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Dead body found at Picnic Point The dead body of a missing person was found at Picnic Point this weekend, according to Madison Police Lt. Dave McCaw. “I don’t think that anybody’s in danger,” McCaw said, though he would not comment on the cause of death out of respect for

family members. McCaw said police were “looking for the person who was found,” but said he did not know if the person was a student, Madison resident or from out of state. Grounds Superintendent Gene Turk said a member of

the UW Grounds Team found the body and called it in to the police. Turk declined to disclose the groundskeeper’s identity. According to the Dane County Coroner’s Office, the Madison Police will release a statement Monday morning updating the situation.

Free speech constraints spark criticism, concern By Ryan Hebel The Daily Cardinal

UW-Madison’s faculty has less freedom to criticize administrators than they realize, according to one professor who will propose amending UW’s academic freedom policy at Monday’s University Committee meeting. Donald Downs, a political science and law professor specializing in free speech, said UW’s current policy does not address institutional criticism, like recent faculty statements targeting Provost Paul DeLuca’s graduate school restructuring proposal. According to Kathi Westcott, associate counsel for the American Association of University Professors, faculty nationwide have been concerned about their right to speak out since a 2006 Supreme Court case ruled public employees could be disciplined for criticism “pursu-

ant to their official duties.” Two ensuing cases applied the standard to faculty, including one involving a UW-Milwaukee associate professor who was disciplined for criticizing the way his National Science Foundation grant was handled. A federal circuit court ruled the professor was speaking as an employee and not a public citizen, allowing the university to reduce his pay and return his grant. “Without clear guidance there’s always the potential, even if no one’s been fired or reprimanded, that there may be concern about engaging in that dialogue,” Westcott said, noting the University of Minnesota’s faculty amended its policies in June to address the potential free speech restriction. “I’m not worried about it right now,” Downs said. “Because of our traditions, the faculty would rally around someone … but one can never predict the climate.”

Downs pointed to “witch hunts” over speech codes imposed on faculty in the 1990s as an example of similar restrictions. Downs said university faculty and potentially academic staff should be exempt from the court’s restrictions. “We’re not entitled to more freedom of speech because of who we are, we are entitled to more freedom of speech because that’s necessary for the university to accomplish its mission … which is the pursuit of truth through a variety of perspectives and criticism,” Downs said. Westcott said other universities are currently scanning their academic freedom policies for weaknesses. She said administrators should be concerned as well, since the ruling may leave universities vulnerable to libel lawsuits brought against faculty whose institutional speech may be controlled by the university.


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HE’S IN: Barrett announces run for governor By Ariel Shapiro

Drum major Alex Waskawic conducts his last home game (L), senior marching band members Kayla Eick and Craig Martens kiss after Martens proposed to Eick (R), and senior tight end Mickey Turner celebrates the Badgers’ 45-24 win against Michigan at their last Camp Randall game of the season Saturday.


After months of speculation, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced Sunday he will join the 2010 gubernatorial race. “It is time to pull together to create jobs and get our state’s fiscal house in order,” Barrett said at a press conference at his home. “That’s why I’m running for governor.” BARRETT The announcement comes three months after Barrett gained statewide recognition for intervening in an attack outside the State Fair grounds. The incident left him with a severely fractured hand and head injuries. Barrett’s decision to run makes him the only major Democratic candidate in the race. Kevin Conroy, a Madison biotech executive, is still considering running. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said they are pleased to have a viable candidate. “Our Republican counterparts are divided, but right now Wisconsin Democrats are united and strong,” the DPW said in a statement. “We are more than confident that Wisconsin will have an

exceptional Democratic candidate on the ballot who can lead our state into the future.” Although there are multiple Republican candidates, including former congressman Mark Neumann and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, the Republican Party of Wisconsin said they were not worried by Barrett’s announcement. “I like our chances in 2010,” RPW executive director Mark Jefferson said. “These are times when people want aggressive leadership, and I think Tom Barrett offers more of the same.” Jefferson said “more of the same” means higher spending and taxes, citing what he considers to be Barrett’s “far left” record. The RPW has taken to referring to Barrett as “Tom the Taxer.” John Fleming, a member of Barrett’s campaign, said he rejects the claim that the mayor is too liberal to have statewide appeal. “I don’t think that he has run the city of Milwaukee with any partisan point of view,” he said. At the press conference, Barrett said the main focus of his campaign will include solving the state’s economic crisis. “The problems we confront are complex,” he said. “This campaign will be about solutions—real and serious solutions—not slogans.”

WISPIRG marches on Capitol to promote green solutions to environmental issues By Tom Czaja The Daily Cardinal

The Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group hosted a rally and march in continuation of its Big Red Go Green global warming campaign Friday. The rally began at Library Mall and ended with a march to the Capitol to support green solutions. The goal of the program is to get both politicians and ordinary citizens to realize the importance of environmental issues. The march was also intended to build awareness of the Climate Summit in December, The American Clean Energy and Security Act and climate change in general. According to Niels Ole Holck, member of the climate movement in Denmark and organizer of the event, the negative consequences of global warming are overwhelming, with underdeveloped countries taking the biggest hit. Ole Holck cited a lack of clean drinking water, a depleted ozone layer and reliance on fossil fuels as problems demanding attention. WISPIRG emphasized that “business as usual” or apathy is not

the route to take, especially as politicians continue to be hesitant to pass legislation that will have lasting changes on the environment. Supporters chanted “no more pollution, we have a solution” as they marched up State Street toward the Capitol. Several onlookers joined the march alongside WISPIRG members, UW students and other citizens. “There are many important issues today like health care and the economy, but this is something that still cannot be simply forgotten,” supporter and graduate student Nathan Pinney said. Diane Farsetta, the Carbon Free Nuclear Free Campaign coordinator of Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and one of the final speakers, urged everyone to keep involved and stay aware of the politics and legislation being discussed. Farsetta said environmental issues will be topics for debate in the coming months. Farsetta also announced there will be another march next spring, and anyone interested can get involved in organizing now.

