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A year later, we’re still saying “Me Too” By Channing Smith PHOTO EDITOR

Me Too. These two small words, coined by Tarana Burke in 2006 and brought into the public sphere nearly a year ago by actress Alyssa Milano on Twitter, have since sparked a widespread campaign for women’s rights. In the days following the first post, 24,722 people tweeted the hashtag. A year later, sexual assault is still a prominent topic at UW-Madison, where 1 in 4 women report being sexually assaulted during college. On the same day as Milano’s tweet, an anonymous female college student reported being sexually assaulted at a house on Langdon Street. The investigation that followed was one of 11 sexual assault investigations at UW-Madison in 2017. The assault was one of 318 reported in that year, according to the UW Division of Student Life. Total sexual assaults reported on campus increased since 2011. Though the increase means more assaults are occurring, it also

means students feel an increased level of comfort in coming forward. “There are many reasons why survivors may not feel it’s safe, emotionally and/or physically, to speak out about or report what’s happened,” University Health Services Violence Prevention Manager Molly Zemke said. 60 percent of UW-Madison students said they believed it is very unlikely that a student making a report would be supported by other students, according to a Campus Climate Survey administered by the American Association of Universities in 2015. More than 70 percent of students said it is very unlikely a report would be taken seriously by campus officials. But the #MeToo movement has changed the conversation, according to UW-Madison students. “I know so many women, and even some men, that opened up about their experiences by posting about the #MeToo movement,” UW-Madison senior Naomi Venezia said. “It really fueled discussion and made it a


A year after #MeToo flooded social media, sexual assault remains a prevalent issue at UW-Madison. more visible topic.” Venezia has been an outspoken advocate of sexual assault prevention, leading campus support group K(No)W More in which women on campus, many

Students share their coming out stories on national LGBT holiday By Sarah Jensen STAFF WRITER

In light of National Coming Out Day, UW-Madison students reflect on their coming out experience, describing their identities as journies. On October 11, people around the world celebrate the day of LGBT awareness. The day, which falls during LGBT History Month, was originally celebrated in 1988 to highlight feminist and gay liberation. People around campus may come out to families and friends, embarking on what students like Molly Davis say is a “journey,” and others emphasize requires support. UW-Madison student Molly Davis highlighted identity as a changing idea that isn’t easily found. “When people talk about their identity, they say it takes them a long time to find their home in a named identity,” Davis said. “I feel like I’m still on that journey. But a part of me wants to wait to figure out where my home is with my identity so I can articulate it well to others.” When asking if there was a specific time or place that she discovered her sexuality, she

said, “It was in the works for a really long time, I was just able to open up to the idea, … instead of just brushing it off and not really addressing it.” Davis also discussed the hardships involved with her coming out experience, explaining the

expectations and implications of defining oneself to others. “You’re always gonna get people that ask you to put yourself in a box and quickly define yourself,” she said. “All I really

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In honor of National Coming Out Day as part of LGBT History Month, students reflect on their coming out experiences. One student found it’s not one moment, it’s a continuous journey.

of whom are involved with Greek life, share their stories. A disproportionate number of sexual assaults take place in fraternities, according to UW-Madison Title

IX Coordinator Lauren Hasselbacher. Fraternity men are three times more likely to commit rape than their non-

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UW System continues search for methods to reconcile their budget losses throughout year By Robyn Cawley COLLEGE NEWS EDITOR

UW System universities have been grappling with how to manage decreased funding for years, while still trying to offer reliable programs and ignite successful job creation. Let’s see how they’ve done. Earlier this year, the Board of Regents piloted restructuring of system universities to merge twoyear with four-year campuses. Along with this, university leaders have undergone faculty consolidation and threatened cuts to humanities programs. Concerns about managing stretched budgets have continued to plague the system as less students graduate high school and university enrollment rates drop at universities. “UW campuses need to review their low-enrollment degree programs, but they shouldn’t eliminate those without understanding why there is low enrollment,” said Noel Radomski, director and associate researcher at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. As part of the 2017-’19 biannual budget, Gov. Scott Walker extended the tuition freeze into its fifth year and announced plans to cut tuition

by five percent in the fall of 2018. The missing tuition funds would be alleviated by $35 million in taxpayer dollars. The freeze was carried into a sixth year at the start of the semester. This follows Walker’s decision to cut the UW System budget by $250 million over a two-year period in 2015. With the upcoming gubernatorial election, the status of the UW System budget could change, but the only way to do that is to have an honest conversation, according to Radomski. “[I wish to see] a candid discussion and tough decisions about a realistic sharing of costs between student tuition, state grants and state government funding to UW System to the campuses,” Radomski said. Aside from the budget cuts, a prosperous economy may be the key to declining enrollment, according to Gene Dalhoff, Vice President of Talent and Education of the Madison Regional Economic Partnership. “When the economy is good, and jobs are plentiful, college enrollment tends to decline. Conversely, when the economy is poor, college enrollment tends to increase,” he said. The regents decided on the 2018-’19 annual budget earlier

