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Fire destroys Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

A late night fire destroyed the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at 237 Langdon St. during finals week, but all of the house’s 28 residents were safe and accounted for. Around midnight on May 13, Madison Police Department officer Angie Dyhr was on patrol in the Langdon Street neighborhood when she noticed smoke coming from the back of the house. She notified a dispatcher to send fire officials to the location and discovered the entire back of the house was in flames. Dyhr pounded on the fraternity house’s door and yelled for the residents to evacuate. Dozens of firefighters and police surrounded the house to fight the blaze, as hundreds of Langdon Street

residents and onlookers flooded the street to watch the firefighters attempt to contain the fire. Officials confirmed the fire started at the back of the house, but Madison Fire Department spokesperson Bernadette Galvez said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. MFD finally extinguished the fire at 2:28 a.m., according to the MFD statement, but the house sustained major damage. “It’s pretty much lost,” Galvez said of the house. An MFD statement estimated the damages to total $750,000. Three firefighters were injured at the scene, two of which were transported to UW Hospital and one to Meriter Hospital with minor injuries. Dean of Students Lori Berquam, fire page 6



May 13 the Sigma Phi Epsilon house was englufed in flames. All house residents were safely evacuated and given temporary housing.

Chancellor candidate finalists ‘meet and greet’ on UW-Madison campus By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL

One internal and three external chancellor candidates visited UW-Madison the week of May 12 to answer questions about improving different aspects of the university as finalists to succeed Chancellor John Wiley, who will step down in September. The search for a new chancellor began after Wiley announced his resignation in early December. Wiley has held the position of chancellor since 2001. “For a whole variety of reasons, this is a perfect time for the transition—Sept. 1 is the perfect time,” Wiley said at a news conference in December. UW System Board of Regents President Mark Bradley named Regent David Walsh to chair a special regents committee that will provide the final recommendation this summer for Wiley’s successor. Finalists Gary Sandefur, Biddy Martin, Rebecca Blank and


Freakfest, Madison’s annual Halloween celebration on State Street, draws a large number of students to the downtown area.

Freakfest, Mifflin Street Block Party undergo transformation By Abby Sears Gary Sandefur

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UW-Madison student superdelegate announces endorsement By Charles Brace THE DAILY CARDINAL

Awais Khaleel is a graduate fresh out of UW-Madison, and he is also one of a few Wisconsin superdelegates who could determine the Democratic nominee for President. “Superdelegates,” unlike the majority of the 92 Democrat delegates in the Wisconsin primary, can vote any way they want.

The 16 superdelegates include Gov. Jim Doyle, U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, DWis., members of Congress from Wisconsin and several Democratic National Committee members. Khaleel and Lauren Wolfe, the vice president and president of the College Democrats of America respectively, posted a YouTube video April 28 asking college students to

send them feedback to help them decide how to vote at the Democratic National Convention. On May 13, after receiving over 5,000 e-mails, over 1,000 Facebook messages and wall posts and hundreds of video responses, they posted a second video announcing each would endorse U.S. Sen. Barack superdelegate page 5


Two of Madison’s most popular downtown parties, the weekend Halloween celebration known as “Freakfest” and spring’s Mifflin Street Block Party, are undergoing transformations to decrease arrest numbers and rowdy crowds at the events. After alcoholfueled riots and tear gas marred the infamous 2002 Halloween party on State Street, the Madison Police Department has made numerous strides in lowering violence and arrests at the gathering in recent years. In 2006, the city officials allowed corporate sponsorship of the event, with participating companies including Pepsi and Milio’s. For a ticket fee of $7 at Freakfest 2007, partygoers gained

admission to State Street and three different music stages. Although the Halloween celebration was free prior to sponsorships, police said last year’s parties page 6

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

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Lake-luster trip traps Megan with BF’s family coming along. I was nervous about impressing his family, but I thought his siblings’ presence would probably be helpful. Then, he added, two of his uncles wanted to meet “Kevy’s new girl” and I got a little anxious. Finally, he mentioned both of his grandmas were coming and “couldn’t wait to meet the little woman.” Three months with this guy and I was already the “little woman?” At this point, I was nearing a panic attack. Day One started out rough. When we got there it rained... and rained... and rained. Little did we know that it planned on raining straight through the 48 hours we were anywhere near that lake. And while a little rain never hurt anyone, being trapped in a house with family for 48 hours straight could result in at least some emotional, if not physical, pain. And things were only going to get worse for me. Shortly after dinner, Kevin became nauseous and his mom decided he had gotten poison oak. He was sent to bed at 8:30 and I wasn’t to see him until

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ummer is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy yourself. After busting your butt for several months, everyone deserves a little vacation to get away from it all. Sadly, as I learned one summer, not all vacations achieve this goal. My boyfriend’s family had invited me to spend a weekend with them at their cottage on a small lake north of Milwaukee. Kevin and I hadn’t been dating long, so this was a big step for me. Things started out easy enough. We were driving separately, so he picked me up Friday morning and gave me a kiss on the check, but I could tell something was wrong. I asked him what was up and he said plans had changed. Originally it was just going to be him, his parents and myself. Now his sister and brother were

he felt better. Kevin was out of commission, pouring rain trapped me in the house and I couldn’t drive a stick shift. All options of escape were cut off. I was interrogated, tested and teased for the next three hours. Finally I was left quivering in a corner and everyone headed off to bed. Except me. You see, Kevin was going to sleep on the porch that night, but because of his illness, he had collapsed into what was supposed to be my bed. So I was left to the love seat on the porch. I stared at my makeshift bed. It was only four feet long, but I was somehow supposed to fit my 5’9’’ frame onto it. Lying on my back, everything from the knee down hung off the little couch. I tossed and turned and finally found the only way to be moderately comfortable was to sleep in the fetal position. I hunkered down with a beach towel for a blanket and tried to sleep. But of course, it was not meant to be. Kevin’s family seems to have a little problem with snoring. I

could hear his dad from the second floor. His brother’s snores resonated through the entire house. And his grandma’s shook the windowpanes so badly I thought they were about to fall out and crush me in my sleep. What little sleep I did get was cut short by the family waking early to laugh at me. No one had bothered to tell me that my little couch folded out into a nicely made bed—instead, they just took pictures of me curled up under my beach towel blanket. But things did get better eventually. I ended up eating an undercooked hamburger and got violently ill, so Kevin and I were locked upstairs in the makeshift infirmary where we spent the rest of the weekend sleeping, vomiting and watching old Dan Akyrod movies. Although it wasn’t the perfect end to the perfect weekend, at least I no longer had to fear being crushed by a falling windowpane. If you have a vacation horror story you would like to share with Megan, e-mail her at

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City police continue investigation of three unsolved homicide cases By Abby Sears THE DAILY CARDINAL

As summer approaches and students prepare for a three-month break from classes, police remain hard at work in the homicide investigation of UW-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann. Zimmermann, 21, was found dead by fiancé Jordan Gonnering in the West Doty Street apartment they shared around 1 p.m. on April 2. Dane County Coroner John Stanley said Zimmermann died from a “complexity of traumatic injuries,” but police have not revealed how those injuries occurred. Madison Police Department officials said the investigation into Zimmermann’s April 2 death will remain active, as will an increased police presence in the downtown area. MPD Central District Captain Mary Schauf said ZIMMERMANN two full-time

Budget repair bill to fix multi-million dollar deficit By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL

Disagreement over the 2007’09 Wisconsin state budget persisted for several months, but the passing of a budget repair bill the week of May 12 signaled an end to the ordeal. By mid-October 2007, the Wisconsin Legislature failed to pass a budget, missing the July 1 deadline by more than 100 days. This extension of budget negotiations had negative ramifications for many people anticipating state funding, including 33 UW-Madison students waiting to receive financial aid to pay tuition. The state Legislature passed the budget Oct. 23, 2007, but debate resumed after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced in February 2008 the state would face a nearly $652 million budget deficit because of the declining economy. Gov. Jim Doyle called for a special session to create a repair bill to fix the budget shortfall, and negotiations on this bill lasted for over 12 weeks. During the week of May 12, a legislative conference committee announced an agreement on the repair bill, the state Assembly and Senate passed it and Doyle signed the bill into law with his vetoes. Lee Sensenbrenner, a spokesperson for Doyle, said Doyle’s vetoed version is a big improvement because it does not delay school aid payments, builds a reserve fund of over $100 million and makes more spending cuts. “All in all, because of the actions the governor took we are on better financial ground going budget page 7

and several part-time detectives will continue to pursue a number of leads police received in the case. “I’ve been really pleased with the response we’ve gotten from the community at large with the tips and the things like that,” Schauf said. “We just need to keep working through all the things that were given to us.” Zimmermann’s death is the third unsolved homicide in the downtown area in the past MARINO year. Joel Marino, 31, was stabbed to death in his home on South Park Street on Jan. 28, and 22-yearold UW-Whitewater student Kelly Nolan disappeared in June 2007 after a night of drinking at State Street bars. Investigators found her body a little over two weeks later in a wooded area about 20 miles from downtown. MPD public information officer Joel DeSpain said investigations will

persist in all three homicides. On May 18, police said current efforts did not yield a connection in the slayings of Zimmermann and Marino. A link in the deaths cannot be ruled out completely, however, because of similarities in the crimes, such as the geographic proximity of the homicides and the fact that both victims were killed in their homes during the daytime. In the meantime, university officials urge students staying in Madison for the summer to remain alert and practice the same safety precautions as during the school year. Dean of Students Lori Berquam reminded students to keep the realities of the Madison community in mind when dealing with personal safety. “Our students are in an urban environment that we sometimes ... like to pass off as being really smallNOLAN town friendly. And


Police remain active in the investigation of UW-Madison junior Brittany Zimmermann, who was killed in her apartment near campus April 2. it is friendly, but it’s not small town,” Berquam said. In addition to an increased city police presence downtown, UWPD will maintain normal patrols during the summer. UWPD Sgt. Ruth Ewing said officers will be conducting area checks all over campus just as they do during the academic year.

