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Ofﬁcials reveal plan to reduce sexual assault By Robert Taylor THE DAILY CARDINAL
UW-Madison ofﬁcials partnered with student advocacy groups and law enforcement Thursday to unveil a new campuswide initiative to address the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
“The statistics are shocking: 1 in 4 to 1 in 5 women will experience this violence.” Lori Berquam dean of students UW-Madison
UW-Madison will unify its many efforts to prevent sexual assault and increase education on campus under a new program called Evoc, according to ofﬁcials. Evoc aims to increase visibility on campus for the many projects made possible by a $300,000 highly competitive grant awarded by the U.S.
Department of Justice and administered by University Health Services. Administrators, the student organization Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and law enforcement said too much progress on the issue of sexual violence had been made to risk moving backward by reducing efforts in prevention, education and survivor assistance. “I am a survivor of domestic violence as a college student over 15 years ago when I went to a small university,” said Shannon Berry, director of domestic-abuse intervention services in Dane County, noting that she had been moved by the Evoc announcement into sharing her story. “Reaching out to the dean of students, ... at that time I was simply told, ‘Perhaps you simply need to work on your communication skills,’” she said. Dean of Students Lori Berquam said UW-Madison treats seriously all instances of sexual assault, domestic assault page 3
DNA samples of 12,000 felons missing from database By Hannah Furfaro THE DAILY CARDINAL
DNA from 12,000 convicted felons is missing from the statewide DNA database, according to a memo from the Wisconsin Department of Justice released Wednesday. The missing DNA samples include that of Walter Ellis, who is suspected of killing seven Milwaukee women. The DOJ discovered the missing DNA records after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen conducted an investigation of Ellis’ DNA proﬁle. According to a statement from Van Hollen, Ellis’ sample contained fingerprints and DNA from another inmate. “I think people should have known it was messed up because they had two samples from the same guy and none from Ellis. There was recognition there was a mess-up, but not a recognition we should do something about it,” John Pray, co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the UW-Madison Law School, said. The statement said the DNA Data Bank identified the sample as a duplicate in 2001 but did not take action to collect a correct sample. Pray said correct DNA samples could have prevented a 2007 murder Ellis is suspected of committing and freed one of his clients who spent 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
“It’s astounding and it’s important to get those people in [the database], because there’s other cases that are hanging in the balance,” he said. Eric Peterson, spokesperson for state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, the chair of the Committee on Judiciary and Corrections, said the Department of Corrections and the DOJ will be brought before the committee for comment. “I think there’s a lot of work to be done both by the Department of Corrections and by the State Crime Lab. One of the major problems in the justice system is that information is not well shared at times across the departments,” he said. Pray said there are safeguards to prevent fraudulent sampling, such as the use of identification cards for inmates. He said it is highly unlikely that many of the 12,000 missing DNA samples were caused by fraud, but said it is still “extremely important” to fix the database. Peterson said blame for the missing DNA has yet to be determined. “I don’t want to point fingers to say who exactly is at fault, but someone is at fault, and it had dire consequences,” Pray said. State Rep. Leon Young, DMilwaukee, requested an audit of how the DOC and DOJ handle DNA and other criminal evidence Thursday.
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Members of the city’s Downtown Coordinating Committee held a student forum at Memorial Union Thursday night to begin preparations for Freakfest, the annual city-sponsored Halloween event.
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Student input sought for Halloween planning By Maggie DeGroot THE DAILY CARDINAL
As Halloween and State Street’s Freakfest get closer, it brings both anticipation and anxiety. At the city’s Downtown Coordinating Committee meeting Thursday at Memorial Union, members said it was important to create both a safe and fun environment for this year’s Halloween. Although the committee said they are excited for the event, it also has a large task to plan it and make sure it turns out to be memorable. Joel Plant, a member of the DCC, explained that since Halloween 2002, there has been
incremental progress in issues such as safety and public costs. Plant said the public cost of Halloween has declined 14 percent from 2008 and 41 percent from 2007. He said this can be improved upon with more smart purchases of materials and by reusing items from previous years. Students from several organizations, including the Associated Students of Madison, attended the meeting. It was suggested by some at the meeting that a student-led committee could team up with the DCC to help with events like Halloween and the Mifflin Street
Block Party. Adam Johnson, chair of the ASM Legislative Affairs Committee, said he wants to work more closely with local committees such as the DCC so future events will be more student-oriented. Some committee members said they were open to the idea, and members said they hope to work with students in the future. The Badger football game against Purdue will take place on Halloween. Members of the committee emphasized that the football game coinciding with Halloween could actually halloween page 3
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A student talks to a representative from General Mills at the Fall Career Forum 2009 in the Kohl Center Thursday night.
