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Parental leave policy at UW-Madison lags behind other Big Ten institutions Story by Luisa de Vogel In December 2014, kids filled the lobby of Bascom Hall as professors and teaching assistants held office hours amid the chaos—meanwhile, just down the hall, UW-Madison administration attempted to work through the noise. The Teaching Assistants’ Association, UW-Madison’s graduate student union, planned this “playin” to demand paid parental leave for UW-Madison faculty and TAs. “It’s easy to forget that graduate students are people with families and our needs extend beyond our own food and housing,” said

Katie Zaman, a TA in the sociology department. “We stayed for about four hours and attracted press attention and certainly were noticed by the administration.” UW-Madison does not have any university-specific parental leave policy, but instead follows federal requirements. Faculty and staff are granted leave according to the Federal Family Medical Leave Act or the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act, which guarantee six or 12 weeks, respectively, of leave for any university employee. However, UW-Madison employees are required to use their federally mandated sick leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Mike Bernard-Donals, vice provost for faculty and staff, said fac-

ulty fall under one of these two policies based on how much sick leave they have accrued during their time at the university.

“When you have an infant that’s screaming and not sleeping, even if you want to be doing your best as a teacher, you’re not going to be there.” Christa Olsen professor UW-Madison

According to a 2015 report by the Faculty Senate, UW-Madison and the University of Iowa are the only two Big Ten institutions with-

out any university-specific parental leave policy. Eight of the other institutions—including Purdue University, Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska—have policies that provide paid teaching relief of 12 or more weeks. Zaman said many TAs help each other by filling in for emergency or last-minute sick days because they cannot simply cancel their lectures or sections. “That’s helpful to have that supportive environment, but we shouldn’t have to do that,” Zaman said. Prior to TAA’s play-in, faculty within the College of Letters and Science created their own parental leave policy in 2013—it is now the only UW-Madison college to have

such a policy for faculty. According to Christa Olsen, a professor in the English department, in the absence of any decent policy for leave, women faculty members recommended that their time off be based off the percentage of their time teaching. “That meant that having been here for three years, I had accrued enough leave that I could take off both classes in the fall following my childbirth,” Olsen said. “I was still doing service and I was still doing research, but the part of my schedule that is most tied to having to be somewhere was taken off the table.” However, along with the benefits of the L&S parental leave policy,

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“…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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Financial aid office persists amid push for more state funds Story by Andrew Bahl and Madeline Heim The state’s biennial budget might seem complicated, but it has very real effects for the students, faculty, administration and staff that make up the UW System. In the last round, they were forced to absorb a $250 million cut that changed the experiences of students across the state. As the next budget looms, follow The Daily Cardinal’s series on what it could hold for key UW players. Follow the series to read our next installment, which looks at how the budget affects building projects on campus. On each door of UW-Madison’s Office of Student Financial Aid, a sign hangs depicting three concentric circles. One represents recruitment, retention and on-time graduation for students, the other symboliz-

es a seamless enrollment process and the third represents engagement in the university’s academic and research enterprises. But as Derek Kindle, the office’s director, pointed out, at the center of the three circles is students. “We are really trying to focus ourselves to students and meeting their needs in every and any way possible,” Kindle said. About 63 percent of undergraduate students at the university will receive some form of financial aid through his office each year, Kindle explained, though the source of that aid varies. Nearly 50 percent of UW-Madison’s aid comes from the federal government, 32 percent stems from the school itself and just 6 percent is provided by the state, according to the 2016’17 Budget in Brief. Students like Yasmeena Ougayour, a junior from Marshfield, Wis., said that some students aren’t eligible for programs, such as PEOPLE or POSSE, which target students of certain income levels or home-


As the UW System calls for consistent funding for financial aid from the state in its next biennial budget, UW-Madison’s Office of Student Financial Aid looks to make school affordable for students. towns and have to rely on other forms of financial aid. “For students like myself, I’m in a sort of weird bracket of not being from a background that is typically offered the grants and the big academic scholarships.” Ougayour said. “And I want to be very humble about this, but I think some people, even worse off than me, don’t make that income bracket and are still struggling to pay for their school.” The university also divides its gift aid into two categories, needbased and merit-based, which

accounted for 24 percent and 28 percent of the aid dispersed within the academic year, respectively. While Kindle said those amounts have remained relatively stable, that’s a small shift from the last two school years, when the percentage of need-based aid was slightly higher than that of merit-based aid. UW-Madison associate professor Nicholas Hillman said the type of aid schools prioritize depends on policy goals—whether they seek to retain smart, instate students or increase access and opportunity for students

with lower income, for example. In Wisconsin, where legislators feel pressure from their college-educated constituents to protect the university system and to welcome students from all backgrounds, the push for lower-income students to attend UW schools is an increasingly popular one. One conceivable solution is to increase the amount of needbased aid provided by the state. The Higher Educational Aids Board gives out roughly $140

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System’s Board of Regents approve $4,000 tuition hike for nonresidents By Madeline Heim THE DAILY CARDINAL


The Associated Students of Madison Student Council and Student Services Finance Committee have struggled to reach quorum at meetings throughout the semester due to low attendance.

UW-Madison’s Student Council, SSFC struggle with poor meeting attendance By Maggie Chandler THE DAILY CARDINAL

Although elected and appointed representatives for the Associated Students of Madison make commitments to advocate for students at weekly meetings, two groups within the larger organization have been dealing with low attendance this year. While attendance has always been a slight problem for both the Student Council and the Student Services Finance Committee, it has grown into a bigger issue that could potentially affect the groups’ abilities to accomplish their duties. ASM’s Nominations Board has had to fill eight vacant Council seats this semester, for example. Nominations Board Chair Vanessa Studer said she also expects more seats to open next semester as students leave to study abroad. SSFC has impeached two of their 15 members this semester alone for poor attendance. Several other members have come close to

surpassing the maximum amount of excused and unexcused absences they are allowed. SSFC Chair Colin Barushok said he had a few ideas why attendance may be lower this year. “I would think it’s because the flavor of the committee is turning more activist these past few years,” Barushok said. “So the kinds of members who serve on the committee are more people who see themselves as activists versus people who see themselves as number crunchers.” Between the two organizations, SSFC is hit much harder by low attendance because it needs eight of the 15 members to attend meetings in order to approve groups’ eligibility for segregated fees, as well as approving those groups’ yearly budgets. Absences also affect the organization’s ability to move efficiently through budget hearings, given their tight budget schedule. One of SSFC’s meetings was cancelled due to failure to meet

quorum, Barushok said, so now they are meeting Thursday, the day before the campus-wide Study Day. For Student Council, the issues surpass general attendance. The body has had to fill many vacancies, and without quorum to approve new members, those members cannot be approved on time. “Absences really hinder the work Student Council is trying to accomplish,” said ASM Chair Carmen Goséy. Barushok said he hopes to add a question concerning attendance to the SSFC application: whether the potential member would be willing to sacrifice other engagements to attend meetings. Although Barushok said he is not enthused about rescheduling a meeting so close to exam week, the budget schedule requires a makeup. “We have to reschedule. We have to get these budgets done,” Barushok said. “We can’t give up on our groups. That would be not doing our job.”

Out-of-state students at UW-Madison will face a $4,000 jump in tuition over the next two years after the UW System Board of Regents approved the increase during its meeting Thursday. The university has steadily increased tuition for nonresidents during the past few years in an effort to make up funds lost from millions of dollars in budget cuts coupled with stagnant in-state tuition, which Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin state legislature have frozen since 2012. With the approved increases in place, tuition for out-of-state students will reach $35,523 by the 2018-’19 academic year. Resident tuition, in contrast, currently rests at just over $10,400.

“In some cases ... top students hesitate to apply to UW schools because they think the low tuition must signal low quality.” Rebecca Blank chancellor UW-Madison

The increases conclude a plan proposed two years ago by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, asking for four years of such tuition increases. Blank has cited the university’s fiscal needs following an $86 million budget deficit in the current biennium, as well as rising operations costs, as reasons for the tuition hike. The Board of Regents also approved nonresident tuition increases for six other UW System institutions, though UW-Madison was the only school to request an increase of more

than a thousand dollars. Regent Bryan Steil, a member of the board’s Business and Finance Committee that initially approved the increases, called the raises “too much too fast” for students across the system. Steil was one of the few regents who voted against the increases. UW-Madison’s graduate and professional students will also see tuition hikes in the next two years. Those increases range up to roughly $5,000 per year—for example, the Wisconsin School of Business’s global real estate masters program tuition will reach $43,280 by 2018-’19. Business and Finance Committee Chair Janice Mueller said that while some of the proposed increases were initially concerning, those concerns were alleviated when she learned that the money received from higher tuition will stay within the schools themselves. Regent President Regina Millner agreed with Mueller, saying she was “very supportive” of the resolution. “The system offers the only public schools of those kind in the state. Although they may be located at UW-Madison, they really represent the whole state,” Millner said. “Those schools are critically important to producing professionals.” Blank has also been vocal in pointing out UW-Madison’s nonresident tuition in comparison with other Big Ten schools. The university currently ranks fifth in the group, but Blank argued that setting this portion of tuition closer to the market rate will make UW-Madison a more marketable school. “In some cases, tuition is low enough that top students hesitate to apply to UW schools because they think the low tuition must signal low quality,” she said in a Monday blog post.


financial from page 2 million to students enrolled in the UW System, as well as the state’s technical colleges, tribal colleges and private universities.

