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Budget deﬁcit may hit $3 billion, Doyle says By Justin Eells THE DAILY CARDINAL
Wisconsin may experience a $3 billion budget deficit over the next few years because of the present economic situation, Gov. Jim Doyle announced at a press conference Wednesday.
“Wisconsin is not immune to this serious downturn in the national economy.” Jim Doyle governor Wisconsin
The state will feel the effects of the 18 percent stock market plunge last week and credit markets that are “all but shut down,” Doyle said. “Wisconsin is not immune to this serious downturn in the national economy,” he said. “As a historical matter, every time the
country has gone into recession, Wisconsin has faced a budget shortfall that amounts to 10 percent of the state budget.” Doyle said Wisconsin has remained in good shape in some signiﬁcant ways compared to other states, with real-estate values generally holding and banks largely remaining strong. Nevertheless, Doyle said with the ﬁnancial crisis and the national economy in turmoil, Wisconsin will have to make sacriﬁces and budget cuts will have to be made. With 159,000 jobs disappearing nationally in September, Wisconsin unemployment compensation claims up 26 percent and experts predicting a recession lasting into 2010, government has to stay focused on priorities, according to Doyle. “When the economy goes bad, the demand for state services goes up,” he said, adding, “We have seen
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Author Robert Spencer speaks to students at the Union Wednesday, voicing his concerns over Islamic extremism and its violent threat. Many students spoke out against Spencer and engaged in heated
Band to travel to Lambeau Field this weekend for Packer halftime show
Jihad Watch head lashes out at Islamic extremism
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The University of Wisconsin Marching Band will travel to Lambeau Field Sunday to perform at halftime of the Green Bay PackersIndianapolis Colts game, university ofﬁcials announced Wednesday. The band’s previous travel ban has been lifted for this weekend, but according to Band Director Mike Leckrone, the investigation into hazing within the band is still ongoing.
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Leckrone said the university’s decision to allow the band to travel is not contradictory. “We didn’t really reverse anything. What we did was say we wanted to keep the investigation going, which we have,” he said. “We wanted to come up with some guidelines that would enable us to travel.” According to a university statement, the band will travel to and band page 4
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The College Republicans of UWMadison hosted Robert Spencer, head of Jihad Watch, to voice his views against Islamic extremism Wednesday at Memorial Union. Spencer’s presentation, “Jihad: What Muslims Say it Means and Why it Matters,” instigated student backlash in a question and answer session. Spencer said he believes the Islamic religion is not a peaceful one and many
Islamic groups in the United States have the potential to impose Islamic law on nonbelievers in a violent way. “Whether or not these people are interpreting Islam incorrectly or represent only a tiny minority of extremists, it is still happening,” Spencer said. Several students argued against Spencer’s view, saying extremists in other religions such as Judaism and Christianity could potentially cause the same problems. During the question and answer
session, a UW-Madison student asked why Spencer seemed unconcerned with the politicization of religion in the United States with regard to the rise of evangelical Christianity. She said government ofﬁcials have the potential to appoint ideologically extreme Supreme Court Justices, as well as judges and cabinet members. “I do not think it is the same thing,” Spencer responded. “They jihad watch page 4
A LOOK INTO UW-MADISON SECRET SOCIETIES By Andrea Carlson THE DAILY CARDINAL
As the new school year begins, thousands of UW-Madison students struggle to balance cramming for exams and volunteering for various organizations on campus. Amid all this stress, two organizations ﬂy under the radar, avoiding any promotion of their activities. These societies, known as Iron Cross and Malt & Barley, represent the highest tier of students in academics and leadership at UW-Madison. Both organizations have been known as “secret societies” because they are unlike any other student organizations on campus. Although both groups publish their member lists—Iron Cross on a shield in Memorial Union and Malt & Barley on the
masthead of the Wisconsin Law Review’s journal and website—no one knows exactly what the societies do. According to Mark Guthier, director of the Wisconsin Union and advisor to Iron Cross, the society was founded in 1902. It was created for the purpose of commending juniors and seniors who have achieved academic excellence and have shown themselves to be inﬂuential in enhancing the community of UWMadison. Administrators, faculty and state legislators meet along with the students to discuss issues facing students and the university in general. “It’s more about connecting student leaders and influential circles from campus and allowing them ... to collaborate on things,” said Shayna Hetzel, who was inducted into Iron Cross two years ago. After induction, Iron Cross members have the opportunity to organize the initiation and induction process for upcoming members. “It used to be where you would get nominated to be in Iron Cross and you
would sleep outside on Bascom Hill … In the morning, the Iron Cross would be hung outside with the names of the new members,” Hetzel said. “I was the class of 2007, and so the class of 2006 planned the initiation and induction for the class of 2007.” “It’s more about connecting student leaders and inﬂuential circles from campus and allowing them ... to collaborate.” Shayna Hetzel member Iron Cross
Faculty and current members decide the selection of new members in the spring semester. Past inductees include U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, DWis., and former president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company William secret page 3
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ver the course of my life’s first two decades, my family gradually changed from regular churchgoing Catholics to the kind who put in token appearances around Easter and Christmas, and then on to the kind who root through their basement once every spring for a battered VHS copy of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” a work that may not be officially endorsed by the Vatican, but is at least canonical in the same sense as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Cats.” Though I would now identify myself first and foremost as a disciple of Andrew Lloyd Weber, the preceding years have left me with a pretty clear memory of the average sermon. The preacher (“priests,” we called them) would read a passage of varying length from the Bible and soberly reflect on its relevance to our daily lives until it was time for the collec-
tion plate to make its rounds. As a child, I found the solemnity of these proceedings to be excruciatingly boring. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by other approaches to divine revelation. “A healthy, solid bowel movement can be pleasurable” explained a street preacher to our congregation of around 30, which had spontaneously convened around his folding chair last Tuesday to hear the good word. The day’s sermon, which had apparently been drawn from the late night, 18-plus version of the Sermon on the Mount, was on the dangers of anal sex. Exhaustive in his attention to detail, the man’s vast knowledge of the topic at hand could only be described as “suspicious.” Homophobia is such a common theme among the preachers who come to harangue God’s collegiate multitudes that it’s gone from offensive to amusing to clichéd. No longer able to muster the anger necessary to protest, the small number of passersby who do still gather for these events seem more bored than indignant: “Yes, Brother Josiah, we’ve heard all about the Sodomites. What new hatreds do you bring us?”
Last week’s speaker distinguished himself not only through the laser-like focus of his message but also its graphic explicitness, cataloging at least half a dozen hell-worthy trespasses that could be committed between a man and an oblong piece of fruit. “Do you know what a rim job is?” he shouted at two women who happened to be passing by on the way to class, holding aloft his Bible as he did so, as if the answer to the question lay somewhere inside, between Leviticus and Deuteronomy. While our preacher began to elaborate further with help from the bucket of props he’d brought along for the occasion, I thought back to eighth grade when our school’s priest stopped by to distribute copies of a reference manual that we came to call the “1,001 Reasons You’re Going to Hell.” Beginning with the original 10 Commandments and tacking on an additional seven or eight hundred, the book covered all the usual sins like murder and covetry, as well as several that had only come to attention since puberty. This new take on God struck me as entirely too negative, but I respected His
great diversity of interests, speciﬁcally condemning not only such evils as laziness and arson, but also sorcery and nipple piercings. The deity we were presently being lectured about seemed otherwise preoccupied, as if Moses had come down from Mount Sinai, set down his two tablets and said, “People of Israel, these are just the first 10. If a few of you wouldn’t mind helping out, there are, like, 75 more about fisting alone.” As the small crowd around me began to loosen up, some shouting out suggestions of additional sins for today’s minister to denounce, I wondered if there were people in another part of the world who’d sat through this same presentation every week for years and years. Like my own, would these families sit in the back rows sneaking glances at their watches, waiting impatiently for that moment when they’d be free to run home, sit down together in the living room and throw a good rock opera in the VCR? And, if so, why had neither of us thought to buy it on DVD yet? What’s the buzz? E-mail Matt at email@example.com.
