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City council candidates discuss downtown entertainment, budget By Kate Ray The Daily Cardinal
Candidates for the Madison Common Council gathered at the Wisconsin Lutheran Church Thursday to engage in a forum discussing ways to improve the city of Madison. In District 8, which covers much of the UW campus, UW-Madison student and former Daily Cardinal columnist Kyle Szarzynski and UW-Madison alumnus Scott Resnick are competing to replace Ald. Bryon Eagon, District 8. UW-Madison student Sam Stevenson challenges incumbent Bridget Maniaci in the race for District 2.
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Candidates at the forum discussed ways to improve the downtown area, and candidates agreed the city must balance the needs of both downtown residents and visitors who come to the downtown area for entertainment. Several candidates said the city needs to improve entertainment and nightlife culture for students under the age of 21 in Madison. “I think we need to target students of the young ages that can’t go to the bars,” Stevenson said. “Issuing more licenses for 18-plus shows is a good place to start.” Szarzynski said he believes the issue of underage drinking in Madison needs to be handled with
a realistic approach. “The reality is, practices like bar raids don’t prevent underage drinking, they simply force people of this younger population into a different and more dangerous house party scene,” Szarzynski said. “There obviously needs to be more options for people of this age group.” Concerning the changes in the Wisconsin budget, candidates discussed plans to increase revenues or decrease services in their districts to fill the future monetary gap. “We are getting pushed and pulled from every direction withforum page 3
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals referred Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision to delay the publishing of the budget repair bill to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Thursday. Last Friday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed an appeal to Judge Sumi’s ruling that several Republican lawmakers violated state Open Meeting Law when the amended bill was passed in the state senate March 9. “Because this appeal presents significant issues, we believe that the Supreme Court is the proper forum for it,” the Court of Appeals said in a brief. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said it was good the courts were taking the alleged violation of the Open Meetings Law seriously. “Our goal here is transparency and openness in government,”
Barca said in a statement. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk praised the Court of Appeals’ action to uphold Sumi’s decision until “important legal questions are answered.” “These questions stem from a legislative process in which open government rules were blatantly broken and … people’s trust in their democracy was diminished,” Falk said in a statement. Political Science Professor Charles Franklin said the ruling did not favor Republicans or Democrats but rather reveals the lower court’s ambiguity in what is constitutional. However, the Republican Party of Wisconsin showed concern about the case going to the Supreme Court. They said in a statement Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson receives much of her campaign money from unions, which would influence her decision. supreme court page 3
Falk says budget will hamper child support Gov. Scott Walker’s budget will cut $840,000 from county funding which ensures parents are held accountable for supporting their children, according to Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. Falk says this will compromise the county’s ability to go after parents who are not financially supporting their children with basic needs such as clothing and food. “We’re estimating Governor Walker’s budget will result in nearly $8 million less in child support collected in Dane County each year,” Falk said. “That adds up to around
6,000 Dane County families who will receive nothing in child-support payments for their kids.” Falk attributes the number to the fact that the county’s Child Support division manages to get $7 for every $1 invested in their work. Falk also referred to the fact that 50 percent of Wisconsin children under five who live in a singleparent household live in poverty. “Taking money out of the back pockets of parents trying to support their kids at a time when so many families are struggling is just wrong,” Falk said.
Taste of Japan event teaches students about culture, cooperation, resilience By Corinne Burgermeister The Daily Cardinal
Students and staff gathered Thursday to learn about Japanese culture from UW-Madison Japanese students in an event sponsored by the International Student Services. ISS teamed with Restaurant Muramoto to provide knowledge on Japanese culture, politics, economics and food. ISS members Aoiko Akida and Kai Kanagawa led presentations about different facts of Japanese culture. Akida said Japanese culture stresses cooperation, and Japanese people do not stand alone. The Japanese symbol for one person actually resembles two. “The bigger person is supported by the smaller person,” Akida said. “Even though
it means ‘single person,’ we are not standing alone, we are not living alone, we are living with someone’s support.” Kanagawa said the Japanese economy is the third largest in the world, and is self sufficient to some degree, but in times of crisis Japan looks for help from others. Kanagawa showed pictures of the present-day city of Kobe and pictures from the earthquake in 1995. Kobe was able to revive itself and overcome damages with the help and support of people from outside of Japan. The damage from the current earthquake is more tremendous and severe than those of the past. ISS is collecting money for American japan page 3
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The International Student Services sponsored an event to explore the culture of Japan Thursday. The event also offered attendees options to send aid to Japan.
