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UW ranks third among research universities By Michelle Langer The Daily Cardinal
UW-Madison ranks third in the nation as one of the top research universities, according to new statistics from the National Science Foundation. UW-Madison ranked behind Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at San Francisco. Statistics on the top research universities were previous compiled in 2007. From 1999-2006 UW-Madison ranked second in overall research behind Johns Hopkins University. The university rankings are based on the amount of funding and expenditures, specifically federal, that universities receive and spend. According to a statement, total expenditures totaled $882 million during the past fiscal year, a $41 million jump from the 2007 fiscal year. As of 2006, UW-Madison was ranked fourth overall, with expenditures totaling $764 million. Of the $882 million, $474 million came from federal sources. This statistic places UW-Madison second on the list of federally funded research expenditures at
public universities. Graduate school dean Martin Cadwallader said research dollars have become much more difficult to come by. “The funding environment is as competitive as ever and that we are able to grow our research portfolio year after year demonstrates that our researchers are among the best anywhere,” he said in a statement. Terry Devitt, UW-Madison director of research communications, said although this is a prestigious honor, the impressive title the university now holds will not necessarily bring more researching staff or funding. However, Devitt said acknowledgement as one of the leading research institutions nationwide will bring many benefits later on. “It is a measure of the quality of our faculty and staff,” Devitt said. “That we are so successful is a reflection of their hard work and creativity.” UW-Madison is the only university, other than Johns Hopkins University, that has been ranked in the top five research institutions, public or private, for the last 20 years.
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Iowa players hoist the Heartland Trophy after defeating Wisconsin 20-10 at Camp Randall Saturday. The Hawkeyes will hold the trophy for the second straight year. See page 8 for complete game coverage.
ALRC members, MPD tour downtown bars By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal
Members of the city’s Alcohol License Review Committee engaged in a three-hour walk-along tour beginning at 11:30 p.m. Friday night to familiarize themselves with the establishments to which they award or deny liquor licenses. Escorted by Cpt. Carl Gloede of the Madison Police Department, committee members began their tour at Madison’s, 119 King St., near the Capitol Square, then continued down State Street and along University Avenue before visiting the Kollege Klub at 529 N. Lake St. “It’s the difference between day and night,” Dawn Crim, director of community relations at UW-Madison and member of the ALRC, said about
the State Street district. “You don’t realize how completely different these bars are at night.” ALRC Chair David Hart agreed with Crim, saying the night had been an eye-opening experience. “I never would have been out here on my own,” Hart, who usually only visits a bar when it pops up on the MPD’s radar, said. “It definitely has been interesting and helpful.” The up-close and personal aspect proved especially helpful when committee members visited both Chasers, 319 W. Gorham St., and Mondays, 523 State St. At Chasers, which was recently given approval to expand their outdoor patio, ALRC members said the entryway was blocked to a point
where people could not get in and out, and one could not identify who staff members were. Both issues could be potential hazards in an emergency, Gloede said. According to Katherine Plominski, Madison’s Alcohol Policy Coordinator, Monday’s was completely over capacity and there was not enough staff to handle the overabundance of patrons. The garbage cans were overflowing, which could easily become a hazard when glass bottles begin to spill out. “In the case of a fire or in an emergency, the population would be too dense to maneuver and it becomes a liability,” she said. “With an over-capacity [bar] you can’t walk-along page 2
Questions remain in grad school restructuring
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Violinist Ida Jo of Mike Droho and The Compass Rose performs at the Orpheum Saturday night at the band’s CD release party.
