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Crime coverage unfair to homeless, advocates argue By Katrina Rust THE DAILY CARDINAL GABRIEL SEHR/THE DAILY CARDINAL

Gov. Jim Doyle met with ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek and executive producer Harry Friedman Thursday to receive a proclamation that makes this Friday and Saturday ‘Jeopardy Days’ in the state of Wisconsin.

Zimmermann’s killer forced entry into apartment The person who killed UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann April 2 used force to enter her apartment at 517 W. Doty St., the Madison Police Department said Thursday. “There was forced entry on a door to the building in which Zimmermann resided,” MPD public information officer Joel DeSpain confirmed in an email.

DeSpain said Police Chief Noble Wray was cautious about deciding what specific information to reveal to the public. “It is not unusual that some contacted during an investigation––who because of things like mental illness, or alcohol/drug abuse––will provide bogus confessions or information,” DeSpain said. Withholding details allows detectives

to determine if these people are telling the truth, police said. Despite the case update, DeSpain urged residents to continue to practice standard safety measures. “It doesn’t change at all what we would recommend … lock your doors, keep a cell phone with you, do all the things that have been out there in the past,” DeSpain said.

Student environmental groups to host first campus ‘Green Week’ By Grace Kim THE DAILY CARDINAL


Teams from UW-Madison will participate in Relay for Life Friday at the Shell to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Student-driven Relay for Life to benefit cancer research By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

Six years ago, UW-Madison senior Kari Liotta took a trip to the doctor that forever changed her life—she was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma, a cancer of the thyroid gland. “I was 16, a sophomore in high school, and I had cancer,” she said. Now, 22-year-old Liotta is preparing to graduate from UW-Madison with a degree in Family, Consumer and Community Education, with an emphasis in community leadership. As the former president of Colleges Against Cancer’s UW-Madison chapter, Liotta shared her survival story with fellow students and helped organize Relay for Life, a fundraising event, among other achievements. relay page 2

Interested in making delicious organic chocolate or learning about the difference between bottled water and tap water? Starting Friday and running until Earth Day on April 22, UW-Madison student organizations are hosting “Green Week” for students to learn these and other eco-friendly practices. According to Jeff Rolling, the chair of UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group, this is the first time UWMadison will host a Green Week on campus. “It’s really a collaboration among so many different environmental groups on campus, and it’s something that you don’t see that often,” Rolling said. Green Week is sponsored by WISPIRG, Environmental Studies Club, the Wisconsin Union Directorate, Sierra Students Coalition and nearly 35 other environmental groups working on different events. “We thought it would be a good way to get a bunch of organizations

to work together around something that we find beneficial and good for all students on the campus,” WUD Chair Amanda Green said. Green said the organizations hope to maximize student impact through diverse events and involvement with different organizations. Rolling said local and national speakers will visit Madison to discuss environmental issues and show what students can do to make energy more sustainable. Some environmental events include Midwest Students Clean Energy Conference Friday, the Environmental Justice MiniConference on April 19, as well as community service and volunteer opportunities. The Earth Festival April 20 will play host to street performances, concerts from local bands and free food. Rolling said students can improve green practices by learning about energy issues and being aware of the decisions they make as consumers. “What you do day in and day out can really have an impact on the environment,” he said.

Homeless advocates responded to recent negative media attention about Madison’s transient population at a news conference Thursday, encouraging the community to create solutions to homelessness and poverty and not profile transients as criminals. Members of the Community Action Coalition, Tenant Advocacy Group and Homeless Services Consortium reminded Madison residents the homeless are not the root of problems in the community, but evidence of greater issues in society. “[The conference] showed comprehensive work that’s going on in the community to address these issues on all levels, from economic levels as far as increasing incomes, to providing clothing and food and also shelter,” Dean Loomis, director of the Housing Initiative said. Madison Area Urban Ministry Executive Director Linda Ketchum said local media coverage is contributing to the negative profiling of transients following recent high-profile homicide cases. A Wisconsin State Journal headline earlier this year called the homeless “beggars,” and a popular Daily Page blog suggested “vagrants” should work on public projects if they want a “free lunch.” Advocates scheduled the conference partly in response to the Brittany Zimmermann homicide investigation, which they said led the community to target Madison’s transient population without cause. Ketchum said the police are rounding up homeless people to be questioned, adding stress particularly to those who suffer from mental illness. “If the police are asking people who are homeless for DNA samples, are they also asking the people who are neighbors, or is the underlying assumption that it must have been a homeless person who committed the acts?” Ketchum said. Madison Police Department public information officer Joel DeSpain said police have questioned transients from the neighborhood who go door-to-door asking for money, but added other people are being questioned. Police are also speaking with residents, transients page 2


Homeless advocates argued Thursday that transient populations, such as those seen at Peace Park, are unfairly targeted during high-profile crime cases.

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

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ast week was a tough week for Wisconsin students. We lost one of our own. Even those of us who never met Brittany Zimmermann somehow felt a connection to her. Maybe it happened as we locked our doors an hour before we usually would, or avoided late nights at the library that would force us to walk home alone. Maybe we thought about Brittany when we sat in lecture realizing she sat in these same chairs, contemplating complicated math formulas or classic literature only days before. No matter when it happened or under what circumstances, I think we all felt something. We felt her and realized how close we could come to having a memory of some-

one we never met. I never met Brittany Zimmermann. I don’t know if she was a party girl or a homebody. I don’t know how many siblings she had. I don’t know how she ended up at Wisconsin. I don’t know if we would have hit it off and become friends if we had met or just written each other off like we do with 95 percent of the people we cross paths with on this campus. But there are a few things I can assume. She probably waited impatiently at the Park and University intersection when she was late for class. She probably hoped for the e-mail announcing classes were canceled during the blizzards earlier this year. She was once new here, probably wondering where she would fit in with the rest of us. These little, almost insignificant things make her seem more like a real person than another tragic news story. She seems more real to us than the victims at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. But every victim of these tragedies seemed this way to

people close to them, too. The truth is, hypothetically, going a year in the United States without any random tragedies such as this one seems almost inconceivable. Tragic stories we hear on the news are awful and horrifying, but they’re not unique. In fact, they’re expected. We expect to hear heart-wrenching stories every year, but we just don’t expect them to hit so close to home. What we often forget is all of the other tragedies we hear about happened at someone else’s school, in someone else’s neighborhood and to someone else’s friend. We hear about the details—the when, where and how—but we don’t hear about that person’s favorite shirt, her tendency to bite her nails when she was thinking hard about something or the episode of a TV show that always made her laugh. All of these victims were close to people who loved them. And all of their stories affected the people around them who may not have known them, just like Brittany’s has affected us.