“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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BONNIE GLEICHER the bonnanza s the two big T’s—turkey and tests—approach, a sense of chaos starts to creep into our lives. We come to the realization that (1) the semester ends in four weeks, (2) most of us haven’t read the readings/ gone to class/remember where the class is and (3) we just WANT A FREAKING BREAK, THAT IS ALL WE ASK, OH MY GOSH COME ON ALREADY!!!! So. In times of intense desperation, sometimes all we want are answers, something to take the edge off our fear of what is to come. Enter: the horoscope.


Aries (March 21-April 19) You are the Ram; you like to do things your way and only your way. During Thanksgiving, when your mom asks you to cut up the string beans with a smaller knife, you don’t listen and will cut yourself, resulting in a loss of blood and any sense of pride. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Opportunity is knocking at your door and it’s not just your “buddy” at 4 a.m. looking for

“a place to crash.” By semester’s end, you’ll be offered a job in exactly the field you’re majoring in and exactly the profession you love. Of course, this is too good to be true, and after several weeks of work, you’ll realize the building you work in is actually a brothel and your position is just the precursor to a lifetime of prostitution. Gemini (May 21-June 21) That piece of chicken you found lodged between your couch cushions last week is, contrary to your roommates’ remarks, completely safe to eat. Its protein will enhance your studying, and its two-month exposure to roomtemperature climates will give you just the right amount of nausea to vomit up that disgusting mushroom dish your aunt made. Cancer (June 22-July 22) The moon will move closer into your sign next week and stay for an unusually long period of time. This means nothing except that your room will be very bright at night and you’ll have to pull your shades down. Leo (July 23-Aug 22) Your intense consumption of turkey, stuffing and yams with marshmallows will leave you unrecognizably overweight by

dinner’s end. Thus, your family will cry “intruder!” and throw you out of the house, where you will live on bark and pine nuts. After seven long days, you’ll shrink back to natural size. Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your constant complaining lately will get the best of you when you meet a blind, deaf and mute person at the bus station. Realizing how lucky you really are, you’ll give the person $10 and gain a new sense of purpose in your life. That day, you’ll trip on a rock in a desolate area. You’ll suffer a broken foot and arm before realizing the $10 you gave to the person could have paid for a cab ride to the hospital. You’ll complain. Libra (Sept 23-Oct 23) Aquarius will move into your sign this week, causing you to feel suffocated and tell it to “fuck off!” However, because of your peacemaking quality, you’ll urge it to come back and you’ll both resolve the matter over a beer and a really good game of “Uno.” Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 21) You’ll fall asleep at the library two hours before your exam and wake up just in time to race to class. You’ll get there, find it empty and realize the

exam isn’t for another two days. Once home, you’ll sleep, eat a bagel and refresh your Facebook page a record-breaking 72 times per hour. Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) As the Centaur (half human, half horse) you’ll eat more on Thanksgiving than your aunt, uncle, cousin and dog—combined. Thus, you’ll later make a crap that rivals the Eiffel Tower. Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) Your love life will flourish when you finally get a haircut, wear pants that fit and shower on days other than Saturday. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) As an air sign, you’ll rip the loudest fart at the Thanksgiving table— then blame it on your uncle. Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) Next week, you’ll successfully pop not only the pimple under your chin, but also the one on your forehead. People will pass you and say, “You look great!” but just remember, they also said that to your pregnant sister. Want some more celestial guidance? E-mail me at gleicher@wisc. edu and we can set up an appointment. $10/hour. See you then.

A mi manera MAdison dance Conference nos inspira Por Laura Mannino THE DAILY CARDINAL

¿Saben cuando ves ésas clases de baile llenas de niños pequeños, y hay siempre dos o tres niños que se les nota que no quieren estar allí? Están allí porque una hermana lo hace o quizá porque sus padres les forzaron a probar algo nuevo. Viendo los diferentes eventos de baile en la universidad la semana pasada me hizo desear que mi madre me hubiera forzado a asistir una de esas clases. A lo mejor no seria completamente descoordinada en el baile como lo soy ahora. Yendo al Madison Dance Conference el domingo pasado me di cuenta de cuantas danzas hay, y cuantas quiero aprender. La conferencia fue una colaboración de grupos de baile de la universidad, que se reunieron y compartieron su pasión por el baile. Este acontecimiento tuvo lugar en el Memorial Union e incluyó grupos como el Michael Jackson Tribute Dance Troupe, el Madtown Ballroom, el UW Breakdance Club y UW School of Bhangra. Estos grupos, además de muchos más, se jun-

taron con otros grupos de la universidad y mezclaron sus estilos de baile para crear una actuación conjunta. Combinaron los dos tipos de música y también cada grupo aprendió el baile del otro. Es más, ofrecieron mini lecciones de salsa, Bhangra, y la danza del vientre, así como cincuenta minutos de tiempo para un baile social.

