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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Students discuss state bill allowing bars to sue underage patrons By Mara Jezior the daily cardinal

In a meeting Monday, student leaders discussed the implications of a bill recently introduced to the state legislature that would allow bar and liquor store owners to sue underage patrons who are caught purchasing alcohol on their premises.

“I don’t think Wando’s wants to get into the system of suing their patrons.” Scott Resnick alderperson District 8

Sponsors of the bill said its

purpose would be to address the problem of underage drinking across the state, according to Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Chair Dan Statter. Still, Statter criticized the bill, suggesting that “either [legislators] are really confused as to appropriate ways to address this issue, or there’s an alternative motive.” If the proposed bill passes, bar and liquor store owners would be able to sue underage patrons who are caught drinking on their premises up to $1000. If an establishment chooses to sue a patron, the lawsuit would be an additional cost on top of a $130 drinking fine, as well as a $600 fine for any

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Human Resources redesign forum draws large crowd By Cheyenne Langkamp the daily cardinal

University administrators updated the campus community on the implementation of the new Human Resources design plan at a forum Monday, amid concerns from attendees over supervisor accountability, employee category transitions and changes to compensation and benefits. The plan was mandated in the last state biennial budget to allow the university additional flexibilities in recruiting, retaining and compensating its employees. The plan’s September release sparked

controversy on campus and prompted a semester full of discussion in university governance groups, all of which eventually voted to approve the plan. The largest change under the plan will be the creation of the “university staff” category, which will consist of all employees paid by the hour, to replace classified staff. All salaried classified staff will have a choice between becoming university staff or transitioning into the academic staff category. As current salaried staff

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Dr. Kim Wilcox, a finalist for the UW-Madison chancellor position, meets with campus and community members Monday in the Mead Witter Lobby of the Chazen Art Museum.

Third UW chancellor finalist visits Madison Wilcox emphasizes past experience, new funding sources By Cheyenne Langkamp the daily cardinal

Dr. Kim Wilcox was the third candidate for the University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor position to visit campus, emphasizing his experiences at similar institutions and ideas about how to diversify funding sources in meetings Monday. Wilcox, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan State University, called it a “personal pleasure” to be considered as the next leader of “one of the nation’s jewels,” not only because of the university’s commitment to aca-

demics, but also its accessibility and connections with its students and state. If chosen as chancellor, Wilcox said he would engage with students formally through student government, but added he would also emphasize informal interactions, such as receptions and lunches. “That’s a time when I can learn an awful lot about the university from someone else’s eyes,” Wilcox said. “I can learn an awful lot about the nature of student issues.” He added he would see his role as chancellor as encouraging

the creation of a “community of scholars,” while also taking on the special “responsibility and opportunity” to take action on behalf of students that no one else on campus is given the authority to take. Wilcox emphasized his background at similar institutions, where he said he interacted with similar shared governance structures like the system in place at UW-Madison. He added he was proud to collaborate with faculty to create an academic review program and students to create academic minors during his time

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City committee approves catholic school exterior redevelopment design

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The Landmarks Commission, including Chair Stuart Levitan, approved redevelopment designs for the former Holy Redeemer school, saying they fit with the neighborhood’s historic building standards.

The Landmarks Commission approved designs for a downtown redevelopment of a former catholic school at a meeting Monday. The commission awarded an exterior certificate of appropriateness, which means proposed exterior alterations meet the committee’s standards of compatibility with the neighborhood’s historic character, to designs for the proposed former Holy Redeemer Catholic School redevelopment into apartments. Holy Redeemer pastor James Holmes closed the building, located at 142 W. Johnson St., which the church used for social and parish events, in

December because the structure was deteriorating. He applied for city permission to divide the West Johnson Street lot, which also houses the church, in order to sell the previous school building to investors while maintaining ownership of the functioning church. Landmarks Commission chairperson Stuart Levitan said the commission does not have jurisdiction to stop Holmes from selling the building, despite emotional pleas from parishioners. “It breaks my heart … to see

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A Cardinal columnist reports on fumbles, faux pas and French culture Riley beggin riled up


hen I imagined my time abroad in Paris, it was all butterflies and rainbows—or rather, it was all warm baguettes and handsome strangers. Although the warm baguettes and handsome strangers turned out to be true, along with them came a barrage of things I hadn’t expected at all. To save any future Badgers who go abroad the trouble, here are five lessons I learned the hard way:

never socially reprimanded for doing so in the U.S., but the French made up for it with zeal. I have been caught eating a sandwich while walking around and have had several strangers in a row sarcastically spit “bon appetit” at me as I walked by. I was told to leave a thrift store until I was done eating a piece of chocolate. And you know that feeling when you walk out into the cafeteria in middle school with your tray and you can’t find your friends? Now you know what it feels like to eat a croissant on the Parisian metro— the entire car of people will find you sad and disgusting.

