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Report says same-day registration harms Wisconsin elections By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

A Tuesday report said mandating the use of government-issued photo identification and ending same-day voter registration could solve most problems with Wisconsin elections. However, election officials dispute portions of the report, issued by the Special Investigations Unit of the Milwaukee Police Department. The report dealt with the 2004 presidential election in Milwaukee. The report said ending same-day registration would help officials ensure voters are eligible before an election. A government-issued photo ID is also needed to stop voter fraud, according to the report. Neil Albrecht, assistant director for the city of Milwaukee Elections Commission, said he did not endorse ending same-day registration or government IDs. Albrecht said the Milwaukee Elections Commission was not in favor of the report’s recommendations because they could “marginalize” voters. He said the Feb. 19 primary was largely problem-free, and some of the busiest polling areas for same-day registration were college campuses and poorer areas of the city. Around 35,000 people registered at the polls on the day of the primary, Albrecht said. The 2004 election, according to Albrecht, had several voter problems in Milwaukee, but it should not serve as an example of how elections are usually conducted in the state. State Rep. Suzanne Jeskewitz, R-Menomonee Falls, authored a bill ending same-day registration. She said Assembly Bill 158 would not hurt Wisconsin students, and students were not disenfranchised in states without same-day registration. Jeskewitz said the Democrat-controlled state Senate would likely not vote on her bill. State Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, has authored a constitutional amendment to create government IDs for elections. The amendment is also unlikely to be voted on in the Senate, according to Stone. “[It] is a travesty when you look at the problems we’re having in the state,” Stone said.


A group of UW-Madison medical students discuss the Healthy Wisconsin legislation at the state Capitol Wednesday. The students support the proposal, a universal health-care plan offered by Democrats in control of the state Senate.

Med. students lobby at Capitol By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison medical students lobbied at the state Capitol Wednesday, attempting to gain support for the Healthy Wisconsin legislation. Thirty-five medical students wearing white lab coats held signs supporting the universal health-care proposal and lobbied legislators from their home districts. UW-Madison medical student Leslie Bishop said the students support Healthy Wisconsin because the legislation is better for patients. She said as a future doctor, the type of health care patients received mattered to her. Bishop also said she agreed with Healthy Wisconsin because it encour-

ages preventative care. The Democrat-controlled state Senate made Healthy Wisconsin the main focus of their health-care agenda. It was dropped from the final version of the state budget earlier in the year because of opposition from Republicans in control of the Assembly. Healthy Wisconsin is still opposed by Republican leadership, but medical student Erin Tromble said they hoped to build momentum for the proposal in the next legislative session. Tromble said the students did not support tax-deductible health savings accounts, one of the main parts of Assembly Republicans’ health-care agenda. “Health care is not the appropriate place for consumer driven models,” Tromble said.

SERF event to tout ‘Wisconsin Wellness’ By Whitney Newman THE DAILY CARDINAL


The third-annual Wisconsin Wellness Campaign welcomes UW-Madison students and community members to promote exercise and nutrition.

With Spring Break approaching, Saturday’s Wisconsin Wellness Campaign at the Southeast Recreational Facility could not come at a better time for UW-Madison students. “Usually within three to six months [of beginning a new exercise program], fifty percent of people drop out,” said Lori Devine, student services program manager for Recreational Sports. “If we can promote making small changes that will last a lifetime, that’s what really makes a difference.” The third-annual Wisconsin Wellness Campaign aims to promote physical activity, nutrition and disease prevention for the campus and the entire Madison community. According to Devine, the event encompasses the “Wisconsin Idea” that campus events and education should also reach out to the community.

“A lot of the community doesn’t really know what college recreational sports are,” Devine said. “This gives them an opportunity to come in and look at our flagship facility.” A wellness expo will be held in Gym 2 at the SERF, where companies and vendors that encourage a healthy lifestyle will showcase their products and services to the general public. “We want to show people that they really do have a lot of options out there, whether on campus or in the community,” Devine said. “Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference.” A diverse group of businesses will be present including Luna Bar, Sleep Number by Select Comfort, the UW Bodybuilding Club and the Westside Family Pet Clinic. Dr. Ken Lambrecht, owner of wellness page 3

“It forces people to choose between their health and their ability to feed themselves.” Bishop said only wealthy people would be able to pay for health savings accounts. Compassionate Care The state Senate will vote again Thursday on Senate Bill 129, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill. The bill passed the Senate in May 2007 and the state Assembly in January 2008. The bill would mandate all hospital emergency rooms in Wisconsin provide emergency contraception for all rape victims. It must pass the Senate again because of action taken on it in the Assembly. Gov. Jim Doyle is expected to sign the bill.

National fiscal tour reveals country’s financial burdens By Stephanie Dar THE DAILY CARDINAL

Four representatives from the Concord Coalition Fiscal Wake-Up Tour met Wednesday at Smith Hall to explain to students the magnitude of the current U.S. budget crisis. Comptroller General of the United States David Walker and representatives from the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution and the Concord Coalition were present at the event. According to Walker, foreign nations as well as citizens of the United States have loaned the U.S. government substantial amounts of money in the form of bonds. The current budget deficit exceeds $53 trillion. “Basically, we’re spending a lot more money than we’re taking in,” said Walker. “It’s going to get a lot worse in the next few years.” The 77 million individuals in the baby boomer generation are going to retire over the next 20 years, which means they will be collecting Social Security, Brian Riedl said, representative for the Heritage Foundation. “If we were to raise taxes to pay for just what tour page 3

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n 1493 AD, Rodrigo de Jerez, a shipmate of Christopher Columbus and Europe’s first smoker, also became Europe’s first target of anti-smoking sentiment. Upon bringing his habit back to Spain, he was imprisoned by the Inquisition for roughly five years. The rest of Spain largely ignored his plight and, in a move that confounds DARE officers more than 500 years later, began regularly lighting up before the end of the century. As smoking spread, the rest of the Old World found it just as hard to beat the habit, despite a Papal injunction against it in 1600 along with some harsh words from King James I of England. Not to be outdone, Czar Michael Feodorovich of Russia punished smokers with (occasionally fatal) flogging, while India, Turkey and Persia skipped the lash and went straight for execution. Given the ability of smoking

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to flourish in the face of such draconian measures, it might seem odd that, centuries later, many countries are having much better luck with fines, taxes and subway-sized photos of the prematurely wrinkled. However, the steady decline of smokers among the general population in most western countries suggests the average person would rather be clamped in leg irons than made to look at recent photos of Nick Nolte. The news is less positive in countries like China and India, where smoking rates have risen dramatically during the same period. The upshot is that the United States already has a stockpile of celebrity anti-smoking posters for every phase that Bollywood will hit in the next few decades. Some of these countries are also experimenting with new versions of older tactics. Known as a global leader in other macabre practices, like caning, Singapore’s government requires that all packs of cigarettes carry graphic images of diseased lungs and other organs, a strategy that may backfire with horror movie buffs and the generally morbid.

