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Board allocates SAC offices to student orgs By Robert Taylor The Daily Cardinal

The Student Activity Center Governing Board voted a second time Sunday on how to allocate office space within the student activity center. The board was forced to revisit a previous Feb. 21 vote because the Associated Students of Madison judiciary committee determined that bias had influenced their decision. Committee members were asked to abstain from voting if they had a connection to the group in question. According to SACGB Chair



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Katy Ziebell, the original interviews and applications were considered under the advisement of UW-Madison legal services and conversations with members of ASM. Greeklife, Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group, Vets for Vets and Wisconsin Student Lobby all received office suites which are the largest of the SAC spaces and include a conference room. Wisconsin Student Lobby had previously occupied a small office. asm page 3


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UW Madison Synchronized Skating team competed at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Minneapolis, MN Saturday. They took sixth place in the competition.

Cieslewicz suggests 311 center for nonemergencies to fix 911 problems

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The Student Activity Center Governing Board re-allocated SAC office spaces to UW-Madison student organizations Sunday.

In the midst of a pending lawsuit between the city of Madison and Dane County, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is continuing to push for a 311 center to handle nonemergency calls. According to phase two of a review of the Public Safety Communications Center, released in February 2009, inadequate staffing contributes to problems in Dane County’s dispatch center. Twenty-two years ago, this centralized dispatch center was created to handle emergency and nonemergency calls after the city of Madison donated space in the City-County Building and its dispatch equipment to Dane

County. However, a new automated dispatch system has stirred up controversy. The purpose of the system is to allow 911 dispatchers to focus on emergencies, County Executive Kathleen Falk said in a statement. “To her credit, [Falk] hired a new communications center director who has experience in creating a 311 system from scratch.” Dave Cieslewicz mayor Madison

The new system addresses a

Rise in vehicle break-ins contributed to theft increase in 2009 Crime statistics from 2009 released by the Madison Police Department last week reveal that although crime was down by 4.4 percent overall, theft increased. According to MPD, the 4-percent increase in theft last year is largely because of a dramatic increase in vehicle break-ins. In MPD Cpt. Mary Schauf ’s most recent newsletter, she said theft from auto is an area of particular concern. “There is no doubt that the thefts from vehicles continue to be an issue,” she wrote. “This is an example of a crime of opportunity. The items taken from auto are easily concealed,

saleable for quick cash and all too frequently just lying in view behind that glass window.” There were 399 instances of theft from cars in the Central District of Madison last year, compared to 284 in 2008. According to MPD Lt. Dave McCaw, the increasing popularity of GPS navigation systems may be a contributor to the rise in break-ins. McCaw told The Capital Times that units are a “hot commodity” because they are easily pawnable because of a lack of a lack of easily traceable serial numbers. Other items left in plain sight, such as iPods, cell phones and laptops, also make

vehicles likely targets, McCaw said. Schauf said the quick cash from thefts from vehicles often are used for drug and alcohol purchases. She said prevention, such as not leaving items like

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purses and bags in plain view, is the best method. McCaw agreed, saying a thief may simply walk by the vehicle if they see nothing of value in plain sight. —Grace Urban

instances of theft in 2009 instances of theft in 2008 Source: Madison Police Department

recommendation of the report that said it would be beneficial if dispatchers handled fewer nonemergency calls, such as parking and noise complaints. However, Cieslewicz said the county does not have legal standing to implement the system without the consent of the 911 Center board. Cieslewicz is proposing that the city and county instead give the public two numbers to use: 311 for nonemergencies and 911 for emergencies. He said when he first suggested the idea two years ago Falk dismissed it because it would be too expensive. “Since then there has been county page 3

Assembly reviews ticketscalping bill, excludes university sports venues A bill that aims to restrict ticket scalping was not voted on by the state Assembly Thursday, but lawmakers did propose amendments. The bill would authorize sports venues like Miller Park and the Bradley Center to regulate scalping with “resale zones” where individuals could sell tickets at a price equal to or less than face value. Individuals who sell outside the resale zone would be fined $10 on their first offense and $500 on each following offense. According to Lloyd Clark, legislative adviser for the sponsor of the bill, state tickets page 3

“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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very year, I sign up for more classes than I need to. I never take 18 credits, but I like to shop around syllabuses to get a feel for what classes I might find intellectually stimulating. And by “intellectually stimulating” I mean “will give me an easy A.” I like classes with take-home essays, 15-percent participation grades and nonmandatory lecture attendance. Hell, I’ll even take a class with four exams so long as it doesn’t meet on Fridays. But if there’s one thing on a syllabus that sends me running for the hills, it’s these two simple words: “group project.” The premise of a group project is sound: Teachers have fewer things to grade, students have less work and it gives you a chance to meet your classmates (and possibly try to hook up with the hotter ones during long nights of “studying” in the stacks at Memorial Library.) But the detrimental effects of attempting to craft a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation with three other students are almost too numerous to count. To prove my point, here’s the actual text from a series of emails among myself and several other group members from a group project I had to do last year. From: Claire To: Erica, Julie, Dave, Max, Kevin Subject: Project Hey guys! So I know it’s a bit early, but I thought we should think of a time to meet to start this project. I know I’ve got a lot of other studying to do, so I just want to get it out of the way as fast as possible :-) I was thinking we could meet at College Library at 7:30. Does that work




