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Big Ten student elections face lower turnouts By Maggie Chandler and Bremen Keasey THE DAILY CARDINAL

Attempts to encourage UW-Madison’s student body to have a say in choosing their student representatives proved mostly futile last week after just 6 percent voted in the Associated Students of Madison student election — the lowest turnout in 10 years. Before the election, Kate Wehrman, Student Elections Commission Chair, said ASM increased their social media presence and used an email campaign which included an informational graphic showing the number of representatives from each school. Of the 41,522 students enrolled this spring, this means that there were only 2,411 completed ballots. But this is not just UW-Madison’s problem. Other Big Ten schools have also been struggling with lower turnout. University of Illinois Illinois saw a campus-wide participation rate of 11.78 percent.

It’s an increase from the 2015 election, where 10.6 percent voted, but according to Katrina Rbeiz, press secretary for the Illinois Student Government, there’s still been a drop in the overall voting trend. Through social media posts, free food on the quad and leaflets and posters containing information about elections, the student government tried to drum up support for the election. Critics of student government often claim there is a disconnect between the students and their government, with many left feeling their vote doesn’t matter. But Rbeiz disagrees. Voting helps the student government by making sure officials are held accountable and that those elected represent the majority of students, she said. “Not only would a low turnout hurt student government, but it would also hurt the student body,” Rbeiz said. University of MinnesotaTwin Cities Voter turnout also decreased

UW women’s health course turns 50 years old this term By Robyn Cawley STAFF WRITER

Minnesota Daily writer Max Chao told The Daily Cardinal. Even with a controversial divestment referendum — similar to legislation that ASM passed last spring — during the University of Minnesota’s election, the voter turnout still decreased from last election.

In 1968, the feminist movement was the leading force in introducing the Gender & Women’s Studies class “Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease” into UW-Madison’s curriculum. Fifty years later, the class has become imperative to the department, according to Professor Jenny Higgins. The class offers an introduction to health, ill health and the social influences and inequities that mold the female-assigned health systems. It creates a dialogue about contraceptive services, defines consent and provides information on menstruation and pregnancy, according to Kendall Oehler, a UW-Madison student. Oehler said the class taught her things she “deserved to know as a developing young person,” something she did not learn growing up in Stevens Point. “I considered it to be the sex ed I never had,” Oehler said. “It’s incredibly comprehensive in a way that high school sex ed class is not.” The class also offers a discus-

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Other Big Ten schools have also seen decreased voting turnout over time. at the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities by 3 percent from 2017 to 2018. Before that, it had been increasing every year, according to the Minnesota Daily. Only one candidate running for president and vice president was a part of the student government beforehand, making the election uncompetitive,

Dane County Circuit court elections: Where do the two candidates stand? By Max Bayer CITY NEWS EDITOR


Both MeChA and Wunk Sheek thought their houses would be torn down in 2020 to clear way for university plans.

Students of color hear development rumors By Sydney Widell SENIOR STAFF WRITER

On a vibrant blue sign propped up against the porch of the MeChA House — the university community center for the Chicanx and Latinx community — the words “Don’t tear us down” are written in thick, block lettering over an image of

the state Capitol. Students who spend time at that house and at the American Indian Cultural Center on Brooks Street understand that sign’s sentiment. They believed the university had plans to replace their houses with a green space and parking lot by 2020. “We haven’t heard much,

only that it’s happening in 2020,” said MeChA coordinator Lucero Serna. “We’ve heard rumors, but we’re not sure where they’re coming from.” But Campus Planning and Architecture Director Gary Brown said rumors that both houses will

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On April 3, voters around the state will decide not just who will sit on the state Supreme Court but also who will win a variety of local city and county elections. Here in Dane County, those local races include positions for Dane County Supervisor and Dane County Circuit Judge. Of the three elections for circuit judge, only the race for Branch 1 is contested, as Judge Marilyn Townsend faces attorney Susan Crawford. With both candidates touting strong endorsements and splitting hairs on crucial issues, it’s difficult to pinpoint a favorite heading into the election. Racial Disparities One of the main issues that both candidates have addressed are racial disparities in Dane County. Ever since the Race to Equity report published in 2013,

which found disparities between black and white residents along 40 “life-status measures,” many elected officials have — at least publicly — vocalized support in closing the gaps. Townsend, who currently serves as a municipal judge and has overseen 3000 cases, has touted her support for delaying sentences in order to allow defendants to seek medical treatment or addiction services if necessary. She also supports restorative justice programs and innovative bail reforms. Susan Crawford, a partner at the Madison law firm Pines Bach, shares similar policy stances as Townsend, noting that judges should have access to data tracking information regarding sentencing disparities combined with implicit bias training. Crawford spent years working under Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration both as an execu-

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“…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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An independent student newspaper, serving the University of Wisconsin-Madison community since 1892 Volume 127, Issue 35

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Put down your phone: spend time with friends, family during break By Colleen Muraca THE DAILY CARDINAL

