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ven with the many magnificent theater venues found in Madison, The Union Theater still manages to stand out as a historic presence because of the famous acts that have been selected to perform there by WUD Performing Arts. Just last weekend, two performances including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Gabriel Iglesias sold out at the box office at The Union Theater. Incredible as that sounds, the acts were even more outstanding. The comedian Gabriel Iglesias decided to use new material on the Madison audience and left the crowd begging for more. Part of that crowd was a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, Karlie Tetschlag, who explained “it was that laughing [where] you slap your knee, you lean forward, and you look at the

person next to you with the biggest smile on your face.” Topics included personal family stories along with jabs at fellow comedians. More specifically, Tetschlag mentioned “that Wisconsin was the first place that he had to be carried home from a bar and ended up having us vote on Twitter which bar they should go to [afterwards].”

Chances are you might just recognize the student you sit next to in discussion on stage.

Tetschlag was thankful WUD Performing Arts helped bring such a performer to the community. “It was amazing; after 90 minutes of telling jokes the crowd was still into him, cheering louder than ever and yelling out jokes we wanted him to tell,” she said. Starting with both of these tal-

ented acts sets high standards for the clover-filled month of March. However, WUD Performing Arts does not disappoint. Since 1992, The Annual Marcia Legéré Student Play Festival has given students the opportunity to write and direct plays for a live audience. This year, on March 21, this annual festival returns giving three plays a chance to show their worth. Selected directly by WUD Performing Arts, the plays are “100% directed, acted, produced and written by UW students,” according to the WUD Performing Arts website. Chances are you might just recognize the student you sit next to in discussion on stage. Even if you don’t see them on stage, you may see them in the audience alongside you during the Cuban-inspired group, Sierra Maestra. I’m sure others share my obsession with the 1920s and 30s, and can appreciate instruments such as the guitars, bongos and trumpets that bring this era to life. WUD Performing Arts said Sierra Maestra were

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nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2010, and insisted they have remained the best in the Cuban mainstream genre since.

With the help of WUD Performing Arts, we can not only view these brilliant acts, but also keep our piggy banks intact.

On the complete opposite side of the music spectrum, March 24 will feature Pro Arte Quartet— William Bolcom Piano Quintet No. 2. The classical string music created by Pro Art Quartet started in the early 1900s and first visited Madison in 1938. It was a struggle in the 1940s to even view this performance because Belgium was being invaded by Hitler’s invasion at the time. A treat to the ears, this quartet could not be lost due to war, and so it resided permanently with the Chancellor of UW-Madison. Today, a little his-



tory is embedded with each performance giving every audience a unique experience. Continuing to broaden our cultural knowledge, WUD Performing Arts has booked the Travel Adventure Series: Egypt’s Treasures and Cruising the Nile with Clint and Sue Denn on March 27. Any adventurous soul will appreciate a film that illustrates the many ancient ruins found in these areas. Egypt itself has been going through many drawbacks in their country, and understanding their own history can only help us comprehend the events taking place. It is not often that college students can afford to see a live performance or film because of their standard costly price. Nevertheless, with the help of WUD Performing Arts, we can not only view these brilliant acts, but also keep our piggy banks intact. Any WUD Performing Arts acts you cannot wait to see? Alert Erin at so she can check them out!

Beatles tribute band makes it ‘Rain’ at the Overture Center By Andrew Kerber The Daily Cardinal

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Last Friday Overture Center audience members got to “Imagine” what it might have been like to see the legendary Beatles live.

As with many students of rock music, the Beatles are one of my top musical influences. So I was ecstatic when I learned that a Broadway-caliber tribute show was going to be playing in town. I was even more excited when I read that it’s a chronological concert, with a number of “scenes” that represent each of the Beatles’ major musical periods. While it was, first and foremost, a concert, the scenery pieces really fortified the “time machine” idea; there were police barricades during the Shea Stadium scene, and the “Sgt. Pepper” era was underscored by a recreation of the flower power atmosphere of the “All You Need is Love” music video. One of my favorite parts was when the other three left the stage,

and “Paul” played “Yesterday” on solo guitar, with a spotlight on him. The solitude evoked a powerful emotion that resonated through the entire audience. But even more impressive than their musical talents was the extent to which each of them completely entered into their respective characters. As the years passed, you could almost feel the tension growing between “John” and “Paul.” That was a big part of the Beatles’ later existence, and it was really cool to see that develop. Even cooler than that was witnessing the hostility resolve when they got to the “Let it Be” set. It made the finale really moving. One interesting note from the performance was that “Paul” appeared to be struggling to play bass left-handed. As a bass player myself, I know how hard it can be (I tried it once, the results were hilarious), but it

came off as somewhat forced. It seemed to me he was experiencing that feeling you get when you try to write with your off hand. However, even though it looked a bit awkward, it still sounded fine and demonstrates the devotion of the performers to remain true to the personas they were portraying. “Ringo” was from Madison, and thus he received a very vocal reaction from the audience at the end. That might be the most applause Ringo (or his likeness) has ever gotten. I’ve seen a lot of Beatles tribute bands in my day, but “Rain” was overwhelmingly the best. They really incorporated all of the elements that made the Beatles what they were, going beyond the world-famous music to embody the personality and camaraderie as well. These aspects came together nicely to create a truly Beatles experience.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ takes young romance to a new level By Jessica Sklba The Daily Cardinal

