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Doyle approval hits 29 percent, Feingold still strong in polls By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal

Gov. Jim Doyle’s approval rating has dropped to 29 percent, according to a recent poll from North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling. Fifty-eight percent of Democrats and 5 percent of Republicans said they approve of Doyle. In June, a PPP survey showed Doyle had a 34 percent approval rating. “There’s no doubt Democrats will be better off with a newer face as their candidate for governor next year than Jim Doyle,” PPP President Dean Debnam said in a statement. The poll also found that in a possible matchup between U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and former Gov. Tommy Thompson, Feingold leads Thompson outside the margin of error. Feingold had the support of 88 percent of Democratic voters, while 82 percent of Republican voters supported Thompson. The poll surveyed 767 Wisconsin voters. The poll revealed Thompson has lost support since his last term as governor. Thirtyeight percent of voters said they viewed him favorably, and 45 percent said they viewed him unfavorably. Debnam said despite Democrats’ worries about holding on to Senate seats, Democrats could be in a better position to keep those seats than they believe. “A lot of Democrats were scared yet another of their seats would go on the vulnerable list when Tommy Thompson said he

Opinion polls predict a close race among governor candidates The 2010 race for the governorship is up for grabs, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling. The poll showed Democratic candidate, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is tied with Republican opponent and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. It found that voters consider Barrett more favorable than former Congressman Mark Neumann by a

was interested in running for the Senate last week … But Thompson’s approval rating is not what it used to be, and it looks like Russ Feingold is in a solid position,” Debnam said in a statement. Despite President Barrack Obama’s decline in popularity in Wisconsin to 47 percent approval, the poll showed 45 percent of those polled approve of how Feingold is doing and 37 percent disapprove of his job performance.




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Nonprofit group opposes Edgewater redevelopment By Caitlin Gath The Daily Cardinal

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation released a statement Wednesday announcing its official opposition to the current proposal for an addition to the Edgewater Hotel, saying it had an inappropriate scale for the Mansion Hill Historic District. “We would like to be able to support an addition to the Edgewater Hotel that restores the original 1947 hotel building, improves the failed public space of the 1974 addition and respects the guidelines for new construction in the Mansion Hill Historic District,” Jason Tish, executive director for MTHP, said in an e-mail. MTHP is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1974 to help “preserve the architectural and historical heritage of the greater Madison area through advocacy and education,” according to MTHP’s mission statement.

According to Tish, the developer behind the remodeling of the Edgewater, Hammes Company, wants an exception to be made in the language of the Landmarks Ordinance that is used to provide guidance for new construction in any of the city’s historic districts. “We would like to be able to support an addition to the Edgewater Hotel that restores the original 1947 hotel building.” Jason Tish executive director Mansion Hill Historic District

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With Gov. Jim Doyle’s declining approval ratings, a new face will better the Democrats in this upcoming election.

41 percent to 39 percent approval margin. Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed said they did not have an opinion on Neumann because they did not know enough about him. Forty-four percent said they didn’t have an opinion on Walker, and 48 percent said they did not know enough about Barrett to have an opinion. In a matchup between Barrett and Walker, 40 percent of 18- to 29-yearolds said they view Barrett favorably and 32 percent of those surveyed said they prefer Walker.

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Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett campaign their way across the state.

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ASM Student Judiciary Chief Justice Trenell Darby presided over CFACT’s appeal hearing last week after CFACT was denied funding eligibility earlier this year by SSFC.

Student Judiciary denies CFACT’s appeal for funding eligibility The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Judiciary voted last week to deny Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow’s appeal after the Student Services Finance Committee denied them funding eligibility earlier this year. SSFC originally denied CFACT’s funding eligibility on Oct. 5 because although the organization’s direct services did meet the necessary criteria to receive funding, those services did not make up over 50 percent of their time. SSFC also originally denied CFACT’s eligibility because the organization allegedly broke several Student Activity Center Governing Board policies. SSFC said these violations included having empty beer cans in their office and moving SAC furniture into their office without returning it.

These violations were deemed intentional by the SSFC at the time. After their denial, CFACT appealed its case to the Student Judiciary on three counts involving SSFC members’ alleged viewpoint neutrality violations. Two of these counts involved funding for CFACT’s campaigns. According to the case, CFACT members said SSFC ruled that their campaign was not a direct service, but have ruled that it was in the past. CFACT also said members of SSFC were misinformed about CFACT’s campaigns, which ultimately affected their vote. The Student Judiciary dismissed all three counts of viewpoint neutrality violations and denied CFACT’s overall appeal. —Kelsey Gunderson

“…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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eering into my parents’ refrigerator after a semester away at college was like putting on 3-D glasses and turning off the lights: Everything looked good. From the soggy chocolate cake my mom bought eight days ago to the solidified gobs of cream in a leftover dish of fettuccine alfredo, my culinary choices were prime. After closing the refrigerator door, I bounded up the stairs to my bedroom. Digging into my dresser drawers, I found my trusty pair of pajama pants. With their fuzzy exterior and astoundingly elastic band, I knew they’d be the perfect accompaniment on the adventure to follow. As I darted back into the kitchen, I grabbed a magazine from the living room. This could take a while. With fork in hand and food on my mind, I was officially ready

