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Extra officers leads to more gameday arrests By Alyssa Delloro and Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal

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Last year, thousands participated in protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Judge nullifies parts of budget repair bill By Tyler Nickerson The Daily Cardinal

A Dane County circuit court judge struck down parts of the controversial law that ended most collective bargaining rights for public employees and sparked the historic recall efforts and protests against Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers Friday. Judge Juan Colas said in his ruling certain portions of Act 10 are unconstitutional and violated plaintiffs’ rights of free speech, association and equal protection. Madison Teachers Inc. brought the lawsuit. “These are fundamental rights and the infringement having been shown, the bur-

den shifts to the defendants to establish that the harm done to the constitutional right is outweighed by the evil it seeks to prevent,” Colas wrote in his ruling. As of Friday, city, county and school workers are again allowed to unionize and bargain with school districts and local officials, just as it was before Act 10 was ratified in early 2011. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a statement Friday he plans to appeal the decision. “We believe that Act 10 is constitutional in all respects and will be appealing this decision,” Van Hollen said in the state-

ment. “We also will be seeking a stay of Friday’s decision pending appeal in order to allow the law to continue in effect as it has for more than a year while the appellate courts address the legal issues.” It is unclear if the court will grant a stay of the decision or when a final ruling on the appeal will be made. In controversial cases like this, it can take months or even years before the state Supreme Court reaches a final decision. Republican lawmakers swiftly responded to the decision with negative criticisms of Colas, who was appointed

Madison police shut down 24 illegal house parties Saturday and heavily monitored popular student tailgating areas such as Breese Terrace and Regent, Langdon and Spring Streets. At the Badgers football game, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department arrested 28 students and ejected 49, which is an increase from a similar night game last year. UWPD arrested 18 students and ejected 39 from a 2011 game against University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said no major crimes occurred, even with the first nighttime Badgers football game of the season. “In terms of the overall safety of the city, I [would say it] was successful,” Resnick said. The Madison Police Department increased the amount of officers patrolling around the stadium as part of a recurring fall initiative launched in response to students shifting from dorms to apartment life, according to Madison Police Department Lt. Dave McCaw. MPD officers began patrolling Saturday at 8 a.m. and closely monitored streets near Camp Randall and UW-Madison’s cam-

pus on foot, on bike and by car, according to McCaw. The additional officers responded to 24 house parties, including one party on Mendota Court where 25 to 30 packs of beer and 22 bottles of alcohol were confiscated, according to the Madison Police Department Central District Community Policing Team’s Twitter page. “The ... purpose is to stay safe, so don’t let parties get out of control,” Resnick said. In particular, parties at houses with balconies or in an area likely to attract police attention should be kept in moderation, according to Resnick.

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Fewer officers to patrol 2012 Freakfest Despite popular music artists Mac Miller and Big Gigantic drawing a potentially bigger crowd at Freakfest 2012, fewer police officers will be on duty at this year’s Halloween party. Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8, said because recent Freakfest parties resulted in minor incidents, fewer law enforcement officials will be on duty during this year’s party. Resnick said the decreased amount of officers on duty is a

continuing trend reflected by the drop in arrests and overall safety increase in the past seven years. After the 2005 event ended violently with police releasing tear gas into crowds to control riots, former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz introduced Freakfest as it is known today, a controlled, police-monitored and ticketed event. Resnick said violence decreased when Freakfest became

a structured event in 2006. “We have not seen rioting in the area for quite a few years, and we don’t forecast any rioting this year,” Resnick said. Before Cieslewicz implemented the structured event, students would gather on State Street for an unplanned Halloween party, resulting in police breaking up riots and costing the city hundreds of

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here’s something about the first few weeks of school that I dread coming back to every year. No, it isn’t the fact that I have to sit inside doing work instead of enjoying the finally moderate weather (although this does kind of suck). Going back to my freshman year, it seems like without fail, by the end of the second week of classes I catch some kind of sickness. Strep throat, which is always a jolly time, has been a popular one my last few gorounds. This year, if my luck holds up, I might get away with just having a common cold. Regardless, my second week back was made absolutely miserable by the side effects of having to deal with being sick, while simultaneously having to get up and go to class every day. Based on some of the sneezing and sniffling I

heard around campus this past week, I wasn’t alone at the “I Feel Like Shit Fest” 2012. Now we’ve all heard the spiel on how to avoid getting sick, about how sharing saliva and not washing your hands are no-no’s. Well, no measure of sanitary precaution was going to save me from my annual snot-a-thon, so I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try something new. Instead of just waiting the thing out, I wanted to see if there was anything that might make me feel better during the recovery process. So, in the name of unsubstantiated science, I present my findings in the field of ad hoc cold remedies. I’ve always heard that vitamin C is good for the immune system, so that seemed like the most logical place to start. My best bet was going to be orange juice. As one of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages, I knew I could drink a whole lot of it quickly. I bought two bottles of some of the extra pulpy orange stuff and drank as much of it as possible over the course of three days.

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In terms of making me feel better, it was hard to tell how much of an effect the OJ really had. I mean, my cold lost most of its potency after about four days, so the immune system boost probably helped. Speaking strictly on the short term, it made my mouth really dry only a few minutes after drinking it. I was caught in this weird loop of drinking orange juice to quench my thirst, but doing so only made me thirstier. Taking a vitamin C pill is probably a better idea. My next lines of attack were very different from one another. To give my test a control group, I got some overthe-counter cold medicines. I didn’t notice much in terms of these making me less congested, but holy hot-flash they made me feel weird. Don’t take these unless you’re planning on staying inside and sleeping all day. A third attempt at finding a magic cure naturally led me to caffeine. I normally consume a lot of coffee and energy drinks, so that’s where I started. This was not the best idea.