UW-Madison officials continue to debate Provost Paul DeLuca’s plan to restructure the graduate school, and will hold another town hall meeting Friday for further discussion. DeLuca proposed the restructuring to help the school comply with complex federal and safety regulations, but many professors and administrative officials have raised concerns over the cost and effectiveness of the plan. Jeremy Foltz, professor of agriculture and applied economics, said he feels the proposed course of action does not properly address the needs of the university. “The issues that have been raised are clearly issues that need
to be addressed, but only some of them clearly might be helped by restructuring the graduate school,” he said. Foltz said the separation of the graduate school and the research department under the proposed plan is unnecessary, and will be a detriment to the school in the future. DeLuca, however, disagrees. “A large part of this discussion is to make sure that if we’re going to run a world-class research enterprise that we provide at least the minimal level of support to do that correctly,” he said. “The amount of resources we’ve put into supporting that enterprise has frankly been insufficient.” Foltz said he remains uncon-
vinced by the plan, and said he questions the financial wisdom of the proposal. According to DeLuca, the proposed plan will cost approximately $6,000 to $8,000 per year. “The restructuring seems to me very costly both in money and in people’s time,” Foltz said. “There seem to be ways to deal with some of these issues without a complete restructuring.” Members of the Faculty Senate’s University Committee have previously stated they want a team of faculty to study the proposal. “This should be an open conversation between the administration, faculty and students,” Foltz said. —Lydia Statz
“…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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Por Isabel Álvarez The Daily Cardinal
Después de cuatro años y medio en la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, he de decir que me he visto envuelta en situaciones bastante graciosas. No es sorprendente que las situaciones más simpáticas hayan sido debido al hecho de que sea una estudiante española, y la confusión que esto pueda provocar en mucha gente. Obviamente al venir a esta universidad desde España, mis primeras semanas se basaron en conocer a gente y más gente. Mi única vía de comunicación con gente nueva era mi compañera de habitación. Jess se limitaba a la siguiente introducción: “Esta es Isa, y es de España.” O sea, yo, durante esa época de mi vida, no tenía ninguna otra cualidad más que ser de España. Había una necesidad suprema de explicar que yo era de España en todas y cada una de las situaciones. A partir de ahí, y durante un año por lo menos, fui presentada a la gente como “Isa, la de España,” como si fuera la Isabel La Católica o algo así. “Hola, ¿qué tal? Esta es mi amiga Isa, es de España.” Me veían y decían: “¡ay
va!, ahí está Isa, ¡y es de España! Isa, ¡ven aquí y habla un poco en español para que te oigan mis amigos! ¡Venga, no seas tonta!” Es más, me acostumbré tanto al apelativo, que yo un día, sin comerlo ni beberlo, me presenté a un chico y le dije “Hola, me llamo Isabel, estudio periodismo y soy de España.” El chico por supuesto flipó y salió corriendo. Demasiada información para la primera cita, creo yo.
Obviamente al venir a esta universidad desde España, mis primeras semanas se basaron en conocer a gente y más gente.
Otra anécdota que siempre recordaré ocurrió durante la primera semana de clase en mi primer año de universidad. Una compañera en el equipo de golf me preguntó en que parte de Méjico se encontraba España. Cuando oí tal sandez, me giré, la miré, y me empecé a reír. Al ver que ella no se reía, me di cuenta de que su pregunta era completa-
mente en serio. Me volví blanca de repente. “No, no puede ser...” pensé. “Estás de broma, no?” le pregunté con timidez. ¡Que va a estar de broma! La tía seguro que se pensaba que en España solo hay cervezas claras y mariachis. Estoy segura de que todavía cuando se va a Méjico por spring break, piensa que en el hotel le van a ofrecer un tour por Madrid o Barcelona. Nada hombre, ¡como está ahí al lado! Otra cosa con lo que aún me tengo que enfrentar día a día es la reacción de la gente al averiguar que vivo en España, pero estudio en Madison. Una vez que les informo que crecí allí, y que vivo allí, pero vengo solamente para estudiar durante el otoño y la primavera, la respuesta más frecuente es la siguiente: “Bueno, entonces hablas español perfectamente no?” A ver, tontito de carrito, si te acabo de decir que vivo en España, que voy a hablar, ¿mandarín? ¿o tal vez suahili? Anda vete a tomarle el pelo a otra. Una vez aclarado el dato de que sí, que hablo español perfectamente, mas que nada porque es mi lengua nativa, viene la siguiente pregunta absurda. “Oye,
¿y tu carrera entonces, es español?” Si hombre, y estoy pagando veinte mil dólares al año para venir a Wisconsin, a helarme de frío todos los inviernos y estudiar español, como en España no lo enseñan bien…Pues no querida, he venido a la universidad para aprender algo, no como tú, que llevas tres años en la parra. ¡Pero por Dios! ¿La gente no piensa cuando habla? Ahora, cuando recuerdo estas cosas me hacen gracia, y que de vez en cuando encuentro a gente que sabe exactamente de donde soy y valoran Asturias tanto como yo. El otro día una amiga de mi compañera de piso me comentó que había estado en Gijón (Asturias) y que era uno de los sitios más bonitos que había conocido. Cosas así me hacen feliz. Debo decir que aunque tenga que responder preguntas estúpidas todos los días, yo también pienso que Madison es uno de los sitios más bonitos que he conocido nunca y que no cambiaría estos años de preguntas tontas por nada del mundo. Si piensas que Isabel se queja demasiado o quieres colaborar con “A mi manera,” manda un e-mail a email@example.com.