“We try in all ways possible to protect student aid as much as we can.” Derek Kindle director Office of Student Financial Aid

Almost three quarters of that money is given to students via a program called the Wisconsin Grant. HEAB Secretary John Reinemann said that money is designed to help those who need the most help paying for college. “You have to be awfully needy to be needy enough to get a Wisconsin Grant from our agency,” Reinemann said. The HEAB doles out money based on when students fill out the FAFSA, with those filing the application earlier getting the best chance of receiving some money. Each of the sectors receiving Wisconsin Grant funds, including the UW System, crafts a formula to determine how many students will get aid and what portion of their tuition those grants will cover. Each year, Reinemann says, there is unmet need. The UW System has historically tried to design a formula which helps most needy applicants get some measure of aid, with roughly one in four undergrads system-wide receiving an average of $1,773 in 2014. In an effort to help reduce that unmet need, the Board of Regents approved a resolution in June to petition the HEAB to request more funding for the Wisconsin Grant in that agency’s 2017-’19 biennial budget request. “This is an overdue and prudent enhancement of state support for our students,” Regent Gerald Whitburn said at the time. “I think it should be a priority in the upcoming budget process.” The resolution requests an additional $19 million to beef up the program over the course of the next two years. Reinemann

parental from page 1 Olsen also noted four specific problems: the policy only applies to L&S faculty, how well the policy works depends on an individual’s circumstances and the policy essentially establishes childbirth and adoption as an illness. Lastly, the policy applies solely to faculty, so TAs and administrative staff are not covered. “The people who are the poorest paid and have the least flexibility and the most heavy supervision are the people who don’t have access to this,” she said. “Faculty, who have a lot of flexibility in our lives, get access to this.” According to Olsen, even though this policy subsidizes professors’ teaching time, many still have to fulfill responsibilities such as research, writing and service. “You’re still doing 60 percent of your job, and you’re not actually on leave,” she said. Ramifications of not having a university-wide parental leave policy extend beyond just faculty and staff—students see the effects

acknowledges, however, that the grant is unlikely to see a major increase given the number of state agencies competing for funding in the next budget cycle. “I don’t believe the governor can be expected to meet the entire request. I don’t think that’s a reasonable expectation,” he said. “I’m sorry to have to say that but … the increases the program have been given have been very small and are nothing like the amounts requested by the sectors.” Despite the state’s small contribution to aid at UW-Madison and the cuts it has distributed to the university as a whole in past years, Kindle said the financial aid office has remained largely unaffected because of efforts to shield it from those cuts. “We try in all ways possible to protect student aid as much as we can,” Kindle said. The office also works with politicians to promote clear-cut legislation surrounding financial aid for students—whether that means advising national players, state legislators or other areas of university administration that advocate for the school in Wisconsin’s biennial budget.

“This is an overdue and prudent enhancement of state support for our students ... it should be a priority in the upcoming budget process” Gerald Whitburn regent Board of Regents

Kindle said he is hesitant to criticize legislators for their work on financial aid and college tuition, but added that he hopes to see more transparency concerning aid in the state’s next budget—something he said can get “fuddled” while trying to craft legislation in a restrained timeframe. “[We want to make] sure that what we say looks exactly how we meant it, and to a student, ends up being exactly what everyone meant it to be,” he explained. as well. Olsen said no matter how much faculty members care about their students, at times they balance challenging demands. “When you have an infant that’s screaming and not sleeping, even if you want to be doing your very best as a teacher, you’re not going to be there,” she said.

“I would like to see six weeks of paid parental leave. It needs to be flexible, it needs to be paid.” Katie Zaman teaching assistant Uw-Madison

The absence of a just policy might also keep UW-Madison from retaining and attracting competitive faculty. “I know somebody who was considering a move to the UW System from another tenured position,” Olsen remarked. “The fact that there wasn’t a decent family-leave policy was a big part of why she didn’t accept a position here.”

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UW-Madison student leaders have circulated a petition and have planned a day of action to oppose legislation that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses.

Student leaders plan to fight concealed carry legislation By Sammy Gibbons THE DAILY CARDINAL

State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, plans to reintroduce legislation that will allow concealed weapons to be carried on UW System and technical college campuses in Wisconsin. UW-Madison students have begun to take action to oppose the legislation before it is voted on. Several students, mostly members of Associated Students of Madison’s Coordinating Council, met with Dean of Students Lori Berquam, who said she believes the legislation is going to pass. Kat Kerwin, the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science representative on ASM Student Council and vice chair of ASM’s Legislative Affairs Committee, has spearheaded efforts relating to concealed carry during her time with the committee. The meeting sparked her latest projects surrounding the issue. Kerwin and other committee members created a petition that has been circulating on social media since Dec. 3 and had 1,100 signatures as of Dec. 9. They will partner with However, UW-Madison is currently working to create a parental leave policy for all faculty and staff. “I would like to see six weeks of paid parental leave,” Zaman stated. “It needs to be flexible, it needs to be paid. In April 2015, the Faculty Commission on Compensation Joint Governance Committee presented the Faculty Senate with recommendations for how to develop a policy that would include one semester of paid teaching leave for faculty. “The chancellor suggested that we wanted to do something comprehensive that was not just for faculty, but included faculty, academic staff, university staff and other employees,” Bernard-Donals said. If a work group is charged, faculty and staff can expect a new policy to be presented to the chancellor in two years, according to Bernard-Donals. “If you think about reproductive justice as a whole, we need to be thinking about women’s health before they get pregnant, during the pregnancy, the time that they’re allowed to be with the child, and not just women, also men,” Zaman said.

the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, a statewide non-profit organization, to gather more signatures before the legislation is voted on. “We’re going to have a lobbying day and bring all those signatures to the Capitol and show [legislators] that these are the people that don’t want this to happen,” Kerwin said. The group will also hold a day of action on Dec. 15. On this day they will encourage everyone to call their legislators and explain why they do not want campus carry to happen. Kerwin said they will send a script out for people to reference when making these calls. They will have tables set up at Gordon Commons and Union South on this day as well to raise awareness of the legislation. Kerwin has been in touch with members of the University of Texas at Austin student government, who recently passed a bill to halt campus carry, which she plans to replicate. She connected with UT-Austin student Jessica Jin who started a campaign called Cocks Not Glocks. According to Kerwin, Cocks Not Glocks aims to

fights absurdity with absurdity. Participating individuals are given a sex toy, which they attach to their backpacks and carry around campus, which is meant to pose the question: “If you don’t like us having toys in class, why should we be allowed to have guns in class?” Kerwin is expecting a shipment of 200 toys and plans to make the effort toward establishing a registered student organization in the spring semester. Kremer has publically said that his goal is to have guns in all K-12 institutions, as well as college campuses. Kerwin said because of this, the legislation is not stopping even if it does not pass for a second time. She predicts the bill will be introduced on Jan. 19, shortly after UW-Madison students return to campus after winter break. “I don’t think people know that campus carry is even an option on the table,” Kerwin said. “The Republicans are [being] sneaky right now and planning to introduce the legislation and being quiet about because they know students are going away for break … they know it will have widescale opposition.”


An old breastfeeding station inside the Sewell Social Sciences building is an example of existing accomodations for parents at UW-Madison.

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By genetic engineering lactic acid bacteria, James Steele turns a negative into a positive in food science industries. By Rachael Andrew the daily cardinal

Fermented products can range anywhere from beer to sourdough bread to soy sauce to ethanol fuels. In the microbial realm of fermentation, the process is fundamentally the same: Microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast metabolize sugars into alcohol. But often, the process can be plagued by a major drawback. Lactic acid bacteria are a contaminant in the fermentation process that don’t produce alcohol, the desired product. Instead, they produce lactic acid, an unwanted byproduct. “We start with the contaminant, which is the lactic acid bacteria. Basically it steals sugars from the yeast, and the yeast could use those sugars to make ethanol,” James Steele, a professor of food science at

UW-Madison explained. These bacteria can be combatted in several ways. In the beer industry, hops were a natural solution. “The ethanol industry has a lot in common with the beer industry … A couple hundred years ago, they came up with hops as being something that’s an antimicrobial,” Steele said. “But hops are extremely expensive.” Antibiotics are another solution. “Some of those antibiotics can make it through the process and end up in a byproduct of ethanol production, which is animal feed,” Steele explained. “Which means that those residues can find their way into the human food supply or form antibiotic resistant bacteria.” These antibiotic resistant bacteria are a growing concern

for the general public. They can cause serious human disease, and since they have bred to be resistant to antibiotics, there isn’t really a good way to combat them. “They come in a large part from use and misuse of antibiotics by the medical community,” Steele expressed. “But they also come from the use and misuse of antibiotics in the agricultural industry. We’d like to see different alternatives to the use of antibiotics in the agricultural industry.” Steele’s research is offering these alternatives. Through genetic engineering, Steele is turning lactic acid bacteria from an issue to a solution. According to Steele, his team is reengineering that contaminant to now make ethanol rather than lactic acid. So not only do these genetically engineered bacteria no longer produce lactic acid, they produce additional alcohol. So successful are these new bacteria that Steele has secured two patents on the research. With these patents and the help of several investors that assist startups, Steele was able to found his business, Lactic Solutions. Ethanol plants can look to Steele’s company to procure his modified bacteria and improve efficiency in their ethanol production. Even in light of his personal business success, Steele is most excited by the prospects of making a significant contribution to the agriculture industry through his research.

