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Faculty explore future of College of the Arts By Tamar Myers the daily cardinal
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Madison’s Plan Commission approved plans to demolish the historic Stadium Bar and build an apartment complex despite concerns from the University of Wisconsin Police Department.
Committee approves plan to demolish bar By Kristen Tracy the daily cardinal
Madison’s Plan Commission approved a construction proposal at a meeting Monday that calls for the demolition of the historic Stadium Bar in order to build an apartment complex. The proposal would tear down Stadium Bar, located at 1419 Monroe St., to construct a six-story building, which would include commercial space and 72
housing units. The University of WisconsinMadison Police Department expressed concerns about the construction site’s proximity to the UWPD station. “We want to continue to have a dialogue with the developer on issues from everything related to the parking lot around the building to how we unload prisoners nearby,” UWPD Captain Steven Rogers said. “We cannot, at this
point, support this [project], but we do hope to be able to work things out.” Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, District 5, urged committee members to support the proposal despite UWPD’s concerns. “I do not think their issues rise to a level that requires this application to be referred,” she said. “I think some of the issues
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Bassett area residents hear policing strategies for Mifflin, Revelry events By Sarah Olson the daily cardinal
A Madison police sergeant shared the department’s policing strategy for the Mifflin Street Block Party at a Bassett Street neighborhood meeting Monday. MPD Sgt. Kelly Donahue said officers will patrol the downtown area, specifically covering Breese Terrace, College Court and Fahrenbrook Court areas in addition to Mifflin and
Langdon Streets. Donahue said MPD expects more activity in these areas because they are closer to the Revelry musical festival, which will happen the same day. According to Donahue, MPD is approaching the situation differently this year, and it is trying to discourage any event on Mifflin Street. Last year, Mifflin residents had the option to sign con-
The University of WisconsinMadison Music Department will hold another vote to determine whether it will join a proposed College of the Arts. The College of the Arts, currently in planning stages, would combine the arts departments currently located under three different colleges into one arts college. The drama, theater, dance and art departments have all voted to join the new college, University Committee Member Mark Cook said. Cook said the move would “bring the arts together in some format … to figure out some way to build strength on this campus instead of being scattered.” However, last year there was division among multiple units within the College of Letters
and Science over whether to join the proposed college. Due to its failure to adhere to open meeting protocol, the Music Department will retake its vote April 25, presenting the possibility that the department will not join the new college. If the Music Department votes against joining the new college, Cook said the department might stay in L&S and the College of Arts could still move forward. However, Cook said the University Committee would consider it “unacceptable” to leave the arts system as it is. “To just return to the way it was before is not going to grow and develop the arts on this campus,” Cook said. While faculty involved in music performance general-
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CBS News correspondent visits UW By Shannon Kelly the daily cardinal
Acclaimed journalist and news correspondent Byron Pitts spoke at Union South Monday night as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Since 2009, Pitts has been the Chief National Correspondent for “CBS News” and a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.” He has also written a book on his experiences with faith entitled “Step Out on Nothing.”
During the lecture, Pitts described some of the experiences he has had during his more than 30 years as a professional journalist, including interviews with the last six presidents of the United States and the coverage of Ground Zero in the aftermath of Sept. 11 that won him an Emmy. According to Pitts, his past work covering events in Iraq and at Ground Zero have led
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tracts with MPD under which MPD would not fine residents for throwing illegal house parties if they complied with MPD requests, but Donahue said MPD will not engage in such contracts this year. “This year is more of a no tolerance for illegal house parties,” Donahue said. Also at the meeting, Wingra
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Additional Revelry ticket details released Revelry Arts and Music Festival organizers announced additional details about the event’s tickets, which were available for purchase Monday. Revelry organizers announced University of WisconsinMadison students can purchase up to two presale tickets and
can use one of these tickets to bring a non-UW-Madison student as a guest. Presale tickets are only being offered to UW-Madison students in order to keep the event primarily for students to celebrate Badger pride, according to Revelry Marketing
Director Josh Lieberthal. After April 22, tickets sales will open up to members of the Wisconsin Union and other UW System schools. Ticket prices may also increase after April 22, although actual prices are not yet known. genevieve globus
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Acclaimed journalist Byron Pitts speaks with UW students at Union South about his experiences and childhood illiteracy.
