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Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraising breakfast for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett at the Monona Terrace Thursday. According to a statement, Biden said voters “should be angry” about policies of the Bush administration. “I’m angry too,” Biden said.
“Tom’s opponent is right with them, man! He’s drinking the same Kool-Aid.” Joe Biden vice president
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quent job losses. “Tom’s opponent is right there with them, man! He’s drinking the same Kool-Aid,” Biden said. “I’m not making this up.” Barrett said he would work to bring jobs to Wisconsin immediately, as he has done as Milwaukee mayor. He said Wisconsin residents “want jobs where they can support their families.” Biden came to Madison because the race is close, Barrett said at a press conference before the fundraiser began. The minimum ticket price was $250 and between 200 and 300 people attended. Phil Walzak, Barrett’s campaign spokesperson, said Barrett will use the money earned to “share his positive message and vision for Wisconsin about creating jobs, standing up for working and middle class families and putting state government on a diet by cutting wasteful spending.” “These are the resources that will help him share that vision with voters across Wisconsin,” Walzak said. —Beth Pickhard
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UW research expenditures exceed $1 billion
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UW-Madison research expenditures at have exceeded $1 billion for the first time in the university’s history. The total includes federal, state and private research funds. According to the National Science Foundation, research expenditures in science and engineering jumped $70 million from fiscal year 2009. According to the NSF, UW-Madison ranks third in science and engineering expenditures out of 711 universities surveyed. The university ranks fifth in non-science areas.
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Madison Ethics Board approves ordinance By Anna Bukowski The Daily Cardinal
In response to a complaint about Mayor Dave Cieslewicz’s biking trip to Europe in April, the Madison Ethics Board voted Thursday in favor of an ordinance to establish conditions and procedures for a third party to pay for incumbents’ permitted expenses. Former Ald. Brenda Konkel wrote the formal letter and complaint, calling Cieslewicz’s time in Europe “The Mayor’s Bike Ride.” Konkel questioned how his trip will benefit the city of Madison. The current ethics code allows third parties to pay for city officials’ expenses. The one requirement in the code is the funds are for the “benefit of the city.” If the Common Council approves and adopts the ordinance, the city comptroller would review the expenses paid by third
parties. Additionally the city comptroller would decide what amount the city should reimburse the third party on behalf of the city official. Steve Brist of the city attorney’s office compared the ordinance to current state law. “This is consistent with the way the state handles things,” Brist said. Currently, Wisconsin state officials only get funds that the state allows and must go through a similar reimbursement procedure, according to Brist. Board member Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, sponsored the ordinance and encouraged the board to recommend the ordinance to the City Council. “We had a consensus, using the example of the biking trip to Europe, that this [ordinance] was a good idea,” Verveer said.
Assistant professor returns from work with Latinos affected by Arizona law By Taryn McCormack The Daily Cardinal
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Homecoming week festivities continued Thursday with, “UW’s Got Talent.” Finalist Premiere Dance performed Hip Hop Swag.
UW-Madison assistant professor Carmen Valdez and graduate student Brian Padilla spoke Thursday after returning from working with Latino families in Arizona last week as state congress members there attempt to pass a controversial anti-immigration bill. Valdez, an assistant professor of psychology and counseling, and Padilla, a Ph.D. student in counseling and psychology, spoke as part of the nationwide Ethnic
Passing the $1 billion milestone reflects the university in a good light, Chancellor Biddy Martin said in a statement. “This amazing achievement is testimony to the strength and competitiveness of our faculty,” Martin said. “It is great news for the university and the state of Wisconsin.”
Three people killed in car accident By Maggie Degroot The Daily Cardinal
Three people were killed in an alleged drunken driving accident near Madison early Thursday. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the passengers were traveling in a 2002 Chrysler Sebring heading south on I-39/90 near Madison when they got a flat tire. They were pulled over on the median shoulder of southbound I-39/90 in Burke, Wis., when another vehicle struck the car from behind.
“Alcohol is a contributing factor in this crash.”
