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Students tailgate with TV celebs for Obama By Alyssa Connolly THE DAILY CARDINAL

UW-Madison’s Students for Barack Obama hosted actors Penn Badgley and Shawn Pyfrom at a Homecoming tailgate party Saturday. Badgley, 21, who plays Dan Humphrey in the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” and Pyfrom, 22, who plays Andrew Van de Kamp in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” came to Madison to promote Obama and to talk with students about the importance of being politically active. “I think for our generation in particular it is very important that we all take part in this election and that we vote—that we let our voices be heard,” Pyfrom said. Badgley said it is important for students to create opinions on issues that matter to them. “It’s so important to make your voice heard,” he said. “If you don’t do everything you can

and you’re disappointed in the outcome, it’s going to hit home immediately.” The actors emphasized not only the need to mobilize the youth population to vote but to encourage their peers to become politically active as well. “It’s important to motivate our generation,” Badgley said. “We need to make the change. We are poised now to have the largest youth turnout ever, and that is the first step we can make toward the real changes this country needs.” Badgley and Pyfrom said they are especially concerned with the environment and the economy when it comes to analyzing the candidates. “This election affects particularly young people who are going to be graduating from college soon and are going to be released into a shrinking job market,” celebrities page 3


UW-Madison community members participated in Homecoming weekend by competing in various activities on campus. The week-long celebration raised money for the Dean of Students Crisis Fund.

Homecoming festivities unite students, alumni By Erin Banco THE DAILY CARDINAL

In preparation for the Badgers’ football game against Illinois, the 2008 UW Homecoming parade lifted student spirits Friday with a performance from the band and fireworks at the Memorial Union Terrace. The parade, hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the 2008 Homecoming Committee, started at 5 p.m. on Gilman Street

and ended outside the State Street Starbucks. Student organizations, residence halls, sororities and fraternities participated in week-long Homecoming activities, including the parade, to raise money for the Dean of Students Crisis Fund. The fund gives students a short-term loan during unexpected financial crises. The parade, one of the largest events during Homecoming week, brought


Penn Badgley, actor for the CW’s hit show “Gossip Girl,” speaks to students at a tailgate Saturday about the upcoming election.

Van Hollen plans to continue case over voter registrations By Megan Orear THE DAILY CARDINAL

Although Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s case over voter registration was dismissed last week, the case is not closed yet, as his next plan of action is to appeal to a higher court. According to Kevin St. John, special assistant to Van Hollen, the attorney general will appeal, but no paperwork has been filed yet. “When a lower court gets the law wrong, parties appeal to a higher court, and that’s what I will do,” Van Hollen said in a statement following the Dane County Circuit Court’s decision. Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin

Democracy Campaign, said he does not expect Van Hollen’s case to succeed in a higher court and believed all along the case was “groundless.” Van Hollen accused the Government Accountability Board of not following a provision of the Help America Vote Act mandating voter registration checks, but McCabe said he does not believe HAVA requires voters to be punished because of discrepancies between databases. “I think it’s highly unlikely that any appeal will be heard before the election, and I think it largely becomes a moot point after the election, so I just don’t see this lawsuit really leading


Dustin Sherer makes a final reach into the end zone, giving the Badgers a 10-7 lead in the second quarter of their 27-17 win over Illinois. Check the sports section for recap and analysis.

current and former UW-Madison students together. Dana Schmidman, a UWMadison 2005 graduate, still lives in Madison but said she came to the parade to celebrate Homecoming with former classmates. “I am just celebrating being a Badger,” Schmidman said. “I live here and I wanted to watch it with all my friends—one of [whom] was my roommate my freshman year.” Ben Emmrich, a UW-Madison 2007 graduate and former Wisconsin Alumni Student Board member, said he flew in from San Francisco for 30 hours of Homecoming festivities. “I just flew in this morning and I have to fly back soon because I live so far away,” he said. “The best part of [homecoming] is seeing other old WASB alums.” In fear of weather restrictions, the Homecoming Committee organized the parade in preparation for rain. Karyn Christianson, parade chair of the Homecoming Committee, said participants put materials in plastic bags to avoid rain damage and convertible cars homecoming page 3

Badger football game citations lower than past games The number of student arrests, ejections and citations at the Badgers’ Homecoming football game Saturday was less than the past two home games, according to the University of Wisconsin Police Department. UWPD issued a total of 11

UW-Madison student citations, down 20 from the Oct. 11 night game against Penn State. Officers issued citations for underage drinking, possession of marijuana and trespassing. Officers ejected 26 students for possession of alcohol or intoxication, and

two students for sitting in the wrong section. Ten students were arrested Saturday compared to 25 arrested at the Ohio State night game Oct. 4, which also had 53 student ejections, the highest number of the season.

