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One sexual assault survivor shares her story Story by Taylor Harvey This is the first story of a two-part series spotlighting sexual assault survivor Laura Dunn, a 2007 University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who became a primary advocate for the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law March 7 under the Violence Against Women Act. Laura Dunn was a focused student when she was a UW-Madison freshman in 2004. A member of the crew team and “very religious,” she rarely drank and planned to remain a virgin until she married her then-boyfriend of four years. But nine years ago, on the night of April 4, 2004, Dunn’s college career took a dark turn when she entered a house party to drink with her new friends from the crew team. “I had a lot of shots with different members of the team,” Dunn said in an interview with The Daily Cardinal. “I was only a freshman. I was getting to know people.” It was only her second time drinking. Dunn became “very intoxicated” and her friends eventually cut her off from drinking. It was then when two of Dunn’s acquaintances on the male crew team offered to walk her to another party, which they said also involved crew team members.
Both said they needed to stop at home quickly before heading to the other party, and Dunn followed. She realized they walked her slightly off campus, and Dunn “knew she was in danger” when one of the men grabbed her and forced her to kiss him. “I pleaded with them,” she said. “I told them I was not that kind of person.” The men proceeded to take her into one of their houses, where Dunn said they both sexually assaulted her. ‘Rape-supportive culture’ on college campuses To UW-Madison Sex Out Loud member Samantha Johnson, societal attitudes toward rape play a large role in enabling sexual assault. That is why she refers to the commonly used term “rape culture” as “rape-supportive culture”– because whether or not someone commits sexual assault, Johnson believes everyone still contributes to the culture surrounding rape and should not ignore his or her prevention responsibilities.
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Student leaders pass Tenant Bill of Rights By Paige Villiard The Daily Cardinal
The Associated Students of Madison Student Council unanimously passed a Tenant Bill of Rights Wednesday, giving landlords the option to agree to student-friendly leasing policies in exchange for an endorsement from the student government. Legislative Affairs Intern Ryan Prestil spearheaded the
project and said the intent is to protect students’ rights and to try to ensure landlords will be “more collaborative” instead of “more authoritative.” Prestil said the document would affect many students because the vast majority of the student body lives in offcampus housing. He added that he hopes the policy will be in place for the 2014-15 leasing year, with five to ten landlords
agreeing to the policy. Student Services Finance Committee Chair Ellie Bruecker also said she received Chancellor David Ward’s formal response to next year’s student organization budgets. According to Bruecker, Ward approved all but two of the budgets. She said he did not make a decision on the
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Pocan visits campus to discuss impacts of sequester By Adam Wollner The Daily Cardinal
University of WisconsinMadison faculty members expressed concern Wednesday to U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., that the sequester, a series of automatic federal spending cuts that recently took effect, could have a devastating impact on research programs. UW-Madison President Kevin Reilly announced last month that the sequester could eliminate $35 million in funding from university research projects, but Pocan said he wanted to learn about the specific effects the spending cuts might have so he could share them with other members of Congress. In total, the sequester resulted
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Freestyle Funk Sessions, an upright street dance group, practices Wednesday in the Student Activity Center. + Photo by Savannah Stauss
Revelry plans move forward with street commission approval Organizers for the upcoming Revelry music and arts festival received final approval Wednesday to close a portion of Randall Avenue between Union South and Engineering Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 4 for the event. Madison’s Street Use Staff Commission approved the street closure permit, which also includes a stipulation that security personnel will pat down attendees and check bags at the entrance. The permit requires beer be the only alcohol available at the event, and alcohol will be sold inside the union and permitted in the plaza but may not be brought into the street.
According to Revelry Operations Director Josh Levin, organizers are still working with the University of Wisconsin Police Department to finalize the number of ticketed attendees, and said they are currently seeking approval for between 3,500 to 4,500. However, he said the street closure permit application approval is a positive step for planning purposes. “We’re really excited to have a more solidified type of plan for art throughout the festival, allowing our vision of a music and arts festival to really come to fruition,” Levin said.
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Langdon Street to close May 13
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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., visits campus Wednesday to talk with faculty about the sequester’s impact on UW-Madison.
The University of WisconsinMadison’s Interfraternity Council will host a block party May 13 to raise raise awareness for a suicide prevention walk being held the following weekend and collect donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and One Heartland charities. Madison’s Street Use Staff Commission approved the IFC’s
application Wednesday to close the 200 block of Langdon Street for the event, set to last from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. According to the application, volunteers from the Greek community will enforce a “zero-tolerance alcohol policy” at the event, which will feature live music. melissa howison
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Need some help with your spring cleaning? Trying to eat better this season? Look no further! Page Two columnists have all the advice you’ll need.
