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In the midst of a heated re-election campaign, President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 30,000 spectators on Bascom Mall Thursday afternoon.
‘I’m asking you to keep believing in me’ President Obama brings his campaign to Bascom, asks for four more years Story by Tyler Nickerson
he tree-lined slopes of Bascom Hill and 30,000 enthusiastic spectators played host to President Barack Obama Thursday, as the embattled incumbent rallied supporters and attempted to spark fresh excitement into his campaign. While recent polls have shown he holds a double-digit lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Wisconsin and a narrow lead nationwide, the president came to the University of WisconsinMadison following what many have called an uninspiring performance in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. The Obama campaign, which originally planned a Thursday stop in Columbus, Ohio, instead came to Madison, a liberal stronghold, expecting an enthusiastic and warm welcome. Despite cloudy skies and drizzling rain, that’s just what they got. The crowd, many
sporting Obama-Biden merchandise purchased while waiting in line, filled the hill all the way to Bascom Hall, with an extra 6,000 turned away. Two years ago, around 26,500 people showed up to see the president when he spoke on Library Mall. Before the president took the stage, Madison congressional candidate Mark Pocan, Mayor Paul Soglin, outgoing U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin set the tone for the afternoon, encouraging attendees to get out and vote. While at the beginning of his speech Obama took shots at Romney, he mostly stuck to talking about his vision for the country and urged the crowd of young supporters to vote in November. College aged voters showed up at the polls in historic numbers four years ago to propel Obama into office, and Thursday he again pushed for their support. From education to health care, the president told the youthful crowd he is the best candidate to represent their interests. He said low-income families should have access to higher education and emphasized the role education plays in the economy. “I want to make sure that every young person in America has the chance to get
the skills, the knowledge they need to compete in this 21st century economy,” Obama said, adding that in his first term he helped millions of students pay less for college by taking on a system that was giving billions of dollars to banks and lenders. He touted the Affordable Care Act for providing health care for all Americans, particularly young people, and received hearty applause after he called out Republican lawmakers who want to “control health care choices women are perfectly capable of making themselves.” Throughout the campaign, the economy and jobs have been the most talked about issues, and Obama painted a stark contrast between his vision for the country’s economic future and Romney’s. “We can’t afford to double down on the same top down economic policies that got us into this mess. That is not a jobs plan, that is not a plan for our economy,” Obama said. “Our economy does not grow from the top down. It grows from the middle out.” The president also insisted on the importance of investing in clean energy, research and technology to grow the economy, and warned about the dangers of rolling back regulations for Wall Street, oil and insurance companies.
While his speech outlined deep disagreements between himself and Romney, Obama said he believes politics is “not as divided as it seems sometimes,” and asked the audience “to keep believing in me.” Despite a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showing the president with a 53-42 lead on Romney, Wisconsin is still considered to be among a handful of battleground states in the election. Republicans are hoping a recent string of high profile victories, such as Scott Walker’s recall election, and nationally prominent figures, including Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, will cause Wisconsin to vote Republican in the presidential election for the first time since Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. College Republicans Chair Jeff Snow said the president’s visit would do little to distract people from his performance in Wednesday night’s debate or help what he called Obama’s “Wisconsin problem.” “The only way the president could make students forget about his horrible debate performance last night would be to dress up as Bucky Badger and do a keg stand atop Bascom Mall,” Snow said in a statement.
“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”
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Obama rally deemed useless, Madison still liberal as ever
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President Barack Obama speaks on Bacom Hill Thursday in front of a crowd of 30,000 people.
Over 30,000 lives spared on Bascom Hill, phew By Timothy McCorgi Fake News Friday
Thirty thousand UW-Madison students and Madison residents gathered Thursday on Bascom Hill to bask in the glorious charisma of the President of the United States, and also to be under the scrutinizing eye of trained secret service agents who may or may not be legally allowed to kill them right then and there. Preceding President Barack Obama’s speech, onlookers greeted local politicians with hoots, hollers and waves. Some attending also waved to the men on the Law Building roof, who were perhaps deep in thought over which guests presented a threat to the the president. They were delighted when, instead of ending their lives, the
secret service agents put down the binoculars and waved back. When Obama emerged from the Education building it seemed like nearly everyone went for their cameras or phones to catch a picture of his beautiful face. Multiple attendees caught pictures of the secret service agents carrying what could either be sniper rifles or cellos. Obama’s speech enthralled and excited most in attendance along with the knowledge that the dark stoic angels of death quietly observing the crowd had decided to spare their lives this time. As the event came to a close, attendees shuffled towards designated exits with new-found appreciation that their status as a living being stayed quite intact.