From: Julie To: Claire, Erica, Dave, Max, Kevin Subject: Re: Project Hey guys! I have a sorority formal that night, so I can’t be there. Gotta be there for my girls! Lol From: Claire To: Erica, Julie, Dave, Max, Kevin Subject: Re: Re: Project Uh, I think this group project is a little more important than some formal, sorry. No matter, I’ll just make sure to dock you an appropriate amount of points in the peer evaluation grade later. Now, I know the assignment says to pick a canceled TV show and talk about why its canceled, but I think we should go above and beyond and do an entire exploratory project on TV cancelation throughout history and attempt to create a cubic regression graph showing how economic stability relates to a show’s chances of survival. Why don’t I handle the ’60s era, Kevin can do the ’70s, Max can do the ’80s, Dave can do the ’90s, Erica can do the ’00s and Julie can handle shows that have already been canceled in 2010, since she’ll probably be too busy getting irresponsibly drunk and making bad decisions at her formal. Now, all we need to do is exchange phone numbers so I can give each of you up-to-the-minute updates on the project, and we should be set! See you guys at 7:30 :-) From: Dave To: Claire, Erica, Julie, Max, Kevin Subject: Re: Re: Re: Project Can I just handle putting the PowerPoint together? PowerPoint is pretty much my thing, haha. Also, don’t think I can do 7:30 either, got an epic Madden tour-

nament that night, so I’ll probably be pretty blazed. Can I just write something about “Futurama”? That show is the tits. 20 E-mails later From: Claire To: Erica, Julie, Dave, Max, Kevin Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Madden Tournament Re: Nuggs Re: Re: Project OK guys, this should be our last meeting, but we have a LOT to get done, because Dave missed our last two meetings, even though we saw him at Memorial, hiding behind the stacks. I think he was drunk. Regardless, I will be collecting cell phones as you guys come to the study room so we can maximize our productivity. Please bring whatever refreshments you’ll need as well, and try to keep bathroom breaks to a minimum. See you soon :-) From: Max To: Julie CC: Claire, Erica, Dave, Kevin Subject: What a cunt Doe she really think she can take away our phones? I’m not 11 years old, for fuck’s sake. I have half a mind to e-mail her and tell her off, but I think we should just plow through and get this thing done. From: Max To: Julie, Claire, Erica, Dave, Kevin Subject: URGENT! DO NOT READ LAST E-MAIL Haha, my roommate was totally messing around on my computer, but that last e-mail has a virus or something, so DO NOT OPEN IT! Also, anyone else hate how close that “reply-all” button is to the regular reply button? From: Claire To: Erica, Julia, Dave, Max Kevin Subject: WHERE THE HELL

ARE YOU GUYS?!? I reserved this room for us, and none of you came! :-( Our project is due in 16 HOURS! I think the library is going to close, but most of you sent your slides in. Dave, can you please send your slide on ’90s TV shows getting canceled? From: Dave To: Erica, Julia, Dave, Max, Kevin Subject: Re: WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS?!? What? I thought I was just doing the PowerPoint? It’s kinda my thing, remember? Whatever, here’s my slides. Gonna go take an epic nap now, later. From: Claire To: Dave Subject: No slides You didn’t attach anything. Please resend it with the attachment. From: Dave To: Claire Subject: Re: No slides Attachments: Madden.docx lol, sorry. Here it is. From: Claire To: Dave Subject: Seriously? Dave, this is in docx, so I can’t open it. Also, a Word document isn’t the same as PowerPoint slides. And you were supposed to do ’90s TV, not Madden. :-( Luckily I already did some back research for you and can make your slides, but I probably won’t get any sleep. So if you could send me your actual slides, that’d be great :-) From: Kevin To: All Subject: Project I hope you all rot in hell. Ever actually have a positive group work experience? Tell Kevin about it at

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a casi hemos llegado. El punto medio del año. La semana para relajarse, dormir, comer cosas deliciosas, divertirse, y la semana en cuál nos olvidamos de la tarea, los exámenes y la universidad. Las vacaciones de la primavera. Marzo es un tiempo de locura. Por supuesto hay exámenes y tienes que soportar los Badgers durante “March Mandes,” la nieve quizás esté comenzando a fundirse (aunque es poco probable) y por último, todos comienzan a planear y solidificar sus planes para las vacaciones. Hay tantas opciones que se hace difícil decidir. ¿Cómo escoges?

Bueno, claro que no soy una experta en planes de viaje, pero ¿qué daño puede hacer el ofrecer algunas ideas? Vamos a ver, la primera cosa que hay que hacer es decidir si eres una persona a la que le gusta la nieve o le gusta la playa. Yo soy una persona de playa, ya que la mayoria de los años nieva hasta abril y me doy cuenta de que esta vacación es una oportunidad para regresar al sol y parar la depresión estacional antes de volverme loca. Sin embargo, después de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno, muchas personas están por la labor de hacer snowboard, esquiar e incluso hacer patinaje sobre hielo. Por suerte, viviendo en Wisconsin, puedes conducir hasta Granite Peak, el monte más alto del estado y donde se puede esquiar tranquilamente. Por otro lado, si quieres huir de la región, te recomiendo el estado de Colorado. La vida en el suroeste me ha hecho una gran fanática

del hermoso paisaje y si eres un entusiasta de la nieve no existe mejor lugar para alojarse en un hotel, experimentar el ambiente nocturno, y esquiar todo el día. Por otra parte, vivimos en Madison durante casi nueve meses al año y las vacaciones ofrecen una oportunidad única para huir a un clima tropical, tomar el sol, beber en la playa y volver con un bronceado. Como yo vivo en el suroeste, voy a regresar a Arizona para apreciar estos lujos en la comodidad de mi propia casa. Para aquellos que nunca han estado allí, Arizona es el lugar perfecto para descansar, darse una caminata, ver cactus de formas extrañas, y relajarse. Si buscas una vacación más loca y... digamos típica, recomiendo que te vayas a Florida. A pesar de que el parque temático de Harry Potter no abrirá hasta mayo, ¡hay mucho que hacer! Entre Key West, Orlando, Miami,

y Daytona Beach, seguro que conocerás a cientos de turistas de otras universidades y crearás recuerdos que no olvidarás... o tal vez que ni siquiera puedas recordar. Si hay un lugar que quiero visitar esta primavera es Florida. Fiestas al aire libre, playas hermosas, el océano, la vida nocturna, parques temáticos, ¿qué más se puede pedir? Así que este año cuando escojas donde ir durante las vacaciones de primavera, no tomes la decisión a la ligera. Para aquellos que tienen el tiempo y el dinero, harán planes locos que el resto de nosotros solo podemos soñar que algún día nos podremos permitir. Y si no vas a un lugar tan loco como Florida, date a la bebida y vive la vida que no hay clases durante una semana y ¡el verano está casi aquí! ¿Hay planes mejores que disfrutar estas vacaciones? Diselo a Laura escribiendole a

