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Classrooms, dorms to cool off in two weeks By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal

Few students complain about the warmer than average midMarch temperatures outside, but the temperatures inside UW-Madison buildings are a different story. “From the moment we got there to pretty much the end of class, the heat was unbearable,” UW freshman Monica Ruppert said of the Social Science building. “There was no fan and no

windows to open or anything.” But according to Faramarz Vakili, Associate Director of UW’s Physical Plant Department, students will have to wait another two weeks to cool down because the campus cooling system takes three to four weeks to fully kick in. He said the system cools priority buildings, like the UW Hospital, research labs and buildings with animals, first, reaching other campus buildings later, especially those with

plenty of windows. Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures, UW Plant Maintenance staff is working overtime to start the chilling process weeks ahead of schedule, Vakili said. The cooling system for UW consists of an underground loop that runs across campus. Inside, cold water runs into coils to send cold air through vents

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Potential Mifflin party sponsor backs out, city to plan event The only potential sponsor for the Mifflin Street Block Party retracted its application to sponsor the event Tuesday, leaving Madison to plan the event on its own. City Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf said All-Star Catering submitted a street-use permit application Monday, which would have made the company the party’s sponsor. At a city staff meeting Tuesday, the company withdrew its sponsorship plans. “We’re not exactly sure what that means for the city at this point other than we know we’re

kind of on our own,” Woulf said. Sponsors typically secure a street-use permit, which the city needs to close Mifflin street off from traffic and allow vendors and port-a-potties on city streets and sidewalks. Now, Woulf said the city will continue preparing for the inevitable block party on May 5 without a sponsor’s help. “Due to the timing and the fact that we’re less than two months away from the event itself ... we’re assuming there won’t be an official sponsor,” Woulf said. Although there is currently not a sponsor, according to

Woulf, Mayor Paul Soglin said food vendors and port-a-potties are necessary at the event. According to Woulf, Soglin encouraged the Mifflin planning group, comprised of students, city officials and neighborhood residents, to minimize the focus of alcohol consumption by creating a theme and planning activities at the event. “I will continue to work on behalf of the mayor with that group to try and develop [themes and activities] in the lead-up to the event whether or not there’s a sponsor,” Woulf said. —Abby Becker

Teaching assistants’ union withholds recall endorsement Despite her popularity with organized labor, UW-Madison’s teaching assistant’s union decided not to endorse former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk Tuesday, at least for the time being. The UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association voted against two gubernatorial recallrelated resolutions at its general membership meeting Tuesday: one to establish the terms of endorsement, and a second on endorsing Falk. The first vote rescinded a resolution stipulating that any candidate endorsed would have to support the unconditional reversal of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011-2013 state budget. According to TAA co-president Alex Hanna, keeping those endorsement conditions would “limit” the TAA and the ability of the 3000-member union to participate in the recall election. “[The resolution] would effec-

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The TAA, which was active in last spring’s budget protests, decided against endorsing a recall candidate Tuesday.

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Don Bartletti, Pulitzer Prize winner and photographer for this year’s Go Big Read book, “Enrique’s Journey,” spoke Tuesday about documenting the immigration of Central American children to the United States. + Photo by Mark Kauzlarich

Chancellor vetoes student government budget rulings By Anna Duffin The Daily Cardinal

UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward overruled several of the Student Services Finance Committee’s rulings from this fiscal year Tuesday in a memo sent to committee Chair Sarah Neibart. While the committee ruled in February not to increase the Wisconsin Union and Recreational Sports budgets as the groups had requested, Ward overruled the committee’s recommendation and opted to fund the groups’ requested budgets. Neibart said her committee denied the groups’ requests because they did not provide all the information SSFC requested regarding how segregated fees are spent. Neibart said since students pay for these programs, they should know exactly where their money is going. “Student segregated fees are supposed to be paid by students and given right back to students,” she said. “You’re supposed to realize where the money is going and be able to reap the benefits of that.” But Ward said the groups presented SSFC with all of the information necessary. By not increasing the Rec Sports budget, he said the group would have to reduce expenses by about $245,000 to cover

building renovations. Additionally, he said the Union complied with an agreement ASM and SSFC signed in 2007 regarding how much information groups need to provide about how they use segregated fees. Ward also eliminated from the budget SSFC’s recommendations to allot additional money for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán to find offcampus space if to find space on

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Budget alterations Chancellor David Ward overruled four of the Student Services Finance Committee’s budget recommendations Tuesday.

