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UW System two- and four-year colleges to merge after approval By Nina Bertelsen and Noah Habenstreit THE DAILY CARDINAL


One resident remains in the Audre Lorde House following a series of events impacted the co-op.

Transgender, people of color leave co-op after issues surface By Grace K. Wallner STAFF WRITER

The Audre Lorde Housing Co-op — a tall, pale green house on North Frances Street — stands like a lonely relic of its former self, now home to only one person rather than the 15 members that it holds when at full capacity. The 11 housing co-ops that make up Madison Community Cooperative offer an affordable housing option to UW-Madison students and community members. However, in the past few months, alleged abuses and general discontent among members led to a dramatic drop in membership at the Audre Lorde co-op. While all MCC co-ops aim to be inclusive, Audre Lorde is specifically intended to be a home for people of color, queer and transgender people. Katherine Charek Briggs, the assistant dean and director of the LGBT Campus Center, estimated that 1.9 percent of UW-Madison students identify as both people of

color, queer or transgender. Without Audre Lorde as a housing option, students who identify with these underrepresented categories have one less safe space and affordable housing option on a campus many already find unwelcoming. A chain of events going back several years sparked Audre Lorde’s collapse, highlighting problems within the MCC organization. In 2013, a fire at the Lothlorien co-op sparked an argument over whether MCC would make repairs or sell the property. Steve Vig, who has been MCC’s membership officer for five months, said the dispute “caused quite a schism in the organization as a whole.” In response to this unrest, many houses in MCC went on strike and members refused to pay rent. At Audre Lorde, the rent strike prompted residents to question a different organizational problem — that of MCC’s openness towards people of color. Consequently, Audre Lorde

began to disengage from the overarching organization of MCC. “MCC is a very white organization, with very few people of color. This can lead to issues of ignorance, white privilege and white liberalism,” said UW-Madison junior Betty Nen, who described herself as a woman of color. She has lived in International Cooperative House, another MCC co-op, since August of 2016. According to Vig and Jonah Welch, a former Audre Lorde co-op member who identifies as transgender, many members came forward with accounts of misconduct from fellow members in the house. The specific accounts could not be disclosed, but by the summer of 2017 seven people had moved out of Audre Lorde because of the incidents and tension with the organization’s handling of them. Welch, who lived in the co-op from 2011 to 2014, said there has

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UW-Madison faculty calls for support of a plan to reduce campus carbon emissions By Kayla Huynh STAFF WRITER

UW-Madison faculty members adopted a measure last week calling for campus administrators to take action on climate change and limit the university’s carbon emissions. The UW-Madison Faculty Senate passed a resolution

to encourage funding and the implementation of a policy to help campus become carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner. The plan, if enacted, will increase efforts to eliminate climate disruptions by attaining net zero emissions of carbon into the atmosphere, according to the resolution. The faculty is

currently seeking administrative support. In addition to efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the proposed program would hold the university accountable by reporting the progress of its sustainability goals to the UW-Madison

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The UW System will move forward with its “most significant re-organization” in over 45 years — a sweeping merge of the system’s two-year and four-year colleges — even though many questions remain unanswered. Although many regents had concerns about parts of the proposal, the Board accepted the plan, leaving the details for later. While a few regents asked for the vote to be postponed, others countered that accepting the plan would allow more time to figure out specifics. Students, System faculty and

some regents criticized administrators’ lack of planning and failure to consult with stakeholders early on. Some stressed the need for more study before enacting such a drastic change. But ultimately, the plan will now be implemented. UW System President Ray Cross’s plan will merge the state’s two-year campuses with fouryear schools next summer: Each two-year school will become a branch of a nearby four-year institution, rather than remaining a stand-alone college. The system’s two-year colleges have seen a decline in enrollment

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The Board of Regents voted in favor of UW System President Ray Cross’s plan to merge two-year and four-year universities.

MPD conducts search for suspect in downtown attempted murder By Katie Kalvelage STAFF WRITER

Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing a female acquaintance he was traveling with in a car along John Nolen Drive Friday. Tony M. Mason, a 63-year-old Madison resident, is the suspect, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. Police said Mason’s whereabouts remain unknown and warned that he may still be armed. The incident took place at approximately 12:15 in the afternoon at the intersection with Broom Street. The victim called the police after escaping Mason’s car and she was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the report. Mason was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident and escaped the scene in his four-door 2010 Nissan Sentra before MPD officers arrived. The vehicle is reported to have a broken right rear window and a decal on the right-hand door. Mason has a warrant out for his arrest and is wanted by

detectives. The alleged perpetrator is 6’2” and approximately 165 pounds, police said. The Madison Violent Crimes Department advises anyone who sees Mason or has any information on the suspect to call 9-1-1 and not to approach him. Individuals can also call Crime Stoppers at (608) 2666014 or text “Dane” and their message to CRIMES to reach the police.


Tony Mason, 63, is wanted by MPD for attempted homicide.

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Rethink your Thanksgiving meal mindset By Colleen Muraca THE DAILY CARDINAL

Contrary to Starbucks’ updated menu and the premature release of the holiday coffee cups, the next holiday to look forward to is not Christmas. Thanksgiving is sandwiched between the two highly celebrated holidays of Halloween and Christmas, and therefore, is overlooked tremendously. However, Thanksgiving might be the holiday we all need the most. Thanksgiving is more than just the perfect picture everyone posts on Instagram. This image usually includes loved ones dressed nicely with a festive fall background and a caption along the lines of

“Thanksgiving is about acknowledging our blessings, big or small, and being thankful for all that we have.”

