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Madison’s City Council approved a proposal for an 11-story, 176 unit apartment building at 306 W. Main St., which is scheduled to break ground in early 2013.

City approves two housing projects By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal

Madison’s City Council unanimously approved two downtown development projects Wednesday, marking the final step before developers can begin construction. Developer Mike Slavish has proposed to demolish two buildings at 305-325 W. Johnson St. and the current Madison Fire Department Administrative Building to pave the way for construction of a mixeduse building, featuring 250 apartments in addition to retail and office space. The large, 14-story mixed-used development on West Johnson Street will include new MFD administrative space, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. Common Council also approved a proposal for an 11-story, 176-unit apartment building at 306 W. Main St., which

completes the Capitol West master development that was started in 2004, according to developer Joe Alexander. “We are excited to be underway,” Alexander said. While Alexander said many neighbors support the project, neighborhood resident Tony Michaels spoke in opposition to the development because of overcapacity concerns regarding the parking garage included in the proposal. “My concern is that [the garage] simply won’t be adequate to accommodate all the new cars that will be using the entrance to the garage,” Michaels said. Overall, Verveer said these two proposals are a positive addition to Madison’s downtown.

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Public asks city to support Overture By Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal

Members of the public joined city officials Tuesday to weigh in on Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed $266.4 million operating budget for 2013, with many urging the City Council to increase funding to the Overture Center for the Arts. Soglin has included $850,000 in the proposed budget for the Overture, although $1.85 million was given to the performing arts center in 2012. Overture Center Foundation Board member Deirdre Garton said staff members are concerned the low amount of funding could affect layoffs and pay cuts. “There’s palpable anxiety among the employees,” Garton said.

Members of the Forward Theater Co., the newest resident theater company that performs in the Overture, are also concerned about the level of city-provided funding. Artistic Director for Forward Theater Co. Jennifer Uphoff Gray said the level of funding the Overture receives has a “significant economic impact” on the theater group. “We can’t continue without a healthy Overture,” Gray said. “This is the only facility in town we can perform at.” Members of City Council proposed an amendment to $900,000 in funding to the Overture, but the city’s financial committee, the Board of Estimates, voted against the amendment at its meeting Oct. 22.

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In the midst of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, the Dean of Students office will offer assistance to any student for any academic or other issues they may be facing. The hurricane made landfall on the East Coast Monday night and has caused millions of dollars in damage, as well as affected numerous students with friends and family in those areas. Dean of Students Lori Berquam will be contacting all students from the Eastern Seaboard who may be affected

to make sure they stay in contact with their families, as well as encourage them to develop alternate methods of communications in case conventional methods are unavailable. If any students are in need of assistance, they are encouraged to contact the Division of Student Life at (608) 263-5700 and ask for the Dean on Call. Additionally, counseling and crisis support are available at University Health Services for any students affected by the incident or any other situation.

Lee campaign dismisses volunteer Wood made false claim of attack by Pocan supporters By Adam Wollner The Daily Cardinal

Republican congressional candidate Chad Lee’s campaign dismissed a volunteer Tuesday after he falsely claimed he was attacked at his home for being a gay Republican. Kyle Wood, the campaign volunteer, told several conservative media outlets over the past week that his car was vandalized and he was beaten for

refusing to support Lee’s opponent in the 2nd Congressional District race, state Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, who is openly gay. However, Wood recanted his statements about the alleged assault Monday and the Madison Police Department cleared the case as “unfounded.” He could now face criminal charges for filing a false police report. The police did not name the volunteer in either incident report involving the

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City to work on solutions for Occupy Madison By Taylor Harvey and Abby Becker The Daily Cardinal

Mayor Paul Soglin’s office confirmed Tuesday city officials are “working on solutions” to provide shelter for members of Madison’s Occupy movement and homeless communities, with plans for a new downtown homeless shelter still undetermined. Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said the East Washington site is not considered a campground under city ordinances, so it is not legal for people to pitch tents and sleep on the property.

Some members of the Occupy encampment moved back to the former Occupy site on East Washington Avenue after county campsites closed for the season this past weekend. According to Tenant Resource Center Executive Director Brenda Konkel, Madison’s women and homeless shelters do not meet the homeless community’s needs, with beds running out quickly and women waiting in line for a “lottery.” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi proposed funding for a new home-

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ne of the greatest party occasions of the year is fast approaching—that autumn eve when friends gather to chase vicious, malicious creatures stalking through the shadows with laughter and libations. I speak not of Halloween, but of election night, when our collective fate for the next four years and beyond will (hopefully) be cast. But standing between us and alleviation of the wrenching anticipation are enough layers of incompetence, corruption and spin so wretchedly appalling, it would set Ashcroft atwitter. Seeing as how Martha is stuck behind bars, some other evil [person] with a serviceable domestic aesthetic has to step up and help you plan respectable election night return-watching parties to get through it all, and dear, proba-

bly-already-inebriated-if-youeve n- e x i st- at- a l l - t h i s-we e k readers, I am here, reporting for duty. First off, in addition to the assumed mind-muting beverages, you’ll need snacks, the less nutritious the better. I recommend the classic chocolate chip cookie, warm from the oven and dressed up for Election Day with white chocolate chips and red and blue M&M’s. Here’s a fool-proof recipe: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and flip off the TV as a state goes to Bush. Next, blend the chocolate chips and M&M’s with pre-made sugar cookie dough while you spew a string of particularly pernicious profanities at the prattling pundits on your screen. Evenly space spoonfuls of the dough onto cookie sheets, take a moment to de-stress with a primal scream that would make the good Dr. Dean proud and bake until the edges are

