Page 1


RED, WHITE AND IN TUNE: The Presidents of the USA ARTS


Bo Ryan coaches UW men’s basketball to second outright Big 10 title in seven years SPORTS


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Complete campus coverage since 1892




Monday, March 10, 2008

Finance reform bill likely stalled until next session By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL


The number of UW-Madison students taken to detox has increased enough over the past four years that UW Police Chief Susan Riseling asked other Big Ten universities to begin compiling the same data to compare.

UW asks Big Ten schools to track detox transports By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

The number of student detoxification visits spiked this year, causing some university officials to wonder whether severe winter weather led to stir-crazy students, or if it is yet another sign of risky drinking behavior on campus. Whatever the reason for the increase, UW-Madison will have a better sense of the intensity of its drinking culture beginning in January 2009. For the first time, all Big Ten police departments are keeping track of the number of student detox transports, at the request of University of Wisconsin Police Chief Susan Riseling. “We’ve been tracking this stuff for years and one of the things that we found is that we seem to be getting an increase,” Riseling said. The number of detox transports has more than doubled since UWPD

began keeping record four years ago. “Our numbers have gone up every year since 2004—they’re alarming,” UW-Madison Assistant Dean of Students Ervin Cox said. “The numbers are up and we’re very concerned about it.” UWPD Officer Shane Driscoll said police involvement has not been the catalyst.

“We have not stepped up enforcements,” Driscoll said. “We’re not looking to take kids to detox. We’re not looking to write underage drinking tickets. “It seems to me that the behaviors related to over-consumption of alcohol are on the rise—that there are more detox page 3

UW-Madison detox visits on the rise First 10 days of fall semester (Aug. 31-Sept. 10) -2007 — 8 students transported to a detoxification facility -2006 — 11 students -2005 — 3 students First month of fall semester (Aug. 31-Oct. 2) -2007 — 41 students transported to a detoxification facility -2006 — 28 students -2005 — 26 students

A state Assembly lawmaker voted against a campaign finance reform bill she had earlier cosponsored Thursday, indicating the unlikeliness of a resolution on the issue this session. State Rep. Sheryl Albers, RReedsburg, chair of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Constitutional Law, voted against Assembly Bill 61, which would ban fundraising during the budget process. Albers said it was defeated because lawmakers on the committee thought there were still many unresolved questions about the bill. She said there is insufficient evidence that the bill would fix the alleged problems of fundraising during the budget process, but added the issue deserves future scrutiny. She said there was also a lack of support for several amendments to the bill that might have allowed it to pass. The bill’s author, State Rep. Mark Gottlieb, R-Port Washington, said he was not told by committee members they wanted to amend the bill. Gottlieb, who is also speaker pro tempore in the Republicancontrolled Assembly, said the bill was needed to change the perception that lobbyists influence lawmakers when elected officials fundraise during the budget process. Supporters of the bill had earlier tried to use a procedural motion to pull the bill from the

committee and send it directly to a vote in the full Assembly, but the motion failed largely along party lines. According to state Rep. Louis Molepske, D-Stevens Point, who voted in favor of AB 61 Thursday in the committee, polls show over 80 percent of the Wisconsin public support this type of bill. Molepske said 28 other states have restrictions of fundraising during the budget process. Mike McCabe, director of the watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said the lawmakers’ reasons for voting against AB 61 were “rationalizations” and “nonsense.” He said the real reason the bill failed was because Assembly leadership told Albers to stop the bill. He said leaders did this because the current system favors the powerful Republican donors Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Wisconsin Right to Life. McCabe said the public perception that lobbyists have a lot of influence on lawmakers is true. “Politicians can make all the lame excuses they want and express irritation about what they think is just a perception, but it is a very bitter reality to your average citizen,” McCabe said. The regular session of the state Assembly ends March 13, but a special session on campaign finance reform, called by Gov. Jim Doyle, is still technically in session for the rest of the year.

Calling all models

Spring semester (As of Feb. 5) -2008 — 10 students transported to a detoxification facility

‘Daily Show’ vet gives career, relationship advice By Christian Von Preysing-Barry THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison alumnus and 10time Emmy Award winner Ben Karlin headlined a group of authors promoting their new book, “Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me,” Sunday at Memorial Union Theater. Karlin, a former executive pro-

ducer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” was joined by his four co-authors, including UW-Madison dropout and current head writer for The Onion Todd Hansen. The five men related how their personal relationship experiences helped fuel the book. “That intense desire you felt

to be free of your long-term high school girl friend can turn ... into an unbearable eight-month fit of jealously, rage, sobbing and self pity—just by finding out that she has been sleeping with a pot dealer from her dorm,” Hansen said. Karlin and his long-time friends karlin page 3

Freakfest’s pricetag significantly lower second time around After reducing arrests, attendees and the physical space of Halloween on State Street with its “Freakfest” adaptation, the City of Madison can now boast another reduction related to the event—its cost. As city officials raised ticket prices to $7 and introduced corporate sponsorship, they managed

to cut the net cost of the event by about 40 percent from 2006 to 2007. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the net cost dropped from $363,000 to $220,000. The city only recently made the numbers official. Freakfest’s expenses fell more than $100,000 in 2007, while rev-

enue increased more than $70,000, the WSJ reported. One of Freakfest’s major costs—policing—will not be made official until every outside agency reports its costs. In 2006 the city decided to fence off and ticket the event after increasingly violent riots in previous years, and arrests have since dropped.


UW-Madison students and community members flocked to University Book Store Saturday to audition for “America’s Next Top Model.”

