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Soglin outlines plans for reinvestment of Mifflin policing costs By Ricardo Romero The Daily Cardinal
Mayor Paul Soglin introduced plans at a press conference Monday for the city to invest money it has spent on the Mifflin Street Block Party in summer youth programming. Soglin said he hopes stricter policies for this year’s event will decrease attendance and create savings that can be reallocated in the future. His plan reappropriates city money for use in summer youth programs, such as fulltime summer camps, by using a portion or all of the nearly $190,000 Mifflin cost the city last year.
“Yes, there is a right to party, but that right to party can’t infringe upon the safety of others... ” Paul Soglin mayor city of Madison
“[With all those funds] we could basically get 100 kids into a day camp for the summer,” Soglin said. Soglin used a large prop check made out to “Youth
Summer Programs” with “Reinvestment from Mifflin Block Party Funds” written on the memo line to illustrate his point during the meeting. “Over here we’ve got a check. Right now it’s made out for $190,000,” Soglin said. “That represents the costs for law enforcement for the Mifflin Street Block Party.” Soglin also emphasized the issues the Mifflin Street Block Party causes, which he said include increased sexual assaults, excessive alcohol consumption and physical violence. “If anyone in this community, starting with students, wants to have a safe, reasonable party that is just fine, but we can’t have a continuation of what has been going on the last couple of years,” Soglin said. “We can’t have that risk to the health and safety of the participants and those who attend.” Madison Police Department Chief Noble Wray, who also spoke at the press conference, responded to the controversy surrounding the expected increase of police enforcement this year. Wray insisted MPD
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Supporters of State St. restaurants oppose 500 block design proposal By Melissa Howison The Daily Cardinal
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UW-Madison police release senior Maxwell Love after arresting him for criminal tresspassing and resisting arrest.
Police arrest UW student during protest By Sam Cusick and Megan Stoebig The Daily Cardinal
Police arrested and detained a University of Wisconsin-Madison student Monday after he engaged in a sit-in protest and rally with student and community groups to encourage the university to cut ties with Palermo’s Pizza following allegations of labor violations.
The UW-Madison Labor Codes Licensing Compliance Committee advised Chancellor David Ward in November 2012 to cut ties with the company following reports that Palermo’s workers had allegedly been fired when attempting to unionize as well as subjected to unsafe labor conditions.
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ASM leaders ask U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan about bipartisanship, student issues
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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan meets with ASM representatives Monday to field questions about higher education concerns.
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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., likes to use his favorite poll to illustrate the need for bipartisanship. “They said, ‘What do you like better, cockroaches or Congress?’” Pocan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus, said to students in the Associated Students of Madison Monday. According to Pocan, the survey showed cockroaches had a higher approval rating, as did traffic jams and head lice. Pocan stressed the need for cooperation across party lines, among other topics, when fielding questions from ASM representatives. He added some of the distrust for Congress was caused by failures to work together to pass legislation. In the discussion, ASM representatives asked Pocan questions about concerns including filibusters, health care changes and the proposed Keystone Pipeline.
Pocan, who is a member of the House Budget Committee, also mentioned the effect of the budget sequester on the university. He said although Pell Grants were not affected, the university suffered a $35 million loss that included substantial cuts to research grants and financial aid. “That’s been on a lot of our minds,” Pocan said. Students also asked about recent legislation that would affect student loans, which Pocan said he had not yet made any decisions about. Overall, Pocan said it was helpful to hear from students and he appreciates his ongoing relationship with ASM. “Having that kind of constant contact as well as hearing about other issues that are important to students is… valuable to me and my job,” Pocan said. —Tamar Myers
The independent restaurant owners whose businesses contribute to State Street’s unique atmosphere saw the extent of their community’s support Monday, when customers showed up en masse to a neighborhood meeting in opposition of a Chicago firm’s plan to redevelop University Inn. According to Brian Neiswender, developing firm Core Campus co-owner, the 18-month construction of the proposed multi-purpose apartment and commercial complex would temporarily displace restaurant tenants currently on the 500 block of State Street, including Husnu’s, Kabul Restaurant, Buraka and Roast.