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ANDREW LAHR spare me the lahrcasm
t was a warm, breezy night as I wandered through Library Mall toward my apartment, on my way back from one of my regular Chicken Wrap and Mojo binges at the Union. As I passed the water fountains and headed toward the bookstore, I knew what lay ahead of me. The crazed, pushy pamphleteers would be out in full force, ready to cram every piece of the world’s worries right down my throat. This is the point at which I usually take a few moments to mentally prep myself for the roughly 30 seconds of verbal onslaught awaiting me. Before I even made it to the Amnesty International table I noticed something was awry—there was something noticeably missing from the regular “sanctimonious” feel usually present at Library Mall. At ﬁrst glance, everything seemed the same, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Stanley, the most zealous of the aggressive, evangelical picketers on State and
Lake Street, must have discovered what I had feared he might: that not one of the many passersby gives two shits about what he has to say. I don’t know why, but my day didn’t feel complete without chuckling to myself at the shouted forewarnings of eternal damnation awaiting my seemingly depraved soul. I didn’t think much more of the situation until a few days later when a few friends and I stepped into a local pub, and there, red-faced and slumped over the bar, was a very downtrodden looking Stanley. A tattered Bible lay symbolically at his side as he downed a frothy Guinness quicker than I’d ever seen any thirsty Irish man. This was my opportunity to get to know a man who had stared me right in the eye many times and told me endless ﬂame awaited me. He seemed more approachable without his makeshift sign quoting the more terrifying parts of the Old Testament, so I took a seat and introduced myself. Stanley had a vacant look in his eyes, obviously upset over his recent life realization. He was slow to respond to my hello. “Hello young blasphemer,” he said as he grabbed his Bible and moved it away from me nervously. “I swear no
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ERICA ANDRIST sex columnist Hey, I was reading the sex column in the Badger Herald this week (sorry) and...it said that “analingus” is safe “if you and your partner are potty trained and wipe.” Is that true? I feel like that could be really unhealthy and I was wondering if you had any further information. Sincerely, Extra Counseling On Licking Invited
hygiene practices like using toilet paper and showering every now and again. However, Tristan notes if our poop “isn’t perfect—due to poor diet, stress, constipation, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal problems—there may be more fecal matter present in the rectum.” So, as in most sexual situations, it’s important to be aware of what our bodies are doing and how they’re feeling as we engage in new activities.
Just because we poop from our anuses does not mean they are covered in poop 24/7, or that there’s always a big load of feces just waiting for oral sex play to commence.
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in my body... I can scream revelations word for word pretty loud in any direction, but that’s about it. You damn kids and your sex, drugs and Rock N’ Roll... maybe I should have moved to rural Alabama, there’s plenty of well-mannered, educated people down there.” He threw back a shot of Wild Turkey like it was nothing, and with that, Stanley let me know that he had to be on his way. He did some strange genuﬂect before he left the bar and said he had to go home to repent for the massive amounts of alcohol he had just consumed, and ﬁll out an application for a gas-station attendant position. So don’t be surprised when picking up a pack of cigs or a coke, if the clerk begins speaking in tongues and spewing scripture as they hand you your change. State Street may never be the same without the mildly amusing antics of Stanley, and his famous “Holier-than-thou” picketing; I know I will miss being harassed indiscriminately as I cross the street, or at least until I hit the “Freedom from Religion” booth. Flustered by crazy evangelicals? Email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts.
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one in this God-forsaken town knows that retribution is on their doorstep.” I agreed, scared that if I didn’t I would cause an unnecessary scene (I’ve seen the look Stanley gets in his eye at the sight of sacrilege). “Not even Tina the homeless lady stops by anymore to achieve salvation, and the lord almighty knows you college kids won’t listen to a friggin’ thing I say.” It seemed like Stanley was ﬁnally coming around to the fact that State Street could quite possibly be the worst place in the Midwest for his daily rant. I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for the poor fellow, so I added my two cents. “Have you ever considered spicing up your evangelizing?” I asked. “Spicing up?” Stanley seemed taken aback, “The last thing this city needs is more spice; I want to see repentance damn it!” I cautiously proceeded. “Do you have any skills, Stanley? Could you maybe make your angry rant into more of a song and dance, or at least shout your views in a funny accent or something?” He looked disgusted at the idea. “Dancing is the devil’s work, and besides I don’t have a creative bone
Dear E COLI, First, best sign-off ever. Second, no need to apologize for getting your sexual health information from more than one source; it’s great when people use the multitude of sexual health resources available to them, and it’s extra great when people go out of their way to verify something that doesn’t sit quite right with them. Third, to start in on your question, we’re going to do a quick anatomy lesson. The anus is the opening in our bodies that we poop out of. I hope this is not earth-shattering for anyone. Analingus (aka rimming, tossing the salad, shining the spokes) is the act of performing oral sex on the anus. However, just because we poop from our anuses does not mean they are covered in poop 24/7, or that there’s always a big load of feces just waiting for oral sex play to commence. According to Tristan Taormino in The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, “Feces is stored in the colon, and only moves into the rectum just before a bowel movement.” This is how we know we have to go���we recognize the feeling of feces descending into the rectum. When we have this feeling, it may not be the best time to engage in anal sex play. But at other times of the day, the anus and rectum are generally free of fecal matter if you and your partner are following normal
Although poop is therefore not a great concern when it comes to anal sex play, I think E COLI is alluding to another concern with that (butt) cheeky little sign-off. Even in the most sparkling clean anus, there may be bacteria that we cannot see. Thus, it is possible for analingus to transmit certain infections, such as E. coli or salmonella, which are typically considered “food-borne” illnesses. Additionally, many common STIs can be spread through a good salad-tossing, including herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea (both of these are bacterial and can grow in your throat or anal canal) and hepatitis. If you are feeling squeamish or unsure of you or your partner’s STI status, a sex dam can be used to eliminate direct contact. A sex dam is a thin sheet of latex or polyurethane which can be placed between one person’s mouth and another person’s butt (or vulva) to minimize the risk of STI transmission. One other thing—I know I probably freaked some of you out when I talked about E. coli and salmonella back there. I’m going to take an unusually harsh stance here and recommend that you get over it. Oral-fecal contact happens all. The. Time. People don’t wash their hands after they use the bathroom, and then they touch the same doorknobs and elevator buttons that
you do. People oversleep and don’t bother to shower/change their underwear before they come to class, and then their quick nobody’s-looking ass scratch equals poop particles on the chair you’ll be sitting in next. You snuggle up with your cat at night, and her sweet little paws just got done burying a big giant cat turd. This might be gross—but it’s a fact of life. We have immune systems for a reason. Once we recognize anal sex play is no germier than just about any other activity we engage in, sexual or otherwise, we can begin to appreciate just how awesome it can be. The anus is heavily innervated. It has to be—it’s essentially lined with muscle, and if there were no nerves back there, when the urge came upon you in lecture, you’d have no choice but to just shit all over. When they’re stimulated, whether with a tongue, ﬁnger, toy, penis or toe, all those nerve endings can add up to serious pleasure. Remember to take it slow at ﬁrst—all that aforementioned muscle needs to be worked slowly, so listen to what your body is telling you, especially if your anal play includes penetration. Another necessity for anal penetration is lube—the ass does not lubricate itself, so copious amounts of lube will make anal penetration safer and more pleasurable for both partners. And speaking of safety, all the rules about safer sex still apply, so unless you and your partner are monogamous, ﬂuidbonded and/or aware of your current STI status, barrier methods like dams, gloves, or condoms are important. So in a nutsack, E COLI, the answer to your question is yes—while there are some risks associated with analingus, the act itself is no riskier than any other kind of oral sex play. Further, whatever the activity we’re engaging in, we can always minimize the risks associated with that activity by using barriers, getting tested, etc. Thanks again for your question, and thanks to everyone who’s been emailing; it’s been wonderful to hear your feedback. No ifs, ands or butts about it. Have a burning desire you need satisﬁed next Friday? E-mail email@example.com.
