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UW considers real-time bus arrival screens By Cheyenne Langkamp The Daily Cardinal

University of WisconsinMadison students could see screens that show real-time bus arrival times in university housing and dining locations as early as next semester, according to Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Committee member Ryan Prestil. Prestil said the project, which is a collaboration between ASM’s Legislative Affairs and University Affairs committees and UW Transportation Services, is an attempt to increase safety as well as

convenience by allowing students to wait for buses indoors. The project began when Prestil looked into SAFEcab, a free campus nighttime cab service for students that was discontinued at the end of last year. Prestil said he found that SAFEcab was “not a sustainable service” and thought campus transportation could be improved by increasing students’ knowledge of services that are already available, such as bus schedules.

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig visits campus Tuesday to discuss ethics within the MLB and how he handles rule violations, such as player steroid abuse.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig visits UW, discusses sports ethics By Sam Cusick The Daily Cardinal

Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus Tuesday to discuss ethical practices within the MLB organization as part of Ethics Week, an event put on by the Wisconsin School of Business. Selig graduated from UW-Madison in 1956 and became the MLB commissioner in 1996. He also established the Allan H. Selig Chair within the university’s history department, which focuses on the history of sports in the U.S. and their role in society. During his presentation, Selig emphasized the need for honesty and integrity in professional sports, not only to ensure a fair game, but also to provide a memorable experience for the fans.

“Any doubt that this sport is completely honest cannot be tolerated,” Selig said. Selig also discussed major hurdles baseball faced in the past, including illegal gambling, as well as cocaine and steroid abuse by players and staff. Although some people criticized Selig for not being harsh enough in combating the league’s drug problem, which has plagued the sport for many years, he said he is “proud” of how the MLB handled the situation. The league established programs to curb drug abuse among players, according to Selig, who said he was “proud” of the players for abiding by the guidelines he implemented. Additionally, Selig stressed everyone involved in the MLB, from players to owners, must keep the sport’s best interests in mind

when making trades and other decisions. He said commissioners should only get involved when the integrity of the sport is at stake. “You do in the end what’s in the best interests for the sport,” Selig said. “But you do it always with behavior, ethical and moral behavior [which] is paramount. Nothing else matters. That’s why you’ll see commissioners get into situations.” UW-Madison Sophomore Tim Rindahl said Selig’s discussion of the importance of morality in baseball and looking out for the best interests of the entire sport was very informative and beneficial for fans to hear. “[Selig] explained how he had to do a lot of tough decisions, even though they weren’t popular, because they were for the better of baseball and I thought that was important,” Rindahl said.

Berquam proposes additional mental health resources By Cheyenne Langkamp The Daily Cardinal

Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students Lori Berquam updated student government leaders Tuesday about Division of Student Life initiatives, including the proposed addition of two temporary staff members to assist in mental health advising. Berquam told members of the Associated Students of Madison

Coordinating Council there has been an increase in students requesting mental health support services, as well as an increase in the number of suicides on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, which is usually third or fourth in the number of suicides among Big Ten schools. She added the university averages one suicide per semester and has already seen two this semester.

Berquam said she thought the increase might stem from more students entering the university with previously diagnosed conditions, as well as an increasing amount of veterans on campus who frequently suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to Berquam, her office is hoping the two additional

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The Mad Tappers, a UW-Madison student tap-dancing organization, rehearse a routine at the Red Gym Tuesday night. + Photo by Mohammad Aqeel

Langdon Street robbery victims not UW students Madison police reported Tuesday suspects involved in an armed robbery on the 200 block of Langdon Street Monday stole a laptop, wallet, cell phone and keys from the victims. A male and a female resident, both 20 years old, said three men entered their apartment at approximately 7:15 p.m., pointing a gun at them, tying them up and demanding items, according to Madison Police Department Lt. Trevor Knight. UW-Madison Communications

spokesperson John Lucas said the victims are not UW-Madison students and are not affiliated with the university. Detectives said the intruders demanded to know where their money was kept, and one of them threatened to harm or kill the male victim, according to Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain. DeSpain said the preliminary investigation indicates this was a targeted robbery.

“…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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ust as many people who partook in the Pepsi Challenge back in the day to see whether they could distinguish between the world’s two foremost colas, American citizens partook in the presidential election a few weeks back to decipher between two candidates whose political views may or may not be apparent to them. Often in life, people believe that they prefer one thing to another and hold steadfast in their perspective that they know that certain thing really, really well. However, after further investigation, their prior views are often reduced to absurdity. With that said, there also exist a plethora of disjunctions that are clear as day, and one option is blatantly superior to the other. I will highlight some of those very debates.

Soda vs. pop vs. coke

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After attending school at UW-Madison for no more than a week, it is inevitable that freshmen encounter foreign terms for soft drinks. The third party candidate here, coke, need not really enter into this conversation. It is transparent that it just sounds utterly gratuitous to order a coke at a restaurant and have the waitress ask “What kind?” and from there go on to answer “root beer,” or even more bewildering “Pepsi.” OK, coke is out of the equation. Soda vs. Pop: Here comes the moment of truth. Soda, like Coke, is another form of beverage. The term soda also connotes a type of flavorless carbonated water. By asking for soda, one must then specify that he or she indeed wants soda pop and not soda water. Another, albeit weaker, argument for the “pop campaign” is that a can of the soft drink in question goes “pop” and not “soda” when you crack it open. So why not just call it “pop” people? It makes SO MUCH more sense. And for those that are bi-partisan, the term “sodapop” is completely dated and will make you sound like you live in 1953 if you put the term to use. It is one or the other, and pop is indeed the way to go.

