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Obama, McCain win big in Wisconsin Youth vote helps Obama extend lead over Clinton

Turnout breaks records, largest since 1988

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, DIll., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., won the Wisconsin primaries Tuesday, widening both of their leads in the race for the presidency.

Students braved the snow and long lines to vote in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday, with officials projecting one of the highest turnouts in decades. Bonny Chang, a first-time poll worker, said voting lines at Tripp Commons in Memorial Union were at a minimum length in the morning, but voters came in droves once classes were let out. UW-Madison freshman Sally Debauche said she voted because of her “sense of obligation.” It was her first time voting and said the lines were confusing, but otherwise the process was a good experience. Caitlin Sachs, a UW-Madison freshman, said she voted “to make a difference.” She said her decision was based off information she found online and a questionnaire she completed to compare her views on issues among the different candidates. Dane County Chief Clerk Bob Ohlsen said turnout was around 25 to 30 percent at 6 p.m., although not all wards had fully reported.

“We have changed the course of American history.” Jim Doyle governor Wisconsin

Obama beat U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., 58 to 41 percent, according to polls with over 90 percent of wards reporting. In several wards with polling locations on the UW-Madison campus, Obama won by a margin of five to one, winning two-to-one in others, according to the Dane County Clerk’s office. Gov. Jim Doyle, who endorsed Obama, spoke to a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in downtown Madison, saying the Wisconsin win was a turning point in the national campaign. “We have changed the course of American history,” Doyle said. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz similarly said he hoped Wisconsin’s primary would represent a shift in the campaign. Female voters and more blue-collar voters, according to Cieslewicz, showed they were moving more toward Obama in the primary. Cieslewicz, who first endorsed former U.S. Senator John Edwards, said he hoped Edwards would endorse Obama to help unify the Democratic Party.

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Gov. Jim Doyle (left) speaks in front of supporters for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Obama won the primary 58 to 41 percent. Members of UW-Madison College Republican (right) watch the election results unfold.

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GORDON COMMONS OBAMA 1122

HUCKABEE 47

CLINTON 160

MCCAIN 180

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“[Madison] provides easy access to first-year students to vote right on campus.” MEMORIAL LIBRARY OBAMA 948

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No ticket price increases for Badger sports fans through 2008-’09 season By Alyson Maugeri THE DAILY CARDINAL

Student season ticket packages will not face a price increase next year, according to the UW Athletics 2008-’09 budget unanimously approved Tuesday by the Athletic Board Finance Committee. The total projected budget is over $83 million. UW-Madison’s football ticket prices will remain cheaper than seven other Big Ten schools, including Purdue University and the University of Michigan.

John Jentz, associate athletic director of finance, said men’s season basketball ticket prices are expected to decrease because there will be fewer home basketball games next year. However, 32 percent of the budget’s revenue will come directly from ticket sales, Jentz said. If Wisconsin were to raise ticket prices in line with other Big Ten schools, revenue could have increased anywhere from $5 to $10 million, according to Jentz. Jentz said there was no need to raise ticket prices because UW-

Madison is looking to cover its expenses, not to make a large profit. Before presenting the 2008’09 budget, details of the Outback Bowl profits and expenditures were explained. UW-Madison spent $1.45 million at the Outback Bowl, the majority of which went toward travel and hotel accommodations for the football players and coaches. The largest amount was spent sending the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

The new budget will contribute $2 million to campus funds and $2 million to the state’s sales tax revenues. Over 50 percent of the budget will go directly to student athletes, while 39 percent will go toward UW Athletic Department salaries and fringe expenses. Additional funds will be given to campus support units such as the Kohl Fetzer Center, which provides academic and financial assistance to student athletes. Capital funds will be used on

construction projects such as replacing the basketball court at the Kohl Center and working on the bleachers and field at McClimon Track/ Soccer Complex. The university renewed contracts with ABC, NBC and CBS. The contracts will gross over $7.6 million, compared to last year’s contracts that totaled over $6.5 million. Jentz said revenue sharing from the Big Ten Network also helped boost returns. The full Athletic Board will vote on the proposed budget Friday.

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“No Call List” Bill Wisconsin residents may soon be able to add cellular phone numbers to the “Do Not Call” list, a compilation of resident’s numbers that do no wish to be contacted by telemarketers. Senate Bill 99 passed unanimously through the state Senate Tuesday and now awaits approval from the state Assembly. “The addition of cellular phones is important because more and more people are relying on a cellular phone as their main phone line for their house and travel,” Julie Laundrie, spokesperson for SB 99’s author state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, said. The bill is not expected to receive a public hearing in the Assembly, according to Laundrie, adding it will likely be voted on in the next legislative session. The bill will also increase the maximum possible fine from $100 to $1,000 for telemarketing companies who violate the list. Collective Bargaining Rights A bill providing UW faculty and academic staff with the right to collective bargaining will likely be voted on in the state Senate Wednesday, but its companion bill will not be heard in the state Assembly. The Assembly version of the “Collective Bargaining Rights Bill” would be the only bill presented to the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities not to be voted on during this legislative session. Senate Bill 353 is likely to pass Wednesday if it reaches the floor, according to a statement from the

American Federation of TeachersWisconsin. “The right to collectively bargain is widely recognized as a fundamental human right,” Bryan Kennedy, president of AFT-Wisconsin, said in a statement.