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ith “The Hobbit” slated to be released in 2012, I can’t help but feel my inner “Lord of the Rings” geek rear its head as the months fly by. To be honest, it never ceases to amaze me just how few people have actually read the LOTR trilogy, especially when considering how badass J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterfully written stories actually are. So with all the movie hype, why aren’t people reading the books? I think the answer probably lies in the writing itself. It’s not easy to read “Old English.” Considering Harry Potter practically caters to second graders, maybe Tolkien’s books would get more credit if they were dumbed down and/or changed to resemble more modern speech. Since there aren’t too many kids who can use the “I dunn read gud” excuse at Madison, I have to assume it must be the archaic language
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that keeps students from really getting into the books. So, to help everyone get in the LOTR spirit, I’ve translated an excerpt of Tolkien’s “The Return of the King” into a more popular urban vernacular that most students will relate to. Though there were some difficult translations to be made, the overall plot remains unchanged: Pippin woke up so hungover he almost puked all over his new threads. As he put on his sword and shit that damn wizard, Gandalf, came knockin’ on the door again. “For real old man? I thought I told you, I’m ready when I’m ready, gimme five damn minutes,” Pip said. As soon as they left, Pip spotted some real evil looking shit toward Mordor. Gandalf was definitely not tryin’ to get his or Pip’s asses killed, so they figured they’d just try and roll east towards Minas Tirith, in Mordor. Thing is, there was a grip of orcs and other crazy things comin’ from Mordor. Everyone knew they was gonna have some crazy shit on them that prolly was gonna put some serious hurt on Minas Tirith, so before they left Gandalf was like,
“Hey yo Aragorn! We’re heading out bro. Just so we’re straight, I hope you know I’ma kill you if you’re playin’ me about those horses you said you was sending tomorrow.” Aragorn, lookin’ pissed as hell, was like “Nah, dawg. My plan’s gonna be bomb as hell. Why you hatin’? I got 6,000 Rohirrim just chillin’ out back, they be waitin’ to put some serious hurt on those orcs, but you keep gettin’ in my face about it and I’ll tell ‘em all the whole things off.” Gandalf looked like he was real upset, but Pip knew he was just actin’ hard. So they rolled out, and Pip was glad cuz Rohan smelled so dank he couldn’t stand it. Speaking of which, Gandalf was smoking some greens he’d never heard of, and every time he tried askin for a toke, Gandalf would be like, “This ain’t no Longbottom leaf you know. This’ll wreck your ass if you aint never smoked it.” Finally the old man gave in and Pip took a hit. DAMN did he trip. Fo’ like six hours he was thinkin’ that he was riding on top of some bigass white dragon that could talk and laugh and shit, and that
he had eyes that could see in the dark, even though it was day. Let me tell you dawg, that was da craziest thing he ever smoked, no joke. When they finally got to Minas Tirith the guy in charge was all pissed and shit cuz I guess Gandalf was late or something and they were about to get beat down by a some huge damn army from Mordor. Gandalf wasn’t having that. He was like, “Dude, you want a badass wizard here or not, yo? Me and dis hobbit here don’t gotta be up in yo crib. You keep up that lip and you can try and fight that mofo Sauron on your own. That clear son?” That shut him up real quick. Pip was about to rub it in his face when he heard some loud ass horn. Everyone looked real spooked when they saw those orcs steppin all over their turf. Gandalf said, “Damn boys, hope all ya’ll brought a fresh pair of underwear and some smokes. This shit’s about to go down for keeps. Ya’ll betta hope that damn ranger didn’t play us fo’ fools or we all gonna get dusted.” Want more ghetto “LOTR?” Have questions about anything Middle Earth? E-mail Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ey. Why aren’t you e-mailing us? If anything, the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox should be fuller than normal after spring break. So send in your sex questions (or comments or stories, if you prefer). Kthx. In the meantime, we’re going to wax philosophical (this time of year, we’re not waxing any other kind of way) about queer visibility in mainstream culture. If we’ve lost you already, what we’re saying is that we’re gonna talk about “Glee.” As you may or may not be aware, last week’s episode of “Glee” featured the openly-gay Kurt getting a passionate smooch from his openly gay mentor, Blaine. There was much buzz, gay and non-gay, about this, and on YouTube Gleeks’ posted their joyous reaction to the long (11 seconds!) and long-anticipated liplock. Well, we hate to rain on the pride parade, but we’ve got to ask: How much progress does this really signify for queer communities? Do not get us wrong. We are beyond pro-boys-kissing-on-TV. We like it, we like watching it and we like watching other people watch it. Nonetheless, we’re leery of declaring this a “big moment in every way”, as Sandra Gonzalez proclaimed in Entertainment Weekly. The number of queer characters (and queer people) on television and in film is undoubtedly at an all-time high. In addition to “Glee,” we’ve seen shows like “Modern Family” incorporate gay characters into their storylines. Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” is all over the radio. Films like “The Kids Are All Right” have generated much publicity and revenue. Openly lesbian women like Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow are high-profile names. “These works,” says UW alum Joe Erbentraut in “Have We Reached a Post-Gay America?”, “showcase queer people doing, by and large, ordinary things … these projects all showcase a certain symbiosis or symmetry, even, between gay and straight.” Visibility is a key part of the acceptance of any social justice movement. When individuals
outside the movement begin to see and become outraged by the struggles, when the humanness of marginalized people begins to become undeniable and beautiful, then allies are formed and the movement expands. Thus, we are not complaining about Kurt and Blaine kissing on TV—in fact, we hope they do it more. But there’s a real danger to interpreting this representation as evidence that the queer movement has arrived, that we may lay down our arms in the struggle for LGBT equality. Images like Kurt and Blaine are real and they signal progress, but there is still very much a limit to how queer one can acceptably be in mainstream representations. Both of these men are young and conventionally attractive, and the activities they’ve engaged in so far would hardly be boundary-pushing if they were a mixed-gender pair. On the one hand, you can
make the legitimate argument that these representations break down stereotypical images of queerness and queer-identified people—we’re here, we’re queer, we’re not all gay minstrelsy á la “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” On the other hand, we’re still only permitted to break down these stereotypes in ways that don’t make heteros too uneasy. Rachel Maddow is perhaps a poster-perfect example of this assimilation. Would she (or Ellen) be on television if she rocked a mullet and flannel and had hairy pits? Perhaps— but certainly not on MSNBC. This is our concern. This diluted or sanitized version of “gay” cannot be allowed to become the new stereotype. As these representations liberate, they marginalize and separate. Our transgender and gender nonconforming siblings are carefully photoshopped from these images of “LGBT people.” Queer people of color and queer people with disabilities are conspicuously absent.
