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Researcher allowed to resume after suspension By Kelsey Gunderson and Charles Brace The Daily Cardinal
A UW-Madison committee approved research protocols last week that will allow Michele Basso to resume her research with non-human primates after her research abilities were suspended in February 2009. Basso, who uses non-human primates to study brain conditions like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, was suspended from research after she continued to violate animal care protocol after several warnings that date back as far as 2004. According to Eric Sandgren, director of the UW-Madison Research Animal Resources Center, Basso’s research showed problems with medical recordkeeping on some of the animals. He said she was also cited with incorrectly storing or using samples that were meant to be reviewed by veterinary staff. According to Chancellor Biddy
Martin, the School of Medicine and Public Health Animal Care and Use Committee eventually took Basso’s case to the All-Campus ACUC in 2008 after reaching a standstill in deciding the fate of her research privileges. This committee chose to suspend Basso’s research privileges and research protocol in February 2009. Sandgren said UW-Madison reinstated Basso’s research privileges in October 2009, but she was still unable to conduct research until last week when the university approved her research protocols. He said that such a long suspension from animal research privileges is rare and estimated there were only two other suspensions of similar length in the past six years. Martin said, however, that she believes problems with animal research are inevitable because of the large size of UW-Madison’s research enterprise. “I don’t think it is surprising in general that there will be problems
because we’ve got 6,700 people working with animals on this campus, there will always be problems,” she said. This incident occurred on the heels of debate regarding the ethics of primate research at UW-Madison, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited UW-Madison with several animal care violations in a report released in December. After the release of the USDA report, Martin called for an external review of UW-Madison’s primate research. This report, released in January 2010, did not find UW-Madison guilty of any serious violations. Martin said, however, she feels some of the problems surrounding primate research on campus would be resolved under provost Paul DeLuca’s plan to restructure UW-Madison’s graduate school, which would create a new dean position strictly in charge of overseeing UW-Madison’s research.
Monday, March 22, 2010
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Senior guard Trevon Hughes had to look on from the bench after fouling out in his last game as a Badger, a season-ending 87-69 loss to Cornell.
SLAC protests Martin’s Nike contract deadline By Charles Brace the daily cardinal
The Student Labor Action Coalition held a musical protest outside Chancellor Biddy Martin’s office Friday to encourage UW-Madison to cut its apparel contract with Nike over unpaid workers’ wages in two factories in Honduras. Martin previously gave Nike a 120-day deadline to take action on the issue. The deadline expires April 7. Martin, who was in her office at the time of the protest and met with the organizers, said she would sever the contract with Nike if they did not remedy the situation to a significant degree. “I don’t think they have been
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Chancellor Biddy Martin announced last week that Michele Basso is allowed to resume her work researching the brain using non-human primates after she was suspended in February 2009.
By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal
Members of the Veterans Affairs Board strategized how to dismiss former Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos at least a week before he was fired, according to e-mails obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal. The e-mails revealed that members of the Board developed “talking points” and a public relations plan on how to fire Scocos.
Scocos has since sued the Board after his November 2009 firing, claiming he was dismissed for political reasons. The correspondence raises the question of whether the Board violated the state’s open meetings law, which requires all governmental bodies to meet publically. According to the law, electronic communication could constitute an open meeting if the correspondence “resembles an in-person discussion.”
Through e-mail, members of the Board discussed the need “for a change” in leadership and preparatory plans for Scocos’ firing, including “immediate physical removal” and “crowd control.” In an e-mail between Board member Marv Freedman and Board Chairperson Marcia Anderson, Freedman asked Anderson to “be sure that all the bases are covered e-mails page 3
adequately responsive to what we’ve asked them to do about the situation in Honduras yet,” Martin said in an interview before the protest. Martin said no formal plans are in place in case Nike does not take action but said the “appropriate people are at least thinking about plans for the future.” UW-Madison junior and SLAC organizer Daniel Cox said a large company like Nike can be affected if its public image is harmed by a contract being cut. “It works even better with a company like Nike because they have a brand name that they have to live up to,” Cox said. protest page 3
Teach-in educates students on conflicts in Middle East By Anna Discher The Daily Cardinal
E-mails show Veterans Affairs Secretary’s firing planned
Several UW-Madison professors held a teach-in about the military conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan Friday and Saturday to educate students about the war. Uli Schamiloglu, UW-Madison professor of languages and cultures of Asia, began the panel with his presentation entitled, “Afghanistan: The Current Facts of the Ground.” Schamiloglu discussed how the media’s one-dimensional portrayal of Afghanistan’s geography has led to a one-dimensional view of the country in general. “If you were to have looked at
a map of Afghanistan like that ... it all looks rather homogeneous,” Schamiloglu said. “But the first point that I would like to make is that Afghanistan is anything but homogeneous.” Schamiloglu went on to discuss the diversity of Afghanistan’s religions, regions, politics and languages. He finished by posing several questions, such as how the U.S. should define success in Afghanistan and Pakistan and whether the U.S. has an exit strategy. “I think they do talk about the 18 months [as a deadline for ending teach-in page 3