I sit on my less-than-comfortable futon, amazed at the emotional exhaustion I feel after finishing “The Fault in our Stars.” This novel, by John Green tells the story of Hazel Grace, a teenage girl with cancer. She meets Augustus Waters at her support group and together they talk about life and death. But more importantly, they talk about subjects frequented by the average teenager—books, video games and bands. Hazel builds up a wall against Augustus, refusing to be a deadly grenade in his life. Her prognosis gives her less time to live than he, who was declared to be cancer free. Hazel despises the idea of causing heartache to a boy she loves as her death rapidly approaches. So they tread precariously in the friend zone while chasing down the author of the book

they bonded over. Due to “cancer perks,” the two youngsters are able to dart over to Amsterdam accompanied by an adult. Despite disappointments on the trip, they eventually give in to the undeniable love that has developed between them.

Hazel despises the idea of causing heartache to a boy she loves as her death rapidly approaches.

I do not desire to be the one to ruin the end of the book for anyone. Therefore, I shall say nothing more about the plot other than a novel about two cancer patients can be optimistic, to an extent. There is so much about

Green’s latest novel that could have gone horribly wrong. It would have been simple for this plot line to transition into an overused “carpe diem” tone. But it did not. This books strikes the reader with a harsh reality of the brevity of life and the injustices that seem to accompany it. Despite the heavy subject matter, “The Fault in Our Stars” is laced with humor and sentimentalism. I found myself thinking fondly of my own parents as Hazel thinks about hers. I chuckled out loud at the dark humor used by the young characters. Green creates characters that are easy to relate to despite their impending deaths approaching with much greater speed than the majority of readers’. Hazel struggles with loneliness and isolations, just like other teenage girls. She views her best friend as the author of her favorite book.

She struggles in her relationship with Augustus. Augustus grapples with heartache and passion while conflicting with his parents. Theses emotions and struggles are accessible to the common person, but they are magnified under the lens of deadly cancer.

Augustus says, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”

Now, I must say that this book is slightly predictable. However, rather than being monotonous and frustrating, the almost foreseeable plot matches well with Grace’s blunt sense of humor and caustic outlook on life. John Green has been hailed

as this generation’s J.D. Salinger. This may be an overstatement and Hazel Grace is no Holden Caufield, however, this novel does provide an opportunity for Green to branch away from the youth culture that has claimed him as its own and emerge into the literary world of average adult people. In the book Augustus says, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you.” This book is wise beyond its years and nearly perfectly constructed. It does not excel because of constant plot twists or action-packed events. It excels because of the harsh honesty that accompanies every interaction. The reader will fall in love with the characters, cautiously laugh at the morbid jokes and shed an appropriate tear or two throughout “The Fault in our Stars.”

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ix American soldiers were killed by Afghan National Army soldiers last week. They were among the 40 people killed in anti-American attacks after American soldiers accidental burned copies of the Koran at the Bagram Air Base. This comes at a time when the United States is increasing training efforts to prepare for transferring security duties to Afghan forces by 2014. Since the war began, several thousand innocent Afghan civilians were killed, ensnared in the crossfire between NATO forces and Taliban insurgents. The war has destroyed lives, displaced families and has permanently blemished the lives of millions of Afghan people. Millions of youth have had their childhoods torn away by the ruckus of guns and grenades. Add to those casualties the deaths of thousands of allied soldiers who were asked to live in a hostile land and fight a foe that barely revealed itself. Young men and women have laid down their lives fighting a war that they, arguably, could not associate with—especially, ten years later. So, when Afghan soldiers take aim at NATO troops, this takes the war to a completely different dimension—one of personal mistrust and hatred. One would have to question the worth of an endeavor that involves the likelihood of getting killed by the same people they are training.