Veep debate to skip the political B.S. By Jake Murray Fake News Friday
Growing impatient and bored with the lengthy, policydriven debate, the American public decided Thursday morning the next debate will simply pit the vice presidential candidates against one another in various American Gladiatorthemed events, testing their visceral aptitude and stamina. The “debate” will remain divided into three televised segments; however, the location of the competition has been moved to the former arena used to shoot episodes of “American Gladiator” in Los Angeles, Calif. Sources said both candidates will be initially blindfolded and suspended by a cable 25 feet in the air, above a large pool, before they are given two minutes to navigate a hanging maze of gymnastics rings. The objective will be to reach the opposite side of the arena before being either beaten to the finish by
their opponent or pulled from off of the rings by their competitor’s legs. All the while, television persona and professional wrestler Hollywood-Hulk Hogan will be bombarding them with large rubber dodge balls shot out of a cannon. NBC executives confirmed the vice presidential aspect will “certainly not be overlooked come debate time.” Both U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden will be placed on a large circular base and given “giant foam ear-swabs,” with which they will attempt to knock one another into a pool of water beneath them. When asked how he felt about the upcoming, physically demanding competitions, Biden said that “it’s about damn time.” “I promise, you, the American people, come Oct. 11, at this year’s Bipartisan Bloodbath, I’m going to beat Paul Ryan in an athletically stimulating event. OH YEAH, BROTHER!!!”
Rally playlist is a hot mess By Poops McGee
By Yams McYummy M.D. Fake News Friday
Obama could have spent Thursday catching up on sleep according to a new local poll released after the conclusion of his speech that showed Madison residents are just as liberal as before.
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Presidential campaign workers were forced to improvise a re-election campaign rally music playlist in less than 24 hours after a whirlwind trip from the presidential debate in Denver, Colo., to President Barack Obama’s Thursday afternoon rally in Madison. So they used a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mix CD for her husband for their Oct. 3 anniversary as the soundtrack to pep up the crowd of 30,000 people on Bascom Hill. The list of songs on the CD included romantic, soulful tracks such as “Love You I Do” by Jennifer Hudson, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder and “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Several country songs such as “My Town” by Montgomery Gentry and “Everyday America” by Sugarland were also featured on the playlist. These, however, are not believed to have originated from Mrs. Obama’s sultry CD, but rather from another mix CD entitled “’Murrica BBQ” left behind in the White House mini chapelby former President George W. Bush. “One minute I was bumpin’ and grindin’ up against a random girl in front of me, and the next I was square dancing with over 50 people,” said UW-Madison senior Dan Sinqueene. “That playlist was such a tease.” Rally attendees should be thankful campaign workers did not pick up Vice President Joe Biden’s bluesscreamo mix CD, entitled “Crying Alone in the Oval Office,” which was lying dangerously close to Mrs. Obama’s disc on a pile in Air Force One.
“It’s actually a bit creepy.”
Barry Burden poltical science professor
The poll was issued by six students in Introduction to American Government and intended to see if Obama’s visit changed how Madisonians viewed him. Interviews with a sample of 10 passers-by on Bascom Hill at 12:30 p.m., and then 4:15 p.m. revealed 80 percent of residents “strongly supported the president” before and after his speech. “Obama probably could have stayed home and recuperated from his night in Denver. Instead he spoke to voters, who are still more head-over-heels infatuated with him than in most places,” Political Science Professor Barry Burden said. “It’s actually a bit creepy.” Instead of speaking at his campaign rally on Bascom, the students running the study concluded he could have best spent his time sleeping, going on a tour of Denver’s state capitol or playing with Bo. But Madison gained from his hillside rally. Following the debate, Madison was voted “Best City to Feel OK about Still Supporting the President,” “Highest amount of Population Density Achieved at University Quad” and, most importantly, “Most Pretty Hill,” by the Best City Voting Committee. This moved Madison from a best city ranking of 38 up to 36.
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Marijuana march leaders question permit fee policy By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal
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The UW-Madison men’s basketball team sits in the crowd at the Obama rally after meeting the president beforehand.