1. Eating is an event. Eating is an integral part of French culture and the way people connect to one another, even more so than in America. When you sit down for a meal, especially if you are in a French home, expect it to take around three hours—or five if guests are present. In a restaurant, waiters are not being rude to you by leaving you alone for an hour; they are catering to your natural desire to ruminate over every course. I learned this the hard way when I sat down at the table at 8:30 for dinner and my host dad laughed, saying, “Oh, you thought we were going to eat at 8:30? No, when I say, ‘Dinner is at 8:30’ it means, ‘We will begin thinking about eating dinner at 8:30.’ You Americans eat so early!” Awesome.

3. Making eye contact with someone on the street is not harmless, neighborly kindness. Unbeknownst to us, we Midwesterners have been practicing our “smize” for our entire lives. (For those of you that do not religiously follow “America’s Next Top Model,” that means “smile with your eyes”). When we walk down the street, we naturally make eye contact with strangers, smile and continue along our way. There might as well be “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” playing in the background, and this is unacceptable in Paris. Smiling at a stranger is almost synonymous with: “Wanna make out?” You learn quickly that asking strangers to make out is not what you want to do. Needless to say, I ditch the happy-golucky look in favor of the Grim Reaper one when I go outside.

2. Eating is not a public event. This may seem to contradict my last point directly, but hear me out. Before coming to France, I didn’t realize quite how much eating-on-the-go I do in the U.S. This is probably because I was

4. Everyone is richer and better looking than you. Deal with it. Every day in Paris is like walking around backstage at a fashion show. (Or what I imagine that to be like; I won’t pretend I’ve ever done that.)

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According to my completely dependable observations, 90 percent of Parisians are in their 20s, extremely good looking and have way more money than any of us will have. Or at least they are good at looking like it. At first, this is like being a kid in a candy store. But after a couple of weeks, you start noticing your growing muffin top and Great Clips haircut, and your selfesteem may take a hit. This is natural. If you want to eat less and start chain smoking to join the French, be my guest. I prefer to be an admiring onlooker, stuffing my face with eclairs. 5. Accept the eccentricities. Finally, as with any experience in a foreign country, there are things that are difficult to wrap my head around. Why

is the classic French shower designed to literally force you to sit down and wash yourself like a baby in a sink? I have no idea, but when I attempted to stand up in it anyway, I sprayed water all over the bathroom and wanted to kick myself. Why is there no online course catalog for the French University? Again, no idea, but being a lost, late American makes it worth going along with the system. Of course, along with these come the charming, lovable eccentricities that make Paris a city of legend. It just takes a little patience.

Has Riley’s column taught you a thing or two about French etiquette? If you’re looking for more advice, send an email to Riley at rbeggin@ Look for more columns from birds abroad throughout the semester!

Contemplating career options, rest of life jacklin bolduan a bold move


any of us can probably sympathize with the sick feeling of death that enters our bellies when someone asks us what our plans are after we graduate. Now, maybe you’re one of those people who has their future plans all figured out, all of your grad school applications turned in or career fairs marked neatly on your calendar, and if you are, then I am both super jealous and super stunned by you. I sometimes envy those who have figured out what their calling is, have some concept of direction or discipline in staying the course. However, most times, I just don’t understand. That’s probably because I aspire to approximately 2,938,740,398 different career

paths every day and am majoring in things that are just plain cool to me, that tell me about the world and who I am and who you are, and do not correlate, like, at all, to a specific career. Unless being a feminist investment banker is a real job title. If it is, you know where to find me. Except I think I would hate investment banking. See! Told you I have no direction. All of this questioning my life compass results in a lot of me being like, “Nope. This is it. I’m doing this,” to things like being an Orca Whale trainer at SeaWorld—additionally, I struggle with where my morality lies on the topic of SeaWorld being an OK thing, something that may hold me back on my pathway to SeaWorld stardom and Free Willy-esque bliss.... I also consider moving to Key West with my family to own and operate a charter fishing boat where we all have maritime nicknames. Or becoming the next White House press secretary (mostly because I want