Eventos como esta exposicion muestran a la gente en la universidad cuantas posibilidades hay de hacer algo fuera de las clases.

Al final, fue un evento realmente asombroso. Cuando vi a Erika Cianciaruso, la fundadora de Madtown Ballroom, bailando un baile irlandés me di cuenta de lo genial que era el evento. Yo ya le había visto bailar hace tiempo, pero pasó de ser una experta de la forma y zambullidas, a

una artista en patadas y maniobras de los pies. También había bailarines de la danza irlandesa haciendo los pasos del vals vienés y otras combinaciones como el otro grupo de baile de salón, Badger Ballroom Performance, haciendo “popping,” un estilo de Rhythm Per Second, que es un grupo de estilo libre. Es bello ver a un grupo que baila un estilo muy estructurado bailando un estilo muy flexible y sin reglas. Lo hicieron parecer muy fácil y que cualquiera podría bailar así. De hecho, muchos aprendieron estos bailes durante las lecciones. Pienso que eventos como esta exposición muestran a la gente en la universidad cuantas posibilidades hay de hacer algo fuera de las clases, y, si es como yo, muestran cuantas oportunidades hay para aprender todas las habilidades que no se pudieron aprender de pequeña. Así que la próxima vez que tengan un poquito de tiempo libre y si sus profesores lo permiten, busquen uno de los muchos grupos en el campus que ofrecen lecciones gratis ¡y aprendan un baile nuevo!

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Zimmermann family places ads in hopes of aiding investigation By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal

The family of Brittany Zimmermann, a deceased UW-Madison student, has decided to place ads inside Metro Transit buses, as well as on a Madison billboard, in hopes of furthering investigations into her killing. Zimmermann was stabbed to death inside her West Doty Street apartment after dialing 911 in April 2008. November 15 would have been her 23rd birthday. Kim Heeg, Zimmermann’s aunt, said Zimmermann’s mother chose to place the ads and the billboard after seeing her face on a nationally sponsored billboard on the National Day of Remembrance on September 25. On this day, parents of slain children sponsor several billboards in Madison to honor victims. Heeg also said she hopes the ads will serve as a reminder of the $15,000 reward for the person

who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction of the killer. “As time goes on, information on the reward becomes less and less known,” Heeg said. “If people know anything we encourage them to come forward.”

“I want people to remember this ... It’s not just about Brittany, it’s about the students.” Kim Heeg Brittany Zimmermann’s aunt

According to Lt. Dave McCaw of the Madison Police Department, several detectives are still actively investigating the case. McCaw said the first 24 to 48 hours of any investigation are when

the department makes their best headway, and the longer it takes, the more difficult it is to find the perpetrators. McCaw said there are still many people who truly want to help, showing their service by calling in with leads. “We may look at 1,000 leads that turn out with nothing in the hopes that we’ll find one that will lead us to the arrest of this person,” he said. Sometimes the leads the detectives receive can take them to other cities or out of state. “It’s an all time-consuming investigation,” he said. Heeg said one of the hardest parts of the ordeal has been the horror that surrounds it. “Brittany was such a joyful person, always smiling and always positive,” she said. “I want people to remember this. I want people to find this. It’s not just about Brittany, it’s about the students.”

Forum addresses transportation on campus By Melanie Teachout The Daily Cardinal

UW Transportation Services held a student forum Friday to address issues of safety for UW-Madison pedestrians on campus. Jason Tikalsky, a UW-Madison student, said the dominance of pedestrians on campus makes him feel safe when walking. Victoria Pulse, a UW-Madison student and SAFEwalk employee, agreed, said she feels it is riskier driving a car with all the pedestrians on campus. “Being a driver is so hard,” she said. “I’m so surprised that, now, seeing the other side of it, we do not have more casualties.” Most at the meeting agreed bikes and mopeds seem to present an even greater danger than cars. “When I’m on campus, I take more heed when I see a moped coming than a car because I know that they don’t really care to stop,” Pulse said. “I feel they are a little more aggressive than a car just because they can weave [through traffic].”

According to UW-Madison students, citizens and Transportation Services representatives present at the meeting, bikers and those around them often do not know proper regulations. “We could do a little more about informing people of exactly what you do when you see a biker in the road acting as a car,” Pulse said. Another main concern of Transportation Services was the ability of Madison residents to receive the full extent of services. Transportation Services is in charge of Madison Metro bus passes, some on-campus bus services and SAFEcab. Tikalsky admitted that as a student, he is aware of these conveniences but not the fact that Transportation Services provides them. “Transportation Services sets them up, but never presents themselves as their own service,” Tikalsky said. Casey Jones, director of transportation at the University of Colorado-Boulder, told the

