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Dalai Lama to visit Madison this summer By Danielle Switalski THE DAILY CARDINAL
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Gov. Jim Doyle addressed the full state Legislature Wednesday, with both sides of the political aisle expressing hesitation to some of his goals.
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Gov. Jim Doyle revealed his agenda in his annual state of the state address Wednesday, with his proposals garnering praise and skepticism from both political parties. Doyle’s speech focused largely on economic development and health care. Uneasiness in the national economy, according to Doyle, will affect Wisconsin in the coming months and delay state funding to some areas. “We will have to make deep cuts and hard sacriﬁces,” Doyle said, although he also said steps like depositing $50 million in the state’s rainy day fund would help overcome current
Doyle says poor economy may lead to ‘sacriﬁces’
U.S. economic problems. Doyle said the economy could be helped by reforming taxes on certain venture capital investments, which may encourage companies with tax breaks on research and development done in Wisconsin. The idea of reforming the tax codes on certain investments was largely supported by Republican legislative leaders. Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, said many of Doyle’s economic proposals would be supported by Republicans. State Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he would also be in favor of reducing the tax on investments in capital, but the proposal may not be supported
by Senate Democratic leadership. Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, DWeston, has previously stated he wants to see more details on some of the tax credit proposals. Doyle also proposed increasing the minimum wage to $7.25 for economic development, a goal supported by Decker. “Governor Doyle’s support for raising the minimum wage and indexing it for inﬂation will help get hard-working families the raise they need to make it in this struggling economy,” Decker said in a release. Both Huebsch and Fitzgerald said they were against the minimum wage proposal. doyle page 3
The Dalai Lama, head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet, will visit Madison July 19 through July 24 to hold teaching sessions and partake in a spiritual ritual performed for the first time in North America. The Dalai Lama will give a public speech July 19 at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum to kick off his six-day visit. He will spend the following days at the Coliseum holding teaching sessions and cultural presentations. His visit will conclude with the “Tenshug,” or “long life” ceremony at the end of the final teaching session on July 23. The Tenshug ceremony is a Tibetan ceremony in which followers of the Dalai Lama pray for his long life, according to Wisconsin Tibetan Association vice president Jampa Khedup. He said that although the ritual is performed frequently in other countries around the world, the upcoming event in Madison would be the first Tenshug ceremony held in North America. “All the Tibetans who are in Canada and in this country will come and request long life,” said Geshe Sopa, leader of the Deer Park Buddhist Center in Oregon, Wis. Deer Park Buddhist will cosponsor the Dalai Lama’s visit, along with the North American Tibetan Association. Sopa said participation in events is open to everyone, regardless of spiritual beliefs. “In this case it is more than just spiritual because he is both a political and spiritual leader,” Khedup said. “Everybody’s comdalai lama page 4
UW stem-cell researcher says funding must increase State reps say $50 million per year not possible By Whitney Newman THE DAILY CARDINAL
After a leading UW-Madison stem-cell researcher said Wisconsin needs to take serious steps to maintain leadership in the stem-cell ﬁeld, many state dignitaries said the state funding is likely not feasible. UW-Madison biologist James Thomson, who recently developed a technique for human skin cells to function like embryonic stem cells, said Tuesday the state would have to increase spending for stem-cell
research to $50 million annually to keep up with California’s investment of $3 billion. According to John Murray, spokesperson for state Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, this year’s state budget does not look promising for more stem-cell research funding. “To be idenTHOMSON tifying specific dollar amounts at this point, particularly given that we could potentially be going into economic downturn this year, I think it’s a little premature for us to be setting dollar ﬁgures,”
Murray said. He suggested turning to private funding. “There are people who are willing to make very generous investments in that area, and anytime we can ﬁnd private dollars, which we have been very successful in attracting, we should encourage that,” Murray said. Carrie Lynch, spokesperson for state Sen. Russell Decker, DWeston, agreed that while private funding was helpful, a certain commitment from the state is also “extremely important.” “The state has a pretty strong commitment to funding research at our great campuses, and there is pretty broad support [within the Legislature] for certain types of
stem-cell research,” she said. “If we start building support for stem cell research now, money could be found in the next budget.” Lynch said it is essential the university has what it needs to compete, adding that the ongoing competition between Wisconsin and California as national leaders in the ﬁeld of stem-cell research. A 2004 California referendum provides California with $3 billion in tax-free state bonds for 10 years of embryonic stem-cell research. However, Murray said getting into a “dollar-bidding war” was not an accurate way to measure a state’s success within the stem-cell stem cells page 4
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The Dalai Lama speaks at the Kohl Center during his most recent visit to Madison on May 4, 2007. He will return this July.
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After France trip, Matt still dislikes swiss
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hough it would be at least another decade before I knew “Kosher” as something more than a preﬁx for dill pickle spears and table salt, by the age of six I had catalogued roughly 1,000 culinary misdeeds. Dividing the dinner plate into hermitically sealed quarantine zones, I ordered around individual food groups like the subjects of a fascist police state. I’ve been told that the picky eating habits of young children are an evolved response to their earlier instincts to snack on any brightly colored objects smaller than large “Duplo” blocks. But the sheer number of my food phobias suggests that the Hunzikers of the Old World were frequently the target of poisonings. Worried by the mental image of my suit-and-tie-clad adult self still inquiring about the restaurant’s
selection of breakfast cereals, I’ve spent years training myself to like all kinds of international fare, from sushi to snails to baba ganoush. But, while I’ve become an expert on foods well outside my price range, my efforts have been a practical failure; despite two decades in the Midwest and four years living in the cholesterol-choked heart of the dairy industry, I absolutely hate cheese. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always hated cheese. My parents insist otherwise, that there was once a time when I liked cheese, perhaps even loved it. Searching through family photo albums, however, I’ve failed to ﬁnd any hard evidence. No infant Matt at the foot of the Christmas tree, cuddling a wheel of cheddar from Santa. No 3-year-old Matt blowing out candles on his birthday cheesecake. No partied-out Matt fast asleep on a pillow of brie an hour later. In almost any other part of the world, I imagine an aversion to cheese would be equivalent to, say, a dislike for organ meats. It is, after all, a processed animal product, yet I’ve
never run into the same trouble with haggis. Unfortunately, as I’ve learned, cheese is ubiquitous in the Midwest. I can still remember the ﬁrst time I was forced to order a “quarter-pounder with cheese with no cheese.” Except in the company of other disenfranchised peoples, like vegetarians, denying cheese is rarely accepted as a simple dietary preference. Questions are begged, eyebrows raised, and I’m asked to explain my viewpoint like I’ve just announced to a panel of paleontologists that the Earth is exactly 5,000 years old. Predictably, constant badgering has only strengthened my dislike. Once I hated cheese with my taste buds. Now my heart and soul have joined in. Visiting relatives in France, I was told that my problem wasn’t with cheese as a whole but with America’s feeble attempts at cheesemaking. After two weeks of tastetesting I learned to say “I do not like it on a roll/I do not like it with a troll/I do not like it with a rind/I do not like it served with wine,” though not ﬂuently. None of the cheeses of France
could make me a convert, but I did at least agree that it was easier to hate cheese in the United States. Whether threatening our imaginations (“Imitation Cheese Base,” “Co-Extruded Cheese Snacks”), or our language (“EZ Cheez,” “CheezIt”), the supermarket labels speak for themselves. Wisconsin, as a state, has taken cheese reverence farther than any other, embracing it with a religious zeal. The American Dairy Association spent millions inviting people to “Behold the power of cheese,” as if coagulated milk curd had led the slaves out of Egypt and felled the walls of Jericho. Once a conﬁrmed Catholic, I made the move to agnosticism the ﬁrst time I saw hundreds of Madisonians wearing foam-rubber blocks of Swiss on their heads every Sunday morning. I’d go on, but I’m hungry and tired. Does anyone know of a cheap, ready-to-eat source of calcium and protein? Do you like cheese in a box? Do you like it with a fox? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Beer Thursday Franziskaner
If the contented expression of the fat old monk on the front of the bottle is any indication, Franziskaner HefeWeissbier is above all a satisfying drink. Brewed in one of the oldest brewing traditions still being practiced today, the beer manages to avoid the sickly sweet taste and gut rot that have been known to follow even
quality hefes. The beer pours a bright golden color and smells sweet enough, like most hefes do. While the ﬁrst sip of most hefes tends to gravitate toward a fairly generic sweet graininess, Franziskaner swings for the fences right away with a sweet, crisp pear ﬂavor. The beer holds steady well after that, losing neither its
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novelty or the edge of its taste. Moreover, it’s decently ﬁlling and won’t curdle once it’s in your belly. This is an easy beer to drink a few of, and after a few more it’s a face-warmer to boot. This is probably more of a summer beer than one suited for the subzero temperatures plaguing the state, but what the hell? We can dream.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
‘Compassionate Care’ passes in Assembly, but delayed After six years of legislative battles, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill passed in the state Assembly Wednesday with a 61-35 vote. Despite its passage, the bill will not reach the state Senate until the next session due to a legislative maneuver executed by the Republican-controlled Assembly.
The bill mandates all Wisconsin hospitals give information about and access to emergency contraception for all rape victims. State Rep. Mark Pocan, DMadison, an author of the bill, said the delay would not stop the bill from seeing a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate by
doyle from page 1 “The minimum wage is rarely paid in today’s economy,” Huebsch said. Assembly Minority Leader Jim Kreuser, D-Kenosha, said in a statement he was pleased with Doyle’s agenda and that the governor had a responsible set of goals for the uncertain economic climate. Doyle’s main health-care proposal, BadgerChoice, focuses on creating a program that would pool health care costs across small businesses to reduce risk and decrease expenses. Huebsch said he needed to know more details about the plan, but said he was encouraged the governor called the plan “consumer driven.” Kreuser said he supported Doyle’s healthcare proposal, though Senate Democratic leadership has repeatedly said they would attempt to revive the Healthy Wisconsin health care plan left out of the recent state budget.