golden brown—scrumptious! Now that you’ve got the snacks squared away, it’s time to roll out the games. Entertain your guests with a few rounds of Spin the Heinz Ketchup Bottle, Artfully-Evaded Truth or Scripted-Spontaneity Dare, Admitting Mistakes is Not an Option or the new classic, Pin Katherine Harris to the Grill of a Runaway Cadallac. For those who relish word games, give a whirl to Kerry Flip-Flop Word Scramble and What “W” Really Stands For, or simply see how long you can carry a conversation speaking only in recognizable candidate campaign rhetoric. And though they may be a decidedly unsavory lot, including a few Bush supporters in your guest list can make for even more entertainment. Before the festvities commence, write “WMD” on the bottom of one of the plates. Partway through the party,

reveal this to your revelers. The lucky harborer will win a prize, but the real fun begins once the Dubya-philes start arguing how their plates with no “WMD” on them are equally winners. One final, cautionary note on safety: Political discourse can get rather volatile, particularly in mixed partisan company this election cycle, so make sure none of your party favors can become inordinately injurious projectiles should things go the way of a Taiwanese budgetary debate. Also, be sure to secure any knives used during food preparation—you don’t want your hard-planned soiree descending into a stab-happy Madison Green Party meeting. True, all the revelry in the world cannot make up for a disappointing electoral outcome. But if you wind up inconsolably devastated, there’s always the oven—you just made cookies, you know it works.

The white whales of craft beer Niko Ivanovic beer columnist


hroughout the semester I’ve highlighted a large number of impressive, accessible and local beers that provide the backbone of my beer nerd diet. However, I’ve been holding back the beers that pierce my sudsy alcoholic dreams, bringing chills to my spine at the thought of their glorious acquisition. This week’s column isn’t about introductory craft beer. Today I want to take the training wheels off and talk about the best and most elusive beers in the world. With black market eBay trading inflating prices from the expensive to the absurd, many of the world’s rarest beers can auction as high as several hundred dollars per bottle online. Even if I had the money to afford such ridiculous sums, there are better ways to obtain the best and most elusive craft beers in the world. By describing the following insanely hyped, artfully crafted and borderline excessive beers, I hope to help you all do just that. Westvleteren 12: What better way to start than the critically acclaimed best beer in the world? Westvleteren 12 is a Belgian Quadruppel made in the trappist monastery of the St. Sixtus monks in Belgium. Traditionally the beer has only been sold at the monastery, with a strict one-case limit per customer. Fortunately for you, traveling all the way to Belgium shouldn’t be necessary for long. Despite a few delays, expect the world’s so-called best beer to

be available online soon: $85 for six bottles and two glasses. Having tried this beer several times, I can tell you that it is definitely worth that price. Founders CBS & KBS: There may not be any brewer in the world better at crafting incredible imperial stouts than Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, Mich. Their two most famously unobtainable offerings are the Kentucky and Canadian Breakfast Stouts (KBS and CBS, respectively). KBS is aged in coffee chocolate stout bourbon barrels and is released every March. Fortunately for us Wisconsin students, Riley’s Wines of the World manages to secure a case or two every year. Call them early in the spring to get your name on the list, and a bottle of the legendary KBS will be in your hands. Personally, I think this may be the best beer I’ve ever had, though I’d certainly recommend aging it for at least a few months before trying. Sadly, tracking down CBS can be a bit trickier. Brewed once last fall, the bottles of this beer are running thin, and falling into insanely high demand. Your best bet for finding this giant imperial stout, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, is most likely watching out for any draft appearances. I was lucky enough to taste it on tap a few weeks ago at one of the Best of Milwaukee Beer Dinner events. Though they are done for the year, look for more beer dinners in early 2013, and hopefully a chance to try CBS. Three Floyds Dark Lord: A massive 15 percent ABV imperial stout, Three Floyds Darklord is perhaps the original hidden treasure of the beer industry. It’s available only

one day a year (Dark Lord Day) at the brewery in Munster, Ind. Considering the drive to Munster is only a few hours from Madison, and the long list of unique variations of the base beer available (vanilla bean bourbon aged anyone?), I can tell you I will definitely be making the trip this year. Goose Island King Henry & Rare Bourbon County Stout: Both of these beers are uniquely intertwined, as they have been aged in the same extraordinarily rare 23-yearold Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Arguably the hardest to find of any beer on this list, Bourbon County Rare stays true to its name: brewed

once and permanently retired. The only real way to snatch a bottle of this beer these days is to become a preferred customer at a liquor store that may be aging it, or make best friends with a beer geek who may be saving a bottle or two. Thankfully, King Henry is a bit easier to find. I was able to secure a bottle behind the scenes from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee’s storage room, but reaching out to the craft beer community’s excellent trading market could possibly yield the goods as well. Got questions or comments about craft beer you’d like Niko to hear? Send them his way at

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Candidates reschedule cancelled visits to state President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have both rescheduled previously canceled events in Wisconsin this week because of complications surrounding Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast Monday. Obama had scheduled a visit Tuesday, but due to the hurricane decided to stay in the Oval Office. He has rescheduled his event for Thursday in Green Bay, Wis., according to his campaign website. Romney was scheduled to travel to West Allis Monday, but also canceled because of the hurricane and has rescheduled his visit for Friday, accord-

ing to his campaign website. Romney’s wife Ann stopped in Green Bay Tuesday, and his running mate, Paul Ryan, has multiple events scheduled in Wisconsin Wednesday. Wisconsin is an important battleground for Obama and Romney and as the election approaches, both campaigns are increasing their presence in the state. Obama’s Thursday visit will take place at the Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Friday for Romney’s speech at 640 S. 84th St. in Milwaukee.

