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Student representatives reveal secession plan New committee to address StateLangdon issues By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

Representatives from the State and Langdon Street neighborhood formally presented a plan to separate from a downtown neighborhood association at an executive body meeting Tuesday. Jessica Pavlic, chair of the State-Langdon neighborhood, said the area was considering seceding from Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. in order to pursue the creation of a campus-wide neighborhood association. “There’s this disconnect between State-Langdon and the campus as a whole,” Pavlic said. “Through my experience in talking to students, the biggest pro I saw from this is having an entire student neighborhood incorporat-

ing the entire campus.” A CNI panel discussion on downtown drinking in January yielded many student complaints about CNI’s suggestions of stricter alcohol policies, according to Ald. Eli Judge, District 8. The StateLangdon neighborhood falls within the District 8 boundaries. Despite student disapproval, Pete Ostlind, chair of the Bassett District, said CNI presented the policies as strategies to address alcohol problems throughout the downtown community. Ostlind said the proposal is intended to target unwanted behavior, not students. The suggestions hampered CNI’s image among students and made them reluctant to become active in the association, according to Mikaela Louie, student member of CNI’s executive body. “I think that now that this alcohol issue has been brought forward, it’s kind of tainted the students’ idea of CNI, so trying to get more students involved in

the State-Langdon district might be harder if we are associated with CNI,” Louie said. The goal of a campus neighborhood association would be to encourage more student participation in residential and city matters, according to State-Langdon representatives. CNI vice president Bob Holloway said the association’s bylaws do not detail how to handle secessions, but encouraged further discussion prior to an official separation. Ultimately, the CNI executive body voted to create a subcommittee of interested members to address the secession possibility and issues related to organizing a campus neighborhood association. Both CNI members and State-Langdon representatives agreed to work closely and maintain communication throughout the process. “‘Us’ and ‘them’ is not going to get any of us any place constructive … we can do this together,” Holloway said.

Touring duo address conflict in Middle East By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL

Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer, and Gideon Yago, a former MTV news correspondent, stressed the importance of addressing the crisis in the Middle East to UW-Madison students at the Memorial Union Tuesday evening. Aslan and Yago are currently touring college campuses to speak on the intersection of faith, politics and society in the Middle East. “It fundamentally comes down to the War on Terror and the demand on campus for people to hear different perspectives, different stories, different experiences of what the war actually is,” Yago said. Aslan and Yago both answered audience questions, first from a moderator, then from members of the audience. While Aslan and Yago came from similar philosophical backgrounds, they were able to offer differing viewpoints on some of the questions. “We enjoy doing this together,” Aslan said of touring with Yago. “We complement each other very well and we’re the best of friends.” Yago and Aslan agreed the current events in the Middle East are a serious and pending problem. According to Yago, students— the future political, religious and social leaders—will be the ones faced with the consequences.


Writer Reza Aslan and former MTV correspondent Gideon Yago speak about students’ diverse viewpoints on Middle East issues. Aslan said awareness is much more important than students give it credit for.

“More than anything else that university students can learn is how to be global citizens.” Reza Aslan writer

“You can’t have action without understanding,” Aslan said. “If nothing else, when you walk away today and do nothing, at least you have broadened your perspective. You were given the opportunity to hear that every-

thing you hear in the media may not be correct.” According to Aslan, the United States is stuck in a war it cannot continue but cannot leave. Yago said regardless of this unyielding U.S. diplomacy, he still has expectations for the future. “I don’t think war is the natural pose of humanity … [but] peace is something you have to create,” Yago said. “A globalized perspective … is the only hope we have.” Aslan agreed. “More than anything else that university students can learn is how to be global citizens,” Aslan said. “That in and of itself portends a very positive future for us.”


The Chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean, advocates for Democrats to target voters more precisely in the next election.

Dean calls for new Dem. election strategy in 2008 By Sara Lieburn THE DAILY CARDINAL

Democratic Party National Committee Chairman Howard Dean held a rally at the Majestic Theatre in Madison Tuesday, and said Democrats need to reevaluate how to win elections. Dean, joined by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, and Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Joe Wineke, addressed the November elections and their party’s efforts to ensure Democratic wins at the state and national level. According to Dean, the efforts of the Democrats need to come from a grassroots level. He encouraged individuals to speak to neighbors and co-workers on the importance

of voting for the Democratic Party. Dean said the Republicans have used such grassroots strategy, along with studies on how to precisely target Republican voters, to win elections for over 15 years. He said the Democratic Party is now taking similar action. “The Republican Party is completely incompetent in terms of running the country, but they do know how to win elections,” Dean said. According to Dean, these efforts will increase percentages of voters enough to influence the results in November. Cieslewicz and Lawton addressed the debate among Democrats dean page 3

UW student receives Truman Scholarship By Grace Kim THE DAILY CARDINAL

A UW-Madison undergraduate became the 16th UW-Madison student Monday to win a prestigious Truman Scholarship. The Truman Foundation honored Jeffrey Wright, a UW-Madison senior doublemajoring in political science and international studies, with a $30,000 WRIGHT grant for graduate studies in any field. The Truman Foundation, named after former president Harry Truman, honors students who plan to have a career in public service through the government, a non-

profit sector or education. Wright said he looks forward to representing the university. “It’s truly exciting and I’m just so honored to be among very bright students and alumni who received the scholarship,” Wright said. With a great interest in politics, human rights and public service, Wright said he has been pursuing his goals by involving himself in the service and leadership at UW-Madison. He has served as chair of the Associated Students of Madison’s Shared Governance Committee, conversational English volunteer in Greater University Tutoring Service, staff editor for Wisconsin Undergraduate Journals of International Studies and a member of the faculty honors committee. scholarship page 3