If anyone stands to benefit by the continued involvement of international organizations inside Afghanistan, it would be the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other bigwigs of the Northern Alliance. Members of the Karzai family have been accused of rampant corruption, and many of them have certainly amassed huge fortunes since the inception of the war. Drug trafficking in the country is now at an all-time high, not in the least affected by the policies of the Karzai regime. As millions of dollars pour into the war effort, the question arises again: What is the objective of the war? A better nation has not been built, and things appear to worsen by the day. And with the current plan of leaving a small group of soldiers to train the Afghan army, the situation gets even more desperate as a very small number of troops will be left to face repercussions of any misgiving in an extremely volatile and vitriolic environment. At this point, it would be helpful to pause and reexamine the cost incurred by the war in terms of lives lost, families of soldiers and civilians that mourn their deaths and the incapacitated who are faced with living the rest of their lives on a limb. Is it wise to further endanger the lives of soldiers in an environment pervaded by deep-rooted mistrust and a colossal lack of understanding? Looking at what precious little has been achieved, the answer will have to be a “no.” Anurag Mandalika is a graduate student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Please send feedback to

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County judge rules to overturn voter-ID law By Adam Wollner The Daily Cardinal

A Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction against Wisconsin’s voter identification law Tuesday, freezing the law requiring identification in order to vote, on the grounds that the provision disproportionately affects certain groups of voters. Circuit Judge David Flanagan ordered Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and the Government Accountability Board to stop enforcing the requirement that voters present photo identification to receive a ballot, which has been in effect since the state’s Feb. 21 primary elections. Because of his ruling, voters will not have to present valid

photo identification at the polls for the state’s April 3 elections, which include the Republican presidential primary and other local general elections. With the voter ID law in effect, UW-Madison had provided students with free voter identification. Because of the injunction, students can now vote without the university-issued IDs. “If no injunction is issued, a clearly improper impairment of a most vital element of our society will occur,” Flanagan wrote in his decision. “The duty of the court is clear ... Irreparable harm is likely to occur in the absence of an injunction.” The Republican Party of Wisconsin called the validity of

the ruling into question, however, because Flanagan signed a petition to recall Walker. RPW communications director Ben Sparks said they would ask the Wisconsin Judicial Commission to further investigate the matter. Flanagan will determine whether to grant a permanent injunction against the law in a trial scheduled for April 16. The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, a Latino rights group, filed the lawsuit last year, arguing the photo ID requirement created an undue burden for minority voters, who were found to be less likely to possess state identification.

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Students from across UW System gather to lobby at state Capitol Students from throughout the UW System met at the Capitol Tuesday to lobby legislators on setting a tuition cap and increasing financial aid. UW-Madison freshman Meghan Wagner, who helped organize the event, said approximately 30 students gathered at the Capitol for about six hours to speak with legislators’ staff members. Wagner said the students primarily spoke about setting a new tuition cap and increasing financial aid. Currently, tuition can only

increase by 5.5 percent each year. At the end of this biennium, however, the cap will expire. Wagner said students across the system agreed it is important legislators cap tuition to keep college affordable to students and their families. “These are things that effect everybody across campuses and they are things everybody agrees upon,” Wagner said. “We all want to work together to change them.” The students spoke to staff of legislators who represent any district in the UW System as well as

staff of members of the Legislative Task Force on UW Restructuring. Wagner said while the Democratic staff members were receptive to students’ concerns, the Republicans took more persuasion. “The Democrats definitely supported the higher education issues, but we definitely had to do a little more talking to the Republicans,” Wagner said. Wagner said overall the day was successful, and the students hope to make Lobby Day a biannual event. —Anna Duffin

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Say cheese! Cheesemakers from over a dozen countries descended on Monona Terrace this week for the World Championship Cheese Contest. + Photo by Lorenzo Zemella

Man commits suicide outside politician’s office in Janesville A man committed suicide outside of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s R-Wisc office located in the Olde Towne Mall in Janesville Tuesday. The 42-year-old man reportedly had a faint pulse when paramedics transported him to the hospital but later died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to The Janesville Gazette. Witnesses found the injured man in the common area of the building outside of Ryan’s office with a handgun nearby, The Janesville Gazette reported. In response to the shooting, the Janesville Police Department shut down nearby streets and

closed the mall while they conducted their investigation. As of print time, the JPD have currently not made any connection between the victim and Ryan, who was in Washington, D.C. at the time of the shooting, according to The Janesville Gazette. “This investigation is ongoing, and it’s not entirely clear what exactly has happened there,” Janesville City Councilman Yuri Rashkin said. “My thoughts and prayers are with the many friends that I have that are in that building.” The JPD will hold a press conference Wednesday to provide more information.

With amendment rejected, company scraps mining plans By Ben Siegel The Daily Cardinal

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Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, joined Democrats to oppose a mining amendment over environmental concerns.