First H1N1 vaccination clinics announced By Kate Kim The Daily Cardinal

The Madison and Dane County Public Health Department announced the first community H1N1 vaccination clinics at a press conference Friday afternoon. Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of the department, said the clinics will target those who are at the highest risk for developing H1N1-related complications, especially those who are uninsured or do not have access to a health-care provider. “We were resupplied with vaccines earlier this week,” Schlenker said. “And our challenge now is to get the vaccine to the people who need it the most.” The clinics will be held on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. On Tuesday, pregnant women, children from six to 23 months old, and children five to 18 years

old with underlying health conditions such as asthma will receive vaccinations. Children two to four years old, people living with children less than six months of age and child care providers of children less than six months of age will be treated on Wednesday. Schlenker said those who do not fit the target demographic should not attend these clinics to ensure the most vulnerable may be vaccinated first. Schlenker also said there will be more opportunities to get the H1N1 vaccination. According to him, H1N1 vaccination clinics will reopen in schools once sufficient supplies have arrived. However, he was not able to confirm a steady flow of vaccines. “This is just one relief,” he said. “My hope is that the supply will become more constant.” Schlenker said H1N1 remains a relatively mild disease for most, and emphasized the importance of proper rest and hand sanitization to prevent the spread of the disease.

crowd their constructive feedback would be considered when implementing changes. “Customer service is important to us and we’re really trying to think of ways to make things better,” Jones said. Transportation Services is currently under review from an outside board. The comments and suggestions from students and citizens who attended the meeting, and observations of campus made by the board members will be considered in their examination.

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UW committee says Nike abused labor rights, in breach of contract with UW The UW Labor Licensing Policy Committee voted Friday to recommend that Chancellor Biddy Martin begin taking steps to terminate the university’s contract with Nike because of labor rights abuses. LLPC is a shared governance committee that advises Martin on sweatshop issues. Martin sent a letter to Nike in November stating the company had a responsibility to remedy its labor rights violations to uphold the university’s code of conduct. Nike closed two of its Honduran factories, which make collegiate apparel, in January. According to a statement from the Student Labor Action Coalition, Nike neglected to pay “legally mandated severance and back pay to the 1,800 workers.” The committee’s recommendation follows in the wake of a statement released to universities by Nike in which it defended its actions pertaining to the two factories, Vision Tex and Hugger de Honduras. According to Jan Van Tol, SLAC member and LLPC student representative, Nike’s letter blamed the economic decline in the United States, among other

reasons, for its actions. “It’s been eleven months since the factories closed,” Van Tol said in an e-mail. “If Nike were truly serious about respecting the UW’s code of conduct, they would have paid up long ago.” The issue is being raised on numerous campuses throughout the country, including fellow Big 10 school Purdue University. “If Nike were truly serious about respecting the UW’s code of conduct, they would have paid up long ago.” Jan Van Tol student representative UW Labor Licensing Policy Committee

LLPC will advise Martin to give Nike notice that it is in breach of contract, and in doing so take the first step toward termination. “Ultimately we want to ensure that all workers associated with the university are treated with respect and have the right to organize collectively to solve their own problems,” Van Tol said. —Grace Urban

Man taken into custody after bomb scare The Madison Police Department apprehended a man Friday morning after he placed a suspicious-looking device at the corner of a downtown intersection, according to a police report. Around 11:15 a.m. the MPD temporarily blocked West Wilson Street near Broom Street after the suspect placed a seemingly explosive device on top of a traffic cone, the report said. The cone was sitting in the street.

Because the device resembled a pipe and had an electronic component inside of it, the MPD chose to consult with the Dane County Sheriff ’s Department Bomb Squad before removing it. According to the report, the MPD eventually determined it was not an explosive device. The 45-year-old suspect was not arrested, but was taken into police custody to be evaluated.

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QI GU opinion columnist


an students access their student government’s full records? You would say “sure” without the blink of an eye. But when reporters at UWMilwaukee’s student newspaper, The UWM Post, wanted the same information, they were only given heavily redacted materials from the university. Last week, the Post brought the matter to court after 10 months of fruitless negotiation. By resorting to legal action, its student journalists have taken a courageous step to defend their peers’ rights. The dispute stemmed from a request in January by The UWM Post’s then-Editor-inChief Jon Anderson asking the university for meeting records of the Union Policy Board. As a

branch of UWM’s student government, the board oversees all student organizations on campus, allocating office space and budgets. Obviously, it is an important organization for most students on campus. However, UWM withheld key information such as names of student representatives and even their opinions, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The act, also known as the Buckley Amendment, prevents schools from releasing students’ educational records without their consent. At first sight, FERPA seems like a reasonable shield for UWM. It has been widely used by universities as an indisputable reason to restrict information. But look into what FERPA means by “educational records” and you may see that UWM is overextending its use of the act. The U.S. Department of Education gives a list of examples such as transcripts and advising folders. All of them are academic records, which are con-

sidered private student information. The Post was looking for minutes and audio recordings of student government meetings, which are part of public records, so FERPA shouldn’t apply in UWM’s case.

If we don’t know what is going on within our own government, how can we effectively participate in it?

Moreover, Wisconsin open records law requires that in the case of a representative government, all people should be entitled to the greatest possible information about its affairs. This should apply not only to civic governments, but also to governmental. After all, they also arise from elections and redistribute resources from electorates, and should be held accountable just like any other government.