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National unemployment rate stays steady at 9.7 percent

UW-Madison hires first ever professor of Hmong studies with 500K grant

The national unemployment rate for February stayed at 9.7 percent, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Approximately 36,000 jobs were lost nationwide in February. The report said both the health and manufacturing sectors saw limited growth. According to a statement from U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the report shows there is still work to be done to recover jobs in most sectors. She said the current economic trend shows fewer jobs are lost per month “bringing us closer to consistent job growth.” Solis said snowstorms on the

UW-Madison hired Ian Baird last week to become a part of UW-Madison’s Geography Department as its first Hmong Studies professor. According to a release, Baird’s studies and teaching will focus on Hmong groups in mainland Southeast Asia in hopes of creating a program for students to study Thailand, Laos and Cambodia more in depth. “Although I am not strictly a Hmong studies specialist, I very much look forward to working closely with the Hmong com-

east coast during February likely contributed to limiting economic activity. “Any month’s estimates are subject to problems and unforseen circumstances ... which is why it is important we look at the trend.” Hilda Solis U.S. Secretary of Labor

“Any one month’s estimates are subject to problems and unforeseen circumstances like this, which is why it is important that we look

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Mayor Dave Cieslewicz discussed the prospects of implementing a 311 call center to handle nonemergency calls.

county from page 1 a softening toward the idea,” Cieslewicz wrote on his blog. “To her credit, [Falk] hired a new communications center director who has experience in creating a

311 system from scratch.” Whether the recommendation considered will be a legitimate solution to the disagreement between the city and county remains to be seen. —Grace Urban

at the trend,” she said in the statement. In the midst of the release of February’s unemployment numbers, Congress passed legislation that gives companies who hire unemployed individuals a temporary payroll tax break. The $35 billion bill, passed Thursday, has been criticized for not creating job-training programs or generating methods of job creation. The report on Wisconsin’s unemployment rates for January and February is due later this month. The unemployment rate was last reported at 8.7 percent in December 2009 by the DWD. —Hannah Furfaro




munity in Wisconsin and supporting Hmong and non-Hmong students at the university,” Baird said in a statement. UW-Madison received a $500,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund the position. The grant also creates a Consortium in Hmong Studies between UW-Madisaon and the University of Minnesota. According to the release, Baird has 23 years of experience in studying Southeast Asia and is one of the world’s leading researchers on the area.

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Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, the Assembly decided to delay action on the bill so recommendations from other Assembly members could be worked out. State Rep. Mary Hubler, D-Rice Lake, proposed an amendment that would allow fans to sell up to four tickets anywhere on sports venue grounds. Zepnick asked to delay action on the bill to work out the amendment but said he will bring up the bill next month. The state Senate passed a version of the bill last week and removed a provision that would give state university sports venues authorization to create resale zones. State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, was one of three senators to veto against the bill. He said the bill takes lengthy measures to target casual fans who have extra tickets to sell. —Hannah Furfaro

WISPIRG Chair Scott Thompson spoke about the impact a workspace can have on a student organization like WISPIRG during open forum. He said the separate meeting space within the office allows for more formal meetings to occur in the conference room while training and group work happens in the rest of the office. The close proximity to other organizations within the SAC spurs a lot of coalition building and partnerships on campus, he said. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan,

Supporting Peers in Laidback Listening and Health Occupations Students of America each received large office spaces, while the committee also allocated a total of 26 small and medium sized offices. College Democrats, who had previously occupied a large office, were demoted to a small office space. The selected organizations will be granted a two-year lease beginning in June on office space within the Student Activity center, and every student organization that applied in the current review cycle will be formally notified of the Board’s decision. Each notification will also include a process of appeal.

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MATT PAYNE opinion columnist


here are a group of individuals on campus who are a part of a long standing tradition at this university. They often wake the rooster up in the morning and burn the midnight oil at night. They are college students like us while at the same time wearing the uniform proudly. Some do it to pay for college, others because they are carrying on a family tradition, but they all have one thing in common: an unmatched sense of purpose, duty and direction that many of us only dream of one day achieving.

These individuals will be the ones who will be leading our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines into combat in Iraq.

The men and women of the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps deserve our respect and our admiration. They are aspiring future officers in our country’s Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Hardworking and committed, they will be leading our nation’s finest individuals during times of war and during times of peace. Some are already active-duty members coming to college to earn their degree, some went to high school with us and some may even be in our classes. They come from all parts of the country to study here and will all go around the world when they leave. They will command our nation’s nuclear submarines, war-

ships, infantry and jets. A day in the life of an ROTC student is not always an easy one. Days often start as early as 5 in the morning and go late into the night. In addition to having to study and get good grades, they face the added challenges of keeping themselves morally, mentally and physically ready at all times. This means taking care of their bodies, going to class even if it’s not required and making sure they never mislay their integrity for any reason whatsoever. They fulfill their duties both as a student and as an officer in training, and do so exceptionally. We should never forget the impact these, our fellow students, have on the campus and the experiences they bring to it. During the school year they run blood drives, run in charity events, staff parking lots for football games and contribute to the community through volunteering both on the campus and in the city. Not only do they serve our campus, but they also participate in many student organizations. They are members of the band, fraternities, sororities and other clubs many of us are involved in. They are some of the most passionate Badger fans on campus. Midshipman second class Carolyn Sienko of the Naval ROTC for example, marches in the band, regularly attends Badger sporting events, is an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, has organized a blood drive and loves to go swing dancing when she has the time. At the same time that they are regular students here, many spend their summers training in all parts of the country and all parts of the world. They travel on ship to Australia, do field training in Alaska and go to Officer Candidate School in Virginia. They have flown planes, driven nuclear-powered submarines and

fired every single type of weapon Rambo has in his closet. Some have had the opportunity to help with relief efforts around the worlds in places like Haiti and Africa. They all have a tremendous amount to offer our community, and we should both learn from and appreciate the experiences they bring to our university.

