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Rare WiscMail outage frustrates students, faculty By Whitney Newman THE DAILY CARDINAL
A campus-wide WiscMail service outage Tuesday and Wednesday left many students and staff frustrated without their regular form of communication. Brian Rust, senior administrative program specialist for UW-Madison’s Division of Information Technology, said problems with the services began Tuesday afternoon after DoIT’s WiscMail team conducted a routine software update for the e-mail servers. The update aimed to improve the maintenance and processing of the WiscMail server system. “Some time around mid-morning on Tuesday we started noticing problems with one of the servers, so we attempted some ﬁxes, and things seemed to be fairly well back to normal,” Rust said. “Wednesday morning we noticed problems on all of the WiscMail stores and servers, and that affected just about everybody.” Rust said DoIT technicians uninstalled the software upgrade, went back to the previous version of software and then restored all servers, causing WiscMail services to be temporarily out of operation. No e-mails were lost in the process, he said, but large amounts of backlogged mail
prolonged the outage. Some UW-Madison students were still encountering problems with their WiscMail late in the afternoon Wednesday, according to a service outage report on the DoIT website. “I had problems with my email account all day Tuesday and Wednesday. It was horrendous,” UWMadison senior Josh London said. “My roommate needed to doublecheck the time of his job interview and he couldn’t do it. I had ﬁnancial advisors and comedic agents trying to reach me, and I’m left with no source of communication for them.” Rust said outages like this happen very rarely, and there is no need for students to worry about creating a “back-up” e-mail account. “We ﬁxed it, we will try to make sure it never happens again, and move on,” he said. Rust also said a DoIT team is in the process of looking into alternative mail systems, such as GMail, Yahoo or Hotmail, but will not make any decisions until they have carefully observed how these systems have played out at other universities. “There’s a big difference between having a rare mail outage and having a system failure such that mail or an account is lost. If we lost all of your mail, [the students] would roast us.”
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WiscMail and WiscMailPlus servers shut down Tuesday and Wednesday after DoIT began a routine software update.
Area veterans stress refocus on Iraq War By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL
In an effort to focus attention on the Iraq War, a group of veterans and community members criticized President George W. Bush at an event at the Capitol Wednesday. The participants said the event was meant to coincide with the ﬁfth anniversary of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech. Ryan Nofsinger, 25, a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, said people’s apathy toward the war is frustrating. He said his ﬁrst tour was extended by several months and he was later forced to serve a second term. “For ﬁve years people have just shrugged their shoulders and walked away,” Nofsinger said. Without a draft or tax increases
over war costs, according to Nofsinger, people can ignore the issue. He also said Congressional leaders failed to fulﬁll their 2006 promises to end the war. Nofsinger said the Iraq War should not be an issue that only young people are interested in but that it affects all age groups. Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal-leaning group One Wisconsin Now, which also participated in the event, said polls show the majority of residents disapprove of the way the war is being handled. He said the event also highlights the 90 Wisconsin soldiers that were killed since the “Mission Accomplished” speech, with no veterans page 3
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Madison Police Department ofﬁcials investigate the scene outside the Mental Health Care Center of Dane County, 625 W. Washington Ave, where a 19-year-old Madison resident was shot Wednesday.