Studies Week. Valdez worked at a clinic through FAST, a resource center in Arizona that helps Latino families cope with hardships because of prejudice. The clinic held focus groups in response to the proposed bill to talk with Latino families about their experiences due to the immigration legislation and anti-immigrant sentiment. “It is by far the broadest and
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hate it when people are knowingly mindfucking you. You know, that blatant “a-ha!” moment when you come to your senses and realize that this person is deliberately trying to confuse you? The sharp feeling of complete manipulation? Like “wow this person is intentionally screwing me over, and there is not a damn thing I can do.” Yup, that’s it. And I am absolutely convinced that every student on this campus has fallen victim to this hopeless feeling. Oh wait, am I being “vulgar” again? Here goes Taylor being “juvenile and distasteful” as she swears in the newspaper again. Well, you are incorrect. This concept of “mindfucking” was actually brought to my attention by Colin McGinn, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. McGinn wrote a book entirely based on this notion, titled “Mindfucking: a critique of Mental Manipulation.” He says, “Delusion is the general result, sometimes insanity. How mind fucked are you? It’s hard to say from the inside, but being aware of the phenomenon offers at least
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some protection.” And so here I am, not being vulgar but rather an informed columnist creating awareness. The perpetrator, you ask? Well, there are actually 16,000 of them on campus right now. (Drum roll please…) I reveal to you, the professors themselves! Yes, my friends, these qualified and ever-so-trustworthy bundles of knowledge are out to mindfuck you. Believe it or not, they prey most during midterm and finals week, allowing them to disguise exploitation in the form of exams! These illicit individuals live for brain-bending Scantron tests. I picture them smoking a cigar, relaxing in their lavish home library, surrounded by piles of priceless leather-bound books, sitting in their high back leather chair, slowly rubbing their hands together and maliciously grinning. Periodically, they cackle at their computer screen and take a swig from the tumbler of Glenlivet sitting next to them. All the while knowing their students are feverishly studying and worrying about the exam only fuels their lusty fire for multiple-choice testing. As they methodically stroke their coarse, grey beards they are thinking up millions of ways to screw over their students. The day of the exam, professors
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watch as the naïve, overly-prepared students frantically pack into the lecture hall. “Sit every other seat and use a number two pencil” are the instructions inscribed on the black board, even though the professors silently laugh when writing these because they know absolutely nothing will help their innocent victims. Yes, you know exactly what I am trying to illustrate—the questions that you look at and ask yourself, “Did we actually ever learn this?” More often than not, you didn’t, yet you go back and forth on the “most appropriate” answer to the question and you never succeed in finding it. Or what about those questions with the word “not” in them? The professor purposely writes those to mindfuck you! And they SERIOUSLY piss me off! For example: Which of the following has not contributed greatly to human agriculture? Nobody in their right mind actually talks like that in real life so why the hell is it okay to put it on a test? The professor is knowingly trying to screw me over and loving every second! Yet, if you did actually “learn” the material, and you find yourself answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test it is downright petrifying. Unintentionally, you start thinking “This can’t be right, there is no way ALL of these answers
to the ten true/false questions are true.” You go back and forth with yourself, erasing and re-filling in the little bubbles, because you think that there is no way your professor would put all true statements on the exam. Well, guess what innocent little peer of mine, you professor is messing with your mind! Turns out, he put nothing BUT true statements on the test. Bummer. Perhaps your teacher isn’t the Scantron type, eh? So you may be one of those 300 students enrolled in J201? Those students who diligently studied all six essay questions, only to watch the professor march up the cement stairs and casually toss the die into the air that determines their fate, huh? No pressure at all, right? Just a complete mind fuck. Not to mention the time you wasted studying. Unfortunately I have nothing in the way of good news or uplifting phrases for all you victims, because quite frankly there is nothing you can do about it. Professors are going to continue to mind fuck and manipulate the shit out of you and naturally, you will feel resentment. I guess there is one positive spin on this whole thing; At least you will do the walk of shame in your own clothes, not looking like a train-wreck and (hopefully) you won’t be hungover. You don’t hate Scantron testing? Explain yourself at email@example.com.
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Ryan Adserias sex columnist I am new to campus and don’t know many people. Also, I am gay. I am interested in getting to know more people for friendship and maybe more. Do you know good ways to get to know people here on campus? I would like to meet other gay people but also would just like to make friends. —SP
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Most columnists would write a long-winded piece about how you can join student organizations, go out to bars or cruise the Internet for other gays to hang or make out with. I’m not that kind of columnist. But to make sure I’m doing my duty, SP, you could join one of the many student organizations on campus, many of which count gays as their leaders or in membership. You could check out the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Campus Center on the second floor of the Memorial Union. They have lots of suggestions for getting involved and meeting other people. Of course the broader Madison community boasts numerous organizations and activities targeted toward LGBT communities. Try starting with OutReach, located at 600 Williamson St. Lastly, if you’re of a certain age, several bars and clubs in the area cater to queer communities and provide opportunity for social interaction. But I have to tell you, SP, something’s been bothering me and I think it’s probably been bothering you too. In case you haven’t heard, there have been quite a few suicides in the past weeks by gay teens who have been tormented by bullies. And it’s not just kids in high school who are in the crosshairs of homophobic bullies. Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, committed suicide after his roommate broadcast a live-feed of him hooking up with a guy. And while kids killing themselves because of bully-
ing isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, people actually paying attention to it is. So let’s have a real conversation about it. Campus Pride, the national leader in LGBT issues on college campuses recently published the results of its national survey of campus climate. Among the findings: only 7 percent of colleges and universities have dedicated services for LGBT students. That’s right, 7 percent. That means that a full 93 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. lack any support services for LGBT students. The researchers also found significant numbers of LGBT students, staff and faculty seriously considered leaving their institutions because of negative attitudes toward LGBT people. Luckily, the UW is among that 7 percent. We have a lot to be thankful for on this campus. We have devoted LGBT student services, we live in what many would consider the gay mecca of the Midwest and we even have several out leaders in our university. But things around here aren’t perfect, and there is always work to be done. While our university has by and large escaped large-scale public scandals involving homophobia, we need to recognize that it exists right here in Madison. And yes, even we can be problematic. We should be challenging ourselves and our neighbors each day to think about our actions and our language, and how they affect others. When someone says, “That’s gay!” call them out on it. And don’t stop there: if you hear someone say something racist, sexist, ableist, xenophobic, antiChristian, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-folks-from-Illinois, call them and yourself out. When you think about it, we’re a pretty small family of Badgers and it’s our job to help each other become better citizens and people. We can do it if we have a conversation about it. No one should be made to feel unsafe, but especially not at school.
