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Alcohol district moves ahead By Dana Kampa THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Plan Commission approved the new Alcohol Overlay District with multiple changes recommended to the City Council in a meeting Monday. The overlay district limits the number and type of alcohol vendors allowed on sections of State Street, University Avenue and Frances Street. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, co-sponsored the Madison General Ordinances amendments, which create the new district and change the definitions of alcohol vendor types. “Historically, I’ve been one of the most critical individuals of [the Alcohol License District Overlay],” Resnick said. “What I’m excited about is this plan actually focuses on the true underlying problem, which is bad operators.” City Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf mentioned the previous “substantial calls for service” to Club Majestic on King Street. “One of the … most important factor[s] in calls for service is operation of individual estab-
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The city’s Plan Commission approved a new Alcohol Overlay District and revised alcohol vendor definitions Monday. lishments,” Woulf said. Resnick also said the changes will promote more creative establishments for Madison’s entertainment district, especially live music for patrons under 21. The Commission stressed finding a balance of “new, exciting businesses relying on alco-
hol sales” and protecting retail, which will likely be determined on a case-by-case basis. Mary Carbine, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District executive director, said BID supports the overall new direction despite being more complicated than in the past.
“It’s more focused on specific licensing issues that affect health, safety and welfare in the overlay district,” Carbine said. Sandi Torkildson, longtime owner of A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, approved of a majority of the Alcohol Zoning Law but said she believes Madison should set limits on the number of new alcohol licenses issued in any mixed-use commercial district. Commissioner Michael Rewey raised concerns about “eliminating a positive type of establishment” by treating taverns and brewpubs in the same manner. He moved approval of the new laws with the amendment that brewpubs would be allowed in the overlay. Ald. Ledell Zellers, District 2, also added three recommendations, including a yearly review of the overlay, clarifying the alcohol vendor definitions at the request of Madison Police Department and requiring that restaurant-nightclubs hold an entertainment license. The Council will review the amendments in a public hearing April 8.
Legislative Affairs delves into Higher Education Act Committee looks at addressing rising tuition costs The Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee met Monday to discuss reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which deals with federal student aid and is up for reapproval by Congress this year. President Lyndon Johnson first passed the HEA in 1965 as part of his “Great Society” set of domestic programs aimed at eliminating poverty and racial injustice. Since then, it has been periodically reauthorized by Congress, most recently in 2008. In 2008, Congress used the reauthorization process to pursue multiple goals such as control abuses within the studentloan system. One goal lawmakers continue to focus on with the HEA is working to make
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The Madison Police Department is requesting help from federal agencies regarding the investigation of explosive materials in a residence on North Brooks Street, according to a police report. MPD contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Dane County Sheriff ’s Office Bomb Squad and Wisconsin National Guard 54th Civil Support Team about the materials found in an apartment on the 10 block of North Brooks Friday afternoon, according to the report. University of Wisconsin communications director John Lucas said in an email that Andrew Cockerham, the 20-year-old who was arrested in connection to the discovery, is not currently enrolled at UW-Madison but has attended in past semesters, most recently in fall 2013 for engineering. Cockerham told investigators he is involved in “amateur rocketry” and “hobby chemistry,” according to the report. Detectives are trying to determine if the suspect had other motives for possessing the materials.
Man injured in Gilman Street fight Sunday
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Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Morgan Rae facilitates discussion on the Higher Education Act, set for reauthorization before Congress this year, at a meeting Monday.
Police seek gun-wielding man who threatened Tiki Shack employees Sunday Madison police are searching for a suspect who pulled a gun on two Tiki Shack employees early Sunday morning, according to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain. A man caused a disturbance
FBI, police investigate explosives in local residence
in the Tiki Shack, located at 126 State St., at approximately 2 a.m. and two employees escorted the man outside, according to DeSpain. Consequently, the man’s friend pulled a weapon on the two employees as he grabbed
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his friend, DeSpain said. Both men left the scene with a group of people and bar staff last spotted the group on West Dayton Street near a parking ramp, DeSpain said. Witnesses at the scene report-
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ed 15 to 20 people in the area at the time of the incident, according to the report. DeSpain said the suspect is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall with dirty blond hair, last seen wearing a black North Face jacket.
An assailant dislocated a man’s shoulder in a West Gilman Street parking lot early Sunday morning, according to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain. The stranger directed suggestive comments at the victim’s wife while the couple and other couples walked to their vehicles at approximately 3 a.m., according to the report. An argument and fight ensued. The victim reported the suspect punched him in the face and threw him to the ground, DeSpain said. The victim believes others associated with the suspect joined the assault. The original attacker also slashed one of the victim’s car tires, DeSpain said. The victim was transported to a local hospital. The assailants left in a car parked in the same parking lot. The main suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a dark-haired ponytail, last seen wearing a black shirt and jeans, according to the report.
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Lame basketball fans need to get their priorities straight Thor Von Killpenstien guest columnist
h, March, what a month. The beginning of spring—snow melts, birds chirp, drunks unfortunately come out of hibernation—when horrible, debilitating seasonal depression finally seems to be evaporating. But for sports fans, March means something else: the return of the annual collegiate basketball tournament. For the majority of those who tune-in to all the March Madness, it’s the only college basketball they watch over the course of the year. That doesn’t make it OK though. Your precious Badgers made it to the round of 16, so I’ve compiled a sweet list of 16 things you should be doing instead of watching silly games (higher-seeded items are more important, in case your nubile mind couldn’t figure that out).
