything above a 3.5 GPA can make you it is better to have a stronger application a competitive applicant. Didn’t have such than an early one. a stellar start as a freshman? Don’t fret! “One-third of what medical schools look Medical schools look favorably on applicants at is your GPA and MCAT score, one-third whose GPAs have consistently improved is experiences and the last third is personal through their academic history. attributes,” said Kate Stutz, a pre-health Step two: Get involved. This is where adviser with the Center for Pre-Health you can prove your altruistic motivation Advising on campus. “We spend a lot of time to become a doctor. Volunteer and par- helping students think about the narrative ticipate in service opportunities to prove portion of the application. Because the bigyour commitment to helping others. It gest question they’re going to have to answer does not have to relate to medicine. You is ‘why medicine?’” can tutor at local elementary schools or The Center for Pre-health work at a soup kitchen. Do what brings Advising can be a great you satisfaction. resource if you are considStep three: Get clinical. While all ering a pre-health occupayour undergraduate experiences tion. They have experido not have to revolve around enced advisers who are medicine, you still need to willing to read personprove that you are interal statements, help ested in it. Medical you narrow down schools value your list of schools exposure and even set up to a clinimock-interviews cal setonce you are ting; if you in the can smell interview patients, process. it’s clinical. Even if you Volunteer are unsure as weekly at a to whether or hospital. Make not medicine is graphic by dylan moriarty sure you apply for hospital the right path for you, positions early, as there are often long wait- drop in or set up an appointment with them. ing lists. Also, start shadowing as soon as There is no magic formula for a mediyou can. Hit up your family, your friends, cal school acceptance. Medicine has many your advisers and even your own doctors for dimensions, and every doctor is different. connections to physicians you can shadow. Taking the time to follow your passions as Your experiences will hopefully strengthen an undergraduate will hopefully show yourthe motivation for a career in medicine. self and the medical school the type of doctor Step four: Get to know your professors. you could become.

By Nia Sathiamoorthi the daily cardinal

“My focus is really working on making this better,” Hebert said. One of the focuses of Hebert and his associates is expanding the available chemicals on the market related to protein studies. These chemicals are important to neutron encoding because they aid in identifying the different proteins from one another. Neutron encoding is currently unique to researchers at UW-Madison, but Coon and Hebert are working towards commercializing this process so other labs can share the benefits of this analytic trick. Though mass spectrometers can be quite costly, according to Hebert, they are becoming more common in research labs around the country. The commercialization of the work done in Coon’s lab would give other scientists the opportunity to benefit from neutron encoding and can hopefully aid in the advancement of future biological research.

Ask Mr. Scientist: Crying over cut onions and nonstick surfaces Dear Mr. Scientist, Why is it that cutting onions makes a person’s eyes water?

Normally, the different compounds within a cell are kept separate from one another, but once you cut into an onion, you break open its cells and allow the contents to mix together. Among other things, an onion contains an enzyme called allinase and many different sulfurs containing amino acids. Allinase converts these amino acids into sulfenic acid (not to be confused with the much stronger sulfuric acid). This acid is unstable and rearranges itself into a compound called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This compound is a gas and evaporates into the air—and your eyes. Once in your eyes, syn-propanethial-

—Simon G.

S-oxide causes the stinging sensation we’re all familiar with, and in response your eyes tear up in an attempt to wash it away.

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Dear Mr. Scientist, If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they get it to stick to a frying pan? —Sarah K. Teflon (whose chemical name is polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) is famous for being nonstick and is the second most slippery substance in the world behind diamonds. Getting it to stick to a metal pan requires a few steps. First the bottom of the pan is sandblasted to create tiny crevices that trap the coating and hold it in.

To make sure the PTFE really sticks, it’s mixed with a sticky polymer, and a thin layer of this mixture is applied. Although very few things stick to PTFE, it will stick to itself so a second, thicker layer is applied which bonds with the first layer. Once this is done the pan is ready, and any melted messes will slip right off.