Wis. voters say economy top concern in upcoming election By Rebecca Autrey THE DAILY CARDINAL

A survey released Thursday by St. Norbert College shows Wisconsin residents view the economy as the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election. Wendy Scattergood, assistant professor of political science at St. Norbert College, said the results are useful because few polls focus specifically on Wisconsin. “There aren’t that many statewide surveys that are done in Wisconsin, considering that we are considered a battleground state,” she said. “I think that it really gives people an idea of what’s going on.” The poll found that Wisconsin voters think U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the candidate

best equipped to deal with the current economic situation, while U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would best handle the Iraq War. U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, DN.Y., would be the best candidate to manage U.S. health care issues, respondents said. Voters also feel these are the three most important issues this year, according to the poll. Charles Franklin, a professor of political science at UWMadison, said it is “striking and awe inspiring” the economy has quickly surpassed the Iraq War as the No. 1 issue on voters’. “It certainly has set the stage for a fall election that is far more about domestic politics and far less involved with the war,” he said. John Cooper, UW-Madison M.E. Gordon Fox professor of American Institutions, said the

decreased emphasis on Iraq is not surprising. “The economy is in very bad shape,” he said. “Unless we’re in a really … major war, terribly and immediately in a dangerous situation, the economy nearly almost always trumps foreign policy.” According to the survey, Wisconsin residents would currently vote for Obama over McCain, but would vote for McCain over Clinton. Franklin said most of the survey results are not surprising. He said Wisconsin parallels national trends and the survey is an indication the election in November will be close. A separate St. Norbert survey released Thursday shows President Bush has an approval rating of 31 percent in Wisconsin, the lowest it has been in seven years.

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This year’s Relay for Life at UW-Madison will be held from Friday at 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday at the Shell, and will feature U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., as a speaker. “We’re really, really excited about that,” said Stephanie Van Hecke, a UW-Madison Relay for Life committee publicity chair. Van Hecke said this year’s Relay is the biggest Madison has ever had and credited the committee’s co-chairs, Ally Nathan and Megan Geissler, with the success. “For me it’s huge,” Geissler said, adding this is the ninth Relay for Life she has been involved in. “Our goal is to raise $165,000, which I think we’re going to blow out of the water. Even to meet our goal I think is a tremendous accomplishment—it means a lot.” “Every community that there’s a Relay for Life is people who don’t know each other coming together because everyone supports this cause. I think that is something truly unique about Relay for Life.” According to the event website,

more than 1,330 individuals on 128 teams will participate Friday. UW-Madison’s Relay for Life had raised $70,914 as of press time. “Most of [the teams] are just groups of friends who have been touched by somebody with cancer or are friends of somebody who has been touched with cancer,” Van Hecke said, adding teams usually consist of 10 to 15 individuals. One such individual is Liotta, who participated in her first Relay for Life in 2003 with friends from high school, raising $2,300 with her team. Liotta has focused on ways to make an impact on those affected by cancer ever since. She has even been asked to give speeches at American Cancer Society events about her survival story. “By letting others into my world, into my experience, I’m letting them know that they have the same opportunity and power to help make a difference,” Liotta said. “If what I say and do inspires others to get involved, they are, in turn, inspiring others to do that same thing.” —Heather Bonzelet contributed to this report.

transients from page 1 business owners and commuters in the area, DeSpain said. “In the context of the investigation, we’re talking with anyone who was in and around that Bassett neighborhood on the day of the homicide,” he said. Police said they have made about two dozen arrests during the Zimmermann investigation for probation holds and other unrelated crimes, but do not have any suspects in the case. DeSpain said there is concern some members of the transient population have become more aggressive. Ketchum said the police have identified a group of “chronic” homeless people who are not representative of all transients. She said she hopes people will “stop painting an entire group with a broad brush.” A follow-up to the news conference is scheduled for April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Tenant Resource Center offices at the Social Justice Center on Williamson Street.

Tragedies like this happen every year, so consistently in fact, that some mathematician could probably calculate the odds of it happening to us. When these disasters happen, we often look at them as numbers, such as how many times it has happened this year and how much crime has occurred in that area. Statistically speaking, something like this shouldn’t happen to us. It should happen to someone else. But this was also true for Brittany, rendering all numbers and equations useless for the people who knew and loved her. Maybe we should take a look at the numbers and the larger scale that puts crime into context. But I think it’s more important to remember that Brittany is more than a black-andwhite photo on the front page of the newspaper or a warning to lock our doors at night. She encompassed a unique combination of little things, like we all do, that make a person who she is. She was one of us. E-mail Kiera at

Board of Regents launch scholar fund UW System President Kevin Reilly said in a Board of Regents meeting Thursday a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign would soon begin for greater financial aid at state colleges. Reilly wants to raise $6 to $12 million a year in privately funded donations for need-based financial aid, UW System spokesperson David Giroux said. According to Giroux, a major portion of the campaign calls for a comprehensive website to make donating easier, and to raise awareness about the importance of financial aid. He said the fundraising drive would not require hiring any additional staff. According to Giroux, less state funding for higher education is a factor in promoting more private donations. He said a major reason for the campaign is the increasing costs for college. Members of several student councils around the state also presented their priorities for the upcoming UW System budget at the meeting, including better faculty retention and domestic partner benefits for staff.