1. Chain-smoke in front of a coffee shop. This should clearly be the most important thing on your agenda. Preferably, these are hand-rolled Buglers you’re puffing. If looking cool means anything, why aren’t you chainsmoking at this very moment?
Roll up this newspaper into a giant cig. That should last you for at least five minutes.
2. Pickle some fruit. Put down the damn chicken wings for once and do something that won’t cause cardiac arrest. Pickled fruit is not only delicious all the time, but good for getting rid of that beer belly.
3. Weave. By designing and making your own clothing, you save money and look quite trendy. Stop following the herd for lord’s sake.
4. Chain-smoke outside an unpopular bar. Go get a pint of a fine microbrew. My personal favorite is Shithouse Brew Company’s quadruple IPA, Shitty Cow. Then once you have a mid-level buzz (not too drunk, you don’t want to do that), go chain half a pack. That’s indie.
5. Quit your job. Let’s be honest, the man is dragging you down. Those four hours per week should be spent doing something avantgarde anyway.
6. Go to the gym. HA! Just kidding, working out is for tools.
Lots of drugs—THIS IS NOT THE POLICE. I have a ton of dope I’m trying to get off my hands. The marijuana (or Mary Jane, see, I know all the cool slang the kids are using because I’m not a cop) is super daaaaaank. Trust me, if you love drugs, you can’t pass up this amazing opportunity. Call 911 if you’re interested.
Iguana walking—So, I know that iguanas are kind of a rare pet, so this isn’t the most lucrative business plan, but I’m super qualified for this job and this job only. I’ve been walking and caring for iguanas for the past 20 years. If for some reason you have an iguana and want someone to walk it, call 555-8735 and ask for Adam.
Pin collection—I have so many pins. Collectible pins, new pins, army pins, all the pins, I have them. For the past 45 years, my life has been pin-centric. And because of that, there are now over 90,000 pins in my house. I can’t move. Like, I can’t leave my house. Someone needs to come help me get the fuck out of here. I’m running out of food and water. I don’t know how much longer I can last. Please, please, please, come help me. Call 555-9090.
Back waxer—You want someone to take care of all that nasty shit all over your back? Look no further. I’m ready and willing to tackle any amount of back hair. Any color, any texture, any amount of curliness, let me at it. To be honest, I love the stuff. And I’ll even wax you for free because I reuse all the hair later. I make pillows, mattresses and blankets out of it. Trust me, it’s not gross, they’re actually really comfy. So give me, The Amazing Trisha, a call at 555-7456.
7. Read a book.
totally subjective, duh.
It’s sad how few Americans keep up with literature. For some outstanding recommendations, follow my blog ThorYourEnjoyment.wordpress.com. But I only read Franzen, so if you’re not into that, don’t even bother.
13. Read a newspaper.
8. Eight is totally not alt, so let’s just skip it. 9. Chain-smoke outside your local co-op grocer. The only thing that makes kale chips taste better than they already do is by preparing your palate with about nine cigs. And it’s indie.
10. Also not an alt number, uhhggg. 11. Write a letter to your state representative. If you’re anybody, there’s something happening RIGHT NOW in Wisconsin that you totally think is asinine. The only way to fix this is by writing your representatives. Just last week, I wrote to Senator Bob Sphincter about installing double-decked bike lanes throughout the state.
12. Teach guitar lessons. It doesn’t matter if you don’t actually know how to play the instrument. Music is like,
Yeah, those things you thought were totally irrelevant now that everything is on the Internet, they aren’t. People still care about printed media. In fact, you’re reading one right now. Tricked ya!
14. Chain-smoke in your totally alt apartment. “Yo, is it, like, chill if I smoke a cig in here?” You bet, because chain-smoking in your apartment is not only totally indie, but super fucking cool. You’ll practically be in a movie, but it’ll actually be your life—such a cool, alt life.
15. People watch. Wow, most people are so average and boring, right? It’s hard to believe there are so many sheeple in this world, but the best thing to do is just sit around and watch them.
16. Ironically watch college basketball. The best way to show the stupidity of all the people who actually care about the pointless game of basketball is by watching it yourself. You have to be totally serious too. That’ll teach them. So meta, so alt, so indie, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.
On this day in history... 1916—Women are allowed to attend a boxing match for the first time in the United States, provided they bring sandwiches for all in attendance. 1961—Sputnik 10 carries a dog into orbit. All the Russians had to do was throw a tennis ball into the satellite and quickly close the door behind him. 1992—Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returns to earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station. All the Russians had to do was throw a tennis ball into the rocket ship and quickly close the door behind him. 1996—Nicolas Cage wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Leaving Las Vegas.” Remember that next time you and your snobby friends are making jokes at his expense. 2005—Actress Jennifer Aniston files for divorce from actor Brad Pitt. Aniston is still on the market, but can I reach her in time?
