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The UW-Madison student organization Big Red Go Green began its third dorm energy competition April 1. The competition runs during National Environmental Month, ending April 31. Big Red Go Green campaigns for environmental awareness at state and federal levels as well as for UW-Madison’s chapter of Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group. According to Anthony Uhl, coordinator of the dorm ener-


As a part of UW-Madison’s “Green Week,” students gathered in Science Hall Monday to hear UW-Madison botany professor Timothy Allen speak on the issues of going green. Allen explained the role of narrative and myth in ecological economics, the study of economics in a world with environmental limitations. Allen discussed the differences between how ecologists and economists view available resources and the goal of combining the two for more complete “stories” about the environmental system. According to Allen, attempts to solve global warming and international energy initiatives are not succeeding because sci-


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gy competition, Kronshage Hall won the competition last semester by cutting their energy emissions in half over a three-week period. “We did it just for the lakeshore dorms last semester,” Uhl said. “This semester, we are changing ... The organization and the implementation [of the competition] so it can run better. Ultimately, the main reason for doing it over and over again is for educational purposes.” Uhl said the overall goal is dorms page 3

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entists need newer issues to guide their experiments. “In social sciences there are values everywhere and you can’t sweep them under a rug. You must have a narrative,” he said, adding narratives are necessary to inform the public of certain social theories. Allen said the main problem is that scientists are not trained in how to use narratives correctly. “They don’t know how to tell stories—they are brutally literalists. They find it really hard to recognize they have got a narrative,” Allen said. According to Allen, scientists usually do not begin investigating an issue with an outline of what questions they are trying answer. Allen stressed the importance of educating scientists by having green week page 3


Alex Hartz (left) and Martin Barrett (right) jam out on Library Mall Monday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to stay around the mid-to-high 60s for the rest of the week.

Police address Bassett safety concerns By Elizabeth Michaels THE DAILY CARDINAL

Madison Police Department officials attended a Bassett Neighborhood meeting Monday to discuss safety concerns in the area following the April 2 homicide of West Doty Street resident Brittany Zimmermann. “Obviously I can’t speak to the details of the investigation,” MPD Lt. Joe Balles said. “Right now, nothing in the downtown area would be considered as routine. We are maintaining a hyper-vigilante state.” According to Balles, the MPD added supplemental patrol positions to the Bassett and State Street areas in addition to stepping up enforcement for trespassing violations in the downtown area. The homeless population of Madison has been central in the

Zimmermann homicide investigation, provoking Bassett neighborhood residents to question how to prevent crime while maintaining moral and socials obligations to the homeless. “We are focused on behaviors,” Balles said of the investigation, distinguishing the homeless population from individuals who display predatory behavior. Pete Ostlind, chair of the Bassett District Neighborhood, said Capitol Neighborhoods Inc. has sponsored a series of weekend sessions for residents to open up community discussion on homelessness. “It has been bringing together a range of people for that discussion, including members of the police department,” Ostlind said. According to Ald. Mike bassett page 3


Madison Police Department Lt. Joe Balles details safety plans to Bassett residents Monday.

Slain UW student’s landlord allows fiancé to discontinue lease


Timothy Allen, a UW-Madison botany professor, speaks to students about the difficulty of going ‘green’ at Science Hall.

The fiancé of Brittany Zimmermann will be released from the lease of the apartment where Zimmermann was found killed April 2, the property’s landlord announced Monday. Jordan Gonnering, a 22-year-old UW-Madison student, shared the $790-per-month apartment at 517 W. Doty St. with Zimmermann. He signed the lease through August 2009, but Wisconsin Management Company agreed to let Gonnering cancel the agreement in the wake of Zimmermann’s homicide. Russ Endres, president of WMC,

said in a statement the company waited to consult the Gonnering and Zimmermann families about the terms of the apartment lease. “We felt it inappropriate, one week after the incident, to discuss the particulars of the lease situation until we had spoken to the families ... After discussing what the family wanted, we have decided to release all parties from any lease obligations,” Endres said. Endres said WMC offered housing to Gonnering and will take care of any repairs or cleaning once police complete their investigation of the property. The Student Tenant Union

threatened to boycott the company by encouraging WMC residents to withhold rent payments until Gonnering was freed from his lease. “To me, this is why it’s so important for tenants to organize. We can’t just expect landlords are going be responsible, even in a case like this where the right thing is so obvious,” Student Tenant Union organizer Jason Wargolet said in a statement. Endres said he hopes the community can move on from the lease situation and now “focus on the actual tragedy and work towards healing and justice.” —Abby Sears