County proposes $68.15 million to improve criminal justice programs Dane County’s 2013 budget designates $68.15 million to the County Sheriff’s Department for programs that could improve efficiency in the county’s criminal justice programs. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has included funding to add staff to the county’s electronic monitoring program, create a new program to help inmates find jobs, and reallocate space in the Public Safety Building for more jail beds, according to a statement from County Executive spokesperson Casey Slaughter Becker. Parisi said in the statement he aims to

“address the root causes of incarceration, repeat offenses and more efficient use of space” through these programs funded in the 2013 budget. Forty percent of the county’s budget, $80,000, will be used to expand the Pathfinder program, which reduces the number of individuals in jail by placing inmates in a long-term treatment program. “By increasing beds in the Pathfinder program we will continue to address the core addiction issues many entering the criminal justice suffer from,” Sheriff Dave Mahoney said in a statement.

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money toward a day shelter,” Konkel said in an interview Monday. “It’s a huge step forward.” According to Konkel, members of Occupy plan to formulate a strategy to prevent problems that occurred last year, including a more effective way to control disruptive behavior, clean up trash and keep noise levels low. “The core group of people that’s here right now feel very strongly about… how we can work together to make sure there’s no problems,” Konkel said.

less shelter in his 2013 county budget to better provide for the needs of Madison’s homeless this winter. But the shelter’s location is still being debated among city and county officials, with the 800 block of East Washington Avenue and the former military building on Wright Street as the two options on the table. “I think it’s a really great step forward for [the city and county] to put

lee volunteer from page 1 case, but the Lee campaign identified him in a statement last Thursday. “Today, our campaign unfortunately learned that a deeply troubled volunteer misled police, news outlets and our own team in regards to events that he alleged to have occurred,” a statement from the Lee campaign released Tuesday said. “Our campaign dismissed Mr. Wood immediately and we will fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue with their investigation.”

Pocan campaign manager Dan McNally called the episode “an example of what is wrong with civility in politics today.” “We hope that those who are responsible for the recent events are quickly brought to justice,” McNally said in a statement. “We are keeping every option open on legal actions towards organizations and individuals that perpetrated this lie.” The Dane County District Attorney’s Office will review the case after the MPD completes its follow-up investigation.

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UW names finalists for director of libraries The University of WisconsinMadison announced four finalists in the search for the campus’ next director of university libraries Wednesday. John Culshaw, professor and senior associate dean of libraries at the University of Colorado-Boulder; Jeffrey Garrett, associate university librarian for special libraries and director of special collections and archives at the Northwestern University Library; Mary-Jo Romaniuk, recent acting chief librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; and Ed Van Gemert, interim director of libraries for the General Library System at UW–Madison were the candidates chosen by the 14-member search

projects from page 1 “Each of the two proposals will be excellent additions to the downtown landscape,” Verveer said. Both the West Johnson and Main Street developments are scheduled to break ground in early 2013, according to Verveer. Two additional downtown development projects on North Bassett and West Dayton Streets and North Frances Street were formally introduced at the meeting. Developer Scott Faust has proposed

committee, which was chaired by classics professor William Aylward. According to Aylward, the Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian position is “a key individual for stewardship of knowledge across the campus disciplines.” Each candidate will visit campus in the coming months to present themselves to the community and answer questions. Aylward said he encourages the campus community to take advantage of the opportunity to give input on a position that will “[steer] the university libraries and all of our resources for knowledge and learning and scholarship...into the next decade and beyond.” demolishing four existing buildings at 202-222 N. Bassett St. and 510-520 W. Dayton St. to build a five-story, 71-apartment building geared toward students. Faust has also proposed demolishing two buildings at 313 and 315 N. Frances St. to make way for a 12-story studentoriented apartment building, featuring 42 apartments and 91 bike stalls. Community members will hear presentations on these two proposals at a neighborhood meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 525 W. Johnson St.

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Tutto Pasta Owner Pam McCord asks the city to support extra Overture funding.

overture from page 1 Soglin defended denying additional funding to Overture at the Oct. 22 meeting, where he said it would require the city to use funds from premiums the city receives, which is “risky” because the monetary amount fluctuates from year to year. Common Council will have a final vote on the proposed 2013 capital and operating budget in November, so the overall budget could still be amended before then. Other community members spoke

of the economic benefits the Overture brings to downtown Madison due to the amount of people who frequent the State Street shops and eateries before and after seeing a show at the theater. Pam McCord, owner of Tutto Pasta, located at 305 State Street, said the Overture helped to keep her restaurant afloat after her most difficult year in 2009 when it hosted popular shows including “The Lion King” and “Wicked,” which brought many people to the downtown area. “Overture helps keep me alive in business,” McCord said.

Edgewater seeks federal bond funding Edgewater Hotel developers applied Tuesday to use low-cost federal funds to finance the construction and renovation of the hotel. Developer Robert Dunn and the Edgewater Hotel Company, LLC have submitted an application with the Public Finance Authority to use $66.15 million in Midwest Disaster Area bonds, according to a letter from City Attorney Michael May. These disaster funds are available to individuals and businesses in areas throughout Wisconsin, including Dane County, that are considered “Midwest

disaster areas,” because of severe storms, tornadoes or flooding that occurred in 2008. The bond program does not involve city funds because it is financed through the PFA, which is a governmental organization, according to May. “The PFA is unrelated to the city and the city has no powers, obligations or responsibilities as regards the PFA,” May said in the letter. The Edgewater developers will break ground on the $98 million reconstruction project the weekend of Nov. 17. Abby becker / The Daily Cardinal


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Revolutionizing pizza with super food sweet tots By Rebecca Alt The daily cardinal