Badger men’s basketball team challenges Obama to scrimmage By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal
In the midst of the excitement surrounding President Barack Obama’s visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Thursday, the Badger men’s basketball team was working hard to convince the president to meet them on the court. Redshirt junior forward Zach Bohannon led the effort to reach out to Obama and persuade him to play a pickup game with the team. Bohannon said he used Twitter to reach out to anyone with ties to Obama, even going so far as to contact Michelle Obama’s brother-in-law who is a basketball coach at Oregon State to try to get the president to visit the team. While the Badgers did not have the chance to face the president on the court, they were able to spend some quality time with him before the rally. Despite being initially skeptical Obama would actually meet with the team, junior
guard Josh Gasser said he was “ecstatic” he got the chance to meet the president. “It’s just a once in a lifetime opportunity that the average person is not going to get,” Gasser said. “I never personally thought that I would ever get the chance to see the president, and I did.”
“It was one of those moments that you will always remember because of how unbelievable of an experience it was.” Zach Bohannon junior forward Men’s Basketball
During their time with the president, the team talked about school and basketball. Obama even gave study tips to a player studying for the LSAT, according
to Bohannon. “It was one of those moments that you will always remember because of how unbelievable of an experience it was,” Bohannon said. One of the perks of winning an NCAA Basketball Tournament is the chance to visit the White House and talk with the president. During their time with Obama, the team told him to look for them in April when they win it all, according to Gasser. “In the conversation that we had with him, we made sure to tell him to pick us in his bracket to win it all this year,” Gasser said. “It will definitely bring good things to our team and we’ll be ready to go.” While the team was not able to take the court against the president Thursday, Obama said he would try to head back to Madison to play against the Badgers after the election. Bohannon said he is optimistic that the president will keep his promise, and he “won’t get his hopes down yet.”
Despite a conflict with the Madison Police Department over proper permit documentation, the 42nd annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival will continue as planned from Thursday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 7. The City of Madison requires the organizers of any event held on city streets to obtain a street use permit, which grants permission to use cityowned property such as Capitol Square, Library Mall and State Street. But event coordinator Ruth Reifeis said although she acquired a streetuse permit for the Harvest Festival, the MPD notified her in March she needed to pay an additional fee for overtime police presence. Without paying the fee, the MPD will not grant a permit, making it illegal for Harvest Festival parade participants to march up State Street on Sunday, according to Reifeis. Reifeis said she will not pay the additional fee because she said the unwritten policy violates her First Amendment right to assemble in a peaceful manner. “I’m pretty sure that someone behind a desk in the police office is trying to put into writing this horrible unconstitutional, discriminatory policy,” Reifeis said. But MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the rule requiring event organizers to pay for an assessed amount of overtime officers is not new, although the policy has not been enforced in the past. “This is not a new policy, rather a Central District decision to manage limited resources,” DeSpain said. DeSpain said the overtime officers are necessary, so the MPD does not have to pull officers from their patrol duty to monitor special events. In the past year, the MPD charged several groups such as March of Dimes and Madison College several hundred dollars for special event permits, according to a document from the MPD. Reifeis said the police department is asking Harvest Festival to pay for two officers and a squad car. Harvest Festival participant Dennis Brennan said he does not remember a significant police presence at past festivals and does not expect a high number of officers this year. “We’ve been working with the police [on this event] for years,” Brennan said. “We’re very controlled.”
SSFC grants funding eligibility to campus group One student organization moved closer to receiving funding Thursday when the Student Services Finance Committee voted in favor of allowing the group to submit its budget for the committee’s approval later this year. An organization must undergo eligibility hearings every two years, proving to SSFC that their organization spends a majority of its time offering “direct services,” or “unique” and “tailorable” education services, to all students. Student groups must devote 51 percent of their time offering direct services to receive eligibility. F.H. King, a campus group which, according to its representatives, educates students about environmentally friendly cultivation and consumption of foods, was granted eligibility after SSFC discussed whether all of the group’s proposed services met the proper criteria. Rep. David Vines said he would vote in favor of granting the group eligibility because he felt the group’s programs met the definition of a direct service.
“The group very well demonstrated that not only are there programs [within the group]...where they give food,” Vines said. “There’s also some educational component, there’s programs with gardening and harvesting education.” After debate, all representatives agreed the group was well within the 51 percent service requirement. The committee also heard eligibility presentations from two other student organizations, whose decisions will take place Monday. Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow representatives spoke about the important role their organization plays on campus as an advocacy service for free-market policies with limited regulation. The second group, the Medieval Warriorcraft League is an organization that aims to educate campus on the historical and sociological context of warriorship through both educational and weaponry training sessions, according to MWL Finance Officer Matt Manes. —Cheyenne Langkamp
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The Student Services Finance Committee discusses funding eligibility for F.H. King, a student organization that promotes sustainable living, in a meeting Thursday.
