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Marijuana enthusiasts gather at Harvest Fest By Anna Discher THE DAILY CARDINAL




UW-Madison seniors without student season tickets were able to sit in the seats usually occupied by the band (above). Band Director Mike Leckrone stands in front of the empty band section before the game (bottom right).

Camp Randall bandless for first time in 40 years By Amanda Hoffstrom THE DAILY CARDINAL

Taped versions of “On Wisconsin” and “Varsity” were the only sounds of the UW Marching Band Saturday during the Wisconsin-Ohio State football game—a result of Band Director Mike Leckrone suspending the band for misconduct allegations. “There are allegations of hazing, which I find totally unacceptable— the band knows it,” Leckrone said at a news conference Friday with Dean of Students Lori Berquam and College of Letters & Science Dean Gary Sandefur. Leckrone said the hazing allegations and other reports of “inappropriate sexual behavior” were serious enough to take immediate action. Saturday’s game was the first time the band did not perform at a home football game in at least 40 years—the time Leckrone has been director. “You don’t have any idea how hard [the decision] was,” he said. Berquam said Associate Dean Kevin Helmkamp has been put in charge of an official investigation. If any of the allegations violate university conduct codes, punishment could range from a reprimand to expulsion. Berquam did not say how long the suspension could be in effect, meaning the band will miss all home games until the investigation is complete.

Leckrone said the band would practice Tuesday with the understanding they may not perform at this week’s game against Penn State. The suspension comes two years after then-chancellor John Wiley placed the band on probation in October 2006 for similar reports of inappropriate sexual behavior and alcohol use during the band’s trip to the University of Michigan, in addition to reports of past incidents. The fact that the latest allegations come one weekend after a trip to the University of Michigan may be just a coincidence. Neither Leckrone nor Berquam would comment on when the new allegations took place or who was targeted. With a band of over 300 members, Leckrone said he believes the number of band members involved is a “very small percentage.” Leckrone said the probation had been lifted a year ago, but the new reports were against the code of conduct he still holds in place. According to Leckrone, the band had made strides since 2006 with mentoring sessions and meetings with upperclassmen and freshmen about appropriate behavior. “Obviously we still need to do more,” he said. Leckrone said the reaction from band members, who heard of the sus-

pension at 4:30 p.m. Friday, was one of disappointment. “Most of them felt like this was in violation of everything we’ve talked about,” he said. Individual band members did not return phone calls as of press time. Some students who attended Saturday’s game said they felt a similar sentiment of the band’s Camp Randall absence. “It was kind of disappointing that the band wasn’t there for such a big game,” UW-Madison sophomore Kelsey Padrutt said, adding the band was “definitely missed.” Sophomore Sarah Zipperle said she thought the crowd interaction at the game was lacking. “They shouldn’t ban them for hazing because then they’re punishing all the students, football players and even all the band members who were not involved,” Zipperle said.

UW Police Stats from Saturday’s game

26: Citations to students 25: Student arrests 53: Student ejections

Financial bailout bill approved by Congress, President Bush By Rebecca Autrey THE DAILY CARDINAL

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an updated $700 billion bailout bill Friday, and President George Bush signed it later that afternoon. The bill, which in its original form failed in the House and caused the stock market to plummet last week, allows the government to buy the assets of failing companies, mostly in the mortgage business.

Wisconsin Representatives voted the same way they did for the original bill, with five voting for and three voting against it. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, DWis., said in a statement she supported the bill because without action America could fall into a severe depression. “I do believe Congress needed to act, and has, in a responsible way that responds to the immediate crisis

and takes steps to prevent such greed and mismanagement from ever happening again,” she said. U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., voted against the bill and said in a statement giving the government power to spend more money is not the correct solution. “Consumers and businesses alike have lived well beyond their means bailout page 3

The 38th annual Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival attracted a large crowd in downtown Madison this past weekend to celebrate a common cause: the crowd’s support for the legalization of marijuana. The festival began Friday at the Cardinal Bar with a medical cannabis benefit and continued through Sunday in Library Mall, with speakers, vendors, informational tables, displays and food carts. The festival ended Sunday with a parade to the Capitol, and a rally and concert at the Capitol Square. This year’s theme was “Vote,” as organizers and attendees recognized the importance of getting one’s voice heard. Agua Das, the inventor of hemp ice cream and a six-time attendee of the festival,

said he thinks “hemp makes sense” and supports legalization. “I’m pro-hemp and I vote ... I’m looking for candidates who will support the hemp agriculture bill,” Das said. Eric Miller, an advocate for the Students for Nader campaign, said he supports Nader because of the presidential candidate’s call to legalize hemp. Miller said hemp makes economic sense because it is an easy plant to grow and is good for the environment. Miller said there are consequences of marijuana use that directly tie to our governmental policies. “There are more people in jail in Dane County than any other county in Wisconsin,” Miller said. marijuana page 3


Attendees of the 38th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival marched from Library Mall to the Capitol Sunday.

Student conduct code revisions move to next round of review By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL

The UW System Board of Regents approved a new draft of rule revisions Friday to Chapters 17 and 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, which moves the changes to the next stage in the process. According to the regents, the last major revisions of the chapters occurred in 1996. Currently, university officials can only discipline students for offcampus misconduct if it involves other students or employees. The revisions expand the guidelines, allowing university officials to discipline off-campus behavior. The review committee’s revisions state a student may be subject to university disciplinary process for off-campus misconduct if the actions threaten “substantial university interest.” The students would have to present a danger or threat to the health or safety of themselves or others and the conduct would have to demonstrate a

pattern of behavior that seriously impairs the university’s ability to fulfill its missions. The draft states the university will also recognize the possibility of local authority reparations toward student off-campus misconduct. Regent Danae Davis introduced the committee’s revision process and said the next step for the regents will be to conduct public hearings to have the revised rules in place by fall 2009. “In brief, Chapter 17 revisions seek to clarify, streamline and improve the efficiency of the rules’ format, scope, educational sanctions [and] hearing process,” she said. “Chapter 18 seeks to improve organization and update modernized language.” In terms of sanctions, the draft provides students an option for educational and developmentally appropriate sanctions in response to misconduct. The draft will move on to the Legislative Council for review before the hearings take place.