“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
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A few reasons why sports are so popular zac pestine zac, crackle, pop
ossibly my favorite weekend of the year is the opening rounds of March Madness. This particular weekend happened to coincide with my birthday this year, so when my dad suggested spending this weekend in Las Vegas, I seized the opportunity. While I did not spend my days there dazed, confused and incoherent, a la Hunter Thompson, I did take advantage of my “of ageness,” which complemented (or caused) my rowdiness when yelling at the television screen quite nicely. I spent much of my trip drunkenly yelling at the TV, covering my face in disgust. That weekend, at any one time, within a one-mile radius, there were probably 30,000 people replicating my actions, e.g., belligerently admonishing an 18-year-old (who happened to be 1,200 miles away) when he missed his free throw that
would have covered the spread. After losing our life’s savings, or at least all of the winnings from our last wager, we would huddle together in the fetal position, simultaneously going on personal diatribes. During my sober moments, I got to philosophizing. The sports industry is one of the most dominant, and perhaps one of the few stable institutions that we know will never falter. From Formula 1, to the NFL, to the MLB, ESPN has become one of our country’s most prominent media for turning on, tuning in and living vicariously through the stars on screen. My question is, what is it about the sports world that is so mesmerizing? Why is there either a game or pregame coverage of a game on at every bar, fitness facility and airport around the country? I will try to tackle a few possible answers, but if you, dear readers, would like to chime in to the discussion, please feel free to leave a comment on The Daily Cardinal website or send me an email. I think that there are several major reasons why we can sometimes see Tom Brady
throw a 40-yard touchdown on the inside of our eyelids. One reason: We like to feel as if we’re a part of a community. Many of us remember the warm, fuzzy feeling we got when John Clay passed through the end zone time and time again against No. 1-ranked Ohio State in 2010. I can honestly say I will probably never hug so many complete strangers again in my life. As utter debauchery ensued on the field following the victory, the Badger community was united as one.
I can honestly say I will probably never hug so many complete strangers again in my life.
Secondly, sporting events are current events and offer people a way to hold a conversation when there is nothing else to talk about. Everyone likes to talk, and nobody likes awkward pauses in conversation. Therefore, you can always
avoid those pauses by asking your friend if a pitcher who is less than two years removed from Tommy John surgery could ever be worth $100 million. Because sports are numbers games and numbers can be interpreted in different ways, interpretive and analytical dialectic can always be had when sports are in the mix. But most importantly, sports are epic. There is so much money to be made on them that the corporate world has significant stock in making them epic. This is because the louder the bells and whistles, the brighter the lights, the hotter the cheerleaders and the more popular the half-time performers, the more viewers there will be. And the more viewers there are, the more moolah franchises take in. I suppose my top answer to my question is that the sports industry is above all, an industry. And as long as there is money to be made in making sporting events of epic proportions, in those proportions they will stay. And we will oooo. And we will ahhhhh. How many strangers have you hugged in your life? Tell Zac at email@example.com.
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ASM Student Regent Campaign moves forward in state legislature
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ASM Diversity Committee Chair Mia Akers says in a meeting Monday she hopes the week’s events will show students diversity is more than skin-deep.
Details solidified for ASM Diversity Week The Associated Students of Madison Diversity Committee will host a series of events on campus from April 15-19 to promote diversity awareness. Each day will focus on a specific area of diversity, starting Monday with SexYOUality, followed by Disability, Religion, Gender and MultiCultural days. ASM Diversity Committee Chair Mia Akers said events will include workshops, presentations and movie showings hosted by numerous student organizations with a particular interest in the day’s issue, such as Badgers for Developmental Disability Awareness and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican @ de Aztlan. She added a wrap-up event will conclude each day from 6 to 8 p.m. Events from April 15-18 will take place in the Humanities Building. Events on April 19 will be in the Education Building. Diversity Committee member Tori
The Student Regent Campaign, a student-led initiative within this year’s Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee, could be signed into state law this legislative session. Under the Student Regent bill, each University of Wisconsin System campus would nominate a single candidate via their respective student governments. The governor would then choose an appointee from the 26 candidates, as opposed to the current process where any student can apply. According to Legislative Affairs Committee member Kaitlyn Novotny, who spearheaded the campaign, the aim is to make the process “more democratic.” The draft of the legislation is currently circulating in the state legislature for cosponsorship. Novotny said the bill has received preliminary support from multiple legislators including state Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan. However, she said Ballweg