There was definitely something nice about having a little caffeine buzz, but the coffee made me dehydrated and the energy drinks hurt my stomach. The next thing I tried was totally brilliant: caffeinated water. Yes, that is what I meant to say. Someone had the brilliant idea to add caffeine to water, and despite feeling like crap, it really helped get me through the day. While I wouldn’t say this little test was a failure, I by no means found the ultimate cold fix. Strangely, spending my Friday night chain-smoking and watching TLC drove a stake into the heart of whatever was making me feel sick, so maybe I’ll investigate that further. The bottom line is that I’m convinced there is a solution to the lethargy and runniness of the common cold out there somewhere. I’m going to find it. Have some suggestions to point Andy in the right direction in his search for the ultimate cold cure-all? Send ‘em his way, along with any questions or comments, at holsteen@wisc.edu .

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ear Alex, I have never had a boyfriend. Ever. Help! Single 4 Lyfe

Well hello, S4Lyfe, and thank you for both the question and your ninety’s style penname. Let’s get to it (to it…to it…to it…circa Michael Bolton with Lonely Island? Maybe I’m not the only person with this sense of humor?!) First of all, and most importantly, you are not alone. The Health Promotion and Prevention Service’s at USC has found that while the number of sexual partners students have been with hasn’t changed in the past ten years, the number of committed relationships has decreased significantly. It would seem that fewer and fewer people are in relationships, right? Well, no. Not if you’re single. If you’re single, every walk along the Lakeshore path seems like a lifetime of watching couples hold hands and lounge. Each night going out is a myriad of your friends and their boy- or girlfriends giggling and kissing in the middle of the dance floor together. It’s a rough life. Luckily, as I said before, you aren’t the only one with this socalled problem. Many co-eds are on the prowl for a significant other, and even though it doesn’t always seem like it, this

is a school of almost 40,000 students. The odds are ever in your favor; with so many options, there is almost no chance that there isn’t someone perfect for you that you’ve yet to meet! The number of people on campus can seem daunting, impossible, really. Thankfully, there is an easy-peasy way to meet people that can help with every other aspect of your life as well. Your solution: Getting blackout drunk errday until you see a hot enough person to date!!! Omg, I’m lyk totally kidding! Although I’m not judging if that’s your method, I think a physically healthier key to finding that special someone is getting involved around campus. Attractive, personable, and most importantly, conscious people hang out all over the place and are especially active in student orgs (such as Sex Out Loud… you volunteer as tribute!), club and intermural sports, and religious groups. But for now, revel in your singlehood! While it can seem depressing that seemingly everyone around you has a main squeeze, it can be so exciting to have only one person to worry about: yourself. It is a blast to be able to do whatever you want, when you want to, without having to worry about what your partner will think about it. This can range from party hook-ups to the little privacy you get when your roommates aren’t home. Having the freedom to spend an entire night alone after a hard week without considering what your would-be S.O. wants to do is a

liberating feeling. Take advantage of your status and live it up! Having open options means the possibilities are endless. The take-away point from this article has yet to be written (damn that columnist!): there is nothing wrong with you, S4Lyfe, nor with any person who has yet to find their better half. It doesn’t imply that you are picky or have “unrealistic standards,” although people may try to convince you that you do. It just means you haven’t found anyone compatible with your individuality

yet. All hope is not lost, and us college students are so young with so much to gain! As long as you put yourself out there and meet as many people as possible, you’ll find that ol’ ball and chain, that certain Yoko Ono, your favorite boo soon enough. Yes, I did have fun on Urban Dictionary, thank you very much. That’s all for now, Badgers! Feel free to send me tips, requests and especially questions to sex@dailycardinal. com. Can’t wait to hear from you soon!


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Cornell to end business with adidas Cornell University announced last Thursday it will cut business ties with adidas, a company the University of WisconsinMadison has recently had to consider its own relationship with. In a letter to the company Thursday, Cornell University President David Skorton said the university will stop doing business with adidas effective Oct. 1. Skorton called the apparel industry’s approach to workers’ rights “a critical issue that demands immediate attention.” According to members of the UW-Madison’s Labor Licensing Policy Committee, adidas violated the contract it holds with UW-Madison by not giving work-

ers severance pay when a factory affiliated with the company closed. “Cornell’s decision [reinforces] that adidas has violated its contract with our university and that we should not be doing business with companies who refuse to pay their workers,” Lingran Kong, a member of the Student Labor Action Coalition and the LLPC, said. Kong added the LLPC has voted multiple times in favor of UW-Madison ending its business relationship with adidas. The university is currently in a lawsuit with adidas to determine where the obligation to pay the workers lies. Vice Chancellor for University

Relations Vince Sweeney told The Daily Cardinal in July the university can take no further action until the court has made a decision. Other universities had seen UW-Madison as a leader in the nationwide consideration of adidas, according to Kong. She also mentioned students at a number of other universities around the country, including University of WisconsinMilwaukee and University of Washington-Seattle, have been taking the issue to the presidents of their university. “I definitely think [the student component] was the driving force behind the decision,” Kong said. —Meghan Chua

Two days after an animal rights group criticized the University of Wisconsin-Madison for its treatment of research animals, the university held a previously scheduled forum on the ethics behind animal research. Before the forum began, associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine Eric Sandgren introduced the forum and discussed the recent allegations made against UW-Madison by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Sandgren said after checking into all of the complaints waged by PETA, none of the accusations were correct. The forum featured Dr. Lori Gruen, author of “Ethics and Animals: An Introduction” who presented on the different interpretations of ethics behind research, followed by a response from associate professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health Robert Streiffer. During her presentation, Gruen discussed the need to decide if the research not only had potential medical benefits, but also if the benefits outweigh the costs to the animal.

