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The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board weighs in on the recommendation of Dr. Rebecca Blank as UW-Madison’s next chancellor +OPINION, page 6
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UW System taps Blank for chancellor T Story by Cheyenne Langkamp
I’m very interested in being part of this place, which has a great history, an enormous amount of promise and some real challenges in front of it. Rebecca blank cheyenne langkamp/the daily cardinal
The UW System special Regent committee recommended Dr. Rebecca Blank to become the next UW chancellor.
Reactions to special Regent committee recommendation of Dr. Rebecca Blank “I’m hoping that she’ll find the shared governance tradition here to actually be a strength and something that she can draw on to help her shape the path for the future of the institution.” —Jeff Shokler, ASEC Chair
“She has distinguished herself as a steady leader and a vital member of my economic team. I know the University of Wisconsin Badgers will have an outstanding chancellor for years to come.” —Barack Obama, president of the United States of America “She has a keen knowledge of economic issues that can help the UW promote great prosperity in the state.” —Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin “Initially she did not seem to understand the current debate at UW-Madison about accessibility, but that was quickly overshadowed by her willingness to work with students.” —Andrew Bulovsky, ASM Chair
“No person should be a head or chancellor of a university if they cannot say that diversity is going to be a top priority. I was literally infuriated that they could endorse a candidate who said that publicly.” —Mia Akers, ASM Diversity Committee Chair
he University of Wisconsin System announced Monday a special Board of Regents committee’s official recommendation of Dr. Rebecca Blank as University of Wisconsin-Madison’s next chancellor, pending approval from the full Board April 5. Blank said in a statement she is “ready to come home again” to a university and looks forward to the “exciting opportunity” to use her leadership skills at UW-Madison. Blank currently serves as the acting secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, where she has worked since 2009. She has also held various positions at Princeton University, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. In the statement, Blank highlighted two priorities for the university: educating the next generation of citizens and workers, and staying ahead in national and international research and innovation. “Wisconsin has a global reputation and presence, but it’s very serious about not just being an academic institution,” Blank said in the statement. Blank said she looks forward to working at an institution with “a great history, an enormous amount of promise and some real challenges in front of it.” In a letter from Blank to employees at the Department of Commerce, she said
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SSFC discusses changes to bylaws, financial codes By Megan Stoebig The Daily Cardinal
The Student Services Finance Committee discussed potential changes to its bylaws Monday, which could include significant alterations to the committee’s financial code, as well as the elimination of student hourly positions from student organizations. According to SSFC Rep. Ron Crandall, who authored the changes, it is an overhaul of bylaws to “increase access, fairness, clarity and flexibility to any student organization that requests funding.” SSFC Chair Ellie Bruecker said under the proposed legislation, the General Student Services Fund would be eliminated. The GSSF currently supplies money allocated to registered student organizations, which provide direct services to students by meeting SSFC eligibility criteria. According to Bruecker, the change reflects that the GSSF is
largely unused. “We have 16 student organizations splitting $1.4 million and the other 800 fighting over $500,000 in finance committee grants that always run out,” Bruecker said. Under the new system all student organizations would be required to go through the same process to receive funding. The proposal would also give SSFC a total budget of less than $1.5 million and allow student organizations to request at minimum $200 and at maximum $25,000 in funding. More than 15 individuals spoke in open forum on behalf of their student organizations about how their group would be affected by the changes. Many student organization representatives expressed concern about the proposed removal of student hourly positions.
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M-11 performs Saturday at Valhalla, a venue in Austin, Texas, as part of the 2013 South by Southwest festival series. Check out more coverage of SXSW on Arts, page 4 and 5. + Photo by Andy Holsteen
“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
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s a guy, society and gender roles dictate that I am supposed to enjoy action films and thrillers. Luckily for me, I do not have to feign adoration for such films, as I do indeed like to watch them. I have scrupulously analyzed many of them, including most of the more modern editions, and I would like to examine who dons the crown as the most badass actor around. There is an entire catalog of candidates who can fill the shoes that the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis are untying. I will narrow the list down to a few of the most prominent fist-clenching, gun-slinging, babe-wooing heroes of the silver screen. To determine victor of the BAMF award, I will use the following criteria: 1. Difficulty in surmounting bad guys and/or antagonists (60 percent of total grade) 2. Innovation of body movement and exterior utilities (30 percent) 3. Poignancy of one-liners (10 percent) I will also analyze what I deem to be each actor’s most badass role to help me decide.
