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University holds online chat about local crime By Megan Stoebig THE DAILY CARDINAL

Dean of Students Lori Berquam, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department and the Madison Police Department held a tweet chat Wednesday as the first in three upcoming events designed to share information and seek community input on campus safety following a recent increase in crime near campus. “We thought this would be a really great opportunity to be able to share what’s been going on and what we know, as well as share some important safety tips,” UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott said. Under the hashtag UWSafety, Lori Berquam, UWPD Chief Susan Riseling, MPD Captain Joe Balles and the UW-Madison twitter account answered questions from students and community members. Some of the main questions raised during the session were the cause for the increase in crime,

how the community can create a dialogue between students and police, as well as general questions about the Sept. 18 incident where a shot was fired on Langdon Street. UWPD responded that offcampus robbery incidents have increased from 26 in 2012 to 34 in 2012 from the period of May 1 to Sept. 23. A few suggestions from participants included providing WiscAlerts to the community,

bringing a SAFEride system back for students and adding more streetlights. During the chat, Berquam encouraged students walking at night to take off headphones, put away cell phones, walk in groups larger than 3 through well-lit areas and call SAFEwalk. The university will host two additional informational sessions with Berquam and Riseling in addition to other campus stakeholders.

More safety events this week Dean of Students Lori Berquam, University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department Chief Susan Riseling and Associated Students of Madison Chair David Gardner in addition to other campus stakeholders will hold a web chat Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. Those interested can join the chat at news.wisc.edu/chats/ safety_20130927.html

The third event will be a town hall meeting that will take place Sunday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m in Tripp Commons of the Memorial Union, with Berquam and Riseling among other campus stakeholders, such as SafeWalk and ASM. The events are in response to the recent state of crime on and near University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.

Four Mifflin Street homes broken into in same night Four houses on the 500 block of West Mifflin Street, a residential area close to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus and an area where many students live, were burglarized early Sunday morning, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in the report four separate buildings on the 500 block of West Mifflin Street. were broken into at approximately 3:30 a.m. In two cases, the suspects entered through unlocked doors, according to the police report. However, suspects gained entry into the other two homes through windows, DeSpain said in the incident report. DeSpain said in the report all four victims reported stolen electronics, money and other various belongings. According to police records, Madison residents that live in the greater campus area have reported 13 burglaries over the course of September.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison police hand out free bike lights to students as part of a campaign to raise awareness of safe biking habits. + Photo by Will Chizek

Strong armed robberies up in city, armed robberies remain consistent The number of strong-armed robberies in Madison is up this year due to what the Madison Police Department is calling “Apple picking,” but armed robberies are not significantly higher than in any of the past five years.

In response to increased safety concerns, the MPD released five years worth of statistics about armed robberies, which involve a weapon, and strong-armed robberies Wednesday.

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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen awarded $25,000 to a Dane County drug taskforce to develop an anti-heroin campaign.

Grant to tackle heroin problem in Wisconsin By Melissa Howison the daily cardinal

Several statewide leadership and law-enforcement agencies are putting the rapid proliferation of heroin abuse in Wisconsin at the forefront of concern and teaming up with local organizations to educate people about treating the alarming problem. State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Wednesday a $25,000 grant to the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force was designated to a new multimedia anti-heroin campaign the state Department of Justice created called The Fly Effect. “Heroin is a problem we don’t know how to deal with now,” Van Hollen said. “We need to find solutions.” According to Van Hollen, heroin overdoses statewide are escalating at an “astounding” rate, from 149 in 2007 to 300 in 2012. Furthermore, Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said emergency personnel are increasingly finding two or three unresponsive indi-

viduals when they respond to the scene of a heroin overdose, whereas heroin overdoses were previously more isolated deaths. Madison Police Department Chief Noble Wray said heroin abuse is “unique” in that it impacts all demographics, and the current heroin problem in Wisconsin “isn’t fully realized.” He added if the number of heroin overdoses were instead homicides, the general public would be in a state of “crisis.” Safe Communities Executive Director Cheryl Wittke said part of the Dane County grant money will go toward a public education campaign. The $25,000 Van Hollen allotted to Dane County is a portion of the $125,000 being awarded to communities across the state. Wittke said Safe Communities is taking a preventative approach to reduce the heroin epidemic by teaching at-risk youths refusal skills as well as educating parents and teachers about early detection signs, such as common triggers of heroin use.

Freakfest organizers add musicians to 2013 lineup, including Neon Indian Freakfest organizers announced new additions to the Halloween bash’s line-up on the event’s Facebook page Wednesday, which include Neon Indian, 3LAU, Dirty Disco Kidz, Fort Wilson Riot and Gabe Burdullis. Frank Productions is throwing its seventh annual Halloween celebration on State Street Oct. 26, and for the first time in Freakfest his-

tory, University of WisconsinMadison’s radio station, WSUM, is contributing a new performance stage on the corner of Frances and State Street. Gabe Burdullis will open on the WSUM stage, followed by Vic and Gab, The Living Statues, The Sharrows and Boy Blue. Local hip-hop artists Smiley Gatmouth, CRASHprez and

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ere are my descriptions of some really dumb things whose banality/stupidity you may have taken for granted: Beer pong is a game I’m sure most of us have played at some point in our lives. The concept is delightful—you lob a little ball into red Solo cups and drink beer. There are several appropriate occasions for a ponging (though I’m sure some might argue any time is the right time), such as a “pre-game,” a house party or even just a chill night with the brahs.

