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Cycling icon and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong rallied more than 1,000 smoking ban supporters at the “Citizens for Smoke Free Air Rally” at the Monona Terrace

Smoking ban moves to full Assembly A statewide smoking ban moved a step closer to a vote in the full Assembly Tuesday, although it faces an uphill battle with Assembly leadership. The Assembly Public Health Committee approved Assembly Bill 834, which would ban smoking inside public spaces in the state, in a 6-3 vote. Doug Parrott, clerk for the committee, said state Committee Chair Rep. J.A. Hines, R-Oxford, supported the legislation. Parrott said state Rep. Steve Wieckert, R-Appleton, is attempting to persuade Assembly leaders to bring the bill up for a vote in the full Assembly. Assembly Republican leaders have previously stated they oppose the bill and it would adversely affect state taverns. The regular session of the Legislature also ends next week.

Tuesday. Armstrong joined Gov. Jim Doyle in urging the Wisconsin legislature to pass the Breathe Free Wisconsin Act, which prohibits smoking in all public workplaces, including bars and restaurants. “The scientific evidence behind secondhand smoke is clear: it does kill, it does endanger other people’s lives, and so therefore it’s not an issue of basic rights, it’s an issue of morals and ethics and standards,” Armstrong said. After ending his cycling career, the seven-time Tour de France champion became an advocate in the fight against cancer. He has traveled the country promoting smoking bans, which 23 states have passed. Gov. Doyle said Wisconsin residents should not have their health endangered when they go to work or eat out. Although the bill has stalled in both the House and Senate, Doyle said he is confident the smoking ban’s strong bipartisan and public support will help it pass. “Cancer doesn’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, black or white,” Armstrong said. Opponents of the legislation argue that a smoking ban would hurt small businesses like bars and restaurants and infringe on the rights of citizens. The bill has met stiff resistance from the Tavern League of Wisconsin. Jerri Allen, CEO of the American Cancer Society’s Midwest Division, said the ban is not about rights or economics but about saving lives. “8,000 lives will be lost this year if we fail to pass this law,” Allen said. “We cannot sit back and allow Wisconsin to become the ashtray of the Midwest.”




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Farewell, Favre


Tuesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced his retirement after 16 seasons. “It has been a privilege for all of us in Wisconsin to have been able to watch one of the great quarterbacks, one of the greatest all-time athletes, year after year, take the field and lead the Pack,” Gov. Jim Doyle said in a statement. “His talent, energy and enthusiasm for the game will be missed.”

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Analysis U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., revived her campaign Tuesday with big wins in Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas. Clinton, who had lost the last 11 state primaries, moved closer to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in total number of delegates, beating him 55 to 43 percent in Ohio.

She narrowly won Texas, 51 to 47 percent. Obama won Vermont, where voters said the Iraq War was as important an issue as the economy. Pennsylvania is the next large state primary on April 22. —Results according to CNN projections as of press time

McCain secures nomination U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., easily won the Republican nomination for president Tuesday, winning primaries in four states. With wins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio, McCain surpassed the 1,191 delegates needed to win. However, according to early exit polls, McCain still lacks appeal among some Republican voters. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee received more support than McCain among evangelical Christians in Texas, although McCain won the state overall. Huckabee withdrew from the race late Tuesday evening.

Union to host forums for employee complaints By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL


Lance Armstrong attended the Citizens for Smoke Free Air Rally at Monona Terrace Tuesday to support a statewide smoking ban.

Wisconsin Union administration sent an e-mail to its student staff Tuesday, announcing plans to host listening sessions for employees in response to a letter written last week that voiced complaints about Union management. In a letter sent Feb. 27 to the Offices of the Dean of Students,

students complained about working conditions at Memorial Union and said some managers’ behavior was ruining the organization’s “student voice.” Tuesday’s e-mail, sent by Wisconsin Union Director Mark Guthier, said the forums would allow students to voice any concerns directly to supervisors in “an environment where there is no fear of retaliation.”

“These forums are a way to discuss ideas freely and openly,” Guthier said. “It’s what should have happened immediately after the letter was released,” Jesse Allhands, a UW-Madison senior and Union employee, said. Allhands said he was skeptical about the forums because of previunion page 3

“…the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found.”

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have a date tonight. Kinda. Sorta. OK, not really. But I am going to the last Badger men’s basketball regular season home game. This means I get to watch the muscles of my favorite men twist and contour into beautiful shapes as they stretch their godlike bodies in everso-manly ways. I will almost taste the beads of sweat drip down their angelic faces as they aim to please the crowd. I restrain myself from going to the concession stand and stuffing my face with nachos, just in case one of them decides to look in my direction and undress me with his eyes. When I go to sporting events, my heart beats rapidly. I get nervous, my pits sweat and I wonder if I left the stove on. I forget every word to “On Wisconsin.” These boys just do it for






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a while, I thought all I could do was listen to trashy radio stations or write the odd CD review, but lately I’ve been thinking I have one more shot at being a musician—at least vicariously—by making one fall in love with me. I figured that maybe in the future I would have a child who would be a musical genius and whose talents could fill stadiums—or at least her controlling mother—with pride. Since I made this decision, I have started stalking artsy or folksy musicians after they played small shows. I’d follow them into record stores, coffeehouses and the places they’d meet their drug dealers for inspiration. But with just a little bit of experience, I realized they had no college degrees, were probably poor and had pseudosensitive personalities. So I decided to become a follower of a more polished, refined and upbeat kind of musician. I’m now currently stalking the entire band. I’m at your practices. I’m on your bus rides. I’m on to you. If you’d like to make beautiful music with Ashley, e-mail

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me every time. And no, I’m not talking about the basketball players. I am referring to the real men in the stadium— the members of the UW band. But before I upset any of the female band players, I’d like you to know that yes, I am in love with you too, and have contemplated following some of you into bathroom stalls when I’ve spied you actually waiting in line with us mortals at Camp Randall. I love music, I love dancing and I love to sing—the problem is I can’t. I’ve always wished I had musical skill, mostly so I’d have a unique talent that I could brag about and bust out at parties or during inopportune moments and places—like the library, yoga classes and overseas airplane rides. Unfortunately, the music gods must have foreseen my selfish intentions and, being omnipresent, have permanently blocked me from achieving any sort of musical success. When I entered college, I decided this was my last shot to be a part of the music-making process. So I decided I was going to go big, practice my badass marching skills and be the next drum

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City Council approves new event recycling ordinance By Callie Rathburn THE DAILY CARDINAL


ASM Chair Gestina Sewell, Associate Dean Kevin Helmkamp and Assistant Dean Ervin Cox fielded students’ questions about proposed changes to conduct policies at a listening session Tuesday.

Students share concerns about state conduct rules at forum By Diana Savage THE DAILY CARDINAL

Students voiced their concerns Tuesday with proposed changes to state laws addressing student conduct at a forum hosted by the Offices of the Dean of Students. One of the policies in question, UWS 17 in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, allows the university to discipline a student in nonacademic matters for engaging in behavior such as “dangerous conduct, sexual misconduct, stalking and violation of the law.” “Everyone wants you to get tougher right up until they understand the nuances of the decision.” Ervin Cox assistant dean of students UW-Madison

Suchita Shah, a UW-Madison senior, said she thought some of the misconducts such as “violation of

the law” should not allow the university to discipline a student. “I don’t want students to think that with these changes we will be looking at every single little thing they do, like jay-walking,” Assistant Dean of Students Ervin Cox said. According to the proposed changes to UWS 17, the provisions will only apply to student conduct that occurs off-campus when the conduct “adversely affects a substantial university interest.” Associate Dean of Students Kevin Helmkamp said a student violates substantial university interest if “[that] student’s misconduct or criminal activity off campus reflects poorly on academic integrity.” Helmkamp said too many offenses jeopardize the reputation and integrity of various UWMadison schools, and students should care about how the actions of their classmates are dealt with by the universities. However, both Helmkamp and Cox stressed strict rules could deter from students’ educational experiences.