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Alex Trebek and wagering ridiculous amounts of money on trivia questions (“Mr. Miller’s response? Suck-itTrebek...”) were dashed in an instant. But then I got to thinking. See, I’ve done trivia before. When I was in middle school, we were shown a weekly current events slide show (yes, a slide show, with beeps and buzzes and poor focusing mechanisms leading to lots of work for local optometrists). It was called NewsCurrents, and I assure you, it filled everyone with joy. In the spring, the company that produced NewsCurrents held a competition— teams of three would compete in a quiz-show format. My team practiced for the competition for weeks. We went over newspapers, encyclopedias and trivia books in order to cram information into our heads. We studied Pinochet’s house arrest, the Monica Lewinsky trial and the birth of something called “Pocket Monsters.” Off to the contest we went. We ascended through the early rounds on an emotional high and our knowledge

of news minutiae. Although we nearly stumbled in the quarterfinals, where a team of private-school brainiacs correctly identified the color of Monica’s dress (burnt sienna), we persevered and made it through. Then, as sudden as a jump cut, we were in the finals. The competition was close, so it came down to individual quizzing. One teammate answered a question about John Glenn—the oldest astronaut to shit his pants in space. Another correctly identified Exxon and Mobil as the two oil companies that merged to form a giant firm dedicated to screwing consumers as completely as possible. And then it was my turn. They asked me a question about Nobel Prizes, and I froze completely. My teammates—with their heads unaffected by the plague of pressure bearing down on my poor skull—looked on with broad smiles since they were sure I knew the answer. But it wouldn’t come. I racked my brain, but nothing happened. Time was up, and I let my team-

mates down. We lost, and though we still did well, the scent of victory was snatched away by the stench of common failure. Well, to be more precise—and as my teammates insisted on pointing out to every person I knew—it was the smell of my own failure. So I realized that perhaps being a “Jeopardy!” competitor was not the best idea. And when I went to “Jeopardy!” and saw the immense pressure the contestants were under, I was happy to be in the audience and not on the stage. I was glad to simply enjoy the experience secondhand. Plus, I don’t know nearly enough about “Potent Potables.” Although I still sang along with the theme song. Keaton’s perfect “Jeopardy!” experience involves the question “Who is F. W. de Klerk?” And, actually, who really cares? He would like to apologize to Gretchen and Mouse once again for being such a tool. TOOL! It’s funnier if he repeats it in capital letters. E-mail him at

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Chancellor’s Award —David Canon, political science professor —Edward Friedman, political science professor —Anthony Ives, zoology professor —Regina Murphy, chemical and biological engineering professor —Mary Louise Roberts, history professor —Robert Wilson, mathematics professor William H. Kiekhofer Award —Kelley Conway, communication arts associate professor



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State officials halt $150 million IT project over budget crisis By Solly Kane THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin Department of Administration postponed a $150 million IT project Friday, citing the state budget shortfall as their reason. The project, called the Integrated Business Information System, is designed to replace the state’s accounting systems and make them more efficient. DOA Secretary Michael Morgan informed the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology of the decision in an April 11 letter. The committee is responsible for overseeing state IT projects. The 2007-’09 biennial budget appropriated $19 million for the first phase of the project, of which $11 million has already been spent, according to the letter. Morgan said in the letter to committee co-chairs state Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, and state Rep. Phil Montgomery, RGreen Bay, that the money spent

dorms from page 1 to educate students who do not realize how much control they have over energy conservation. “We want to show students that little behavioral changes actually go a long way. So far, each dorm has reduced their energy consumption and I expect to see another 15 to 20 percent reduction,” he said. UW-Madison junior and Big Red Go Green intern Greta Vlock said she is part of a committee that deals with the education of students on campus. “I would really like to encourage students on campus to reduce as much energy as they

has not been wasted. “The investment in these initial steps on the IBIS project will be just as valuable to the project when we restart implementation,” Morgan said. Montgomery said a hearing would likely be held on the issue around mid May, though no date has been set. He said the committee would perform an “autopsy” on the project to see where the implementation process broke down. Some sort of accountability is needed, Montgomery said, as “taxpayers have faith the government is spending their hardearned dollars wisely.” He said it was unclear if the project was postponed because of problems or entirely on account of the state’s fiscal situation. State Budget Director Dave Schmiedicke said the cost of implementing the system was growing too large for the state agencies involved. Schmiedicke said the postponement comes after the $200 million

in cuts included in the original budget, with more cuts likely following in the upcoming repair bill to solve the deficit. Morgan said the budget deficit contributed to the DOA decision. “In the final assessment, it does not make good fiscal sense to continue to expend funds on IBIS as state agencies are making significant cuts in their operating budgets to respond to the budget deficit,” Morgan said. Kreitlow said in a statement he praised the decision to stop the project. He said large-scale computer projects were too often granted approval without oversight in the past. “One of the major flaws in Wisconsin’s IT management policies in the past has been the reluctance or inability of the Department of Enterprise Technology to stop an IT project from moving forward when problems or concerns arise,” Kreitlow said. “Today’s action shows a welcome change on that front.”

can and to be more environmentally aware,” Vlock said. “I love that we have green week, but I would love to see people out there participating more.”

Red Go Green Alicia Geary said she relies on WISPIRG interns to help her with spreading the word on campus. “The interns are students on campus that live in the dorms and work to promote awareness within those dorms. They put up flyers and have meetings to involve as many students as they can,” Geary said. Students are encouraged to visit their dorm’s front desk to pledge to cut down energy usage. Those who pledge have the opportunity to win two Jack Johnson concert tickets. For more information visit http://wispirg. n+at+Madison.