There’s a new food fad these days, one that’s arguably a bit more healthy and easy on the wallet than most. No, I am not referring to the latest and greatest diet where all you drink is cranberry juice for 72 hours and lose three pounds (“Mean Girls” anyone?). The latest and greatest I’m alluding to is none other than the sweet potato craze. These tots have emerged as the star menu item for restaurants everywhere. From upscale, hoity-toity venues to fast-food chains like Culvers, sweet taters are finally getting the recognition they have so patiently waited for. I had my first sweet potato my freshman year at college–or so I thought. Side note: Apparently I used to eat these spuds so much as a babe that I acquired an orange hue, but I naturally have no recollection of that fateful time in my life. I had seen a number of Food Network chefs using these pink/orange delicacies, so I thought I’d shake up my usual russet baking potato with these oddly shaped tubers. That first bite was akin to the first time my mother fed me chocolate cake, complete with eyes rolling in the back of the head and an audible “oh my god

mmm” for all of my roommates to hear. Since that fateful day, I have abandoned the traditional baking potatoes and consumed a sweet potato in some shape or form at least four times a week. Alas, I have once again taken on a hint o’ orange. The old saying, “you are what you eat,” is most certainly true, but at least I can pretend like this tinge is just residual tan from the summer. Enough about my obsession, though. Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables, spicing up any dish whether sweet, savory, spicy or all three at once, not to mention incredibly wholesome. These taters are chalkfull of fiber and Vitamin C, contain more Vitamin A than virtually any other vegetable and pack more potassium than a banana. Worried about the approaching flu season? Eat a couple pounds of these tots, and I guarantee you won’t come down with so much as an irksome stuffy nose, let alone the fullblown flu. I’ve used this super food in desserts, chili, tacos, soups/ stews, falafel, and of course, as a substitute for classic fries and baked potatoes. I have a seemingly unending repository of sweet potato-based recipes saved on my computer, but the most recent concoction was a sweet potato

pizza. I discovered the recipe while browsing through one of my favorite food blogs, Naturally Ella, and immediately told my roomie dinner was on me that night. She was understandably skeptical—who’s heard of a pizza with no sauce?—but I convinced her that this unique dish was a must try. I added a few of my own touches to the original recipe, namely more cheese (I am a Wisconsinite after all), spinach and red onion. For my readers out there who are ardent pizza consumers and cannot possibly imagine this mixture of ingredients constituting pizza, I implore you to give it a try. It may be my bias toward anything sweet potato, but I truly believe the flavor of this pizza is unrivaled by any other I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. The feta cheese and spinach give the pizza a tangy, fresh flavor, and the mildness of the mozzarella cheese ensures that the sweet potato’s natural sweetness stays in the spotlight. Adding sauce would overpower the sensational medley of flavors, and quite honestly, less is usually more when it comes to fine dining. So, without further adieu I present all of you pizza fanatics with my latest take on a traditional Italian cuisine. Love and best dishes.

Sweet potato, spinach and feta Pizza Ingredients Store bought or homemade pizza crust 1 large sweet potato (or 2 medium-sized) ½ large red onion Couple of handfuls of spinach 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella (or more if you’d like) ½ cup of feta cheese 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh rosemary Olive oil 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons of butter Salt and pepper (to taste) Serves: 3-4 (If we’re being real, it serves 2 hungry college kids) Rating: 5 stars Note: If you like your pizza crust extra crispy, cook the crust by itself for a couple minutes in the oven before you add the toppings. This may take longer if the crust is homemade.

Directions 1). Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into ¼- ½ inch slices and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. 2). Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat. Add the garlic, cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and stir in the rosemary. Cook for about 1 more minute. 3). Brush half of the butter mixture onto the prepared pizza crust. Top with the roasted potatoes, spinach, onion and mozzarella cheese so that the layers overlap. Pour the remaining butter mixture on top and sprinkle with feta. Finally, add a few dashes of salt and pepper. 4). Bake the pizza in the oven for anywhere from 10-15 minutes, depending on variations in oven temperatures. Once the mozzarella cheese is melted and the feta is slightly browned, take the pizza out to cool before cutting.

Flash-sale UW fashionista By Kelsey Eichman the daily cardinal

Everyone knows it is plenty difficult to live on a college budget. In a world where college loans now make up the highest level of debt it’s difficult to locate cheap, but quality fashion finds. Or so you thought. Flash sales, such as those on the websites Gilt, Belle and Clive and HauteLook, make it easier for the aspiring fashionista to look the way she wants for a price she can afford. For roughly a third of the original price, customers can purchase trendy, in-season finds from a range of designers. Many of the flash sale websites feature high-end designers like Valentino as well as more budget-friendly companies like American Apparel. Not only do flash sales like these feature of-the-moment pieces, but they also focus on offering timeless basics, featuring a variety of designers and price points. Gilt especially has put a focus on featuring basics such as little black dresses and basic heels, and many companies have followed suit. These classic pieces can also easily be layered and paired with the many trendy pieces offered on the sites for a more youthful and current look. Finding the right bag that will take you from interviews to your future job may take time and patience, as the merchandise on these sites changes almost every day, but the fractioned price will fit your college budget. These bags are at college-friendly prices, but without looking like a “college student” bag. University of WisconsinMadison senior Karen Sanchez said

she loves everything about Gilt. “One day I can buy an award-winning beauty product for half the price and the next I can shop for discounted hotel rooms around the world,” Sanchez said. “Everything they offer is of such a high quality as well.” Sanchez is referring to Jetsetter, another site within the Gilt family that specializes in offering deals on luxury hotels in almost every area of the world. Gilt has developed several other sites including City, which offers deals on restaurants, spas and gyms within the largest cities in the United States, Food and Wine, Baby and Kids, Home, and Park and Bond, their men’s site. Certainly not all of these are geared toward the college crowd but some are surprisingly apt for the life of a 20-something. For instance, Jetsetter is a great way to spring break in style, away from the cheap, rundown hot spots of Mexico, without having to sacrifice meals in order to afford the trip. City is also a nice way for you and your friends to try a variety of foods outside the realm of bar food without having to invite your parents along to pay for the meal. In addition to the already mentioned websites, Modnique, Rue La La and POPSUGAR are also great websites to check out. Modnique, Rue La La and Ideeli take the more traditional route of showcasing their own merchandise while POPSUGAR is primarily an entertainment website that features flash sales from a variety of websites.