REthink WI volunteers keep stadium clean Hours after Badger fans left Camp Randall following the Homecoming game Saturday, student volunteers remained, “clearing the bowl” of trash left behind. REthink Wisconsin, a student volunteer organization, is a coalition that devotes its time and resources to “encourage and facilitate sustainable waste management practices throughout the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus,” according to its website.
“After football games, most students and fans simply drop their used bottles and food containers on the ground without realizing that this trash and recyclable material is picked up by hand,” Lindsey Schiller, cochair of REthink Wisconsin, said. Formed in the fall of 2007, REthink WI officially became a student organization this year, and works with WE Conserve and the University Athletic Department in addition to other
student organizations. “Until two years ago, there was no extensive recycling program at Camp Randall,” Schiller said. “By diverting waste from a landfill, REthink environmental volunteers save environmental resources and energy, and save the Athletic Department money.” This year, REthink WI has recycled over 5,000 pounds of recyclable material—double what was recycled over the entire football
season last year. Schiller hopes to make the program a more permanent part of athletic events at UW-Madison, beginning with students getting more involved. “We would really like to let students know that volunteers pick these bottles up, and they can make a huge difference by simply discarding their bottle in one of the recycling bins,” Schiller said. —Grace Urban
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Election commissioner to review Wis. voting procedures The Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will meet with the Wisconsin Election Administration Council Monday, just days after the Joint Finance Committee approved a new plan to alter early voting policies. Commissioner Gineen Beach will discuss the impact of the Help America Vote Act, legislation that aims to help state improve election operations. According to a statement from the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin has received $50 million in funding from HAVA since 2004. The GAB recently submitted the 2009-2014 election administration plan, hoping for additional $3.9 million in additional HAVA funds. The election administration plan would change the date of primary elections, implement early voting and streamline the absentee ballot process. A controversial motion to require vot-
ers to present photo identification failed along party lines at the JFC meeting last week. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the GAB, said the GAB previously received a $2 million, competitively awarded grant from the US-EAC last year to help fund improvements on election data collection. Nathaniel Robinson, GAB elections division administrator, said the GAB has an excellent relationship with the US-EAC. “We have a strong partnership with US-EAC, and HAVA funding has had a significant impact on Wisconsin’s election process,” he said in a statement. Since 2004, nearly 83 percent of the GAB’s spending has come from HAVA funds. In addition to meeting with state legislators, Beach will meet with Gov. Jim Doyle and members of the public Monday to discuss election issues. —Hannah Furfaro
Edgewater redeveloper plans to host public listening session Monday Hammes Co., the company behind the massive redevelopment to the Edgewater Hotel, is inviting community members to two separate public listening sessions in hopes of gathering additional input on their project. According to the company’s website, it is investing $107 million to expand and renovate the existing hotel. The expansion would include 228 total rooms, 24 suites, as well as plans for a limited number of residential condominium units. If approved, construction would begin early next year with a tentative
walk-along from page 1 serve your patrons in a timely fashion and then you have upset patrons and drinks spilling everywhere.” Other issues that arose throughout the night included the difference between a bar and a restaurant. At least 50 percent of annual revenue must come from food sales in order for an establishment to be an actual restaurant.