“so thankful” — ending with a seasonally-themed emoji, of course. After posting that picture, it’s important to remember that this holiday

has a power that is crucial for us today. Not everyone has the same experience. Personally, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for me and my family. For many others, it may not be as happy of a holiday due to financial struggles or family issues. However, Thanksgiving is not about making nice with your family for a day while stuffing turkey down your throat. This holiday is about recognizing everything in your life that you have to be thankful for. The other day, one of my closest friends texted me out of the blue saying, “you are a really good friend.” I responded sarcastically, thinking she had done this as a joke. I wasn’t used to this kind of unexpected compliment and was confused as to where it came from. My friend then proceeded to say, “I like having you in my life. I wanted to tell you because I haven’t told you in a while.” This simple text made my day. I then thought about the last time I thanked my friends for just being good friends. Then, I thought about the last time I thanked anyone for doing simple things, let alone my friends and family who do monumen-


Starbucks releases holiday-themed cups directly after Halloween. tal things for me every day. For many of us, going home for Thanksgiving either brings excitement or anxiety. It is incredibly important to consider the true meaning of Thanksgiving, regardless of the feeling going home elicits. Not everyone has a picture-perfect home life, and that is something to be thankful for. Past experiences shape who we are. Thanksgiving is about acknowledging our blessings, big or small, and being thankful for all that we have.

Whether it be thanking the bus driver, your parents for doing your laundry or your friend for listening to your homework rant, recognizing the good things in life and being thankful for all you have will surely impact how you see the holiday season. As your barista at Starbucks hands you a peppermint mocha drink in the red and green decorated cup, don’t forget to say thank you. It just might be exactly what they need to hear.

Devour tasty tacos at Taqueria Guadalajara By Cassie Hurwitz THE DAILY CARDINAL

Craving a full plate of authentic, delicious Mexican food? Look no further than Madison’s own Taqueria Guadalajara. Located a quick bus or car ride away from campus on South Park Street, this cozy restaurant offers all you need for a feast, at an average college student’s price point. Opt for a classic pick — tacos with onions, cilantro and lime — or go big with giant quesadillas, enchiladas de mole or the deep-fried chimichanga. Anything you pick is sure to satisfy (without breaking the bank). Spend $2 per taco, or amp it up with two tacos plus a healthy serving of rice and beans for $7. If that doesn’t sell you, the fact that everything on the menu is under $13 should. Not only is the food wonderfully affordable, but it is also cooked to perfection. Start the meal with a basket of red and green tortilla chips (themed for the Mexican flag that adorns the walls) and salsa — but be warned, you will definitely ask for a refill of the crispy, salty chips and fresh dip. As much as you will want seconds, however, make sure to save room for the main attraction. You cannot go wrong ordering anything on the


Taqueria Guadalajara offers many different traditional Mexican dishes, including tacos, rice and beans. menu. If you closed your eyes and pointed to a random item, you would most likely end up happily devouring the food. But, if you want a classic, authentic experience, the tacos are not to be missed. Agonize over which meat to try, or go for the vegetari-

an version, piled high with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and shredded cheese. Spritz some lime over the warm corn tortillas and take a bite. I promise, you will be back for more. The final item of importance is timing — Taqueria

Guadalajara is a Madison favorite that is popular with the entire community, so the seats fill up fast. Be sure to arrive expecting a short wait. Once you are seated, however, you will realize that the wait is worth it for delicious and steaming hot traditional dishes.


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‘Test transparency’ for K-12 boosted under new state bill By Andy Goldstein SENIOR STAFF WRITER

More parents would be able to excuse their children from standardized testing under a proposal approved by the state Assembly last week, as part of a series of education bills making their way through the Capitol. The proposal would allow parents and guardians to excuse their student from statewide examinations between grades three-12, building upon current law, which allows opt-outs during grades four and eight-11. The opt-out provision, which was initially intended to be expanded to other grades, was never broadened after mandated testing became more regularly applied for all students.

from merger page 1 rates — a 32 percent decline in fulltime students since 2010 — and financial difficulties. “This and the relatively flatto-declining projected high school graduation rate projections are major headwinds that need to be comprehensively addressed,” said Emily Campbell, the UW System’s public information officer. Chancellors from schools around the state, including UW-Madison’s Rebecca Blank, supported the proposal. Additionally, some regents spoke out in favor of the resolution. “The criticism I’ve gotten is ‘stop, slow down’ — [usually] the criticism is that we don’t go fast enough,” said Regent S. Mark Tyler. “We need to move quickly on this.” But other stakeholders from around the UW System who attended the meeting Thursday opposed the restructuring. Some current and former regents were also outspoken against the “rushed” proposal before the meeting. “Your proposal may be a good idea or a bad idea, but it is not a

from co-op page 1 always been tension between Audre Lorde and MCC. MCC doesn’t understand the accommodations these people of color, transgender and queer folks need in the face of serious systemic challenges, nor do they have the resources to properly run a house for these communities, according to Welch.

“It’s so important for Audre Lorde to get back on its feet because the house is an island of safety for so many people.”

Jonah Welch former co-op member Audre Lorde

“Also, the systematic oppression we face affects our ability to solve conflicts with each other, so I think that that is really to blame here,” Welch said.