“The importance of the current tenants and restaurants in the space clearly is a hot bed for this community... ” Brian Neiswender co-owner Core Campus
University of WisconsinMadison senior and Husnu’s employee Eleanor Lewis said any time a business closes for a period of time, there is a chance it will not reopen. “This is the terrifying part of it–no restaurant can stay closed for that long,” she said. “If you look at the economics of how a business runs, those margins aren’t that big. It’s not like we’re stockpiling money that [Husnu] can just live on.” The plan would demolish University Inn, the surface parking lot behind it and a fourunit town house, located at 431 N. Frances St. to build a 12-story residence with 200 to 300 upscale apartments and firstfloor retail space. Neiswender’s business partner Marc Lifshin said his current vision for the building’s design is modeled after Roast’s exterior. Community members raised concerns about the increasing commercialization
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However, the regional National Labor Relations Board in Milwaukee found a majority of the allegations lacked merit, a finding which the workers appealed to a federal NLRB branch. The federal NLRB denied the appeal Thursday based on lack of sufficient evidence. At approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday, 12 protesters barricaded themselves inside the chancellor’s office as part of a sit in to pressure Ward into cutting ties with the pizza company. Student Labor Action Coalition member Claire Hintz said the protesters gained access when she approached the office and asked to “present something” to Ward, and the other protesters followed her in and locked themselves inside. Hintz said the group staged the sit in to demand a written statement from Ward saying he would cut the university’s licensing contract with Palermo’s. “Hopefully Chancellor Ward can feel the pressure of the students and the community, and by seeing how many people have rallied here today in support of the students that sat in that he needs to cut the contract with Palermo’s,” Hintz said. After three hours of negotiating with the protesters to leave the premises voluntarily, UWPD removed the protesters from the building with the exception of one student, UW-Madison senior Maxwell Love. Love refused to
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UW-Madison students and community members protest the university’s contract with Palermo’s Pizza and urge Chancellor David Ward cut ties with the pizza company Monday. leave the office and was arrested for criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, according to UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott. Police later released him from custody. “I was put under arrest ... and I wanted to go through the charges and I’ll deal with the consequences, but really it’s about the workers … It’s not about us,” Love said. “We were in the office to put pressure on Chancellor Ward to cut the contract for the workers.” Ward released a statement to UW-Madison students after the
Legislation that would make penalties for drunken driving in Wisconsin more severe could cost the state up to $250 million annually if passed, according to figures from state agencies. Financial estimates from the Wisconsin Legislature website indicate the Department of Corrections alone could need up to $241.4 million due to the increased burden on operations, such as the higher number of
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inmates. On the lower end of DOC estimates, the agency would need just under $176 million to accommodate new laws. Additionally, the DOC would incur a construction cost around $236.3 million for 17 new facilities to accommodate the increased inmates convicted of operating while intoxicated. The proposed legislation includes a bill that would make a third Operating While being allowed to carry on the student tradition of throwing a party on Mifflin. “Yes, there is a right to party, but that right to party can’t infringe upon the safety of others and it shouldn’t infringe upon our concern for city resources,” Soglin said.
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these accusations, the chancellor would sever these ties, but it’s absolutely been fabricated by these big labor activists.” However, Love said the group will continue to protest the university’s contract with the pizza company, even after incoming Chancellor Rebecca Blank takes over the position. “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate,” Love said. “She’s walking into a couple things here and I think it will be interesting to see how she responds to it.”
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sit in began and said “cutting ties with Palermo’s at this time is not warranted based on facts.” He also said the university will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate any new information that becomes available. Additionally, UW-Madison junior Nick Checker said he believes the argument against Palermo’s has no factual basis. “We go to the most liberal campus in the most liberal city in the state,” Checker said. “I think if there were actual merits for
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Madison Police Department Chief Noble Wray says the cost of Mifflin is an unnecessary appropriation of the city’s budget.