Ask Mr. Scientist is written by Michael Leitch. If you have a burning science question you want him to answer, tweet @DC_Science or email it to

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The real authors of Anywhere, USA Sean Reichard quip quo pro


an you be an author of serious work and still have a personal life to boot? What kind of a question is that? Let’s sideline the discussion of “serious” work—what is serious literature and what isn’t serious literature, etc.—and focus on the personal life part. Part of my interest in this question is in the fact that some of the most “serious” writers writing today are very reticent on the topic of themselves. You have Cormac McCarthy, who doesn’t often give interviews, who seems to do his best to detach himself from his own books. You have Thomas Pynchon, who hasn’t been photographed in, what, half a century? If ever? And you have Don DeLillo who, the chummiest of the bunch, still exudes an aura of liquid nitrogen— cold, cunning and calculating critic.

Of those three, DeLillo is the one I am most familiar with. He was the one who cropped up the most when I looked at modern literature. He threads it much more than either Pynchon or McCarthy— DeLillo the teacher where Pynchon and McCarthy are more like idols or anomalies. My view of DeLillo is, in a sense, still in its infancy—I hope I’ll come up with some veritable judgment by the end of the semester at least— but everything I’ve read of him, fiction and anecdotes, indicates he has always been reticent toward other people. Especially when it concerns his work. DeLillo never gave a real interview until 1979, 10 years after his first novel was published. Why the reluctance? In the interview (a seminal one, conducted by Tom LeClair) DeLillo essentially said there was no point in discussing his work since even he doesn’t fully understand it. In short, “Do not bother me please because I can’t give you a good answer and you’re interfering with my personal life.”

Understandable sentiment, yes. And, probably, the right one. The author who gets too deep into his or her own work generally comes across as cloying and pretentious. Case in point: In an interview about his latest book, “The Testament of Mary,” Colm Toibin talked about “becoming Mary,” as it were, while he was writing it. Such sentiments are pretty insipid to me. Nonetheless, DeLillo’s admission of his own personal, analytical reticence doesn’t fully explain why he was so reluctant to do interviews—or why either of those other two veiled titans have the same syndrome. One clue, though, comes from a book DeLillo published in 1991, “Mao II.” “Mao II” is about crowds and terrorism, but it’s also about writing. The writer in question, Bill Gray, is a Pynchon-esque figure who, after publishing two books, drops from the world to stew in his next novel—one that takes the shape of a mausoleum, in essence. And down from the crypt, halfdead, Bill Gray emerges, though not necessarily into notoriety.

Because his books are so damn elusive, I’m going to pass on judging DeLillo’s novels (for now) and get back to my main point. DeLillo was obviously very concerned about the personal lives of authors when he wrote that book. It was published at a very fertile time too. Salman Rushdie was enduring his burgeoning fatwa and J.D. Salinger was the victim of drive-by photography. Pynchon and McCarthy were in this scene too. In a certain sense, DeLillo was concerned with how writers could be usurped by public life, and how any personal details could also usurp the writer. Psychoanalysis can be a cruel mistress. The question: Can you be a “serious” author and have a personal life? Answer (a la DeLillo and the other enigmas): Yes, but only if you carefully guard it. No interviews, no literary side jobs, no teaching fellowships (though a MacArthur or Guggenheim is more than welcome, just slide it under the door). The only connection proffered between author and audience is the work and

even then it isn’t personal. My own answer? It’s a mixed bag. You have cases where privacy is broached (Salinger) and cases where someone’s life is unfairly threatened (Rushdie), but then you have the people who come across as misanthropic (McCarthy), paranoid (Pynchon) and diffident (DeLillo). And of course, there are stresses that all the aforementioned likely endure—not unlike celebrities—but at the same time it’s not on par with celebrity treatment. My answer is you can write and have a personal life, though some unmitigated individuality is either not realistic, or requires a great deal of orchestration. And you don’t need to sacrifice a personal life to do important work, either. Find an approach—stiff upper lip and all. Because your personal life always hinges on other people—regardless of whether or not you want it to. It’s something societal you need to negotiate, or fight for. Are you a hermetic author yourself who wants to unveil your hidden genius? Shoot Sean an email at

Frank Ocean’s ‘Forrest Gump’ changing hearts and minds By Jonathan Shapiro Guest Columnist