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Expert debunks stem cell myths University of WisconsinMadison law and bioethics professor Alta Charo works to raise awareness for the dangers of “stem cell tourism,” according to a university press release Monday.
“It is time to lose the hype without losing the hope.”
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Stem cell tourism refers to people who travel within the United States and abroad in the pursuit of stem cells. These people are often sick and “desperate” and are falsely led to believe stem cell therapy can cure an array of medical conditions, Charo said in
education from page 1 college more affordable. The committee discussed specific areas in which it could work with lawmakers to improve the HEA in its upcoming reapproval. Among these goals was a focus on the way financial aid is recognized by the government. Currently, financial aid in excess of tuition is regarded as taxable income. Committee Chair Morgan Rae
the release. Advertisements for stem cell clinics often tout their treatments, but although “patients all over the world are convinced stem cells will cure their disease,” little data exists that proves the effectiveness of using stem cell therapeutically, according to Charo. Not only are some stem cell treatments advertised by clinics questionable and often useless, they can also be dangerous, according to the release. “We already have had two reported deaths of children, and there are probably more injured than anybody would imagine,” Charo said in the release. “It’s time we started complaining a little more loudly.” Though there have been instances of “approved and unapproved treatments in the United States,” many clinics
that pose danger exist outside the country. Clinics in China are responsible for about half of all stem cell treatments, and Mexico, Russia and Costa Rica also have defective clinics, according to the release.
suggested this aid could be used on other college expenses outside of tuition, such as textbooks and other school supplies. The committee also drew attention to Pell Grants, which are a form of aid given to students based on need, and unlike loans, do not need to be repaid. Currently, Pell Grants issued to students are fixed at just over $5,500 and do not increase. One goal discussed by the com-
mittee would be to ensure these grants increase with inflation to assist students in need of financial aid. Another would be to reinstate year-round Pell Grants to compensate for the lack of available Pell Grants in the summer. The Legislative Affairs Committee will meet in the coming weeks to further discuss points of focus in the Higher Education Act’s reauthorization. —Scott Bembenek
“We already have had two reported deaths of children, and there are probably more injured...” Alta Charo law and bioethics professor University of Wisconsin-Madison
Charo emphasized the importance of regulation and realism when dealing with stem cells. “It is time to lose the hype without losing the hope,” she said in the release. —Jackie Bannon
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Alta Charo works to educate the public about the dangers and misconceptions of therapeutic ‘stem cell tourism.’
State Rep. Bill Kramer will not run for re-election Wisconsin State Rep. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, notified the Government Accountability Board he will not seek re-election in November. Kramer was ousted from his majority leader position three weeks ago after being accused of sexual harassment. After a Washington, D.C., fundraising trip, Kramer was accused of groping a woman in a bar and passing inappropriate comments about a woman on the return flight. Kramer checked himself into an unspecified rehabilitation center fol-
lowing the allegation and has been unavailable for comment. No criminal charges have been leveled against Kramer. Assembly Republicans held a closed caucus March 4 and unanimously voted to remove Kramer from his leadership position and replace him with state Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend. Strachota had already announced she will not run for re-election in November for her Assembly seat and will have to be replaced after the elections. All 99 state Assembly seats are up for re-election in November.
ASM solicits input in provost search
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Overpass Light Brigade members protested at Wisconsin’s state Capitol Monday against the exclusion of birth control in health care in the Healthcare Contraception Mandate.
Minnesota students protest at Wisconsin state Capitol University of Minnesota students and members of the Overpass Light Brigade protested for women’s rights in front of the Wisconsin state Capitol Monday night, holding up lighted signs reading “Hands Off Birth Control.” The group, established in 2011, promotes civil rights across the nation, according to a protest organizer. The brigade came
to Madison to bring attention to the Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision on the Healthcare Contraception Mandate which proposes including birth control in health care coverage. “Our messages shine over highways at night,” the group’s website states. “We believe in the power of communities coming together in physical space, as well as the
importance of visibility for grassroots and progressive causes.” The brigade held similar protests near multiple Chicago landmarks, including the Art Institute of Chicago and Cloud Gate, otherwise known as “The Bean,” in Millennium Park. The group will also hold a rally at 6 p.m. Friday at the Alliant Energy Center.
Gov. Scott Walker signs ‘Blueprint for Prosperity’ into law Gov. Scott Walker signed the “Blueprint for Prosperity” bill into law Monday, which consists of large income and property tax cuts for the citizens of Wisconsin. The bill provides $406 million in property tax relief, equating to a reduction of more than $100 on the next property tax bill hom-
eowners receive, according to a statement from Walker. Additionally, income taxes have been slashed by $98.6 million, meaning a family of four earning $40,000 will save $58 per year, according to the statement. “In January, we announced that Wisconsin has a budget surplus of nearly one billion dol-
lars,” Walker said in the video. “Today, that money—more than $800 million dollars—is on the way back in the form of property and income tax cuts, and adjustments to withholding.” Walker also said the typical property bill would be lower in 2014 than when he took office in 2010.
