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ASM commemorates past on UW campus By Robyn Cawley COLLEGE NEWS EDITOR

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September, Suicide Prevention Month, offers an opportunity to open dialogues about suicide on campus.

UW-Madison confronts student suicide rates By Grace Wallner FEATURES EDITOR

September marks Suicide Prevention Month, a time when one of the most complicated issues facing society is brought more clearly into the public perspective. Though suicide is often a taboo subject due to its heavy emotional charge, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Data shows someone dies by suicide every 12.8 minutes. For college students and people aged 15 to 24, however, suicide is the second leading cause of death. At UW-Madison, 9 percent of students reported having suicidal thoughts, and 1 percent of students reported a suicide attempt in the last year, according to the 2016 Healthy Minds Study. These percentages may be higher, since only 17 percent of the student body responded to the survey. Every person experiences life differently, so the various reasons for suicide cannot be enumerated. Nevertheless, common causes do exist, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Depression, an illness that is often undiagnosed or untreated, affects 25 million Americans, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair,” said UW-Madison Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Coordinator Valerie Donovan. She explained suicide proliferates because people are hesitant to reach out for help, so one of the best prevention strategies is for everyone on campus to look out for each other and have open conversations about mental health. In Wisconsin, suicide rates have increased by 25.8 percent from 1999 to 2016, a trend that is reflected nationwide. There are no definite reasons, only theories, for the ascending rates. For example, studies hypothesize the prevalence of social media has increased anxiety, which can sometimes lead to suicidal thinking. This is especially relevant to young people in the U.S., of whom 90 percent frequently use social media. The increase in past years could also be due to financial stress, perhaps stemming from the recession of 2008. For UW-Madison students, seeking help or talking about suicide can be extremely difficult. “It takes a lot of courage to reach out,” said Donovan. “UHS wants students to feel supported when

they do.” UHS offers on-call crisis counselors, who can be reached at any time at the UHS Crisis Line. Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one or acquaintance are welcome to call on behalf of someone. Family or friends of someone who appears to be thinking of suicide are often unclear about how to approach them to start a conversation, according to Donovan. Asking someone directly if they’re considering suicide does not increase the risk. She said showing direct concern in a caring way can decrease the likelihood that the person will go through with a suicide. If a person says they are considering suicide, you should first take the person seriously, stay with them and then call UHS and escort them to mental health services or the emergency room if necessary. UHS and other students organizations will host events throughout September. Help is available not only during Suicide Prevention Month, but year-round. “Ultimately, it is important to remember that suicide is preventable and that we all play a role in creating and sustaining a campus climate supportive of mental health,” Donovan said.

Wisconsin’s lawsuit against Obamacare may undo gains in young people’s health coverage By Andy Goldstein STATE NEWS EDITOR

As the fate of the Affordable Care Act rests in the hands of a federal court in Texas, some experts fear the law’s benefits to young people over the years could come undone. Earlier this year, Gov. Scott Walker approved a request by

Attorney General Brad Schimel to join 19 other states in a lawsuit declaring the landmark 2010 healthcare law unconstitutional. The central supporting provision of the ACA used to be the individual mandate, which was repealed by Congress late last year. The mandate acted as a penalty

tax on individuals without health insurance, encouraging healthy, mostly young people to buy coverage. Those funds would financially support the law’s protections of costlier patients, like those with preexisting conditions and of older age.

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The Associated Students of Madison found a home at UW-Madison in 1994. This year, they celebrate 25 years. But, for Student Services Finance Committee chair Jeremy Swanson, the number is only a promise of what is yet to come. “ASM has always encouraged forward progress at the University of WisconsinMadison. While certainly not always popular, we ensure that the student voice is heard by campus, by administration and by the state, and will continue to do so,” Swanson said. Beginning in the 1890s, a combination of the faculty, administration and Board of Regents made the decision to give students a more hands-on approach to student life and activities. In 1893, the Dean of Women created the Women’s Self-Government Association to allow female students the opportunity to govern within their community and as a way to “further in every way the spirit of unity among the women at the University.” Forty years later, WSGA and the Men’s Union Board joined House President’s Council to create the Wisconsin Student Association. Over a period of years and merging positions, the WSA adopted a 25-cent mandatory fee for all students in 1943. This was the first official step toward the current required segregated fees. After organizations were at risk of losing funds completely, the Dean of Students announced the necessity for a student government and ASM was created. “This creates a marketplace of ideas on campus and improves the intellectual and extracurricular environment for all students,” Swanson said. ASM is the collective mind behind every student bus pass and the services of StudentPrint. The Student Activity Center works as any epicenter for all things ASMrelated, while also providing a space for students to study and interact with their peers. They are built on the principle of being a grassroots organization, using their position as students to establish a presence in the administration. ASM has succeeded in fostering 24-hour libraries, increasing voter registration and making mandatory study days prior to exams. They resisted the opt-out of allocable segregated fees proposed by Gov. Scott Walker during the