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Slow Food UW volunteers and interns help create inexpensive, but fresh meals every Monday.

Slow Food UW provides healthy meals for students By Jessica Lavine the daily cardinal

It’s 5 p.m. on a Monday night and you’re deciding what to make for dinner. Everything in your refrigerator is either inedible or will take too long to cook. This is usually the point at which students turn to fast food for a quick meal, but the food doesn’t contain the nutrients you need to ace that midterm. So instead, head to Slow Food UW’s Family Dinner Night. Slow Food UW, established in 2009, is a student-run organization that advocates healthy, locally grown foods at affordable prices. Every Monday night while school is in session, Slow Food UW hosts Family Dinner Night at The Crossing on the corner of University and Charter. Dinner is

served at 6:30 p.m. and prepared for the affordable price of $5 by the guest chef of the week, student interns and volunteers. This past Monday night, the featured guest chef was Slow Food Intern Sarah Easton. With the help of other interns and volunteers, Easton prepared a Halloween themed feast for over 100 guests. Her gourmet, locally sourced menu consisted of three delectable courses. The appetizer, Bleeding Bruschetta, combined creamy goat cheese and tangy balsamic glazed beets with a deliciously crunchy sourdough crostini. Easton’s entree, Spooky Squash Lasagna was accompanied by a flavorful spinach salad. The lasagna put a new twist on kale, combining

the savory greens with a rich squash puree. The maple-glazed walnuts in Easton’s spinach salad were to die for, but the real killer in this trio was the Death by Chocolate Brownies. The first bite of chocolatey goodness melts in your mouth and is perfectly complemented by a drizzle of sea salt caramel and a dollop of whipped cream. It is safe to say that Easton’s Family Dinner Night was a huge success, but what is next for the blossoming chef? Easton helps spread the message of Slow Food through events like making food with the Boys and Girls Club. As a “die hard foodie,” Easton said she hopes to have a career in the culinary field and will continue to promote Slow Food.

arts Conspiring to make Madison dance

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By Brian Weidy the daily cardinal

Right before Conspirator’s tour kickoff in Madison, bassist Marc “Brownie” Brownstein took a few minutes to chat with The Daily Cardinal between games of “Madden” with his son as they watched Hurricane Sandy blow through their neighborhood. Formed in 2004 as a side project of The Disco Biscuits, Conspirator originally consisted of Brownstein on bass and Aron Magner on keyboards. During the past year, guitarist Chris Michetti and drummer KJ Sawka both joined as permanent members of the band. In March of 2010, Jon “Barber” Gutwillig broke his hand backstage at a Disco Biscuits show. To replace him, the Biscuits brought in Michetti as well as Tommy Hamilton of Brothers Past. Over the course of the next couple of months of their tour, Brownstein and Michetti became very close. “I had created an extremely close bond with Chris in that time and it was just like a natural progression,” said Brownstein. “He sat in with Conspirator at Camp Barefoot Festival over that summer, and it was just such a natural fit. He already knew so many of the Conspirator songs because the Biscuits were playing them at that time and we kind of just felt like it brought something new

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Conspirator, originally a side project of The Disco Biscuits, will kick off their tour in Madison. to Conspirator.” Once Michetti was in the band, Conspirator began touring as they moved away from being a side project to being a full time band. They began by using a rotating cast of drummers including Darren Shearer of The New Deal and Mike Greenfield of Lotus; however, things really started clicking once they brought Sawka on board. With a fully solidified lineup, the band hit the studio for the

first time since just Magner and Brownstein released The Key in 2005, and the group is about to put out a new EP. “We did release a bunch of studio stuff last year but it was done differently,” said Brownstein. “There were no guitars and basses, there was no live drums over it. This time KJ has done all the drum work, just the drum work is absolutely incredible.”

“We are trying to release something more like what Conspirator actually sounds like than when we were releasing Porter Robinson remixes,” said Brownstein. “So now the idea is to do what we did on the live album and try to like recreate that vibe in the studio.” While the band has its roots in the jam band world through Brownstein and Magner’s membership in The Disco Biscuits,

Conspirator is hardly a jam band. “We look at that as a positive thing that we get to tap into two different worlds,” said Brownstein. “We are primarily an EDM group; we improvise very little, if at all … we love to jam, don’t get me wrong, but if we have an hour set, there is no time to improvise. It’s not like the Biscuits where we will play a four-song set.” While Conspirator is Brownstein’s main touring act at this point, The Disco Biscuits are still very much alive and kicking, with their Mayan Holidaze festival in mid-December, as well as their annual New Year’s Eve run in New York City. Conspirator will come to Madison on Halloween for what is sure to be a pure dance party. “We’ll make it one way or another,” said Brownstein about the travel difficulties presented by the hurricane sweeping the East Coast. “If I have to get into a car tomorrow night and drive overnight to get to Chicago and meet the bus that’s what I am doing. I am the person who absolutely picked being in Madison on Halloween. I had a gut feeling that being on State Street on Halloween, that it would be a great night to be there.” Conspirator will take the stage at the Majestic Theatre Oct. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9 p.m.

