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Students will vote on Iraqi Student Project UW-Madison students will have the opportunity to voice a “vote of confidence” for the Iraqi Student Project on the Associated Students of Madison spring election ballot, according to an ASM Student Judiciary decision Thursday. Student Judiciary members expressed concern over the legality of the project, but approved the group’s referendum once they heard the project would not use university fees. “We understand segregated fees can’t pay for this,” said Sue Finesurrey, a project representative. The referendum will ask students for support to give $1 per semester and $1 per summer session to the project, with clear guidelines that it is not bound to ASM but will show the voice of the student body to the UW System Board of Regents.

Jenny Wustmann, another ISP representative, said the project is a humanitarian effort to bring Iraqi refugees to American universities. She said the role of UWMadison would be as a support group to cover the cost of tuition and transportation, among other things. Project planners collected enough student signatures to place the referendum on the ASM spring election ballot to garner further student support. The ASM spring election will be April 1-3. Craig Griffie, vice chair of the Roman Catholic FoundationUW-Madison, also told committee members the group plans to file another complaint and petition for relief to appeal the decision Feb. 25 to deny RCF-UW student funding. —Amanda Hoffstrom


Don Mash, UW System executive senior vice president, fields questions concerning the report of the Tuition and Financial Aid Advisory Group that was presented Thursday to the UW System Board of Regents.

Regents balance tuition, financial aid alternatives By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL

The UW System Board of Regents heard a tuition and financial aid report Thursday, weighing options to balance accessibility with the quality of UW System schools. Regent Michael Falbo, a member of the tuition and financial aid workgroup, said the committee’s charge was to come up with tuition options, not proposals to vote on. Regent Danae Davis said she worried about the student voice and questioned how UW System President Kevin Reilly will ensure

students have input as the process moves forward. “I am concerned because I have sensed a change ... in the input from leadership representatives and the student voice to us.” Danae Davis regent UW System Board of Regents

“I am concerned because I have sensed a change … in the input from

leadership representatives of the student voice to us,” Davis said. Davis asked Reilly what he planned to do in an “authentic, sincere” way to ensure the students are heard. “Student government leaders participated in the development of this report,” Reilly said, adding the Regents have arranged events to include UW students earlier in the budget process. “We want to have them to be able to talk directly to [the Regents] about this issue and more broadly about the development of the budget,” he said. regents page 3

YWCA of Madison award honors UW-Madison law professor By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Madison announced the recipients of its 2008 Women of Distinction Awards Thursday, and a UW-Madison Law School professor is among the five honorees. The organization selected Cheryl Rosen Weston, an attorney with Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach LLP and CEO of Douglas Stewart Co., as one of the award’s recipients. Weston has been teaching courses for the UW-Madison Law School since the 1970s. According to Carolyn Lazar Butler, UW-Madison Law School

assistant dean of external communication, two other honorees have ties to the UW-Madison law school. Mary Burke, former secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce, graduated from the law school in 1989 and currently is a menWESTON tor for students, according to Butler. Marcia Anderson, clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, also serves as a mentor to law

students. “The law school is delighted that the YWCA has chosen to honor three lawyers with strong connections to the UW,” Butler said. “These amazing women epitomize the commitment that many in our profession make to public service,” she said. Other recipients are Theola Carter, section chief for the state’s Workers Compensation Division, and Vera Riley, former assistant principal at Madison’s East High School. Debra Schwabe, event coordiYWCA page 3


Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, had a verbal dispute with Republican lawmakers at a Capitol press conference Thursday.

Lawmakers argue over photo ID requirement for voting By Francesca Brumm THE DAILY CARDINAL

Democrats and Republicans openly shouted at one another in a news conference Thursday over a constitutional amendment that would require voters to provide photo identification at the polls. The verbal fight included Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, who opposes the proposal, and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, who supports it, along with several other lawmakers. The proposal was defeated in the Senate Thursday, with all Democrats voting against it and all but one Republican voting in favor of it. The incident follows a recent Milwaukee Police Department

Special Investigations Unit report regarding individual voters who cast multiple votes in the 2004 general election. The report suggested ending same-day registration and requiring voters to show a photo ID would correct the problem, though election officials dispute the report. The Milwaukee Elections Commission has previously stated that it does not endorse the two recommendations in the report. Michael Tyritz, a spokesperson for state Rep. Jeff Stone, RGreendale, said the requirement of a photo ID would solve the problems presented in the report and make elections run more smoothly. ids page 3

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eing drunk at 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon seems defiant and cool on a college campus that measures networking potential with keg-stand records and counts down the days until the Mifflin Street Block Party every year. But when you’re in your 50s, not in school and can barely distinguish between the door handle and the adjacent tree branch, no college student is going to describe you as a “sexy rebel.” This is precisely what occurred last Sunday afternoon while I was drinking my chai latte and studying at Copper Gable on University Avenue. It was just me and the baristas and me complacently coexisting when a scruffy old dude sporting a black leather jacket stumbled into the coffee shop. “Heyoooo!” he shouted enthusiastically at one of the baristas, as if he were her best friend.