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“…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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As a frequent watcher of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video and all of the other streaming sites I use under my friends’ names, seeing the words “Netflix Original” starting to pop up on the cover of various titles in my queue had me worried. Rumors of Disney and other billion-dollar film companies pulling their content from Netflix was worrisome. What would we watch? Today, however, embracing this change isn’t that bad. I’m sure that many people with a Netflix, Hulu, HBO or Amazon subscription can name at least one original movie or show they tried and ended up liking. So, here are two examples showing why everyone should embrace streaming originals instead of avoiding them at all costs. Netflix Original Movie “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” If you own Netflix and you’re a fan of romantic comedies, your Netflix account probably recommended “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and you’ve probably already seen it. Romantic comedy fans can agree that there has been a lack of quality movies in the genre in recent years. The era of Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan knock outs or Sandra BullockHugh Grant love stories have come

and gone, and rom-com fans everywhere have been searching for a fix. Netflix has just that. With two stellar romantic comedies starring recent sensation Noah Centineo, Netflix has produced fantastic romantic movies that have satisfied this recent need. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” are only two of the many films that I urge any doubters of Netflix originals to give a try. For the viewers wanting something less romantic and a little more comical I would suggest “The Package” or “Switch it Up.” Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale I know, Netflix is one of the leading players in the instant streaming game, but Hulu has made a name for itself and created a handful of Hulu original shows that have gone on to win over a dozen awards and captivated the masses. If you’re like me, I find a show I love and watch it nine times over (“The Office”). But now, it’s time to try something new. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an example of a show worth trying. Based off of a best-selling book, this series is as addictive as a binge-watching show can be. Lead star Elisabeth Moss gives an amazing performance in a dystopian-world setting that left all

of my roommates and I on the edge of our seats. I am normally into comedy shows and sappy love stories, but even I was obsessed with this show. When Netflix originally came along, people were unsure of how their watching habits would be


Embrace the original content on sites like Netflix and Hulu.

Underrated Halloween movies to see By Ashley Luehmann LIFE AND STYLE EDITOR

It’s spooky season, ladies and gentlemen, you know what that means. Oh yeah, I’m talking pumpkins, I’m talking caramel apples and most importantly, I’m talking Halloween movies. No, not the series of horror movies, but the genre Halloween. These films are my favorite, they possess just the right amount of funny and scary. Movies in this genre include “Halloween Town,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Hocus Pocus.” These three were all classics in

my youth from growing up with a Disney addiction. It is so easy to focus on these three films along with other classics and overlook some real gems. Here are some amazing Halloween movies that are extremely underrated. “Practical Magic” If you’re into Romantic Comedies, this movie is right up your alley. It’s a classic funny love story with a sprinkle of Halloween flare. The plot line follows a pair

of sister witches who are cursed. The curse is that every time they fall in love with someone, the person dies. Enter in a hottie cop investigating them for murder and the tale is complete. This movie offers a quirky twist to the romcom plotlines we know and love. It also features Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, so you know it’s not going to disappoint. “Scream” This is an epic horror movie that seems to be lost in time. It may not have the CGI and special effects that

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These Halloween flicks are guaranteed to get you and your friends into a festive fall mood

horror movies have nowadays, but it can give you some old-fashioned scares. Serial killers and popcorn — it’s a match made in Halloween heaven. Pro-tip: if you’re not into scary movies but your friends are, compromise with the movie “Scary Movie.” It is a spoof of a ton of horror movies like “Scream” so your friends will get to see their favorite killers and you will also get a good laugh. “The Addams Family” I don’t know which is more iconic, the theme song or Wednesday Addams. This movie has it all. The laughs, the spooks and a little bit of sass. “The Addams Family” will always be near and dear to my heart, but it always fades to the background once the Halloween hustle and bustle begins. This movie is perfect for a nice wine night with the girls and joking around with friends. I know the classics are good for Halloween, but don’t be afraid to mix in some underrated movies too to spice things up. You may be pleasantly surprised by how good they are or by why you never watched them before. So, grab some friends, blankets and treats, then cozy up on the couch to one of these underrated Halloween movies.


State Street stabber is still on the loose, Madison police say By Sydney Widell ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The man who stabbed a passerby on the 600 block of State Street a little before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night and fled is still at large, Madison police say. The suspect, who has been described as a tall male with long brown hair, stabbed the 27-yearold victim several times after the victim refused to give him money. The victim was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

pride from page 1 need to know is who I am and it doesn’t matter what word I choose to describe who I am.” Another UW-Madison stu-

“But a part of me wants to wait to figure out where my home is with my identity so I can articulate it well to others.” Molly Davis sophomore UW-Madison

dent, who wished to remain anonymous, explained her experience with coming out and described her hesitation at the beginning of her journey. “The biggest thing was worrying that people would see me and treat me differently, which terrified me because I didn’t see

#metoo from page 1 greek counterparts. Greek life encourages a hookup culture, according to Venezia. Women attending fraternity formals often go with their dates and stay overnight in a hotel, often in the same bed as their date, she explained. “This sets up expectations of how the night should end,” Venezia said.“I think the hookup culture has a very strong influence on our behaviors and social life when it comes to interactions with the opposite genders.”