Interpreting symbolism in all (high and low) seriousness Sean Reichard your raison d’être


ymbolism. God, that’s a big topic to cover. I mean, how do you even go about it? What’s the peppy, prepared angle on this topic? Without it dissolving into some kind of tract or tirade I mean. I do my best, week in and week out, to avoid either of those modes. It would be easy enough, I suppose, to just harangue against the prevalence of symbolism in modern English classes. I could just lampoon the notion of finding symbolic value in “The Great Gatsby’s” valley of ashes or some excruciating rigmarole to parse meaning out of the lightningstruck tree in “Jane Eyre.” I could just say that symbolism is a silly and contrived thing in the field of literature and that we’re all better off not thinking about it too hard. And this thought I am justly (and a mite unduly) riffing from an essay Saul Bellow published in The New York Times in 1959. The title was a poke in the eye and a jab in the ear: “Deep Readers of the World, Beware!” The basic point Bellow makes there is that if you read too hard into a book for symbols, then you’re a stuffy person who can’t simply enjoy literature. But the other point Bellow makes (besides chiding deep readers) is the distinction between true symbols and con-

trived symbols. He talks about the wood shavings on Stephen Dedalus’s shoulder in “Ulysses” and compares it with the handkerchief in “Othello.” The wood shavings are contrived by “deep” readers; the handkerchief is inherently symbolic and integral to the play. That, among readers, there is a “high seriousness” and a “low seriousness.” That is where I must break with Bellow. Firstly, he’s trying to have it both ways with his meditation on symbolism. The symbols he finds in books and that he cares about—those are important. But the ones he misses, or the ones that provoke (or do not provoke) ambivalence? Screw ’em. And Bellow’s reason for dropping something so inherently polemic is just that: polemic. The article came out one week before the release of “Henderson the Rain King,” one of Bellow’s great works, and one of his most symbolically dense. I might add, this distinction between “high” and “low” seriousness, with the publication of one of his most significant books imminent, was Bellow’s way of guarding himself from being lumped into some lower caste, as he might have saw it (the wily anthropologist he was). Perhaps he didn’t want to get washed away in the subsequent speculation and expostulation surrounding “Henderson the Rain King.” Now, I don’t disagree with most of Bellow’s assertions. The call he puts at the end to stop reading so deeply (and subse-

quently, stop writing so deeply) and hone in on the fleshy particulars of life is elegant. And there is a sense of waywardness to symbolism that leaves me tepid, as tepid as I imagine it made Bellow feel. But there’s an erring simplicity to Bellow’s rebuke. I feel like too much gets swept away, precisely because when you try to stake some definitive point in the realm of literature, you’re doing it in terra incognita. Because there’s no real basis for something so definitive. Literature—and as a nested subset, symbolism—is awash with a poignant relativism.

Symbols must have meaning ascribed to them—otherwise they are leaden, dead things.

But before I get into that, let’s look at what actually constitutes symbolism. I’m sure this is something you’ve heard before. A symbol, in a novel or a poem or any other literary piece, is something which stands for something else. The valley of ashes in “The Great Gatsby,” the lightning struck tree in “Jane Eyre,” the merry go round in “Catcher in the Rye,” Moby Dick in “Moby-Dick,” and so on and so forth. We have symbols in real life too. The Sierra Club uses a picture of a pine tree to symbolize their environmental ethos. The Democrats have a donkey

and the Republicans have an elephant. Stars and stripes, tied around the neck of a bald eagle, constitute America (so it goes). Symbols are a shortcut or an approximation. They can be an apotheosis as well. Of course, the catch of all this is, however prevalent symbols are in real life, and in literature, they are not self-fulfilling. They do not independently actuate. Symbols are flat and passive, no matter how many times they are repeated. The dollar sign is one of our most potent symbols of currency, but I can’t rightly take a piece of paper, write “$5000” and expect that paper to magically turn into a five thousand dollar bill. Symbols alone are empty and hollow. But the emptiness, the hollowness of symbols, is inherent to their design. Counterpose this with alchemy. The transmutation of common metals to gold, the quest for eternal life—those were strivings for qualities otherwise absent in commonplace articles. Let man be a crude signifier of immortality, the symbol through which immortality can swell. Symbols must have meaning ascribed to them—otherwise they are leaden, dead things. Remember the flatness and the hollowness. Quite paradoxically, though, something as flat and hollow as “$” resonates like the echo in the deepest cavern. We depend on $. $ is in all our lives. We’ve all had $ problems at some point or another. Maybe some of us don’t care about $ on a personal level, but some of us certainly know what it is.

Symbols are a means of articulation, rather than an end in themselves. Bellow recognized that, in his rebuke of deep readers. Yet, he could not outright dismiss symbolism in literature (who can?) so he left off with a taunt that undercut his main point. The degrees of seriousness and validity in interpreting symbols cannot be reduced to such a trite dichotomy as “high” or “low.” Precluding personal interpretation is as close to a mortal sin as any—it’s akin to censorship. Because symbols are not a universal constant, Bellow’s views on the handkerchief in “Othello” is as of relative importance as “Ulyssess’s” wood shavings. Symbolism will always be a terra incognita, and the lengths to which you may chart it is only limited by your scope. Finally, if you have any doubts that symbols are a means of articulation, open to interpretation, remember this: Writing itself is a matter of symbolism. After all, every single discernable word in this entire sentence, in this entire paragraph, in this entire column is composed of symbols. When you learned the alphabet in preschool or earlier, you were learning what those letters symbolize. And how you interpret my writing, really, is up to you. Good luck. So, where do you stand on this so-called “high” and “low” seriousness of symbolism? Talk to Sean about this, or other interesting literary topics, at


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Today’s Sudoku

Leaving the stove turned on

Evil Bird

The more you know... Male hamsters’ testes are 17 times larger in the winter than they are in the summer.