February. The Senate previously passed the bill 27-6. Gov. Jim Doyle has previously stated he would sign the bill. Lisa Boyce, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Advocates Wisconsin, said the Assembly passing the bill was a long time coming, but said she was frustrated by the inten-
Doyle did not support Healthy Wisconsin during the budget impasse of 2007. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout , D-Alma, stated she was in favor of the BadgerChoice program. In the speech, Doyle continued his support for a statewide smoking ban in public places. A ban is supported by state Rep. Steve Wieckert, R-Appleton, but has not been made a priority by Assembly Republican leadership. In the Senate, some Democrats like Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, support a smoking ban while others like Sen. Roger Breske, D-Eland, have said it would hurt tavern and bar owners. Doyle also asked the Legislature to pass a bill that would designate autism as a disease covered by insurance companies in the state.
UW to join nat’l global warming teach-in events UW-Madison announced Wednesday its participation in the ﬁrst national teach-in on global warming solutions. “Focus the Nation” will feature a live Web cast produced by the National Wildlife Federation and presented by the Earth Day Network at more than 1,400 colleges and universities across the country and at three UW-Madison locations. The project aims to prepare “millions of students to become leaders in responding to the challenge” of global warming, according to a statement. It will also focus on education, civic engagement and leadership. “We are thrilled to be a part of this initiative,” James Pawley, a UW-Madison zoology professor, said in a statement. “It represents the enormous power that youth have when they use their education to create positive change in the world.” UW-Madison students can see the Web cast at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 in 2650 Humanities, 105 Psychology or 6210 Social Science. UW-Madison faculty and guest speakers, including Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, will continue the teach-in Jan. 31 at Memorial Union’s Great Hall. Many state lawmakers will also participate in a “Green Democracy” discussion with students at 6 p.m. in the Lowell Center.
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tional delay. “Today what happened will not change the ultimate outcome of this bill but is going to make rape victims wait even longer for the compassionate care that they deserve,” Boyce said. Director of Clinical Services at University Health Services Dr. Susan Van Orman said she viewed
the bill as part of comprehensive health care and was pleased that such treatment would be available to patients in Wisconsin. Orman said emergency contraception is currently dispensed at UHS upon request, but the bill would allow UHS to work more freely with local hospitals. —Jillian Levy
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Gov. Jim Doyle gave his annual address Wednesday, outlining his goals to prepare for a possible downturn in the national economy and to reform the state health-care system.
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Whole Foods to eliminate the use of plastic grocery bags By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL
Whole Foods Market announced Tuesday its plans to discontinue the use of plastic bags in all of its stores by Earth Day on April 22. Whole Foods, which sells natural and organic foods in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, has a local supermarket in Madison located at 3313 University Ave. “Central to Whole Foods Market’s core values is caring for our communities and the environment, and this includes adopting wise environmental practices,” A.C. Gallo, co-president and chief operating officer for Whole Foods Market, said in a statement. Shoppers at the Whole Foods in Madison can expect to see the
supply of plastic bags deplete over the next few months until paper and canvas grocery bags are all that remain. Kate Klotz, Whole Foods spokesperson for the Midwest region, said the company recently found a way to sell bags that are made of 80 percent post-consumer waste material. The bags cost 99 cents and customers are given 10 cents back for every bag they bring in. According to Klotz, Whole Foods is the first company to offer the bags. “Central to Whole Foods Market’s core values is caring for our communities and the environment.” A.C Gallo co-president Whole Foods Market
Klotz expects Madison’s environmentally-conscious community to be supportive of the change in
company policy. “It’s definitely a market that will see this as something favorable and will really embrace it,” she said. Another organic food store in Madison has already received positive customer responses for their use of alternative bagging materials. The Willy Street Coops, located at 1221 Williamson St., has never used plastic bags at its checkouts, although the co-op is more than willing to recycle them. “Being huge haters of ﬁnding plastic bags in trees and all over the place, we are happy to recycle them,” said Lynn Olson, the cooperative services manager. Olson said the Willy Street Coop is enthusiastic about another local grocery store’s choice to eliminate plastic bags. “We’re absolutely thrilled that more people are making the decision not to perpetuate plastic bags is more fuel for our agenda, which is to eliminate unnecessary waste in our environment,” Olson said.
More student input sought in chancellor search By Jillian Levy THE DAILY CARDINAL
The two UW-Madison students named to the search committee to replace Chancellor John Wiley said Wednesday that additional student involvement will be needed. The report was posted on a student blog. UW-Madison graduate student Erik Paulson and senior Suchita Shah were selected Tuesday to serve on the committee by Associated Students of Madison’s Shared Governance Committee Chair Jeff Wright and ASM Chair Gestina Sewell. Wright said Shah and Paulson were chosen because they both have a ﬁrm grasp of the issues facing students. “They both talked about engaging students through listening sessions and forums, and I think that’s a great start,” Wright said. “Obviously, they have to reach out to student organizations and facultystudent committees, and they’ll have to engage their peers.”
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Paulson said the goal is to select a great chancellor, stressing that student involvement is very important in the process. “One of my goals will be to start talking to as many students as we can about what they see as qualities they want to ﬁnd in the next chancellor and get feedback to help us guide our process,” he said Tuesday after being named to the committee.
“I think [Shah and Paulson] are going to represent the student body very well.” Jeff Wright chair ASM Shared Governance Committee
Shah said she plans to hold listening sessions with student organizations as well as open forums where interested
students can voice opinions. “It’s very important that any student that has a voice can be heard,” Shah said Tuesday. According to Wright, ASM received 43 applications from students interested in a position on the committee. All applicants were required to write essays regarding what qualities make the best chancellor and why the individual applicant would be a good student representative on the committee. Wright and Sewell conducted interviews with 12 ﬁnalists Tuesday. “I’m very happy with Suchita and Erik,” Wright said. “I think they are going to represent the student body very well.” Wright said ASM would provide more information about open forums to students after the ﬁrst search committee meeting on Jan. 25. For a list of groups the two students are interested in meeting with, log on to www.asmsharedgovernance.blogspot.
of its stem cell breakthrough seemed to create buzz at the Wisconsin Innovative Network luncheon Tuesday where he spoke on the subject. “The Tech Council is especially proud that Thomson is in Wisconsin, and we are very encouraged and thrilled with what he is doing,” WIN Director Liz Katz said, adding he generated a record attendance at the luncheon.
Janet Kelly, communications director for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, said via email WARF would like to see more funding for stem-cell research to keep the state competitive. “We recognize that our state budget faces many challenges, but look forward to the time we can see growth in state, federal and private funding for stem-cell science here in Wisconsin,” she said.
ing together to pay gratitude to the Dalai Lama and show their respect and faith in him.” In traditional Tibetan culture, followers must first ask their spiritual leader to allow them to perform the Tenshug ritual, according to Khedup. The followers then pray for the long life
of their master and ask him to continue to teach them and act as their guide through life. According to the Dalai Lama’s website, the spiritual leader works within three separate levels: the level of the human being promoting human values such as compassion and discipline, the level of religious practitioner and as a free spokesperson of the Tibetans.
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Those looking for a simple yet exotic date spot need not go far. Cabana Room, 240 W. Gilman St., serves up light Brazilian cuisine perfect for a quick lunch or romantic dinner. Upon entering the puebloinﬂuenced building, patrons are given the option to head upstairs to either Samba Brazilian Grill, the sister restaurant known for its hearty two-course feast of assorted greens and meat, or enter the relaxed atmosphere of Cabana Room. Cabana Room’s décor is straightforward: bold-colored walls accentuated by dim lighting, a single piece of modern art and a framed map of South America. At first the menu seemed sparse and simple, but the meals turned out to be filling and full of flavor. The root vegetable stew is a hodg podge of vegetables including sweet potato and yucca, with fried plantain chips sprinkled on top as an added touch. The stew carries a nice pungent aroma when brought out to the table and is a tasty mix of Brazilian flavors. If you are hesitant to plunge into exotic tastes, the Cabana Burger is a safe first attempt. The beef patty is cooked to perfection, both savory and juicy and topped with avocado, caramelized shallot, bacon and cabrales. The sauce also contains a sweet, smoky taste. Other menu items, such as sandwiches and wraps, are lighter on the stomach. The Cheese, Pesto & Tomato sandwich is a superb vegetarian
dish served after being brick pressed on a grill. The Shrimp & Avocado Wrap is a healthy option, with arugula, red onion, sprouts and mango mustard complimenting the shrimp. The Niswa Sashimi Tuna Wrap is offered as a special. The rawness of the tuna matches well with the crisp lettuce, bitter olives and feta cheese. However, the cheese and olives overpower the tuna at times. The tuna wrap and the shrimp wrap are both tasty, but could have been better put together. The ingredients are not evenly mixed in the tortilla, as the abundance of
greens in the middle separates the seafood from the other flavoring ingredients. The entrées all come with a side of chimichurri dipping sauce, which looks like a disgusting puree of greenness. Fortunately, the herby citrus taste of chimichurri is pleasantly tangy, good enough for one to bypass the sauce’s unappealing aesthetic. In addition to the chimichurri sauce, the entrées come with a choice of side: fries, salad or rice and beans. The salad is lightly dressed with a mango vinaigrette, which contains a sweet tang. The rice is topped with black beans, joined
together by melted cheese. Cabana Room also offers a variety of drinks with its own espresso bar full of coffees and tea, plus an ample selection of wines and beers from around the globe. The mixed drinks can be pricey, ranging from $6-$8. The service was exceptional. Servers were prompt for the most part and especially courteous. The relaxed atmosphere and the clear-cut menu make Cabana Room an appropriate place to try something new and have great conversation at the same time, whether among a group of friends or on an intimate date.