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s a Page Two columnist who also happens to be the Page Two editor, I’m literally my own boss. This can be a good thing, especially when I want to write an entire column around the phrase “twat wafﬂe,” or simply want to run ﬁnger paintings from when I was four years old because I’m too lazy to come up with an actual column. However, being the editor means I also have to be mindful of the business side of The Daily Cardinal. Print journalism, like the recording industry, is struggling to adopt a new business model to compete with the rise of the Internet. To put it bluntly, nobody wants to pay for something they can get for free. Who’s going to buy a full album when all the good tracks are online for free? Who’s going to pony up 12 bucks to go to a movie theater full of annoying middle schoolers and 20 minutes
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A mi manera ambientes que nunca se olvidan ISABEL ÁLVAREZ la mona isa
e acabó. Ya no hay más baloncesto. En un día, las esperanzas de que los dos equipos de la universidad, tanto el femenino como el masculino, llegaran a la Sweet Sixteen del torneo nacional fueron destruidas. Iba a ser un domingo divertido, pero a los estudiantes de último año, yo incluida, se les acabó el animar al equipo de baloncesto como estudiante. Y para los jugadores de último año, se les acabó la competición universitaria para siempre. Días como este es fácil ponerse a pensar en como nunca voy a vivir algo parecido a lo que se vive en el Kohl Center durante los partidos de baloncesto de los Badgers. Hay momentos en esos partidos que lo único que quiero hacer es
contemplar el ambiente y meter esos sentimientos en una botellita que pueda sacar cuando no esté en Wisconsin. Y es que nunca volveré a sentir nada igual. Cómo fotógrafa del The Daily Cardinal he tenido oportunidad de cubrir los mejores y peores partidos de baloncesto de este equipo. Desde la increíble victoria sobre Duke hasta el partido perdido contra Illinois en el Big Ten tournament, el ambiente de los fans universitarios es lo mejor que puedo recordar de todos aquellos, tanto en las derrotas como en las victorias. Los cánticos, la orquesta, las animadoras, los árbitros, los entrenadores y los jugadores... un sin ﬁn de etcéteras que hacen los partidos de baloncesto universitarios algo sin igual. No pudiendo compararlos con deportes universitarios en Europa, porque no los hay, solo puedo hacerlo con un partido de fútbol en España. Estoy hablando de la mejor liga del mundo, donde miles y miles de fans se reúnen cada semana en sus
templos para animar a sus respectivos equipos. Si nos olvidamos de la diferencia entre el deporte universitario y el profesional, y miramos simplemente a las actuaciones de los fans y el ambiente en general, debo decir que hay días que me quedo con lo que he vivido en esta universidad. Vale que nada me gusta más que estar en un partido del Sporting de Gijón en la tribunona del Molinón, pero... ¿qué me decís de poder oír a Bo Ryan gritarle a un arbitro a pleno pulmón mientras Bucky se sienta a mi lado e intenta hacer fotos con mi cámara? Todos y cada uno de los espectadores de un partido de baloncesto viven los colores como nadie. En España, no todo el mundo lleva la camiseta de su equipo y más veces que menos tienes que aguantar el puro del señor de al lado, que no se levanta a aplaudir ni aunque lo maten. Aquí ves a señoras de la edad de mi abuela con camisetas que dicen “Wisconsin Grandma” y a bebés que todavía no les han
salido los dientes con baberos que llevan una “W” enorme bordada. Todo el mundo sabe las canciones y se oyen durante todo el partido, mientras que en un partido de fútbol en España sólo son los “ultras” los que cantan y gritan constantmente. ¿Hay algo que se compare al momento en el que Bucky es alzado en el aire por varias animadoras y mientras suena el himno de Wisconsin, la gente lanza las manos al aire de un lado para otro? Es algo que siempre recordaré porque cada partido, y aunque haya sido desde las bandas, lo he vivido como la que más. Y es que en algunas cosas como la comida y la ropa puede que seamos mejores en Europa, pero cuando comparamos el ambiente de los partidos universitarios con nuestros eventos deportivos, América gana. ¿Crees que el ambiente de los eventos deportivos europeos son mejores que los de Estados Unidos? Diselo a Isa enviandole un e-mail a alvarezvalca @dailycardinal.com
Monday, March 22, 2010
Poll: Both Republican governor candidates lead Dem. Barrett By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal
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The Student Labor Action Coalition held a protest Friday to show their concern with UW-Madison’s contract with Nike.
protest from page 1 UW-Madison said in a news release that Nike closed the two factories in Honduras unexpectedly in January 2009 and workers were owed $2 million in back wages. The UW-Madison Labor Licensing Policy Committee recommended to Martin in November to cut the contract with Nike for violating UW’s code of conduct for companies that manu-
facture UW apparel. Cox said Martin should follow the committee’s recommendation by enforcing the code of conduct. “If the codes aren’t going to be enforced then they’re really just paper,” Cox said. In February 2009 UW-Madison ended its contract with Russell Athletics, another apparel manufacturer, for closing a factory in Honduras when workers attempted to unionize.
Madison teenager enticed by Madison man in his SUV A 15-year-old Madison girl was allegedly enticed in a possible attempted kidnapping by a Madison man Thursday afternoon. According to the police report, the teenager was walking near East Washington Avenue and Gorham Street around 1 p.m. when a black man in his early thirties rolled down the window of his car to start a conversation with her.
She reported that as she kept walking, the man said, “Come here, come closer … I’m trying to be your friend.” The girl continued walking and later notified an adult of the incident. According to the report, the suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and a gold chain and driving a dark blue SUV with tinted windows and a roof rack.