Marky Mark has acted in a bunch of movies that have been anything but funky. A short list of his action-packed credentials include “Three Kings,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Four Brothers,” “Invincible,” “The Departed,” “Shooter” and “The Fighter.” If I had to choose one film where he best displays his Leroy Brownness, it would be a tossup between “Four Brothers” and “Shooter.” But for time purposes, let’s just say “Four Brothers.” In
the film, Wahlberg best exemplifies his skill for reducing bad guys to blood and bones, executing mob kingpin Victor Sweet in a mano-amano fist fight to the death atop an ice-covered lake. Wahlberg’s character, Bobby Mercer, then disposes of Sweet’s twitching body in a hole carved into the ice bed. The entire film is riddled with quickwitted one liners.
Like Wahlberg, who actually beats Matt Damon’s insidious character in “The Departed,” Damon maintains his own wellgroomed résumé. His tenacity for badassity is portrayed in “Saving Private Ryan,” the Bourne trilogy, the Ocean’s trilogy, “The Departed” and “True Grit.” I will delineate Damon’s merit for the award through his role as Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Identity.” I cannot fathom anything more badass than taking on the CIA by oneself without even knowing one’s identity. The cherry on top of the bowl of extreme amnesia is the CIA-trained Bourne to fight, and he was its prized possession. Kudos to Damon for his role as Jason Bourne, a badass legend.
It is difficult to watch a Daniel Craig film without being both shaken and stirred. The sitting Bond has found employment in such movies as “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” “Defiance” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” We all know that James Bond is the epitome of badass, so I will instead highlight Craig’s role as Tuvia Bielski in “Defiance.” As the leader of a group of thousands of Jews evading Nazi slaughter in the woods of Belarus, Bielski anticipates and rebuts Nazi capture and annihilation, spearheading a charge and defeat of the lurking SS. Overall, Craig is undoubtedly one of the most badass actors that Hollywood has ever seen, making
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If this list took acting talent and range into account, I would be faced with a tough choice between Damon and Craig. But alas, this is a BAMF contest, and I cannot watch a Mark Wahlberg movie without expecting him to pound some scum in the most awesome of ways. If you have never seen
“Four Brothers,” “Shooter” or “The Departed,” I highly recommend you go about doing that (“The Departed” is definitely in my top-five favorite films of all time). So, in my subjective yet correct opinion, Mark Wahlberg is the most badass actor of his generation. Do you think Marky Mark takes the title as biggest BAMF? Who would you add to Zac’s list? Email your thoughts to email@example.com.
Mad Libs part II: fresh templates for easy ‘sorries’ Haven’t returned any of your mom’s calls? Stuffed your tummy with Asian Kitchen four days this week? Do you owe someone a ‘my bad’ from the bottom of your heart? Then you still have some ‘sorries’ to say. Here are two more templates for your everyday apologizing needs.
I’m sorry, Mom...
I’m sorry, body...
1. How you address your mother___________________________________________ 2. Number________________________________________________________________________ 3. Period of time_______________________________________________________________ 4.Adjective_______________________________________________________________________ 5. Letter grade________ _________________________________________________________ 6. Class you’re taking__________________________________________________________ 7. Food____________________________________________________________________________ 8. Past-tense action verb____________________________________________________ 9. Action verb ending in “ing”_____________________________________________ 10.Personal habit______________________________________________________________ 11. Item in parents’ house you want/need______________________________ 12. Infinitive verb______________________________________________________________ 13. Recently deceased great-aunt/uncle__________________________
1. Your name_____________________________________________________________ 2. Verb for activity that can be bad for your body__________________ 3. Occurrence that follows ___________________________________________ 4. Healthy activity ending in “ing”_________________________________ 5. Lowbrow Madison restaurant___________________________________ 6. Number_________________________________________________________________ 7. Healthy activity ending in “ing”_________________________________ 8. Favorite online activity_____________________________________________
Dear (1_____________________), I’m sorry I haven’t returned your calls for the last (2____________________) (3____________________). But I’m doing just fine, feeling (4____________________). I got a/an (5____________________) on my (6____________________) exam, made (7___________________) for lunch and (8____________________). I hope you are proud of me. By the way, I’m not coming home at all this summer because I will be too busy (9____________________). Stop trying to get me to lay off the (10_____________________). I really don’t have time to listen to that. Can you send me my (11____________________)? I can’t (12____________________) without it. I’m sorry about (13____________________). I know you were close. Love you. Bye.