Following the State Senate’s rejection Tuesday of a mining bill amendment meant to address legislators’ concerns, mining company Gogebic Taconite announced it will no longer pursue its proposed $1.5 billion iron mine in northern Wisconsin. Hours before the Florida-based company announced it plans, the state Senate rejected an amendment that aimed to address concerns with the extent of the bill’s environmental deregulations. Legislators didn’t vote on the bill itself—which would streamline the mining permit application process and roll back certain mining-related environmental regulations—but the amendment’s rejection was enough to terminate the potential project

all together, according to Gogebic President Bill Williams. “Senate rejection of the mining reforms in Assembly Bill 426 sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message,” Williams said in a release. “We thank the many people who have supported our efforts.” Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, joined the 16 Democratic senators in opposing the Assembly Joint Finance Committee’s amendment to the bill, saying that the proposal did not go far enough in its environmental protections. Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, warned against passing legislation that lacked the necessary environmental safeguards to prevent pollution of northern waterways surrounding the site of the proposed Gogebic mine.

“The people of this state have said over and over again, loudly and clearly, that they’re not against mining…[but] that they want it done in an intelligent, environmentally safe and sustainable way,” agreed Schultz. Jauch, who had proposed an additional compromise amendment with Schultz that was not taken up Tuesday, said that acceptably protecting the nearby environment goes hand-in-hand with economic development. “You cannot have responsible mining if you have an irresponsible mining law,” Jauch said. “[The economy] is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.” The mining bill’s referral to the Senate’s Organization Committee will give legislators more time to rework the bill.

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Putting life online: goo Emily Lindeman lin-da-mania


ecause of our society’s current obsession with documenting our lives using social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), I sometimes wonder whether our interest in these social tactics will one day fade away, joining AOL profiles and datebooks in the communicative methods cemetary. Of course, advances in technology will change the face of the game, but as a small-minded, nearly college-educated Midwesterner, I cannot see quite that far into the future. Therefore, I beg you to imagine with me the fate of our generation if we were to continue using social media to update the world about our “unadventures” well into our elderly years. To begin, I want to consider the “Friend Effect.” In this case, I intend “friends” to mean Facebook friends (you know, the official kind). As we transition into our upper 20s, 30s and beyond, will social media lead us to having more friends than our parents do, or will we slowly lose friends as everyone goes through purges to remove those pesky people of the past you just do not care to be updated on anymore? On the other hand, maybe we will keep all of our friends to facilitate the creeping of weddings, babies, midlife crises and the like. Keeping in touch with your college buddies is just a few pokes away, and reminding that hot girl from high school that you still exist is as easy as liking her status update about a crappy day at work. No more awkward phone tag with that friend you feel guilty for losing touch with, no more embarrassing visits to your old roommates child-inhabited suburban ranch house. Just post a video on their wall: Friendship secured.

And framed in the nursery will be a picture of a baby, iPhone in hand, above it reading ‘Baby’s First Tweet.’

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What’s more, while our parents lost touch with acquaintances and old friends, we will have far too many friends and too many people knowing what we have been up to. Will we have zero conversation starters at class reunions when there is no need to pull out your wallet full of pictures of your kids? Everyone has already seen them online. Worse than that, how will you behave when you run into that girl you unfriended way back in 2021? And then there is the issue of figuring out the right time to delete your account, if such a time even exists. Where will the pictures of

your life go? How will you know if people like what you are thinking about at that second? How will you break the news that you are leaving the Facebook world? You might have a 60-year-long timeline with which your life could actually flash in front of anyone’s eyes (depending on your privacy settings of course). Your grandchildren will not even bother to sit on your lap and listen to what life was like back in the old days. They will simply log in and click through your pictures, watching you grow younger, Benjamin Button style, back to when you were born into the Facebook world in 2006. Perhaps particularly noteworthy tweets and status updates will be read as part of wedding vows and eulogies. “Courtney once tweeted ‘FUCK HANGOVERS, live life to the fullest #sorrynotsorryy #partygirlproblems.’” On another note, our babies’ lives will mostly likely be documented publicly before they can even say “mama” (or “Facebook” for that matter). Family albums will include Facebook comments, and pictures will be placed in the album in order of most likes. And framed in the nursery will be a picture of a baby, iPhone in hand, above it reading “Baby’s First Tweet.” While all of this is absolutely

ridiculous, I guess I am trying to make a point. Because we document our lives more excessively and unnecessarily than any generation before, we are dooming ourselves to be a part of a really indulgent chapter in the history books.

With that in mind, perhaps the next time you attempt to take a drunk “selfie” at a dirty basement party, do yourself a favor and think of your grandchildren’s horrified faces as they find out what Nana did for fun in her heyday. Are you excited for your grandkids to see you drunk on UV Blue? Tell Emily so at

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Bicycle sharing program will expand, have longer hours Madison’s bike sharing program will return for a second year April 1 after its winter hiatus with eight new renting stations and longer hours, officials said Tuesday. Madison B-cycle, presented by Trek Bicycle Store, allows members to rent bikes for $5 per day from multiple locations throughout the city, including the Memorial Union, Union South and University and Charter streets. B-cycle stations in Madison will now stay open until midnight, one hour longer than last year. The program will

also install eight new locations in the spring, which are still to be determined from B-Cycle members’ feedback, according to Trek Bicycle Director of Communications Eric Bjorling. “B-cycle has been a great partner allowing people to utilize our expanding bike lanes and paths, and we look forward to another successful year,” Mayor Paul Soglin said in a statement. The program also provides a mobile app providing real-time bicycle availability information and nearby renting locations.