“…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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veryone has that ex. The one who can’t let go, the one who moves on a little too quickly or the one who has that creepy voodoo doll made of your used chewing gum and some of your hair. While my ex hasn’t reached the dark magic level of creepiness yet, he still manages to rank high on the insanity factor. There is enough back-story between Jack and I to fill several seasons of a soap opera. I will run you through the short version: girl likes boy, girl dates boy, girl finds boy making out with her best friend in the back seat of girl’s car, girl gives boy a knee to the balls and girl hopes to never see boy again. But it just couldn’t end at a simple nut-shot. Jack has continued to appear at the most

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inopportune moments in my life. He visited me at work over the summer to ask for advice on his love life—to which I replied he should never procreate and should probably opt to drive off a cliff instead. Later he randomly showed up at my 21st birthday party, then stole my beer, and drunkenly grabbed my boob at a concert. Fortunately for that last little incident my current boyfriend was standing next to me, and Jack received a black eye that kept him out of my life for a while. But Friday night he was back. I tried ignoring the calls but he couldn’t be stopped. He called four times before I finally answered, and even then I answered in Italian, hoping he would think he had the wrong number. “Vaffanculo,” he replied. Damn it, why did he know Italian? The conversation started badly and only got worse. He had randomly decided to drive to Madison and was hell bent on staying the night at my apart-



ment. I tried pawning him off on other friends, recommended a good hotel and suggested returning to his own bed in the bowels of hell. But while he knows how to translate Italian, he didn’t seem to understand: “I would rather stick my face in a box of rabid weasels than have you anywhere near my home, friends or bed.” He told me he was coming and I told him he was not. He said he needed directions to my place and I said I was going to direct my fist to his face. He claimed he would get the directions from a friend and I claimed his mother would not recognize his body if I had to kick him out of my apartment. And so it went. Now Jack is dangerously smart. If anyone was going to find my house unassisted, it would be him, so my friends and I began to formulate a plan. Becky was coming over for dinner, so we decided if he showed up we would simply poison his chili. But we have seen enough trashy movies to realize one of us

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would end up eating the wrong bowl, leaving the other at the mercy of this madman. Amanda offered to send him on a wild goose chase, but we didn’t think he would believe that I was living in the steam tunnels with Tunnel Bob. Kale offered to shoot him with a bow and arrow and claim it as a tragic hunting accident, but I couldn’t send a good friend to jail for 25 to life. Finally, it seemed that the problem answered itself. Jack called saying some girl he was “trying to get with” in Milwaukee had offered him a place to stay. It seemed the crisis was averted. Although I am sure Jack will continue to pop in and out of my life, I almost regret his not stopping by. Unbelievable as it may be, I actually started getting ready for his visit. Now what am I going to do with a recipe for “Grandma’s Own Poison Chili”? If you want to learn more about Megan’s crazy ex or some fun Italian swears, e-mail her at




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Great Lakes Compact made into law with Bush’s signature By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL

President Bush signed the Great Lakes Compact Friday, the final step in an effort to form a coalition among the Great Lakes states to protect the world’s largest freshwater source. The signing of the bill puts into law the agreement among the eight states and two Canadian provinces surrounding the Great Lakes to regulate the use the lakes’ water and protect it from long distance diversions. After each state passed the compact individually, it moved to Congress in June, where it was passed by the Senate in August

festival from page 1 “There are more people in jail in this country than any other industrialized nation, and that is not acceptable.” Doug Daudensdeck, a volunteer from Minnesota’s national organization that works with marijuana

bailout from page 1 due to an over-reliance on credit,” he said. “No one, however, has been a bigger offender of financial irresponsibility than the federal government.” According to Stephen Malpezzi, UW-Madison professor of eco-

and the House of Representatives in September. Gov. Jim Doyle said in a statement Bush’s signing of the compact gives the Great Lakes states the legal framework to protect the lakes, which are economically important to Wisconsin. “The signing of the Compact ... is the culmination of years of hard work among eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces,” Doyle said. “Together, we now have the ability to prevent long-range diversions of our water.” According to Emily Green, director of the Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program, now that the

compact is officially approved, the work of actually implementing it remains, as well as adopting a restoration strategy for the Great Lakes. Karen Etter Hale, executive secretary for the Madison Audubon Society, said the compact, which has been under debate for roughly 10 years, took a long time to pass because it was a very detailed bill, but the citizens of Wisconsin and other Great Lakes states and provinces helped move it along. “Because Wisconsin is at the headwaters of the Great Lakes, I think we have an extra responsibility to take care of them,” she said.

laws, set up a stand at the festival passing out informational packets, buttons and signs promoting marijuana education. “[Marijuana] should be legal because it is a freedom of choice,” he said. Madison Police Department

officers patrolling the area said the festival was a peaceful and positive gathering; as long as the attendees were not causing problems, they had bigger things to worry about. According to Das, “This festival is not about dope, it is about hope.”

nomics, the bailout attempts to solve far-reaching economic problems that have caused banks to stop lending to each other and reduce the number of personal loans they give out, including student loans. “It isn’t just about the housing market or these Wall Street firms,

but it’s about the fact that credit is so much tighter throughout the economy,” he said. UW-Madison graduate student Rishi Adhekari said although feeding money into the economy is not a long-term solution, he is happy the government put a “temporary halt on things going bad.”