opening date of early 2012. The project has remained controversial among city residents, with several alders proposing an amendment to take the $16 million in tax incremental financing out of the capital budget that was provided for the hotel. The amendment did not pass, and will go forth with the money in the budget for final approval. The first listening session will be held Monday, Oct. 19 at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The second is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5 with the date and time still undetermined. For some bars who may want to expand their establishments, that 50-percent mark can be increasingly difficult to reach when trying to convert into a restaurant. ALRC member Tom Landgraf said Wando’s Bar and Grill, 602 University Ave., is interested in expanding their property, but because on a best day it often can only get 18 percent of sales from food, it must remain a bar.
opinion Better communication needed from ASM dailycardinal.com/opinion
QI GU opinion columnist
ne of the easiest things to do is to understand the basic idea of ASM. Any politician in a ﬁnely tailored suit would catch the essence of it: a student government. So like any other political entities, it suffers a great problem of public outreach. To most students on campus, ASM is no more than some confusing headlines. The organization has always been working hard to make changes. But their overtly political approaches rarely attract new fans. Recently, ASM again set out to tackle the communication issue. Each ASM representative will be required to hold at least two ofﬁce hours a week, during the academic year. Besides sitting behind the desk, they will also have to report on compliance with the new rule every month. Failure to do either of these would result in penalties. Student Services Finance Committee members have also proposed a bylaw change allowing the removal of SSFC members because of threatening behavior toward other members, as well as excessive absences and other issues. Both policies sound like good
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news for students. At least it has become more convenient to check on our own government and communicate with decisionmakers. But I doubt many students would actually exploit these opportunities. If you don’t even go to your professor’s ofﬁce hours, will you bother to visit a student representative? A majority of students don’t even know the full name of SSFC. Most of them would probably respond with an unaffected “OK” to SSFC’s decisive reform. So in reality, changes within ASM will only beneﬁt a few interested parties. ASM thinks it’s serving “some 40,000 plus” students. But I wouldn’t call something a service if it can’t reach its patrons. Unfortunately, this is a chronic problem. ASM’s deep-running bureaucratic style undermines its effective communication with the student body. Many students ﬁnd it hard to join ASM’s discussion. We have no idea about what will be going on unless we check out a little bulletin board at the Student Activity Center every day. What we usually get is just post-hoc reporting on ﬁnal decisions. Now students are paying higher segregated fees, part of which goes to the $140 million Union project. A lot of us probably haven’t realized that we’re responsible for a decision made four years ago by ASM, the Student Election Commission and 10 percent of students on campus.
Because of this interaction shortage, it’s becoming more difﬁcult for ASM to garner enough student support to push through their agenda. In a desperate attempt to amend their constitution, some ASM representatives even turned directly to friends and co-workers. I personally ran into such a conversation this past summer.
ASM should think about how its humongous enterprise could serve students in a more comprehensible way.
“Hi Qi, can you sign on this sheet?” “What’s it about?” “It’s a petition to amend the ASM constitution. You can just put your name right here.” Now that the fall election of ASM is going Monday through Wednesday, candidates are again pumped with new ideas. One of the initiatives is creating ASM newsletters for all students on campus. If that comes to fruition, you and I will probably get a weekly ASM hello in our WiscMail. Let’s be honest: Will you read it? Hey, no worries. Some candidates have already thought about that. Besides an E-
mail, you could also receive a printed newsletter detailing the activities of your “government.” All these novel suggestions are approaching ASM’s problem in the usual fashion: doing what a politician would do. ASM needs to reach out to students, not only by thrusting their decisions into our hands, but by tying their reputation to tangible benefits we could enjoy. The Distinguished Lecture Series, supported by the Wisconsin Union, sets a very good example. Each year, the group offers a series of lectures given by prominent individuals, such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. Student participa-
tion has been really encouraging during these events. The reason is obvious: We all readily learn something from it. So rather than showing off its illegible bureaucratic details, ASM should think about how its confusing nature could serve students in a more comprehensible way. ASM is not a “government” deciding for students, but a pioneer student organization contributing to our campus. Before it can speak for all of us, ASM should set be setting the ideal example for other student groups. Qi Gu is a junior majoring in journalism. We welcome all feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
Numbers Don’t Lie: Associated Students of Madison 5
Number of unexcused absences currently required before an ASM member is automatically removed from Student Council Updated limit of unexcused absences for Student Council members under the new proposal
8 p.m. Wednesday End of this semester’s fall ASM elections for SSFC members and freshman representatives, which begin Monday at 8 a.m.