Cox said the term “substantial university interest” should be flexible so students could argue in their hearing that a charge is not in the university’s interests. If the university went after every individual drinking case, a student could make a case that it is not really substantial, Cox said. “Now, if they get drunk and beat up a citizen of Madison, it’s a whole different kind of matter,” he said. Helmkamp said some parents complain the rules are too vague. “Everyone wants you to get tougher right up until they understand the nuances of the decision,” he said, adding parents tend to change their mind once their child is affected. Helmkamp said the UW System committee reviewing the conduct policies would hear Tuesday’s feedback. The alterations to policies will continue over the summer and into next fall. “The earliest implementation of changes in [UWS] 17 and 18 will likely be 2009,” Helmkamp said.

City dining website to give profits to UW philanthropy event By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL, an online dining guide, is set to team up with Delta Gamma for their annual philanthropy event, “Anchor Splash!” The site is a full service guide to many restaurants in the city, not just an online ordering site said Mike Finucane, director of MadTown Menus. “I want to dispel this notion as we get our name out there. We are a complete dining guide. You can view any restaurant in Madison, see their phone numbers, addresses and compare prices,” he said. However, their goal this year is to become more involved in philanthropy. March 3-7 is “Eat Cheap Week” on the site. All profits garnered from MadTown Menus

will be donated to Delta Gamma’s “Anchor Splash!” Emily Wood, a member of Delta Gamma and a marketing director of MadTown Menus, was eager to get the Greek system involved with the up-and-coming business.

“All the sororities and fraternities support each other’s philanthropies.” Emily Wood member Delta Gamma

“We really wanted to … find a way that would get people excited about it so we came up with this ‘Eat Cheap Week’ … which would definitely get the Greek system

involved; all the sororities and fraternities support each other’s philanthropies,” Wood said. “Anchor Splash!” will be held on March 30 at the SERF, where teams compete in a day-long series of water sports. All proceeds will be donated to the National Federation of the Blind. In addition to donating all of their profits this week to Delta Gamma, MadTown Menus is working with each restaurant to convince their customers to donate an additional dollar to each order for an extended period of time. MadTown Menus has done a similar event with the Delta Gamma chapter at the University of Florida. “This is just a great, cool, in-touch way to get involved with the college community,” Finucane said.

The Madison City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring recycling plans for city events with street-use permits. The proposal follows a push from the city’s Solid Waste Committee for stricter recycling regulations for some of Madison’s biggest events. Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said some city events have recycling plans in place, but many have none. “Those are the events where a lot of that stuff was probably finding its way into the trash,” Dreckmann said. The regulation would make recycling plans a permanent requirement for any event selling items in recyclable containers, according to Ald. Tim Gruber, District 11, one of the co-sponsors of the ordinance. Additionally, event coordinators must have an adequate amount of recycling bins and contact Dreckmann with a recycling plan before the event to receive a permit. The city has received many concerned calls from the public regard-

ing excessive trash after events, according to Dreckmann. The new ordinance is not expected to be an issue with event coordinators. “It may be a little extra work in a way, but it’s gone pretty smoothly,” Gruber said. “[Event coordinators] have to get rid of the trash anyway, it’s just a matter making sure you can separate the recyclables.” Events on Capitol Square, such as the Taste of Madison and the Art Fair on the Square, are among those the ordinance hopes to improve. Dreckmann also predicts the ordinance will help enforce recycling measures at smaller events throughout the city. “Were hoping the publicity from this will help us to get to some smaller events, church festivals and neighborhood block parties,” Dreckmann said. Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 12, who co-sponsored the ordinance, expressed her thanks to the city for its recent environmentally conscious efforts at the meeting. “I hope this is one step along the way to increase recycling,” Rhodes-Conway said.

Great Lakes bill hits legislative gridlock By Hannah McClung THE DAILY CARDINAL

A bill meant to protect the Great Lakes remained stalled in committee hearings Tuesday, largely along party lines. The state Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee met to discuss the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact bill, an agreement between states bordering the lakes. The bill addresses the withdrawal and use of water from the basins of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Committee Chair and Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona, said the bill has been in progress for over five years. The 150-page first draft of the bill was brought to the committee with over 30 new amendments Tuesday, which drew disapproval from Republican committee members. State Sens. Neal Kedzie, RElkhorn, and Dale Schultz, RRichland Center, requested the vote on the bill be postponed, in a statement sent to the com-

union from page 1 ous experiences with Union administration in similar meetings. “I think these forums are just a first step,” he said. “I think other things need to be done.” Cullen Haselby, a UWMadison sophomore and Union employee, said the forums’ worth depends on how the Union administration chooses to address the problems. “I can tell you, working at the Union, the way information gets disseminated—it’s pretty horrible,” he said, adding most information is spread through rumors. “If [supervisors are] coming to it trying to actually listen to what’s going on, some good could come of it.” According to Marc Kennedy, Wisconsin Union communica-

mittee. According to Kedzie and Schultz, the committee and the general public need to have time to scrutinize all of the nuances of the “significant piece of environmental legislation.” Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee said they supported the legislation, although they disagreed on how to amend the bill. According to Kedzie, the process is not complete. A vote Tuesday would have limited public input on the bill. In response to Kedzie and Schultz’s request, the vote on the bill was moved to Wednesday morning. “We need to manage resources and protect our citizens,” said state Sen. Robert Jauch, DPoplar, who favored voting on the bill Tuesday. Gov. Jim Doyle supports the bill, though Republicans in control of the Assembly have previously stated they want to amend it before it would pass. tions director, Union leadership made the decision to hold the forums. “It’s an important step that the student voice is being heard and that we’re trying to make sure that students feel comfortable working at the Union,” Kennedy said. Guthier said student employees who attend will be paid for their time. “I think [the forums will] go great strides in showing students that once again we’re there to work with them, we’re there to hear their desires, their wishes, their complaints, their feedback,” Wisconsin Union President John Barnhardt said. The dates and times of the forums are yet to be determined. —Jillian Levy contributed to this report

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s tuition at UW-Madison has steadily increased over the past decade, access to higher education has declined for qualified lowerand middle-income students. This week, the UW-Madison Faculty Senate made a smart move by addressing the accessibility issue in passing a resolution to create a need-based scholarship fund supported by faculty contributions and matching funds from the UW Foundation. While the exact logistics and size of the scholarship fund remain unclear, there is no doubt that this effort represents a step in the right direction. For some time, tuition has been rising at rates far surpassing inflation in Wisconsin and across the nation. It is hard to believe that instate tuition at UW-Madison has increased by more than 50 percent in the past five years. One may find it harder to believe that in-state tuition has more than doubled in the past decade.

For some time, tuition has been rising at rates far surpassing inflation in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Without commensurate increases in financial aid and scholarships, students in lowerand middle- income brackets simply cannot afford the world class education this school can offer. We commend the faculty for addressing this important topic.