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turkey peninsula and cookie soon follow them into the deep. 2:03 p.m. Now that I have written another stunning brief that I am sure will captivate audiences nationwide and have eaten my play things for the day, it is time to stare off into space. I find a spot a few feet from me and prepare to nap with my eyes open. 2:45 p.m. Shit, when did the really hot intern enter my glazed-over line of sight? Judging by the creeped out look on his face, I am guessing it has been a while. I give a tentative wave and smile, and his face disappears behind his computer screen. I consider sending him an e-mail, but decide to wait for another day when he doesn’t think I have been staring at him and drooling for the past half hour. 3:26 p.m. We’re over the halfway point now, and I am getting antsy. When I can’t sit still anymore, I go to the bathroom, even though I don’t actually have to pee. Grooving to the easy-listening jams on the sound system, I begin dancing in front of the mirror. When I am in the middle of an epic performance of “My Heart Will Go On,” my editor walks in. I wash

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Website links grads with IT internships By Hannah McClung THE DAILY CARDINAL

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton promoted a new web-based resource Friday that connects young people to information-technology internships in Wisconsin to meet the growing demand in the industry. The new career and job matching service, established by the Information Technology Association of Wisconsin in partnership with the Lt. Governor’s office and WISCareers, showcases companies and organizations with IT internship opportunities. The online resource provides information for young people to find IT internships and attract them to the IT workforce. Lawton said the website has just started and there are already listings for openings across the state. “[The initiative] is destined … to let young people know that we want them to imagine their future right here in Wisconsin, so we can stop hemorrhaging our bright college grads and to build a workforce that will attract the 21st century businesses that are going to drive economic progress in Wisconsin,”

Lawton said. Bill Mortimore, president and chairman of the Board of the ITAWi, said it is disappointing to see so many students leave Wisconsin after graduation because they do not realize the career opportunities that exist in the state. “[Students] don’t know what the opportunities are and that they are [in Wisconsin] … a beer company is not necessarily thought [of] as an IT company, but it is,” Mortimore said. According to Lawton, the IT sector needs to be developed in Wisconsin because it has become an “animating force” driving innovations in the state’s more traditional sectors, and this new resource will help fuel economic growth. The misconception exists that a high-tech computer programming background is necessary to work in IT jobs, she said. “[The IT industry] needs bright, intellectually agile graduates and [industry experts] can fill in the blanks on the rest,” Lawton said. Internship opportunities through the ITAWi can be found at


The Homecoming parade showcased student floats and talents, including fire throwing, on its path from Langdon to State Street.

homecoming from page 1 put their tops up. “Overall, the parade went very smoothly, everyone was prepared, and volunteers went above and beyond to make sure that happened,” Christianson said. The winners of the parade’s float contest fell into three categories: resi-

celebrities from page 1 Badgley said. “While both candidates obviously promise [job creation], I see more real potential for change in that area with Obama. I have never been inspired by a politician like this.” Badgley and Pyfrom spent the weekend traveling through Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio,

van hollen from page 1 anywhere,” McCabe said. According to UW-Madison political science professor Donald Downs, Van Hollen has a good grasp of the law and would not be appealing the case if he did not believe it had merit. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Republican Party of Ohio filing a similar lawsuit, but Downs said Van Hollen has a better chance of success because he is

dence halls, student organizations and Greeks. Float winners included Tripp, Adams and Slichter Halls, WASB, TriDelta sorority and Acacia and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternities. Homecoming week was capped off with Wisconsin’s first Big Ten Conference win of the 2008 football season. The Badgers beat Illinois 27-17. promoting Obama on different college campuses. They said they wanted to use their celebrity status for a good cause. “We’re not always responsible for how people perceive us on our shows, but here we’re taking responsibility for the fact that we do have some recognition,” Badgley said. “We can influence people, so why not? That’s the point of a democracy.” the attorney general. Downs said though the case is not likely to be appealed before Election Day, the issue is also about stopping voter fraud in future elections. “I think Van Hollen would have every incentive in the world to pursue [the case] because he’s not just concerned about this election, he’s concerned about future elections and this could have an impact on that,” Downs said.




Madison couple finds $1,000 on East Wilson Street curb Madison Police are praising a pair of Good Samaritans who turned in the $1,000 in cash they found bundled on the side of a curb in the downtown area last week. According to a police report, the husband and wife, both in their 50s, went to the Madison Police Department Central District office early Thursday

to turn in some found property. The woman told police she was walking on East Wilson Street around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday when she noticed something in the street, which turned out to be a stack of money. She picked up the wad of $20 bills bound by a red rubber band and took it home to show her husband, where they decided to turn the

money over to the authorities. An officer said the bills were fairly new and crisp and did not have any dye on them indicating they were taken in a bank robbery, nor did the condition of the bills fit the typical appearance of drug money. Police thanked the couple for their honesty and ethical standards for bringing in the money.