By Caitlin Kirihara

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Eatin’ Cake

By Dylan Moriarty

Caved In

By Nick Kryshak

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Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

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OPERATION CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Eavesdropper 6 Tire letters 9 Laundry accumulations 14 “___ Cane” (1962 movie) 15 Greek letter 16 Sports venue 17 Many a John Wayne flick 18 Gobble 19 Prepared for action 20 Haunted house sound, perhaps 23 Distress signal 24 Shaking of the earth 25 Well-thought-out 27 One of 100 in a baht 30 Beginner’s luck beneficiary 31 Customary practice 32 Scottish clan chief 35 Physiques, informally 39 Certain holiday feeling 43 Mass number 44 “State” or “national” starter 45 Sawbones’ org. 46 Gave away verbally 49 Made from fleece 51 King’s chair 54 Express checkout units 56 Word of support

7 Tribal healer 5 62 Turkish official 64 “So that’s how it is!” 65 Engine supercharger, for short 66 Bewhiskered swimmer 67 A link between words? 68 Silas Marner’s creator 69 Piece of something brittle 70 Business meeting fixture 71 Blows violently, as a storm DOWN 1 Component of urban air 2 Ham’s father 3 Not taken in by 4 “Potemkin” mutiny site 5 Signs of things to come 6 Hunts for a meal 7 Old wind instrument 8 Minuscule bit 9 Living room of old 10 Result of raising hackles 11 It can be broken or lost 12 Words before a happy note? 13 Speak biblically 21 Not weighing much 22 Like perilous winter roads

Asia’s largest desert No-thing connector Pale in color Time spent in an office 30 Class struggle? 33 In the middle of 34 Palindromic Bobbsey 36 Like some thermometers 37 Coin with a torch on the back 38 Saxophonist Getz or cartoonist Drake 40 Word with “each life” or “thin air” 41 Did some quilting 42 Show-biz necessity 47 “Let’s keep moving ahead!” 48 Necklace made of flowers 50 Apertures in a sponge 51 Printed goofs 52 Candy bar choice 53 One in dreadlocks 54 Blood of the gods, in Greek myth 55 Rose’s protector 58 Cheeselike health food 59 Math course, for short 60 Wind quintet instrument 61 Goes bad 63 “Love ___ Madly” (The Doors hit)

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Classic By Melanie Shibley

opinion Wednesday, October 31, 2012



United States-Israel ties ‘unshakeable’ zac pestine opinion columnist

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Earlier this month, Asifa Qureshi took part in the “Islamaphobia in America” panel, hosted by the Muslim Students Association.

War on terror is ineffective nicole stout opinion columnist


ith the recent political discourse centering on foreign policy, what we continue to fight for is on the minds of many Americans. At the core of defining the War on Terror stands a challenge: How does a nation combat an ideal? The problem with fighting an intangible enemy is that it is not a physical threat; therefore the use of force against it is useless. Furthermore, the action of ridding one of their ideas, morals and religious beliefs obstinately violates the core values of the United States. So as a superpower, is it our place to violate what we stand for in the name of nation building? One of the first steps in war is finding a scapegoat, someone or something to blame for the atrocities at hand. But who is it? Is it those who start the war, those who fight it or those who believe the combatant “evil?”

In such a politically correct culture, the media skirts assigning blame behind alleged objectivity. The blame is found within the United States’ social environment. Currently, Islamophobia is rampant, not in the mainstream media, but from individual to individual. Yet these individuals are entitled to their beliefs, as offensive and ignorant as they may be. As far as combat goes, violence does not stop thought. It is through quality education that progress and diplomacy is reached. The violent extremists on both ends of the spectrum should be brought to justice, on both national and international levels. However, once the seed of thought is planted, it grows, it spreads, and it buds. Only through education, transparency and acceptance can peace be found. And time can only tell as to what will come of this notion. Please send all feedback to


his past Sunday, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli Defense Force Lieutenant Benny Gantz in order to coordinate a joint special air defense drill. Three thousand American soldiers will partake in this drill alongside thousands of Israeli soldiers, pilots and sailors in the largest military exercise of its kind in history. Israel, pronounced by both presidential candidates as our greatest ally in the region, is one of the United States’ closest allies in the world overall. “Unshakable” is the term that President Barack Obama fancies in reference to our bond with Israel. Clearly, ties between these two countries are deeply bound. Some who are unfamiliar with the Land of Milk and Honey often wonder why. Firstly, Israel’s moral, political and social landscapes bear much semblance to the good ol’ U.S. of A. It is evident that neither country is without its faults. The emphasis placed on social services, higher education and democratic, progressive values has forged an inextricable link between Israel and the States. In a recent Time Magazine study, Israel was found to be the second-most educated country in the world based on the per-

centage of citizens with a college degree. The United States came in fourth. Among a cornucopia of American hubs, Israel’s most heralded cultural hot-spot, Tel Aviv, also consistently places as one of the top gay-pride cities in the world. Additionally, our simultaneously booming tech industries bring the countries closer together. In an Askmen. com study identifying the most high-tech metropolises around the globe, the San Francisco Bay Area placed among the highest in the world and Tel Aviv also took a spot in the top 10.

Clearly, ties between these two countries are deeply bound. Some who are unfamiliar with the Land of Milk and Honey often wonder why.

Secondly, in an extremely volatile region of the world, Israel is a channel through which the United States is able to maintain security in the Middle East. The tallest towers used for radar in the world, at the Dimona Radar Facility in the south of Israel, are staffed by U.S. military in order to track down and intercept incoming ballistic missiles. Our nations’ military bases are so linked that, should Israel feel the need to strike in order to stave off the Iranian nuclear threat, the Iranian regime has vowed to target the United States’ bases in the region. The United States has also employed Israeli military technology in Iraq to

detect and avoid Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that have been responsible for innumerable American casualties. It should also be noted that a large reason the United States and Israel enjoy such a special relationship stems from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. The bi-partisan AIPAC just so happens to be the secondmost powerful lobbying group in Washington, D.C. and is a major reason why aid to Israel will always be a priority on the U.S. agenda. Within the next three months, both the United States and Israel will hold major elections. Although Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of putting daylight between the United States and Israel, it is blatantly obvious that the United States is committed to Israel’s safety and security. Regardless of the outcomes of either country’s elections, our friendship with Israel will not dwindle, our partnership will not diminish. It is not without precedent that terrorist organizations and antagonistic national regimes seek to jeopardize the stability of the world. History repeats itself and it will continue to do so. Riots and bloodshed have marred the global landscape over the last decade. In these ominous times, both the United States and Israel are fortunate to mutually benefit from an “unshakable,” lasting partnership. Please send all feedback to