biennial budget process. “We allocate these fees to help give students an educational experience outside of the classroom via services like the Wisconsin Union to financing their favorite student organization. This allows ASM to promote and enrich the university through the Wisconsin Idea,” Outreach Director Trask Crane said. Shifting into the 25th session provided Chair Billy Welsh with the opportunity to tackle a new role as he traveled from intern to leading the session. This session will mark his fourth and final. “Even though my responsibilities have changed, the underlying responsibility to represent and fight for the needs of students has defined everything I have done,” Welsh said. Looking forward to the upcoming year, the representatives are hopeful that they will foster positive change within the university. This will develop an opportunity for students to engage with their community and promote advocacy through their lifetime. “I know that we will make our campus a more civically engaged, sustainable and inclusive place this school year,” Welsh said. Although Welsh will be leaving ASM this year, he will look back at the work the organization has done with a bittersweet farewell. “I think that I will be incredibly grateful for all of the opportunities and skill development ASM has given me, and it makes me sad to think that one day I will not be involved in this incredibly good and important group,” Welsh said.

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The Associated Students of Madison greet the 25th session with a promising past and hopeful future, according to many of the current year’s representatives.

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Daily Cardinal restaurant review: New restaurants on campus worth trying By Ashley Luehmann THE DAILY CARDINAL

Over the summer, the area surrounding UW-Madison has seen some new places to eat and drink. College students do enjoy their food, and I am sure there are many who cannot wait to try out the new eats around campus. I am here to give my take on a couple new eateries that recently opened their doors. Valentia Coffee Valentia Coffee is a modern, yet cozy spot nestled in East Campus Mall. The owners of Coffeebytes, the previous shop, decided it was time to give the coffee shop a makeover and Valentia Coffee was born. I predict this will be a hot spot on campus. The drinks are good, and the food is even better. What separates Valentia from the other coffee shops near UW-Madison? Well, to start, they have amazing iced coffee. Instead of some brewed coffee with ice cubes floating in it, they brew their iced coffee with espresso shots. Don’t ask me how they do it, but let me tell you — it’s just what you need to make it through that 9 a.m. or 3 p.m. class (I definitely won’t judge). If study snacks are more your vibe, the baristas recommend trying a cinnamon roll — they are supposed to be out of this world. Frutta Bowl Opening its doors this past July on State Street, Frutta Bowl is already leaving its mark on UW-Madison. Filling the açaí bowl hole

Jamba Juice left us in after abruptly closing, this restaurant gives us new meaning to the words “Taste the Rainbow.” Offering options like fruit, granola, nut butter or even Nutella, they can satisfy any craving. A quick overview of this place is that they are a smoothie bowl shop that offers three typical bowl bases: açaí, pitaya and kale. You can then pick from their signature bowls or customize your own with an assortment of toppings. Their fourth base option is one I found exceptionally unique: oatmeal bowls. These are perfect for the chilly days that constantly plague UW-Madison, especially in winter. Overall, this is a great restaurant if you’re craving a smoothie or want to pretend to be healthy for a day. Poke It Up Oh baby, I have waited patiently for a poke place to come to campus for so long. Seemingly, in the middle of the night, three popped up all around the State Street area. We have Poke it up, Poke Plus, and Freshfin Poke (opening some time soon). Out of the two open in this area, I have to say my favorite is Poke it up. They give you generous amounts of seafood and have a bountiful selection of toppings to make your poke perfect. What stands out to me is the way their rice is expertly cooked, while Poke Plus’ has a vinegary tang. If rice isn’t your thing, you can also opt to build your bowl over

leafy greens. I like to describe poke as Chipotle but with sushi because you can cus-

tomize everything to your liking. If you’re feeling adventurous definitely check one of these spots out.

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Managing money when you don’t have any: A college student’s guide By Ally Jansen LIFE AND STYLE EDITOR

As college students, money is something we could always use more of. For some students, a parttime job may be a feasible thing that brings in a little cash flow, but for others there is simply no time. Between a busy class schedule, multiple extracurriculars, some resemblance of a social life and getting at least a little sleep at night, I personally do not have

the time to fit a job in. Trust me when I say I wish I could, because managing money is not my finest art. But thanks to the lack of absolutely any income during the school year, I have come up with a few tips to help others spend as little as possible to make their dollars go the extra mile. Saving on Coffee I understand that most college students need their daily caffeine fix or two, but there are ways to do this that don’t involve going to the