New Beer Thursday Schlitz Brewing Co. american lager Forget every preconceived notion you’ve had about Schlitz. The cacophonous name does not lend to any suspicion of a quality beer, and there is already a crappy malt liquor bearing the same name. Throw that all out the window. This is truly the beer that made Milwaukee famous (also the slogan, not a coincidence); just ask your parents about their teenage days sneaking Schlitz out of their parents’ fridge and then getting drunk with Patty Sue. Established in 1849, Schlitz Brewing Co. is older than John McCain. With time, they mastered a recipe for what seemed to be the perfect beer, a beer that the consumer could not put down—something of a liquid gold. Personnel changes over time changed the recipe of the original beer, leading to the slow and steady decline of Schlitz beer—in the end, it could only be described as “chunky.” There were actual chunks in the beer. As of last August, Schlitz made its way back on the shelves courtesy of Pabst Brewing Co., Schlitz’ owner. The Pabst people recovered the old recipe and recreated it, ironically at Miller Brewing Co.’s east coast
brew plant. However, the beer is still a source of Milwaukee pride. And the question remains, how does it taste? To be brief, it’s excellent. There are no lingering bitter aftertastes or unidentifiable metallic flavors that you would find in comparable American lagers. The beer is light on the palette and is perfectly carbonated. It has a sweet taste all the way through. and it truly refreshing. Don’t pay attention to Bud Light’s claim to “drinkability,” because if there is such a thing, Schlitz has it more than any other beer. Not to mention it’s just as cheap as its peers and just as available. After consuming half of the bottle, I was conﬁdent in the highest possible rating—the elusive ﬁve beers out of ﬁve. Yet, once the beer experienced both backwash and room temperature heat, the second half was brought down to a four. Granted, there are other handcrafted microbrews that are much more complex and of higher quality, but for what this beer offers, it’s at the top of its class. There are few beers in this world that can accomplish what Schlitz does in its original recipe beer—an eminently drinkable, refreshing and delicious beer.
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Students urged at rally to vote for a ‘pro-fairness’ Legislature THE DAILY CARDINAL
Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton and Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, urged students to vote for local and national candidates who support LGBT rights at a rally Wednesday on Library Mall. LGBT rights advocacy group Fair Wisconsin sponsored the rally as part of its “Go All the Way on Election Day” campaign to encourage students to vote through the entire ballot, especially at the state level. “The only way to change the leadership in the state Assembly is to get rid of those unfair state Assembly members … and to get students from around Wisconsin to again vote all the way down the ballot,” Fair Wisconsin
director Glenn Carlson said. Christine Callsen, Fair Wisconsin ﬁnance and communications director, said electing a “pro-fairness” state Legislature is particularly important to protect the rights of gay and transgender people in Wisconsin. Judge co-founded Students for a Fair Wisconsin in 2006 to build student opposition to the gay marriage ban that passed in that year’s referendum. “We as students have an undeniable legacy to ﬁght for what is right,” Judge said. “The state Legislature is the ﬁrst step. It’s the spear that we need to start reversing the effects of the ban.” Lawton said local politicians must also fight discrimination to uphold equality in the state
because civil rights are the basis of a democracy. “If we are going to attract and retain the best and the brightest to drive our state forward, it can’t be [restricted to] the best and the brightest unless you happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual [or] transsexual,” Lawton said. Teddi Hereid, a UW-Madison sophomore and Fair Wisconsin student organizer, said she hopes students’ concern over the issue of gay rights will increase voter turnout. UW-Madison College Democrats Chair Claire Rydell expressed concern over students who don’t consider casting their ballot to be important enough to wait in long lines at the polls. “They don’t think their vote matters, but it does,” she said.
Congressmen call for ACORN investigation By Grace Urban THE DAILY CARDINAL
Three Wisconsin Congressmen sent a letter to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Wednesday calling for an investigation into an advocacy group’s alleged involvement in voter fraud. Republican Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri and Paul Ryan sent the letter claiming the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a grassroots community service organization, is purposely registering illegitimate voters. According to the letter, ACORN employees tried to submit voter registrations this August for people who are dead, imagined or otherwise ineligible. “If people are inappropriately registered as voters and then
vote inappropriately, then that affects the vote totals,” said Niel Wright, spokesperson for Petri. Mike McCabe, director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, said ACORN runs into problems because they pay their workers depending on the amount of voters they register. “When you are given a quota for a number of voters that you need to register, that’s an invitation to abuse,” McCabe said. However, according to McCabe, the letter will be seen as a political stunt. “Given the timing of the letter amidst the presidential campaign and the highly partisan nature of the issue, it’s really more about politics than a legitimate call for enforcement of the law,” McCabe said.
So far, there have been three confirmed cases of voter fraud in Wisconsin, but McCabe said actual voter fraud is quite rare in the state. “When you actually look into the allegations, most of it is just rhetoric and speculation,” McCabe said. “When you get to the bottom of it, voter fraud is more rare than a financially stable investment bank.” To ACORN’s credit, some of the illegal activities have been flagged by ACORN itself, McCabe said, adding most of their registrations appear to be valid. Neither the Madison nor Milwaukee ACORN ofﬁces could be reached for comment regarding the recent allegations.
RNC no longer running campaign ads in Wisconsin, Maine Television ads from the Republican National Committee for Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be absent from Wisconsin airwaves in the next week. Wisconsin television stations in Eau Claire, Green Bay and Milwaukee revealed Wednesday the RNC has not bought any new
TV time for the week of Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 and has not indicated it would make any new purchases after the 21st. The RNC will also not be running television ads in Maine. A day before the RNC’s decision to pull ads from these two states, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Democratic presidential
School of Engineering dean for diversity affairs dies unexpectedly at age 44
After speaking at a rally Wednesday with Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton to encourage LGBT fairness, Ald. Eli Judge, District 8, (right) leads voters to the Dane County Clerk’s Ofﬁce to vote early.
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candidate Barack Obama ahead of McCain in Wisconsin by 17 points, suggesting he has a growing lead in the state. According to The Wall Street Journal, the McCain campaign can still run its own ads in these states, but has limited money to do so because McCain chose to accept public funding for his campaign.
UW-Madison’s assistant dean for diversity affairs and student leadership programs in the College of Engineering died unexpectedly Monday. Steven N. Clark, 44, received awards citing his contributions as an advisor, role model, administrator and humanitarian. Recently, the UW-Madison Polygon Engineering Council, which represents the students of the engineering school, named Clark the recipient of its Diversity in Education Award. “Steve had great energy and enthusiasm for his work,” College of Engineering Dean Paul Peercy said in a statement. “It was apparent in everything he did … He will be greatly missed.” Clark joined the College of Engineering staff in 2006 and implemented a recruitment and retention program for underrepresented student populations. Before serving as a dean at UW-Madison, Clark was appointed director of the Department of Multicultural
secret from page 1 Beverly Murphy. “They come with a diverse set of perspectives and experiences,” Guthier said. Rituals known to be associated with Iron Cross include the declaration of meetings by the oldest member and the carrying of the iron cross by the tallest member of the society. According to Hetzel, the biggest visible project Iron Cross has put together was the planning and construction of a student union in the early 1900s. The president of the university at the time, Charles Richard Van Hise—the namesake of Van Hise Hall—asked the society to create something for student use as a replacement for the failing YMCA. The result—Memorial Union—opened Oct. 5, 1928. It became the first union in the nation to sell beer at a public university in 1933, and has remained an icon on campus since. “It used to be where you would get nominated to be in Iron Cross and you would sleep outside on Bascom Hill.” Shayna Hetzel member Iron Cross
Malt & Barley is a secret section of the Wisconsin Law Review. There are two to four members of the society who become editors of the journal each year. “We used to be called the Beer Editors, and when exactly it started is not really known, but we first appeared on the masthead of the Wisconsin Law Review in the early 1980s,” Malt & Barley editor Brian Jenks said. Jenks, a graduate student in the Wisconsin Law School and member of both Iron Cross and Malt & Barley, said Malt & Barley members demonstrate the fun aspects of being in a society.