It’s hard to tell what music is going to become timeless; which genres, songs and artists are going to survive the ever-changing industry and the even more varied tastes among listeners. Raise your hand if you thought disco was going to stick around for longer than a decade and that Carl Douglas would be “Kung Fu Fighting” until he died on stage. Well, disco died (thank goodness) and while Carl Douglas didn’t, his music career was buried with it. What makes music timeless is its importance for a generation, its influence and its ability to be revolutionary. One problem—among many, many others—with disco was the lack of substance. Carl Douglas’ words didn’t change anyone’s life, at least not in the same way that John Lennon’s “Imagine” did. One listen to the timeless “Imagine” and your views on life change immensely. If “Kung Fu Fighting” did that for you, well, good for you, I guess? But for the rest of the article I’m going to refrain from mentioning disco any more, so this may be your exit point.   “Imagine” outlined a revolutionary thought process, one that conflicted and still conflicts today with just about every politician, economist and militaryman’s stance. That’s what makes it timeless, the fact that it calls into question everything that humans live by and forces the listener to reflect on their own ways of life. To prevent the streets of Madison from being littered with discarded Daily Cardinals and the offices from being burned down in protest, let me preface what I’m about to say with a very simple disclaimer: Frank Ocean is not John Lennon and in all probability never will be.  But I’m not ruling it out entirely, if only because Ocean has created a song that might be just as important for present day society as “Imagine” was for the early 1970s. “Forrest Gump” has the lyrics to change the world and Frank Ocean

has the talent to change the industry. It is one of the most important songs for our generation, and it will prove to be timeless. The song is about Frank Ocean’s boyhood crush on another boy (a crush that that he undoubtedly vividly remembers today) along with his struggle to live in today’s society with that crush. Ocean tackles the issue of gay rights in a way that no other artist has done before. He turns inward, exposing his vulnerabilities about dealing with his sexuality for the entire world to hear and see. Musicians have discussed or represented these issues in the past; he’s certainly not the first one to address sexual orientation. What makes it truly unique is where his influence lies, as the hip-hop culture Ocean is affiliated with has historically espoused opinions of bigotry and homophobia.   His origins lie in a rap collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, whose members are not shy about using homophobic slurs (although their leader, Tyler, the Creator, has stated he is not homophobic and that said words are just hurtful). Odd Future caters to young, male rap fans, a much different community than, say, the fans of an openly gay band like Queen. Stripped down to the basics, Frank Ocean is a music idol to young men, and with “Forrest Gump,” he has come out of the closet to his fans.  The position that the listener is put in sounds eerily similar to the one that John Lennon created with his peace anthems that rang in the ears of America’s youth. They are both a call for action against the norms of society, only Ocean’s is more thought provoking. Peace was a general desire for Lennon’s fan base in the ’60s and ’70s. In contrast, Ocean may have shocked some of his devoted fans with his message; they may not have known he was bisexual when they were drawn to his music. “Forrest Gump” puts each listener

in a position where they have no choice but to acknowledge the talent of the musician and to also analyze the weight of his words. The lyrics address something that goes largely ignored by Washington but that affects millions of people daily. To the true music fan and the open-minded individual, it’s a magnificent work of art dripping with genuine empathy and passion. To the bigot and the homophobe, this song is scary. They’ll ask, “How can someone so gifted be bisexual?” During the Grammys, Ocean stood on stage and sent a shiver down peoples’ spines when he belted “Forrest Gump” to millions of viewers around the world in an incredible display of bravery and emotion. In his mind, the issues that the song deals with have been sitting on a backburner for too long and thankfully, whoever is in charge the Grammys agreed. Unfortunately, channel ORANGE was snubbed when it lost album of the year to Mumford & Sons’ more marketable Babel. The song speaks to every confused mind—adolescent and adult—and is a loud, beautiful voice for equality. Frank Ocean is on the way up and his influence is rising. While “Imagine” was and is an anthem for peace, “Forrest Gump” is an anthem for one of today’s biggest issues and comes at a time that desperately needs it. In a way, the two songs deal with the same issue: the idea of world peace and equality for all. But while “Imagine” is an idealistic vision, “Forrest Gump” represents the living, breathing side of the issue that exists on a very concrete level. The question isn’t whether the song will be timeless; the question is whether it will be timeless because it caused major legislative progress, or because it will be trying to do so for the next 40 years. Got a zeitgeist in mind yourself? Send Jonathan an email at

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Frank Ocean recently received two awards and performed his channel ORANGE song “Forrest Gump” at the 2013 Grammys.