Today, being labeled as a millennial has many different meanings. We are seen as the innovators, the big thinkers and the bright minds of a new generation that will change the world. We’re also seen as the technology-obsessed, cell-phone-controlled generation that doesn’t know how to put their devices down. Just last week, I was shocked by a video of a concert where the entire crowd had their phones out, videotaping the performer to show their Instagram followers or their Snapchat friends that they were in fact out having fun. What happened to going to a concert and just being present in that moment? Every social event that we take part in doesn’t need to be documented to allow our friends to validate that we are having a good time. In a highly-concentrated technological world, it is difficult not to partake in hyper-documenting our everyday lives, but now we need to start dialing back. Our parents lived in a generation concentrated with true musical legends and rock stars. They went to concerts, witnessed beautiful sunsets over lakes like Lake Mendota and they did it all without a device. Since today’s society lives within the realm of the digital world, it is impossible to imagine a life without technology as a key player. However difficult it may be, I urge everyone to do their best to live in the actual world and be present in the moment. These

are the times of our lives and the memories that we will look back on and reminisce about with our college friends 10, 20, even 30 years from now. Many of us have been told that what we put on the internet is there forever, regardless of the “delete” functions. With that in mind, some things are better left in our actual memories rather than

our Snapchat memories. I will continue to use all my social media platforms, but my goal is to be more present in the times where I would normally document my experiences for other people to see. Instead of letting my friends assume and infer that I had a great time at a concert, I’m going to take a few pictures, and have an old-fashioned


Challenge yourself to put down your phone and spend time with loved ones over spring break.

Why “Love, Simon” provides so much more than your typical romantic comedy By Allysan Melby THE DAILY CARDINAL

“Love, Simon” is a revelation among mainstream rom-coms and truly was the movie that needed to come out. Although it echoes similar aspects of teen drama movies like “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Love, Simon” is able to stand out and introduce an element that is not often featured on the big screen — homosexuality among high school students.

Based on the book, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” by Becky Albertalli, Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) stars as Simon Spier, the 17-year-old that states he is “…just like you,” except he has one secret he would rather not share. Simon is gay and has yet to come out to any of his friends or family. Simon begins an email correspondence with “Blue,” an anonymous, closeted classmate, after Blue

posted on the school’s gossip message board about being gay. Hidden behind the alias, “Jacques,” Simon and Blue exchange messages about their struggles to come out to their loved ones. Unfortunately, a fellow classmate stumbles upon Simon’s secret and threatens to expose him, unless he helps with one demand. The race is on for Simon to fulfill his classmate’s request and solve the

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face-to-face conversation to tell them how much fun I had. I urge all of you to do the same, beginning over spring break. Take the time to step back and truly enjoy your time away from school with those who matter most, only do so without the glass of your phone screen separating your eyes from the true view.


“Love, Simon” offers societal elements not usually found in popular romantic comedys today.

mystery of who Blue could be. However, this movie is more than just someone’s quest to find their first high school love. It is a genuine storyline, applicable to everyone, about finding yourself and actually being yourself, even if it goes against the norm. Whether you are heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, “everyone deserves a great love story,” as the movie tagline states, and I could not agree more. “Love, Simon” is a step in the right direction for the future of inclusivity and mutual respect for all sexualities, on and off the big screen. The movie serves as a reflection of how accepting our society has grown to become. Better yet, the movie touches on how technology has become a resource and outlet for teens to express themselves and find a place online where they fit in — especially if they cannot find one in their personal lives. “Love, Simon” is a heart-warming, charming, slightly teary-eyed, down-to-earth experience. The loveable cast and upbeat modern soundtrack are only supporting characters to the already fantastic, groundbreaking plot. Of course, the questions remain — is Simon’s secret exposed; does he come out to his family; who is Blue? To find out, you will have to go see for yourself if Simon finds the perfect ending to his untraditional, but equally as important, love story.


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Wunk Sheek from page 1 be torn down are premature. “There is nothing specifically planned for where MeChA and Wunk Sheek are,” Brown said. “There’s no timeline, it’s just something that’s in the 2015 Master Plan.” Campus Master Plans are drafted every 10 years to guide development projects. The 2015 Master Plan — still in the final phases of its approval process — recommended development on the block bounded by Brooks, Park, Dayton and Johnson Streets, where MeChA and Wunk Sheek are headquartered. A similar project was outlined in the 2005 version. However, the university does not own all the land on that block. Until the Board of Regents acquires those additional properties, any development there would be limited in scale and likely not affect those organizations. The university’s six-year capital plan also requests a parking facility for the 2019-’21 biennium on the block south of Grainger. If approved, that project could go into design in 2019 and be under construction in late 2020 at the earliest. But according to Brown, that project likely wouldn’t move forward if the regents don’t acquire all the land by July 2019. In addition, a proposal to build a new Humanities Center is scheduled for the 2021-’23 biennium. That project needs private gift funds to proceed but could go into predesign by 2020. If the gift funds are not in hand by July 2021, the project would be deferred, Brown said.

“I just want the university to be communicative with the native community and other people of color on this campus.”

