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‘State of the City’ addresses safety concerns By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

After five years in office, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz gave his 2008 “State of the City” speech Tuesday, declaring the state of the city as good and emphasizing optimism for future improvements. Cieslewicz said public safety topped the list of city issues, particularly after the unsolved homicides of downtown residents Brittany Zimmermann last week and Joel Marino in January. The mayor assured residents that police are actively investigating both cases and remain dedicated to protecting the public. “If any police department can solve these murders, it’s this one,” Cieslewicz said.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Mayor Dave Cieslewicz gave his annual ‘State of the City’ speech Tuesday, stressing the city’s dedication to public safety, “green efficiency” and basic services, among other issues.

Despite the homicides, Cieslewicz noted a 14 percent overall decrease in violent crime throughout the city. He applauded the success of the Downtown Safety Initiative in reducing crime on busy weekends such a Badger football Saturdays and the transformation of the Halloween celebration into “Freakfest,” a lucrative and safe event. Cieslewicz also listed community access to basic services at a fair price as a priority of the city. Noting the record amount of snow that fell on Madison during the winter, Cieslewicz thanked Streets Supervisor Al Schumacher and Schumacher’s staff for their work making streets accessible after the seasonal storms.

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City Council approves photo ordinance Council sets no-glass zone for Mifflin Street Block Party on May 3 By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Alders test drove Neighborhood Electric Vehicles before the City Council meeting Tuesday and voted to make them street legal.

The Madison Common Council voted on several downtown-related issues Tuesday, passing a tenant rights ordinance and establishing Saturday, May 3 as the date for the Mifflin Street Block Party. In October 2007, Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, proposed an ordinance requiring landlords to

Pulitzer Prize winner reflects on times of crisis By Jillian Levy THE DAILY CARDINAL

New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Lichtblau spoke at the Pyle Center Tuesday about his 2005 coverage of illegal domestic spying and government wiretaps. Lichtblau focused on the importance of a finding balance between national security and the public’s right-to-know in the heightened state of alert postSept. 11, 2001. “There was an awful lot of hype the media bought into, myself included,” Lichtblau said. “[Reporters are] trained to look at the glass half-empty. After September 11, that skepticism abandoned us.” He said a lot of reporters working in New York and

Washington were “too close to the action” and found it difficult to question the administration. However, he said 2004 was a turning point for many journalists as federal government court cases against alleged terrorists began to unravel and the motives behind the Iraq War were called into question. In 2005, Lichtblau and Times reporter James Risen revealed that the National Security Agency was using wiretaps and other forms of surveillance on U.S. citizens without their knowledge or court permission. “The White House begged the editors not to run the story based on the idea it would do irreparable harm to national security,” Lichtblau said. The story was shelved to meet

the administration’s request. A year later, when more of the story was developed, the Times editors chose to run the story. “For the editors, again there was a tough balance between national security on the one hand and the public’s right-to-know on the other. This time it came down on the side of the public.” UW-Madison professor of journalism and mass communication Katy Culver said Lichtblau’s forum came at an appropriate time with the upcoming election and the potential for renewed debate about civil liberties. “I think it is important to reinforce the idea of the legitimacy of real and powerful journalism,” she said, adding society today is seeking more information from the media than ever before.

provide photographic evidence of damage if they intend to take money out of a tenant’s security deposit. After gaining the approval of the Housing Committee last month, the photo ordinance received overwhelming support at Tuesday’s meeting. Nancy Jensen, Executive Director of the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, said the ordinance protects the interests of both tenants and landlords. “This is not an issue that’s held to student housing and student rentals, it’s an issue that is showing up across the city,”

Jensen said. “Photos are already used as a common business practice … it’s not an expense, it’s not a burden on the industry.” Judge said the ordinance will not only save tenants from frivolous security deposit deductions but also help landlords avoid disagreements with difficult tenants. “This is something that most people should get behind,” Judge said. “It’s a really great best business practice.” The council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance. council page 3

Poll says 69 percent want smoking ban Bills stall over phase-in period for Wis. taverns By Hannah McClung THE DAILY CARDINAL

A poll released Tuesday showed a majority of Wisconsin residents favor a statewide smoking ban. The poll found 69 percent supported a ban, up five percentage points from a year ago. Smoking bans have recently passed in Eau Claire and Marshfield, Wis. “The question is no longer if we will be smoke-free, it is now a question of timing,” Aaron Doeppers, Midwest regional director for the Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids, said in a statement. Allison Miller, spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, said the poll shows broad sup-

port for a smoking ban across Wisconsin. “Support spans across age groups and gender to protect workers against secondhand smoke,” Miller said. According to Miller, the results of the poll are valid because the groups that conducted it are bipartisan and nationally respected. The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll, and the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Smoke-Free Wisconsin commissioned the poll. Miller said the groups commissioning the poll are not against smoking, but they favor protectsmoking page 3

