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‘Compassionate Care’ bill again set for vote By Caissa Casarez THE DAILY CARDINAL

The state Assembly will vote Wednesday on the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill, a bill that lawmakers have debated for six years. The bill, AB 377, would mandate every hospital to provide rape victims information and access to emergency contraception so unintended pregnancy can be prevented. State Rep. Terry Musser, R-Black River Falls, is one of the authors of the bill. He said he was confident the bill would pass the Assembly and said it was encouraging the bill was restored to its original form in the Assembly last month. After the bill passed the Senate an amendment was added in the Republican-controlled Assembly Judiciary and Ethics Committee that supporters said “gutted” the bill. The

amendment and subsequent attempts to alter the bill were defeated in a series of votes in December, with the original version of the bill to be voted on Wednesday. Musser said he was not worried about any more amendments being added. The Democrat-controlled state Senate has already passed the bill with a 27-6 vote. According to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the bill is supported by 82 percent of Wisconsin voters. WCASA said in a statement that around one-third of Wisconsin hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Sara Finger, a spokesperson for the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Coalition, said the bill is likely to pass. She said the votes in the Senate and Assembly show bipartisan support for

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the legislation. The anti-abortion group ProLife Wisconsin opposes the bill. PLW State Director Peggy Hamill said certain forms of emergency contraception described in the bill are capable of causing chemical abortion should fertilization occur during sex. According to Hamill, some forms of emergency contraception prevent a newly formed human embryo from implanting in a mother’s womb. She said if the bill does pass, then hospitals and doctors would be forced to violate their rights of conscience granted to them by the U.S. Constitution. The state’s other large anti-abortion group, Wisconsin Right to Life, is neutral on the bill. The bill is supported by the American Medical Association.

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Associated Students of Madison’s Shared Governance Committee selected two students late Tuesday to serve as student body representatives on a chancellor search and screen committee. UW-Madison senior Suchita Shah and graduate student Erik Paulson were selected as the final members of the committee to select a replacement for Chancellor John Wiley, who announced in late December his intent to step down later this year. Shah said she felt honored and surprised to be selected but plans to be a very active and vocal member of the committee. She said she would look for a candidate “with the future of the university always at the forefront of his or her mind.” “I’m looking for someone who can really sell the university to all the different stakeholders out there,” Paulson said, adding that acting on the demands of the student body was the most important part of his role on the committee.

Ebola breakthrough A team of UW-Madison researchers has discovered a way to genetically neutralize the deadly Ebola virus, according to an article published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We wanted to make biologically contained Ebola virus,” said Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the lead author of the study and a UW-Madison professor of path biological sciences, in the article. “This is a great system.” The system developed by the researchers KAWAOKA could further expand study of the virus, which kills 50-90 percent of its human victims, according to a statement. The finding also makes the virus safer to study, as it currently requires the highest level of biosafety. “Knowledge of this virus is limited,” Kawaoka said. “This system can be used for drug screening and for vaccine production.”

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Dean of Students Lori Berquam and Madison Fire Marshal Edwin Ruckriegel launch the safety initiative.

Fall’s campus fires provoke UW safety campaign By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

Dean of Students Lori Berquam, in partnership with the Madison Fire Department, announced a week-long campaign Tuesday to promote fire safety. Fire Safety Awareness Week aims to remind students of the dangers of nonworking fire alarms in the wake of two fires at the end of the fall semester. “It’s a new semester, look around your apartment or your house, replace old batteries with new batteries, make sure your smoke detector is in working order,” Berquam said. Berquam said she has been in contact with victims of both fires, a Nov. 10, 2007 fire at 505 N. Carroll St. and a fatal incident at 123 N. Bedford St. on Nov. 18, and that all permanently displace students have found alternative housing for this semester. “We want students to know we