Libraries sponsor file-sharing event UW-Madison Libraries is scheduled to host a symposium Saturday on the culture of Internet file sharing, focusing on students’ rights and responsibilities in peer-to-peer file sharing. The event includes speakers Nelson Pavlosky, co-founder of Students for Free Culture, and Gavin Baker, cofounder of the University of Florida chapter. At the library symposium, students will be able to participate in breakout sessions about YouTube, file sharing, open access publishing, open source programming and digital rights management. “We hope this program helps create a community of interest in these issues among students and that the forum will be one of many discussions and programs related to copyright and access,” Carrie Nelson, associate academic librarian at College Library, said in a statement. The Culture of Sharing will be in Memorial Union at 3 p.m. Check TITU for exact location. For more information log on to


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he instructional staff at UW is increasingly based on non-tenured educators rather than professors on tenured track. This increase is part of a national trend to hire cheaper instructors on yearly contracts instead of more expensive faculty research members. This year, UW added 54 percent more non-tenured instructional staff members, bringing the total number of non-tenured faculty to more than 1,000. Take for example Choua Lee, who was hired to teach Hmong language courses several weeks before the 2007 fall semester began. Hiring Lee gave UW-Madison students a unique opportunity to take a course offered only at a larger university. Employing non-tenured professors offers opportunities to develop smaller programs—such as the Hmong language program—at UW-Madison. Less than 15 foreign languages can be majors, and thus the others do not attract tenured professors. The additional non-tenured faculty can offer more than 60 modern languages and an additional 27 ancient languages. This is a double-edged sword, though. The problem is there is no guarantee a non-tenured instructor’s teaching abilities are consistent with tenured professors. Although most appointments demand teaching experience, it is doubtful the application pool is very large for some of the less commonly taught languages like Hmong, Tamil, Nepali or Bengali. Additionally, short-term commitments do not promote program-building, since the program

might not be around the next year because of budget cuts or low enrollment. As evident in Lee’s case, these jobs typically give short notice and offer no long-term job security. At the same time, UW-Madison recently cut over 120 tenured faculty positions because of this increase in non-tenured instructors. In doing this, UW-Madison saved a minimum of $8 million. Although it saved a hefty amount of money, the university lost a sizable amount of faculty committed to doing research and improving their departments.

Though it saved money, UW-Madison lost faculty committed to doing research and improving their departments.

As a large research university with consistently increasing enrollment, UW-Madison prides itself on offering courses taught by established research professors. To cut these professors in the name of a cheaper hire will hurt the university’s reputation in the long run. While these non-tenured instructors allow for increased class diversity, their number should not continue to increase at its current pace. If UW-Madison wants to save money, this is not an appropriate means to do so, as a decrease in recognizable tenured professors will hurt the quality of classes and incoming enrollment.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Abortion column contained contradiction Ryan Dashek’s April 7 column on abortion contained, for the most part, the same arguments used time and again by pro-choicers. His choice of words, however, betrayed a dangerous use of logic (or lack thereof ). If arguing that pregnant women have a right to their bodies, why the queasiness over late-term abortions? Dashek states he had moral problems with the procedure. He contends a human begins existence when it develops vital organs, so it’s reassuring that he’d have a problem with terminating a late-term pregnancy. Unless, of course, the kid could be retarded. Then it’s OK. Also unsettling is Dashek doesn’t actually condemn a woman’s right to choose once the fetus has become a human in his view. This is the same as condoning murder. How can anyone condone the killing of another human being? Traditional arguments conclude that one’s freedom ends when it infringes on another’s. Abortion is

a most severe case of this infringement. When do we stop focusing exclusively on a woman’s right and begin thinking of a child’s right? The “ideals of freedom this country was founded upon”—contrary to Dashek’s opinion of a woman’s right to choose—are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Although the federal government is far from passing a law prohibiting abortion at this stage, it’s a thought that should be addressed. It is the role of government to protect those unable to protect themselves. It wouldn’t end the demand for abortions overnight, but sometimes government must take a stand. Passing the laws that ended segregation didn’t end racism, but it made clear the government would no longer be a willing participant in the oppression of AfricanAmericans. A law prohibiting the killing of unborn babies could send a similar message. —Jim Aspholm UW-Madison sophomore

Restrictions on invasive species logical for state By Kory Douglass THE DAILY CARDINAL

The giant hogweed, also known as the cartwheel flower or the giant cow parsnip, is a fascinating plant. It can grow over 15 feet high, has giant flowers and is resistant to frost. Unfortunately, giant hogweed also has spiky leaves that, upon being touched, release pain-inducing sap. As a result, the victim’s sapsoaked skin becomes supersensitive to sunlight and blisters. Because of its great size, the giant hogweed is difficult to remove from an environment and crowds out other necessary species of plants. Although originally an Asian plant, the giant hogweed eventually made it to the United States because people liked the way it looked and used it as an ornamental plant. Now, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is creating more stringent rules to regulate invasive species such as giant hogweed.

Invasive species can cause large numbers of environmental and economic problems.

Further, the DNR is proposing stricter regulations for invasive species that will go before the Natural Resources Board this spring, and ultimately to the state Legislature later in 2008. Right now the DNR can do little to stop people from bringing in non-native species, but the new rules will provide a more specific and logical way for controlling the populations of such plants and animals. Four categories would exist under these new rules: prohibited, restricted, non-restricted and watch. “Prohibited” and “restricted” species would be regulated, whereas species designated “non-

restricted” or “watch” would be unregulated. Such rules are beneficial to Wisconsin so long as the most regulated species are the ones that actually pose a threat to their environments. Invasive species can cause large numbers of environmental and economic problems. One example is the infamous zebra mussel which, according to the Wisconsin Electric Power Company, cost the company $1.2 million a year when the mussels clog up its Lake Michigan pipes. This results in higher electric bills for consumers. Forestry is another area affected by invasive species, particularly buckthorn and honeysuckle. These plants prevent young trees from regenerating and cause the forestry industry to spend copious amounts of money managing them. Water-related invasive species include round gobies, which eat the eggs of popular native fish like largemouth bass, and spiny water fleas that eat the food of popular native fish. This is not to say, however, that all non-native species are problematic. Asian lady beetles, which look nearly identical to ladybugs, are helpful in eating up pesky insects, which reduces plant damage. Burning bushes and Norway maples also would receive little attention from the DNR’s proposed regulations because they are environmentally unobjectionable. It is possible, however, that the DNR could place some species under the regulated statuses that instead belong with the Asian lady beetle, burning bush and Norway maple in the unregulated category. The monk parrot is one such species. While this bird is not in Wisconsin yet, the DNR has classified it as “prohibited.” This would mean that no monk parrots could be sold or transported into Wisconsin without penalty of law. The problem people have with monk parrots, though, is

they are considered “annoying.” While they do not hurt anyone, these animals build big stick nests in trees and on power lines, as well as make a plethora of loud bird calls. These are not sufficient reasons to put a species on the “prohibited” list.

Not all non-native species are problematic.