to be C.J. Cregg from “The West Wing”), or becoming a documentary filmmaker, (here comes the money), under the condition that I only film on a skateboard. These are only a few of the obviously super probable and attainable career paths I mull over on a daily basis in hopes that I’ll have some kind of an answer the next time someone asks me what my post-grad plans are. Humor me, will you, as I follow a few of these plans through, and see what they might have to offer as a “legitimate” career. Because there’s no time like the present and no place like a public newspaper. OK, so there’s the owning a charter fishing boat with my family thing. What do we name the vessel? Wow, I already love how it feels to say the word “vessel.” I can dig this. Maybe something like, “The Big Cheese” to show our Wisconsin roots. OK, I like that, except it’s a little less majestic than I would like. Clearly this plan isn’t going to work if it’s taking me this

long to decide on a name. Next. Then, there’s the White House press secretary thing. That seems much more like a socially acceptable and normal career choice, right? Surely. How the hell does one go about beginning to aspire to such a thing? Do I just keep watching “The West Wing” and take notes? Should I start walking with purpose and have file folders in my hands everywhere I go? Maybe I should start recording my own daily press briefings and tweet them at President Obama. Yeah, that sounds important. Listen, folks, this could go on forever, and your eyes probably hurt from rolling them at me, so I’ll shut up. If you have any suggestions or names for my potential fishing vessel, let me know. Vessel, vessel, vessel. What are your life plans? And how do you feel about whales? Help Jacklin figure it all out over some episodes of “The West Wing.” Email her to set up a date at


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Campaign spending triples after Citizens United decision

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Total campaign spending in Wisconsin tripled from the 2006 and 2008 election cycles to 2010 and 2012 largely due to a major Supreme Court decision and recall contests, according to a new report released Monday. The 2010 and 2012 elections marked the first in which the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed independent groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections, was in effect. A Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found candidates and outside groups spent about $392 million on state and

Owner of Capital Fitness plans new gym facility, apartment complex for downtown A local fitness center owner and an architect presented initial plans at a Bassett Neighborhood meeting Monday for a structure that would bring apartment units as well as a fitness center to West Washington Avenue. Erik Minton, owner and operator of Capital Fitness, and John Sutton from Sutton Architecture proposed a fivestory residential and service use building which would be located at 425 W. Washington Ave., the current site of a parking lot and one-story commercial building.

The building would include 50 one or two bedroom residential units. Commercial spaces in the structure would provide working space for optometrist John Bonsett-Veal, whose office is currently on the lot, and a new Capital Fitness center. “This is a building that’s going to add to the neighborhood in some fashion,” Minton said. Under the current proposal, the building would include 64 parking spaces as well as moped and bike parking, though none of the parking would be intended for the fitness center, which would not have a pool or offer

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toric landmarks, to redevelop the property and said he supports the designs. “This, frankly, long neglected, beautiful historic landmark will receive desperately needed tender love and care,” Verveer said. The Plan Commission will review the application at its April 22 meeting before it goes to the City Council for final approval. —Melissa Howison

what it is doing to this parish, and I wish the church were acting more like a church and less like a developer,” Levitan said. According to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, investors could use federal and state Historic Preservation Tax Credits, which allow businesses that owe taxes to invest in his-

group fitness classes. Minton said he hopes people would walk or bike to get to the gym, and if patrons wanted to use full facilities, including classes, they would go to Capital Fitness’ main location at 15 N. Butler St. “To put the convenience stuff right in the neighborhood is our goal,” Minton said. Construction could begin in fall 2013 if the proposal receives city approval. Minton has previously received approval from the city for a project on the same lot but did not begin construction. ­—Meghan Chua

federal elections in 2010 and 2012, compared to nearly $124 million in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. Taking the $137.5 million spent on recall elections out of consideration, total election spending still doubled in Wisconsin between the 2010 and 2012 election cycles and the previous four years. Outside groups alone poured more than $171 million into the 2010 and 2012 elections in Wisconsin after only spending about $40 million in 2006 and 2008. The Greater Wisconsin Committee was the top outside group in support of Democratic candidates in the state between

wilcox from page 1 at MSU. “I’ve worked with faculty and students in different institutions to make changes that were right for them and right for the institution,” Wilcox said. “I look forward to doing the same thing here.” Wilcox also emphasized the importance of “finding ways to maintain and grow the resource base,” by integrating state funding, tuition, philanthropic contributions and private sector partnerships. “We can’t remain an excellent high quality university without more stable resources,” Wilcox said. Emily Ten Eyck, a senior and Wisconsin Public Interest