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Michael Penn ii pen(n) game stressful To the horror of peers and pissscented dudes alike, my friend and I recently embarked on a journey to an EDM show in Madison… sober. For many readers, this may never be a possibility to consider, but allow me to enlighten you: It is an option that is as doable as it is enjoyable. I wrote this guide for people like us: the lone wolf of the Zach Galifianakis-led wolf pack that does not happen to partake in certain substances, legal or not, when attending music events. Since arriving to college, I have planted the soles of several pairs of tattered shoes upon the hardwood floors of many events, all of which I have attended sober. (Save the “You’re better than I am…” speech for someone who isn’t human.) While this mental hitchhike occurred through genres trap, indie, and the like, I discovered a formulaic approach to surviving every DJ set and underwhelming moshpit one may encounter through their time in Madison or anywhere else on the planet, no PBR necessary. Be open-mined. Perhaps you’re that one fifthwheeling friend at a show you’re unfamiliar with and probably never will be. You sip the aforementioned PBR and hope for someone to grind your pretentiousness through your tight jeans. “No” exists for a wonderful reason, yet we still have not executed such
a principle. Enter without preconceived notions and attempt to listen before you dismiss whatever is at hand. Or bring a friend you can hate with later. Don’t wear nice clothes. Now is not the time to stunt if you are not performing or relaxing from the balcony. One of the primary drawbacks of going to such a show is the fact that rudeness and douchery are almost encouraged to the point where your favorite obscure ironic t-shirt is subject to abuse from your sweat glands as well as any oncoming beverages around you. If you come with kicks you aren’t willing or intending to bestow the filth and scuffs found in the bass-drenched trenches, it is no one’s fault but your own that your investment loses shelf life prematurely due to the negligence from other people. Wear those shoes you have beaten up already, a top you’re not overtly fond of but still wear ironically, and do whatever for the bottoms as long as they’re comfortable enough to survive in. Don’t be the hypebeast of the party if you can’t handle the circumstances, and don’t dress like you want to get “chose,” as we call it. Match.com and awkward section conversations exist for this purpose. Prepare to be violated. Remember the douchery I mentioned? It exists. In full force. Everything I mentioned previously about the clothes remains a high possibility. Someone may feel the warm, drunken urge to pour their PBR on their neighbors in some celebratory swish of the glow-in-the-dark wristband. (It might even be the DJ.) Many people will shove past your fully-
conscious frame to get to wherever they’re going. They will commence their awkward shake or fist pump in your comfort zone and every other measure of proximity. Even the security guards won’t mind you as they snatch some other kid up for not having a 21+ wristband and holding a (you guessed it) PBR. Manners are as abandoned as Macbooks that get stolen in libraries; however, this does not mean you should abandon yours. You can keep your sanity, your sanctity and your sobriety as the exception. Say your “Excuse me” and “I apologize” with conviction. Know when to distance oneself from the action, or lack thereof, depending on comfort level. When you get clutched unintentionally, it’s the perfect setting to throw it back without any real penalty if you feel buck enough. Just disguise it in the vengeful laughter and the 2 Chainz quote...you will be joined. It’s not worth it. This applies to everything. Don’t fight anyone over any of the situations depicted above. Common sense is still at your disposal, and you have control. Get out of the guard’s way when he tries to bounce someone for weed or molly so you won’t be the wrong target. Don’t let the gender and women’s studies-majoring bro you kinda know who just called you a “pussy” get underneath your skin… he has bigger morality issues to deal with. Fighting doesn’t solve anything at a show and it kills the vibes for everyone. If someone shoots you ice grills, let ‘em hate. You’re here, you’re sober and you’re enjoying yourself. It is possible, and I salute you.
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The Frequency’s front room filled by its bar gives way to a roomy dance floor and stage that can hold 150 people.