care about them, we want them to have a safe semester,” she said. “I think the important piece that’s missing is [the students] and their involvement.” Ian’s Pizza has also joined the campaign and will give away free pizza to randomly selected delivery orders between 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30-31 if students have working smoke detectors. Nick Martin, director of promotions at Ian’s Pizza, said the company became involved because one of its former employees resided at 123 N. Bedford at the time of the fire, but was not home during the incident. “When we heard about this promotional opportunity, we really jumped at the chance because it definitely affected us at Ian’s Pizza,” Martin said. “We think it’s a very important cause and we’re very happy to help out where we can.” Madison Fire Marshal Edwin Ruckriegel said there were five fire-

related fatalities in Madison last year and “the sad truth is all the fires were preventable.” Ruckriegel said investigators of the Carroll Street fire still have not determined its cause, but Berquam said working smoke detectors allowed the students to exit safely. “We see this project as a teaching project, which is as important as the studies that the students experience here on campus,” Ruckriegel said. About 2,000 donated 9-volt batteries and other fire safety information will be given to students 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Union South and Jan. 25 at Memorial Union. Berquam said some of the victims of the November fires would help distribute batteries. Students will also have the opportunity to win one of six $100 gift certificates to the University Book Store after taking a fire safety quiz next week.

The Madison City Council discussed Tuesday night the concerns of its constituents regarding wraparound advertisements displayed on Metro Transit busses. The advertisements, which have increased in size due to a two-year pilot program that uses mesh to fully cover bus windows, have sparked negative reactions from Madison residents. In an August 2007 petition, residents expressed concern that the

use of public transit system vehicles to advertise alcohol and gambling was not conducive to improving Madison’s perpetual “party” image. “It is rather frustrating for a lot of people when you talk about lowering alcohol use in the downtown area, and then you turn around and see a big bus wrapped in a beer can driving by,” said Ald. Brenda Konkel, District 2. According to City Attorney Michael May, busses are designated city council page 3

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an existential meeting at a deserted diner. I was sitting cross-legged in a Badgers hoodie when in waltzed The Person I Would Like to Be. She’s 4 inches taller, walks with sheer grace despite kickin’ high heels and, most importantly, she has never dated a guy who carries a wallet made out of duct tape. “Let’s cut to the chase, Ashley,” Better Me said. “I’ve got a lot to do today—I’m catching a plane to Dublin, I have to start and finish my novel and I’m going to lose 15 pounds after dinner. What are your resolutions?” “I want to make one I know I can keep to motivate me,” I said. “After I saw ‘Juno,’ I realized the worst thing that could possibly happen to me right now would be to get pregnant. So I resolve not to get knocked up.” She motions for the waiter and tells him to take my milkshake back and bring me a tall glass of water. “Well. That’s nice,” she said. “Wait. Tell me you aren’t dating that guy with the duct tape money handler?”

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“No,” I said. “But sometimes I text message him and we end up playing with Post-It notes.” “ASHLEY!” “I’m sorry! But I can’t help it that I’m vaguely attracted to sticky office supplies. Anyway I was actually thinking of doing some more reading. I just bought these books and...” “Listen,” the Better Me said, fixing her hair. “I just got engaged to an Irish musician who’s a stockbroker and a football player. Do you know anyone like that?” “Puh-lease.” “All right,” she said, “Start small. How about not singing ‘I Touch Myself ’ when you karaoke? Especially with co-workers. It’s just not exactly professional, particularly when you do ‘The Moves.’” “Really? Everyone laughs...” “Exactly,” she said. “And can’t you at least wear pants when people come over? Please stop asking for a ‘large and in charge’ Diet Coke when you go through the McDonald’s drive thru. Must you wear plaid headbands with dangly earrings?”