arrests from page 1 Both McCaw and Resnick said students can avoid problems with police officers by keeping house parties small and under control. “There’s a very strong balance the City of Madison Police Department attempts to try to strike with students,” Resnick said. “If you are drinking safely and

“Whatever suffering is caused, whatever costs are approved, the benefits have to be greater,” Gruen said. Gruen drew on previous animal research programs, mostly programs involving chimpanzees, to illustrate examples of the scientific benefits not outweighing the costs. “Most animals have the same valuable features [as humans], and we disvalue those features in them and in ourselves if we go forward in that way,” Gruen said. “Sometimes even when you think what you are doing is going to be beneficial, it’s not going to be beneficial.” Streiffer stressed the need for a calculation to be done before each research project, adding up every possible medical benefit against every possible cost to animals to ensure that only the projects with real medical benefit will go forward. Vet student Cynthia Wise, who attended the forum, said the topic was important because it creates necessary conversations to raise awareness of the ethical decisions behind animal research. “I feel as a veterinarian, it’s part of our profession to be informed [about animal research] and be able to educate and if I am not informed then I don’t think I can speak about it,” Wise said. responsibly...[the] police department will not be responding.” The increase in police presence is also a result of escalating crime in the downtown area, including the attack on Badgers senior running back Montee Ball on Aug. 1 and a house party on Sept. 9 that turned violent when four men attacked two other men, according to McCaw.

GAB reports 2012 recall elections cost $13.5 million This summer’s recall elections cost the state $13.5 million, according to a Government Accountability Board report released Friday. Originally, the GAB projected the May 8 and June 5 recall elections would cost $18 million. Much of the financial burden will be placed on local governments. The May 8 recall primary election cost $6.3 million total, with specific costs including $2.3 million in poll worker wages and $1.7 million in staff salaries. Other expenses included $728,000 for ballots and $617,000 for programming. An additional $7.2 million

was spent on the June 5 recall election, with $2.5 million going to poll worker wages and $1.6 million to staff salaries. Ballots and programming cost $984,000 and $596,000 respectively. Also, data entry services were required to search for duplicate signatures and fake names when the GAB worked to ratify the recall petitions, costing the state $94,333. Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, co-chair of the state’s Joint Finance Committee, said in a statement Friday he is outraged by the cost of the recalls. “Next session I intend to

re-introduce a constitutional amendment to reform our recall laws,” Vos said. “I know lawmakers from both sides of the aisle no longer want to waste taxpayer dollars when local government budgets are already extremely tight.” Director and general counsel of the GAB Kevin Kennedy said beyond the added financial burden from the recalls, Wisconsin clerks, who have other responsibilities outside of elections, must cope with the additional stress of conducting six elections this year instead of four. —Sarah Olson

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Colas’ decision, calling it a huge victory for Wisconsin workers and for free speech. “This decision will help to re-establish the balance between employees and their employers,” state Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, said in a statement. “The decision gives us an opportunity to get back to the Wisconsin values of sitting

down and working together to iron out differences, not taking away the constitutional rights of our citizens.” Wisconsin’s current state Supreme Court has a history of conservative rulings. In a separate lawsuit last year challenging the methods Republican lawmakers used to draft Act 10, the court ruled 4-3 in favor of the GOP legislators.

by Democratic former Gov. Jim Doyle. Walker called Colas a “liberal activist judge” in a statement and state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said in a statement the ruling is “further evidence of the complete abandonment of the rule of law in this state and country.” But Democrats applauded

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Fewer officers will be on duty during Freakfest 2012, as a result of a decreasing trend in crime at the annual event.

freakfest from page 1 thousands of dollars, according to Resnick. Resnick said although students say Freakfest is not the same as the unplanned Halloween party and attendance is lower than before the city created the ticketed event, the party has a more positive

identity. Additionally, this year’s Freakfest falls on the same day as the 2:30 p.m. Wisconsin versus Michigan State homecoming football game, which could potentially affect the number of attendees. Resnick said he does not feel the game will “dramatically” affect attendance at Freakfest. —Kristen Tracy


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French director André Téchiné’s 2011 film “Unforgivable,” which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight selection of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, strives to show life’s jagged edges but is ultimately weighed down by the filmmakers’ inability to fully flesh out characters and story. It is a film that gets better as it goes along, yet its superficialities still hinder it from reaching its full potential. Essentially, the film’s plotline boils down to a writer, Francis (André Dussollier), who decides to move to Venice in order to work on his novel. In the process, he marries a local real estate agent. The marriage works well until Francis’ paranoia and maddening obsession with his new bride’s whereabouts compel him to ask an ex-con and another emotionally distraught human being, Jeremie (Mauro Conte), to trail his wife. Essentially, Francis is so lost in his own head that he cannot understand half of the world around him. He moves to Venice to write a new novel, but his writer’s block soon prevents him from getting much of anything done. Téchiné delves into the plights of his characters so quickly from the film’s opening scenes that it is almost disorientating. We see flashes of character motivations and personalities, as if the film is teasing us of bigger things to come. But these bits and pieces of information do little except to quickly glance

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Two high points of the film: its display of an aesthetically “pleasing color palette” along with Julien Hirsch’s cinematography that captures sweeping shots of the city of Venice. over the problems surrounding the characters. Soon enough, characters reveal dark secrets to one another, teeter on the edge of nervous breakdowns and attempt to hold back dangerous personal confessions. And Francis’ wife Judith (Carole Bouquet) frequently obtains nosebleeds whenever things appear not to be going her way, which appears to happen quite a bit.