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essentially second nature, you’re told to be a patriotic American. And why not—you live in the United States, so it has to be the best and you should love it forever no matter what, right? Well, not entirely. If you were born in and lived in China or England or Russia, would you still be a U.S. patriot? Maybe you only feel any affinity toward the United States because fate dropped you here. Not to mention, the only things the U.S. truly excels at anymore are incarcerating its own citizens and producing diabetics (but hell, it’s something, right?????). Sometimes people go so far with their patriotic duty they will say things like, “Keep all these immigrants out of America!!!!!” To which I normally respond, “Mexicans, Canadians, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Brazilians, Chileans, (…) are all Americans, dipshit!!!!!” Maybe that’s just too technical/correct for some. Isn’t bottled water so fucking handy? You can buy it pretty much anywhere. You can take it pretty much anywhere. Once you’re done with it, just whip the plastic remains and you never have to

see it again. Then repeat the cycle. Buy, chug, toss. Buy, chug, toss. Buy, chug, toss. This whole process is sure doing a doozy on the environment. Maybe some of those images about the garbage island in the Pacific are a bit overblown, but there is still trash everywhere. It would be easy to list off some insane statistics about how the world is totally f’d. There’s really no point though. Those numbers don’t even mean anything to anyone anymore. Screw conservation, just keep sucking down Smart(lololol)Water and bring us a little bit closer to extinction. Am I a loser for writing all of this? It’s really hard not to be graphic by chrystel paulson

What most of us fail to register about this dorm-room mainstay is we don’t actually play to have fun but because most of the time we have so little to talk about, the only way to bear being our boring, painfully average selves is to get drunk in the most efficient and painless way possible. Beginning in elementary school, when reciting The Pledge of Allegiance before class becomes

self-conscious all the time when I know (I just know) everyone is judging me and power-skimming this thinking, “What an idiot… I hate hipsters. Remember the ’90s? I’ve got to Instagram this… Kittens! Facebook! Omegle! Xanga! What was I reading?” How will I be able to go to my classes anymore? Everyone will laugh at and make fun of me :’(((. Caring too much about how people view you makes no sense (case study: previous paragraph). Aside from your parents, literally nobody gives a shit about what you do with your life. Stop contemplating what others think of you and become something resembling a happy, self-respecting individual. Stop defining yourself by things outside of you. Stop trying to meet nonexistent expectations. Stop being trendy. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Well, this wasn’t meant to be helpful or insulting, though I feel like it’s kind of both. I guess next time you’re about to do something dumb, first think, “Is this really a way in which I should be wasting my time?” That’s the best/only real advice you will ever get out of me, so cherish it. Tell Andy if you found this column helpful or insulting at andy@holsteens. com.

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University Health Services employees present to Student Council about alcohol abuse and sexual assault programs.

Student Council approves campaign to improve affordability in college By Paige Villiard THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Associated Students of Madison Student Council approved a college affordability campaign Wednesday, which will aim to evaluate different factors that contribute to students’ college expenses.

“Probably our biggest... reason students don’t complete their education ... is alcohol on campus.” Sarah Von Orman Executive Director University Health Services

The campaign, sponsored by ASM Chair David Gardner and headed by Mary Prunty, was originally introduced to Council last week but a vote was postponed. Prunty said she believes college affordability is a “national issue” that “affects almost all students on campus.” Rep. Sarah Neibart chose to abstain from voting Wednesday because she said student council wasn’t presented with any more details than last week. The vote was originally put off because many council representatives asked how out of state

freakfest from page 1 Lord of the Fly with *DJ hitmayng will open on the Gilman Street stage for F.Stokes, Watsky and Chiddy Bang. Electronic indie band Neon Indian will play an opening DJ set for Matt & Kim on the

robberies from page 1 According to the release, there have been 24 strong-armed robberies in Madison in 2013 so far, compared to 17 in 2012, eight in 2010 and 19 in 2009. The MPD attributes the uptick to “Apple picking” downtown, which is when a suspect grabs an iPhone or other smart phone out of an individual’s hand. “The MPD has worked hard to address these crimes, and the