New additions to UW Children’s Hospital get go-ahead from board

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University Affairs Committee member Danielle Gries said at a meeting Tuesday that having a two-day break in October would allow students to prepare for projects and midterms.

ASM committee passes October break legislation Members of student government’s University Affairs Committee unanimously approved legislation advocating to administrators for a two-day “reading break” in October, similar to other schools’ fall breaks. In a survey sent to the entire UW-Madison student body, 84 percent of students said they would support the break. Danielle Gries, the original drafter of the legislation, said the break would allow students to catch up on work and visit family while helping faculty and staff catch up on grading and research. “I think it would be beneficial

to students because right around where we want to have the break there are a lot of midterms and projects coming up,” Gries said. “I think students would really appreciate a two-day break where they can actually study and get things done.” Gries said other institutions similar to UW-Madison, such as the University of Michigan, and throughout Wisconsin, such as Marquette and Edgewood, also have fall breaks. Associated Students of Madison Chief of Staff David Gardner said the break could be incorporated into the campus

10-year plan to expand the children’s hospital from 61 to 87 beds. The plan’s first phase includes a $15.6 million commitment from UW Hospital and Clinics plus a private, $16.4 million fundraising campaign. The additional floors would be a separate investment by the hospital itself, totaling an additional $13 million. The project must next receive approval from the Village of Shorewood Hills and ultimately from the UW Board of Regents this spring or summer.

movement to be more efficient with resources and academics, known as educational innovation. “A big part of [educational innovation] is calendaring and how we can change our calendar so that it’s more effective and achieves a more effective academic atmosphere,” Gardner said. Committee members said they are working to get the Teaching Assistants Association to endorse the legislation and University Committee Chair Sade Johnson told members to ask their professors if they would endorse the break. — Anna Duffin

Assembly passes recall amendment With multiple recall races likely on their way in Wisconsin, Assembly representatives passed a joint resolution Tuesday that could change the state constitution by redefining the grounds for a recall election. The measure, which would prevent recalls unless officials are charged with legal wrongdoing in office, passed the Assembly along party lines following fierce partisan debate. While Democrats railed against what they called an “offensive” and “anti-democratic” resolution, Republicans strongly defended “fixing” the current recall process, which they said constituents statewide considered problematic. “We are trying to bring a sense of stability to the system,” said Rep. Paul Farrow, R-Pewaukee, referencing a portion of the resolution that creates a code of ethics spelling out

The governing board for UW Hospital and Clinics approved the construction of two additional floors to the American Family Children’s Hospital Tuesday. Located in Madison’s Shorewood Hills, the hospital’s new addition will house the most seriously ill and youngest children. “This further expansion provides the most prudent option to ensure uninterrupted care of fragile newborns,” UW Hospital CEO and President Donna KatenBahensky in a statement. The additions are part of a

the circumstances under which an official can be recalled. “To be able to be thrown out at any moment at any time … isn’t the will of the people,” Farrow said. “It’s the will of a small group of individuals who are very loud.” Representatives on the left, like Madison’s Mark Pocan, considered the resolution “sour grapes,” contending that Republicans sought to protect themselves in the wake of recent recalls statewide. Others said the amendment “clouded” a right guaranteed by the state constitution. “Let’s not fear the will of the people,” said Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison. Although the joint resolution passed in the Assembly and now moves to the state Senate, it must also pass in the next consecutive Assembly and Senate term, and then survive a statewide referendum. ­—Alison Bauter


Falk talks voter ID law repeal Gubernatorial recall candidate Kathleen Falk spoke at the state Capitol Tuesday, pledging to overturn a recently passed voter ID law if elected. + Photo by Stephanie Daher

voter id from page 1 In response to the decision, Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said in a statement that the board would adjust their procedures in line with the temporary injunction. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, applauded Flanagan’s decision, saying the voter ID law made it more difficult for citizens to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. “Today’s ruling affirms what we’ve known all along; the photo ID for voting bill passed by Republicans disproportionately affects seniors, the indigent and minorities,” Pocan said in a statement. Walker spokesperson Cullen Werwie said he remains confi-

dent the state will protect election integrity and successfully implement voter ID. “Gov. Walker looks forward to implementing common sense reforms that protect the electoral process and increases citizens’ confidence in the results of our elections,” Werwie said in an e-mail. Three other lawsuits have also been filed against the state’s voter ID law, including one at the federal level by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. If the state Department of Justice decides to appeal the decision, the case will likely move to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office did not return calls for comment.