Despite the Zimmermann tragedy, Berquam said the incident not only brought the issue of safety to light, but also gave the campus a chance to look out for and rely on each other. “We as a community have to come together and try to heal from this situation,” Berquam said.




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Ian’s Pizza to make dough in Chicago By Callie Rathburn THE DAILY CARDINAL

Popular Madison late-night pizza place Ian’s Pizza will expand its tasty business to Wrigleyville in Chicago in early June. Ian’s Pizza currently has two locations in downtown Madison, on 115 State St. and 319 N. Frances St. This summer, Ian’s will be opening a new restaurant and bringing its unique pizza options, including favorites such as the Mac ’n Cheese and the Tomato Pesto, to the Windy City. Chicago proved to be the best option for the newest shop. “One of the most important things was opening a location that was close enough to Madison,” Jaime Gamez, one of the new Chicago location’s two general managers said. “In the process of opening and expanding you want to make sure that Ian’s [is] able to maintain quality control, good customer service, good training for employees.” Gamez and Dimitri SyrikinNikolau were named general managers because of their dedication to Ian’s. Gamez said the

Chicago location will be run by current Ian’s employees. “We’re not franchising,” Gamez said. “That’s one thing—besides the fact we sell Mac ’n Cheese pizza— that makes us really neat.” “We want to give employees a chance to become owners who worked their way up,” Staci Fritz said, office manager of Ian’s Pizza’s Central Office. “They know their stuff and they’re down with the Ian’s vision,” Fritz said, one of the two Chicago store general managers. The “Ian’s vision” began after store creator Ian Gurfield graduated from Amerherst University in Massachusetts, according to Fritz. After graduation, 24-year-old Gurfield went on an extended road trip for 18 months with an idea in his head. He wanted a late night pizza place that served not just your usual pizza, but something a little bit unusual. Gurfield knew he wanted the restaurant to be in a college town that attracts the late night bar crowd. When he got to Madison, Gurfield


Ian’s Pizza, a late-night pizza place and student favorite, is set to open a Chicago location this summer. instantly liked the downtown location because of the proximity to UWMadison and the large population. Gurfield established his finances and opened up the first Ian’s in Madison on Oct. 31, 2001. Ian’s Pizza now has over six years of extraordinary success in the downtown area. The new restaurant is expected to succeed in Wrigleyville because of similar qualities Gurfield first sensed in Madison. Gamez said there is a lot of nightlife and walking traffic in the area. The new location is also near a UW-Madison alumni bar, which Gamez hopes will bring in

loyal Badgers. The new restaurant is expected to be popular with those who have eaten at the State Street or Frances Street locations while in Madison for sporting events or other college activities. “A lot of people have visited, basically from the Big Ten. I know I see people come through from out of town and they love it,” Gamez said. “It’s not just Madison moving to Chicago, but the Big Ten moving to Chicago. It’s something that will be explosive, at least among alumni from the Big Ten.” In Chicago, home of deep dish

pizza, other pizza places don’t feel threatened by Ian’s and welcome new businesses to the area. “I think businesses that are established [in Wrigleyville] are pretty well set and they’ll be just fine,” said Jay Miller, supervisor at Pizza-Ria, another pizza place near Ian’s new location. Aside from alumni connections, the new managers feel quality food and good service will help their product succeed in the Windy City. “I think we have a strong, confident idea that people are going to like Ian’s in Chicago,” Gamez said.

Gas prices expected to rise throughout summer By Hannah McClung THE DAILY CARDINAL

With the cost of gasoline continuing to rise, concerns about how the escalating gas prices will affect the economy and family budgets are on the minds of Wisconsin residents. Gas prices follow the price of crude oil, which has been hitting record amounts daily, according to Erin Roth, executive director of the Wisconsin Petroleum Council. Roth said the rise in gas

prices has no single cause, but the industrialization of India and China has led to increased global competition for crude oil. “[It] is a struggle as an industry to try and play catch-up not only domestically but now globally,” Roth said. People are cutting back and planning on staying home this summer, which is good for Wisconsin’s economy, according to Roth. State Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, said individuals with marginal

budgets will have to cut back on how they spend their money because of high gas prices. “[Wisconsin residents] are paying extra money without an extra increase in wages or income,” Bies said. He said he hopes families conserve their money and spend more time in Wisconsin rather than leaving the state this summer. According to Kevin Hoag, gas page 6


Timothy Mulcahy held ‘meet and greet’ sessions with students, faculty and media as part of their official campus visits. Sandefur, dean of the UWMadison College of Letters & Science, said he was encouraged by his colleagues on campus to consider running for the position. He said no matter the outcome, he plans to stay at UW-Madison. Sandefur stressed that his background in sociology would bring a different leadership style than Wiley, who’s background is in natural sciences. “Getting out and talking to people and listening to people and trying to develop common solutions to problems is the approach that I would take to the job,” Sandefur said. Many of the finalists commented on the establishment of healthy relationships with state lawmakers. Sandefur said Wiley has “actually done a lot to try to maintain contact with the Legislature, but it is something that we need to work on.” Biddy Martin, provost of Cornell University, expressed the importance of higher education on her campus visit. As one of the three external finalists, Martin said it is an advantage to have experiences elsewhere. “It is a fresh pair of eyes,” she said. Martin said higher education is a point of struggle for many. “I would like to say that the challenges for higher education at the moment are extraordinary, but the opportunities are also great.” She also addressed the nationwide competition to retain faculty at large universities. “We have entered an era of extraordinary competition, not only nationally but internationally, for the best faculty … I think it is absolutely essential to keep pace with peers when it comes to salary,” Martin said. Rebecca Blank, former dean of University of Michigan’s School of Public Policy, said she would work on fundraising and management if offered the position of chancellor. “When you go from being a dean of a school to a president of a university, there are more things to manage, more moving pieces,” Blank said. “The key to coming in here is figuring out which moving pieces you need to keep your eye on.” Blank discussed the need for a possible increase in tuition to help with faculty retention. She said tuition models now do not comply with the quality level of the institution but fundraising and donations could limit the amount tuition increases. “Working on the gifts and endowment projects is just as important as developing good relationships with the Legislature,” she said. Timothy Mulcahy, current vice president for research at the University of Minnesota, said his experience at Minnesota could contribute to his work as chancellor. At Minnesota, Mulcahy helped the university look at itself as an institution and embody a new course for its future. “I think that the University of Wisconsin needs to undergo a similar type of inspection,” Mulcahy said. Mulcahy stressed the university deserves more support than it currently receives from the state Legislature and should provide more background outlining what support will fund. The Board of Regents will make a decision for the chancellor position in the following weeks. Students can visit for updates as UW-Madison’s next leader is named.



Kohl’s gives university $3 million donation By Melanie Teachout THE DAILY CARDINAL

Kohl’s Department store announced a $3 million gift to UW-Madison May 19, which will be used to help construct the Kohl’s Department Store Center for Retailing Excellence addition at the Human Ecology building. The money will be used to renovate the existing Human Ecology Building. The construction for the Center is estimated to begin in 2009 and end in 2013. Since UW-Madison is among the nation’s few universities to offer a bachelor’s degree of science


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Obama, D-Ill., for president. “Senator Obama has included young people in his growing coalition that is ready to get this country back on track,” Khaleel said in the video. Although both are superdelegates, only Khaleel’s vote will count because Wolfe’s state of Michigan held its primary outside the time regulated by party rules. Khaleel said the two Democratic campaigns were both doing an

in retail, UW-Madison and Kohl’s have kept a close alliance. UWMadison has provided Kohl’s with a great number of interns and employees and Kohl’s has offered retail-industry experience for students in return. The donation will signal the store’s gratitude toward the university for partnership and will encourage more undergraduates to pursue a career in retail. Ryan Ratajewski, public relations coordinator for Kohl’s ,said the purpose of the center is to recruit students to the retailing major, serve as a recruiting tool for employers like Kohl’s and

serve as a career guidance center. “The center is intended to encourage more students to consider retail as a career option,” he said. Director of the Center for Retailing Excellence Jerry O’Brien said Kohl’s is demonstrating great leadership by donating to UWMadison. “We are really excited to work with Kohl’s because it will be a great contact for our students,” he said. “There is such a broad array of students and retailers and it provides us the opportunity to examine them and then match them up with whoever fits best.”