This approved resolution speaks volumes about the commitment and dedication of our faculty to increasing accessibility to all students.

With this vote, the faculty shelled money out of their own pockets to make UW-Madison a more inclusive institution. MATTHEW RILEY/THE DAILY CARDINAL

There is a clear difference between expressing concerns about an entrenched problem and actually acting on those concerns. With this vote, the UWMadison faculty shelled money out of their own pockets to make UW-Madison a more inclusive institution. The vote also functions as a signal to other interested parties that UW-Madison takes the accessibility problem seriously. For instance, the UW Foundation has already pledged to meet faculty contributions dollar-for-dollar. Academic staff, UW-Madison alumni and faculty at other UW System schools may be encouraged to take similar measures. The creation of this scholarship fund will not eliminate the access problem for lowerincome students. Nevertheless, this multi-million dollar fund will support dozens of students in need of financial assistance. We commend this resolution as important and incremental step in the right direction toward making a University of Wisconsin education available to all students regardless of income.

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U.S. prison populations, costs unnecessarily high MATT JIVIDEN opinion columnist


s this country getting emptier, or is it just me? A study released last week might help explain this trend. The land of the free has a long history of being No. 1—especially when it comes to incarcerating its citizens. For quite a few years we have ranked first in this arena, but now we are taking this record to even greater heights. According to state-by-state data collected by the Pew Center during 2007, more than two million Americans were serving time in correctional institutions at the beginning of 2008. That number makes us first in the world—in both total number and per capita. China, for example, a nation of more than a billion people, has only 1.5 million incarcerated prisoners. The United States currently accounts for 25 percent of the world’s total prison population, and, as of this year, one in every 100 Americans is serving time in jail. In the last 20 years, the amount of federal funds necessary to house our nation’s prison population has swollen from under $11 billion to over $49 billion. That is quite an increase—a six times greater increase than funding for higher education. And while our bridges and other infrastructure may be falling apart, the prison-industrial complex is riding high. More importantly, are we getting what we pay for? The homicide rate has remained stable over the last few decades, but is still nearly four times higher than that of Western European nations. In the last two decades, the number of U.S. prisoners has tripled, yet there has been only a slight drop in national crime rates. The growing number of prisoners is not caused by increased crime in the United States, but rather due to increased sentences and harsher punishments. While being “tough on crime” has made good fodder

for political speeches, in reality the lock-them-up-and-throw-away-thekey approach is not justifiable under the law, cost effective or even effective at reducing crime. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting we throw the prison doors open and let violent criminals stream out into your neighborhoods. There are always going to be some individuals who must be incarcerated—murders, rapists, etc. Even so, there are over a million non-violent criminals for whom an alternative to incarceration is a viable option. This number includes countless scores of non-violent inmates serving time for drug possession. First of all, we should stop sending people to prison for marijuana offenses. In the last 15 years, we have moved from a president who admitted to smoking marijuana, but never inhaling, to a viable candidate who admits to having “inhaled frequently,” adding, “that was the point.” Perhaps it is time for our laws to reflect the general consensus in this country that while marijuana may be harmful, it is at least no more so than tobacco or alcohol. Relaxed punishments of marijuana and other “soft drugs” in the Netherlands has resulted in lower rates of both drug abuse and imprisonment. Regardless of how you feel about drug policy in the United States, perhaps we could all agree these individuals would benefit more from being treated as addicts rather than as criminals. Currently, among those serving time for drug related offenses, there is a 60 percent recidivism rate. Treatment outside of prison could be a far more effective and less costly alternative to incarceration. Right now, we spend around $20,000 a year per inmate. This funding ensures inmates are not only fed, but also have access to free health care, vocational training, higher education and therapy. That’s right, only the 2.3 million incarcerated Americans have access to universal health care. Perhaps it is even more ironic these same individuals are the only ones with access to free vocational

training and the possibility for free higher education. These measures are in place because it is widely believed that mentally and physically healthy individuals—with applicable job training, education and vocational skills—are far less likely to be repeat offenders when released back into society. Statistics show that these measures are generally successful, and I wholeheartedly agree with the programs. However, this begs the greater question: Why don’t we extend the same privileges to our citizens who aren’t incarcerated? It seems that giving citizens on the outside access to these privileges might be a better solution than the current stop-gap system which waits for them to commit a crime before making these opportunities available. Instead of spending $49 billion a year to keep people in prison, perhaps that money could go to education and health care for people who abide by the law. Regardless, at this rate, with 47 million Americans lacking adequate health care and facing the general lack of access to higher education, it seems more than likely that before too long, the nonincarcerated American population may have neither the health nor the necessary funds to continue supporting the prison system in its current manifestation. Perhaps there is a silver lining to this situation. Wisconsin is one of only 14 states that actually decreased its prison population in 2007. Even though prison population dropped by almost 4 percent, the state nonetheless still spends nearly 7 percent of its general fund dollars on the prison system. In the following years we should expect to see many states beginning to follow suit by redirecting non-violent prisoners into rehabilitation and community service programs. In light of thinning budgets, many states are finally noticing that the anachronistic system of being tough on crime is, in reality, ineffective and much tougher on tax payers. Matt Jividen is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to

arts Will Ferrell’s latest comedy ‘semi’-funny

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Rather than waste space describing the tragedy that is Will Ferrell’s newest sports comedy “Semi-Pro,” this review will be a plea to its star on behalf of the movie-going public. Just because every film you make has been box office gold doesn’t mean we will love you forever, and if this film is an indicator of where you are taking your career, you’ve already passed along the crown. “Semi-Pro” follows the Flint Tropics, a 1970s-era ABA basketball team whose owner, disco superstar turned power forward Jackie Moon (Ferrell) discovers that four teams from the league will join the NBA at the end of the season. Seizing a chance for the big time, Moon and new point guard Ed Monix (Woody Harrelson) spring to drag his team from the dregs of the league in a race to fourth place. While Monix tries to brush up the team’s fundamentals, Jackie Moon takes it upon himself to raise the team’s fan base, giving him ample opportunity for shenanigans including jumping over cheerleaders on roller-skates and wrestling a bear. Mr. Ferrell, if you’re not going to read the script past the synopsis, don’t bother making us watch it. Like “Talladega Nights,” most of the genius of this concept is burned up in the trailer, and the leftovers seem like the deleted scenes from the unrated edition of other Ferrell projects melted together to make the longest 90-minute comedy you’ll ever endure.

Like “Talladega Nights,” most of the genius of this concept is burned up in the trailer.

The segments without Ferrell are oddly serious and seem out of place—Monix’s “troubled past” doesn’t get much deeper than


Despite a cast of comedic heavy-hitters, “Semi-Pro’s” script leaves a lot to be desired in its portrayal of the Flint Michigan Tropics. being an alcoholic NBA drop-out and all the other characters are cardboard cut-outs with afros and 1970s garb. By now, Ferrell can pull in an all-star cast, including fellow “Anchorman” alum David Koechner, Woody Harrelson, Will Arnett, Andy Dick, Rob Corddry and André “3000” Benjamin. We know, Mr. Ferrell, from your previous work in “Anchorman” and “Stranger Than Fiction” that you play well with others—why choose a script that offers nothing to anyone else in the cast? Beyond the Jackie Moon antics, the rest of the script lacks the necessary polish to make the concept here work. The pair of commentators for the Flint Tropics, Dick Pepperfield (Andrew Daly) and Lou Redwood (Arnett) seem like

they’re working off an incomplete initial draft of the R-rated script for “Dodgeball.” The “team” consists of Benjamin’s character and the three other guys they paid to stand around him in the “team” scenes. Even Koechner seems completely out of place as the commissioner—an uptight, business-focused straight-man to Ferrell’s fool. Do you redeem yourself here at all, Mr. Ferrell? Jackie Moon’s hit song “Love Me Sexy” is a riot, especially when you see its album cover. The physical comedy here is topnotch, and as always, random bouts of yelling and swearing extemporaneously can save a floundering scene. But you’ve been doing that for three straight mediocre comedies—how big a mortgage do you have to pay?