The Associated Students of Madison urges students to voice their input in the University of WisconsinMadison’s ongoing search for the next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Paul DeLuca, who currently serves in the position, announced in June 2013 he would step down and return to faculty after the 2013-’14 academic year. Un ive r s it y leaders announced the four candidates for the position in a March 5 release: Robert Blouin, Julie Underwood, Sarah Mangelsdorf and Katherine Ne w m a n .
Throughout the week of March 24, each candidate will be holding public presentations to introduce themselves and field questions from the campus community. ASM Chair David Gardner said in a campus-wide ASM email it is important for students to attend the presentations and involve themselves in the decision process. “We need as many students as possible to attend to ensure the new Provost understands student concerns,” Gardner said in the email. Gardner also said students can provide feedback on the candidates after the presentations.
Bill to ease green energy restrictions The state Assembly may discuss legislation to allow more sources of money for green energy projects within the year. State Representatives Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, and Chris Taylor, D-Madison, introduced a “Clean Energy Choice” bill Friday that would legalize more financing options for renewable energy production, according to a statement from RENEW Wisconsin. “Clean Energy Choice” would remove restrictions for funding renewable energy projects for homeowners, businesses and local governments, according to the statement.
RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses, organizations and individuals that promote green energy initiatives. Michael Vickerman, policy and program director for RENEW Wisconsin, lauded the bill’s introduction and said in the statement the bill would address a currently ambiguous area of Wisconsin’s public utility law. “We are advancing ‘Clean Energy Choice’ to provide common sense financing solutions for important projects that put the power in consumer hands,” Vickerman said in the statement.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Each year, up-and-coming musicians and filmmakers take over the city of Austin, Texas, to showcase their most recent work. Here’s what we thought of this year’s talent.
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Texas couldn’t hold ’em: These three SXSW favorites have upcoming shows in Madison Future Islands Call me crazy but I had never heard of Future Islands before I set foot in Haven on Tuesday night of SXSW. Having actually come to see the last show of the night, I was pleasantly surprised by this Baltimore synth-pop group’s midnight set. For me, the most intriguing aspect of the group’s performance came in the form of lead singer Samuel Herring, wearing all black and looking like a Joaquin Phoenix doppelganger. Herring’s eery croons—all the more intense live—offer the perfect contrast to the often cheery electronics that are the backbone of every Future Islands track. This is a juxtaposition missing in much of the electro-pop that seems
to be taking over the indie music scene. Despite little interaction with the crowd, it felt like each person in the bar was moving along to the band’s chill vibes and offered one of the more lively late-night scenes during the festival. The group’s newest record hits stores March 25 and is available to stream on NPR’s “First Listen.” The album’s single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” blends Herring’s howl with vibrantly fluctuating electronics and serves as a great introduction for any curious listeners. Their current tour will bring the group to Madison’s High Noon Saloon this Friday, March 24.
2014 has already been a wild ride for Against Me! founder and frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. The group’s sixth studio album Transgender Dysphoria Blues was released in January, sharing with the world a part of Grace’s journey coming out as a transgender woman. The album is packed full of hard-hitting emotional songs in the band’s rebellious style, and they sound even better live. It was evident by the crowd’s reaction and Grace’s enthusiasm that all were having a good time. Playing at one of the free Hype Hotel day shows hosted by Hype Machine opened access to those without official SXSW credentials and clearly
attracted some longtime fans. The most engaging bands manage to get attendees jumping around and belting the lyrics right back at them, and Against Me! are certainly one of those bands. Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ closing track “Black Me Out,” a song full of anger, with a catchy chorus to chant along to, was certainly a crowd favorite. Against Me! are set to rock the Majestic Theatre April 3. With (hopefully) a longer set list, we can hope the band will delve deeper into its collection of worthy past tracks. Regardless, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
These British rockers were high on our must-see list, and they didn’t disappoint. Coming off the recent release of their debut album Sun Structures, the group played a late night outdoor set at Austin’s Bar 96. The quartet got everyone in the crowd grooving, and it wasn’t just due to the influence of singer James Bagshaw’s curly fro and glittering red top. The group’s combination of mesmerizing lightweight vocals with heavy drums and catchy guitar create the perfect indie rock mix. The group has received attention for their similarity to fellow British rockers The Beatles,
though it may be too early in the group’s career to make sweeping comparisons. However, each song feels a bit different, whether it be through added elements of psychedelic electronics or a bit of a twang in the song’s guitar chords. Although few appeared to know the words, the crowd bopped along to favorite tracks “Keep in the Dark” and “Sun Structures,” among others. The only downfall was the seemingly short set list, which could have been a product of venues trying to fit five acts into one evening. The group will play Madison’s High Noon Saloon April 25, with New York alt rock crew Drowners.
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Reeling in our SXSW Film favorites
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Space Station 76
Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals departs on a North American tour to showcase his recent solo efforts, but also—and more interestingly— to track the mysterious journey of his ancestor John Adams, who in 1792 left Wales to search for what was believed to be the last tribe of Welsh Native Americans in the new world. What may at first sound like a boring History Channel feature becomes an enveloping tale through Rhys’ genuine half-silly, half-serious approach and the sincerity he encounters from local experts and Native American tribesmen along the way. In the end, “American Interior” is a story about connections—to places and people—told through the intersection of history, language and song, the fundamental elements of any culture. The film’s black and white shots interspersed with psychedelic color are also a nod to Rhys’ experimental rock background and keep the film alive for viewers. Overall, the film is an ideal blending of story and sound, honoring our past and future together as humans.