We should never forget the impact these, our fellow students, have on the campus and the experiences they bring to it.

Some will become nuclear engineers, others will be doctors, but whatever they do after graduation, all will be serving our country both here in the United State and overseas. These individuals will be the ones who will be leading our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines into combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. It’s important we take the time to get to know these people and thank them for what they are doing. The standards they hold themselves to are truly both impressive and admirable. So next time you see one of your fellow students walking in uniform, remember they are giving up their time and their energy for a greater purpose. The challenges they face and the experiences they offer set them apart from any other student on campus. It is important we recognize these individuals as being important members of our student community and laudable members of society. Matt Payne is a sophomore intending to major in Chinese and economics. We welcome all feedback. Please send all responses to

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aking sausage is really disgusting. Regulating Wisconsin’s livestock and dairy industry is markedly more disgusting. A recent investigative report in the Wisconsin State Journal showed that state laws regulating factory farms are too soft, if they are even enforced at all. In some cases, the laws even side with factory farms, protecting their economic interests over state resources as well as air and water quality. This leaves things up to the people who are affected most by the oversight: the citizens who live near factory farms. They are the ones smelling the manure on a daily basis because of factory farm recklessness, yet they are still almost powerless to change anything. State laws may be weak in terms of regulating factory farms, but the WSJ report showed they still prevent individual counties from doing little more than complaining. Counties must exhibit a certain vigilance to fight back, and the only way to do this is through the means of legislative bureaucracy. We’re also seeing science used as an objective tool in this case. Science is not objective, it is painted by the ideas of the person using it, especially when it is being used to inform environmental legislation. Science is often a compassionate discipline, and most of the time it errs toward the side of the environment, as it usually should. The waste management practices we have been seeing from factory farms are compromising our quality of life in Wisconsin, and they are all rooted in the ignorance of simple science. Material runoff is becoming a huge issue, particularly in Wisconsin. This is because our soil is not an infinite sink for waste and construction debris, though most people like to think of it

that way. This is why regulating animal populations on factory farms is important. The factory farms need to have the space and procedures necessary to dispose of all the waste. Again, the WSJ found the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has lacked the jurisprudence to do what is necessary in this case, accepting all permits for factory farms in the past few years. They have also allowed farms to operate above their capacity, some without a permit at all. Some manure pits are growing beyond carrying capacity. Factory farms show a complete disregard for the communities they’ve invaded, even to the point of dumping manure on snow (the problem with that, like salt in Madison, is that snow melts and has a higher tendency to run off into neighboring land). Practices like this have led to a certain level of protectiveness in counties throughout Wisconsin. Nobody wants to neighbor a factory farm mainly because they don’t want to live near the mess. Most people know that once a factory farm moves in, it is almost impossible to levy any legislation against its practices. But how far can it go? Will the state Legislature and the DNR continue to sell out the citizens in the name of industrial progress? As former Talking Head David Byrne once said, “As things fell apart, nobody paid much attention.” Our state Legislature can no longer sit back and allow factory farms to disregard their environmental responsibility. Profit can no longer be the bottom line. There is something to be said for quality of life and our resources. We need to protect them, and protecting them is becoming far too precarious.

Today in The Daily Cardinal’s opinion blog, The Soapbox, Todd Stevens mulls over the political legacy of the Lasee family. Check out this and other political commentary at www. dailycardinal. com and click on “The Soapbox”