How to avoid becoming a disgusting slob
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y apartment is a mess. Like, not the kind of mess where it’s sort of funny and you tell your friends when you go over to their place “Oh, don’t worry about me, my place is no cleaner.” No, I live in a toxic wasteland. I’m actually starting to fear for my health. Dingoes have been lingering around my apartment complex because they could smell it from like 7,000 miles away. They hopped on a cruise liner to sample some of the world’s finest trash, as I occasionally dispose of it by whipping it into the dumpster from my third-story bathroom window (not a joke this time). Anyway, I’m not going to convince you of anything by just ranting on about something that everyone talks about. So here’s a bunch of nasty pictures and a few tips on how you can avoid becoming my equal in the standings for most pathetic excuse of a human being.
1. Keep your coffee table sanitary
The first key to a healthy living space (something that I have
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never adhered to in any fashion) is having a clean coffee table. I mean, a few unopened, oversized books that go well with the room’s overall theme and Feng Shui is usually OK. But I’m pretty sure the only remotely well-placed item on this table is the massive jar of honey that I’ve recently been using to make all of my utterly tasteless food a little better. I also counted nine different varieties of empty beer receptacles on this table (one of the cleaner days).
2. Use cleaning products to clean, not as weapons
We don’t have Windex. We have “Window Cleaner.” WTF IS THAT? Not to mention that it has
been sprayed a grand total of four times (mostly in my roommates’ eyes, I think). Tip two: If you buy cleaning products, you should probably use them instead of just leaving them next to the George Foreman Grill.
3. Consider taking out the trash
Maybe the worst part of it all is the fact that there’s a system to this chaos. The Pharaohs are rolling over in their tombs. Seriously though, there’s some elegant construction to this leaning tower of pizza boxes. There’s really no advice for this one other than don’t eat terrible carryout all the time and turn the leftovers into kitchen art that can double as the resting place for a queen ant.
4. Wash cups to avoid drinking discarded cigarette butts
“Oh cool, dude, you like to play beer pong too! Let me just fill up this cu….” Yeah, wouldn’t recommend drinking out of that bro—unless you like it when people call you bro. In that case, chug, chug, chug! My guess about the cups’ contents: cigarettes mixed with beer and formaldehyde. Don’t ask. Don’t drink out of a glass that you haven’t washed yourself because there may be something living at the bottom of it.
5. Meet people before living with them
Honestly, I don’t even want to know for what sorts of horrible activities someone might do with these things. I’m slightly too disturbed to sleep now that the props from “Saw” are chilling next to my shoes. I guess don’t find your roomies on Craigslist? Hopefully, this was helpful. If nothing else, you probably feel a little better about yourself now, right?
Don’t bother emailing Andy. Just call the Wisconsin Department of Health. Not now but right now.
Recover from spring break with healthy snacks sarah olson será será
pring break is a time to release your inhibitions and leave your worries behind for a short week. Unfortunately, this often means leaving your good eating habits behind as well. Whether you spent your vacation downing margaritas in Panama City Beach or inhaling Mom’s homemade brownies in small-town Wisconsin, chances are your body has been through a lot this spring break. Ten days of abnormal—and perhaps exotic—foods, frequent alcohol consumption and the Easter Candy Indulgence would be enough to throw any person’s body out of whack. But with classes, exams and registration looming, a postbreak diet seems daunting. Since Kale and a tomato won’t cut it for end-of-semester stress, I’ve proposed a few tastier alternatives that won’t throw you into a blind, hunger-induced rage as you recover from spring break and prepare for those finals.
1. Almond milk
Being from Wisconsin, I have to admit that at first I was skeptical about this non-dairy milk business. However, I have come to the conclusion that almond milk is basically a milkshake in disguise. It’s smooth and silky and comes in vanilla and chocolate flavors, and it goes great with
just about anything (i.e. fries, chicken tenders, etc.) Delicious and nutritious, this milkshake will bring all the boys to the yard.
his six-toed cats rain from the sky, and the whole posse will reluctantly agree to discuss “A Farewell to Arms” over pie.
2. Peanut butter
I am by no means an expert in nutrition, but I did get an A in Pete Anderson’s nutrition science class, which is basically the same thing. But don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a “nutritionally balanced” diet, and if all you’re eating is popcorn and yogurt, you’re going to have a problem.
Peanut butter goes great with everything—toast, sandwiches, bananas, apples, pretzels, Wheat Thins and of course, Oreos. Supplement peanut butter with jelly, Nutella and ice cream for a virtually unlimited number of delicious sandwich and snack combinations.
I recently discovered popcorn is 100 percent whole grain. Eating popcorn is basically like eating a slice of wheat bread, only popcorn tastes way better. Popcorn goes great with movies (and of course, peanut butter), and the best part is that it comes in varieties for every occasion: sweet, salty, caramel-y, cheesy and always delicious.
4. Carrots and hummus
I have to admit I absolutely hate carrots. In fact, carrots are the bane of my existence. But unfortunately, carrots are really good for you, so close your eyes and pretend you’re eating something that isn’t a carrot. Dip your not-carrots in hummus and maybe they will taste like pita chips… but probably not.