“It really fueled discussion and made it a more visible topic.” Naomi Venezia senior UW-Madison

A UW Madison Bias Incident Report details an event from October 2016 in which the chapter of Sigma Chi chanted the following lyrics: “He once lined 100 girls up against the wall, and bet a Beta $10 he could fuck ‘em all/ He fucked 98 till his balls turned blue, then he backed off, jacked off and fucked the other two.” The Committee on Student Organizations ruled Sigma Chi was not in violation of Code

“An officer on scene applied a tourniquet to the victim until Fire Rescue arrived on scene,” said Galen Wiering, a Madison Police Department spokesperson. “The suspect then fled the scene and was not located.” Several police cars arrived on the scene, and parts of the sidewalk were closed while officers conducted interviews with witnesses in the area. According to the police report, the investigation is still underway. myself differently, but society can be harsh,” she said. In an effort to provide a comfortable environment for students’ coming out experience, University Health Services provides services to diverse groups of people, ensuring inclusion to the wide range of people at UW-Madison. “We recognize and acknowledge that implicit bias, oppression, discrimination, prejudice, and inequitable systems of power and privilege impact our campus community,” UHS’ Diversity and Inclusion Statement said. UHS also provides transgender health services, and allows students to contact specific services through their website depending on their circumstances. With the diverse group of people at UW-Madison who have experienced hardships, UHS is determined to provide accessible services to those in need of help. 11 which outlines activity that “humiliates, degrades, abuses, endangers, sexually violates, causes emotional and/or physical harm or requires a person to give up personal liberty regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.” A CSO report from 2016 details the account of an anonymous individual who heard 80 to 90 Alpha Epsilon Phi girls singing from the basement of Sigma Alpha Mu: “They roll me over and lift up my dress, now that I’m in AEPHI I will always say yes.” The women of Alpha Epsilon Phi were put on probation, while the fraternity house where the song took place, Sigma Alpha Mu, saw no consequences. Though the #MeToo Movement has revealed sexual assault is a real problem, universities still lack training to decrease assault rates. 30 percent of institutions in the national sample do not provide any sexual assault training for students, let alone focused training for areas of higher risk, stated a U.S. Senate report on sexual assault. 22 percent of schools in the survey provide sexual violence training targeted at the Greek system, and 37 percent provide training specifically for student athletes. These numbers increase significantly for schools involved in Division I athletics, where 64 percent of schools target training at the Greek system

budget from page 1 this year, allocating funds to increase student fees by $33 along with a $118 increase for room and board. However, UW-Milwaukee Vice Chancellor of Finance Robin Van Harpen views the student fees as below average with no significant increase for room and board at the university. A decrease in faculty has also challenged UW-Milwaukee to find other ways to boost student interest, including adopting satellite campuses in Waukesha and Washington County. UW-Milwaukee is not the only campus facing hardship, as UW-Stevens Point combats a 7 percent decrease in enrollment and potential faculty cuts. The university has also proposed cutting 13 humanities majors, including English and Political Science, which has been actively disputed by Reclaim the UW protestors since the announcement in March. “Losing students is lost revenue,” Radomski said. “Campuses need to do a much better job ‘tracking’ students’ academic performance and

Thursday, October 11, 2018 financial needs.” With the tracking reports, campuses could then design and improve ongoing programs and practices, like intrusive counseling and emergency student grants, to reduce the number of dropouts and the time it takes to complete a degree. The heavy focus on required test scores may influence stu-



dent interest in pursuing college degrees, according to Radomski. He noted interest in modifying the admissions requirement to appeal to more diverse groups of students, instead of continuing focus on high school GPAs and ACT scores. This prompted him to ask: “What is best for tomorrow, not yesterday?”


UW System continues to face budget cuts after three years. How have they alleviated cuts to their university since then?

Good Samaritans stop daytime sexual assault By Sydney Widell ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

When they saw what appeared to be a sexual assault from their construction site, nearby construction workers jumped off their lifts and came to the victim’s rescue Tuesday afternoon on the 300 block of East Johnson Street. The 20-year-old victim was walking through the area around noon when a man approached and grabbed her, according to a Madison Police Department report. “The man groped the woman, and 82 percent target training for student athletes.

“To the survivors on our campus, we see you, we support you, and we are here for you. Help is available.” University Health Services UW-Madison

Despite these trainings, assaults by athletes happen. This past August, two women reported they were assaulted by Quintez Cephus, a wide receiver for the Badgers. Cephus is being charged with second- and thirddegree sexual assault for an incident that occurred this past April, in which the women said they were unable to give consent. One of the women reported to police that she wasn’t sure how it happened, but she and her friend were naked and Cephus was assaulting them. The other woman, in an interview with police, said after drinking at the Double U she was so intoxicated she didn’t remember being introduced to Cephus. “UW-Madison views allegations of sexual violence with deep concern,” Hasselbacher said in response to Cephus’ allegations. “We responded following our standard practices, which include providing reporting and support resources to anyone who has reported expe-