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Bill seeks to repeal anti-abortion law By Sara Lieburn THE DAILY CARDINAL

Two state lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday to repeal a law that criminalizes abortion in Wisconsin, despite the law not currently being enforced. The bill would repeal the 158-yearold law, statute 940.04, that criminalizes doctors and women who perform or obtain abortions. The law is not enforced due to the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade that legalizes abortion, but has the potential to become effective should Roe v. Wade be repealed. State Rep. Terese Berceau, DMadison, and Sen. Mark Miller, DMonona, introduced The Women’s Health & Safety Act on the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Berceau said the timing of the bill’s introduction was also planned to coincide with the anti-abortion group ProLife Wisconsin’s recently promoted bill relating to partial birth abortion. Barbara Lyons, executive director for the anti-abortion group Wisconsin Right to Life said in a statement that statute 940.04 must remain law. “Wisconsin Right to Life has

worked valiantly for over 30 years to keep this law on the books,” Lyons said, “Because when the day comes that Roe v. Wade is overturned, Wisconsin will be one of the first states in the nation to shut down all Wisconsin abortion clinics—as long 940.04 remains in the statutes.” Miller said the statute must be repealed because it is very possible Roe v. Wade could be overturned. “[Roe v. Wade] has been upheld numerous times, but it’s also been chipped away in various ways and so there is concern that may happen,” Miller said. Berceau and Miller both said their bill to repeal the statute would be unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled state Assembly. Berceau said she expects the bill would pass the Assembly if Democrats gain control in the November 2008 elections. “On this issue, the Republicans have got to know that recent polls show they are out of step with the way most people in Wisconsin think,” Berceau said. “[Wisconsinites] want abortion to be rare, but legal and safe.”

Last spring’s Witte Hall robber to face eight years in prison A 40-year-old homeless man was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday, with an additional six years of extended supervision, for burglarizing and robbing a female student in UW-Madison’s Witte Residence Hall last spring. According to an interview with the victim’s roommate following the incident, Brian Buhler entered the open dorm room of the two female students early on Feb. 6, 2007. Buhler locked the door behind him and grabbed one resident by the neck asking for money. After the victim’s roommate gave him money, Buhler escaped, launching a campus-wide search for the attacker and raising numerous questions about how he got into the locked building. Buhler turned himself in to the Dane County Jail two days later. Assistant District Attorney Ann

Sayles said Buhler was convicted of burglary and committing battery, and noted that he was on parole at the time of the incident. In December 2006, Sayles said Buhler stole and forged checks from a friend he was staying with. With both incidents combined, Buhler was sentenced to 10 years of confinement and nine years of extended supervision. Buhler was also convicted in 1992 for burglary and theft in Racine County, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access records. —Devin Rose

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or the third time since September 2006, UWMadison men’s basketball player Kevin Gullikson was cited in Madison for underage drinking. For the third time, the UW-Madison athletic department has failed to properly discipline Gullikson, whose actions have embarrassed the basketball program and the school. According to Brian Lucas, UW-Madison’s assistant director of athletic communications, the student-athlete discipline policy does not address incidents like Gullikson’s.

The athletic department needs to address alcohol-related citations in the student-athlete discipline policy.

Consequently, the public perception of the athletic department is one of lax punishments, or in the case of alcohol-related citations, no punishment whatsoever. Furthermore, not only will the athletic department not publicly punish Gullikson, but it also will not publicly address Gullikson’s struggles with alcohol—his blood alcohol content was .20 at the time he was issued his lat-

est underage drinking citation. As a result of previous citations, Gullikson agreed to attend an alcohol treatment program as well as perform community service. Public action on the part of the athletic department is vital to preserve—or establish—an element of discipline within the department. But public action is also necessary to assure students of UW-Madison and donors to the athletic department that the thousands of dollars spent to provide student-athletes like Gullikson with academic and athletic support are not going to waste. Lucas said Gullikson’s situation is being handled internally in the men’s basketball program. Although some punishment is better than none, there is no way for the public to see how he will be punished, especially since he is a reserve on the team and his disappearance from the court would go unnoticed by the casual observer. The athletic department needs to address alcohol-related citations in the student-athlete discipline policy so incidents of illegal alcohol consumption, especially repeated incidents, will not go unpunished. In the mean time, the athletic department should take the initiative to let the public know Gullikson’s actions won’t go unpunished.