Student Affairs at the University of Miami in Florida. “Steve was fond of a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, who said, ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Steve believed that and lived it every day,” UW-Madison assistant vice CLARK provost for diversity and climate Damon Williams said in a statement. Clark worked with Rockwell Automation to fund five fulltime scholarships for underrepresented students from the Milwaukee area who attend the College of Engineering. Clark also contributed to enhancing fundraising efforts for the College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office. Clark is survived by family members in the Chicago area. Memorial arrangements have not yet been set. “As fun as we are, we should reiterate also that the Law Review is a very prestigious organization,” said Danielle Costello, another Malt & Barley editor. The society’s editors are chosen in their second year by previous editors and then take on the responsibilities of editor their third year. The Wisconsin Law Review is published six times a year and includes student pieces along with professionals’ articles.
“If I could compare them to schools, Iron Cross would be like getting into Harvard.” Brian Jenks editor Malt & Barley
“Because we’re an academic journal … we want the best writers in the law school to be on our journal so that when we put out our publication, it’s as high a quality as it needs to be,” Malt & Barley editor Andrew Holm said. Although Iron Cross and Malt & Barley are the only two “secret societies” on campus, their rituals and motives differ. “If I could compare them to schools, Iron Cross would be like getting into Harvard, whereas Malt & Barley is like getting into the University of Wisconsin,” Jenks said. Iron Cross and Malt & Barley are not unlike other honor societies at universities and colleges nationwide, the first of which—Phi Beta Kappa—was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Other Big Ten schools have academic honor societies. One of the most well-known of these is The Order of Angell at the University of Michigan, which has boasted members such as former President Gerald Ford, former football coaches Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr and football players Jake Long and Mike Hart.
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Asian American Student Union re-organizes at kickoff meeting By Nick Dmytrenko
together in hopes of resurrecting the group and uniting the UW-Madison Asian-American community. “Our current goal is to build membership and participation,” board member Kimberly Cho said. “We want to make sure we maintain an academic base, an organization base and social community all together.” The group plans on hosting a number of discussions addressing current issues Asian-Americans face, as well as drawing attention to issues on campus. “We want to have a voice so that students know that we are interested and working toward a better goal,” Luong said. Another focus of the group is to increase support for the Asian American Studies Program. Many
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The Asian American Student Union held its ofﬁcial kickoff meeting Wednesday at the Red Gym to celebrate the relaunch of the group. Created 30 years ago, the organization ceased to exist after it was absorbed by another student organization, the Asian Paciﬁc American Council. Last year, APAC disbanded and left a void that AASU hopes to ﬁll. “It’s really a rebuilding and reconstituting year for our foundation … We’re trying to build a stronger groundwork so that it won’t fall apart again,” AASU board member Stella Luong said. Luong is part of a group of eight upperclassmen who have banded
professors have left the program, and student enrollment in the program has dwindled. “Unfortunately, this is an example of how small the department is, because most of the faculty in that department are in other departments as well,” Cho said. Peggy Choy, who helped launch the Asian American Studies Program, was one of several speakers on Wednesday. “I hope that they will go in a new direction than other Asian student organizations have gone in the past in terms of their vision,” she said. The group plans to publish a cookbook later this year with submissions from other ethnic student organizations on campus to unite and produce a useful product for the entire campus.
SSFC involved in ASM Constitutional Committee forum By Estephany Escobar THE DAILY CARDINAL
UW-Madison students and staff members offered comments and concerns about the first draft of the new constitution of the Associated Students of Madison during a listening session Wednesday. The listening session was targeted toward student groups who apply for money from the General Student Service Fund through the ASM Student Services Finance Committee. Jeff Wright, chair of the Constitutional Committee, started the session by explaining the current ASM model. “The main purpose of the presentation is to get feedback from you, not only on specific elements on the draft constitution, but also in the ways that you see or would like to see SSFC or its equivalent changing in time,” he said. The changes in the constitution in this new draft include some in the branches of gov-
ernment. An elected president and vice president would head the executive branch. The president would be responsible for the executive actions and have veto power over senate actions. The senate in the new structure would set policy direction for the student government. “The basic conﬂct in the whole system is that ASM attempts to govern by ... two contradictory principles, which bring conﬂict of interest.” Natalia Washington sophomore UW-Madison
SSFC would remain the appropriation committee for GSSF, in addition to overseeing the allocation of space in the Student Activity Center. A question and answer session followed the presentation, allowing students to voice their opinions and provide feedback to
the ASM committee. The main concerns students discussed in the open forum related to the increase in power of SSFC and the relationship between student organizations and ASM. UW-Madison junior Sean McMaster suggested the committee have a faculty or staff member in SSFC to contribute to the consistency of decisions and budgets. “The basic conflict in the whole system is that ASM attempts to govern the student body by providing funding for groups and advocating [for] students, which are two contradictory principles, which bring conflict of interest,” Natalia Washington, a UW-Madison sophomore, said. Students offered ways to increase low voter turnout in ASM elections. UW-Madison senior Bradley Schmock suggested the possibility of incorporating a public financing portion in the student government to increase election turnout.
ASM Election Winners New freshman representatives Axel Hernandez Rebecca Newman Jamie Stark Khamseng Yang
New Student Services Finance Committee representatives Tyler Junger Brandon Williams
2,035 students voted, for an overall turnout of approximately 5.1 percent.
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UW band members practiced Wednesday after Director Mike Leckrone announced the group would travel to Lambeau Field this weekend.
from Green Bay on buses, but will not stay overnight. Instrument sections and class levels will be split by random seating assignments, a quiet bus option will be available and initiation activities will be prohibited as part of new travel policies. The entire band was suspended before the Oct. 4 home football game against Ohio State because of reports of hazing, but performed at last Saturday’s Penn State game. “Last week we just wanted to get on the ﬁeld and get that part of the business taken care of … We were trying to solve the problem and take it
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Gov. Jim Doyle holds a press conference in his ofﬁce Wednesday to discuss how the economic slowdown will lead to a large deﬁcit in the Wisconsin state budget in the next few years.
doyle from page 1 our job ﬁgures down over 13,000 from where we were one year ago.”