5. Key lime yogurt
After one bite of Yoplait Greek key lime yogurt, you are going to think you are in Key West eating a key lime pie. Ernest Hemingway will magically appear, while
I’ve recommended healthy snacks to supplement your diet because in my experience, snacking can wreak havoc on even the healthiest meal plan. So after eating all of spring break’s delicious offerings, I hope you’ll take my advice and practice safe snacking! Are you kind of weirded out by milk made out of nuts? Are you worried what Sarah will do when cats fall from the sky? Let her know how you feel by emailing her at email@example.com.
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Residential burglary rates spike week of spring break
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Dane County Rape Crisis Center Director Kelly Anderson educates bar employees about alcohol’s role in sexual assault.
Local bar owners learn how to keep patrons safe Local bar staff members and managers learned how to control crowds and recognize signs of sexual assault at a training session Wednesday hosted by Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee. The ALRC hosts training sessions of this kind every six months, where city officials educate downtown bar employees about safe and legal bar practices.
“Using alcohol as a date rape drug is very common; too common.” Mark Woulf Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator
Madison Fire Department’s Scott Strosberg said bars in the city have recently had trouble monitoring their capacities, especially when patrons congregate in certain areas inside the venues. “If all the people are gathered in one particular area, then people can’t get through and it’s a problem,” Strosberg said. According to Strosberg, bars should have pre-planned evacua-
tion strategies for emergency situations such as fires and shootings. Madison Police Department Officer Daryl Doberstein also said bar staff should routinely walk through the bar to break up crowds, have on easily identifiable clothing and turn away unruly patrons at the door to manage over-crowding and prevent disturbances. In addition to safety tips, bar staff members heard a presentation from the Dane County Rape Crisis Center about the role alcohol plays in sexual assault. “Using alcohol as a date rape drug is very common; too common,” city Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf said. “Especially among college-aged people.” Woulf said bartenders and wait staff play a key role in preventing sexual assaults, serving as a “first line of defense.” Dane County Rape Crisis Center Director Kelly Anderson said alcohol is a factor in approximately half of all nonstranger sexual assaults, so it is important for bartenders and staff to be vigilant about not serving alcohol to overly intoxicated patrons. —Sarah Olson
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Residential burglaries in Madison more than doubled during the week of spring break compared to the previous two weeks in March, according to a Madison Police Department news release. MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in the release crime analysts reported the increase fol-
lowing the robbery of a 70-yearold woman’s northeast Madison home March 29. According to the release, there were 31 home robberies reported the week of March 24, 15 the week of March 17, and 19 the week of March 10. DeSpain said in the release the
burglaries were spread throughout the city, but the specifically student-populated Regent Street corridor was one of two areas that saw a higher number of break-in robberies than others. The Greentree neighborhood also saw an increase in residential burglaries.
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eration of scientists and falling further behind in innovation and technology internationally.
“Some of my very best students … have come to me before the sequestration to say that
they do not see a future in science,” UW-Madison biochemistry professor Judith Kimble said. “These are incredibly talented young scientists who don’t see a future. This is a morale issue that is very widespread now.” After the roundtable discussion, Pocan said he was optimistic that members from both parties in Congress could reach an agreement to avoid the full impact of the sequester, and ultimately they could increase funding for research and development programs, which he believes will stimulate long-term economic growth. “I’m hopeful,” Pocan said. “As [legislators] go back home they’re also going to hear some of these specifics stories from people and he more that we hear this, the more likely we are to realize these aren’t the kind of cuts you want to do.”
Wisconsin Union Directoratesponsored festival, which will feature a number of local, regional and national music acts performing in and around the Union South area.
Levin said Revelry organizers are “looking forward to a successful day,” and are set to release the lineup for the main stage Thursday. —Cheyenne Langkamp
in an across-the-board U.S. budget cut of $1.2 trillion, which will be implemented over the next nine years and will affect nationwide programs that currently receive funding from federal discretionary spending. “We know there is a very serious impact the [sequestration] will have on the University of Wisconsin,” Pocan said. “A lot of important things in medicine, technology and sciences come out of the university system, and the impact it has locally is almost impossible to express.” Throughout the discussion at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the 11 researchers indicated they worried reductions in federal funding would deter students from entering the research field, putting the country at risk of losing its next gen-
revelry from page 1 He said the permit allows for a student-designed art installation to be constructed as part of the disk jockey stage setup for the
“Some of my very best students ... have come to me before the sequestration to say that they do not see a future in science. These are incredibly talented young scientists who don’t see a future. This is a morale issue that is very widespread now.”
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rape culture from page 1 To Johnson, “rape-supportive culture” on college campuses includes phrases tossed around such as, “My calculus exam raped me,” that trivialize the traumatizing crime sexual assault can be, while sayings including, “She’s asking for it in that short skirt,” support victimblaming attitudes. “Rape-supportive culture” is also why one in four women will be victims of completed or attempted sexual assault during their college careers, Johnson said. Laura Dunn was part of that 25 percent. Dunn was unaware at first she was sexually assaulted and blamed herself for the incident. She kept quiet, and suffered for it. She became overwhelmed with stress encountering the perpetrators of her assault regularly at crew practice, her long-term relationship came to an end and she struggled academically. “It’s hard. I’ll say it that way,” Dunn said, unable to explain the thoughts she had after she was
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8 in 10 aquaintance rapes on college campuses are alcohol-related.