Such placement shows the DNR could become too choosy with what animals are acceptable to the Wisconsin population. If nests on power lines become too much of a nuisance, they can surely be removed. Furthermore, the other apparently “undesirable” traits of the monk parrot are simply characteristic of any bird. Several species of bird with loud calls currently reside in Wisconsin. While much of the proposed regulation is beneficial, restricting an animal for its natural call is simply petty. Regulation is important as long as the DNR does not go overboard with discriminating invasive species. Some non-native animals and plants can cause changes that are too drastic for our environment, but others do not. The DNR’s proposed system for regulation looks good on paper, so long as it prohibits only destructive species. Restricting species that harmlessly change the environment is a pointless exclusion of new species. Regardless of how judgmental the DNR gets, however, we can assume the giant hogweed will be prohibited, probably for the better. Kory Douglass is a sophomore majoring in English. Please send responses to

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Hanson bring trademark pop to Madison By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

Most people remember Hanson, the musical trio of brothers from Tulsa, Okla., for their long hair and infectious ’90s megahit “MMMBop.” Nearly 11 years after their first single topped charts worldwide, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are now businessmen, activists and experienced musicians enjoying a national tour and successful album. The youngest brother, Zac, described the band’s signature style as “rock and roll with a pop sensibility,” influenced by the music of the late ’50s and early ’60s. While working on the band’s latest record The Walk, released in July 2007, Zac said the brothers listened to bands such as Wilco and Travis, infusing their album with a different sound than previous releases. “I would say this record is a little more raw, a little simpler,” Zac said. “We recorded most of the record live, together, just the three of us playing. I think that allowed for the record to feel a little more spacious.”

While in Africa, the brothers decided to use their music as a starting point to get involved in the AIDS cause.

Hanson attributes part of their growth as artists to recording The Walk on their own independent label, 3CG Records. After splitting from Island Def Jam Records, the brothers created their label in 2003 and began recording their first independent release titled Underneath. During the making of Underneath, Hanson filmed a documentary detailing the band’s trials and tribulations recording

their first independent album. Throughout the filming of the documentary, the brothers realized they were not alone in their experiences with the mainstream music industry.

As the name of their recent album suggests, the band has survived a long journey through an ever-changing music industry.

“It’s not something unique to Hanson, the process you’re watching, it’s the norm, it’s the standard,” Zac said. “The messed up system we were working in is the reality of what so many of these executives think is a working process. It’s not the way to be successful building a career.” Currently, the band is building up the 3CG label to reflect a necessary change in the music business. Citing artists such as Radiohead and Jessica Simpson, who is rumored to be considering an album release on an independent label, Zac said Hanson hopes the 3CG label will work toward creating a new and improved recording industry. “We want to do something that is unique and something that works,” Zac said. “We don’t want the only difference between our label and another label to be the fact that it’s run by Hanson, we want to find core ways to change the way the business works.” Zac said the band has enjoyed recording under 3CG for several reasons, most importantly the freedom that comes with an independent label. By establishing and maintaining positive contacts throughout the independent industry, Zac said the brothers are able to get their product out to fans as soon as


Hanson still haven’t lost their boyish charm, but the brothers shed their bop-pop sound for a more mature and indie influenced rock ’n’ roll sound. possible without the industry pressures of marketing or financial concerns. “What we want to do as a band is release more music, more often,” Zac said. Another luxury of working on their own label is the freedom to pursue other projects outside the recording industry. The Hanson brothers were able to put their music career on hold and travel to South Africa and Mozambique to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa. “It was just kind of an inspiring idea, it was something that we were like, ‘We need to stop this record and go ... we’re not sure what role we’re going to play

or where we’re going to find ourselves, we just need to go and learn what we can,’” Zac said. While in Africa, the brothers decided to use their music as a starting point to get involved in the AIDS cause. They recorded the song “Great Divide” in July 2006 and gave all proceeds from the recording to AIDS prevention and research. Even upon their return to the United States, Hanson is still able to contribute to the fight against poverty— the brothers paired with TOMS Shoes and agreed to donate a pair of shoes to a child in Africa for every pair of TOMS Shoes sold on their The Walk Tour. Before every performance of

their current tour, the Hanson brothers walk a mile barefoot to raise awareness for the causes they support. As the name of their recent album and current tour suggest, the band has survived a long journey through an everchanging music industry and will continue down the path of creative freedom.

Hanson concert where: The Barrymore Theater when: Friday at 8 p.m. cost: $30 in advance, $32 at the door

Apatow makes sure audiences won’t forget ‘Sarah Marshall’ By Kevin Slane THE DAILY CARDINAL

Riding the wave of success from his recent movies including “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Superbad,” Judd Apatow has produced another winning comedy

with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” a non-stop laugh riot with heart. By now, movie veterans know the Apatow formula: Take a winning script, cast a relative unknown in the lead, surround the lead with an unforgettable supporting cast

and let the magic happen. The lead in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is Peter (Jason Segel, who also wrote the script) a stayat-home husband living in the shadow of his sexy TV-star wife Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell from “Veronica Mars”).

Judd Apatow has produced another winning comedy with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” a non-stop laugh riot with a heart.


Judd Apatow’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” shows the potential to add Jason Segel to the ranks of Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill.

Peter’s life is shattered when he is dumped by Sarah, who has been having an affair with British rocker Aldous Snow (played with ridiculous aplomb by Russell Brand). When Peter tries to escape the memories of Sarah by vacationing in Hawaii, he finds he is staying in the same hotel as Sarah and Aldous, much to his chagrin. Many of the movie’s initial laughs come from Peter’s sheer inability to cope, as he gets drunk and sobs on

his balcony until the front desk girl Rachel (Mila Kunis from “That ’70s Show”) calls to report guests have been complaining. As Peter’s world crumbles, Apatow’s usual suspects come out for timely and hilarious cameos, including Jonah Hill as an ambivalent waiter, Bill Hader as Peter’s best friend and Seth Rogen as a brain-dead surfer who offers Peter the sage advice: “When life gives you lemons, say ‘fuck the lemons’ and bail.” What truly defines “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and lifts it above Apatow’s previous hit “Superbad” is its heart. The stated goal in “Superbad” is to illegally procure alcohol and get with girls before graduation. As noble a cause as this may be, it doesn’t compare to the heart of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Once Peter begins to crawl out of his depression and pursue his burgeoning relationship with the front desk girl Rachel, audiences gain a new perspective on Peter’s character and actively root for him rather than laugh at his pathetic situation. Still, this is an Apatow movie at heart, and despite the feel-good story of love blossom-

ing between Peter and Rachel, the movie still focuses mainly on the need “to put your D in someone’s V.” Or, as Peter responds, the “need to B my L on someone’s Ts.”

Apatow once again proves that regardless of who stars in his movies, hilarity and hi-jinks will follow.