“We’re going to have to be willing to look at everything, and it’s going to get tougher to do.” Jim Doyle governor Wisconsin
Additionally, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced Tuesday state unemployment funds could run
jihad watch from page 1 are working with the political process, not undermining the constitutional government … I have never found any Christian preacher saying they are going to overthrow the government and make Christianity supreme.” Spencer criticized various members of Islamic groups in the United States in an effort to support his opinion. He quoted Omar Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who allegedly stated his belief in Islamic supremacy. Spencer also assessed Islamic values by arguing they deny fundamental American values, such as freedom of speech and equal rights for all. “If one group is allowed to shut down something that they think is offensive, then that group obviously has hegemony over the others and we no longer have a society in which everybody enjoys equality
one step at a time,” Leckrone said. According to Leckrone, the band has learned and grown stronger from the experience. “When you get thrown off a horse, you want to get right back on again and show that you can do the right thing ... Now [we] want the opportunity to do the right thing,” he said. Drum Major Jon Alfuth said the entire leadership squad of the band has taken the initiative to make the experience a positive one. “We have been figuring out what we need to do to take care of it and move past the situation,” he said. “The whole leadership team has really stepped up, and I
out by the end of the year because of the increase in unemployment claims. Doyle said he is committed to dealing with the situation without tax increases and, if possible, would like to deal with the problem without cuts to education or infrastructure investments, which directly affect employment. While education is still his ﬁrst priority, as it is important for future generations, Doyle said it is not off limits for budget cuts. “You can’t say anything is off limits. We’re going to have to be willing to look at everything, and it’s going to get tougher to do, because we have made very deep cuts in state government over the last couple of years,” he said. before the law,” Spencer said. Multiple students questioned Spencer’s intentions by claiming he cannot legitimately support the American freedom of equality if he does not support Islamic rights. “Whether or not these people are interpreting Islam incorrectly or represent only a tiny minority of extremists, it is still happening.” Robert Spencer head Jihad Watch
One student questioned Spencer’s motives, claiming he did not have tolerance or understanding of minority rights. Spencer said he is concerned about peace, justice and human rights for all and believes these rights can be protected if the Islamic movement is put to an end.
am really proud of them.” The band found out about the day trip to Lambeau Field at the beginning of practice Wednesday. “It [is] exciting. We are excited to get back out on the road and put this all behind us,” Alfuth said. According to Leckrone, no band members will be prohibited from traveling Sunday. Alfuth said he could not comment on whether members of leadership were involved in the hazing activities. “It has been involved in the culture for quite a long time, but everything in the last couple of years has taken steps to improve, and we just need to keep taking steps,” he said.
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Raised in a country where AIDS is a household word but a hushed subject, can students come to terms with a virus that is hitting their generation harder than any other? Story by Caitlin Gath
e wakes up each night soaked in sweat, consumed by chills that just won’t go away. It’s difﬁcult for him to see because his vision is blurred and distorted. He feels slightly short of breath and no matter how much he sleeps, he still feels indescribably exhausted. He reaches out for some type of relief—begging for something to put him out of his misery, but a simple antibiotic won’t alleviate his symptoms. He’ll probably still feel this way tomorrow night, maybe even next week. It’s difficult to tell which will be the good days and which will be the bad, because he doesn’t just have a common cold, but AIDS. For a person with AIDS, symptoms like these have the potential to be a normal routine, and, unfortunately, the number of people affected by the disease just keeps growing. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) may not be highly prevalent in the United States, much less in Madison, Wis., but it has without a doubt become a certiﬁed pandemic around the world. According to the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-proﬁt medical practice that strives to diagnose and treat many complex illnesses, there are an estimated 39.5 million people worldwide infected with HIV. AIDS is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeﬁciency virus, otherwise known as HIV. HIV has the potential to make the body more vulnerable to particular types of cancer and certain infections like meningitis and pneumonia. AIDS has only been studied extensively for the last 30 years or so. According to Craig Roberts, a physician assistant and epidemiologist for University Health Services, most students at UW-Madison have a pretty good awareness about the deﬁciency.
“There’s a lot that seems to be going on with awareness already. It’s one of the more popular tests we do here [at UHS],” Roberts said. “There is a willingness to talk about it, and students are coming to college with that knowledge.” The silent issue Nevertheless, AIDS still has the tendency to remain an unspoken issue.
“[AIDS testing] is one of the more popular tests we do.” Craig Roberts physician assistant University Health Services
“I think HIV/AIDS tends to be a ‘hush hush’ issue because sex is a ‘hush hush’ issue, and the primary method of HIV transmission in the U.S. and most other countries is via sexual contact,” Erica Andrist, a Sex Out Loud staff member, said. “We live in a country that is embarrassingly reluctant to talk about sex. Therefore, we are reluctant to talk
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about HIV/AIDS.” According to Peter Zook, the Sex Out Loud program facilitator, the primary objective of Sex Out Loud is geared toward making sex safer and more pleasurable for students. However, they also organize events on and around World AIDS Day, which is Dec. 1. Consequently, students may think they have a broad range of knowledge concerning AIDS, but they may be overreaching on how informed they think they are. Ignorance, in this case, does not equal bliss. “What’s more dangerous, however, is the fact that everyone knows ‘something’ about HIV/AIDS, and lots of people feel like their ‘something’ is ‘everything,’” Andrist said. “When we ask students in our safer sex programs what ﬁve ﬂuids can transmit HIV, 95 percent of the time, someone will say ‘saliva.’ This is completely false.” Amid confusion on what actually transmits the HIV virus, students may also not be aware as to who is at risk. “There are two to three positive tests each year here at UW. Almost all of those people are men who have sex with other men—that’s the group to be most concerned about,” Roberts said. Youth at risk Another concern, Roberts said, is that although numbers have been relatively stable in Wisconsin for the last ﬁve to 10 years, many younger people are being diagnosed each year. “It goes up a little bit each year, but so does the population. What is different now is that many younger people are being diagnosed,” Roberts said. “Late 20s or 30s in years past, but early 20s now,” noting that many young people may not be protecting themselves as well. James Sosman, associate medical director with the HIV Care Program, maintains the crisis in and around the United States has diminished. The feeling that it is an automatic death sentence is off the front page of newspapers, but Sosman said people should not let their guard down. “We want to promote new treatments, but at the same time it might make people more complacent,” Sosman said. “If they have more options, it could cause them to practice less safe sex.”
According to Andrist, Sex Out Loud remains a huge proponent of accurate, comprehensive sex education. However, she said, the ﬁrst kind of “awareness” program should start with the individual. People should be getting tested, she emphasized—a lot.
“We live in a country that is embarrassingly reluctant to talk about sex.” Erica Andrist staff member Sex Out Loud
“Some people recommend as often as every three months. Testing is free at UHS, the AIDS Network and Planned Parenthood,” Andrist noted. “So many HIV-positive individuals do not know they are HIV positive, and this is one of the main ways in which HIV keeps spreading: people who are unaware of their status and thus do not take necessary precautions with their sex partners.”
Turn fear into action Those students who might be afraid to get tested for fear of having the disease should remember that HIV-positive people in the United States are living longer—almost decades longer compared to 25 years ago, according to Sosman. “We didn’t expect them to survive more than one year, but there are many more options now ... for people to live longer and healthier,” he said. “There is still no cure, but we’re trying to convert it into a long-term chronic infection.” Because it is difﬁcult for a disease like AIDS to be open and accepted within society, it can remain a relatively isolated issue. “Even if AIDS doesn’t affect a student personally, it does affect us globally; it’s a global issue,” Roberts said. “Worldwide it’s such a huge problem, so people should deﬁnitely be aware of it.” Zook shares this outlook, believing that many people do not think America is affected by AIDS and that it is only in “other” countries. “What we all need to remember is that HIV/AIDS has no face; no one person characterizes what HIV/AIDS looks like,” Zook said. “It is down the street, it is in Sub-Saharan Africa and it is around the corner from the Eiffel Tower—a global perspective is key to the understanding and dissemination of knowledge when it comes to addressing HIV/ AIDS.”
arts SK6ERS tour brings ‘Celebration’ to Madison 6
Thursday, October 16, 2008
By Claire Wiese THE DAILY CARDINAL
When Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers play at the Majestic Theatre Thursday night, they won’t be promoting a new album. No new members will grace the stage and no cause will overshadow their reason for being there. The “Celebration Five Years Tour” is simply a celebration. The Massachusetts trio, made up of Stephen Kellogg (guitar/vocals), Keith “Goose” Karlson (bass/keyboard) and Brian “Boots” Factor (drums), are celebrating the fact that they’ve spent the last ﬁve years constantly touring and recording
together. Over those ﬁve years, SK6ERS has toured non-stop, playing almost 300 shows per year. Spending so much time together has given the band and its music a great chance to evolve. “I think we’ve matured a little bit musically in that we know a little bit more about what sort of music really moves us,” said Kellogg, the band’s lead singer. After ﬁve years, Kellogg said they still enjoy touring. “I love the adventure of it. I love the fact that it’s different every night,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of progress; we’ve had some really great moments. It’s our life.”
