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Four dead after Middleton, south side shootings By Ryan Hebel The Daily Cardinal

Two women and two girls were fatally shot Thursday evening in separate locations in Madison and Middleton, according to a Madison police report. The report said police suspect Tyrone Adair, 38, in both shootings. It said Adair is still at large, “armed and dangerous”




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and driving a silver GMC Acadia. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, he is described as black, 5'10" and 175 pounds with brown eyes. At about 6 p.m., police were called when the first two victims, a woman and girl, were found in a vehicle parked in the garage of shootings page 3

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UW-Madison senior Peter Goitom performs as part of a cappella group Fundamentally Sound’s CD release show in Memorial Union’s Union Theater Thursday night.

Mendota Court apartment plans move forward By Maggie DeGroot The Daily Cardinal

south campus union at the meeting. She said the choices reflected a set of core guidelines the council had established early in the process. “We wanted to have an organic feeling, nature-based colors, well-constructed pieces and to explore the potential of some of the high-tech options,” she said. “We feel confident that we have gotten to where we wanted to be from a durability standpoint.” Union Council members were pleased and voted to approve the plan. Grove also updated the council on the planning process

Plans for a newly designed Mendota Court apartment complex have continued to move forward through the development process in recent weeks. The State-Langdon Neighborhood Association met Thursday at the Student Activity Center to address concerns regarding the proposed complex that had been brought up at previous meetings. Gary Brink, head of Gary Brink and Associates, the architectural firm behind the complex, presented new site plans for the building. According to current site plans, the complex would be nine stories tall with eight floors and 141 bedrooms. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said he gave the new plans a “thumbs-up,” and Ald. Bryon Eagon, District 8, said he approved the changes the architect made. Patrick Corcoran of Patrick Properties, the developer behind the project, said he wanted the units to be affordable to students, but he did not disclose expected rental costs. The first level would contain two- and three-bedroom units, and levels two and three would have three- and fourbedroom units. The remaining levels would contain five- and six-bedroom units.

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A woman and a girl were found dead at the Forest Ridge apartments.

Doyle to address climate issues at U.N. conference By Hannah Furfaro The Daily Cardinal

Gov. Jim Doyle will meet with governors and international leaders in mid-December at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. According to a statement from Doyle’s office, the conference will host environmental and business leaders to discuss states’ roles in creating “green solutions” to climate issues. “With a global focus on climate change, Wisconsin is wellpositioned to become a worldwide leader in a clean-energy economy,” Doyle said in a statement. Doyle said he will meet with companies at the conference to discuss expanding business and employment opportunities in Wisconsin. “We have the hardest workers and high-end manufacturers, the brightest researchers and some of the best natural resources in the world. By advancing renewable fuels and alternative energy, we can create jobs in Wisconsin and take on the pressing challenge of climate change,” he said. Doyle’s trip comes on the heels of criticism of climate-change proposals made by Wisconsin’s Global Warming

Task Force in July 2008. In a letter released Thursday from state Rep. Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, to Doyle, Huebsch encouraged Doyle to reconsider the recommendations based on a potential decrease in jobs associated with parts of the legislation. “We ask that you consider the appropriateness of holding state government harmless from the financial impact of these proposals, while forcing Wisconsin taxpayers, consumers and electric ratepayers to fully absorb the considerable cost of the policies,” Huebsch said in the letter. Over 20 businesses and associations, including Wisconsin Retail Council and the Metropolitan Builders Association, signed the letter. In a statement, Senior Policy Director for Clean Wisconsin Keith Reopelle said although his organization opposes a nuclear power provision of the bill, it supports the legislation overall. “We support the task force recommendations as a package, in its entirety, because 98 percent of those recommendations support clean-energy solutions to global warming,” he said.

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Architects for the new south campus union unveiled the building’s final furniture selections and color schemes Thursday.

Council considers Memorial Union renovation plans By Robert Taylor The Daily Cardinal

The Union Council reviewed proposals for the renovation of Memorial Union and approved the final furniture and decorum selections for the new south campus union at its meeting Thursday. The former Union South officially closed in December 2008 and was demolished this spring. Union Council members are currently in the process of finalizing plans for the union’s replacement. Julie Grove, architect and project manager at UW Capital Planning and Development, unveiled the final furniture selections, colors and fabrics for every space within the new

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ANDREW LAHR spare me the lahrcasm


’m a huge proponent of the History Channel. Sometimes there’s nothing better after a long day of toiling over mind-numbingly exhausting classes than sitting down and letting the History Channel indulge me with its infinite wisdom without even asking me to read a few hundred pages for tomorrow after the show ends. Recently, a special came on regarding the “greatest generation” and the hardship they endured to ensure you and I can shove double cheeseburgers down our throats while Facebooking until our eyeballs bleed. For those of you who aren’t too keen on your generational knowledge, if you’re in college right now, your grandparents were most likely part of the Greatest Generation. Essentially, most members of this generation grew up on gruel and pissed in the woods during their childhood in the Great Depression, saved the world by slaying Nazis and Japanese in WWII and set up the greatest economic infra-

structure the world has ever seen in the years that followed. I’m pretty sure they invented the missionary position as well. Sure, it’s an impressive resume, but what about the other generations, including us? Why should a few small achievements accomplished 60 years ago by a bunch of old farts merit the esteemed title of the “Greatest” Generation? Our parents and their Baby Boom generation created and promoted some of the best music ever heard in the ’60s and ’70s, spearheaded sexual freedom and introduced massive amounts of marijuana to college campuses across the U.S. These are all luxuries reaped by future generations (including ourselves), but let’s be honest, none of these accomplishments merits the title of the Greatest Generation. Naturally then, the only feasible other candidate for the title of the greatest generation that ever lived is none other than our generation. In the following list I have compiled a number of reasons for the official change from our current title of the Millennial Generation to the highly envied title of the Greatest Generation. Instant Gratification: This is something I’m sure all generations desired, but only we in the Millennial Generation have achieved. My parents

