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UW chancellors leave for better-paying jobs By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

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The 27th annual Crazylegs Classic race offered participants the option of an eight-kilometer run or a two-mile walk. Codie See finished first in the run with a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds.

Crazylegs run attracts record number of racers By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

Thousands of participants made their way from Capitol Square to Camp Randall Stadium Saturday for the 27th annual Crazylegs Classic, an eight-kilometer run and two-mile walk to benefit Badger Athletics. A record 17,296 people braved blustery winds and cool temperatures to participate in the event, led by former Badger football star and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne as 2008 grand marshal. Madison resident Codie See won the race with a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds, and Linsey Smith, also a city resident, was the first woman to finish, with a time of 28 minutes and 51 seconds. Among the participants was a group of friends and co-workers

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Road workers say budget plan cuts thousands of jobs in state By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

Thousands of Wisconsin jobs would be affected this summer if a proposed fix to the looming state budget deficit were implemented, construction groups stated Friday. The groups reacted to an April 23 letter from Frank Busalacchi, secretary of the state

Department of Transportation, stating unless a budget solution is reached soon, road projects are likely to be “reduced dramatically” in May and June. Groups such as the Transportation Development Association and the Wisconsin Transportation Builders jobs page 3

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Classic. Junior Kristina Hemstead ran the race for the first time with a group of friends. A member of the marching band, Hemstead said she prepared for the race by following her normal exercise regimen of running two to three miles. Evan Wettengal, a UWMadison junior, also ran his first Crazylegs Classic Saturday dressed in a banana costume to garner laughs from other participants. “It’s not about the race, it’s about just having a good time and getting people out there,” he said. Wettengal said he plans to participate in future Crazylegs Classics with a different twist to his outfit. “I will definitely do it again next year,” Wettengal said. “I was thinking I have a Pez dispenser costume and that might be on the table for next year.”

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of Adam Nickel, a UW-Madison pharmacy school student who died last month from an undetected heart condition after crossing the finish line of the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas. More than 80 people joined to form the Remembering Adam Nickel Team, according to Sarah Ann Balzar, Nickel’s co-worker at Group Health Cooperative. Balzar said the race gave Nickel’s friends the opportunity to come together and remember the avid runner. “We all had on yellow T-shirts that Group Health had made for us,” Balzar said. “On the back they had [Nickel’s] picture and it said ‘Game Time,’ which was the phrase Adam always used to pump himself up before a race.” Many UW-Madison students also participated in the Crazylegs

With two UW System chancellors recently leaving Wisconsin for better paying positions, educators are saying the state is not offering enough financial incentives to retain qualified college administrators. UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley is retiring, but the top administrators at UW-River Falls and UW-Green Bay are moving to different universities. Donald Betz, chancellor at UW-River Falls, said he was going to No r t h e a s t e r n State University in Oklahoma in part because he worked there for more than 23 years. However, he BETZ said the other reason was because NSU offered a better overall compensation and salary package. “It is pretty well known that the current salaries that chancellors are making in the state

are not competitive nationally,” Betz said. He said the offer, along with other proposals from different schools earlier in the year, was unsolicited. Martha Saunders, former UW-Whitewater chancellor, left the state in May 2007 to move to the University of Southern Mississippi. According to Betz, Saunders made the move for both personal and financial reasons.

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Two UW students solve puzzles on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ this week Two UW-Madison students will be featured on this week’s “Wheel of Fortune College Week.” Kelly Clinton-Cirocco, a UWMadison junior, will be on Tuesday’s show, and Nick LaMantia, a UW-Madison senior, will be on Thursday’s show. LaMantia said he filled out a contestant application online and later auditioned in Chicago over

winter break. “I’m good with words and always did crossword puzzles,” he said. “I don’t think I would make it on ‘Jeopardy!’ or anything that’s too much trivia.” Clinton-Cirocco said her mom signed her up for the show. “It was a great experience—a lot of fun,” she said, adding “Wheel of Fortune” is one of her favorite shows.