to engage in one of the most intense feasting fests of my life. Let the games begin! I pulled out the refrigerated cinnamon raisin bagels, cream cheese, a wedge of unidentifiable cheese, strawberries, cooked salmon and spinach. From there, I moved to the “junk drawer,” where I scooped up chocolate-covered peanuts, “slightly salty” potato chips, butter cookies and cinnamon graham crackers. Then, I shuffled over to the cabinets where I searched for the right-sized plate. Turning around, I surveyed the choices I made. Salty? Check. Sugary? Check. Healthy? Check. Four months old? Double check. I scampered over to the table, chose a little bit of each and put them on a plate. The resulting heap was the size of a camel’s hump and gosh, did that make me smile. I dug my fingers into a bagel, dipped it into the cream cheese and swallowed. Heaven, pure heaven. After several seconds, I felt myself entering a hypnotic state; the world around me disappeared. All I could

hear was the slight buzzing of a voice upon my shoulder saying, “Eat. Eat! You must make up for lost time!” I unevenly cut up the cheese and salmon, all with the nervousness of a teenaged boy about to unhook his girlfriend’s bra. Then, I shoved handfuls of chocolate-covered peanuts and “slightly salty” potato chips into my mouth. Sweet and salty... who knew?! I took bites of the butter cookies, the graham crackers (which I don’t even like) and to finish it all off, I ate several strawberries as a kind of palate (and moral) cleansing. Four minutes later, my feasting fest was complete. I had set a new world record! Home for no longer than a day and I was already accomplishing things. Yeahhh!!!! As I sat in the kitchen chair, basking in my victory, my mom walked in. “I was looking for you, I wasn’t sure if...” Suddenly, she stopped. Putting on her glasses to get a better view, she peered over at the table; pieces of salmon and chocolate-covered

peanuts sat scattered everywhere. A jagged chunk of cheese and cookie crumbs resided next to the tattered spinach and potato chips. Strawberry stems and smears of cream cheese filled the plate. Yep. It was a war zone. “Bonnie!” I couldn’t answer. My mind felt like a mixture of cookie dough and cream. My eyes felt like pinwheels moving round and round. I was still hypnotized. “What did you do?” She came over to me and picked up the plate of food. Suddenly, I snapped out of it. My stimulus had been tampered with! “Bonnie, what is this? The Last Supper?” Looking up, I could see her brown eyes, encircled by white, staring down at me. Like cinnamon and cream cheese. Mmmm. The Last Supper? This was just the beginning. Did you engage in a similar leftovers bonanza during Thanksgiving break? Tell Bonnie about it at

A mi manera hay una primera vez para todo Por Laura Mannino THE DAILY CARDINAL

En los diecisiete años que llevo viviendo en los Estados Unidos, no fue hasta éste año que celebré Acción de Gracias por primera vez, y me di cuenta de lo que me he estado perdiendo todo este tiempo. Al ser italiana, mi familia nunca celebró este día y así, cada año, mientras mis amigos volvían a sus reuniones familiares, mi familia y yo comíamos pasta y dormíamos. Sin embargo, esté año decidí ir a casa de mi compañera de habitación en Minnesota para celebrar ésta festividad. Todos mis amigos me dijeron que debía prepararme para comer más que nunca, cosa que me parecía un poco extraña dado que al ser italiana, he tenido bastantes banquetes en mi vida. No obstante, me preparé para el pavo, las patatas, la tarta de calabaza y

sobre todo, el “Thanksgiving stuffing,” una cosa tan americana que no hay palabra adecuada en español para describirla. Cuando nos despertamos el 27 de noviembre, la casa ya olía a pavo y verduras. Entré en la cocina y vi un montón de comida rodeando a un pavo tan grande como mi cabeza. Pregunté que si no pensaban que era un poquito temprano para cocinar cuando los invitados vendrían sobre las dos de la tarde, pero la familia entera se echó a reír y me dijo que para una cena tan extravagante se debe empezar muy pronto. Pero con tales olores invadiendo la casa, no pude discutir tal preparación. Así que nos sentamos en la sala mientras cocinaban el pavo y conocí a toda la familia de la mi amiga: la abuela, el abuelo, los tíos, primos, y otros amigos. Hablamos del tiempo,

la universidad, el fútbol americano, si nos íbamos a despertar el próximo día a las cuatro de la mañana para hacer las compras del Black Friday, y, obviamente, también hablamos de lo raro que era que yo nunca había celebrado esta fiesta; todo para distraer el hambre. Finalmente, alrededor de las tres y media, oímos una frase que parecía que venía del cielo: “Todo está preparado!” Enseguida todos nos sentamos a la mesa con platos llenos de comida. En mi plato tenía una gran ración de puré de patatas, zanahorias hervidas, pavo (algo imprescindible), un tipo de ensalada de manzanas con crema montada y, obviamente, una ración de “stuffing.” Después de dar las gracias, mi amiga, su hermano, y su primo me echaron una mirada pícara. Yo ya sabía lo que esperaban; querían saber si me gustaría el “stuffing.” Era

inevitable, tomé el tenedor y recogí un poco de esta comida nueva y la llevé a mi boca. Mis espectadores me observaron sin pestañear. Lo que probé fue una cosa inesperada. Era un poquito salado, con una pizca de carne y pan, y lo más importante de todo, ¡maravilloso! Sonreí inmediatamente y les dije que era una comida deliciosa. ¡No sé como sobreviví todo este tiempo sin algo así en mi vida! Después de tres raciones de puré de patatas y “stuffing,” dos raciones de pavo, y dos trozos de tarta de calabaza, me tiré al sofá y me desvanecí durmiendo, con una sensación de pavo relleno que nunca había tenido. Ahora, recordando mi primera celebración Acción de Gracias, entiendo por qué los estudiantes universitarios, que estamos normalmente muertos de hambre, estén tan agradecidos en este día.