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assaulted. “It’s hard to focus and it’s hard to get anything done. It’s hard to not have nightmares.” Most people assume sexual assaults are gruesome, physical attacks perpetrated by a stranger, according to Dunn. But according to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 80 percent of victims know their perpetrators before the assault. Dunn called acquaintance rape and alcohol-facilitated dating violence, which comprise the majority of sexual assault cases, “the thing you don’t see coming.” Eight of every 10 acquaintance rapes on college campuses are alcohol-related, according to the UW-Madison Police Department. Of the 122 sexual assaults reported to the UW-Madison Dean of Students’ office in 2012, 40 percent of them involved alcohol and 28 percent knew their perpetrator. In 2011, 46 percent of incidents involved alcohol, while 58 percent of victims knew their perpetrator. According to Dunn, when alcohol is involved, victimblaming occurs because those assaulted feel it was their choice to drink. Additionally, she said it is difficult for victims to identify acquaintance rape and therefore hesitate to report their assaults to police, unaware they were vic-
tims of a crime. Most people are unaware that if overly intoxicated, an individual cannot provide consent, according to Johnson. When alcohol is involved upon engaging in sexual activity, both partners should be aware of signs such as slurring words, stumbling, vomiting and not being able to recall what happened five minutes ago, which indicate a person cannot provide consent. “It’s such an experience of the college atmosphere, to go out, drink and have sex,” Johnson said. “The two get so conflated and when you’ve drawn the line between tipsy and incapacitated, it’s no longer okay.” Soon after Dunn realized she was assaulted, she quit the crew team after the fall 2004 season to avoid her perpetrators. She remained at UW-Madison until she graduated in 2007, despite having to see one of her perpetrators on campus. “I stuck by what I deserved,” Dunn said. “And that was an education free from hostility.” ‘No one should have that experience while in college’ On July 13, 2005, Laura Dunn sat in her summer class and listened to her professor discuss rape in terms of genocide. The professor mentioned how sexual assault also happens on college campuses, and how the Dean of Students’ office had a special obligation to handle assault cases. Immediately after learning about this in her class, Dunn reported her assault to the Dean of Students’ office, approximately 15 months after her incident. Sexual assault is the most underreported crime, with more than 90 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses not reported to police, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Reporting has its consequences, Dunn said, noting how her “internal” stress turned “active” after reciting her story to investigators numerous times, as well as having to provide friends’ phone numbers for interviews. “It definitely shook me,” Dunn said. “Those two years of my college experience was dealing with the stress of a sexual assault, which is unfortunate. No one should have that experience while in college.” Dunn experienced years in which she thought there was “no hope” when all of her attempts to obtain justice over her perpetrators failed. “There was obviously years where I felt nothing good was going to come of this,” she said. But when a journalist from the Center of Public Integrity, who was investigating Title IX complaints regarding the way universities were handling sexual assaults, contacted Dunn for an interview her luck in obtaining justice began to change. “All this tragedy, all this failure, all this time and waste of my energy, actually turned into this story,” Dunn said. “All of the horror turned into something that is very powerful, and I do believe it directly contributed to the Title IX guidelines that came out in 2011.” The second part of this series will run April 11, which will detail Dunn’s fight for justice and her advocacy for the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, signed into law March 7.
Professor receives South Korean engineering award University of WisconsinMadison professor Sangtae Kim received a prestigious South Korean award Wednesday for his research work in the fields of science, engineering and math. Kim received the 2013 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, considered to be South Korea’s “Nobel Prize,” for his advances and leadership in microfluidics
and pharmaceutical research, according to a university release. The award was established in honor of Samsung chairman Kun-Hee Lee in 1990, and is awarded in several different categories, including science, engineering, medicine, community service and the arts. Kim held the title of Wisconsin Distinguished Professor from 1991 to 1997 for his excellence as
a professor in UW-Madison’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In addition to his work as a professor, Kim led research for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He also launched his own drug design and development company, ProWD Science, in January 2013. Kim will receive the Ho-Am Prize May 31 in Seoul, South Korea.
State committee votes on party lines to keep bargaining out of work-share bill A state Senate committee voted Wednesday not to restore collective bargaining rights protection in a work-share bill that would allow employers to cut costs by reducing employees’ work hours. The decision, which fell along party lines and passed by one vote within the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining,
and Revenue, drew opposition from state Democrats who claim the current bill disregards unionized labor by failing to require employers to negotiate with the private-sector unions that may represent their employees. However, state Rep. Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, who cosponsored the Republican bill omitting collective bargaining, defended the legislation as a
way to help employers avoid layoffs if they are struggling with tight budgets. “With more than 200,000 Wisconsin residents unemployed, this issue is too important to politicize,” Brooks said in a statement. “This bill is about jobs and nothing else.” The bill already passed the state Assembly and now awaits a vote in the state Senate.