Ward’s plans affect the following: MEChA remove funding for off-campus rental space

WISPIRG remove funding for non-university professional staff

Rec Sports increase student segregated fees to cover construction, maintenance cost

Wisconsin Union increase student segregated fees to cover maintenance assessment

“…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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Ariel gets back to her nerdy roots at Quiz Bowl Ariel Shapiro little shapiro

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efore I was a snarky Cardinal kid, I had a slightly different M.O. In high school, I was all about nerdy competitions: Model United Nations, mock Jacksonian-era debates and Academic Challenge. The Academic Challenge team (hereafter referred to as Ac-Chal) was like Mathletes from “Mean Girls,” except it covered a range of studies, and, let’s face it, I would never make it in a competition based on math skills. Our team was so boss it placed third in the national championships. By “our team” I mean the A-team, which I was not even remotely qualified for. No, I was on the B-team, living in the shadow of A-team’s glory. Still, with all of its delightful geekiness, shining moments of success and crushing defeats, I cherish my time in Ac-Chal. I have wanted to check out UW’s Quiz Bowl team for a while now, but I always found reasons to not go: too much work at the paper, stubbed toe, nap time, etc. In all honesty, it was

because I was intimidated. But intimidation be damned, this week I found my way to the Quiz Bowl lair at the top of Memorial Union. Like the thoughtful, polite young lady I am, I barged in 30 minutes late saying something along the lines of, “Oh hai dudes, you mind if I try this out and write a silly column about it?” The reaction was, surprisingly, not one of disdain. They were incredibly welcoming, and the only female member exclaimed, “ANOTHER GIRL!” I had made it back to the mothership. However, I was out of practice. I mean really, really rusty. I had forgotten much of the trivia I had crammed into my head during the years of Ac-Chal, and I also was uncomfortable with the whole “buzzing” thing. It takes a lot of courage and self-assuredness to buzz in and likely make a fool of yourself. Needless to say, for the first 20 or so questions, I did not say a word. I was not so much trying out Quiz Bowl as I was creeping all over it. Then, finally, my moment came. The question asked to identify a song in an opera based on a poem with a line that goes, “There’s a’nothing can harm you,” and I slammed my hand on the desk and screamed, “IT’S SUMMERTIME! IT’S SUMMERTIME!” Cue awkward pause. “Sorry, guys.” They assured me it was fine, though they looked awfully concerned.

I got maybe one more question correct before the end of the round, so I had to prove myself somehow. “I can read off the questions,” I offered. OK, I may not be a trivia wiz kid, but I can read, right? I crossed that bridge 17 years ago, so this should have been cake. Well, kind of. Some of the terms in these questions tripped me up, i.e. all things foreign, scientific and mathematic. So instead of having the suave and sultry tone of a 1970s voice-over artist selling soap, as I often imagine I do, I sounded like a pre-schooler sounding out “See Spot Run” for the first time. Cy-to-kenis-whaaat? Then came my last chance for redemption: trash round. Trash, I thought, was my kind of bag. “This is just a series of pop culture questions,” I said to myself. “I shall RULE.” It turned out the round was more of a “I shall be the disgruntled lowlevel bureaucrat” type of situation. I got a few here and there, and

I felt a twinge of simultaneous pride and shame when I correctly answered the question referencing Mandy Moore’s “Chasing Liberty.” Success? All-in-all, I greatly enjoyed my time with the Quiz Bowl crew. They are brilliant and gracious and not condescending in the slightest. All I am saying is if I knew every work of Charles Dickens or the complexities of theoretical physics, I would probably be a total dick about it. They are going off to compete soon, and as much as I would like to be apart of it, I do not think my B-team brain and I would be of much help. What I can do is support them from the sidelines. Hell, call me a Quiz Bowl fangirl.