Intoxicated offense a felony. Another bill would impose mandatory sentences on offenders if a drunken driving accident results in an injury or death, and a third would change a first offense from a civil violation to criminal. State Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, who introduced the bills, has said the legislation is meant to deter drunken driving. But Nina Emerson, director of the Resource Center on Impaired
Driving at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the bills would not lead to real changes. She said although stricter laws often deter drunken driving initially due to public awareness of those laws, they have less power in the long run if people do not believe they will be caught. “There just has to be something more comprehensive that goes beyond penalties,” Emerson said. —Meghan Chua
Panel to address terrorism following Boston bombing Three University of Wisconsin-Madison professors plan to discuss how the Boston Marathon bombing compares with other recent terrorist plots, as well as address the facts and myths surrounding the Islamic terrorist threat from the North Caucasus region of Russia, in a paneled discussion Tuesday. UW-Madison sociology pro-
fessor Ted Gerber, political science professor Andrew Kydd and languages and cultures of Asia professor Uli Schamiloglu will hold the moderated discussion, called “Boston, Chechnya, and Terrorism: A Faculty Roundtable.” The free event will take place at 4 p.m. in room 1125 of the Biochemistry Building, located at 420 Henry Mall.
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said. “We’re going to take this as a springboard and we’re going to meet with them personally.” Moving forward, Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he will assemble a neighborhood steering committee to be a part of the city approval process. Lewis said she hopes to serve on the committee to represent the community’s interests. “My approach is to make sure that those businesses, Husnu’s specifically, are taken care of,” Lewis said.
of State Street, and the number of recent chain restaurants to move into the area. Neiswender said Core Campus has a better understanding of the stakeholders’ concerns following Monday’s initial presentation. “The importance of the current tenants and restaurants in the space clearly is a hot bed for this community and I think we understand that maybe a little bit more than we did before,” Neiswender
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Brat Fest—May 24-27 The World’s Largest Brat Fest fittingly takes place in Wisconsin’s capital city over Memorial Day weekend. While the brats are delicious, this festival offers much more, including local music, a carnival area (fun for all ages!) and great weather. You can also sign up to volunteer and make $8/hour for a charity. If you have an extra couple of hours to do so, it’s a great celeBRATion. The festival takes place outside the Alliant Energy Center.
Make Music Madison – June 21 This summer solstice, as the sun refuses to sleep so will many Madison musicians. Mayor Paul Soglin’s first annual Make Music Madison will bring together talent from all over the city for a oneday, collaborative, first-of-its-kind music festival. According to the website “music lovers around the city will generate a continuous wall of music to be enjoyed by everyone.” And the best part? It’s free. The idea is local musicians will be staged at various public spaces throughout the city, giving people the opportunity to enjoy live music at every moment of their day. Some of the acts already committed to play include Hannah Luree, Whiskey Doll, Little Legend, Lo Marie, Folk You, The Gomers and Dana Perry. They will be playing at venues from James Madison Park to Hilldale shopping center, from Monona Terrace to Dane County Regional Airport, and from High Noon Saloon to the carillon atop Bascom Hill. Supporting Madison’s music scene June 21 is as easy as walking outside to bask in the summer solstice sun.
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Madison Mallards If you’re a baseball fan, or just a sports fan in general, you’ll love watching these college kids play all summer long. With games at the Duck Pond in Warner Park on Madison’s north side, it’s a bit of a trip from campus, but well worth the time. Grab a hot dog, cracker jacks and a beer and enjoy a nice summer night filled with baseball, goofy between-inning promotions and a great crowd. Check out the schedule for special nights, including pairing it with Rhythm & Booms or getting autographs from some former major league stars. The games begin May 29.