will be hesitant to introduce the bill without the support of state Rep. Stephen Nass, R-Whitewater, who chairs the Committee on Colleges and Universities. Legislative Affairs Vice Chair Rachel Lepak also reported on the 18+ Campaign, which she said is transitioning to a more general campaign to increase entertainment downtown overall. She is drafting a letter to city officials and business leaders that includes suggestions to improve entertainment such as a venue for local bands or a movie theater. Lepak said her vision is to make State Street a more broad entertainment center for the Madison area. Legislative Affairs Chair Dan Statter said the campaign also addresses safety concerns, as the limited entertainment options in downtown Madison not including bars could contribute to the area’s drinking culture. —Cheyenne Langkamp
Atkinson said she hopes to increase student awareness of diversity issues through the events. “My main goal for Diversity Week is making sure everybody feels like they have a place,” Atkinson said. Akers said she is focused on highlighting the power of students and student organizations through Diversity Week. “All of the events for the most part are student-led and student-driven,” Akers said. “[It] shows the power of students that we have resources and spaces that we have created on our own on campus that address these issues.” The main goal Akers said she has for the week is to have students understand diversity is more than just skin-deep. “I want campus to understand that diversity is not just superficial,” Akers said. “It is your culture. It is your identity. It is who you are.” courtney kessler/the daily cardinal
faculty senate from page 1 ly support the proposed college, some involved in scholarly research hold reservations, said Faculty Senator James Doing, a music professor. “There’s some kind of sense that the tie to L&S is like this academic strand,” Doing said. “If they go into a College of the Arts it’s … not as academic.” Also at the meeting, Faculty Senator Noah Feinstein asked Chancellor David
Ward about the university’s contract with Palermo’s Pizza and the recommendation from the Labor Licensing Policy Committee to cut ties due to alleged labor violations. Ward said he recognized the LLPC’s recommendation, but did not feel there was “conclusive evidence” that would allow him to take action against the pizza company before hearing the National Labor Relations Board’s decision. He said premature action could leave the university vulnerable to a lawsuit.
ASM Legislative Affairs Committee member Kaitlyn Novotny said Monday the Student Regent bill is now being circulated in the Wisconsin state Senate.
development from page 1 are being pursued as being bigger than they actually are.” Bidar-Sielaff also addressed past opposition from students and alumni over the “loss” of Stadium Bar, but said she supports the proposal because the bar will retain its legacy. “Memories stay with people forever, even when the building and the site are gone,” Bidar-Sielaff said. The Plan Commission gave preliminary approval of the proposal on the condition of determining how to use the parking lot at a later date. A second proposal from the Freedom from Religion Foundation calls for the demolition of two apartment buildings,
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UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward responds to concerns over the university’s ties with Palermo’s Pizza in a Faculty Senate meeting Monday.
Boats owner Tyler Leeper said he wants to move forward with plans to launch a boat-rental service, called Brittingham Boats, and open a cafe in the Brittingham Park beach house, located near the Bassett neighborhood boundary. Leeper said Brittingham Boats would rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats and possibly pontoon boats to the public. According to Leeper, it also plans to provide programming, including standup paddleboard lessons, stand-up paddleboard yoga and early-morning yoga. The renovated beach house would
located at 10 and 12 N. Henry St., to make room for an expansion to its offices. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, supported the project and reminded commission members of the FFRF’s willingness to work with community members throughout the design approval process. He asked the plan commission to consider FFRF’s cooperation in their deliberation of the proposal. “The FFRF representatives have attended multiple neighborhood meetings, so they went through the entire neighborhood process and did very well,” Verveer said. “They were frequent visitors to the UDC and they took to heart all the advice they were given.” The Plan Commission unanimously approved the project. also feature a new cafe, which would play acoustic music and serve coffee as well as specialty grilled cheese sandwiches. Stephan Reinke, the boat house renovation project manager, said they are hoping to embody aspects of the “Madison lifestyle,” including outdoor enrichment, community and conversation. Leeper said the beach house would be a great place for University of WisconsinMadison students to meet up with friends, relax and have good conversations. “It’s very different, but it kind of mirrors the other side of campus, providing a different style of relaxed and on-the-water life,” Leeper said.
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Man breaks into The Statesider, assaults residents Police have not yet identified a suspicious man who breached security at The Statesider residence hall Sunday and harassed several women, including climbing into bed with one of them, before stealing money from a resident, according to a police report. Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement the man made it passed security at approximately 2:15 a.m. by telling the front desk clerk he
was visiting a friend in the building, located at 505 N. Frances St. According to the report, the suspect sexually assaulted a female resident on the elevator, made “lewd comments” to several women in the building and DeSpain said one 18-year-old girl “awoke to find the stranger in her bed.” MPD has not yet identified the man, who DeSpain describes in the report as slender and African-American.