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“The third rail of politics” is a common euphemism for Social Security. Despite not being a particularly overt issue of the current election, this is still a very volatile component of the current governing system per its euphemistic namesake. Many on the UW campus will say that college tuition costs and LGBT rights are far more important in today’s society, ceding that the issue of Social Security does not pertain to them. But I ask: In order to pay for your tuition and housing, do you hold a job? If you answered yes, you are among the approximately 24.4 million youths (ages 16 to 24) who are employed and ultimately affected by legislation on this topic. For every dollar, 6.2 cents will get deducted from your paycheck solely to pay for the federal government’s operation of Social Security. The current system is broken and will pose increased problems as our generation enters full employment. As you may know, the rate at which people are retiring is greater than the rate at which people are entering the work force. Therefore, there exists an increasing cost gap in running Social Security. We all must ponder whether Social Security will even be there when our parents retire, let alone when we retire. Because, and this is a common misconception, the money that you are paying in now goes to the current recipients of Social Security. There is no magical pot of gold with your name on it ensuring that you will get back the money that you paid into the system. In order to ensure for the comfortable retirement of future generations, it is necessary for at least a component of Social Security to be privatized, an effort which candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has vowed to stop. In fact, Obama’s solution to this problem is to raise Social Security taxes.

Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on the other hand, has consistently shown interest in the privatization of approximately 20 percent of Social Security because “promoting investment in America by every American worker would give lower-income Americans the ownership they deserve in the country we share, as well as grow their Social Security more rapidly.” This would guarantee that at least a portion of the money paid to the program by you returns to you upon retirement. In addition, because this fund is private, it can be inherited like any other investment. Thus, if you happen to pass away before you can claim your fund, this account will go to the beneficiary of your will. However, the following question may be posed: In the current state of the economy, wouldn’t my money be at risk? This is a very valid question and, in short, the answer is that currently the plan for the privatized component of Social Security taxes will be invested in low-risk investments such as treasury bonds and certificates of deposit. Plans for privatization also ensure that by doing so “no one’s total Social Security benefits from the personal accounts will be less than if he had chosen to stay in the current system,” according to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. I see only a benefit from this legislation. Wouldn’t you have liked to start investing in your personal retirement fund on the first day of your first job? I know I would have. This is another tidbit of information that you must consider when going to the polls on Nov. 4: Which candidate is looking to ensure your future and fix a broken system? It sounds like Sen. McCain to me. Sean McMaster is a junior majoring in biochemistry and mathematics and is the co-treasurer of Students For McCain. Please send responses to


Amethyst Initiative encourages more discussion on college binge drinking RYAN DASHEK opinion columnist


t the biannual Policy Alternative Community and Education Project (PACE) meeting last week, community and university officials discussed lowering the legal drinking age. This discussion came as a result of the Amethyst Initiative’s growing support—a coalition of chancellors and presidents from universities and colleges across the nation focused on discussing the current drinking age. They agree that the minimum age of 21 for legal alcohol consumption has not prevented college students from partaking in heavy drinking and that something must be done to try to stop this problem. The Amethyst Initiative suggests universities need to rethink the idea of lowering the minimum legal age for consumption back to 18, and that this may have an effect on the currently dangerous drinking culture plaguing many colleges and universities. However, how will making alcohol legal to all college students solve the drinking issue? Will making alcohol even more accessible to 18-year -olds stop them from engaging in binge drinking? Lowering the legal drinking age will not solve the issue of heavy drinking among college students. Yet this does open up discussion on the topic and does bring further into light the problem of

heavy drinking among students on campuses. According to a Harvard University study from 1999, the percentage of binge drinkers was uniform from freshmen to seniors in college. Clearly, binge drinking is a serious problem for freshmen and seniors alike, even though seniors are able to legally purchase alcohol. Judging from this study, giving freshmen the opportunity to legally purchase alcohol will likely not solve anything, since seniors who right now can legally obtain alcohol evidently are not abstaining from binge drinking. So how exactly will giving freshmen, sophomores and many juniors the legal right to consume alcohol solve anything, considering that young adults who can legally imbibe participate equally in binge drinking? At the age of 18, we become legal adults. We can join the military to fight and die for our country. We can serve on a jury to help determine a person’s innocence or guilt of a crime. We can participate in the electoral process and help decide the next leaders of our country. But apparently we are not mature enough to have a beer. And perhaps we are too immature—evidently many of us do not know how to control how much alcohol we consume. Because we are granted the responsibilities to have the right to join the military, serve on a jury or vote, I believe we should also have the right to have a drink. People cannot expect, however, that lowering the drinking age will reduce the prevalence of drinking among college students and