Collin Ludwig co-president of fiscal relations Wunk Sheek

“There is a lot to do before we can move forward on any project in the block south of Grainger Hall,” Brown said. “We’re talking with donors to see if we can get that funding. It hasn’t moved forward right now, but we’ll see if donors are interested in the next couple of years.” Facilities Planning and Management scheduled over 265 meetings between 2015 and 2017 associated with the Master Plan

process. Brown said that neighborhood associations, city councils, the Associated Students of Madison and Faculty Senate were included in the outreach initiative. His department also hosted several open community forums to discuss the projects. “We have a very robust outreach program,” Brown said. “We met with ASM right away to talk to them about what our goals were and there was plenty of opportunity for student groups to get involved and ask questions.” Yet members of Wunk Sheek only learned about the plan earlier this semester, and the information they received was false. “I was really upset when I found out they were tearing our house down,” Wunk Sheek Co-president of Fiscal Relations Collin Ludwig said. “I wish the university could look for parking spots in places that won’t affect students of color.” He also said he wishes the university would have been more transparent during the planning process. “We shouldn’t be relying on rumors or third parties to find out what is happening,” he said. “I just want the university to be more communicative with the native community and other people of color on this campus.” Steady student turnover may have contributed to the miscommunication, said MeChA Coordinator Ana Marin. She also noted that, while information may be available, students who don’t understand its technical context may draw incorrect conclusions. “The university should have in mind that students come and go, so information needs to be reiterated year to year,” she said. Serna added that, on a campus where her community frequently encounters racial violence, losing the MeChA house would mean losing one of the only places she feels safe. “This is one of the few places where we feel like we have a place of our own, where we have agency, where we are welcome,” Serna said. “If the university doesn’t have any definitive plans, they need to reassure us by letting us know, and we need to know that we’ll get another space once that does happen.” Brown said when the time comes to develop, he is ready to listen to student voices. “We can commit to working with the current university occupants in that block to assure them that they will have a place to call home during and after the transition period,” he said.

Big Ten from page 1 University of Michigan The University of Michigan has not had their spring student government election yet, but with more candidates, Elections Director Brian Koziara said he anticipates an increased voter turnout. However, he said he wouldn’t be surprised if fewer students voted since outreach wasn’t present on campus last spring. Overall, Michigan’s numbers have steadily decreased over the past three years. When asked if

election from page 1 tive assistant at the Department of Corrections and as Doyle’s chief legal counsel. Mental Health


On April 3, voters will decide who will be the next Branch 1 Circuit court judge.

students enrolled in the class — currently clocking in at 235. “Even with the rise of the internet, students are as hungry as ever for accurate, evidence-based information about their bodies and health,” Higgins said. “Most schoolbased sexuality education programs leave young people with insufficient information about these topics. Moreover, the field of healthcare changes rapidly, and so students are eager for the latest updates.” The class has changed in the last 50 years to modernize the curriculum and match the current social and moral environments of today. Although she took the class last semester, Oehler believes that this could be attributed to a disconnect between the student body and its government, Koziara said it could be attributed to other factors. These include populations that are more likely to vote — such as students who are involved in Greek life being more likely than those who are not as well as those living in the dorms in comparison to those living off campus, he said. “I wouldn’t necessarily say that students are deciding not to vote based on them feeling like they’re not involved or engaged with CSG [Central Student Government],” Koziara said.

Koziara, whose job it is to advertise the election, said CSG usually leaves this task to the parties running for election. “We don’t really do much in that regard except for sending out that campus-wide email — the reason being that the parties do a pretty good job of promoting the election themselves and we just don’t want to be too in your face about it,” Koziara said. “In a lot of cases, average everyday students who may not care about student government might want to vote, don’t want to be barraged with a million different ads about it.”

According to campaign manager Melissa Mulliken, Townsend is spearheading efforts to create a mental health treatment court. “Mental Health Courts, like other diversion courts, offer treatment and support that get at the root causes of crime and reduce recidivism,” wrote Townsend in the same questionnaire.

Townsend said she believes there is currently too much money flowing into judicial races and has combated that stance by limiting the maximum donation to $500 rather than the state-allowed $6000 total. “She is the only candidate in the race who has directed her campaign to voluntary limit the amount of contributions,” said campaign director Melissa Mulliken. Both Townsend and Crawford have supported a petition written by 54 retired judges that was sent to and eventually rejected by the state Supreme Court that would have forced a judge to recuse themself from a case where a party associated with the case made a donation of $1,000 or more.


sion on contraception and consent on a campus-wide scale while also giving students the opportunity to decide what that means for them. Oehler said this is essential to navigate the sexual climate on campus. “It really went in [on contraception], in a way that made it much easier to personalize my own healthcare experience for myself and gave me a sense of agency that I don’t think I otherwise would have had,” Oehler said. Higgins addressed the success of the class on campus, saying the internet has played a major role in the increasing number of