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an·up: verb Etymology: Derived from Middle English mannup, alteration of manning, v.i. (from Old English) famous linguist Ashley Spencer’s new favorite slang. 1. A phrase demanding one toughen up, grow a set and stop being a little bitch. Example: “Dad, you need to man up and stop crying about the fact that our Yorkshire terrier died. Grow a set and buy something that can actually poop something bigger than my pinky finger. Also, as a breadwinner, man up and send some money! Kisses!” (to add greater emphasis on pansy-ness, include an expletive: “Dad, man the f*ck up” (derived from back·the·f*ck·up) See other entry: nut·up. Note: Women can man up too. (In

fact, most women I know are tougher than men. My mom quite literally owns my dad and sometimes fastens a leash on him when they go to public places like the mall.) Women do not need a physical set of nuts. That would be disgusting, itchy and unnecessary. Every so often, I integrate new phrases into my vocabulary to help me better express my thoughts and make my language more colorful. Back in 1997, I believe I was the famous linguist who spread the word “peeps” around the nation, popularizing the term among other suburban kids who had no street knowledge, attended sweaty junior high dances and sported loose JNCO jeans. I’ve taken a liking to “man up;” it’s the best way to coerce any male to do what I want, especially my dad. I’ve been carelessly throwing around the phrase like it’s my job for the past couple weeks, and, as a direct result, I’ve obtained several Cubs game tickets and my bank account balance is looking pretty good. Helllllllooooooo new spring wardrobe! “Man up” was probably the best

phrase I’ve ever integrated into my research papers, Facebook statuses and everyday lingo, until friends and strangers began to use it on me. “Man up and carry your own bag,” my friend Courtney said to me after we left the gym. I had asked her to carry my bag full of shoes, a change of clothes and a couple of free weights I carry just in case I want to work on my muscles on Bascom Hill. Anyway, I was on the phone ordering a seafood dinner when she shoved the bag back at me. The man from the restaurant gave me my total, and I asked Courtney if she could spot me a twenty. Needless to say, I ended up eating Easy Mac that night. I thought this was a one-time deal, until I was on the phone with my grandma. I was complaining about my hectic schedule between school, my internship and my hopping social life, when she interjected, “Hey pussycat, if you’re going to make it in the real world you’re going to have to man the f*ck up.” Obviously there’s some sort of pattern.

I was buying massive amounts of cheese at Copps, and a young guy wearing a suit and cute thick-rimmed glasses said coyly to me, “You’re going to need a good wine with that cheese.” “Yeah,” I agreed, twisting a piece of my hair. “I already have a box of Franzia waiting at home in the fridge.” He looked at me, disgusted, and rolled his eyes. “You need to man up and buy some real wine. What are you, 19?” “I’m 21!” I yelled at him as he pushed his shopping cart away. I chucked an avocado at the back of his head. As I began to place a third stack of Kraft Singles into my cart, I started to rethink my decision. Maybe sometimes I can be a bit childish, immature and thoughtless. Maybe it was time for me to try something sophisticated, mature and aged. “Excuse me, sir,” I said in my best French accent. “Can I get six pounds of your finest brie cheese?” Man up and e-mail Ashley at aaspencer@wisc.edu.


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New Goodwill store opens on State Street By Caitlin Gath THE DAILY CARDINAL

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin opened a new store in the heart of downtown Madison on 651 State St. Tuesday. The new store is taking the place of Fuddrucker’s restaurant, which closed in June 2007. With a line out the door at noon on Tuesday, the store was already generating positive feedback not only from the general public, but from the student population as well. “We had a very good reception,” said Kathy Mannlein, director of retail for Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin. “When word got out that we would be coming to State Street ... the reception was very positive.” Debbie Hong, a UW-Madison senior, agreed. “It’s nice to finally get the option to shop at a Goodwill store. Beforehand it was only Ragstock,” she said. The mission of Goodwill Industries is to help underprivileged members of society overcome certain obstacles, such as finding a decent job, to become productive, positive-minded citizens. The revenue produced from the Goodwill retail stores directly funds this mission. “It is always our goal to select a new location where we can generate revenue,” Mannlein said.

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During its first day open to the public Tuesday, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s new State Street store received positive feedback and lines of customers outside the door by noon. “State Street has long been an interest of location. We wanted more selective, trendy clothing for a younger audience.” Mannlein said she is confident the store will be able to hold its own on State Street, especially with its handpicked staff. “[The staff ] is customer ser-

vice through and through ... and will bend over backwards to help customers,” she said. “We want shoppers to find exclusively the style they’re looking for.” UW-Madison freshman Peggy Crain compared it to some of upscale retail stores in the downtown area.

“I think it’s interesting to come in and look at a wide array of stuff. A lot of the boutiques have similar stuff,” Crain said while shopping Tuesday. With such a wide audience to cater to, Mannlein said the store should not have problems getting product donations.