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We had just gotten into our rental car, music was already blaring out of my brother’s headphones, and he was spitting some lyrics: “I like to see your booty / Roll like sushi / I’m trying to dip my celery in her bleu cheese.” He says Lil Wayne is like a poet who far surpasses any of his peers like Snoop Dogg, Yeats or Wordsworth. “Turn that gangster music off,” my dad commands, sticking the key in the ignition. “You are from a North Shore suburb.” My dad started to back out of the parking a lot. My mom and I were fighting about who brought cuter clothes, because my mom still thinks she’s 18 (True story: She took pictures of herself posing on the beach using her cell phone and texted them to her friends at home). Our bickering and my brother’s rapping made the car loud. We were interrupted by a noise that sounded like our car hitting another car. It was. I’ll let you guess the four letter word my dad muttered. He then followed it up with his most famous tagline: “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have

no luck at all.” He’ll say this the rest of the vacation after anything bad happens, like when he loses his wallet and has no way to pay for an expensive family dinner, or when the hotel’s electricity goes out, forcing us to light candles—not watch TV and hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.” He punches the steering wheel and then gets out of the car to inspect the damage. I’m glad the anxiety pill I took on the airplane was somewhat effective. My mom is fuming and lights a cigarette, telling my brother and me that she wishes our family knew how to be nice to each other. She had a point. It was then that I decided the only things I’d say would be quotes from “The Departed.” “I’m gonna go have a smoke right now. You want a smoke? You don’t smoke, do ya, right? What are ya, one of those fitness freaks, huh?” I say. My mom rolls her eyes and looks confused. “What, do you got your period?” I ask.

“You’re disgusting.” My brother interrupts our powwow with his live rendition of Lil Wayne’s “Pussy, Money, Weed.” Yes, this is a real song, and yes, this pretty much sums up his interests at this point of his life. He’s 17. After the Hertz man checks our damage, we leave the airport and inch our way toward the highway. My dad is now in a cheery mood; he has this ability to go from a madman to a perky TV dad, à la Danny Tanner, but more heterosexual. My mom, who is pretty much scared of all forms of transportation—airplanes, automobiles and tandem bicycles—buries her head in her pillow. I see my dad grab her hand. My brother sticks one of his headphones up to my ear and plays me one of his new favorite songs. I knew it was going to be a nice vacation and wanted to tell them everything was going to be great—but I didn’t remember any uplifting quotes from my favorite Irish gangsters. If you want to take Ashley on your next family vacation from hell, e-mail

Wednesday, March 26, 2008




State Supreme Court candidates debate about mudslinging ads


Thomas Beaumont, a UW alumnus and political reporter, speaks to students as a Spring Writer in Residence.

Political reporter details trials, successes covering U.S. issues By Diana Savage THE DAILY CARDINAL

Writer in Residence Thomas Beaumont, a UW-Madison alumnus and political reporter, spoke with students Tuesday of the hardships and satisfaction of his position at the Des Moines Register. Beaumont, chief political reporter of the Des Moines Register, served as the lead political writer on the 2007’08 Iowa caucus campaign. As the only writer for the Des Moines newspaper covering the election, he said his position required him to write “broader, deeper, richer content.” However, the high pressure aspect of his job ended on Jan. 3 after the Iowa caucus. “I go out to New Hampshire for a week, come home and crash

to the ground in fetal position for two months,” Beaumont said of the period after the caucus. Beaumont made a significant sacrifice in order to remain unbiased in his political reporting. He has ceased to vote in any elections. “I think it is worth it to sacrifice that right so that everybody else can make a well informed decision and no one can criticize my objectivity,” he said. Although he enjoyed the pressure of covering the election, he faced several challenges. “My biggest challenge was to stay ahead of the national competition as much as I could because they have more resources and commit more bodies,” he said. Beaumont said the most reward-

ing part of his job is that covering campaigns allows him to play a part in democracy. Before 2002, Beaumont was a general assignment reporter, covering federal courts and immigration issues. “I really liked being a general assignment reporter because there’s always something new.” However, he said his current position appealed more to his interest in politics. As a political writer, Beaumont said he considers himself to successfully serve the interests of citizens. “You feel like you’re actually contributing. You are helping people make decisions based on people who want to be leaders of the free world.”

UW-Madison receives grant for influenza vaccine research UW-Madison announced Tuesday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a research team at the university a $1.3 million grant for influenza virus vaccine research. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a UWMadison School of Veterinary Medicine professor and influenza researcher, will head the team conducting the research. UW-Madison will work in partnership with Lentigen Corp., a biotechnology company that works with vaccines

and medical technology. T h e Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Lentigen Corp. agreed, as a part of the grant, any information discovered KAWAOKA as a result of the grant-funded research would be made available

freely to the research community. “A major part of WARF’s mission here is to support the University of Wisconsin and to help ensure that its technologies basically are allowed to get out into the world where it can improve the human condition,” WARF Communications Director Janet Kelly said. The purpose of Kawaoka’s research is to determine when the avian influenza virus jumps from birds to humans.

