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Gov. Scott Walker launches campaign Gubernatorial stage set as Walker tours Wisconsin, state Rep. Chris Taylor endorses Mary Burke By Eoin Cottrell and Andrew Hahn THE DAILY CARDINAL

Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his re-election campaign and state Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, endorsed gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch at their first re-election campaign stop Tuesday. Berg praised Walker for the economic growth that Wisconsin has seen in the past four years. “Down to my core I believe in some simple principles and one of them is free enter-

Tuesaday in an event held by


students on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Troy Berg, president of Dane Manufacturing in Dane County, introduced Walker and

prise,” Berg said. He added that Walker and Kleefisch’s shared values had created jobs and economic growth in the state. Walker contrasted

Wisconsin’s current fiscal situation with the state’s 9.2 percent unemployment rate and $3 billion deficit in 2010. He said tough decisions led to lower taxes and a nearly $1 billion surplus in the state’s budget. The governor also reiterated his decision to extend the University of Wisconsin System’s tuition freeze, which he said stemmed from the need to make education more affordable for Wisconsin families. Walker said his vision for the state allows working Wisconsinites to decrease their dependency on government. “[Our campaign] wants to reduce dependency in government and increase dependency on hard work and personal pride,” Walker said. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said in a statement Walker’s approach to economic growth had “failed,” dropping the state to 35th in job creation. “Wisconsin is one of the five worst states for new business start-ups, and our rate of entrepreneurial activity

declined in the past year,” Tate said in the statement. Two University of WisconsinMadison student organizations also kicked off their campaign Tuesday. The UW-Madison Young Progressives and the College Democrats announced their cooperative Badgers for Burke campaign at an event fea-


turing state Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison. Taylor said she hoped students would be engaged enough to make a difference in

Professors propose new tuition model By Daniella Emanuel THE DAILY CARDINAL

Students could have their first two years of public university paid for by the state, according to a plan proposed by University of WisconsinMadison professors. Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall, associate professors of educational policy studies at UW-Madison, have been working on a paper detailing a plan that would reallocate the financial aid money spent at forprofit universities and private universities back to the public sector, Goldrick-Rab said. “Its not right for the University of Phoenix to charge students $25,000 a year and pay for it all with financial aid that came from taxpayers,” she said.

“We really were struck by the fact that a lot of people act like the only people who need financial aid are the really, really poor people...” Sara Goldrick-Rab associate professor UW-Madison


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Madison residents witnessed a lunar eclipse, which temporarily turned the moon to a blood-orange color, early Tuesday morning . + Photo by Tommy Yonash

Madison police warn citizens of fraudulent behavior from false advertisement Madison police warn citizens and college students of fraudulent activity from unknown suspects that involves sliding an “online rent system” flier under renters’ doors. The flier asks readers to email their name, date of birth, social security number and credit

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card information to a “manager’s email” address, according to Public Information Officer Howard Payne in an incident report. The flier offers credit off the next rent payment worth $215 for individuals who sign up for the program. According to Payne, the

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stake right now.” Taylor criticized Walker for representing special

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Wiscard accounts to merge June 1

“So we take all that money and simply redistribute it in the public system, and it turns out we have more than enough money.”

According to Goldrick-Rab, students considered lower-class would no longer be favored for financial aid over middle-class

the election. “Young people and millennials are going to be the ones who have the power to shift this election,” Taylor said. “Everything you care about; whether it be public education, whether it be workers’ rights, whether it be women, is at

alleged name of the company offering the services is H&H Apartments located at 7473 Ellington Ct., Middleton, Wis. The H&H Apartments official website lists the name Marvin Hellenbrand under the homepage, created by where indi-

viduals can generate their own websites for a small fee. Madison police urge citizens to keep certain information confidential that could leave them vulnerable to financial and identity issues. Police have not identified any suspects at this time.

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All accounts currently managed through Wiscard, University of WisconsinMadison’s photo ID, will merge into one June 1, according to a university press released emailed to students Tuesday. Presently, Wiscard offers users access to three accounts: Campus Cash, Housing Food and Union Meal. Following the merger, any money deposited will go into a single account. Until June 1, students should continue to deposit money into the separate accounts. After the transition, any remaining Campus Cash funds will be transferred into the new joint account. Moreover, any University Housing balances of less than $20 will be moved to the new account. Balances of more than $20 will be sent to students’ mailing addresses four to six weeks after residence halls close May 17. Wiscard will continue to be accepted at all current locations and students will still receive all discounts available to them now. The merger will occur automatically and students will not be required to take any additional action.


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Sharon Corrigan elected new Dane County Board chair


State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, endorses Mary Burke at an event on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

campaign from page 1 interest groups instead of Wisconsin citizens.