A ‘luckier’ way to build plastics By Julie Spitzer the daily cardinal

Professor Ive Hermans has a different philosophy when it comes to running a research group and laboratory full of brilliant students. When Hermans instructs his students, he isn’t angered when they deviate from the original plan and opt from a more imaginative idea. In doing so, Hermans helps them extend the bounds of their knowledge and make new discoveries. The newest discovery from Hermans’ lab, sparked by this sort of defiant-yet-creative methodology, may change the way plastics are made. Hermans, who holds a joint appointment within the chemistry and chemical & biological engineering departments at UW-Madison, said that some are calling the lead author lucky. Joseph Grant, a graduate student in Hermans’ group, sustainability chemistry and catalysis engineering, recently discovered a new catalyst for making plastics, ultimately leading to a potentially new sustainable method for producing the everyday material. Plastics are essentially made

up of building blocks called polymers. In recent years, the chemical industry has been attempting to use a process called oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, ODHP, to better synthesize the components of plastics. Grant helped crack this complex code. Instead of using the field’s standard chemical material, Silicon Carbide, as a catalyst, Grant used Boron Nitride despite his adviser’s directions. His “serendipitous” idea, as Hermans said some might call it, took the academic world by storm. During reaction, SiC releases carbon dioxide and other unwanted byproducts, but using BN as a catalyst produced ethene and propene, two industrially useful components. “If a student would have asked me ‘should I try this?’ I probably would have said no because everyone recognizes this wouldn’t work,” Hermans said, although he was glad Grant explored new options in research. Hermans noted that Grant made another contribution to the field, also by chance, a few months earlier regarding impurities and their effects. Both of these findings were featured on

the front covers of Science. “Some people just attract luck by being very diligent and systematic and precise and carefully analyzing things,” Hermans said, demonstrating his uneasiness to attribute Grant’s findings to luck alone. “If you are carefully looking and systematically analyzing which variables are important in a certain system, you have a higher chance that you will discover something than if you just shoot around some arrows in the dark and hope that you will get lucky,” Hermans added. While it may be a long time before this method is implemented in industrial plants, Hermans, who teaches an introductory chemistry course at UW-Madison, said there is a lesson to be learned from Grant’s discovery. Hermans’ message to all graduate students is to go beyond the guidance of what your adviser expects of you and to do more. If a student feels something is worth their time and is important to their field, Hermans suggests doing it anyways. “The more systematic you look at something, precisely try to understand something, the easier it is to get lucky,” Hermans said.

Dear Ms. Scientist, Why are some winters colder than others? Nick S. One reason why we have different winters from year to year is two special climate patterns: El Niño and La Niña. These two climate patterns alternate with each other, often year by year. El Niño and La Niña are defined by how they affect the average ocean temperatures around the world; El Niño raises ocean temperatures, while La Niña lowers them. However, their biggest impact on us is how they affect our weather and amount of rainfall. In the northern U.S., La Niña episodes mean that we get a lot more precipitation than usual, meaning if La Niña happens in the winter, we get a lot of snow. Episodes of El Niño don’t make a huge difference in the north where we are, but they make the winters in the southern portion of the U.S. a lot wetter and colder. So, be sure to bundle up this winter and stay warm, regardless of the episode we’re in.

Dear Ms. Scientist, What is black ice? Kris K. Winter is officially here and it brought along slippery roads and sidewalks coated in ice sheets. But, certain patches of ice are more slippery than others. These are often referred to as “black ice” patches. However, what exactly is black ice, and what makes it so much more slippery than other ice patches? Here is some helpful information to help you identify the slippery spots when walking to class this week. To start, black ice is not actually black. The name comes from the typical color of the road that the black ice patches are found on. The ice freezes over a relatively dry spot on the sidewalk or road making it hard to identify without much snow around. The ice patch freezes clear, which makes it appear the color of the road. It is often caused by a light drizzle of rain or icy rain, and the thin patch is nearly invisible. Automobile exhaust can also be a causing factor. Salt can help to alleviate black ice, but once the temperature dips below zero degree Fahrenheit, salt only adds to the problem. Be careful on those slick sidewalks this winter.

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Studying, training, racing during college By Lauren Ann Sklba the daily cardinal

In September, I knew I was starting what might be my busiest semester yet. With a full class load, a 20-hour internship, a part time job and student orgs, I felt like there was a shortage of hours in my week. So I decided to train for a marathon.

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After being a dedicated athlete most of my life, I stepped onto the UW-Madison campus without the “student-athlete” title and felt like there was something missing from my routine. After years of running regularly, spending time at the gym and training for several smaller races, I could not get the thought of a marathon out of my head. So for my birthday, I asked my parents to register me for my first marathon. Molly Sequin, a senior from Green Bay, started her college career on the UW-Madison rowing team, but had to quit due to health complications. When she saw her older sister doing big races, Sequin signed up for her first IRONMAN 70.3, half the distance of a full race, as a sophomore. Two years later, Sequin was ready to conquer a full Ironman, kicking off her senior year with her biggest race yet, the IRONMAN Wisconsin 2016. For Darby Voeks, a UW senior from Minneapolis, the desire to attempt an IRONMAN came from a desire to see just how far he could push himself. While he ran in high school, the pressure and lack of guidance he felt as a runner turned him away from the sport. This changed after Voeks spent a semester abroad, half of which took place in Patagonia where he intended to summit a 19,000-foot peak. Although he was nervous, he was excited for what was likely to be the biggest physical challenge of his life. However, the group had to turn around due to weather complications, ultimately deterring the testing of Voeks’ limits. After that, Voeks thought an IRONMAN would serve as a fair substitute for a

physical challenge. While the need to race has stemmed from our unique experiences, we all had one thing in common: an unrelenting nagging from the athlete within. Many miles, hours and mental breakdowns Months after registering, it was finally time to print out my training plan and add one more arguably unnecessary thing to my already-packed schedule. Little did I know, dedicating time to running would do wonders for organizing other areas of my life. At the beginning of each week, I knew which days I needed to wake up early to run, when I’d be able to eat and how late I could stay up in relation to what I had to do the following day. Running a marathon, while consuming hours of my week, ultimately made me a more efficient version of myself. For those training for an IRONMAN, the time toll is even greater, due to the length and variety of activity. “I was training five to seven hours a day, so I had to learn time management. And it makes you a very strong-minded person, working under pressure and getting things done,” Sequin said. Both physically and mentally, the training season fosters mental toughness, life organization and personal growth. Voeks approaches training with the same mentality he uses to push through the stress of life felt as a college student. “Being a student in college, we are stressed beyond belief. We’ve all had those moments when it’s mental-breakdown time. And so many times during training, I remember thinking that, especially for my first marathon,” Voeks said. Voeks recalls one specific training run where he found himself miles away from home, a car and water, and doubting his ability to finish. “I got to mile 16 and thought, ‘I really don’t know if I’m going to be able to finish this.’ And then I realized that I really didn’t have a choice,” Voeks said. While training is no easy feat,

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Running is a great way to stay active and healthy in college.

one of the most rewarding parts is seeing both physical and mental progress. Voeks said after his first 100-mile training ride, he was unable to walk, but knew that to complete his IRONMAN, he would have to finish a full marathon after the 100 miles spent on his bike. “It motivated me to train harder. And then two months later, I did another 100-mile ride and felt awesome after it,” Voeks said.

Racing on a college budget

Apart from the mental and physical challenge of endurance racing, the cost itself could be enough to deter the average student with a limited budget. So how can a college student make racing affordable? For me, I asked family members to consider my registration fee as a birthday gift. Voeks registered for his IRONMAN with the help of his girlfriend, whom he paid back over the following weeks. Sequin used money she had saved from her summer job to buy her bike and register for her race. While gear can also be expensive, athletes recommend spreading out purchases over time and ask for necessary equipment as gifts. Another option is to consider partnering with a charity organization, which may not reduce your registration price but can provide perks when it comes to gear and nutrition, while also giving money toward a cause. Voeks raced with IRONMAN Foundation, and also recommends partnering with organizations such as World Vision, a child-sponsorship charity that has teams racing and fundraising across the nation.

Get going

Getting involved in the world of endurance racing can be daunting, but the running and racing world is a community all of its own. Sequin suggests joining a running or triathlon club in order to train alongside others who can help you navigate the process, especially if you do not personally know someone who has done a similar race. Voeks recommends reading books in addition to training. “Born to Run” and “Alone on the Wall,” both suggest that running is natural and the true craziness lies in not taking steps to better oneself. Voeks’ view of racing has been shaped by these reads. With a budget plan, a support system and the will to race, students can tackle what may sound crazy to them. “Eventually there’s going to come a point where if you’ve thought about something for such a long time, are you going to be happy if you look back and didn’t do it because of time? Or are you going to be happy you went for it, even if you might not be totally sure it’s the best choice?” Voeks reasoned. I say, just go for it.

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Indulge in a classic Italian dish, like pasta or pizza, at Cento.