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UW Hospital ranks in top 100 for cardiovascular care UW-Madison Hospital and Clinics is among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for cardiovascular care, according to a study released last week by Thompson Reuters Healthcare. “I think this is really a case of the best getting better, setting the standards for the rest of the nation’s hospitals.” Donna Katen-Bahensky CEO UW Hospital

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UW Hospital was the only Madison-area hospital to rank in the top 100 for cardiovascular patient care and for cost-effectiveness.

Public health dept. releases 2008 environmental report card The Department of Public Health for Madison and Dane County recently released its environmental health report card for 2008. The safety of drinking water, carbon dioxide levels in the air, lead paint in homes, contamination of food and sustainable usage of water and land resources were all addressed in the report. According to the report, air quality has been generally consistent over the past eight years, with an overall score of “good.”

Democrat Tim John enters governor race Tim John, an Oconomowoc resident and president of a Milwaukee printing company, announced his candidacy Friday as a Democrat for the 2010 governor’s race. According to John’s campaign website, he graduated from Marquette University and now owns the Milwaukee-based printing company Blue Mound Graphics. In a statement, John said if elected governor his number-one priority would be reducing unemployment “one job at a time.” “Instead of burdening future generations with this worsening problem, we will discover solutions through personal involvement, hard work, and Main Street ingenuity. We must work in concert to solve this problem,” he said in the statement. John’s announcement comes on the heels of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s announcement of his candidacy for governor. On the Republican side, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman Mark Neumann are the front-runners.

City, county, state, federal and private agencies were all used as sources to compose the data. The previous report covered data from the years 2005 through 2006, with only six reports being released in the last 15 years. According to a statement, this is the first report that includes the evaluation of sustainability efforts throughout the city and county. The full report is available online at documents/2008RptCard.pdf.

According to a release, the study looked at over 1,000 hospitals across the U.S. and chose the top 100 in terms of quality patient care and costeffectiveness. UW Hospital, which has been in the top 100 of this study for the past six years, was the only Madison-area hospital to make the list, the release said.

“I think this is really a case of the best getting better, setting the standards for the rest of the nation’s hospitals,” Donna Katen-Bahensky, CEO of UW Hospital, said. “We’ve continued to maintain our focus on quality, attracting the best medical talent and expanding our programs for care. When Thompson continues to recognize those efforts, it’s an indication we’re doing the right things for our patients.” Some of the study’s other findings included UW Hospital having low 30-day mortality and readmission rates. It also revealed that patients from UW Hospital return back to daily life almost a full day earlier than at other hospitals of its size. The release also said UW Hospital had lower-than-average mortality rates for angioplasty, heart attack, as well as bypass surgery and heart failure. —Kelsey Gunderson




Alleged burglar arrested near Regent Street A Madison man who could be linked to several recent burglaries was arrested early last week near the Regent Street neighborhood, according to a police report. Around 11 a.m. on Nov. 24, a resident of the 110 block of South Randall Street contacted the Madison Police Department after he witnessed Galen J. Kirts, 18, trying to break into a house across the street, according to the police report. According to the resident, Kirts was the same man who had recently tried to burglarize the resident’s home. The resident said the suspect fled in the earlier burglary attempt once the suspect realized someone was inside. The report said Kirts fled the scene Tuesday as well, once he realized he was being watched. The resident, however, was able to give responding officers the direction in which Kirts took off, as well as a good description of him. According to the report, officers were then able to set up a perimeter that led to Kirts’ arrest in a parking lot just south of St. James Catholic Church at 1128 St. James Ct. Kirts was arrested for two counts of attempted burglary and two counts of bail jumping, the report said.

Attempted robbery on Broom Street leaves no one injured A 21-year-old Madison woman was the victim of an attempted robbery last week on the 200 block of North Broom Street, according to a police report. The victim was walking with a male friend around 12:45 a.m. when they noticed two men on the other side of the street gesturing toward her and her purse.

edgewater from page 1 struction’] be exempted from the requirement that it be ‘visually compatible with the buildings and environment with which it visually relates,’” Tish said. Tish also said the requirement was specifically added into the ordi-

One of the suspects ran up behind her and grabbed her purse, the report said, but when he pulled at it, the victim fell to the ground. The victim pulled her purse down with her, which prevented the thief from grabbing it quickly. Instead, he kept running. The man on the other side of the street took off running as well, the report said.

The suspect who attempted to steal the purse is described as a Hispanic male, about 5'7'' and “a little heavy set.” He is said to be between 20 and 25 years old, bald and wearing a red flannel shirt at the time of the robbery. The man across the street is described as a male wearing dark clothing, the report said.

nance to prevent new construction from being too large, tall or imposing compared to the rest of the neighborhood in the respective historic district. According to MTHP’s website, downtown Madison has 34 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as three national his-

toric districts. It also has more than 140 land marked properties. The Landmarks Commission meets next Monday at 4:45 p.m. in room 300 of the Madison Municipal Building to decide whether a certificate of appropriateness for the Edgewater remodeling will be granted.

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ecently, the UW Labor Licensing Policy Committee voted 7-2 to suggest Chancellor Biddy Martin take written action against Nike for their violation of UW labor codes. Disregard for labor policies from big corporations is nothing new, particularly with apparel contracts here at UW. In the past, Martin and the LLPC have made their attitudes toward this disregard for human rights known, and it has led to the termination of several UW apparel contracts. This incident with Nike is no exception to previous policies and decisions, and the administration needs to act accordingly. Rather than just sending a scathing letter to Nike, we must take the steps necessary to terminate our contracts with the company. This most recent dispute comes after the closing of two Nike factories in Honduras, both of which manufactured apparel with the Wisconsin logo. After being terminated in January with no compensation, the workers at the factories are owed a collective $2.1 million. Nike has refused to pay the workers. In a situation like this, UW cannot afford to let this sort of corporate power go unchecked. As a Big Ten university, we have the ability to significantly alter sales for big companies by ending contracts involving our logos.