The film’s main flaw is the number of subplots and other ideas that Téchiné and his fellow screenwriters have decided to include in an already predictable yet intricate story. These include Francis’ relationship with his spoiled daughter Alice (Mélanie Thierry), Alice’s relationships with her current and former lovers and Francis and Judith’s relationship with Jeremie’s mother Anna Maria (Adriana Asti), an aging private detective who was

once Judith’s lover. Luckily, the film is anchored by an engaging performance from André Dussollier who does an accomplished job of playing the conflicted protagonist at the film’s center. Francis’ relationship with Judith could make for an interesting film within itself, and while it is commendable for what Téchiné is going for by introducing these other characters into the story, they eclipse

the film’s main plot. Of course, this is not to say the film is without its dramatic moments. Téchiné can clearly muster great performances out of all and any of his actors. However, the film’s characters are not terribly engaging to begin with, and it becomes increasingly difficult to actually care about their plights as a viewer, even as the relationships between these people slowly deteriorate. Even after a dramatic confrontation between Francis and Jeremie near the film’s ending, Téchiné cannot keep his film from slipping into melodrama for the nth time. Nonetheless, cinematographer Julien Hirsch and Téchiné do an admirable job at capturing the backdrops of the cityscape of Venice, and the film’s color palette is pleasing to the eye. Likewise, Téchiné infuses scenes with dramatic musical pieces thanks to the excellent Max Richter, whose credits include the 2008 film “Waltz with Bashir” and musical talents are put to appropriate use throughout “Unforgivable.” Ultimately, this half-baked film has too many plot strands and undercooked ideas to be effective and really say much of anything. While “Unforgivable” does an admirable job at showing us the messiness that ensues when people become involved in each other’s affairs, Téchiné has crammed so many ideas into his film that he does not leave the viewer with any sort of substantial takeaway or residual message.

New Jens Lekman album full of warmth and melancholy By Sean Reichard The Daily Cardinal

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I Know What Love Isn’t Jens Lekman For the life of me, I cannot think of a happy Jens Lekman song. Of the garish, Day-Glo bloated smiley face variety anyway. His work runs a wide gamut from autumnal (“Maple Leaves”) to self-deprecating (“An Argument With Myself,” “Black Cab”) to sweet (“I Saw Her In The Anti War Demonstration”) to ambulatory (“Waiting for Kirstin”) to bitter (“Sippin on the Sweet Nectar”). Even in “Your Arms Around Me,” a highlight from the “Whip It” soundtrack as well as Night Falls over Kortedala, the singer only gets a happy ending after an avocado mishap. So it’s no surprise really that Jens Lekman’s latest album, I Know What Love Isn’t, can’t be called Day-Glo happy. I would hesitate to call it positive. As

Jens has said in interviews, he has a wide palette and this time he’s mining the darker, more subdued portions of it. Plenty of I Know What Love Isn’t occupies the dimension of poignancy. “Some Dandruff On Your Shoulder” deals with expectations vs. reality, exploring the darker side of situations. What situations? It’s never precisely clear: A woman asks what’s wrong, Jens sings “it’s really nothing at all / just some dandruff on your shoulder.” Bad date? Job troubles? Personal crisis? The tune is heavily shrouded in shades of ambiguity.

The inseparability of his memory from the subsequent moments of his life will leave you tearing up.

On the flip side, mellower songs like “I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots” hammers home this poignancy with less ambiguity. Even with a title that reads like a honky tonk parody (or, without a palpable sense of irony, a honky tonk song), Jens makes no bones about those boots, “the kind that walks the

straightest and the most narrow route.” They’re his escape plan from a failed romance. Hitting harder is “Every Little Hair Knows Your Name.” Evoking transience in the necessity of mitosis, Jens laments over a break up; how the pain and despair has wormed its way into his very being. Heartbreak’s intractable, and as Jens navigates this lachrymose chart, the inseparability of his memory from the subsequent moments of his life (of memory from any moment) will leave you tearing up. “The End of the World is Bigger Than Love” is the closest Jens dips into the dismal. The chorus states it bluntly: “A broken heart is not the end of the world / because the end of the world is bigger than love.” Grim proclamation, right? But there’s a specific contrast in the second verse, and in the overall tone of the song. Jens sings about the 2008 presidential election filling him with hope. Then he rattles off a list of what’s smaller than the end of the world (including spider cider and the stock market) that follows the thematic thread and ties it all together. Sure, broken hearts suck, but hey, the world ain’t gonna kick you when you’re down. The world doesn’t give two shits

about you. Cold comfort? It’s too pretty of a song. Constructed around driving drums and clinking piano, “The End of the World is Bigger Than Love” offers a solace from the privation of existential dread. In these cold depths of cosmos there’s a very human warmth.

Maybe therin lies [Lekman’s] strength—the tinge and depth of his effluent melancholia.

As a whole, the album can be summed up in the title track. “I Know What Love Isn’t” has Jens singing the core of his more dismal and bitter(sweet) experiences, not so much lamenting as rhapsodizing his travails through the buoyant, wafting chorus. There is a question, of course, how much artistic license Jens Lekman takes with his songs. Was he really involved with someone named “Erica America”? Did he really want to marry somebody just for the citizenship, like in “I Know What Love Isn’t?” Who is the “you” in “She Just Don’t Want to Be With You Anymore”

on an album that is ostensibly Jens centered? The questions matter, not just for a break-up album, the latest in the long and storied genre, but also for an artist who utilizes first person narration so thoroughly and so effectively. Where does Jens the artist end and Jens the person begin? Pardon my sycophantic tone, but I’d like to imagine that Jens Lekman is easy to befriend. The very real warmth underpinning his body of work makes him seem approachable, breaking the normal distinctions foisted between the artist and audience. So, subsequently: How long do we bear with Jens when he releases an album as singular as I Know What Love Isn’t? Certainly this album lacks the cutesy overtones of songs like “Julie” and the cumulated down shroud of Night Falls Over Kortedala. And certainly break-ups are a downer. But don’t ditch Jens—with music as vivacious swarming the annals of I Know What Love Isn’t — he may be your closest friend, even if his new album’s a bit of a downer. Maybe therein lies his strength—the tinge and depth of his effluent melancholia. Grade: A.