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Madison takes bite out of New York bagels By Eunice Abraham THE DAILY CARDINAL
If you ever happen to be in a New York state of mind, you are going to want to check out Gotham Bagels at 112 E. Mifflin St. Since opening in March 2007, Gotham Bagels has been serving up New York-style bagels to countless Madison consumers. Located along Capitol Square across the street from Bartell Theatre and Café Montmartre, Gotham Bagels is not the most accessible eatery on campus. However, the restaurant is along many bus routes, and when the weather is warmer it will make for a nice stroll. Get there before the lunch rush, as it gets busy quickly. The staff ’s efficiency was impressive, especially since it’s pretty much an open kitchen setup and customers literally see what’s going on behind the counter. Like true New Yorkers, the workers were not fazed by the surge of customers at all. Arriving in the late morning will give you the option of enjoying a late breakfast or an early lunch. I wasn’t feeling eggs at the moment, so I opted for a lunch item, even though the breakfast menu is cheaper ($2-$6.75).
For lunch, I could build myself a sandwich by picking out a bagel or bread, condiments, vegetables, cheeses and meat (or for vegetarians, whatever source of protein you fancy). The prices range depending on the ingredients you select. I decided to order one of Gotham’s signature sandwiches. The sandwiches had names like Williamsburg, Long-GuyLand and Spanish Harlem, each paying homage to the place that inspired them. I went with the Brighton Beach, which is essentially lox and cream cheese with a facelift. It’s made with smoked Alaskan salmon, watercress, red onion, tomato and caper cream cheese spread on a bagel of your choice. I decided to go with the poppy seed bagel, which was the suggested bagel on the menu. The Brighton Beach was put together with great precision. Cream cheese and onions have very strong flavors that usually linger on my palate, but I was pleased to find that they did not overpower the bagel and salmon. The subtle fishiness of the salmon soaked in the cream cheese, and the crisp bagel bound all the components together, making the sandwich one cohesive unit.
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Gotham Bagels may look like an average New York deli from the outside, but Gotham’s savory bagels help bring together people from all over Madison. If you are not looking for a full meal, there are an assortment of bagels to choose from, coming in at $0.90 a piece, or $10 for a New York dozen. You can also add butter, cream cheese or a tofu spread. The shop also features Gotham Gourmet, a small menu of homemade pastries that go perfectly with Gotham’s coffees, teas and fresh juices. Young professionals, students clad in sweatpants, offbeat hipster kids and the
typical white-picket fence family were among the customers who ordered that day at Gotham Bagels. It made me smile because this diversity and general busyness is what New York is all about, and Gotham is striving to bring this diversity out of Madison as well. Gotham Bagels embodies the warm, vibrant culture of a New York deli, but, fortunately, the food comes at a much cheaper price.
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Winter chill fails to melt desire for ice cream
was totally ready to come back to Madison after our extremely long winter break. I love being at home, but I wanted to get back, start a new semester and see all of my friends. I love the excitement of buying new notebooks and seeing all the familiar faces running around the aisles of the bookstore. Everyone is so happy and carefree. I don’t even mind waking up early, at least for the ﬁrst few weeks of classes. However, there is one thing I’m not so crazy about—the Madison weather. The bitter temperatures and incessant snow were among the few things that I didn’t really miss while I was back at home in New Jersey. Why does it have to snow so much? We get it, Wisconsin, you’ve proven your point. You are a very cold state. I don’t think I’m alone when I say the beyond freezing temperatures send me running straight for the indoors. Aside from temporarily sending me to hermit status, the cold weather also gives me an insane craving for the strangest thing: ice cream. I know that sounds unconventional, and maybe outright crazy. How could I crave something so cold when it’s blisteringly chilly outside? I really don’t have an explanation for you. I think it might be the snow’s texture, which reminds me of the creamy goodness of the perfect cup of vanilla. Sometimes I just need to have a scoop in the worst way. My friends try to be supportive of my crazy habit, but still they think I’m nuts when I even dare suggest a little trip out to State Street for a Potbelly’s milkshake. I see their point, but I’m sick of being judged! I think it’s time that we changed all of our biased opinions towards this wintertime forbidden realm of cold food. Better yet, why does everyone think that certain foods should be tied to a speciﬁc season? If I want to go out and buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie, why shouldn’t I be able to do that, even if it is below zero? And, if it’s hot out and I’m in the mood for chili, why shouldn’t I be able to eat some on the Terrace? Maybe we should stop being so closed minded about the foods we’re “allowed” to eat. We should forget all of these negative associations that we have and just eat what we like, à la the Apple Jacks commercials of the ’90s. Winter doesn’t just have to be a time for soup, but it can also be a great time for ice cream at the Union and smoothies from Jamba Juice. And summer shouldn’t only be about keeping cool, but it should equally be about warming our insides, eating those foods that make us feel good. The same idea can go for holidays, too. Turkey and stufﬁng shouldn’t only be eaten on Thanksgiving, but rather whenever we feel like it. One of my favorites, the candy cane, can be appreciated as a year-round treat, not only for Christmas. We could blame Walgreens for making these seasonal things less available to us during the changing months, but why can’t we stock up and keep eating candy hearts forever? So far, I haven’t successfully recruited anyone over to my eccentric point of view. My friends would still prefer a Caramel Machiatto in this frigid weather over an iced coffee. Still, I hold my ground and I get iced tea at Starbucks, despite the strange looks the baristas give me as they brew their hot beverages. So, while everyone is cozying up and drinking hot chocolate, I’m keeping myself warm and comfortable by eating and drinking whatever I feel like, despite the conﬁnements of the season. You can ﬁnd me at the Chocolate Shoppe this winter, sitting there all alone, indulging myself in a cone full of creamy, cold perfection. If you’ve been sitting alone on the terrace eating your ice cream and are in need of some company, e-mail Ariel at email@example.com.
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WHAT’S THE BEEF?
DEBORAH SEILER signed, seiled, delivered
efore you bite into your next juicy brat, you may want to read on. John UW-Madison
professor of food science, shares his insights regarding animal cloning, food safety and the FDA’s decision to allow cloned meat and milk to enter U.S. grocery stores—without labels. By Jennifer Evans THE DAILY CARDINAL
On Jan. 15, the FDA announced the meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs and goats to be as safe as the food products from their natural counterparts, and would be permitted to enter the U.S. food supply unlabeled. The news came after research labs across the country spent years comparing cloned and noncloned animals, ultimately ﬁnding the food products from the two groups to be the same. Regardless of what the science says, public fears and misunderstandings about cloning have led to more than a few raised eyebrows since the FDA ruling. Living in America’s Dairyland, cloned milk is no joke. What exactly will a cloned cheese curd taste like, and how can we be sure it’s really safe? Lucey, who has spent time studying the milk of cloned cows, shares his knowledge. Daily Cardinal: Why clone animals for meat and milk and not stick to the old fashioned way of breeding animals for food? Lucey: At this point, the cost of cloning of animals for food production remains way more costly than non-cloning means, so it is unlikely for cloning to replace traditional practices for food production anytime soon. However, some people are interested in using cloning to reproduce an animal with the best characteristics. For instance, if a person owns a prize-winning, high value bull, he or she may be interested in creating a genetic copy of their perfect bull. While cloning the prized bull would be very expensive, the process would create a genetic copy of the star animal. DC: How do scientists clone animals? Lucey: In very basic terms, cloning is like photocopying the genetic information of an animal and re-inserting it into a host cell. With a clone, there is no mixing of genetic material or inserting or delet-
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ing of genes (as is the case in genetic modiﬁcation). A clone is simply a duplicate genetic copy. Cloning is difﬁcult. It’s like taking the engine from a car you really like and putting it into another car. If things aren’t connected right, your car won’t go. To clone an animal, a scientist needs to copy the animal’s DNA and place it into a host cell scientiﬁcally created to support the new DNA. Once the DNA is inside the cell, scientists wait to see if the cell will grow and develop as a normal embryo. If it does, the embryo can be implanted into the host mother, where the embryo will ﬂourish or abort. The difﬁculty of getting cloning to work is why cloning animals for food production would be exorbitant. DC: How long have researchers been studying the cloning of animals? Lucey: Research into cloning and the intermediate steps to get cloning to work have gone on for a long time. Early research began in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until the creation of “Dolly” the sheep in the 1990s that large steps in cloning research started taking place. DC: How did you become involved in studying the safety of food products from cloned animals? Lucey: Several years ago companies became interested in the concept of cloning high value animals in the event that new technology might one day lead cloning to become cost-effective for food production. Animals were already being cloned but there were no FDA regulations on how to treat the food products from cloned animals. The FDA set out to ﬁnd what, if any, differences there were between the milk and meat from cloned versus non-cloned animals. In the meantime, FDA asked these companies not to use milk from these animals for human consumption. A company with cloned cows approached us and asked if we would be willing to test the milk samples of the animals. The goal was to test and see if there was anything abnormal in the milk, any red ﬂags that should keep the milk out of the food supply. There was concern about what was in the milk and we certainly didn’t want adults and children drinking cloned milk without knowing what was in it. We tested all of the major components of milk samples (proteins, lipids and nutrient content) from a variety of breeds of cloned cows and found no difference between the cloned and non-cloned cows. It is important to note there was variation in the amount of milk produced and the major components among the cloned cows. There is the common misconception that clones all look identical, like perfect cow robots performing exactly the same. This is not true. Even though the clones may have identical genetic information, environmental factors will lead clones to appear and function differently. The
same is true of fraternal (non-identical) twins. DC: Are there any dangers to consuming cloned milk? Lucey: To the best of my knowledge there is no reason to be concerned about consuming cloned milk. All the research out there shows cloned milk is safe. Remember, we are not manipulating the genes, so essentially you would expect the cloned milk to be the same as non-cloned milk. This is the reason FDA believes the milk from clones is safe. It is difﬁcult to even come up with a hypothetical situation where consuming cloned milk would be dangerous. If you move the engine from your favorite car to a new car and the car won’t start, it doesn’t work. Similarly, the cloned cell won’t develop (and cloned animal would never have the opportunity to be used for food production). DC: Does cloned milk taste the same? Lucey: There have been no taste test studies on cloned milk because the FDA was in the process of assessing the safety of cloned food products. While we were testing it, I tasted it. To be honest, it tastes like regular milk. DC: Are you at all concerned over cloned food products entering the U.S. food supply? Lucey: I’m concerned about real problems. Contaminated foods entering the food supply, hamburgers with pathogenic E. coli—these are real problems that kill people every day and are major issues we know about. I don’t see where the science is to say cloned food products are a problem. DC: Why doesn’t the FDA just require labels on cloned food products so people can choose or not choose cloned products on their own? If the public is not well-informed about cloning, which the majority are not, how can they make an informed decision about cloned food products? Lucey: I’m all for labeling in cases where food products contain serious risks for certain populations. However, in the case of labeling milk from cloned animals it would only cause more confusion. All the research says cloned food products are the same as non-cloned. DC: What take-home message do you have for students regarding the recent FDA announcement? Lucey: First, take a deep breath. Don’t link all technologies together—genetic modiﬁcation (when scientists manipulate genes to see how it affects food) and cloning (genetic copying) are separate techniques. Educate yourself about different technologies so you are able to judge risks for yourself. Based on scientiﬁc research to date, the risk of cloned food products is very low.