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Finding style inspiration while studying abroad By Caroline Wilson Style Guru at UW-Madison for CollegeFashionista


s UW-Madison Style Gurus, we truly enjoy our job of reporting on the street style of our beloved campus, but the exciting experience of studying abroad can open our eyes to fashion in a new way. CollegeFashionista Style Guru and retail major Megan Mansell is currently spending a semester in Sevilla, Spain where she’s had the opportunity to feature Fashionistas/os on the site. Megan has been writing for four semesters, but she’s experiencing a new world of fashion in Sevilla. Caroline Wilson: Define your style. Megan Mansell: My own personal style is literally all over the place. I wear what I feel, so one day I’ll be in leggings and an oversized tee, and the next I’ll be made up in an LBD with tights and boots. One thing that remains constant is I always throw a little piece of me on; if I’m wearing something super simple, I’ll wear a head wrap or create a wrist party on both arms. CW: When did you first fall in love with the world of fashion?

looking through magazines. At home, I have an inspiration board where whenever I see something I love, I pull it out of the magazine or book and pin it up. I love to look to it when I’m in a predicament about what to wear. CW: Do you wish to pursue a career in fashion, and if so, what do you dream of doing? MM: My dream job is truly to write about fashion. My ultimate dream would be to write for NYLON magazine. CW: Do you have any tips to stay fashionable in our frigid weather? MM: Accessories are definitely the main way to stay fashionable in the cold. Faux fur is my personal favorite because it’s warm, trendy and unique. Scarves are a great pick also, because there are so many options out there that you can pick ones that speak to your style. CW: What has been the best part of writing for CollegeFashionista?

MM: I’m fairly positive I was born a fashion lover. My dad is in retail and my sister owns a clothing store; it didn’t take long for me to follow in their footsteps!

MM: Writing for CollegeFashionista has made me appreciate all different types of style and has just opened my eyes to the fact there are so many people around me putting effort into their wardrobe every day, and I love that.

CW: Has studying abroad in Spain impacted your own personal style?

CW: Why do you think CollegeFashionista is great to have on campus?

MM: I’d say studying abroad has only made me take more risks. I’m not sure why, but I feel like everything is acceptable here and I take full advantage of that.

MM: I think CollegeFashionista is an photo courtesy of Sammy Luterbach/CollegeFashionista outlet for people who love fashion to CollegeFashionista Style Guru for UW-Madison Megan Mansell is spending see it in a very relatable form. While her semester in Spain studying retail and picking up style tips along the way. I absolutely love fashion magazines, sometimes it’s just fun to see people your Make sure to check out Megan’s column, “Fashion from Abroad” on the University age, with a similar budget, pulling together amazing pieces. It’s very inspirational! of Wisconsin’s page on every Friday.

CW: How would you say that the street style of Spain differs from Madison? MM: Street style is definitely different here. The main thing I notice is that everyone is dressed up constantly. It is simply not acceptable to leave the house in sweats. CW: What’s been the best fashion related part of studying abroad in Spain? MM: That leads me to my favorite part of being here- the street style is literally an art form. I see mothers pushing strollers with four inch heels and a fur coat on and I absolutely love that. CW: Who are your favorite fashion designers and why? MM: I am a sucker for Alexander Wang. I love that his ready-towear collection is so wearable. I remember during a meet and greet with Vera Wang, she told us that it’s very important to her to actually make clothes that real people, not just runway models, can wear and I think Alexander utilizes this notion, too. That being said, I think his runway shows are incredibly inspirational! CW: Where do like to find your personal style inspiration? MM: My inspiration for my day-to-day wardrobe comes from all over the place. I’m someone who likes to mix super classy pieces with totally trendy pieces, so sometimes my best inspiration is just


To his friends he was A-Balla’ Lincoln Log. Abraham Lincoln hated being called “Abe”. Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • 7


Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

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Eatin’ Cake

By Dylan Moriarty

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Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.


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Today’s Crossword Puzzle

Caved In

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WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT ACROSS 1 Arrogant person 5 Best suited 11 Cries of excitement 14 ___ and terminer 15 In an ear-piercing way 16 Almond or pecan 17 Emulating a surgeon, preoperation 19 “To ___ is human ...” 20 Words rarely uttered by toadies 21 Religious hermit 23 Comparatively coy 26 Checkup sounds 28 Woes, as of the world 29 Show watchers 31 Butcher-shop machines 33 Number before “Liftoff!” 34 Printed mistake 36 Be verbally incoherent 41 Sail support part 42 Note traded for bills 44 Dry creek 47 Accelerator 50 Bridle attachment 51 ___ and haw 52 Hard to get a reaction out of