Bubbler vs. drinking fountain During the first week of freshman year, I was hanging out in my friend’s dorm room with a bunch of fellow floormates, when to my surprise, someone asked “Where is the bubbler on the floor?” I was baffled. For those unfamiliar with stoner lingo, a bubbler is a small bong. Of course, my floor mate was unfamiliar with that term, and I myself was unfamiliar with what he

indeed sought after, a drinking fountain. Immediately following his probe, I wondered why in hell Witte Hall would sponsor a public bong. It was only after comprehending his intended meaning that I realized that the term “drinking fountain” was not universally employed, and moreover, I realized that it should be. Besides the fact that bubbler is most definitely an equivocal term, the liquid that comes out of the fountain in question is not the aforementioned soda water, nor is it seltzer, nor is it tonic. This is to say that bubbles are conspicuously absent, and the term bubbler therefore makes no sense.

Chipotle vs. Qdoba: This should be the least controversial of all of the stipulated disputes. I will begin this debate by outlining Qdoba’s one saving grace, namely that they are open later than Chipotle. If you really, really want something that is kinda sorta similar to

Zac’s Picks: R “Pop”

Q “Soda” & “Coke”

Q “BuBbler”R “Drinking Fountain” R Chipotle Q Qdoba Chipotle, although on a much, much lower tier of culinary experiences, then fine, get Qdoba. Some people also possess an affinity for Qdoba’s queso dip, but I believe that to be a negligible factor. Chipotle, as opposed to Qdoba, has far superior ingredients, the option of brown rice, complimentary veggies (they actually make you shell out cold, hard cash for vegetables at Doba),

the best guacamole around, and an array of Mexican beers for those who like an ice cold cervesa with their burrito. Chipotle is also definitely the less expensive option. I don’t always eat Mexican fast food, but when I do, I prefer Chipotle. So mad about what Zac said you need to take a sip from your bubbler? Tell him at zpestine@

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Two additional universities cut ties with adidas

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Kim Neilsen, an author and scholar in the field of disability studies, speaks with UW-Madison students about the historical evidence of prejudice against persons with disabilities in the U.S.

Disability studies scholar visits UW, discusses history of disability in U.S. By Aliza Goldberg The Daily Cardinal

American Disability Research scholar Kim Nielsen visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuesday to discuss the history and repercussions of disabilities in the U.S., as part of an event put on by UW-Madison Disability Studies. Nielsen, author of “A Disability History of the United States,” is a professor in the department of disability studies at the University of Toledo. Her research is one of the first scholarly attempts to examine the history of disabilities dating back to the period prior to European arrival. Despite immersing herself in disability history, her writing came to a sudden halt after her 16-yearold daughter became disabled. “It delayed the writing of my book, but it also deepened the book to make it better,”

Nielsen said. Nielsen discussed many famous examples of disabilities throughout history, including labeling immigrants with a “poor physique” in order to keep them out of the U.S. “Immigration officials used the poor-physique category to reject individuals suspected of homosexuality or having bodies with ambiguous sexual organs,” Nielsen said. “They also excluded those with epilepsy, the feeble-minded and the mentally or physically disabled.” Nielsen also described a slave trade ship that encountered the first symptoms of a disease causing blindness. “Slaves with failed eyesight were tied up and thrown into the sea. African Americans were considered a loss of profit because the blind could not do labor,” Nielsen said. While these are stories of

disability, they are also stories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class, according to Nielsen. She also said these stories are “essential” to understanding American history. Nielsen also examined the importance of independence in United States. According to Nielsen, U.S. history demonstrates citizens have the mindset that independence is good, and dependency is bad. “When disability is connected with dependency, disability becomes stigmatized as inferior citizens. When disability is understood as dependency, disability is then posited in direct contrast to American ideas of independence,” Nielsen said. Although Nielsen said disability education is facing many challenges, she encouraged students to continue their research in disability studies.

The University of Washington and Rutgers University announced plans Tuesday to cut ties with adidas following allegations of labor violations from a factory contracted by the apparel company, a move some members of the University of WisconsinMadison have encouraged Interim Chancellor David Ward to pursue. The issue began January 2011 when a factory contracted by adidas suddenly shut down without compensating over 2,700 workers. Since then, other colleges and universities, including Cornell and Oberlin, have cut ties with the company for allegedly violating contracts with the schools to ensure all workers are paid. The UW-Madison Labor Licensing Policy Committee and the Student Labor Action Coalition have lobbied Ward to make a similar decision regarding adidas at UW-Madison since December 2011. SLAC and LLPC member

Lingran Kong said there should be no reason for UW-Madison to hold off cutting ties with the apparel company, especially because other universities have done so already. “SLAC has been pushing for this for 15 months now so it’s disappointing the university has not taken any action, especially when all these other universities have stepped up,” Kong said. Additionally, LLPC Chair and Consumer Science Professor Lydia Zepeda said she hopes Ward will take action against adidas now that other schools have decided to do so. “I know one of the things [Ward] was complaining about was going it alone,” Zepeda said. “He clearly can’t say that anymore.” Still, Zepeda said she is doubtful Ward will cut ties with adidas because the two parties are currently engaged in a lawsuit to determine if the apparel company violated its contract with the university. — Sam Cusick

City finalizes West Johnson Street multi-use apartment complex details Madison’s Common Council approved three pieces of legislation Tuesday regarding a proposal for a multi-purpose condominium on the 300 block of West Johnson Street. The project includes space at 305-309 W. Johnson St. for 255 apartments, office, retail and administrative offices for the Madison Fire Department, according to Hovde Properties proposal. Council members approved an agreement between the City of Madison and Hovde Properties

authorizing the sale and acquisition of a portion of 316 W. Dayton St. Developers plan to use this property for the condominium. The city also authorized leasing the office space above the Wisconsin Veterans Museum located at 30 W. Mifflin St. for the temporary relocation of the MFD’s administrative space. Additionally, the City Council approved an agreement which allows Hovde Building Co. to use 40 to 49 parking stalls at the Overture Center parking garage.