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nearest coffee shop and forking out 4 or 5 bucks for a coffee worth mere cents if made at home. If you get a coffee for $4 once a day that adds up to almost $30 in a week. I don’t know about you, but to me $30 is almost enough to buy groceries for an entire week. I suggest investing in a Keurig or even a simple coffee-pot. Eventually, you will find yourself saving so much more money than if you had continued buying a coffee every morning. You can continue to treat yourself every now and then, just don’t do it everyday — your wallet will thank you. Eating Out is a No-No Everyone likes to eat out. This is a widely-known fact. There is nothing wrong with grabbing food with some friends every now and then, but it you find yourself eating out or ordering delivery more than once a week you definitely need to cut back. Each time you order, it probably ends up to be about $10, which is way too much to be spending on only one meal. If you are a freshman, or even one of the more rare upperclassmen who are still in the dorms, eat in the dining halls. The food is cheap and not terrible; in fact, it is actually pretty good! If you happen to live off campus, cook meals yourself.

Buying groceries for each week is much less expensive than ordering food. And if you don’t know how to cook, remember there’s always macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles! Budgeting is Crucial I believe a large part of managing money is making sure you’re not spending too much for the time a semester takes. After working for the summer, I will add up all the money I have earned and then decide how much I can spend on things like food, fun or shopping without running out before the year is up. Not having a job during the school year makes budgeting crucial; without any money coming in, running out is that much easier. You definitely don’t want to find yourself without money for food while there’s still a few weeks before your summer job starts again. I’m sure there are other tips and tricks to help manage money, but these are a few of my favorites that I constantly remind myself to follow. Everyone knows how stressful college can be, which is why it is importantly to effectively manage your money. Having managed finances will be one less thing for a busy college student to stress about!


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Madison’s Racial Equity Coordinator announces her bid for mayor’s office By Sydney Widell ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Before throwing in her bid for Mayor Wednesday, Toriana Pettaway spent the last three years serving Madison as the city’s first racial equity coordinator. Pettaway, who is running on a platform of housing reform, transportation accessibility and overall inclusivity, has spent the last several years thinking about those very issues in her position within the city’s Department of Civil Rights’ Social Justice Initiative. As racial equity coordinator, Pettaway reviews city capital and operational budgets from a social justice perspective. She also oversees interactions between different city departments as well as partnerships between local government and the community at large. “My job has been to legislate, to teach and to build awareness, and then to galvanize the community,” Pettaway said. “Externally, how do

we keep our communities … engaged so that they would be civic minded and want to engage in government in a way that’s meaningful for them?”

“We are all Madison.”

Toriana Pettaway mayoral candidate Madison’s racial equity coordinator

She said her experience in this role could give her insights in a mayoral position — both from a leadership standpoint and in terms of the perspectives she’s gained working with community members. “We have the tales of two cities,” Pettaway said. “We have data that shows that Dane County has the greatest disparities for people of color, particularly African

Americans. If you ask those people if they see themselves in this community, they would say they struggle in areas where other people are experiencing great prosperity.” Pettaway said her vision is a Madison where all citizens can enjoy that prosperity and where they can see themselves represented in the city government. “We are all Madison,” she said. Pettaway joins six other candidates in the race for mayor: Raj Shukla, the executive director of River Alliance of Wisconsin, former alder Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 10 Alderman Maurice Cheeks, Tenant Resource Center Executive Director Brenda Konkel who is also a former alder, former Madison School Board member Michael Flores and local comic Nick Hart. Current Mayor Paul Soglin will not run for reelection. The mayoral election is April 2, 2019, with a primary scheduled for Feb. 19.

ACA from page 1 “[The states] are claiming that [the ACA is] not legal because once the individual mandate was struck down, the powers that made it possible for the federal government to have this law disappeared since there’s no longer a penalty if you don’t get insurance,” UW-Madison law professor Sarah Davis said.

“In some sense, it’s brilliant from a theoretical standpoint. You knock one thing down, and then you use that as the argument for why the rest of the law has to fall.” Sarah Davis law professor UW-Madison CAMERON LANE-FLEHINGER/THE DAILY CARDINAL

Students can volunteer to help plan any one of the cultural heritage month events by contacting the Multicultural Student Center.

Five cultural heritage months scheduled to be celebrated this year By Jenna Walters CAMPUS NEWS EDITOR

UW-Madison will celebrate five cultural heritage months over the course of the 2018-’19 academic year.

Riley Tsang says the cultural heritage months will allow students to celebrate what makes their communities “special and beautiful.”

Latinx Heritage Month is the first to be celebrated, running from Sept. 15-Oct. 15; November will honor Native Americans; Black

History Month will take place in February; and Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Heritage Month will be observed in March, followed by Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month in April. Each month will bring a variety of events to the university, including concerts and guest speakers. The events are planned almost entirely by students, with additional help from staff at the Multicultural Student Center. The planning process can take months. In an interview with the university, Riley Tsang, a senior who helped create the new Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Center said these cultural heritage months will allow students to celebrate what makes their communities “special and beautiful.”