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Protestors call for single-payer health-care plan at Capitol rally By Hannah Furfaro THE DAILY CARDINAL
Supporters of a single-payer healthcare system rallied at the Capitol Thursday with members of Mad as Hell Doctors and state Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona. Mad as Hell Doctors, a group of physicians from Oregon, are traveling around the country bringing their message of a single-payer health system to rallies in major cities. Miller opened the event on the Capitol steps. He discussed his role as a supporter of the Wisconsin Health Security Act and said the bill would position Wisconsin to become the ﬁrst state to provide universal health care. Miller said a majority of Wisconsin state senators are committed to healthcare reform and called health coverage a right for all. “It is our right regardless of whether we are rich or poor, regardless of whether or where we work, regardless of if we are young or old, ... regardless of if we are sick or well, regardless of whether we are brown, white, black or yellow.” John Nichols, a writer for The Capital Times and The Nation, enthusiastically saluted the crowd by saying, “Welcome to the real town-hall meeting.” He criticized statements asserting a single-payer option would allow “death panels” and said compromising on health care is not an option.
At the mention of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who unveiled a new health-care plan earlier this week, the crowd chanted “mad as hell.” Members of Mad as Hell Doctors discussed why they joined the group after the opening speakers. “I’m mad as hell about the way the government of the United States has ignored the wishes that all of us have,” Dr. Eugene Uphoff, a native
of Dane County, said. “The majority of physicians, about 59 percent right now, and the majority of Americans, about 70 to 72 percent, want to have a single-payer system.” Attendees at the rally were allowed to take the microphone for a “mad as hell minute” at the closing of the rally. Participants shared their views on health-care reform and told personal stories.
halloween from page 1 be beneﬁcial to Freakfest. Central District Cpt. Mary Schauf of the Madison Police Department said there would be a
STATE NEWS IN BRIEF Unemployment drops to 8.4 percent Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is down for the third month in a row, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced Thursday. DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman said though unemployment is declining, the department recognizes that many people are still out of work. “We are committed to doing all that we can to keep the economy moving forward and help job seekers and displaced workers gain employment,”
Gassman said in a statement. The unemployment rate for August was 8.4 percent, down almost a full percentage point from June’s 9.2 percent rate. However, in August 2008, the state had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, 3.8 percentage points lower than August of this year. Nationally, August saw a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, which is down 0.1 percent from July but 3.5 percentage points higher than the national rate in August 2008.
State Rep. Brett Davis throws his hat in ring for lieutenant governor race
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Wisconsinites and members of Mad as Hell Doctors rallied at the Capitol Thursday, calling for a single-payer health-care plan.
House OKs student aid act, but ASM objects The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act Wednesday, which would invest almost $500 million in ﬁnancial aid for students throughout Wisconsin. The act would increase the maximum annual Pell Grant to $5,550 by 2010 and $6,900 by 2019, compared to the current $4,050. The act would move all future federal loans into the Direct Loan program and attempt to simplify FAFSA forms with the goal of making applying for student aid a smoother and more reliable process. The bill would also expand the
Federal Perkins Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to students. Members of the Associated Students of Madison, however, said after taking a closer look at the act they believe it may adversely affect UW-Madison students who receive aid through the program. “Under the current law, Perkins Loan interest rates don’t start occurring until nine months after you graduate, so that’s almost ﬁve years of not having interest,” Adam Johnson, chair of the ASM Legislative Affairs Committee, said.
“Under the new proposal, they can occur immediately, so that can add up to almost 40 percent of the cost of the loan.” Johnson said the act may also cancel loan forgiveness provisions for teachers and nurses. “With such a big education and nursing school here, that’s another big problem for us,” he said. Johnson said ASM plans to work with other student governments throughout Wisconsin to show their disapproval for the legislation, which will now move on to discussion in the U.S. Senate. —Kelsey Gunderson
diverse crowd at Freakfest, including the UW alumni band, who would potentially want to attend the festivities, including the headlining band, Third Eye Blind. Schauf said the MPD has
decided to switch from a threeshift plan to a five-shift plan of patrols for monitoring Freakfest. Doing so, she said, would enable more efficient and continuous coverage by officers.
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Dean of Students Lori Berquam discussed the university’s updated plans for combating sexual assault and assisting victims.
violence and stalking on campus. “UW is continuing to take a proactive stance against domestic violence,” she said. “The statistics are shocking: 1 in 4 to 1 in 5 women will experience this violence.” Berquam said the university is committed to making it easier for victims to report sexual assault and that the crime of sexual assault is never the victim’s fault, regardless of their choice to drink. The new Evoc program will have benchmarks based on the number of incoming students who complete an online training course. Preliminary evidence suggests the online program is working, according to Carmen Hotvedt, student services coordinator at UHS.