n early December, a view from the hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge revealed only the dark ocean studded with surfers along one of the 25 closed beaches. One could detect the faint smell of gasoline. On Nov. 7, the cargo ship Cosco Busan hit a supporting tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, spilling 58,000 gallons of bunker oil through the dent in its hull. As the high tides receded, oil ﬂushed toward beach reserves along the Marin headlands, with black tides reaching 15 miles north of the bay’s mouth the following day. “It actually felt like I was entering a ‘M*A*S*H’ episode,” bird conservationist Tom Rusert said, describing the scene when he entered International Bird Rescue and Research Center. “Volunteers [were] unloading vans of oiled birds in critical condition from a few dozen area rescue centers, others were tube feeding birds, drawing blood, setting up intensive care stations while inside dozens of people washed birds.” Early affects of spills can scarcely be missed. Marine mammals and seabirds are coated in ﬂoating oil, which disrupts their insulation, breathing and movement, and leads to toxic ingestion. While humans near the spill reported headaches and nausea, mammals closer to the source may suffer brain lesions, stress, disorientation and even death. Smaller residents—algae and many invertebrates—can suffer mass die-offs. Since oil is hard to remove, what remains behind settles into the substrata, where it decays slowly over the years, protected from the elements. Some works its way into the food chain, indirectly weakening predators and increasing embryonic mutations. Environmental science is often a battle to bring to light serious problems that are never anticipated. With oil spills, publicity is a given. Drama and destruction are written all over the black waters. Yet, even with the publicity, I was surprised to ﬁnd out just how frequently oil spills happen, and just how quickly they fade from public concern. At less than 200 metric tons, the Cosco Busan spill was just another barrel on the ship. The non-proﬁt International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation recorded 1,333 accidental oil spills at sea between 1970 and 2006, an average rate of three every month. While these spills may come from only a small portion of shipping trafﬁc, the total amounts to nearly 5.5 million metric tons of toxic waste dumped into ocean ecosystems in the past three and a half decades from shipping accidents alone. Many of us heard about the California spill, but what of the next story? On Dec. 7, 2.7 million gallons of crude oil were ﬂowing toward the shores of South Korea from the damaged supertanker Heibi Spirit—almost 50 times the amount in San Francisco. Affected beaches harbor 181 aquatic farms and coastline that draws 20 million tourists annually, meaning wildlife aren’t the only creatures looking at a hard hit. Improved regulations can and do help avert disaster, but the long-term health of our larger biotic community needs more than laws—it needs concern and attention. If even the Titanics of environmental disaster are soon forgotten, we can only work and hope for the success of more insidious problems. Send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in a state of growth
ov. Jim Doyle warned Wisconsin residents that “challenging days are ahead” in his annual State of the State address held at the state Capitol Wednesday. These challenging days are in reference to the national state of economic crisis. After a year in which state legislature struggled to pass an acceptable state budget four months past its deadline, Doyle focused heavily on afﬁrming recent accomplishments and major goals in contributing to the overall growth and survival of Wisconsin in a “very difﬁcult ﬁscal situation.” While these goals showed a great deal of promise and portrayed much of the state’s progress toward growth, they failed to ﬁt into a clear economic plan to combat Wisconsin’s shrinking budget. Doyle cited a reliance on technology, development and innovation as keys to ensuring the survival of the economy. Doyle referenced recent accomplishments of UW-Madison’s James Thomson in stem-cell research, who showed Wisconsin’s capacity to “turn new discoveries into economic opportunities.”
Furthermore, Doyle also addressed the importance of the Wisconsin Covenant as a means of ensuring growth throughout the state. Showcasing growing support for the Wisconsin Covenant, Doyle referenced $40 and $175 million in donations toward scholarship funds allocated to various programs afﬁliated with the Covenant. Doyle cited these donations to support his platform of if one is “willing to work hard, play by the rules, and make the grade, there will be an opportunity in higher education for them.” As Doyle touted accomplishments and goals for the state in an oncoming time of economic need, the overall challenges in ﬁnding appropriate funds were vaguely touched upon. Doyle’s claim that “we will have to delay some of the things we agreed on” did not clearly address what exactly what will be sacriﬁced, delayed, or cut to accommodate Doyle’s hope for growth. Overall, these plans carry very solid reasoning, but the lack of clarity in this plan leaves much room for skepticism toward an already uncertain future for the state of Wisconsin’s economy.
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Groups will continue to challenge vague bylaws
LETTER TO THE EDITOR America needs Edwards’ leadership Throughout the 2008 Presidential election I have often found myself thinking about the now-mythical events of the summer of 1776. That July, 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. People often forget this because it is a bit gruesome, but it is important to remember that when they signed that document, all 56 knew that they were also signing their death warrant from the British Crown. Just as we idolize Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the rest for their intellects and forethought, we also must admire them for their sheer bravery. On July 4, 1776 they didn’t just publish a particularly provocative piece of literature; they laid their bodies on the line in the name of a worthy cause. All of America’s truly great leaders share aspects of this trait, from Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. These leaders recognized that political leadership is nothing without absolute moral conviction. These days when I watch a Democratic debate (and I’ve watched a few these last couple months), there is a lot of talk about the need for “change,” but there is only one person on that stage pledging to lay down his body and soul in the name of that change. That man is John Edwards. From day one of this campaign, John Edwards has spoken consistently and powerfully about the serious problems our country faces and the steps necessary to remedy them. Unlike his rivals who have poured millions of dollars into focus groups and internal polling, Edwards has
staked his campaign on the fact that he can speak clearly from a deeply progressive conscience. From that conscience has come a detailed proposal to implement universal health care, the most comprehensive plan to immediately begin a sustained assault on global warming, and a commitment to end destructive sweetheart trade deals and found a new regime based upon the principles of fair trade. Once in ofﬁce he will end the Iraq war and bring a renewed commitment to transparency, candor and the rule of law. This is not a future we’re left only to hope for. This is a future that is ours for the taking, but only if we are willing to ﬁght for it. These are policies that are supported not just by Democrats, but by a solid majority of Americans. Polls have shown for months that Edwards is the only Democratic candidate who beats every major Republican opponent. He is the only Democratic candidate who has won in a red state (and a blazing red one at that). John Edwards’ candidacy in 2008 represents an opportunity for students that they may never have again: A chance to nominate the most progressive candidate in the ﬁeld as well as the most electable. Edwards is the one candidate who will be able to take ofﬁce and claim a mandate from the American people for progressive change, both now and for years to come. It is for these reasons that I proudly declare: I’m with John. —Benjamin Taft Students for Edwards Co-Chair
ERIK OPSAL opinion columnist
fter fighting the university for funding the past two years, UW-Madison’s Roman Catholic Foundation may have finally won a battle, but they’re still likely to lose the war. The Student Services Finance Committee first denied RCF-UW segregated fees in 2006, saying the group did not meet the eligibility requirements of a registered student organization. After filing and losing a lawsuit, the group rearranged its board of directors to meet the requirement and reached a settlement that provided the group with $253,274 in seg fees for the 2007-’08 academic year. When the university withheld $39,000 from the group this summer for items tied to prayer and worship, RCF-UW filed another lawsuit, claiming the university violated the First Amendment’s viewpoint neutrality requirement, which was upheld in Rosenberger (1995) and Southworth (2000). Last week, U.S. District Judge John Shabaz filed a preliminary ruling in this latest lawsuit, saying UW-Madison can no longer deny funds for religious activities because it violates viewpoint neutrality. So it’s over, right? Wrong. Although the university can’t deny funds specifically for religious activities, the ruling has a vital second part. RCF-UW also alleged that the “significant additional components” requirement in the Associated Students of Madison’s
bylaws violated viewpoint neutrality, claiming this vague standard “vests the student government with unbridled discretion.” The bylaws state that a group applying for seg fees “must provide a specific and identifiable educational benefit and service ... but must also have significant additional components.” When RCF-UW applied for seg fees last fall, this time for the 2008-’09 academic year, SSFC denied their request based on this standard. On this question, Shabaz ruled in favor of the university, stating that even though the “significant additional components” standards is vague, it is meant to give ASM enough flexibility and discretion that is “no greater than necessary to allow the student government to evaluate funding requests.” “This semester, SSFC has taken a harder approach when evaluating eligibility for groups in order to focus our funding on service organizations,” said SSFC Chair Alex Gallagher. Using the vague “significant additional components” standard Shabaz upheld, the group denied eight of the 15 groups applying for seg fees in the fall, including RCF-UW, the Jewish Cultural Collective, Promoting Racial and Ethnic Awareness and the Asian Pacific American Council. After fighting for two years to receive funding—and racking up huge legal bills in the process—RCF-UW has now received just one year of funding, and if Shabaz’s ruling proves true when the case goes to trial in June, they will probably never see another dime of segregated fees. Likewise, the JCC and other groups will be hard-pressed to prove they meet
this standard. Even if Shabaz believes SSFC’s actions were constitutional, the ongoing viewpoint neutrality saga will probably never end because it sets up a system based on an ambiguous foundation. From this ambiguity comes confusion and frustration. Unless the court forces ASM to clarify what “significant additional components” actually means, another frustrated student organization is bound to challenge this vague standard once again. After all, even if SSFC’s discretion is “no greater than necessary” to evaluate funding requests, won’t it eventually have to determine “significant additional components” by considering a group’s viewpoint? Even if this isn’t the reality, perception often trumps the truth. If a student organization feels discriminated against because of a vague standard, they will raise hell and file another lawsuit, which does nothing but waste our time. If it’s not now then it will be two years from now, or four, or 10. Vague standards and vague laws lead to mountains of court cases because, even if there is precedent, the door is left open for future challenges. Vague laws are bad laws, and ASM’s bylaws must be changed to better explain seg fee eligibility requirements. RCF-UW won this battle and will lose the war, but someday another group will pick up the fight again, and again and again. Luckily, I’ll be long gone by then and won’t have to read about it. Erik Opsal is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Please send responses to email@example.com.