To many of us, the only factor setting student governments apart from other governmental bodies is their smaller scope of authority. This difference doesn’t excuse UWM’s student government from obeying the law. Student governments should be transparent to their own electorates. In its mission statement, the UWM student government stresses student participation as its top priority. But when the Post couldn’t get access to full records of the Union Policy Board, students’ access to information was shut off. If we don’t know what is going on within our own government, how can we effectively participate in it? On the website of the Union Policy Board, none of the representatives’ names are available. If students don’t know who are making decisions for them, how can they trust those decisions? The Post’s lawsuit heats up a longterm transparency issue with student governments. Many student newspapers hit the wall when they search for answers on behalf of their audience. The Daily Texan at the University of

Texas-Austin received an e-mail leaking a scandal within the student government. Staff members filed a records request but never received a response. This lawsuit could be the most effective solution to such problems. Even though the court proceeding might drag on for years, the newspaper’s complaint immediately put UWM on the spot. Now the university has to offer an acceptable explanation, or it will confront its own students in a civil trial. As an independent student newspaper, The UWM Post is taking on a great financial risk by going to court. But, on principle, it is worth it, since they are fighting for students’ fundamental right to know. Regardless of the eventual outcome of the case, the Post should be lauded for fighting for their journalistic rights. Because if a newspaper can’t get access to information, where does that leave everybody else? Qi Gu is a junior majoring in journalism. Please send all feedback to

arts ‘2012’ a fun disaster


In just over a week it will be Thanksgiving, the beginning of the holiday season that ignites a festive spirit of togetherness in all of us. Families will reunite, celebrate their kin and enjoy each other’s company. Obviously, there is no better way to kick off this joyous time than with a new apocalyptic disaster film, which director Roland Emmerich saw fit to provide in his latest offering of global suffering, “2012.” After blowing up all of the world’s biggest landmarks in “Independence Day” and turning earth into a global warminginduced Slush Puppie in “The Day After Tomorrow,” Emmerich has now turned to Mayan prophecy as a means to bring about catastrophe. “2012” shows the destruction of the world as foretold by these ancient people, though it eschews the mystical causes most associate with these predictions. Instead, “2012” provides Chiwetel Ejiofor playing a geologist who discovers something involving neutrinos, microwaves and solar flares that apparently means everybody is doomed. Ejiofor becomes the point man for the president (Danny Glover, who probably would bring on the apocalypse if elected commander in chief ) and his chief of staff (Oliver Platt at his douchebaggiest) in an operation to preserve the human species by building high-tech arks. Meanwhile, a struggling author and estranged father, played by John Cusack, attempts to shepherd his family to safety as the world literally collapses around them. It’s this dual structure of “2012” that creates some of its biggest problems. Neither storyline is particularly interesting, as both are bogged down by cliché after cliché. But at least Cusack, one of the more underappreciated actors working today, amps up the camp in his performance as much as he can to make things watchable. The story even becomes legitimately entertaining when Woody Harrelson enters the picture as a hillbilly conspiracy theorist who stumbles upon the conspiracy to hide the apocalypse between sips of Pabst Blue Ribbon. But Harrelson doesn’t get nearly enough screen time, and Cusack is pushed to the side for much of “2012’s” obscene 158-minute runtime. Especially annoying is the “science” Ejiofor keeps mentioning, which serves no purpose in the film. While he may throw out endless geological and astrophysical terms, none of them provide an authentic explanation for why the planet would fall apart like a batch of Legos. (As an aside, Emmerich sadly misses a great opportunity to show the apocalypse’s effect on Legoland.) “2012” would be several minutes shorter—and much less boring—if it simply concentrated on the trashy fun of seeing Los Angeles collapse into the Pacific as Cusack drives a limo through a skyscraper, rather than trying to explain everything that is going on. On top of this, Emmerich fills much of the movie with supposedly teary goodbyes between family members, yet has no capacity to imbue these scenes with any sort of emotional resonance whatsoever. Thankfully, when “2012” brings

on the action, it is so ridiculous that it is impossible not to be entertained. In “The Day After Tomorrow,” Emmerich unwittingly crafted one of the most hilarious scenes ever when his cast attempted to run away from cold air. He must have an obsession with people running from atmospheric phenomena, as “2012” features characters fleeing a diabolical dust cloud, in addition to earthquakes and a tsunami carrying the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. The idiocy of these scenes is paramount, but each moment is enthralling at the same time. There are no less than three scenes where an airplane takes off as an earthquake tears apart the runway, and it is never not funny. In many ways, Roland Emmerich could be the dumber, more idealistic version of Michael Bay. Both fail to produce anything other than

mindless orgies of pyrotechnics, but while Bay seems content to create moneymaking blockbuster cash machines, Emmerich appears to be under the impression that he has the next “Doctor Zhivago” on his hands with every new project. Which he might, if “Doctor Zhivago” involved a colossal volcano appearing in the middle of Moscow and fire began raining from the sky. Ultimately, there is a lot of stupid fun to be had with “2012” if one can get past the added filler. Emmerich may not realize it, but he has a real knack for creating entertaining schlock. “2012” can be a truly hilarious (albeit unintentionally) film, and so long as one expects less of the movie than Emmerich does, there is no reason to leave the theater without a wide, self-satisfied grin.


Chiwetel Ejiofor’s pseudoscientific explanations in ‘2012’ are completely unnecessary and detract from the campiness of the film.