“The right to collectively bargain is widely recognized as a fundamental human right.” Bryan Kennedy president ATF-Wisconsin

Supreme Court Public Funding The state Senate passed a bill that would increase public funding for Supreme Court races Tuesday. Senate Bill 171 would attempt to create a full public funding system for Supreme Court races, along with increasing the amount taxpayers can donate on their tax forms. The state Democrat-controlled Senate passed the bill 23-10. State Rep. Gordon Hintz, DOshkosh, authored the Assembly version of the bill. He said there was a lot of public support for the bill and the public’s trust in the judiciary had been “eroded.” Kurt Simatic, spokesperson for state Rep. Sheryl Albers, R-Reedsburg, said in an e-mail that the authors of the bill need to show how they will pay for it. Albers is chair of the Elections and Constitutional Law Committee, where the bill has previously been scheduled for a hearing.

Dane County inmates assist city in snow removal efforts By Callie Rathburn THE DAILY CARDINAL

The city of Madison received help from Dane County prison inmates to hastily remove the snow buildup on city streets after another winter storm Sunday. According to the Dane County Sheriff ’s Office, the inmates volunteered to dig out fire hydrants around the area. The record levels of snowfall this winter buried hydrants so deep they would be hard to reach in a fire emergency. “If the inmates want to do it and the people in the jail want to supervise them or let them out on monitoring, great.” George Dreckmann spokesperson Streets Division

Dane County Sheriff ’s Department Sgt. Matt Alsaker said a volunteer coordinator set up the program for inmates who are allowed to leave the Dane County Jail for work or volunteer efforts. “Any of the volunteer stuff they really like to do,” Alsaker said. Madison residents are encouraged to continue their own clearing if physically able, but Alsaker said many elderly residents are not

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capable of doing so. He said the inmates were enthusiastic about helping the community’s elderly, noting that snow removal is a new volunteer project to the workrelease program. “They like to be able to get outside and do some physical labor and get some fresh air,” Alsaker said. Streets Division spokesperson George Dreckmann said the inmates’ help is greatly appreciated, especially during this exceptionally snowy winter. “If the inmates want to do it and the people in the jail want to supervise them or let them out on monitoring, great. It’s something that needs to get done,” Dreckmann said. Cars violating snow emergency parking regulations would normally receive a $30 ticket and a two-day grace period before getting towed, but the city has begun towing vehicles immediately. Dreckmann said it is vital streets remain clear after snowfall so ambulances, police cars and fire trucks can pass through. During the Feb. 6 snow storm, a snow plow had to clear the way for stuck ambulances trying to reach the emergency room. “It’s a step that is made necessary by the extreme amounts of snow [because] emergency vehicles can’t get through,” Dreckmann said.

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Student voters register Tuesday, with turnout ranging from 25 to 30 percent in Madison. It is the highest turnout for a primary since 1988, according to the state Government Accountability Board.

turnout from page 1 amount of people at the polls. Voters at Memorial Library came in waves based on class schedules, said Ann Waidelich, chief polling inspector at the site. Waidelich said there were not many unexpected issues or concerns throughout the day. Students who came without a proper form of identification

primary from page 1 Clinton was in Ohio Tuesday evening, were she is currently leading in the latest SurveyUSA poll. In her speech to Youngstown, Ohio, residents Clinton said she was the only one in the campaign who was “ready to be commander in chief in a dangerous world.” McCain defeated former

were often willing to retrieve what was necessary to vote, according to Waidelich. Gordon Commons, the voting location for the southeast dorms, was one of the busiest polling locations on campus. Adam Young, chief inspector at Gordon Commons and poll worker since 1984, said Tuesday was the highest turnout for a presidential primary

he had ever seen. Young said in-person turnout was just as high as absentee ballot turnout. UW-Madison junior Paloma Nozicka said the polling process in Madison has been smooth every time she has voted. “[Madison] provides easy access to first-year students to vote right on campus,” said Nozicka.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 55 to 37 percent. In his victory speech, McCain said Obama’s campaign was lacking ideas. “I will fight every moment of every day in this campaign to make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change,” McCain said. McCain also won the Washington primary Tuesday. The UW-Madison College

Republicans also watched results Tuesday, though several said McCain was not their first choice for a nominee. UW-Madison junior Lindsay Miller said she had a hard time finding a Republican candidate who she agreed with on every issue in the race. She said she supported former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney earlier in the race.

Pedestrian grabbed from behind, robbed on Gorham Street A man claiming to have a gun robbed a 19-year-old woman early Sunday morning on the 700 block of East Gorham Street, police said. According to a police report, the woman was walking alone just after 2 a.m. from a friend’s house on Gilman Street to a different friend’s residence on East Gorham Street.

The woman said a man grabbed her from behind by the hair, stated he had a gun and demanded her purse. A brief struggle ensued and both the victim and perpetrator fell to the ground due to the ice and snow covering the sidewalk from Sunday’s winter storm. According to police, the perpe-

trator then grabbed the woman’s purse and fled westbound on East Gorham Street. Police describe the perpetrator as a black male, age 30 to 35, between 5'8" and 6'0" with an average build. He was last seen wearing a medium-to-light colored waist-length winter coat.