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Warm weather wakes up Madison’s living dead Emily Lindeman lin-da-mania

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hen the sun comes out prematurely, and it is 50-plus degrees for multiple days in a row, Madison’s citizens undergo a change. Rising out of their winter parkas and crew neck sweatshirts, people from all corners of campus venture over to the Memorial Union Terrace to soak in the sun’s rays. The improved weather patterns illicit strange behavior of Madison’s best and brightest. Women on Bascom Hill remove their shirts between classes to get the season’s first burn, families arrive in droves toting leashed children and “baby bjorned” infants and humans and ducks reconnect through a shared love of Pringle crumbs. Just sitting on the terrace for a couple hours affords bystanders an exciting look into the secret lives of Madison folk. Children doggedly throw rocks at passing ducks, maximizing on what must be some longforgotten survival technique. I would rule it self-defense. Mere feet away from the tots, two ducks carry out their reproductive duties (who knew they could do it in water?) and a dog poops on the concrete. At the end of the pier, students— who have come to the collective realization that the Memorial

Union sells pitchers—are drunk despite it being 2 p.m. And scattered around the edge of the water are people practicing their best pensive faces while staring thoughtfully out at the lake. Some students bring backpacks to pretend that they have productive intentions. Speaking personally, my favorite technique is to keep my textbook cracked open and my highlighter in hand as to emit an air of productivity. Realistically, I am just letting my gaze fall over all of the happy Madison residents and visitors (of course, all of the great dogs are an added bonus).

Mere feet away from the tots, two ducks carry out their reproductive duties and a dog poops on the concrete. The true magic of these recent phenomenons, a magic I greatly appreciate, is that this kind of weather did not come around until April last year. By that point in the semester, my motivation had all but completely left me, and I could easily see the light at the end of the tunnel that was my school year. We were all but home free. But what about now? Does it matter

that it is only mid-March, but I skipped two classes last week to go bask in the sun? If I had to guess, UW-Madison professors will soon see the starkest of drops in students’ GPAs in University of Wisconsin history (yet another unfortunate consequence of global warming). While sitting on the terrace over the past week, I have twice seen ducks doing it, witnessed a few too many snap-backs and “mom jean” shorts and encoun-

tered enough Lakeshore Path joggers to make me consider taking up exercise again—and that is saying something. Of course, these seasons-changing traits are not just observable on the beautiful Memorial Union Terrace. From summer crowds on State Street to people lounging on the Square, everything is exactly as it should be in Madison during this new season we call “spring but mostly summer.” Here is to an extra month and a half of duck sex!


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Mayor Paul Soglin will review plans for a proposed multi-use building near the Overture Center, which would incorporate a potential new fire station and administration facilities.

City council supports new downtown fire station City officials passed a motion Tuesday supporting the continued discussion of incorporating a potential new fire station and administration facilities in a proposed building near the Overture Center. The city wants to include a new fire station and administration complex in Hovde Properties’ proposal for a multiuse residence building on the 300 block of West Johnson and West Dayton streets. The city council passed a motion to explore designs for the building, which would likely result in a value of around $50 million.

“This is a major undertaking for the city of Madison,” said Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. The exact details of the potential partnership between the city and Hovde Properties are still being explored, including who would design the fire administration building. One local firm specializing in fire station design has already expressed interest in making a proposal to Mayor Paul Soglin and city officials, according to Verveer. At an earlier meeting Tuesday, the city’s finance committee voted to allow the city to request design proposals for

the project. City officials also proposed the idea of combining police administration facilities with the proposed fire department. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray rejected the idea because of recent renovation to the existing police headquarters. He also does not want to separate police administration from operations. “I would not ever advocate separating the administration from central district or having access to officers on a daily basis from an operational standpoint,” Wray said. — Jeffrey More and Meghan Chua

A Dane County judge declined Tuesday to overturn his ruling that suspended the state’s law requiring a photo ID to vote ahead of the April 3 election. Judge Richard Niess issued an injunction March 12 suspending the law in a ruling on an appeal filed against the legality of the voter ID law by the League of Women Voters. The state Department of Justice filed an appeal against the injunction last Thursday, citing the potential for confusion overturning the law’s enforcement would create so close to the April 3 election. Like his original ruling, Niess

denied the appeal on the grounds of the law’s unconstitutionality. “There can be no justification for enforcement of [the voter ID law’s] unconstitutional photo ID requirements,” he said in his Tuesday decision. Dane County Judge David Flanagan issued the first temporary injunction of the ID law in his ruling on an appeal by the NAACP’s Milwaukee branch March 6. Both suspensions have been temporary. Flanagan will make a permanent ruling on April 16, and it is likely that the case will eventually be appealed up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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before amending student groups’ budgets, which he did not do. “That was totally overstepping his bounds as the chancellor of this university,” Neibart said. “Without even consulting with us, he just took it out of the budget. Under regent policy, he is not able to do that.”