Senate passes budget repair bill, process unlikely to end soon The Democrat-controlled state Senate passed its version of the budget repair bill Tuesday to fix a $428 million shortfall, though few compromises have been made with the Assembly. The bill passed 18 to 14 along party lines, with one senator absent. State Sen. Mark Miller, DMonona, said the bill is a compromise of the earlier versions of the bill. “Senate Democrats are not interested in a repeat of last year’s drawn out conference committee process,” Miller said, referring to


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between Clinton and Obama. While Cieslewicz supports Obama and Lawton supports Clinton, both said debate is good so long as the party ultimately unites. “Debate in the Democratic party is a good thing, a healthy thing because it focuses attention

the budget process which lasted more than 100 days late last fall. A major portion of the Senate version is an increased tax on hospital revenues, with Democrats previously stating it will force the federal government to pay Wisconsin more than $400 million. The Wisconsin Hospital Association and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business lobbyist, favor the hospital assessment. Carrie Lynch, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker,

D-Weston, said WMC’s support “helps tremendously” in gaining Republican approval. WMC often favors conservative legislation, but Jim Bender, spokesperson for Assembly Majority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, said its support for the hospital proposal has not shifted Republicans’ opposition. The repair bill was sent back to the Assembly after the Senate passed it, with Senate Democrats not calling a conference committee, though Lynch said one was likely needed. —Charles Brace

among Democrats. This is a good conversation to have as long as in the end, we come together to support our candidate as Democrats,” Cieslewicz said. Lawton said both Obama and Clinton are strong candidates. Dean said voters in the country are currently favoring Democrats on issues like the economy and the

Iraq War. He said there is a contrast between the two Democratic candidates and Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “I don’t believe the American people want John McCain as president. The only way that John McCain wins is if we are divided,” Dean said.

The two candidates vying for a spot on the state Supreme Court debated in Madison Tuesday in a campaign both said is becoming increasingly ugly. Incumbent Justice Louis Butler is facing Burnett County Circuit Judge Michael Gableman for the 10-year position on the court. The election is April 1. Gableman said he was a judicial conservative and he would not legislate from the bench. He said Butler was a judicial activist who sided with criminals in his rulings. Butler said he rejected being called an activist and said it was misleading. “Judicial activist is a pejorative term tossed out by someone who

doesn’t like a decision [in a case],” Butler said. Butler said he was critical of Gableman’s misleading ads and said they contributed to the negative tone of the campaign. Though the race is between the two judges, the majority of money spent in the campaign is by special interest groups. In a Tuesday report by the watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, interest groups have currently spent $1.8 million in the race. The report said it was likely the amount of outside spending would be greater than last year’s race between attorney Linda Clifford and Justice Annette Ziegler. —Charles Brace

Special interest group spending More than $1.8 million spent The Greater Wisconsin Committee ..........$603,000 (Butler Club for Growth ...............................$442,000 (Gableman) Coalition for America’s Families .........$418,000 (Gableman) Wis. Manufacturers and Commerce ..$363,000 (Gableman) Source: Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Wisconsin Appeals Court rules against pharmacist in case over contraceptives By Hannah McClung THE DAILY CARDINAL

A Wisconsin appeals court upheld a ruling Tuesday prohibiting a pharmacist’s ability to deny a patient oral contraceptives based on his or her religious beliefs. Neil Noesen refused Amanda Renz, a college student, oral contraceptives based on his religious ideologies in July 2002. Noesen did not refill the prescription, according to the Third District Court of Appeals’ ruling. Renz took her prescription to another pharmacy where she was informed Noesen refused to transfer her prescription, according to the ruling. The ruling said Noesen violated the standard of care expected of pharmacists when he refused to refill or transfer Renz’s prescription. Noesen would be reprimanded and have practice conditions placed on him to notify any pharmacy in writing of any practices he would decline and how he would “ensure patient access to medication.” The ruling is in line with practices on campus at University Health Services. “UHS is pleased to see this ruling,” Dr. Sarah Van Orman, director of clinical services at UHS, said. According to Van Orman,

scholarship from page 1 “I think that all these experiences allowed me to put together a solid application for the scholarship,” Wright said. Wright has also interned for Gov. Jim Doyle and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. He conducted research on immigration reform, carried out an independent study project focused on hip-hop and worked for the Transitional Justice Data Base Project under the UW-Madison Department of Political Science. Julie Stubbs, director of Undergraduate Academic Awards

each patient has the right to make informed choices about contraception based on accurate medical information from their health care provider and pharmacist. Denying a patient oral contraceptives based on religious beliefs “would be inconsistent with UHS’ principles and interpretation of the rights of patients,” Van Orman said. Susan Armacost, legislative director for the anti-abortion group Wisconsin Right to Life, said the group does not deal with issues of contraception. Kelda Helen Roys, spokesperson for NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, said the ruling was justified. “Pharmacists shouldn’t be putting up barriers,” Roys said. According to Roys, pharmacists denying oral contraceptives to women add to the multiple health barriers that already affect women, especially women in rural areas. Roys said there are large numbers of pharmacists who want to do their job, but there is a continuing trend of denying oral contraceptives to patients based on ideology. A bill that would mandate hospitals give access to emergency contraception for all rape victims, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Act, was signed by Gov. Jim Doyle March 13. Office, said Wright’s long record of service and leadership on campus and his broad public service experiences and community show what a wellrounded student he is. Stubbs said it is a “big deal” for UW-Madison to have had 16 scholars since 1975. Stubbs attributes UW-Madison’s success to how closely the mission of the Truman Scholarship supports the Wisconsin Idea. The Wisconsin Idea describes education as an “influence [of] peoples’ lives beyond the university classroom,” Stubbs said. “I hope that Jeff’s success encourages other UW students to apply.”