Former Walker aide pleads guilty in John Doe probe A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker reached a plea deal late Monday night on embezzlement charges as part of the ongoing John Doe investigation into illegal activity at thenMilwaukee County Executive Walker’s office in 2010. Tim Russell faces up to 14 years in jail and $45,000 in fines for stealing money from a veterans support group when he

mental health from page 1 staff will serve more students, although hiring them could put the office’s budget “in the red.” “I would much rather have students come forward than suffer in silence,” Berquam said. Additionally, the Division of Student Life is working on a Preferred Name Policy, which would allow students to enter an alternate name to appear on class rosters and Wiscards. Berquam said implementing the policy has proved difficult because of complications with legal names being necessary on financial aid and tax papers. However, Berquam said student support has been very strong, including among transgender and international students, as well as others who have

served under Walker as chief of staff. The plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Russell was charged in January with two felonies and one misdemeanor for stealing more than $20,000 from Operation Freedom, a group that raises funds to assist veterans and their families. Another former Walker aide, Kelly Rindfleisch, pleaded guilty

last week to helping set up a secret computer system in the county executive office designed to raise campaign funds for Brett Davis, who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 2010. Former Walker aide Darlene Wink also pleaded guilty in February to conducting illegal campaign work out of her government office. Her sentencing hearing is set to take place Jan. 10.

ASM to host mental health fair The Associated Students of Madison will collaborate with several other campus groups to host a Mental Health Coalition Fair, which would aim to reduce stress among University of Wisconsin-Madison students before finals. At the fair, which will take place Dec. 4, there will be carnival-style booths consisting of interactive activities, massage chairs, yoga, food sampling and other educational resources for students stressed out about heavy workloads and exams, according to ASM Assistant Press

Office Director Jesse Pollans. “It really benefits the student body,” Pollans said. “It gives students a place to go for a few hours, relax and do things they do not normally do.” ASM has developed plans for the fair throughout the course of the fall semester along with University Health Services and campus groups “Active Minds,” “Ask, Listen and Save” and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Education Commons in the Education Building.

said they would feel more comfortable using a different name. Berquam said she is looking for a few students to test the policy next semester, and if it goes well

she hopes to have the campuswide option ready for fall 2013. ASM’s Diversity Committee has also been campaigning for the policy.

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Common Council finalized details on a multi-use apartment, which includes administrative space for the Madison Fire Department.

screens from page 1 The technology to track bus arrivals in real time is already available, according to Prestil, and is used on the Madison Metro and UW-Madison mobile applications. Prestil said Transportation Services is already working on developing prototypes of the screens, which he hopes will be finished by the end of the semester. In the future, Prestil said he would also like to see screens

in the unions, campus libraries and any building that has sufficient equipment, with emphasis on locations where students will be staying late at night. Funding for the screens will come from Transportation Services in collaboration with ASM, according to Prestil. Prestil said he pursued the screens “to find something that could benefit a lot of people without needing a lot of background and preparation.”


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Finding the best deals for holiday gifts on campus By Maggie DeGroot the daily cardinal

With classes wrapping up in the next couple weeks, it’s easy to forget about anything other than school. This includes, but is not limited to: eating, your personal hygiene and shopping for gifts. However, it’s time to shop for loved ones, or that person you just happened to draw for Secret Snowflake, before the semester gets too overwhelming. Don’t worry about setting aside a great deal of time for shopping as you have many options right here on campus for picking out a gift quickly and without breaking the bank. Let’s start with arguably one of the most popular and expensive stores on our campus: Urban Outfitters. Despite the reputation Urban Outfitters has for having items clearly out of the normal college student’s budget, you can find great deals for items to gift as long as you are willing to put in the effort. The sales section at Urban Outfitters is so great, most of the time you won’t need to go anywhere else in the store to find what you need. I’d suggest starting your adventure for finding the perfect gift here. The Urban Outfitters’ sales section has everything from clothes to home decor. If you’re looking for a gift for a close friend or relative, you

can find deals on a wide selection of clothes. Make sure when you go shopping you have the person’s sizes on hand. No one, and I mean no one, wants to be gifted clothes one or two sizes bigger than what he or she actually wears. Looking for gifts for the person you have for Secret Snowflake? Home decor items are great options. Urban Outfitters has a wide selection of home decor items such as artwork, pillows and knick-knacks. If you don’t know the person that well, but have a general sense of his or her style, home decor items make for easy gifts. Urban Outfitters also has numerous quirky gift options. They carry items such as funky phone covers, an owl cookie jar for that special hipster in your life or fun coffee table books like “Feminist Ryan Gosling.”

Even if you’re feeling stressed while shopping just remember how happy he or she will be after opening up the gift you picked out.