and began to drop his pants — under which he had no underwear,” the report said. “She began yelling for help.” When the workers heard the woman’s calls, they intervened. One comforted the “shaken” victim while the other held the suspect at bay. “The second man said the suspect was advancing on him, still with his pants down,” the report said. “Not knowing what was going to happen, the witness took out his keys and put them in-between his knuckles.” riencing sexual misconduct.” Additionally, UW-Madison continually ranks high in college towns and student bodies with high alcohol consumption and binge drinking, which is the leading predatory drug used in sexual assaults on college campuses, according to UW-Madison’s Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault briefing document. “We know from research that alcohol consumption does correlate with sexual assault, both for perpetrators and those they victimize,” Hasselbacher said. “And of course, if someone is incapacitated due to alcohol, that person is not able to consent.” UW-Madison requires training for all registered student organizations, not just Greek life and athletics. The program, called “Badgers Step Up!” focuses on leadership development, bystander intervention, alcohol education, resources and UW-Madison policies related to alcohol. In the spirit of the #MeToo movement, the UHS website reads, “To the survivors on our campus, we see you, we support you, and we are here for you. Help is available.” UHS programs like GetWise, ActWise and U Got This! aim to further raise awareness on campus. “Increased awareness of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence is critical in shifting people’s attitudes and behaviors, which can provide the public support often needed to produce

The suspect fled, but police apprehended him a short time later. Police identified him as Kevin E. Kieren and are holding him on tentative charges of fourth-degree sexual assault. Kiren has been arrested previously for lewd and lascivious behavior. In 2015, the Wisconsin State Journal reported he was arrested after dropping trou in an East Side hotel. Both construction workers will be nominated for MPD awards, according to the police statement. policy change,” Zemke said. The #MeToo movement and discussions about sexual assault have been reignited in light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Hundreds of students and Madison community members gathered last Thursday to protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation and show support for Ford, many carrying signs that read “#MeToo.” “Sexual assault is an epidemic here on campus,” said student protester Dannira Kulenovic, “It’s not just the Supreme Court nomination, it’s our community.”

“I think the hookup culture has a very strong influence on our behaviors and social life.”

Naomi Venezia senior UW-Madison

As the #MeToo movement has grown throughout the nation, students have become more vocal about their experiences with sexual violence. UW-Madison will administer a survey asking about sexual violence in the spring. “Sexual assault survivors all have one thing in common: we all are still here, standing strong and now breaking the silence,” Venezia said. “It is 2018, we need to say no more to one in four.”

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‘Something Rotten!’ delights audience By Emma Hellmer THE DAILY CARDINAL

“Something Rotten!” stunned and delighted a packed crowd at the Overture Center on Oct. 9. The musical comedy kept audience members smiling by not taking itself too seriously. The one thing the show was lacking? Lead women. The playful Broadway musical, set in Renaissance-era London, centered on the plight of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom and their struggle to become as famous and renowned as William Shakespeare. Although aligned by their common goal, the brothers have very different motives and values, making a not-so-harmonious business partnership. Nick, played by Matthew Janisse, is the savvy brother who wants fame and fortune in order to provide for his growing family. His unsentimental feelings about art and theater are revealed in Janisse’s hilarious performance of “God, I Hate Shakespeare.” Nigel, played by Richard Spitaletta, on the other hand, is a Shakespeare fanatic and the poet of the family. Where Nick provides the brains of their operation, Nigel provides the heart. Spitaletta fit the role perfectly, portraying Nigel as a completely dorky and lovable romantic. Wanting nothing more than to steal Shakespeare’s spotlight, Nick goes to visit a soothsayer to find out what Shakespeare’s

most famous work will be. He encounters Nostradamus — not the famous philosopher Nostradamus but his nephew — who successfully persuades Nick that Shakespeare’s biggest hit will be a musical called “Omelette.” Greg Kalafatas delivered the role of Nostradamus flawlessly, especially when it came to the crowdfavorite number of the show, “A Musical.” The song was extremely smart, funny and high-energy from beginning to end. As Nostradamus attempted to explain the concept of a musical to Nick, there were more references to modern day musicals than I could catch. The first act showcased Janisse, Kalafatas and Emily Kristen Morris as Nick’s wife Bea. Morris’ powerful belts and cleverly delivered lines undoubtedly blew the crowd away during “Right Hand Man.” However, the character of Bea herself was slightly problematic. Her point of view was so blatantly capital-F feminist that it felt like the writers thought it was excusable to only have two female characters if one of them was really progressive. The stars of the second act were Matthew Baker as Shakespeare and Spitaletta. Baker embodied various personas in the unforgettable “Hard To Be The Bard,” delivering a mix between Jack Sparrow and Freddie Mercury. Subsequently, Spitalleta made audience members swoon with his adorable innocence


“Something Rotten!” had the audience laughing, but the cast lacked strong, leading women. and gorgeous tenor voice in “We See the Light.” Nigel’s love interest, Portia, was played by Jennifer Elizabeth Smith. Her singing and acting were well done, so it’s unfortunate that her role was ultimately forgettable due to the character’s lack of personality and substance. The cast of “Something

Rotten!” was somewhat diverse, but it was saddening to see three white males taking the final three bows of the show. Morris and Smith were the only two female leads in the heavily male-dominated cast, with Smith’s character being little more than a love interest and Morris’s character being only slightly better as the hyper-

bolic feminist woman stereotype. “Something Rotten!” was delightfully self-aware about its often over-the-top genre, yet somehow the writers didn’t recognize the faults in their portrayal of women. Nonetheless, the show was funny and entertaining, and the night ended with big applause and a standing ovation from the audience.