Restaurant Review

Cento offers upscale, fresh Italian cuisine By Trevor Kniaz the daily cardinal

Cento, an upscale Italian restaurant, is a good spot to show off or step it up when the parents come to town (an especially good choice on someone else’s dime) or for any special occasion. Located at 122 West Mifflin, right off of State Street, Cento is a convenient walk away from all the action and nightlife on State, while still intimate enough to provide a quiet and relaxing experience. The high ceilings, dark accents and Italian-modern decor make a stunning impression and serve to set the space apart from other area restaurants. Manager Jordan Bright says that Cento wants to “be really authentic Italian, but not region specific.” With influences from the north, south and Sicilian Italian cuisines, Cento belies expectations of secondrate, vaguely inspired Italian restaurants with a balance of genuinely authentic Italian regional cooking. The head chef at Cento, Giovanni Novella, hails from Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, well known for the quality of their tomatoes. While importing fresh tomatoes year-round may be unrealistic, Cento does import canned tomatoes from Campania, that exude an earthy and rich flavor, and build the base for their richly flavorful red sauces. Bright explains, “Cento wants to provide rustic and traditional Italian cuisine, but elevated.” This is why Cento offers an array of simple, Italian dishes that shine simply through the quality of their ingredients. Whether for a big group or a special meal for two, Cento’s menu offers dishes in a variety of portion sizes that give diners the creative freedom to share their favorite plates if they choose. The spuntini and antipasti are perfectly bite sized and allow you to enjoy big flavor in a small bite, while still have room for pasta, pizza, an entrée or a selection from each section of the menu. The $10 sweet dates, filled with spicy sausage, wrapped with smoky bacon and placed in a small pool of piquillopepper sauce, have remained

a fan favorite since the restaurant first opened its doors in July 2014. The crunchy, salty bacon and sausage complement the sweet and chewy dates perfectly, and the piquillo-pepper sauce adds a final punch with a tangy finish. Also very popular are the wood-burning oven pizzas, like the $16 prosciutto and arugula pizza, topped with creamy mozzarella and a dusting of parmesan and truffle oil. The neapolitan pizzas are full of flavor, with the truffle oil in particular standing out on this pizza. If the entrées fill you up too much, the pizzas make fantastic leftovers after a couple minutes in the toaster oven. Among the pasta dishes, the $14 orecchiette, which comes with pecorino, spinach, tomato and Italian sausage is a favorite. Also delicious is the $15 casarecce, which comes with smoked pork, caramelized onion, red wine and parmesan. These rich, savory pasta dishes benefit from generous servings of sauce that soak up the noodles and add flavor to every bite. While Cento might be a bit pricey for an ordinary night out, there are several deals that can let you get a taste of the menu even when your parents aren’t in town. On the weekends there is a $25 “Boozy Brunch” deal that offers a fresh pastry, your choice of any of the breakfast or lunchtime entrées and any two of their classic Italian cocktails. The “After Work, After Dark” happy hour deal from 4-6 p. also offers discounts on drinks and a few select options from the menu. Besides the stand-out menu, guests enjoy the special ambience provided by low lighting, hardwood ceilings and an exposed brick wall in the second dining room. It’s a chic and sophisticated setting, but with retro touches added by framed pictures of rustic Midwest imagery that give a more familiar, homey atmosphere, despite the refined interior. With options ranging from seafood to vegetarian, lighter fare to a perfectly prepared sizzling rib-eye, everyone at your table is bound to find something satisfying.




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Top 5 Films of 2016 The year 2016 presented moviegoers with a diverse array of films. While theaters certainly saw some low lows, the high highs truly hit. From blockbusting superhero movies to quieter indie films, filmmakers crafted both visually stunning and emotionally resonant pieces of cinema for fans of every genre to enjoy. The Daily Cardinal Arts desk submitted its top films of this year. —Sam Marz, Film Columnist


Top 5 viral trends 1. Harambe 2. Mannequin challenge 3. Arthur memes 4. Frog memes 5. Bee Movie


Top 5 cringe-y moments 1. White people doing the whip and nae nae 2. The


3. Awkward GOP debate entrance 4. Hillary saying, “Pokemon Go to the polls” 5. Jeb Bush saying, “Please clap”

“Moonlight” is a film that takes your breath away. In a world where action movies and sequels reign supreme, “Moonlight” is an engagingly soft-spoken film that sheds a severe light on the importance and struggles of identity by finding, keeping and figuring out what to do when these identities intersect. The plot, divided into three chapters, follows the life of a young boy through adulthood as he grapples with the drug culture that surrounds him, a destructive home environment, his blossoming sexuality and how to navigate the centuries of oppression that have been placed on his shoulders due to his skin tone. No brief synopsis could begin to explain how critical it is for as many people as possible to see this film. —Leah Voskuil

“Arrival” bucks the trend of recent sci-fi action adventure romps to reconnect with the roots of its genre in a restrained, contemplative film about the broadness and value of the human experience. The power of sci-fi storytelling has always been to use the extremes of human development and technology to provide a lens through which we can look back at the inadequacies of our own world. In “Arrival,” a linguist, played by Amy Adams, works with government investigators to translate alien language following the aliens’ arrival on Earth. The film remains grounded in real linguistic practice, offering a realistic take on international affairs. —Chris Lueneburg

“Sing Street” is a littleknown gem that truly encompasses the spirit of 1980s film. Written and directed by John Carney, “Sing Street” is set in Ireland in 1985, where protagonist Connor Lalor started a band, Sing Street, to impress Raphina, the mysterious girl who hung out every day across the street from Connor’s school. This film truly has the entire package. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton shine as the two leads, playing off one another with natural chemistry. With a tight narrative, lively music and performances to match, Carney makes a raw, affecting film that feels like it was taken right out of the 1980s era of cinema. —Sam Marz

“Captain America: Civil War,” the 13th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is one of the most innovative and genre-defying superhero movies to ever be released. Featuring an ensemble of superstars from Scarlett Johansson to Robert Downey Jr., nearly every superhero from previous films makes an appearance. The movie seamlessly introduces new characters—Black Panther and fanfavorite Spider-Man—into the already massive universe. With an extremely unconventional villain, “Civil War” keeps audiences on their toes. w“Civil War” permanently changed the rules of the cinematic universe, disproving the idea that superhero movies cannot have great action and a thrilling plot. —Logan Rude

“Zootopia” leaves viewers with a newfound sense of hope for animated films. Perhaps all of them are churned out cash cows enticing six-year-olds to beg their parents to see colorful cartoons with neither substance nor originality. “Zootopia” breaks this convention through its multidimensional approach that appeals to every audience. On the surface, a fox and a rabbit become involved in a mysterious conspiracy theory straight out of a film noir, but beyond this lie clever commentaries on social discrimination and political injustice. The powerful message to unabashedly be yourself despite social pressures is something audiences young and old can get behind. —Ben Golden

Top 5 TV Shows of 2016 2016 has been a legendary year for television. As technologies, budgets, content and overall scale increased, television breached uncharted territory. Shows are bolder, sharper and more impressive than ever before. I invited Daily Cardinal writers to share some of their favorites of the year. —Ben Golden, TV Columnist

“Westworld,” HBO’s new series, embeds elements of the western genre within a sci-fi world to make a multilayered and gripping first season. The show depicts a fantastical American-Western landscape populated by “hosts,” life-like robots built to serve the needs of human guests who come to escape to a world without consequences. When some of these hosts begin to question their own realities, this utopian world begins to fall apart. Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton are exceptional as hosts Dolores and Maeve. Anthony Hopkins delivers a solid performance as Robert Ford, founder of the park. With unexpected yet satisfying twists, “Westworld” will leave viewers questioning what is real and what is not. —Sam Marz

“The Crown,” the most expensive series Netflix has produced, provides a compelling look into the Queen’s ascension and the early days of her reign. Known for his various works about the royal family, Peter Morgan is back with his favorite subject, Queen Elizabeth II. It’s a fascinating and mostly historically accurate look within the inner workings of the family. The writing and award-worthy performances, especially by Jonathan Lithgow as Winston Churchill, brilliantly show the balance of family life and privacy and their privileged positions as royalty and figureheads that are not actually desired. —Rolands Lauzums

“Black Mirror,” a British drama series reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone,” is sweeping the U.S. and our Netflix accounts. Each episode has its own standalone plot, driving us to contemplate our own existence with fascinating, satirical and disturbing commentary about modern life and technology. For example, one episode features a memory “re-do” bug implanted in a user’s head, allowing them to review any memory at any time that drives a young couple to question their relationship. “Black Mirror” validates our hesitations about technology and artificial intelligence. Instead of making us crave the benefits of technology, it gives us pause to ask “At what cost?” —Katie Scheidt

“Atlanta” showcases the highs and lows of day-today life, featuring a beautiful blend of comedy and realism. Ranging from high school football star Troy Barnes on “Community” to his multi-faceted rap persona Childish Gambino, Donald Glover has proven his ability to transform himself. In “Atlanta,” Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a college dropout looking to make a living for himself and his daughter. The show encompasses not only Earn’s struggle, but those of young adults. “Atlanta” is a perfect mix of one man’s attempts to improve his life sprinkled with cynical humor and a touch of social commentary that coalesce in a show that is real and honest. —Logan Rude

“This Is Us” is, without a doubt, one of the most inclusive, kind and captivating television shows of 2016. The show embraces diversity on every level—from casting decisions firmly rooted in the importance of on-screen representation of bodies, skin tones and abilities, to how the plot conceptualizes time within a variety of relationship dynamics—all while staying true to the crux of the show’s message: the value of family. Without sounding like too much of a sentimentalist, “This Is Us” will leave you with the overwhelming desire to hug everyone you know after each episode. 2016 was a rough year overall, but the creation of “This Is Us” made it a little bit sweeter—a task that only a “Best Of” show could achieve. —Leah Voskuil

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Top 10 Albums of 2016

1 Lemonade Beyoncé

Lemonade is the richter-scale-level pop culture rumble for which 2016 was primed and ready. Beyoncé drenches Lemonade in a complex mix of longing and betrayal, logic and irrationality that winds people up and casts them off to stand among the wreckage of which she sings. It transcends the often one-dimensional portrayals of women in the pop genre and redefines pop sound through an equally multifaceted range of influence, blurring R&B into country, punk and dancehall. Through the songs themselves and the inseparable visual album, Lemonade cohesively runs a confusing gamut of response to personal and cultural tumultuousness in the face of personal agony and societal inequality—from screaming “suck on my balls” in “Sorry,” to constructively organizing in “Formation” to passionate forgiving in “All Night”—artistically manifesting each emotion and validating each action. —Amileah Sutliff