This inconsistency, bill co-sponsor state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, argues, has created confusion among students and families as to who is eligible to be excused from state assessments. The second bill, coined the “Test Transparency Bill,” would make tested grade levels, dates, purpose and duration of all state examinations available to the public. It would also require school districts to outline the opt-out process of any given test, if available, for students’ parents and guardians. “These bills are bipartisan efforts and involved a great deal of effort and collaboration,” Thiesfeldt, the author of both proposals, said in a statement. “It’s gratifying to see them move forward in the process.”

Education officials, however, have voiced concern over the unintended consequences of expanding the opt-out provision. “Ensuring all students participate in state assessment remains a high priority,” Department of Public Instruction officials told legislators earlier this year. “Assessing student performance to measure the progress each subgroup of students is making, and to clearly identify achievement gaps in our state remains a critical focus of the department.” Despite concerns, the department acknowledged the merit of striving for equitable treatment across grades during a committee hearing on the legislation in June. Both bills will now head to the state Senate for consideration.

new idea,” former Regent Emeritus Tom Loftus wrote in an open letter to Cross. “Change course and pledge to go on a listening tour and visit every two-year college and hear them out. That is the Wisconsin Idea.” Students were mostly worried about the lack of information available before the meeting. In an emergency UW System Student Representatives meeting in October, leaders stressed that the system would need to answer a number of questions to garner student support. They also criticized the lack of input from campus leaders in developing it. “We have been so concerned with how little consultation there has been with students during this,” Coltan Schoenike, public relations specialist for UW-Stout’s student government, said in October. “Obviously people are going to the two-year schools for very specific and intentional reasons … this could eliminate a lot of the accessibility.” At the Thursday meeting, Nick Webber, government relations director for UWSSR, urged the sys-

tem to put a student on the steering committee for the proposal. “When it comes to deciding the future of our state, the future deserves a seat at the table,” a UWSSR statement reads. Some students at two- and four-year colleges are worried the merger would hurt their existing relationships with schools they aren’t paired with under the proposal. UW-Stout’s administration, for example, expressed concern that if UW-Barron County merges with UW-Eau Claire, Stout would lose many transfer students. But Chancellor James Schmidt of UW-Eau Claire said he does not just want to make a “small Eau Claire in Barron County.” Instead, he wants to keep each campus’s individual identity and invite recruiters from all fouryear universities to speak to UW College students looking to transfer, he said. “If you focus on the students, everything will work out,” Schmidt said. Now, it’s up to Cross and other administrators to come up with a more detailed proposal before the plan goes into effect.

Members continued to move out of Audre Lorde during the summer of 2017, leaving only a single member remaining who currently living in the house. A one-member co-op opposes the core values of cooperative living. According to MCC’s website, the basic idea behind a housing co-op is “people join together, share resources equally and use collective strength so each member benefits more than could be accomplished individually.” Each member contributes their share of rent and splits household jobs like cooking, shopping, gardening, etc. Each house makes decisions for itself, but there is also a board of directors made up of house members that oversee the general state of MCC. Social activism and a sense of community are also key characteristics of cooperative living. “I chose to live in International House because I like living around like-minded people who are equally interested in environmental and social justice,” Nen said. Vig, who has lived in Hypatia co-op for the past four years, gave

his own definition of co-op living.

“The one that holds together what have become various sides ... is that we all really believe in preserving the important goal that Audre Lorde has — being a housing co-op that is a safe space for queer and transgender people of color.” Steve Vig co-op member Hypatia co-op

“I’ve lived in a house with a bunch of people before, and it’s very informal and you don’t have necessarily a structure to address issues … whereas in a co-op, you lay down rules by consensus,” Vig said. “It’s a small change, but it’s significant because it allows co-ops to perpetuate for years, much beyond those people just being friends.” And MCC co-ops have per-


UW-Madison Faculty Senate passed a resolution encouraging administration to implement policy to reduce carbon emissions. from carbon page 1 community. The received funds would be used to promote UW-Madison’s outreach and research of conservation and environmental protection. Leah Johnson, the Associated Students of Madison’s Sustainability Chair, said she helped draft the legislation for the climate action plan. Johnson

“UW-Madison is a part of the carbon usage that is putting stress on our planet ... we cannot settle for just carbon neutrality. We have to push farther.”

Anders Shropshire spokesperson Climate Reality Project

said the faculty’s push for a carbon-neutral campus is a “huge step in the right direction.” However, she said it is up to the administration to allocate funds to prioritize this plan. “The [Faculty Senate] has the ability to influence the administration, but it is the job of the sisted — the committee has been active since 1968. MCC’s affordable pricing has kept its doors open for many years — average monthly rent is $525, and that includes the cost of food and utilities, compared to an average of $1,000 per month for university housing and dining. Vig said he is confident in the reparation of Audre Lorde, saying it should be near full capacity by May. “The one thing that holds together what have become various sides is that we all really believe in preserving the important goal that Audre Lorde has — being a housing co-op that is a safe place for queer and transgender people and people of color,” Vig said. Board members implemented an ad hoc committee that will help Audre Lorde get back on its feet and near full capacity. The committee was the subject of controversy because one of the core values of cooperative living is independence from institutional control. However, the committee will eventually dissolve and hand over control

administration to act on it,” Johnson said. “What happens next as a follow up to the faculty’s passing of the carbon neutral plan will [show] what the university is actually prioritizing.” Other UW-Madison student groups shared similar sentiments. Anders Shropshire, a spokesperson for the UW Climate Reality Project, said he feels the faculty’s resolution is a good way to address climate issues but the carbon neutral plan is not ambitious enough. “We need to start reducing the [amount] of carbon in the atmosphere and not keep it at the same level. Climate Reality would like to see [a campus] that is 100 percent renewable and not just carbon neutral,” Shropshire said. Shropshire said that he hopes that, in the future, “all campus electricity will come from renewable resources, such as wind and solar power” so that no carbon is emitted into the atmosphere at all. “UW-Madison is a part of the carbon usage that is putting stress on our planet, as small as it may be,” Shropshire said. “It takes a mass global movement to address this problem. We cannot settle for just carbon neutrality. We have to push further.” to Audre Lorde members once their numbers increase. Members of the new committee must go through an involved application process and must be qualified and invested in the mission of Audre Lorde. Welch has joined the committee and is passionate about rebuilding Audre Lorde.