Tires of 30 vehicles slashed Friday morning, MPD calls it “vandalism spree” Approximately 30 vehicles were found with slashed tires on Madison’s east side Friday morning. According to the police report, the vehicles were parked in the area of East Johnson Street and Brearly Street. Officers became aware of the “vandalism spree”
teach-in from page 1 military operations] ... but I don’t think we’re talking about an exit strategy, and I think basically we’re thinking about being there for a long time,” Schamiloglu said. Alfred McCoy, UW-Madison professor of history, also discussed how and why the U.S. has become trapped in a cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan. The teach-in continued all
e-mails from page 1 from a technical standpoint, especially if the ‘ultimate decision’ needs to be made.” The state Department of Justice is representing the Board in Scocos’ lawsuit and could not comment on the legality of the e-mail communications. Scocos’ attorney James Troupis also declined to comment Friday, not-
around 7 a.m. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. According to the Madison Police Department, callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward. day Saturday at Memorial Union as volunteer panels of faculty, campus, student and community groups discussed human factors in the Afghanistan and Pakistan conflicts as well as shortcomings in U.S. strategies. UW-Madison has a long history of teach-ins, beginning in 1965 when several UW-Madison faculty members held a teach-in about Vietnam that attracted more than 1,000 students. ing he had not yet read the e-mails. Amid speculation that Gov. Jim Doyle was involved in the Board’s decision, Adam Collins, Doyle’s spokesperson, said Doyle “always had a good working relationship” with Scocos. “The governor has said that he was not involved in this. This was a decision that was made by the Veterans Affairs Board completely independently of the governor’s office,” he said.
Both Republican gubernatorial candidates lead Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in head-tohead matchups, according to a new poll from the conservativeleaning Rasmussen Reports. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker received 49 percent of the vote in a matchup with Barrett, who received 42 percent of the vote. In Rasmussen’s February report, Walker received 49 percent and NEUMANN Barrett received 40 percent. Republican candidate Mark Neumann also leads Barrett and received 46 percent of the vote. Barrett received support from 42 percent of voters in a matchup with Neumann. “That’s consistent with other
polling that we’ve seen recently. It is not a tremendous leap, it basically says it’s a competitive race, which is what we’ve been saying all along,” Charles Franklin, UW-Madison political science professor, said.
“It is not a tremendous leap, it basically says it’s a competitive race, which is what we’ve been saying all along.” Charles Franklin political science professor UW-Madison
According to Franklin, recent polls have shown that between 40 and 50 percent of those surveyed say they still do not know enough about the gubernatorial hopefuls to say whether they favor a particular candidate. “It would be wrong to think that this is a well-considered
opinion that voters have. We collectively really are just getting to know these guys,” he said. Fifty-three percent of voters have an at least somewhat favorable opinion of Walker, and 55 percent said they had an at least somewhat favorable view of Barrett. Thirteen percent said they were unsure if they favored Walker, while 17 percent said they were unsure if they favored Barrett. The poll also showed the U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and former governor Tommy Thompson, who has not yet announced his candidacy, received nearly the same amount of support from those polled. With a statistically insignificant lead, Thompson led Feingold with 47 percentage points versus Feingold’s 45 percentage points. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters by telephone March 16, 2010. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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Monday, March 22, 2010
TODD STEVENS opinion columnist
he past few weeks, accusations of anti-Semitism have been lobbed back and forth across campus. Whether it is the Alpha Epsilon Pi scandal or the Bradley Smith Holocaust-denier ad, recent events have shown that the UW Jewish community is far from immune to the ugliness of discrimination and hatred, even in supposedly progressive Madison. In the wake of these controversies, it makes some past comments of District 5 county board candidate Michael Johnson even more disconcerting. Johnson’s comments were brought back to the forefront recently in a post from campus blogger Paul Axel. In his blog “People and Politics,” Axel included a series of comments Johnson made on another campus blog, the “Critical Badger,” two years ago in the wake of an anti-Semitic shoutout on The Badger Herald’s website. The comments are dismissive at best and ﬂat-out offensive at
worst. “I have this feeling that Jews would rather be treated as this oppressed group to justify constantly reaching back to the Holocaust,” wrote Johnson. “The funny things (sic) is the Jews seem to be so anxious to be treated poorly, they reach and make comments about blacks or brown people...” said another comment. He also brought up his own AfricanAmerican and American Indian heritage, writing, “If anyone wants to claim the (sic) be oppressed, I might have a leg up on you...” An additional comment complained about the frequency of Jewish protestations, saying, “Is this not like the ﬁfth or sixth time this year a Jewish student has criticized the [Badger Herald] for something printed in their paper??? (sic) It’s starting to get out of hand...” Now it is important to remember that Johnson made these comments two years ago. But nonetheless, it is a poor reﬂection on him that he made them at all. To be so ﬂippantly dismissive of the hardships the American and international Jewish communities have gone through and still go through is unac-
ceptable and hard to swallow from a man who wants to represent most of the UW student body on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. This mindset is probably best summed up in yet another post of Johnson’s: “Well, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu said ‘Jews must get over this victimization complex, and stop acting like they have a monopoly on suffering’..(sic)” I contacted Johnson about his com“I have this feeling that Jews would rather be treated as this oppressed group to justify constantly reaching back to the Holocaust.” Michael Johnson county board of supervisors candidate District 5
ments, and he conﬁrmed making all of them. He expressed regret for writing the comments and recanted the statements and sentiments included within them. “Those were insensitive comments,” said Johnson. “They no longer reﬂect my views or those of my campaign.”