Ferrell brings little to the mediocre plot but delivers his usual physical comedy.

A Bond for every occasion: Brad describes his phases of 007 BRAD BORON the boron identity


s a kid, I can’t think of a bigger influence on my media life than of James Bond. It’s no mystery to me why I became

infatuated with the ideals of 007 in my teenage years; at a time I looked for every bit of media to consume, Bond was in books, movies and played ad nausea on my Nintendo 64. I don’t remember much from chemistry or physics classes but, given the chance, I could still find my way through the facility level on “GoldenEye” without getting shot once. One would think that as


In “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “GoldenEye” Pierce Brosnan’s Bond is important but Daniel Craig’s is the best.

I got older, that fascination would decrease. Think again. Bond has been an icon for more than 50 years now, but there’s a bigger event on the horizon. A great anniversary is on its way and no amount of submarine cars, exploding pens or secret micro-film is enough to celebrate it: The world is not enough. Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, would have turned 100 this year. While the world has changed (why President Bush seems apathetic toward megalomaniacal supervillains bent on world domination still bothers me... Did bin Laden ever create a space base with the ability to destroy humanity?), Bond has remained consistently popular. The first Bond movie I got to see in theaters was “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and that’s an amazing rush for an 11-year-old boy. From the first minute of any Bond movie, there are explosions and action. There are attractive women with ridiculous names around every corner. There are fast cars, and did I mention the explosions? I distinctly remember

sitting through the final hour of the movie really having to go to the bathroom, and waiting for downtime in the movie to sneak out. Alas, it never happened—damn you, movie theater Coke!

It’s no mystery to me why I became infatuated with the ideals of 007 in my teenage years.

When I was growing up, Bond seemed to grow into every other phase I went through; when I was into “Star Wars,” I watched Roger Moore get launched into space in “Moonraker.” When I was taught about the Soviets’ occupation of Afghanistan, Bond was fighting along with the Mujahadin in “The Living Daylights.” And when I was ready for Bond to come into the real world, “Casino Royale” was released. At one time or another, I have had

no less than six “favorite Bond films of all-time.” I’ve repeatedly tried to get my friends and family to appreciate Timothy Dalton’s Bond, claiming he was closest to Ian Fleming’s original character, although now Daniel Craig has taken that crown. However, I’ve always conceded that Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and now Craig made the best Bonds, in that order. I’ve seen movies from all eras and countries, being 007 is still the ultimate male fantasy (yes, I do occasionally fantasize about stinger missiles behind my car’s headlights). That’s probably why I’ve never escaped my Bond addiction, and why a Cold War-era spy is still relevant twenty years after the Cold War. So give a Bond addict you know a hug today, and tell them that you understand their condition. If nothing else, write your congressman—from what I hear, Fort Knox is amazingly susceptible to a nuclear attack. If you would like to bring cookies to the Bond Addicts Anonymous meeting this week, e-mail Brad at

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57 Woodpecker’s creation 58 Canyon cousin 59 Beauty bar botanical 60 Workers in a colony 61 “The Nevadan,’’ e.g. 62 Loses verticality 63 “Batman’’ star Adam 64 Hardly permissive 65 Word that used to precede “Germany’’ DOWN

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29 “All Alone ___” (Brenda Lee hit) 31 It can find furniture in the dark 32 Comedian’s asset 33 Heist haul 34 “Employees ___’’ (store sign) 35 Computer buyer 37 Suitable in every way 38 “The one’’ played by Keanu 39 Annoy 43 If everything goes right 44 Part of MOMA 45 “The Thousand and One Nights’’ hero 46 “As if!’’ 47 Be penitent 48 Popeye’s buddies 49 ___-cochere (covered carriage entrance) 50 Emotional heat 52 Causes of personality clashes 53 Assembly of minks? 54 Figure skater Kulik 55 “Clumsy me!’’ 56 Avian haunt

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UW women’s tennis downs Missouri 5-2 By Chris Lindeke THE DAILY CARDINAL

The UW women’s tennis team looked sharp Sunday afternoon despite a two-week layoff, taking down Missouri 5-2 in a nonconference matchup at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers (0-1 Big Ten, 4-6 overall) were led by junior Elizabeth Carpenter, freshman Jessica Seyferth and senior Chelsea Nusslock. All three played a part in each of the five points UW scored in the match. At No. 2 doubles, Nusslock, along with fellow senior Morgan Tuttle, defeated Kaitlyn Ritchie and Sofia Ayala 8-4 in the first completed doubles match. According to Nusslock, the Badger duo’s execution of the lob, a defensive shot hit over the opponent’s heads when they approach the net, was critical in the win. Carpenter and Seyferth clinched the doubles point for the Badgers at No. 1 by upending the Tiger combination of Mallory Weber and Chrissy Svetlic 8-6. The Badgers rallied down 5-3 to win five of the last six games and take the match. The match marked the third time in the past four contests the Badgers began the match by taking the doubles point. “It was huge to get the doubles point again,” UW coach Brian Fleishman said. “I knew this team would be better in singles, so I prepared the team in our huddle between singles and doubles that it was going to be a battle.” At No. 1 singles, Carpenter cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Missouri’s Weber. The Sierra Madre, Calif., native frustrated Weber with consistency and great defense using primarily a backhand slice, forcing Weber into multiple unforced errors. Weber was one of the hardest hitters Carpenter had seen yet. “I really just had to make sure I got the point started, and she was making errors,” Carpenter said. “So it was kind of just me being patient, being in the point, that really won the match.” Nusslock also used poise and steadiness to win her match, a 64, 6-2 decision over Ritchie at the No. 6 spot. Finishing just before Nusslock at the No. 4 position, Seyferth won in straight sets, 63, 6-2, over Kaitlin Dunham of Missouri (8-4 overall). The Badgers will face one of their toughest opponents on the

penn state from page 8 Stiemsma—will suit up for their final game at the Kohl Center. Ryan is impressed with what this group has been able to accomplish together and feels they all have the potential to achieve a lot more. “If they can just keep the ideals that made them who they are right now, continue to do what they’re doing, they’ll leave here with a very positive feeling about what they’ve been a part of,” Ryan said. “I think they’ve been a part of something pretty special, and it’s early yet.” Wednesday night’s tipoff in Madison is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Wisconsin’s seniors will be honored in a 20-minute pregame ceremony and a video presentation immediately after the game.