Although many individual bans are controversial, those who favor turning back the bulk of these regulations are dwindling in number. The basis for most of these anti-smoking laws is practical, scientifically sound and so frequently restated that public service announcements could simply feature U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson hard at work jabbing underage smokers in the eye with a stick. Even though few would mourn the fall of the tobacco industry or nostalgically wax about once passing a blackened, petrified lung around their fifth-grade classroom, voters and lawmakers will someday have to consider how far they intend to push restrictions on smoking. Upon passing one of the world’s toughest national bans several years ago, Ireland’s prime minister envisioned a world where “future generations will never know what it was like to work in an enclosed, smoke-filled environment.” A loftier dream—and one better suited to the country that brought us leprechauns and banshees—would be the distant but implied goal of eventually phasing out the habit entirely. However,

there might be danger in completely removing it from the public consciousness. Just as those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, a society gone cold turkey is likely to be irritable, wired on six cups of black coffee and prime for a relapse. At the very least, the United States might want to grant it the same regretful cultural significance as the Civil War or other unglamorous parts of the national heritage. Some day in the distant future, elementary school students might be able to take field trips to historical smoking re-enactment sites, where part-time actors huddle around office water coolers or inside the bathroom of a Greyhound bus, pressing hollow paper cylinders to their lips and making a big show of coughing grotesquely. “I bet you kids have never seen authentic Camel Cash,” one of the re-enactors will say, passing around a faded stack of coupons. The class will stare back, unenthused until he adjusts the dial on his voice box and continues in a robotic monotone, “Now who wants to hold a tracheotomy ring?” Having a case of the nic-fits? Email Matt at

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Ian’s Pizza founder inspires UW crowd Ian’s Pizza founder Ian Gurfield, spoke to members of the UW-Madison Entrepreneurship Association about his personal experience as an entrepreneur Wednesday at his location at 115 State Street. Gurfield, a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, opened his first Ian’s location at 319 Frances Street in 2001— when he was only 21 years old. He said his hope was to find a college town that had a late night scene, admitting his “target market is drunk college students.” Gurfield said he was sleeping on friend’s couches and pestering friends and family to help him out with financing his pizzeria dream. He said in the beginning, he worked 100-hour weeks, stressing to students that starting your own busi-

ness takes a lot of work. “It’s not about instant gratification, it’s about survival,” he said. “You have to survive start up and then growth.” Gurfield also discussed how his stores are extremely employee driven, having managing partners at both locations. He also announced plans to open another Ian’s location in Chicago near Wrigley Field some time this summer. However, Gurfield said he does not want to be anything like a McDonald’s. “I’m not into franchise—the soul is taken out of it.” Gurfield encouraged the growth one has as an entrepreneur. “Business will take on all your traits—good and bad,” he said. “You can learn a lot from failure, the lessons are obvious.” —Ashley Finke

UW prof. to help lead nat’l science group Judith Kimble, a UW-Madison professor of biochemistry and genetics, has been elected to a three-year term on the National Academy of Sciences governing council. NAS is a private, nonprofit institution of distinguished scientists and engineers, and is recognized as a leading scientific body worldwide. Kimble is one of about 2,100 members in the United States and 380 foreign associates, according to the NAS website, and one of four new councilors to the 17member governing body. Kimble said via e-mail she was

“flattered” when she heard about the appointment. “It is a real honor,” she said. Kimble has been an NAS member since 1995, serving on various committees since that time. As a councilor, Kimble said she will travel six times a year to council meetings to consider issues and policies critical to the organization. “I was asked last fall by the NAS council to consider running. I don’t know how they decided to ask me,” Kimble said. Kimble said she was elected by other NAS members.



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Commission stalls Hyatt Hotel approval The city’s Urban Design Commission voted Wednesday to delay approval of plans for a Hyatt Place Hotel near Capitol Square until a later meeting. The proposed hotel location is at 333 W. Washington Ave. Nathan Novak of Hyatt’s design firm JJR, first presented designs for the hotel before the UDC in July 2007. Since then, the proposal has undergone many changes at the request of the Commission to widen sidewalks, provide parking for bicycles and add windows for

more aesthetic appeal. Madison resident Rosemary Lee spoke at the meeting in support of the hotel development. “I think downtown and its economic vitality depend on more hotel rooms,” Lee said. “If we’re going to revitalize downtown and keep it economically chugging along, this is a first-class operation.” The commission expressed concerns for the sidewalks and traffic circulation on the property and ultimately decided

input from the city’s Traffic Engineering Department would be necessary for approval. Novak said a scheduled meeting with Traffic Engineering Thursday would help the project solve conflicts in the current design. City Council President Mike Verveer agreed the current proposal lacked adequate street considerations to meet approval Wednesday. “It would be nice if we could have a more appropriate resolution to the traffic issues,” Verveer said. —Abby Sears

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government may formulate solutions so it “can actually plan to support them in some logical way” in the future, he said. According to Bob Bixley, representative of the Concord Coalition, since there is not an easy solution to the budget crisis, presidential candidates refrain from addressing the issue. “The short answer is politicians don’t want to talk about it,” said Riedl. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions out there.”

One way to combat this issue, according to Bixley, is for the younger generation to become more politically active. That way, it will be possible to make the budget crisis an issue that is impossible not to address, Bixley said. “Your generation is going to get the bill with compound interest,” Walker said. The group also spoke at a Distinguished Lecture Series in Memorial Union Wednesday night.

expo to provide people with more information about sports supplements, health supplements and drug-induced nutrient depletion. “It’s something no one has ever heard of because here in America we think we have the perfect diet and can get all the nutrients we could every possibly need from what we eat,” he said. Bucky Badger will also appear at the event, and both Z104 and WIBA AM radio stations will have

live remotes on site. The campaign will be held March 1 at the SERF from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 500 people in attendance will receive a free T-shirt, and all attendees will have the opportunity to receive free food and prizes. Fitness classes will also be free and open to the public. For a detailed schedule and a complete list of participating businesses, visit www.recsports.

we’ve promised our parents and grandparents, we would have to permanently raise taxes by the equivalent of $12,000 per household,” Riedl said. Paul Cullinan, representative for the Brookings Institution, said it is imperative that the government begins to consider ways to restructure programs such as Social Security and Medicaid. By revising these programs, the

wellness from page 1 Westside Family Pet Clinic, said it is just as important to have an ideal weight in dogs as it is in humans. The company’s booth will include information about the clinic’s stateof-the-art pet fitness center and their “Biggest Four-Pawed Losers” contest. Ray Yingling, owner of Vitasource Vitamins and Sports Nutrition at 2623 Monroe St., said his business is participating in the

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ast week the Wisconsin state Senate voted in favor of a plan that offers public financing for Supreme Court candidates and puts in place stricter contribution limits. In the wake of last year’s $6 million state Supreme Court race between Annette Ziegler and Linda Clifford, this common-sense plan would go a long way toward restoring confidence in our state’s judiciary. In essence, the bill, SB 171, would offer qualified Supreme Court candidates $400,000 to run their campaigns. Moreover, candidates could receive additional funding to respond to third-party ads. This is a dramatic improvement over the current system. For instance, last year Ziegler and Clifford could have received approximately $50,000 of public financing by agreeing to a spending limit of $215,000. The current system of public financing is woefully underfunded—it’s not surprising that Supreme Court candidates have repeatedly declined public funding.

This bill would go a long way toward restoring confidence in our state’s judiciary.

Opponents of the bill rail against tax increases and argue that contributions do not constitute undue influence—in their view, contributors simply donate to judges with similar ideologies. On the tax front, even if both candidates in a given race received the maximum amount of funding

because of extensive interest group spending, the plan would cost each Wisconsin resident less than $1 per race. Firm evidence contradicts the opposing argument as well. The widespread public perception of corruption generated by large campaign contributions is harmful by itself.

The current system of public financing is underfunded—it’s not surprising that candidates have declined public funding.