PHOTO COURTESY EVERFINE
Brian “Boots” Factor, Stephen Kellogg and Keith “Goose” Karlson are bringing their sophisticated, critically acclaimed rock to Madison as they celebrate ﬁve years of fruitful artistic ambition.
After ﬁve previous shows in Madison, SK6ERS have their favorite city spots already picked out, especially “that place that has the macaroni and cheese pizza.” When they aren’t touring, it’s off to the studio for writing and recording. As a group, they have released four albums; Bulletproof
Heart (2004), One Night in Brooklyn (2005), Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (2005) and Glassjaw Boxer (2007). Glassjaw Boxer was recognized by USA Today music critic Brian Mansﬁeld as a top ﬁve album in 2007. Their next installment, American Standard, will be released in early 2009 and, accord-
ing to Kellogg, it’s their best album yet. He went on to say that this album is strikingly different from their previous work, is peeled down to the bare bones and has gone in a “slightly rootsier direction” from previous albums. sk6ers page 7
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Kevin Smith’s new ‘Porno’ challenges NC-17 rating KEVIN SLANE citizen slane
ith only a couple of weeks until Halloween, moviegoers can expect to be inundated with a slew of horror ﬁlms, all depicting varying levels of terror, gore and gruesome violence. Yet, all of these cringe-worthy ﬁlms manage to elicit an “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), whereas one movie scheduled for release this Halloween, Kevin Smith’s “Zach and Miri Make a Porno,” was almost given an NC17 rating due to the frank sexual nature of the ﬁlm. The NC-17 rating is a kiss of death for ﬁlmmakers, as few video stores, advertisers or theaters will touch a movie with an NC-17 rating. Smith has a long history of being a controversial ﬁlmmaker, ranging from the blasphemous humor of “Dogma” to the simply profane humor of “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy.” This history of toeing the line, along with other acts of general idiocy—including joining a picket line to protest his own
movie and starting confrontational arguments with noted ﬁlm critics Joel Sigel and Richard Roeper—certainly did not endear him to the MPAA. So when Smith presented his ﬁlm for rating, the committee did him no favors. “Zach and Miri” star Seth Rogen conﬁrmed that an NC-17 rating is “never good” and commented on the unfairness of the sexuality/violence double standard. “It’s really crazy to me that ‘Hostel’ is ﬁne, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that, but you can’t show two people having sex—that’s too much,” he said in an interview with MTV Movie News. Lucky for Rogen, Smith pulled off a rare feat by successfully appealing the rating. Smith gathered scenes from other movies that had been rated R in the past, and showed how each compared to “Zach and Miri,” effectively offering a point-by-point rebuttal of the MPAA’s logic. Smith’s situation was an unfortunate one, but in the end, he emerged victorious. The irony of the situation is, by earning the R rating, Smith can follow the typical path carved by raunchy sex comedies in the past few years: release a PG-13 or R-rated version of the ﬁlm in theaters, then offer a “wild, crazy, unrated version”
PHOTO COURTESY THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Director Kevin Smith has spent his career pushing the envelope on risqué content, and “Zack and Miri” may be his most depraved ﬁlm yet.
sk6ers from page 6 Nevertheless, this new minimalist sound shouldn’t deter those who still want to rock. “Ultimately, the core of the band and our philosophy about putting on shows and stuff has changed very little over the last ﬁve years,” Kellogg said, adding that, when his band goes on tour, they try to “take the audience on a ride and go through the different emotions.” It is this audience rollercoaster that connects SK6ERS to their fans. “One of our biggest goals is for everybody to leave with a smile on
their face,” Kellogg said. “I think our show is designed to leave people feeling good. And who doesn’t want to feel good?” Their show this Thursday may be just another tour stop for SK6ERS, but that doesn’t mean the audience isn’t in for a great time.
SK6ERS Concert where: Majestic Theatre when: Oct. 16 price: Tickets range from $16.50 - $21.50.
on DVD. “Come see the ﬁlm they DIDN’T let us show you in theaters,” the voiceover raves, as images of scantily clad women ﬂash across the screen. Yet, what would appear to be a rebellious circumvention of the MPAA’s stringent rules usually amounts to little more than outtakes and two minutes of forgettable footage. While I have disagreed with the MPAA’s methods throughout history, from the production codes of the 1920s to the current set of arbi-
trary rules (How many F-bombs can a PG-13 movie drop again?), they still don’t annoy me nearly as much as Hollywood studios that fool witless viewers into thinking they’re going to be getting a markedly different ﬁlm from the original version. Is a PG-13 ﬁlm like “Anchorman” really fooling anyone by releasing an unrated version? There won’t be any nudity or gruesome violence, we’re just going to hear Will Ferrell say a particularly off-color expression, like
“By the hammer of Thor, my heart is more broken than the Virgin Mary’s hymen!” Was it really worth the additional viewing? For fans of incredibly inappropriate religious humor, perhaps. But for the casual viewer who shelled out $15.99 for the director’s cut DVD, it’s more disappointing than Jesus riding a... For the rest this joke, you can purchase the unrated version of “Citizen Slane” by sending a PayPal payment of $15.99 to email@example.com.
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Tailgate won by tasty guacamole
1 EMILY BISEK ’em, ’em good
Puerla Twice fermented puer tea Ceyla Tiger River Sri Lankan black tea
Bal Mu Dan White peony
Darjeeling 1st ﬂush Black tea from India
Dobrá Tea Time
Da Hung Pao “Big Red Robe” roasted oolong
Yin Zhen Silver needle white tea
Tian Mu Long Zhu “Dragon Eyes” green tea Story by Ariel Kraut
Descriptions are based on oxidation level, or the breaking down of H2O bonds in the tea, going from light to dark.
Feng Huang Dan Cong “Phoenix Bird” roasted oolong
Tai Ping Hou Kui “Ape King” green tea
Tung Ting Taiwanese rolled oolong
Gyokuro “Champagne of Green Tea” Song Yang Yin Hou “Silver Monkey’s Paw” yellow tea
f the cold weather is beginning to get you down, stop into Dobrá Tea at 449 State St. This new State Street locale, taking the place of Real Chili, offers a wide variety of loose-leaf teas from all different parts of the world served up in a warm, Zen atmosphere. Dobrá Tea, a franchised restaurant, started in Prague with only two locations in the United States—one in Vermont and one here in Madison. The interior is incomparable to anything else on State Street. The décor is very earthy and simple. There are plenty of places to sit, including cushions and chairs. An eclectic and interesting mix of music is always playing, adding to Dobrá Tea’s intrigue.