schedule this season, as they head to Evanston, Ill., this Friday to take on No. 1 Northwestern. The Wildcats (2-0 Big Ten, 11-1 overall) have won five straight, with their only dual loss coming to No. 2 Georgia Tech in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor finals in Madison in early February. “Having a win going into that, at least we know we can do it. We get an opportunity to play the best team in the nation, not a lot of people get to do that. We’re excited just to compete.” Men’s squad The No. 62 men’s tennis team will prepare to host No. 71 Northwestern this Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Badgers (0-0 Big Ten, 5-5 overall) will look to stay on the winning track following a 6-1 win over in-state rival Marquette last Wednesday in Madison. Senior Nolan Polley, who won in straight sets in singles and combined with sophomore Moritz Baumann for a triumph at No. 2 doubles, took home Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for his efforts. It was the first such honor for a Badger tennis player since April 2006, when senior Jeremy Sonkin, then a sophomore, took home the award. Prior to Wednesday’s victory, UW suffered five consecutive road defeats, all at the hands of nationally ranked opponents. The Wildcats (0-2, 6-7) aim to bounce back from a three-match losing streak which included two conference road setbacks.

sports big ten from page 8 Lions by as many as 31 points. The score was not the biggest problem for Penn State (6-10 Big Ten, 14-14 overall), however, as it lost its leading scorer, senior Geary Claxton, for the season with a knee injury in the game. It was a seasonchanger for Ed DeChellis’ squad, which came into that contest 10-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play. “To their credit, they changed some things they were doing offensively,” Ryan said about Penn State. “When you’re missing

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seniors from page 8 wins, yet so little to show for it. That’s the legacy of this year’s student senior class that has invested year-in and year-out in the Wisconsin Badgers, but that can change this week. The Badgers could have a Big Ten title by Saturday, and who knows? This Bo Ryan team might have the best chance to make a Final Four run of any of his previous squads. They play as a team and they play arguably the best defense in the country. We seniors have two months left at Wisconsin, and we’re tired of being so close. We’re ready to win a championship. Get it done, seniors. E-mail Adam at hoge@wisc. edu if you want to help him will the seniors to a Big Ten championship.

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big for both teams. The Spartans need a win to break their struggles away from the Breslin Center going into postseason play and the Buckeyes need a resumé win to help their argument for an NCAA Tournament berth. It’s likely Ohio State will need more than this win, but topping the Spartans would at least give it some much-needed momentum and depending on how Minnesota fares this week, it could save the Buckeyes from having to play on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.

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UW Junior Elizabeth Carpenter easily won her No. 1 match against Mallory Weber.

somebody like [Claxton], it does affect what you’re doing, but you have some strengths.” Wisconsin finishes the regular season Saturday at Northwestern (1-15, 8-19), where it’s likely there will be more Badgers fans in the crowd than Wildcats fans with a Big Ten Championship possibly on the line.

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Brett Favre retires, leaves behind historic legacy By Nate Carey THE DAILY CARDINAL

After 17 seasons of crouching under center for the Green and Gold, Brett Favre decided Tuesday to retire from the NFL. “I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife—I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired,” the three-time NFL MVP told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in a voicemail message. While Favre’s retirement isn’t that big of a shock—most fans have been ready for this move for several years—it still comes as a bit of a surprise considering the state of the team. Green Bay is a young team, yet proved

last season to be a winner and is expected to achieve great things: And everyone expected Favre to go along for the ride. “I just saw it come across the TV,” Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson said, when reached on his cell phone by the Associated Press, according to ESPN. In the end, Favre just felt he couldn’t stand up to—of all people—himself. “If I felt like coming back— and Deanna [Favre’s wife] and I talked about this—the only way for me to be successful would be to win a Super Bowl. To go to the Super Bowl and lose, would almost be worse than anything

else. Anything less than a Super Bowl win would be unsuccessful,” Favre said in the message. Favre’s decision came down to a simple ultimatum: Either play and win a Super Bowl, or don’t play at all. When looked at from that position, Favre’s decision seems to have been an easy one. The Chicago Bears went to the Super Bowl two years ago, and didn’t even have a winning record last season. Overall, Favre holds NFL records for most career touchdown passes and passing yards, as well as most victories by a starting quarterback. Favre also holds the record for most consecutive

starts among quarterbacks with 253—275 including the postseason. He retires with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions. There are no guarantees in today’s NFL, but Favre was the exception. Favre could always be counted on to play his hardest and walk away without any regrets. There was no ball he couldn’t throw, no window he couldn’t fit the ball into. Favre will be missed, that much is certain. But the impression he has left on the Packers and in Green Bay will be remembered for years to come.


The No. 10 Wisconsin men’s basketball team will try to send its seniors off happy with a win Wednesday against the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-10 Big Ten, 1414 overall). It is senior night at the Kohl Center and Wisconsin’s final home game of the season. The Badgers (14-2, 24-4) continue to play some of their strongest basketball of the season, with five straight wins and the Big Ten title within its reach if they manage to win their last two contests versus Penn State and at Northwestern. Meanwhile, Penn State has gone through a difficult stretch after its solid 10-4 start. The Lions have gone 4-10 since and currently find themselves in seventh-place in the Big Ten standings. However, Penn State enters the game hot with two consecutive wins at home, 65-64 over Iowa and 69-61 over Michigan. In Wisconsin and Penn State’s last matchup in University Park, the Badgers cruised for an 8055 victory. The Nittany Lions were out-rebounded 39-21 and shot just 37 percent from the field compared to Wisconsin’s 60 percent. Senior guard Michael Flowers had a career day for

the Badgers with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Penn State suffered a major setback in this contest, as senior swingman Geary Claxton left the game early in the first half after sustaining a major knee injury. The Nittany Lions found out a day later that they had lost Claxton for the season, previously their leading scorer and rebounder with 18 points and eight rebounds per contest. At Monday’s press conference, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan acknowledged Penn State’s difficulties in losing Claxton, but also noted their other talented weapons, particularly junior forward Jamelle Cornley, the Lions’ current leading scorer and rebounder with 12 and six respectively. “When you’re missing somebody like him, it does affect what you’re doing, but [Penn State has] some strengths,” Ryan said. “Cornley is a very tough matchup.” Both Wisconsin and Penn State are not particularly intimidating offensively, with their scoring offenses ranking just fifth and eighth respectively in the Big Ten. However, Wisconsin’s defensive edge could once again be the difference, as the Badgers have given up just 55 points per game as opposed to the Lions’ mediocre scoring-defense,

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As Big Ten play winds down, teams maneuver for position By Adam Hoge THE DAILY CARDINAL


Senior guard Michael Flowers played very well against Michigan State, shutting down premiere guard Drew Neitzel.

Player of the Week: Michael Flowers While senior forward Brian Butch led the way against Michigan State with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including four 3-pointers, no one played with more heart and hustle in the 57-42 win than Flowers. He held preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Drew Neitzel to just three points on 1-of-10 shooting and provided the offense at the right time. The senior guard scored all nine of his points during a 12-minute UW drought where no one else scored for the Badgers. “This year, he’s in the driver’s seat,” head coach Bo Ryan said about Flowers Monday. “He’s just doing so many things to help this team win because I still have yet to see the day that Mike comes to practice, the hill, weightlifting, any where he


On Deck: Penn State, at Northwestern It’s a crucial week against two teams UW has already beaten this season and if the Badgers go 2-0, they are guaranteed the Big Ten title. Wisconsin crushed Penn State 80-55 in Happy Valley Jan. 15— at one point leading the Nittany


Senior center Greg Stiemsma will say goodbye to the friendly confines of the Kohl Center tonight against Penn State. which has surrendered almost 70 points per contest. The game will be an emotional one for Wisconsin’s seniors, as four