Terminating these contracts shows we will no longer stand for big companies exploiting their low wage workers, and it will hopefully influence companies like Nike to think about the quality of life of their employees rather than their own bottom line. We should not be wearing apparel meant to represent our Wisconsin pride that is manufactured in such undignified conditions. Weighing the relative importance of inexpensive apparel and human rights should be a non-issue. The touchier balancing act is realizing that the immediate effects of breaking contracts may result in unemployed workers rendered incapable of providing for their families. This case with Nike addresses a different issue, however. Our protest is based on Nike’s failure to fairly compensate former employees, people who worked hard and are now being taken advantage of. We must keep pressuring multinational corporations to treat their employees as humans. It is one thing to call a company out on its ethical gaffes, but in this case it is not enough. Nike will not change its ways until its own bottom line is affected, and for this reason UW must drop Nike for not adhering to the fair policy of paying workers for their jobs.

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Communication needed between student groups QI GU opinion columnist


verybody knows diversity matters. For college students, an important way for us to explore the idea is through various student groups on campus. That’s probably why UW-Madison now hosts a dazzling number of student organizations. While “diversity by numbers” is without doubt a convenient criterion to measure our progress, student participation should be the ultimate standard to gauge the quality of UW’s diversity. However, the current lack of communication between student organizations has become a major obstacle deterring students from fully appreciating campus diversity. Anyone who has been to student organization fairs will find this scenario familiar. You set out to find groups that interest you most, but the plethora of information can easily throw you into confusion—a handful of fliers makes you look like a coupon maniac. Curious and diligent, you become dedicated to discovering what could end up being your favorite group among the hundreds of organizations. This is especially typical for new students; you spend some extra time doing research so you can end up learning and socializing with a bunch of like-minded individuals. But let’s be realistic. Even if your inquiring mind spares only one minute for each group, it can take up to 10 hours, and you may still not find the information you want most. On the surface, all the student groups add up to a flashy diversity banquet for us. But in fact the whole hail of disorganized information makes it very hard to make a well-rounded decision. If diversity is not delivered in a way that students can conveniently enjoy, the whole point of “Inclusive Excellence” will be lost.

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For student organizations, fostering communication with peer groups also improves their services to students. When board members from one organization know other groups better, they can weed out repetitive information before presenting themselves to fellow students. This allows all of us to explore diversity more efficiently. Another direct benefit from increased group-to-group interaction is resource sharing. An environmental advocacy group like UW Energy Hub may offer students a good introduction about the issue. But we all agree energy itself is such a broad topic that students’ debates could easily fall into pointless generalizations. So how about some hands-on experience with energy or a local perspective? The Environmental Studies Group has an emphasis on field trips. And the people at Wisconsin Ecology probably have good ideas as well. For students, developing their interests from multiple angles is definitely a rewarding experience. More importantly, reaching out to other groups is at its core a great diversity initiative. A few years ago, Cornell University launched a novel diversity program: Breaking Bread. Like many other campuses, Ithaca didn’t see enough efforts to bridge the differences between student groups. Breaking Bread encourages networking between student organizations by fund-

ing small group dinners and collaborative programming. If the two groups don’t end up hosting any joint events, the university’s spending on the dinner will have to be reimbursed. By investing in the initiative, Cornell has shown its deep commitment to diversity. At UW-Madison, dialogue between student groups is badly needed. For most organizations on campus, their only communication with peer groups is with the Student Services Finance Committee or the Finance Committee of ASM. Even something like this may happen just once in a year, when student organizations vie for limited funds. Increased collaboration between student organizations benefit groups themselves as well as students. By incorporating more diverse perspectives, they would make their efforts more visible and could thus garner more support. Diversity should be an integral part of any college education. When prediction models show minorities will make up 55 percent of the working-age population in the U.S. by 2050, a global perspective has become a life skill. As students’ direct window into diversity, student organizations should work together more to bring the concept into practice. Qi Gu is a junior majoring in journalism. Please send responses to

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arts Anderson’s ‘Mr. Fox’ proves to be ‘Fantastic’


“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is a movie that most “in-the-know” viewers will likely approach with a considerable degree of apprehension. The film’s director, Wes Anderson, has long been preceded by his reputation for churning out overly cute tributes to an idealized version of the history of cinema. But while Anderson and his sensibility have seemingly been sentenced by the brutally hip to the trendiness gulag, I propose that now’s as good a time as any to re-evaluate his mark as a film artist. After all, this task is hardly a daunting one: Anderson himself has already done most of the legwork for us in “Mr. Fox.” Trying one’s hand at making an animated film is nothing if not a ballsy move, for there isn’t a more hit-or-miss genre. Though beloved by both intellectuals and Alaskans, CG animation discards much of what is most alluring about cinema: Even the most hightech, special effects-laden live-action films bare traces of their own material genesis, like a brushstroke on a canvas or a cross-out in a manuscript. In CG animation, all of that implicit physicality is replaced with graphic bombast and aesthetic obesity. The frame tends to swell and burst with so much stimulation that the viewer scarcely knows what to do with it all. As a stop-motion animation film, “Mr. Fox” is firstly a monument to the human labor that went into its own painstaking production. And that monument trembles

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with just the right amount of speed, noise, slickness and color. At any given moment the viewer is likely to mistake the screen for a pumpkin and corduroy milkshake. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is an indisputable pleasure to look at, but what about watching it?