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Viral Videos of the Week Search terms: I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song In a candid interview, Miley Cyrus reveals she’s never heard a Jay-Z song, considers “Party in the USA” beneath her and only had the song written for her to sell jeans. But it’s so catchy! In this case, “just being Miley” might not be the best idea.

Search terms: New Mexico Lobos player Elizabeth Lambert Elizabeth Lambert should quit soccer and sign up for MMA with the moves she pulled in a recent game against BYU. She punched, kicked and pulled hair all the way to an indefinite suspension from her team while making her mark on viral video history.


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Gone in seven seconds. It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

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Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird Classic

By Caitlin Kirihara

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Angel Hair Pasta

By Todd Stevens

Sid and Phil

By Alex Lewein

Solution, tips and computer program available at

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

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Graph Giraffe

By Yosef Lerner

Charlie and Boomer

By Natasha Soglin

Answer key available at Use Your Head ACROSS 1 Bit of luggage 4 Picture enhancer 9 Followed a cannonball’s path 14 Mendes of Hollywood 15 Emergency brake control 16 Excessively resonant 17 Have faith in, as a rumor 20 Meditation goal 21 Poet Aukrust 22 Cedes the pigskin 23 Unprepared student’s dread 26 Julia Roberts in “Ocean’s Eleven” 29 Brown quickly 30 Jezebel’s god 31 Abate 32 Be in need of a sick day 34 The Destroyer, in Hinduism (Var.) 36 “Coffee or ___?” 37 Think hard 41 “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice” org. 42 Audio technician’s concern 43 Aquarium wriggler 44 Palindromic address 46 Baby newts

8 “Ah, me!” 4 52 Baby carriage, in England 53 Sidewalk eatery 54 Have a crush on 55 Start over from scratch 57 Heart and soul 59 Participate in a think tank 63 Judgment payout 64 Needed liniment 65 What a retrovirus contains 66 A few bricks shy of a load 67 Animals in a skein 68 Darn it all? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 11 12

DOWN Dances to jazz, in a way New York’s Columbus, for one Chief ore of lead Gets the heck out Accelerates, as a hot rod Zoroastrian sacred texts Yankee’s Big Apple rival Ranch closing? Member of the first family Take turns Sporty Chevy Three-toed ratite

3 Hide the gray 1 18 Where office work accumulates 19 ‘Droid 24 Lighten up 25 Unlikely, as chances 27 “Judge Judy” figure 28 Place to refresh oneself 30 Group of nations 31 Disabled, as a horse 33 Agenda element 35 Certain necklines 37 Aspen ascender 38 Control tower figure 39 Earthbound South American bird 40 Like ice skates 41 It pumps up the volume, for short 45 Afghan princes (Var.) 47 Acquire pearly whites 49 They’re certainly not company men 50 Known by only a few 51 Playground contraption 53 Wearer of blue 54 Actor’s whisper 56 City slicker, out West 58 Ships’ pronouns 59 Hardly a girl’s dream date 60 Be beholden to 61 Turn tail? 62 Sculpting medium

Washington and the Bear Classic

By Derek Sandberg


recap from page 8 been working for me, and so I’m going to keep working for them for this whole year.” Clay was one of many stars for the Wisconsin offense Saturday. Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien showed the poise and patience in the pocket that helped him find success early in the season and finished with 240 yards passing and a careerhigh five touchdowns, four of which came through the air. “I give it all up to the offensive linemen. They’ve been working for me, so I’m going to keep working for them” John Clay sophomore running back UW Football

Two of those touchdown passes were caught by sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon, who followed up a career day last week at Indiana with five catches for 98 yards to help further cement his status as a rising star in the Wisconsin offense.

analysis from page 8 senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “They made me eat my words, and it hurt so bad that we [were] beating them so bad and we were ranked and all that stuff that went on.” Wisconsin led 19-0 at halftime in Ann Arbor last season, but the offense sputtered badly in the third quarter and the Wolverines rallied for a 27-25 win. Wisconsin was ranked in the top-10 that day but lost its next three games and struggled to finish sixth in the conference. Saturday, however, saw the Badgers play one of their best second halves of the season, with the defense clamping down on Michigan’s star freshman quarterback Tate Forcier. But even when the lead ballooned late in the game, many Badgers were not quite ready to relax because of the memory of last year. “I was even worried when we were up before we got the ball in the fourth quarter. It was 42-24 and I was still worried,” junior guard John Moffitt said. “You never know, they can score fast and they have a quick offense, so I wanted to put them away.” But Saturday the emotional charge came not only from facing Michigan, but also from bidding farewell to the small senior class that has been incredibly vital to this year’s success. Schofield, safety Chris Maragos and linebacker Jaevery McFadden led the defense all year, but they got a surprise contribution from senior tackle Jeff Stehle, who sacked Forcier in the first quarter. Only one offensive starter was playing his final game in Camp Randall Saturday, but Garrett Graham made the most of it with 62 yards and the game’s opening touchdown. Both Schofield and Maragos, the team’s defensive captains, had their own bittersweet moments, reflecting on their times as Badgers. “I was thinking back from when I was transferring [from Western Michigan] and when I went [to] coach [Bill] Cubit and told him I was leaving and the process to get here. And I thought about when I brought my tape to Luke [Swan] and the first time I met with coach B. All these things come through your head as you’re kind of coming off the tunnel,” Maragos said in a voice just a bit hoarse from crying. “Man, I couldn’t be any more happier with the way it’s gone.”