other young adults. Although lowering the legal age will likely not result in any change in the drinking culture on and around college and university campuses, it does bring more discussion toward solving the problem of heavy drinking among college students. According to a 2008 ongoing survey by PACE, currently around a quarter of UWMadison students have binged three or more times in the past two weeks, and another quarter of students have binged once or twice in the same period of time. Obviously, there is a major problem of heavy drinking among college students, especially in Madison. Although allowing younger adults to legally drink alcohol will not solve anything, the discussion promoted by the Amethyst Initiative does encourage university and college administrators to explore alternative solutions to the college drinking dilemma—however extreme those solutions may be. I agree that the minimum age of 21 is not preventing younger people from drinking heavily, but lowering the legal age of alcohol consumption will not solve anything. What the Amethyst Initiative is doing is right: It is opening up more discussion among university and college heads about alternative routes that they may take to combat the problem. Hopefully, this will eventually resolve the problem of heavy drinking amongst college students. Ryan Dashek is a junior majoring in biology. Please send responses to

LETTER TO THE EDITOR WISPIRG offers key election information Have you been wondering why the kids in the bright yellow shirts who used to stand on street corners with clipboards and signs that read “Register to Vote” are not there anymore? Well, the early registration period for the Nov. 4 election ended last week, and now in order to register, individuals must walk over to the Madison City Clerk’s office with a proof of address or register on Election Day with a proof of address. Thankfully, a lot of you will not have to wait in lines on Election Day to register to vote because you already have. In fact,

5,436 of you have registered to vote through WISPIRG’s New Voters Project! 5,436 registered voters is an amazing number of people, and it is great to know that you are taking this election seriously. But registering to vote is only the first step in your role of influencing the future of your country. The next step is to learn about the candidates. To help you get some more information about what each potential president can offer our country, WISPIRG is holding an event on Tuesday with speakers, games and clips of candidate speeches in order

to figure out which of the candidates’ values best match your own. Don’t base your decision for the next president on what they look like or the gossip you’ve heard about them. Base your decision on the issues and the hard facts to make sure that the candidate you will be choosing will affect your country’s future the way you want them to. It’s YOUR country, YOUR president and YOUR vote that will shape America for the next four years. —Magdalena Bojda UW-Madison sophomore


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Of Montreal get more personal on new album By Justin Stephani

freedom, has struck a new level of sexual flamboyance that he is The past few tumultuous not shy about expressing through years for Of Montreal’s do-every- his music. Some of the lyrics are thing frontman Kevin Barnes so blunt and forthright that there have been well-documented is no room for personal space, as through his music, a trend that his association of sex and love are continues on his band’s new anything but endearing. Even on release, Skeletal Lamping. On the “For Our Elegant Caste” when group’s past two albums, Barnes Barnes’ delivery comes across as shared the problems of his mar- courteously remindful when sayriage, as well as his liberal ideas ing, “We can do it softcore if you on using multiple personali- want / But you should know I ties, resulting from his off-stage take it both ways,” the lyrics’ troubles and newfound freedom. level of intimacy can be deafenThese personalities notably ing for the first couple of listens. Luckily, these intimate include a transgendered, fortysomething African-American phrasings become intriguing once absorbed. For example, named Georgie Fruit. It makes sense, therefore, that on “Gallery Piece,” his expreshe follows such a deeply personal sive pleas are captivatingly paradoxical, such and trying time CD REVIEW as “I wanna with this eccentric album that hurt you bad provides him / Make you space to go anyparanoid / And where and say say the sweetest anything through things,” and as his music. a testament to With his Barnes’ develSkeletal Lamping oped writing search for creOf Montreal ativity and they maintain freedom in this element mind, Barnes formed Skeletal as they become more obscene Lamping with a wide variety throughout the song. of short clips that could not These two overarching stand as songs by themselves. themes, unique structure and As a result, there are very overtly sexual lyrics, provide few tracks on the album that enough intrigue to keep Of adhere to typical song struc- Montreal fans happy and tures. Instead, it is apparent occupied. Even more, there are throughout that he organized some quality songs that comdifferent segments of music bine erratic production with together where he found Barnes’ unique style perfectintriguing connections, creat- ly. The only problem is that ing structured pop songs in it takes a few quality listens only the few instances where before the extremes of this the idea developed in a way album become more familthat could sustain itself. Two iar and understandable. Once good examples of more devel- the madness is sorted out, oped songs, “For Our Elegant however, Skeletal Lamping has Caste” and “Gallery Piece,” plenty of fun and personality also serve as good examples of to sustain itself as the next another blaring theme on this chapter in Kevin Barnes’ newly album: sexuality. established, autobiographical Barnes, in his post-marital discography. THE DAILY CARDINAL


Evil mastermind Jigsaw subjects his victims to a series of elaborate and gruesome tortures, usually involving complex mechanical devices, such as the mysterious glass box torture device pictured above.