UHS to offer new version of HPV vaccine to UW students By Alyssa Connolly THE DAILY CARDINAL

A vaccine University Health Services acquired two years ago was recently approved to help prevent two additional cancers. In September, the Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil—the Human Papillomavirus vaccination that protects against cervical cancer—to now also protect against vaginal and vulvar cancer.

“Gardasil has really reduced the incident of cervical cancer in this country.” Sarah Van Orman executive director University Health Services

Merck Research Laboratories introduced Gardasil in 2006 to protect young women against the most common strains of HPV. “Gardasil has really reduced the incident of cervical cancer in this country,” UHS Executive Director Sarah Van Orman said. UHS acquired Gardasil in the fall of 2006 to administer to female UW-Madison students. “We really want people to get it before they contract the virus,” Van Orman said of the vaccine. “It’s important to give it to young women before they’ve had any sex-

ual activity so we can prevent them from getting the virus.” According to the FDA, from 2006 to June 2008, 30 million young women worldwide received the vaccine and 18 million of those doses were administered in the United States. Van Orman said many women in their teens and early 20s are now requesting the vaccine and UHS administered 937 HPV vaccinations to UW-Madison students in the past year. “We experienced a huge increase in demand for the vaccine last year,” she said. According to UHS officials, the demand will decrease within the next few years, as many young women at UW-Madison have already received it and many younger girls are likely to get the vaccination at an earlier age. Van Orman said Gardasil is completely covered by the Student Health Insurance Plan, but students with other insurance plans will have to pay to receive the vaccination. “We have to charge what it costs us to buy the vaccine,” she said. The director emphasized there is a plentiful supply of Gardasil available for UW-Madison students. “There are shortages of a lot of vaccines now… But luckily we haven’t had any problems with Gardasil,” she said. “It’s really important for people to follow the recommended timetable … Cervical cancer is 100 percent preventable.”

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RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist


n America, we rely on coal energy for roughly half of our electricity consumption. Americans are more dependent on coal power than any other nation, and according to a 2006 report by the Energy Information Administration, the United States generated more power from coal than any other country, including China. Even in Madison, we rely on the Charter Street coal plant for almost all of our electricity. However, after reports and a lawsuit claiming that the Charter Street plant violates the Clean Air Act, Wisconsin should focus solely on attempting to reduce the

amount of coal used, not increase it. That said, Alliant Energy is now pushing to add another 300-megawatt generator to the Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville, Wis. This generator, of course, would utilize mostly coal to produce that amount of power. While this would potentially increase the amount of job opportunities in the area, as well as supply enough electricity to power 150,000 homes, the environmental and health hazards this coal plant would create provide a much greater reason to avoid the construction of such a plant. Of course, most people—including native Wisconsinites —probably have no idea where Cassville is located. A small village of a little over 1,000 people, Cassville is located on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Wisconsin in the far southwest corner of the state. Although the production of this plant

may not appear to affect us directly here in Madison, it would actually have a much greater impact than many would think.

Is Alliant Energy just stringing us along on a stream of environmentally friendly guarantees?

Weather systems carry storms, wind and fine particulates in the air from the west to central Wisconsin. This means that any air pollution generated in that corner of the state would be brought into Dane County and would contaminate our air, which, according to Mayor David Cieslewicz and County Executive Kathleen Falk, is already very close to the designated safe levels for ozone and particulate matter. This, of course, does not even include

the pollution such a plant would generate in the immediate area in and surrounding Cassville. Releasing greenhouse and sulfur dioxide gases as well as contaminating rivers and lakes with mercury, coal plants are notorious polluters. So why would we continue in the production of such generators when we should be focusing more on more environmentally friendly alternatives? Alliant Energy has, however, promised that this coal plant will be cleaner than traditional plants. They have promised that this plant will have the flexibility to not only rely entirely on coal to produce electricity but also be able to generate 20 percent of the total output from environmentally friendly biomass, harvested right here in Wisconsin. However, according to Clean Wisconsin, a Madison-based environmental advocacy organization, Alliant Energy has already balked on a similar promise that they made in Iowa. There, they promised that 10 percent of the total ener-


gy produced at their proposed Marshalltown plant would be from renewable energy sources, yet now officials from Alliant Energy question the feasibility of such a project. So now the question arises: is Alliant Energy just stringing us along on a stream of environmentally friendly guarantees that will be ripped from us when it comes time to make due on such promises? The risks involved certainly do not warrant us to take such a

Wisconsin should be attempting to reduce the amount of coal used, not increase it.

gamble. This new plant would produce nearly 3 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect and global warming. An average coal plant also releases over 100 pounds of mercury each year into nearby lakes and streams. Rather than looking at coal to provide power and job opportunities here in Wisconsin, we should be looking instead at safer, healthier and more renewable energy options. Perhaps we should take a lesson from Texas and California, the leaders in wind-power development. Furthermore, Alliant Energy could instead look at building a plant that relies solely on biomass to produce power. Either way, greener methods of electricity generation should be sought after. There is little doubt we need to be generating more energy in the state as demand for electricity grows, but there is absolutely no reason why we cannot be more environmentally minded about it. Our reliance on coal energy needs to be lessened, not strengthened. Wisconsin needs to work toward cleaner energy alternatives––our environment and health depend upon it. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. We welcome your feedback. Please send responses to

Economy demands time to regulate, not hastily-approved bailout By Andrew Pichotta THE DAILY CARDINAL

I woke up early Thursday morning, not because I wanted to, but because the Chemistry department insists on having labs at 7:45 a.m. Prior to making my way to lab I stopped at the nearest Starbucks to wake up, as most college students do. Grimacing at the inflated cost of my beverage, I handed the barista my credit card to pay for my horrendously expensive cup of coffee. The Barista swiped my card. Several seconds later, she said, “I’m sorry, but your card has been denied.” Denied?! What?! How could this be?! I use my credit card far too often, but I always pay the bill in full and on time, and I have never been anywhere near my

credit limit. I panicked and left without my coffee. As soon as I was out the door, I had Chase Bank on the phone to find out what the problem was. Chase informed me they had no more credit to give out, they could not even squeeze enough for my $4 cup of coffee. Armageddon had hit. Thanks to George W. Bush’s failed policies over the past eight years and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s inaction, I could not afford my coffee and was therefore of no assistance to my lab group. Fortunately, this never really happened, nor will it ever. In reality, this is not a crisis, despite what you hear all over the news media. We do not need a “bailout” or “financial rescue” to resolve this problem. Call your bank and ask for the bank manager. If you ask

him or her if you can obtain credit, they will give you the same answer they would have given you a week, month, year or decade ago: yes.