School is to be a place for growth, both intellectually and spiritually, and if someone is made the target of intolerance and ignorance, that growth will be impeded. The LGBT Campus Center will hold a vigil Wednesday Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. on Library Mall to remember victims of bullying and to raise awareness of the issue. This event will be a time to come out and listen to stories from people who have been bullied themselves, discuss the effect it has had on their lives, and hopefully begin to end bullying on our campus. But let’s not think that bullying only happens to gay kids, because it doesn’t. It happens to anyone who is perceived to be “different.” Heck, it even happens to the bullies. So while
we’re remembering those we’ve lost and thinking about those who live with the torment of bullying every day, let’s think carefully about how we all contribute to the problem by either participating in bullying ourselves or by ignoring bullying when we see it. So SP, I imagine this wasn’t exactly the answer you were looking for, but I think it was something that needed saying. To return to your question, I think the best way to meet other gay people is to be a gay person, comfortable with yourself, a person who takes a stand when they see injustice and someone who can see that things, to borrow a phrase, will get better. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions.
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Candidates for attorney general, Republican incumbent J.B. Van Hollen and Democrat Scott Hassett, met in a debate at the Marquette University Law School Thursday. Hassett, a trial lawyer and former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said Van Hollen has politicized the office of attorney general. He said Van Hollen “wasted taxpayer funding” when he sued the Government Accountability Board over voter registration checks in 2008. Van Hollen said party affiliation is not something that factors into his decision on what lawsuits he is involved in. “The law is what is going to dictate our actions and always has dictated mine,” Van Hollen said. Hassett also criticized Van Hollen’s handling of a case that surfaced last month involving District
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The UW System Board of Regents discussed the Access to Success Project Thursday, an initiative to increase the number of minority and low-income students attending and graduating from Wisconsin colleges. Kevin Reilly, president of the UW System, said the Access to Success Project was developed in 2009. He said the goal is to increase the number of college graduates in Wisconsin, and make sure those graduates represent the race and income of Wisconsin high school graduates. Rebecca Martin, senior vice presi-
dent of academic affairs, said there have been slight improvements since Plan 2008, which began in 1998 to increase racial and ethnic representation at Wisconsin colleges. “Although we’ve made incremental progress in enrollments of underrepresented minority students over the past several years, we are still not serving these populations at the same rate we serve white high school graduates,” she said. Martin added increases in college enrollment for low-income families are minimal. According to Martin, the Access to Success Project aims to reach the
goal of more graduates in Wisconsin. The Board of Regents said in April they would work towards increasing the number of graduates from UW System schools to 80,000 by 2015. “[Without the plan] we cannot meet our growth agenda goals in Wisconsin, or across the nation, for more highly educated, democratically engaged and globally competitive citizenry unless this situation changes,” Reilly said. The plan also includes small, transitional math classes for minorities because math courses at the remedial and first level are barriers for minorities, Martin said.
Former president of Monster.com offers business advice By Alison Bauter The Daily Cardinal
Steve Pogorzelski, head of ClickFuel and former president of Monster.com, offered firsthand entrepreneurial advice to UW-Madison students Thursday. In his presentation, “Dream Big… Or Live at Home,” Pogorzelski offered advice to students about starting up a small business. An accounting-turned-journalism major from UW-Madison, Pogorzelski emphasized the necessity of pursuing your passion. “Don’t major in something that you don’t love,” Pogorzelski said. “Don’t stay in a job that you hate.” Pogorzelski, who said he was an average student, said in the business world, the emphasis is more on a person’s passion and dedication. “Don’t get fixated on your grade-point average,” Pogorzelski
said. “That’s crap.” change in the next [few] years.” “It doesn’t take a rocket science to But according to Pogorzelski, start a small business,” he continued, the good news is that in coming explaining that most entrepreneurs do years, the baby boomer generation not have a Ph.D. or business degree. will retire, opening up positions in “The reality is that anyone who the workforce. has drive and passion and commit“It’s not a question of if, it’s a ment can start a small business,” question of when,” Pogorzelski said. Pogorzelski said. “They’ll retire, and you’re going to Senior Andres Perdomo came to really inherit it.” hear Pogorzelski’s story because he Although Pogorzelski admitted wants to start a business of his own. it is counterintuitive, he said now HailingUNIVOFWISC from Colombia,5.8X7:Layout Perodomo 1is10/5/10 not necessarily a bad time 12:30 PM Page 1 to start said hearing Pogorzelski’s story remind- a business. ed him of how great America’s oppor“There’s less competition and lower tunities can be. expectations … and I’m not talking “I’m big on hearing success sto- about the University of Minnesota,” ries,” Perdomo said. “I like hearing Pogorzelski joked. them. I believe in them. In a sense, it Pogorzelski emphasized the helped prove to me that you can do it.” importance of learning in the Talking about the economy, business world. Pogorzelski spoke plainly. “You don’t learn from your suc“You guys are screwed,” he said. cess,” Pogorzelski said. “You learn from “And there’s nothing that’s going to your mistakes.”
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accident from page 1 while outside of the vehicle. A 20-year-old female from Milwaukee was seated inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. She was transported to UW Hospital and later died from accident related injuries. Bradley Erickson of Madison was arrested for operating under the influence following the crash, state patrol said. The 31-year-old allegedly suffered non-life threatening injuries. “Alcohol is a contributing factor in this crash,” Sergeant Eugene Wagner said in a statement.