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’Tis the ‘Season’ for ‘Joy’ By Jacqueline O’Reilly
worry found in Hansard’s words. Classic Swell Season can be Best known for their film found in the first single: “In These “Once,” The Swell Season Arms.” A tried and true love song, maintain their familiar emotive the musicians create a quiet place approach to music for their third of peace with Hansard’s gentle album, Strict Joy. guitar strumming and Irglová’s Made up of Glen Hansard and sweet piano melody. During a Markéta Irglová, the two musi- song that one could easily picture cians both have featured solo being in their movie “Once,” in spots on the record. Though these hushed tones the twosome sugmoments of simplified expression gests, “Maybe I was born to hold are lovely, in synergistic fashion you in these arms.” From here Strict Joy peaks when Hansard and a series of instruments creates a Irglová combine their talents and wistful melody that floats above the foundation Hansard and make music together. “Feeling the Pull” is the prime Irglová are laying. Among these and other songs example of this. In a short two and a half minutes, Hansard’s on the record, the theme of love’s end resonates boisterous vocals, CD REVIEW throughout Strict swelling with each Joy. This is no passing word, surprise, as the yearn for an bandmates, who escape, practically were engaged, pulling the listener along with split after the success of their film. him to the bigger Although they still world he dreams Strict Joy make great music of going, wherThe Swell ever that might together, it’s hard Season be. At the refrain to ignore that they Irglová’s shy voice are literally singharmonizes with the force of her ing about each other to each other. partner, adding a sense of inno- This fact makes the moments of cence to Hansard’s barbaric des- the record when the two urge to peration. They sing, “And I’m find a “love that conquers” particfeeling the pull / Dragging me ularly poignant. Irglová mourns, off again / And I’m feeling too “Forgive me lover / For I have small / Against the sky tonight.” sinned / For I have loved you With these wishful lyrics set wrong,” or when Hansard cries, against a bold melody, Hansard “Don’t give us false hope / Back and Irglová create a song for the broke and crying”. If it weren’t so beautiful, it’d be impossible to dreamers like them. listen to. THE DAILY CARDINAL
Anyone who is familiar with and enjoyed the duo’s previous work is sure to love the latest release.
Another song that stands out on Strict Joy is “Low Rising,” an Irishman’s take on a blues song. Rich with passion and anxiety, Hansard’s intensity screams for a beyond-necessary rise because he doesn’t have any farther to fall. A heavy beat keeps the song moving at its somber voice, and the usual acoustic guitar is set aside for an electric guitar, which goes on a riff that communicates the same
Overall, Strict Joy changes little from what The Swell Season has put out in the past.
Overall, Strict Joy changes little from what The Swell Season have put out in the past. Anyone who is familiar with and enjoyed the duo’s previous work is sure to love the latest release. While Hansard and Irglová didn’t mine very much new creativity or explore different paths to take, the album more than holds its own and is still magnificent Swell Season music.
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Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová broke off their engagement after their film ‘Once,’ and their lingering feelings shine through on Strict Joy.
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Max and Carol discuss mortality, time and the sun as they slowly walk across the expansive desert.