We live in the greatest country on Earth: Time is not going to kill it.

Why, then, are fewer people buying new cars right now? The main-stream media, or “alphabets,” as I like to call them— ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and FOX—are blaming slowing auto sales on the current situation. They are right to do so, but they are doing it in the

wrong context. Everything so far is based on an assumption of what could happen should congress not act and fail to pass the now $700 billion “Armageddon Avoidance Act” as Rush Limbaugh calls it. To be truthful, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Sen. Feingold, D-Wis. openly voted against this “Armageddon Avoidance Act,” claiming it needs to be more thought out with longterm considerations and better oversight. It’s not often that I find myself in agreement with Senator Feingold and disagreement with President Bush, Senator McCain, and Representative Paul Ryan on the same issue, but here I am, heavily questioning the house’s approval of the thing and concerned about the future of our country after it dishes

out several-hundred billion dollars and pushes the national debt to levels previously unheard of. If we are going to bail out the economy—which I am strongly against—we should not be hasty about it. We live in the greatest country on earth with an extremely powerful economy: Time is not going to kill it or make the current economic situation any worse than it already is. Regardless of what the media, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and President Bush want you to believe, everything will be fine when you wake up tomorrow. The economy will still be there, and I will still be able to buy expensive coffee using my credit card. Andrew Pichotta is a sophomore and is undecided. Please send responses to


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Duo hits mark in atypical Western, ‘Appaloosa’ By Brittany Jordt THE DAILY CARDINAL


Audiences expect certain things from a Western: stock characters, dusty plains and men of few words who occasionally deliver well-placed one-liners (we all remember Eli Wallach’s stoic delivery of, “When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk,” in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”). These audiences understand surprises are limited to who’s going to get shot and who’s going to live. But somebody’s definitely going to get shot. The important thing when filming a Western is to do it well, keep those one-liners memorable instead of corny and provide those classic moments of frontier-man bravery.

Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, renowned for their hipster-movie prowess, tackle slightly more mature roles in “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” dodging blatant comparisons to “Juno” and “Superbad.”

‘Playlist’ shuffles up hipster trends By Lauren Fuller THE DAILY CARDINAL

Michael Cera seems to have perfected the nerdy persona he played in “Juno” and “Superbad.” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” appeared to be another chance for him to assume the familiar role. The film looks much like Cera’s previous projects, complete with a hand-doodled intro. However, “Nick and Norah’s” removes some of the geeky awkwardness and builds its story around a more mature, Ivy League-bound pair. As a result, the film doesn’t drip with the sarcasm of “Juno” or deliver the gut-wrenchingly funny one-liners that made “Superbad” stand out. Instead, “Nick and Norah’s” delivers a plot hovering between amusing and endearing, romantic and sappy. Nonetheless, it’s a fun, all-night ride through New York City with a killer cast and soundtrack to match. The film unfolds after Norah, the film’s music-loving anti-heroine played expertly by Kat Dennings (“The House Bunny,” “The 40-Year Old Virgin”), sweet talks brokenhearted musician Nick into posing as her boyfriend at a nightclub. Turns out, they’re a hip version of seemingly star-crossed lovers. Norah

has been secretly collecting mix CDs intended for Nick’s ex-girlfriend, a man-eating tween named Tris (executed well by Alexis Dziena). This forms the focus of the film—can Nick and Norah unravel the messy ties to their exes in time to explore their own blooming romance? While the pair struggles to sort out their issues, viewers are treated to a colorful cast of sidekick characters that occasionally manage to steal the spotlight from their counterparts during their brief, on-screen interludes. There’s no McLovin here, but Norah’s best gal pal, the hilariously inebriated Caroline (Ari Graynor of “The Sopranos”) rouses laughs with her drunken antics. Nick’s bandmates Thom and Dev (Aaron Yoo and Rafi Gavron, respectively) deliver classic comedy as they bicker over band names from “the Jerk Offs” to “Shit Sandwich” for their queercore dance band (of which Nick is the only straight member). Director Peter Sollett delivers a loving and heartfelt tribute to New York City, stuffed with shimmering panning shots of the nighttime landscape. Legendary concert halls and weathered clubs serve as the backdrop for characters suffering through run-ins with exes. Among

The only problem is there’s no real danger in the movie.