Man harasses two women walking on University Ave. Police arrested a man on the 600 block of University Avenue early Sunday morning for battery and disorderly conduct after he was seen harassing two college-aged women, according to a police report. A Madison Police Department officer arrested Christopher Blackmer, 32, at approximately 1:12 a.m. after he spotted Blackmer “screaming” at two 19-year-old women while on routine patrol, the report said. The two victims told police Blackmer approached them and asked for 50 cents, accord-
ing to the report. After the women refused to give him the money, Blackmer “became irate, [called] them derogatory names” and threatened sexual assault. Blackmer then started following the women and attempted to grab them, the report said. The police officer on duty driving past saw the disturbance and pulled over. According to the report, Blackmer allegedly hit one of the victims in the face, and the officer arrested Blackmer and charged him with battery and disorderly conduct.
Man arrested for punching bouncer Police arrested a man and cited another early Saturday morning for fighting two bouncers at a downtown bar after one of the suspects refused to turn his hat forward, according to a police report. Antonio Myrland-Mejia, 21, allegedly punched a 28-yearold Whiskey Jacks bouncer at approximately 1:38 a.m. after the bouncer asked the suspect to leave the bar, located at 552 State St., because the patron refused to “keep his cap on straight, which evidently is part of the dress code,” Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a statement. According to DeSpain, Myrland-Mejia told police, “I
can’t help it when women come up to me; they take my hat off and put it back on, and then it’s on sideways.” The blow from MyrlandMejia allegedly chipped the bouncer’s tooth and broke his glasses, according to the report. Following the dispute between Myrland-Mejia and the bouncer, a second suspect, 21-year-old Markus Cromwell, reportedly shoved a second bouncer. DeSpain said in the report bar staff physically detained Myrland-Mejia until police arrived at the scene. Police arrested Myrland-Mejia for battery and disorderly conduct and cited Cromwell for disorderly conduct.
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mother he was “mentally retarded” and advised her to institutionalize him, but his mother refused and with her help Pitts learned to read and went on to attend college. Before the lecture, Pitts attended a pre-program discussion with students cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and during the talk he advised young journalists to remain optimistic about the future of the field, which he said remains a vital part of American democracy. “As long as children love to hear stories whispered in their ears, there will always be a place for storytellers,” he said. “As long as there is a United States of America, there will always be a place for a free press.”
him to come to peace with death but never come to peace with indifference. “Indifference can be a deadly weapon. The good and decent people who have been blessed with skill, talent and opportunity and take that and hoard that to themselves and don’t share it with others and are indifferent to the problems of their community and those around them. That is dangerous,” he said. Pitts said these experiences have also taught him the importance of service to one’s community, country and family. Pitts also described his upbringing in East Baltimore where he was born to a young mother and was functionally illiterate until he was 12 years old. He said doctors told his
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Watsky to play Madison By Jonny Shapiro The Daily Cardinal
The Daily Cardinal caught up with George Watsky to discuss his tour, newly released album and the YouTube video that made him famous. Watsky first burst onto the rap scene by posting a video of himself rhyming on YouTube, accurately and self-deprecatingly titled “Pale Kid Raps Fast.” The video, posted in January of 2011, is 88 seconds long and has accumulated over 24 million views. “Pale Kid Raps Fast” blew up and landed Watsky on the Ellen DeGeneres show. “It was really trippy because all of a sudden I was getting labeled, like, ‘fastest rapper,’ this thing that I never put any thought into trying to be. But suddenly I was it,” Watsky said. “Or at least that’s what some people said … To have people challenging me to be faster when I didn’t even care about being the fastest to begin with was a strange feeling.” Although most of his fans know him for his music, Watsky first got involved with the art of rhyming by entering slam poetry contests. Eventually, Wastky would go on to win several awards for his poems. “I got involved as a freshman in high school, right after I started seeing ‘Def Jam Poetry’ on HBO,” Watsky said. “I fell in love with the art form. I started doing open mics and competitions and I never stopped.” Aside from four mix tapes, Watsky has released three studio albums, the newest of which, Cardboard Castles, was released in early March. It