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concealed carry still not answer


his week the pro-gun rights organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus announced that it will create a chapter on the UW-Madison campus to lobby for expanded gun rights and concealed carry on the UW-Madison campus. Although we welcome the debate on this issue, we are strongly opposed to placing more guns in the hands of students and faculty members. Since the Virginia Tech massacre last April, students and administrators at universities across the nation have searched for effective means to increase campus safety and to combat seemingly random acts of campus violence. At the extreme end, groups such as Students for Concealed Carry on Campus have advocated for concealed carry on campus for students and professors. They argue that allowing concealed handguns on campus has the potential to mitigate violent crime. We, on the other hand, believe that a safer campus and an environment more conducive to learning can be reached with fewer guns on campus, not more. First, concealed carry on campus makes a police officers’ job exponentially more difficult. If concealed carry on campus were permitted, officers would have to realize they may be confronting an armed person in everyday dealings with Madison residents. In the

aftermath of a crisis, if a number of students have guns drawn, a police officer must find a way to distinguish good student from bad student. Further, this heavy-handed approach ignores other sensible measures that schools can take to deal with underlying causes of campus violence or to manage a campus shooting once it has occurred. Campuses should make mental-health or treatment programs readily available to students so the potential for random acts of violence is decreased. Background checks for gun ownership should be strengthened so students with past mental health problems are not given deadly weapons. Many universities have set up campus-wide committees to find sensible solutions. Because of these committees, many schools have established improved emergency notification systems linked to students’ e-mail or Facebook accounts. Other schools have decided to arm their campus police officers. The motivation driving Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, to increase safety on campus, seems to be pure. Paradoxically, their visceral reaction to the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois massacres has resulted in nonsensical policy recommendations that could further endanger students and police officers on this campus.

Pot decriminalization smart, unlikely to pass MATT JIVIDEN opinion columnist


elcome back, everyone. I assume many of you spent your breaks working on your suntan in some exotic locale. Personally, I stayed in Madison and watched snowfall top the century mark for the season. I did, however, between my long-hibernation-style sleep cycles find the time to watch a rather interesting episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The episode featured a panel discussion, during which Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said the following: “It’s time for the politicians to catch up with the public on [the issue of marijuana].” He continued, adding his plans to introduce a bill to address the problem this week. The proposed legislation, dubbed the “Make Room for Serious Criminals Act,” would supposedly end the federal government’s ability to arrest and prosecute responsible cannabis users. The new proposal would eliminate all federal penalties prohibiting the personal use and possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana. Adults who consume cannabis would no longer face arrest, prison or even the threat of a civil fine. In addition, this bill would eliminate all penalties prohibiting the not-for-profit transfers of up to one ounce of cannabis between adults. This bill will also cease federal law enforcement agencies targeting those using marijuana as

a legal medical treatment under California law. Many are doubtful of the bill’s passibility, yet at the very least it is a step in the right direction. Although the medical marijuana issue has been hot as of late, this is the first decriminalization bill introduced in Congress in the last quarter-century.

Is it fair that the majority of users are more likely to end up in a jail cell, while others are free to become president?

Even so, on a local and state level, several areas have replaced criminal sanctions with fines, including Madison and Milwaukee. Furthermore, a number of states, which collectively are home to over 1/3 of the nation’s population, have passed decriminalization legislation. These include Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon. New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts are expected to join the ranks within the year as well. Outraged yet? Apparently, you’re in the minority. A CNN/Time Magazine poll found that 76 percent of U.S. citizens support changing the marijuana policy so responsible adults who enjoy marijuana are no longer subject to humiliation, arrest and incarceration. Many people support changing marijuana laws on the basis that it is no more dangerous than other statecondoned substances. For others, it is a financial and social issue—perhaps people have realized that taxing a $6 billion-a-year underground industry could be an economic boon in tight financial times. Others are tired of paying for prosecution and incarceration for nearly 830,000 Americans who are arrested on marijuana charges each year, 89 percent of whom are guilty of no more than simple personal possessions. And let’s not forget the large number of people who are productive and otherwise law-abiding citizens who don’t wish to be marginalized by the outdated and counterproductive prohibition. In theory, Frank’s bill should pass. However, Washington hypocrisy may once again stymie any progress. And before you start pointing any fingers, it is coming from both sides of the aisle. In theory, Republicans should support this legislation. The bill is, at heart, a state’s rights issue. States would be given the autonomy to make decisions based on the general constituency of the state, rather than be limited under the umbrella of federal mandates. Many readers may be too young to remember, but the Republicans are theoretically the party of small government and less federal oversight. The bill would decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, yet it would still theoretically leave the states with the final say. For example, there’s no federal law against mugging, yet mugging is illegal in every state because of a decision by the individual states. The prohibition on marijuana, on the other hand, is a federal law that supersedes any

law made by individual states. Big government, anyone? Unfortunately, I assume the “moral obligations” of congressional Republicans will once again subvert the theoretical foundations of the party. Did you think I would let the Democrats off that easily? Not a chance. What they have done, in many circumstances, is literally criminal. Remember the 2004 presidential campaign? In a 2003 debate, John Edwards, Howard Dean and John Kerry practically fell all over each other admitting to past marijuana use. Joe Lieberman, who denied any allegations of drug use, did so apologetically. In 2000, Gore openly admitted to frequent marijuana use to calm his nerves while in Vietnam. Before Gore, former President Bill Clinton allegedly would have gotten high had he understood the mechanics of a joint—but, in all fairness, he was only a Rhodes Scholar. Given the circumstances, how is it then that the law remains? Is it not silly to keep a law on the books that the highest elected officials break with impunity, or even pride? Is it fair that the majority of users are more likely to end up in an eight-by-eight cell, while others unabatedly are free to become president? I would be less upset if these previous users made any attempt at legitimate decriminalization while in office, but, more often than not, the opposite happens. Even Clinton’s “attempted” drug use did not stop the marijuana arrests from soaring during his administration, nor did it stop him from signing a bill into law that revoked federal financial aid to students who had been convicted of drug offenses—no matter how small.

Hopefully Frank’s proposed legislation will start a long-overdue discussion in the country.