Undergraduate Symposium to highlight student research By Devin Rose THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison’s 10th annual Undergraduate Symposium will give students the opportunity to showcase their research in the sciences, humanities and arts later this spring. Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning, said over 300 undergraduate students are expected to present research projects on April 16. Students work on their projects with faculty members who act as mentors throughout the process. Brower said it is often assumed that research is restricted to scientific topics. However, he said students could create projects based on the humanities, service learning and

visual or performance art. “One of the reasons you go to a school like Madison is to take advantage of the fantastic research and the faculty that are here, and this is one primary way to do that,” Brower said. According to Laurie Mayberry, assistant to provost Patrick Farrell and symposium coordinator, students must submit applications for the symposium by Feb. 28. Participants in the symposium can apply for two new Undergraduate Research Awards, said Kelli Keclik, an associate academic librarian. Keclik said applicants would be judged based on how well they demonstrate research strategies, select

and use sources and demonstrate growth in their research ability. Up to three students will be presented with additional Library Research Awards for completed projects at the symposium and will win a $300 prize. Keclik said one student will be awarded with the Research in Progress Award for ongoing research and will win a $150 prize. Students who plan to participate in the symposium must complete a separate award application by April 1. Mayberry said more information can be found on the Symposium’s website at www.learning.wisc.edu/ ugsymposium.


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uesday’s primary exemplified the importance and success of our nation’s democratic voting process. Students showed their support in the best way—not by showing up at candidates’ appearances, but by voting. The wide student turnout at the polls highlights the emphasis on politics that UW-Madison is known for. The result of the primaries will represent an important turning point in our nation’s history. Depending on which Democratic candidate gets the nomination, there is potential for a first—either a female pres-

ident or a black president. That said, students should not lose interest in the race now that the primary and candidate appearances are over. Voting is only one part of civic engagement, and those who voted Tuesday should closely monitor the results of the remaining races and the conduct with which the candidates carry themselves, as an even more important decision looms in the not-so-distant November general election. We are pleased with the results of the vote as Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. John McCain, RAriz., came out victorious.

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Illinois Senator Barack Obama (left) and Arizona Senator John McCain (right) were victorious in Tuesday’s presidential primary in Wisconsin.

Various forms of cocaine warrant similar penalties MATT JIVIDEN opinion columnist

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y all accounts my birth year, 1986, was a good year—we had Hands Across America span the United States, Prince and the Revolution pounded out the tunes, Chernobyl pulsated radiation throughout the Ukrainian countryside, and crack cocaine was king. OK, maybe it wasn’t such a great year. Back in ’86, Congress passed exceedingly strict laws dealing with the “rock” form of cocaine. Under the revised statutes, cases that involved crack were punished 100 times more strictly than powder cocaine. For example, a conviction for the possession of 5 grams of crack (about the size of two sugar cubes) warranted the same sentence as the possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine. That is, $500 worth of crack, as compared to $40,000 worth of powder. The legislation also gave crack cocaine the distinguished position as the only controlled substance for which any possession charge warranted a minimum sentence—to the tune of five years. There was a litany of reasons behind the initial sentencing discrepancies. The media is partially to blame. In the ’80s, many outlets sensationalized the violence and erroneously emphasized the damaging effects of crack compared to powder cocaine. Regardless as to what motivated the increased sentences, 20 years later data has arrived. U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs testified before Congress that, among other things, crack and powder cocaine are pharmacologically identical. They are simply two forms of the same drug. Based on similar logic, in December 2007, the Sentencing Commission, an independent body created by Congress to determine sentencing parameters for Federal

crimes, voted to retroactively apply relaxed sentencing guidelines to lessen the discrepancy between crack and powder cocaine sentencing. Under the revised parameters, about 20,000 inmates are eligible to have their cases reviewed with the hopes of having up to 27 months reduced from their initial sentence. The current U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey has taken exception with this arrangement, saying “One thousand, six-hundred convicted crack dealers, many of them violent gang members, will be eligible for immediate release into communities nationwide ... produc[ing] tragic, but predictable results.” He has asked Congress to not enact the legislation retroactively—so that it may only affect those who are sentenced after March 3, 2008. Even though it may strain the U.S. Attorneys and the justice system to retroactively work these cases, the measures are a necessary step toward equality. Mukasey is obviously scared, but should we be? Maybe. After all, we have taken thousands of non-violent drug offenders, ranging from infrequent to habitual users, and thrown them into an overcrowded prison system. They have spent half a decade surrounded by a constant milieu of violence and racially segregated gangs. If the individuals did indeed have a drug problem before they went into prison, due to budget cuts or prison policy they most likely did not receive adequate counseling and treatment. In fact, we put them into a prison system where drugs are easily accessible and abuse is much higher, per capita, than the neighborhood from which they most likely came. They have spent half a decade fostering a deep distrust for law enforcement coupled with a feeling of injustice. Due to inadequate funding, those that went into prison generally do not acquire the skill sets to live according to the law upon release. These circumstances were created through complacence and the misguided policy of lawmakers. It certainly isn’t a simple issue, but is it now ethical to deny the rights of those who have been able to avoid