Dear (1______________________), I’m sorry I spent all weekend (2____________________). And I’m sorry I made you suffer through a morning of (3____________________). I’m sorry I never engage in (4____________________) and that I eat at (5____________________) (6____________________) times a week. I promise I’ll start (7____________________) more when I don’t have to dedicate as much time to (8____________________).
Do you need more apology templates because you still have more ‘sorries’ to say? Then let Samy know who has yet to forgive you and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Mad Libs by Samy Moskol
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USDA finds animal treatment violation in UW-Madison lab By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal
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Representatives from student organizations gave input on proposed changes to SSFC bylaws in a meeting Monday.
ssfc from page 1 Sex Out Loud member Sam Johnson spoke against this proposed change. “The discontinuation of the student hourlies would mean the demise of these student organizations for a number of different reasons,” Johnson said, adding wages ensure commitment and quality work from student staff. Johnson also said wages allow a diverse set of students to fill the positions, not just those
who can spend a large amount of time volunteering. SSFC members voted to table a decision on the proposed bylaws until Monday, April 1. Bruecker said the decision to postpone gives SSFC representatives more time to critically examine the proposal and write potential amendments. If the bylaws are approved in SSFC, they will go to Student Council to be passed by a twothirds vote in two consecutive Council meetings.
Madison property owner offers Occupy members land to camp on A Madison landowner is allowing Occupy Madison members to stay on his property until public county campgrounds open next month, despite the possibility of a fine from the city for violating a land ordinance. Sun Prairie resident Koua Vang said he was inspired to offer Occupy members his vacant land on the 3600 block of Portage Road after visiting the Token Creek encampment, where Occupy campers stayed until their extended camping permit expired March 17. “Everyone seems to abandon them, nobody wants them to be around, our government does not want them to be around so they had no place to go,” Vang said. “I wanted to help these people.” According to Ald. Joe Clausius, District 17, city officials warned Vang before the county evacuated Occupy members from the Token Creek campsite
that permitting camping on his land violates the city’s zoning codes and would put Vang at risk of being cited for propagating illegal activity. Vang said he has not received a citation as of Monday, after campers moved in over the weekend, and he will continue to provide Occupy members with land for camping whether or not the city pursues legal action. “Money is just money,” he said. “These people are suffering.” Clausius said he wants the city to find a permanent solution to homelessness, but he does not support Vang’s approach toward helping the Occupy community. “I am very sympathetic to the plight of the homeless, but we need to find a permanent site year round for them to be at,” Clausius said. “A residential neighborhood like this is not the place for it.” —Melissa Howison
chancellor from page 1 she plans to accept the chancellor position but “expects to welcome” a new secretary before her departure. Blank was not available for comment Monday, as she is currently traveling in Brazil on government business. Blank was one of four finalists named by the Chancellor Search and Screen Committee in late February. The other three chancellor finalists included: Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Dean Dr. Nicholas Jones, University of Chicago Law School Dean Dr. Michael Schill and Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs at Michigan State University Kim Wilcox. The final recommendation was decided in a special UW System Board of Regents committee meeting Friday, consisting of
The University of WisconsinMadison received a citation in December 2012 from the United States Department of Agriculture after a cat was unintentionally burned during an experiment. The experiment was part of ongoing cochlear implant research on cats to improve hearing for people with hearing loss. During one experiment, a cat was burned after coming into contact with a heating pad. Eric Sandgren, director of the UW-Madison Research Animal Resources Center, said the USDA conducted an investigation Dec. 13 and found two separate incidents for which to cite UW-Madison, including the cat’s injury. The university appealed both citations and the USDA agreed to
drop one of the two citations. The USDA deemed the other citation, involving the cat’s burn, to be valid. Sandgren also said while the USDA investigator did cite the university for the cat’s injury, she noted the researchers had taken steps to identify and correct the problem, as well as prevent similar issues in the future. “Our argument was that why should we be cited when it was something that we identified, we corrected and we took all the proper steps?” Sandgren said. “But I mean that’s up to [the USDA]; it still was a mistake on our part, no question about it.” Investigations into the cochlear implant research began when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused the university of animal mistreatment in September 2012.