Representations of bisexual people are still minimal. At the end of the aforementioned article, Joe Erbentraut concludes, “While Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee’ may affirm the normalcy and acceptability of queer lives, the sheer fact remains that it’s not always easy to live open queer lives.” We don’t think a queer soul on the planet would disagree with that statement. Nonetheless, the struggles and discrimination faced by LGBT folks don’t continue to exist in spite of our increasing representation in mainstream media; in many ways, they also continue to exist because of our representation in mainstream media. Progress for some is no progress at all if it comes at the further devaluation of others in our communities. We must remain cognizant of this as we work to move forward together. E-mail email@example.com with comments and sex questions.
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Harvard professor discusses African-American genealogies By Sharon West The Daily Cardinal
Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and AfricanAmerican Research, delved into the genealogy and genetics of AfricanAmerican history in his lecture at Mills Hall Thursday night. Along with being an esteemed professor, Gates is a literary critic, cultural historian and television producer. Gates demonstrated his distinguished intellect, affable humor, and powerful speaking while creating a deep connection with the audience. On the PBS mini-series African American Lives to Faces of America, Gates has interviewed
numerous renowned icons, including Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman and Tina Turner, and gave them insights to their own family histories. Gates’ shocking look at the past brought many interviewees to tears and loss of words. His research shows a very personal look at AfricanAmerican hisGATES tory that make our country’s past come to life. According to Gates, not one African-American today is 100 percent African descent, and he found
that most African-Americans are at least 30 percent white. “I could get eight people, eight prominent African-Americans and I would do their family tree, back to slavery, back to the point where the paper trail disappears, and then when it disappeared I would do their DNA and reveal what tribe or ethnic group they were from in Africa and Europe,” Gates said. With a large grin, Gates told the audience he dawned on this idea while going to the bathroom. Gates said by learning history, young people can also learn about sciences like genetics. “What is your favorite subject, ladies and gentlemen? That’s right, your favorite subject is yourself,” Gates said.
Two young boys allegedly sexually assault girl on playground Two young Madison boys were taken to the Juvenile Reception Center Wednesday after Madison police arrested the boys for alleged first-degree sexual assault, according to police. The assault took place on a Gammon Road playground late Tuesday afternoon, according to
the police incident report. The 11-year-old and 12-yearold boys pulled a 12-year-old girl into a tunnel on the playground and held her against her will for several minutes while a third boy stood watching outside the tunnel, Madison police said. “The girl said the two boys
touched her inappropriately outside her clothing,” Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement. The victim knew both of the boys, police said. Both boys received a tentative charge of first-degree sexual assault, according to the police report.
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Founders of the Campus Voices program, created to remember the Sterling Hall bombing, presented their project at a lunch Thursday.
Campus Voices revisits Sterling Hall bombing By Alex Yant The Daily Cardinal
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Candidates for Madison Common Council voiced their plans to improve the city of Madison at a forum Thursday at Wisconsin Lutheran Church.
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District 8 candidate Szarzynski said a referendum in response to the proposed budget cuts would be beneficial. “Offering a referendum to increase the tax levy in order to cover this difference will probably be a necessary thing,” Szarzynski said. “I’m fairly certain the resi-
dents of District 8 would be in support of something like that.” Unfortunately, District 8 candidate Resnick was not able to attend the forum due to a recent death in the family. He said he encourages people to look at his plans and policies on his website, resnickfordistrict8.com, for his platform.
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Mike Lawler from the Wisconsin Story Project and Troy Reeves from UW-Madison Oral History Program presented Thursday on their collaborative effort to document stories from the 1970 Sterling Hall bombing tragedy. They created their project, Campus Voices, to “capture, present, and preserve some of the strongest historical stories and memories of UW-Madison, through the people who lived them.” The bombing occurred on August 24, 1970, as a protest to the Vietnam War. It killed one researcher in the building and injured three others. From August 23 to 29 2010, 97 members of the Madison community recorded their recollections of the catastrophe in a specially constructed video booth located in Memorial Library. Others who could not come or who were not comfortable being videotaped recorded their stories over voicemail.
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Red Cross, which will send money to Japan Red Cross. Students who wish to help can participate by donating, Akida said. The group has also made buttons and the Muramoto family has made wristbands which can be bought for a $5 donation. In addition, ISS is participating in a nationwide project collecting
Lawler recounted an interview with David Shuster, a South African physics graduate student who was one of the few survivors inside the building during the bombing. Shuster compared his harrowing experience to that of living through the Vietnam War. “It had been decades with him not talking about it at all, to anybody,” Lawler said. “Everything, his entire philosophy of life, was influenced by this one moment.” According to Reeves and Lawler, the project benefited immensely from extensive media coverage by the Wisconsin State Journal and other local news agencies. The two men said they have learned the power of collaboration and of preserving and collecting stories through this experience. In the future, Lawler and Reeves plan to continue collecting interviews about this and other historical events. They also plan to begin a program in the near future called “Documentary Theater,” where professional companies would do staged readings of the stories. decision will decide “whether a court can enforce the open meetings law against the legislature.” Since protests started in opposition to the budget repair bill, people on both sides of the aisle have argued democracy is on their side. “It makes it more clear that it’s uncertain which way the law should go,” Franklin said. paper cranes. Graduate student Jae Takeuchi said profits of the cranes will go to Architects for Humanity. Architects for Humanity builds houses after disasters, and supports both the construction and the materials. “There are people here teaching how to fold the cranes,” Takeuchi said. “It’s all been a community effort.”