Advocates push for felon voting rights By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

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The City Council established a glass-free zone for the West Mifflin Street area in preparation for the annual Mifflin Street Block Party.

council from page 1 Additionally, the council established a glassfree zone from 10 a.m. on May 3 to 6 a.m. May 4 in the West Mifflin Street area for the 2008 Mifflin Street Block Party. The council also passed an ordinance allowing Neighborhood Electric Vehicles in the city of Madison. Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, sponsored the ordinance, which allows the vehicles to operate on city streets with speed limits of 35 MPH or less. According to Clear, several other cities in Wisconsin, including Green Bay, Janesville, LaCrosse and, most recently, Milwaukee, allow the vehicles. UW-Madison has a “small fleet” of NEVs which are to be used around campus, according to Judge. Prior to the meeting, alders were given the chance to test-drive the NEVs on a Capitol Square area route dubbed the “Madison Mile.” Lucy Zweep of Ozee Cars, a Stoughton dealership that sells NEVs, said the vehicles are appealing because of their ability to function well both on and off the streets.

In wake of the April 1 mid-term election, a combination of groups demanded reform on felon voting rights Tuesday. The Restore the Vote WI Coalition said in a statement 40,000 residents were disenfranchised in the recent Wisconsin elections due to laws disallowing some felons from voting. According to state law, felons who are in jail, on parole or on probation cannot vote, though they can vote after those periods end. Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, said taking away voting rights does not deter criminals. The LWVW is part of the coalition. “The people who think we should keep felons disenfranchised for committing crimes are fooling themselves,” Kaminski said. The groups said a poll taken in fall 2007 showed 70 percent of Milwaukee County residents support changing felons’ voting rights once they are out of prison. A majority of self-identified con-

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ing the health of workers. “We are thrilled about the results of the survey because it shows what we thought was true,” Alison Prange, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society, said. According to Prange, the American Cancer Society experienced a total of 10,000 volunteers working to pass the ban. State Sen. Roger Breske, D-Eland, previously stated his opposition to an immediate statewide ban. He said he favors a ban allowing businesses a period to gradually phase in the plan. According to Sue Meinholz, chief of staff for Breske, he worked hard on a

servatives and Republicans supported the measure as well, according to the poll. Blacks are more affected by current policies than whites, according to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, with one in nine black Wisconsin residents currently unable to vote. “People could be rebuilding their lives for one, five, 10 or even 30 years and not be able to, for example, choose the school board member who will make critical decisions about their child’s education,” Renee Crawford, associate director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, said. UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin said the laws do not deter criminals, but politicians are unlikely to risk being portrayed as soft on crime. “Politically it is so hard to sell anything that sounds sympathetic towards criminals, look no further than last week’s Supreme Court election,” Franklin said. The recent Supreme Court campaign was dominated by advertisements attempting to tie judges to offenders, Franklin said. compromise regarding the ban throughout the regular legislative session. Senate Democratic leadership earlier stated they would not allow the bill to come to a full vote without Breske and ban supporters reaching an agreement. The Assembly also did not vote on the bill. Safe Cigarette Bill Signed Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill Tuesday requiring cigarettes sold in the state to be fire safe. The bill would help to prevent accidental fires from cigarettes left unattended because they would be made with a special paper. State Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, a former nurse, was an author of the bill.

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Family of slain UW student creates scholarship fund The family of Brittany Zimmermann established a scholarship fund Tuesday in honor of the slain UW-Madison student. “Dollars for Brittany” will act as a tribute to Zimmermann’s life and “beautiful heart,” her aunt, Kim Heeg, said in a family statement. “Brittany wished for everyone to have the opportunity to obtain a college education regardless of their financial standing,” Heeg said. “In the days since Brittany’s tragic death, we have searched our hearts for answers that we may never receive. We are grieving her death and we are grieving the future events that we will never celebrate with Brittany.” Heeg said one event the family will not celebrate with Zimmermann is her UW-Madison graduation in the fall. “Anyone who knew Brittany knew of her love for learning and her ambition and dedication to help others.” All donations should be sent to the “Dollars for Brittany” scholarship fund, care of the Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union, 302 W. Upham St., Marshfield, Wis. 54449.

Judges voluntarily resign over littleknown state law An obscure passage of the state Constitution forced the removal of two judges from Wisconsin’s top election oversight committee Tuesday. Government Accountability Board Chairman Judge David Deininger and GAB member Judge James Mohr voluntarily resigned due to an infrequently used law that mandates judges cannot have other jobs while in office. “The Board cannot allow its authority—to act on questions of the highest import to the state of Wisconsin—to be brought into question by the eligibility of two of its members,” Deininger said in a statement. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen wrote in a formal opinion Tuesday that the two were disqualified from serving because they had not completed their judicial terms, so the Constitution mandated they resign. “Now, the best course is for the governor and the state Senate to act quickly to replace us and keep the board’s important work on track,” Mohr said.

cieslewicz from page 1 “Despite the record snows I believe our city employees and managers performed well, but we can always do better,” Cieslewicz said. Cieslewicz will continue to explore the possibility of creating a 311-style hotline for residents to access municipal services and information from just one phone number. Additionally, he urged the creation of a Regional Transit Authority to expand economic growth and improve mass transit throughout Madison. Cieslewicz also prided Madison as being a leading city in “green efficiency” and environmental initiatives. “‘Green efficiency’ means doing what’s right for our environment in a way that does what’s right by our taxpayers,” Cieslewicz said. In an effort to improve future air quality, Cieslewicz said a collaborative study with the city, the state and UWMadison will determine the effects of coal-fired power plants in Madison and potentially change methods of energy generation.