However, Sandgren said the investigation that led to the citation likely did not occur as a result of PETA’s allegations because it was a “routine investigation,” which means the USDA chose to schedule the investigation and it was not the result of a filed complaint. PETA initially filed two complaints against the university for animal cruelty during research. Sandgren said the university was completely cleared of the first complaint, and he received verbal confirmation from a USDA investigator that the university was cleared of all charges in the second complaint, although he has not seen the finalized paperwork. The investigator from the USDA could not be reached for a comment.
Public safety panel discusses sexual assault A University of WisconsinMadison student, inspired by the increasing awareness of unreported sexual assaults on campus presented anonymously on the UW-Madison Confessions Facebook page, organized a campus safety discussion between a panel of experts and the campus community in Dejope Hall Monday. The panel included Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, Madison Police Department Lt. Kelly Donahue and student organization Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment members. “It was one of the few opportunities where students were able to talk very honestly to a City of
Madison lieutenant about instances on campus as well as different safety precautions,” Resnick said. PAVE Peer Facilitator Jessica Dattalo spoke about the importance of sexual consent, and highlighted a national statistic that one in four women will be a victim of sexual assault in their college careers. “It’s never the victim’s fault that someone decided to perpetrate against them,” Dattalo said. “I think that’s something important to keep in mind.” Only about 30 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses will be reported to police, Dattalo added. Resnick emphasized the
importance of witnesses reporting sexual assaults, and said there is a “very low chance” police would write a student an underage ticket if they reported a crime, despite being underage and intoxicated. “The Madison police department is thinking not about underage tickets, but about safety first,” Resnick said. Donahue also said it’s important for students to lock their doors to prevent residential burglaries, and stop their mail over breaks because overflowing mail is a sign to potential burglars that a home is unoccupied. —Leah Weston
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Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, speaks to students about the importance of reporting sexual assaults.
regents Charles Pruitt, Regina Millner, Brent Smith, David Walsh and Student Regent Katherine Pointer. Pointer said the five regents were unanimous in their support for Blank, saying she stood out to them for a number of reasons, including her management of a large organization and large budget at the Department of Commerce, as well as her work in “big research” and workforce development. “We always say the university is large and it’s complex but I had never seen those complexities concisely delivered and explained in the way that she was able to,” Pointer said. Pointer also addressed students’ concerns over Blank’s ability to engage with campus, saying that although Blank has a different leadership style than previous Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, who was popular among students, she will listen to students and their ideas.
“I’m not worried at all as a student about her engaging with campus,” Pointer said. “She’s a great listener, she’s excited to take part in discussions with our students.” She also said some have expressed concern about Blank’s service under the Obama administration and how she will engage with the Republican governor and state Legislature in Wisconsin. But Pointer said Blank leads with a “policy understanding” rather than a “partisan understanding.” “She’ll be very politically savvy at the end of State Street in being able … to advance the university but also the state,” Pointer said. While Chancellor David Ward has done well in smoothing over a “divisive” time at the university, Pointer said, the campus is ready to “move forward.” According to Pointer, the regents took campus visits, references, interviews and campus feedback provided through a briefing
from Search and Screen Committee members into account when making the decision. “I have all the faith in the world in the process,” Pointer said. “There was no one left to consult or ask opinions of because we had done everything possible.” The full Board will vote on Blank’s nomination at its April 5 meeting. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said Blank’s nomination will come with the endorsement of the five regents on the special committee, as well as UW System President Kevin Reilly. “I believe that puts her in a good position,” Giroux said, adding the UW System is not planning for the Regents to vote against her nomination. Blank is currently slated to step into the chancellorship in mid-July, taking over for Ward, who has been in the position since July 2011.