He went on to explain that he has changed since originally posting the comments online. “At that time, I was still trying to ﬁnd myself as an activist and a person,” he said. I appreciate that Johnson was willing to admit his responsibility for these comments. However, I do not appreciate him passing these comments off as a result of simply being confused about his identity. Everybody is trying to ﬁgure out who they are in their early twenties. Most of us manage to do so without signing our names to anti-Semitic comments online. In addition, while two years may seem like an eternity to most college students, in the grand scheme of life, it is not a long time. For Johnson to claim that he is an entirely different person at age 22 than he was at age 20 is somewhat difﬁcult to believe. For the sake of full disclosure, Johnson’s history of web comments also includes some statements critical of The Daily Cardinal, including calling us a “church bake sale newsletter,” which Axel also mentioned in his blog. But we’re a newspaper; Johnson is welcome to criticize us––in fact, we’d love to hear any advice he has on how we could improve
UW students dropped ball on student aid protests, forgot university’s activist history MELISSA GRAU opinion columnist
ast week while taking advantage of the warm weather, I donned the running shoes, not expecting more than a nice run around the lake. On my way back, I was literally chased down for two blocks by a red-faced kid shouting my name until he caught up. It turns out he was my old friend Danny from back home visiting Madison for spring break. Danny is one of those genuine, sweet, gentlemanly types that is a gosh darn good kid through and through. I asked him how he liked Madtown and he excitedly rattled on about how he absolutely loved the atmosphere and how people here get things done. People are going somewhere. This is where stuff happens. He said this was the reputation for UWMadison, but nobody could have described this state school without actually being here. For the rest of my run, I couldn’t help but smile. Danny was right, I am truly lucky to be a student at Madison where there’s a reputation of greatness and I’m surrounded by other gosh darn good kids. But as the feel-good endorphins from the run wore off and I learned of the nationwide education revolts, in which Madison took no part, my faith in the good kids of UW eroded as well. Schools around the country held protests, rallies, walkouts, picket-lines, teach-ins and even a mock burial of public education at William Paterson University in New Jersey to demonstrate students’ disgust with rising tuition and budget cuts, while encouraging more federal involvement in public education through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. Schools currently rely mostly on state funding and tuition to ﬁnance core programs while the federal government’s main role
is to grant research and provide student aid. According to “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” Congress distributes a whopping $100 billion in student loans through private lenders. SAFRA would eliminate those lenders so the Education Department would give money directly to students, saving Congress $87 billion over 10 years. The money saved would then be spent on beneﬁts for colleges and students. Being a proud Badger, I hate to admit any jealousy to other schools, but damn. Instead of Madison making revolutionary marks, other schools like Syracuse, Washington and California are creatively, and in the case of other Wisconsinites at Milwaukee, radically standing up to education policies and advocating SAFRA in an attention-grabbing way. Like my friend Danny pointed out, we have a reputation at Madison for being active and cutting-edge while representing the rest of our state. We have a responsibility not only to ourselves, but also to the rest of the state and nation to advocate necessary change.
Perhaps Madison’s pennypinching ways stem from pure laziness rather than the strain of education costs.
This change is one I know we all care about. I don’t need to remind students of the rising price in tuition and how it individually affects students’ abilities to get to college, pay for it and receive the education they are promised while budget cuts deny funding to keep UW competitive. We feel the strain of high costs and resort to typical college kid penny-pinching techniques like relying on Febreeze to delay washing clothes, keeping apartments so cold that not even Badger Snuggies
keep us warm or opting for cheap, pre-packaged “food.” I thought pathetic money-saving tricks like these were a thread of solidarity for all college kids, along with the constant complaint of how the system is screwing us over. Money. We don’t have it, but we want it. Now we get a chance to join in a national movement to protest the fact that we aren’t getting it. We could make a change that would give us what we want, yet we do nothing. Perhaps Madison’s penny-pinching ways stem from pure laziness rather than the strain of education costs. When speciﬁc student organizations like Madison’s International Socialist Organization were asked why they are not participating in the education revolt, the responses demonstrated passivity and complacency. Since when does Madison, the same Madison that bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Danny depicted, let other people beat them at their own game? Instead of silently being jealous of other schools for ﬁnding their solidarity in the education movement while we apparently ﬁnd it in our laziness, we need to be inspired by others’ work and empower ourselves. Prof. Jeremi Suri’s teach-in recollecting UW’s activist heydays of the 60s this past weekend should serve as another inspiration. But we should not just reminisce about UW’s protest glory days, we should emulate them. Deep down, we know we’re better than this. Badgers have what it takes to stand out above the rest while not letting opportunities pass by. Select ASM representatives have traveled to D.C. to lobby lawmakers in favor of SAFRA, but more collective action on campus is necessary. With Bucky on board, UW’s reputable creativity and inﬂuence could make the education movement even stronger and draw more needed attention to SAFRA. Melissa Grau is a freshman intending to major in secondary education and communication arts. Please send all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
our product. But to take such a dismissive attitude toward the concerns of the Jewish community, whether it was two years ago or two days ago, raises serious concerns about Johnson’s ability to represent students. It brings into question his ability to handle his constituents’ issues with sensitivity and respect. It makes it seem like Johnson could alienate another segment of the student population at any moment. I do believe that Johnson is genuinely sorry for these comments. However, these comments cannot be unwritten, and they shouldn’t be. Johnson should have to answer for these statements at Monday’s District 5 debate, as I am sure people will have some serious questions about them. These statements are an indicator of just the sort of judgment Johnson would have as a county supervisor. Politicians should be aware that statements like these will weigh on voters’ minds. And when the people of District 5 go to the polls, I won’t blame them for doing just that with Michael Johnson. Todd Stevens is a junior majoring in history and psychology. Please send all feedback to email@example.com.