“Young people who are in college right now are going to be the leaders of tomorrow...” Joe Zepecki communications director Mary Burke Campaign

“[Scott Walker] hasn’t done anything for regular people in the state of Wisconsin,” Taylor said. “He’s done a lot for the most wealthy. He’s done a lot for the most privileged, but he hasn’t done much for anybody else.” Sean Hoey, president of the campus Young Progressives and an opinion columnist for

The Daily Cardinal, said the Badgers for Burke campaign will focus on registering students to vote. “We know that students love Mary Burke, they’re just not always the greatest voters,” Hoey said. “We just want to make sure they get out there on election day.” Student issues are focal to Burke’s campaign, according to Joe Zepecki, Burke’s communications director. “Young people who are in college right now are going to be the leaders of tomorrow,” Zepecki said. “We want a Wisconsin where we are letting entrepreneurs have the support that they need. We want Wisconsin to be a place where young people want to stay.” Tuesday marked the first day gubernatorial candidates can circulate nomination papers to be on the ballot.

The Dane County Board that I’m excited ... to work on and ship positions. of Supervisors elected move Dane County forward.” “I hope it’s an inspiration Supervisor Sharon Corrigan As chair, Corrigan has the to women of all ages, and for of Middleton as chair Tuesday, power to appoint committee young women who may not who made Dane County his- members and set the agenda, have thought of running for tory as the second woman ever according to Parisi. office. Maybe seeing that to hold the position. Corrigan stressed her desire would inspire them to think of “She has great leadto partner with running,” Corrigan ership skills,” Dane other elected offisaid. “I think we County Executive Joe cials by addressing need both men and Parisi said. “I think she’ll issues in the comwomen serving in do great.” munity, including office, and we make Corrigan, who ensuring water better decisions ran uncontested, will quality and conwhen we have repreplace Interim Chair fronting the menresentatives from all John Hendrick and tal health issues of different groups at BAYRD serve a two-year term CORRIGAN prison inmates. the table.” as chair. With Supervisor The Dane County “I’m really honored that Carousel Bayrd of Madison’s Board of Supervisors also the Board elected me without West Side re-election as vice selected Madison’s Near West offering another nomination,” chair, it will be the first time in Side Supervisor Kyle Richmond Corrigan said. “I feel like it’s an the board’s history that women as second vice chair. important responsibility and one have occupied both top leader­—Irene Burski

UW-Madison researchers develop new technology for diagnosing asthma Students and researchers at the University of WisconsinMadison developed an easier, cheaper and more efficient way to diagnose asthma, according to university news release. UW-Madison biomedical engineering professor David Beebe and his team discovered that even mild cases of asthma can be diagnosed using a single drop of a patient’s blood, as described in their paper titled “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” published April 7. By utilizing a correlation between asthmatic patients and neutrophils, the most abundant white blood cells in the body, the

new method allows individuals to be diagnosed even if they do not exhibit symptoms during their clinic visit. Neutrophils are the first cells to move in the direction of a site of inflammation to help heal wounds. “Neutrophils are sort of like a dog tracking something,” Beebe said in the release. They sense a chemical gradient, like an odor, in the body.” By tracking the speed at which neutrophils migrate to inflamed areas, researchers can differentiate regular cells from the significantly slower asthmatic cells. UW-Madison students developed the Kit-On-A-Lid-Assay microfluidic technology, which

allows researchers to induce neutrophil migration by combining a drop of blood with a chemical mixture and recording the velocity at which it occurs. The kit is plastic and rather inexpensive. “The KOALA platform represents the next-generation biomedical research kit,” Beebe said in the release. Most current methods of asthma diagnosis are contingent at least partially on symptom manifestation during a doctor’s visit. Additionally, they require patient cooperation, which makes it difficult to diagnose very young and very old individuals, according to the release. —Adelina Yankova

College of Letters & Science promotes collaboration on ethnic studies merger As part of a continuing debate about combining multiple educational programs into one ethnic studies department, faculty are holding a free, public meeting Wednesday, April 30, according to a Tuesday release. The first meeting, “Ethnic Studies at UW-Madison: Past, Present and Future,” is scheduled for April 30 at the Pyle Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. during a meetand-greet. Ethnic studies would include the department of Afro-

American studies, the American Indian studies program, the Asian American studies program and the Chicana/o and Latina/o studies program. The programs’ four chairs and directors have begun preliminary discussions of the merger. College of Letters & Science Associate Dean Maria Cancian said in the release the college “fundamentally believes” in faculty and staff leading discussions of collaboration and will “ensure the needs of students, faculty and staff affected by any change would be addressed.”