Frank Ocean, one of music’s most enigmatic figures, makes a proud and bold return with his emotionally introspective and vulnerable album, Blonde. The instrumentals are a gorgeous mix of angelic perfection and devilish chaos. Ocean’s vocals guide listeners through the haze of relationships, struggle and self-doubt. Blonde deserves and demands your full attention. The album is layered beyond belief and, even after hundreds of listens, songs like “Nights” continue to reveal the smallest musical details buried deep beneath the surface. Blonde’s release gifts music fans with one of the most masterfully crafted albums in recent history. In a year that was filled with turmoil, Blonde teaches us to look past our struggles and persevere. By acknowledging what’s bad in our lives, Blonde gives us the ability to focus on what’s good. —Logan Rude


22, A Million Bon Iver


David Bowie

Blonde Frank Ocean

1. “Black Beatles”

22, A Million, Bon Iver’s third album, marks a transition in sound and style from the band’s past work. Following a five-year hiatus from the band, frontman Justin Vernon abandons his indie rock sounds from For Emma, Forever Ago and Bon Iver for something more experimental and the results are striking. The distressed beats and vocals present throughout the album are simultaneously gripping and disconcerting, making for an album that gets better after each listen. In particular, the singles “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” and “33 “GOD”” grip the listener from the first note, highlighting recurring themes of personal struggle and religion. With homages to Vernon’s Wisconsin roots, particularly in the song, “715 - CR∑∑KS,” the band offers a newly defined direction for their music and pulls it off masterfully. —Sam Marz

Solange surprised many with an album release hot off the heels of her sister Beyoncé’s Lemonade. A Seat at the Table is an unexpected treasure. Unlike Lemonade, it is not an anthem to release anger, but an acknowledgement and a right to the anger you feel and the eventual need to relieve yourself of its grasp. The album criticizes the misguided and hypocritical “all lives matter” response and the necessity of expressing black pride. The record encapsulates the sound of healing with beautiful harmonies that float and condense the air around you. The melodies are so powerful that, if you close your eyes, they can transport you. Each song effortlessly flows to the next like perfectly matched puzzle pieces that contribute to a stunning bigger picture. The album is an ode to black self-expression and the essentiality to respect, care for and love yourself. —Ben Golden





Rae Sremmurd

2. “Pick up the Phone”

Young Thug, Travis Scott

3. “Broccoli”

D.R.A.M feat. Lil Yachty

4. “Work”

Rhianna feat. Drake


5. “Bad and Boujee”

A Seat at the Table

Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

*Honorable Mention: “Store” by Carly Rae Jepsen


On Blackstar, David Bowie’s death makes a profound impact, not just because it’s his last project before he passed away, but rather because of how intricately death is woven throughout both the lyrics and music. The album is a haunting testament of facing one’s own mortality and legacy. The lyrics speak of death as imminent; there are subtle lyrical and musical references to past works and his wheezing and belabored breathing are incorporated within the songs themselves. Aside from the dominating presence of his death, it remains one of his more strange and daring albums. The mix of jazz, electronic and rock elements help deliver a strange, otherworldly and disconcerting atmosphere to the album that helps elevate the overall theme. Blackstar is an incredible example of a deep, elaborate and cohesive artistic statement and will be canonized as one of his best for years to come. —Rolands Lauzums

On her fourth studio album, Mitski distills the deeply personal, but universal longing, anxiety and grief that are birthed from young adulthood, while encapsulating the beauty and acceptance that grows out of it. The struggle to determine who you want to be among a world of people contemplating the same is a convoluted second puberty, especially in the context of a difficult 2016. In Puberty 2, happiness is a sloppy, fleeting house guest, grief is learning to love something else and “American” is a slippery illusion. Mitski sonically shatters indie rock sound and replaces the pretentious irony to which the genre often defaults with an open-wound sincerity. —Amileah Sutliff


Top 5 certified bangers


Puberty 2 Mitski

It’s easy to fight something with a face—especially one as hideous and blubbering as our president-elect’s. However what made HOPELESSNESS an essential protest album was its focus on soulless enemies. By scrutinizing her technological foes with heartbreaking force, ANOHNI singlehandedly shifts focus away from our loudest foes to the sleekest, most efficient ones. Couple her words with booming production from Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and there is a cultural and political artifact capable of inciting change far beyond 2016. —Jake Witz

Breaking down barriers in rap and fashion, Young Thug challenges the status quo on JEFFERY. Featuring cover art depicting Thugger in a periwinkle dress, the tape showcases massive artistic growth. Thugger pulls through with some of the best melodies, flows and cadences we have heard from any rapper in the past couple years. Young Thug jumps to a higher level with JEFFERY, shifting from being the king of melodies to becoming a contender for the throne of hip-hop with the Midas touch. —Logan Rude


JEFFERY Young Thug


This album could not be more perfectly timed. Released a few days after the presidential election, it helps to serve as a statement about the fear that hate casts among those who are marginalized. Tracks like “Space We got it from Here... Program” and “We The People” testify how various groups are either left behind or unjustly ostracized from Thank You 4 Your Servive society at large. A Tribe Called Quest have always been known for their socially conscious outlook, but there A Tribe Called Quest has never been a better time for them to preach their message of inclusivity. —Rolands Lauzums

“Human nature” may seem like an oxymoron in 2016, when lives are equal parts flesh and plastic, mind and machine. The Dedekind Cut proves this idea false as $uccessor fosters a space where technology coexists with the primal, vulnerable spirits of humanity. The gorgeous, ambient arrangements could serve as backdrops to farms, strip malls, highways and metropolises, all with a stunning clarity. The album offers a way out from a disorienting 2016 by allowing for a pause to breathe in, as people, all that we are and nothing that we aren’t. —Jake Witz

10 $uccessor Dedekind Cut

Top 5 album covers 1. Blackstar David Bowie 2. JEFFERY Young Thug 3. 99.9% Kaytranada 4. Awaken, My Love! Childish Gambino

5. Ez Minzoku Foodman

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Alec Cook charged with more than 30 counts of sexual assault 27 at 9:30 a.m, according to Wisconsin court records. —Miller Jozwiak




Trump stuns in upset White House, Wisconsin victories Many students and Madisonians were left in shock as Republican Donald Trump won Wisconsin and then the White House in an upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton Nov. 8. Trump’s sweeping victory in the northern part of the state canceled out Clinton’s dominance in Madison and Milwaukee to give him the first victory by a Republican in the Badger State since 1984. This was despite the fact that Trump trailed in virtually all polls, including the Marquette University Law School poll, which showed the business mogul trailing by around six points leading up to Election Day. The Republican wave lifted U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson over Democrat Russ Feingold, despite the incumbent senator trailing in every poll in the race. State Republicans even


Noose costume at football game sparks outrage, prompts stadium policy changes


After an individual wore a mask of President Barack Obama and a noose around their neck to a Badger football game, UW-Madison administration and UW Athletics updated Camp Randall policies. The updated policy prohibits nooses and ropes from sporting event venues, and considers them “weapons that constitute a threat to safety.” It also says that individuals who engage in “disorderly conduct,” such as wearing offensive costumes, will be ejected from games. The review of stadium policies was prompted by posts on social

media that condemned the university for their response to the situation. UW Athletics’ Guest Services requested that the individual remove the mask but allowed them to remain in the stadium. The individual, as well as the person they were with at the game, eventually left voluntarily after switching the mask to one of Hillary Clinton. UW-Madison released a statement that argued the costume, while offensive, was an exercise of free speech. Social media users, including several UW-Madison alumni, said they were disappointed and called the response

“misguided.” Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued an apology and the season tickets of the individuals in question were revoked. Several UW-Madison student athletes of color addressed the incident by changing their Twitter profile pictures to red squares and posting a statement about how they were affected by the situation. Posters appeared around campus that read “A man was lynched at UW yesterday & guess what they called it,” and the incident was mentioned in protests held on campus. —Sammy Gibbons

Following the 2016 presidential election results, UW-Madison students and members of the community led a protest march Nov. 10, walking in solidarity with historically marginalized groups to the state Capitol. The protest showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement, reproductive rights of women, gay rights and protections for undocumented students, among other causes, that have been targeted by

the policies President-elect Donald Trump has outlined for his time in office. S e ve r a l c o m m unity leaders, including state Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, gave speeches and encouraged protesters to continue fighting. Chancellor Rebecca Blank added to campus solidarity Nov. 21 by adding her name to the 2012 immigration policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and showed the university’s support for undocu-

mented students. The letter has been signed by more than 250 college and university presidents throughout the U.S. Upholding DACA decreases chances of deportation for undocumented immigrants despite Trump’s intentions to


expanded their leads in the state Legislature. Many students were distraught that the Badger State helped Trump clinch the presidency. “We’ve gone so much forward,” Amanda Zauner, a sophomore at UW-Madison, said. “This election is going to change things. It is going to

take things backwards.” But College Republicans President Alex Walker cheered Trump’s victory. “I think that students will have a chance to hear from Trump more and less from the media that basically has been out to get him,” Walker said. —Andrew Bahl

Three cases of rare disease result in vaccination clinics on campus UW-Madison reported three students were hospitalized with a rare strain of meningococcal

disease since Oct. 10, resulting in a campaign to vaccinate students. Since Nov. 11th, two of the students have been discharged from the hospital. The cases of the disease caused alarm among health officials because students are not typically vaccinated against serogroup B of meningococcal disease. The Centers for Disease Control and state health officials aided UW-Madison in determining the next steps to LEAH VOSKUIL/CARDINAL FILE PHOTO take. A vaccination clinic

remove anyone found in the U.S illegally. Blank’s protective stance on behalf of students further contributed to the unanimity shown on UW-Madison’s campus in light of the election. —Hannah Malone

Last month, UW-Madison lost its place as one of the top five research institutions in the nation. UW-Madison held this ranking within the top five since 1972. The sudden drop is attributed to declining state funding and loss of top faculty and researchers. Data on the top research universities that the National Science Foundation collected cited lower lower research activity in 2015 as leading to the university’s fall from fourth to sixth place.