and graduate students were being targeted in these efforts, and not only in-state undergraduate students. Prunty said she sees working on affordability for all students as an important issue, but something for individual grassroots campaigns to work on. University Health Services employees also educated Student Council on three programs, Tonight, AlcoholEdu, and Badgers Step Up! Tonight is a tutorial that focuses on sexual assault and dating violence and was made a requirement this year for all first-year students, as well as students returning to residence halls. AlcoholEdu and Badgers Step Up! are both programs that provide students with information on alcohol consumption and encourage awareness of how alcohol can affect their college lives. According to UHS Executive Director, Sarah Van Orman, many university students have dangerous levels of alcohol consumption. “Probably our biggest… reason students don’t complete their education or drop out or don’t do well academically is alcohol on our campus,” Van Orman said. Capitol stage, where Sexy Ester and Lucius will play earlier in the night. Also new this year, the Wisconsin Union Directorate will host a VIP party inside The Orpheum during Freakfest, at which Dirty Disco Kidz will open for 3LAU. volume of cases has dropped,” according to the statement. There have been 10 armed robberies in Madison in 2013 so far, and the number of these types of crimes has fluctuated between six and 12 over the past five years, according to the release. The release did mention two “seemingly random,” “particularly concerning” armed robberies that took place in offcampus college housing earlier in September.

Gov. Scott Walker released workforce-development initiatives and goals Wednesday for the fall legislative session committing $8.5 million for vocational job training programs. Walker’s plan to deal with the state’s economic issues is based on developing the state’s workforce by increasing apprenticeships, funding for skill development programs and educational incentives. The governor’s initiative builds on the $100 million workforcedevelopment program passed in the recent state budget and plans to secure an additional $14 million in federal funds to advance vocational training programs and help low-income workers transition into employment. The plan outlines funds to be delegated to the Wisconsin Technical College System, which

offers technical college classes and apprenticeships in construction, manufacturing, ironworking and pipefitting. The release of Walker’s plan drew immediate praise from WTCS President Morna Foy and WTCS Board President Drew Peterson, who released a joint statement Wednesday. “The System is looking forward to working with legislative leaders to advance education initiatives this session,” Foy said in the statement. State Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, lauded some ideas outlined in Walker’s initiative but ultimately criticized the effort for being long overdue, labeling the effort as “baby steps” in a statement. State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, released a statement saying he was cautious but optimistic about adopting job-creating policies that Democrats have been urging

the GOP to employ. “I hope this means that Governor Walker and legislative Republicans are finally realizing that divisive policies and political games is not a winning strategy for creating jobs in Wisconsin,” Larson said in the statement. State Superintendent Tony Evers hailed Walker’s decision to pursue monetary incentives for institutions offering certification in high demand industries, according to a statement. “To be pro-business, you have to pro-education,” Evers in the statement. Evers also called the initiatives “critical investments” in both students’ and the state of Wisconsin’s future. Walker said in a statement he looks forward to working with legislators on the bipartisan bills that he thinks will help fill available jobs and improve the financial state of Wisconsin.

State Legislature creates Common Core committees By Jack Casey THE DAILY CARDINAL

Leaders of both state legislative houses announced Wednesday they would create special committees on Common Core standards to weigh future education principles used in state districts. This comes on the heels of Gov. Scott Walker’s claim Wisconsin K-12 education can do better than Common Core standards. Common Core is a state-led initiative adopted in 45 states that lays out math and English goals for K-12 educators to prepare their students for a four-year or technical college education, according to the Common Core website. The committees are designed to compare the Common Core standards with previous state education standards as well as to evaluate the college-readiness effectiveness and implementation cost of the Common Core standards. Public input will play a large role in the committee’s decisionmaking process, according to a release from state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington. Vos said in his statement he appointed state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, who worked in education for 22 years, to chair the nine-person, bipartisan committee. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, appointed three Republican senators, including state Sen. Paul Farrow, R-Pewaukee, to the counterpart five-person state Senate select committee. State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, will appoint the remaining two senators, according to a release from Fitzgerald. Farrow said in a statement he sees his committee’s goal as providing “a platform of success for all students” in the state. Thiesfeldt said in a statement he sees the leadership role in the discussion as an “honor,” and looks forward to having the public “chime in” on education.

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Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf educated local bar owners about how to keep their patrons safe.

Bar owners learn new ways to keep patrons, employees safe in crises By Dana Kampa THE DAILY CARDINAL

Local alcohol and law enforcement officials informed bar owners and employees about how to better protect their patrons and staff at the biannual Tavern Safety Training Wednesday, which focused on fire safety and the effectiveness of the Central Community Policing Team. Madison Fire Department officer Scott Strassburg described how bar owners and employees can proactively save lives in emergency situations by keeping exits clear and not overcrowding buildings. Strassburg also encouraged owners to keep patrons calm and avoid dangerous congestion by directing customers to different exits during a crisis. Madison Police Department Sgt. Scott Kleinfeldt explained how the Downtown Safety Initiative brought in additional police resources to address specific issues, such as facilitating undercover stings, investigating

more crimes and deterring loiterers. The increase in numbers and visibility of officers has been effective at reducing violence, according to city Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator Mark Woulf. Kleinfeldt responded to attendees’ concerns about the speed with which police officers can arrive at the scene by reminding staff to call 911 immediately in unsafe or quickly escalating situations. Officials leading the training also suggested bar owners implement cover and water charges to address the problem of loitering, which is protected by law. A Department of City Rights representative said bars should avoid confusion by clearly posting policies in regards to the Equal Opportunities Ordinance, which says patrons of any business cannot be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender or religion. Woulf concluded that he was pleased with the attendance and content of the meeting.