“I would really like to encourage students on campus to reduce as much energy as they can and be more environmentally aware.” Greta Vlock intern Big Red Go Green

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Doyle says repair bill deadline a week away By Britney Tripp



Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday the state government would likely face severe consequences if a compromise on the budget repair bill is not reached in seven to 10 days. “The governor said he would like to see this get done as quickly as possible ... We are in ongoing discussions with legislative leaders about an agreement,” Doyle Press Secretary Jessica Erickson said. Erickson said she could not comment on what specific consequences would occur if talks broke down. Budget negotiations were over 118 days late last fall, affecting local governments and colleges statewide. UW System spokesperson David Giroux said he does not know of a budget deadline that would affect universities around the state, but a rapid solution is preferable. Carrie Lynch, spokesperson for state Sen. Russ Decker, DWeston, said all areas of the budget are still being negotiated, but lawmakers are working as quickly as possible to outline a comprehensive proposal. Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate have previously stated closing some corporate tax “loopholes”

would help solve the budget process, but Republican leaders oppose it. Senate Democrats and Doyle also favor an increased tax on hospitals they said would bring in over $400 million in federal money for health care costs, though Republicans stated they are against the proposal. John Murray, spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, RWest Salem, said he remains optimistic about a compromise between lawmakers and that they are working quickly. “We certainly know that there is a time sensitivity to this, and we’re hoping to get this done as soon as possible,” Murray said. Murray said the Republican-controlled Assembly is looking to cut spending rather than raise taxes to make up the deficit. Jim Bender, spokesperson for Assembly Majority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, also said Assembly Republicans would not like to see tax increases or new taxes in the budget during a time of an uncertain economy. However, Bender said all issues are still being discussed and open to negotiation. Bender said there has been good communication between all parties, which is a positive indicator a compromise will be made.

UW student’s Nov. death ruled suicide The New Mexico medical investigator’s office determined a UW-Madison student found burned to death in Las Cruces, N.M., on Nov. 21, 2007, committed suicide, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported Monday. The body of Michael J. Mowers, 22, was discovered by a local resident at the edge of a concrete culvert that led to a canal. Shortly after the death was reported, the Las Cruces Police Department identified Mowers by matching his fingerprints in a national database and asked for assistance to determine why the student had traveled so far from home—about 1,400 miles

green week from page 1 people with backgrounds in humanities to assist in interpreting narratives. “What we need are people in the humanities to come in as principle investigators with veto power over what goes on in the lab,” Allen said. “When scientists don’t know what they are going to study, get some guy from the humanities because that is what will save you.” Allen said scientists might feel uncomfortable with this idea, but change is necessary in order to get

bassett from page 1 Verveer, District 4, alcoholism can be a gateway to criminal behavior and can be prevented by more stringent alcohol regulation in the downtown area. He said the agreement of the Kelly’s Market on the 600 block of West Washington Avenue to cease sale of four-packs of “a very cheap high alcohol content malt liquor,” was a positive step. Verveer is looking to broaden the ban of the four-packs to the greater downtown area to prevent displacement of alcoholics

from Madison. According to the Sun-News, the Office of the Medical Investigator’s autopsy report ruled Mowers set himself on fire with flammable chemicals found on his body. John Lucas, a university spokesperson, said Mowers was a sophomore who enrolled in fall 2003 as well as the spring and fall of 2007. “It’s a terrible tragedy, either way, no matter what the circumstance is, but we hope that this information provides his family with a little bit more closure and a little bit more certainty of what actually happened to him out there. They’re in our thoughts and prayers,” Lucas said. scientists’ objectives organized. “Being green is about taking responsibility for your narratives,” Allen said. Allen ended the presentation by reminding the audience of the importance of their involvement. “Get informed, get real and be prepared to make hard decisions,” Allen said. “These are very difficult times, and we need all different sorts of people with different perspectives, and we certainly need self-righteous green people drawing attention to how dreadful things are.” to other areas where the fourpacks are still sold. According to Verveer, Capital Center Market, a campus-area grocery store, voluntarily pulled four-packs from their shelves. Another safety concern for Bassett residents were the signs of forced entry in the Zimmermann homicide. According to Balles, most instances of forced entry occur when first story windows are left open and the screens are easily cut open. More commonly doors left unlocked result in theft, even while people are at home.

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green week will benefit all


hen more than 35 student groups collaborate to generate campuswide environmental awareness, it is nothing but important. The first annual Green Week represents this unprecedented cooperation and features a variety of conferences, classes and films aiming to inform students of eco-friendly practices. The week began Friday and ends on Earth Day, April 22.

These events can benefit the students, city and university.

Although it is surprising that 2008 marks the first Green Week, it is a positive step toward inciting action among the student body. The environmental movement carries significant weight for UW-Madison students given the university’s dependence on the Charter Street Coal Plant, the city’s struggle to purify contaminated lakes and the state’s efforts to develop clean-energy alternatives to foreign oil. From the campus to the city and across Wisconsin borders, students are impacted by the envi-

ronmental hazards generated by human activity. Celebrities and politicians have even adopted eco-friendly platforms to bring attention to the “inconvenient truth” that our environment is deteriorating. Yet, the green movement must be more than the new black—the environmental movement cannot be a trend. Thanks to Green Week and the activism of every student involved in the initiative, students can learn how to adopt eco-friendly lifestyles. This weeklong event will prove successful if students earnestly engage in the events and rethink their daily habits—whether drinking bottled water or littering—and make changes. These events can benefit the students, city and university. All members of the campus community should attend one or more event. Take the first step toward living the green life, and toss this newspaper in the recycling when you’re done reading it. Or better yet, reuse it to swat a fly, wrap a gift or mulch strawberries this spring. In the words of Jeff Rolling, chair of Green Week sponsor Wisconsin Student Public Interest Group, “What you do day in and day out can really have an impact on the environment.” Participate in Green Week and join the movement.