“My goal in life was to like get on ‘Wheel of Fortune,’” she said. “I was just pumped that I got to meet Pat [Sajak].” The episodes were taped in early March at Navy Pier in Chicago as part of a season-long celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary. “College Week” is scheduled to air this week at 6:30 p.m. on WMTV Channel 15.

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his morning, as I ate my Fruit Loops, I had an epiphany. “What am I doing with my life?” I thought. “I’ve been eating Fruit Loops with strawberry milk out of teacups for days because I am too lazy to get groceries or do dishes.” “And why am I so lazy?” I asked myself. “Because school has stressed you out to the point of madness, which you are proving even further as you talk to yourself now.” At this point I snapped out of my soliloquy and realized I was in desperate need of a change in my life. It was time to drop out and become a hippie. Although I call this breakthrough an epiphany, that may not necessarily be true. See, every semester around finals time I get these “epiphanies” in which I discover

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the true meaning of my life. Last semester I was destined to drop out, become a successful dog-sled racer and win the Iditarod. The semester before that, I planned to leave the streets of Madison for the beaches of Jamaica, where I would start a Rastafarian-Rockabilly show band. And my first semester at UW, well, those were dark times. I planned to leave school to become a groupie for James Blunt. I’d prefer not to talk about that one... But now I’ve really found the calling that will take me far from school. Man, I’ll totally find an old VW van, deck it out with some shag carpeting and make it my home. I’ll, like, dance about nonsensically all day, totally in tune with my inner beat and the song of mother earth, man. And man, I’ll, like, wander into a field and chill, listening to Woodstock-era music and create artwork that no one understands but clearly is a representation of my soul, man. It will be totally groovy. See what I just did there? I let out my inner hippie. I can walk

the walk and talk the talk. I would be perfect as a peace-loving hobo who travels the country spreading joy, love and possibly lice with my “natural lifestyle.” And I’ve got all the basics. Long, flowing hair and an aversion to taking care of it? Check. Laid-back attitude? Check. Severe dependency on mind-altering drugs to make it through the day? Um, not so much, but maybe that will come with time. As I begin my life of dissent from the government and oneness with nature, I have some big changes to make. I bartered away many of my worldly possessions for a tent which I plan to set up at U-Bay fields—I can only acquire a van at the advanced stages of hippiedom. I also invested in a Lisa Frank bead kit, so I can fashion jewelry to make a living. At some point I will have to learn how to play guitar, but I will most likely just find some cute beatnik to come hang with me and steal the quarters people throw in his guitar case. My parents say this is all just

a phase, just like my “I’m going to be the first ballerina-superherowater-polo-champion on the moon” phase. But I am serious. Who really needs a job, sanitary living conditions or family when you’ve got a tambourine and a sweet wardrobe of everything organic, tie-dye and baggy? Becoming a hippie is not something that can be taken as lightly as an astronaut who fights crime in a tutu while playing water polo. Being a hippie is a lifetime commitment, or at least a commitment I will be making for the next three to five weeks. So, as finals draw near, I am totally mellow, man. You can find me napping on Bascom, tie-dyeing kittens for peace and harvesting patchouli to cover my hippie-licious body odor. I hope that all of you, as you are struggling with finals and becoming adults, find the peace of mind that I have. If you don’t, you can always come tour the country in a VW van with me. If you are interested in starting a hippie commune with Megan, e-mail her at mcorbett2@wisc.edu.