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

page two 2


Monday, March 10, 2008

An independent student newspaper, serving the University of Wisconsin-Madison community since 1892

TODAY: partly cloudy hi 32º / lo 19º

Thankful for life, Megan rules Oregon Trail

Volume 117, Issue 105

2142 Vilas Communication Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, Wis., 53706-1497 (608) 262-8000 l fax (608) 262-8100

News and Editorial Editor in Chief Managing Editor News Editor Campus Editor City Editor State Editor Opinion Editors

Jill Klosterman Jamie McMahon Jillian Levy Amanda Hoffstrom Abby Sears Charles Brace Rachel Sherman Mark Thompson Emma Condon Ryan Hebel Nate Carey Ryan Reszel Sarah Nance Marly Schuman Jennifer Evans Jacob Ela Amanda Salm Meg Anderson Matt Riley Andrew Dambeck Al Morrell Gabe Ubatuba Dan Aronson Evan Hall, Jacquee Lerner Shana Pradeep, Jake Victor

Arts Editors Sports Editors Features Editor Food Editor Science Editor Photo Editors Graphics Editors Copy Chiefs Copy Editors

Business and Advertising Business Manager Billing Manager Advertising Manager Web Director Account Executives

Babu Gounder Alex Kusters Marissa Gallus Christopher Guess Natalie Kemp Sarah Resimius, Tom Shield Marketing Director Sheila Phillips Assistant Marketing Director Jeff Grimyser Creative Designer Joe Farrell Accounts Receivable Manager Jonathan Prod Archivist Erin Schmidtke

The Daily Cardinal is published weekdays and distributed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its surrounding community with a circulation of 10,000. The Daily Cardinal is a nonprofit organization run by its staff members and elected editors. It receives no funds from the university. Operating revenue is generated from advertising and subscription sales. Capital Newspapers, Inc. is the Cardinal’s printer. The Daily Cardinal is printed on recycled paper. The Cardinal is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The Daily Cardinal are the sole property of the Cardinal and may not be reproduced without written permission of the editor in chief. The Daily Cardinal accepts advertising representing a wide range of views. This acceptance does not imply agreement with the views expressed. The Cardinal reserves the right to reject advertisements judged offensive based on imagery, wording or both. Complaints: News and editorial complaints should be presented to the editor in chief. Business and advertising complaints should be presented to the business manager. Letters Policy: Letters must be typewritten, double-spaced and no longer than 200 words, including contact information. Letters may be sent to

MEGAN CORBETT little red corbett


ast week was a bad week. When I had finally uncurled from the fetal position and had stopped sobbing convulsively after hearing the news of Brett Favre’s retirement, I trooped off to my philosophy exam. Of course, I fell on the ice on the way there. Then I didn’t answer a single proof on the test, unless you count “Because God made it so” as an acceptable answer. And things were just getting started. I fell again on the way back, broke off a door handle in the Humanities building, and as I stepped off the bus after a long night at College, I fell yet again and the door closed on my hand. I should have stayed hidden under my bed bowing before the Shrine O’ Favre. As the bus drove away, full of

Editorial Board l



Board of Directors

Marissa Gallus Babu Gounder Nik Hawkins Tim Kelley Jill Klosterman Janet Larson Chris Long Benjamin Sayre Adam Schmidt Terry Shelton Jeff Smoller Jason Stein l






���������������������� �����������

Maine camp needs fun loving counselors to teach all land, adventure & water sports. Great Summer! Call 888-844-8080 Apply:

people laughing at my misfortune, I lay in the snow contemplating life. It was then I decided this week was a sign from the powers that be. I had to change my life. After all, I had fallen in busy streets three times that day, an entire country’s object of affection was gone and I had almost been ran over by a bus. This was no coincidence: I had come close to a near-death experience. With a new perspective on life, I decided there were some important things to do. The first was to make amends for the wrongs in my life. I called my dad and told him I was the one who broke that window when I was 12, not the neighbor kids. He had to call our lawyers to get the restraining order removed, so he couldn’t stay and talk. But I felt something special when he yelled, “You dumbass!” and hung up. It was the feeling of honesty. I made a lot of calls and sent a ton of e-mails that night. An apology to my brother for forgetting him at school, an e-mail to my friend Brad for eating his last cheesy bread and blaming it on

Jeff, and finally a Facebook message to Kelly; It wasn’t nice of me to let you die in Oregon Trail all the time. But how was I supposed to know a grueling pace and meager rations would kill someone with dysentery? Actually, I take that last one back. Everyone did that, and I still think it’s funny. Now that I had come clean, it was time for the fun part. I had to change my life so a day was never wasted. I began compiling the list of things I have to do in my life. Of course, there were the boring ones like skydiving and traveling the world, but I threw some really unique stuff on there too. I want to learn to breathe fire, brew moonshine and play euchre. So euchre isn’t that extraordinary, but I think I am the only person in Wisconsin who doesn’t know how to play, so it is unique to me. I want to wrestle in one of those fake sumo suits, find Bigfoot and reunite the members of *NSYNC and yell at them for perverting my musical taste for years. I want to learn to play the

glockenspiel, dance on a giant keyboard with Tom Hanks and be an announcer for the World Lawnmower Racing Championships. But, the ultimate goal, the one at the top of the list with little stars around it, is to meet Chuck Norris. Many of you probably thought I had worked this obsession out of my system, but alas, I have not. His Huckabee tour bus drove by me one night, and it is still the highlight of my winter break. Someday, I hope all my columns will be Chuck Norris approved. So, as I embark on my new and exciting life, I will learn to laugh off little falls, being rejected by Tyra Banks at the Bookstore this weekend and the retirements of legends. But now it is time for me to play some Oregon Trail. I haven’t thought about Kelly in a long time, and I have a feeling she is about to get a wicked case of dysentery. If you let people you didn’t like die in Oregon Trail, e-mail Megan at

For the In the March 6 issue of The Daily Cardinal, quotes were incorrectly attributed to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, regarding the photograph record ordinance. Verveer is a co-sponsor of the ordinance and fully supports tenant rights issues. The Daily Cardinal apologizes for this mistake.

Kyle Dropp Dave Heller Jill Klosterman John Leppanen Jamie McMahon Rachel Sherman Mark Thompson

© 2008, The Daily Cardinal Media Corporation ISSN 0011-5398

TUESDAY: sunny hi 40º / lo 27º

Pregnant or know someone who is?

�������������������������������� ������������������ ������������������������������ ����������������������������������� ������������������������������� ����

Monday, March 10, 2008


Members of the Alliance for Animals protest Saturday against animal testing at a memorial event for the 10th anniversary of the deaths of 150 monkeys at Henry Vilas Zoo.