After university leaders announced the upcoming arrival of a brick-and-mortar Amazon Pickup Point on campus in late August, UW-Madison shared governance groups acted quickly to resist the site’s placement inside the historic Red Gym. The five-year contract with Amazon was approved by the UW System Board of Regents without receiving consideration



UW-Madison has been fiscally challenged by steep budget cuts and an inability to compete with other top-tier universities who seek to poach its best faculty and researchers. We are extremely proud of our faculty, staff and students,” said Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, in a university release. “But if Wisconsin is to remain at the pinnacle of American research universities, the state will need



was held at the Southeast Recreation Facility for students. During the clinic from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, 20,400 students were vaccinated. Meningococcal disease can cause meningitis, an inflammation of the brain tissue and spinal cord. It is transmitted through air, water and other mediums, and can have a 10 to 15 percent mortality rate. UW-Madison has not determined if the incoming class of students will be required to be vaccinated against meningitis B, according to UHS Executive Director Sarah Von Orman, M.D. —Mason Muerhoff

UW-Madison falls from top five ranking for research universities SCHEIDT/CARD KATIE INAL F I LE PH OT O


UW-Madison students and leaders stand in solidarity during uncertain times

Shared governance groups act on Red Gym debacle


Suspended UW-Madison student Alec Cook was arrested for sexual assault and charged with 30 counts of sexual assaultrelated charges in October. Cook, who was a junior before being suspended, was charged with multiple sexual assault counts after a woman alleged that he assaulted her at his apartment. More women came forward after that arrest became public and he was charged with more counts. Assistant District Attorney Colette Sampson told the Wisconsin State Journal


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that more than 20 notebooks were found in Cook’s apartment. They listed techniques for attracting and stalking women, and described what interested him in the women and what he would do with them. Statements of “sexual desires” and mentions of the word “kill” were written in the notebooks. Cook will have his preliminary hearing Dec. • 9

from any of the campus’ four shared governance groups. The deal received open criticism from those groups, who expressed concern with the procedural way the university negotiated the contract as well as the possible placement of a corporate entity inside a building that also houses spaces like the Multicultural Student Center and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.Dean

of Students Emerita Mary Rouse also voiced displeasure with the contract, calling the school’s decision to lease the space to Amazon “short-sighted and ill-conceived.” University officials announced Sept. 28 the pickup site would not be placed in the Red Gym, acknowledging concerns from campus entities and building occupants. —Madeline Heim

Cole resigns from ASM amid sexual assault allegations

Former Associated Students of Madison representative, Kenneth Cole, resigned from his seat on Student Council Nov. 2. Cole’s decision followed months of controversy after he was accused of sexual assault in a spring meeting

of BlindSide, a politically active student group. ASM Chair Carmen Goséy and Vice Chair Mariam Coker said they attempted to contact Cole over the summer to arrange a meeting and in October asked him to resign in a private meeting. Cole said he did not refuse but wanted to think about it. However, members of Student Council expressed some concern with the amount of time Cole spent on Council after he was accused of assault.

Faculty retention proves a costly challenge


positions to more than 140 current UW-Madison staff members in the past year, according to the report. While the university was able to prevent as much as 75 percent of its expected faculty loss, its success came at the cost of $23.6 million that could have been spent on other things The UW System has dealt with these challenges for several budget cycles. As the state continued to cut its

Fears concerning faculty retention were expressed at UW-Madison this fall when an annual retention report showed that outside faculty recruitment had increased by 40 percent in the last year. Universities across the country offered competitive

funding, the system is finding itself increasingly limited in hiring new faculty and increasingly unable to retain current members. “Certainly we will do our best with the resources we have,” Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf said. “We’d like to think that we really made a strong statement, that we will fight to keep our faculty.” —Sydney Widell


Walker hints at more UW money through performance-based funding BETSEY OSTERBERGER/CARDINAL FILE PHOTO


to reinvest to be sure we have the faculty positions and conditions necessary to attract and retain the best researchers.” —Ben Golden

After continued controversy, Coker and Representative Katrina Morrison created a petition for a recall vote of Cole’s position. While the petition did not reference the accusation, both women did in their individual Facebook posts sharing the petition. Coker said that Cole’s resignation would allow the council to have legitimacy when addressing sexual assault issues on campus going forward. —Nina Bertelsen

With the impending 2017’19 biennium budget cycle approaching in January, state politicians and university officials alike are preparing for another fight for funding. While the Board of Regents has requested a $42.5 million increase to state funding, it is unclear how

much, if any, new money the university will receive. Where Gov. Scott Walker has been clear, however, is that he wants to create a system of performancebased funding if the university is to receive more funds. Performance-based funding ties a portion of how

much money each university receives to certain metrics. The state’s technical colleges currently use a similar system, as do 32 other states. “Over the past few years, we increased funding for our technical college system, including performance funding, and it is working very


well,” Walker said in an August op-ed introducing the idea. Walker has hinted that categories could include graduation rates, the number of students entering certain highdemand fields and the amount of debt graduates take on. —Andrew Bahl

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Farewell to the Cardinal’s outgoing editors

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Back Row (left to right): Jack Kelly, Amileah Sutliff, Denzel Taylor, Allison Garcia, Megan Otto, Eva Jacobs Front Row: Andrew Bahl, Madeline Heim, Julia Gilban-Cohen, Jake Skubish, Noah Mack Not Pictured: Emily Buchberger, Amanda Hopkins, Miller Jozwiak, Katie Piel.

To everyone at Capital Newspapers...

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THANK YOU! from everyone at Noah Mack

In a semi-tragic development, UW-Madison student Noah Mack was abducted by aliens Friday night and at this time is considered dead. Reports indicate that the aliens came in search of a highly intelligent and charismatic human specimen to study, but quickly became bored of humankind’s constant bickering and just chose someone randomly. He will be missed.

Odell Beckham III’s Twitter handle decrypts Mesopotamian language codex By Patrick Hoeppner the daily cardinal

Spelling errors, viewed as laughable and unprofessional in modern society, were the habits of kings, vassals and royalties in the lowlands of pre-AD Mesopotamia. It is typical for modern critics to correct and ridicule misuse of other laymen’s grammar, but a special team of researchers have discovered an unconventional means behind bad grammar—and its impressive implications. Odell Beckham III’s recent Twitter crucifixion at the hands of dozens of his 1,830,000 Twitter followers ignores one of the key accomplishments of the football star’s Twitter handle;

the seemingly abstruse, irrelevant, misspelled statements which flood from Beckham III’s Twitter have helped a team of anthropologists and linguists decode the language of the

“We on to Dallas , if u wit us hop on bored.”

Odell Beckham III historian

Mesopotamian Snake Stone, a Sumerian relic of an importance akin to the Rosetta Stone. “We on to Dallas , if u wit us

hop on bored,” Beckham III’s Twitter reads. “If not stay where u belong... which is not on the field . Period.” Beckham III’s Twitter contains five grammatical catastrophes within the first sentence. Linguists point to the butchery of the preposition “with,” and the replacement of the conventional “board [the Giants’ metaphorical bus]” with “bored” instead. The exclusion of superfluous letters at the end of words is another unintended gold mine of the wide receiver’s Twitter, as the previously illegible Mesopotamian script contains words parallel to those quoted by Beckham—all of them miss-

ing the final letter. “Beckham III’s use of spaces before—as well as after—the comma illustrates a mastery of

“Gilgamesh was the first wide reciever ever.”

Dick Johnson cunning linguist

the universal human language beyond many of our comprehensive abilities today,” a leading linguist said. “The Twitter page has been an invaluable resource for the team leading

the decryption of the Snake Stone, especially interns new to the project.” The Snake Stone begins with the passage of Gilgamesh from his origins in Akkad and progresses to epic fights between the hero and cataclysmic monsters. The unexpected discovery? “Gilgamesh was the first wide receiver ever, in 2700 BCE,” the linguist said. “He snagged a catch out of the air. With one hand. The Sumerian amphitheater was alive, and a new sport began—football. Everything about the game [the Mesopotamians] wanted us to learn from this codex, they enshrined. But—we figured it all by ourselves.”


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ACROSS 1 Dampens 5 Like the runt of the litter 10 Consort of the King of Siam 14 Bubble bath ingredient 15 White house way up north 16 Aluminum product in the kitchen 17 Opening on a onearmed bandit 18 Honestly 19 Part of anangler’s gear 20 2,640 feet, to a miler 23 Give a loud speech to many 24 Become broader 25 “Charlie’s Angel” Ladd 28 Peruse a book 30 Type of male deer 31 Raccoon’s cousin 33 That lady 36 Sunday after the Sunday you sing, “Auld Lang Syne” 40 Opposite of “to” 41 Major blood vessel 42 Starting number of baseball players 43 Beatles hit “Hey ___” 44 Rinse and spin

46 Consumed 49 As expected 51 Almost midnight 57 “Golden Rule” preposition 58 French river valley 59 In a short time 60 Agendum, e.g. 61 Goals for telemarketers 62 Caustic etcher 63 Funeral fire 64 Board used by a manicurist 65 Young Brits during the Who’s rise DOWN 1 Clean 2 Legendary Fitzgerald 3 Thing for a carpenter 4 Present, as a proposal 5 “Where” attachment 6 Beautiful wading bird 7 Outwit, as a posse 8 Songs for one person 9 Santa’s sackful 10 Fearful 11 “With ___ in sight” 12 Female relative of 47Down 13 Wrench type 21 Audition (with “out”)

22 Clemens’ pseudonym 25 Toque wearer 26 Scalp production 27 “Cogito, ___ sum” 28 Prince in India 29 Airport info, informally 31 Apple center 32 Many times, old-style 33 “___, Caesar!” 34 Atlantic eagle 35 Some strong whiskeys 37 Provoke with words 38 Handy mortar trough 39 Finger-pointer on a poster 43 “Ol’ Man River” composer Kern 44 Overly adorable 45 Swerve, at sea 46 Provide with weaponry 47 Certain female family member (Var.) 48 Spud 49 Serving a purpose 50 Angrier 52 “What ___ could I do?” 53 Travel from place to place 54 Batty, south of the border 55 “___ where prohibited” 56 Wraps up

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Reflecting on a historic semester in Madison As the fall semester comes to an end, The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board weighs in on the past few months with a series of short recaps.