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would tell me that getting what you want when you want it makes you an impatient asshole. I disagree. Letter writing, telegraphs and catalog shopping were the sad attempts of prior generations to do what we have done with the Internet, cell phones and cable TV. If I want a beer bong shaped like a pink flamingo, a five-pound cheese wheel or a giant life-sized cutout of Jessica Alba, eBay can assure it will be in my eager fingertips within days. Plus, who needs to break up with their significant others through a tearstained letter when you can just text your heartbreaking words in half the time? DUH! Electronic Entertainment: The only thing more fun than liberating the world one Nazi dog tag at a time is faking it. I can do everything that my grandpa did on the shores of Normandy from my couch, late at night, all the while enjoying Taco Bell and a Coke. Sure, our parents tickled their video-game fancy with “Pong,” but we made the real stuff. Throw in an HDTV and some surround sound and you’ve got an entertainment experience fit for kings, pioneered by none other than our thrill-seeking generation. Music: It’s easy to disregard our gen-

eration’s popular music as inferior to what our parents grew up with, but do not be deceived. The Millennial Generation has systematically streamlined music as we know it, incorporating our much-coveted notion of instant gratification into our musicmaking process. Don’t have the time to learn how to sing or play an instrument? No problem. Auto-tune and synthesized drums, strings and background vocals have sidestepped this issue. With the leaps and bounds made in songwriting recently, all you really need is a MacBook, an attractive face and a slim midsection... wrap your big lips around that, Mick Jagger. Plus, if you run out of ideas for a catchy melody, you can always go the way of Kid Rock and just throw together a couple of classic tunes from dead ’70s singers, sing a couple of lyrics about drunken summer nights and sell it as your own.

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veteran grandpa and all of his poker buddies didn’t vote for Obama. Clearly this alone sets us up as the undisputedly ethical generation. Disagree with my reasoning? Email your angry opposition to

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easy tips for a great anal experience ERICA ANDRIST sex columnist My boyfriend wants to try anal sex, but I am not as excited about it as he seems to be. ... I am just unconvinced that it’s going to feel good, and I’m honestly a little scared. How do I make sure everything is safe and pleasurable for both of us?



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hanks for supplying the requisite buttsex question, ASS—I always wonder how long it’ll take before somebody asks a question about anal, so props for asking a question that I guarantee is on many people’s minds. Anal sex is an activity many people have tried—numbers range from 11 percent of teens (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005) to 40 percent of self-identified hetero females ages 25-44 (ASS has given me permission to share that she is a 21-year-old, heterosexual woman; also, that stat comes from the CDC). The Joy of Gay Sex states 3035 percent of self-identified gay men have anal sex on a regular basis. I like these stats because it’s common for people to erroneously conflate “gay (male) sex” and “anal sex.” But there is clearly a) lots of “gay sex” being had that is not anal sex and b) lots of “straight sex” being had that is anal sex. These numbers also show that trying anal sex or enjoying anal play doesn’t make us weird or outside some arbitrary spectrum of sexual normalcy. Some people love what they see as the naughtiness of anal sex, and that’s fine too; if it’s kinky for you and you get off on that, that’s all that matters. But buttsex is a common, normal activity,and can absolutely be safe and pleasurable. (Side note: I’m not trying to turn the entire Daily Cardinal readership into ass connoisseurs. If anal doesn’t float your boat, that’s

fine; personal boundaries should always be respected. My point here is simply that individuals who are interested in exploring anal play are in good company.) Another idea that sometimes steers people away from the back door is the unjustified fear of the shitstorm. For all of the would-be buttfuckers out there who are convinced that the anus leads to nothing but a giant poop cave: this is completely untrue. I’ve explained a million times how feces are stored several inches up inside the colon, away from the anus until you need to go, so I’m not going to go into that anatomical detail again—however, I do want to point out that part of the reason we get so worked up about poop is because we think we’re really clean people and we don’t have much contact with it in our day-to-day lives. Guess again, folks. I’ll leave the shittygritty details between you and Google, but let me assure you that each and every day, shit happens. And we’re still alive. We’re fine. Life is good. So chill out. The bottom line is that a non-freakedout mindset is important, and if we’re worried we’re weirdos or that we’ll get covered in poop, we’re probably freaked out. But beyond calming down, there are some physical pointers to relaxing and enjoying the ride. Number one is lube—copious, copious amounts of lube. The anus does not lubricate itself, and friction or tightness will undoubtedly make the experience less enjoyable for both partners. Silicone-based lube works well for anal play because it’s thicker and it lasts longer, but it cannot be used with silicone toys. Water-based lubes will do the job just fine, but be aware that you may want to reapply if it dries up or gets absorbed into the skin. There is no negotiation on this one: An unlubed rear may equal a tear. Next, “anal sex” does not equal “anal penetration,” and penetration is most likely what we associate with pain, whether we’re the insertive or receptive partner. One thing that might help you relax, ASS, is to tell your boyfriend, “Hey. I’m willing