reached the number-one spot on iTunes’s hip-hop chart and number nine on the all-genres chart. Though he draws influence from Eminem, Andre 3000, Jurassic 5, Ludacris and other rappers, Watsky’s production is extremely unique. The sound of his music is ever changing. Background music ranges from woodwinds to banjo, from guitar to the piano. Other songs still feature more classic hiphop beats. “The bluegrass one came about from listening to banjo picking in 16th notes, which is almost the exact same cadence as the Busta Rhymes style of fast rap, so I thought it would be fun to pair up banjo picking with fast rap. I hadn’t really heard it done before,” Watsky said. “And just in general I try to keep entertaining myself. If I get bored with a style or a project, it’s probably time to take a risk and try something new. That bluegrass album didn’t blow up or go to the top of the charts or anything, but it was fun for me.” Lyrically, Watsky’s music discusses social issues such as politics and teenage emotion, speaking to a generation of awkward high school kids. In his song “Stupidass,” off of his 2009 selftitled album, he raps about his schoolyard playground. “I just try to write lyrics that are true to my life, like, I think it just came from the idea of Kanye [West’s] lyric ‘Everything I’m not made me everything I am,’ I wish I’d written that,” Watksy said. “You take your weaknesses and you turn them into your strengths. The things people make fun of you
for, if you claim them as things that you’re proud of then the people insulting you lose all their power.” A 2010 graduate of Emerson College, Watsky was able to manage his rising fame while still going to school. “I didn’t really consider dropping out because I was doing a lot of college gigging, playing other colleges while I was in school, and I was always able to balance it with my classes,” Watsky said. “I took these really long Mondays and Wednesdays when I was a junior and a senior and I would leave Thursday, Friday and Saturday and go play college campuses then come back for class. I was able to balance it, like, I never felt like I had too much demand. If I got to that point, I probably would have thought about it. But my hopes for the future of my career include the things I studied in college, so I’m really glad I was able to finish with acting and screenwriting.” Watsky is in the middle of his 50-stop Cardboard Castles tour across America, but still never fails to remember his roots in slam poetry. “This is great that I’m getting all this exposure, but at the same time ‘Hey, guys, I write slow poems too.’ There are other things that I want people to know that I do,” Watsky said. “I’m not Eminem, I’m never going to be Eminem or Ludacris or Jay-Z. It’s what I have in my own personal experience that will make me unique and different, you know, instead of trying to be those other people.” Catch Watsky at the High Noon Saloon April 11 at 8 p.m.
Wisconsin Film Festival is set to bring top movies to Madison again By Brian Weidy The Daily Cardinal
This year marks the Wisconsin Film Festival’s 15th stint in Madison, with more than 150 films being presented over the course of eight days. In an introduction on the website, festival programmers Mike King and Jim Healy state that there will be “sidesplitting comedies, eye-opening documentaries, mind-blowing animation, and much, much more.” With films coming from directors across the globe, as well as a strong emphasis on Wisconsin directors (32 films come straight from Wisconsin), the festival is set to give those in attendance a wide variety of films to check out. More than 85 films have at least one screening sold out with a week to go before the festival. For a number of films, a producer or director will be on hand for Q&A sessions after the screening. Something that I am particularly intrigued by is the selection of the Spaghetti Westerns featured at the festival this year. Four Italian films produced during the late1960s: “The Big Gundown,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Hellbenders” and “Sabata,” will all be shown at the festival. This is being presented in conjunction with the UW Cinematheque’s ongoing series and is a unique feature that should not be missed by film fans.
This year’s festival is also spotlighting two directors—Douglas Fairbanks and King Hu. In Fairbanks’ two films, “The Taming of the Shrew” (1929) and “The Thief of Bagdad“ (1924), he explored both short- and long-form narrative styles and in turn created two of the greatest pieces of early American cinema.
With so many films to choose from and only eight days, it’s hard to go wrong.
“Dragon Inn,” a Hu film, was one of the earliest pieces of Taiwanese cinema. And with “A Touch of Zen,” Hu made the first Chinese language film to win a major western film festival award when he took home the 1975 technical prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Dozens of short films are scheduled to screen at the festival. With many falling under the “experimental” category, these films, some as short as two minutes long, are the backbone of the festival as they allow a broad body of students and professionals alike to show their work. One of the films I am personally very excited for is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” creator Joss Whedon’s take
on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Whedon, who is known for being incredibly prolific and willing to take on more adventurous projects, shot this film in only two weeks, between shooting and editing “The Avengers.” Whedon used the original text of Shakespeare’s play and the film has received critical acclaim since its release. He also used a number of actors and actresses he had worked with before. Amy Acker, who plays Beatrice, worked on “Angel” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Alexis Denisof—who plays Benedick, worked on “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Dollhouse” with Whedon—brings a familiarity, which should be a treat to watch. The main location for ticketing is at Union South and student tickets are just $5 each with a valid student ID. With films running from 5:30 p.m. April 11 to after 10 p.m. Thursday, April 18, with keen planning skills, one has the opportunity to see dozens of films from documentaries, to shorts, to full-length films. With so many films to choose from and only eight days, it’s hard to go wrong. Excited for The Wisconsin Film Festival? So are we! Be on the lookout for updates and coverage from The Daily Cardinal.