Attorney Ken Kratz. Kratz sent sexual text messages to a victim he was representing. Hassett said Van Hollen should have been more “proactive” and acted 11 months ago, when the incident happened. Van Hollen said he did everything the law would allow to distance Kratz from the case. In order for Kratz to be removed from his position, a verified complaint from a Calumet County citizen would have been needed, Van Hollen said. No such complaints were received. Public safety “needs to be the number one priority in the state government,” Van Hollen said. He said he has worked to get criminal illegal immigrants off the streets. Hassett said he does not approve of state involvement in immigrant enforcement. A second debate will be held in Madison today at the Wisconsin Public Television studio. According to University of Minnesota spokesman Daniel Wolter, two of the victims and another person who was injured in the crash were affiliated with the Golden Gopher Spirit Squad. “Obviously, this is very saddening news to our university community,” Wolter said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims and the young people who are still recovering.” The Wisconsin State Patrol is withholding the names of the victims pending notification of family members.
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the Latino and Families and Communities, said the lecture made the struggles of Latinos in Arizona more relatable. “I think listening to this speaker brought emotion into play and makes things seem much more realistic,” Wessel said. Valdez said she urges UW-Madison students to get involved in Latino student groups and stand up against the bill. “I would encourage students to get involved in different organizations that advocate for Latino groups; there are several student organizations on campus that are talking about these issues,” Valdez said.
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Based on the Swedish film “Let the Right One In,” many feared Matt Reeves’ remake of the film would be an a letdown. As it turns out, the film is pretty good and free of the vapid vampire nonesense so prevalent in society.
‘Let’ Reeves’ latest into your vampire-loving heart By Todd Stevens The Daily Cardinal
Pop culture seems to have taken on a new philosophy toward vampirism. “Twilight” takes vampires and turns them into the glittering female fantasy that is Edward Cullen, the emotionally abusive stalker of every girl’s dreams. “True Blood” caters to the other gender with copious shots of Anna Paquin naked and angry vampire hate sex. These projects continue the legacy of Ann Rice novels, which gave goth kids a special little fantasy world and provided Hot Topic with a reason to exist.
With just a few minor tweaks, Reeves is able to make the central moral dilemma of his main character much more complex.
All of these works depict vampires as the epitome of cool— they live forever, they’re invincible and they get to spend all of eternity looking like Alexander Skarsgård. That’s where the 2008 Swedish film “Let the Right One In” differentiated itself to such acclaim. It was a dark, uncompromising tale portraying vampires as not only physical bloodsuckers but emotional ones as well. So when “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves began production on an American remake with “Let Me In,” fans of the original were naturally concerned that he would alter the story to cater to the
Stephanie Meyer crowd. As it turns out, their concerns were unfounded. Reeves maintained every bit of gloom and gore from “Let the Right One In,” and if anything was too loyal to his source material, imbuing “Let Me In” with the original’s weaknesses as well as its strengths while adding some slight, yet notable changes. The plot in particular is virtually identical. Now set in the snowy mountains of 1982 New Mexico instead of Sweden, the main focus lies on Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a bullied young boy from a broken family and his burgeoning relationship with the ghostly Abby (Chloe Moretz), who has just moved in next door with her supposed father (Richard Jenkins). Spoiler, Abby is actually a vampire. As the two grow closer, Abby’s victims begin to pile up and Owen eventually catches on. It is here where Reeves manages to subtlely craft “Let Me In” into his own project. Whereas “Let the Right One In” portrays its central character as a troubled yet innocent kid, here Owen catches on to Abby’s deeper secrets more readily. He gets a definite idea of the true relationship between Abby and her “father,” and when he finally sees Abby do her dirty work, the victim is much more of an innocent. With just a few minor tweaks, Reeves is able to make the central moral dilemma of his main character much more complex. But even better are the nuances of Moretz’s performance. Having already played an uberviolent killing machine earlier this year in “Kickass,” Moretz
is hardly new to onscreen violence. But while her predecessor Lina Leandersson imbued the same character with an equally heartbreaking numbness, Moretz displays a much more overt level of sadness. She is a predator who abhors predation, yet knows it is her only way to survive. She hates killing and manipulating, but she has no other options.
But even as a remake, “Let Me In” feels refreshing, if only because the rest of what’s out there is so vapid.
At the same time, some of Reeves’ little changes simply don’t work, most notably his use of CGI to depict more of Abby’s vampire abilities. “Let the Right One In” left most of these actions off-screen or in the shadows, but “Let Me In” shows Abby scampering up trees and hospital walls, removing the eeriness of her character. In addition, Reeves still fails where “Let the Right One In” did, as both movies leave many of Abby’s motivations and actions frustratingly unexplained. But even as a remake, “Let Me In” feels refreshing, if only because the rest of what’s out there is so vapid. As far as vampire movies go, cineplexes could do a lot worse—and likely will next May when “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” comes out. Somewhere, Nosferatu is turning in his coffin.