State Rep. Brett Davis, ROregon, filed for a possible run for lieutenant governor in the 2010 race Thursday. Davis said his campaign will focus primarily on the economy and job creation. The most recent candidate to enter the race, Davis filed paperwork Thursday that allows him to begin gathering resources for a campaign. He said he will spend the coming months traveling around the state to discuss his ideas with Wisconsin citizens. Davis has not yet confirmed
his candidacy. “I expect to make a ﬁnal decision on a campaign later this year,” he said in a statement. Other candidates from both sides of the aisle are also vying for the position. Superior Mayor Dave Ross, a Republican, filed to run July 3. Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinksi, a Democrat, announced his candidacy Aug. 25. Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton will vacate the seat in 2010. She announced her candidacy for governor in August.
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The Daily Cardinal’s guide to the Forward Music Festival Friday Terrior Bute 8 p.m. - Orpheum Lobby The ﬁrst time I saw Terrior Bute—their name is misspelled as “Terrior Blue” on the FMF09 website—was in a basement on the east side of Milwaukee nicknamed “The Vault”. And, simply put, I went bazonkers for them. I quickly realized I was pogo-ing in front of the local masters of galvanizing yelps, rollicking drums and somewhat kitschy, highly catchy synths. If you’re looking for a new band to get (platonically) sweaty with, these are your guys. For fans of: Devo, keytars and Sparks-brand malt liquor energy drink Archie Powell & the Exports 9:30 p.m. - Project Lodge Archie Powell & the Exports deserve some ﬂak for bailing out on their Madison home to move to the greener pastures of Chicago, but at least they make up for it with some catchy hooks. Frontman Archie Powell, formerly Nick Junkunc of Milwaukee/Madison alt-rockers The Box Social, shows off a more pop-focused side with his current venture. Reminiscent of Elvis Costello or Paul Westerberg without sounding too derivative, the Exports already put on a relatively polished live show for a band that only released their ﬁrst EP in June. For fans of: Suits, Pabst and graphic design Sleeping in the Aviary 11 p.m. - High Noon Saloon Once a Madison staple, Sleeping in the Aviary recently moved to the burgeoning Minnesota music scene, but they’re gracing the High Noon Saloon’s stage this Friday for what should prove to be a characteristically exhilarating show. Combining heart-stopping guitar riffs and breakneck drums, Sleeping in the Aviary built a name for themselves as one of the most exciting live shows around; and now that they no longer call this wonderful town home, this show becomes even more of a must-see. For fans of: Musical saws, sock puppets and fun YACHT 11 p.m. - Orpheum Lobby Over Jona Bechtol’s obsessively produced beats and hand claps, YACHT’s songs are distilled electro-pop joy. Bechtol’s stage presence is nothing short of inspiring as he skips and struts like a vaudeville pro. With the addition of Claire L. Evans, this year’s See Mystery Lights tones down the freneticism of 2007’s I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real. Still, come ready to throw down. For fans of: Bonﬁres, LSD and jungle animal paraphernalia. Ra Ra Riot 12 a.m. - High Noon Saloon How do I start this? Ra Ra Riot are a bunch of conceited, snobby blowhards in the same vein of Vampire Weekend who play over-produced pop music with a cellist. But on the other hand, they’re really catchy and they have two excessively cute girls (one of them the cellist). On top of that, their unsophisticated ivy league pop has enough energy to hold up well in a live setting. For fans of: Ralph Lauren, Vampire Weekend and really cute girls
Saturday Maps & Atlases 8 p.m. - Project Lodge Sometimes I get extremely tired of hearing pop songs with the snare on every second and fourth beat. This is about the time that I put on Maps and Atlases. The incredibly tight spas-pop quartet is sure to pull you in with their obtuse time signatures, esoteric guitar tapping and earnest vocals. Live, they channel their adeptness for supersonic polyrhythmic pop into a set that adequately displays chops beyond that of mere mortals. Amidst the bombast, make sure to listen closely to singer Dave Davidson’s equally forceful word choices as the band parades you idiosyncratically into the remainder of the festival. For fans of: Toy pianos, face melting and ﬂannel
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Jay-Z’s third post-retirement album fails to feature the slick street rhymes on which he built his name.
Jay-Z comes up limping By Justin Stephani THE DAILY CARDINAL
Jay-Z’s rollercoaster of a postretirement recording career ﬂips back and forth with each release, coming up short and surpassing expectations when least expected. On 2006’s Kingdom Come, everybody expected The Black Album plus one. Instead we found an overproduced, underrhymed pop/rap album. Then the subtly released, unofﬁcial soundtrack American Gangster contends for deﬁning gangster rap album of the last ﬁve years, while he ironically declared, “It’s only entertainment.” A modest statement coming from his realist release since The Blueprint, but on The Blueprint 3, it comes to fruition.
Yet as consistent as Jay-Z is, The Blueprint 3 rarely ﬁnds him trying to do something truly meaningful.
Heavy on production, hooks and help from friends, Jay-Z’s latest can’t help but show ﬂashes of brilliance when balance is struck, but overall, keeps itself mediocre. Assisted by the ﬁrst two singles, the front half dominates the lackluster conclusion and sparse middle of the album. “What We Talkin’ About,” features glamorous production similar to Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights,” and relies on some of Jay’s most animated rhymes on the album.
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” the ﬁrst single, rides a stomping beat and slightly sophisticated production tailored to Jay-Z’s often-lurching ﬂow. Rihanna can’t help but dominate “Run This Town,” which is more than supported by Jay’s verses, even if Kanye disappoints in every way.