Further, an extensive examination of the Ohio Supreme Court by the New York Times found that justices rarely recuse themselves from cases when they have received contributions from parties involved, and voted in favor of parties that contributed 70 percent of the time. A study by a professor at Tulane Law School reached similar conclusions and also found that larger contributions had larger affects on judicial decisions. The state Senate already passed this bill by a large margin. In an unusual move, seven sitting state Supreme Court justices sent Gov. Jim Doyle and state lawmakers a letter supporting public financing last year. Moreover, the bill is supported by a majority of Wisconsinites—65 percent of residents supported public financing of Supreme Court races in a January 2008 poll. With the session winding down, the state assembly should take up this bill and send it to the governor’s desk. There is no excuse for conservatives in the lower house to hold up this bill any longer.


ID scanners won’t cease targeted drinking habits ERIK OPSAL opinion columnist


ast week, the Policy, Alternatives, Community and Education Project’s Partnership Council announced the university will provide ID scanners for certain downtown bars and liquor stores in an effort to provide “responsible beverage service.” Wait, the university wants to cut down on underage drinking? Stop the presses! We all know UW-Madison officials don’t like our reputation as a party school, which is one reason PACE started in the first place in 1996. The university now funds PACE, a program that began as a decade-long experiment funded by outside groups. Its first order of business is to waste our precious tuition dollars on $700 ID scanners.


$1.7 million

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Amount spent by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on ads supporting Ziegler and criticizing Clifford.


Amount spent by Greater Wisconsin Committee on ads criticizing Ziegler.


Approximate amount Ziegler lent to her campaign, more than three times her yearly salary. Source: Milwaukee Jounal Sentinel

If PACE really wants to help cut high-risk drinking on campus, they need to invest their funds elsewhere.

Fundamentally, PACE’s goal is to cut back on binge drinking on campus, or as they call it, “highrisk drinking.” Now, this may shock some of you, but I actually support this goal. Anyone who’s ever been out sober on a Friday or Saturday night at 2 a.m. knows what I’m talking about. I’m not a crotchety old member of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. who just wants those damn kids to quit making all that racket, but Madison’s drinking culture does occasionally get out of hand. Take the most recent example: A freshman resident in Witte residence hall got drunk and alleged-

ly put a knife to a fellow student’s throat. Or drunken bargoers playing chicken with oncoming traffic, like the one who got hit on University Avenue last winter. How can you solve problems like these? Well, ID scanners, especially when the university foots the bill, are definitely not the answer. According to Dawn Crim, special assistant to the chancellor, the scanners are just one piece of the puzzle designed to cut back on dangerous drinking. “We all know there’s not one silver bullet,” she said. “The challenge is to put together the right mixed portfolio that can have an impact.” In its 10-year existence, PACE has quite a portfolio. That letter we all get from Chancellor John Wiley when we come here as freshman? That’s PACE. The elimination of weekend drink specials— which is still being challenged in court—came from them, too. Other PACE products include this year’s “Show and Blow” policy at football games, talks of keg registration and the Alcohol Licensing Density Plan, which the group strongly supported. As I said before, I’m not against PACE’s goal, but many of their tactics have been nothing but anti-free market, overbearingmother-like garbage. Any time they’ve interfered with bars in Madison, the results have never come, and now that PACE uses university funds, we have a much bigger problem. Ultimately, this argument comes down to that old cliché: We must change the drinking culture of Wisconsin before anything can be done on campus. This means we can’t have parents moving their children into the dorms and buying them a bottle of Captain Morgan for their first night in Madison. We can’t have parents taking their high school students to Wando’s for a fish bowl, which happened just last weekend with the wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center. We can’t have parents

doing beer bongs with their kids before football games. According to the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, Wisconsin has the highest rates of both binge drinking and heavy drinking in the country. That’s not something you change overnight, and it’s definitely not something you change with some ID scanners or by limiting the number of bars downtown.

ID scanners are definitely not the answer—especially when the university foots the bill.

If UW-Madison students want to drink, they’re going to drink— it’s as simple as that. If they get kicked out of the bars then they’ll go to their dorm rooms or their friend’s house for a party where they may drink even more because the alcohol is cheaper and more readily available. If PACE really wants to help cut “high-risk drinking” on campus, they need to invest their funds elsewhere. For instance, screening and intervention programs the university implemented let us find and help at-risk students, and letting 18-year-olds into bars to watch live music gives them alternative options to drinking. Why shouldn’t those few thousand dollars for scanners go toward something students will enjoy, like a campus movie theater, or even to better advertise the weekend movies at Memorial Union? It’s admirable that PACE wants to help us, but it’s time to leave the bars alone. If the $2 Long Islands at the Plaza on Thursday ever get taken away, there will be riots. Erik Opsal is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Please send responses to


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Films omit writing trials, tribulations ANNA WILLIAMS williams shakespeare


The Mountain Goats employ sophisticated instrumentation to complement powerful songwriting on newest album, Heretic Pride.

Goats excel on ‘Heretic Pride’ By Kyle Sparks

album tracks before, but Heretic Pride marks the first time he seems Part of the appeal of older truly comfortable exploring all of Mountain Goats albums was the the advantages a real studio affords intimacy brought out by the sim- him. On “Sept 15, 1983,” he takes plistic performances. Each track what would have been a simple showcased singer/songwriter John guitar song six albums ago and Darnielle bleeding through his guitar adds a bongo player and organist into a cheap boom. Part of the appeal to create a fuller sound. of newer Mountain Across the album, Goats albums—includDarnielle is joined by CD REVIEW ing their latest Heretic a number of friends, Pride—is that, while including producer John the production value Vanderslice, though has increased, the songDarnielle maintains total writing value has not songwriting control. been affected. Darnielle excels as a Following 2006’s songwriter like few of Get Lonely, a depresshis contemporaries. On Heretic Pride ing novella of heartthe surface, his lyrics are The Mountain break and self-loathfamiliar and approachGoats ing, Heretic Pride is able, referring to somean album of both paranoia and one in “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” determination to return to clarity simply as “some kid in a Marcus Allen jersey.” Although his lyrand optimism. The first track on Heretic Pride, ics are simple and straightforward, “Sax Rohmer #1,” is a triumphant Darnielle’s metaphors contain powmarch of perseverance that serves as erful underlying ideas. He’s less the perfect transitional paragraph, Bob Dylan with a pen than he is linking the two chapters in the tale Ernest Hemingway with a guitar. Heretic Pride is the first album of The Mountain Goats. Despite experiencing a myriad of pitfalls in the Goats have released on 4AD the song, Darnielle insists, “I am without one main, overarching coming home to you/if it’s the last theme. Darnielle’s blending of instruments throughout the album thing that I do.” This willingness to leave his echoes this new thematic mixture. comfort zone crosses into his Instead of sounding like a single instrumentation as well. On man, Heretic Pride sounds like a “Lovecraft in Brooklyn,” Darnielle full band at times—like a really reveals a newer, more modern side, good Weakerthans’ album. Darnielle differentiates himself, using distorted guitar and a powerful drumbeat to portray para- however, on tracks like “Tianchi noia and animosity. Meanwhile, Lake,” where he strips the song his lyrics suggest images of wolves down and reverts to the simplicand some distant intruder while ity he knows best. The distortion warning, “Someday something’s and advanced instrumentation on coming/from way out beyond the Heretic Pride has been foreshadstars/To kill us while we stand owed in earlier Mountain Goats here/It will store our brains in work, but now that the plot twist has come to fruition, the story of Mason jars.” Darnielle has incorporated pia- the Mountain Goats is as intrigunos, strings and horns on other ing and important as ever.