“Appaloosa” uses its strong characters, well-developed relationships and great cinematography to distinguish itself just enough, and it doesn’t hurt that Jeremy Irons makes one hell of a bad guy. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen play longtime pals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, respectively. Cole is the sheriff and Hitch is his deputy, and they’ve been hired to police a

small town that’s been over-run by bad guys (led by Irons and his raggedy crew of buffoons with bad teeth). Cole, meanwhile, is a man who fights his feelings and, appropriately, has trouble articulating himself. Hitch, the trusty sidekick, is constantly finishing Cole’s sentences and making sacrifices for him. Their deep-seated friendship is beautifully crafted: They understand each other, put an enormous amount of trust in each other and can communicate with a wink, nod or grimace. This dynamic duo forms the movie’s foundation, even as their friendship is put to the test by a feisty female played by Renée Zellweger. Zellweger’s character, Allison French, appears a refined and well-mannered woman. However, what fuels this untraditional female character is her desire for social and economic security. This desire manifests itself in her allegiance to whoever has power. No one blames her, though. Life is hard for women too, and in the western world, it’s every man and woman for him/herself. Except, of course, when it comes to Cole and Hitch’s unwavering relationship. The only problem is there’s no real danger in the movie. It never seems to reach a climax. Instead, it glides along effortlessly, showing the audience the everyday trials and tribulations of a couple of old-time lawmen. Life is hard. Sometimes people shoot at you. But you have to make a living somehow, and if you’re good with a gun, well... Grade: AB

Likely sick of being typecast, Michael Cera is again forced to play the awkward, sensitive guy in Peter Sollett’s new film. the night’s pit stops are music mainstay Bowery Ballroom, dance bar Arlene’s Grocery and Brooklyn’s hipster staple, Union Pool. “Nick and Norah’s” is best suited for teen and 20-something audiences who grew up with the genre of teen dramas like “Sixteen Candles,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Like its influences, this film explores the transitory period between high school and college while tugging the right strings to make audiences hum with nostalgia. Grade: AB


Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris (who also directed and wrote the film’s screenplay) partner up as sheriff and deputy in “Appaloosa.”

Kinnear’s strong performance lends ‘Flash of Genius’ twinkle of competency By Mark Riechers THE DAILY CARDINAL

Bob Kearns drove his family back from church one day during a light rain, unable to see beyond streaking wipes from his windshield wiper blades. He asked himself, “Why couldn’t they blink more like an eye, adjusting speed as necessary?” After tinkering around with his wife’s wiper-blade motor in his basement, Bob managed to work out an electronic circuit that could adjust the speed of the wipers at differing levels. The intermittent wiper blade was born. Thirty years later, Bob could look at nearly any car on the road and see his design at work. Trouble was, he hadn’t received a dime for it, much

less the credit he deserved. The moment Ford Motor Company got a look at his design, they dumped Bob at the curb and ran away with the design as their own. Bob spent the rest of his life trying to get Ford and the rest of the auto industry to admit they had robbed him of the fruits of his “flash of genius.”

“Flash of Genius” simply fails to capture its namesake.

Bob’s story is a compelling

one, but the film adaptation of his story, “Flash of Genius,” simply fails to capture its namesake. It seems uninspired and predictable, allowing the compelling parts of Bob’s story to get whitewashed by the more mundane details of patent law and technical jargon. The film has serious third act problems. The audience sees the wiper theft coming from the moment Bob (Greg Kinnear) sits down with Ford executives, so Bob’s shock is hard for us to feel. We’re tossed endlessly from scene to scene, losing sense of what is happening to Bob as he apparently fights to defend his patents on his own, has a nervous break-

down, ruins his relationships with his family and eventually resolves to fight the big corporations again. It puts the film into a tailspin until the last act of the film, when Bob finally gets Ford into a courtroom over the case. The cast does what it can to make the bumpy story enjoyable and heartfelt. As in “Little Miss Sunshine,” Kinnear plays the honest family man stepped on by the business world. As Bob descends into the patent-lined halls of legal hell, he drags his family along with him. Eventually his wife Phyllis (Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls”) leaves him because of the stress, but his kids remain largely loyal, helping Bob

as his de facto legal team as he brings the case to trial. The filmmakers (led by director Marc Abraham) seem afraid to condemn Bob for his failure to set his ego aside and care for his family—the closest they ever get is Phyllis’ departure and silent frustration. More scenes of Bob and Phyllis’ marriage crumbling would have humanized this otherwise generic David-andGoliath story covered in a sticky coat of legalese. Inventors need to be bold and follow their inspiration to create something new—why isn’t the story of an inventor equally inspired and fresh? Grade: C

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Can you name which? Eleven of the 50 states are named after and actual person.

Monday, October 6, 2008

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By Eric Wigdahl

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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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Sid and Phil

By Alex Lewein

The Graph Giraffe

By Yosef Lerner

Today’s Crossword Puzzle

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TACKLE THIS PUZZLE ACROSS 1 Billy Blanks’ workout system 6 Rural producer 9 Like a piano 14 Others, abroad 15 Eagle on a par three 16 Word in a Graham Greene title 17 Canadian loonies, e.g. 18 Powerful D.C. lobby 19 First name in jazz 20 Promoting 23 Fifth-century pope known as “The Great” 24 Cairo killer 25 100 centavos 28 Serpentine 31 Running things in a bar 35 Annoyed persistently 37 Make a joyful noise 39 Gal of song 40 Emulating a purring engine 44 Six-pointers, briefly 45 Small cornbread loaves 46 This crossword has one 47 Enter via osmosis 49 Renaissance instruments

52 Former world power, briefly 53 Important historical time 55 Prevaricator 57 Doing a Biblical no-no 65 Acts the accomplice 66 Disencumber 67 Wankel engine part 68 Stylishly glossy 69 “Greetings, Caesar!” 70 ___ nous (just between us) 71 Robe fabric 72 Rose’s place 73 Wax-coated cheeses DOWN

1 Clock sound 2 French possessive 3 “All By Myself” singer Carmen 4 Home buyer’s need, often 5 “Evening Shade” narrator Davis 6 Words with “there” and “the balance” 7 Designer color 8 Lowest high tide 9 British poet John 10 Glued to the tube, e.g. 11 Abominable Snowman 12 Ruler, somewhere in the world 13 Salon applications

21 “Terrible twos” cries 22 Take Nancy Reagan’s advice 25 What a junker may be good for 26 Pianist’s technical piece 27 Common stuff? 29 Good feature 30 Spy novel by Kipling 32 Stuff from the bottom of my hearth 33 Salves 34 Trickier 36 What to do to hats and waiters 38 Came down with 41 Baseball legend Ryan 42 Bearded grazer 43 Senator Strom 48 Be a royal pain to 50 Lost one’s tail? 51 Caesar who wasn’t an emperor 54 Full of uncertainty 56 Achieve harmony of purpose 57 Tense description? 58 Not incompetent 59 Sucker’s start? 60 Take the wrong way? 61 Swing music 62 “Roll With Me Henry” singer James 63 Standard 64 “___ bien!”