“Umm, hi. Can I help you?” she asked warily. He did a fancy crossover step that looked like it came out of Riverdance and landed, surprisingly gracefully, with both hands on the counter. “I’m here to pay off my debt!” he yelled confidently. The baristas exchanged confused glances. “I’m so drunk!” he exclaimed with the enthusiasm of Welcome Week college freshman. Silence. No one was going to argue with that. “Coffee!” he screamed. I didn’t see if money exchanged hands. But even if it didn’t, I don’t think it was in anyone’s best interest to deny him. A few minutes later, Crazy Drunk Guy was out the door, splashing a coffee trail behind him in case anyone wanted to follow him home, or at least mug him and steal his beverage, which was probably spiked by now. I tried not to stare out the window, as not to catch his gaze and entice him back inside, but I was interrupted when the baristas moved toward the window. “What is he doing?” one of the baristas asked. I looked up. It

appeared he was trying to eat the tree that he had recently mistaken for a door. I shared my observations with them and the four other patrons who had recently entered the shop. By this point we were all gathered around the window, completely mesmerized and somewhat fearful for our lives. Drunk Guy soon moved to a red moped across the street that was lying on its side. He lifted it up and let go. It fell back down. He picked it up again. Down it went. He repeated this process a few times before enlisting the help of an unsuspecting passersby, who pitifully seemed just as surprised as him when the moped didn’t magically balance when lifted into position. Suddenly, I realized my friend Erik, a proud owner of a red moped, lived in the adjacent building. “Hey Erik, it’s Kiera,” I said when his voicemail picked up. “Just thought I should let you know some guy is stealing your moped. You might want to come downstairs. Did I leave my scarf at your place yesterday? Bye!” Confident I had done my civic duty, I returned to watching. Drunk

Dude had partnered with a new dude, who had the brilliant idea of using the kickstand to prop up the moped. Drunk Guy gave it a satisfied pat and stumbled away, stopping to lick a few trees before finally rounding the corner. I guess Drunk Guy was just trying to help out. I thought about the night before, a typical Saturday night on a college campus, when eating trees and stealing mopeds after a few drinks would’ve upped my cool status, and wondered where the line stood between awesomely drunk and inferiorly inebriated. Maybe it was age. Maybe it’s that we’re still in school. Maybe it was a leather jacket 10 years out of style. Whatever it was, becoming “that guy” was certainly not on my to-do list. Later that night, I curled up with a few friends and a few beers, and told my story. “What a loser!” they all yelled, laughing. I smiled. Drunk on a Sunday night when I should be doing my homework. I was so cool. If you think the trees on University Avenue taste better than those on State Street, e-mail Kiera at

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Students to win prizes for Union survey completion Wisconsin Union planners are seeking student input on developments at the new Union South, which is set to open in 2011. UW-Madison students passed the Student Union Initiative in fall 2006, which provided funding to restore Memorial Union and rebuild Union South. Students and community members are asked to fill out a survey to provide their thoughts on food and retail options, as well as recreation services for the new union. After completing the 15-minute survey, participants can enter to win a grand prize of a $250 Wiscard deposit and a Memorial Union Terrace chair, or 10 prizes of $100 Wiscard deposits. Each applicable question must be answered on the survey to be eligible for the chair drawing. Following the final questions, students will need to type in their university e-mail address to enter themselves for prizes. To provide thoughts on what you would like to see at the new student union, log on to www.

Monona Terrace to host global cheese contest The 27th Biennial World Championship Cheese Contest, the world’s largest international cheese and butter competition, is coming to Madison’s Monona Terrace from March 11-13. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the contest features public taste testing, judging and awards for contestants. According to the WCMA website, an international panel of 22 cheese experts will evaluate and score 79 classes of cheese and butter. Entries with the highest average score will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals. Gold medal cheeses are then judged again, and the cheese with the highest average school is named the World Champion. According to the WCMA, the contest first began in 1957, and the most recent contest in 2006 saw a record-breaking 1,795 entries from 18 countries competing for the title of the world’s best cheese. Cheese and butter makers can enter the competition in teams, a first for this competition. Additionally, fourth and fifth place winners will be recognized with a certificate of merit.

ids from page 1 “We know with students and people in the process of moving [giving an exact address] may be problematic. At least with a photo ID we know you are who you say you are,” Tyritz said. State Rep. Frederick Kessler, D-Milwaukee, said the proposal would exclude certain groups from voting. Kessler said poor people tend to move more often than rich people, so the proposal would dis-

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Great Lakes bill passes in Senate 26-6 By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL

Senate Bill 523, a bill calling for the states and Canadian provinces surrounding the Great Lakes to regulate the lakes’ water, passed in the Wisconsin state Senate Thursday. The bill, called the Great Lakes Compact, allows states and provinces to make agreements about how to conserve and regulate the lakes’ water, but it will only become law if all they all agree. According to a statement by state Sen. Mark Miller, DMonona, most of the other Great Lake states have already ratified the GLC. Miller, who is chair of the

Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, helped to pass the bill through the Senate. “This is an issue of such importance that it transcends partisanship … It also requires a vision for preserving the remarkable resource for Wisconsin’s economic and social well-being,” Miller said. Gov. Jim Doyle said in a release he is happy about this important step toward making the GLC into law. “It is essential to pass the [GLC] both to ensure that our water use is sustainable and that cities such as Waukesha can meet their needs,” Doyle said. According to Miller, the bill