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A ‘serious’ scale of SXSW film
SXSW: an artist’s retreat in Texas What is SXSW? Well, let me put it this way: However I try to describe the festival will in no way do it justice. SXSW isn’t just a showcase of the best in film and music—it’s a Mecca-like destination for artists; it’s a melting pot of genre and style—it’s an experience. For anyone with a passion for the arts, SXSW is a must see. Here were some highlights from The Daily Cardinal’s stay in Austin, Texas.
Thursday, March 14 Bonobo
Friday, March 15 Foxygen
The uber-talented Bonobo graced SXSW with his absurd ability to mix music. Always a crowd favorite, Bonobo had everyone in attendance at his Thursday showcase moving with his unusually creative DJing. If you’re into electronic music, Bonobo is someone you have to give a listen. —Andy Holsteen
American Authors The first show I witnessed in Austin, American Authors, had sass. Their poppy vocals, laced with cheerful harmony and upbeat drums reminiscent of the unsuspecting audience’s applause. I hadn’t expected much for a 4 p.m. barroom show, but I was pleasantly surprised by these four. Zachary Barnett, lead singer of the indie-pop quartet, had an upper register like Ben Gibbard mixed with Adam Levine. The approachable lyricism, flavored with an honesty shaped by a Brooklyn upbringing, rang true through the ears of the crowd. Verses like “I’m a little bit sheltered/I’m a little bit scared/I’m a little bit nervous/I’m goin’ nowhere” kept the congregation intrigued, assuming the lilting guitar didn’t manage well enough on its own. American Authors are definitely a mentionable group. —Savannah Stauss
Totally Ridiculous “Big Ass Spider!” Directed by Mike Mendez Monica Martin from PHOX, a group from Madison-area Baraboo, Wis., sang to an attentive crowd at the Majestic Madison SXSW day party at Holy Mountain
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It’s cool when you can go to a massive music festival and find even one band from your area. At SXSW, there were more than I could count on two hands. The Majestic Theatre in Madison helped promote a show for Wisconsin and Minnesotta artists including Dessa, PHOX, Field Report, Solid Gold, The 4onthefloor and Count This Penny. The event was well-attended, which is definitely exciting for those that follow Midwestern music.
Solid Gold at the Majestic day party I’d planned my day around seeing Foxygen. Their sunny, Stonesinspired new album called We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic had carried me through much of the drive down to Austin as well as in dealing with the snowy atmosphere we’re blessed with here. Having a Westlake Village, Calif., background led the listener to feel the sun in their sound. When I saw them, they were framed in sunlight and bursting with energy. Foxygen’s Pitchfork-accredited name preceded them and the audience was prepped for a phenomenal show. Unfortunately, the lead singer Sam France had had to work to earn the ratings as one of Fuse’s “30 mustsee bands of SXSW,” and was fighting vocal hoarseness. After the audience encouraged him however, everyone in the vicinity understood the hype. Their crowd-connection was tremendous and lively, and they all traded instruments sporadically, seemingly as they felt like it. Although clearly inspired by 60s rock, the foxy fivesome kept their own indie voice through the inclusion of bright brass in some patches and vibrant key riffs in others. With palpable passion and spirited lyrics, Foxygen presented a show I’d attend again in a second. —Savannah Stauss
“Milo” Directed by Jacob Vaughan
“Spring Breakers” Directed by Harmony Korine It’s always a treat when you go to a concert and see someone with a style that you’ve never seen or heard before. Octant is definitely an original performer. He is the only one on stage, but introduces the group as “we” because accompanying his guitar playing and singing is an enormmous rig of preprogrammed instruments. This includes a plethora of percussion that he plays along with. And the best part about Octant is he isn’t a gimick. The music he creates isn’t just unique—it’s also enjoyable. —Andy Holsteen
Hailing all the way from Gelves, Spain, Pajaro definitely knew how to jam. They played in a sort of old-time style (well not that old), but they had a classic rock twang to them. One thing that’s defintitely worth noting is that all of the members in Pajaro are extremly talented a their instruments. It was also aweseome when they would speak to the audeince in Spanish. Everyone sort of gave the band confused looks, when they did this, but went right back to dancing when they resumed their playing. All around, a really enjoyable group. —Andy Holsteen
“The Scenic Route” Directed by the Goetz Brothers
“Museum Hours” Directed by Jem Cohen
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The best of SXSW 2013: musicians that will blow your mind
Laura Stevenson and The Cans—Laura Stevenson is an extremely talented singer and one of the best songwriters around right now. It’s just the truth. And maybe the coolest thing about her is the fact that she is incredibly humble. Despite performing at multiple showcases, Laura still took the time to respect the roots of Austin by playing a house show (pictured below). Her voice is even better live than on recording, which is hard to believe if you’re familiar with Laura Stevenson. If you’re into female singer-songwriter music, then you need to listen to Larua Stevenson.