This film directed by Nacho Vigalondo received a lot of attention from preview pieces due to the innovative structure of the film, which is told entirely through “open windows” on a computer screen. The film follows Nick (Elijah Wood) from his hotel, where he believes he has won a dinner with his favorite actress Jill, to a crazy chase to save her from a manipulative and elusive hacker who goes by Chord. Outside of the intriguing format, the narrative itself also takes the viewer on a whirlwind adventure through relevant topics such as surveillance and obsession in celebrity culture. Though the last half hour of the film is full of enough twists and turns—literally and metaphorically—to convince the viewer to simply tune the confusion out, careful attention pays off in the thoughtful commentary that results. Though the film did not come away with any of the festival’s coveted awards, it should be praised for its creative direction and the immersion and discussion of modern technology into film.
Directed by Jack Plotnick, “Space Station 76” provides a bit of comic relief from the heavy topics of drug addition and relationship complications that seemed to plague many of this year’s film offerings. The film takes place in a 1970s-esque space station and on the festival’s final day still managed to provide a large audience with plenty of reasons to laugh. The narrative follows multiple couples and families aboard the station through their struggles, which include a lot of sexual frustration, as well as some trouble keeping family pets alive. Soft-spoken sweetheart Liv Tyler stole the show, as the film’s main protagonist, but each role was played with great comedic finesse. However, the thoughtful viewer takes note that amid the laughter, there are important messages about real human struggles. Despite the time difference and physical distance between their struggles in space and our earthly ones, we find insight into ourselves in these strange characters.
The spontaneous discovery of new music is the most often lauded part of the SXSW experience, and this indie rock quartet from Pennsylvania was our biggest surprise. Having just released their self-titled EP in January, the band brought their A-game to Haven Thursday night. To anyone watching the young group set up and go through soundcheck, they appeared a bit nervous and out of their element. However, that notion quickly fell to the wayside as soon as they dove headfirst—at times literally and seemingly dangerously—into their first song. Of the 15 or so acts we managed to catch throughout the week, The Districts were the clear winners in enthusiasm and activity on stage. Although the band remains relatively unknown, being unfamiliar with the lyrics didn’t stop the crowd from getting involved in the show. The highlight of their set was definitely the final song, which ended in the most epic jam-out session we saw at the festival.
Before seeing Wolf Alice take the stage at Hype Hotel Friday, all I knew about them was that lead singer Ellie Rowsell recently made the front cover of UK music magazine New Musical Express, so I figured it was a good bet to try to see them. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Rowsell ended up being incredibly impressive and is now one of the best female voices I’ve heard live. At times, female vocals can get lost amongst the instruments, but Rowsell’s more than pulled through the noise. Although the band has yet to release a full length album, their unique brand of alt rock, which borrows elements of folk and grunge, has garnered a lot attention online. Additionally, the festival was the North London group’s first time playing in the US and everyone in the crowd could tell they were soaking up every minute of it, being sure to thank the crowd profusely throughout the performance. After hearing their full set, I’d wager it’s us who should have been thanking them.
We’ve already highlighted a number of artists who were just as excited as the crowd to have the opportunity to be a part of SXSW. Eagulls had an attitude on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, with frontman George Mitchell looking generally dissatisfied throughout the two sets we saw, even venturing as far as throwing his water bottle into an uninvolved crowd. However, we must give credit where it’s due, and this five-piece group definitely knows how to rock a live show. Ear plugs were highly recommended as feedback raged from the speakers between each song, but the pain ended up being worth it to hear Mitchell’s crisp vocals mix with punk-inspired guitar, a rarity at a festival where an indie pop rock act can be found at any time. Despite their haughty attitude, tracks like “Possessed” and “Coffin” were great in concert. Even if the band didn’t seem particularly happy to be there, we’re happy to have gotten a chance to see them.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
RYAN BULLEN opinion editor
very American from the time they are born, is taught to have love, or at least respect, for certain aspects of our culture. Some of these include baseball, apple pie, BBQing on the fourth of July and given the wars of the past decade, an appreciation and gratitude for all branches of our military. American soldiers are trumpeted as heroes by our media, and deservedly so. Unfortunately, this heroism is blemished by a vile undertone of sexual abuse.
While the military may tend to lag behind public opinion with regard to change, the severity of this issue mandates that our nations heroes start being more heroic toward their fellow soldiers.
L ike numbers for sexual assault in general American society, numbers for sexual assault and rape have begun to skyrocket among military members in the past decade.