Assembly approves autism bill, opponents say it lacks coverage A bill intended to help children with autism passed the state Assembly Thursday, though it is unclear if it will pass the Senate before the end of the legislative session. The bill passed 55-39, though Republicans and Democrats disagree on the proposal. Assembly Republicans said their version of the bill would cover 350 children on a state waiting list for autism coverage. Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, said in a statement Assembly Bill 901 would cover all autistic children in the state. He said it would provide better coverage and not cost as much as the Democratic proposal. “The facts are these—our plan covers all autistic children, takes effects away, leverages federal funds to reduce the cost to state taxpayers

and does not drive up the cost of health care,” Huebsch said. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a version of the bill recently, but Assembly Republicans said it would cost the state an excessive amount of money. Gov. Jim Doyle has previously stated that autism insurance coverage was a main part of his health care agenda, but he agreed with Senate Democrats on their version. The Autism Society of Wisconsin, according to Executive Director Jane Pribek, supports the Senate version of the bill. Pribek said in a statement that the Assembly proposal is not “comprehensive” and is a “band-aid approach to funding a crisis.” Pribek said a long-term solution was needed for autistic children in the state. —Charles Brace

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leaving UW System schools. The Regents discussed the pros and cons of specific options, including differential tuition as a possibility to increase funds for financial aid. Reilly emphasized the importance of individuality of UW campuses to determine the tuition and financial aid proposals. Further considerations for tuition will be discussed at the next Board of Regents meeting in April. Final decisions on tuition rates will be determined in June.

Regent Colleene Thomas, a UW-Madison senior, said students remain concerned about college affordability. “Students are generally supportive of ideas of going forward on differential tuition, particularly because there can be a strong student input in where the dollars go,” Thomas said. Thomas discussed the impact of tuition streams on the UWMadison Political Science department, a department in which she is enrolled. “In the last two or three years, including the loss we expect this year, we will have lost 14-of-40 faculty,” she said. She said losing the professors is damaging to the largest department in the College of Letters and Science in terms of quality of education. She expressed her concern for immediate action to keep tenured faculty from enfranchise them if their IDs did not reflect their current address. “One of the types [of IDs] they exclude is student IDs. That clearly is designed at suppressing the Democratic vote” Frederick Kessler state representative D-Milwaukee

The bill could also hurt students,

McPike resigns as Regent The Regents also honored Milton McPike Thursday. He announced his resignation from the Board of Regents Tuesday due to health reasons. A former Madison East High School principal for 23 years, McPike was once a professional football player. He began serving as a Regent in 2004. he said. “One of the types [of IDs] they exclude is student IDs. That clearly is designed at suppressing the Democratic vote,” Kessler said. Jeff Rolling, chair of the Wisconsin Students Public Interest Research Group, said not accepting student IDs could affect voter turnout. “It can be a convenience thing for people to vote. The harder it is to vote, the harder it is to get people to go out there and vote,” Rolling said.

passed in the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 26-6.

“This is an issue of such importance that it transcends partisanship.” Mark Miller state senator D-Monona

The six state Senators who voted against the bill want to pass the GLC, but are worried certain aspects of the bill need to be reviewed more, according to Ryan Murray, spokesperson

for Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. One of the bill’s own authors, state Sen. Neal Kedzie, R–Elkhorn, voted against it because he was concerned the bill was rushed through the Senate, according to Murray. The primary dispute over the bill is the “one-state veto provision.” This means that any one state or province can veto proposed water use of another state, according to John Murray, spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R–West Salem. “We’ve raised some specific concerns, and we’d like to see those concerns addressed before we put it on the Assembly floor,” Murray said.

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Madison plays host to the WIAA high school basketball tournament this weekend at the Kohl Center. Games began Thursday afternoon.

‘America’s Next Top Model’ holds casting Calling all models! Representatives from the hit reality television show “America’s Next Top Model” will hold open casting at the University Book Store Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Any hopefuls that are trying out might want to come to the Book Store ahead of time because the application itself is 15 pages, it’s pretty involved,” said Erin Lambert, marketing director for the Book Store. She said the Book Store would have

extra applications for the casting available. Lambert said the casting has gotten a lot of attention and she expects to see a large number of applicants at the Saturday casting. “We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls, people are asking if they can camp out on Library Mall,” she said. The casting is the second this semester hosted by the Book Store, which also hosted auditions for CW-TV’s “Beauty and the Geek” reality show.