GREEN WEEK EVENTS: APRIL 15 TO 22 Tuesday, April 15: Tap Water Challenge, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, Engineering, Gordon Commons Wednesday, April 16: Vegan Chocolate Making Workshop, 6 p.m., Human Ecology Kitchen Thursday, April 17: MG&E Clean Energy Event, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Library Mall Friday, April 18: Canvas Bag Decorating, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (or while supplies last), Memorial Union Craft Shop Saturday, April 19: Environmental Justice Mini Conference, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Grainger Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day Fair, all day, Library Mall

LETTER TO THE EDITOR While reading Ryan Dashek’s April 14 column “Concealed carry not right solution for safety,” on concealed carry in Wisconsin, and in particular at the UW-Madison, I noticed he makes one very large assumption. The assumption is made that if Wisconsinites were allowed to carry concealed firearms, they would automatically do so. What should be looked at, is if the number of personal firearms would increase and by how much, specifically among UW students. Reading Dashek’s article, it gave

me the impression that a large number of student would apply for concealed carry permits, but would this actually happen? It would take time and money to register a concealed firearm, which are two things most students do not have. Dashek also states that because the number of firearms would increase, the potential for a criminal or potential criminal to obtain a firearm would increase. There are four types of people in Wisconsin that cannot purchase or possess a firearm: minors, felons, the men-


Ban on cross-dressing unfair in public school EMILY HOUTLER opinion columnist


hink back to when you were a child. Boys, did you ever have your sisters paint your finger nails or borrow your mother’s jewelry? Girls, did ever wear your brother’s old soccer shorts or sport your father’s Brewers cap? During the good old days, this would just be harmless fun. But today, in this excessively politically correct and sensitive culture, it seems that kids cannot have fun being kids. Ridiculous news always seems to come from the school district of Reedsburg, Wis. From school bus tire slashings to a teacher leaving a child behind on a field trip, Reedsburg has never been shown in a positive light. But the latest incident has to be the most infuriating story to come about in quite a while from this small town. At a local elementary school, a yearly event, Wacky Week, was held. During the week, the students, all under 12 years of age, came to school in costumes, played games and had a good time. One day of Wacky Week students were allowed to dress either as a senior citizen or as a member of the opposite gender, both suggestions that were originally proposed by children of the

school. Outraged by such a suggestion, a parent phoned a Christian radio station in Milwaukee to complain. The radio station immediately suspended their scheduled broadcast to reprimand the school for promoting “transgenderism” and “alternative lifestyles.” It is heartbreaking that our country has reached such a low level. Childhood used to be a time of exploration and make-believe. Young kids should not have such harsh social pressures applied to them. They should be able to be cowboys, cosmonauts or whatever else they please. There are enough rules and limits in life. Let children pretend and believe in what they wish before they are corrupted by the real world. After all, they mean no harm. Further, there is nothing wrong with transgender people or so-called “alternative lifestyles.” People come in many varieties, and that is what makes the world such a wonderful place. Everyone has a right to live as they so choose, within legal boundaries of course. Moreover, students should learn to respect and understand all types of people and ways of life. Public school should be safe and free of judgment, where students can experience and discuss different cultures and lifestyles from around their own country and the world. There is also the role of the individual parents in the matter. If parents feel an optional activity, such as a dress-up day, is extremely inappropri-

ate for their belief system and their child, then they should not let their own child participate. While their children are in elementary school, parents still retain much control over what their child wears. But those angry parents should not deny every single other child the opportunity to do something unique and different. If a parent is truly concerned about the child’s morals and religious upbringing, she or he should send the child to a private religious school or home school. Public schools are for everyone, regardless of beliefs. In response to the negative publicity that reached to California and beyond, the school district quickly caved, creating a policy that would never allow a “Dress as the Opposite Gender” day to occur again. This was a cowardly act. The school district should have defended the imaginations of its creative students and encouraged more Wacky Week ideas. Since when does one angry parent control the entire school system? Public school should be a place to learn, not condemn. All parties, except for the fun-loving kids, should be ashamed of themselves and their actions. Such ludicrous acts will continue in the world unless someone speaks out about them and their consequences. Emily Houtler is a sophomore majoring in environmental studies and math. Please send responses to