Jesse Boykins III—An Unexpected surprise, Jesse Boykins III brought his fantasitc singing voice to Austin— it didn’t go unnoted. He has a vocal style that is reminiscient of R&B artists of the past, but there is absolutely nothing outdated about Jesse Boykins III’s sound. The beats and backing tracks that go along with his ethereal voice are very modern. I guess his sound is timeless in a way. His music has a universal appeal. Without a doubt he was one of the most talented artists that The Daily Cardinal got to see at SXSW.
Houses—By mixing a poppy sound with a desire to create scenes of sound, Houses generate create music that can be defined anywhere between comforting and downright epic. They start many of their songs calm and then finish with walls of distorted guitar that make you shiver. This group is certainly worth looking into.
The movie is so ridiculous its title needed exclaiming. “Big Ass Spider!” is every bad SyFy channel movie wrapped into one and given a sense of humor and self-awareness that only serve to amplify the madness onscreen. A giant alien spider (created by the government and their shady, melodramatic “scientist”) attacks L.A., and it’s up to a plucky exterminator and his constantly quipping, horribly stereotyped Mexican security-guard sidekick to stop it. Or more accurately, blow it up.
Probably my favorite film from SXSW, “Milo” combines elements of creature feature horror, buddy comedy and Freudian psychoanalysis in the heart-warming, gut-wrenching tale of a man with a (adorable) demon baby living in his ass. Like a grown up take on “Gremlins,” or a gorier version of “Lilo and Stitch,” “Milo” both isn’t afraid to point out how insane its premise is, and manages to succeed in spite of it. I’m going to be honest: Going in, I was expecting this movie to be much higher on the list than it wound up based purely on production stills of James Franco rocking cornrows and grillz. However, once inside I found that while Franco’s character may look goofy, the writing and performance were shockingly serious, much like the film itself, which starts with the innocent seeming fun of spring break and slowly descends into the darker recesses of the human psyche in a tense, brooding piece of cinema. Despite a fairly serious premise (two friends get stranded in the desert while on a road trip and their relationship goes through rapid, brutal evolution), “The Scenic Route” never gets too dark for its own good thanks to “Balls of Fury” star Dan Fogler’s constant comic relief, as his surprising great chemistry with co-star Josh Duhamel is the driving force behind a very moving, intensely personal film. While “Big Ass Spider!” found strength in it’s self-awareness, “Museum Hours” struggles by taking itself too seriously. While the concepts it works with are brilliant, and the visuals are stunning (any art film set in a museum is going to have plenty to work with), it gets too wrapped up in what it’s doing at times, coming off as intentionally obtuse and frustratingly paced at times. However, strongly human, touching writing and performances make it a challenging but ultimately rewarding movie going experience. —All movie reviews by Austin Wellens
Skating Polly—When Skating Polly was setting up their equipment, it was hard to be anything but skeptical. Maybe not everyone feels this way, but it’s often hard to be enthusistic when teenagers get up on stage. However, Skating Polly quickly quelled any questions that about their level of song-writing skill or creativity. They rock. Just wait for these two to become the next big thing, because without a doubt it’s going to happen.