Championships seem to elude Badger seniors t’s Senior Night at the Kohl Center and fittingly, the senior class can tie the school mark of 99 wins set by last year’s graduating class. With a road game looming at Northwestern Saturday and at least two more postseason chances at a victory, it’s likely this year’s quartet of seniors will set the school record for the most wins by a senior class. Sound familiar? This year’s football seniors set the same mark in November with 40 wins over their four-year career. As a fellow senior whose only athletic ability is to write about all these victories, I have seen a ton of success in my four years as a student at UW. But how many conference titles have I seen in football or men’s basketball? Zero. How many BCS bowl games or Final Four appearances have I seen? Zero. Yet, assuming the men’s basketball team gets two more wins this season, both senior classes will leave as the winningest classes in their respective sports. I’m not taking anything away from the significance of those records. Having been around for all 138 wins, I certainly appreciate the success of two of UW’s most successful programs, but there is still a sense of frustration that one Elite Eight appearance and backto-back Capital One Bowl victories are all we seniors have to show for it. At least give us a conference title. That brings us back to tonight, where the Badgers are in the thick of the Big Ten title chase. It’s senior night for Tanner Bronson, Brian Butch, Michael Flowers and Greg Stiemsma—the last time they will ever play in the Kohl Center. It’s also the last time the seniors in the student section will cheer on the Badgers as students in the Kohl Center, and we all want the same thing: the Big Ten Championship. Bronson and Butch have tasted at least a little bit of Big Ten glory. Both are fifth-year seniors and were a part of the 2003-’04 team that won the Big Ten Tournament. They weren’t playing however, as Bronson was a team manager and Butch was redshirting. That team also finished second to Illinois in the regular season, so it wasn’t quite the same accomplishment that this year’s team can achieve. Win two games and win the Big Ten title outright. Win two games and become the winningest class in Wisconsin history. It could be a historic week at Wisconsin. It could also be the week that the senior students at Wisconsin have been waiting four years for. Three times in those four years the UW football team was one win away from the Rose Bowl, but losses at Iowa in 2004, at Michigan in 2006 and at Illinois in 2007 proved to be ones that kept the Badgers out of Pasadena. Last year the men’s basketball team was a couple of Kammron Taylor free throws at Ohio State away from a chance to play for a share of the Big Ten title against Michigan State. In 2005 Ryan’s squad nearly upset North Carolina, but fell just short of the Final Four. So close, yet so far. So many

Farewell seniors, hello Lions By Matt Fox

ADAM HOGE a hoge in one

doesn’t just go all out. I’ve never seen him not do that.” While everyone was amazed by the defensive performance against Neitzel, MSU head coach Tom Izzo said Flowers is a much better offensive player this season. “I think he’s a much better 3-point shooter,” Izzo said. “I think a year ago we used to sag off him and tell him to shoot. I think Flowers has really improved his game and he brings the tenacity defensively.”

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March mark-ups: Who made the grade? Men’s team excels in defense, coaching and leadership Women display impressive offense, offensive defense By Andy Van Sistine COURTSIDE

As the end of the regular season draws near, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has put together a season that has thus far exceeded the expectations of college basketball fans and analysts across the country. Despite the loss of their two leading scorers from last season in Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor, the Badgers have gathered up their wits under the venerable direction of head coach Bo Ryan and his staff. They have pieced together a 24-4 record heading into the tail end of the conference season, which will likely earn them a respectable position in the NCAA Tournament later this month. Now, as the Badgers head into the postseason, we hand out the grades and shed light on which factors ultimately led to the team’s success this season. Offense The void left behind by the graduation of Tucker and Taylor was quickly filled by the likes of senior forward Brian Butch, senior guard Michael Flowers, sophomore guard Trevon Hughes and junior forward Marcus Landry, who have combined for two-thirds of all points scored by the team this season. Yet, the team’s fifth-place standing in scoring at 68 points per game leaves room for improvement. Grade: BDefense “Defense has exceeded our expectations a little bit,” assistant coach Howard Moore said. “We knew we were going to be a little bit of a better team, but the numbers we’ve been able to sustain throughout the season have been pretty strong.” That’s putting things lightly. Holding their opponents to 54.9 points per game, the Badgers are the best in the country in scoring defense. They also sit second in the conference in defensive rebounds and defensive field goal percentage. Grade: A

Coaching How does Bo Ryan follow up a season that saw Wisconsin’s first ever No. 1 ranking and the best record in school history? With a school record in conference wins and a 2008 Big Ten title just two very winnable games away, that’s how. And forget about altering the system: Ryan has not adjusted his coaching scheme just because he lost the all-time leading scorer in UW men’s basketball history. He’s using the same scheme he has always used. What’s more, Ryan and his assistants are on pace to match—and likely exceed—the success of last year’s highly touted squad. “Coach Ryan has been doing the same thing for 35 years,” Moore said. “I don’t think we’re going to change anything at this point!” Grade: A Senior Leadership The trio of Butch, Flowers and senior center Greg Stiemsma has been crucial to the team’s success this year, providing game-winning shots in Texas and Indiana and leading the team in field goal percentage, rebounds, blocks and points. Combined with the experience and heart that senior guard and fan-favorite Tanner Bronson brings, the team’s four seniors have led this year’s squad through a fair number of tough contests and have come out victorious in many of them. Grade: AStarting Five Butch, Landry and junior guard Joe Krabbenhoft have started every game this season and have been fairly consistent in their play, though Butch struggled early in the season with his perimeter shooting and has only been hitting 68 percent from the line. Hughes, who has stepped in as point guard for most of the season, started off hot in non-conference play but has since deferred some of the scoring burden to his teammates. Flowers has also been in the starting men’s page 2

By Ben Breiner COURTSIDE

As the Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s regular season nears its end, it comes time to hand out some grades for their season. Offense The Badgers looked to push the tempo and run on offense this season, a strategy that made them the highest scoring Big Ten team in conference play. They finished among the top four in conference in both 3-point and freethrow shooting. They also boasted the Big Ten’s top scorer and Player of the Year in senior guard Jolene Anderson, who scores over 20 points per game. Wisconsin is second in the Big Ten in assists and first in offensive rebounding. Grade: A Defense The down side of running a high-tempo game is that defense usually suffers. Wisconsin ranked last in points allowed in conference and has given up 65 or more points on 13 occasions. Many of these troubles stem from allowing opponents to convert over 36 percent of their 3-point shots, ranking last in the Big Ten. Overall, they have a number of good individual defensive players and senior forward Danielle Ward anchoring the middle, but it has not translated to defensive success. Wisconsin does, however, excel in big defensive plays that help produce offense. They are second in the Big Ten in steals and blocks. Grade: CCoaching This season began with high expectations, but the team was unable to meet them all. Some of the burden must be carried by Lisa Stone and her staff.