hen I tell someone that I’m a creative writing major, a common response is, “Oh fun! I would be a writer too, if I had more time.” Gee, thanks. This kind of reaction is certainly not unique to undergraduate writers. Famous professional writers seem to confront this attitude as well. For instance, in her essay “Still Just Writing,” Anne Tyler—the author of “The Accidental Tourist” and “Digging to America”—writes about a fellow mother who asks her if she has found a real job or is still “just writing.” Why do so many people seem to think writing—whether it is novels, poetry or short stories— is a simple, breezy task? Maybe it’s because, as with most art, the public only sees the end product and not the labored process behind it or because writers strive to make their work appear effortless. However, I think the

real culprits are movies: Nothing has done more to create a false impression of what writers do. Movies certainly skewed my view of what writing was actually like. For example, when I was a girl, I watched the 1994 version of “Little Women”— starring Winona Ryder as Jo March—until my eyes nearly fell out, and took Jo as my writing role model. Near the end of the movie, a montage shows Jo writing her novel, and it appears to pour out of her in its final version, taking about a week to write. Imagine my shock when I got to college and my first attempt at a story didn’t just flow out of me. I found out real writing was nothing like the big-screen portrayed it. Instead, it was about countless revisions, constructing clean sentences, playing with point of view, focusing plots... I could go on and on. But it’s not just “Little Women’s” fault. Nearly every author biopic portrays writing as the same, effortless task, including Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” James M. Barrie in “Finding Neverland” and even “Shakespeare in Love.” Okay, maybe it’s true with Shakespeare.

If anyone could have sat down and instantly written a play, it would have been him. Still, it took me years of experience to realize, in reality, most writing is a lengthy, cumbersome process dependent on hard work that is too boring and awkward to portray on screen. Short-story writer Kelly Link has written about working on just one short story, “Stone Animals,” for an entire year. It takes other writers, like Michael Chabon, as long as five or six years to write one novel. Hopefully everyone will remember this and their BS detectors will go off the next time a movie character writes a book in a matter of days. The point of all this is certainly not to make anyone feel sorry for writers. Overall, they have one of the best jobs in the world. Still, I think readers will appreciate a book even more if they understand that it’s not the product of a muse whispering in the author’s ear like movies portray, but rather of hard, disciplined work. Feel like proving Anna wrong? Send her your structured, reasoned and stream-of-consciousness responses to



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Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by taking out an olive from First Class salads.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

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horn 44 Character actress Claudia 45 Versifier’s eye 46 Take in the mail 47 Innocent one 54 Porous pot 55 “CHiPS” star Estrada 56 Yule tune 57 Word in telephone menu instructions 58 “Good!” in Genoa 59 Robert Browning’s “Rabbi Ben ___’’ 60 What sentence components should do 61 Divination practitioner 62 Result of hail, often DOWN 1 Common person 2 Stretch for the stars? 3 “Ah! perfido!’’ is one 4 Account 5 Stock classification 6 Hypothesize 7 Belted one out 8 Mothers and daughters 9 An ecclesiastic 10 Dummkopf 11 Wolfe in Stout books 12 Man from the Isle of Man 13 ___-school (traditional)

21 “La ___ vita” 22 Bean-based dish 25 ___ del Sol (region in Spain) 26 Agricultural pest 27 Affects emotionally 28 Blintz relative 29 “Best of’’ tracks, often 30 “Goodnight” girl of song 31 Opera giant 32 Support for an art major 34 Stuff put into a barrel 35 Ditched 37 Hebrew master 38 Avian chatterbox 43 “Otherwise, you’ll regret it!’’ 44 Less likely to put up a fight 45 Ample at the equator, say 46 Basel’s river 47 Any old town 48 “Me too’’ sort 49 Beaks 50 Arboretum specimen 51 Creep like lava 52 “Coming Home’’ costar 53 Adirondack chair part 54 Auditing firm hiree, for short

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The only approach we have that looks even viable is through the use of nanotechnology.


Robert Hamers chair of the chemistry department UW-Madison

the invisible frontier Story by Sarah Nance GRAPHICS BY MEG ANDERSON


ow that microscopic robots and tiny cameras are no longer scientific impossibilities, public interest is increasing in the many marketable innovations of nanotechnology. Whether it is actually used, the science is referenced in everything from state-of-the-art golf clubs to the iPod Nano. College kids and middle-aged corporate Americans alike are trying to tap into what the National Science Foundation predicts will be a one trillion dollar industry by 2015. A new study by UW-Madison professor of life sciences communication Dietram Scheufele shows that although people are generally uninformed yet optimistic about developing nanotechnology, the ethical and environmental concerns continue to raise red flags for the public. High-tech, science-gone-bad scenarios abound and may influence how the public forms its opinions about widely misunderstood topics like nanotechnology, according to Robert Hamers, chair of the chemistry department at UW-Madison and associate director of the campus Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. “Depending on how you address [nanotechnology], you can always pander to people’s hopes or you can pander to people’s fears,” Hamers said. “You can sort of drive them one way or the other on the issue.” Nanotechnology is a broad field that already has applications in hundreds of products currently on the market, according to Scheufele. “The funding [for nanotechnology] has actually gone up since 2001,” Scheufele said. “The funding has almost quadrupled over the course of the last eight years in the U.S., and the U.S. definitely being the biggest spender [federally] in the world on research and development on nanotechnology.” Madison is no exception, according to professor of material sciences and engineering Max Lagally. “One of our electrical engineering professors has just developed the world’s fastest flexible electronics [using nanotechnology],” Lagally said. “We’re basically at the forefront in research in many areas.” Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of matter on a molecular level, in sizes anywhere from one nanometer in length to 100 nanometers. This modification of molecular structure allows scientists to give materials new qualities. “We’re talking about a size scale that is approximately 10 atoms across,” Lagally said. This expanding branch of technology, which has brought Americans everything from stain-resistant pants to scratch-resistant paint, remains the subject of both ethical controversy and social critique, according to Scheufele. “We’ve seen that people are not very aware and not extremely knowledgeable about the new technologies,” Scheufele said. Religion meets science In findings published in Nov. 2007, Scheufele and colleagues discovered that the public’s opinions of nanotechnology were being shaped more than ever by what Scheufele called a “perceptive filter,” in many cases based on the subject’s values and religiosity. “For less religious respondents ... if they see the benefits, they support nano,” Scheufele said. “For more religious respondents, what we’ve found is that relationship is much weaker.”

Scheufele speculated that much of the controversy is based in the emotionally charged public battles over stem cells and cloning. “The fact that we’re seeing similar patterns [of acceptance] for issues like embryonic stem-cell research ... suggests that nanotechnology is, for a lot of people, given how little they know, being lumped together with a lot of other scientific breakthroughs,” Scheufele said. Lagally argued, however, that any comparison to the ethics battle surrounding stem cells is ill placed. “It’s not like stem cells,” he said. “We’re not going to breed anything or create any life out of nanoobjects. As particles go, they’re just like particles we’ve been breathing forever.” The public is often dominated by fear, Hamers said. “I think some of these ethical and moral issues are a little bit contrived. I think some of them come out of the science fiction literature or playing on people’s fears,” Hamers said. “It’s only controversial if you ask certain questions like, ‘Is it safe or is it not safe?’” However, according to Scheufele, the concern over ethical and other controversial issues is heavy enough to warrant 3 percent of all money spent on research to be spent on the “ethical, legal and social implications” of nanotechnology. “The legal implications obviously have something to do with intellectual property, so creating new materials that only are slight modifications at the molecular level, is that a completely new patent?” Scheufele said. According to Scheufele, ethical implications often deal with human enhancement and the possibility that nanotechnology may create new ways of enhancing health and medicine. It may be that questions of ethics will be answered by the next generation of scientists, however. “To say that nanotechnology is morally unacceptable is to let fear and ignorance of the general public drive the direction of scientific inquiry and development,” said UW senior Joel Thomas, co-president of the UW-Madison student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. However, one of the biggest concerns, according to Scheufele, is not health but the potential for development of very small surveillance devices. “[Invasion of privacy] is something that in all of our surveys since 2004 ... has really come out as one of the bigger concerns of the general public,” Scheufele said. But the struggle for a clear-cut answer in a moral realm might be impossible, warned Hamers. “It’s not ‘is it good?’ or ‘is it bad?’” Hamers said. “It’s often, ‘is it better than what we have?’” After working with Hamers, UW senior Jake Henrichs learned first-hand about the nanotechnology field. “There’s always going to be people trying to use new technology for unethical reasons,” Henrichs said. “I just like to think that people are going to make the right, ethical choice.” The next generation It will be students like Henrichs who will expand the field of