campus. He also removed SSFC’s decision to provide WISPIRG with funding for non-university professional staff. But Neibart said Ward is mandated by UW System Board of Regent policy to first consult SSFC

endorsement from page 1 candidates that would meet that criteria,” he said. Also at the meeting, the group voted against an official endorsement of Falk, who, if elected, has promised to veto any state budget that does not restore collective bargaining rights. “We had members speak strongly about her, how she’s pledged to veto any budget that would not include collective bargaining,” Hanna said. He added it was the opposing viewpoint that determined the final vote, one that cautioned against

moving behind Falk before other Democratic candidates emerge. “A lot of members said we needed to wait and see what the field looks like,” Hanna said. Falk’s defense of collective bargaining rights does not necessarily mean that the Democrat would reverse all of the cuts made by the Walker budget, including those to certain public employee benefits, he added. Falk has already received the endorsement of several educator unions, including the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest. —Ben Siegel

Former Walker aide pleads not guilty in ‘John Doe’ case A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker pleaded not guilty to four felony charges of doing campaign work on government time Tuesday. Kelly Rindfleisch served as Walker’s deputy chief of staff for 10 months when he was Milwaukee County executive. In January she was charged with four counts of misconduct in public office for working on Brett Davis’ lieutenant governor campaign using county time and

resources while employed in 2010. She allegedly set up a secret computer system in her county office to communicate with Walker campaign advisers and organize fund-raisers for the Davis campaign. The judge in Rindfleisch’s case must decide where she will be tried by March 30. Rindfleisch’s lawyer is attempting to move the trial from Milwaukee County to Columbia County, where she lives. Rindfleisch was first charged

with Darlene Wink, Walker’s former constituent services coordinator, on Jan. 26. Wink pled guilty to two misdemeanors counts of doing political work at her taxpayer-funded job in February. In January, prosecutors also charged two Milwaukee County officials appointed by Walker with embezzling over $60,000 from Operation Freedom, a program designed to support veterans and their family.

Officials: local square redevelopment would benefit city City planning officials presented $200 million redevelopment plans for a block of cityowned property near the Capitol Tuesday, which they say would stimulate the economy and improve the block’s bike lanes and sidewalks. Planners presented information on the Judge Doyle Square Staff Team Report conducted by city planners, which outlines redevelopment plans for Judge Doyle Square near the City Municipal Building and Government East parking on E. Doty Street by Capitol Square. Staff representative George Austin said the redevelopment would better integrate and promote bicycle infrastruc-

ture by creating a bike lane on Pickney Street and connecting it to the Lake Monona Bike Path. The plans would widen sidewalks around the block in order to create a public space which the report said would “accommodate outdoor retail and restaurant uses, landscaping and other urban amenities as well as provide strong pedestrian connectivity and accessibility.” “We believe the project is one of the most complex projects the city will have undertaken,” Austin said. “We believe it’s worth it, and we should proceed.” Planners said the project would also stimulate economic expansion and maximize

land use by creating a new hotel in addition to retail and commercial space. According to the report, the redevelopment would greatly enhance the city’s estimated property value and activity at the Monona Terrace Convention Center by attracting more people to the area. The combined development would generate approximately $660,000 per year in tax revenue and hotel room taxes could increase by $600,000 to $1 million per year, according to the report. “It is the opportunity to receive a significant economic development opportunity for the city,” Austin said. — David Jones

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heat from page 1 into buildings. The water, usually about 40 degrees, is drained during the winter to avoid water freezing in the pipes. In the spring, these coils are prepped and then the cooling process starts over. This process usually takes about three to four weeks to complete for the 120 buildings in the system. Until the procedure is complete, however, students will continue to feel the heat, especially in classrooms and dorms. In addition to being a nuisance, some students feel the heat interferes with daily activities. “It’s so much harder to con-

centrate on homework and to fall asleep when you are thinking just about how hot you are,” UW freshman and Witte Hall resident Amber Cypcar said. Citing priority areas like the hospital and research buildings, Vakili said patience is key. “People need to be patient and know that we have a priority system... And people’s comfort is not a top priority for us,” he said. “You can walk outside or get a drink of water to get cool, but research activities or animals do not have that luxury.” Those with urgent concerns about the temperature in their building can contact the UW Physical Plant by calling 608263-3333.