arts ‘Cloverﬁeld’ gives fans new ride
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By Brad Boron THE DAILY CARDINAL
Although ﬁlms like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Cannibal Holocaust” pioneered the use of “found video camera footage” as a hook for their ﬁlm, rarely has the technique been used to such great effect as in “Cloverﬁeld,” the new monster movie from producer J.J. Abrams. If you can control your stomach as the camera whips around, a fantastic cinematic experience awaits you. “Cloverﬁeld” follows the experience of six friends trying to survive a monster attack in Manhattan, recorded by one of them on videotape. The group must escape a collapsing bridge, a ﬁght in the subway tunnels and a collapsing high-rise to save one of their friends who was trapped after the initial attack. “Cloverﬁeld” is an attraction to the highest degree. That’s not a good or bad thing, but it should be understood walking in that anyone expecting more than a monster movie will leave dissatisﬁed. The characters often make bad decisions that should probably doom them, but those bad decisions also make the ﬁlm more exciting for viewers. Had “Cloverﬁeld” been made in 3-D or on a motion simulator, it could easily ﬁt in a theme park. It would be one hell of a ride. Most of the actors are good, but predictably, some of them will be lost over the course of the ﬁlm. Hud, the cameraman, played by T.J. Miller, adds some much-needed comedy after very tense situations. Michael Stahl-David as Rob and Odette Yustman as Beth play a good “willthey-or-won’t-they” couple, and it’s believable that Rob would risk his life and friends to save Beth.
‘Diving Bell’s’ paralyzed portrayal moves By Stephen Dierks THE DAILY CARDINAL
PHOTO COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Four characters from the highly anticipated monster movie, ‘Cloverﬁeld,’ wallow in their inevitable deaths. But the main attraction of the ﬁlm is the monster and the special effects. Abrams and director Matt Reeves create a creature that’s equally terrifying and mysterious. Even if it were possible to describe the monster (it isn’t), the creature’s appearance would supply enough shock to make the ﬁlm exciting for any viewer. Reeves, directing his ﬁrst major ﬁlm, does a lot with a relatively small budget. He and his special effects team should be congratulated for bringing a great
vision to the screen without the kind of technology and money used on ﬁlms like “Transformers” and “Spider-Man.” Reeves doesn’t compromise in his directing, and every scene after the monster attacks is exciting and fast-paced. If the ﬁlm has a weakness, it’s the camerawork. While effective, the constant motion and jostling of the camera takes some time to get used to. You’ll either adapt to it or leave the theater from motion sickness.
“Cloverﬁeld” is a cinematic experience unlike anything most people have ever seen. Terrifying and shocking at times, its quick pace never lets the audience settle into a rhythm, providing a few moments that will make audience members lurch in their seats and make others yell out loud. After all the Internet hype and fanfare, “Cloverfield” actually delivers on its promise, like any good ride should.
At once poetic, human and beautiful, painter-turned-ﬁlm director Julian Schnabel’s latest is a moving, intimate look into the life of French “Elle” editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), who suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed except for one eye. Once a debonair, vital man of fashion and wealth, Bauby ﬁnds himself resigned to bed and communicates to his speech therapist (Anne Consigny) by blinking to indicate letters of the alphabet. He decides to dictate his memoir, and with the help of Henriette (Marie-Josée Croze), manages to complete an emotional account of his tragic condition—known as locked-in syndrome—and the life he can now only relive in memories. He compares his stasis to being locked inside a diving bell beneath the sea, while his imagination is a butterﬂy, free to go anywhere in the world. While this dictation is underway, Bauby’s three children visit along with their lovely, caring mother, Celine, who Bauby left for a now conspicuously absent lover. What could be a depressing, slow ﬁlm is instead a captivating journey thanks to the talent of Schnabel and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, as well as the affecting, realistic portrayals of the actors, especially Amalric and Seigner. The ﬁlm’s opening scenes immediately draw in the audience to Bauby’s condition by filming from his hazy, limited point of view, allowing the ‘Diving Bell’ page 9
Schneeweis opens up his soul solo on North Pole Project CD REVIEW
North Pole Project Number One Gun By Emma Condon THE DAILY CARDINAL
Few bands’ line-ups ever stay the same from inception to retirement. Members drop out, are kicked out, form new projects and then start the cycle again. Unfortunately for Jeff Schneeweis and Number One Gun, these changes have been extreme, and after losing his entire band to new projects, Schneeweis carries on the name Number One Gun on the band’s elegant and dynamic third full-length release (and Schneeweis’ ﬁrst solo) The North Pole Project. Schneeweis hits the ground running with driving melodies over dis-
torted riffs on the album’s tantalizing opening track “The Massacre.” Utilizing dicey and augmented instrumentation, the ﬂuidity of his multilayered vocals connect the rough verse and aggressive chorus to the softer breakdown before abruptly giving way to the second track and the album’s ﬁrst mid-tempo single, “Million.” On the third track Schneeweis delivers the ﬁrst of a handful of slower, down-tempo songs that punctuate his album of rock anthems. Perhaps nodding to the band’s transition from the full four-piece that produced Promises for the Imperfect two years ago to the solo it is now, “The Best of You and Me” lets Schneeweis’ vocals resonate over sparse keyboard and guitar instrumentation that lends honesty to his words. On these slower tracks—including “I’ll Find You” and the haunting, acoustic number “The Different Ones”—Schneeweis proves that his greatest strength as a songwriter may be how he uses sonic space as he engineers vocals that resonate and build careful harmonies that seem to slowly ﬁll up that space, swallowing and consuming the listener.
The album’s second single, “Wake Me Up,” is a solid though uninspiring and formulaic track shaped by arpeggiated powerchords behind anthemic choruses and Schneeweis’ strained voice. This single is not the only track that falls by the wayside. Tracks like “Find Your Escape” and “Thank You Ending” boast electric intros that collide with acoustic verses and tambourines discernible somewhere between yelling and singing, but still fall victim to a similar pattern. They are ultimately not Schneeweis’ most original efforts and sound too much like tracks released last year by label-mates The Almost. Despite ﬂoundering on these midtempo tracks, Schneeweis ﬁnishes the album out strong with its most moving tracks “The Different Ones” and “This Holiday.” With bare acoustic guitars and no effects, Schneeweis pulls his voice almost to a whisper on “The Different Ones,” tenderly promising that “You’ll ﬁnd that hope is standing by your side.” Ending with the album’s ﬁnal single, “This Holiday,” Schneeweis channels 1990s Jimmy Eat World while maintaining
his voice on emotional verses over driving and playful acoustic rhythm guitar. As a whole Schneeweis’ solo album is a success, ﬁtting Number One Gun’s indie catalog and carving its own place in the band’s history. Though it seems like he’s caught somewhere between the band’s old
sound and his new one, Schneeweis composes and engineers a solid rock album that distinguishes itself from many of the albums in its mid-tempo genre by lacing his emotionally driven rock with messages of self-examination and improvement, giving hope to the future of Number One Gun’s new line-up of, well, one.
PHOTO COURTESY TOOTH AND NAIL RECORDS
Jeff Schneeweis gets use to his new, lonely perch during his latest album.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Hoffman, Linney shine through bleak world By Mark Riechers THE DAILY CARDINAL
Illness in old age can be difﬁcult for families to deal with—a world ﬁlled with the misery of nursing homes and the burdens that parents can unwittingly inﬂict on their children. This is the world where writer-director Tamara Jenkins looks for humor in “The Savages.” The film follows Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) Savage, a brother and sister forced back into contact when their estranged father becomes unable to care for himself after a stroke. Forced to relocate their father to a nursing home in Buffalo, the siblings scramble to understand how to care for a man that abused and neglected them as children. Driven by high-caliber performances by both Hoffman and Linney, the ﬁlm structures itself around moments where the audience can feel both the absurd humor and the utter misery in caring for a senile parent. Linney especially delivers as a wouldbe playwright who wears her emotions on her sleeves. When Linney’s father drops his pants in front of her before getting to an airplane restroom, Linney’s reaction encompasses her character’s complexity, evoking embarrassment and anxiety, alongside a guilty chuckle. Meanwhile, the profound sadness of her father, Lenny (played by Philip Bosco), provides a window to the quiet suffering a debilitated parent endures. He
PHOTO COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney play feuding siblings with big egos and deep grudges against their sick father in ‘The Savages.’ It uses sterilized compositions to convey the misery of nursing homes. sees the pain he has inﬂicted on his children in his illness and as a substandard father, and regrets it silently throughout the ﬁlm, especially when his children ask him awkwardly about burial plans and bicker like stubborn children without a father to keep peace. Hoffman is as spectacular as ever, perfectly delivering the condescension of a successful older brother. For him, his father is a distraction from an already frenzied life, and he makes it clear with frequent cell phone calls and constant schedule juggling. He dictates the harsh realities of the
situation to his kinder-hearted sister without remorse, an emotionally repressed façade that is torn down later when his personal conﬂict becomes too much to bear. These very real and compelling characters are tossed into a cold and harsh world of eldercare that is delivered to the screen with frightening detail. Outside, the nursing home is framed only in gray by day and black by night, bordered by snow banks on all sides. Its interiors are painted in dim pastels and whites, the only brightness derived from sickly fluorescent lights, store-bought
cutouts of turkeys and Santa Clauses stapled haphazardly to the walls. “The Savages” pulls no punches and doesn’t try to make the situation cute or endearing—this is a ﬁlm about real characters dealing with ugly problems. But in the end, the overdose of reality coupled with rare, light-hearted moments fueled by some sibling absurdity pushes the audience to see at least a little joy in this depressing and bleak world. A showcase of acting talent, “The Savages” is one of the ﬁnest ﬁlms this season.