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keep departments in the miu loop The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, the program raising tuition by $250 for in-state students and $750 for non-resident students, has the potential to decrease class sizes in bottle-neck courses and add muchneeded faculty in high-demand areas. However the reality is that of the 114 proposals submitted to receive a portion of the MIU funding, only 31 were recommended to Chancellor Biddy Martin by the MIU Shared Governance Oversight Committee and the Student Oversight Committee.
Students in political science and biomedical engineering have a right to know that their departments will need to look elsewhere for funding.
Although it is true that Martin can pick any proposal she wants to receive funding, the fact is that the two committees spent time sifting through the proposals and recommended the ones they felt were most worthy of funding. Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning who also sits on the Shared Governance Oversight Committee, admitted in a recent news article that Martin will likely give more weight to the recommended proposals. But what about the other 83 proposals? As it turns out, almost none of the departments that submitted nonrecommended proposals knew they were unlikely to receive funding. The reason they did not know is that the administration did not tell them. When asked why the departments
were not informed, administrators said they did not wish to force Martin to choose only the recommended proposals, as she can pick whichever ones she wants. But this leaves out the important caveat that those 83 proposals are extremely unlikely to be chosen. It also leaves out the hard truth that committees showed their priorities in what they chose to recommend as the top proposals. This comes on the heels of administrators initially stating that the Shared Governance Committee was not open to the public as it was only “advisory” to Martin. Although eventually backing away from this claim and making later meetings open to reporters, when combined with the lack of informing departments about the recommendations, it shows a continual aversion to keeping the process transparent. In fact, neither the recommended nor the non-recommended proposals are even listed on the Madison Initiative’s website. To be fair, the departments and professors should have made the effort to ﬁnd out the status of their proposals. But this does not negate the fact that if you are majoring in a department where the proposal was not recommended, you are still likely to see large class sizes or a lack of added faculty. Students in political science and biomedical engineering have a right to know that their departments will need to look elsewhere for funding. To pass off keeping departments in the dark as helping the chancellor or in the best interest of the university is disingenuous. We ask administrators to make a sincere effort toward greater transparency, as students deserve to know what they are paying for.
Monday, March 22, 2010
The ‘Ecstasies’ behind Abramson’s epic poetry By Mary Chen
biography and fiction, truth and myth. Abramson makes Something about Seth stylistic gestures toward clasAbramson’s poetry feels dis- sical epic poetry with his use tanced yet intensely personal of repetition, epithets and at the same time. This paradox elevated language. became clear at the beginning As for the plot, many things of “The Suburban Ecstasies,” happen, to put it simplistithe opencally. Gideon is a BOOK REVIEW ing lines of youth and expewhich immeriences the tordiately strike ment and ecstasy readers with of adolescence, their melodthen the toric cadence ment and ecstasy and figuraof love, then tive imagery. that of war and Fingers “steework, the alienple together / ation of a father as if to poke out the sun” and and the turmoil of the courts. Gideon, the main character of In between, there is a lot of Abramson’s epic poem, is sub- travel, and with that, a lot of jected to a violent event. mythical exposition. At times it is unclear what is happening—whether Gideon or someone else is tellThe epic is not an easy read, ing the story—but a clear histhough it is brimming with tory is not the point of “The lyrical moments that are Suburban Ecstasies.” appreciable without further How does Abramson mandepth or context. age to write about all that in a 122-page book of poetry? It seems impossible, but he does it. Each poem is a potent Violence is a pervasive theme distillation of an experience. throughout the epic, and even Each word seems essential and in the quieter moments, one precious because of the verse feels as if they are witness- form. As a poet, Abramson ing something as significant is masterful enough to avoid as an act of physical violence. seeming shallow or tedious, Experiencing Abramson for the despite the length of the piece. first time is a mixture of bewil- The superimposition of the derment, assault and awe. mythical and the exotic onto The epic is not an easy the practical event creates an read, though it is brimming illusion of mystery and magic. with lyrical moments that Maybe this is what gives are appreciable without fur- “Ecstatsies” the paradoxical ther depth or context. To get feeling of being remote yet the full impact you must pay personal at the same time. All attention and read slowly in the brain’s association with order to hold the narrative ancient cultures and legends thread together. are surfaced and transplanted But the intellectual intri- onto the ordinary life, and the cacy of the “Ecstasies” is pre- effect is ecstatic. If you want cisely what makes the read to find out what I’m talkso satisfying. Themes and ing about so abstractly, “The rhythms are layered upon each Suburban Ecstasies” is worth other and cycle between auto- the read.
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Ewan McGregor’s solid performance as the successful ghostwriter adds to the slow-building tension in the ﬁlm, sometimes keeping the movie alive while the overall pace seems unfortunately stagnant.
Polanski’s ‘Ghost Writer’ builds with some thrills By Lisa Robleski THE DAILY CARDINAL
With so many unsuccessful book-to-movie adaptations and wellknown directors occasionally missing the mark, it can be difﬁcult to wade through the messes Hollywood continues to spew out. But this does make the reasonbly successful attempts, such as Roman Polanski’s new ﬁlm “The Ghost Writer,” that much more refreshing.