further criminal entanglement during their stay in prison? This fear mongering is purposely misleading. Mukasey is aware these offenders must first petition a judge who will also consider filings from prosecutors and parole officers, after which, the judge can reduce the sentence. Judges would not reduce sentences for violent offenders, or those whose conviction involves a weapon. In effect, all the legislation does is return some discretion to the judges which mandatory minimum sentences usurped. While this debate has raged lately, the bigger issue remains. As of right now, the 100:1 ratio law still remains on the books—the Sentencing Commission only took the first step, but Congress must now act to erase the law. Biden has proposed an act which places crack and powder cocaine on equal footing. Biden’s proposal does not tighten the restrictions on powder cocaine, but lowers crack penalties to equal the current cocaine legislation. It also removes the mandatory minimum sentence, giving judges final discretion in the matter of incarceration. The proposal earmarks funding that will attempt to reach users through treatment rather than incarceration. The proposed statutes will target cocaine “kingpins” and mass distributors instead of low-level dealers only seeking to feed their own habits. It will attack the source, rather than the symptom. All it needs now is congressional support. Maybe we can finally undo this damaging precedent, after all—there has been a lot of talk about justice and equality recently, but maybe it’s just because this is an election year. Regardless, this issue isn’t about condoning drug use. It isn’t about being “soft on crime.” This is wholly a matter of justice. This is a matter of the punishment fitting the crime. And, as much as we may deplore the crime, we must remember that the criminal, ultimately, deserves equality under the law. Matt Jividen is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.

Despite Obama’s primary victory, Clinton still best candidate By Michelle Turcotte THE DAILY CARDINAL

As a liberal living in Madison, I have never really found myself in the political minority. That was until recently when I found myself, a Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., supporter, wading in the middle Obama-mania that seems to have swept through Madison. The politically charged climate is invigorating, even though I find myself outnumbered by Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., adoring fans. And I get it... to a degree. I know the man has a way with words. I saw Obama at Monona Terrace in October 2007, and the guy can deliver an uplifting speech like Freddie Mercury could deliver a power ballad. Undecided at the time, I remember musing to a friend after the event, “Yeah, but what did he really say?” In the spirit of full disclosure, as a skeptic by nature I find myself exceedingly resilient to sweeping rhetoric, though this can be over-

come by adequate substance to back up the pretty prose. With Obama, style seems to trump substance— lacking are concrete and detailed plans to supplement the promises. It’s a politics-as-usual, buzz-marketing campaign filled with vague descriptions and soaring rhetoric as policy-anemic speeches please the ear but do not inform. Obama talks a lot about fixing the political machine, but his methods are broken as well. We need candidates who strive to educate voters to make informed decisions rather than hypnotize them with oratory skills. The usual response to these observations is to check Obama’s website if you crave details. Specifics on his plan for Iraq withdrawal, for one, are underdeveloped. Claiming to be “right on day one” does not tell us what he plans to do on day one. Clinton has already outlined diplomatic and military steps for withdrawal, and what will be required to contain Iraq’s chaos after

American troops begin withdrawing. The Obama campaign’s use of the term “universal health care” is also misleading. His proposal does not offer universal health care, but a plan to make health care affordable by cutting premiums (which Clinton’s plan also does). Obama himself admitted that 15 million people will be left uninsured. “Fifteen million sounds like a lot,” said Obama. “But what they’re really saying is I’ll have 3 percent of the population—I’ll have 97 percent covered.” Clinton, on the other hand, believes and understands that all Americans must be covered. Contrary to misleading reports, she will allow Americans the option to keep their current plans. A favorite platitude of Obama is disdain for “old Washington politics.” However, he is also guilty of engaging in the political tactics he claims to despise. His campaign often deploys the ole character assassination trick—Clinton is cast as the calculating politician in contrast to Barack

“Washington outsider” Obama. Obama regularly attacks Clinton for taking money from lobbyists. A Boston Globe review of Obama’s campaign finance records showed he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and PACs as a state lawmaker in Illinois, a U.S. Senator and a presidential aspirant. His campaign has countered by saying Obama decided before he entered the presidential race that he would take a different approach to fundraising than in the past. However, Obama still takes money from former lobbyists and partners. According to a study by Public Citizen released Jan. 29, Obama has 10 bundlers who previously registered as lobbyists. It’s the same distortion and murky old Washington politics to which we’ve unfortunately become accustomed. Obama is certainly not alone in employing them, but it is the hypocrisy of his campaign messages and his squeaky clean posturing that is disconcerting, not the messages themselves.

What of electability?! To quote New York Magazine on the pseudoscience, “The whole exercise of backing a candidate because of his or her supposed electability is a fool’s errand.” Voters ought to choose a candidate based on their policies, record and hell, even charisma is better than the mythical and immeasurable electability factor. John F. Kennedy was once anointed unelectable, as well as George W. Bush (if only). It is Hillary Clinton who’s been vetted. It is Clinton who offers detailed solutions and concrete answers rather than promises. Along with her seemingly limitless depth of knowledge on and mastery of the issues, her sharp intellect and, you got it, experience allow her to immediately address the challenges of getting us out of the mess Bush has left us in. Like her or not, she’ll hit the ground running. Michelle Turcotte is a senior majoring in journalism. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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‘Kitchen Readings’ fails Thompson’s true legacy By Oren Rosenberg