‘Diving Bell’ from page 8 viewer to see the world through his eyes and to hear his internal thoughts. When the film leaves this first-person point-of-view, it brilliantly shows the outside world, the colorful sensations of Bauby’s intense, vivid dreams, and the ravaged state of this imperfect but soulful man. The viewer sees Bauby working out with physiotherapists, pushed around slumped over in a wheelchair, and out to the beach with his family, unable to interact physically but overwhelmed with emotion. This provokes enormous empathy without resorting to manipulation, exploitation or false moments. The audience feels as if they have lived several lifetimes with this character, seeing, hearing and remembering with him. The cast’s acting is stellar, from the stirring but never melodramatic lead performances by Amalric and Seigner, to the warm portrayal of Bauby’s father by Max von Sydow, as well as the charming, touching performance of Laurent (Isaach De Bankolé), who faithfully visits Bauby. Schnabel serves the material admirably, showing restraint throughout while conveying all the tragedy, humanity and ﬁnally, inspiration of Bauby’s life. Schnabel wisely chose to ﬁlm in French with a French cast in the very hospital where the real -life Bauby stayed. By far his best ﬁlm, after the uneven “Basquiat” and the impressive “Before Night Falls,” Schnabel proves himself a uniquely gifted director with “Diving Bell.” It is an unusually intimate and artistic ﬁlm, one that is sobering, moving and ultimately triumphant, leaving this viewer feeling fulﬁlled and hopeful.
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After OSU loss, Badgers prepare for Lions By Scott Allen THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team lost their fourth straight Big Ten game Sunday against No. 16 Ohio State 79-74 to continue its lackluster conference record. UW is now 1-6 in the Big Ten, 8-9 overall, after beating only Michigan State during winter break. The Badgers have lost by six points or less in the last three games, and head coach Lisa Stone remains optimistic about the remainder of the season. “They’re playing against a ranked team,” Stone said. “Our team keeps believing that they can win, and it’s just a matter of time before it turns.” Thursday night the Badgers will take on Penn State (4-3 Big Ten, 13-6 overall) at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. If Wisconsin hopes to reverse its fortunes in conference play, it will have to cut down on turnovers, especially early in the game. Ohio State got off to an early lead by capitalizing on ﬁve turnovers in the ﬁrst four minutes. The Buckeyes also made 55 percent of their shots in the ﬁrst half and built a 3017 lead 13 minutes into the game, before UW tightened the score to 36-29 at halftime. Although Wisconsin’s leading scores were senior guard Janese Banks who put 18 points on the board and senior guard Jolene Anderson, who posted 16 points, Stone said she was impressed by freshman forward Lin Zastrow, who made a career high 15 points.
balance from page 12 to shut down. “If you’re saying that they can’t zero in on one guy, conversely do you think the other coach is really saying, ‘Well they don’t really have anybody who’s that good?’ I don’t think that’s the
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“I think Lin Zastrow had a coming out party,” Stone said. “I said, ‘That girl you are playing against, Jantel Lavender, you will guard her for four years.’ It was a nice matchup. I thought Lin really got feisty. She was aggressive.” Zastrow and Lavender are each six-foot-four, and Lavender, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds, ranks among the top three freshmen in the NCAA. Tyra Grant leads the Nittany Lions with 14.8 points per game, but three other PSU players also possess average point totals in double digits. Brianne O’Rourke leads the conference with more than ﬁve assists per game. She also averages 12.3 points per game. Senior OSU guard Marscilla Packer scored a career-high 32 points against UW, and Stone said the Badgers’ defense made more mistakes than the offense Sunday. “You can’t let Marscilla Packer get free ... when she’s 6-for-8 from threes or hasn’t missed,” Stone said. Wisconsin made 29-of-76 shots for 38 percent while Ohio State hit 48 percent Sunday. But in the second half, UW and OSU each made about 42 percent. Wisconsin outrebounded the Buckeyes 42-40. Last season Penn State defeated Wisconsin 70-61 in the two squads’ only game. Nevertheless, the Badgers have won seven of their 12 contests in the friendly atmosphere of the Kohl Center. Despite her team’s early struggles, Stone said she was encouraged case,” Ryan said. But one player who is good and is helping the balanced scoring with his passing is Hughes. Landry said Tuesday that Hughes is a huge reason why so many players can get as many open looks as they have been getting.
With Hubbard and Swan gone, the load will rest on the shoulders of a very young group, led by Kyle Jefferson (412 yards, 2 TD) and David Gilreath, as well as unproven players such as Nick Toon.
honors. Senior defensive tackle Nick Hayden capped his UW career with his typical hard-nosed play. Nevertheless, the line failed to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks for the majority of the season. They ranked eighth in the conference with 28 sacks.
Tight Ends: A The top two receivers on the team in 2007 were tight ends, with Travis Beckum receiving the bulk of the attention from Donovan. Beckum’s 75 receptions for 982 yards are both UW records, while freshman Garrett Graham pitched in for 30 catches for 328 yards. Combined, the two had 10 total touchdowns, more then the rest of the receiving corps combined. While Beckum could have split for the NFL, he has chosen to stay for his senior season, making him and Graham one of the top tight end duos in the Big Ten.
Linebackers: DTouted as one of the fastest linebacking corps in recent UW history, juniors Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy and sophomore Elijah Hodge failed miserably to live up to the public’s lofty expectations. The group looked bafﬂed whenever they faced a spread offense, and never developed the leadership provided by Zalewski. Missed tackles sprung running backs for big gains especially in losses at Illinois and Ohio State. The good news for the linebackers is they will all return in 2008 and will have plenty to prove come September.
Defensive Line: CThe dismissal of senior defensive end Jamal Cooper in fall practice limited the depth of what many predicted would be the strength of the defense. Junior Mike Newkirk was forced to play downs at end despite being much more effective inside at defensive tackle. Freshman defensive end Kirk DeCremer emerged as a rising star, leading the Badgers in sacks with 5.5. Junior Matt Shaughnessy also displayed ﬂashes of greatness while earning second-team All-Conference
Secondary: CJunior cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu was named ﬁrst-team All-Big Ten. Freshman Aaron Henry looked like a formidable starter until he suffered season-ending leg injury, and Ben Strickland played solidly during limited action in his senior season. Other than these three players, the Wisconsin secondary struggled. Sophomore safeties Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant both played inconsistently throughout the season. Check out more of the report card at dailycardinal.com/sports.
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Freshman forward Lin Zastrow posted a career-high 15 points against Ohio State Sunday at the Kohl Center. by the way the Badgers hung with the three-time defending Big Ten Champion Buckeyes. “As difﬁcult as it’s been, our team is getting stronger through adversity,” Stone said. “That might “You probably don’t realize it, but Trevon has made us all better than we normally play,” he said. “Last year it was playing roles and getting rebounds and distributing the ball because we had two great players that could score at will. And now we have Trevon, somebody who’s running the point
sound funny, but our team is getting stronger. They’re hungry. And we’re looking forward to this game on Thursday.” —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report. who’s a great player also.” So what happens if the entire team goes cold? Well, the Badgers will probably lose, but the same thing happened last year when Tucker or Taylor would struggle. This team is eight deep when it comes to potential double digit scorers, and that’s a lot of guys to go cold
shootout from page 12 During the shootout, seven players from each team had a chance to score before senior forward Tyler Burton was able to send the Red Raiders into the championship game. As player after player skated down the ice to no avail, the shootout began to lose its thrill. If the shootout would have gone on for a few more rounds, who knows if the crowd would have begun to lose interest? That brings up one of the main issues with the shootout. After a 20-minute third period and a ﬁve-minute overtime, both teams spent about two minutes at their respective benches before heading back out for the shootout. The result was choppy ice that barely even allowed players to change the directions of their skates, let alone deke the puck. “I was going to deke, but obviously the puck hopped over my stick a little bit,” freshman forward Patrick Johnson said. “I probably should have shot just because the ice was so chopped up.” Obviously if the shootout is implemented in college hockey, things like the condition of the ice will have to be taken care of. The NHL brings out a Zamboni that smoothes straight down the middle of the rink to give players a path of slick ice, and it can be expected that a similar solution would be sought in college hockey. Whether the shootout is brought into college hockey or not, both fans and players alike were excited to see the shootout against Colgate. “It’s fun for us and the crowd,” junior forward Ben Street said. “It would have been nice for any of us to put one in, but that’s the way it goes.” E-mail email@example.com. on the same night. “We got so many guys that can contribute and that’s just huge,” Krabbenhoft said. “I think that this team has a good future in front of us and we are just going to keep taking it day by day because we got to get better.”