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UW students receive award for rooftop-garden business By Jillian Levy THE DAILY CARDINAL

Two UW-Madison students received first place in the School of Business’ G. Steven Burrill Competition April 18 for a business plan to take locally grown produce to a new level. UW-Madison senior Keith Agoada and graduate student Troy Vosseller, co-founder of the apparel company Sconnie Nation, combined botany and business knowledge to create Sky Vegetables, a business plan for an agricultural firm devoted to rooftop vegetable farming. Agoada said he developed

jobs from page 1 Association oppose the option of borrowing money from state transportation funds to help fix the over $527 million deficit. “Our industry has done our part to help solve previous budget shortfalls, but enough is enough,” said the WTBA in a statement on the shortfall. “Our roads are in the worst condition in recent memory and our employment levels are already at a crisis point.” WTBA said over 2,000 jobs would be lost and construction companies significantly hurt if the DOT funds are used. Craig Thompson, executive

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the idea for Sky Vegetables after observing the popularity of community gardens in Chicago to grow fresh, local produce. He said he decided to focus the project on growing gardens on top of community grocery stores to avoid having to find plots of land for the gardens. “I thought supermarkets would be a great idea since you’re growing the vegetables right at the point of sale, so you’re taking out the whole aspect of transportation,” Agoada said. “I think it’s fair to say that if you can provide to people a freshpicked vegetable I think they’re

going to prefer that, and they’re going to want that over something that was shipped 14 days ago.” In addition to eliminating transportation costs, Vosseller said Sky Vegetable gardens would use solar power, reducing supermarkets’ electric use. According to Vosseller, the $10,000 award from the Burrill competition will be put toward expanding the business idea. The group is now competing in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The winner of the Plan Contest will be announced in early June, according to a university statement.

director of the TDA, said state Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, and Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, RWest Salem, gave assurances the DOT funds would not be used. However, he said Gov. Jim Doyle remains open to the idea. Doyle previously stated the more than $261 million in DOT funds could be used for the budget deficit and bonds would be bought to pay for the road projects. Thompson said there is a possibility Doyle might take action on the DOT funds “unilaterally” without support from legislative leaders. Doyle spokesperson Lee Sensenbrenner said he could not comment on what budget options

are still being negotiated between Doyle and lawmakers, but Doyle is still committed to protecting his priorities. “Our industry has done our part to help solve previous budget shortfalls, but enough is enough.” Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association

The governor has stated he does not want to cut too much from the UW System or raise taxes in any budget solution.

A Madison man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with crashing his 2004 GMC Denali into UW-Madison’s Mechanical Engineering building while intoxicated. According to a University of Wisconsin police report, Seth R. Collins, a 23-year-old Madison resident, allegedly drove into the building around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. After he fled the scene, UWPD arrested Collins while he tried to steal a bicycle near the intersection of North Mills

chancellors from page 1 Reilly is strongly supportive of efforts to retain administrators. Other colleges, according to Betz, recognize the quality of employees in the UW System and it would not be surprising to see other chancellors leave. Lou LeCalsey, chair of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees, said he was “absolutely certain” financial aspects of the offer played some role in UWGreen Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard leaving for Western Washington University. He said it is not a coincidence so many chancellors are leaving at the same time. LeCalsey said UW-Green Bay is still able to attract qualified

Street and University Avenue. Collins was treated for minor injuries at UW Hospital and was released, tentatively charged with reckless driving, hit and run causing property damage and his second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, among other charges. According to the police report, the Denali sustained about $35,000 in damage, and the campus building and surrounding areas sustained moderate damage. —The Capital Times contributed to this report. candidates, but it is harmful to campuses to have a high turnover rate in administrators. Scott Hildebrand, executive assistant for the UW-Green Bay chancellor, said Shepard also taught in the Pacific Northwest for most of his career, which likely influenced his deciSHEPARD sion. He said the financial package offered was a factor in Shepard’s decision. Chancellor searches are ongoing at the Madison, Green Bay, River Falls, Whitewater and Parkside campuses.

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he two University of Wisconsin athletic teams that achieved academic honors from the NCAA Thursday deserve praise for their hard work. The men’s cross-country and women’s volleyball teams both won public recognition awards from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program. What is problematic, though, is that four fewer Wisconsin teams received the award this year than last year.

It is important the Badgers continue their focus on academics.