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he battle over collective bargaining continues. Dane County’s very own Judge Juan Colas declared aspects of Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s baby, unconstitutional last Friday in a case brought by the Madison Teachers Union and Public Employees Local 61. Colas based his ruling on the discriminatory nature of the law, which caps union workers’ wages but leaves their nonunion counterparts totally untouched, among other things. Walker claims “the people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on.” However, if the subject had been resolved and the people were ready to move on, there would be no more lawsuits. The people are not content, and as governor, Walker should better understand their needs. Though he won the recall earlier this year, Walker continues to ignore the desires of a fairly large part of Wisconsin’s population. He is obviously out of touch with

the state’s union members, some of whom have said they aren’t opposed to making some changes, they just want to have a say in them. Similar issues appeared when the Walker administration proposed legislation regarding women’s rights, where panels composed entirely of males made decisions about female reproduction. Across the board, people want to have a part in creating and organizing legislation which affects them. It seems that Walker isn’t learning from his mistakes in this respect, and that’s a big problem since he holds so much weight in Wisconsin’s government. Instead of accepting that the law may be flawed, Walker blames issues with Act 10 on political activism. In response to Colas’ ruling, he said, “Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backward.” And yet Colas did not sign the recall petition that endangered Walker’s position earlier this year. He was not an integral part of antiWalker politics and does not appear to engage openly with either party. Even if he was involved, Walker’s words ring deeper. The idea of frowning upon political activism in any form seems a bit counterintuitive, particularly in a democratic country that proudly supports freedom of speech. Though Republicans smugly repeated

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When Walker’s legislation curtailing public workers’ collective bargaining rights passed, the Capital was filled with protestors from around the state, culminating in a recall election this summer. the “liberal activist” line, the sad attempt to discredit the judge came off more as an upsetting display of disrespect for opposing viewpoints. As it is now, Judge Colas’ decision reverts collective bargaining law to the system that was in place in 2011. However, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has already stated he plans to appeal, and there is a

possibility that Walker will keep the law in place in the interim. If Walker plans to continue a career in politics, he must look beyond the political divide. The governor is not meant to be a figurehead for his party, but rather a venue through which voters can achieve a better government that suits their needs. In this case, what

the people need is a fair decision that treats all workers the same, that takes into account the people’s perspective, and is based on the needs of Wisconsin families instead of the economy. Kate is a sophomore double majoring in English and Spanish. Send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.

Political issues should not lead to dismissing others noah phillips opinion columnist

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hina and Japan might go to war. A few days ago, Japan purchased some islands off the coast of China. These islands are disputed territory between the two countries. Yesterday and the day before, Chinese streets were filled with hundreds of thousands of protesters. Japanese stores have been looted. Japanese people living in China have fled. The protesters are demanding that China declare war. Japan and China have a bloody history. Two weeks ago, no one in China or Japan had heard of these islands, but now both nations are filled with people convinced that the islands are the rightful sovereign domain of their respective countries. There is no room for compromise. The islands must be Chinese, or they

must be Japanese. Both parties tion. It isn’t the election itself that draw their fury from the same is meaningless. But our arguments fiery nationalistic source. about the elections are often meanWe, in this country, might ingless because so often they are go to war, too. The conflict based on false premises. between China and Japan People who want seems much more inconseto vote for quential than our conflict, Romney think but that view i s that the counbased on the try will be privilege of screwed if distance. In reality, our conflict is even less meaningful because it Obama is based wins. People who not on want to vote for Graphic by Dylan Moriarty w h o l e Obama think that the islands but on a single white house. country will be screwed if Before you drop the paper in Romney wins. People who want disgust, know that I care very much to vote for Jill Stein think that who wins this November’s elec- the country is already screwed,

or that the country will be just as screwed under either Obama or Romney. People who want to vote for Obama think that people who are voting for Jill Stein are complicit to the country’s being screwed by Romney, and people who are voting for Jill Stein think that people who are voting for Obama are being complicit to the country’s being screwed by the twoparty system. You will probably never interact with Jill Stein, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. You will definitely never interact with “the two-party system,” because it doesn’t even exist, except in people’s heads. But the

person you are arguing with does exist, and the interaction you are having is happening in your life. Real grassroots change is built on productive interactions such as these. Anyone you dismiss over electoral politics is an ally lost. The person you’re arguing with has convictions as strong as yours. The person you’re arguing with cares as much as you. The person you’re arguing with is an asset to you and the work you do. Obama will win, or Romney will win (Jill Stein definitely won’t win, but never mind). China will get the islands, or Japan will get the islands. What matters isn’t who wins your discussion, or who gets the islands, but that islands haven’t been blown to smithereens and that you and I can keep working together. Noah Phillip is a sophomore double majoring in history of science and community and nonprofit leadership.

Letter: Cabs on State Street keep students and the community safe

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s students at UW-Madison, time spent on State Street is a large part of the Badger Experience. Students working, living, and enjoying themselves on State will carry those experiences with them for the rest of their lives.