Much more to consider with concealed carry tally ill and those who are under a court ordered restraining order for domestic abuse, child abuse or harassment. Any other person can simply walk into a gun store, purchase a firearm, pass a background check and wait the two-day period for handguns. There is no waiting period for rifles or long guns. What this means is that potential or even petty criminals can obtain guns without stealing them. They can buy one legally, but they cannot carry it on their person at the present time. A current Wisconsin firearm

law states that no person shall go into a state owned or state leased building, this would include the UW campus buildings. This law would need to be changed, or students would not be allowed to bring their concealed handguns to class. The people who do actually plan to use their weapons in a class hall are not likely to care about this law, but those law-abiding citizens would. I believe the main problem is that small confrontations could quickly escalate into serious lifethreatening ones, the moment a firearm is produced. Mr. Dashek

is correct in that alcohol and firearms do not mix, and to have that in a city where both could potentially be present is a horrible idea. While I do believe that in a serious situation, such as a school shooting, a properly trained person with a firearm could stop the situation, it is something that needs to be looked at further to see if the risks outweigh the benefits, for there is no cut and dry answer. —Stephen Johnson UW sophomore anthropology

arts ‘Street Kings’ doesn’t rule silver screen

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The last time Keanu Reeves was seen in Los Angeles, dressed in Kevlar and dropping lines like, “It’s OK, I’m a cop” in that robot-surfer voice of his, audiences were at the edge of their seats, wondering how he’d keep a bus above 50 miles per hour. In contrast, those who watch his new action film, “Street Kings,” may find themselves wishing the movie would just slow the hell down, back up or even explode. Judging by director David Ayer’s manic shot pacing, it seems likely Reeves was typecast as “that guy who keeps things from ever stopping” and, consequently, the audience from thinking. Despite its rapid-fire pace, “Street Kings” shoots few live shells, relying heavily on blanks full of clichés from a police-corruption playbook. In the film, Reeves plays Detective Tom Ludlow, a bipolar combination of Frank Serpico and Russell Crowe’s bludgeoning tough guy in “L.A. Confidential.” With his shoot-first, think-never mentality, Ludlow mows down bad guys and assaults those he interrogates, using large phone books without hesitation. Of course, Ludlow’s vigilante methods serve our own good, so a few dead bodies are just peccadilloes to Ludlow’s captain (Forest Whitaker), who irons out Ludlow’s legal discrepancies and showers Ludlow with lapdog praise. Sadly, Whitaker gives another awkward, over-the-top performance in the wake of his Best Actor award, and by the end, it looks like Ayer told him to start bulging his eyes on every line. The plot begins when Ludlow’s former partner squeals to the higher-ups about Ludlow’s questionable tactics. Ludlow hunts him down at a convenience store and moments after, through some freak coincidence, the store is robbed and Ludlow’s partner is killed in the fracas. Police swarm in, and Ludlow is whisked off the scene and advised to destroy the security camera footage so he won’t be


Armed with little more than clichés, Keanu Reeves gives a less than convincing performance as a rogue cop in “Street Kings.” implicated in a conspiracy to kill his partner out of revenge. The rest of the film sprints toward its inevitable conclusion, with Ludlow crawling toward it 10 steps behind anyone who’s ever seen a police corruption movie. As some interesting filler, Ludlow runs into a snippy police captain, played by Hugh Laurie (“House”) and a drug lord named Scribble who, ridiculous as it sounds, is played by Cedric the Entertainer. Luckily, Ayer leaves little time to notice how little thought he put into his protagonist’s psychology (like how Ludlow goes from brainless pit bull to compassionate crusader) or the predictable plot as a whole. If unyielding action is your thing, you won’t be disappointed, though Ayer’s rickety camera and quick cuts during

fight scenes get annoying. Those who cringe at blood, decomposing bodies and the snapping sound of bones might want to stay away—or at least bring earmuffs. Playing the squeaky-clean cop in “Speed” was one thing, but the complex, moral ambiguity “Street Kings” calls for is not Reeves’ forte. Still, Reeves has built a kind of cult following that transcends bad acting and awkward dialogue but is, in fact, enhanced by it. Those looking for some unintentional humor in Reeves’ deadpan, Speak & Spell delivery will find plenty in “Street Kings.” In one scene, Ludlow pleads with his girlfriend to leave him alone for her own good. “Everything I touch dies,” he whispers intensely. Don’t be so hard on yourself Keanu, some of us like it that way.


Trigger-quick scenes and genre stereotypes deny viewers the option of trying to keep up with the film’s predictable plot. makes labels and listeners re-evaluate music’s worth BEN PETERSON ben caught stealing


ost everyone loves free entertainment, especially when it’s easily available and in nearly unlimited supply. The Internet, which has established and continues to expand on its role as facilitator of all things complimentary, can easily serve up a sensory overload of sounds, videos and images that are as accessible as they are fleeting. The question is, at the end of the day, does music procured or otherwise experienced on the World Wide Web leave a lasting impression? In more than one positive way, the answer is, in fact, yes. There’s no denying the Internet is an amazing outlet for learning about and experiencing music of all kinds. Collectively speaking, though, it seems ubiquity and vast availability also threaten to leave a

rather unfortunate and overriding impression on some listeners: that music as a whole is plentiful, disposable and therefore valueless. These days, it’s quite difficult to place value on anything that constitutes intellectual property because the Internet has made it all into such a vague notion. Recorded music is no longer necessarily tangible, so in a way it’s no longer really a finite product either. Of course, the value of something doesn’t have to be in monetary terms, but the bottom line is that in lacking cost, music risks becoming something that is perhaps worthless in more abstract ways. On the forefront of the Internet trends that devalue music are premature album leaks, which suck the prestige and life out of an artist’s new material more than just about anything else. After all, what could be more anticlimactic than downloading a possibly unfinished version of an album via compressed song files before the artist even intends it to be available? The Raconteurs and Gnarls

Barkley were recent victims of this, and they both had to respond by pushing up the release dates of their albums.