The attorney generals of these states asked the court to, at a minimum, strike down pieces of the law that prohibit insurance companies from refusing coverage to people with preexisting conditions or charging them at higher rates. Experts estimate that between 25 and 50 percent of the population have what’s considered an “excludable health condition,”

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Toriana Pettaway, the City of Madison’ Racial Equity Cooordinator, is campaigning for mayor on a platform of accessibile housing, transportation reform and widened inclusion and engagement. which could be as serious as a chronic disability or as mild as asthma, but could regardless incur higher costs from insurance companies without protections like those in place under the ACA. State Republicans have floated pairing the lawsuit, if successful, with protections to replace the ones under the ACA, including establishing what are known as high-risk pools, something that Wisconsin had in place prior to the 2010 healthcare law. But there are concerns about both the breadth and depth of such programs. “We had a very well functioning high-risk pool, but at its peak it had about 20,000 people enrolled, and that’s compared to 200,000 that are currently enrolled on Obamacare policies in our state,” said Donna Friedsam, director of the UW-Madison Health Policy group. “The high-risk pool was pretty expensive for people, and a lot of people found that they couldn’t get or afford coverage for their specific conditions.” At the lawsuit’s widest scope, it could dismantle the ACA almost entirely. “In some sense, it’s brilliant from a theoretical standpoint,” Davis said. “You knock one thing down, and then you use that as the argument for why the rest of the law has to fall.”

In that situation, the groups most impacted by the ACA would face a new reality, one without both the penalties and protections they currently enjoy under law. Young people nationally have utilized one of the ACA’s most popular provisions: allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance up to the age of 26, a law Wisconsin already had in place, but that the ACA codified nationally. Without the federal law, Wisconsin’s youth would retain that provision, but the kind of insurance they receive could change drastically with that of their parents. Young people, who tend to be much healthier, would also likely go back to purchasing insurance at a much lower rate than other groups. Without the ACA, young people, who generally rely on health insurance, would no longer be forced to buy in, therefore driving up costs for people who are more vulnerable to illness. “In the short term, if these suits are successful, it might make health insurance less expensive for college students and young people, but that is on the backs of sicker and older people,” Davis said. “It’s not sustainable to have people pay much less when they’re young and healthy and much more than they can afford when they’re sick.”

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Eminem misfires again in Kamikaze, attacks the current state of hip-hop By Carl Zabat MUSIC COLUMNIST

After a rough ending to 2017, Eminem’s latest move is to fight fire with fire. After the publically and critically panned release of Revival, Eminem is back with the no-holds-barred Kamikaze, released as a surprise at the end of August. Kamikaze simultaneously sees Em stripping down to his roots of aggressive angst, but also updating some of his sounds and lyrics to the world around him. While Kamikaze finds Eminem rapping with much more conviction, his lyrics and flows are only marginally better than Revival — and the end product is mediocre. One of Eminem’s largest improvements is his triplet flows, especially given that one of Revival’s worst traits was the lazy production combined with boring duple staccato flows. Eminem spends a lot of time on Kamikaze rapping about how he doesn’t care what critics think and that he can do whatever he wants, but he obviously listened to the feedback. He tries to wear the shoes of the younger generation much more often than before, particularly in the first half of the record. Tracks “Normal” and “Lucky You” are the biggest examples of his triplet capabilities. “Normal” has

Eminem moving back and forth from triplet and duplet flows with relative ease between verses and bridges, but the story Eminem tells of his relationship struggles, a longstanding topic within his music, shreds any hope of the track being listenable. “Why you gotta be so extra/like a f*ckin’ terrestrial” is one of the worst lines on the album. “Lucky You” features Joyner Lucas, whose most recent claim to fame is the viral music video “I’m Not Racist.” Lucas’ verse is probably the most sincere and welldelivered on the entire album. The following Eminem verse has a solid flow as he packs words tightly. But the verse also points out Em’s emptiness that ironically fills so much of Kamikaze: attacking the current state of hip-hop and how he stands above it all as its creator. Eminem goes as far as to directly name a large number of other musicians throughout the record, including Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Migos and Tyler, the Creator. Out of those four, he only positively references two, but I can name at least one project from each of those artists released in the past six years that I would rather listen to than Revival, Kamikaze or even The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem can write aggressive bars, but there is still a difference