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Mike Brost opinion columnist
ook around. The University of WisconsinMadison is not very diverse. As I have written in past columns, African Americans make up just 2.9 percent of UW-Madison’s student body, whereas African Americans make up 6.5 percent of the state’s and 13.1 percent of the country’s demographic profile. In 2003, the Supreme Court held in its Grutter v. Bollinger decision that while universities cannot maintain quotas for minorities, they can use race as one criterion in a holistic admissions review process. In other words, universities can consider an applicant’s race as one factor for acceptance, just like they can consider where an applicant lives. UW-Madison is one of the countless universities across the nation that do, in fact, use race as one factor in their admissions process. Why? In an email interview Ken Cutts and Terry Ruzicka of UW-Madison’s Office of Admissions wrote, “Our goal is to recruit, admit and enroll a high quality and diverse
freshman class.” To achieve that goal of broad diversity, UW-Madison considers race as a factor. They also seek out prospective “international students, those from rural Wisconsin farm backgrounds, first-generation college students and women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors,” which are all underrepresented groups on campus. “Learning is about being exposed to new ideas and perspectives,” Cutts and Ruzicka wrote. “Diversity in all aspects, whether it [is] socioeconomic, geographic, rural and urban, ethnic or cultural, different majors or interests, and talents or life experiences, is positive and enriches the learning experience for our students. We live in a global society and it is a priority for us to graduate students who will be successful citizens of this world. We value teaching our students how to become problem solvers and creative thinkers who are prepared to confront the challenges we face in the 21st century.” The university’s goal, while admirable, is self-serving: The university is seeking a more diverse student body because it
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Rebecca Blank strong choice for chancellor
his board would like to first and foremost congratulate Dr. Rebecca Blank on her recommendation a the next chancellor at this university. She brings with her the strongest résumé among the four finalists, and we are excited to see how she will put her impressive financial and academic skills to use. As university budgets grow smaller and tuition increases, it is important that the next chancellor be able to balance keeping costs in check with maintaining a highquality education. As the acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce coupled with her experience in teaching at many higher-education institutions, it is clear that she has the experience necessary to carry out these challenging tasks. Additionally, it is time for this university to experience consistency in leadership. With Carolyn “Biddy” Martin leaving after three years, and David Ward staying for two, we have not had a chance to make significant changes to move our university forward in solving the issues we face. Blank has expressed an interest in staying here for a lengthy tenure, and
we hope she is able to follow through on that. However, we also have some concerns. While her resumé and experience are impressive, we worry about how she will relate to students. Biddy was as good as they come in that category. Her enthusiasm for working with students helped create a positive image for her and the university as a whole, which can benefit UW-Madison in many ways. Others in the student community have also expressed concern over her plans for diversity and working within the structure of shared governance. While we cannot say we know her plans for these issues, both are incredibly important, especially as we draft a new Diversity Plan and restructure our student government with the new constitution. We hope Blank will prove more than satisfactory on these issues, and wish her the best of luck in doing so. At the moment, without knowing exactly what she will bring, we can commend the committee on its decision to recommend the chancellor with the strongest résumé of the four final candidates. Please send all feedback to email@example.com.
fosters learning and better prepares students for an increasingly global economy and job market. The goal of race-conscious admissions has changed markedly since the implementation of affirmative action. The original goal of race-conscious admissions was to provide opportunities to groups that first suffered from de jure, and subsequently, de facto discrimination and inequality.
If UW-Madison wants to achieve broader diversity and a student body that is more representative of Wisconsin as a whole, it should embrace the Wisconsin Idea.