Event honors Vilas monkeys Memorial service remembers 150 killed monkeys By Lauren Vettel THE DAILY CARDINAL

A group of animal rights activists from the Alliance for Animals Primate Freedom Project commemorated the 10th anniversary of the deaths of 150 monkeys at Henry Vilas Zoo Saturday. The monkeys lived in the zoo’s monkey house but functioned as research animals for the UWMadison’s Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. The monkeys died in 1998 after a whistle-blower revealed UW researchers were subjecting them to suffering in their experiments, often selling them to labs around the country afterward. The National Institutes of Health responded by

terminating funding for the monkeys’ care and for related research programs and then-dean Virginia Henshaw told reporters the university would need to relocate the monkeys immediately. A refuge in San Antonio offered to donate $30,000 for transportation and care of the monkeys, but the university deemed the location inadequate and sent the monkeys to Tulane University. Instead of allowing the monkeys to remain in their family groups, Tulane researchers separated the monkeys into quarantine, a form of solitary confinement. The researchers allegedly subjected the animals to scientific testing, which resulted in their deaths. According to the Alliance for Animals, on three separate occasions the university promised in writing to spare the monkeys from harmful experiments. Primate Freedom Project Leader Rick Bogle said he believes

the National Institutes of Health worked with the university to sell the animals, thereby avoiding responsibility for the deaths. Bogle’s wife Lynn Pauley said the memorial helped remember the monkeys’ deaths and the animal rights cause. “I think it’s really important that we stand here, as bearing witness, even if no one else were here,” Pauley said. WNPRC director Dr. Joseph Kemnitz said in a statement the former colony benefited researchers at the time, but the university decided to withdraw the program because of funding decreases, building problems and inbreeding concerns. He called the university’s comments at the time of the transfer “ill-advised.” The WNPRC receives full accreditation from the American Association for the Accreditation of Animal Care International, and regular review from several other federal and state-level agencies.

Madison police believe weekend armed robberies connected

karlin from page 1

The Madison Police Department is looking for two suspects involved in separate armed robberies on Jefferson Street and Regent Street early Friday. The first incident occurred just after midnight in the 2200 block of Regent Street, according to a police report. One suspect put a gun to the victim’s side and

from The Onion are on tour to promote their new anthology, a lesson-by-lesson male recount of hard earned wisdom from unpleasant relationships. The book features confessions from a lineup of writers and comedians. Karlin outlined the best pieces. “Andy Richter wrote one of my favorites,” Karlin said of the book’s second lesson. “Girls Don’t Make Passes at Boys with Fat Asses.” In 2004, Karlin, with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, cowrote New York Times bestseller, “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction,” a satirical textbook on the American political system. “At the end of my run I had a very important epiphany, which was: What could I do for less money and way less recognition? And the answer was a book,” Karlin said. He left Comedy Central in 2006. Stanley Schultz, a UWMadison emeritus history professor, introduced Karlin, teasing him for avoiding “all intellectually challenging work” as a UW undergrad. Schultz edited the “satirical mistakes” of “America (The Book)” for its 2006 “Teacher’s Edition” re-release. “Long before I decided on my

detox from page 1 kids drinking to excess.” UW-Madison started to inquire within the past two years if other Big Ten schools were observing a similar trend, Riseling said. “Most of them weren’t collecting the data, so we didn’t know whether we were leading the pack, whether we were average or we have it good. We had no comparison.” According to Riseling, all conference police departments have tracked the same data since Jan. 1 and will keep track through the end of the year, with the intent to share numbers in January 2009. Although the other campuses will not be able to compare internally for several years, she said UW-Madison would know where it falls immediately. “We would, for the first time, be able to see this comparison and then


U.S. Rep. Kagen declares health care as ‘number one’ fiscal issue

Spring starts early this year, according to Cieslewicz Mayor Dave Cieslewicz declared March 9 the start of spring rather than the traditional date of March 20 Friday. Local paddlesport shop Rutabaga demanded the date change to coincide with Canoecopia, the world’s largest canoe and kayak expo held at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center from March 7-9. Cieslewicz honored their request and issued the following proclamation: “Whereas, the winter of 20072008 will go down as one of the most severe in Madison history with record snowfall, strong winds, freezing rain, below zero temperatures and now on top of it all Brett Favre retires (for cryin’ out loud); and “Whereas, these conditions make us better, hardier people of higher character than our friends who have fled to places like Florida where they can’t even get a primary election right; and “Whereas, even with those advantages, we’ve had enough already; and “Whereas, Madison has never been a community that simply accepts the status quo whether that be the results of national elections, the realities of nuclear fallout, general market conditions or, for that matter, mere astronomical forces; and “Whereas, spring is a state of mind brought on by the thought of paddle sports and the sight of sleek new canoes and other cool canoe gear; and “Whereas, Madison has been described as so many square miles surrounded by reality; and “Whereas, Madison has been growing at a nice pace which must mean that reality is therefore shrinking; and “Whereas, reality is overrated. “Now, therefore, be it resolved that spring officially begins in the City of Madison at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.”



demanded his wallet as the other suspect searched his pockets and took the wallet. A second armed robbery occurred at 1:24 a.m. in the 1700 block of Jefferson Street. Police said one suspect came up to the victim, displayed a handgun and demanded his wallet. The suspect took the man’s wallet as a second

suspect looked on. Police believe the crimes might be linked due to their similarities. Police describe the first suspect as a black male, 6'0", last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5'7", last seen wearing a green jacket and armed with a handgun.

we can make decisions based on what it shows us.” One challenge facing other universities is the lack of state detoxification facilities. Unlike Wisconsin, where UW-Madison students are taken to the Dane County Detoxification Center, Riseling said some states only have access to hospital emergency rooms. “Minnesota is most like us in the fact that they have a detoxification center,” she said. “They’ll be able pretty easily to get the numbers and they may even be able to go back and find out old numbers.”

density of bars near campus. “That’s so hard to do, and, in the state of Wisconsin, that’ll just take time,” Driscoll said. “The trend, at least as far as detox transports, is we’re not heading in the right direction yet.” Cox said another step to decreasing numbers in the fall, when the most detox transports occur, will be the introduction of the “Show and Blow” breathalyzer program during the 2007 football season. The university plans to continue the breathalyzer tests next fall. “Football is a major, major problem for us with alcohol,” Cox said, adding though some signs of improvement in student awareness of dangerous drinking exist, it is an “uphill battle.” “There’s still this culture we’re up against … We’re up against a multimillion dollar industry, a multi-billion dollar industry.”