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that our community is drawn toward these awards, and that many people have taken the time to recognize so many committed and accomplished women,” YWCA of Madison President Therese Gulbransen said in a statement. According to the YWCA, the Women of Distinction Awards began in 1974 to commend Madison women who exemplify the organization’s mission of “empowering women and eliminating racism.” Since then, 171 women have received the award.

nator for the YWCA of Madison, said recipients are nominated for the award and then chosen by a selection committee of 15-20 community members. Recipients will be honored at a luncheon May 29 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. The luncheon also serves as one of the YWCA of Madison’s biggest fundraisers, attracting an average crowd of 700 each year. “We are thankful and proud

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he Associated Students of Madison announced last week that members of the Student Services and Financial Committee will be compensated $20 per meeting starting in fall 2008. The SSFC is responsible for allocating over $19 million in funding from segregated student fees to various student organizations. This compensation will account for the 15 to 20 hours of work they put in per week, or approximately $1,200 dollars per academic year. Those in favor of paying the committee claim that SSFC members are responsible for tasks that require long meetings and hours of necessary preparatory work before these meetings, which makes holding a part-time job unrealistic. The intent of the monetary incentives is to make for better-quality candidates, such as those who would not apply without financial compensation. However, this puts ASM and the SSFC on a slippery slope because other student organizations will begin demanding funds in a similar fashion. Many other students put in over 20 hours of work per week in various student organizations, willingly donating their intellectual property without compensation.

Who’s to say that these students deserve compensation less than members of the SSFC? Further, claims that this incentive will increase the quality of candidates are idealistic at best. Only six out of 42,000 UWMadison students are running for SSFC for the coming academic year. Of these six students deciding to run, it is very improbable to assume that $20 a meeting convinced them to run. The six candidates would probably have run regardless of compensation, and ASM’s decision is a waste of segregated fees that should be used in other ways. Time commitments aside, the purpose of the SSFC is to provide a service to UW-Madison students, and no service positions should be paid unless all service positions are paid. To designate one group as more important than another is completely unfair to other organizations that serve a similar function. Ideally, candidates who apply to be on SSFC should do so for altruistic reasons instead of monetary ones. That is why the ASM Student Council should reverse its decision and save $18,000 that could be used much better elsewhere.

Less crunk, more protest from students necessary By Mitra Jalali THE DAILY CARDINAL

Despite being out of the public eye since the release of their 2005 album “U.S.A.,” the Ying Yang Twins still managed to generate attention and excitement around their performance yesterday, with at least 574 confirmed guests on the Facebook invite when tickets are (inexplicably) $20 to $25 a pop. Memorial Union Great Hall’s capacity is 585. When rapper Nelly sought to coordinate a bone marrow drive at Spelman College titled “4 sho, 4 kids” in 2004, the student community basically stonewalled him, rallying against the contentious video for his song “Tip Drill.” The video is described by a friend of mine as “pathological,” but the kicker comes at the end when the rapper swipes a credit card through the rear end of one of the female dancers. With the lyrics “it ain’t no fun unless we all get some,” Tip Drill encourages a female to have multiple sexual partners in rapid


succession—an obvious analogy to the basketball drill in which players take turns hitting the ball off the backboard one after another. In response, feminist activists on campus purportedly demanded that Nelly attend an open forum and answer questions regarding the video as a condition of Spelman sponsoring the bone marrow drive. Upon his refusal, his campus visit was cancelled altogether. Fast-forward to 2008, where one of the most high-profile crunkrap acts can still sell out a venue at—amazingly—$20 or more per ticket on one of the most self-professed liberal, “progressive” college campuses in the country, without putting out any widely publicized albums in nearly three years. There was not a single protest. There is not a murmur from the Campus Women’s Center or Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment—they probably all have tickets. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, which used to consider itself a champion of diversity and social progressivism. Overall, hardly anyone has batted an eye. Instead, the students say it’s time to “GIT CRUNK”—we can’t all wait to grind up on each other in the same room some people get married in, yelling “SKEET” drunkenly but still perfectly on cue. And here we have the classic example of how the liberal Madison student, or whatever percentage of them make up those 574 confirmed concertgoers, is, simply put, full of crap. The normalization of misogyny through hip-hop is nothing less than mind-blowing. Various scholars and theorists have argued that women are willing participants, that hip-hop for women is empowering, that it provides a necessary outlet for female sexuality and so on. But there are a thousand counterinstances I could reference. “Soulja Bo Ryan” is one of them that hits closer to home. I highly doubt Bo is aware of the true definition of the act of either “supermanning a ho” or “cranking the Robocop.”

Ex-hip hop video dancer Karrine Steffans made hundreds of enemies in the rap industry in 2005 with the release of her explosive memoirs titled Confessions of a Video Vixen. Like many whistleblowers, Steffans is regarded by many as a whore cashing in on her experiences. Many contend she didn’t even write the book herself, and the rappers she named in her exploits have both threatened and publicly denied her accounts. Forget whether she lied or not. People who don’t believe the glass ceiling in the rap industry isn’t covered in skeet need to yank their heads out of the sand. There’s an easy and obvious case to make against the Ying Yang Twins. The harder case we’ll all inevitably fail to make is the case against ourselves.

Here we have another classic example of how the liberal Madison student is, simply put, full of crap.