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Badgers finish 16th at USF Invitational By Vince Huth the daily cardinal

The Wisconsin men’s golf team fired rounds of 310-303-311--924 at the USF Invitational at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla., to finish 16th out of 17 teams. North Carolina State’s fourunder par finish (287-280-293-860) was good enough to edge No. 43 South Carolina (287-283-291-861) and No. 16 Florida State (293286-284--863) for the team title, and the Wolfpack’s junior Albin Choi carded two rounds under par (68-68-72--208) to take home the top individual honors. Sophomore Thomas O’Bryan, the Badgers’ lone underclassmen in the tournament, led UW at eight-over-par in the 54-hole event (75-74-75--224). The Aurora, Ill., native finished tied for 30th individually. O’Bryan recorded a team-high eight birdies, including at least two in each round. Junior John Gullberg (75-7976--230) played his first and third rounds double-bogey-free, and he finished with six birdies in the tournament, second for UW only to O’Bryan. His two double

bogeys were the lowest total of any Wisconsin golfer. Redshirt senior Chris Meyer (79-74-81--234) tied for UW’s low 18-hole score with his twoover 74 in the second round. The double-bogey-free scorecard was the cleanest round turned in by a Badger in the event. While most Badgers found more success on the back nine holes, Meyer’s six-over total on the front side was six shots better than his total on the back. Junior Rob Jacobsen (81-77-79-237) made just two birdies (both in the second round) during the event; however, the Racine, Wis., native made an eagle-2 on the par-4 third hole in final round Tuesday. The eagle was a nice response to a rough start for Jacobsen, who began the round with three doubles in his first four holes. Redshirt senior Thomas Welk (82-78-85--245) played his best round Monday (39-39--78). The Bismark, N.D., native made 12 pars on the day, which tied for the most pars of any UW player in a round during the event. No other Big Ten teams competed, but in-state rival Marquette edged UW by four shots.

Mersch named player of week Junior forward Michael Mersch was tabbed the WCHA’s offensive player of the week Tuesday.  The Park Ridge, Ill., native totaled six points in then-No. 16 Wisconsin’s sweep at thenNo. 13 Nebraska-Omaha last weekend. Mersch’s three goals propelled him to 20 on the

season, tops on the UW roster. The junior also leads the team in total points (32). The Badgers will host conference-leading St. Cloud State this weekend at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wisconsin is tied for fourth in the conference, trailing the Huskies by four points.

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Wisconsin’s regular season Big Ten championship hopes gained life Tuesday after No. 2 Indiana fell at home to Ohio State. The Badgers will need to win their last two games, however, to share the title.

Wisconsin in the hunt Conference race heats up with Indiana loss By Vince Huth the daily cardinal

A four-way tie atop the Big Ten conference at season’s end is entirely plausible after No. 14 Ohio State beat the No. 2 Hoosiers at Assembly Hall Tuesday, 67-58. The top four teams will earn a first-round bye in next week’s conference tournament in Chicago, but those seeds will not be set until Indiana faces No. 7 in Ann Arbor Sunday, the final day of college hoops’ regular season. Although it will be difficult not to notice Indiana’s loss Tuesday, Wisconsin associate coach Gary Close said—before the Buckeyes’

win was final—the Badgers don’t pay much attention to the daily results in the Big Ten. “It changes so much from game to game that it’s almost, you get through the year and you find out where you’re at,” Close said. “We’re still in contention for the championship, and until we’re not, we fight for that.” While the Hoosiers can still clinch the Big Ten outright with a win at Michigan, another IU loss would open the door for three more teams in the conference to share the title. (The loser of Thursday’s Wisconsin-Michigan State showdown will be eliminated from regular season championship contention.) The Wolverines would earn a share of the title if they beat Purdue Wednesday (in addition to knocking off Indiana Sunday), and Ohio State would grab a share if it beats Illinois Sunday. The winner of the

UW-Michigan State game would also need to win its finale Sunday to join the party. In the event the Badgers share the regular season championship, they would also earn the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Thanks to Wisconsin’s wins over Indiana and Michigan, UW would win any multi-team tiebreaker for the top seed. Although freshman forward Sam Dekker was aware the Badgers would need help to share the regular season title, he said UW must simply worry about what it can control down the stretch. “We can’t scoreboard watch­— yeah, it’d be nice if some teams took a loss here, but we gotta do what we do,” Dekker said. “If we win these next two games, we’re putting ourselves in the best position possible, and that’s what we’re gonna focus on doing.”