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Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Dan Statter introduced the Tenant Bill of Rights, which Student Council voted to approve in Wednesday’s meeting.
asm from page 1 Multicultural Student Coalition budget because representatives from the group are currently appealing SSFC’s decision with the chancellor. SSFC voted to minimally fund the group in the fall. Bruecker said Ward did not approve the professional staff contracts for Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group. Also in the meeting, Rep. Richard Rolland introduced two new pieces of legislation addressing concerns he has had as a Student Council representative
from the College of Engineering. The first piece of legislation would allow individual college or school government bodies, such as Polygon, the engineering school’s student council, to have speaking rights on ASM Student Council. “[The legislation] will allow for greater interaction between college governments and ASM as a whole,” Rolland said. ASM Chair Andrew Bulovsky said the legislation has the potential to create more collaboration across campus and he thinks it will be “wellreceived” across campus.
“We want college student governments to feel comfortable interacting with ASM,” Bulovsky said. The second legislation aims to hold ASM Student Council representatives more accountable by requiring representatives to be a member of the college they represent. If a representative is no longer enrolled in the college, he or she would automatically be removed under the legislation. Council will vote on both pieces of legislation for the first time in its next meeting April 17.
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‘Bioshock’ flies high above the rest VIDEO GAME REVIEW
Bioshock Infinite Irrational Games By Adam Paris The Daily Caridnal
When I first read “Watchmen” in sixth grade, I enjoyed the mysterious plot and eclectic characters. When I finally read it again in high school, I discovered the deep levels of moral complexity and folly of believing in real super heroes. Playing “Bioshock Infinite” this past weekend elicited the same feelings. While my 12-year old self would’ve enjoyed the bombastic FPS action, my mildly more mature college self reveled in a title rife with nativism, ideological battles and a world almost suffocating in its stark realism. The story opens with Booker
DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent turned private eye, journeying up to a floating city in the sky, Columbia. Booker’s task is to capture a girl trapped in a tower to wipe away his ambiguous “debt.” As players ascend to the heavens, they’re treated to a spectacle built around religious awakenings and boundless promise. These themes resonate throughout the entire title as the pervasive American exceptionalism gradually demonstrates why Columbia remains in a continual state of conflict. Slow burning but emphatic in its intent, the beginning portion of “Infinite” is one of my favorite game openings ever. It organically introduces the player to gameplay elements through a politically mediated carnival, confidently eschewing huge explosions in favor of firmly establishing the beautifully crafted world. Although delayed, the action sequences are what round out this experience into a wholly encompassing game with intense combat and brilliant storytelling. Booker can carry up to two weapons at a time, which is somewhat
disappointing in later levels with the myriad of firearm options. However, players do have access to every vigor they collect throughout the game. Vigors replace plasmids from the original “Bioshock” and carry a variety of new powers Booker can harness. From standard electro shocks to murderous crows, finding the right balance of vigors and traditional weaponry is paramount for every battle. Throughout the entire experience, Irrational Games did a fantastic job of varying the combat arenas and enemy types. Most enemies are humans, but these waves are oftentimes augmented by pyromaniacs or gun-toting George Washington mechs. Several enemies even show up only five or six times throughout the entire title. Even though it’s more work for the developer, it’s always refreshing to discover a new enemy type sprinkled in a game’s final levels. Yet the primary task of “Bioshock Infinite” remains Booker’s mission to return Elizabeth to his contractors. Companion characters in games are typically notorious for their complete and utter ineptitude
at seemingly everything. Instead, I found myself visibly upset whenever Elizabeth left my side. She constantly patrols the battlefield gathering ammo, health and salts (which power vigors) to toss to Booker. Her presence never disturbs Booker’s actions on the battlefield and she can even create tears to alternate universes to create weapons or mechanical companions in the heat of battle. Booker and Elizabeth’s bond grows throughout the title and Irrational astutely avoids familiar tropes that plague male-female companion stories. Some of the elements of Elizabeth’s lifelike AI may fall flat (her coin collecting is off-putting when bookending dramatic exchanges), but overall her character growth only enhanced the believability of “Infinite’s” tale. Audio logs sprinkled throughout the game also offer enlightening insight into character’s motivations and depict a fuller picture of Columbia’s twisted climate. Despite the black and white racial stalwarts on either side of the city’s conflict, Columbia’s moral
compass is better represented as a deep gray. This shining beacon in the sky is nothing more than farce, a simple ruse constructed to channel the days when Manifest Destiny seemed reality instead of fodder for revisionist history. Eventually, Elizabeth’s ability to open tears into alternate realities becomes an integral part of the plot. Resulting in several divergent twists, the winding story never becomes unruly and overcomplicated. With a finale that left me in an utter state of shock and contemplation for the last several days, “Infinite” delivers on the lofty narrative goals creative director Ken Levine set for himself with the first “Bioshock.” “Bioshock Infinite’s” troubled development cycle cast doubts over whether the title could live up to everything it promised. It turns out these thoughts were as foolish as the concept of a city in the skies. With a varied, satisfying combat system to complement its beautiful and stirring narrative, “Infinite” reaches heights Columbia could only dream of. Grade: A