This past summer, students’ safety and enjoyment of State Street was severely threatened. Mayor Paul Soglin, concerned that Madison could lose federal funding, ordered that cabs be prevented from roaming for fares on State from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Soglin also argued that cab

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service creates excessive traffic, limiting people’s enjoyment of the area. As student leaders, we are responsible for representing the student voice and ensuring our campus and community are safe and enjoyable for Badgers to learn and live. The proposal to prohibit cabs on State during late night and early morning is a threat to both safety and enjoyment. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. is a time when bus service is often not available, and often students make decisions under the influence of alcohol that threaten themselves and our community. Decisions to walk home or drive under the influence could be made without the clear availability of another option. Allowing cabs

to be visible and present on State Street when people are going home makes the decision to take a cab far easier. In addition, as Alder Scott Resnick, District 8, has discussed, when many police officers go off duty after 3 a.m., cab drivers will often continue to look for fares, and can alert authorities of incidents threatening students’ safety. In the future, looking to more mass transit solutions that can solve this problem will be important. But for now, it is not only an issue of safety, but also a means of defining our community. As badgers, we care for one another, and making a safe ride home as simple as possible is a part of this commitment. ASM Legislative Affairs

demands that the city take action to ensure cabs are available for students and guests to State Street. On Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30 p.m., Common Council will be voting on this issue in Room 201 of the County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. We encourage all students who are able to attend to speak in favor of this policy, and to defend other students on campus who make State Street a part of their experience here. ASM Legislative Affairs will also be discussing this issue and preparing for Tuesday tonight at 7 p.m. in the 4th floor of the SAC, and all students are invited to attend. ASM Legislative Affairs, Dan Statter, Chair.


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BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE ACROSS 1 “Over here!” noise 5 Hagar the Horrible’s lady 10 “A” in “A.D.” 14 Vase-shaped pitcher 15 Indian, for one 16 Panetta or Spinks 17 Sixth of an inch 18 Deliver in person 19 Fairy tale baddie 20 Diamond, for one 23 Respected tribe member 24 Bass, for one 25 Under the weather 28 Bread or whiskey type 29 Pickaxe cousin 33 Slower than andante 35 Like a horse 37 Snorkeling site 38 Doing a Biblical no-no 43 Stat! 44 How some are missed 45 “Woman” singer John 48 Toy on a string 49 Three-point shot’s trajectory 52 Terhune’s title dog 53 Gun at a red light

55 Break off, as relations 57 Comeuppance for Shakespeare? 62 Null and ___ 64 Have some catching up to do 65 Feel antipathy toward 66 Not inept 67 Caterpillar or grub 68 Standing on the summit of 69 Menswear selections 70 Paula’s “American Idol” replacement 71 Scottish monster’s loch DOWN 1 Effervescent “Dr” 2 Like soft-serve ice cream, say 3 Leave the union 4 Wee bit 5 Rail-riding wanderer 6 Light-brown shade 7 Luau souvenirs 8 Slang for “marijuana” 9 Jessica of “Murder, She Wrote” 10 Common lotion ingredient 11 Feminine at-home attire 12 Negative conjunction 13 Single

1 Kirkuk native 2 22 United in holy matrimony 26 Mortgage company’s claim 27 Hipster’s rental 30 Plague for payment 31 Turns on a jagged course 32 Have a blast with 34 Military force 35 Home of “Monday Night Football” 36 Current currency, for many 38 Gloomy atmosphere 39 Voyaging 40 Common thing on a public beach 41 “L.A. Law” co-star Susan 42 Kisser coating 46 It’s found in veins 47 Get under one’s skin 49 Fly a 747 50 Odd-numbered pages 51 Heebie-jeebies 54 Like some Internet videos 56 Frome of literature 58 Lyrical tributes 59 Jung or Reiner 60 “___ Talkin’” (Bee Gees hit) 61 ___ Bator, Mongolia 62 Winery tub 63 ___-Wan Kenobi

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Big Ten title possible with return to classic UW football matthew kleist too kleist for comfort As a sports fan, you start to build up some expectations for the teams you support. After two straight Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl appearances, Badger football fans have come to expect consistent success. And that was not an unrealistic expectation this preseason. Wisconsin was ranked No. 12, star running back Montee Ball was returning for his senior season, it appeared the defense was going to be stronger than last year and Danny O’Brien was slated to take over as the quarterback. On top of that, Ohio State and Penn State are both banned from postseason play. Wisconsin’s road to the Big Ten championship game was paved in gold. And then everything started to go wrong. The Badgers have played three very subpar opponents and probably played worse than all three (the only exception being Northern Iowa… maybe). Wisconsin’s offense had been so anemic this season that redshirt freshman Joel Stave took over as quarterback in the second half of Saturday’s game. Don’t get me wrong, the Badgers have had some bad years recently—see the Allan Evridge-Dustin Sherer year—but they still won all of their non-conference games. To put things into perspective, the loss to Oregon State two weeks ago was the first non-conference loss in Bret Bielema’s time as the UW head coach. I never thought I’d see the Badgers lose to a non-conference opponent. It is not that I don’t have confidence in the players on the team. They have the talent to make it to the conference championship game and even to a third straight Rose Bowl. What worries me is the coaching staff. The play calling on offense this season has been very questionable. They are throwing in very obvious running situations and running in very obvious throwing situations. I also don’t believe the

identity from page 8 yanked O’Brien and put in redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave during halftime. “Number one reason I made the transition at the quarterback was to protect the ball,” Bielema said. “For us to win at Wisconsin, we can’t turn the ball over.” Stave was surprised by the move and was nervous early, but he threw the ball only six times, completing two of them for 15 yards. He took over and handed the ball off in hopes of wearing down the defense, something that usually comes incredibly easy. In 2010, Wisconsin ran the ball 28 consecutive times against Michigan, something that won’t happen this season under a shakier offensive line, but the Badgers proved that they can still wear down opposing defenses by just handing the ball off. “We thought we could wear them down over time,” Bielema said. “I pointed out there were several times where our guys were in