While the ﬁlm beneﬁts from an enticing story, it progressses at a rather slow but steady pace.
In this movie, a successful ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to help former British prime minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) ﬁnish his memoirs shortly after the mysterious death of his ﬁrst ghostwriter. The new ghost, who remains unnamed in the ﬁlm, quickly learns that he’s stepped into a complicated situation when news hits that Lang
is suspected of being involved in an international scandal.
When McGregor does start to uncover the truth, it isn’t nearly as exciting as one would hope.
As the ghost writer struggles to complete his manuscript editing, he gradually uncovers clues that potentially threatening his life as he discovers the truth behind the ﬁrst ghostwriter’s death and Mr. Lang’s political scandal. While the ﬁlm beneﬁts from an enticing story, it progresses at a rather slow but steady pace. The majority of the ﬁrst half of the ﬁlm is dedicated to setting up the plot. When McGregor does start to uncover the truth, it isn’t nearly as exciting as one would hope. In spite of this slow, meandering build-up, McGregor provides a strong performance that makes his sometimes naïve character bearable. He ﬁts the role well and creates a
dynamic with the other actors that gives the ﬁlm the air of tension it needs to stay alive. This tense mood is complemented by narvous and angry dispositions held by the characters that Brosnan and Olivia Williams (as Adam Lang’s wife) portray. The combined success of these performances with the ﬁlm’s mood make the pace and half-hearted evidence forgivable, especially since the story really picks up about two-thirds of the way through. The end comes with a twist, which you may or may not enjoy depending on your level of perception for movie endings.
In spite of this slow, meandering build-up, McGregor provides a strong performance that makes following his sometimes naïve character bearable.
If you enjoy crime thrillers and don’t mind a ﬁlm that has about as much action as an episode of “Law and Order: SVU,” then chances are you might be glad to catch this ﬁlm before it leaves theaters.
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Like Snapping Your Fingers
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Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.
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First in Twenty
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COMPARISON SHOPPING 1 5 9 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 28 29 30 33 34 36 37 38 39 40 43 46
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23 Q-tip tip 24 Bring on board, in a way 25 Zealous 26 The color of no money? 27 Synthetic resin used in paint 30 Gray wolf 31 Grp. of oil producers 32 Defraud 34 Buddy-buddy 35 Neglect to mention 36 Pitch for the road crew 38 Chin beard 39 Fernando or Lorenzo 40 They’re the fault of faults 41 One who suspends an action, in law 42 Saccharine 43 Capacitance unit 44 Raspberry drupelets, e.g. 45 Brush with the law 48 Sweeping story 49 First word, for many 50 Notorious ‘95 hurricane 51 Latvian is spoken here 52 Protective shield (Var.) 54 Sturgeon steerer
Washington and the Bear
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Badgers bounced by Vermont in ﬁrst round of NCAAs By Mark Bennett THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team, appearing in its ﬁrst NCAA tournament game since 2002, had a strong amount of momentum heading into Sunday’s first round matchup against Vermont. However, the Badgers ran into a Catamount team with veteran leadership, strong poise, and stellar shooting, and fell to Vermont, 64-55. Led by senior guards Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos, Vermont played even with Wisconsin for the ﬁrst 11 minutes of the game, trading scores with the Badgers. With 9:19 left in the ﬁrst half, however, Vermont went on a 10-0 run that propelled the team to an eight-point halftime lead. Wisconsin came out of the locker room strong, opening the second half with a 12-0 run. The Catamounts remained poised, though, and fought back to tie the contest at 39 with 10:35 remaining in the game. Vermont then went ahead by two at the 9:24 point and never looked back. The Badgers never came closer than four points down in the ﬁnal ﬁve minutes of the contest.
goalies from page 8 the other gave up three goals on 11 shots and was pulled just over halfway through the ﬁrst period. As you might not expect, however, the goalie who came into the Final Five with so much hype was not the one who rose to the occasion. Denver junior Marc Cheverie is arguably the best goaltender in the nation, but against North Dakota in the tournament semiﬁnal Friday he was pedestrian and when the Pioneers faced Wisconsin in the third place game Saturday, he was even worse. The other goaltender the Badgers faced was the opposite of Cheverie. St. Cloud State freshman Mike Lee had an up-and-down regular season, at times outshining his competition from junior Dan Dunn, but at others falling behind him. Although he appeared hesitant and perhaps nervous in his ﬁrst playoff start Friday, Lee caught on quickly and held the Badgers at bay as the Huskies claimed a 2-0 win.