Up close and personal at The Frequency By Alton Zenon III The Daily cardinal
You’re looking through your iTunes replaying your favorite songs over and over again, wishing you had some new music for jamming, or you’re grinding through another week of classes thinking that you owe it to yourself to let loose at a live show soon. Look no further than The Frequency, a venue that can satisfy both of those hungers without forcing you to travel great distances or spend too many precious dollars. The Frequency resides at 121 West Main St. where it meets with South Fairchild, a slight jaunt off of the Capitol Square. From the outside, The Frequency looks nondescript and similar to any other tavern in Madison. Stepping inside, there is a well-stocked bar on the left hand side with room for around thirteen bar stools placed in front of it. On the opposite wall there are a few bar tables lined up against it that extend into the back of the room, at which point the room opens up and you’re left with some breathing room. On the back wall, there is a single doorway that marks the entrance to the stage area. This is where The Frequency catches you off guard by transitioning seamlessly from a bar to a concert venue. There are bar tables spaciously placed around the back three walls and a small but cozy sound booth on the wall opposite the knee-high stage. Band posters, flyers and stickers add splashes of history and color to the walls and two angled windows above the stage let sun and moonlight pour onto the dance floor. The floor area here seems relatively small in terms of your typical concert venue, but regardless, The Frequency can comfortably fit around 150 audience members for its most high profile shows. The Frequency has all the flair, personality and uniqueness of a dingy underground punk rock club minus the sticky floors and smell reminiscent of a high school locker room that typically accompanies those places. Since its opening in June of 2008, the venue has hosted everything across the spectrum of pop, indie, hip-hop, hard rock, and
nearly everything else imaginable. “We do a little bit of everything well, but the heavier stuff we tend to be a little better at,” said owner Darwin Sampson in an interview with The Daily Cardinal. Punk bands often take the stage at The Frequency and those shows are generally a big hit. This month Teenage Bottle Rockets, Toys That Kill, The Jetbirds, Government Zero and a few local acts will be rocking the house. For those who are not avid punk fans, David Liebe Hart Band (a frequent guest on the Adult Swim show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”), bluegrass band Black Prairie, indie-rock band Hey Rosetta! and cello-driven rock band Rasputina (both presented by Majestic Live), experimentalelectronic band Little Spoon and many other extremely diverse artists are also billed to play this venue during the fall concert season. “The focus is trying to have the best quality music every night.” said Sampson. The Frequency also works closely with Madison based community events such as the annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival as well as the annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards. It will be hosting fundraising shows for both events this week. But the most standout thing about The Frequency, besides its diverse selection of shows, is the fact that you can basically see shows for dirt cheap. Rarely will ticket prices exceed more than $10. Bigger and more widely known acts may fetch around $15, but this is generally the maximum amount and on average, tickets run around $7. A night at The Frequency will have all excitement of a night at a larger venue that may boast more critically acclaimed bands without the budget-breaking prices that come along with the approval of said critics. Chances are, you may not have heard many of the bands that will be playing at The Frequency during any given month, but if you need a break from the monotony of school and are itching to see a great live show (and aren’t afraid to take a risk on a new band) for a great price, then The Frequency should move to the top of your list of local places to check out.
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Jacob Riederer opinion columnist
e live in a world where people of different genders, sexual orientations and gender identities interact on a daily basis. Thus, gender and its components are a large and important part of our daily lives. Currently at UW-Madison, however, courses in gender studies are not required for all majors and many students graduate without taking a single gender studies class. This is surprising for an institution that prides itself on offering a well-rounded and diverse educational experience for all. As a result, I believe if UW wants to provide a truly balanced and adequate educational experience, then it must institute
a gender studies requirement for all students. To understand the importance and relevance of gender in our society look no further than the pay gap between men and women. In 2012, a woman still makes about 25 cents less for every dollar a man makes doing the same work for the same amount of time. Although this pay gap has decreased slightly since the 1960s, the figure has been relatively stagnant over the past two decades. But it’s not just pay where women are second to men; women are also underrepresented in many other sectors of life. For example, women make up only 16.8 percent of congress. And since the creation of the senate, only 39 women have ever served in its 223 years of existence. In the private sector,
women only occupy 16 percent of all executive board seats for Fortune 500 companies. What’s even more alarming is the fact that 40 percent of all businesses currently have no women in senior management. Discrimination isn’t solely borne by women, however. Men and women alike are often the victims of discrimination because of sexual orientation. This is evidenced by the Boy Scouts of America who still deny membership to any open or avowed homosexuals. Moreover, many states across the U.S., including Wisconsin, discriminate against gays by prohibiting the marriage of same sex couples. Thus, it’s obvious gender and identity are major parts of our culture and gender inequality and discrimination continue to be real problems. Therefore, the UW, as