Monday, March 8, 2010


Don’t be ‘Frightened’ of Winter By Justin Stephani

ing melodies usually translucently exposed through walls of sound; Something must have clicked nothing dominates this sonic landin the minds of Frightened Rabbit scape, and though it borders on over the last two years, because some type of muddy dream pop their latest album, The Winter of in its distance, it avoids requiring Mixed Drinks, is one wrecking ball listeners to get lost in their soulof a challenge compared to their searching. The band is no longer previous two LPs. Only traces of asking for attention through their their immature but always enter- music, rather they seem focused taining witticisms of old (“You’re internally on personal stability. the shit, and I’m knee deep in it,” Eclipsing the inviting “Swim “You must be a masochist to love a Until You Can’t See Land” as the modern leper on his last leg,” etc.) highlight of the album is the dense remain, which always kept listeners “Skip the Youth.” It represents one singing along in amusement as their of the few times on the album traditional songwriting prevented where there is a lot to keep track anyone from getting lost. Gone of instrumentally, with even the are the days of the Scottish group sparse sections being abstract, and sitting in a bar drinking bourbon even more, its lyrics embody the too expensive for their own good seeming inner struggle going on in and stretching ironically affecting Hutchison’s head as to whether to lyrics every which way as they stand grasp at youth forever or wake up, on the sturdy legs of their natural move on and grow up for good. melodic sensibilities. They are now Also showing off the band’s drowning themselves in a bottle of impressive new grasp for album cheap whiskey while wallowing in cohesion, “Not Miserable” is a an undercurrent of self-pity, trying straightforward piece of wallowing to fight the urge to extinguish hope. and denial that depresses slightly But nobody should be surprised before perfectly leading into the that they pull it off. aptly titled “Living in Colour,” the Off the bat, “Things” drowns brightest track on the album— in increasingly making evident deeper and the back-and-forth CD REVIEW more unstable internal struggle of waters as lead hope and despair. singer/guitarist All of these Scott Hutchison tugs at listeners’ heartstrings sets the stage: are a completely “I never need new concept these things / The Winter of for Frightened I’ll never need Mixed Drinks Rabbit. Although them / Never Frightened their subject matgoing back / So Rabbit ter was never as we can drop the light as their dicpast / And we’ll leave it on the floor / And run for tion, never before has their inherdear life through the door.” And ent demand of listeners been for straight out the door he runs for any serious emotional investment. the ocean and farther from his They’ve made the contrast of 2008’s pains, following up the opening stellar Midnight Organ Fight and track with the most memorable The Winter of Mixed Drinks stark hook of the album as he repeatedly while presenting listeners with a taunts, “Swim until you can’t see dilemma: Would you rather listen land.” And so The Winter of Mixed to the innocently, ceaselessly enterDrinks goes, a struggle to run from taining ramblings of immature the agonies of rejection and despair Scottish drinking buddies or dive while grasping for any hope of into their subconscious where they recovery from this drunken misery. are drowning in a combination of Although this elimination of much angst and whiskey? With increasof their inherent Scottish quirkiness ing listens each side gains character disappoints at first, its support from and familiarity that breeds comthe maturing background aesthetics fort, proving the band is worthy of praise regardless of preference. But allows it to thrive. Producer Peter Katis allows what makes Mixed Drinks better them huge ebbs and flows, taking than their more accessible previous the band’s sonic waves across expan- efforts is the intimacy gained over sive oceans and valleys. A patience time. Don’t be surprised to see this Frightened Rabbit have not exuded album continuously creep up as before takes over the guitars on the year goes on and its intricacies almost every track before each final- continue to intrigue next to the ly gives way to organically form- year’s best efforts. THE DAILY CARDINAL


Johnny Depp has had starring roles in numerous Tim Burton films. Portraying the infamous Mad Hatter in his latest, ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ Depp’s act has gotten old, playing a character we’ve all seen before.

Burton loses ‘Wonder’ with each new movie By Treena Fischer THE DAILY CARDINAL

Overhyped and over-“Johnnyfied” are the first two words that come to mind after seeing Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” done in collaboration with Disney as a sequel to the original cartoon. After months of anticipation, fans were finally welcomed this weekend to enter the gothic and fantastical adventure through the imagination and, ultimately, through oneself. The film essentially parallels the realities of growing up as childhood innocence and docile white queens are ravaged by sinister, self-promoting power-players who manipulate socioeconomic welfare. The intention is good and pure; the end product, unfortunately, is mediocre. The original story most people are familiar with begins in Alice’s childhood, and so the sequel follows suit. This story, however, then fast-forwards 13 years to a nearly engaged, wry Alice who ponders far too often and refuses to stop and think about boys. The opening scenes are a delightfully historical exhibition of Victorian fashion and demeanor that succinctly establishes a sense of strict social and business etiquette to which Alice seems hesitant to bind her life.

The intention is good and pure, but the end product; unfortunately, is mediocre.

Confronted with a life-altering (and perhaps life-hindering) decision, Alice panics and flees after a wellknown white rabbit conveniently distracts her away at the moment of her deliberation. Of course, being the silly lass she is, Alice falls down a hole, doesn’t break her neck thanks to good old Disney luck, becomes the envy of women everywhere by eating cake and getting taller (not wider) and stumbles

out upon “Underland.” The true “Wonderland” is merely a misnomer presented by a befuddled child, and rightly so, since Burton’s macabre world is more darkly representative of wartime ravages and gnarled misfortunes than bedside storybooks ought to be. There is no denying that the film has embellished a visually intriguing landscape of odd plants and creatures (designed by Robert Stromberg of “Avatar”), extraordinary costumes and makeup and beautiful plays on big and small. Accompanied by a lyrical Danny Elfman score, viewers will not be bored by the disjointed plot development and blasé acting. While not many characters were lovable or overly memorable, Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen provided some much-needed cynical comic relief for the wandering plot. Whether ordering decapitations like lattes or fondling her caricatural Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover) with fru-fru kisses, Carter holds the strings of the middle act together enough to ensure you won’t have drifted into your own Wonderland before the end. The majority of the film proceeds as a standard “box-office smash,” beginning with a series of CGI-loaded action scenes that are almost too complex to discern, followed by an hourlong disposition of background history, emotional development and quest advancement. This is all wrapped up rather hastily in a final, albeit stiltingly awkward, death battle that has become the go-to climax for commercial films (“Transformers,” “Avatar”). To quote Roger Ebert, “Time after time I complain when a film develops an intriguing story and then dissolves it in routine and boring action.” It’s not just Burton, it’s the industry’s cliché cop-out to ensure a profit: brief, dramatic action, CGI overload, anticlimactic character self-realization and a stifled denouement that rushes out moral transgressions like they’re lined up for the picking on candy store shelves. These movies are wrapped up in visually attractive packaging, but in the end they leave you bereft of that

deep sense of satisfaction you should get when you actually bite into it. On the other hand, the purity of fantasy, couture and Burtonesque poeticism in the costume design does deserve applause and will be appreciated by those who know a thing or two about fashion. However, the blatant use of “movie magic” to transform Alice’s plain, unweighty chemise into a billowing, exotic gypsy dress with 10 times more fabric flying around her than what she started with was bizarre. Not even in Wonderland can a girl pull off a trick like that. So what is the next step for Burton?

The original story most people are familiar with begins in Alice’s childhood, and so the sequel follows suit.