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his semester has already got me down, and surprisingly it isn’t because of the ridiculously cold weather. As I spend my final semester at UW-Madison, I find myself perpetually finishing up my degree requirements. The science requirements bother me somewhat, but I find that I often come away with some applicable knowledge. The foreign language requirements, on the other hand, stick in my craw. I am currently in the third semester of a foreign language. My progress has been less than inspiring. My level of understanding is that I could briefly patronize the staff at my local Mexican restaurant before I order my meal in English. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could speak another language. I envy those who do, but at this point in my life I see few longitudinal benefits from three semesters of a foreign language. After all, three semesters is hardly enough to grasp the nuances of a language, especially when 22 years of English often leave me sitting in front of my word processor in search of adequate words. If we ever strive to make Americans bilingual—an undertaking which I believe will be beneficial, if not necessary, in years to come—steps must be implemented earlier and more thoroughly. I am a lost cause, and UW-Madison isn’t going to change that. One can hardly call the foreign language requirements at the UW-Madison “rigorous,” instead they simply move one’s ability to speak a foreign language from nonexistent to inadequate. Steps need to be taken in grade school. It has been emphatically proven that if people learn several languages simultaneously at a young age, they tend to acquire the skills much more rapidly. Even so, it’s great if you wish to begin building your own foreign language vocabulary in college, but there is no reason for the rest of us to be

pulled into a frustrating process against our will. Please do not take offense if you happen to be someone who has dedicated your collegiate career to the mastery of foreign language. I believe dropping the foreign language requirements would also benefit both those who truly wish to master the languages and the graduate students teaching the classes. Wouldn’t it be nice to be in a classroom where everyone is passionate about learning the language? Imagine a foreign language course without detractors who are simply there to fulfill requirements. In turn, those students could go on to build their own perspicacity in their desired field without feeling as though they are wasting enormous amounts of money and time studying something that not only fails to interest them, but also something in which they will not become proficient in any measurable way. Perhaps the only significant and sustaining lesson I have learned from my foreign language experience is the appreciation for the effort that so many people have put into learning English as a second language, including my relatives of Polish, French and Dutch descent. I was kind of hoping that French would spring from my mouth as a result of some sort of Jungian ancestral memories based on my heritage, but thus far my quest has been fruitless. Then again, perhaps these requirements are preparing me for something greater as I step into the “real world.” Perhaps this is just the UW-Madison preparing me for a life filled with nonsensical, frustrating and seemingly pointless requirements that we all must complete to get our sweet lick of that brass ring. Matt Jividen is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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If the thought of being a bridesmaid in 27 weddings seems more than a little intimidating to you, then it’s safe to say the thought of wearing 27 horrible bridesmaid’s dresses is truly frightening. Yet, Katherine Heigl pulls it off with humor and aplomb in her latest movie, “27 Dresses.” Heigl plays Jane, a woman whose life is built around making everyone else’s life easier. Having been a bridesmaid so many times before, she knows exactly what to do to make sure a wedding goes as perfectly as possible. However, when Jane’s sister wants her to help plan her marriage to Jane’s boss—a man Jane has been in love with forever—Jane has to figure out how to take charge of her own life. “27 Dresses” is a refreshing romantic comedy. While providing the expected formulas of the genre, such as a supportive, if sarcastic, best girlfriend (Judy Greer) and a confusing new love interest (James Marsden), the movie also provides a much more sympathetic main character than usual. Jane is genuine and easy to identify with. Heigl’s performance gives the film substance and takes it a step beyond the typical romantic comedy. Heigl’s co-star, Marsden, is her perfect counterpoint. While she is romantic and giving, he is cynical, and her optimism is met with

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Opposite Heigl, Marsden makes Kevin the perfect foil for the optimistic and selfless Jane.