According to Ratajewski the collaboration between UWMadison and Kohl’s will remain strong in the near future. “In 2008, we expect to hire nearly 50 UW-Madison students and graduates for a combination of internships and full-time positions,” Ratajewski said. “Currently, approximately 300, or about 10 percent, of Kohl’s corporate associates are UWMadison alumni.” The partnership offers both UW-Madison and Kohl’s a profitable way to educate students about the opportunities for careers in the retail industry.

impressive job trying to increase young voter participation. “What we’re seeing with both the Clinton and the Obama campaigns is an KHALEEL unprecedented amount of effort reaching out to young people,” Khaleel said. Speculation that superdelegates would decide the

election, according to Khaleel, is a little premature. “I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I wouldn’t bet on superdelegates being a deciding factor [in the nomination],” Khaleel said. Several superdelegates have already endorsed candidates. Doyle, along with U.S. Reps. Dave Obey and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., have endorsed Obama. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has endorsed U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., as has

DNC member Tim Sullivan, according to the Associated Press. In total, there are 796 superdelegates that will vote at the national convention in Denver. According to the AP and CNN, along with other news outlets that differ in the delegate totals for each candidate, Clinton and Obama are currently within 200 delegates of one another. Democratic candidates need 2,025 delegates to earn the nomination.

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Controversy surrounding UWMadison’s nighttime transportation service program is yet to conclude, according to one former employee. The university’s Safe Arrival for Everyone nighttime services faced multiple employee resignations and reports of employee dissatisfaction at the end of the spring 2008 semester. Most internal complaints were in reaction to SAFE’s response following the death of UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmermann. SAFE program coordinators responded to such reports May 7, saying SAFE was fully staffed and ready to provide students full service. SAFE consists of SAFEwalk, SAFEcab and SAFEbus, and it aims to provide free nighttime transportation to nearly 40,000 students on campus. “We absolutely encourage every student to call us if they need a walk or ride—no one will be turned away,” Gordon Graham, UW-Madison Transportation Services administrator, said in a statement May 7. However, Kyle Barthel, a resigned

student employee, said he thinks SAFE will not be able to handle incoming freshmen’s demands because of a continued shortage of SAFE employees. In the past, the SAFE program has given a presentation for incoming freshmen during SOAR to promote student safety. Barthel said he resigned from SAFE because of the work environment and ineffective new hiring system. According to Barthel, the hiring system at SAFE is now based on applications without interviews and has left the program with employees lacking campus knowledge and conversational skills. He said this has led to the frustration of many student workers. “It has led to inexperienced employees working on nights like the night of the Mifflin Block Party where many situations could happen that they don’t have the experience for,” Barthel said. SAFE coordinators said the program was “in the process of SAFE page 7

By Andrea Carlson Students are sought to fill positions as “Fan Ambassadors” this football season as part of UW-Madison’s “Rolling Out the Red Carpet” campaign. The campaign, launched during the 2004 football season, works to discourage and prevent violent conduct at football games and will continue in this season. The UW Athletic Department and University Communications created the movement in response to an excess of rowdy and aggressive student behavior at a football game against Ohio State University. Guest Services Director John Finkler and students have since taken over. The group’s main function is to work to endorse good sportsman-like behavior among Badger fans during


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two-night event showed the third straight drop in the number of arrests—down from 566 arrests at the unstructured 2005 event to 175 arrests in 2007. Now officials are pushing for a revamp of the Mifflin Street Block Party after hitting a record number of arrests at the 40th annual event this May. With over 400 arrests, the 2008 event surpassed previous Mifflin parties, as well as Freakfest 2007, arrest numbers, according to police reports. MPD public information officer Joel DeSpain said the majority of arrests were alcohol-related offenses such as open container violation and underage drinking, similar to the offenses at Freakfest. Until recently, officials remained opposed to any formal recognition of the Mifflin party and sought to end the event, according to Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4. With the


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Associate Dean Argyle Wade and the American Red Cross were on the scene to assist residents on a Madison Metro bus parked near the scene. Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, said all residents were accounted for and had found temporary residences. “A bunch of different fraternities have offered beds, couches, things like that for them to sleep on,” Judge said.

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games in order to produce a positive reflection upon the university.� Jill Mueller, a student coordinator, said the effect of poor conduct has many consequences on the university’s reputation and the city’s economy by fostering the perception of a hostile and unfriendly environment at football games. “The students as a whole are the ones who usually get the bad reputation for poor fan conduct,” Mueller said. Since the commencement of the program at UW-Madison, Ohio State has also begun a similar program to encourage good sportsmanship. Many of the other Big Ten schools have been encouraged to follow suit. The general idea is that it will allow for fans of any team to enter a stadium at any school and feel welcome.�� Although the program is new and subject to change, the current

plan provides 25-40 volunteers, or “Fan Ambassadors,” to stand outside of the stadium before games. Ambassadors will distribute trading cards, help people to their seats and answer questions.� Mueller said this group is important because it hopes to “end the stereotype that all student fans are disrespectful and unruly.” To get involved, students can volunteer either individually or in groups and can sign-up through other campus organizations such as the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board or the Homecoming Committee. For more information on the program, students should visit www.redcarpet. Football fans are also reminded to sign up for the new student ticket lottery June 15 to June 30. Complete details for the 2008-’09 season can be found at

success the commercial sponsorship of Freakfest over the past two years, however, officials now see potential for a similar revitalization at Mifflin. “I think that there is a renewed, very strong interest by city officials to try and hopefully proactively seek out a sponsor, an organizer for this annual event,” Verveer said. Rather than gating off the street and making partygoers pay an admission fee like at Freakfest, Verveer said the goal of having a sponsor at Mifflin would be to bring more structure to the event. He said obtaining a street permit would allow for main music stages to be set up in the street and shift the focus to music rather than just drinking. “I would prefer it be student based,” Verveer said of the sponsorship, suggesting a student organization take on the role. “This party has always been about students; it should be about students.”

The Mifflin Street Block Party had a record number of arrests in 2008 with police citing over 400 party participants for mostly alcohol-related violations.

“As of this moment, according to the president of the efforts we’ve been putting together, everyone has a place to sleep tonight.” Ryan Sugden, vice president of the fraternity’s alumni board, said none of the members were able to recover any of their belongings from the fire. “The members are dealing with a very difficult time,” Sugden said. “Now we’re getting over the initial shock.” “These students are resilient and

hard times are ahead of them,” Wade said. The dean of students office set up a crisis fund that offered $500 to each resident—19 of which utilized the fund the morning of the fire, Berquam said. According to Sugden, 10 to 15 fraternity members were planning to live in the house during the summer and are now looking for alternative housing.

the international market. Hoag said he does not believe anyone can predict how much the price of gas will increase over the summer, but he believes it will continue to rise. In addition to walking, biking

and carpooling, driving the speed limit can also help conserve gasoline, according to Hoag. “Fuel usage is very non-linear, it goes up quickly when we drive faster,” he said. According to Donald Nichols, UW-Madison professor of economics and public affairs, it is possible to increase the production of gas in the long term because there are fields that are still being discovered, but it could take a decade to increase production. Nichols said Wisconsin does not produce any crude oil so the economy will get hit harder than states like Texas that are producing oil. Julie Laundrie, spokesperson for state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, DWaunakee, said she expects gas prices will be a factor in this fall’s presidential election because the price of gas will be on the minds of voters, and candidate responses could effect the decisions of voters.


The Mobil gas station on West Washington Avenue is one of many Madison pumps charging record-high prices for gasoline.



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From May 19 through June 1, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies are participating in the nationwide “Click it or Ticket” campaign to promote seat belt usage and decrease the amount of traffic fatalities. The campaign involves longer police patrol hours in addition to television commercials. “Our goal is not to write more tickets but to save lives and prevent needless injuries by increasing voluntary compliance with Wisconsin’s safety belt law,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent David Collins said

forward,” Sensenbrenner said. However, not all are satisfied with the governor’s vetoes. Carrie Lynch, spokesperson for state Sen. Russ Decker, D-Weston, said Decker is disappointed the governor’s vetoed bill uses transportation funds to balance the budget but also said he is not planning any overrides.

in a statement. Twenty years ago, Wisconsin enacted a mandatory safety belt law, which has increased seat belt use to a record 75 percent in the state. This still does not meet the national average of 82 percent, according to the statement. Failure to use seat belts has become the second most common traffic offense after speeding. Collins said it is vital to buckle up regardless of the time of day, what kind of vehicle is being driven or how far the trip will be because using seat belts can save lives.


SAFE walkers escort a student home on a blustery winter night. The SAFE services program recently experienced a large number of resignations.


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conflicts between continued campus nighttime safety outreach and possible inabilities to use SAFE services if the employee controversy is not resolved. For more information about SAFE services visit

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New Student Issue 2008 According to Mike Mikalsen, spokesperson for state Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, Nass did not vote for the budget package and called the agreement “shameful.” Mikalsen said Nass is concerned the bill does not include enough cuts in government spending and dislikes how Doyle has the authority to balance the budget by using money from fee-based accounts, which could



include student segregated fees at UW-Madison. Segregated fees help fund student programs and activities and are paid in addition to tuition by UW students. “The end result is that the state of Wisconsin still has a serious cash flow crisis,” Mikalsen said. According to Mikalsen, Nass does not anticipate any veto override attempts.