New ‘Saw,’ old plotline Jigsaw has new puzzles, but feels like the same old pieces By Katie Foran-McHale THE DAILY CARDINAL

Picking up from where “Saw IV” left off, “Saw V” continues the exploration of serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his recently revealed sidekick Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) while adding the new chaos of two separate plotlines to the mix. Special Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”) discovers that Hoffman was an accomplice in a great deal of the Jigsaw murders and unintentionally involves himself in a “game” of his own. Meanwhile, Jigsaw and Hoffman subject five people, led by Brit (Julie Benz, “Dexter”), to a series of terrible tests.

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Of Montreal’s new release features eclectic and random clips, leading to a fragmented but nevertheless enjoyable album.

“Saw V” takes on a new direction under David Hackl (previously the production designer for “Saw II” through “Saw IV”), unlike the past three installments directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. Knowledge of the film’s predecessors is essential for “Saw V.” There are no clear-cut explanations of new connections. Instead, the film relies on constant flashbacks to previous installments to make these connections clearer. Although this is a more refreshing approach than the annoyingly obvious dialogue usually found in horror movies, the constant leaps between plotlines can potentially be quite confusing for newcomers to the “Saw” franchise. New development to characters who have been present in multiple films, including Jigsaw’s ex-wife Jill (Betsy Russell) provide intrigue, but not enough to draw audiences to any particular character. It is not especially disappointing—or sur-

Jigsaw’s frustrating mind games can leave characters with an impending sense of doom, feelings of helplessness and despair. prising, for that matter—when any given character faces their death. There has been a definite lack of character development throughout the past few “Saw” installments. Although the films are generally well developed, they are just too blasé to root for.

Nearly every scene is laden with the possibility of excessive carnage.

Seekers of gore and violence will most certainly not be disappointed. Nearly every scene is laden with the possibility of excessive carnage. One trap forces the victim to choose between having the bones in his

hands crushed to a fine powder and having a bladed pendulum slice him in half, while another trap tries to entice its victim to get into a case filled with shards of glass. Even the most avid horror-film watcher may want to turn their heads as the sound effects accentuate the breaking of bones and oozing of blood. Some viewers may be misled by the tagline, “You won’t believe how it ends.” This might lead one to believe that this will be the last film in the “Saw” franchise and that all loose ends from previous installments will be resolved, but this is not the case. Although some interesting developments open new doors from past films and provide a few predictable twists, the majority of the plot contains more questions than answers. Even after his death, Jigsaw merely adds more pieces to the twisted puzzle. Grade: BC

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By Caitlin Kirihara

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Awkward Turtle

By Meg Anderson


Monday, October 27, 2008



Despite home crowd and brawl, Badgers still winless By Ben Breiner THE DAILY CARDINAL

There is little solace in earning a single point for 120 minutes of hockey. For the Wisconsin men’s hockey team, however, it will just have to do. The Badgers (0-5-1) opened their home slate Friday against the No. 7 Minnesota Gophers (3-0-1). Wisconsin managed a 2-2 tie in the first game

of the series but could not sustain momentum and fell 5-3 Saturday. “Right now, because of our schedule and the opponents that we’re playing through and some of our injuries that we’ve had, it seems like we’re biking uphill into the wind,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “We know there’s going to be the top of the hill and we’re going to go downhill and

things will be good.” Sophomore forward Podge Turnbull opened the Kohl Center scoring for the season, with a shot from just outside the crease eight minutes into Friday’s game. The lead grew to two with sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith’s second goal of the season. The Badgers, however, could not hold the lead, giving up a goal to


Junior forward Ben Grotting (above) was ejected from Saturday’s game after a fight broke out late in the third period. After that, the fans cheered when the Jumbotron showed the group of Badgers crowding the penalty box.

recap from page 8 Illinois to its lowest point total this season and basically shut down the Fighting Illini running game, which gained 88 yards on 30 attempts. Although Williams completed 17-of-32 passes, the defense largely prevented big gains in the air by putting pressure on the quarterback. “Juice [Williams] is a phenomenal football player; he’s got a very lively arm,” Bielema said. “We brought more pressure and were able to get some hits on him.” The UW offense split its

analysis from page 8 Junior safety Chris Maragos set the tone early, returning a Juice Williams interception 51 yards. Senior cornerback Allen Langford and sophomore corner Niles Brinkley also had interceptions—with Brinkley returning his 47 yards. The defense’s ability to step up and not only stop the Fighting Illini but flip the battle for field position was huge for the Badgers. “We’re not always going to have the good field position, so we have to swing it back for the [offense],” senior linebacker and team captain DeAndre Levy said. “That starts with getting the turnover and then being able to get the long returns like that. I think on one of them they were in scoring position, and Niles [Brinkley] got it and took it back and put our offense in scoring position, so that’s always a good thing for us.” Good things seemed to come in bunches for UW, as the big plays that have eluded the team all season came frequently against Illinois. Sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath tied the game 17-17 in the third quarter with a 49-yard touchdown catch, the longest