to explore this anal thing with you, but no penetration ’til I say so.” Then both of you can get to know your assholes together. Try a vibrator around the anal opening. See how you like rimming. As I mentioned, this allows (both of ) you to get to know how you respond to anal stimulation, and it also helps to physically relax your ass and prepare it for pleasure. If and when you’re ready to start penetration, start small. Lube up your pinky finger and slide it in, one knuckle at a time. Ready for more? Use your index finger. Try a butt plug. Additionally, “anal sex” doesn’t necessarily mean exclusively anal contact. Have your partner (or yourself) simultaneously stimulate you up front, or massage your nipples, or whatever. While the anus is heavily innervated and anal stimulation can be pleasurable in and of itself, coupling this new pleasure with stimulation you know you enjoy can heighten the sensation as well as help you relax. Finally, the necessity of lube excluded, anal sex requires no additional safety precautions than the ones you’d take with any other sexual activity: a condom if you and your partner are not monogamous or fluidbonded, a sex dam for rimming, etc. And pain can actually be a good thing—anal penetration should not hurt. Things might not be instantaneously orgasmic when we try anal the first time, but if anything hurts beyond a little discomfort, that’s the body’s signal to slow down. Add more lube. Massage those muscles. So while these tips will help us reach the ultimate goal of having pleasurable, pain-free buttsex, a little bit of pain isn’t inherently bad; it can help teach us about our bodies so we learn the safest ways to pleasure them. Thanks again for your question, ASS, and best of luck in the buttsex quest. With a little communication, experimentation and lubrication, I am 100 percent sure everything will be fantasstic. Something amiss in your love life? E-mail Erica with all your questions and concerns at

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Unemployment, average debt up among UW-Madison graduates The average debt for UW-Madison graduates continues to increase, according to a recent report released by the Project on Student Debt. The report revealed graduates in Wisconsin faced an average of $23,200 in debt, which is up from $18,650 in 2004. At UW-Madison, 52 percent of 2008 graduates were in debt, and the average amount was $21,250. Steve Schroeder, director of the UW-Madison Business Career Center said despite the increase in average debt, he believes taking out loans to receive a college education

is still worth it. “It’s definitely a tough time, but the economy is cyclical, and things are going to get better,” he said. The report also revealed unemployment rates for college graduates aged 20-24 rose from 7.6 percent in the third quarter of 2008 to 10.6 percent in the first quarter of 2009. Schroeder said although unemployment is on the rise, UW-Madison School of Business graduates are still getting jobs, just not as many offers. He said two years ago, graduates were receiving up to five or six job

offers, but now he said graduates are receiving closer to one or two. “There are still some companies that are hiring, it’s just harder to find them,” he said. According to Schroeder, because of this, companies are receiving more applicants for each job opening, which means graduates need to ensure their applications stand out. “It’s sort of like that needle in the haystack, you need something that is going to set you apart from everybody else,” he said. —Kelsey Gunderson

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UW Badger Poll: 46 percent approve of Doyle

Gary Brink presents updated site plans for the proposed Mendota Court apartment complex at Thursday’s meeting.

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Gov. Jim Doyle’s approval rating now stands at 46 percent, according to a UW Badger Poll of Wisconsin residents released Thursday. Doyle’s approval rating had been 52 percent in an October 2008 UW Badger Poll. “People are tired of him and looking for a breath of fresh air,” Katherine Cramer Walsh, UW-Madison associate professor of political science, said. Cramer Walsh said voters are dissatisfied with the condition of Wisconsin’s economy and that governors are easy targets in such situations. This survey comes just a week after North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling estimated Doyle’s approval rat-

ing at 29 percent. The UW Badger Poll has a margin of error of about 4 percent, and the PPP poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. According to Cramer Walsh, the 17 percentage point disparity can be explained by the different time spans over which the two polls were conducted. The University of Wisconsin Survey Center conducted the UW Badger Poll of 507 people between Oct. 29 and Nov. 20, while the PPP poll was conducted over a two-day span. “In order for the poll to be a scientifically representative sample of the population, you have to talk to the people who are

initially sampled,” Cramer Walsh said. A two-day poll, she continued, misses many of the people who are unavailable during the first round of calling. Wisconsinites’ approval of President Barack Obama has dropped to 60 percent from 63 percent between spring 2009 and November 2009. Cramer Walsh said she attributes this difference to the end of Obama’s honeymoon period, while she said Doyle’s six-year record sets voters against him. “[Voters] have some evidence of how [Doyle] does his job,” Cramer Walsh said. “With respect to Obama, they are still reading into him what they want.”

Alumni association awards annual freshman scholarships The Wisconsin Alumni Association awarded incoming UW-Madison freshmen with more than $600,000 in scholarships this year. According to Kate Dixon, a representative for WAA, the scholarships are not for just in-state students, and incoming students from across the country applied. She said WAA gave scholarships to 360 students from 19 different

shootings from page 1 their home on the 6800 block of Park Edge Drive, about five miles southwest of the UW-Madison campus. Another woman and girl were then found fatally shot in a car in the parking lot of the Forest Ridge Apartments on Branch Street in Middleton. According to Madison court records, Adair had been involved in two paternity cases in 2008, one involving a woman located on the 6800 block of Park Edge Drive and the other with a woman who lived in Middleton. In 2000, Adair was convicted of battery. In 2008, he was listed as living on Squire Circle in Middleton, about 10 minutes from the site of the second shooting. Madison Police Department Sgt. Rahim Rahaman could not confirm the ages of the victims or how the police came to suspect Adair in the shootings. Chris Hilbelink said he was in his Forest Ridge apartments overlooking the parking lot during the incident. He also said he didn’t hear anything suspicious. “[The police] just asked if we’d seen anyone suspicious. They didn’t tell us about any murders … They took one car away on

states, awarding the average recipient more than $1,300. “The WAA scholarship program continually supports new generations of students attending the University of Wisconsin,” Paula Bonner, WAA president, said in a release. Dixon said the money for the scholarships comes from donations and fundraising events held by the various WAA chapters

around the world. According to a release, the scholarship program, called the Matching Dollar Scholarship Program, began in 1967 and has awarded a total of over $10 million. WAA works in conjunction with the UW Foundation on the program, in which the scholarships awarded by WAA are matched dollar for dollar by the UW Foundation.

a tow truck, and it had red tape over the back window that looked like it had been peeled off.” Anyone with information on

the shootings, or who sees Adair’s Acadia, which police say has a “342-EBL” Wisconsin license plate, should call 911 immediately.

Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said she was concerned having six-bedroom units would create security problems. She said she felt too many people in one area would cause an influx of people, espe-

union from page 1 to renovate Memorial Union. According to Grove, there is a request for proposal awaiting state approval that would seek a contractor to coordinate the restoration and renovation of Memorial Union. A request for proposal allows suppliers to submit their proposals for work on a project. Grove said the historical character and unique charm of the building will make the project a challenge. “We want to bring the building up to code and improve the functionality of the space, but we will be coordinating closely with the Wisconsin State Historical Society,” she said. Grove said Memorial Union and Terrace, completed in 1928 and one of the most recognizable locations at UW-Madison, was designed by renowned state architect Arthur Peabody. The restoration’s second phase will address the west theater wing

cially during parties. Corcoran, however, said there would be a great deal of security, including cameras that would help to prevent these kinds of issues. He also said larger units would satisfy a currently untapped market in Madison. of the union, modernizing its two theaters and improving access to its stages and loading facilities. Grove said the historical nature of Memorial Union is an asset, but it also poses major logistical and safety problems. Asbestos was used extensively in its construction, which would need to be dealt with during any renovation. According to Grove, over $1 million has been budgeted in the project for asbestos cleanup and removal.

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3 Of unusually great size 5 56 Do flattener 58 Antiquated person 62 Michael J. Fox film 65 One sib 66 Atlantic City edifices 67 Word in a March 17 slogan 68 Member of Canada’s Upper House (Abbr.) 69 Long test answer 70 “In 25 words or ___ ...” DOWN Woes of the world Darer’s phrase Volcanic output It’s no no-brainer Start of Cain’s famous question 6 Act like a hot dog 7 Quetzalcoatl worshipper 8 Cling 9 180 degrees from WSW 10 Act greedily, in a way 11 Pending, as a legal decree 12 Stew containers 14 Beached, as a ship 17 Prefix with “impressionism” or “classical” 18 Sprites 1 2 3 4 5

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Stir the Blood The Bravery

Darker tones strengthen ‘Brave’ release By Emily Crain THE DAILY CARDINAL

From the sound to the lyrics, Stir the Blood is a darker album than what the Bravery have done in the past, which they use to their benefit. On their self-titled first album, the Bravery paired comical lyrics with rock music, and on their second album, The Sun and The Moon, they tried for happier lyrics. Now the Bravery have gotten edgier. Their lyrics mostly express anger, and so does the sound. Sure, it’s depressing at times, but that is what makes it so successful. The album is wellsuited for a stressful time when you have a full work-load and all you want to do is procrastinate for awhile, by rocking out on a fake guitar while jumping on your bed. The tracks on this album aren’t screamy like most angerinspired music, which helps them appeal to a larger crowd. The Bravery have a sound similar to the Killers’ updated 80s sound. The Bravery’s lead singer, Sam Endicott, has a deeper singing voice like Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, but a little huskier. The instrumental backgrounds of the songs are similar, almost irrecognizable aside from the Bravery’s angrier lyrics. “Hatefuck” is easily the album’s money maker. The lyrics scream “enraged sexual tension gone wrong.” With lines like, “If I put my hand around your wrist / would you fight them?,” and, “So many things that I would do / if I had my way with you,” you can’t help but wonder where the tension stems from. When Endicott repeats, “There will be no tenderness, no tenderness,” it sounds like a fight of adultery that otherwise would be difficult to describe. It’s a song that will get stuck in your head during all of the wrong times. There are only two slow songs on this album, but one would have been enough. While “She’s so Bendable” works perfectly with slow instrumentals and not-so-deep vocals, “Sugar Pill” is a completely different story. The dreamy instrumental background is ruined by Endicott’s deep voice, which does not mesh well with the hazy background sounds. “Sugar Pill” drones on and on like a monotonous professor you would rather not listen to three days a week. If the Bravery left out this one song, the album would have been all the better. While the Bravery is similar to the Killers and their lyrics are angrier than most others, Stir the Blood is a step up from their older albums. The angrier edge works best for the Bravery, which helps to create an album worth listening to. It’s a short trip back to the ’80s, and a definite trip worth taking.

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Top 10 Bands of the 2000s Arcade Fire

When most of the musical world became acquainted with Arcade Fire via their 2004 debut Funeral, there was no trend or gimmickry by which someone could easily characterize the band; they weren’t wearing futuristic costumes, rehashing ’60s rock ’n’ roll, or auto-tuning their vocals. All anyone could talk about was how fucking good the album was—like, astonishingly, breathtakingly good, and even more-so because just a month earlier, almost no one had heard of the band. After five years in the spotlight, including performances with the likes of U2, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen and headlining countless festivals, everyone has heard of the Arcade Fire, but that hasn’t made it any easier to get a handle on why Funeral is as spectacular as it is. The band mixes together elements from a range of genres– including post-punk, indie rock, ’90s emo, arena rock and chamber music—into something that’s immediately approachable but also raw, starkly original and undeniably powerful. Where does that power come from? Funeral runs the gamut of