Madison man shot on West Wash; suspects still at large By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL
Madison Police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old male Wednesday evening on the 600 block of West Washington Avenue. Police said at least three shots were fired outside the Mental Health Center of Dane County at 625 W. Washington Ave. around 5:54 p.m. According to MPD public information officer Mike Hanson, the act was not random and the victim knew the shooter. The victim was taken to a local hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries. Hanson said police are look-
ing for a group of three to ﬁve black males who reportedly ﬂed in a vehicle after the shooting. Investigators later recovered the vehicle on Madison’s south side and continue to search for the suspects, some of whom police have identiﬁed. Police continued to comb through the crime scene in the hours after the shooting, searching for additional evidence, such as shell casings and bullet fragments to count the number of bullets ﬁred, according to Hanson. UW-Madison junior Kristy Ludwig, who lives one block from the shooting, said the presence of police cars and caution tape is
Students, residents seek safety improvements after homicide By Lexie Clinton THE DAILY CARDINAL
In student neighborhoods where laziness means safety is often ignored, many student tenants re-evaluated home security after UW-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann’s April 2 murder. But, as the incident fades from recent memory, those heightened concerns are receding. “[Safety] is not something you think about until someone gets murdered four houses down,” said UW-Madison Junior Joel Ondercin, who lives on the same block as Zimmermann. In the unsolved investigation of 21-year-old Zimmermann’s death, police say there were signs of forced entry at her apartment. As a result, Ondercin said he became concerned about his basement-level bedroom window, which doesn’t lock. “Anyone could walk onto our porch and get into my room. I’ve even crawled
through my own window.” One Madison landlord said tenants were concerned about home security the week of the murder. “We did see a surge of calls immediately after the murder from tenants,” Michael Greiber, corporate counsel for Madison Property Management, said. The calls were to ﬁx existing locks, doors and exterior light bulbs. However, those extra calls have plummeted since. Except one lock request unrelated to safety, City of Madison Housing Inspection Supervisor Tom Adamowicz did not recall any security or lock-related requests in the student neighborhood recently. Some students say after a quick reﬂex reaction and conversation about safety, they are back to feeling safe. safety page 3
becoming all too familiar in her neighborhood after the April 2 Brittany Zimmermann homicide on nearby West Doty Street. “It’s sad to say, but you’re kind of like immune to it now,” Ludwig said. Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, who represents the area in which both the homicide and shooting took place, said his “heart sank” when he learned of Wednesday’s incident. “I think it is critical to stress, particularly given what this neighborhood has gone through in the last month in terms of crime, that this absolutely was a random act of violence,” he said.
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UW-Madison student organization Sex Out Loud hosted a day-long Sexual Health Day event in Library Mall to raise safe-sex awareness.
veterans from page 1 casualties before the speech. According to Ross, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be hurt in the November 2008 presidential election because of his support for the war. However, recent polls show McCain maintains support in Wisconsin, with
a UW Survey Center report released Monday stating McCain would beat U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in the state. Ross said people see the war and economy as connected, with money spent on the Iraq War not being available to spend on health care or education funding.
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“I was really nervous at ﬁrst, for about a week or so,” said Jenny Rado, a UW-Madison junior who lives near Main and Bedford Streets. Rado said after Zimmermann’s murder she realized a ground-ﬂoor window was a safety risk. “If someone decides they want to break into my window they could,” she said. Still, a month later, Rado said she doesn’t “feel that worried about it anymore.” Greiber said the recent murder
Garrett Bucks said. In the past, Bucks has worked both as a TFA recruiter on the UWMadison campus and on other campuses throughout Wisconsin. “Next year I am only going to be working at UW-Madison, and that’s just because out of any of the campuses I have worked with, by far I have found the highest quality students and the sheer multitude of great matches for our program here at UW-Madison,” Bucks said. “Every new donation we get goes directly toward two things: making sure that we ﬁnd the most diverse, most qualiﬁed, absolutely without a shout of a doubt most mind-blowing leaders that we know, and then train-
ing them and supporting them better than the year before.” In addition to FedEx’s donation, Bucks said many other large supporters have contributed as part of the overall growth goals for 2010. Amy Robinowitz, TFA’s vice president of communications, said TFA’s other national partners include Wachovia Corporation, Lehman Brothers National Bank and Amgen Foundation, a bio-tech company that has heavily contributed to TFA’s math and science initiative. “However, FedEx support means a lot because we know that the task of improving Teach For America is never done, so we are always looking for new supporters,” Bucks said.