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uesday night Mayor Dave Cieslewicz spoke on a bevy of issues at a City Council meeting, including public safety and green efficiency in Madison. In his opening segment on Madison public safety, Mayor Cieslewicz acknowledged the tragic murder of Brittany Zimmermann. In addition to commending the police department’s ongoing investigation, Cieslewicz detailed public safety programs in the works, including adding crime analysts and introducing new neighborhood assessments, such as District 14 Ald. Tim Bruer’s Neighborhood Indicators project. This project, as well as the implementation of crime analysts, seeks to provide statistics and feedback to identify early problems in neighborhoods and surrounding areas. While Cieslewicz has successfully passed all previous public safety initiatives in the 2008 budget, he must place each of these programs on the fast track to implementation. In both the Joel Marino and Brittany Zimmermann murders, a thorough study and analysis of Madison’s metropolitan area might have curbed the likelihood of the crime, as these policies aim to eliminate neighborhood problems before they start. Cieslewicz also highlighted

Madison’s continuing devotion to green efficiency, which includes the beginnings of a study regarding the future of Madison’s coal-fired power plants. He also discussed possible new federal legislation with the potential to help deter the use of ecologically harmful sources of energy. According to Cieslewicz, the legislation may distribute up to $2 billion nationwide for grants to local governments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, Cieslewicz failed to address any hint of a departure from the university’s coal plant as a future source of energy, a necessary stance if Madison hopes to attain its desired status as a truly “green” city. This notable omission in his otherwise eco-friendly platform is unacceptable. Regardless of what the upcoming study shows, Cieslewicz owes the city of Madison a vision for the coal plant’s future. Cieslewicz brags of representing one of the first communities to pledge to reduce emissions and honor the Kyoto Treaty. Meanwhile, the coal plant draws scrutiny from the Sierra Club, United States Environmental Protection Agency and residents who believe in a smog-free future. The mayor should take his devotion to air quality a step further and seriously explore alternative energy-producing plants to preserve Madison’s “green” reputation.

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ast week 7 percent of students rocked the vote in the ASM Spring elections. I would call that a relatively pathetic turnout, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Instead, I’d like to discuss the vote of confidence on the Iraqi Student Project. For those of you who may not be aware, the initiative, proposed by the Campus Anti-War Network, plans to raise $90,000 to bring five Iraqi students to UW-Madison. It’s a worthy cause, no doubt, but the proposed means for raising the necessary funds are a logistical nightmare. The plan calls for a mandatory increase in tuition to offset the cost of the Iraqi students’ tuition. The initiative was placed on the ballot after the Campus Anti-War Network amassed 2,300 signatures. The initiative received fewer votes than the signatures collected, but it still managed to pass in the ASM elections. From April 1 to 3 there were 1,713 students who voted for the Iraqi Student Project referendum and 994 who voted against it. What now? The proposition has passed, but other than that, little has changed. Before the plan can take effect, the Board of Regents must approve the change in tuition. The architects of the proposal intend to seek additional support, most notably from the Teachers’ Union, before presenting the issue to the Board of Regents, but the poor turnout and marked dissent within the election hardly sends an

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overwhelming message of support for the project. Given the circumstances, the Board of Regents will likely not be moved to include this tuition increase in the next budget. Even with the support of the Teachers’ Union, the plan seems to have little, if any, chance of passing—and, at least in my opinion, rightfully so. I don’t think raising tuition, even just a little, is the right way to fund this proposal. Several supporters of the plan have pointed out how a $1 tuition increase really is trivial in light of everyday expenses. Yet, in reality, $1 a semester isn’t the real issue—it’s the bigger picture and the principle that frustrates me. If we raised tuition $1 for every worthy cause, tuition would be unfathomably expensive (instead of just ridiculously expensive). Frankly, I’d be more inclined to propose a tuition increase to extend scholarships to the impoverished youth in Wisconsin who are forced to join the military as a means of paying for their own education. After all, that gesture might actually strike a much bigger blow to the military-industrial complex, but, once again, that isn’t the issue. The Campus Anti-War Network seems to be doing little more than spinning its wheels in the method it has adopted. And, while the group is getting a fair bit of press for the time being, it’s hard to say whether the end result will really benefit anyone. To many, it seems fairly obvious that the proposal will effectively go nowhere in its current manifestation. It will almost certainly be rejected, as the university will not raise tuition for a superfluous undertaking (even a small increase, and even for a worthwhile cause), and I must say that I agree. On the other hand, if the board does choose to raise tuition, wouldn’t the funds be better used for retaining some of our accredited professors so that if Iraqi students do get here, we’ll still be a respected university?