University Committee to receive faculty input in town hall meetings University of WisconsinMadison faculty and staff will be able to present their views on changes to the university research and graduate education structure at two town hall meetings in the coming week, according to a release. The University Committee will hold the first meeting April 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the

Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building and the second April 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Union South. The committee plans to use the feedback for recommendations on the proposed changes, according to the release. The Faculty Senate is scheduled to act on the changes in a meeting May 5.


Sara Goldrick-Rab worked with Nancy Kendall to develop a new tuition plan, which would offer two free years of public higher education for both in-state and out-of-state students.

professor from page 1 students under the plan. “We really were struck by the fact that a lot of people act like the only people who need financial aid are the really, really poor people,” Goldrick-Rab said. “And if you look at the data it’s actually pretty clear that even the middle class is having a hard time.” The plan would not be limited to in-state students and outof-state students would be able to

attend the first two years of any public university in the country for free as well, Goldrick-Rab said. After completing the first two years, students would receive an associate degree as a safeguard in the event they would not be able to afford the last two years. “Two years of post-secondary education, especially when it results in a certificate or associate degree, has considerable value in today’s labor market,” Goldrick-Rab and Kendall wrote

in their paper. Although the final two years would not be automatically funded, Goldrick-Rab said a university could distribute its institutional grants to mostly juniors and seniors since they would have already proven their worth as students. If the federal government agrees to implement this plan, it could be enacted in public universities within the next five years, Goldrick-Rab said.

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Get back into the game day spirit with spring options

Spruce up your space for spring By Courtney Pelot The Daily Cardinal

With spring here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to add a splash of color into your life. A simple place to add distinction is in your living space. Whether you’re waking up in your bedroom, making lunch in your kitchen or sitting down to watch your favorite TV show in your living room, bright, bold colors have the ability to boost your mood and make you feel more creative and optimistic. Here are a few places pops of color can be added, along with some of my favorite colorful buys.

By Sammy Silverman The Daily Cardinal

With March Madness at an end, some Badgers are beginning to hang up their game day clothes until next fall. However, don’t forget about the lesser-known—but just as fun —spring sports. Whether you’re heading to a softball game or a tennis match, Badger gear is always required to cheer our teams on. Spring game day attire is drastically different. This is the time to whip out those cute Bucky tanks that you were only able to wear to the first tailgate in the first week of September. For those of you that cut your red and white stripe overalls into shorts, this is the time to grab them from the back of your closet. For those less adventurous, try pairing a cute red tank with a pair of black shorts for a great outfit. Even if it’s a little chilly, you can still rock a red and black flannel shirt over the tank top for an extra layer. That’s the difference between the spring and fall tailgates. Rather than bundling up in sweatshirts and extra layers, a simple flannel can do the trick around this time of year. If your legs are still cold, try a pair of Wisconsin high socks to cover up some more skin. These socks come in a variety of styles so be sure to pick the one you like best. Rather than wearing a cute winter hat with a pom-pom on top, you can now look to new options for the warmer weather. Try rocking a baseball had or a flat brim hat for a new look. Backward or forward, these hats are always a great choice for game day. If you’re feeling a little girly or don’t want to mess up your hair, you can always go with a bow. The University Bookstore sells a variety of bows with Bucky on them as well as simple red and white bows. If you’re looking for something even more basic, American Apparel sells solid red bows as well. In the spring, you have the opportunity to display your style while still showing spirit. Whether you choose a Badger tank tucked into a cute pair of high-waisted shorts or you craft an new DIY shirt at home using an old T-shirt, this is the time to show who you are. Without having to bundle up to stay warm, you can let your Badger style come through for the next spring game day. Are you afraid your outfit will strike out at the next ball game? Want to ace your look for the next tennis match? Email Sammy at for more advice!

Your Wall

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Brighten up a white wall with a colorful or patterned mirror.

Because apartments are rented for the year, we don’t have the ability to paint our walls. However, we do have the ability to decorate with bright prints and unique decorations. Currently the online store Remodo is offering covetable bright mirrors. It has an array of mirrors that are framed in gorgeous patterns. If you take a look at the website, you can surely find one that fits in with your personality and your room’s color scheme. If it’s fun prints you’re looking to add to your wall, check out the website Etsy. Colorful and inspiring prints are always trending on Etsy for decent prices.

Your Desk

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Add a pop of color to you bedroom with a bright pillow.

Your desk can easily become a drab location in your apartment. With stacks of books and cups of pens, highlighters and pencils, your cluttered study spot is probably begging for a bit of color. One way to do this is to place your writing utensils in jars or small vases in bright colors. Try color coordinat-

ing the books on your desk or in your shelf in rainbow order. Another option is adding a vase of colorful flowers to your desk.