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Meet Ruth Ozeki, author of ‘A Tale for the Time Being’

Interview By Sam Cusick Ruth Ozeki, the author of the 2013 Go Big Read book at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has written three novels, “My Year of Meats,” “All Over Creation” and “A Tale for the Time Being.” In addition to working as a novelist, she is also a filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, according to her website. She currently splits her time between New York City and British Columbia with her husband. The Daily Cardinal: Where did you get the inspiration for the book? Ruth Ozeki: It’s always hard to figure out where the inspiration for a book comes from. It always comes from multiple sources, but I think in this case certainly part of it came from the study that I was doing at the time of the writings of Dogen Zenji, the thirteenth century Japanese Zen master. He wrote those classicals on time, on the subject of time, but it was particularly the one entitled “Uji,” or time being, or being time or for the time being. And that phrase just kind of stuck in my mind because it was an interesting phrase for many reasons. But there’s also something inherently unstable about that phrase “time being”... And when I was reading the English translation of the classicals as well, that phrase just kept popping up and in a way I kind of kept misreading it as referring to an entity, a being. And then late in 2006, I suddenly got the sound of this girl’s voice in my head … And it was pretty much the first lines of the book. You know, “Hi my name is Nao and I’m a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well if you give me a moment I’ll tell you.” And so those little sentences stuck in my mind, and I think the book kind of grew from there. Once you hear the voice of a character speaking, lively and clearly, you sit up and take attention. So I think that was where it started.

DC: This book digs into the gritty realities of tough topics like bullying and suicide, relevant in both Japanese and American culture. Why did you feel discussion on these topics was important? RO: I think it was more that I had been tracking these kinds of problems for a while. I’d been interested in and concerned

about bullying, especially cyberbullying and suicides that arose from bullying incidents. I’ve been aware of it just because it was very hot in Japanese pop culture. I became interested in it, and at the time, well a couple of things. One, I think, power is something that all writers are interested in, all novelists are interested in, because whenever you have a power imbalance, whenever you have one person or one political party or one group, trying to exert power over another you automatically, immediately you have a story, you have a dramatic story. I

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UW-Madison selected ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ as part of a campus-wide reading initiative. usher that character to the door and then invite the next one in and we would start the process all over again. This happened about four or five times, I think, until finally at the end of 2010, I did manage to finish a draft that was very, very different than ended up being the finished book. But I finished it, and I was about to submit it to my editor when in March of 2011 the Japanese earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. And suddenly the world was a different place and I realized that the book that I had just finished was pretty irrelevant at that point. So I went through it

world. And so that’s what I did. And so that whole process, and this was really from the end of 2006 to 2011, I think that was probably the biggest challenge that I had was to, first of all, finding that reader character and second of all, trying to figure out how to talk about a tragedy like the earthquake and tsunami in the fictional container.

DC: How was it writing a story with yourself as the main character? RO: It’s a device that others have used… But, in terms of how

“And so those little sentences stuck in my mind, and I think the book kind of grew from there. Once you hear the voice of the character speaking, lively and clearly, you sit up and take attention. So I think that was where it started.” Ruth Ozeki author “A Tale for the Time Being”

think that power is something that all fiction writers are interested in.

DC: Were there any difficulties or challenges you faced while writing the book? RO: Yes, the biggest challenge was that I knew a lot about the girl’s story; I knew a lot about Nao’s story. And I knew a lot about her voice and that was very clear to me, but I didn’t know who her reader was going to be. I knew that she was going to have a reader and she knew that she would have a reader, but neither of us knew who that reader was going to be. So, I ended up kind of auditioning characters for the role of the reader. I would sort of invite a character into the story and I would give the character what I have of Nao’s diary and the character would read that and then start to react and the story would kind of emerge from there and I would write it and I would get through about 50 pages, 100 pages and then suddenly the energy would leave it. And I would realize, No, this isn’t right. And so I then I would kind of

and spent several months just thinking about it and tracking what was going on in Japan. I had friends and family there as well, everybody was all very worried and still are. But then after a while it raised the question, how do I as a fiction writer, using the tools of fiction address or examine a reality that is so present and so real and so catastrophic. I wasn’t quite sure how to do that, and I knew too that the situation in Japan was going to be ongoing, a situation like Fukushima was not going to go away any time soon. So it became clear to me that this was an ongoing and radically different reality that we were now in. And I realized that the only way to address this or to talk about it was really to break the fictional container and to step in as a character in the fiction myself, so as to bring reality into the fictional

it was, it was actually a lot of fun. And there was something playful about it. You’re really pushing the bounds of what’s real and what’s not real. It allows you to play in interesting ways. The way I kind of think of it though is… when a painter paints a self-portrait you would never look at a painting and point to it and say, “Is that you? Is that real?” Of course it’s not real, it’s a painting, it’s a representation. The same holds true for this kind of self-portrait in literature. Words are not more or less reliable than paint. And so in this sense its very much a fictional portrait even though the general shape of the face and the shape of her life resembled mine, I think it’s still a portrait. And it was a lot of fun to do.