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or me, Pokémon started and ended with the Red version (or Blue, if that happened to be more your style). They’ve made abundant follow-ups to those versions which I lost track of years ago, but it’s not that I’m too stubborn to continue the journey. And actually, in retrospect, my favorite part about Pokemon was that it never ended. Completing the game only meant that you (or rather, Ash) were prepared to venture into the world on your own accord to overcome even more obstacles. The end was just the start. The entire game was nothing but a caption of process, detailing the various stages that typify the collaborative growth of a greater whole.
She takes the tropes of an anarcho-pop riot grrrl but rids them of the leather jackets, studded belts and hooker boot rebel fare.
That’s what I think about when I think of the new record by the Dodos, too—evolution in stages. The duo’s debut, Beware of the Maniacs, is an easily forgotten arrangement of miscues that occasionally stumbled onto something big—like during the first few days of your journey when Ash hasn’t fully won over Charmander, and sometimes the wily youngster will disobey and fire off the wrong attack or get distracted (though usually the two can manage
to lock up a few Pidgeys or Rattatas for the road). The duo’s follow-up, Visiter, then, is when Charmander becomes an obedient monster. Unhinged, ferocious and primal, it marks the point in history where the two are both at their most endearing and (I’m willing to argue) enduring. It is by all accounts unorganized and hyperactive, but those are just parts of the vulnerabilities and harmless ignorance that become too charming to deny. But then we got Time To Die. The duo became a trio and handed their loose, boisterous arrangements over to the hands of forever-parsimonious producer Phil Ek. Ek cut out the fatty exterior and emphasized only where they meshed, ignoring the dynamic interplay that cluttered the edges of their earlier sounds. Without the full context, the record often seemed lost in a forest of its own potential. Charmander’s evolved incarnation, Charmeleon, is likewise trapped in a state of adolescence. He gains new attack potential, but they often focus more on tactical maneuvers than productive aggression—he explores his utilities without really knowing what they’re any good for. Not to mention, Charmeleon is without question the ugliest dragon of the bunch. So if you’ve been keeping track at home, you already know what I think about the Dodos’ newly released fourth album, No Color. Its Pokémon relative, Charizard, is the most dominant Pokémon in the whole universe, a force of sheer strength that has mastered the full utility of Nature’s most awesome monster, the dragon. The Dodos lost some of the youthful excitability of Visiter, but in the process they’ve perfected their faculties, crafting heart-strung flourishes (“When Will You Go”) and beer-commercial rompers on command, all with matured sensibilities to corral their wild tendencies. The Dodos’ stages of development are modest in the grand scheme of things, and certainly no match for the leaps
made most recently by Chazwick Bundick, the man behind Toro Y Moi. After asserting his role as one of the leaders of the chillwave movement, Bundick dropped Beneath the Pines, a far more ambitious and grand affair that borrows more from Philly Soul than any California stoner pop.
Without the full context, [Time To Die] often seemed lost in a forest of its own potential.
The two are totally different sounds and took different avenues through their history, but I appreciate them both as stages of progress because they explore their personal abilities while still remaining true to their core ingredients. At the root of it, the Dodos are still a guitar-and-drums rock band, and Toro Y Moi still use the hazy loops and wobbly percussion that served as the impetus of a budding genre that was never as much his own than we gave him credit for. And that brings me to YouTube’s latest teen queen, Rebecca Black. On her big hit, “Friday,” she speak-sings about “partyin’, partying. Yeah!” behind the careful guise of Autotune and an Old Navy wardrobe probably picked out by her mother to make what I’ve taken to calling “Ke$ha, Girl Scout version.” She takes the tropes of an anarcho-pop riot grrrl but rids them of the leather jackets, studded belts and hooker boot rebel fare. Instead, Black puts herself next to a blingedout rapper—ostensibly to provide some street cred—without taking into account the fact that the rapper’s flow is wack as shit. The reason Black looks so uncomfortable through the whole thing is likely because she skipped the process of, well, high school, among other things. She doesn’t even really know what “angst” means, let alone how to use it profitably. In other words, she’s like a Squirtle posturing as a Blastoise—which will get you burned up by Charizard or stoned by Onyx in no time. Unless, of course, she manages to abate them with enough Thin Mints. Kyle’s current Twitter avatar is a picture of Charmander, though it’s been argued that an image of Snorlax would be more fitting. Give Kyle your own ideas at ktsparks@wisc. edu.