The Academic Performance Program is part of the NCAA’s academic reform package to increase academic performance and graduation rates. Although the NCAA gave out fewer awards this year and may have raised its standards, the large drop in awards given to Wisconsin athletes is still indicative of a problem. Wisconsin has been known for both strong academic and athletic performances from all of its athletes, and while nationwide recognition is

not the only measure of excellence, it is important the Badgers continue their focus on academics. The Athletic Department must ensure that academic services for student athletes are at the same level as their training, especially given the recent introduction of the Life Skills Academy which aims to aid incoming athletes. It may be unrealistic to expect more conspicuous athletes to match their academic accomplishments to their achievements on the field, but the athletic department should be able to produce academically sound athletes. Especially for lesser-known sports, the majority of student athletes do not continue playing after graduation. Therefore, a strong undergraduate academic performance is necessary for postgraduate success. The NCAA Academic Performance Program is a good way for the university to measure the academic success of its athletes, just as the university relies on national polls and rankings to gauge athletic achievement. For an institution that places so much pride on academic and athletic success, the UW Athletic Department must take the drop in awards as an opportunity to improve academic assistance for student athletes.

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ast Thursday, Congress unanimously passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. This new law protects the information received when someone undergoes a genetic screening test. These tests, which are extremely common and can easily be found over the Internet, have been used to deny people health insurance coverage. Genetic test results have also caused some people to be unfairly discriminated against in the workplace, with employers denying benefits and sometimes even promotions to people with predispositions to fatal genetic disorders. Clearly, it is past time the government has stepped in to stop genetic discrimination, yet there is another problem concerning genetic testing the government needs to deal with: The regulation, or rather lack thereof, of the genetic testing business. Currently, there are several genetic testing companies that can be found on the Internet. Although genetic testing may be paving the way to a more personalized form of medicine, the industry does have a few inherent drawbacks. Some of these companies, such as DNA Direct and Genelex, are willing to send the test kit and subsequent results directly to consumers, without the presence of doctors to help

interpret the outcome. Although people do have a right to know their own test results, doctors should be present to help them clarify what the results mean and oversee any medication changes a person decides on to prevent them from inadvertently endangering themselves. The heads of the companies DNA Direct and Genelex, however, believe each person should have the right to control their genetic testing information. The medical industry, they argue, may not be able to keep fully confidential the genetic test results of patients. As such, genetic testing should be controlled by individuals, not by doctors. The problem with this, though, is that many people may have a hard time interpreting the results and could potentially bring about more harm than good to themselves. The majority of people who have taken genetic tests have, in some way, altered the amount or type of medication they take. While this may be a good idea for some, it could prove disastrous in the long run for others, and the likelihood that it causes harmful effects to a person is heightened if the person changes their medication intake without first consulting a doctor. Therefore, it makes sense that these genetic tests should only be taken under the careful watch of a medical professional. Another issue with many of these genetic testing businesses is the several misleading claims the companies make. These testing groups promise they can help people choose drugs that fit their individual genetic identity. However, several studies have been conducted

and have shown only a few genes can actually alter the effectiveness of drug therapies. Even fewer studies have actually shown that care tailored to a person’s genetic identity actually improves results. So how can these companies promise they can better a person’s treatment through genetic testing when only a relatively small number have actually benefited? The answer is simple: The government has made little effort thus far to regulate the genetic testing industry. Without any regulation, these groups can make all the misleading claims they want. Much of the genetic testing industry was exposed earlier this month when several analysts from the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University wrote an article published in the scientific and medical research journal Science. They recommend the government create a federal registry for genetic test results and that the Federal Trade Commission step in and crack down on the many misleading claims these commercialized genetic tests make. Also, the FDA needs to do a complete review of several lab-developed tests to ensure their safety and reliability. By placing stricter regulations on the genetic testing market, we can guarantee that the results of these tests are kept confidential and will no longer provide misleading claims and bring about danger to those who choose to undergo these tests. Ryan Dashek is a sophomore majoring in biology. Please send responses to opinion@dailycardinal.com.