Star of ‘Something Rotten!’ Richard Spitaletta talks being on tour By Allison Garfield ARTS EDITOR

The Broadway hit musical “Something Rotten!” stopped in Madison as part of the Overture Center’s Broadway at the Overture series. The Daily Cardinal sat down with Richard Spitaletta, the show’s Nigel Bottom, to hear about touring life, the casting process and his worst audition ever. Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? A: I am an actor based out of New York City. I majored in Musical Theatre at Penn State and graduated in 2016 and have been working since then. This is actually the third time I’ve toured before, but it’s definitely the best touring production I’ve been a part of. Q: What is your favorite

part of “Something Rotten!”? Do you have a favorite part of the show? A: I’m not in “A Musical,” but “A Musical” is the big production number and I am always kind of hiding in the wings, just watching it because it makes me so happy. It’s such a great moment in the show. I play Nigel, who is Nick’s younger brother, and my older brother is trying to come up with a new idea for a play because we need a hit, and we’re in a tough place financially. He goes to a soothsayer and aks what is going to be the next big thing in the theater, and the soothsayer looks into the future and says it’s going to be musicals. “A Musical” is this big fantasy number where Nostradamus, the soothsayer, is having visions of musicals

of the future. It is absolutely one of my favorite moments of the show to watch. My other favorite moment is the song, “I Love the Way.” It’s the song I sing to Porsche, my love interest. I feel like it’s a very different suites of the show where we see two people who have lived. They come from very different backgrounds, but they’ve lived very isolated, polarized lives and they connect over their love of poetry, and it’s just essentially them geeking out for a couple of minutes realizing that there’s someone else out there who loves poetry and literature as much as they do. So that’s also my favorite moment of the show. Q: What’s interesting is you can love Shakespeare or you can hate him, and it works both ways in the show.


Spitaletta, above with co-star Jennifer Elizabeth Smith, leads the touring Broadway cast of the musical.

A: I always think it’s interesting that the second song of the show is “God, I Hate Shakespeare” because I think it honestly reflects probably what at least half of the audience really feels. Q: Did you go into the show loving Shakespeare, or did you maybe have other feelings? A: I mean, I don’t know if I feel the way Nick does when he sings “God, I hate Shakespeare.” It’s not my favorite, but I do definitely have an appreciation for it and do really love watching it. I probably enjoy watching Shakespeare, performing Shakespeare, more than I just enjoy reading it. I feel like the magic of the genre is fully realized onstage, you know? Q: So, you’ve done a few tours now. Do you have a favorite part of being on tour? A: I just love the travel. It’s really incredible. You really end up in places that you probably would not have ever visited or had the opportunity to visit. It’s also cool too when you have toured once or twice and then you end up going back to venues that you had been to already. It’s almost like a network that runs throughout the country of touring houses where companies go and you see your friends names on the walls, or you see your name that you wrote two years ago when you were with a different show. Q: Do you have any advice for college students who also want to pursue theater? A: When you study theater in college, you’re learning something that isn’t necessarily structural and it can be very difficult. I think it’s very important to just think about who you are as a person, what you enjoy, what’s different and unique

about you and how you could use that to your advantage. It’s cheesy, but it’s also true — Shakespeare wrote it and Nigel sings it in the show: “To Thine Own Self Be True.” You really just have be true to yourself and understand that rejection is going to come but that you really are going to be more successful when you’re being yourself. And that’s really what the whole show boils down to as well. Q: Can you tell me about your worst audition ever? A: Sure. Oh man. I went in for this audition for people who had hired me before, actually, so I felt pretty comfortable. They asked for something funnier, but they knew me pretty well, so they said, “Not this song because we know that’s your go-to song. What else do you have?” They asked me to do something very confusing with it. They said, “Can you do like the lyrical interpretive dance version of it, but also impersonate this celebrity and pretend you’re in your room rocking out?” And I just kind of said, “Okay!” I did that and when it was over they just stared at me blankly, kind of staring at me as though I was insane. I was like, “You asked me for this!” I was like, “I’m uncomfortable, I should go.” Q: What was the process like of getting this role in the tour? A: It was kind of stressful because I was away doing another show when I got the appointment for this. I really felt strongly that it was something I needed to go to. I needed to get there somehow. It was worth it, but it was hard. It was six or seven hour travel days from Columbia, Missouri to get to New York City. I’m really grateful. I just love the show so much.


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GRAPHIC BY LAURA MAHONEY Democratic gubernatorial candidates Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes will bring strong leadership, innovation and economic growth back to Wisconsin.

Cardinal View: Evers is best choice for next governor view Cardinal View editorials represent The Daily Cardinal’s organizational opinion. Each editorial is crafted independent of news coverage.


here is little glamour to the governorship of a state — at least here in the Midwest. Many people see the position of governor as someone who appears on TV every once in a while to unveil grandiose plans that never seem to happen, or as someone who provides leadership only in times of trouble, such as during natural disasters.