Recordable music is no longer necessarily tangible, so in a way it’s no longer really a finite product either.

So on the one end you have overly avid downloaders mucking things up, and on the other end are organizations like the RIAA who are endlessly myopic, passing down limitations that do little to help anyone at all, least of all the artists themselves. For example, according to the RIAA, it’s actually illegal to rip purchased CDs to a computer, which seems real smart considering that sales figures of CDs are already in an epic nosedive. In other ways, the big business end of music is doing an admirable job in attempting to

re-establish the faded notion of intellectual property. By providing incentives for listeners to fall in line and respect the boundary between possession of music and mere appreciation of it, perhaps they’ve finally hit upon a model that could prove successful. Within the last couple months, the online radio service has made huge strides in what could be an important part of the future of online music. The service now features millions of entire tracks from artists on all four major labels, available to listeners for free. The labels receive a payment every time one of their songs is streamed, which is possible since the songs are ad-supported, allowing to recoup expenses. Each track is available for listening up to three times before you have to purchase it, though, which seems fair enough all things considered. By agreeing to this, the record industry seems to have taken a smart cue from the television industry, which realized that putting TV shows online with commercials was a viable and intelli-

gent way to offer people what they want (free online entertainment) at a different kind of price—essentially at the expense of time and purity of experience. Listeners can now stream songs for free in the context of the incredible music exposure vehicle that is, but they are subject to the mercy of ads while doing so. Perhaps the future of commercial music lies inevitably in one big expanse of desirable content mired in a minefield of ads, since this is the one way to make free content still economically viable. I guess weighing the benefits boils down to how much you really want to be glued to a computer screen while listening to music and how much you care about ads in your face. Personally, I’d rather keep Internet listening to a minimum. But that probably won’t stop me from using the new features of If you “illegally” transfer music from CDs to your computer and are also concerned about the RIAA’s policy, let Ben know at

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today’s Sudoku

Eating a whole batch of Puppy Chow


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.

It’s on the tip of my tongue.

Dwarfhead and Narwhal

By James Dietrich

The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

The Crackles

Answer key available at WHAT ARE YOU? ACROSS

1 Part of an Adenauer epithet 5 Involuntary twitch 10 Branch of religion 14 Type of service 15 Conical abode 16 Barreled along 17 Gymnasium sound 18 Pianist Rubinstein 19 Amount preceding bets 20 Vodka cocktail 23 Antique car make 24 Yankee, for one 28 Actress Reese 32 Whom a leader follows 33 “... one leg ___ time’’ 36 Jump-rope variation 39 Wearisome work 41 “... bombs bursting ___’’ 42 Unbending 43 Twists and turns in a bowling alley 46 Stop short? 47 Observant 48 Grinned from ear to ear 50 Sammy Davis Jr. autobiography 53 Loads, as a liner 57 Breakfast treat

61 City between Turin and Genoa 64 “You ___ mouthful!’’ 65 “___ Sanctorum’’ 66 Waggle dance performers 67 Sign up for an offering, e.g. 68 Hardly demanding 69 In ecstasy 70 Dry runs for jrs. 71 “Song of the South’’ syllables DOWN 1 “Who ___ kidding?’’ 2 Scottish lakes 3 “Left ___ own devices ...’’ 4 Overplayed one’s feelings 5 Wisher’s sight or site 6 Amazon’s source 7 Some 2-BR listings 8 “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!’’ author 9 Scholarship criterion 10 Conspicuous one 11 1,000,000,000 years 12 Where to see some icons, briefly 13 A driver may hit it 21 Marked, as a ballot 22 Texas ___ M 25 Very small quantities 26 Like raw diamonds

27 The Three Tenors conductor Zubin 29 Butcher’s offering 30 Air bag, of a sort 31 Have ___ (enjoy oneself immensely) 33 Cornered 34 “A Confederacy of Dunces’’ author 35 White House workers 37 53, in old Rome 38 “While’’ prefix 40 Lorenz Hart, for one 44 Apply acid artistically 45 Hawaiian hippy movement? 49 Costa Rica neighbor 51 Fabulous guy? 52 Certain tides 54 Chopped finely 55 Forename in cosmetics 56 Deal binder 58 ___ spell (relax) 59 Touch up, as text 60 Aykroyd and Fogelberg 61 Mr. Universe shows them off 62 “Comprende?’’ 63 Bart Simpson’s age

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008



Men’s golf places eighth at Kepler Intercollegiate By Adam loferski THE DAILY CARDINAL


Junior Tyler Obermueller led Wisconsin with a score of 224, which was enough for a seventh-place tie.