Your Bed and Couch

One of the simplest ways to add pops of color and change up your living space is by swapping out current throw pillows or adding new ones. Go for ones with texture, patterns or even inspirational and funny sayings or quotes. You can find great pillows at many stores and online retailers, including Target, Dormify, Remodo and CB2. Great throw blankets are also a great way to add color. A great option is at Dormify, which currently has a trendy ombre blanket that you can purchase in bright teal and indigo.

Your Floor

Say goodbye to the days of living with plain, boring carpet, tile or wood floors. Add bright rugs to spice up your rooms. Besides offering a pop of color, rugs offer your feet a soft and warm place to step. Mix it up by adding rugs with low pile as well as some shag rugs. Add variety by using fun patterns and solid colors together. I hope some of these ideas can find their way into your living space, boosting your mood and making you feel even more cheerful during these warmer months. Remember to be creative and have fun with it! After all, your apartment is a place where you spend large amounts of time so you want it to be as fun and fabulous as possible! Need more inspiration for room decor? Email Courtney at

Style Guru Sam Sklar’s stylish inspiration By Alicia Flores The Daily Cardinal

Sam Sklar is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and keeps busy as a Strategic Communications, Spanish, Italian and International Studies major. This semester kicked off Sam’s debut as one of UW-Madison’s Style Gurus, covering the column Style Advice of the Week. To learn more about this Fashionista’s personal style and fashion pointers, read my Q&A with her and check out her articles at Daily Cardinal: What is your favorite part about being a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista? Sam Sklar: My favorite part about being a Style Guru is all of the new people I get to meet when creating the weekly articles. It allows me to get a close up view of all the different facets of style that the Madison streets have to offer. DC: How would you describe your own style? SS: I can’t pinpoint an exact description of my personal style, but I have had the opportunity to travel a lot so many of my clothing combinations come from ele-

ments of countries that I’ve visited. DC: Where do you find style inspiration? SS: I’m from Manhattan so much of my inspiration comes simply from walking down the street. What can appear to be an absolutely ridiculous ensemble ends up being the next big trend—it’s like a runway at my fingertips. DC: What is your favorite item of clothing in your wardrobe? SS: My favorite item (and splurge buy) is hands down a pair of Valentino nude lace heels. DC: Which current trend are you a fan of ? SS: I’ve been partial toward beanies. They can add a pop of color and style, all while covering up a potentially bad hair day. DC: Is there a certain time period that you would have loved to live in because of the fashion? SS: I would, without a doubt, choose the roaring ’20s. It was a period of fringes, red lipstick, pearls and some scandal. What’s not to love? Want to learn more about CollegeFashionista and what it’s all about? Email for more information.

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Sam Sklar stops to pose on Bascom Hill.

Make your way to summer with these simple steps to stay calm and relaxed through exams By Cassie Sterwald The Daily Cardinal

School and work can cause a pile of work, leaving one feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Newsflash: This is not good for a person’s health and well-being. Luckily, there are a ton of simple things a person can do to help stay calm and live a less stressed life. When you wake up in the morning, allow yourself to wake up completely before grabbing your phone or hopping out of bed. If that means setting the alarm five minutes earlier, do it. The body and mind need time to wake up; it might make your whole day better. When taking a test or working on home-

work, it’s very easy to become stressed and doubt yourself. Instead of worrying about how you don’t know the answer or what to write next, give yourself a minute to focus on your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and exhale. Chances are that breathing will help clear your mind and allow for better problem solving. Decorate your room in a way that makes you happy. Print out pictures, inspirational quotes, whatever brightens the space, and hang them on your walls. When sitting at your desk studying, a small upward glance will give you happiness and support. It may not seem important, but a positive, happy room will rub off on you.

With busy schedules, it’s hard to find time for yourself. Make room for “you” time. If you like reading, set aside a time to read. If you like to stay active, give yourself time to work out. Every person has something they love to do that makes them happy. Make time for it, you will thank yourself. Try a yoga class. Yoga focuses on breathing and movement and provides all sorts of benefits. You may find yourself feeling completely stress-free and relaxed after a class, plus it is a good workout at the same time. If you are not a yoga person, do a different type of exercise, even if it’s just a walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise is a great way to get in shape and become a more positive, less stressed person.