The Badgers are third in the conference in scoring differential, usually a good predictor of success, yet they sit eighth in the standings. This shows they have trouble in close games, another factor that coaches need to address. While these are blemishes, Stone has rallied her team from a 1-6 start to the conference season to go 7-2 in its last nine contests. “She challenges on defense, challenges on offense or challenges individuals to step out to the plate and get the job done,” senior guard Janese Banks said. Grade: CSenior leadership Anderson and Banks both posses leadership qualities. Banks is a vocal leader and Anderson leads by example. Ward has been the team’s most consistent post defender, and Ivana Mijalcevic has provided enthusiastic support for all her teammates. “They always help you, they are always nice, they always are giving advice to you,” freshman forward Lin Zastrow said. “It’s just a great feeling to have someone there who’s looking out for your back but also that you can ask questions to.” Grade: AStarting five This unit has been stable at four positions and had the top four scorers and three rebounders on the team. The fifth spot has been shared by Mariah Dunham, Tara Steinbauer and Teah Gant, who each provided different looks. Banks and Anderson both play more than 33 minutes per game and have been court staples. The consistency provided by Ward and sophomore guard Rea Lin D’Alie has been beneficial, but the fifth spot has been less than even. Grade: B women’s page 3




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Stakes are high in Wisconsin’s last game at home By Erica Barts COURTSIDE

The No. 10 Badgers and their fans are enjoying a five-game winning streak, which they hope will continue Wednesday against unranked Penn State. The Badgers’ last matchup against the Nittany Lions was on Jan. 15, when Wisconsin cruised to an 80-55 victory. Penn State will be missing senior forward Geary Claxton due to a torn knee ligament—an injury he suffered during the last game against the Badgers. Prior to the injury, Claxton helped the team to a sevengame winning streak, averaging just under 17 points a game. Junior forward Jamelle Cornley leads the Nittany Lions with 12.3 points per game and adds just under six rebounds a game. “He is a beast in the post and is hard to stop,” senior center Greg Stiemsma said. “[We] have to try and control him a little bit. [The] biggest thing will be for us to play our solid ball and make them have to guard us.” Cornley had 13 points and four rebounds against the Badgers in January. Freshman guard Talor Battle is a strong player, averaging just over nine points and three assists per game. He leads the team with 1.3 steals a game. The Badgers will have a size advantage over Penn State. With Wisconsin’s strong forces under

the basket—senior forward Brian Butch, 6'11", junior forward Marcus Landry, 6'7", junior forward Joe Krabbenhoft, 6'7", and Stiemsma, 6'11"—size may be too much for Penn State to handle. Stiemsma believes that Wisconsin’s height will be an advantage because it will force Penn State to match up to them. The Badgers’ defense has been holding its own, especially over the last couple of games. Wisconsin had a lot to be proud of after its 57-42 win against Michigan State last Thursday. The Badgers allowed the fewest number of points scored against them this season, showing their defense is only improving. The Badgers only had one turnover throughout the game, a new school record. Key plays were made by Stiemsma, coming off the bench and blocking three shots. Butch’s four 3-pointers and senior guard Michael Flowers holding standout senior guard Drew Neitzel to one 3-pointer will add momentum and drive going into the game Wednesday. Landry played a stellar game against the Nittany Lions back in January, totalling 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, all above his averages. Landry went 2-for-4 from behind the arc. The whole team shot exceptionally well from the 3point mark, shooting 10-for-18. Flowers contributed five and ended the night with 23 points, a season high. Wisconsin players are not afraid to shoot the ball when given an open look and work their offense until they get the shot they want.



With Wisconsin now alone in first place in the Big Ten, sophomore guard Trevon Hughes and the Badgers cannot afford to look past Penn State. “I do whatever the offense allows me to do. I shoot the same way with a hand in my face or not,” sophomore guard Jason Bohannon said. Assistant coach Gary Close said although Wisconsin likes to work the ball around, they do not rely heavily on using the entire length of the shot clock. “We try to get the best shot we can get. If you play against a really good defensive team, it doesn’t really come too early,”

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Close said. “You have to move around a little bit and try to create a good look. We will take any good look we can get.” The Badgers are a very unique team, with players who excel in different areas. With sophomore guard Trevon Hughes finding his open teammates, Flowers’ stellar defense, Butch’s outside shooting, Landry’s quickness and Stiemsma’s long arms to block, Wisconsin is a tough team to beat.

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Offense Despite Penn State’s two consecutive victories over Michigan and Iowa, its point totals have remained relatively modest with 65 and 69 points apiece. Penn State enters the contest near the bottom of the Big Ten in several offensive categories, including scoring offense, scoring margin and field goal percentage. Meanwhile, the Badgers have also scored in lower figures of late, with 58 and 57 points in their last two contests. They enter the game averaging 64.8 points per game, fifth in the Big Ten. However, the Badgers have also been shooting extremely well from 3-point range and the free-throw line, which has given them a major edge in games, a reason for their lead among Big Ten teams in scoring margin. Advantage: Wisconsin

Defense The Nittany Lions’ defense has been fairly inconsistent for most of the year, causing them to give up an average of 69.6 points per game. They also suffered a devastating blow in January when senior forward Geary Claxton sustained a season-ending knee injury. Claxton had been averaging 8.4 boards per contest, and since his injury, Penn State has been searching for an effective rebounder on the defensive end. The Badgers have continued to rely on defense as their key to victory, giving up just 55.4 points per game, almost five points better than the second-best Big Ten scoring defense. Wisconsin’s last matchup was particularly impressive, as the Badgers held a potent Michigan State offense to just 42 points. Michigan State’s two best scorers, sophomore forward Raymar Morgan and senior guard Drew Neitzel, shot a combined 4-of-17 from the field. It will be tough for Penn State to compete without a scorer of that caliber. Advantage: Wisconsin

Coaching Penn State’s Ed DeChellis is in his fifth season as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. Prior to taking over in 2003, DeChellis had two stints as an assistant with Penn State, as well as three conference division titles as the coach of East Tennessee State. DeChellis’s most successful season at Penn State so far was 2005-’06, when the Lions finished with a 15-15 record and an appearance in the postseason NIT. This season, the Lions started out hot with a 10-4 record, but, since then have gone just 4-10, with a 6-10 record in the Big Ten. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan continues to silence critics who criticized a more-balanced Badger team after losing two stars to graduation. The Badgers have lost just two conference games all season, both to Purdue. Ryan looks poised for another high seeding in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Advantage: Wisconsin

Overall In the last matchup between the two teams at Penn State, Wisconsin came out with an 80-55 victory and dominated the Lions in virtually every category on both sides of the ball. Penn State has only two road victories in the Big Ten this season, and it will be difficult for them to win at the Kohl Center even though Wisconsin has already surrendered two key losses there this season. With the Big Ten title in sight for Wisconsin if it manages to win its final two games, the Badgers will be hungry for a victory. It is crucial for Wisconsin to try and build more momentum as the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament quickly approaches. Advantage: Wisconsin —Matt Fox

lineup for the better part of the season and consistently performs at the highest level on defense, but has been sporadic on the offensive end of the court, leading the team in scoring some nights and coming up relatively short on others. Grade: B+ Bench Contributions from the likes of Stiemsma and sophomore guard Jason Bohannon have been critical in many games this year, particularly in Big Ten play. They have even earned a few starts each this past season. Freshman forward Jon Leuer has also put up some significant numbers in many of the 25 games he has played this year. However, few other players have made a considerable impact on the team. Grade: BFreshmen Six of the 16 players on this year’s squad are either redshirt or true freshmen, and though we’ve seen glimmers of potential from the likes of guard Tim Jarmusz and Keaton Nankivil, only Jon Leuer has played a major role on the court in this year’s campaign. The limited playing time from center J.P. Gavinski, guard Brett Valentyn and walk-on guard Wquinton Smith have yielded negligible results. Grade: C Returning Players Without question, the returning players have stepped up and taken turns filling the void left by last year’s team leaders. “Mike, Brian, Greg, Joe, Trevon... everyone is a leader in some certain way,” said Bohannon. “We all kind of look towards each other [in big games].” Grade: B+