“The systematic oppression we face affects our ability to resolve conflicts with each other, so I think that is really to blame here.” Jonah Welch former co-op member Audre Lorde

“It’s so important for Audre Lorde to get back on its feet because the house is an island of safety for so many people and it’s so crucial that it exists in some capacity, with its specific mission of inclusivity,” said Welch.




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Listen to Yung Lean, Sleigh Bells, Vulfpeck for best music of the week By Logan Rude MUSIC COLUMNIST

Every Thursday night at 11 p.m., a slew of new albums pop up on music streaming services on phones across the country. In an effort to make sure the best and most notable albums get the recognition they deserve, I’ll be sharing a recap of the highlights from each and every week — all of the week’s amazing albums in one place. Some albums will get more coverage than others, but anything that sticks out to me during my weekend listenings will make an appearance in some way. With that, let’s dive right in. At the top of the list for this weekend, this month, this quarter and quite possibly this year is Yung Lean’s third album, Stranger. The Swedish rapper, singer and “Sad Boy” fully breaks free of his old persona as a joke and internet meme. On Stranger, he proves that he’s an artist worthy of legitimate praise. His break from rapping may be the key to his newfound creativity. Introduced to the world as a rapper, Yung Lean drifts toward singing on nearly half the tracks — a change of pace that highlights the pain and depression that he’s often rapped about in previous projects. Backed by complexly textured instrumentals from Yung Sherman, GUD and White Armor, Yung Lean’s vocals glide like skates on ice. It’s a chilling, anguish-filled record that works as a perfect soundtrack for the impending bleak winter days. One day shy of the anniversary of their 2016 album Jessica Rabbit , Sleigh Bells released their fifth project, Kid Kruschev. Though, for all intents and purposes, it’s their first album since 2013 — that’s how forgettable their 2016 record was. Kid Kruschev is a return to form and a definite standout of the past few months. As their most thematically cohesive project to date, Kid Kruschev brings together the quintessential Sleigh Bells instrumentals that

set them apart with their first two releases, in addition to a new sense of vulnerability from frontwoman Alexis Krauss. Keeping in line with early releases from the duo, the music still makes you want to run through the streets smashing everything in your way, but do so with a renewed sense of purpose and motivation. It’s their best project in five years. It’s a sign that they are on a path toward what makes them great: brutal honesty and extremely loud guitars. Funk band Vulfpeck’s newest record, Mr Finish Line, will have your head, feet, arms and every other part of your body shaking and bouncing with a fervor and energy you didn’t entirely know was possible. Flooded with piano, bass, saxophone, drums and synthesizers, the album just feels good. Its optimism makes any problems feel like the smallest feat to conquer. Feeling down? This album will turn that frown upside down. Feeling happy? This album will take you even higher. Put on your jacket, sunglasses and headphones to blast this album and then go for a brisk stroll with an unstoppable grin on your face. Zambia-born, Botswanaraised, Australian-based rapper and poet Sampa the Great released her first full-length project this weekend. Titled Birds and the BEE9, the record is a clear break from mainstream hip-hop sounds. Heavily influenced by reggae, soul and jazz, the mixtape dives into varied perspectives on healing, symbolism and cultural identity. Sampa flows over the production with a confidence akin to Lauryn Hill. When she sings, she glides over the jazzy production in a way that would make Erykah Badu proud. While this is just a mixtape, it’s an insightful look into what else is to come from the poet in the future. With more and more albums to come, check back each week to get a look at which ones are essential out of the packed crowd. Till next time, happy listening.


Vulpeck’s latest album, Mr Finish Line, was released Nov. 7.


The latest “Thor” film proves to be a valuable and comedic addition to the Marvel Studios franchise.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ provides a comedic reinvention on its iconic character By Alex M. Jankovich FILM COLUMNIST

It is quite rare to see a film franchise completely reinvigorate a character without disappointing fans of the original. However, Marvel Studios has given new life to a character that has, up until this point, not lived up to its full potential. “Thor: Ragnarok” provides audiences with a fresh, comedic take on its iconic character, a gladiatorial side plot with the incredible Hulk, and ultimately a fun time at the theater. The film, directed by Taika Waititi, resumes the adventures of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) after the events of 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Since we last saw him, Thor has been traveling the universe searching for the means to prevent Ragnarok, the prophesied apocalypse of his home. Thor returns to Asgard and discovers that his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has been impersonating the king and inadequately governing their home into turmoil. While attempting to reclaim control of Asgard, a new threat emerges in the form of Hela (Cate Blanchett), the previously imprisoned goddess of death. Exiled from his home, Thor finds himself stranded on the gladiatorial planet Sakaar where Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has been enslaved to be a fighting machine for the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Ultimately, Thor and Hulk must devise an escape plan from Sakaar and return to Asgard in time to prevent the