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Extreme Dorm Makeover Turn off the TV and reinvent your living space—research shows that the design of a room can affect everything from emotions to academic performance. Story by Patricia Mo


very weeknight, after a long day of classes, many students enter their apartments or dorms in a tired haze, dump a few textbooks on the floor and finally attempt to relax. With all the possible reasons for stress, one might pass unnoticed: the room’s design. The way a room is designed can actually affect performance and mood, according to Jung-hye Shin, assistant professor at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology. “In a student room, the design has to be functional so that the student is able to lead his life in an organized way,” Shin said. “The design of a room should also emotionally support you, express yourself and bring comfort.” For those students who wish to be more organized but find themselves inside a student cubicle, don’t panic, Shin said. Students can defeat the standard dorm box by rethinking the room’s arrangement. Once the space is reconsidered, students can feel the difference. “If the space is organized in a way that decreases the crowding, the resident tends to be more satisfied,” Shin said. “If the room is organized in a way that really supports your busy school life, not only

your well-being increases, but also the productivity of your work as a student.” Designing a learning environment Students often don’t realize that the way their room is arranged, including the colors and the light source, may affect their academic performance. The connection between the surrounding environment and overall student wellbeing exists because objects and places relate to the body. This connection explains why certain rooms may put students at ease or make them tense, according to Mark Nelson, associate professor at the School of Human Ecology. “A lot of objects … become an extension of the body,” Nelson said. “They are made for your body and your body adapts to it.” Ever wondered why some students dislike the Humanities building? “The Humanities building is not an extension of the body and that’s why it feels so uncomfortable,” Nelson said. “The sloped ceiling, for instance, is very uncomfortable. It feels like it’s going to crush on you.” The exterior design of campus buildings as well as the interior arrangement of lecture halls reflect a relationship between the physical space and the body. “Lecture halls also relate to the body,” Nelson said. “Everybody is turned to a center, so students tend to focus on the lecturer. Also, the way it is designed allows

the sounds to bounce off the walls, projecting the sounds more naturally.” Create a personal space In a world of early classes and endless lists of activities, thinking about design and rearranging eight feet of dorm room space might seem overwhelming for students. In addition, the price of room renovation might stretch students’ already thin pockets. So, students might think, “Why bother?” “Design can relate to the person’s own identity and his own emotional response,” said Joy Dohr, former associate dean and professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison. “It is how a person goes about solving problems for himself and for society.” Before panicking about what to do and beginning a search for design rules, just relax. According to Dohr, there is no ultimate rule that dictates how students should set up their dorm room, apartment or other cozy spot. “There are differences in people,” Dohr said. “What is important to know is what works for you. There is no one solution to a design, but there is a best fit.” To help students unwind in their daily lives, the design of their rooms should reflect who they are and make day-to-day activities simple, according to Shin. “When it comes to application of colors or sense of space, it really depends on the preferences of the user and how comfortable one feels,” Shin said. “Personalizing your space, whether it is by altering colors or putting [up] posters, is the most important factor.” In addition, even decorating a room by focusing on color and lighting can increase comfort and well being, Dohr said, noting the key is to work with all the room elements together. “Part of people’s sense of wellbeing is related to light and color

and presenting a balance in between them,” Dohr said. By changing lighting and color, students can manipulate the sense of space and personalize the room to their own taste, according to Dohr. In addition, students should think about how lightness and darkness of different colors affects the room. “You can choose dark colors for a cozy effect, or you can choose lighter colors for a more open space effect,” Dohr said. Besides the colors of the room, the light of a place has the ability to influence how students feel inside the room, according to Dohr. “Lighting sets mood,” Dohr said. “If there is a light that is not so bright, there is more softness to this lighting, and therefore people tend to feel more relaxed.” Interaction through design The list of the potential influence of design for students’ moods and performance doesn’t end there. By arranging a space a certain way, students can improve their relationships, too. According to Shin, decorating is a great bonding experience for roommates and a way to work out

differences from the beginning. “By doing interior design together, choosing the right color, people can re-emphasize their common interests over interests that they don’t share, making both occupants more likely to enjoy living together,” Shin said. Or even in places away from dorms and apartments, the design of a room can stimulate interaction among people. “If you have a party with no chairs,” Nelson said, “it will force people to stand up and make them more likely to dance.” With a designed space, rooms can influence the way people relate to each other, a key aspect to any classroom or conference room. “Design creates the social space,” Nelson said. “Part of design is manipulation that has the potential to reinforce social interactions.” So before taking a step, keep in mind that design should accommodate individual preferences. A design that mirrors those preferences can transform chaos into a student-adapted heaven.



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and lakes, worms and other stuff eat the sediment, small fish eat worms and then bigger fish eat them.” With each step up the food chain, the bigger fish multiplies its level of mercury by exponentially adding the digested fish’s level, too. Methylmercury sticks to fat tissue, making it almost impossible to get rid of once inside a fish. It is a common misconception that certain species inherently have more mercury than others. According to Chris Babiarz, an assistant scientist in the water science department, the level of mercury in a specific fish naturally “has to do with how long the fish has been alive and how much it eats.” The New York Times recently ran an experiment purchasing tuna sushi at 20 different restaurants to test their mercury levels. The study concluded that out of 20 sushi places tested, five were using tuna so highly contaminated that “the Food and Drug Administration could take legal action to remove the fish from the market.” Most of the restaurants sampled used bluefin tuna, which is likely to be high in any state. “The way the fish is prepared doesn’t affect the level of mercury,” Babiarz said. There is no difference in eating sushi, as the New York Time sampled, versus eating a grilled filet of fish. The temperature at which methylmercury can be converted back into

organic mercury is so high that cooking it does not make any difference in the level of contamination. “Mercury is a neurotoxin, meaning that it destroys brain cells and impairs function,” Creswell said. Young children and expectant or breastfeeding mothers should avoid methylmercury to protect a developing nervous system. “Women who are planning on becoming pregnant should cut out fish intake two years before,” Creswell said. “If you cut back on mercury intake, the mercury in your body will eventually be excreted out. The reason that they say two years is because when a woman is pregnant, essentially a lot of the fat that they have stored up is metabolized and that’s where all the mercury is stored. A concentrated dose of mercury takes roughly two years to be flushed out of the body.” Since fish and shellfish are important parts of a healthy and balanced diet, instead of ruling them out from our diets completely, we should assess the risk factors. Neurotoxins affect a developing nervous system, so young children and women who are or are planning to become pregnant should only consume “up to twelve ounces a

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week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, Pollock and catfish,” according to the FDA. But, Babiarz said, “If you choose fish wisely, benefits outweigh risks … choose fish that are the lowest in mercury and highest in the omegas.”

Mercury Rising? Average mercury levels in popular fish (parts per million) Shark 0.988 ppm Orange Roughy 0.554 ppm Tuna (fresh/frozen) 0.383 ppm Bass (Saltwater, black, striped) 0.219 ppm Perch (freshwater) 0.14 ppm Tuna (canned, light) 0.118 ppm Crab 0.060 ppm Fresh Salmon 0.014 ppm Source: FDA KRIS UGARRIZA/THE DAILY CARDINAL


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Never sure which fish are safe to buy when you go shopping? Take it from UW-Madison scientists, who lay out the reel story on mercury in seafood.

f you eat a lot of fish and feel uninformed about the risks involved, then you are not alone. There has been recent talk about controversial mercury levels in the fish we eat. Is sushi really bad for you? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Who really has to worry about mercury consumption? These questions, among others, have been circulating, and it is time to get the facts straight. Mercury is an element, which occurs naturally in the atmosphere. There are small amounts of mercury in the ocean, and when is it evaporated it settles into its water-soluble chemical state. This then turns into rainwater, which eventually gets into our rivers and lakes. However, the most prominent emission sources are manmade. According to UWMadison research assistant Joel Creswell, one of these sources is “coal fired power plants since there is so much mercury found in coal. The second is municipal incinerators.” The way that mercury gets into fish and then into our bodies is not in this organic form, but rather an inorganic form known as methylmercury, which is a highly toxic element. “The inorganic form dissolves in water and it gets taken up by microbes, which convert the organic mercury to the methyl form,” Creswell said. “The bacteria then creates sediment at the bottom of rivers