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Streaming media is a win for consumers David Cottrell co-ttrell it on the mountain
t Sundance this year, I noticed a particularly strong marketing push by the festival to promote that about six of the movies at the festival were already available to be streamed by the home viewer via various video-on-demand outlets. This is the second year festival titles have been simultaneously released at Sundance and in the digital market. In conjuncture with the 2010 festival, YouTube launched its own streaming movie-rental service by offering several contemporary and previous festival selections. And in the year since YouTube stuck its toe in the movie-streaming pool, a variety of other outlets have emerged and are jumping in the pool themselves. The movie-watching landscape is transforming right in front of us. Gone are the days of venturimg to the local Blockbuster on a Friday night to browse shelf after shelf of VHS cassettes while you found something that piqued your interest. Gone is the journey of tracking down obscure movies or even waiting for a Netflix DVD to come in the mail. Today, all you need to do is turn on your computer, your cable box, your video game console, your mp3 player or even your phone and you’ll find a seemingly infinite selection of watchable media right at your fingertips. It seems like everybody and their uncle are offering streamable movies and TV shows now, and the number of providers only seems to be increasing. In February, Internet retail giant Amazon rolled out a new, currently free service for its Prime members—a video-streaming library akin to Netflix. With about 5,000 movies and TV shows, Amazon’s library can’t quite compare yet to the over 100,000 titles offered by Netflix, but if history has demonstrated anything, Amazon certainly has the ability to expand. Satellite provider DirecTV is poised to take video-ondemand in a different direction with its “premium” VoD service scheduled to be rolled out in June. The company intends to offer its subscribers digital movie rentals from 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and possibly Walt Disney Pictures. The initial trial will offer movies once they have been in theaters for 60 days—about a month before they would be released on DVD—though DirecTV has shown interest in cutting the wait down to as little as four weeks, much to the displeasure of theater owners. The service will launch under the burden of a $30 price tag for a one-time viewing, leaving its success questionable. Even Facebook has begun offering streamable movies for
rent recently in partnership with Warner Bros. While it may not have the largest library or the most elegant interface, it offers what media streaming is really all about—convenience. Facebook movie rentals seem to me just like Facebook chat. There are innumerable superior ways to talk to your friends than Facebook chat—Skype, AIM, MSN, iChat, etc. All of these services are more reliable, offer more features and options, and are honestly much better solutions than the notoriously unstable and featureless Facebook chat. But in the end, Facebook chat is simply the most convenient option because it’s already there in front of you and everyone you know is already on it. And Facebook’s new movie-streaming venture will probably catch on to at least a moderate degree with the masses precisely because, as the world’s most-visited website, it’s already right there in front of them. David Fincher, director of “The Social Network” and “Fight Club,” had been shopping around his new TV show, “House of Cards,” to several networks and one unexpected newcomer— Netflix. The show is said to be a modern American reimagining of a BBC drama of the same name from the ’90s, about a corrupt member of Parliament. Thanks to a deal so generous it’s practically unheard of, Netflix beat out the usual TV networks for the distribution rights by committing to two seasons up front. The show will be available exclusively on Netflix—a first for the streaming media juggernaut, which will put it on a path strikingly similar to that of premium cable station HBO. Originally, HBO, as it’s full name Home Box Office suggests, only broadcasted movies out of their theatrical runs. But, once competitors like Showtime starting popping up in the 80’s, HBO moved to differentiate itself by offering original premium programming—and that’s exactly what it seems Netflix is attempting to do now. Faced with mounting competition from Amazon, iTunes, video-on-demand services, Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu and even Facebook, Netflix is no longer playing the game all by itself and is clearly making ambitious movies to secure its top spot. With 61 percent of all (legally) streamed online video coming from Netflix, the company has quite a bit of a stake to defend. In the end, with this virtual smorgasbord of choices on the table, the real winner is the consumer. The new air of competition in the streaming world is sure to push providers in new, ambitious directions to compete with Netflix’s pickup of “House of Cards.” All of these services need to find ways to differentiate themselves from one another if they hope to survive, let alone thrive. Are you a Netflix junkie? Do you prefer to Hulu your TV shows the next day? Or are you a Blu-ray fanatic that has a giant TV and kickass sound system set up in your dorm room? You should let David know at email@example.com.
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sam witthuhn opinion columnist
hancellor Biddy Martin just can’t catch a break when it comes to the New Badger Partnership. After she attracted support from major student leaders across campus, Martin was left with the daunting task of capturing the heart of one of Wisconsin’s most intransigent politicians to date—Gov. Scott Walker. Fortunately for Martin, the idea of the partnership was established even before Walker came to office. And to Martin’s delight, Walker released a 2011’13 biennial budget containing all the statutory language needed to grant UW-Madison more autonomy under—much to the UW System’s surprise and dismay—a public authority model.
UW-Madison officials supported the split because of the university’s reputation as a major economic hub.
So why did students receive yet another broken-record e-mail reiterating Martin’s support for the New Badger Partnership while exhausting the words “flexibility” and “tools necessary” until my eyes bled Wednesday night? Because Martin has yet another crowd to woo in favor of the partnership. The e-mail came after 13 out of the 14 UW System schools signed a proposal calling for Wisconsin legislators to consider the Board of Regents’ new Wisconsin Idea Partnership as an alternative to Martin’s New Badger Partnership.
The Wisconsin Idea Partnership grants all UW System schools the same flexibility to set tuition rates and salaries while maintaining the Board of Regents’ umbrella of authority over UW-Madison. In a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel guest opinion piece, Board of Regents president Charles Pruitt and vice president Michael Spector said “Regents and chancellors agree that [UW-Madison’s separation from the UW-System] is counter to the Wisconsin Idea and the interests of all Wisconsin citizens.” Martin and other UW-Madison officials supported the split because of the university’s reputation as a major economic hub for jobs and research. With the public authority model, UW-Madison would operate under a governing board that is tailored to the specific needs of a prominent research institution. In turn, jurisdiction over UW-Madison’s finances would be transferred from the Board of Regents to a new 21-member Board of Trustees, granting the UW more control over its own budget. But this means that the regents would have to separate from its crown jewel, forcing Martin to play another round of hardball with hesitant UW System schools. Unfortunately for Martin, she has little room to complain. The chancellor can’t catch a break because she screwed up. Since she didn’t intend to separate UW-Madison from the UW System, news of her support of Walker’s idea to separate the campus reached the Board of Regent’s late in the game. She gave little-tono warning that the New Badger Partnership may completely alter the status quo among the UW System; which sparked backlash from confused chancellors all pleading for similar autonomy. And with all 14 campuses arguing for their own flexibility, the Board of Regents feared an empty nest and hastily created
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Chancellor Biddy Martin’s proposal has received heavy criticism since Walker’s March 1 budget bill. a weak partnership to try and keep everything under control.