Gap is another great place to go to find gift options. Gap has a great selection of accessories. If you’re too lazy or unable to

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The trendy, popular store Urban Outfitters on State Street has a great selection of higher quality items. They also have a fantastic sale section, which is great for finding holiday gifts. knit, Gap has a great selection of scarves. Every student braving the cold Wisconsin winter needs a scarf to keep warm. Winter accessories like hats or gloves are not only practical, but they are relatively inexpensive. However, beware of cashmere unless you’re willing to put out the big bucks. Ragstock always brings up memories of shopping for a last-minute Halloween costumes, but if you are prepared you can find gift options. Ragstock has a huge collec-

tion of fun, weird accessories that are great for your similarly fun, weird friend. From animal hats to crazy jewelry, Ragstock is the place to go for getting a friend a memorable gift. Walgreens is not the sexiest store, but it’s definitely the most practical. Have a roommate who constantly asks to borrow “just a couple sheets” of printer paper? Solve the issue for the both of you and give him or her a Walgreens gift card. Gift cards at coffee shops such as CoffeeBytes or

Starbucks are always a great go-to gift idea for students. No UW student is ever going to be disappointed with free caffeine. No matter where you go on campus, the best advice to stick to when searching for the perfect gift is to look at accessories or home decor items. These items are not only thoughtful, but are useful and relatively inexpensive. Even if you’re feeling stressed while shopping just remember how happy he or she will be after opening up the gift you picked out. Happy hunting!

Even the pickiest eaters cannot resist chicken pesto pasta Rebecca shares her favorite recipe from Food Network chef Ina Garten By Rebecca Alt The daily cardinal

I have yet to meet a person who does not absolutely love pesto. Even my dear childhood friend, who has never even tried an apple and harbors little fondness for anything that does not involve chocolate, has a soft spot for pesto. Ergo, whenever I am entertaining guests and unsure of their food preferences, pesto is my go-to choice. This exquisite, green concoction has a pungent but undeniably delectable flavor. I’ve encountered a number of different recipes, all claiming to be the tastiest pesto to ever touch your lips. However, Ina Garten’s recipe takes the cake—no contest. Garten combines two different types of nuts and packs her pesto paste full of cheese. I’ve witnessed some unconventional pestos, if you will, that use only walnuts or add arugala instead of the basil; but, in my humble opinion, a pesto just does not have the same zest without the pine nuts and eliminating basil from a recipe is always a mistake in my book. I first made this recipe for my birthday two years ago

(childhood picky eater was in attendance, so I had to plan accordingly). Despite there being a four-layered pumpkin spice and chocolate cake with a maple cream cheese frosting lying in wait on the counter, virtually every guest went back for seconds—this pasta is just so fresh and so clean. The chicken is tender, primarily because it is baked rather than sautéed. Here’s a tip: Baking chicken wrapped in foil and smothered in olive oil and lemon juice makes for the most succulent poultry. The sun-dried tomatoes make for a pleasant, tangy after-taste; however, if you are not a fan of these vitaminpacked delicacies, leave them out. The additional pine nuts add crunch to each bite, giving the meal the perfect texture. And, of course, the pesto completes the dish. The lemon juice, my own personal addition to Garten’s original pesto recipe, and basil compliment the chicken perfectly and cut through the cheese and nuts, making the sauce a bit less heavy. I’m tellin’ ya, no other pesto recipe compares. One of the perks about this particular dish is that it actually reheats quite well. Oftentimes I find leftovers soggy and flavorless, and opt to make less rather than end up wasting precious food. This pesto, though, does not make the noodles a mushy mess, and a quick zap in the microwave (or even just eating it cold) packs in all the deliciousness of round one. You can also store some of

the pesto in a separate container, if you’d like, adding it to freshly boiled noodles when you’ve got an itch for something quick yet scrumptious to munch on. Another option is to spread the leftover pesto on any sandwich or panini. For a wine pairing, I rec-

For Pesto:

ommend a crisp, citrusy white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. If you’re low on cash, Monkey Bay and Cupcake are two brands of this particular kind of wine that only register in at about $10.

For a side dish, roasted vegetables with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice pair nicely with the flavors in the pesto and chicken and won’t be too heavy on your tummy. Send any recipe requests and recommendations to Rebecca Alt at

For the Chicken Pasta: Ingredients 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Olive oil Lemon juice 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips (more or less depending on your preference) ½ cup pine nuts Crushed red pepper flakes (to taste) 1 16-ounce package of pasta (I recommend Penne, Farfalle, or Rotelli, as pesto sticks best to these shapes)

Directions 1) Brush both sides of chicken breasts with olive oil and lemon juice. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.* Cut into chicken breasts to make sure there is no pink and the juices run clear. If completely cooked through, cut into bitesized pieces and set aside.

Directions 1) Add nuts, garlic, basil, salt, pepper and lemon juice to blender or food processor and grind until coarsely chopped.

Serves: 6-8 Rating: 5 stars

2) Pour olive oil into the top of the blender/food processor and continue grinding.

Wine suggestions: Sauvignon Blanc, Monkey Bay, Cupcake

3) Add sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, pine nuts, chicken and red pepper flakes to the pasta. Mix until pesto coats the chicken and pasta and the toppings are evenly distributed.

Ingredients ¼ cup walnuts ¼ cup pine nuts 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 9 cloves) 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper ¼ cup lemon juice (about one full lemon) 1 ½ cups olive oil 1 cup Parmesan

3) Then add Parmesan and puree until formed into a thick paste. Taste to make sure seasonings are to your liking.