Walk on the ‘Wild’ side By Kevin Slane THE DAILY CARDINAL
Max isn’t like other kids. He’s introverted, aggressive and moody. Despite learning advanced astronomy in class, he still hides in blanket forts in his room, issuing commands to his army of stuffed animals. He moves from happily throwing snowballs to crying silently at his departing sister to destroying her room in a furious tantrum. And despite this, he is a king. “Where the Wild Things Are” is not a portrait of a child in transition, but rather a world in transition from the perspective of a child. Writer/ director Spike Jonze and fellow writer Dave Eggers make audiences reminisce about their childhood to the point that they are transported directly into it. Nostalgia is the name of the game, and Jonze creates it with surprising accuracy. For those unfamiliar with Maurice Sendak’s original 1962 children’s story, the plot differs very little, apart from a deeper introduction. Rather than being sent to his room for being naughty, Max (Max Records) has run away from home, unable to bear the alienation he faces with a struggling single mom (Catherine Keener), a potential new father ﬁgure (Mark Ruffalo) and a teenage sister suddenly too cool to hang out with him. He ﬁnds a boat that carries him to the land of the
wild things, a group of giant, majestic creatures longing for leadership and meaning. Fans of the book will appreciate the wild things looking exactly the same as their book counterparts. The ﬁlm differs from the book, however, by giving each wild thing a distinct personality and voice. There’s Carol (James Gandolﬁni), the leader of the pack. He’s ﬁrst introduced to audiences as he smashes the wild things’ homes, reminiscent of a petulant bully smashing the other children’s sand castles. There’s the object of Carol’s affection, K.W., who has separated herself from the group because of Carol’s frequent mood swings and general immaturity. There’s Ira, the gentle giant, who loves Judith, the sharp-tongued (and sharp-horned) beast. There’s Douglas, Carol’s de facto sidekick, and Alex, the bad-tempered goat whom no one listens to. There’s the Big Bull, a strong and silent wild thing who stoically observes them all, and there’s Max, whom the wild things make king because of his supposed magical powers. Despite their size, the wild things are just giant children, and Max is simply unﬁt to be their parent. He
picks favorites, pits them against each other and can’t make them feel better when they cry. They face all the difﬁculties he did in real life, allowing Max to walk a mile in his mother’s shoes. By the ﬁlm’s conclusion, everyone has grown a little, and Max is able to look at the world from a new perspective. From a technical standpoint, “Where the Wild Things Are” keeps it youthful. Numerous handheld camera and low-angle shots put the viewer in a child’s shoes, while the soundtrack is a chorus of kids (led by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) seamlessly integrated with the natural sights and sounds. One warning for parents who want to bring their kids: “Where the Wild Things Are” is dark, scary and rarely has the bright, sunny moments one would expect in a children’s ﬁlm. Whether that will constrain the ﬁlm from reaching a greater breadth of demographics remains to be seen. In all, Spike Jonze has done a masterful job bringing a childhood classic to life. “Where the Wild Things Are” will send audiences ﬂying back through time and give college students their much-needed indie ﬁx. Grade: AB
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1 Improvise, in jazz 5 Calculator key 9 Gesture for Churchill 14 “Young Frankenstein” flunky 15 Try to pledge 16 “Victory ___” (WWII documentary) 17 Strange-sounding canal? 18 “A Death in the Family” author 19 Rat Pack first name 20 Country hound? 23 Petrarchan sonnet finale 24 Aromatherapy venue 25 ___ gin fizz (cocktail) 29 ___ podrida (Spanish stew) 31 Aardvark’s paradise 33 Who’s who piece, for short 36 Unwelcome greenhouse guest 38 “Lather, ___, repeat” 39 Country hound? 43 Stranger from a strange land 44 “Gilligan’s Island” tree 45 “___ Given Sunday” (1999)
46 Lays waste to 49 Shapeless movie monster 51 ___-in-the-wool 52 Word in many limericks 54 Sickbay superlative 58 Country hound? 61 “Dear” book 64 Cote calls 65 Access for a collier 66 Toastmaster 67 African antelope 68 Cake feature, sometimes 69 Sporting gear with bell guards 70 Barbary beasts 71 “Buona ___” (Italian greeting) DOWN
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Injuries, turnovers cost UW in loss to Hawkeyes RECAP
By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL
At halftime Saturday, 30 minutes were all that stood between the Badgers and a spot atop the Big Ten standings. And then everything went awry. Wisconsin allowed No. 11 Iowa to reel off 20 unanswered points, 17 in the second half, and lost 20-10 at Camp Randall Stadium. The defeat dropped the Badgers to 5-2 on the season and marks the third straight season in which they could not rebound from the ﬁrst loss of the year. “We have a very disappointed football team,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “We prepared all week to put ourselves in a position to win a big football game against a quality opponent, and we just weren’t able to ﬁnish the deal.” The second half opened with the Badgers leading 10-3, but junior quarterback Scott Tolzien threw an interception on the ﬁrst drive. The Hawkeyes then marched 54 yards in nine plays, ending with junior quarterback Ricky Stanzi dodging a blitzing Badger corner and delivering a 24-yard scoring strike to senior tight end Tony Moeaki. The Badger offense shut down