Toon’s second touchdown catch was particularly impressive, as it came with Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren dragging on the front of his jersey in what was an easy pass interference call for the referees. “I think [Toon] was excited to get out there and prove that last week just wasn’t a fluke,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “It’s so good for him to have success because he has worked so hard to get there, and it’s one thing to work but its better to reap the [rewards] because of it, and that’s what’s happened.” Wisconsin has now beaten Michigan in three straight games at Camp Randall, and the 45 points scored Saturday are the most the Badgers have ever scored against Michigan. While vengeance was a motivating factor throughout the week, Tolzien said sending the seniors out with an important Big Ten win in their final home game was the main objective heading into Saturday. “It was awesome because the seniors mean a lot to us this year,” Tolzien said. “And it was good to get another win, not to get revenge or anything like that, but just to get another Big Ten win.” Maragos even joked about sleeping in his jersey and pads, saying he just did not want the day to end. For Schofield, that moment came after he hugged Bielema on the field and, as the last player to head to the locker room, turned to run into the tunnel. When he looked to the stands, the fans began chanting his name, and it was apparent how happily poignant the moment was. “Oh man, you know what, it brought a big smile to my face, because I remember the first time I ran out on Camp Randall’s field, freshman year, and just being a freshman, just happy to be on the team,” Schofield said. “It really meant a lot that the fans appreciate what I did and all the hard work I put in for this program.”

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basketball from page 8 outside shooting. They’ve got guys that can shoot.” That run included a buzzerbeating 3-pointer from senior guard Jason Bohannon set up by sophomore guard Jordan Taylor. After pulling down a rebound with five seconds to go in the half, Taylor pushed the ball up court and found Bohannon in the corner. “He tried to get the ball down as quick as he could,” Bohannon said. “It looked like he was going up with the shot. He didn’t quite have it there with two guys on

hockey from page 8 Street streaked up the right boards and wristed a shot at the net. After Olthuis gave up a rebound, Bendickson was there to deflect it in for his second goal of the game and Wisconsin’s first shorthanded goal of the season. Junior goaltender Brett Bennett got the start between the pipes for the Badgers and made a critical save late in the first to suffocate any breath of hope the Seawolves had. “[Smith is] a young man that is used to getting points and scoring, and it was good for him to get that.” Mike Eaves head coach UW Hockey

With UAA on a five-on-three advantage, an overaggressive Wisconsin penalty kill was caught out of position after junior captain Ryan McDonagh wristed a shot off the post from deep in the zone. The Seawolves collected the rebound and led a two-on-none break up ice. Bennett extended his left pad



him and tried to kick it to the corner quick, and I just tried to get it off right before the buzzer, as quick as I could. It happened to go in.” One out-of-character development for Bohannon was that he rejected three shots, part of an 11-block day for Wisconsin. Ryan’s teams usually favor playing position defense over going for blocks, but according to Ryan, most of them came from IPFW players driving aggressively and going right into the Badgers’ interior defense. “They were attacking the rim

and they were trying to get to the free-throw line,” Ryan said. “Sometimes a player’s going to get caught in an offensive position where he’s got to try to get the shot off, and Jason just happened to be in the right spot ... He didn’t overcommit.” 11 is the BOHANNON most shots blocked by a Badger team under Bo Ryan and the most since 2000.

to the post to turn away a bid from junior Craig Parkinson and keep the Wisconsin lead at two. Senior Michael Davies also added a power-play goal for the Badgers midway through the second period. Wisconsin continued to click offensively Saturday night, and a few timely goals by Street and Smith took momentum away from the Seawolves’ attack, allowing the Badgers to earn a 6-2 victory. UAA struck first Saturday night thanks to senior forward Josh Lunden’s fourth goal of the season. The lead was short-lived, though, as senior forward Ben Grotting elevated a saucer pass through the zone to find a streaking Street, who buried a shot past junior goaltender Bryce Christianson just 11 seconds later. Early in the third period, with the Badgers leading 3-1, Lunden added his second goal of the game, cutting the deficit to one. Again, Wisconsin responded. Smith added his second goal of the weekend after driving down the left boards, working his way past UAA senior captain Jared Tuton and beating Christianson with a backhand to make it 4-1. “People will look at the box score

and see, well, it was 6-2 ... they must have dominated the whole game,” Eaves said of the importance of responding quickly. “Those two critical moments were turning points.” The Badgers were able to hold UAA to just 13 shots Saturday night, in part because of the effort and leadership of McDonagh. “Ryan led the parade in [only allowing 13 shots]. He’s so strong, and no one got near our goalie,” Eaves said. Junior Scott Gudmandson started in goal for Wisconsin Saturday night and admitted that playing behind a strong defense is, at times, mentally challenging, especially when only facing 13 shots. “It’s mentally tough on you. You’ve got to try and stay focused the whole time, and I need to do a little bit better of a job doing that,” Gudmandson said. Senior forward Blake Geoffrion, junior forward Patrick Johnson and freshman defenseman Justin Schultz also tallied goals for the Badgers. Street added his second goal of the game with 12 seconds remaining. With the sweep, the Badgers improve their record against UAA to 9-0-1 in the teams’ last 10 meetings. Wisconsin will travel to St. Cloud State next weekend for a two-game series with the Huskies.