I should say at this point I’m keenly aware a lot of concertgoers were likely there because the event was just that much of a joke. But the real joke is the big pat on the back we all gave ourselves after we heavily protested David Horowitz, then lined up to shell out $20 for an even bigger social threat to this campus. It isn’t cool to protest misogyny in hip-hop. To an extent, we all really love it. You can make the obvious counter argument that we can’t single out the Ying Yang Twins, because then we’d have to protest all of it—all the crunk rap proliferating across our playlists every weekend that many of us can’t get enough of. I’m just saying. This was a chance for UW-Madison students to talk the talk and walk the walk, and we blew it. Mitra Jalali is a senior majoring in political science. Please send responses to



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Jicks keep it simple on ‘Trash’ By Justin Stephani THE DAILY CARDINAL

Board Up the House Genghis Tron

Genghis Tron conquer on new album By Mario Puig THE DAILY CARDINAL

Creating the musical embodiment of ruthless, continental conquest is a goal too lofty for most, but Genghis Tron’s brand of caustic, electronic metal is an enormity of imperial proportions. The Philadelphia-based threepiece has successfully combined seemingly incompatible genres of synth and grindcore, making for a truly odd sound that is simultaneously hypnotizing and terrifying. The band was identified as a key agent in the extreme music sphere with the 2006 release Dead Mountain Mouth, but their newest release and Relapse Records debut, Board Up the House, will make them truly memorable. Board Up the House is a behemoth guaranteed to be the 2008 release most likely to make your head explode. Genghis Tron’s previous releases were good, but their sound has clearly been perfected on this album. By using catchy and soothing electronics alongside manic vocals and fierce instrumentation, the band makes a sound that’s like a crazed blend of Ratatat, Converge and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. The results are staggering. The title track starts the album with a creeping bass pulse preceding a trance-inducing synth line that provides the listener a false sense of safety. After a minute, the verse breaks in as rabid shrieks from vocalist Mookie Singerman accompany scathing guitar riffs and riotous drumming. The production, engineered by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, is superb and makes Singerman’s vocals more impactful than on past releases.

Board Up the House is a behemoth guaranteed to be the 2008 release most likely to make your head explode.

“City on a Hill” switches between piercing vocals, pummeling instrumentation and spazzy electronics for a couple minutes before dissolving into a tranquil and hypnotizing soundscape that would seem relaxing and harmless to even the softest of listeners. The number of changes in timing and tone in this track demonstrate Genghis Tron’s remarkable versatility and punctuation. The problem with reviewing this album is that any description is an injustice to it. Certain things are beyond words, and this album is probably one of them. What can be said is that it’s definitely one of the best things anyone will hear this year. While mainstream listeners may ignore it because of its abrasive nature, this album is something that you need to hear if you consider yourself a fan of innovative music.

If you are looking to Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ new album, Real Emotional Trash, to provide you with music that brings you back to Pavement’s glory days, you will be in for a startling surprise. From the opening note until the final strum, there are few moments that would be considered classic Pavement from Malkmus, but, he takes listeners to the edges of his experimentations with rock. The first guitar heard is dark and powerful and should remind listeners of the intense sounds of Black Sabbath on Paranoid. This is only a tease, however, as the other two distinct sections in this opening song play more along the lines of traditional indie style. The diversity in the first song stands as a microcosm of the album, which as it progresses, will continually surprise listeners with the unpredictable contrasts PHOTO COURTESY MATADOR RECORDS from song to song. With a mix of spacey psychedelic reverb and innovative new melodies, Stephen Malkmus distances Despite this spontaneity, Malkmus manages to keep his himself and the Jicks from Pavement. own personal style present, which he achieves mostly through vocal a steady buildup. This type of work succeeds when Malkmus is time spent on simple instrudelivery. Some of the weakest vocal performance, alongside his playing around with harmoniz- mental features. However, even catchy melodies, ing his melodies, which prove someone who believes these critimoments on the CD REVIEW keep attention to be the heart of this album. cisms should find Real Emotional album come as a on the stellar Similar to Neil Young’s guitar Trash useful background music result of Malkmus’ work, there is nothing virtuo- as it fades in and out of both music. voice not fitting Aside from sic here, yet it still shows great pop structure and instrumental perfectly with certain song styles. the stylistic musicianship when melodies breaks. But it takes little effort to Luckily, he sings strengths of are intersecting and transferring look past those possible flaws and along with his Real Emotional from instrument to instrument. see this music is extraordinary. Its strong melodies Trash, there are Combined with the occasional simplistic mix of indie beats and Real Emotional most of the time. only 10 songs reverb effects, this makes for some psychedelic effects are truly Trash This is when the in more than some mesmerizing moments. At unique. Stephen music hits listenThis album should succeed in 50 minutes of times it even garners the term Malkmus and ers with full force, music, so there psychedelic when the effects get putting a Pavement reunion to the Jicks culminating in the back of listeners minds, as it are plenty of a little spacey. the album’s most accessible song, guitar and instrumental breaks At the very worst, criticisms is one of the most encompassing “Baltimore,” where he discovers to keep the attentive listener will likely surround Malkmus’ and satisfying experiences to be the namesake for the song after busy. Most of the instrumental dry vocals and the amount of released in quite a while.

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Today’s Sudoku


By Ryan Matthes

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Classic Mega Dude Squad

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Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

So, those other fish weren’t hitting on me?