Ending racism in professional soccer must start with the players matthew kleist too kleist for comfort


occer is known as “the beautiful game” by many across the globe. Watching the elite players of the world gracefully glide over the pitch, waiting to make that one deadly strike to the cheers of tens of thousands of fans, it is easy to get caught up in the suspense and excitement of the most popular sport worldwide. But, as we so often see, the beauty of this game is marred by the appearance of its Edward Hyde: racism. Over the weekend, Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s recently-appointed antiracism chief and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president, made a statement in which he said the current penalties are not serving as enough of a deterrent to players and clubs who commit acts of racism. After a meeting Saturday, Webb said, “We’ve been talking for a long time in football [about racism] and I don’t really think that we’ve supported the players. I don’t think we’ve necessarily

put the right sanctions in place to support them. It’s a travesty that it comes to that.” I completely agree with this statement. FIFA has not done enough to ensure players do not become the victims of racism. However, I don’t believe FIFA itself has the power to put an end to racism entirely. Webb claimed he would make the penalties for racism more severe—and I believe sanctions, although not completely effective, are vital. Whether it has any effect in the future remains to be seen. In regard to fines, with the amount of money soccer players make—especially in Europe, where many of these incidents take place— a few thousand dollar fine doesn’t send much of a message at all. FIFA is also known to hand down stadium bans in racismrelated cases. Fans that have been found guilty of offenses of racism may be locked out of their team’s stadium with matches played behind closed doors. As a penalty, I believe stadium bans are more effective than fines, but still largely ineffective all the same. Lazio, of Italy’s Serie A, has seen its fans charged multiple times for racist offenses, the most recent spawning from a Europa League

match with Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach Feb. 21. Following this most recent incident, Lazio has been ordered to play its next two UEFA matches behind closed doors, regardless of whether those games occur this season or in the future. The club also received a fine that amounts to over $150,000. While this is one of the more severe penalties handed down by FIFA recently, if history holds, it will not deter Lazio fans in the future. I’ve seen penalties given out in the past, whether they are fines, suspensions or stadium bans, and incidents continue to occur, even from those who were recently penalized. But as I hinted to earlier, the underlying issue is not ineffectiveness of the penalties, it is the fact racism is still a problem and is prevalent today. While FIFA has implemented anti-racism campaigns in attempt to curb this ongoing problem, actions of many players hinder such campaigns. Ending racism in soccer has to start with the players. But when notable names, including Luis Suarez and John Terry, appear in racism-related suspensions, it sends the wrong message to fans. Ending racism has to start with the players.

The players have to be the ones to step forward and eliminate racism from the part of the game they have power over. That is, players need to end the racism against other players. This effect would not be an immediate one, but the hope is fans will take players’ actions to mind and will follow suit. Now, I see many issues with this argument. There is no way we can be certain fans will emulate players in regard to racism. But the way players are idolized in soccer communities, it leads one to believe most fans will. And even if racism continues to be an issue among fans, eliminating it from the pitch is a step in the right direction. Players have to realize the posi-

tion they are in and the power they hold. Their every action is watched and they must live up to the responsibility of becoming the role models against racism soccer needs right now. I’m a realist, and the realist in me says racism will never be completely taken out of the sport. There will always be that one fan, or group of fans, who will commit an act of racism toward a player or another fan. This is inevitable. But ending the widespread racism that plagues entire fan bases and teams is a reality that needs to be, and can be, realized. What changes do you think should be made to end racism in professional soccer? Let Matt know by sending him an email at

Genyk added to football staff A mere four days after losing tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware to Oklahoma, Wisconsin has found his replacement in Jeff Genyk, according to a news release from the Wisconsin athletic department. Genyk was previously the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Nevada, a position

he took this offseason after being lured away from California. Genyk also spent five seasons as the Eastern Michigan head coach. Head coach Gary Andersen said at his Monday press conference he would find a new tight ends and special teams coach “as soon as I can get it through human relations the right way.”

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