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emotion from misery to joy and hope to terror, but it’s best when mixing them all together, as frequently happens throughout its ten songs about love, loss and, of course, death. At some times the band sounds like a crowd of people huddled together for survival, at others like a thundering protest march, but never contrived or overly melodramatic. It seems like a shame to have to choose favorite tracks. “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” spans the range of the whole album, from twinkling pianos and strings to a blowout chorus and back. “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” push things toward fist-pumping anger, while “Wake Up” and “Rebellion (Lies)” are the wild-eyed anthems that made the Arcade Fire one of the world’s most exciting live bands. After Funeral’s raw intensity, the relative restraint of 2007’s Neon Bible was bound to be a bit of a let-down as far as adrenaline goes. But while the Arcade Fire’s sophomore album rarely hits the same emotional peaks as their debut, Neon Bible is a spectacular record in its own right. Stretching the band’s range with the occasional ballad and shift-

ing the focus toward politics and religion, the album sounds a bit bleaker than Funeral. “Keep the Car Running” is a sharp break with the band’s earlier sound, a mostly acoustic pop song about paranoia that keeps building momentum without any need for a chorus. “Intervention,” on the other hand, is just the opposite. Driven by the sound of a huge pipe organ, the song builds up to a shattering climax that rivals anything in the band’s catalog. Win Butler’s lyrics are more inventive on Neon Bible as well, especially on “Antichrist Television Blues,” an unhinged, sometimes frightening message from a devoutly Christian stage parent to their young daughter. Arcade Fire have virtually exploded over the past five years from relative obscurity to the world’s most recognizable indie rock band, but there’s still plenty of room to grow. If the band continues its phenomenal track record over the next decade, they’ll not only be one of the best groups in rock ’n’ roll history, they might even join eminent fans like Bowie and Springsteen in being one of the most popular.

Upcoming Timeline 10 — Animal Collective 9 — Outkast 8 — Neko Case 7 — The Strokes 6 — Arcade Fire 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 -

The Walkmen

The past decade witnessed a mass withdrawal of humanity. The more technology expanded, the more Man contracted. Online networking exploded, but more houses locked their doors. Over the past ten years, no band has encapsulated this phenomenon better than the Walkmen. They pushed their sound to the limit, filling every void with distortion and leaving no moment untouched, but they sang with crippling reservations and loneliness. Perhaps their spirit is captured best on Bows + Arrows’ standout track “The Rat” when singer Hamilton Leithauser reflects, “When I used to go out I would know everyone that I saw / Now I go out alone if I go out at all.” Coinciding with their paradoxical nature, the Walkmen solidify and advance this depressive narrative with a strong support system. The five-some debuted with 2002’s Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, a stirring wake-up to a post-modern America that proved stronger than any cup of coffee. And, most impressively, they stayed that way—forgiving their slight misstep on A Hundred Miles Off—until 2008’s celebrated You & Me, creating an impressive body of work whose importance should not be dismissed. —Kyle Sparks, Arts Editor 2009


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Weekend, December 4-6, 2009

Nontraditional students key to campus diversity By Kathy Dittrich THE DAILY CARDINAL

Collegiate activism needed By Melissa Grau WISPIRG

The Green Room is a new series from The Daily Cardinal dedicated to focusing on issues relating to the environment and energy. For its inagural article we have a contribution from the Wisconsin Students Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), one of UW-Madison’s foremost organizations in the field of environmental advocay. If you are interested in writing for The Green Room, contact us as Historically, many groundbreaking movements, such as civil rights and antiwar campaigns, begin on college campuses. As college students at UW-Madison, we live in a diverse environment that provides thousands of opportunities, from bouncing like jumping beans at football games to taking part in groundbreaking scientific endeavors. The current environmental climate, however, calls for all students to jump around to the issue of climate change and do something about it.

We can continue to spiral downward, or we can look up to a bright future—a bright future we can help create.

We cannot ignore the effects of harmful human activity to our environment any longer. I’d like to be singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during the normally chilly holiday season, but as most students have noticed, our seasonal Wisconsin winters are taking a vacation. But climate change has worse effects than warmer winters, as most students who have heard anything about global warming surely know. But instead of drilling these frightening facts into our heads for

what seems like the millionth time, we should focus on what we can do to change the dim future global warming projects. So stop ignorantly enjoying this warmer weather and realize the issue at your ungloved hand. We have the solutions and technology to combat climate change. We have the scientists who have decided what is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide for the environment. What we do not have are enough politicians willing to use these tools to save us from our disastrous future. Beginning Dec. 7, the U.N. will be meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, to outline a global climate treaty, but the current plans are too weak to ensure an effective environmental change. Being the wonderfully bright students we are, living in a politically active city like Madison and knowing this information, it is not too much of a head-scratcher as to what the necessary action should be. We need to influence our politicians to fight this crisis and be influential in Copenhagen. The opportunity is here. The Climate Convention may go one of two ways: We can continue to spiral downward, or we can look up to a bright future—a bright future we can help create. Letter-writing to politicians is one of the most effective ways of persuading them to act on your behalf. Amnesty International, for example, relies heavily on letter writing, and with their actions, they recently helped release the unjustly imprisoned in Iran, Myanmar and China. Let’s foster the history of groundbreaking movements on college campuses and encourage our politicians to take action. Melissa Grau is a freshman member of WISPIRG. Questions can be directed to Campus Organizer Samantha Gibb at samantha@wispirgstudents. org. Please send feedback on this article to