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Fey (left) shines in “Baby Mama,” cleverly winning over Greg Kinnear (right), but the rest of the film falls short of its comedic potential.

It’s hard to know how to look at Flight of the Conchords. What comes first, the hilarious HBO series or the music? Exactly how seriously do Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement take themselves as musicians? Anyone who followed the HBO series knows they’re obviously outstanding comedians, but how are they as songwriters? Well, as displayed on their self-titled debut, better than one might think. This album is entirely comprised of songs from the TV series, which highlights one of the album’s glaring shortcomings: They don’t include enough of their signature jams. Who knows why “Leggy Blonde” or “The Prince of Parties” made the cut when “I’m Not Crying” and “If You’re Into It” didn’t. This is a soundtrack, but it’s also a band’s debut album. The standout track, “The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room),” stays true to the original version and encapsulates the best parts of Flight of the Conchords. The duo combine a smooth acoustic melody with humorous lyrics that fit like a well-tailored pair of pants. Like most tracks, the song is enough to

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Tina Fey’s ‘Baby Mama’ can’t get it together By Megan Dwyer THE DAILY CARDINAL

One would think that Tina Fey, the brain that brought about the Emmy awarding-winning “30 Rock,” would take the comedically fertile concept of surrogate pregnancy and make “Baby Mama” a movie that is smart, fun and hilarious. As Amy Poehler (of “Saturday Night Live”) would say in the film, “Yeah. I like all of those words.” To a certain extent, “Baby Mama” is all of those things. Written by former “Saturday Night Live” writer Michael McCullers, the script was then punched up by Fey and Poehler. The problem is “Baby Mama” takes Fey’s tried-and-true recipe of smart and silly comedy and sprinkles an unfortunate amount of bland on top. Fey stars as Kate Holbrook, a type-A woman who spends her life climbing the corporate ladder only to find that when she is finally ready to have a baby, her “junk had gone bad.” She decides to hire sweet yet crass and trashy Angie Ostrowiski (Poehler) to carry her baby for her. The result is an odd-couple buddy comedy that tackles femininity and class issues in a clever and funny way. “I wish I were at an Arby’s!” Angie screams. “They have way better food and cooler people!”

The result is an odd-couple buddy comedy that tackles femininity and class issues in a clever and funny way.

The supporting cast is stuffed with comedy vets from “SNL” (Will Forte and Fred Armisen) and “Late Night with Conan

O’Brien” (Jon Glaser and Brian Stack). Greg Kinnear acts as Fey’s love interest and owner of a Jamba Juice-hating smoothie shop with a titillating name and logo. Steve Martin plays Fey’s new-age boss with a ponytail and bizarre rewards system. Sigourney Weaver also plays a hilarious bit part as an unusually fertile elderly woman (“Expecting what?” Poehler’s character asks, “A social security check?”).

Those familiar with the works of Fey and Poehler will be disappointed by its dull wit.

Those familiar with the works of Fey and Poehler will be disappointed, however, by its dull wit. Some scenes are ripe with comedic potential yet fail to produce laughs. The story is not especially engaging as the plot developments produce little interest and serve as fodder for jokes. The ending feels thrown together and abrupt, the results a little to contrived and too convenient. Trying too hard to be a feel-good film, “Baby Mama” just forgets to be good at this point. However, it is worth seeing the film just for Fey and Poehler alone. The duo produce the film’s funniest scenes, including a heated therapy session, an unusual shower scene and a montage featuring in vitro fertilization over the song “Endless Love.” “Baby Mama” has funny lines and funny people. The film leaves the audience wanting more and thinking that a more satisfying Fey and Poehler fix can be found on the small screen.

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Flight of the Conchords’ self-titled, full-length soundtrack succeeds in delivering laughs, but a poor selection of songs from the show’s large catalog leaves room for improvement.