Crawford also supports recidivism opportunities for individuals suffering from mental illnesses, adding in a questionnaire for Dane County’s chapter of Our Wisconsin Revolution that she would consider all sentencing alternatives for individuals who don’t qualify for diversion programs. She would use incarceration only “when necessary to protect the public and/or the victim from harm.”


the class has changed significantly from the values of the midtwentieth century. “It probably wouldn’t have taken the angle that it’s taking now, being biological and social and acknowledging all the power structures at play,” she said. “The idea of supremacy or hierarchy is one that might have been more suppressed in the 1950s.” Nina Valeo Cooke, director of Undergraduate & Curricular Services of Gender & Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies, discussed curriculum shifts throughout the past 50 years, highlighting the growing developments in technology and the changing boundaries of sexuality. Cooke said developments in science and technology, as well as policy changes that influence health, have had the largest impact on the course. Cooke emphasized that the way we think of bodies, gender and identity — beyond a male-female binary — has changed dramatically. Gender & Women’s Studies 103 has become more relevant to international movements like Time’s Up and Me Too, responses to sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry and to individuals around the world, according to Higgins. “It’s been incredible to witness these last couple of years: students have been galvanized, I think, that their voices DO make a difference,” Higgins said in an email. Oehler said this knowledge can and should be extended beyond the borders of campus through the use of social media and face-to-face conversation. “I’ve had so many conversations with friends and family where I’ve been able to come to the table with a more educated perspective, and I think that’s enriched the conversation,” Oehler said. “It’s transferable, and that’s good for the world.”

“Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease” turns 50 this spring.

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Donations and Recusal Although judges address areas of the judicial process they seek to improve, their role remains impartial to politics and political affiliation. This has led both candidates to stake out their belief in how to handle court cases regarding donors and contributors.




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Ali Siddiq talks comedy, life lessons By Morgan Spohn THE DAILY CARDINAL

A lot of comedians grow up and experience many things, from hardships to joy. For Ali Siddiq, this was no different. His life is an odyssey which began in the projects of Houston, Texas, where he currently lives in a gated community. “We weren’t in those circumstances for long because my mom had a good job. She went to college, but when my father left, that put us in a disposition for about two or three years,” Siddiq said. His mom decided she could take care of herself, but still sent him and his siblings to live with his relatives in many different places. He struggled to make the right decisions throughout his early years, and that struggle landed him in prison when he was 19 years old for drug trafficking. “I had a stupid way of thinking when I was young, and if no one had ever challenged my way of thinking, I would still be thinking stupid,” Siddiq said. “I would still be thinking drug dealing, running women, being a foul individual, being racist and being all this nonsense. I would’ve still been like that without people challenging the way I thought.” Once he got out of prison, he knew that he wanted to be a comedian. However, the journey to get to where he is today

involved evolution, a lot of hard work and effort. “I started one way. I was a slapstick ‘cause I was just trying to get jokes, but now I have perspective and I’m a storyteller,” Siddiq said. “I’ve grown into whom I actually am.” His first published album, Talking Loud Saying Something, turned him into the storyteller he is today. “The way I sounded and the way I delivered, I was ‘like this is going to be the blueprint of my transition,’” Siddiq said. “People were like, ‘Well it’s his first album,’ but that is also when I changed,” Saddiq said. “I changed on my first album, which I thought was a lot more indepth than someone would have known if they had just listened to the album.” Comedians who have a weekend set of shows typically use them as testing ground for new material in upcoming specials. They use these chances to set up their routines and shave off the rough edges. “I don’t have a routine bit. I’m not a comic bit. I don’t have the same material show after show after show. I’m not weird like that, so if I have five shows in a city, all five shows are going to be different,” Siddiq said. “So if you were to come to the early show on Friday and the show on Thursday night,


Siddiq will be performing in Madison this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Comedy Club on State. they don’t have anything to do with the show on Saturday or Sunday.” As to whether his progression as a comedian is done right now, he thinks he is just getting started. “I don’t think I’m good yet. I think I’m evolving to being good, but I don’t want to be good. I want

to be mentioned amongst some of the greatest comics ever to do it. I want to have a yellow jacket at the end of this thing,” Siddiq said. Siddiq will have five shows: one on Thursday night starting at 8:30 p.m., two shows on Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and the same sched-

ule for Saturday night. “Hopefully people who come out come with an open mind, want to have a good time, want to think, want to talk and be a part of my show,” Siddiq said. “I have never been to Madison before — I don’t know what to expect.”