The reign of Scott Walker has been much like a Wisconsin highway: long and fraught with potholes that don’t appear to be getting fixed any time soon. Gubernatorial races don’t receive the same amount of attention that national elections do even from populations that are likely to vote, let alone from young people. This attitude could not be more misguided. In voting for governor every four years, Wisconsinites have the privilege of choosing which direction the state should go in for the next four years, and whose leadership should take it there. And while every election has its consequences, the Daily Cardinal Editorial Board believes that this

election holds a particularly high level of importance. The reign of Scott Walker has been much like a Wisconsin highway: long and fraught with potholes that don’t appear to be getting fixed anytime soon. The governor has had eight years to make his vision for Wisconsin a reality but has little to show for it. For the following reasons, the Editorial Board believes that Tony Evers has the best chance of restoring Wisconsin’s reputation of being a state where everyone has a chance to succeed. Teacher, principal, state superintendent of schools: these are all jobs currently or formerly held by Tony Evers, and yet the debate rages on about which candidate can call themselves the real “education governor.” In contrast, Scott Walker enacted Act 10 in 2011, a law that curtailed the collective bargaining rights of teachers (and other public sector workers) regarding their salary and benefits. This was met with massive protests in Madison’s Capitol Rotunda, but earned Walker celebrity status among Republicans in the state and nationally. However, studies have shown that after Act 10, teacher salaries fell, while the percentage of working teachers with less than five years of experience increased dramatically. In addition, statistics from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System continue to show that less than half of students in third through eighth grade have achieved proficiency in English, math and science. And although Walker has promised to freeze UW System tuition for another four years if re-elected, the state budget for 2015-17 also included a $250 million dol-

lar hit to the UW System. There is widespread frustration with the state of education in Wisconsin, from parents of elementary school children to college students at smaller UW System schools like UW-Stevens Point, which is in danger of losing 13 academic majors in the humanities due to declining enrollment. Improving education statewide is not a problem that can be solved overnight, nor can it be solved solely through greater funding.

Tony Evers has the best chance of restoring Wisconsin’s reputation of being a state where everyone has a chance to succeed.

But Tony Evers has dedicated his entire life to providing a quality education to Wisconsin’s youth — and that is the kind of experience we need in a governor in order to get back on track. This gubernatorial campaign cycle has been dominated by conversations about education and for good reason. Both Walker and Evers try to engage students through talking points on college debt and accessibility, but students are not just learning machines. Young people are passionate about a wide range of social justice issues, from women’s health to LGBTQ rights. Evers’ progressive background does more than make him appealing to voters under thirty: it makes him the candidate of the many, not the few. Making Wisconsin more

inclusive and diverse makes our state more welcoming to others, which has allaround benefits. Evers has made it especially clear that in order for Wisconsin to succeed, racial inequalities in the state must be addressed. His platform includes widespread reforms to the horribly unjust criminal justice system, making diverse appointments to state boards and agencies and providing more funds to the state’s public education system in order to address this. It is also worth noting that his running mate Mandela Barnes would be the state’s first African-American lieutenant governor and the second African-American person to hold a statewide office in Wisconsin. Barnes’ upbringing in Milwaukee is an opportunity to engage voters that might otherwise sit out non-presidential elections, as well as show that state governance is accessible to people other than so-called “Madison elite.” Walker, on the other hand, demonstrates his indifference and disinterest toward these groups by failing to mention racial justice, women’s issues or LGBTQ rights on his re-election website. Every governor in every state has one goal in common: to attract students and wage-earners to their state and to create reasons for students to remain in-state after they graduate rather than pursuing jobs in other places. Efficient public transportation systems and good driving conditions attract workers and new businesses to the state, and both candidates have campaigned heavily on the issue of transportation infrastructure. In 2017, US News and

World Report ranked Wisconsin’s road conditions 44th in the country. Evers says on his website that he is willing to hear solutions from both sides of the aisle on this issue, while Walker is not: “There are bipartisan long-term solutions for Wisconsin’s transportation system; however, Scott Walker hasn’t shown the political will to get it done.”

Evers has made it especially clear that in order for Wisconsin to succeed, racial inequalities in the state must be addressed.

Evers’ position on the issue of Wisconsin’s abysmal infrastructure reflects his broader commitment to solution oriented approaches. Rather than stall progress by hiding behind party lines, Tony Evers is the only candidate to recognize that it will take bipartisan cooperation in order to find solutions to some of Wisconsin’s largest challenges. He has a record of leadership and experience that will make our state more prosperous for everyone, not just the top 10 percent. As students and citizens of the great state of Wisconsin, he has more than earned our vote. Election day is November 6th, and the stakes have never been higher for our state. Do you plan on voting in the 2018 gubernatorial election? Which candidate has your support? Send all questions and comments to


Thursday, October 11, 2018



Meet Rosie: My name’s Rosie, and I went to public school here in Madison. In middle school we had health classes taught by our gym teacher that mostly focused on the food pyramid and not doing drugs, but always saved a week or two towards the end to make sure we also didn’t have sex. At my family’s church, we had a whole youth group curriculum on abstinence. It told me that if I had sex before marriage, I would be like a licked Jolly Rancher stuck back in its wrapper: undesirable and belonging to the trash. I’m not even kidding, we literally did that activity. In high school, I had the most extensive health class; we watched the birth of a baby, saw pictures of herpes, passed around a few contraceptives from the 90s and called it a day in terms of sex. No queer people, no pleasure, no consent and certainly no discussions about the way society constructs and reconstructs norms around sex and sexuality in a way that promotes assault and ill health.