At the end of the day, reflect on everything that’s happened to you. Think back and remember a moment, no matter how small or brief it was, that made you smile. Too many times people think about how horrible their day was before bed. Instead, focus on a happy moment in order to allow yourself to end the day on a positive note. It may not seem like much, but these simple steps may do a whole lot of good for you. With our ever-busy lives, we compromise our happiness and well-being. If you make simple and easy changes throughout your daily routine, you can become a more positive and stress-free individual. Want a few more options for relieving stress? Email Cassie at

opinion Democrats still alive in 2014 midterms

SEAN HOEY opinion columnist


wo weeks ago, the White House put forth an announcement both Republicans and Democrats alike had been eagerly awaiting for months: the number of enrollees in President Barak Obama’s signature health care reform. To the awe of Republicans, who were banking on further failure after the botched October rollout, and to that of Democrats, who breathed joyous sighs of relief as they head into midterms in the fall, the president announced the administration had indeed surpassed its enrollment goals with 7.1 million Americans receiving private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Now, while candidates of both parties were perhaps momentarily put off or impressed with these numbers, they are unlikely to significantly alter the lay of the land for the upcoming election cycle. Public approval of Obamacare hovers around 40 percent while its dissenters remain in the high fifties, and the president’s job disapproval has only slightly alleviated since the fall (If it makes you feel any better, Mr. President, Congress’s approval rating is still infinitely worse). Indeed, no Democrats in tight races, like Senators Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor, are cozying up to their votes for the president’s health care law, nor are their Republican opponents backing down from their inexorable attacks against them. These numbers, then, beg one question­—will the Democrats be able to fend off their Republican challengers in this fall’s midterm elections? For the GOP, the winning strategy they should pursue is simple: continue to rail against President Obama and his policies. As is typical in nonpresidential election years, the executive is not at all popular, and as I suggested above, nothing short of some insurmountable, extraordinary achievement is going to reshape the public’s perception of the presidency and its key initiatives. While the health care law seems to have been successful in its first round of enrollment, the weeks of free, negative media Republicans earned during the botched rollout further entrenched Americans in their views in a way similar to the propaganda they used against the law’s passage in 2010. Furthermore, Democrats won a second term in the White House a year and a half ago on the mandate they would cure the economy of its woeful ways. Today, though improving, the job market remains sluggish at best and its outlook equally bleak. Thus, if Republicans can continue to get on television and tie Democrats to the presidency in the eyes of the public, they can coast into their seats

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come November. If they don’t, it would be a huge opportunity lost by the GOP. Comparatively, Democrats have it tough. The economy is still inert and lagging far behind all of our hopes. Americans still dislike the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have the money or the benefits of big-spending interest groups like conservatives do. In response to all these factors, Democrats will have to run smarter, leaner, more cunning operations than the Republicans, an area where they are skilled. Rather than sticking to the GOP status quo with the nasty talk of health care and jobs, Democrats need to create issues their counterparts have to respond to: women’s health and equality, minimum wage, immigration reform — all issues on which Americans and Democrats align. And so far, they’ve been doing a fine job of slamming their conservative opponents on their backward views of social matters.  However, there’s something else essential Democrats need to do to in order to win the upcoming elections. That’s to get organized with good data. You see, history has told us that Democrats are bad voters. There are a lot of them, but they don’t vote consistently, especially in nonpresidential elections. Leading up to the election, Democratic political operatives precisely target their potential voters. To get those targets to vote, a friendly volunteers needs to knock at their doors to remind them they need to get to the polls. It doesn’t sound like much, and in some ways, it isn’t. Field programs like this swing the vote only a few percentage points in one direction or the other, yet at the same time, those few points make all the difference. In states like Wisconsin, where statewide elections always fall within a tiny margin of votes, a few percentage points are the difference between success and failure, a win and a loss. And for Democrats, the best part is that Republicans don’t have the technology or the capacity to do the same, a sad takeaway for the Republican National Committee after 2012. If liberal grass roots organizations start hitting the pavement over the next several months, they will fare far better in November. Alas, more can change between now and then. Perhaps we’ll suffer another financial crisis at the fault of Democratic regulatory policy or a clandestine investigation will uncover a massive conspiracy to commit voter fraud (Does that line sound familiar?). But until then, Democrats, get out there. You haven’t lost yet. Do you agree the Democrats can still do well in the upcoming midterm elections despite what historical trends have shown? Is the GOP poised to retake control and put an end to President Obama’s agendas? Will the Affordable Care Act be the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Democrats? Please send all of your feedback to opinion@

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The Wisconsin Festival of Ideas is an annual celebration of the innovation, collaboration, and interdisciplinary connections being made at UW-Madison. The festival is broken up into four sessions - each featuring Madison’s own top faculty and students as speakers! Each session will conclude with an audience Q&A panel discussion.


Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

Constance Steinkuhler Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

“Games and Well-Being: Perspectives from an Interdisciplinary Collaboration”

Session followed by guided meditation with Richard Davidson OTHER SPEAKERS: Laura Hernandez, Dairy Science Rob Lipinski and Chad Vezina; Bioscience

Meg Mitchell, Art

David Krakauer, Genetics

“The Stupid Ways We Think About Intelligence”

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Law “The Sharia Problem with Sharia Legislation: New Ideas About Islamic Constitutionalism”

Kevin Ponto, Design Studies

Russ Shafer-Landau, Philosophy

“An Udder, a Bladder, and a Hedgehog: Connecting the Dots to Solve a Very Wisconsin Problem”

“The Virtual Reality Wave”

“Poetic Movements: Keeping an Eye on the Weather with Mobile Applications”

“Problems for Moral Relativism”

STUDENT SPEAKERS: Sam Johnson, Social Work “Putting the Sex Back In Sex Education” Vijay Limaye, Nelson Institute

“Getting Hot In Here: Modeling Climate Change Impacts On Public Health”

Christine Evans, Samantha Litty, Alyson Sewell, and Lisa Yager; German

“Language Research On The Move: A Helical Approach to Documentation and Research of Wisconsin German Varieties”





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undanity is alluring. Typically a sentence like that would seem like a fairly overt contradiction, but when it comes to video games it tends to hold true. Games are built on bombast, splendor and extravagance. Most commercial games appeal to the player looking for the greatest spectacle possible. Graphical power struggles have existed in the industry for decades, but the minute, sparkly details in modern consoles are exacerbated in the battle for people’s loyalty. Reverting games back to the more “bland” titles of yesteryear seems like an illogical step backwards. There used to be tons of obscure, obtuse simulation games on PC or Nintendo consoles. From managing an airline company to flight simulators, people were able to explore these niche industries and create their own stories out of the underlying systems within the games.

There were no authored, onscreen catastrophes designed to blow your eyeballs out of their sockets. It relied on a simplistic concept that didn’t try to shovel gameplay conventions down your throat. I’m not trying to paint yesterday as any sort of golden age— your grandpa can do that for me— but it has been depressing to see modern technology used more for eye candy than advancing intelligent mundane storytelling. “Cart Life” is probably the best example of taking this concept to heart. Released back in 2011, the players choose a particular character to control such as a new immigrant to America. You then take over a specific business and go through each meticulous task involved in running something like a newspaper stand. Between grabbing change, unwrapping papers and setting prices, each portion of your life is affected by even seemingly unimportant decisions. The brilliance of “Cart Life” is that it forces you to survive in the world as well. Initially, as an immigrant the city seems foreign, and trying to navigate its streets feels far more disorienting than

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exploring the vast expanses of a game like “Grand Theft Auto.” Expanding the idea of consequence is something games have constantly struggled to do. Exploring the minutiae of everyday life allows players to see the effect tiny details can have, while also shattering the typical oneoff binary result of most choices. Being able to go back against a

previous choice is a feature notably absent from most games. Not all decisions have to be completely life-altering ones; grounding a few more in reality would go a long way towards advancing the narrative capabilities of the medium. If you’ll indulge me for a minute, an example could be taking on the role of my buddy Jack Casey, future editor-inchief of The Daily Cardinal. The stakes may not be life and death, but Casey’s mental state will assuredly be on the line while managing the paper. Under the constant time crunch of determining what should best be covered, it’s easy to see the accumulation of choices building up. The goal is to expand readership, but avoiding pissing off the wrong crowd is a tall order. Some group would constantly be breathing down his neck, asking for coverage and lamenting the absence of an article about the theater department’s new play, “The Running of the Lackadaisical Sloths.” Choices might still be binary at points when you decide one article over another, but you will still be setting the agenda for a campus. The

ripple effects may be exacerbated compared to the paper’s actual impact, but then again, I don’t want to sell short the mushroomcloud like impact Casey’s ascension may have on University of Wisconsin-Madison as a whole.

... It has been depressing to see modern technology used more for eye candy than advancing intelligent mundane storytelling.