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Gridiron Grading Wisconsin failed to reach high expectations after 12-1 season in 2006. By Nate Carey and Ryan Reszel THE DAILY CARDINAL
Classes have begun and the sting of the Badgers’ 21-17 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl has worn off. The Daily Cardinal sports staff thought it would be a good time to take an
objective look back at the Badgers’ 2007 season. It was a season of ups and downs marked by injuries on both sides of the ball and inconsistent play on defense. Still, UW recorded its fourth consecutive season with at least nine wins. With that in mind, the Cardinal presents its report card for the 2007 Badgers.
Quarterback: B Senior Tyler Donovan stepped into the cleats that departed quarterback John Stocco had held for three seasons, and played above average overall. Fans got what they expected from TD: a quarterback with a decent arm (2,607 yds, 17 TD, 11 INT)
and quick legs (510 yards rushing), and indecision about both. Donovan’s kryptonite was his inability to pick either the run or the pass, and the results were hard hits and headaches. Next season, Allan Evridge will be the favorite entering camp, with freshman Curt Phillips challenging Evridge for playing time.
Wide Receivers: BInjuries were the theme for the 2007 receiving corps, as starters Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan missed playing time with leg injuries. Hubbard was able to return from his knee injury, but Swan’s torn hamstring left him on the sideline for the ﬁnal seven games. report card page 11
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Offensive line: BAfter losing All-American Joe Thomas to the NFL, UW had its share of trouble this season. Freshman Gabe Carimi took over Thomas’ spot at left tackle, and played well enough. However, as a group, the O-line has seen better seasons. Thirty-three sacks were given up this season, including 10 against Ohio State alone, resulting from inconsistent blocking and missed assignments. The squad is only losing center Marcus Coleman to graduation, and should come back next season more conﬁdent and gelled.
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Shootouts could be in WCHA’s future n interesting thing happened over Winter Break. The 13,484 fans that made it out to the ﬁrst round of the 19th annual Badger Hockey Showdown between the Wisconsin men’s hockey team and the Colgate Red Raiders witnessed a strange sight: a shootout. The shootout was a result of a 2-2 tie, but since the Showdown is a tournament, the shootout followed a short overtime to decide which team would move on to the championship game. Shootouts are not usually a part of college hockey, at least not yet. Ever since the NHL brought in the shootout in 2005, the thought of doing the same in college hockey has been a highly debated topic. The shootout has brought more fans to the NHL, since any game can now end with a series of exciting oneon-one goals that leaves the fans with the feeling that the entire game was that tense. The shootout has also gotten rid of the pesky tie, which many college fans have grown to despise. But with a tie, each team at least receives a point, which, for a team like Wisconsin in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, can mean a lot in the long run. However, most fans are not enthusiastic about ties, and would rather have a shootout to decide a clear winner and loser. But coaches like UW men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves are not in favor of the possible format changes. Eaves stated that he would “have to be convinced” that the shootout would be integrated appropriately and would not affect the current pairwise rankings formula. And with the anticlimactic play of the shootout between Wisconsin and Colgate, more and more people may be crossing over to Eaves’ side of the line.
Running backs: AEntering the season, sophomore P.J. Hill was a candidate for the Heisman. But after a leg injury that sidelined the back for most of the last third of the season, someone else needed to step up. With fellow sophomore Lance Smith unable to travel with the team, freshman Zach Brown took over the workload and put up impressive numbers. Five touchdowns and 568 yards are not bad for a thirdstring back. Next season the backﬁeld will only become more cluttered, as Hill, Smith and Brown will be joined by redshirt freshman John Clay, one of the top rushers coming out of high school last year.
Few expected UW head coach Bret Bielema would match his 2006 mark of 12-1 in 2007. Yet, the periodic breakdown in defensive fundamentals came as a surprise for Badger backers.
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Balance the name of Badgers’ game By Adam Hoge THE DAILY CARDINAL
UW men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan has not lost very many games this season, but he did lose a bet with the media last Saturday after junior forward Marcus Landry’s 21 points gave UW their ﬁfth different 20-plus scorer in ﬁve straight games. “If that’s ever been done I’ll buy everyone in this room a diet pop in the back, because they’re free,” Ryan said. Little did he know, two other Division-I teams had already done it this season. Seton Hall accomplished the feat from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22 and Providence from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5. But on Monday, Ryan said he did not have to pay up because those streaks did not happen during conference play. One thing is for sure, though. The feat is very impressive for all three schools, and here at Wisconsin the coaches and players are loving it. “It’s the only way we’re sitting where we’re sitting,” Ryan said.
Landry even predicted that his classmate Joe Krabbenhoft would make it six straight games Tuesday night against Michigan. Unfortunately Landry was wrong, but no one was criticizing Krabbenhoft for coming up short when two of his ﬁve points came on a late turnaround jumper in the lane to help secure UW’s 64-61 victory over the Wolverines. “I was just talking to [freshman forward Jon Leuer] in the locker room,” Krabbenhoft said after the win. “And Jon goes, ‘I think they know who I am now.’ He stepped up big last game [with 25 points] but this team is just so balanced.” So balanced that while Leuer failed to score against Michigan, UW nearly had ﬁve players in double digits. Landry and senior guard Michael Flowers led the way with 14, while Hughes had 12. But freshman guard Jason Bohannon just missed double ﬁgures with nine points and senior forward Brian Butch ﬁnished with eight.
It’s a far cry from last year’s team which, through all its success, was plagued with the lack of a consistent third scorer. That is why it may not be that surprising that ﬁve different opposing Big Ten teams allowed a different 20 point scorer in ﬁve straight games. “Marcus has been saying it great all year,” Krabbenhoft said. “Any given night anybody can step up and I think that is such a great advantage to us because teams don’t know how to prepare for us maybe. Obviously they do prepare, but who are they going to try and stop? Trevon? Well then you got to worry about Marcus. Are you going to try and stop Butch? Then [senior center Greg Steimsma] comes in and gives us a huge boost.” Who knew losing Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor would be such a good thing? Well, Ryan is not totally convinced that coaches are struggling against UW because they pick one guy balance page 11
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Junior Marcus Landry is one of Bo Ryan’s many scoring threats.
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A VENUE TO ENVY
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Hockey nears decade in Kohl Center
s the Kohl Center celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month, the memories of past arenas in Wisconsin hockey become more distant. Prior to the opening, Wisconsin hockey called the Dane County Coliseum (now known as the Alliant Energy Center) its home. The Kohl Center opened January 1998, and on Oct. 3 of that year, Wisconsin hockey was ﬁnally ready for its ﬁrst Kohl Center matchup. Unfortunately, the Badgers suffered a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame. Although life at the Kohl Center began with a loss, the future held many memorable wins for Wisconsin. Former Wisconsin head coach Jeff Sauer had tremendous success in both buildings during his 20 years leading the Badgers, guiding Wisconsin to ﬁve postseason tournament championships and two national titles. A particular series in December 2000 stands out as one of Sauer’s most precious Kohl Center memories. “We had a series against North Dakota where defenseman David Hukalo had two game-winning overtime goals over North Dakota,” Sauer said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever heard the Kohl Center louder in a basketball or hockey game. The same guy scoring overtime goals two nights in a row for the win is a pretty unique happening.”
“We’ve probably had some unique moments in the building but that one really stands out,” he said. Tim Rothering was a defenseman at Wisconsin from 1995 to 1999. He credits the greatness of the Kohl Center to the power of its fans. “The advantage is the fans entirely,” Rothering said. “There aren’t a better group of fans in the country for college hockey. The biggest advantage is having more people in the building, and you’re able to do that with the Kohl Center. The facilities are also beautiful, but the main advantage is the fans.” Wisconsin hockey has already enjoyed tremendous success in its nine-plus years at the Kohl Center, and Sauer said he believes the building has already earned a special spot as an important site for college hockey around the country. “The Kohl Center is a great building, a tremendous building and the students who have been able to come to the games have really made the atmosphere something that is envied in college hockey,” Sauer said. “I’ve been in a lot of buildings, but this one really has so much signiﬁcance to Wisconsin hockey and college hockey as a whole.”
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Robbie Earl records the ﬁrst Wisconsin hat trick at the Kohl Center en route to a 5-1 Badger victory over Minnesota-Duluth. The Badgers win their 1,000th game of the modern era, defeating No. 1 Minnesota 2-1.
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Recap Wisconsin returns home after consecutive road trips to Denver and Alaska-Anchorage. The team split with Denver and won and tied against Anchorage. In the Denver series, Wisconsin appeared to have tied the game with under one second left. However, the goal was reviewed and incorrectly waved off, sending the Badgers back to their hotel with a loss. They responded the next night with a 7-2 victory over the Pioneers. Minnesota has won one of its last four games, beating MinnesotaDuluth in the series ﬁnale last weekend. The Gophers and Bulldogs tied the series opener. Before that, the Gophers lost and tied against St. Cloud State. Preview Each team sits at 6-8-2 in the WCHA standings, and both need this weekend’s series to ensure a home playoff series in March. The story out of Minnesota right now is the goaltending situation. Heading into the season, junior Jeff Frazee appeared to be the one head coach Don Lucia would ask to lead his team in net. However, freshman Alex Kangas has outplayed Frazee, leading Lucia to start Kangas both games last weekend. He played well, giving up just two goals against
Wisconsin has allowed seven shorthanded goals this season, tied for second most in the nation. Colorado College junior center Chad Rau has scored four times shorthanded this season against the Badgers.
ONE YEAR AGO: The Badgers began the semester with a split against Minnesota State, losing the ﬁrst game 3-1 before Jack Skille recorded a hat trick Saturday night en route to a 4-1 win.