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ummer is here in all its glory. It’s time to bask in the sun, sip lemonade, embrace irresponsibility and kick back for a bit. Summer brings many great adventures and new friends, and for some, it brings some fresh summer loving. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John immortalized the summer fling in Grease, but let’s be honest. It rarely ends that well. Walking on the beach hand in hand, gazing into the eyes of someone you met three days ago and wishing the night would never end just doesn’t happen in real life. Neither does a choreographed song and dance with your buddies on the school bleachers weeks later. With love blossoming in the air comes awkward first dates. As we all know, first dinner dates are an experience like no other. Going to dinner for the first time is like a rite of passage. It’s like getting your period. Other girls seem to respect you more after it’s happened. You ask yourself all kinds of crazy questions. What should I wear? What are they going to wear? What if we match? That’d be awkward. And most importantly, what am I going to eat? Choosing the wrong dinner entrée could ruin the entire night. Spaghetti could ruin your outfit, while the garlic will ruin your breath and chances for making out later. Beans may also bring some nasty side effects, as could some fiber induced oatmeal—not suggesting that anyone besides my Grandma would order oatmeal for dinner. Also, what the other person orders could affect your choice. It also could make you judge them a little bit. For example, one dude I was on a first date with contemplated ordering the salad bar. I don’t mean to solidify sexist judgments, but it made me wrinkle my nose a bit and tilt my head to one side. What was this guy thinking? But, in salad-boy’s defense, he ended up sticking to the manly eating standards and ordered a large hunk of cow meat called a hamburger. He saved himself that time. Then, perhaps the most awkward moment of the dinner date arrives: the check. This flimsy piece of white paper could determine your entire future together. The worst part is, if you’re both poor college students, no one wants to pay. I’ve found that sitting next to Piccolo Man wearing all bright orange on State Street for a good hour can bring in enough change to cover at least half the bill. There’s no shame in wrongly accepting charity from the good-hearted people of the world to pay for your dinner. Perhaps the cheapest date is a $5 cup at a trashy house party. This is also by far the most dangerous form of a first date. With this option, you not only have to worry about what you’re wearing and what they’re wearing, you also have to worry about remembering the night and all the silly things you may or may not have said, vomiting on their shoes and basically making a fool of yourself. This option leads to more confusion, awkward situations and most likely not a second date. While girls whip out sandals and tank tops wishing for a 24-year-old John Travolta to swing his sexy man hips their way for some summer loving, we might as well face the reality that all we may get is an awkward first date plum full of awkward moments, eating accidents and silences. I wish you all the best in these future eating endeavors. If you need some summer lovin’, e-mail Emily at



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featuresscience Exploring the universe through collaboration

One former UW-Madison alum does his part to keep minorities interested in the stars THE DAILY CARDINAL

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Astrophysicist and former Badger Keivan Stassun is on a mission to expand the universe of astronomy and astrophysics Ph.Ds granted to minorities.



Taking fun and games seriously BILL ANDREWS one in a billion


By Jacqueline Sutton “On average, in the U.S., each Ph.D-granting institution in astronomy and astrophysics produces one minority PhD every 13 years.” That scandalous fact was pointed out by Dr. Keivan Stassun, an astrophysicist and UW-Madison alum now serving as associate professor of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University. But he’s not sitting around complaining about those low numbers. As director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA) and hailing from a multi-ethnic background himself, he’s done something about it. Five years ago, he became the guiding force behind the FiskVanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D Bridge Program to inspire minority physics master’s students at Fisk University to pursue doctorate degrees in astrophysics through the mentorship provided by the Bridge program.

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h, summer! Finally, things are winding down at school, the weather’s starting to creep above 45 degrees and the dying TV season is giving way to the booming and banging summer blockbusters. “Iron Man,” for instance, not only won over critics but made quite a bit of money its opening weekend too— over $200 million according to the New York Times. That’s not bad, of course, but a little game called “Grand Theft Auto 4” did even better. In case you’ve never heard of “GTA4,” it’s a sequel to “GTA3,” it’s for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and, according to the Associated Press, it made about $310 million its opening day. Oh, and like “Iron Man,” it also had amazing reviews and fantastic word of mouth going for it. It’s inevitable when writing about video games for a non-gaming crowd to have a brief little summary paragraph, explaining that yes, actually, games are quite the money-makers these days, and they’re legitimate forms of entertainment and not just for nerds in their parents’ basements anymore. This has been true for almost a decade now, but it’s still generally safer to metaphorically brace yourself against the onslaught of jeers and derision from so-called adults who think video games are just kids’ stuff.

But they’re really not—and haven’t been for a while. The video game industry has been around for almost 40 years, and as far back as 1981 it made more money than Hollywood and Las Vegas combined. There already exists a sizeable amount of literature (used in its literal sense, as opposed to pamphlets and fliers) discussing video games academically, and more and more universities have started offering courses in video game theory or design. Somehow, though, this has just failed to stick with the public at large. When “GTA4” came out, many of my older colleagues here said to me (since they knew I kind of like video games), “Hey, did you read about the lines to buy that game? I never would’ve expected that!” I smiled and replied some inanity, as social etiquette requires me to, but I just thought, “Well, I would.” It’s predecessor was a huge smash, it was getting great word of mouth and everyone was just generally excited: How could huge lines and stellar sales figures not happen? Alas, I seemed to be in the minority with this opinion, not because my logic didn’t make sense but because people just didn’t know these things. “GTA4’s” release was equivalent of the post office releasing a new stamp to them, or Xerox coming out with a new copier: Who cares? Well, apparently over 6 million people cared that first day, with more and more joining them every week. Of course, as video games increase games page 14




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stassun from page 13 Stassun cites the excellent mentoring he received from two UW-Madison professors while pursuing his doctorate in astrophysics here from 1995-2000 as providing the blueprint for how to execute the Bridge program. The first mentor was Dr. Robert Mathieu, Stassun’s doctorate advisor. “My relationship with Mathieu was very positive, and open–one of the most important relationships in my career,” Stassun said. At the time, Mathieu introduced Stassun to the phenomenon of brown dwarf stars, often described as failed stars because “they are born with masses between the least massive stars and the most massive planets,” according to an article co-authored by Stassun and Mathieu, published in the weekly science journal Nature in 2006. Although perhaps not as sexy sounding as, say, a black hole or a supernova, brown dwarfs form a kind of bridge between our understanding of how stars and planets are formed. Stassun is particularly interested in the evolution of the brown dwarf and what it could mean for our immediate solar system. Mass is a defining characteristic of a brown dwarf, but just as important is being able to measure the radius. The two factors together can definitively confirm the presence of a brown dwarf, with radius historically difficult to measure until now because of the rare sightings of such bodies. Stassun and Mathieu stumbled upon a pair of brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula star-forming region and having measured their mass and radius were able to confirm this star type. “One of the real long-term benefits of my time at Wisconsin was the ways in which Mathieu helped set me on a scientific research path that proved to be extremely fruitful many years later,” Stassun said. Stassun states this as his goal as a mentor of young scientists, and he credits Mathieu for giving students “fruitful ideas that will help propel and springboard their careers as they move forward.” Stassun also cites the prodding he received by UW math professor Terry Millar, associate dean for physical sciences, as giving him the confidence to even contemplate cre-

games from page 13 in popularity, more and more people will treat them seriously. That may be circular logic but it makes sense. The more huge hits like “GTA4” and last fall’s “Halo 3,” the more movie tie-ins occur (I hear the “Iron Man” game is pretty good, but not great), the more celebrities get involved, the more oldschool adults get replaced by younger and hipper adults... the more all of that happens the more video games will be treated as part of the mainstream. Maybe that’s as it should be. I’m not a scholar, but did movies and TV get off to a much better start? Even the ancient art of writing itself had some detractors, with no less venerable a figure as Socrates decrying it as “weakening the mind.” Just what my parents said about Super Mario. Either way, it looks like it’s going to be a good summer all around. School’s out, movies and games are in, and the warming weather may just bring with it a change in the wind. Bill’s column will appear weekly in the fall. Send responses to

ating a mentoring program. Millar challenged Stassun to develop his leadership skills by using his scientific talents as a springboard for community outreach. In his final year, Stassun, along with Millar and other UW graduate students, launched the K-Through-Infinity (KTI) program, which teamed UW-Madison faculty and graduate students with math and science teachers in the Madison schools and placed graduate students in classrooms as teaching fellows. “Being involved with Terry’s program helped me flex a different set of muscles: organizing, serving as a broker for individuals in different parts of the higher educational landscape, bringing resources to bear. These were part of my own leadership development,” Stassun said. So how are the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge students faring? Since launching the Bridge program, Fisk University has become the top producer of black master’s degrees in physics in the United States. “We are now on track so that when our Bridge students begin earning Ph.Ds in 2010, our program will become the number one producer of minority Ph.Ds in physics, astronomy and material science in the U.S. At the rate we’re going now, we’ll be producing between 10 and 20 times the average rate of Ph.Ds in the U.S.,” Stassun said. Stassun concludes it’s the quality of the mentoring that counts. Just as Millar forced Stassun to expand his own universe and reach out to the community, the nature of Mathieu’s mentorship was equally important. “Mathieu was willing to not be an obstacle. So often, when grad students begin to identify within themselves the stirrings of leadership and calling, it’s often the case that advisors will squash those impulses because they’re concerned about their students becoming sidetracked or derailed. Bob just let me run with those leadership impulses as they were developing.” It seems for Stassun, mentoring and continuing partnerships are ongoing pursuits. He and Mathieu have teamed up again, co-publishing a follow-up paper on the brown dwarfs soon to be published in Nature. Some years down the line, he could find himself collaborating with any one of his Bridge students, co-authoring a piece on some astounding find out there in the universe.

Top UW stem-cell researcher honored in TIME top 100 By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

TIME magazine recognized UW-Madison biologist James Thomson as one of 2008’s “World’s Most Influential People” in its May 12 issue. The fifth annual TIME 100 lists Thomson, along with Shinya Yamanaka of Japan’s Kyoto


James Thomson’s stem-cell breakthroughs have helped make UW one of the top research universities in the United States.