Too often games rely on tired tropes in an attempt to dazzle players rather than challenge them intellectually. The games that do take advantage of the ability for games to dole out the collective consequences of decisions in a more cerebral setting will hit upon a subset of the industry that deserves more attention than it’s currently receiving. Is there a mundane aspect of your life that would make for a great video game? Fill Adam in at


Wasted Potential’s self-titled EP too heavy on listeners’ ears

Wasted Potential Wasted Potential By Brandon Danial The Daily Cardinal

Wasted Potential is a very fitting name for a band that sounds like something your parents

would probably disapprove of. With obvious influences from early metal and punk, Wasted Potential’s self-titled EP is an adrenaline-fueled beast that insists on being loud and in your face at all times. The EP goes from 0 to 60 with its first track “Two Pumps and a Quiver,” opening with a roaring scream and flashy guitar solo. Head banging is induced in full force by quickly paced, high-octane riffs, establishing an incredible amount of energy right from the get-go. But the

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party doesn’t end there; Wasted Potential doesn’t have the time to slow down. With the EP clocking in at a little over 10 minutes in length, each song is a short burst of raucous hooks, never taking the time to consider stopping. Unfortunately, a lack of breaks and change of pace makes it hard to swallow the EP whole. It takes what could be individually impressive guitar solos and drum loops and condenses them into a small, overflowing package of loud noises. There’s no down time to appreciate, the band is constantly playing in full force and the intensity is never toned down. While each song is fun and full of angst, the constant barrage can make one grow weary. While the instruments maintain a powerful rhythm, the vocals seem very discordant, lacking any consistent flow, let alone harmony with the instruments.

The EP goes from 0 to 60 with its first track ... opening with a roaring scream and flashy guitar solo.





608.265.ARTS | UNIONTHEATER .WISC.EDU “This performance was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.”

The EP suffers from being a bit overindulgent, but overall Wasted Potential accomplished what they wanted—making music for the sake of being rowdy and rebellious. Cranking this EP to 11 will surely get the anarchist blood flowing and leave your neighbors in complete disdain for today’s youth.

Rating: C

Cloud Cult focus on truth, humanity with new live-recorded album

Unplug Cloud Cult By Rose Lundy The Daily Cardinal

Every song Cloud Cult play resonates with truth. With the release of their live-recorded album, Unplug April 15, that truth is even more evident than on previous studio records, adding a sense of vulnerability and intimacy to an already genuine band. Authenticity has always been important to the Minneapolis band. After beginning as the solo project of Craig Minowa in 1995, Cloud Cult repeatedly turned down major record label offers in order to maintain control over their sound. The result is a hauntingly beautiful and honest record that radiates pain, but also healing.

With the release of their live-recorded album ... that truth is even more evident than on previous studio records.

Heartbreaking lyrics reflect on the human desire to understand the world, especially on tracks like “Ghost Inside Our House.” Minowa sings, “Please send us a miracle so I know that there is meaning / I said I think that it’s a

miracle just to be breathing.” In 2002 Minowa tragically lost his young son and wrote over a hundred songs to cope with his grief. Songs such as “Purpose” show a transition to metaphysical questions about the meaning of life. This desperate yearning vibrates in lyrics like “There must be healing here because everyone here has been damaged.” But Minowa undermines his own optimism saying, “The end comes quick as a bullet.” Between tracks Minowa tells the audience about the time after his son died when he wanted to give up, but he wrote “We Made up Your Mind for You” and “That Man Jumped out the Window” about deciding to carry on. The choice to be hopeful for the future is up to you because, in Minowa’s words, “There is a fine line between falling and flying.”

The result is a hauntingly beautiful and honest record that radiates pain, but also healing.

With 17 tracks, Unplug is on the longer side, and occasional missteps, such as needing to restart “Pretty Voice,” remind the listener that this is a live-recorded album—flaws and all. These imperfections make the tracks more vulnerable and relatable. No auto-tune, no perfectly placed chords—just organic music coming as close to perfection as possible, with blemishes to remind us that we are all still human.

Rating: A


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Boxing club returns, risks remain UW boxing club thriving despite well-known health issues Story by Jonny Shapiro Immediate gratification. Not only can you read the results of a fight after the final round, but you can physically feel the consequences of your actions, good and bad. If you duck left when you should have moved right, you’ll see lights. On the other hand, if you time it just right and fire fast enough, you’ll feel your opponent’s face connecting with your gloved fist. Boxing is a sport based on immediate gratification. Even if you’re insurmountably behind on the scorecard with an ‘L’ sitting one round away, one clean punch and it quickly turns into a ‘W’ as the other guy falls face first to the canvas. The immediate gratification of fighting allows people to forget about the past and overlook the future. One of boxing’s biggest lures may be its biggest curse.

Boxers die. We mourn. We bill the next fight.