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will learn or take away from this book? RO: I really do think that my job is just to write a story, and then the reader who reads the story is going to be reading it in a different way and I wouldn’t want to curtail that, I wouldn’t want to limit that by saying these are my hopes for what somebody gets from a book. I really look at book, a novel, as a collaboration. It’s a co-creation. And there are as many different versions of “A Tale for the Time Being” out there in the world as there are readers for the book. And each one is going to be different, because each reader is going to bring his or her own set of experiences. It’s not my place to try curtail that or try to manipulate that in any kind of way.

DC: How did you feel when your book was chosen? RO: I’m delighted. I’m extremely happy because Madison has always been one of my favorite spots, one of my favorite college towns or college cities to go to. I have family ties in the area too. My father graduated from the University of Wisconsin. So it has always been a university that has had a big role in our family’s history.

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am no stranger to crime. Two years ago I accidentally left my backpack in Carson’s for about five minutes. That was enough time for a man to steal my iPod. I saw him do it when I went back for my bag, but alas, I did not understand what was happening until it was too late. He did not think my old laptop was worth the trouble, and I do not blame him. I am still looking for this guy, by the way. He had curly brown hair and a red backpack, just saying. A few months ago someone did find my laptop worth stealing. One of my roommates invited a man into our house and that man stole both our other roommate’s laptop and mine. However, the joke is on that guy—he stole a couple of cracked laptops with no memory or battery life left. I also had a coffee maker stolen from my basement when some housemates threw a party last year. They ripped a lock off the storage unit door to get in. That is a serious caffeine addiction. None of those things were worth much, they just mattered to me. The coffee maker was a gift and the laptop con-

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tained music and documents I will never get back. I was furious because it was clear to me that people do not steal on this campus to survive, they steal because they can. It is about fun and opportunity before profit. A need for money gives you absolutely no excuse to steal from fellow students. This campus is built to give us money as well as take it. There are jobs everywhere. The campus itself hires new people every day, not to mention places to work on State Street, around the Capitol or many other places all over town. If you claim to need money but are too lazy to get a job, why are you going to college? Sure, if you know how to clear out a cell phone and sell it online before the serial number gets you in trouble, you make some money. Most of us on campus, though, are not that desperate. There is a wide range of student wealth—no one denies that. But whether your tuition, rent and nightly shenanigans are covered by your parents, or you work two jobs and still do not know whether you’ll make rent, it still doesn’t give you a right to take what is not yours. That is what most crime is, really. We think we have a right to have something that just does not belong to us. We take things because we can, it

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gives us power more than it gives us profit. Often if someone takes something, they aren’t thinking about who owns it at all. If you find a cute dress in a shopping bag someone left in a bathroom, it might feel like yours because no one is there to tell you otherwise. Finders keepers is not a thing anymore, guys. If you see a wallet on the

ground, or a pair of shoes on the sidewalk, it does not make them yours. Maybe we are hard-wired to take what we can get. If the bartender accidentally charges a dollar for a margarita on a Saturday, no one will correct him. This isn’t my issue of contempt. My problem lies with stealing property from students. You do not know

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the person or how hard they worked to afford the phone they had, or how much of a pain it is for a technologically challenged girl such as myself to spend all her summer savings on a new computer she has no time to figure out now that class has started. It’s time we start worrying about the consequences of others. No, you probably will not get in trouble for stealing something. If you have half a brain, you will never get caught. We are all struggling for the same thing, though. We are trying to acquire an education. Just because a fellow student turned his or her back on an iPhone does not mean they do not deserve to keep it. Call me crazy, but there are other ways to get cool stuff you do not deserve. Last year I used coupons to get a $120 iHome for $6. A friend wanted a TV upgrade so I got his old one, better than any TV I ever owned, for the price of dinner at Applebee’s. There are better ways to feel powerful, too. Be a leader in your club, fraternity or job. Network with your friends, look for deals, get a job, join a club, apply for a scholarship and stop stealing from other broke college students. Please send all feedback to opinion@dailycardinal.com.