yardage evenly between running and passing plays. Clay was Wisconsin’s leading rusher, gaining 93 yards on 25 carries, while Brown and junior P.J. Hill, who missed some practices last week due to a foot injury, contributed 36 yards. With a definite starting quarterback and a simpler game plan, the Badgers are looking to build on Saturday’s win. “I told the guys we were due for this win,” Sherer said, adding that the team has worked too hard to continue losing Big Ten games. touchdown play of the season for the Badgers. “We just needed those sparks to get the whole team initially into it and playing well,” Kemp said. The Badgers not only got big plays from its playmakers, but also showed resiliency during some tough times. Gilreath’s touchdown came after a holding penalty pushed Wisconsin into a 3rd-and-17, and the Badgers’ ability to overcome these obstacles played no small role in the team’s success.

“We didn’t really shoot ourselves in the foot ... It’s a lot easier to play football that way.” Dustin Sherer quarterback UW football

“For us to overcome stuff like that is something that we have not been able to do the last couple weeks, so it is big for us,” Sherer said. “We didn’t really shoot ourselves in the foot, which is good. It’s a lot easier to play football that way.” Truer words were never spoken.

Gopher forward Ryan Stoa late in the second and then a rebound goal to freshman defenseman Sam Lofquist. After the goal, Lofquist, the second Wisconsinite ever to don maroon and gold, cupped his ear to the crowd and popped the front of his jersey. The celebration mimicked one by Phil Kessel, a Madison native who played for Minnesota and now plays in the NHL, when he scored in the Kohl Center during his lone college season. “[Lofquist] heard about it, let’s put it that way,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. After the game, Lofquist said he idolized Kessel while growing up. When asked if it was worth getting admonished by his coach, Lofquist simply grinned and said, “No comment.” Neither team could score after that, and the game ended in a tie. Eaves emphasized the lack of flow during the game, pointing to 12 second-period penalties. He also described senior goaltender Shane Connelly’s night as “rock solid,” as Minnesota took 36 shots on goal. “We really seemed to struggle with the puck tonight. We didn’t connect dots very well, we didn’t handle it very well,” Eaves said. Puck-handling was again an issue early in Saturday’s game. Wisconsin won the opening faceoff, but a burst of Gopher pressure forced a turnover, and Stoa scored an unassisted goal six seconds into the game. Stoa scored later in

the period when he came from behind the net and got around Connelly. Wisconsin could not score in the first two periods, despite a frenzied series of rushes and scoring chances early in the second. The Gophers lit the lamp again, putting the score at 3-1 entering the final 20 minutes. The game then settled into a pattern where Wisconsin would close the gap and the Gophers would score right back. Freshman forward Matt Thurber got the Badgers on the board with a goal from in close. Minnesota answered when junior wing Tony Lucia got the puck past Connelly just before slamming into him and knocking the net off its moorings. Turnbull hit a long shot from the blue line, but would get no closer. “Every time I thought we were going to break through tonight, we gave up another goal, and that was disappointing,” Eaves said, adding he felt the team left it all out on the ice. Things got rough near the end of the game when a check by Wisconsin defenseman Ryan Little incited several scuffles that resulted in 16 of the 39 penalties assessed in the game. Junior wing Ben Grotting was disqualified from the game and will not play in next Friday’s game. The Badgers scored on only one of their 14 power-play chances in the two games. Saturday marked the fifth time in six games that Wisconsin gave up five or more goals.

Volleyball loses at home to Lions and Hoosiers By Jay Messar THE DAILY CARDINAL

The No. 21 Wisconsin volleyball team received an unwelcome return home this weekend, dropping a pair of matches to Indiana and No. 1 Penn State at the UW Field House. Though Wisconsin (4-6 Big Ten, 14-8 overall) played tough against top-ranked Penn State Friday night, the Badgers struggled against an upset-minded Hoosier squad Sunday that has now won three of its last four contests. Wisconsin head coach Pete Waite said he was disappointed in his team’s inconsistency and lack of fire. “At this point in the season I would expect us to be flowing better together and be more consistent with our play,” Waite said Sunday. “It starts with ball control and attitude, and I don’t think we had either tonight. It was unacceptable as far as they approached the match—the way they approached every point. They’ve got to find some fire within them as a group.” The Badgers have stumbled to their worst opening conference record since 1995, four years before Waite took the helm at UW. Wisconsin has also lost four straight matches, its longest streak since that same year, when the team lost seven in a row. Top-ranked Penn State (9-0, 21-0) brought an undefeated mark into Madison Friday night and left with a business-like sweep—2520, 25-16, 25-21—to retain its unblemished record. “That’s a very, very good team— there’s such a small margin of error on our side of the net,” Waite said. “You just cannot make an error because they are not going to make any. I thought we battled pretty well, but they’re hitting at such high angles, you can’t even train that way.” The senior tandem of Nicole Fawcett and Christa Harmotto combined for 27 kills for the Nittany Lions, who hit at a .340 clip on the night.