Upon walking in, a server hands each customer a menu and they then seat themselves. When they’re ready to order, they ring a bell and the preparation begins. Everything is very relaxed, so if you’re in a rush, you might want to hit up Starbucks instead. The tea room’s staff is very knowledgeable and is always willing to make suggestions for the indecisive. The Huang Shan Mao Feng, a Chinese green tea from the province of Anhui, was light and a solid start to a tasting. Since it is brewed from large green leaves, some did end up in the cup, but that aside, it had a subtly nice ﬂavor. A favorite was the plum tea from China. This ﬂavored black tea had a more complex taste than
the ﬁrst and was delicious. At ﬁrst it seemed similar to a traditional English tea, but the plum extract gave it something extra. The third tea tasted was the Masala tea. Served with milk and honey on the side, it is meant to be sweetened and mixed to the drinker’s liking. Similar to the taste of a Chai tea, it had a very strong and distinct ﬂavor not everyone could tolerate. Dobrá Tea also offers some light fare, both sweet and savory. The Pita Jerusalem— warm buttered pita topped with cinnamon sugar—was in need of a little more butter to balance out the cinnamon but was still tasty. The hummus plate, a favorite, comes with assorted vegetables and warmed pita, all
sprinkled with zatar. The staff says night time is the busiest time, so prepare to wait for a table, especially as the temperature drops. In addition to the plethora of hot teas, Dobrá has chilled tea drinks, too. Since tea is supposed to be enjoyed, Dobrá Tea does not offer take out. However, you can buy their loose teas and brew them at home. Overall, Dobrá Tea is a nice retreat from the stress of classes and bustle of State Street. According to the manager, daily tea drinking improves body and mind. Dobrá Tea would make a great destination for some studying, catching up with friends or just relaxing with a warm cup of tea.
walked to breakfast at Mickey’s this past Saturday around 10 a.m. and passed truckloads of alumni and families already tailgating at full speed for the 7 p.m. night game. Their ridiculously amazing amount of preparation continually amazed me. Between the giant blow-up Buckys, grills filled with burgers and endless supply of liquor, I often wonder if they can outdo the undergrads. All we had in preparation for the season’s first night game was a 30-pack of beer, a left over forty, some brownies and a bowl of guacamole, which turned out to be the best feature of this spread. Avocados are one of the top loves in my life, competing aggressively with Bob Dylan, “Stomp the Yard” and Banana Republic. Hand-made guacamole is very simple. Basically, just mash up some avocado and add things you enjoy, such as cilantro, lime, tomato or onion, among other options. You can easily ﬁnd a variety of tantalizing recipes online, especially at avocados.org, which is basically an avocado lover’s mecca of information. Guacamole and avocados greatly compliment college lifestyle and eating habits. Avocados are a reasonably priced fruit. They easily cost less than $2 a pound. One or two suffice for substantial individual servings. Avocados are also quite healthy, given they’re a fruit. Guacamole tastes great on sandwiches or wraps and adds a different flavor making a mundane meal a little bit more special. It’s like adding Richard Simmons to a pilates video—spunky and unexpected. As a third bonus to college life, and perhaps the most important to some, guacamole tastes great with beer. Salty tortilla chips compliment the alcohol and add a nice food base without being too filling. It’s also great for sharing with a group and makes the host look classy—or classier than frozen pizza, without being as annoyingly upscale as a spread of fresh fruit with corresponding wines. Let’s be honest: No one really cares about that. Just keep it simple and bring on the cheap beer. Avocados can be eaten, prepared and shared in almost a million different ways. Some of my favorite recently discovered options include grilling, caramelizing or puréeing. Brazilians commonly add avocados to ice cream, which sounds like a delicious combination, and Filipinos commonly mix avocados into a drink. But even greater than the options available is the flexibility avocados bring. Being a fairly tasteless treat, avocados can be manipulated to fit almost any palette. Given all these wonderful bonuses of avocados, one could overlook their major drawback. In my opinion, there is only one downfall to avocados: 95 percent of them come from San Diego County in California, which has been named the Avocado Capital of the nation—and is incidentally my least favorite part of the country. Despite this minor geographical drawback, avocados still rock my world. Next gameday, as I peruse the streets of Madison ﬁlled with dedicated alumni, I can scoff to myself and think how classy and convenient my guacamole waiting in my fridge is compared to their snobby cuisine. Because, after all, undergrads will always pregame best. If you’ve been to California or have guacamole tips, e-mail Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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teach the band, lead by example
n Friday, Oct. 3, UW Band director Mike Leckrone and Dean of Students Lori Berquam announced the suspension of the band amid hazing allegations. Six days later allegations were confirmed, and the suspension was lifted under the provision that the band would not travel “for the time being,” according to Berquam. Six days later, that restriction was lifted as well. See a pattern emerging? On Wednesday, Leckrone announced the band will travel to Lambeau field in Green Bay for Sunday’s Packers-Colts game. Leckrone believes the band is going in a new direction and the road trip will give band members a chance to take a step in a new direction. After learning the hazing was the result of only a handful of students, the existing members of the band deserve to travel to Lambeau and represent a unit that has had it’s name dragged through the mud over the past few weeks. What is not acceptable, though, is the frequent flip-flopping by administrators attempting to discipline a few students acting outside the interests of their peers. In response to the initial allegations, this university has since seen a home game at Camp Randall without the band— breaking over 40 years of tradition—and an entire group scrutinized nationally for the ill actions by a small group of immature students, only to have any serious consequences com-
pletely negated in two weeks’ time. Among all of the consequences, those that remain are the implementation of a “staff member to work with band members to promote positive culture changes” and a new travel policy that calls for randomly assigned seats on the bus. What kind of a message do these slaps on the hand send, other than the university administrators behind the incident have no confidence in the band to act like adults? This editorial board doesn’t necessarily believe the actions of a few band members were or were not worthy of stern consequences such as suspension, but it does believe the situation deserves a more professional, well-communicated and concrete approach to addressing problems of this nature. Making radical decisions and revoking them in less than a weeks’ time only reflects poorly on the students that attend this university and those employed by it. After the initial allegations, Leckrone stated the hazing incident in 2006 was a “learning process” and that he was “going to teach [the band] the right way to go on this thing.” After fumbling through this incident, Leckrone is out of excuses. The learning curve had better be quick should another incident like this occur in the near future, as the band alone will not be held accountable for any misdeeds that occur under his tutelage.
U.S. must respond now to current shortcomings JOSEPH KOSS opinion columnist
ow did we get to where we are today? Has some kind of mistake been made, or am I just getting to the age when things make less sense, because I can’t help but thinking that absurdity has somehow taken precedence. It is a disbelief—disbelief in what I hear, read, watch and observe about current happenings in our country. There has been a startling increase in racial and religious intolerance at McCain rallies, and a few highly regarded Washington insiders (David Gergen to name one) have called out the campaign for its lack of action. We live in an age of information, yet so much misinformation gets salience. In this age of misinformation, 10 percent of the population still thinks Barack Obama is Muslim, and over 30 percent don’t know if he is or isn’t. How is this possible? And how is it possible that this number has risen among republicans since June? He is the democratic nominee for the President of the United States, after all, and this leads me to believe it is either willful ignorance or a willful campaign of misinformation. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the American people. Furthermore, since 1972, we have lost hundreds of thousands of $20-per-hour factory jobs that once meant employment for a large portion of middle class Americans, the dominant populace of this country. However, at the same time, CEO wages and
salary income increased from 30 times the average worker’s wage to over 400 times. What may be more incredible is that during this same period the wage and salary income for the top 99 percent has increased almost 87 percent and for the top 99.99 percent it has increased 497 percent. Warren Buffet, the third richest man in the world, blasted the U.S. tax system for permitting him to pay less taxes than his secretary. In 2005, a U.S. city was nearly destroyed by a hurricane, and our response was tragically inadequate. In 2007, a bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, killing 13 people, and still 30 percent of our bridges are ‘structurally deficient’. In the recent years we have foodborne illness outbreaks of salmonella (four outbreaks), e. coli (two) and botulism.