While our armed forces are integrated with both male and female soldiers, they are still an overwhelmingly male dominated occupation. Men, and especially women, serving in- field or as military intelligence are subjected to unacceptable amounts of sexual aggression and abuse from their fellow soldiers and even commanders. Between July 2012 and June 2013 there were 3,553 reported sexual assaults according to military statistics. That number was a 46 percent increase from the previous year, and who knows what the numbers are when including unreported cases. Most recently, the sexual assault case against Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair has brought the issue to the public’s attention. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division as well as commander of the armed forces in Southern Afghanistan, pled guilty to charges of committing adultery, engaging in inappropriate relationships with three women, obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman. S inclair was accused of many counts of sexual abuse, but there were a few in particular that stood out. The cap-
tain who served as his Arabic -speaking adviser, said that Sinclair forcefully fondled her breasts and crotch in plain sight of other troops on a convoy plane to Kuwait and later forced her to perform oral sex. According to the accuser, she was too intimidated to come forward against the general because he told her that if she told anyone about their affair, he would kill her entire family in “a way no one would ever know.”
Unfortunately, [the heroism of the American military] is blemished by a vile undertone of sexual abuse.
Despite the evidence toward the general, in addition to pleading guilty, his punishment amounted to roughly a $24,000 fine. He will avoid jail time entirely. The accuser’s lawyers even went as far as to call this ruling a “slap on the wrist.” While the sacrifice Sinclair has made for our country is not under question, it does not excuse his actions in any form. It truly is a shame a man of this importance could behave so reprehensi-
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bly, especially while in command during war time, and essentially emerge from the courts-martial scot-free. This case is only the most recent and public case that focuses on the military’s best-kept secret. I understand war means these soldiers are subjected to lifethreatening and horrible situations in deployment. Therefore, dignity toward our fellow countrymen must be maintained. It pains me to think that some of these soldiers return from fighting, only to be just as afraid in their own barracks. But these horrible acts are inexcusable. The Uniform Code of Military Justice provides the legal oversight and rulings for any military trials. I agree the military should be its own separate entity and have its own
individual legal system apart from the rest of the United States, however, it seems to me the UCMJ is either playing favorites in its rulings or is in drastic need of change. Sinclair’s punishment will only serve as an example to other soldiers that it is OK to sexually abuse other soldiers as long as you have the rank and position high enough to earn a free pass. While the military may tend to lag behind public opinion with regard to change, the severity of this issue mandates that our nations’ heroes start being more heroic toward their fellow soldiers. Ryan is a junior majoring in political science. What do you think should be done about this problem? Please send all feedback to email@example.com.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin mimics Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ ANDREW PARK opinion columnist
s Putin rational? Yes, just like terrorists are rational. Before 9/11, many people perceived terrorists as crazy maniacs who waived AK-47s and RPGs over their heads, justifying their seemingly irrational deeds under their god’s name. However, now it is acknowledged by most of the people around the world that terrorists are rational because they pursue their specific political or religious goals with deliberate tactics. Just like the initial perceptions of “crazy terrorists,” Putin’s maneuver of occupying Crimea with “unidentified troops” was perceived irrational or too radical. Many individuals assumed the situation would be unraveled by the Western power’s efforts and Russia’s drawback in response to that. However, the situation was carried out in favor of proRussian Crimeans and Russia. Just a few days ago, Putin signed the pact annexing Crimea into the Russian Federation in response to the ballot with 93 percent of Crimeans backing the annexation. With the situation being directed in favor of Russia, many people are saying the true winner of the UkraineCrimea crisis is Vladimir Putin, who I would like to introduce as “The Prince.” I am not asserting that he is awesome or magnificent like a prince in medieval Europe, but saying he is a perfect example of Machiavellism. Do remember I am not praising
or picking a side of a certain party of the current dispute in Eastern Europe. This is merely an explanation of how I believe the individual achieved his goal and how it is related to the 14th century’s Machiavellian pragmatism. Niccolò Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher, historian, politician and a diplomat who had his base in Florence during the Renaissance period. Unlike his predecessors, Plato, Thomas More and others who asserted kings to be philosopher kings with virtue and righteousness, Machiavelli is famous for his pragmatism that tolerated some degree of immorality if it was aimed at long-term stability of the state. During his time, 14th and 15th century Europe was in a very volatile situation in which no one ever knew which neighboring city-state would invade the others. In his book, “The Prince,” Machiavelli asserted a good ruler should not only imitate preceding great rulers and seek advice when it is needed but also dedicate himself to the art of war and maintain power by all means—not to mention eliminating or assassinating potential threats such as political dissidents and rivals. Furthermore, Machiavelli said that a good ruler should be capable of entertaining people or leaving them in awe so they could be distracted from crucial issues that may interrupt the ruler’s plans. Many people say that Machiavelli’s advice that an efficient leader should maintain effective military capability (art of war) is an anach-
ronism in the modern world. They say by possessing heavy military power, one will inevitably involve himself in an unneccesary war. This may be seen as true to certain people, especially for those who think deploying our forces overseas means we are being too greedy. However, Vladimir Putin evidently practices Machiavelli’s philosophy today.