University, for their separate yet similar discoveries in November 2007. Each discovered a way to genetically reprogram human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells. TIME’s entry called the discovery an achievement with “a potential that could be unlimited.” “It’s terrific that TIME has honored Dr. Thomson—and for a second time,” Carl Gulbrandsen, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation managing director, said in a statement. Gulbrandsen said Thomson made the cover of the magazine in 2001 for being the first person to isolate and culture human embryonic stem cells in 1998. “His research is the foundation for Wisconsin’s ambitious plans to grow its economy around stem-cell science and biotechnology,” he said. “Jamie Thomson is an extremely disciplined and focused researcher and its great to see that a consumer publication like TIME continues to write about his remarkable

contributions to medical research and improving human health. Not many people other than politicians or entertainers receive this level of national recognition.” The TIME 100 also recognizes influential leaders, artists and entertainers, among others. The magazine’s acknowledgment came days after Thomson was elected as a member to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors for scientists. UW-Madison named the November 2007 stem-cell finding the “Discovery of the Year” at a ceremony in February as Thomson accepted the position of director of regenerative biology at the Morgridge Institute for Research, the private half of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which began construction Friday. Gov. Jim Doyle mentioned the TIME article at a ground-breaking ceremony, saying Thomson had “broken into popular culture.”

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‘Crystal’ Clear New ‘Indy’ film offers pure summer entertainment



The risk of bringing Indiana Jones out of retirement for another adventure was monumental. Fortunately, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas demonstrated they are keenly aware of the impending doom of a quick cash-in, evading complete disaster in the series’ fourth installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Twenty years after his last crusade, we join Dr. Jones after KGB agents have kidnapped him to find a certain crate in a familiar warehouse. An elaborate escape from his captors leads him to young greaser Mutt Williams (Shia LeBeouf), who enlists his help to find one of the mythical crystal skulls in exchange for the rescue of his mother and surrogate father. The film becomes a race between the Russians and Dr. Jones to return the skull to its rightful place, with familiar faces and fan nods all along the way. Spielberg talked up his efforts to make the film seem visually united with the earlier films, and much of that promise is delivered. However, the unnecessary CGI sequences in the film mar this success. In one scene, Marion Ravenwood (Karen

Allen)—Jones’ love interest in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”—drives a submergible jeep off a cliff into a hanging branch, which gently lowers them down to the river below and, in true Looney Tunes fashion, snaps back to thwack all the Russians climbing the nearby cliff face. Harrison Ford seems ageless in his role—a combination of his extraordinary talent and more than a few able-bodied stunt-doubles. He subtly hints at the ravages of age in his performance—toward the end, he starts to look and sound more like Sean Connery’s Henry Jones than the sarcastic youth we saw in the earlier films.

Technical gripes aside, the film absolutely delivers on the mythos that makes these movies so magical.

Cate Blanchett, however, fails to bring an equally impressive villain to the adventure. The character is underdeveloped—little differentiates her from the other stern females of

the series’ past. Perhaps constant references to Marxist dogma would have made her a more unique villain—she just seems bland, quickly eclipsed by Ford’s grander screen presence. Constant rewrites have left the film’s script with some rough transitions and unconnected sequences. The focus quickly shifts from characters to getting from one clue to the next, making for a more “Temple of Doom” vibe—a smaller, more predictable story that still impresses with fun action sequences and the occasional quip from our lovable hero. Technical gripes aside, the film absolutely delivers on the mythos that makes these movies so magical. The science-fiction mythology lends itself to some unique sequences with staples of the era–greasers and atomic bombs. Along with the new we get ample references to the classics—a crate falls in front of the camera in the warehouse sequences, cracking open to reveal the Ark of the Covenant. There are plenty of technical missteps, but overall the film succeeds in capturing the elusive feel of the franchise while still taking it to new places. If we end up with a fifth installment, let’s just hope they can avoid the CGI.


Fill up on good books, not ‘Chicken Soup’ this summer (ahem). Some suggestions: FRANCES PROVINE a fran for all seasons


Turning the tables on the father-son dynamic from the ‘Last Crusade,’ Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ latest effort, ‘The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ combines nostalgic action with science fiction.


s summer approaches, Borders and Barnes & Noble across the country have begun to show off tables in their bookstores dedicated to “summer reading.” Like summer movies, “summer reading” (see also: “beach reads”) has for some reason been defined as any book that stimulates the mind as little as possible. The books on those tables at Barnes & Noble range from easy-to-read romances to dreadful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies and a few token coming-of-age novels thrown in. For whatever reason, big-name book manufacturers have made the assumption that free time and sunshine decrease our ability to digest large words and nonlinear plotlines.

I’m not sure I understand the value of reserving the summer for Janet Evanovich and “Gossip Girl.”

While I won’t denounce the value of reading a bad novel from time to time (which can be about as satisfying as watching the occasional B-movie), I’m not sure I understand the point of reserving the summer for Janet Evanovich and “Gossip Girl.” After being swamped with dense texts on international political economy throughout the school year, it makes sense to want to read something relaxing. But summer has also always been a time for catching up on books you don’t have time to read during the school year. In coming up with a list of summer reading, it is important to find books that strike a balance between relaxing fluff and, say, Thomas Pynchon. Books that you can have fun with but still brag about reading

Anything by John Fante OK, so I put him first since he’s my favorite author. Fante’s books never take themselves too seriously, even though they all deal with serious themes like loss and rejection. They’re short and easy to read, but still have the ability to move you from time to time. Also, he’s relatively unknown, so if you talk about how much you liked Fante’s “Ask the Dust,” people will probably think you have obscure taste, even though he’s beyond accessible. The “Cities of the Red Night” series by William S. Burroughs While most Burroughs novels can be painfully abstruse and the books in the “Red Night” trilogy are by no means linear, they are, at least, legible. For people who like the energy and pulse of beat writing but have a hard time getting through “Naked Lunch,” these books might be for you. Also, Burroughs is a huge namedropper if you want to sound intellectual and hip. “Post Office” by Charles Bukowski If you haven’t read “Post Office” yet but still want to be considered a big reader, you’re going to have to soon enough. Bukowski’s style is straightforward, accessible and funny, and because the book is basically about the endless monotony of working at (surprise!) a post office, you can compare it to “Waiting for Godot” at cocktail parties for a nice double name-drop. For other good summer reading, David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell can be nice choices, especially if you want to keep up with the times (or at least seem like you are). If you can stand books that are overbearingly quirky, it’s probably also worth it to check out whatever McSweeney’s suggests. Of course, you could avoid reading altogether. If you don’t, though, it’s probably worth it to read something you won’t forget in three days. Want to sound important at cocktail parties but don’t have time for all the reading? Get the SparkNotes from Frances by e-mailing her at

A for Awesome: Madison pop-rock band’s latest pleases ‘Everyone’ By Kyle Sparks

the album. The classic ACF that fans have No one could say that Awesome come to love is not entirely absent, Car Funmaker’s first two releases, though. Tracks like “Break Out the Green Means Go and Of Lovers Cake” and “NASA or CIA” mainAnd Monsters, were failures. They tain the pop-dance-rock intensity showed the promise of a local act that characterizes the group. “Ant County Fair” is the peron the rise. They were littered with shards of brilliance but showed only fect illustration of how ACF have grown as a band. scraps of the popCD REVIEW They dial down rock behemoth the the velocity withband’s live shows out losing any of have proven them the dance-ability to be. However, on of the track. They their latest effort, E mix a swaying guiFor Everyone, ACF tar melody with a finally captures the swelling synthetrue sense of their E for Everyone sizer and signature mammoth sound. Awesome Car falsetto as the verse The album Funmaker grows into a powopens with a surprisingly composed erful distortionimage of the band. “Don’t Try” is a driven chorus. smooth, relaxed reflection on the “Sloppy Girl,” the album’s first superfluity apparent in American single, combines synth melodies consumerism. Although signifi- with a driving bass line, and encapcantly more calm than other tracks, sulates the frenetic melodies that it stays fresh and doesn’t drag on make the band so great. before launching into the rest of “Divided States of the Absurd” THE DAILY CARDINAL

is an intimate encounter with a Vietnam veteran, lead singer Ryan Corcoran’s father. Although the eccentric lyrics vanish, the track is still definitive ACF, albeit a more mature version focusing on the common disillusionment with war. The album’s final track, “An Ode To Escape or Explode,” is a fitting end to an album full of themes of disenchantment with Midwestern life in general. It is the climax of a life built on banality. As the song proves, when “Everybody’s on the edge of death / We are certainly alive,” and in search for a time when “everything’s uncertain,” ACF have one message: “Carpe diem.” Since 2003, ACF have mesmerized audiences with a relentless onslaught of energy and enthusiasm for each song. One of the problems with earning a name on stage gimmicks and songs about the living dead (2006’s “Brand New Zombie”), though, is that any musical profundity gets lost in the novelty. Recorded at Chris Walla’s Hall

of Justice and produced by Beau Sorenson, E For Everyone is a triumph in production, somehow capturing both the energy in each track as well as the sonic intricacies. Though there’s no substitute

for experiencing the ACF Monster live and in-concert, E For Everyone provides the best documentation of the beast yet, and is a glaring triumph for one of Madison’s most likeable bands.


After much thought, ACF members Justin Taylor, Ryan Corcoran, Brendan McCarty and Adam Manos deliver sonic and songwriting gold on their latest.