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Sardine That’s right, kids! We are ROLLIN’ WITH THE BIG DOGS. OK, I know Sardine is a little on the pricier side but here me out: How do you reward yourself on the off-chance that you wake up on a Sunday morning before noon, check your bank account, and, for once in your goddamn life, see you haven’t spent every penny to your name at 1 a.m. the night before buying a round of shots for those girls you just met in the Red Shed bathroom? Spend every penny to your name balling out on some fancy french brunch like the adult you are. We’re talkin’ salmon, fancy pastries, duck confit salad, a million different types of cheese whose names I can’t even pronounce and BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST. That’s right, I said it — brioche. The only thing I love more than buckets of natural lighting, brick walls, a lake view and a champagne cocktail is … nothing. Literally nothing. — Amileah Sutliff

Lazy Jane’s Café There is nothing sluggish about Lazy Jane’s Café. Every few minutes comes with the hollering of someone’s name when their savory frittata or coffee is ready. The spatulas scrape on skillets beyond the open kitchen window; people cluster underneath a bold rainbow pirate ship near the register, waiting for an empty table. Nestled on Willy Street, inviting customers in with pastels colors and the scent of scones, the counterserve breakfast and lunch joint looks like your grandma’s kitchen. Knickknacks and coffee mugs line flowery windowsills and vintage tables, and velvety couches dot the upstairs seating area. Up here, it feels even more like an elderly relative’s cozy home — up away from the bustle, an open space with some toys and books allows kids (and adults!) to play during their mom’s Sunday brunch with the gals. Lazy Jane’s food matches the homey vibes, serving pancakes, large portions of hashbrowns and items specifically for youngsters. If you’re looking to feel at home while catching up with friends over breakfast, look no further than the cutest bakery in the hippest Madison neighborhood. — Sammy Gibbons

Bradbury’s There are few brunch spots spots I’d wait in a long line for on a weekend, so the fact that I’ve done exactly that for Bradbury’s should be a strong indication of just how delicious it is. The tiny, triangle-shaped restaurant just off Capitol Square is best known for its coffee and crepes — and whether you’re in the mood for a breakfast that’s savory or one that’s sweet, you’ll be in the right place. And if you don’t want to deal with the other Sunday brunchers, Bradbury’s is open daily starting at 6:30 a.m. A cup of coffee and a crepe can make a weekday study session exponentially better, and you won’t have to wait for a seat by the window. — Madeline Heim

Cafe Hollander


Although more expensive than other spots and a little farther off campus, Cafe Hollander is well worth the extra time and money. Hollander has the perfect combination of sweet and savory brunch items, along with killer potatoes and fresh orange juice that’s sure to cure your Sunday scaries. If you’re overwhelmed by the magnitude of their menu choices, the fresh berry waffle with creme fraiche and maple syrup is the type of melt-in-yourmouth delicious that you can’t pass up. Want the sweets but don’t want to be hungry again in an hour? If you’re there with a group, I recommend having one person order a sweet plate and another order savory; this way you can split them up and get the best of both worlds. Cafe Hollander has a reputation of long brunch lines, but if you set your alarm and get there between 9 and 9:30, you’re sure to get a table and begin enjoying! — Justine Spore

Bassett Street Brunch Club Bassett Street Brunch Club is a Madison staple. If you manage to get a table on the weekend — which can be challenging: Sundays usually guarantee at least an hour wait due to the high demand for brunch foods — make sure to try their boozy brunch cocktails and eggs benedicto. Bassett Street Brunch is known for their extensive menu, ranging from various french roasts to SpaghettiOs. The best part, however, is their donuts, particularly their house glazed ones. Served on their own or with buttermilk fried chicken, you can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned donut. — Allison Garfield Jac’s Jac’s is a bit farther down Monroe Street than most people usually venture, but the combination of their menu, full of a wide variety of options, and their drinks make it a prime destination for anyone seeking brunch. The Bloody Marys are immaculate and the fries with three different aioli dips will leave your mouth watering for longer than the 20-minute bus ride it takes to get there. —Kelly Ward

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Monty’s Blue Plate Diner Why should I take a bus out to the East side of Madison just for brunch, you ask? Because Monty’s Blue Plate Diner is the best brunch spot in town. Perched across the street from the Barrymore Theatre, this former gas stationturned diner offers a wide array of diner classics, along with an expansive dessert menu. Start your meal off with a specialty shake (Triple Chocolate is my personal favorite) and balance your sweet tooth with a savory omelet. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try one of several ice cream cocktails. If you want to save dessert for later, take a slice of pie, cake or another bakery item to go. Monty’s also has numerous vegetarian and vegan options, thus giving UW-Madison students no reason to not try the best diner in town. Oh, and did I forget to mention breakfast is served all day? — Negassi Tesfamichael Sunroom Cafe The Sunroom Cafe has been a popular brunch spot for Badgers for many years — and I know because I was first introduced to it by two alumni. It’s hard to miss the yellow awning that’s less than a block away from campus on State Street, though you might be unaware of the little treasure that awaits you on the second floor. The best part about the Sunroom is in its name: that is, the sun. The cafe allows for sunlight to fill the room through its many windows, brightening the already warm and cozy atmosphere. As for your dining experience, you’ll find it to be low key and down to earth, with dineresque plates full of comfort food and pastry treats that I highly recommend you share a variety of with your brunch mates. — Erin Jordan

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Business school does not adequately value input from students DEENA WHITWAM letter to the editor


Small scale donations are essential in combatting the big money influence in political campaigns.