With one dress for each of the 27 times she’s been a bridesmaid, Jane’s wardrobe is all ruffles.

his sarcasm. Marsden shows versatility in a complete 180 from his recent role as the naïve prince in “Enchanted,” reluctantly writing articles for the “Commitments” section of the New York Journal while professing a mistrust of marriage. At first, the two find little in common with each other and little to agree on. As both

real focus of the film is on Jane herself. Her character must learn that what she values and needs is as important as the values and needs of others, and with the help of Marsden, she learns how to say “no” when it’s called for. Her struggles to find out what she really wants from her life are complicated by her sister’s wed-

actors have a finely tuned sense of comedic timing, their volatile relationship keeps the pace of the film moving quickly as they bicker throughout wedding cake appointments and rehearsal dinners. Though Jane’s relationships with the other characters in the movie keep the plot moving, the

ding and her own feelings for her sister’s fiancé. Heigl once again delivers a clever and sympathetic performance. “27 Dresses” deftly balances humor, romance and selfdiscovery in a warm and funny story that brings new attention to the expression “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”

Uwe Boll officially throws in the towel on big-budget movies BRAD BORON The Boron Identity

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once got into a war of words with Wired Magazine reviewer Chris Kohler, who gave his film “Postal” a bad review. At one point, Boll wrote (with his spelling errors intact): “His whole goal is to destroy my business. If he cannot see that scenes are genius in that movie—then there are 2 possibilities: he is dump and has no idea what movies are or he hates me and is disappointed about his own shitty career.” But there’s no need to worry, because Boll has officially declared he is through with making bigbudget movies after his latest film, “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” flopped miserably at the box office. But those of you who expected a Nixon-style “You won’t have Uwe Boll to kick around anymore” speech are sure to be disappointed as well. When asked for comment about his cease-fire on the medium,

Boll told The Hollywood Reporter, “In the future, I will focus on small films such as [video game adaptation] ‘Postal’ or [Vietnam war film] ‘Tunnel Rats.’ These are films that represent my true passion, and they can be done with small budgets.” Of course, Boll didn’t feel it was important to acknowledge that the German government, which had subsidized many of the native German Boll’s films, had just officially pulled all of their funding. I can’t quite say what the moral of Boll’s story is, and that’s most likely because I don’t understand him completely. Is Boll so blind to his defeats that he can’t tell the end is near? Can he see his obvious defeat but hopes that we can’t? Or is he just too proud to admit defeat and vows to soldier on despite this mishap? For what it’s worth, I see Boll as a tragic victim of his own vanity. He is, like Max Bialystock in Mel

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After a number of failed action/horror movies like ‘BloodRayne’ (left) and ‘House of the Dead’ (right), Boll resigns, never to make another major film again.

Brooks’ “The Producers,” a man drowning in failure in a society demanding success. Sometimes the only thing a man has left is his pride, and Boll deserves his just like any. He, like a million other middling Hollywood people, was a filmmaker who someone saw talent in once, but that supposed talent has yet to be put to good use. Maybe this new “low budget”

Boll will finally make good on his promise. After all, when you’ve been kicked in “the Bolls,” sometimes the only thing you can do is lie down and wait until some of that pain subsides. If you would like to make a case for ‘House of the Dead’ or would like to see Boll take his retirement a step further, let Brad know at Boron@wisc.edu.