Wednesday, March 5, 2008



Want to learn how to be a basketball coach? Play Xbox CRYSTAL CROWNS the crystal ball


laying video games is not something I do often. Instead, I’m one of those girls who will spend a weekend afternoon watching my brother or my guy friends freak out over the score of an Xbox basketball game. I’ll admit it, it’s fun to watch. Graphics nowadays are so impressive. I feel like I am actually watching a real game. I remember when “Diddy Kong Racing” on N64 was cool. Even though that is still my favorite game in the world, these new games have many qualities that I find desirable. Plus, it’s always fun watching people get worked up over the most random things. I did not understand why video games caused people so much stress, so I found myself asking questions. After all, “Diddy” never left me in a bad mood, but I realize those characters are unrealistic. I highly doubt any of you have seen a turtle


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Bench Wisconsin has had a nine or 10 player rotation this season and been able to get good play from D’Alie and freshman guard Alyssa Karel at the point guard position. Gant provides tough defense and can slash to the basket. “Teams can’t just try to defend one or two players, they have to worry

or a monkey driving a car through a deserted city. What made these new games more intense than “Diddy”? So what if you lose a basketball game on Xbox? Is it really necessary to throw your controller on the ground? Why stay inside on a nice day and play a basketball video game when you can play a real one and actually be somewhat social? From time to time, the boys will challenge me to a game, as if they are trying to prove they have great button-pushing skills. They think if they can beat me in a simple game, I will somehow understand why video games are so exciting. But it wasn’t until this weekend that I realized why Xbox games can be complicated and engaging, while having more realistic qualities than just graphics. My boyfriend was playing a video game titled “NCAA March Madness ‘06.” His “character” was Bo Ryan and he just accepted the offer to coach the North Carolina Tar Heels. One of his first tasks as a coach was to recruit players from different parts of the country and figure out what his non-conference

schedule was going to look like. He had spots on the team to fill after some players graduated and others decided to play in the NBA. Plus, he got to customize the first part of his schedule. How his team would do in these games would ultimately affect how his players felt when they started conference play. Besides some players having really random names, the recruiting process seemed somewhat realistic. As my boyfriend explained to me, a girl like me would love recruiting because “it would be like shopping for players.”

about trying to stop everybody, so I think that gives us an advantage,” Banks said. “Our bench production has been huge in our wins.” Zastrow said Ward brings a high level of skill to the forward position. Dunham is a capable inside-outside scoring threat. Grade: B-

have all delivered in their first season. They play a combined 50 minutes per game and each score more than 4.4 points per game. Steinbauer has started 13 games and given Lisa Stone a gritty physical defensive presence. However, the freshman has not stepped up into a truly prominent scoring role. “[The freshmen] have had a huge impact just with their energy that they bring on and off the court.

Freshmen Steinbauer, Zastrow and Karel

Maybe this simulation of reality can give people a taste of what coaching is actually like.

First, he had to pick the state he wanted to start recruiting from, followed by the position of the player he needed. Next, he was allotted a certain number of points,

and for each attempt he took at contacting the animated player, a few points were taken off his total. Visiting the players would cost more than simply calling them. Imaginary assistant coaches could also visit or call the players in order to get the player interested in playing for the team. After that, he had to decide on a “pitching strategy.” He could try to sell his team’s legacy, his coaching legacy, either the team or coaching strategy, playing time, scholarship amount or location. Believe it or not, that seems pretty realistic to me. Once the recruitment report was completed, “Coach Ryan” would have to assess the information about the player. Besides being graded on offense and defense, they were also ranked according to potential and discipline. Usually, if the player received high grades, he had low discipline skills, which was the backstory of his fictional existence. The coach is supposed to understand that these players were the stars of their high schools and are rough around the edges. Great ball players with great discipline and teamwork potential

are rare in the video game, as they are in reality. If you pick a player without discipline, he will get into trouble and have to sit out of games. For example, a player might randomly get caught cheating on a test in the middle of the season, causing you to suspend him before the fictional NCAA members penalize the team by taking away future scholarships. Other teams could be trying to recruit the same players, making the situation rather difficult. In real life, colleges are constantly fighting over players. Getting a six-star or five-star player to sign on with your team is an exciting time for coaches, and apparently it is in the video game world as well. While video games may seem unrealistic, I can now see how they may mean more to some people. Maybe playing video games isn’t a waste of time. Maybe this simulation of reality can give people a taste of what coaching is actually like. If any of you would like to spend an afternoon playing old-school games like “Diddy,” e-mail Crystal at She is getting sick of racing the Tee-tee clock.

It has just been a great benefit to our team,” Dunham said. “How they can just go out there and play their game like they do, it has just been amazing to watch them grow.” Grade: B+

Banks were their stellar selves, but Dunham failed to meet last season’s expectations. Dunham’s scoring dropped to under four points per game, and she fell out of the starting lineup midseason. Senior center Caitlin Gibson has seen her role decrease, going from 18 minutes per game in 2006-’07 to four in this year’s campaign. Grade: C+

Returning players The Badgers returned every player from last season, although very few have taken substantial steps forward. Anderson and




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Penn State Nittany Lions

Wisconsin Badgers

team roster

No. Name 2 Jamelle Cornley 4 Mike Walker 5 Geary Claxton 10 Nikola Obradovic 11 Stanley Pringle 12 Talor Battle 13 Will Leiner 14 Adam Highberger 15 David Jackson 21 Joonas Suotamo 22 Andrew Jones III 23 Brandon Hassell 25 Jeff Brooks 33 Danny Morrissey 41 Steve Kirkpatrick 44 Andrew Ott Head Coach - Ed DeChellis

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

Ht. 6-5 6-2 6-5 6-4 6-1 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-6 6-10 6-9 6-11 6-8 6-3 6-5 6-10

Wt. 240 175 215 200 180 160 175 175 200 230 240 240 190 190 225 230

team roster

Hometown No. Name 1 Marcus Landry Columbus, Ohio 2 Wquinton Smith Lewisberry, Pa. 3 Trevon Hughes West Haven, Conn. Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegr 12 Jason Bohannon 14 Tanner Bronson Virginia Beach, Va. 15 Brett Valentyn Albany, N.Y. 21 Morris Cain Coplay, Pa. 22 Michael Flowers Blairsville, Pa. 24 Tim Jarmusz Farrell, Pa. 30 Jon Leuer Espoo, Finland 32 Brian Butch Philadelphia, Pa. 34 Greg Stiemsma Farmersville, Ohio 43 Kevin Gullikson Louisville, Kent. 44 J.P. Gavinski Cleveland, Ohio 45 Joe Krabbenhoft Carlisle, Pa. 52 Keaton Nankivil Abington, Pa.

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.

Head Coach - Bo Ryan

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

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

14. Butler 15. Purdue 16. Vanderbilt 17. Michigan State 18. Indiana 19. Notre Dame 20. Drake 21. Marquette 22. Gonzaga 23. Washington State 24. Clemson 25. Davidson


Big Ten Stat Leaders Scoring Gordon, IND White, IND Harris, MICH Morgan, MSU Butler, OSU

21.4 17.5 16.7 15.1 14.1

Assists Butler, OSU Walton, MSU Thompson, NU Neitzel, MSU Lucas, MSU

6.3 4.6 4.4 4.2 3.9

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

10.4 8.4 8.1 7.1 7.1

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

2.3 2.1 2.0 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 W, 57-42 8 p.m. 3 p.m.


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