Shifting the drinking culture Both Cox and Driscoll said the city and the university are working to change UW-Madison’s drinking culture and students’ dangerous drinking habits. One such step is to decrease the

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis., focused on health care in a speech at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Friday. He also spoke at a fundraiser Friday evening that was sponsored by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. Kagen said students should realize that access to health care is currently “the number one fiscal issue.” Kagen recently introduced the No Discrimination in Health Insurance Act, which would mandate that insurance companies cover residents regardless of pre-existing medical conditions. UW-Madison College Democrats Chair Oliver Kiefer said he felt health care is one of the issues that most directly affects students, even they sometimes feel it does not concern them. He said the majority of uninsured in the country are between the ages of 24 and KAGEN 30 years old. Kagen said health care, along with issues like retaining jobs in the state and the war in Iraq, were the most important issues facing the country. The war in Iraq, according to Kagen, is a “religious civil war” that is a drain on the national economy and does not make the country safer. In 2006, Kagen won the eighth Congressional district in a campaign against former Assembly Speaker John Gard. It was his first term as a U.S. Representative, having been a doctor in Appleton. The race between Kagen and Gard was consistently rated as one of the country’s most competitive, and Gard is running again this year. Kagen is a UW-Madison alumnus. —Charles Brace choice of a professional career, I had concluded that anything and everything worth knowing could be found in the pages of a book. Experimenting and experiencing, I thought, were just for poor readers,” Schultz sarcastically added. Karlin signed books afterward at Tripp Commons. His anthology is on shelves now.


UW-Madison alumnus and former Comedy Central Executive Producer and writer Ben Karlin speaks at Memorial Union Sunday.

opinion 4


Monday, March 10, 2008

view Cardinal View editorials represent The Daily Cardinal’s organizational opinion. Each editorial is crafted independent of news coverage.

tuition increase not unwarranted


s the Regents figure out a way to bring more revenue to UW-Madison, there is a sucking sound in the political science department. Top professors are leaving the department for other institutions because their pay is greater elsewhere, sometimes more than double what they receive at UW-Madison. The political science department isn’t alone. In fact, last year’s survey from the Association of American University Professors shows UWMadison is at the bottom of the list for average professor salary among its peer institutions. The Regents’ goal is to bring in more revenue to give professors higher salaries and increase financial aid, among others things. In order to achieve increased revenue, the Regents are debating the option of increasing tuition, which provides a direct source of revenue.

UW-Madison is at the bottom of the list for average professor salary among its peer institutions.

Although any increase in tuition would seem to be against the student interest, it is important to note UWMadison’s position among its peers for tuition. UW-Madison is No. 9 of the 10 public Big Ten schools for in-state tuition, while only the University of Michigan is ranked above UW-Madison in the U.S. News and World Report best-university rankings. The Regents have the right to address this discrepancy, since UW-Madison’s reputation as a top public university should legitimize a corresponding tuition.

The problem with increasing tuition is the strain it would put on students from low-income backgrounds. For this reason, a beefed-up financial aid package should also be introduced to ensure affordability.

UW-Madison’s reputation as a top public university should legitimize a corresponding tuition. MEG ANDERSON/THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Regents are considering imposing differential tuition to offset this challenge. In short, the differential tuition policy would charge wealthier students more to subsidize the cost of poorer students’ tuition. However, this proposal creates an awkward middle-class predicament while redistributing wealth in a disingenuous manner. The increase should instead be across the board. Although this extra tuition money would go toward financial aid for others—among other things—it is UW-Madison’s duty to provide financial aid for those who need it. If a marginal increase in tuition can bring more revenue to the school without putting any more strain on those who need financial aid or take out loans, then the Regents should proceed with a plan to increase tuition for everyone. If UW-Madison wants to be a top university, it can rationalize an increase from its spot as the second least expensive school among the public Big Ten universities. The Regents should forget the idea of charging wealthier students more. Attending UW-Madison has a cost, and the university and government are responsible for helping those who cannot afford it.


$7,010 Estimated cost of tuition for in-state, undergraduate UWMadison students for 2007-’08 academic year—second lowest among the 10 public Big Ten universities.


UW-Madison’s excellence ranking among 124 nationally ranked universities, trailing only the University of Michigan in the Big Ten.


2006-’07 ranking of UW-Madison professor salaries among peer group of 12 other universities, which includes the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.


Professors the political science department at UW-Madison has estimated losing over the past three academic years. Sources:,, U.S. News and World Report

Health care is a human right, not a costly luxury RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist


he issue of universal health care has become a dominant issue in today’s politics. Many people push for a governmentsanctioned universal health care program that covers all Americans, while opponents argue that the system we have now is the best possible way to handle health care. However, Americans have a significantly lower average life expectancy than people living in Europe and other industrialized nations who have universal health care policies. The infant mortality rate is also higher in the United States than in countries with government-funded health care. With continuously rising health insurance premiums, an alternative must be sought. A government-funded universal health care program is not only the answer to these issues, but also makes sense on an economic, medical and moral level. A single-payer system of health care would actually be more cost effective than the system we have now. A single-payer health insurance system would have a single public agency that deals with health care funding, but the delivery of such a system would remain mostly private.

Currently, the health care system in America is the most expensive in the world on a per-capita basis.

Currently, the health care system in America is the most expensive system in the world on a per-capita basis. In spite of this, not every citizen is provided with a form of medical care coverage. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 16 percent of the U.S. population did not have any health insurance

in 2006. A single-payer system would cut down prices of medical care by reallocating the money currently spent on the overhead costs required to run hundreds of insurance companies. Cutting down on these expenditures is crucial, a study by the Harvard Medical School and the Canadian Institute for Health Information explains, as about 30 percent of health care costs go to these administrative expenses. The amount and quality of medical care provided would also improve under a national plan. If insurance companies’ provider networks are eliminated, then doctors would no longer be able to obtain patients based on their membership in a provider group. Thus, quality of care should increase as doctors have to compete for patients. Furthermore, patients are more likely to stay with the same doctors for years since people will no longer switch insurance plans and consequently, provider networks. Thus, doctors would be more motivated to treat long-term and chronic illnesses like diabetes with more preventive measures. With the present system, doctors have no reason financially to use preventive measures or treat chronic diseases since a person is likely to change insurance providers and thus doctors. Also, uninsured Americans who have chronic illnesses would be much more likely to go to a doctor if there was a universal medical program providing health benefits for all citizens. Such a system would further benefit the nation on an economic level. Opponents of a universal health care system assert that medical research will significantly decrease since the reduction in privatization will no longer provide the profit incentives for drug companies as before. However, medical research is already publicly funded, and it would continue to be so if a universal health care plan were enacted. Drug companies would still be competing with each other to produce effective drugs and earn more government grants. In fact, many important discoveries were made in countries that have

universal health care. This includes the CT scan in England and a new treatment developed in Canada to help cure juvenile diabetes by transplanting pancreatic cells. There are dozens of other reasons that either support or undermine the idea of a universal medical coverage plan in America. My arguments are based on the belief that everyone is entitled to health care, regardless of whether they can afford it. It is wrong when affordability issues force people to quit taking medication or forego a visit to the doctor. To give health care only to those who can pay the constantly rising costs is unacceptable, and something needs to change.