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’d like to begin this week by officially endorsing the James Franco Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor campaign. Spring Break Foevah. Now, speaking of movies that are fairly similar to “Spring Breakers,” I’d like to talk about “Pain & Gain.” More specifically, I’d like to talk about “Pain & Gain” and its director, Michael Bay. And most specifically, I’d like to talk about how “Pain & Gain” and Michael Bay are freaking me the hell out. You see, “Pain & Gain” isn’t like other Michael Bay movies. It’s much, much better. It’s good. It’s smart. It has something to say. This is not the typical Michael Bay movie. See, the thing about Michael Bay is he probably gets more hate than he deserves—probably. And he isn’t stupid—probably. The man studied at the American Film Institute Conservatory, the same school that produced David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Darren Aronofsky. He can’t be dumb… probably. “The Rock” is an exceptional action movie, and his other films, ranging anywhere from average to bad, aren’t anything too offensive— outside of a certain franchise. And of course there always is that certain, infamous franchise, filled with all of the sexism, rac-

ism, misogyny, homophobia and juvenile excess for which we’ve come to despise Bay, and rightfully so—probably. Now, “Pain & Gain” is the reason I have to keep qualifying this distaste. After seeing “Pain & Gain,” I honestly don’t know what to think about Michael Bay. Before I saw it, I thought I knew who he was; now, I have absolutely no idea what is true and what is a lie. For those of you who weren’t willing to take the risk, let me say that “Pain & Gain” is, in a lot of ways, the third adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to come out this year, and the second best (after “Spring Breakers” and over “Gatsby” itself). More importantly, it destroys the entire culture and image Michael Bay had built around himself. Like, aggressively and… intelligently. The two main characters, intensely involved bodybuilders played by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, are essentially the self-obsessed, emotionally and intellectually arrested entities we tend to associate with things like the “Transformers” movies. “Pain & Gain” destroys them. “Pain & Gain” doesn’t just destroy them. It destroys the entire macho, self-made mythology, the machismo and delusion that is the foundation of his fan base. It’s uncompromising, it’s satirical, it’s brilliant and it’s aimed directly at the people most likely to support its director. It’s like watching Woody Allen make a movie founded on decrying and laughing at upper-middleclass, white, neurotic New Yorkers.

So here’s the thing: this changes absolutely everything I’ve thought about Michael Bay. Before this, he was just a pretty solid action director who got seduced by big time blockbuster dollars. Now, I can only imagine a handful of possibilities, and they all keep me awake at night. Situation A, which seems very unlikely, is Michael Bay is some sort of filmmaking idiot savant who happened to make a bitingly satirical film aimed at his own cult of personality. It’s totally possible that he loves his two meat-head protagonists, and when we the audience laughs at/scorns them, we’re doing the same to Bay. I can’t accept this though. The jabs are too precise, the style tweaked just so make it bite a little harder and nearly every character is made to be reviled (Rebel Wilson and Ed Harris come out okay). So the question stands then: Is Michael Bay the cinematic equivalent of an internet troll, making the worst movies he possibly can to take unwitting moviegoers’ cash in massive sums, and then, is “Pain & Gain” his sly little wink to the rest of us that, yes, he knows, and he thinks it’s hilarious? And if this is the case, why are there so many points in “Pain & Gain” where I feel like Bay thinks the things his characters say are just as funny as they do (they’re mostly played satirically, but the ones that feel like straight comedy are very problematic). The bigger question of this whole thing really is: How does the way a filmmaker presents

himself to their audience and the way they present that audience to themselves affect the way we view them? And should we integrate these ideas when evaluating the artist and their art together? Why isn’t it enough to just accept “Pain & Gain” as a shockingly good movie from an otherwise schlock director? Or is it? I personally can’t accept that idea based on just how pointed at itself the film feels, but then some people are going to say I’m reading too much into the man who made “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

Which is a shame, because by discounting him, or discounting any “low-brow” culture from discussion, they’re removing themselves from a really fascinating discussion, one that proves even directors like Bay the Terrible have a role to play in starting discussion about art, about culture and about how we deal with it. All art is important, even the bad stuff. And who knows, maybe the Dinobots in “Transformers 4” will have some answers for us. Are you just as confused about Michael Bay as Austin? Tell him about at wellens@wisc.edu

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‘Prisoners’ manages to be an excruciatingly beautiful film By Caleb Nesser the daily cardinal

It took me a while to start writing this review. I had to sit in the middle of the floor and hug myself, rocking back and forth and muttering “It was just a movie, I should really relax” over and over. I’m at an ideological stalemate here; I usually only reserve the Mystery Science Theater 3000 mantra for movies that I actively dislike because they’re poorly made. But “Prisoners” isn’t poorly made. It’s actually one of the better films I’ve ever seen. But—and imagine now that I’m tugging at my shirt collar and swallowing nervously—that’s the problem. What really is beautiful about “Prisoners” is the characters. Hugh Jackman’s paranoid, overprotective, survivalist father figure is a product of some of the most ingenious writing and convincing acting I have seen in a film to date. A tough, middle-class, working man with a basement full of survival rations and ammo and a cross around his neck is a role that is, frankly, impossible; he’s the kind of character with whom everybody in America is familiar, because we’ve all met at least one person like him in our lives. But Hugh Jackman frowns upon my preconceived notions and bellows me into a corner until I’m a nervous wreck. His performance is flawless, perfectly balancing the desperate outrage and the slow, subtle crumbling