The Wisconsin men’s golf team completed play in the Ohio State University Kepler Intercollegiate Sunday, capping off a two-day outing in Columbus, Ohio. Out of the 14 teams competing, Wisconsin finished eighth. Five Badgers competed in the outing, all of whom are Wisconsin natives. Topping the list of Badger competitors was junior Tyler O b e r m u e l l e r. The River Falls, Wis., native WOLTMAN put up two solid days of golf. After the first 18 holes, he was tied for first place, but fell into a tie for third after the second round Saturday. Obermueller completed the invitational on Sunday with a 76, 6 over par. This earned him a tie for seventh place with an overall score of 224, 11 over par. Fellow junior Dan Woltman

finished only five strokes behind Obermueller, good enough for a tie for 21st place. Like Obermueller, Woltman also had a spectacular first day, but faltered just enough on the second day for it to affect his overall standing. Senior Danny Zimmerman followed Woltman closely in the final standings and finished only two slots behind him. However, unlike his junior counterparts, Zimmerman delivered a consistent performance over all three rounds of play, earning a 76, 77 and 77 in each respective round. Zimmerman finished with a total score of 229, placing him in a tie for 23rd. Senior Pat Duffy finished in fourth among his Badger comrades, shooting a 161 over the first two rounds and an 80 in the final round. Duffy finished 63rd overall with a score of 241, 28 over par. Sophomore Jordan Elsen rounded out the leaderboard for the Badgers. He followed Duffy closely over the first two rounds

of play shooting a 162, which placed him in a tie for 61st after the first day. Elsen shot an 83 in the final round of play on Sunday and finished with an overall score of 245, 32 over par. Elsen finished in a tie for 69th in the final standings. With the Ohio State University Kepler Intercollegiate behind them, the men of Badger golf only have one more outing before the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich., the ZIMMERMAN B o i l e r m a k e r Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., which runs from April 19 to 20. The strong performances of Obermueller and Woltman will be put to the test in the final days of the season. They must first focus on the Boilermaker Invitational before they can worry themselves with the Big Ten Championships.

Men’s and women’s rowing strong in first weekend of competition The Wisconsin men’s rowing team opened its spring season against the University of Minnesota on the Cal Sag Channel in Blue Island, Ill., sweeping the Golden Gophers in Saturday’s three races. In the first race, Wisconsin’s two varsity eight boats, led by junior brothers Grant and Ross James, took first and second respectively, with times of 5:58.0 and 6:06.1 while Minnesota’s lone boat took third place with a final time of 6:24.6. The Badgers continued their strong rowing in the second race, pitting two of their boats against the Gophers’ second varsity eight. Wisconsin’s boats recorded times of 6:15.6 and 6:19.3, while Minnesota’s lone boat finished with a time of 6:52.4. A later race between three Wisconsin freshman boats and

golf course from page 8 without sparking a national outrage?” “$4.29?” “Very good, Timmy, your price-gouging skills have really improved.” As I stared blankly at an extreme-slow-motion image of one of Tiger Woods’ missed putts, I began thinking what golf would be like if sports fans, and not etiquette aficionados, designed courses and tournaments... Instead of the Masters, I’d call my tournament “Ye Royal Big Wig Hob-Knobbing Gala and Golf Extravaganza Presented by Old Thompson.” The course would be laid out

one Minnesota freshman boat saw Wisconsin prevail with all three of its boats ahead of the Gopher’s boat. Women’s Openweight The Badger openweight women’s rowing squad traveled to Charlottesville, Va. this weekend, performing well against Central Florida and Columbia, while struggling against host Virginia. On the first of the two-day event, Wisconsin varsity four took the morning race against Central Florida, posting a time of 7:31.6. Later, in the first varsity eight matchup with Central Florida, Wisconsin narrowly edged out an important victory, beating the Golden Knights by three seconds. The second varsity eight fell by 0.5 seconds. Virginia swept the Badgers, dropping the first varsity eight race by eight seconds, while losing the second varsity eight race over 500 acres of pristine Florida swampland. Fighting off alligators and wading through pond scum would represent just a few of the venue’s graceful touches. Unlike the Masters, holes would not be named after foliage like the Flowering Crab Apple (hole No. 4), the Yellow Jasmine (hole No. 8) or the Carolina Cherry (hole No. 9). Instead more intimidating names, such as “Alligator Alley,” “The Hell Raiser,” and “Abyss of the Sizzling Sinners,” would be used. Holes would vary in distance from the 94-yard, par-3 “Demon’s Drop-off ” to the monstrous 837yard, par-6 “Widow Maker.” Aside from the prevalence of gators throughout the course,

by less than two seconds. Sunday, against Columbia, Wisconsin recaptured the success it had against Central Florida, sweeping the Lions in three races. Most notably, the Badger varsity four dominated Columbia’s varsity four by 25 seconds. Women’s Lightweight The Wisconsin women’s lightweight rowing team ventured to Camden, N.J., where it competed at the annual Knecht Cup regatta. In the second heat of the varsity lightweight eight Saturday morning, the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers placed second, qualifying for the finals. The varsity Badgers took third in the Knecht Cup finals, while the novice team placed fourth, and the second varsity boat took sixth. — contributed to this report hazards, in general, would be more dangerous to increase entertainment value and produce ad revenue.

Either Tiger Woods would win ... or some nobody would wear a green jacket for the first time.