Hold employers, society accountable by being willing to quit noah phillips opinion columnist


ost of us have a lovehate relationship with paid work. We love it because we feel grown-up and because it’s fun to get paid. But we hate it because with employment (in the modern sense) comes

a whole mess of mind games and power dynamics. Many of us have put up with bosses that treated us with indifference, with disrespect, with contempt. We tolerate this treatment for one big reason: we’re worried about what might happen to us if we quit. Jobs are often difficult to come by, and a decision to stay in an unhealthy work environment can be based on very practical concerns. I would argue that more often than not our teeth-gritting has more to do with internalized

power structures which place our employers on a pedestal above us. A pedestal which makes ours brains jumpy and our hands clammy, and which forces us to endure harangue, harassment and humiliation with our tails between our legs. It’s important to note here that this dynamic can even occur with good bosses. The loyalty to your employer is less artificial, but it still is rooted in a deeply hierarchical power dynamic, in which you are expendable and your boss is in control.

What I’m trying to demonstrate is that quitting your job or even voicing your discontent takes a lot of self-possession and nerve (even in the worst circumstances). Confronting authority, both the external authority of your boss and the internal authority you’ve bestowed upon him or her, is no easy task. It often takes a catastrophe, like sexual harassment or blatant exploitation, to quit. What is true in this micro scale should be true for the macro scale as well. An economic system is a composite of endless interactions and decisions we make as we go about our business. The choices we make are what makes our society more or less prosperous, sustainable or just. And just as we passively internalize the rigid hierarchies of a workplace, we yield to what we’re given in terms of societal norms and values. We float along with the tide, numbing ourselves to the inequities and aggressions embedded in our culture just as we train ourselves to repress our resentment of the impotence, the disenfranchisement, of our modern workplace. There are many slaps in the face, and for many of us these slaps are growing stronger and harsher and more frequent. You have expectations of your

government, your financial system, and your community. And either you have lines, beyond which transgressions will not be tolerated, or you don’t. If you don’t set up tripwires for these entities, you run the risk of being taken by surprise when your government becomes an autocratic police state, your financial system becomes a mechanism the wealthiest people in our society use to stay the wealthiest people in our society, and your community lets you fall through the cracks. Either you will tolerate this, or you won’t. I think it’s likely you don’t think you would. But on the other hand, our government now makes a regular practice of imprisoning activists on no charge, either by association or for intimidation. Our financial system, after greedily rotting the global economy, is back on track even as it supports austerity programs around the world. One in four Americans live in poverty. And the collective response is indifference, disrespect and contempt. Draw your lines in the sand, both for your own life and for your society, and then hold your ground. Please send all feedback to


Wednesday October 31, 2012

Men’s Basketball

Badgers moving on after Gasser injury By Ted Porath the daily cardinal

The Wisconsin men’s basketball got through the 2011-’12 season almost entirely healthy, but this year the Badgers have already suffered two serious injuries before the regular season has even started. The most recent and most severe of these injuries happened at practice Saturday morning, when junior guard Josh Gasser tore his ACL. Two days after being rewarded by head coach Bo Ryan with the starting point guard position, Gasser’s season was ended by what he called a “freak” injury. “I just got a steal, was going in transition and went in for a layup, just did a little sidestep going in for a layup, nothing out of the ordinary, and it just kind of gave out on me,” he said. The junior guard will have surgery Tuesday to repair his torn ligament. Gasser believes he will be back for next year, but he said he is not going to rush into it. In the

meantime, however, he is going to do anything he can to help the team. “I’m going to do everything I can to help us. [Ryan] expects me to. He already talked to me about still being a leader out there,” Gasser said. “The big thing that I think we’re going to miss is a vocal guy at the guard position, a leader who has been there and played a little bit. That’s something that I can still contribute to even if I’m not out there.” Gasser’s replacement at the point guard spot has not been decided by Ryan yet, but it will likely be between redshirt freshman George Marshall, sophomore Traevon Jackson or junior Ben Brust. The favorite at the moment, however, seems to be Marshall, who started the Badgers’ private scrimmage against DePaul last Sunday and has looked impressive in practice. Gasser believes the team will run smoothly without him offensively, no matter who is at the point. It is defensively where he believes he will truly be missed. As

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Junior point guard Josh Gasser will sit out the 2012 season after tearing his ACL in practice. Gasser averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds through 36 games in the 2011-’12 season. one of the Badger’s best shutdown defenders last season, Gasser drew the assignment of guarding the opposition’s best perimeter player week in and week out. “Ben’s got to be more willing, George is obviously kind of small,

Byrne named Big Ten coach of the year again Wisconsin men’s cross country head coach Mick Byrne was named the Big Ten Conference’s coach of the year Tuesday. It is the fifth-straight time Byrne has won the award and the 12th consecutive season in which

a Wisconsin coach has received the honor. Byrne guided the Badgers to their 14th-consecutive Big Ten title after finishing with four runners in the top 10 at the conference championships. Wisconsin collected 33

overall team points in the competition. The title is also the 46th overall in Badgers’ history. UW will look to defend their national title next month in Louisville, Ky.

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so I think I’m definitely going to talk to [Jackson] to get him to step into that role,” he said. “When he wants to, he’s one of the better defenders on our team and he’s willing to do it. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s physical. He’s just got to buy into the

system and do what’s asked of him and he’ll fill the role just fine.” Ryan and his staff will get another opportunity to evaluate the new backcourt Sunday when Wisconsin hosts its annual Red/White Scrimmage at the Kohl Center.

Head to the sports page at to read Christian Blatner’s preview of the UW women’s soccer game vs. Michigan

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The Daily Cardinal - Wednesday, October 31, 2012