hen I left Sundance Cinemas last weekend, I was one excited film nerd. I had the transcendental experience of a Friday matinee viewing of “The Social Network.” When I discussed the film afterwards with my friends I encountered an opinion I’ve heard many times before. I described the film as flawless, and a friend of mine, who had not yet seen the film, told me that he highly doubted that it was flawless and that the term ‘flawless’ should be, “reserved for like, ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Chinatown’ and that ilk.” This notion really irritated me, and I’ll tell you why. The 1970s were a magical time in film history, but not one that can never be replicated. Films are going to be produced, and have been produced, that are better crafted, better acted and have a more resounding presence than “The Godfather,” “Star Wars” and “Chinatown.” There, I said it. While these films were early examples of great filmmaking, that doesn’t mean that they will always be the greatest examples. These films do have flaws, and there have been many great cinematic innovations since the their hayday. You can’t let the buildup of critical praise over 30 years hyperbolize how great films from that era actually are. Thirty years later, any great film is going to be remembered as better than it originally was, because it has had 30 years of being remembered as “that awesome film” by 30 years worth of viewers. I am dumbfounded as to why everyone worships at the altar of the past and won’t give due props to the present. In the ’70s we were only beginning to be introduced to the first wave of formally educated film school directors. Film will continually improve as film education develops and new technical tools and innovations are placed at the disposal of filmmakers. The recent emergence of the Red One and other professional digital cinematography cameras is what has allowed directors like David Fincher to shoot as many as they need to get the perfect shot without worrying about incurring astronomical costs. Furthermore, while
some may look negatively on CGI for some of the cheesy films that have utilized it as a mere gimmick, it has had a very positive impact on filmmaking when used in the right hands—and “The Social Network” is one outstanding example of this. The movie’s Winklevoss twins were actually played by two different, unrelated actors. Armie Hammer did the facial acting for both twins, with his face being digitally grafted seamlessly onto a body double. Clearly, when done right, these new tools of the trade open doors for filmmakers, doors filmmakers of the ’70s could never have imagined. The past is not some lost utopia of artistic creativity that we will never be able to live up to, but rather it is a foundation for us to refer to, to improve upon, to build upon and to incorporate into something better. I’ve encountered this idolization of the past in every area of art that I am interested in—film, literature, music—and I am frustrated with it. It prevents people from recognizing the quality of the art being produced right in front of them. They would rather worship at the altar of filmmakers who peaked decades ago because that’s a safe opinion. You can’t be wrong about “The Godfather” or “Star Wars” or any of those other films being great because they are so ingrained in our culture as “great” that no one is ever going to dispute that with you. But try taking a freaking risk. Try putting your opinion out there and not playing it safe for once. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe thirty years from now no one will remember “The Social Network,” but at least I’m being original and true to myself. It’s a film I love and I think it’s on the level of any of those enshrined ’70s films. Instead of worshiping George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola and contributing nothing to our cultural discussion of film that hasn’t been said a thousands times before, go find the next Lucas, the next Coppola, and worship them. Contribute something to our zeitgeist instead of simply plagiarizing the same old opinions. By enshrining the past and dismissing the present we are going to let so many great films, great filmmakers, great art and great entertainment slip by unnoticed. And that would be a tragedy the likes of which even Shakespeare never wrote. Can we ever top the films of the ’70s? E-mail David at email@example.com.
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Because old movies define our current definition of greatness, we can’t truly appreciate new film accomplishments, like “The Social Network.”
Weekend, October 8-10, 2010
Keeping ‘Mama Grizzly’ hidden is bad for voters Melissa Grau opinion columnist
ell, Wisconsin, we’ve got ourselves a Palinesque “Mama Grizzly” who tweets about minivans and God, uses her self-proclaimed “kitchen-table common sense,” writes a fairytale for her online biography and has big hair to match her big ideas. Ultraconservative former Milwaukee WISN-TV news anchor Rebecca Kleefisch is running for lieutenant governor on the same ticket as Scott Walker. Haven’t heard much about her issues? You’re not alone. Since the primaries, the Walker campaign has almost completely silenced Kleefisch and deflected debates, interviews and press conferences.
Why would Walker silence his running mate in such a glaring fastion?
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Judging from the limited information that is available, Kleefisch appears to be an adequate GOP candidate for lieutenant governor. She is playing off the Tea Party frenzy and can appeal to conservative voters in the Christians-get-your-guns type of way. She is also educated and experienced in communications. She graduated from UW-Madison with a journalism degree and has since worked in marketing, public relations and reporting. Using her previous campaign videos and speeches as
evidence, Kleefisch can actually articulate her pro-life, anti-gay marriage, small government positions clearly and interestingly. She even has a unique vision for the historically pointless role of Lieutenant Governor. In her earlier campaigning days, she said if the governor is the CEO, then the lieutenant governor is the VP of marketing, and she would exercise her expertise to promote Wisconsin jobs. Yet she doesn’t have any political experience or realistic leadership roles, unlike Democratic challenger Tom Nelson. She also does not add much to round out the GOP ticket because she is from the same area as Walker and they are both ultra-conservative. On the other hand, Tom Nelson is from Kaukana, a significant distance north of Milwaukee, where Tom Barrett currently resides as mayor. Now that Walker has teamed up with Kleefisch, however, she is avoiding the public eye entirely. She has refused interviews and press conferences with papers and declined to participate in any of the multiple debates Nelson has proposed. Also, since joining Walker, the content of her “Issues” page on her website links directly to Walker’s. Her religious positions are gone and replaced almost exclusively with Walker content. Why would Walker silence his running mate in such a glaring fashion? Either the Walker campaign is scared of the Palin effect that arguably debilitated John McCain in 2008, or the campaign itself do not see eye to eye with Kleefisch. Either of those realities are threatening and demeaning to potential voters. It is a shady injustice to hide a candidate’s issues from the voting public. Refusing to debate or even participate in an interview takes away the public’s right to understand
a candidate’s positions and how exactly those platforms would translate into law. To continue in the race for lieutenant governor without any public communication and still expect support from uninformed voters is cocky and insulting. Besides knowing the exact issues they would be supporting or opposing, the public cannot trust a candidate whose own campaign does not trust her. If the Walker campaign is worried Kleefisch will appear to be an idiot, make inappropriate comments or growl too loudly as a mama grizzly protecting her cubs, then the public should be worried, too.