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Proposed School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty Office Building UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF) has retained Ayres Associates to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new faculty office o building on the UW Madison campus in accordance with sec. 1.11 Wis. Stats., relating to the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA). An initial requirement of the EIS is the scoping process. The intent of the scoping process is to identify at an early stage any potential impact of the project on the physical, biological, social or economic environments. The proposed project provides construction of a new faculty office o building of approximately 90,000 to 131,000 gross square feet adjacent to the B4 module of the Clinical Science Center (CSC) near the University of Wisconsin Hospital 600 Highland Avenue. The building will be multistory, likely seven or eight stories tall, with an estimated footprint area of approximately 13,000 square feet. The location, which is north of University Avenue within the interior of Highland Avenue, is advantageous due to its proximity to the physiciansʼ surgical units in the CSC. The building project will be constructed under a su land use agreement between the UWMF and University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to start in the fall of 2008, with substantial completion targeted for November 2009. The University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF), along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ayres Associates, will hold a public scoping meeting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2008 in Room 132 of the WARF Building at 610 N. Walnut Street on the UW-Madison campus. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the adjacent parking lot. A brief description of the project will be presented, and all persons will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to identify both orally and in writing any issues or concerns they believe should be addressed in the Draft EIS for this proposed project. Comments made at this hearing will be addressed in the Draft EIS document anticipated to be released for a 45-day public comment period in late February. Future public meeting dates and the proposed EIS schedule will also be discussed at the scoping meeting. Preliminary scoping comments or suggestions about the potential environmental, social, or economic impacts associated with the project are welcome and should be submitted by 6:00 pm on February 5, 2008, to: Ben Peotter, P.E. Environmental Engineer Ayres Associates 1802 Pankratz Street Madison, WI 53704-4059 Comment forms can also be obtained via the project website at http://www.ayresprojectinfo.com/uw-sm


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coaching from page 8 the blossoming star everyone was waiting to emerge. Joe Krabbenhoft pulled down eight rebounds in 39 solid minutes of play while taller and more athletic Longhorns looked baffled on the boards. When the clock hit 0:00 and UW won 67-66, it wasn’t Michael Flowers’ game winning three-pointer that stood out. It was his defensive play right after the shot. He didn’t waste a second celebrating. Instead, he stole the inbound pass and threw it high in the air as he fell out of bounds, wasting the last two seconds on the clock. In an age where players like Eric Gordon, Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley are making coaching less relevant in college basketball, all you could say after this one was that Bo Ryan had gotten the best of Rick Barnes and Texas. Dick Bennett would have been proud. No one knew who was going to be able to get into double figures for Wisconsin, and I guess that’s why the Longhorns didn’t know who to guard. No offense to Hughes, but I’m not so sure the Badgers would have beaten Texas if he had played. It would have been a completely different game. There would have been a go-to-guy, and against Duke (12 points, 4-for-13 shooting) and Marquette (16 points, 4-for-15 shooting), Hughes struggled in that role, often forcing shots and playing out of control. Instead, the Badgers did not know who would score, but started five guys very capable of scoring in double figures in any game—just not every game. That’s what is making Wisconsin so hard to beat and so fun to watch. Texas had no idea who was going to score. Butch (21 points) brought the heat, Landry (14 points) was his right-hand man, Krabbenhoft did all the little things and Flowers—who had hit only one other field goal—nailed the game-winner. Now, five games later, Wisconsin is undefeated in Big Ten play, and Hughes, who admitted the injured ankle forced him to play slower, is looking like the point guard the Badgers need. In the first five conference wins, five different players (Jon Leuer, Butch, Hughes, Flowers and Landry) scored 20plus points. Who needs Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor? The X-Factor offense averaged 69 points per game through its first five Big Ten games. Last year’s team averaged 65 points per game in Big Ten play. Meanwhile, the defense, which no one was questioning in the off season, is only giving up 54 points per game. It’s a recipe for success that only Bo Ryan could mix up. Remember when he lost Devin Harris to the NBA Draft? He responded by taking the 2004-’05 Badgers to the Elite Eight. What can he do with this team? If guys like Jon Leuer (25 points at Michigan) keep giving the Badgers more options, Ryan could create almost any matchup imaginable. I guess we’ll find out how good this team can be when coaching meets pure talent (Eric Gordon) as Indiana comes to the Kohl Center Jan. 31. But for now, the Badgers have another can-win road game this Saturday at Purdue. It will be tough, but UW is 4-1 on the road this year, and if another 20-point phantom emerges, it should be 7-0 in Big Ten play by Saturday evening. E-mail Adam at hoge@wisc.edu to talk about Ryan’s coaching this season.