Americans have a significantly lower average life expectancy than nations with universal health care policies.

Although some would argue that nobody is automatically entitled to proper health care, I find this view fundamentally wrong from a humanistic standpoint. All Americans should have an opportunity to obtain some sort of health care, and such a concept is plausible lest our nation’s health standards continue to deteriorate. Ryan Dashek is a sophomore majoring in Biology. Please send responses to

arts ‘Presidential’ jams rock

Monday, March 10, 2008



Forget ‘Peaches,’ check out These are the Good Times People By Jake Victor

band’s live show. These Are the Good Times People You might remember the opens with the album’s first single, Presidents of the United States of “Mixed Up S.O.B.,” an ode to a America as the guys behind the misanthrope delivered with suralternative radio hits “Lump” and prising energy and tight harmonies that set the tone for “Peaches” back in the CD REVIEW the rest of the album. mid-1990s. But in On “Mixed Up spite of their two-hit S.O.B.” and tracks wonder status, the like “Ladybug,” “Poor Presidents have continued to write pop-rock Turtle” and the cowbell-driven “So Lo So songs, and their newest release, These Are Hi,” the band stay true the Good Times People, to their past work, These are the Good is their best since their cranking out hooks Times People 1995 debut. while keeping their lyrThe Presidents of ics pleasantly simple. The Seattle-based But elsewhere on the Presidents have a the United States of America album, the Presidents knack for creating songs that get stuck in your head expand their style and show they are and defy the limitations of the ready to grow musically, even if they band’s instruments. Playing a modi- remain firmly grounded in pop. fied two-string “basitar,” front man These Are the Good Times People Chris Ballew excitedly belts out is the first Presidents album to featracks about the Presidents’ com- ture a horn section. This addition mon themes of animals romance, adds depth and vibrancy to songs thankfully never at the same time. like “Sharpen Up Those Fangs,” These are the Good Times People which begins as a relatively catchy boasts the official addition of track but is taken to near perfecAndrew McKeag as their new mas- tion with lively trumpets layered ter of the three-string “guitbass” over the harmonies. after an extended stint as part of the The horn section also drives THE DAILY CARDINAL

the album’s two standout tracks, “Deleter” and “Flame is Love.” “Flame Is Love” is a slick, rockabilly-infused toe-tapper, reminiscent of the Reverend Horton Heat. Bright backing horns throughout give the image of a swinging 1930s dance hall—or at least a slick, zootsuited bandleader. Meanwhile “Deleter” is the album’s best track. Perhaps still unconfident about the band’s stylistic expansion, the Presidents unwisely passed it over as the first single and relegated it to the very end of the album. With Ballew joined by nu-jazz singer and fellow Seattleite Fysah Thomas on vocals, “Deleter” is a frenzied, danceable jam that makes you wish strutting your way to class was socially acceptable. With “Deleter” and other tracks leading the way toward a new sound, and the rest of the album perfecting their established style, the Presidents’ new album is a big step in the right direction. By taking some chances, the Presidents may have finally figured out how to return to commercial success and achieve the widespread respect they deserve.


‘These are the Good Times’ for the Presidents of the United States of America as they release their best album since the mid-1990s.


Murder by Death’s latest album isn’t something to bring home to your mother, but it is worth a listen.

‘Death’ never sounded so good By Eric Anderson

first singles. The interplay between Sarah Balliet’s cello and Red Of Tooth and Claw, Murder Turla’s vocals carries this song by Death’s latest full-length to and from emotional climaxes, album and first since signing with while the rhythm section fills Vagrant records, is one you can the spaces in between with balance and stabillisten to with almost ity, composed of new anybody, except with CD REVIEW percussionist Dagan your mother—and Thogerson and vetdefinitely your grandmother. Both would eran Matt Armstrong be inclined to grab a on bass. bar of soap and ask For those who you, nicely but firmcomplain that the ly, “Where does this focus of Murder by Adam Turla character Death has become Red Of Tooth and live?” Turla’s voice and lyrics Claw It is an album that rather than the musiMurder by cal aspects need only mixes influences from Death listen to “Theme (for the “good ol’ days” of early Americana, with touches Ennio Morricone)” and “Spring of genre-clashing post-punk and Break 1899.” The first is an instrumental rock. Lyrically, this album presents song showcasing the band’s unity drunken debauchery and love- and highlighting the talents of gone-awry with sometimes vul- each band member without the gar, but always refreshing, hon- distraction of lyrics. esty. Turla describes the album However, Balliet steals the as “Homer’s Odyssey of revenge, spotlight with her sweeping rangonly without the honorable char- es and free-flowing tones. “Spring acter at the center.” Break 1899” is the album’s conIt begins with “Comin’ Home,” cluding track and stands as the a song about a wayward traveler near flawless ending to Murder by who has been beaten up by the Death’s epic. The man who was “Comin’ world so much and so often that Home” in the beginning fell helphe returns home. The first thing you will lessly in love in “Fuego!” and lived undoubtedly notice is lead a life of vulgarity that this article singer Adam Turla’s voice and doesn’t dare to repeat, before he its ascent—or some may say decides from “Now on I’ll do all descent—to Johnny Cash-dom. the good I can...” Turla says on the band’s webWhether you’re a Cash fan or not, you won’t be able to deny site, “The real energy in our songs that Turla’s voice has reached comes from stuff like the sexual new heights of haunting beauty. tension, the murder, the drinking Throughout Red Of Tooth and and basically any other dirt you Claw, and specifically this track, find between the lines.” If this is the kind of beautifulhis voice takes on a life of its own and sets the low-driving tone, ly rendered “dirt” you enjoy lisboth melodically and lyrically, for tening to, then give Red Of Tooth and Claw a try. But remember for this album. “Fuego!” is one of this album’s Turla’s sake, “Mum’s the word.” THE DAILY CARDINAL

Nine Inch Nails’ mysterious ‘Ghosts’ proves worth the wait By Mario Puig THE DAILY CARDINAL