2) While the chicken is baking, boil a large pot of salted water. Add pasta and boil for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and pour into a large serving bowl.

*Cooking times depend on individual oven temperatures and the size of the chicken breasts. I would check the chicken somewhere between 35 to 38 minutes—there is nothing worse than overdone chicken.


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New chancellor should be savvy, transparent


ith the Dec. 21 deadline for application rapidly approaching, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is on the brink of beginning its search for a proficient replacement to Interim Chancellor David Ward. As an editorial board and as students, we believe that it is necessary for certain qualities to be embodied by the incoming chancellor, whoever

he or she may be. This university has a history of interacting with students and respecting the strong student voice present on campus. It is important to us that our history continues with the new chancellor. As one of the only universities in the nation with the privilege of shared governance (in which students have a position within university decision-making), it is impor-

tant to us that the new chancellor has a respect for that system and for students that work to represent the views of their peers to the administration. Chancellor Ward has not been entirely satisfactory in his respect for shared governance. He overrode significant decisions made by the Associated Students of Madison— as with the Multicultural Student Coalition decision last Spring— and did not communicate well with student leaders, keeping them in the dark on important administrative affairs. For the incoming chancellor, it is important that he or she forge a strong relationship with our school’s student government. He or she must be willing to work closely with student leaders, focusing on increasing cooperation with ASM committees and the Labor Licensing Policy Committee and maintaining a transparent administration. In our opinion, Biddy Martin was an excellent model of a positive relationship between students and the chancellor. Not only did she become a campus celebrity for her famous responsiveness to individual students,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 but she showed a genuine interest in shared governance and gave student leaders the respect they deserve. Of course, neither the chancellor and the administration nor ASM have a responsibility to follow the exact wishes of the other, but cooperation and respect is the foundation of progress for the coming years.

This university has a history of interacting with students and respecting the strong student voice present on campus.

Finally, it is important to this editorial board that the incoming chancellor is politically savvy and knows how to communicate effectively with the state government that is so intertwined in the workings of our university. It can be difficult to work through the bureaucratic and political divisiveness that has been plaguing our state; it is absolutely



imperative that the incoming chancellor is able to fight for an increased or sustained budget from the state government in order to protect our interests. We believe a positive relationship with state politicians is the best way to reach those goals. It is also worth noting that as the chancellor search gets under way, so does the creation of a new diversity plan. Although the creation of the diversity plan will be left mostly to the committee that is currently being selected, it is safe to assume that the new chancellor will have a significant role to play in the creation and implementation of the new plan. The new chancellor’s ideologies and expectations for diversity on campus are important facets of the chancellor search as well, and we hope to see that play a role in deciding on the proper candidate—a well-rounded, respectful leader of our school and community. The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board is made up of seven members of The Daily Cardinal staff. Please send all feedback to

Limits on public protests should be less restrictive Mitch taylor opinion columnist


o one likes The Man. All he does is sit up in his tower and tell us what we can’t do. “No, Mitch, you can’t play tag with trucks on the interstate,” or “No, Mitch, you can’t light furniture on fire,” or “No, Mitch, you can’t perform open-heart surgery.” The Man is the reason there isn’t a system of ziplines across campus to get us to our classes and the reason The Bear Olympics isn’t a thing. The Man is smart though, and one thing he does let us do is publicly oppose him. Our society, or perhaps humanity in general, romanticizes rebellion, and it’s good for us to let it out of our system every once in a while. These public rebellions take on different forms depending on who’s attending them and which party is in power. When the Republicans are in power, we see anti-government sentiments from the left. When the Democrats are in power, we see anti-government sentiments from the right. What we can count on seeing no matter what, however, is unrest on the left regarding income inequality. The Occupy movement is an example of this unrest, and has recently seen a reemergence in Madison. Occupy Madison, which focuses on homelessness in the city, has met some obstacles. Members

were ticketed last week for occupying Lake View Hill County Park after park hours. Since then, the protesters have relocated to Token Creek County Park, which is seven miles from the nearest bus stop and lacks working shower facilities. I don’t think it should be this hard for protesters to exercise their right to free speech. I have mixed feelings about protests. Ideally, they give power to the common people and are a driving force of democracy, but at their worst they can display the ignorance or even hate in our country. They can erupt into violent riots that lead to deaths. Too often, though, they are about as ineffective as someone holding his breath because his mom won’t buy him “Halo 4” even though he’s getting pretty good grades and has been super good lately. But as violent, pointless, hateful or annoying as they may sometimes be, protests are important, and, when done peacefully and harmlessly, should be easier and more convenient for everyone. I don’t mean to say that the city of Madison should be jumping through hoops to accommodate every small group of pissedoff citizens. Protesters of course must plan and act in accordance with the law and the means available to them. This should, however, be easier than it often is. Organizing in opposition to something we don’t like is an important part of our democratic process, and it should be accessible to anyone. Cities, especially those as politically involved as Madison, should have public

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Occupy Madison has run into problems since leaving its initial campsite on East Washington Ave. space available for protests such as Occupy Madison. Currently, there are a lot of options open to protesters, but few that are available for those who wish to protest continuously for long periods of time.