was a rare instance for many calls. “Tenants prior to the murder hadn’t thought of it,” he said of safetyrelated repairs. Brenda Konkel, executive director of the Tenant Resource Center, said it’s not atypical for high-proﬁle crime incidents to make students re-examine safety. “There’s almost always a rash of break-ins or a rash of sexual assaults that happens late in the summer or early in the ﬁrst semester that heightens the awareness so students think about these types of [safety]
issues.” According to Greiber, landlords often rely on students to tell them what needs to be ﬁxed when they move in, but Konkel said tenants can be proactive by checking if there are safety features in place when they move in. “Absolutely I would contact my landlord,” Ondercin said. Although he has yet to contact his landlord about the window nine months into his lease, Ondercin said he plans to in the future.
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Looming like a magnifying glass over paralyzed ants, the end-of-thesemester sizzle is coming. Bringing the stress of 10-page papers, ﬁnal exams and heavily caffeinated insomnia, now is not a time of gleeful merrymaking for most UW students. Luckily, the Madison Repertory Theatre is here to help. Its latest production, “The Nerd,” opens this weekend at the Overture Center, offering students an escape from academia as well as the consolation of laughing at someone whose troubles are far worse than theirs. First performed in 1981, the play surrounds three 30-something singles—Willem, Tansy and Axel— whose lives tailspin when Rick, the eponymous nerd, pays Willem a visit. When Rick introduces himself as the man who saved Willem’s life during their Vietnam War service, Willem is so grateful he promises Rick will always have a place to
live with him. When Rick takes the suggestion literally, Willem and his friends are forced to endure a Poindexter barrage no amount of military service could have prepared them for. Director Tony Simotes, a UWMadison theater professor, said he was excited to take on the “zany comedy” because of its raw comedy and historical signiﬁcance. “It was the ﬁrst play that actually took a very serious theme like a Vietnam vet and found a way to get us to start laughing about the war and laughing about the experiences,” Simotes said. Besides Simotes’ direction, UW’s theater program plays a role all over the set, from cast to crew. Sarah Phillips and Josh Aaron McCabe— who play Tansy and Axel respectively—are UW alums and Simotes’ students just two years ago. Both saw the project as a refreshing change from classical drama they’d been involved in.
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With its crew and cast that includes UW grads like Sarah Phillips (standing) and Josh Aaron McCabe (left), UW is all over “The Nerd.” “It’s the gooﬁest project I’ve ever done,” Phillips said. “It’s a really fun script.” According to McCabe, “The Nerd” is mostly farce, but there’s some heart to it too. “It’s silly, but there’s characters that care about each other, so it’s not just pure antics.” The Steve Urkel-infused, “Three’s Company” look-alike will run 23 shows from May 1-25.
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worry that literature is a dying art. It’s one of those nagging things that keeps me from falling asleep at night. Is reading really dying, or are my late-night worries all for nothing? It’s true that literature doesn’t hold the prominent place it once did in American society. In the midnineteenth century, Romantic poets like Longfellow were so popular and widely read they were referred to as the “Fireside Poets” because families would read their poems aloud around the ﬁre. Certainly no modern writers hold such a prominent position today, perhaps with the exception of J.K. Rowling. Although literature is not dead yet, it has, without a doubt, been marginalized. Only a minority of Americans read for pleasure and, with every decade, that number declines. Although books remain alive, this trend suggests that one day literature will be doomed, as books are drowned out by movies, television and, of course, the Internet. Believe it or not, literature is important. As with any art, it is valuable, and if we just sit by as it fades away, it would be a great loss. In a world with so much chaos, with so much information, noise and constant stimuli, literature does the important job of making sense of it all. Books lay out all the mysteries and anarchy of life on the page, in a form we can grasp and understand. After ﬁnishing a great book, even a sad one, the world seems more manageable, more comprehensible. The Internet certainly can’t do that—in fact, it just adds to the noise and commotion of the world. One of the purposes of the Internet and other technology, which has contributed to the marginalization of literature, is to connect everyone on earth. In some ways, all this technology does make the globe a smaller, more interwoven place (although I’m not sure how watching a baby panda sneeze, cute as it may be, accomplishes this). But, the easiest way to feel connected and gain empathy with the human race—past, present and future—is to read. Allen Bennet’s marvelous play “The History Boys,” articulates this point more beautifully than I ever could. He writes, “The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” The world is a safer place because of that “hand,” and I wouldn’t want to live in a world without it. I hope this generation will bring literature back from the brink. This is my last column as I am graduating in May, and I’m using it to extend a plea to all students. In fact, I’m down on my proverbial hands and knees, begging everyone to read. Please, go to the nearest library or bookstore and read. Pass a love of literature along to your kids. Don’t let books get swallowed up by the chaos of modern life. I’ll sleep better at night if I know just a few more people appreciate literature. Appreciate Anna’s efforts to save lit from the clutches of the Internet this semester? Let her know at email@example.com.