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1 It’s blue, in song 7 British poet laureate Nicholas 11 Numbers person, briefly 14 Old Greek malls 15 Bank offerings, for short 16 Was published 17 They’re good for a giggle 19 Focus of some exhibits 20 Item with a concave top 21 Company’s wares 22 Japanese battle cry in WWII 24 Kind of organ 25 ___-night (unscrupulous) 26 Hero of a Virgil epic 29 Word with “knee’’ or “riding’’ 32 Rough-mannered 33 Television innovator John 34 Nose bag nibble 35 “Gilligan’s Island’’ constructions 36 Teaspoonfuls, sometimes 37 Jason’s boat 38 Suitable to the

occasion 39 Derby wear 40 Contemplative one 41 Some beauty parlor employees 43 Napoleon locale 44 Some agcy. employees 45 Is repentant 46 Sailor’s lungful 48 A billion years, geologically 49 Petal-plucker’s word 52 “Deck the Halls’’ words 53 Warner Bros. creation 56 Biblical verb ending 57 Tel ___ 58 Adversaries in Risk 59 Litmus, essentially 60 Count (on) 61 Bottle cap? DOWN

1 Round the bend 2 Cause of some shaking 3 What Old Mother Hubbard’s dog had 4 Cinerary vessel 5 Seasoning from the laurel tree 6 Detects 7 Entirely edible 8 Assayer’s specimen 9 Singing birds 10 Gave it the old college try? 11 Revered Sioux chief

12 Legal lead-in 13 Nay-saying 18 Companions’ separator 23 Seinfeld’s old network 24 Arbiters of plays 25 Part of a Happy Meal 26 Turkish military leaders (Var.) 27 Give vent to anger 28 Feature of a PayDay 29 Catches some rays 30 Rarin’ to go 31 Distance covered by a flight? 33 Frankenstein’s monster features 36 Refute 37 Web-footed diving birds 39 Alike 40 Toscanini and Iturbi, for two 42 Rustic locale 43 He had a blue ox 45 Lobster eggs 46 Luge, for one 47 Crossword category 48 Object of desire? 49 Scissors cut 50 Callous cad 51 Latin for “to be’’ 54 It should be changed regularly 55 He keeps a clean plate

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Daily Cardinal beats Badger Herald in softball thriller VILAS PARK—Despite tornado warnings and driving rain Friday, The Daily Cardinal clinched its sixthconsecutive softball victory over The Badger Herald, 16-15. On the waterlogged field, the Herald Muckrakers attempted to avenge the Dirty Birds’ campus coverage supremacy, but failed in its final inning at bat. The Cardinal initially toyed with the Herald, allowing a 0-6 deficit after the first inning in a newfangled strategy to inspire a greater effort than usually exhibited by the listless Herald. “In the spirit of having a competitive atmosphere, we decided it just made sense to grant them an early lead and prevent their self-esteem from plummeting right off the bat,” DC Sports Editor Ryan Reszel said while wiping mud and grass tufts from his hair. “Sure, we could’ve just run up the score like we usually do,” DC Sports Editor Nate Carey said, “but they usually mope around, complain and try to change the rules, like a younger sibling.” However, in a cruel turnaround, the Cardinal released an offensive barrage in the second inning, rendering the already deficient Herald fielders confused, distraught and on the verge of tears. “I hates them!” complained Herald writer Ben Voelkel as he defiantly crossed his arms and sat on home plate, demanding a do-over after the

Cardinal cruised to a 16-8 lead going into the seventh inning. The Cardinal granted the Herald another seven runs in the top of the seventh, taking pity on Voelkel and “urban correspondent” Bassey Etim— who looked bewildered participating in an American pastime on American soil, repeatedly requesting to be goalie and asking when the riot would start. “Sure, we could’ve just ran up the score like we usually do, but they usually mope around, complain and try to change the rules, like a younger sibling.” Nate Carey sports editor The Daily Cardinal

“Ultimately, it was a good thing for them that we were the home team and didn’t get to bat last, as we had decided weeks in advance to score 116 runs in the seventh in honor of our 116 years as UW-Madison’s leading independent student newspaper,” DC Editor in Chief Jill Klosterman said. “That would’ve made the score 132-15, which obviously reflects the story of the game better than the actual outcome,” DC Managing Editor Jamie McMahon added, “but we didn’t want to injure the Herald’s fragile esteem beyond repair.”