To continue in the race for Lieutenant Governor without any public communication and still expect support from uninformed voters is cocky and insulting.
The Walker campaign’s refusal to support their own candidates and reveal their messages to the public does not hide whatever inadequacies they find worrisome. In reality it highlights them, proving that there is indeed something to hide, and communicates to voters that the campaign should not be trusted. The only constitutional role for the lieutenant governor is that he or she will take the place of the Governor in the event that he or she is no longer able to serve. Wisconsin cannot afford to offer the possibility of gubernatorial leadership to an inexperienced, hidden and altogether untrustworthy candidate. Melissa Grau is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Please send all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ravi’s actions terrible, but not worth such a long sentence matt beaty opinion columnist
n Sept. 22, Rutgers student Tyler Clementi committed suicide three days after Dharun Ravi, his roommate, secretly streamed video of Clementi during an intimate encounter with his male partner. Unfortunately, this story of cyber bullying is nothing new; it is yet another saddening example of the tragic consequences of intolerance and disrespect. There is no doubt Ravi deserves to be punished for what he has done. Invasion of privacy is a not a minor crime, and it should not be shaken off. A full investigation should be conducted to determine how malicious his actions were in order to determine how much of the possible five-year sentence for invasion of privacy Ravi deserves. As of now, prosecutors are still deciding whether to add bias charges against Ravi. This would mean that prosecutors found, without a doubt,
that Ravi committed the crime because Clementi was homosexual. Bias charges would also come with a possibility of a 10-year prison sentence. However disgusting and perverted Ravi’s actions were, they do not warrant 10 years in prison. What Ravi did was a horrible, perverted prank, but it does not seem that he wanted Clementi to commit suicide, only to be embarrassed. His actions are not excusable, but such a harsh punishment as 10 years in prison does not fit the crime. To put sentencing into perspective, there has been another notable case of taping someone without consent. In 2009, Erin Andrews was taped in her hotel room. The man who filmed her was sentenced to 30 months in prison and was placed on a federal sex offender registry. Both Clementi and Andrews were victims of voyeurism, and they deserve the same level of justice. If justice can truly be brought about by punishment, then each attacker deserves to receive the same level of sentencing. I believe 30 months and life on a sex offender registry would
be appropriate for Ravi. Since he taped Clementi while he was in an intimate situation with his partner, a sex offense is very appropriate. Furthermore, being placed on a sex offender registry will constantly remind Ravi and the rest of the country of his mistake.
However disgusting and perverted Ravi’s actions were, they do not warrant 10 years in prison.
More important than Ravi going to jail is to make sure that bullying and suicide become less prevalent in our culture. People are angry at what Ravi did and want justice to be served. But in a broader sense, people are angry at what every bully has done to their victims and saddened by the actions victims have taken. Because of Clementi’s sexuality, there has been an outpour of celebrity and media condemnation of homo-
phobic bullying. We need support for homosexual victims of bullying, especially with statistics showing that 9 of 10 homosexual students report being bullied or abused. While bullying is more prevalent against homosexual students, it is an issue that can affect anyone. Too many bullied children have taken their lives in the past years to stay complacent on the issue. Some of these students were Phoebe Prince, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg and Jesse Logan. For various reasons, these students—some homosexual, some heterosexual—were teased to their breaking point. Sadly, none of their suicides served as clear enough warnings about the dangerous consequences of bullying. What should come out of this tragedy are better support systems in our schools, especially colleges. Every school should have teachers, administrators, counselors, friends and parents to help students feel safe in their environment and to get through tough parts of their lives. No one should have to dread going to school because they are being tortured by their peers. No one should have to worry about their privacy being so
blatantly invaded as was Clementi’s. It seems that Clementi lacked this support network at Rutgers. Once he realized he was being spied upon, he went to a chat-room to find guidance in the situation. Clementi must not have felt comfortable enough to immediately go to his resident advisor to get help with the situation and talk about how he was feeling. If Clementi had a better support system available, maybe his suicide could have been prevented. Hopefully, Rutgers will follow through with their promise to work with student leaders to make the school more secure for everyone, and other schools continue their efforts to do the same. No matter what, there are going to be jerks and idiots out there who find pleasure in hurting others. We can help by being willing to support those who need help with dealing with these jerks. The best we can do is be tolerant of others and be there for people when they need help getting through the rough parts in life. Matt Beaty is a sophomore majoring in mathematics and computer science. Please send all feedback to opinion@ dailycardinal.com.