F.H. King One of the most active student organizations during the summer, F.H. King promotes sustainable agriculture. If you like gardening, try venturing out to volunteer at its plot in Eagle Heights Community Garden. Otherwise, it holds yoga sessions, alternating weekly between the garden plot in Eagle Heights and a rooftop garden they manage on the Pyle Center. It will be holding workshops in art—painting, poetry, photography, as well as DIY beer-brewing and tool-making. Details soon to come on its website fhkingstudentfarm.org.
Orton Park Festival—August 22-25 The Orton Park Festival, in its 48th year, fills Orton Park, in the Willy Street neighborhood with local artists, craft stands, sweet corn and fried delights with local performers taking the stage at night. It’s a relaxed event, and a beautiful park—the oldest in Madison—to escape to before classes pick up again.
Concerts on the Square—Wednesdays Only on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. can you find a chamber orchestra concert while you eat a picnic. Starting June 26, find a patch of grass to call your own the Capitol lawn. A very peaceful way to spend a Wednesday, some might call the atmosphere “surreal.” Bring your parents, a friend, a pet rabbit, whoever can appreciate some Tchaikovsky and some sun. On the King Street side of the Capitol.
Art Fair on the Square—July 13-14 The crafts local artists display around the Capitol Square during the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Art Fair on the Square may be too expensive for college students to bring home, but they are by no means out of reach to enjoy. Music and food create a lively atmosphere. Take a summer stroll and view some inspiring photography, metalwork, jewelry and paintings.
Maxwell Street Days—July 19-21 Every summer for one weekend, State Street fills for Madison’s Maxwell Street Days, when stores sell their items—clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, sporting goods, art, etc.—for discounted prices. In its 34th year, this sidewalk sale should not be missed. Look for Urban Outfitters employees atop a 20-foot ladder shouting out the store’s deals with a megaphone. Take advantage of extremely low-priced winter clothing from popular brands such as The North Face and Patagonia.
Rhythm & Booms—July 3 This annual fireworks show will light up the sky in honor of Independence Day. The Warner Park area, where the show is held, is always packed and can be a headache to get around, so find a friend’s house to camp out at afterward and avoid the traffic. But it’s all worth it, with a carnival-like atmosphere, terribly delicious snacks and tons of people. Bring a blanket, grab some friends and a cooler and enjoy a great fireworks display.
La Fête de Marquette—July 11-14 Madison’s celebration of all things French, is in its seventh year. Saturday is Le Jour de Louisiane, with Cajun music, and Sunday is Le Jour de Monde with groups from Haiti, Quebec and Mali performing among others. For francophone culture enthusiasts, it’s a weekend not to miss.
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Excursions House on the Rock House on the Rock in Spring Green has been a Wisconsin oddity since 1959. The house itself features some of the most innovative interpretations of architecture you will ever find—including a glass-enclosed catwalk called “The Infinity Room” that sticks out over 200 feet from the building. There is also a massive museum attached to the original house that has some of the most bizarre items on Earth. If you’ve never seen House on the Rock before, check it out, but don’t go if you have any other appointments that day—you need to spend several hours there. Tours cost $28.50. Cave of the Mounds Just over half an hour west of Madison, the Cave of the Mounds is always a refreshing 50 degrees to escape into if the air conditioning in your apartment is broken. Visitors can walk through chambers full of stalactites, stalagmites and crystals to the tune of water dripping through the cave the way it has for the 400 million years of cave formation. Not to mention your inner child can sift through rocks for gems and fossils at the Quarry’s Edge Mining Sluice. Tickets are $16. Point Bluff tubing When you’re lazy-river tubing down the Wisconsin River, there’s nothing you need besides your tube, your pals and some beer floating along side. Without stopping, the time it takes to float from the drop-off point back to Point Bluff is roughly four hours. But don’t let that stop you from taking a break on the sand bars along the way. Prices are $20 a tube, $4 a tube for your favorite refreshments. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available. Mazo Beach Mazo Beach, the only nude beach in Wisconsin, is the perfect fit for someone looking for an adventurous alternative to typical, clothed summer activities. It is technically clothing-optional, but nude-preferred. You are required to make the one-mile walk to the beach before disrobing. Located on the Wisconsin River in Mazomonie, it is 40 minutes from Madison, and open weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No sex, no cameras and no gawkers, but pets are welcome. Devil’s Lake Need a getaway? Hop in your car with a few friends, some microbrews and your hiking shoes and head to Devil’s Lake, an hour north of Madison. This beautiful park is a perfect for hiking, rock climbing and swimming. Geology-wise, it’s a natural wonder. Feeling adventurous? Explore the bluffs. Feeling lazy? Grill out. You’ll wonder how the day flew by so fast. Stay overnight and camp or go for the day.
Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association Between limited gym hours at the SERF, Stella’s spicy cheese bread and pitchers on the terrace, it’s not easy to stay in tip-top shape during summer in Madison. Although joining the Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association won’t negate the alcohol-induced calories, it offers a couple mid-week workouts, low-stress competition and FREE BEER. Teams range from 10 to 15 players playing in either Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday leagues, with games scheduled at parks around the city. You can register online at mufa.org for a very reasonable $33. Great Dane sponsors MUFA and allots each team two post-game pitchers—your registration fees will practically be reimbursed with quality brew.
Hoofers outdoor recreation program Hoofers Outing, Sailng, SCUBA and Mountaineering clubs, among others, are all active during the summer. Outing Club organizes canoe and kayak lessons on Lake Mendota, as well as hiking, camping, rock climbing and caving excursions around the state. The Sailing Club has more than 120 boats and sailboards for members to use, and offers training for beginners—once members receive certification on a particular boat, they have unlimited access to the boats during club hours. If you want to take advantage of Lake Mendota but don’t want to commit to paying a membership fee, you can always rent canoes through Outdoor Rentals by the hour. Find more information on Hoofers’ website and the Outdoor Programs Office in room 5210 at the Memorial Union.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens Immerse yourself in a truly magnificent, 16-acre world of fountains, flowers, butterflies and birds at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Located near Atwood, Olbrich is comprised of 14 gardens, including meadow, rose, rock, herm and rain gardens. The gardens feature both exotic and native plants. Olbrich’s Thai Pavilion is the only one of its kind outside Thailand. Inside the Bolz Conservatory, a 50-foot-high glass pyramid, you will find yourself in the tropics. It houses a myriad of free-flying birds, butterflies and tropical plants growing bananas, coffee and vanilla.
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• Monday— Movie screenings, this year’s theme is “From Outer Space.” Expect some space-age classics. 9:00 p.m. • Tuesday—Open mic night 8-11 p.m., sign-up at 7:45 p.m. • Wednesday—Local bands 8-11 p.m. • Thursday—Bluegrass 5-7 p.m., headliners 9-12 p.m. • Friday and Saturday—Headliners 9-12 p.m.
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The Goodman Pool If you don’t want to risk Lake Mendota algae and the Wisconsin River is too far a hike, venture down Olin Avenue to the Goodman Pool. Open daily throughout the summer, it features two water slides, concessions, an eight-lane lap area and a wading pool if you happen to be with a four-year-old, or feel like being one yourself. No pooping. Daily passes are $4.50.
Beat the Heat Training Camp Want abs of steel? The Division of Recreational Sports is hosting a summer “Beat the Heat” training camp at the SERF from June 25 to Aug. 1 for those who want to do just that. From 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, RecSports’ certified personal trainers will help you get in the best shape of your life through challenging workouts and a fun atmosphere. Check out recsports.wisc.edu for more information. Price is $150, discounts if taking summer classes. Only ten spots so act fast.