The Blueprint 3 Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind,” the ﬁfth and best track on the album, also marks the conclusion of the stellar start to The Blueprint 3. Alicia Keys lays down an intoxicating hook more unassuming than Rihanna’s and more reﬂective to match the tone of the song. Jay ﬁnds a rich source of inspiration for rhymes in his home state, and the production matches perfectly, painting a picture of him contemplatively walking back through his old neighborhood. However, the next several tracks come crashing down around him as he relies too much on his supporting cast. Young Jeezy kills “Real as it Gets” with verses of utmost simplicity and predictability. “On to The Next One” speeds up the exact same beat as Lil’ Wayne’s “A Milli,” one of the least creative songs from Tha Carter 3. And Drake’s contributions
to “Off That” are forgettable at best, but luckily, these duds are the exception rather than the rule. The second half holds the more imaginative and substantive tracks when compared to the single-ready hits that start off the album. “Venus vs. Mars” rides an understated but very reliable beat from Timbaland, and “Hate” is easily the best contribution by Kanye, and by far the most creative song on the album. “Already Home” and “So Ambitious,” the latter produced by the Neptunes, portray Jay-Z as a loyal and worthy collaborator as he follows the hooks and beats given to him, and ﬂeshes them out into stellar tracks. Yet as consistent as Jay-Z is, The Blueprint 3 rarely ﬁnds him trying to do something truly meaningful with his raps. Still immaculate at giving his rhymes the freedom to organically create form and structure, he is truly Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s reincarnate in the rap game. But this doesn’t give him an excuse to lack substantive content, which deﬁnitely plagues the lacking half of this album, where he relies on the work of others to make up for his uninspired subject matter. Regardless of these ﬂaws, The Blueprint 3 ﬁts snugly between Kingdom Come and American Gangster. Showing glimpses of both the glossy former and the raw latter, he has created an amazingly love-hate record. Impatient to hear some and eager to skip a handful, Jay’s latest is undeniably a worthy chapter in his catalogue, while remaining equally as imperfect.
Take a vacation with the new release from Islands By Emily Crain THE DAILY CARDINAL
Islands, an indie pop band from Montreal, are set to release their third album, Vapours. While their last album, Arm’s Way, was ﬁlled with songs with a lighter feeling and a sense of eeriness, Vapours contains music that feels heavier and more upbeat. The album consists of tunes that bring your mind toward the beach and focuses on reviving retro tunes to ﬁt the modern era. For those who need a more popular reference of more common bands in the past decades, one could compare Islands to a mix of the Beach Boys and the
Beatles. The song “Vapours” will remind you of groovier times of the past. The album has the retro feel that is being revived. Retro is taking over our present world in our fashion style, and it only makes sense that this would happen for music as well.
Vapours Islands Islands deﬁnitely have the ability to give their listeners a taste of the past and what is ahead for music.
The album is an excellent playlist for when you’re chilling in your room, pondering your schedule for the next day, brainstorming for a writing topic or reminiscing about the past. The mix of drums, retro beats and occasional jazz instru-
ments, such as trumpet and saxophone, appeal to everyone’s personal taste, just as a long as you aren’t a hard-core, spitting-beats, listening-to-old-Tupac-albums and contemplating on recording your own crime-inspired rap demo type of person. In that case, this album is probably not for you. Anyone else who likes to take a mental trip to a calmer place like an island or beach, though, will ﬁnd great pleasure in Vapours. Islands is a band of just that, creating a musical picture of what life on an island itself would be like. In the song “Everything Is Under Control,” there is even a faint background sound of oceanic waves to make the
picture clearer. A few of the songs, like “On Foreigner,” feel like a complete dream sequence, like you should be among dancing hippies holding up peace signs in the 1960s, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, retro is in. The album as a whole is great. The songs are easy to listen to, and some have catchy grooves. Islands deﬁnitely have the ability to give their listeners a taste of the past and what is ahead for music. Vapours is a good mix of retro beats, jazz sounds and calm singing. As someone who had never heard of the band before, I will deﬁnitely be adding them to my iTunes playlist.
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Weekend, September 18-20, 2009
By Maggie Bahrmasel and Evan Giesemann COLLEGE DEMOCRATS
During Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency last year, he declared health-care reform a top priority. Today, almost eight months after coming into ofﬁce with the support of a wide majority of Americans, Obama is in the middle of the biggest policy ﬁght of his political career. He is pushing for the most prominent changes in our health care structure since Medicare was implemented in 1964. Although it has not been an easy few months, the rest of the year may very well be just as difﬁcult. The President is continuing to push for what he advocated during the campaign: a better health-care system that is fair for the American people.
Obama is in the middle of the biggest policy ﬁght of his political career.
Our health-care and insurance industries are long overdue for major reform. Currently, over 46 million Americans are without health care coverage, and millions more are underinsured. Additionally, skyrocketing prices, limited coverage, and underwriting are hurting average Americans who do have some form
of insurance. Small businesses are struggling because they cannot afford health care for their workers, and people are constantly being dropped from their coverage due to a pre-existing condition. The need for reform is obvious, and this administration is completely invested in ﬁxing these complex issues this year. Last week, Obama addressed the members of Congress to clearly and forcefully lay out his plan and dispel the many rumors that have been plaguing this debate. By dismissing the fear-mongering falsehoods that were spread by the Republican Party all summer, he was able to bring the discussion back to the real issues facing real Americans. Though there are many proposals ﬂoating around Congress right now, the president outlined the components he expects to see in the bill he will sign. First, Obama draws a line in the sand when it comes to covering people with pre-existing conditions. He will not support a plan that still allows insurance companies to underwrite those with previous illnesses or conditions. Additionally, any bill he signs must eliminate extra charges for preventative care so that medical problems will be caught before they become too serious. The president also stressed the need for more competition in the health insurance marketplace. He offers the idea of a government-run public insurance option to compete with current private insurance providers. It would
drive down costs of private health care simply by adding more competition to the marketplace. This public option, the most controversial aspect of Obama’s proposal, is just that—an option. Nobody would be required to switch from their current insurance plan to the public plan. It is simply a choice for people who cannot afford any other type of coverage. Initially the president wanted to be able to sign a health care reform bill into law before the August recess. Instead, it is now mid-September and it is unclear if Congress will be able to come to a consensus in the next two months. Every day that goes by without the passing of a strong reform bill is another day that countless Americans are unable to get the health care they need.