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The Skinny Who: Bonobo w/ Shigeto Where: The Majestic Theater, 115 King St. When: April 21, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Cost: $15 Why you should care: Bonobo is one of the most innovative DJs around at the moment. His songs are easy to dance to, but also bring a level of musicality that will impress even those who aren’t huge electronic music fans.
Check this out before you go: Bonobo recently released a new album The North Boarders. It’s probably worth checking out before heading out to the show. Also make sure you give Shigeto a listen and show up early so you don’t miss his opening set. Definitley watch a video of Shigeto doing a live show, because it’s pretty incredible what he does on stage—sort of a combination between live-DJing and wailing away on a drum kit.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
eli bovarnick opinion columnist In 1896 the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Plessy v. Ferguson and upheld, by all but one vote, the constitutionality of a state law requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the principle of “separate but equal.” For a country only decades removed from the abolition of slavery, the catalyst for the bloodiest war in our nation’s history, “separate but equal” seemed like a logical, safe and conservative step in the right direction after slavery, even if it was a retreat from full equality. The Supreme Court made clear with its decisive ruling that the country was not ready to embrace people with a different skin color as equal citizens. However, with the hindsight of history, it is clear that “separate but equal” prolonged discrimination by providing a supporting rationale, rather
than aiding progress toward full equality.
Gay people seeking to marry one another are not trying to upset the fabric of traditional marriage, take our country down a satanic path or indoctrinate the youth.
Last week, our nation had its eyes and ears fixed on the Supreme Court as it was once again faced with determining whether full equality should be granted to a particular segment of our population. The legality of gay men and women to marry their respective partners was up for debate as the court heard arguments about Proposition 8 , which bans gay marriage in California, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars Federal recognition of these unions. As I followed these events, I kept thinking to
myself about how hypocritical the entire debate seems. Part of American identity is to serve as a beacon of light for equality in a world constrained by many inequitable societies. We are the land of opportunity, where it does not matter who you are or what your background is in order to belong. You will always get an equal shot so long as you play by the rules. It is the American dream that makes America unique and great. However, the more I watched the coverage from this week, read the transcripts from the court hearings and listened to countless people’s opinions, this idea that America is blessed with unconditional egalitarianism seems more like a talking point than the truth. Gay people in our country are not treated as equal to their straight counterparts. In order for them to have the exact same rights as everyone else in this country, and to be able to realize the same American dream everyone else has access to, they
must be allowed to marry one another. The excuse that a civil union should be “good enough,” or is at least a step in the right direction, is analogous to the idea of the “separate but equal” decision of Plessy v. Ferguson from over a century ago. Congressman Rob Portman, R-Ohio, changed his views on same-sex marriage after learning his son is gay. Once Portman realized that gay rights were basic human rights, he could no longer justify the inequality in a separate-but-equal approach. The value placed on equality is reflected in the growing diversity of the Supreme Court, on which justices who are African American, female, Catholic, Jewish, Hispanic, Italian and Irish now serve. The justices who come from ethnicities or genders previously underrepresented have benefitted from court decisions aimed at making a more equal society. In addition, they face no discrimination in their personal lives from being married, being mar-
ried to someone of a different race, being single, childless or being adoptive parents. While gay Americans may, in theory, face no legal discrimination in their achievements as individuals, they are still denied the dream of equality in their personal relationships. My favorite protest sign for same-sex marriage held up outside the Supreme Court from this past week read, “Let me have the right to be miserable with my husband as well!” After all, gay people seeking to marry one another are not trying to upset the fabric of traditional marriage, take our country down a satanic path or indoctrinate the youth. At the end of the day, they just want the equal opportunity to be allowed to marry the person they love, for better or for worse. Is your opinion on gay rights being represented in our civil policy? Or do you support the reversal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Tell us your thoughts! Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADHD medication dangerous booster for college students Mike brost opinion columnist
fter hours of endless studying, do you have trouble focusing? Could you benefit from the ability to concentrate better? Who couldn’t, right? Well, over the course of the past few years, a trend has swept the nation: Doctors are diagnosing students with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD and prescribing them medication to alleviate their symptoms. According to an analysis of data collected by the Centers for Disease Control published by The New York Times published last week, 11 percent of school-aged children and a full 19 percent of high school-aged boys have been diagnosed with ADHD If the sheer percentage of students getting diagnosed doesn’t shock you, the increase in diagnoses should. The CDC’s newest data shows a 41 percent rise in diagnoses for children age
4-17 in just the last decade. So maybe there’s an increase in awareness and doctors are finally beginning to learn how to diagnose ADHD, right? That seems like a plausible explanation. That is, until you look at the geographic distribution of diagnoses. In fact, the further east and south you go in the United States, the more likely students are to have been diagnosed with ADHD Students in South Carolina are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than those in Colorado. Education expert Sir Ken Robinson has quipped: “People start losing interest in Oklahoma; they can hardly think straight in Arkansas; and by the time they get to Washington [D.C.] they’ve lost it completely. And there are separate reasons for that, I believe.” All joking aside, ADHD is a real disorder. And the scientific research is clear that medication can be greatly beneficial for those who have ADHD But it’s hard to believe that nearly
one in five high school boys has ADHD At the very least, doctors—including those teaching, learning and working at the University of WisconsinMadison School of Medicine and Public Health—should be questioning whether their doctors are, in fact, being overzealous in their diagnoses.