Thankfully, the points of reference in “Mr. Fox” are more suggested than declared.

It’s perhaps too well-known at this point that Anderson invites the label of “auteur” through the sheer number of indiscreet nods his films make to the history of cinema. His past works have very self-consciously alluded to François Truffaut, Francis Ford Coppola, Louis Malle and Satyajit Ray, to name a quick and iconic four. For some, this was equivalent to shouting “I WAS INFLUENCED BY THE FOLLOWING FRENCH DIRECTORS.” Thankfully, the points of reference in “Mr. Fox” are more suggested than declared. Anderson’s oeuvre has more or less consisted of idiosyncratic genre films: “Rushmore” was a coming-of-age tale, “The Royal Tenenbaums” was a family drama, “The Life Aquatic” was... alright, you get the point. “Mr. Fox” is

a heist film whose swagger is descended from the most debonair of French noirs: “Rififi,” “Le cercle rouge,” “Touchez pas au grisbi,” “Bob le flambeur,” etc. However, what you can’t quite get from Jean-Pierre Melville’s mannerist curb-stomps is a cocktail of sopping-wet slapstick and bonedry pith, stirred and served cold (though not too cold); “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” on the other hand... As grin-inducing as each of

the film’s 87 minutes is, politically anal viewers might accuse “Mr. Fox”—and this charge has been levied against all of Anderson’s films—of bourgeois myopia (i.e. it only concerns itself, however indirectly, with “rich person problems”). Yes, the film’s sense of humor partly caters to a crowd that doesn’t react to hearing the name “Balzac” with a collective snicker. Yet I was far from the only member of the audience


who laughed at the first mention of “fox-hours” or who was genuinely affected when Mrs. Fox tells her husband “I love you, but I shouldn’t have married you” or who grinned like an idiot at the first appearance of Fox’s lawyer, the Bill Murray-voiced Badger. I still don’t think there’s much that a tragically critical mind can do with a movie such as this; that said, you’re really, really going to like this film.


Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ is beautifully slick and colorful in its CG animation, and its protagonist emits a suaveness only a fox voiced by George Clooney could ever hope to emulate.

Top 10 Bands of the 2000s Animal Collective by Joe Lynch, Arts Editor 2006 Animal Collective is a group of musical experimentalists who, since their inception in 2000, have never lost sight of the fun inherent in bending genre conventions. This four-person (temporarily whittled down to three-person) band approaches avant-garde indie pop not as a formal artistic task, but as children playing with the toys they love best—which in their case are indie pop, freak folk, tribal rhythms and Beach Boys-styled harmonies. This is a group so musically adept that they can significantly alter their sonic palate without losing their identities. Yet they are not chameleons: It’s not that they change their character with each new release, they simply turn their concerns toward a different but equally fulfilling corner of their idiosyncratic world of pop. In their formative years, the Baltimore-based group of friends released several albums not explicitly attributed to Animal Collective but nevertheless counted as canonical AC by many fans. Their first few efforts were cred-

ited to the whimsical aliases of each member—for instance, their first record, Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished, is credited to Avey Tare and Panda Bear. It wasn’t until 2003’s Here Comes the Indian that they started going formally by Animal Collective. By the mid-2000s people had started taking notice of Animal Collective’s marriage of psychfolk and organic, layered harmonies. Their pitch-perfect vocal interplay (and often indiscernible lyrics) suggests the Beach Boys sitting around a campfire slightly soused and casually harmonizing with each other for the pure joy of music (hell, these guys even have an album called Campfire Songs, suggesting they’re fully aware of the impression they leave with the listener). For instance, the 12-minute “Visiting Friends” on 2004’s Sung Tongs finds the group indulging in some acoustic guitar noodling with looped backward voices that bring to mind what Necronomicon from “The Evil Dead” might sound like on a lazy Sunday. The 2005 record Feels was in


many ways AC’s breakthrough album, transforming them from an acclaimed fringe band to a group critics could no longer ignore without seeming totally out of touch with contemporary avant-pop. It was also a breakthrough in terms of approach, making clear that AC weren’t constrained by the freak folk genre they were usually lumped in with. On Feels, they were as comfortable with the fractured, rollicking pop/rock of “Grass” as they were with the baroque summertime hallucination of “Bees.” They weren’t merely some of folk’s most talented weirdos, they were some of the best artists America had to offer. This year, the now-New York-based group released one of their most fulfilling efforts, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which was clearly inspired by Panda Bear’s uber-acclaimed solo release, Person Pitch. As good as that record was, Merriweather proved AC works better as a tribe by fleshing out Person Pitch’s meandering Brian Wilson and Phil Spector homages with flawlessly constructed pop

songs—“My Girls,” “Summertime Clothes” and “Brother Sport”— and adding some dancefloor muscle to the mix. I saw Animal Collective perform in the Catskills earlier this year, and midway through their joyous set I realized I was witnessing something I would not have believed possible back in 2005. Here were scores of people shaking and shimmying to Animal Collective like they were at a Girl Talk concert—fans were even pumping their fists into the air like rabid Bon Jovi fans. These guys have turned into the idiosyncratic masters of pop they always threatened to become, but more amazingly, they have done it without sacrificing a note of their eccentricity and creativity. It remains to be seen whether they will keep fording the rivers of psych-tribal-dance-pop weirdness or retreat back to the familiar experimentalism of Strawberry Jam, but nothing can change the fact that Animal Collective has been the most uncompromising, inventive musical collective of this last decade.