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Michael Brost opinion columnist
ove them or hate them, but you’ve got to respect them. I’m talking about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus. All three are Wisconsinites, and all of them are playing a major role in shaping conservative ideology in the 21st century. Molly Ball of The Atlantic Monthly has deemed them “The Cheesehead Mafia.” Roll Call, a prominent newspaper that covers Capitol Hill has called them “The Badger Brat Pack.” Despite the corny nicknames, they are playing a major role in American politics, and their influence seems only destined to grow. Scott Walker: In the 2010 Republican resurgence where Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives and countless Tea Party conservatives made their congressional debut, Walker was elected governor. Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with the status quo and Democratic leadership, Walker campaigned on an ambitious vision of economic progress during a time of economic stagnation. Walker promised 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his first term. As of March, Wisconsin has seen 65,400 new private-sector jobs since the start of his term, according to PolitiFact Wisconsin. This figure means Wisconsin has to gain 184,400 jobs by 2015, or 8,780 jobs per month to hit Walker’s lofty promise of 250,000 new private-sector jobs. In March, Wisconsin gained 700. Like many—okay most—promises politicians make, Walker’s claim was overly ambitious and ultimately unrealistic.
“Think of me as a trial run, you know? See how it goes.” President Barack Obama commenting on the Republican party’s outreach to minority voters
It was clear early in Walker’s term, though, he was looking for a legacy larger than private-sector job growth. In the face of $3.6 billion budget deficit, Walker and his fellow Republicans in the state legislature pushed through the Budget Repair Bill, which greatly limited public employees’ collective bargaining rights and provoked a gubernatorial recall election—Wisconsin’s first ever such recall election, and only the third gubernatorial recall in the country’s history. Walker won the recall election by a wider margin than his election in 2010, becoming the first governor to survive a recall election and, as a result, instantly became a nationwide conservative hero. Walker is now working on a book—an essential rite of passage for presidential
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Three influential Republican party leaders hail from Wisconsin: chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus (left), former vice presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (right) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (middle). hopefuls—and is not ruling out a run for the presidency in 2016. In other words, Walker’s running for president in 2016, unless his exploratory committee can find skeletons in his closet large enough to derail his presidential chances. Paul Ryan: Ryan chairs perhaps the most influential committee in the House of Representatives, the House Budget Committee. He’s also known for giving apocolyptic PowerPoint presentations on the United States’ large and growing debt to fellow House members, journalists and generally just about anyone who’s willing listen to his lectures on the nation’s dire fiscal straits. Last year, Ryan drafted the Republican party’s plan for the nation’s federal budget, outlining his priorities such as cutting spending on programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Oh, and Willard “Mitt” Romney picked Ryan to be his running mate in the 2012 presidential election. (Who doesn’t like saying Romney’s first name, Willard, whenever possible?... Willard). In the six months since the Romney-Ryan ticket’s unsuccessful bid for the White House, Ryan has taken a more moderate approach to his votes in Congress, indicating that he, too, is coiling up to make a presidential run of his own in 2016. Beware Republicans! Your Wisconsin counterparts are coming for the party’s nomination. Reince Priebus: While Walker and Ryan have been representing Wisconsin for Wisconsinites, Reince Priebus (yet another great name, for reference Reince rhymes with Heinz) has been chairman of the Republican National Committee. Last year was a bad year for Republicans nationally, losing the presidential
race and seats in the House and Senate. Nonetheless, Priebus was reelected as the chairman of his party. Now he’s working to keep the Republican Party from becoming a regional party, where Republicans can win seats in Congress and state legislatures, but not the presidency. Under Priebus’s direction, the
Republican Party is investing millions of dollars in outreach to the growing share of minorities in America. Last Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, President Obama quipped, “I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need
to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me selfcentered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know? See how it goes.” Michael is a freshman majoring in political science. What do you think about “Cheesehead Mafia?” Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
ESPN manages to lose more credibility matt masterson master’s degree