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ASM delivers early voting to students Leading up to November’s general election, Associated Students of Madison prioritized voting accessibility on campus. Their efforts were fruitful and noticed. Making sure students were registered was crucial, as many UW-Madison students moved this year and had to reregister at their new address. Every member of ASM’s Student Council was trained to register students, which garnered approximately 3,400 student voter registrations, according to ASM Vote Coordinator Billy Welsh. In Wisconsin, a photo voter ID is required at polling places. For those who do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license or government ID, an additional form of photo ID is required.

This requirement is not met by student ID cards, so many nonresident students were tasked with acquiring separate voter IDs. ASM made a concerted effort to set up voter ID machines at every polling place on campus to aid students in their preparation. Furthermore, ASM successfully lobbied to provide not one but two early voting places on campus. Early voting returns from Union South and the Student Activity Center on East Campus Mall showed that about 4,000 early ballots were cast at each location. Students are generally a demographic whose voter turnout is low. UW-Madison’s ASM served its student body well, while substantially increasing student voting accessibility. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANE COUNTY JAIL

Sexual assault remains serious issue on campus

Campus community responds to results of presidential election The election of Donald Trump brought a justifiable fervor of fear to our campus. The number of bias incidents on campus spiked in the week following the election alone. But something else was present: powerful acts of student solidarity and activism in the face of hate. The night following the election, the streets rang with voices of students protesting against sexual assault and rape culture present in our school, our nation and now embodied by the words and actions of the president-elect. The next night, over 2,000 students, faculty and community members marched to the Capitol with their voices at full volume. Upon arrival, they laid down on the lawn for a “die-in”

in solidarity with historically marginalized groups who now have to stare hate in the face as it’s sworn into the White House. Additionally, the Muslim Student Association moved up Islam Appreciation Week to help educate our campus about Islamic culture in the dark shadow of an Islamophobe as our nation’s future head. The election results are terrifying. Our racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic country and campus are terrifying. But the unwavering voices of many UW-Madison students speaking out for themselves, their identities, their communities or in solidarity with their fellow human beings is an invigorating reminder of the vigilance and importance of our voices.


Wisconsin athletes voice opinions on controversial local, national topics


Political issues have dominated conversation throughout campus this year. UW-Madison student-athletes have also gotten involved, using their platform to advocate for their own views. Members of the men’s basketball team in particular have been outspoken and proactive. Nigel Hayes has often taken to Twitter to express his support for Black Lives Matter and other social and political issues. His teammate, Bronson Koenig, has been vocal about the DAPL pipeline in North Dakota, even visiting the site of the protest at Standing Rock to set up a basketball camp for kids. The activism of the basketball team inspired a New York Times article titled “Inside College Basketball’s Most Political Locker Room.” Athletes have also spoken out about the noose incident at

Camp Randall Oct. 29. Football running back Dare Ogunbowale and other athletes circulated a statem ent on social media criticizing the university’s response and defending student-athletes from the assumption that they are “immune to the racial injustices that affect other students of color on campus.” Some people feel that student-athletes, particularly those on scholarship, should be grateful for their opportunity and stay quiet. We believe, however, that they are using their status as some of the most recognizable names and faces on campus for a good cause. Political activism has been a constant in the history of UW-Madison, and the fact that our student-athletes use their fame and popularity to uphold this tradition should be appreciated by all.

Alec Cook and Alec Shiva. Both arrested for second-degree sexual assault. Both facing charges of battery, strangulation and false imprisonment. Both students at UW-Madison. Their cases are not identical, but the similarities are striking. Multiple survivors will continue to be impacted by the actions of Cook and Shiva for the rest of their lives. We can only hope that their arrests and subsequent hearings can provide some sense of justice. Beyond hoping, we can do better as a campus community to increase awareness of the importance of consent, and not be silent bystanders. We can do better, and the university can do better, to make mechanisms for reporting sexual violence clear. The Association of American Universities Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct in 2015 tried to quantify the number of sexual assaults that go unreported, estimating only 28 percent or less are reported. This means that the students who will report sexual assault during their time at UW-Madison could be only about a quarter of those who experience sexual assault on this campus.

We can only hope that their arrests and subsequent hearings can provide some sense of justice.

The only, albeit small, upside of the high-profile arrests of Cook and Shiva this semester is that they may inspire more survivors to come forward. Following Cook’s initial arrest, a second survivor came forward, stating she “was empowered by another girl being able to tell what happened to her, that I thought I could now finally tell.” Survivors: We hear you, we are here for you.

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University must protect undocumented students with Trump presidency looming


University fails in response to Camp Randall noose incident UW-Madison made national headlines Oct. 29 for all the wrong reasons. A man wearing a President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton mask with a noose around his neck attended a home football game. The university’s response condemned the costume as offensive and said it countered the values of both UW-Madison and the Athletic Department, but defended it as free speech. From the start, Camp Randall should not have allowed the horribly offensive costume into

the stadium. Eventually, event staff asked the man to leave, along with another man dressed as Trump, who held the noose. Students, alumni, Faculty Senate, University Committee and the Associated Students of Madison alike all responded to the racist costume—calling out the university for not taking a more assertive stance. It wasn’t until these groups voiced concern that Chancellor Rebecca Blank apologized for the university’s original weak apology, this time saying she understood how it hurt stu-

dents of color on campus. In the end, the offenders’ season tickets were revoked, and Camp Randall installed a new policy prohibiting nooses. However, all of the change came too late. UW-Madison should have acted sooner and condemned the act from the start. The university’s original response failed to address the severity of the situation. The university prides itself on its new diversity initiatives, but failed to stand with students during this act of hate speech.

Following fears of Presidentelect Donald Trump’s campaign promises to deport undocumented immigrants, UW-Madison’s response has been both swift and encouraging. Undocumented students already face an uphill battle in college. In Wisconsin, undocumented students are not eligible for in-state tuition at any of the state’s public universities, even if they meet residency requirements, and often cannot access federal financial aid. Chancellor Rebecca Blank correctly understands that the university does not have the legal authority to declare itself a “sanctuary” campus. The city of Madison also understood this in 2010 when they instructed the Madison Police Department to not inform federal officials of someone’s

immigration status, except in an instance of violent crime. Blank and other university leaders, however, stood by the accomplishments of these “student scholars and student leaders,” who should be allowed to continue their education at UW-Madison under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented youth from deportation. Recent legislation by the Faculty Senate and the Associated Students of Madison to stand in solidarity with these students is also encouraging. However, the fight to allow Madison to be a sanctuary city must continue despite the Republican-controlled state Legislature. Undocumented students provide enormous amounts of talent, leadership and intellect to UW-Madison and should be protected.

Donald Trump wins presidential election in shocking manner In early November, the unthinkable happened—Donald Trump was elected president. Against all odds, a homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist real estate mogul won the presidency. And Trump has been quite busy since winning the election in early November. He has appointed a number of controversial candidates to his cabinet, and most shockingly made Stephen Bannon his chief strategist. Beyond this, the president-elect has also lashed out at the media on numerous occasions. He has stated that CNN is “very unprofessional” and that the Associated Press have “lost their way and are no


longer credible.” Also, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump stated that their coverage of him during the election season was “very rough,” something he believes made his campaign difficult. Such statements are an attack on the First Amendment rights of the press—rights we encourage all Americans to exercise. Call your local legislators. Call Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Leave them messages and tell them why you oppose certain Trump appointments—like Bannon. Fulfill your duty as an American and



ASM representatives must be held accountable on attendance


Associated Students of Madison is supposed to represent students. When members of Student Council and Student Services Finance Committee don’t show up, our voices are not being heard or respected. ASM makes decisions that affect every single student on campus. Some of the most important of those decisions are made by SSFC, determining where our segregated fees, $137 million of them from 2015 to 2017, go. Given that ASM is composed of students, who have other obligations, it is understandable that perfect attendance records are hard to achieve—and it makes sense that attendance is not an

issue singular to this semester. However, both ASM Chair Carmen Goséy and SSFC Chair Colin Barushok have been vocal this semester about attendance concerns.

When members of Student Council and Student Services Finance Committee don’t show up, our voices are not being heard or respected Lack of attendance particularly hinders SSFC because in order to approve groups’ eligibility for segregated fees or their annual budgets, it needs eight out of 15

members to attend meetings. For Student Council, problems with attendance mean problems filling seat vacancies when they open up. To approve a nomination, two-thirds of all Council representatives need to vote them in—and there have been meetings this semester in which two-thirds of all representatives are not even present, let alone unanimous. Although students are busy and it’s somewhat unreasonable to ask representatives to have perfect attendance, these students have made a commitment, and have been elected, to represent us in these meetings. We ask that they show up.