Vladimir Putin not only succesfully proved that Russia has some sort of “legitimacy” in the region, but also showed that Mother Russia is not out of the game. Vladimir Putin, an ex-KGB agent, is a figure who maintains effective political and military power, fully under his control. Since 1990, Putin has been a president and a prime minister consistently. He was never out of power’s grasp. Plus, everybody tacitly agrees the incumbent prime minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, is a puppet of Putin’s. Medvedev almost always acts in accordance to Putin’s directions. Furthermore, Putin is famous for displaying his strong masculinity to the public. One may have seen several pictures of him holding a weapon and a dead animal, or leading a horde of bike riders or even performing martial arts. In addition to other strong-look type behaviors, Putin aims to restore Mother Russia’s pride of the Cold War era, not to mention strengthen Russia’s military power. It looks like his tactics of raising his
popularity and entertaining the people is working. Throughout all his presidential terms, he has maintained an approval rating of around 65 percent with the current one being approximately 67 percent. Machiavelli describes that since the people are the origin of discordance and dissatisfaction within the state, it is important for a ruler to win people’s hearts and minds by entertaining them. Also, he asserts a ruler should have attributes of prudence and bestial features of both the lion and the fox. Prudence mentioned by Machiavelli means a pure risk assessment that will aid a ruler to avoid making stupid decisions prior to important moves. Bestial metaphors describes that since courageous lions cannot avoid snares and cunning fox cannot defeat wolves, a ruler should possess both features of boldness and cunningness in the same time to achieve his ultimate goal. In Putin’s case with Crimea, all of Machiavelli’s requirements for a ruler to be a good ruler are applied. Putin was surely aware of the situation in Ukraine during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He waited until his country could successfully finish the Olympics while winning people’s hearts and minds. He also waited until the Crimeans raised the issue of separatism amid the chaos in the capital of Ukraine. He acted boldly by projecting his strong military power to the region and did not create any crucial military conflict as a result. By deploying massive forces to Crimea and displaying Crimeans’ welcom-
ing atmosphere in front of the world, Vladimir Putin not only successfully proved that Russia has some sort of “legitimacy” in the region but also showed that the Mother Russia is not out of the game. He proved to those who think the world is now a game-board only for China and the United States that Russia is capable of pursuing such bold moves with effective military power and is ready to do so again in a similar situation in the future. Regardless of the Western power’s petitions and pressings, Putin won its long-term goal of proving its power, giving a call sign of Russia’s comeback to the world and annexing Crimea into the Russian Federation. Furthermore, more pro-Russian regions of Ukraine and other Eastern European states are projecting their implicit will of becoming a part of Mother Russia once again. Some people even say that this Crimean crisis is a call sign of Cold War II. Virtue and righteousness presented by Thomas More and Plato are important. However, in such volatile situations, it seems it is hard to achieve triumph without a realistic, pragmatic approach. Unless an entity armed with virtue can leverage Russia and result the change in the situation, the Crimean crisis will only prove the victory of Machiavellism. Do you agree we should take alarm to Putin’s success? Do you think he was successful? Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wisconsin in the Sweet 16: a history Compiled by Zach Rastall and Jason Braverman
hanks to their dramatic comeback win Saturday over Oregon, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed to Anaheim, Calif., to take on the Baylor Bears in the Sweet 16. Against the Fighting Ducks, UW erased a 12-point halftime deficit to win one of the most exciting games of the NCAA Tournament. Next up for Wisconsin is a Baylor team that routed Creighton by 30 points in the round of 32. “You don’t beat Creighton by 30, but it happened,” said head coach Bo Ryan. Six of UW’s seven Sweet 16 appearances have come during Ryan’s tenure, including three in the last four years, but Ryan has just one Elite Eight appearance and has never made it to the Final Four. Despite the opportunity to secure their spot in Wisconsin basketball history, the Badgers are trying to make sure they don’t look too far ahead. “I think any time you start looking ahead, you get yourself in trouble,” said senior guard Ben Brust. “If you take care of business, the rest of the stuff just comes with it.” Ryan wouldn’t compare this year’s team to others he’s coached in the past, instead stressing the importance of staying in the moment. “Our guys are trying to live in the moment. They respect the past, but this is their time,” Ryan said. “I’m just thankful they’re taking me with them.” Though the players and coaches aren’t interested in talking about their legacy, this run to the Sweet 16 has already cemented this team’s place in program history. The Daily Cardinal looks back at the other six Wisconsin teams that have made it to the Sweet 16:
matchup against Louisiana State came from the bench, with sophomore guard Jon Bryant leading the Badgers with 16 points. Kirk Penney, a freshman starter on the squad, was the only player who went on to play basketball professionally, making a few NBA appearances but playing mostly in Europe.
2002-’03 was Ryan’s second season as head coach, and he led the Badgers to their first outright Big Ten regular season title in 56 years. The team was led by Penney, then a senior, breakout star sophomore guard Devin Harris and freshman guard Alando Tucker, one of the few freshmen to start regularly under Ryan. The fifth-seeded Badgers ultimately came up short, losing to No. 1-seeded Kentucky 63-57 in the Sweet 16, but many members of that team continued their success.
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Guard Jordan Taylor holds the NCAA career assist-to-turnover record. Wisconsin, a No. 3 seed, cruised past Cal State Fullerton and Kansas State in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16. However, UW was upset by Stephen Curry and the No. 11-seeded Davidson Wildcats and finished the season with a 31-5 record. Butch, a consensus selection to the AllBig Ten first team, never played in the NBA. However, he played overseas for several years before returning to America and playing in the NBA Development League. He currently plays for the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association. Landry, the Big Ten tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, also had stints in both the NBA D-League and overseas, and currently plays in Spain.