It wasn’t that long ago that the release of a new Nine Inch Nails album would precede a five-or six-year drought for new material, much to the dismay of the insatiable NIN fan base. Luckily, those days of substance dependency and writer’s block plaguing the artistic efficiency of mastermind Trent Reznor are long gone. On Fe. 16, roughly 10 months after releasing the dynamic Year Zero, a news update on displayed the words “2 weeks.” Fast forward to the evening of March 2 and, apparently not content with watching his fan base writhing in unbearable anticipation for only two

weeks, Reznor posted a final update: several other contributors developed “2 hours.” After watching his fans musical accomplices to introspective sceneries, “dressing impatiently squirm for imagined locations with a couple more hours, CD REVIEW sound and texture.” Trent finally filled Collaborators included everyone in. past NIN contributors Ghosts I-IV, a 36Atticus Ross, Alessandro track collection of Cortini and Adrian instrumentals split Belew (King Crimson), into four, nine-track as well as Brian Viglione subsets, was released (Dresden Dolls). for download and CD/ Ghosts I-IV According to Trent, vinyl purchase. With Nine Inch Nails more Ghosts releases are the Ninternet on red likely forthcoming. alert, promptly Trent’s description of the album, crashed as the cult swarmed upon a “soundtrack for daydreams,” is very Trent’s latest creation. Ghosts I-IV is the result of a 10 fitting. All 36 tracks are unnamed and week experiment where Reznor and improvisational in nature. There is no

especially consistent trend in sound among them. The overall sound of this release is basically a tamed look back on the musical styles of post-Broken Nine Inch Nails. There are a few tracks that feature punchy, grinding synths reminiscent of The Downward Spiral. Many songs contain elegant pianos and atmospherics similar to those that defined Still. The edgier tracks contain exercises in noise and sub-bass droning that have been prominent since The Fragile. Despite being entirely impulsive, everything is tied together nicely. If you’re planning on listening to Ghosts I-IV in a highly attentive

manner, then you might be disappointed. The spontaneous songwriting approach of those involved gives this release a loose, somewhat unfocused feel. Ghosts I-IV may prove to serve better as background music. On the other hand, if you aren’t a NIN fan, this release might be a good starting point to see if this band is something you can learn to appreciate. The appeal of Ghosts I-IV is more accessible than the deep, brooding nature of other NIN releases, but in doing so limits its overall potential. It isn’t mind-blowing like most everything else Trent has done, but this is still a good release. You will find worse ways to spend $5.

comics 6


Monday, March 10, 2008

Butter Pecan

Today’s Sudoku


By Ryan Matthes

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Mega Dude Squad

By Stephen Guzetta and Ryan Lynch

Solution, tips and computer program available at

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

And that’s why I play checkers.

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich

There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in Chess.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

Answer key available at SOLVING THE YANKEES ACROSS

1 Private student 6 Tunnel of love vehicle 10 Dover fish 14 “My love ___ fever’’ (Shakespeare) 15 “On top of that” 16 Has a mortgage, e.g. 17 Wield one’s influence in a puppet show? 20 Its fruit is an acorn 21 Horn of plenty? 22 Start of the Lord’s Prayer 23 Exit quickly 25 Secret Chinese society, in the United States 27 Conical quarters 31 Procrastinate 34 Relative of the zebra 36 Genesis construction 37 Tizzy 38 Don’s followers 39 Black-and-white driver 41 1/1000 of an inch 43 Scottish refusal 44 “Famous’’ cookie brand 46 “Kilroy ___ here’’ 48 Fluffy dessert 50 Do more than threaten to sue 53 Bit of buffoonery

54 East European native 55 Fuzzy textures 58 Guinea pig, often 60 Nautical affirmatives 62 ___ Maria (coffee liqueur) 63 One way to prepare for bed 68 Big source of corn 69 Mars’ Greek counterpart 70 “A Lesson From ___’’ 71 Refute 72 Get one’s feet wet 73 Songwriter Newman DOWN

1 “That’s just the ___ the iceberg’’ 2 Typical 3 Discussed 4 Course for non-English speakers, briefly 5 Toward the rising sun 6 Type of shoot 7 David Mamet play 8 Sure-footed work animal 9 Oz canine 10 Social gatherings 11 Have control of 12 Journey segment 13 Slalom section 18 Gotten too big for 19 Babe’s name 24 Work measure

26 Disinfectant’s target 28 Madison Square Garden neighbor 29 Walt Disney’s middle name 30 First name in mascara 32 NRC forerunner 33 Read through quickly 34 City near Boys Town, Neb. 35 “___ is an island’’ 40 Butter squares 42 Crooner Rawls 45 Sloping structure for ship-building 47 Comforted 49 Still-life subject 51 “Law & Order: SVU’’ co-star 52 Roan on the range 56 Yearned deeply 57 Mouthy 59 Winter-to-spring transition 61 Critic’s unit 63 Accomplished 64 Landmark case name 65 Botanical beard 66 Historical timeline section 67 Chicken-king connection

By Simon Dick


By Eric Wigdahl

...OR HERE W: 35 p 2 H: 14 p 7


Monday, March 10, 2008



Bulldogs one goal better than UW in Final Face-Off By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

For the first time in three seasons, Mark Johnson’s ladies in red will not hoist the WCHA conference tournament trophy. The Wisconsin women’s hockey team fell 5-4 in overtime against Minnesota Duluth in the WCHA title game Sunday, their fourth loss to the Bulldogs this season. Duluth coach Shannon Miller received her fourth conference title since 2000 with the victory. UMD converted two of its first three shots into goals by freshman forward Laura Fridfinnson and junior defender Myriam Trepanier. JOHNSON The Badgers did not get on the board until they were down 30 when senior wing Jinelle Zaugg put back a rebound with seconds left in the first. So p h o m o re f o r w a rd Emmanuelle Blais was fighting for position in front of the goal during a second period power play and managed to net a rebound that Wisconsin junior goaltender Jesse Vetter could not control, pushing the Bulldogs’ lead back to three.

Wisconsin then responded with two goals a minute apart, one from sophomore center Jasmine Giles in the slot and one from Zaugg off a nice feed from junior defender Rachel Bible at the point. The five goals were a career high in goals allowed for Vetter. With under three minutes left in the third Mallory Deluce forced overtime by scoring on a rebound after Duluth sophomore goalie Kim Martin was taken out of the play. Both teams had good shots to try to end the game in overtime, including a Zaugg shot that was blocked by the Bulldogs’ sophomore defender Heidi Pelttari when Martin was out of the net. Freshman forward Haley Irwin ended it by burying a Pelttari shot that Vetter had stopped. Wisconsin earned their berth in Sunday’s conference title game by beating the Golden Gophers 4-3 Saturday. It was UW’s third win over Minnesota in five tries this year. Minnesota opened the scoring when junior forward Gigi Marvin slammed home a cross-ice pass, but Zaugg answered by sneaking the puck between the post and Gopher junior goaltender Kim Hanlon from a difficult angle. The Badgers took the lead

after freshman wing Hilary Knight stole the puck behind the Minnesota net and centered it to junior center Erika Lawler, who scored. The lead grew to two when Lawler and a pack of players crashed into the goal, dislodging the puck from Hanlon’s glove into the net. Marvin tipped a pass from the blue line into goal to cut into the lead. Freshman forward Jen Schoullis tied it when she got the puck off a strange bounce off the sideboard and had an open net in front of her. Nine minutes into the third period Minnesota was penalized for having too many players on the ice. The penalty would prove costly as Zaugg buried a long shot off the draw to give the Badgers their winning margin. The Gophers put the puck in the net with .1 seconds to go but the officials ruled that it had been directed in by a hand and was disallowed. “It was very impressive that she got it in that quick with .1 left, but I knew she got it with her hand,” junior goaltender Jesse Vetter said. Zaugg scored four goals over the weekend, which moves her into first place in the school record books with 86 career goals.