Golfers would have to avoid deceiving quicksand sand traps, presented by Home Depot, poison ivy fairways, brought to you by TruGreen ChemLawn and the foreboding Oil-Tanker Lake


The Wisconsin men’s rowing team swept the Minnesota Golden Gophers last weekend on the Cal Sag Channel in Blue Island, Ill.

courtesy of Exxon-Mobil. Each hole would also have a musical theme. Hole No. 1 will feature the soft, sultry sounds of Marvin Gaye. But as the pressure of the course increases so will the intensity of the music. Speakers at hole No. 7 will blast the anthems of Queen, while No. 15 will play only Nirvana songs. The musical will culminate on hole No. 18 with a mixing of Megadeth numbers and Jackyl’s infamous hit “The Lumberjack”—complete with a chainsaw solo. Every golfer who misses a putt shorter than 10 feet is required to take a shot of Old Thompson. A double-bogey on any hole requires a double shot. A triple-

bogey requires a seven-second pull straight from the bottle. Because every swing, club, putt, green, lake, sand trap and caddy will be sponsored by a corporation, all four rounds of “Ye Royal Big Wig Hob-Knobbing Gala and Golf Extravaganza Presented by Old Thompson” will be broadcast completely commercial free on The Big Ten Network ... Yes, that would be the ultimate golf tournament I thought to myself as I closed my eyes again, drifting off into the hazy world of mint juleps and green jackets. If you would like to do a sevensecond pull of OT with Ryan, or start up a new golf course, e-mail him at

sports Hill and Brown impress in Sat. scrimmage ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH TO RETIRE: Donna Freitag, an assistant women’s basketball coach at UW, will retire from coaching at the end of her contract, according to head coach Lisa Stone.



Tuesday, April 15, 2008


With the annual spring game just days away, the Wisconsin football team prepared at their usual Saturday team scrimmage. A large crowd crammed the McClain Center as coaches, high school teams and recruits were in attendance for the full-pads practice. Junior running back P.J. Hill

reminded the crowd of his bigplay ability throughout practice. It was evident that he was one of the most impressive players of the scrimmage. On the very first play, he received a hand-off from senior quarterback Allan Evridge busted to the outside and rumbled for 25 yards before he was finally taken down by sophomore safety Jay Valai.


Junior running back P.J. Hill has shaken off last season’s injuries and is running better than ever.

The Masters induces slumber, dreams of ultimate golf course RYAN RESZEL high reszel-ution


t was a warm, sunny Southern morning—the kind where the smell of blooming magnolias seemed to float on the breeze like the songs of a Gospel choir during a Sunday service. History would be made today at Augusta National Golf Course. Either Tiger Woods would win his first major championship when trailing after three rounds or some young nobody would wear a green jacket for the first time. Well aware of the magnitude of the afternoon to come, I strolled into the clubhouse dressed in my finest white suit and lifted the tweed hat from my head. “Mint julep, Jim,” I said to the smartly dressed bartender as I wiped the sweat from my brow with a swipe of my forearm. It was sometime after my first sip that I realized I was not in the Masters’ clubhouse dressed like a southern gentleman, but dozing in my recliner wearing sweatpants—truly a tradition unlike any other. I had been drifting in and out

of slumber for the better part of an hour, but bits and pieces of CBS’ exclusive coverage of the most exclusive golf tournament ever were slowly wiggling out of my memory bank. There was Brandt Snedeker’s impressive eagle putt on hole No. 2, Tiger’s shot into the bunker—I can’t remember which hole— and perhaps the most memorable moment of the afternoon, Exxon Mobil’s commercial for the Exxon Mobil Math and Science Institute.

I was not in the Masters’ clubhouse ... but dozing in my recliner wearing sweatpants.

This stellar educational facility helps to produce more math and science teachers to enlighten the minds of America’s youth (about the corporate benefits of high fuel costs). “OK class, if the price of one barrel of oil goes up two cents, how high can we raise gas prices golf course page 7

The scrimmage lasted more than two hours, yet again provided many of the backups and younger players an opportunity to shine in front of the coaches—a theme that has taken over this spring. Junior defensive tackle Jeff Stehle, one of the major surprises of spring practice, anchored a battered defensive line that sacked the quarterback on fourstraight plays at one point during practice. Of course, the whistles blew when it seemed the quarterback was close to being sacked, but the pressure stemming from the defensive line was impressive nonetheless. The practice ran smoothly without injury, even though the full pads led to many physical hits. Sophomore wide receiver Maurice Moore was the unfortunate beneficiary of an absolutely crushing blow from freshman cornerback Mario Goins midway through the scrimmage. Moore, running a simple out route, exposed his rib cage to defenders when he reached for a sailing pass from junior quarterback Dustin Sherer. Coming down from his leap, Goins nailed Moore in the mid-section and sent him to the ground. To Moore’s credit, he was able to hold onto the ball, even though he was noticeably shaken. Near the end of the scrimmage, sophomore running back Zach Brown showed his capability as a runner in the open field. Brown, who rushed for a career high 250 yards against Minnesota last season, busted into the open field and froze Valai with a quick juke before he ran straight into the end zone for the score.


Sophomore running back Zach Brown has continued to run hard and impress coaches during spring practice. Injury Notes: Senior defensive tackle Mike Newkirk did not participate in practice Saturday. Last Thursday, he was dressed in full pads and participated in non-contact individual drills before he took off the pads and had his shoulder iced. Senior and junior tight ends Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham par-

ticipated early in practice as both were running routes and catching passes, but neither participated in contact drills or the scrimmage. They are both expected to be ready for fall camp. Freshman wide receiver Nick Toon was also in pads Saturday. However, he did not take part in the scrimmage. He is recovering from a leg injury from earlier in camp.


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