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between bark and bite, especially if there is no deeper meaning behind any of it. Many more rappers are named as part of the mumble rap generation that has taken over mainstream rap. Sure, some of the rappers named aren’t great — like Lil Pump or Lil Yachty — but overall, the name-calling amounts to nothing since Em himself does nothing substantial with Kamikaze. When Eminem isn’t crusading against the rest of the music industry, he spends his time throughout Kamikaze moping about his obstacles with love, like the aforementioned “Normal” or the pair of tracks “Nice Guy” and “Good Guy.” Eminem struggled balancing politics and love in Revival and he’s gotten no better since then, even if he has traded politics for the music industry. “Nice Guy” and “Good Guy” in particular leave behind a sour taste. Eminem’s brand of violence and unfiltered thought may have made him the star he is today, but it hasn’t aged well and all the shock value is gone. Eminem’s latest attempt to stay relevant has flashes of technical prowess, but all of the jampacked words on the album are some of the emptiest bars I’ve heard since, well, Revival. For someone to so audaciously take

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outdone by musicians on both sides of hip-hop yet again. Final Grade: D+


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PHOTO COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS The controversies surrounding Brett Kavanaugh (second from the left) and his past are too serious to allow his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Why Brett Kavanaugh cannot be appointed ASHLEY OBULJEN opinion writer

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rett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing opening statement consisted of fun-filled memories and heartfelt thank-you’s. He expressed how much he loves his family, adding light-hearted anecdotes about his wife and kids. He was trying to relate to you. Maybe he succeeded. But his barbeque dad persona and love of coaching his kid’s basketball team hold no relation to serving on the Supreme Court of the United States. Unfortunately, as affable as Kavanaugh appears, as much as you may want to like him, his hearings and past rulings validate fears regarding the future of women’s rights, environmental protection and presidential power. A possible Kavanaugh confirmation foreshadows an eerie series of hyper-conservative policies that could last for decades; and he’s trying to cover it all up with unwarranted chuckles and by sidestepping questions. Roe v. Wade is in danger. Kavanaugh spent a good amount of his opening statement talking about how proud he is to have “strong” daughters, but his track record and comments indicate that he would have no problem taking away their right to choose. During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh continuously dodged questions regarding potential future rulings on abortion, saying that Roe v. Wade has been upheld by “precedent,” seemingly attempting to sound indifferent about the case. However, Kavanaugh’s past rulings contradict his apparent nonchalance regarding a woman’s right to choose. Garza v. Hargan determined that an undocument-

ed immigrant minor could be temporarily released from custody in order to obtain an abortion.

Kavanaugh wrote a decision blocking the abortion for 10 days, which was later overturned by an appeals court. Kavanaugh then drafted a dissent accusing the majority of discounting the “precedent” of valuing fetal life and thinking that “the Government must allow unlawful immigrant minors to have an immediate abortion on demand.”

A possible Kavanaugh confirmation foreshadows an eerie series of hyperconservative policies that could last for decades.

Despite Kavanaugh’s apparent rigidity towards “precedent,” he fails to exercise the same interpretation when he politically disagrees with previous rulings. In 1979, Bellotti v. Baird ruled that a minor may choose to terminate their pregnancy without parental consent. In addition, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey asserts that the government may not place unjustifiable obstacles in the way of a woman’s ability to exercise her right to abortion pre-viability. A 2003 email further demonstrates Kavanaugh’s flexibility toward abortion precedent. Kavanaugh writes “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since the Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so,” contradicting his aim to appear to

be impartial during his confirmation hearing, where he called the case “settled law.” He later claimed that the email did not entail his personal views on abortion and was merely attempting to view the case from a scholarly standpoint. Regardless of this excuse, it is abundantly clear that Kavanaugh discounts only set precedents he personally disagrees with, a habit he has hypocritically claimed judges should avoid. The effects of climate change are only worsening, and Kavanaugh doesn’t plan on helping. His past rulings show that he favors deregulation and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of the power to protect the environment. In a 2014 opinion regarding White Stallion Energy Center LLC v. EPA, Kavanaugh argued that the EPA should take into consideration the financial effects of imposing regulations on fossil fuel compaof the court sided with the EPA, affirming that the agency did not need to take monetary costs into account. It seems Kavanaugh is unaware that it’s not the EPA’s job to save oil and coal companies money.

Despite Kavanaugh’s apparent ridigity towards “precedent,” he fails to exercise the same interpretation when he politically disagrees with previous rulings.

Furthermore, in 2016, Kavanaugh argued that Congress should take on the issue of climate change in place of the EPA, suppos-

edly not trusting environmental experts to handle it. He stated that since climate change was not known at the time of the EPA’s establishment, they have no legal authority to address it. This interpretation is problematic for a variety of reasons.

It seems Kavanaugh is unaware that it’s not the EPA’s job to save oil and coal companies money.