destruction of the realm at the hands of Hela. From a storytelling perspective, it becomes quite obvious about one-third into the narrative that this film should have been divided into two films respectively. The first film could have been an in-depth character study of Bruce Banner/Hulk as an enslaved gladiator on a foreign planet. The gladiator battle in the film is definitely entertaining to watch for all Marvel fans, however the real emotional weight behind Banner’s struggle to define himself as a man or monster was not established throughout. The second storyline of the film could have been the conflict between Thor and Hela as they attempt to lead their home to a prosperous future simply with different viewpoints on how to achieve it. For a majority of the film, Hela is simply waiting around for anyone to oppose her and unfortunately this doesn’t lead to an interesting character arc. This also would have been an excellent time for Thor and Loki to reconcile after the previous films and evolve their relationship past what we’ve already seen. The underlying issue with the narrative is the script’s inability to provide both storylines with the proper time to develop and affect the characters in a way that is exciting for audiences. The most exciting element of the film is director Waititi’s unique humor that he instills throughout. Unlike other Marvel films that have undeni-

ably included comedic elements, “Thor: Ragnarok’”s first priority is comedy. Coming from an independent film background, Waititi provides the script with an abundance of subtle humor and is an exciting change of pace for blockbuster filmmaking. The colorful visuals also add to the high energy and fantasy elements of the story, even when Waititi’s action sequences often rely too heavily on special effects as opposed to scripted fight choreography. Although the humor may originate from Waititi’s writing, Hemsworth and the rest of the cast knock it out of the park with their delivery and physical performances. Hemsworth completely refreshes the character as a loveable and naïve jock, and you can bet that we will see more of this version of the character down the road. Goldblum also provides some unique humor as the quirky Grandmaster and the incomparable Blanchett is certainly having fun as Marvel’s first powerful female villain. For audiences that have not followed along with Marvel’s abundance of superhero films, this entry is an excellent place to start. The comedic elements and star-studded cast are sure to intrigue new viewers and provide them with a whole new set of characters to root for. “Thor: Ragnarok” is certainly among the best of the best when it comes to superhero blockbusters, and audiences can anticipate a sharp shift towards comedy in the future of the genre.


Today’s Sudoku

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

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Illustration by: Maggie Liu

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

Diversity Club

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Potential Federal Reserve candidate John Taylor, currently an economist, has favored policies that prioritize inflation over the well-being of the workforce.

Rumored Federal Reserve candidate has poor track record, is bad for Wisconsin BETH ALLEMAN letter to the editor


isconsin’s economy has sputtered since the Great Recession, with slower wage growth and deeper income inequality than most American states. Though Governor Scott Walker likes to make audacious claims about how our state has fared under his leadership, Wisconsin has fared poorly by almost every measure, ranking dead last in new business activity, and lagging behind neighboring states in job creation and poverty. It’s easy to see why so many Wisconsinites were disaffected with the economy, and were attracted by Donald Trump’s promise to create “jobs, jobs, jobs” last fall. Now nearly a year after Wisconsin voters proved so critical to Trump’s victory, Trump faces his most pivotal economic decisions yet: who to appoint to the Federal Reserve.

“[Taylor] wants the Fed to focus exclusively on inflation and to stop following its full employment mandate.”

Trump has already failed to reappoint current Chair Janet Yellen, who has brought the national unemployment rate down from 6.5 to 4.2 percent during her tenure — going against precedent dating back to the 1930s while passing over one of the most successful Fed Chairs in history — for no other reason than that she is a woman appointed by Barack Obama. Trump’s two choices to the Federal Reserve so far, Jerome Powell and Randal Quarles, come from the same powerful private equity firm, Carlyle Group, and he has three — and possibly four — more spots to fill on the seven member Board of Governors who will serve for 14-year terms.

The Board of Governors is the Supreme Court of the economy — both because its decisions have such a huge impact and also because appointments will have long lasting effects beyond this administration. Trump has the power to choose the majority at the Fed who can push antiworker policies and dangerous deregulation for over a decade. Foremost among the rumored candidates is economist John Taylor. Taylor is most famous for supporting a policy that economists estimate would have cost 2.5

“Why should the Fed ignore the needs of workers who cannot find good jobs and wages?”

million jobs over the past five years. As speculation around Taylor’s candidacy grows, Taylor came to Wisconsin on Oct. 26th for the inaugural event of the Center for Research on Wisconsin’s Economy, a new project funded by the ultraconservative Koch brothers. The Koch brothers — two of Walker’s biggest backers — have helped cause significant damage to Wisconsin’s economy, and it’s clear they want to export those policies nationally. When it comes to the Federal Reserve, billionaires like the Kochs prefer to have someone like Taylor in charge. Taylor is obsessed with inflation, which is generally more of a concern for wealthy individuals who don’t want their assets to lose any value — even if it means fewer jobs for the rest of us. Meanwhile, Taylor is indifferent to job growth. He wants the Fed to focus exclusively on inflation and to stop following its full employment mandate, the legal requirement that the Fed must consider jobs in its decision making. In 2010, while the economy was still reeling from the financial crisis, he urged the Fed to ignore levels of unemployment

unprecedented since the Great Depression and withdraw its support for the economy by issuing a slew of warnings about inflation that never materialized. This would seem to be why the Kochs kicked off their takeover of Wisconsin’s economics department by welcoming Taylor to campus, even though his policies would result in even slower growth and less worker-friendly policies in our state. I attended Taylor’s panel in hopes of asking him questions about the approach he’d take as Fed chair. Unfortunately, the event’s question and answer session was not open to critical voices, as is par for the course for the shadowy Koch brothers. I wish the university had welcomed an open academic discourse with an economist who may be about to wield tremendous power. If I had had the chance to ask questions of Taylor, I would have asked the following three questions: First, you endorsed the Sound Dollar Act of 2012 — a bill that would have eliminated the Federal Reserve’s full employment mandate. But Fed Chair Alan Greenspan kept interest rates low to see if the unemployment rate could get below 6 percent — the level that many economists believed would accelerate inflation at the time.