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here are those movies that you decide to casually rent on the weekends because you have nothing else going on, and those that you say, “I need to see this on the biggest screen possible.” Thankfully, for the city of Madison, the construction of Union South has given any patron a brilliant movie theater: The Marquee. The slanted, red-cushioned seats and the large screen resemble that of a classic cinema theater. Every featured film is chosen by the student organization WUD Film, and genres range from the classic “car explosion” movies, to independent indie films magnifying cultural struggles. Although the days of March are numbered, WUD Film has managed to pack enough films into these last two weeks for everyone’s enjoyment. Late this afternoon, there is the unique showing of the documentary, “Tapped” at 4:00 p.m. Drinking out of bottled water has become a habit to most of society, but have we stopped to think about its affects on the world? This documentary shows that what seemed to be a useful invention for the human race, may have turned out to be destruction of our future. However, it is not just the fault of consumers; Corporations, along with the government, have made it so the production of these plastic bottles still continues. Become informed on this subject and perhaps bring a reusable water bottle to drink out of during the film, instead of purchasing a bottle of coke at the grocery store.

The question is not whether or not to see this film—it is the choice between the blue pill and the red pill, Mr. Anderson.

Exploring cultural struggles is just as important as learning about environmental issues. So after “Tapped,” the documentary “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” will be featured at 7:00 p.m. to open everyone’s eyes to the lives of a high school football team residing in Dearborn, Mich. After the tragedy of 9/11, the Islamic community has struggled to regain acceptance and at the high school of Fordson, we see and hear many inspirational and informative stories that come together to create this documentary. All great things come in three’s, including documentaries. “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” shown March 22 at 7:00 p.m., will not only inform you, but also keep you entertained.

From the directors of “Super Size Me,” this film explores the world of advertising as it seeks to create a movie solely funded by advertisers. With both hilarious and depressing revelations about our advertising world, Morgan Spurlock tries to convey that the only time we are not surrounded by advertising is when we are sleeping. Of which you will not be doing during this documentary. After you’ve had your fill of documentaries, brace yourself for a weekend of suspense, mystery and wonder beginning March 22. The brilliant actors Gary Oldman and Colin Firth star in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Set in the years of the Cold War, this film is filled with paranoia and conspiracy within the British intelligence and the Soviet agency. This puzzle of a movie will have your mind constantly working, trying to figure out the truth buried in the plot. Who will you confide in? Speaking of reliance, if midnight shows are your thing, stay for the classic “The Matrix” after “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” on March 23 at midnight. The question is not to see this film—it is the choice between the blue pill and the red pill, Mr. Anderson. Also adding to the adventure films for the weekend, “The Adventures of Tintin” will fascinate all audience members by its remarkable animation. Based on one of the most popular comics of the 20th century in Europe, this film follows the character Tintin on his investigative journalism adventures. Accompanied by his companion, a white fox terrier named Snowy, Tintin finds himself on a voyage through the streets of Europe to mirage filled deserts, all linking to the mystery of a sailing ship. The combination of genius from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson guarantees a film with intense plot lines and film effects one cannot forget. Even though thrillers fill us with excitement, short films also have the ability to grab our attention just as much. The afternoon of March 24 will be dedicated to the collection of Lebanese short films as WUD Film collaborates with the Lebanese Student Association. This short film fest includes movies such as “All Birds Whistle, My Father is still a Communist: Intimate Secrets to be Published,” and “My Ball.” More will be shown, and a discussion will also be available after the films. By spending just two hours enjoying a film, the screen eventually disappears and one becomes immersed in another reality. So, forget schoolwork, stressful relationships or job responsibilities for a couple hours. With free admission, it’s hard to resist the many opportunities WUD Film gives any individual to enjoy these films, especially those that deserve the full screen. What films are you looking forward to this week? Let Erin know at eberge@wisc.edu.