nanotechnology in the coming years. “This is something that really will have huge economic impact and certainly something that is worth paying attention to,” Scheufele said. “Not just as a scientific issue, but as something that will open up new career fields ... and that will certainly influence a lot of existing career fields.” “For young people ... there’s enough hype at the moment [and] enough companies that are interested in seeing what can be done at that [nano-]scale,” Lagally said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for being part of something that essentially grows exponentially for the next 40 years.” Nanotechnology is quickly becoming what Lagally referred to as a “disruptive technology,” in much the same way as trains, automobiles and computers. “They all changed the way we lived in a significant way,” Lagally said. Additionally, disruptive technologies follow a similar pattern, according to Lagally. “Typically they have an S-shaped curve that starts [at] some time and ends about 80 years later,” Lagally said. “What folks are saying is that the nanotechnology revolution started in the late ’90s [and has] 65 years to live before it flattens out.” The nano-future Further developments in nanotechnology may solve problems from chronic disease to the energy crisis, according to Hamers. “I feel very strongly that if you look at ... the pathway toward energy independence [and] the pathway toward reducing air pollution, so many of those, the only approach we have that looks even viable is through the use of nanotechnology and nano-materials,” Hamers said. According to Scheufele, the three biggest spenders nationally on nanotechnology are the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense, illustrating the wide applicability of the innovations nanotechnology provides. For Scheufele, indicators like that only reiterate his belief that nanotechnology is going to bring some of the future’s greatest advancements. “There’s really a lot of enthusiasm among the scientific community about the economic impact [of nanotechnology],” Scheufele said, “about the ability to reduce pollution, to create new filters, to really solve a lot of the problems we’ve been struggling with for a long time.”



Lux Research’s estimate for the size of the nanotechnology market by 2015—in trillions of dollars.


times that amount of funding for nanotechnology in the United States has increased in the last eight years.


in nanometers, the legalistic definition of what size particles constitute work in nanotechnology.


number of products using nanotechnology that are already on the market.


National Science Foundation’s stimate for the dollar size of the nanotechnology industry by 2015. —DIetram Scheufele, Max Lagally, Robert H

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

MARK THIS DATE: Wisconsin’s spring football game is set for April 19.

Who’s in first?

As UW prepares for Minnesota State, controversy swirls around Duluth freshman

Safety should come first in college hockey


Although Wisconsin enters the postseason in third place in the WCHA standings, its chance at a third straight regular season conference title may hinge on the eligibility of a Minnesota Duluth player. Bulldog freshman forward Iya Gavrilova is the player in question. Prior to playing with Duluth, Gavrilova played hockey for a professional team in Russia, where she received over $500 per month, according to the Duluth News Tribune. This would make her ineligible for NCAA competition. “When you recruit overseas you have to be careful,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “You have to get questions answered before you can take the next step in the process.” If the NCAA—which is currently investigating the situation— decides Gavrilova was ineligible, Wisconsin could leap over secondplace Minnesota into first place if the NCAA awarded the Badgers points in the two games they played against Duluth this season with Gavrilova in the lineup. Gavrilova scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Wisconsin Nov. 30. The next afternoon, she scored in the final minute of regulation and in overtime to complete a 2-1 Bulldog comeback against the Badgers at the Kohl Center. The freshman has been benched by head coach Shannon Miller since Feb. 1, missing the last six games since the issue arose of Gavrilova’s amateur status. Prior to the move, Gavrilova led the Bulldogs in scoring. Neither the WCHA nor NCAA has ruled on the situation as of Wednesday evening. “You want the NCAA to do the right thing. When they’re comfortable, when they’re ready to make a decision, I’m sure they’re going to do it,” Johnson said. Badgers open playoffs against Mavericks Gavrilova’s eligibility is a minute concern for Wisconsin, which is fighting to qualify for the NCAA



While Wisconsin junior goaltender Jessie Vetter and the Badgers look forward to the WCHA Playoffs, the NCAA is investigating the eligibility of Minnesota Duluth freshman Iya Gavrilova. Tournament. That battle continues this weekend when Minnesota State comes to town for the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. The Badgers sit at No. 6 in the PairWise Rankings, which determine the eight-team national tournament field. Wisconsin is not the favorite it was a year ago when it lost only one game all season. Junior goaltender Jessie Vetter thinks this is an advantage for the Badgers. “Just because we’re down a little bit this year, [other teams] don’t think we have that championship team,”

Vetter said. “I prefer to be the underdog. Last year we definitely weren’t the underdog, and this year we’re the underdog. And I like that situation because people underestimate you a little bit and then we come to play and after the first period they’re like, ‘Wow they’re still a good team.’” The netminder has posted another solid season for Wisconsin, and that, combined with her past postseason experience—three goals allowed in ten postseason starts— gives Johnson confidence heading into the WCHA Playoffs. “She’s obviously very solid back

there and probably equally as important. She’s had some experience the last two years going deep into the tournament,” he said. Johnson’s thoughts, however, are not on the team’s past success in the postseason because it needs a firstround playoff victory this weekend against Minnesota State to have a shot at a third-straight national title. “My message isn’t even related to the NCAA’s because that’s not what’s going to happen in the next two weeks,” he said. “Right now, it’s the ability to focus in on Friday night.”

Women’s golf team finishes 16th in Puerto Rico By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL


Junior Natasha Lopez had the second lowest score for UW in the three-day tournament.

NATE CAREY sports magnate

The Wisconsin women’s golf team finished 16th in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, which wrapped up Tuesday. It was the Badgers’ second spring tournament and came after a win over Indiana in the spring opener. The Badgers were led by senior Katie Elliott, who tied for 44th overall. She averaged 76 strokes for the three rounds but saved her best for last with a 74 on the final day. As a team, Wisconsin finished 62 strokes above par, eight better than Iowa State and 20 better than Minnesota. Junior Natasha Lopez had the second-best score on the Badger team and tied for 56th with an overall score of 230. She shot 78 and 79 on the first two days and closed out with a team best 73 on Tuesday. Lopez averaged a 77.1 in the fall season.