A decade ago when the Supreme Court ruled in its Grutter v. Bollinger decision, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote for the majority, arguing “we expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.” It may have been only a decade since the court’s ruling, not 25 years,
but race-conscious admissions practices are now being challenged on constitutional grounds nonetheless. In a case currently before the Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas, the court could rule that race-conscious admissions practices are unconstitutional. The court’s decision is expected in the coming months. UW-Madison, along with other public universities, filed an amicus or “friend-ofthe-court” brief in support of race-conscious admissions, arguing that a diverse student body is a valuable asset to all institutions of higher education. No matter how the court rules in the case, race-conscious admissions are a shortterm and imperfect solution to a complex and protracted social problem. More than twothirds of black Wisconsinites live in the Milwaukee metro area, and 90 percent of those who live in the metro area live in the City of Milwaukee itself. The Milwaukee Public School System—where the vast majority of Wisconsin’s black students attend elementary, middle and high school—has a graduation rate of just 62.8 percent. Even fewer of the district’s
students have been taught to a level that prepares them for college. And under state law, UW-Madison can have no more than 25 percent of its students from out of state, meaning that UW-Madison is limited, in large part, to recruiting in-state African American students from a chronically underperforming Milwaukee Public School System. If UW-Madison wants to achieve broader diversity and a student body that is more representative of Wisconsin as a whole, it should embrace the Wisconsin Idea—the university’s commitment to making the state, the country and the world a better place. It should encourage its sociologists, political scientists and education policy experts to work to provide innovative solutions to the problems that plague the Milwaukee Public School System. Doing so would ensure a more diverse UW-Madison campus. More importantly though, it would unlock the potential of all students attending school in the state’s largest school district. Tell us your thoughts! Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.
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Parity, unpredictablility create a wide-open field in NCAA Tournament matt masterson master’s degree
fter four months of ups and downs, buzzer beaters and heartbreaking defeats, we are finally here. March Madness has finally arrived. But before you toss yet another tearsoaked bracket into the trash following Thursday’s opening round of games (yes, I still call them opening—round games because that’s what they are; Tuesday’s play-in games do not constitute a “first round”), take a step back and look at just how wide open this year’s tournament is. The word “parity” is such an apt descriptor for this year’s NCAA
tournament that it should be hanging from banners in each arena and showcased on placards surrounding every court, right beside the ads for Gatorade and Muscle Milk. So who is the favorite this year? An easier question may be “which child is your favorite,” or “which leg would you rather have cut off,” but I’ll try to hazard a guess anyway. Louisville, the tournament’s topoverall seed, has been rolling lately after winning their last 10 in a row en route to a Big East tournament championship. But look at who else is in their region. The No. 2 seed is Duke, a team that is very dangerous after the return of senior forward Ryan Kelly and easily could have been a one seed. The No. 3 seed is Michigan State, which has struggled, but is still coached by Tom Izzo and has a veteran roster that is
more than capable of taking down anyone in this tournament. Perhaps the biggest threat to take down Louisville though, is fourthseeded Saint Louis, who would face the Cardinals in the Sweet Sixteen should they both advance. The Billikens have won 15 of 16, including three wins over Butler and two over VCU to claim the A-10 regular season and postseason titles. So if not Louisville, how about Gonzaga? The No. 1 team in the country has not lost since Jan. 19 (at Butler) and scores 77.6 points per game thanks in large part to the third-best shooting percentage in the country. If the Bulldogs want to make it to the Georgia Dome for the Final Four, they will have to take down some of the best from the Big Ten in Wisconsin and Ohio State. According to Nate Silver’s
FiveThirtyEight forecast for the NCAA tournament (yes, that’s the same Nate Silver who correctly predicted each of the 50 states during last fall’s presidential election), Gonzaga has just a 6.1 percent chance of winning the title—far and away the lowest of any one seed. So for now, we can scratch them off the list. Can Indiana go all the way? Led by sophomore forward Cody Zeller and junior guard Victor Oladipo, they have arguably the most complete roster of any team in the country, but the Hoosiers cannot play with a “No. 1” before their title this season, evidenced by the fact that they dropped three games while ranked as the nation’s top team. Sorry Tom Crean, no dice this year. So who is going to go all the way? My pick won the regular sea-
son and postseason tournament for one of the best conferences in the country. They have a 3-1 record against ranked opponents this season and have won those games both at home and on the road. They also have extra motivation courtesy of the selection committee, which gave them a two seed despite their resume clearly showing they had the quality of a one. If you haven’t figured it out yet, my pick for this year’s NCAA title is Miami. The Hurricanes excel in every facet, they are led by one of the nation’s best guards in sophomore Shane Larkin, and are in one of the easiest regions of the tournament. According to Silver, Miami has just a 2.0 percent chance of winning the title this season, but in a season of parity and unpredictability, those sound like pretty good odds to me.
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