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Forward Jon Leuer led the Badgers in points and rebounds two years in a row. Harris went on to become a top-five pick in the 2004 NBA draft, while Tucker became the leader of a Badger team that went to the Elite Eight and later became a first round draft pick in 2007.
The Badgers made a run to the Big Ten Tournament finals in the 2004-’05 season, and entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed. After sitting out the year before, Tucker led the way, scoring 22 points against No. 10 seed North Carolina State in the Sweet 16. Despite being down by nine at halftime, the Badgers came back, shooting 50 percent in the game to advance to their first Elite Eight since the 2000 Final Four run. Wisconsin ultimately lost to the eventual champion North Carolina in 2005. Many of the players on the team went on to be among Ryan’s best players, including Michael Flowers, Brian Butch and current NBA player Greg Stiemsma.
Brian Butch was part of the team that set the UW record for wins, going 31-5.
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The 1999-’00 team was the first Badger team to ever reach the Sweet 16, and the first to win multiple games in the tournament since the 1941 national championship season. The Badgers received a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made one of the most surprising runs in tournament history, going all the way to the Final Four. The team featured no real stars, with no first team all-conference players and no one even getting a single honorable mention vote. One key in the 2000 Sweet Sixteen
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Behind a slew of solid players, including Butch, Flowers, Trevon Hughes, Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannon, the Badgers won both the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament titles for the first time in school history.
The 2010-’11 Wisconsin squad, highlighted by Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor, finished third in the Big Ten standings with a 13-5 conference record, including a memorable comeback victory over undefeated, No. 1-ranked Ohio State at the Kohl Center. After being demoralized by Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, the No. 4-seeded Badgers dispatched the Belmont Bruins in their NCAA tournament opener. Following a 70-65 victory over Kansas State, Wisconsin was knocked out in the Sweet 16 by No. 8-seeded Butler, who made it to the national championship game. The Badgers finished the season 25-9. Leuer was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the league’s coaches, and Taylor was a consensus second team All-American. Both averaged over 18 points per game and were on the list of 20 Wooden Award finalists. This was Leuer’s final season at UW; he was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Badgers got back to the Sweet 16 in 2012, marking the first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in program history. Taylor again led the way for Wisconsin, with help from a supporting cast that included Ryan Evans, Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Josh Gasser and Ben Brust. Wisconsin received a No. 4 seed for the NCAA tournament, easily beating Montana and winning a nail-biter against Vanderbilt to reach the Sweet 16. However, they were once again denied a trip to the Elite Eight, losing a 64-63 heartbreaker to No. 1-seeded Syracuse to finish the season 26-10. Taylor was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and was a consensus Associated Press All-American honorable mention. Evans and Berggren were both consensus All-Big Ten honorable mentions as well. Taylor was not taken in the NBA Draft and traveled to Italy to play for Pallacanestro Virtus Roma. He parted ways with the club this past February.
ery rarely do you get a matchup that comes with ready-made narratives like Sunday’s KentuckyWichita State game. These were two teams that have been criticized all year for very different reasons: Kentucky for its arrogance and immaturity and Wichita State for its easy schedule and “unearned” status as one of the great teams in college basketball. Yet somehow, in a game with only one winner, both teams came away with their critics virtually silenced. Kentucky, and particularly twin freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, had been lambasted all year. What was once the most heralded recruiting class in college basketball history failed to gel in a historically awful way, with much of the fault targeted at the often shoot-first twins. Then, in the biggest game of their careers, the Harrison twins combined for 39 points and looked every bit the freaks they were recruited as. With one performance, Kentucky and the twins established that they were looking like a Final Four to the point where ESPN.com picked them as its No. 3 ranked team remaining. However, those are just the particularly bountiful spoils of victory. What is much rarer is the winning loser. Wichita State is a winning loser. I don’t care it lost, anyone who uses that game as evidence Wichita State was a fraud thanks to its undefeated record doesn’t deserve to watch basketball. They might not have returned to the Final Four, they might not have won, but the Shockers did what every one of their backers wanted them to do. They proved that they were a real team. Kentucky wasn’t the divided squad that consecutively lost to Arkansas and South Carolina. This was a team with at least five future NBA draft picks playing at their absolute peak. This loss showed Wichita State really has been one of the NCAA’s elite teams this year. I came into this game expecting it to be an example of “Everything that’s right with college basketball versus what’s wrong.” But to call it that way isn’t fair to the athletes and coaches. Their level of play transcended incredible expectations and created a classic that simply can’t be used to criticize a single person involved. Did you catch all the action? Tell Jack what you think at email@example.com.
Andersen accepts raise, hires son Monday brought two pieces of good news for football head coach Gary Andersen. The Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a $300,000 raise for his second year with the team and an annual $100,000 increase for the duration of the five-year contract. This raise comes months after the Cleveland Browns reportedly contacted Andersen for their head coaching vacancy. Andersen’s eldest son Keegan also announced on Twitter Monday that he will join his father’s team as a graduate assistant while working on his degree in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Keegan previously played tight end for his father’s former employer, Utah State University. JACK BAER/ THE DAILY CARDINAL