I understand that there are limits on our free speech. For example, we are not allowed to paint genitalia on university buildings. The police don’t always understand the existential commentary. However, pro-

testing in a lawful and peaceful manner is a staple of our society. The city should not be able to tell us our First Amendment rights are only present in certain places at certain times. Any protestor willing to live in a tent for a long period of time, provided they do so peacefully and in a way that is not disruptive, should be able to occupy public space at any time of day. Mitch is a freshman with an undecided major. Do you agree with him that protestors should be given more access to public lands in order to exercise their First Amendment rights? Please send all feedback to

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go to Madison, it’s just a very energetic town, let’s just say that. We are really excited to get back into the Majestic, a really awesome room, and we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeve to put together for everyone here.” The Werks’ Midwest tour starts Thursday right here in Madison. Thursday night’s show at the Majestic is sure to be a barnburner as they are playing with local favorites Wook. This is a can’t-miss show for jamband fans.

By Brian Weidy The DAily Cardinal

Rob Chafin, drummer of The Werks, chatted with The Daily Cardinal while preparing for the band’s Midwest tour and big New Year’s Eve run. This four-piece group noted for their unique combination of many different styles of music was formed in 2007 by Dave Bartoletti, Chris Houser, Chuck Love and Chafin. “Some of us are more funk oriented,” Chafin said. “Some of us are more rock, some of us are more jam, some of us are more electronic ... we all enjoy all kinds of music.” The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival, an annual event, has really separated the band from their counterparts in the jam genre. This September festival, held in central Ohio, has become a staple of the jam-band festival scene. “We have a very awesome opportunity to not only throw a festival but to tour the country as well,” Chafin said. “We were able to meet and play with people all over the place, so this is a combination of people we have met all year round touring to our festival.” While live shows are a big piece of the band’s persona, their studio output has great-

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Many genres of music show through in the Werks’ music, despite their jam-band reputation. ly improved. Their self-titled album that came out in April received critical acclaim, as the band has really honed down their songwriting craft. “Some of us enjoy other styles more than others but we all try and work together and appreciate each others songs and styles,” Chafin said. Hometown shows are always great, but they take on some extra significance when they are

held on New Year’s Eve. This year, The Werks are ringing in the new year with two nights at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, after a show with Lotus in Chicago just two days earlier. “I’m from Columbus so this is kind of a big deal for me to be headlining Newport Music Hall for two nights,” Chafin said. “As a kid, I always wanted to play there, and so playing there is

kind of surreal for me, but actually headlining New Years at the Newport for two nights ... I’m personally very excited for that.” The Werks are coming back to the Majestic Theater as headliners only two months after their last visit to Madison. “We love Madison, [it’s] just a great town,” said Chafin. “We are definitely looking forward to making the set a little extra special because every time we

Who: The Werks and Wook Where: Majestic Theatre 115 King St. When: Nov. 29, door at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Cost: $10 Why you should care: Because the Werks are planning to kick off their Midwest tour in Madison with a bang

Will the real William Shakespeare please stand up? Sean Reichard your raison d’être


ho the hell was William Shakespeare? It’s a pertinent question, one that has its own body of scholarship and devotees. On the surface there’s a quaint heresy to the question. Shakespeare, after all, is touted as the greatest writer of the English language, which worldwide is in fashion, at the moment. So why question his identity? Precisely because it ties back to his work, or perhaps his lack thereof. I don’t know much of the whole affair, but the objections to Shakespeare as an author boil down to the following: that, rather than grow up in an environment conducive to poesy, Shakespeare grew up benighted, illiterate and unschooled; that his name was either a pseudonym or borrowed by the real author as a sort of shield or cover; that Shakespeare was really a shrewd businessman and tangential actor, not a genius; that the Shakespeare fanatics destroyed any evidence contradicting the Bardic legend; that his will wasn’t poetic enough to be the work of the greatest writer in the English language; that an anagram of “William Shakespeare” is “I am a weakish speller.” As to who could fill the void, should Shakespeare ever be displaced, scholars and other interested parties have proffered a wide roster of alternatives. Some claim Shakespeare (as I will denote his body of work) was

written by Francis Bacon, philosopher and father of the scientific method. Others claim it was some duke or another aristocrat. Others proclaim fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe as the author of Shakespeare, despite the fact that Marlowe died before Shakespeare was ever even published. That just means, naturally, that he faked his death. My favorite theory, in the midst of all this, is the postmodern view that Shakespeare was actually J.D. Salinger.

Nobody seems to deny Shakespeare’s work its supremacy. That’s the kicker.

Figures as diverse as Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud and Charlie Chaplin have voiced doubts on Shakespeare’s validity. Others, like Charles Dickens and Henry James, were perturbed without outright denouncing him. James even wrote a short story about it, “The Birthplace.” Nobody seems to deny Shakespeare’s work its supremacy. That’s the kicker. It’s not a question of whether Shakespeare’s plays are really “all that.” People mostly squabble over who deserves to have written Shakespeare if it wasn’t Shakespeare, and if it wasn’t Shakespeare… In short, why bother about all this? To many people—even those who find Shakespeare’s works boring and inane, or over vaunted—it’s not a ques-

tion worth asking. Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare, so it goes. I take a multi-leveled approach to all this. On one level, I’m indifferent to the Shakespeare authorship debate. I could care less who wrote “Richard III” or “Hamlet” or “The Tempest,” and that’s not something I can say for any other author, save for those of antiquity. I care a great deal that Steinbeck wrote “East of Eden” and that Haruki Murakami wrote “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” On other levels, I’m an agnostic. The sad truth is much of the reality of Shakespeare is lost. There is scant documentary evidence of Shakespeare the artist, it seems. Further, an author’s memory is routinely expunged over time, as Shakespeare’s generation and its bookends die off, and there is no fresh testament to the person. Of course, it must be asked what people would gain from knowing more about Shakespeare. If the Bard was upended, who could fill the myth? Who could fill it if the myth himself can’t seem to fill it? How desirable is the reality? “Humankind,” as T.S. Eliot says, after all, “cannot stand very much reality.” Jorge Luis Borges takes that truth and applies it to Shakespeare in a short story called, “Shakespeare’s Memory.” The narrator is given Shakespeare’s memories at a conference, but it overwhelms him and he voluntarily gives it away on the telephone. Much earlier, James explored the daunting reality of Shakespeare in “The Birthplace.” The main characters, the