With movies like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Sweeney Todd,” audiences were taken by the visual style of Burton’s flims and by the depth and intelligence that Depp brought to his characters, but his performance in “Wonderland” is something we’ve all seen before. Everything Burton creates gives the same feel. His films have a pretentious weight that has simply not evolved. Depp, and even Carter, have become cartoons of themselves. “Alice” falls flat as a pseudo-whimsical commercial bust. What could have been a refreshingly twisted, dramatic battle through one’s own psychology and sociocultural propriety ensconced in traditional fairy-tale allegory is instead a dull, Disneyfied adaptation of a new genre film: McBurton’s—the same thing every time. Has Burton lost his originality in the woes of commercial profits, or is he just distracted by box-office glamour? Either way, here’s to hoping his next endeavor comes more from the heart and is more for the fans.

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Today’s Sudoku

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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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combo meals ACROSS 1 Sci-fi movie creature 5 Rose feature 10 “Get a load of ___!” 14 Buck in Bordeaux 15 Color-changing lizard 16 Bee, to Andy 17 BP subsidiary 18 Prepares leftovers 19 Bear in the night sky 20 Combo meal 23 Leafy garnish 24 “In the merry ___ of May ...” 25 Buckingham, e.g. 28 “The Brady Bunch” name 30 Bridge accomplishment 31 Aircraft parking spot 33 Partner of “away” 36 Combo meal 40 “Excellent adventure” taker of film 41 Shot the scene again 42 “Ella Enchanted” star Hathaway 43 Finders may keep them 44 LASIK target 46 Pyro maniac’s crime 49 Calabash, for one 51 Combo meal

57 Cheese coated in red paraffin 58 Ice dams may form in them 59 Gallimaufry 60 “The ___ of Spring” 61 Buy a meal for 62 Dinner table faux pas 63 “Tres ___” (“very well,” in Paris) 64 Medicinal herb of the pea family 65 “Do it or ___!” DOWN Grin from ear to ear Act the femme fatale “Free Willy” animal Drilling site “Dances With Wolves” foe 6 “By Jove!” 7 Infield protectors 8 Battlefield supply, for short 9 Cellar dweller’s place 10 Blackfish 11 Second- largest Great Lake 12 Alaska on a map, sometimes 13 Hidden treasure 21 Basketball’s threepoint line, e.g. 22 “FoxTrot” cartoonist 1 2 3 4 5

5 Furtive summons 2 26 Skin balm 27 Acclaim 28 Home coming attendee 29 Silver or Howard 31 Affixes 32 Abbr. on a tire 33 Sawyer’s pal 34 Unappealing skin condition 35 Big bird of the pampas 37 Team building? 38 Bio word 39 Clothing collection 43 Enemies, archaically 44 Hill with a cliff on one side 45 Beast in “The Lord of the Rings” 46 Like a sourball 47 Geometry-class measurements 48 Do axels and lutzes 49 Accepted fact 50 Arctic, for one 52 Jersey pros 53 Advice for the timid 54 Twelfth Jewish month 55 Gets out in the open 56 Sulk

Washington and the Bear

By Derek Sandberg


illinois recap from page 8 Ten, 23-7 overall) will now close the book on the regular season and focus on the Big Ten Tournament beginning Friday, which rematches the Badgers against the Illini. Illinois (10-8, 18-13) now sits in a precarious position in terms of its NCAA Tournament prospects. If the Badgers believed they were facing a desperate team today, Friday will be against a team ultimately in

illinois analysis from page 8 winning conference record before Sunday. Previously the Badgers only had wins over Michigan (7-11), Northwestern (7-11), Indiana (4-14) and Penn State (3-15) to show for their efforts away from Madison in the Big Ten. Now Wisconsin has an impressive road win under its belt, and it was because any time the Illini threatened to swing the momentum of the game, there was an answer. Early in the second half, Illinois junior guard Demetri McCamey went up high with his arms sprawled, trying to slam the ball down with a dunk and inject some energy into the Illini. Instead, freshman forward Ryan Evans impeded his progress by fouling McCamey, who made one his two free throws. McCamey slamming down that dunk would have brought down the house and instilled confidence in Illinois. The Badgers kept the momentum with McCamey sinking an unexciting foul shot. In that case the Badgers made their own luck, but later in the game Wisconsin may have gotten a gift. Halfway through the second half with UW up by double digits, Evans lost the ball to McCamey to start a runout for the Illini, or so they thought. The ball was called dead on a shot-clock violation by UW to halt play. Regardless of whether the

a must-win situation. “We got one last chance to make the season a positive one, but we’ve got to play smarter and we’ve got to get better effort on both sides of the court,” Weber said. Tisdale echoed the same sentiment as Weber, knowing this could be the team’s final chance to somehow get back into the NCAA Tournament picture. “It’s do or die,” Tisdale said. correct call was made, it was a missed opportunity for Illinois to score an easy basket on a fast break. Perhaps the greatest lost chance for a momentum shift in Illinois’ favor came with just over five minutes left in the game. After free throws by junior forward Mike Tisdale cut the UW lead to five, Hughes was at the line shooting a one-and-one and missed the front end, but junior forward Keaton Nankivil jumped in for an offensive rebound and a put-back to extend the lead to seven. Then on the other end of the floor, McCamey was stripped by sophomore guard Jordan Taylor, and McCamey immediately grabbed Taylor with both arms, prompting an intentional-foul call. “You’ve got to play smart,” said Illinois head coach Bruce Weber, who said the foul was caused by frustration. Finally Wisconsin threw the final dagger into the Illini with 2:20 remaining in the contest. Illinois was making its final run to catch the Badgers once and for all. Junior forward Bill Cole connected on his fourth 3 of the afternoon to close the gap to seven, but Wisconsin came right back, setting up Leuer in the low post, where the forward drew a foul and finished a layup for a 3-point play. The made foul shot extended the lead back to 10, and Illinois did not close the margin to any less than that.

big ten from page 8 Despite leading by as many as seven at one point, and for the vast majority of the game overall, the Badgers just could not overcome the mighty Buckeyes. Big Ten Player of the Year Jantel Lavender scored 27 points, while Samantha Prahalis contributed 29 points, including 11-for-11 shooting from the line. Overall, Ohio State went to the line 38 times Saturday evening and

converted on 34 of those chances. For a Badger team that had its sights set on winning the Big Ten Tournament, the results of this past weekend are surely disappointing for the players and coaches. The team now waits to find out if their hard work all season has paid off in the form of a bid into the NCAA Tournament. The selections will be announced Monday, March 15, at 6 p.m., live on ESPN. — contributed to this report.