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In a moment of jubilation after winning the annual softball game against the Badger Herald, Sports Editor Nate Carey and incoming Editor in Chief Alex Morrell spray their teammates with champagne. Visit dailycardinal.com to see a photo slideshow of the Cardinal’s victory.

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Wide receiver Paul Hubbard was selected in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns, 191st overall.

track from page 8 In the fast heat of the 1500meters, sophomore Ryan Gasper hit a regional qualifying time of 3:44.91 for ninth place. Gasper already qualified in the steeplechase, while Bethke qualified in the 1500-meter run. Freshman Landon Peacock also qualified for regionals in the 5000meter, running 14:08.38 for 12th place overall. Two athletes just missed the regional standards. Sophomore Tim Pierre was three seconds away from the steeplechase standard qualifying time with his 9:10.05 performance, good for third place in section two, and sophomore Andrew Lacy fell six seconds short of the 5000-meter standard, running 14:18.57 for 20th. At the Drake Relays, sophomore Rayme Mackinson jumped 23 feet, 8 3 ⁄ 4 inches in the long jump for sixth place. Sophomore Nate Larkin took seventh overall in the 110-meter hurdles, improving his regional qualifying time to 14:00.23.

In the relay events, the 4x200meter relay of Chas Demers, Luke Hoenecke, James Groce and Andrew Milenkovski finished third in 1:26.45, edging out Ohio State by 0.02 seconds. The 4x800-meter relay team of Zach Beth, Luke Rucks, Eric Hatchell and Steve Ludwig went 7:31.36 for third place, behind UNI and Notre Dame. Milenkovski, Demers, Groce and Rucks formed UW’s sprint medley, which finished fifth in 3:24.64. Also, the distance medley relay of Hatchell, Beth, Quinn Evans and David Pede went 9:58.34 for eighth. Several athletes competed just outside of Drake, in Indianola, Iowa, in individual events. Senior Derek Thiel cleared 15-5 1 ⁄ 2 in the pole vault to tie for second. Earning runner-up status was sophomore Rory Linder, who threw 160-8 in the discus. Senior Joe Pierre ran 1:56.34 for third place, while sophomore Victor Dupuy jumped 22-9 and placed fourth. —uwbadgers.com contributed to this report.

the misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing, Ikegwuonu will go through two years of probation and must perform 50 hours of community service. Residential burglary, the most serious charge, was later dropped. The former Madison Memorial standout led the Badgers with 16 pass breakups last season and finished the year with 24 tackles. The sixth round of the draft was the busiest for Wisconsin players. Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, a first team AllAmerican player, was selected 178th overall by the New Orleans Saints. Mehlhaff was the first place kicker taken in the draft and was the second special teams player selected overall. Mehlhaff finished his Badger career holding three school records, 145 points after touchdowns, 148 PAT attempts and a .979 extra point percentage. He finished second in school history with 295 points and 50 career

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field goals. Three picks after Mehlhaff was selected, the Carolina Panthers selected defensive tackle Nick Hayden with the 15th pick in the sixth round. Last season, Hayden finished the year with All-Big Ten honorable mention status. He completed his senior season by totaling 48 tackles, good for sixth on the team and 4.5 sacks. The final UW player selected in this year’s draft was wide receiver Paul Hubbard. Hubbard, selected 191st overall by the Cleveland Browns, finished last season with 14 catches for 305 yards. Hubbard missed five games after suffering a knee injury when the Badgers played at UNLV last season. The former track star finished his UW career with 53 receptions and 936 yards. He will join last year’s No. 3 overall pick Joe Thomas as Badger alumni playing for Cleveland. —uwbadgers.com and jsonline.com contributed to this report.