Even current Democratic golden boy, presumptive nominee and selfdescribed “frequent inhaler” Barack Obama has been hypocritical and inconsistent on the issue. While running for Senate in 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. Fast forward to October 2007 when, in a presidential debate, Obama joined other Democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana. I can’t remember the 2004 election too clearly, but I believe the Republicans had a hyphenated phrase describing that sort of thing... Hopefully Frank’s proposed legislation will start a long-overdue discussion in the country. Hell, maybe it will pass, but I wouldn’t count on it. Regardless, I’ll still write my senator and tell him to support the bill—and you should too. On the bright side, even if the bill does go “up in smoke,” I’m sure some of the more creative congressional Democrats can find some use for all the wasted paper. Matt Jividen is a senior majoring in history. Please send responses to

arts Getting lost in translation

BRAD BORON the boron identity


believe film can tell any story—there’s no idea or emotion it can’t convey. However, I don’t believe it is always the best way to convey that idea or emotion. I hope no one ever makes a film adaptation of “Catcher in the Rye,” David Sedaris’ “Me Talk Pretty One Day” or Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” I believe in the power of film, but I have the greatest respect for the power of the written word.

The strangest thing about this trend is some of the best adaptations in film history were taken from mediocre sources.

The power of writing is strange. In a book, an object can be described for pages and pages, yet, in one shot, the same object can be shown on film. Despite the fact it may take hundreds of times longer to read about that object than simply see it, I wouldn’t give up the chance to read a detailed author’s description for anything. As many films as I watch and great performances I witness, reading a great story by a talented writer is still an unmatched pleasure. You don’t have to look far to see that some of the worst films come from the best source material, especially in the last 30 years or so. In the

past decade alone, three of Dr. Seuss’ best books, “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!” have opened to decidedly indifferent reactions from critics and audiences (Horton heard a ‘meh’). Adaptations like “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” have also crashed as films despite being fantastic books. Maybe some books are just too dense to make great movies. The strangest thing about this trend is some of the best adaptations in film history were taken from mediocre sources. Mario Puzo once said that had he known his book “The Godfather” would be so popular, he would’ve written it better. “Silence of the Lambs” is a decent thriller, but translating it to the big screen made the story iconic. No one remembers Nicholas Pileggi’s book “Wiseguy,” but try finding someone who hasn’t heard of its adaptation, “Goodfellas.” Alan Moore, who has had three of his own novels translated into films, disowned each adaptation, though Hollywood is currently preparing itself for a fourth. Moore’s name may not mean much to you if you don’t read graphic novels (read: comic books), but amongst those in the know, Moore’s name is held in high regard. If you don’t know Moore, however, maybe you recognize some of his work: “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” “Watchmen,” arguably his best work, is currently being adapted by “300” director Zack Snyder. “Watchmen” is possibly the best single graphic novel ever written, and whether it can be adapted both faithfully and well remains to be seen. Even Snyder’s well-done

adaptation of Frank Miller’s “300” took liberties with the story in ways Moore probably would’ve disagreed with were it his book. The problem, I think, is that when someone adapts a book, it’s usually a double-edged sword. There are those who love the book so much that any changes or liberties taken by the filmmakers are “destroying a work of art.” At the same time, there are those who want great movies rather than great adaptations of books and don’t mind if those stories are unique rather than faithful. This isn’t meant to discourage filmmakers; maybe it’s more of a warning. Adaptations shouldn’t be stopped, but they need to be selective about which material would be the best movies and throw away the stories they can’t do justice to. After all, shouldn’t it be the goal of any filmmaker to make only the best movies possible? Think you can turn your stack of childhood comics into feature length screenplays? Send them to Brad for approval at

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Director Zack Snyder aims to follow the footsteps of “Horton Hears a Who!” by safely crossing the rickety bridge between print and celluloid when his graphic novel adaptation, “The Watchmen,” is released next year.


Destroyer’s latest gets Dreamy with mellow, spring soundtrack By Ben Pierson THE DAILY CARDINAL

Believers of the seasonal music philosophy listen up: Destroyer’s latest effort, Trouble in Dreams, will be a great complement to the cool spring days ahead. This sleepy album personifies the slumbery softness of the season with its lithe instrumentation, ghostly vocals and references to


Destroyer’s newest gets repetitive at times, but its soothing melodies still make for a solid CD.

the natural world. Like a stinging rain on the face, Dan Bejar’s words nip at the listener’s ears. His moonstruck voice is the prominent feature on this sparse album, woozily drifting through the songs. In his eighth album with Destroyer, the part-time New Pornographer is not afraid to depart from the Pornographers’ manic pop stylings. In like a lion and out like a lamb, this album starts out with a hint of excitement and ends without any. The first two tracks “Blue Flower / Blue Frame” and “Dark Leaves Form a Thread” are like the first raindrops of a storm, relaxed and refreshing but still upbeat. “Dark Leaves” brings up the tempo a bit, adding a sprawling guitar part, some mild synth and heavier drums, allowing Bejar to add more drama to his vocals. “The State” is the most spirited song on the album, with a vibraphone and bursts of noise that make it a rambling toe-tapper. It is an armchair dance track that, unfortunately, gets a little too messy and out of control. After the first three songs, the album fades into a soft drizzle. From the start of “Foam Hands” to the end of the album, there are only a few more lively moments,

but the last segment of the album could only work with a wispy is a vast and poetic adventure. The voice like Bejar’s. The dreamy relaxed and ramtracks eventuCD REVIEW bling “Shooting ally lull the listener into a state Rockets” ventures of contentedinto the abyss for ness, provoking a whopping eight thoughts of drivminutes with a ing through the steady droning rain. It is pleasnoise over melodic ant, but only in guitar, giving a Trouble in Dreams small doses, and good background Destroyer eventually Trouble to Bejar’s lyrics. in Dreams begins The song begins as it ends, light and unnoticed, with to drone on like the first hazy echoes of surf-rock in the middle. days of spring. The key to this album is putThe album’s intricate fluffiness

ting everything in light portions. There are a few prog elements but nothing overdone. Bejar ventures into steel-guitar country sometimes but backs off before getting really twangy. Still, at times the album feels like one long song, dragging on a little too much. However, it is a worthy addition to this spring’s repertoire, and any redundancy or messiness can be ignored if listeners limit themselves to playing the album on rainy days or quiet evenings. It may be upbeat at times, but don’t get excited, Trouble in Dreams is sure to soothe.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


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.