an institution for education and the betterment of oneself, should address these realities and require all students to take at least one gender studies class. In doing so, many Badgers will graduate with a more modern and ethical perspective on the issue, making them less likely to discriminate on the basis of gender. Don’t get me wrong, taking one class in gender studies will not change the perspectives of everyone but it will at the very least expose students to the issue. Adopting this measure is a step in the right direction and will give students a better understanding of gender’s importance in our culture. And while some students may contest gender studies is not relevant to their major, much less their daily life, they couldn’t be more wrong. As stated previously, we live in a very diverse world filled
with many people of different genders and sexual affiliations. As a result, all of us have and will continue to have experiences on campus where gender plays an important role in a situation. Everywhere we go, even after graduation, we will always represent this university. Therefore, it is my hope that we as Badgers portray this university in a positive light by always exercising polices of equality and fairness for all genders. Consequently, I believe UW as a university has the duty and responsibility to prepare its students for an ever-diversifying world by incorporating gender studies classes into every student’s curriculum, thus providing a balanced and truly diverse educational experience for all. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLAC needs to provide solutions instead of whining Nick Fritz opinion columnist
ost student organizations here at UW-Madison provide a great service for the students and community. Yes, there are some student orgs like the Slappy Skateboard Club or the Wisconsin Lawn Sports Club that were created for fun, but they don’t bother anyone. Unless, of course, as a child, the neighbor boy beat you with a
croquet mallet and now you are emotionally scarred because of it. In that case WLSC may upset you to some degree. However, there is one student org that serves one purpose, which is to annoy the living crap out of me. Student Labor Action Coalition has shown up in the news yet again. This time it’s to whine about Palermo’s Pizza. About a year ago, SLAC protested the partnership between the UW and adidas because adidas failed to pay workers who were laid off when their factory closed down. Now, SLAC is protested poor working conditions in the Palermo’s Pizza factory.
Look, I absolutely believe working conditions for factory workers should be fair and up to current standards. It is absolutely morally wrong to exploit people because they cost less to employ. However, to send Interim Chancellor David Ward a letter and a pizza spelling “No Justice, No Pizza!” is ridiculous. Why should the actions of a company affect our school at all? I understand that they are one of our sponsors and there is a morality clause in our contract with them. However, I don’t think there should be one. What’s the point? Palermo’s, Nike, adidas and most other com-
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panies are still going to chase cheap labor and cut corners to make a profit. Why would they care what the morality clause says in the contract with UW? SLAC’s solution to problems like this is to drop the offending company as a sponsor just like we did with Nike. As if that would mean anything to these companies. I’m sure dropping Nike made a huge impact on their bottom line. Let’s get real. Nike is doing just fine, so will adidas and so will Palermo’s. Dropping sponsors because a group of students is mad at them is stupid. Instead, we should be focusing on collaborating with our
sponsors to ensure safety and healthy working conditions in their factories. I am glad there is a student org that cares so much about these issues and is bringing them to the attention of our chancellor. However, the grandstanding and grandiose demonstrations need to stop. I don’t want to listen to their whining for any longer. If SLAC wants people to take it seriously, find solutions to these problems instead of piling them on the desk of a man who has way more important things to take care of. Nick is a senior majoring in marketing. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Amendment pushes America forward Nikki Stout opinion columnist
he First Amendment is one of those rare things that the general population feels quite strongly about, the sound of such a feeling being a unified, “YES!” Maybe because it validates our personal freedoms, maybe because it allows us the courage to voice an unpopular position, or maybe because it’s the key ideal as to why we are allowed to be who we are. Whatever personal reason one may have for their love of free speech, religion, press, protest and petition, generally speaking, it’s a nationally accepted good. Beyond obvious reasons as to why we’re crazy about our most important constitutional rights, such as, well, not being thrown in jail for disliking the president, the First Amendment allows us the elasticity to individualize, yet maintains the strength to unite us through its power. Voltaire wrote, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.” This idea, this belief, more than any other document, trend, platform or voice, keeps the citizens of this country not only willing to sacrifice for their own rights, but for others’ as well. And what
could possibly be more unifying than a collective body of individuals, as different as can be, rallying together for not only the majority, but also for the quiet group of dissenters?
The First Amendment allows us the elasticity to individualize, yet maintains the strength to unite us through its power.