Charlie Mohr, University of Wisconsin’s prized boxer, died 54 years ago Thursday from traumatic brain injuries following a championship bout. This immediately prompted a ban on the sport at the university, followed

by an NCAA-wide ban just weeks later. The ban was semi-lifted last December, as UW’s first organized boxing club was started by finding a loophole in the prohibition that failed to list club boxing as part of the ban. “We got the ban, printed it out and there was nothing that bans boxing as a club sport,” said Chandler Davis, the UW sophomore who started the club. Davis explained the bureaucratic circus that he endured to start the club, running in circles with the different executives from the oftentimes overlapping committees. Eventually, the club was approved and Davis found a cozy spot tucked behind the Natatorium pool to hold practice two days a week. However, the approval of a boxing club by the university doesn’t make the sport any less dangerous; it just allows people to participate in the danger. A right hook to the temple is just as destructive to your brain today as it was to Charlie Mohr’s in 1960. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, getting hit with a straight punch from an average middleweight boxer has a force of 2,625 Newtons, about the same force of a wooden baseball bat striking an 85 mph fastball. Manny Pacquiao, who just regained his championship belt Saturday, has gone through 395 rounds in 63 professional fights. Do the math on how many times he’s basically been cracked over the head with a wooden bat. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement saying that boxers are “at risk for dementia pugilistica, a chronic encephalopathy caused by the cumulative effects of


After the death of boxer Charlie Mohr, UW moved swiftly to ban the sport from the school. multiple subconcussive blows to the head.” The Journal of the American Medical Association released an editorial in 1983 stating, “Boxing should be banned in civilized countries.” The chronic traumatic brain injuries that are reportedly caused by boxing share symptoms with other degenerative brain diseases. Symptoms often seen in Alzheimer’s patients, such as memory loss and loss of motor functions, are also seen in some boxers. Ocular damage is also reported, as well as the development of other mental diseases. Muhammad Ali, the selfproclaimed “world’s greatest” boxer and inspiration to many, now lives with the struggles of Parkinson’s Disease. About 20 percent of professional boxers experience these symptoms or ones similar to them in their lives.

“I think it has risks just like any other sport,” Davis explained. “If you’re willing to take the risk, that’s your decision and your choice. I understand there are risks, but with headgear and mouth guards and coaches always around, the risk is reduced.” The medical world seems to be in agreement that boxing is not a safe sport. So why do we continue to embrace it as competition and entertainment? At the newly formed University of Wisconsin Boxing Club, no one is forced to fight. Self-defense training, for exercise, for fun—all are acceptable reasons for showing up to practice. “It should be made aware to everyone that there are risks. I think there will be brain injuries in the future but there will be with any aggressive sport, any sport that involves physical contact,” explained Davis. “We had the head of neurosciences come to speak to the club. Part of what we offer is that you don’t have to compete if you don’t want to. You can just come and work out. We’d like to make the risks known to everyone and we do everything we can to minimize the risk.” Of the roughly 12 people at practice Saturday, only four were approved to spar; the rest spent time on the various bags hanging around the room. It’s easy to see boxing’s draw. It’s an excuse to hit something without ramifications, which is something a lot of stressed college students secretly—or not so secretly—desire. If you’re sparring, the response of your actions is taken to an extreme. You connect your punches or you get hit in the face. If you’re competitive and adventurous enough to try boxing in the first place, these results take shape as reinforcements and punishments, encouraging the boxer to continue. Simply put, boxing is fun. You’re participating in an alternative sport that’s glamorized by the likes of Rocky Balboa. “There’s aggression involved. A lot of people like to express

their aggression through sports,” said Davis. “It’s very physical, very aggressive, and it’s an individual sport. Whether you fail or succeed is based on your own merit.” The thirst for immediate gratification stems from the inherent warrior attitude of boxers. Kill or be killed. And it’s becoming frighteningly reminiscent of the gladiators who fought and died in the Roman Coliseum. Boxers like Duk Koo Kim, Pedro Alcazar and, most recently, Frankie Leal, died in the ring as warriors, as opposed to people.

“It’s an individual sport. Whether you fail or succeed is based on your own merit.” Chandler Davis founder UW Boxing Club

The viewing public doesn’t respond to reinforcements and punishments in the same way that the boxers it’s watching do. Boxers die. We mourn. We bill the next fight. The sport takes on a “shake it off” attitude. “Get back in there” is an accepted response to “Coach I can’t see straight.” Concussions are referred to as “punch drunkenness,” paralleling how posttraumatic stress disorders used to be treated before we fully realized their health implications. There’s something to be said about the irony of having a designated place for boxing in college, a sport that has been proven to potentially decrease brain function, on a campus for higher learning. For those who love the sport, the new boxing club will be a haven, the first time they’ll be able to participate in boxing in an organized manner on campus since Charlie Mohr’s death in 1960. And what Davis said may be true: Who has the right to tell someone they can or can’t box? But the question that needs to be asked is one that still has yet to be truly answered. Why fight?

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