as his character, Keller, is taken apart down from the inside out. He’s a true protagonist: neither hero nor villain, but just a very flawed, very relatable, very human man that simply wants to save his daughter. A millimeter off in any direction and this performance (regardless of good writing) would have been just painful to watch. But Jackson makes it genuinely terrifying. That’s one thing the filmmakers really get; they know exactly how to make you want to scream. The first 15 minutes of screen time is flooded with slow pans, lingering close-ups and the barest hint of a soundtrack. There was so much tension, so much dread from what the camera is leading us to believe, at one point I wanted to walk out of the cinema. I mean it. I wanted to leave, just to escape the horrible, gnawing fear clawing through my chest. But I couldn’t. I needed to know what happened to the people whose lives in which I had been immersed. There’s this wonderful moment near the start of the film where the two families assemble for a small Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a truly heartwarming moment. Even though my heart was racing like a locomotive, because I just KNEW something horrid was about to happen, I found myself really connecting with these people. Thats the one thing about “Prisoners” that makes it such a brilliant film. It doesn’t have “characters”; it

has human beings—real people of flesh and blood that are torn from their happy little lives and thrust into a world of grief and helplessness that can only lead to self-destruction, moral breakdown and the desperate actions of men and women stretched to their absolute limits and then some. “Prisoners” is a movie about what people really become when they are broken down to their truest selves. The result is an eerie, monochromatic painting that is simultaneously spellbinding and repulsive. And here’s the part where I tell you why I didn’t like it. Perhaps I should clarify though: It isn’t that I disliked it as a film. Personally, I think it is an elegant masterpiece that captures true humanity and brutally deconstructs the romantic ideals on which its major characters are clearly based. In a film like “Taken,” Keller would have been the wrathful, omnicompetent father wolf, and his basement full of gear would have become the tools of his vengeance in the final act. The movie eschews such stupidity and shows us images cultivated from the real world, where the detectives are average, the murderers are human and the parents have pathetic, emotional breakdowns when their children disappear. If you’re a parent, this film will realize some of your darkest nightmares. But my mistake was going in to “Prisoners” without understanding what I was getting

myself into. I’m not sure how to justify accusing a film’s brilliance of being the source of its problems, but perhaps I can soften the blow by owning it. FOR ME, “Prisoners” was a bleak and distressing trip down Depression Drive. Remember how a bunch of people were saying that “The Dark Knight” was so depress-

ing when it was first released? “Prisoners” makes it look like Happy-Rainbow-Funtimesville. It certainly isn’t in the same league as Darren Aronofsky’s signature despondent gloom, but it will force you to face truths that no human is ever comfortable acknowledging. For that, I reluctantly commend it.


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Wisconsin defense ready for Buckeyes to quarterback changes. Though, for the most part, the players are preparing the same way they would for any other team. “In any game, when you play your game well you put yourself in a position to be successful,” redshirt senior safety Dezmen Southward said. “Obviously it’s going to be a big-time atmosphere, and the pressure will be at an all-time high.” The atmosphere will also be electric Saturday, with an expected crowd of around 100,000 people in attendance. Especially for the team’s young secondary, this represents the biggest game that many have played in. “This is one that I’ve been looking forward to ever since I committed to Wisconsin,” Shelton said. “Since I got here I wanted to prepare myself for this.”

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller has not lost a game as a starter By Brett Bachman the daily cardinal

Some things in life are certain. Things like death, taxes and Ohio State (4-0 overall) finding the endzone. If Wisconsin (1-0 Big Ten, 3-1) wants a shot at winning Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, the Badger defense must figure out how to stop dynamic junior quarterback Braxton Miller and the Buckeye offense. The read-option look that Ohio State utilizes has given opponents problems all season so far, with their smallest margin of victory being 18 points against California on the road. Jane thompson/the daily cardinal

“[Miller] has eyes in the back of his head. He can scramble, he can run ... really one of the best I’ve seen.” Dave Aranda defensive coordinator Wisconsin Badgers

When a player gets off a block and attacks the ball carrier, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda calls it “gaining a defender,” and it’s the key to beating a read-option. This, along with containing Miller’s run threat on the outside, constitute Wisconsin’s main focus.