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RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist ith another school year approaching, many of us are heading back to the bookstore to buy used texts books before a new edition comes out. Unfortunately, with textbook prices ever increasing and new editions constantly hitting the shelves, we will likely be forced to shell out even more next year and the year after that. UW-Madison has been making strides by purchasing required texts for the most popular classes and placing them in libraries to be checked out by students. However, this is only a short-term solution to a longterm problem. What happens when new editions come out, or what if professors decide to change texts? The university will need to address these issues through a variety of strategies and approaches, rather than just trying to patch over the textbook issue with a single “solution.” The length of the time period between when students find out what books are required and the beginning of classes is crucial. The Textbook Cost Task Force, a group formed by UWMadison regents to fight rising textbook costs, has created the new Course Guide, a feature allowing students to view class reading lists two or three weeks in advance. The sooner students find out the texts they will need, the better, because more time means students will be able to look around and find better deals. By requiring professors to give students the list of


required books a few months ahead of time, rather than just giving them a few weeks to scramble and try to find books, UW-Madison can guarantee students enough time to shop around and secure the most affordable books. UW-Madison could also aid students by requiring professors to use the same book for at least two or three years. This would allow incoming students to either purchase books directly from other students who have taken the course, or at least buy used books from the bookstore. This also lets students who want to sell their books back to the bookstore obtain a larger amount of money than they would if the professor was constantly switching to a newer textbook or edition.

Regardless of the strategy, rising textbook costs are a major concern for students and UW-Madison.

A rental program for textbooks, such as the one instituted at UWLacrosse, is simply not feasible. Imagine trying to store away the massive amount of books during the summer, when there are a lot more students taking more classes. Obviously, there really is no place large enough to be able to hold all of those books. A small-scale rental program may be a better option, however. Instead of only allowing students to check books out through the library, the university should expand upon that idea. They have already purchased several books for the most popular

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Are you a smart ass? Come join the College Democrats this fall! Students on the UW-Madison campus play a huge role in every election in Wisconsin, but they will be particularly important this November. In the past two presidential elections, without voters on the UW campus Bush would have won in Wisconsin. The election this November will be another close race, and Wisconsin will be a key battleground state. The Democrats cannot win the White House without winning Wisconsin and the UW College Democrats need your help to make sure this happens! We cannot take another four years of the Bush politics that has bankrupted our economy, dragged us into a senseless war in Iraq and discriminated against LGBT citizens. A Democrat in the White House would mean

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classes, focusing on those texts that cost $100 or more. The system thus far seems to have gained much popularity. However, having only a set number of books hinders those who try to rely upon this system, as all students who do not have the textbook will likely try to check it out right around exam time for that class. Rather, the libraries should purchase all required texts used in the most popular courses and rent them out to all students enrolled for a small, flat fee. By also requiring professors to stick with the same texts for two or three years, the libraries would eventually be able to pay off the cost of the book with the small rental fees collected from students. Thus, students can save at least a little money and the university can fight the rising costs of books. A small-scale rental system would be efficient, and, if the books for only the most popular classes are bought, storage for those books would not end up being a major issue, as many of those books are likely to go into use over the summer too. Regardless of the strategy, rising textbook costs are a major concern for students and UW-Madison as well. We need to begin exploring different options and venues, lest prospective students be denied a college education because they cannot afford to keep up with the textbook costs. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. His column will be appearing weekly next fall. Please send responses to


Current advising system inadequate, must increase flexibility for students By Dan Josephson THE DAILY CARDINAL

The reading, the writing, the working, the dating, the sports, the activism, the partying, the facebooking, and, of course, the advising. These are all elements that by and large encompass a typical student’s four year or, possibly as a result of that last one, five-year college career. It is extremely unfair to blame the elongated college career of so many students on advising alone. In fact, that can be and is without a doubt why many students actually do get out of UW in four years or less. However, it is due to those trying circumstances when advising is not available that the opposite outcome sometimes occurs. This is not by any stretch of the imagination bashing advisors for not being there when it counts, or even suggesting that they are not there enough. Many advisors are also professors or even heads of departments, or both. But the fact remains that there are 30,000 undergraduates on this campus whose schedules do not all coincide with the hour and a half office-hour slots their advisors hold each day. More often than not, unless students show up at least 10 minutes before advising begins, they do not have a realistic chance of being able to speak with the person in charge. Even when students do arrive early and have the opportunity to speak with their

advisor, it is after waiting for a lengthy amount of time. UW-Madison clearly has too many students for the advising staff to handle, and more advisors should be hired to address this problem. Because of the overcrowding at these advising sessions, many students resort to contacting their advisors via e-mail. This is where the inconvenience truly starts to kick in. It is known among quite a few departments that advisors refuse to do their jobs via e-mail. They ask that students “understand their situation.” This is understandable considering the excessive amount of work advisors have throughout the day, which is why they have these specific hours in the first place. However, the “situation” must also be viewed from the student’s perspective. Believe it or not, during the same time those one-and-a-half slots are offered, students have class and work to attend. Advising time conflicts can come at hand every day of the week, considering the selective amount of time these advising hours cover. It is both unfair and unacceptable to assume that the student is lazy or conceited and merely chooses to try and get advice via e-mail. The situation seems to be universal throughout each of the 18 schools on campus, and there seems to be a discouraging message that is given

to students who try to use the e-mail approach. Aside from the lack of concern about students not being able to seek advising, there is also one regarding graduation within four years. Frighteningly, these two issues go hand in hand. It is not surprising that at a university with so little advising flexibility, roughly 20 percent of undergraduates spend more than four years in school. While this can be a hint at how challenging the university is, it still remains a facet of these students’ college career that can and should be improved upon. There are many reasons for this delay in graduation, but this absence of constant help and advice can only contribute to static or even increasing numbers of five-yearplus graduates. Whatever other steps that need to be taken to guide and motivate UW students to finish in four is up to the staff to find out, but things can at least begin on a better stride next year. UW-Madison must up with a better advising solution than telling students to bite their tongues and deal with it if they cannot correspond their schedules to that of their advisors. Dan Josephson is a senior majoring in legal studies. His column will be appearing weekly next fall. Please send responses to


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

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There is an average of 61,000 people airborne over the United States at any given moment.

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coaches from page 20 the Davidson Wildcats in the Sweet 16. Ryan’s .773 career winning percentage is second-best among active coaches with 500 victories. Ryan was born in 1947 in Chester, Penn. He was the star point guard at Wilkes University from 1965-’69. From 1977-’84, Ryan served as assistant coach at UW-Madison. As head coach at UW-Plateville, Ryan finished 15 seasons with a 352-76 overall record and four national championships. He served as head coach at UW-Milwaukee for two seasons before taking over as UWRYAN Madison’s head coach in 2001. In his first season, the Badgers won their first Big Ten title since 1947. In 2008-’09, Ryan will try to maintain Wisconsin’s momentum after the two most winningest seasons in school history. The Badgers lost two crucial senior starters to graduation in guard Michael Flowers and center Brian Butch, but still retain three other standouts from last year in junior guard Trevon Hughes and senior forwards Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry. Mike Eaves (Men’s hockey) After establishing himself as one of the best players in Wisconsin men’s hockey history, Mike Eaves returned to his alma mater as head coach in the 2002-’03 season. Eaves’ most successful year in coaching was 2005-’06, when he led the Badgers to their sixth national championship and their first in 16 seasons. Wisconsin finished with a 30-10-3 record that year and defeated Boston College to

moments from page 20 a toll on the Badgers, as they were unable to clinch their third straight NCAA title. Anderson rewrites the record books While the women’s basketball team greatly underachieved during the 2007-’08 season, senior guard Jolene Anderson made the most of her final year in cardinal and white, setting the school career points record. Against Indiana in late February, Anderson dethroned men’s basketball player Alando Tucker to become Wisconsin’s alltime leading scorer. The 5,484 in attendance were kept in suspense, as Anderson passed up a number of opportunities to potentially break the record. But with 8:52 remaining in the game, Anderson hit a shot from the baseline to clinch another scoring record, breaking Tucker’s mark of 2,217 points, which was set the year before. Men’s hockey nets 15 against Robert Morris The Wisconsin men’s hockey team started off its season on the road at the Lefty McFadden Invitational. But the next weekend, the Badgers kicked off their home schedule against the Robert Morris Colonials, and the red goal light seemed to be constantly flashing for the Badgers. Wisconsin swept the Colonials 7-2 and 8-2, scoring 15 goals over

capture the title. Eaves was born in Denver and was a first-team All-American for the Badgers as a junior and senior. After seven seasons in the NHL, Eaves has held coaching positions at practically every level of hockey. He will look to improve upon Wisconsin’s 2007-’08 campaign after falling to North Dakota in the NCAA Midwest Regionals. Mark Johnson (Women’s hockey) Johnson was another outstanding men’s hockey player at Wisconsin and has since continued this success as head coach of the UW women’s hockey team. Johnson led the Badgers to three straight NCAA championshipgame appearances, including back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. As a player, Johnson helped the Badgers win the 1977 NCAA title, playing under his father, legendary Wisconsin coach “Badger Bob” Johnson. He was also a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic Hockey team that upset the heavily favored U.S.S.R. team and won gold. Pete Waite (Volleyball) Waite is the JOHNSON all-time winningest coach in UW volleyball history. He is from the Madison area and has led the Badgers to nine seasons with at least 20 wins and nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During Waite’s tenure, the Badgers made their first ever appearance in the NCAA championship match in 2000 and have captured two league titles. Last season they were highly ranked for much of the season but were upset at home in the NCAA Tournament. the weekend series. It was a weekend of firsts for UW, as two-thirds of the team were underclassmen, including nine freshmen. That offensive explosion resulted in many first career goals as well as multi-goal games for young Badger players. Freshman Kyle Turris led the way, scoring three goals along with five assists while sophomore Blake Geoffrion scored two goals and four assists. It was an unbelievable opening weekend at the Kohl Center that Badger hockey fans and Crease Creatures alike will never forget. Great season comes to abrupt end for Volleyball For Wisconsin women’s volleyball, the 2007 season was memorable, but not for the reason they would like. After going 24-5 overall and 17-3 in the Big Ten Conference, the stage was set for a deep NCAA Tournament run. Wisconsin held a regional in the tournament, and the Badgers were in line to play host at the Field House for the first four rounds. After quickly defeating Northern Iowa, the Badgers met Iowa State. Wisconsin was never able to get anything going against the Cyclones and was swept 3-0 to end its season. With so many players receiving conference awards and with the career accomplishments of such players as senior libero Jocelyn Wack, the loss to Iowa State was unexpected, shocking and heartbreaking.