Gedges, are sent to curate the titular Stratford house and Mr. Gedge begins to doubt the myth. Nonetheless he decides to hold it up, either on artistic principle or in fear of being fired for badmouthing the Bard. Perhaps the central paradox to all of this is how Shakespeare’s art relates to Shakespeare’s reality. Compared to the work, the lines, which are held as immortal, Shakespeare’s existence is composed of dead letters, as they probably should, considering Shakespeare is dead. I write that without lev-

ity. I don’t have time to parse the whole affair, but I can say this: The relation between art and artist generally favors the art for longevity. As Shakespeare approaches 500 years in age, their importance and relevance come not from being written by a Shakespeare but by being Shakespeare per se. And for all the naysayers, at this point, there’s nothing to upend, save a ghost or spacious air. Think you know the secret to the Bard’s true identity? Send all inquiries and insider info to

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dinner table 9 “Check THAT out!” 4 52 Pull the pl ug on 53 Swiss high-rise? 55 Turkish bath 57 Crucial car part 62 Contented cat sound 64 Braid of hair 65 Like some pickings 66 On the ocean 67 Medicinal herb 68 West Wing underling 69 ___-in-waiting (princess’ attendant) 70 Garden border tool 71 Calendar unit DOWN 1 ___ States (group that includes Bulgaria) 2 Demonstrate clearly 3 Device with a mute button 4 ___-Roman wrestling 5 Bearer of the Golden Fleece 6 In ___ of (replacing) 7 “Winning ___ everything!” 8 Traffic toots 9 Take out a policy on 10 Guinness or Waugh 11 Indo-Aryan language 12 Little handful 13 Con’s vote

21 Delivered a low blow? 22 Give the thumbsdown to 26 Cogito, ___ sum 27 College freshman, usually 30 Tramcar lode 31 Customer service call 32 Second-year coeds 34 “___ in Boots” 35 Winter budget item 36 For the taking 38 Unlikely to bite 39 Home to the Zagros Mountains 40 Delivered formally, as a jury 41 Attendance fig., often 42 Wuss 46 ___-di-dah 47 Pass by, as time 49 Tell bigger whoppers? 50 Big name in flatware 51 Carpenter’s tool 54 Whimpered 56 Measure metal 58 Revealing photo? 59 Competed on “American Idol” 60 Pitchfork prong 61 Twinkler in the sky 62 Chum 63 July 4th honoree

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Badgers to host Virginia in ACC-Big Ten clash By Vince Huth the daiily cardinal

Back from a third-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational, Wisconsin (4-2 overall) will host Virginia (4-2) Wednesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. While the Big Ten has won each of the last three series, the Badgers lost their matchup last season, 60-57, in Chapel Hill, N.C., against the then-No. 5 Tar Heels. Senior forward Mike Bruesewitz said that although there is a sense of conference pride on the line, the Badgers’ approach will not change Wednesday. “We’ve got a good opponent coming in,” Bruesewitz said. “They’re long, they’re athletic, they can shoot. Virginia’s an NCAA tournament team.” The Cavaliers are the third team from last season’s NCAA tournament Wisconsin will face in its first seven games. Although the Badgers have tripped up a couple times in the early stages of the season, Bruesewitz said he would rather the team “learn from the hiccups” than play in games where it blows out the opponent. “We just gotta keep taking these learning experiences and moving forward, because we got some young guys that don’t quite have the minutes,” Bruesewitz said. “But they’re learning things quickly and picking things up.” Perhaps no player is picking things up quicker for Wisconsin than freshman forward Sam Dekker, who scored a season-

high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting against Arkansas Saturday. The Sheboygan, Wis., native is one of four Badgers scoring in doubledigits (11.5 points per game). Associate head coach Greg Gard credited part of Dekker’s early success to pure instinct, saying the freshman simply understands how to play the game. “There’s things he makes mistakes on offensively, but he’s skilled enough and has a high enough basketball IQ that he just makes up for it,” Gard said. “Sometimes he’s scoring by accident.” Despite never coming off the bench in his career until arriving in Madison, Dekker said he’s accepted his role, providing a spark off the bench. “It’s what I do now,” Dekker said. “If that’s going to help us win, then I’ll do that as long as I need to.” The Cavaliers play at a similar pace to the Badgers, averaging just under 63 possessions per game to Wisconsin’s 65. Gard said that even if the two teams try to play at the same tempo, the basis of Wisconsin’s game plan would not change. “Maybe the pieces of their puzzle are a little bit different,” Gard said. “But in terms of what we will try to do defensively, minimizing the amount of easy looks and high percentage shots that a team gets, that’s not gonna change from now until we play our last game of the year.”