“The best thing Trump could do to bring ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ to states like Wisconsin is to reject candidates like John Taylor.”

Greenspan was right, the unemployment rate dropped to historic lows without sparking inflation. Doesn’t this experience suggest that it is possible to achieve stable prices and low unemployment? Why should the Fed ignore the needs of workers who cannot find good jobs and wages? Second, during the Obama administra-

tion, you said that “regulatory uncertainty” surrounding Obamacare and Dodd-Frank was the chief cause of unemployment. Today, there is even more regulatory uncertainty regarding both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. Congress remains gridlocked, with partisan polarization at an all-time high. The House passed a bill to effectively repeal Dodd-Frank, while the Senate and executive agencies are divided over what to do about financial regulations.

“Wisconsin ... ranks dead last in new business activity and lags behind neighboring states on job creation and poverty.”

Are you still concerned that this chaotic environment is causing employers not to hire? Why or why not? Lastly, in 2010, you warned that another round of quantitative easing would risk “currency debasement and inflation.” The Fed continued large-scale asset purchases after that, yet inflation has remained below its two percent target, even through today. Why do you think the inflation you predicted never materialized? I hope Donald Trump turns away from the Koch brother-inspired policies that have fueled inequality and extreme poverty in Wisconsin. When it comes to the Fed, the best thing Trump could do to bring “jobs, jobs, jobs” to states like Wisconsin is to reject candidates like John Taylor. Nominating John Taylor could prove very dangerous, and risks making the weak economic recovery in Wisconsin even weaker. How do you feel about Jerome Powell replacing Janet Yellen? What are your thoughts about the upcoming Fed appointments? How do you think that Koch brothers’ tactics have influenced Wisconsin’s politics? Please send any questions, comments or concerns to us at


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Cold weather masks coolest students, makes social climbing inconvenient By Michael Kowalski THE DAILY CARDINAL

“It’s that time of year again, and I can’t stand it,” stated freshman Max Dudley. “Being from southern California, you just don’t have these kinds of problems there.” Max was referring to a pandemic — already well-known to students from cold-weather states — that has once again plagued campus. He explained that “The worst thing about freezing temperatures isn’t the excessively big coat I have to wear, the runny nose I get walking to each class, or the hat hair from my knit cap. Plain and simple, it’s that you can see everyone’s breath.” According to a recent poll, 100 percent of UW-Madison students’ breaths are visible

when the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. An upset Max furiously begged the question, “How am I supposed to tell who the coolest kids on campus are with this breath seeing nonsense going on?” He went on to say that, “Back where I’m from, everyone knows that the coolest people are the smokers. But now, everybody and their mother looks like they’re smoking when I walk around Library Mall. It’s ridiculous.” Sociology Professor Robert Thompson explained that “Since its inception in America, which coincided with initial European immigration, smoking has been a status of not caring, loftiness, and quite frankly, the best-looking peo-

ple. All these traits culminate in a strong correlation — quite possibly causation — between smoking and being cool.” Max said that this dilemma has caused his social life to suffer, “Yeah, I’ve already made some friends on Witte 9B, but I wanted to continue to grow my network. Not being able to see who is actually smoking has really hampered my ability to do just that, though. I have to literally walk within five feet of someone to see if they have a cigarette hanging out of the corner of their mouth or if it’s just a plain Jane not permanently damaging her lungs — those people are the worst. It’s getting to the point where I’m considering transferring.” Although University Health Services recognizes the incredibly negative health effects of


A student demonstrates his undeniable coolness outside of Helen C. White. smoking, they released the following statement this past Friday: “Smoking is a great guarantee to a slow death, but

at what cost? Lighting up can make you new friends or even get you laid. You can’t die if you’ve never truly lived.”

Trump’s visit rekindles international flame in China By Samantha Munro Jones THE DAILY CARDINAL


Xi Jinping, pictured here with extreme excitement on his face, can’t wait for the next state dinner.

Due to a past of neglecting every “Jane” that was supposed to be a “John” and allegations of Fido being the main course for lunch every Thursday, China has transitioned to being a country based solely off love, acceptance, and forgiveness. The country’s new policy was enacted recently when the President of the United States, Donald Trump, left for his visit to this Asian country. Despite President Trump’s recent claims that China committed the “greatest theft in the history of the world,” is

“raping our country” and that their M.O. is to “lie, cheat, and steal in all international dealings,” Xi Jinping welcomed him with open arms. “I respect Trump,” he said, teary-eyed before the President’s private jet landed in Beijing. “He is really just a genuine guy. I wish I was as great of a leader as he is. My people don’t idolize me like that.” China’s president gained his composure as Trump’s plane landed, sneakily hiding his “I <3 Trump” button before their encounter. The two leaders embraced for what seemed to have been slightly too long, and then embarked on their

parade through the city to their meeting place. The streets were flooded with children waving “I <3 Trump!” flags and chants of excitement filled the air. The two leaders smiled and made jokes, of which some jealous officials believe to have been innuendos, as they rode through the city. Upon arrival at the capitol building, journalists and cameramen had doors closed on them, as a press release determined that “these two need their time to discuss very pressing matters.” While the destruction of opioids and dwindling trade were on the agenda for this meeting, an insider source

offers that in reality, the leaders spent much of their time gossiping, making friendship bracelets, and creating a joint “finsta” page. While the visit still continues, Trump assured the masses, via an abroad press conference, that “all is well in China. We are very focused on rebuilding the relationship with our ally and valuable trading partner China in combating all things un-American.” The startlingly brief press conference was ended with Xi Jinping, who he thought was whispering, “Don, hurry up!” Don’t tell Putin!