Badger bits —Six Badgers have signed with teams in the NFL with hopes of earning roster spots prior to the 2008 season. Of the six, four were drafted including junior defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu, senior kicker Taylor Mehlhaff, senior defensive tackle Nick Hayden and senior wide receiver Paul Hubbard. Ikegwuonu was selected 131st overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. Next, Mehlhaff was the first place kicker and second special teams player selected in the draft, taken by the New Orleans Saints. Hayden was selected by the Carolina Panthers just three picks later in the sixth round. Lastly, Hubbard was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Senior punter Ken DeBache and senior wide receiver Luke Swan signed as free agents with the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, after the draft. All six of these former Badgers are currently working out at their respective team’s mini-camps.

Men’s Football —After wearing a Badger uniform for only one year, freshman Kyle Turris decided to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes just days after the Badgers’ season ended in the NCAA quarterfinals. Turris was drafted third overall in 2007, making him one of only four Badgers in UW history to be drafted in the top-10 of the NHL draft. After signing with Phoenix, Turris played in three games and assisted on one goal. He has registered 11 shots on goal but has not yet found the net in his short professional career.

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—Three former University of Wisconsin women’s hockey players, forward Jinelle Zaugg and defenders Molly Engstrom and Kerry Weiland, have been selected to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Program’s residency program with only 15 other players. From September 2008 through April 2009, they will be training under Tom Osiecki in

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Blaine, Minn. Osiecki is a Minnesota assistant coach and the father of UW men’s hockey assistant coach Mark Osiecki. Zaugg will not join the program until December 2008 after she completes her degree at UW. Additionally, two current UW players have been selected to attend the USA Women’s Hockey Under-22 Camp in New York. Freshman forward Hilary Knight and junior forward Erika Lawler will be competing among 34 players to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team, which only has 22 roster spots. The team will compete in the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival in August and battle Canada in a threegame series. In May, Knight and Lawler earned gold medals for Team USA at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship in Harbin, China, when the team defeated Canada 4-3. Two other current Badgers, sophomore forward Meghan Duggan and junior goalie Jessie Vetter, also skated with the team. Those four were joined in Harbin by former Badger and former Olympian Molly Engstrom. —Women’s basketball stand-out guard Jolene Anderson, UW’s all-time leading scorer for men and women, earned a spot on the Connecticut Sun roster in the WNBA after beating out stiff competition from her teammates in three exhibition games. In those games, Anderson averaged 9 points and 5.7 rebounds. She scored 16 points while recording seven rebounds and two assists in the final exhibition game on May 9 against the Houston Comets, helping her team to an 88-80 victory. In the first two regular season games, Anderson averaged 10.5 points and added a total of six boards to help the Sun win both games. Anderson became only the third Badger in UW history to be drafted into the WNBA when she was taken 23rd overall. —Compiled by Crystal Crowns

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Forward Kyle Turris’ star shone brightly for a lone season in Madison. At year’s end, he signed with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

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Badger volleyball players walk off the floor after being upset 3-0 at UW’s Field House by Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament. UW won 26 games in 2007 but could not reach the Sweet 16.


Men’s track coach Ed Nuttycombe is doused after his team won the Big Ten Outdoor Championship. It was his 24th title, setting a new mark for conference titles won by a coach.

A year of emotional moments The 2007-’08 athletic seasons treated Badger fans to pinnacles of elation and depths of disappointment By Nate Carey THE DAILY CARDINAL

The 2007-’08 year of UW athletics was one of the most memorable in recent history. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished with a schoolrecord 31 wins and won the Big Ten regular season title as well as the Big Ten Tournament. The Wisconsin men’s track and field team won its eighth-straight Big Ten Indoor title and is on the verge of winning its fifth straight outdoor title as well. The Wisconsin women’s hockey team advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the third straight season, and the Wisconsin football team made its fourth straight post-New Year’s bowl game. With all of these great accomplishments, there had to be some memorable moments to accompany them. That said, here are

some of the best and most unforgettable moments from the 2007’08 year: Wisconsin defeats Texas 67-66 One of the most defining moments of the 2007-’08 season for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team came on Dec. 29 in Austin, Texas. Everyone knows the story: Sophomore guard Trevon Hughes suffered an ankle injury the day before and the Badgers were on the verge of going winless against ranked opponents during the non-conference schedule. FLOWERS Senior guard Michael Flowers changed all that with the flick of his wrist. With time running down and UW losing 66-64,

Flowers came off a ball screen at the top of the key and hit a 3-pointer to give Wisconsin the lead. About two seconds remained on the game clock, meaning there was still a chance for a rebuttal by the Longhorns. That was until Flowers stole the inbounds pass and hurled the ball up into the air, sealing the victory for Wisconsin.

Indiana swim team, for most wins by any coach in any single sport. The Badgers celebrated the occasion by dumping a cooler of Powerade over Nuttycombe as he hoisted the Big Ten trophy. Nuttycombe and the Wisconsin men’s track team have continued to dominate the Big Ten and are currently in first-place at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Men’s track wins eighth straight as Nuttycombe breaks conference record The 2008 season was a great one for men’s track. Winning the 2008 Big Ten Conference Indoor title for the eighth straight year was not only special for the team, but for head coach Ed Nuttycombe as well. The title gave Nuttycombe a new record of 24 conference titles, surpassing James “Doc” Counsilman, head coach of the

Women’s hockey falls short in bid for three-peat The rivalry between Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth reached a new level of intensity last season. Wisconsin went 1-3 against the Bulldogs during the regular season, with every game except one decided by a single goal. The Badgers met the Bulldogs for the fifth time in the WCHA Playoff championship game, and lost again by a score of 5-4 in overtime.

Throughout the season, Wisconsin showed the grit and mental toughness to absorb a tough defeat and rebound to clear the next obstacle. One of the year’s biggest defeats came in the WCHA final, and the obstacle came in the form of the NCAA Tournament selection process. Wisconsin was forced to travel to Minnesota in the first round of the tournament, where the Golden Gophers had only lost to one team all season. Luckily for Wisconsin, that team was the Badgers. After quickly dispelling the Gophers and the Harvard Crimson, Wisconsin found itself back in the NCAA Championship game against Minnesota-Duluth. However, the trials and hardships Wisconsin weathered through the entire season took too much of moments page 19

Strong coaches key Wisconsin’s success Years Coaching at UW By Matt Fox


In the latest U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Standings, UWMadison athletics achieved an impressive No. 8 ranking, placing them among the top collegiate athletic programs in the country. Although a great deal of credit belongs to UW student-athletes for their tremendous effort, it is Wisconsin’s head coaches who continue to build their programs and keep Wisconsin athletics at an elite level. Here are a few current Badger coaches who have made great contributions toward recent success: Bret Bielema (Football) In 2006, Bielema’s first season as head coach, Wisconsin set a

school-record with 12 wins. It was only the second time Wisconsin compiled 11 wins in a season, and Bielema became just the third rookie head coach in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history to win 12 games. He was also named Big Ten Coach of the Year. The 2006 campaign was capped off by a win at the Capital One Bowl over the Arkansas Razorbacks. In 2007, the Badgers had a strong year at 9-4 before falling to the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl. Bielema was born in Prophetstown, Ill., in 1970 and began his football career at the University of Iowa where he walked on and earned four letters from 1989 to 1992. He served as

Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator for two years before succeeding former head coach and current UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. In 2008, Bielema will try to continue his success in Madison in a competitive Big Ten conference. The Badgers have a solid running attack with four players capable of taking the bulk of the team’s carries. However, Wisconsin will have to drastically improve its defensive consistency and make up for losing key players on special teams if they are to compete for a BCS Bowl appearance.

Bo Ryan (Men’s basketball) Ryan has led the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in every season

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as head coach, including one Elite Eight and two Sweet 16 appearances. He has also won three Big Ten Championships and one conference tournament. One of these

titles came in the 2007-’08 season, when the Badgers won a schoolrecord 31 games before falling to coaches page 19


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