First, Kavanaugh’s timeline is simply incorrect. The first research on climate change was published in 1965, and the EPA was established in 1970. The second problem with Kavanaugh’s view is that the Clean Air Act does not provide a specific list of pollutants the EPA is allowed to regulate, but rather enables the EPA to regulate “any air pollutant” that “endangers public health and welfare.” Tr u mp ap p o i nt i n g Kavanaugh raises major concerns regarding presidential power. Kavanaugh has implied that he does not think a sitting President of the United States should be subject to investigation, noting in a 2009 article that he believes “the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship.” In the same article, he goes on to insinuate that the Osama bin Laden assassination could have happened earlier if Clinton hadn’t been “distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.” Furthermore, during

his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh couldn’t give Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D - California) a straight answer when she asked if he thought a president could pardon himself from an investigation, claiming that it was a “hypothetical” question about “something [he’s] never analyzed.” Kavanaugh has yet to commit to or even hint at recusing himself from a potential case brought about by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that has already resulted in indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers and multiple Trump aides. If Trump were to be indicted for obstruction of justice, his own pick for the Supreme Court would oversee the case, raising questions of impartiality. Overall, Kavanaugh and his hyper-partisan tendencies would be a disaster in the Supreme Court. A Supreme Court justice with a lengthy history of serving the Republican party and consistently demonstrating conservative ideology has no chance of being a “neutral and impartial arbitrator” as he has claimed. He selectively applies precedent to cases, especially those concerning a woman’s right to choose, and he has little regard for the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. Most alarmingly, his beliefs regarding presidential investigations have the potential to lead us into a constitutional crisis. Ashley is a sophomore intending on studying journalism. What are your thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination? How do you feel about the politicization of Supreme Court confirmation hearings? Send any comments, questions or concerns to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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Batman caught stealing iconic Terrace chair, called ‘Gotham’s disgrace’ by Commissioner By Savannah McHugh THE DAILY CARDINAL

Despite the fact that Batman has repeatedly and single-handedly saved Gotham City from many unimaginable perils, the Gotham City police department Commissioner James Gordon announced Wednesday the city’s intentions to shun Batman. This announcement comes after the caped crusader attempted to steal a chair from Union Terrace on Tuesday but was foiled by the UW-Madison police department. The entire city mourned their favorite hero’s fall from grace following the announcement from Commissioner Gordon. “We are just so ashamed

of ourselves,” Gordon said to hundreds of tearstreaked, emotionally bewildered faces as rain poured down from the bleak skies. A nearby assistant offered Gordon an umbrella, but he waved it away with disdain. He shook his head as tears joined the drops of rain rolling down his quivering cheeks. “We can’t believe our fair city has produced such a diabolical villain. Only the most dastardly criminal would attempt to steal a chair from the Union Terrace. The university doesn’t nearly have the funds to constantly replace those very expensive, comfortable chairs.”

According to the university police, Batman was apprehended mid-steal early Tuesday afternoon at the Union Terrace with a chair in his hands. He had apparently consumed an estimated four pitchers of Spotted Cow and was in the middle of carrying the chair to his illegally parked Batmobile in the middle of Alumni Park. Police administered sobriety testing. After determining Batman was at least three times above the legal blood alcohol limit, they planned to simply cite him and allow him to continue on his way. As police officer Jane Smith recalls from the incident, the attempted theft of the chair “really

set her off.” “If he were simply drunk as a skunk and going to drive home, we would’ve let him off with a warning,” she said. “But he was trying to steal irreplaceable university property. Gotham was right to exile him. A crime like that… It’s inexcusable!” Batman was taken to the county jail for the night, but when officers approached his cell in the morning, they inexplicably found an extremely hungover Bruce Wayne in Batman’s place. Officers are still searching for Batman since his impossible escape and warn the public to look out for a grown man in a bat costume stealing Terrace chairs.

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Local Facebook mom goes viral after posting Langdon Bid Day woes By Sam Jones THE DAILY CARDINAL

Ah, Bid Day. Hordes of sorority sisters traveling, speaking, singing and dancing in impenetrable packs — what’s so scary about that? However, the glory of the over-enthusiastic and estrogen-fueled Bid Day for campus sororities was less than enjoyable for Linda Johnson, a concerned mother, essential oils dealer, organic tomato grower and avid Facebook user. The startling coordinated stomps, shrieks, and screams urged Linda to turn to her favorite social media platform to rant about her horrendous experience. “I didn’t know it was possible for teenage girls to act like that…they were animals… I felt like I was watching a combination of a mating ritual and a sacrifice to one of their ancient gods…” Linda stated in her third outraged post, which got over 10,000 likes. “I was too focused during my hourly meditation walk…