coaches are using the talent on the team to the fullest. One coach has already been fired this year and there may be more to come. I know we are only three weeks into the football season, but I am becoming very pessimistic about the rest of this year. Looking at the remainder of the schedule, a schedule some thought the Badgers would go undefeated with, some games really are starting to scare me. I’m not just talking about Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State (those games scare the crap out of me). I’m talking about Penn State and, yes, even Minnesota. I am scared of the Minnesota game. More specifically, I am scared of losing to Minnesota. Losing to Minnesota is no longer an option for Wisconsin football. The Badgers have won seven straight against the Gophers and fans just expect to win that game. I know my fear of this game might just be panic turning into hysteria, but it is time to start considering the fact that no game this year is a sure thing anymore. Do I believe the Badgers can correct things going into conference play? Yes, I do. Do I think they will lose two or three conference games? Yes, I do. How are they going to correct the ship? Do what they did last year. Yes, the personnel is different this year with new coaches and players, but Wisconsin needs to go manage the offense the way Paul Chryst did during his time as the offensive coordinator. The Badgers will not be able to recapture the magic that made last season special. There will never again be a quarterback like Russell Wilson, Montee Ball will not repeat the production he had last season and Wisconsin will not outscore opponents by 30 or 40 points. But the Badgers can repeat as Big Ten champions, it is just going take some work this year. This year more than ever, Wisconsin’s “1-0” mindset will be very important. The Badgers have the ability to make it back to the Big Ten championship game and the Rose Bowl, but they need to take this season one game at a time. the huddle. The defensive line was behind them on their knees and trying to gasp for air. “There were some series where we got the things rolling a little bit.” Winning off of a missed field goal was not the way most Badger players said they wanted the game’s outcome to be decided, but at least they didn’t go down the way they did last week, when the offense looked like a completely different team and the play-calling seemed a bit head-scratching at times. Wisconsin actually looked like Wisconsin Saturday night, and even though the win was not pretty by any means, Badger fans can breathe and realize that the confidence in the run game is still very much there. “I think we definitely took a step in the right direction,” redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Rob Havenstein said. “[Miller] believes in us, we believe in him,” Groy said. “There’s mutual respect there that we have to move forward with.”

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Badgers sweep Kirkland CC on two more runs in the following inning and got its final run of Playing in its first exhibi- the game in the sixth inning as tion game of the fall season, freshman infielder Katie Christner the Wisconsin softball team scored on a sacrifice fly. (2-0 overall) defeated visiting The highlight of the game was Kirkland Community College the pitching performance of senior in a double header Sunday Meghan McIntosh. The Sierra at Goodman Softball Vista, Ariz., native recordComplex, 4-0 and 11-2. ed a no-hit shutout against “It’s good to get out the Eagles with only one there and play. I think walk in the game as she the biggest thing being a took command early by week into practice is to striking out three of the just see what we got and first six batters she faced. let a lot of players get out “I thought Meghan on the field,” head coach looked really fantastic Yvette Healy said. “We McINTOSH out there as a senior,” had a lot of enthusiasm Healy said. “She worked and saw a lot of nice really hard all summer. things offensively.” She’s in great shape and I think In the first game of the double it really showed.” header, Wisconsin quickly got on In the second game, the the board in the first inning when Wisconsin offense came alive, sophomore outfielder Maria Van scoring nine runs in the first three Abel scored off of a ground-ball innings with senior third baseout from junior outfielder Mary man Shannel Blackshear hitting a Massei, giving the Badgers an three-run home run in the bottom early 1-0 lead. Wisconsin tacked of the third to put the game out of

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reach, 10-0. The Badgers would tack on one more run in the bottom of the fifth from a double off the bat of Christner. Just as it was on display in the first game, the pitching was superb again in game two for the Badgers. Freshmen pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart started the game and recorded a shut out, keeping the Kirkland hitters off balance in her four innings of work. Junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah took over in the fifth inning and had a solid outing, despite giving up two runs on passed balls in the top of the seventh that cut into the 11-2 score. “At the end, we let runs on the board when I think we could have finished stronger,” Healy said. “It’s hard to complain when we swing the bat that well but I would have liked to see that last inning sharper across the board.” Wisconsin will return to the diamond for a double header Sept. 29 against WisconsinGreen Bay.


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Wisconsin barely escapes home upset big returns—the defense does not really even try to set up a return— The UW football team’s home but somebody forgot to tell that winning streak advanced to 18 to the diminutive Riedsville, N.C., Saturday night at Camp Randall native. He fielded the line drive Stadium, even if it was only by a kick at his own 18, navigated the couple of feet. right sideline and then cut back to The streak, which dates back the middle of the field, eventually to Oct. 17, 2009, appeared to be outrunning USU’s defense for an on its deathbed when the listless 82-yard touchdown. Badgers trailed 14-3 at the half and “I was like, OK, if I score, I revisited life-support in the waning know we’re going to win this moments when Utah State junior game,” said Doe, whose score kicker Josh Thompson lined up for closed the gap to 14-10. “I felt so a 37-yard field goal attempt. When good inside because I knew I the ball stayed just outside the right helped contribute to the team.” upright, though, the streak—and After the Badger defense delivmaybe Wisconsin’s aspirations for ered another three-and-out, UW’s this season—marched on in the All American senior running back form of a 16-14 victory in front of Montee Ball (37 carries, 139 yards, 79,332 nervous fans. TD) put UW ahead for good. He At halftime, head coach Bret carried six consecutive times, capBielema replaced his starting quar- ping off a 42-yard drive with a terback, redshirt junior transfer 17-yard score. Danny O’Brien, with untested red“We played a much more physishirt freshman Joel Stave. Still, it was cal game than we had in the last two not the offense that progames,” redshirt sophovided the jolt Wisconsin more right tackle Rob needed to mount a thirdHavenstein said. “We quarter comeback. wanted to wear down After the two teams the defense and I think traded three-and-out we ended up doing that UW pass possessions to start a little bit today, but attempts the second half, the obviously we still need through first Aggies offense, led by to improve on things.” two games sophomore quarterThat was the back Chuckie Keeton story in just about all (18-34, 181 yards, two facets Saturday for UW pass attempts vs. TDs), picked up two Wisconsin. Good at Utah State first downs but ultitimes, compromising mately faced a fourthat others. and-two at its own The offense man45-yard line. Bielema, sensing aged just 12 first downs and 234 an opportunity for a Utah State total yards. It committed five fake, opted to put his “punt safe” penalties—four false starts and unit on the field. Essentially, the a holding call—and had another defense stays on the field except holding call declined. for one man, who is replaced “Those really made us play by the punt returner, sophomore behind the chains,” Bielema said. wide receiver Kenzel Doe. O’Brien’s fumble with under Punt safe does not lend itself to three minutes to play in the first