Herculaneum: Part III by Patrick Hoeppner Mindy Perot has been charged with leading the evacuation of a doomed Mars colony in the aftermath of a devastating volcanic eruption. She has saved some residents from a messy end, but can she possibly get them all to the transport craft before it’s too late? Mindy Perot surged into the rear bay of the evacuation shuttle, a child in her arms. The family followed close behind. She deposited the child on the ground, climbed hand-over-hand into the control bay and stared down the captain. “How long until the thrusters are ready for preload?” She had been at it for hours, running from residence to residence and breaking in doors. She had been met with screams, cries, and drawn guns. All she intended to do was help,

and the people she intended to help had no grasp of the gravity of the situation. “It will take five minutes to preload the liquid fuel,” the pilot said. “One minute to ignite, and two to accelerate the thrust vectoring to workable pressures. Seven minutes from takeoff to exit velocity, and another ten until we fully clear the atmosphere.” “That’s not enough,” Mindy said. The evacuation of Bakerstown had been bedlam. Mindy and her team of officers had kicked in doors, activated fire alarms, and sent signals streaming across the colony, alerting the residents worthy enough of saving. The spacecraft could only support two thousand colonists. Eighty thousand lived in Herculaneum. When the colony had been built, its planners had an imperative to situate the

most productive and valuable citizens in a space most accessible to the spaceport and emergency evacuation craft. The space was to the north of the city, and the place they housed the valuable (Class One) citizens was known as Bakerstown. Bakerstown had an erudite, educated demographic, and housed the only self-sustaining commercial center in the colony. The computer center housed the dozens of programmers who created applications, most of which managed the hydroponic irrigation systems which watered the underground farms of Herculaneum. The applications sent back from Mars served as the free trade conduit between Herculaneum and the customers on Earth, and the implementation of the applications had resulted in a surplus of 8.3 percent in

the United States alone with regard to agricultural output. “Get the thrusters ready,” Mindy told the pilot. “We don’t have much time. Are you at capacity? This vessel cannot fly empty seats.” “We can escape with seats short,” the pilot said. “We can’t escape with time short.” “How much time do we have to escape?” “Seven minutes,” the pilot replied, “and then we’re in the air.” Mindy rushed through the hallways of the abandoned coding center. There were no souls to be seen – she had rushed most of the harried programmers through the hatches and into the ventral entryways of the escape craft earlier in the afternoon. With seven minutes to go, she had no direction. Outside, she could see the ranks of thousands, press-

ing on the walls to enter Bakerstown. They would not be saved, she knew, and nothing she could do would save them. They had no transport craft. They had no rescue or escape. The planners of Herculaneum had known this. They had left no contingencies for secondclass citizens. None of this made sense. It was so paradoxical. Those of Herculaneum had been promised that they would be treated as equals, perceived as equals. But being saved as equals? That was too much to ask. The planners of the Titanic didn’t bring enough lifeboats, and this felt as futile as rearranging deck chairs on the doomed ocean liner. Four minutes. There’s no one else, a voice said in her head. Go. There’s nothing left. You’ve done enough. Save yourself.

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Men’s Soccer

Big Ten Champions: Badgers party like it’s 1995 after thrilling tournament run By Bremen Keasey THE DAILY CARDINAL

Philipp Schilling and the Wisconsin Badgers seem to love penalty shootouts. The senior goalkeeper saved a penalty and scored his own, then senior forward Mark Segbers cooly slotted home his penalty to give the Badgers (4-3-1, Big Ten, 10-4-5 overall) their first Big Ten title since 1995 with the 4-2 win in the shootout over the Indiana Hoosiers (5-0-3, 15-0-5). “Philip and the guys came through in a pressure situation – hats off to them,” head coach Mark Trask said. Wisconsin really seemed to enjoy having the Cinderella role in its run to the championship. After a come back win on the road against fourthseeded Maryland, Wisconsin had to face the number one-seed Michigan in the semifinals. Fifth-seeded Wisconsin delivered an emphatic 4-0 victory over the regular season champions, making a statement of intent in the Big Ten tournament that the Cinderella’s weren’t going away. “There was a moment there where they looked like they were going to score and then we turned it right back on them with Chris’ goal,” Trask said after the win on Friday. The sequence Trask mentioned illustrated Wisconsin’s threat on the counter attack. The Badgers got the lead before halftime with a poacher’s goal from Mark Segbers from a