Sophomore libero Kim Kuzma had a career-high 26 digs Sunday against the Hoosiers, but could not prevent two UW losses this weekend. Penn State also outblocked Wisconsin 9-5, led by sophomore Arielle Wilson’s five block assists. “They’re all really big hitters,” sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “I think we were really just trying to, if they ever got a really big kill, just move on because it’s only one point.” The Badgers hit just .133 on the night, led by sophomore Allison Wack’s eight kills. Senior Morgan Salow added seven from the outside, and senior Audra Jeffers was her usual steady self, racking up six kills on .308 hitting. On Sunday, the Badgers took the first set against Indiana (4-6, 12-10), but failed to secure another as the Hoosiers stole a big conference road win 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. Junior Brittney Dolgner, a Waupun, Wis., native, got back on track Sunday for Waupun Community Day, leading Wisconsin with 16 kills. Although Jeffers added 10 kills and seven block assists against IU, Wisconsin’s offense suffered with just a .143 attack percentage.

Indiana senior Erica Short led all players with 19 kills, with sophomore Ashley Benson adding 14 for the Hoosiers. “I’m disappointed in the way things went,” Jeffers said. “I’m extra motivated to get in there and try to find some way to fire the team up. Like coach said, it’s about attitude. This next week of practice I’m going to try really hard to bring the team in and motivate everyone and get that fire back.” “That passion for volleyball is why you started playing,” Dolgner said. “Once everybody flows together and gets that back we’ll be great.” One bright spot for Wisconsin was the play of sophomore libero Kim Kuzma, who dug a career-high 26 attacks against the Hoosiers. Wisconsin will look to rekindle its doused flame as it hosts Northwestern (7-14, 1-9) Wednesday evening in a mid-week showdown at the UW Field House. The match will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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Monday, October 27, 2008



By Scott Allen

By Nate Carey



Three interceptions by the UW defense and two clutch touchdown catches by sophomore wide receiver David Gilreath got the Wisconsin football team its first Big Ten win of the year Saturday. “It felt like we just won the national championship, the guys were all jumping around for joy,” Gilreath said, relieved that UW’s four-game losing streak was over. Until mid-fourth quarter, Wisconsin (1-4 Big Ten, 4-4 overall) never led Illinois (2-3, 4-4) by more than one score. Momentum swung toward the Badgers after junior tight end Garrett Graham snagged a big throw and sprinted downfield for a 45-yard gain. That was the third consecutive play that junior quarterback Dustin Sherer got the ball to Graham, who filled in as the main tight end after senior Travis Beckum was taken out of the game with an ankle injury. Wisconsin steadily moved toward the end zone, but a holding penalty nullified a wouldbe first-down run by freshman running back John Clay. On 3rd-and-10, sophomore running back Zach Brown spun and shifted to shake off Illinois defenders and got the job done with a 13-yard gain. Two plays later, Sherer completed an 8-yard toss to Gilreath in the corner of the end zone, giving the Badgers a 27-17 lead, which would remain the final score. “Once we got in a groove, it was nice to get a couple balls in a row,” said Graham, who caught six passes in the game. “Then we made something out of it with David [Gilreath’s] touchdown.” UW overcame another holding

for a touchdown in the second quarter, sticking the ball in the corner of the end zone after juking past several Illinois linemen and seizing on the opening he created. “It was nice to get out of the pocket and run a little bit,” said Sherer, who credited Graham with providing the key block to make the touchdown run possible. Three interceptions from defensive backs Niles Brinkley, Chris Maragos and Allen Langford turned into two field goals for the offense. Brinkley and Maragos ran with the ball for 47 and 51 yards, respectively, swinging the offensive momentum to UW. The Badger defense held

Toward the end of Wisconsin’s 27-17 win over Illinois Saturday, UW head coach Bret Bielema did something completely out of character. With time running down and the Badgers in possession of the football, Bielema’s offense graciously took a delay of game penalty, stopping the clock with six seconds left in the game. “I told those guys, I know we’ve been taking a lot of beatings because we are taking penalties too much, but we’re going to enjoy this one with a smile,” Bielema said. Junior quarterback Dustin Sherer dropped back to pass on the following play and launched the ball out of bounds, running out the rest of the clock. As the team ran into the tunnel, the Camp Randall crowd cheered with more enthusiasm than the last two home games combined, signaling the end of a dark four-game stretch in Wisconsin football. Last week, Bielema emphasized that his team had fallen into a “woeis-me” mentality. But this week, everything was brighter and the team was beaming with confidence. “Everyone has heart. I give the credit to the seniors, the older guys who keep everyone up,” senior guard Andy Kemp said. “I don’t think anyone lost anything, and just kept pushing through and worked on the little things during practice and came out with a win today.” The team got back to basics last week in practice and came out the victors against a potent Illinois squad. Over the last four weeks, the Badgers had basically been even in the turnover department, but needed to come out Saturday and make some big plays to energize the team and the 81,241 in attendance.