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umerous lawmakers throughout the state of Wisconsin will be up for recall this spring and summer. In about 60 days, two more names may—somehow— be added to that list. Last week, I wrote an opinion piece about how I believed that a proposed mining bill in the state Senate, one that could have created nearly 700 permanent jobs in northern Wisconsin, was ultimately a good idea despite environmental worries and regulations. While I usually lean towards the environmental impact of pending legislative issues, I could not help but side with Wisconsin’s GOP on this issue and support the prospect of creating the $1.5 billion iron ore mine backed by mining company Gogebic Taconite. After all, Gogebic Taconite had already invested more than $3 million into the proposed mine. Yet, while it seems repetitive to continue writing about this issue, I was simply floored when I learned two Wisconsin

residents decided to file paperwork earlier this week to begin exploring the recall of both state Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center. As you may remember, Schultz was the lone dissenting Republican decided to side with Senate Democrats. The bill’s dissidents argued the bill did not address environmental concerns and other regulations that stood in the way of the proposed mining legislation. In order to initiate these next two recall elections, petitioners would need to gather 15,270 signatures to begin the recall process against Jauch, and they would need to get 14,545 signatures to trigger a recall against Schultz.

Why is it necessary to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove elected politicians that have not committed ethical violations?

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The GOP’s gas problem the Citizens For Responsible Government Network, a grassroots network composed of three separate organizations that has an arguably conservative agenda. But that’s not the point. Are all of these countless recall attempts anything more than a diversion from the true problems facing the state of Wisconsin? I would like to ask many of the supporters for both this and other recall elections a single question: Why? Why is it necessary to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove elected politicians that have not committed ethical violations?

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I can understand the frustration with politicians and the political process in general. It is completely understandable Wisconsin residents are fed up with politicians playing party politics, ignoring their constituents and ultimately pandering to one political base that does not represent the state as a whole.

Deciding it is a good idea to recall two senators because of their stance on a political issue is completly absurd and unnecessary.

All the while, I believe the citizens of Wisconsin must understand the political process is a deliberately slow process for a reason. The state of Wisconsin lost an opportunity when Gogebic Taconite decided to pull out of Wisconsin, with the citizens of northern Wisconsin taking the worst hit. However, I implore Wisconsin residents to real-

ize there will be other economic opportunities in the future. And although the state’s legislative session may have recently ended, deciding that it is a good idea to recall two senators because of their stance on a political issue is completely absurd and unnecessary. It does not create more jobs, and it only creates a political environment that makes it impossible to make any progress in the state. There is a lot of unnecessary anger running through the bloodstreams of Wisconsin residents, and that anger is far from beneficial. It is that type of anger that is psychologically damning to democracy. This is not a matter of one particular political party. Instead, there should be a finger pointed at the angry dissenters who choose to sidestep the political process altogether, resorting to selfish, idling actions that are ultimately not representing and even hurting the Wisconsin people. Ethan Safran is a freshman with an undeclared major. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.


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Finding a place that sells Choco-tacos

Evil Bird

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Eatin’ Cake

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Crustaches

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Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.

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

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

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TAKE YOUR TIME ACROSS 1 Deep sleep state 4 Court awards 11 “Boom-bah” lead-in 14 “What ___ supposed to think?” 15 Steep part of a glacier 16 Explosive trio of letters 17 Ultimate moment of truth 19 Santa ___ winds 20 Extremely light wood 21 “The drink of the gods” 23 Ahead of schedule 25 Accountant, briefly 28 Bus driver’s circuit 29 Alternative to JVC or Panasonic, once 30 Adult elvers 32 Bee ___ (“Stayin’ Alive” group) 33 To feel sorrow 37 Give someone a shake, say 39 Pressure time for many salespeople 43 “Violet” or “sound” introduction 44 Slithering squeezer 46 Campus marchers (Abbr.) 49 Drinks daintily 51 “ ___ I saw Elba” 52 April Fools’ Day sign

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Sweet 16 should prove interesting Wisconsin’s tough defense will be put to the test against Syracuse’s scoring depth. parker gabriel parks and rec

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he Sweet 16 comes with no lack of coverage from any number of media outlets. Any twominute or three-sentence blurb about Syracuse and Wisconsin (Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. in Boston) is likely to include something about Fab Melo being ineligible for the Orange and the slow tempo that Wisconsin likes to play. Those horses have longsince been beat to death and then given another once-over, just for kicks.

Syracue is dangerous because of the number of scoring options they have.