Weekend, October 8-10, 2010
By Cory Romdenne the daily cardinal
Following an important win over Minnesota in the Twin Cities and a win at home against Iowa, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team gets a full seven days of rest this week before squaring off against No. 17 Illinois at noon Sunday. The Badgers extended their shutout streak to eight and their unbeaten streak to nine this weekend, and currently sit atop the Big Ten standings with 10 points. Senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton continues to be a force between the posts, making eight saves this weekend on the way toward earning her third consecutive Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week award. “Winning three in one season, it certainly is an accomplishment and I’m proud of it,” Dalton said. “I couldn’t do it alone for sure. It was the defense always helping me along as well, and we cover for each other and that’s our primary job back there, keeping goals out.
“It was definitely a team effort, a defensive effort all the way around, and I’m happy to walk away so far unscathed,” she added. While the defense has been steady this season, it has taken time for the offense to find a rhythm. Nonetheless, the UW attack has certainly made the most of its opportunities. Sophomore midfielder Alev Kelter, who scored the game-winner against Minnesota with the Badgers’ only shot on target in the match, was upbeat when asked about the progress of the offense. “I think that the progress that the offense has made has been that we just keep communicating, and getting the ball around the corners is just a big emphasis,” Kelter said. “But also defending together so when we do get it in the offensive zone we can all just push up and be a team in the offensive zone.” With a full seven days off before their home game against Illinois, the Badgers will have more freedom
in training this week. “I think the first thing is that we sort of sit back and look at the things we need to do better from the Iowa game,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It gives us an opportunity to work on some fitness, a little bit more competitive stuff, we can sort of bang around with each other a little more. So we’re going to create a little bit more of a competitive atmosphere this week.” Wilkins also made it clear that the team is focusing on one match at a time. “I think any time you’re in the Big Ten and you look past any team, you look and try to pick out any game, you just don’t know because the Big Ten has such parity to it,” she said. “It’s difficult to get ready for [Illinois]. They cause so many problems and have so many talented players that we’re going to just have to stay as organized as we possibly can in the back and take our chances when we get them.”
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Badgers look to retain first place in Big Ten against No. 17 Illinois
The weather didn’t help. Rain throughout the weekend forced not only a change in schedule, but also a change in the format itself. Forced into a cable television, predawn Monday morning finish, the Ryder Cup didn’t seem to be the game changer that golf needed in its dark hour. Although I fulfilled my duty as a dedicated golf fan and woke up at 3 a.m. sharp, I have to admit my lack of optimism quickly put me into a nap that lasted nearly three hours. Already down three and seeing eight European leads up on the board, my second wakeup brought no more excitement and certainly no more optimism than the first.
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A Ryder Cup charge is like nothing else in golf, perhaps like nothing else in sport itself.
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the most experienced unit on the team. One thing that likely will not change, though, is the competition between the two for time on the ice. Gudmandson will start Friday, but Eaves said Saturday’s starter has not yet been decided. Gudmandson likely will not have the luxury of a prolific offense this year—the team lost four 50-point scorers—but said he likes the idea of taking a defense-first approach. “If we’re going to be a more defensive-minded team, it might make my job a little easier,” Gudmandson said. “Guys are going to be blocking shots and boxing guys out in front, that makes it easier for me, so I’m excited.” Senior forward and captain Sean Dolan—expected to man the center position on Wisconsin’s third line— said the two guys between the pipes will play a vital role in how this young team gets started. “They’re going to be a backbone, and definitely here in the beginning,” Dolan said. “We do have 10 freshmen so it is a learning process. It’s definitely a huge factor for us to have two seniors [in goal].”
We expect the likes of Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson to win as they have so many times before. We don’t, however, expect a 21-year-old rookie to birdie the final four holes down the stretch to salvage a desperately needed half point. Rickie Fowler made the Ryder Cup memorable. Although the outcome was in the end unchanged thanks to the heroic performance of Europe’s Graeme McDowell, the sudden comeback by the controversial captain’s pick was instrumental in making McDowell a Ryder Cup hero, Hunter Mahan the most unfortunate of legendary losers and the 2010 competition one for the ages. While handing Mahan the blame for the American defeat is as unfair as it gets, the praise for Fowler’s comeback could never be overstated. By giving the sports world something to remember last Monday, Fowler might just have saved the game of golf for the time being. Those putts he made on the final holes showed the sporting world why they had come to accept the game of golf as one of their own. It was the drama, the passion and the excitement of a young man showing power on the world’s stage. That type of story is what sport is all about. Is the Ryder Cup even still relevant in the American sporting scene? Think there were better things Max could have been doing at 3 a.m. on a Monday morning? E-mail him at email@example.com.