Redshirt senior safety Dezmen Southward, freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton, and the rest of the Badger secondary face a tough test against Heisman trophy candidate Braxton Miller. This is a turnaround from last week’s matchup against Purdue where the defense played an aggressive game, sacking Boilermaker senior quarterback Rob Henry four times and hurrying him seven times. “We’ve got to find a happy medium,” Aranda said. “You have to be able to have enough mixups.” Ohio State is undefeated since Nov. 19, 2011, and Miller has not lost a game in his career as a starter. He suffered a knee injury in a week two matchup against San Diego State and has not played the last two games,

but is cleared for practice and is expected to be back Saturday. “[Miller] has eyes in the back of his head,” Aranda said. “He can scramble, he can make plays on the run … really one of the best I’ve seen.” Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer has every coach’s favorite problem: too much talent at the quarterback position. Senior backup Kenny Guiton has done exceptionally well in Miller’s absence, throwing 12 touchdowns and setting the school’s single-game touchdown record with 6 in only one

half against Florida A&M. “One of the quarterbacks is a better passer, and the other’s just a better runner,” freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton said. “Both like to throw a lot of deep balls, and the minute your eyes go back that’s the time they get six points.” In arguably the biggest game of its regular season, Wisconsin needs to avoid the sort of shootout that is Ohio State’s forte. Aranda hopes to do this by bulking up the number of “changeup” calls that he will use, allowing the defense to react on the fly

“Both like to throw a lot of deep balls, and the minute your eyes go back that’s the time they get six points.” Sojourn Shelton freshman cornerback Wisconsin Badgers

The atmosphere, however, is something that Southward isn’t worrying about. “You’ve just got to tone their fans out, which, believe it or not, is pretty easy to do,” Southward said. “I’ve never truly been bothered by fans, whether it was freshman year or this year. You really don’t think about anything else because you’re so honed in on what you have to do.”

The intrigue and influence of soccer star Mario Balotelli Jonah beleckis real talk Let me make a case for the most interesting man in sports. He is 23 years old. He was one of Time’s 100 most influential people. He and his friends almost set his house on fire with fireworks. In August, he was the second non-U.S. professional soccer player ever to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But contrary to how he looks on the cover, he does not actually walk on water. Mario Balotelli is an Italian soccer player for the club AC Milan and Italy’s national team. He was raised by his Italian foster parents in Brescia, but his birth parents are Ghanaian. Balotelli is an icon, but a polarizing one at that. His flare is exhilarating and he is a brilliant talent. His ability, that can potentially lead him to become one of the world’s best players, is a thrill for all fans. He scored the only two goals for underdog Italy

to beat powerhouse Germany in the European Championship semifinals. Spectators remember the iconic image of Balotelli scoring his second goal, ripping his shirt off (and willingly taking the yellow card punishment for it), flexing, and grimacing as if to illuminate his ascendancy into soccer elite. However, most will only know him for the bad. The only thing nearly as obvious as his talent, is his unpredictability. Balotelli came back into the news this weekend after missing his first ever penalty kick, and then receiving a red card after the game had ended for arguing with the referee.

He was one of Time’s 100 most influential people.

What will be forgotten from this game was his exceptional performance. It was in a losing effort, but it was difficult to find a Milan highlight without Balotelli in it. Unfortunately his two and a half years playing for

Manchester City will be remembered not by his championshipwinning assist, but by his suspensions and arguments with teammates and coaches. People remember the shirt he wore under his jersey that said, “Why always me?” They do not remember that the two goals he scored were very influential in Manchester City beating rivals Manchester United not only in convincing 6-1 fashion that day, but on goal difference for the championship. So, why always him? This question delves too deep into the complex innerworkings of today’s media and social phenomena for a 750word limit. Answering “why” is difficult, but understanding “always me” has its own significance. Being who he is, Balotelli has incredible influence. And he is emblematic of what Grant Wahl in his Sports Illustrated story on Balotelli calls “New Europe”. Bananas have been thrown at him, racist chants have been directed toward him, and an Italian newspaper illustrated Balotelli hanging on London’s Big Ben acting as King Kong, swatting away soccer balls.

Despite spending his entire life growing up in Italy, the color of his skin and ethnicity of his birth parents subject Balotelli to racism or acts of discrimination far too frequently.

His flare is exhilarating and he is a brilliant talent.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, who plays for the Ghanaian national team and was a teammate of Balotelli’s last year, responded to racist chants during an exhibition match by walking himself and his teammates immediately off the field. Soccer all around the world has been making great strides to reduce racism and any other foul discrimination from the game. However, a new rule punishes players with a red card for walking off the field due to racist chants. The symbol of players refusing to endure racism and taking away what these “fans” came to see is an immensely powerful one in the fight against racism. The decision to punish players

for this is abhorrent. Balotelli’s immense influence in bridging the gap to “New Europe” can bring amazing progress in the form of tolerance and diversity to a place that still displays rampant racism. He represents another force in the fight to abolish intolerance. Moving forward, the weight his voice carries will help reach mass audiences. In his interview with Wahl, Balotelli compares racism to smoking. His point is if people do not want to quit, they won’t. That is one of the many ugly truths surrounding racism. However, as new generations of soccer fans grow up idolizing the youthful Balotelli, his stances against racism will be a part of his image. So regardless of whether people tune in to see pictures of his pet piglet, or highlights of an amazing goal, hopefully they will see him as equal. Is Mario Balotelli as talented as everyone says he is? How will the rest of his career pan out? Do you see any progress being made to stop racism in professional sports? Send Jonah your questions at sports@dailycardinal.com.


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