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Sophomore wide receiver Kenzel Doe’s 82-yard punt return touchdown sparked Wisconsin’s third quarter comeback en route to a 16-14 win over Utah State Saturday night. half led to Utah State’s second touchdown and, along with an interception that was negated by a late hit, got the junior benched for the second half. “For us to win at Wisconsin, we can’t turn the ball over,” said Bielema, who also said no decision has been made about who will start next week against Texas-El Paso. “He’s holding on with one hand and the ball went on the ground. That’s when I talked with [offensive coordinator Matt] Canada and the offensive coaches, and we felt good about making the transition.” Stave finished the night 2-6 for 15 yards. The Badgers defense largely kept Keeton and the Aggies spread attack in check, as the unit finished with just 127 rushing yards. “That was a true dual-threat quarterback,” redshirt junior free

safety Dezmen Southward said. “I can’t think of many plays where he truly broke us down and was just running all over us.” However, long pass plays continued to cause damage, resulting in Utah State’s first score and allowing the ill-fated field goal attempt at the end. Senior linebacker Mike Taylor made plays all over the field and led the team with 15 tackles, but was also beat—for the second time in three weeks—on a wheel route for USU’s first score. “He can’t cover that, I [can’t] stress that enough,” Bielema said. “If we put him in that position again, we have problems. He’s a really good football player, but we’re asking him to do too much in that situation.” “As the guy responsible for that, you have to see run or see pass,”

Taylor said. “If it’s one or the other, you’re kind of overplaying it. It falls on my shoulders, I have to be tuned in more, I guess. It’s my fault.” The UW secondary played aggressively and finished with five passes broken up, including three from redshirt senior defensive back Marcus Cromartie. Still, Cromartie was beat on the Aggies’ second touchdown and on a 36-yard completion to senior wide receiver Cameron Webb on USU’s final drive. Even Wisconsin redshirt sophomore kicker Kyle French chipped in some inconsistency. He shanked a 36-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, had an extra point blocked in the third and then sent the ensuing kickoff out of bounds. Luckily for UW, he was not the only one with kicking issues Saturday night in Madison.

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The Badger offense is far from Rose Bowl form, but it showed a commitment to its staple run-heavy approach Saturday night.

Redshirt senior left tackle Rick Wagner stressed earlier this week that the offensive line wanted to see more run plays called. He thought the linemen were losing their identity after their dismal performance at Oregon State. Even offensive coordinator Matt Canada said the team “got off track” during the loss. Well, Wagner’s wish came true for the most part, as Wisconsin passers Danny O’Brien and Joel Stave attempted only 16 passes, seven of which were completed. The team rushed the ball 43 times, up from the 23 attempts last week at Oregon State. Sure, the Badgers racked up a very mediocre 3.5 yards per rush, but the fact that they showed confidence in the running game and the offensive line—even after a very distracting and unusual week—proves that the Badgers are not going to be drifting away from typical Wisconsin football anytime soon. “I think we just have to stay true to what we are,” head coach Bret Bielema said. The offensive line was bound

to be heavily critiqued after the firing of Mike Markuson, but after the 16-14 win Saturday night there was a noticed improvement, even though it was plagued by a slew of false start penalties in the first half. Those penalties might have been an indicator of coming out a little too amped after a stressful week for the unit. “I think so,” redshirt junior offensive lineman Ryan Groy said of the pregame excitement. “First play, I jumped offside and we were really hyped, it’s a Camp Randall night game kind of thing. You’re ready to go, you’re ready to go after somebody, you know? It’ll get you, but we have to work on that too. “Coach [Bart] Miller was really calm all week. He was prepared for the moment,” he added. Even though the Badgers only mustered 16 points, six of which came on a Kenzel Doe punt return midway through the third quarter, improvement and the sense of urgency that Badger players mentioned countless times after practice this week was definitely seen. “It was a lot more comfortable,” senior running back Montee Ball

said of the run game. “[There were] a lot more opportunities for me to be one-on-one, which I need to focus on and be better at. “But we didn’t expect for the offensive line, with one week of preparation with the new coach, to come out and part the sea every single play,” Ball said. “But you can clearly see a difference.” Ball finished with 139 yards on 37 attempts with one score. Redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon had two carries for 18 yards and junior running back James White added 11 yards on three carries. “Honestly all I can say from this game is you can see that we had a little identity,” Ball said. “We found our identity a little in the second half.” After scoring only three points in the first half, something needed to change, especially in an environment where fans have been accustomed to seeing 20-30 points in a single half on a regular basis. One of those changes was another bold one by Bielema, as he

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