A Fine Dutch Hobby

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Monday, October 6, 2008



Ammerman scores five goals as Badgers pitch two shutouts By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin women’s hockey team celebrated victories past and present this weekend at the Kohl Center, recording back-to-back shutouts against Syracuse on alumni weekend. After a 3-0 win Friday, freshman forward Brooke Ammerman led the Badgers with four goals in an 8-0 victory Saturday. Wisconsin (4-0-0) got on the board halfway through the first period Friday night. After a pile-up near the left faceoff circle, sophomore forward Mallory Deluce snagged a pass from junior forward Meghan


Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter held Syracuse scoreless during her 100 minutes in net this weekend.

Duggan and fired a wrist shot inside the right post, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Syracuse (0-3-0) managed to stay competitive for most of the game thanks to stellar goaltending from Lucy Schoedel. Before transferring to Syracuse, Schoedel was a backup at New Hampshire, where she compiled a 1.04 goals-against average and a save percentage of .925 in two years with the Wildcats. “In our sport, sometimes the goaltender and the team you’re playing against make it difficult to score,” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. “It’s a tough task on some evenings, and the big thing is not to get frustrated.” With the score still 1-0 halfway through the third period, Ammerman gave Wisconsin some breathing room. After a shot from junior forward Jasmine Giles, Ammerman collected the rebound and shelved the puck over Schoedel’s left shoulder. “We had a lot of chances, but the goalie was really good tonight,” Ammerman said. “It was nice to get one in, to relax a little bit.” Duggan added an insurance goal less than three minutes later, ringing the puck off both posts and the crossbar to put the Badgers up 3-0.

Despite a bit of late action, senior goaltender Jessie Vetter was able to hold on for the shutout, the 27th of her career. On Saturday, Ammerman put Wisconsin in front early, scoring 20 seconds into the first period. Junior forward Kyla Sanders circled behind the Syracuse goal and sent a centering pass into the slot. The puck found Ammerman’s stick and then the back of the net, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Wisconsin scored again less than a minute later on a power-play goal from sophomore forward Kelly Nash. Filling in for injured sophomore forward Hilary Knight, Nash fired a shot from the left corner, banking the puck off Schoedel’s pads for the 2-0 advantage. Ammerman added another power-play goal to close out the first period scoring. “There’s a lot of pressure once you get moved up to the [first] line,” Nash said. “I just focus on having fun.” Nash and Ammerman traded goals throughout the second period. Cutting across the slot to the left of the crease, the New Jersey native took a feed from Nash for her third goal of the game. The Californian responded with another power-play goal

Women’s soccer held scoreless over weekend By Erica Barts THE DAILY CARDINAL

The Wisconsin women’s soccer team (6-6-1) is now 0-4 in Big Ten play after losing both matches this weekend to the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-4-2) and No. 25 Penn State Nittany Lions (85-0). Both Ohio State and Penn State are undefeated in the Big Ten with the Buckeyes on a fivegame winning streak. The Badgers faced the Buckeyes Friday evening at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium where they lost 0-4. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages had to be on her toes the whole evening, pounded by shots on goal throughout the night. Klages had nine total saves but it was not enough as the Buckeyes put together a 16-shot attack against the Badgers. Eight different Buckeyes combined for the shots on goal. OSU senior forward Lisa Collison scored twice in the first half, with an assist by junior Ashley Bowyer. Both of Collison’s goals were scored within the first 30 minutes of play. Collison is just one goal away from being the all-time Ohio State goal scoring leader in Buckeye women’s soccer history. The Badgers picked up their game in the second half and tried to pick themselves out of the two-goal deficit. Wisconsin had just four shots on goal in the first half and more than doubled its shots in the second half to nine. “We look again at the youth of our team, and I’m trying to figure ways to coach them to make them a little more consistent,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. Freshman Laurie Nosbusch had two shots on goal while freshman teammates Erin Jacobsen, Leigh Williams, Meghan Flannery and sophomore Kellyn Flanagan also put up shots. Ohio State kept its intensity high and was relentless against the young


Freshman forward Leigh Williams (8) and the Badger offense could not score against Penn State and Ohio State, despite taking 22 shots. Badgers. In the 56th minute, OSU sophomore Lauren Beachy took a shot on goal that was stopped. The rebound, however, was put in by freshman Paige Maxwell for her third of the season. With just seven minutes left in the game, the Buckeyes kept hitting the Badgers hard with a 12-yard goal by sophomore Laura Roberts, assisted by senior Caitlin Colfer. The Badgers had to quickly recover before seeing the Nittany Lions Sunday afternoon at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field. It was a homecoming of sorts for Wilkins, who coached at PSU for 14 years. Penn State wasted little time in the first half, finding the back of the net three times. In the eighth minute, senior Zoe Bouchelle assisted junior Katie

Schoepfer, who made a straightaway shot into the goal. Nearly five minutes later, freshman Emma Thomson assisted Schoepfer again, who blasted a shot into the right corner of the net. Before heading into the half, the Nittany Lions added another goal in the 28th minute by sophomore Danielle Toney, who hit the right corner of the goal. The second half was scoreless for both teams, but Nosbusch and Williams each had two shots on goal. Klages had seven saves for the afternoon, while junior standout goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had three. The Badgers will face Indiana Oct. 10 at the McClimon Soccer Complex at 7:00 p.m. — contributed to this report.