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

Oink me.

By James Dietrich

A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

By Simon Dick



Yeah... I dont even know what to say to that...

By Eric Wigdahl

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NOT YOUR BEST PUZZLE ACROSS 1 “A Suitable Boy’’ author Vikram 5 Like kings and queens 10 An auto-body experience? 14 Act the femme fatale 15 Send to Siberia 16 “Come ___ my parlor ...’’ 17 Star turn at La Scala 18 Anatomical sac 19 Coating of filth 20 About 4,000 miles of an above average construction? 23 Teensy-weensy 24 Long-limbed 25 Lead from the dugout 28 Anthropoids 30 Without need for payback 31 Big Iraqi port 33 Woman’s support system? 36 Above average wonder of the natural world? 40 Wheat or barley covering 41 Peruvian burden bearer 42 “Empedocles on ___’’ (Arnold poem) 43 Proclamation 44 Apartment building

owner 46 Spot maker 49 Author of “Ivanhoe’’ 51 Above-average relative? 57 A handholder may build on this 58 Omniscient 59 A little of this, a little of that 60 D-worthy 61 Attempt 62 ’52 Olympics site 63 Acts human 64 Homecoming attendees 65 Unlikely to raise a ruckus DOWN

1 Foundry refuse 2 100 cents 3 Wynken, Blynken and Nod, e.g. 4 Stretchy athletic item 5 Appliance buyer’s incentive 6 Exchange high-fives, e.g. 7 Kind of show 8 Therewithal 9 Bit of foliage 10 Assets aplenty 11 Prepare for a dry dock 12 Overcharged 13 NBC staple since 1952

21 Bald man’s bluff? 22 Transparent 25 Prefix with “phone’’ 26 State unflinchingly 27 Strip lighting? 28 Bamboo Curtain locale 29 The beginning of school, for a toddler? 31 Angel’s opposite 32 It’s up your sleeve 33 Gamblers place them 34 Truckee stop 35 Somewhere over the rainbow 37 Flashy jewelry, informally 38 ___ vapeur (steamed) 39 Number one place? 43 Some volume controls 44 Gazelles, at times 45 Terminal info 46 Showing shock, in a way 47 Beneficent one 48 ___ City (Detroit) 49 Major glitch 50 Software medium 52 Eastern music style 53 Unauthorized departer 54 Word suggesting options 55 Where Cleopatra’s barge once sailed 56 Absconded with

Classic Square and Cone

By Andrew Dambeck & Andrew Peck


Wednesday, March 26, 2008



Evridge holds lead for starting signal caller spot By Tom Lea THE DAILY CARDINAL

Five quarterbacks are currently participating in spring practice for the University of Wisconsin football team. Unfortunately for four of them, only one will be named starter. The rest will be relegated to roam the sidelines and signal play calls when the new season begins. Senior Allan Evridge, last season’s No. 2 quarterback and former starter at Kansas State prior to his transfer to UW, will likely hold the position heading into fall camp. However, junior Dustin Sherer, sophomore Scott Tolzien and freshmen James Stallons and Curt Phillips will all make runs at the starting spot through the spring. “Obviously, there is only one quarterback that can play and all of us know that,” said Sherer, who has been listed behind former Badger quarterbacks John Stocco and Tyler Donovan on the depth chart since arriving on campus. “All of us are good friends and we help each other out. You just go out there and do your thing and eventually it will work out for you.” Near the conclusion of practice early Tuesday morning, head coach Bret Bielema told reporters his plans to start assigning more reps to the top contenders for the position as soon as Saturday. At this point, all the players vying for the spot have received an equal amount of snaps during practice and have equally

participated with the rest of the projected offensive starters. “Every opportunity that you get, you have to try to make the most of it and just cherish the reps that you get,” sophomore Scott Tolzien said. “It’s equal reps right now, but you just have to make the most of them, make good decisions and try to get better every day.” Last season, a quarterback competition between Donovan and Evridge continued well into fall camp before a final decision to start Donovan was made. This season, especially early in spring practice, coaches Evridge insist an open competition is once again underway. “They [coaches] pretty much have said that it’s wide open,” Stallons said following day four of practice. “Everyone is there, everybody is competing for the same spot. So just work your hardest and the guy who works the hardest and plays the best will get the starting job.” One of the long-standing traditions of Wisconsin football and a typical advantage for the quarterbacks is a strong, athletic offensive line. The upcoming season should be no different, as four of last year’s five starters return, providing a

Hardwood on turf: can it work? ADAM HOGE a hoge in one


etroit is home to Lions, Tigers and octopi, oh my. It is home to Eminem, Madonna and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. The city has a pretty good basketball team that resides in the Palace at Auburn Hills. In fact, the Pistons have made basketball in Detroit so great the PA announcer feels the need to remind fans every five minutes they are watching “DE-TROIT BAS-KET-BALL!!” This weekend Detroit basketball will take on a new meaning as it moves downtown to Ford Field, where the Badgers will take on Davidson in the NCAA Regional Semi-Finals. No, it’s not a football tune up for Cal Poly. It’s “Friday Night Lights” basketball style. The court will literally be at the 50-yard line, and the fans in the upper deck will be watching the UW men’s basketball team from a different area code. I honestly don’t know how this is going to work, but I’m excited to see if it does. The NCAA Executive Committee approved the purchase of temporary seating that will allow the Final Four from 2009-’11 to expand its seating capacity to around 70,000. That’s right, 70,000 people. Traditionally, when the Final Four has been held at football stadiums, a curtain is put up across the field to split the stadium in half. The court is put in the endzone from sideline to sideline and temporary bleachers are installed on the other side of the court. The new temporary seating allows the court to be placed at the 50-yard line and the entire stadium to be used. Since Detroit is hosting the Final Four next season, Ford Field will be experimenting with the new seat-