Misleading marketing, a malady maligning modern movies Austin WelleNs all’s well-ens well
ovies are all about perception. And not in an “our perception of a subjective reality created by the editing of time and space is what defines out movie going experiences” sort of way. Well yeah, okay, in that way too, but for now let’s focus on the other perception of movies that affects how we watch them, namely the way it’s marketed to us. I’ve sort of noticed a trend lately, and it’s a trend that disturbs me. Disturbs me something awful. Certain movies which are not awful are being advertised as if they were. Or at least, being advertised as things that they are not in order to up their mass appeal. The first example I can think of is a film I kind of already talk about way too much—Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” While we wound up getting a very talky, tense, and meaningful movie, what we were promised by the advertising was 2 and a half hours of “Brad Pitt kills Nazis.” While I’m not denying that what we got was better than what we were shown, it should be clear that the approach they took was deliberate and intended to draw in a crowd that would be more attracted to that sort of movie. Also in the “action-hero-X does violence to stylish-villains-Y” brand of, uh, branding is “The Grey,” AKA “Liam Neeson Punches Wolves.” Or so we thought it would be going in. What it turned out to be, in actuality, was a beautiful, thoughtful, almost meditative film about loss and death, without a single wolfpunch to be found (more or less). A similar thing happened to what many, including me, thought was the best movie of 2011, “Drive.” I, like a lot of people, thought it was going to be some form of carbon
copy of “The Fast and the Furious,” and so was shocked and then pleasantly surprised to find that it was, um… hard to describe, but did a lot and was totally unbelievable. Weirdly enough, I managed to see both “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Grey” for the first time with the same friend, and both times the same thing happened almost exactly. I was apprehensive for “Basterds,” as I had faith in QT, and expecting nothing of “The Grey,” while my friend was all super pumped about seeing some wolves get punched/Nazis get Brad Pitted. Both times we walked out, I pleasantly surprised and impressed by what I had witnessed, my friend disappointed that it hadn’t been the Hollywood blowout he was expecting. I think this pretty nicely demonstrates the dangers of this sort of dishonest advertising. Not only did my friend (who honestly has a very “generic” taste in movies) walk out of the theater disappointed, but I was only there by chance, believing them to be the sort of movies I’d rather not sit through, given the choice. Basically, the people marketing these films have sacrificed a smaller audience that would appreciate their film for a much larger audience that has a significantly smaller chance of enjoying them. Which isn’t to say anything against either filmmaking that doesn’t have broad appeal, or the masses it doesn’t appeal to; they’re just different tastes, it’s cool, it’s fine, don’t let it bother you. However, what isn’t okay is that these films get the sort of stigma that blockbuster films have stuck to them, which can be fairly damaging to their reputations at things like the Oscars. “Basterds” scored nominations because the Academy loves movies about movies, but “Drive” and “The Grey” were both criminally ignored (again, “Drive” was easily the best movie of 2011). However, there just might be a bright side to all this. For a long time
there’s been a weird sort of competition/symbiosis between “genre” cinema, and “auteur” cinema, in which “auteur” cinema bears a very clear, original, often risky artistic imprint and vision (a la “Drive”) and “genre” cinema fits to the tropes and standards of whatever form it’s following. So, what we have is auteur cinema masquerading as genre cinema in an attempt to draw the larger
crowds associated with genre cinema to their showings. This is dishonest, it can damage their reputation, and it can leave a lot of people disappointed by what they see. However, it also increases the amount of people that are exposed to vibrant, new, innovative films, and who knows, maybe some members of that crowd will really dig “Drive,” and take an interest in
other indie or art house films, and as fans slowly trickle out of the mainstream, we lose the mainstream and instead just get a bunch of really cool, individual mini-streams. Or maybe I’m an optimist and it’s just shady marketing. Yeah, it’s probably that. Got some marketing wisdom for Austin? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
opinion Leaders refuse to admit mistake of Iraq 6
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jon vruwink opinion columnist
his March marked the ten-year anniversary of the onset of the Iraq War, now widely regarded as one of the biggest foreign policy catastrophes in American history. Exactly 4,488 Americans lost their lives in the war, alongside a minimum of 120,000 Iraqis, with some studies placing the Iraqi death toll as high as 1.5 million. On top of this sickening and incomprehensible carnage, at least four million Iraqis have been displaced, half of them fleeing the country and the other half relocating within Iraq. U.S. taxpayers have financed this venture to the tune of two trillion dollars, with the ultimate bill likely to run anywhere between four and six trillion dollars when factoring in the costs of health care and disability payments for returning soldiers, including the 253,000 troops who suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to a report by Linda Bilmes of Harvard University. Someone unfamiliar with the contours of American politics and foreign policy might expect a greater degree of humility and caution from