after that, resulting in three consecutive three-and-outs. Iowa’s continued scoring eventually forced Tolzien to try to go deep against the disciplined Hawkeye defense, and he turned the ball over three times in the half. One area where the Badgers especially struggled in that second half was third downs, both on offense and defense. After allowing the Hawkeyes to convert only one third down in six tries before the break, the UW defense could not get off the ﬁeld. That unit gave up ﬁve third-down conversions, all on Iowa scoring drives. “That’s something we can’t have as a defense. Third-down conversions really killed us,” sophomore defensive end J.J. Watt said. “It’s extremely frustrating for us to play so well in the ﬁrst half and come out in the second half and do what we did.” The UW offense only converted one of its six second-half third downs, and sophomore kicker Philip Welch continued to struggle, missing a 38-yard ﬁeld goal that would have given Wisconsin the lead after Iowa tied the game at 10. Injuries also struck Wisconsin in a big way, as three top contributors went down. Freshman linebacker Mike Taylor, the team’s top tackler, suffered a knee injury in the second
quarter, and senior tight end Garrett Graham suffered a concussion. Perhaps the biggest injury came on the Badgers’ third drive when several players fell on sophomore running back John Clay’s ankle. “I just got bent up backwards, kind of rolled my ankle a little bit, but I thought I damaged it more than I did,” Clay said, adding that his ankle went numb for a few moments after the play. Up to that point, the Racine native had run for 68 yards on 12 carries and carried the Badger attack. True freshman running back Monte Ball ﬁnished that drive off with a 10-yard scoring run, but from then on Clay, who returned for the next UW drive, was the only Badger to carry the ball. That was not a good thing for offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s unit, as Clay looked tentative and ran for only seven yards after the injury. Had the Badgers been able to hold on to the win, they would be tied for ﬁrst in the Big Ten, since Ohio State was upset by Purdue Saturday. Instead they head into a bye week in ﬁfth place, looking for some way to return to the form of their ﬁrst ﬁve weeks. The frustration players and coaches felt was also apparent in the
Badgers stumble in season opener By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team took one point out of its opening weekend, losing 3-2 to Colorado College Friday night and working to a 1-1 draw in the series ﬁnale Saturday. The Badgers played most of the weekend without their top center, senior Blake Geoffrion, who left Friday’s game in the ﬁrst period with a concussion and did not play Saturday. Still evaluating his options between the pipes, head coach Mike Eaves gave each goalie a chance to see live action. Junior Brett Bennett got the nod Friday, while junior Scott Gudmandson manned the net Saturday. The Badgers, who entered the season ranked No. 13 in both major polls, jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period Friday. Wisconsin’s second goal came
when sophomore Derek Stepan pushed the puck to the blue line, beat his man with a great individual move to the middle and left the puck for senior Andy Bohmbach, who scored to put the Badgers in control. The play was indicative of the Badgers’ performance for the majority of the night. They played fast, passed effectively and put continuous pressure on the Tiger defense. Colorado College responded with two goals in less than four minutes later in the second period, however, and entered the ﬁnal period with momentum on its side. Eaves dismissed the notion that the Badgers got complacent with a two-goal lead and pointed instead to execution. “We made bad decisions in our neutral zone,” Eaves said after Friday’s game. “And because of those decisions, we put ourselves in a position where we give up grade-A scoring chances and our goaltender
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Ben Street’s third-period goal Saturday was his ﬁrst of the season.
didn’t really have a chance to make saves on them.” The game-winner for Colorado College came with just over two minutes remaining, when a puck went off Wisconsin senior Ben Street’s stick and into the net. The Badgers outplayed Colorado College for much of the night, especially on offense, as they peppered Tiger freshman goalie Joe Howe with 41 shots. All the offense and pressure from Friday night disappeared for the ﬁrst period and a half on Saturday. Wisconsin came out ﬂat, and the Tigers took advantage, tallying a goal during a two-man advantage just over six minutes into the contest. Gudmandson and the defense put the clamps down after that, and Wisconsin slowly started to build back momentum through the second period. They ﬁnally broke through with an equalizer early in the third period. Street hit the post on a breakaway but stuck with the play and chased down the puck in the right corner. He turned and shot from behind the end line but found the back of the net by putting the puck off the back of the goalie. “Not much had been working so far, so I ﬁgured I would try to bank one in, and luckily it worked out,” said Street, who scored his ﬁrst goal of the season after sitting out most of last year with an injury. As the Badgers look forward to a series at Minnesota State next weekend, the focus will be on how the team transitions from Friday to Saturday. Eaves described the team as “Mr. Jekyll on Friday and Mr. Hyde on Saturday,” an issue the Badgers will need to resolve as the season moves forward.