ing arrangement this weekend, and Wisconsin and Davidson will be the first to try it out. (Right now, that guy who bought the $45 cheap seats just realized he’ll probably have a better view from his hotel room.) It sounds like it will be pretty cool, but that’s easy for me to say from my courtside press row seat. It does have the potential to be successful, however. In 2003, Michigan State and Kentucky played in Ford Field to test out the seating arrangement and a world-record 78,129 fans showed up. I wouldn’t expect that crowd this weekend, but I can imagine a basketball game in front of that many fans would be exciting. While a greater seating capacity obviously means extra revenue, college students will actually benefit from the new seating arrangement. According to, when the Final Four comes to Detroit next season, student fans will have the opportunity to buy discounted seats on the baseline. All four teams will have seats and the tickets will actually be vouchers that cannot be resold to scalpers. Basically, each team will have a student section right next to the court. It’s actually a pretty good idea. But you still wonder what it would be like to play basketball in a giant dome. I’m personally a fan of small, cozy venues where fans are right on top of the court. If I had it my way, the Badgers would still play at the UW Field House. In a place like Ford Field, there will be no shooting background, it could get completely silent in a boring game and why would you want to sit in the last row of the upper deck when the game is happening in a 32-yard stretch at mid-field? I’m skeptical, but keeping my mind open. I guess we’ll see how it works Friday night when the lights come on. If you would like to see football played at the Kohl Center e-mail Adam at

mode of comfort for a rather inexperienced group of quarterbacks. “That’s what quarterbacks say their prayers to at night is having a good line,” Tolzien said. “Obviously, on paper we should be good next year, and anytime you have a good line, it makes you that much more confident sitting in the pocket.” Practice Notes • Junior running back Lance Smith lined up as a wide receiver multiple

times during practice. Smith caught the majority of passes thrown at him, including wide receiver screens and at least one deep pass where he outran his defender. • Senior defensive tackle Mike Newkirk successfully underwent shoulder surgery over Spring Break and should be back in time for summer conditioning drills. • Sophomore defensive lineman Ricky Garner suffered a mild

hamstring injury, though Bielema confirmed the injury was not very significant and should not sideline him long. • During the March 13th practice, UW’s last before spring break, it was learned that junior defensive back Kim Royston decided to transfer out of the UW football program. Royston had played as an extra defensive back in obvious passing situations and on the special teams unit last season.

Wisconsin Union Directorate Presents MU=Memorial Union US=Union South $=paid event

THURSDAYS Rathskeller, MU Cork n’ Bottle String Band, 6-8 pm Open Mic, 8 pm, sign up at 7:45 pm (except for Jazz Jam, the last Thursday of the month) FRIDAYS acoustic, jazz, blues 5-7 pm, Rathskeller, MU



SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Union Theater, MU, 8 pm, $

Frederica von Stade, mezzo-sporano Martin Katz, piano



Memorial Union, 9:30 pm

Black Moth Super Rainbow Felice Brothers w/ McCarthy Trenching / Justin Townes Earle





MONDAY & TUESDAY, MARCH 31 & APRIL 1 Union Theater, MU, 7:30 pm, $ Travel Adventure Film Series:

Sahel, A West African Journey


SATURDAY, MARCH 29 9:30 pm , Club 770 US





THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Starlight Cinema:




9:30 pm, Play Circle, MU


THURSDAY MARCH 27 8:30 pm , Rathskeller, MU

Jazz Jam, sign up at 7:45 pm




SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Midnight Movies:




11:59 pm, US

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Tickets: Info: Free events are intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Union members and their guests; paid and DLS events are open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Play Ball! A look at the upcoming seasons of UW students’ favorite baseball teams CHICAGO WHITE SOX


By Adam Hoge

By Jamie McMahon



The major story for the White Sox this spring is the logjam at third base, where Joe Crede and Josh Fields are both capable of starting. Crede is the proven veteran and one of the best defensive third basemen in the league, but is coming off back surgery. Fields hit 23 home runs and had 67 RBIs in 100 games last season while Crede missed time. The thought was that Crede would be traded and Fields would become the full-time starter, but General Manager Kenny Williams has received no offers and it looks like Field might have to start the season in Triple-A. Although the biggest story was something that did not happen, Williams was still able to make a few moves this off season. He brought in former Oakland slugger Nick Swisher, whose high onbase percentage will help Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye see better pitches. Orlando Cabrera also comes to Chicago in a trade that sent Jon Garland to Anaheim. He gives manager Ozzie Guillen a solid No. 2 hitter, but the lead off spot is still a question mark with centerfielder Jerry Owens continuing to struggle against lefties. Guillen will probably start Pablo Ozuna at second base against tough lefties and bat Owens ninth in that situation. The White Sox will have a tough lineup all season, but it’s likely to vary every day, which could result in some inconsistency. Losing Garland in the rotation will hurt, but Buerhle and Vazquez are primed for big seasons. If one of the Chicago’s young pitchers (John Danks or Gavin Floyd) can emerge, the Sox could compete in the division. That’s likely a stretch, however, because Cleveland and Detroit will probably be too difficult to compete with.