Diversity issues extend beyond race and nationality. I would argue we are a product of our experiences, and though skin color and nationality play a significant role in influencing our experiences, encouraging a diversity of experiences on campus cannot be measured by admittance data alone. UWMadison cannot hope to achieve true diversity simply through programs aimed at aiding minority students. A truly diverse campus would embrace students from all walks of life, whose experiences are as vast as they are different and who are united by a common goal: to educate and better themselves. Campus life is dominated by what I will refer to as the traditional student, someone who graduated high school, entered college the following fall, may or may not have transferred or switched majors and usually graduates in four to five years. As a result of this high number of traditional students, classrooms are dominated by voices of those who, in general, have little life experience, have never worked full time, live off student loans and parental allowances and have never lived alone or independently. From an educational standpoint, this lack of diversity in experience does not provide for a varied classroom discussion or exposure to new and different opinions and perspectives. For classroom discussion to be beneficial, constructive and progressive, a variety of viewpoints must be represented and expressed. Dialogue between persons with similar viewpoints and opinions is not productive. Students can only begin to form their own opinions and learn

to think for themselves by being exposed to different ideas, whether those ideas are hazy or well-formed, widely accepted or widely discredited or shaped by experience or word of mouth. This diversity of thought is only as large as the diversity of our students. UW-Madison’s diversity forum seeks and advocates for inclusiveness and excellence, the idea being that the more inclusive, the more excellent we are. In theory, this is a great goal. But ideology and college admissions rarely go hand in hand. Until the application process removes the ethnicity boxes and incorporates a section devoted to determining what a student would contribute to campus and the classroom, a diversity of inclusive excellence will fail to exist in the reality of campus life.

Students can only begin to form their own opinions and learn to think for themselves by being exposed to different ideas.

We need to determine and evaluate where diversity enters into and impacts students’ daily lives. This impact certainly isn’t in diversity forums or foreign film viewings, but we can achieve daily diversity in the classroom by opening up education to and encouraging the participation of nontraditional students. A university’s demography should not be evaluated in terms of race or nationality, but rather by the difference in experience and viewpoint. This more valuable diversity measure is nearly impossible to gauge,

but it can be felt and experienced in the classroom. I can’t begin to explain how valuable I find the voices and opinions of those whose experiences in life are worlds different from my own. I don’t gain perspective or develop critical thinking skills by talking with others who have similar experiences and opinions to my own. As previously mentioned, measuring or quantifying a diversity of experience is nearly impossible, and admission based on variety or breadth of experience is at best subjective. To increase the diversity of experience, the university should encourage the pursuit of “life experiences” and non-education-based experiences to achieve a campus demographic of thought that is wide-ranging. The university could foster this diversity of experience by encouraging freshman applicants to take a year off after high school to study abroad, work for a non-profit, get experience in the work force or travel. A freshman class comprised of students not fresh out of high school would diversify campus and improve the classroom. A diversity of perspectives is not represented by a demographic largely comprised of Midwestern young adults. It is unreasonable to expect that a campus made up mostly of recent Sconnie high school grads can offer a diverse range of perspectives. Fortunately, perspective can be gained through experience, and if the university is truly committed to inclusiveness and excellence, it will seek out students whose varied experiences and alternative perspectives will enrich the classroom and campus. Kathy Dittrich is a senior majoring in English and French. Please send responses to

Charity needed this holiday season By James Meincke COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

The United Nations Development Program estimated it would cost $20 to $30 billion to provide clean water and sanitation universally to the entire world. Contrast that with this number: On average, Americans spend $450 billion every year on Christmas. With 5,000 children dying every day because of water-related diseases, spending $450 billion on Christmas almost seems like a crime. One of the most daunting problems facing our world today is the global water crisis. Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, and even more lack access to proper sanitation. Millions of people die every year because they lack clean water. Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation cause the vast majority of disease in the world, yet in the U.S., we rarely hear about this tragedy. If we, as a country, devoted as little as 5 percent of our Christmas expenses to solving the global water crisis, the problem would cease to exist. According to the Advent Conspiracy, a group devoted to using Christmas expenses for charity, it only takes as little as $10 to provide clean water to a child for the rest of their life. If you got one less present for Christmas, that money could be used to save someone’s life by providing them with

clean water. Sadly enough, in America, Christmas has become a season for spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on family and friends, most of which results in useless presents that are soon forgotten. Christmas is supposed to be about giving, but that is not what Christmas looks like in the United States. Instead of giving to help out people in need, we flaunt our wealth by giving materialistic gifts to our friends and family, and we receive the same gifts in return. We often give with the expectation of receiving gifts. That is not how giving should look. Granted, not everyone celebrates Christmas, but for those who do, it was never even intended to be about receiving gifts. Giving is supposed to be out of love, because we should feel our time or money can be better used by others who might not be as fortunate. We are supposed to give to others so that they might have better lives. But that spirit of giving is rarely seen in the American Christmas. The fact is that we like presents. We spend a lot of money so our friends, our family and ourselves will be happy. The Advent Conspiracy is attempting to bring back the true spirit of Christmas. The idea is that if we spend less on gifts, we can give that money to charities that actually help others. The group encourages people to donate to help solve the global water crisis or give

to any charity. The global water crisis is just one representation of the vast need for help in the world. There are thousands of other ways for people to give to others and make a real difference. Luckily, in the United States we have enough money and resources to help others in need. If you feel that $450 billion spent on Christmas is way too high, then please do something about it. There are endless ways in which we can donate to help others. As citizens of this earth, we need to fight AIDS, malaria, starvation and hundreds of other humanitarian issues. Ultimately, I want you to know you can make a huge difference in the lives of others if you just give a little bit of what you have. If you are reading this, my challenge to you is to buy one fewer present this year and to give that money to a charity you support. A little bit can go a long way. Remember that $10 is enough to provide a person with clean water for a lifetime. Ask yourself this question: How many gifts do you give or receive per year that you will probably forget about within a week? For many of us, that number is far too high. If we would use that money to help others, thousands of lives could be saved. James Meincke is the communications chair of the College Democrats. Please send all feedback to