Opponent CO. College CO. College @ Denver @ Denver @ Alaska-Anc. @ Alaska-Anc. Minnesota Minnesota Minn.-Duluth Minn.-Duluth @ Michigan Tech @ Michigan Tech Minn. State Minn. State @ Minnesota @ Minnesota @ St. Cloud State @ St. Cloud State
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Sophomore forward Michael Davies notched two goals at Alaska-Anchorage. He now has seven on the season. Minnesota-Duluth. The Badgers can add fuel to the Gopher goalie controversy if they continue to play like they have the last three games, during which they’ve scored 13 goals. The question is whether Wisconsin can continue being a ﬁrstperiod team. In the last three games the Badgers have scored six goals in the opening stanza, compared to only
16 before that. With different players for Wisconsin stepping up lately, such as sophomore forward Michael Davies (WCHA Offensive Player of the Week) and senior forward Matthew Ford (game-winning goal scorer against Anchorage), the Badgers may have just found the consistency they need to get back to .500 in the WCHA.
While the hockey replay review system exists to ensure that each goal in the NCAA and the NHL is legal, there still exist some blatant errors in the judgment of referees in the NCAA and video goal judges in the NHL. Wisconsin lost a 3-2 heartbreaker at Denver over Winter Break because of a failed review of a goal by Matt Ford that would have tied the game with 0.9 seconds left in the third period. Instead, WCHA referee Randy Schmidt asked for a freeze-frame overhead shot of the goal area with 0.0 seconds remaining, at which point the puck had gone into the net and bounced out, so he saw the puck sitting in the crease and waved off the tying goal. You can see video evidence of Schmidt’s blown call by going to YouTube and searching “Wisconsin at DU.” When viewing the video, watch for a few things. The red light (goal light) goes on before the green light (end-ofperiod light). The red light cannot be turned on if the green light is already on. Plus, Schmidt is pointing to the ice to signify a goal before the green light turns on. blown calls page 3
No. 16 Wisconsin vs. No. 17 Minnesota
Both Wisconsin and Minnesota boast talented front lines, yet have struggled to score consistently in conference games this season. The Badgers have scored 40 goals in WCHA games, while Minnesota has scored 37, good for ﬁfth and seventh in the conference respectively.
Minnesota has allowed one more goal than Wisconsin in conference games. The Badger defensemen have a slight edge in scoring with ﬁve in double digits, compared to the Gophers’ four. In the last four games, Wisconsin has allowed 10 goals; Minnesota has allowed nine.
Minnesota has run itself into a goalie controversy. Junior Jeff Frazee, who had a 1.98 GAA last season, has sputtered, opening the door for freshman Alex Kangas to potentially become the fulltime starter. Wisconsin’s Shane Connelly is starting to look like a strong goaltender, making key saves down the stretch in Friday night’s victory over Alaska-Anc.
Both Minnesota’s Don Lucia and Wisconsin’s Mike Eaves have faced the challenge of coping with the loss of star players to the professional ranks. Eaves has had to overcome the departure of Jack Skille this year, while Lucia has dealt with the midseason exit of Kyle Okposo to the NHL. So far, each coach has had similar results.
After the loss to Denver in the infamous “no goal” game, the Badgers seem to have found new life. Wisconsin responded with a 7-2 victory over the highly-ranked Pioneers, and went to Alaska-Anchorage and had two solid outings, including a third-period game-winning goal by senior forward Matthew Ford.
While it would appear on paper that the two teams are very even, Wisconsin has generated some really positive momentum at this point in the season. The Badgers should be relaxed at home after traveling around the country the last two weekends. Expect Wisconsin to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume this weekend with two victories.
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Result 0-2 1-3 2-3 7-2 2-1 4-4 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
WCHA Standings Conference Games Only No. Team Record Points 1 Colo. College 15-3-0 30 2 Denver 12-4-0 24 3 North Dakota 11-7-0 22 4 Minn.-Duluth 6-7-5 17 5 Minnesota 6-8-2 14 14 St. Cloud State 6-8-2 Wisconsin 6-8-2 14 8 Michigan Tech 5-8-1 11 9 Minn. State 3-9-4 10 10 Alaska-Anc. 2-10-4 8
Prediction: Wisconsin Sweep
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Record Team 22-3-0 Michigan 23-3-0 Miami (OH) Colorado College 18-6-0 14-8-1 North Dakota 18-6-0 Denver 16-5-4 Michigan State 13-7-1 New Hampshire 11-5-6 Boston College 18-9-1 Notre Dame 13-7-2 Clarkson 10-10-4 Wisconsin
Points 999 994 907 815 783 766 704 627 566 521 214
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Women surging into the stretch By Ben Breiner POWERPLAY
The Badger women returned from their Winter Break over three weeks ago and have since tallied four straight road wins in Mankato, Minn., and Columbus, Ohio. That extends their overall winning streak to six games, which came after a 1-5-1 stretch. In the last four games, the biggest offensive threat for UW has been junior forward Erika Lawler. The Massachusetts native has scored seven points in those games and either assisted on or scored three of the four gamewinning goals. The Badgers also welcomed back one of their top scorers, Meghan Duggan, who missed three games due to a concussion. She contributed three goals and an assist in her ﬁrst weekend back.
The team is looking to improve upon the ﬁrst half of the season, during which it ﬁnished third in the standings and lost three of four games to rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth. “As far as an identity, I’m not sure what it is right now, but I know one thing is that we’re a much better team now than we were in November,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We seem to be doing the little things in practices and that carries over into games.” Whatever identity the Badgers ﬁnd, it will likely be built around the play of junior goaltender Jesse Vetter. She was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and has not allowed more than three goals in any game this season. Saturday, the Badgers will try to “Fill the Bowl” when they host St. Cloud State at the Kohl Center.
Last season the Badgers led the NCAA in attendance, and nearly set the single game crowd record when it hosted 5,125 fans for a four-overtime NCAA quarterﬁnal victory over Harvard. The team is looking to help raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank during Saturday’s game against St. Cloud. Becker Law Ofﬁce, Packerland Securities and Badger Mortgage will donate $1 for each fan in attendance. “It’s an opportunity to give back to the community,” Johnson said in his press conference. “The more people that will come in, the more money that they’ll be able to raise … and that’s exciting.” Fans can also get a coupon for free chicken wings at Quaker Steak & Lube if they bring non-perishable food items to donate.
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Sophomore forward Meghan Duggan resumed playing after missing three games due to a concussion.
January 25-26, 2008
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The WCHA admitted Schmidt’s mistake before the next evening’s game, but an appeal by Wisconsin requesting one point was denied. If the season ended today, Wisconsin would miss the NCAA Tournament because it did not tie the game. Right now the Badgers stand at 15th in the PairWise Ranking, which mimics the process the NCAA uses to select the tournament ﬁeld. With one more point, the Badgers would be in the top 14, qualifying them for the tournament. There was no reason, besides the lack of planning by the WCHA in anticipating such a situation, that Wisconsin and Denver could not have played overtime before the next evening’s game. Everyone in the arena on Friday night understood the travesty that had just occurred. People stayed up all night on the USCHO.com message boards trying to reason out what had just happened. If Denver head coach George Gwozdecky had wanted to set a positive example for his players, he could have suggested the teams play overtime the next night. This happens to be just one of a few times in which an ofﬁcial has made a huge error in judgment when it comes to the replay system. In a game between Denver and St. Cloud State earlier this year, Schmidt blew another review. This one involved blatant goaltender interference. A YouTube video shows a Denver player clearly crashing into St. Cloud goalie Jase Weslosky, yet the goal stood (search for “alleged goalie interference”). The WCHA admitted the error on that one also. They’ve made a habit of apologizing for Schmidt’s
incompetence this season. In the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, Dallas Stars forward Brett Hull scored on Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek in triple-overtime to win the Stanley Cup. The NHL rule at the time was that an offensive player could not have a skate in the crease when the puck went in the net. Hull did, yet the goal was never reviewed. In a 2000 NHL playoff series between the Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers, a goal was awarded that did not actually go in the mouth of the net. Flyers winger John Leclair blasted a shot past Hasek that tied the game at one in the second period. Leclair’s shot was so hard that it went through the side of the net and into the cage. The referee did not take the time to see if there was a hole in the net. Six minutes later, Dixon Ward of Buffalo found the once-thought-inexistent hole. Too late, the Flyers went on to win the game 2-1. That was the second time Hasek lost out because of a failed review. There is a reason the replay system is in use, and that is to review the legality of a goal. What is the point of having a review system if the ofﬁcials will not take advantage of it? There is no need to rush to judgment like Schmidt, who took under a minute to wave off Ford’s goal. There needs to be complete fairness to both teams in the process, which requires patience when reviewing a goal. The replay system is imperfect, yet it has done more good than harm. It seems like it could be ﬂawless, however, if the ofﬁcials simply took their time in reaching a verdict on each goal. E-mail Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 25-26, 2008
Line Chart 5 Blake Geoffrion, SO 9 Michael Davies, SO 24 John Mitchell, JR 6 Josh Engel, SR
24 Mike Howe, SR 26 Jay Barriball, SO 7 Patrick White, FR 14 Justin Bostrom, JR
*4 Davis Drewiske, SR 17 Ryan McDonagh, FR 3 Craig Johnson, FR
20 David Fischer, SO 4 Stu Bickel, FR 6 R.J. Anderson, JR
17 Blake Wheeler, JR 16 Mike Carman, SO 19 Evan Kaufmann, SR 25 Drew Fisher, FR
35 Shane Connelly, JR 1 Scott Gudmandson, FR
19 Kyle Turris, FR 22 Ben Street, JR 16 Sean Dolan, FR 13 Aaron Bendickson, FR
20 Kyle Klubertanz, SR 2 Jamie McBain, SO 27 Cody Goloubef, FR
*5 Derek Peltier, SR 28 Cade Fairchild, FR 2 Kevin Wehrs, FR
10 Patrick Johnson, FR 18 Matthew Ford, SR 14 Ben Grotting, SO 8 Podge Turnbull, FR
Head Coach: Mike Eaves
33 Alex Kangas, FR 1 Jeff Frazee, JR
13 Ben Gordon, SR 11 Mike Hoeffel, FR 12 Tony Lucia, SO 21 Tom Pohl, SR
* Denotes team captain
Head Coach: Don Lucia