of gratuitous violence and illicit narcotics who not only survives Humans are a strange race. It’s his self-destructive behavior, but part of our nature to seek out the manages to produce some of the abject, absurd or vicious, seeking most compelling social and politito inflict harm on ourselves in the cal commentary of his era. The private Thompson was colname of a good time. Hunter S. Thompson was, for orful as well, with the exception that decades, the spokesperson for this he is a well-known and successful side of human nature, as well as journalist. The “real life” stories in the chief representative of the dark the book range from engaging recunderbelly of the American col- ollections of Thompson on assignlective consciousness. The way he ment (many of which are told with portrayed himself to the public was much more flair by Thompson himpure id, unaware or unconcerned self in “Kingdom of Fear”) to voywith consequence or reason—a self- euristic, tabloid-worthy yarns about Thompson’s decline in health, his proclaimed freak and dope-fiend. What Americans often fail to death and funeral. The story about Thompson’s recognize in their public figures is the schism that separates the per- spinal surgery is one of the book’s son’s public life from their private most despicable. Titled “Sheriff Bob life. Set out in its introduction, Relates Fun and Games at the Vail one of the explicit goals of “The Clinic,” it is the literary equivalent Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of watching someone you respect be of Hunter S. Thompson,” accord- horribly maimed. ing to Michael Cleverly and Bob Regardless of any particular fault Braudis (Thompson’s biographers or merit of the book, the fact that and friends), is to show the pub- “The Kitchen Readings” was ever lic “the real Hunter, the private published betrays one of the darker Hunter.” Although Thompson facts about celebrity. Bob Braudis is without a doubt an and Michael Cleverly unusual person, the are clearly cashing BOOK REVIEW fact that Cleverly in on their dead and Braudis set out friend’s popularity. to tear down his Although the two carefully erected clearly had affection for Thompson public façade shows and were shaken by that the poignancy his sudden suicide, of Thompson’s legacy has been entirely that is no excuse for lost on them. prostituting Hunter T h o m p s o n’s Thompson’s legacy “The Kitchen Readings: character, sometimes for their own perUntold Stories of sonal gain. called Raoul Duke, Hunter S. Thompson” Their stories is a prototypical about the events anti-journalist, refusing to adhere to even the most foun- surrounding Thompson’s death and dational conventions of the trade. In funeral could have been a touching Cleverly and Braudis’ attempts to homage to their late friend, had they humanize the man, they have cre- been distributed to Thompson’s ated a piece of work that is entirely other close friends. But, when pubwithout merit or substance because lished and sold at bookstores across it stands in opposition to everything the country for $13.95, they are the musings of two unremarkable, Thompson accomplished. Hunter Thompson the pub- money-grubbing sycophants. More lic figure was never meant to be than likely, the book will sell fairly humanized, because the Hunter well, the reason being that the phoThompson that exists in literature tograph on the cover is not that of isn’t human. He is a dark cloud the authors.

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Although some will roll their eyes at Bono’s ever-affixed pair of shades and never-ending pleas for world peace, there’s more to “U2 3-D” than Bono’s ego, if you only give it a chance.

U2 comes to life in ‘3-D’ By Stephen Dierks THE DAILY CARDINAL

The foremost question viewers will probably find themselves asking before putting on their special glasses and settling in to watch “U2 3-D” is: “Who is the intended audience for this movie?” If you have never been to a U2 concert, are not a U2 fan or just find that sunglasses-at-night-wearing, globetrotting, world-saving force of nature and frontman of the world’s biggest rock band, Bono, to be extremely obnoxious, then you might be surprised by “U2 3-D.” Initially, you won’t find anything in this film to contradict that perception. It opens with grainy footage of excited fans flooding the gates to get into the gigantic arena. Over this footage, a series of voices lets the audience know exactly whom this film is for: “everyone,” they say repeatedly. Then U2—dressed like late ’90s snowboarding enthusiasts projected in 3-D—launch into “Vertigo,” that iPod commercial song you tried to get out of your head. Then, Bono leans into the 3-D camera, and you can count every stubbly hair on his face as he yells “Yeah yeah yeah yeah!” just as it was mercilessly parodied on “South Park” last year. At this point, U2 haters have been

given plenty of ammo, and the sermonizing band never stops its unfashionably earnest behavior throughout the concert (“Love and Peace or Else!”, a recent song title screams). At one point, Bono is handed a headband from the crowd with Jewish, Christian and Muslim symbols on it, which inspires him to improve the coda to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by calling Jesus, Muhammad and Jews all sons of Abraham, all part of the same global family.

Over this footage, a series of voices lets the audience know exactly whom this film is for: “everyone.”

But a funny thing happens as the concert goes on. Somehow, all of the familiar hits (“With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “New Year’s Day”) become more energizing, life-affirming and transcendent in this context, while the music washes over spectators in magnificent stadium stereo, and a crowd of thousands in Buenos Aires jumps

up and down, singing with arms outstretched, crying and hugging each other with excitement. Bono and his bandmates (the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.) are impeccable musicians and give off the kind of mighty passion only comparable to such live performance luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. However, the show’s defining moment is a quieter one: Bono—alone under the spotlight on a portion of the stage that juts out into the sea of spectators—gives a stirring rendition of the lesser-known single “Miss Sarajevo,” culminating as he fills in for the recently deceased Luciano Pavarotti on the song’s concluding opera solo. The man who sings rock ’n’ roll and fights AIDs and poverty has opera in him as well, and the Argentinean crowd erupts in rapturous applause. As the song concludes, a reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights plays across those enormous screens, and with a thunderclap of drums and ringing guitar, they launch into their tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., “Pride (In the Name of Love).” This is U2 in 3-D. They claim it’s for everyone.