Rosie, pictured above, smiling hopefully. She wants all in the queer community to feel empowered, sexy and supported. I figured out I was bi somewhere in the middle of all this, and I figured it out thanks to the library. I would go there after school and browse through any book I could find that looked like it could clue me in to whatever was going on in my body. Puberty guide from American Girl? (Yes, the doll company) Read it cover to cover. The handful of lesbian erotica novels in the adult section? Mostly worn down because of me. The one thick book of queer theory hidden in the stacks by the cookbooks? I racked up $20 in late fees on that book that I still haven’t paid back yet. Madison Public Library will always have a special place in my heart for teaching me about gay sex and private browsing, but it shouldn’t have had to. That’s why I work for Sex Out Loud. More specifically, that is is why I manage the SOL Library and work with Rhys on Queeries. Because I believe everyone should have access to the knowledge they need to have consensual, safe sexual experiences that are pleasurable and have the potential to make their lives better. I also know that queer people have the most difficult time with trying to remain pleasure-centric and get more sex positive education about their bodies. We can always do better, and doing better by queer people on our very own campus is what these articles are all about.

What is Queer Sex? Queer sex can be whatever we want it to be! In porn and media we often see a very prescriptive view of sex — queer or otherwise — that can limit our sexual imaginations and make us feel like we’re “doing it wrong.” Part of queering sex-ed is breaking down those notions because there is no right way or wrong way to have sex! Sex is any pleasurable and sexy activity between two (or more) consenting adults — and that can mean whatever we want it to. It’s also important to acknowledge that this is easier said than done for many queer folks because we are far more likely to have past experiences with sexual assault. Many folks in our community also have issues with body dysphoria (disliking parts, or the whole, of our bodies).

Meet Rhys: Hi, y’all, I’m Rhys. At this point, I could write a book or maybe two dissecting my problematic and practically non existent sex education, but because we don’t have time for that, I’m going to focus on the absence of queerness in my Catholic school sex education. I would like to note, that I am not here to bash Catholicism, or rather, any religious practice that promotes the ideology of abstinence or waiting until marriage, partnership, etc. What we do with our bodies is our business, and I’m down with that. But what I do want to identify is the impact of taking away necessary components of safety and pleasure in sex-ed and what it does for those in the queer community.

To help make our partners feel sexier and more comfortable, we need to communicate with them and be compassionate to their wants and desires. We recommend discussing language, supplies and activities as foreplay, before we’re in the high pressure and naked environment of the bedroom. Here are some questions to get started: When was the last time you were tested? What type of protection do you like to use? What language do you use about your body? Do you like ‘butt stuff ’? What about oral? What’s your favorite kind of lube? Do you want to use toys? What kind? Yours or mine? Are there parts of your body you like touched? Or, don’t like touched? Tell me what you like! As queer people, we get the gift of self-defined sex. For many people whose partners have penises that can mean penetrative sex or blow jobs and for just as many that isn’t what they prefer. For many people whose partners have vulvas, clit stimulation or fingering may be part of the routine, but again, that’s not what all people do. There is nothing in the world of sex that we can say “all people do!” What’s important is prioritizing communication, pleasure and safety. For all people!


Sex Out Loud offers tons of opportunities for UW students to get involved and help spread the word about having safe sex.


Rhys is prepared to tell the world how much it should let go of traditional sex education and start embracing queerness!

So, what is it about Catholic school that is just so sexy? Whenever I even mention that I spent 13 of my most formative years tucked inside a school that spewed the word of God and made sure our skirts hit the floor instead of our knees, it’s as if a tiny alarm goes off in the other person and they think, “Wow, that’s really hot.” And while I wish that my experience was that of being God fearing while giggling in a plaid skirt, I’m afraid my experience was far from that. Every day, we would tuck into a dim brick building, sweating from our polyester blend polo shirts and general teenage sweatiness and count our blessings to get the hell out of there. It is within those walls that while they were preparing me for a bigger world of academics, they prepared me less and less for what would inevitably come: me. Oh, and sex. At least once a year we would be administered religious studies books and I would learn that sex was for marriage, that sex was between a man and a woman and that our one job through the sacrament of marriage was that of a holy, baby making machine. Yes, one day I would find the man of my dreams who would bless me with screaming, pooping, sleeping life. Beautiful. In these classes, we learned basic anatomy of MEN and WOMEN and watched the Miracle of Birth that still has scared me to this day. Isn’t that worth waiting for? Or, I guess maybe it would be if I weren’t this genderless ball of queerness that no one ever really explained to me. Personally, I can’t wait to return to my high school reunion, guns blazing (figuratively), bringing my kinky, queer energy into a place that sucked the joy from my left rib.