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ast week, 14 newly elected representatives of Associated Students of Madison’s Student Council issued a press release proposing several reforms that, while short and inarticulate, appeared to represent a step in the right direction for an organization that has become disconnected with the student body. Since these proposed changes lacked details, The Daily Cardinal Editorial Board spoke with a number of newly elected ASM representatives on Monday. ASM’s presentation was surprising, and for the ﬁrst time in a long while we are cautiously optimistic that ASM can reform itself for the better and become an effective voice for UW-Madison’s 41,000 students. Recently, this editorial board has not hesitated to voice concerns with ASM. We, along with the rest of this campus, felt justiﬁed in doing so. Year after year, we watch ASM propose sweeping reforms and an allor-nothing “hook” with no chance of enactment. Year after year, ASM has been ridden with representatives who seem more concerned with padding their resumés than actually improving the effectiveness of their organization and advancing student concerns. With this in mind, we believe that ASM has turned a corner. The newly elected representatives have realized they must prioritize and enact internal reforms if they hope to be more than a student bus pass dispenser. Moreover, we were pleased to
hear representative Jeff Wright report that ASM is dropping the hook issue platform. Part of their reform platform calls for ASM to focus on issues of higher education, meaning they plan to lobby in the state Capitol on behalf of UW-Madison for issues such as partner beneﬁts and increased funding. Although this lobbying effort will not bring a windfall for the university, it holds symbolic importance. The time and effort that this proposal requires shows a genuine commitment toward advancing the interests of the university and raising awareness of the ﬁnancial problems this campus faces. Creating a press ofﬁce will streamline ASM’s contact with students and the press, allowing for a healthy two-way line of communication. Although initially skeptical that creating this ofﬁce would simply add components to ASM’s already muddled bureaucracy, the need for a public relations ofﬁce became readily apparent after the poorly attended “State of the ASM” forum several weeks ago. Moreover, this ofﬁce promises to increase transparency and accountability for an organization suffering from a lack of both. Effectively implementing internal reforms such as creating a press ofﬁce and streamlining the ASM bureaucracy will be no easy task. Nevertheless, ASM needs to enact these reforms and commitments to earn back the credibility that it has lost over the years.
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College Democrats take student input seriously ERIK OPSAL opinion columnist
s the Democratic presidential candidate race winds to a close (hopefully), we’re still talking about the same old subjects: electability, campaign gaffes, superdelegates, etc. A few months ago, I wrote about how superdelegates could very well determine our next president, and now two of those delegates are reaching out to us college students.