the 2006 and 2012 elections, spending $26.5 million, while the biggest outside spender in support of Republican candidates, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, doled out nearly $18 million. The most expensive races during this period in Wisconsin were the gubernatorial recall election between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, which cost $81 million; and the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, which saw $77 million in total spending, featuring then-U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and former Gov. Tommy Thompson. ­—Adam Wollner Group member, said she wanted to meet Wilcox to hear his thoughts on shared governance, which she believes “empowers students to have control over their college experience.” Ten Eyck said she respected his desire to work with students to find solutions to issues, something she hasn’t seen from the current administration. UW-Madison senior Alexandra Stewart said, although she attended the reception for extra credit, she hopes the next chancellor can bring the campus together into a “tight-knit community,” adding she was impressed by Wilcox’s ability to relate to students. “And he’s 100 percent up for getting his first pair of Badger bibs,” she added.

Police arrest parolee after attempt to break into house Police arrested a 44-year-old man for violating parole Saturday after the man attempted to enter a house on the 300 block of South Orchard Street where he thought a party was occurring. According to a police incident report, a 22-year-old woman called the Madison Police Department around 10 p.m.

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patrons caught using a fake ID. At the meeting, student leaders also met with Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, who expressed his concern over the bill. “The only bars I see using something like this are the ones that are going out of business,” Resnick said. “I don’t think Wando’s wants to get into the system of suing their patrons. I just don’t see that as being a positive business model.” Although bars can be fined $500 if caught serving underage patrons, student leaders expressed concerns bars could exploit people under 21 by serving them alcohol so they could later sue them. Resnick deflected the concerns, saying a bar can be shut down if it is caught serving underage patrons at least two times. Also at the meeting, committee members discussed the drafting of the Tenant Bill of Rights, a set of student-friendly leasing policies for tenants and landlords. Committee member Ryan Prestil said if Student Council passes the bill of rights, ASM plans to support landlords who add it to their leases. “The main focus of [the bill of rights] is to have students treated as fairly as adults,” Prestil said.

leave the university, their positions will automatically become academic staff positions. Many campus stakeholders have expressed concerns over the difference in benefits given to classified and academic staff, as well as changes made to job security provisions, some of which were addressed in earlier revisions of the plan. The plan also calls for the flexibility to pay employees based on performance. According to HR Design project team leader Bob Lavigna, the Office of Human Resources has begun work on an implementation strategy which includes drafting new operating procedures and training programs. Lavigna added the formation of the university staff governance group will begin this month, with the creation of an advisory committee of classified staff and labor union representatives to oversee the process. Multiple attendees questioned how supervisors would be held responsible, as performance evaluations will carry additional weight under the new plan. Lavigna said while OHR is creating training programs, the main solution is accountability. “It’s not just about new policies and pro-

Saturday night in response to banging on the front door of her home and sounds of someone attempting to enter the house. Eric Griffin, who has no permanent address, told police he heard rumors of a party in the area while at a bar earlier that evening, the report said. Griffin tried to enter the home

cedures,” Lavigna said. “It’s about accountability, leadership and culture change.” Lavigna also said OHR will provide advising services to help classified employees understand the decision

but the front door was locked, according the report. He then attempted to enter the house using the back door, which was also locked. When police arrived at the house, they found Griffin walking around the neighborhood and arrested him for a parole violation.

between becoming a university or academic staff member. He added all governance bodies, including the new university staff group, will be involved in the project’s implementation.

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Office of Human Resources Training Officer Harry Webne-Behrman leads a question and answer session during the HR design forum Monday in Union South.


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The new ‘Key’ to igniting patriotism Michael Penn II Pen(n) game stressful


od bless the Internet. God damn the Internet. I’ll get that etched on my gravestone when I perish from a life of fast food and good music. What is the latest reason for such an attitude, you say?