Donating to campaigns is vital to free elections PETER KANE opinion columnist


few weeks ago, I got a letter from Tammy Baldwin’s 2018 reelection campaign. The mass-printed flyer outlined Baldwin’s progress in the Senate so far and her future goals; most of which I agreed with. To me, she seems like a fair candidate and it’s likely that she will get my vote. However, as I reached the end of the letter, I was taken aback when Tammy asked me to donate $10, $20 or $35 to her reelection campaign. I stopped reading, laughed and threw the letter in the direction of the trash. Thirty-five dollars?! No way! I am a full-time college student at a world-class university (slight flex), I wait tables three nights a week so I can pay rent, buy food and fund the lavish lifestyle that I have so frivolously developed. I’m a college kid, not a super PAC, with $35 I could buy a 36-pack of Keystone, five McChicken’s and still have almost enough to pay seven cents for every piece of printed paper. Why should I sacrifice my hard-earned money so that Baldwin can make Republican attack ads and pay those annoying bell-ringers that I pretend not to hear? Since when has voting not been enough to fulfill my civic duty? So I went on with my frivolous existence and left my civic duty crumpled on the floor near the trash until the next day, when headlines announced a $1.5 million ad campaign against Tammy Baldwin by the Concerned Veterans Alliance, a branch of the political advocacy network headed by Charles and David Koch, multi-billionaire conservative figureheads who have had their thumbs on the balance of our elections for years. The Koch brothers- who control Koch Industries, the second

largest privately-owned company in the U.S.- use their immense wealth and vast advocacy network to shift the results of elections in their favor. They fund campaigns of their allies and attack their opponents with hours of TV ads that warp public opinion. They use their advocacy groups, like the Concerned Veterans Alliance and Americans for Prosperity, to promote policies that will be good for their interests. They have bought into a legal loophole that effectively shapes our government, and they are only getting started. In January, the conservative political network run by the Koch brothers announced it would spend an unprecedented $400 million during the 2018 midterm elections, a big jump from their modest contribution of $250 million for the 2016 elections. This is not good news for Tammy Baldwin. As one of ten Senate Democrats running for reelection in a state won by Donald J. Trump in 2016, her seat is a natural target for Republicans hoping to paint the nation blood red in 2018. And as the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, the target on her head gets even bigger. As of last November, Baldwin already had more money spent against her than all other incumbent Democratic Senatorial candidates combined, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. She has a tough fight ahead of her, and I wish her all the best, but still I remain hesitant to spare my beer money to a cause that is so drastically lopsided. I am not saying that big donations are characteristic only to Republicans; on the contrary, rich Democrats spend just as much supporting their own interests and attacking their opponents. What is lopsided is the power that the super-rich have

in choosing our representatives compared to the powers of the individual citizen, who in a true democracy should have the power. If I were to donate, my $35 would be little more than a teardrop on the cheek of Baldwin as she stands in a torrential downpour of big donor opposition. My money, my vote, my beliefs are nothing compared to the influence that millions of dollars can buy. So what’s the point of contributing? The point is the ideal of democracy itself. Unless we want our politics to be determined by the mega-rich, we the people ought to contribute financially to a cause that we support. Like voting, donating to campaigns gives us citizens a type of representation in a campaign that we hope will promote our beliefs. It is a kind of financial democracy where more money equals more influence. However, the problem remains that those with the most money can easily drown those who do not have expendable income. We as citizens will not be truly represented until there are some sort of regulations on campaign donations. But the people have always had strength in numbers. In 2016, Bernie Sanders proved that it is possible to fund a campaign on small donations from many people. In theory, a world where elections are funded, promoted and decided by all people makes sense. It is possible for us to fight back against big money in politics, but it may require all of us to sacrifice a few McChicken’s for the greater good of our democracy. Peter is a junior majoring in journalism and English. What are your thoughts on money in political campaigns? How do you think money has affected politics in Wisconsin? Send any questions or comments to us at

On Thursday March 15th, Business School Interim Dean Gerhart invited student leaders, including the Undergraduate Business Council President, the ASM Business School Council Representative, and myself to a follow up meeting regarding a student advisory committee. Our voices were not respected in this meeting. Dean Gerhart refused to read the policy brief we had carefully put together and immediately rejected the notion of regularly meeting with students. After we suggested pursuing this committee with a business administrator who perhaps had more time, Gerhart all but rejected this idea as well. This was an awkward meeting - Gerhart brought us all to his office and then failed to prepare specific reasons as to why this committee would not work. Simply, he was not interested in undergraduate students. The School of Business decided that they were doing “good enough” when it came to collecting student feedback.As a business school student myself, I could not disagree more.

As the ASM Shared Governance Chair, I could not be more disappointed by the reception we received.