Freshman center Brooke Ammerman (20) scored five goals for the Badgers over the weekend. UW outscored Syracuse 11-0 in two games. midway through the period, and Ammerman made it 6-0 at the end of the second, sneaking one inside the right post. With the game in hand, both coaches gave their starting goaltenders the third period off. UW junior Alannah McCready made four stops to preserve the Badger shutout.

analysis from page 8 sive end Matt Shaughnessy said. “It’s tough when it’s second, third and long and [Pryor gets] a first down on a run, but that’s football. You’ve just got to bounce back and play the next play.” That is exactly what the Badgers would have to do: For the second week in a row they would have to drive down the field in the last minutes of the game and come from behind. But unlike last week, when UW was able to score a touchdown but CLAY missed the gametying two-point conversion, Saturday’s affair had a rather abrupt ending. On the first play from scrimmage on Wisconsin’s next drive, senior quarterback Allan Evridge dropped back to pass and scrambled to his left. Unable to find a receiver open downfield, it looked as if he would tuck the ball and run. Evridge, however, tried to force

recap from page 8 successful punt and kick returns. OSU managed to stay on at least its own 40yard line nearly all game. Clay performed well in the fourth quarter, hurdling over a defender in one instance to march toward the end zone of the second-to-last drive, which was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Hill. Wisconsin didn’t hold on to its 17-13 lead. Pryor’s risky style, which included deep passes that never materialized and 37 yards lost on last-ditch efforts to scramble out of the pocket, eventually paid off on Ohio State’s final 80-yard drive that was fittingly capped off by Pryor’s touchdown dash. “It hurts. It was a close game the whole way,” Clay said. “We

Junior forward Jasmine Giles and senior forward Erika Lawler each recorded their first goals of the season, giving Wisconsin an 8-0 win. The Badgers will look to continue their high-scoring ways when they open league play next weekend at Ohio State. The puck drops at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. a throw to senior tight end Travis Beckum, only to have OSU senior cornerback Malcolm Jenkins intercept the pass, sealing the victory for the Buckeyes. The loss marks the second straight for UW, as the Badgers have now opened the Big Ten season with a 0-2 record. “It’s tough [to lose two games like this]; it’s not an easy thing. Last week we didn’t play to our potential,” sophomore center John Moffitt said. “This week, I thought we played a lot harder, like it was a different team out there today. It was a tough, emotional loss, but we’ve got to get back on the horse and get back at it.” After last week’s loss to Michigan, Bielema said he thought at certain times during the game that players were not playing as hard as they could, but made sure that it was known he did not feel that way after the loss to OSU. “I, by no means, am faulting anybody’s effort or desire,” Bielema said. “We just have to be able to be clean on what we ask those kids to do; otherwise, we can’t have success.” can’t forget about it though because we want to keep this taste in our mouth because we don’t want to have it again.” SCORING PLAYS 11:49 1st Qtr: Chris Wells rushes 33 yards for TD. Badgers 0, OSU 7 04:35 2nd Qtr: Allan Evridge 9-yard TD pass to Mickey Turner. Badgers 7, OSU 7 00:01 2nd Qtr: 20-yard FG by Philip Welch. Badgers 10, OSU 7 07:43 3rd Qtr: 21-yard FG by Ryan Pretorius. Badgers 10, OSU 10 10:52 4th Qtr: 34-yard FG by Ryan Pretorius. Badgers 10, OSU 13 06:31 4th Qtr: P.J. Hill rushes 2 yards for TD. Badgers 17, OSU 13 01:08 4th Qtr: Terrelle Pryor rushes 11 yards for TD. Badgers 17, OSU 20

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Badgers: 3-2 (T-9th in Big Ten) Buckeyes: 5-1 (T-1st in Big Ten)

By Nate Carey

Up next for UW: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Penn State TV: ESPN


Two weeks ago the Badgers were a top-10 team. Oh how things have changed. The Wisconsin football team fell to 3-2 on the season after losing at home to Ohio State, the team’s second consecutive Big Ten defeat. The Buckeyes (2-0 Big Ten, 5-1 overall) persisted through a tight battle that ended when Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor dashed into the end zone with an 11-yard carry on an option play, dodging two UW defenders to put OSU up 20-17 with 1:08 remaining. “He’s elusive, he’s a big body,” head coach Bret Bielema said of Pryor, a 6'6" freshman whose athleticism gave Wisconsin fits all night. “There were a couple of times where we were kind of just hanging on him or just barely on him, and he was able to fight through some tackles.” Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins buried any hopes of a finalminute UW comeback when he picked off a pass hurled by senior quarterback Allan Evridge under pressure. “I didn’t want to take a sack so I was trying to check it down, and I just didn’t see Jenkins,” Evridge said. Evridge had a mixed performance, completing 13-of-25 passes for 147 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Dropped and off-target passes plagued the offense and proved too much for the few successful drives to overcome. Senior tight end Travis Beckum was Evridge’s favorite target, catching six passes for 60 yards.