Weekend, December 4-6, 2009



Men’s Hockey

Badgers return home with chance to pick up points


After a week out of league play, the No. 16 Wisconsin men’s hockey team jumps back into WCHA action this weekend with a home series against the Michigan Tech Huskies. After splitting series the last two weekends, the Badgers (5-4-1 WCHA, 8-5-1 overall) look to gain ground in the conference standings, with four points up for grabs. The Huskies come to Madison with a record of 3-9-0 (2-80 WCHA) and find themselves in the basement of the league. However, no one on the Badgers side should take the Huskies lightly. Head coach Mike Eaves reminded his team that they missed the NCAA tournament by .02 points last year and that one or two wins could have been the difference. Eaves also talked about the team speed that Tech possesses, a dangerous weapon that can always make a difference. “The key to playing against any team that has speed is moving the puck,” he said. “Nobody skates as fast as the puck being passed.”

grambling st from page 8 Both senior guard Trevon Hughes and Taylor open up the court offensively with their speed and vision. “I think defensively it allows us to get into some guys maybe a little bit,” Taylor said of using two point guards. “[It allows us] to try to get into some passing lanes. [Hughes] is really quick, and he’s a great on-theball defender. On offense I feel like it gives us an extra penetrator and extra playmaker, but I mean we’ve got a lot of guys on the team that can make plays. It gives us an added dimension of quickness.” The game tips off at noon Saturday and will be streamed on

jennings from page 8 face much fiercer competition in the NCAA, but must also combine that with the pressures of classes, exams and social life on campus. Now other prospects are following Jennings’ lead and going international in an even more unconventional way. Jeremy Tyler, a highly touted 6'11" prospect from San Diego, left high school before his senior year to play with Maccabi Haifa in Israel. Through five games, Tyler has played only 38 minutes and scored seven points. Like Jennings, Tyler may develop his game with two seasons of overseas experience, but what if that doesn’t pan out? I fully appreciate the value of a college experience and education, but I think it’s time for Commissioner David Stern to realize that it isn’t for everyone. If players have the talent and ability to take their game to the pros, then how is it fair to deny them that right? This is especially true for many players who come from low-income families and neighborhoods that have the chance to provide their families with legitimate financial security. In the past few years, we’ve seen far too many players bolt for the NBA after just one year in the college ranks. The abroad alternative is intriguing but also poses plenty of risky situations. It’s time to give back to high school seniors what’s rightfully theirs—freedom in deciding their own futures, without restriction. Think Jennings will lead prep stars to Europe? E-mail Matt at

The Badgers can also find some motivation after a tough outcome last Saturday during the College Hockey Showcase. Michigan scored two goals on special teams (one power-play, one short-handed) and pulled out a hardfought 3-2 victory. Sophomore forward Derek Stepan said the team feels they have something to prove after failing to complete the sweep last weekend. “You can ask all 28 guys in our locker room,” he said. “We’re all excited to get back on the ice. We feel like we came up a little bit short against Michigan, and we’re chomping at the bit to get back into game action.” Stepan had a breakout weekend during the Showcase, tallying six points on two goals and four assists. After a slow start to the season, the explosive sophomore racked up five points Friday against Michigan State, a performance his coach attributes to playing with a “physical edge.” Stepan’s line mate, senior forward Michael Davies, provided scoring as well, notching two goals and two assists against the Spartans.

However, the third forward of the line, sophomore Jordy Murray, may miss the weekend because of an injury. But senior forward Aaron Bendickson has fit right in, according to Stepan. “The chemistry our line has and the way we’ve produced the last couple of weeks is exactly where we need it, and we need to continue that and play hard,” he said. While the offense continues to play well together and produce scoring chances, the defense has gotten consistent play between the pipes from both goaltenders. Junior Scott Gudmandson currently ranks sixth in goals-against average at 1.82 per game. Neither he nor junior Brett Bennett have faced many shots so far, as Wisconsin has held opponents to just 23.29 shots per game. Bennett, who is slated to start Friday night, said facing so few shots is a challenge mentally. “It’s definitely much harder to see 13, 14 shots instead of thirty or 35,” he said. After two weekends of travel and play in three different cities, Bennett


Sophomore forward Derek Stepan, who has one goal and six assists this season, is looking to build off last weekend. mentioned that being back in the friendly confines of the Kohl Center will be a boost for the team. “It’s good to be back in Madison,

and we’re looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd.” The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night.

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Weekend, December 4-6, 2009


Jennings glad he began his career overseas

UW wraps up regular season against Hawaii By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

As the mercury drops, most Wisconsinites dream of escaping to a warm tropical locale and forgetting their responsibilities for a bit. And that, along with a highpowered Hawaii passing attack, is the challenge facing the Badgers this weekend. Head coach Bret Bielema’s squad heads west to the islands to wrap up its regular season against the Warriors, who are riding high with a four-game winning streak. Bielema has been calling this “a business trip” since last week, hammering in the seriousness of the game. “I kind of want to set the mode,

‘hey, we’re going get off that plane, we’re hopping on that bus, we’re going right to work,’” Bielema said, noting that his team will practice right after they arrive. The contest will provide a shot at redemption for Wisconsin’s secondary, which struggled mightily in giving up over 350 yards to Northwestern, and has spent the last two weeks with a bad taste in their mouths. Hawaii enters the game with the third-best passing attack in the country, but has failed to produce points, scoring only 23.8 per game. The Warrior attack consistently deploys four or five receivers, but can also run the ball fairly effectively. Junior wide receiver Greg Salas

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Last Week Overall

MATT FOX the fox hole


Badger fans have seen their fair share of Taylor this season with Wisconsin utilizing him as a combo guard in its smaller lineup.