The most worrying trend of all, however, is that students that are diagnosed with A.D.H.D. are peddling their pills like candy.
So who cares that more students are getting diagnosed with and being prescribed medicine for ADHD? So what? First, many assume that because they are prescribed the medication, then it must be safe. In reality, however, the medications doctors prescribe— such as Ritalin and Adderall,
for example—have those with aspirations potentially serious for graduate school— side effects. Doctors look for every competioften prescribe stimtive advantage over their ulants like Adderall, peers. Besides the fact which contains an that selling these pills is percentage amphetamine. Under a felony, there’s tremenof schoolfederal law, possesdous potential for misaged sion of Adderall or use and abuse of these children diagnosed Ritalin is treated drugs when students are with ADHD the same as possessimply buying pills in sion of methampheta secondary—and illeamine or cocaine— gal—market. They have percentage and with good reanot been prescribed the of high son. According to medicine, and they have school-aged the United States not received a doctor’s boys Food and Drug advice on their use or diagnosed with ADHD Administration, been informed of potenwhich approves, tial side effects. regulates and moniStudents withtors pharmaceuticals, out ADHD who take Adderall “can be abused or lead prescription drugs such as to dependence.” Adderall may see higher grades The most worrying trend in the near term, but the potenof all, however, is that stu- tial consequences in the long dents that are diagnosed with term far outweigh any benefits. ADHD are peddling their pills Do you feel that the use of like candy. There’s a steady “smart drugs” like Ritalin and demand for ADHD medicines Adderall has become an epidemic on competitive college cam- on college campuses? Tell us your puses like say, UW-Madison, thoughts. Please send all feedback where students—especially to email@example.com.
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Badger prospects lack elite talent but provide good depth in draft
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The Wisconsin men’s tennis team dropped consecutive Big Ten matches over the weekend, falling 7-0 to No. 5 Ohio State and 4-2 to Penn State to bring their record to 10-9 overall.
Wisconsin falls to two Big Ten foes on road to a 10-2 start to the year. However, the gauntlet portion of the schedule, which took the team on the road against a slew of ranked opponents, would put a damper on their impressive start. The Badgers faced off against national powerhouse Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, Friday evening. Entering play, the Buckeyes had won 163 conBy James Dayton secutive home the daily cardinal matches. Ohio The Wisconsin State’s habit of men’s tennis team steamrolling its lost a pair of road opponents conWisconsin has now matches this weektinued as they lost seven straight end against No. 5 blanked the matches, all against Ohio State and Badgers, 7-0. Big Ten opponents. Penn State, to While UW extend their loswould not win ing streak to seven. a set in any of Road record for the With the defeats, the six singles Badgers thus far this the Badgers fell to matches nor capseason. Wisconsin has won all 10 of their 10-9 (1-6 Big Ten) ture any of the matches at home. on the season. They three doubles last won March matches, fresh16, a 4-3 victory man Alexander over South Florida Kokorev and at home. junior Petr Satral Wisconsin began the sea- put up a fight at No. 1 douson in impressive fashion. bles, ultimately losing 8-6 Following a thrilling 4-3 vic- to the No. 13 doubles pair in tory over Minnesota in their the nation, Peter Kobelt and Big Ten opener, the Badgers Connor Smith. As singles achieved a No. 59 ranking action kicked off, Satral comfor the week of February 26 peted heartily against the No. and would play their way 4 nationally ranked Kobelt but
Wisconsin unable to snap Buckeyes’ incredible home winning streak
fell 6-3, 6-4. The win improved Ohio State to 22-2 this season. Sunday afternoon, the Badgers traveled to University Park, Penn., to take on Penn State. The Nittany Lions have experienced an up-anddown year that has seen them ranked as high as No. 69 in the nation, but entered the match with a mediocre 7-12 record. This was a prime opportunity for Wisconsin to rebound with a win against a solid but slumping Penn State squad. However, the Badgers dropped a 4-2 decision. Despite winning the doubles point, Wisconsin could only salvage one victory at singles. Freshman Frederik Strabo defeated Ramy Labna at No. 6, winning 6-3, 6-0. When the Nittany Lions secured the victory with their fourth point of the match, the No. 4 match between freshman Jakhongir Jalalov and Roman Trkulja was called in the third set. The Badgers return home to Nielsen Tennis Stadium next weekend looking to regain control of their season. Friday at 6:00 p.m., Wisconsin will take on Purdue, and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., the Badgers will play Indiana. UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.