I didn’t want to end up in that place… I don’t ever want to go back…” Linda isn’t the only person concerned for the sanity of Greek Life participants, as many of the more wholesome students had equally traumatizing experiences. Other accounts included high-pitched and indistinguishable chanting, ceremonial dances involving large metal poles as props, and embroidery of the Greek alphabet directly into the skin of new pledges. While the university has been strict with hazing rituals within the Greek system, the new pledges don’t think of this cult-like behavior as concerning or harmful. “I BREATHE FOR ALPHA GAMMA OMEGA PHI CHI DELTA. I WOULD DIE FOR MY SISTERS!!!” yelled Sarah Adams (we think she went partially deaf from all of the screaming and can no longer hear herself), who incidentally is “living her best life” now that she is a freshman in college.

Hearing the joy and feelings of belonging in the voice of students like Sarah is almost enough to excuse the Greek community for their obnoxious behavior during the rush season; it’s almost too bad we also should overlook the binge drinking, drug abuse, sexual assault, and unhealthy expectations and pressure on students!

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Urban Outfitters unveils new line of brand-exclusive 18th century phonographs By Savannah McHugh THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Designs teased by UO reveal an even more archaic concept than expected.

Urban Outfitters made an exciting announcement over the weekend, gaining the attention of hipsters across the world. The brand has secured an exclusive phonograph patent, allowing them to manufacture their own 19th century phonograph replicas to sell in stores. The “new” models are expected to include a crankto-start mechanism accompanied by the paint-curling brassy shrill that screams forth from the horn when the crank-arm’s rotation speed reaches an appropriate velocity for quality sound projection. Urban Outfitters is planning to offer a protection plan for the phonograph that includes one complete wallpaper and glassware replacement for occasions when the 18th century metallic drone inevitably causes every customer’s wine glasses to shatter and wallpaper to peel away in distress. “Retrophones are assem-

bled by hand in an unspecifically located log cabin somewhere in northern Oregon,” said a representative of Urban Outfitters on Saturday about the product, calling it by its officially licensed name. “We only employ people with beards and ethically-sourced man buns. The wood we use to assemble the phonographs is a certifiedorganic styrofoam-balsa blend. We guarantee that all of our products are made with only the shittiest materials so we can rip off our customers with maximum efficiency.” Retrophones are expected to go on sale sometime before this holiday season — just in time for trendy, rich people everywhere to buy them for their older teenage children. They will be operable by crank-power only and music will be available to purchase in the wax cylinder format three to six months after the Retrophone’s official release. Both the Retrophone itself and each individual wax cylinder will be available for the predictably unreasonable price of $399.99 a piece.


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After battling injuries, Taiwan Deal is back and more patient than ever

In Cephus case, UW is one program doing things the right way

By Cameron Lane-Flehinger THE DAILY CARDINAL

Left, right, left, right, left, right, thud, whistle. “Carry by Taiwan Deal for two yards to the 50. Second and eight Wisconsin.” Just like that, Taiwan Deal was back. Deal battled through injuries and carved out a spot for himself in a crowded backfield as a freshman in 2015 and his heavy, bruising style made him an heir apparent to Corey Clement as Wisconsin’s feature back. An ankle injury derailed Deal’s sophomore campaign, and although he was able to make it back onto the field for the end of the season, he was unable to run with the power he displayed as a freshman. A pair of ankle surgeries were supposed to bring Deal back to full health, but further complications on his right ankle sidelined him for all of 2017. As younger backs like Bradrick Shaw, Jonathan Taylor and Garrett Groshek joined the program and Deal’s absence stretched on, the Hyattsville, Maryland native’s future with the Badgers grew more clouded. It’s easy for an athlete to lose motivation in the middle of a long recovery, when progress is slow and the finish line never seems to get any closer. But even in the hardest moments, Deal knew that he had more to give than what he had shown in his first season in Madison, and his desire to prove his abilities kept him focused throughout the months of rehab and recovery. “The big thing about me is I’m a good football player and I’m going to play football,” Deal said. “That helped me stay focused and stay tuned into the bigger picture of finishing school, finishing out my career and doing it in the best way possible.” Coming back from a serious injury can be especially challenging

for elite athletes. Suddenly, working harder and doing more is as likely to lead to setbacks as it is to progress, and athletes who are used to having control over their performance can feel powerless. “It’s something that can make or break guys,” said Zander Neuville, who endured a long recovery of his own after tearing his ACL in the final game of 2017. When you’re going through it, you start thinking ‘am I ever gonna be able to play like I was playing before or even just play at all?’” Above all, a successful recovery takes patience — the kind of patience that Deal has developed through hundreds of hours doing what he loves most: Fishing. “Fishing kept me motivated,” Deal said. “When I get out on the water, I just feel like I can think so much better, it’s just amazing, it’s the way that I relax and see everything.”