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Top Wisconsin athletes from momentous semester T.J. Watt

Christopher Mueller

The Badgers had a memorable season despite an unfortunate finish in the Big Ten Championship. Numerous players contributed to UW exceeding expectations this year, but junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt managed to stand out on one of the nation’s top defensive units, earning him the Athlete of Semester for photo by Badger football. Jessi Schoville Watt, the youngest brother of Badger studs J.J. and Derek Watt, led the Cardinal and White in sacks (10.5), tackles for loss (14.5) and quarterback hits (12). The AllBig Ten linebacker also managed to find the end zone this season, intercepting a David Blough pass against Purdue and returning it for a score. Considering it was Watt’s first year starting for Wisconsin, his leadership was beyond impressive. The playmaking linebacker showed up when it counted most and gave the Badgers stability when they were without team captain Vince Biegel. With Watt leading the way, UW finished with the fourth-most efficient defense in the nation behind Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan.

In her first season with the Badgers, Molly Haggerty became crucial to the Badgers’ success. Haggerty led the team on offense with 3.41 kills per set, and had the third-most assists on the season. Haggerty was recognized as the top freshman in the Big Ten, winning the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, and was also an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team. Haggerty played a crucial role in some of Wisconsin’s biggest wins of the season. She set the three set-record for kills with 27 against Texas A&M, and followed that up with a 20-kill performance against then No. 2 Texas. Haggerty also stepped up in the NCAA Tournament, with 22 kills in a comeback victory over Ohio State to send UW to the Elite Eight, a match which they would end up losing to Stanford. The future of Wisconsin volleyball looks bright with the emerging star Molly Haggerty leading the way.

- Jessi Schoville

-Jacob Hams

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Molly Haggerty

With a run to the Big Ten championship game and an 11-4-4 overall record, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team was a vastly improved unit in 2016, and a big reason for that was the breakout season of junior forward Christopher Mueller. Mueller posted career-highs in both goals (8) and assists (12) en route to being named to the All-Big Ten First Team. The Schaumburg, Ill., native was a constant source of danger for opponents, showcasing his ability to create chances, hold up the ball and harry defenders on the ball. Mueller also showed his versatile set piece ability throughout the season, scoring a brilliant free kick against Saint Louis and providing countless corners in the box that troubled opposing defenses. His winning penalty kick and ensuing shirt-lifting celebration in the Big Ten tournament vs. Indiana was a memorable moment, and felt like a turning point for a program that has struggled the last few years. Now, it’s time for Mueller and Co. to build on that.

-Jake Nisse

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Rose Lavelle In her final season as a Badger, senior midfielder Rose Lavelle proved to the world why she was called up to the full U.S. Women’s National Team. The NSCAA second-team All-American had a stellar last season in the Cardinal and White, leading the team in goals (6), shots (74) and shots on goal (31). The Cincinnati native was a nagging source of anxiety for both opposing players and coaches; neither knew what she was going to do next, just that she was going to attempt to get the ball in the net at any cost. Lavelle’s ballhawk mentality helped the Badgers win several close games, including the first round of the NCAA Tournament against in-state foe Marquette, where her blast from the 18-yard box secured the victory and extended the season. Lavelle has been the cornerstone of Paula Wilkins’ program for the last four years, and it’s safe to say she ended her collegiate career on a successful note.

-Kelly Ward

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Ryan Wagner

Bronson Koenig

Ann-Renée Desbiens

He may not be the fastest player on the team, have the best shot or score the most goals, but junior forward Ryan Wagner never stops doing the little things. Even playing alongside NHL Draft picks like sophomore forward Luke Kunin, Wagner has outperformed expectations all season, and has definitely been the Badgers’ player of the semester. Maybe more than anyone else on the team, Wagner is asked to play any and all roles for Wisconsin. Between a nifty set of hands and a stellar ability on the penalty kill, Wagner has been dominant in both zones, and has impacted the game all over the ice. Not only is Wagner a skilled two-way forward, but he also continuously makes the little plays to help the Badgers win, including blocking shots and winning face offs. Wagner has impressed each game this season, and has helped the Badgers get off to a strong start this year.

After spending all summer fine-tuning his body and his game, senior guard Bronson Koenig has shouldered much of the Badgers’ offensive load this season. He leads UW with 16 points per game and when UW’s offense stagnates, Koenig often tries to jumpstart it with his improved jump shot. Before the season, Koenig said that he wanted to be the best point guard in the country and after only 11 games, he certainly looks like one of the most difficult players to stop. His ability to create space off the dribble, stretch the defense from behind the arc and attack the basket are all just some of the reasons why Koenig is so tough to defend. As the Badgers’ season progresses, look for Koenig to continue to lead UW on the offensive end of the floor and improve not only UW’s chances in the Big Ten, but Koenig’s personal stock as one of the best guards in the country.

Last season, Wisconsin goalie AnnRenée Desbiens put together arguably the best season for a goaltender in the history of women’s collegiate hockey. The Quebec native set single-season records for shutouts (21), save percentage (.960) and goals-against average (0.76). So far this season, Desbiens has shown no signs of slowing down, as she leads the country in all three categories once again and is on pace to break her own record in goalsagainst average. Along the way, she surpassed Minnesota goaltender Noora Räty’s record for most career shutouts, and now stands alone with 46 shutouts in 102 starts. With her name plastered across the NCAA record books, Desbiens now has a bigger goal in mind than her own personal achievements. “I’m not done so I’m looking forward,” Desbiens said after setting the career shutout record. “I think I should just go for more wins and a national championship.”

-Ethan Levy

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Cayla McMorris Junior guard Cayla McMorris has proven to be dependable as the guard is leaned on to not only carry the team on offense, but also lead a team that features six freshmen alone. Head coach Jonathan Tsipis has not been afraid to put the ball in her hands, even though she came in averaging a meager 6.5 points last year and 4.8 points her freshman year. This year, her scoring has ballooned to 15.7 per game. Her offensive repertoire was on display in just the second game of the season against Saint Francis, as she scored a career-high 31 points. McMorris utilizes a variety of spins and shot-fakes coupled with soft touch on her layups and floaters to finish tough shots. While Wisconsin’s record stands at a less-than-stellar 4-8, the team will only grow. The young players will gain more experience and McMorris will get more reps as the go-to scorer, creating more flow to the offense.

-Isaiah De los Santos

-Ben Pickman

-Cameron Lane-Flehinger

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Carlini’s historic career comes to a devastating end

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Stunner in Madison: Badgers collapse in Elite Eight after taking two-set lead Wisconsin faithful bids farwell to distinguished senior class with standing ovation after loss By David Gwidt The daily cardinal

As the Badgers trotted off the court and into the locker room at the end of the second set of the regional final match Saturday night, the fans who filled the seats in the Field House roared with excitement, feeling the dream of a Final Four berth slowing becoming a reality. Three sets later, the raucous atmosphere inside the Field House had been replaced with sobering silence, as the thousands of fans who once seemed

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The Cardinal played stifling defense, out-blocking UW 18-9.

so confident in their team struggled to come to grips with what they just witnessed. After taking a 2-0 match lead, No. 3-seeded Wisconsin (25-8) dropped the final three sets of the contest, falling in the Elite Eight to the No. 6-seeded Stanford Cardinal (25-7) in shocking fashion, (25-18, 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 9-15). Wisconsin rolled through the first two sets, playing like clearly the better team. The tide started to turn in the third set, as Stanford came out with a renewed energy that would allow them to dominate the rest of the way. Following the second set, the Badgers began to have trouble dealing with a Cardinal defense determined to comeback. While the Badgers had their way with the Stanford defense in the earlygoing, the Cardinal defense began to impose their will later on, holding a vaunted Wisconsin offense to an average hitting percentage of under .200 over the final three sets. Stanford stepped up at the net and took the Badgers out of their rhythm, out-blocking the Badgers 18-9 on the night. “They turned up the heat on

their defense, you know,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “That was one thing, you know, defensively they got a little bit better. I thought they were making some great; both teams were making some great pursuits. The block got going a little bit.” Beyond the defense, middle blocker Inky Ajanaku proved to be a savior for Stanford, racking up a match-high 20 kills, 12 of which came in the last two sets of play. Although Wisconsin was indeed outplayed in the latter stages of the game, Sheffield did not think it was right to put the loss squarely on the Badgers. Though obviously disappointed with the result, the Wisconsin head coach felt the match was a product of a hard-fought duel between a pair of heavyweights. “I thought it was just two teams for two-and-a-half hours that were just laying it all out there,” Sheffield said. “Sometimes it was easy for both teams to score in a very high clip and then there was other times that it was really, really tough to score because both teams were just putting so much effort out there I’m not sure if it was nec-

essarily what we were doing.” For Wisconsin, the loss hurts on a myriad of levels. On a team with a host of talented seniors, the defeat not only brings the Badgers season to an end but also marks the end of a handful of extremely successful college careers. “I’m trying to accept the fact that we’ve played our last match in a Wisconsin jersey and as a part of this Wisconsin program,” AllAmerican setter Lauren Carlini said. “So I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. I can’t believe it’s over.” Even in its immediate aftermath, the players graduating felt a mix of pity and pride in reacting to a remarkably cruel defeat, attempting to balance their sadness and dejection with warm moments of reflection. “I really tried to enjoy it because it was my last time on the court with these people that I love so much,” middle blocker Haleigh Nelson said. “So while maybe it seems like it was hard, it wasn’t, because it’s just so special to me to get to play here.” While getting knocked out of the tournament is a tough pill for Sheffield to swallow, the heart-

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Lauren Gillis (left) and Haleigh Nelson (right) attempt a block. break of losing in the tournament pales in comparison to the pain of saying goodbye to a senior class he grew so close with. “To be with selfless people that give everything that they have for each other, for their school, for their sport. They get out of the shallow end and they dive in the deep end. They trust. They give you everything that they have,” Sheffield said. “It’s more than just on the court. It’s being around them every day and the people they are. It’s why you coach.”

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