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Men’s hockey earns three points in Alaska By Jon Bortin THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team posted a win and tie this weekend on the road against Alaska-Anchorage, the lowest ranked team in the conference. With a three-point gain in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, the results set up an intriguing matchup this weekend against rival Minnesota. A series against the Seawolves may have been exactly what the Badgers needed, as the young group has been unable to establish any real momentum this season. The Badgers (6-8-2 WCHA, 10-10-4 overall) are now unbeaten in their last three games, dat-

recap from page 8 games you’re going to have to win in the Big Ten, and I’m just glad we came out on top tonight.” The Badgers pulled off the victory despite 26 points from standout Michigan freshman guard and leading scorer Manny Harris. Wisconsin defenders had no answer for Harris all night, but the big difference was their effectiveness in covering Michigan’s other big scoring weapon, sophomore forward DeShawn Sims. Sims made just four of 19 from

analysis from page 8 making that extra play,” Beilein said. Maybe it was a response from their flat play against Iowa, but it was a huge turnaround from when these two teams met in Ann Arbor Jan. 2, when the Badgers out-rebounded the Wolverines by 10. Still, UW head coach Bo Ryan did not seem all that surprised by Michigan’s 35-25 advantage on the boards. “They are bouncier than us and longer than us,” he said. “They win the short sleeve contest. We’re not going to win that one with Michigan. We need to do a better job putting bodies on people.” Even with the big rebounding margin, it’s hard to believe that Michigan would have been in the game without the play of Harris. The freshman’s 26 points came on 11-of-19 shooting in 38 minutes. “That was pretty good,” Ryan said. “He was hitting the mid-range and the outside shot. If he does that in the next game, that’s up to the other team to figure that out now.”

ing back to their first road win in Denver Jan. 12. The Badgers have not gone without a loss in four straight games all season. On Friday, the Badgers never trailed en route to a 2-1 victory at Sullivan Arena. Nearly 14 minutes into the first period, sophomore forward John Mitchell scored a shot from the slot, notching his fifth goal of the season. Alaska-Anchorage tied the game early in the third period on a one-timer by sophomore Josh Lunden past UW’s junior goalie Shane Connelly. The shot was the only one to get past Connelly, who had 27 saves to earn his ninth victory. With 6:15 remaining in the game, senior Matthew Ford

scored the game-winner, his seventh goal of the year, assuring the Badgers at least a split series. On Saturday, the Badgers took advantage of the power play in a come-from-behind 4-4 draw. Three of Wisconsin’s four scores came when they outmanned the Seawolves on the ice. Alaska-Anchorage took an early 2-0 lead in a frenetic first period, scoring both on the power play. But the Badgers battled back to tie the game on their own power plays, with goals from sophomore forwards Michael Davies and Blake Geoffrion. Just before the first period ended, the Seawolves took the lead. Again, they pushed the lead to two in the second period, scor-

ing on a 5-on-3 advantage. Still, the Badgers refused to go away. In the third period, junior Ben Street put away a rebound for his tenth goal of the season, and late in the period, Davies scored yet again, giving him seven goals this year. The overtime session produced no goals, giving the Badgers a hard-earned point and setting up a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings with Minnesota and St. Cloud State. “All in all, a very successful weekend,” Badgers head coach Mike Eaves said at this Monday press conference. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report

the field. Still, first-year Michigan coach John Beilein was pleased with his team, especially after their 70-54 loss to the Badgers in Ann Arbor earlier this month. “I think there were four or five runs that Wisconsin made, and this game could have gotten ugly quick, but we fought back every time and answered,” Beilein said. “I am proud of our guys. That is the little victory we got tonight, not getting down when things didn’t go our way.” The Badgers leading scorers

were Flowers and Landry, who registered 14 points apiece. Flowers had trouble stopping Harris’ explosiveness, but head coach Bo Ryan was impressed with his effort late in the second half. “He’s a tough competitor,” Ryan said. “Things weren’t going that well. He probably felt in his mind defensively that he still needed to make a big play. Make a good play without fouling and he did—that was huge.” Ryan also gave credit to some Badgers who didn’t fill up the stat sheet. Krabbenhoft had only

five points and five rebounds, but made some excellent passes in the paint and hit a clutch shot with just two minutes left in the game. “I’m glad he’s on our side,” Ryan said. “When he committed that year, that was the guy we wanted. Just the way he plays, the kind of young man he is, how hard he plays and what he brings all the time. He didn’t just start doing that when he got to college.” This Saturday, the Badgers will travel to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.