Distance medley relay runs to nationals spot By Scott Allen THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin women’s distance medley relay earned a spot at nationals by placing second at the “Last Chance” meet in Notre Dame, Ind., this weekend, while junior pole vaulter Jenny Soceka and the men’s 4x400 meter relay team picked up provisional NCAA qualifying marks. The women’s distance medley relay team of seniors Ann Detmer and Nicole Slaby and juniors Carly Ducharme and Gwen Jorgensen fin-

ished second, 0.75 seconds behind Illinois in 11 minutes, 9.84 seconds. It was the second best all-time for Wisconsin. While the effort fell just short of the automatic qualifying standard, the relay is guaranteed a spot at nationals, as they rank eighth in the NCAA. Jenny Soceka earned third place in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 1 inch, but her 13-3 1⁄2 personal best and UW record from the Big Tens puts her at No. 25 in the nation, and only the top 16 get to compete.


Senior Ann Detmer and the Wisconsin women’s distance medley relay finished in second place at the “Last Chance” meet.

win from page 8 line, surpassing Wes Matthew’s record of 35-straight made free throws and setting the new mark at 39 and counting. “Yeah I [knew the record was on the line],” Bohannon said. “As much as I really didn’t want to think about it, I did. The last

couple of games people have mentioned it and everything. Some people were joking around before I was going up to the line that it was [for the record]. Joe [Krabbenhoft] was saying something and Tanner [Bronson] too.” It was fitting for this team that it took until the final regular season game to see a significant individ-

The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of freshmen Andrew Milenkovski and Quinn Evans, senior Luke Hoenecke and junior James Groce won their meet in 3:09.53, but missed earning a spot at nationals by 1.31 seconds. The effort puts them fifth on UW’s all-time list. The women’s 4x400 meter relay placed sixth this weekend at 3:45.89, and junior Sarah Hurley ran 4:52 in the mile for 19th place. The men’s team ran four in the 800 meters, with freshman Luke Rucks placing third in 1:50.63, junior Joe Pierre clocking in at 1:51.63 for ninth, and seniors Steve Ludwig and Eric Hatchell placing 15th and 19th in 1:52.51 and 1:53.29, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Gasper aimed to improve upon his provisional mark in the mile, but came up a little short, as he ran 4:05.96 for seventh place. Also, junior Brennan Boettcher placed sixth in the high jump by clearing 6-7 1⁄2, and freshman Rayme Mackinson long jumped 22-7 for eighth place. The women’s DMR will join senior Katrina Rundhaug at the NCAA Championships. Rundhaug is currently ranked third in the NCAA after going 15:56.33 at the Big Tens. Sophomore Brandon Bethke, this year’s Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year, is going into nationals ranked fourth in the 3,000 meters and 11th in the mile. The UW men’s team will also send eighth-ranked miler sophomore Jack Bolas and the No. 5 distance medley relay. The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships take place March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark. ual record broken. These Badgers pride themselves on teamwork and not individual accolades—a major reason why they won their eighth conference road game of the season and can call themselves outright Big Ten Champions. “To be 8-1 on the road, I don’t care what league you’re in, that’s pretty good,” Ryan said.


After scoring four goals in two games this weekend, senior forward Jinelle Zaugg set the school record for most goals scored in a career. She passed former Badger Meghan Hunter who graduated in 2004 with 84 goals. The winner of the WCHA Championship has won six of the

atmosphere from page 8 Everyone’s close to the floor and it’s loud. It’s just really fun to be a part of.” More than a half hour after the Badgers defeated the Wildcats, head coach Bo Ryan’s press conference in an auxiliary gym was interrupted when cheers echoed throughout the arena. As the Badger players walked out of the locker rooms and back out onto the court, they were greeted by a small gathering of cardinal-clad fans who did not want to go home. Some of the remaining UW faithful were friends and family members, but others were kids hoping for mementos from the Big Ten champs. Seniors Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma signed autographs and posed for pictures while sophomore guard Trevon Hughes chatted with fans. Butch dominates When Butch walked onto the court Saturday afternoon it was clear he was the tallest player on the floor. When he jogged off, emphatically pumping his right fist in the air, it was obvious to

champions from page 8 Wisconsin also won Big Ten regular season crowns in 2001-’02 and 2002-’03 under Ryan. In 2001-’02 the Badgers finished with a record of 11-5 and tied with four other teams for the conference’s top spot. Former UW forward Kirk Penney and current New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris led the 2002-’03 squad that won the title outright after defeating Illinois in the final game of the season. Yet neither of those teams won 16 conference games like this year’s team. Nor did they have a Big Ten road record of 8-1 like the 2007-’08 team. According to most preseason polls and projections, the Badgers were not supposed to finish anywhere near the top of the conference. But game after game, Wisconsin continued to improve. “I never compare teams,” Ryan

past seven national titles. Wisconsin will return to Minneapolis for the second time this season to play Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament next weekend. the 8,117 fans in attendance that he was also the best player on the court. Butch scored a game-high 20 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds. The senior from Appleton, Wis., consistently found holes around the basket in the Wildcats’ 1-3-1 zone defense, and with Butch pulling down rebounds, NU managed only five second-chance points and seven offensive boards. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said Butch’s height advantage did not guarantee his success against the Wildcats. “There are big guys who can’t get that against small teams,” Ryan said. “It’s not that easy.” Butch has not always produced stellar numbers while playing at Welsh-Ryan. Last year, he scored nine points and in 2005 managed only two points in 28 minutes. Despite his impressive game, Butch said he was only focused on winning the next game. “It’s nice to have numbers,” Butch said. “But when it comes down to it ... it’s about winning. It’s about having a championship.” said. “But ... this team has come as far as any I’ve ever had.” Ryan noted how the current Wisconsin players stepped in to replace last season’s graduating seniors on both offense and defense. “Our bigs picked up for Chappell’s post defense,” Ryan said. “But the scoring definitely had to come from four or five, not two.” Butch credited the team’s chemistry as one of the reasons for its success. “We all believe in each other,” Butch said. “We all care about each other on and off the court. And it’s not a fake thing either. It’s a unique thing to have.” According to Ryan, few people outside the state of Indiana were upset by UW’s victory. “I already got a couple e-mails from Jostens [ring company],” Ryan said. “Only one team gets rings. They missed out on some business.”