Upcoming Timeline 10 — Animal Collective 9 — Tuesday, Dec. 1 8 — Wednesday, Dec. 2 7 — Thursday, Dec. 3 6 — Friday, Dec. 4 5 — Monday, Dec. 7 4 — Tuesday, Dec. 8 3 — Wednesday, Dec. 9 2 — Thursday, Dec. 10 1 — Friday, Dec. 11

This list was compiled by tallying the votes from each of the decade’s Daily Cardinal arts editors. Honorable Mention - Andrew W. K. He likes to party. That’s an easy and totally accurate way to describe Andrew W.K. But the full truth of the man as an artist and performer is delightfully layered. After all, it’s hard to define a guy who combines his classically trained piano skills with his love of heavy metal and Max Martin’s productions of Backstreet Boys music. How many artists would hit themselves in the face with a brick for their album cover photo? How many artists can go from Ozzfest to the motivational speaking circuit? How many artists’ debut albums could feature songs called “It’s Time to Party,” “Party Hard,” and “Party Til You Puke”? W.K. peaked with that anthemic first album, 2001’s I Get Wet, as his follow-up, The Wolf, was redundant and disappointing. His most recent album, 55 Cadillac, is a collection of car-themed piano instrumentals. But as a man who really knows his way around music and studio recording and is hell-bent on making party music, and as an energetic performer so fiercely affectionate to his fans that he famously signed autographs from the ambulance after breaking his foot onstage, he is easily among the most interesting and memorable artists of the decade. Party hard, Andrew W.K. —Amos Posner, Arts Editor 2003

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A delightful deformity. In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Kitten Mittens

Today’s Sudoku

Evil Bird

By Caitlin Kirihara

Angel Hair Pasta

By Todd Stevens

© Puzzles by Pappocom

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.

Sid and Phil Classic

By Alex Lewein

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Graph Giraffe Classic

Charlie and Boomer

By Yosef Lerner

By Natasha Soglin

Answer key available at where it’s at ACROSS 1 Coins of the realm 6 Instrument in an Italian orchestra 10 It goes through loops 14 Outboard motor’s locale 15 How perfectionists do things 16 Radio-message ender 17 Irritating to the nose 18 Bounce from the bar, say 19 How workaholics often work 20 Where the deer and the antelope play 23 Cover a lot of ground? 24 Campfire remnant 25 Palindromic ABBA hit 26 Animal’s pouch 29 Downey of “Touched by an Angel” 31 Bagged beverage 33 Notable historical spans 35 Photographer’s need 37 Part of the back of the mouth 41 Not the least bit off 44 Louisiana marsh 45 Kind of effort 46 Take for a bride 47 Work bit

9 4 51 52 55 7 5 59 64 65 6 6 68 69 70 71 72 73

Bit of sediment ‘Twas in the present? Seasonal affliction School conveyance, often Parisian papa Neil Diamond hit Heavenly garden on earth Color for a wolf or whale Butterlike spreads “Zounds!” cousin “Take some!” It’s heaven-sent Durbeyfield of fiction Was in debt Smelly smoke

DOWN 1 Pro bono TV spot, briefly 2 Write indelibly 3 Rome burned during his reign 4 Small hindrance, as in plans 5 Make desirable 6 Compensation for a wrong 7 Resounding defeat 8 Ottoman title 9 Declare under oath 10 Gaucho’s cow-catcher 11 Bob famous for his sausage

2 Turn loose 1 13 Classic Joyce Kilmer poem 21 Quarter-rounded molding 22 Case of the sniffles 26 Romanian’s neighbor 27 Vocal solo, sometimes 28 Good at dodging questions (Var.) 30 Kicked in, as chips 32 Acknowledge frankly 34 There may be a spat about it 36 Having very keen vision 38 Regiment or patrol 39 Son of Jacob and Leah 40 Senate tally 42 Kind of engine 43 High guy in Dubai (Var.) 48 Avid 50 Stable hands 52 British journalist’s street 53 Fraternal club 54 Iris layers 56 Toss about, as petals 58 Enthusiastic approval 60 Means justifiers, at times 61 Relative of a rabbit 62 Game of chance 63 Carol, e.g. 67 Give voice to

Washington and the Bear

By Derek Sandberg


Monday, November 30, 2009



Wisconsin Hockey: Celebrating 40 years in the WCHA Current head coach Mike Eaves (left) admires the NCAA championship trophy he earned as a player in 1977.

Just four years after joining the WCHA, Wisconsin tops Denver to claim the 1973 national championship.

‘Badger’ Bob Johnson celebrates the 1981 championship with his players. Wisconsin added its fourth national title in 10 years by beating Harvard in 1983 and tacked on a fifth in 1990.