As other top-tier American League Central teams maintained or improved over the winter, Minnesota endured an offseason most Twins fans have grudgingly come to expect. Shipping off star players to maintain a modest payroll? Check. Signing an over-the-hill veteran to an expensive one-year deal? Check. Nick Punto still on team? Sigh. Check. The only “check” the Twins weren’t able to produce was the blank one demanded by ace pitcher Johan Santana. His departure for New York, as well as franchise center fielder Torii Hunter’s move to Los Angeles, will leave Minnesota fans reeling until a few years down the road, at which point the moves will manifest into the best trades in MLB history. Twins management likely have their eyes set a couple years down the road anyway— specifically 2010, when the team’s new ballpark is set to open. The hope is that up-andcoming pitchers like Francisco Liriano and Scott Baker and promising position players like Delmon Young and the injury-plagued Joe Mauer will mature in time for opening day in the new stadium. As for this year, Minnesota should be happy with a third-place finish in the division. The team has surprised before, but without an established pitcher to anchor the rotation or a clear team leader like Hunter, the Twins may struggle coming out of the gates. In 2006 they overcame a slow start in miraculous fashion, but it was largely fueled by team chemistry. The two players most responsible for that chemistry? Probably Hunter and Santana. If the Twins hope to come even close to competing for a playoff spot this year, their young rotation will have to mature unreasonably quickly. Considering this year’s past-his-prime vet Livan Hernandez will likely make twice as much as the rest of the starting rotation combined, that may be a bit of a stretch.


On the heels of their first winning season in 15 years, the Milwaukee Brewers head into the 2008 season with a lot more confidence and experience than a year ago. The Brewers were among baseball’s most complete teams prior to the All-Star break in 2007, jumping out to a big first-place lead early in a weak National League Central. But Milwaukee’s success would not continue into the latter part of the season. The Cubs surged during the month of June to narrow the first place gap, while the Brewers kept finding ways to beat themselves. The Brewers entered the offseason looking to bolster the two major weaknesses on their roster: bullpen depth and defense. The loss of All-Star closer Francisco Cordero in free agency to Cincinnati was a crushing blow to Milwaukee’s front office, but it triggered a slew of acquisitions that compiled a promising bullpen. Milwaukee signed relievers David Riske, Guillermo Mota and Saloman Torres and capped off the buying frenzy with all-time consecutive saves record holder Eric Gagne, who will assume closing duties in 2008.

Jon Bortin



Defensively, the Brewers signed veteran catchers Jason Kendall and Eric Munson while netting a bench upgrade in outfielder Gabe Kapler and three-time Gold Glove centerfielder Mike Cameron. However, Cameron will miss the first 25 games of the season after violating the leagues’ substance abuse policy. The biggest question mark heading into Spring Training was the move of 2007 NL Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun from third base to left field—a position he has never played at any level. So far, however, Braun’s transition appears to have been a smooth one. However, the question now is the starting rotation as Yovanni Gallardo will likely miss the first two weeks of the season with an injured knee, and former 18-game winner Chris Capuano will undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery for the second time in his career. In a surprising move Tuesday the Brewers also cut starter Claudio Vargas, sliding Carlos Villanueva and Manny Parra into the final two spots in the starting rotation. Nevertheless, the Brewers are no longer flying under the radar and are expected to be one of the few teams scrapping for a playoff spot in the final stretch of the marathon to October.


The Cubs hope to repeat their first place NL Central finish this year by adding a star from the Far East and changing up their pitching staff. The Cubs signed Japanese player Kosuke Fukudome to a $48 million contract in the offseason and will start as the Cubs’ right fielder. Fukudome, who played nine years with the Chunichi Dragons before signing with the Cubs, brings solid power and a much needed left-handed hitter to the predominantly right-handed lineup. The addition of Fukudome makes the Cubs’ offense, which featured the trio of Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez last season, even more dangerous. Fukudome will bat fifth, which will assure him plenty of RBI opportunities and, combined with his previous experience, will make him a heavy favorite for Rookie of the Year. Carlos Zambrano will still lead off the Cubs’ pitching rotation. New to the rotation will be right-handed former closer Ryan Dempster, who will be sandwiched between left-handers Ted Lilly and Rich Hill in the third spot. Jason Marquis will round out the rotation, winning the spot over Jon Lieber, who will work out of the bullpen. Replacing Dempster as closer will be Kerry Wood. Although Wood was briefly unable to play during spring training because of back spasms, he walked zero batters and struck out 10 in 10 appearances. If he can remain healthy and continue to throw in the high 90s, he will be a lockdown closer. With these improvements to an already playoff-quality team, Cubs fans, on the 100-year anniversary of the Cubs’ last World Series Title, have a season to look forward to.

Nate Carey

Ryan Reszel

Adam Hoge

American League

American League

American League

American League

Central: Cleveland East: Boston West: Anaheim Wild Card: Detroit League Champion: Boston

Central: Detroit East: Boston West: Anaheim Wild Card: Seattle League Champion: Detroit

Central: Detroit East: Boston West: Anaheim Wild Card: Cleveland League Champion: Detroit

Central: Detroit East: Boston West: Anaheim Wild Card: Cleveland League Champion: Detroit

National League Central: Milwaukee NL East: New York Mets NL West: Los Angeles Wild Card: Philadelphia League Champion: New York Mets World Series: Boston over New York

National League Central: Milwaukee NL East: New York Mets NL West: Los Angeles Wild Card: Atlanta League Champion: Chicago Cubs World Series: Boston over Milwaukee

National League

National League

Central: Milwaukee NL East: New York Mets NL West: Arizona Wild Card: Philadelphia League Champion: New York Mets

Central: Chicago Cubs NL East: Atlanta NL West: Los Angeles Wild Card: Milwaukee League Champion: Chicago Cubs

World Series: Detroit over New York

World Series: Chicago over Detroit


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