We live in an age of information, yet so much misinformation gets salience.
Over 41 million people in our major cities are affected by contaminated drinking water in the United States. We’ve lost 4,183 young lives in a war of choice (4,044 since ‘Mission Accomplished’), with over 30,000 more injured. We’ve appropriated over $600 billion to the war but haven’t actually paid a dime for it yet. What happens when we have to close that tab? We graduate less than 50 percent of urban youths while their suburban counterparts graduate over 75 percent. Over 11 percent
of our nation’s children are uninsured (almost 9 million). More than 60 percent of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For black males in their 20s, one in every eight is in prison or jail on any given day. Are we heeding any of these warning signs? Has acquiescence set in? In recent weeks, I’m continuously reminded of a Kurt Vonnegut quote from “Breakfast of Champions,” which states: “The girl ... kept her poor greyhound, who was named Lancer, in a oneroom apartment 14 feet wide and 26, and six flights of stairs above street level. His entire life was devoted to unloading his excrement at the proper time and place ... Lancer had a very small brain, but he must have suspected from time to time ... that some kind of terrible mistake had been made.” The final straw just may be the collapse of our financial system and the impending deep recession. I can only hope this will give everyone time to pause for a prolonged period of reflection to get their heads straight and break out of this funk. The most important question is how we will respond. The above numbers show us failing in so many social and structural areas that it is hard to comprehend. I just hope we haven’t forgotten what it means to act. The absurd has indeed become audacious and pernicious. We might need Vonnegut, the great absurdist, more than ever these days to make any sense of the current mess of things. Joseph Koss is a junior majoring in secondary education and social studies. We welcome your feedback. Please send responses to email@example.com.
Obama, Biden show commitment to empowering women Alyssa Mirsberger COLLEGE DEMOCRATS
Much has been said about the idea of women’s issues in this election. Yet, women’s rights are not just the concern of women, but all people. Women’s rights are human rights, and everyone in this country has a stake in the empowerment of women. We as a nation are only as strong as our weakest link, and if women are not living up to their full potential, we all suffer. U.S. Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill and Joe Biden, D-Del., understand women are equal partners in this election, this country and the world. Even though conservatives originally claimed former Sen. Hillary Clinton supporters would flock to Palin, the opposite is obviously true. Any woman who voted for Clinton in the primaries understands a McCain-Palin presidency would turn back the clock on women’s rights. Clinton’s historic campaign for the presidency put 18 million cracks in the nation’s highest glass ceiling. Yet, women still have enormous obstacles in the workforce. Women have been
moving up the ranks for decades, yet today only make 77 cents to every dollar made by a man. Obama and Biden understand the daily struggle for millions of women and are fully committed as equal partners to the economic empowerment of women.
Obama supports the right to choose for all women.
Obama’s past record in the Illinois state Senate reflects his commitment to empowering women, as he championed the Equal Pay Act, which eliminated pay discrimination for 330,000 women. As a U.S. Senator, Obama has continued his commitment to women’s rights by co-sponsoring the Fair Pay Restoration Act. McCain voted against the same piece of legislation, sending the message to women everywhere their hard work is not valued as much as that of a man’s.
Health care is another pressing issue facing all Americans. Over 19 million women are uninsured and are less likely than men to obtain health insurance if it is not offered through employment. If employers do not provide health insurance, it presents yet another financial burden on families as women are more likely to be the chief caretakers of children. Obama and Biden have pledged in their first term to provide health care for all children and access to government health insurance for all Americans who want it. McCain’s plan will leave over 30 million people uninsured, and those who manage to keep their insurance will have their benefits taxed. When people can choose a career based on their interests and talents instead of one that will give them health care, it promotes a healthier, more productive workforce and opens up endless possibilities for all workers, whether female or male. Obama and Biden have made women’s health issues a priority. They know heart disease, ovarian cancer and HIV/AIDS are the leading worldwide health concerns for women, and they have plans to
address and combat these diseases. Biden, who wrote the Violence Against Women Act, will continue to be a champion for women. McCain and Palin have yet to address any of these health issues, which affect millions of American families every year.
A McCain-Palin presidency would turn back the clock on women’s rights.
Obama supports the right to choose for all women, and he respects those who disagree with him. In 2007, Obama co-sponsored legislation that will increase access to contraceptives, fully fund comprehensive sex education in schools and provide compassionate care to rape victims. McCain and Palin do not support comprehensive sex education, which is one of the main preventative measures for unwanted pregnancy. By addressing the root of the problem—unsafe and unprotect-
ed sex—and educating America’s youth, the number of unwanted pregnancies that result in abortions will decrease. McCain and Palin refuse to acknowledge the benefits and success of comprehensive sex education. Their abstinence-only sex education plan is short-sighted and completely oblivious to today’s sexual norms refusal to educate safe sex practices is detrimental to the health of America’s youth altogether. Republicans are certainly excited to see a female vice presidential candidate, but the McCain-Palin ticket is not right for America. Palin’s record shows she is simply a tool used by the Republican Party to try to capture the female vote. Women’s best interests lie with Obama, who has been a constant champion for equality. An Obama-Biden presidency will continue to respect women’s rights and promote the best interests of women everywhere. Vote for equality on Election Day. Vote Obama-Biden. Alyssa Mirsberger is a sophomore majoring in journalism, and a member of College Democrats of Madison. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
Rohrman’s crew earns 1-0 shutout against Marquette By Nick Schmitt THE DAILY CARDINAL
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-5-2) outlasted Marquette (2-6-4) Wednesday night 1-0 and secured its ﬁrst road win in over a month. The Badgers headed down to Milwaukee's Valley Fields after coming off an incredible second half against a highly talented Northwestern team and were able to continue that level of play against the Golden Eagles. Wisconsin jumped on the Golden Eagle defense early when junior forward Scott Lorenz was able to sneak a shot past Marquette junior goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski in the 14th minute. It was Lorenz’s team-leading seventh goal of the season and his fourth in the last three games. Lorenz emphasized Tuesday at practice that getting ahead early was important. “Hopefully they’ll feel the pressure a little bit, make some mistakes, and we’ll be able to convert and get some goals early and get in our rhythm,” Lorenz said. The Badgers' offensive leader was surprisingly correct on his statement. Marquette coach Louis Bennett said of the goal, “We took too long clearing the ball, and it was almost a comedy of errors.” Lorenz has been nearly unstoppable in the last three games, continually producing at forward and improving the Badgers' attack. Junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath was able to maintain a shutout throughout the game, recording two
valai from page 12 doing interviews, just because you don’t know what he is going to say,” UW defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said . Valai currently ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 24, and has forced two fumbles as well as a pass break up. In his ﬁrst season starting at safety, Valai has been very consistent. Listed at 5'9" and 197 pounds., Valai isn’t the typical size for a strong safety. But his play has proven he can be physical, especially while tackling. Two weeks ago against Ohio State, Valai caused two fumbles, one of which was recovered by Wisconsin. Opponents have started to notice his ability to deliver some vicious hits. “It is what it is, and you are going to have to see me one way or another,” Valai said. “There’s nothing
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Junior midﬁelder Scott Lorenz (left) scored the only goal Wisconsin would need against Marquette. It was his fourth goal in three games. Junior goaltender Alex Horwath (right) stopped every shot he saw Wednesday, recording his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career. saves and protecting the goal from Marquette’s eight shots and eight corner kicks. It was Wisconsin’s fourth shutout of the season, and it has yet to give up a goal against an in-state rival this year. The win also extends Wisconsin’s unbeaten streak against Marquette to six games, dating back to 2002. I like more than a fullback coming full speed at you, there’s nothing like it. It’s time to man-up, grab your cojones and get ready to go.” Valai came out of Colleyville Heritage High School in Euless, Texas, ranked among the top 60 cornerbacks in the nation according to Rivals.com. In 2005, his senior year, Valai registered 68 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks, and was named the team’s co-defensive and special teams MVP. Cooks recruited Valai out of high school and knew right away that Wisconsin was getting a playmaker. “The one thing that you notice about him is that he brings an edge, and I couldn’t wait to get him out on the ﬁeld,” Cooks said. “Ever since he has been on the ﬁeld, he has brought that edge and it is contagious. People feed off that energy with the guy
The Badgers only have to beat UW-Green Bay in their Oct. 20 match to successfully sweep all the other teams in the state. The Badgers now turn back to Big Ten play and will head to Columbus Friday to take on the Buckeyes at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday night. Ohio State was recently ranked downﬁeld that makes the big hit or brings the big play.” Coming to UW with that amount of success, Valai did what many football athletes do: he redshirted. Last season, Valai saw the most action of his career in Wisconsin’s 20-17 loss to Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, and it was his high level of play against the Volunteers that helped him win the starting strong safety job over junior incumbent Aubrey Pleasant. “Just go out there and play, that’s the main thing, coming out with the mentality not to lose,” Valai said. “Just come out there with an aggressive mentality will take you to far places both in and outside of football.” It is that mentality that has carried Valai this far, and he hopes it will wear off on his teammates. And if not, Valai will probably have something to say about it.