The third-best Wisconsin player was freshman Carly Werwie. She had a second-round 70 and tied for 70th place with a 235. Werwie won her match against Indiana in the previous tournament by shooting a 77. The Badgers’ fourth and fifth spots were rounded out by sophomore Kelsey Verbeten and Junior Jeana Dahl. Verbeten had a 238 and DAHL had her best round on the final day with a 77. That score was good for a tie for 77th place. Dahl finished tied for 82nd after sandwiching her middle round 77 with a pair of scores at 82 on the first day and the last day. She finished eight shots above her season low of 230. Before winter break she had an average

of 79.1. Elliott did not have the lowest score on the team in the first three tournaments of the fall. However, she led the team in the final two fall tournaments and finished with the best score in Puerto Rico. She averaged 75.7 strokes per round in the first half, topping her teammates by 2.4 strokes. The University of Alabama won the tournament, while Louisiana State and Kent State took second and third respectively. Of the four Big Ten teams in the field, Purdue fared the best, tying for fifth. The tournament covered a total of 6,168 yards. Wisconsin is off until March 7 when they go to Rio Verde, Ariz., for the Rio Verde Invitational. In that tournament last season, Elliott tied for third with a 220, and the Badgers earned sixth place as a team. — contributed to this report

itting at Mariucci Arena last weekend, it was easy to get caught up in all the spectacle and tradition that is college hockey. Maroon and gold dominated the color spectrum, and championship banners hovered over the ice, imposing their will on the competition. However, the most shocking thing about Mariucci Arena wasn’t the amount of noise created or the open concourse and standing room only. The most appalling thing at Mariucci was the fact that there were no safety nets. This may not seem like a big deal, but it really is. There is a reason most ice rinks have safety nets, but, for some reason, Mariucci decides to go against the norm. Spending most weekends at the Kohl Center, it never even occurred to me that they didn’t have safety nets, that is, until Davis Drewiske tried to roll the puck around the end boards halfway through the first period Friday only to miss and have the puck hit a woman square in the face about six rows back. The woman was alright, and though she left the game soon after, it was obvious that all she needed was an icepack. But don’t worry, Mariucci knows how to take care of its own. During Saturday’s game at least 10 pucks flew into the stands, and after every one hit someone or almost did or was caught, the good people at Mariucci played a nice warning on the scoreboard: “Watch out for flying pucks!!” If there is anything in this world that says “We really care,” it’s text on a jumbotron with two exclamation points. But while fans were dodging pucks like Neo dodged bullets in “The Matrix” I was contemplating why the hell Mariucci didn’t take proper safety precautions. A quick look at the NCAA rules and guidelines for hockey made it clear: There are no regulations for safety nets. In fact, there aren’t even regulations set in place for the glass. The only rule that pertains to a protective wall between the men on the ice and the people in the stands refers to the boards, which have to be between 40 and 48 inches tall. That is the only rule in place for keeping the play on the ice and not in section 24. The rules go on to state that any protective glass or safety nets have to be connected to the boards on the outside so as to not interfere with the game. This seems rather shocking to me, and it should to you as well. In today’s game of hockey, where players can slap shot the puck so fast that no one can see it, there need to be regulations set in stone that will allow the fans to watch the game with both eyes instead of just one. The bottom line is that a little reform is in order for the NCAA rulebook. Whether it is chalked up as tradition, ignorance or plain stubbornness, safety nets are one thing that every college hockey arena should have. Safety conscious? E-mail Nate at

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Flowers and Gant vital to Badgers’ success By Matt Fox COURTSIDE

Just two months ago, the Badgers played a crucial road game in Texas. They were short-handed and down by one point with just seconds left—someone needed to step up. Senior guard Michael Flowers answered the call with a game-winning 3-point shot with two seconds remaining, followed by a steal on the inbound to seal the victory. This sequence embodied the heart and clutch play Flowers has shown this year, keeping the Badgers focused on their goal for another successful season. With the loss of two key senior leaders from last season in Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker, Flowers knew this season would be his turn to lead by example and anchor a younger Badger team. Sophomore guard Jason Bohannon believes Flowers has done an excellent job of completing his mission thus far. “[Michael is] a great leader,” Bohannon said. “Anytime there’s a stoppage in play on the floor, he’s always bringing us all over, telling us what we need to do, how to help the team. Offensively, defensively—whatever he sees in his mind what we need to do—and he does a great job of that.” Flowers is no stranger to life in Wisconsin. He grew up in Madison and attended La Follette High School. He received several honors for his outstanding play there, including Gatorade State Player of the Year his senior season and first team All-State as a junior when he averaged 15.6 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals. Throughout his career, Flowers has

shown tremendous defensive intensity, which has provided him with extended playing time early in his career. He appeared in 30 of the team’s 34 games as a freshman and was third on the team in minutes played while leading the Badgers with 39 steals as a sophomore. According to assistant coach Greg Gard, Flowers’ intensity is crucial to Wisconsin’s success. “He really makes us go and brings a lot of intensity,” Gard said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but the other guys feed off how hard he plays and how he brings it every single day—not just on game night.” Throughout the season, the Badgers have relied heavily on Flowers to shut down their opponents’ best offensive guard. Bohannon says the Badgers really respect the high level of Flowers’ effort. “He always does a great job of guarding the best guy on the floor, he’s always on the Eric Gordons or the Trent Meachums,” Bohannon said. “Every top player you can think of on a team, he’s always guarding. “He’s doing it night in and night out. It speaks a lot of Mike—about how hard he’s willing to play and the price he’s willing to pay each and every game for the team.” While Flowers has always been a tenacious defender, his offensive production has improved dramatically this season in a bigger scoring role. Gard sees the improvement not just in Flowers’ shot, but his approach as a whole. “He’s been adding to his offensive repertoire and he’s gotten a lot better,” Gard flowers page 2


As the Wisconsin women’s basketball team honors its seniors Sunday against Iowa, players will come fact-to-face with the fact that they will lose three of their starters at the end of this year. One of the players who will be asked to step up next year is sophomore guard Teah Gant. Gant is a strong defender who head coach Lisa Stone described coming into this year as the team’s “x-factor.” Stone said Gant’s shooting has come along, as well as her abilities to get to the basket and defend. “She has matured as a young woman. When we have a four-guard rotation she is the starter, and when we have to go big she comes off the bench,” Stone said. “She has accepted her role, and that demonstrates how mature she is.” Gant chose to come to Wisconsin to play at a Big Ten school near her home in Oswego, Ill., so her Mom could come watch her play. “When I came here I got a lot of attention and the coaches here are really nice and excited and I just felt comfortable here,” she said. Gant recognizes her role and said it is her job to do the little things on both offense and defense, including getting to the basket and taking care of the ball. “It’s not all about scoring for me,” Gant said. “It’s about adding what I can to the team, and if that is scoring then that’s what I do, but if it’s getting assists or passing to my teammates and getting

stops, that’s what it’s about.” Stone said Gant’s intelligence and her low-key demeanor make her a strong player. She also said Gant has developed a lot in her two years at Wisconsin. “Her shooting really has started to come along,” Stone said. “She gets to the basket really well and gives us another really good defender.” Gant agreed that she has developed, especially her mental game. “[I’m] able to make the right decision and know the smart thing to do on the court—like when you need to settle down and get a good score and when you need to push the ball,” she said. Older players on the team also recognize Gant’s contributions to the team. Senior guard Janese Banks said Gant gives the team an athlete on the wing who is able to penetrate the lane. “It’s always good to have people with natural ability that can make plays,” Banks said. “That’s kind of what Teah does, she can make something out of nothing when she is on the court.” The team is losing three of its starters after this season, including Banks and Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin’s all-time scoring leader for both men and women. Gant realizes it’s going to be a big change next year, but said she is up to the challenge. Coach Stone agreed, saying Gant is in position to step up next year. “The position is right there for her. It has got her name written on it,” Stone gant page 3