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

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Win it outright: By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 10 Wisconsin men’s basketball team will look to finish the regular season by clinching its first outright Big Ten title since 2003 against Northwestern Saturday. The Badgers (15-2 Big Ten, 25-4 overall) are on a sixgame winning streak and have not lost on the road in over a month. The Wildcats (1-16 Big Ten, 820 overall) have struggled through one of their worst seasons in school and conference history. They have lost 16 of 17 league games and are being outscored by over 13 points per contest. In the first meeting between these teams, Northwestern forced 15 Wisconsin turnovers, but let the Badgers convert more than 48 percent of their shots. Bo Ryan’s squad also hit 24 free throws while only sending the Wildcats to the charity stripe 13 times. Wisconsin came away with a 62-50 win. The Badgers are 3-3 in their last six visits to Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcat offense is built around the talents of freshman forward Kevin Coble. He has played


Spring break will start a week early for the Wisconsin women’s golf team. On Friday the team will travel down to sunny Rio Verde, Ariz., for the Rio Verde Invitational, which is hosted by the University of Western Michigan. The tournament will run through Sunday and feature a total of 18 teams from across the Midwest. This is the Badger’s second of three warm-weather outings, the first of which was held in Puerto Rico early last week. The Badgers finished 16th in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and were led by senior Katie Elliott, who tied for 44th overall. This impressive finish, combined with her consistent success all year, led Elliott to be named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week. She will again lead the team into Rio Verde, where she tied for third last year. Junior Jeana Dahl, who tied for 21st in Rio Verde last year, will back her up. Those performances helped the Badgers tie for sixth place. With this returning talent, the Badgers look to improve upon last year’s result. Their road to success in Arizona may be a little easier this year, because Baylor, which won the tournament last year, will not be returning. Senior Allison Martin finished first overall last year with a score of 212, four



Win against Northwestern gives Badgers sole possession of Big Ten title

well this season, leading the team with 16 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Northwestern runs a Princeton offense, which utilizes a lot of backdoor cuts and forces big men to defend away from the paint. The Badgers counter with a defense that held Penn State under 30 percent shooting in their last game. Wisconsin is first in the league in 3-point shooting defense and second in opponent’s field goal defense. The Wildcats are in the bottom half of the Big Ten in shooting percent and score 58.4 points per contest. Northwestern is at a size disadvantage since they have no players taller than 6'8''. Wisconsin has four players taller than that including senior centers Brian Butch and Greg Steimsma, who anchor the middle of the Badgers league-leading scoring defense, which gives up an average of 54.4 points per game. The last time these teams met, Bo Ryan went small, keeping Steimsma on the bench and only playing Butch for 24 minutes. Marcus Landry starred in the

Women’s golf team hits the links in Arizona this weekend By Adam Loferski

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under par. Instead of going after Baylor, the Badgers will now have to take down the team from Arkansas-Little Rock, which finished second last year at the Invitational. Junior Sara Wikstrom will lead the Trojans into Rio Verde on Friday. Wikstrom finished second overall there last year with a score of 215, one under par. Junior Anita Ojeda will also be back, who tied for third with Elliott last year. However, the Badgers will not have to worry too much about the team from the University of Toledo. Toledo finished third overall at the Invitational last year behind the top-10 finishes of Kim Kester and Tammy Clelland, who both graduated. Freshman Carly Werwie and sophomore Kelsey Verbeten will back up Elliott and Dahl in Rio Verde. Werwie is coming off an impressive finish in Puerto Rico, tying for 70th. Verbeten will also look for improvement. She finished 77th in Puerto Rico. Wisconsin is looking to build on its recent success by utilizing its young talent and taking advantage of the sunny, 70-degree weather in Rio Verde. With Elliott playing well, the Badgers chance for improving upon last year’s performance, like the weather, is looking very good.

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scorer, a player who takes it to the basket and draws fouls. Defensively, whether it’s the differential in opponent quality or not, the Badgers show themselves to be a stout defensive team. When you hold the opposition to 38 percent shooting, there’s a margin for error on offense. That has been good enough for the Badgers to have an improbably successful regular season. What would be just as improbable, given the Badgers collective experience, is a run of the same success later this month. E-mail Jon at to talk about either Favre’s retirement or UW’s Big Ten basketball title.

“She had a few injuries there right after Christmas, and so the last probably four weekends or five weekends, she’s been very good,”

“Everyone just gets an extra chip on their shoulder when we’re playing the Gophers.” Meghan Duggan sophomore forward Wisconsin women’s hockey

head coach Mark Johnson said in his Monday press conference. If Wisconsin beats Minnesota on Saturday, it would play the

Badger victory, scoring 21 points and making 9-of-10 free throws. Wisconsin’s swing offense will have a tough matchup against Northwestern’s 1-3-1 trapping zone. The Badger’s four losses this season have all come against teams that pressure the ball on the perimeter, much like Northwestern does. The Badger’s second leading scorer, Trevon Hughes, is having a difficult conference season, shooting under 40 percent. He was held without a field goal when the Wildcats came to the Kohl Center in January. Should the Wildcats lose, it would set a dubious conference record. No Big Ten team has played 17 conference games in a season before this year, yet Northwestern could finish the season with 17 conference losses. A win would assure Wisconsin the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. A loss would open the door for Indiana and Purdue to take a share of the conference title with a win. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Evanston and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.