sports 8


Monday, March 10, 2008

SENIOR GUARD JOLENE ANDERSON was given the 2008 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Alone at the top

Badgers win Big Ten regular-season title outright with 13-point victory over Northwestern By Adam Hoge THE DAILY CARDINAL

EVANSTON, Ill.—The nets stayed up and the fans remained in their seats, but Saturday’s win proved to be just as sweet for the UW men’s basketball team. Three days after clinching a share of the Big Ten title at the Kohl Center, the Badgers went on the road and topped Northwestern 65-52 to secure the outright title in front of a pro-Badgers crowd of 8,117 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The celebration was not what it was Wednesday, but the satisfaction was still there as at least 5,000 Badger fans applauded the finishing touches on a remarkable regular season that included a UW record for conference wins (16) and road conference wins (eight).

“This group, defensively, gave themselves a chance to be champions in the Big Ten.” Bo Ryan head coach UW men’s basketball

“Just knowing what’s at stake and knowing how Badger fans are and how supportive they are, I think they wanted an outright championship just as bad as we did so that they don’t have to go down to Indianapolis wearing the same gear as other people,” senior forward Brian Butch said. Butch led the way with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and tied a career high with 14 rebounds. “Brian has been very effective for us and pretty consistent this year and to finish the regular season this way as a senior and to close it out this way, very appropriate for Brian Butch,” head coach Bo Ryan said. The Badgers (16-2 Big Ten, 264 overall) won the game in typical Wisconsin Basketball fashion: they played good defense throughout

and took control of the game in two separate spurts on the offensive end. “We can take 30 minutes out of every Northwestern game and they’ve kicked the crap out of the other team,” Ryan said. “There is a fine line in some of these games that [NU head coach Bill Carmody] and his team quite didn’t get over, but when you play them, those kinds of runs where you get eight in a row, it’s like 20 against them.” The Badgers scored eight in a row at the end of the first half, closing it out with two nice drives from sophomore guard Jason Bohannon. On the first drive he dished to Butch for a layup, and on the second he finished it himself on a runner as time expired. Meanwhile, the defense held the Wildcats (1-17, 8-21) without a field goal for the final 5:27 of the half. The second spurt came in a 16-4 run in a five and a half minute span in the second half that increased UW’s lead from seven to 19. The run started after NU’s Kevin Coble scored the Wildcats’ first seven points of the second half, but again Wisconsin’s defense buckled down. “Some teams, you can work with them and show them but they just don’t quite catch on to the point where it’s good enough to maybe cut a net down, but this group, defensively, gave themselves a chance to be champions in the Big Ten,” Ryan said. The height and size advantage certainly did not hurt UW either. The Badgers out-rebounded NU 38-21. “My guys have arms like me, which is not good,” Carmody said. “And their guys are just big strong guys and we weren’t able to keep them off the backboard.” In addition to the new high marks for victories, Wisconsin set another record Saturday. Bohannon, who finished with 15 points, also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw win page 7


Senior forward Brian Butch scores two of his game-high 20 points on a first-half dunk Saturday against Northwestern. The Badgers have now won the Big Ten regular season title outright eight times. Only two of those titles came after 1947, and they were both during the tenure of head coach Bo Ryan.

Win gives Wisconsin its second outright crown in seven years By Ryan Reszel THE DAILY CARDINAL

EVANSTON, Ill.—As a sea of red covered Welsh-Ryan Arena and shouts of “Big Ten Champs” drowned out the faint whimpers of “Let’s go Cats,” it was clear this Saturday in March would not be remembered as Senior Day for the Northwestern Wildcats, but as the day the Wisconsin Badgers won another regular season conference championship. “The first season is over and there’s one team that stands alone,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “And it’s the

team that’s in that locker room.” “You can tell by how our guys reacted, this is pretty exciting,” he added. Although the Badgers received their championship trophy Wednesday night after defeating Penn State to claim at least a share of the title, sophomore guard Jason Bohannon said Saturday’s win was also special. “It was our own,” Bohannon said. “We weren’t sharing it with two other teams in the Big Ten. It’s a big deal for one team to win it outright like that. We haven’t done that in a couple years

and that meant a lot to us.” Both senior forward Brian Butch and junior forward Marcus Landry said the team felt it had some unfinished business even after beating PSU. “We did an excellent job of closing it out,” Butch said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to close it out like that and to have the Big Ten Championship outright. It speaks volumes of this team as to what we want to do and how far we want to go.” champions page 7

‘High school atmosphere’ provides setting for UW victory By Ryan Reszel THE DAILY CARDINAL


Jason Bohannon set a school record for consecutive free throws made.

EVANSTON, Ill.—Although Wisconsin probably would have liked to claim the Big Ten title outright in front of a home crowd at the Kohl Center, the wooden bleachers, cramped quarters and large number of Wisconsin fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena provided a unique setting for the 65-52 win and ensuing victory celebration. “It was really special,” senior

guard Jason Bohannon said. “When we walked on the floor we were all smiling ear-to-ear because we had so much red here. It was like a home game for us. It just shows how good Badger fans are to us.” At least two-thirds of the crowd was dressed in red. The fans at Welsh-Ryan sit so close to the floor that players can hear even individual jibes from the stands. During an NU offensive pos-

session in the second half, one Badger fan dressed in red and white suspenders mockingly asked Northwestern junior guard Craig Moore if the Wildcats were going to get 40 points. After NU made a shot, Moore yelled back, “Looks like it!” “It’s a fun place to play in,” Bohannon said. “It’s kind of like a high school atmosphere again. atmosphere page 7


SPORTS PAGE 8 ARTS PAGE 5 UW-Madison alumnus and 10- time Emmy Award winner Ben Karlin headlined a group of authors promoting their new book...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you