Well… did you know about the new White House online petition system that gives a smidgen of control back to the people in the democratic process? You might think we’re currently drowning in solutions to world

hunger, endings to all foreign wars, the dependency on foreign oil… and we probably are. But again… this is the Internet, so someone started a petition to change our National Anthem to R. Kelly’s remix to “Ignition.” It’s the remix to “Ignition.” Hot and fresh with petition. Mama got democratic, changin’ the anthem’s the mission. Scott Key’s verses are dumb. Outdated and humdrum. It’s the freakin’ weekend, baby, let’s get patriotic for once, once. I don’t know if Francis Scott Key has an estate or something, but I know if he does, they’re pissed. And that’s a double entendre. No, I didn’t forget our American hero Robert Kelly (*insert allegedly here*) urinated on a young girl, but apparently everyone else did. And he beat the charges, but you didn’t come here for all that (though I suggest you watch the episode of “The Boondocks” where that whole bonanza is explained in detail). I usually don’t do this, but uh … I present to thee: the top three reasons why the remix to “Ignition” should be the new National Anthem. God save us all. 1: It has the same components of “The Star Spangled Banner,” just culturally updated. The hotel lobby in the song has to be clear around 4 a.m., so the events must be going on “by the dawn’s early light.” Let’s be real. Everyone in Kellz’s party is definitely hailing as the twilight of early camera phones and dim hotel lighting gleams in the eyes of the people. I know someone in that party is wearing broad stripes and R. Kelly is a bright star. The ramparts of inhibition come tumbling down as everyone is drunken and hormonal in Kelly’s world, causing liquor and sex to stream in copious amounts. It will continue in the morning, from the bathroom floor to the free hotel breakfast. And despite it all, our freedom is intact as the freak flag symbolically flies in the proud wind of reckless abandonment. 2: The original formats of both works were, essentially, remixed. Francis Scott Key’s original poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. It was later set to the tune of “The Anacreontic Song” by John Stafford Smith in 1814 and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Additionally, there are four stanzas in the original poem, but today we only sing the first one. Key was 35 in 1814. On the contrary, the original “Ignition” was released as a single in 2003, but never charted on the Billboard. R. Kelly then did the remix, dropped it weeks later and it reached #2 to critical acclaim. It appears on his 2003 album Chocolate Factory and most refer to the “Ignition (Remix)” as merely “Ignition” on first reference. Also, it is most

likely to find the drunken people at your social gathering only yelping the bridge and chorus in a joyous off-key harmony, but none of the verses. Kelly was 36 at the time of the single’s release. 3: It’s the epitome of America itself. I dare you to deny it. What are two central components of American lifestyle? Prosperity and success. How do we personify these things as Americans? Materialism! Cars, clothes, clichés. What happens when Americans feel successful? No, when humans feel successful? We party until we’re sick and the DJ’s turntable overheats and Hollywood makes another rendition of the same high school/college party-gone-wrong plot premise. Does the remix to “Ignition” fill all of the criteria? Hell yeah! There are hands running through afros (an American racial taboo), a Lexus coupe, a stretch Navigator, a Jeep, Cristal, Coke and rum; there is even “food everywhere” and a damn “Murder She Wrote” reference. This is Americana incarnate. You can’t ask for more. All signs are pointing to the revolution of Robert Kelly reaching the pinnacle of pop culture and the history of this great nation. It is time to stroke our way to genius as Robert has! It is time to revolt as we have done for decades! NOW IS THE TIME TO PLACE OUR KEYS INTO THE IGNITION OF THE OLD WORLD, FOG ITS WINDOWS, AND THUG OUR WAY OUT TO A NEW AGE OF AMERICAN IMAGERY. LET’S FREAK THE SYSTEM THIS FREAKIN’ WEEKEND. Is changing the national anthem to an R. Kelly song actually the solution to all of our problems? Email Michael at

The Skinny Who: Animal Collective and Dan Deacon Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 216 State St. When: March 17, doors at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 Why you should care: Both acts push the limits of live performances and are helping redefine organic electronic music.

Check this out before you go: The one Animal Collective release you need to give a listen is their 2009 EP Fall Be Kind. Although not a full length album, the group puts forward some of their most original work on it. From opaque synth layers to defining hooks on tracks like “What Would I Want? Sky?” Fall Be Kind is an out-there, but worthwhile experience.