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Men’s Soccer

Freshman forward Akindele leading attack By Joe Rickles STAFF WRITER

Following last year’s Big Ten championship, nobody quite knew what to expect from the Wisconsin Badgers men’s soccer team (3-1-0 Big Ten, 6-4-2 overall) in 2018. They had their share of returning playmakers but lost all four members of their front line to graduation. Those four seniors — Chris Mueller, Tom Barlow, Mike Catalano and Mark Segbers — scored 82 percent of the UW’s goals in 2017. How would Wisconsin replace all of that production? That’s where a young man from Chicago comes in. Freshman striker Andrew Akindele started in the Chicago Fire Soccer Academy in 2011, playing on their first U13/14 team in 2013. Wisconsin head coach John Trask, however, followed Akindele’s development long before he started with the Fire. “I’ve known Andrew since he was 6-7 years old,” Trask said. “I’ve known his family for 12 years and watched him mature through his youth development.” Akindele leads the team in both goals and assists with three, and it hasn’t been just beginner’s luck. He plays the game with a certain finesse not often matched in college soccer with swift backheels and one-touch passes. “Andrew has always been technically gifted and possesses very good athleticism,” Trask said. “His ability to provide for other players as well as score himself are great traits for a forward.” But to strictly focus on the for-


Andrew Akindele has impressed in his first year for Wisconsin, leading the team with three goals. ward’s offense would be offensive. His defensive pressure high in the offensive zone has led to goals for him and his teammates. Akindele’s timely tackles gave the Badgers their lone goal against Marquette and a late, game-tying goal against Big Ten rival Maryland. “It starts off with the defense …if we work on our pressuring

X’s and O’s

UW struggled to hold Nebraska’s quarterback By Sam Shiffman STAFF WRITER

For the first time this season, the Badgers played a truly dominant offensive game in their 41-24 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Badgers’ offensive line received a massive push. On the two touchdowns over 20 yards, UW’s linemen achieved an unheard of 4-yard push down field. Wisconsin’s aggressive play calling on the first and second downs, where they threw the ball on the start of drives often in the first quarter, spread Nebraska out. That early success passing meant that Nebraska couldn’t just stack the box, and Alex Hornibrook was effective in getting the ball to his receivers on crucial third downs. The defense, however, couldn’t stop the Husker offense, especially quarterback Adrian Martinez. Wisconsin’s inability to apply pressure on Martinez allowed the Huskers to move the ball through the air at will. The Badgers felt no pressure from their interior defensive lineman, while outside linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel and Zack Baun failed to flush Martinez out of the pocket. Martinez had eight seconds at most to throw the ball each play, and on both touchdown passes, Martinez faced no pass rush, allow-

ing him to pick apart the secondary. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard tried to put pressure on Martinez by blitzing linebackers, but this strategy had little effect. UW’s struggles might be partly down to the size of its linemen. While having big linemen is good for stopping the run, it’s much harder for the three down linemen — who all weigh over 300 pounds — to have the same quickness as Baun or Van Ginkel which matters while rushing the passer. Against Michigan, Wisconsin has to put more pressure on quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson and Michigan’s receivers will tear apart Wisconsin’s secondary if he has as much time as Martinez did. With three cornerbacks questionable to play and starting safety Scott Nelson out for the first half after he received a targeting penalty and ejection in the second half, a consistent pass rush is a necessity if the Badgers stand any chance. While Wisconsin’s offense exploded, bailing out a poor defensive showing, it’s less likely the offense performs as well against the Wolverines’ top-ranked defense. Still, if the UW offensive line can keep up its dominant play as they did against Nebraska, the Badgers can sustain drives and give the defense a break against Michigan’s passing attack.

and we’re tight defensively, that allows us to attack,” Akindele said. “It’s weird because the more we defend and the better we defend, the more we attack.” Trask has emphasized the defensive system as part of the place where the young strikers had to work on, and he’s been impressed with Akindele in particular.

“Probably the area Andrew has shown the greatest growth is the ability to defend and be better tactically so we can win balls in the right parts of the field,” Trask said. During the Badgers’ five-game winning streak, the team nearly doubled their scoring total from the first seven games of the season. The production is finally coming back.

“I just think progressively we got more comfortable with each other,” Akindele said. “We just found specific movements for each other and how we work off the ball for each other. I think that’s been the key.” Wisconsin’s 4-2 victory over Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 7 seemed like a changing of the guard. The Badgers not only scored the most goals in a single game this season, but three of those came at the feet of freshmen: Akindele for one and forward Noah Melick for two. Melick won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. The pair of strikers are also roommates and showed off their chemistry by assisting each other’s goals. The two young strikers seem to be building a good partnership on and off the pitch — Akindele tweeted “roomie tings” in response to Melick’s honors this week — and Akindele said that’s helped their chemistry. “I think [being roommates] for sure helps … we’re just really good friends, and that helps us on the field,” said Akindele. The Badgers have some promising stars and have improved each game after their loss against the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers. UW has bounced back, and Akindele is ready to find out what else is in store. “We kind of lost our way a little bit because we had a few losses to teams that we should have won [against],” said Akindele. “In terms of goals, we just … take what other teams give us, and if we continue to do that, we should be headed in the right way.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018  
Thursday, October 11, 2018