s the calendar turns over into April, football fans everywhere gear up for what is arguably the most important day of the NFL year: the draft. While free agency has made the practice of building a winner a more expedited process, you can look at the roster of any successful team and see that their corps was put together on a late April day. In recent years, several Badger players have found their way into the first round of the draft, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in 2013. While J.J. Watt, Joe Thomas and Kevin Zeitler each went in the top 32 picks, there doesn’t appear to be that same type of marquee talent coming from Wisconsin this year. The top prospect appears to be G/C Travis Frederick, a redshirt senior who started 27 games over the last two seasons for UW. The Sharon, Wis., native is ranked as the No. 1 center in the draft by CBSSports.com, but that position is not as highly sought after as others on the offensive line. Teams at the bottom half of the first round often look to add interior linemen in a low risk spot, so Frederick could end up somewhere between picks No. 29-32, especially to a team like Atlanta who drafted two Badger players just last year (Peter Konz, Bradie Ewing). Another member of the offensive line, tackle Ricky Wagner, once had the same first round aspirations as Frederick, but after a down year, he has seemingly fallen into the middle-tolate rounds of the draft. CBS Sports has the West Allis, Wis., native ranked as the No. 17 tackle and a fifth-to-sixth round pick. DraftTek.com has him ranked even lower, as they predict Wagner to be drafted in the seventh round. While Frederick is likely to be the highest drafted Badger, the most talked about player will undoubtedly be running back
Montee Ball. The 2011 Heisman finalist and 2012 Doak Walker winner is generally seen as a topfive prospect at his position, but his poor combine performance (4.66 forty time, 15 reps on bench press) has seen his stock fall into the second-to-third round range. There is still some first-round hope left for Ball however, as Gil Brandt of NFL.com currently has him going to Green Bay at pick No. 26. The Packers certainly do need a running back, but it would seem to be a bit of a stretch to think that Ball would be their pick in the first round. The Badgers will also have a trio of defensive backs who will look to make their way into the later rounds of the draft. Shelton Johnson, Devin Smith and Marcus Cromartie are all slightly undersized, but each one made valuable contributions over their careers at Wisconsin and can make an impact in the NFL. Perhaps the biggest riser out of this group right now is Cromartie, after he ran a 4.35 forty at the team’s pro day last month. Pro day times are typically inflated slightly, but the time is impressive nonetheless. Rounding out the Badger prospects this year is linebacker Mike Taylor. The fifth-year senior recorded 378 tackles and seven sacks in his 47 starts with Wisconsin, but he has battled knee injuries over his career—a major red flag for any NFL team. The Ashwaubenon, Wis., native is still recovering from a sports hernia injury which prevented him from taking part in UW’s pro day. Taylor is not a great candidate to be drafted by any team this year, but if he can get over his injuries, he should be able to catch on with an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. This class may not have the high-end talent of some of its predecessors, but come April 25, we’ll start to see where these Badgers will make their trade in the NFL. Where do you think the Badgers will get drafted? Let Matt know by emailing him at email@example.com.
McIntosh named Big Ten player of the week Wisconsin Senior Meghan McIntosh earned her second Big Ten Player of the Week
Ten opponent in Wisconsin history. Her first no-hitter of the season came award Monday against Eastern after tossing her Kentucky March 10, for second no-hitter of which she also won Big the season. The Ten Player of the Week left-handed hurler honors. McIntosh is 8-2 most recently with a 1.07 ERA accomplished the this season. MCINTOSH feat against McIntosh is one of Minnesota for the five different badgers first no-hitter against a Big to earn a player of the week
award from the big ten this season. The Badgers (28-6) will host their home opener against Northern Iowa (14-21) at the Goodman Softball Complex Wednesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. UW home opener against Northern Iowa (14-21) at the Goodman Softball Complex Wednesday, April 10 at 3 p.m. -Taylor Valentine
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Wisconsin running back Montee Ball will have a shot at breaking into the first round of this year’s draft in New York City.