“In the second half of the game we put a lot of pressure on him and he had a lot of great saves.” Ben Grotting senior forward UW men’s hockey
Wisconsin players and head coach Mike Eaves praised Lee’s effort after the disappointing loss. “In the second half of the game we put a lot of pressure on him, and he had a lot of great saves,” senior forward Ben Grotting said. “We fired 21 shots in the third [period] and couldn’t solve the riddle of getting it by Mr. Lee,” Eaves added. St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko said that, though Lee has struggled at times this year, he has demonstrated the potential to put in the kinds of performances the Badgers saw Friday. “He has shown this before throughout the season,” Motzko said. “And I
Junior guard Alyssa Karel led the Badgers in scoring with 13 points and added ﬁve rebounds. Karel, Wisconsin’s leading scorer on the season, fouled out of the game with a minute and a half remaining. Junior forward Lin Zastrow was the only other Badger who scored in double ﬁgures, contributing 11 points while leading the team with seven rebounds. Meanwhile, playing her ﬁnal game as a Badger, senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie managed just ﬁve points in the contest before also fouling out in the closing seconds. Fellow senior guard Teah Gant added nine points in the effort. Wisconsin ﬁnished the afternoon with ﬁve 3-point shots, but managed just 36 percent shooting overall and only nine free throw attempts. The Badgers also turned the ball over 15 times and suffered from a poor performance off the bench in the second half. Usually a strong weapon for Wisconsin, the bench scored just two points for the Badgers after halftime. For their winning efforts, the Catamounts also featured just two players scoring in double ﬁgures. However, Pilypaitis scored a gamehigh 25 points while Kotsopoulos anticipate in the future we’re going to see it a lot more out of him.” After a frustrating night in which Wisconsin put plenty of shots on net but could not ﬁnd the back of it, the Badgers’ task only seemed to get harder when they learned Denver and Cheverie would be their opponent the next day. When the Pioneers lost to North Dakota the night before, it was just their second defeat in their last 15 games, and Denver had not lost consecutive games all season.
“We ﬁred 21 shots in the third [period] and couldn’t solve the riddle of getting it by Mr. Lee.” Mike Eaves head coach UW men’s hockey
Cheverie was not his usual, dominant self, however, something that became clear minutes into the ﬁrst period against Wisconsin. After senior forward Ben Street put the Badgers on the board by hammering home a rebound from fellow senior forward Aaron Bendickson’s shot, sophomore forward Derek Stepan launched a sniper shot from the faceoff circle to beat Cheverie in the top corner, the kind of goal that rarely—if ever—gets past him. It was not even ﬁve minutes into the ﬁrst and Wisconsin had accomplished twice what it failed to do once against Lee. When senior forward Blake Geoffrion redirected a shot past Cheverie for a power play goal a few minutes later, Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky decided he had seen enough and pulled Cheverie. Freshman Adam Murray was solid as Cheverie’s replacement, but still allowed three goals as the Badgers kept Denver from getting too close. Cheverie said after the game that he and the Pioneers just did not come to play. “I don’t think our preparation was there,” he said. “They showed up and we didn’t.”
contributed 14. For a team that came in with a 3-point reputation, shooting over 35 percent on the season, the Catamounts made just three attempts from beyond the arc. But 40 percent shooting from the ﬂoor and 19 converted free throws were more than enough push Vermont to its ﬁrst ever NCAA Tournament victory. “They just hit some big shots,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “I thought our defense was much better in the second half. We played our kind of defense. We settled down, but it came down to them making big shots and they hit them.” While certainly disappointed, the Badgers will hold their heads high knowing they far exceeded the expectations of many critics entering this season. Projected by many to ﬁnish the season as low as 10th in the Big Ten, Wisconsin ended the year with a 21-11 overall record, a third place conference ﬁnish and the program’s ﬁrst NCAA bid in seven years. 21 victories also marks the second-most in program history. Wisconsin loses two seniors in D’Alie and Gant, but will return four of the team’s top ﬁve scorers in Karel, Zastrow, junior forward
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Junior guard Alyssa Karel scored a team-high 13 points for UW, but it was not enough to get past No. 10-seeded Vermont. Tara Steinbauer and freshman guard Taylor Wurtz. The season ended sooner than the team had hoped, yet the Badgers have plenty to look
forward to in the 2010-’11 season in just eight months. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report.
Badgers take third place in Final Five RECAP By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL
ST. PAUL, Minn. — With four of the top six teams in the country taking the ice at the Xcel Energy Center after becoming familiar with each other throughout the regular season, execution and energy stood as the main determinants. Wisconsin came out ﬂat and fell behind in Friday’s semiﬁnal matchup against St. Cloud State, and a ﬂurry of third period opportunities failed to yield anything as the Badgers lost 2-0. In the consolation game on Saturday afternoon, the Badgers squared off with top-ranked Denver and stormed to three ﬁrst period goals, cruising to a 6-3 victory. On Friday, the Badgers not only got off to a sluggish start, they also had to deal with a hot goaltender. Freshman Husky Mike Lee turned in a brilliant performance, stopping each of the 37 shots he faced. 20 of those came in a third period that saw Wisconsin control play and ﬁnd scoring chances seemingly at will, only to be shut down. Early in the game, however, the Badgers failed to ﬁnd any sort of rhythm, allowing Lee to gain conﬁdence early on his way to a shutout.
formance by junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson futile. He allowed just one goal on 21 shots before the Huskies converted with an empty net for the ﬁnal goal. “It wasn’t like we were terrible, but we just weren’t as sharp as we know we can be,” head coach Mike Eaves said. Eaves and his staff juggled the lineup after Friday’s loss, in part because of necessity and in part because of the “stale” play that the coach said he saw on Friday. Junior defenseman Cody Goloubef had to be replaced because the WCHA suspended him for the game as a result of an open-ice hit on Husky center Nick Oslund. Goloubef made contact with Oslund’s head and Eaves said after Saturday’s game that the team did not ﬁle an appeal. Junior forward Patrick Johnson found himself replaced in the rotation
by junior Podge Turnbull and each of the four lines changed in some manner, providing a fresh look for the team. “Any time you switch that up it creates energy,” senior captain Ben Street said. “It gets you into the game, you’re talking to your new linemates, that sort of thing. I think overall as a group we were more ready to go.” The Badgers jumped all over the Pioneers with goals from Street, sophomore center Derek Stepan and senior center Blake Geoffrion, prompting Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky to pull his goaltender and WCHA Player of the Year Marc Cheverie just eight minutes into the game. “We had that jump and got some goals,” Eaves said. “If you take away those three ﬁrst period goals it’s a 3-3 game, so that great start was a critical point for us tonight.”