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Freshman forward Sam Dekker has averaged 11.5 points in just under 20 minutes per game off the bench this season.

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Redshirt senior quarterback Curt Phillips has been clutch through the air during crunch time for the Badgers. Wisconsin will need a four-quarter performance against Nebraska Saturday.

Phillips, Wisconsin eye consistency in air attack By Parker Gabriel the daily cardinal

Jared Abbrederis did not even seem to notice the question. Not that the redshirt junior and newly-minted consensus First Team All-Big Ten wide receiver is one to focus on personal numbers— or statistics at all, for that matter— but still, he must have thought about it at some point. The last time he crossed the goal line with a football in his hands during live action was in the fourth quarter of Wisconsin’s 31-14 win over Illinois Oct. 6. When he left Saturday’s game against Penn State in the fourth quarter with concussion symptoms, it made six full games—half of UW’s season—without a touchdown. “Obviously it’s nice when you get opportunities and are able to score, but you just have to do your part and try to make plays when they come your way,” said Abbrederis, who has seven catches for 89 yards over the last three games. “Whatever my job is as a teammate to these other guys, I just have to make sure I go out and do my job.” Abbrederis’ job appears to have morphed over the course of the season, through increased attention from defenses, two changes in quarterback and the accompanying styles of play. He gets the biggest share of attention because of his past production, but all of the Badgers’ pass-catchers have had to adapt. “The game plan definitely changes with each of [the quarter-

backs], because they have different strengths,” wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said. “They have to get used to each other a little bit. Some guys throw the deep ball better than others, some guys throw the short ball differently or better than others. “We’re not to that level yet in the passing game with young wideouts and three different quarterbacks to just come out and adjust on the fly. We have to really work at it.” In three starts with redshirt senior Curt Phillips under center, the passing game—in particular for Abbrederis and the wide receivers—has been relegated to mostly short and intermediate throws. The sample size is small. Phillips is 30-57 (52.6 percent) overall and only threw the ball seven times in his first start, a 62-14 win over Indiana Nov. 10. Still, UW has just three, 20-plus-yard completions in the last three contests. Redshirt junior tight end Jacob Pedersen gained 29 yards on a crossing route against Ohio State, redshirt freshman Melvin Gordon caught a pass in the flats against Penn State and turned it into a 57-yard touchdown and fullback Derek Watt picked up 33 yards on a wheel route in the fourth quarter against PSU. Prior to Nov. 10, UW averaged nearly two-point-five, 20-plus yard passing plays per game (22 in nine games). Redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave took over for junior Danny O’Brien at halftime Sept. 15 against Utah State and was injured on the first play of the third quarter Oct. 27 at Nebraska. In terms of

quarters, that’s six games plus one play. Over that span, UW had 18, 20-plus-yard pass plays. In nearly six games before and after Stave, the Badgers have seven. No wide receiver has a catch longer than 19 yards since Stave’s injury. After averaging 103.2 yards per game and 19.1 yards per reception over the first five games of the year (despite missing half of UW’s 10-7 loss against Oregon State Sept. 8), Abbrederis is averaging 41.3 per game and 14.5 per catch since. Partly, that is because opponents have made the Badgers beat them in other ways. “We threw the ball seven times against Indiana, and the first play of the game they had two guys on Abbrederis,” offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. “No matter what it was, they weren’t going to let him get loose.” However, the numbers also suggest UW is struggling to throw the ball consistently. In two gametying, fourth-quarter drives the last two weeks, Phillips is 11-13 (84.6 percent) for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Outside those drives, he has completed just 43.2 percent (19-44) of his attempts. “Whenever it’s come down to crunch time, we’ve done pretty well, but we’ve got to find a way to have that urgency throughout the rest of the game,” the Kingsport, Tenn., native said. “Obviously, the guys have done a great job trusting the plan and executing it, but we have to have to do that the rest of the drives as well.”

BCS system flawed in its limiting of conference representation vince huth huth the truth


he Badgers have understandably received jabs from college-football experts for “backing into” their current position: Despite a 4-4 Big Ten record, Wisconsin is just one win away from a third consecu-

tive conference championship and Rose Bowl berth. Quite frankly, I don’t have an issue with the Bowl Championship Series’ rule that each “BCS conference” champion ensures itself a spot in a BCS game. I’m not just saying that because Wisconsin benefits this season, either. The system is simply rewarding conference champions, and the Badgers—no matter how textbook-definition average they’ve been this season—fully deserve to

be 60 minutes from the Rose Bowl. All right, enough defending the BCS—I wouldn’t be a college football fan if I didn’t have some sort of issue with it. My beef with the system is its rule that only allows two teams from a particular conference to play in a BCS bowl. I’m fine with giving each BCS conference representation in the bowl series, as that’s a common postseason theme across sports.

Limiting a conference’s representation, however, is where I think the BCS wets the bed. This season, only two of the SEC’s six teams ranked in the BCS top 10 will receive a BCS bid. The conference championship game loser (between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia) will likely miss out on the BCS altogether. In the last six years (excluding last season, when Alabama and LSU met for the national champi-

onship), the SEC is 8-1 in the BCS, outscoring its competition by more than two touchdowns per game. I’m sure college football experts have a bias toward the SEC, but it’s completely justified. I’m not necessarily saying we need three SEC teams in the BCS every year, but a conference shouldn’t be limited in its representation. This is a cut-down version of Vince’s column. Read it in its entirety at

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