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Spartans pose final home test for Badgers By Erica Barts COURTSIDE

The No. 10 Badgers have yet to play the No. 19 Michigan State Spartans this year, but the two teams engaged in three fierce battles a year ago. The Badgers won 52-50 at the Kohl Center and 70-57 in the Big Ten Tournament. MSU knocked off Wisconsin 6455 in East Lancing, Mich. The Badgers (13-2 Big Ten, 234 overall) enter Thursday’s game with only two conference losses, both coming against Purdue. The Spartans (10-4, 22-5) have losses to Iowa, Purdue, Penn State and Indiana. The Spartans have threats on both the inside and perimeter. Senior guard Drew Neitzel shows incredible range, averaging 13.8 points per game with a 40.3percent average beyond the arc. Sophomore swing man Raymar Morgan is averaging 15.2 points per game along with 6.3 rebounds. MSU’s inside game, led by junior center Goran Suton and senior center Drew Naymick, will present a big challenge to the Badgers. Naymick provides a good presence under the basket with his long wingspan, 6'10" body and ability to rebound. Suton is averaging just under nine points per contest. The Spartans are a deep

team with nine players earning substantial minutes throughout the game. The Badgers will need to focus on more than just Michigan State’s starting five because of its deep bench. “[We] can’t key into one guy with that team because they are very balanced and have a lot of experience,” assistant coach Greg Gard said. “It’s going to be Wisconsin vs. Michigan State. Try to take away their strengths and force them to their weaknesses. Stay to our identity. Try to play Wisconsin basketball.” The Badger offense has remained balanced throughout the season. Senior forward Brian Butch leads the Badgers with 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Lately, however, sophomore shooting guard Jason Bohannon has stepped up for head coach Bo Ryan. Bohannon is shooting a dangerous 40-percent 3-point shooting average and cannot be left alone on the perimeter. Both teams average around 70 points per game, and the Spartans allow 62.5 points per game compared to 56.6 for the Badgers. Ryan believes in working the ball around to look for the best shot. He said even though a player may have an open shot, he needs to work the defense to get the shot he wants. Mental toughness and discipline have helped the Badgers play aggressive basketball and have given them the ability to wear down any opponent they face. Playing at the Kohl Center gives the Badgers a distinct



In Big Ten conference games, junior forward Marcus Landry is leading the Badgers with an average of 12.2 points per game. advantage over opponents, but Wisconsin has also excelled on the road during conference play. Junior forward Marcus Landry said he preferred playing on the road because he uses the opponent’s crowd to fuel his energy and motivation. Since Wisconsin has not played Michigan State yet this season, one way the Badgers will prepare is to look at last year’s tape and design certain drills to build off their weaknesses. So late in the season, both teams have had the ability to see each other’s weaknesses and

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State

Offense Senior Brian Butch, sophomore Trevon Hughes and junior Marcus Landry are all averaging double figures and have helped lead a balanced scoring attack for Wisconsin. Along with these three, look for sophomore and senior guards Jason Bohannon and Michael Flowers to chip in from the perimeter. Bohannon and Flowers are shooting 40.8 percent and 40.7 percent respectively from behind the arc. Bohannon has been hot as of late, scoring in double figures each of the last five games while shooting a stifling 51.7 percent from 3-point range. Michigan State is averaging 72.8 points per game and is led by sophomore forward Raymar Morgan, who is averaging 15.2 points per game. Along with Morgan, the Spartans rely on senior guard Drew Neitzel, who is averaging 13.8 points per game and shooting 39.8 percent from behind the arc, and freshman guard Kalin Lucas, who was recently inserted into the starting lineup. Lucas has provided speed and quickness at the point guard position, something Michigan State had been lacking. Advantage: Even /

Defense Wisconsin is only allowing 55.3 points per game, leading the Big Ten in scoring defense and ranking third nationally. Wisconsin has held its last three opponents under 60 points and has only allowed opponents to score 60 or more points in five Big Ten games. Look for Flowers to hound pre-season All-American guard Neitzel all night and for junior guard Joe Krabbenhoft to match up against Michigan State’s Morgan. Defense has been Wisconsin’s strong point, so expect more of the same Thursday night. Michigan State is allowing 62.1 points per game, which is also in the top half of the Big Ten. The Spartans are a grind-it-out physical team much like Wisconsin. However, their defense has struggled in recent road games, where they have given up 70.2 points per game over their last five. Advantage: Wisconsin

Coaching Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan has yet again done an astounding job with a team picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten. Ryan has turned Wisconsin into a legit Big Ten title contender and has the Badgers ranked in the top 10 nationally after Wisconsin was unranked to start the season. Over his career Ryan is 9-3 versus Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, and do not be surprised to hear Ryan’s name in talks again for Big Ten Coach of the Year. Izzo has been at Michigan State since the 1995-’96 season. In 13 years he has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the country and has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including one National Championship, four regular season Big Ten Championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles, four Final Four appearances and four National Coach of the Year awards. Advantage: Even /

Overall Wisconsin is 6-1 in Big Ten home games. Michigan State is 2-4 in Big Ten road games and has not won at Wisconsin since the 2000-’01 season. Michigan State’s slim hopes for a regular season Big Ten title are slipping away, while if the Badgers can win out, they will be guaranteed at least a share of the title. Wisconsin has been dominant at home this season, and do not be surprised to see this continue against a Michigan State team that has struggled on the road in the Big Ten. For Wisconsin to win, it will need to control the paint and keep Michigan State off the offensive glass. The Badgers will also need to continue to play sound defense. On the other hand, Michigan State needs to get out to an early lead and shoot the ball well from the perimeter to take the Kohl Center crowd out of it. In the end Wisconsin wins it 67-63. Advantage: Wisconsin —Ryan Killian

strengths. However, the Badgers likely aren’t worried about not having faced the Spartans yet. The team will prepare for this team like it has for the last 26 teams it has faced. “I am just going to do things that I do daily on a regular routine. I don’t try to do anything differently because to me it is just another day,” Landry said. With only four games left before tournament play begins, Wisconsin will be well prepared for its game against Michigan State.

flowers from page 1 said. “His shot has really improved, his ball handling has improved, his decision making, everything about his offensive game has improved.” Flowers struggled offensively through most of the nonconference schedule, scoring in double figures just three times in 12 games. However, since Big Ten play, Flowers has scored in double figures in nine of 15 games, including a 23-point effort at Penn State Jan. 15. In addition, Flowers has excelled in his outside shooting, going 9-for16 in his previous four games. Gard believes Flowers’ steady play on offense has set a great example for younger guards like sophomore Trevon Hughes. “I think Mike has helped Trevon understand that each possession is valuable on both ends—whether it’s offense or defense,” Gard said. “Shot selection is key, and being able to bring it every single day of practice is another thing—just his work habits, developing great work habits. “Not so much what Mike has said, but what Mike has done every single day rubs off on everybody else.” Flowers’ game has taken tremendous strides in his senior season, and as the Badgers enter crunch time, they will continue to depend on his consistent play and leadership. “He’s been a huge cog of our success this season,” Gard said. “For him, I think it’s just a matter of continuing to develop, and continuing to grow—not only physically and what he can do within his game, but mentally as well.”


Thursday, February 28, 2008



Conference title up for grabs CRYSTAL CROWNS the crystal ball


have never played for a team that won a conference title. That is one dream many ball players have, but few are able to actually accomplish. The last time the Wisconsin men’s basketball team won a Big Ten Championship was in the 2002-’03 season. Since then, Wisconsin has been a runner-up in three of the four seasons. The Badgers are just a few games away from finishing at the top of the Big Ten this season, but all four of the remaining games will be challenging.