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ewton’s Third Law of Motion says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of “Juno,” it seems that a strongly-positive critical reaction has returned as a largely negative reaction from selfappointed “Juno”-haters. They rail against the film, matching critics’ and audiences’ praise with equallyloud criticism. “Juno” was one of the most pleasant surprises in this year’s group of releases, which could’ve gone down in history as “The Year of Threequels.” We sat through “Spider-Man 3,” “Pirates 3” and “Ocean’s 13.” None of these manufactured products are awful (with the exception of “Rush Hour 3”) but they had no souls and little brains. “Juno” had heart and brains in excess. I also don’t

recall hearing the same level of criticism that “Juno” has received being given to Eddie Murphy’s unfunny and downright racist portrayals in “Norbit,” another 2007 product. I’ve heard all of the criticisms of “Juno” before; it’s not “realistic enough” for some people, and others think that people only like it because it’s popular. First of all, are we really going to discount every movie that’s not set in the “real world?” If we did that, we’d have to discount the collected works of Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Lang, JeanLuc Godard and hundreds of other filmmakers who never worked within the confines of “real world.” We’d also have to immediately degrade musicals, science fiction, horror and most comedy from the ranks of “good film.” What’s worse, I don’t even think the makers of “Juno” meant for it to be real. Everything about the film is stylized; the dialogue, the sets and even the costumes. “Juno,” like “Fargo,” “M” or most other films you can name, reflects the world in

which we live more than it resides within it. If your parents think they can understand you better because they saw “Juno,” you need to have the “it’s only a movie” talk they had with you all those years ago. As for the “popularity” argument, when did critics get such a massive influence over audiences? If people liked only what critics liked, “Jumper” would not have made over $25 million this weekend and Hannah Montana would only be practicing her generic brand of uninspired pop while playing “Rock Band” with friends. To believe that critics hold some sort of Jedi mind control power over the masses is ludicrous. Somewhere along the way, someone must have liked Diablo Cody’s script enough to finance the film, Jason Reitman must have liked it enough to direct it and Ellen Page to star in it. Whether you want to admit it, people like “Juno” because it’s a good film. It may not be your favorite, or deserving of a “Best Picture” Oscar nomination (I disagree, how-

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Despite its box office success, critical acclaim and indie appeal, “Juno” evoked wicked responses from haters after its “Best Picture” nod. ever), but the pieces are all there in what is a good, solid film to say the least. In reality, people hate “Juno” because it’s successful and look for ways to minimize that success. Those people need to go away and

appreciate a poignant work of art. It’s time for the unjust hatred of the “little movie that could” to end. Brad will be part of Uwire.com’s live coverage of the Oscars this Sunday. Contact him with you Oscar thoughts at boron@wisc.edu.


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There are about two chickens for every human in the world.

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The Crackles

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1 Pt. of UCLA 6 Chocolate cream and strawberry, e.g. 10 Reduce the vibration of 14 Saudi’s neighbor 15 Capital city founded in 1050 16 “Dies ___’’ (hymn) 17 Miniature representation 18 Data, informally 19 Type 20 Romantic hit song that just keeps going? 23 Roman siege device 24 Emperor after Claudius 25 Sign of hunger 27 Episcopal parson 31 Barnyard belles 35 “It’s gone!’’ 37 “Magna’’ follower 38 Inventor’s impossible goal 41 Corral 42 ___ gin fizz 43 Crossed (out) 44 Isn’t miserly 46 Achy 48 Rotunda feature 50 Geraldo and Diego

55 One with constant high hopes 59 Michael Jackson’s birthplace 60 Tiny stream 61 1933-41 veep John ___ Garner 62 “The Grapes of Wrath’’ character 63 Type of “Animal House’’ party 64 Groucho Marx prop 65 Crystal ball user 66 First name in slapstick 67 Hurry to marry DOWN

1 Cupid’s teammate 2 “Don’t make ___!’’ (“Freeze!’’) 3 Joins the bucket brigade 4 Lacking energy 5 Costly gas purchase 6 Like some snakes 7 Stevie Wonder’s “___ She Lovely’’ 8 Like a North Pole drudge 9 Later alternative 10 Bad thing to do to a shoulder 11 “Buck’’ ending 12 Sportscaster Albert 13 Rose or Weber 21 Adjust to something

new 22 ___-Roman wrestling 26 Things to strive for 28 Cereal not for rabbits 29 Sioux Indian 30 South African money 31 Omar of film 32 Show joy or sorrow, in a way 33 Bird of prey 34 Laundromat staple 36 Architect’s layout 39 Conclude with 40 Type of Boy Scout badge 45 Brains 47 Show clearly 49 T.S. of literature 51 Modern correspondence 52 Beatle behind the others 53 Songwriters’ org. 54 Cordwood measure 55 Subjects of clashes 56 Net earnings 57 Pennsylvania port 58 Gymnast Korbut

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UW softball splits at Desert Classic By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL

The UW softball team split a pair of games Sunday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, defeating Cal Poly 7-5 in the morning and losing to UCLA 4-1 in the afternoon. The game between the Badgers and the Mustangs went eight innings. With the score tied at four, UW sophomore center fielder Katie Soderberg singled down the right field line to score freshman pitcher Kirstyn Hansen and senior catcher Daniels Joey Daniels, giving Wisconsin a two-run lead. An error by Cal Poly freshman catcher Stephanie Correia allowed Wisconsin a seventh run later in the inning. The Mustangs had their chance in the bottom half of the inning. Cal Poly plated one run on a wild pitch, but Hansen was able to close out the inning and earn the win. Before that, Wisconsin was in danger of losing the ball game in the seventh inning. Cal Poly managed to put runners on first and third with two outs, but Hansen struck out sophomore first baseman Krysten Cary to end the inning. Hansen went 4.1 innings to earn the victory, and senior pitch-

er Robyn Kontra took the loss after throwing eight innings. Daniels had three hits and two runs scored, Soderberg drove in two runs on two hits and junior right fielder Robin Ricci had three runs batted in. However, Wisconsin could not capture another victory in the night cap against UCLA. The No. 6 Bruins scored two runs early on a double by freshman center fielder GiOnna DiSalvatore, and it was all UCLA needed to put Wisconsin away. The Bruins tacked on another run in the sixth inning because of an error by junior left fielder Valencia Raphael who misjudged a ball off the bat of UCLA freshman right fielder Samantha Camuso. Senior pitcher Anjelica Selden took a no hitter into the sixth inning, but Daniels broke it up with a home run for Wisconsin’s only run. The blast was the only hit all game for the Badgers. Selden earned her fourth victory with a complete game. She surrendered just one walk and struck out six batters in her one-hit performance. Sophomore pitcher Letty Olivarez could get through just one inning for Wisconsin. Olivarez took her third loss of the season, allowing three hits, two earned runs and a walk after facing just five batters. Next up for the Badgers is the Texas Classic in Austin, beginning Feb. 29.

sampson from page 8 to hire from within, but chose not to. Instead, he hired a guy who was already in trouble after he and his staff made 577 improper recruiting calls at Oklahoma. Five-hundred and fifty-six? That’s no mistake—that’s a full illegal operation, mafia-style. Sampson should and will be gone. I would be shocked if last night’s game against Purdue was not his last. But Greenspan should be gone too. Some are arguing that Greenspan should stay because his track record is actually pretty

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 good—IU has won six individual or team national titles since he arrived in 2004, according to the athletic department’s website. So what? Roger Clemens won two Cy Young awards before he allegedly started taking Human Growth Hormone. Greenspan should not have hired Sampson, and now Indiana’s top athletic program will pay the price as a result—to me, that’s grounds for dismissal. We’re talking about a program that has the third most national championships (five) in the history of college basketball. We’re talking about a program that has

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made the NCAA Tournament 32 times—fifth most in NCAA history. We’re talking about a program that has won 52 games in those 32 trips—sixth most in NCAA. Most of all, we’re talking about a program that should not be hiring a guy who already has a record of cheating. Sampson came to Bloomington, Ind., representing everything that Indiana wasn’t, but now Indiana is stained with everything that Sampson is. E-mail Adam at hoge@wisc. edu to talk about where “Calvin” will end up next.

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UW wrestling records two come-from-behind wins over Michigan and Minnesota

Sampson not only Hoosier who should be fired

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he worst column I ever wrote was about Kelvin Sampson. Or should I say, “Calvin” Sampson? I misspelled his name and used inaccurate facts to criticize his recruiting history. When I look back on it, it may have been one of the worst columns ever written in the history of journalism. It was so bad that one blogger wrote: “If this is what large journalism departments are churning out right now, I’m worried for the quality of sports reporting.” Yet, the worst column I ever wrote may have been the truest column I ever wrote. The column was written in October 2006 after Eric Gordon switched his verbal commitment from Illinois to Indiana, but before he signed the dotted line to play for Sampson. The point of the column was to question Sampson’s recruiting tactics and criticize his past recruiting mistakes, but it didn’t help that I spelled his first name wrong or that I included information saying Memphis was going after Gordon (which I read online and wasn’t true).

Five-hundred and fifty-six improper recruiting calls ... that’s a full illegal operation, mafia-style.

When you have glaring errors like that, it’s easy to miss the point of the column—which was merely that Sampson’s history warrants a red flag when a fivestar recruit like Gordon suddenly switches from a school that was in the 2005 NCAA championship game to a school that has not won one since 1987. The truth is that the column shouldn’t have been written. What did a journalism student at Wisconsin know about Sampson’s recruiting techniques at Indiana? But that’s exactly the point. If I saw the red flags (the same guy who couldn’t spell Sampson’s first name right), how did Indiana and Athletic Director Rick Greenspan miss them? More importantly, why did Greenspan hire this guy in the first place? Now let me call a 30-second timeout in the interest of getting my facts straight. No connection has been made between the alleged illegal recruiting calls and Eric Gordon. I’m not saying that he recruited the kid illegally. All I’m saying is that this guy had a questionable history before he was with Indiana, and the first major thing he does is pull off one of the most significant and surprising recruiting steals in the last decade. Red flag. Greenspan had the opportunity sampson page 7