Now look who’s pipe dreaming ... I am against the plan of raising tuition for ISP both in principle and based on the fact that it’s ultimately a dead end. However, I don’t necessarily think the ultimate goal of the ISP is a bad idea. It is the means that I find flawed, as they will leave little recourse after the likely rejection by the Regents. Instead of this long, protracted and ultimately futile process, why don’t the architects of this proposal seek to fund the initiative independently? Instead of raising everyone’s tuition, CAN could raise the money through donations from students, professors, alumni and anyone else who feels inclined to donate. Instead of canvassing for signatures, why weren’t they seeking donations? This would certainly circumvent the bureaucracy necessary for the current plan to work. Furthermore, the result would be a grassroots campaign of charity and humanism of which we could all be proud, instead of a mandatory tuition increase which was contested by those in the know and accepted complacently by the vast majority of those who don’t pay attention to these matters. At the very least, it would end the debate about tuition and make it a debate about whether it is a worthwhile and conceivable undertaking. Even if the independently funded plan fails to provide the full $90,000, it still would likely produce enough money to extend at least one scholarship to an Iraqi student. Certainly that is better than nothing, which is what the current course of action will most likely yield. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a well-organized drive could raise more than the desired amount. Hell, I’d even donate double the asked amount. $2? That’s still less than a cup of coffee ... Matt Jividen is a senior majoring history. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.

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Xylophone rock never sounded so agreeable By Kyle Sparks THE DAILY CARDINAL

Los Campesinos! have all the makings for another crappy pop band. They gained their following and signed a record deal off the success of their MySpace profile, they shared an exclamation point with Panic at the Disco, their song titles are as long as Fall Out Boy’s and they have a xylophone.

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Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page are the brilliantly stuffy duo behind “Smart People,” a new intellectual comedy about pretentious people and the those who love them.

Perfectly ‘Smart’ comedy By Mark Riechers THE DAILY CARDINAL

Brains aren’t everything. “Smart People” offers a father/daughter pair of misanthropic academics as they come to terms with their humanity. From the same people who brought “Sideways” to theaters, this highbrow comedy banks on superb character sketching and a solid cast to deliver a comedy that manages to make even the most self-involved characters likeable in the end. Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) is a sullen English professor and widower whose adopted brother Chuck (Thomas Haden Church) forces his way into his life just as Lawrence discovers he needs a driver after suffering a seizure. His daughter Vanessa (Ellen Page) is an honor student with a picture of Ronald Reagan above her bed and the insistent notion she’ll have time for a life when she gets into Stanford. As Lawrence tries to start up a romance with his ER doctor and former student Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker) and

Vanessa tries to come to terms with relinquishing her surrogate-wife role, a slew of pratfalls exposes the human error that not even the most pretentious father and daughter can cover up. Quaid plays his role well to remind us that he does have some acting chops. The disdain Lawrence holds for everyone he finds intellectually inferior drips from Quaid’s lips as he delivers poisonous line after line to his students, fellow faculty members and condescending publishers. What’s remarkable is that Quaid’s natural likability carries over to a character so unlikable. He scolds his daughter for drinking, drops in on his son unexpectedly in his dorm to chastise his overspending and tries desperately to seem interested in his dinner date’s back story—all acts that could be played with simple anger but instead have a subtle tone of irritated good-humor. Page steals the show playing a Young Republican-type who has all the sarcasm of her last role in “Juno,” adding biting quips at every

possible interlude. She too is emotionally repressed and obsesses about proving her intellectual superiority, but the conservative ideology and unusually large vocabulary that Page wields make her seem artificial and beyond her years. Chuck, a failure who seems far more content than the rest of his successful family, acts as the chaos that forces the pair from their ivory towers. His relationship with Vanessa as he tries to get her to relax is especially hilarious, taking her out to bars and offering her a joint as Vanessa mutters, “Great, now I’m in an after-school special.” Not all the characters are great— Sarah Jessica Parker just seems depressed the entire film. The elder son James (Ashton Holmes) is utterly wasted, a character who seems to vary wildly depending on what the scene dictates. Those who appreciate higherminded comedies won’t be disappointed, as the superb characters and dialogue absolutely deliver.

Los Campesinos! Hold on Now, Youngster... The band is differentiated, though, by their self-awareness on their latest release Hold on Now Youngster.... In “You! Me! Dancing!” frontman Gareth Campesinos! tells us, “It’s sad that you think we’re all just scenesters / And even if we were, it’s not the scene you’re thinking of.” We shouldn’t look at them in comparison to their MySpace contemporaries because they aren’t your typical MySpace buzz band. They don’t listen to Green Day; they listen to Pavement. Mainly, the difference is that Los Campesinos! don’t suck. On “It Started With a Mixx” from last summer’s underappreciated Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP, Campesinos described well thought-out music as “trying to find the perfect line between pretentious and pop.” Unlike many modern MySpace bands, Los Campesinos! embrace a group personality by remaining anonymous. This contributes to their genuine, enjoyable and infectious spaz-pop sound. Part of the allure of Los Campesinos! is their honest efforts to create a connection between