Sophomore guard Trevon Hughes is hoping to play better against Northwestern than the first time the two teams met.

Waiting game: UW men’s hockey needs help for home ice By Nate Carey THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 13 Wisconsin men’s hockey team has finished its regular season a week early and is now forced to wait and see whether it will have home ice in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs. The Badgers (11-12-5 WCHA, 15-14-7 overall) are currently in sole possession of fourth-place in the WCHA, but are only one-point ahead of St. Cloud State and Minnesota State, who are tied for fifth-place in the conference. The top five teams in the WCHA earn home ice in the first round, making this weekend’s games for St. Cloud State and Minnesota State extremely important for Wisconsin. Wisconsin went 3-1 against the Huskies of St. Cloud State this season, and would earn home ice if the two tied with 27 points. However, Minnesota State holds a 2-1-1 advantage over the Badgers, which would give the Mavericks home ice and send Wisconsin on the road. With that said, here are the matchups for both St. Cloud State and Minnesota State this weekend, as all eyes in Wisconsin will be folwinner of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Sunday in the championship game. “Our matchup against Minnesota, very comparable teams, both have good scorers, both have good goaltenders, statistic-wise, it’s very close. We finished one point apart in the season standings. So it’ll be a very entertaining, exciting afternoon for the people that’ll be up at the DECC watching the games,” Johnson said. All three games will be webcast on, with Wisconsin’s semi-final game against Minnesota beginning at 4:07 p.m. Saturday, and the championship game at 1:07 p.m. Sunday. The NCAA will then select the eight team field to compete in the national tournament, which begins March 14.

lowing their series very closely. St. Cloud State has the arduous task of traveling to North Dakota to take on the No. 1 Fighting Sioux. The Huskies split with North Dakota in early January, winning 3-2 and losing 6-2. The Huskies split against Wisconsin last weekend, but have been relatively hot as of late. St. Cloud State has won six of its last seven games, with the only hiccup coming against the Badgers in the series opener last Friday. The Fighting Sioux have been on a hot-streak of their own, having gone undefeated in their last 15 games with a record of 14-0-1. North Dakota’s strong play is the main reason for its climb to No. 1 in the rankings, and with the top seed in the WCHA conference wrapped up, it will be interesting to see how intense the Fighting Sioux come out this weekend. That is not to say that North Dakota will lie down, as every team in the WCHA wants to win no matter what, and the Fighting Sioux still have something to play for—maintaining the No. 1 spot in the polls. As for Minnesota State, the Mavericks will have an easier task in playing Michigan Tech.

tournament from page 8 Wisconsin 46-36 Thursday, all won the battle of the boards and moved onto the second round. “I thought Jolene Anderson had a great performance ... but we needed a little bit of help.” Lisa Stone head coach Wisconsin women’s basketball

“We knew we had to crash the boards. That was the thing that would turn it in the first half,” senior guard Janese Banks said. “I thought we were right there. We knew we

The Huskies of Michigan Tech are in second to last in the conference, and only have pride to play for at this point. Playing the role of spoiler is always an option, so expect Michigan Tech to give the Mavericks all they can handle. That, accompanied with Minnesota State’s poor play as of late—the Mavericks are 1-3 in their last four games—should bode well for the Badgers, who undoubtedly will need help from both North Dakota and Michigan Tech this weekend. It seems highly unlikely for Wisconsin to come out of the final weekend of the regular season with home ice, as all Minnesota State or St. Cloud State has to do is earn two points, but stranger things have happened. If the Badgers can get a little bit of luck and a few bounces in their favor—something the team has lacked as of late—Wisconsin could very well have one more series at the Kohl Center in front of its home crowd. If not, there is always the NCAA Regional, which is being held in Madison this season. If the Badgers make the NCAA Tournament and make it to the Regional, they will be right back home. weren’t shooting the ball particularly well so we knew we wanted to take high percentage shots and just play together.” Illinois will move on to play No. 1 Ohio State (13-5, 227) Friday. Wi s c o n s i n has put in a bid to host BANKS the Women’s National Invitation Tournament should the Badgers not be selected for NCAA tournament, March 17. The Badgers made it to the finals of the 2007 WNIT before falling to Wyoming in the championship. — contributed to this report

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Transition defense and poor shooting doom Wisconsin By Jay Messar THE DAILY CARDINAL

After her Illini suffered a controversial loss in Madison one month ago, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Jolette Law was well-prepared to take on Wisconsin a third time this season. What better way for Law and the No. 9 Illini to rid the bitter taste than to eliminate No. 8 Wisconsin (9-9 Big Ten, 16-13 overall) from the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. Illinois (8-10, 1713) raced to a 13-4 lead in the first five minutes and cruised to a 73-58 victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

“We knew we had to crash the boards. That was the thing that would turn it in the first half. Janese Banks senior guard Wisconsin women’s basketball