“When I get out on the water, I just feel like I can think so much better, it’s just amazing, it’s the way that I relax and see everything” Taiwan Deal Running back Wisconsin Badgers

The mindset of a successful fisherman is strikingly similar to what’s needed during longterm rehab; try to do too much in the down time and you won’t be ready for the moments that really matter. You can’t catch the fish before they’re ready to bite, and you can’t force the body to heal before it’s ready. The same principle applies to being a running back, especially one carrying the ball behind an offensive line as talented at Wisconsin’s. Take off too early, or too quickly, and you’ll run into the defense before your blockers have had the time to open up the

proper holes and lanes. Always blessed with plenty of power at 221 pounds, the senior’s time off has given him a greater appreciation for the patience required on the gridiron. “All camp I just practiced patience in my run game style,” Deal said. “Sometimes you can’t be 100 miles per hour on a play, because you’ll run right past the hole.” Deal’s program of patience is far from finished; after the team’s practice on Tuesday he continued to rue the moments when he could’ve waited longer for a hole to develop in Saturday’s game against New Mexico, and even the runs he could’ve had in that morning’s practice had he just given it another moment. “One guy that really inspired me [to be more patient] is Ezekiel Elliott,” Deal said. “Just watching his film on Youtube to see how he’s a really patient runner, and he trusts his landmark and he just runs through it every time.” The senior’s patience is already paying dividends in what will likely be his final season with the Badgers. Deal is averaging a healthy 6.5 yards per carry through the first two games in relief of Taylor, and every single one of his runs in 2018 has gone for positive yardage. Deal’s return is being felt beyond the box score; several teammates and coaches reiterated the positive impact that his return has had, both in the energy and hunger he’s brought to the locker room, and in the example he’s set as proof that a full recovery is possible, no matter how long it takes. “It’s definitely inspirational and it’s exciting,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. “If anyone is having the greatest time it’s got to be him, and that’s why you see him just taking advantage of each carry, each rep because he knows that it’s not always guaranteed, it can be taken away from you at any point in time.”

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Senior running back Taiwan Deal became a more patient runner after returning from ankle injuries.

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Quintez Cephus’ suspension is a sign that the university and football program is taking sexual assault charges seriously. By Jake Nisse THE DAILY CARDINAL

When Wisconsin suspended wideout Quintez Cephus indefinitely on Aug. 20, it rid the team of one of its brightest talents. However, the school also sent a message of solidarity to survivors of sexual assault, and acted swiftly against any potential misconduct that may have occurred. Cephus, a junior, was charged with two counts of sexual assault on the day he was suspended. If he could avoid a lengthy case, he wouldn’t be the first big-school athlete to avoid salacious charges and get back on the field. In a court hearing Tuesday, any chance of that effectively crumbled. Cephus was ordered by a judge to stand trial after failed attempts from his lawyers to have the charges dismissed. The trial date has not yet been set. That development — a nonconclusion of sorts — means Cephus could well take this season in from the sidelines under his current suspension. In some ways, the suspension of Cephus was simply a bureaucratic, mandatory decision. As per the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, which the athletic department cited in its decision, “Arrests of or charges of specified crimes will result in immediate suspension and factual inquiry.” Still, it is encouraging to see a sexual assault case involving an athlete handled so quickly and assertively. Florida State infamously protected Jameis Winston after fellow student Erica Kinsman accused him of rape in 2012. Michigan State were accused in January of acting indifferently towards the sexual assault cases of athletes, including

some on the football team. Time and time again, athletic aspirations supersede common sense. Not here, at least. For a team with playoff aspirations, Cephus’ suspension — if continued — could prove to be a massive blow to the team down the line. Before injuring his right leg and missing the last five games of the season, Cephus averaged over 55 receiving yards per game. But production is more malleable than reputation. Wisconsin could’ve swept Cephus’ misconduct under the rug, pulled a couple of favors with the police and kept Cephus out of the news and on the field. They wouldn’t be the first to do something like that, but they didn’t. I can’t tell you whether that’s down to confidence in other players, out of a desire to legitimately protect against sexual violence on campus or to simply adhere to the athletic department’s own policy (which it probably could have contradicted had it really wanted to). But what I can tell you is that Cephus’ suspension is the welcome common-sense decision which is so often lacking from the tribalistic world of college football. Wisconsin may have higher stakes than most teams to bury misconduct such as Cephus’. But its growing profile also necessitates a need to avoid controversy and act an in an exemplary manner. It shouldn’t be surprising that college kids, even with lots at stake, sometimes make terrible decisions that hurt people. But universities themselves should be held to a higher standard. For now, Wisconsin is setting that bar.

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