ast year Brandon Jennings became the first basketball player to go international rather than participate at the college level. His experience abroad has paid off so far, as the Milwaukee Bucks guard is averaging 22 points per game this year, including his 55-point effort a few weeks ago. With the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expiring in 2011, there are rumblings that Commissioner David Stern may try to raise the league’s 19-year old age minimum. Based on Jennings’ positive results from his abroad experience, raising the age limit could send even more potential NBA stars and NCAA standouts to international leagues. After a stellar high school career that ended at basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, Jennings became one of the top prospects in the nation. Jennings committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats, but failed his entrance exam on several attempts. This led him to the alternative of playing overseas, as Jennings reasoned this experience would help him prepare for the NBA. He received even more incentive to go abroad after being offered a $1.65 million contract with the Italian club Lottomatica Virtus Roma and a $2 million endorsement contract with Under Armour. Despite the attractiveness of these factors, Jennings’ abroad experience did very little to enhance his status for the following year’s NBA draft. Naturally, Jennings did not receive the same exposure he would in America while playing overseas. His stats overseas were nothing special, as Jennings averaged less than 20 minutes per game in 16 Euroleague games while shooting only 39 percent from the field. Jennings’ behavior off the court also made him a potential risk. Midway through the season, he complained about his playing time and experience abroad. After an NBA pre-draft workout, he disrespected fellow European prospect Ricky Rubio by saying his game was “all hype.” And Jennings was not very professional on draft night. Initially Jennings decided to skip the event for a family function but then strolled in late after he was drafted just to take a picture with the commissioner. But as we often see, Jennings’ oncourt play has made the public quickly forget about his off-court distractions. In addition to his 22 points per game, Jennings is averaging almost six assists, proving his worth not just as a scorer but a reliable point guard who can run an NBA offense. Teams had every right to see Jennings as a potential risk on draft night, but it’s now clear that front offices overlooked the behind-the-scenes work that Jennings went through in Italy. For one, he practiced every day with experienced players who are much bigger and stronger than those in the NCAA. The abroad experience certainly gave Jennings his fair share of lifestyle changes, but in the grand scheme of things, his main focus was basketball. College players not only

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Senior safety Chris Maragos and the secondary face another challenge this weekend against Hawaii and its spread offense. is the focal point of the offense, ranking second in the country in receiving yards and first in catches. “I think it really puts a type of burden on you that you want to carry for the team,” senior safety Chris Maragos said about facing a second-straight pass-heavy spread. “I just think we want to come out there ... with an edge and a chip on our shoulder to get it right.” Hawaii has been forced to play several signal callers due to injuries, with three players throwing more than 90 passes this year. Sophomore Bryant Moniz took the starting spot after a season-ending injury sidelined starter Greg Alexander for the season, and has thrown for nearly 2,200 yards in seven starts. On paper it should be easy-going for a Wisconsin rushing attack that matches the Big Ten’s top rusher in powerful senior running back John Clay against Hawaii’s run defense which allows 193.58 yard per game, 104th in the country. Despite the numbers, however, senior left tackle Gabe Carimi expects a stiff test from the Warriors

front. “What this Hawaii team is, they’re real dense guys, really thick, heavy and they’re going to be hard to move,” Carimi said. “They do a decent job of pass rushing. I think they’re a lot better with their run stop.” The Warriors fell to 2-6 at the end of October but rallied to bring themselves to the edge of bowl eligibility. Should they manage to pull out a victory Saturday, they will almost assuredly go to the Hawaii Bowl to face SMU and former head coach June Jones, who built up their program and led them to the Sugar Bowl two years ago. For the Badgers, this weekend may be a nice distraction from Madison’s cold weather, but the focus is still first and foremost finishing the regular season on a strong note. “It’s supposed to be a special thing that they do for us, but it also has to be prioritized,” Carimi said. “The main reason why we need to go there is to get a win out of it. They do this to be nice ... but it’s always about the win.”

Men’s Basketball

After marquee win, Badgers prepare for Tigers By Nick Schmitt THE DAILY CARDINAL

Any excitement from the win over Duke or the Big Ten’s first Big Ten-ACC challenge victory was short-lived for Wisconsin. The Badgers are now focused on preparing for the next game on their schedule as Grambling State comes to the Kohl Center on Saturday. The Tigers (1-3) are a member of the Southwest Atlantic Conference, which was considered the worst basketball conference in the nation last year. Only three SWAC schools finished over .500 with most of the victories coming from within the conference itself. The conference winner, Alabama State, lost in the NCAA tournament play-in game last season and finished with an RPI close to the bottom of the Division I schools. Grambling State finished in a last place tie in the SWAC in 2008 going 4-14 in conference play. But don’t expect the Badgers to pencil in a win and take the Tigers lightly. Grambling State plays a

high-tempo game, led by senior guard Ariece Perkins. He’s averaging 15.5 points a game and against one of the Badgers’ familiar opponents, Marquette, he scored 20 of the Tigers’ 41 points. Junior guard Lance Fuertado also has the ability to post a big night against the Badgers. He had 23 in the Tigers’ last game and is averaging 13.8 points a game. “They’re very athletic,” assistant coach Gary Close said. “They use a lot of dribble penetration to get to the rim so it will test our ability to stop the ball and make proper rotations.” Wisconsin will use its size and strong defense to suffocate the Tigers, who are averaging 18.3 turnovers per game. Close liked what he saw from sophomore guard Jordan Taylor and freshman forward Ryan Evans on the defensive side of the ball against Duke. “Jordan has the chance to be a terrific defensive guard,” Close said. “He likes playing defense. He’s tough and obviously he has some physical attributes that will


Guard Jordan Taylor contributed with his defense against Duke. help. Ryan is getting better. He’s moving his feet. He’s got some length so he’s harder to shoot over. His stop near the end of the game on Singler was as big a defensive play as there was.”

The Daily Cardinal - Friday, December 4, 2009  

The Daily Cardinal - Friday, December 4, 2009

The Daily Cardinal - Friday, December 4, 2009  

The Daily Cardinal - Friday, December 4, 2009