This public option, the most controversial aspect of the proposal is just that—an option.
It is now more important than ever that supporters of reform mobilize and show our representatives in Congress that we as Americans expect progress. Average Americans overwhelmingly support reform of the health care system. But it’s not enough to simply want change: we must act. We must contact our representatives and voice our opinions. Pressure from the fringe rightwing of the country dominated the debate all summer; it is time to reclaim the discussion for the victims of the current system. The time for action is now. We must mobilize to push for real reform, or risk being stuck in the same broken system for decades to come. Maggie Bahrmasel and Evan Giesemann are both members of the College Democrats. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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law school difficult enough without bar
aw school is hell. Ask your average ﬁrst year what their life is like, and chances are their answer will involve screaming, incoherent frustrated mutterings and a whimper or two. Maybe even a little sobbing. Law students start off with a huge workload that fails to let up until they graduate three years later. And even after that wondrous graduation day, there is still the looming spectacle of the bar exam hanging over them, just waiting to squeeze that last extra teaspoon of life out of those enterprising legal minds. But in Wisconsin, law school grads can breathe a sigh of relief once they leave the hallowed halls of their alma maters—so long as they attended either the University of Wisconsin Law School or Marquette Law School. Thanks to Wisconsin’s diploma privilege program, any student who graduates from one of the two law schools in the state is exempt from taking the bar exam. Students from out-of-state law schools such as Minnesota or Northwestern are still required to take the Wisconsin Bar, and Wisconsin students will still need to take the exam in other states, but for those who both attain their education and practice law in the state of Wisconsin, no testing is required. But if a recent lawsuit ﬁled against diploma privilege goes through, this program may be no more. Waukesha attorney Christopher Wiesmueller brought forth the lawsuit, claiming the policy is unconstitutional under the premise that it discriminates against non-residents.
At issue is whether graduates from Wisconsin’s two law schools are actually better qualified to practice in the state, and whether that merits giving them a free pass on the bar exam. Wisconsin law school officials claim that they are. A Wisconsin or Marquette education ensures that an attorney is more well-versed in the details of Wisconsin law, and as there are only two law schools in state it is easy for them to be monitored closely. Anyone ambitious enough to take a look at the course offerings of both schools will clearly see that each offers numerous courses that are tailored to a uniquely Wisconsin legal education.
In many ways this is the purpose of public education, to educate and retain students.
This also gives graduates of the two law schools a small incentive to remain in the state of Wisconsin. In many ways this is the purpose of public education, to educate and retain students, and something like diploma privilege could be the tipping point for some. But simmering under the legal grounds of the lawsuit is the issue of whether the bar exam in really all that necessary for Wisconsin students. It would seem that a diploma proving you had completed three grueling years of legal study is a better indicator of one’s possible legal success than a single twoday exam. And considering that attorneys educated at Wisconsin law schools are only marginally more likely to be investigated for ethics complaints than other attorneys, it seems there is little statistical need to weed people out using the bar exam. That’s not to say the bar exam serves no purpose. For the hundreds of law schools across the country that lie outside Wisconsin’s borders, it is impossible to tell if their graduates have substantial knowledge of our state’s laws. Again this is the most important part about the concept of diploma privilege, that those educated in state get a small beneﬁt for not going elsewhere and that all practicing lawyers in Wisconsin have a sound understanding of the state and it’s local laws. Wisconsin law students don’t have it easy. If they are going to stay in-state and apply their wares, they deserve a reward for all they have accomplished— and we feel it is right for them to receive one.
Weekend, September 18-20, 2009
Wisconsin heads west with tough path on the horizon By Jack Doyle THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Dalton had 15 saves in her ﬁrst four starts in 2009, including seven during her ﬁrst game.
The Wisconsin women’s soccer team (4-2-1) is headed west for the weekend where they will play in the Nike Invitational in Stanford, California. Coming off a narrow win versus North Dakota State and an epic comeback victory against DePaul, the Badgers have their ﬁrst winning streak of the season going into the tournament. Maintaining that streak will not be an easy task for Wisconsin as they face two ranked opponents in No. 12 Santa Clara on Friday and No. 3 Stanford on Sunday. Although the Badgers have a respectable record against these two teams (1-1 against Santa Clara and 21 against Stanford), their most recent meetings have not been pretty. In 1994, Wisconsin was defeated 4-0 by Santa Clara, and was beaten 2-0 by Stanford back in 2000. Asked what the team can do to prepare for the upcoming tournament, head coach Paula Wilkins said the team must work on its defense and its passing efﬁciency.