Martin argues that the WIP isn’t tailored to the financial needs of a major research institution. And she is right.
In the rush to maintain authority over all of the UW System campuses, the Board of Regents drew up a mere fivepage proposal attempting to relay all the same amenities that the New Badger Partnership incorporates to every school. But I can’t say their requests are unreasonable. The regents understand that Wisconsin is in an economic climate that warrants a different business perspective. But in the Regents’ haste to respond
to the needs of all UW System schools through the Wisconsin Idea Partnership, they simultaneously handicap UW-Madison. The whole point of the New Badger Partnership is to allow Wisconsin’s flagship campus to deal with drastic budget cuts in a manner specific to Madison. Because UW-Madison is absorbing half of the cuts allocated to the entire UW System—$125 million—it deserves priority. Martin argues that the WIP isn’t tailored to the financial needs of a major research institution. And she is right. Giving UW-Madison the same regulations as UW-Stout is not financially viable. As Martin pointed out in her e-mail, “we have no reason to believe [the Wisconsin Idea Partnership] will offer the far-reaching change in operations that we need if we are to remain a world-class research institution,” and a thriv-
ing UW-Madison will contribute to a flourishing economy across the state. Martin’s New Badger Partnership is a practical solution to the major cuts to UW-Madison and it’s important the partnership goes through as planned. But the fact that the NBP created such a whirlwind of opposition is no one’s fault but Martin’s. If her initial campaign had allowed for more discussion over the university’s separation, the hurdles the chancellor now faces against the partnership would be less concentrated. But as state funding continues to get thin, Martin’s challengers are beginning to grow strong and it is up to her to win the support of not only UW-Madison’s sister schools, but the state of Wisconsin as a whole. Sam Witthuhn is a junior majoring journalism and political science. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate world should take advantage of new social media casey ayala opinion columnist
acebook has evolved into a social phenomenon that people of all ages around the globe can’t ignore. It began primarily as a platform for college students to voice campus gossip online, but it has since turned into an unstoppable business ploy, getting the site to the 500 million user mark just this year, surpassing even the search engine Google in the amount of Internet hits worldwide.
Social networking has proven to be extremely effective in the professional arena—allowing for quick effective communication.
There’s no doubt Facebook is the fire that sparked the creativity of other popular social media sites. As this multi-billion dollar corporation has rap-
idly grown, other social media platforms have emerged in its wake, eager to earn Facebook money. The site, and others like it, have not merely been used for communicating with friends and family, but have also expanded into entertainment, businesses and political activism and. Social networking in the professional arena allows for a quick, effective dialogue among employees and corporations both domestically and globally. But how far should employers go when it comes to using social media in the workplace? Is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed, and can we ensure that a Facebook page has the capability to uphold the name of a business? That’s just the question the Rockville Central local community news site in Washington D.C. is currently asking. Editor Cindy Cotte Griffiths recently decided to move all of the town’s news coverage onto Facebook, with the hopes of “[being] an example of how people [can] create and share online as a community without financial investment.” Not surprisingly, local readers have raised some concerns. Savvy social media users and “go green-
ers” are more than happy with the move, but some feel differently. One man said the move to Facebook only cost the news site his support, since the usual location where he had been able to read the paper blocks Facebook. Sure, Facebook provides easy access to news by not requiring viewers to navigate away from the page, but what do efforts lik this mean for the future of the journalism field in general?
But how should employers go when it comes to using social media in the workplace?
As brands and names move toward more emphasis of social media, prospective journalists should not necessarily be surprised that the future of their intended field requires more reliance on the Internet. Some argue that the core meaning of journalism is lost in the shift to online, but technology is inevitable, and we cannot resist the movement.
In fact, Twitter is most known as the platform to post newsrelated topics, as it allows for the most public communication and easiest accessibility among users. However, what makes Facebook more appealing is that unlike Twitter, posts can be more than 140 characters. Plus, networks allow people to join groups of people with similar interests. Facebook is just now becoming more public itself, and it’s opening doors for larger advertising and informational opportunities on its home page. But let’s look at the global implications of Facebook. It received a lot praise by helping to create a collective voice among Egyptians in the midst of political upheaval. According to mashable.com, Facebook is an easy tool that allows reporters to “actively monitor the unrest…[and helps] to track what is about to happen… in real-time.” The site goes on to explain that Facebook provides a vast amount of sources for journalists to report on, helping to expand their scope of valid and credible research. Right on campus, students at UW-Madison are finding more ways to communicate news instantly and organize themselves
through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Students have made pages detailing and organizing protest-
Facebook provides a vast amount of sources for journalists to report on, helping to expand their scope of valid and credible research.
ing schedules—most recently at the Capitol against the budget repair bill—and have advertised different organizations to tap in to the techsavvy student demographic. The movement seems to be inevitable yet natural, as we have begun to post news and create pages regarding specific interests instead of talking about it on old forms of communication like phone and e-mail. It only took time for people to recognize that this tool is a major benefit for the field of journalism as a whole. Now, all we need to do is move with it. Casey Ayala is a freshman intending to major in journalism. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
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Junior Karla Powell, who has started all 24 games for the Badgers this year, leads the team with five home runs and a .588 slugging percentage.