“It wasn’t like we were terrible, but we just weren’t as sharp as we know we can be.” Mike Eaves head coach UW men’s hockey
“I feel like we made it easy for him in the ﬁrst period,” senior forward Michael Davies said. “We weren’t getting trafﬁc to the net or pucks on net.” The lack of results on the offensive end rendered an outstanding per-
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Senior forward Michael Davies and UW fell to St. Cloud State in the Final Five semiﬁnals, then defeated DU to take third place.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Cornell’s hot shooting blows away UW Badgers eliminated in second round of NCAA Tournament
By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL
They say defense wins championships, but having a good offense doesn’t hurt either. Cornell shot 61 percent from the ﬂoor, including 53 percent from behind the arc, and put up more points in regulation than any other Wisconsin opponent this season to rout the Badgers. The Big Red’s 87-69 win over Wisconsin sends Cornell to the Sweet Sixteen, and sends the Badgers home after the ﬁrst weekend of NCAA Tournament action for the second straight season. The Big Red received outstanding offensive production from its five starters, who accounted for 83 of Cornell’s 87 points. Senior guard Louis Dale led the way, scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Senior forward Ryan Wittman added 24 on 10-of-15 shooting. Senior forward Jon Jaques, senior center Jeff Foote and sophomore guard Chris Wroblewski combined for 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting to round out an efficient offensive performance for Cornell. “I just thought in all my coaching, all the experience I had on any team that I ever played on, this game here was as well executed that I couldn’t even imagine that we
could play that well in the stretches that we did,” Cornell head coach Steve Donahue said. It was by no means a poor offensive game for Wisconsin. The Badgers, who shot 44 percent from the ﬁeld this season, shot 49 percent yesterday. They also surpassed their average points per game ﬁgure by two points.
“It’s tough when you shoot 52 percent in the ﬁrst half and you’re still down 12.” Bo Ryan head coach UW men’s basketball
The Big Red did not miss a field goal until Wittman misfired over four minutes into the game, and even after the miss, Cornell controlled the rebound and Wittman connected on a 3pointer to give the Big Red a 10point lead less than five minutes into the game. Senior guard Jason Bohannon said the hot start was difﬁcult to overcome, considering how well the Big Red performed on offense. “They shot the ball very well,” Bohannon said. “They got us doing stuff that wasn’t necessarily characteristic of our defensive game plan, and when they started doing that and hitting those type of shots, they got all their confidence going. They certainly got their confidence going early from
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Freshman goalie Mike Lee shut out Wisconsin in the semiﬁnal of the WCHA Playoffs to send UW to the third place game.
UW shut down by one goalie before overmatching the next ANALYSIS By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wisconsin men’s hockey team faced two very different goaltenders at the WCHA Final Five. One was the conference’s Player of the Year and is a ﬁnalist for the Hobey Baker, college hockey’s highest individual honor, who came into the game boasting a 2.00
goals against average and a .935 save percentage, both of which were highest in the WCHA. The other was a freshman playing in his ﬁrst playoff game and gave up seven goals the last time he faced the Badgers. As you might expect, then, one shut out Wisconsin’s powerhouse offense, stopping 37 shots to help his team secure a close win, while goalies page 7
the getgo, and it’s tough to fight back from that.” UW would slowly battle back in the ﬁrst half, cutting the lead down to as little as three points after Bohannon hit a ﬁeld goal, making the score 24-21. But that was the closest Wisconsin would get to the Big Red, as Cornell extended its lead to 12 by halftime. “It’s tough when you shoot 52 percent in the ﬁrst half and you’re still down 12,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. The Badgers opened the second half with sophomore guard Jordan Taylor hitting a 3-pointer to chop the deﬁcit to nine points, but once again the Badgers would never close the gap further. Cornell’s shooting never cooled down, as they would cruise to a double-digit victory. After overmatching the Badgers, Donahue said his team’s unique style of play factored into the contest. “Wisconsin plays a certain way that’s very successful in the Big Ten,” Donahue said. “I just think we have guys who have different skill packages that make it difﬁcult for them to guard us like they guard most Big Ten teams.” Junior forward Jon Leuer scored a team-high 23 points and single-handedly kept Wisconsin from getting completely blown out early, tallying the team’s first 12 points. It was a disappointing ending for Wisconsin and their two seniors, Bohannon and guard Trevon Hughes. Despite the two being members of a No. 2-, 3and 4-seeded squad in their time
at Wisconsin, they only got past the ﬁrst weekend of the NCAA Tournament once. Nobody on Wisconsin wanted to bow out of the tournament this early, but Ryan tried to ﬁnd some positives for his seniors and his entire team after its ﬁnish in the upper half of the Big Ten and several marquee wins. “They handled the tough schedule. They won a couple neutral
games against good teams,” Ryan said. “I don’t go there when it comes to anything else about what might have been or what could have been. I just always look at the end at the picture and say, this group did a lot of good things. But there’s going to be a lot of disappointment out there for a lot of good teams.” —The NCAA contributed to this report.
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Junior forward Jon Leuer and the Badgers could not compete with the offense of Cornell.