FALL BADGER BITS Volleyball Wisconsin scooped up a pair of non-conference victories Wednesday on the road, downing Green Bay, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20. The Badgers are now 5-4 and on a twogame win streak on the heels of a 3-0 sweep last Saturday at the hands of New Mexico State. “We’re glad to put back-to-back wins together and now we’ll have a week to prepare and rest up for Iowa and Big Ten play,” head coach Pete Waite said. Up next for the Badgers is an in-conference clash with Iowa next Wednesday at the UW Field House. The game is Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener, which starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network. Tennis Both the men’s and women’s squads will begin their 2009 fall season tonight at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. The men will face Ball State, Marquette and Northwestern, and the women will play Alabama, Western Michigan and Marquette. Cross Country The initial Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Cross Country National rankings came out Tuesday, and both the men’s and women’s sides received high marks. The men’s squad is No. 4 in the poll, and the women are No. 15. Last season the men’s team ﬁnished fourth in the NCAA Championship, while the women’s team ﬁnished 21st. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report
vick from page 8 The Eagles took a big gamble on Vick and have already received backlash and protest from many organizations. Despite this, the franchise has stood ﬁrmly behind its decision, a commendable attitude. Without a doubt, McNabb is the team’s starting quarterback when healthy. But now, with McNabb’s status in jeopardy, I feel it would be a shame for the Eagles not to give Vick a chance as quarterback or at least some time in a proposed wildcat offense. It seems to me that McNabb’s injury has paved the way for a rare opportunity, one that many pro football fans would take an active interest in. The Eagles are already in an unconventional situation, so why not promote a player with tremendous upside and everything to prove? Some advice to the Eagles; take a chance on Vick while you still can. When his time is over in Philadelphia, he might actually show you what he’s capable of, this time as the opposition. Think Vick should stay parked on the bench behind Kevin Kolb and Jeff Garcia? Let Matt know at email@example.com.
The Santa Clara Broncos (32-0) gained national attention after they took down No. 5 Notre Dame, who beat the Badgers, 3-0, and No. 7 Purdue. The Broncos have multiple scoring threats, as seven different players have scored their eight goals this season. The Badgers have only allowed four goals this season. It will be up to Wisconsin goalkeepers Michele Dalton and Lauren Gunderson, who have a combined four shutouts between them, to fend off the imposing Santa Clara offense. If the Wisconsin defense is able to hold the Broncos to one goal or fewer and the offense shows up like they did against DePaul, this is deﬁnitely a winnable game for the Badgers. Stanford (7-0-0) presents an even more daunting task for Wisconsin. The Cardinal have scored an astounding 23 goals this season, with eight coming from senior captain Kelley O’Hara. O’Hara will be a handful for the Badger defense, being the nation’s top projected player for the third consecutive year. She has three assists
wofford from page 8 to a Bowl Subdivision team this season, a 40-7 loss to South Florida. In 2006, however, the Terriers stuck with South Carolina in the Gamecocks’ stadium, and were 10 yards away from going to overtime, before falling 27-20. One break for Wisconsin came in the form of a season ending injury to sophomore Terrier fullback Eric Breitenstein, who was leading the team in rushing yards after two games. Breitenstein ripped off 121 yards on just 13 carries against South Florida, a team known for its stout defense. The Badgers had quite a bit of trouble the last time they faced off against an FCS team. The Cal Poly Mustangs came to Madison last November, and lost by only one point in overtime, on a day where their place kicker missed three extra points. The Mustangs also used a runheavy option-based offense, but it had much more passing and fewer formations than Wofford’s unit. Regardless, Wisconsin struggled with quarterback runs and let Cal Poly
in addition to her eight goals. Wisconsin’s defense, however, is its strong point. It did not give up a goal until the 328th minute of the season, when then-No. 3 Notre Dame put one in the back of the net. The Stanford defense is superb as well, with goalkeeper Kira Maker being tied for ﬁfth on the all-time shutout list with sixteen in her career. Freshman Alev Kelter has been the main scoring threat for Wisconsin, as she is the only member of the squad with more than one goal. If the Badgers have any hope of winning this match they will need Kelter and the rest of the team to be on top of their games. Leaving California with two losses is a strong possibility, but Wisconsin does have the opportunity to gain national recognition if it can steal a win from either of these two ranked opponents. After the Nike Invitational, the Badgers will open Big Ten play against Purdue at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Sept. 25th. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report. accumulate 276 yards on the ground. “We saw it on ﬁlm. It was really hard to simulate an offense like that in practice,” senior defensive end O’Brien Schoﬁeld said. “Those guys, they rep it over and over and they’ve perfected it by the time they’re playing you.” During this week’s practice, the Wisconsin scout team often used a wide receiver in the quarterback position to prepare for the challenge of a fast quarterback. The biggest lesson the players and coaches took from that close call last November was a jolting reminder to take opponents from smaller schools with perhaps less talent just as seriously as they would anyone else. “It was stunning to me,” junior safety Jay Valai, who watched the Cal Poly game from the bench due to an injury, said. “What I learned from that is you got to come to every game and treat everybody with respect, because these guys, they worked their butts off in high school to get where they’re at and just keep working hard every day.”
Weekend, September 18-20, 2009
Now is the time for Vick
Terriers’ unique offense could test Wisconsin By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL
It’s not often Wisconsin plays a team whose offense makes the Badgers’ look like an aerial attack. Typically it is the Badgers carrying the mantle of the most-run heavy team on the ﬁeld. Not this weekend. Wisconsin (2-0) gets its ﬁnal tune-up for the Big Ten season Saturday with FCS foe Wofford (1-1). The Terriers bring to Camp Randall an offense as unusual as any that many of the defensive players have dealt with. “It’s got the double wing, double slot, shotgun, three backs in the back ﬁeld, four receivers on one side. You basically see it all with this offense,” senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden said. “It’s probably the most diverse offenses I’ve seen in a while.” The Wofford offense rushes around 80 percent of its plays, but
unlike most run-centric attacks, does not work mainly out of one formation. Wofford will use the shotgun and a variety of undercenter looks. It relies heavily on option plays (for the last three seasons quarterbacks have been the team’s second leading rushers), reading cues from the defense’s openings, forcing the Badgers to stay disciplined.