In all, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” cements Apatow as the producer du jour for teen comedies today. Before “The 40Year-Old Virgin,” Steve Carell was just a funny side character in “Anchorman.” Before “Knocked Up,” Seth Rogen was just a funny side character in “40-Year-Old Virgin.” Before “Superbad,” Jonah Hill was just a funny side character in “Knocked Up.” With “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Apatow once again proves that regardless of who stars in his movies, hilarity and hijinks will follow.


Wine on a budget

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Even on a budget, you can learn expert wine tips at cheap, local classes By Elizabeth Wegner THE DAILY CARDINAL

So, you want to become a wine expert, or at least an occasional wine drinker? Your limited knowledge of wine is understandable, considering you have spent the last couple of years swigging beer and boxed wine. It is finally time to join the adult table. To do so, you do not need

a lot of money to spend on overpriced wine. You just need a little guidance, something the Whole Foods’ class “Wine on a Budget” offers in abundance. The most valuable lesson one takes from the class is that, while there certainly are disparities in the quality of wines, the good news for those with shallow pockets is the most expensive wine is


not always superior. You never have to pay more than $20 for a good bottle of wine. In fact, wine shouldn’t cost more than $50 to $60, but supply and demand and the prestige of certain wine makers’ names lead to elevated prices. Before this class, my experiences with wine involved an occasional cheap glass of pinot grigio or white zinfandel. Many people prefer sweet wines to dry ones, and, according to the class, sweet ones are considered “wine for regular people” by wine snobs. Most college students need a tutor to introduce them to wines over $3 but under $20. Considering red wines are loaded with antioxidants and other healthy benefits, it can be helpful to find a red you actually like. Since the Whole Foods class cost only $5, compared to its usual price tag of $25, I didn’t exactly go into it with high expectations. Eight glasses later, however, I left satisfied—especially after finding an enjoyable red wine: a Spanish garnacha. Led by the Madison Whole Foods’ wine buyer, the class covered the basics of inexpensive wines and offered the chance to sample eight varieties, all $10 or less and almost all enjoyable. The class began as all dinners should, with a glass of the most pleasant sparkling wine possible. The following seven wines provided a nice balance between whites and reds, all of which proved you really can buy a decent bottle of almost any kind of wine at a low price. While there are wines to relax with and drink by themselves, there are others that should only be paired with a meal. The sauvignon blanc we tasted was so packed with tart citrus flavor, you could never drink it without a plate of seafood. The other white wine, an Italian char-

For more wine tastings go to... -Trader Joe’s Free weekly wine tastings Tuesdays 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 1864 Monroe St. (608) 257-1916 -Grape & Co. Free weekly wine tastings Fridays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 745 N. High Point Road (608) 831-8900 -Barriques Market Weekly wine tastings Friday and Saturday 5:30p.m. 8:30 p.m. 1831 Monroe St. (608) 284-9463 -Brennan’s Market Free weekly wine tastings Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 5533 University Ave. (608) 233-2777 donnay, produced a few unhappy faces in the class, but its light, fruity flavor was more than enjoyable. We then sampled four reds, and while I previously had never been able to stomach an entire glass of a dry wine before, I polished off three of the four. The pinotage, a South African cross between a pinot noir and Hermitage, was too leathery and smoky to finish. An excellent option is the semi-dry garnacha, a fruity, red wine made with many berries. It is the perfect wine to enjoy on a warm summer night, and the bottle of Monte Oton we tried only costs $9. The red wines kept getting drier, meaning it was time for merlot and cabernet. But instead of merlot, we tried a carmenere. The one we sampled had a peppery taste. You could easily envision enjoying it over a steak dinner, but it is not one to drink by itself. The cabernet sauvignon

was as cheap a California cabernet as you’ll find, and it had a rich, deep flavor. After the heavier wines, we finished the class with a glass of riesling, a light dessert wine that is so sweet it tastes like sparkling grape juice. So besides these eight options, how else do you find good but inexpensive wine? Look outside of the well-known wine places. Good wine doesn’t have to come from California or the usual places in Europe. Instead of merlot, buy a South American carmenere, or try wines from South Africa or New Zealand. Most importantly, never be afraid to try something new. It is easy to sample a wine once, not like it and never drink anything similar to it again. But your taste buds may surprise you, so it is worth giving all wines a second chance. Wine on a Budget was Whole Foods’ first wine class, and it won’t be its last, either. Check the schedule on

Emily’s No. 1 comfort food results in Sophomore Chocolate 10 EMILY BISEK ‘em,‘em good


veryone handles stress differently. Some continually talk about how much stress they have and then proceed to keep talking about how much needs to be done instead of doing anything about their stress, which results in a higher accumulation of stress. Some stop eating all together during stressful times, an approach I have never understood nor wanted to understand, for that matter. For the rest of the world, there is the emotional need food can fulfill. Diving into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food feels almost as good as sobbing into your mother’s shoulder as you squeak out a “Life’s so hard!” or an “I just want to give up!” in between mucusfilled sniffles. As finals week rears its ugly head around the corner, a closer examination of comfort

food seems necessary. Chocolate is the No. 1 comfort food for the female population of this planet. Is this even contestable? I don’t believe so. The many different forms and textures of chocolate contribute to its No.1 ranking. You can eat it in chip form, in cookies or in dough. It can be frozen, creamed or whipped into dozens of delectable treats. This list could go on longer than Bubba’s inventory of shrimp dishes to Forrest, but you get the general idea.

More chocolate is consumed between our four walls than in most third world countries in one year.

It is interesting to compare the different emotional effects chocolate has on the two sexes. Living in an apartment with three other girls has opened my eyes to this

new phenomenon. One male friend commented, more than once might I add, that more chocolate is consumed between our four walls than in most third world countries in one year. I will concede that our chocolate shrine complete with a hollow chocolate Buddha statue the size of a family dog can be unnerving for some, but at least we tore down our devil-worshipping room. I would say that’s a step in the right direction, right? There is one major problem with worshipping and consuming chocolate on a daily basis. A middle school acquaintance expressed this downfall very well almost eight years ago. As I stuffed a bag of peanut M&Ms into my gaping mouth, I asked my locker buddy Justin if he would like some delectable candy. He stared at my chocolate smeared face, grimaced and declined my offer. Shocked, I tried to comprehend how he could refuse free chocolate. “Really?” I responded. “I guess chocolate is a girl’s best friend.” I then shoved another

handful into my mouth. Justin shuddered in disgust and responded, “Yeah, until it comes back to bite you in your fat ass.”