Frozen Four run helped kick-start program By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL

At a time of upheaval for Wisconsin and college campuses across the country, there was another big change afoot in Badger hockey, one that would take it from a club sport to a nationally renowned program within a few short years. In the decades since the team joined the WCHA in 1969, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has become a powerhouse thanks to a tradition started by one legendary head coach and a strong group of players. In the late 1960s, head coach “Badger” Bob Johnson brought the team up from the club level to varsity and later orchestrated Wisconsin’s move into the WCHA, its home for the past 40 years. Current head coach Mike Eaves credited Johnson with helping establish the Badgers as a hockey institution. “To get a program up and starting is a huge endeavor, and I think coach Johnson was the perfect guy, because he

was a great salesman of the game,” Eaves said. “You’ve got to sell the game, and he was a perfect ambassador, salesman [and] coach. He embodied all of those.” After moving to the varsity level, Wisconsin faced a slate of Big Ten and WCHA opponents in the 1968’69 season. Although it took some convincing from a number of players, Johnson then brought the Badgers to the WCHA for the 1969-’70 season, where Wisconsin went 23-11, shocking conference powerhouse Denver and earning a trip to the Frozen Four. The odds were stacked against Wisconsin when the season began, but especially when it faced the Pioneers on the road for a spot in the NCAA semifinals. The fledgling Badger program was going up against the defending back-to-back national champions, whose head coach, Murray Armstrong, already had five titles to his name. But the Badgers jumped out to a 3-0

lead and held on through a late Denver rally to earn a spot in the Frozen Four. The path didn’t get easier from there, as the Badgers had to face undefeated Cornell at the 1970 Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y. A pair of Cornell goals in the third period sealed the game, and the Big Red capped off their 29-0 season with a win over Clarkson in the NCAA finals, and Wisconsin was left with a consolation game victory over Michigan Tech and third place nationally in its first season as a WCHA team. The Badgers’ starting goaltender from the 1969-’70 season, Wayne Thomas, said the semifinal loss was frustrating, but the team’s run was important in creating UW’s hockey tradition. “[Losing to Cornell] was a disappointment, but it was a blast to make it that far and to put Wisconsin on the map,” Thomas said. “The guys who were on that team in ’69 and ’70 are really proud of what they did in establishing that program.”


2006 was a great year for Badger hockey, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team claimed its sixth national title and the women’s team claimed its first.

Memories, friendship stay strong in San Jose for Wisconsin hockey alums By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL

When the San Jose Sharks acquired former Ottawa Senators forward and Wisconsin alumnus Dany Heatley in a trade over the summer, there were inevitably some questions surrounding the controversial star. He may have had a pair of 50-goal seasons in Ottawa and has already made his mark with the Sharks in the 2009-’10 season, but Heatley’s exit from the Senators was marred by con-

troversy. First, he demanded a trade from Ottawa and later turned down a trade to the Edmonton Oilers. Eventually, he landed in San Jose after a long, controversial summer. But the Sharks’ Assistant General Manager and Vice President Wayne Thomas was not concerned about Heatley’s rough exit from Ottawa. That’s because Thomas had known Heatley and his family thanks to the time he spent playing with his dad, Murray, on the 1969-’70 Badger

Murray Heatley (right) and Wayne Thomas (in goal) have stayed friends since playing on the 1969-’70 Wisconsin hockey team.

hockey team. “I got to know the kids when they were pre-teens and teens,” Thomas said of Dany and Mark Heatley. “I spent time with him before Dany Heatley became Dany Heatley—I know his character.” In the midst of a new beginning for the Badger hockey team, the senior Heatley and Thomas grew closer as teammates and friends. Today, the bonds forged at Wisconsin remain strong, especially since Dany Heatley joined the Sharks.


Thomas, a goaltender who now coaches the Sharks’ netminders, was the Badgers’ starting goalie in their Cinderella run to the 1970 Frozen Four. That year, he and Murray Heatley were two stars in the young Badger program, and both Badgers still talk regularly and remember their time in Madison fondly. “I remember great friends that I still have today. I remember Madison as a great college town,” said Heatley, who now lives in Calgary. “A beautiful place to be, lots of nice people there, and a great hockey tradition that we helped establish.” The former teammates remain good friends to this day, talking regularly by phone and visiting in person if they get the chance. When the Sharks swing through Calgary to face the Flames, Murray Heatley said Thomas often comes to his home for dinner, and when Dany Heatley moved to his new home in the Bay Area after being traded, his father and Thomas were there to help him move in. With his summer trade, Dany Heatley joined Thomas and forward Joe Pavelski as Badger products playing in San Jose. Thomas said the three of them talk about their time in the program and at Wisconsin, and occasionally watch Badger football or hockey games together. For Heatley, keeping up

with the team has been a way for him and other players to stay connected with their schools. “We’ve got a Michigan guy, we’ve got a few colleges down here,” Heatley said. “So it’s always fun to root for the Badgers.” Heatley and Pavelski both played two seasons at UW, Heatley from 1999-’01 and Pavelski from 2004-’06. Heatley said he treasures the time he spent in Madison. “Playing at the Kohl Center was an unbelievable experience,” he said. “[It was] two of the best years of my life.” Today, Pavelski is considered one of the top young centers in the NHL, while Heatley was in a tie with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin for the second highest goal total in the league with 18 so far this year heading into the Sharks’ game against Vancouver Sunday. So while some may have questioned the circumstances under which Dany Heatley left for San Jose, Thomas’ time at Wisconsin and with Murray Heatley let him know Dany has a good head on his shoulders. Murray Heatley is also happy with his son’s choice, saying the organization will be a good fit for Dany. “[Sharks General Manager] Doug Wilson seems to be the same kind of guy as Wayne—totally honest and reeking integrity,” he said. “It’s a family atmosphere there.”

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey

UW earns tie, victory at Providence By Nico Savidge THE DAILY CARDINAL


Brendan Smith had a pair of first-period goals against Michigan State Friday. He and Derek Stepan led the Badger offense over the weekend.