Shared governance is the decision-making engine at the University of WisconsinMadison, ensuring that student voice is included on all campus decisions that impact us. This structure is the best way to ensure that student voice is included in campus conversations. Currently, there are over 70 committees campus wide that welcome the voices of over 200 students. The business

school has zero. While different schools and colleges within the University of Wisconsin-Madison have different levels of shared governance involvement, it only takes one administrator who cares about student voice to create a shared governance committee. Most recently, administrators including Laurent Heller (Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration), Jeff Novak (Director of Housing and Dining), and Steve Cramer (Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning) created advisory committees when approached by passionate students. They immediately recognized the mutual value created through regular communication between students and administrators. As a graduating business student, I am not surprised by Dean Gerhart’s quick rejection of this small ask. In fact, the business school forgot to include student shared governance in the selection process of Dean Gerhart in the first place. As the ASM Shared Governance Chair, I could not be more disappointed by the reception we received. On every decision- making committee across campus, administration needs to be including student voice in the conversation. The Business School is not doing their duty to their students. For the Wisconsin School of Business to achieve success in the future, it is essential that leadership is making a greater effort to include student voice in campus initiatives and regular conversation. It is critical that student shared governance is being taken seriously. Deena is the ASM shared governance chair. She is currently a senior majoring in management and entreprenuership. What are your experiences with schools’ receptiveness to student voices? Send comments and experiences to


The business school needs to take its students’ voices seriously.

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Paul Ryan reverts to fifteen year-old self after being called out by fifteen year olds By Josie Brandmeier THE DAILY CARDINAL

“Why are kids so mean mom?” Paul Ryan said, calling his Mom Wednesday night, crying. Elizabeth Ryan tried to console her distressed son. “It’s okay, my special boy, what happened?” Struggling through his messy tears, Paul said, “They picked on me. They yelled at me in front of everyone. Everyone saw it...” Paul trailed off and broke out into sobs again. Elizabeth sat silently on the other end, waiting for him to quiet down. She knew that her son had a hard time standing up for himself, for anything, actually, but it was still hard to see him struggle so much. “Mom, they brought up the NRA. They told everyone that I made more money off the NRA than any senator. Don’t they know that I’m SENSITIVE about that?” At the word sensitive, Paul’s voice had height-

ened in pitch so much that it emitted a nice loud crack, so loud in fact that Elizabeth was reminded of the time Paul struggled through a choir solo his freshman year. She smiled fondly at the memory. Although she hated to see her son so upset, she was happy that he was at least opening up to her. Like any teenager, it’s hard to get your spineless Speaker of the House son to say what was really on his mind. “...I don’t even want to go work tomorrow. They were so mean. I’m sick of being bullied, Mom.” Her son’s heartfelt confession made her throat catch. Elizabeth had watched on the television as thousands of teenagers came together on National Walkout Day to protest gun violence and demand gun control in response to the Parkland High School shooting. Despite the majority of the country in favor of gun control, Congress had not yet passed any legislation. She watched the teens yell outside

the Capitol, where her son worked. It hurt her to see him in pain, and it felt instinctual to protect him, but she knew that Paul had to figure out this problem on his own. Timidly, Elizabeth suggested, “Paul, did you ever consider… actually listening to the kids? Maybe you could compromise. Remember when you talked about compromising in your seventh grade health class? You could try talking with your friends from work about some common sense gun control. Maybe invite them over! And I could make you guys macaroni and cheese.” Paul scoffed. “Wow mom, you really just don’t get it. ” “-but honey..” “NO MOM…” his voice cracked again this time as he yelled, “You don’t even listen to me. I can’t COMPROMISE. That would be TOTALLY embarrassing. Do you even realize what everybody would think? What Donald would think? Mitch? Ugh, no one understands me….”

Super Woke student ensures all of social media is aware of her wokeness By Samantha Munro Jones THE DAILY CARDINAL

“I just really want to be an inspiration for all girls that will follow in my footsteps,” UW student Sarah Johnson triumphantly captioned her most recent photo of her and her ridiculously hot friends at the Women’s March. “A lot of people say that I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of myself in only nipple tassels, but that is not what this is about. This is about equality!” she stated when questioned about her motives. You can see it on her filter-filled Instagram: Sarah is frickin’ woke. It is filled with captions about her perceived quirkiness, acai bowls, vegan tacos, green smoothies, “shelter” dogs and an abundance of photos whenever there is any form of social uprising. It is needless to say that her 2,376 followers always know which social justice bandwagon is the most necessary to hop on. Pride festivals, pro-choice rallies and anti-gun walk-outs, our gal has documented it all with her perfect hair and toned stomach! She loves to wear Madewell, cover her various Hydroflasks with four dollars apiece RedBubble stickers about feminism and the environment, and listens to a blend of Chance the Rapper and Taylor Swift: she is the face of our progressive generation! “I really look up to her, you know, being so open about her totally non-mainstream politi-

cal views on social media. I mean, she even retweeted a demeaning tweet about Trump! One day, I aspire to have the confidence to do that,” replied one of her sorority sisters that managed to make an appearance in 97 of Sarah’s 392 color coordinated Instagram posts. While she may only be a

single outspoken and empowered young woman, her gifts to her followers, and ultimately the world, will live on for generations. With the potential for increasing numbers of outspoken youth, we can only hope that intersectionality, racial disparities and actual environmental conservation can make the cut!