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Awais Khaleel (A UW-Madison student) and Lauren Wolfe—the vice president and president of the College Democrats of America, respectively—released a YouTube video on Sunday asking for feedback on whom they should support as superdelegates at the Democratic National Convention in August. “As the Democratic parties choose superdelegates who represent college students, we want to make sure that our vote belongs to you,” Wolfe says in the video. “We promise, we’re more accessible than your governor, your senator or really any other superdelegate out there,” Khaleel says. “And we will absolutely listen to what you have to say.” I’d like to say how incredibly cool it is of them to do this. The fact that two superdelegates are willing to create a video and ask for our feedback is great, and it sure beats calling your governor or senator and asking them to listen to you. With more than 5,000 views, 250 comments and a handful of video responses so far, the video has received a lot of feedback, which, unsurprisingly, has mostly been in favor of Barack Obama.
Superdelegates willing to create a video and ask for feedback sure beats asking your governor or senator to listen to you.
Below, I lay out my own letter for their consideration: Dear Lauren and Awais, First, I want to thank you for taking the time to solicit feedback from your constituents. As the leaders of the College Democrats of America, you both do a great service to young people across the country in asking our opinion. After a long primary season, there is one clear choice for your vote—Barack Obama. As a leading member of Students for Obama on campus, I’m obviously biased, but I ask you to look at the facts. At UW-Madison,
Obama won 80 percent of the vote. He won 89.4 percent of Democratic votes at UW-Oshkosh, 74 percent at UW-Whitewater, 85 percent at UW-Milwaukee and 79 percent at UW-River Falls, according to student sources at each school. In Pennsylvania, Obama won 60 percent of the votes between 18 and 29-year-olds, according to CNN exit polls. He won 59 percent of those voters in Texas, 61 percent in Ohio, 53 percent in Tennessee, 59 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in New York and 60 percent in New Hampshire. And those are states he lost. Your friend Jason Rae, a Marquette junior who is also a superdelegate, announced his endorsement of Obama soon after he saw the overwhelming support for Obama not only among college students, but among the entire state of Wisconsin. You three are our only real representatives at the national convention in August, and I urge you to vote the way an overwhelming number of college students already have. Vote for Barack Obama. Sincerely, Erik Opsal There, I’ve said my piece, and now it’s time for you to say yours. Go watch the video on YouTube, look up Lauren and Awais on facebook, or e-mail them at wolfel@collegedems. com and email@example.com. According to Khaleel, they have already received numerous responses from both Obama and Hillary Clinton supporters. “What is especially noteworthy is the amount of insight put into the majority of these messages,” he said in an e-mail. “This thoughtful feedback is going to be invaluable in helping us make our decision.” The two plan on making an official endorsement “not long after the final primary on June 3,” Khaleel said, so whether you want them to vote for Obama, Hillary Clinton or Mike Gravel (Ha! No, seriously), make your voices heard. Let them know who you, as college students, want in the White House. Erik Opsal is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Women’s rowing teams face tough competition
Senior catcher Joey Daniels will end her Badger career with games against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday and Sunday.