“It was really hard to simulate [Wofford’s] offense in practice.” O’Brien Schoﬁeld defensive end UW football
According to Wisconsin defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, the Wofford quarterback will read
MATT FOX the fox hole
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Senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden is tied with senior defensive end O’Brien Schoﬁeld for the team lead in tackles with 18. both the defensive tackles and end when executing an option, trying to ﬁnd holes in the defense. “I think the biggest thing is if you teach your kids that they need to be disciplined and take care of the job regardless of the scheme that’s coming at you, then you’re going to be OK,” Partridge said. “With the advent of spread options ... we’re really seeing options every week, it’s just a different style of
option, so that’s nice carry-over from one week to the next, when you step into a game like this.” Wofford is a contender in the FCS division, having advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season, but is not a consistent postseason presence at the level of a school like Appalachian State. Wofford lost its only other game wofford page 7
rom Kanye West and Rep. Joe Wilson to LaGarrette Blount and Serena Williams, we’ve seen our fair share of apologies in the last few weeks. All of these ﬁgures have had their time in the spotlight. But a different apology comes to mind entering Week 2 of the NFL season. Will the Philadelphia Eagles give Michael Vick a fair chance to compete? Things have certainly changed since last Sunday’s season opener. On Tuesday, Vick was ofﬁcially cleared to practice with the Eagles and is eligible to return to game action Sept. 27. This comes following Donovan McNabb’s fractured rib last Sunday and the subsequent signing of veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia. Garcia and backup Kevin Kolb will probably be ahead of Vick on the depth chart entering Week 3, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles can’t include Vick in their offensive plans. I know I’m not alone when I say that Michael Vick was deserving of the punishment he received for his involvement in dog-fighting and animal cruelty. Vick’s actions were sickening.
Wisconsin heads to Milwaukee for Panther Classic By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to right their ship this weekend after dropping a pair of contests in San Diego last weekend. For the third straight weekend, Wisconsin is competing in a three-day, fourteam tournament, as they travel to Milwaukee for the UW-Milwaukee Panther Invitational. Wisconsin (1-2-1) already faced the Panthers this season and will match up with the other two teams in the ﬁeld, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and the ninth-ranked UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos. Wisconsin faces Oakland on Friday at 5 p.m., and conclude the weekend against Santa Barbra on Sunday at noon. Both matches are to be held at Englemann Field in Milwaukee. The Badgers enter the weekend with a few lingering injuries and
illnesses. Senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath missed part of Sunday’s loss to San Diego State because of a ﬁnger injury, but is not expected to miss any more time. The team also conﬁrmed junior defenseman Cale Cooper suffered a torn ACL last weekend and will miss the rest of the season. In addition, much like other athletic squads around campus, players missed time this week with ﬂu-like symptoms. Although there have been no conﬁrmed cases of H1N1 within the soccer team, it is difﬁcult to predict how healthy the team will be this weekend. “We’re still battling through a few things,” head coach Todd Yeagley said. “It’s going to be up to game time to see how some players are feeling with some sickness and injuries, but no different than a lot of games. We’ll have plan A, B and C ready, and roll with the punches.”
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Senior defenseman Taylor Waspi has four starts so far this season. Those punches may come early and often this weekend, as the Badgers face two very talented squads. The Golden Grizzlies of Oakland (2-2-1) were an NCAA Tournament team last year, though they lost eight starters from that squad. UC-Santa Barbara (3-1) has already scored 13 times this season with a whopping 3.25 goals per game. “Santa Barbara, from what I have observed, may be as good as any team out there in the country, top to bottom,” Yeagley said. Both matchups will challenge a Badger defense that posted two shutouts opening weekend, but allowed six goals on the trip to San Diego. The defense certainly has had its issues, but senior defenseman/midﬁelder Taylor Waspi expressed conﬁdence that the Badgers will bounce back, and notes that improving execution will be a key this weekend. “[We need to focus on] details [and] having good clears,” Waspi
said. “We missed a lot of clears in California.”
“Santa Barbara may be as good as any team out there in the country, top to bottom.” Todd Yeagley head coach UW men’s soccer
After this weekend, the Badgers return to Madison for their Big Ten opener Sept. 25 against Indiana. The fact that the Badgers play the Hoosiers only enhances the excitement of conference play starting. Yeagley played collegiate soccer in Bloomington, where he was a four-time All-American. His father, Jerry, coached at Indiana and holds the NCAA record for coaching wins in men’s soccer.
As a fan of football my curiosity simply overwhelms me to see whether he still has what it takes to be successful.
However, I think it would be unfair to say that Vick got off easy with his 23-month jail sentence. He lost millions of dollars and had plenty of time to reﬂect on his poor behavior. Furthermore, Vick will likely never be able to completely repair his reputation, especially since animal-rights activists may never forgive him. The actions of the ﬁgures I mentioned at the beginning of this column cannot compete with the magnitude of the crime Vick committed. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a second chance to not only receive a spot in the NFL, but also signiﬁcant playing time, especially given the current circumstances surrounding the Eagles. Since his signing, Vick has been thoroughly apologetic, winning a lot of support from his new teammates and the Eagles organization. He knows this will be his last chance. Vick was one of the more talented players in the NFL less than three years ago, and as a fan of football, I’m curious to see whether he still has what it takes to be successful. Of course, there are still plenty of on-ﬁeld factors that will determine how soon Vick gets a chance to prove himself, one being that he hasn’t played quarterback in a regular season game since December 2006. Kolb, on the other hand, has played in only eight career games. Garcia is a seasoned veteran and a smart signing, but hasn’t played in the Eagles system since 2006. Vick showed signs of promise in the preseason and has been present at Eagles camp since August. At this point, shouldn’t he be in the mix? vick page 7