Badgers ride recent success into Big Ten the daily cardinal
While most headed to warmer climates this spring break to relax, the Wisconsin softball team traveled to California where they went 10-4 over in 14 games over a nine day span. Wisconsin (15-9) will look to keep the spring break momentum going as they begin Big Ten conference play this weekend with a pair of road games against Penn State (13-11) in University Park, Pa. Of the Badgers’ 10 wins in California, eight of them were consecutive victories, tying a school record. Head coach Yvette Healy was pleased with her team’s ability to get crucial late-game hits that made the difference in close games. “From a statistical standpoint, we pretty much had the same numbers as our opponents over spring break,” Healy said. “To come out and win 10 games out of 14, I think it shows that we got a lot of key hits and that the girls were really clutch.” The Badgers’ initial matchup against Penn State on Saturday will be the first game played in PSU’s brand new, $10.2 million Nittany Lion Softball Park. “I think it’s more of a challenge for them,” junior infielder Karla Powell
blues from page 8 woes against Butler. The point guard, despite his astounding numbers when it comes to protecting the ball—he entered the game leading the NCAA in assist-toturnover ratio at 4.18—was credited with two turnovers in the first half and generally forced the issue on the offensive end. “We made [poor] plays that are uncharacteristic of how we play,” Leuer said. “We tried to force some things offensively … and just did some things [we] normally don’t.” Butler capitalized nearly every time UW stumbled and led 33-24 at the half, largely because the Bulldogs outscored UW 15-1 in points off turnovers. As uncharacteristic as the coughups were for Taylor, he also missed four free throws in the first half. Coming into the season, Taylor converted his free throws at an 85 percent clip.
Hockey championship deserved better than Erie nico savidge savidge nation
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said. “They have the pressure on them to win the first game in their new stadium. We’re just playing for us.” Wisconsin has lost its past five meetings with Penn State, and the Badgers will need strong offensive performances from outfielder Jennifer Krueger and Powell if they hope to end that streak. Powell leads the team in home runs with five, and Krueger sports the best batting average on the squad at .389. Krueger also holds the record for the longest hitting streak in Wisconsin softball history at 19 games, which she set earlier this season. “Penn State is historically good,” Healy said. “They’ve got one of the best ERAs in the conference right now, so we know we’re really going to have to scratch to put something together offensively against them.” Penn State has a duo of outstanding starting pitchers in Lisa Akamine and Jackie Hill, who both currently have ERAs below 2.00. Wisconsin will counter with freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah, who has an ERA of 1.79 and boasts an impressive 10-1 record. The Badgers were outscored 6-1 in two meetings against the Nittany Lions last season, and with solid pitchers on both sides, this weekend’s series looks to be low scoring as well. The junior finished the night with 22 points on 6-19 shooting. The Bulldogs got exceptional play from senior forward Matt Howard, who finished with 20 points. In addition to scoring, he grabbed 12 big rebounds (three offensive) and seemed to track down the ball whenever the situation required it. Howard scored inside and outside and aptly closed out on Wisconsin shooters like senior forward Keaton Nankivil, who scored nine points in his final game as a Badger. “We just needed to put a few more minutes together here tonight so we could keep dancing,” Ryan said. “Unfortunately, the music stopped playing.” As a team, UW shot just 30.4 percent from the field (17-56) and 24.1 percent from beyond the arc (7-29) The Badgers exceeded expectations this whole this season. Needless to say, though, Thursday’s performance fell short.
e was diplomatic about it at the Frozen Four last weekend, but Wisconsin women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson hinted at some of his frustrations with the tournament once the Badgers were back on home soil. As a few hundred Wisconsin fans welcomed the team back to Madison Monday, Johnson joked that the Badgers took everyone even remotely associated with them to the Frozen Four in Erie, Pa. Everyone, that is, except their Kohl Center ice crew. And Johnson said they missed them. Wisconsin enjoys some of the best facilities in the nation during the season, but when the team went to Erie for the Frozen Four they played on ice that fell well short of that standard. The ice at Tullio Arena, which holds NBA Development League basketball and OHL hockey during the year, was horrible. Tullio Arena and Erie had no business hosting the top level of women’s collegiate hockey. The Badgers—and the sport as a whole— deserved better. I get it: Women’s hockey isn’t a big deal anywhere, even at a hockeycrazy school like UW that shows (comparatively) high interest in its team. I’ve covered the Badgers for three seasons and, while it’s been
style from page 7 percent mark for most of the second half before finishing the game with a 25-9 run. If they shot the ball the way they are capable of, UW would probably be facing Florida on
one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve ever reported on, I still see people’s eyes glaze over when I start talking about women’s hockey. Regardless of where it stands in terms of popularity, though, the sport deserves more respect than the NCAA showed it last weekend. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal rightly described Tullio as a “dingy, ramshackle facility.” I applaud his ability to describe the building in such family-friendly terms—I would have gone with “fucking atrocious.” Despite being built in 1983, between its broken down brown and orange chairs and cavernous media facilities the arena seemed as if it hadn’t been updated at all since the 1970s. But, most importantly, Tullio Arena featured a playing surface that made a backyard rink seem NHL-worthy. On a number of occasions, players would wrap a puck along the end boards, only to see it shoot back into the faceoff circles after hitting the uneven ice at the rink’s Zamboni door. Baggot said there was an “ominous dip” in the ice in that corner, and it was clear during the game that a puck moving along those boards was more likely to pop out than stay on the boards like it should. In a single-elimination playoff hockey tournament, one bad bounce could create a chance that means the difference between a national championship and a tough-luck loss. When I asked Johnson about the
facilities, he clearly had no interest in bashing the arena where his team would play the most important game of the season. “The other team is playing under the same circumstance,” Johnson said. “You can’t complain about [the conditions].” “The people in Mercyhurst are working hard, and they’re putting together the best product they can.” He’s right—despite the farfrom-optimal facilities, the people at Mercyhurst did a great job running the tournament and were nothing but helpful the entire weekend. But to any honest observer, it was clear Tullio Arena was simply not fit to host the most important games in women’s college hockey. It’s clear why the NCAA had the program at Tullio. Every Frozen Four since the NCAA started a championship for women’s hockey had been in either Minnesota or on the east coast, and northwest Pennsylvania split the difference between the two locales. Plus, emerging women’s hockey power Mercyhurst hosted the event. That program has made huge strides and was expected to play in front of their home crowd—a good market for college hockey— last weekend before an upset in the NCAA quarterfinals. But given the facilities on display at the Frozen Four, the NCAA should have never taken championship to Erie. Should the NCAA have held the women’s Frozen Four in Erie? E-mail Nico at savidgewilki@dailycardinal.