By Rebecca Autrey THE DAILY CARDINAL
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UW plays only for pride By Scott Kellogg THE DAILY CARDINAL
Wisconsin will play its ﬁnal series of the season this weekend against Minnesota at the Goodman Softball Complex. The Badgers will face the Gophers at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. It has been a disappointing season for Wisconsin (3-15 Big Ten, 1538 overall). A year ago, the Badgers went 27-20 overall and 6-12 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin enters the ﬁnal weekend of Big Ten play without postseason aspirations. The Badgers, who are currently in last place in their conference, are four games out of qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins May 8. Minnesota (7-7, 24-15) will play in the conference tournament regardless of its performance this weekend. Wisconsin needed to sweep Ohio State and get ample help elsewhere in the conference to have a chance to qualify for postseason play. But the Badgers were
unable to keep their slim chances alive after blowing a three-run lead in the ﬁnal inning against the Buckeyes and dropping the ﬁrst game of the doubleheader. This season the Badgers have frequently put themselves in position to win conference games but were unable to pull out clutch victories. The team’s inability to play a complete game was a perpetual concern for head coach Chandelle Schulte throughout the season. Wisconsin lost three one-run games in conference play this season, one each against Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. The Badgers collapsed in other winnable games as well. UW entered the ﬁnal inning of games against Indiana and Ohio State with leads at home but lost both contests. Wisconsin was also involved in a close game with Penn State at home, but two costly errors caused a defeat. If only a few of those games had been victories, the Badgers could be going into the ﬁnal weekend in a very differ-
ent situation. Instead, the team’s season will end after the ﬁnal out is recorded on Sunday, and the careers of two seniors, shortstop Lynn Anderson and catcher Joey Daniels, will come to an end. Despite the dissatisfying season for the Badgers, both players can still reﬂect proudly on their ﬁnal season. Daniels showed tremendous endurance, starting all 53 of the team’s games behind the plate. As a catcher, Daniels led the team with a .288 batting average, a .482 on base percentage, 12 doubles and 24 runs scored. Daniels was also second on the team in stolen bases with 12. Anderson led the team with nine home runs, a .493 slugging percentage and 67 total bases. She was also second on the club with a .265 batting average and 20 runs batted in. Both seniors played important defensive roles and represented the team’s two greatest offensive threats and will be difﬁcult to replace next year.
The Wisconsin women’s crew teams will be hard at work this weekend as they race conference and non-conference rivals in two different regattas. The openweight crew team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, while the lightweight team heads to Princeton, N.J., to have a dual race with Princeton, a perennial crew powerhouse. The Wisconsin women’s lightweight team heads into the race against Princeton ranked No. 5 in the country in the U.S. Rowing Coach’s Collegiate Poll. Princeton is ranked No. 1 in the country in the same poll. Even though the Badgers are facing the No. 1 team in the country this weekend, Miller said the team’s race plan does not change on race day. The goal going into every race is for each boat to row to its full potential. “You have to go out and have your best race no matter what,” Miller said. “You’re going to go out and do the best you can and hope that it’s better than the best that the other people can do.” The weather has ﬁnally been on the team’s side for the past couple weeks, and Miller said the consistent time on the water has allowed Wisconsin to make improvements and catch up to other teams who have not faced the same challenges. Miller said the race against Princeton offers a chance for
Wisconsin to row a complete 2,000 meters and progress to bigger races at the end of the season. “I’d like to see us put together a full race the whole way down and just show our improvement,” he said. The Big Ten Championships are the ﬁrst of three championship regattas in a row for the women’s openweight crew team. Head coach Bebe Bryans said races are all about timing, and the team is excited to see where they stand after two weeks of good weather and consistent practices on the water. “We haven’t gone as fast [in races] as we need to yet, but I’ve seen good speed now, so it’s just a matter of whether or not we can get it out at the moment that we need to get it out,” Bryans said. Bryans said this weekend is also a good opportunity to tailor the boat’s race plans even further. The general structure of a race—a quick start, a settle period and then a base pace—is the same for each boat. However, Bryans tailors the plan to the rowers in each individual boat. “I write it up based on the strengths that I see and notice from their winter training,” she said. “Then we reﬁne it as we go through the races.” Although Bryans said the weather in Michigan is supposed to be less than favorable for the regatta this weekend, she said her team is ready to plunge forward into the most challenging part of the season. “Bring it on,” Bryans said. “If it’s rowable, we’ll be out in it.”