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In the most literal sense of the term, the No. 13 Wisconsin men’s hockey team will have a new look when it opens its season this weekend against Boston University in the Ice Breaker Tournament this weekend in St. Louis. After last year’s mass exodus of 11 players, the Badgers’ roster features 10 freshmen, a least six of whom figure to see regular time on the ice, with more likely to work into the rotation early in the season. “You try to reload,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We won’t know how well we reloaded until we get started again. It’s just the way of college hockey because of the avenue of pro hockey, when you have good players, you’re going to lose them and you have to reload.” The Badgers had their top offensive lines from 2009 decimated by the combination of seniors leaving and underclassmen jumping to the professional ranks. To start this year, the top line will feature sophomore Craig Smith at center, with junior Jordy Murray at left wing and fresh-
man Mark Zengerle on the right side. Eaves spoke highly of Zengerle’s natural ability with the puck, and said he is looking forward to seeing his young players in a game situation. “It will give us an honest measure of where we are,” Eaves said. “We don’t know where we stand right now. Until you match up against somebody else and get in a game situation, that will be the best early measuring stick.” Wisconsin suffered heavy losses to the defensive unit as well, as Hobey Baker finalist Brendan Smith, Ryan McDonagh and Cody Goloubef all left a year of eligibility on the table to pursue professional careers. Still, Wisconsin returns the point man of its power play in sophomore Justin Schultz, as well as fellow sophomore John Ramage and junior Jake Gardiner. “I’d say we have one of the best d-corps in the country again,” senior goaltender Scott Gudmandson said. “[Ramage, Shultz, and Gardiner] are top-end guys.” In a reversal from last year, Gudmandson and fellow senior goaltender Brett Bennett stand as
The praise for Rickie Fowler’s comeback could never be overstated.
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The puck drops here: New year, new faces for Wisconsin
rama, passion, excitement, energy, pressure, elation, desolation, joy and despair: Last weekend’s Ryder Cup had it all. Okay, I know that it has been nearly a week since the competition finished up and with the MLB playoffs getting started, the NFL season in full swing and the Badgers facing two crucial home dates with Minnesota and Ohio State, golf is just about the last thing on sports fans’ minds. But I really think I would be remiss to ignore what was truly one of the great moments of the sporting year so far. At the same time that Tiger Woods, the man responsible for golf ’s ascension into the mainstream sports scene, was largely becoming a non-factor even when he did play, the world economy continued to flounder and sponsors were unwilling to cut checks, bringing the growth in participation to a screeching halt. As the start of the semi-annual matches came around last week, golf was a game in a state of utter desperation.
The Europeans led, the outcome seemed to have been decided, and sleep seemed to be a enticing thought. Then the magic came. A Ryder Cup charge is like nothing else in golf, perhaps like nothing else in sport itself. The flashbulb sequencing of events, the collective change in fortunes, the unseen influence of momentum, a Ryder Cup charge has all the best that sports have to offer.
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Sean Dolan, left, who played in 27 games and scored three goals last season will see more action this year as captain. Meanwhile Scott Gudmandson, right, will look to improve in his senior year.
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Fowler comeback may not have been enough at Ryder Cup for US, but inspirational regardless max sternberg stern words
By Parker Gabriel
No. 20 Wisconsin vs Minnesota
No. 12 LSU at No. 14 Florida
No. 17 Michigan State at No. 18 Michigan
No. 23 Florida State at No. 13 Miami
Green Bay at Washinton
Kansas City at Indianapolis
Minnesota at New York
Weekend, October 8-10, 2010
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Battle for the Axe
Badgers, Gophers revew rivalry in 120th meeting By Parker Gabriel the daily cardinal
Usually when one college football team is favored by better than three touchdowns over another, the outcome is predictable. The annual rivalry game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, however, rarely is. The Badgers are clearly t better team on paper this year, and have put a better product on the field, though it has been a long way from perfect. Each game, though, brings something new to the battle for bragging rights between these neighboring states, which enters its 120th edition Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. One element of this rivalry
that is not new is Wisconsin’s commitment to running the football, which should again be on display come 11:00 a.m. Saturday. While junior standout John Clay repeatedly turns in rock solid performances, freshman James White continues to grab attention with his ability to run to open space and make tacklers miss. “He’s just playing fast,” senior tight end Lance Kendricks said. “I’m able to be on the field and watch him, and it’s good to see a young guy being able to play fast and be confident out there.” After breaking out with four touchdowns against Austin Peay Sept. 25, White made his Big Ten debut last week by carrying the ball 10 times and accumulating 98 yards and two scores. He has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors each of the last two weeks. “If he continues
to put up those kind of numbers, it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field,” running backs coach John Settle said. “It’s one thing to see a guy on film, it’s another thing to try to tackle him.” On the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin has seen plenty of film on Gophers senior quarterback Adam Weber. The four-year starter has yet to beat the Badgers, but has turned in productive performances in the past—including a three-touchdown day last time Minnesota came to Madison—and earned high praise from UW players and coaches. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for [Adam] Weber,” defensive line coach Charlie Partridge said. “Seeing him all these years and seeing his ability to throw the ball, run and lead his team. I know they have had some tough
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breaks this year but we have a tremendous amount of respect for what he can do.” “He has no conscience,” senior strong safety Jay Valai said. “He’ll throw that ball deep on you in a second.” Weber owns a career 0-3 record against the Badgers, who have now beaten Minnesota six consecutive times. That means that no player currently in Wisconsin’s program has lost to the Gophers. For seniors like Valai and linebacker Blake Sorensen, a chance at the career sweep is something to cherish. “It would be a big thing to say that I’ve never lost the Axe in my career, Sorensen said. “That’s what we’re working for this week.”
Inside, page 7 -Men’s hockey opens season on the road against Boston University in St. Louis -Women’s soccer looks to run unbeaten streak to 10 straight against Illinois -Columnist Max Sternberg takes a closer look at the Ryder Cup -The Cardinal staff goes ‘out on a limb’ and predicts this weekend’s matchups
Online, dailycardinal.com -Volleyball attempts to turn around fortunes with weekend set in Michigan -Men’s soccer hopes to grab first Big Ten win this season against Michigan