themselves and the listener. In “... And We Exhale And Roll Our Eyes In Unison,” they diagnose the problem that “four sweaty boys with guitars tell me nothing about my life.” Instead, this group of seven sweaty mix-gendered artists commits to writing songs that only reflect their personalities, which often results in wry observations of pop culture. In “We Are All Accelerated Readers,” Gareth sings, “And no more conversations about which Breakfast Club Character you’d be / I’d be the one that dies (no one dies) / Well then what’s the point?” “Knee Deep At ATP” chronicles the story of a broken heart. Gareth discovers signs like an underexposed picture in which he makes out “His K Records T-shirt and you holding his hand.” And as the clues come to fruition and the heartbreak builds, so does the backing music, creating a culminating effect in which the listener gets caught up in the mess and can almost feel the frustration and despair the singer is trying to relay. By including the audience in its emotions, Los Campesinos! show another part of their appeal: Their music is a communal experience. Los Campesinos! are the ultimate group project. Alone, Gareth’s squawking vocals could be too harsh, and the vocals of Aleksandra Campesinos! too smooth and generic. No one instrument would be enough to stand on its own. Without the balance of every part in its place, the end result would be a jumble of unrealized hooks. But the group’s cohesiveness and producer Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) help tie each part together, prominently showcasing each melody. Los Campesinos! haven’t created a new sound or even started a new trend on Hold on Now Youngster..., but their candidness and infectious hooks rank them above most other pop bands and should ultimately make them your new favorite band.

Brad analyzes the finer points of ‘The Dark Knight’s’ unconventional campaign BRAD BORON the boron identity

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ut on the town a couple weeks ago, I got a campaign call from a candidate who really wanted to revolutionize the system. Intrigued by his position, I went to his website, where he offered me these words: “The people need change, they want change, they demand change—and we’re going to give them change!” Though there are many who would rather see a certain other candidate elected, he’s got my vote. I believe in Harvey Dent, the front-running candidate for Gotham City district attorney. Though “The Dark Knight,” Chistopher Nolan’s must-see Batman sequel, won’t be out for months, its marketing campaign has already been a blockbuster in its own right. By using an almost entirely web-based campaign so far, Warner Bros. has managed to hype a movie that, between the fantastic worldwide reception of “Batman Begins” and the unfortunate publicity from the untimely death of

Heath Ledger, almost didn’t need any more hyping. The promotion for “Knight” didn’t stop at Harvey Dent’s campaign site (for those of you who don’t know, Harvey Dent eventually becomes Batman foe Two-Face). The Warner team has put together an entire city worth of Gotham sites, each aimed at drawing fans deeper into its marketing campaign. Among the other sites created for the film are a Gotham Police Department site, one for the newspaper, The Gotham Times, and another for the Gotham school system. But the campaign’s crowning achievement has been its innovative scavenger hunts. By finding clues left online by the Joker, fans from São Paulo, Brazil, to Madison could score one-of-a-kind prizes. Joker’s last scavenger hunt, held appropriately on April Fools’ Day, led the lucky winners to local bowling alleys, where they’d pick up a one-of-a-kind bowling ball, Joker’s trademark calling card and a prepaid cell phone that will almost certainly be contacted closer to the film’s July 18 release date. April 1 culminated with Joker sending everyone else to break into a Gotham security company’s interactive site, and those unfortunate enough to try getting a phone call from

the Gotham P.D. Viral marketing campaigns are becoming more and more commonplace in films because they grab the attention of younger adults and children who have grown up being barraged by commercials, and now have found ways to filter them out of their consciousness. This winter’s “Cloverfield” became an Internet sensation when Paramount created dozens of sites about the impending monster attack. To prove just how great that marketing campaign was, there is still controversy on Internet message boards arguing whether some sites were created by Paramount or by some deceptive third party. Another viral site, for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” reboot, allows browsers the opportunity to view security tape from the shipyard building the U.S.S. Enterprise. How well these tactics work, however, remains unclear. “The Blair Witch Project” used viral marketing in its infancy and rode it to record-breaking box office returns. “Snakes on a Plane” tried to do the same thing, and the film flopped. At least it’s got people talking or, in this case, typing. To vote for Gotham’s finest Harvey Dent, e-mail Brad at boron@wisc.edu.

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Swimming to class

Today’s Sudoku

Beeramid

By Ryan Matthes beeramid_comic@yahoo.com

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Mega Dude Squad

By Stephen Guzetta and Ryan Lynch rplynch@wisc.edu

Solution, tips and computer program available at www.sudoku.com.

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

“If you wanna be a golf ball, just come along with me.”

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich jbdietrich@wisc.edu

There are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

By Simon Dick srdick@wisc.edu Nothing you do will save her now Special Agent Double-0 Sam

I’ll never let you hurt her!