politicians complicit in starting a war on the basis of faulty intelligence regarding Iraq’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction. To the contrary, the political class has exhibited an astounding level of historical amnesia in relation to the latest supposed existential threat—Iran’s nuclear program. Even casual observers who only tuned in for election season will be well aware of the antagonistic rhetoric emanating from both political parties in relation to the alleged threat posed by Iran. Just as with Iraq a decade ago, the intelligence on Iran does not support these hyperbolic warnings. Iran does not have an active nuclear weapons program, nor have the country’s leaders made the decision to acquire a nuclear weapon. This is the view of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United States’ 16 intelligence agencies, Israel’s Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, and Israel’s Military Intelligence Director, among many others. The IAEA has Iran’s nuclear facilities under 24-hour surveillance, conducts bimonthly inspections, both announced and unannounced, and has a history of being a voice of rea-
son, repeatedly stressing the absence of evidence for an Iraqi nuclear weapons program in the run-up to the war. Yet, the complete and utter lack of any evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program has predictably not stopped military hawks itching to start another war in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed that, “Within three to five years, we can assume that Iran will become autonomous in its ability to develop and produce a nuclear bomb.” He uttered that warning in 1992. In his 1995 book “Fighting Terrorism,” he made the same claim regarding the imminence of an Iranian nuclear weapon. Literally for the entirety of my lifetime, from 1992 to 2013, Netanyahu has been issuing dire warnings about a threat that never materialized. Just to reiterate the obvious, the IAEA reports that there is “no concrete proof that Iran has or has ever had a nuclear weapons program.” This embarrassing record of hysterical claims echoes Netanyahu’s aloofness on Iraq’s alleged nuclear weapons program in the run-up to the Iraq war. In 2002, he claimed that “there is no question whatsoever” that Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program. Furthermore, he said that
according to Israeli intelligence, Iraq had Russian and North Korean scientists on site assisting with the weapons program. With this track record, the fact that Netanyahu’s proclamations on Iran’s nuclear program still have any credibility whatsoever in the eyes of the U.S. political and pundit class attests both to the poverty of our discourse and the lack of a much-needed skepticism regarding claims that could lead to a new military conflagration in the Middle East.
The political class has exhibited an astounding level of historical amnesia in relation to the latest supposed existential threat— Iran’s nuclear program.
Needless to say, this seemingly unanimous consensus among the political class that Iran, contrary to the evidence, has a nuclear weapons program has led to the unnecessary suffering of millions of ordinary Iranians via the sanctions imposed on them by the U.S. and other countries. As just one example, the curtailments
on the country’s banking sector have made the importation of life-saving drugs and medical devices exceedingly difficult, putting the lives of six million Iranians at risk. Rather than a flaw, the powers that be seem to regard this massive human toll as a strength of the program. Vice President Joe Biden bragged about the damage done, saying in the vice presidential debate that, “These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions, period.” The most crippling sanctions of all time in response to an Iranian nuclear weapons program that doesn’t even exist, and this coming from a man who also vigorously supported the attack on Iraq. A decade out from the start of the Iraq war, those with the most influential voices on foreign affairs, such as Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu, along with virtually the entire U.S. Congress, continue to promote blatant falsehoods and display an almost sociopathic indifference to the innocent people who suffer from a belligerent U.S. foreign policy. How do you feel about the decade-spanning U.S. involvement in Iraq? Tell us your thoughts! Please send feedback to email@example.com.
Gay marriage a matter of equal civil rights, not privilege Lanni solochek opinion columnist
recently read an article in the State Press entitled, “‘Mawwiage’: The nightmare within a nightmare” written by a good friend of mine, Peter Northfelt, about the current arguments in the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Proposition 8 and DOMA. With the knowledge that this friend is very politically savvy and pro-LGBTQ, I was very excited to read his commentary. Unfortunately, I was both slightly offended and very confused about his argument. The article discussed a concept suggesting LGBTQ people should not want to get married because the institution of marriage is so corrupted in our society today. I have a number of problems with this commentary, most important being it’s really missing the whole point of these events, and that makes me wonder how many other people see the world in the same way. As a member of the LGBTQ community, this whole situation affects me a lot. I want to get married—I don’t want church bells or a huge dress or a gourmet meal, I want a piece of paper that says I am bound to someone else in all senses of the word. I want to have all of my rights as a spouse and I want to not be discriminated against for my sexual orientation. Marriage, to me, means that I am legally tied to someone. In Northfelt’s article, he
mentions that a piece of paper shouldn’t be the symbol for love for another person but what he fails to regard is in our society, that’s exactly how it is. In our country today, there’s a certain status that comes with getting married. Marriage says a lot about a couple and it isn’t fair that sexuality decides whether or not we can get that small, seemingly unimportant piece of paper. We don’t want marriage because we want to be accepted by society, we want marriage because we want the rights that come with it. We can love each other all we want, but we can’t be willed an estate. We can commit to each other for 50 years, but we can’t come during family-only visiting hours at the hospital. We can do a lot as homosexual couples, but a marriage certificate gives us so
Speaking for those within a margin only pushes them further into that margin.