That won’t stop me from contributing my few paragraphs of good old-fashioned pontification. The thing that strikes me about Syracuse, aside from their obvious depth and collective talent, is their lack of rebounding presence. Yes, having Melo unablr to play contributes to that—like the 22 offensive rebounds Kansas State pulled down last weekend—but it’s a season-long trend for Jim Boeheim’s crew. Their rebounding margin of -1.5 is ranked No. 237 in the NCAA. For a team that’s as long and athletic as the Orange, that’s amazing. You can’t really argue with it too much, seeing as Syracuse is 33-2 and spent nearly the entire season ranked in the top two overall in the country. Still, the Wildcats managed only 20 points from those 22 offensive boards. Unless there is a sud-

den change in the way Syracuse struggles to keep the glass clean, the Badgers will have opportunities to capitalize in a way KSU couldn’t. Junior forward Mike Bruesewitz leads UW in offensive rebounding at 1.97 per game. As a team, Wisconsin averages 9.7 per game. In addition to being aggressive on the boards, the offensive key for Bucky is ball-rotation and spacing. Sure, movement is important every game, but the Badgers have fallen into stagnant periods too often this year, and the extended, aggressive 2-3 zone the ‘Cuse run will absolutely eat that alive. Movement does two things besides create good shots: it pulls zone defenders out of position, making boxing out even more difficult, and it helps limit turnovers. Limiting turnovers goes a long way to prevent transition offense, which will be vital for UW Thursday. The Badgers have been as good as anybody at keeping opponents from running—they’ve held explosive offenses like North Carolina, Marquette and Ohio State in check, even in losses. One of the few times they failed to keep a team from running came in the Big Ten tournament against Michigan State, when the Spartans put together a 37-7 run and went up and down the court at will. That can’t happen against Syracuse or it’ll be a long, extra red-inthe-face night for Bo Ryan.

All season long, the Badgers have provided matchup problems for opponents. Now, the ‘Cuse will throw it back at them.

There hasn’t been much wrong with the way the Badgers have played defense in the half-

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The Badgers’ clear rebounding advantage against the Orange will give them the edge Thursday. Wisconsin’s rebounding margin is 2.4 where Syracuse gives up more than it gets, -1.5 per game. court recently, though. Help defense and rotation has been good—as evidenced by the five first-half charges taken against Vandy Saturday—and opponents have had to really work for good shots. Josh Gasser, with a little help and a lot of flu, kept the Commodores’ John Jenkins (the SEC scoring champion) to just 3-13 shooting and 2-9 from three-point range. Gasser and company kept Will Cherry, another dangerous guard from Montana, in check during UW’s secondround win. That dynamic changes this week. Instead of a go-to guy, Syracuse is dangerous because of the number of scoring options they have. It’s one of the few ways the two teams are similar. Forward Kris Joseph is the only starter that averages double-figures (14.7 points per game) but the Orange get nearly

20 from the first two guys off the bench in sophomore guard Dion Waiters (12.7) and junior forward James Southerland (7.1). Three other starters average between 8.1 and 9.3 per game to further enhance the balance.

That won’t stop me from contributing my few paragraphs of good oldfanshioned pontification.

The bottom line is there’s no easy choice for Gasser to chase around all game. He could guard Joseph, who leads the Orange in three-point attempts this season (144), but he’s also 6-foot-7. That’s a tough assignment for the Port Washington,

Wis. native. He could take senior point guard Scoop Jardine (8.6 pts., 4.9 assists per game), but that could also be Jordan Taylor’s assignments. All season long, the Badgers have provided matchup problems for opponents. Now, the ‘Cuse will throw it back at them. There’s little doubt Syracuse is a tough opponent, but UW is battle tested. Six of the Badgers’ nine losses this year came against teams still alive in the tournament (MSU three times, OSU, UNC, Marquette). With another Big East/Big Ten matchup in the other East regional semi-final (Cincinnati and Ohio State), the two conferences will take over Beantown this weekend. It should be a whole lot of fun. What are your thoughts on Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 matchup with Syracuse? Let Parker know at pgabriel@gmail.com.

Not going to be in Boston? The Daily Cardinal men’s basketball beat writers Parker Gabriel and Max Sternberg will be reporting directly from the Sweet 16.

Follow them on Twitter at @pgabriel and @msternberg76 Also check in with the Daily Cardinal sports page at www.dailycardinal.com and @Cardinal_Sports.


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