I still respect his views, even though he still lives with his mom and is pursuing a professional Nintento career.

Chocolate flew out of the bag as I laughed, mouth open wide. Then I stopped, thought about what he said and realized how true it was. Justin was ahead of his time when it came to wisdom, and I still respect his views, even though he still lives with his mom and is pursuing a professional Nintendo career. The worst downfall of chocolate is also the most feared aspect of aging in general. After throwing on the Freshmen 15, some add on the Sophomore Chocolate 10 due to the stressful realization that

grades actually matter and you’re pretty much screwed for life. I hope my insurance company is prepared for my potential diabetic induced coma, because I am well on my way to attending Chocoholics Anonymous meetings. As chocolate eases my emotional pains, it paradoxically worsens my physical state. I have tried eating chocolate and working out at the same time, but the fitness consultants at the SERF are getting tired of wiping melted Hershey bars off the ellipticals. And I’m personally sick of being looked at like I’m from Mars as all the fit campus women look on in disgust. So I have a few fat kid tendencies. No big deal, right? I guess I won’t be sharing any chocolate with them. They can find their own emotional comfort somewhere else. If you are gaining the Chocolate 10 or need someone to share a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with as you console yourself over your difficult week of midterms, e-mail Emily at

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Proximity Mines in the Facility

Today’s Sudoku


By Ryan Matthes

© Puzzles by Pappocom

Mega Dude Squad

By Stephen Guzzetta 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.

Damn that oral fixation.

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich

About 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens each year.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

By Simon Dick *Gasp* The evil Dr. Cracks was a tube of Toothy toothpase all along!


Answer key available at GET DOWN ACROSS

1 “... ___, whatever will be ...’’ 5 Infamous Bugs 10 Reduce to carbon 14 “Amo, ___, I Love a Lass” 15 Swell subject for plants 16 Dustin Hoffman film 17 Team based in East Rutherford 18 Less experienced 19 Choral category 20 Toast superfluity? 23 Psychoanalysis subject 24 Big name in cartography 25 Salome’s seven, in opera 28 Some political responses 30 Mao follower 32 Vocal turndown 33 Uncompromising law 34 Indian Mr. 35 Related by blood 36 What a repentant lion may do? 41 Act the expectant father 42 Digit that may be big 43 Sleepytime or gunpowder

44 Curved path 45 Sara in the supermarket 46 “Babes in Toyland’’ composer 50 Slug, biblically 52 “Dear’’ ones 53 Antithesis of 32Across 54 Carefully read USA Today, e.g. 58 Completed without error 60 1836 battle site 61 Cry for what might have been 62 Ophelia or Laertes, e.g. 63 Red-eyed ___ (songbird) 64 Kind of iron 65 Stops vacillating 66 Improve a thesis’ quality, e.g. 67 What a tout may tout DOWN

1 Made smooth, in a way 2 Exit one’s cocoon 3 Allotted amount 4 The A of PTA, briefly 5 It’s not jotted down 6 Greek theaters of yore (Var.) 7 Take new vows 8 U.S. trading place 9 Pusher’s bane

10 Chevy without wheels 11 Finnish capital 12 Sketchy subject? 13 Kanga’s kid 21 Village of South Africa natives 22 Time to revel, perhaps 26 Reposed 27 “Auld Lang ___’’ 29 Suffix with corrupt 30 Three, in word combinations 31 Sorority 34 Word often substituted for “miss’’ 35 Gaza Strip resident 36 Hot springs 37 Toast comparative 38 Mishap 39 Despondency 40 Intrinsically 45 Journey part 46 They’re paid to waste? 47 Shadow site? 48 Bounty hunter’s payoff 49 Nice cups? 51 They get high twice a day 52 Dumbfounded expression 55 Roof part 56 Singer Whitman 57 Kosovo War force 58 Hullabaloo 59 The end of night?



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Softball looks to recover after heartbreaking loss By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin softball team will wrap up its nine-game home stand this weekend at the Goodman Softball Complex. The Badgers will face Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and then play Penn State in a doubleheader starting at noon Sunday. Wisconsin (1-7 Big Ten, 1129 overall) is coming off a tough non-conference loss Wednesday against Northern Iowa. Junior pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven threw a complete game, struck out 11 batters and gave up just one hit. Vanevenhoven had a nohitter through six innings, but an error opened the door for the Panthers in the seventh, making all three runs Vanevenhoven allowed unearned. After such a brutal loss, assistant coach Julie Wright said it is important that her players keep their heads up entering the weekend of conference competition. “You [have to] point to the good things that they did,” Wright said. “They stung the ball well. They hit it solid; they hit it right at people, but they hit it solid.” The Badgers will have to be confident to have any chance

against the Wolverines, who enter the weekend ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA softball poll. Michigan is 34-4 this season and 7-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan’s greatest strength this season has been its pitching. Freshman Jordan Taylor and sophomore Nikki Nemitz have been the only two pitchers to take the hill this season for the Wolverines, and each one has posted jaw-dropping numbers.

“You [have to] point to the good things that they did.”

Julie Wright assistant softball coach Wisconsin Badgers

Taylor is 19-2 this season in 22 starts. The true freshman has allowed nine earned runs in 138.2 innings, which equates to a 0.45 ERA. The right-hander also has nine shutouts, 187 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .162 batting average. Nemitz’s statistics are just as impressive. The southpaw is 15-2 in 16 starts and has allowed 14

runs in 122.1 innings pitched, which translates to a 0.80 ERA. Nemitz is holding opponents to a .155 batting average and has 137 strikeouts. UW head coach Chandelle Schulte called the duo the best pitching combination in the nation. Penn State’s strength also lies in its pitching. Although the Nittany Lions’ staff has not been as dominant as Michigan’s, it has been efficient all year. The ace off the club is senior Ashley Esparza. Esparza is 12-8 with a 1.31 ERA and has demonstrated great stamina by completing 16 games in 19 starts. The team’s second starter is freshman Jackie Hill, who has started 16 games for Penn State. The redshirt is 12-6 with a 2.04 ERA. Despite Wisconsin’s potential to play well offensively, the Badgers have failed to produce runs of late, scoring just five runs in their last three games. But Wisconsin has reason to be optimistic entering this weekend because of its recent pitching performances. Vanevenhoven has not allowed an earned run in her last two starts, and freshman Kristyn Hansen turned in a complete game shutout in her first Big Ten start last weekend.