By Tom Lea THE DAILY CARDINAL

The UW wrestling team (4-3 Big Ten, 13-4-1 overall) is no stranger to drama following an exciting weekend on the mats. The Badgers completed two come-from-behind victories over defending national champion Minnesota and No. 10 Michigan in matches that were sealed only after the final matchup in each meet. The Badgers started the weekend welcoming Michigan to the Field House on Senior Night, with hopes of bouncing back from two straight conference losses. With the adrenaline flowing, UW jumped out to an early 7-0 lead following victories by senior Colin Cudd and junior Zach Tanelli in the 125-pound and 133-pound classes, respectively. However, the Wolverines cut the Badger lead to one on the heels of back-to-back victories in the 141 and 149-pound classes. In the 157-pound class, Badger senior and No. 5-ranked Craig Henning beat Michigan’s Jeff Marsh 6-2 to give UW a 10-6 edge halfway through the duel. Michigan responded by reeling off 12 straight match points, including No. 3 Tyrel Todd’s pinning of Badger junior Justin Peterson. The Badgers, now trailing 1810 with only two matches remaining, needed to record a pin in one of the final matches to give themselves a chance. No. 8 UW junior Dallas Herbst did just that, pinning Michigan’s Anthony Biondo only 1:17 into the match, cutting the Wolverine lead to 18-16.

In the final match, UW junior Kyle Massey dominated Michigan’s Chad Bleske 11-0 to complete the dramatic comeback for the Badgers and give them the 20-18 win. Sunday, the Badgers traveled to Minneapolis where they met No. 4 Minnesota. The match started as Minnesota’s No. 1 Jayson Ness defeated UW’s Cudd 8-0 to give the Gophers an early 4-0 lead. UW fought back by winning the 133 and 141-pound classes to jump ahead 6-4. That lead was short lived, however. Minnesota’s No. 3 Dustin Schlatter upended UW freshman Kendall Vogel 13-3 to reclaim the lead at 8-6. In the 157-pound class, Henning recorded a tech-fall that gave the Badgers five match points, enough to open an 11-8 margin. The Gophers fought right back by winning each of the next two matches to put the Badgers in a bind once again, trailing 17-11 with only two matches remaining. In the 197-pound class, UW’s Herbst once again pinned his opponent just over a minute into the match to tie the score and set the stage for his teammate Massey to complete the comefrom-behind win for the second time in three days. The heavyweight match once again went in Massey’s favor, as he recorded a 6-2 decision that secured a 20-17 UW victory. The Badgers will complete their regular season when they take on Northwestern Friday night at the Field House. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report.

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Juniors Dallas Herbst (top) and Kyle Massey (bottom) were key in UW’s upsets of both Michigan and Minnesota this weekend.

Women’s and men’s tennis winless over weekend By Chris Lindeke THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 74 UW women’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 loss to Penn State Sunday in its Big Ten dual opener at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers (0-1 Big Ten, 3-6

overall) won two of the three doubles matches to seal the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Junior Erin Jobe and sophomore Katya Mirnova cruised to an 8-1 triumph over Jenny Shular and Leyla Morzan of Penn State at

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Sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor was one of two Badgers to go undefeated last weekend.

the No. 3 slot. At No. 1, the UW duo of junior Liz Carpenter and freshman Jessica Seyferth clinched the point with a 9-7 victory over Sarah Lotto and Katelyn Bevard of the Nittany Lions (1-1, 2-5). In singles, the Badgers won two of the first four finished matches to jump out to a 3-2 lead, but were unable to hang on in the last two completed contests. Carpenter and sophomore Emese Kardhordo were the winners for UW. Carpenter took out Bevard 7-5, 6-1 at the top spot, while Kardhordo took care of Shular in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. In the decisive match, Badger senior Morgan Tuttle was unable to hang on, winning the first set but dropping the match in three sets to PSU’s Lauren McCarthy 26, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. The lady Badgers have two weeks to prepare for their next match, a home contest against Missouri March 2. The Tigers (7-1) have won their last seven matches after losing their opening dual of the spring season. The Badgers’ next conference match will be March 7 at No. 2 Northwestern. The UW men’s tennis team suffered its fourth and fifth straight defeats to ranked opponents on the road this past weekend, following

a 5-2 loss to No. 61 Louisville Saturday with a 5-2 setback at No. 29 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon. Sunday, the Badgers (0-0 Big Ten, 4-5 overall) lost two doubles matches in a tiebreaker to go along with a trio of three-set singles defeats. Senior Nolan Polley was victorious at the No. 2 spot, dismantling No. 79 Vijay Paul of the Commodores 6-1, 61. At No. 3 singles, freshman Marek Michalicka took down Vanderbilt’s Nick Cromydas in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-1. Michalicka finished the weekend undefeated in singles play. Saturday, Michalicka and sophomore Luke Rassow-Kantor were the lone Badger players to capture singles victories. Rassow-Kantor outlasted Louisville’s Alejandro Calligari 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 6 spot, while Michalicka took down Simon Childs 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 4 slot. UW sophomores Moritz Baumann and Michael Dierberger seized an 8-4 win over Robert Rotaru and Pablo Camacho of Louisville at No. 2 doubles. However, the Cardinals took control of the doubles point by taking the other two doubles matches to get the first point of the match. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report.


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