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Scott Tolzien threw three interceptions in the second half against Iowa, one of which led to a touchdown drive for the Hawkeye offense. stands just after the game. While the Badgers were leaving the ﬁeld after the ﬁnal whistle, a few loud fans hurled abusive comments at Bielema and his team. It stood as a contrast to two weeks ago when, in a similar scene, an overjoyed Bielema waved to adoring supporters in Minnesota as he entered the tunnel with an undefeated squad.
“We can’t accept this, we can’t accept this feeling as a loss, we can’t get comfortable with this feeling because I felt like that kind of happened last year,” said senior defensive end O’Brien Schoﬁeld, who had two tackles for loss. “That’s not going to happen this year, I promise you that ... We just can’t beat ourselves, and that’s really hurt us in these last two games.”
Tolzien struggles in tough loss ANALYSIS By Justin Dean THE DAILY CARDINAL
For the ﬁrst four games of the 2009 season, Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien looked like a bona-ﬁde Big Ten star quarterback. For the last three, however, Tolzien has looked the part of a ﬁrst-year starting quarterback facing elite competition for the ﬁrst time in his college career. Head coach Bret Bielema said as much after the Badgers’ 20-10 loss to Iowa, in which Tolzien threw three interceptions in the second half. “The second-half turnovers were a big factor in the game. Scotty has been a pretty steady guy for us, but we can’t have those unforced errors,” Bielema said. “We just can’t have giveaways in critical games.” While breakdowns in protection were an issue in last week’s 31-13 loss to Ohio State, Tolzien often hesitated and brought on additional pressure by holding onto the ball too long, leading to four Hawkeye sacks. Credit is due to the Iowa defense, ranked ﬁrst in the conference and 21st in the nation in pass defense heading into the game, for shutting down the Wisconsin offense in the second half. But Tolzien’s interceptions are becoming far too similar, resulting from either overthrowing a receiver or missing a linebacker or safety in his progression and essentially handing the ball to the defense. Eventually, Tolzien needs to start learning from his mistakes in reading defenses to cut down on the plethora of interceptions he has been throwing. “I don’t see pressure as any factor in those interceptions. Those were clearly on me—bad decisions, bad reads,” Tolzien said. “Look at the turnovers today and they can be
easily ﬁxed, its just working through my progressions, but my conﬁdence won’t be shaken from this.” Luckily for Tolzien, his coaches’ and teammates’ conﬁdence in him has not been shaken either. “Scotty is our quarterback, he’s our general. We go as he goes,” sophomore running back John Clay said. “We’ve just got to be there to help him out when he messes up.” Sophomore tackle Josh Oglesby echoed Clay and dispelled any notions that the offensive line might be growing impatient with Tolzien. “There’s deﬁnitely no frustration from us toward Scott. He’s our quarterback, and I have all the faith in the world in him, and I wouldn’t want anyone else leading us right now,” Oglesby said. It’s clear that the Badgers need mistake-free play from the quarterback position to have success against elite Big Ten opponents, and as shown Saturday with the insertion of Curt Phillips into the offense, there are other options if Tolzien continues to struggle. “I’m not going to open up for a quarterback controversy, but Scott has got to continue to grow and move forward. My guess is he’ll do that, just based off what I’ve learned over him,” Bielema said. “We’ve got a smaller package for Curt, but every indicator is he’s a guy that can win football games, and we’ll go with our best option.” Badger fans should expect to see plenty of Phillips for the remainder of the season, especially given his ability to make plays with his feet and add another dimension to the offense. And while it makes little sense to give up on Tolzien after his ﬁrst two games against quality competition, the junior quarterback must improve going forward for Wisconsin to be able to ﬁnish strong in its last ﬁve games.