Danger: Deadly Acid

Anthro-apology

By Eric Wigdahl wigdahl@wisc.edu

Answer key available at www.dailycardinal.com ON THE WATER ACROSS

1 Chancel garments 5 Arctic masses 10 Fedora feature 14 Obstinate animal 15 Awake and aware 16 Where hurling originated 17 Its cabins aren’t rustic 19 Door-to-door company 20 Western scene 21 He wrote “The Name of the Rose’’ 22 Rip apart 23 Box camera entrepreneur 26 Walking ___ (elated) 28 Aboveboard, slangily 30 Long-winded one 33 It can be blown 36 Albatross 38 Flashy 39 Former French coin 40 Chivalrous chaps 42 O’Hare abbr. 43 Macaroni type 46 Transude 47 Eye ailment 48 Furnace part 50 Resided, to the Bard 52 Petal perfume 54 Went hastily 58 Delhi gown 60 ___ and don’ts

62 Acting major 63 Mixed dish 64 It gets the party going 67 Horace or Thomas 68 Trapshooting 69 “Star Trek” producer Roddenberry 70 “Iliad’’ character 71 Sunday songs 72 Loose things DOWN

1 “Don’t make ___!’’ 2 Windward Island St. ___ 3 Sneeze response word 4 Mariner’s home 5 ___ Harbour, Fla. 6 Crimson’s rival 7 Glassmaker Lalique 8 ___-Roman wrestling 9 Like 80 proof liquor 10 Like some markets 11 Inland craft 12 Driver’s selection? 13 Heal 18 Application form blank 24 Bug-eyed 25 The two of 1997 27 “___ in apple’’ 29 Adjusted guitar strings 31 Off course 32 “... slithy toves did ___ and gimble’’ (“Jabberwocky’’)

33 Stable diet? 34 Pauley Pavilion locale 35 Deli sandwich 37 Hasenpfeffer and hot pot 41 Little detail 44 Alternatives 45 Dripping 47 Attic function 49 Bit in a salad bar 51 Comstock’s discovery 53 The Italian Stallion in films 55 No longer available 56 Improve, as text 57 Bells the cat 58 Cell body 59 Orchard chemical 61 Appear to be 65 Rat-themed movie or song 66 AAA offerings

Square and Bone

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baseball from page 8 And Chicago wanted to trade Crede in spring training because Josh Fields had a great rookie season last year when Joe was hurt. About a year ago I thought a Crede trade was inevitable, and I wrote a column proposing a trade to the Brewers. Of course, all you Brewer fans wrote me hate mail because Ryan Braun was set to come up from Triple-A. Touche. But how’s he doing over there at third base? Oh yeah, he’s in left field. In the meantime, Bill Hall is look-

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 ing good at third, so the Brewers are out. But why wouldn’t the White Sox try the Braun experiment and move Fields to left field? He actually played most of last September in left field, but the White Sox abandoned the idea, even though he wasn’t that bad. Does Kenny Williams forget that Carlos Lee and Scott Podsednik have been the left fielders for the past seven years? Those two don’t combine to be anything close to a Gold Glove outfielder. What am I missing? Also, I will continue the now three-year argument that Crede is the most underrated player in baseball. He is arguably the

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Junior outfielder Valyncia Raphael has three doubles in conference play, but as a team the Badgers are hitting just .204.

Softball readies for non-conference foes By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin softball team lost 3-of-4 games at home over the weekend, but a win in their final game has given them confidence as they prepare to face Northern Iowa Wednesday. “After the second game on Sunday we’ve really pumped up the intensity,” junior third baseman Theresa Boruta said. “We’re taking the momentum into this week.” The Badgers (1-7 Big Ten, 1128 overall) had been on a sevengame losing streak before their second game on Sunday against Indiana. A strong pitching performance by freshman Kristyn Hansen and flawless defense secured the victory. “That was the best performance [our defense] has had this year,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “You get strong glimpses of what we’re capable of, and now we expect to do that more often.” Schulte also agreed with Boruta that the mood of the team is good this week, but noted that missed opportunities have cost Wisconsin. “We’re on a high note because of the win,” Schulte said. “But at the same time, we could be sitting at 3-5 instead of 1-7 and be in the middle of the Big Ten.” Before the Badgers returns to the meat of the Big Ten schedule this weekend, they will play one game against the Panthers at 5 p.m. at the Goodman Softball Complex. Northern Iowa (2-9 MVC, 1420 overall) is part of the Missouri Valley Conference. The signifi-

o-line from page 8 10th practice of spring ball. It was their first night practice of the season, a switch from their previous 6:30 a.m. start time. Bielema claims the move was geared toward having a more spirited practice, and it was evident early that his wish has been granted. “It’s been one of our better tempo practices,” Bielema said. “The way guys are flying around

cance of Wisconsin’s non-conference games, during conference play, is unclear. Schulte admitted the contest tomorrow, along with other nonconference games, is less important than Big Ten games. But it is a game Schulte feels is necessary to play. “You don’t want to go a week without playing,” Schulte said. Despite having no impact on the Big Ten standings, games like these can be valuable because of the experience and practice a team can gain from them. “There are things that happen in games that can’t happen in practice,” Boruta said. “So I feel like it is great preparation for the weekend.” Schulte also noted that she may post a different lineup than the one used this weekend to provide less tenured players with some in-game action. The contest will also give Wisconsin a chance to work on its offense, which has struggled. The Badgers are batting .204 as a team this season and have 65 fewer hits than their opponents in 39 games. Wisconsin is also averaging only 2.6 runs per game, ranking last in the conference. The Badgers have had bright spots early in the Big Ten season. Senior catcher Joey Daniels has a .468 on-base percentage, which ranks fifth in the conference. Junior outfielder Valyncia Raphael is third in the conference with three doubles. The last time the Badgers faced the Panthers was in 2005 in Madison. Wisconsin swept the doubleheader and is 3-0 all-time against Northern Iowa. and being active, I think that is a positive mood, so we will probably stay with this format for the rest of spring ball.” —Freshman defensive back Mario Goins, who has impressed during the majority of spring practice, left practice early due to injury. —Junior college transfer Dan Moore was wearing a full brace on his left leg and walking around with the help of crutches.