The strength in this system is staggering. There does not have to be mutual respect for a certain belief or idea itself, yet the respect for the ability for one to have that belief or idea is unquestioned and celebrated. This understanding, above all else—wealth, military power, socio-economic status, geographic location or political orientation—stands as THE American commonality. Against all that divides our citizens, the right to that divide keeps us on the same team. Not only does that make the United States unique, it pushes us forward. Nikki is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Tell Nicole about a time you exercised your First Amendment rights by sending all letters and feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.
Weekend, October 5-7, 2012
Wisconsin women look to improve from last weekend’s series I’m concerned about— trying to build on what we did last The Wisconsin women’s weekend and trying to get bethockey team (1-0-1) looks to ter from last weekend.” extend their early undefeated In two victories last record this weekend weekend against as they travel to St. Minnesota State, the Louis, Mo., to take on Badgers’ offense was Lindenwood (0-2). on the attack early Consecutive road and often as they Number of series for the Badgers attempted a total of Badger goals to open the season has 157 shots with 82 of vs. Lindenbeen a rarity for the them on net. wood in two program as they have Senior forward games last season only opened on the road Brianna Decker twice before, in 2001-02 led the way for and 2007-08. Wisconsin, postSaves made Lindenwood, a ing two goals and by junior member of the CHA, an assist. With her Alex Rigsby went 8-21-0 in their strong performancvs. Minneinaugural NCAA seaes early in the seasota State son last year and are son, she has become Saturday coming off a weekend increasingly more series in which they comfortable out on were swept by Ohio the ice as a senior. State, losing 4-0 and 7-2. “I think with being comLindenwood sophomore for- fortable comes confidence and ward Alison Wickenheiser, the I think that I have enough of team’s 2011 leading scorer, had that to carry through the year,” her point streak snapped at five she said. “My teammates give games in the season opener, but me confidence and so do the has recorded at least one point coaches so that helps.” in eight out of her last 10 games The defense was strong as dating back to last year, scoring well, holding the Maverick’s 14 goals and five assists during forwards in check. They were that span. anchored by junior goaltender Alex Rigsby’s 37 saves. In two meetings last year, Wisconsin blanked the Lions, “I think we have to look at outscoring them by a comourselves and reflect on ourselves and make sure we bined 24-0. Despite being the heavy favorite this weekend, get better every weekend.” Wisconsin isn’t overlooking their upcoming opponent. Brianna Decker “We won’t overlook senior forward Wisconsin women’s hockey [Lindenwood],” Johnson said. “I don’t care who we’re playing or where we’re playing Lions freshman goalie Nicole them at, you have to work Hensley racked up 100 saves hard, play smart, play disagainst the Buckeyes, including ciplined and do some little 60 saves in the opener. things to help you win.” “They are a better team Decker echoed Johnson’s than what we faced last year,” remarks. “As a team, we Badger head coach Mark always tell each other to view Johnson said. “It’s a big game every opponent the same,” she for them. They’ve been mar- said. “Whether it’s Minnesota keting, they’ve been hyping it or Lindenwood, it doesn’t realup. With any opponent, you ly matter. I think we have to have to do certain things if look at ourselves and reflect you’re going to give yourselves on ourselves and make sure a chance to win and that’s what we get better every weekend.”
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Redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon should expect a bigger workload Saturday after head coach Bret Bielema said he plans to split the carries more evenly across his backfield.