Badgers blast Spartans, fall to Wolverines By Parker Gabriel THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 15 Wisconsin men’s hockey team toured the state of Michigan this weekend as part of the College Hockey Showcase and came away with a weekend split. The Badgers took on Michigan State in East Lansing Friday night, exploding for a season-high seven goals in a dominating 7-3 victory over the No. 7 Spartans. Saturday night proved more difficult for Wisconsin, as it lost a close battle to the Michigan Wolverines 3-2 in Ann Arbor. Junior defenseman Brendan Smith capitalized twice in the first period to stake the Badgers an early lead Friday. Smith’s second goal came with a man advantage, the first of three power-play goals for Wisconsin on the evening. After the Spartans cut the lead in half midway through the second period, the Badgers put the game out of reach with a flurry of goals. Senior forward Aaron Bendickson started the onslaught with an unassisted goal with just under seven minutes to go in the second period. In the four minutes following Bendickson’s effort, senior forward Michael Davies and sophomore forward Derek Stepan added goals of their own, extending the Wisconsin lead to 5-1. Two power-play goals in the third period rounded out the scoring for the Badgers. Senior forward Blake Geoffrion capitalized on a powerplay chance, as did Davies. Stepan assisted on Davies’ goal, giving him four assists and five points on the night. Junior goaltender Brett Bennett made 26 saves and improved his record to 5-3-0 on the season. In Ann Arbor Saturday night, the Badgers matched up with the

Wolverines. Wisconsin fell behind in the second period when junior forward Matt Rust converted on a power-play goal. Despite that success, power-play goals have been tough to come by against the Badgers, who entered the weekend with the nation’s top-ranked penalty kill. Geoffrion evened the game four minutes later with his teamleading ninth goal of the season. The tie did not last long, however, as the Wolverines tallied the next two scores, including a shorthanded goal by senior forward Luke Glendening. Stepan capped off his huge weekend with a goal late in the third period, cutting the lead to 3-2 and raising his two-game total to six points, with two goals and four assists. Junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson made 32 saves for UW on the evening, but his record on the season dropped to 3-2-1. The Badgers put 41 shots on goal against the Wolverines Saturday night, giving junior goalie Bryan Hogan plenty of work. It will not be the last time Hogan and the Wolverines see the Badger attack this season, as they will be in Madison for the Camp Randall Hockey Classic Feb. 6 for outdoor hockey action. The Badgers return to Madison and WCHA action next weekend as they face the Michigan Tech Huskies (2-8-0 WCHA, 3-9-0overall). The Huskies were swept at home by Minnesota State Mankato last weekend and have dropped six of their last seven WCHA contests. The puck is set to drop at 7 Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center. — contributed to this report.

On an impressive defensive weekend for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, the No. 7 Badgers left Providence, R.I., with three points after earning a tie and win against Providence College. With its 2-2 tie Friday, Wisconsin continued its frustrating trend of failing to win the series opener, having lost six of their eight this year. The Badgers bounced back to take a 4-1 victory Saturday behind twogoal efforts from freshman forward Brianna Decker and junior forward Mallory Deluce. After a Providence power-play goal 2:20 into Friday’s contest, the Badger defense buckled down, allowing just 15 shots on goal through the game. In the second period, junior forward Geena Prough found the back of the net on a delayed penalty to tie the game. Deluce struck next with her first goal of the series in the third period to give the Badgers a one-goal lead. However, a penalty on freshman forward Breann Frykas led to a game-tying Providence goal on the ensuing power play with 5:29 to go in regulation. Wisconsin has been strong on the penalty kill through most of the season, and although freshman goaltender Becca Ruegsegger stopped a Providence penalty shot earlier in the game, the Badger defense allowed a pair of powerplay goals in five opportunities. Neither team scored in the overtime period, meaning the game officially ended in a tie, although both squads decided to hold an exhibition shootout. Since the game was a nonconference contest, both teams came

away with one point, although the Friars won the shootout 2-1. Deluce continued her strong offensive performance Saturday, the Wisconsin offense came through in the clutch and the Badger defense was even more suffocating, paving the way for a 4-1 win. In the first period, Decker tallied the fourth goal of her injuryshortened season, while Providence could not manage a single shot on goal. The Friars made the most of their few chances in the second period, scoring a game-tying goal on their fifth shot on net. Late in the third period, however, the Badger offense came alive. With just under three minutes to go in regulation, Deluce started Wisconsin off with the game-winning goal. Just 30 seconds later, Decker added her second goal of the game

to give the Badgers some insurance, and Deluce added her third of the series when she tapped in an emptynet goal with 16 seconds to go in the game. With their out-of-conference schedule now complete, the Badgers will face WCHA powerhouse MinnesotaDuluth at the Kohl Center this DELUCE Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The No. 5 Bulldogs handed Wisconsin one of its two losses last season and will be the toughest competition the Badgers have faced since sweeping No. 2 Minnesota Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. — contributed to this report.

While you were out: Thanksgiving Badger Bits Men’s Basketball After falling to Gonzaga 74-61 Tuesday, Wisconsin topped Maryland 78-69 Wednesday to claim third place in the Maui Invitational. No. 7 Duke will invade the Kohl Center Wednesday for a big nonconference matchup. Volleyball The Badgers ended their season with a pair of 3-2 losses at the hands of Purdue and Indiana. The 2009 season came to an end with Wisconsin on a nine-game losing streak and tied for seventh in the Big Ten. Women’s Basketball With wins over Portland State, Oregon and Cal State Fullerton, the 6-1 Badgers took first place at the World Vision Invitational Tournament in Eugene, Ore.

The Daily Cardinal - November 30, 2009  

The Daily Cardinal - November 30, 2009