No matter what a team’s situation is right now ... anything can happen when the stakes are high.

Indiana is among the top contenders, but is struggling with the absence of head coach Kelvin Sampson. The NCAA charged Sampson with five major rule violations and he was released from Indiana’s coaching staff late last week. The Hoosiers not only have to worry about winning under the direction of a new coach, but they also have to try to regain

that prestigious reputation they once possessed. Seriously, I am sick of hearing about coaches who give in to their urge to cheat. After all, aren’t coaches supposed to be role models for the athletes? Following the rule book should come first. The Hoosiers can expect to have a rough time winning their next four games with the fourth, fifth and sixth-ranked teams in the Big Ten lined up. The “easiest” game for them will be against Penn State, their final game of the conference season. Purdue is also sitting atop of the conference standings, but after a devastating loss to Indiana last week, the Boilermakers need to pull themselves back together for their last few games of conference play. Purdue was the only team to defeat the Badgers during conference play this season, and they did it twice. The Boilermakers have an “easier” schedule than Indiana remaining, including a game against Northwestern, a team that has yet to pick up a win in conference play this season. Bo Ryan’s Badgers will be facing both Northwestern and Penn State in the games that are left, along with Michigan State. The Spartans lost three of their last six games, so they are hungry for a strong finish to the season. Luckily for Wisconsin, Michigan State has to force an upset on the Badgers’ home court. The Badgers have only two losses at home this season, and only one of them was a

conference game. Michigan State and Ohio State may not be in the top three right now, but they both have had strong seasons. Ohio State had a strong performance against Wisconsin Sunday but fell short, so it will be looking to pull down either Purdue or Michigan State down the home stretch. There are still five teams that have a shot at the Big Ten conference title, but which team will be the one to win the crown?

Winning a conference title is one dream many players have, but few are able to actually accomplish. KYLE BURSAW/THE DAILY CARDINAL

Crazy things can happen near the end of a season. Star players can get hurt. Players may forget what it means to work as a team. Teams that struggled in the beginning of the season may be overlooked, allowing them to upset a top contender. The truth is, jobs are on the line for coaches, playing time is on the line for players and tournament spots are on the line for teams. No matter what a team’s situation is right now, this is college basketball and anything can happen, especially when the stakes are high. If you won a conference title during your athletic career and want to tell Crystal how exciting it was, send her an e-mail at

As Wisconsin’s seniors get ready to say goodbye, sophomore Teah Gant is preparing for a long, successful career.

gant from page 1 said. “She is going to have to do some work like everybody else, nothing is ever guaranteed, but she is gaining some very valuable experience right now.” The Badgers are currently on a hot streak, having won their last four games, all in Big Ten conference play. After taking on Michigan Thursday, the Badgers will battle Iowa Sunday on Senior Day. In the game at Iowa Jan. 13, the Badgers lost 78-74 in overtime. Gant was second on the team with eight points in the teams’ last meeting and described the

rematch as exciting for the team. “We need this win and we are going to come out with a lot of energy,” she said. “And of course there is going to be a lot of spotlight on our seniors because it will be their last home game.” Looking toward next year, Gant thinks the team will continue to be good. “[My goals are] to keep improving and playing solid and just doing little things, being a team player and contributing everything I need to do to make a good season,” she said. The Badgers’ game against Iowa is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the Kohl Center Sunday.




Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wisconsin Badgers

Michigan State Spartans

team roster

team roster

No. 00 1 2 3 5 10 11 13 14 15 20 22 34 40 41

Name Odong Ibok Kalin Lucas Raymar Morgan Chris Allen Travis Walton Jon Crandell Drew Neitzel Austin Thornton Goran Suton Durrell Summers Mike Kebler Isaiah Dahlman Drew Naymick Tom Herzog Marquise Gray

Pos. C G F G G F G F C G G G C C F

Ht. 6-11 6-0 6-7 6-3 6-2 6-8 6-0 6-5 6-10 6-5 6-3 6-6 6-10 7-0 6-8

Wt. 255 165 220 190 195 210 180 195 245 195 195 185 245 230 235

AP National Rankings 1. Tennessee 2. Memphis 3. North Carolina 4. UCLA 5. Texas 6. Kansas 7. Duke 8. Stanford 9. Xavier 10. Wisconsin 11. Georgetown 12. Indiana 13. Louisville

14. Butler 15. Connecticut 16. Purdue 17. Notre Dame 18. Vanderbilt 19. Michigan State 20. Drake 21. Marquette 22. Washington State 23. Kent State 24. Gonzaga 25. Saint Mary’s

Yr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Jr.

Hometown Lagos, Nigeria Sterling Heights, Mich. Canton, Ohio Lawrenceville, Ga. Lima, Ohio Rochester, Mich. Grand Rapids, Mich. Sand Lake, Mich. Lansing, Mich. Detroit, Mich. Okemos, Mich. Braham, Minn. Muskegon, Mich. Flint, Mich. Flint, Mich.

No. 1 2 3 12 14 15 21 22 24 30 32 34 43 44 45 52

Name Marcus Landry Wquinton Smith Trevon Hughes Jason Bohannon Tanner Bronson Brett Valentyn Morris Cain Michael Flowers Tim Jarmusz Jon Leuer Brian Butch Greg Stiemsma Kevin Gullikson J.P. Gavinski Joe Krabbenhoft Keaton Nankivil

Pos. F G G G G G G/F G F/G F F/C C F C G/F F

Ht. 6-7 5-11 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-4 6-5 6-2 6-6 6-10 6-11 6-11 6-7 6-11 6-7 6-9

Wt. 222 200 193 203 170 193 210 183 200 208 235 260 240 255 220 245

Yr./Elg. Jr./Jr. Fr./Fr. So./So. So./So. #Sr./Sr. So./Fr. Jr./Jr. Sr./Sr. Fr./Fr. Fr./Fr. #Sr./Sr. Sr./Sr. Jr./Jr. So./Fr. Jr./Jr. Fr./Fr.

Hometown Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee, Wis. Queens, N.Y. Marion, Iowa Glendale, Wis. Verona, Wis. Milwaukee, Wis. Madison, Wis. Oshkosh, Wis. Long Lake, Minn. Appleton, Wis. Randolph, Wis. Stillwater, Minn. Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Sioux Falls, S.D. Madison, Wis.


Big Ten Stat Leaders Scoring Gordon, IND Claxton, PS White, IND Coble, NW Harris, MICH

21.4 17.5 17.1 16.4 16.2

Assists Butler, OSU Walton, MS Thompson, NW Neitzel, MS Lucas, MS

6.3 4.5 4.4 4.3 3.8

Rebounding White, IND Claxton, PSU Suton, MSU Ellis, IND Pruitt, ILL

10.4 8.4 7.8 7.2 7.1

Steals Nolen, MINN Kramer, PUR Hughes, WIS Moore, NW Johnson, MINN

2.1 2.1 2.1 2.0 1.8

Date Jan. 26 Jan. 31 Feb. 3 Feb. 6 Feb. 9 Feb. 13 Feb. 16 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 28 March 5 March 8

Opponent @ Purdue Indiana @ Minnesota @ Iowa Purdue @ Indiana Minnesota @ Illinois @ Ohio State Michigan State Penn State @ Northwestern

Result L, 56-60 W, 62-49 W, 63-47 W, 60-54 L, 72-67 W, 68-66 W, 65-56 W, 71-57 W, 58-53 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 3 p.m.


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