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best defensive third baseman in the game and has been the most clutch White Sox player in the last two decades. Just this season, he has two game-winning home runs and saved a game with his glove by diving for a ground ball for the last out Saturday against Detroit. Re-sign Joe “Clutch” Crede. Move Fields to left or trade him. Play and beat the Brewers in the World Series. If you are a Twins fan who actually does like watching baseball indoors, e-mail Adam at hoge@wisc.edu.

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ADAM HOGE a hoge in one

Brewers, go play outside After one week of baseball, we are one week closer to my dream World Series between the White Sox and the Brewers. As of Tuesday morning, both teams were atop their respective divisions. I got the chance to visit both Miller Park and Comiskey—I mean U.S. Cellular Field—this past weekend, and here are some thoughts on the first week of the season.

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Senior offensive lineman Kraig Urbik is the most experienced Wisconsin lineman, having started 39 straight games at guard or tackle.

New center and coach fitting in well with unit By Tom Lea THE DAILY CARDINAL

So far, the theme for spring practice has been the number of injuries the team has suffered. Injuries have plagued the defensive line, linebackers, defensive backs and others. One stable group, though, has been the offensive line, which has returned to full strength following injuries last fall. “It’s good because as offensive line, the big thing is working as one unit,” senior offensive lineman Eric Vanden Heuvel said following Tuesday’s practice. “Being able to coalesce as a unit, you get better teamwork out of it. It’s real good that we know better how to work as a single unit.” Near the conclusion of last fall’s loss at Ohio State, Vanden Heuvel suffered a leg injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Not being able to play in key victories against

Michigan and Minnesota was a thorn in the side of the 6'7" senior. Spring ball, however, has granted him the opportunity to get back onto the field. “I got my senior season coming up, and I really want to be my best out of all these past three years,” he said. “I’m trying to do what I can to stay healthy and not lose any time.” After the graduation of Marcus Coleman, the Badgers needed a player at the center position. Sophomore John Moffitt has stepped in and performed well throughout the spring season. “I’m very excited,” head coach Brett Bielema said. “Even going back to what we saw out of him in bowl practice and also the addition of the shotgun. “Quite honestly, the reason we didn’t do the shotgun last year—it really didn’t fit what we were able to do from a snap standpoint. This year, John’s really been concentrating on that during the off-season with the quarterbacks, and it’s something that we will be able to bring to the game.” One other change to the offensive line was at position

coach. After former coach Bob Palcic left the program, Bob Bostad was named the new offensive line coach. Now, with only three practices remaining before the annual spring game, players are getting used to the change and seeing some progression as a unit. “It’s coming along good,” said senior offensive lineman Kraig Urbik, who went to high school

with Vanden Heuvel. “It’s just knowing what we expect from each other, where the help is and all that stuff, so I think it is coming around pretty well.” Practice Notes: The team worked under the bright lights of the McClain Center Tuesday evening for its o-line page 7

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The Badger offensive line has been moving players around and even experimenting with the shotgun formation this spring.

Inside baseball I caught the Brewers game at Miller Park Saturday. What a nice day. It was 67 degrees in Milwaukee, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. You couldn’t ask for better weather for the second home game of the season. It’s just too bad the fans couldn’t enjoy it. For whatever reason, the roof was closed. Unbelievable. Most of you know I am a White Sox fan and have been going to 20-30 outdoor baseball games every year my entire life. Baseball is meant to be played outside, and I don’t think I would get many objections, especially from you Twins fans. I’m not against retractable roofs, however. Rain delays don’t help anyone. They bore the fans, keep the pitchers out of the game and always cause field problems and even injuries. If it’s raining, then go ahead and close the roof. And if it actually is cold out, then you are welcome to close it, too. No one wants to be cold. Saturday was beautiful, though. Why was the roof closed? No one can give me a good reason other than they always close the roof in April. Well, that’s stupid. I think baseball needs a rule that if the high temperature is above 50 degrees and there is less than a 20 percent chance of rain, the roof has to be open. That was always my father’s rule with his 1965 Mustang convertible. There’s no reason it can’t apply to baseball. Plain and simple, baseball should be played outside. Outside baseball And that brings me to Monday’s White Sox home opener at Comiskey Park. It was 50 degrees and partly cloudy. Was I cold? No, I brought a jacket. I think most people in this state own a jacket. Use it. But enough about the weather and more about Joe Crede. Opening week is great, but it’s even better when it includes a game-winning grand slam in the home opener. baseball page 7


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