Discipline an issue again as UW stumbles to end regular season By Ben Breiner the daily cardinal

MINNEAPOLIS—At the end of each game against the Gophers, Mike Eaves used the same word to describe the previous 60 minutes of hockey: “funky.” The first night featured a pair of disallowed Gopher goals, Wisconsin only putting two pucks on net in the second period while getting out-shot and a late gamewinning goal. Two days later a scuffle early in the second dissipated a strong offensive burst from the Badgers and began a deluge of Minnesota power-play scores as Badger after Badger trekked to the penalty box and time after time the Gophers made them pay. “Tonight we just shot ourselves in the foot taking penalties,” senior captain Michael Davies said after Sunday’s loss. “I think they had five power-play goals, if I’m not mistaken. It’s not fun to play that way. For them it’s a lot of fun, going out there all the time on the power play.” The Badgers were out-shot in both contests, an uncommon occurrence for them, just one weekend after peppering Michigan Tech goaltenders with 113 shots over two games. Even the setting was off, since the first game was played in a basketball arena (the Target Center, home of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves) and the second was played on Sunday afternoon instead of the usual Saturday night timeslot because of a scheduling conflict. The second game also had a bit less meaning, as Wisconsin had already sewn up second place in the WCHA and perhaps had less to play for. “You try to say the right things and prepare the same way to play a game, but there are certain things that obviously we didn’t convince them of the way they needed to play today,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said.

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Bennett gets a chance Sunday also marked a comeback chance for junior goaltender Brett Bennett, who saw the ice for the first time since Feb. 13. During the five-game stretch

Jordan Taylor matched Jon Leuer’s team-high 20 points Sunday, as the Badgers trounced Illinois to enter postseason play with good momentum.

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vert six power-play opportunities and allowed the Minnesota power play unit to explode for five goals, the most given up by the team this season. The five power-play goals came as a result of too many penalties and not enough discipline, but Davies also gave the Gophers’ penaltykill unit some credit for stifling the UW attack. “They did a good job of scouting us from the last game,” said Davies, who scored the only goal of the game for the Badgers. “They really weren’t giving us much, but we still have to execute and make those plays.” Wisconsin racked up 13 infractions that led to eight power-play opportunities for

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Penalties continued to frustrate Wisconsin in the Border Battle. The Badgers committed 13 Sunday, leading to five Minnesota goals. since his last appearance it had appeared that fellow junior Scott Gudmandson might have fully taken control of the team’s netminder spot. “He deserved this game based on how he’d been practicing, and I thought he was ready to step up there and give him a good performance,” Eaves said. But the team around him did not quite provide adequate support. Bennett looked sharp early on, but as the penalties mounted he was put in more and more difficult situations. Three scores came from the backdoor, two on rebounds and one on a redirection, as Gophers were constantly setting up on his weak side and finding wide-open nets. Beyond that, he contended with Minnesota screens for most of the night, according to teammates. His final numbers: 28 shots faced and six goals allowed, five with his team down at least one player. “It’s not his fault,” senior captain Blake Geoffrion said. “They had some backdoor goals, [we] took some dumb penalties, selfish penalties. I took one there at the end. It’s definitely not his fault.” Going forward After the final horn, the question had to arise: Where to go from here? How does the flavor of an acrid defeat to a border rival, the Gophers. The two teams tussled throughout the afternoon, including a sequence that earned junior defenseman Ryan McDonagh a 10-minute game misconduct penalty after he wrestled with Minnesota senior forward Ryan Flynn. The physical play resulted in a total of 74 penalty minutes and three major misconduct penalties. “It’s hard to win games when you’re shorthanded and you can’t stay five-on-five, which is one of our strengths,” senior forward Blake Geoffrion said. “Every time we would get something going we took a penalty and lost all of our momentum.” Geoffrion fell one point short of the WCHA scoring title after entering Sunday’s game with a chance to become the first

sprinkled with an excess of postwhistle scraps, carry over for a team entering its postseason run? “We’ll have [the players’] attention for sure, and hopefully we got a lot of things out of our system today,” Eaves said, dismissing much of his team’s poor performance as an aberration. Wisconsin will open the WCHA playoffs at home with Alaska Anchorage, a team Wisconsin swept in their lone meeting this year. The players were divided over the question of going forward with a bitter taste from this series. Two of the captains were blunt about whether that pungent loss could be a good thing, “No, especially against these guys,” senior defensemen Ryan McDonagh said. “The momentum we would have had if we would have come out with a win would have been way better than having a bitter loss.” “I think so, I’m pissed off. Obviously you’ve got to bounce back,” Geoffrion said. “[This] kind of sets us back to level again. We got a little too high maybe. Coach always says never too high, never too low, just stay balanced. Maybe this will balance us back out.” Either way, Monday is a new start as the next phase of the season begins. Badger to lead the league since the 1977-’78 season, when Mike Eaves and Mark Johnson shared the award. The Badgers begin WCHA Tournament play next weekend at the Kohl Center as the No. 2 seed with a best-of-three series against the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves.

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Men’s Basketball

Hughes, Leuer, Taylor help UW dominate Illini RECAP By Scott Kellogg the daily cardinal

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Craig Smith had a pair of goals in Wisconsin’s series-opening win over Minnesota Friday, but was kept silent in a 6-1 loss Sunday.