At times Harris looked like the best player on the court and he did it on national television against senior guard Michael Flowers, arguably the best defender in the Big Ten. According to Beilein, he was playing with a foot injury. “I tell him all the time, because I know how hard as a coach our team has to work to ever be on national TV,” Beilein said. “These are moments. That’s not why we play, but come on, Manny was great in the locker room and he brought it right out on the floor.” Still, Ryan was quick to defend his senior guard’s defensive play. “Defensively you might say boy, Michael really struggled but no, Michael did some really good things. He had three steals. He had some deflections. But they hit some tough shots,” Ryan said. In addition to the three steals, Flowers had a solid game with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Badgers will now hit the road for three of the next four games, starting at Purdue Saturday.

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The No. 11 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (6-0 Big Ten, 16-2 overall) squeezed out a tight win over the Michigan Wolverines, 64-61 Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. The Badgers shot the ball extremely well all game, finishing 52 percent from the field. Wisconsin led by 10 points with about seven minutes remaining in the half. However, Michigan refused to give in and cut the deficit to 28-24 going into the break. In the second half, Michigan played tough down the stretch because of its dominant lead over Wisconsin on the offensive boards and second chance points. With just under a minute remaining, the Wolverines trailed 59-58 with the ball and a chance to take the lead. But senior guard Michael Flowers had a crucial steal and junior forward Marcus Landry sunk a clutch three pointer with 23 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Junior forward Joe Krabbenhoft was very pleased with the way his team performed in such close circumstances. “Those are the type of games throughout a season that you’re going to have to win,” Krabbenhoft said. “Michigan

didn’t go our way, but we kept our composure. If you want to get to that next level, these are the

It would be easy to question how Wisconsin could shoot 52 percent, have three double-digit scorers and grab 11 steals yet beat a five-win team by just three points. But when you consider that the Michigan Wolverines (1-6 Big Ten, 5-14 overall) out-rebounded the Badgers by 11 and got 26 points from freshman guard Manny Harris, it starts to make sense why UW (60, 16-2) only won 64-61 Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. “We just got to do a better job as a team,” junior forward Marcus Landry, who had two rebounds but zero on the defensive end, said. “It should never come down to us being out-rebounded by 11. Especially with them having a total of 20 offensive rebounds—it’s just ridiculous on our part ... We should be very surprised that we won this game with the way we rebounded.” Michigan kept it close with 22 second-chance points and 16 points off 11 UW turnovers. Coming off a 68-60 home loss to Iowa, it was somewhat surprising to see the Wolverines play with such energy in a tough road environment, but head coach John Beilein said it was an emphasis after looking at the tape from Saturday’s loss. “You can create energy just by

t’s been nearly a month and I am just starting to figure it out. About a month ago, Bo Ryan’s Badgers went to Austin, Texas, and upset the then-ninth-ranked Texas Longhorns—and they did it without their leading scorer. Who knew that Trevon Hughes injuring his ankle at the end of practice the night before UW’s last non-conference game would be the turning point for Wisconsin—a team that had looked dominant in the shouldwin games yet confused in games against Duke and Marquette? But while many UW students were probably sleeping in Dec. 29 for UW’s 11 a.m. start in a game that looked nearly impossible to win before Hughes got hurt, Ryan was getting ready for what could have been the best coaching performance of his career. The Badgers played with 100 percent effort on almost every possession. Brian Butch looked like the dominant post player Badgers fans thought they would have for four years. Marcus Landry played like

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