Senior guard Jolene Anderson ended her storied UW career in true Big Ten Player of the Year fashion, scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and tallying her 26th career double-double. Anderson also finished with team-highs with five assists and three steals. “I thought Jolene Anderson had a great performance,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “She did

everything she could to win the game for us, but we needed a little bit of help.” Anderson, with 2,291 career points, became the sixth-most prolific scorer in Big Ten women’s basketball history. “Any award I get just goes on the back burner,” Anderson said. “It hurts that our basketball team didn’t get the ‘W,’ but you just have to move on.” Wisconsin freshman guard Alyssa Karel had 10 of Wisconsin’s 12 bench points— a place the Badgers have found great second and third scoring STONE options of late. “Alyssa Karel played well for a freshman in her first Big Ten Tournament,” Stone said. “Danielle Ward got loosened up in the post, but it wasn’t enough firepower tonight.” Illinois’ sophomore center Jenna Smith finished second in the Big Ten in scoring and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Badgers. Guard Rebecca Harris and forward Lacey Simpson added 19 and 15 points, respectively. “It’s not easy to score those kind of points with that type of defense, but it wasn’t enough,” Stone said. “We needed scoring from other places and more consistently, and we just didn’t get it.” The storyline of the first round of the Big Ten Tournament was rebounding. Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, who out-rebounded

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we’re playing the Gophers, and we’ve already been screaming in the locker room ‘It’s Gopher time,’” sophomore forward Meghan Duggan said after last weekend’s WCHA opening round sweep of Minnesota State. Duggan leads the team in points, and trails by one for the team’s goal scoring lead—after freshman forward Hilary Knight scored in the first period against Minnesota State last weekend— but battled back with two of her own in the second period to regain the team lead with 20 goals. “As long as the team’s playing well, that’s all that matters,” Duggan said. “We’re just all working hard,” Knight said. “She’s doing really well, she’s putting the puck in the net, so it’s working out.” Since returning from an injury earlier this year, Duggan has scored 24 points in the last 14 games. According to data compiled by Adam Augustine of UW Athletic Communications, Duggan has recorded 13 points in nine games played against Minnesota and is the only Badger with more than a point per game against the rival Gophers.

t’s difficult to say which event would have sounded more incredible months ago: No. 4 retiring after verging on Super Bowl status, or the Badgers men’s basketball team winning a share, and probably more, of the Big Ten title. For Favre to call it quits, the guess was the Packers would have to go through a season similar to the 2006 campaign. But that’s not close to what happened. Against all odds, Green Bay finished 10 games over .500 and was close to being on the world’s biggest stage. Favre’s unpredictable decision at least goes along with an unpredictable career. For the Badgers to win the Big Ten title, however, who saw it coming, and how? Basketball programs like Wisconsin’s don’t perennially stay in the hunt; that’s a domain that belongs to schools like Duke, North Carolina and so on. This year, the Badgers didn’t follow that pattern of conventional wisdom. That type of thinking did not have the Badgers in the top spots of the Big Ten standings, much less alone in first—which they could be if they win Saturday at Northwestern. Before we give UW that distinction, let’s remember that in the last meeting, UW didn’t quite give the Wildcats the dusting they gave Penn State a couple days ago. To be assured the title of Big Ten champions, Wisconsin had to overcome some strong currents holding it back. Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor together averaged over 33 points per game last year. With their departure, even the most optimistic had to answer the question of how those points would be made up. Amazingly, this year’s team is scoring only about two points less than last year. How does that happen when the team leader in scoring goes to 12 points per game, down from 20? This year’s team can compensate for that with balance. Outside of Tucker and Taylor, no player gave the opponents reason to worry last year. Brian Butch and Michael Flowers averaged a combined 16 points per game. This season, that number is up to 22, and, more importantly, they have help from other players who have vastly improved. Marcus Landry has basically doubled his average with nine more minutes of playing time. Butch is getting two more baskets with five more minutes. And the best development among many has come at point guard. By the time this season is over, Trevon Hughes will have likely clocked four times as many minutes as he did last year. Doing that at the most difficult position on the floor, Hughes has gone from an afterthought last season to the team’s second leading

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Senior guard Jolene Anderson recorded her 26th career doubletournament page 7 double in Wisconsin’s 73-58 loss to Illinois.

Women’s hockey heads to WCHA Final Face-Off By Eric Levine THE DAILY CARDINAL


Sophomore forward Meghan Duggan has returned from an injury and played well as UW looks to make another deep tournament run.

JON BORTIN the bort report

For the first time in three seasons, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team might not host an NCAA Quarterfinal contest. That could change this weekend as the Badgers travel to Duluth, Minn., for the WCHA Final FaceOff at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Wisconsin sits at sixth in the PairWise Rankings which predict the eight-team NCAA Tournament field. Fourth place Minnesota has the last home ice position, while St. Lawrence is ahead of the Badgers in fifth. In the last two seasons, Wisconsin has hosted Mercyhurst and Harvard in the opening round of the national tournament, but would need to win both of its games this weekend to stand a chance at moving up to fourth in the PairWise. In order to have a chance to play at the Kohl Center one more time, Wisconsin will first have to get through Minnesota Saturday in the WCHA semifinals. The Badgers, 2-1-1 in the season against the Golden Gophers, were the only team to beat Minnesota on its home ice at Ridder Arena this year. “Everyone just gets an extra chip on their shoulder when


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