Special teams shine, stumble in Border Battle RECAP By Parker Gabriel the daily cardinal

MINNEAPOLIS—On the last weekend of the regular season, Wisconsin had a chance to secure the No. 2 for next week’s WCHA Tournament and enter the postseason riding a wave of momentum. Consider that mission half accomplished. A 3-2 victory Friday night at the Target Center, coupled with a St. Cloud State loss, ensured the best conference finish in the tenure of head coach Mike Eaves and extended Wisconsin’s winning streak to a season-high four games. Instead of capping the regular season slate with an exclamation point, however, Sunday’s 6-1 loss provided the Badgers with a list of questions to answer before the

playoffs begin. The Badgers continued their power-play success Friday, as freshman forward Craig Smith and freshman defenseman Justin Schultz each converted with a man advantage before Smith added the gamewinner at equal strength. “We were able to do some good things on our first two power plays and were able to execute and take what was given,” Eaves said. “When [senior forward] Michael Davies made that pass to Schultz, it was like that was the receiver that was open and it was a touchdown.” For all the positive influence that special teams had on the Badgers’ victory Friday night, it had equal or greater negative influence Sunday afternoon at Mariucci Arena. The Badgers failed to conhockey recap page 7

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—Foul trouble? Who cares about that? Senior guard Trevon Hughes and junior forward Jon Leuer worked in and out of foul trouble all game but still got the job done offensively and helped the Badgers defeat Illinois, 72-57. Hughes sat out a great portion of the first half because of fouls but managed to record his first double-double in his final regularseason game at Wisconsin. Hughes finished the contest with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Leuer also danced around foul trouble Sunday, picking up a third foul in the opening minutes of the second half. Then, after only a two-minute stint on the bench, he came in and promptly picked up his fourth. But the forward, who

did not play in the first meeting between the two teams, was a force offensively, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. “They get in foul trouble, which they never seem to get in foul trouble,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. “And we couldn’t take advantage of it.” When Hughes was on the bench, sophomore guard Jordan Taylor handled the offensive reins and matched Leuer’s offensive output with 20 points. Taylor shot 8-of17 from the field, including 3-of-6 from long distance, and added eight rebounds and three assists to ensure the Badgers did not miss a beat when Hughes, their starting point guard, was relegated to the bench. Of Hughes’ and Taylor’s 19 rebounds, 10 were on the offensive side of the ball. Junior forward Keaton Nankivil added five offensive rebounds. “The thing we said could make

a difference in the game were loose balls, rebounds, and they were able to get them,” Weber said. “They got in foul trouble, which they never seem to get in foul trouble. And we couldn’t take advantage of it.” Bruce Weber head coach Illinois men’s basketball

Illini junior guard Demetri McCamey, who torched the Badgers for 27 in the teams’ first meeting, never got going like he did in Madison, scoring 11 points Sunday on 2-of-8 shooting. Junior center Mike Tisdale led all Illini with 16 points on Illinois’ Senior Day. The No. 16 Badgers (13-5 Big illinois recap page 7

ANALYSIS By Scott Kellogg the daily cardinal

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Jon Leuer scored 20 points in Wisconsin’s win over Illinois Sunday. The Badgers and Illini will meet again in the Big Ten Tournament Friday.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— Momentum can be a powerful force in basketball, especially on the road. All it takes is a few things to go right for the home team before the squad gains confidence, the crowd gets into it and the balance of the game shifts. But Sunday, the Badgers ensured momentum would not factor into the contest for Illinois and downed the Illini 72-57 to grab a crucial road victory for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to look at and send the home team off their court with a devastating loss. The Badgers struggled mightily on the road this season, failing to defeat a Big Ten squad with a illinois analysis page 7

Women’s Basketball

OSU too much for Badgers after solid showing in Big Ten Tournament win against Purdue By Mark Bennett the daily cardinal

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Alyssa Karel’s career night saw her score 31 points against Ohio State, but the juggernaut Buckeyes topped Wisconsin 82-73.

It’s safe to say that after the Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s performance in this past weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, the team is playing their best basketball of the season. Friday night against Purdue, it was more than enough, as the Badgers trounced the Boilermakers for the second time this season and for the first time ever in the Big Ten Tournament, 73-51. Saturday night in the tournament semifinals, however, Wisconsin’s best was good enough for about 35 minutes of play, but the Badgers couldn’t quite overcome the offensive juggernaut that is Ohio State, falling for the third time this season to the Buckeyes, 82-73. On Friday against Purdue, the Badgers came out strong from the beginning and never let up.

Considering Wisconsin had not beaten the Boilermakers in 16 straight attempts prior to this season and that Purdue has made the NCAA Tournament 16 years in a row, the beatdown that Wisconsin put on Purdue has to be considered a monumental victory in program history. Wisconsin featured four players in double figures against the Boilermakers, with junior guard Alyssa Karel leading the way with 14. Additionally, senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie scored 13, while junior forwards Tara Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow added 10 each. The Badgers shot over 50 percent in the game, including eight 3-pointers. Additionally, Wisconsin tallied 10 steals on the evening and forced 19 Purdue turnovers, directly resulting in 15 points for the Badgers. That game gave the team a great

deal of confidence and momentum that carried over to the next night, as Wisconsin met the Big Ten regular-season champion Buckeyes. Against Ohio State, the Badgers continued to shoot lightsout, hitting 55 percent from the floor in the first half and nearly 46 percent overall. Wisconsin also converted seven 3-point attempts and shot a respectable 14-of-19 from the line. On the night, Karel put forth the finest game of her career, scoring 31 points, including a perfect 5-for5 from behind the arc. The junior played all but two minutes and was a catalyst from the beginning, never letting up for the remainder of the game. Assisting Karel in the stats column Saturday was Zastrow, who scored 14, and senior guard Teah Gant, who added 12. big ten page 7

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