he last three days have had their fair share of big moments in the sports world. The NFL Draft was as unpredictable as ever. Steph Curry further cemented his status as one of the best young guards in the NBA against the Nuggets. Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first active player in a major American sport to come out as gay. But if you watched “SportsCenter” Monday morning you would see none of that. All you would see is the ugly, ratings-driven underbelly of the “worldwide leader” that came out in full force after the New York Jets announced they had cut backup to the backup’s backup quarterback Tim Tebow. As word came out around 9
a.m., ESPN abandoned all journalistic principles. Legitimate news, such as NBA playoff games or Aaron Rodgers becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, all immediately took a back seat to this “news.” I put news in quotation marks here because if any other team had cut their backup quarterback, someone who played on just seven percent of the snaps for a team that went 6-10, it would not only fail to make the big show itself, you would probably have trouble finding it on the ESPN website. Not with Tebow though. On the front page of their site is not only a giant picture of the former Jet QB, but also eight— count ‘em—eight different pieces and interviews on the nonstory to end all non-stories. Should we really be surprised though? These are the same people who gave viewers 24/7 coverage of the Jets training camp last fall and covered Tebow’s birthday with an all
-day party of experts and analysts from across the sporting world. Hey, when’s the party for fellow Jet backups David Garrard and Greg McElroy? Never? Oh, OK. “Awful Announcing,” a twitter account that “puts announcers on notice,” said that it took “SportsCenter” 37 minutes out of the 60-minute show to finally discuss a story that didn’t involve Tebow or the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a sad reflection on the world of sports journalism that we live in. ESPN can play the role of a fair and balanced network for 70, maybe 80 percent of the time, but it’s that last little bit that is the biggest concern. Why put in the time to actually flesh out ideas or arguments when you can just have Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless bicker back and forth for two hours on “First Take” every day? Back in November, Deadspin wrote a story on ESPN’s infatuation with Tebow that opens with
a quote from Doug Gottlieb, a basketball analyst who spent nine years with ESPN before leaving for CBS Sports. “I was told specifically, ‘You can’t talk enough Tebow,’” Gottlieb told Dan Patrick on his radio show.
Leave it to the worldwide leader to talk a non-story into the ground while brining out stone aged insight on the biggest news of the month.
Again, Gottlieb is a basketball analyst, being told he cannot say enough about a backup quarterback who plays a different sport. Instead of striving to give their viewers objective stories, ESPN would rather ignore them in order to grab at anything that can get more clicks on their website or try to fill their seemingly unquenchable thirst for ratings. Even if that
story will have about as much impact on next year’s NFL season as whoever was taken with the last pick in the draft Saturday. When ESPN finally did get around to discussing the Collins story, it was done with the all the tact that you would expect from an entity that has the arrogance to purport itself as the “worldwide leader in sports.” On “Outside the Lines,” one of the few non-debate formatted shows left on the network, NBA analyst Chris Broussard felt the need to avoid talking about what Collins’ decision meant for sports, and instead decided to bring out the pitchforks against the entire homosexual community. “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals,” Broussard said. “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says that, you know, that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.” Whatever your thoughts on Collins may be, we are living in a day and age where homosexuality is no longer roundly rejected. It is not the 1950s anymore and comments like Broussards’ show that the worldwide leader isn’t really in touch with the world of today. Also, one has to wonder why an NBA analyst is talking about his feelings on homosexuality or the Bible in the first place on a national stage, but I guess that is a question for a different day. It doesn’t have to be all bad though. While “SportsCenter” and “First Take” may represent the murky depths of the journalistic world, there are others out there who still fight to bring out the best in the sports world. One of those entities is Sports Illustrated. While ESPN wept over the national tragedy that was Tebow’s release, the people over at SI were busy releasing the aforementioned story on NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. It is clear to just about anyone with even the slightest cognitive abilities that the Collins story is far more newsworthy than anything related to Tim Tebow. But sadly that term, “newsworthy,” has become less and less relevant to actual news. Leave it to the worldwide leader to talk a non-story into the ground while brining out stone aged insight on the biggest news of the month. This is Matt’s final column for The Daily Cardinal. He would like to thank his coworkers and management team who allowed him to ramble on through 600 words on a weekly basis and everyone who took the time to ever actually sit down and read through the entirety one his rants. If you share Matt’s vitriol for ESPN or would like to throw your own criticism at Matt, let him know by emailing him at email@example.com.