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Badgers avenge ’08 loss with win over Wolverines RECAP By Justin Dean THE DAILY CARDINAL


Nick Toon makes an impressive reception over Michigan’s Donovan Warren for the second of his two touchdown catches Saturday.

As the game clock hit zero to end Wisconsin’s 45-24 rout of Michigan Saturday, senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield could finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate the victory. With last year’s painful 2725 loss fresh in their minds, Schofield and the Wisconsin defense shut down the Wolverine offense in the second half, holding Michigan to just seven points and 106 total yards to assure fans a miracle comeback like last year’s was out of the question. “Anytime you can beat Michigan it feels good,” Schofield said. “But especially after what happened last year and the way we came out in the second half on fire, the offense was just making some really long drives and putting points on the board, and that meant a lot for our defense.”

Senior tight end Garrett Graham got Senior Day started with a bang on Wisconsin’s first possession of the game, catching a 22-yard touchdown to wrap up an 80-yard drive that took just over two minutes. But Michigan nearly matched Wisconsin score for score in the first two quarters, and the Badgers held onto a 2117 lead at halftime. In the second half, however, sophomore running back John Clay gave the Wolverines a full dose of Wisconsin football. Clay eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season and finished the game with a touchdown and 151 rush yards, 109 of which came in the second half as Clay pounded away at a laboring Michigan defense. But after the game, Clay wasn’t ready to take all the credit for such a big accomplishment. “I give it all up to the offensive linemen,” Clay said. “They’ve recap page 7


For most of the 2009 football season, the specter of 2008 has been looming. During a two-game losing streak, Wisconsin seniors spoke about not accepting the feelings from last year. Head coach Bret Bielema aimed to put it out of mind, but there was still something lingering from that trying 7-6 campaign. At least there was, until the second half Saturday. With 45 points, the most a Badger team has ever scored against Michigan, Wisconsin finally laid last season to rest, earning what amounted to vengeance against the team that pushed them into the downward spiral that made 2008 so difficult. “Last year I remember, I was like, ‘We are killing these guys, these guys are terrible,’ but then they came back,” analysis page 7

Sweet 16 Bound

Men’s Hockey

Smith, Bendickson lead way in physical sweep By James Adams THE DAILY CARDINAL

Wisconsin dominated play Friday night and benefitted from timely goals Saturday to finish off its six-game homestand with a sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. Freshman forward Craig Smith and senior forward Aaron Bendickson led the offensive onslaught for the Badgers Friday, lifting them to a 5-1 victory over the Seawolves. Smith began the scoring for Wisconsin (4-3-1 WCHA, 6-3-1 overall) just 14 seconds after the puck dropped Friday by intercepting an errant UAA clearing attempt and backhanding it past senior goaltender Jon Olthuis. The goal was Smith’s first goal as a Badger, and head coach Mike Eaves explained the importance of Smith establish-

ing himself as a consistent scorer. “[Smith is] a young man that is used to getting points and scoring, and it was good for him to get that,” Eaves said. “It gets back that feeling, and we need for him to get that feeling.” Smith tallied another point midway through the first period after feeding junior defenseman Cody Goloubef from behind the net, who then fired a wrist shot over Olthuis’ glove. In a game plagued by penalties (each team accumulated over 30 minutes in the penalty box), an aggressive Wisconsin penalty kill provided numerous opportunities for the Badgers. With 5:36 remaining in the game, senior forward Ben hockey page 7


The Wisconsin women’s soccer team celebrates its shootout win over Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament Friday. After beating Central Florida 1-0 Saturday, the Badgers will now advance to the Sweet 16 in Boston.

Men’s Basketball

UW dominates Mastodons in opener By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL


Craig Smith had two goals and an assist against Alaska-Anchorage, including one he scored just 14 seconds into Friday’s contest.

After losing the top scorer from last year, many expected players like junior forward Jon Leuer to step forward and pick up the slack for Wisconsin. If Sunday night is any indication, Leuer is more than up to the task. The Minnesota native netted 19 points as the Badgers rolled over IPFW in the Kohl Center 75-46 in both teams’ regular-season opener. Wisconsin boasted a bigger, stronger lineup and took advantage of their size with Leuer leading the way. “He did what we expected, and we didn’t defend him the way we were supposed to,” IPFW head coach Dane Fife said. “We were supposed to front the post and try

not to let Leuer catch it, but as you saw, he could catch it any time he wanted in the post.” Leuer did most of his damage turning to hit jumpers from midrange and from the post over an IPFW defense that featured only a single player taller than 6'8". To make matters worse, the visitors had at least three players recovering from an illness, and their best player, Deilvez Yearby, sit out for violating team rules. Leuer said after the game that the bigs took it upon themselves to post up hard and drive home that advantage inside. Wisconsin finished with 28 points in the paint. The Mastodons managed to stay within 10 points for much of the first half but could not

manage a point for seven minutes at the end of the first and the start of the second half. “Sometimes a team is just cold and they go through rough spots, like we all do,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “I thought we handled the screens fairly well— LEUER good edge, good help, good use of what we call the fly trap. And we chased well. Other than the two 3s they hit at the very end, I thought we did a pretty good job on the basketball page 7

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