UW readies for Illinois By Ryan Hill the daily cardinal
People who wanted to see Wisconsin junior running back James White and redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon in the backfield more often last weekend against Nebraska may have their wish come true Saturday against Illinois (0-1 Big Ten, 2-3 overall). Badgers’ head coach Bret Bielema said Thursday that the coaching staff actually had a goal of 25-15-10 split in touches among senior Montee Ball, White and Gordon, respectively, even before the season started and that the coaching staff was working toward reaching that goal. “That (split has) been out there for a little bit,” he said. “We haven’t come close to hitting that yet, but it’s something that’s there.” Ball and the offensive line simply could not get anything going when the run game was needed most in the second half last Saturday. After a Ball touchdown to go up 27-10 in the third quarter, everyone was expecting a healthy mix of the three to run down the clock like the team has been so capable of doing in past seasons. Bielema did say that the split would have been different last weekend, but the three-andouts after halftime made the task difficult. “[Running backs coach] Thomas [Hammock] and I had a good discussion,” Bielema said. “The last game we just didn’t
have a lot of extended drives in fifth-year senior safety Shelton the second half. That Johnson has a chance was a major part of it. of seeing action. “I think Thomas has “I don’t know if got a good plan now of he’ll start the game, how to incorporate not but [Shelton] is there just James, but Melvin for us if we need him,” Badgers’ into the rotation.” Bielema said. average Saturday appears to Scheelhaase has rushing yards be a favorable opporthrown four interper game tunity for the Badgers ceptions to just two (0-1, 3-2) to climb out of touchdowns and the cellar in both rushmissed the second Average ing and passing offense and third games of points allowed in the Big Ten. The the season. by Illinois this season Badgers rank dead last Considering his in both passing yards ankle injury that he per game and rushing suffered in the third yards per game at 183.6 quarter of the Fighting and 125.6, respectively. Illini’s season opener, the Illinois has given up a mediocre Badgers’ secondary can expect 27.6 points per game on defense a heavier dose of pass plays and has turned the ball over nine Saturday, which will most likely times in its past two games. be a sigh of relief to them after having Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez use his legs to lead four-straight scoring drives “I don’t know know if in the second half last Saturday. he’ll start the game, but “It’s a little bit of guys stepping [Shelton Johnson] is there into new roles,” Bielema said of for us if we need him.” the defensive struggles. Bielema also said defensive Bret Bielema linemen Brendan Kelly, a fifthhead coach Wisconsin football year senior, and Pat Muldoon, a redshirt junior, should be able to play, though Muldoon will be The matchup also gives the wearing a club. Wisconsin defense its best shot Despite the heartbreaking loss of forcing their first intercep- last weekend, Bielema said the tion of the season. team had a bit of pep in their step Illinois junior signal-caller throughout the week. Nathan Scheelhaase has been “I thought during the course hampered by an injury since of the week the guys snapped in week one and Bielema said really well.”
Badgers look to even up Big Ten record on the road against Hoosiers By Taylor Valentine The daily cardinal
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team (0-1 Big Ten, 3-4-3 overall) clashes with No. 14 Indiana (2-0, 8-2-1) Saturday in Bloomington in their first road game of the Big Ten season. The Badgers look to get back to even in the conference after their home loss to Penn State last month. The Hoosiers have been historically dominant in Big Ten soccer, and this year is no exception. Led by sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta, the Hoosiers attack has been very efficient. What has been most impressive, however, is the Hoosier
defense. In 11 games this year they have only allowed five goals, while netting 16 of their own. The +11 goal differential stands out to UW head coach John Trask. “Focus is huge against a team like Indiana,” Trask said. “They’ve got 16 goals for and five against. That’s a pretty outstanding number for a team at this time in the season.” Since the Badgers have moved to a four-back formation on defense, they have only conceded more than one goal once—a double overtime loss to Marquette. That formation will be responsible for trying to keep Indiana out of the net.
Freshman goaltender Chase Rau has the utmost confidence in his defense’s ability to stop Zavaleta and the Hoosier attack.
“I think we know what to expect, we’re going to go in there and hopefully get a win.” Chris Prince junior forward Wisconsin men’s soccer
“We’re just going to play the game we’ve been playing. We’ve got
strong defenders who can handle him,” said Rau. “They’ve played against players like this. We’re fully prepared at every defensive spot to do the job.” This will be Rau’s first Big Ten road game, coming at a venue averaging over 2,000 spectators per contest. He shrugged off any notion of a hostile environment throwing him or any other Badgers off their game. “They have a lot of fans, so there will definitely be some proud Hoosiers over there,” Rau said. “But nothing gets to my head and nothing bothers my player’s heads either. We come out and we feed off the energy of the game. ”
Indiana has a knack for second-half scoring. Of their 16 goals, 14 have come in the second half against worn down defenses. Junior forward Chris Prince leads the Badgers with seven points (two goals, three assists). He has never lost to Indiana, and he hopes that the Badgers can get back on track by not allowing the Hoosiers to take advantage of a tired Badger team. “We’re a pretty fit team, we know how to play them. I’ve played against much of their team my whole life,” said Prince. “I think we know what to expect, we’re going to go in there and hopefully get a win.”
Weekend, October 5-7, 2012
Students fill Bascom Hill up to the Abraham Lincoln statue to watch the president speak.
Change doesn’t happen in one year, or one term, or even one president.”
Above: Outgoing U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., embraces U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running against former Gov. Tommy Thompson to fill the vacant seat.
We understand it’s not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, as one nation, and as one people.” —President Barack Obama Photos by grey satterfield/the daily cardinal