Wisconsin beat Indiana 0-0 (4-2 on penalties) in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament. tight angle in the 29th minute, but Michigan kept the pressure up. After a great save by Schilling was put out to senior defender Alex Masbruch, Masbruch cleared it up and ahead to senior midfielder Chris Mueller. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year settled the ball, shrugged off the defender, cut back inside and nestled the ball in the side net for 2-0. Mueller’s ninth goal at the season helped seal the win for the Badgers, but the scoreline got wider after a goal from senior forward Tom Barlow. Mueller intercepted the ball from the Michigan goal kick, and played the ball to Barlow. Barlow had the goal

wide open, and made no mistake for the Badgers’ third of the game and his eighth of the season. Freshman forward Alex Alfaro opened his account for the Badgers with a last second goal to sweeten the scoreline further for the 4-0 finish that was just as impressive defensively as offensively, considering the Wolverines outshot the Badgers 20-11. “To get a shutout against a team like Michigan and how good they are, is really a compliment to our backline and goalie,” Trask said. While the senior offense shined just as it has done all season, senior goalkeeper Philipp Schilling had

seven huge saves, foreshadowing what was to come in the final against Indiana. In a scoreless affair, Indiana was the dominant side. The Hoosiers came in as the two-seed and had a powerful attack that scored a Big Ten leading 42 goals. Led by freshman forward Mason Toye who had nine goals and junior midfielder Trevor Swartz who had a teamleading seven assists on the season, the Hoosiers peppered the Wisconsin goal, getting 24 shots. Schilling was up to the challenge, making eight more huge saves during the whole match before his heroics in

the shootout. Senior defender Isaac Schlenker answered after Indiana made their first, then IU hit the post on their second attempt. Senior Tom Barlow hit his just under the crossbar to make it 2-1. That’s when Schilling stepped up. The German keeper used all of his 5’10” frame to make a great save against Indiana’s young gun Mason Toye, then it was his turn to take a penalty. Schilling made no mistake, and emphatically sent the ball into the upper 90 to make it 3-1 Badgers in the shootout. Indiana made another, but Segbers had the chance to seal the win with the game on the line. After a short run-up, Indiana’s keeper guessed wrong, giving the Badgers the win in the shootout. As Segbers turned around to celebrate, taping his arm to signify the ice in his veins after his stone cold finish, the Badgers celebrated like it was 1995. That was the year of their last Big Ten title. “No group of Wisconsin players have ever hoisted the trophy, so just a huge congratulations to our guys for hoisting the trophy,” Trask said. That trophy also guarantees the Badgers a spot in the NCAA Tournament, their first return to the Big Dance since 2013. The Badgers will find out who they’ll play on Monday, but there’s no doubt they’ll be celebrating tonight.


Paul Chryst may not have the same spotlight as Jim Harbaugh, but has something more important: results SEBASTIAN VAN BASTELAER



Paul Chryst is 31-6 in his almost three-year head coaching career at UW.

As far as I’m aware, there are no T-shirts with Paul Chryst’s face on them. While I personally think they’d be a hit, they sadly don’t seem to exist. Yet as my Instagram feed reminds me almost weekly, such shirts do exist for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — plain white T-shirts adorned with his face stretched out to be three feet tall (note: his mouth is only slightly bigger on the shirt than in real life). And that’s pretty much all you need to know about those two coaches. Chryst and Harbaugh were both hired in 2015 to take over their respective alma maters. The reception awaiting the two could not have been more different. Chryst’s hiring was generally met with unquestioning approval. Yet his proverbial welcome parade was nothing compared to Harbaugh’s coronation. Harbaugh — undeniably the second-best Harbaugh brother (my experience as a Ravens fan certainly isn’t clouding my judgment here) — was welcomed back as the favorite son, the savior of Michigan football. He’s certainly had an impressive career, winning everywhere he’s

gone (except for Super Bowl 47 — but I’m forgetting who won that one). His career at the helm of the Wolverines got off to an auspicious start, as he turned a 5-7 team into a 10-win championship contender. Since then, his success has been pretty consistent, as he won 10 games in 2016 as well and will have a chance to reach the milestone again this year. Yet that level of success can only be seen as a disappointment for now. While he inherited a team of players whom he didn’t recruit, his last two teams have featured players that he has personally brought to Ann Arbor. While his recruiting classes have been strong in the rankings (which tend to be highly unreliable at predicting future success), it still hasn’t translated to big wins. Many of his guys are still young, of course, and it’s too early to declare his tenure thus far a failure. But for a program like Michigan’s, which takes immense pride in its tradition and past accomplishments, finishing third in the B1G East year after year is not nearly good enough. This business demands that expectations be met within a few years, and that simply has not happened yet. Despite all the national attention and fawning over Harbaugh, the results simply have not been there. Few people would advocate letting him go, but it would be beyond foolhardy to sug-

gest that he’s fulfilled his goals thus far in his tenure. Chryst, on the other hand, has had no such struggles. While his personality could not be more different from Harbaugh’s, UW fans should be okay with that. He continues to win games and division titles, and will find himself in Indianapolis in December, where Harbaugh will in all likelihood be conspicuously absent — again. His Badgers clinched yet another 10-win season in midNovember, with at least four more games to play. His interviews may be on the dull side, and he’s never slept over at a recruit’s house, but he gets the results. He doesn’t let success get to him; he keeps his head down and keeps his eyes on the prize — rather than on the TV cameras. Not to mention that fact that he can wear khakis with the best of them (Harbaugh doesn’t have a monopoly on dorkylooking outfits). There may never be a Chryst T-shirt — I’d be first in line if they released one — but I think everyone is okay with that. While some fan bases can revel in empty idolatry, Wisconsin’s can revel in continued on-field success. And as long as coach Chryst is at the helm, there will likely be manifold opportunities to make new T-shirts: championship T-shirts. For the time being, that’s more than Michigan’s fans can say.

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