Freshman pitcher Kristyn Hansen will hope to continue her dominance this weekend against Big Ten foes Michigan and Penn State.

Seniors on men’s tennis team reflect on Badger careers before final home matches By Chris Lindeke THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 32 UW men’s tennis team concludes its home schedule this weekend with a pair of Big Ten matches at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. On Saturday, the Badgers (5-2 Big Ten, 13-8 overall) will take on No. 53 Iowa, followed by a match with interstate rival Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, which is Senior Day. Jeremy Sonkin, Nolan Polley and Felipe Bellido will all play their final home match in cardinal and white. “I think they’ve been kind of the turning point in our program since I was able to take over as the head coach here,” said coach Greg Van Emburgh, who took over the program in 2005. “When I first got here we obviously wanted to raise the bar and set the standard, and I think those are three of the players that were able to do that and have done a great job. “It just shows you how far our program has come in a short time. And these are three of the reasons why.” Bellido, a native of Lima, Peru, led the Badgers in singles victories last season with 26, including 18 in the

spring season. He has been a steady player who entered the 2007-’08 season with the ninth-highest winning percentage in UW history. “Time flies,” Bellido said. “I was looking at the little posters yesterday, and I just realized it was Senior Day, it’s crazy. I have so many good memories, so many good wins and tough losses. But we just take them with the team and make them go away. It’s a great experience to play competitive college tennis, and it’s something I’ll remember my whole life.” One of the highlights of his career, he said, was his match-clinching victory over then-No. 39 Indiana last weekend in a 4-3 UW win. Bellido notched the deciding victory at No. 6 singles, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 over Chris Foster of the Hoosiers. Sonkin has battled injuries all season, sitting out the last two matches at Indiana and Ohio State. The Wheaton, Ill., native made an immediate impact as a freshman, collecting a team-best 24 victories playing mostly at the No. 2 singles spot. Last season, Sonkin’s 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset win over then-No. 8 Ryan Rowe of Illinois was one of his best wins, Van Emburgh said.

Polley, a Kentucky transfer, has been with the Badgers for three years. Polley came to UW with Van Emburgh, a Kentucky assistant prior to taking over the Badgers. Van Emburgh noted Polley’s matchclinching win at No. 10 Miami last season, a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over the Hurricanes’ Josh Cohen, as one of the finest moments of the southpaw’s career. The Badgers will face an Iowa team on Saturday that has lost three of its past four matches. The Hawkeyes (2-4, 10-7) defeated Indiana 4-3, the same margin by which UW defeated the Hoosiers, Bellido pointed out. “It’s definitely an even team,” Bellido said. “They’re pretty strong at the top of the lineup, they have some older players. So it’s definitely a match that’s going to be a war.” Minnesota (2-4, 4-14) has won two matches in a row, defeating No. 73 Michigan State and Iowa last weekend for its first conference wins. According to Van Emburgh, now is not the time to overlook any Big Ten foe, no matter what the records may indicate. “I think we want to approach it where no matter if it’s Minnesota, if it’s

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irreparable. And the one-year, $10 million investment in Eric Gagné would still be under review even if he had saves in all three of his opportunities, not just one. A 6-3 start, on the flip side, is not surprising. The Brewers are traditionally fast starters before they hit a snag. Last year, it was a 24-10 record. This year, it’s off to six wins out of nine games before Milwaukee runs into the first test of the season: nine away games against New York, St. Louis and Cincinnati again. The Brewers, committed to playing consistent baseball throughout an entire season, will get their first opportunity to avoid the slide and show that commitment. If you think that Johnny Cueto should have been on Jon’s list, e-mail him at

team. Rowers from outside of the country are often older students who already have racing experience on the international circuit. The Wisconsin team is mostly walk-ons who try out during their freshman year. Badger rowers are often athletes who played other sports in high school and want to be part of the same competitive atmosphere in college. Walk-ons who have never rowed are often surprised by how difficult the sport is, both physically and mentally. However, Clark said, “the competitive juice, and the wanting to win—all that, the excitement of that, outweighs the discomfort. And when the weather’s nice, it is actually pretty cool.”

I feel like I’ve grown up in this program so I just take it upon myself to do the best I can to help out younger players.” This spring, he has helped those players from the sidelines, watching their play and offering encouragement and advice. He is not dwelling on the injury that is keeping him out, but is instead mentally preparing himself and his teammates for next season. “Jack has moved on. I wish him all the best of luck, but right now I’m focused on what we can do this upcoming fall.” Langford said. “Me and Aaron [Henry] have bonded right now too, so that’s been real good, and just watching these young guys has been a blessing for me.”

Iowa, if it’s Michigan State. We go out there, it’s a conference match, it’s a Big Ten match,” he said. “We want to take care of business and make sure we get our ‘W’ and come out for a battle.” Women’s squad The UW women’s tennis team will hit the road for a pair of conference matches at Minnesota on Saturday and at Iowa on Sunday. The Badgers (0-7 Big Ten, 7-12 overall) look poised for their first conference win of the season following a 5-2 loss to No. 29 Ohio State last Sunday. Senior Liz Carpenter and freshman Emese Kardhordo picked up singles wins for UW. It was the first outdoor match in the Midwest for the Badgers this season. One key to this weekend’s matches, according to coach Brian Fleishman, will be the doubles point.

“I think Minnesota is a team that we’re very compatible with,” Fleishman said. “I think that it’s going to come down to, it’s going to be a 4-3 match, and it’s going to be who gets that doubles point. Same thing with Iowa, another team very similar to us.” Carpenter said it is a learning process and that carrying the experiences over and having a good week of practice will determine the Badgers’ fate against the Gophers (1-5, 11-8) and the Hawkeyes (2-4, 11-5). “We’re going to be going away, and we’re [probably] going to be playing outside, so I think we have an advantage if we do play outside,” Carpenter said. “A lot of other places haven’t had great weather. We’ll just take what we learned from this weekend and play better next weekend.”