No. 22 but was unable to beat West Virginia Wednesday night, losing a 1-0 match. Last year in Madison, the Buckeyes outplayed the Badgers, beating them 2-1. The Badgers will face a tough challenge as they continue to look for their ﬁrst Big Ten win since October 15, 2006. So far this year Ohio State
iowa from page 12 have come by a combined seven points, and those past UW teams were better than this year’s. Iowa dropped 45 points on Indiana last week, and unless Bielema pulls some magic out of his windbreaker, the Badgers could easily lose this game, too. Next up is Illinois at Camp Randall. This year’s homecoming probably won’t be a happy one, as Illini quarterback Juice Williams brings a talented offense to Madison. Williams leads the conference in passing yards with 1,677, and his goto receiver, Arrelious Benn, is second in the Big Ten with 563 yards. The Wisconsin secondary will be tested throughout the game, and with Williams’ ability to get out of the pocket and make big plays downﬁeld with his arm and his legs, it seems unlikely that the Badgers will be able to come away with a victory. By now, everyone knows that Williams spent part of the offseason practicing with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, and it has shown this season. Last week against Minnesota, Williams passed for 462 yards and two touchdowns. Enough said.
It seems like Bizarro World— where everything is backward when UW is in the pits and Minnesota is ﬂying high.
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Despite his small stature, Valai has earned a reputation as one of the Badgers’ most ferocious hitters.
After that, the Badgers travel to Michigan State. Halloween weekend in Madison will be frightful, but this game might top the scariest costume found on State Street. Michigan State’s offense revolves around one player: running back Javon Ringer. The thing is, no one has been
is undefeated at home, going 5-0, and has an overall record of 7-4-2. The team is lead by junior forward Andrew Magill, who leads the team in points, and junior goalkeeper Drew Czekanski, who has a 7-2-1 record in goal. –uwbadgers.com contributed to this report. able to stop him thus far. He is the top rusher in the nation with 1,112 yards and leads the Big Ten in scoring with 84 points. In comparison, Wisconsin’s leading rusher is junior running back P.J. Hill, who has a total of 570 rushing yards, almost half as many as Ringer. Wisconsin travels to Indiana the following week, and here the Badgers have a very good shot to win, if they won’t already be the favorites. Indiana is currently 0-3 in the Big Ten as well, and with quarterback Kellen Lewis often injured, Wisconsin should be able to sweep in and get a victory. Minnesota travels to Madison in the last Big Ten game of the year, and Wisconsin will undoubtedly be ready for this one. However, the Golden Gophers are 6-1 overall and are already bowl eligible. It seems like Bizarro World—where everything is backward when UW is in the pits and Minnesota is ﬂying high—but head coach Tim Brewster has turned things around, and Wisconsin should be wary. So according to this column, the Badgers will ﬁnish at least 3-5 in the Big Ten Conference, and that is if they defeat Iowa and Minnesota. The Indiana game is a lock, hopefully, and with Cal Poly as the powder-puff substitution for Virginia Tech, Wisconsin will at least end the year with a victory. A 3-5 record in conference play would give UW a 7-5 record overall, meaning the Motor City Bowl might be making a phone call. But a loss at Iowa or against Minnesota—or both—could result in a .500 record or worse, something that Badger fans have not seen since 2001. And in case Bielema doesn’t know Wisconsin history all that well: that team ended up 5-7 with a 3-5 conference record, and did not attend a bowl game. Think 7-5 is just a bit too optimistic? Tell Nate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
By Nate Carey THE DAILY CARDINAL
To say that this is a tough time for the Wisconsin football team would be an understatement. The team is 0-3 in Big Ten play for the ﬁrst time since 2002, and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. So during these troubling times on the gridiron, the need for fun and laughter off the ﬁeld is imperative. “Hopefully I’m just trying to bring a little, I guess Texas boys call it ‘Swagger,’” sophomore strong safety Jay Valai said. “But I just try to bring a little fun; life’s too short to be all serious. You can have a little fun, but when it’s time for business, it’s time to go out there and work.” During fall training camp, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema unleashed Valai on his own teammates,
giving him a microphone and a camera. Valai did a series of one-on-one interviews for UW athletic communications called “Man-to-Man,” and it was there that he truly found his place with the Badgers. “Most of them had fun with it, I had to call them out on some stuff that got them frustrated,” he said. “But it’s fun going out there and just hanging around my teammates and joking around and being me.” One of Valai’s favorite teammates to harass is senior linebacker and team captain DeAndre Levy, who Valai has nicknamed “Mustafa” because of the long beard Levy has grown out in recent weeks. “[You] always worry about Jay when he is in front of the camera or valai page 11
Second-half wins may be scarce NATE CAREY sports magnate
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Sophomore strong safety Jay Valai has found a place on the UW football team with swagger and playful personality.
Player of the week: SCOTT LORENZ
Sport: Soccer Year: Junior Goals: 7 Points: 15 Shots: 42
Lorenz has spearheaded the UW offense recently, scoring four goals in Wisconsin’s last three games. His goal was the difference in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Marquette
Player of the week: KIM KUZMA
Sport: Volleyball Year: Sophomore Position: Libero Digs: 274 Digs per set: 4.15
Kuzma was given the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award after registering 23 digs at Northwestern and 15 against Michigan State.
o the Wisconsin football team is sitting with a .500 record and is 0-3 in the Big Ten Conference. UW head coach Bret Bielema has stated that it is time for the team to turn things around—as if that wasn’t well apparent—and he has all the conﬁdence in the world that his Badgers can right the ship. But a closer look at the schedule shows just how difﬁcult it is going to be for Wisconsin to climb out of the Big Ten cellar. This weekend, the Badgers head to Iowa to play for the Heartland Trophy. Although most students don’t even know of this trophy—it has only existed since 2004—the chances of UW coming away with it for a third straight season seem questionable. Last season, Wisconsin came away with a 17-13 victory, but only after Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen missed a wide-open receiver down the ﬁeld late in the game, which would have given Iowa the victory. UW’s last two wins against Iowa iowa page 11