History shows chances of making hometown team not good for punter DeBauche NATE CAREY sports magnate
t is the dream of most athletes to some day don the jersey of a professional team. But few players leave college and pursue a profession in the sport they played. For someone like Ken DeBauche, that dream not only became a reality but an especially sweet reality. The former punter for the Badgers was signed as a free agent following this weekend’s NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Growing up in Suamico, Wis.,—minutes away from Green Bay—the former Bay Port standout not only has the chance to move on to the professional ranks but with his hometown team. However, the fairy tale ending that can easily be envisioned for DeBauche is anything but certain, and as history has shown, he has a tremendous hill to climb in order to make an impact in the NFL. The Packers have been without a true standout punter since Craig Hentrich left after the 1997 season. During the glory days of the Mike Holmgren era, Hentrich was one of the most reliable players on a team stacked with potential Hall of Famers. Hentrich averaged 42.75 yds/punt during his four seasons with the green and gold, including an impressive 45.0 yds/punt average during his ﬁnal season in Green Bay. But, since the Packers let him go for more money, the team has desperately sought a replacement. Sean
Landeta, Louie Aguiar, Josh Bidwell, Bryan Barker, B.J. Sander and Jon Ryan have taken turns catching snaps from Rob Davis, and with the exception of Bidwell and Ryan, have failed miserably. Bidwell was an above-average punter for the Packers and was caught in the same situation as Hentrich. He left after the 2003 season for more money and a warmer climate, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan, on the other hand, came down from the Canadian Football League, and there has never been a question about his leg strength. He has averaged 44.5 yds/punt in his two seasons with Green Bay, with a long of 66 yards and 72 yards each year, respectively. But the knock on Ryan has been his accuracy, as he seems to have just as much ability to punt the ball out of the stadium as he does placing it at the one-yard line. Enter DeBauche. DeBauche has been a very good punter for the Badgers, but has struggled at times— mainly his senior year. Fans and critics alike thought DeBauche would be a lock for the draft coming into his senior year, but the punter’s numbers dropped signiﬁcantly since his sophomore season. As a sophomore, DeBauche had 57 punts for a total of 2,555 yds (44.8/punt). He had 18 punts over 50 yards and 22 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. DeBauche also had a career-high 59 yard punt during his sophomore campaign, two yards higher than his second best. But over his ﬁnal two seasons, everything began to drop. DeBauche had a combined total of 17 punts over
50 yards from 2006-’07 and 29 punts downed inside the 20. His average per punt also dropped, going from 41.8 yds/punt as a junior to 41.2 yds/punt his senior year. These reasons surely played a part in DeBauche going undrafted, but his signing by Green Bay made up for some of that—or did it? Green Bay, in its search for another premiere punter, has become known for changing punters’ styles and footwork, and the results have usually been devastating. After Mike Sherman moved up to draft B.J. Sander in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, the Packers did a complete overhaul on Sander’s technique. The 2003 Ray Guy Award winner was crippled by Green Bay’s tinkering, and is now out of the NFL. Badger fans undoubtedly remember the tale of Matt Stemke, the greatest punter to come out of Wisconsin. During his four years as a Badger, Stemke punted 245 times for averages of 43.5 (gross) and 40.8 (net). He only had two punts blocked and put 31 percent of his punts inside the 20. Stemke was the exact opposite of what Ryan is today: a punter who prided himself on accuracy over distance and was extremely successful at what he did. Coming into the 2001 training camp, many thought Stemke would beat out Bidwell for the job. Stemke out-performed Bidwell in college, and the general consensus was that he would do it again. Being a Green Bay native, the story was ripe and ready to be plucked, as Stemke would have easily been a crowd favorite despite his “diminished” role as a punter. But the Packers once again worked their magic, forcing Stemke to change
his technique in order to try and shave milliseconds off his delivery. The result again was not worth it, as Stemke was unable to perform at the same level with a completely different technique. So what does this disastrous trip down memory lane mean? For the Packers, it’s a reminder of the old saying: “Don’t ﬁx something that isn’t broken.” For DeBauche, it’s a warning of what can happen to a player desperately trying to make a team.
The Packers are always looking for a more talented player, no matter what the position. If DeBauche can come in and recapture his sophomore distance while outperforming Ryan in the accuracy category, he may have a shot to make the team. But as history has shown, Green Bay fancies itself the all-knowing authority on everything that is punting and will surely leave a mark on Ken DeBauche, whether good or bad. E-mail email@example.com.
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