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While most of the country is focused on presidential primaries, the Badger football team is looking to its secondary to mesh after losing a litany of players to injuries, graduation and early departures. Last season the unit lost its second and third cornerbacks, sophomore Aaron Henry and senior Allen Langford respectively, to ACL tears. Those injuries have stopped them from playing in the spring but allowed some of the less experienced players like sophomore Mario Goins and senior Chris Maragos to get reps. “I think right now it’s an opportunity for them to show coaches that they can contend for playing time,” Langford said. “I think they’re get-


Sophomore defensive back Aaron Henry played well as the replacement for Allen Langford.

ting better every single day.” Head coach Bret Bielema echoed those sentiments, saying their progression was one benefit of the injuries to Henry and Langford. The defensive secondary is also adapting to life without shutdown corner Jack Ikegwuonu. Ikegwuonu declared for the NFL draft after deflecting 15 passes and being named first-team All-Big Ten. Henry and Langford should be starting in the fall, but now the players are working on getting comfortable playing with one another and helping the younger players adjust to having more playing time. “You got a guy like Shane Carter, phenomenal athlete ... we’ve got some young corners who are really coming on strong,” Maragos said. “The guys have really been great, just kind of nurturing me through the process right now. And the coaching staff just working through me, just to get my assignments down and even when I’m messing up, just baring with me.” At safety, Wisconsin may make some changes because of the stellar play and hard hitting of sophomore safety Jay Valai. The Texas native has played with the first unit at strong safety for most of the spring and said he is excited to get more playing time next season. Valai’s time with the top unit has come at the expense of junior incumbent Aubrey Pleasant. “The whole goal is to start, you know what I’m saying, make plays, just be out there,” Valai said. “You’re going to play to win, not to lose.” Junior Shane Carter holds the other safety spot and is coming off

Early surprises as Milwaukee hits the road


t’s difficult to say what exactly qualifies as a rough patch for a baseball team. But if the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t hit one over the past two, or even three, days, they have come close to it. After winning their season-opening series against Chicago and sweeping execrable San Francisco out of Milwaukee, the Brewers were less than impressive over the past few days against Cincinnati, losing their last two games and, consequently, the series to the Reds at Miller Park. It could have been worse for the Brewers, really. They escaped only by a hairsbreadth in an extra-inning win Tuesday. But their loss by eight runs in the middle game and a one-run offensive showing in the finale puts the Brewers in a precarious position before they head out on a 10-day road trip. AMANDA SALM/CARDINAL FILE PHOTO

Senior Allen Langford will have to take on a leadership role with the UW secondary when he returns from his ACL injury. a season in which he led the conference with seven interceptions. With 31 starts under his belt, Langford is the senior member of the secondary. He is now in a role that he saw others fill when he was a freshman. “I’m an old guy, I hate the feel-

ing,” Langford said. “I remember days when Jimmy Leonard and Scott Starks, those were the old guys, and now I’m that guy. “It’s just a different approach now, different attitude I have now.



Senior Kristin Hedstrom has been a leader for the women’s lightweight rowing team early this season. ated, Miller said. One specific rower who has impressed both her coaches and her teammates is senior Kristin

Hedstrom, who represented the United States at the Under 23 World Championships last summer. “She’s really sort of bared down

It looks like Doug Melvin made off with highway robbery in signing Jason Kendell.

on it and done an awesome job all year, just really pushed herself and has continued to improve,” Miller said. The men’s team is also excited for its first extended time on the water this season. Chris Clark, coach of the Badger men’s rowing team, said in his 14 years at Wisconsin this is the longest the team has been confined to indoor training because of weather. Although many teams might view the extensive time indoors as a disadvantage, Clark said the Badgers get “explosive enthusiasm and push after being [inside], like you’re let out to run free.” “It’s a psychological thing,” Clark said. “I’ve never seen a season where everybody’s tired and they wish it was over, which can happen when you row a lot.” According to Clark, the team this year is serious, with the right attitude and mentality for a successful season. However, there are no traditional powerhouse rowers competing this year for the Badgers. “Ideally we’d have two or three guys that are, you know, 215 [pounds] with the same mentality and toughness that the guys we have that are 180 pounds have,” Clark said. “Then, I would say ‘look out.’ But we don’t. We’re going to be the little engine that could compared to some of our competitors.” One advantage teams like Harvard have over the Badgers is the number of international students on their

Overall, Milwaukee crossed the plate only eight times against the Reds. Against a powerful offensive team like Cincinnati, that right there tells you all you need to know to predict a rough outcome. But the Brewers’ first home series against a Central Division rival pointed out the possibility that it won’t just be the Brewers and Cubs gaming for a playoff spot this season; with their improved pitching, the Reds could be the Central’s dark horse. Here are some of the other surprises surrounding the Brewers, in the eyes of one attentive observer: It looks like Doug Melvin made off with highway robbery in signing Jason Kendall. After a couple of off-years at the plate, Kendall is batting .538, which leads both leagues by plenty. He also has five RBI from the ninth spot in the lineup. In his 13th year in the big leagues, Kendall is handling the pitching staff just as well as he’s handling the bat. Meanwhile, Prince Fielder—the National League’s leader in home runs last season and the youngest player ever to hit 50—has yet to hit one this year. Conflate that with the fact that Prince has gone vegetarian, and there’s one meaty topic for discussion. Seriously, though, Prince will beef up his statistics before too long. In the outfield, the Brewers have shown they have two, if not three, perfectly competent backups to fill in when needed. Tony Gwynn Jr. was instrumental against the Cubs, and Gabe Kapler can be counted as another of Doug Melvin’s apparently fruitful reclamation projects. The Brewers’ general manager also took a step forward in the bullpen, trading tired names with experience. So far, that has worked to the team’s advantage—even though Derrick Turnbow has shown himself to be

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Wisconsin rowing plans to hit the water in stride Spring season kicks into high gear this weekend for Wisconsin rowing, as all three teams hit the road to compete in regattas around the country. The Badger men will head to Blue Isle, Ill., to take on Minnesota. The women’s openweight team heads to Charlottesville, Va., for a race against Central Florida and Virginia, while the women’s lightweight team heads to Camden, N.J., to compete in the Knecht Cup. Erik Miller, coach of the women’s varsity lightweight team, said his team is excited for opportunities to get on the water. After a long winter packed with intense indoor training and frigid weather, the Wisconsin women have had less time to adjust to rowing on the water than their competitors. “It’s a pretty steep learning curve,” Miller said. “That just means you have to make the most of the time that we spend down in Florida and Texas and places like that.” Making the most of time has not been a problem for Wisconsin. The Badger lightweight women had their first taste of spring rowing in late March during the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. They swept all six of their races. Miller is encouraged by the team’s performance so far. The lightweights return every rower but two from last year’s undefeated regular season. The two freshmen who moved up are even stronger than the two rowers who gradu-

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