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Eli bovarnick opinion columnist


o college students at a large public university there are few things more irritating than required Friday morning lectures, 20-minute walks to class, and the feeling of being a number rather than a person. Despite all of these annoyances, ask any student and they will likely tell you that teaching assistants (TAs) holding authority over their grades trumps them all. Before I make my argument, let me first explain that I do not have a problem with the use of TAs. Teaching assistants are usually graduate students who are in school for the specific subject they are also helping to teach in the undergraduate classes. In addition, they lead discussion sections outside of lecture. It is fully understandable that at any big public university where a professor lectures to a class of 200 students, the idea of that professor

individually grading everyone’s work is unrealistic. As is the case with any large bureaucracy, to accomplish everything on time, work has to be divided up among a handful of subordinate individuals. I also do not have a problem with TAs grading strictly. TAs are supposed to grade work with the same scrutiny that a professor would. If TAs gave every one of their students excellent grades, it would not teach the students how to improve upon their mistakes and would not be an accurate representation of how hard they worked to accomplish their goals. However, while the TA system of grading is good, it has one major flaw. The problem with the TA system is the inevitable inconsistencies in grading. When looking at an assignment, test or paper, TAs are given a set of guidelines to help them accurately gauge what grade the student deserves. Despite this outline, TAs are not impartial computers, and they tend to grade more strictly or forgiv-

ing than their peers. The number of TAs in a class can vary from one to half a dozen. Thus, inherently, there are often many different points of view when grading a paper from one TA to the next.

The problem with the TA system is the inevitable inconsistencies in grading.

The reason why this is a large issue is because we live in a statistics-based society where your numbers define you. When applying to a major, graduate school or a scholarship, both the student’s grade point average and how they did in specific classes are often closely assessed and scrutinized. Students are judged based upon their scores, and unfortunately, a bad grade can

make a seismic difference in their future. We have all gone through the experience of having unfair or strict teachers grading us, and unfortunately, this is just a part of life. However, there is a simple solution to make the TA system of grading more perfect and one that every university should adopt. The use of grading curves is a system that colleges are quite accustomed to. There are classes in which the average test grade is an F. As a result, curves are used to even out the playing field in a fair way by taking into account the entire class’ scores and raising grades accordingly. My proposal is this: Have TAs grade the way they are normally accustomed to, and at the end of the semester calculate the average score in all of the discussion sections. Whichever average is highest, curve up the rest of the discussion sections so their average becomes the same. This could end up hardly affecting any of the grades, or it may have a slight impact.

Whatever the outcome, this would eliminate any discrepancies of students achieving higher grades because their TA was more lenient and thus make the entire system fair. Curves are already being used on individual tests and in certain classes to make college more equal for the students. While there is hardly anything a university can do about early Friday morning classes, long walks to lecture and the amount of students at their school, they can substantially level their students’ expectations by eliminating discrepancies in TA grading with curves that give each student an equal academic opportunity. Why not expand this system, which has been proven towork, to one of the more unequal aspects of a large public university? What do you think about grading curves in your classes? Do you think that the current system is fair? Tell us your thoughts! Please send all feedback to opinion@, and visit

Obesity epidemic in United States stems from our choices Mike Brost opinion columnist


mericans are overweight. It’s a simple truth we’ve heard countless times. More than one in three American adults are obese. And nearly one in five American children are obese. But what is to be done about it? First Lady Michelle Obama has championed exercise and healthy eating habits as integral components of the school day for every American child. Similarly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in New York City was supposed to take effect today, but beverage makers and movie theaters filed a lawsuit, arguing that the New York City Board of Health can’t unilaterally implement the soda ban. Yesterday, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that the ban was

“arbitrary and capricious.” which has reached epidemic For instance, gas stations like levels in the United States. 7-Eleven can still sell sodas Critics, to be sure, will assert over 16 ounces because New that the soda ban infringes on York City doesn’t New Yorkers’ civil liberregulate the sale of ties, and claim that Big food at gas stations. Brother is telling New And coffee drinks are Yorkers what to drink. also exempt from the But the soda ban simply number of ban despite high levsays that certain stores obese adults in els of sugar because cannot sell any sugary the United they contain milk. drink over 16 ounces; States. Moreover, the court it doesn’t say that you ruled the ban would can’t buy two or ten 16 be ineffective at resounce sodas. If you Number of taurants because conobese children want to buy multiple in the United sumers could simply sodas, fine, do it—more States. refill sodas that are 16 power to you! The point ounces or smaller. To of the ban is that you’re me, the court’s legal probably not going to argument makes sense: it’s buy two 16 ounce sodas at once unfair to regulate some estab- because, well, you’ll realize that lishments and not others. But it’s not a healthy choice. the ban also makes sense. Over the past few decades a Big problems call for inno- pernicious trend has emerged in vative solutions, and the ban is the American diet: not just less just that. Mayor Bloomberg’s healthy food, but also more food. soda ban takes an important It’s no coincidence that chronic step in combating obesity, obesity has reached epidemic

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proportions ,as food production has been industrialized to maximize quantity, not quality.