Other weekend event outcomes Softball: split with Ohio State Saturday in a doubleheader, 3-6 and 4-3. Men’s tennis: lost to Illinois in the Big Ten semi-finals, 4-1. Golf: the women’s team finished sixth and the men’s team finished eighth in the Big Ten Championships Sunday. —Full coverage of these events will be in tomorrow’s Daily Cardinal.


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Track teams earn regional qualifiers at Drake Relays By Scott Allen THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Former Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu (left) was selected 131st overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 NFL draft. Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff (right) was selected by the New Orleans Saints, 178th overall.

Five Badgers go to NFL By Tom Lea THE DAILY CARDINAL

Former Badger football players Jack Ikegwuonu, Taylor Mehlhaff, Nick Hayden and Paul Hubbard each heard their name called during the annual NFL draft this weekend in New York City and will continue their football careers next fall. Former Badger punter Ken DeBauche went undrafted but signed with the Green Bay Packers later Sunday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, the first Badger to be picked, with the 131st overall pick. The fourth-round selection was somewhat of a surprise after the former first-team Big Ten defender suffered a serious knee injury in January, leaving his professional future in doubt. That injury, along with off-field legal issues and a recent failed drug test, were most of the teams’ greatest concerns regarding

the junior cornerback heading into the draft. In November 2006, Ikegwuonu and his brother were arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and felony residential burglary for stealing an Xbox from a DeKalb, Ill., apartment. According to a report on profootballtalk.com, after pleading guilty to draft page 7

The Wisconsin women’s track team picked up four NCAA Midwest Regional qualifying marks at the Drake Relays and Marquette Twilight over the weekend while three men’s distance runners qualified at the Oregon Relays. At Drake, junior Chavon Robinson jumped 42.5 feet in the triple jump to place third and earn an NCAA regional-qualifying mark. Her effort was the second all-time best jump for UW. Robinson also jumped 18-5 1 ⁄ 4 in the long jump for 21st. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Egle Staisiunaite and junior Carly Ducharme each hit the qualifying standard, placing 10th and 11th in 1:00.64 and 1:00.67, respectively. Staisiunaite and Ducharme earned the No. 9 and No. 10 spots on UW’s all-time list. Junior Megan Seidl cleared 5-8 3 ⁄ 4 to tie for fifth in the high jump, while junior Jenny Soceka cleared 12-7 1 ⁄ 2 in the pole vault for seventh. Unfortunately for the rest of the team that competed at the Marquette Twilight, cold and windy conditions made qualifying difficult in the running events. Senior Kayla Schulz qualified for regionals in the shot put, throwing 47-7 1 ⁄ 4 for second place. She also won the discus with a 157-7 throw, improving on her regional qualifying mark by 1-7. Junior Julia Benson won the 100-

meter hurdles in 15:00:27 and also came out on top in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:11.13. UW won every sprinting event, as junior Alexis Beecham won the 100 meter dash in 12.38 seconds, junior Caitlin Dodge won the 200meter dash in 25.86 and senior Kaitlyn Marsolek took first in the 400 meters in 59:00.24. Freshman Aikaila Cabell took second in the 200-meters in 24:00.60 seconds and Nicole Slaby finished second in 59:00.90 in the 400-meters while Dodge went 1:01.04 for third. Freshman Karlye Wolff also earned second in the 3000-meter steeplechase, going 11:30.60. In the field events, sophomore Carrie Woltman earned runner-up in the high jump, clearing 5-3, while sophomore LaQuita Brazil jumped 38-10 1 ⁄ 4 for second in the triple jump and 17-7 1 ⁄ 2 for third in the long jump. Men’s recap At the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., the distance runners competed against many of the top collegiate athletes in the NCAA as well as some professional runners. Sophomore Brandon Bethke was the first collegiate finisher in the 3000meter steeplechase, completing the event in 8:46.88 for fourth overall, earning a Midwest Regional qualifying mark. track page 7

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