3 Rub the right way? 5 56 Chinese river or dynasty 57 Make an inquiry 58 Astound 64 Warren female 65 Television antenna 66 Voice amplifier 67 “... ___ a bottle of rum” 68 Snappy answer to a stupid question 69 During the course of DOWN 1 Coast Guard alert 2 The Big Apple, briefly 3 “ ___ the ramparts ...” 4 Sultanate on Borneo’s coast 5 Clerical robes 6 Maui finger food 7 252 wine gallons 8 Neaten, as a lawn 9 Say “Offisher, I am shober,” e.g. 10 Begin on the home keys 11 Ed of “Married ... With Children” 12 Fling with great force 13 Cause of worry lines 18 Yawn-inducing speaker 22 South Beach locale 23 “Paulo” lead-in

24 Seek prey 5 It’s symbolized by a 2 light bulb 26 Bitter-tasting 27 Succulent vegetation 30 Black, in Barcelona 31 Botanical supporters 32 Dirty dog 35 Sarai’s husband 37 City on the Saone and Rhone 38 Mary ___ of cosmetics 39 Up-down connector 40 Frost coating 43 Utmost (Abbr.) 44 Assemblage of warships 45 Logician’s need 46 Took chances 48 Boardwalk structure 49 Challenging riddle 51 Valentine’s Day symbol 54 A good way off 55 “... as they shouted out with ___” (“Rudolph” lyric) 56 Flogging memento 59 Who’s who piece, for short 60 Place to get smashed 61 “Fire!” preceder 62 Aspen runner 63 Williams the baseball legend

Scribbles n’ Bits

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Washington and the Bear

By Melanie Shibley

By Derek Sandberg


Wednesday March 7, 2012

Men’s Basketball

Badgers are showing no signs of regret After missing out on its opportunity for a share of the Big Ten title, Wisconsin is not looking back By Peter Geppert the daily cardinal

Head coach Bo Ryan has been in the business of college basketball for a long time. That’s why when a reporter tried to ask if he had any regrets about losing out on a share of the Big Ten regular season title, Ryan didn’t even let him finish the question. “I’ve been around a little too long for that, I don’t do that woulda, coulda, shoulda stuff,” Ryan said. “I like my guys and I like what they did this year.” Outsiders to the program might remind Ryan had it not been for two losses to a subpar Iowa team then No. 15 Wisconsin would have won the conference title outright, which would have been his sixth title as head coach of Wisconsin. However, the headman of the Badgers sees this season’s conference campaign from a different perspective. “You know how lucky we were to steal those games from Illinois, Purdue, and overtime at Minnesota?” Ryan said. “If we hadn’t won those games we would have finished in seventh or eighth place.” There is also something to be said for the difficulty of the conference as three teams tied for a share of the conference

title, one of which being No. 13 Michigan who won a Big Ten title in men’s basketball for the first time in school history since 1988. Between Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan State, Bo Ryan’s bunch only went a collective 1-4 against the champions of the conference. With close losses to Michigan State and Ohio State at home, it is more than fair to say that the Badgers finished where they deserved to in the final standings. “Obviously there wasn’t just a dominant team this year that just dominated everyone else,” Ryan said. “The league is pretty tough and I think that was proven this year.” If there are any regrets about the season Ryan certainly doesn’t want to hear it from anyone. Especially now that the Badgers are entering into the Big Ten Tournament, which marks the beginning of the wildest and most unpredictable month in sports affectionately known as “March Madness.” At this point in the year it is not always the most talented teams, but usually the team that is playing the best basketball that ends up taking home the hardware. “How about you had gallons and gallons of Gatorade and every time someone said ‘hot’

you had to take a drink,” Ryan added. “Could you imagine how bloated you would be?” Though “hot” tends to become an overused word when it comes to postseason play in college basketball, ultimately it is the only quality that matters in March. Even if Ryan doesn’t like to use the word, it may be exactly what describes his scrappy group as they head into March. The Badgers have won three straight and 12 of their last 15 games, one of which came on the road against then-No. 9 Ohio State which was the first time in decades that a Wisconsin men’s basketball team had beaten a top ten team away from Madison. “Tell me something better? It’s still a great sport and a great game. At this time of [March Madness] is all people want to talk about. At all levels,” Ryan added. Either way a person looks at it the time for second-guessing is over, as hesitation and dwelling on the past will only earn a team a one-way ticket back home. The do or die nature of college basketball in March is something that captivates the nation, and this year Bo Ryan just might have the team to make a deep run. In many ways this year’s group is the true embodiment of the word team, as the Badgers have been

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Senior guard Jordan Taylor help his team to a fourth-place finish in a season with big road wins and uncharacteristic home loses. able to bridge talent with suffocating defense and impressive mental toughness. “With how hard they’ve worked on defense and how

much they’ve accomplished given what they had, this group is good,” Ryan said. “Anyone who doesn’t know that doesn’t know basketball, trust me.”