New York City’s ban on large sodas may be grounded in faulty legal reasoning, but we have to do something about the way we weat.

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Of course, obesity has its roots in the foods that Americans choose to eat, too. And the soda ban helps New Yorkers realize that they’re making the wrong choice when they buy massive sodas, but it doesn’t keep them from making the wrong choice. Similarly, under the Affordable Care Act—President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation—restaurants with 20 or more locations will have to post the calories of every item on

their menu starting next year. A large part of Americans’ poor eating habits stems from the fact that we don’t even realize exactly how bad the food we’re eating is for us. When the calorie count of what you’re ordering is staring back at you, though, you’re forced to realize what you’re doing to yourself. The truth is, the way Americans are choosing to eat has costs—high costs, in fact. Countless Americans suffer from obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and have shorter life spans as a result. How does this affect us nationally? America spends $190 billion annually on treating those diseases. New York City’s ban on large sodas may be grounded in faulty legal reasoning, but we have to do something about the way we eat. What do you think of the obesity epidemic? Please send all feedback to

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Men’s Hockey

Home-state hockey: A dream come true 10 local players who grew up watching the Badgers are now leading the team into the WCHA playoffs Story by Brett Bachman


t’s 7:00 on a Friday night, and as the lights dim over the Kohl Center ice and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” fades in, five words flash across the big screen, juxtaposed over a highlight reel of the season’s biggest moments: “Wisconsin, this is your team.” For the average 9,307 fans in attendance on any night of the season, this statement manifests itself in one particular quantifiable way: 10 athletes on the 26-man roster hail from the state, meaning the Badgers hold nearly half of the 22 total Wisconsin-raised players in the WCHA. For redshirt junior forward Keegan Meuer, who went to high school just up the road from campus at Madison Memorial, going from watching the team as a kid to playing for the program is a dream come true. “It’s surreal. I never wanted to do anything else when I was growing up,” Meuer said. “I had the same helmet the Badgers had, the same skates … It’s a Badger town and that’s all I ever really wanted to be.” Meuer is a legacy at Wisconsin. His two uncles, Jeff and Rob Andringa, won three NCAA hockey titles during their tenure at UW. His mother and two older sisters played soccer for the Badgers, while his younger sister McKenna, a freshman, is currently blazing her own path on the pitch for Wisconsin as well. His parents even currently own the quintessential Madison bar, State Street Brats. “There’s a lot of history and it’s kind of like carrying on the torch and the legacy here,” Meuer said. The rest of UW’s in-state talent shares the sentiment, and appreciates the fact that they can play elite hockey while remaining close to home. For the Little brothers, redshirt senior Ryan and junior

Sean, forwards from Fond du Lac who have skated on the same line most of the season, being a Badger from Wisconsin comes with a little extra pride. It also means that their parents, who live a little over an hour away, can make it to most of their games. “You can still feel kind of