much more. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world and we definitely don’t live in a perfect country or society, so I know that at some point in my life I am going to receive backlash for being who I am. While I obviously don’t support this, it is an unfortunate fact of life that I’m going to
have to deal with. What I refuse to deal with is people outside of my community telling me what I can and can’t do and what I should and shouldn’t want. On a related note, it seems that many people seem to think that being an ally of the LGBTQ community means that you can speak for them, but I don’t think that’s true. The feminist writer bell hooks writes in her piece “Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness” that speaking for those within a margin only pushes them further into that margin. We need to be able to speak for ourselves. I am tired of people telling me that I shouldn’t want to get married, I shouldn’t want to have children, I don’t need A, B, C or D. Why don’t you let me tell you what I want and need? This isn’t to say that we don’t need allies—we need all of the allies we can get, but allies cannot speak for the community. I have goals for my life and nobody else can define that for me, especially when it comes to my sexuality. I want to make it clear that the events at the SCOTUS are not just about the love between members of the LGBTQ community. They are about equality. The whole point of this movement is equality and marriage is just the tip of the iceberg. We know what we need and we deserve it. I want to get married; I want to have kids; I want to be equal on all grounds. What do you think of the current conversation revolving around gay rights? Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sports Brewers viable option to fill sports-viewing void in spring thursday april 4, 2013 DailyCardinal.com
REX SHEILD rex’s higher education
here is a distinct cycle in terms of sports viewing in the state of Wisconsin. Throughout the fall, Saturdays have traditionally been reserved for Wisconsin football, while Sundays are religiously dedicated to the Green Bay Packers. As the Wisconsin and Marquette basketball programs get underway, some attention may be diverted toward those ams, yet they will still never amass the type of die-hard viewing reception the Packers or Badger football team receive. Depending on the success of the season, UW football will usually wrap up around the New Year, which, in turn, allows statewide viewers to be 100 percent invested in everything regarding Packers football. Once the green and gold are ultimately eliminated from postseason play, it’s almost like Wisconsinites go into a state of sports emergency. Sure, fans at this point in the sports schedule tune into their respective college basketball teams—mixed in here and there with the Milwaukee Bucks—but the excitement of college hoops is only extended until the state colleges are ultimately eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin folks, you are now faced with your first sports-viewing conundrum of the year. While it will be disappointing not to see Packers fullback John Kuhn do the Lambeau Leap, Montee Ball pulverize opposing defenses, forward Mike Bruesewitz hustle around recklessly or a late-game heroic from Marquette guard Vander Blue, the lack of activity among Wisconsin sports leaves an ample opportunity available for Wisconsinites to finally devote their sports pride to the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Nothing says being a true Wisconsinite more than going to Miller Park and tailgating ... topped off with several $7 Miller Lights.” After going through an up-anddown season last year and finishing five games back in the National League Wild Card race, the Brewers will be looking to build upon their late-season momentum and return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus. So, from a fan’s perspective, what can be expected from the Brew Crew this year?
Will it be a season filled with gut-wrenching losses and failures to convert with runners in scoring position? Or will it be one with a deep pitching staff and hitters good enough to make a deep postseason run? Predictions around the web varied. Sports Illustrated writer Albert Chen predicted Milwaukee to go 77-85 in 2013, good enough for third in the NL Central. SBNation. com writer Marc Normandin did not give a specific record prediction, but his division and wild card predictions excluded Milwaukee, whereas Bleacher Report writer Jeff Sucher predicted the Brewers to go 90-72, good for second in the division. David Radcliffe—a Yahoo! contributing writer—said “Competing for a wildcard spot—and maybe second in the division—is all Milwaukee can ask for entering the 2013 season.” If you look at what they have on paper, the Brewers will not run away with the NL Central crown by any means, as the Cincinnati Reds are loaded with talent from top to bottom. Not to mention, you can never discount the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet, you can expect the squad to compete each and every day under third-year manager Ron Roenicke, making Miller Park a must-see sports environment in the coming months. I mean, come on, nothing says being a true Wisconsinite more than going to Miller Park and tailgating three hours before the first pitch topped off with several $7 Miller Lights inside the confines of Miller Park. When it’s all said and done at the conclusion of the 2013 season, Milwaukee will probably not bring home their first World Series title since making the move from Seattle in the late 60s. Heck, they might not even make the postseason, and in terms of Wisconsin sports-viewing hierarchy, they might even be on the bottom of your selfmade pyramid. Still, if Monday’s Opening Day, extra-inning win is any preview of what this season will bring, it should be an enjoyable and exhilarating summer for Wisconsinites. Are you faced with a sportsviewing conundrum this spring? Do you think the Brewers will be worth following this season, or do you not care about the Crew because you’re a Chicago Cubs fan? Let Rex know what you think by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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