Facing the situation: violence is the backbone of the NFL The Saints bounty program scandal sheds light on the cost of giving fans what they want Nico savidge savidge nation


omething great happened at the Daytona 500 a few weeks ago. It wasn’t the race itself, of course, but rather something 160 laps in, when driver Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car and crashed it into a track-drying truck loaded with jet fuel. Montoya made it out just fine, so did the truck’s driver. The fuel wasn’t so lucky. That jet fuel caught fire, and burned out of control despite the best efforts of Daytona’s race marshalls and their fire extinguishers. For a few minutes, until someone found a box of Tide and took care of business, a great big fireball burned on black asphalt in the Florida night and we just sat back and enjoyed it. Nobody was near the flames (other than the people trying in vain to put them out). Nobody got hurt. We didn’t watch in horror, no, it was more like glee. As blogger @celebrityhottub put it on Twitter, all of us came together to “enjoy watching Something On Fire That Isn’t Supposed To Be.” That’s a rare feat in today’s sports landscape—a happiness at once primal and pure. More often than not, when something

appeals to our basic instincts in sports, it also nags us with guilt. We like seeing big hits in football, but we don’t want players suffering concussions; we like the fights in hockey as long as they stay safe; we like crashes in racing but want to make sure nobody gets hurt. We like fireballs, but we don’t like what they burn. And we’ve gotten a glaring reminder of the price of our notso-harmless fireballs over the past week, since news broke that the New Orleans Saints inspired their defensive players with a bounty system that rewarded thousands of dollars for hits that would knock key opponents out of games. The hand-wringing, mixed with equal parts disgust and righteous, “well, I never!” indignation, was instant and overwhelming. Columnists and critics asked how the Saints could take part in such a barbaric system; how a professional football team could stoop so low as to reward hits that endangered a player’s safety. Mix news of the Saints’ bounties with the NFL’s well-intentioned drive to reduce hits to the head and the concussions they cause, and you have a perfect conditions for everyone to line up and say “football is too violent.” Let’s ask those columnists, though, why the NFL is so popular. Let’s ask the critics what makes football the biggest sport in America. Let’s ask why high-

light shows used to have segments called “Jacked Up” and why video games have a “hit stick” button. I’ll give you a hint: It’s the violence. Football has violence at its very foundation, built into its most basic rules (it’s hard to tackle someone gently), and from there the league has built up its reputation as the home of the biggest, baddest, hardesthitting athletes in the world. Violence isn’t a threat to the NFL—it’s the league’s lifeblood. People hold their breath when a receiver goes up to catch a pass over the middle, or a defensive end comes rushing in on the blind side. It’s a mix of nine parts excitement and one part concern, the same one you see before a fighter connects on a punch, or a car hits a wall, or a few hundred gallons of jet fuel meet a spark. Like it or not, violence like the kind Gregg Williams encouraged in New Orleans is firmly tied to the excitement and popularity of football. You can’t take violence out of the game and expect the same game, or the same reaction from fans. We want the big hits—hell, we demand them. We don’t want those injuries, of course, and that’s the line Williams and the Saints stepped over. But that’s how we pay for the hits. We pay with our eyes on multi million-dollar ad campaigns, with our wallets at team

shops, with our clicks online, and with our knowledge that players like John Mackey and Dave Duerson lived and died suffering because of the big hits we love so damn much. Want to be outraged about something? Be outraged about the price those men paid for our adoration and attention. Don’t feign righteousness when you catch a glimpse of the sausage being made. Don’t

get mad when the Saints gave us—and the NFL and the TV networks and the analysts and the columnists—exactly what we want. Don’t act surprised when a team lives up to a sport’s fundamental identity. When the Saints give us more fireballs, don’t be mad because you have to face the cost. How should the NFL handle the Saints bounty scandal? E-mail Nico at

Pair of Badgers given WCHA player of the week honors Following Wisconsin’s split with WCHA champion Minnesota, two Badgers were honored by the league with player of the week awards. Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Zengerle had a hand in each of the five goals that Wisconsin scored over the weekend. Zengerle assisted on four of the Badgers goals and scored one of his own on the power play. His second-period goal Friday night is one tht belongs on the highlight reel, taking the puck end-to-end, leaving a Minnesota defensemen’s pride on the ice, before putting it in the back of the net. Freshman goaltender Joel Rumpel faced 59 shots over the

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Mark Zengerle’s coast-to-coast goal was one to watch over agian. weekend. He stopped all but three of them, none of which came even strength, and picked up a win Friday night. His effort in net earned him the WCHA Rookie of the Week award. This weeks honor was Rumpel’s third of the season. Matthew Kleist/the daily cardinal

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