didn’t follow the red and white. on players from high-profile “I always saw [Pavelski] as a youth programs and all-star player and idolized him because teams such as Team Wisconsin he was so close by and went to throughout the year. my high school,” Navin said. “We have a section on Joe Pavelski our boards just for is a name that high school kids in Matt Paape, sophomore Wisconsin,” Eaves said. Appleton forward Matt “We have an extra effort “We have a lot of Paape, a native to find and do our due pride putting on the of Appleton, diligence about learning Jake McCabe and jersey every night.” Wis., is also as much as we can about Jefferson Dahl, quite familthe boys in Wisconsin.” Eau Claire iar with. While making players’ “Mr. Hockey” in Wisconsin “ Yo u ’ r e dreams come true is just his senior year of high school, skating around part of a college coach’s “It was definitely a job in a state where there something his teammates won’t on the pond let him forget any time soon. growing up dream growing up.” are no professional teams, Ryan Little also likes to and you’re like Eaves recognizes that those remind Dahl about a particular ‘I want to be youth are some of his most state semifinal game in which Joe Pavelski’ or all those throw- dedicated fans as well. “There’s a special bond Ryan and Fond du Lac beat back guys,” “When you’re Sean and Ryan Little, seven, eight, nine, from playing each other growDahl and Paape said. Fond du Lac Brad Navin, ing up. It’s a pretty special Eau Claire Part of 10, the guys in colWaupaca thing.” -McCabe Memorial. the experilege are bigger than “It creence of being life,” Eaves said. “It’s everything I thought it ates some a Badger, “[Wisconsin] only would be.” -Dahl g o o d according plays twice a week, natured fun to Paape, is so every weekend in [the lockunderstandis like the Stanley “Wisconsin is definitely Cup Finals, you’re like a kid,” Sean Little said. er room],” ing that now “It’s definitely a benefit to live R y a n you’re the a great place to be if you playing game six “I’ve followed one close to here.” Little said. being aspire to be a collegiate ath- and game seven. Locker room dynamics also D a h l the Badgers my looked up to. lete.” -Sean Little That’s what makes benefit from the team’s local play- k n o w s entire life.” “Getting it so special.” “Anyone growing up in ers, most of whom have played Wisconsin’s a chance to There is a stone against each other during their brand of hopefully be Wisconsin knows the cul- at the top of Bascom high school and youth hockey hockey especially well, having that dream for a ture, the tradition we have Hill commemorating days. Impromptu games, such as been raised in Eau Claire, Wis., little kid grow- here at the university.” the Wisconsin Idea their “Wisco vs. the World” scrim- looking up to Jake Dowell, who ing up, it’s fun, it -Ryan Little with a quote from mage, even occasionally break won a national championship really is a dream former University of out between the players from with the Badgers in 2006. come true,” Wisconsin President Wisconsin and the And Dahl he said. Charles Van Keegan Meuer, isn’t alone Landon Gavin Hartzog, Hise: “I shall others, according to H e a d Madison Peterson, Pewaukee Jake McCabe. in having a coach Mike never be content Oregon “It’s just hometown Eaves, a foruntil the benefisomething that Badger hero mer Badger cent influence brings you closer to idolize great in his of the university together,” sophogrowing up. own right, reaches every more goaltender Sophomore u n d e r home in the Landon Peterson, f o r w a r d stands this state.” “It’s a Badger an Oregon, Wis., Brad Navin symbiotic It looks “ Wa t c h i n g “It’s a great like, at least town and that’s all native said. of Waupaca, relationship these guys as you Junior forward I ever really wanted Wis., grew up between his program ... a great for now, the grow up ... you just Jefferson Dahl to be.” close to former team and experience” Wisconsin want to be a part is the forerunBadger great the state’s men’s hockey program is of it.” ner of this team’s in-state tal- Joe Pavelski, and can’t youth. He trying to do just that. ent after winning the title of remember a time when he keeps his eye

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Badgers’ Bo Ryan honored by Big Ten as coach of the year By Taylor Valentine the daily cardinal

Bo Ryan has done it again. The Badger men’s basketball coach received his third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor Monday after leading Wisconsin (12-6 Big Ten, 21-10 overall) to a fourth-place finish in arguably the best conference in college basketball. Ryan was selected for the honor by the media and coaches from around the conference. The only coaches with more Big Ten Coach of the Year

selections are Purdue’s Gene Keady (7) and Indiana’s Bob Knight (5), neither of whom are still coaching. Ryan beat out other contenders such as Indiana’s Tom Crean, Michigan’s John Beilein, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo—all from teams that finished the season ranked higher than the Badgers.


Number of times Bo Ryan has been named Coach of the Year.


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The UW coach separated himself with how the Badgers persevered this year in a league where they were picked to finish in the lower half. That was even before the loss of junior point guard Josh Gasser to a torn ACL, which he suffered in October. The Badgers overcame the loss of their

point guard by finishing with the team’s third straight 20-win season, making it Ryan’s 12th straight season finishing in the top four of the Big Ten regular season standings. Ryan boasts an impressive resumé this season, rebounding from a rough start early that left many fans wondering if the Badgers were going to have to struggle to make the NCAA tournament, a feat Ryan has accomplished every year since becoming the UW head coach. After a 6-4 start the Badgers

reeled off seven straight wins, including a statement road win against No. 2 Indiana. Ryan’s squad went 5-5 against AP top 25 teams this year, including victories over No. 12 Illinois and No. 13 Ohio State by more than 20 points. The Badgers are not usually the flashiest team on the court and seldom do they have the sexiest team on paper, but Bo Ryan’s consistency has made the Badgers a perennial threat in the Big Ten. He’s got the plaques to prove it.

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