Saturday. Had played Wisconsin basketball, had they executed the basic fundamentals as they have all season, the Badgers very likely would have been able to overcome the lid being on the basket seemingly all night. Thursday night, Butler beat
Wisconsin. This doesn’t mean the UW approach should be altered nor does it mean that the Wisconsin system is destined for games like this. Thursday night, all that happened was that the Butler Bulldogs executed the fundamentals better than Wisconsin.
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NEW ORLEANS BLUES Poor shooting dooms season as Wisconsin falls in Sweet 16 to Butler Bulldogs, 61-54
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By Parker Gabriel the daily cardinal
NEW ORLEANS—In the Badgers first two possessions Thursday night, what seemed like reason for optimism actually served as a grim foreshadowing of what was to come. On each of UW’s first two trips, Wisconsin worked the ball into the post and got good looks from senior forward Jon Leuer. He missed each, but usually going inside ensures some
level of consistency. Not on this night. Wisconsin fell behind early and looked flustered throughout. It was a bad shooting night from its two top scorers until late in the second half, but Butler opened up a commanding lead and held on late to top UW 61-54 and end the Badgers’ season. The Bulldogs will face Florida Saturday night for a trip to the Final Four. Wisconsin caught fire late and
trimmed what was a 20-point gap to just four with 1:38 remaining when junior guard Jordan Taylor hit a three. The junior finished the night with 22 points on 6-19 shooting (3-10 threepoint attempts). However, before the late-game frenzy, UW’s offense was lethargic at best. Leuer frequently caught the ball in the post, but where the First Team All-Big Ten performer usually converts on a near-automatic basis, he found
unfriendly results with Butler. The Orono, Minn. native finished the game with an ugly 1-12 mark from the field (1-6 on three-point attempts) and three points. “Overall, if you look at a shot chart, I like most of the shots we got,” Ryan said. “At some point, you just have to make some of them.” Leuer certainly was not alone in his struggles, though. In one stretch that spanned the final portion of the first half and begin-
ning of the second half, Wisconsin went 10:05 without a field goal. “We touched the ball in the post four out of five times [to start the second half] and came up with nothing,” Ryan said. Junior point guard Jordan Taylor—who struggled shooting in a 2-of-16 performance last Saturday against Kansas State—added carelessness with the basketball to shooting blues page 7
Don’t blame the style: Badgers simply failed to play Wisconsin basketball By Max Sternberg the daily cardinal
NEW ORLEANS—You can say whatever you want about the socalled “Wisconsin style” of basketball, but whatever your views, Thursday’s Sweet 16 loss at the hands of Butler was not a failure of the system. It was a failure to execute that system. Wisconsin didn’t score 29 points in the first 30 minutes of the game because “Wisconsin basketball” is too slow and too boring, they scored 29 point in those 30 minutes because they didn’t execute the system that got them to New Orleans. When people speak of Wisconsin Basketball, its usually about limiting turnovers, using the shot clock, getting to the foul line, making free throws
and playing tough defense. But on Thursday night, the Badgers never consistently executed on any of those principles: Eleven turnovers leading to 17 Butler points. Six missed free throws. Plenty of quick looks. Largely the result of the late spurt that saw UW climb within four in the waning moments, junior guard Jordan Taylor paced the Badger scoring with 22 points on six of 19 shooting. But, and I doubt he would argue the point, Thursday was one of his worst performances of the season. There is a lot of truth in the oftmentioned axiom, “As Taylor goes, so goes the Badgers.” But it isn’t about scoring: Its’ all about executing. UW missed six free throws, shooting just 68.4 percent to close out a year
in which they shot over 80 percent from the line. Add those six free throws and it’s a whole new contest. UW committed eight turnovers in the first half, leading to 15 Butler points as the Bulldogs built a ninepoint halftime lead. Keep in mind this is a Wisconsin team that averaged just 7.5 turnovers per game throughout the season. Take even a portion of those 15 points away and it’s a ballgame. Despite failing to execute, the Badgers still had a good shot to win if not for an abysmal shooting night. While the looks UW got were, for the most part, fairly good, they managed to shoot just over 30 percent from the field, hovering closer to the 20 stlye page 7
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Junior Jordan Taylor shot just 6-of-19 from the floor Thursday night.