Paul Ryan isn’t crying. He doesn’t know why you would think that. You jerk. The phone line clicked off. Elizabeth waited to see if her son would call back, and flipped through old photo albums of his greatest achievements. With a faint smile, she

realized although times have changed, Paul was, regrettably, still a fifteen year old kid. She sighed and shook her head with a hopelessly loving smile. “Kids these days.”

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Men’s Basketball

Well red, well traveled: Mike Bruesewitz undergoing nomadic hoops career overseas By Jake Nisse THE DAILY CARDINAL

LONDON — Mike Bruesewitz hasn’t stopped travelling recently. He’s seen the scenic mountains of Norway, the historical beauty of Malta and even the murky, cloudy skies of Slovenia. But Bruesewitz isn’t on a boozy Eurotrip or soul-searching expedition around the globe. Rather, the former Wisconsin basketball forward is currently in the midst of a nomadic professional career across Europe and beyond. “When you come to Europe, you’re in for a very rude awakening a lot of times,” Bruesewitz said. “I’ve played in high school gyms … When I was in Jerusalem, I was super excited that we had an ice machine in the locker room.” In addition to Norway, PHOTOS BY NITHIN CHARLLY AND GRAPHIC BY JADE SHENG/THE DAILY CARDINAL Slovenia, Malta and Israel, Known for his flowing red afro, basketball has allowed Mike Bruesewitz to travel the globe since leaving Madison. Bruesewitz’s career has taken him to Sweden and now Latvia, where he currently plays for Ventspils. calmed by former Ohio State sharp- individualistic style of play overseas, team,” he said. “I was pretty over And while the defensively- shooter Jon Diebler, a member of as he was forced to ditch the method- being in Slovenia, man.” gifted big man has gotten nose the other team, after a couple of ical pace he was taught at Wisconsin. Now living in Latvia, surgery in Latvia, played inside scary moments. Hapoel have just Furthermore, Bruesewitz was Bruesewitz can look back on his old airplane hanghad a knife and a bottle of forced to live in relative isolation past experiences — good and bad ers and on courts alcohol tossed at them min- in Slovenia, as he was the only — as a seasoned international pro. with unequal basket utes apart, and Bruesewitz American, stationed 30 minutes outHe’s played in Greece, Russia heights, there was is kind of freaking out. side of the capital city of Ljubljana. and Romania with teammates hailno clearer indication “I was just like, ‘Yo, He calls it the “hardest time I’ve ing from Denmark and Lithuania of his distance away are we safe here?’ And ever had as professional,” as he spoke all the way to the Arkansas and Bruesewitz from the comforts of [Diebler’s] like, ‘Uh, to just one person, a waiter named Buffalo college programs. averaged 4.6 Madison than one wild yeah, more or less. If you Tom, for two months. He’s even shared the court points for his career. night in Turkey. guys win, I would defi“Thankfully I got cut from that with former Ole Miss firebrand During his time with nitely run to the locker Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem room as fast as you can.’” Bruesewitz of Israel, Bruesewitz But while Diebler and started 66 of traveled to Karsiyaka, Bruesewitz’s Big Ten pediUW’s 69 Izmir to face a Turkish gree may have catapulted games in his opponent, and took them to a professional final two notice of the strong secucareer, the latter credits his seasons in Madison. rity presence around the pre-Wisconsin days with team to quell any Jewishtruly preparing him for Muslim tensions. life overseas. Even in this hostile enviBruesewitz was coached by ronment, however, Bruesewitz former NBA player Chris Carr at couldn’t have predicted the the AAU level and also spent time forthcoming events. around pros Kris Humphries, Jared Reiner and Troy Hudson. The forward says he practiced and played around pros starting “Thankfully I got cut from at the age of 15, giving him the that team. I was pretty over type of insight and experience being in Slovenia” that even a four-year career at Wisconsin could not. But while Bruesewitz has enjoyed Mike Bruesewitz Shabbats in Israel and mountainside former UW men’s basketball player Ventspils forward tours of Norway, there were still some aspects of transition that no mentors could’ve truly prepared him for. Fast forward to the day of the He says it took him a couple of game, and Bruesewitz is being months to get used to the faster, more

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When Mike Bruesewitz left UW, he ranked eighth in career offensive rebounds.

Marshall Henderson, as he played on the guard’s squad for The Basketball Tournament in 2016.

“When you come to Europe, you’re in for a very rude awakening a lot of times.” Mike Bruesewitz former UW men’s basketball player Ventspils forward

Bruesewitz’s talents have taken him across the world and exposed him to a plethora of different cultures and backgrounds. But through it all — the linoleum courts, the crappy hostels and yes, even the knife-throwers — he sees that Madison has more in common with Malta than you’d think. “The cool thing is, everyone kinda does the same thing in life, they just do it with different variations,” Brusewitz said. “People try and laugh, people try and smile, generally people wanna be happy, have a good time. Everybody parties, everybody sleeps, so it’s kinda cool, you just get to see how people do it differently in different parts of the world.” Jake Nisse is currently studying abroad in London. This is the second of an ongoing series on former Wisconsin athletes currently playing overseas.

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