Freshman tailback John Clay moved the ball 69 yards on 10 carries to overshadow senior P.J. Hill, who accumulated 64 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath also utilized his speed to get around defenders on five hand-offs that produced 36 yards. “I was a little shaky at the beginning of the season, but I’m really starting to feel comfortable,” Clay said. “I got goosebumps. The crowd was just cheering and my teammates were slapping me and getting me together.” Ohio State scored a touchdown on the first drive with a 33-yard rush by tailback Chris Wells, who ended the game with 168 total yards on 22 carries. Wells, a 6'1" sophomore, used his strength and agility to maneuver through UW defenders and make several big plays. “He’s a big guy who can go ahead and break tackles and break loose some times,” said sophomore safety Jay Valai, who forced two fumbles and got seven tackles Saturday. “To go the length of the field and to eat the clock the way we did, I thought that was Wisconsin football.” Bret Bielema head coach UW football

The Wisconsin offense clicked on a long drive that lasted over eight minutes in the second quarter. Starting at the nine yard line, a steady stream of rushes by Clay and short passes resulted in

took his place. “[Oglesby] popped in there and did some good things,” Bielema said. A 35-yard toss from Evridge to sophomore receiver Kyle Jefferson put UW three yards from the end zone with five seconds remaining in the first half and one time out left. But rather than risk running out the clock, the coaches decided to kick a field goal instead. Ohio State scored two field goals to take a 13-10 lead in the second half, utilizing Wells and taking advantage of good field position earned from

It had to happen sooner or later. The Wisconsin Badgers football team came into Saturday’s game against Ohio State with a perfect record at Camp Randall Stadium under head coach Bret Bielema, going 16-0 during that stretch. But all good things must come to an end, and the Badgers lost 20-17 in front of the 81,608 in attendance at Camp Randall. “This was a tough game. Wisconsin played their hearts out, Ohio State played their hearts out,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. “There was a great atmosphere and a great crowd. It was a battle, and we were fortunate to be able to take it down that last drive and make some plays.” In the end, that’s what it boiled down to: The Buckeyes made the plays and the Badgers didn’t. Holding onto a 17-13 lead with 6:24 left in the game, it was up to the Badger defense to nail the door shut on the Buckeyes. Considering the defense had been Wisconsin’s strength this season, the daunting challenge of stopping OSU freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor and junior running back Chris Wells seemed a little bit easier, especially since the Badgers had held the OSU offense relatively in check up to that point in the second half. However, what followed did anything but relax Badger fans. Pryor orchestrated a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with him scampering into the end zone from 11 yards out. “He was everything the coaches said he would be,” senior defen-

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Senior wide receiver Richard Kirtley walks off the field after the Badgers’ second consecutive close loss to a Big Ten opponent. a nine-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Mickey Turner, who barely penetrated the plane of the endzone as he was taken down by a Buckeye defender near the right sideline. Consisting of 18 plays, none longer than 11 yards gained, the drive put UW even with Ohio State 7-7. “To go the length of the field and to eat the clock the way we did, I thought that was Wisconsin football,” Bielema said. Early in that drive, sophomore left tackle Gabe Carimi took a blow to his left knee that kept him out of the rest of the game. Sophomore lineman Josh Oglesby

Volleyball downs OSU, UM at home By Andy Van Sistine & Jay Messar THE DAILY CARDINAL

With two wins this weekend in the UW Field House, the No. 20 Wisconsin volleyball team (2-2 Big Ten, 12-4 overall) got its season back on track by defeating No. 22 Michigan (2-2, 14-2) in five sets and sweeping Ohio State (1-3, 10-6). The pair of wins puts Wisconsin in a six-way tie for third place in the Big Ten. Top-ranked Penn State (4-0, 16-0) and No. 12 Minnesota (4-0, 15-2) are atop the standings, two games ahead of the Badgers. Friday night’s match against the Wolverines started off poorly for the Badgers, who gave up 21 points in the first two sets on attack errors and service errors. Despite solid offensive efforts by junior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner and senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers, who each put up kills and a block in two rounds, the Wolverines were serving better and swinging better, posting a .328 hitting average and a service ace to Wisconsin’s .219 average and no aces. But midway through the third set, with the Badgers down 11-15 and the match on the line, Wisconsin rallied five straight points, fueled by a number of attack errors by Michigan

and two kills from Dolgner to gain a one-point lead. Wisconsin clung to that momentum throughout the remainder of the match. The Badgers executed UW head coach Pete Waite’s recent appeal to finish out sets, besting Michigan in extra points in the third and fourth sets before putting up a respectable five-point victory to close out the match. Jeffers finished the night with a career-high 18 kills, and sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn put up a career-high 13 digs.

“Today it felt great to play together as a team. I think we’re starting to mesh well.” Kim Kuzma sophomore libero UW Volleyball

“This is absolutely what I’ve been looking for,” Waite said of how the match played out. “We would’ve liked to have the first set as well, but we just weren’t playing that well. But to come back and win the last three was great. I think we grabbed the momentum and hung on to it.”

Wisconsin kept its momentum rolling by sweeping the visiting Buckeyes 3-0 in a Sunday matinee. Stingy passing by the Badgers allowed the offense to soar in what seemed more like a shooting range than a volleyball match. “We were getting some seams and hitting some good shots,” Waite said. “Our hitters were very aggressive, and to hit .345 for the match is very good for the group.” “We’re giving [Allison] Wack and Kim [Kuzma] a lot of responsibility back there, most of the time passing two, and they’re really covering the court well,” he said. “I think that’s showing up on our hitting stats—if we can hit .345 as a team, that means we’re passing very well.” While Wack, Kuzma and company played solid defense, senior Morgan Salow played big at the net, hitting a match and career-high .611 percentage with 13 kills in her first Big Ten start of 2008. “During her career, she’s come into the middle, she’s come on the left, she’s come on the right, and that really has prepared her for right now,” Waite said. “We’re comfortable putting her anywhere, and she feels good going any position.” The general consensus following this weekend’s matchups is that


Senior middle blocker Audra Jeffers (15) registered a careerhigh 18 kills in a five-set victory over No.22 Michigan Friday this year’s young squad is beginning to grow. “We worked really hard in practice this week, and we really felt like we could play a lot better,”

Kuzma said. “Today it felt great to play together as a team. I think we’re starting to mesh well. We switched the lineup a little bit, and we’re having fun.”


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