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Sophomore running back Zach Brown (30) ran for only 24 yards Saturday, but his 13-yard scamper on third down set up Wisconsin’s game-clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter. penalty early in the third quarter, which left the offense with 17 yards to go on third down. Sherer responded to the situation with his biggest completion of the night, a 49-yard touchdown to Gilreath, who was too fast for any Illinois defensive back to latch onto once he cranked up his sprinting speed. “[Gilreath’s] desire to get in the end zone was kind of the spark that turned everything,” head coach Bret Bielema said. Sherer, in his second game as starter, got better as the game went on, making up for his lackluster performance against Iowa last week. He completed 12-of-22 passes for 174 yards. Sherer completed several of those passes under pressure while scrambling around.

“He’s a roll-off-the-back kind of guy who kind of handles the game as it comes,” Bielema said.

“It felt like we just won the national championship, the guys were all jumping around for joy.” David Gilreath wide receiver UW football

Outdoing Illinois quick quarterback Isiah “Juice” Williams, typically a leading rusher for the Fighting Illini, Sherer netted 40 yards on the ground while Williams only earned four yards rushing. Sherer dashed 15 yards

Women’s hockey gets best of Gophers By Brandon Storlie THE DAILY CARDINAL


Senior forward Erika Lawler had two assists on the weekend and scored the game-winning goal against Minnesota Saturday.

Despite all the hype surrounding this weekend’s series between the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team and the No. 2 Minnesota Gophers, the series was anything but a letdown. After a 1-1 tie Friday, the Badgers earned a 2-1 win Sunday to gain an upper hand in the Border Battle. Wisconsin got on the board near the end of the first period Friday. On the power play, junior forward Meghan Duggan fired a shot from just inside the blue line. Gopher goaltender Alyssa Grogan lost sight of the puck, and the Badgers took a 1-0 lead. “There was a lot of chaos in front, and I think one of their players went down to block [the shot],” Duggan said. “It got redirected to the back of the net.” Minnesota’s Monique Lamoureux tied the game with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle with just under eight minutes to go in regulation. With things still knotted at 1-1 after three, the game went to overtime. The Badgers looked tired as they took the ice for the overtime period, getting outshot 6-1 in the extra stanza. Junior forward Kyla Sanders had a breakaway chance with 15 seconds left, but Grogan turned it away, forcing the first shootout of the year.

With Minnesota up 1-0 in the shootout on a goal from Sarah Erickson, Grogan stopped Duggan with her left pad, preserving the shootout win for the Gophers. Though Minnesota won the shootout, the game is recorded as a tie on each team’s record. The Gophers received an extra point in the WCHA standings for the shootout victory. Sunday’s game saw a similarly conservative start offensively for both teams. The Gophers struck first early in the second period as Jocelyne Lamoureux skated into the right circle and put the puck over the left shoulder of senior goaltender Jessie Vetter. Minnesota completely controlled the flow of DUGGAN the game for the remainder of the period, outshooting Wisconsin 20-9 and taking the 1-0 advantage into the third. After being dominated in most aspects of the game through two periods, the Badgers hit the ice for the third with an entirely different energy. After a couple of near misses early in the period, senior forward Erika Lawler sent a pass into the slot for senior

forward Angie Keseley. Keseley eyed up a shot and then thought better of it, dumping the puck down low to Hilary Knight for Knight’s 13th tally of the season. “I was out in the slot and I got a nice pass from Erika, and I saw Hilary on the back door,” Keseley said. “She did a really good job finishing.” With the momentum firmly on their side after Knight’s goal, the Badgers put things away midway through the third. With Keseley in the box on a hooking call, Lawler broke into the offensive zone. Cutting right to left in front of the crease, the Badger captain flicked a backhander past Minnesota goalie Jenny Lura, securing the 2-1 win for Wisconsin. “The best part about scoring was looking back at the bench and seeing everyone just erupt,” Lawler said. “The glass was shaking. It was awesome. There was so much energy.” After two lackluster periods, head coach Mark Johnson was pleased with his team’s effort in the third. “If you play with some enthusiasm and some energy, you can be pretty good,” Johnson said. “We saw both sides of things today.” Wisconsin returns to the ice next weekend to face Minnesota Duluth. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.


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